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Barr insists ‘no correlation’ between gassing protesters and Trump’s visit to cleared square

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Attorney General William Barr insisted there was “no correlation” between protesters being gassed out of Lafayette Park and President Donald Trump’s visit a short time later to a nearby historic church.

The president walked across the cleared park Monday to pose for photos at St. John’s Episcopal Church after the U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops fired chemical irritant and rubber bullets at peaceful protesters, but Barr claimed there was no connection.

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“I am interested in carrying out the law enforcement functions of the federal government and to protect federal facilities and federal personnel and also to address the rioting that was interfering with the government’s function,” Barr said. “That was what we were doing.”

“I think the president is the head of the executive branch and the chief executive of the nation and should be able to walk outside the White House and walk across the street to the church of presidents,” Barr added. “I don’t necessarily view that as a political act, I think it was entirely appropriate for him to do.”

Later that evening, the White House released a campaign-style ad using footage from the president’s visit to the church, and Barr — who reportedly ordered the park cleared — argued that he was not aware of the planned visit.

“I did not know that he was going to do that until later in the day, after our plans were well underway to move the perimeter,” Barr said. “There was no correlation between our tactical plan of moving the perimeter out by one block and the president going over to the church. The president asked members of his Cabinet to go over there with him. I think it was appropriate for us to go over with him.”

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Fox News host shuts down Trump spokesman’s attempt to paint Biden as a child molester

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During a segment on Fox News this Thursday, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley tried to shift the topic of discussion to Joe Biden's alleged inappropriateness with children -- an attempt that was immediately shut down by host Sandra Smith.

Gidley was responding to a question about Democratic strategist James Carville's recent comments where he said Trump isn't going to show up to debate Biden.

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GOP lawmaker rails against removing bust of infamous KKK-loving Confederate general: ‘3,000 Blacks were at his funeral!’

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Republican Tennessee State Sen. Joey Hensley on Thursday morning made a number of historically dubious claims in his defense of keeping a bust of Nathan Bedford Forrest, an infamous Confederate general whom many historians believe was the first elected Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan.

According to Tennessean reporter Natalie Allison, Hensley defended Forrest's honor by claiming that while he "was in the Ku Klux Klan," he at least "was not a grand wizard."

In fact, according to the official Library of Congress website, Forrest was the first Grand Wizard of the KKK, although he later did call to disband the organization.

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The Supreme Court just wimped out on Trump’s tax returns — and handed him a political victory

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A cowardly Supreme Court punted today on the criminal investigation into whether Donald Trump, his Trump Organization and others are major league criminal tax cheats.

The high court held that while Trump cannot shield his tax and business records from New York State prosecutors, Trump was entitled to pursue procedural challenges. That could mean months, even years, of delay in the garden variety criminal investigation by Manhattan prosecutors into whether Trump is a garden variety tax cheat.

In its weasely Trump case decision the Supreme Court stood yet again for the idea that you can get as much justice as you can afford, as I’ll explain below.

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