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News Analysis: Trump’s Attack on Russia Inquiry Is From Familiar Playbook: The Clintons’

But the strategy has driven a wedge inside Mr. Trump’s political and legal teams. Some of Mr. Trump’s lawyers have argued that the president is better off not undermining Mr. Mueller, a former F.B.I. director who served presidents of both parties and enjoys broad bipartisan respect in Washington. If the president has done nothing wrong, they argue, then allowing Mr. Mueller to come to that conclusion on his own would be the best way of finally dispensing with the suspicions of collusion with Russia during last year’s election. An exoneration…

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Can the President Be Indicted? A Long-Hidden Legal Memo Says Yes

Other prosecutors working for Mr. Starr developed a draft indictment of Mr. Clinton, which The Times has also requested be made public. The National Archives has not processed that file to determine whether it is exempt from disclosure under grand-jury secrecy rules. Document Can presidents be indicted while they remain in office? Conventional wisdom says no, but a newfound Office of Independent Counsel legal memo says yes. OPEN Document In 1974, the Watergate special counsel, Leon Jaworski, had also received a memo from his staff saying he could indict the…

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Trump Says He Has ‘Complete Power’ to Pardon

“A new INTELLIGENCE LEAK from the Amazon Washington Post, this time against A.G. Jeff Sessions,” Mr. Trump wrote. “These illegal leaks, like Comey’s, must stop!” The president was equating the report in The Post, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, to a decision by James B. Comey, the F.B.I. director he fired, to leak contents of a memo he wrote describing a conversation he had with Mr. Trump. Mr. Comey has said the memo was unclassified and therefore not illegal to disclose. The tweet about The…

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An Over-the-Top New Yorker Will Run Trump’s Communications Shop

The pair represent the competing power centers still vying inside Mr. Trump’s West Wing: Ms. Sanders, the Southern-drawling, workmanlike political operative installed by Mr. Priebus; and Mr. Scaramucci, the gregarious New York hedge fund manager who has grown close with the Trump family and is new to politics. Known throughout Manhattan as “the Mooch,” Mr. Scaramucci, 53, grew up a scrappy son of blue-collar Long Island, attended Harvard Law School and became a wealthy hedge fund manager and Wall Street fund-raiser. Along the way, he cultivated political and business relationships,…

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Senate Parliamentarian Challenges Key Provisions of Health Bill

And Democrats made clear they would seize on the findings. “The parliamentarian’s decision today proves once again that the process Republicans have undertaken to repeal the Affordable Care Act and throw 22 million Americans off of health insurance is a disaster,” said Senator Bernie Sanders, independent of Vermont. Mr. Sanders, the ranking member of the Senate Budget Committee, disclosed the preliminary decisions by the parliamentarian. The waiting period provision is fundamental to the working of the bill. Because the legislation would end the Affordable Care Act’s mandate that most Americans…

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Trump’s Virginia Golf Outings Leave Paddlers High, Dry and Angry

“There is no way you can aim a gun from a little bitty, wiggly boat. It won’t work,” fumed Susan Sherrod, chair of the Canoe Cruisers Association, a local group that is protesting mightily. “You can’t pack a big bomb in it. It’s too small.” The Trump Organization’s attraction to the area is understandable. Just outside the capital, past the mammoth shopping centers and across from the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, great blue herons and snowy egrets loll along the leafy banks. Paddleboards, wooden canoes, and kayaks cluster above where…

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ISIS Leader Is Still Alive, Pentagon Chief Says

Pentagon officials have said that Mr. Baghdadi, who takes stringent precautions to avoid detection, does not appear to be directing the Islamic State’s forces on a day-to-day basis. Mr. Mattis said he assumed that Mr. Baghdadi still “had a role to play” in the organization, but provided no details on what that role was. Mr. Mattis’s remarks to reporters off-camera came two days after President Trump convened his national security council to discuss the administration’s still-unfinished strategy for Afghanistan. The unveiling of that strategy is behind schedule. Senator John McCain,…

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Scaramucci Has a Showman’s Knack for Self-Promotion Rivaling Trump’s

Mr. Scaramucci grew up on Long Island, in Port Washington, N.Y., where one of his first jobs was delivering Newsday. He has written two books, “Goodbye Gordon Gekko” and “The Little Book of Hedge Funds.” He started SkyBridge Capital in 2005 as an incubator for hedge fund managers after spending seven years at Goldman Sachs and helping to found a money-managament firm. After the financial crisis, many hedge funds shifted tactics to attract new investors. SkyBridge bought Citigroup’s hedge fund unit and then reinvented itself, opening up to investors with…

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From Facebook Live: Peter Baker Discusses An Exclusive Interview With Trump

Jul. 21, 2017 | 16:40 President Trump met with three New York Times reporters for an exclusive interview in the Oval Office. Peter Baker provides an inside look at key takeaways from the meeting that may not have made it to print. Source: New York Times – Politics

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