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‘Absurd’: Lindsey Graham lashes out at reporter after he is accused of having pro-Trump ‘conflict of interest’

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Monday called to open new investigations into Hillary Clinton’s campaign after special counsel Robert Mueller declined to indict President Donald Trump in the Russia investigation.

A day after Attorney General William Barr told Congress that Trump would not face prosecution, Graham called on the Department of Justice to appoint a new special counsel to investigate Clinton. Graham also suggested that he would use the power of his committee to determine how the Russia investigation began.

At a news conference on Monday, one reporter noted that Graham appeared to have a conflict of interest.

“You brought up [Attorney General Jeff Sessions’s] conflict of interest and you made a rousing speech at Mar-a-Lago over the weekend,” the reporter observed. “Doesn’t that give an appearance of conflict of interest in your role of chairing the Senate Judiciary Committee?”

“You’ve got to be kidding me,” Graham replied. “Did anybody ever ask during the Clinton impeachment if a Democrat was conflicted for speaking out on behalf of the president? I am an elected political official. I am a Republican. I’m going all over the country to speak to the Republican Party. I want Trump to win. I’m chairman of the Judiciary Committee. I do my job very responsibly.”

“To suggest that if you’re a Republican and you want Trump to win, you can’t do your job is absurd,” he continued.

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“You also golfed with him though, right?” another reporter asked.

“Yes, and I played terribly,” Graham said.

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Exclusive: IRS ignored documents showing that billionaire Trump supporter avoided millions in taxes on Cape Cod estate used for Trump fundraiser

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Sell your home at a loss and Congress says tough luck. Whether you overpaid or the market collapsed, it’s a personal loss and you get no tax deduction. The loss is 100 percent yours and yours alone.

In this fourth installment of The Koch Papers, we’ll look at Bill Koch’s purchase of an estate to expand his Cape Cod vacation home and a deduction he then took on his personal income tax return. The case raises questions about the diligence of federal tax law enforcement and whether under the Trump administration the IRS shows favoritism to Trump supporters.

William Ingraham Koch wanted to expand his Cape Cod vacation home compound, a lavish estate where he hosted a 2016 campaign fundraiser for Donald Trump. The Florida billionaire, whose primary Palm Beach home is six blocks from Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort, wanted the neighboring 26-acre estate so much that, The Koch Papers show, he paid more than twice the $29.5 million appraised value of the property.

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‘Talk is cheap’: Internet rejects Trump’s Juneteenth commemoration

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump honored Juneteenth, the commemoration of the day in 1865 when all slaves were officially freed.

"For millions of African Americans, Juneteenth has served as an opportunity to celebrate the fundamental truth that all people are created equal and that liberty is a right endowed by our Creator," Trump said in a statement issued by the White House.

"Across our country, the contributions of African Americans continue to enrich every facet of American life," Trump continued. "This Juneteenth, as we vow always to uphold the God-given rights of all Americans, we pay tribute to the indomitable spirit of African Americans."

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Florida Republicans concoct a new scheme to make it harder for students to vote

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Florida Republicans do not want to make voting easy for college students — a demographic that leans heavily Democratic.

Former GOP Secretary of State Ken Detzner, an appointee of Gov. Rick Scott, took that to the extreme in 2014, with an order banning county election officials from setting up any early voting sites on college campuses. Last year, following a lawsuit by the League of Women Voters, federal District Judge Mark Walker struck down that order as an unconstitutional burden on students' voting rights. As a result, some 60,000 people were able to vote early on 11 college campuses in Florida in 2018.

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