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Then-White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham and John Bolton, then-national security adviser, look on as then-President Trump participates in a meeting in 2019. Photo: Jabin Botsford/The Washington Post via Getty Images

Former Trump aide Stephanie Grisham said in an interview with ABC on Monday that it was a mistake to serve in the previous administration.

The big picture: Grisham's new tell-all book about her years working in the White House is out Tuesday. Grisham served as White House press secretary and communications director for former President Trump, and also as former first lady Melania Trump's chief of staff.

  • Grisham — who stayed in her post with Melania Trump until the final weeks of the Trump administration, resigning on Jan. 6 — told ABC's "Good Morning America" that she regrets enabling a cultural of "casual dishonesty" at the White House.

What they're saying: Grisham told ABC's George Stephanopoulos' that Trump would be "the front-runner in the Republican Party" if he were to run in the 2024 GOP presidential primaries — as he's often hinted.

  • She added that he's on a "revenge tour," targeting Republicans who voted against him in his impeachment trial over the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot.
  • "I want to just warn people that once he takes office if he were to win, he doesn't have to worry about re-election any more," Grisham said. "He will be about revenge, he will probably have some pretty draconian policies."

Of note: When asked by Stephanopoulos why she stayed at the White House until nearly the end, Grisham said it was a "fair" and "complicated question."

  • Grisham said she entered the administration a Trump supporter but upon joining the West Wing "started to see what it was really like and I regretted that decision immediately."

The bottom line: "Was it a mistake to work for President Trump?" Stephanopoulos asked.

  • "Yes," Grisham replied.

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Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-La.) told “Axios on HBO” he’s not sure former President Donald Trump would win the Republican nomination if he ran in 2024 — a rare voice of criticism from within the party.

  • When I raised the conventional wisdom that Trump would be expected to win the nomination, Cassidy jumped in.“
  • I don't know that,” the senator said during our interview in Chalmette, La.
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Trump sues National Archives, Jan. 6 committee to block records request

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Former President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.

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Former spy Steele defends controversial Trump Russia dossier

Former U.K. intelligence officer Christopher Steele arrives at the High Court in London in July 2020. Photo: Tolga Akmen/AFP via Getty Images

The author of the "Steele Dossier," containing unverified claims about former President Trump told ABC News he stands by his controversial report, according to excerpts from an upcoming documentary released Sunday.

Why it matters: The FBI drew on former U.K. intelligence officer Christopher Steele's dossier as part of its investigation into the Trump campaign's alleged links to Russia's government, which led to former special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.