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Mueller’s grade-A legal team ‘uncomfortably close’ to obstruction case against Donald Trump

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Los Angeles Times feature details the ways in which members of Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller’s team have worked to prosecute obstruction of justice in the past — and how they’ll bring that expertise to the case of President Donald Trump.

According to the Times, Mueller’s “first 13 hires speak volumes: They include veteran prosecutors who spent years unraveling complicated conspiracies in high-pressure cases.”

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Two of those hires include Andrew Weissman and Michael Dreeben, two men who worked successfully as prosecutors in 2001’s Enron accounting fraud trial.

“This case was really about a simple principle,” Weissman, who was lead prosecutor in the Enron accounting audit scandal, said during the trial. “Which is, when you expect the police, don’t destroy evidence.”

“These are guys that have a particular skill set that seems uncomfortably close to a potential case against Donald Trump,” Jonathan Turley, a law professor at George Washington University, told the Times. “This is a team with prosecutors who have not been timid in stretching the criminal code when it comes to prosecutions.”

Along with Weissman and Dreebin, Mueller also tapped FBI lawyer Lisa Page, a money-laundering specialist, Elizabeth Prelogar, a Russian-speaking former Supreme Court clerk and Jeannie Rhee, who served as deputy assistant attorney general during Barack Obama’s administration and counseled on executive privilege and national security.

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Read more about Mueller’s assembled team that “may be bad news for the president” via the L.A. Times.

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President Donald Trump has vowed multiple times over the past two-and-a-half years to unveil his own replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act, but so far no actual plan has come to light.

As noted by CNN fact checker Daniel Dale, Trump was asked by a reporter in New Hampshire this week to describe his health care plan, and the president responded with a stream of gobbledygook.

"So, we have a great plan coming out," the president began when asked about his plan. "It's going to be -- if we can take back the House because we're not going to get the Democrats to vote for it, because they're doing Medicare for all, which is going to take away your freedom, take away your doctors, take away everything that you should be able to have, and most importantly, it's going to take away -- we have 180 million people right now that have private insurance and they love it, and all of that's going to be taken away. It's absolute craziness."

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After Cruz accused the Times of trying to foment division in the United States by shining a light on the legacy of slavery and racism in the country, Favreau hit back at him for relying on right-wing propaganda websites instead of actual news sources.

"Ted Cruz picking a bad faith media bias fight with the New York Times and then retweeting all of the glowing coverage from right-wing propaganda sites is literally everything you need to know about Ted Cruz," Favreau wrote.

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Trump thought his racist attacks would be a winner — but it looks like they’re backfiring: poll

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President Donald Trump managed to win a narrow electoral victory in 2016 despite displays of virulent racism, from saying a Hispanic judge can't be fair to calling Mexicans rapists to doubling down on his belief that the Central Park Five were guilty.

With the 2020 election around the corner, Trump seems to be betting on the idea that he won because of these racist episodes, and so is continuing to lob them, telling Democratic congresswomen of color to "go back" where they came from and whipping up his base with talk of immigrants as an "invasion."

But as GQ noted on Tuesday, a new poll shows that Trump's strategy may be a big mistake.

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