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Van Jones torches GOP for trying ‘to burn Susan Rice at the stake’ while Trump team ‘played footsie’ with Russia

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CNN’s Van Jones on Wednesday unloaded on Donald Trump’s assertion that former President Barack Obama’s National Security Advisor is guilty of a crime.

Trump made the comment in a New York Times interview, when asked directly whether he thought Susan Rice committed a crime when she requesting the unmasking of people who may have been related to the Trump transition team.

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“Do I think? Yes I think,” Trump said in that interview.

During CNN’s “The Messy Truth,” Jones went off on the president’s claim he “thinks” Rice committed a crime.

“With his usual zero facts and no evidence, President Trump today declared that Susan Rice is guilty of a crime,” Jones began. “What crime? didn’t say.”

“Let me say a couple words about Susan Rice,” he continued. “The right wing media wants to burn Susan Rice at the stake for doing her job, that’s it. Susan Rice was our National Security Advisor. To give good advice, you gotta ask good questions.”

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The CNN host compared Rice’s routine unmasking with FBI Director James Comey’s pivotal decision last October to reveal that the bureau was looking into new information pertaining former Trump rival Hillary Clinton.

“If she were a terrible person, up to no good, trying to ruin Donald Trump, you know what she would have done, what she could have done?” Come asked. “She could have called a press conference in the middle of the election, like James Comey did from the FBI. She could have run around screaming bloody murder, ‘Look what I found, look what I found!’”

Jones argued Rice deserves the Presidential Medal of Freedom, because “somebody like Comey would have created a firestorm and possibly wrecked his campaign.”

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“Republicans should love Susan Rice,” Jones said. “They should thank Susan Rice … Instead, they’re throwing fits. Why? Maybe they don’t want you to think about what Susan Rice unmasked.”

“People on Trump’s team possibly playing footsie with bad guys from Russia,” Jones said. “Let’s not get distracted.”

The CNN host then tore into Trump’s use of son-in-law Jared Kushner to solve the world’s problems.

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“[Kushner] has zero qualifications for his job, except that he married Ivanka,” Jones said. “Nobody even knows what his job is. … If Republicans are concerned about the proper function of our government, they should call hearings on Jared and his role, and point to Susan Rice as an example of how to follow protocol.”

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The View’s Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain wallop Trump’s ‘sexist’ outburst at Pelosi: ‘Grow a pair, man!’

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"The View" co-hosts Whoopi Goldberg and Meghan McCain ganged up on President Donald Trump for horrifically botching the military operation in Syria, and then throwing a tantrum when Republicans rebuked him.

Trump has enjoyed nearly slavish devotion from his congressional GOP allies, but House Speaker Nancy Pelsoi said the president had a "meltdown" during a White House meeting after the House voted to condemn his military withdrawal and abandonment of the Kurds.

"His problem right now too is that social media, everyone can see the atrocities that are happening right now in Syria with the Kurds," McCain said. "It's all over social media, and I have been apoplectic for a week and a half now, and everything we said was going to happen is happening. Our allies are being slaughtered."

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‘Serious lack of discernment’: Evangelical leaders slammed for promoting book by Trump-loving ‘charlatan’

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Paula White, the former pastor of New Destiny Christian Center-turned spiritual adviser to President Trump, has a new book out titled, Something Greater: Finding Triumph Over Trials. While some prominent evangelicals are helping her promote the book, there's a separate contingent of preachers and religious leaders who think White is a charlatan, and they're making their thoughts known.

According to some, White is a proponent of the "Prosperity Gospel," which contends that if one consistently donates to churches and religious causes, they'll be rewarded by God with an abundance of material wealth. The Prosperity Gospel has caused a rift within religious communities, and evangelical leaders who've endorsed White's book are getting some pushback, as The Christian Post points out.

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Bromance between ‘frantic’ Lindsey Graham and ‘annoyed’ Donald Trump collapses as the Kurds get slaughtered: CNN

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The growing rift between Donald Trump and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) was documented on CNN on Thursday morning with contributor Dana Bash explaining that a "frantic" Graham is now at loggerheads with an equally "annoyed" president.

Sharing a montage of clips showing Trump and Graham taking shots at each other over the Syria debacle that has resulted in one of Trump's biggest defenders quickly flipping to being one of his harshest critics, Bash explained, "Listening to that, it's hard to believe that Graham is one of Trump's most loyal allies."

With Graham on record stating, "It's not about me and him, it's about the country," Bash begged to differ.

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