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Ex-US attorney shuts down Trump’s premature victory dance after Senate Intel finds ‘no direct evidence’ of collusion

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Former U.S. attorney Chuck Rosenberg on Tuesday told MSNBC that President Donald Trump’s crowing that the Senate Intelligence Committee found “no direct evidence” of collusion was more than a little premature, saying the special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative powers far surpassed anything the Senate would be able to produce.

“The nice way to say it is that the Mueller team has authorities, powers, capabilities that the Senate and the House simply don’t have,” Rosenberg said. “I think we should look to the Mueller team and to the investigations in the Southern District of New York as being far more important than what the Senate is doing.”

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Rosenberg also took pains to explain why “no direct evidence” was a canard.

“A judge will tell you, and tell jurors when they instruct them at the end of a trial, that circumstantial evidence and direct evidence are given equal weight,” he said. “In fact, in the dozens and dozens of cases I tried to a jury, only once ever did I have direct evidence of a conspiracy. You almost never see that. So to say that there’s no direct evidence of a conspiracy is really not all that damning on the facts of the case.”

The former prosecutor laid out some of the tools and powers the special counsel had at its disposal: obtaining documentation from foreign governments and banks; compulsory testimony; and the threat of jail time. The Senate, he added, had none of these authorities.

“The Mueller team has more tools, they have more experience, their investigators are more highly trained, as are their prosecutors,” he said, adding that the Senate had done important work. “But they simply can’t bring to bear on this problem the same tools that the Mueller team has.”

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Trump approves of North Korea missile tests: ‘I have no problem’ because they’re just ‘short-range missiles’

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On Thursday, in conversation with reporters, President Donald Trump said that he had 'no problem' with North Korea's new round of missile tests.

"Short-range missiles, we never made an agreement on that," said Trump. "I have no problem, we'll see what happens, but these are short-range missiles. They're very standard."

The thought that short-range missiles would still be capable of hitting our allies in the region, like South Korea and Japan, does not seem to have occurred to him.

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Russian Twitter propaganda predicted 2016 US election polls

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When Robert Mueller completed his long-awaited investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, he left many questions unanswered.

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Beto O’Rourke calls for a ‘war tax’ in release of health care plan for veterans

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