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WATCH: Rob Reiner worries ‘profit center’ media won’t cover Trump critically because he’s good for ratings

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Filmmaker Rob Reiner took the television executives and political reporters to task for their coverage of Donald Trump on MSNBC Saturday morning, saying they’re more interested in making money than subjecting the president-elect to serious scrutiny.

Appearing on AM Joy, Reiner told host Joy Reid that political reporters continue to treat Trump as if he is an entertainer and that their bosses are fine with it because it adds to their bottom line.

“You look during the primary battle, he got free media,” Reiner explained. “He could call into Morning Joe anytime he wanted. They chatted away, like he wasn’t a serious candidate, a celebrity good for ratings. I will never forget what [CBS head} Les Moonves said, ‘Donald Trump is bad for the country but good for CBS.’ That to me is very very cynical.”

According to Reiner, things are not going to get better when it comes to covering Trump’s continuing involvement with his business when it comes to dealing with foreign governments.

“All these journalistic precepts are out the window,” he continued. “It’s very very scary. We’re about to give him a free pass again. he is going to break — you had a guest on earlier, painter, who said basically he will break the emoluments clause and run afoul of the U.S. Constitution. What will happen? Will we let that go?”

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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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2020 Election

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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Elections 2016

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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