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Former Mueller Deputy on Trump: Deep State, “Government Is Going To Kill This Guy”


CNN counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd, who worked for the CIA and the FBI when Robert Mueller was the director, on Thursday told host Jake Tapper that "the government is going to kill" President Donald Trump "because he doesn't support them." "Let me give you one bottom line as a former government official," Mudd began. "The government is going to kill this guy." "[Trump] defends Vladimir Putin, their State Department, and CIA officers are coming home. And at Langley and in Foggy Bottom (State Dept headquarters), CIA and State they're saying, this is how you defend us? We saw the same thing in his transgender comments. What is the military saying to him on transgender? Show us the policy. You know what that means inside government, ain't going to happen. What did the Department of Justice say on Paul Manafort? You can say what you want, a judge told us we cause to search his home early in the morning because we don't trust the guy who was your campaign manager," he said. "The government is going to kill this guy because he doesn't support them," Mudd declared. Jake Tapper attempted to clear up Mudd's comments, "obviously, when you're talking about killing you're using that as a metaphor." "What I'm saying is government — people talk about the deep state — when you disrespect government officials who've done 30 years, they're going to say, 'Really? You send Vladimir Putin sends U.S. officers home and you support him before us?" Mudd replied. Transcript, via CNN of Thursday's broadcast of The Lead with Jake Tapper: JAKE TAPPER, CNN HOST: I want to start, guys, with the comments that President Trump made when asked about the fact that in retaliation for the sanctions against Russia, Vladimir Putin expelled 755 U.S. diplomats and other personnel from the embassy in Moscow. Take a listen to what President Trump had to say. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) TRUMP: No, I want to thank him because we're trying to cut down on payroll. And as far as I'm concerned, I'm very thankful that he let go of a large number of people because now we have a smaller payroll. There's no real reason for them to go back. So, I greatly appreciate the fact that they've been able to cut our payroll for the United States. We'll save a lot of money. (END VIDEO CLIP) TAPPER: I mean, first of all, it's not going to help cut payroll at all. That's just not how government budgets work. But beyond that, what Putin did was an anti-American action. Period. That's all it was. That's the definition of an anti-American action, and there President Trump is thanking him for carrying it out. NEERA TANDEN, CENTER FOR AMERICAN PROGRESS PRESIDENT: Yes, I mean, Americans versus the Russian interest, right? This is actually happening because of the sanctions. Putin said it is retaliation against America for what it did. He's expelling American diplomats and others, and the President is cheering him on. I mean, it is – it is a bizarre act for the American President to take the side of a foreign government against our own state department personnel who are being expelled. TAPPER: And Amanda, when we first heard that he had said this, I think we all said – we all thought to ourselves, well, maybe he was joking, he was trying to be funny but there wasn't any obvious attempt at humor there. AMANDA CARPENTER, CNN POLITICAL COMMENTATOR: No, it looked like he was being fairly serious. Does he believe his own spin, I'm not sure, but that is the answer that he gave when asked about Americans leaving the country. I think the next time he should probably roll over and ask Putin to scratch his belly. I mean, this is an act of submission. There's no win for America. We don't have staff on the ground with a very important country not only for geopolitical reasons but because they meddled in our election and there's investigations going on. I can't accept that as an excuse and I think, other people should press him for a better answer. TAPPER: What was your response Phil Mudd? FMR. FBI DEPUTY DIRECTOR TO ROBERT MUELLER PHIL MUDD, CNN COUNTERTERRORISM ANALYST: A couple of surprises. Let me give you one bottom line as a former government official. The government is going to kill this guy. He defends Vladimir Putin, their State Department, and CIA officers are coming home. And at Langley and in Foggy Bottom (State Dept headquarters), CIA and State they're saying, this is how you defend us? We saw the same thing in his transgender comments. What is the military saying to him on transgender? Show us the policy. You know what that means inside government, ain't going to happen. What did the Department of Justice say on Paul Manafort? You can say what you want, a judge told us we cause to search his home early in the morning because we don't trust the guy who was your campaign manager. The government is going to kill this guy because he doesn't support them.

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Tapper: Trump Speaking Recklessly About North Korea, Has A Clear Lack Of Depth On The Issue


CNN's Jake Tapper delivers a monologue on the Wednesday broadcast of his show The Lead on President Trump's recent language about nuclear proliferation and dealing with North Korea. "What is clear is that the tweet from earlier today, as well as yesterday's threat of fire and fury directed at North Korea, fits the pattern of President Trump speaking more loosely, and in the view of critics, recklessly about the most devastating weapon known to man, more so than leader of any Western nation," Tapper said this afternoon. "A […] theme we have seen throughout two decades' worth of statements is a clear lack of policy depth on this issue, one in inverse proportion to the force with which Mr. Trump expresses his views on nuclear weapons," the CNN host said. "That is a confusion as to why the U.S. has taken the use of nuclear weapons off the table, a desire for increased proliferation of nuclear weapons, and a clear lack of policy depth about nuclear weapons," Tapper said. JAKE TAPPER, CNN ANCHOR: We begin with breaking news in the world led. The rhetoric in the U.S.-North Korea standoff intensified again today, with Secretary of Defense James Mattis the latest to issue a stark warning, telling Kim Jong-un his country — quote — "must choose to stop isolating itself and stand down its pursuit of nuclear weapons" and — quote — "cease any consideration of actions that would lead to the end of its regime and the destruction of its people." The U.S. and North Korea are trading threats after U.S. intelligence assessed that North Korea has produced missile-ready miniaturized nuclear weapons, crossing a key threshold in its nuclear program. We're also learning today that the president spoke extemporaneously, according to sources, when he issued that stark warning yesterday of "fire and fury, the likes of which the world has never seen" if North Korea continues to threaten the U.S. North Korea then made another threat, preemptive military strikes against the U.S. territory of Guam. Our team of CNN reporters is spread out across the globe, from Beijing to Pentagon, from Guam to the president's vacation spot in New Jersey, covering all angles of this fast-moving story. Earlier, the president tweeted what was presumably intended as a NATO warning to North Korea, writing — quote — "My first order as president was to renovate and modernize our nuclear arsenal. It is now far stronger and more powerful than ever before. Hopefully, we will never have to use this power, but there will never be a time that we are not the most powerful nation in the world!" The presidential memorandum to which he was referring, actually the ninth, not the first one issued, directed the Pentagon to launch a review of U.S. nuclear posture and strategy. It is unclear how much modernizing has happened since that order was issued to make the arsenal "stronger and more powerful than ever before." It has, after all, only been six months since Mr. Trump's order. And the Pentagon has said the review did not actually start until April. But it is a move that will require billions to be allocated by Congress. And it would be subject to treaties with other nuclear powers. What is clear is that the tweet from earlier today, as well as yesterday's threat of fire and fury directed at North Korea, fits the pattern of President Trump speaking more loosely, and in the view of critics, recklessly about the most devastating weapon known to man, more so than leader of any Western nation. We have analyzed two decades' worth of comments about nukes by President Trump and we found three recurring themes that pose significant breaks from the consensus of Western leaders on this issue. First is the president expressing confusion as to why the U.S. possesses nuclear weapons if it is not willing to use them. There doesn't appear to be any concept in these statements of the lethality of the weapon, nor the moral, strategic and environmental risks using these weapons might pose. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) DONALD TRUMP, PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES: Nuclear weapons should be off the table. But would there be a time when it could be used? Possibly. Possibly. CHRIS MATTHEWS, MSNBC: OK. The trouble is, when you said that, the whole world heard it. David Cameron in Britain heard it. The Japanese, where we bombed them in '45, heard it. They're hearing a guy running for president of the United States talking of maybe using nuclear weapons. Nobody wants to hear that about an American president. TRUMP: Then why are we making them? Why do we make them? (END VIDEO CLIP) TAPPER: This dovetails with the second theme, the president's position in favor, in favor of nuclear proliferation. This is a staggering break from the widespread view that the U.S. should do all that it can to dissuade other countries from pursuing these deadly weapons. As he told Wolf Blitzer last year, the president is more than willing for other countries to develop their own nuclear arsenals. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) WOLF BLITZER, CNN ANCHOR: But you're ready to let Japan and South Korea to become nuclear powers? TRUMP: I'm prepared to — if they're not going to take care of us properly, we cannot afford to be the military and the police for the world. We are right now the police for the entire world. We are policing the entire world. (END VIDEO CLIP) TAPPER: A third theme we have seen throughout two decades' worth of statements is a clear lack of policy depth on this issue, one in inverse proportion to the force with which Mr. Trump expresses his views on nuclear weapons. As was seen perhaps notably at a CNN debate in 2015, when conservative talk show radio host Hugh Hewitt asked Mr. Trump about the nuclear triad, that is the U.S. strategy of having nukes on land, in the air and at sea. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) HUGH HEWITT, MODERATOR: Of the three legs of the triad, though, do you have a priority? I want to go to Senator Rubio after that and ask him. TRUMP: I think — I think, for me, nuclear is just the power, the devastation is very important to me. (END VIDEO CLIP) TAPPER: That is a confusion as to why the U.S. has taken the use of nuclear weapons off the table, a desire for increased proliferation of nuclear weapons, and a clear lack of policy depth about nuclear weapons. That brings us to the current standoff. (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) TRUMP: North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen. (END VIDEO CLIP) TAPPER: Speaking of fire and fury the world had never seen, we should note it was on this day in 1945 that U.S. forces dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan, immediately incinerating 4,000 people. Three day before that, the U.S. had dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, killing 70,000 people instantly. The actions brought the end of World War II. To state the obvious, this is a time when words should be chosen and measured carefully. White House sources tell us that the president spoke extemporaneously when he made the statement about fire and fury. Perhaps now might not be the best time to improvise.

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Tapper: Trump White House Now Resembles The ‘Red Wedding’ From ‘Game Of Thrones’


JAKE TAPPER, CNN ANCHOR: Welcome to THE LEAD. I'm Jake Tapper. We're going to start with that big breaking news in the politics lead today. Could anyone have predicted so much staff turnover from a man whose catchphrase is, "You're fired"? Just over an hour ago, another name added to the growing list of major exits under President Trump. Now it's White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci gone after just a week and change on the job. His official start date was supposed to be mid-August, for what that's worth. In the last hour, during a Medal of Honor ceremony at the White House, President Trump made no mention of the Scaramucci departure, but we do expect to hear something more in the White House daily briefing, which is set to begin any moment now. We will bring that to you live. We mentioned that long list of exits in just over six months. Other high-profile departures include Reince Priebus out last week as chief of staff, Sean Spicer out the week before as press secretary. Mike Dubke, he was the previous communications director. James Comey as FBI director, of course. Michael Flynn was national security adviser. That doesn't even include lower-level departures. The White House now resembling the Red Wedding from "Game of Thrones."

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Tapper: Hillary Clinton Said She Takes Responsibility For Decisions; Then Blamed Obama, Comey, Putin


Jake Tapper reacts to 2016 Democratic nominee for president Hillary Clinton claiming to take responsibility for her loss to President Donald Trump while also blaming then-FBI Director James Comey, a Democratic party in chaos and "Pearl Harbor" like coverage of her. JAKE TAPPER, CNN: So she's talking obviously about some of the fallout from the controversy about her private e-mail server, but also saying something that actually a lot of Democrats had criticized President Obama for which was not doing enough to build up the data and the technology in the DNC and faulting Debbie Wasserman Schultz as well. She said something interesting at this conference. She says she takes responsibility for all the decisions made during the campaign, but I'm paraphrasing her, but that's not why she lost. In other words, she didn't lose because of any of the decisions she made. She lost because of Comey and Putin and more.

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CNN ‘Jake Tapper’ Panel On Kathy Griffin: “We’ve Got Much Bigger Issues To Focus On”


CNN contributor David Urban declared "we've got much bigger issues to focus on" in a CNN panel that touched on Katy Griffin's photoshoot with the severed head of President Donald Trump. "It's pretty disgusting, and I can't imagine how anybody would think that's appropriate," Tapper said. From Tuesday's panel on The Lead with Jake Tapper: BALL: Who is saying it's acceptable discourse? TAPPER: Donald Trump, Jr. BALL: Who is saying it's even discourse? I mean have a hard time bringing myself to care about something like this. I think it just speaks to the need to see themselves as a victim that they have, that they are constantly being persecuted. TAPPER: The Trumps you're talking about. BALL: The Trump people are constantly having to point to the elites who are looking down on them. Of course, comedians and celebrities say dumb stuff and do dumb stuff and violence is not appropriate, but I just don't think that that's the source of President Trump's problems. TAPPER: David? URBAN: I think we've got much bigger issues to focus on than Kathy Griffin. TAPPER: Jen, do you want to weigh in at all? PSAKI: Agreed with David. (via Breitbart TV)

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Maher To Democrats: “Ease Up On The Identity Politics,” Obsessing Over ‘Pocahontas’ A Problem


Bill Maher said the obsession Democrats have about Halloween costumes, the name Washington Redskins and Elizabeth Warren being called 'Pocahontas' is part of the problem. In an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper, Maher acknowledged the term Pocahontas is derogatory but said Democrats needs to worry less about that and focus more on "I'm going to get your job back." From Tuesday's broadcast of CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper: JAKE TAPPER: You said on your show that liberals need to stop trying to win over Trump voters with facts. So what should Democrats do to win over Trump voters? BILL MAHER: Well, I was just going to say, a bit of it should ease up on the identity politics. They pulled off quite a neat trick in 2016. They made white people who are still the majority in this country feel like a minority or at least enough of them to swing the election. So, I think that's important. Make sure you look like you represent everybody, including the majority. Tapper asks Maher about the uncomfortable response Warren gave when he brought up Trump's nickname for her, Pocahontas: TAPPER: You interviewed Senator Elizabeth Warren last week. I want to show our viewers a moment from that interview. SEN. ELIZABETH WARREN: When you talk — BILL MAHER: Well, his fans are not with you. WARREN: Hold on. MAHER: Come on. WARREN: When we talk. MAHER: They don't like you, Pocahontas. [A visually unhappy Warren] [LAUGHTER] TAPPER: That was a tense little moment there. What did you make of her reaction, and do you think when the president calls her that that it's an ethnic slur? MAHER: Technically yes. Should we get that upset about it? Of course not. This is, again, one of the problems that Democrats have. Is that they obsess about things like Halloween costumes and the name of the Washington Redskins and there's millions of people in this country who are saying, 'How about a little bit more of I'm going to get your job back?' Maher: Clinton was not a great candidate

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Tapper Reacts To Poll: “Fake News” That Obama Admin Spied On Trump Campaign


CNN's Jake Tapper reacts to a poll that shows a "shockingly high" percentage of Americans believe then-President Obama ordered surveillance on then-candidate Donald Trump's presidential campaign. The ABC/Washington Post poll shows 32% of those polled think Obama intentionally spied on Trump while 58% disagree. "This is the time for you, the public, to demand evidence from your leaders and from your media, even if you already agree with the politics of the person on your TV," Tapper said Wednesday night. JAKE TAPPER, CNN: Finally from us tonight, we noticed some numbers that alarmed us today. They appeared in an ABC News/Washington Post poll showing a shockingly high percentage of Americans believe President Obama intentionally spied on Donald Trump and members of his campaign. This all began, of course, on March 4th after a long frustrating week for the president. At the end of which, he suddenly and seemingly out of nowhere began a succession of tweets that started with, "Terrible, just found out that Obama had my wires tapped in Trump Tower just before the victory. Nothing found. This is McCarthyism." Now, if McCarthyism is defined as making wild accusations without any evidence, the only thing that was McCarthyism were the president's tweets. Any evidence, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan? (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) REP. PAUL RYAN, (R) HOUSE SPEAKER: You know, any evidence that this has occurred, the intelligence committee has not seen evidence that this has occurred. (END VIDEO CLIP) TAPPER: How about you, FBI Director James Comey? (BEGIN VIDEO CLIP) JAMES COMEY, FBI DIRECTOR: I have no information that supports those tweets and we have looked carefully inside — (END VIDEO CLIP) TAPPER: So that would have seemingly been that, except that the president and his team kept pushing ways to try to make this evidence free claim somewhere sort of possibly in the neighborhood of almost not entirely false. Now they failed, but they muddied the waters quite a bit. And now here are the shocking numbers from today. 32 percent of the public thinks President Obama intentionally spied on Donald Trump and members of his campaign and 52 percent of Republicans believe this charge. A charge that there is literally no evidence to support. It is the definition of fake news. Now, look, this is America and you can believe whatever you want to believe. 18 percent of the public says they've seen or been in the presence of a ghost. I mean whatever. But in a thriving democracy, truth matters and facts matter. We learned in the campaign that Donald Trump can be cavalier about facts and truth. We learned in his first 100 days that that's not going to change. Indeed, that some in the government and some of his friends and conservative media will even work to tried and make his falsehoods seem true. But you know what? There's also a lot of incendiary nonsense against President Trump on the left to these days that is just as fake and just as free of any evidence. Both in progressive media and all over twitter being retweeted by otherwise sensible folks. This is a time for all journalists to be extra careful about our own reporting to make sure we adhere strictly to facts and cogent analysis. And this is the time for you, the public, to demand evidence from your leaders and from your media, even if you already agree with the politics of the person on your TV.

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Pelosi On Spicer’s “Blood On Their Hands” Comment: “Shame On Him”; Sanctuary Cities Are A Religious Idea


House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi responds to White House press secretary Sean Spicer saying those who support sanctuary cities have "blood on their hands." In an interview with CNN, the San Francisco Congresswoman said Spicer's remark was "beneath the dignity" of his office. Pelosi said sanctuary cities is a religious idea to "keep our city safe." "The idea of sanctuary cities is an idea that came together with the religious community. Bring people together to say how can we protect our people, keep our city safe, that's an oath that we all take no matter what we're doing — we take an oath to protect the American people, and this is a way to do that," Pelosi said. "To use the term 'blood' this is really beneath the dignity of the debate that we have to have about the oath of office we take to protect the American people," Pelosi said in an interview with Jake Tapper. Spicer's statement on the judge who ruled against denying federal funds for sanctuary cities: San Francisco, and cities like it, are putting the well-being of criminal aliens before the safety of our citizens, and those city officials who authored these policies have the blood of dead Americans on their hands. This San Francisco judge's erroneous ruling is a gift to the criminal gang and cartel element in our country, empowering the worst kind of human trafficking and sex trafficking, and putting thousands of innocent lives at risk.

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Mulvaney: Trump Willing To Sign Government Spending Bill Without Wall Funding


CNN: White House budget director Mick Mulvaney said during an interview with CNN's Jake Tapper that President Trump is willing to sign a government spending bill that will not include funding for a border wall. From the Tuesday night broadcast of CNN's The Lead: JAKE TAPPER, CNN: So we're talking about this potential government shutdown if this funding bill doesn't work itself out. And let me just ask you, the House is controlled by Republicans, the Senate is controlled by Republicans, the White House is controlled by Republicans. What's the problem? MICK MULVANEY, DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF MANAGEMENT & BUDGET: Yes. The problem is the Senate rules, people forget this sometimes, that the spending bills are different than the budget. The underlying budgets sort of move through the House and Senate differently. Anything that passes on reconciliation moves differently. But most bills, including spending bills, take 60 votes in the Senate. TAPPER: So you need eight Democrats. MULVANEY: Got to have eight, which means that Chuck Schumer and the Democrats have a place at the table. We recognize that. But that's why we just can't do it on our own. TAPPER: A source close to efforts to avoid a government shutdown tells CNN that the Republican proposal in the House will not include funding for President Trump's border wall with Mexico. Is President Trump willing to sign a government spending bill that does not include that money? MULVANEY: Yes, because I think the bill — at least the offer that we received from the Democrats the last couple of days included a good bit of money for border security. The Democrats said they would go to the mat and shut the government down over the border wall, the bricks and mortar. But there's a lot of things we agree on, both parties do, in securing the border. And it allows the president to follow through on his promise to make the border more secure. Stop people coming over, stop drugs from coming over. So there's things we can do by way of maintenance and technology, gates, bridges, roads, that kind of stuff, that make a real difference in that southern border security. So… TAPPER: But the president says he's not backing down on the wall. MULVANEY: Well, we're not backing down. Keep in mind, this is just — this bill is just for the last five months of this year. We're actually almost more than halfway through fiscal year '17. We're only talking about through the end of September. The discussion for what to do in fiscal year '18, which starts October 1st, that discussion actually starts as soon as this bill is signed. So we're going to continue these conversations. We just thought that it would be a good first step to get these things that everybody agrees on and take that idea of a government shutdown off the table. From NBC Nightly News Tuesday evening, 'Trump Backs Down From Border Wall Funding Requirement':

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Kirsten Powers: Hillary Clinton Blames Everybody But Herself For Loss


Kirsten Powers reacts to Hillary Clinton blaming FBI Director James Comey, sexism, and WikiLeaks for her loss in the 2016 election for president. KIRSTEN POWERS: Never in this equation is Hillary Clinton to blame for anything, and she was, after all, the candidate. There were outside forces that were affecting the campaign, no question, but there were a lot of things, I think related to her candidacy that were problematic. And I don't think this helps Democrats, frankly, to be looking back at this. I think people want to move on and not seem like sour grapes. It makes the audience she was talking to happy. This was Women in the World, very liberal women, and I think it makes the base happy, but I don't think it's helpful overall. (via Breitbart Video)

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