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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.

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“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.”

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.

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“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.”

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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‘A deeply disappointing moment’: Trump’s new national security adviser is ‘big fan’ of John Bolton

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President Donald Trump named Robert C. O’Brien as national security adviser on Wednesday even though his worldview is similar to that of former National Security Adviser John Bolton.

“I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor,” the president announced in a tweet.

O'Brien's appointment comes a week after the firing of Bolton, who was known to clash with Trump because of his hawkish foreign policy positions.

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Christian conservatives are giving Americans an ‘allergic reaction’ to religion: researchers

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The number of Americans identifying as atheists is increasing -- and recent social science research suggests that the Christian Right is playing a key role in making that happen.

As reported by Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight, new research has found that distaste for Trump-loving Christian conservatism has not just turned some Americans off from individual churches but from religion altogether.

"As recently as the early 1990s, less than 10 percent of Americans lacked a formal religious affiliation, and liberals weren’t all that much likelier to be nonreligious than the public overall," FiveThirtyEight notes. "Today, however, nearly one in four Americans are religiously unaffiliated. That includes almost 40 percent of liberals — up from 12 percent in 1990, according to the 2018 General Social Survey."

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Trump taps Mike Pompeo lieutenant as new national security adviser

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President Donald Trump has announced a new national security adviser.

The president abruptly fired John Bolton last week via tweet, and he tweeted out the announcement Wednesday morning of Robert O’Brien as a replacement.

"I am pleased to announce that I will name Robert C. O’Brien, currently serving as the very successful Special Presidential Envoy for Hostage Affairs at the State Department, as our new National Security Advisor," the president tweeted. "I have worked long & hard with Robert. He will do a great job!"

O'Brien has worked alongside Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who had been considered for a dual role leading the national security council.

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