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Here are 5 questions Robert Mueller must answer during his Congressional hearings

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Former special counsel Robert Mueller will be testifying publicly before Congress on July 17th, the chairs of the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees announced on Tuesday.

The special counsel had fought against testifying but was subpoenaed to compel his attendance.

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Intelligence Committee Chair Adam Schiff (D-CA) made the announcement on Twitter, which uses said was “Finally #MuellerTime.”

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During the questioning, here are five outstanding questions Mueller will expect to be asked.

Why was Donald Trump never questioned?

The special counsel’s office submitted written questions to Trump, who refused to answer every single question involving obstruction of justice. The investigators, however, never had a face-to-face questioning of Trump.

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Expect Mueller to be asked why, especially considering Trump’s mindset was critical for the obstruction of justice investigation detailed in volume two of the report.

Are 1,000 former prosecutors correct that Trump would have been charged were he not president?

Over one thousand former prosecutors have concluded that Donald Trump would have been charged with obstruction of justice were he not the sitting president of the United States.

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Expect Mueller to be asked if he agrees with their prosecutorial judgment on the question.

Is there a sealed indictment for unindicted co-conspirator Trump for the hush money payments?

President Trump was essentially listed as an unindicted co-conspirator in Michael Cohen’s conviction for violating campaign finance law with hush money payments to porn star Stormy Daniels and former Playboy playmate Karen McDougal.

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Mueller should anticipate questions of whether there is a sealed indictment to hold Trump accountable following his time in office.

What happened to the counter-intelligence investigation into Trump?

In 2017, the Federal Bureau of Investigation opened a counter-intelligence investigation into Trump. That investigation, however, has vanished.

Rep. Schiff has said the Intelligence Committee has not been briefed on the investigation for more than a year and it was not listed in the Mueller report.

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Did you intend to leave the prosecutorial decision to AG Barr on obstruction of justice?

Attorney General Bill Barr released a highly-criticized summary of the Mueller report weeks before the redacted report was released.

In the report, Mueller explained that he did not make a prosecutorial decision on charging obstruction of justice because the current Department of Justice rules prevent the indictment of the president.

Barr, however, did make a decision and essentially cleared Trump of obstruction of justice.

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Whether that was the intention of Mueller will likely be a topic of questioning.


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‘The wheels are coming off’: MSNBC panel says Trump told his chief of staff to ‘walk the plank’

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Two MSNBC anchors discussed Thursday's whirlwind day of breaking news in scandals involving President Donald Trump.

The host of "The Rachel Maddow Show" joined Brian Williams on "The 11th Hour" to discuss Trump holding the G7 Summit at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course and the White House acting chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, confessing that there was a quid pro quo with Ukraine -- before attempting to walk back his confession.

"Did things change today, do you think?" Williams asked.

"I do feel like the wheels are coming off," Maddow said.

"For the Energy Secretary [Rick Perry] to resign, you've had two cabinet secretaries resign during the impeachment proceedings already, one of whom, the current one resigning tonight, the Energy Secretary, does appear to be involved in the scheme, at least on a couple of different levels. We have got the White House Chief of Staff who was sent out today, not only to make the, 'Yes, it was quid pro quo. Yes, we did it. What are you going to make of it?' article -- which was bracing, but then to take it back, simultaneously announcing this self-dealing, which is something more blatant than we’ve ever seen from any president in U.S. history," she explained.

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Rick Wilson rips Trump for holding G7 meeting at his ‘South Florida House of Bed Bugs Hotel’

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Republican strategist Rick Willson blasted President Donald Trump after the administration announced that the G7 meeting of world leaders would be held at his Trump National Doral Miami golf course.

Chief of staff and Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney announced the severely under-performing resort would receive the lucrative contract during a contentious White House briefing.

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Trump impersonated a CNN anchor — and a US president — during epic meltdown at Texas speech

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President Donald Trump offered multiple impersonations during a campaign rally in Dallas, Texas on Thursday.

Trump showed the crowd his impersonation of a president of the United States -- and a CNN anchor.

"No guns. No religion. No oil. No natural gas," Trump said. "Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas under those circumstances. Couldn’t do it."

In fact, Abraham Lincoln could not win Texas when he ran for president as the state refused to print any ballots with his name.

He then showed the audience two impersonations as part of his 87-minute speech.

"I used it to say, I can be more presidential. Look," Trump said, as he shuffled awkwardly on stage.

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