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Trump ‘sounds like someone who doesn’t believe’ he’s innocent: Dem lawmaker

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Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) says President Donald Trump’s protestations of innocence don’t even seem convincing to their author.

The ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee appeared Monday on MSNBC’s “Andrea Mitchell Reports,” where he said the president’s tweets betray his anxiety as reporters untangle his family’s overseas business dealings.

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“It really feels like a growing sense of alarm on the president’s part, that boil to a head on Sunday as he’s watching this unfold,” Schiff said. “For someone who keeps claiming, ‘No collusion, no collusion, no collusion,’ he’s acting like someone who doesn’t believe his own proclamations of innocence.”

The California Democrat said reports show the Trump family meeting with foreign governments to discuss business deals, campaign assistance and U.S. policy, and he said special counsel Robert Mueller likely knew more than congressional investigators or reporters.

“I think the Mueller probe needs to look at the issue of certainly vis-a-vis the Russia investigation, is there other evidence that this was the M.O. of the Trump family?” Schiff said. “That is, trading foreign policy decisions for money, for business investment. But beyond Mueller, the Justice Department, whether it’s Bob Mueller or not, the Justice Department needs to be looking at any credible allegation that the first family is selling the policy of the United States to make a buck.”

The president praised House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes as “courageous” during the swearing in of new CIA director Gina Haspel, but Schiff disagreed with the assessment of the California Republican he has tangled with during their own Russia probe.

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“That’s not the description I would use,” Schiff said. “In the times in the past where Congress has tried to break down the independence of the Justice Department or interfere with an investigation, you had the president doing the blocking and the tackling and making sure the president protected the department. Here you have the president battering down the independence of the Justice Department, and you have willing allies like Devin Nunes and (Trey) Gowdy and (Jim) Jordan — who are too happy to help.”

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GOP lawmaker cut the mic on black woman’s facts — but let white men spew ‘lunacy and lies’: report

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The Republican chair of a Tennessee legislative committee is under fire for cutting off the microphone while a woman of color was speaking -- but allowing white men to spew "lunacy."

"It took all of five minutes for Sen. Mike Bell, chairman of the Tennessee General Assembly’s Judiciary Committee, to prove Cherisse Scott’s point. Scott is founder and CEO of Sister Reach, a Memphis organization that fights for reproductive freedom and health for rural women and girls of color struggling with poverty," Memphis Commercial Appeal columnist Tonyaa Weathersbee explained.

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Here’s why Jeffrey Epstein surrounded himself with scientists

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The list of confidants and friends who were fêted by the late financier and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein included a number of prominent scientists. Among the eye-popping names that appeared on the list: the late cosmologist Stephen Hawking, Nobel-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, physicist Frank Wilczek, neurologist Oliver Sacks, and geneticist George M. Church.

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Trump just humiliated his own son with an absurd tweet about Greenland

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President Donald Trump confirmed multiple reports this weekend when he said that he does, indeed, hope to buy Greenland and make it part of the United States.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has said that the country, which is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, is “not for sale”: “Greenland belongs to Greenland.” Which should be the end of the story. Unfortunately, it’s not.

On Monday, Trump sent the following tweet, apparently trying to quell suspicions that the president just regards Greenland as another place to expand his business empire:

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