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DOJ officials scramble to deny that Rod Rosenstein conspired to remove Trump from office: report

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks to the 2018 State of the Net conference. Image via Internet Education Foundation/Creative Commons.

Justice Department officials are scrambling to deny a report suggesting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein floated the idea of removing Donald Trump from office.

In an interview with Politico, a DOJ official who was in the room when Rosenstein made a comment about wearing a wire when meeting with Trump said the deputy attorney general was being “sarcastic.”

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“I remember this meeting and remember the wire comment,” the official said. “The statement was sarcastic and was never discussed with any intention of recording a conversation with the president.”

A former Justice Department official close to the deputy attorney general told Politico that the main thrust of the article — that Rosenstein lobbied cabinet members about potentially invoking the 25th Amendment — doesn’t “add up.”

According to the official, Rosenstein would have recognized that the “math” of the 25th Amendment would not have worked given that it requires “a majority of the cabinet, the vice president and majorities in Congress” to remove the president from office.


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Armed ‘sovereign citizen extremist’ arrested at Boston train station: report

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Authorities in Boston arrested an armed extremist at a train station on Thanksgiving.

"A Boston man was arrested last night and charged with illegally carrying a loaded pistol. The defendant, who allegedly purchased a firearm and body armor, and material that could be used to assemble explosives, adheres to the anti-government/anti-authority sovereign citizen extremist ideology," the Department of Justice announced Friday. "Pepo Herd El a/k/a Pepo Wamchawi Herd (El), 47, of Dorchester, was charged by criminal complaint with one count of being a felon in possession of a firearm and ammunition."

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Texas Republican hasn’t even been sworn in yet and already a GOP congressman is publicly dunking on him

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There was some drama on Twitter on Friday when a four-term Republican congressman dunked on a Texas Republican who won a seat in Congress but has yet to be sworn in.

It started when Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) urged President Donald Trump to pardon Edward Snowden and Julian Assange.

Rep.-elect Tony Gonzales (R-TX) called out Gabbard for being "full of more than just turkey."

Snowden and Assange are Russian agents who pose a direct threat to US National interests. Clearly @TulsiGabbard is full of more than just turkey. https://t.co/RI4XgdZRUy

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Biden’s lead in Milwaukee increases after Trump blew millions on Wisconsin recount: report

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President-elect Joe Biden's lead over Donald Trump in Wisconsin extended on Friday as Milwaukee finished their recount.

The Trump campaign had to pay $3 million for the recount in Wisconsin.

"Milwaukee County concludes its recount of the presidential election -- one of two counties where Trump sought a recount in Wisconsin. The results: Biden's lead, currently at about 20,000 statewide, grew by 132 votes," Rosalind Helderman of The Washington Post reported Friday.

Edward-Isaac Dovere of The Atlantic did a quick, back-of-the-envelope economic analysis.

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