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Mueller isn’t resting!

Mueller interviews top White House aide

White House senior policy adviser Stephen Miller has been interviewed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, according to sources familiar with the investigation.

The interview brings the special counsel investigation into President Donald Trump’s inner circle in the White House. Miller is the highest-level aide still working at the White House known to have talked to investigators.
Miller’s role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey was among the topics discussed during the interview as part of the probe into possible obstruction of justice, according to one of the sources.

Flynn worries about son in special counsel probe

Former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn has expressed concern about the potential legal exposure of his son, Michael Flynn Jr., who, like his father, is under scrutiny by special counsel Robert Mueller, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.

Flynn’s concern could factor into decisions about how to respond to Mueller’s ongoing investigation. The special counsel is looking into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign as well as the business dealings of key campaign advisers to President Donald Trump.
Flynn’s wife, Lori, shares his concerns about their son’s possible legal exposure, according to a person who knows the family.
hmmm… if only there was some action he could take that would protect his son…. ???? 

U.S. judge issues gag order in Manafort-Gates Russia probe case

The federal judge overseeing the criminal trial of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and business partner Rick Gates imposed a gag order in the case Wednesday, ordering all parties, including potential witnesses, not to make statements that might prejudice jurors.

Jackson said she was also was considering ordering the men to stay away from transportation facilities, meet a curfew and continue GPS monitoring. Jackson set a Dec. 11 hearing to schedule a trial, which could be as early as April.

Former top Trump official: I forgot about crucial Russia email because it was Father’s Day

“So Corey said, if you have interest… if you’d like to go on your own, not affiliated with the campaign, you know, that’s fine,” Page said, adding that he’s in possession of emails corroborating his account.

Page’s testimony contradicted Lewandowski’s previous statements about whether he gave Page permission to travel to Moscow. In March, for instance, Lewandowski told USA Today, “I’m very clear about this… I granted nobody permission to do that.”

During an interview on Fox News on Tuesday evening,  Lewandowski claimed the distraction created by Father’s Day resulted in him being unable to remember an email sent to him by former campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page. In the email, Page sought and ultimately received permission from Lewandowski to travel to Moscow.

“You have to remember, in the context of the campaign world––now, my memory has been refreshed, but to be clear, from what I understand and what I recall, that email was sent on June 19th of 2016, so about 18 months ago,” Lewandowski said. “It also happened to be Father’s Day on a Sunday”

I don’t know about all of you, but Fathers Day always makes me forget about treason!  Weird!

Trump Bodyguard Keith Schiller Testifies Russian Offered Trump Women, Was Turned Down

After a business meeting before the Miss Universe Pageant in 2013, a Russian participant offered to “send five women” to Donald Trump’s hotel room in Moscow, his longtime bodyguard told Congress this week, according to three sources who were present for the interview.

Two of the sources said the bodyguard, Keith Schiller, viewed the offer as a joke, and immediately responded, “We don’t do that type of stuff.”

Yes, if there is anything we have learned about Trump, it is that he would *never* do that “type of stuff”. That is believable!  ????

What a Difference A Few Indictments Make: Public Confidence in Mueller Soars

Both to measure whether the events of the week had impact on confidence in the Mueller investigation and to explore the apparent discrepancy between our findings and the Post’s findings, we re-ran the survey early this week—along with confidence questions about other investigations which have a role in examining L’Affaire Russe. The bottom line is that the week’s news had a huge impact on public confidence in Mueller’s investigation. In addition, we found that Mueller is trusted more than other actors investigating the matter.

Republicans are in a dozen bad spots

Republicans have few options to replace alleged sexual predator Roy Moore as Senate candidate

Pursuant to Alabama law, “a nomination for a candidate in a primary or general election shall be finalized by the respective state executive committees not later than 76 days before the primary or general election.” An attempt to amend the names on the ballot filed after this date, moreover, “shall not be cause for reprinting of the ballots.”

“The Republican Party does not have any options,” Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill told ThinkProgress Thursday, adding that many absentee ballots were sent out in October. “This vote is scheduled for December 12, this vote is going to occur December 12, and Roy Moore’s name is going to be on the ballot as the nominee for the United States Senate. Nothing’s going to change that.”

State law does suggest that a candidate could effectively withdraw from the race after the 76-day deadline, but the GOP is unlikely to like the consequence of this move. Such a candidate will “not be replaced by the name of another candidate, and the appropriate canvassing board shall not certify any votes for the candidate.” So Moore’s name would still appear on the ballot, but any votes cast for him would effectively be tossed out.

The GOP’s Roy Moore and Steve Bannon nightmare just came into focus

The Washington Post just published some downright shocking allegations about Alabama’s Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. And if current polling and Moore’s recent electoral history are any indication, it could tip the race to the Democrats.

If it does, the GOP just saw its slim Senate majority cut in half, all while giving Democrats an actual chance to take over the chamber in 2018.

And if it does, the GOP also just saw the real damage Steve Bannon could do to the party — in case it forgot what happened in the 2010 and 2012 elections.

House Judiciary chairman announces retirement

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said Thursday that he will not seek reelection, becoming the latest in a string of GOP lawmaker retirements

Two other House committee chairmen, Reps. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) and Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas), also announced last week that they will not seek reelection.

Texas Republican Ted Poe won’t seek reelection in 2018

Seven-term Rep. Ted Poe (R-Texas) said Tuesday he will not seek reelection in 2018, the latest in a string of GOP lawmakers to announce their retirements recently.

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