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MSNBC’s Morning Joe rips Bill Barr for mocking Nancy Pelosi’s authority: ‘He’s laughing about breaking the law’

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MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough ripped Attorney General William Barr and the White House for “breaking the law” — and laughing about it.

The attorney general crossed paths with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi during the National Peace Officers Memorial Day event, and Barr jokingly asked if she brought handcuffs, in reference to Democratic House threats to hold him in contempt of Congress.

“It’s a good thing that we have an attorney general that’s laughing at being held in contempt of Congress, and also laughing about the fact that, well, he committed perjury before Congress,” Scarborough said, sarcastically. “He thinks it’s a joke, thinks it’s funny.”

The White House has refused to comply with subpoenas and requests of documents from House committees, and the attorney general has misled the public about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report and complied with President Donald Trump’s order to investigate the origins of that probe.

“He’s laughing about breaking the law, he’s laughing about being held in contempt of Congress,” Scarborough said. “The White House is laughing, the attorney general is laughing about them breaking the law that requires the president of the United States, the IRS, to turn over the president’s tax returns to the Ways and Means Committee.”

“He committed perjury not just once likely twice while testifying before the United States House of Representatives and the Senate, and he’s laughing about it,” he added.

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Prosecutors want hearing on revoking Roger Stone’s bail after he posted right-wing propaganda despite gag order

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Roger Stone may have violated his gag order with Instagram postings and federal prosecutors want a hearing for a judge to consider modifying the conditions of his release from jail pending trial.

"On or about June 18 and 19, 2019, the defendant posted to Instagram and Facebook, commenting about this case and inviting news organizations to cover the issue," prosecutors said in a filing the day after the most recent posting.

Stone is a longtime political advisor to Donald Trump.

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Apple says US tariffs on China would backfire

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Apple is warning the US administration that proposed tariffs on Chinese imports would be counterproductive, saying they would hurt the iPhone maker's competitiveness and "tilt the playing field" to non-American rivals.

In comments filed this week to the US Trade Representative, Apple said the tariff proposal by President Donald Trump would hurt Apple's ability to compete and also end up reducing the tech giant's contributions to the US economy in taxes and investments.

The Apple comments dated June 17 noted that the company is the largest US corporate taxpayer and also is on track to invest some $350 billion in the country over five years.

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Prosecutors debunk right-wing conspiracy theory in new legal smackdown of Roger Stone

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Federal prosecutors debunked a conspiracy theory pushed by the far-right in a new legal brief filed on Thursday.

Longtine Donald Trump political advisor Roger Stone had argued federal investigators relied upon a report from the cyber research firm Crowdstrike to conclude that Russia had hacked the Democratic National Committee.

That contention, according to federal prosecutors, is "incorrect."

"While the prosecutors did not go into detail, they noted that the investigators gathered evidence of the Russians’ involvement independently, which led to the indictment last year of 12 Russian military officials in connection with the DNC hack," Politico reported.

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