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‘It sure looks like obstruction was committed’: James Clapper demands to know why Barr let Trump off the hook

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Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told CNN on Monday that he was baffled by Attorney General Bob Barr’s declaration that President Donald Trump did not obstruct justice.

During a panel discussion on CNN, Clapper praised special counsel Robert Mueller for his work on the probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, but he said the question of whether the president committed obstruction of justice looms large over his work.

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“For me, as a layman, not as an attorney, it sure looked like obstruction was committed to me,” he said.

He went on to say that as much of the Mueller report should be made public as possible and that “the intense interest in this demands that.”

Lisa Monaco, a former chief of staff for Mueller during his tenure as FBI director, said that she was not surprised that Mueller did not make a determination for whether the president obstructed justice given that Department of Justice guidelines dictate that sitting presidents cannot be indicted.

However, she said Attorney General Bob Barr’s decision to add his own conclusion on the obstruction question tipped the balance in the president’s favor.

“What I think is quite striking is the attorney general’s decision to weigh in,” she said. “It seems to be that, what may be the case, is that Bob Mueller and his team laid out a… road map if you will for the next phase in this process, for Congress.”

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‘We’ve got to get a new guy’: Florida Trump voters lash out at the president as they flee the GOP

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In interviews with CNN's Jeff Zeleny, longtime Florida Republicans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 admitted they have no intention of helping him stay in office when they vote in November.

With polls showing the president trailing in the all-important Sunshine State, where seniors preferred Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 21 points last election, the president now finds himself bleeding support from a demographic he desperately needs if he wants to stay in the Oval Office after the first of the year.

According to retired banker John Dudley, 77, he voted for Trump last election and the president promptly "blew it."

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Trump wants ‘white grievance’ fight — while ignoring coronavirus: Pulitzer Prize-winner Maggie Haberman

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On CNN Thursday, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman deconstructed President Donald Trump's unwillingness to address the national crises in America.

"According to three people familiar with his comments, Trump has brushed off efforts to address historic racial inequality, as something 'his people' won't care about," said anchor Jim Sciutto. "Maggie, you have covered this president and the White House. Clearly, he wants to leave the outbreak behind him, even as the numbers rise. Is there anyone in that building who is telling him honestly, directly, that he can't do that?"

"There are many people who are telling him that honestly, Jim," said Haberman. "What has become clear to people, or should have by now, this president wants to run his re-election effort a certain way, and that does not relate to talking about the coronavirus unless it's about describing his administration's response in glowing terms that just don't comport with reality. Certainly for the first many weeks as the pandemic was growing."

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‘No credibility’: Ex-CIA officer explains why Trump administration’s latest bounty intel excuses ‘can’t be true’

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A former CIA officer on Thursday told CNN's John Berman that the Trump administration's latest excuse for why President Donald Trump was purportedly unaware of intelligence indicating that Russia had placed bounties on American troops didn't pass the smell test.

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