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Rudy Giuliani surfaces to say Cohen raid is no big deal: ‘This is the way prosecutors get information’

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Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has been keeping a low profile in recent months, but he surfaced to comment on a raid conducted by federal investigators against President Donald Trump’s longtime attorney.

Giuliani, whose third wife filed for divorce last week, dismissed the Cohen raids as fairly insignificant but also unfair, reported the Washington Post.

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“Is this surprising? Yes,” said Giuliani, a former U.S. attorney. “Is it extraordinary? No. This is the way prosecutors get information — sometimes to convict and prosecute, sometimes to exculpate.”

The search warrant was executed by the office of the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, which is currently overseen by Giuliani’s former law partner Geoffrey Berman — who donated the maximum $5,400 to Trump’s campaign and was nominated to the position by the president.

Giuliani, a friend of Trump and a campaign surrogate, called the Cohen raid “a little heavy-handed,” and criticized special counsel Robert Mueller for examining “highly personal issues” as he investigates the president’s ties to Russia.

“The only thing that’s happening, perhaps, is that Mueller is trying to compel the president to testify,” Giuliani told the newspaper.

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times

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Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.

You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”

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