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Stephen Colbert is disturbed by the erupting scandal over White House security clearances. He wants to know the names of the 25 individuals who got access to sensitive classified information despite “possible foreign influence” in their background not to mention “concerning personal behavior, drug use, and criminal conduct.” (Hint: Unscramble “Ivared” and “Janka.”)

Evidently Trump aides overrode the whistleblower who flagged these security risks because such worrying behavior “occurred in the past.” So what if some top administration staffers were compromised last year, or last week. At least there’s no proof they’ve done anything wrong in the future. Yet.

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WFormer President Trump, right, and former Attorney General William Barr

Reprinted with permission from Press Run

Stunning new abuse-of-power revelations remind us of the Trump administration's complete disregard for democratic principles. We now know that over a span of years it took extraordinary legal measures, including gag orders and secret tribunals, in pursuit of email records from reporters at CNN and the Washington Post. Team Trump also unleashed the courts on Democratic members of Congress and their families trying to obtain private phone records, as well as secretly targeting a key White House attorney, who possibly fell under suspicion for not being sufficiently loyal to Trump.

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