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Trump-boosting Republicans just unleashed plan to obstruct Mueller’s Russia investigation

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Republican leaders of both the House and Senate Judiciary committees have signed on to an effort by a Texas Republican to directly go after special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation in Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and potential obstruction of justice by the Donald Trump administration.

House Judiciary Committee chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) signed onto a letter by Rep. Brian Babin (R-TX), the Daily Caller reports.

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“With numerous reports emerging almost every day on possible conflicts of interest and allegations of political bias, it would be in the interest of both the public and the Special Counsel team to speak to the American people through their elected representatives in Congress,” the Daily Caller reports Rep. Babin’s letter reads. “Accordingly, we respectfully request that one of broth of the Judiciary Committees immediately convene a public and open hearing or series of hearings to bring Mr. Mueller and his team out of the shadows and into the public square.”

Rep. Steve King (R-IA), Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) and Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) are also said to be among the 19 Republican members to sign onto Rep. Babin’s letter.

In October 2016, seconds after describing himself as a “genteel Southerner” Rep. Babin went off of Hillary Clinton. After Donald Trump referred to Clinton as “such a nasty woman,” Rep. Babin defended his fellow Republican.

“Sometimes a lady needs to be told when she’s being nasty,” Rep. Babin suggested.

One year later, Rep. Babin appears to ostensibly in charge of President Donald Trump’s defense before the judiciary committees of both chambers of Congress.

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AG Bill Barr will ‘try to interfere’ in the 2020 election to re-elect Trump: MSNBC national affairs analyst

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Attorney General William Barr will use the Department of Justice to "try to interfere" in the 2020 presidential election to re-elect Donald Trump, MSNBC's national affairs analyst predicted on Tuesday.

John Heilemann was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's "The Last Word."

"The attorney general, from the moment he walked into this job, has behaved in a -- as a ruthless, relentless political hack and a thug and who has behaved not as attorney general of the United States," Heilemann said.

"He made a travesty of the Mueller report and continues to lie on Donald Trump's behalf at every opportunity," he added.

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Trump welcomed Russia’s Sergey Lavrov to the White House — to humiliate us all

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Despite the fact that President Donald Trump still refuses to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington for an officials meeting — a topic at the center of the scandal driving Trump’s impeachment — the White House hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday.

And while Lavrov was honored with his second private Oval Office meeting (the first one was a cataclysmic disaster) and a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the foreign minister took his opportunity here to repeatedly humiliate the United States.

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United States, Mexico, Canada finalize Donald Trump’s USMCA trade deal

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The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday to finalize their new trade agreement, paving the way to ratification after more than two years of arduous negotiations.

However, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the US Senate would likely delay Congressional ratification of the agreement until next year, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In reality, it is the second time the three countries have triumphantly announced the conclusion of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal meant to replace the 25-year-old NAFTA, which President Donald Trump complains has been "a disaster" for the US.

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