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Here’s why ‘Whitaker won’t be able to suppress’ Robert Mueller’s report after Manafort proceedings: Intel analyst

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National security and intelligence journalist Marcy Wheeler unveiled a fascinating theory following special counsel prosecutors revealing that former Donald Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort violated his plea agreement.

Some legal analysts think Trump may have dangled a pardon. Others suggest he may be scared of retaliation by Russian president Vladimir Putin. Veteran journalist Dan Rather suggest Manafort was simply outsmarted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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Wheeler, however, offered a specific theory on how Mueller outmaneuvered the Trump team.

She explains that Mueller made the revelation only after President Donald Trump had turned in his written answers on collusion to the special prosecutor.

“Just about the only explanation for Manafort’s actions are that — as I suggested — Trump was happy to have Manafort serve as a mole in Mueller’s investigation,” Wheeler argued. “But Mueller’s team appears to have no doubt that Manafort was lying to them. That means they didn’t really need his testimony, at all.”

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“It also means they had no need to keep secrets — they could keep giving Manafort the impression that he was pulling a fast one over the prosecutors, all while reporting misleading information to Trump that he could use to fill out his open book test,” she continued. “Which increases the likelihood that Trump just submitted sworn answers to those questions full of lies.”

This is where her theory gets even more interesting.

Since Matt Whitaker was installed as acting Attorney General, many legal analysts have worried his role was to scuttle the special counsel investigation and/or prevent the public release of Mueller’s report.

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Wheeler noted a specific line from the status report that Mueller’s team filed on Monday.

“The government will file a detailed sentencing submission to the Probation Department and the Court in advance of sentencing that sets forth the nature of the defendant’s crimes and lies, including those after signing the plea agreement herein,” the special counsel’s office promised.

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“There’s your Mueller report, which will be provided in a form that Matt Whitaker won’t be able to suppress,” Wheeler concluded.

If she’s correct, the public will learn the details from the special counsel’s report in the next Mueller filing.

And it will be done in a way that effectively bypasses acting AG Whitaker’s ability to suppress the facts.

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‘Breadth and scale’ of nationwide protests is ‘staggering’: NYU history professor

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Protests continued to grow in size in cities and towns from coast-to-coast -- and around the world.

"As a historian of social movements in the U.S., I am hard pressed to think of any time in the past when we have had two straight weeks of large-scale protests in hundreds of places, from suburbs to big cities," NYU history Prof. Tom Sugrue posted on Twitter.

"The breadth and scale of #Floyd protests is staggering," he continued.

"We have had some huge one-day demonstrations, e.g. March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom (1963); antinuclear march in NYC (1982), and Women's March (2017). We have widespread, simultaneous protests, such as in the days following MLK, Jr.'s assassination (1968)," he explained. "But the two together--very unusual."

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Incel blew his hand off — and may have been planning for suicide bomber attack on ‘hot’ cheerleaders: report

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A young man in Virginia was photographed for his mugshot with extensive facial injuries.

"A 23-year-old Virginia man who appeared to be planning an incel bomb attack on "hot cheerleaders" accidentally blew off his hand with explosives, authorities say," BuzzFeed News reported Saturday. "Cole Carini was charged in federal court on Friday connection with the plot after he allegedly lied to FBI agents by saying his extensive injuries were the result of a lawnmower accident."

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Big turnout for protest in Texas town known as a ‘haven’ for the Ku Klux Klan

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Protesters gathered in Vidor, Texas on Saturday for a rally against racism and police violence.

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The East Texas town has long had a reputation for racism.

Vidor is a small city of about 11,000 people near the Texas Gulf Coast, not too far from the Louisiana border. Despite the fact that Beaumont, a much bigger city just 10 minutes away, is quite integrated, Vidor is not. There are very few blacks there; it's mostly white. That is in large part because of a history of racism in Vidor, a past that continues to haunt the present," Keith Oppenheim reported for CNN in 2006.

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