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Former U.S. Attorney Chuck Rosenberg said Thursday that he "absolutely" believed special counsel Robert Mueller has President Trump's tax returns.The comment came in response to a question fro...
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The inaugural funds have long raised suspicions — now it looks like investigators have the matter in their sights. If you thought Thursday morning that President Donald Trump's legal peril was as bad as it could get, you were wrong.A new report from the Wall Street Journal published Thursday afternoon revealed yet another legal threat to the president and those in his orbit, in addition to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the Southern District of New York's campaign finance case, and the New York attorney general's ongoing scrutiny of his untoward business and foundation practices.This criminal investigation, still in its early stages, is being pursued by Manhattan federal prosecutors and focuses on Trump's inauguration spending, the Journal reported.The inquiry reportedly arose out of the federal raids on the offices of Trump's former fixer, Michael Cohen. According to the Journal, investigators uncovered a recording between Cohen and Stephanie Winston Wolkoff, who worked on t...
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What the Russian spy’s guilty plea tells us about Trump’s chances of surviving Mueller’s investigation. A report this week by NBC News that suspected Russian spy Maria Butina will plead guilty to violating laws regarding government agents operating within the United States is the worst news Donald Trump has faced in months, but not for the reason many think.Butina will reportedly admit to conspiring with a Russian official believed to be Alexander Torshin "to establish unofficial lines of communication with Americans having power and influence over U.S. politics . . . for the benefit of the Russian Federation" (Torshin recently retired from being a deputy director of the Russian central bank). She will also admit to attempting to influence the National Rifle Association and “Political Party 1,” believed to be the Republican Party. Butina will admit to setting up a meeting between senior officials of the NRA and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in December 2015,...
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Rudy Giuliani, one of President Trump’s lawyers, said Wednesday that the president’s legal team is focused on encouraging special counsel Robert Mueller to end his Russia investigation.
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One day after former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's legal team made the bombshell allegations that the FBI had pushed him not to bring a lawyer to his fateful 2017 interview with agents at the White House, the federal judge overseeing Flynn's criminal case late Wednesday ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller to turn over highly secret documents related to the questioning.
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If this allegation is true, it could be yet another serious problem for the president. President Donald Trump is already facing serious questions for allegedly directing both his personal attorney Michael Cohen and tabloid publisher American Media Inc. to make illegal campaign-related expenditures to cover up his sexual encounters with women.But there could be an entirely different problem for Trump: according to Bloomberg News, Michael Cohen's attorney and spokesperson, Lanny Davis, is now alleging Trump knew in advance that Cohen was going to lie to Congress about Trump's pursuit of a real estate venture in Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign — a crime for which Cohen has now submitted a guilty plea."Mr. Trump and the White House knew that Michael Cohen would be testifying falsely to Congress and did not tell him not to," Davis told Bloomberg Radio's "Sound On" in an interview.Davis added, "There will come a time after [special counsel Robert] Mueller is done with hi...
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The case is unlikely to end with Cohen. Donald Trump Jr. has, according to multiple reports, been fearful for weeks that Special Counsel Robert Mueller could be ready to indict him at any moment, potentially for lying to Congress. But as former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti explained Wednesday, the president's eldest son — and perhaps other children — may have a more to fear in the immediate future from the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York.The threat comes not from the Russia investigation or Trump Jr.'s potentially criminal lies in the proceedings of that probe but from the case in which President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced on Wednesday: the criminal hush money payments made on behalf of the campaign to women who said they had affairs with the president.Cohen pleaded guilty to those charges. But the court filings, information provided by prosecutors, and information in the public record reveal that he didn't act alone.He a...
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It's been a long time coming. President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence received a big dose of reality on Tuesday, Dec. 11, when they met face-to-face with two of the leading Democrats on Capitol Hill: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. In 2019, Schumer will still be part of the minority party in the Senate, where Republicans achieved a net gain of two seats in the 2018 midterms. But when Trump spoke to Pelosi in the Oval Office, it was obvious that his days of enjoying one-party rule on Capitol Hill will soon be coming to an end. Democrats enjoyed a net gain of 40 seats in the midterms, and Pelosi made it clear that the Democratic House majority won’t be rubber-stamping legislation that Trump favors — for example, a costly wall stretching from California to Texas along the U.S./Mexico border.Pelosi, who appears likely to become House speaker in 2019, sounded like she was ready for battle as she sat alongside Trump,...
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Intelligence experts say Russian outreach to the Trump campaign fits the pattern of an intelligence operation. Former officials have reviewed the attempts by Russians to establish contact as laid out in recent court filings by special counsel Robert Mueller. They conclude they were apparently targeted and more frequent than would be expected […]
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Michael Cohen issued a stinging rebuke of his former boss Donald Trump on Wednesday as he was sentenced to three years in prison, insisting it had been his job to cover up Mr Trump’s “dirty deeds”.  Cohen, who served as Mr Trump’s lawyer and fixer for a decade, likened his sentencing to a moment of “freedom” as he would no longer be bound by his relationship to his former employer. The sentence hearing followed Cohen pleading guilty earlier this year to four crimes: tax evasion, lying to a financial institution, lying to Congress and breaking campaign finance laws.  The last of those involved paying two women who claimed affairs with Mr Trump – porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal – to stay quiet before the 2016 presidential election. Cohen has claimed in court that Mr Trump directed the payments - something the US president has denied. Mr Trump has also suggested such payments would not amount to crimes. Michael Cohen served as Donald Trum...
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All bids for the cloud are sealed, and the Pentagon refused to comment on the report. A technology company linked to a sanctioned Russian oligarch is among the bidders for a Pentagon contract to store sensitive data — possibly even U.S. nuclear codes.Viktor Vekselberg, who is close to the Kremlin and has ties to former Trump organization attorney Michael Cohen, also has links to one of the bidders for the cyber-cloud database called the JEDI project, reported the BBC.The Russian oligarch has links to the cyber-investment firm C5 Group, which has worked closely with the leading bidder, Amazon Web Services.Both C5 and AWS told the BBC that the Vekselber-linked investment firm was not involved in any way with the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure bid.All bids for the cloud are sealed, and the Pentagon refused to comment on the report.The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned Vekselberg under the Magnitsky Act for his links to the Kremlin, and he was questioned by agent...
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Special counsel Robert Mueller's office said last week that Flynn's co-operation — including 19 meetings with investigators — was so extensive that he was entitled to avoid prison when he is sentenced next week.
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US President Donald Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn does not deserve jail for lying about his contacts with Russians after Trump's 2016 election win, his lawyers argued in a memorandum on Tuesday. In a court filing before his December 18 sentencing in Washington, the lawyers asked that he be sentenced to a maximum of one year on probation, with minimal supervision conditions along with 200 hours of community service. The request is in line with a recommendation last week from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
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District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set a hearing for Jan. 25 for disputes about special counsel Robert Mueller voiding a plea deal with Paul Manafort.
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A U.S. judge today postponed Maria Butina's plea agreement hearing until Thursday. Butina is expected to plead guilty of being a Russian agent who conspired with Russians and Americans to throw the election to Trump, funnel cash to the NRA and other political figures, and soften U.S. foreign policy towards Moscow. Thursday will be an important news day if this plea hearing schedule holds. She was charged in July, and originally pleaded not guilty. The court considered her a high flight risk. She's been in jail for months. From Reuters, on the Tuesday court hearing schedule change: U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan did not specify a reason for the delay. Butina was jailed awaiting trial. Moscow has labeled the case against Butina “fabricated” and called for her release. Prosecutors have accused Butina of working with a Russian official and two U.S. citizens to try to infiltrate the NRA, which has close ties to Republican politicians including President Donald Trump, and sway...
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David French is done watching his party succumb to echo-chamber politics on Trump and Russia. In their desperation to insulate President Donald Trump from the fallout of the Russia investigation, the Republican Party has woven an elaborate counternarrative in which the act of investigating Russia is the real scandal. And David French, writer for the arch-conservative National Review, is finally calling out this mentality on the Right."It's time to put a conspiracy theory to rest," writes French in a new column. "It's time to debunk a hoax."The GOP narrative goes that the investigation, first started by the FBI and taken up by special counsel Robert Mueller, is a "witch hunt" manufactured by Obama administration officials to bring down Trump; that the investigation of the campaign was illegal and the warrant to surveil it obtained using partisan material; that Trump officials are being prosecuted over "perjury traps" rather than anything of substance; and that Mueller's team is s...
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Half of Americans believe special counsel Robert Mueller will personally implicate President Trump in wrongdoing, according to a ...
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The sentencing memos filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week against
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(Bloomberg) -- Special Counsel Robert Mueller and U.S. prosecutors are far from finished in their investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump’s campaign, and his business and political circle, judging by recent court filings. But by the end of this week, some key early chapters will come closer to resolution.
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History can be instructive in the case of Donald Trump. If President Donald Trump is brought down, it will be Republicans who finally seal his fate, not Democrats.No matter how much evidence is uncovered by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the U.S. attorney from the Southern District of New York, the New York Attorney General, or any other prosecutors who happen to be investigating the president — it's almost certain that impeachment is the only viable way the government could respond. While a president may be indictable, even critics of Trump acknowledge that allowing charges against Trump to go to trial before he is removed or his term is ended poses serious constitutional challenges that may be insurmountable, as former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal has argued.But while Democrats hold the power to impeach Trump in the House of Representatives, they'll need at least 20 Republican senators to join with all the Democratic senators to successfully remove him from office. A...
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A federal judge has scheduled a hearing Tuesday to weigh whether Paul Manafort should be declared in breach of his plea agreement after Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused him of lying about his contacts with White Hou...
 
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President Trump's former lawyer and fixer will learn his fate, which likely involves multiple years in jail -- and the rest of us will learn more about the value of Cohen's (uneven) cooperation thus far and his potential future usefulness to special counsel Robert Mueller, writes Elie Honig.
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Special counsel Robert Mueller's filings reveal that Michael Cohen has provided "useful" information on obstruction and collusion.
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Families separated at the border between the United States and Mexico are among the shortlist of finalists for Time magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year. Recent selections have included the Silence Breakers of the #MeToo movement and Donald Trump. This year’s shortlist also features the US president, along with Russian president Vladimir Putin and special counsel Robert Mueller, who was a runner up for last year’s title, and is looking at Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
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President Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller both appeared on Time's 2018 Person of the Year shortlist.Time anno...
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The former FBI director answered the question on everyone's mind. The latest court filings against President Donald Trump's former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen directly implicate Trump in the scheme to pay off women he slept with ahead of the 2016 presidential election — which prosecutors with the Southern District of New York say constitutes a federal crime.This raises the a huge question: did Trump himself commit a felony?According to former FBI Director James Comey in an interview with NBC's Kasie Hunt, it is unclear — but Trump should count himself lucky he is president right now."Is the President of the United States right now an unindicted co-conspirator?" asked Hunt."We don't know," said Comey, who was famously fired by Trump last year in an attempt to shut down the Russia investigation. "Not in the formal sense that he's been named in an indictment, where you could actually say that this defendant and named others, or others by pseudonym, conspired together,...
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His lawyer's complaints against the special counsel are barely a step above gibberish. On Sunday evening, POLITICO reported that Jerome Corsi, the Birther conspiracy theorist and former InfoWars writer who allegedly helped President Donald Trump's campaign adviser Roger Stone in his collaboration with WikiLeaks to disseminate Russian-hacked emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign, has filed a $350 million lawsuit against special counsel Robert Mueller.Corsi's lawsuit alleges that "Mueller and his partisan Democrat, leftist, and ethically and legally conflicted prosecutorial staff" leaked information from grand jury proceedings, illegally surveilled Corsi, and attempted to blackmail him into lying as part of a "legal coup d'etat" against Trump:"Defendant Mueller and his prosecutorial staff have demanded that Plaintiff Corsi falsely testify that he acted as a liaison between Roger Stone and WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange concerning the public release of emails downloaded fro...
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President Trump responded over the weekend to the latest filings from special counsel Robert Mueller by declaring himself cleared of wrongdoing during the 2016 presidential election.
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President Trump responded over the weekend to the latest filings from special counsel Robert Mueller by declaring himself cleared of wrongdoing during the 2016 presidential election.
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Rachel Martin talks to Jonah Goldberg — senior editor of the National Review about the latest revelations in the probe into the 2016 presidential election conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.
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Rachel Martin talks to Jonah Goldberg — senior editor of the National Review about the latest revelations in the probe into the 2016 presidential election conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.
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Rachel Martin talks to Jonah Goldberg, senior editor of the National Review, about the latest revelations in the probe into the 2016 presidential election conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.
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Rachel Martin talks to Jonah Goldberg, senior editor of the National Review, about the latest revelations in the probe into the 2016 presidential election conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.
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Suggesting that special counsel Robert Mueller is tightening the net has become a fashionable take lately. But last week's developments may not mean Mueller's investigation is winding up.
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Retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) said in a new interview that the Republican Party has been inured to danger of President Trump's continued criticism of special counsel Robert Mueller."It's like the party is a fr...
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The new Senate majority whip urged caution while federal prosecutors and special counsel Robert Mueller complete investigations.
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Robert de Niro reprised his role on “Saturday Night Live” as special counsel Robert Mueller with a warning about the probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election. In a surprise appearance during Saturday’s “cold open,” De Niro, playing a boogeyman-like Mueller, pops out of a closet in what is meant to be Eric Trump’s...
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Saturday Night Live's latest cold open took yet another trip to Trumpworld, focusing on the president's adult man-children, Eric and Donald Jr.  The Christmas-adjacent sketch sees Eric fearful of the bogeyman in his closet. Don Jr. insists there's nothing to be scared of, but when he leaves the room to get some (more) bad news from his lawyer, Eric finds himself face-to-face with the scariest demon of all if you're a Trump: Special Counsel Robert Mueller (Robert De Niro). Happy holidays! Here's hoping the annual gift-giving season brings the best present of all: an ignominious end for the worst and most incapable leader in U.S. history. Read more...More about Entertainment, Tv, Donald Trump, Saturday Night Live, and Robert Mueller
 
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Robert De Niro returned to "Saturday Night Live" as White House special counsel Robert Mueller to check on President Trump's son Eric.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — The more that special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors reveal, the darker grow the legal clouds over President Donald Trump.
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President Donald Trump is dipping into his playbook of distraction and denial, but even his skills at weaving alternative narratives cannot disguise the growing threat he faces from special counsel Robert Mueller.
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CNN's SE Cupp sifts through the trio of court filings, two from the special counsel's office and one from the Southern District of New York, which suggest special counsel Robert Mueller has substantial evidence to back up his accusations.
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In the late spring of 2017, President Trump was having a hard time finding a top-flight lawyer to spearhead his defense in the sprawling Russian investigation being conducted by the new special counsel Robert Mueller. Around that time, sources tell Yahoo News, White House officials reached out to a man who they thought would be an ideal candidate: William P. Barr, the former attorney general under President George H.W. Bush.
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During Friday’s Democratic Weekly Address, Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR) touted legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller and said that President Trump has already interfered in Mueller’s investigation. Transcript (via FedNews) as Follows: “Hello. I’m Ron Wyden, United States Senator from Oregon. This week, America looked back at the remarkable life of President George Herbert Walker Bush. He cared deeply about our country, and his career in public service began long before he sat in the Oval Office. He was a decorated Navy pilot. He served two terms in Congress. He was a diplomat, a leader in the intelligence community, and Ronald Reagan’s Vice President. As President, he signed legislation that protected Americans with disabilities, and he strengthened clean-air rules and raised national education standards. He also set the country on the path to a balanced budget. It was all done in bipartisan cooperation with Democrats in the Congress. That’s what Ame...
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Rudy Giuliani, one of President Trump's personal lawyers, went after former Trump attorney Michael Cohen after prosecutors revealed his extensive cooperation with special counsel Robert Mueller in court filings on Friday....
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President Trump on Saturday morning blasted special counsel Robert Mueller, one day after Mueller said Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen has gone to "significant lengths" to aid his ongoing Russia investigati...
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Trump and the Republicans believe they’re entitled to rule, democracy be damned. It’s a deeply dangerous moment You can tell a lot about a person by how they react to "A Few Good Men," the 1992 movie starring Jack Nicholson as a corrupt Marine and Tom Cruise as the noble young military lawyer who takes him down. The movie has a famous scene where Nicholson's character, Col. Nathan Jessup, explodes in rage after being exposed for his part in the killing of a young Marine and subsequent cover-up. "You can't handle the truth!" he barks, while raving about how hard his job is and how he feels this entitles him to do the awful things he did.The screenwriter, Aaron Sorkin, isn't known for his subtlety. I always thought that Jessup was clearly the villain, an imperious monster who is lashing out like a cornered rat. But no -- apparently there are a lot of people who read Jessup as a hero for standing up against those namby-pamby "rule of law" liberals and for the belief that...
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Friday on MSNBC’s “All In,” Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) addressed the possibility of impeaching President Donald Trump on the heels of documents released tied to Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the possible interference of Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Castro told fill-in host Ali Velshi he thought the only thing that might be keeping Trump from being indicted is that he is the elected president. “It is remarkable to read that Cohen sentencing memo and to realize essentially that the only thing keeping Donald Trump from being indicted and being charged with a crime beyond wealth and privilege is that he occupies the presidency and that he’s in the White House,” Castro said. “If he didn’t, it’s very likely that he would be in court right now as well.” Later in the segment, Velshi raised the possibility of Trump’s impeachment, to which Castro argued the option...
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Special counsel Robert Mueller has accused former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort of making false statements in the “Russiagate” investigation, including about a man Mueller insinuated might be a Russian spy. Read Full Article at RT.com
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President Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen says he “conferred” with Trump about setting up a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin during the early part of the 2016 presidential campaign, according to an explosive document filed Friday by special counsel Robert Mueller in Manhattan. Initially, Cohen said his September 2015 comments on Sean Hannity’s radio...
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Court filings on Friday regarding Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen reveal the ways in which the special counsel's investigation can endanger President Trump's future. Special Counsel Robert Mueller also revealed on Tuesday that former national security adviser Michael Flynn offered "substantial assistance" to the Russia investigation -- the same day Maryland and the District of Columbia issued subpoenas in their emoluments case against President Trump.
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Michael Cohen, Donald Trump's former personal lawyer and 'fixer', should serve a "substantial" prison sentence despite cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, prosecutors said.
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Some right-wing craziness that occurred this week. Rep. Mia Love claims it was racist for Democrats to defeat her.With the election loss of Rep. Mia Love (R-UT) to Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, the incoming House GOP caucus will now have exactly zero women of color.And in a new interview on "The View," Love, the daughter of Haitian-American immigrants, argued that this somehow proves Democrats are racist. Why? Because they ran a candidate against her and won."We're not going to let Democrats off the hook, because I was actually targeted by Democrats. They targeted me because I am a black female Republican. And they replaced me with a middle-aged white male in the state of Utah."OMG she is saying that the Democrats are the *real* racists because they tried to get rid of all the diversity in the Republican party by ousting her and Carlos Curbelo. pic.twitter.com/3tlYAOmEyM— Chris Evans (@notcapnamerica) December 7, 2018It should go without saying that targeting a...
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