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Here’s why the new Arbery arrest is damning for Georgia investigators: CNN

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On Thursday, CNN legal analyst Laura Coates broke down why the new arrest of William Roddie Bryan, the alleged filmer of the Ahmaud Arbery shooting, looks so problematic for Georgia investigators.

“What do you make about how this unfolded, dramatically and quickly, even though there have been a couple months between the shooting and the time of the arrests of the father and son, and now Bryan?” asked anchor Wolf Blitzer.

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“Well, this tells you the accelerated pace which they were able the determine there was probable cause to make these arrests,” said Coates. “Imagine the comparison, when it took more than 80 days for the official two — the father and son, Gregory McMichael and Travis McMichael, to be arrested. If they were able to have all of this evidence closer in time to the actual killing of Ahmaud Arbery, one would be able — you would be able to draw the same conclusions closer to the time.”

“It tells you there is the need for the Department of Justice at least in part, to resolve, to review the prosecutorial conduct in this case to assess whether there is any bias and undue influence exerted to put a thumb on the scale of justice in favor of the McMichaels, in favor of Bryan, and against the best interests of the family of Ahmaud Arbery,” added Coates.

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Trump accused by ex-Defense Secretary of putting US on ‘the trail toward a dictatorship’

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During an appearance on CNN on Friday morning, former Defense Secretary William Cohen - who also served in the U.S. Senate as a Republican -- denounced Donald Trump in no uncertain terms, saying his use of military personnel against anti-police brutality protesters is a sign he has set the country on the path to a dictatorship.

To emphasize his point, he later called Trump the "dictator-in-chief."

Speaking with host Jim Sciutto, Cohen didn't mince words after the CNN host noted that the president and his former attorney called the protesters "terrorists."

"What does it mean for you to hear a sitting president dismissing a whole range of protesters, who in fact were largely peaceful around the White House, dismissing a whole range of them as terrorists? What does that mean to you?" the CNN host asked.

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Richmond mayor schools white lawmaker complaining removal of Confederate statue strips her of her history

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Appearing on CNN's "New Day" on Friday morning, the mayor of Richmond, Virginia set a white state lawmaker straight over her comments that the imminent removal of a statue commemorating Confederate General Robert E. Lee was erasing her history.

Speaking with host John Berman, Mayor Levar Stoney expressed pleasure at the upcoming removal of the massive statue, saying it was a long overdue -- before the interview turned to comments made by State Senator Amanda Chase (R) made in a Facebook post.

Noting that the white lawmaker complained, "Let's be honest here, there is an overt effort here to erase all-white history," Stoney had a few words for the lawmaker.

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Trump ‘crossed the line’ with the military this week — leading retired officers to revolt: former general

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Appearing on CNN's New Day with host John Berman, retired Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute explained that Donald Trump finally went a bridge too far this week with retired military officials when his administration deployed military police to turn on peaceful protesters in a Washington D.C. park.

Speaking with the host, Lute -- who also served as U.S. ambassador to NATO -- said tension between the president and military officials has gradually increased over the past three and a half years, but that the past week's incidents led to a "tipping point."

After host Berman read off a list of high profile ex-military officials who have either criticized Trump or defended their former colleagues from attacks from the president, Lute was asked what had changed.

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