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Scathing NY Times editorial calls out Trump for spinning Mueller report in his favor

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On Sunday, the New York Times editorial board wrote that even though special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation did not find proof of direct collusion between the Russian government and President Donald Trump, the American people and Congress could still hold Trump and members of his campaign accountable for not doing more to combat Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Special counsel Robert Mueller released his report to Attorney General Bill Barr over the weekend. Barr then wrote a letter concluding that there was not sufficient evidence that President Donald Trump and his campaign obstructed justice during the investigation.

The editorial explained that even though Trump bashed the investigation for two years, the probe had been thorough and substantial.

“Mr. Trump has hurled at him over the last two years — is as careful and thorough an investigator as there is. His investigation lasted almost two years, issued more than 2,800 subpoenas and roughly 500 search warrants and heard from a similar number of witnesses. If he couldn’t find any links, it’s doubtful anyone could,” the editorial said.

They then called out Trump for spinning the report in his favor.

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“What this outcome is not, however, is a ‘Complete and Total EXONERATION,’ as Mr. Trump unsurprisingly spun it. Mr. Mueller explicitly declined to exonerate the president on the matter of obstruction of justice — a crime that constituted one of the articles of impeachment for both Presidents Nixon and Clinton,” the editorial said.

Adding, “Mr. Barr said, and anyway, most of Mr. Trump’s behavior took place in full public view, had no connection to any legal proceeding, and wasn’t ‘done with corrupt intent.’ How did Mr. Barr make these determinations so quickly? On what evidence in the report did he base it?”

They demanded that Barr release the full report.

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“Mr. Barr’s curious views on obstruction are just one reason that Mr. Mueller’s full report must be made available, immediately, to both Congress and the American people,” the editorial said.

“Mr. Putin did have a clear favorite. He interfered on his behalf, and his favorite was elected president. The Trump campaign knew about this and was more than happy for the help. Then they lied about receiving that help. This isn’t so complicated. And while Mr. Mueller may not be able to do anything about it, Congress, and the American people, certainly can,” the editorial said.

Read the full editorial here. 


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‘It’s so un-American’: Internet scorches Trump supporters for racist chants of ‘Send her back!’

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The ignoble highlight of President Donald Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday was when his fans doubled down on his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color and targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), chanting "Send her back! Send her back!"

Political commentators of all stripes were gobsmacked by the crowd's naked racism — and buried them in condemnation:

The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.

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Jeffrey Epstein wasn’t even a competent investor: report

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There can be no doubt that high-powered hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein would rather the public know him for his prominence and success as an investor than for the allegations of child sex trafficking, for which he has now been indicted and faces life in prison. And there has for years been mystique surrounding Epstein's business — his wealth fund is so exclusive that it reportedly requires a billion dollars up front from clients.

But according to the Dow Jones' periodical Barron's, Epstein may not even be good at that.

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Jon Stewart blasts ‘abomination’ of Rand Paul trying to ‘balance the budget on the backs of’ 9/11 responders

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On Wednesday's edition of Fox News' "Special Report," comedian and activist Jon Stewart slammed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for blocking unanimous consent for a bill to support health care for 9/11 first responders.

"Pardon me if I'm not impressed in any way by Rand Paul's fiscal responsibility virtue signaling," said Stewart to anchor Bret Baier, who appeared on the show with first responder and activist John Feal.

He added that Paul's complaint, that the bill was unfunded, rings hollow given that he "added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit" with the GOP tax cuts for billionaires. He castigated Paul for trying to "balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community."

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