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‘Boggles the mind’: CNN’s Jake Tapper slams ‘AWOL’ Republicans tolerating Trump’s efforts to stop Russia probe

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CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday called out Congressional Republicans who have remained silent on Donald Trump’s repeated efforts to “insert himself” into the Russia investigation, telling host Brianna Keilar their tolerance for the president’s actions “boggles the mind.”



Tapper was discussing a report, published Wednesday by CNN, that revealed Trump asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if the senior Department of Justice official is “on his team” during a December 2017 meeting at the White House.

“I want to say, it is impossible to imagine a Democratic president doing this and Republicans on Capitol Hill being as quiet as they are,” Tapper said reacting to the news. “And this is an issue that doesn’t have anything to do with partisan politics, it has to do whether or not you believe it’s acceptable that a president is going to try to insert himself into an investigation. There has been a long—traditionally and also just constitutionally, in a way—there’s a separation between the Justice Department.”

“There’s supposed to be an independence when it comes to investigations,” Tapper explained.

“The fact Republicans on Capitol Hill are tolerating this just boggles the mind,” the CNN host continued. “They are so quiet when they know—most of them—know better. They know that is was wrong.”

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CNN’s Jim Sciutto noted the GOP had a sharply different reaction to the 2016 tarmac meeting between former Attorney General Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton. Tapper said that meeting was “entirely fishy, and Republicans were right to criticize it.

“And they’re AWOL,” he said of Trump’s attempts to steer the Russia probe.

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American, Italian and Russian blast off for ISS

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US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA's Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency set off on a six-hour journey to the orbiting science lab from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1628 GMT.

A NASA TV commentator hailed a "textbook launch" minutes after blastoff in "sweltering" weather in Baikonur, where daytime temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

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Megan Rapinoe trashes ‘disgusting’ Trump for his ugly racist tweets in CNN interview

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In an interview with CNN's Van Jones that will air on Saturday night, U.S. Women's soccer champion Megan Rapinoe condemned President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four progressive congresswomen of color.

"It's disgusting, to be honest. To say it's disappointing is ... it doesn't even come close," said Rapinoe. She added, "The more that we just are upset about it and don't accept that kind of behavior from all sides, then the better place we're going to be."

Trump has faced escalating criticism in the wake of his tweet that Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) ought to "go back" to where they came from if they disagree with his agenda (three of them were born in the United States). The controversy escalated when attendees of his rally in Greenville, North Carolina chanted "Send her back!" about Omar.

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Conservative suggests Trump’s racist rhetoric will incite worse than ‘send her back’ chants: ‘One shudders to wonder’

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In a column for the Washington Post, conservative Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Kathleen Parker said the refusal by Republican lawmakers and the evangelical community to condemn Donald Trump's racist rhetoric is paving the way for something far worse than mere "send her back" chants.

Under a headline that bluntly states, "Those who don’t condemn Trump’s racism are complicit in his bigotry," Parker gets right to her opinion of the president, writing, "Going out on a limb here: President Trump is a racist. And a sexist. And a xenophobic nationalist. Among other things. Not to name call or anything."

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