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Trump blames Obama after his obstruction of Russia probe threatens to bring down his attorney general

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President Donald Trump returned to a familiar strategy — flinging blame at Barack Obama — as the Russia investigation threatens to bring down his attorney general.

The president blamed Obama for failing to stop Russia from interfering in the 2016 election, which Trump has repeatedly denied took place, after reports showed special counsel Robert Mueller complained in a letter that Attorney General William Barr had mischaracterized his findings.

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In fact, Obama asked congressional leadership to issue a bipartisan response to the Kremlin’s election interference weeks ahead of the vote, but was rebuffed by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell — who threatened to turn the issue into a political weapon.

Mueller’s report did not show evidence to charge Trump or his campaign associates with conspiracy with Russia, but it examined at least 10 instances of possible obstruction of justice by the president.

Barr has faced calls to resign after reports showed he misled Congress about Mueller’s apparent frustration with his conclusions about the investigation, which he set down in writing in late March.


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‘Should we talk about Ivanka?’: MSNBC guest calls for Trump family investigation if Biden’s son is scrutinized

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During a panel discussion on Donald Trump's call for an investigation of Joe Biden's son Hunter over his Ukraine dealings, an "AM Joy" guest said if Congress is going to investigate politician's kids why not start with Ivanka Trump and her brothers Don Jr. and Eric.

Speaking with MSNBC host Joy Reid, Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan called out President Donald Trump for his "brazenness" going after the former vice president's son.

"There's so much to say about this story, as for the Ukrainian denials, what are they going to do, come out and say, 'Yes, Donald Trump did pressure our president eight times in a single phone call'? It's absurd." Hasan began.

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Tapper smacks Mnuchin with Trump kids’ international business deals after attack on Biden son

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In a fairly contentious interview with Steve Mnuchin, CNN host Jake Tapper pointed out how Donald Trump's children -- Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric -- have been using their father's name to swing international deals after the Treasury secretary accused former Vice President Joe Biden's son of doing the same.

Mnuchin first dismissed reporting by the Washington Post and the conservative Wall Street Journal that Donald Trump was withholding Ukraine funding in an effort to get dirt on Biden and his son -- saying neither newspaper could be trusted -- he then complained to the CNN host about having to spend seven and a half minutes talking about Trump's Ukraine scandal.

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Will Trump peacefully vacate the Oval Office if he loses the presidential election in 2020? A lesson from 1800

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As primary season heats up in the United States, the Democrats are anxiously debating the best path to unseat Donald Trump in 2020. But the question of how to beat Trump is perhaps less urgent than the issue of whether he will accept defeat.

Trump has already questioned his loss of the 2016 popular vote with baseless accusations of voter fraud. He has also repeatedly toyed with the idea of extending his presidency beyond the eight-year limit enshrined in the U.S. Constitution, even trumpeting Jerry Falwell Jr.’s assertion that his first term be extended by two years to compensate for the Russia investigation. Perhaps most ominously, Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen warned while testifying before the House Oversight Committee in February 2019:

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