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Legal experts shatter RNC chair McDaniel accusation that Omarosa broke federal law with secret taping of Kelly

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Responding to accusations that former Trump aide Omarosa Manigault broke federal law by recording her firing in the the super-secure White House Situation Room, a selection of legal scholars dismissed the claim as so much smoke with no fire.

According to Axios, RNC head Ronna Romney McDaniel tweeted out, “Secretly recording conversations in the Situation Room isn’t just wildly inappropriate, it’s a threat to our national security. If she broke federal law, she should be prosecuted.”

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McDaniel was responding to an extensive interview Manigault game on NBC’s Meet the Press where host Chuck Todd played audio of a secret recording she made when she was being fired.

As Axios notes, National Security expert Bradley Moss told NPR’s Tim Mak he didn’t see it as a federal crime, explaining, “In and of itself, there is no criminal provision implicated. If there isn’t national defense information or classified involved, merely recording…in a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) is merely a security violation.”

Lawfare executive editor Susan Hennesy agreed, contributing, “I actually didn’t realize Omarosa didn’t hold any kind of security clearance. That makes it hard to understand why they were in Situation Room but also means it is far less than “likely” that she violated federal law as opposed to just breaking dozens of rules and regulations.”

Law & Crime also weighed in, stating, “Without a very generous and liberal interpretation of the statute here, Omarosa recording Kelly did not ‘disrupt the orderly conduct of Government business or official functions.’ It maybe makes John Kelly and the White House look a bit more incompetent than previously discovered–but that’s not what the statute is referring to–and that’s not really much of a surprise.”

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Tommy Vietor, who served as President Barack Obama’s NSC spokesperson dismissed the whole kerfluffle out of hand.

“I can’t get that worked up about Omarosa taping General Kelly in the Situation Room,” he tweeted. “Yes, it’s against the rules. Yes, it’s a SCIF. But ultimately the sitroom is just a bunch of conference rooms. He didn’t read the PDB (President’s Daily Brief) aloud and then fire her. It was an unclassified discussion.”

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Suspect behind NYC subway bomb scare arrested after being found unconscious in the Bronx: report

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On Saturday, CNN's New York correspondent Polo Sandoval reported that a suspect wanted for placing suspicious rice cookers in New York City subway stations has been arrested after being found unconscious at an address in the Bronx.

"Less than 24 hours it took the NYPD to track down this man in relation to the scare that took place here in New York City," said Sandoval. "A source close to the investigation saying that the individual that they were trying to track down to speak to was apparently placed into custody at about 2AM This morning. He was found unconscious in the Bronx here in New York. He is currently hospitalized."

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It’s not Democrats who are making guns a political issue: It’s all the dead bodies

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We can’t keep up. We can’t keep up with the lies, we can’t keep up with the racism, we can’t keep up with the anti-immigrant hysteria, we can’t keep up with the firings and resignations, we can’t keep up with the flat-out lunacy, but most of all, we can’t keep up with the dead bodies.

In a single week, between Sunday, July 28, and Saturday, Aug. 3, there were three separate mass shootings in this country. In Gilroy, California, at a popular garlic festival, a man wearing a bulletproof vest and carrying an AK-47 style assault rifle, killed three people and wounded 13. Two of the dead and several of the wounded were children. The shooter had six high-capacity magazines in his possession: one was a drum magazine holding 75 rounds of 7.62 mm ammunition, and the other five held 40 rounds. He had bought the AK-47 and ammunition just three weeks before he opened fire on the festival goers.

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Trump is terrified a recession is coming — and he has no plan if it does: report

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Economists and analysts overwhelmingly agreed this week that a recession is, if not looming, appearing to be much more likely in the near future than it was before.

But in President Donald Trump's White House, such pessimism is verboten. According to multiple reports, Trump's team has been emphasizing rosier economic numbers and brushing off signs of a coming downturn. Trump even suggested that he "suspects many economists and other forecasters are presenting biased data to thwart his reelection," according to the Washington Post. (Trump previously complained that positive economic reports under President Barack Obama were fake.)

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