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Inside Trump (May 29th, 2019)

1. Special Counsel Robert Mueller says the Trump campaign did not conspire with Russia to interfere in the 2016 election. Mueller announced the Russia investigation is now officially closed and he is resigning from the Justice Department. However, Mueller did not fully exonerate Trump for obstruction of justice. "As set forth in the report, after the investigation, if we had confidence that the president did not clearly commit a crime- we would say so," Mueller said in a brief press conference this morning. He could not make such accusations, however, he added as Justice Department policy forbids indicting a sitting president and thus this was "therefore not an option we could consider." - CBS NEWS

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2. President Trump has returned from his trip to Japan. While there, the POTUS provoked controversy during a joint press conference when he said he was not "personally " bothered by North Korea's short-range missile tests. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe disagreed with him, saying the missile tests were of "great regret" and violated U.N. Security Council resolutions. Trump will return to Japan in June for the Group of 20 summit. - AP NEWS

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3. Trump appointee Scott Lloyd is leaving his position at the Department of Health and Human Services. In 2018, Lloyd led the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, which separated migrant children from their families at the U.S.-Mexico border. He served as the director of the Office of Refugee Resettlement before leaving the post in November 2018 to become a senior adviser to the department's Center for Faith and Opportunity Initiatives. Lloyd last day will be June 7. - POLITICO

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4. President Trump says he does not want former Alabama state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore to run for Senate again. Trump clarified he had “nothing against” the ex-Chief Justice but just didn’t believe he could win, a loss which would harm the Republican party. "If Alabama does not elect a Republican to the Senate in 2020, many of the incredible gains that we have made during my Presidency may be lost, including our Pro-Life victories," Trump elaborated. - NBC NEWS

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5. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell says the Trump administration would fill any Supreme Court vacancy in 2020 if one were to emerge. In 2016, McConnell said the choice to replace the deceased Justice Antonin Scalia should be left to voters in an election year, and not the then-President Barack Obama. While many are accusing McConnell of hypocrisy, McConnell spokesman David Popp defended McConnell's statement. Popp clarifies that McConnell had also said in 2016 that voters should choose Supreme Court vacancies during election years if the White House and Senate are occupied by different parties. At current, both belong to the Republicans. - CNN

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6. The president defended critical remarks he made against former Vice President and potential 2020 presidential opponent Joe Biden. While traveling in Japan over Memorial Day weekend, President Trump referred to Biden as a "low IQ individual," provoking a backlash. However, Trump says he was defending Biden. "I was actually sticking up for Sleepy Joe Biden while on foreign soil," the POTUS tweeted. Kim Jong Un called him a ‘low IQ idiot,’ and many other things, whereas I related the quote of Chairman Kim as a much softer “low IQ individual.’ Who could possibly be upset with that?” - NEWSWEEK

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Written and curated by Inside Dev and Inside Deals Editor Sheena Vasani, a freelance journalist based in California. Proficient in Javascript and Ruby. Got my start at Dev Bootcamp and Thinkful.

Editing team: Kim Lyons (Pittsburgh-based journalist and managing editor at Inside) and David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology).

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