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Trump Asserts 'Complete Power to Pardon' in Saturday Tweetstorm

The president also angrily lashed out at the media and his critics.<p>President Trump lashed out at the media in a Saturday morning tweetstorm, insisting his authority to issue pardons is “complete” and expressing frustration over stories that revealed Attorney General Jeff Sessions may have lied …

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The untouchable Hope Hicks

Trump's 28-year-old communications adviser has earned the president's trust by letting him do just as he pleases when it comes to dealing with the press.<p>Hope Hicks was celebrating a family wedding at a Bermuda golf club the weekend after Donald Trump was elected president when she overheard members …

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The Latest: Trump complains on Twitter about 'illegal leaks'

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the probe into allegations of Russian meddling in the U.S. presidential election (all times local):<p>6:55 a.m.<p>President Donald Trump is complaining about a Washington Post report that the Russian ambassador to the U.S. said he discussed election-related issues with …

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Read Anthony Scaramucci’s old tweets. You’ll understand why he deleted them.

New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci hasn't always shared the political views of the administration he now serves.<p>In previous tweets, the Wall Street financier called Hillary Clinton “incredibly competent” and appeared to be at odds with his new boss on issues such as gun …

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Donald Trump Decided He Can Pardon Himself, Apparently

Just in case...<p>President Trump dedicated his Saturday morning to tweeting his way through the past week's news, forgiving his new communications director for not supporting him sooner, and repeating that Donald Trump Jr. is a good boy while Hillary Clinton "acid washed" emails. So, normal …

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In tweet storm, Trump decries ‘illegal leaks’ and asserts ‘all agree’ he has complete power to pardon

NORFOLK — A defiant President Trump unleashed a flurry of nearly a dozen tweets Saturday morning, asserting that he has the “complete power to pardon” aides, family members and possibly even himself — an apparent response to the special counsel’s widening Russia probe — and decrying “illegal leaks” …

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Bush, Cuban: Trump dragging down GOP, billionaires

NEW YORK (AP) — President Donald Trump's performance in the White House will make it harder for Republicans — and billionaires — in the coming elections, two of his most prominent critics said Saturday.<p>Billionaire businessman Mark Cuban and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush lashed out at the Republican …

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Hope Hicks reportedly tried to rein Trump in during explosive ‘Times’ interview. It didn’t work.

2 min read<p>Published 14m ago on<p>by Eric Lutz<p>shareemail<p>Published 14m ago on<p>by Eric Lutz<p>Hope Hicks, director of strategic communications for the White …

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Pardon me? Legal experts doubt Trump could absolve himself in Russia inquiry

The president, under pressure over a deepening scandal, says ‘all agree’ that he has ‘the complete power to pardon’, but analysts suggest this is not the case<p>An apropos-of-nothing assertion by Donald Trump on Twitter on Saturday morning, that “all agree the US president has the complete power to …

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What Watergate and Whitewater tell us about Trump's drip, drip, drip

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> Clandestine meetings. Special counsels. Congressional probes. Sound familiar? The constellation of headline-driving drama in today's news recalls the machinations that engulfed Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton for years of their respective tenures. Those episodes offer …

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Scaramucci praises Breitbart in first interview since communications appointment

Newly-named White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci on Saturday praised conservative news site Breitbart News and its political editor Matt Boyle during his first interview since being tapped to join the Trump administration.<p>“One of the things Breitbart has done is you've captured …

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Donald Trump Accuses New York Times of Foiling Attempt to Kill ISIS Leader

President Donald Trump spent his Saturday morning posting a series of tweets ranging from healthcare to the New York <i>Times</i> possibly foiling an attempt …

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When Will Republicans Learn That Donald Trump Hates Them?

Across the Trump-fanatic clickservative media, the week’s theme was ‘Why won’t Republicans follow Donald Trump over the cliff?’<p>Six months in to the Trump presidency and you need a steady diet of fentanyl, Thunderbird, and head trauma to believe that Donald Trump is a master negotiator, a real …

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Jeff Sessions has a good excuse for not disclosing his Russia meetings — Jared Kushner doesn’t

Journalists and investigators poking around the Trump-Russia story are on the hunt for lies—or, to borrow a word from Kellyanne Conway, any “furtive” activity that points to a deliberate effort to cover something up.<p>In recent days, there’s been scrutiny of two documents that seem a little furtive. …

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White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci to delete tweets the internet already recorded

Empty transparency.<p>Just one day into his job as White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci announced on Twitter that he’d be deleting past tweets. Not only is this a highly counterintuitive move for the person charged with communicating between the Trump administration and the press — …

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Trump Loses Saturday Morning Cool, Fires Off Multiple Tweets in Long Rant

Over a period of two hours early Saturday morning, President Donald Trump fired off a flurry of angry tweets touching on everything from controversy over his son's meeting with a Russian lawyer to reports that his new hire, Anthony Scaramucci, once backed Jeb Bush. In a tweet about a recent</i> …

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Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Once in political shadows, now in White House spotlight

WASHINGTON — The new White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was nine years old when she worked her first political campaign: her father’s bid for a U.S. Senate seat in Arkansas.<p>Republican Mike Huckabee would lose that race to Democratic incumbent Dale Bumpers in 1992. But he’d …

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Week 9: Donald Trump’s Napoleon Complex

The Friday Cover<p>The Friday Cover is POLITICO Magazine's email of the week's best, delivered to your inbox every Friday morning.<p>Like the little emperor, the president can’t seem to get out of Russia and winter is coming.<p>You could say that President Donald Trump dropped his guard to the <i>New York Times</i> …

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A President Mike Pence is looking better every day

Donald Trump and those around him have made a long series of mistakes stemming from his campaign's contacts with Russians and subsequent inquiries into the matter, which raise the real possibility of his impeachment. But none of those compares to his biggest blunder: choosing Mike Pence as his …

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Federal investigators in Russia probe hope to flip Paul Manafort: report

Trump's former campaign manager is under investigation for money laundering, and Bob Mueller is looking to flip him<p>U.S. investigators are looking into money laundering allegations made against Paul Manafort, and apparently special counsel Robert Mueller intends on leveraging that probe to extract …

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The clock may have just run out on the White House press corps

<i>Jennifer Palmieri served as White House communications director from 2013 to 2015 and was communications director for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign.</i><p>When I was White House communications director for President Barack Obama I would warn the White House press corps that they were living …

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Rep. Lieu: "Kushner lied," should be investigated

Congressman Ted Lieu, D-CA, discusses a recent spate of revisions to clearance forms by high-level presidential advisors, and then how special …

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Buried 19-year-old memo indicates special counsel Mueller might have authority to indict Trump

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Trump is building a Cabinet ready for political, legal war

When President Trump makes more changes in his West Wing (insiders suspect August or September, but who knows?), any new faces are likely to be in …

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Jared Kushner Discloses Dozens More Assets in Revised Financial Filing

Ivanka Trump disclosed $2.5 million in salary and severance from her father’s businesses<p>WASHINGTON—Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump’s son-in-law and a senior White House adviser, on Friday released a revised version of his personal financial disclosure showing his initial filing omitted dozens …

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The Story Of Sean Spicer’s Heist Of A Mini-Fridge Has All The Makings Of A Tom Cruise Movie

Donald Trump Jr. isn’t the only one involved in a scenario that seems straight out of a heist movie. In a send-off post following Sean Spicer’s resignation from the post of White House Press Secretary, the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> told a whimsical anecdote in which Spicer performed a one-man mission of …

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Tracking Trump: Russia scandal deepens while healthcare flatlines

Donald Trump clashed with Senate Republicans on the healthcare bill and Robert Mueller, in a tumultuous week that ended with Sean Spicer quitting<p>It was a week full of difficult news for the Trump administration on both the healthcare and Russia fronts, at the end of which White House press …

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Anthony Scaramucci reportedly refers to Sean Spicer as Melissa McCarthy

New White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci referred to former press secretary Sean Spicer as Melissa McCarthy to people within the White House, The Wall Street Journal reported on Friday.<p>The Journal's report cited several Trump administration officials in its claim. McCarthy gained …

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Draining the swamp — of brainpower: Trump’s corrupt administration is fueled by anti-intellectualism

Trump got elected by attacking "elites." But he didn't mean rich people — only those with education and expertise<p>On the campaign trail last year Donald Trump forcefully promoted himself as the anti-corruption candidate and famously promised that he would “drain the swamp” in Washington if elected …

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Donald Trump Insists He Has The 'Complete Power' To Pardon, As Russia Probe Persists

It's not clear if he can pardon himself.<p>President Donald Trump claimed he had the “complete” ability to pardon and appeared to be trying to redirect attention from a probe into alleged ties between his campaign and Russia in a series of tweets Saturday morning.<p>Trump’s pardon claim came after The …

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