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A major development in Roger Stone’s case may explain why Mueller is finally resigning

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While the substance of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s remarks on Wednesday are receiving the bulk of the press’s attention, there’s a curious question that arose from his statement that has yet to be answered: Why did Mueller only resign now?

Mueller had officially concluded his investigation on March 22, when he delivered the final version of his report to Attorney General William Barr. After that, Mueller stayed on at the Justice Department, it seemed, to help oversee the release of the report, reportedly helping redact significant sensitive portions of text. But once the report was released on April 18, it wasn’t clear what work was left for Mueller to do. It was only on Wednesday, more than two months after completing the report, that Mueller officially announced his resignation.

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Another development Wednesday in a key case that had been under Mueller’s purview suggested a possible explanation for his final departure date. As CNN reported, a former Mueller prosecutor, Aaron Zelinsky, revealed in court Wednesday that a witness tied to Roger Stone has finally agreed to testify before the grand jury.

Stone is currently awaiting trial for the charges Mueller brought against him, which include lying to Congress, obstructing justice and intimidating a witness in the course of the Russia investigation. But there have been hints that there may be other charges looming over Stone, the most prominent hint being Mueller’s effort to get his associate, Andrew Miller, to testify before the grand jury.

Miller had long refused to testify, and he was held in contempt by Judge Beryl Howell for his refusal, but he has been appealing the decision. Now, it was revealed in court, Miller has agreed to testify on Friday. This suggests, though it is far from certain, that new charges might be coming against Stone. Zelinsky spoke privately with the judge on Wednesday to explain why Miller’s testimony was still needed.

The Miller testimony was one of the outstanding threads in Mueller’s investigation that was still pending when reports first suggested that the Russia probe was wrapping up. Mueller seemed to intensely value the testimony, going to aggressive lengths to force Miller to testify. It’s possible that the special counsel has had some role in the ongoing efforts to get Miller to testify, and once that he had finally agreed to appear before the grand jury, Mueller concluded it was time to step down.

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However, as Vox’s Andrew Prokop noted on Twitter, there’s another outstanding thread in the investigation that has yet to be resolved. Mueller subpoenaed a company owned by a foreign country in the course of his investigation, and the company fought the subpoena all the way to the Supreme Court, where its appeals were denied. We still do not know what will become of that case, or even which country is implicated.

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Here’s why Jeffrey Epstein surrounded himself with scientists

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The list of confidants and friends who were fêted by the late financier and alleged sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein included a number of prominent scientists. Among the eye-popping names that appeared on the list: the late cosmologist Stephen Hawking, Nobel-winning physicist Murray Gell-Mann, evolutionary biologist Stephen Jay Gould, physicist Frank Wilczek, neurologist Oliver Sacks, and geneticist George M. Church.

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Trump just humiliated his own son with an absurd tweet about Greenland

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President Donald Trump confirmed multiple reports this weekend when he said that he does, indeed, hope to buy Greenland and make it part of the United States.

Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen has said that the country, which is part of the Kingdom of Denmark, is “not for sale”: “Greenland belongs to Greenland.” Which should be the end of the story. Unfortunately, it’s not.

On Monday, Trump sent the following tweet, apparently trying to quell suspicions that the president just regards Greenland as another place to expand his business empire:

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Trump’s resolve on background checks ‘substantially softened’ after call from NRA’s Wayne LaPierre: NYT

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President Donald Trump has reversed his promises to fight for gun control, The New York Times reported Monday.

"Days after a pair of deadly mass shootings in Texas and Ohio, President Trump said he was prepared to endorse what he described as 'very meaningful background checks' that would be possible because of his 'greater influence now over the Senate and over the House,'" the newspaper reported.

"But after discussions with gun rights advocates during his two-week working vacation in Bedminster, N.J. — including talks with Wayne LaPierre, the chief executive of the National Rifle Association — Mr. Trump’s resolve appears to have substantially softened, and he has reverted to reiterating the conservative positions on the gun issue he has espoused since the 2016 campaign," The Times reported.

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