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CNN’s Cuomo blasts GOP intel members for protecting their own butts with ‘no collusion’ report

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Addressing a report issued by some Republican members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence that claimed it had found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, CNN host Chris Cuomo called it an attempt to cover their own butts and also President Donald Trump’s.

Speaking with CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, the New Day host seemed flabbergasted at the extent to which the GOP members were going to shut down any investigation into the Trump White House.

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“You know what’s remarkable about the House Republicans’ report here?” Toobin attempted to explain. “They didn’t have to go as far as they’re going in saying that Russia didn’t want to help Trump. Of course Russia wanted to help Trump. Now, the more toxic question is: did Trump’s campaign work with the Russians? That’s very much not established for certain at this point.”

“But to say that Russia didn’t want Trump to win? Wasn’t helping him win after the Wikileaks hack, the social media indictment of the 13 Russians and after the Trump Tower meeting? Why fight that battle when the real battle is one they might actually win,” he added.

Cuomo then took the GOP members of the committee to task, saying that they can’t be trusted to investigate anything involving their own party.

“Look, I think we maybe go a step farther and say you can’t have any of these men and women investigate their own, they just can’t do it,” Cuomo explained. “They can’t surrender the me to the we. It’s shame on them for not doing what the people put them there to do. This isn’t oversight. it’s just CYA.”

“If it’s your party you’re looking at, there are going to be problems. Isn’t that just a simple truth?” Cuomo asked Toobin.

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“We sometimes do a false equivalency where, in terms of, Democrats or Republicans, they’re both bad,” Toobin remarked. “I have to say I think the Democrats were trying to get at the facts here, they were trying to interview more people, they were trying to get more documents, trying to get financial records. so I don’t think this was a purely equivalent situation.”

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Instagram to block all content promoting LGBT ‘conversion therapy’

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Instagram said on Friday it would block content that promotes so-called conversion therapy, which aims to alter a person's sexual orientation or gender identity, as pressure to ban the practice grows.

The social media giant announced earlier this year it would no longer allow adverts for conversion therapy services, which can range from counseling and "praying away the gay" to electric shocks and sexual violence.

"We don't allow attacks against people based on sexual orientation or gender identity," Tara Hopkins, Instagram's public policy director for Europe, Middle East and Africa said in an emailed statement.

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Trump campaign headquarters in Virginia shut down for COVID-19 after staffers pressured against wearing face masks

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President Donald Trump's campaign office, located in northern Virginia just outside of Washington, was forced to shut down after a COVID-19 outbreak.

Politico reported Friday that for a week cleaners were brought into the headquarters to scrub surfaces, disinfect equipment and try and stave off the coronavirus from hitting the campaign more than it already has.

While in Tulsa, Oklahoma, eight members of Trump's advance team contracted the coronavirus, including Secret Service agents. While in Arizona the following week, more of Trump's Secret Service got the virus. To make matters worse, when Trump headed to South Dakota for a Fourth of July celebration, his son's girlfriend, who also works on the campaign, contracted the virus.

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Ghislaine Maxwell seeks release on $5 million bail

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Ghislaine Maxwell's lawyers asked a New York court Friday to release her on bail of $5 million, insisting she will stay in America to fight sex abuse charges related to Jeffrey Epstein.

The British socialite has been charged with sex trafficking minors for Epstein, her former boyfriend and convicted sex offender who killed himself in prison last summer while awaiting trial.

In documents filed with the Southern District of New York, her attorneys said the daughter of late newspaper baron Robert Maxwell "vigorously" denies the charges and "intends to fight them."

They argued that "she is not a flight risk" and asked Judge Alison Nathan to release her from custody on $5 million bail, signed by six of her associates and secured by a $3.75 million property in Britain.

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