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Cristina Cabrera

Cristina Cabrera is a newswriter at TPM based in New York. She previously worked for Vocativ, USA Today and New York 1 News. She received her B.A at NYU. You can reach her at cristina@talkingpointsmemo.com

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President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign blasted out an email on Wednesday claiming former President Barack Obama “dropped the ball” on preventing Russian election interference in 2016.

The campaign sent the email in the middle of Attorney General Bill Barr’s Senate Judiciary Committee testimony on his questionable handling of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia and obstruction investigations.

“President Obama knew Russia was interfering in the 2016 election,” the email thundered. “But his administration just watched it happen.”

The email includes a video featuring various clips of Fox News pundits, Rep. Adam Schiff and Obama discussing Russia’s attempt to meddle with the election.

At one point, the video digs at Obama for saying that he told Russian president Vladimir Putin to “cut it out.”

“‘Cut it out’ doesn’t cut it,” the video says, a remarkable contrast to Trump’s previously expressed nonchalance toward Russian election hacking (after repeatedly denying that such hacking had happened at all).

The email echoes a similar accusation the campaign made last week when it sent out a bizarre “Official Obama-Russia Accountability” survey that asked questions like “Do you believe Obama doing nothing gave Russians the green light to interfere in the 2016 Election?”

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A gunman opened fire at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte on Tuesday night, killing two people and wounding four others.

The alleged shooter, Trystan Terrell, was arrested afterward. Police told CNN that he faces several murder and attempted murder charges.

Fox News analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano on Wednesday night bashed President Donald Trump’s attempted obstruction outlined in the Mueller report, and said that Attorney General Bill Barr was “wrong” to determine Trump didn’t obstruct justice.

In a written column and video posted online, Napolitano outlined special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings on the numerous attempts Trump made to impede the investigation into Russian interference, which Napolitano called a “serious allegation of criminal activity.”

“If [Trump] had ordered his aides to violate federal law to save a human life or to preserve human freedom, he would at least have a moral defense to his behavior,” the judge said in the video. “But ordering them to break federal law to save him from the consequences of his own behavior? That is immoral, that is criminal, that is defenseless, and that is condemnable.”

In his column, Napolitano also criticized Barr’s “narrow” view of obstruction as being “at odds with the statute itself.”

“On obstruction, Barr is wrong,” he wrote, refuting the attorney general’s assertion that the President didn’t obstruct justice because Mueller didn’t find evidence that he colluded with the Russia government.

“The essence of obstruction is deception or diversion — to prevent the government from finding the truth,” Napolitano argued.

Watch Napolitano’s video below:

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White House senior adviser Kellyanne Conway on Tuesday brushed off House Democrats’ current subpoenas and investigations as “a little gratuitous” and an excuse to attack President Donald Trump.

Conway appeared on Fox News’ “Americas Newsroom” to address the House Judiciary Committee’s subpoena of ex-White House counsel Don McGahn after special counsel Robert Mueller’s report revealed that he was a crucial witness in Mueller’s obstruction probe.

House Democrats have also launched investigations into Trump’s tax returns and his administration’s shady security clearance practices.

“When you prosecute and investigate you either refer for indictment or decline to refer for indictment,” Conway said of Mueller’s sweeping Russia and obstruction investigation. “The rest is a little gratuitous for some looking and searching for a way to get the President.”

Watch Conway below:

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