Trump slams Russia probe in face of new reality

(CNN)A frenzied year in Washington is going out with a roar as the political forces that combined to make the first half of President Donald Trump‘s mandate so turbulent come to a head in a hugely consequential run-up to the holidays. “They are Entrapping people for misstatements, lies or unrelated…

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Orrin Hatch’s embarrassingly bad defense of Donald Trump

(CNN)Orrin Hatch has spent a lot of his Senate career on the Judiciary Committee. Which focuses on, you know, justice and the like. First of all, the allegations that Trump directed and coordinated two hush money payments during the 2016 election to women alleging affairs with him don’t come from…

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Democratic Rep. Heck: ‘This is the beginning of the end for the Trump administration’

Washington (CNN)Rep. Denny Heck said Wednesday that recent indictments and sentencing memos show “the walls are closing in and this is the beginning of the end for the Trump administration.” “They now have the President as an unindicted co-conspirator for campaign finance laws, breaking campaign finance laws,” Heck told CNN.…

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GOP shrugs at Trump’s involvement in Cohen crimes

(CNN)President Donald Trump on Friday was implicated by prosecutors in two crimes committed by his former attorney Michael Cohen. Asked if he had any concerns that Trump was implicated, Hatch told CNN: “The Democrats will do anything to hurt this President.” Informed it was alleged by federal prosecutors in New…

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North Carolina GOP says new election in contested House race necessary if misconduct allegations proven

Raleigh, North Carolina (CNN)North Carolina Republicans said Tuesday that a new election would be necessary in the state’s 9th Congressional District if investigators can verify a local newspaper report that early voting results in Bladen County were leaked before Election Day. The decision ultimately rests with a bipartisan state board,…

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Ayers not taking job as White House chief of staff

(CNN)Nick Ayers, the leading candidate to replace John Kelly as President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, announced Sunday he will not be taking the job, reviving discussions about who will succeed the retired Marine general when he leaves at the end of the month. “Thank you @realDonaldTrump, @VP, and my…

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Here’s what we know about the unresolved House race in North Carolina

(CNN)North Carolina elections officials as well as local and state prosecutors are investigating allegations of fraud that could involve tampering with or suppressing absentee ballots in a close congressional race there. Republican Mark Harris, a Baptist minister, got 905 more votes than Democratic candidate Dan McCready, a businessman and retired…

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Back at the drawing board, Trump weighs pros and cons for a new chief of staff

Washington (CNN)President Donald Trump has three weeks to find a new chief of staff — but few seem to want the job. The list of candidates in the mix continues to fluctuate and, so far, two leading candidates have expressed reluctance at taking the job, citing a chaotic West Wing.…

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Trump tries to change the story, but Russia cloud darkens

(CNN)President Donald Trump is dipping into his playbook of distraction and denial, but even his skills at weaving alternative narratives cannot disguise the growing threat he faces from special counsel Robert Mueller. The more Mueller’s work seems to uncover contacts with Russians by people inside Trump’s orbit and evidence that…

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