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GOP strategist: Trump ‘looks like he’s hiding something’ and ‘cowering’ from Mueller interview

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President Donald Trump’s rejection of interview terms sought by special counsel Robert Mueller created political optics of a cover-up, conservative MSNBC analyst Elise Jordan explained on Wednesday.

“Is there any political fallout, if at the end of the day the president refuses to sit down with Mueller and Mueller has to figure out a way to conclude his investigation without talking to the president?” MSNBC anchor Craig Melbourne asked. “Will there be any sort of fallout?”

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“If Donald Trump does not sit down with Robert Mueller, he looks like he’s hiding something,” Jordan noted.

“He looks like he isn’t up for the challenge of being interviewed and forthright on what happened and so that creates the impression that he is indeed hiding something,” she explained.

“And Donald Trump does not want us to be seen as cowering from a fight,” Jordan added. “If anything, we know his style throughout the entirety of the presidential campaign, and to this date, is to attack back and always keep pushing forward.”

The MSNBC contributor and co-host of the Words Matter podcast with Steve Schmidt offered a poignant example to illustrate the legal jeopardy Trump’s defense lawyers are seeking to avoid.

“Just for some back history, when fellow MSNBC contributor Tim O’Brien wrote the book Trump Nation and reported on Donald Trump’s finances and Donald Trump sued him for $5 billion for irreparable harm to his reputation, then they got Donald Trump in court — when he sat down for depositions — he told about 30 lies and he said his income fluctuated based on how he was feeling,” Jordan reminded.

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“That’s the kind of performance that Donald Trump lawyers certainly want to avoid,” she concluded.

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There’s no respite from Trump’s vindictiveness and foolishness

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As we know, even in the midst of a national emergency, Donald Trump could find time and bandwidth to continue his retribution campaign.

He dismissed Michael Atkinson, the inspector general for the intelligence agencies, for doing “a terrible job,” satisfying his own thirst for vengeance for anyone who actually adhered to law and practice over blind loyalty to Trump himself. Indeed, asked about it the next day, Trump underscored his action by saying, Atkinson “was no Trump supporter, that I can tell you.”

It was an act that we once would have labeled corruption, by Democrats and Republicans – that is using the office for personal purposes – if Congress and too many Americans had not since become inured by so many like instances.

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This is how Taiwan and South Korea bucked the global lockdown trend

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As the coronavirus pandemic sparks global lockdowns, life has continued comparatively unhindered in places like Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong after their governments and citizens took decisive early action against the unfolding crisis.

At first glance Taiwan looks like an ideal candidate for the coronavirus. The island of 23 million lies just 180 kilometres (110 miles) off mainland China.

Yet nearly 100 days in, Taiwan has just 376 confirmed cases and five fatalities while restaurants, bars, schools, universities and offices remain open.

The government of President Tsai Ing-wen, whose deputy is an epidemiologist, made tough decisions while the crisis was nascent to stave off the kind of pain now convulsing much of the rest of the world.

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Republican ex-lawmaker with coronavirus scolds Wisconsin GOP for forcing voters to risk their health

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On CNN Tuesday, former Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), who is himself dealing with a bout of COVID-19, chastised the Wisconsin GOP for doing everything in their power to block the state elections from being moved — and forcing many voters to stand in line and risk exposure to the virus to cast their ballot.

"I have to tell you, here in Pennsylvania we have a Democratic governor and Republican legislature," Dent told host Don Lemon. "They postponed the election here from April 28 until June 2. Without any controversy. Everybody agreed it was the right thing to do and they moved on. I'm surprised Wisconsin took this risk, knowing they don't have to."

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