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White House officials don’t want Trump to talk about COVID-19 for fear he’d bring up bleach injections again: NYT’s Haberman

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On CNN Wednesday, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman said that President Donald Trump has not discussed the COVID-19 pandemic in recent weeks because his officials fear he’d suggest injecting bleach again.

“My understanding is that he, according to a number of people, would have been fine with some kind of briefing being held about a month ago by Mike Pence, the vice president, which eventually came last week,” said Haberman. “But there were a couple of people around the president, namely Hope Hicks, Jared Kushner, and Mark Meadows, who prefer that he not do it, for different reasons.”

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“Hope Hicks and Jared Kushner are concerned that the president is going to re-do one of those famous performances from the briefing room, whether it was about injecting breach or screaming at reporters,” said Haberman. “And I think Mark Meadows wants to be focused solely on the economy. And to your point, you can talk about it all you want, but that doesn’t mean people are not dealing with the coronavirus. That’s where the country is, it’s going to become more noticeable the longer the president goes without discussing it.”

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Investigative reporter David Cay Johnston explains when you’ll see Trump get indicted

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Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston appeared Thursday on CNN, where he explained when he believed President Donald Trump would be indicted.

After receiving a subpoena from New York prosecutors last year, Deutsche Bank reportedly handed over detailed records about their dealings with Trump, according to the New York Times. The subpoena indicates that the investigation of Trump's family business is more expansive than previously thought.

"Prosecutors already have the basic tax information on Donald Trump. Your state tax return is virtually identical to your federal return, and the IRS shares tax information with the state," Johnston explained to CNN host Brianna Keilar.

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Dr. Fauci says his family is being threatened because of a ‘completely crazy’ backlash against science

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Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN's John Berman on Thursday that he and his family are facing death threats because some Americans are having an irrational backlash against scientists during the COVID-19 pandemic.

When asked by Berman about the threats he's received, Fauci turned it into a broader discussion about America's divisive politics.

"You know, there's such divisiveness right now in this country, John, I mean, I can't explain it," he said. "The kinds of things that you see in society, you have a lot of outlier people that do things that are almost inexplicable, where the push back against science is in a way that gets translated into threats to me, my daughters, my wife. I mean that is completely crazy, it really makes you shake your head."

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WATCH: CNN fact checker shows how Trump campaign ‘egregiously altered’ Biden photos in new ad

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CNN fact checker Daniel Dale on Thursday showed how President Donald Trump's campaign has been blatantly manipulating photos of former Vice President Joe Biden to make it look like he has spent the last year sitting in his basement.

While appearing on "New Day," Dale dissected images of Biden in Trump's new ad and showed how the campaign used Photoshop to put the photos in a completely different context.

"[The ad] uses three misleading images, one of which is egregiously altered," Dale said. "That first image shows Joe Biden speaking at a town hall in Iowa outdoors at a nature preserve... what the ad does is remove the microphone from his hand and remove the trees, replacing it with a wall to make him seem like he's alone and not talking to anyone."

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