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Ex-acting solicitor general details how Trump’s dwindling legal team shows ‘Mueller is formally thinking of him as a target’

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Former Acting Solicitor General of the United States and top Department of Justice official Neal Katyal may have deciphered why former Fox News pundit Joe diGenova and his wife, Victoria Toensing, were not able to join President Donald Trump’s legal defense team.

In a new Vanity Fair interview, Neal Katyal noted that the same conflict-of-interests that existed when the hiring was announced remained five days later, when the lawyers listed them as reasons they would not be joining the team after all.

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“What happened between last week, when DiGenova and Toensing were announced as joining the team, and yesterday?” Katyal wondered. “Then Dowd resigns Thursday, and yet by Sunday DiGenova and Toensing are gone, leaving the president with only two lawyers.”

Katyal, who has argued more cases before the Supreme Court than any other lawyer from a minority group, wondered if special counsel Robert Mueller intervened.

“Diligent prosecutors, when they see a defendant doing something profoundly dangerous to their self-interest (including hiring lawyers who have conflicts), will raise it with the defendant and suggest they rethink it,” Katyal explained. “I think it very possible that that happened here —- Mueller is a scrupulous prosecutor and may have told Trump he had concerns about Trump’s own rights.”

If that is indeed what occurred last week, it would be very revealing as to President Trump’s legal position.

“If it did happen, it would strongly suggest that Mueller is formally thinking of Trump as a target of his investigation,” Katyal concluded. “A prosecutor would issue such a warning to a target, not to a witness.”

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Matt Gaetz forgot which network he was on: Surprised CNN anchor said ‘I’ve never been called Sean Hannity’

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Rep. Matt Gaetz seemed to confuse cable news networks during a Thursday appearance

Gaetz was interviewed by CNN's Chris Cuomo, who aggressively challenged Gaetz on the facts as the Florida Republican attempted to defend President Donald Trump.

Despite the fact Cuomo's interview was nothing like the puff segments Gaetz is used to on Fox, the congressman seemed confused by the end.

"Congressman, you are always welcome, wherever I am, at nine or eleven, whenever," Cuomo said.

"Thanks Sean," Gaetz replied.

"Did you just call me Sean?" Cuomo asked. "Did you just call me Sean?"

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California lawmaker who chaired Republican Assembly caucus leaving GOP — to become an independent: report

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On Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported that California Assemblyman Chad Mayes, the former Assembly Minority Leader, is leaving the Republican Party and registering as No Party Preference.

"Instead of focusing on solutions for the big problems that we've got, we focused on winning elections," said Mayes in his announcement. "For me, I'm at the point in my life where I'm done with gamesmanship."

Mayes, a controversial figure who was implicated in an affair with a fellow public official, represents Yucca Valley. He is the second Republican Assemblyman this year to leave the party, after Brian Maienschein of San Diego, who Maienschein of San Diego.

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‘Quantum physics generator’ incident in Ohio results in evacuation — hazmat found no radiation

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Authorities in Columbus, Ohio evacuated dozens of homes after a man called 911 to report being burned by a

"Firefighters say nothing threatening was found in a northwest Columbus garage," WCMH-TV reported. "According to firefighters, a man called and reported that he received ‘RF burns’ while building some sort of ‘quantum physics generator’ in a garage. The man used words like ‘particle accelerator,’ ‘alpha rays,’ and ‘radiation’ while describing how he was burned."

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