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Robert Mueller has ‘the gold standard for evidence’ of perjury: former federal prosecutor

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One of the lingering questions in the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of ties between President Donald Trump’s campaign team and the Russian government is whether anyone will be charged with perjury. Multiple Trump allies have pleaded guilty to making false statements to investigators, but perjury — a lie in sworn testimony — would be more serious, and possibly conceal even greater wrongdoing.

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According to Joyce Vance, a former federal prosecutor and University of Alabama law professor, if anyone lied under oath, Mueller has all the pieces necessary for a perjury charge.

“Getting a friendly fire interview, as opposed to a hard press from prosecutors, you know, it really ups the ante,” said Vance to Ari Melber on MSNBC’s “The Beat.” “The gold standard for evidence in a perjury case will be someone who was in the room when the lie was made and knows it was a lie and is now cooperating. Mueller has that here.”

“George Nader is reported to be cooperating,” said Vance, referring to an Emirates adviser and former Trump associate who was involved in the meeting between Blackwater founder Erik Prince and a Russian investor seeking an informal backchannel to the Kremlin. “We know that Gen. Flynn’s cooperation has been very highly accorded by the Mueller investigation. He too was privy to some of these conversations that took place. So I expect those interviews with the Mueller will only be a precursor to prosecution.”

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Elizabeth Warren accuses Congress of complicity in Trump’s continued abuses

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren accused the U.S. Congress of complicity in President Donald Trump's continued abuse of power late Friday, after reports surfaced of his alleged attempts to solicit foreign meddling in the 2020 presidential election, and reiterated her demand that Democrats use their majority in the House to pursue impeachment.

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A freaky moment recently transpired on television. In a nonfiction adaptation of “American Horror Story,” Bill Maher, nominally a member of the liberal “Resistance,” led his audience and guests in applauding and paying tribute to the FBI and CIA. To her credit, panelist (and rival talk-show host) Krystal Ball remained stoic, refusing to bring her hands together or smile. But even she allowed the moment to pass without noting the obvious: The CIA and the FBI are two of the most anti-democratic and violent forces in the history of our country.

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According to media, Russia has ‘oligarchs’ — but America only has ‘businessmen’

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Even in corporate media, you will occasionally see references to the United States as an “oligarchy.” That is the judgment of former President Jimmy Carter, of peer-reviewed academic studies, and even opinion pieces in our most prestigious media (e.g., Washington Post, 4/8/14; New Yorker, 4/18/14). Indeed, Paul Krugman has been saying it in the New York Times (11/3/11, 5/15/157/15/19) for years.  Just three men hold more wealth than the bottom 50% of the country combined, and the richest people in society use their money to influence media, society and the government.

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