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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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Michael Avenatti says he has El Chapo’s former jail cell — which the drug dealer described as ‘torture’: report

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Attorney Michael Avenatti, the colorful attorney who came to prominence representing Stormy Daniels against Donald Trump, is unhappy with his jail conditions.

On Monday, his attorney wrote to the federal judge overseeing his trial to complain about the jail conditions Avenatti is experiencing during pre-trial detention.

Scott Srebnick, Avenatti's attorney, wrote to Judge Paul Gardephe to complain about the "notorious 10-South" section of the Metropolitan Correctional Center, where he is being held in the Special Housing Unit.

"He is in a cell reportedly once occupied by El Chapo, on a floor that houses individuals charged with terrorism offenses," Avenatti's attorney wrote.

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It is Greta Thunberg vs Donald Trump at climate-focused Davos gathering of economic elites: report

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The starkly opposed visions of US President Donald Trump and Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg on climate change will clash in Davos on Tuesday as the World Economic Forum tries to face up to the perils of global warming on its 50th meeting.

The four-day gathering of the world's top political and business leaders in the Swiss Alps gets under way seeking to meet head-on the dangers to both the environment and economy from the heating of the planet.

Trump, who has repeatedly expressed scepticism about climate change, is set to give the first keynote address of Davos 2020 on Tuesday morning, on the same day as his impeachment trial opens at the Senate in Washington.

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‘Which Senator up this year most deserves to lose?’: Preet Bharara flooded with replies to provocative question

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Former United States Attorney Preet Bharara asked his 1.2 million Twitter followers a provocative question on the eve of President Donald Trump's impeachment trial.

With worries that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) is presiding over a sham trial, many analysts have suggested that the Senate itself will be on trial.

"Which Senator up this year most deserves to lose?" Bharara, who was fired by Trump, asked.

There are a number of potentially vulnerable Republicans facing voters in 2020, including McConnell himself, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA), Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME), Sen. Martha McSally (R-AZ), Sen. Cory Gardner (R-CO), Sen. Thom Tillis (R-NC), Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), Sen. Steve Daines (R-MT) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC).

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