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FBI deputy director McCabe planning on retiring after onslaught of GOP attacks: report

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The Washington Post is reporting that FBI’s Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is planning on stepping down within the next few months, just as soon as he becomes pension eligible.

As the FBI under attack by members of the Republican Party who are attempting to derail the investigation into the administration of Donald Trump over collusion with the Russians during the 2016 election, McCabe is reportedly looking to exit all the drama.

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McCabe came under intense questioning by Republicans in a closed-door meeting this past week, which Democrats characterized as partisan hounding.

The top FBI official has come under harsh scrutiny, particularly since he was considered the right-hand man of former FBI Director James Comey who was fired by President Donald Trump.

According to former FBI administrator, John Pistole, McCabe has “weathered the storm,” but the attacks have increased.

“Andy’s in a difficult position now . . . because of the hyperpartisan political environment,” he explained. “It’s disappointing to see how the criticism of the FBI is being used to try to undermine the credibility of the Mueller investigation. I think they’ve figured out they can’t undermine Bob’s integrity, so they’re just going to go after whoever they can dig up any dirt on.”

You can read the whole report here.

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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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