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Under the bus
October 11, 2018

President Trump wants everyone to know he has dirt on his former economic adviser.

During a Fox & Friends interview Thursday morning, host Brian Kilmeade suggested to Trump that Gary Cohn, the former director of the National Economic Council, might have been one of the sources for Bob Woodward's explosive book Fear. Trump responded that he "could very well have been." Cohn is a major player in the Woodward book, which details a White House in chaos: One section describes him stealing documents off the president's desk so he can't sign them.

But Trump took it a step further, suggesting he's got some things he wants to reveal about Cohn himself. "I can tell stories about him like you wouldn't believe," Trump said of Cohn, without elaborating.

Cohn has publicly stated that Woodward's book is not accurate and that he's proud of his time spent in the White House, but the president didn't seem to buy that denial. "But what does that mean?" Trump said of Cohn's statement. He also suggested Cohn never believed in him anyway, saying he never thought Trump would be able to re-negotiate trade deals with Mexico and Canada. Watch Trump's comments below. Brendan Morrow

August 24, 2018

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.) wants everyone to know that not only did he not handle his campaign funds, but he's not even in charge of his own bank account.

Hunter and his wife, Margaret, were indicted earlier this week, accused of spending more than $250,000 in campaign funds on personal vacations, clothes, and flying their pet rabbit to Washington, D.C. They pleaded not guilty on Thursday morning, and during an appearance on Fox News later in the day, Hunter denied any wrongdoing. "My campaign did make mistakes, there was money spent on things, not by me but by the campaign, and I paid that back before my last election," Hunter told Martha MacCallum.

He called the charges "pure politics," and when asked if this was his wife's fault, Hunter didn't say no. Hunter served in Iraq with the Marines, and said when he deployed he gave his wife power of attorney over their finances. "She was also the campaign manager, so whatever she did, that'll be looked at, too, I'm sure," he said. "But I didn't do it. I didn't spent any money illegally." As a congressman, Hunter earns $174,000 a year, and MacCallum asked him if he thought that number should be higher. "I think it depends where you live," he said. "It's difficult to live in a place like San Francisco or San Diego or New York or D.C. It's probably easier to live in Kansas or Missouri. It's all relative." Catherine Garcia

December 27, 2017

President Trump's legal team is gearing up to paint former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn as a liar who will say anything to get himself out of trouble, three people with knowledge of the strategy told The Washington Post Wednesday.

Flynn is cooperating with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and earlier this month, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. While Trump's attorneys have said privately they don't think Flynn has evidence that could harm Trump or White House officials, they are preparing themselves for anything he might say against the president.

It's not surprising that this is their strategy, legal experts said. "They will pull out all the arguments: 'You pleaded guilty. You don't have anything more than your word, and you probably got your son off with this. You got the deal of the century,'" defense attorney Barbara Van Gelder lawyer told the Post. Because Flynn's plea agreement was so lenient, most presume he has given Mueller major information. "That is what I thought was the brilliance of the Flynn plea," Van Gelder said. "It said, 'I'm giving just enough to have the judge sentence you within the guidelines, but not giving anything to anybody else.'" Catherine Garcia

July 14, 2017

It seems President Trump wants to make sure that if the GOP attempt to repeal and replace ObamaCare fails yet again, the American people know who to blame. And it isn't him.

Early Friday morning, Trump sent a series of tweets imploring Republican senators to "come through as they have promised!" and said he would be waiting, pen in hand, to sign the newly revised bill, which was released Thursday. He even called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) by name, in case anyone forgets who the ringleader of this effort is:

On Wednesday, Trump said he would be "very angry" if Senate Republicans don't pass their ObamaCare repeal and replacement. But it looks like even the threat of the president's wrath may not be enough to save the bill. Immediately after the new version of the bill was released Thursday, three Republican senators — Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine), Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio), and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) — said they would not vote for it. Just two "no" votes will kill the bill.

Although if threatening won't work, maybe a little flattery will? Jessica Hullinger

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