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Trump refused to answer any obstruction questions from Mueller — now his lawyers won’t answer follow-ups

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It was reported by the New York Times this weekend that President Donald Trump refused to answer any of special counsel Robert Mueller’s questions that had to do with obstructions of justice.

Mueller asked Trump if he had discussions with Putin at any point during the campaign or if he spoke about sanctions to anyone. Trump didn’t answer any of the questions about obstruction but when it came to questions about Putin, Trump did answer.

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According to CNN’s Pamela Brown, however, when Mueller investigators followed up with additional questions, the president’s attorneys refused to respond.

As the Mueller investigation winds down, an interview with the President remains an outstanding issue even as Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani said an interview would happen ‘over my dead body,'” CNN reported. “One source familiar with the matter summed it up by saying, ‘Mueller is not satisfied.'”

Both sides are at a stand-still in the negotiations, meaning if Mueller wants answers, he’ll have to subpoena the president.

“And the Trump team appears to have hardened its position. It’s told the Mueller team that prosecutors have no cause to seek follow-up questions in person after the President’s team submitted written responses to questions before Thanksgiving,” CNN reported. “The Trump team has all but closed the door to any further responses to Mueller, the sources say.”

Read the full CNN report here.

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#PresidentPelosi Trends After Sondland Testimony Implicates Pence in Trump Ukraine Scheme

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The hashtag #PresidentPelosi was trending Wednesday as Ambassador Gordon Sondland testified to the House Intelligence Committee in the impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump's Ukrainian schemes for assistance in the 2020 election and implicated Vice President Mike Pence in the effort.

If Trump and Pence are both removed from office over their involvement in the plot, the next in line for the presidency is House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).

"I'm fine with Pelosi serving as interim president until we hold an election," tweeted activist Bree Newsom. "Both Trump and Pence are implicated in this conspiracy to extort Ukraine."

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Trump claims not to ‘know’ Gordon Sondland very well — but the evidence suggests otherwise

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President Donald Trump attempted to distance himself Wednesday from his hand-selected European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland. At the same time, Trump claimed that Sondland’s stunning testimony, which alleged that the president had ordered a “quid pro quo” with Ukraine, in fact, vindicated him.

“Was there a ‘quid pro quo’?” Sondland said in his testimony to the House Intelligence Committee Wednesday. "The answer is ‘yes.’”

Sondland further claimed that “everyone was in the loop” and all actions were “directed” by the president.

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The latest GOP defense of Trump crumbles in impeachment hearing

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It was a day of blockbuster day of testimony from E.U. Ambassador Gordon Sondland, in which Sondland — who once gave Donald Trump a million dollars for his inauguration — decided to save his own hide by ratting out not just Trump and his lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, but seemingly half the senior staff of the White House.

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