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Mueller’s grand jury is ‘continuing robustly’ even though his official probe is over: prosecutor

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Just because special counsel Robert Mueller has ended his probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, that doesn’t mean the grand jury he assembled is done working just yet.

Politico reports that Assistant U.S. Attorney David Goodhand acknowledged this week that the grand jury will continue to investigate Russian interference even though Mueller’s role in the probe has ended.

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In fact, when asked by U.S. District Court Chief Judge Beryl Howell whether the grand jury was still active, Goodhand replied that it was “continuing robustly.”

The grand jury is still working on tying up several loose ends related to the Russia probe, including one case involving an unnamed foreign company that has been held in contempt for defying a Mueller subpoena.

Before shutting down, Mueller’s office also had been trying to compel the testimony of Andrew Miller, a longtime aide to Trump ally Roger Stone. Stone was indicted earlier this year on counts of perjury, witness tampering and obstruction of justice.

It is unclear at this point what more the grand jury could learn that is not already in Mueller’s final report, although Politico contends that it “adds a new layer of uncertainty” to the investigation, which officially wrapped up last week after being active for 21 months.

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Adam Schiff moves to implicate Pence in the Ukraine scandal as Republicans go off the rails

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In the panoply of contradictory and incoherent defenses of Donald Trump, a favorite of Republicans has been to harp on the claim that witnesses to Trump's extortion scheme against Ukraine were all "second-hand" or "third-hand." This has always been confounding, as the official summary readout of the famous phone call between Trump and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky shows Trump clearly conditioning military aid and U.S. support on Zelensky giving a public boost to Trump's conspiracy theories about former Vice President Joe Biden and other Democratic leaders. The witnesses so far have simply affirmed what the written record demonstrates amply.

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Why saying ‘OK boomer’ at work is considered age discrimination – but millennial put-downs aren’t

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The phrase “OK boomer” has become a catch-all put-down that Generation Zers and young millennials have been using to dismiss retrograde arguments made by baby boomers, the generation of Americans who are currently 55 to 73 years old.

Though it originated online and primarily is fueling memes, Twitter feuds and a flurry of commentary, it has begun migrating to real life. Earlier this month, a New Zealand lawmaker lobbed the insult at an older legislator who had dismissed her argument about climate change.

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Republicans are getting scared about Gordon Sondland’s Wednesday impeachment testimony: report

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Ambassador Gordon Sondland may be the most dangerous witness for President Donald Trump in the impeachment hearings so far, and that's in part because he has a lot to lose.

And according to CNN's Shimon Prokuecz, his scheduled testimony for Wednesday morning is making Republicans nervous:

Multiple GOP sources say they are most worried about what Gordon Sondland will do tomorrow - and whether he will turn on the President. The fear, Republicans say, is that he could undercut the last GOP defense. @mkraju

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