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Trump personally made decision to limit Bannon testimony: report

President Trump reportedly ordered that former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon limit his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee.

Trump's decision came after receiving advice from Uttam Dhillon, a deputy White House counsel, Foreign Policy reports.
Dhillon reportedly thought the administration could have legitimate executive privilege claims in the situation, sources told Foreign Policy. But Dhillon also found the administration doesn't have legitimate executive privilege claims to limit the testimony of Bannon and other officials from giving information to special counsel Robert Mueller.

Foreign Policy's findings come after it was reported earlier this week that an attorney for Bannon relayed questions to the White House in real time while his client was testifying before the House Intelligence Committee.

The Associated Press reported that Bannon's attorney, Bill Burck, was communicating with the White House counsel's office via phone to check on whether it would allow Bannon to answer certain questions.


Simpson: It appears the Russians you know, infiltrated the NRA





Does sex with porn stars count as exercise? Seems it could.....

"I get exercise. I mean I walk, I this, I that," Trump said. "I run over to a building next door. I get more exercise than people think."


Trump in 2015, suggesting to Torshin's special assistant-that he would lift sanctions on Russia


Bannon Mystery Solved

PS/ One correction: the NYT reports the Bannon subpoena came *last week*. So that means the GOP brought Bannon in, and tried to subpoena him mid-testimony, to *force* him to disclose to Trump's agents (notably Nunes) what he planned to tell Bob Mueller. So: mystery solved, then.


...And Now to Present "The Fakest News Awards" - The potus in his tidy whities...


House Intel Committee To Release transcripts of interview with Glenn Simpson-Head Of Fusion GPS

The House Intelligence Committee will release the transcript of its interview with Glenn Simpson, the head of Fusion GPS, The Daily Beast has learned.

The transcript could be released as soon as today.

The House Intelligence Committee will release the transcript of its interview with Glenn Simpson, the head of controversial research firm Fusion GPS, The Daily Beast has learned. The transcript could be released as soon as today. Adam Schiff, the committee’s top Democrat, has called for the release of the transcript. Fusion GPS’s co-founder has also called for its release. Fusion GPS is at the center of the Trump/Russia probe. The company has drawn unrelenting criticism from Republicans for its role in putting together a dossier that includes salacious allegations about President Donald Trump and the Kremlin. Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid the firm to research Trump, through campaign lawyer Marc Elias.

—Betsy Woodruff


Mexican Govt replies to Trumps tweets today:

- Mexico won’t pay for wall
- Mexico isn’t most violent country
- Drug violence is joint US/MX problem
- Mexico’s role in NAFTA table will be constructive
- Mexico won’t negotiate via social media


Yuck: The cover of today's NY Daily News.

The reason the porn star payoff isn't a story is...the Access Hollywood story. That established the baseline that Trump is NOT to be admired as a human being even by his fans. They needn't think well of him to think well of him


NPR: Majority Of Americans See Trump's First Year As A Failure

A new NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll finds that by a 53-to-40-percent margin, Americans deemed Trump's first year a failure. And by an almost 2-to-1 margin (61 to 32 percent), Americans said they believe Trump has divided the country since his election.

Americans give Trump relatively positive marks on his handling of ISIS and the state of the economy — no small things. But on just about every other issue, they disapprove of his handling of them or they think things have gotten worse — from their views of the tax plan to the state of race relations and women's rights to immigration, health care, the deficit and foreign policy, including his approach to North Korea. Seven-in-10 Americans are now concerned about the possibility of war breaking out with the rogue nuclear nation.

"The first-year grades for Trump are not good," said Lee Miringoff, director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion. "He remains with his base intact and not much else. People remain doubtful in the institutions of our government, doubtful in how he's communicating things and how he's handling things. It's not a pretty picture for the president after the first year."

A majority of Americans continue to disapprove of the job Trump is doing overall (53 percent), think the country is headed in the wrong direction (57 percent), overwhelmingly believe his policies are directed toward helping the wealthy (60 percent) as opposed to the middle class (25 percent) — and see his use of Twitter as a risky way to communicate (78 percent) that isn't sending the right message.

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