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Torture advocate John Yoo: Bin Laden should have been captured, not killed

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Former Bush legal counsel John Yoo, best known for authoring memos to legally justify torture, said Thursday that President Barack Obama should have captured — rather than killed — Osama Bin Laden, so he could be interrogated for information.

“The best, most reliable information we can get is from interrogation, and I’m worried that this administration has closed off that flow of intelligence since President Obama took office,” Yoo told CNN’s Eliot Spitzer.

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Yoo said killing the al Qaeda would have been justified if the Navy SEALS were attacked, but “if they were going in with no options other than to kill him, then that’s a problem.”

The UC-Berkeley professor argued — without evidence — that Obama didn’t want to take bin Laden alive. “I do think that they don’t want to capture high level al Qaeda leaders,” he said. “They don’t want to take anybody and send them to Guantanamo Bay.”

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[Via TPM’s Evan McMorris Santoro]

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‘Give me a break’: CNN analyst explains why Trump defense of Rudy Giuliani was terrible

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While the Senate impeachment trial against President Donald Trump paused for a dinner break, CNN analysts responded to the White House's afternoon defense of the president was by blaming the Biden family.

Political commentator Gloria Borger noted that Trump lawyer, Eric Herschmann, going after former President Barack Obama just seemed desperate.

"Give me a break," she said. "What does that have to do with any of this right now? His defense boiled down to, 'He did it, so what? He did it. He was trying to root out corruption.' But if he was concerned about rooting out corruption, why haven't we seen more of that? His defense was, 'He had a reason to do it. It's OK. Therefore it was in the national interest.' This wasn't just about Joe Biden."

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Republicans claim Democrats leaked John Bolton’s book that was given to the White House — then quickly back down

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In a bizarre twist, Republicans are blaming Democrats for releasing information included in John Bolton's.

Speaking in a line of Republicans, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) explained that it was clear Democrats were part of some kind of conspiracy to turn senators against the speedy trial the White House wanted. With the revelation that Bolton confirmed President Donald Trump was indeed trying to bribe Ukraine, a very few Republican senators are more willing to call him as a witness.

The problem, of course, with Meadows' accusations is that the manuscript was never sent to Democrats. According to the New York Times report, Bolton sent the book to the White House for security checks to ensure nothing he put in the book was classified.

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Ken Starr defends Trump as Bolton revelations roil trial

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Pressure mounted on Republicans on Monday to call former national security advisor John Bolton as a witness at Donald Trump's Senate impeachment trial following explosive new revelations about the US president's dealings with Ukraine.

As Clinton impeachment investigator Ken Starr resumed the White House defense of Trump on the Senate floor, at least three Republican senators indicated they would favor hearing testimony from the 71-year-old Bolton.

According to The New York Times, Bolton, in a draft of his upcoming book, says that Trump told him in August that he wanted to freeze military aid to Ukraine until Kiev opened an investigation into his potential November election rival Joe Biden.

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