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Mueller wouldn’t subpoena Trump because they knew he wouldn’t cooperate: report

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According to a Sunday CNN report, special counsel Robert Mueller refused to fight President Donald Trump on speaking to them in person because he likely wouldn’t cooperate.

In wake of Attorney General Bill Barr’s four-page digest of the Mueller report, he drew conclusions that weren’t accurate from what Mueller did.

“We learned that the special counsel, his team and DOJ officials, top officials raised the specter of issuing a subpoena for President Trump for an interview and ultimately the decision was made not to move forward with such a significant investigative step of issuing a subpoena against a sitting president,” said CNN reporter Pamela Brown.

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Mueller sent questions to Trump, which he answered with the help of his attorneys. Political commentators mocked it as a “take-home test,” and said that it wouldn’t provide any real answers.

“We know for months, that Robert Mueller and his team have been asking for a sit-down interview with President Trump and the legal team said no,” Brown said. “They gambled that Robert Mueller would not issue a subpoena. Sure enough, that happened. We heard there are sensitive discussions about whether they should issue a subpoena when it became clear that the president’s legal team would not allow a sit-down interview with the president.”

She said that they ultimately decided that the “merits and evidence” didn’t justify the fight with Trump and his legal team.

“But certainly, it makes you question, as you read Bill Barr’s memo today, whether Robert Mueller said in his report to Barr that some of the president’s behavior he could not be exonerated from because he did not get that sitdown interview to talk to him and understand his intent,” Brown continued.

Read the full report at CNN.com.

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‘People’s lives will be lost’: Psychiatrist warns ‘sociopath’ Trump is ‘getting worse’ — and failing in coronavirus response

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President Donald Trump's psychological problems are getting worse and could be consequential as America faces a potential COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.

MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell on Thursday interviewed Dr. Lance Dodes, a former assistant clinical professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

"As you pointed out, Lawrence, this man is about himself. He really is not about the country, he's not about public health," Dr. Dodes said of Trump.

"Although he has already severely damaged the country by being a psychopath or sociopath -- in many ways, he's damaged democracy -- I think people's lives will be lost now," he warned. "Individual lives will be lost because of the way he's mishandling the coronavirus issue."

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‘Something really rotten’: Here’s the evidence of extensive voter suppression in Georgia’s notorious 2018 election

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As the 2020 presidential campaign cycle grinds on, there’s renewed concern about the 21st century’s newest form of warfare: cyber-sabotage of government systems, including elections and online disinformation intended to incite unrest. But as Suppressed: The Fight to Vote, a documentary from Brave New Films, makes clear, partisan voter suppression tactics with 20th-century roots remain and can thwart multitudes of voters from changing their state’s political leaders.

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The real story behind Trump’s new lawsuit against the New York Times

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Wednesday was an ominous day for freedom of the press in this country, and I want to tell you why.

You may have heard or seen that President Trump filed a libel suit against the New York Times. Perhaps you weren’t surprised: the president is known to frequently disparage the Times even as he reads it obsessively. Borrowing a page from what I’ve referred to before as a Mount Rushmore of totalitarians, Robespierre, Hitler, Stalin and Mao, Trump loves to call the press the “enemy of the people.”

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