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MSNBC’s Morning Joe shreds Bill Barr’s character: Even Matt Whitaker stood up to Trump sometimes

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough shredded Attorney General William Barr’s character for going along with President Donald Trump’s scheme to discredit special counsel Robert Mueller.

The “Morning Joe” host said Barr had already shown himself to be more subservient to the president than his two predecessors by publicly helping Trump attack the Mueller probe and hide the special counsel’s findings from Congress and the public.

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“I’m going to bring up two names of people (who), when the time came that their country called on them to do the right thing, they did it,” Scarborough said. “Attorney General Jeff Sessions — he did what was required by law, he did what was required by the ethics of the situation — and, yes, I’m going to say it: Matthew Whitaker. When the president of the United States pressured Matthew Whitaker to do something that he knew to be improper, he stood up to the president of the United States. Let that be said.”

Co-host Willie Geist pointed out that both of those attorneys general had been pushed out of the Trump administration and replaced by Barr, who told lawmakers that he believed the Justice Department had spied on the president’s campaign, without offering any evidence.

“He is surrounded by people who believe these conspiracy theories,” said Washington Post columnist David Ignatious. “It takes strong character in a period like this to resist lies. You have to stand up, you have to take risks, and Barr, looking at him, I felt looked like a weak attorney general who is not prepared to dig in and tell the country the truth, even though it would risk meaning the president was angry at him. He didn’t seem like the man to do that.”

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‘Time to go to court’: Former prosecutors explain how Democrats can still uncover whistleblower scandal

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The White House is doing whatever it takes to obstruct any investigation into a recent whistleblower complaint, but two former prosecutors have ideas for what Congress should do next.

This week it was revealed that President Donald Trump said something so concerning to a foreign leader that a senior intelligence officer filed a complaint. The officer then filed for whistleblower protections. A series of actions are outlined in the law for the next steps, but Trump and his appointed officials in the White House have worked to stymie the process the law requires.

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Hate for Trump sets new record of Americans who can’t stand a president

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A new poll shows a record number of Americans can't stand the president of the United States.

According to the most recent NBC News/Wall Street Journal public opinion poll, an astounding 69 percent of Americans don't like Trump personally.

During the early 2000s, President George W. Bush enjoyed the benefit of Americans finding him likable and wanting to "have a beer" with the sober leader. That measure of "likability" has been a kind of inspiration for political leaders searching for voters based not on issues but on personality.

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‘Clearly impeachable and serious offense’: Ex-organized crime prosecutor says of Trump’s Ukraine scandal

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Former Watergate prosecutor Jill Wine-Banks recalled during an MSNBC panel discussion that she was once the prosecutor for organized crime. It was something that reminded her of this recent move by President Donald Trump and his administration.

This week, it was revealed that Trump said something to a foreign leader that was so concerning to a senior intelligence officer that a complaint was filed and the officer sought whistleblower protections. The White House is now working to obstruct any investigation about the complaint.

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