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Trump’s lawyers desperately trying to convince Mueller to wrap up his investigation

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Special counsel Bob Mueller (left) and President Donald Trump (right). Images via screengrab.

Lawyers representing President Donald Trump are seeking a deal with special counsel Robert Mueller to end his investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia and obstruction of justice for the firing of ex-FBI director James Comey.

The Wall Street Journal reported Friday that Trump’s lawyers may negotiate a meeting between the president and the special counsel “as leverage to spur a conclusion to the Russia investigation.”

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According to a source close to the investigation who spoke with the Journal, the president’s legal team is considering potentially using a sit-down meeting with Mueller in exchange for a number of factors, “including that the special counsel commit to a date for concluding at least the Trump-related portion of the investigation.” One deadline they floated was 60 days after said meeting, the source told the Journal.

Beyond weighing strategies to hurry the conclusion of the investigation, Trump’s lawyers are also reportedly considering ways to strike an agreement with the special counsel “on the scope of his questioning of the president,” other sources familiar with the matter told the Journal. The president’s legal team expect those questions “to focus largely on his decision to fire former national security adviser Mike Flynn and former FBI director James Comey,” the report continued.

Trump’s legal team, the Journal noted, has been “under pressure” from the president to end Mueller’s investigation. The president is “eager to see the investigation wrap up as quickly as possible, describing it as a distraction that is hurting the country,” the report continued.

“His lawyers have repeatedly laid out public timelines by which they expected the investigation to end,” the report noted. “Those deadlines have come and gone.”


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‘Five-alarm fire’: MSNBC’s Morning Joe explains why Trump is rushing to smash democracy

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MSNBC's Joe Scarborough sounded the alarm that President Donald Trump had no intention of giving up the White House.

The president has admitted that he wants to ram through a new Supreme Court justice to help decide the election in his favor, and the "Morning Joe" host was shocked -- yet not surprised -- that Trump refused to commit to a peaceful transfer of power.

"Some remarkable things that, actually, could be both shocking and not surprising at the same time considering that they come from Donald Trump," Scarborough said.

"For the first time in the history of this republic, you have a president of the United States, who will not commit to a peaceful transfer of power," he added. "At the same time he's asking Republicans to lie to their constituents and go back on what they said four years ago and ram through a Supreme Court justice. Why? Because he needs that Supreme Court justice to vote for him on any election disputes that he stirs up. That is pretty much a five-alarm fire."

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Is Trump Putin’s friend, foe or useful idiot?

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“We assess that President Vladimir Putin and the senior most Russian officials are aware of and probably directing Russia’s influence operations aimed at denigrating the former US Vice President, supporting the US president and fueling public discord ahead of the US election in November.”

Thus reads the first line of a top-secret CIA assessment, published on August 31 but reported today. The report details how Ukrainian lawmaker Andriy Derkach, who, according to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the US Treasury Department is a Russian agent, is disseminating false stories about Democratic nominee Joe Biden through congressmembers, lobbyists, the media, and people close to the president. Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani has been openly working with Derkach for several months.

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Here are the 6 crucial races that will flip the senate — and the GOP’s death grip on America

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This November, we have an opportunity to harness your energy and momentum into political power and not just defeat Trump, but also flip the Senate. Here are six key races you should be paying attention to.

1. The first is North Carolina Republican senator Thom Tillis, notable for his “olympic gold” flip-flops. He voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, then offered a loophole-filled replacement that excluded many with preexisting conditions. In 2014 Tillis took the position that climate change was “not a fact” and later urged Trump to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, before begrudgingly acknowledging the realities of climate change in 2018. And in 2019, although briefly opposing Trump’s emergency border wall declaration, he almost immediately caved to pressure.

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