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Mueller will tie Trump to ‘unsavory’ Middle East operatives in new filings: report

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According to a report at the Daily Beast, special counsel Robert Mueller’s legal team is preparing a new series of legal filings tying the White House to Middle East influence.

The Beast notes that the new filings are expected to drop in 2019, based on investigations looking into “how Middle Eastern countries pushed cash to Washington politicos in an attempt to sway policy under President Trump’s administration.”

According to the report, “witnesses affiliated with the Trump campaign have been questioned about their conversations with deeply connected individuals from the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Israel, according to people familiar with the probe.”

Sources say that Mueller’s legal team have been spending months debating whether to make this part of the investigation public.

“If this is going to be unveiled, this would be like the surfacing of the submarine but on the other plank which we haven’t seen,” explained for U.S. Attorney Harry Litman. “I guess what Mueller has to date has turned out to be pretty rich and detailed and more than we anticipated. This could turn out to be a rich part of the overall story.”

The report goes on to state this next phase of the investigation was planned to follow legal dealings with former National Security adviser Michael Flynn.

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According to Hussein Ibish, senior resident scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute, the entire scope of Mueller’s investigation could open up a can of worms in Washington, D.C.

“Many of these characters involved are somewhat unsavory,” Ibish elaborated. “But governments deal with all kinds of people all the time. It might be possible to question the wisdom of some of these connections, but not really possible to impugn the right of a government to deal with shadowy dealers in influence and access.”

You can read the rest of the report here.

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‘Everyone ultimately prefers their own race’: Morrissey claims he’s not racist because everybody else is

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Former Smiths singer Morrissey explained in an interview that he couldn't possibly be a racist because everyone else is racist.

Morrissey came out for the anti-Islam political party in England, and has run into problems about his political claims ever since. As noted by Consequence of Sound, "it doesn’t help that he says thing like Halal certifiers support ISIS, of course."

He made the comments as part of an interview with his own nephew Sam Etsy Rayner, for Moz’s website.

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‘He should be hospitalized’: Internet stunned after Trump goes off on completely incoherent Mt Rushmore rant

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President Donald Trump was asked on Tuesday whether his face should appear on Mount Rushmore along with other major American presidents.

“If I answer that question yes, I will end up with such bad publicity,” Trump told The Hill, before pivoting to an incoherent rant about fireworks.

The president's rambling shocked many people on Twitter:

Apart from Trump’s apparent inability to string together coherent English sentences on the fly, note also the sheer ignorance and apathy toward the idea that there might be legitimate reasons why fireworks are not detonated around the Black Hills. https://t.co/jja2XD19Mw

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Trump: Immigrants didn’t want to come to America before I was president because ‘Obama wasn’t a cheerleader’

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President Donald Trump's strange rant about fireworks at Mt. Rushmore wasn't the only head-scratching exchange that occurred during his recent interview with reporters from The Hill.

During another part of the interview, Trump was asked about Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's (D-NY) criticism of the internment camps he's been using to house immigrant children.

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