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Here are 11 things to look for when Bill Barr finally drops the Mueller report

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s highly anticipated report is expected to be issued this week in redacted form by Attorney General William Barr, and election law expert laid out some of the key findings to focus on.

Rick Hasen, a professor of law and political science at University of California, Irvine, tweeted out a list of “what to expect when you’re expecting the (redacted) Mueller report, riffing on the title of a best-selling advice book for pregnant women and their partners.

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Hasen said he was hoping to learn how much cooperation there was between Russians and other foreign agents who hacked the Democratic National Committee, tried to crack into American voter registration databases or spread “dirt” on Hillary Clinton — which Donald Trump Jr. gleefully hoped to get from a Russian attorney in an infamous Trump Tower meeting.

“Were any American cooperators with Russian agents somehow connected to the Trump campaign or the Trump family?” Hasen asked. “Alternatively, to what extent were campaign/family members duped by foreign agents?”

The law professor hoped Mueller had examined the success of hacks into election-connected computers, and offered advice on preventing future attacks — but Hasen was especially interested in why Mueller chose not to indict any Americans with spreading disinformation against Clinton.

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“If Americans cooperated with Russians in procuring/spreading opposition research, why did Mueller not charge any Americans with any crime in this area?” he asked.

Hasen also hoped the special counsel’s report answered big questions on Trump and obstruction of justice.

“Does Mueller use any language suggesting that a reasonable prosecutor acting in her discretion could have charged President Trump with obstruction but for DOJ policy against indicting a sitting President?” he said. “Does Mueller point to specific evidence Congress might consider in pursuing possible impeachment charges against Trump based upon obstruction?”

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Hasen said the full report might open up some big questions about the attorney general and his actions after receiving Mueller’s findings.

“To what extent does it look like AG Barr is trying to protect Trump and/or his family (such as Don. Jr.) or make it impossible to evaluate Mueller’s reasoning and/or evidence?” he said. “This is key.”


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Trump is facing massive criticism for his attacks on young women of color in Congress

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US President Donald Trump came under fire from Democrats and even some members of his own Republican Party on Monday after launching an extraordinary xenophobic attack on four progressive Democratic congresswomen.

"All they do is complain," Trump told reporters at a White House event featuring products "Made in America."

"These are people that hate our country," he said of the four lawmakers. "If you're not happy here, you can leave."

Trump also accused the four first-term congresswomen -- who are of Hispanic, Arab, Somali and African American origin -- of having "love" for US "enemies like Al-Qaeda."

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Trump’s campaign is spending massively at his own businesses — and even more on lawyers

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President Donald Trump's 2020 re-election campaign filed their latest campaign finance reports on Monday.

Anna Massoglia, a researcher at the money in politics watchdog group Open Secrets, dissected the numbers and made two startling discoveries.

In the three months covered, from April through June, Trump's campaign and affiliated joint fundraising committees spent $326,094.24 at Trump businesses, including six figures at both Mar-a-Lago and Trump Hotel DC.

Trump's campaign also spent over $1.3 million on legal bills. He spent approximately $7 million on legal bills in 2018, Massoglia noted.

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Trump is ‘one pointy white hat shy of a Klan rally’: GOP strategist Rick Wilson ripped Trump as a ‘flagrant racist’ on MSNBC

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Republican strategy ripped President Donald Trump for being a "flagrant racist" during a Monday night appearance on MSNBC.

Lawrence O'Donnell interviewed Wilson about Trump's latest nativist attacks on young women of color in Congress.

"Rick Wilson, is this a campaign strategy? Is this Donald Trump and his campaign advisers thinking, well, our only hope is going for the voters we already have and energizing them and getting them to come and squeak out that electoral formula once again?" O'Donnell asked.

"Absolutely, Lawrence. As everyone else stated on the show, it’s been obvious for a long time from the long arc of his dad to redling to the Central Park Five to birtherism to this stuff today, this guy, he's racist adjacent in of the best day of his life," Wilson is explained.

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