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Rudy Giuliani is putting together a dossier to slime Robert Mueller’s ‘legitimacy’

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President Donald Trump’s legal team is advancing efforts to attack the “legitimacy” of Robert Mueller and the investigation into the 2016 election hack.

According to The Daily Beast, the “counter-report” will work to research “possible conflicts” of interest for every person associated with the investigation. Thus far, the White House and Trump’s lawyers have taken out nearly every person at the FBI that spoke to former FBI Director James Comey after his meetings with Trump. Their efforts to take down Mueller’s team will likely be similar.

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Giuliani said the report will be divided into two sections, starting with alleged conflicts and then responding to the findings of the allegations of obstructions of justice. The Trump attorney, however, acknowledged that he doesn’t have any idea what Mueller’s report will reveal.

“Since we have to guess what it is, [our report so far] is quite voluminous,” Giuliani said. He noted he intended to spend the long weekend “paring it down” a report created by the “whole team.”

“The first half of it is 58 pages, and second half isn’t done yet…It needs an executive summary if it goes over 100,” he said. He said that most of what is being gathered is already public information.

The legal team hasn’t done any of their own interviews or counter-investigations of the actual Mueller probe.

“I don’t think there’s anything in it that isn’t publicly available in some form or another,” he went on. “There is no [secret] grand jury material here…It’ll be our report, put out on…personal stationary, and it would be in response to their report…We may have to use it in court, or [send to] Congress.”

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He noted they’re also considering making part of their “report” focus on former attorney Michael Cohen.

The Beast spoke to Glenn Kirschner, a former federal prosecutor, who said it wasn’t normal for such a rebuttal report to be created to go after subjects of the investigation.

“This sounds to me like pure PR nonsense,” Kirschner assessed. “They are making an announcement that they will issue a rebuttal to a report that we don’t know when it is coming out or what it will contain.”

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He anticipated the Trump legal team probably wouldn’t find any evidence of obstruction or collusion in their own report.

Read the full report from The Daily Beast here.

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‘Stay out of the way’: Fox News sources say Justice Roberts will let GOPers win tie votes on witnesses

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Chief Justice John Roberts is expected not to weigh in heavily during the question and answer phase of the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

As the trial moves to the new phase on Wednesday, Roberts has the option of "inserting himself" into the process to rule on questions or other matters, according to Fox News correspondent Chad Pergram.

But sources told the Fox News reporter that Roberts will follow the model of former Chief Justice William Rehnquist who presided over President Bill Clinton's impeachment trial in 1999.

Under the Senate rules, measures that do not receive a majority of votes fail. So if a Senate vote of witnesses was tied 50-50, the measure would not pass. Roberts could choose to break the tie but he is not expected to do so.

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Ex-Trump chief of staff John Kelly: ‘I believe’ John Bolton and the Senate ‘should hear’ from him

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John Kelly, a former chief of staff to President Donald Trump, told a crowd in Sarasota, Florida on Tuesday that he believes former national security adviser John Bolton's claim that Trump directly linked releasing military aid to Ukraine with launching investigations into former Vice President Joe Biden.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports that Kelly told an audience at a Ringling College Library Association Town Hall lecture that Bolton is a reliable source and should be heard out if reporting about his upcoming book is accurate.

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Law professor who studied under Alan Dershowitz shreds his ‘shockingly wrong’ case against impeaching Trump

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Aya Gruber, a professor at the University of Colorado Law School who studied under Trump impeachment attorney Alan Dershowitz at Harvard, had some uncharitable words to say about her former professor's argument against impeaching the president.

"Dershowitz was my criminal law prof, and he was a good one," Gruber writes on Twitter. "But as a crim law prof myself, I can say his motive argument (Congress shouldn't examine the internal motives of POTUS so long he could have had a good reason for withholding aid) is shockingly wrong."

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