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Al Franken: Special counsel must be provided resources ‘without interference from the Trump administration’

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Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) on Wednesday praised Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s decision to appoint a special counsel to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, noting former FBI Director Robert Mueller must be “given the resources he needs” for the probe “without any interference form the Trump administration.”

“Appointing [Mueller] to the position is a necessary and important step that I’m hopeful will help restore public trust and result in a thorough and comprehensive investigation,” Fanken said in a statement.

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“Now that the Justice Department has rightly turned the reins of the investigation over to an independent special prosecutor, it is critical that former Director Mueller is given the sources he needs to to the bottom of Russia’s attack on our democracy, without any interference from the Trump administration,” he added.

The decision by Rosenstein, announced Wednesday, grants Mueller broad authority “to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters” stemming from the Department of Justice’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The move drew bipartisan praise following a cascade of damaging information about Donald Trump’s attempts to influence James Comey. According to a memo reportedly written by Comey, Trump asked him to drop the FBI’s investigation into former Trump aide Michael Flynn. Those reports intensified calls for a special prosecutor to lead the Russia probe.

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Giuliani associates’ company promised to build a bizarre temple over Jerusalem

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The Wall Street Journal has uncovered new details about the strange work done by Fraud Guarantee, the company founded by Lev Parnas, the indicted henchman of Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Specifically, the Journal was given information from an investor who says he plugged $250,000 into Fraud Guarantee after Parnas told him that he could use his connections with President Donald Trump to help promote his initiative to create peace in the Middle East.

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Liberal PACs gear up for major ad blitz to flip GOP-controlled legislatures in states where Trump is vulnerable

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According to a report from Politico, two left-leaning PAC's are working in concert to flip GOP-majority legislatures in reliably conservative or too- close-to-call states.

With Donald Trump expected to be at the top of the Republican ticket, "Arena and Future Now Fund, are planning to spend $7 million to try to flip GOP-controlled state legislatures in Florida, Arizona, Michigan and North Carolina," the report states.

According to Daniel Squadron, co-founder of the Future Now Fund, "If you look at where the important states are, the places most people are watching are the Electoral College to secure the White House. But the truth is that when you talk about the impact of 2020, electoral control of the state legislatures is critical.”

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Newly revealed letter details Rudy Giuliani’s work for Fraud Guarantee company owned by indicted henchman

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A newly revealed letter sheds light on Rudy Giuliani's work for Fraud Guarantee, a company founded by his indicted associates Lev Parnas and David Correia -- and the document has been handed over to investigators.

Fraud Guarantee circulated an investor letter last year that shows the company would pay the consulting firm Giuliani Partners up to $2 million for the first year and give the former New York City mayor equity in the company, reported the Wall Street Journal.

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