Trump Is Asking Advisers If He Can Pardon Himself, And Other Trump News From Today


​​​​Friday. July 21st. Day 182.

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Sean Spicer Resigns As Anthony Scaramucci Nears WH Communications Role: Following reports that financier Anthony Scaramucci is set to become the new White House communications director, Sean Spicer has resigned after he reportedly “vehemently disagreed” with the appointment. Axios broke the story of Scaramucci’s appointment this morning.

Russian Lawyer Who Met Trump Jr. Represented Russian Intelligence Agency: According to Russian court documents seen by Reuters, Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr. during the 2016 presidential campaign, represented the FSB for years throughout her career. The FSB is the main successor agency to the soviet spy group the KGB. Vladimir Putin ran the FSB before he became Russia’s president.

The Trump Team Is Seeking To Undercut Robert Mueller’s Investigation: The Washington Post reports that Trump aides are focused on undercutting Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe (the New York Times simultaneously reported something similar), which may start to branch out to Trump’s business dealings. Meanwhile, Trump has reportedly been asking advisers about his ability to pardon aides, family members and himself. 

Jared Kushner Connection Still Being Used To Lure Foreign Investors: Companies associated with the Kushner Company have been found to still be using Jared Kushner’s name as a tool to lure foreign investors for Kushner Company projects. CNN reports that the US Immigration Fund, a private company hired to attract EB-5 investors, has been advertising Jared Kushner’s connection to Kushner Company projects on its WeChat page.

Two Members Of Trump’s Legal Team Are Out: Marc Kasowitz, Trump’s lawyer, and his spokesman Mark Corallo are no longer part of President Trump’s legal team. Kasowitz recently got himself in hot water for threatening emails he sent to a stranger, but the reasons for the legal team shakeup aren’t yet clear.