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“Avenatti’s conduct had nothing to do with zealous advocacy for a client or any other kind of legal work," the U.S. State Attorney in the Southern District of New York said.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan briefed President Donald Trump on the development.
“John McCain … gave it to the FBI for very evil purposes,” Trump told Fox Business’ Maria Bartiromo. “That’s not good.”
Carter will pass the record held by Bush on Thursday night at 10 p.m. EDT, the hour that the 41st president died last November.
The move is largely a nod to conservatives groups, who have rallied around the notion that their political beliefs are under siege.
“I gave him the funeral he wanted, which as president I had to approve,” Trump said. “I don’t care about this. I didn’t get a thank you. That’s okay. We sent him on the way.”
“I don’t mind,” Trump told reporters.
“I’m very proud to hear the president use the term 'fake news,' " Trump said.