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Donald Trump wants Rob Porter back. That’s how little he cares about violence against women.

Trump has a long history of employing men accused of hurting women. Now he reportedly wants to rehire one of them.<p>Donald Trump misses Rob Porter.<p>The former White House staff secretary resigned in February after the Daily Mail reported that he had abused his two ex-wives. Now, according to Maggie …

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Fox News’s appalling past 72 hours, analyzed

A data analysis shows how Fox News spun the Mueller indictment and Florida shooting into a defense of the president.<p>On Friday, FBI special counsel Robert Mueller filed the first charges against Russians in his investigation. The indictment details how a small group of Russian internet trolls tried …

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Dutch lawyer pleads guilty to lying about interaction with Rick Gates

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> A European lawyer pleaded guilty Tuesday to lying to investigators in Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation, after he covered up his discussions with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates and a business associate based in Ukraine in September 2016, while the Trump …

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Exclusive: Mueller's interest in Kushner grows to include foreign financing efforts

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Special counsel Robert Mueller's interest in Jared Kushner has expanded beyond his contacts with Russia and now includes his efforts to secure financing for his company from foreign investors during the presidential transition, according to people familiar with the inquiry.<p>This …

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How Bob Mueller Bought Himself More Time

The special counsel just made it harder for the president to fire him. Maybe that helps explain this weekend’s fusillade of angry tweets from Mar-a-Lago.<p>On Friday, the Justice Department announced the first-ever indictment of an organized operation by foreign nationals to influence the outcome of a …

Third White House official resigns after being told he wouldn’t qualify for full clearance

National Economic Council official George David Banks departed amid increasing scrutiny of the Trump administration's decision to let multiple staffers work on interim clearances.<p>A senior official on the National Economic Council says he resigned on Tuesday after being informed that he would not …

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders pleads ignorance as the Rob Porter mess worsens

We’ve reached the stage in the Rob Porter saga where the White House’s previous statements now appear so blatantly false that all press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders can do is suggest she didn’t <i>know</i> they were false.<p>“We’re giving you the best information that we’re going to have,” Sanders told …

Did Trey Gowdy Just Give Away the Game on the Nunes Memo?

Gowdy’s warning about redactions suggests that Adam Schiff has outflanked Trump.<p>Later this week, when he finally finishes reading it, <b>Donald Trump</b> is expected to release House Democrats’ “pretty lengthy” 10-page response to the Nunes memo, opening a second act in a bit of political theater that has …

Day of bombshells takes Mueller probe to critical point

<b>(CNN) —</b> Finally, inexorably, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has clawed all the way up to Donald Trump himself.<p>Now a foreboding moment looms for his presidency and for the nation.<p>A stunning barrage of revelations on Tuesday suggested that at least one strand of Mueller's Russia probe …

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“I’ve Got Another Nut Job Here Who Thinks He’s Running Things”: Are Trump and Kelly Heading for Divorce?

With the president and his chief of staff arguing in public, Ivanka Trump takes charge of finding a replacement.<p><b>Donald Trump’s</b> relationship with <b>John Kelly,</b> his chief of staff, fraught from the beginning, may finally have gone past the point of no return. Two prominent Republicans in frequent …

This new Trump book could do even more damage than Michael Wolff's. Here's why.

Michael Wolff's book is littered with errors. He has a track record that suggests that embellishment is par for the course for him. He misrepresented his way into the White House. How much of his Trump tell-all is embellished or misrepresented is unclear and may never be known.<p>All of which makes a …

Robert Mueller’s team has questioned Jeff Sessions. Here’s why that matters.

Sessions still oversees the FBI — and now he has a better idea of how much trouble he’s in.<p>Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team interviewed Attorney General Jeff Sessions for several hours last week, according to a Tuesday report by the New York Times.<p>The news was expected, but the implications …

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The big question Mike Pence didn't answer about Stormy Daniels

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> On Monday in Jerusalem, Vice President Mike Pence was asked about porn star Stormy Daniels and her alleged relationship with President Donald Trump.<p>He told The Associated Press that he was "not going to comment on the latest baseless allegations against the President."<p>Which is an …

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Alleged payment to porn star was illegal donation to Trump campaign, watchdog says

The call from Common Cause for criminal prosecution echoes charges against John Edwards.<p>A watchdog group filed a pair of complaints on Monday alleging that a $130,000 payment reportedly made to a pornographic film actress who claims to have had an affair with Donald Trump violated campaign finance …

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It looks like Jeff Sessions is taking Trump's cues to clean house at the FBI

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been pushing FBI director Christopher Wray to oust two key officials who have been targeted by President Donald Trump and congressional Republicans.<p>Urging Wray to make a "fresh start" at the FBI, Axios reported that Sessions recommended he replace deputy FBI …