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Bill Barr sits in agonizing silence when asked if campaigns should tell FBI if a foreign adversary offers them dirt

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Attorney General Bill Barr on Wednesday sat in agonizing silence for several seconds when he was asked if presidential campaigns should contact the FBI if foreign governments offer them dirt on their political opponents.

During an exchange with Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE), Barr was asked if campaigns should tell the FBI if a foreign adversary such as North Korea approaches them and offers them damaging information about their political opponents.

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Barr sat in silence for a full six seconds before Coons began asking his question again.

“If a foreign intelligence service…” Coons began.

“A foreign intelligence service?” Barr asked. “If a foreign intelligence service does, yes.”

Of course, Coons didn’t originally ask about a foreign intelligence service — he asked more generally about representatives from adversarial governments.

In 2016, Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort infamously took a meeting with Russian operatives who promised them dirt on Democrat Hillary Clinton.

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President Donald Trump has defended his associates’ actions by saying any campaign would take such a meeting with operatives from a rival foreign power.

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A conservative group’s push to unseat incumbent GOP senators is infuriating Trump and his allies: report

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Although The Lincoln Project is a right-wing group, it is not only hoping for former Vice President Joe Biden to defeat President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, but also, is trying to help Democrats achieve a majority in the U.S. Senate. The group’s viewpoint is that Trump has been so toxic for the Republican Party and the conservative movement that a Democratic tsunami is needed in order to rid the GOP of Trumpism. And reporters Jonathan Easley and Max Greenwood, in an article published by The Hill on August 11, stress that the group’s push for a Democratic Senate is really getting under the skin of Trump and his supporters.

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Republican drops out of congressional race after he’s arrested for domestic violence

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Connecticut Republican candidate for the Second Congressional District, Thomas Gilmer, has officially dropped out of the race after he was arrested Monday, reported The Day.

Gilmer, who is now out on $5,000 bond, was charged with first-degree unlawful restraint and second-degree strangulation of his former girlfriend.

“Now I find myself in a position where I must put my family and our shared Republican values before my own interests," Gilmer wrote. “I cannot in good conscience move forward in this campaign while I am simultaneously forced to clear my name. And clear my name I will.”

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GOP senators are ‘getting the heat’ after McConnell punts on COVID relief package: report

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President Donald Trump circumvented Congress by signing executive orders that offered a limited extension of enhanced unemployment benefits -- but that may not be enough for some vulnerable incumbent Republicans who are in tough re-election battles.

NBC News reports that "Republican Senate incumbents are getting the heat" after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) decided to punt on negotiating with House Democrats over an economic relief package for Americans who have lost their jobs or are facing evictions during a pandemic that has killed more than 163,000 Americans.

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