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When HBO's Bill Maher takes time out from bashing President Donald Trump and all things Republican, he sometimes turns his ire against his fellow Democrats.
Such was the case on this week's “Real Time with Bill Maher.”
Lest you think Maher had a brief moment of unbiased clarity, think again.
The irascible host torched Democratic lawmakers for not being tough enough on Trump over the ongoing investigation of allegations that Team Trump colluded with Russia in an effort to influence the 2016 presidential election.
Speaking to a panel that included a fellow Trump basher, Fareed Zakaria of CNN, Maher praised Republicans in the process:
“Some Democrats are now saying that the Russia story does not test well for them. No, I'm not kidding. [...] This to me is the problem the Democrats have, to get to your larger issue about Democrats. They chase polls. Republicans don't do that. Republicans change polls. They're never intimidated by them.”
Maher grew heated as he suggested Donald Trump Jr. committed a crime by meeting with a Russian lawyer prior to his father's inauguration:
“Russia doesn’t test well? Make it test well! Because it's not over. It's an ongoing story. I don't even know why we need Bob Mueller. [Donald Trump Jr.] took a meeting after he got an email from the Russians saying, 'We've got dirt! Let's work together on this election!'”
He got even more fired up, proclaiming, “How about, 'Don. Jr's a traitor already!'” Maher continued:
“They sent him this email, if you don't remember, that said, 'We have dirt on Hillary Clinton,' and he sent back, 'I love it!' That's the crime already! If you sent me an email saying that 'I have child porn' and I wrote back, 'I love it! I'd love to see what you have,' that’s already the crime!”
Yeah, no. At least not in the opinion of Fox News legal analyst and former practicing attorney Gregg Jarrett:
“Collusion is not a crime. Colluding with Russia is not, under America's criminal codes, a crime. Only in antitrust law. You can collude all you want with a foreign government in an election. There's no such statute.”
During similar comments in July, Jarrett also shot down the claim by some on the left that Trump Jr. committed treason:
“Meeting with a Russian lawyer is not treason. The U.S. is not at war with Russia. Even if the president's son received information from the Russian government or otherwise collaborated with foreign officials, it constitutes neither waging war against the U.S. nor aiding the enemy.”
Meanwhile, Democrats, stop “chasing polls.” Maher is not a happy camper.
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