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Trump pardons ex-Cheney aide Scooter Libby

Scooter Libby gets full pardonPresident Donald Trump on Friday pardoned former Dick Cheney chief of staff Scooter Libby, the White House said.
Libby had been convicted of perjury in 2007 in the investigation into who leaked the identity of CIA officer Valerie Plame.

Scott Pruitt Uses Multiple ‘Secret’ Email Accounts, Senators Say

Pruitt used multiple email accounts

Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has used four government email accounts since assuming office, and two Democratic senators are worried the complex setup may have allowed the administrator to dodge demands for public records.

Sens. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) and Tom Carper (D-Del.), both members of a Senate committee with EPA oversight, sent a letter this week to the EPA inspector general asking for an investigation into Pruitt’s use of multiple emails. Aside from his standard This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it account, two others were used for scheduling and what the lawmakers call “communicating.” The Washington Post notes that a fourth email address, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it , is an apparent reference to the University of Oklahoma football team, of which Pruitt is a fan.

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Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein Telling Confidants He’s Prepared for Trump to Fire Him

Rosenstien is prepared to be firedDeputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has struck a stoic and righteous tone in private conversations he has had this week about the fate of his job as President Donald Trump has launched public criticism against him and considered firing him, according to three sources who have spoken to Rosenstein.

In those conversations, he has repeated the phrase, "Here I stand," a reference to Martin Luther's famous quote, "Here I stand, I can do no other." Coincidentally, former FBI Director James Comey, whom Rosenstein fired, repeated the same phrase to President George W. Bush in a conversation that has been widely reported and that Comey describes in his forthcoming book.

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President Trump denounces James Comey as 'untruthful slime ball' in response to book

James Comeytrashed by TrumpPresident Trump officially went to rhetorical war with James Comey on Friday, calling him "a proven LEAKER & LIAR"  and a "untruthful slime ball" in the wake of the former FBI director's book that likens the president to a dishonest mob boss.

"Virtually everyone in Washington thought he should be fired for the terrible job he did-until he was, in fact, fired," Trump said of Comey in a pair of remarkably critical and personal tweets.

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Valerie Plame denounces potential Libby pardon by Trump

Valerie Plame denounces Libby pardonFormer CIA operative Valerie Plame says President Donald Trump's plans to pardon I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby send a message "that you can commit crimes against national security and you will be pardoned."

Plame was exposed as a CIA operative during the George W. Bush administration. Libby, who served as Cheney's chief of staff, was convicted in 2007 of perjury, obstruction of justice and lying to FBI investigators. No one, however, was charged for the leak.

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President Trump poised to pardon Scooter Libby, Dick Cheney's former chief of staff

Scooter Libby to be pardonedPresident Donald Trump is poised to pardon Scooter J. Libby, the former chief of staff to Vice President Dick Cheney, according to sources familiar with the president’s thinking.

The president has already signed off on the pardon, which is something he has been considering for several months, sources told ABC News.

The move would mark another controversial pardon for Trump and could raise questions as an increasing number of the president’s political allies have landed themselves in legal jeopardy. The White House has repeatedly said that no pardons are currently on the table for people caught up in the Russia investigation.

TVNL Comment: This is the dress rehearsal for a mass pardon of every criminal in the Trump mob.  Wait and see.

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Trump, Mueller teams prepare to move forward without presidential interview

Mueller will go on without interview with TrumpSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller’s office and President Donald Trump’s legal team are now proceeding with strategies that presume a presidential interview will likely not take place as part of the Russia investigation, after months of talks between the two sides collapsed earlier this week, according to multiple people familiar with the matter.

On Monday Trump’s lawyers were discussing a possible interview with Mueller's team and had begun to hash out the final sticking points, including the timing, scope and length, according to people familiar with the discussions. One person familiar with the strategy said the president’s lawyers had over the weekend sought to expand his legal team to include individuals who would prepare him for an interview. Another person familiar with the matter, however, said preparations had not yet gone that far.

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