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Trump’s lawyers don’t want him to speak with Mueller because they’re worried he’ll perjure himself: report

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Donald Trump’s lawyers want him to reject a request by special counsel Robert Mueller for a sit-down interview—a move that could prompt a subpoena and, potentially, a Supreme Court battle over the Russia probe, the New York Times reports.

According to the Times, Trump’s lawyers John Dowd and Jay Sekulow want the president to “rebuff an interview request” from Mueller, citing concerns over his proclivity towards making false statements, as well as his hair of “contradicting himself.” That advice is at odds with Trump’s public and private claims he’s willing to testify to Mueller.

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As the Times reports, White House lawyer Ty Cobb is one of the few people lobbying for the president to sit down with Mueller, arguing the president should cooperate with Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia and possible obstruction of justice on the part of the president. Dowd and Sekulow, meanwhile, remain unconvinced that Mueller has the appropriate authority to probe “some of the matters he is investigating.”

Last month, Trump told reporters he’s “looking forward” to speaking with Mueller.


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Pennsylvania Dem unloads on GOPers who pushed to reopen as they hid colleague’s COVID-19 infection

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Pennsylvania state Rep. Brian Sims (D) lashed out at Republican lawmakers who remained silent after testing positive for COVID-19.

Democrats this week accused Republicans of withholding information after Rep. Andrew Lewis (R) tested positive for the virus.

"It's been a week, perhaps longer, that House Republican leadership knew that at least one of their members had tested positive for COVID-19," Sims explained in a Facebook post. "But they didn't go on quarantine until they were done serving alongside us, especially those of us that serve on the State Government Committee."

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‘Art of the Deal’ ghostwriter: ‘Psychopath’ Trump is ‘driven by an insatiable narcissistic hunger’ and an obsessive ‘need to dominate’

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President Ronald Reagan, in the 1980s, famously asserted that someone who agreed with him 70% of the time was a 70% ally and not a 30% enemy. But President Donald Trump, on the other hand, is furious if someone disagrees with him even on rare occasions. Author Tony Schwartz, who co-wrote or ghost-wrote Trump’s famous 1987 book, “The Art of the Deal,” analyzes Trump’s mentality in a May 28 article for Medium — stressing that the president is motivated, above all else, by a “need to dominate.”

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Bill Barr and the White House plan to collect information on social media users when Trump signs Executive Order: reports

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A draft of President Donald Trump's social media executive order shows it would create disturbing structures that could allow the President of the United States to personally target social media companies he feels are taking action against his supporters, enable his supporters to report that action directly to the White House, and empower the Attorney General of the United States to collect publicly available "watch-lists" of social media users that monitor not only their online activities but their offline activities as well.

The draft is not final, but both the speed with which it will be signed and reports show it likely has not gone through interagency review, as CNN's Brian Fung, who calls it "hastily conceived," notes.

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