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Ex-CIA and NSA chief Hayden tells Maher: Troops would not obey if Trump ordered death to terrorists’ families

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Former National Security Agency and Central Intelligence Agency director Michael Hayden criticized Donald Trump’s threats to reinstate waterboarding during an interview on Friday with Real Time host Bill Maher.

“I would be incredibly concerned if a President Trump governed in a way that was consistent with the language that Candidate Trump expressed during the campaign,” Hayden said, quoting Trump’s remark that “‘We’re gonna do waterboarding and a whole lot more because they deserve it” during a GOP candidate debate.

“What about killing the terrorists’ families?” Maher replied. “That never occurred to you, and you’re a real badass.”

“God no,” Hayden answered. “If he were to order that once in government, the American armed forces would refuse to act.”

“That’s quite a statement there. I thought the whole thing was, you had to follow orders,” Maher said.

“You cannot — in fact, you are required not to follow an unlawful order. That would be in violation of all the international laws of conflict,” Hayden replied.

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Trump has argued that he could make waterboarding legal by “declassifying it,” and has also played along with supporters mocked Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) for not embracing the practice.

Watch the interview, as posted online, below.

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Elections 2016

Conservative Ben Shapiro tweeted something many found offensive — so now he’s calling his critics ‘garbage’

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Right wing "thought leader" Ben Shapiro appeared today to say not using the "N" word is nearly impossible as he defended conservative, pro-gun teen Kyle Kashuv, one of the Parkland survivors who just had his acceptance to Harvard rescinded over his racist remarks, which included repeated use of the "N" word.

To be clear, Shapiro denies that's what he meant.

Here is Shapiro on Twitter, in what many took as him appearing to call not using the "N" word – in Kashuv's case, repeatedly, over and over and over again, "an insane, cruel standard no one can possibly meet."

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2020 Election

Obsessed Trump: ‘Only fake polls show us behind’ Democrats. Fox News: 5 Dems would beat him

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President Donald Trump is obsessed with polls – but not facts – and increasingly so. He just fired his internal pollsters after leaked internal poll numbers show devastating lossesfor Trump in key battleground states.

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If Trump really believed he was falsely accused ‘that is not a corrupt motive’ for removing the special counsel: Bill Barr

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Attorney General William Barr told Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) that if President Donald Trump really and truly thought he was being falsely accused of collaborating with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election, that it was "not a corrupt motive" for firing Robert Mueller, a stunning statement from the nation's highest law enforcement officer.

"As a matter of law, I think the department's position would be that the president can direct the termination or the replacement of a special counsel," said Barr. "And as a matter of law, the obstruction statute does not reach that conduct."

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