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Here’s the evidence of Russian involvement in Trump’s campaign cover up by AG Bill Barr — based on public records

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It should come as no surprise, national security expert Marcy Wheeler wrote in a new op-ed, that special counsel Robert Mueller’s team thinks the attorney general downplayed accusations against the president — because public records prove it.

Wheeler wrote in a Friday Washington Post column that by the time Mueller submitted his report to Barr, there was already public evidence that “undermined” the AG’s summary.

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“Barr’s letter may have been accurate, technically speaking,” she noted. “But based on what it omitted about two key associates of President Trump — his longtime adviser Roger Stone and his former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort — it was obvious that the attorney general had left whole areas of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s findings out of the summary.”

It’s likely, Wheeler wrote, that Mueller’s report is a lot more damning that Barr’s assertion that nobody “in the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia” — especially given that public records and reporting revealed that the special counsel “found evidence that Stone sought to optimize the WikiLeaks release of the emails Russia stole from Democrats.”

Aspects of former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen’s testimony provided a roadmap of parts of the Mueller report left out of Barr’s brief summary, the national security expert added.

During his congressional testimony in February, Cohen revealed that in July 2016, someone on the Trump campaign “was directed” to find out if there would be an additional dump of stolen emails after the first trove was released by WikiLeaks.

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“Stone’s indictment doesn’t say by whom,” Wheeler noted, “but we don’t know whether Mueller’s report does.”

Wheeler added that it’s now public knowledge that Manafort “may have gone further in attempting to coordinate with Russians directly [that Stone] by providing information that might make their efforts more effective” — and he was also not mentioned in the Barr summary.

She went on to use a telling incident from the attorney general’s confirmation hearing that could illuminate why his summary is so lacking.

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“Do you believe a president could lawfully issue a pardon in exchange for the recipient’s promise to not incriminate him?” Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (D-VT) asked then-nominee Barr.

“That would be a crime,” he responded.

The attorney general now “appears to be hiding the details of what really happened with Stone and Manafort to come to the opposite conclusion in his memo,” Wheeler concluded. “Perhaps that’s why Barr wrote a narrowly crafted memo rather than releasing the summaries Mueller’s prosecutors wrote themselves.”

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Read the entire analysis via the Post.


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‘Anyone who tried to impact outcome of election should spend life in jail’: Lewandowski

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On Tuesday, Donald Trump's former campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, testified before the House Judiciary Committee. Lewandowski's appearance before Congress was significant because Donald Trump reportedly told him to tell Jeff Sessions to limit the scope of Mueller's Russia probe.

Lewandowski was defiant in his opening statement, slamming the investigation as biased and knocking Hillary Clinton. He also declared that any entity that tried to meddle in a U.S. election should be in prison.

He said that he handled as many as a thousand emails. "And unlike Hillary Clinton, I don't think I ever deleted any of those," Lewandowski said. "Many of them were either responded to with one-word answers or floated to other staff for additional follow-up. But throughout it all, and to the best of my recollection, I don't recall ever having any conversations with foreign entities, let alone any who were operating to manipulate the outcome of an election."

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American neo-Nazis now see 9/11 mastermind Osama Bin Laden as a role model: report

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A new report from Vice claims that white supremacist organizations are increasingly viewing Osama Bin Laden, the late mastermind of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, as a role model whose actions can influence the future of their movement.

The report finds that neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division has recently started using Bin Laden's image in its propaganda while also promoting Islamist extremists' willingness to commit mass murder in the name of their religion as something that should be inspiring to American white nationalists.

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REVEALED: The Saudis have also been pumping cash into Trump’s infamous Scotland golf resort

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It's not just the American military whose members have been spending cash at President Donald Trump's golf resort in Turnberry, Scotland.

Politico reports that "a group of Saudi royals stayed at the resort for about a week at the tail end of extended travel" and that they brought "a party of 25 people and more than a hundred pieces of luggage."

This is not the first time that Saudi officials have plugged money into Trump properties.

As Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter David Fahrenthold has documented, members of the Saudi government have also helped prop up flagship Trump hotels in New York and Chicago since his election.

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