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REVEALED: Trump asked his acting AG to appoint a loyalist to oversee major New York investigations

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An explosive new report from the New York Times reveals that President Donald Trump asked former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker if he could appoint a loyalist to oversee investigations being conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York.

According to the Times’ report, Trump called Whitaker and asked him if he could put Trump ally Geoffrey S. Berman in charge of the multiple SDNY probes that have been swirling around former “fixer” Michael Cohen and potential corruption at the president’s inaugural committee.

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Whitaker said that such an action was impossible, however, because Berman had already recused himself from overseeing those investigations. This angered Trump and caused him to “sour” on Whitaker as an acting attorney general, the Times reports.

The revelation that Whitaker was asked by Trump whether he could install Berman to oversee the SDNY probes seems to conflict with testimony he gave to Congress earlier this month when he denied Trump had ever pressured him to influence any of the multiple investigations being conducted into him and his associates. According to the Times, House Democrats are now investigating potentially pursuing perjury charges against Whitaker.

Trump’s efforts to get an ally put in charge of investigations being conducted into his presidency and his businesses could constitute obstruction of justice if it can be established that the president acted with corrupt intent.


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Trump loyalist Lindsey Graham locked in dead heat with Democratic challenger in red South Carolina

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is locked in a dead heat in his bid to win re-election, a new online poll finds.

Graham, who has represented South Carolina in Congress since 1995 and held his Senate seat since 2003, has in recent months faced mounting pressure from Democratic challenger Jaime Harrison. A new Civiqs poll released this week finds the two rivals tied at 42%.

A deeper dive into the poll reveals more possibly unnerving developments for Graham. Fifty-six percent of South Carolina voters have an unfavorable view of the senator, while only 35% have a positive view of him.

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WATCH: Minneapolis police station burns after protesters reportedly seize the building

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On Thursday night, the Minneapolis Police Department's third precinct was destroyed.

Here are some of the images from the scene.

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WATCH: Don Lemon blasts Trump — and explains why nobody wants to hear from him on George Floyd’s murder

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CNN anchor Don Lemon slammed U.S. Attorney Erica MacDonald for invoking President Donald Trump on Thursday.

“I know she has a tough job, but guess what, as long as we are being honest right now, nobody wants to hear from the White House or the attorney general right now,” Lemon said. “No one wants to hear from the man who wanted the death penalty to come back for the Central Park Five.”

“No one wants to hear from the man who says that the former president was not born in this country. No one wants to hear from the man who said there are ‘very fine people on both sides.’ Do you understand what I am saying?” he asked.

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