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Senate Intelligence Committee ‘has not exonerated Trump’ with ‘no collusion’ findings: NBC’s Ken Dilanian

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Democrats have admitted that the Senate Intelligence Committee has found no evidence of collusion between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia — but according to the reporter who broke the story, the committee is not saying the president is innocent, either.

NBC News’ Ken Dilanian reported Tuesday that Democratic aides agreed on background with Republican Intel Committee Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC), who last week announced that the committee did not have evidence to prove Trump-Russia collusion.

“We were never going find a contract signed in blood saying, ‘Hey Vlad, we’re going to collude,'” one Democratic aide told NBC.

But as Dilanian tweeted after the story went live Tuesday morning, that admission doesn’t necessarily clear the president.

“To be clear,” the reporter posted, “the Senate intelligence committee has not found evidence exonerating Trump, either.”

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The Atlantic‘s Natasha Bertrand noted that the same aide who spoke to Dilanian expounded on the admission in an interview with her.

“Right now there is ‘a common set of facts’ that the panel is working with, ‘and a disagreement about what those facts mean,'” the aide told Bertrand. The staffer added: “We are closer to the end than the beginning, but we’re not wrapping up.”

The aide went on to pan NBC’s headline, “Senate has uncovered no direct evidence of conspiracy between Trump campaign and Russia.”

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“The word ‘direct’ is doing a lot of work here,” the aide told Bertrand.

 


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‘It’s so un-American’: Internet scorches Trump supporters for racist chants of ‘Send her back!’

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The ignoble highlight of President Donald Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday was when his fans doubled down on his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color and targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), chanting "Send her back! Send her back!"

Political commentators of all stripes were gobsmacked by the crowd's naked racism — and buried them in condemnation:

The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.

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Jeffrey Epstein wasn’t even a competent investor: report

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There can be no doubt that high-powered hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein would rather the public know him for his prominence and success as an investor than for the allegations of child sex trafficking, for which he has now been indicted and faces life in prison. And there has for years been mystique surrounding Epstein's business — his wealth fund is so exclusive that it reportedly requires a billion dollars up front from clients.

But according to the Dow Jones' periodical Barron's, Epstein may not even be good at that.

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Jon Stewart blasts ‘abomination’ of Rand Paul trying to ‘balance the budget on the backs of’ 9/11 responders

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On Wednesday's edition of Fox News' "Special Report," comedian and activist Jon Stewart slammed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for blocking unanimous consent for a bill to support health care for 9/11 first responders.

"Pardon me if I'm not impressed in any way by Rand Paul's fiscal responsibility virtue signaling," said Stewart to anchor Bret Baier, who appeared on the show with first responder and activist John Feal.

He added that Paul's complaint, that the bill was unfunded, rings hollow given that he "added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit" with the GOP tax cuts for billionaires. He castigated Paul for trying to "balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community."

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