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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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Nate Silver claps back at right-wing pollster for accusing him of fraud

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One of the worst-performing national pollsters in the 2018 election cycle was Rasmussen Reports, a right-leaning outfit that is consistently the only one to show President Donald Trump with a net positive approval rating. In 2018, Rasmussen showed Republicans leading the generic congressional ballot by 1 point — but Democrats won the popular vote by 8.4 points.

Nonetheless, Rasmussen is proud of its methodology and particularly irritated when polling analyst and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver points out their inaccuracy. Over the past two weeks, they have twice accused him of "fraud" and characterized his analyses as "corrupt."

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Trump told Republicans he didn’t care ‘about terrorists 7,000 miles away’

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President Donald Trump reportedly doesn't care about terrorists, according to sources inside the room after Democrats abandoned the Wednesday meeting with the president.

Washington Post Congressional reporter Mike DeBonis said that the president said "several times" in the meeting that he isn't concerned about terrorists that live 7,000 miles away.

The source said that Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) had to remind the president that the Sept. 11 terrorists "came from 7,000 away" themselves.

https://twitter.com/mikedebonis/status/1184592170545745920

The president has neglected to understand terrorists can attack the U.S. on North American soil as well as at embassies, military bases, international sporting events, or even Trump's properties. It would be simple for ISIS to use a car bomb to attack Trump's property in Indonesia, as an example.

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Diplomat testified of fear Rudy wanted ‘grand bargain with Russia where we throw Ukraine under the bus’: report

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President Donald Trump's former special envoy to Ukraine testified about fears that Rudy Giuliani was trying to cut a "grand bargain" with Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin, according to a new report in Axios.

Volker reportedly testified that Bill Taylor was reluctant to take the position of acting ambassador to Ukraine after the firing of Marie Yovanovitch.

"He was just worried [Ukraine] was going to get undermined at some point,” Volker reportedly testified. “Hanging over everyone’s head in the expert community is, is there some grand bargain with Russia where we throw Ukraine under the bus?”

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