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‘Does Trump finally have his Roy Cohn?’ Ex-prosecutor shreds Bill Barr’s contradictory claims about Trump and Mueller

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A former federal prosecutor exposed an intractable contradiction in Attorney General William Barr’s testimony before Congress.

The attorney general told lawmakers that, on one hand, a sitting president cannot be indicted, while on the other hand, the Russia investigation should be viewed as a criminal case, wrote Barbara McQuade, former U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Michigan, for The Daily Beast.

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“But these are two different things,” McQuade wrote. “You can’t have it both ways. If a sitting president cannot be indicted, then Congress gets to decide whether to charge a crime through impeachment, not a prosecutor through the normal analysis of criminal statutes.”

Barr conceded that special counsel Robert Mueller did not say he intended for the attorney general to decide whether evidence showed President Donald Trump had obstructed justice, but the attorney general had made that decision himself because “that’s generally how the Department of Justice works.”

But the former U.S. Attorney argued that a special counsel investigation of the president was anything but typical, and McQuade said the normal standards of criminal prosecution Barr cited in his summary of Mueller’s report do not necessarily apply in impeachment proceedings.

The attorney general has called his own credibility and integrity into question by sending the White House a 19-page memo arguing the president cannot obstruct justice, before taking the top job at the Department of Justice, and he floated conspiracy theories about “spying” against the Trump campaign despite admitting he had no evidence.

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Barr then told lawmakers that he would launch his own investigation into how the Justice Department opened its probe into Trump campaign ties to Russia, and indicated that he already believed top officials had behaved inappropriately — and McQuade said he was preventing Congress from fulfilling its constitutional duties.

“Barr’s testimony revealed a mindset that is consistent with the Trump narrative of an FBI that is out to get him,” McQuade said. “This is the attorney general appointed by Trump after Trump criticized Barr’s fired predecessor, Jeff Sessions, for failing to protect him. Does Trump finally have his Roy Cohn?”

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Trump refusing to pay for New Mexico security and barricades — while trying to change the state from blue to red

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President Donald Trump thinks he will win New Mexico. He's repeated the factoid multiple times, including to a group of oil and gas workers and executives Wednesday at a conference in Pittsburgh, PA. But he also made two significant mistakes to put that support in jeopardy.

First, the president indicated he was building his "wall" on the border of Colorado, which is north of New Mexico. It would mean that New Mexico was now part of Mexico.

Second, it was reported by the Albuquerque Journal that their city is yet another one Trump's campaign is refusing to pay for security costs.

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Intel Committee has ‘recent evidence’ Ukraine witnesses are working together to ‘coordinate’ their stories

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House investigators have "recent evidence" of witnesses working to coordinate their testimony before Congress, a Democratic congressman revealed on MSNBC on Wednesday.

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who sits on the Intelligence and Judicial committees, was interviewed by MSNBC Chris Hayes.

"Final question, what is the timeline here?" Hayes asked. "There is some transparency argument that at some point this can’t be behind closed doors, the American people, all of us, Republicans, Democrats, citizens and journalists have to hear what’s happening."

"You’re absolutely right and there will be a public phase," Swalwell replied.

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Rudy Giuliani is looking for a lawyer — after saying he didn’t need one: report

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that President Donald Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani is looking for a defense attorney to represent him.

This report comes after Giuliani said last week that he would not seek legal representation unless he believed he needed it.

Giuliani is currently under criminal investigation for the scheme he apparently helped facilitate in the Ukraine, where Trump withheld military aid in the fight against Russia while demanding their leaders investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and the Democratic National Committee.

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