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Jeff Sessions should be charged with contempt and go to jail where ‘he belongs’: Former top DOJ official

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Attorney General Jeff Sessions belongs in jail for his role in the Trump administration’s family separation policy, the former acting general counsel of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) explained to MSNBC’s Katy Tur on Friday.

Retired Judge Paul Schmidt served over a decade at the U.S. Immigration Court in Arlington, Virginia. He also served over a decade as the deputy general counsel of INS and was acting general counsel during the administrations of Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.

MSNBC correspondent Jacob Soboroff reported a federal judge “threatened to hold the Attorney General of the United States in contempt of court for this behavior by the government.”

“Let’s remind everybody the latest numbers of families who are still separated at the border,” Tur noted, putting a graphic on screen.

MSNBC graphic on family separation by the Trump administration.

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“Paul, we do know that it’s going to be really difficult to reunite those families, to find those parents who have already been deported,” Tur noted. “Is it going to come to Jeff Sessions actually being held in contempt? And what does that look like?”

“It should. it should,” Judge Schmidt replied. “Katy, this is, I’m stunned — absolutely stunned — as somebody that worked for the Justice Department for 35 years, been involved in the field for 45 years.”

“I am stunned, just stunned, just stunned,” he repeated.

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“I think Sessions definitely should be held in contempt and ultimately he can go to jail and that’s exactly where he belongs,” Judge Schmidt concluded.

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Trump hates women of color for birthing babies keeping him from ‘making America white again’: MSNBC analyst

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President Donald Trump's loathing of women of color is driven by the fact he hates the babies they birth, a Rutgers University professor argued on MSNBC on Friday.

"The Beat" anchor Ari Melber interviewed Prof. Brittney Cooper about Trump's racist attacks on four young women of color in Congress.

"Look, the thing that bothers me about Trump and his cronies is that they have a long history of attacking women of color, and it’s really important to say these comments are not just racist, they’re also deeply sexist," Cooper explained.

"They don't just attack people of color, they also specifically go after women of color," she continued.

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Hope Hicks’ testimony ‘appears to be false’ — and Democrats have a plan to prove it: Judiciary member

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks likely lied to Congress -- and Democrats have a plan to prove it, a Democrat on the House Judiciary said on MSNBC on Friday.

Anchor Peter Alexander interviewed Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) about potential perjury by Hicks, who was a close confidant of Trump during his campaign, transition, and administration.

"It has been several months since President Trump’s former fixer Michael Cohen testified that President Trump directed him to pay hush-money payments to adult film star Stephanie Clifford, also known as Stormy Daniels, but new documents muddy the waters a bit for former White House communications director Hope Hicks, who testified to the House Judiciary Committee that she had no knowledge of the payments before they were made," Alexander reported.

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‘Liberal paper straws don’t work’: Trump wants plastic straws but has ‘bigger problems’ to worry about

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Swapping paper for plastic turned out to be the last straw for Donald Trump, who said Friday there are "bigger problems" than plastic drinking straws -- the day after his reelection campaign manager promoted branded ones on Twitter.

The president made his position clear to reporters at the White House when, between questions about Iran and China, one asked him about growing efforts to ban plastic straws.

"I do think we have bigger problems than plastic straws," Trump replied.

After a brief pause, he expanded on the point, asking: "You have a little straw. What about the plates, the wrappers and everything else that are much bigger and made of the same material?"

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