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Bill Barr singling out Trump’s enemies for ‘selective’ scrutiny: ‘The pattern is unmistakable’

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Attorney General William Barr is singling out President Donald Trump’s enemies, one by one, for scrutiny.

The deeply conservative Barr has opened investigations into special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe and FISA warrants used to put Trump associates under surveillance in 2016, and he’s repeatedly gone after former FBI director James Comey and others who looked into Trump’s ties to Russia, reported the Intelligencer.

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“No single case is egregious enough to prove bias on its own,” wrote New York Magazine columnist Jonathan Chait. “The connecting thread is that Trump’s enemies are scoured for any violation that can be found, and held to the strictest letter of the law, while his allies are given broad latitude.”

“Enough cases fit the pattern for it to have become unmistakable,” he added.

It’s even more telling to consider which cases Barr has decided not to investigate — such as the release of private text messages from former FBI agent Lisa Page, who’s now suing the Justice Department, or leaks related to the 2016 Clinton email probe.

“Trump is not arbitrarily having his opponents arrested,” Chait wrote. “He is doing something more subtle, but still extremely dangerous: using the Department of Justice to selectively hold his opponents to the most exacting levels of legal scrutiny that are not broadly applied. It doesn’t even matter that not every investigation brings charges, and the charges themselves probably won’t hold up in court.”

“The time, expense, and reputational cost of the investigations will be damaging enough,” he added.

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Slowly but surely, Trump is corrupting the rule of law.

“The message Trump has sent to his bureaucracy is unmistakable,” Chait wrote. “Political loyalists will be granted broad latitude, and displays of troublesome independence will be held to the strictest accountability. Fascism is not descending on Trump’s America, and the rule of law has not disappeared. But its slow disintegration has crossed a dangerous threshold.”

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‘He has no clue’: Internet slams Trump’s ‘breathtaking’ incoherence at coronavirus press conference

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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump gave a barely intelligible press conference on the coronavirus outbreak, during which he claimed he saved America by shutting down flights, appointed Vice President Mike Pence to lead a coronavirus task force despite having few qualifications to do so, suggesting his public health budget cuts are no big deal because he can just hire more doctors later, and insisting that it was Democrats, rather than the epidemic, that tanked the stock market this week.

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Trump said coronavirus won’t spread — his scientists said the opposite right in front of him: Congresswoman

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Rep. Donna Shalala (D-FL) blasted President Donald Trump after his press conference Wednesday because he contradicted his own scientists on the coronavirus.

During an MSNBC discussion after the Q&A, the Congresswoman explained that it only confuses Americans more.

"He's not doing very well on the coronavirus," she said. "Because the test of leadership is not talking about something you know very little about and he just confused the American people about whether this virus is going to spread. All the scientists said it is going to spread and the president gave the opposite impression. And presidents have to know that when they're in a situation like this with complicated science, they put the scientists, physicians in front of them, preferably, by the way, in white coats, and let them reassure the American people."

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Trump says that the financial markets dropped because of Democrats — not coronavirus

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The U.S. stock market dropped over 2,000 points this week, but President Donald Trump said that it's more about Democrats than the coronavirus.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi criticized Trump for the way he has handled the crisis.

"I think Speaker Pelosi is incompetent," Trump said in response to the question about her. "She lost the Congress once. I think she's going to lose it again. She lifted my poll numbers up ten points. I never thought I would see that so quickly and so easily. I'm leading everybody. We're doing great. I don't want to do it that way. It's almost unfair if you think about it. But I think she's incompetent and I think she's not thinking about the country. Instead of making a statement like that where I've been beating her routinely at everything, instead of making a statement like that, she should be saying we have to work together because we have a big problem potentially and maybe it's going to be a very little problem."

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