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Whenever you see the word ‘substantial’ in the Mueller report it means ‘indictable’: Ex-federal prosecutor

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Former federal prosecutor Cynthia Alksne told MSNBC on Friday that the clear language of the Mueller report shows that, were it not for Department of Justice rules protecting him, President Donald Trump would likely be indicted on multiple counts of obstruction of justice.

“This is basically a prosecutive memo,” Alksne said, characterizing the report. “Repeatedly he uses the term ‘substantial evidence’ to support the claim that Trump tried to get McGahn to fire Mueller, ‘substantial evidence’ that Trump tried to get McGahn to lie about whether or not he tried to fire Mueller, ‘substantial evidence’ about whether or not he tried to get the investigation limited.”

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“Whenever you see that substantial evidence language, that’s basically language that said he could indict but for this rule from the Department of Justice,” she went on, adding that it might be time to review that opinion.

“As I look at this in its entirety, what I see is Mueller saying ‘this is what I would have done,'” Alksne said. “He would have been indicted whenever you see that substantial evidence, but for the OLC memo, and tease it up to Congress to do what they think is appropriate to follow what justice needs.”

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GOP will be ‘aided and abetted’ by Russian bots and trolls defending Trump: Former FBI counter-intel chief

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The former assistant director for counterintelligence at the Federal Bureau of Investigation warned Americans to "hunker down" because Russian intelligence will be repeating Republican talking points.

Frank Figliuzzi was interviewed Thursday by MSNBC's Brian Williams on "The Last Word."

"Frank, Fiona Hill -- who richly deserves it -- has been awarded front page status tomorrow morning on the front page of The New York Times, and I imagine newspapers and websites across this country," Williams noted.

"It was extraordinary today when she -- in effect, begged -- asked, certainly, members of the committee to stop supplying Russian talking points, to stop advancing Russian propaganda in the Congress of the United States," he continued.

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Trump has committed 6 impeachable offenses: Harvard Law’s Laurence Tribe says ‘the evidence is all there’

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Constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe broke down the six impeachable offenses President Donald Trump has committed during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC's "The Last Word" with Lawrence O'Donnell.

Tribe has argued 36 cases before the United States Supreme Court and taught at Harvard Law for 50 years. He co-authored the 2018 book To End a Presidency: The Power of Impeachment with Joshua Matz.

"Everyone was in the loop, it was no secret. That was the testimony from Ambassador Gordon Sondland yesterday as he implicated the president, Secretary of State, White House chief of staff, and former National Security Advisor John Bolton and other administration officials in the plot to bribe the president of Ukraine to publicly launch an investigation into Joe Biden in exchange for U.S. military aid to Ukraine that was authorized by Congress and that the president was withholding," O'Donnell reported.

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Rachel Maddow breaks down how public opinion is catching up with the facts of Trump’s impeachment

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MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow on Thursday broke down how the details from the televised impeachment hearings are being reported in local newspapers.

The host read the headlines from multiple newspapers following the damning testimony by Ambassador Gordon Sondland.

The Los Angels Times headlined, "Sonland implicates president." "Envoy says Trump directed effort," was The Wall Street Journal headline.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch headlined, "'Everyone was in the loop. It was no secret': Defiant Sondland says he followed Trump's orders."

"Trump directed pressure on Ukraine, ambassador says," headlined The Kansas City Star.

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