“Total Exoneration”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation last week and found that there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

As anti-climactic as the findings may be, they certainly aren’t terribly surprising, and some argue that they even justify the president’s repeated cries that the whole affair was a “witch hunt.”

Others, however, point out that there never needed to be proof of collusion to justify an impeachment case considering the president and his administration have been found to be complicit in campaign finance crimes and the fact that the president is still the subject of multiple investigations.

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Roger Stone Arrested

Former Trump advisor Roger Stone was arrested early Friday morning and charged with obstruction, witness tampering, and lying to Congress.

He was released a few hours later on $250,000 bond. He apparently left the courthouse waving a double peace sign in the style of Richard Nixon.

Although he was arrested at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the FBI also executed a warrant for his New York residence as well.

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Cohen’s Testimony Postponed

Legal counsel for former Trump attorney Michael Cohen have urged him to postpone his testimony in light of threats from the president.

Cohen was set to testify publicly before Congress on February 7, and it was recently made clear that the hearing could not cover any topics related to the ongoing investigation under Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The decision to postpone the testimony makes it quite possible that the public will never hear Cohen’s side of the story, as he is due to begin his three-year prison sentence on March 6.

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BuzzFeed v. Mueller

Last week, Robert Mueller’s office quashed a report by BuzzFeed claiming the president directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. BuzzFeed, however, stands by the report.

The initial report claimed that Trump directed his then lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress regarding the status of the negotiations for the Trump Tower in Moscow.

Within hours of its release, Mueller’s office publicly denounced the validity of the report, but BuzzFeed is standing by its reporting.

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Mueller Protection Blocked Again by GOP

Senate Republicans have blocked a resolution designed to shield Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into 2016 election interference for the third time.

The legislation was brought by Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and was rejected by voice vote yesterday.

The bill would have prevented Mueller from being fired by anyone other than a senior Justice Department official and would have allowed him to demand an expedited review of his dismissal.

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Michael Flynn’s Sentencing Postponed

A Washington, D.C. federal judge has postponed sentencing for former national security advisor Michael Flynn, but not without first expressing his disgust.

Flynn has admitted to lying about his meetings with Russia’s ambassador throughout the 2016 election campaign as well as admitting to working as an unregistered foreign agent on behalf of the Turkish government.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan agreed to postpone Flynn’s sentencing on the condition that Flynn continue to aid federal prosecutors with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as well as others.

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Being President Protects Trump

Incoming House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff predicted that the president will be indicted by the Justice Department after leaving office.

And because of a Justice Department policy stating that a sitting president cannot be indicted, Trump now has more incentive than ever before to fight for the presidency in 2020 with everything he’s got.

And that is a terrifying prospect for America, its people, and for world democracy as a whole.

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Comey Transcript Released

The transcript of former FBI Director James Comey’s Friday testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee has been released.

The transcript was released Saturday evening, and Republicans were reportedly left frustrated while Democrats walked away feeling as though they had wasted their time.

While Comey had requested a public hearing, he and House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), who had subpoenaed Comey for closed-door testimony, compromised by releasing the testimony transcript.

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New Revelations in Mueller Probe

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s filing is in: Paul Manafort is a documented liar and Michael Cohen deserves jail time.

In his filing, Mueller detailed five distinct lies Manafort told his team after agreeing to cooperate in exchange for a plea deal.

Mueller also recommended that Cohen, the president’s former lawyer, receive “substantial” jail time for tax fraud and campaign finance violations.

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Cohen Pleads Guilty

Michael Cohen has plead guilty in federal court and has admitted that he lied about the extent to which Trump communicated with the Russians during 2016.

Initially, Cohen had claimed that talks about a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow ended in January 2016 ahead of the Iowa caucuses; yesterday, Cohen admitted that discussions carried on well past that time.

Cohen has already plead guilty to eight counts in a separate case brought by the Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office earlier this year.

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