Dan Abrams: ‘No Way to Justify’ Why Mueller’s Report Wasn’t Released Earlier Except to Get ‘Some Good Media’


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With the end of Attorney General William Barr’s press conference on Robert Mueller’s report on Thursday, Mediaite founder and ABC’s Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams said there’s no reason why the report has not to be released yet. “Can we just take one step back and talk about how crazy it is that we’re sitting here for an hour without the report,” Abrams asked. “I mean, we’ve just heard a press conference, from the attorney general who’s laid out for us everything that’s in the report, how it was done…delivered in late March and here we are and we have to wait another hour to get it. Why? I don’t understand what could possibly be the reason that we need to wait after the press conference.” Abrams question came as it was revealed the White House and President Donald Trump’s personal lawyers were able to see the report. “Right, Continue reading "Dan Abrams: ‘No Way to Justify’ Why Mueller’s Report Wasn’t Released Earlier Except to Get ‘Some Good Media’"

Barr Defends Trump Against Obstruction: ‘Evidence’ Shows He Was ‘Frustrated and Angered’ By the Investigation


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Attorney General William Barr defended President Donald Trump on the issue of obstruction of justice during his press conference on Thursday. The special counsel did not make a determination if Trump had obstructed justice during the course of their investigation. “After finding no underlying collusion with Russia, the special counsel’s report goes onto consider whether certain actions of the president could amount to obstruction of the special counsel’s investigation,” Barr said. “As I addressed in my March 24th letter, the special counsel did not make a traditional prosecutor judgment regarding this allegation. Instead, the report recounts ten episodes involving the president and discusses potential legal theories for connecting those activities to the elements of an obstruction offense.” Barr explained why he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined Trump had not committed the offense, but there were ten instances of potential obstruction. “After carefully reviewing the facts and legal Continue reading "Barr Defends Trump Against Obstruction: ‘Evidence’ Shows He Was ‘Frustrated and Angered’ By the Investigation"

Trump Goes on Twitter Spree the Morning of Mueller Report: ‘PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT!’


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President Donald Trump was busy on Twitter Thursday morning, hours before the release of the redacted report from Robert Mueller’s investigation, with tweets of his own and retweets from his allies. He kicked things off by blasting the “Greatest Political Hoax of all time” that was perpetuated by “Crooked, Dirty Cops and DNC/The Democrats”: Trump also retweeted tweets from Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, which were mostly about Hillary Clinton:

Ben Rhodes Hits Trump Admin for Ending Relations Between MLB and Cuba: Who Is Against More Cubans In the Major Leagues?


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Ben Rhodes, a former Deputy National Security Advisor under President Barack Obama, criticized President Donald Trump’s administration’s approach to Cuba on Wednesday. “Another recent change was them invalidating the Major League Baseball contract involving players and their ability to earn money and play here without defecting. [Secretary of State] Pompeo said today that your administration was playing footsie with the Castro regime which, of course, has now been succeeded,” MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell said. “Well, we were ending an approach that had failed for 60 years, Andrea. This is the definition of insanity. You followed Cuba for a long time. Was the embargo working in promoting any kind of change in Cuba? No,” Rhodes replied. “The American people and the Cuban people overwhelmingly supported what we were trying to do: To open up more travel, to open up more space for business. Who is against more Cubans playing in the Continue reading "Ben Rhodes Hits Trump Admin for Ending Relations Between MLB and Cuba: Who Is Against More Cubans In the Major Leagues?"

Laguna Beach to Keep American Flag Lettering On Police Cars After It Was Criticized as ‘Militaristic’ and ‘Aggressive’


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The Laguna Beach city council put a debate to rest after new American flag letter decals on their police cars were criticized as being “militaristic” and “aggressive.” Others said the final product was not the design that was initially approved upon. The LA Times reports the city council voted to keep the design of the cars after residents packed the council chamber to explained why they wanted the design removed or to keep it. “We’re rainbow-sandal-wearing, avocado-eating … surfers and artists, and inclusion is part of our town,” resident Patrick Cannon said, saying he sees “Immigration and Customs Enforcement” with the American flag design. “We do not include our Hispanic community by putting ‘ICE’ on our police cars.” “This flag is very personal to Continue reading "Laguna Beach to Keep American Flag Lettering On Police Cars After It Was Criticized as ‘Militaristic’ and ‘Aggressive’"

Laguna Beach to Keep American Flag Lettering On Police Cars After It Was Criticized as ‘Militaristic’ and ‘Aggressive’


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The Laguna Beach city council put a debate to rest after new American flag letter decals on their police cars were criticized as being “militaristic” and “aggressive.” Others said the final product was not the design that was initially approved upon. The LA Times reports the city council voted to keep the design of the cars after residents packed the council chamber to explained why they wanted the design removed or to keep it. “We’re rainbow-sandal-wearing, avocado-eating … surfers and artists, and inclusion is part of our town,” resident Patrick Cannon said, saying he sees “Immigration and Customs Enforcement” with the American flag design. “We do not include our Hispanic community by putting ‘ICE’ on our police cars.” “This flag is very personal to Continue reading "Laguna Beach to Keep American Flag Lettering On Police Cars After It Was Criticized as ‘Militaristic’ and ‘Aggressive’"

Beto O’Rourke Defends Small Donations to Charity in Tax Returns: I’m Spending Time With You Instead of My Kids


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With the release of his tax returns, presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke defended the relatively small amount of money his family gave to charity when asked by a student at the University of Virginia. The student asked him why her sister, a college graduate who makes less money than O’Rourke does, donated more to charity than the amount that he reported on his 2017 tax return. O’Rourke said his family do not always record and itemize the donations they give and how he is making sacrifices now while running for president. “I’ve served in public office since 2005. I do my best to contribute to the success of my community, my state and, now, of my country,” O’Rourke explained. “There are ways that I do this that are measurable and there are ways I do this that immeasurable. There are charities that we donate to that are we’ve recorded and itemized, Continue reading "Beto O’Rourke Defends Small Donations to Charity in Tax Returns: I’m Spending Time With You Instead of My Kids"

Beto O’Rourke Lauds Green New Deal: It Recalls ‘Sacrifice’ on the ‘Scale’ of World War II


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During a campaign stop at the University of Virginia, presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke praised the Green New Deal because, if it passes, it will cause the United States to “sacrifice” on a similar “scale” as World War II. “And one of the reasons that I like Representative [Alexandria] Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed Green New Deal is that it calls to mind another time in this country’s past when we faced an existential challenge,” he told students and supporters. “In that case it was to our way of life, to the Western democracies, to our allies in Europe, to our fellow Americans. In the midst of the Great Depression, this country was willing to sacrifice, men and women, all over the United States to make sure that we defeated Germany, that we won that war, and for the following 75 years that we made this world safe for democracy,” O’Rourke explained. He said Continue reading "Beto O’Rourke Lauds Green New Deal: It Recalls ‘Sacrifice’ on the ‘Scale’ of World War II"

Texts From State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Show She Called Smollett a ‘Washed Up Celeb Who Lied to Cops’


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In text messages that were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act request, Illinois State’s Attorney Kim Foxx called Jussie Smollett a “washed up celeb who lied to cops” two weeks before her office dropped all charges against the actor. In the texts, first reported by by CBS Chicago’s Charlie De Mar, Foxx spoke to Joe Magats, the prosecutor running the Smollett case after she recused herself. Here’s a screenshot: “So…I’m recused , but when people accuse us of overcharging cases…16 counts on a class 4 becomes exhibit A,” Foxx texted. “Yes. I can see where that can be seen as excessive,” Magats replied. “Pedophile with 4 victims 10 counts.  Washed up celeb who lied to cops, 16. On a case eligible for deferred prosecution I think it’s indicative of something we should be looking at generally. Just because we can charge something doesn’t mean we should,” Foxx Continue reading "Texts From State’s Attorney Kim Foxx Show She Called Smollett a ‘Washed Up Celeb Who Lied to Cops’"

Trump Addresses Notre Dame Cathedral Fire: ‘I Hope’ it Was an Accident


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Prior to starting his event at Nuss Truck and Equipment to tout the tax cuts, President Donald Trump commented about the raging fire at Notre Dame Cathedral. “They’re having a terrible, terrible fire. You probably saw, some of you have heard, some of you have not because you’ve been here. But I will tell you the fire that they’re having at the Notre Dame cathedral is something like few people have witnessed,” Trump said. “When we left, we had a whole group of your great representatives, and when we left the plane, it was burning at a level that you rarely see a fire burn. It’s one of the great treasures of the world, the greatest artists in the world, probably, if you think about it, I would say it might be greater than almost any museum in the world, and it’s burning very badly, looks like it’s burning to Continue reading "Trump Addresses Notre Dame Cathedral Fire: ‘I Hope’ it Was an Accident"

Ocasio-Cortez: Reducing Financial, Military Aid to Israel Is ‘On the Table’ After Netanyahu’s Reelection


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During her interview with Skullduggery, a podcast for Yahoo News, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said the reelection of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shows how he is a Trump-like, authoritarian figure and reducing financial aid is “on the table.” “I think these are part of conversations that we’re having in our caucus, but I think what we’re really seeing is the ascent of authoritarianism across the world. I think Netanyahu is a Trump-like figure and I think that we, you know, there are so many ways to approach this issue,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Would you be in favor of reducing military or economic aid to Israel,” Daniel Klaidman, Editor in Chief for Yahoo News, asked. “I mean, I think it’s on the table, I certainly think it’s on the table,” Ocasio-Cortez replied. “I think it’s something that can be discussed.” The freshman Congresswoman added she hopes to be in Continue reading "Ocasio-Cortez: Reducing Financial, Military Aid to Israel Is ‘On the Table’ After Netanyahu’s Reelection"

2020 Candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell Proposes Jailing ‘Assault Weapons’ Owners If They Don’t Surrender Guns


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Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), a 2020 contender, said people who refuse to turn in their military-style assault weapons after his proposed ban would go to jail. He also said owners would be able to store their rifles in a gun club or a firing range. CNN anchor Jake Tapper asked Swalwell: “You wrote last year ‘We should ban possession of military style assault weapons. We should buy back such weapons by all who choose to abide by the law, and should criminally prosecute any who choose to defy it by keeping their weapons.’ Criminal prosecution for keeping assault weapons, what’s the punishment for people who don’t hand in their guns, do they go to jail?” “Well, Jake, they would, but I also offer an alternative, which would be to keep them at a hunting club or a shooting range and the reason I’ve propose this, is because these Continue reading "2020 Candidate Rep. Eric Swalwell Proposes Jailing ‘Assault Weapons’ Owners If They Don’t Surrender Guns"

Trump Backs Cher’s Tweet on Immigration: ‘I Finally Agree With Cher!’


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President Donald Trump expressed his support for singer Cher’s tweet on immigration, in which she claimed the city of Los Angeles can barely take care of its own citizens.
Cher had tweeted on Sunday that while she sympathizes with immigrants’ situation, “MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN.WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS.PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own(Many Are VETS)How Can it Take Care Of More.” Cher’s tweet came after Trump proposed releasing migrants federal authorities have detained into sanctuary cities:

Pelosi Rejects Socialism: ‘That Is Not the View of the Democratic Party’


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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejected the idea of socialism becoming the economic system of the United States during her interview with 60 Minutes Sunday night. Lesley Stahl asked Pelosi about the party’s push for progressive policies, which has led Republicans to accuse Democrats of wanting to implement a socialist platform. “Well, as I understand it, the progressives want radical change,” Stahl said. “They want to get rid of ObamaCare and replace it with Medicare for All. I was under the impression that you had said that you do not favor Medicare for all, that A.C.A., ObamaCare, is better.” “Well, Affordable Care Act is better than Medicare, there’s no question about that. The Affordable Care Act benefits are better. Medicare doesn’t have a catastrophic plan, so if you want Medicare for All, you’re going to have to change Medicare. And, let’s take a look Continue reading "Pelosi Rejects Socialism: ‘That Is Not the View of the Democratic Party’"

Cher Asks How Can Los Angeles Take More Immigrants: ‘MY CITY… ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN’


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Singer Cher, a frequent critic of President Donald Trump, seemed to tweet straight from his talking points on the issue of immigration Sunday. Cher said that while she has sympathy for the plight of migrants, she wondered how Los Angeles can take on even more immigrants when the city struggles to care for its own citizens. Cher’s tweet comes after Trump has proposed releasing detained migrants into sanctuary cities:

Ilhan Omar Calls on Trump to End ‘Violent Rhetoric’: His Rallies Cause an ‘Increase in Hate Crimes’


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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-MN) responded the video President Donald Trump tweeted on Friday — which showed her comments on 9/11 and video of the attacks — saying in a statement that death threats against her have increased. “Since the President’s tweet Friday evening, I have experienced an increase of in direct threats to my life—many directly referencing or replying to the President’s video,” Omar said in a statement. “I thank Capitol Police, the FBI, the House Sergeant at Arms, and the Speaker of the House for their attention to these threats.” Omar pointed to the violent crimes from “right-wing extremists and white nationalists are on the rise” and how places that hosted Trump rallies saw an increase in hate crimes. “Counties that hosted a 2016 Trump rally saw a 226 percent increase in hate crimes in the months following the rally,” she said. “And assaults increase when cities host Continue reading "Ilhan Omar Calls on Trump to End ‘Violent Rhetoric’: His Rallies Cause an ‘Increase in Hate Crimes’"

Beto Tells Crowd at Town Hall Trump Is Inciting Violence Against Rep. Omar and Muslim Americans


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During a campaign stop in Ladson, South Carolina, presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke said President Donald Trump posting a video of Rep. Ilhan Omar’s (D-MN) comments about 9/11 interspersed with video from the attacks was “an incitement to violence.” O’Rourke lead off by describing the video and pointed to Omar’s Muslim faith. “The end of the video says, ‘We will never forget,'” O’Rourke said. “This is an incitement to violence against Congresswoman Omar. Against our fellow Americans who happen to be Muslim.” He finished his criticism of using the debunked claim Trump had called asylum seekers “animals.” The remarks, which Trump made last year, went viral last week and left out context showing he was actually calling gang members belonging to MS-13 “animals.” O’Rourke on Friday alluded to the video in a tweet without naming Omar specifically:

‘That’s Simply Untrue!’: CNN Host Shuts Down Trump Adviser Claiming President ‘Never Incited Violence’


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CNN anchor Victor Blackwell called out Steve Rodgers, who sits on President Trump’s campaign advisory board, on Saturday after he said Trump has never incited violence during his rallies. Blackwell had asked Rodgers about the recent threats against Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). Trump also posted a video Friday on Twitter showing her “some people did something” regarding 9/11 and showing the attacks themselves. “Well, you know what? We certainly will never, ever endorse someone committing an act of violence against anyone,” Rodgers said. “And look, we say things and express our freedoms of speech. We are not responsible, Victor, for the actions of other people. We could say something on air and a crack pot will turn it around and try to justify their actions.” “If you see someone who wants to throw a tomato, punch him in the face or I’ll pay your legal bill if you attack Continue reading "‘That’s Simply Untrue!’: CNN Host Shuts Down Trump Adviser Claiming President ‘Never Incited Violence’"

Trump Blasts NBC Report That He Offered Pardon to DHS Official: ‘Mainstream Media is Corrupt’


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President Donald Trump ripped into NBC News last Friday night after they reported he was offered a pardon to then-U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan if he was jailed for illegally blocking asylum seekers. He called it a “Fake Story” and said the “Mainstream Media is corrupt and getting worse, if that is possible, every day”: “At no time has the President indicated, asked, directed or pressured the Acting Secretary to do anything illegal,” a DHS spokesperson said in response to the report. “Nor would the Acting Secretary take actions that are not in accordance Continue reading "Trump Blasts NBC Report That He Offered Pardon to DHS Official: ‘Mainstream Media is Corrupt’"

‘I Never Said It Was a Joke’: CNN Panel Clash Over Trump Reportedly Telling Head of Border Patrol He’ll Pardon Him Over Asylum Seekers


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A panel on CNN’s Cuomo Prime Time got a little heated Friday night while discussing President Donald Trump reportedly telling then-U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Kevin McAleenan that he would pardon him if he was jailed for blocking asylum seekers. Jim Schultz, a former White House lawyer, maintained this was something Trump said off the cuff and, most importantly, it was something he did not follow through on. Host Chris Cuomo pushed backed on Schultz’s position, insisting Trump’s own people object to the policies he is trying to implement. “Just hear me out about it? You know, what did we hear about him with [Secretary] Nielson,” Cuomo asked. “‘I’m going to close the border.’ ‘Don’t do that. It’s not only problematic in terms of process, it’s legally problematic.’ ‘I’m going to do it anyway.’ ‘I want to do separation of kids more than ever. Continue reading "‘I Never Said It Was a Joke’: CNN Panel Clash Over Trump Reportedly Telling Head of Border Patrol He’ll Pardon Him Over Asylum Seekers"