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‘Stop misleading the public’: Sen. Al Franken blisters Sessions for blaming ‘rambling’ question for lies

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After Attorney General Jeff Sessions blamed Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) for his failure to disclose his meetings with Russian operatives, the Minnesota senator accused the attorney general of misleading the Senate Judiciary Committee and the American public in a statement.

Along with asserting that Sessions and President Donald Trump’s administration “have collective amnesia about meeting with Russian officials during and after the campaign” that they “only remember when they have been caught,” Franken also said he believes the attorney general intentionally obfuscated when claiming the senator’s “rambling questions” questions confused him.

“Despite what he attempted to assert in his testimony,” Franken continued, “Attorney General Sessions wasn’t actually confused by my question during his January confirmation hearing.”

“Rather, I believe he’s trying to downplay the gravity of and whitewash the fact that he misled the Senate Judiciary Committee under oath and failed to correct the record until he was forced to do so seven weeks later after reporting by the Washington Post,” he said, citing the Post‘s report that revealed Sessions met twice with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak without disclosing the meetings on his security clearance forms when he became AG.

“Here’s my message to Jeff Sessions: stop misleading the American public, stop making excuses, and start being more forthcoming. Come before the Senate Judiciary Committee to speak honestly and openly with those who you first misled,” Franken concluded.

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Read the entire statement below via Bloomberg’s Sahil Kupar on Twitter.

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CNN’s Santorum gets his butt handed to him by fellow conservative over defense of Trump’s ‘disgusting’ racism

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CNN contributor Rick Santorum ran into some fierce resistance on Sunday morning when he attempted to defend the explicit racism in Donald Trump's tweets at Democratic lawmakers -- with the only other conservative on the panel blowing up on him.

Speaking with fill-in host Dana Bash, the former GOP Senator from Pennsylvania was right away on the defensive when asked about the president's tweets and the resulting "send her back" chant at a rally in North Carolina.

"He says things to bring attention to these issues and I know it's hair on fire time for everyone on the left," Santorum offered in Trump's defense, which brought a sharp comeback from fellow conservative CNN commentator S.E. Cupp.

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Right-wing bigots target North Carolina concert by African band that stood up to Islamists

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Responding to hate, a Winston-Salem music venue rallies the community behind what just might be the greatest band in the world.

The comments in response to two sponsored posts on Facebook promoting an upcoming Winston-Salem concert by the Grammy-winning and internationally-acclaimed group Tinariwen came in a steady drip of loathing, vitriol and menace.

This article first appeared in the Triad City Beat.

One commenter from Smithfield wrote on July 13: “Gotta bring my AR, too….”

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Trump busted for doubling down on his racist rants before Mueller speaks: ‘He’s scared’

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," a former adviser to Bill Clinton said that he expects ex-special counsel Robert Mueller to make a some blunt statements about President Donald Trump in his upcoming appearance before a Congressional committee that will cause voters to turn on the president.

According to Guy Smith, who advised former President Bill Clinton during his impeachment ordeal, Mueller's own words will carry tremendous weight with voters who have no idea what is in his report on the president.

"Well, what we're going to see is people who have never read the report, which is most everybody, and they have only heard President Trump and the attorney general say he's been exonerated. It does not," he told host Christi Paul. "So, what's going to happen is that they're going to be hearing Robert Mueller in his own words say that the president obstructed justice. The American people have not read this thing."

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