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Ex-DOJ spokesperson: Every senior Justice official ‘must step down’ if Whitaker doesn’t recuse himself from Mueller probe

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The former chief spokesperson for the Department of Justice said “every senior official” at DOJ has an obligation to resign if Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker does not recuse himself from special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Matt Miller served as director of the office of public affairs for the Justice Department and joined MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” with Nicolle Wallace on Wednesday.

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“I think anyone that cares about the rule of law in this country — whether they are Republican, Democratic, or independent — now is the time to make your voices heard,” Miller suggested.

“You used to advise the Attorney General,” host Nicolle Wallace noted. “How would you advise the Deputy Attorney General, right now, today. What should Rod Rosenstein do?”

Miller said he would suggest Rosenstein wait to see if Whitaker would recuse himself.

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“But if it’s clear he’s just there to shut this down, I think Rod Rosenstein and every senior official have an obligation to step down and make it exactly clear the Department of Justice is being abused and is being taken over by the White House and it cannot stand,” he concluded.

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Texas Supreme Court triggers outrage by denying mail-in ballots to at-risk voters: ‘Brazen and corrupt’

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On Wednesday, the GOP-dominated Supreme Court of Texas ruled that voters cannot claim risk of coronavirus infection as a "disability" under Texas' absentee ballot eligibility law.

The decision triggered outrage immediately on social media, with some commenters noting that the justices themselves issued this decision remotely to keep themselves safe. Others noted that four of the justices themselves are up for re-election, and thus their own candidacies stand to be affected by the ruling.

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Trump administration preparing criminal indictment of Venezuela’s first lady: report

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The Trump administration is preparing criminal charges against the spouse of a foreign leader at odds with the administration, according to a new report.

"The United States is preparing to charge the wife of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in coming months with crimes that could include drug trafficking and corruption," Reuters reported Wednesday, citing "four people familiar with the case."

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Texas Supreme Court: Lack of immunity to coronavirus alone isn’t enough for mail-in ballot

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The Texas Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that a lack of immunity to the new coronavirus does not qualify a voter to apply for a mail-in ballot.

In the latest twist in the legal fight over voting by mail during the coronavirus pandemic, the court agreed with Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that the risk of contracting the virus does not meet the state’s qualifications for voting by mail.

“We agree with the State that a voter’s lack of immunity to COVID-19, without more, is not a ‘disability’ as defined by the Election Code,” the court wrote. “But the State acknowledges that election officials have no responsibility to question or investigate a ballot application that is valid on its face.”

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