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Mueller’s report just destroyed Trump’s last line of defense — here’s how

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One of President Donald Trump’s last remaining lines of defense has been that Russia never really changed the outcome of the election. It was still the American people who voted in the end, the argument goes. But that claim has been cast into doubt following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings.

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But, writes Philip Bump of the Washington Post, the Mueller report actually reveals the opposite. “It may be — and appears to be — true that Russia didn’t manipulate actual voting results,” says Bump, “but Russia’s efforts absolutely affected the vote, as they were intended to — and as Trump and his campaign hoped they would.”

“Mueller’s indictments against a number of alleged Russian intelligence agents details how they accessed the Democratic National Committee network and Podesta’s email account (among other targets) and transferred the data to WikiLeaks,” said Bump. “There, the stolen material became a central component of the election coverage for much of the last month,” and even though the hacked Democratic emails didn’t really show anything damning or incriminating about Clinton or her associates, they were treated as a huge story, drowning out coverage of Trump’s “Access Hollywood” tape bragging about assaulting women.

Based on the Mueller report, writes Bump, “The campaign knew that WikiLeaks was releasing material damaging to Clinton, prompting Trump to praise the organization frequently that October,” they believed it would help their campaign.” And public polling at the time showed 37 percent of voters would be less likely to vote for Clinton due to WikiLeaks.

The claim that Russian involvement didn’t affect the race “is particularly indefensible coming from Trump, who celebrated WikiLeaks publicly precisely because he knew it would help his candidacy. He knew it and Mueller knew it,” Bump concludes. “It was, after all, one of the key reasons that Russia was interfering in the election in the first place.”

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WATCH: Video shows NYPD beating anti-police violence protesters with batons

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Protesters of police violence received a harsh reception from the New York Police Department on Friday evening.

The protesters had marched to the Barclays Center, where they were met with a large police presence.

Heavy police presence posted outside of Barclays Center. If you’re protesting, please stay safe.

- Legal Aid Society’s Contact Number: 212-577-3300- Link to Brooklyn Bail Fund: https://t.co/cxRXqgrrum #BlackLivesMatter #JusticeForGeorgeFloyd pic.twitter.com/IgISXvkOj1

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Trump is enacting the presidency ‘George Wallace never had’: Conservative columnist

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On Friday, writing for The Washington Post, conservative columnist Max Boot tore into President Donald Trump's legacy on race.

"We know how a normal president responds when a white police officer ignites furious protests by killing a black man. It is the way President Barack Obama responded in 2014 after a grand jury refused to indict a white police officer who had fatally shot Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., and the National Guard had to be called in to deal with looting and fires," wrote Boot. "Obama expressed sympathy for the protesters — their anger, he noted, was 'rooted in realities that have existed in this country for a long time' — while making clear that he had no sympathy with violence: 'Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk — that’s destructive and there’s no excuse for it. Those are criminal acts. And people should be prosecuted if they engage in criminal acts.'"

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White House goes into lockdown as George Floyd protests in DC rage hotter

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On Friday, CBS News reporter Weijia Jiang reported that the White House has now issued lockdown orders.

The development comes as protests against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota have spread to Washington, D.C. and crowds are growing angrier. Earlier in the evening, a protester scaled the wall of a federal building and spray-painted an obscene anti-Trump message above a window.

The White House is currently under lockdown orders. https://t.co/LasnCIjkum

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