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Trump’s former intel chief suspected ‘Putin had something’ on the president: Bob Woodward’s new book

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Trump abruptly cancelled a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin planned for the G20 summit. (AFP/File / Brendan Smialowski)

President Donald Trump is widely despised and mistrusted by senior officials within his own administration, according to Bob Woodward’s bombshell new book.

The veteran Washington Post reporter’s new book, “Rage,” documents some of those concerns — including a chilling assessment by his former director of national intelligence, Dan Coats.

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“[Coats] continued to harbor the secret belief, one that had grown rather than lessened, although unsupported by intelligence proof, that Putin had something on Trump,” Woodward wrote. “How else to explain the president’s behavior? Coats could see no other explanation.”

The former director of national intelligence — who resigned July 28, 2019, right before the Ukraine saga burst into view and launched the impeachment process — and other high-ranking Trump officials shared their concerns about the president.

“There may come a time when we have to take collective action,” Mattis told Coats, according to Woodward. “[He is] dangerous. He’s unfit.”

Coats had been recruited to the administration by Vice President Mike Pence, a fellow Indiana native, and Woodward quoted an interaction between Coats’ wife and the vice president.

“I just looked at him, like, how are you stomaching this?” Marsha Coats said, according to Woodward. “I just looked at him like, this is horrible. I mean, we made eye contact. I think he understood. And he just whispered in my ear, ‘Stay the course.’”

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Coats eventually considered resigning over Trump’s behavior toward Russia, but Pence urged him to stay on.

“Look on the positive side of things that he’s done,” Pence said, according to Woodward. “More attention on that. You can’t go.”


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Former Neo-Nazi says Trump’s call for Proud Boys to ‘stand by’ will encourage more violence

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President Trump refused to condemn white supremacists during the first of three scheduled presidential debates with Joe Biden. When pressed by moderator Chris Wallace of Fox News to disavow far-right extremism, Trump name-checked the Proud Boys and told them to “stand back and stand by,” words widely denounced as a tacit endorsement of the violent, white supremacist organization classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group. The Proud Boys almost immediately responded by changing its logo online to include the Trump quote. Christian Picciolini, a former neo-Nazi who now leads the Free Radicals Project, a group focused on helping people disengage from violent extremism, says Trump’s words were a clear encouragement for “continued violence” from far-right groups. We also speak with Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill, who says Trump’s performance at the debate is a continuation of his white supremacist project. “He wants violence in the streets, he wants chaos at the polls, because he wants Americans to feel a sense of unsafety. It’s its own kind of diplomatic terrorism,” he says.

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Proud Boy arrested in Portland on assault and gun charges — hours after Trump refused to denounce group

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Portland police arrested a Proud Boy member hours after President Donald Trump sent a signal of support to the right-wing group.

Alan Swinney was charged with multiple counts of assault, along with pointing a firearm at another, unlawful use of a weapon and unlawful use of tear gas and remains held at the Multnomah County Jail, reported Oregon Public Broadcasting.

The 50-year-old Swinney was photographed and recorded on video Aug. 22 pointing a revolver at anti-fascist protesters outside the Multnomah County Justice Center.

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Women accuse prominent evangelical preacher of sexually harassing them for years: report

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Multiple women have come forward claiming the late evangelical leader Ravi Zacharias sexually harassed them over a period of time at a Georgia spa he co-owned.

Three women told Christianity Today that Zacharias touched them inappropriately and "masturbated" in front of them while they were employed at the spa. Zacharias died from cancer in May.

The still-operative Ravi Zacharias International Ministries said that it's conducting an investigation into the allegations.

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