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Maxine Waters scorches Trump: ‘I don’t honor him, I don’t respect him and won’t be involved with him’

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) didn’t hold back on Tuesday as she explained why she was boycotting Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration ceremonies.

“After I discovered who Trump is in the way that he conducted himself, I was never going to go to the inauguration,” she explained to MSNBC host Tamron Hall. “I never planned, I never contemplated even going near any of those activities or those events.”

“I don’t like the way he has misled people, the way that he has lied,” she continued. “I don’t like the way he has disparaged folks. I don’t like the way he mimicked and mocked a disabled man. I don’t like the way he talked about women and grabbing their private parts.”

“And so there’s nothing about him I would want to be involved with. And certainly the inauguration is a way of welcoming in someone to the presidency and honoring them and respecting them. I don’t honor him, I don’t respect him and I don’t want to be involved with him.”

Waters said that she was troubled by information she learned in intelligence briefings about Russia’s connections to the new president.

“Trump is a danger,” she insisted. “Even though it is not verified, we are told that there is a dossier that was put out by a well-known spy out of London who has revealed some things about what the Russians are holding over the head of Trump.”

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While Waters was speaking about Trump on the House floor last week, a C-SPAN broadcast of her speech was briefly overtaken by a signal from the Kremlin-sponsored Russia Today network.

“I just think it’s strange,” Waters said at the time. “At a time when our intelligence agencies are very confident and basically have confirmed that Russia hacked the DNC and other political interests, and then we have, while I’m on the floor of the House, talking about Trump and Russia, I get interfered with and interrupted by Russia Today.”

Watch the video below from MSNBC, broadcast Jan. 17, 2017.

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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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