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‘More indictments of Russians’: Mueller’s new court filings sending strong signals Trump probe isn’t over

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Recent court filings suggest special counsel Robert Mueller is planning to indict additional Russians for crimes related to 2016 election interference.

Mueller has referred to “uncharged individuals” and “ongoing investigations” in the case involving Paul Manafort, and just last week sought to keep evidence restricted from Russians not yet charged but suspected of trying to “interfere with lawful U.S. government functions,” reported The Hill.

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“My hunch is that we are going to see more indictments of Russians,” said Glenn Kirschner, former assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia and now an MSNBC legal analyst.

The special counsel charged 13 Russians and three Russian firms last February with conspiracy to defraud the United States as part of a plot involving the Internet Research Agency, a so-called troll farm that manipulated social media to push divisive propaganda during the 2016 campaign.

Two Washington-based lawyers have been hired to represent Concord Management and Consulting, which allegedly funded the troll operation, and some legal experts believe Russia is hoping to obtain sensitive discovery documents from the U.S. attorneys.

Mueller objected last week to the company’s request for “sensitive” documents through pretrial discovery, and that court filing revealed that some U.S. government evidence had already been released as part of an apparent disinformation campaign intended to discredit the special counsel investigation.

The special counsel also argued that lifting restrictions on those documents, which are currently subject to a federal judge’s protection order, would expose evidence about “uncharged individuals and entities” suspected of possible crimes “like those activities charged in the indictment.”

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Mueller wrote in that court filing that his information could jeopardize “sources, methods and techniques” used to identify those foreign suspects, and last month he also acknowledged an active grand jury probe related to that case.

More than two dozen Russians and six Trump associates have been charged as part of the special counsel investigation, and a dozen more Russian intelligence officers have also been charged with hacking the Democratic National Committee and U.S. election infrastructure.

Acting attorney general Matt Whitaker has said Mueller’s probe was “close” to completion, echoing comments by the president’s personal attorneys, but legal experts say “all outward signs” suggest the investigation was “still active and ongoing.”

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“I think there is reason to believe something else is coming, Randall Eliason, a George Washington University law professor, told The Hill. “I just don’t see any outward signs this investigation is close to wrapping up.”


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Lev Parnas’s lawyer declared ‘open war’ on AG Bill Barr during Maddow interview: attorney

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The attorney for Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas appears to be using a novel legal strategy, attorney Luppe Luppen explained on Friday.

Joseph Bondy, the attorney for Parnas, was interviewed Friday evening by Rachel Maddow, following the day's end of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Luppen, who offers legal analysis on his popular @nycsouthpaw Twitter account, came to a conclusion that seemed to surprise him after watching the interview.

"I’ve never seen a lawyer sit on a cable panel show and make that much news," Luppen wrote.

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Democratic prosecutors wrap up case against Trump

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Democratic prosecutors on Friday wrapped up three days of arguments for seeking Donald Trump's removal from office, as the US president's lawyers prepared to take their turn presenting his defense in the Senate's historic impeachment trial.

For a final eight-hour stretch, the 100 senators listened as Democrats argued that Trump abused the power of the presidency in pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations that would help him politically and then sought to block efforts by Congress to investigate.

Democrats said they had met the burden of proof as they warned Republicans that Trump would remain a grave danger to the nation if left in office.

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‘Give me a break’: Internet unleashes on ‘snowflakes’ Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski for complaint about Schiff

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CNN's Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) audibly disputed Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-CA) quotation of a CBS News report threatening senators.

"She shook her head and said, 'No they didn't. No, that's not true,'" Raju reported.

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jim Risch (R-ID) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John Barrasso also said that the report was false.

https://twitter.com/GriffinConnolly/status/1220891285910892544

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