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Thursday, December 14, 2017

Panicked Trump Lawyers Demand ‘Special Counsel’ Probe Of Mueller

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

Dropping the façade that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation poses no real threat to Donald Trump, and that the probe into Russia collusion is likely to end quickly and without concern for the White House, Trump’s attorneys have suddenly switched gears.

Clearly hitting the panic button, Trump’s legal team is now going full Fox, suggesting that Mueller’s investigation is deeply compromised and that the Department of Justice needs to appoint a second special counsel — you guessed it — to shadow and scrutinize Mueller.

“The Department of Justice and FBI cannot ignore the multiple problems that have been created by these obvious conflicts of interests,” Trump attorney Jay Sekulow tells Axios. These new revelations require the appointment of a Special Counsel to investigate.”

It’s significant that Trump’s legal team is now fully embracing the far-right conspiracy theories of Fox News and congressional Republicans by putting Mueller in their sights.…

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Activists Vow To Fight After Supreme Court Allows Enforcement Of Muslim Ban

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Rama Issa-Ibrahim, the executive director of the Arab American Association of New York (AAANY), was already in the midst of a crisis before the news broke Monday that the Supreme Court had announced a stay of the preliminary injunctions against Trump’s Muslim ban. The Supreme Court’s decision allows the administration to enforce the third, latest version of the travel ban that bars citizens of six majority-Muslim countries (plus North Korea and some Venezuelans) from entering the United States, as appeals wind their way through the 4th and 9th Circuit Courts.

A large number of Issa-Ibrahim’s clients are Muslim women from Yemen (on the ban’s list), she explained on a joint press call with the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and the New York chapter of the Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR).…

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