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Bill Barr admits Mueller did not ask him to reach a conclusion on obstruction of justice

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Attorney General Bill Barr on Wednesday acknowledged that special counsel Robert Mueller did not ask him to reach his own conclusion about whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice.

During testimony before the Senate, Barr said that Mueller did not ask him to reach a conclusion on obstruction charges, nor did he indicate that he believed Congress should resolve the matter.

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However, as reported by CNN’s Manu Raju, he justified his decision to personally clear the president of obstruction charges by saying, “that’s generally how the Department of Justice works.”

According to Barr’s memo of Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, the special counsel did not exonerate Trump from committing the crime of obstruction. Rather, Mueller laid out evidence to support both that the president was guilty of obstruction and that he wasn’t guilty.

Barr, however, cleared Trump of any wrongdoing in his four-page summary of the Mueller report without revealing any of Mueller’s actual evidence for and against obstruction charges.

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times

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Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.

You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”

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