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Giuliani: Trump interview with Mueller would happen 'over my dead body' | US news | The Guardian
Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, on Sunday ruled out a face to face interview between the president and special counsel Robert Mueller – because he fears investigators would try to trap Trump into lying.
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2 hours ago by browneyedgirl65
Avenatti Was Never Going to Be the Democratic Trump - The Atlantic
The Democrats are too ideologically and ethnically diverse to field a presidential candidate who resembles the man in the White House.
Michael Avenatti was never going to be president. The Avenatti boomlet, which began in August, lasted for a little less than three months, until the attorney officially took himself out of the running on Tuesday, citing concerns about his family.
Avenatti made a name for himself representing the adult-film actress Stormy Daniels, whom President Donald Trump paid during the closing months of the 2016 campaign to keep quiet about an alleged affair a few years earlier. Avenatti has a telegenic presence, and he satisfied a need among angry liberals for a champion who was as nasty to the president as the president is to, well, almost everyone.
“I believe our party must fight fire with fire,” Avenatti told a crowd at a Democratic event in Iowa in August. “When they go low, I say we hit harder.”
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4 hours ago by rgl7194
Michael Cohen Claims 'Freedom' From Trump - The Atlantic
In federal court on Wednesday, Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer sought to break free of the president as a judge sentenced him to prison.
NEW YORK — With his teary-eyed and grim-faced family arrayed behind him, Michael Cohen laid claim to his freedom in a federal courtroom here on Wednesday morning. Not from incarceration, of course—Donald Trump’s former longtime lawyer, fixer, and foot soldier knew he was soon headed to prison after he pleaded guilty to what a federal judge called “a veritable smorgasbord of fraudulent conduct.”
No, the 52-year-old Cohen was declaring his formal, surely irrevocable liberty from the clutches of the president of the United States.
“Today,” he told Judge William H. Pauley III in a deep, steady voice, “is the day I am getting my freedom back.”
“I have been living,” Cohen continued, “in a personal and mental incarceration ever since the day that I accepted the offer to work for a real-estate mogul whose business acumen I admired.”
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4 hours ago by rgl7194
Mueller Trump-Russia Details Revealed In Cohen Case Filing
The sentencing memo that special counsel Robert Mueller filed in Michael Cohen’s case said a lot about his ongoing Russia investigation.
On Friday, special counsel Robert Mueller filed a brief sentencing memorandum in response to Michael Cohen’s guilty plea for lying to Congress.
In those seven pages, however, the tight-lipped prosecutor revealed significant information about his investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia’s efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election that Trump won.
Unlike his office’s other filings this week, none of the information in Cohen’s case was redacted.
Here’s what we learned...
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4 hours ago by rgl7194
Mueller Says Manafort Lied About Contacts With Trump Officials - The New York Times
WASHINGTON — Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, lied to federal investigators about his contacts with Trump administration officials and his interactions with a Russian linked to Moscow’s intelligence services, the special counsel’s office said on Friday.
He also lied about a $125,000 payment made through a political action committee to cover a debt he owed, prosecutors working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, said in a partly redacted court filing explaining why they withdrew last week from a plea agreement they had reached with Mr. Manafort in September.
They also claimed he misled investigators pursuing a case unrelated to Mr. Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential race and whether the Trump campaign conspired with the Kremlin’s operations.
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4 hours ago by rgl7194
Paul Manafort lied about contacts with Trump administration this year, Mueller says - CNNPolitics
Washington (CNN)Special counsel Robert Mueller said Friday that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort lied about five major issues after agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors, including his "contact with administration officials."
In a heavily redacted document, Mueller also said Manafort lied about his interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik. Mueller has said Kilimnik has ties to the Russian military intelligence unit accused of hacking the Democrats, and they've previously outlined how the two men may have worked together to tamper with witnesses following Manafort's arrest last year.
The accusations by Mueller add to growing signs that the special counsel's team has a wealth of evidence about contacts between people close to Trump -- even in the White House -- and Russians during the 2016 campaign.
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4 hours ago by rgl7194
Mob mentality: how Mueller is working to turn Trump's troops | US news | The Guardian
As the special counsel ‘flips’ presidential allies one by one, prosecutors see parallels to efforts against organized crime
Before the curtain lifts on the final act of the Robert Mueller investigation – which is not necessarily to say the final act of the Donald Trump presidency – there has been a a scramble for seats as second-tier figures in the drama choose sides.
Some of the players have agreed to work with the special counsel as he investigates possible collusion between Russia and Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. Others are standing by Trump. Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort vowed never to work with Mueller, then agreed to work with Mueller, then allegedly tried to put one over Mueller.
Like the methodical prosecutor he is, Mueller has forced each target of his investigation, one by one, to pick a side, offering reduced penalties to cooperators such as Michael Flynn and hammering Manafort, whom Mueller accused Friday of lying to investigators about maintaining contacts inside the White House as recently as May.
Trump, for his part, has been trying to disrupt the process, praising former aides who “refused to break” and “still have guts” while slamming his former attack dog Michael Cohen, who has been cooperating with Mueller, as a “weak” liar and a bad lawyer to boot.
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4 hours ago by rgl7194
Three Remarkable Things About Michael Cohen's Plea - The Atlantic
These developments would, under normal circumstances, end a presidency.
Michael Cohen’s decision to plead guilty to lying to Congress on Thursday was remarkable for three reasons.
The first was that Cohen walked into a Manhattan federal courtroom unannounced. He did it by surprise. We live in a political environment characterized by constant leaks, each choreographed more carefully than a public announcement. The drama of learning what’s going to happen at an event, rather than before the event, has mostly disappeared. But Cohen’s plea, a momentous development in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, happened with no warning. That reflects admirable discipline in Mueller’s office.
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4 hours ago by rgl7194

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