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Paul Manafort jailed in solitary confinement for 23 hours a day for his own protection

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Paul Manafort is locked 23 hours a day in solitary confinement for his own protection as he awaits trial in the special counsel probe of Russian election interference.

The former Trump campaign chairman’s attorneys filed court documents this week claiming Manafort is unable to adequately prepare for his two upcoming trials while jailed, reported New York Magazine.

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The first of Manafort’s trials begins later this month.

Defense attorney Kevin Downing also argued that the witness tampering charge shouldn’t have landed Manafort in jail because there were no threats of violence, and they asked for his release.

Mueller’s prosecutors, however, said Manafort’s “corrupt” efforts to influence witness testimony were “no less damaging to the justice system” than violence.

The special counsel’s office also argued that Manafort’s treatment was no worse than other defendants who were jailed ahead of trial.

Manafort has reportedly been jailed since June 15 in the “VIP” section of Virginia’s Northern Neck Regional Jail.

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Lawmakers need to step up and stop Trump from ‘killing Americans’ with his ‘incompetence’: Ex-prosecutor

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On Saturday, former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner excoriated President Donald Trump's mismanagement of the national health care system on Twitter — and called on elected leaders to "stop letting Trump kill Americans."

Trump’s mixture of incompetence and exploitation for political purposes of our national health emergency is costing lives. The most pressing question at this moment is: at what point do our elected politicians stop letting Trump kill Americans?

— Glenn Kirschner (@glennkirschner2) April 4, 2020

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How a general strike might play out in the United States

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The idea that pandemic-related economic insecurity might spur a general strike has been trending among pundits and the public in the past week. Such a labor action, which would imply a complete shutdown of all industries as all workers cease showing up to work, would be historically unprecedented, a prominent historian told Salon.

This article first appeared in Salon.

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‘Pure retaliation’: Former House national security official slams Trump for firing inspector general

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On Friday evening, President Donald Trump stunned observers by announcing he would be dismissing Michael Atkinson, the intelligence community inspector general who first relayed the whistleblower complaint about Trump's phone call with the president of Ukraine.

Daniel Goldman, a national security advisor for the House Intelligence Committee, slammed the decision on Saturday, calling it "pure retaliation" and noting that his only offense was following the law when the president did not.

I saw Michael Atkinson up close. He followed the law with the utmost integrity. He did nothing to lose Trump’s confidence other than lawfully and properly expose Trump’s misconduct and the ensuing efforts to cover it up. This is pure retaliation, retribution and reprisal. https://t.co/GStcTOJn4J

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