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NYT reporter lists off horrific war crimes charges lodged against soldiers Trump wants to pardon

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President Donald Trump’s reported desire to pardon military service members who have been either convicted or accused of war crimes has drawn a lot of controversy — and the reporter who broke the story about the president’s planned pardons told CNN on Monday that no one should underestimate how serious this is.

While appearing with CNN’s Kate Bolduan, New York Times reporter Dave Philipps said that the military believes Trump will try to pardon a Blackwater contractor who was killing multiple people in a traffic circle in Iraq, a Special Forces officer who confessed to killing a detainee in Afghanistan, and multiple snipers who desecrated the corpses of dead Taliban fighters.

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Philipps then explained how mass pardons of war criminals on this scale are “unprecedented” in the United States.

“To pardon people who are accused of very serious crimes — premeditated murder, attempted murder — these are the most serious crimes in the military,” he said. “There isn’t anything like that since President Lincoln was alive.”

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’Let ‘em go’: Ex-police commissioner lays into Buffalo cops who quit Emergency Response Team

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On CNN Friday, former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles Ramsey slammed the 57 Buffalo police officers who resigned from the city's Emergency Response Team in solidarity with a pair of officers investigated for shoving an elderly man to the ground and then lying about it.

"If they want to resign, they should resign from the department," said Ramsey. "They don't have a vote in what unit they're in or the running of that department. They would not be allowed to step down from those positions. If they want to resign from the police department, let 'em go, and I would not bring them back, it just means you have some slots you have to fill. That kind of stuff is ridiculous and can't be tolerated."

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Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’

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During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.

To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."

Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."

"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.

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Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.

Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.

Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.

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