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Mueller’s team has interviewed Deputy AG Rosenstein over Trump’s decision to fire Comey: report

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has interviewed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein regarding Donald Trump’s decision to fire former FBI Director James Comey, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Rosenstein was tapped to oversee the Department of Justice’s investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the probe. Rosenstein is also the person who appointed Mueller to lead the special counsel after he penned a memo that detailed Comey’s failures in handling the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server. That memo was then cited by Trump as a essential to his decision to fire Comey.

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Two days after referencing Rosenstein’s memo in his letter ousting Comey, Trump admitted he was considering the Russia probe when he opted to let the FBI director go.

“I said to myself, I said, ‘You know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won,’” Trump told NBC News.

Mueller is investigating the circumstances surrounding that decision. According to the Journal, the special counsel likely does not view Rosenstein as a key witness in the investigation, as the deputy attorney general has not recused himself from that investigation, and Mueller still reports to him.

The interview occurred in June or July, sources told the Journal.

“It is unusual,” former federal prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg told the Journal. “But my inference is that they are not viewing him as a potential critical witness, because either the testimony isn’t that critical or there are other people that can say the same thing.”

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‘Comparing yourself to terrorists?’ Internet cracks up at Trump saying dead 9-11 hijackers got more justice than him

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President Donald Trump quoted Fox News host Mark Levin that left many scratching their heads. Levin, who has a show on Sunday evenings, claimed that the terrorists from Sept. 11 got more due process than the president.

The claim was a curious one because, as many on Twitter noted, it's not often that the president of the United States compares himself to a terrorist. Secondly, the 9-11 hijackers all died in the attack, as they were on the planes that crashed into the buildings and into a Pennsylvania field.

Trump is known to quote Levin frequently, though the citations often make the president look worse.

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MLK was ‘gravely disappointed’ with white moderates — whom he believed were responsible for impeding civil rights

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"We also realize that the problems of racial injustice and economic injustice cannot be solved without a radical redistribution of political and economic power."

—Martin Luther King Jr., 1967

This Martin Luther King Jr. Day comes as moderate Democrats, falling in line behind former vice president Joe Biden, are warning that the party risks re-electing Donald Trump if it nominates too radical a candidate for president — by which they mean someone like Senators Bernie Sanders or Elizabeth Warren.

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Harvard law professor Laurence Tribe catches Alan Dershowitz in humiliating hypocrisy: ‘He’s not to be trusted’

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Harvard Constitutional law professor Laurence Tribe called out President Donald Trump's lawyer, Alan Dershowitz, Sunday on Twitter, noting that his opinions seem to evolve depending on who he's defending.

Dershowitz is on a kind of press junket for the president, defending him in various media appearances. The former lawyer to Jeffrey Epstein is handling Trump's defense as it pertains to the abuse of power. Dershowitz thinks that charge has no basis in law. In fact, impeachment trials aren't actually legal proceedings, they're political proceedings, because the Justice Department claimed that Trump can't be indicted under the law while he's president.

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