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Russia expert reveals which parts of Mueller’s investigation Flynn cooperated with — by reading between the lines

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Investigative journalist and Russia expert Michael Isikoff read special counsel Robert Mueller’s sentencing memo for former Trump aide Michael Flynn “about 20 times” — and deciphered it through the redactions for his fellow CNN panelists Wednesday evening.

While many people speculating about what’s underneath the blacked-out phrases in the heavily-redacted memo are “reading tea leaves,” Isikoff admitted, there is a way to “parse it.”

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“There appears to be a reference to three investigations that Flynn has been cooperating with,” the reporter noted– and only one of them is Mueller’s “Russia mandate” that focused on alleged “coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.”

The other two investigations are criminal, Isikoff added, noting that one appears to have been farmed out to US attorneys or other Justice Department prosecutors.

“If you look at the wording in how Flynn’s cooperation is described in each of these three, you see the phrase, ‘substantial assistance in the criminal investigation, non-Russia,'” he pointed out. “That suggests Flynn has provided information about somebody else. He’s fingered somebody who they can bring prosecutions against.”

In the memo’s section about Russia, however, the phrase “substantial assistance” isn’t used — rather, the memo says Flynn “assisted” and “provided useful information.”

To Isikoff, that suggests Flynn didn’t rat someone out for prosecution but rather pointed prosecutors in the direction of others who provided them with further information about the investigations.

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Host Anderson Cooper jokingly pointed out that meanwhile, Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani claimed Flynn didn’t know “bupkis.”

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Democrats win another voting rights victory as absentee restrictions struck down in South Carolina

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On Monday, voting rights attorney Marc Elias reported that a federal court has blocked a restriction on absentee ballots for the upcoming South Carolina primary.

The ruling undoes a requirement that mail-in ballots be accompanied by a witness.

BREAKING: @DCCC, @TheDemocrats, and @scdp score major voting rights victory in South Carolina. Federal Court blocks witness requirement for absentee ballots in June primary.

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GOP ripped for refusing to remove Trump from office: ‘Folly of that failure becomes clearer by the day’

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Republicans seeking to keep control of the United States Senate were harshly criticized by the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for failing to remove President Donald Trump from office during impeachment.

"For four years now, as both a candidate and president, Donald Trump has repeatedly attacked America’s voting system, falsely claiming voter fraud any time it suited his needs. In a new low, last week he threatened the federal funding of two states over their reasonable moves to facilitate mail-in voting," the newspaper noted in an editorial published online on Memorial Day. "What does it say that the head of the world’s leading democracy is so intent on undermining that democracy?"

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Fox News commentator slammed for mocking Joe Biden’s decision to wear a mask

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On Monday, during his observance of Memorial Day, former Vice President Joe Biden donned a face mask in accordance with CDC guidelines — a contrast with President Donald Trump, who has frequently refused to wear a mask even in some places that require them.

But Fox News senior analyst Brit Hume went out of his way to mock how Biden looked wearing it.

This might help explain why Trump doesn’t like to wear a mask in public. Biden today. pic.twitter.com/9l1gw1ljBE

— Brit Hume (@brithume) May 25, 2020

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