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NYT columnist explains exactly why the Jussie Smollett case is so infuriating

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New York Times columnist Charles Blow said that it wasn’t a surprise that Jussie Smollett, like a lot of wealthy people caught a break from the justice system — what’s ‘ticking people off” is the fact that this time it’s a black man with privilege.

“The Chicago police department has a lot to answer for in cases other than this, so it is hard to be sympathetic to their case,” Blow said. “I think that all of us, including the mayor, have to acknowledge something, which is that people get breaks all the time, and it is very often people who are wealthy or powerful. That is very often correlated to race in America.”

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“What’s happened here is that the glove was turned inside out, and the person with the wealth and the power was black,” Blow continued. “It was ticking people off for that reason.”

Blow noted that “there are hundreds of thousands of people right now in local jails” who have never been convicted of a crime, simply because they can’t pay bail.

“Jussie has the privilege of being able to say ‘I have $10,000, I’m going home’ and also the privilege of being able to say, ‘the case is over, you keep it, I don’t even need it,'” Blow added. “So the whole system is a kind of a mockery because it is corrupted by money and power.”

“We have to just step back and at least acknowledge that fact. This is not a Jussie corruption,” he said. Blow said the entire system of justice is corrupt, “where you have enough power, you enough money, you can fight hard enough and you might catch a break that poor people often black and brown will never, ever catch.”

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Dem lawmaker encourages acting-DNI to ignore White House and deliver the whistleblower report directly to Congress

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Appearing on CNN on Friday morning to discuss an alarming whistleblower report on Donald Trump's actions that the president's administration is withholding from Congress, Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) encouraged the acting Director of National Intelligence to hand the report over and ignore the administration.

Speaking with CNN host Jim Sciutto, Swalwell made a direct appeal to acting-DNI head Joseph Maguire.

"This is an opportunity for Republicans and Democrats to unite and say, we don't want this in our democracy," Swalwell explained. "You know, that's why I wrote the Protecting Our Democracy Act, to, you know, have a bipartisan commission look at this."

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WATCH: Trump’s long history of spilling America’s secrets to foreign leaders catalogued by CNN’s Avlon

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President Donald Trump this week claimed that would never be stupid enough to say something inappropriate to foreign officials when he knew that all of his calls were being monitored.

However, CNN's John Avlon on Friday went down the president's long history of making inappropriate comments to foreign leaders, including times when he spilled important intelligence secrets.

Avlon began by noting that Trump has repeatedly cast aspersions on the intelligence community, including when he infamously said that he didn't believe Russia tried to help him win the 2016 election despite multiple intelligence assessments showing just that.

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Dem lawmaker Speier bluntly calls out Trump for using taxpayer money for his Ukraine Biden oppo research

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day," Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) ripped into President Donald Trump over the whistleblower report that seems to indicate the president was holding back aid to the Ukraine in return for dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, the California Democrat said she learned very little in a private meeting on the explosive whistleblower report on Thursday,  before talk turned to Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani's meltdown and confession on CNN that he had been pressuring officials in the Ukraine over Biden.

"What we know is zero," Speier said. "So if, in fact, what is being reported is true, that means the president of the United States is using taxpayer money to try and have opposition research for his political campaign determined by how much money he gives to a foreign country and that is reprehensible."

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