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Donald Trump's former personal lawyer says that he thinks the ex-president will try to make Rudy Giuliani the scapegoat for any potential criminal charges that could result from the FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago.
Michael Cohen told CNN's Don Lemon that "the next scapegoat is going to be Rudy 'Collude-y' Giuliani."
"I believe that everybody likes a bargain, but Donald Trump really likes a bargain," Cohen said. "And I believe that Rudy is like a BOGO — Buy one, get one half off. They're going to throw him under the bus for Mar-a-Lago. And at the same time, they're going to throw him under the bus for Georgia."
Giuliani is currently the target of a criminal probe in Georgia regarding the 2020 election.
Cohen called Trump "Captain Chaos" and said the former his usual tactic is to "throw as much at the American public that he can in order to confuse them."
"He truly believes that the American public has like a two-day — maybe, if you're bright, a three-day window of remembering what's going on," he said.
Cohen added that Trump is likely a little bit scared.
"He's scared of the documents that they now have possession and control over because this is documentary evidence," Cohen said. "This is evidence that they can use against him."
Fox host Steve Doocy reminds GOP senator that DOJ is keeping evidence sealed in case Trump is innocent
"Fox & Friends" host Steve Doocy gently corrected Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC) on basic facts about criminal investigations during a segment on the FBI search of Donald Trump's home.
Investigators carried out a search warrant last week at Mar-A-Lago and seized 11 sets of top-secret documents the former president may have illegally taken from the White House, and the South Carolina Republican demanded the Department of Justice release the evidence justifying the search.
"Merrick Garland refuses to cooperate in releasing all the information necessary to understand what happened," Scott said.
Doocy, however, pushed back by reminding Scott that investigators hold back some of that evidence to protect the target of their investigation -- in this case, Trump.
"The senator knows that in a criminal investigation like this they don't release it until they've figured out whether somebody's going to be charged or not," Doocy said, "and if they're not charged, they don't release it so they do not unfairly tarnish the reputation of an innocent person."
The warrant and related materials, unsealed by a Florida judge last week, showed FBI agents took away with them a significant amount of classified files after the raid, which ignited a political firestorm in an already bitterly divided country.
The extraordinary search was partly based on suspicions of violations of the US Espionage Act related to the illegal retention of sensitive defense documents, the warrant showed.
Some of the papers were marked "top secret" and were "meant to be only available in special government facilities," said the unsealed seven-page federal court filing.
The filing contained a list of items removed from Mar-a-Lago, including information about the "President of France," and the warrant to search the palatial estate in Palm Beach.
The Washington Post on Thursday cited anonymous sources close to the investigation as saying classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the papers sought during the raid.
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\u201cFox News' Steve Doocy responds to Sen. Scott (R-SC) attacking AG Garland for not releasing all info on the Mar-a-Lago search:\n\n\u201cThe senator knows that in a criminal investigation ... they don\u2019t release it until they\u2019ve figured out whether or not somebody\u2019s going to be charged.\u201d\u201d— The Recount (@The Recount) 1660658142
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Polish firefighters said Tuesday they had recovered 100 tons of dead fish from the Oder river running through Germany and Poland, deepening concerns of an environmental disaster.
"We'd never had an operation of this scope on a river before," said Monika Nowakowska-Drynda from the national firefighter press office.
She confirmed that around 100 tonnes (220,500 pounds) of dead fish had been recovered since Friday.
The cause of death is uncertain, though officials believe the fish are likely to have been poisoned.
"Probably enormous quantities of chemical waste was dumped into the river in full knowledge of the risk and consequences," Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said last week.
Water samples have been sent to laboratories in the Czech Republic, the Netherlands and Britain in the hopes of finding the cause.
The first reports of mass fish deaths were made by Polish locals and anglers as early as July 28.
German officials have accused Polish authorities of failing to inform them about the deaths, and were taken by surprise when the wave of lifeless fish came floating into view.
In Poland, the government has also come under heavy criticism for failing to take swift action.
The Oder has over the last years been known as a relatively clean river, and 40 domestic species of fish are found in the waterway.
But now, dead fish -- some reaching up to 40 centimeters (16 inches) -- can be seen across the river.
Nowakowska-Drynda said more than 500 firefighters have been recovering the dead fish in Poland with the help of dams, boats, quad bikes and even a drone.
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