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Trump told national security official to blow off Congress and ‘do whatever’ they wanted: tell-all book

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“A Warning,” the damning book about President Donald Trump written by an anonymous White House insider, reveals that the president at one point instructed a top national security official to “do whatever” they needed to secure funding without bothering to consult Congress.

As reported by Axios, the book claims that the head of a national security agency one time went to Trump to discuss plans to get Congress to pass needed funding for their department.

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“Don’t worry about Congress,” Trump told them, according to the book. “Just do what you need to do.

The official then reportedly explained that they couldn’t just spend money without authorization from Congress.

“No, no,” Trump replied. “It doesn’t matter. You have my permission to do whatever you need to do, okay? Just forget about them.”

If accurate, this anecdote goes to further illustrate the president’s contempt for the separation of powers under the Constitution.

Earlier this year, for example, Trump bypassed Congress’s constitutionally mandated authority over federal spending when he declared a “national emergency” and siphoned money from the Department of Defense budget to fund construction of his long-promised wall along the border between the United States and Mexico.

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Inspector general found ‘no evidence of political bias’ in Trump-Russia probe: report

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Inspector General Michael Horowitz's report on the origins of the probe into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia has found that there was no evidence of political bias on the part of law enforcement officials who began the investigation.

The Associated Press reports that the report "is expected to conclude there was an adequate basis for opening one of the most politically sensitive investigations in FBI history and one that Trump has denounced as a witch hunt."

The IG's report also found that former British spy Christopher Steele, whose infamous dossier on Trump featured salacious allegations about the president and Russian prostitutes, played no role in the opening of the probe, despite claims from Trump's Republican allies who argued that it was central to the investigation.

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DOJ argues Congress can’t stop Trump Org from taking foreign payments — despite Constitution’s emoluments clause

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The Washington Post reports that an attorney from the Trump Department of Justice argued on Monday that the emoluments clause doesn't actually prevent Trump from accepting payments from foreign governments, even though the clause specifically states that "no person holding any office of profit or trust under them, shall, without the consent of the Congress, accept of any present, emolument, office, or title, of any kind whatever, from any King, Prince, or foreign State."

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Chris Wallace shreds Ken Starr: Trump’s scandal ‘a much bigger issue than whether Bill Clinton lied about sex’

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Fox News host Chris Wallace argued that the deeds President Donald Trump is accused of are more serious to the country than President Bill Clinton's actions, who was impeached for lying about sex.

During a break in impeachment hearings on Monday, Wallace called out Ken Starr's "characterization of this process and what we heard today... he said that the presentation against the president is narrow, prosecutors look through the world through dirty windows, it's slanted."

"And you know, it just seems to me -- and Ken, I see you there on the screen so I'll be talking directly to you -- when you compare this to the Clinton impeachment, which was basically about whether the president had lied under oath about sex," Wallace continued. "I'm not talking about whether this story is true or not."

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