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Now that Trump thinks he’s ‘vindicated’ — he might let his craziest ideas fly free

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President Donald Trump clearly thought that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation was the end of his nightmarish first time. It’s unclear if he realized that his hell is just beginning.

In a Daily Beast op-ed, columnist Margaret Carlson schooled the president on why he’s “home alone.” Sure, it’s been said before when Generals Mattis, McMaster, and Kelly left the president’s government to be run by the whims of a madman and his followers.

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“Trump, convinced he alone outwitted the deep state, is now unleashed to be a purer version of himself,” wrote Carlson Sunday. “He will listen even less to his aides, except the most servile, like the recently appointed Attorney General William Barr who followed directions perfectly with his No Collusion, No Collusion Summary of the Mueller Report, stopping just short of his boss declaring it ‘b*llshit.’ To all those who thought Trump would have brought in a lawyer who hadn’t passed his Roy Cohn test for abject loyalty, think again.”

The president’s ego is now the one in control of the Oval Office. “Those left in the administration are the ones who give in to Trump’s worst impulses,” Carlson said.

The past weeks have revealed that former White House counsel Don McGahn joined the list of administration officials who managed to save the president from himself over the years. McGahn confessed that the greatest pet peeve of Trump’s was being told that he couldn’t do something because it was against the law. The president would fly into a two-year-old-like rage when he was “no.” Trump was ultimately protected by many of those grown-ups in the room, who refused to allow illegal actions to move forward as policies. Now that those people are gone, it’s unclear if Trump’s administration will sink into his own worse instincts.

“The current acting Chief of Staff, Mick Mulvaney, is almost enough to induce nostalgia for that bygone co-chiefs Reince Priebus, the wimpy operative who felt ‘blessed’ to be in the White House, and Steve Bannon, the angry white supremacist driven out for bad grooming,” wrote Carlson. “Mulvaney is a step-down, debased like so many are under this president by the qualifier “acting” in his title, Trump’s management innovation that makes every day audition day for a permanent job.”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders was next in Carlson’s sightline. “A smoother liar,” she wrote, Sanders can appear before the press and spin false takes better than Spicer, whose poker-face was worse than a nun.

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Then there’s Stephen Miller, the suspected white nationalist gives life to the worse of Trump’s ideas.

Attorney General Bill Barr has already fulfilled the objective for which he was hired, and he may have taken his legacy down with it. “You’d never know Mueller and Barr worked for the same Department of Justice, as Barr argued only for Trump,” wrote Carlson.

“Without adult supervision, Team Miller just got approval from Justice to hold those trying to make an asylum claim outside ports of entry until their hearing, which could be years, or corral them in Mexico,” wrote Carlson. “He’s aiming to flood Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco and other so-called sanctuary cities with Central American immigrants. Not to scare anyone, but the troops Trump ordered to the border are still there. General Mattis at least ordered them not to shoot anyone who didn’t shoot them first, but that’s not how Miller rolls.”

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“With ‘Trump Clean’ and 2020 looming, we’re finally going to see the president unbound,” she closed. “This is the start of his presidency and, as he said when he thought Mueller meant the end of it, we’re f*cked.”

Read her full take at the Daily Beast.

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Conservative attorney dismantles GOP arguments against impeachment: ‘Trump’s abuse threatens your freedom’

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A conservative attorney knocked down Republican arguments against impeachment one by one in a viral tweet, and urged others to support the removal President Donald Trump.

Bryan Gividen, an appellate attorney from Dallas, touted his conservative bona fides by describing himself as a "pro-religious liberty, pro-life, would snort Cocaine Mitch’s judicial confirmations" if he could -- but still said he supports Trump's impeachment.

"At this point, there is no question that President Trump directed U.S. officials to withhold security funding to the Ukraine so Ukraine would investigate the Bidens," Gividen began. "That is the kind of abuse of the President’s authority we should not tolerate."

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Trump turns bizarre handwritten notes into all-caps Twitter rage spasm: ‘I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO!’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday wrote down his impeachment inquiry talking points in sharpie marker.

While leaving the White House for a visit to Texas, Trump read his notes to reporters, but refused to take questions.

During the flight, Trump then tweeted out his notes to his 66.9 million Twitter followers.

https://twitter.com/samstein/status/1197200696044654593

....”I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO! TELL PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO DO THE RIGHT THING!” Later, Ambassador Sondland said that I told him, “Good, go tell the truth!” This Witch Hunt must end NOW. So bad for our Country!

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GOP senators lob out excuses to avoid watching impeachment hearings: ‘Took my kid to school’

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European ambassador Gordon Sondland's impeachment testimony sent shock waves through Washington D.C. on Wednesday -- but they seemingly weren't felt by Republican senators.

Per CNN's Michael Warren, multiple GOP senators said on Wednesday that they were not watching Sondland's testimony, which directly implicated President Donald Trump in a quid-pro-quo scheme with Ukraine.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), for example, said that he "took my kid to school" instead of watching Sondland, while Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he was busy "chairing my own hearing."

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