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REVEALED: Trump loyalist’s notes show White House lawyers feared president obstructed justice

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Notes taken by a Trump loyalist in the White House gave special counsel Robert Mueller important insights into how the White House’s own lawyers worried that he was obstructing justice.

The Washington Post reports that Annie Donaldson, who served as former White House counsel Don McGahn’s chief of staff, took copious notes of her boss’s interactions with the president and they showed how McGahn frequently had to stop the president from taking actions he believed could lead to obstruction of justice charges.

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For example, reports the Post, at one point “McGahn warned the president that some of the actions he took — such as asking Comey to let go of his investigation of Flynn — could make him vulnerable to accusations of obstruction of justice.”

The notes also indicate that White House lawyers were very fearful of the fallout that would happen if Trump fired former FBI Director James Comey, especially given the fact that the FBI at the time was investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Bob Bauer, who served as White House counsel to former President Barack Obama, tells the Post that he’s never seen White House attorneys have to take such extraordinary actions to rein in a president.

“It is impossible to imagine that these extensive notes were taken for any reason other than to document questionable presidential conduct and the counsel’s office response,” he said. “It speaks volumes to the extraordinary challenges facing lawyers in this White House, and it raises the question: If this is what is necessary for lawyers to do their job, then how is it a job the lawyers should agree to do?”

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Trump wants to add Alan Dershowitz to his impeachment legal team: report

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According to a report from ABC, Donald Trump wants to add controversial lawyer Alan Dershowitz to his impeachment legal team.

The reports states the president and his advisers are looking for help as he faces an impeachment trial in the Senate and the president wants the former law professor on his team.

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REVEALED: DOJ’s Horowitz is still investigating FBI leaks to Trump campaign days before 2016 election

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The Department of Justice inspector general told the Senate Wednesday that his office is still investigating apparent leaks from the FBI’s New York field office about the Hillary Clinton email investigation to Rudy Giuliani.Sen. Pat Leahy, D-Vt., asked DOJ IG Michael Horowitz about the investigation during Horowitz's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

"Rudy Giuliani and others appeared to receive highly sensitive leaks from the New York FBI field office, leaks that likely contributed to Director Comey's public announcement he was reopening the Clinton investigation days before the election," Leahy said. "What can you tell us about the New York field office's leaks to Rudolph Giuliani and others?"

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Russia paid Giuliani associate $1 million in September: prosecutors

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Lev Parnas, the associate of Rudy Giuliani who has been indicted as part of an alleged campaign finance scheme, misled the government in his bail proceedings and hid the fact that he recently received $1 million from a Russian bank, prosecutors said Wednesday in a new court filing.

The prosecutors asked that Parnas have his bail revoked and that he enter the government's custody, arguing that he poses a serious flight risk.

In addition to omitting the money he allegedly received from Russia, prosecutors said Parnas failed to reveal either the full payment amount he recently received from a law firm or the money he had in an escrow account, tied to a $4.5 million property he intended on buying.

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