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Legal expert rains holy hell on Mueller for closing investigation without interviewing Trump kids

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An MSNBC legal analyst outlined the hypocrisy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation during a panel discussion about President Donald Trump’s kids.

“My kids cannot buy a pack of Skittles in this country without having — with the blase attitude that Ivanka Trump walks around this Earth with,” Above the Law editor Elie Mystal told a panel on AM Joy Saturday. “I do not understand.”

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Mystal was stunned that the Trump kids still have not been indicted, or even investigated, by the special counsel.

“I don’t understand how we’ve investigated these people for 22 months and nobody has asked these children a question?” the legal expert mused.

It’s hypocritical, Mystal suggested, the way “criminal justice is applied to everybody else in this country” but not, apparently, to Donald Trump and his family.

“When you are the top head of an organization, people understand that, if they squeeze your children, that is a way to get you to tell the truth,” he said. “And they put no, as far as I can tell, no pressure on these children.”

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California says film, TV production can resume June 12

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California will allow film, television and music production to resume from June 12 if conditions permit after months of lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, the governor's office said Friday.

Film and television productions in the Golden State have been shuttered since mid-March.

The reopening will be subject to approval by local health officers, the California Public Health Office said.

"To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, productions, cast, crew and other industry workers should abide by safety protocols agreed by labor and management, which may be further enhanced by county public health officers," it said.

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Susan Collins skipped Trump’s visit to Maine after president threatened colleague Lisa Murkowski

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Protesters were expected to meet President Donald Trump on his Friday afternoon visit to Maine, but Senator Susan Collins, caught in the middle of a hotly contested re-election race this fall, did not.

This article first appeared in Salon.

Instead, the embattled Republican senator will be in Washington, where she has "several federal and non-federal events on her schedule," a Collins spokeswoman told NBC News.

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French forces kill leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb

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France said its forces have killed the leader of Al-Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, in a blow to the group behind a string of deadly attacks across the troubled Sahel region.

Abdelmalek Droukdel was killed on Thursday in northern Mali near the Algerian border, where the group has bases from which it has carried out attacks and abductions of Westerners in the sub-Saharan Sahel zone, Defence Minister Florence Parly said Friday.

"Many close associates" of the Algerian -- who commanded several affiliate jihadist groups across the lawless region -- were also "neutralised", she added.

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