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NYT Reporter Reveals Why Mueller’s Team Is Talking Now: ‘Maybe They Think Congress Should Look at Impeachment’

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Prosecutors on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team are unhappy with the way Attorney General William Barr summarized their findings, and one of the reporters who broke that story explained their frustration.

Some of Mueller’s investigators told associates their report was more damaging to President Donald Trump than the attorney general has described, and New York Timesreporter Michael Schmidt told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” what he learned about that disconnect.

“I think their frustration is with the fact that Barr comes out and clears the president but doesn’t give the larger sense of what they found,” Schmidt said. “(He) doesn’t provide the additional sort of fruits of the investigation that they thought were problematic.”

Those investigators may believe Barr prematurely cleared the president, before all the evidence was revealed to Congress and the public.

“They didn’t come to a determination on whether the president broke the law, for some reason,” Schmidt said, “and they obviously want some of these facts to be seen in a different light, either by the public or by Congress.”

“Maybe, and I’m not sure of this,” he added, “maybe they think that the conduct was such that it was problematic that Congress should look at it, and that Congress may want to look at for impeachment, but may not be criminal. Maybe that is why they want it out there. Whatever it is, there’s a rub here, there’s a frustration here in how the end of this investigation was conducted, and that is clear.”

Department of Justice guidelines prohibit the indictment of a sitting president, but Schmidt said he hasn’t learned enough about Mueller’s findings to say whether investigators believe Trump should have been charged.

“I’m not sure that they got that far,” Schmidt said, “and when Barr puts out his letter, his determination, he said that they had not taken into consideration the question of whether the president could have been indicted on the criminal question, essentially saying, ‘I don’t think that they got that far, I don’t think that they thought there was even enough of a case to have made that determination.’”

 

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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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