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McConnell blocks resolution calling for release of Mueller report because it would be ‘politically advantageous to one side’

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United States Senator and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

Donald Trump pretends he wants the public to see the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller. William Barr makes a lot of statements about “transparency” while holding back that report. And Mitch McConnell keeps putting walls between the public and what was really discovered by the investigation into the Trump campaign’s connections with Russia.

McConnell did it again on Wednesday when, as the Hill reports, the Senate Majority Leader blocked a resolution calling for the report to be publicly released. This is the second time McConnell has moved to block such a resolution, even though the resolution was expected to pass by a wide margin. This resolution, sponsored by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein, mirrored the resolution that passed in the House by 420-0. Previous versions of the resolution have been blocked by either McConnell or by Lindsey Graham.

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In defense of blocking the resolution, McConnell stated that he ”supported the proposition that [Mueller’s] report ought to be released to the greatest extent possible, consistent with the law”—language that both Barr and McConnell have used to bolster the excuse that the report can’t be released with information about people who were not indicted. That’s a standard that was not followed for either Watergate or the Whitewater investigations.

Also in his statement, McConnell was adamant that the complete Mueller report continue to be withheld because it would be wrong to release something “when we think it may be politically advantageous to one side or the other.” Which is the justification for writing another “summary” rather than releasing the report.

The statement is not only deeply hypocritical, as having the letter from Barr available while keeping the Mueller report suppressed is clearly advantageous to Republicans, but it seems to be an admission by McConnell that having the full report available would help Democrats.


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Vehicles being used as weapons against protesters is ‘the new normal in 2020’: CNN

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CNN's Don Lemon on Friday evening devoted a segment to the rash of incidents in which people have driven through Black Lives Matter protesters in the same manner that killed Heather Heyer at the fatal 2017 "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.

"Vehicles used as weapons," Don Lemon began. "You heard me right, vehicles are being used as weapons against Americans taking to the streets in Black Lives Matter protests in cities across this country."

CNN correspondent Evan McMorris-Santoro reported shocking scenes captured on camera of vehicles running down protesters are "common now."

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Trump to ignore Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s dying wish and appoint Amy Coney Berman: reports

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President Donald Trump intends to name Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the Supreme Court, US media reported Friday, who if confirmed would cement a solid conservative majority on the high court.

The president said this week he will announce his pick to replace the late Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Saturday, and various media outlets said it would be the 48-year-old conservative judge.

Citing sources close to the process, various media outlets, including The New York Times and CNN, said Trump would nominate Barrett.

If she is confirmed the court would shift to a 6-3 conservative majority.

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Trump tells supporters he won’t be ‘stupid’ enough for peaceful transition of power if he loses

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President Donald Trump continued to spread debunked conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election during a Friday night campaign rally in Virginia.

Trump argued that it was impossible for him to lose the election, thus concluding he would be "stupid" to hand over power peacefully should he lose.

"We not gonna lose this, except if they cheat," Trump falsely claimed about the 2020 campaign, where he trails Joe Biden in national and battleground polling.

"That's the only way we're gonna lose is if there's, uh, mischief," he argued. "And it will have to be on a big scale."

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