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‘Obstruction of justice’: Bush ethics czar trashes idea of shuffling Sessions to Homeland Security

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The former ethics czar in the George W. Bush White House blasted the rumors that President Donald Trump will move Jeff Sessions to the Department of Homeland Security.

Attorney Richard Painter explained that no matter how much Trump dislikes the Russia investigation, shenanigans to stop special counsel Bob Mueller would be obstruction of justice.

“The point is that the President is upset with Jeff Sessions for not taking over the Russia investigation and terminating the Russia investigation,” Painter explained. “That’s what the president wants, at all costs, for the Russia investigation to end – his son and son-in-law are now all mixed up in it.”

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Guest Kurt Barbella mentioned the rumors that Trump would be moving Jeff Sessions to the Department of Homeland Security.

“That would obviously be a move to kill the Russia investigation,” Painter explained. “It would be regarded as criminal obstruction of justice if it then were used to try to terminate Bob Mueller.”

But Painter revealed what he sees as the flaw with this rumored scheme.

“I don’t think an Attorney General or an acting Attorney General is going to interfere with the Russia investigation and risk going to jail,” Painter predicted. “I don’t think he’s going to find somebody to do that job for him.”

“So getting rid of Jeff Sesssions and moving him over to Homeland Security and embarrassing him in front of the United State Senate where he have to go back for another confirmation would be a ludicrous move,” Painter concluded.

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The former chief White House ethics lawyer then proceeded to lecture the administration.

“The President needs to understand this is a country with the Rule of Law and there is a Russia investigation by Bob Mueller, that is not going to stop and there is nothing he could do to stop it,” Painter explained.

“He ought to focus on doing his job and lay off the Russia investigation and stop tweeting about it and stop picking on his Attorney General,” Painter advised. “It is alienating everybody, including many Americans who are sympathizing with Jeff Sessions who never identified with Jeff Sessions and his brand of politics.”

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“It is unifying the country against the President,” Painter concluded. “This is a very bad situation for the White House.”

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Jared Kushner ripped by NYT columnist: He will ‘get us all killed’ with his incompetence

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On Thursday, writing for The New York Times, columnist Michelle Goldberg laid into President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner, who appeared at the day's coronavirus press conference to blame states for the federal government's slow response.

"Reporting on the White House’s herky-jerky coronavirus response, Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman has a quotation from Jared Kushner that should make all Americans, and particularly all New Yorkers, dizzy with terror," wrote Goldberg. "According to Sherman, when New York’s governor, Andrew Cuomo, said that the state would need 30,000 ventilators at the apex of the coronavirus outbreak, Kushner decided that Cuomo was being alarmist. 'I have all this data about I.C.U. capacity,' Kushner reportedly said. 'I'm doing my own projections, and I've gotten a lot smarter about this. New York doesn’t need all the ventilators.'"

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Trump expected to tell all Americans to wear cloth masks in public: report

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The Trump White House is expected to urge Americans to wear cloth face masks when in public to help slow the transmission of coronavirus, in a reversal of current guidelines. The CDC says there is increasing evidence asymptomatic coronavirus carriers may be spreading the virus more than first believed, The Washington Post reports.

But studies going back weeks or longer made clear people who show few or no symptoms are "shedding" more of the virus – spreading it – at a rate higher than some who are fully symptomatic.

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Texas is next: Epidemiologist explains how the state acted too slowly on coronavirus

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The state of Texas could be the next COVID-19 hotspot, an epidemiologist warned on Thursday.

"California Gov. Gavin Newsom issued a sweeping statewide stay-at-home order on March 19," ABC News reports. "On the other hand, Texas took a much slower approach, with Gov. Greg Abbott finally instituting an order to close all non-essential businesses on March 31."

ABC News interviewed Dr. John Brownstein, an epidemiologist at Boston Children’s Hospital.

"I think Texas is going to be the next hot spot. We can already see the cases starting to increase, it is start of an exponential rise," Dr. Brownstein explained.

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