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Here’s how Rod Rosenstein may have broken the rules to interfere in the Mueller probe over the BuzzFeed debacle

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein may have broken Special Counsel regulations by getting involved in the response to the bombshell BuzzFeed report which alleged that President Donald Trump’s former personal attorney, Michael Cohen, lied to Congress at his boss’ behest, writes national security expert and blogger Marcy Wheeler.

In a lengthy Washington Post report based on anonymous sources which undermines the main premise of the BuzzFeed report,

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The Post sources its report to “two people familiar with the matter” who spoke “on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.”

In the Post report, we learn that “in the advanced stages of those talks, the deputy attorney general’s office called to inquire if the special counsel planned any kind of response, and was informed a statement was being prepared.”

As Wheeler notes, the rules governing the Mueller investigation say his team office shall not be subject to day-to-day supervision of any official—that includes Rosenstein.

The only thing that the attorney general or a deputy “may request” is that “the Special Counsel provide an explanation for any investigative or prosecutorial step.”

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Replying to a BuzzFeed story is not “investigative or prosecutorial step,” Wheeler notes.

“It should set off all sorts of alarm bells that as soon as a media report states what has long been clear — that Trump suborned perjury — Mueller’s office is getting calls about how to respond to the press,” Wheeler notes. “Whichever side is correct (again, I believe WaPo has just one part of this story), that Rosenstein (or Whitaker) got involved seems to be far more important.”

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‘Absolute contempt for the American people’: Trump destroyed for shameless G7 golf club announcement

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White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney on Thursday announced that next year's G7 summit will be held at Trump National Doral Miami -- and then smugly brushed aside questions about President Donald Trump using his office to personally enrich himself.

Mulvaney's press conference, in which he insisted that the president will not personally profit from holding the meeting there and claimed that it was simply the "best" place to hold the summit, drew harsh and angry reviews from across the web -- check out some of the reactions below.

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‘Get over it’: Trump’s chief of staff reveals Ukraine quid pro quo — but insists it’s just ‘politics’ as usual

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White House acting chief of staff Mick Mulvaney admitted that President Donald Trump held up Ukraine aid to pressure the country to investigate a conspiracy theory.

Mulvaney, who is also the White House budget director, told reporters Thursday that Trump's desire to investigate his belief that a DNC computer server was hidden in Ukraine was part of the reason congressionally approved military aid was held up.

However, he insisted that did not represent a quid pro quo arrangement.

"We do that all the time, get over it," Mulvaney said. "Politics is going to be involved in foreign policy, elections do have consequences."

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Trump chief of staff announces G7 will be held at Trump’s golf course

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President Donald Trump will have next year's G7 meeting at his own golf course in Doral, Florida, chief of staff Mick Mulvaney announced on Thursday.

In announcing that the G7 meeting will be held at the Trump National Doral Miami, Mulvaney insisted that the president will not personally profit from holding the meeting there and claimed that it was simply the "best" place to hold the summit.

Mulvaney deflected reporters' questions about using the G7 summit to boost the golf resort's brand name by saying that the Trump brand name is already widely known throughout the world and doesn't need a G7 meeting to make it stronger.

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