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Ex-Bush adviser: Trump needs to stop listening to ‘conspiracy theorists’ and ‘lay off’ Mueller

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The former chief White House ethics lawyer in the George W. Bush administration explained his worries about President Donald Trump committing further acts of obstruction of justice when Congress is out of Washington, DC for the holiday recess.

MSNBC anchor Katy Tur featured Professor Richard Painter to discuss the “four threats to Robert Mueller” that Painter outlined in the New York Times, writing with Norman Eisen, who served as chief White House ethics lawyer in the Barack Obama administration. Eisen is the chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics (CREW) and Painter is the vice chair.

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“I hope it’s a merry Christmas, but I was worried that today we might have some negative developments,” Painter admitted. “I think we may be out of the woods on that, but over the holidays, when the members of Congress are out of Washington and the House and Senate Judiciary Committee are not as able to respond as quickly as they should in this situation, I think the president could try any of those strategies or people at the Justice Department or the White House could implement some of those strategies for undermining Robert Mueller.”

“It’s critically important for the president and his staff to understand that attempts to interfere with this investigation, with them — would be an obstruction of justice,” Painter reminded. “And already he has exposed himself to an obstruction of justice charge through the firing of James Comey and the pressure put on James Comey for loyalty pledge when James Comey was head of the FBI.”

“I’m very much hoping that none of those things happen, that President Trump simply stops talking about this investigation, stops tweeting about it, and stops obstructing justice so Robert Mueller can do his job,” Painter explained.

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Tur also asked W. Bush’s former chief ethics lawyer about a public letter he co-signed, with other former top Republicans, defending the special counsel.

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“The reason we wrote that letter was that we were concerned that the president was not listening, that he was listening to political operatives in the White House, some of the remaining alt-right faction and other conspiracy theorists who put him down in front of Fox News and he listens to what’s going on, on Fox News instead of talking to his lawyers,” Painter explained.

“I think if he talks to his lawyers, he’s going to figure it out pretty quickly that he better lay off of Robert Mueller, lay off this investigation and do his job while Robert Mueller does his,” Painter predicted. “That’s the reason we wrote those letters, I’m very much hoping the president listens.”

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‘Why do we need camo in space’: Trump’s Space Force ridiculed for woodland camouflage uniforms

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On Friday, the United States Space Force released an image of their new uniforms on Twitter.

The image shows a Battle Dress Uniform (BDU) for a four-star general in a woodland camouflage pattern, with a matching camo nametape.

https://twitter.com/SpaceForceDoD/status/1218335200964464650

However, many people were confused as to why the Space Force would use uniforms designed to blend in on earth.

Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/PostCultRev/status/1218351691021484032

Sorry for the question but why do we need camo in space?

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BUSTED: National Archives caught doctoring exhibit to remove criticism of President Trump from women

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The National Archives were caught editing an artifact from the Trump administration to remove criticism of the president, according to a bombshell new report in The Washington Post.

The newspaper reported on a "large color photograph" at the National Archives exhibit marking the centennial of women's suffrage.

"The 49-by-69-inch photograph is a powerful display. Viewed from one perspective, it shows the 2017 march. Viewed from another angle, it shifts to show a 1913 black-and-white image of a women’s suffrage march also on Pennsylvania Avenue. The display links momentous demonstrations for women’s rights more than a century apart on the same stretch of pavement. But a closer look reveals a different story," the newspaper noted.

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Dershowitz is running a ‘bizarro defense’ of Trump: Harvard Law colleague says ‘Alan is just completely wacko’

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Two of the most famous names associated with Harvard Law School had competing appearances on MSNBC on Friday.

It began when Alan Dershowitz, a professor emeritus, was interviewed MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber about his new role officially representing President Donald Trump during the Senate impeachment trial.

Dershowitz claimed that neither abuse of power nor obstruction of Congress count as "high crimes" under the constitution.

Professor Alan Dershowitz, who has also been associated with Harvard Law for five decades, was asked about Dershowitz's argument during an interview with Chris Hayes.

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