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‘How the heck does he determine’ there wasn’t obstruction?: Ex-solicitor general slams Barr’s letter on Mueller probe

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Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal explained why Americans should question the findings of Attorney General William Barr’s letter to Cogress following the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Katyal joined MSNBC anchor Katy Tur for analysis after Barr’s letter was released.

“This is going to come down to trust. Do you trust the assessment of Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein?” Tur asked.

“I really wanted to trust them, but quite honestly this letter caused me much more concern, grave concerns really,” Katyal replied.

“Because remember Mueller — after two years of investigation — doesn’t draw a conclusion one way or another on obstruction of justice, saying there’s evidence on both sides. And then you have Attorney General Barr — within 48 hours of receiving this — saying ‘I conclude that the evidence isn’t there’ and in particular not evidence of Trump’s intent,” he explained.

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“Now how the heck does he determine that after 48 hours — after a two-year investigation — and particularly without even trying to interview trump, if the whole question is Trump’s state of mind,” he continued.

“I expect any reasonable prosecutor to try and get that information — that appears not to have been done, there’s nothing in the letter about that,” he noted. “I think there is going to be a fear among the American public there’s been a whitewash here.”

But absolutely, the letter raises far more concerns than it does provide answers,” he concluded.

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“I hate saying that, but I have to say, given what Barr found on obstruction of justice, I think all of us should be very concerned even-handedness of the way this investigation was treated,” Katyal added.

“I think there is reason to be very concerned, given what he wrote here — that you have a two-year investigation and Mueller doesn’t make the final determination — says there’s evidence on both sides — and then you have Barr swoop in and within 48 hours make a decision,” he continued. “There is something deeply troubling about that, and it’s the same troubling thing identified during the Barr hearings, which is he wrote this kooky 19-page memo which said, effectively, presidents can’t obstruct justice.

“I’m worried that this is part of that ludicrous legal view. i don’t know what Barr’s ultimate decisions were here because he doesn’t tell us and that’s the point.

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“The American public needs to know — Congress needs to know — how exactly did he conclude there was no obstruction of justice and if it’s really about the lack of intent on the part of Trump, how the heck could he know that when he didn’t even try and interview Trump?” Katyal concluded.

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This explains why Trump picked a fight with the four Congresswomen of color: analysis

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On one hand, President Donald Trump almost certainly chose to mark out Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) because of his own deep-seated racism.

But there is likely another reason he is doing it, wrote Aaron Blake of the Washington Post's "The Fix" on Wednesday: because his core voters hate them as much as he does.

Blake cited a new The Economist/YouGov poll of 2016 Trump voters' opinions on several politicians. "As you peruse it, it becomes clear that the conventional wisdom about why Trump picked these targets is right: They were ripe for motivating the GOP base ... All of them are better known among Republicans than Democrats, which suggests that a steady stream of coverage in conservative media has elevated them as potential Democratic bogeywomen. Trump is tilling fertile soil. And in fact, they might already be his most effective foils."

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REVEALED: Jeffrey Epstein used his fake passport to enter multiple countries

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Prosecutors revealed that the fake passport Jeffrey Epstein had among the items seized by investigators had been used.

According to NBC News, he used the passport to enter multiple countries in the 1980s, including the U.K, Spain and Saudi Arabia.

The passport was found in the safe of his New York home along with $70,000 in cash and 48 diamonds. There was a different name used on the passport and it had already expired, but it listed the residence in Saudi Arabia.

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House holds Bill Barr and Wilbur Ross in criminal contempt of Congress

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The House has officially voted to hold Attorney General Bill Barr and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross in contempt of Congress.

Both men refused to abide by a subpoena from the House for documents so they that could investigate actions by both departments.

The last person to be held in contempt of Congress was Bill Barr when he was held in civil contempt, but this was a criminal charge.

In the case of Ross, he is accused of lying under oath to Congress and they requested documents to prove it. Ross refused to provide the information necessary.

Ross has called the contempt charge "political theater" and of no real substance. If that was true, he shouldn't be afraid to provide the documents. Still, he refused.

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