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David Taintor

David Taintor is a news editor at Talking Points Memo. Previously, he worked at NBC News and Adweek. He's a native of Minnesota. Reach him at taintor@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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President Donald Trump told reporters Friday morning that his new lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, knows that the Mueller investigation is a “witch hunt.”

“He started yesterday. He’ll get his facts straight. He’s a great guy. But what he does is he feels it’s a very bad thing for our country, and he happens to be right.”

During a series of interviews this week, Giuliani said that Trump paid back his personal attorney, Michael Cohen, for a hush money payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels, who has claimed that she had an affair with Trump about a decade ago.

Before boarding Air Force One to travel to the National Rifle Association convention in Dallas, Trump addressed the Giuliani situation once again.

“I will tell you this, I will tell you this, when Rudy made the statement, Rudy’s great, but Rudy had just started, and he wasn’t totally familiar with everything. And Rudy, we love Rudy, he’s a special guy. What he really understands is that this is a witch hunt. He understands that probably better than anybody.”

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Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani’s revelation that President Trump paid back Michael Cohen for the $130,000 hush payment to porn actress Stormy Daniels has been ricocheting across the airwaves Thursday morning. We’ve rounded up some of the best reactions and conversations on cable news.

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Tony Blinken, who served as deputy secretary of state under President Obama, said Wednesday that the State Department was suffering from “PTRD — post traumatic Rex disorder,” referring to the tumultuous tenure of former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders got a dig in at Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) Tuesday when asked whether the White House was concerned that special counsel Robert Mueller wants to ask President Trump questions about obstruction of justice.

“We here at the White House try never to be concerned with anything dealing with Adam Schiff,” she said.

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CNN host John Berman made a joke about the close relationship between President Donald Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron on Monday ahead of the French president’s state visit to Washington this week.

“These men have held hands more than me and my wife at times,” Berman said.

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MSNBC host Ali Velshi on Friday compared George Nader, a cooperating witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, to “Where’s Waldo?”

“He keeps showing up all over the place,” Velshi said.

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Episode #5 of The Josh Marshall Podcast is out. This week, we talk to former FBI special agent Asha Rangappa. It’s a fascinating discussion about how counter intelligence investigations operate and why Paul Manafort is a key part of the Trump-Russia story. We also discuss the ongoing Stormy Daniels saga. Listen to the episode here or on iTunes or Google Play. Please subscribe to the podcast and leave a review.  

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