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Biden described the letter Trump left him in the Oval Office as 'very generous' but said he needed to talk to Trump before making its contents public
Despite snubbing Joe Biden's inauguration, President Donald Trump respected the tradition of leaving his successor a letter in the Resolute Desk.
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Donald Trump spent his first hours as a private citizen scrambling to find lawyers to represent him in his upcoming impeachment trial, as he settled into his new home at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. One of Mr Trump’s first calls after leaving office was to Lindsey Graham, South Carolina senator and staunch ally, telling him he was now “looking for some lawyers” for the imminent Senate hearing. "[Trump] said, 'I really don't know the lay of the land here,' and he's looking for some lawyers," Mr Graham told Punchbowl News. "I'm trying to help him there, and he's just trying to put together a team." Mr Trump will not be drawing on his usual litigators: Rudy Giuliani, his longtime personal lawyer, is likely to step aside as he could be called as a witness, while attorneys who represented him at the first impeachment hearing have declined.
Melania Trump arrived in Florida wearing a $3,700 orange dress after leaving the White House in an all-black look
The outgoing first lady changed into a loose-fitting Gucci dress during her last ride on Air Force One.
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'People died here on January 6': Pelosi says Congress won't give Trump a 'get out of jail' card just because he's out of office
"Just because he's now gone ... you don't get to say to a president, 'Do whatever you want in the last months of your administration,'" Pelosi said.
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Outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump, who won the White House in part by promising to "drain the swamp", on Wednesday revoked his executive order barring aides and other administration officials from lobbying. The restrictions, imposed soon after he took office in 2017, had targeted the kind of insider culture that Trump had campaigned against and blocked the kind of lucrative gigs that he had said makes politicians beholden to business interests instead of everyday Americans. In an executive order released overnight hours before he was due to leave office, Trump withdrew the ethics order that had said his appointees would not lobby their own agency for five years after leaving, and would not lobby any government appointee for two years. It had also required them to agree to a lifetime ban on working on behalf of foreign governments or foreign political parties. Former Democratic President Bill Clinton rescinded his own five-year ban barring senior White House officials from lobbying former colleagues as he exited the White House in 2000 after two terms in office. Trump, a real estate developer and former reality television star, never formally separated himself from his business interests while in office, although he said he had handed day-to-day control over to his two eldest sons. The arrangement, which ethicists said did not prevent conflicts of interest, prompted legal challenges. The executive order came as Trump issued a wave of pardons and commutations in his final hours in office, which included his former White House aide Steve Bannon and Rappers Lil Wayne and Kodak Black, but did not include himself, members of his family or lawyer Rudy Giuliani.