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Bill Barr is acting as ‘the president’s lawyer’ against the agency he is supposed to be leading: Ex-FBI deputy director

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On Tuesday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe excoriated Attorney General William Barr for trying to poison public perception of the FBI — even as his own department’s inspector general debunked right-wing conspiracies of an FBI-centric “deep state” working to bring down President Donald Trump.

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“The attorney general of the United States is saying others, but also you, acted in bad faith,” said anchor Erin Burnett.

“That’s absolutely false,” said McCabe. “It didn’t happen. I know that. I didn’t need the IG to tell me that. But it’s good the IG reported there is no situations of that what so far.”

“I think what the attorney general has done here with the last reference you showed is he is actually proactively misrepresenting the whole — the findings of the report,” continued McCabe. “The comment of ‘there wasn’t a satisfactory explanation given’ was what the IG said with respect to the fact that he found no evidence that the investigative level personnel responsible for the error did so intentionally. He said he didn’t get great explanations for why they didn’t include that fact or this fact. But they didn’t do it out of bias,  and never intentionally misled the court. For the attorney general to get on television and suggest that the mere absence of a perfect explanation is an indicator of malice or ill will or intentional misconduct is really really unfair to those people.”

“Who do you think he considers his ultimate loyalty right now, the president?” asked Burnett.

“Yeah, sure. He is the president’s lawyer, in a way that I don’t think I’ve ever seen certainly in my life or my career, and I’ve worked with several attorneys general,” said McCabe. “I’ve never seen an attorney general put himself that far out there to defend the president at all costs, in contradiction to clear fact and reality. It’s remarkable.”

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Trump biographer explains how president uses fear to scare Republicans away from witnesses

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Michael D'Antonio, one of President Donald Trump's biographers, explained Sunday that the president knows very well how to use fear to intimidate people. That's what he's doing in the case of impeachment to help score an acquittal.

Citing Bob Woodward's book Fear, D'Antonio explained that Trump uses fear to his benefit.

"He called it fear because Donald Trump knows how to use fear, he knows how to intimidate people, and he'll go further than almost anyone else will go," said D'Antonio. "And he's proven that he can adjust the calculus for everyone in the united states senate. So, they're all thinking, 'Do I cross this man? Will I have a primary challenge? What is the real endpoint for me if I decide to vote my conscience instead of being loyal?' The president has surpassed all of our expectations."

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Will the GOP ‘stand for gaslighting or reality?’: George Conway thumps senate Republicans who refuse to consider Trump’s crimes

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Appearing on CNN's "State of the Union," conservative attorney George Conway launched a broadside against Republican senators for their conduct in the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, saying they are selling lies to the public.

Speaking with host Jake Tapper, Conway -- the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway -- painted a withering portrait of the GOP that is hellbent on acquitting the president of obvious impeachable crimes.

"I'm deeply saddened," Conway began. "It is very upsetting and this is a moment of reckoning not just for the country and the rule of law and the constitution, but it is a specific day of reckoning for the Republican senators who took this oath, and the republican party generally, are they going to stand for lies instead of truth?"

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Mitch McConnell is manipulating Trump to keep him from prolonging impeachment trial: NYT’s Haberman

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Appearing on CNN on Sunday morning, the New York Times' Maggie Haberman said Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is stringing an anxious Donald Trump along and manipulating him to go along with his plan to wrap up the Senate impeachment trial.

Speaking with host John King, Haberman claimed that McConnell is speaking to Trump in such a way that the president may think that McConnell's ideas are his own.

"Do you think the president will -- e could do this over two more days but does he give up a day of TV time?" King asked about the impeachment trial

"McConnell has convinced him, it's taking him some time, back and forth," B Haberman explained. "The president had to be allowed to believe it's his idea or that he wasn't being led along but he's generally done what McConnell wanted. He [McConnell] wants this over quick."

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