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CNN’s Erin Burnett schools Rick Santorum for conspiracy claim the FBI ‘spied’ on Trump

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On CNN’s “OutFront” on Wednesday, Erin Burnett clashed with Trump supporter and former Sen. Rick Santorum. The debate grew heated after Santorum defended Attorney General William Barr for his unsubstantiated claim the FBI “spied” on the Trump campaign, and Burnett called him out on it.

“Look, to suggest that Bill Barr who is — has a great reputation in this town, was attorney general before,” said Santorum. “No one questioned his independence when he was an attorney general in a prior administration.”

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Burnett pushed back, pointing out that Barr “echos this president to an eerie extent,” including on the spying allegation. “I mean, senator, that’s — there’s no coincidence, right? This is very careful, it’s crafted. Bill Bar is choosing to use the words of the president.”

“Those are legitimate characterizations of what’s going on,” Santorum insisted. You say surveillance isn’t spying, well, I disagree. I mean if someone’s surveilling me they’re spying on me. So you can — to me that’s a semantic difference.”

“Right, but if you’re doing it with a court order and through a legal system, that is a completely different—”

“You’re saying spying is a pejorative term,” Santorum said. “I don’t think it is.”

“I am saying it is being used in a pejorative manner, to imply something extrajudicial, and I don’t think there’s any question about why the word’s being used,” Burnett replied.

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“Because it’s accurate,” said Santorum heatedly. “Look, Erin, the idea, this is something I just can’t get over that is not really — people on both sides of the aisle aren’t concerned about this that a presidential candidate’s campaign of people attached to his campaign are being surveilled and that the person running for president — I ran for president. If someone deep in my campaign, someone was being surveilled, I would be pretty ticked off that no one told me there was something going on. I mean, the idea of a presumption—”

“I don’t want to go through this all again but they were told — they were worried about Russian infiltration in the campaigns,” Burnett corrected him.

“Fine, then you come to me!” shouted Santorum.

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“There was a warrant to surveil Carter Page, who they believed could be — I’m not trying to relitigate the whole thing,” Burnett said.

“Why didn’t they go to candidate Trump?” Santorum asked. “This guy is running for president and something may be going on — you know with somebody attached to his campaign — I’d like to know that as as opposed to someone assuming that I’m complicit!”

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“But maybe they’re trying to understand what he knew, because his son is having meetings with his campaign chairman and admitted Russian informants and they’re like, ‘wait, if we tell him, because we don’t know what he knows or what the is his role? I mean, I can see both sides of this here, Rick.”

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‘They offered him no humanity’: Floyd family attorney rips Minneapolis for adding ‘insult to injury’

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On Friday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," Ben Crump, the attorney for the family of George Floyd, expressed his outrage at how local officials are handling the case — and demanded harsher prosecution of the officers responsible.

"The family does not trust the Minneapolis Police Department or anybody affiliated with the Minneapolis Police Department, Anderson," said Crump. "Remember the first report that came out, they gave so much false information in that report, talking about George was resisting. George was threatening, saying that he died of a medical condition. Never once mentioning the fact that this officer had his knee on his neck, not just for one minute, two minutes, three minutes, four minutes, five minutes, six minutes, seven minutes but for eight minutes ... people need to understand, the last eight minutes of his life he was struggling to breathe, telling them I couldn't breathe, and they offered him no humanity."

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WATCH: Protester scales Secret Service building to spray-paint profane anti-Trump message

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On Friday, protests around the country continued against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As CNN covered shots of protests in Washington, D.C., one demonstrator could clearly be seen scaling a Secret Service building, before taking out a can of spray paint and writing "F**K TRUMP" on the edifice.

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Some commenters on social media noticed, and tweeted their support for the protester.

Just watched this white boy hero climb these bars & spray paint "FUCK TRUMP" on live TV. #BlackLivesMatter @CNN pic.twitter.com/89nLCK52fc

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CNN’s Jim Acosta walks through all the times Trump has ‘thrown gasoline’ on racial tension

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On CNN Friday, following President Donald Trump's abrupt exit from a press conference following a racially charged tweet, chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta broke down President Donald Trump's history of stoking racial tensions during moments of crisis.

"He is trying to clean up this tweet that he posted last night," said Acosta. "First, just what the president said a few moments ago. He said the looters in Minneapolis should not be able to drown out the voice of so many peaceful protesters. That, obviously, is a very mild version of what he was trying to say or he claims he was trying to say last night when he tweeted, "when the looting starts, the shooting starts." That obviously is an expression steeped in all kinds of ugliness. The Miami Police chief back in 1967, when there was unrest in that city, used that expression. George Wallace, the segregationist, used words like that in 1968."

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