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MSNBC’s Maddow marvels at the ‘incredibly specific steps’ required to green-light FBI’s raid on Cohen

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MSNBC host Rachel Maddow (left) squints to read an excerpt from the US Attorney's manual held by NBC reporter Tom Winter (right). Image via screengrab.

MSNBC host Rachel Maddow and NBC investigative reporter Tom Winter on Monday night marveled at how little fanfare went into the FBI’s raid of Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s office at 30 Rockefeller Center in Manhattan — and how much paperwork prosecutors had to file to make it happen.

Holding a four-page portion of the U.S. Attorney‘s manual, Winter drove home how difficult it is for the bureau to raid a lawyer while upholding attorney-client privilege.

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“They’ve got to get all sorts of approval, all sorts of sign-offs, to be able to do this,” Winter said before elaborating on the sensitive handling of the information following its seizure.

The reporter went on to describe the creation of an “entirely separate team” tasked with analyzing the information. When and if the seized information is introduced as evidence, he said,  the people on the team “can’t be aware of any communications that occurred as it related to attorney-client privilege.”

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Trump’s team files fifth demand for Georgia to audit their ballot signatures as their campaign to overturn the election fizzles

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President Donald Trump's campaign has filed its fifth demand for the state of Georgia to audit the signatures on ballots.

The statement from the Trump team said that the "Georgia secretary of state should perform an immediate audit of the signatures on all absentee ballot applications and absentee ballot envelopes received for the Nov. 3 General Election. The Trump Campaign estimates that between 38,250 and 45,626 illegal votes from absentee ballots alone were cast in the state of Georgia -- far beyond the Biden-Harris ticket's current margin of 12,670 votes."

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Supreme Court hearing gets awkward as conservative Alito runs roughshod over chief justice Roberts

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President Trump is pressing the U.S. Supreme Court to allow him to exclude undocumented immigrants from the census count -- a move that goes against more than 200 years of practice where non-citizen residents, even those in the U.S. illegally, were among those counted.

While questioning New York Solicitor General Barbara Underwood, conservative Justice Samuel Alito said that the prospect of submitting two documents, one detailing census numbers of every person inside the U.S. and another detailing numbers that exclude undocumented immigrants inside the U.S. "seems like a totally meaningless formality."

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Legal reporter shocked by Rudy Giuliani’s latest ‘breathtaking claim’ in fight over vote counting

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Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani held a press event in Arizona on Monday in which he lobbed out more false claims that the 2020 election was "stolen" from President Donald Trump.

Among other things, Giuliani alleged that that Arizona's process for picking its voting machines was "corrupt," even though he acknowledged he had no personal knowledge about how the process worked.

One claim, however, shocked Reuters legal reporter Brad Heath, who said it went beyond anything that Giuliani had argued before.

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