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‘No business being nominated’: National security expert rips Trump intel nominee to shreds

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Appearing on CNN’s “New Day,” national security expert Juliette Kayyem ripped into Donald Trump’s choice to replace Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, saying he is completely unqualified for the position.

Speaking with host John Berman, Kayyem — who lectures on national security at Harvard — said Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX) was only chosen because he is a Trump loyalist who happens to be a Russian election interference skeptic.

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“Ratcliffe has no business being nominated,” she bluntly stated. “He is unqualified in every aspect for this position except for one, and that is his skepticism about Russian influence and election meddling and he’s made his cause célèbre over the last year.”

“He embraces these conspiracy theories we saw in the hearing with [special counsel Robert] Mueller last week,” she continued. “The one qualification he [Trump] does want is someone skeptical about Russian influence. If you put this nomination together with what [Sen. Mitch] McConnell is doing in the Senate — which is stopping any laws that would protect our elections — these appointments are really about 2020, they are not about running an agency.”

“They are essentially ensuring that the United States is ill-prepared or unprepared to deal with the Russian influence in 2020,” she added. “I don’t think it’s a coincidence that just a week or two ago Coats had announced a Russian task force, Russian election task force for 2020. Ratcliffe I have no doubt will end that if confirmed. But that is a big if as Phil [Mudd] said.”

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Trump sues Manhattan DA’s office days after it issued a subpoena for eight years of the president’s taxes

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Lawyers representing President Donald Trump on Thursday filed a lawsuit against the Manhattan District Attorney's office just three days after it issued a subpoena for eight years' worth of the president's taxes.

As reported by New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow said that the suit was being filed "in response to the subpoenas issued by the New York County District Attorney." The Trump attorney said that the lawsuit was needed "to address the significant constitutional issues at stake in this case."

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Like the ‘Titanic hitting an iceberg’: Here’s why our system isn’t prepared for the US president to be a counterintelligence threat

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On Thursday, former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa analyzed why the White House's move to suppress a whistleblower on President Donald Trump's unspecified "promise" to a foreign leader is so damaging — and exposes a critical shortcoming of the U.S. intelligence system that no one saw coming.

The problem, Rangappa argued, is that rules designed to hold high-ranking government officials accountable for criminal acts aren't designed to investigate counterintelligence acts — and the president, with his powers over classification and the intelligence state — can prevent independent bodies like Congress from learning about such wrongdoing because the nature of these government operations are designed to be secret:

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The Internet gags after learning Stephen Miller has a girlfriend: ‘Someone’s dating him? Is she under a curse?’

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Vice President Mike Pence has hired a former Homeland Security official as his new spokeswoman, but social media users were more interested in another detail in her biography.

Pence tapped Katie Waldman, a former DHS spokeswoman under Kirstjen Nielsen and then communications director for Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), as his press secretary, and the NBC News report also noted that she was "dating Stephen Miller."

Pence has hired Katie Waldman, 27, to be his new press secretary, per NBC. She was a spokesperson for DHS under Nielsen, then comms director for Sen McSally. Also worth noting: Waldman is dating Stephen Miller https://t.co/ESjkw3fbyC

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