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‘Secret litigation’ rocketing through courts could mean Mueller has already subpoenaed Trump: Legal expert

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Special counsel Robert Mueller may have already subpoenaed President Donald Trump to compel testimony about collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice, a top legal expert explained on MSNBC on Saturday.

Nelson Cunningham served as general counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee and as a federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York.

“There is some sealed litigation in the D.C. courts, that’s bounced back from the district court to the court of appeals, back to district court, back to the court of appeals — in rapid-fire fashion,” Cunningham explained.

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“The action was filed on Aug. 16,” he noted. “If you’ll remember, Rudy Giuliani said on Aug. 15 ‘We’re almost done with our opposition to a subpoena motion.’ The very next day, this mystery litigation began.”

“Only one judge has recused himself — from what we can tell from the public records — from consideration of the case, and that’s the one judge that Donald Trump appointed to this court,” he continued.

“You put the pieces together and it could well be the president, who is litigating with Robert Mueller, over a piece of secret litigation, perhaps a subpoena that Mueller has given to Trump and which is lawyers are fighting,” he concluded.

“It certainty would be a good way for him to use the period the before the midterms to make significant progress on the case,” he added.

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BUSTED: Tea Party leader stole $10 million from gullible right-wing donors

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According to Politico, Kelley Rogers, a Maryland-based GOP consultant, pleaded guilty to wire fraud this week.

Rogers, who ran multiple right-wing action committees including Conservative Majority Fund and Tea Party Majority, took in $10 million from mostly small donors since 2012, but only disbursed $48,400 to politicians.

The rest of the money, according to prosecutors, was used to pay himself and his friends, as well as settle legal fees from a state lawsuit investigating his political activity — all the while sending emails to donors bragging about how much he was doing to fight President Barack Obama and illegal immigration.

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Pentagon washes hands of Turnberry incident — refers all questions to the White House

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Politico reporter Natasha Bertrand uncovered the way President Donald Trump is profiting off of military stop-overs at his Trump Turnberry golf resort. However, now it seems the Pentagon isn't interested in answering questions.

"House Oversight requested that the Pentagon turn over communications/emails relating to Turnberry. But the Pentagon referred that request to the White House," she tweeted Wednesday.

https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1174395749188231168

Typically the Congress is in charge of Pentagon budgets and the Pentagon has information on their spending. In this case, however, the military is refusing to answer questions, telling Trump to talk to the press instead.

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Even without Shane Gillis, ‘SNL’ has always been a conservative show

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The whiplash-inducing news cycle around nonstarter “Saturday Night Live” cast member Shane Gillis got a little more juice Tuesday, with some eye opening insights from Variety.

According to writers Joe Otterson and Michael Schneider, the hiring of the Philadelphia comic and podcaster — whose lengthy and recent history of racist and homophobic remarks took exactly the length of a Google search to reveal — was no fluke. Instead, “According to sources, the long-running NBC comedy show and series mastermind Lorne Michaels were actively looking to cast a comedian for its new season who would appeal to more conservative viewers. This was meant to counteract the appearance of a liberal bias on the show.” Which is the first funny Shane Gillis-related thing I’ve heard.

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