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Mnuchin swears under oath he hasn’t taken ‘any direction’ from White House on blocking Trump’s tax returns

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Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin insisted on Wednesday that he had not taken “any direction” from the White House when deciding to buck the law and refuse to release President Donald Trump’s tax returns to Congress.

“This has historically been a function delegated to the IRS commissioner,” Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) noted. “Was there a reason you didn’t trust the IRS Commissioner to handle this? Was there a meeting between IRS and Treasury leaders directing the IRS to stand aside or stand down on this? ”

“And have you discussed Chairman Neal’s request with the president or anyone in the White House? Did you get any direction on how to handle this matter from the president?” Coons asked.

“I have not discussed this with the president or anybody in the White House,” Mnuchin replied. “Again, I just want to clarify one of the things I publicly said earlier is with our legal department originally early on in this process, before we received any request, did have a discussion but it was not to seek guidance or anything else. That was way before we received any request. That was just in the legal department.”

“I have not had any discussions with the president or taken any direction from him or anybody else in the White House on this issue,” he added. “I have had many conversations with our legal department and the IRS’s legal department to make sure that we’re interpreting these issues correctly.”

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Jeffrey Epstein’s IT consultant reveals he saw girls who ‘couldn’t have more than 15 or 16’ on private island

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ABC News broke a story just after midnight Thursday about a former IT consultant of Jeffrey Epstein's who resigned because he couldn't take some of the things he was seeing on Epstein's private island compound.

The island, which has been called "pedophile island" by locals, had "topless women everywhere.

"There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who began working for Epstein in 1999 and continued for six years. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom."

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Stephen Colbert mocks Eric Trump in a way that must be seen to be believed

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Stephen Colbert mocked Eric Trump so badly it has to be seen to be believed.

The moment came after Colbert played a clip of the young Trump child saying that 95 percent of the United States supports him, the camera cut to Colbert doing his Eric impression.

"I've got big gums, and I cannot lie," Colbert said.

"Yeah, 95, guys, I'm tellin' ya," Colbert said, pretending to be Eric with his lips curled up.

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Black Pennsylvania Trump voter wonders if he’s still welcome in the GOP

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Tuesday, CNN released interviews with Texas Trump supporters who defended his racist attacks on four Congresswomen of color. Wednesday night, Van Jones showed his panel of supporters of both President Donald Trump and former President Barack Obama. But things got tense when a Black Trump supporter was asked about the president's racially charged statements.

Two men, one white one Black, in the group said they supported Trump and probably would again because business was good. Two women in the group lamented that Trump's racism was hurtful for the country.

"I just go back to values," the older women said. "I value treating people with dignity. And if there is anything that is incongruent with those values, then I'm not for that. So I'm not going to put profit over my values."

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