• ABC News.(NEW YORK) -- President Donald Trump returned to the golf course Tuesday for his third round while on vacation in Palm Beach, one day after tweeting he’d be “back to work in order to Make America Great Again” on Christmas Day.Trump traveled from his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach to the Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach to play with PGA Tour golfer Bryson DeChambau, former PGA player Dana Quigley and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga.On Monday, the president wrote on Twitter, "I hope everyone is having a great Christmas, then tomorrow it’s back to work in order to Make America Great Again (which is happening faster than anyone anticipated)!"
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  • Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Utah’s most prominent newspaper urged Sen. Orrin Hatch -- the longstanding senator from the state -- to “call it a career” for his “utter lack of integrity that rises from his unquenchable thirst for power.”In a blistering editorial published Monday, the Salt Lake Tribune explained that "Utahn of the Year" was not necessarily a compliment, with the recipient having “done the most, Has made the most news. Has had the biggest impact. For good or for ill.”Another story published by the paper detailed the accomplishments that led to Hatch's designation, including his advocacy for "sweeping changes to Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments" and his contributions to Republican tax reform efforts.The editorial subsequently characterized his advocacy for changes to the national monuments, which the Trump administration severely curtailed, as a "dismantling."As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, the editorial board wrote that Hatch’s "fingerprints" were all over the GOP's, which passed the Senate and House last week and was signed by President Donald Trump on Friday.After achieving his longtime goal of overhauling the federal tax code, the editorial board added that it is time for the senator to leave his post.“It would be good for Utah if Hatch, having finally caught the Great White Whale of tax reform, were to call it a career. If he doesn’t, the voters should end it for him.”Hatch responded to the newspaper's decision on Twitter, writing that he is “grateful for this great Christmas honor from the Salt Lake Tribune.” The senator's office later explained that he was responding to the editorial and meant for the message to be read with sarcasm.Grateful for this great Christmas honor from the Salt Lake Tribune. For the record, I voted for @SpencerJCox and @rudygobert27. #utpol pic.twitter.com/7iFOBK6TWf
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  • Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel/TNS via Getty Images(PALM BEACH, Fla.) -- President Donald Trump may have slowed his tweeting over Christmas break, but now that the holiday is over, he's back at it, going after his critics and the integrity of the Russia investigation. This morning, Trump tweeted claims made by Fox News commentators about the infamous dossier that contained potentially damaging allegations about Trump's campaign and the candidate himself. It is unclear what role — if any — the dossier may have played in the FBI’s sprawling probe, which began in earnest last year after suspected Russian operatives hacked the Democratic National Committee. "WOW, @foxandfriends "Dossier is bogus. Clinton Campaign, DNC funded Dossier. FBI CANNOT (after all of this time) VERIFY CLAIMS IN DOSSIER OF RUSSIA/TRUMP COLLUSION. FBI TAINTED.” And they used this Crooked Hillary pile of garbage as the basis for going after the Trump Campaign!" he wrote. The comments that Trump referenced in the tweet were made by both a Fox News reporter who was hosting the morning show, Todd Piro, and former congressman and current Fox News contributor Jason Chaffetz. During this morning's show, Piro asked "Why would you brief members of the FBI before verifying the existence of collusion and really taint the entire FBI in the process?" Chaffetz then responded at length, adding at one point that "the dossier, we have long known, is bogus." Chaffetz also said that the dossier was funded with "nefarious ties," going on to say "perhaps even with the Clinton campaign." ABC News reported last August that Fusion GPS was paid by a still-unknown Republican during that party's primaries to dig up dirt on Trump. The firm later worked for Democrats, who wanted to do the same, according to political operatives. Last month, Hillary Clinton defended her campaign retaining the firm to conduct opposition research. “This was research started by a Republican donor during the Republican primary, and when Trump got the nomination for the Republican Party, the people doing it came to my campaign lawyer,” Clinton said on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah." “He said 'yes,'” Clinton added. “He’s an experienced lawyer, he knows what the law is, he knows what opposition research is.” The 35-page dossier, prepared by a former British spy, Christopher Steele, alleges the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, and includes uncorroborated, salacious allegations about Trump himself, which he has repeatedly denied. "It’s all fake news," Trump previously said about the claims in the dossier. "It’s phony stuff. It didn’t happen." This morning is not the first time Trump has tweeted about the dossier, citing Fox News. "Clinton campaign & DNC paid for research that led to the anti-Trump Fake News Dossier. The victim here is the President." @FoxNews" Trump wrote in an Oct. 25 tweet. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Mark Wilson/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The Trump family seems to be feeling the festive spirit of the Christmas season down in Florida. First lady Melania Trump posted a cheeky selfie on Twitter Christmas morning, sharing a picture of herself using a Santa hat filter and shimmering reindeer with the caption "#MerryChristmas." The first family is spending the holiday at their Florida retreat in Mar-a-Lago, referred to as the "Winter White House." Last night, the president and his wife attended a Christmas Eve service at the Palm Beach church where they were married and were greeted by applause. Guests at Mar-a-Lago had a wide array of food options for their Christmas Eve dinner, including turkey, beef tenderloin, cornbread, creamy kale, popovers, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy, various local vegetable dishes, a seafood display including local fish and shellfish as well as a variety of desserts. On Christmas Eve, the first lady wrote that she was "looking forward to helping kids track Santa today with @NoradSanta! Wishing everyone a very Merry #Christmas Eve!" She also shared a picture that showed her making Christmas calls with the president, writing that they "had fun" participating in the annual tradition. As did her husband, who shared three photos from the same call session in the library of the so-called Winter White House. The first lady wasn't the only member of the Trump family sharing photos from their Christmas celebrations. Donald Trump Jr. posted a picture on his public Instagram account showing two of his children, daughter Kai and son Spencer, "having a great Christmas Eve dinner with grandpa" at Mar-a-Lago. Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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  • Al Drago-Pool/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump delivered a Christmas Eve message on Twitter, saying he’s “proud” people are wishing each other a “Merry Christmas.”
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  • Federal Bureau of Investigation (WASHINGTON) -- Embattled FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is expected to retire from the FBI in several months when he becomes eligible to receive retirement benefits, a source familiar with the matter tells ABC News.McCabe has come under fire from President Trump and congressional Republicans who have expressed concerned about political bias at the Department of Justice and FBI. McCabe was grilled twice this week on Capitol Hill by members of the House Intelligence, Judiciary and Oversight Committees behind closed doors – meetings described to ABC News by participants as contentious.President Trump took to Twitter to attack McCabe and react to reports of his retirement Saturday after a golf outing in Florida, where he is vacationing with his family at his Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach.Republicans have raised concerns about McCabe because of his wife’s 2015 Virginia Senate campaign, which received contributions from a political group associated with Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe.After the firing of James Comey in May, many FBI insiders had expected McCabe - a deputy director for roughly two years who supervised the Clinton email investigation and filled in for Comey after his firing - to move on from his position with the appointment of new FBI Director Christopher Wray. His retirement is not viewed as premature by some in the bureau, or seen as having any connection to Trump’s attacks against him.Trump’s tweets have prompted new outpourings of support for the bureau’s agents. Close Comey associate and Brookings Institution fellow Ben Wittes tweeted Saturday that he had donated $1,000 to the FBI Agents Associated in light of Trump’s attacks.Others have since followed suit.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
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