“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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‘Thermal Whiplash’ Up Next for Midwest, East Coast

Meteorologists are predicting that the polar vortex gripping much of the U.S. will give way to rapid warming and ‘thermal whiplash.’

At least 12 people have died in the harsh conditions brought on by a heat wave at the North Pole which displaced frigid air cold enough to induce frostbite nearly immediately.

Thanks to climate change, the North Pole experienced a rapid temperature increase, called ‘sudden stratospheric warming,’ of nearly 125 degrees due to air moving up from the south; that rapid warming is what sent all the cold air rushing down through Canada and into the Lower 48.

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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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A Foreign Agent for President

A bombshell New York Times piece reports that the FBI has been investigating the president due to concerns that he may be working “on behalf of Russia.”

The investigation was apparently launched shortly after Trump fired former FBI director James Comey over the launch of a probe into potential Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

In essence, investigators have been attempting to determine whether or not the president’s actions — namely, firing Comey — consitute a national security threat, and if he has been knowingly or unknowingly compromised by Russian influence.

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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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