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Ex-Watergate prosecutor: Trump has only himself to blame for ‘boneheaded idea’ to let McGahn talk with Mueller

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White House counsel Don McGahn has reportedly been cooperating extensively with special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe — and former Watergate special prosecutor Richard Ben-Veniste told CNN on Monday that this could come back to bite President Donald Trump.

During an interview with CNN’s John Berman, Ben-Veniste said the president has no one but himself to blame for this latest blunder, which he said could open him up to even further legal jeopardy.

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“Here’s an area where Mr. Trump apparently made the decision to let him go forward, and it’s something that is quite unusual,” he explained. “And it’s something — to the extent that it’s a boneheaded idea — that he can’t blame his designated whipping boy, the Attorney General Jeff Sessions, for. This is on Trump.”

Ben-Veniste also said he was appalled that Trump would publicly weigh in on former campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s prosecution even as jurors were deliberating about whether to convict him for tax fraud.

“Unprecedented,” he said. “Never in the history of, at least, modern times has a president so blatantly tried to intervene in the deliberations of the jury.”

Berman then asked the former Watergate prosecutor if he found the president’s behavior unsettling.

“There’s everything unsettling about it,” he said.

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Watch the full interview below.

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Ex-GOP senator hammers lawmakers quaking in their boots out of fear of Trump: ‘Why are you there?’

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Appearing on CNN on Wednesday morning, retired Sen. William Cohen (R-ME) hammered members of his own party still sitting in the Senate who refuse to take on Donald Trump, saying they are failing the country and themselves by standing by in fear.

Speaking with CNN hosts Poppy Harlow and Jim Sciutto, Cohen said kowtowing to the president is nothing new, but has grown worse over the past ten years.

"Some of it has to do with external pressures, that of social media, talk radio, specific channels that have a particular view and then hammer that view home to the constituents who then pressure the members of Congress," he explained. "But you have to ask yourself: Why are you a senator? Why are you there? Are you acting out of sheer fear that if you speak up and take a position that's controversial you'll be punished?"

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CNN’s Toobin unleashes hell on Trump’s ‘outrageous’ attacks on Stone jury

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On CNN Wednesday, chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin laid into President Donald Trump for his ongoing public attacks on the jurors who convicted his former campaign strategist and friend Roger Stone. Trump and his allies have been arguing that the verdict is invalid because the jury forewoman had a Twitter account in which she criticized the president.

"To be honest, I don't know what Judge Jackson is going to do. I don't really know how significant these statements are. So I wouldn't make a prediction about what she's going to do about the new trial situation," said Toobin. "But as for what the president said, it is so outrageous to attack jurors. I mean, these are ultimately private figures. They didn't volunteer. The judges, you know, need jurors. The legal system needs jurors. And the idea that the president would single out jurors repeatedly for criticism..."

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Internet shreds ‘incompetent buffoon’ Trump for attack on media covering coronavirus

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After two days of massive stock market declines over fears of the rapidly spreading coronavirus, President Donald Trump lashed out at CNN and MSNBC on Wednesday morning for reporting on the worldwide health hazard -- and was immediately slapped down on Twitter.

According to the president, who also announced a press conference to address the concerns his administration is bungling the response to the crisis, set for Wednesday night: "Low Ratings Fake News MSDNC (Comcast) & @CNN are doing everything possible to make the Caronavirus (sic) look as bad as possible, including panicking markets, if possible. Likewise their incompetent Do Nothing Democrat comrades are all talk, no action. USA in great shape!"

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