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Trump is goading Pelosi because he’s desperate to get out of the ‘no-mans land’ of ‘perpetual investigation’: CNN’s Jim Acosta

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On Thursday, CNN White House Correspondent Jim Acosta discussed the motivation behind Trump’s recent public meltdowns against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), and offered Anderson Cooper a possible reason for his behavior: He may be trying to goad Pelosi into moving forward with impeachment because he can’t stand being in a limbo of endless investigations that culminate in no action against him.

“I talked to a source who talks to the president regularly who said that the president is trying to up the rhetoric in this fight with House Democrats in the hope that he’ll ramp up the pressure so high that they will essentially put up or shut up on this matter of impeachment,” said Acosta. “And I think, Anderson, I think that points to a very interesting aspect in all of this.”

“The president does not like being in this in-between no-man’s land that Nancy Pelosi has him right now,” said Acosta. “Remember, there are a lot of House Democrats who want her to go all the way and gore for impeachment. She has stopped short of that and said, I like this place where the president is right now, where he is just under perpetual investigation.”

“The president has shown in the last 48 hours she doesn’t like being in that place, and he has been demonstrating that over and over again in these outbursts in front of the cameras,” Acosta concluded.

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‘I don’t have to do it, legally’: Trump says he can invade Iran without Congress’ permission

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On Monday, CNN reported that in a new interview, President Donald Trump said that he can invade Iran without congressional approval — and that although he would "like the idea" of keeping Congress in the loop, he doesn't "legally" have to do so.

"I like the idea of keeping Congress abreast, but I wouldn't have to do that," said Trump. In response to the fact that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said he must obtain congressional approval first, Trump said, "I disagree. I think most people seem to disagree."

"I do like keeping them — they are intelligent people," added Trump. "They will come up with some thoughts. I actually learned a couple of things the other day when we had our meeting with Congress which I think were helpful to me. I do like keeping them abreast, but I don't have to do it, legally."

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US foes are goading Trump because they know he’s a ‘blow-hard and full of bluster’: CNN analyst

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President Donald Trump walked back from the brink of atrocities last week, from calling off a military strike against Iran to pushing back planned Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids in major American cities.

On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin told anchor Wolf Blitzer how foreign adversaries have been emboldened to challenge Trump — because for all his bombast, they know they are calling a bluff.

"I think Donald Trump is pretty well a known quantity at this point," said Toobin. "I mean, I think people around the world know he's a blowhard, knows he's full of bluster. But that's no reason to get into a war."

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CNN’s Brooke Baldwin stunned that Trump fans don’t care how many women accuse him of assault

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CNN's Brooke Baldwin on Monday expressed astonishment that journalist E. Jean Carroll's rape allegations against President Donald Trump haven't gotten more attention.

During a discussion with CNN's Gloria Borger, Baldwin broke down how a shocking number of women have made allegations of sexual misconduct against the president, who was also caught on camera bragging about sexually assaulting women in the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape from 2006.

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