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Ex-CIA officer refutes Trump on campaign informant: ‘This is what the FBI does’ if you have a Russian spy on staff

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Former CIA officer Robert Baer on Monday disputed President Donald Trump and his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, after they suggested that the Obama administration had improperly used a confidential informant to spy on the Trump campaign.

Over the weekend, both Trump and Giuliani hyped the news that a confidential informant may have been used in a counter-intelligence investigation involving Trump’s campaign. Trump revealed on Sunday that he would “demand” that the Department of Justice investigate itself over “whether or not the FBI/DOJ infiltrated or surveilled the Trump Campaign for Political Purposes.”

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Baer told CNN on Monday that Trump and Giuliani were being “disingenuous” about the use of informants.

“The FBI, when it got a lead that [Trump campaign staffer] Carter Page was possibly a Russian agent, at that point was legally obligated to open an investigation, which included putting a tap on his phone,” Baer explained. “And also running a confidential informant into Carter Page and a couple of other suspect Russian moles. This is what the FBI does.”

“But I guarantee you that the president, President Obama, did not call up the FBI and say, ‘Open up a political investigation into Donald Trump,'” the former CIA officer added. “It just did not happen. He’s conflating these two things: a counter-intelligence investigation and political dirty tricks.”

Baer was also troubled by Trump’s embrace of conspiracy theories.

“You have a president that truly believes there is such a thing as a deep state, the FBI is at the center of the deep state and is out to get him,” Baer lamented. “There simply has been no evidence brought forth to support that. There is no deep state, of course, but what can you do?”

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CNN’s Sanjay Gupta thrashes Trump for ‘insulting’ conspiracy theory about doctors hoarding masks

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Two medical experts on Monday called President Donald Trump's insinuation that doctors are intentionally hoarding masks to be an "insulting" conspiracy theory.

Appearing on CNN, emergency room physician Dr. Leana Wen was asked by host Alisyn Camerota about the president's statements about hospitals lying about the amount of equipment they need -- and she replied that it bore no relationship to reality.

"We need to be preparing for months or years, and frankly, it's insulting to suggest that hospitals are somehow keeping equipment away from health care workers, and jeopardizing their lives," Wen said. "Actually, all of us should be doing everything we can to supply the basic equipment that front line health care workers need to protect themselves and protect all of us."

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Veteran newsman Dan Rather tears up trying to motivate Americans during coronavirus crisis

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Veteran newsman Dan Rather teared up talking about American exceptionalism during times of crisis.

Speaking to CNN's Don Lemon, who had a special show late Sunday evening, Rather learned over the weekend that friend and former CBS colleague Maria Mercader had lost her life to the coronavirus.

Lemon asked if Rather had ever experienced anything like this in his life, and he said the closest thing would be the 1918 flu epidemic that killed millions, but it was before Rather was born.

"Your question, how do we get through it? I fully understand people are anxious, worried. They're fearful. The way we get through it is to remember in this 'land of the Pilgrims' Pride, land where our father's died,' we are not descended from people with any crowdedness whatsoever," he cited lyrics from "My Country 'Tis of Thee," his voice cracking with emotion. "What is needed is a little resolve and a little courage keeping in mind that courage is being afraid but going ahead and doing what you do anyway. We're at the decisive moment, what we need is each and every one of us to must aero little bit of courage, and we'll get through it."

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Justice Department is looking into stock transactions made by Richard Burr ahead of market crash: CNN

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Before the Dow Jones markets crashed, Republican elected officials on key committees were caught selling off hefty sums of stocks. It's a crime to use insider information from the government or the business to profit, but that's exactly what economics experts think these officials did. Now at least one of those officials is being investigated, CNN reported Sunday.

One, in particular, was Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC), who dumped $1.6 million in stocks after he tried to tell the American people that everything was fine and the country was prepared for the coronavirus.

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