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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.

“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.

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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.

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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Jeffrey Epstein’s IT consultant reveals he saw girls who ‘couldn’t have more than 15 or 16’ on private island

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ABC News broke a story just after midnight Thursday about a former IT consultant of Jeffrey Epstein's who resigned because he couldn't take some of the things he was seeing on Epstein's private island compound.

The island, which has been called "pedophile island" by locals, had "topless women everywhere.

"There were photos of topless women everywhere," said contractor Steve Scully, who began working for Epstein in 1999 and continued for six years. "On his desk, in his office, in his bedroom."

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‘Names are going to start coming out’: New report says more elites will be exposed in the Epstein case — and ‘DC is on edge’

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Will other powerful people — presumably men — get taken down as a result of the sex trafficking case against Jeffrey Epstein?

That’s the hope of many closer followers of the story, but it’s far from clear what, if any, fallout there will be. Epstein’s connections to Presidents Bill Clinton and Donald Trump have raised suspicions about potential evidence of their wrongdoing, such suspicions remain unproven. Alan Dershowitz has already faced accusations of being involved in Epstein’s crimes, though he denies the charge vigorously.

But a new report from Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman says that “DC is on edge” over the Epstein case, and any elites who have run in his circles could be involved. Dozens of girls, if not more, are believed to be involved in his alleged sex trafficking, and lawyers for some of the women who have accused Epstein are strongly suggesting that other high-profile figures will be implicated.

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‘It’s so un-American’: Internet scorches Trump supporters for racist chants of ‘Send her back!’

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The ignoble highlight of President Donald Trump's rally in Greenville, North Carolina on Wednesday was when his fans doubled down on his racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen of color and targeted Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), chanting "Send her back! Send her back!"

Political commentators of all stripes were gobsmacked by the crowd's naked racism — and buried them in condemnation:

The crowd at Trump’s rally chanting “send her back” after the President viciously and dishonestly attacked Ilhan Omar is one of the most chilling and horrifying things I’ve ever seen in politics.

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