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Reprinted with permission from Alternet.

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) held a press conference late Wednesday night to denounce Attorney General Bill Barr’s political gamesmanship around the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

On Wednesday afternoon, frustration with Barr grew to a boil when it was reported that the White House had been briefed on the report. The Justice Department also revealed that it would be holding a press conference on the report before it is even publicly released — giving Barr the opportunity to put his and the president’s spin on it before journalists can read the nearly 400-page document.

“This is wrong, this is not the proper role for the attorney general,” Nadler said. He argued that Barr “appears to be waging a media campaign on behalf of President Trump, the very subject of the investigation at the heart of the Mueller report.”

Asked if he would call Mueller to testify before Congress, Nadler suggested that it was a strong possibility. He said he may even call additional members of Mueller’s team to testify.

Watch Nadler’s remarks below:

Actor as Donald Trump in Russia Today video ad

Screenshot from RT's 'Trump is here to make RT Great Again'

Russia Today, the network known in this country as RT, has produced a new "deep fake" video that portrays Donald Trump in post-presidential mode as an anchor for the Kremlin outlet. Using snippets of Trump's own voice and an actor in an outlandish blond wig, the ad suggests broadly that the US president is indeed a wholly owned puppet of Vladimir Putin– as he has so often given us reason to suspect.

"They're very nice. I make a lot of money with them," says the actor in Trump's own voice. "They pay me millions and hundreds of millions."

But when American journalists described the video as "disturbing," RT retorted that their aim wasn't to mock Trump, but his critics and every American who objects to the Russian manipulations that helped bring him to power.

As an ad for RT the video is amusing, but the network's description of it is just another lie. Putin's propagandists are again trolling Trump and America, as they've done many times over the past few years –- and this should be taken as a warning of what they're doing as Election Day approaches.

The Lincoln Project aptly observed that the Russians "said the quiet part out loud" this time, (Which is a bad habit they share with Trump.)