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CNN legal analyst explains why Mueller farmed out the Cohen case — and how it could circle back to Trump

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On Tuesday, as President Donald Trump’s former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen waited to reach a plea deal with federal prosecutors, political analysts wondered what information Cohen has that might be of interest to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

Although it’s not yet clear if Cohen will be testifying against any Trump associates, it’s likely that Cohen, as Trump’s longtime fixer, has information that no one else has.

“This is a guy that knows things nobody else does, ” said CNN political analyst Rachael Bade. “Of course they’re going to want to try to get information from him.”

CNN legal analyst Laura Coates then explained why Special Counsel Robert Mueller referred Cohen’s case to the southern district of New York instead of handing it himself.

She pointed out that Mueller likely does not want to appear like he’s overreaching. But that doesn’t mean that any information gleaned from Cohen can’t be used in the Russia probe. She likened his position to a law enforcement official told to investigate a homicide, who during the course of the investigation enters a house and encounters a pile of cocaine.

“The Michael Cohen case is the cocaine on the coffee table and he farmed that out,” she said.

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White House either lied or there was ‘gross mismanagement’ for not knowing Shanahan’s past: David Gergen

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On Tuesday, acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan withdrew his nomination as new details came to life about a violent series of domestic disputes within his family, including an incident in which he defended his son for assaulting his wife with a baseball bat.

Former White House official David Gergen scorned the idea that the White House and Senate Republicans were not aware of this information, noting that Shanahan was already confirmed to a high-ranking office in the Pentagon and would have already undergone a rigorous FBI background check.

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Nancy Pelosi says White House attempt to block Hope Hicks testimony is ‘obstruction of justice’

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President Donald Trump's White House is committing obstruction of justice by claiming Hope Hicks has "immunity" from testifying before Congress about her time in the administration and even transition.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi was asked about the administration's contention by CNN congressional reporter Manu Raju.

Pelosi replied that it was, "obstruction of justice."

The answer could be important as Congressional precedence says that obstruction of justice is a high crime or misdemeanor worthy of impeachment.

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Ocasio-Cortez dunks on Liz Cheney again for using Nazi language to defend Trump: ‘Enjoy defending concentration camps’

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Dick Cheney's daughter continued to receive ferocious backlash after she falsely claimed that Donald Trump's tent cities are not "concentration camps."

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) demanded Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) learn history -- while revealing she knew little -- during a Twitter outburst.

“The U.S. is running concentration camps on our southern border and that is exactly what they are. … ‘Never Again’ means something ... we need to do something about it," Ocasio-Cortez noted.

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