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Brazen lies from Trump Jr. are ‘taunting’ prosecutors: ‘You think we’re stupid?’

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Donald Trump, Jr. is “inspiring” federal prosecutors by “blatantly” lying, career federal prosecutor Cynthia Alksne explained on MSNBC’s “All In” with Chris Hayes on Wednesday.

“The House Intel transcripts were released to Mueller as Chairman [Adam] Schiff promised,” Hayes reported. “It’s the first sort of major action that the chair has taken in his capacity: Don Jr. Jared Kushner, Jeff Sessions, Steve Bannon and Brad Parscale.”

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“What kind of legal issues and exposure arise for those individuals now?” Hayes asked.

“Well, the first thing to know is Mueller probably already has transcripts,” Alksne noted.

“So all the planets are aligning to try now to get a real answer to what happened during the campaign regarding the Russian involvement and what happened during the transition and the inaugural,” she said.

Hayes put on screen a graphic of some of those closest to Trump who could now be facing legal jeopardy.

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“Schiff has already said Don, Jr. has an issue — I don’t think there’s any questions,” Alksne reminded.

Alksne has worked as a Department of Justice prosecutor, Assistant U.S. Attorney, Assistant District Attorney as Assistant Texas Attorney General.

“And also there’s something offensive — that’s inspirational — for prosecutors when people so blatantly lie and it’s almost taunting,” she explained.

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“It’s almost like, ‘You think we’re stupid?’ The adoption game and the creating the fake story to The New York Times by the president and what you don’t want to do is insult people so much that it inspires them to go these are the easy charges,” she continued. “How could you think I’m so stupid I’m going to believe that?”

“And there’s some of that going on here,” Alksne predicted.

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William Barr made it clear this week that he’d sign off on a sham investigation into the Dems’ 2020 nominee

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Welcome to another edition of What Fresh Hell?, Raw Story’s roundup of news items that might have become controversies under another regime, but got buried – or were at least under-appreciated – due to the daily firehose of political pratfalls, unhinged tweet storms and other sundry embarrassments coming out of the current White House.

A perfect storm propelled New York's sleaziest real estate developer to an Electoral College victory in 2016 despite winning three million fewer votes than his opponent, but Nate Silver made a compelling argument that the letter James Comey sent to Congress just 11 days before Election Day announcing that the FBI was re-opening its probe into Hillary Clinton's emails was decisive.

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Bill Barr is serving notice to DOJ officials that he’ll ruin them if they investigate Trump: MSNBC host

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An MSNBC discussion about Bill Barr running interference within the Justice Department for Donald Trump ended with "AM Joy" host Joy Reid suggesting that the attorney general's very public "media blitz" over the so-called "Horowitz Report" is a warning shot to anyone in the DOJ who thinks about investigating the president.

As Reid explained it, "He did a whole TV blitz to basically say that his own agency, the FBI, was spying on the Trump campaign, something that the inspector general said did not happen."

Reid took that to its logical conclusion.

"Now he’s saying, ‘Well, I’ve got a different report that’s going to find the motivations’ that he’s basically saying are bad motivations by people in the FBI.  And if you’re that FBI agent and then you hear that Donald Trump may be again looking for foreign help and maybe again getting help from Russia or forcing help from Ukraine, what do you do?" she asked. "Would you then not be concerned that, should you go ahead and investigate foreign interference in our election, that William Barr may come after you?"

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Stefanik voters turning on GOP lawmaker after she threw away her credibility to defend Trump

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Over the course of the impeachment hearings, Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has gone from a relative backbencher who sells herself as a moderate to voters in Upstate New York, to a theatrical partisan grandstanding for President Donald Trump and a top target of ire from Democrats.

But according to Politico, at least some of her voters appear turned off by her new stance.

"While Stefanik once able to strike a delicate balance between her Republican identity and her positions on issues like climate change, some think those earlier convictions are gone, like Phillip Paige, a former Stefanik backer and a member of SUNY Potsdam’s College Republicans," wrote Politico's Anna Gronewald. "A native of the 21st district’s Madrid, New York, Paige said he started to lose faith in Stefanik when she began supporting Trump as the party’s nominee in 2016. Paige supported John Kasich’s candidacy in that election. 'A lot of her boots-on-the-ground young Republican crowd has really become quite disillusioned,' he said. 'We saw her as what we thought the future of the Republican Party was and that really has been disproven. Unless, maybe the future of the Republican party is Donald Trump.'"

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