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Ex-FBI special agent explains why new acting AG will be in deep trouble if he tries to fire Mueller

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A former FBI special agent revealed what will happen if the new acting attorney general attempts to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.

After tweeting that she’s “honestly not panicking” about newly-appointed Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker taking over the Mueller probe, former FBI official and CNN analyst Asha Rangappa explained her reasoning.

“To be clear, I do NOT think this is an ideal situation,” Rangappa wrote in a Twitter thread.

Whitaker, the analyst noted, has on multiple occasions been public about his critical opinions on the Mueller investigation.

“This clearly creates an appearance of a conflict of interest,” she wrote. “He must consult with the ethics people as his former boss did and, if it is warranted, recuse. Period.”

His comments about the Russia probe took place when he was a pundit, Rangappa noted — but the Justice Department has “a very strong culture” of not allowing their opinions to affect their decisions.

“As a former [US attorney], Whitaker knows this culture,” she wrote.

Any major decisions he makes as acting attorney general, Rangappa continued, will need to be documented.

“The standard in the Special Counsel regulations for denying a request or recommendation of the Special Counsel is that it is ‘so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued,'” the former FBI agent wrote.

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With Democrats soon to take over the House of Representatives following the midterm elections, Whitaker has to know that “he would have to testify to them under oath.”

“Flimsy or corrupt justifications would open him up to obstruction of justice,” Rangappa noted.

The CNN analyst then pointed to another speculative claim made about Whitaker becoming acting attorney general: that he could “starve” the Mueller investigation financially.

Per DOJ regulations, Rangappa wrote, “the budget for the coming year must be approved within 90 days of the fiscal year.”

“The fiscal year already started on October 1,” she noted, meaning the budget is in place until September 2019 and the next approval won’t take place until June of 2019.

Whitaker opined that Mueller looking into Donald Trump’s finances is a red line, but as Rangappa pointed out, the special counsel didn’t actually take on the president’s finances himself and instead referred it to the Southern District of New York.

Read the rest of her thread below:

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Gun-loving Parkland teen loses admission to Harvard over racist texts

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A pro-gun Parkland school shooting survivor has lost his admission to Harvard University over recently revealed racist remarks.

Kyle Kashuv broke with many of his classmates on gun safety laws after a February 2018 massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, and he was accepted to attend the Ivy League university after working as a conservative activist.

However, the 18-year-old Kashuv announced Monday, that admission was rescinded after texts and other derogatory comments he made nearly two years ago were reported.

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Shell-shocked manufacturers hammer Trump’s plan to impose sweeping new China tariffs: ‘We’re barely profitable now’

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According to a report from the Washington Post, President Donald Trump is considering yet another wave of tariffs aimed at China, which has American manufacturers and farmers stunned after the economic battering they have already sustained during his trade wars.

The Post reports that the Trump administration is considering new tariffs on virtually all imports from China, which is receiving major pushback from representatives attending hearings being held by the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR).

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Informal Trump legal advisor urges potential witnesses to ‘spit in the face’ of House committee chairs

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Joseph E diGenova

On Monday, Politico reported that House Democrats, enraged at the White House's blanket use of executive privilege to stonewall all attempts to call witnesses in the investigation of possible obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump, are weighing the idea of calling Trump associates who have never worked in the White House, including former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and former Trump campaign chairman Corey Lewandowski.

But according to Joseph DiGenova, a former federal prosecutor and Fox News commentator who represented two witnesses in former special counsel Robert Mueller's probe and gives Trump informal legal advice, these witnesses should just "spit in the face" of investigators.

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