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Conservative Columnist Bashes AG Bill Barr With 7 Brutal Reasons Why No One Should Trust Him

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On Thursday, Never-Trump conservative columnist and talk radio host Charlie Sykes penned an editorial explaining why he has no faith in Attorney General William Barr — and offered seven reasons why the rest of America shouldn’t trust him either.

“My Barr-skepticism admittedly runs deep,” he wrote, but “The case against blindly trusting Barr has grown more compelling in the weeks since, and especially given his testimony before the Senate on Tuesday.”

His reasons include: Barr was handpicked by President Donald Trump to be his personal “Roy Cohn”; he auditioned for the role with a memo arguing the president could not be accused of obstruction of justice; he followed through with this promise by intervening in special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings; his explanation of the investigation was inadequate; he has shown he cannot act independently of Trump’s personal whims; and he is not taking the steps he legally can to make the Justice Department’s findings transparent to the American people.

The seventh and most damning reason, Sykes wrote, is his reckless decision to say in an open Senate hearing, with no evidence, that he believes the FBI was “spying” on the Trump campaign — an act that seemed calculated to please the president rather than serve any legitimate investigative purpose.

“Predictably, Barr’s comments were eagerly received by his audience of one,” concluded Sykes, noting that Trump referred to the Mueller probe as “treason” shortly before Barr’s testimony began. “And now, it appears, he has an attorney general willing to do something about it.”

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Trump Administration Orders Military Police to Prepare to Deploy to Minneapolis

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Concern is quickly growing on news the Trump administration has ordered U.S. Military Police to prepare to deploy to Minneapolis after four nights of protests. Federal law, specifically the Posse Comitatus Act of 1878, makes it illegal in many cases to use the U.S. Military within the borders of the United States, especially for law enforcement.

Early Saturday morning the Associated Press reported “the Pentagon took the rare step of ordering the Army to put several active-duty U.S. military police units on the ready to deploy to Minneapolis, where the police killing of George Floyd sparked the widespread protests.”

Soldiers from Fort Bragg in North Carolina and Fort Drum in New York have been ordered to be ready to deploy within four hours if called, according to three people with direct knowledge of the orders. Soldiers in Fort Carson, in Colorado, and Fort Riley in Kansas have been told to be ready within 24 hours.

President Donald Trump in a 1 AM Friday morning tweet threatened to call up the National Guard and shoot “thugs” in Minneapolis if state and local officials did “bring the City under control.”

Trump also tweeted, “when the looting starts, the shooting starts.”

The President promised he would “assume control” and “get the job done right.”

Trump hours earlier, according to the AP, had “asked Defense Secretary Mark Esper for military options to help quell the unrest in Minneapolis after protests descended into looting and arson in some parts of the city.”

National security attorney Bradley Moss weighed in:

Online many are referring to the Posse Comitatus Act to support their belief Trump’s actions might be illegal.

Former Bush chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter, now a law professor, fired off such a warning on Friday before the AP’s report:

The Washington Post’s Dan Lamothe apparently disagrees:

ABC News adds: “Under the post-Civil War law known as Posse Comitatus, the U.S. active duty military is forbidden from carrying out law enforcement duties. That ban can only be waived if a President declares a national emergency.”

 

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Watch: Protester Scales DC Federal Government Building to Spray-Paint Profane Anti-Trump Message

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On Friday, protests around the country continued against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

As CNN covered shots of protests in Washington, D.C., one demonstrator could clearly be seen scaling a Secret Service building, before taking out a can of spray paint and writing “F**K TRUMP” on the edifice.

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One of Four Fired Police Officers Taken Into Custody in Killing of George Floyd

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Derek Chauvin, one of the four now-fired police officers involved in the killing of an unarmed, handcuffed Black man, George Floyd, has been taken into police custody, according to multiple reports.

It is unclear if he has been arrested and charged, and if so with what violations.

It’s unclear why the other three officers involved were not taken into custody as well.

This is a breaking news and developing story. Details may change. This story will be updated, and NCRM will likely publish follow-up stories on this news. Stay tuned and refresh for updates.

 

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