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Rudy Giuliani blabbed about secret Trump ‘tapes’ — here’s what he may have been talking about: legal expert

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Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani blundered yet again during a New Yorker interview in which he suggested that he had listened to secret recordings related to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of whether President Donald Trump conspired with Russia to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.

“I have been through all the tapes, I have been through all the texts, I have been through all the emails,” Giuliani said in defending his confidence in Trump’s innocence.

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When asked by the New Yorker what tapes he was referring to, Giuliani quickly backtracked and said, “I shouldn’t have said tapes.”

National security and intelligence journalist Marcy Wheeler speculates that Giuliani’s admission of listening to recordings wasn’t a misstatement, but was rather a reference to recordings that the FBI seized during the raid of former Trump “fixer” Michael Cohen’s office last year.

Wheeler goes on to speculate that Giuliani’s review of those Cohen recordings was what gave him confidence to call Mueller’s office and to ask him to disavow a BuzzFeed report that claimed the special counsel had corroborating evidence showing Trump had told Cohen to lie under oath.

“That’s the basis on which the White House contacted Mueller’s office Friday: Having reviewed everything seized from Cohen’s raid, including any tapes Cohen made of conversations with Trump, they believed they could assert to Mueller’s office that the Buzzfeed story was not true,” Wheeler writes.

Read the whole analysis here.

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Fox News viewers freak out on Bret Baier for criticizing Trump and calling Yovanovitch ‘sympathetic’

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Fox News host Bret Baier -- and his colleague John Roberts -- infuriated Fox News viewers who follow their Twitter feeds for praising the performance of former Ambassador Marie Yovanovitch during her House impeachment testimony while they also condemned Donald Trump for attacking her as she spoke.

According to Roberts in his tweet, "Wow....this is really unprecedented. @realDonaldTrump and Amb Yovanovitch are talking to each other in real time through @Twitter and Television... Something I never thought I would ever see."

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Viewers baffled as GOP counsel appears to push anti-Trump talking points during Yovanovich cross-examination

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House Republican impeachment inquiry attorney Steve Castor on Friday baffled viewers with a line of questioning that appeared to be beneficial to House Democrats' case for impeaching President Donald Trump.

Among other things, Castor referred to ambassador Bill Taylor as a man of integrity and also didn't challenge former ambassador Marie Yovanovich's story that she had been the subject of a smear campaign launched by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani.

In fact, Castor's line of questioning was so friendly to House Democrats, that some Twitter users joked that he was a "deep state plant" who's secretly helping to impeach the president.

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CNN legal analysts rip apart Jim Jordan’s ‘nonsensical’ defense of Trump witness intimidation

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CNN legal analyst Elie Honig blasted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) for arguing that President Donald Trump hadn't engaged in witness intimidation by tweeting attacks on a former ambassador as she testified against him in the impeachment inquiry.

Jordan argued the tweet can't be witness intimidation because Marie Yovanovitch wouldn't have known about the attack if Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hadn't read it to her, but Honig said the GOP lawmaker's claim was ridiculous.

"His point is nonsensical," Honig said. "Of course, she was going to find out about a tweet that went out to 60 million people-plus. The law covers any way you look regarding timing."

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