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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.

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“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.”

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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Trump explains why he wants to buy Greenland to reporters: ‘It’s a large real estate deal — a lot can be done’

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President Donald Trump reaffirmed his desire to buy Greenland in discussion with reporters Sunday.

The president was returning to Washington, D.C. when he stopped at the airport in Morristown, New Jersey. New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman asked the president about his desire to buy the country from Denmark.

"Greenland, I don't know. It got released somehow," Trump said of the news about his desire to buy the country. "It's something we talked about. Denmark essentially owns it. We're very good allies with Denmark. We protect Denmark like we protect large portions of the world. So the concept came up, and I said, strategically, it's interesting. And we'd be interested. We'll talk to them a little bit. It's not number one on the burner; I can tell you that."

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Ben Howe, a conservative writer and evangelical Christian who refuses to support Donald Trump, explained why fellow evangelicals continue to back the president despite his decidedly ungodly behavior.

Speaking with the Atlantic’s Emma Green about his new book The Immoral Majority, Howe — whose evangelical bona fides include attending pastor Jerry Falwell’s church as a kid — described evangelicals’ support for Trump, insisting “they love the meanest parts of him.”

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Given the opportunity to discuss two profiles on White House adviser Stephen Miller -- published by the Washington Post and the New York Times late Saturday -- Democratic consultant Don Calloway jumped in with both feet to trash the man he called a "mental midget"."

Asked p on MSNBC about the controversial Miller's outsized influence on Donald Trump, Calloway didn't hold back.

"What goes through your head when you hear how much influence Stephen Miller has on immigration policy?" host Alex Witt asked.

"Stephen Miller is a mental midget, that's the best thing I can say," Calloway began to the sounds of laughter offscreen.

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