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John Dean burns ‘spineless’ Republicans acting like ‘mini-Trumps’ who think they can get away with anything

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Just days after testifying before Congress, former White House counsel John Dean called President Donald Trump’s latest assertion “stunning.”

Trump blasted the FBI in an interview with ABC host George Stephanopoulos Wednesday. He claimed that the FBI is “wrong” to say that campaigns should contact them if they are approached by foreign adversaries with “dirt” on their opponent.

“It’s just pure evidence the man is not following his code to enforce the laws of the United States, or even be aware of them fully,” said Dean, citing the oath of office. “It’s disgusting, really.”

Every official is required to swear an oath to “faithfully execute [my office], and will to the best of my Ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

CNN host Don Lemon wondered if it is impeachable, or against the law, if a president were to ask for or accept help from a foreign nation for the election.

“It could be both of those,” Dean explained. “The law it most likely violates would be the foreign contribution prohibition in the law. This could be considered something of value to a campaign, which is a prohibition against foreign governments and foreigners doing that. And therefore a potential high crime or misdemeanor.”

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Dean spent years working for former President Richard Nixon, but when it comes to members of the Republican Party willing to stand up to Trump, Dean noted there are too few brave enough.

“You know, I just don’t understand what’s happened to the Republican Party,” he said. “They’re spineless. They know this man is an incredible embarrassment. I obviously saw some of them up close and personal this week and I realize there are mini-Trumps imitating the guy. They think this is the new mold. It’s really kind of sad.”

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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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