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‘So much for complete and total exoneration’: NYT shreds AG Barr for exposing Trump criminality — and then excusing it

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On Thursday, the editorial board at The New York Times wrote a scathing editorial that details the “dysfunction and distrust” revealed in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

The highly anticipated report was released by Attorney General Bill Barr early Thursday morning after a press conference.

“So much for ‘complete and total exoneration,'” the editorial bluntly begins in a slap at Trump’s claim of “no collusion.”

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“In addition to pointing to possible criminality, the report revealed a White House riddled with dysfunction and distrust, one in which Mr. Trump and his aides lie with contempt for one another and the public,” the editorial said.

It goes on to explain the multiple bombshells that the report revealed, but noted that one questions still lingers even after the drop of the report.

“Why did Mr. Mueller decide not to make a finding of whether President Trump obstructed justice?” the editorial said.

“We determined not to apply an approach that could potentially result in a judgment that the president committed crimes,” the Mueller report says, because “fairness concerns counseled against potentially reaching that judgment when no charges can be brought.”

“In other words, Mr. Mueller felt his hands were tied. Longstanding Justice Department policy prohibits the indictment of a sitting president, and it isn’t fair to make accusations without giving the president a legal forum in which to respond,” the editorial states.

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It goes on to explains that the report shows the accuracy of claims made against Trump and his White House.

“By contrast, the special prosecutor’s report illustrates again and again that, despite Mr. Trump’s constant cries of ‘fake news,’ responsible news media’s reporting on the investigation was overwhelmingly accurate,” the editorial states.

Some pundits have argued that the report serves as a roadmap towards impeachment, but even with findings, there will be a “long way to go” before true justice happens.

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“Mr. Mueller may have felt he couldn’t indict a president in the legal sense of the term, but he has delivered a devastating description of Mr. Trump’s attempts to abuse his powers and corrupt his aides. This report, even in its censored format, is an important step toward putting the truth of this presidency in the public record. But there’s still a long way to go before it can be said that justice has been done.”

Read the full editorial here.

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‘Outrageous and criminal behavior’: Internet blows up at graphic video of Buffalo Police pushing over an elderly man

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On Thursday, footage emerged of police in Buffalo, New York pushing an elderly man to the ground, and refusing to help him as he lay bleeding profusely from a head injury.

The footage triggered immediate outrage on social media.

Horrible. I pray he’s ok. https://t.co/wL2gcNeAIT

— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) June 5, 2020

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WATCH: Protester bled from his ear after being shoved by police — cops say he ‘tripped’

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SHocking video from Buffalo, New York was posted online on Thursday after a large group of police confronted a lone protester -- and then violently shoved him.

"Shortly after Buffalo’s curfew started, city police and State Police swept through the area of Niagara Square directly in front of City Hall to clear the area where a protest was finishing. An unidentified, older man was hit shoved by two officers in the line. The man lost his balance and fell to the pavement, audibly hitting his head with blood running out from under his head," WBFO-TV reports.

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Trump aides are compiling candidates to replace Mark Esper if Trump decides to fire him: report

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On Thursday, Politico reported that although Defense Secretary Mark Esper's job appears safe for now, aides to President Donald Trump are compiling a list of potential nominees to replace him if the president changes his mind and decides to fire him.

"An administration official and two people close to the White House say staffers in recent days have pulled together a list of possible candidates for Defense secretary if Trump does choose to fire Esper," reported Lara Seligman, Daniel Lippman, and Meridith McGraw. "At the top of that list is Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was Esper’s No. 2 before taking the Army job last summer, the people said. Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), an outspoken Trump ally who has previously been considered for the position, is also in the mix, according to one of the people."

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