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Rice tells Stewart: GOP wasting time probing origin of Benghazi talking points

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On his show Thursday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart interviewed Susan Rice, the U.S. ambassador to the U.N., about the controversy surrounding the Benghazi attack.

Rice noted that Congress had already received ten hearings on the deadly attacks, along with thousands of documents. She told Stewart that Republicans in Congress who still questioned the event had “ample” evidence of what happened.

Stewart, however, insisted the Obama administration’s response to the attacks was convoluted and confusing. The administration had first announced the attack happened amid a spontaneous protest against an anti-Islam film, but later admitted no protest occurred. The attack was actually planned and carried out by militants sympathetic to al Qaeda.

“There is always confusion when you have a tragedy of that sort, and Americans are killed” Rice responded. “The bigger tragedy is we’ve spent all of these months trying to figure out the origin of some talking points, which were cleared at the highest level of the intelligence community, and in my opinion not enough time doing the service that we owe to our fallen colleagues.”

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‘They’re trying to gag Mueller’: Ex-White House attorney worries Bill Barr’s scheme will work

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Attorney General Bill Barr is trying to "gag" special counsel Robert Mueller before his public testimony before Congress on Wednesday, former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal worried on MSNBC on Monday.

"When you see these new reports that the Barr Justice Department continues to try to narrow what will come out of this hearing, what does that say to you?" MSNBC anchor Ari Melber asked.

"I’m extremely concerned. I don’t think it’s narrow. I think it looks like they’re trying to gag Mueller and trying to say anything not in the report is presumptively privileged," Katyal explained.

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Watergate lawyer reveals the Mueller report footnote on ‘theft’ that Dems must ask him about

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Former federal prosecutor Nick Ackerman brought a highlighted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller's report during an appearance on MSNBC anticipating questions for Wednesday's hearing.

Host Ari Melber asked Ackerman to pick out the one page of the report that he would want to ask Mueller a question about.

Ackerman selected page 176, which relates to Roger Stone and the distribution of the stolen emails from the Democratic National Committee.

"It’s a fact, is it not, Mr. Mueller, if you look at that footnote — that your office considered charging people with the theft of stolen property and trafficking in stolen property, is that right?" Ackerman asked his hypothetical question to Mueller.

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Republicans ‘are still scared Mueller might go rogue’: Lawyer who defended Trump official explains GOP’s fear

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Republicans are terrified that special counsel Robert Mueller could harm President Donald Trump during public testimony before Congress, a lawyer who used to represent a Trump official explained on MSNBC on Monday.

Attorney Caroline Polisi, who represented George Papadopoulos, was interviewed on "The Beat" by Ari Melber.

The host played clips pointing out how hard it is for lawmakers to get information out of Mueller during congressional

"What's so interesting here, even in the face of all of this, they’re scared he may go rogue," Polisi explained.

"They’re still a little bit scared of that one percent possibility," she noted.

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