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Former federal prosecutor owns hypocritical Rod Rosenstein after he lashes out at James Comey

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President Donald Trump’s allies are coming to the president’s side to back him up on attacks against former FBI director James Comey.

The Department of Justice Inspector General found that Comey didn’t break the law when he took home his personal memos about his interactions with Trump. Comey then gave one memo to a friend who is a college law professor, which was then given to the New York Times. The IG report found that Comey breached “policy,” but he didn’t break the law. In fact, Comey’s memos weren’t even declared to be “classified” until after they made their way to the public.

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It didn’t stop former deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein from hitting Comey, however, quoting the IG report.

“It is important .. to follow established policies and procedures, especially when the stakes are high…. We should be most on guard when we believe that our own uncomfortable .. circumstances justify ignoring .. principles respected by our predecessors.”

It prompted former U.S. Attorney Renato Mariotti to recall when Rosenstein did exactly the same thing, ignoring “established policies and procedures” when he was serving under Attorney General Bill Barr.

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“It’s even more important for a president not to corruptly use his power to try to quash investigations of him and his friends,” tweeted Mariotti. “You speak up about Comey failing to “follow established policies and procedures” but stood silently beside Barr when he misled the public about Trump.”

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Rosenstein resigned in May 2019, well after Barr released a false summary of special counsel Robert Mueller extensive report about Trump’s wrongdoing in the Russia scandal.

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GOP will be ‘aided and abetted’ by Russian bots and trolls defending Trump: Former FBI counter-intel chief

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The former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Americans to "hunker down" because Russian intelligence will be repeating Republican talking points.

Frank Figliuzzi was interviewed Thursday by MSNBC's Brian Williams on "The Last Word."

"Frank, Fiona Hill -- who richly deserves it -- has been awarded front page status tomorrow morning on the front page of The New York Times, and I imagine newspapers and websites across this country," Williams noted.

"It was extraordinary today when she -- in effect, begged -- asked, certainly, members of the committee to stop supplying Russian talking points, to stop advancing Russian propaganda in the Congress of the United States," he continued.

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Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.

"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.

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Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.

The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."

"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.

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