Day 386: Fully aware.

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Friday, February 9, 2018

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1/ The Justice Department's No. 3 official resigned.

2/ Top White House officials knew about the allegations of Rob Porter's verbal and physical abuse for months.

3/ Trump is frustrated with Hope Hicks' role in the Porter scandal and is placing much of the blame on John Kelly.

4/ Meanwhile, Trump said the allegations of domestic abuse are "very sad," but that he wishes Rob Porter "well" because "he did a very good job while he was in the White House.

5/ Trump has recently asked advisers what they think of Mick Mulvaney as a possible replacement for John Kelly as chief of staff.

6/ Trump doesn't read the President's Daily Brief, which outlines the most important information collected by U.S. intelligence agencies from around the world.

7/ The government shut down for five hours last night, the second shutdown in three weeks.


  • The FBI was monitoring Carter Page when he spoke to Steve Bannon about Russia in January 2017.

  • Dozens of White House employees still don't have permanent security clearance.

  • Tim Kaine wants Trump to release a secret memo outlining his interpretation of his legal authority to wage war.

  • Trump said the White House would release a letter regarding the possible release of the Democrat's memo.

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