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Top FBI and Justice Department officials had ‘widespread’ concerns about Trump obstructing justice: report

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The FBI’s former top lawyer told Congress last year that there were “widespread” concerns that President Donald Trump had obstructed justice among officials in the bureau and at the Justice Department.

Politico reported that in his newly-released congressional testimony, former FBI attorney James Baker “described numerous officials who were distressed that the president may have obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.”

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Baker added that he had concerns of his own and that they were shared by top FBI brass, members of other divisions and at the DOJ.

The former FBI lawyer said that along with acting the acting FBI director and the bureau’s leadership, “the heads of the national security apparatus, the national security folks within the FBI, the people that were aware of the underlying investigation and who had been focused on it” were all worried about potential obstruction of justice.

Baker made the comments during hearings before the House Oversight and Judiciary committees in October 2018, which were at the time controlled by Republicans. They’d called the hearings to investigate the way the FBI handled its Russia probe, the report noted.

The latest batch of Baker’s comments were revealed by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA), who “has been incrementally entering testimony from last year’s investigation into the congressional record,” Politico noted.

Earlier in the day, reports emerged that Baker also revealed during his congressional testimony that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s suggestion that officials wear a wire when meeting with the president was endorsed by two Trump cabinet members.

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WATCH: Man holds black DoorDash driver at gunpoint for delivering food to an Arizona apartment complex

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A man in Mesa, Arizona, is facing assault and weapons charges after he allegedly held a delivery driver at gunpoint this Sunday, 12News reports.

Police say Valentino Tejeda pulled a gun on 24-year-old Dimitri Mills in the parking lot of Tejeda's apartment complex, and when Mills and his girlfriend tried to explain they were making a food delivery to a neighbor, Tejeda still insisted that Mills, who is black, was somehow a threat.

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Trump became enthralled with presidency while watching balloons drop on 1988 GOP convention stage

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Donald Trump became enthralled with the presidency while watching balloons drop for George H.W. Bush at the 1988 Republican National Convention.

The celebrity real estate developer had been taken to New Orleans by his longtime pal Roger Stone, a Republican political operative hoping to spark an interest in Trump to run for the presidency, reported Politico.

“I got the definite impression that Roger Stone was preparing Donald Trump to run for president,” said Michael Caputo, a Stone associate who worked for Trump's 2016 campaign. “I didn’t know when it would be — but it was very clear to me that he wasn’t there for the cocktails.”

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Trump’s conservative media allies aren’t getting on board with his Joe Scarborough attacks

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President Trump isn't letting up on his conspiratorial attacks against MSNBC host Joe Scarborough and his allies in conservative media seemingly want no part of it, according to Vanity Fair's Caleb Ecarma.

Even Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Laura Ingraham, and Tucker Carlson haven't said a word about Trump's allegations that Scarborough was involved in the death of a former intern when he was a congressman. Some right-wing outlets have even published editorials condemning Trump's words. Trump's allies in Congress are also avoiding the subject, although the usual Trump critics have spoken out against them.

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