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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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‘It’s all distractions’: CNN panel obliterates GOP for totally refusing to discuss Trump’s conduct

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A CNN panel on Thursday obliterated House Republicans for once again completely ignoring the substance of allegations against President Donald Trump and instead throwing out numerous distractions intended to deflect attention from the president's actions.

"It's been distractions about the Bidens, it's been distractions about conspiracy theories about Ukraine's involvement in the election," said CNN legal analyst Carrie Cordero. "Yesterday, it was distractions about FISA and FISA so-called abuse. It was distractions from Congressman Gohmert reading calls from 1943! It's been all distractions and they won't wrestle with the actual conduct."

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CNN’s Jake Tapper does line-by-line fact check of Jim Jordan’s nonstop misleading statements during impeachment hearing

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Host Jake Tapper did a special web fact-check for CNN.com where he looked line-by-line into Rep. Jim Jordan's (R-OH) claims about the impeachment proceedings.

He had four specific talking points that were disingenuous and outright false.

1. Jordan: "There was no quid pro quo in the transcript"

There absolutely was evidence in the summary of the transcript. Tapper began by explaining that Americans still haven't seen the full transcript or a recording of the July 25 phone call between President Donald Trump and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.

"If you read the summary of the transcript it clearly shows that after a discussion of U.S. military support for Ukraine, President Trump said the relationship is not 'reciprocal' and he asks Zelensky for 'a favor,'" Tapper said. "The favor? To investigate a conspiracy theory into the 2016 election and later in the call he says, 'one other thing,' he wants Ukraine to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter."

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‘I am not yielding!’ Rep. Pramila Jayapal shuts down Jim Jordan’s attempt to hijack impeachment hearing

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Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) stood her ground at an impeachment hearing on Thursday after Republicans tried to derail her arguments in favor of removing President Donald Trump.

Jayapal began her remarks by pointing out that Florida Republican Matt Gaetz was wrong to suggest that President Donald Trump was invested in Ukraine's fight against Russia.

"Why then did he decide he was so concerned about 'corruption' that he was not going to release military aid?" Jayapal said, prompting Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio to demand that she yield the floor.

"I am not yielding!" Jayapal exclaimed. "I am not yielding. I am not yielding."

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