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Maddow wants to know why Trump Jr. is being brought into ‘clarify’ testimony when others were prosecuted

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On Wednesday, the Senate Intelligence Committee issued a bipartisan subpoena compelling Donald Trump Jr. to give further testimony about Russia, which has already discussed with Congress, and which he is likely to fight. This comes after special counsel Robert Mueller’s report contradicts what he previously told lawmakers under oath.

But as MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow noted, the fact that Congress is merely calling him back to testify again is significant, because other witnesses in the president’s orbit who were accused of false statements to Congress faced more serious consequences.

“If there was a problem with his testimony on the issue of Trump Tower Moscow, I mean, I think there is an interesting question to be asked about why the committee would be bringing him back in to testify on that matter again,” said Maddow.

“Michael Cohen lied about Trump Tower Moscow under oath to the intelligence committees. They didn’t bring him back in to clear it up. They gave it to the Justice Department, who charged them with a felony for lying to them. Sam Patten lied to the Senate Intelligence Committee as well. They didn’t bring him back in to clarify the matter. They referred him to the Justice Department for prosecution, and ultimately he had to admit in court as part of his plea deal that he committed a felony … Roger Stone is accused by the Justice Department right now of having lied in his congressional testimony about matters related to Russian interference in the Trump campaign. The committee did not bring Roger Stone back into clarify his testimony. He’s going to trial on that as a felony charge.”

“The Senate Intelligence Committee is led by Richard Burr, Republican senator from North Carolina,” Maddow noted. “He has his own walk-on cameo role in the Mueller report for taking information that he learned about the FBI’s investigation from a classified Gang of Eight intelligence briefing on Capitol Hill, he took that information up to the White House and told the Trump White House what he had learned in that classified briefing.”

“And I know everybody praises Richard Burr and the Senate Intelligence Committee for their lack of rancor and their bipartisan proceedings,” Maddow added. “But if there was a problem with Donald Trump Jr.’s testimony to that committee about Trump Tower Moscow or anything, why is it only the president’s son who is getting called back in to readdress the matter when everybody else who got nailed for lying to Congress on that subject and others just got nailed in court for lying to Congress in this scandal? Why are they bringing him back in to talk it over again?”

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Pentagon gives senators classified briefing on UFOs reported by the Navy

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While it might sound like something out of "The X-Files," Navy pilots have been seeing UFOs, and U.S. Senators now want to know what's happening.

According to Politico, three more senators met with Pentagon officials for a classified briefing Wednesday about encounters pilots are having with unidentified aircraft. It seems the Pentagon is getting more and more requests by officials with high clearances to figure out what's happening.

The crafts are, at their most basic, nothing more than "unidentified aircraft," and while it isn't likely they're little green men, there are some senators who might have concerns about whether these UFOs are actually a foreign adversary.

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Wall Street Journal issues blistering editorial asking Trump what the point is of a second term

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In a blistering editorial, the Wall Street Journal is asking President Donald Trump what the point of a second term is since he hasn't done anything in his first term.

During his rally in Orlando Tuesday, Trump repeated the same tired lines and same tired policies from 2016. The "Promises Made, Promises Kept" slogan shown over the crowd, yet the supporters didn't understand the irony.

"The most striking fact of his speech was how backward looking it was," the editorial board said. "Every incumbent needs to remind voters of his record, Mr. Trump more than most because the media are so hostile."

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‘Crosses a line’: New York Times publisher unleashes on Trump for accusing paper of ‘treason’

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On Wednesday, New York Times publisher A. G. Sulzberger wrote a blistering editorial in the Wall Street Journal, saying that President Donald Trump's latest attack on his paper "crosses a line."

First it was the "the failing New York Times." Then "fake news." Then "enemy of the people," wrote Sulzberger. "President Trump's escalating attacks on The New York Times have paralleled his broader barrage on American media. He's gone from misrepresenting our business, to assaulting our integrity, to demonizing our journalists with a phrase that’s been used by generations of demagogues. Now the president has escalated his attacks even further, accusing the Times of a crime so grave it is punishable by death.

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