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Inside Trump (Jun 14th, 2019)

1. The president says he would "of course" tell the authorities if foreign actors gave him negative information on rival political candidates during a campaign. Trump previously told ABC News he would accept such assistance, stating there was "nothing wrong" with it and that he disagreed with FBI Director Christopher Wray that such foreign interference should be reported. But in an interview with Fox News, Trump appeared to backtrack on those remarks. While he'd still look at such information to determine if it was correct, he would "absolutely" hand it over to the FBI if he "thought anything was incorrect or badly stated." - REUTERS

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2. White House press secretary Sarah Sanders is stepping down from her post. She will be returning to Arkansas to focus on her family. However, some speculate Sanders may pursue a political career in the state at some point, something President Trump has expressed support for. "She is a very special person with extraordinary talents, who has done an incredible job!" tweeted Trump. Daily White House briefings have become scarce with Sanders in the job; ABC News notes the last briefing was more than three months ago. - THE NEW YORK TIMES

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3. President Trump won't fire his adviser Kellyanne Conway despite the Office of Special Counsel's recommendations to do so. The federal watchdog agency found Conway's attacks on Democratic presidential candidates violated the Hatch Act on numerous occasions and called for her removal. However, Trump argues they're unfairly "trying to take away their right of free speech." - CNN

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4. The president insists he never suggested firing former special counsel Robert Mueller, despite what former White House counsel Don McGahn testified. "The story on that very simply, No. 1, I was never going to fire Mueller," the POTUS told ABC's George Stephanopoulos. Trump continued, adding that McGahn was possibly just confused. Asked why McGahn would lie under oath, Trump responded that he either sought to be a "good lawyer" or may have "believed it because I would constantly tell anybody that would listen that [...] Robert Mueller had a total conflict of interest." - ABC NEWS

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5. Trump told Fox News he will not automatically throw his support behind Vice President Mike Pence should the VP choose to run for president in 2024. "You can't put me in that position," Trump said when asked if he'd endorse Pence ahead of time. While the POTUS said he'd give the VP "strong consideration," he would make up his mind after considering the field of Republican candidates in 2024. - AP

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6. The House Intelligence Committee issued subpoenas for former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and ex-Trump campaign aide Rick Gates. The subpoenas are for testimonies and documents. "Michael Flynn and Rick Gates were critical witnesses for Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation, but so far have refused to cooperate fully with Congress,” the committee's chairman, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif, said. "The American people, and the Congress, deserve to hear directly from these two critical witnesses." - THE HILL

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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), David Stegon (senior editor at Inside, whose reporting experience includes cryptocurrency and technology), and Bobby Cherry (senior editor at Inside, who’s always on social media).

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