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CNN’s Chris Cuomo grills Kellyanne Conway in epic battle over Trump’s dismissal of Russian hacks

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Kellyanne Conway cast blame in all directions as CNN’s Chris Cuomo grilled her on what Donald Trump knew — and when — about Russian interference with the election.

“Did (Director of National Intelligence James) Clapper come out in early October and say we know it was Russia?” Cuomo asked.

Conway deflected by asking what President Barack Obama had said in response, but Cuomo wasn’t having it.

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“No, no, no,” he said. “What did he say? That’s the question — what’s the answer? What’s the answer? Did Clapper come out in early October and say we know it’s Russia?”

Trump’s former campaign manager, who now serves as a senior advisor, appeared Friday morning on “New Day” ahead of the president-elect’s briefing by intelligence officials, who are expected to identify the Russian officials who fed purloined emails to WikiLeaks.

“Finish the sentence, what is it that we’re trying to know — that Russia is trying to interfere with the election results?” Conway said. “Do you really think that Russia wanted Donald Trump to be elected president?”

Cuomo asked the same question a third time, and Conway changed the subject to reports showing the Democratic National Committee had “rebuffed” the FBI when investigators requested direct access to the party’s servers and data.

“Again, irrelevant — irrelevant,” Cuomo said. “Here’s my question.”

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“Hey, Chris — if it’s irrelevant, why did CNN report on it?” Conway said.

Cuomo pressed on, asking why the president-elect refuses to acknowledge evidence that the intelligence community agrees shows Russian involvement in the DNC hacking — but Conway threw her boss a pity party.

“Speaking of disparagement, I really believe there are those out there that are trying to delegitimize his presidency, review the election results — and you know it,” she said.

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Conway blamed Obama and Hillary Clinton for the hacks, saying they were so certain Trump would lose that they didn’t seriously address Clapper’s warnings about Russian interference.

“They politicized it,” Conway said, as Cuomo agreed they deserve shame for downplaying the threat. “They politicized it because they didn’t even understand in America what was going to happen in the election.”

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Cuomo asked why Conway could not separate her feelings about the election from her acknowledgment of Russian involvement.

“It seems to be motivating the president-elect to disrespect our intelligence agencies,” Cuomo said, citing several examples. “It seems like you can’t divorce these two notions, and it’s creating a really tough situation.”

Conway condescended the CNN host, saying she knew he was very passionate about the topic.

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“Sure I am,” Cuomo said. “Russia trying to hack during our election being ignored by the president-elect? That’s troubling.”

“No, it’s not,” Conway said, to Cuomo’s astonishment. “You’re just making conclusions up now. Yes, you are.”

She questioned Cuomo’s use of negative words, such as disparagement, to describe Trump’s attitude toward intelligence agencies — but the CNN host said he was quoting Clapper and the president-elect’s own statements.

“I’m trying to put the facts out there, because you’re ducking the obvious — and I don’t know why,” Cuomo said.

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“I’m not ducking,” Conway said, tucking her chin toward her shoulder. “Hey, Chris — by the way? I’m not ducking a thing. Not my style.”

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DOJ puts out bizarre late-night statement: AG Bill Barr ‘has no plans to resign’

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The Department of Justice put out a statement Tuesday evening denying that Attorney General Bill Barr would be resigning from office.

Kerri Kupec, the director of communications and public affairs at DOJ, issued the statement at 10:28 p.m. in Washington, DC.

"Addressing Beltway rumors: The Attorney General has no plans to resign," Kupec announced.

The denial came after a Washington Post report that Barr was considering quitting if Trump continues to tweet about active investigations.

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‘She’s your damn senator’: Emerson College blasted for leaving Elizabeth Warren out of 2020 poll

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Emerson College was blasted for leaving their own senator out of head-to-head matchups in their latest nationwide poll.

The poll showed four candidates with double-digit support. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) measured at 29%, former Vice President Joe Biden was at 22%, former NYC Mayor Mike Bloomberg was at 14% and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) came in at 12%.

But the poll did not even test Warren in head-to-head matchups with Trump.

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Amy Klobuchar shredded for trying to relate to union audience by saying her ‘name in Spanish class was Elena’

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Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) met with Culinary Union members in Las Vegas, Nevada Tuesday night during the CNN town hall for her opponents. The Culinary Union is made up of the over 60,000 hotel housekeepers, bartenders, restaurant and casino workers, and others who make up the backbone of the entire city. Many members are Spanish-speaking and people of color, yet it was still puzzling why Klobuchar began her speech with a bizarre anecdote.

According to Culinary members and reporters present, she began by saying, "My name is Amy, but when I was in fourth grade Spanish they gave me the name Elena."

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