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POTUS Details His Post Presidency During His Sit Down With Trevor Noah

"I'll do some writing and speaking but what I have said is that I'll be paying attention. I'll be a citizen of this country that I love deeply."

There are 37 days left until the handing off of the political baton from President Barack Obama to President-Elect Donald Trump, and before Obama says sayonara to his home at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, The Daily Show host Trevor Noah squeezed in a 22 minute interview which ran the gamut of topics including the Russian hacking to why signing up for Obamacare may still be a lucrative idea for the uninsured.

Obama also gave a few details on what he'll do on January 21, 2017, and said a big part of his post presidency will include spending time with Michelle.

"I think it's important for me to recharge. I think it's important to reflect. It's important to me to get back in my wife's good graces and take a decent vacation, and spend some time with her," Obama chuckled. "I'll do some writing and speaking, but what I have said is that I'll be paying attention. I'll be a citizen of this country that I love deeply, and I don't anticipate that I'll suddenly just vanish, but I think it's important to give the incoming administration the space, and to give the public clarity about what it is they're trying to do."

While it's still  unclear how much of what Trump promised during his campaign will come to fruition during his time in office, the president elect sat with Fox News Today and said he'll be skipping intelligence briefings on the basis that he's "like, a smart person." When asked whether or not not being made aware by the different agencies will yield positive results for the American people, Obama made it clear that intelligence briefings are vital to any administration.

"I think the president-elect may say one thing and do another once he's here because its a big complicated world. It doesn't matter how smart you are, you have to have the best information possible to make the best decisions possible," Obama said. "My experience with our intelligence agencies is that they are not perfect, they'd be the first to acknowledge that, but they are full of extraordinarily hard working patriotic and knowledgable experts, and if you're not getting their perspective, their detailed perspective then you are flying blind."

Noah also didn't shy away from asking about the Russian hacking, in which the CIA confirmed did indeed take place. Obama who remained calm  said it should be no surprise that the Russians hacked a bunch of emails.

"Russia trying to influence our elections dates back to the Soviet Union. What they did here, hacking some emails and releasing them is not a particular fancy brand of espionage or propaganda. We were frankly more concerned during the run up to the election of vote tampering," Obama said. "What is it about the state of our democracy where the leaks of what were frankly not very interesting emails, that didn't have any explosive information, ended up being an obsession and the fact that the Russians who were doing this was not an obsession?"

Watch the full interview below.

 

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"HBO breached its agreement not to disparage Michael Jackson by producing and selling to the public a one-sided marathon of unvetted propaganda to shamelessly exploit an innocent man no longer here to defend himself," Howard Weitzman, attorney for the Jackson estate said in a statement accompanying the lawsuit, according to NBC News.

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Leaving Neverland features alleged accounts from Wade Robson and James Safechuck, both of whom accuse Jackson of molesting them when they were minors. Robson, who attended Jackson’s funeral in 2009, previously testified in 2005 that Jackson never molested him. In 2013, Robson sued the estate claiming abuse. Safechuck also sued for similar allegations in 2014. Both lawsuits were dismissed because the statute of limitations had passed. The two men hope that the film will “educate the public about how abuse like this happens.”

The estate claims that the amount of damages potentially caused to Jackson’s legacy “could exceed $100 million should HBO success in the damage it is intending to cause.” Jackson’s estate also believes the King of Pop's accusers are using HBO as part of their “litigation strategy.”

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The prosecutors confirmed a chronology of the events leading up to and after the attack. They cited phone and credit card records from both Smollett and the Osundairo brothers who were reportedly paid $3,500 to act out the incident.

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