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Mueller to charge Manafort — again — with ‘superseding indictment’: report

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MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes featured The Daily Beast political reporter Betsy Woodruff on “All In” Tuesday, only minutes after she published a bombshell report on former Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s ongoing legal jeopardy.

“Betsy…you have a new piece just published and the headline is ‘Robert Mueller may indict Paul Manafort again.’ What’s that about?” Hayes eagerly asked.

“Having had conversations with numerous former Justice Department officials and legal experts over the last few days…folks expect for Mueller to hand down what’s called a superseding indictment,” Woodruff explained. “It’s when a prosecutor like Bob Mueller essentially says, ‘here’s a new indictment that includes everything from the previous one, but also tacks on some additional charges’ additional detail, additional problems for the person who’s being charged.”

“The reason all these folks are telling me this is because in the initial Manafort indictment, there was a lot of detail that didn’t actually amplify or support the specific charges, particularly on tax questions,” Woodruff exlained. “There was a lot of detail about dicey financial dealings that Manafort and Rick Gates were involved in, about questionable absences of financial information on tax forms, that indicates Mueller might have enough evidence to bring additional charges against Manafort.”

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“That could put more pressure not just on Manafort, but also on Rick Gates, who my sources believe has the biggest potential to be additional cooperating witness to Mueller,” Woodruff concluded.

“I would expect a superseding indictment to come down relatively soon,” Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University’s law school, told The Beast.

Professor Turley is a former federal prosecutor.

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“There was much in the narrative of the indictment that referenced crimes not charged,” he added. “Prosecutors will often issue a superseding indictment as the grand jury continues its work. There’s also a tactical reason for this, that superseding indictments tend to grind defendants a bit more over time.”

“The Manafort and Gates indictment left a number of torpedoes in the water,” said Turley. “We’re just waiting to see who they hit.

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Here’s how Trump hopes to recreate his 2016 presidential win — and how Democrats can send him packing

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Writing for CNN on Saturday, election forecaster Harry Enten explained how President Donald Trump's recent, racist behavior lies in his desire to recreate the same electoral conditions that gave him a victory in 2016 in the presidential election next year.

"The Trump strategy is pretty simple: 1. Drive up the unfavorable ratings of his Democratic rival as he did in 2016 in order to compensate for his own low ratings. 2. Bank on an electoral college/popular vote split as he did in 2016. 3. Use a campaign of racial resentment to drive up turnout even more among groups favorable toward the President," wrote Enten. As he noted, Democrats have excellent odds to flip back Michigan and Pennsylvania, but they will have to work harder to win back any of the other states Trump flipped from the 2012 Obama camp — in particular Wisconsin, which was the closest state after those two.

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American, Italian and Russian blast off for ISS

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US, Italian and Russian astronauts blasted into space Saturday, headed for the International Space Station, in a launch coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing.

Alexander Skvortsov of the Russian space agency Roscosmos, NASA's Andrew Morgan and Luca Parmitano of the European Space Agency set off on a six-hour journey to the orbiting science lab from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan at 1628 GMT.

A NASA TV commentator hailed a "textbook launch" minutes after blastoff in "sweltering" weather in Baikonur, where daytime temperatures reached 43 degrees Celsius on Saturday.

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Conservative suggests Trump’s racist rhetoric will incite worse than ‘send her back’ chants: ‘One shudders to wonder’

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In a column for the Washington Post, conservative Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Kathleen Parker said the refusal by Republican lawmakers and the evangelical community to condemn Donald Trump's racist rhetoric is paving the way for something far worse than mere "send her back" chants.

Under a headline that bluntly states, "Those who don’t condemn Trump’s racism are complicit in his bigotry," Parker gets right to her opinion of the president, writing, "Going out on a limb here: President Trump is a racist. And a sexist. And a xenophobic nationalist. Among other things. Not to name call or anything."

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