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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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Susan Collins skipped Trump’s visit to Maine after president threatened colleague Lisa Murkowski

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Protesters were expected to meet President Donald Trump on his Friday afternoon visit to Maine, but Senator Susan Collins, caught in the middle of a hotly contested re-election race this fall, did not.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Instead, the embattled Republican senator will be in Washington, where she has "several federal and non-federal events on her schedule," a Collins spokeswoman told NBC News.

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HBO’s Maher taunts Trump fans over president hiding in a bunker from protesters: ‘Is America great enough for you yet?’

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In his opening monologue on Friday night, HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher both ridiculed Donald Trump and taunted his fans over reports the president was whisked away to an underground bunker to protect him from anti-police brutality protesters.

According to the HBO comedian, "As soon as some shit started outside the White House he went straight to the bunker, five floors below ground. He says he wasn't hiding, he said, I love this, it was more of an inspection -- and he didn't piss himself, he was watering his shoes."

"I tell you, deranged authoritarians and bunkers, always a winning combination," he added.

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Bill Barr and Trump desperately want to blame Antifa for violence — but they’re coming up dry so far

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President Donald Trump has turned his wrath on Antifa during the George Floyd protests, demanding Antifa be labeled a terrorist organization and accusing the movement of committing acts of violence at demonstrations. But journalists William Bredderman and Spencer Ackerman, in the Daily Beast, threw cold this week on efforts to blame the leftist group.

They found that “none of the 22 criminal complaints representing the first wave of protest charges mention Antifa in any way.”

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