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Federal employees step up defiance of Trump

Federal employees stand up to TrumpGovernment employees are growing increasingly willing to criticize or defy the White House and President Trump’s top appointees.

A handful of current and former career staffers in the Interior Department and Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have openly shredded their superiors within the last several weeks, continuing a trend that has developed throughout the government over the course of Trump’s tenure in the Oval Office.

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White House ‘Enemies List’ Drove McMaster-Bannon Feud

White House enemies list promotes Bannon-Mcmasters warAn internal White House enemies list of alleged Obama loyalists to be fired early in the Trump administration is a key contributor to a long-running feud between the National Security Adviser H. R. McMaster and White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, two senior administration officials tell The Daily Beast.

Team Trump never acted on the list, the officials said, and now those employees have finished their tenure at the National Security Council and returned to their home agencies.

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The War Against H.R. McMaster

H.R. McMaster targeted by the alt rightLong-simmering tensions within the White House burst into public view this week after the firings of three National Security Council officials, resulting in National-Security Adviser H.R. McMaster becoming Public Enemy No. 1 of the pro-Trump online brigades.

McMaster has cleaned house at the NSC over the past few weeks. Via his deputy Ricky Waddell, he fired director of strategic planning Rich Higgins last month over a memo Higgins wrote alleging a deep-state conspiracy against President Trump.

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White House as crime scene: how Robert Mueller is closing in on Trump

WH as crime scene: closing in on TrumpThe legal net around Donald Trump’s beleaguered presidency tightened dramatically this week with news that a grand jury has been established a few hundred yards from the White House, to pursue evidence of collusion with the Kremlin.

It is a troubling development for the president, for several reasons. In the US legal system, a grand jury has broad powers to issue subpoenas, and ultimately indictments, at the request of prosecutors.

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Mueller Seeks White House Documents on Flynn

Mueller seeks White House documents re FlynnInvestigators working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, recently asked the White House for documents related to former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn, and have questioned witnesses about whether he was secretly paid by the Turkish government during the final months of the presidential campaign, according to people close to the investigation.

Though not a formal subpoena, the document request is the first known instance of Mr. Mueller’s team asking the White House to hand over records.

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Three more RNC staffers set to exit

RNC staffers leaveLess than a year into the midterm campaign season, the Republican National Committee is experiencing a wave of staff-level departures.

Over the next several weeks, three RNC aides — deputy chief data officer Liam O’Rourke, director of political data support Ashley Burns, and director of business intelligence Patrick Stewart — are expected to leave. The exits, confirmed by three RNC officials, have surprised the tight-knit world of Republican operatives and signaled a broader upheaval within the committee’s data department.

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After six months, Pence has now turned over all state-related AOL emails, his attorney says

Pence emails turned in: lawyerIt took nearly six months after he left the governor's office, but Vice President Pence and his legal team say they have now provided Indiana officials with all emails from his personal AOL account involving state business.

Pence attorney Karoline Jackson said in a recent email to the state's legal counsel that  “a complete electronic production of state records" from Pence's time as governor had been delivered to the state as of June 23.

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