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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 on Monday called special counsel Robert Mueller’s team “Angry Democrat Thugs” in his latest outburst against the Russia investigation.

Trump’s latest tweets come after the New York Times reported that White House Counsel Don McGahn has been cooperating with Mueller’s investigation and sat for 30 hours of interviews in recent months.

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Steve Schmidt, a former Republican political strategist, summed up President Trump’s move to revoke former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance as “an abuse of power by a President who shows his tendency towards his autocratic fetish with increasing frequency.”

Watch Schmidt’s comments on MSNBC Thursday:

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) announced Friday that confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh will begin on Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day. Grassley said he expects the hearings to last three to four days.

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George Conway, husband of senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway, on Friday dismissed a claim in Omarosa Manigault Newman’s forthcoming memoir that said President Trump used a racial slur against him.

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Caitlin MacNeal sends in this dispatch from the Manafort trial. The next witnesses expected to take the stand are Maximillian Katzman (an NYC menswear retailer), Ronald Wall (presumably a vendor Manafort used) and Daniel Opsut (comptroller of the Alexandria, Virginia Mercedes Benz).

More to come this afternoon.

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) responded to President Trump’s press conference with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Monday, calling the display “shameful.”

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If you blinked you might have missed it.

After initially saying the Senate “should do nothing to artificially delay” the consideration of the next Supreme Court justice in the wake of Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) now says a confirmation vote for President Trump’s next Supreme Court pick should take place after the 2018 midterm elections.

NBC News’ Garrett Haake captured Blumenthal’s original sentiment just before 3 p.m. ET:

By about 4 p.m., it appeared Blumenthal realized that was an untenable position:

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) successfully blocked President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court pick following Justice Antonin Scalia’s death in 2016, arguing that the American people should have a voice in the choice by electing the next president.

TPM is rounding up Democratic senators’ positions on the precedent McConnell set here.

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