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FLASHBACK: McGahn warned Trump he could be impeached if he asked law enforcement officials to investigate his rivals

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As new revelations about President Trump’s July 25 phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky continue to dominate headlines, some are harkening back to a 2018 story that highlighted a warning to President Trump from a White House lawyer — a warning that told Trump if he solicits law enforcement to investigate his political rivals, he could one day face impeachment.

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On November 20, 2018, The New York Times published an article detailing how during the previous spring, Trump was gearing up to have the Justice Department prosecute Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey. According to the Times’ report, White House counsel Don McGahn stepped in and told Trump that he lacked the authority to order such a prosecution. In fact, even ordering an inquiry into a potential prosecution could be seen as an abuse of power, McGahn reportedly warned.

“To underscore his point, Mr. McGahn had White House lawyers write a memo for Mr. Trump warning that if he asked law enforcement to investigate his rivals, he could face a range of consequences, including possible impeachment,” according to the New York Times’ Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman.

“The encounter was one of the most blatant examples yet of how Mr. Trump views the typically independent Justice Department as a tool to be wielded against his political enemies,” the piece continued. “It took on additional significance in recent weeks when Mr. McGahn left the White House and Mr. Trump appointed a relatively inexperienced political loyalist, Matthew G. Whitaker, as the acting attorney general.”

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According to new revelations this Wednesday, Trump pressed Zelensky to contact Attorney General William Barr about opening an investigation into alleged misconduct perpetrated by 2020 presidential candidate Joe Biden.

“So whatever you can do with the attorney general would be great,” the president told Mr. Zelensky.

“The next prosecutor general will be 100 percent my person, my candidate,” Zelensky replied. “He or she will look into the situation.”

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WATCH LIVE: Donald Trump clashes with Joe Biden in final 2020 debate

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The final 2020 presidential debate is scheduled to take place on Thursday in Nashville.

The debate is being moderated by NBC News White House correspondent Kristen Welker.

The final debate is occurring after President Donald Trump refused to participate in the second debate against former Vice President Joe Biden.

"For this final debate, the coronavirus safety plan onstage is similar to the first one: It will be held in person, but the candidates will be far apart and not shake hands," The Washington Post reported Thursday. "The audience will again be smaller than in debates in years past. The first debate had 80 to 90 people in the audience, all of whom were supposed to be tested for the novel coronavirus. The attendees were also supposed to wear masks, per the advice of the Cleveland Clinic, which was the official partner of the debate. But members of the Trump family took off their masks after arriving, prompting widespread criticism, including from moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News, and new rules say that any audience member without a mask will be asked to leave."

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‘Rudy is so bad at this’: Giuliani mocked after photo of alleged ‘Hunter Biden text’ is linked to Russia

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Rudy Giuliani, an attorney for President Donald Trump, faced mockery on Thursday after a photograph suggested that evidence connected to a smear of Hunter Biden originated in Russia.

On Thursday morning, Fox News correspondent Mike Emanuel claimed that the network had confirmed that Hunter Biden was the author of a text message in which someone complains about a business deal.

Hunter Biden text exchange from June 2017 obtained by #FoxNews ranting to his business partners about not wanting to "sign over my family's brand", "the keys to my family's only asset" to Tony Bobulinski. Warning: foul language. pic.twitter.com/8gn1KuVOBu

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Trump advisors admit he made a huge mistake — and needs a ‘breakout’ debate performance: report

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On Thursday, CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta reported that campaign advisers to President Donald Trump regret allowing the president to cancel the second debate.

According to Acosta, these advisers believe it's essential for Trump to have a "breakout" moment on stage at the last round.

NEW: Campaign advisers tell our Chief WH Correspondent Jim @Acosta they now believe it was a huge mistake for Trump to cancel last week’s debate, making a breakout moment a must tonight to shake up the race. One adviser said Trump needs a “leadership moment...” #CNN

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