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Rosenstein accused by ex-federal prosecutor of running interference for Trump during Mueller investigation

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On Saturday, the Washington Post reported that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had to both mollify an often angry Trump in order to keep his job, while protecting the Mueller probe.

Speaking with MSNBC host Phillip Mena, former federal prosecutor Mimi Rocah criticized Rosenstein for the conflict of interest inherent in his position. Asked if Rosenstein should have discussed an ongoing investigation with the president about the president, Rocah was unsparing.

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“Frankly, no prosecutor or someone in charge of an investigation would or should talk about it with the subject,” Rocah explained. “His informing Trump that he wasn’t a target, I think he can technically explain that was true because Trump could not be indicted, so technically he was not a target. But phrases like ‘I can land the plane” and ‘I give credibility,’  like he was begging to keep his job basically.”

“So the question is not only what did he say to Trump, but what did he then do in the rest of the course of the investigation and its wrap-up to make sure that Trump was pleased with him to keep this job he so badly apparently wanted,” she continued. “And you have to be willing to walk away on principle as necessary, so we need to know now and Rosenstein now needs to testify again, as does [Robert] Mueller and as does [Attorney General Bill] Barr.”

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Louisiana Democrat re-elected governor — despite Trump’s rallies for the Republican candidate

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The Associated Press has called the Lousiana's governor's race for incumbent Democrat John Bel Edwards.

Edwards triumphed over Republican businessman Eddie Rispone, who called to concede.

The outcome is another major political loss for President Donald Trump, who had held multiple campaign rallies for Rispone.

During his most recent rally, Trump begged the crowd to give him a "big win" in the election.

Eddie Rispone has conceded the #lagov race to Gov. John Bel Edwards, giving the Democrat four more years in ruby red Louisiana despite Trump’s best efforts to flip the seat. Edwards camp says Rispone called minutes ago to concede. #lagov #lalege

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Press secretary says it is ‘dangerous for the country’ to question whether she is putting out honest info

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Press secretary Stephanie Grisham on Saturday argued it was "dangerous for the country" for anyone to challenge the veracity of her claims.

Grisham made her argument after President Donald Trump went to Walter Reed Hospital for an unannounced doctor's visit, resulting in a great deal of speculation.

Following the visit, Grisham claimed Trump was "healthy" and "without complaints" -- a claim many found unlikely as the president has spent a good deal of time as president airing his many grievances.

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Sondland used WhatsApp to communicate with Ukraine — and won’t turn over the messages: report

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Ambassador Gordon Sondland used WhatsApp to send encrypted messages to a top Ukranian official, The Washington Post reported Saturday.

The communication occurred with Andriy Yermak, a top aide to President Volodymr Zelensky, when Sondland was in Kyiv, the newspaper reported.

"Sondland was also texting back and forth on WhatsApp with Yermak throughout the trip, and had been communicating with other Ukrainian officials over the messaging app in the preceding and subsequent months, according to people familiar with his interactions," The Post reported.

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