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GOP analyst hopes Secretary Alex Acosta won’t resign — so Congress will ‘haul him in’ to demand answers

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Republican CNN commentator Amanda Carpenter was furious during a conversation about convicted sexual predator Jeffrey Epstein. The former communications chief to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) went off about the way that Epstein was able to slip through the cracks of a rigged judicial system.

She explained Tuesday that part of her hoped Labor Secretary Alex Acosta didn’t resign.

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“So that Congress hauls him in there and says, ‘Why?'” Carpenter said. “‘When you had evidence of human trafficking and abuse, did you cut a deal to let him plead guilty to prostitution?’ This is not prostitution. It is human trafficking and it is abuse and he continued to do it and that is why the SDNY went after him.”

Senior White House counselor Kellyanne Conway blasted Democrats saying that it’s “like them” to ignore Epstein and instead focus on Acosta. CNN host Jake Tapper noted that a big part of the problem for people is that Acosta broke the law by not allowing Epstein’s victims know about the settlement so that they could speak out against it if they wanted.

“A big part of the [reason] Acosta is a central figure here is because people like Jeffrey Epstein don’t continue to operate without enablers. Without helpers,” Carpenter said. “And I think he should resign.”

She said that the reason Epstein was still allowed to operate in New York and “fly around” to commit other crimes was that the victims didn’t know what happened.

“So, I want Acosta to explain why?” Carpenter continued. “Is it because he’s rich and powerful? Is it because he got bullied by his team of high-powered lawyers which is plenty of evidence. Tell us why.”

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Former Obama White House communications director Jen Psaki noted that Epstein was finally put behind bars thanks to the SDNY, and the reason people are focusing on Acosta is that Epstein was allowed to continue to allegedly victimize others because Acosta allowed for a secret “sweetheart” deal.

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AG Bill Barr will ‘try to interfere’ in the 2020 election to re-elect Trump: MSNBC national affairs analyst

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Attorney General William Barr will use the Department of Justice to "try to interfere" in the 2020 presidential election to re-elect Donald Trump, MSNBC's national affairs analyst predicted on Tuesday.

John Heilemann was interviewed by Lawrence O'Donnell on MSNBC's "The Last Word."

"The attorney general, from the moment he walked into this job, has behaved in a -- as a ruthless, relentless political hack and a thug and who has behaved not as attorney general of the United States," Heilemann said.

"He made a travesty of the Mueller report and continues to lie on Donald Trump's behalf at every opportunity," he added.

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Trump welcomed Russia’s Sergey Lavrov to the White House — to humiliate us all

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Despite the fact that President Donald Trump still refuses to have Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to Washington for an officials meeting — a topic at the center of the scandal driving Trump’s impeachment — the White House hosted Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Monday.

And while Lavrov was honored with his second private Oval Office meeting (the first one was a cataclysmic disaster) and a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, the foreign minister took his opportunity here to repeatedly humiliate the United States.

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United States, Mexico, Canada finalize Donald Trump’s USMCA trade deal

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The United States, Mexico and Canada signed a deal Tuesday to finalize their new trade agreement, paving the way to ratification after more than two years of arduous negotiations.

However, the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump in the US Senate would likely delay Congressional ratification of the agreement until next year, said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.

In reality, it is the second time the three countries have triumphantly announced the conclusion of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), the deal meant to replace the 25-year-old NAFTA, which President Donald Trump complains has been "a disaster" for the US.

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