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Friday, June 22, 2018

Mueller Concerned Over Potential Jury Taint In Manafort Trial

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Special counsel Robert Mueller plans to use a “written questionnaire” to assess whether “widespread media attention” has biased potential jurors in favor of President Donald Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

“The reporting, at times inaccurately, comments on the nature of the evidence collected in the case or activities of the parties,” Andrew Weissmann, a lead prosecutor of Mueller’s, wrote, according to Politico.

Weissmann also explained that media accounts exist that bias in opposite directions, meaning some potential jurors may even be biased against the defendant due to media exposure.

One proposed question addresses Mueller personally, as reported by Politico:

“In this case, the United States is represented by the United States Department of Justice through Special Counsel Robert S.



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Suddenly, GOP Is In Trouble In Reddest State

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

A Congressional race in the heart of West Virginia coal country has emerged as the latest soft spot in the GOP’s imperiled defense as they try to keep control of the House next year.

A new Monmouth University poll shows Democrat Richard Ojeda leading Carol Miller 43 percent to 41 percent for the 3rd District seat that Republican Rep. Evan Jenkins vacated to run unsuccessfully for Senate.

Ojeda actually has a 6-point advantage when Monmouth factors in midterm voting patterns.

The fact that Republicans won the same House race by 50 points in 2016 only highlights how dramatically the party’s fortunes have faded since Trump’s election.…

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Source: Michael Cohen May Cooperate With Mueller Probe

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Trump’s former personal attorney and fixer Michael Cohen is ‘willing to give’ information about Trump to investigators, according to a friend of Cohen.

Speaking to CNN, the source said Cohen is willing to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation by providing information about Trump’s business dealings.

“He knows a lot of things about the President and he’s not averse to talking in the right situation,” Cohen’s friend told CNN. “If they want information on Trump, he’s willing to give it.”

Another friend said Cohen “feels let down by [Trump] and isolated by him.”

Cohen, who once said he would take a bullet for Trump, has come under increasing pressure to cooperate over the past several months, as federal investigators began looking into his financial history.…

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