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Ken Starr schooled on CNN by ex-Clinton staffer after weak defense of Trump’s obstruction tactics

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On Friday, President Donald Trump once again called the investigations against him a witch hunt.

On CNN, former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart talked with former special prosecutor Kenneth Starr on the major differences between Trump and President Clinton, who actually had impeachment proceedings launched against him.

“President Clinton didn’t go out every day and call this a witch hunt. The president went out doing his job,” Lockhart told Starr.

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“To try to compare these things … Donald Trump is using the full weight of the federal government and executive branch to protect himself and cover up what he’s done,” he continued.

He pointed out that there’s evidence Russia interfered in the election and that members of Trump’s team–and possibly Trump himself–may have participated.

Starr echoed the President’s claims. “There’s not one word that suggests collusion,” Starr said. “Thus far, we’ve seen no evidence of collusion.”

They then steered the conversation to obstruction, which Starr also denied.

Lockhart pointed out that Trump admired on TV that he fired key staff because of the Russia probe.

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“What else do you need to see that it’s obstruction? What else?” Lockhart demanded to know.

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’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team

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On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.

"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."

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Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’

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During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.

To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."

Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."

"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.

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Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.

Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.

Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.

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