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Barr’s press conference ‘makes Trump look blatantly guilty’: Obama administration lawyer

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Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal deduced that President Donald Trump looks guilty during a Wednesday appearance on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

Katyal wrote the Justice Department regulations governing special counsel investigations.

“Let me first ask you about this report from the report from The Times that Justice Department officials have been briefing the White House on Mueller’s findings ahead of releasing it to anybody else,” Maddow said. “Is that what the special counsel regulations spell out they should be doing?”

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“I think what I learned in this kind of law school for this kind of behavior is ‘super extra stinky.’ There are very careful rules that have been around for generations for governing the White House, its contacts with the Justice Department in general, and that’s because our country’s founders understood the prosecution power is massive, both because the president’s enemies can be indicted and the president’s friends, their wrongs can be covered up,” Katyal replied.

“Even in just an ordinary case, there is a very, very careful set of rules and it’s extremely rare to give the president any knowledge whatsoever of criminal cases — and this is that problem on steroids,” he continued.

“The president is the subject of the investigation and honestly, I’ve never heard of such a thing. It’s a complete breach of precedent, it’s a breach of common sense and indeed, it makes Trump look blatantly guilty,” Katyal concluded.

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Trump-loving GOP lawmaker taunted as #ByeByeElise becomes top trend on Twitter

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Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) has spent the past two weeks of impeachment hearings serving as one of President Donald Trump's fiercest defenders -- and it's made her the target of left-wing activists.

The hashtag #ByeByeElise became the top tending topic on Twitter Friday afternoon, as Twitter users taunted the New York Republican about the purported impending doom of her political career.

The hashtag appears to have been started by "The Ellen Show" executive producer Andy Lassner, who also encouraged his followers to donate money to Democrat Tedra Cobb, who will be running against Stefanik in New York's 21st congressional district.

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‘There is no bottom’ for Republicans: Paul Krugman slams Trump and his ‘corrupt old party’

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In a column for The New York Times this Friday, economist Paul Krugman argues that although the House only recently launched its impeachment inquiry into President Trump's dealings with Ukraine, the answer as to the President's alleged "abuse of his position for personal gain" would have "led to his removal from office long ago."

According to Krugman, the current inquiry is a test to show "the depths to which the Republican Party will sink."

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Trump just gave away the game on his bribery scheme in a live interview to baffled Fox News hosts

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As I argued on Thursday, the impeachment proceedings have delivered decisive evidence for a charge of bribery against President Donald Trump for his role in the Ukraine scheme. But most Republicans disagree. They argue that the testimony and evidence presented so far doesn’t show that Trump withheld congressionally approved military aid to induce Ukraine to give him something of value in exchange — investigations of his political opponents.

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