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‘A massive red flag’: Former assistant US attorney warns of Barr’s unjust handling of Mueller’s report

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A redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report is expected to be released on Thursday. However, some pundits believe that Attorney General Bill Barr’s handling of the report created a public distrust.

Former assistant US attorney Patrick Cotter suggested that Barr’s actions have created a “red flag” regarding  his motives.

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During a Congressional hearing, Barr suggested that there might have been “spying” on President Donald Trump’s campaign. This word choice created a “massive red flag,” according to a report from Vanity Fair.

“What I find so disturbing is this statement by the attorney general, who, in the same breath, admits that he hasn’t carried out the investigation yet, but who characterizes it as criminal and inappropriate,” Cotter told Vanity Fair. “Spying is a prerogative. Spying is a judgment. Spying is a condemnation. It is an insult, and he shouldn’t have said it.”

“This is not some guy on talk radio. This is the attorney general of the United States testifying before Congress. Everybody’s words matter, but his words matter a lot,” Cotter added.

Elliot Williams, a former DOJ official said it was surprising that Barr used the term “spying.”

“[It’s] such a radioactive term, and such a sensitive concept, that that was surprising, to say the least, to come from someone with his background,” Williams said.

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“That just violates every concept of justice and due process and, frankly, fairness,” Cotter said. “And if you’ve got a Department of Justice that isn’t fair, you don’t have a Department of Justice. You have a department of something else.”

Read the full report here.


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Disturbing video exposes the dangerous message a State Patrol officer told team: ‘Don’t kill them, but hit them hard’

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Krystal Marx, the executive director of Seattle Pride, shared a disturbing video this week revealing the violent message an officer in the Washington State Patrol gave to his team as it prepared to confront protesters.

“Don’t kill them, but hit them hard,” he said as he walked through a group of his colleagues.

“I remember shaking,” Marx told the Seattle Times of the experience filming the patrol from her office window. “Why not say, ‘Restrain them, calmly’?”

Chris Loftis, a spokesperson for the patrol, gave the Times a statement trying to explain away the comment as poor “word choice,” but it was not reassuring:

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Trump stokes division in Republican Party as he rages at Sen. Lisa Murkowski

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As the Republican Party is struggling to defend him in a moment of nationwide strife, President Donald Trump decided Thursday night to fuel divisions within GOP rather than make nice.

He had already lashed out on Wednesday at his former Defense Secretary James Mattis, who sharply criticized Trump’s response to the ongoing George Floyd protests. But on Thursday night, Trump took at aim at sitting Republican Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.

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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man

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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.

The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020

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