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Trump campaign senior adviser Jason Miller insisted on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that overall, President Trump has "a very good track record of hiring excellent people."

Why it matters: Steve Bannon this week became the seventh 2016 Trump campaign official to face federal charges, after authorities said he was involved in a scheme to defraud donors of a private border wall construction project.

  • Miller, who co-hosted a radio show with Bannon, denied that he knew anything about the scheme allegedly perpetrated by Bannon, and said that the allegations are "very serious."
  • "It's not something that I worked on," Miller said. "I don't know anything about the financial dealings of this organization or how it worked, and I hope Steve has the opportunity to tell his side of the story."

The big picture: Trump adviser Roger Stone, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, campaign chairman Paul Manafort, deputy campaign chairman Rick Gates, foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos and former personal attorney Michael Cohen have all faced charges related to the Mueller investigation.

Photo: Courtesy of "Meet the Press"

What he's saying: "I think you take a look at the great people that President Trump has surrounded himself with, some of the brilliant women and some of the brilliant leaders that we have within this administration, some of them are Cabinet members. And I would say that overall the president has had a very good track record of hiring excellent people," Miller said.

  • "There are a number of folks on the list that you pointed out there, Chuck, who have made serious mistakes in their life that had nothing to do with President Trump and they're going to have to be accountable for all of that."

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Nov 25, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Trump pardons Michael Flynn

President Trump with Michael Flynn in 2016. Photo: David Hume Kennerly/Getty Images

President Trump on Wednesday pardoned his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in the Mueller investigation to lying to FBI agents about his conversations with a former Russian ambassador.

Why it matters: It is the first of multiple pardons expected in the coming weeks, as Axios scooped Tuesday night.

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Putin foe Navalny to be detained for 30 days after returning to Moscow

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Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny has been ordered to remain in pre-trial detention for 30 days, following his arrest upon returning to Russia on Sunday for the first time since a failed assassination attempt last year.

Why it matters: The detention of Navalny, an anti-corruption activist and the most prominent domestic critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, has already set off a chorus of condemnations from leaders in Europe and the U.S.

Biden picks Warren allies to lead SEC, CFPB

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President-elect Joe Biden has selected FTC commissioner Rohit Chopra to be the next director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and Obama-era Wall Street regulator Gary Gensler to lead the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).

Why it matters: Both picks are progressive allies of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and viewed as likely to take aggressive steps to regulate big business.

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