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Angela Rye blisters Comey for violating the Hatch Act: ‘How is he not influencing the election?’

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CNN contributor Angela Rye tore into FBI Director James Comey, Monday evening, saying his letter to Congressional leaders on Friday linking Democratic Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton to an investigation of ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner violated the Hatch Act.

Citing a Washington Post poll which states that 7 percent of Clinton voters indicated they may be less likely to vote for her after the revelation, Rye noted, “That’s a lot of people, that could be the whole election.”

The CNN contributor then turned her eye on Comey, saying she believes he illegally influenced the election in violation of the Hatch Act that prohibits employees in the executive branch of the federal government to use their office to sway elections.

According to Rye, Comey may have broken the law inadvertently, but it is still a criminal act.

“Sometimes you don’t have to violate the letter of the law, you can violate the spirit of law,” Rye explained. “There’s a CNN piece about this that the reality of it is, the numbers you just raised made it very clear he could have very well influenced the election.”

“Earlier this year, Julian Castro, the cabinet secretary at HUD, they said he violated the Hatch Act by endorsing Hillary Clinton at an official interview at HUD. So if that is influencing the election, why wouldn’t this be influencing the election?” she continued. “We’re talking about an agency, a department — the Department of Justice says don’t put anything out like this within 60 days of an election. We’re less than two weeks out — how is that not influencing the election?”

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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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Trump ‘shirking his duty to protect the country’ by ignoring Russia election threat: Ex-CIA agent

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Ex-CIA agent Evan McMullin told CNN on Wednesday that President Donald Trump was "shirking his duty to protect the country" by ignoring the fact that Russia plans to attack the 2020 election.

"He's shirking his responsibility to protect the country," McMullin said. "We are in a new era of information warfare."

"Countries can be defeated without a shot being fired," he went on. "We just learned from the Mueller report that the president was aware that we were undergoing, as a country, an information warfare attack during 2016. He sought to benefit from it."

"A lot of times we say 'look, the president's ego is wounded' when we talk about how the Russians attacked us, and may have helped him get elected," McMullin continued. "But I actually think that we are a little naive to buy into that narrative. I think that is a fig leaf for the president. How can we ignore that this president barely won the electoral college?"

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White House made it clear they were ‘trying to hide’ evidence from Mueller: Omarosa

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Omarosa Manigault, former political aide to President Donald Trump, told MSNBC Wednesday that the while the White House never "directly" ordered her to destroy documents related to the Mueller report, they made it quite clear they were "trying to hide" evidence.

"He wants to run out the clock," Manigault said. "He thinks he can run down the clock and that people will stop being concerned about it. We should really not just focus about what he is telling people to do or say, but how he's asked people to destroy documents, to destroy e-mails, in my case two boxes of campaign-related materials that the White House still has in their possession, that they claim they don't have or don't know what happened to it."

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