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Rod Rosenstein lashes out at Obama over Russian election interference in unusual public speech

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein attacked former President Barack Obama Thursday night, claiming he did not do enough to stop Russia’s attack on the U.S. election.

“Some critical decisions about the Russia investigation were made before I got there,” Rosenstein said, referring to when he was appointed to oversee the Mueller investigation.

“The previous Administration chose not to publicize the full story about Russian computer hackers and social media trolls, and how they relate to a broader strategy to undermine America,” Rosenstein said of President Barack Obama and his administration.

“The FBI disclosed classified evidence about the investigation to ranking legislators and their staffers. Someone selectively leaked details to the news media. The FBI Director announced at a congressional hearing that there was a counterintelligence investigation that might result in criminal charges. Then the former FBI Director alleged that the President pressured him to close the investigation, and the President denied that the conversation occurred,” Rosenstein said.

“So that happened,” he added.

Rosenstein, in his remarks, also fondly quoted both President Donald Trump and now-former GOP Congressman Trey Gowdy.

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In fact, President Obama tried to work with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell to tell the public in a bipartisan fashion what Russia was doing. McConnell threatened to call it a partisan attack against then-candidate Donald Trump if he did so.

“Obama administration officials,” NPR reported in 2018, “told reporters on background that Russian intelligence operatives were behind the cyberattacks that led to the release of emails stolen from political figures and institutions. Later, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson formally blamed the Russian government in an official statement.”

Rosenstein made his remarks at the Yale Club in New York City, where he was the keynote speaker for the Armenian Bar Association’s Public Servants Dinner. These were his first public remarks since the release of Attorney General Bill Barr’s version of the Mueller report.

Former Chief of Staff to Vice President Joe Biden weighed in on Rosenstein’s remarks:

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Former Democratic US Senator Claire McCaskill slammed Rosenstein:

 

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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