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Panic spreads on Trump’s legal team as everyone tries to guess who Mueller will indict

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The news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has filed sealed indictments in the multiple investigations facing the Trump administration is sending shock waves of suspicion and uncertainty through President Donald Trump’s legal team and his closest allies, said Politico on Saturday.

“President Donald Trump’s White House and personal lawyers scrambled Saturday to learn where the knife might fall in the investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller,” wrote Politico’s Darren Samuelsohn, “triggering a guessing game among aides after days of trying to turn attention away from allegations of collusion with Russia during the election.”

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Attorneys for the White House, for President Trump and for his many aides who have lawyered up since the Mueller probe began were burning up phone lines on Friday and Saturday trying to find any information about the nature of the sealed indictments or who might be named in them.

Some, like ousted legal team spokesman Mark Corallo were enraged by indictment news, which he accused the Mueller team of leaking in order to put the squeeze on Trump’s allies and defenders.

“I’m disgusted by the tactics of the prosecutors to leak the information,” said Corallo — who was fired from the legal team for his vicious attempts to undermine public trust in Mueller by smearing his credibility.

Much speculation on Saturday centered around former national security adviser — and confirmed foreign operative — Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn (ret.) and former Trump 2016 chairman Paul Manafort.

Observers familiar with cases of this kind said that the approach of indicting a lower-level individual in order to catch someone more powerful smacks of Andrew Weissmann — one of the prosecutors hired by Mueller.

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“That moves you toward making a deal when the son or a wife is indicted,” said a source familiar with Weissman’s prosecutions of Exxon executives in the mid-2000s to Politico.

The indictments have come well ahead of the average 17-month duration for grand jury investigations, but a source familiar with Mueller said that this is normal for the former FBI director.

“Bob combines thoroughness and speed,” the official said.

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times

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Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.

You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”

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