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Dozens of new charges against Manafort confirms Mueller convened at least two grand juries for Trump-Russia probe

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Special counsel Robert Mueller on Thursday issued 32 superseding indictments for former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates — and did so using a separate grand jury in a separate venue than the first 12 indictments he issued last year.

The first 12 indictments against Manafort and Gates, all related to bank fraud and conspiracy charges, were issued in the District of Columbia. The 32 new charges, which will replace the original 12, were issued in the Eastern District of Virginia, where Manafort files his taxes. Because the districts are different, this new report confirms speculation that Mueller has convened at least two grand juries in his investigation.

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According to CNN justice correspondent Evan Perez, Manafort “refused to waive venue,” meaning he refused to allow the charges to be brought in D.C.

CNN justice reporter Shimon Prokupecz also said these new indictments suggest Gate’s reported plea deal negotiations are off. Earlier in the day, Gates fired the attorney who was reportedly handling his plea deal as well, and shortly after the Virginia indictments came down, Reuters reported that Manafort’s attempts to modify his bail terms had been rejected by a judge.

Watch the CNN panel discussion on the latest indictments below:

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Here’s how the law governing whistleblowers applies to the Trump Ukraine complaint

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This week it was revealed that President Donald Trump did something so concerning that an intelligence staffer felt the need to report the incident and file for whistleblower protections.

Trump asked Ukraine to look into scandals about former Vice President Joe Biden's son Hunter. For nearly a year, Trump's former attorney Rudy Giuliani was admittedly working to persuade officials in Ukraine to find "dirt" on the Bidens that they could use in the election. While the accusations against the younger Biden have been disproven, it's suspected, but not confirmed, that this was the incident detailed in the complaint.

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Retiring Republican lawmaker blames Trump’s ‘petty, childish bullsh*t’ for massive GOP exodus

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In an examination of the record-breaking number of Republican lawmakers who have decided to quit or retire despite holding a seat in solidly conservative congressional districts, one lawmaker admitted that he grew weary of having to deal with Donald Trump's daily Twitter habit and other shenanigans -- so he is calling it quits.

As the Washington Post reports, "Since Trump’s inauguration, a Washington Post analysis shows that nearly 40 percent of the 241 Republicans who were in office in January 2017 are gone or leaving because of election losses, retirements including former House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (Wis)."

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Internet rains hell on ‘fake Christian’ Karen Pence’s new Twitter account: ‘I can’t wait for the rapture’

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The Internet reacted with scorn over the weekend after Second Lady Karen Pence announced a new Twitter account aimed at reelecting President Donald Trump.

In her first tweet, Pence posted a video lavishing praise on the president.

"There are probably a lot of things you don't know about me," Pence says in the video. "For example, I enjoy painting, I love to ride my bike and I like nothing better than reading a good book. On my new Twitter account, I will share what I'm up to when I'm not in the office at the White House."

Excited to start a new #Twitter account to help tell the story of all the accomplishments under the leadership of @realDonaldTrump and @mike_pence! Follow along to KEEP AMERICA GREAT! 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/RaPwC5ThyR

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