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Michael Flynn 'to invoke 5th Amendment' over Russia probe

Flynn to take FifthFormer National Security Adviser Michael Flynn will invoke his Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination as he notifies a Senate panel that he won't hand over documents in the probe into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election, according to a person with direct knowledge of the matter.

The notification will come in a letter to the Senate Intelligence committee expected later Monday. The person providing details spoke on condition anonymity in order to discuss private interactions between Flynn and the committee.

Flynn's decision comes less than two weeks after the committee issued a subpoena for Flynn's personal documents.

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Trump budget to cut $800B from Medicaid

Trump budget cuts Medicaid by $800BPresident Donald Trump plans to request $1.7 trillion in cuts to social and entitlement programs for lower-income Americans, including an $800 billion cut in Medicaid, U.S. government officials said.

Trump's request, which is expected to officially be unveiled on Tuesday, is part of an effort to balance the budget within a decade. Bloomberg News, citing a Republican congressional aide and a White House document outlining the budget, reported the Trump request includes $274 billion in cuts over 10 years to means-tested anti-poverty programs, such as food stamps.

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McMaster Can’t Remember If Trump Called Comey A ‘Nut Job’ In Meeting With Russians

McMaster has amnesia re Trump comments about ComeyNational security adviser H.R. McMaster said Sunday he doesn’t really remember what President Donald Trump said in a meeting with Russian officials earlier this month.

McMaster was in the now-infamous Oval Office meeting with the president, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak. But when pressed on whether Trump called former FBI Director James Comey a “nut job” in that meeting and bragged about firing him, McMaster said he couldn’t remember.

“Well, I don’t remember exactly what the president said,” he told ABC’s “This Week.”

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Sheriff David Clarke plagiarized portions of his master's thesis on homeland security

Sheriff David Clarke plagiarized Masters thesis entriesControversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who this week announced he will be joining Donald Trump's administration as assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, plagiarized sections of his 2013 master's thesis on US security, a CNN KFile review has found.

Clarke, a visible surrogate for Trump during the campaign known for his incendiary rhetoric, earned a master's degree in security studies at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. In his thesis, "Making U.S. security and privacy rights compatible," Clarke failed to properly attribute his sources at least 47 times.

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House Intel committee asks former Trump campaign staffer to interview in Russia probe

Michael CaputoThe House Intelligence Committee is asking a former adviser to President Trump who has ties to Russia for a voluntary interview and documents related to alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The New York Times reported Saturday that the House committee sent a letter to Michael Caputo on May 9 asking him to “produce documents and other materials to the committee and participate in a voluntary transcribed interview at the committee’s offices.”

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Trump told aides firing Flynn was a mistake

Trump backed Flynn after firingTwo days after firing Michael Flynn as his national security adviser in February, President Donald Trump told several aides and friends he should have kept him instead.

Trump, several people close to him say, sometimes appears to question decisions even after they’ve been made. He told New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that he could still be labor secretary even after he’d publicly named Alexander Acosta to the role. He privately told former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani he could potentially still name him as attorney general after he’d offered Jeff Sessions to the job.

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Trump to Russian diplomats: Firing 'nut job' James Comey took 'great pressure' off me

Trump told Russians that Comey was a nut jobPresident Donald Trump told Russian diplomats in an Oval Office meeting last week that his firing of "nut job" FBI Director James Comey had taken "great pressure" off of him, The New York Times reported Friday.

The comments were read to the Times by an American official and were from a White House document summarizing the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador to the US Sergey Kislyak. White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not dispute the comments to the Times.

"I just fired the head of the FBI," Trump said. "He was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off."

"I'm not under investigation," he added.

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