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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 preparing to question legitimacy of results if he loses 2020 election: Michigan lieutenant governor

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Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist, D-Mich., has accused President Donald Trump of sowing doubt about November's election months before voting even begins in an attempt to question the "legitimacy of an election that he is looking to lose."

Gilchrist criticized Trump for pushing debunked conspiracy theories about voting by mail after the state sent absentee ballot applications to every registered voter amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"I think that the president wants to set us up so that there can be a conversation about the legitimacy of an election that he is looking to lose," Gilchrist told MSNBC over the weekend. "That is a really unfortunate thing. That's not how we do democracy here in the United States, and we need to be ready to respond to that forcefully."

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Trump economic task force member once called minimum wage law the ‘Black Teenage Unemployment Act’

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Art Laffer, a member of President Donald Trump's coronavirus economic task force who last year was honored with a Presidential Medal of Freedom, once referred to the federal minimum wage law as the "Black Teenage Unemployment Act" on Fox News while he attempted to claim that it made "no sense whatsoever."

"The minimum wage makes no sense whatsoever to me," Laffer told host Jenna Lee on the since-canceled Fox News show "Happening Now." "Honestly, it's just the teenage — 'Black Teenage Unemployment Act.' And this is the very group that we need to have jobs — not be put out of work because of a minimum wage. So, I'm very much in favor of, at least for teenagers, getting rid of the minimum wage."

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Why COVID-19 immunity passports may violate US law

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As the COVID-19 crisis wreaks havoc across the globe, a handful of countries, including Germany, Chile and the United States, are mulling the use of immunity passports to make clear who is immune from coronavirus infection.

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