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‘No credibility’: Ex-CIA officer explains why Trump administration’s latest bounty intel excuses ‘can’t be true’

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A former CIA officer on Thursday told CNN’s John Berman that the Trump administration’s latest excuse for why President Donald Trump was purportedly unaware of intelligence indicating that Russia had placed bounties on American troops didn’t pass the smell test.

During an interview with former CIA officer David Priess, Berman played a clip of Trump national security adviser Robert O’Brien, who claimed on Wednesday that the person responsible for giving President Donald Trump his intelligence briefings decided against informing him about the alleged Russian bounty plot because “she didn’t have confidence in the intelligence that came up.”

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Priess then outlined why O’Brien’s excuse was nonsense.

“He does not have credibility with that statement, to be quite blunt,” Priess said. “Because if she, the briefer he’s mentioning, did not have confidence in that, and thus chose not to bring it up in the oral briefing of the president, it would not have appeared in the President’s Daily Brief in the first place.”

He then explained that the intelligence community would never bother to throw flimsy intelligence into the brief since its goal is not to give the president a confusing or inaccurate depiction of threats facing the country.

“The intelligence community is not in the business of putting things into this very special document every day for the president and the small circle of advisers around him that they have no confidence in,” he said. “So that can’t be true.”

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Joy Reid medical expert blasts the president’s lies on coronavirus: ‘Trump needs to stay in his lane’

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MSNBC anchor Joy Reid interviewed Dr. Bernard B. Ashby about the latest coming from the White House on the coronavirus pandemic.

"If, for instance, you did not test for pregnancy, does it mean you are not pregnant?" Reid asked.

Ashby, a cardiologist from Miami, praised the anchor on her new primetime show, "The ReidOut," but did not directly answer the question.

"And in terms of the whole discourse, the fact that I'm having to respond to Trump about clinical medicine is ridiculous," Dr. Ashby explained.

"Trump needs to stay in his lane. Like, we went to medical school for a long time, we did training for a long time to speak on exactly what ... we have the expertise to speak on and the fact that Trump is asserting himself in academic medicine, into clinical medicine is ridiculous," he explained.

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GOP governor blocks local officials from forcing private schools to only hold classes online

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On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that Gov. Larry Hogan (R-MD) is overriding a local order from Montgomery County restricting private schools to operating online only, as a safety precaution against the coronavirus outbreak raging in the area.

"Hogan issued an emergency order Monday that said private schools’ reopening would be up to individual schools and not mandated by the state," reported Madeline Charbonneau. "'The blanket closure mandate imposed by Montgomery County was overly broad and inconsistent with the powers intended to be delegated to the county health officer,' Hogan said."

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‘One whopper after another’: CNN’s Acosta tears into Trump for lying the Postal Service can’t deliver enough ballots

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On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta slammed President Donald Trump's litany of lies about mail-in voting at the day's coronavirus press briefing.

"Right at the end of that press conference, the president was just telling one whopper after another about mail-in voting, at one point saying that he doesn't believe that the U.S. Postal Service has the ability to deal with mail-in balloting at election time," said Acosta. "We just need to point out, the U.S. Postal Service put out a statement late this afternoon that says, 'the Postal Service has ample capacity to adjust our nationwide processing and delivery network to meet projected election and political mail volume, including any additional volume that may result as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.'"

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