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GOP strategist Steve Schmidt rips Trump obstruction memo — and calls out ‘cowardice’ of Paul Ryan

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Reacting the the bombshell report that lawyers for President Donald Trump submitted a 20-page memo to special counsel Robert Mueller claiming that the president cannot be charged with committing obstruction because he has unfettered authority over all federal investigations, GOP strategist Steve Schmidt exploded in anger on Twitter.

According to the New York Times report on Saturday, the letter — which was delivered in January — asserted Trump can “if he wished, terminate the inquiry, or even exercise his power to pardon,” with regard to the Russia investigation and any other inquiries Mueller’s office may conduct.

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Writing on Twitter, Schmidt called the bold claim “a direct assault on our rule of law.”

“A clear line has been drawn with the release of Trumps legal memo,” he wrote. “Make no mistake, it is a direct attack on the rule of law and a declaration of absolute power on the part of the President. It’s thesis must be attacked relentlessly. The American Republic is worth fighting for.”

Schmidt then took on congressional lawmakers, insisting that it was time for them to step up and confront the president.

Any member of Congress that supports the legal thesis of the Trump letter is a friend of illiberalism and unfaithful to their constitutional oaths. There is no room for debate or disagreement here. Supporting this crazy theory is an assault on the Republic,” he tweeted, before calling out House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI).

“The American people will now get to watch a disgusting display of political cowardice as Paul Ryan and all the rest line up behind Trumps assertion of absolute power like Vichy Sheep,” he wrote in a pointed jab at the Republican leadership.

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The few police willing to join in solidarity with protesters

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Reports of the protests across the country are focusing on the violence, clashes and property damage caused by a small few rather than the peaceful protest of those rallying against injustice and the police standing in solidarity with them.

A few captured positive moments of cities where officers support the protests and believe Black lives do actually matter.

There were moments of protesters fist-bumping police, hugs with police, and in one incident in New York City over the weekend, one officer was separated from his unit. Protesters surrounded him with locked arms to protect him from those being violent. In Miami, Florida and Seattle, Washington, police joined protesters in kneeling.

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Trump shows all the signs of being ‘rattled’ now that the White House is under siege from protesters: columnist

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In a column for the Atlantic, longtime political observer Peter Nicholas stated that Donald Trump is showing all the signs of a scared man as massive protests have broken out across the country over the murder of George Floyd at the hands of four former Minneapolis cops -- and angry Americans are taking their case all the way up to the White House gates.

As Nicholas wrote, "Presidents live within a protective cocoon built and continually fortified for one purpose: keeping them alive. But inside the White House compound these days, Donald Trump seems rattled by what’s transpiring outside the windows of his historic residence."

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Black Londoner explains George Floyd protester support with story of how cops murdered his brother

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In an interview with MSNBC's Molly Hunter, a Black Londoner explained why he turned out for a protest near Trafalgar Square in support of Americans who have hit the streets in the U.S. over the murder of George Floyd by four former Minneapolis police officers.

According to the man -- identified as Daniel and who was wearing a COVID-19 mask and a New York Yankees hat -- his brother was also murdered by police and the cops walked free.

"You've been marching all day," Hunter began. "Look, I have two questions for you: what was it like watching the U.S. this week from London? Does it resonate?

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