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Mueller prepared an obstruction indictment on Trump: bombshell Michael Wolff book

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An explosive new book claims that special counsel Robert Mueller had drafted an obstruction of justice indictment against President Donald Trump during his probe of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

The Guardian reports that Wolff’s upcoming book will claim that Mueller “drew up a three-count obstruction of justice indictment against Donald Trump before deciding to shelve it.”

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Wolff claims that his knowledge of this supposed draft indictment is “based on internal documents given to me by sources close to the Office of the Special Counsel.”

According to Wolff, Mueller kept a copy of the indictment — which was purportedly titled, “United States of America against Donald J Trump, Defendant” — on his desk for a year. Wolff writes that the document shows Trump’s obstructive efforts “began on the seventh day of his administration,” starting with “national security adviser Michael Flynn’s lies to the FBI about his contacts with Russian representative[s], to the president’s efforts to have [former FBI director] James Comey protect Flynn, to Comey’s firing, to the president’s efforts to interfere with the special counsel’s investigation, to his attempt to cover up his son and son-in-law’s meeting with Russian governmental agents, to his moves to interfere with Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe’s testimony.”

However, Mueller spokesman Peter Carr tells the Guardian that the documents described in Wolff’s book “do not exist.”

In his final report on the Russia probe, Mueller famously declined to exonerate Trump of obstruction charges, even while declining to formally indict him. As part of his justification for not indicting Trump, Mueller cited Department of Justice policies that state a sitting president cannot be indicted.

However, Mueller’s report also outlined multiple instances in which the president may have obstructed justice, including his attempts to get Mueller fired, his effort to get White House counsel Don McGahn to lie about his orders to fire the special counsel, and his ploys to limit the scope of the special counsel’s investigation.

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Trump lawyers ripped for pushing ‘conspiracy theories written by Russia’ to distract from impeachment trial facts

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President Donald Trump's impeachment defense team was harshly criticized for pushing debunked conspiracy theories to distract from the facts.

Pam Bondi and Eric Herschmann pushed the conspiracy theory, which originated from Russian intelligence, on Monday.

The pair were harshly criticized for the distraction.

Here's some of what people were saying:

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CNN’s Jake Tapper demolishes Rudy Giuliani’s denials by confronting him with his own words

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On Monday, while the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump dragged on, Trump's personal attorney Rudy Giuliani took to Twitter to assert that he never, in fact, was looking for "dirt" on former Vice President Joe Biden and his family:

Jane Raskin is doing a masterful job defending me in my role as defense counsel. As she pointed out, I did not dig up dirt on Joe Biden. The information RE his outrageous criminal conduct was handed to me, along with a video tape, 4 witnesses &...

— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) January 27, 2020

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‘Like watching someone get worked up over a dog show’: Internet mocks ‘corrupt’ Pam Bondi trying to impeach the Bidens

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President Donald Trump's legal team brought up Pam Bondi at the end of the first day, where she proclaimed that the Republicans didn't want to have to address Joe Biden, but they're now forced to because the House brought it up. It was a hilarious claim since it has been the Republican's excuse for Trump breaking the law to begin with.

Bondi was criticized for basically doing what Ukraine refused -- smear the Biden family and put them on trial. But as one professor and legal analyst pointed out, if what the Bidens had done was illegal, Attorney General Bill Barr would have prosecuted them. It's been nearly four years and he still hasn't.

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