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Reporters ‘absolutely must’ ask Barr these 7 questions at Mueller report press conference: Ex-prosecutor

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The former chief prosecutor of the organized crime and racketeering unit for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday laid out the critical questions reporters must ask Attorney General Bill Barr at his Thursday morning press conference.

Pace Law distinguished fellow in criminal justice Mimi Rocah, who is also a legal analyst for MSNBC, published her list in reply to a question on Twitter.

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“Not that the reporters (necessarily) need the help, but can we groupthink a short list of 3-5 questions they absolutely must ask Barr?” Twitter user McDeereUSA posted.

“Why isn’t Mueller at the press conference?” Rocah asked. “Was he invited to participate?”

Rocah also had a series of questions on redactions.

“Who from his team participated in the redaction process? Were there written or oral guidelines given on what to redact and if so what were they? When were the redactions complete?” she listed.

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“You could have moved to have the whole report unsealed pursuant to 6e (absent on-going investigations & classified information). You indicated early on that you wouldn’t. Why wouldn’t you want people to see as much of the report as possible?” she continued.

“Definitely (as others have suggested) — how did you define ‘secret grand jury information’ and why did you define it that way?” Rocah added.

She was also focused on how the investigation concluded.

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“Why did the investigation end when it did? Who decided that? Did Mueller say he was ready to stop?” Rocah added.

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Trump campaign mocked after unveiling new red hats: ‘Do you have arm bands as well?’

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President Donald Trump's 2016 "Make America Great Again" hats have been replaced with new "Keep America Great" hats.

Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale modeled one of the hats on Twitter.

Here is some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/LazarusLeBaron/status/1165430924093165568

Here I made an arm band design for you pic.twitter.com/inTyqVi2wo

— Christopher Goodwin (@LazarusLeBaron) August 25, 2019

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‘This will not end well’: Far-right extremism expert warns of Trump’s intensifying authoritarianism

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An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump's "genuinely dangerous levels" of authoritarianism on Saturday.

Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief's "Social Dominance Orientation" -- and warned it will not end well.

Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

Here is the thread he posted:

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428067138846720

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428524808724480

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165429018486702081

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Ilhan Omar trolls GOP lawmakers ‘losing their minds’ over sharing the House floor with three Muslim Democrats

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One of the first Muslim women elected to Congress trolled her GOP colleagues for "losing their minds" over the existence of three Muslims in the House of Representatives.

The three Muslims in Congress are Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. André Carson (D-IN), with Omar and Tlaib being the first to Muslim women in the body

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) worried about the "growing influence" during an appearance on a local radio station.

Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan posted a link to the interview on Twitter, calling it "open bigotry."

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