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‘I can’t imagine Mueller will just close up shop’: Pulitzer winner predicts special counsel will subpoena Trump

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Two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning New York Times journalist Michael Schmidt explained why he thinks special counsel Robert Mueller will — or has — subpoenaed President Donald Trump during a Wednesday appearance on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” with Nicolle Wallace.

At question was whether the special prosecutor would acquiesce to the commander-in-chief refusing to answer the special counsel’s questions regarding obstruction of justice while in office.

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“Do you think Mueller could live with getting partial answers on collusion and zero responses to the obstruction of justice inquiry — that he spent so much time bringing witnesses in and asking about?” Wallace asked.

“I find it hard to believe this investigation on obstruction, which focuses on the president’s intent — did he have criminal intent — that Mueller will close up shop without doing everything he can to try and find out from the president why he took the measures that he did,” Schmidt replied.

“And to do that, it seems like he would need to get a subpoena to compel the president to answer those questions,” he continued. “I can’t imagine Mueller would just close down the investigation without pursuing that.”

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Deputy national security adviser accused by White House officials of being ‘Anonymous’ may be reassigned

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According to a new report from Axios, there's a discussion amongst top Trump officials about reassigning deputy national security adviser Victoria Coates to the Department of Energy from the National Security Council. Coates has been the target of some inside the White House who accuse her of being behind an op-ed in the New York Times -- and later a bestselling book -- which chronicled a resistance movement inside the Trump administration.

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Ex-Obama adviser offers three essential tips for any Democrat who wants to beat Trump

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Dan Pfeiffer, a former adviser to President Barack Obama and current host of the "Pod Save America" podcast, has written a piece in Politico that offers three essential tips for whomever the Democratic Party nominates as its candidate for president.

In particular, Pfeiffer looks at the major mistakes that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) made when he ran against Obama in 2012, and which allowed Obama to win quite handily despite being stuck with an unemployment rate of 8 percent.

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White House advisers fear Trump’s passive approach to China is making the coronavirus worse

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President Donald Trump has already expended all of his political capital with China over his trade war and he is unwilling to pressure the country now that the coronavirus is getting closer and closer to pandemic status.

"U.S. health officials have been signaling for nearly two weeks now that a coronavirus pandemic may be on the horizon," wrote infectious diseases reporter Helen Branswell for STAT. "While stressing that the virus presents only a 'low risk' to Americans right now, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, acknowledged Tuesday that that might not remain the case for long."

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