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White House ‘in damage control’ mode as Trump panics that former aide will reveal secrets: CNN

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President Trump’s former assistant, Madeleine Westerhout, left the job after she reportedly shared unflattering information about Donald Trump’s kids with reporters.

Trump claims to have forgiven her for the indiscretion, tweeting that Westerhout had “called me yesterday to apologize. … I fully understood and forgave her!” Among other things, the 28-year-old said that she had a closer relationship with the president than his daughter, Ivanka, and that Trump thought his younger daughter Tiffany was overweight.

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that the White House is scrambling to get Westerhout a new gig, in the hopes that she won’t write a tell-all book, as many past Trump associates have.

“What it highlights is the president’s concern that all of these jilted aides who leave the white house … you see publishers surrounding them, offering advanced book deals,” CNN reporter Pamela Brown said.

“What we were told in that situation, the president was fuming about this, he didn’t want to take her calls,” she said. “Aides had told him, look, we don’t want her as an enemy,” Brown added.

“She had close proximity to the president, she knows a lot. She could give a tell all book. He ended up taking her call, now we have learned that the White House aides and others who are in Trump’s orbit are trying to give her a soft landing, a cushy job outside of the White House,” Brown added.

“Bottom line is, they’re in damage control. This is often the case when aides leave, you see this pattern of former aides who leave the White House. Whether it be the campaign or elsewhere and you see these Twitter threats as well that we saw from President Trump.

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‘What the hell does that mean?’ CNN’s Berman buries Tucker Carlson’s non-apology for employing racist lead writer

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Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday night acknowledged that his former lead writer, Blake Neff, had been let go after it was revealed that for years he had posted racist messages in a chat room under a pseudonym.

Oliver Darcy, the CNN reporter who broke the story about Neff, told hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota on Tuesday that it was notable that Carlson never said he was sorry for employing a straight-up racist to write for his show.

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Why is the stock market soaring amid a pandemic? Because Trump thinks that may save him

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Donald Trump isn't a smart man, but he knows how to manipulate the stock market. Not only is he allegedly engaging in market manipulation while president, but it's a Trump con that goes back decades.

Back in October 2018, the New York Times published a Pulitzer Prize-winning profile of Trump's extensive tax fraud schemes, and in the process of that reporting uncovered one of the ways Trump screwed with the financial markets. Journalists David Barstow, Susanne Craig and Russ Buettner reported that Trump would routinely engage in a scam known colloquially as "greenmailing." It involved Trump, along with his father, Fred, as his "wing man," exploiting the news media to pump up the price of a stock by planting rumors, devised by Trump himself, about a takeover. This would drive up the price of the stock, only for Trump to either sell or to demand "lucrative concessions from the target company to make him go away."

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‘Not even Nixon rewarded his henchmen this way’: CNN’s Avlon lists off all the criminals Trump sprung with pardons

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On CNN Tuesday, fact-checker John Avlon broke down the pattern of President Donald Trump rewarding criminals in his orbit with pardons and commutations.

"The Trump orbit has far more than the fair share of felons, many of them out of prison only after sucking up to the president," said Avlon. "Roger Stone is a felon and just the latest beneficiary of the presidential gift to loyalists. A commutation of his 40-month sentence. Even though one of the prosecutors testified they had pressured to go easy on Stone because of the relationship with president. He tampered with witnesses, he was the campaign's primary conduit to Wikileaks, and had hoped to be rewarded for not rolling over on Trump. Not even Nixon rewarded the henchman this way."

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