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President Donald Trump gestures as he walks down the steps of Air Force One. Photo: Susan Walsh / AP

President Trump watches four to eight hours of television a day and grows restless if he doesn't see himself on the news, according to a New York Times report.

Why it matters: Trump has long fought the idea that he's stuck to his TV, claiming recently, "I don't get to watch much television... I'm reading documents a lot." But per the Times, cable is "ammunition for his Twitter war," and White House staff know the morning shows can dictate the rest of their day.

More Trump insight from the Times:

  • No one is allowed to touch the remote but him and technical support staff, and even when it's muted, he's monitoring the headlines and planning to check back later.
  • He has a soft side, which he's shown in private when interacting with children and speaking about addiction, a deeply personal issue as his brother struggled with alcoholism. But he doesn't advertise that side of himself, as "it cracks the veneer of strength that he relishes."
  • The Times describes Trump's day as an hour-by-hour "battle for self-preservation," in which he must "fight to protect" his position ever day and Twitter is his weapon of choice.
  • He views Gen. John Kelly as a "crucial confidant," and reportedly craves his approval, calling him up to a dozen times a day.
  • One key line: "For most of the year, people inside and outside Washington have been convinced that there is a strategy behind Mr. Trump's actions. But there is seldom a plan apart from pre-emption, self-defense, obsession and impulse."

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DOJ: Capitol rioter threatened to "assassinate" Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Supporters of former President Trump storm the U.S. Captiol on Jan. 6. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

A Texas man who has been charged with storming the U.S. Capitol in the deadly Jan. 6 siege posted death threats against Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), the Department of Justice said.

The big picture: Garret Miller faces five charges in connection to the riot by supporters of former President Trump, including violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds and making threats. According to court documents, Miller posted violent threats online the day of the siege, including tweeting “Assassinate AOC.”

Schumer calls for IG probe into alleged plan by Trump, DOJ lawyer to oust acting AG

Jeffrey Clark speaks next to Deputy US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen at a news conference in October. Photo: Yuri Gripas/AFP via Getty Images.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Saturday called for the Justice Department inspector general to investigate an alleged plan by former President Trump and a DOJ lawyer to remove the acting attorney general and replace him with someone more willing to investigate unfounded claims of election fraud.

Driving the news: The New York Times first reported Friday that the lawyer, Jeffrey Clark, allegedly devised "ways to cast doubt on the election results and to bolster Mr. Trump’s continuing legal battles and the pressure on Georgia politicians. Because Mr. [Jeffrey] Rosen had refused the president’s entreaties to carry out those plans, Mr. Trump was about to decide whether to fire Mr. Rosen and replace him with Mr. Clark."