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Barr has been ‘prejudiced’ against claims of Trump-Russian collusion ‘from day one’: ex-prosecutor

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A former federal prosecutor and CNN analyst explained Wednesday that Attorney General William Barr is doing exactly what he was hired to do — protect the president.

Elie Honig wrote in a CNN column that Barr has “from day one” been prejudiced, literally, “against the possibility that President Donald Trump committed crimes.”

“I mean ‘prejudiced’ in the most literal sense: Barr pre-judged the case in Trump’s favor,” Honig wrote, “and he has acted in accordance ever since.”

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It’s not a matter of opinion that the AG is prejudiced, the former prosecutor noted, but rather is “a matter of public record” given all the things he’d written criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller and the claims that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, calling it “asinine” and sarcastically putting the term “collusion” in quotation marks.

In June 2018, Honig reminded, Barr sent the White House an unsolicited memo in which he offered the “absurd” legal opinion that “there is no legal prohibition — as opposed to a political constraint — against the President’s acting on a matter in which he has a personal stake.”

“Since he became attorney general, Barr has acted exactly as he forecasted, taking pains to sanitize Mueller’s findings and protect Trump at every turn,” the former New York and New Jersey prosecutor added.

In his letter summarizing the special counsel’s report, the attorney general “sets forth no actual evidence, but nonetheless declares that Trump did not commit an obstruction of justice offense — contrary to Mueller, who found evidence of obstruction but declined to draw a conclusion about whether the evidence constituted a crime.”

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“Don’t be surprised when Barr continues to take steps to minimize damage to Trump,” Honig concluded. “Trump, and all of us, already knew where Barr stood before he ever got the job as attorney general.”

“Now Barr is doing exactly what he came to do,” he added.


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Trump’s longshot bid to win New Mexico has political leaders baffled: ‘He’s a batsh*t racist’

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Despite losing New Mexico by eight points in the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump and his campaign manager Brad Pascale are making big plans to win the state in 2020 -- and that has political observers baffled.

With Trump appearing in New Mexico on Monday night, Politico reports the president has his work cut out for him in a state that saw the GOP lose the governorship and one House seat in 2018.

"The Land of Enchantment has voted for a Republican presidential candidate only once since 1992. With a considerable nonwhite voter population and all-Democratic congressional delegation, it’s not exactly fertile ground for a surprise GOP victory," the report notes before adding that Parscale feels they can make inroads this go-around.

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West Texas Intermediate jumped 10.68 percent to $60.71 and Brent climbed 11.77 percent to $67.31 in early Asia trading following the blasts at facilities run by state-owned giant Aramco.

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Most top Democratic presidential candidates demand Kavanaugh’s impeachment – but not all

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Most of the top Democratic presidential candidates are issuing calls demanding U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh be impeached, after new allegations of sexual misconduct in a bombshell New York Times report late Saturday night. Most of the candidates, but not all.

Julián Castro, Saturday night at 11:25 PM:

It’s more clear than ever that Brett Kavanaugh lied under oath. He should be impeached.

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