Dem Sen Murphy: I Worry That Trump’s Rhetoric Could Lead to An Attack Like Manchester in the US

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During a discussion of the attack in Manchester on Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” Senator Chris Murphy stated that “many of us are worried about some of the rhetoric of the Trump administration, because we worry that that combined with robust online recruitment might end up in an attack like this happening in the United States.” Murphy said that while there has been military success against ISIS in the Middle East, they’re still “lethal” and the approach to ISIS has to be “comprehensive” and can’t just be about the military. He continued, “The fact of the matter is, in many countries in Europe, England included, Muslims suffer a de-facto segregation, which sometimes allows for these perversions of Islam, this radicalization, to take root, and we have to make sure that we don’t allow that to happen here.” Murphy further stated, “[W]e have got to compliment this military strategy with increased intelligence, increased intelligence sharing with Europe, and a commitment to try to stop giving isis recruiters recruitment fodder. And so, many of us are worried about some of the rhetoric of the Trump administration, because we worry that that combined with robust online recruitment might end up in an
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ABC: Manchester Attack ‘Likely to Inflame Anti-Islamic Sentiment’

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On Tuesday’s “Good Morning America,” co-host George Stephanopoulos and ABC Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha Raddatz stated that the attack in Manchester could lead to anti-Muslim backlash. Stephanapolous said that while people are determined to go back to their normal lives, “this is also likely to inflame anti-Islamic sentiment across Britain, across Europe.” Raddatz responded, “It sure could, George. You know, Manchester itself is a very multicultural city. There’s a large Muslim population, with many there for generations. So, a headscarf attracts little attention there. And notably, Manchester did not vote in favor of Brexit, but an attack like this, as you said, is much bigger than Manchester itself, and will likely create backlash depending, of course, on the details of this attack, George.” (h/t WFB) Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Podesta: Comey Helped Swing the Election, He ‘Was a Significant Factor’


During an interview with the Global Politico podcast released on Monday, former Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta argued that FBI Director James Comey helped swing the 2016 election and “was a significant factor.” Podesta was asked, [relevant remarks begin around 12:30] “[J]ust to be clear on your actual view about this Comey intervention in the election and what happened, Hillary Clinton said recently she believed that that was one of–a significant reason for her defeat in the end. Do you agree with that? Do you think that it did help to swing the election?” He answered, “Oh, yeah. Absolutely. Look, we bear responsibility, and it’s a great burden, and I feel it every day. I mean, we lost this election. We won the popular vote by 3 million votes, but we lost the Electoral College and lost the election to Donald Trump. So, we have a burden of his having the keys to the White House, and codes to the nuclear football. But, I think this was a significant factor. We felt like we had a lead that we took away from the three debates, in which, I believe, that Hillary won all those debates. The race was tight. We weren’t
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Dershowitz: Comey ‘All About Preserving His Reputation’ – ‘Cowardly’

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On Saturday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends,” Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz stated that former FBI Director James Comey is “all about preserving his reputation” and said Comey is “using his friends to get his point out. It’s cowardly.” Dershowitz said that he’s always liked Comey, but Comey has been “using his friends to get his point out. It’s cowardly. And I think it’s about time that Comey is confronted directly with cross-examination. He was a great director of the FBI, but when the whole Hillary Clinton thing began, he cared more about his reputation and his dignity than about what was good for America.” Dershowitz added, “I’d want to find out if he was the source of the leaks of the memo that he was quoted in. Second, I would ask him why he didn’t talk directly, why he’s using his friends. I would go back to his decisions to speak to the public.” He continued that while he disagreed with President Trump’s reported characterization of Comey as a “nutjob,” calling him a “showboat” is “not a bad characterization.” He further stated Comey’s motives are “all about preserving his reputation above everything else.” Dershowitz further argued that
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Trump: ‘Our Partners Must Show That They’re Partners’ and ‘Must Contribute Financially’

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During Friday’s Weekly Address, President Trump previewed his overseas trip and said, “our partners must show that they’re partners, they must show that they’re friends, and they must contribute financially to the tremendous cost – the money that we’re spending – is so big; it’s so much; and it’s not fair for our nation.  They have to help and I’m sure they will.” Transcript as Follows: “My fellow Americans, This weekend I begin my first trip overseas as president – a trip with historic significance for the American people. I will be visiting with the leaders in many different countries to strengthen our old friendships, build new partnerships, and unite the civilized world in a fight against terrorism. In that spirit of unity, I will travel to lands associated with three of the world’s great religions. My first stop will be Saudi Arabia – the heart of the Muslim World. There, I will address a historic gathering of the leaders of more than 50 Muslim nations. I will represent the views of the American people frankly and clearly. Many of these leaders have expressed growing concern about terrorism, the spread of radicalization, and Iran’s role in funding both. Now it
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Maher: I Bet Trump Is ‘Out By Christmas’


On Friday’s broadcast of HBO’s “Real Time,” host Bill Maher bet Sinclair Broadcast Group Chief Political Analyst and former Special Assistant to President Trump Boris Epshteyn that President Trump will be “out by Christmas.” During his opening monologue, Maher said, “We have a special prosecutor now, Robert Mueller. I doubt that Trump will be president for the full term. Maybe — I don’t know — maybe — he might not be president by the time he gets back from his trip.” Later on, after agreeing to his bet that Trump will be out by Christmas with Epshteyn, Maher added, “[H]e looks like he’s trying to get impeached. It looks like he’s admitted obstruction of justice at least twice.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Krauthammer: There’s ‘A Loyalty Problem Inside the White House’

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On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Special Report,” columnist Charles Krauthammer argued the New York Times’ report about President Trump’s conversations with Russian officials about FBI Director James Comey’s firing shows that there’s “a loyalty problem inside the White House.” Krauthammer began by saying the White House’s protests about leaks with regard to Trump’s discussions with Russian officials about FBI Director James Comey’s dismissal is “inadvertently self-indicting. Because, after all, the idea that journalists are going to receive leaks is — it’s a constant.” He added that the level of leaks is unusual, and “[T]his had to have been somebody in the room, somebody who took the notes, somebody who called the Times, who picked up the phone and read the notes. So, the problem here is an inner circle of people who have lost faith or are betrayed or whatever. But it’s certainly not a leak problem that ought to interest us. It’s a loyalty problem inside the White House.” Krauthammer further stated, “In other words, this is not NSA, FBI, enemies in the deep state trying to undermine the president because he’s an outsider. This is inside people.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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Dem Rep Lieu: Trump Firing Comey ‘A Classic Case of Obstruction of Justice’

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On Friday’s broadcast of MSNBC’s “All In,” Representative Ted Lieu (D-CA) commented on the New York Times’ report that President Trump called FBI Director James Comey a “nutjob” and told Russian officials that firing Comey relieved “great pressure” by stating Trump committed “a classic case of obstruction of justice, a federal crime.” Lieu said, “Let me say that, we no longer just have smoke. We have a raging, 10-alarm fire at the White House. As a former prosecutor, what the president did, in firing James Comey, and then saying he did it to relieve pressure on himself because of the FBI investigation is a classic case of obstruction of justice, a federal crime. Anybody else who did something like this would be facing a federal indictment and a criminal trial.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
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CNN’s Chalian: ‘There are People in This Government’ Who Are ‘Pretty Committed’ to Taking Trump Down

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While discussing the New York Times’  report that President Trump called FBI Director James Comey a “nutjob” and told Russian officials that firing Comey relieved “great pressure” on Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “Situation Room,” CNN Political Director David Chalian argued the Trump White House does have a point about leaks, and that while “It’s not going to save them from their real legal and political troubles,” “there are people in this government who seem pretty committed to taking him down.” Chalian began by saying, “We saw that the White House tried to explain what he meant by pressure was that the grandstanding and politicization of Comey put such pressure — nobody is going to buy that excuse. … They — clearly, the president is saying here that he felt pressure was alleviated on this investigation by getting rid of Comey. So, that’s going to be legal problem one, potentially.” He continued, “Secondly, think about this, Wolf. This is extraordinary. This is the official government document of a meeting of the president of the United States and Russian officials inside the Oval Office, and it’s being read to a New York Times reporter. They have a point about leaks. It’s not going
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Fmr AG Gonzales: If Comey Felt Trump Was Pressuring Him and Didn’t Notify Superiors, ‘He Failed In His Job’

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On Friday’s broadcast of CNN’s “New Day,” former Attorney General under President George W. Bush Alberto Gonzales stated that if former FBI Director James Comey felt he was being pressured by the White House, he “had an obligation” to tell his superiors, and if he didn’t, “then he failed in his job.” Gonzales said that he thinks the appointment of a special counsel is a good idea and expressed his confidence in the FBI and special counsel Robert Mueller. He added that if he were advising the president, he would advise him to stop commenting on the investigation. Gonzales then commented, “[I]t is true that traditionally, there’s not a really strong relationship between the president and the FBI director, and for good reasons, quite frankly. If, in fact, Jim Comey felt so strongly about the pressure he was feeling from the White House, he had an obligation, in my judgment–and I don’t think any former attorney general would disagree with this–he had an obligation to notify either Jeff Sessions, Rod Rosenstein, Dana Boente, someone. Because, it is a job of the attorney general and the deputy attorney general to protect all of the bureaus and services and divisions within the Department of
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