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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Former Intel Director Rebukes Trump ‘Assault’ On Justice Department

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Warning about the grave Constitutional consequences of Trump trying to turn the FBI into his private police force, and using it to launch political investigations, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper stressed that the new developments pose a threat to American democracy.

“That’s actually a very disturbing assault on the independence of the Department of Justice,” said Clapper on CNN Monday morning. “I think when this president, or any president, tries to use Department of Justice as a kind of private investigatory body, that’s not good for the country.”

Appearing on MSNBC Monday morning, former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates agreed with Clapper’s ominous assessment: “What we’re seeing here is the President has just taken his all-out assault on the rule of law to a new level.…

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Blankenship Wants To Run 3rd Party Candidacy In W. VA

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Republican fears have come true in West Virginia. Primary loser and disgraced coal baron Don Blankenship is going to mount a third-party bid for Senate — something he has been threatening to do but had initially looked like he ruled out.

As Politico notes, if Blankenship follows through and ends up on the ballot, he “could play spoiler in the general election by drawing votes from the GOP nominee, state Attorney General Patrick Morrisey.”

Blankenship, who came in third in the GOP primary, now plans to run on the ticket of the Constitution Party — a far-right minor party whose platform includes opposing protections for immigrants, exiting the UN, “phasing out” Social Security, and severely limiting judicial review.…

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House Republicans Want To Throw Ryan Out Now

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Was Paul Ryan being delusional when he announced that he wouldn’t be stepping down as Speaker of the House immediately, even though he planned on quitting Congress in January?

Ryan claimed he’d have no problem hanging onto the reigns of power, even with his lame-duck status. But now, with the GOP caucus is chaos, and the White House losing key votes in the House, pressure is mounting to fire Ryan.

“Top Republicans in Congress and the White House have in recent days entertained a plan to push House Speaker Paul Ryan out of his post over the summer, in an effort to clear the way for his presumed successor, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, to assume the speakership,” the conservative Weekly Standard reports.…

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