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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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Republican Kevin McCarthy gets taken down by former top GOP colleague

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Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) was attacked by a former Republican colleague who alleged McCarthy and his fellow members of Congress have allowed the House GOP to become the official shill for the White House.

In a profile for the New York Times, former Oversight Committee Chairman Tom Davis (R-VA) shamed the GOP House for the way that a once-respectable institution has fallen.

“Congress no longer operates as an independent branch of government, but as an appendage of the executive branch,” said Davis. “He is made for that role.”

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Former senator reveals to Maddow how one brave Democrat can reveal key document in impeachment trial

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Near the end of Wednesday's impeachment trial, Chief Justice John Roberts announced that an agreement had been made to allow senators to read supplemental testimony from Vice President Mike Pence aide Jennifer Williams.

The document will remain classified, despite claims that there is no classified material in the document, only evidence that is damning to the president.

"In terms of this document potentially being improperly classified, which is something that has been raised in writing by Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and raised on the floor of the Senate tonight by Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA)," MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow noted. "Obviously, it was the vice president's office that said it was classified, they are getting publicly criticized for that. If it has been improperly classified and it should be something that the public can see, who adjudicates that?"

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Florida Republican Matt Gaetz admits Trump’s legal defense was ‘like an 8th grade book report’ — only worse

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) admitted that President Donald Trump's team of lawyers weren't quite the legal eagles that he thinks they might be, said Politico reporter Andrew Desiderio.

Questioned about his take on the way the case is unfolding in the Senate, Gaetz said that the House presented it like it was going to be on "cable news." For many that may be an insult, but it appears to Gaetz that was a compliment.

Desiderio said that Gaetz then lamented that the White House presented their case more like “an 8th-grade book report.”

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