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GOP congressman met with author who claims black people have ‘violence gene’ — to discuss DNA

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Two Republican congressmen met with a far-right author who once claimed black people have a “violence gene” — and claimed they did so to discuss DNA.

NBC News reported Thursday that Reps. Phil Roe (R-TN) and Andy Harris (R-MD), who were on Wednesday photographed walking through the House of Representatives with far-right activist Chuck Johnson, claimed they were doing so to talk about the “increasing the number of sequenced genomes for research.”

Johnson, Roe’s statement read, represents a company that does work with DNA research — though neither congressmen could identify the company when asked.

Immediately after HuffPost’s Matt Fuller posted the photo that showed a man later confirmed as Johnson walking with Roe and Harris, reports about the far-right activist’s racist views began to resurface.

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In an interview with shock jock Joe Rogan from 2015, Johnson — who, like many white nationalists, has an obsession with the genetics of minorities — claimed that black people are genetically predisposed towards violence.

“Blacks have the MAOA gene that whites and Asians don’t have,” he told Rogan, “therefore blacks have a proclivity towards violence.”

As HuffPost noted in its report on Johnson’s meeting with the congressmen, he has a history of making white supremacist comments and actions that include Holocaust denial and the creation of a website used to crowdfund money for neo-Nazis and other racists barred from normal platforms.

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After the meeting — which took place days after the House passed a resolution denouncing white supremacy in the aftermath of Rep. Steve King (R-IA) appearing to embrace it — Reps. Harris and Roe issued statements distancing themselves from Johnson, NBC noted.

“Of course I disavow and condemn white supremacy and anti-semitism,” Harris said, claiming he was “unaware” of the activist’s past statements.

A spokesperson for Roe told NBC News that Johnson’s statements were “abhorrent” and that his racist views didn’t come up during their conversation, which the representative claimed lasted only 10 minutes.

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On Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted an angry invective against former special counsel Robert Mueller, who is slated to testify before the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees on Wednesday, proclaiming once again — falsely — that the report showed "NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION!"

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Trump busted for lying about not having ‘talking points’ about Dem congresswomen

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President Donald Trump furiously denied reporting that his aides had supplied him with "reams of opposition research" about four Democratic congresswomen.

The president has been lobbing racist attacks at the first-year lawmakers since last weekend, and the Washington Post reported that aides had supplied the background research to urge Trump to question their patriotism and political ideas, rather than calling on them to leave the country.

"The Amazon Washington Post front page story yesterday was total Fake News," Trump tweeted Monday morning. "They said 'Advisors wrote new talking points and handed him reams of opposition research on the four Congresswomen.'"

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) is getting raked over the coals by his hometown newspaper.

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The editorial argues that Rubio had once promised to be a check on Trump's worst excesses -- but he's instead been a consistent "sycophant" who has regularly debased himself to gain Trump's approval.

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