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Trump ‘expected’ to tell McGahn to ignore a congressional subpoena: report

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President Donald Trump is “expected” to tell former White House counsel Don McGahn to ignore a subpoena from the House of Representatives in a bid to prevent his public testimony, the New York Times reports.

McGahn was subpoenaed to attend a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday, but now that appearance is in doubt because of Trump’s maneuvering to block his former White House counsel from testifying, the Times writes.

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“The White House plans to provide Mr. McGahn, who left the post last year, with a legal opinion from the Justice Department to justify his defying the subpoena,” the publication’s source claims.

The Times report goes on to note that “if Mr. McGahn does not appear before the committee on Tuesday, he risks a contempt of Congress citation,” while if “he defies the White House, Mr. McGahn could not only damage his own career in Republican politics but also put his law firm, Jones Day, at risk of having the president urge his allies to withhold their business.”

McGahn has emerged as a key witness in special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into whether Trump obstructed justice. The former White House counsel testified under oath to Mueller’s team that the president instructed him to fire the special counsel — and he then asked McGahn to issue a public statement falsely denying that he had ever told Mueller of Trump’s attempts to fire him.


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Lev Parnas’s lawyer declared ‘open war’ on AG Bill Barr during Maddow interview: attorney

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The attorney for Rudy Giuliani associate Lev Parnas appears to be using a novel legal strategy, attorney Luppe Luppen explained on Friday.

Joseph Bondy, the attorney for Parnas, was interviewed Friday evening by Rachel Maddow, following the day's end of the Senate impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Luppen, who offers legal analysis on his popular @nycsouthpaw Twitter account, came to a conclusion that seemed to surprise him after watching the interview.

"I’ve never seen a lawyer sit on a cable panel show and make that much news," Luppen wrote.

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Democratic prosecutors wrap up case against Trump

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Democratic prosecutors on Friday wrapped up three days of arguments for seeking Donald Trump's removal from office, as the US president's lawyers prepared to take their turn presenting his defense in the Senate's historic impeachment trial.

For a final eight-hour stretch, the 100 senators listened as Democrats argued that Trump abused the power of the presidency in pressuring Ukraine to launch investigations that would help him politically and then sought to block efforts by Congress to investigate.

Democrats said they had met the burden of proof as they warned Republicans that Trump would remain a grave danger to the nation if left in office.

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‘Give me a break’: Internet unleashes on ‘snowflakes’ Susan Collins and Lisa Murkowski for complaint about Schiff

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CNN's Manu Raju revealed after the Senate adjourned that Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) audibly disputed Rep. Adam Schiff's (D-CA) quotation of a CBS News report threatening senators.

"She shook her head and said, 'No they didn't. No, that's not true,'" Raju reported.

Sens. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Jim Risch (R-ID) Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and John Barrasso also said that the report was false.

https://twitter.com/GriffinConnolly/status/1220891285910892544

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