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Did McConnell know Trump Jr. was issued a subpoena two weeks ago when he declared Mueller ‘case closed?’

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) this week declared “case closed” regarding the Trump campaign’s interactions with Russian operatives — but days later, it was revealed that the Senate Intelligence Committee slapped Donald Trump Jr. with a subpoena to testify about plans for Trump Tower Moscow.

What makes this sequence of events notable is that CNN’s Jeremy Herb is now reporting that the Senate subpoena for Trump Jr. was actually issued “more than two weeks ago,” which presumably means that it didn’t come as a surprise to Trump Jr. on Wednesday when reports of the subpoena began to surface.

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This also opens up questions of whether McConnell knew that the Senate committee led by Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) had already subpoenaed Trump Jr. for further testimony when he publicly stated that it was time to move on from investigating the Trump campaign’s contacts with Russian operatives.


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Investigative reporter David Cay Johnston explains when you’ll see Trump get indicted

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Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter David Cay Johnston appeared Thursday on CNN, where he explained when he believed President Donald Trump would be indicted.

After receiving a subpoena from New York prosecutors last year, Deutsche Bank reportedly handed over detailed records about their dealings with Trump, according to the New York Times. The subpoena indicates that the investigation of Trump's family business is more expansive than previously thought.

"Prosecutors already have the basic tax information on Donald Trump. Your state tax return is virtually identical to your federal return, and the IRS shares tax information with the state," Johnston explained to CNN host Brianna Keilar.

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‘Trump is scared’ and ‘literally does not appear to understand’ what is going on around him: White House reporter

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Writing in The Bulwark this Thursday, Playboy Magazine White House correspondent Brian Karem says that President Trump is losing the "strength and vigor" that carried him to an election win in 2016, especially in the wake of recently being "eviscerated" by Chris Wallace of Fox News and Jonathan Swan of Axios.

The interviews "not only exposed how unprepared Trump is for the long-interview format, but how unfamiliar and unrelatable he remains to facts," Karem writes. "He literally does not appear to understand them."

There was a time when a blusterous Trump would pick fights with reporters, but now he can "barely muster the get-up-and-go to turn the page on the briefing notes that he pretty obviously hasn’t looked at before lumbering to the podium," Karem writes.

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‘Political theater’: Analyst explains why Ted Cruz’s hearing on violence at protests was a deceptive farce

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On Tuesday, August 4, Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas chaired a U.S. Senate hearing that was named “The Right of the People Peaceably to Assemble: Protecting Speech by Stopping Anarchist Violence.” The far-right Republican, during the hearing, claimed that “anarchist violence” and Antifa have been out of control at the George Floyd protests. Journalist Natasha Lennard, in an article published by The Intercept on August 5, dissects Cruz’ “political theater” and lays out some reasons why the hearing was a embarrassing farce.

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