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‘This will not end well’: Ex-FBI counselor James Baker expects whistleblower complaint to be made public by reporters

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The former general counsel of the FBI, James Baker, told CNN Thursday that President Donald Trump’s whistleblower scandal likely “will not end well.”

This week, Americans learned that an intelligence officer found something President Donald Trump said to a foreign leader so disturbing that the staffer filed a whistleblower complaint.

The president called it “fake news,” asking if people think he’s dumb enough to say something inappropriate. Past incidents, however, show that Trump frequently says inappropriate things regardless of his audience.

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Baker explained how the Department of Justice claimed that the whistleblower report can’t be given to Congress. Under the law, however, the report is supposed to be sent to Congress. Baker said that the DOJ ruling likely means that the Trump officials aren’t likely to defy the DOJ until their ruling is challenged in court.

“Honestly, what they’re left with at that point is simply to resign,” Baker said of the whistleblower. “If they think this is that big of a deal — look, we don’t know the facts. We know it’s serious given what people say about it but don’t know really what happened. But if they think this is a significant matter then they should resign. That’s what they’re left with.”

He explained that his greatest concern is that House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) said that this could impact Trump’s relationship with the intelligence community because someone is “ratting him out to the inspector general.”

“They may be more circumspect with respect to what they say to him, and not good for him, the intelligence committee, it’s not good for the American people and it’s not good for the American people to lack trust in what is going on here? Right?” Baker asked. “The American people need to have confidence in what their elected and appointed officials are doing. This does not look good. the other thing, really quick: This will come out eventually. Right? Reporters are all over this thing right now and somebody knows enough to be able to explain what it is and so it’s just going to come out in a messy way and so this is just not going — just not going to end well, in my opinion, I’m afraid.”

Critics asked if there is nothing to hide, why Trump is refusing to release the transcript of the call.

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Big hints lie in the official complaint against Derek Chauvin — and surprising details are left out: ex-prosecutor

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In a column for CNN, former federal prosecutor Elie Honig reviewed the criminal complaint filed against ex-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin and said it gives clues as to the direction prosecutors are likely to follow to convict the alleged killer of Georg Floyd -- but it also leaves out  key elements of the case that should be brought before a jury.

As Honig wrote, the case against Chauvin is strong but may not go far enough.

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Trump security advisor goes off on Antifa rant to duck grilling on president’s ‘vicious dogs’ protester threat

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Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" with Jake Tapper, White House National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien ducked directly defending the president's Saturday threat to use "vicious dogs and ominous weapons" of Washington D.C. protesters, by instead talking about supposed Antifa activity during the George Floyd protests.

After reading the president's tweet, host Tapper pressed,  "Do you think messages like that are helping to unite the country and calm fears?”

With O'Brien noting, "[Trump] was trying to de-escalate. He didn’t want violence, he’s trying to stop the violence that we saw that took place overnight," he then went on to drag in reports being pushed by Donald Trump's administration that Antifa -- which he mentioned frequently during the entire interview -- had taken over the protests.

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Atlanta mayor levels Trump for comments taunting George Floyd protesters: He’s ‘making it worse’

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Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday morning after yet another night of protests rocked her city, the mayor of Atlanta bluntly told Donald Trump to keep his mouth shut about the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police officers and the protests that have followed.

Speaking with host Jake Tapper, Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms was asked about comments the president has been making on Twitter about the protestors which have included threats of using "vicious dogs" and "ominous weapons."

"President Trump has been tweeting about the violent protests across the country. he vowed to step in and use, quote, 'the unlimited power of our military' and he suggested local officials should, quote, 'get tough and fight.' He's also talked about threatening 'the most vicious dogs and most ominous weapons I have ever seen' to use against protesters in Washington, D.C.," host Tapper began. "What do you make of the way the president has handled this crisis?"

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