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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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Did Trump order the Russian bounty story cut from John Bolton’s book?

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When former national security adviser John Bolton stepped down in September 2019 (or was fired, depending), he cited a disagreement with President Trump about Afghanistan. Specifically, Bolton pointed to an argument with the president about Trump's proposal to invite Taliban leaders to Camp David for peace negotiations a few days ahead of the Sept. 11 anniversary.
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Trump supporters’ COVID trutherism is built on the same template conservatives have used to deny science for decades

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The worldwide conspiracy is vast — so vast that most of the world's scientists, journalists and political leaders are in on it. Somehow, in all this time, not a single one of the hundreds of thousands, possibly millions, of conspirators has grown a conscience and decided to blow the whistle on the conspiracy. Their goal? To ruin everything that right-wing America holds dear: the nuclear family, NFL football, needlessly enormous vehicles, the specials menu at Hooters.
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Trump’s record as one of the ‘dumbest students’ in college makes cheating story credible: Trump biographer

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On Tuesday, Trump biographer David Cay Johnston discussed the allegation from Mary Trump's book that the president paid for someone to take his SAT — an accusation he denies vehemently.

"He claims he was a top student, best of the best. What do you make of this, David?" asked host Erin Burnett.

"The story makes perfect sense," said Johnston. "First of all, back in the 1960s, it was easy to have someone go and take your test for you. There weren't IDs and the checks we have today because of the kind of cheating. The idea that a rich boy paid someone else to take the test, to people of my generation, is no surprise. Trump claims he was a great student, yet one of his former professor described him as the 'blank blank dumbest student he's ever had,' but thinks he knows everything. There were no honors for Trump at Fordham or Penn."

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