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As the nation grapples with a lawless administration determined to skirt accountability, former FBI Director James Comey penned an editorial in Wednesday's New York Times excoriating government officials willing to sacrifice their integrity to appease President Donald Trump.

"Mr. Trump eats your soul in small bites."

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Attorney General William Barr held a bizarre press conference ahead of the release of the redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report Thursday morning and people are making the same observation.

Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein - the man who appointed, served as a witness for, and oversaw Mueller's investigation - caught the attention of social media as he stared blankly into space while Barr tacitly cleared President Donald Trump of any wrongdoing.

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WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 29: U.S. President Donald Trump (L) and Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) attend a panel discussion on an opioid and drug abuse in the Roosevelt Room of the White House March 29, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images)

Attorney General Jeff Sessions tendered his resignation Wednesday at the request of President Donald Trump, flaming Democrats' concerns over the future of the investigation into Trump's ties to Russia.

Trump announced Sessions' departure along with his immediate replacement on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.

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At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, Representative Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) expressed his frustration with the length of the Mueller probe, urging Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to, in his words:

finish it the hell up because this country is being torn apart.

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Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's personal lawyer. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call/Getty Images)

The reason, at least partly, for an early Monday morning raid by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) of the office and residence of President Donald Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, may have more to do with Trump's personal indiscretions than international intrigue.

A search warrant obtained by the New York Federal Prosecutors office, based on information of potential criminal activity passed on to them from the Special Counsel's office, and signed by a federal judge relates, in part, to payments made to two women.

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Paul Manafort, Donald Trump's campaign manager in 2016, challenged Special Counsel Robert Mueller's authority to investigate the crimes he was indicted on. Lawyers for Manafort asked a judge to dismiss charges including money laundering, conspiracy and false statements.

In response, Mueller released a memo from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein outlining the scope and specific allegations against individuals to be investigated. The heavily redacted memo, to remove any portions relating to individuals other than Manafort, proves Mueller had authority to investigate Manafort.

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Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr shut down a line of questioning from Senator Kamala Harris (D-California) at a hearing in which she asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein whether he planned to sign a letter allowing Special Counsel Robert Mueller complete independence from the Justice Department in his investigation of the Trump administration's Russian ties.

"Senator, I'm very sensitive about time and I'd like to have a very lengthy conversation and explain that all to you," Rosenstein said to Harris.

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