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Trump tries to recruit ‘star’ GOP lawyer for Mueller probe — and gets humiliatingly rejected: report

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A Washington Post report on Tuesday claimed that the Trump White House has been trying to recruit Theodore B. Olson, described as a “star” Republican lawyer, to help defend President Donald Trump in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

However, just hours after the report was published, it looks as though Olson has rejected the White House’s overtures.

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Ted Boutrous — a partner at Olson’s law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher — sent out a tweet on Tuesday shooting down any notion that Olson would be leaving to work with the White House.

Following up on that, BuzzFeed News editor Chris Geidner similarly reported that a “source familiar” with the situation confirmed that Olson had turned down Trump’s offer to join his team.

Earlier this week, Trump reportedly offered a job to attorney Joseph E. diGenova, a Washington lawyer who has pushed the conspiracy theory that officials at the FBI and Department of Justice are engaged in a plot to frame Trump for colluding with Russian government officials.


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Trump slams ‘partisan’ whistleblower, Biden pushes back

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US President Donald Trump on Friday vigorously rejected a whistleblower's claim of wrongdoing, amid reports he used a call with Ukraine's president to pressure him to investigate the son of Trump's Democratic rival Joe Biden.

The whistleblower's secret complaint has triggered a tense showdown between Congress, whose Democratic leaders are demanding to review the complaint, and the executive branch which has barred them from doing so.

It has also raised concerns Trump sought to strong-arm Ukraine into providing damaging information on the president's possible 2020 challenger, which would represent dangerous foreign meddling in the US election -- similar to the interference blamed on Russia in 2016, when Trump defeated Hillary Clinton.

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Dem senator accuses the FBI of a carrying out a ‘cover-up’ for Brett Kavanaugh — and calls for an investigation

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Old wounds were reopened this week when a New York Times article, written by Robin Pogrebin and Kate Kelly, focused on Deborah Ramirez — one of the women who, in 2018, accused U.S. Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh of sexual misconduct. And Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island, in a USA Today op-ed published on Friday, argued that Kavanaugh wasn’t adequately vetted as he should have been.

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Millions around the world joined #ClimateStrike — demanding bold climate action

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Masses of children skipped school Friday to join a global strike against climate change that teen activist Greta Thunberg said was "only the beginning" in the fight against environmental disaster.

Some four million people filled city streets around the world, organizers said, in what was billed as the biggest ever protest against the threat posed to the planet by rising temperatures.

Youngsters and adults alike chanted slogans and waved placards in demonstrations that started in Asia and the Pacific, spread across Africa, Europe and Latin America, before culminating in the United States where Thunberg rallied.

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