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Trump’s former communications chief offers disturbing explanation for president’s lies

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On CNN’s “New Day” Friday morning, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci discussed President Donald Trump’s compulsive lying — and warned that Trump’s disregard for the truth is just a way he plays the media for kicks.

“He’s very consistent,” said Scaramucci, who was fired 10 days into his job with the Trump administration after making a graphic genital-related analogy about then-White House strategist Steve Bannon. “He’s probably consistent over the last 40 years in terms of the way he frames a narrative and a story.”

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“He does it because he thinks it’s fun,” Scaramucci continued. “And he also does it because he likes the fact that you guys are talking about it. At the end of the day, for him, he’s figured out that there’s a very large group of people inside of our population that when he does it, and the media talks about it, they laugh.”

He then recounted an anecdote of a Trump supporter in Detroit who told him that he likes how Trump throws off the mainstream political class. “I don’t like the political establishment, I don’t like the media establishment, and I like seeing him tweak those people.”

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WATCH: Pete Buttigieg surges to first place in ‘gold standard’ poll of Iowa caucuses

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South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg surged in a poll of Iowa released Saturday night.

The poll, by Des Moines Register, CNN and Mediacom, showed major movement in the race.

"Since September, Buttigieg has risen 16 percentage points among Iowa’s likely Democratic caucusgoers, with 25% now saying he is their first choice for president. For the first time in the Register’s Iowa Poll, he bests rivals Joe Biden, Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, who are now clustered in competition for second place and about 10 percentage points behind the South Bend, Indiana, mayor," the newspaper reported.

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Holmes’ testimony shows Trump lied about his relationship with embattled Ambassador Sondland: ex-FBI agent

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On CNN Saturday, former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa noted that State Department aide David Holmes' testimony does not just make a liar of EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland for claiming he wasn't aware of any plot to extort Ukraine with military aid, it also makes a liar out of President Donald Trump for suggesting he had barely even interacted with Sondland in the first place.

"What does all of this mean when we look ahead to the space that Sondland, Ambassador Sondland is in, and what he's going to say on Wednesday?" asked anchor Christi Paul.

"Yeah, so Holmes is really important because he has firsthand knowledge of this call," said Rangappa. "He was sitting there and he heard — he overheard this conversation. I just want to emphasize that, because one of the big objections that the Republicans have had is that everything has been hearsay. So we are getting closer to getting firsthand corroboration and information."

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Sondland is in ‘a world of trouble’ after Holmes revelations: Ex-White House adviser

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On CNN Saturday, David Guy, the former special impeachment adviser to President Bill Clinton, told anchor Christi Paul that President Donald Trump's angry tweet against Marie Yovanovitch, and State Department aide David Holmes' new testimony that he overheard President Donald Trump talking to EU Ambassador Gordon Sondland about military aide, are huge problems for both the president and Sondland.

"I'm wondering, did you see that tweet as she was testifying, the tweet from the president, as President Trump kind of sabotaging himself?" asked Paul.

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