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Ex-prosecutor schools Robert Mueller on how he could have dragged Trump into court on criminal conspiracy charges

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On Saturday, former prosecutor and Georgetown Law School professor Paul Butler told MSNBC’s Joy Reid that if he had been in special counsel Robert Mueller’s shoes, and wanted to charge President Donald Trump with a crime, he would have reminded the jury of one of the president’s most damning behind-closed-doors moments.

“I think a bold, gutsy prosecutor would have charged President Trump with conspiracy to defraud the United States,” said Butler. “Bob Mueller is not that prosecutor. He’s very cautious. He only brings cases that are slam dunks, which is why he wins all of his cases.”

“If I were prosecuting the case, my opening statement would have started, ‘Ladies and gentleman of the jury, when President Trump learned that there was an investigation, he didn’t say, that’s crazy, but I’m glad because my good name will be cleared. What he said was that, there’s a criminal investigation of me for working with the Russians to get elected, then that’s that the end of my presidency, I’m f-ed.'”

“That’s not what an innocent person says, and that’s exactly why he got so busy obstructing the investigation those ten different times. Because he was properly concerned that if there was a thorough investigation of his efforts to work with the Russians to get elected, that he would be in deep trouble.”

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Democrats are on the verge of setting a ‘time bomb’ for any candidate who can defeat Trump

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If a new president takes over the White House in January 2021, he or she may quickly find that the Democratic Party that just won control of the executive branch left a loaded gun in the hands of the Republicans, who are all too eager to use it.

That should be the takeaway from reports about the budget negotiations between the House Democrats and the Trump administration. According to Bloomberg reporter Sahil Kapur, the parties are coalescing around an agreement to raise spending by $350 billion, offset that increase somewhat with about $75 billion, and extend the debt ceiling — now set to expire in the fall — to July 31, 2021.

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State Sen. Royce West enters Democratic primary to challenge John Cornyn

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State Sen. Royce West made it official Monday: He’s running for U.S. Senate, joining a crowded and unsettled Democratic primary in the race to unseat Republican John Cornyn.

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Former NASA flight director Chris Kraft dies at 95

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NASA's first flight director Chris Kraft, who played a critical role in the American space race, has died just days after 50th anniversary celebrations for the first Moon landing, the agency said.

The 95-year-old joined NASA in 1958 and developed the planning and control processes needed for crewed space missions, creating the agency's Mission Control operations that were used to manage the first US manned spaceflight and the Apollo missions to the Moon.

"America has truly lost a national treasure today with the passing of one of NASA's earliest pioneers," said agency chief Jim Bridenstine in a statement announcing Kraft's death on Monday.

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