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‘Get her’: How the FBI’s rank-and-file were really targeting Democrats in 2016

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On Monday, columnist Jonathan Chait wrote a column in The New York Times previewing some of the information covered in James Stewart’s upcoming book, “Deep State: Trump, the FBI, and the Rule of Law,” which discusses what was going on behind the scenes at the FBI during the 2016 campaign cycle, when both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton were subject to two interlinked federal investigations.

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One of the key takeaways from Stewart’s book, Chait wrote, is that the FBI knew almost immediately after opening the investigation into Clinton’s email server that it would be impossible to charge her with a crime — something that in fact many sober legal commentators were pointing out at the time — but that higher-ups at the agency, including then-Director James Comey, felt pressured to continue the investigation publicly, because the FBI field offices in New York and Little Rock, Arkansas wanted Clinton’s blood.

“Stewart describes how F.B.I. officials encouraged colleagues investigating the Democratic nominee with messages like ‘You have to get her’ and ‘You guys are finally going to get that b*tch,'” wrote Chait.” James Comey … went so far as to tell Attorney General Loretta Lynch, ‘It’s clear to me that there is a cadre of senior people in New York who have a deep and visceral hatred of Secretary Clinton.’ Those agents leaked regularly to right-wing media sources that the bureau was turning a blind eye to what they saw as Clinton’s criminality.”

“This pressure drove Comey to make two fateful decisions,” wrote Chait. “First, when he announced that the bureau was not bringing charges against Clinton, he denounced her ‘extremely careless’ behavior, as a kind of middle course between what the law dictated and what Republicans demanded. Second, when an unrelated investigation into sex crimes by the former Democratic congressman Anthony Weiner turned up more Clinton email 11 days before the election, Comey felt trapped into announcing that he had reopened the investigation.”

While there will never be a way to know for sure, some elections analysts believe it likely that these actions were decisive in costing Clinton the election. What was more, ironically, “William Barr enthusiastically endorsed Comey’s decision to reopen the case against Clinton, but then — once Comey became a threat to Trump — cited that very decision as grounds to fire him.”

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Trump lawyer issues bonkers threat to sue CNN over ‘unfair’ coverage of the president

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Trump attorney Charles Harder on Friday sent CNN CEO Jeff Zucker a bonkers letter in which he threatened to sue the cable news network for its "biased" coverage of the president.

The letter, which was posted on Twitter by Trump 2020 chief operating officer Michael Glassner, accuses CNN of deceiving the public with its slogan of putting "facts first," and it outlines the many ways the president has been treated poorly by the network.

"Never in the history of this country has a President been the subject of such a sustained barrage of unfair, unfounded, unethical and unlawful attacks by the so-called 'mainstream' media as the current situation," Harder writes. "My clients intend to file legal action against you to seek compensatory damages, treble damages, punitive damages, injunctive relief, reimbursement of legal costs, and all other available legal and equitable remedies to the maximum extent permitted by law."

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GOP’s reliance on white Christians has made its extinction inevitable: conservative

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Demographic trends don't bode well for the Republican Party.

Writing in the Washington Post, conservative columnist Jennifer Rubin points out that the GOP's reliance on old, white voters and Christians makes its eventual extinction inevitable. "After a while ... you run out of white evangelicals. That is precisely what is happening at an unexpectedly speedy pace," Rubin writes.

According to a recent Pew poll, there's been a 12 percent drop in the past decade of people who described themselves as Christian. "The ranks of the most progressive segment of the electorate, religiously unaffiliated ("atheist, agnostic or "nothing in particular’ ") have risen to 26 percent, a nine-point bump since 2009," Rubin writes.

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Trump flayed for self-pitying whine about how hard it is being president: ‘Resign — you won’t be missed’

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President Donald Trump on Friday bitterly complained about the purported ill treatment he's received as president of the United States.

In an angry tweet, the president bemoaned having to deal with House Democrats' impeachment inquiry at the same time he's trying to do unspecified "important work" for the United States.

"Can you believe I am doing this important work for our Country, and have to deal with Corrupt Adam Schiff and the Do Nothing Democrats at the same time?" the president wrote. "It was not intended to be this way for a President!"

Can you believe I am doing this important work for our Country, and have to deal with Corrupt Adam Schiff and the Do Nothing Democrats at the same time? It was not intended to be this way for a President!

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