Jamil Jaffer, a former attorney for the George W. Bush administration and current professor at the Antonin Scalia Law School at George Mason University, told CNN on Tuesday that special counsel Robert Mueller’s recent indictments show he’s confident he can charge people with collusion in Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.
During a CNN interview, Jaffer was asked the most recent set of Mueller indictments, and the former Bush White House associate counsel zeroed in on the charges that Mueller brought against Russian nationals who allegedly conspired to help Trump get elected president in 2016.
“What you see there is an attempt by Mueller to show Americans and other foreigners that, ‘I’ve got charges I can bring if I think there is a conspiracy to defraud the United States, to prevent the FEC from doing its job in preventing foreign influence in our elections,'” he explained.
Jaffer went on to say that Mueller’s new indictments will turn up the heat on other people being investigated to cooperate and come clean on what they know.
“That’s a big deal because at the end of the day, everyone thought there are no real collusion charges to be brought,” he said. “And this is the example of him saying, ‘I can bring collusion charges.’ And what that does is it pressurizes everybody to start cooperating. You didn’t think he had charges to bring, now he does, they might force you to cooperate and work his way up the chain. A very smart move by the special prosecutor here.”
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US financier Jeffrey Epstein appeals bail denial in sex-trafficking case
Jeffrey Epstein, the financier facing charges of sex trafficking involving dozens of underage girls, has appealed a federal judge’s decision to keep him in a Manhattan jail while he awaits trial.
According to a court notice made public on Tuesday, Epstein will ask the 2nd US Circuit Court of Appeals to overturn the judge’s July 18 rejection of his request to remain under house arrest in his $77 million mansion on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Epstein has pleaded not guilty and the appeal was expected. His lawyer Reid Weingarten did not immediately respond to requests for comment. A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Geoffrey Berman in Manhattan declined to comment.
Fox News cuts into Trump’s Turning Point USA speech after he starts rambling about handshakes
Fox News on Tuesday briefly interrupted a speech being delivered by President Donald Trump at a Turning Point USA summit.
During his speech, Trump started talking about delivering a commencement address at the Air Force Academy.
"They said, sir, would you like to shake the hands of all the cadets? I said how many other? They said 1,100. I said yeah, that sounds okay,” Trump remarked.
“Do other presidents do it? Yes, they do. Do all of them? What they didn’t say is they start, then they peter out. That sun was beaming down, and if some of these guys are great athletes — some of the women, they had some women in the class, their hands were very strong, okay.”
Hundreds of orgs, political and religious leaders demand Pompeo abolish his anti-LGBTQ ‘Commission on Unalienable Rights’
'Harmful to the Global Effort to Protect the Rights of All People and a Waste of Resources'
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday was sent letters signed by hundreds of human rights organizations, activists, and supporters, along with religious and political leaders demanding he abolish his newly-formed anti-LGBTQ and anti-women "Commission on Unalienable Rights."