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‘He didn’t have to explain anything’: NYT reporter says Mueller’s report feels incomplete without Trump interview

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said the attorney general’s summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report left some big questions unanswered.

Attorney General William Barr said Mueller had found no evidence that the Trump campaign had conspired with Russia to influence the election, but the “Morning Joe” host asked why the president and his associates lied about their contacts with Russia.

“The question remains, why did Donald Trump lie about his contacts with Russia?” Scarborough said. “Why did the vice president lie about his contacts with Russia? Why did the attorney general (Jeff Sessions) lie about his contacts with Russia? Why did his first national security adviser (Mike Flynn) lie about his contacts with Russia?

“Why did Jared Kushner lie about contacts he had had with Russia in the disclosure forms? he added. “You can go on and on. A lot of people sitting in jail because of their lies about contacts with Russians, including Michael Cohen, who going to be going to jail because he too, like everybody else around Donald Trump, lied.”

New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt said Mueller’s investigation felt incomplete.

“You know who has not had to answer any questions about that in the entire thing was Trump,” Schmidt said. So how is it that this whole thing was done and Trump has not had to answer any questions under oath about why he took the actions that he did. The reason is that his lawyers determined that if he went in, he would lie.”

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“So because of that, mueller never apparently sought a subpoena because Barr said in his letter on Friday,” he added, “Mueller never tried to take actions he was stopped from taking. We know of no subpoena that was served on the president, but because his lawyers thought he would lie, he didn’t go in for an interview. They’re the ones that stopped him. He was the one that wanted to go in and do that, but this thing was concluded and he didn’t have to explain anything.”

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Missouri man threatened to ‘kill every gay person I can’ at St. Louis PrideFest: police

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A Missouri man this week was charged with making a terrorist threat after he said he planned to "kill every gay person I can" at St. Louis's annual PrideFest.

The St. Louis Dispatch reports that court documents filed this week claim that 49-year-old Edward A. Terry of Overland, Missouri created a fake email account and sent a message to a PrideFest organizer saying that he would "come to pride fest with my guns to kill every gay person I can before I kill myself."

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Establishment Dems pressuring new congress members to attend AIPAC Israel junket: report

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For years, freshman Democratic lawmakers have faced pressure to attend an AIPAC sponsored trip to Israel, where they were denied access to Gaza and other territories controlled by Israel.

The pressure remains stronger than ever today, reports The Intercept, even as Israel's mideast policy is increasingly questioned.

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-MD) assured AIPAC that this year the trip would be as well attended as it has been previously. “Like many of you, I’ve traveled to the communities in the south of Israel that have endured rockets and tunnels. I’ve traveled with over 150 of my fellow Democratic members of Congress to meet with those who live under the constant threat of terror,” he said in an April address to AIPAC.

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Trump leveled by retired general for making Iran war decisions based on advice from Fox News hosts

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During a panel discussion on the increased tensions between the U.S. and Iran after a drone was shot down by the Middle Eastern country in international airspace, a retired general claimed he was worried about Donald Trump's response based upon who it appears the president listens to when it comes to advice.

Speaking with host John Berman, retired Lt. General Mark Hertling warned that the shootdown was a dangerous provocation.

"It's huge, John," Hertling explained. "You can go all the way from backing down completely to a full-scale war -- that's what's dangerous about this situation."

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