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‘An indictment is coming’: Ex-DOJ official concludes Michael Cohen about to be arrested

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Former Deputy Assistant General Harry Litman joined MSNBC’s “All In with Chris Hayes” on Friday to dissect the latest judicial opinions issued in the legal cases surrounding President Donald Trump.

Litman explained the appointment of a special master in Michael Cohen’s case as “someone who will be reviewing the documents and try to call out which are privileged, which seem to have indicia of advice from a lawyer.”

“Which, we’re told by the United States are fairly few, they expect and have represented to the court that Cohen really wasn’t so much a lawyer as a kind of businessman, fix-it guy and if they’re right, there won’t be that many documents that the special master will identify,” Litman noted. “But the special master will have the first — she’ll have the first crack at it and will report to the court in the collaboration with the parties.”

“Harry, it seems to me that one of the subtexts of the judicial rulings in the civil case against Michael Cohen is, ‘this dude is going to get indicted,'” Hayes observed. “That is very much between the lines, my sense, from reading what this — the judge in that civil suit says.”

“That’s not the subtext, that’s the text!” Litman replied with a chuckle. “The text says, ‘I think an indictment is coming.'”

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“You know, in both of these rulings, and all the stuff I’ve been parsing, it’s like, you can see the shadow of the shoes yet to drop sort of cast over the entire proceedings,” Hayes concluded. “It’s really, really ominous in the language.”

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Trump picks Antonin Scalia’s son to replace disgraced former Labor Secretary: report

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On Thursday, NPR reported that President Donald Trump is naming Eugene Scalia, the son of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, to take over as Secretary of Labor.

Scalia, who served on the court from 1986 to his death in 2016, was known as one of the staunchest conservatives on the bench. His seat was deliberately kept vacant by Republicans for over a year to deny President Barack Obama the ability to make an appointment to it.

The Department of Labor was until this month run by former federal prosecutor Alexander Acosta, who resigned in disgrace amid renewed questions about his role in brokering a potentially illegal sweetheart plea agreement with hedge fund manager and accused child sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein.

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DOJ policy blocking Trump from being indicted ‘factored into’ the end of the Stormy Daniels case: report

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Federal prosecutors decided to close the investigation into the 2016 criminal hush money payment to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal that benefitted the Trump campaign because, in part, of the policy that prevents the indictment of a sitting president, according to a new report from USA Today citing an anonymous source.

Michael Cohen has already pleaded guilty to the violation of campaign finance law. He said that he carried out the effort in coordination with and at the direction of then-candidate Donald Trump in order to increase his chances of victory in the 2016 presidential election.

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Trump’s Pentagon spokeswoman forced staff to run errands — and even help her adopt a foster child: report

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On Thursday, the Department of Defense Inspector General released a scathing report on ex-Pentagon spokesperson Dana White, the result of an investigation that began last year following ethics complaints from her staff.

The IG concluded that White used federal staffers to help her run personal errands both during and outside of work hours. Officials were forced to book her personal travel, deliver lunch and snacks to her office, act as her chauffeur, handle her dry cleaning, and book a makeup artist to come to her house.

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