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Trump’s attorney discussed pardons for Flynn and Manafort last year — which Mueller could investigate as obstruction

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The recently departed attorney for President Donald Trump raised the possibility of pardoning Michael Flynn and Paul Manafort with their attorneys last summer — which could potentially be used as evidence in an obstruction of justice case.

Three sources told the New York Times about the discussions, which came as special counsel Robert Mueller was building cases against the two Trump campaign officials.

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The talks suggest Trump’s lawyers were concerned about what Flynn, who has since pleaded guilty, and Manafort, who has been indicted, might tell Mueller in exchange for leniency, the paper reported.

Mueller’s team could investigate whether attorney John Dowd, who left the president’s legal team last week, made the pardon offers in an effort to thwart the investigation.

Presidents have broad, but not unlimited, power to pardon federal crimes, and legal experts are divided over whether Trump could pardon his campaign associates in the Mueller probe.

“The framers did not create the power to pardon as a way for the president to protect himself and his associates,” said Samuel W. Buell, a professor of law at Duke University.

Under that interpretation, Dowd’s conversations with lawyers for Flynn and Manafort could potentially be used as evidence of intent in an obstruction case.

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Dowd has repeatedly insisted no pardon offers have been made, the newspaper reported.


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‘Rattled’ Trump rushed to the bunker as protesters surrounded the White House: report

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The New York Times is reporting that President Donald Trump rushed to the bunker as protesters surrounded the White House.

On Friday, as protests continued escalating across the United States, those standing against police brutality and demanding action came to the White House. It was only a few hundred people, far eclipsed by the crowd marching through the streets of Washington, D.C. on Sunday.

The Secret Service hasn't said what prompted them to take Trump to the underground bunker on Friday, but there is a protocol to get him to safety if they feel the White House and the president are threatened. The only other notorious use of the bunker was when Vice President Dick Cheney was brought on Sept. 11, 2001, as planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

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Louisiana cop hugs sobbing protester afraid for their life: ‘We’re all right here with you’

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A Shreveport, Louisiana police officer was captured on video holding a sobbing protester scared for their life.

Americans took to the streets to protest the brutal death of George Floyd in Minneapolis and jogger Ahmaud Arbery shot to death by a group of white men. The young protester was one of the many heartbroken and scared of the police presence.

NBC News 6 reporter Jade Jackson tweeted that the protester "feared for their lives when the officer told them not to be on top of the courthouse statue."

"I feel your pain, ok?" the officer says. "We're all right here with you."

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WATCH: Tanker truck speeds into crowd of Minneapolis protesters

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A tanker truck drove into a crowd of people in Minneapolis Sunday afternoon as protests continued to escalate.

Americans have taken to the streets to protest police brutality that continues to take the lives of people of color.

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WCCO, the CBS affiliate in Minneapolis, showed footage of the truck speeding quickly toward the crowds of people. People rushed to those who were injured and to try and stop the truck.

A formation of officers then formed to move people from the highway. Protesters stood with their hands up, the universal sign used by protesters to indicate that they are unarmed and not to shoot them.

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