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Ex-CIA officer in Congress stunned by Trump’s attempt to shrug off Russia bounty plot

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On Monday’s edition of CNN’s “OutFront,” Rep. Will Hurd (R-TX), a former CIA officer, expressed his shock that President Donald Trump appeared unconcerned with the lack of in-depth briefing he was given about the Russian bounty plot, other than a written memo.

“The outrage that you have is very different than the president’s,” said host Erin Burnett. “He says he wasn’t briefed and he made this about that. Again, it is in the Presidential Daily Briefing … but his response to this is, ‘intel just reported to me they did not find this info credible, did not report it to me or VP, another fabricated Russia hoax by the fake news, New York Times wanting to make Republicans look bad.’ What do you say to that, that his response isn’t I want to know what happened, wasn’t to know why I wasn’t briefed and I want to do something about it, but instead yelling about fabricated hoaxes and fake news?”

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“If something this sensitive was out there, I would be — nobody brought it to me or didn’t raise their hand and be, like, hey, boss, read in that, there is some information you need to read today, make sure we cut out time in your calendar in order to do that — that would be the question I would be asking,” said Hurd. “And then if there was some kind of conflict, in the veracity of the information, what are we doing to clarify that? What are we doing to understand this? What other things would we possibly know if this information, if we had access to this kind of information? And by the way, are we telling our allies?”

“These are the kinds of questions we should be asking to make sure that our men and women that are serving, in order to make sure we don’t have al-Qaeda coming back, that we don’t have ISIS plotting and planning threats on our homeland, why this is important to bring civility to Afghanistan, in the middle of an alleged peace process,” said Hurd.

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GOP lawmaker hammered on CNN for ‘idiotic’ claim the economy is too healthy for a new stimulus

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On CNN Saturday, financial columnist Michelle Singletary ripped Sen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) for claiming that the economy may be too good right now for another round of stimulus.

"I want to read to you what Senator Bill Cassidy, Republican of Louisiana, said regarding the potential stimulus," said co-anchor Christi Paul. "He said if it turns out the economy is recovering, that's a good thing and direct stimulus checks may not be necessary. Do you get the sense that the economy is recovering? And that these check wills not be needed?"

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Trump’s Mt Rushmore speech trashed on CNN for being nonsense straight out of the ‘Hannity universe’

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"The president had a chance to deliver one of these unifying messages, especially ahead of Independence Day, but instead he chose to go on the attack," said anchor Christi Paul. "Do you think that was the right strategy and why?"

"It sounded like a Stephen Miller speech," said Stelter. "And that is something that appeals to the parts of the president's base that he really focuses on. This is wartime conservativism [sic], this belief that conservatives are at war trying to protect the country from change."

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‘Gaslighting on a massive scale’: Doctor warns Trump is lying us into a COVID disaster

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On CNN Friday, Dr. Celine Grounder tore into President Donald Trump's ongoing falsehoods about the coronavirus pandemic.

"No matter how many times public health officials, especially like Anthony Fauci, speak the truth, what does it do, Doctor, when the president continues to lie to the public in face of a public health crisis?" asked anchor Kate Bolduan.

"This is gaslighting on an enormous scale, and means until people eventually get sick or their family members get sick, the communities hit hard, they won't believe it, and then it will be too late," said Grounder. "The problem is there's a lag period from the time that somebody's infected and starts to develop symptoms a couple days later. We don't see people get severely sick and need to be hospitalized and in ICUs until a week into disease, and talking about probably one to two weeks of lag time from the time somebody's exposed at least before you start to see hospitalizations and then another couple weeks before you start to see deaths."

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