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Texas law professor shoots down Trump lawyer’s attack on Comey for ‘leaking’

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Responding to the day’s top story about fired FBI Director James Comey’s testimony regarding his conversations with President Donald Trump, CNN analyst and Texas law professor Steve Vladeck posted a series of tweets eviscerating the president’s argument that Comey’s decision to leak his memos to the press was illegal.

“Did Comey’s orchestration of the memo leak break the law? In a word, no,” Vladeck wrote at the beginning of his thread. “Don’t get caught up on whether it was a ‘leak’ or not; no statute prohibits ‘leaks,’ as such.”

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He went on to write that “unless memo includes ‘information relating to the national defense’ (& no indication it did), then leak doesn’t violate Espionage Act.”

Although Comey didn’t break the law by leaking his memos on Trump, he may have, according to Vladeck, violated a “federal conversion-of-property statute” that leaves open the question about whether “‘pure ‘information’ constitutes property.” Although it could be applied legally, Vladeck said conviction under the conversion-of-property statue is unlikely because the memos had no monetary value.

Though “there may be ethical issues” with Comey’s release of the memos, Vladeck said “any legal argument is a real stretch, here.”

Read Vladeck’s entire tweet thread below.

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Trump’s ‘full-on racism’ will ‘go way uglier’ as election nears: Ex-White House official

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On MSNBC Saturday, former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci warned that President Donald Trump's toxicity on race relations will only worsen in the run-up to the election in November.

"You were in charge, for a brief time, but for communications from this White House, and it does seem that Trump is going there because that's where he thinks he has to go," said host Joy Reid. "92 percent of African-Americans, not surprisingly, disapprove of Donald Trump's handling of race. But even 57 percent of white Americans disapprove of his handling of race relations. There's a lot of white marchers out there, marching for Black Lives Matter. Has he miscalculated and misread white people, at least the majority of them, in this moment?"

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On Saturday's edition of MSNBC's "AM Joy," Pulitzer Prize-winning Trump biographer David Cay Johnston predicted that the Supreme Court's decision on President Donald Trump's tax returns will lead to an indictment from New York prosecutors.

"What do you think might be out there?" asked host Joy Reid.

"Well, Donald Trump has already had two income tax fraud trials by the state of New York and the city of New York," said Johnston. "They were civil fraud, not criminal fraud. The New York Times in October of 2018, in this brilliant project on Trump's taxes based on records we know came from his niece — without question, he and his siblings are major-league tax cheats."

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