Obama issues scathing critique of Trump, ‘politics of fear’

  • In this Dec. 5, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama speaks in Chicago. Obama is stepping into the midterm battle. Ahead of his first campaign events of the midterm elections, Obama is set to speak Friday as he accepts an ethics in government award in Illinois. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

URBANA, Ill. — Former President Barack Obama issued a scorching critique of his successor Friday, blasting President Donald Trump’s pattern of pressuring the Justice Department, his policies and reminding voters that the economic recovery — one of Trump’s favorite talking points — began on his watch.

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