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Reporters ‘absolutely must’ ask Barr these 7 questions at Mueller report press conference: Ex-prosecutor

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The former chief prosecutor of the organized crime and racketeering unit for the Southern District of New York on Wednesday laid out the critical questions reporters must ask Attorney General Bill Barr at his Thursday morning press conference.

Pace Law distinguished fellow in criminal justice Mimi Rocah, who is also a legal analyst for MSNBC, published her list in reply to a question on Twitter.

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“Not that the reporters (necessarily) need the help, but can we groupthink a short list of 3-5 questions they absolutely must ask Barr?” Twitter user McDeereUSA posted.

“Why isn’t Mueller at the press conference?” Rocah asked. “Was he invited to participate?”

Rocah also had a series of questions on redactions.

“Who from his team participated in the redaction process? Were there written or oral guidelines given on what to redact and if so what were they? When were the redactions complete?” she listed.

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“You could have moved to have the whole report unsealed pursuant to 6e (absent on-going investigations & classified information). You indicated early on that you wouldn’t. Why wouldn’t you want people to see as much of the report as possible?” she continued.

“Definitely (as others have suggested) — how did you define ‘secret grand jury information’ and why did you define it that way?” Rocah added.

She was also focused on how the investigation concluded.

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“Why did the investigation end when it did? Who decided that? Did Mueller say he was ready to stop?” Rocah added.

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Sondland was going to testify Trump gave the impression they should coordinate with Giuliani on Ukraine: report

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European Union Ambassador Gordon Sondland is slated to give testimony Thursday to the House committees on President Donald Trump's Ukraine scandal.

Sondland was slated to tell investigators that Trump gave him the impression that he and two other officials should coordinate with the president's personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, The New York Times said in an explosive report Wednesday.

"That command effectively created a foreign policy back channel that cut the State Department and National Security Council out of deliberations involving a pivotal ally against Russia," The Times reported.

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Trump’s lawyers are trying to tell Appeals Court they actually won the taxes lawsuit — but are still appealing

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President Donald Trump's lawyers sent out a bizarre letter to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, making the case that they actually won their case to keep the president's taxes a secret. It's an odd take given that they're filing for an appeal.

Oct. 7, a federal judge dismissed Trump's efforts in a 75-page opinion calling the White House claim "extraordinary."

U.S. District Judge Victor Marrero explained that no occupant of the White House enjoys "absolute immunity from criminal process of any kind." Such a position "would constitute an overreach of executive power."

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Nate Silver claps back at right-wing pollster for accusing him of fraud

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One of the worst-performing national pollsters in the 2018 election cycle was Rasmussen Reports, a right-leaning outfit that is consistently the only one to show President Donald Trump with a net positive approval rating. In 2018, Rasmussen showed Republicans leading the generic congressional ballot by 1 point — but Democrats won the popular vote by 8.4 points.

Nonetheless, Rasmussen is proud of its methodology and particularly irritated when polling analyst and FiveThirtyEight founder Nate Silver points out their inaccuracy. Over the past two weeks, they have twice accused him of "fraud" and characterized his analyses as "corrupt."

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