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Trump suspected his White House counsel was spying on him — but he probably saved the president from obstruction charge

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President Donald Trump was deeply suspicious of his former White House counsel Don McGahn — who may have saved him from getting charged with obstructing justice.

The president badly wanted to obstruct the investigations into his campaign ties to Russia, according to McGahn’s testimony to special counsel Robert Mueller, but his White House counsel and others simply disregarded his corrupt orders, reported Axios.

“Don had an unenviable job of trying to school the first outsider president in the legal ways of Washington,” a source close to McGahn told the website.

McGahn appears on 66 pages of Mueller’s 448-page report, and his testimony shows multiple instances where Trump asked him to make false or misleading statements or otherwise interfere with the special counsel investigation.

“When the President called McGahn a second time to follow up on the order to call the Department of Justice,” Mueller found, “McGahn recalled that the President was more direct, saying something like, ‘Call Rod, tell Rod that Mueller has conflicts and can’t be the Special Counsel.’ McGahn recalled the President telling him ‘Mueller has to go’ and ‘Call me back when you do it.'”

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McGahn said he’d already told the president he would not do that, but he gave Trump the impression he would speak with deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein about Mueller in order to end the phone conversation.

The White House counsel decided he must resign rather than carry out Trump’s corrupt order, but then-chief of staff Reince Priebus and then-chief strategist Steve Bannon urged him to stay on — which he ultimately did.

Trump, according to Mueller’s report, questioned why McGahn took notes during meetings, and a source told Axios the president even became suspicious the White House counsel might be wearing a wire late in his tenure.

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Jeffrey Epstein wasn’t even a competent investor: report

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There can be no doubt that high-powered hedge fund manager Jeffrey Epstein would rather the public know him for his prominence and success as an investor than for the allegations of child sex trafficking, for which he has now been indicted and faces life in prison. And there has for years been mystique surrounding Epstein's business — his wealth fund is so exclusive that it reportedly requires a billion dollars up front from clients.

But according to the Dow Jones' periodical Barron's, Epstein may not even be good at that.

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Jon Stewart blasts ‘abomination’ of Rand Paul trying to ‘balance the budget on the backs of’ 9/11 responders

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On Wednesday's edition of Fox News' "Special Report," comedian and activist Jon Stewart slammed Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) for blocking unanimous consent for a bill to support health care for 9/11 first responders.

"Pardon me if I'm not impressed in any way by Rand Paul's fiscal responsibility virtue signaling," said Stewart to anchor Bret Baier, who appeared on the show with first responder and activist John Feal.

He added that Paul's complaint, that the bill was unfunded, rings hollow given that he "added hundreds of billions of dollars to our deficit" with the GOP tax cuts for billionaires. He castigated Paul for trying to "balance the budget on the backs of the 9/11 first responder community."

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Republicans will never say that racism is ‘racism’ — basically because they’re racist

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Is there any expression of racism that Republicans will actually admit is racism? It's a question on a lot of progressive minds in the wake of Donald Trump demonizing female congresswomen of color with the "go back" canard that white nationalists and other assorted racists have long used to abuse anyone with heritage they dislike, whether that heritage is Jewish, Irish, Italian, African, Latin American or Muslim. Telling someone to "go back" is, in the ranks of racist statements, right up there with calling a person the N-word or some other rank slur. Yet, there still appears to be resistance among Republicans to admitting that is racism, which leads many on the left to wonder: If this doesn't count, then what could possibly count?

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