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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.

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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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Trump turns bizarre handwritten notes into all-caps Twitter rage spasm: ‘I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO!’

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President Donald Trump on Wednesday wrote down his impeachment inquiry talking points in sharpie marker.

While leaving the White House for a visit to Texas, Trump read his notes to reporters, but refused to take questions.

During the flight, Trump then tweeted out his notes to his 66.9 million Twitter followers.

https://twitter.com/samstein/status/1197200696044654593

....”I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NOTHING! I WANT NO QUID PRO QUO! TELL PRESIDENT ZELENSKY TO DO THE RIGHT THING!” Later, Ambassador Sondland said that I told him, “Good, go tell the truth!” This Witch Hunt must end NOW. So bad for our Country!

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GOP senators lob out excuses to avoid watching impeachment hearings: ‘Took my kid to school’

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European ambassador Gordon Sondland's impeachment testimony sent shock waves through Washington D.C. on Wednesday -- but they seemingly weren't felt by Republican senators.

Per CNN's Michael Warren, multiple GOP senators said on Wednesday that they were not watching Sondland's testimony, which directly implicated President Donald Trump in a quid-pro-quo scheme with Ukraine.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), for example, said that he "took my kid to school" instead of watching Sondland, while Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) said he was busy "chairing my own hearing."

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Ken Starr says ‘it’s over’ for Trump: Democrats know ‘the president in fact committed the crime of bribery’

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Former independent prosecutor Ken Starr suggested on Wednesday that President Donald Trump impeachment could now be a sure thing.

Following the testimony of European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland, Fox News host Bret Baier called the witness "very damning" for Trump -- and Starr agreed.

"We've gotten close to the president," Starr said of Sondland's testimony. "The president may have covered himself by saying no quid pro quo, the record is muddled. So we have Gordon Sondland's understanding. It doesn't look good for the president substantively."

Starr compared the current process to the articles of impeachment that were drafted against President Richard Nixon.

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