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‘He not being straight’: Ex-US Attorney gets dangerously close to calling Bill Barr’s lies perjury

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Former U.S Attorney Preet Bharara wasn’t willing to call Attorney General Bill Barr guilty of perjury on live television, but he couldn’t have gotten much closer to the accusation.

During a Wednesday discussion with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Bharara watched previous testimony from Barr in which he knowingly misled Congress about special counsel Robert Mueller and his team being “frustrated” about the Barr “summary.” It’s now been uncovered that Mueller and his team did express their frustration that Barr refused to release the summaries they outlined.

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“I’m not going to sit here on cable television and accuse the attorney general of perjury, but he’s clearly not being straight,” Bharara said. “It’s clearly not being transparent. And it’s odd, also, because you know, he must have thought, maybe, it’s not going to come out, that this letter was sent. And essentially, that report and the language used by Rep. [Charlie] Crist (D-FL) mirrors and tracks almost exactly the language that Bob Mueller used in the letter that was already in the hands of Bill Barr when he said ‘I don’t know what you’re talking about.'”

Given his inability to be “straight” about Mueller and the report, Tapper asked if Bharara thinks Barr should recuse himself.

“I don’t know. He’s not going to,” he replied. “He didn’t recuse himself from the Mueller investigation as a whole, even though he wrote a memo unsolicited that pre-judged the whole obstruction issue. I think that’s something that Congress needs to pay very close attention to. And I think it’s of a piece with other exchanges he had, including one with Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) where he said, ‘I struggle with the word suggest,’ on the question of whether the president or anyone else in the White House suggested that he launch an investigation into some of Donald Trump’s adversaries.”

He went on to say that he found it “odd” that Barr was couching himself with “wiggle words” while saying it wasn’t about the substance.

“You know, I wish that there had been more time for Senator [Richard] Blumenthal (D-CT) and others to follow up on those questions and say, ‘If it wasn’t of substance, what was it?'” he continued. “What kind of conversation could it possibly have been? Why would a name come up? And maybe ask for some pledges going forward. But I think it’s something to watch very, very carefully.”

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‘Gaslighting on a massive scale’: Doctor warns Trump is lying us into a COVID disaster

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On CNN Friday, Dr. Celine Grounder tore into President Donald Trump's ongoing falsehoods about the coronavirus pandemic.

"No matter how many times public health officials, especially like Anthony Fauci, speak the truth, what does it do, Doctor, when the president continues to lie to the public in face of a public health crisis?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.

"This is gaslighting on an enormous scale, and means until people eventually get sick or their family members get sick, the communities hit hard, they won't believe it, and then it will be too late," said Grounder. "The problem is there's a lag period from the time that somebody's infected and starts to develop symptoms a couple days later. We don't see people get severely sick and need to be hospitalized and in ICUs until a week into disease, and talking about probably one to two weeks of lag time from the time somebody's exposed at least before you start to see hospitalizations and then another couple weeks before you start to see deaths."

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‘We’ve got to get a new guy’: Florida Trump voters lash out at the president as they flee the GOP

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In interviews with CNN's Jeff Zeleny, longtime Florida Republicans who voted for Donald Trump in 2016 admitted they have no intention of helping him stay in office when they vote in November.

With polls showing the president trailing in the all-important Sunshine State, where seniors preferred Trump over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton by 21 points last election, the president now finds himself bleeding support from a demographic he desperately needs if he wants to stay in the Oval Office after the first of the year.

According to retired banker John Dudley, 77, he voted for Trump last election and the president promptly "blew it."

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Trump wants ‘white grievance’ fight — while ignoring coronavirus: Pulitzer Prize-winner Maggie Haberman

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On CNN Thursday, New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman deconstructed President Donald Trump's unwillingness to address the national crises in America.

"According to three people familiar with his comments, Trump has brushed off efforts to address historic racial inequality, as something 'his people' won't care about," said anchor Jim Sciutto. "Maggie, you have covered this president and the White House. Clearly, he wants to leave the outbreak behind him, even as the numbers rise. Is there anyone in that building who is telling him honestly, directly, that he can't do that?"

"There are many people who are telling him that honestly, Jim," said Haberman. "What has become clear to people, or should have by now, this president wants to run his re-election effort a certain way, and that does not relate to talking about the coronavirus unless it's about describing his administration's response in glowing terms that just don't comport with reality. Certainly for the first many weeks as the pandemic was growing."

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