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Mueller seeking Trump interview as he intensifies focus on obstruction of justice charges: report

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Donald Trump crosses arms when asked about Robert Mueller investigation (Photo: Screen capture)

Special counsel Robert Mueller is seeking to interview President Donald Trump regarding his decisions to oust former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former FBI Director James Comey, according to the Washington Post.

The move “indicates that his investigation is intensifying its focus on possible efforts by the president or others to obstruct or blunt the special counsel’s probe,” the Post claimed, citing two people familiar with the special counsel’s plans.

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The president has faced accusations that he attempted to obstruct justice by firing Comey.

Advisers and friends of Trump have urged him not to be questioned in Mueller’s investigation, according to CNN, fearing that he will put himself in legal jeapordy.

“In my humble opinion, the shot of him actually testifying is near zero,” Steven Schlesinger, an attorney who worked for Trump on several lawsuits, told CNN earlier this month.

Trump’s lawyers are hoping to provide a “hybrid” testimony to Mueller, according to the Washington Post. Trump would answer some questions in a face-to-face interview, but provide others via a written statement.


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The Arab uprisings were weakened by online fakes

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The Arab uprisings a decade ago were supercharged by online calls to join the protests -- but the internet was soon flooded with misinformation, weakening the region's cyber-activists.

When Tunisian dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali fled the country in January 2011, rumours and uncertainty created "panic and hysteria", said ex-activist and entrepreneur Houeida Anouar.

"January 14 was a horrible night, so traumatic," she said. "We heard gunfire, and a neighbour shouted 'hide yourselves, they're raping women'."

As pro-regime media pumped out misinformation, the flood of bogus news also spread to the internet, a space activists had long seen as a refuge from censorship and propaganda.

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Dr. Fauci warns of post-Thanksgiving COVID-19 surge in US

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The United States is the worst-affected country, with 266,074 Covid-19 deaths, and President Donald Trump's administration has issued conflicting messages on mask-wearing, travel and the danger posed by the virus.

"There almost certainly is going to be an uptick because of what has happened with the travel," Fauci told CNN's "State of the Union."

Travel surrounding Thursday's Thanksgiving holiday made this the busiest week in US airports since the pandemic began.

"We may see a surge upon a surge" in two or three weeks, Fauci added. "We don't want to frighten people, but that's the reality."

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Sidney Powell’s new election lawsuit cites election experts she won’t even name: legal expert

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President Donald Trump's former election lawyer, Sidney Powell, has filed her lawsuit in Georgia suing Gov. Brian Kemp (R-GA) for what she says is a fraudulent election.

But lawyer Mike Dunford explained that it doesn't exactly work that way. Reading through Powell's court document "Emergency Motion for Declaratory, Emergency, and Permanent Injunctive Relief and Memorandum in Support Thereof."

"If you want emergency relief it is very helpful to be as clear and concise as humanly possible," he explained. "Pointing the court back to your 100+ page complaint with its 29 exhibits isn't how that is best done. To put it very mildly."

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