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Nicolle Wallace slams acting AG Matt Whitaker: ‘The DOJ is now led by a boob’

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As the Senate Judiciary Committee considered the nomination of William Barr, MSNBC anchor Nicolle Wallace worried about diminished expectations during the Donald Trump administration.

While she now refers to herself as a “non-practicing Republican,” prior to her career in journalism, Wallace served as White House communications director during the George W. Bush administration.

“Elise, I have this feeling we’re looking at everything on this sort of sliding scale,” Wallace said to MSNBC political analyst Elise Jordan.

“We’re grading everybody on a curve and he’s so benefited by the fact that Matt Whitaker is thought of by most conservative legal scholars as a boob,” Wallace reported. “So the DOJ is now led by a boob.”

“So everyone looks at Barr and it’s like the scene in “American President” when you’re so hungry for leadership, you’re going to crawl through the sand and when you realize it’s a mirage, you’re going to drink the sand,” Wallace reminded.

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“People don’t drink the sand because they’re thirsty… they drink the sand because they don’t know the difference,” President Andrew Shepherd, portrayed by Michael Douglas, explained in the movie.

“Is there drinking of sand going on with Barr?” Wallace asked.

“I do think that he’s definitely being graded on a curve, just because look at some of Donald Trump’s disastrous appointees and we’re going from, you know, a toilet salesman — all of the fraud that Whitaker is accused of — to someone who seems like a steady establishment pick,” Jordan said.

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Trump picks Antonin Scalia’s son to replace disgraced former Labor Secretary: report

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On Thursday, NPR reported that President Donald Trump is naming Eugene Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to take over as Secretary of Labor.

Scalia, who served on the court from 1986 to his death in 2016, was known as one of the staunchest conservatives on the bench. His seat was deliberately kept vacant by Republicans for over a year to deny President Barack Obama the ability to make an appointment to it.

The Department of Labor was until this month run by former federal prosecutor Alexander Acosta, who resigned in disgrace amid renewed questions about his role in brokering a potentially illegal sweetheart plea agreement with hedge fund manager and accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

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DOJ policy blocking Trump from being indicted ‘factored into’ the end of the Stormy Daniels case: report

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Federal prosecutors decided to close the investigation into the 2016 criminal hush money payment to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal that benefitted the Trump campaign because, in part, of the policy that prevents the indictment of a sitting president, according to a new report from USA Today citing an anonymous source.

Michael Cohen has already pleaded guilty to the violation of campaign finance law. He said that he carried out the effort in coordination with and at the direction of then-candidate Donald Trump in order to increase his chances of victory in the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump’s Pentagon spokeswoman forced staff to run errands — and even help her adopt a foster child: report

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On Thursday, the Department of Defense Inspector General released a scathing report on ex-Pentagon spokesperson Dana White, the result of an investigation that began last year following ethics complaints from her staff.

The IG concluded that White used federal staffers to help her run personal errands both during and outside of work hours. Officials were forced to book her personal travel, deliver lunch and snacks to her office, act as her chauffeur, handle her dry cleaning, and book a makeup artist to come to her house.

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