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One day after former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's legal team made the bombshell allegations that the FBI had pushed him not to bring a lawyer to his fateful 2017 interview with agents at the White House, the federal judge overseeing Flynn's criminal case late Wednesday ordered Special Counsel Robert Mueller to turn over highly secret documents related to the questioning.
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If this allegation is true, it could be yet another serious problem for the president. President Donald Trump is already facing serious questions for allegedly directing both his personal attorney Michael Cohen and tabloid publisher American Media Inc. to make illegal campaign-related expenditures to cover up his sexual encounters with women.But there could be an entirely different problem for Trump: according to Bloomberg News, Michael Cohen's attorney and spokesperson, Lanny Davis, is now alleging Trump knew in advance that Cohen was going to lie to Congress about Trump's pursuit of a real estate venture in Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign — a crime for which Cohen has now submitted a guilty plea."Mr. Trump and the White House knew that Michael Cohen would be testifying falsely to Congress and did not tell him not to," Davis told Bloomberg Radio's "Sound On" in an interview.Davis added, "There will come a time after [special counsel Robert] Mueller is done with hi...
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The case is unlikely to end with Cohen. Donald Trump Jr. has, according to multiple reports, been fearful for weeks that Special Counsel Robert Mueller could be ready to indict him at any moment, potentially for lying to Congress. But as former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti explained Wednesday, the president's eldest son — and perhaps other children — may have a more to fear in the immediate future from the U.S. Attorney of the Southern District of New York.The threat comes not from the Russia investigation or Trump Jr.'s potentially criminal lies in the proceedings of that probe but from the case in which President Donald Trump's former lawyer Michael Cohen was sentenced on Wednesday: the criminal hush money payments made on behalf of the campaign to women who said they had affairs with the president.Cohen pleaded guilty to those charges. But the court filings, information provided by prosecutors, and information in the public record reveal that he didn't act alone.He a...
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It's been a long time coming. President Donald J. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence received a big dose of reality on Tuesday, Dec. 11, when they met face-to-face with two of the leading Democrats on Capitol Hill: Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. In 2019, Schumer will still be part of the minority party in the Senate, where Republicans achieved a net gain of two seats in the 2018 midterms. But when Trump spoke to Pelosi in the Oval Office, it was obvious that his days of enjoying one-party rule on Capitol Hill will soon be coming to an end. Democrats enjoyed a net gain of 40 seats in the midterms, and Pelosi made it clear that the Democratic House majority won’t be rubber-stamping legislation that Trump favors — for example, a costly wall stretching from California to Texas along the U.S./Mexico border.Pelosi, who appears likely to become House speaker in 2019, sounded like she was ready for battle as she sat alongside Trump,...
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Developments in the Robert Mueller probe – which hit a milestone Wednesday with the sentencing of former Trump fixer Michael Cohen – have congressional Democrats openly revisiting the possibility of impeachment or even future prosecution of the president.
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“It’s hard to impeach somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong and who’s created the greatest economy in the history of our country,” Trump told Reuters As special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation moves along and a new Democratic majority gets ready to take over the House of Representatives in January, the word “impeachment” often comes up in political conservations. Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler, incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has asserted that if Michael Cohen (confessed felon and Trump’s former personal attorney) made hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels and Playboy model Karen McDougal on direct orders from Trump in 2016, it would be an “impeachable offense.” Trump, however, has denied having extramarital affairs with either Daniels or McDougal and maintained that Cohen was acting independently—not on orders from him—if he made any hush money payments two years ago. And when Reuters reporters asked t...
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Michael Cohen's sentencing could be followed by more revelations about Donald Trump, his adviser has announced. Cohen, Donald Trump's former lawyer, was sentenced on Wednesday to three years in prison for his role in the payment of hush money to women who said they had affairs with Trump, and for lying to Congress about a proposed Trump Tower project in Russia that was discussed during the 2016 election campaign. Cohen's adviser Lanny Davis, who was previously hired as his attorney, said after the sentencing that he will his client go forward with all the information he detains concerning Trump, after Robert Mueller wraps up his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Intelligence experts say Russian outreach to the Trump campaign fits the pattern of an intelligence operation. Former officials have reviewed the attempts by Russians to establish contact as laid out in recent court filings by special counsel Robert Mueller. They conclude they were apparently targeted and more frequent than would be expected […]
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Michael Cohen issued a stinging rebuke of his former boss Donald Trump on Wednesday as he was sentenced to three years in prison, insisting it had been his job to cover up Mr Trump’s “dirty deeds”.  Cohen, who served as Mr Trump’s lawyer and fixer for a decade, likened his sentencing to a moment of “freedom” as he would no longer be bound by his relationship to his former employer. The sentence hearing followed Cohen pleading guilty earlier this year to four crimes: tax evasion, lying to a financial institution, lying to Congress and breaking campaign finance laws.  The last of those involved paying two women who claimed affairs with Mr Trump – porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal – to stay quiet before the 2016 presidential election. Cohen has claimed in court that Mr Trump directed the payments - something the US president has denied. Mr Trump has also suggested such payments would not amount to crimes. Michael Cohen served as Donald Trum...
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We’ve all been there: You threw an amazing party—maybe a housewarming, maybe a holiday get-together—but now it’s 1, 2 a.m., and your guests just. Won’t. Leave. It’s not your fault you’re just that good at throwing parties, but you’d also like to clean up and head to bed sometime soon. What is one to do?Read more...
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All bids for the cloud are sealed, and the Pentagon refused to comment on the report. A technology company linked to a sanctioned Russian oligarch is among the bidders for a Pentagon contract to store sensitive data — possibly even U.S. nuclear codes.Viktor Vekselberg, who is close to the Kremlin and has ties to former Trump organization attorney Michael Cohen, also has links to one of the bidders for the cyber-cloud database called the JEDI project, reported the BBC.The Russian oligarch has links to the cyber-investment firm C5 Group, which has worked closely with the leading bidder, Amazon Web Services.Both C5 and AWS told the BBC that the Vekselber-linked investment firm was not involved in any way with the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure bid.All bids for the cloud are sealed, and the Pentagon refused to comment on the report.The U.S. Treasury Department has sanctioned Vekselberg under the Magnitsky Act for his links to the Kremlin, and he was questioned by agent...
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Special counsel Robert Mueller's office said last week that Flynn's co-operation — including 19 meetings with investigators — was so extensive that he was entitled to avoid prison when he is sentenced next week.
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US President Donald Trump's former national security advisor Michael Flynn does not deserve jail for lying about his contacts with Russians after Trump's 2016 election win, his lawyers argued in a memorandum on Tuesday. In a court filing before his December 18 sentencing in Washington, the lawyers asked that he be sentenced to a maximum of one year on probation, with minimal supervision conditions along with 200 hours of community service. The request is in line with a recommendation last week from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
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Flynn's lawyers defend cooperation with Robert Mueller; ask for no prison time
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District Judge Amy Berman Jackson set a hearing for Jan. 25 for disputes about special counsel Robert Mueller voiding a plea deal with Paul Manafort.
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A U.S. judge today postponed Maria Butina's plea agreement hearing until Thursday. Butina is expected to plead guilty of being a Russian agent who conspired with Russians and Americans to throw the election to Trump, funnel cash to the NRA and other political figures, and soften U.S. foreign policy towards Moscow. Thursday will be an important news day if this plea hearing schedule holds. She was charged in July, and originally pleaded not guilty. The court considered her a high flight risk. She's been in jail for months. From Reuters, on the Tuesday court hearing schedule change: U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan did not specify a reason for the delay. Butina was jailed awaiting trial. Moscow has labeled the case against Butina “fabricated” and called for her release. Prosecutors have accused Butina of working with a Russian official and two U.S. citizens to try to infiltrate the NRA, which has close ties to Republican politicians including President Donald Trump, and sway...
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WASHINGTON ― An attorney for Paul Manafort said Tuesday that the former Trump
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David French is done watching his party succumb to echo-chamber politics on Trump and Russia. In their desperation to insulate President Donald Trump from the fallout of the Russia investigation, the Republican Party has woven an elaborate counternarrative in which the act of investigating Russia is the real scandal. And David French, writer for the arch-conservative National Review, is finally calling out this mentality on the Right."It's time to put a conspiracy theory to rest," writes French in a new column. "It's time to debunk a hoax."The GOP narrative goes that the investigation, first started by the FBI and taken up by special counsel Robert Mueller, is a "witch hunt" manufactured by Obama administration officials to bring down Trump; that the investigation of the campaign was illegal and the warrant to surveil it obtained using partisan material; that Trump officials are being prosecuted over "perjury traps" rather than anything of substance; and that Mueller's team is s...
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Could the impossible have finally happened? Are Trump supporters actually getting in the sane lane? The bombshell findings linking President Donald Trump to the Russians and campaign law violations presented by special counsel Rober Mueller last week are beginning to sink in with some his most fanatical fans who are starting to believe their man may be in real legal peril.According to a report at Axios, a Trump loyalist speaking with fans of the president outside of his immediate circle say they are no longer buying the president’s claims of a Justice Department “witchhunt” after seeing some of the charges leveled against “Individual-1,” widely believed to be President Donald Trump.Addressing the plight of “hardcore MAGA [Make America Great Again] online influencers,” the Axios source said, “These are the people most predisposed to believing the ‘witch hunt’ rhetoric, but they are now expressing real concerns.”The source added some of Trump’s biggest fa...
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Half of Americans believe special counsel Robert Mueller will personally implicate President Trump in wrongdoing, according to a ...
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The special counsel has Trump in his sights, and where he’s taking the investigation has no precedent or protocol
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Slain Washington Post journalist and other reporters chosen over special counsel Robert Mueller, Vladimir Putin, Trump
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The sentencing memos filed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller last week against
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Time magazine will name its “Person of the Year” for 2018 in December. This year’s shortlist includes Christine Blasey Ford, the California academic who presented powerful testimony before the US Senate alleging historic abuse at the hands of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. President Trump himself is also shortlisted, as is Robert Mueller, the FBI special counsel carrying out a long-running investigation into alleged Russian attempts to meddle in the 2016 US presidential election.
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(Bloomberg) -- Special Counsel Robert Mueller and U.S. prosecutors are far from finished in their investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, President Donald Trump’s campaign, and his business and political circle, judging by recent court filings. But by the end of this week, some key early chapters will come closer to resolution.
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Families separated at the border between the United States and Mexico are among the shortlist of finalists for Time magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year. Recent selections have included the Silence Breakers of the #MeToo movement and Donald Trump. This year’s shortlist also features the US president, along with Russian president Vladimir Putin and special counsel Robert Mueller, who was a runner up for last year’s title, and is looking at Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
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President Donald Trump, protected from criminal charges while in office, is now facing the prospect of indictment when he becomes a private citizen.On Friday, federal ...
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A federal judge has scheduled a status hearing on prosecutors request that Paul Manafort violated his plea agreement by lying to special counsel Robert Mueller.
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A look at the nearly three dozen people charged by special counsel Robert Mueller and unanswered questions about what may lie ahead for the president -- labeled "Individual-1" in court papers -- and his administration:
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Jessica Denson alleged discrimination by the Trump campaign. They then took her to arbitration for violating her nondisclosure agreement. On Monday, BuzzFeed News reported that Jessica Denson, a staffer on President Donald Trump's campaign who helped run Hispanic outreach, was ordered in a secret arbitration proceeding to pay a five-figure settlement to the campaign — for filing an antidiscrimination lawsuit against them:The award to the Trump campaign came out of arbitration — nonpublic proceedings the campaign pursued against Denson after she filed two lawsuits against it. Denson was ordered to pay $25,000 to the campaign in October, but the award wasn’t made public until Denson’s lawyers included it in court filings in New York County Supreme Court in late November. The documents obtained by BuzzFeed News this week were not filed electronically.The award payment is part of a complicated, ongoing legal battle between the Trump campaign and Denson, who, according to her...
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Ex-diplomat: The Mueller Show Is a Dud “A baby born when Robert Mueller started his investigation would be talking by now,” observes Peter Van Burden in The American Conservative. Yet the special counsel hasn’t produced any “real evidence” of Russian “collusion.” A recent Mueller memo about Paul Manafort underscored that the one-time Trump campaign chief’s...
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CNN's Jake Tapper examines what he says are clues that indicate where special counsel Robert Mueller and prosecutors are headed with their investigation of Russia and President Donald Trump.
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Special counsel Robert Mueller has begun quietly laying his cards down, one at a time, in court filings for three key former associates of President Donald Trump -- his former campaign chairman, his former fixer and lawyer and his former top national security adviser. The steady dripping of developments into open court can distract from the totality of what we know and are learning on three distinct and all very damning threads:
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History can be instructive in the case of Donald Trump. If President Donald Trump is brought down, it will be Republicans who finally seal his fate, not Democrats.No matter how much evidence is uncovered by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, the U.S. attorney from the Southern District of New York, the New York Attorney General, or any other prosecutors who happen to be investigating the president — it's almost certain that impeachment is the only viable way the government could respond. While a president may be indictable, even critics of Trump acknowledge that allowing charges against Trump to go to trial before he is removed or his term is ended poses serious constitutional challenges that may be insurmountable, as former Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal has argued.But while Democrats hold the power to impeach Trump in the House of Representatives, they'll need at least 20 Republican senators to join with all the Democratic senators to successfully remove him from office. A...
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A federal judge has scheduled a hearing Tuesday to weigh whether Paul Manafort should be declared in breach of his plea agreement after Special Counsel Robert Mueller accused him of lying about his contacts with White Hou...
 
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President Trump's former lawyer and fixer will learn his fate, which likely involves multiple years in jail -- and the rest of us will learn more about the value of Cohen's (uneven) cooperation thus far and his potential future usefulness to special counsel Robert Mueller, writes Elie Honig.
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Say a prayer for Our Patron Saint of Taking Down the Current Administration by lighting one of artist Clare Winter's Robert Mueller devotional candles. You can get these rhinestone-embellished candles through Winter's online shop Devotional Democracy ($12) or in person at Cargo Inc in Portland, Oregon. (Rumor has it she is making Ruth Bader Ginsburg (RBG) longevity candles next.) Read the rest
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Special counsel Robert Mueller's filings reveal that Michael Cohen has provided "useful" information on obstruction and collusion.
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Trump looms over our lives, our planet, in a way no other human being ever has, not even a Joseph Stalin or a Mao Zedong, whose images were once plastered all over the Soviet Union and China. Breaking News! -- as NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt often puts it when beginning his evening broadcast. Here, in summary, is my view of the news that’s breaking in the United States on just about any day of the week:Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump. Trump.Or rather (in the president’s style):Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump! Trump!!!!!!!!Or here’s another way of thinking about the news unmediated -- a word that's gained new resonance in the age of The Donald -- by anyone but him: below you’ll find a set of run-on tweets from you-know-who to his base -- and by that I mean not just his American fans but "the Fake News Media" that treats such messages as the catnip of their twenty-first-century lives. These particular ones are from the afternoon of November 29th and the morning of November 3...
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Families separated at the border between the United States and Mexico are among the shortlist of finalists for Time magazine’s 2018 Person of the Year. Recent selections have included the Silence Breakers of the #MeToo movement and Donald Trump. This year’s shortlist also features the US president, along with Russian president Vladimir Putin and special counsel Robert Mueller, who was a runner up for last year’s title, and is looking at Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
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President Trump and special counsel Robert Mueller both appeared on Time's 2018 Person of the Year shortlist.Time anno...
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Conspiracy theory buff Jerome Corsi has sued Robert Mueller and a handful of federal agencies for allegedly attempting to blackmail him into lying about being a middle man between Wikileaks and the Trump campaign. Read Full Article at RT.com
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The former FBI director answered the question on everyone's mind. The latest court filings against President Donald Trump's former attorney and fixer Michael Cohen directly implicate Trump in the scheme to pay off women he slept with ahead of the 2016 presidential election — which prosecutors with the Southern District of New York say constitutes a federal crime.This raises the a huge question: did Trump himself commit a felony?According to former FBI Director James Comey in an interview with NBC's Kasie Hunt, it is unclear — but Trump should count himself lucky he is president right now."Is the President of the United States right now an unindicted co-conspirator?" asked Hunt."We don't know," said Comey, who was famously fired by Trump last year in an attempt to shut down the Russia investigation. "Not in the formal sense that he's been named in an indictment, where you could actually say that this defendant and named others, or others by pseudonym, conspired together,...
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This Harvard law professor believes Trump can be indicted and should be. Laurence Tribe is a constitutional law professor at Harvard Law School. He's argued cases before the Supreme Court 36 times,  and he's taught students who went on to become U.S. Senators, Supreme Court justices, and even a U.S. President. Among them, Barack Obama, John Roberts, Elena Kagan, and Ted Cruz.And he's become an outspoke critic of President Donald Trump.Tribe is going after the Justice Department's policy – which is not law and not in the Constitution – that bars prosecutors from moving to have a sitting U.S. President indicted by a grand jury.He made the case back in May."Nothing" in the "text, structure, or history" of the U.S. Constitution says a sitting President cannot be indicted, Tribe said: "Some people claim that, even if Rosenstein gives Mueller permission to indict Trump as DOJ rules allow, the Constitution forbids such indictment. No! Nothing in its text, structure, or history su...
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Carl Bernstein joins Brian Stelter to discuss the latest filings by Robert Mueller. "Donald Trump, for the first time in his life, is cornered," Bernstein says. He says one of the principal witnesses came away from an interview with Mueller's team believing that "they know everything about Russia."
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His lawyer's complaints against the special counsel are barely a step above gibberish. On Sunday evening, POLITICO reported that Jerome Corsi, the Birther conspiracy theorist and former InfoWars writer who allegedly helped President Donald Trump's campaign adviser Roger Stone in his collaboration with WikiLeaks to disseminate Russian-hacked emails from the Hillary Clinton campaign, has filed a $350 million lawsuit against special counsel Robert Mueller.Corsi's lawsuit alleges that "Mueller and his partisan Democrat, leftist, and ethically and legally conflicted prosecutorial staff" leaked information from grand jury proceedings, illegally surveilled Corsi, and attempted to blackmail him into lying as part of a "legal coup d'etat" against Trump:"Defendant Mueller and his prosecutorial staff have demanded that Plaintiff Corsi falsely testify that he acted as a liaison between Roger Stone and WikiLeaks leader Julian Assange concerning the public release of emails downloaded fro...
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Columnist sneers at diversity and claims the WASPs were better rulers. The president of the United States is a larger than life figure. As seen with George H.W. Bush, this is even more true in death.The senior President Bush, who died last week, is now the subject of hagiographies that depict him as humble, kind and decent: A leader and man whose life was committed to public service, an exemplary human being and role model of civility in an ugly and tumultuously partisan America.In the age of Donald Trump, George Herbert Walker Bush has taken on new significance. It can appear as if for every way that Trump befouls the presidency and the White House, the elder Bush elevated it.Bush's critics have refused to play along with that script, instead highlighting the late president's many shortcomings. These include the race-baiting of the infamous 1988 "Willie Horton" campaign ad, lack of empathy for AIDS victims, efforts to restrict women's reproductive rights, the nomination of ...
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At several previous points in Donald Trump's presidency, it looked as if he
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President Trump responded over the weekend to the latest filings from special counsel Robert Mueller by declaring himself cleared of wrongdoing during the 2016 presidential election.
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President Trump responded over the weekend to the latest filings from special counsel Robert Mueller by declaring himself cleared of wrongdoing during the 2016 presidential election.
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Rachel Martin talks to Jonah Goldberg — senior editor of the National Review about the latest revelations in the probe into the 2016 presidential election conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.
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Rachel Martin talks to Jonah Goldberg — senior editor of the National Review about the latest revelations in the probe into the 2016 presidential election conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.
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Rachel Martin talks to Jonah Goldberg, senior editor of the National Review, about the latest revelations in the probe into the 2016 presidential election conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.
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Rachel Martin talks to Jonah Goldberg, senior editor of the National Review, about the latest revelations in the probe into the 2016 presidential election conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller.
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