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‘Of course Trump is going to claim something that is hollow and false’: Al Franken slams weird afternoon tweets

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Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) outright laughed at President Donald Trump’s afternoon tweets during a Thursday interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper.

“It was you laughing, and you were laughing because [former United States Secretary of Homeland Security] Jeh Johnson did not say anything about there not being any collusion and President Trump tweeted something not true about what Johnson said,” Tapper began the segment. “Tell people why you’re laughing about that.”

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Franken laughed again saying “of course” Trump is going to claim something false because it’s who he is and what he does best. “So, I just — I laugh a lot,” he said.

Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and Michael Rodgers told investigators that Trump suggested that they announce publicly that there was no collusion but like Comey, they didn’t feel the president was ordering them to dismiss the probe.

Franken said that it doesn’t necessarily prove that there was no evidence of obstruction of justice.

“How they felt it was what the president’s intent was,” Franken said. “And I guess if he’s saying he’s — you know — this is what happened in Watergate, right? That they were talking — they were just talking about telling the CIA to tell the FBI to lay off. So, this is, you know, I think it’s part of a pattern here, and that’ll be up to Bob Mueller to decide, I think, whether it amounts to obstruction of justice, that’s why we’re glad we have him there.”

Tapper cited a source that told Bloomberg Thursday that Trump didn’t make this claim of “tapes” to intimidate Comey, rather he did it in a “strategic fashion to encourage Comey to tell the truth.”

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Franken wondered if the source was from the Trump administration and Tapper said that he assumes it is.

“I mean, I think that Comey was telling the truth,” Franken said. “He took contemporaneous notes, those are usually admitted in court. If I had to bet between Trump and Comey who was telling the truth, I would kind of lean more toward Comey.”

When asked about the health care law revealed by the GOP Thursday, Franken said that the Democrats wanted a health care law that fixed Obamacare, worked on lessening the expense of prescription drugs and avoids what the GOP is calling “risk corridors.” At the same time, Franken said it guts Medicaid and gives a huge taxcut to the one percent.

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Nevada GOP activist reveals how he ‘caucused for Bernie’ to help Trump win: ‘It would be a dream election’

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Conservative activist Chuck Muth said that he temporarily switched parties to vote for Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in the Nevada caucuses.

Muth, who spoke to the Las Vegas Journal-Review while wearing a red Keep America Great hat, explained that he had crossed over to “vote for the weakest candidate possible of the Democrats.”

“It was kind of a way of demonstrating how absurd I think it is to have same-day registration as well as early voting for a caucus,” Muth explained. “So my wife and I last Sunday went to an early voting site, we changed parties right there on the spot. We caucused for Bernie.”

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Soledad O’Brien shames 1980 ‘Miracle on Ice’ hockey team for photo-op with Trump while wearing MAGA hats

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In an early Sunday morning tweet, award-winning journalist Soledad O'Brien expressed her dismay with members of the 1980 Gold Medal-winning Olympic hockey team for celebrating their historic win over the then-Soviet Union -- dubbed the "Miracle on Ice" -- with Donald Trump while wearing "Make America Great Again" hats.

According to O'Brien, seeing them hand Trump a photo-op filled her with "disappointment."

Taking to Twitter, she wrote, " Ugh.... so disappointed by the @1980MiracleTeam . I loved watching that game as a kid with my dad. Loved watching the movie with my kids. To see them on a stage, in maga hats—kinda crushing I have to say."

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‘Nice deflection, Mr President’: Adam Schiff busts Trump for trying to blame him for his leaky administration

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) took a shot at President Donald Trump on Sunday morning after the president tried to blame him for the leak describing a classified meeting lawmakers had with an intelligence official who warned the bipartisan group that the Kremlin is trying to help the president get re-elected.

As the president prepared to leave the White House for India, he told reporters that Schiff was to blame for the leaked meeting story, with the president insisting he personally had not been briefed on the report explosive report.

Responding to a 'Meet the Press" clip of the president making his accusation, Schiff tweeted back: "Nice deflection, Mr. President. But your false claims fool no one. You welcomed Russian help in 2016, tried to coerce Ukraine’s help in 2019, and won’t protect our elections in 2020. Now you fired your intel chief for briefing Congress about it. You’ve betrayed America. Again."

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