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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.

“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.

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“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.

“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.

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She was also focused on how the investigation concluded.

“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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‘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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