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Rachel Maddow unveils Trump’s ‘secret permission slip’ that may lead to the end of the Mueller probe

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With the GOP all-but-sanctioning Donald Trump’s plan to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions after the midterm elections next week, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow unveiled that the latest nefarious Trump administration maneuvering.

When and if Sessions is fired or resigns, the host noted, the next in line to lead the Justice Department is Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — the man who is already leading the special counsel probe after the attorney general recused himself from the investigation and drew the president’s ire.

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But if the embattled deputy AG is also ousted, that leaves Solicitor General Noel Francisco — a man with significant conflicts of interest when it comes to Robert Mueller — to lead the DOJ.

It was previously reported that Francisco’s previous work at the prestigious Jones Day law firm was in direct conflict to the Mueller probe because the firm represents the Trump campaign in the investigation.

As the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) government watchdog organization revealed Friday, however, the White House issued a previously-unpublished exemption waiver to typical ethics rules that allows Francisco to work on the Mueller investigation.

“In April of this year, the Trump White House issued a secret permission slip to Solicitor General Noel Francisco which excuses him from the ethics rules that would otherwise block him from being involved in any legal matter involving the law firm at which he was a partner,” Maddow said. 

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The White House normally publishes a list of exemption waivers like the one granted to the solicitor general, but his is absent from that online list, a fact “which is itself a story,” Maddow noted.

“We can now see for the first time that the Trump White House has been maneuvering so if Rod Rosenstein is fired or quits, the guy from the law firm that is representing the Trump campaign in the Russia investigation will be allowed to oversee, to take over the whole Russia investigation,” the host said.

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Right-wingers have a full-blown freakout over Kavanaugh revelations — and it could blow up in their faces

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Do Republicans think “men are the real victims of sexism” is a winning argument going into the 2020 election? That sounds preposterous, but there are strong indications that Donald Trump and other leading Republicans believe they can win by feeding a “victim mentality” in men, a mentality they otherwise tend to decry when detected in actual victims.

On Sunday, the New York Times published an article by the authors of a new book about Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, introducing more corroborating evidence for claims that Kavanaugh had a history throughout high school and college of getting trashed and then sexually abusing his female classmates. That story, almost a year after Kavanaugh’s momentous confirmation hearings, was interesting further evidence that Kavanaugh likely perjured himself before the Senate. Ultimately, it doesn’t really change anything, since there’s little reason to believe that anyone actually believed Kavanaugh was telling the truth at the time.

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Air Force admits it ‘would’t be surprised’ if they were ‘Trump Turnberry’s largest customer’

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The Air Force has not only been staying at Trump's resorts for three years, but they were also likely the largest customer of Trump's Scottish golf club.

Washington Post reporters David Fahrenthold and Jonathan O'Connell outed President Donald Trump for working his official relationship with the Saudi royal family so they'd stay at his hotels. Politico reporter Natasha Bertrand uncovered the fact that the U.S. Air Force was being used to funnel cash to the president's companies.

Trump's Turnberry resort was losing money until he was able to reroute Air Force plans to land in Scotland to refuel instead of a military base. While that might cost American taxpayers significantly more money, it was good business for the president. Now the resort is doing extremely well.

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CNN commentators laugh at GOP strategist’s pathetic rationale for why Trump’s Hispanic comments aren’t racist

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On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," Mitch McConnell adviser and GOP strategist Scott Jennings offered a feeble defense of President Donald Trump's demand of his Hispanic adviser Steve Cortes at a rally in New Mexico that he say whether he prefers "the country or the Hispanics"

"Of course it masks racism, and he doesn't do a good job of masking it," said Democratic strategist Maria Cardona. "These comments were racist, ignorant and downright stupid. We shouldn't be surprised from what we've seen this president spew, from the moment he came down the escalator when he announced his campaign when he called Mexicans rapists and murderers and what else can we expect from this man? ... In the latest Univision/Latino Decisions poll, you have 71 percent of Latinos who said they will vote for the democratic candidate. 15 percent maybe will vote for Trump. He's in dire straits for Latinos."

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