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CNBC reporter demolishes Bill Barr’s lie that Russia investigation ‘collapsed’ after Trump’s election

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AG William Barr testifies before Congress. (Image via AFP/Nicholas Kamm.)

In a new interview, Attorney General William Barr made several claims reaffirming the GOP’s conspiracy theories about an FBI “deep state” seeking to undermine President Donald Trump from within. As part of that, he suggested that the FBI’s investigation fell apart shortly after the election.

But as CNBC’s John Harwood swiftly pointed out, not only didn’t the FBI’s investigation fall apart after the election, many of the critical events that ultimately became a major focus of the investigation — and of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings on obstruction of justice — took place in the immediate aftermath of the election:

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The Justice Department’s inspector general released a new report that faulted some of the FBI’s evidence-gathering practices in the Russia investigation, but broadly found the investigation itself justified and debunked the idea there was a grand conspiracy at the agency to take down Trump. Barr has publicly disputed the results of these findings.


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Trump doubles down on ‘exploding trees’ being the real cause of California wildfires — not heat or drought

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President Donald Trump doubled down on his "explosive tree" idea as the cause of the California wildfires.

Speaking to Fox News host Mark Levin, Trump explained that trees apparently explode, but trees in other countries are far worse than U.S. trees.

"I meet with foreign leaders of countries, and they have an expression, 'Sir, we are a forest nation.' But they say, 'we have trees that are far more explosive than the trees in California. We don't understand how a thing like that can happen. You have to manage your forest," said Trump.

It's a similar claim that Trump made while in California last week, claiming that the drought, heatwave and global climate change wasn't the cause.

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There are still Trump White House staff secretly trying to save the US from Trump: Ex-National Security Adviser

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Former National Security Adviser Gen. H.R. McMaster appeared on "60 Minutes" Sunday and reassured the world that there are still secret members in the White House that are trying to protect the country from the likes of President Donald Trump.

Speaking to Scott Pelley, McMaster explained that he thinks the world now sees the United States as "weak and divided," something that Russian President Vladimir Putin has worked toward since 2016, according to intelligence reports.

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Trump’s campaign reveals just how very little money they have left

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Former Vice President Joe Biden announced that his campaign brought in a massive campaign haul during the Democratic convention last month ahead of the August campaign finance filing. President Donald Trump has attempted to keep his campaign numbers hidden with a late filing, and by Sunday evening it was clear why.

Trump's total haul for August, when he got a week's worth of free media from the Republican convention, was just $61.7 million. The campaign spent almost all of it, $61.2 million.

The campaign still has about $900,000 in debt. His cash on hand is just $121 million in the bank.

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