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There’s a fatal flaw baked into the bombshell WaPo report on Barr’s redactions

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There’s a fatal flaw baked into the bombshell reporting by the Washington Post about the forthcoming Mueller report, according to a former aide to New York’s attorney general.

The Post reported Wednesday that the highly anticipated report will be “lightly redacted” by Attorney General William Barr, and the report also claimed special counsel Robert Mueller believed President Donald Trump may have acted “innocently, and that the Department of Justice briefed the White House only on “general outlines” of the investigation’s findings.

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Those explosive claims each made news in their own right, but there’s one big problem with the newspaper’s reporting, according to Dan Lavoie, a speechwriter and senior adviser to former New York attorney general Eric Schneiderman.

Lavoie noticed that each of the report’s bombshell claims was an opinion presented as fact, sourced to “people familiar with the matter.”

The Post acknowledges that inherent contradiction seven paragraphs in, but does not make clear that the sourcing for the report was “obviously,” according to Lavoie, political appointees in the Department of Justice.

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“The entire piece is a pre-pre-spin to Barr’s pre-spin presser tomorrow,” Lavoie said. “The story is focused laser-like on deflating the growing firestorm.”

He said two of the reporters on this story had previously been burned by the Department of Justice after impeachment talk ramped up in January, based on an explosive report by BuzzFeed News that claimed Trump encouraged his then-lawyer Michael Cohen to lie under oath.

Mueller’s office issued a rare but cryptic rebuttal to that story, claiming simply that some part of BuzzFeed’s story was “not accurate” — and the Post followed up two days later with a report claiming “the special counsel’s office meant the statement to be a denial of the central theses of the BuzzFeed story.”

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Trump declares impeachment ‘dead’ — and demands apology — in late night Twitter outburst

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President Donald Trump lashed out on his favorite social media platform late Thursday evening.

Eight minutes before midnight eastern time, Trump unloaded.

Trump wrote, "Democrats must apologize to USA: Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said that 'United States Ambassador Gordon Sondland did NOT link financial military assistance to a request for Ukraine to open up an investigation into former V.P. Joe Biden & his son, Hunter Biden. Ambassador Sondland did not tell us, and certainly did not tell me, about a connection between the assistance and the investigation.'”

Trump did not say why he was taking the word of a foreign official over multiple sworn testimonies from members of his own administration.

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Pelosi is ‘marrying up the facts and the law’: Ex-prosecutor says ‘bribery’ is a critical indictment of Trump

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi was masterful in using the word "bribery" to describe President Donald Trump's actions with Ukraine that are at the heart of the impeachment inquiry, according to a former federal prosecutor.

MSNBC anchor Brian Williams interviewed former Assistant U.S. Attorney Berit Berger on Thursday evening's "The Last Word."

Please expand for us on why it is significant and why is it important to label this bribery," Williams said.

"So I think Nancy Pelosi was very specific in calling this bribery for two reasons," Berger replied.

"The first is that -- unlike quid pro quo -- ribery is something that most people understand, especially people who have children," she said, with a chuckle. "We all sort of have a general understanding of that."

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Giuliani henchmen showered Republican with cash — and Trump almost made him ambassador to Ukraine: report

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Yet another bombshell report has shed new light on President Donald Trump's suspicious Ukraine policies.

"At the same time that Rudy Giuliani and his now-indicted pals were pushing for President Donald Trump to remove Amb. Marie Yovanovitch from her post in Ukraine, Trump administration officials were eyeing potential contenders to take over her job. One of the people in the mix, according to three sources familiar with the discussions, was Rep. Pete Sessions, a former Congressman who called for Yovanovitch’s firing," The Daily Beast reported Thursday night. "He is also a longtime ally of the former New York Mayor, and is believed to have taken millions of dollars from Giuliani’s indicted cronies."

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