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Conservative law professor lays into Bill Barr for ‘bizarre’ attack on inspector general’s defense of the FBI

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On Monday, following Attorney General William Barr’s move to discredit the Justice Department Inspector General report that defended the Russia investigation into President Donald Trump’s campaign as valid, conservative law professor Jonathan Adler sharply rebuked Barr’s move, suggesting that the attorney general’s criticisms had no foundation in proper DOJ procedure:

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Trump and his Republican allies have long hoped that the IG report would validate their narrative that the Russia investigation was started improperly. The report, which will be released in the coming days, reportedly finds fault with some of the FBI’s surveillance practices, but broadly finds the investigation itself was justified.


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‘Definitely not a loyalist’: Defense official pushed out by White House over opposition to Ukraine scheme

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The White House pushed out a top Pentagon official last week as part of an ongoing purge of administration officials who disagree with President Donald Trump.

John Rood, who served as undersecretary of Defense for policy since January 2018, resigned Feb. 19 after clashing with the White House and colleague on the National Security Council, reported Politico.

“He never hesitated to tell the White House that he disagreed on stuff,” said one former administration official. “He definitely wasn’t a loyalist.”

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‘Rather than leading — he lies’: MSNBC panel says Trump is a ‘danger to the country’ because he can’t be trusted

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MSNBC commentators, former assistant US Attorney Maya Wiley and Rick Wilson, explained that President Donald Trump's most significant barrier is making it past his own lies to save America from the coronavirus.

"There's a case tonight being tested in Walton County, Florida. The heart of Trump country," said Wilson, referring to the panhandle county east of Pensacola. "That's not going to be something you can just walk away from if it turns out to be a real case. We're seeing these things popping up all over. The safe bet was always to say, 'This could be bad. We'll do everything we can to stop it.' But he can't stop himself from self-aggrandizing and lying about things. And it's actually -- setting aside my normal criticism of Trump -- this is a danger to the country that he is not a trustworthy person for the American people. Even people who like him now he BS's them all the time. Now, if he says it's not a problem and people are being hospitalized, it is a problem."

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Trump ‘just wants this problem to go away’: President desperate to get coronavirus ‘off his plate’

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President Donald Trump is desperate for the coronavirus problem to go away, and he doesn't exactly care how it happens.

According to New York Times reporter Annie Karni, sources are telling her that the biggest concern Trump has is more about the markets than the deaths of Americans from the virus.

"First, let's establish, this is a president who tried to change science with a Sharpie when it came to hurricane path prediction," said MSNBC host Brian Williams. "That picture lasts forever."

"Even his allies on Fox and his allies outside the White House were kind of channeling to that proverbial audience of one that this was a great opportunity to look presidential and to tell the facts," said Karni. The Donald Trump we saw out there in the briefing room was very casual, kind of left the facts to the other people that accompanied him out there. But he clearly publicly and privately just wants this problem to go away. He wants to downplay it. He thinks -- he has called people who are talking about fears about it alarmist. He doesn't want to be alarmist, and he's kind of holding on to any comment that makes it sound like this will naturally be a problem that is removed from his plate. That's what we saw publicly, and that's what he's been saying privately as well."

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