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Adam Schiff excoriates Michael Flynn’s refusal to cooperate with House Intel Committee

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In a letter released this Monday, House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff took former national security adviser Michael Flynn to task for refusing to cooperate with the Committee, POLITICO reports.

“Notwithstanding repeated efforts by committee staff to engage with your counsel and accommodate your adjournment requests, you have, to date, failed to comply with the committee’s subpoena or cooperate with the committee’s efforts to secure your compliance,” Schiff wrote, adding that Flynn’s new lawyer, Sydney Powell, exhibited “a troubling degree of unprofessionalism” with Committee staffers.

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Schiff’s letter went on to state that Powell “refused to accept service” of a subpoena issued by the Committee in June, saying that he repeatedly sought to push back deadlines and ignored phone calls intended to schedule his client’s testimony for late July.

According to Schiff, Powell said that Flynn would invoke the 5th Amendment and refuse to answer questions.

“The Fifth Amendment privilege must be invoked in response to specific questions or topics that might tend to incriminate you if answered truthfully,” Schiff wrote. “Your counsel’s blanket invocation of the Fifth Amendment … is, therefore, inadequate.”

As POLITICO points out, Powell is a vocal critic of the Mueller investigation, a regular fixture on Fox News, and has made a litany of unsubstantiated allegations against Mueller’s team.

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Flynn pleaded guilty this December to lying to Congress about his contacts with Russia’s ambassador just before Trump took office. Flynn initially cooperated with Mueller’s investigation, but shifted strategy when he fired his legal team and took on Powell.

Featured image via Gage Skidmore/Brookings Institution (Flickr)

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Trump unravels over Ukraine call in extensive thread– then blames Democrats

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President Donald Trump continued to unravel over the call he had with Ukraine on July 25.

"This Scam going on right now by the Democrats against the Republican Party, and me, was all about a perfect phone call I had with the Ukrainian President. He’s already stated, NO PRESSURE! Where is the Whistleblower, or the 2nd Whistleblower, or the “informant?” All gone because their so-called story didn’t come even close to matching up with the exact transcript of the phone call. Was it a Corrupt Adam Schiff con? Why didn’t the IG see this? When do we depose Shifty Schiff to find out why he fraudulently made up my phone call and read this fiction to Congress and the American People? I demand his deposition. He is a fraud, just like the Russia Hoax was, and the Ukraine Hoax is now. When do the Do Nothing Democrats pay a price for what they are doing to our Country, & when do the Republicans finally fight back?"

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Trump is furious over news coverage of Mick Mulvaney’s flub — and he’s growing ‘increasingly frustrated and agitated’

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President Donald Trump is watching Mick Mulvaney going down on cable news, said one political analyst on CNN Sunday. The criticism of the chief of staff came after Trump spent the weekend watching media coverage of Mulvaney's flub, the network reported.

"Trump has voraciously consumed news coverage about Mulvaney and has become more agitated," the source said according to the report. "Specifically, the President is concerned, according to the source, that Mulvaney is not transitioning enough to the role he is in now -- helping to lead the impeachment inquiry defense from the West Wing."

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Trump lashes out at Pelosi for going to Jordan to fix his Syria flub

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President Donald Trump tweeted his anger about Speaker Nancey Pelosi (D-CA) taking a delegation of leaders to Jordan to meet with those working on Syria.

"Pelosi is now leading a delegation of 9, including Corrupt Adam Schiff, to Jordan to check out Syria. She should find out why Obama drew The Red Line In the Sand, & then did NOTHING, losing Syria & all respect. I did something, 58 missiles. One million died under Obama’s mistake!" Trump tweeted Sunday.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1186016354572353536

Vice President Mike Pence went to Turkey last week to attempt to negotiate a ceasefire, but what he ended up with was 120-hour freeze on bombing Kurds.

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