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‘Like a three-car major pileup’: Andrew McCabe slams Trump’s abuses of power — and says it’s going to get worse

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On Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “Cuomo Prime Time,” former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe tore into President Donald Trump for his handling of the Ukraine scandal — and warned that his legal and political problems are only going to worsen.

“What does it mean to you, Trump aides scrambled to alert lawyers of their concerns,” asked anchor Chris Cuomo. “At least one National Security Council official alerted the White House’s national security lawyers about the concerns. The White House lawyers thought they could deal with the situations, but then those same lawyers later ordered the transcript moved to that highly classified server.”

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“Yeah. So this is really troubling for, I think, the president and the administration. On a couple of levels,” said McCabe. “First, as you pointed out in your lead-in, it really undercuts their argument that this was a ‘perfect’ call and that nothing — that there was no problem here. Essentially what you have now is what started out as a one-car collision has now turned into like a three-car major pile-up. The White House knew about concerns with this call first from the general counsel of another intelligence agency who called and put them on notice a complaint had come to their attention.”

“Second, from the ICIG, when they found out there was an official whistleblower, complaint and now we find out that their own people inside the White House were so concerned about this, they raised them with the national attorneys,” said McCabe. “They are their own folks and their own infrastructure there and that is — that’s a particularly — that’s a tough hit, I think, on the administration today.”

“Now, people will say, ‘Oh, you and your anonymous sources, who are these people?’ Bring up the text messages from Volker, from acting Ambassador Taylor, the guy put in to replace the woman they didn’t like for pushing back on this kind of stuff, and Ambassador to EU Sondland, who was supposed to testify today.”

“That’s right,” said McCabe. “As an investigator, Chris, this is what you hope for when you start down the investigative path, that each step that you take uncovers another witness, another text message, another piece of evidence. That’s what we’ve seen today. Look, every day there’s been a steady drip of developments along the investigative line.”

“I think the text messages are some of the toughest pieces of evidence that the president and the administration are going to have to deal with. They start out with references to Rudy Giuliani that are remarkable. He plays such an influential role in these two diplomats’ lives and what they’re going to be doing with Ukraine. They talk about him as if they need to get his approval before they set up calls with aides of the president of Ukraine and that sort of thing and they kind of top off with the references that you pointed to.”

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‘Gaslighting on a massive scale’: Doctor warns Trump is lying us into a COVID disaster

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On CNN Friday, Dr. Celine Grounder tore into President Donald Trump's ongoing falsehoods about the coronavirus pandemic.

"No matter how many times public health officials, especially like Anthony Fauci, speak the truth, what does it do, Doctor, when the president continues to lie to the public in face of a public health crisis?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.

"This is gaslighting on an enormous scale, and means until people eventually get sick or their family members get sick, the communities hit hard, they won't believe it, and then it will be too late," said Grounder. "The problem is there's a lag period from the time that somebody's infected and starts to develop symptoms a couple days later. We don't see people get severely sick and need to be hospitalized and in ICUs until a week into disease, and talking about probably one to two weeks of lag time from the time somebody's exposed at least before you start to see hospitalizations and then another couple weeks before you start to see deaths."

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‘We’ve got to get a new guy’: Florida Trump voters lash out at the president as they flee the GOP

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In interviews with CNN's Jeff Zeleny, longtime Florida Republicans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 admitted they have no intention of helping him stay in office when they vote in November.

With polls showing the president trailing in the all-important Sunshine State, where seniors preferred Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 21 points last election, the president now finds himself bleeding support from a demographic he desperately needs if he wants to stay in the Oval Office after the first of the year.

According to retired banker John Dudley, 77, he voted for Trump last election and the president promptly "blew it."

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Trump wants ‘white grievance’ fight — while ignoring coronavirus: Pulitzer Prize-winner Maggie Haberman

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On CNN Thursday, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman deconstructed President Donald Trump's unwillingness to address the national crises in America.

"According to three people familiar with his comments, Trump has brushed off efforts to address historic racial inequality, as something 'his people' won't care about," said anchor Jim Sciutto. "Maggie, you have covered this president and the White House. Clearly, he wants to leave the outbreak behind him, even as the numbers rise. Is there anyone in that building who is telling him honestly, directly, that he can't do that?"

"There are many people who are telling him that honestly, Jim," said Haberman. "What has become clear to people, or should have by now, this president wants to run his re-election effort a certain way, and that does not relate to talking about the coronavirus unless it's about describing his administration's response in glowing terms that just don't comport with reality. Certainly for the first many weeks as the pandemic was growing."

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