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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 Trump on Friday tweeted that he has named Mick Mulvaney as acting White House chief of staff. Mulvaney serves as director of the Office of Management and Budget.

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White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley was not impressed by Michael Cohen’s lengthy and, at times, emotional interview with “Good Morning America” Friday.

“Look, quite frankly for the media to give credence to a convicted criminal who has lied on multiple occasions, and self-admitted doing just that, is laughable. The President has maintained and has said many times he has never instructed Michael Cohen to do anything illegal and we stand by that,” Gidley told Fox News.

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Lanny Davis said Thursday that Michael Cohen was doing “pretty badly” when they last spoke a couple days ago.

“He was doing pretty badly. His family is uppermost on his mind. And you could see, as I watched the TV yesterday, this is a devastating experience,” Davis told Fox News.

Cohen, President Trump’s former personal lawyer, was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday for a slew of financial crimes and lying to Congress.

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