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Sanders: Trump administration threatening to prosecute Clinton is ‘what dictators are about’

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Sen. Bernie Sanders Thursday rejected suggestions that a Donald Trump administration may appoint a special prosecutor to press charges against Hillary Clinton, insisting it would be an “outrage” reminiscent of authoritarian regimes.

Asked by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer if he thought President Barack Obama should pardon Clinton, the Vermont senator replied in shock. “To pardon Hillary Clinton?” he asked. “Hillary Clinton is not indicted.”

Blitzer pressed Sanders on the issue, asking if President Obama should “not allow her to be charged with any potential crimes.”

“You know, there are those in the incoming Trump administration who want a special prosecutor to go ahead and file charges against her,” Blitzer continued, asking if it would be a “good idea” for President Obama to pardon Clinton.

“Look, President Obama will do what he feels is best,” Sanders said, shaking his head. “But the idea in a democracy in the United States of America, that a winning candidate would try to imprison the losing candidate, that’s what dictatorships are about. That’s what authoritarian countries are about.”

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“You do not imprison somebody you ran against because you have differences of opinion,” he continued. “That would be an outrage beyond belief. And i think the vast majority of the American people would find that totally, totally unacceptable to even think about those things.”

Earlier in the segment, Sanders scoffed at Blitzer’s question over whether he was planning a run for president in 2020. “The last thing in the world, after this never-ending campaign—when we had not yet sworn in the new president—is to talk about 2020,” Sanders said.

“There will be a whole lot of disappointment in this country if the media starts talking about 2020,” he added.

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Watch the segment below, via CNN.


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Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls

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When Robert Mueller completed his long-awaited investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he left many questions unanswered.

But one conclusion was unequivocal: Russia unleashed an extensive campaign of fake news and disinformation on social media with the aim of distorting U.S. public opinion, sowing discord and swinging the election in favor of the Republican candidate Donald Trump.

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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans

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The Democratic presidential candidate uses his eighth policy announcement to focus on an area that he prioritized in Congress.

Democratic presidential candidate Beto O'Rourke on Monday morning released a plan to improve the lives of veterans, returning to an area of priority during his time in the U.S. House for his latest 2020 policy rollout.

In keeping with measures he supported in Congress, the plan calls for a "responsible end" to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — reinvesting $1 out of every $2 saved in veterans programs — and the creation of a Veterans Health Care Trust Fund for each future war. The fund would be paid for by a "war tax" on households without service members or veterans.

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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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