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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.

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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New York Times drops the hammer on the ‘breathtaking arrogance’ of Kelleyanne Conway in brutal editorial

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Addressing a report from the Justice Department's Office of Legal Counsel recommending White House counsel Kellyanne Conway should be fired for flagrant violations of the Hatch Act, the New York Times editorial board hammered President Donald Trump's confidante over her smirking response.

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‘Be ashamed’: Anthony Scaramucci’s wife deletes tweet after Soledad O’Brien opens a can of whoop ass on her

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Soledad O'Brien, a former CNN anchor, clashed with the wife of Trump surrogate Anthony Scaramucci over the weekend.

In a tweet on Friday, O'Brien complained that cable new networks were continuing to book the former White house communications director even though he has little of substance to add to the discussions.

"Why do you guys put this crap on tv?" O'Brien wrote after seeing an interview with Scaramucci. "Seriously it’s an insult to your viewers. And also absurd. Is there no one else in the whole world to book but this mediocre dude?"

Scaramucci's wife, Deidre, was moved to criticize O'Brien.

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Trump fires his pollsters after campaign leaks show him losing in 11 battleground states

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President Donald Trump is reportedly cutting ties with some of his pollsters after leaks from his campaign showed him losing in some battleground states.

NBC reported on Sunday that the firings came after someone leaked polls that indicated Trump is losing to Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden in 11 battleground states.

"A separate person close to the Trump re-election team told NBC News Saturday that the campaign will be cutting ties with some of its pollsters in response to the information leaks, although the person did not elaborate as to which pollsters would be let go," the report said.

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