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AG Bill Barr’s cover-up for Trump may have made his problems worse: conservative commentator

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Writing in the Washington Post, conservative commentator Jennifer Rubin looked at the fallout following Attorney General William Barr’s summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Donald Trump and called it a “stunt” that could harm the president more than help him.

According to Rubin– who has abandoned the Republican Party over its support of Trump — Barr could have taken another path other than issuing a 4-page summary that was roundly criticized.

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“Had Barr requested the federal court overseeing the grand jury to allow transmission of the report to Congress — as was done in Watergate — or sent along Mueller’s summaries, all of this could have been avoided,” she wrote, adding, ” The Justice Department seems to be engaged in prolonged gamesmanship both to keep the report bottled up and to rationalize Barr’s interference with Congress’s right to see the information.”

Where Barr really erred, Rubin asserts, was referring to secret grand jury testimony that he may not reveal when he releases what is expected to be a heavily redacted report later in the month — which will give other Trump investigations sources for more evidence.

“Most or all of the report will make its way to Congress. Barr and/or Mueller will testify, and Mueller will describe how he compiled the report, why he prepared the summaries and why he did not render a judgment on indictment,” Rubin explained. “The irony here is that Trump will not be indicted or removed from office. When Trump does leave office, however, another party might hold the White House, other prosecutors will seek access to the report and the latter might be the basis for criminal prosecution, which certainly can begin once Trump is no longer president. Even if the feds never charge Trump, that could leave considerable territory for New York state prosecutors to charge Trump under state law.’

“You see, simply because Trump and Barr want to wish away the Mueller report doesn’t mean it’s gone,” she elaborated. “To the contrary, its release might prove even more debilitating to them both. The information it contains, along with any additional evidence prosecutors in the Southern District of New York uncover, will not vanish.”

“The facts are the facts. Voters will render one verdict; down the road state and federal prosecutors might seek others. Trump can run, but he cannot hide forever,” she concluded.

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Newsweek attacked after editorial column starts a new birther conspiracy about Kamala Harris

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Newsweek is being attacked after they ran an opinion column by John Eastman, a law professor at Chapman University. "Some Questions for Kamala Harris About Eligibility," was the headline.

The opening of the story already speculates that Harris is somehow ineligible for the position because she's also somehow ineligible to be president.

"The fact that Senator Kamala Harris has just been named the vice presidential running mate for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has some questioning her eligibility for the position," said the Chapman University professor. "The 12th Amendment provides that 'no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.' And Article II of the Constitution specifies that '[n]o person except a natural born citizen...shall be eligible to the office of President.' Her father was (and is) a Jamaican national, her mother was from India, and neither was a naturalized U.S. citizen at the time of Harris' birth in 1964. That, according to these commentators, makes her not a 'natural born citizen'—and therefore ineligible for the office of the president and, hence, ineligible for the office of the vice president."

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Trump calls funding for the Post Office ‘political’ — and holds up COVID-19 stimulus to stop it

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At Wednesday's White House press briefing, President Donald Trump launched into yet another attack on mail-in voting — and explicitly made it clear he'll hold up COVID-19 stimulus to prevent funding for the Postal Service.

Funding USPS, Trump complained, would be "political" — and he claimed that Democrats are the ones "holding up" the negotiations because "how are they gonna do it if they don't have the money to do it?" He reiterated that he believes the use of mail-in ballots in the 2020 election, a practice that has been in use for decades, "will be one of the greatest frauds in American history."

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Trump lawyer buried in mockery for comparing Kamala Harris to Marge Simpson: ‘That’s all you got?’

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On Wednesday, during the first official joint appearance by former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis mocked Harris' voice by comparing it to that of a well-known cartoon character.

Kamala sounds like Marge Simpson.

— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) August 12, 2020

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