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Colin Powell slams ‘national disgrace’ Trump: Calling him an idiot ‘just emboldens him’

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Former Secretary of State Colin Powell expressed disdain for Donald Trump and his “birther” supporters in emails obtained by a website with purported Russian connections, Buzzfeed reported on Tuesday.

As recently as last month, Powell told former aide Emily Miller, “Yup, the whole birther movement was racist. That’s what the 99% believe. When Trump couldn’t keep that up he said he also wanted to see if the certificate noted that he was a Muslim. As I have said before, ‘What if he was?’ Muslims are born as Americans everyday.”

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Powell, a Republican who served under three presidents, also described Trump — his party’s current presidential nominee — as a “national disgrace” and an “international pariah” in another email. According to Buzzfeed, Powell was averse to criticizing him in public, explaining that “To go on and call him an idiot just emboldens him.”

Three years ago, the retired four-star general did air out his frustration with what he called the GOP’s “dark vein of intolerance” during an appearance on Meet The Press.

“The birther, the whole birther movement. Why do senior Republican leaders tolerate this kind of discussion within the party?” he asked at the time.

Powell declined to comment on the emails to Buzzfeed on Tuesday night, but did say, “I’m not denying it.”

According to Buzzfeed, the emails first surfaced on DCLeaks.com, which has been linked to Russian intelligence agencies, though no connection has been confirmed.

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Federal Judges Association calls emergency meeting to discuss AG Barr as crisis ‘could not wait’: report

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The independent Federal Judges Association will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss Attorney General Bill Barr's intervention into politically sensitive cases to help President Donald Trump.

Philadelphia U.S. District Judge Cynthia Rufe, who heads the group, told USA Today the meeting "could not wait."

Rufe was nominated by President George W. Bush.

She said the group called for the meeting after the Department of Justice interference in the prosecution of longtime Trump accomplice Roger Stone.

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WATCH: Nicolle Wallace breaks down ‘the case against William Barr’

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MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace on Monday broke down "the case against William Barr" as controversy continues to envelop the Department of Justice.

"Republicans and Democrats who have served in the Justice Department for the past 12 presidents are today calling for William Barr's resignation as our country's attorney general," Wallace reported.

Wallace read from an open letter signed by 2,000 former federal prosecutors and DOJ officials.

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Fox News reports wages rose faster under Obama than Trump after his campaign lashes out at predecessor

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In what was possibly a hint to remind people of his legacy this Monday, former President Barack Obama gave a shout out to the anniversary of his signing of the 2009 economic stimulus package.

“Eleven years ago today, near the bottom of the worst recession in generations, I signed the Recovery Act, paving the way for more than a decade of economic growth and the longest streak of job creation in American history,” Obama tweeted with a photo of his signature on the bill.

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