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Trump’s lie about Comey tapes is evidence of ‘witness intimidation’: Ex-White House ethics counsel

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Donald Trump and James Comey (Photo's by Flickr User Michael Vadon and via Screen capture)

Responding to reports that President Donald Trump claims to not have any recordings of his conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey as he claimed last month on Twitter, a former White House ethics lawyer said being caught in this lie opens the president up to obstruction of justice.

“This lie increases Trump’s legal exposure for obstruction and witness intimidation–more evidence of corrupt intent,” Norm Eisen, who served as special counsel to President Barack Obama and later as an ambassador to the Czech Republic, tweeted.

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The lie Eisen referred to was tweeted by the president on May 12, when he threatened that “James Comey better hope that there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

On Thursday, Trump took to Twitter again to admit that he “did not make, and do[es] not have, any such recordings.”

Read Eisen and Trump’s tweets below.

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Chris Wallace blames Trump for ‘awful’ debate: ‘He bears the primary responsibility for what happened’

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Fox News host Chris Wallace on Thursday blamed President Donald Trump for what he admitted was an "awful" debate.

In his first TV appearance following Tuesday night's debate, Wallace noted that Trump had interrupted either Democrat Joe Biden or himself 145 times.

"He bears the primary responsibility for what happened on Tuesday," Wallace said. "At a certain point, 45 minutes in, I called a halt to the debate for a moment and said this really isn't serving America and please stop the interruptions."

Wallace complained that his team had spent "hundreds" of hours preparing for the debate only to have it spoiled by the president.

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Trump’s plot to steal the election can be defeated — here’s how

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During Tuesday night's debate, Donald Trump, who has gone pure fascist, once again escalated his efforts to scare people out of voting. He encouraged his followers to engage in voter intimidation under the guise of "poll watching," and told armed hate groups to "stand by." Trump also floated a number of baseless conspiracy theories about "voter fraud" that are clearly designed to discourage voting and rationalize legal efforts to stop votes from being counted.

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KKK-linked flyers asking people to ‘vote pro-white’ appear on doorsteps in Pennsylvania

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Pennsylvania police are investigating flyers that were distributed asking people to "vote pro-white" in the upcoming election, KDKA reports.

The flyers that began showing up in Greene County were reportedly linked to the Ku Klux Klan. The flyer asks people to "Kontact the experts," the Loyal White Knights, which is a KKK-affiliated group based in Pelham, North Carolina.

"Every officer here was offended and extremely motivated to find the individual passing out this information," Capt. William DeForte said.

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