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Mueller using Kushner to connect the dots between Flynn and Russia: report

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Special counsel Robert Mueller interviewed President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner earlier this month in an effort to build the federal case against disgraced former national security adviser Ret. Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, said Vanity Fair on Thursday.

Both CNN and The New York Times revealed on Wednesday that Mueller’s questioning centered around Kushner’s interactions with Flynn, including a pre-inauguration meeting that included Kushner, Flynn and Russian then-ambassador to the U.S. — and alleged KGB spymaster — Sergei Kislyak.

Kushner, Flynn and Kislyak met to discuss establishing a line of communication between the nascent Trump administration and the Kremlin, say reports. Mueller also asked Kushner about Flynn’s other meetings with Russian officials and pressed the president’s son-in-law to clarify statements he has made in the press and to government officials regarding the investigation into Russia’s attempts to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.

Vanity Fair‘s Emily Jane Fox said that the relationship between Kushner and Flynn has come under special scrutiny by Mueller — particularly with regards to the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Kushner was reportedly the strongest advocate for firing Comey in Trump’s circle of advisers.

Observers say that the Flynn-related questioning is further proof that the special counsel is pressuring Flynn to flip and cooperate with the investigation. When Flynn’s legal team abruptly stopped sharing information with Pres. Trump’s lawyers last week, it was widely interpreted as a sign that the former national security adviser has chosen to cooperate with Mueller.

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Here’s how lawyers enabling Trump’s obstruction can have their livelihoods stripped from them — by anyone

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In a column for the Daily Beast, a former Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives laid out a simple way to force lawyers advising aides to Donald Trump to defy Congressional subpoenas -- or avoiding one themselves -- to stop giving bad advice by moving to have them disbarred.

According to Brad Miller, who represented North Carolina in Congress between 2003 and 2013, the way in which former President Bill Clinton's impeachment was handled -- and the penalty he eventually received -- is a road map for legal retaliation even if Democrats in Congress won't do it.

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Lara Trump snarls at critics of ‘send her back’ for pushing a ‘biased, racially-charged narrative’

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Lara Trump, the wife of President Donald Trump's son Eric, has accused CNN anchor Anderson Cooper of pushing a "biased, racially-charged narrative" after he criticized her recent defense of the Trump administration over the "send her back" scandal.

This article first appeared on Salon.

"Anyone insinuating that there was some premeditated plan to orchestrate the “send her back” chant is obviously desperate to continue pushing a biased, racially-charged narrative. #FakeNews," Trump posted to her Twitter account on Saturday. She included a link to the Washington Examiner, a right-leaning newspaper which included a quote from Cooper blasting Trump for supposedly "lying" about her role in whipping up a crowd to chant "send her back" about Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn.

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Trump’s trade war with China has led to foreign investments in the US drying up: report

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Not only are U.S. manufacturers and farmers feeling the devastating brunt of Donald Trump's ongoing trade war with China -- among other countries -- now the New York Times reports that foreign investors no longer see America as a safe bet to park their money.

According to the report, "the once steady flow of Chinese cash into America, with Chinese investment plummeting by nearly 90 percent since President Trump took office."

With the report stating, the drop-off "stems from tougher regulatory scrutiny in the United States and a less hospitable climate toward Chinese investment, as well Beijing’s tightened limits on foreign spending," one analyst blamed the increasingly hostile trade relationship between the two countries.

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