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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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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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