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Here’s the biggest mystery the Mueller report left unanswered

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his investigation into President Donald Trump tied up many loose ends — but left another huge one hanging.

The Daily Beast reported Thursday evening that the question hanging over the report’s detailed descriptions of Trump campaign contacts with Russians is why those Russians were so interested in the campaign in the first place.

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“Mueller reaffirmed the intelligence community’s conclusions that the Russian government directed an online campaign of hacking and trolling to help Donald Trump in 2016,” the Beast‘s Adam Rawnsley wrote. “What’s less clear are the intentions of the many Russians who reached out to the Trump campaign offline and whether they were well-connected covert emissaries of the Kremlin or just hucksters trying to latch onto the coattails of a potential president.”

It’s difficult to figure out the motives behind the Russian hangers-on “in part because many of them were a mirror image of their counterparts in Trump World: D-listers in their own political hierarchy for whom the line between state policy and personal gain is unclear,” Rawnsley observed.

The writer noted that although Oleg Deripaska and Konstantin Kilimnik — two of the Russians whose roles in the Trump-Russia saga have long been investigated by prosecutors and reporters alike — may have had nefarious intentions to pass along information to the Kremlin, not all the Russians mentioned in the report did.

Rawnsley noted that when Mueller’s office charged Michael Cohen, he included a “tantalizing” detail about a mysterious person who promised “political synergy” and a meeting with Putin.

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“Stripped of his anonymity, synergy man seems a far less impressive operator,” the writer mused. “Mueller’s final report identifies him as Dmitry Klokov, the director of public relations for a Russian electrical transmission company who had once been a spokesperson for a former Russian energy minister. If he could’ve set up a Putin meeting, he didn’t try very hard—Cohen dumped him after a few phone calls.”

Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who was integral to the infamous Trump Tower meeting, is another question mark that may lead to a dead end.

Though her links to Russian government sources were teased, her clients revealed that her “most pressing” priority was to get rid of sanctions against Russian individuals and companies.

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“So was she representing her clients at that meeting or the broader interests of the Kremlin?” Rawnsley mused. “Mueller doesn’t say, but the bait she offered—unsupported allegations about money laundering she couldn’t connect to Hillary Clinton—was far short of tempting.”


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‘It’s treachery if not treason’: Harvard’s Laurence Tribe destroys Trump’s claim he’s above the law

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Legendary constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe explained the legality of President Donald Trump's claim to be above the law during a Thursday evening appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

The host played a notorious clip of Trump.

"I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose any voters. Okay? It’s like incredible," Trump argued.

"And now he has gone beyond that," O'Donnell noted. "Now the president is sayin, 'I could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot someone and I cannot be prosecuted for that crime. Or any crime.'"

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Marine Corps unit busted planning to hold a party at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort: report

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President Donald Trump is facing yet another corruption scandal after a Marine Corps unit was caught planning to hold a party at the commander-in-chief's Mar-a-Lago resort.

"At a time when taxpayer and foreign-government spending at Trump Organization properties is fueling political battles, a U.S. Marine Corps reserve unit stationed in South Florida hopes to hold an annual ball at a venue that could profit the commander-in-chief," the Miami Herald reported Thursday.

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Internet blown away by Giuliani’s ‘pants-sh*tting panic’ freak out on CNN’s Cuomo

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Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani received harsh reviews of his Thursday evening appearance on CNN with anchor Chris Cuomo.

Many people worried about Giuliani's mental health after watching the interview.

Here is some of what people were saying about Trump's defense attorney.

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