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NYT Reporter Reveals Why Mueller’s Team Is Talking Now: ‘Maybe They Think Congress Should Look at Impeachment’

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Prosecutors on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team are unhappy with the way Attorney General William Barr summarized their findings, and one of the reporters who broke that story explained their frustration.

Some of Mueller’s investigators told associates their report was more damaging to President Donald Trump than the attorney general has described, and New York Timesreporter Michael Schmidt told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” what he learned about that disconnect.

“I think their frustration is with the fact that Barr comes out and clears the president but doesn’t give the larger sense of what they found,” Schmidt said. “(He) doesn’t provide the additional sort of fruits of the investigation that they thought were problematic.”

Those investigators may believe Barr prematurely cleared the president, before all the evidence was revealed to Congress and the public.

“They didn’t come to a determination on whether the president broke the law, for some reason,” Schmidt said, “and they obviously want some of these facts to be seen in a different light, either by the public or by Congress.”

“Maybe, and I’m not sure of this,” he added, “maybe they think that the conduct was such that it was problematic that Congress should look at it, and that Congress may want to look at for impeachment, but may not be criminal. Maybe that is why they want it out there. Whatever it is, there’s a rub here, there’s a frustration here in how the end of this investigation was conducted, and that is clear.”

Department of Justice guidelines prohibit the indictment of a sitting president, but Schmidt said he hasn’t learned enough about Mueller’s findings to say whether investigators believe Trump should have been charged.

“I’m not sure that they got that far,” Schmidt said, “and when Barr puts out his letter, his determination, he said that they had not taken into consideration the question of whether the president could have been indicted on the criminal question, essentially saying, ‘I don’t think that they got that far, I don’t think that they thought there was even enough of a case to have made that determination.’”

 

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It’s Done: Trump Quietly Commutes Roger Stone’s 40 Month Prison Sentence

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President Donald Trump Friday evening commuted the prison sentence of his longtime friend and former advisor, Roger Stone. Stone was found guilty by a jury on all seven felony charges, which included lying to Congress, obstruction, and witness tampering.

Some experts weigh in:

Related: Trump Expected to Commute Roger Stone’s Sentence as Soon as Friday – Stone Warns He Was ‘Under Enormous Pressure to Turn on Him’

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As Coronavirus Spikes Break New Records Fauci Reveals Trump Doesn’t Even Speak to Him Anymore

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President Donald Trump tried to claim the mantle of a “wartime president,” battling the “unseen enemy,” but as it turns out one of the people who could best help him with the coronavirus battle is who’s really “unseen.”

Dr. Anthony Fauci, an immunologist and probably the most respected public health expert on the government’s payroll, reveals the President of the United States no longer talks to him.

In fact, Trump hasn’t talked to Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), in over a month – and hasn’t been able to update Trump in at least two.

“Fauci last saw Trump in person at the White House on June 2 — and says he has not briefed the president for at least two months,” the Financial Times reports.

Could this be the reason?

As of Friday the U.S. has 3,262,180 cases of coronavirus, with 136,290 deaths. On Thursday alone there were 61,067 new cases, and 960 deaths.

The New York Times reports new coronavirus cases are up 60% over the past 14 days. In fact, in 39 out of 50 states new cases are increasing.

For example, here’s what Florida’s daily cases per capita chart looks like at The New York Times:

Arizona’s spike is so tall it literally bleeds into the text on the Time’s page:

As recently as Wednesday of last week Trump was still insisting coronavirus will “disappear.”

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Michael Cohen, Who Arranged for Trump Hush Money Payments That Led to SCOTUS Case, Surprisingly Taken Back Into Custody

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Former personal attorney to President Donald Trump Michael Cohen, known as a “fixer,” was surprisingly taken back into custody by federal authorities just hours after the Supreme Court ruled against the President in a case sparked in part by Cohen’s own testimony before Congress.

Cohen had been sent home from jail in response to concerns over the coronavirus pandemic, but his sentence was not commuted and he allegedly was not to leave the house. He was photographed while dining at a Manhattan French restaurant, Le Bilboquet. Legal experts days ago noted he was risking being returned to jail for possibly violating terms of his release from prison.

The former Trump attorney “was taken into custody by U.S. Marshals and sent to a federal jail after balking at a demand that he agree not to talk to the media, or participate with any film or book, while serving the rest of his criminal sentence on home confinement, his attorney said,” according to CNBC.

“Cohen, his wife, Laura, and another couple spent about an hour chatting before they became the last patrons to leave around 11:30 p.m.,” the NY Post had reported.

“Do you think we need to review [President Trump’s] financial statements and his tax returns?” Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) had asked Trump’s “fixer” back  in February.

“Yes, and you’d find it at the Trump Org,” Cohen replied.

Cohen Thursday afternoon had visited a federal court house to sign papers related to his house arrest, and possibly be fitted with an ankle monitor, his attorney said, according to MSNBC. That’s when federal marshals, without prior warning, remanded him back into custody.

Experts say they were not surprised he was sent back to a federal jail, after being seen in town and also tweeting.

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