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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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Trump Judicial Nominee Refuses To Say If She Agrees With Desegregated Schools

Wendy Vitter not sure she agrees with school desegregationFederal judicial nominee Wendy Vitter refused to say on Wednesday whether she agreed with the landmark civil rights case that desegregated U.S. public schools.

During her confirmation hearing, Vitter, whom President Donald Trump nominated to become a federal judge in the Eastern District of Louisiana, would not say whether she believed the Supreme Court case, Brown v. Board of Education, was correctly decided when Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) asked her about it.

“I don’t mean to be coy, but I think I get into a difficult area when I start commenting on Supreme Court decisions ― which are correctly decided, which I disagree with. Again, my personal, political or religious views, I would set aside,” she said, adding that she would uphold legal precedent.

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Former EPA staffer: Refusal to OK first-class flight for Pruitt aide prompted firing

Former EPAAs staffer: I was fired for not approving first class flight

A former top EPA staffer says he was pushed out of the agency after he refused to retroactively approve the first-class travel of one of Administrator Scott Pruitt's closest aides.

Kevin Chmielewski, who previously worked as the deputy chief of staff for operations and handled many of Pruitt’s travel and logistics coordination, told Democratic lawmakers this week that Pruitt had requested his aide, Samantha Dravis, the head of EPA's Office of Policy, join him in first class on a return flight from Morocco in December, where Pruitt went to promote U.S. natural gas.

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James Comey: John Kelly Called Trump ‘Dishonorable’ For Firing Me

Comey: Kelly called Trump dishonorable for firing me.

Within minutes of his firing in May, former FBI director James Comey received a call from John Kelly, then the head of the Department of Homeland Security and now the White House chief of staff.

According to Comey’s account, which is set to appear in his highly-anticipated forthcoming memoir, Kelly was “emotional” over the manner in which Comey was let go. The then-FBI Director had reportedly been in California at the time, speaking to FBI agents in Los Angeles, and only found out that he was out of a job when he saw the news break on TV.

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Tabloid paid Trump doorman Dino Sajudin $30K for salacious story it never wrote

Michael Cohen - Trrump's Fixer and Consiglieri

A former Trump World Tower doorman with a salacious tale about the man who would be president sold its rights to the parent company of National Enquirer, which promptly killed the story, multiple media outlets reported Thursday.

Dylan Howard, editor-in-chief of the Enquirer, denied the company was "catching and killing" stories to protect Trump, saying the story was not published because the claims could not be proven.

Enquirer staffers, however, told The New Yorker and the Associated Press that reporters were pulled off the story, which claimed Trump had fathered a love-child almost three decades ago. Both outlets acknowledged, however, that they were unable to prove the story.

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Another top official leaves National Security Council amid Bolton shuffle

Deputy national security advise Waddell quits

Ricky Waddell, the No. 2 official at the National Security Council (NSC), plans to leave his post as new national security adviser John Bolton seeks to form his own team.

"Rick will be leaving and his departure date has yet to be confirmed," a White House official confirmed to The Hill.

Waddell is the fourth top national security aide to leave or be ousted since Bolton started in his new role on Monday.

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Mike Pompeo's secretary of state confirmation hearing begins

Mike Pompeo's Sec. of State hearings

The confirmation hearing for CIA chief Mike Pompeo's appointment as secretary of state has begun in the US Senate.

Appearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday, Pompeo was expected to face questions over his past positions on torture, allegations of Islamophobia and a failure to disclose dealings with a Chinese company, according to reports.

Last year, Pompeo failed to include a company he owned in Kansas that had imported Chinese oilfield equipment in his disclosures filed when he was named CIA director, the McClatchy news agency reported.

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