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Hillary Clinton Criticizes Republicans’ Defense of President Donald J Trump Amid Federal Indictment

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton expressed strong criticism of Republicans for their unwavering support of President Donald J Trump in the face of a federal indictment related to the alleged mishandling of classified documents.

Clinton, who faced her own controversies surrounding the use of a private email server during her 2016 presidential campaign, was asked about the Trump indictment and the Republican response to it during an interview on “Pod Save America.”

Republicans have drawn comparisons between Trump’s indictment and Clinton’s email scandal, pointing out that while Clinton was criticized, she was not prosecuted. They argue that a double standard exists when it comes to the prosecution of politicians. Clinton dismissed these comparisons, stating that it is absurd how Republicans refuse to engage with the facts presented in the indictment.

“I do think it’s odd let’s just say to the point of being absurd how that is their only response,” Clinton stated. “They refuse to read the indictment, they refuse to engage with the facts — there’s nothing new about that.”

Moreover on Tuesday, President Donald J Trump, pleaded not guilty to 37 federal felony counts.  The indictment accuses Trump of failing to comply with demands to return classified documents, including plans for a retaliatory attack on an undisclosed foreign power, as well as sensitive information related to defense capabilities and the U.S. nuclear program.

The unauthorized disclosure of these classified documents is said to pose significant risks to national security, foreign relations, the safety of the U.S. military, and intelligence collection methods.

President Trump as well as many other members of the Republican Party accuse the Biden administration of directly interfering with the upcoming 2024 election by weaponizing the DOJ to persecute, President Trump, the leading political opponent to the current administration.

A former President has never been indicted in the United States of America, many claim this to be a very dangerous and perhaps irreversible path to a “banana republic.” A similar comparison can be drawn from the current indictments on President Trump to that of the Russian government and the incarceration of Alexei Navalny, Putins leading political opposition.

In response to the indictment, Trump criticized Smith as a “deranged lunatic” during a public appearance and accused President Biden of orchestrating his arrest for political reasons. Trump likened his situation to political persecution commonly associated with fascist or communist regimes. President Trump brought attention to the dangers of the current indictment and all past political attacks when he stated he is experiencing, “political persecution like something straight out of a fascist or communist nation.”

Several other Republicans, including potential 2024 presidential candidates, have also raised concerns about a perceived double standard and have pointed to the corruption involving not only Clinton but also President Biden, for not being indicted for reasons equal to if not far more serious then what President Trump is undergoing.

Clinton emphasized that the focus should be on Trump’s actions and not on attempts to confuse the public or divert attention with extraneous issues in an attempt to deflect her own corruption.

The dangers of weaponizing the DOJ and attacking President Trump may be the very reason Clinton is attempting to take the spotlight off of her and President Biden. Just as the Biden Administration is using the DOJ to come after President Trump, if the Trump administration were to take back The White House in 2024, he could do the exact same thing which is what makes weaponizing the DOJ to attack a former president and current GOP leader a harrowing decision.

She expressed astonishment at the extent to which Republicans are defending Trump, describing their efforts as beyond anything she could have imagined. Clinton stated, “It is so profoundly disturbing how this could have been the break,” insinuating a departure from the Trump administration, she continued to say, “this could have been the opportunity to say ‘thank you so much for everything you’ve done for us, we really appreciate it, but this is kind of serious and so we’re not going to continue to defend you.’”

The writing is on the wall, Clinton’s fear of President Trump regaining the White House is evident when she suggested that the indictment provided an opportunity for the Republican Party to distance itself from Trump, particularly considering his current lead in the 2024 Republican primary polls. This suggestion is a clear sign of election interference and that the indictment has nothing to do with the legality of Trumps actions but solely to keep him from being elected as the 47th President of the United States.

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CNN announces controversial presidential debate rules obviously intended to benefit Biden

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CNN announced its several presidential debate rules over the weekend sparking controversy. The rules will govern the upcoming debate between former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden on June 27. A

After Trump publicly stated he would debate the president “any time and any where” the Biden campaign agreed to a total of two debates that would be closely regulated. Not only did the administration demand a ban on audiences, it also approved CNN’s Jake Tapper and Dana Bash as its moderators. Breitbart reports Tapper is one of Trump’s sharpest critics.

CNN announced its own additional parameters on Saturday, which likely were done in partnership with the White House:

  • Two commercial breaks (Likely to benefit Biden)
  • Campaign staff will not be able to interact with their candidate during the break
  • No opening statements, two-minute closing statements
  • Two-minute answer shot clock, one minute for rebuttals
  • Mics will be muted “except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak” (Likely to benefit Biden)

CNN reported its rules:

The 90-minute debate will include two commercial breaks, according to the network, and campaign staff may not interact with their candidate during that time. Both candidates agreed to appear at a uniform podium, and their podium positions will be determined by a coin flip.

Microphones will be muted throughout the debate except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak. While no props or pre-written notes will be allowed on the stage, candidates will be given a pen, a pad of paper and a bottle of water.

Some aspects of the debate – including the absence of a studio audience – will be a departure from previous debates. But, as in the past, the moderators “will use all tools at their disposal to enforce timing and ensure a civilized discussion,” according to the network.

Breitbart reports that the President is planning to spend about a week preparing to debate Trump who has also requested Biden receive a drug test before the debates. The White House did not respond in May as to whether Biden intends to use performance-enhancing drugs in preparation for the presidential debates.

Ron Klain, Biden’s former chief of staff who is going on vacation to help Biden prepare for the debates, did not respond to Politico Playbook’s request for comment about “whether any illegal substances are used as part of Klain’s debate prep.”

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