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The US has a ‘renegade attorney general’ trying ‘to twist the law’: Watergate prosecutor

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On Monday, Washington Post White House reporter Josh Dawsey penned an article analyzing the way President Donald Trump has broken social norms, and how his ongoing position of power despite everything revealed in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian election interference on his behalf only threatens to degrade those norms further.

Dawsey quoted Nick Akerman, a former prosecutor on the Watergate team, whose particular concern was how Attorney General William Barr has abused his own office and undermined the Justice Department’s credibility by trying to spin and interpret Mueller’s report in favor of the president.

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“It’s problematic because you’ve got a renegade attorney general who’s basically doing everything he can to twist the law, to make it sound like what Trump did is not a crime,” said Akerman.

And that has implications not only for now, but for those who are hoping that Trump could be prosecuted as a private citizen when he is no longer in the White House. “It makes it a lot harder for somebody else, after Trump leaves office, to prosecute him based on the facts Mueller has found — that he obstructed justice.”

During Barr’s press conference leading up to the release of the report, he claimed that the White House cooperated fully with the Mueller’s investigation, that Mueller determined there was “no collusion,” and that Mueller did not intend for Congress to make a personal judgment about whether the evidence he found suggests Trump committed obstruction of justice. All of these claims are false.


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New York cop who became El Chapo’s security guard arrested for selling cocaine and taking bribes

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A New York cop is being prosecuted after he was outed for selling cocaine and taking bribes after he went to work for drug kingpin El Chapo.

The New York Daily News reported Wednesday that Officer Ishmael Bailey had his bail set at $50,000 after he was arrested and arraigned in Queens Criminal Court. He was charged with possession and sale of narcotics, conspiracy, bribe receiving as a public servant and failing to perform duties as a public servant.

Lawyer Jeff Cohen argued that Bailey had two children and had to pay child support. The lawyer explained that Bailey “does understand the severity of his charges.”

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A veteran teacher explains why Trump is incapable of learning

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While dyslexia has been mentioned now and then as one of the reasons Donald Trump is so ignorant of what it takes to govern in a free society, I want to explore it as foundational to his inability to learn and grow while in office—and also as a way to link disparate troubling elements in his makeup.

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Right-wing activists call on Mitch McConnell to stop blocking election security bills

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On Wednesday, CNN reported that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is facing renewed pressure to take up election security legislation, from a pair of unlikely sources: Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist, and FreedomWorks President Adam Brandon.

Norquist — who once famously said that he wanted to slash government to a size where he could "drown it in a bathtub" — called for hand-marked paper ballots, and urged Congress to pass something similar to the bipartisan Secure Elections Act, which would have given states incentives to switch to secure voting methods and promoted data-sharing to identify threats. The measure was first introduced in 2017 by Sens. Kamala Harris (D-CA), Amy Klobuchar (D-MN), James Lankford (D-OK), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), but never came to a vote.

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