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Thursday, October 18, 2018

Prosecutors Quizzed Cohen ‘More Than 50 Hours’

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

President Donald Trump’s former lawyer, Michael Cohen, has been flying under the radar in recent weeks since pleading guilty to a series of crimes, including campaign finance violations that he said he carried out under the president’s direction.

In recent days, some observers speculated that Cohen’s newfound silence suggested he was cooperating with government prosecutors.

And according to a new report from Vanity Fair‘s Emily Jane Fox, that’s exactly what he’s doing. Fox reports that Cohen has spent 50 hours voluntarily sitting down with prosecutors from multiple investigators — including special counsel Robert Mueller and the Southern District of New York.…

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White House Drafting Response To Mueller Queries On ‘Collusion’

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Trump’s legal team is drafting written answers to a series of questions submitted by special counsel Robert Mueller, marking a potentially major development in the Russia investigation.

According to CNN, which first reported on the revelation Thursday evening, Mueller’s questions focus on the issue of potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the period leading up to Trump’s inauguration.

Limiting the scope to the pre-inauguration period means that Trump can’t claim executive privilege to avoid answering certain questions.

Even more significantly, the emphasis on collusion undermines Trump’s oft-repeated claims that the question of collusion has been taken off the table.…

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Cranky Judge Questions Manafort Plea Deal

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

Despite that fact that Paul Manafort has pleaded guilty to charges brought against him by special counsel Robert Mueller and has begun cooperating with investigators, one judge overseeing the case thrown the spotlight back on President Donald Trump’s former campaign chair by questioning the plea deal.

Judge T.S. Ellis issued an order Thursday calling part of the agreement “highly unusual.” His objection is based on the 10 charges over which a jury deadlocked in his Virginia court while finding Manafort guilty on eight other charges. Manafort later pleaded guilty to charges brought against him — also by the special counsel — in a separate case in Washington, D.C.…

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