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Trump’s allies want Mueller to appear before Congress so they can unleash their attack-dog lawmakers on him: report

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Top defenders of President Donald Trump are “itching” to cross-examine Robert Mueller after the former special counsel’s first public statement resulted in a wave of support for impeachment proceedings.

“President Trump’s close advisers are increasingly pining for Robert Mueller to be dragged before Congress and subjected to conservative lawmakers’ questions about the conduct and outcome of his investigation,” The Daily Beast reported Thursday.

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Trump’s allies point to three members they think will effectively question the former prosecutor, including Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL). All three are reportedly members of the House Freedom Caucus, which is chaired by Meadows.

The three also have reputations of being some of the most abrasive members of Congress.

“If they allow Meadows and Jordan and few of the others there, they’ll eviscerate him more than they did Michael Cohen,” predicted Rudy Giuliani, the former Mayor of New York City who spends his time as Trump’s unpaid television lawyer.

Fox News personality and unofficial Trump advisor Sean Hannity agreed.

“If you are wondering whether or not Mueller is open to transparency [and] accountability in this deeply flawed investigation, think again,” Hannity said. “Oh, Bob Mueller does not want to answer questions [from] Jim Jordan, Mark Meadows, Matt Gaetz, and other Republicans.”

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Mueller, for his part, does not think his testimony is necessary.

“The report is my testimony,” Mueller said on Wednesday.

Read the full report.

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French hospital halts trials of Trump-promoted COVID-19 drug due to worries about heart failure

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President Donald Trump's promotion of hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19 has drawn criticism from medical experts who say much more work needs to be done before anyone can say it's effective at stopping the disease.

And now one hospital in France has stopped its testing of hydroxychloroquine on COVID-19 patients over worries that the drug poses a "toxic risk" to people who have weakened hearts.

French newspaper Nice Matin reports that Nice University Hospital "immediately stopped" its use of hydroxychloroquine in patients who exhibit "major risks" of suffering heart failure due to the drug.

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Economist who hoped for ‘V-shaped’ recovery now predicting a prolonged downturn even worse than the Great Recession

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Tim Bartik is among the economists who has described the type of “V-shaped” economic recovery he would like to see in the United States following the coronavirus pandemic. Ideally, Bartik has asserted, all the businesses that have been shut down by the pandemic would reopen quickly when it’s safe to do so and put millions of Americans back to work. But journalist Andy Balaskovitz, in an article published in MiBiz on April 8, explains why Bartik (a senior economist at the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research in Kalamazoo, Michigan) now believes that predictions of a “V-shaped recovery” are wishful thinking — and why Americans are in for a lot of economic pain in the months ahead.

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‘Recipe for disaster’: Officials in Florida city say they face ‘unimaginable’ potential death from COVID-19

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Officials in the Florida city of Hialeah are warning that they are uniquely vulnerable to the COVID-19 pandemic and face the possibility of "unimaginable" death from the disease.

In interviews with The Daily Beast, the officials explained how their large population of senior citizens is at grave risk if Hialeah erupts as a major COVID-19 hotspot.

"I think it is going to get a lot worse," Hialeah Councilman Jesus Tundidor tells The Daily Beast. “The experts have been telling us to expect a peak [in Florida] near the end of the month. As we get more testing sites up and running, the more positive cases we will see. And that will create more fear."

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