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Monday, June 25, 2018

Former CIA Director Smells ‘Fear’ In Trump Attacks On Mueller

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With Trump’s attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller ramping up in recent days, former CIA Director John Brennan told Trump on Saturday, “Your fear of exposure is palpable.”

Trump has repeatedly sought to dismiss and delegitimize Mueller’s investigation, even as he has racked up indictments and convictions of key members of Trump’s campaign and administration.

An analysis of Trump’s tweets by CNN’s David P. Gelles found that he used the phrase “witch hunt” to describe the investigation 22 times in June thus far, and 20 times in May. That is more than double the 9 times he used the phrase in April.…

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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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Cohen Resigns From RNC As He Reportedly Prepares To Flip

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Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney, has resigned from his position as deputy finance chair of the Republican National Committee’s Finance Committee as he considers cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller, ABC News and CNN report.

In his resignation letter, Cohen cited the special counsel investigation, writing it’s “simply impossible” for him to proved the “the full-time attention and dedication” the role requires.

As CNN reports, Cohen has told friends he’s “willing to give investigators information on President Trump.”

“He knows a lot of things about the president and he’s not adverse to talking in the right situation,” a friend of Cohen’s told CNN.…

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