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Pruitt loses his fourth EPA aide this week — and more might be on the way

Pruitt loses fourth aideEPA Administrator Scott Pruitt's inner circle continued to shrink Friday with the departure of yet another political aide — the fourth staffer to exit the agency this week amid the ongoing investigations into Pruitt's expensive travel and security spending and his tight relations with lobbyists.

Sources close to EPA expect more political appointees to join the exodus soon.

John Konkus, the second-in-command on the public affairs team, is leaving for a top communications job at the Small Business Administration. He has worked with Pruitt since helping prepare him for his Senate confirmation last year.

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Feds monitored Trump lawyer Cohen's phones with 'pen-register,' not wiretap: report

Feds monitored Cohen using Pen Register, not wiretapNBC News has corrected its reporting earlier Thursday that federal investigators had wiretapped phone lines belonging to President Trump's longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

Cohen's phones were instead monitored using a pen register, meaning authorities could only see a log of calls on the lines rather than actively hearing them.

NBC News reversed course later Thursday, with reporter Tom Winter explaining the error in his initial article live on MSNBC.

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Giuliani calls for Sessions to 'step in' on Cohen investigation

Guiliani calls for sessions to step into Mueller probe

Rudy Giuliani called for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to intervene in the Michael Cohen case and put the people behind the probe “under investigation” in a phone call with The Hill on Thursday.

“I am waiting for the Attorney General to step in, in his role as defender of justice, and put these people under investigation,” Giuliani said, reacting to an NBC News report that phones belonging to Cohen, President Trump’s longtime personal attorney, had been tapped by investigators.

The former New York City mayor argued that the reported wiretapping of Cohen, if true, was a blatant transgression of attorney-client privilege.

TVNL Comment:  How totally ignorant of the law.  Guiliani has no clue as to the very high bar set for any judge to allow the wiretap of the President's lawyer.

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Feds tapped phones of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen, and caught one call with White House

Michael Cohen wiretapped for weeks before raidFederal authorities wiretapped phone lines of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen, and intercepted at least one call between a Cohen line and the White House, NBC News reported Thursday.

It is not known when the wiretap on Cohen was authorized by a federal judge. But it was in place in the weeks before the April 9 raid on his New York City home, hotel room and office by FBI agents, according to NBC News.

It is also unknown whether Trump was heard on the wiretaps.

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Giuliani says Trump personally repaid Cohen $130k for Daniels' silence

Rudy Guiliani says Trump pid back Michael CohenRudy Giuliani said Wednesday that President Donald Trump paid back his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, the $130,000 in hush money that was used to pay off Stormy Daniels.

Giuliani's statement -- to Fox News' Sean Hannity -- contradicted Trump, who previously denied knowledge of the payment, which has since spurred a lawsuit against the President.
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Ty Cobb's departure means Donald Trump's legal team has almost completely turned over

Ty Cobb leaves as Trump's attorneyWhite House lawyer Ty Cobb is leaving President Trump's legal team, officials said Wednesday, as Trump jousts with special counsel Robert Mueller over the Russia investigation.

“For several weeks, Ty Cobb has been discussing his retirement, and last week, he let Chief of Staff (John) Kelly know he would retire at the end of this month," White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

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Report: Trump’s Personal Lawyers Don’t Have Security Clearance

Jay Sukelow does not have security clearance

Donald Trump’s legal team for the Russia investigation has had its share of setbacks. Most recently, lead attorney John Dowd resigned from his post, reportedly because Trump stopped listening to him. Losing Dowd didn’t just mean losing a “fierce legal mind,” it also meant losing the only lawyer on Trump’s team with security clearance.

Now, Bloomberg reports, none of Trump’s lawyers working on issues related to the Russia probe have clearance. Jay Sekulow, Trump’s personal attorney and the host of Jay Sekulow Live!, replaced Dowd, but he’s still waiting to be cleared. The newest members of the team — Rudy Giuliani, Marty Raskin and Jane Raskin — haven’t been on the job long enough to get cleared themselves and none of them told Bloomberg whether they’d even sought such clearance.

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