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Rosenstein Calls Out Obama Admin For Failing to ‘Publicize’ Russian Election Interference

Rosenstein Calls Out Obama Admin For Failing to ‘Publicize’ Russian Election InterferenceDuring a private speech Thursday evening, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein lamented the Obama administration's decision not to “publicize” Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.Rosenstein, who oversaw special counsel Robert Mueller's recently-concluded investigation into Russian election interference, suggested that the Obama administration did the public a disservice by not publicly revealing “the full story” of the Kremlin's attempt to disrupt the election while adequate counter-measures could have been taken.“Some critical decisions about the Russia investigation were made before I got there. The previous Administration chose not to publicize the full story about Russian computer hackers and social media trolls, and how they relate to a broader strategy to undermine America,” Rosenstein said during an address to the Public Servants Dinner of the Armenian Bar Association.Rosenstein went on to criticize former FBI director James Comey for his decision to reveal the existence of a counterintelligence investigation into Russian election interference at the height of the 2016 campaign.“The FBI disclosed classified evidence about the investigation to ranking legislators and their staffers. Someone selectively leaked details to the news media. The FBI Director announced at a congressional hearing that there was a counterintelligence investigation that might result in criminal charges,” he continued. “Then the former FBI Director alleged that the President pressured him to close the investigation, and the President denied that the conversation occurred.”Obama administration officials elected not to publicize the extent of the Kremlin's interference efforts because they believed they would be seen to be tilting the scales toward Hillary Clinton by exposing Russia's preference for Trump, NBC News reported in December 2016. Their confidence in Clinton's victory also bolstered their belief that alarming the public about election interference would prove unnecessary.



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ISIS Bride’s Family Sues Trump Admin. for Refusing Her Entry into U.S.

ISIS Bride’s Family Sues Trump Admin. for Refusing Her Entry into U.S.The father of Hoda Muthana, the Alabama woman who traveled to Syria to join ISIS in 2014, has filed suit against a number of Trump administration officials over their refusal to allow her to return to the U.S.Attorneys for the Constitutional Law Center for Muslims in America filed suit Friday in federal court in Washington, D.C. against President Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and Attorney General William Barr, challenging the officials' determination that Muthana is not a U.S. citizen and, as such, should not be allowed to re-enter the U.S.The question of Muthana's citizenship centers on whether her father was serving as a Yemeni diplomat when she was born in New Jersey in 1994. Her attorneys claim her father was discharged from his diplomatic post nearly two months before she was born, and that she is thus entitled to birthright citizenship under the 14th Amendment.Muthana has an 18-month-old son fathered by one of the three ISIS fighters she was married to during her time in the caliphate. She was taken recently to a refugee camp in northern Syria by Kurdish fighters, where she has pleaded in a series of interviews to be allowed to return home.The suit filed Friday argues that Muthana's father is “entitled to send his daughter money to ensure the survival of his daughter and grandson, and enable them safe passage home, without subjecting himself to criminal liability.”Muthana's family claims she is aware she will be prosecuted upon returning home and is willing to accept her punishment.“In Ms. Muthana’s words, she recognizes that she has ‘ruined’ her own life, but she does not want to ruin the life of her young child,” Muthana's attorneys told AL.com in a statement. “Citizenship is a core right under the Constitution, and once recognized should not be able to be unilaterally revoked by tweet—no matter how egregious the intervening conduct may be.”



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18 A.G.s sue Trump admin over family separation border policy

18 A.G.s sue Trump admin over family separation border policyMaura Healey, Massachusetts attorney general, talks with Rachel Maddow about an lawsuit filed by 17 states plus Washington, D.C. against the Trump administration to stop the border policy of separating children from parents at the border.



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Trump admin struggles to repair migrant families it shattered

Trump admin struggles to repair migrant families it shatteredEfren Olivares, director of the Texas Civil Rights Project Racial and Economic Justice Program, talks about the effort to reunite families split by Donald Trump's zero tolerance border policy.



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Multiple States Sue Trump Admin to Stop Family Separation Policy

Multiple States Sue Trump Admin to Stop Family Separation PolicyRachel Maddow reports on a lawsuit filed by Washington state Attorney General Bob Ferguson and joined by several other states to stop Donald Trump's migrant family separation policy.



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Trump admin facing tough questions on child separation policy

Trump admin facing tough questions on child separation policyRep. Ted Lieu talks with Rachel Maddow about trying to hold the Trump administration accountable for their new policy of taking babies and children from immigrant parents and forcing a change to the policy.



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Rep. Swalwell warns Trump admin over McCabe departure

Rep. Swalwell warns Trump admin over McCabe departureRep. Eric Swalwell joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the news that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is stepping down and warns that if his departure is in any way connected to the Russia investigation, it will cause problems for the Trump administration.



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NY Atty. General steps up lawsuits against Trump admin.

NY Atty. General steps up lawsuits against Trump admin.NY Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has filed his 100th lawsuit against Donald Trump and the administration, according to the New York Times. Nick Akerman explains Schneiderman's history with Trump and why his legal challenges are significant.



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Exorbitant Jet Travel a Trump Admin Hallmark

Exorbitant Jet Travel a Trump Admin HallmarkRachel Maddow reports on new revelations about the excessive cost of plane travel by Secretary Mnuchin, the same scandal that drove Secretary Price from his job, and which has also been exposed in Secretary Zinke and others.



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Trump Admin. Seeks U.N. Authorization to Use Military Force Against North Korean Smuggling Vessels

Trump Admin. Seeks U.N. Authorization to Use Military Force Against North Korean Smuggling VesselsThe controversial draft is likely to get pushback from Russia and China.



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