White House sets up SCOTUS war room without its former maestro

The conservative world is firing up its well-oiled machinery to fight its third Supreme Court battle in four years. But at the White House, a fresh crop of top aides is taking the reins.



a man wearing a suit and tie looking at the camera: White House Counsel Pat Cipollone waits for the beginning of a cabinet meeting in the East Room of the White House on May 19, 2020.


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White House Counsel Pat Cipollone waits for the beginning of a cabinet meeting in the East Room of the White House on May 19, 2020.

Gone is the man who shepherded through President Donald Trump’s first two Supreme Court picks — former White House counsel Don McGahn. In his place are top White House aides new to the very particular process of nominating a Supreme Court justice. Both McGahn’s replacement, White House counsel Pat Cipollone, and chief of staff Mark Meadows were not around the last two times Trump placed a justice on the high court.

White House aides met Monday to plot their path to confirming a replacement for Ruth Bader Ginsburg before the end of Trump’s first term in January. On their list: Assemble an internal war room and prepare a fierce counteroffensive against Democratic complaints, even as they try to simultaneously secure enough votes in a Republican-controlled Senate where two Republican members have already indicated opposition.

Aides and advisers know they must act quickly with the presidential election less than 50 days away. Trump is expected to announce his pick as early as Friday, ahead of the first presidential debate on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

“Time is your enemy,” said one Republican familiar with the judicial selection process. “That is the No. 1 lesson from [Brett] Kavanaugh.”

Trump and his team have zeroed in two female judges as the top candidates — Amy Coney Barrett, seen as the frontrunner, and Barbara Lagoa — but the president plans to interview each of the five candidates he is considering, said one White House official. He will want to interview the top candidate in-person, said a second White House aide.

On Monday, Trump personally met with Barrett in the Oval Office shortly before he left for a campaign rally in Ohio. And Trump told reporters he had spoken to other potential candidates over the past two days.

Barrett already has a history with Trump. The president interviewed her roughly two years ago before settling on nominating eventual Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The meeting was not held under ideal circumstances — Barrett had pink eye and wore sunglasses to the interview, leading to some awkwardness, according to four people familiar with the process.

But Barrett has the strong backing of several influential anti-abortion groups, and her record excites the Trump base of evangelicals and Catholic voters, whose support for the president has dwindled during the 2020 presidential race.

The president is not asking candidates if they will overturn Roe v. Wade, the landmark case establishing abortion rights, said one White House aide, who called the focus on the landmark abortion rights ruling “over-hyped.” Democrats see the fate of Roe v. Wade — as well as a crop of new abortion restriction laws —

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House agrees to rename Grand River Post Office for police officer Andy Nowacki, who died in Iraq war

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday agreed to rename Grand River’s post office after Andrew “Ace” Nowacki, a Grand River police officer and U.S. Marine Corps lance corporal who was killed in Iraq by a roadside bomb in 2005.

A graduate of Lyndhurst’s Brush High School who resided in South Euclid, Nowacki was working as a the gunner on a Humvee, protecting a truck convoy in the Anbar region, south of Baghdad, when he died at age 24. His family set up a memorial scholarship fund in his name to assist public safety and nursing students. Nowacki joined the Grand River Police Department in 2001, and was part of its ready response team, honor guard and bike patrol.

“Andy’s commitment to community, dedication to service and desire to help others is something we should forever honor, and his sacrifice is something we should never forget,” said Bainbridge Township Republican Rep. Dave Joyce, who introduced the measure for the name change. The House of Representatives passed his bill on a noncontroversial voice vote.

“By renaming the Grand River Post Office after him, we can help ensure Andy will forever be remembered by the community he cared so deeply for and contributed so much to,” Joyce continued. “I thank my colleagues here in the House for helping me preserve the legacy of a true American patriot and urge my colleagues in the Senate to do the same.”

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He’d ‘start a war’ to stay in office



Donald Trump wearing a suit and tie looking at the camera: Michael Cohen knocks Trump amid house arrest: He'd 'start a war' to stay in office


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Michael Cohen knocks Trump amid house arrest: He’d ‘start a war’ to stay in office

President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen said he believes Trump will “do anything and everything” to win reelection and “even go so far as to start a war” to remain in the White House.

Cohen was asked by NBC News’s Lester Holt in an interview excerpt released Friday whether he thought his former boss will win a second term in November.

“Donald Trump will do anything and everything within which to win. And I believe that includes manipulating the ballots,” Cohen responded.

“I believe that he would even go so far as to start a war in order to prevent himself from being removed from office,” Cohen continued. “My biggest fear is that there will not be a peaceful transition of power in 2020.”

Cohen served as Trump’s personal lawyer and self-described fixer for several years.

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His tell-all memoir, titled “Disloyal: The True Story of Michael Cohen, Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump,” is set to be released next week. According to a recently released excerpt, Cohen accuses the president of fraud and corruption in the book.

The White House labeled the book as “fan fiction” in a statement released last month.

“He readily admits to lying routinely but expects people to believe him now so that he can make money from book sales,” White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern said in the statement. “It’s unfortunate that the media is exploiting this sad and desperate man to attack President Trump.”

Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in 2018 and turned on Trump amid his legal ordeal, testifying before Congress and accusing the president of ordering him to make payments to two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump.

The former Trump lawyer was released to home confinement in May due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic but was suddenly sent back to prison on July 9 due to a dispute with corrections officials over the terms of his release.

With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, Cohen sued for his release from prison last month, arguing that the government was retaliating against him for planning to publish his book.

His lawyer said last month that Cohen has been offered a job at an unspecified political action committee to work as a consultant and to make media appearances.

Cohen is not the only one who has expressed concern about how Trump might handle a potential loss to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.

Biden said in June that he was “absolutely convinced” the military will have to escort Trump from the White House if the incumbent loses.

Trump’s

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Michael Cohen knocks Trump amid house arrest: He’d ‘start a war’ to stay in office

President TrumpDonald John TrumpDHS to label white supremacists as the ‘most persistent and lethal threat’ to the US: report Buttigieg slams Trump over comments on fallen soldiers: ‘He must think we’re all suckers’ White House tells federal agencies to cancel ‘divisive’ racial sensitivity training: report MORE’s former lawyer Michael CohenMichael Dean CohenBiden cannot keep letting Trump set the agenda Conspicuous by their absence from the Republican Convention University of Pennsylvania professor wants to investigate claim Trump faked admission exam MORE said he believes Trump will “do anything and everything” to win reelection and “even go so far as to start a war” to remain in the White House.

Cohen was asked by NBC News’s Lester Holt in an interview excerpt released Friday whether he thought his former boss will win a second term in November.

“Donald Trump will do anything and everything within which to win. And I believe that includes manipulating the ballots,” Cohen responded. 

“I believe that he would even go so far as to start a war in order to prevent himself from being removed from office,” Cohen continued. “My biggest fear is that there will not be a peaceful transition of power in 2020.”

Cohen served as Trump’s personal lawyer and self-described fixer for several years.

His tell-all memoir, titled “Disloyal: The True Story of Michael Cohen, Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump,” is set to be released next week. According to a recently released excerpt, Cohen accuses the president of fraud and corruption in the book. 

The White House labeled the book as “fan fiction” in a statement released last month.

“He readily admits to lying routinely but expects people to believe him now so that he can make money from book sales,” White House spokesman Brian Morgenstern said in the statement. “It’s unfortunate that the media is exploiting this sad and desperate man to attack President Trump.”

Cohen pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in 2018 and turned on Trump amid his legal ordeal, testifying before Congress and accusing the president of ordering him to make payments to two women who claimed they had affairs with Trump.

The former Trump lawyer was released to home confinement in May due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic but was suddenly sent back to prison on July 9 due to a dispute with corrections officials over the terms of his release.

With the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, Cohen sued for his release from prison last month, arguing that the government was retaliating against him for planning to publish his book. 

His lawyer said last month that Cohen has been offered a job at an unspecified political action committee to

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