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Sally Yates warns Trump’s ‘all-out assault on the rule of law’ has already targeted Bob Mueller

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Sally Yates said President Donald Trump had moved dangerously close to a red line by ordering an investigation into his predecessor.

The former acting attorney general, who was fired by Trump after issuing a warning about then-national security adviser Mike Flynn, appeared Monday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” to discuss the president’s order — which deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein has so far agreed to indulge.

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“What we’re seeing here is that the president has just taken his all-out assault on the rule of law to a new level, and this time he is ordering up an investigation of investigators who are examining his own campaign,” Yates said. “You know, that’s really shocking.”

Yates agreed the president’s order could put Rosenstein or FBI director Christopher Wray in a position where they’re forced to resign, but she said his ongoing assaults on law and order were already dangerous enough.

“One of the things we have to look out for is the old ‘boiling the frog slowly’ issue,” Yates said. “You know, we become accustomed to things that the president does, in directing DOJ. I can remember a time when he would issue a tweet or directive and the reports would be, ‘in an unprecedented act,’ the president did X or Y. It’s not so unprecedented anymore and oftentimes it doesn’t even make it through the full 24-hour news cycle.”

She said the president did not have to order the firing of special counsel Robert Mueller to impede the investigation into his campaign ties to Russia — or any of the other various crimes his associates have been accused of or pleaded guilty to committing.

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“I think we all know, and happily folks on both sides of the aisle have recognized, that firing Bob Mueller would be red line,” Yates said, “but we also need to recognize that firing Rod Rosenstein would be equally damaging to the rule of law because Rod Rosenstein here really controls the scope of the special counsel’s investigation and trying to get rid of him is having a back doorway of trying to control that investigation.”

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‘He’s cooked’: Sam Donaldson warns Trump the Senate may vote to convict him after impeachment trial

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Veteran newsman Sam Donaldson on Monday evening told CNN viewers not to assume that Senate Republicans would refuse to remove President Donald Trump from office during an impeachment vote.

"Breaking news," CNN Don Lemon alerted. "A CNN source saying that the effort to pressure Ukraine for political help alarmed John Bolton so much that the told an aide to alert White House lawyers that Giuliani was a hand grenade who will blow everyone up. And a source familiar with Fiona Hill’s testimony says the former Russia adviser told lawmakers she was she saw wrongdoing in the Ukraine policy and reported it."

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Rudy Giuliani admits ‘Fraud Guarantee’ paid him $500,000 to work for indicted associate

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Rudy Giuliani admitted being paid a half a million dollars by an associate currently being held in federal custody, Reuters reported Monday.

"President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, was paid $500,000 for work he did for a company co-founded by the Ukrainian-American businessman arrested last week on campaign finance charges, Giuliani told Reuters on Monday. The businessman, Lev Parnas, is a close associate of Giuliani and was involved in his effort to investigate Trump’s political rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, who is a leading contender for the 2020 Democratic Party nomination," Reuters reported.

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John Bolton ripped Rudy Giuliani as a drug dealer and ‘hand grenade’: report

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Then-National Security Advisor John Bolton was reportedly shocked by the shadow foreign policy being conducted by Rudy Giuliani, a top former National Security Council official testified to Congress on Monday, The New York Times reports.

"The effort to pressure Ukraine for political help provoked a heated confrontation inside the White House last summer that so alarmed John R. Bolton, then the national security adviser, that he told an aide to alert White House lawyers, House investigators were told on Monday," the newspaper reported. "Mr. Bolton got into a sharp exchange on July 10 with Gordon D. Sondland, the Trump donor turned ambassador to the European Union, who was working with Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s personal lawyer, to press Ukraine to investigate Democrats, according to testimony provided to the investigators."

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