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Just-Revealed William Barr Meeting Raises More Questions About His Misleading Mueller Report Summary

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William Barr was invited to meet with three officials from the Department of Justice the same day he sent an unsolicited memo to President Donald Trump criticizing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

Barr, who was a private attorney at the time and a former attorney general under George H.W. Bush, ate lunch three weeks later with the officials and was then nominated six months later to become Trump’s attorney general, reported The Guardian.

Steve Engel, head of the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, arranged the meeting — which has not been publicly disclosed until Friday’s report.

The meeting raises new questions about the White House decision to nominate Barr to oversee the Justice Department, and the Mueller investigation of Trump campaign ties to Russia.

Barr summarized Mueller’s hundreds of pages of findings in a four-page letter that claimed the special counsel had not found sufficient evidence of collusion or obstruction of justice, but investigators have pushed back against those claims and Democratic lawmakers have called for the report’s full release.

A source with knowledge of the matter told The Guardia that Engel invited Barr on June 8, the day his memo arrived at the Justice Department, to a “brown bag” lunch where he could speak with other staffers.

A Justice Department spokeswoman confirmed the lunch meeting but insisted “the timing was coincidental and the memo was not discussed.”

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Trump Campaign Blames Democrats for Ex-Campaign Manager Parscale’s Reported Self-Harm Threat

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The Trump campaign is blaming “Democrats and disgruntled RINOs” for the reported self-harm threat of its former campaign manager Brad Parscale.

“The disgusting, personal attacks from Democrats and disgruntled RINOs have gone too far, and they should be ashamed of themselves for what they’ve done to this man and his family,” said Trump campaign’s communications director Tim Murtaugh.

Parscale, according to multiple reports, barricaded himself in the Florida home he and his wife live in. She called police saying he had access to multiple weapons and was threatening self harm.

A SWAT team was able to intervene and take him to a hospital.

Notice the difference in statements from the Trump campaign and the Biden campaign:

 

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Ex-Trump Campaign Manager Brad Parscale Hospitalized After SWAT Team Finds Him Armed and Threatening Self-Harm: Reports

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Brad Parscale, President Donald Trump’s former and recently demoted campaign manager, has been hospitalized after he was found armed and threatening self harm, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Parscale’s wife called police to say that he “had guns and was threatening to harm himself, Fort Lauderdale police said Sunday night.”

Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean Trantalis told the paper he received a text “saying that there was a SWAT team standoff at Parscale’s home.”

“It was indicated to me that he had weapons,” Trantalis said.

“Politics aside, this fellow obviously suffers from emotional distress,” said Trantalis also said. ” … I’m glad he didn’t do any harm to himself or others I commend our SWAT team for being able to negotiate a peaceful ending to this.”

Local10.com offers additional details, including that he “had access to multiple firearms” and had barricaded himself inside the home.

“Fort Lauderdale Police responded to a home in reference to an armed male attempting suicide Sunday afternoon. When officers arrived on the scene, they made contact with the wife of the man who told them her husband was armed, had access to multiple firearms inside the house and was threatening to harm himself. She had placed the 911 call, according to police.”

NEW: Trump Campaign Blames Democrats for Ex-Campaign Manager Parscale’s Reported Self-Harm Threat

The story is being confirmed by ABC News and other outlets.

After losing his job as Trump’s campaign manager in July Parscale had posted this tweet:

 

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The 9 Discarded Ballots Were Tossed Because Republicans Won Their Lawsuit Requiring Them to Not Be Counted: Report

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Major news is coming in over the “case” of the nine “discarded” ballots from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania that President Donald Trump revealed to Fox News Radio on Thursday.

Here’s what appears to have happened, and we’re going to bullet point this so it’s easy to follow.

  • The ballots were discarded by a temporary, or “contract” worker assigned to sort the mail who appears to have been following direction.
  • The ballots were military ballots, not absentee or other by-mail ballots.
  • The county immediately reported what happened to federal officials, who appear to have immediately politicized the issue.
  • “Because these ballots were returned in envelopes similar to absentee ballot requests, elections officials opened them,” The Washington Post reports. “If the ballots weren’t then enclosed in another envelope which shielded the actual vote being cast, they may have been considered ‘naked ballots,’ a term used to describe mail ballots returned without the voter’s intent being protected.
  • The Trump campaign and the Pennsylvania GOP in a lawsuit argued that “naked ballots” should not be counted. They won that lawsuit. These nine ballots appear to be “naked ballots,” and that appears to be the reason they were thrown out.

Here’s how MSNBC’s Chris Hayes sums it up: It’s the GOP’s fault.

More.

  • The contract worker has been told to not return.
  • Buzzfeed adds it appears the DOJ violated its own policy by issuing a press release about the “discarded” ballots, and even worse, suggesting this is a case of election fraud, and even worse than that, suggesting one candidate over another was favored.
  • MSNBC adds that county officials were not aware of who the ballots were for until the DOJ’s press release was issued.
  • Attorney General Bill Barr personally briefed President Trump about the discarded ballots. Trump and his White House press secretary then politicized the event.
  • The county elections supervisor was exceedingly thorough. “Garbage from the Elections Bureau from September 14 through September 16, the time the independent contractor was on County property, was put in a dumpster and secured by County staff,” a local Pennsylvania news report states. “The trash was then searched by the FBI, the Luzerne County District Attorney’s Office, the Pennsylvania State Police and county staff. All contents relating to the matter were taken by the FBI.”
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