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‘This person has to be very senior’: Ambassador McFaul breaks down two possible whistleblower motivations

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America’s former ambassador to Russia on Thursday broke down what we know about the whistleblower alleging wrongdoing by President Donald Trump.

Ambassador Michael McFaul was interviewed by MSNBC chief legal correspondent Ari Melber on “The Beat.”

“In my understanding, have — having worked closely with the intelligence community, when I was in the government — nobody that I know would go to these steps unless there was something really serious. This is not about the inappropriate use of classified material,” McFaul noted. “It’s something much bigger.”

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“We’re talking about someone who is at a senior enough level to have this level of access, who knows the rules and knows they can lose their job or worse,” Melber noted.

“Well, for starts, you said something really important there that I want to make sure your listeners heard. This person has to be very senior in the intelligence community. POTUS phone calls are not read out to the entire U.S. government and the entire CIA,” he explained. “I used to organize those phone calls for President Obama, that is a very small group of people that have access to that.”

“So if this was a phone call, it suggested somebody very senior and, second, I think it points to either criminal behavior — and again I’m speculating here — or some threat to a key asset to the intelligence community,” McFaul said.

“Wow,” Melber replied.

“To be so motivated to take this extraordinary act, it has to be something extraordinary — and in my mind, it’s in one of those two buckets,” McFaul said.

“Wow,” Melber repeated.

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HBO’s Maher taunts Trump fans over president hiding in a bunker from protesters: ‘Is America great enough for you yet?’

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In his opening monologue on Friday night, HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher both ridiculed Donald Trump and taunted his fans over reports the president was whisked away to an underground bunker to protect him from anti-police brutality protesters.

According to the HBO comedian, "As soon as some shit started outside the White House he went straight to the bunker, five floors below ground. He says he wasn't hiding, he said, I love this, it was more of an inspection -- and he didn't piss himself, he was watering his shoes."

"I tell you, deranged authoritarians and bunkers, always a winning combination," he added.

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Bill Barr and Trump desperately want to blame Antifa for violence — but they’re coming up dry so far

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President Donald Trump has turned his wrath on Antifa during the George Floyd protests, demanding Antifa be labeled a terrorist organization and accusing the movement of committing acts of violence at demonstrations. But journalists William Bredderman and Spencer Ackerman, in the Daily Beast, threw cold this week on efforts to blame the leftist group.

They found that “none of the 22 criminal complaints representing the first wave of protest charges mention Antifa in any way.”

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Fox News poll spells doom for GOP in Arizona

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The GOP's chances in Arizona have not looked this bad in years.

This article first appeared in Salon.

A new Fox News poll of registered voters in the Grand Canyon State shows Democrat Mark Kelly miles ahead of Republican Sen. Martha McSally — 50% to 37% — with 8% undecided.

Further, McSally's problems appear to come from within her own party. While Kelly enjoys the support of nearly 90% of Democrats, only 73% of Arizona Republicans back McSally.

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