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A mystery solved: Secret Mueller case involves Russia-dealing law firm that worked for oligarch tied to Putin

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A law firm that’s been hired by a Russian oligarch and other Russian interests is involved in a challenge to special counsel Robert Mueller’s mysterious grand jury subpoena.

CNN reported Wednesday that Alston & Bird, an international law firm with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia, is involved in a foreign government’s challenge to Mueller’s secret grand jury subpoena.

The revelation of the firm’s identity “is among the first details revealed about a case that’s progressed to the Supreme Court under extreme secrecy,” CNN reported.

Alston & Bird, the report added, began representing Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska in 2003 to help him reinstate his visa and was on his payroll in the following years — the same time the oligarch gave Paul Manafort a $10 million loan.

DC white collar attorney Ted Kang and North Carolina appellate attorney Brian Boone are also involved in the case, the report noted, though it’s unclear if they represent the company or another party.

On his website, Kang claims to represent multiple “entities and individuals” associated with Mueller’s investigation and Boone has in the past represented the Republican National Committee, CNN noted.

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BUSTED: Ex-GOP state chairman was arrested — for the second time in two weeks

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On Friday, Idaho GOP chairman Jonathan Parker, who stepped down prior to being arrested for stalking, was arrested again. This time Parker was arrested for trespassing.

"Officers made contact with that man and identified him as Parker. Further investigation revealed that there is an active protection order between Parker and a woman living nearby — his estranged wife — and Parker was then arrested and charged with felony stalking. During his arraignment, the judge issued a issued a no-contact order, which bars Parker from getting within 500 feet of his wife," a report from the Idaho Statesman said.

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Impeachment is no longer about ‘registering outrage’ — it’s now about ‘averting an ongoing crisis’: columnist

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President Donald Trump continues to defy presidential norms.

Boston Globe’s Michael A. Cohen wrote that Trump's behavior would be laughable if it weren't so dangerous for Americans. Cohen explained that in one week, President Trump has shown to put his interest above the U.S.

Trump started the week by telling ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos that he would take dirt on a rival from foreign operatives. He also downplayed the threat of North Korea.

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Trump expert Tony Schwartz reveals ‘all you need to know’ about the president

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The co-author of the president's 1987 autobiography Trump: The Art of the Deal on Friday revealed "all you need to know" about the commander-in-chief.

Tony Schwartz offered advice on how to respond to Trump as his behavior becomes even more erratic.

"As we all know, Trump is shameless and compulsive liar. Here's the solution: ignore everything he says -- everything," Schwartz counseled.

"Don't waste any energy in outrage," he continued.

"Just know nothing he says is ever true," Schwartz said. "That's all you need to know."

https://twitter.com/tonyschwartz/status/1139681718175014912

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