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Attorney General Jeff Sessions told CBS This Morning's Norah O'Donnell Monday that President Trump "absolutely" needs to specifically condemn neo-Nazis and white supremacists for their role in Saturday's deadly attacks in Charlottesville, Virginia. "His spokesman said it yesterday and I'm sure he'll reiterate that in the days to come," Sessions added.

Sessions also appeared on the TODAY show Monday, where he discussed the backlash Trump faced for his response to the attacks. Sessions said he thought "it was a good statement" and that it "directly contradicted the ideology of hatred and violence." He later added, "I'm sure he'll talk about it again soon … He will be speaking to the people today. I'm not sure what he'll say."

Other highlights from the interview:

  • On neo-Nazi site, The Daily Stormer, which responded to Trump: "They are simply attempting to legitimate themselves in any way possible. They are going to find out that we're coming after them for any violations of the law, that the president has condemned them by name and will continue to do so, and I'm confident that the American people will reject this kind of evil ideology, and we need to take it seriously."
  • On Trump openly criticizing members of his White House (including Sessions): "I believe in the president's agenda. I believe in his leadership. He has a right to scold his cabinet members if he's not happy with them, and he has a right to have people in his cabinet that he believes will serve his agenda."
  • Has Trump apologized for repeatedly criticizing you? "He has not apologized. He's quite frank about his concerns, and he expressed them openly."

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Scoop: CIA director Gina Haspel almost resigned over plan to Kash Patel as deputy

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CIA Director Gina Haspel almost resigned in early December after President Trump cooked up a hasty plan to install loyalist Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), as her deputy, according to three senior administration officials with direct knowledge of the matter.

Why it matters: The revelations stunned national security officials and almost blew up the leadership of the world's most powerful spy agency. Only a series of coincidences — and last minute interventions from Vice President Mike Pence and White House Counsel Pat Cipollone — stopped it.

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NRA declares bankruptcy, says it will reincorporate in Texas

Wayne LaPierre of the National Rifle Association (NRA) speaks during CPAC in 2016. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The National Rifle Association said Friday it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and will seek to reincorporate in Texas, calling New York, where it is currently registered, a "toxic political environment."

The big picture: The move comes just months after New York Attorney General Letitia James filed a lawsuit to dissolve the NRA, alleging the group committed fraud by diverting roughly $64 million in charitable donations over three years to support reckless spending by its executives.

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