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Whitaker said his job was to ‘jump on grenade’ to save Trump: Bombshell New York Times report

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Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker testifies before Congress. Image via screengrab.

A blockbuster New York Times report released Tuesday revealed that President Donald Trump had asked former acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker if he had the authority to intervene in a Manhattan investigation into his former fixer Michael Cohen. According to the Times, Whitaker knew that he didn’t have the authority to intervene and Trump wasn’t pleased. Previously Whitaker had told associates that his role in the Department of Justice was to “jump on a grenade” for the President.

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On CNN Tuesday, panelists discussed the ramifications of Whitaker’s grenade comment.

“Getting a guy in a position to be able to jump on a grenade is exactly what he would have wanted,” legal analyst Paul Callen observed. “I mean he was pounding Jeff Sessions since the day Sessions recused himself.”

Callen added that criminal intent would still have to be proven.

“Having someone in a position to jump on a grenade to protect you still doesn’t make it criminality. You have to have a specific intent to obstruct a criminal investigation,” he said, adding that proof of criminal intent could still come out. ”

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Trump’s testing czar is running a ‘cover-up’ for president’s ‘abysmal failure’: CNN’s Sanjay Gupta

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CNN chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta is accusing President Donald Trump's testing czar of running a "cover-up" of the president's incompetent response to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

During an interview Friday, Gupta reacted to defensive statements made by Brett Giroir, the federal official tapped by Trump to oversee efforts to increase COVID-19 testing capacity, who has been insisting that there is nothing wrong with the United States' ability to quickly test for the disease.

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‘He is lying’: Colorado election chief tears into Trump — and debunks his lies about mail-in ballots

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "OutFront," Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold tore down President Donald Trump's false claims about voting by mail.

"Every voter in your state is sent a ballot by mail," said host Erin Burnett. "Have you seen anything — anything at all — that would back up any concern about mail-in ballots being rigged, being corrupt?"

"President Trump is lying about vote by mail," said Griswold. "Colorado has a very clean history of running great elections with vote by mail. We have safeguards in place to make sure we would catch any type of double-voting, including signature verification, rules about ballot collection, and a lot of other safeguards. But what is true is that there's over 160,000 Americans who have died from COVID-19. It's thousands of times more likely for an American to pass away because of the coronavirus than any type of fraud."

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Trump’s ‘not smart’ attacks on Kamala Harris as an angry Black woman will backfire: CNN’s Van Jones

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CNN's Van Jones on Thursday said that President Donald Trump's decision to attack presumptive Democratic Vice Presidential nominee Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) as an "angry" Black woman would backfire.

Reacting to the president's remarks about Harris during a Fox Business interview, in which he called her "a mad woman" who is "so angry," Jones said that Trump would only work to make the California senator more of a sympathetic figure.

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