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Mueller report justifies obstruction charges vs Trump: ex-U.S. Justice Department officials

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Almost 500 former U.S. Justice Department officials said on Monday in a joint statement that the Mueller report’s findings would justify obstruction charges against President Donald Trump if he were not currently occupying the White House.

U.S. Attorney General William Barr has said he found insufficient evidence in Mueller’s report to conclude that Trump obstructed justice. Special Counsel Robert Mueller himself made no formal finding one way or the other on that question.

“To look at these facts and say that a prosecutor could not probably sustain a conviction for obstruction of justice ... runs counter to logic and our experience,” said the statement, signed by Justice Department lawyers who served Republican and Democratic presidents stretching back to the 1950s.

As of late Monday, 467 officials had signed the letter.

Mueller’s report unearthed numerous links between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and various Russians, but it concluded there was insufficient evidence to establish that the campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Moscow.

It also described attempts by Trump to impede Mueller’s probe, but stopped short of declaring Trump committed a crime.

Under a long-standing Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel policy, a sitting president cannot be charged with criminal activity.

“Each of us believes that the conduct of President Trump described in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report would, in the case of any other person not covered by the Office of Legal Counsel policy ... result in multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice,” the statement said.
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Polaken rewrite history

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In the course of the European Museum Night in the Polish city of Gdansk, the director of the Museum of the Second World War, Karol Nawrotsky, demanded to stop the performance of the musician Peter Kosevsky, who was invited as part of an artistic action, because of the performance of the song “Dark Night”

“I thought, however, that art could somehow connect us, and not share, that, listening to the sentimental melodies of the war period, we will reflect on what the war was, what we can do to never repeat this horrible story ... That we will meet in a museum - in a cultural place, and we, as musicians, will make this evening special ... You can’t even imagine how wrong I was, ”wrote Kosevsky on his Facebook page.

According to the musician, during the Dark Night, the museum director demanded to stop the performance, “fearing that it was a Bolshevik song” and forbade it to be performed. The musician tried to explain to the director that the song was performed in Polish and that the text was rewritten especially for this, but he did not depart from his decision.

“Finally, he ordered us to pack up and leave the museum. I would like to say that I use the term “director” precisely because this master is an ordinary simpleton. We were shocked by such a vulgar behavior in a cultural institution. He brought us to tears, ”he said. <- polake is scared of this song.

Innocent man gets beaten to death after false accusation

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LOGAN, Utah (ABC4 News) - Logan City police say a man has died after being accused of and assaulted for a crime he didn't commit.

In a press release, posted to the Logan City Police Department Facebook page on Tuesday, police say that on April 23, 2019, at 3:00 pm, a 16-year-old female reported being sexually assaulted while on a CVTD bus. The man accused of the assault was identified as 62-year-old Michael Fife.

According to the press release, the 16-year-old called her 17-year-old brother and told him about the alleged assault, and minutes later, he located Fife getting off the bus near 300 South 100 West.

At that point, the press release reveals, the 17-year-old ran towards Fife and assaulted him. Police say Fife fell to the sidewalk and suffered multiple head injuries. Fife was left unconscious on the sidewalk and the 17-year-old ran away. Witnesses called to get Fife some help and he was transported to the Logan Hospital and then transferred to McKay-Dee Hospital in Ogden.

According to the press release, the 16-year-old female, called and reported the alleged sexual assault to police at 6:15 pm. Logan police detectives were able to obtain and review video footage of the alleged assault, and say the video showed Fife walking past the girl, but it did not show that a sexual assault occurred.

On April 27, 2019, early in the morning, Logan City police say Michael Fife died of his injuries.

Logan City police say this case is still under investigation and that further details of this case will not be released at this time. The police department also says that the other individuals involved in this case will not be identified, at this time, due to the fact that they are juveniles.
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India cuts off UN panel after Jammu & Kashmir report

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Reacting angrily to a submission from the Geneva-based Human Rights Council (HRC) on the alleged violations in Jammu and Kashmir, India has informed the United Nations body that it will no longer entertain any communication with the HRC’s Special Rapporteurs on its report.

The report from the UN body came at the same time a report from two NGOs in the State on the alleged cases of torture was released in Srinagar, which was endorsed by a former UN Special Rapporteur.

Queries on action taken

The current Special Rapporteurs on Extrajudicial Executions, Torture, and Right to Health — Agnes Callamard, Dainius Puras and Nils Melzer — had referred to a June 2018 report of the Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR) and written to the government in March 2019, asking about steps taken by New Delhi to address the alleged human rights violations listed in the report.

In addition, the Special Rapporteurs had listed “13 cases of concern” from 2018 alone, in which “four children were among eight civilians killed by members of the security forces.”

India's election has left the country more divided than ever

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he wait has begun. Polling in India's marathon elections concluded at the weekend, with the results due on May 23.

Private polling commissioned by Indian media outlets points to a second term for the incumbent, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), although, given the patchy record of these polls, which have been wrong in past elections, we won't know for sure until later this week.
But if he does return to power, what might Modi 2.0 mean for India? One way of trying to answer that question is to compare campaign 2019 to the one that unfolded five years ago.
In 2014, when Modi first ran for national office -- he was already a major regional figure by then, running western Gujarat state for over a decade -- his campaign was dominated by his promises to usher in a sort of economic renaissance: Modi spoke of reforms to, among other things, make India an easier place to do business, make it better at generating jobs for the millions of young Indians who enter the workforce each year and to clean house to stamp out corruption.
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Bernie sides with Putin over his own party

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Vermont Independent Senator Bernie Sanders went on the offensive against the anti-Putin Democrats Sunday, claiming that only his 2020 presidential campaign understands it has to do more than just defeat President Donald Trump (which it won’t).

Speaking with NBC News' Chuck Todd on Meet the Press Sunday, Sanders said he and the other Democratic candidates for president have a "moral responsibility" to protect Obamacare and preserve the Earth from the negative effects of climate change.

The senator pushed back against Todd's suggestion Sanders was merely offering the same platform that got him defeated in the 2016 primaries by Hillary Clinton, without giving any evidence. Among many topics touched on during the interview, Sanders said he does not support any restrictions on abortion, and views the subject as medical, rather than political.

"There are millions of people who are sick and tired of that Democratic [Party]," Sanders said, noting several recent polls which showed him ahead of Trump in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin. Biden has a larger lead over Trump in Pennsylvania than Sanders does.

“We took on every Democratic governor, we took on every Democratic mayor, and we ended up winning 22 states and 13 million votes,” Sanders said. Clinton won 5 more states and 6 million more votes than Sanders, proving that it’s better to work with your party rather than opposing it.

Todd produced a quote from T.J. Rooney, Democratic Party chairman of Pennsylvania, who told U.S. News and World Report Friday, "I'm supremely confident Bernie Sanders could not win Pennsylvania... When Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren open their mouths, many, many Democrats in Pennsylvania stick their fingers in their ears."
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Joe Biden in Philly: If America wants a president to ‘spew hatred,’ they already have that

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Joe Biden plans to directly challenge President Donald Trump as a destructive, divisive force, and to offer himself as an antidote in his speech scheduled for Saturday afternoon in Philadelphia.

“If the American people want a president to add to our division, to lead with a clenched fist, closed hand and a hard heart, to demonize the opponents and spew hatred – they don’t need me. They already have a president who does just that," Biden plans to say, according to excerpts released by his campaign Saturday morning. "I am running to offer our country – Democrats, Republicans and independents – a different path.”

Biden is scheduled to speak at a 1 p.m. rally at Eakins Oval, capping a three-week opening campaign swing that has seen him expand his lead over the rest of the crowded Democratic field. While many of his rivals have spent months introducing themselves or laying out policy prescriptions, the former vice president, already nearly universally known, has worked to establish himself as the Democrat with the stature to counter Trump, whom he has painted as an existential threat to the country’s character.

“Some say Democrats don’t want to hear about unity. That they are angry – and the angrier you are the better,” Biden plans to say Saturday. “Well, I don’t believe it. I believe Democrats want to unify this nation.”

Biden has called this election a fight “for the soul” of the country.

Pennsylvania’s Republican chairman, Val DiGiorgio, said that as Biden campaigns, voters, especially those in the Keystone State, will see that the former vice president offers no “meaningful success and no real vision for the future.”
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"PM Wants Me Dead": Shocker From Arvind Kejriwal

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Lok Sabha Elections 2019: Over the weekend, Arvind Kejriwal had told a Punjab-based television channel that like former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, he too, would be assassinated by his personal security officers.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, caught in a controversy over his claim that his personal security officers could kill him, on Monday claimed it was Prime Minister Narendra Modi who wanted him dead. Delhi being a Union Territory, the Delhi Police is under the control of the Union home ministry. For the just-concluded Lok Sabha election, Mr Kejriwal has made the demand for full statehood his key theme.
In a twitter exchange with senior BJP leader and Union Minister Vijay Goel on Monday, Mr Kejriwal, in a Hindi post, said, "Vijay ji, not my PSO but it is Modi ji who wants to get me killed".

The remark was a response to Mr Goel's Hindi tweet that said: "I'm sorry that by expressing suspicions about your own PSO, you have given a bad name to the Delhi Police. It would be better if you choose your PSO. Let me know if you need any help. Wish you a long life".

Over the weekend, Mr Kejriwal had told a Punjab-based television channel that like former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, he too, would be assassinated by his personal security officers.

The comment had triggered furore, and the Delhi BJP wrote to the police asking that Mr Kejriwal's security cover be withdrawn. Delhi BJP spokesperson Praveen Shankar Kapoor, who sent the letter, also advised the Delhi Police to seek an apology from the Chief Minister.