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Friend of Melania Trump subpoenaed for information on how Trump children used inaugural committee: report

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Donald Trump and wife Melania Trump before a football game at MetLife Stadium on November 13, 2011 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Debby Wong / Shutterstock.com)

On Thursday, CNN reported that Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, a former friend of First Lady Melania Trump, was subpoenaed for information on President Donald Trump’s children in the criminal investigation into whether their father’s inaugural fund was used for illegal purposes.

“The latest subpoena is from the D.C. attorney general’s office,” reported Vicky Ward. “It is, according to two sources, the third subpoena that Stephanie Winston Wolkoff has received relating to the inaugural expenditure. A source says that Winston Wilkoff is a meticulous record keeper and has responded. I have seen the subpoena. It does ask for correspondence between inaugural planners and the president’s children and Jared Kushner. Three of the children, Donald Trump Jr., Eric, Ivanka and Jared Kushner.”

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“Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, you will remember, left the white House in 2018 amid a controversy,” added Wolkoff. “She left around the same time it was being reported that her company was paid $26 million by the inaugural. She disputed that. She said that her company — most of that was paid to subcontractors and vendors, and she has since put out a statement saying she was thrown under the bus.”

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WATCH: Conservative analyst scrambles after calling Ginsburg death a ‘gift’ to Trump and McConnell

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Conservative political analyst Margaret Hoover had an awkward moment on Saturday after she described the death of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a "gift" to Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), quickly catching herself and asserting it was a "political gift" instead.

Speaking with host Anderson Cooper and former White House counsel John Dean, Hoover first stated that Republican voters won't care that GOP lawmakers once stated they would not agree to confirm a Supreme Court nominee in an election year, before admitting the Republicans would take full advantage of the opportunity with the passing of Ginsburg.

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GOP facing nightmare Ginsburg replacement hearings with Kamala Harris grilling Trump nominee: Dem strategist

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It is not yet clear whether Republicans have locked down the votes to force through a Supreme Court confirmation in the remaining time before the 2020 election, or the lame duck session afterward, although President Donald Trump and GOP leaders have signaled their intent to try to do so.

However, on CNN Saturday, former Hillary Clinton strategist Jess McIntosh outlined one obstacle for Republicans: vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris.

"Kamala Harris sits on the Judiciary Committee," said anchor Anderson Cooper. "Potentially she could be questioning a nominee as a vice presidential pick?"

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Democrats will stop at nothing to ‘pay Republicans back’ if they force vote on Ginsburg replacement: Election forecaster

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On CNN Saturday, Center for Politics director Larry Sabato said that Democrats would be "hopping mad" over the Supreme Court issue — and would exact revenge on Republicans if they fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg's seat by expanding the size of the Supreme Court.

"Are you saying that, should the Republicans be successful in getting a nominee approved, and perhaps then Joe Biden is elected president, you think there would be a serious effort to expand the court, so as to offset that which just took place?" asked CNN host Michael Smerconish.

"Yeah, as long as the Democrats also control the Senate and House," said Sabato. "It's just an act of Congress. So, yes, that will happen. And Democrats are already saying they want an extra one for what was done to Merrick Garland. And they want one now for what's being done to the Ginsburg seat. And they want one for a spare. They want a spare. They want three."

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