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Bill Barr’s gambit was ‘carefully staged’ to keep the Justice Department doing Trump’s bidding: Ex-RNC chairman

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Attorney General William Barr’s interview on ABC News rebuking President Donald Trump for tweeting about ongoing criminal cases has fueled speculation that the president may be losing control over a man renowned for twisting the machinery of the Justice Department to suit political whims.

But not so fast, suggested former Republican National Committee chairman and Trump critic Michael Steele. This whole event could have been orchestrated with the White House, to calm fears at the DOJ and prevent another wave of resignations by career prosecutors:

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The White House was reportedly caught unaware by Barr’s interview — but whether the attorney general let the president himself know beforehand is unclear. For the time being, at least, White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham insists the president is not upset by Barr’s remarks.


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Trump says he’s considering Georgia Republican running for Senate as next Director of National Intelligence

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Devin Nunes denies Russia is intervening in the 2020 election to support Trump’s reelection

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The top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee denied reports that Russia was intervening in the 2020 presidential campaign to support Donald Trump's reelection.

Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) was interviewed by Laura Ingraham on Fox News about the breaking news on Russia.

"A senior U.S. intelligence official told lawmakers last week that Russia wants to see President Trump reelected, viewing his administration as more favorable to the Kremlin’s interests, according to people who were briefed on the comments," The Washington Post reported Thursday. "Trump learned about Pierson’s remarks from Rep. Devin Nunes (Calif.), the committee’s ranking Republican and a staunch Trump ally, said one person familiar with the matter."

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WATCH: Martin Sheen interrupts Lawrence O’Donnell’s MSNBC show with Trump/Putin 2020 bumper sticker

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MSNBC anchor Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday joked about Donald Trump and his running mate, Vladimir Putin, after the bombshell report that Russia was actively intervening in the 2020 presidential election in an effort to reelect the president.

The host returned from a commercial break to share an image "Janet and Martin Sheen texted me."

The image was of a bumper sticker a friend of the Sheen's had made with the Trump/Putin 2020 theme.

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