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Trump and the Department of Justice have a ‘black-eye’ for Epstein suicide: conservative pundit

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Conservative pundit A.B. Stoddard, who serves as an editor at ‎RealClearPolitics, called the death of Jeffrey Epstein a huge black eye on President Donald Trump’s administration and Bill Barr’s Justice Department.

During a panel on MSNBC’s “Kasie DC,” Stoddard noted that the entirety of Epstein’s criminal life was a series of slaps on the wrist for serious crimes.

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“Also a process where he got a slap-on-the-wrist-work-release thing where he was only showing up at jail at night, and he was off in his luxurious life working during the day,” she said. “So it’s — he’s always been protected in suspicious ways. This country has no trust, no faith in justice for people like Jeffrey Epstein and the justice for the rest of us. He was connected to very powerful people who really needed him to be quiet. There are conspiracy theories abounding because they don’t believe that he killed himself. And now there’s going to be questions about the autopsy and everything else.”

“This is an epic fail of staff, and it’s on the watch of this Justice Department and President Trump’s own government as he tweets — or retweets about Bill Clinton, this is their fault,” she blasted.

The New York medical examiner said that the cause of death cannot yet be determined, but experts are still saying that it is a suspected suicide.

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Rift emerges between McConnell and Trump as president seeks to turn impeachment ‘into a spectacle’: report

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As the Senate impeachment trial against President Trump looms, there's a growing rift between Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as to how the trial should move forward, CNN reports.

McConnell is reportedly hoping for a speedy trial in order to avoid further "partisan warfare." But according to CNN, Trump wants the "dramatic event" that the trial would likely produce, "hoping to turn it into a spectacle, which he thinks is his best chance to hurt Democrats in the election."

"Any difference of strategic opinion is as much a reflection of the fluid nature on what a Senate trial will entail, multiple people involved said," CNN's Kaitlan Collins and Phil Mattingly report. "McConnell himself has repeatedly said publicly that at this point, there simply isn't an answer as to the length, structure or potential witnesses until the House moves further along with its articles of impeachment. For the moment, these people say, ideas or specific positions on how a trial should go are just that: ideas and opinions. The final form will likely be dictated by where McConnell's 53-member conference stands on the issue in the weeks ahead."

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CNN panel crushes Bill Barr’s Ukraine lies with live fact check: ‘He doesn’t have a right to his own opinion’

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Attorney General Bill Barr was called out by a CNN panel on Tuesday after he incorrectly said that the FBI ignored evidence that would have exculpated President Donald Trump's campaign regarding allegations of Russian collusion.

As Barr spoke live to The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday afternoon, a panel of CNN analysts commented on the attorney general's utterances.

"In general, he said, from day one there was evidence that was exculpatory evidence that there was no collusion and the FBI ignored that," CNN's Dana Bash announced. "Let's just start with that. True or false?"

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Brazil’s Bolsonaro calls Greta Thunberg a ‘brat’

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Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro on Tuesday called Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg a "brat" after the activist condemned the weekend killing of two indigenous people in the Amazon rainforest.

The Guajajara tribal members were shot dead in the northeastern state of Maranhao on Saturday, taking to three the number of indigenous people killed in the area in recent weeks.

Thunberg, 16, tweeted Sunday it was "shameful" that the world remained silent as indigenous people were murdered for trying to stop illegal deforestation.

Police are investigating the killings.

Far-right Bolsonaro dismissed Thunberg as a "brat" in remarks to reporters as he left his official residence in Brasilia.

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