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‘It’s not payback!’: CNN panelists go off on Trumper Stephen Moore for insisting Mueller’s probe is about revenge

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CNN panelists on Thursday night sparred over the concept that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into President Donald Trump is “payback” for Bill Clinton’s impeachment.

As panelists on AC360 began speaking over each other, conservative economic analyst Stephen Moore and former Trump campaign aide Bryan Lanza insisted Mueller’s investigation is both too broad and has taken too long. The economist half-jokingly suggested there should be a “statute of limitations” on the investigation when New York City councilwoman Christine Quinn noted that Democrats tried to institute one during Clinton’s impeachment proceedings.

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“And it’s payback time, right?” Lanza asked, causing objections from both Quinn and Atlantic contributing editor Peter Bienart.

“It’s not payback!” Bienart interjected. “The reason that people are doing this is because actually there’s been real stuff that has come out, especially on the obstruction case.”

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The two biggest attacks on Mike Bloomberg came from the women at the debate

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Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a target painted on his for the Democratic Debate in Las Vegas Wednesday, and all of the Democrats came out swinging.

After an attack by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) explained that there's a billionaire in the race who degrades women by calling them "fat broads and horse-faced lesbians," and it wasn't Donald Trump.

"I'm talking about Mayor Bloomberg," she said. "Democrats are not going to win if we have a nominee who has a history of hiding his tax returns, of harassing women. And of supporting racist policies like redlining and stop and frisk. Look, I'll support whoever the Democratic nominee is, but understand this, Democrats take a huge risk if we just substitute one arrogant billionaire for another."

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‘Barr is a toady’: Jeffrey Toobin says talk of attorney general resigning is ‘just a big show’

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CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin says he doesn't believe Attorney General William Barr when he claims he considered resigning from the Trump administration.

Sources close to Barr told ABC News that the attorney general had contemplated quitting because President Donald Trump's tweets make it difficult for him to do his job.

"Barr is a toady," Toobin explained during an appearance on CNN. "Barr is doing what he's told. He had this one statement, 'Oh, whoa is me, it's hard for me to do my job when the president tweets.'"

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Trump wants Ric Grenell to keep his ambassador job while also overseeing every intelligence agency: report

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump was reported to be planning to appoint U.S. Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell to serve as acting Director of National Intelligence — a position for which he has zero qualifications. The move raised immediate fears, given that Grenell is a hardline Trump loyalist.

But it doesn't stop there. Reports also suggest that the president intends for Grenell to keep serving as Ambassador to Germany at the same time as he is overseeing every U.S. intelligence agency.

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