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‘Remember what this investigation led to’: CNN legal analyst warns Republicans against going after Mueller and the FBI

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In a Tuesday panel discussion, CNN legal analyst Jeff Toobin nailed Attorney General Bill Barr for a purely partisan political crusade against the FBI and Justice Department investigators.

“Let’s remember what this investigation led to,” Toobin explained to CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “We’re not talking about, you know, ‘Oh, the crazy FBI, just this one meeting and they set off on this wild goose chase.’ It wasn’t a wild goose chase. They found that there was this incredibly elaborate effort by the Russians to elect Donald Trump president. They found the Internet research agency in St. Petersburg, which was using social media. They found that the GRU was hacking the DNC e-mails.”

Republican Trump supporter David Urban asked whether former President Barack Obama knew about what was happening.

“They knew some of it and Mitch McConnell wouldn’t agree to have it made public,” Toobin cut in. “You know, Mitch McConnell said, ‘If you reveal this, I’m going to say it’s a partisan smear against Donald Trump.'”

Toobin also noted that the act of going after the FBI and DOJ prosecutors like this sets an alarming precedent.

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“Think about the chilling message it sends to career non-political people in the FBI and the Justice Department,” he said. “What it means is if you defy the president’s wishes, his political appointees like the attorney general, they won’t initiate one investigation, they won’t initiate two, three investigations of you for doing your job.”

He characterized it as “harassing people” for nothing more than doing their jobs.

Trump and his cadre of apologists have argued that Americans deserve answers for what happened and why the investigation was launched. Such an investigation will likely reveal Sen. McConnell’s decision not to tell Americans and bar Obama from doing so and will ultimately prolong the story about Russia intervening with Russia to help Trump win.

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Trump’s ‘aberrant’ Omar excuse is the same ‘two-step’ he did when former Ku Klux Klan Grandwizard endorsed him: CNN contributor

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," contributor Ron Brownstein reacted with outrage to President Donald Trump's attempts to disown his supporters' racist chants of "Send Her Back!" regarding Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) while at a rally in Greenville, North Carolina.

"Let me read a tweet that generated a lot of reaction, a tweet that you posted," said anchor Wolf Blitzer. "It goes like this. 'If 20 high school students chanted this at a classmate how many would be expelled? If 20 employees yelled this at a colleague how many would be fired? If 20 Army soldiers aimed this at a platoon mate how many would be discharged? How much of US will accept this as a new standard?' You got a lot of reaction from that."

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CNN’s Jim Acosta on ‘Send Her Back’ chants: Trump is trying to ‘gaslight his way out of this mess’

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On Thursday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta gave Wolf Blitzer a harsh assessment of President Donald Trump's attempts to disown the chants of "Send Her Back!" directed at Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) at his rally in North Carolina the previous day.

"President Trump is now gaslighting his way out of the mess he started with his racist tweets," said Acosta. "Today, the president claimed he tried to put a stop to the 'Send Her Back!' chants coming from his crowd in North Carolina last night, but that's not true. Unlike the president, the video doesn't lie."

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Former House Speaker John Boehner thinks his Republican Party has ‘changed’

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In a Thursday panel discussion on CNN, former House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) lamented that it seems his political party has changed a lot since he left office just four years ago.

When asked about Trump's racist tweets that attacked four Congresswomen of color, he said there isn't room for this in America.

"People can describe them any way they want, I don’t think there’s room in America, society for these kinds of chants, this kind of conversation, it doesn’t belong in our politics," Boehner said. "It’s reflective of how divided America has become. I was brought up it doesn’t cost anything to be nice. You can disagree without being disagreeable."

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