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  • Immigration
  • Insults
  • Russia
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  • The Clintons
  • James Comey
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President Trump unleashed a tweetstorm Sunday morning, saying that the FBI’s reputation was “in tatters” following the tenure of former Director James B. Comey, who was fired seven months ago.

The president also suggested bias against him in the investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, after news accounts said an agent was removed from Mueller’s team following an internal investigation of text messages interpreted as critical of Trump.

The agent, Peter Strzok, reportedly helped lead the FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server while she was secretary of State.

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  • On the media
  • Insults
  • Russia
  • James Comey

At a crucial juncture in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s wide-ranging Russia investigation, President Trump embarked on a risky gambit on Sunday, going on record to directly dispute his former FBI chief’s sworn contention that the president had sought to derail an investigation into fired national security advisor Michael Flynn.

The imbroglio — set off, not surprisingly, by a presidential tweet — comes on the heels of Flynn's guilty plea to charges of having lied to the FBI in connection with conversations with Russia's then-ambassador to Washington during the presidential transition.

Friday's dramatic development was met with initial silence from Trump, then with a deluge of weekend tweets in which he muddied the waters over his reasons for firing Flynn, excoriated the Justice Department and the FBI, renewed his attacks on rival Hillary Clinton and seemingly questioned the impartiality of Mueller's probe. He also explicitly contested statements by Comey, who was fired seven months ago, regarding events prior to his dismissal.

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  • On the media
  • Insults
  • Russia
  • Courts
  • The Clintons

After a morning tweet in which President Trump appeared to change his story on why he fired Michael Flynn as his national security advisor, Trump turned to Twitter again Saturday night.

In a series of tweets, the president railed about why Flynn was prosecuted but his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton, was not.

Flynn pleaded guilty Friday to lying to the FBI about his conversations last December with Russia's ambassador to the United States.

  • Family matters
  • Accolades

President Trump praised his wife, Melania, for coordinating the White House Christmas decorations.

The first lady's theme is "Time-Honored Traditions," a nod to 200 years of holiday celebrations at the executive mansion.

After she shared via Twitter two photos of the decorations’ unveiling earlier in the week, the president replied:

  • His schedule
  • Accolades

President Trump visited the legacy of civil rights icon Rosa Parks in his weekly address, which he shared Saturday via Twitter:

The president’s remarks Friday came on the anniversary of Parks’ arrest in 1955 for her refusal to give up her seat to a white man on a city bus.

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  • His cabinet
  • Russia

Dogged by signs that prosecutors are zeroing in on his inner circle, President Trump insisted Saturday he wasn’t worried about what his former national security advisor, Michael T. Flynn, may tell investigators after agreeing to a plea deal Friday.

“What has been shown is no collusion, no collusion,” Trump told reporters as he left the White House for a series of fundraising events in New York City.

In a tweet, Trump said he “had to fire” Flynn because the retired Army lieutenant general lied to Vice President Mike Pence and the FBI about contacts with Russia’s then-ambassador in Washington, Sergey Kislyak.

  • Accolades
  • Domestic policy

Senate Republicans, after a flurry of last-minute deals, salvaged their tax plan early Saturday and put Congress on track to deliver President Trump’s most significant first-year accomplishment.

Trump thanked legislators early Saturday in tweets.

"Look forward to signing a final bill before Christmas!" he wrote.

  • Domestic policy
  • The economy
  • Politics and polls

President Trump touted an open letter that says that the Republican tax plan will accelerate economic growth.

The letter, first posted Wednesday on CNBC’s website, is signed by 137 economists but lists as its author the RATE Coalition, a political advocacy nonprofit representing a group of large U.S. corporations. The group describes its mission as reforming the tax code "by reducing the corporate income tax rate to make it more competitive with our nation’s major trading partners."

Trump quoted from the letter Thursday afternoon in a tweet that also linked to a video highlighting relevant portions.

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  • On the media
  • His cabinet

President Trump tweeted Friday afternoon that he is keeping embattled Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, though he would not say how long.

The tweet linked to an Instagram post with a picture of Tillerson being sworn in during a ceremony in the Oval Office.

Trump met for lunch Friday with Tillerson and Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis. Earlier in the day, Tillerson called reports of his potential departure “laughable.”

  • Immigration
  • Courts
  • Politics and polls

President Trump lashed out in multiple tweets against the acquittal of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate on murder and manslaughter charges, brushing aside the pleas of Kathryn Steinle’s family, who have asked to end the public battle over their daughter’s death.

Trump had tweeted at least three times on the verdict by Friday morning, including one in which he blamed the “weakly protected Obama border” for the “travesty of justice” and demanded “BUILD THE WALL!”

“The Schumer/Pelosi Democrats are so weak on Crime that they will pay a big price in the 2018 and 2020 Elections,” Trump wrote in another tweet.