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Trump’s acting AG can protect Don Jr from Mueller indictment: MSNBC legal analyst

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The acting attorney general installed by President Donald Trump can upend the special counsel probe in one significant — and overlooked — way, according to an MSNBC legal analyst.

Matthew Whitaker took over for former attorney general Jeff Sessions shortly after the election, but deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein still oversees Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia.

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“He’s not stepped aside from his direct oversight role of Mueller,” said MSNBC contributor Natasha Bertrand. “But Whitaker has the ultimate authority. Anything Mueller wants to do, if Whitaker vetoes it he has that power.”

Whitaker can serve up to 210 days as interim attorney general before Trump has to replace him, and legal analyst Maya Wiley told “Morning Joe” he could protect the president, his family and his associates.

“One thing that’s important for us all to note here is, if Robert Mueller has an indictment that he’s ready to drop, Whitaker absolutely has the power to stop him,” Wiley said.

Donald Trump Jr. and Trump allies Roger Stone and Jerome Corsi have all reportedly told friends recently they expect to be indicted in the Mueller probe.

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MSNBC’s ‘demotion’ of ‘feckless’ Chuck Todd celebrated: ‘Hurray! More Nicolle, less Chuck’

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MSNBC host Chuck Todd was moved to an earlier timeslot where his show, "Meet the Press Daily," will likely earn lower ratings. Meanwhile, Nicolle Wallace seems to have been promoted to a two-hour timeslot leading into primetime.

Wallace, who has extensive experience in Washington, previously served in George W. Bush's White House until abandoning the GOP as the era of Trump came to power.

Todd has made several missteps where he's been unwilling to press GOP leaders who lie openly and obviously on camera.

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George Conway blasts ‘blundering cheat’ Trump in new op-ed: ‘His name should live in infamy’

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Prominent conservative attorney George T. Conway III has written yet another Washington Post op-ed blasting President Donald Trump.

"If there’s one thing we know about President Trump, it’s that he lies and he cheats. Endlessly," Conway wrote. "And shamelessly. But still, mostly, incompetently."

"So it should have come as no surprise that Trump finally went where no U.S. president had ever gone before. In a tweet last week, he actually suggested that the country 'Delay the Election.' That trial balloon was a brazen effort to see if he can defraud his way into four more years in the White House," he explained. "And why not try? After all, Trump has managed to swindle his way through life, on matters large and small, essential and trivial."

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Trump’s ‘delay the election’ tweet laid the groundwork for him and his followers to have an excuse if he loses

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Writing in The New York Times this Monday, Gail Collins and Bret Stephens discuss their contention that President Trump is seeing the writing on the wall regarding the 2020 election, an analysis born from his recent tweet where he suggests delaying the election.

According to Stephens, Trump's tweet is a sign that he knows "in his heart" that he's going to lose in November.

"He’s laying the groundwork not for a coup but for an excuse, both for himself and for his followers," Stephens says. "It creates a mythology to explain defeat, attack Joe Biden and keep the Trump family relevant in the Republican Party. The fact that he’d pull a stunt like this is another reason it’s so important that he lose in a landslide in November."

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