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Bill Barr insists Mueller ‘could’ve reached a decision’ on obstruction — even though he couldn’t indict Trump

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In an interview that will air Friday on “CBS This Morning,” Attorney General Bill Barr said that he believes special counsel Robert Mueller could have made a decision on obstruction of justice if he wanted.

Mueller said in his report and to the press Wednesday, that the Office of Legal Counsel decision precluded him from making any decision on whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice.

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“The opinion says you cannot indict a president while he is in office, but he could’ve reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity,” Barr told CBS.

“But he had his reasons for not doing it, which he explained and I am not going to, you know, argue about those reasons.”

Mueller’s report outlined 10 instances where Trump appeared to have obstructed justice, which he pressed Congress to review.

Mueller resigned from the Department of Justice this week, and closed down the office of the special counsel.

Barr said that when Mueller didn’t make a decision, he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein decided to step in.

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Trump once again gives up the game on voting by mail: ‘Doesn’t work out well for Republicans’

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President Donald Trump again admitted that he opposes voting by mail -- even during a deadly coronavirus pandemic -- because it would hurt Republicans.

Two weeks ago, the president admitted during a freewheeling "Fox & Friends" interview that "you’d never have a Republican elected in this country again" if Americans were allowed to vote by mail, as Democrats had requested as part of negotiations on a pandemic recovery package.

The president admitted his opposition to voting by mail -- which he and first lady Melania Trump did just last month -- was motivated by partisan gain.

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The long history of US racism against Asian Americans, from ‘yellow peril’ to ‘model minority’ to the ‘Chinese virus’

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In a recent Washington Post op-ed, former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang called upon Asian Americans to become part of the solution against COVID-19.

In the face of rising anti-Asian racist actions – now at about 100 reported cases per day – Yang implores Asian Americans to “wear red, white, and blue” in their efforts to combat the virus.

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A coronavirus vaccine that wouldn’t require a shot

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As labs around the world race to develop a vaccine, my colleagues and I are trying to find a better way to deliver it than the standard, cringe-inducing shot.

I am an immunologist and dermatologist, and my colleagues and I have been working on vaccines against the very related coronaviruses that cause MERS and SARS. We were able to use the resources and systems we had already developed to very rapidly create a vaccine candidate for this new SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that we have tested in mice.

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