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Joy Behar demands to know why we’re talking about Clinton emails and not Trump’s rape case

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The women of “The View” couldn’t understand what was behind the recent announcement from FBI Director James Comey about Hillary Clinton’s emails found on Anthony Weiner’s computer.

WATCH: Joy Behar calls Kellyanne Conway ‘delusional’ to her face

Co-host Whoopi Goldberg couldn’t understand why these announcements were coming out now and speculated that there was an ulterior motive.

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Sunny Hostin, who worked as an assistant U.S. attorney before being hired by ABC, revealed that many of her former colleagues were shocked by the way that Comey handled this case.

“You can’t release information about a pending investigation and certainly not information that could affect an election,” Hostin said, citing her years at the Justice Department. “It’s clear to me and to other former prosecutors that this is so unprecedented that it’s just simply not done. When you’re there, you have to sign all of the policies… I can’t imagine that the FBI director would do something like this.”

She went on to say that she spent the weekend speaking with former prosecutors, citing the open letter from 100 of them, who all agreed the way Comey handled it was wrong. “When I looked at it, there were at least four to five prosecutors that signed it that I worked with personally and that trained me,” Hostin confessed. “And it shook me to my core. Because we take this responsibility so seriously as prosecutors. And to have my former colleagues call out the head of the FBI for doing something that was, I’m not going to say it was criminal but it certainly feels like an abuse of office. I’m shocked.”

Hostin then fought back and forth with co-host Jedediah Bila, who claimed that Comey was merely keeping Congress informed. “But he doesn’t even know what the information is, Jed,” Hostin said. But Bila maintained that Comey wasn’t saying that Clinton was guilty.

He’s implying guilt,” Goldberg said. Bila said she didn’t read it like that. “I don’t know how you could read it any other way.”

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Hostin told Bila that there are Department of Justice guidelines that outline what someone is supposed to do in situations like that. “So, that obligation to the United States government to his office certainly supersedes anything else,” she said.

Goldberg also called out the double standard when it comes to the George W. Bush administration that reportedly deleted over 22 million emails. “What’s good for the gander is good for the goose,” Goldberg said.

That’s when Behar cut in with her zinger. “I have a question,” she began. “Why is it that — maybe I don’t know the law that well — but there was no investigation until after the election of fraud at Trump University. That’s after the election we’re going to hear about that. Then there are these allegations from 11 women about sexual assault. We’ll hear about that after the election. Politifact has called Trump the biggest liar of the year. He lies about everything. He has a shady past regarding his foundation—”

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“He also has a rape case pending in federal court,” Hostin cut in.

“Well, that — okay. So, these are the things, as an American citizen, why am I only listening about somebody’s e-mails?” Behar asked. “Why am I not hearing from the authorities about these cases?”

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California bill to establish nation’s second public bank applauded as ‘historic challenge to Wall Street domination’

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"If California is serious about addressing racial and income inequities, we must create a banking system that centers people not profits."

In a move advocacy groups celebrated as a "historic challenge to Wall Street domination of municipal finances," a pair of California state lawmakers on Thursday unveiled legislation that would establish the nation's second publicly-owned bank and empower the institution to lend to businesses and local governments fighting to stay afloat amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

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What is China doing to stop Beijing’s new coronavirus outbreak?

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Over 1,000 flights have been cancelled, schools shut and residents urged not to leave Beijing, as Chinese authorities race to contain a fresh outbreak linked to the capital's largest wholesale food market.

The number of confirmed cases in the capital has shot up to 137 within the last week after two months of no cases, and four other provinces have revealed cases linked to the Beijing cluster.

How did the outbreak begin, and what measures are Beijing taking to contain it?

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Beijing had turned into a virtual fortress at the height of the pandemic, with people arriving from other regions or countries required to undergo quarantines.

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Democrats and Never-Trumpers gaming out ‘doomsday scenarios’ if president refuses to leave office: report

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According to a report in the New York Times, Democratic strategists and Never-Trumper conservatives fear Donald Trump will refuse to leave office should he lose in November and are making plans and figuring out their legal options should such an unprecedented state of affairs come to pass.

The report, by the Times' Reid Epstein, begins with one such possible scenario.

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