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Mormon women’s group smacks down Utah senator for tolerating Trump’s ‘utter disregard for the law’

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Three women from a Mormon political watchdog group called out Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) as a hypocrite for looking the other way as President Donald Trump engages in unethical and possibly illegal conduct in office.

The Utah Republican has said he saw nothing in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to change his mind about the president, but three members of Mormon Women for Ethical Government urged Lee in a Salt Lake Tribune column to take another look.

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“When you state that nothing in this report changes your view of this president, do you mean that you already fully understood that President Trump was doing whatever he could to obstruct justice and was ‘saved’ only because his staff refused to follow his orders?” wrote the group’s co-leaders, Lisa Rampton Halverson, Megan Blood Seawright and Catherine Eslinger. “Do you mean that you support the president despite this unethical and self-serving behavior?”

“Do you mean that you already fully understood the character of a president who has persistently lied to the American people?” they added. “Do you mean you already fully understood his utter disregard for the rule of law, and just don’t care?”

The women called on Lee to clarify whether he was aware Trump’s campaign may have welcome campaign assistance from Russia, and they asked whether the Republican senator had become corrupted by the belief that the only way to protect the U.S. was for Republicans to win.

“We ask you not to tolerate intolerable things,” wrote Halverson, Seawright and Eslinger. “We ask you to approach the facts and the findings of the Mueller report with a firm commitment to truth, not with predetermined ideas and partisan close-mindedness.”

They challenged Lee to uphold his constitutional duty and oath of office.

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“You have always presented yourself as a staunch defender of the Constitution and so we ask that you, in fact, do all that you can to safeguard the supreme law of the land and our founding principles, even when it may not be politically expedient,” the wrote.


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Trump became enthralled with presidency while watching balloons drop on 1988 GOP convention stage

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Donald Trump became enthralled with the presidency while watching balloons drop for George H.W. Bush at the 1988 Republican National Convention.

The celebrity real estate developer had been taken to New Orleans by his longtime pal Roger Stone, a Republican political operative hoping to spark an interest in Trump to run for the presidency, reported Politico.

“I got the definite impression that Roger Stone was preparing Donald Trump to run for president,” said Michael Caputo, a Stone associate who worked for Trump's 2016 campaign. “I didn’t know when it would be — but it was very clear to me that he wasn’t there for the cocktails.”

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Trump’s conservative media allies aren’t getting on board with his Joe Scarborough attacks

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President Trump isn't letting up on his conspiratorial attacks against MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and his allies in conservative media seemingly want no part of it, according to Vanity Fair's Caleb Ecarma.

Even Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Tucker Carlson haven't said a word about Trump's allegations that Scarborough was involved in the death of a former intern when he was a congressman. Some right-wing outlets have even published editorials condemning Trump's words. Trump's allies in Congress are also avoiding the subject, although the usual Trump critics have spoken out against them.

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Shotgun-brandishing Montana man told immigrant coworker that ‘we kill people like you’: police

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A Montana man who regularly brandished a shotgun in front of an immigrant coworker was arrested this week after police say he made a racist death threat.

The Bozeman Daily Chronicle reports that 60-year-old Jim Daniels this week was charged with felony malicious intimidation after he told a coworker who immigrated from Brazil that "in Montana, we kill people like you."

"The victim, who is Brazilian, has worked at Rent For Less in Bozeman for two years and said the racial threats by Daniels started as comments about the color of his skin," the Bozeman Daily Chronicle writes. "Those comments eventually escalated, and Daniels on several occasions brandished a shotgun and tried to provoke the victim into a fight, authorities said."

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