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Giuliani: ‘I’m Sure’ White House Will Try to Block Parts of Mueller Report

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President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani confirmed the White House would attempt to block portions of a final report by special counsel Robert Mueller once his investigation is completed.

The former New York City mayor and the president have been trying to undermine the credibility of Mueller and his team of prosecutors investigating collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election, and Giuliani revealed another possible strategy in their defense, reported the New Yorker.

Mueller will file a report at the end of his investigation with deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the probe for the Department of Justice.

Rosenstein then has the option of releasing the report to Congress and the public.

However, the president’s original legal team negotiated an agreement with the special counsel at the start of the probe that allows the White House to object to the public disclosure of information that might be covered under executive privilege.

Giuliani confirmed that the White House would most likely raise such objections, when the report was completed.

“I’m sure we will,” Giuliani told the magazine.

That would then trigger a legal battle over whether Rosenstein would be permitted to release a complete version of Mueller’s final report on the investigation.

Giuliani is also preparing a pre-emptive report, already 45 pages long, refuting Mueller’s findings that will be released at the same time as the special counsel report.

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THIS IS WHAT FASCISM LOOKS LIKE

‘Deranged Police State Fever Dream’: Internet Explodes Over Rudy Giuliani’s ‘Incredibly Fascist’ Video for 9/11

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Former New York City mayor, now President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani observed the anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks by posting a chilling, creepy, and many are saying “fascist” video in the early morning, tweeting “GOD BLESS AMERICA!” in all-caps.

The highly-edited video opens with staged images of people protesting fascism, as a young child slowly sings “America the Beautiful.”

The camera closes in on a lone police officer starting at the protestors, who are exercising their First Amendment rights.

In an apparent flashback the officer seems to be remembering his life: a police badge is pinned on his shirt, a flag-draped coffin of a U.S. service member is carried past him, and a young boy sits in front of a television set watching footage reminiscent of fire fighters raising a flag in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

He then flips down the clear shield on his helmet, and the camera shows him whipping out a club – just as the protestors jump the barricade.

The words “This We’ll Defend” flash on the screen.

The video is looped, repeating until the user stops it.

NBC News’ Ben Collins explains the video is “a ‘banned from the Super Bowl’ ad that skirted the rules and got conservative media attention.”

Response to the disturbing clip was astonishment, confusion, anger, and outrage – and with many decrying it as clear fascism.

Take a look:

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Conservative Operatives Allied With the Trump White House Are Acquiring ‘Dirt’ on Journalists and Their Families

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President Donald Trump’s war against the media has taken a next step. According to The New York Times, Trump’s allies have been compiling information on reporters at CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times to strike back because the president believes they “aggressively investigated” him.

The information was revealed Sunday using information disclosed by associates of conservative Arthur Schwartz, who is spearheading the project. Schwartz is an adviser to Donald Trump Jr. and previously worked with Steve Bannon.

“If the @nytimes thinks this settles the matter we can expose a few of their other bigots,” Schwartz tweeted, responding to an apology from a Times reporter who tweeted something anti-Semitic long ago. “Lots more where this came from.”

Those familiar with the operation explained that there are decades worth of public posts these conservative operatives have gathered to go on the attack as the 2020 election goes into full force.

“It is not possible to independently assess the claims about the quantity or potential significance of the material the pro-Trump network has assembled. Some involved in the operation have histories of bluster and exaggeration. And those willing to describe its techniques and goals may be trying to intimidate journalists or their employers,” The Times explained.

This isn’t the first time the public is hearing about a war between conservatives and specific journalists. CNN reported in 2016 that Fox News had built a dossier on a reporter who was writing a book at Roger Ailes.

In leaked documents acquired by NBC 7 San Diego, a secret database was revealed showing Trump’s government is watching at least ten journalists and immigration advocates. The advocates had ties to groups like Border Angels and Pueblo Sin Fronteras, neither of which are extremist groups.

According to The Times, the information published so far has removed all of the contexts and presenting the comments in a misleading way. The goal is to harm the targets professionally.

Read the full report from The Times.

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Trump Chillingly Tells Students’ Group the Constitution Gives Him ‘The Right to Do Whatever I Want as President’

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Maybe the students attending Turning Point USA’s Teen Action Summit weren’t paying attention in whatever civics or history classes they recently took, but President Donald Trump on Tuesday went unchallenged when he told attendees the U.S. Constitution gives him unlimited power.

“Then I have an Article Two, where I have the right to do whatever I want as president,” Trump said.

Article Two, which defines the executive branch, including outlining impeachment, does not in any manner suggest the President has unlimited powers or the right to do whatever he wants.

Here’s President Trump making this chilling and fascistic claim in Washington, D.C. earlier today:

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