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MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle battles ex-federal prosecutor for dismissing bombshell report on Mueller’s team

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Former federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of New York Doug Burns on Thursday battled with MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle after downplaying the impact of Attorney General Bill Barr’s summary of the Mueller report.

“Criminal law and politics do not mix, I’ve said it a hundred times,” Burns said. “If I went to court and said, ‘your honor, I’m contending that summary of a longer document is inaccurate.’ Judge says ‘have you read the document?’ ‘No, your honor.’ I’d be laughed out the building in two minutes. So all of the discussion about ‘he’s been inaccurate with the summary ‘is ridiculous. You have to see the report itself.”

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“So Democrats saying Bill Barr isn’t telling the truth, they are wrong because they haven’t seen it,” replied Ruhle. “But there is another political argument — the Republicans who also haven’t seen the report can’t say that Mueller exonerated the president.”

“In fairness to the NYT, he’s saying people in the investigation itself are saying it is not accurate. That is different and that is a little more telling,” Burns answered. “If you really read the article closely, it’s pretty weak in the sense that they were unable to really flesh out was the term they used exactly what in there is more damaging to the president. So again, it is a little weak.”

“I still don’t understand,” Ruhle interjected. “What’s weak? Who is weak here, Democrats are weak? You’ve lost me.”

“In the “New York Times” article, everybody blares the headline, ‘Mueller people are contending that the report is more damaging to Trump,'” Burns said. “If you peruse the document, you will see three times it says that the people being interviewed, the officials, were unable to flesh out exactly what is more damaging to the president.”

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“Is it that they were unable to flesh out literally,” Ruhle said, “or unwilling and then they’re saying ‘don’t put your pencils down, this thing ain’t over?'”

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GOP Senate candidate is worried he’ll lose if 2020 is a referendum on Donald Trump

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In 2018, Republican John James challenged Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and closely embraced President Donald Trump. He lost by 6.5% points.

In 2020, James is running for U.S. Senate once again, this time challenging Sen. Gary Peters (D-MI) -- but is attempting to distance himself from the unpopular commander-in-chief.

“A vote for me is a vote for me,” James told MLive.com.

"This race isn’t about President Trump," he argued.

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Taylor Swift could swing 2020 against Donald Trump — a GOP consultant did the math

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Singer Taylor Swift could play a key roll in the 2020 presidential election, a Republican strategist explained on MSNBC on Saturday.

Swift has been public in her criticism of President Donald Trump and told Vanity Fair she is intent to "do everything I can for 2020."

Republican strategist Evan Siegfried was asked about Swift's activism by MSNBC anchor Alison Morris.

"At the same time, Taylor Swift did to something very good, urging people to register to vote months before the election," he noted. "A lot of young people did that."

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Hope Hicks considered a ‘pariah’ in Hollywood after working for Trump: She’s wearing the ‘scarlet T’

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Former White House communications director Hope Hicks has received a frosty reception in Hollywood, where she moved after leaving the administration.

Hicks is currently working as the chief communications officer for the Fox Corporation -- the parent company of Fox News.

But having worked for Donald Trump haunts Hicks, Graydon Carter's newsletter Airmail revealed in an article titled, "Hix Pix Fox Flix: Ex–Trump whisperer Hope Hicks spins the Hollywood liberal establishment."

"If you’re young, beautiful, have a power job, money to play with, and a Brentwood Zip Code, Los Angeles can be a lot of fun. Unless you’ve got Donald Trump’s name on your résumé. The scarlet T burns bright in Hollywood," Shawn McCreesh reported.

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