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Congresswoman with CIA background explains why Trump’s claim he wasn’t aware of Russian bounty intel is so suspicious

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On Tuesday’s edition of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” Rep. Elissa Slotkin (D-MI), a former CIA officer, tore into President Donald Trump’s excuse that he didn’t pay attention to the Russian bounty intelligence because it wasn’t verified and might be a “hoax.”

“Listen, you have to check this stuff out and you have to like look at the body of intelligence, but if they’re having a debate about it and the NSC is getting a piece of finished intelligence, a report from the CIA, that means the CIA has done their own internal vetting, they’ve looked at this and they’re putting it forward,” said Slotkin. “I worked at the NSC under Bush and then under Obama. If we got a report like that, at a minimum you would have a memo slapped on top by the National Security Advisor saying, Mr. President, we’re looking into this, but I wanted to make you aware. Here’s what we’re doing to follow up and I’m going to get back to you on it. In the meantime, let’s think through our options with Russia right now to confirm what we’re looking at here.”

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“The fact that didn’t happen, it wasn’t flagged in that way, just raises my eyebrows,” said Slotkin. “I can’t imagine a report like this isn’t going to the White House without it being in the Presidential Daily Brief. That’s something I wrote as a CIA analyst, I briefed to multiple presidents in the Oval Office. With something like this, if there’s a body of intelligence, that would go directly to the president, even if his staff didn’t feel like they needed to flag it.”

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Montana GOP ticket sidelined after exposure to COVID-positive Trump, Jr. girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle: report

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The Montana Republican Party is facing a crisis after multiple members of the ticket traveled to South Dakota for Donald Trump's rally and were potentially exposed to COVID-19.

"Montana gubernatorial candidate Rep. Greg Gianforte and his running mate, Kristen Juras, confirmed Saturday they will self-quarantine after Gianforte's wife, Susan, and Juras attended an event last week with Kimberly Guilfoyle, who has since tested positive for COVID-19," KBZK-TV reported Saturday.

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‘Perhaps the most un-American speech ever delivered by an American president’: Ambassador McFaul

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President Donald Trump's address at Mount Rushmore was blasted as "un-American" by former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul.

McFaul retweeted a clip of the leader of the free world failing to pronounce the word, "totalitarianism."

"Trump has no idea what words like fascism and totalitarianism mean," McFaul, now a professor at Stanford, declared.

"To those who wrote this speech and those senior [White House] officials who approved this speech, shame on you. Perhaps the most un-American speech ever delivered by an American president and on the July 4th weekend no less," he explained.

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WATCH: MSNBC reporter cuts off Arizona Trump fan as he goes on rant about Antifa and killing Black babies

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On Saturday, MSNBC reporter Vaughn Hillyard interviewed "Ted," a pro-Trump protester in Prescott, Arizona — and was promptly forced to cut him off as the conversation went off the rails.

"What leads you here today?" asked Hillyard. "And does the lack of masks, including on your part—"

"Well, we're here to support President Trump and the Republican ticket," said Ted. "This is our protest against all the other protests that have been going on in the country trying to take our nation down."

"Are you concerned about the pandemic?" said Hillyard.

"No, we support our police department in Prescott, and we do not support Antifa, which is a communist organization just like BLM," said Ted. "If you listen to the founders of BLM, they're communists. If they cared about Black lives really, they would think about the million abortions of Black babies, and they would think about the thousands of young Black men that are killed in the inner city, but they don't. It's an anti-police organization and Antifa is just as bad. If you notice—"

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