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AOC on Trump's willingness to accept political 'dirt' on rivals: 'The pressure to impeach grows'

AOC on Trump's willingness to accept political 'dirt' on rivals: 'The pressure to impeach grows'Days after President Trump asserted he would take damaging information on his political rivals from a foreign power, New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said "the pressure to impeach grows.”



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Giuliani: ‘Nothing Wrong’ With Getting Political Dirt From Russians

Giuliani: ‘Nothing Wrong’ With Getting Political Dirt From RussiansREUTERS/Ronen ZvulunThe Trump campaign’s attempt to solicit political assistance from agents of the Russian government was perfectly legal, the president's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani suggested on Sunday, calling it was a completely defensible political move.“There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians,” Giuliani told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview on Sunday morning, referring to a June 2016 Trump Tower meeting at which Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner solicited dirt on Hillary Clinton from people they believed to be acting at the behest of the Russian government.Pressed by Tapper on whether it’s “okay” to use information stolen by adversarial foreign governments in the service of a presidential candidacy, Giuliani replied, “it depends on the stolen material.”The investigative report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller released this week reviewed evidence that Don Jr. and Kushner may have violated campaign finance laws by enthusiastically taking that Trump Tower meeting in anticipation of receiving opposition research from two Russian attorneys with ties to the country’s government.Mueller concluded that there was not sufficient evidence to charge anyone on the Trump campaign with soliciting an illegal in-kind contribution from a foreign national.In the interview, Giuliani sought to shift the focus from whether the conduct was ethically defensible to whether it violated the letter of the law.“We’re gonna get into morality? That’s not what prosecutors look at, morality,” Giuliani said. “This didn’t become an international scandal because of immorality. It became an international scandal because the president was accused of violating the law, falsely.”The line of questioning was prompted by a statement this week from Mitt Romney, a senator from Utah and the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. Romney said he was “appalled” that “fellow citizens working in a campaign for president welcomed help from Russia.”Pressed on the question of morality, and whether such conduct was defensible even putting aside legal questions, Giuliani compared the acceptance of information stolen by a hostile foreign government to any other “immoral” conduct by a political campaign.“I’d like to take a good look at Romney’s campaign and see if there were any immoral or unethical things done by the people working for him that he didn’t know about,” Giuliani said. “If there weren’t than it was the only campaign in history because he’s maybe holier than the holiest one.”Read more at The Daily Beast.Got a tip? Send it to The Daily Beast here



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Attorney General William Barr faces a political firestorm after release of the Mueller report

Attorney General William Barr faces a political firestorm after release of the Mueller reportPresident Trump's new attorney general is facing sharp criticism for his handling of the release of the special counsel's final Trump-Russia report.



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Joe Biden Is Facing a Political Crisis — And He's Not Even Running (Yet)

Joe Biden Is Facing a Political Crisis — And He's Not Even Running (Yet)As women claim Joe Biden touched them in inappropriate ways, questions about gender will linger ahead of his potential 2020 race.



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AP Explains: What's next in Venezuela's political stand-off?

AP Explains: What's next in Venezuela's political stand-off?CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — A previously little-known Venezuelan congressman, Juan Guaidó, leaped to the front stage of Venezuela's political conflict early this year by declaring himself interim president in a bid to force the removal of President Nicolas Maduro.



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James Comey hints at 2020 presidential run in arguably the worst political April Fool’s prank yet

James Comey hints at 2020 presidential run in arguably the worst political April Fool’s prank yetApril Fool's Day is possibly the worst time to believe anything you read on the Internet. Take, for example, former FBI Director James Comey a message he sent to his more than one million followers on Twitter. The former FBI director posted a photo to his account showing him standing with his back towards the camera on an open road, looking into the distance with his hands in his pockets and his feet planted over a yellow lane separating each side of the street. “I’m in,” he wrote. “We need someone in the middle.”The former official — who Donald Trump forced out of the FBI in a controversial move that sparked public outcry — then added the hashtag 2020, leading some to believe he was set to make a bold announcement about a political bid for the White House. Mr Comey has no reported intention of actually campaigning to become the next president of the United States, however. And by the sound of his tweet’s response, sitting out of the race is likely a smart decision on his part. Hours after the original picture was posted to his account, Mr Comey tweeted, “But could you imagine a president who used this website to make dad jokes rather than to hurl insults?”> I’m in. We need someone in the middle. 2020 pic.twitter.com/IGt69bEQz1> > — James Comey (@Comey) > > April 1, 2019“Happy AprilFools,” he continued, adding the hashtag VoteDem2020. “April Fools jokes are supposed to be funny, Mr Comey,” one user wrote. Another added: “Without a doubt, this is the worst thing that Comey has ever done.” Twitter users continued railing against Mr Comey throughout the day, pointing to a 2016 press conference in which he divulged details about the FBI’s findings into Hillary Clinton’s emails as alleged evidence of his political bias. Mr Comey, who detailed his career in the FBI and what it was like being removed by Mr Trump in the recent book A High Loyalty: Truth, Lies and Leadership, has been criticised for his handling of the probe by lawmakers and Americans on both sides of the aisle.



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Trump-Netanyahu: How two leaders reap political rewards from their cozy relationship

Trump-Netanyahu: How two leaders reap political rewards from their cozy relationshipThe bond between Trump and Netanyahu goes far beyond political flattery and good chemistry. It’s also great politics.



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Israeli PM Netanyahu says he will sue political rivals for libel

Israeli PM Netanyahu says he will sue political rivals for libelIn a video published on his Facebook page, Netanyahu said he instructed his attorneys to take legal action against former armed forces chief Benny Gantz and ex-defense minister Moshe “Bogie” Yaalon. In the video, Netanyahu said that through their “labeling of me as a traitor” Gantz, Yaalon and their party colleague Yair Lapid – who cannot be sued because he is a legislator – had committed “a blood libel that must not be ignored”. Netanyahu’s lawyer and other suspects have been the focus of a long-running police investigation into the sale of German submarines to Israel, amid concerns about a conflict of interest.



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The political battle over Robert Mueller’s report is just beginning

The political battle over Robert Mueller’s report is just beginningWhile Mueller’s report has been the subject of almost feverish anticipation, it is not clear the public will see anything beyond Barr’s letter to Congress. According to the rules, Barr can decide what, if anything, from Mueller’s report will be made public.



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Political spending by Abrams' nonprofit could pose problems

Political spending by Abrams' nonprofit could pose problemsWASHINGTON (AP) — In a matter of months, Stacey Abrams has gone from losing the Georgia governor's race to being a heavily recruited Democratic star, urged to run for Senate and mentioned as a possible presidential contender.



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