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CNN’s Van Jones reveals why Trump’s lawyers are ‘terrified’ after Mueller rejects written answers

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Activist Van Jones on ABC's This Week (Screen capture)

Former Obama administration official Van Jones responded on-air to reports that special counsel Robert Mueller wants more from Donald Trump — and why the prospect should leave the president’s lawyers quaking.

Moments before, CNN broke news that Mueller still wants to interview Trump after reviewing his written responses to questions regarding Russian collusion and obstruction of justice, which the special counsel deemed not enough.

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“Mueller’s interest in talking with the president continues, and it includes an interest in asking questions about the president’s state of mind in regards to actions under scrutiny in the obstruction probe,” CNN’s Pamela Brown reported earlier in the hour.

Host John Berman noted that as the network got the story “30 seconds before” they went live, Jones turned to him and said “Wow, this is not good news for the president.”

“There’s a context here which we’ve now just gotten used to,” Jones noted. “It’s important to remind people. Why won’t the president sit down and have a conversation with Mueller?”

Though most people, like Trump, would not want to have the interview, “they’d lawyer up and get it over with” the former special advisor to Barack Obama mused.

But in the case of Mueller and this president, Jones noted, “everybody knows that Trump can’t talk without lying” — a state that would be a “massive disability for anybody, let alone the head of a country.”

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“His lawyers are terrified that if he opens his mouth, he cannot tell the truth and would wind up going to jail,” he added.

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Trump lies about the election being ‘rigged’ — but says he will leave the White House

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President Donald Trump said Thursday that he would leave the White House if Joe Biden is officially confirmed the winner of the US election, making a further concession of defeat even as he railed against the "rigged" vote.

Trump has made an unprecedented attempt to defy the results of the election by refusing to concede, spreading wild theories about stolen ballots and launching baseless legal challenges that have been thrown out by courts across the country.

Answering his first questions from reporters since the November 3 vote, the president moved closer to accepting that he would serve only one term in office before Biden is inaugurated on January 20.

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Idaho columnist offers intriguing theories for the ‘anti-mask mandate mania’ from Republicans

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Masks that cover the mouth and nose have proven to be one of the most effective ways of containing the COVID-19 pandemic.

But the politicization of the issue continues to be a major Republican concern.

"Idaho Senate Republicans are setting up their agenda for the upcoming 2021 legislative session. As reported in the Post Register, one of their top priorities is to 'pursue measures in January to limit the governor’s emergency powers.' The immediate reason for this, of course, is Gov. Little’s anti-coronavirus measures," columnist Mike Murphy wrote in the Idaho State Journal.

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Jake Tapper has a hard truth for Trump after Thanksgiving outburst inside the White House

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CNN anchor Jake Tapper threw shade at Donald Trump on Thanksgiving after the president had a meltdown at a reporter while answering questions for the first time since President-elect Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election.

Trump brought up why has refused to concede to Biden during a teleconference address to U.S. troops in the Middle East. The president said he was mentally unable to concede.

"I can't say that at all," Trump said.

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