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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’s praise for Dana Rohrabacher comes back to haunt him after ex-congressman confirms offering pardon deal to Julian Assange

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Former Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of California confirmed a shocking revelation to Yahoo News on Thursday — that he had offered a pardon to WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange in 2017 if he publicly disputed the notion that Russia had hacked the Democratic National Committee.

The offer was first reported on Wednesday when Assange’s lawyers revealed the exchange in a British court.

But while Rohrabacher confirmed that he presented Assange with the idea, he said President Donald Trump was not aware of the possible pardon. Instead, Rohrabacher said that he discussed the pardon with then-White House Chief of Staff John Kelly after the Assange meeting. But while Kelly was “courteous,” Rohrabacher said, they never broached the topic again, and there’s no indication Trump was even made aware of it.

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Trump was ‘furious’ with his last acting intel chief for giving election security briefing to House Dems: report

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President Donald Trump's surprise decision to appoint loyalist Richard Grenell as his next acting Director of National Intelligence came after his previous acting DNI, Joseph Maguire, enraged him by giving an intelligence briefing to House Democrats.

The Washington Post reports that Trump was "furious" at Maguire after learning that Shelby Pierson, the top intelligence official on election security, gave a briefing to the Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA)-led House Intelligence Committee.

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Trump fumes over ‘tainted’ Roger Stone jury after his associate gets 40 months in prison

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Speaking in Las Vegas this Thursday, President Trump gave his first remarks on the sentencing of longtime confidant Roger Stone, who was given 3.5 years in prison for lying to Congress and witness tampering.

According to Trump, Stone is a "good person" despite being a "little different." He went on to claim that Stone was "never involved" in the 2016 despite some minor consulting work, and accused the forewoman of the jury of being ideologically biased against Stone.

"It's totally tainted when you take a look," Trump said, referring to the forewoman and the jury. 'How can you have a person like this? She was an anti-Trump activist -- can you imagine this?"

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