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Bill Barr caved to Trump’s demands for investigation of Russia probe to avoid Jeff Sessions’ fate: CNN analyst

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During a panel discussion on Attorney General Bill Barr’s appointment of a U.S. Attorney to probe the origins of the Justice Department’s probe of Russia connections in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, a CNN White House correspondent said Barr likely had no choice because that is what he was hired to for.

Speaking with hosts John Berman and Alisyn Camerota, analysts Abby Phillip was asked about John Durham, who was tabbed by Barr to head the investigation.

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“Well, Bill Barr kind of has to do this,” Phillip began. “I mean, one of the whole points of having Bill Barr in this role as opposed to Jeff Sessions, who the president grew to almost despise by the end of his tenure, is having the confidence of the president.”

“He has to take this step and put his own spin on it,” she continued. “I think that there is the sense here that Barr chose someone who has specific experience in looking into this specific type of thing. But there’s no question in my mind that Barr has almost no choice but to do this because the president basically appointed him into this position in order to delve more deeply into this very issue, which is almost of paramount importance to him after the conclusion of the Mueller probe.”

Hosts Berman and Camerota were quick to note that Barr recently was evasive when asked by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) if anyone at the White House has discussed with him going after Justice Department official, with CNN anchors once again showing the clip of the awkward encounter.

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Trump is trying to ‘monetize defeat’ by bilking fans for a personal ‘slush fund’: Ex-GOP lawmaker

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Former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) on Monday said that President Donald Trump likely knows he lost the 2020 presidential election but is taking one more opportunity to bilk his supporters for cash before leaving on January 20th.

Appearing on CNN, Dent argued that the president is already angling for a new grift after leaving the White House, and he's getting an early start on it by asking fans to donate to his legal defense fund.

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President Donald Trump's attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election are getting crushed in courts -- and more members of his own party are finally saying publicly that it's time for the president to give up his long-shot bid to remain in power.

New York Times reporter Alex Burns told CNN on Monday many Republicans can see the writing on the wall but are still working up the courage to nudge the president out the door.

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Lara Trump buried by CNN host for claiming Trump voters don’t ‘feel’ like he lost

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Lara Trump appeared on Fox News to further the Trump campaign agenda that the 45th president of the United States, her father-in-law, won the election.

"There are about 74 million people out there who do not feel like the result of this election that has been presented is accurate," she told Fox News host Leland Vittert.

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