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Ex-DOJ official explains how Mueller ‘is sending a signal’ with charges against Alex Van der Zwaan

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A former top official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Justice explained to Katy Tur on Tuesday the message being sent by special counsel Robert Mueller.

“When you heard about this new charge today, this charge of lying by this gentleman, [Alex] Van der Zwaan, what was your reaction?” Tur asked MSNBC contributor Chuck Rosenberg.

“Well, Katy, I’ll tell you: eat your vegetables, make your bed, and don’t lie to the FBI,” Rosenberg suggested.

“I think Bob Mueller is sending a signal, even if this case is a one-off — and by that I mean, not in the heart of the Russia interference portion of the investigation — if you go in front of the FBI, in you’re talking to Bob’s prosecutors, tell the truth,” he translated.

“Is that really what this is? More than anything else, a big signal to everybody in this, if they’re not coming to play — as in coming to tell the truth and coming to be fully honest and forthright with this special counsel — that they will face some serious repercussions?” Tur asked.

“So, what a prosecutor is trying to do is really two things. They’re sending a message to the person who broke the law, in this case, Van der Zwaan is being punished for lying to the FBI. That’s specific deterrence,” Rosenberg explained.

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“But there’s another theory of deterrence that matters a lot, Katy, and that’s general deterrence. It’s the message to everyone else, ‘look at what happened to this guy for lying, don’t make that mistake!'” he concluded.

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‘It can be a very rough river!’ Trump dismisses concerns about immigrants who drowned in Rio Grande

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday brushed aside questions about whether Americans should be concerned about an immigrant man who drowned along with his child while trying to cross the Rio Grande and enter the United States.

"It can be a very rough river," Trump said in explaining the immigrants' deaths.

He then went on to blame Democrats for the drowned immigrants on the grounds that changing asylum laws would purportedly deter people fleeing violence in their home countries from trying to enter the United States.

"That father, who probably was this wonderful guy with his daughter, things like that probably wouldn't happen [with different asylum laws]," he said.

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Google employees push San Francisco’s Pride Parade to exclude tech giant to protest hate speech online

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Nearly 100 Google employees asked the organizer's of the San Francisco Pride parade to ban the tech giant over its handling of hate speech online.

An online petition asked that Google be excluded from this weekend's event and removed as a sponsor of the parade, and employees sent a letter to event organizers explaining their frustration, reported Bloomberg.

“Whenever we press for change, we are told only that the company will ‘take a hard look at these policies,’” employees told the parade's board of directors. “But we are never given a commitment to improve, and when we ask when these improvements will be made, we are always told to be patient. We are told to wait."

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Trump blames Dems for heartbreaking photo of dead migrants: ‘If they fix the laws, we wouldn’t have that’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday suggested Democrats were at fault after a photo of two dead migrants was published.

After returning from the Faith & Freedom Coalition Conference, Trump spoke to reporters on the White House lawn about the photo of a father and daughter who drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande.

"If they fix the laws, we wouldn’t have that," Trump reportedly quipped. "If we had the right laws that the democrats are not letting us have those people wouldn’t be coming up."

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