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Former federal prosecutor explains why it is too late for Trump to pardon Michael Flynn to save himself

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A former federal prosecutor who led the homicide unit in Washington, D.C. noted a critical distinctions between different confidantes of Donald Trump as the president reportedly considers politically-motivated pardons to obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Glenn Kirshner, a former assistant U.S. Attorney, explained to MSNBC anchor Alex Witt the variance in benefits to the White House of pardoning Michael Flynn or Michael Cohen.

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“Let’s get to former Attorney General Eric Holder, who says the president is using pardons to try to send a message to some people who potentially could be involved in the Russia investigation,” Witt noted. “If the president offers pardons to those caught up in the Mueller probe, does he then possibly put himself in legal jeopardy?”

“Alex, that’s a great question, because we all know that the president’s pardon power is unfettered, he can pardon whom he pleases, when he pleases,” Kirschner answered. “However, once he makes a decision to pardon somebody, then the Mueller team can use that as evidence of his intent, for what he’s thinking.”

“Why did he pardon that person? Was it for a corrupter purpose? Which could feed into a collusion or conspiracy case,” he explained. “We’ve heard talk about who the president might pardon, Michael Cohen or Michael Flynn, and I think we need to parse that out a little more specifically, because these two men are in very different stages of the criminal proceedings.”

“If he were to pardon Michael Cohen, then that could put a real stumbling block in front of the Mueller investigation, because as it’s been reported, Michael Cohen has not yet met with or assisted or cooperated with the Mueller team,” he continued. “So the Mueller team doesn’t necessarily know what Michael Cohen can bring to the table.”

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“However, they certainly know what Michael Flynn can bring to the table, because before you bring a cooperating witness on board as a prosecutor, you have debriefed that person many times, you have likely put that person in the grand jury and you have recorded — in a proceeding — the sworn testimony of that person,” Kirshner noted.

“So, guess what? If the president chooses to pardon Michael Flynn, that is only going to help Michael Flynn,” he concluded. “It’s not necessarily going to help the people about whom Michael Flynn has given testimony.”

“It’s sort of like, you know, you’re closing the barn door long after the Michael Flynn horse is out frolicking in the field and he will not be put back in that barn, pardon or no pardon,” he added.

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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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‘Vladimir Putin has something on Donald Trump’: Ambassador Sherman says the Kremlin must have kompromat

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Former Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman concluded on Monday that Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin must have "something" on President Donald Trump.

"The latest reporting from The New York Times indicates that the thousands of troops that we have there, that the president moved, are now trapped. They don’t have an actual way out since Turkey has cut off the roads and the exit routes that they might use and so now there is the question of will there be an airlift? How will we get the U.S. troops out?" MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell asked.

"We haven’t had to get troops out like this since the fall of Saigon," Sherman replied. "This is going to be very, very difficult."

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