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‘The president ought to be scared’: Ex-DOJ official says Mueller has ‘oodles’ of evidence against Cohen and Trump

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President Donald Trump has legitimate concerns about the legal exposure he is facing, former top Department of Justice official Chuck Rosenberg explained Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Deadline: White House” with Nicolle Wallace.

“Against the backdrop of Donald Trump’s escalating war of words against the late John McCain (R-AZ) — stop it for a second, and let that sink in — Donald Trump today confronted with new reporting that Robert Mueller’s investigators began investigating the Trump Organization’s ties to Russia just months after Trump was sworn-in as president,” Wallace reported.

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Hundreds of pages of court documents unsealed today in the Michael Cohen case — giving us a rare peek inside the investigation’s earliest phase and offering us tea leaves about what that part of the investigation yielded and what drove the decision to send other Cohen cases to the Southern District of New York where the president has already been identified as Individual One in Michael Cohen’s sentencing memo, and is widely believed to face ongoing legal exposure,” she explained.

Rosenberg explained the legal standard of probable cause that was required to be met in order for the search warrant to be issued.

“Here we have pages and pages and facts after facts which detail the probable cause that the government had to search Michael Cohen’s home, his hotel room, and his office,” Rosenberg noted.

“The Fourth Amendment to the Constitution requires that the government have probable cause to search your home, your business, your office, he continued. “Probable cause is the lowest standard in the criminal law, if we want to convict someone at trial, it’s proof beyond a reasonable doubt. If we want to detain them pending trial, it’s clear and convincing evidence. But the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution only requires probable cause — and this is not a technical term — but they had oodles of probable cause.”

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“It’s just remarkable how much stuff they had and how precisely they laid it out in their affidavits for their warrants, and so the president ought to be scared,” he continued. “I understand his reaction. I don’t condone it, but I understand it.”

“There’s a lot of stuff that they have and it seems like in part they’re coming after Individual One — the president of the United States,” he added.

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Bill de Blasio learned of federal investigation — and suspended his 2020 bid the next day: report

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Friday that he was ending his campaign for the Democratic Party presidential nomination.

There may have been more to the timing than previously reported.

"Federal election officials asked Mayor de Blasio for more information about his presidential campaign fundraising after he used a state political action committee to pay for expenses related to the bid – seemingly against the law," the New York Daily News reported Friday. "The Federal Election Commission demanded that de Blasio 2020 clarify a debt the campaign owed his NY Fairness PAC in a letter Thursday – the day before Hizzoner dropped out of the race."

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White House Counsel busted working to keep whistleblower report from Congress: report

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President Donald Trump's White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.

"The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president," The Washington Post reported Friday. "The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint."

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Watch Ex-CIA official break down the ‘three crimes’ Trump committed if Ukraine scandal is true

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President Donald Trump could be charged with committing three federal crimes if the whistleblower reports involving the White House seeking campaign interference from Ukraine are correct.

MSNBC "Deadline: White House" anchor Nicolle Wallace interviewed Jeremy Bash on Friday -- and worried about the safety of the whistleblower.

"The stakes could not be any higher, the risk to his career -- or her career -- and reputation and perhaps legal standing could not be any higher for this whistleblower. That's why we’re glad to be joined by national security analyst, former chief of staff of the CIA and Department of Defense, someone I wanted to talk to about this story all week, Jeremy Bash," Wallace said.

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