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Barr denounced by DOJ veterans: ‘We can’t trust anything this attorney general says’

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Three Justice Department veterans denounced Attorney General William Barr’s misleading claims about the possibility of special counsel Robert Mueller testifying.

House Democrats want the special counsel to testify about his 22-month investigation of President Donald Trump’s campaign ties to Russia and apparent efforts to obstruct justice, but the White House has asserted executive privilege over Mueller’s full report and the underlying evidence.

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That appears to contradict Barr’s claim that “it’s Bob’s call whether he wants to testify.”

“So Barr’s claim (Thursday) morning that it was up to Mueller whether to testify was, at best, deeply misleading. Again,” said Matthew Miller, a former Justice Department spokesman.

Joyce White Vance, a former U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, agreed the attorney general had ruined his credibility.

“I’m starting to think we can’t trust anything this Attorney General says,” she said.

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Mimi Rocah, a longtime assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York and an MSNBC contributor like Miller and Vance, underscored just how unusual that strong criticism was for these Justice Department veterans.

“I don’t think people understand how hard it is for someone like you (& me) to say something like that,” Rocah said.

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Vance agreed, saying she had served many attorneys general in her decades in the Justice Department without speaking out so forcefully.

“Beyond hard, right?” Vance said. “I worked for every Attorney General starting with Thornburgh in 1991 and ending with Lynch in 2017.”

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White losers have always tried to punish black election winners — Mississippi case just the latest example

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The recent experience of Hester Jackson-McCray, a black Democrat who narrowly defeated a Republican incumbent in a Mississippi statehouse race, echoes America's long history of criminalizing black politicians.

GOP legislator Ashley Henley, who lost by 14 votes, asked the Republican-controlled statehouse to overturn the results based on her claims of election irregularities, and that's not the first time in U.S. history that whites have sought to punish black politicians for winning, reported The Guardian.

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Trump is wallowing in ‘self-pity’ even though McConnell promised to protect him: Morning Joe

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Appearing on MNBC's "Morning Joe," New York Times reporter Peter Baker said Donald Trump is wallowing in "self-pity" that fluctuates with "combativeness" as he worries about the effect being impeached will have on his legacy.

Speaking with host Joe Scarborough, Baker filled in the blanks from his Times report, saying the president is obsessed with the impeachment hearings and Senate trial still to come.

Asked by host Scarborough about Trump's "humiliation," Baker said, "He can count on the Republican-controlled Senate to hold the trial where he seems almost certain to be acquitted, or at least see the charges dismissed in some fashion."

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WATCH LIVE: House holds historic vote on the impeachment of Donald Trump

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After a 14-hour House Judiciary Committee Thursday hearing considering the impeachment of Donald Trump, Democrats and Republicans on the committee will reconvene once again Friday morning where they are expected to finally vote on the articles of impeachment before sending them to the House floor for a full vote scheduled for next week.

According to NBC, "In a surprise move, Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler delayed the vote until Friday morning at 10 a.m. after more than 14 hours of debate. There were five votes on Thursday: one to eliminate the first article on abuse of power, a second to strike a reference to former Vice President Joe Biden, a third to note the aid withheld from Ukraine was eventually released, a fourth to strike entire second amendment on obstruction of Congress and a fifth to strike the last lines in each article. All were voted down and along party lines."

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