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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.

“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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Former Trump communications aide admits to hiring prostitutes

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President Donald Trump's former communications aide Jason Miller admitted to hiring prostitutes in 2015 and 2017, an exclusive report revealed Tuesday.

Mediaite broke the news that Miller had hired "multiple" prostitutes for sexual acts at massage parlors. The comments were part of a videotaped deposition, and Miller confessed that he was using the sexual services as recently as "a few months ago" from the deposition he gave on May 30.

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Trump believes white nationalism is a winning strategy — because Fox News tells him so

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Donald Trump thinks white nationalism is going to win him the 2020 election. This much is clear. Trump's racist Twitter rant on Sunday — in which he suggested that four nonwhite congresswomen, three of whom were born in the United States, are "originally" from somewhere else and should therefore "go back" — might have seemed at first like a spontaneous eruption of racist rage from the simmering bigot in the White House.

Soon, however, it became clear that this was strategic. Trump thinks it's a winning move to echo the claims of David Duke and other white nationalists who believe the United States is for white people. He justified his racism by saying that "many people agree with me," and by continuing to rave on Twitter about how the real purveyors of "racist hatred" are those who look askance at his embracing the rhetoric of Stormfront and the KKK.

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Judge boots Roger Stone off all major social media platforms in expansion of gag order

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Trump ally Roger Stone, who is due to be tried on multiple charges ranging from obstruction of justice to witness tampering later this year, got slapped this week with an expanded gag order that barred him from using all major social media platforms.

The Washington Post reports that Judge Amy Berman Jackson increased the scope of Stone's gag order and ordered him to stop communicating publicly through Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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