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MSNBC analyst slaps down Lindsey Graham for lying about Bill Barr’s role in the Mueller report

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Former federal prosecutor and MSNBC legal analyst Cynthia Alksne on Monday said Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) wasn’t telling the truth when he claimed that special counsel Robert Mueller gave his report to Attorney General Bill Barr to decide if President Trump was in the clear. In fact, she said, Barr had “injected himself” into the process — and now Republicans were trying to keep the full report hidden.

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Mueller “knew that he was not allowed, under Department of Justice policies, to indict the president”, Alksne said. “What did he do? He laid out all the positives on one side and negatives on one side, and the positives and negatives on the other, and he teed it up for Congress.”

“Lindsey Graham said, ‘oh, Bob Mueller sent it up to Attorney General Barr to decide.’ There’s no evidence that’s true,” she continued. “Bill Barr is the one who injected himself into this process. It is not his place to decide.”

Alksne said that the American people would eventually see the Mueller report, but predicted it would be like pulling teeth.

“I don’t really believe that they really want to get the evidence out,” Alksne said of Trump and the GOP. “They have what they want. Who are we kidding? They don’t want to get the positives and the negatives out, they want that hidden.”

“The House is going to have to demand to see the full report if they want to get it,” she continued. “It is not going to be enough to subpoena Barr to come up to the House, we’ll have to hear from Mueller exactly what he found and what the underlying facts were.”

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Ukraine begged Trump to raise issue of their captive sailors with Putin — he didn’t and Russia state TV gloated

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The ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump is being painted by Congress and the press against the backdrop of the ongoing war between Russia and the Ukraine.

As more and more sworn deposition transcripts are released, researchers are able to link up the testimony of events with real-time reactions, giving us a remarkable insight into the implications of foreign policy decisions.

Investigative journalist Julia Davis flagged one key part of testimony in the transcript released of the deposition by Ukraine embassy political officer David Holmes.

The transcript reveals Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the former federal prosecutor who chairs the House Intelligence Committee, interviewing Holmes about Ukraine's desperation to set up a meeting with Trump.

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‘Something nefarious going on’: Obama deputy chief of staff doesn’t buy White House claims on Trump’s health

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The deputy chief of staff for operations in the Obama administration broke down on Monday why the White House claims on President Donald Trump's surprise Saturday visit to Walter Reed Hospital.

Jim Messina, who also was the campaign manager for Barack Obama's 2012 re-election campaign, was interviewed Monday on MSNBC's "The Last Word" by anchor Lawrence O'Donnell.

O'Donnell noted the note the White House physician sent to White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham:

[caption id="attachment_1563602" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Memorandum from Dr. Sean Conley to Stephanie Grisham.[/caption]

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Trump doctor denies the president underwent any ‘neurologic evaluations’ at Walter Reed Hospital

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The physician to the president claimed that President Donald Trump did not undergo "neurologic" evaluations during a surprise visit to Walter Reed Hospital.

White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham released a picture of a memorandum from Dr. Sean Conley, which was printed on "Office of the Press Secretary" letterhead.

The memo was sent to Grisham.

On Saturday, Grisham had claimed the purpose of the visit was to conduct a "partial" physical. Dr. Conley referred to the visit as an "interim check up."

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