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President Trump spent this week battling with one of his Cabinet members, battling with the Senate over confirming a Cabinet nominee and battling with a federal court to protect communications with his private lawyer, all while firing insults at his ousted FBI director and women who allege affairs.
It was a lot of battles. In five minutes, we’ll have you caught up on the biggest political headlines this week (or at least as of Friday afternoon).
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When a Trump official suggested U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley was “confused” after the Trump administration rolled back sanctions on Russia that Haley had already announced, Haley shot back that she doesn't get confused. She might as well have called White House officials liars, writes The Fix's Aaron Blake.
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Is Trump's pick for secretary of state at risk of getting shot down in the Senate? A Senate committee will vote Monday on CIA Director Mike Pompeo's nomination, and it's going to be close. He'll need one Democrat to cross over to help him get to a full vote on the Senate floor.
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Get ready: A woman who says she had an affair with Trump years ago is now free to talk about it as much as she wants. Former Playboy model Karen McDougal settled this week with a Trump-friendly tabloid that had purchased the rights to her story during the election — but never published it.
The fallout from the FBI raid on Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, is growing by the day. The FBI may have tapes of the president talking candidly with his lawyer. The FBI may also have tapes and documents of Fox News host and Trump ally Sean Hannity, who was revealed as a client of Cohen’s.
Hell hath no fury like a fired FBI director. After releasing his book in which he compares Trump to a Mafia boss, James Comey went on a media blitz this week to say the president who fired him may have obstructed justice and may be blackmailed by the Russians. By the end of the week, his memos of private conversations with Trump were public, too.
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Amber Phillips is a political writer for The Fix.
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