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Trump defender blows off prospect of Russian interference in Mueller report by blaming Obama

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During a CNN panel discussion on the contents of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the possibility the Russians may have worked with Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, a Republican strategist tried to lay the blame on former President Barack Obama because it happened on his watch.

Speaking with “State of the Union” guest host Dana Bash and conservative Scott Jennings, former Obama communications director Jen Psaki said she was intrigued by what the Mueller investigation uncovered in the first two years of the Trump presidency.

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“You’re not taking a victory lap, but a lot of other Trump supporters are and there’s a danger there,” Psaki said in reference to no more indictments being handed down by Mueller before he submitted his report. “I’ll also say on your last point, what President Obama did — and I was working in the administration at the time — he asked the intelligence community to put forward every single thing they knew so that it could be presented to the next administration even though it was not an administration we supported.”

Jennings then dismissed the fact that the Obama administration investigated Russian influence.

“The election happened while Barack Obama was the president, ” Jennings countered. “I’m constantly going back to this in my browser on my computer. the story in the Washington Post where the unnamed Obama administration official said, ‘I feel like we sort of choked. we have so invested all this time and resources into collusion narrative and so little into the how did we fail at this at the end of the last term’.”

Former Hillary Clinton campaign staffer Karen Finney fired back, saying Trump has still done nothing despite overwhelming evidence that the Russians are still meddling.

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“To that point, and to Jen’s point, the national intelligence apparatus came forward and said ‘guess what? This problem is still ongoing,” she lectured. “We have not seen any action by the Trump administration. So if your concern is what happened and why didn’t we do anything then, I hope you’re equally concerned that we’re not doing anything right now and heading into a very important election.”

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Lawmaker Rashida Tlaib calls for boycott of Bill Maher’s ‘Real Time’ over Israel comments

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., suggested a boycott against HBO host Bill Maher after he denounced the international movement to boycott Israel as a "bullshit purity test by people who want to appear woke but actually slept through history class."

This article first appeared on Salon.

"Maybe folks should boycott his show," Tlaib wrote in a tweet on Saturday. "I am tired of folks discrediting a form of speech that is centered on equality and freedom. This is exactly how they tried to discredit & stop the boycott to stand up against the apartheid in S. Africa. It didn't work then and it won't now."

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GOPer Joni Ernst booed and peppered with questions about guns at tense Iowa town hall

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In videos uploaded to Twitter, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) received a chorus of boos and shouts from a town hall crowd after she tried to blame mass shootings on mental health issues, with one person shouting, "Do something!"

According to a report from Iowa Starting Line, the embattled Iowa Senator whose approval numbers have dropped, due in part to President Donald Trump, was pressed by one local teacher about changing gun laws so she can get back to the job she was hired for.

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