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Here’s how Trump just got one step closer to being indicted

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While sentencing former Trump attorney Michael Cohen, a federal judge made a statement that could bring Donald Trump that much closer to being indicted.

Former federal prosecutor Renato Mariotti wrote in a Politico editorial that Federal Judge William H. Pauley II, Cohen’s sentencing judge, “said in open court that Trump had directed his then-lawyer to commit a federal felony.”

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The admission was a “formality,” Mariotti argued, noting that it’s confirmation of what prosecutors concluded the week prior in Cohen’s probation hearing.

Nevertheless, the ex-prosecutor said the statement was significant — and that “no one in that courtroom, including the judge, disagreed that Trump directed Cohen to commit crimes.”

“No competent lawyer would tell a client who was publicly implicated in a crime by federal prosecutors that the client was not at very serious risk of being indicted,” Mariotti noted.

Even Andrew McCarthy, Mariotti’s fellow former prosecutor and a Republican Trump defender, “concluded that Trump is likely to be indicted.”

Though the timing and certainty of a potential indictment are unclear to the former prosecutor, Mariotti noted that with the criminal investigation into Cohen still underway, “others in the Trump Organization are still vulnerable to indictment and therefore it is entirely possible Trump himself would be formally named as an unindicted co-conspirator.”

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Read the entire editorial via Politico.


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HBO’s Maher taunts Trump fans over president hiding in a bunker from protesters: ‘Is America great enough for you yet?’

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In his opening monologue on Friday night, HBO "Real Time" host Bill Maher both ridiculed Donald Trump and taunted his fans over reports the president was whisked away to an underground bunker to protect him from anti-police brutality protesters.

According to the HBO comedian, "As soon as some shit started outside the White House he went straight to the bunker, five floors below ground. He says he wasn't hiding, he said, I love this, it was more of an inspection -- and he didn't piss himself, he was watering his shoes."

"I tell you, deranged authoritarians and bunkers, always a winning combination," he added.

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Bill Barr and Trump desperately want to blame Antifa for violence — but they’re coming up dry so far

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President Donald Trump has turned his wrath on Antifa during the George Floyd protests, demanding Antifa be labeled a terrorist organization and accusing the movement of committing acts of violence at demonstrations. But journalists William Bredderman and Spencer Ackerman, in the Daily Beast, threw cold this week on efforts to blame the leftist group.

They found that “none of the 22 criminal complaints representing the first wave of protest charges mention Antifa in any way.”

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Fox News poll spells doom for GOP in Arizona

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The GOP's chances in Arizona have not looked this bad in years.

This article first appeared in Salon.

A new Fox News poll of registered voters in the Grand Canyon State shows Democrat Mark Kelly miles ahead of Republican Sen. Martha McSally — 50% to 37% — with 8% undecided.

Further, McSally's problems appear to come from within her own party. While Kelly enjoys the support of nearly 90% of Democrats, only 73% of Arizona Republicans back McSally.

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