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Trump Totally Twists His Pro-Collusion Comments: ‘Of Course’ I’d Report Attempts by Foreign Countries

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President Donald Trump is now saying “of course” he would report to the FBI attempts by foreign nations to give him negative information about the United States – a strong departure from remarks he made that have caused days of outrage and condemnation.

“Of course you give it to the FBI or report it to the attorney general,” Trump told  “Fox & Friends” Friday morning.

But that’s not what the national outrage is about, nor what Trump originally said.

President Trump told ABC News this week that he would not report to the FBI attempts by foreign nations to give him “opposition research” against a political opponent to help him win re-election – which is illegal.

“I think you might want to listen, there isn’t anything wrong with listening,” Trump said on Wednesday, which is legally incorrect. “You don’t call the FBI.”

Here’s how Trump tried to twist the issue – and his response.

“First of all I don’t think anybody would present me with anything bad because they know how much I love this country,” Trump told “Fox & Friends,” which is pointless.

“Number two, if I was, and of course you have to look at it, if you don’t look at it you’re not going to know if it’s bad – how are you going to know if it’s bad? But of course you give it to the FBI or report it to the Attorney General or somebody like that – but of course you do that,” Trump, wildly departing from his pro-collusion comments to ABC News, told the Fox News crew.

“You couldn’t have that happen with our country, everybody understands that,” he added.

But then there’s another twist.

“If I don’t listen, you’re not going to know,” Trump said, changing the form of the information from something he would “look at” to something he would “listen” to.

And then, this:

“If I thought anything was incorrect or badly stated, I’d report it to the Attorney General, the FBI, I’d report it to law enforcement,” Trump said, which makes no sense.

At issue is accepting dirt on a political opponent. Audio or visual does not matter. But whether or not the information is “incorrect or badly stated” doesn’t matter one bit.

He then totally distorts the issue.

“One thing that’s different with the president, I had dinner with the Queen, I met with the prime minister of the UK, I was with the head of France, all these nations, and I constantly sam, constantly talking t them,” he said, trying to defend himself while altering the issue.

“Gee, if they say, ‘We don’t like your opponent,’ am I supposed to put the President of France, a, I supposed to report him to the FBI?”

 

 

 

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Supreme Court Blocks House Subpoena for Trump’s Financial Records – for Now

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The U.S. Supreme Court has just issued a temporary stay blocking a House subpoena that would require the release of President Donald Trump’s financial documents. Chief Justice John Roberts issued the order.

The stay is until “further order,” and allows time for both sides to submit arguments, according to Bloomberg News.

Calling it an “indefinite delay,” the Associated Press notes the “hold could last a matter of days or weeks,” if the Court decides to let two lower court rulings in favor of the House stand.

“But the delay could extend for months if the justices decide they need to hear arguments and issue a written opinion,” the AP adds.

Responses from both sides are due Thursday, according to this document posted by Axios:

 

 

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House Investigating if Trump Lied to Mueller

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The U.S. House of Representatives is investigating if President Donald Trump lied to Special Counsel Robert Mueller during his 22-month long Russia probe.

The Washington Post reports the attorney for the House revealed the existence of the investigation to a panel of judges. The House is arguing that it must be allowed to see secret grand-jury materials from Mueller’s investigation. The Dept. of Justice has been blocking that request after a lower court ordered the materials handed over to Congress.

The New York Times adds that the investigation is focused on the written answers Trump submitted to questions from the Special Counsel.

It is a crime to lie to the FBI or the DOJ.

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Three People Dead in Shooting at Oklahoma Walmart

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Three people were shot to death at a Duncan, Oklahoma Walmart, according to KOCO 5 News.

The Duncan Banner reports police have confirmed the shooting suspect is dead. It is currently unclear if they are included in the death toll.

A mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas left 20 people dead and dozens injured. It led the company in September to ask customers to cease open-carry of guns and announce it would stop the sale of many types of ammunition.

Just days later Walgreens and CVS pharmacies, and Kroger and Wegmans supermarkets announced they too were asking customers to no longer enter their stores openly-carrying guns.

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