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‘He’s so bloody insecure’: Ex-presidential adviser warns Trump is increasing in his conspiracy theories

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On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” former presidential adviser David Gergen slammed President Donald Trump for his latest conspiracy theory-laced tweet that Google rigged the 2016 presidential popular vote for Hillary Clinton  — and warned that the president is only getting more unhinged.

“He’s so bloody insecure,” said Gergen. “This has been an issue that has been with him since the elections, because he feels that people don’t see him as a legitimate president unless he won the majority vote. And he wants to sort of convince people otherwise.”

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“You know, we have to look at [him],” said Gergen. “He’s been spinning out conspiracy theories more frequently now than he used to. He accuses the press of trying to bring him down on the economy, so it wouldn’t be good for him. But in this case, if you look at it, this testimony is weeks old. It just came up on Fox. And … this is not a peer review argument. It’s not an article that appeared anywhere.”

Former national security aide Sam Vinograd concurred.

“The president’s insecurities are making America insecure in a very specific way,” she said. “We have been reading today about the Chinese government, the communist government, using information warfare to spread lies about protests in Hong Kong. We know that Vladimir Putin sews conspiracy theories. The president of the United States is doing exactly the same thing. We can analyze why he’s doing it, but the fact of the matter is that it’s almost like he’s waking up every day and deciding he’s going to make Vladimir Putin’s job a little bit easier by spreading these lies about our democracy.”

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Congressman blasts Trump administration’s ‘lawless’ move to quash whistleblower: ‘He does not have the authority’

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Rep. Jim Himes (D-CT) previewed what he expects to learn about the developing Director of National Intelligence whistleblower scandal at the hearing with the inspector general on Thursday.

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White House is preparing for a ‘big fight’ with Congress over whistleblower scandal: CNN reporter

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On Wednesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," reporter Evan Perez said that the White House is gearing up for a showdown with the House Intelligence Committee over a whistleblower complaint of "urgent concern" for national security that President Donald Trump's officials appear to be covering up.

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Foreign trolls are trying to create a ‘circular firing squad’ among US veterans: digital researcher

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Foreign troll accounts have been working to sow division and create a "circular firing squad" among American veterans, a veterans advocate warned CNN on Wednesday.

During an interview with Brianna Keilar, Kris Goldsmith of Vietnam Veterans for America talked about the ways that trolls have been infiltrating veterans organizations and trying to divide their members along political and racial lines.

Goldsmith said that two years ago his group notice an "impostor Facebook account" that would spread misinformation and propaganda to its members.

"After months of studying it, we came to recognize that it was an entity somewhere in Bulgaria who was spreading falsified news," he explained. "So what they do is copy and paste a real story about something like veterans' benefits possibly getting cut, change the date, and make it look fresh and get people upset."

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