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Former US attorney says Trump’s lies help Mueller — here’s how

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A former U.S. federal prosecutor urged investigators and prosecutors in the cases against President Donald Trump not to be discouraged, because his lies can be helpful.

In a Tuesday interview with Rudy Giuliani by the Wall Street Journal, the former New York mayor dangled the idea that Trump still might testify for special counsel Robert Mueller and the grand jury. MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace said that every lawyer everywhere is shaking their head and claiming it’ll never happen because lawyers can’t protect Trump from lying.

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But those lies can still be helpful, according to former federal prosecutor Chuck Rosenberg, who said that there is “no such thing as too much evidence.”

“Believe it or not, lies are helpful to a prosecutor, too,” he continued. “Not just because you can charge them separately. There’s another reason why lies are helpful: people who lie, box themselves into a corner.”

He explained that someone like Trump will ultimately commit himself to a story, even if he knows the truth is something different.

“Even if you don’t believe it, you know what the story is, subsequently, at trial, they’re stuck, right?” he noted. “And disproving a lie, proving that they lied to put it in plain English, is sometimes just as valuable to a prosecutor as obtaining the truth.”

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When it came to Giuliani’s impact on the legal strategy, Rosenberg isn’t worried he’ll ever serve as any barrier to the actual investigation.

“In the end, if Bob Mueller feels he must talk to the president, and I imagine that any prosecutor would want to, there’s another avenue, of course,” Rosenberg explained. “He can issue a grand jury subpoena. That will likely be litigated and my guess is, the special counsel will win. And the president will be compelled to sit for an interview. It’s a long path. It might be a tortured path, but it makes more sense to me than this back and forth with Mr. Giuliani.”

He also noted that most of what Giuliani says is nonsense and he’s intentionally trying to sow deceit.

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Here’s why politicians who BS are more dangerous than those who lie

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Bullshit seems to be the new currency in politics. Around the world, a new breed of politicians is flourishing, for whom lying and bullshitting is part of their everyday routine. This is earning them both popular appeal and widespread revulsion. But what is bullshit and why is it so effective in our time?

Bullshitting is different from lying. The American philosopher Harry Frankfurt, who attempted to build a theory of bullshit, explains this clearly. He argues that whereas the liar cares about the truth – their aim is to prevent others from learning it – the bullshitter does not care about the difference between the truth and falsity of their assertions. They just pick ideas out, or make them up, to suit their purpose.

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Ukrainians are divided over Trump’s ‘quid pro quo’

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As Americans turn their attention to the first public hearings in the House impeachment investigation, there is another country that has been affected by the scandal that’s fueling the investigation: Ukraine.

What do the Ukrainian people think of the impeachment controversy?

The congressional investigation centers on Trump’s attempts to pressure Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy into opening a corruption investigation into presidential candidate Joe Biden.

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Why Elon Musk is infuriating astronomers

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It is a truism that commercialization often comes at a detriment to science. The internet, once an academic and intellectual space free of advertisements, has been transformed into a digital billboard; likewise, the commercialization of radio airwaves has made Earth-based radio astronomy difficult due to interference from Wi-Fi, AM/FM and TV signals. Now, as capitalists are gearing up to commercialize space, astronomers have renewed reason to be upset by an announcement by SpaceX that could make ground-based observational astronomy much more difficult, forcing astronomers to work around the zipping of satellites across the night sky.

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