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‘A vast narrative of a presidential coverup’: Carl Bernstein calls Mueller’s report ‘ugly and damning’

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Reporter Carl Bernstein, who brought down former President Richard Nixon during the Watergate scandal, said on Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election painted a damning portrait of President Donald Trump.

During an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo, Bernstein said he was stunned at how different Mueller’s report was compared to the way Attorney General Bill Barr tried to portray it in his four-page summary issued last month.

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“I think what is so significant is how different Mueller’s report is from how it was characterized, in a rather astonishing press conference, by the attorney general,” Bernstein said. “This is a vast narrative of a presidential cover-up.”

Bernstein said that the report showed that Trump regularly ordered officials to lie to protect him and that he tried repeatedly to obstruct the investigation. It also showed that the Trump campaign had numerous contacts with Russian agents during the election and that the president openly encouraged Russia to release dirt on rival Hillary Clinton.

“It is not pretty,” Bernstein said of the report. “It is an ugly, damning piece of business.”

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’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team

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On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.

"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."

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Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’

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During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.

To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."

Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."

"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.

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Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.

Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.

Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.

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