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Trump administration won’t help Joe Arpaio get his conviction erased: report

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The Trump Justice Department has declined Joe Arpaio’s request for it to ask the Supreme Court to block an investigation into him — but the former Arizona sheriff is not done fighting.

Politico reported Wednesday that Arpaio wanted the DOJ to intervene by asking the Supreme Court to block a special counsel investigation into his contempt of court conviction.

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Though the former Maricopa County sheriff was pardoned by President Donald Trump while he was awaiting sentencing for the contempt of court conviction over his department’s profiling of Latinos, Arpaio wants to essentially erase the charge entirely.

“The pardon appears to have wiped out any chance the 86-year-old will go to prison or face a fine in connection with the contempt charge,” Politico reported, “but Arpaio’s lawyers have persisted in a demand that the guilty verdict also be formally set aside.”

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton, however, denied Arpaio’s request — and the DOJ, in turn, declined to “defend Bolton’s decision” when the ex-sheriff appealed it.

“Over the government’s objections,” the report added, “a panel of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled, 2-1, in April to appoint a special prosecutor to argue that Bolton’s decision was correct.”

After ample dissent from other 9th Circuit judges and a review from Solicitor General Noel Francisco, DOJ lawyers on Wednesday announced it would not advance the issue to the Supreme Court.

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One of Arpaio’s lawyers told Politico that his legal team plans on finding a way to appeal to the Supreme Court without the Trump administration.


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Trump declares impeachment ‘dead’ — and demands apology — in late night Twitter outburst

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President Donald Trump lashed out on his favorite social media platform late Thursday evening.

Eight minutes before midnight eastern time, Trump unloaded.

Trump wrote, "Democrats must apologize to USA: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that 'United States Ambassador Gordon Sondland did NOT link financial military assistance to a request for Ukraine to open up an investigation into former V.P. Joe Biden & his son, Hunter Biden. Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigation.'”

Trump did not say why he was taking the word of a foreign official over multiple sworn testimonies from members of his own administration.

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Pelosi is ‘marrying up the facts and the law’: Ex-prosecutor says ‘bribery’ is a critical indictment of Trump

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi was masterful in using the word "bribery" to describe President Donald Trump's actions with Ukraine that are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, according to a former federal prosecutor.

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed former Assistant U.S. Attorney Berit Berger on Thursday evening's "The Last Word."

Please expand for us on why it is significant and why is it important to label this bribery," Williams said.

"So I think Nancy Pelosi was very specific in calling this bribery for two reasons," Berger replied.

"The first is that -- unlike quid pro quo -- ribery is something that most people understand, especially people who have children," she said, with a chuckle. "We all sort of have a general understanding of that."

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Giuliani henchmen showered Republican with cash — and Trump almost made him ambassador to Ukraine: report

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Yet another bombshell report has shed new light on President Donald Trump's suspicious Ukraine policies.

"At the same time that Rudy Giuliani and his now-indicted pals were pushing for President Donald Trump to remove Amb. Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Ukraine, Trump administration officials were eyeing potential contenders to take over her job. One of the people in the mix, according to three sources familiar with the discussions, was Rep. Pete Sessions, a former Congressman who called for Yovanovitch’s firing," The Daily Beast reported Thursday night. "He is also a longtime ally of the former New York Mayor, and is believed to have taken millions of dollars from Giuliani’s indicted cronies."

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