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Donald Trump says he wants to speak with Robert Mueller — but his lawyers say it’s a bad idea: NYT

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The New York Times reported Wednesday that President Donald Trump asked his attorneys to go back to special counsel Robert Mueller to negotiate a meeting.

In recent days, the president has raged about Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, Robert Mueller and the probe along with his lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who has appeared on cable news. According to reporter Maggie Haberman, however, Giuliani swore that he would bring the probe to a close, to no avail.

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“We’re in the process of responding to their proposal,” Giuliani said while answering reporters’ questions in New Hampshire Wednesday.

In the past, Giuliani has alleged that Mueller is setting up a “perjury trap” for Trump. Experts claim that there’s no trap if the president doesn’t lie. One former federal prosecutor went so far as to say that it’s very difficult for prosecutors to prove a perjury case.

One legal expert said Tuesday, that if Mueller doesn’t call Trump to be questioned it could prove that he’s moved from being the subject of an investigation to the target. If he’s the target of the investigation, being required to answer questions would put him in the position to incriminate himself. It’s for that reason that federal prosecutors don’t subpoena targets.


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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times

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Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.

You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”

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