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Richard Spencer forced to hold press conference in his apartment because DC hotels wouldn’t have him: report

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It appears that D.C. hotels are taking a page out of Airbnb’s book and refusing to rent to white nationalists.

According to BuzzFeed News, white nationalist figurehead Richard Spencer was forced to hold his post-rally press conference at his “office and part-time residence” in Alexandria, Virginia because no hotels in D.C. would rent rooms to him.

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His initial plan was to host the conference at D.C.’s Sofitel Hotel a few blocks from the White House, but after the secret location was revealed, Sofitel cancelled the event. Another hotel, the Willard, also canceled once that location was leaked and people began tweeting at their parent company asking them why they were allowing a white supremacist to host a press conference at one of their properties.

Attendees then received an email claiming Spencer “secured a location in Old Town, Alexandria” that they would be escorted to — a location that turned out to be his apartment.

“I absolutely don’t want violence,” Spencer said at his Monday press conference, contradicting his own comments made earlier in the day when he claimed he and his fellow right-wingers “could have killed [counterprotesters]” with their “bare hands.” Spencer also blamed the escalation of violence at the protest on local police, although, BuzzFeed notes, he was seen pushing against police riot shields during the rally.

He also said on Monday that although he condemns violence, he thinks “there’s a very good chance” suspect Alex Fields, Jr. is not guilty of murder. He based that judgement on a video he claimed to have seen of a counterprotester coming at Fields’ car with a bat, causing him to become “very scared.”

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Ex-AG Matt Whitaker ‘pretty much acknowledges abuse of power’ in Fox News interview

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The former acting Attorney General of the United States argued that presidential abuse of power is not a crime during a Tuesday evening appearance on Fox News.

Abuse of power is not a crime,” Matt Whitaker told Fox News personality Laura Ingraham.

Tufts University Professor Daniel Drezner was fascinated by the admission.

"Interesting that Whitaker pretty much acknowledges abuse of power but doesn’t think it’s egregious," Drezner noted.

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‘Abuse of power is not a crime’: Former acting AG Matt Whitaker makes a brazen claim on Fox News

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Former acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told a Fox News audience that it is not a crime for President Donald Trump to abuse the power of his office.

Whitaker made the comments while complaining about "global elitists" during an interview with Laura Ingraham.

"What evidence of a crime do you have?" Whitaker asked, despite Trump, acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and defense lawyer Rudy Giuliani all admitting Trump sought foreign election interference to help his struggling re-election campaign.

"Abuse of power is not a crime," the nation's former top law enforcement office argued.

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Joe Biden apologizes for ‘partisan lynching’ comments about Bill Clinton’s impeachment

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Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday apologized for comments he made saying impeachment could be viewed as a "partisan lynching."

The comments from a 1998 interview were reported after Biden said it was "abhorrent" and "despicable" for President Donald Trump to refer to impeachment as a lynching.

"Even if the President should be impeached, history is going to question whether or not this was just a partisan lynching or whether or not it was something that in fact met the standard, the very high bar, that was set by the founders as to what constituted an impeachable offense," Biden said in 1998.

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