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NYT reporter who broke Mueller firing story: McGahn is central to all major White House scandals

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After breaking a bombshell story about President Donald Trump attempting to fire special counsel Robert Mueller last June, the New York Times‘ Michael Schmidt told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow that White House counsel Don McGahn is more central to Trump administration scandals than most Americans realize.

McGahn, who is featured prominently in Schmidt’s co-written report with the Times‘ Maggie Haberman, threatened to quit when Trump ordered him to fire Mueller — but as Schmidt noted, he was also involved in a number of other massive events on the special counsel’s collusion radar.

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“Don McGahn was involved in the Comey firing, Don McGahn was involved in lobbying Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to recuse himself from the Russia investigation,” Schmidt said. “He’s a central player in all these things and it’s a remarkable part of the story that gives us insight how the president tried to use lawyers in ways he was apparently sort of afraid to do himself.”

Maddow also noted that Schmidt broke another story involving McGahn earlier this month claiming that one of the White House attorney’s deputies deliberately misled Trump to steer him away from firing Comey.

Watch the interview below, via MSNBC.


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DOJ investigating why consumers are paying record prices for beef during pandemic: report

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On Monday, Politico reported that the Justice Department and Agriculture Department are looking into what they consider to be suspicious price increases of beef for American consumers — on the suspicion that the recent spike in prices may be a result of price-fixing.

"Supermarket customers are paying more for beef than they have in decades during the coronavirus pandemic," reported Leah Nylen and Liz Crampton. "But at the same time, the companies that process the meat for sale are paying farmers and ranchers staggeringly low prices for cattle."

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Democrats win another voting rights victory as absentee restrictions struck down in South Carolina

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On Monday, voting rights attorney Marc Elias reported that a federal court has blocked a restriction on absentee ballots for the upcoming South Carolina primary.

The ruling undoes a requirement that mail-in ballots be accompanied by a witness.

BREAKING: @DCCC, @TheDemocrats, and @scdp score major voting rights victory in South Carolina. Federal Court blocks witness requirement for absentee ballots in June primary.

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GOP ripped for refusing to remove Trump from office: ‘Folly of that failure becomes clearer by the day’

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Republicans seeking to keep control of the United States Senate were harshly criticized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for failing to remove President Donald Trump from office during impeachment.

"For four years now, as both a candidate and president, Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked America’s voting system, falsely claiming voter fraud any time it suited his needs. In a new low, last week he threatened the federal funding of two states over their reasonable moves to facilitate mail-in voting," the newspaper noted in an editorial published online on Memorial Day. "What does it say that the head of the world’s leading democracy is so intent on undermining that democracy?"

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