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Congressman Jason Chaffetz Subpoena for White House 'Tapes' On the Table

5/17/2017 12:42 PM PDT

Congressman Jason Chaffetz not only has the power to subpoena the reported memo written by James Comey, he also could put his John Hancock on a subpoena for any White House tapes that might exist to either confirm or shoot down Comey's version.

The Chairman of the House Oversight Committee appeared Wednesday on "TMZ Live" and made it clear ... he's noodling over whether to fire off the legal docs that could force the hands of Trump and Comey.

Chaffetz was circumspect about issuing a subpoena to the White House, but it seems if he uses his power to get the Comey doc, any tape that might exist is not only relevant ... it's the whole ball game. And if it turns out the subpoena is rejected because no such tape exists, that opens up a can of worms.

Donald Trump No Prez Has Had It As Hard As I Do ... So Chin Up, Graduates!

5/17/2017 10:25 AM PDT
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President Trump's commencement speech to U.S. Coast Guard grads came off like a bit of a pity party because, as he put it ... "no politician in history has been treated worse or more unfairly."

The prez was in New London, CT Wednesday for the graduation ceremony, and during his speech he referenced the white elephant -- all the heat on him over firing James Comey, and the allegation he asked the then FBI Director to stop investigating Gen. Flynn.

Trump said, "Look at the way I've been treated lately, especially by the media." He seemed defiant though, telling the grads ... "Never ever, ever give up! Things will work out just fine."

That remains to be seen.

White House Latest Fence Jumper Has Experience

5/17/2017 7:06 AM PDT

It's like the movie "Groundhog Day" at the White House -- the latest person to try hopping the fence also attempted a breach just one month earlier ... TMZ has learned.

According to police documents, the woman who was busted Tuesday is 34-year-old Jessica Rhea Ford of La Vergne, TN. Cops also caught her near the south fence on April 16 after recognizing her as a person of interest to the Secret Service.

During Tuesday's arrest ... Ford was caught as she was seen scaling the White House fence, but was stopped before making it over. She also cut her hand on the way down.

Cops say she's known to have tried getting on White House grounds "on numerous occasions" ... and had previously been ordered to stay away.

Add Ford to the growing list of fence jumpers this year, and some of the others are also repeat offenders.

'Mentalist' Star Robin Tunney Shades Miss USA ... What Do Pageant Chicks Know About Healthcare??

5/17/2017 8:03 AM PDT

Robin Tunney's advice to Miss USA, in the wake of her controversial healthcare stance, is pretty simple ... stay in your lane, princess.

"The Mentalist" star was at E Baldi Tuesday in Bev Hills when we asked her about Kara McCullough saying healthcare is a privilege, not a right. Although Kara later softened her answer ... Robin thinks it would be best if she avoided talking about the healthcare issue altogether. 

In not so many words, Robin told us Kara just isn't qualified to tackle such a hot button issue. The shade got even shadier when she said there's only one way for a Miss USA to have a lasting impact.

Chelsea Manning Released from Prison with Strings Attached

5/17/2017 6:08 AM PDT
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Chelsea Manning just walked out of prison 28 years early thanks to Barack Obama ... but she'll have to be on her best behavior since she's still technically a soldier.

Manning -- who had her prison sentence commuted by Obama before he left office -- is in the middle of appealing her original conviction in a military tribunal ... so she'll remain on active duty with the U.S. Army while that plays out. The process could take years.

You'll recall ... Manning pled guilty to leaking classified intel to WikiLeaks and was serving a 35 year sentence. She attempted suicide twice while behind bars after coming out as transgender.

Because she's still on active duty, Manning will be subject to military rules and punishments if she commits a new crime ... which could include something as minor as trashing her old bosses.

In other words ... Chelsea's gotta lay low until she's discharged. And the only way that'll happen is if she drops the appeal ... or waits for an official decision in her case.

After being released early Wednesday morning, she posted her first pic to IG and said in a statement ... "After another anxious four months of waiting, the day has finally arrived. I am looking forward to so much! Whatever is ahead of me is far more important than the past. I’m figuring things out right now – which is exciting, awkward, fun, and all new for me."

Ron Howard Trump's Aim is Way Off for Mars

5/17/2017 7:29 AM PDT
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President Trump was shooting for the moon when he demanded NASA put a man on Mars in the next 3 years, according to Ron Howard ... Hollywood's unofficial Mars expert.

The legendary producer and director was at LAX -- and since he made the Nat Geo series "Mars" ... we asked him about Trump's mission statement. He's all about getting to the red planet, and believes humans will be there.

In fact, he has a target date in mind ... it's just way different from Trump's.

Ron's done plenty of Mars research for his work, so he knows what he's talking about. The prez, on the other hand, currently has bigger worries than space travel.

Miss USA Tries to Soften Healthcare Stance ... TRIES.

5/16/2017 3:07 PM PDT

Miss USA Kara McCullough says she's not backing down from her controversial statement about affordable healthcare being a privilege -- but sounds like she's doing her best to soften it.

We talked to Kara on Tuesday and she expanded on her Sunday night answer, saying healthcare should also be a right for everyone. That doesn't jibe with her original "it's a privilege" response, but what is clear is she's doing her best to be the Miss USA everyone can like.

In other words ... she's a great politician. Kara was Miss D.C., after all!

White House On Lockdown After Another Fence Jumper

5/16/2017 2:13 PM PDT
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The White House's on lockdown after someone jumped a fence Tuesday afternoon.

The area outside the White House was cleared after an individual hopped the bike rack along the north fence line on Pennsylvania Ave. ... according to the Secret Service. They report the suspect is now in custody but the White House remains on lockdown.

The White House has been hit by a series of fence jumpers ... some lingering on the grounds and going unnoticed by the Secret Service.

Tuesday's incident had law enforcement scrambling.

Stephen Colbert Dear Trump, Please Resign ... On Heels of Intel Leak

5/16/2017 7:59 AM PDT

Stephen Colbert flat-out called for President Trump's resignation ... the prez admittedly shared classified intel about ISIS with Russian diplomats.

Colbert obliterated Trump during his Monday night monologue after the Washington Post reported the prez had leaked the info. Tuesday morning, Trump tweeted he had "the absolute right" to do so.

The 'Late Show' host disagrees, strongly, but did find a silver lining ... "The good news: Trump found the leaker."

The Trump-Colbert feud -- the gift that keeps on giving.

Dave Chappelle 'I F***ed Up!' When I Said Give Trump a Chance

5/16/2017 7:19 AM PDT

Dave Chappelle says he's seen enough of President Trump to admit he was wrong for going on 'SNL' and pleading with the country to ease up on the Trump hate right after the election.

Dave did a hysterical mea culpa in NYC Monday night at the Robin Hood Gala, telling the crowd ... "I was the first guy on TV to say 'Give Trump a chance.' I f***ed up. Sorry.”

He's definitely seeing things differently now because he went on to rip the prez on all sorts of issues, including immigration ... and his unpredictability. As Dave put it, "He's actually what you thought a black president would be."

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Barron Trump Sports a Must for 1st Kid at New School

5/15/2017 1:54 PM PDT
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President Trump's youngest son is heading to a new school just outside of D.C. -- and sports will be a big part of his time there. 

Melania Trump confirmed reports Monday Barron will attend St. Andrew's Episcopal in Maryland starting this fall. According to school officials the First Kid will have to join a sport for 2 out of the 3 trimesters each year. Here are some of his options:

- Fall trimester ... cross-country, equestrian, golf, soccer, tennis and volleyball
- Winter trimester ... basketball, equestrian (again), indoor track, swimming and wrestling
- Spring trimester ... baseball, equestrian (yet again), lacrosse, softball, tennis, and track

In the winter, students can opt for P.E. ... if they don't want to freeze their butts off on a horse.

St. Andrew's is home to notable alums -- eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, comedian Whitney Cummings and TV chef Melissa d'Arabian ... but we're told Barron will be the 1st First Family member to attend.

As for which sports he'll choose -- we know he's into soccer and golf.

Miss USA Boo'd for Healthcare Answer ... Still Takes the Crown

5/15/2017 6:50 AM PDT

The new Miss USA says healthcare for all Americans is a privilege and not a right -- and that belief earned her a ton of boos at the pageant, and on the Internet ... but didn't stop her from winning.

Kara McCullough, Miss District of Columbia, didn't hesitate during the interview segment of the pageant Sunday night. She's a scientist at the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and said she's learned you gotta have a job to have healthcare.

There were cheers and jeers ... but mostly just jeers on social media. As one viewer put it ... "Miss DC just lost me with that answer. Girl bye"

The judges clearly disagreed.

Conan O'Brien Colbert Feud with Trump Not New ... But it's Damn Good TV!

5/15/2017 12:40 AM PDT

Conan O'Brien says Stephen Colbert and Donald Trump trading insults is a strong sign all's well with late night talk shows ... because the feud is what people want to see.

We got Conan at Whole Foods, and after he showed off his ass, he dished on the war of words between Colbert and the president. It's interesting, he doesn't really take sides ... but instead he explained why everyone involved is handling it exactly as they should.

Conan also reminds our photog what the main objective is of all late night talk shows -- it's not what you think. The guy knows what he's talking about ... he's been in the game damn near 25 years!

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