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Bill Barr gets cornered for misleading Congress about Mueller’s concerns — and offers a dubious excuse

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Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont went after Attorney General William Barr with a vengeance during his Wednesday morning testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Barr was questioned about the letter he sent to Congress on March 24, when the attorney general offered an assessment of the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report for the Russia investigation. Mueller has disagreed with Barr’s characterization of his report, and Leahy addressed that disagreement when questioning Barr.

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Leahy told Barr that “contrary to what you said on April 9,” Mueller “wrote to you” on March 27 “expressing very specific concerns that your March 24 letter” failed to capture the “context, nature and substance of his report.”

Leahy continued, “What really struck me: Mr. Mueller wrote that your letter threatened to undermine a central purpose for which the Department (of Justice) appointed the special counsel.”

Leahy asked Barr why, on April 9, he said he was unaware of the “concerns” being expressed by Mueller’s team “when, in fact, you had heard those concerns directly from Mr. Mueller two weeks before.”

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Barr responded that he “was not aware of any challenge to the accuracy of the findings.” Leahy replied that Barr seemed to “have learned the filibuster rules even better than senators do,” implying that Barr was being evasive.

After Leahy repeated his question, the attorney general responded, “I talked directly to Bob Mueller, not members of his team. And even though I did not know what was being referred to, and Mueller had never told me that the expression of the findings was inaccurate. But I did then volunteer that I thought they were talking about the desire to have more information put out. But it wasn’t my purpose to put out more information.”

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Trump supporter complains about being socially toxic: ‘People unfriend you’

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Fox News anchor Jeanine Pirro on Saturday complained about being judged by the content of her character.

"People unfriend you!' Pirro complained. "They don't want you to be a -- they don't want to communicate with you."

"People I've had at my wedding don't talk -- my children's weddings actually, they don't talk to me anymore," she explained.

"It's not usually the right or the left, I mean, the intolerance is on the left," she argued.

The longtime Trump friend was harshly criticized for her complaints. Here's some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/1282132522332282880

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Trump disappointed conservative media isn’t praising him enough for letting Roger Stone walk: report

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President Donald Trump has been disappointed in right-wing media for not giving him more credit for pardoning longtime advisor Roger Stone.

"A senior administration official said there were serious divisions among Trump’s aides and allies over Stone’s case, with some cautioning that keeping him out of prison could be politically risky. Among those opposed was Attorney General William P. Barr, who called the prosecution 'righteous' in an interview Wednesday with ABC News, the official said, adding that those pushing Trump to show loyalty to Stone included Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who is close to the president," The Washington Post reported Saturday.

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WATCH: GOP congressman suffers coughing fit — while praising Trump at mask-optional GOP convention

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Republicans in the swing state of Wisconsin gathered in Green bay for a mask-optional convention on Saturday.

"Speakers at the convention also praised Trump's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, including the president's push to reopen the nation's economy and schools. More than 300 people attended the GOP state convention, with few in attendance wearing face masks, as [recommended] by public health officials," the State Journal reported Saturday.

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