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Sen. Elizabeth Warren says Trump is what happens when ‘corruption invades a system’

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren called President Donald Trump an “accelerant” to a corrupt system Wednesday night in her first interview since the Massachusetts Democrat announced she is exploring a 2020 presidential run.

Warren accused Trump of pushing policy for billionaires and corporations during an interview on MSNBC’s “The Rachel Maddow Show.” She pushed back against Trump and the Republican Party, arguing the government works in favor of the rich and well-connected.

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End of Mueller’s investigation doesn’t mean Trump’s in the clear, former prosecutors warn

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Former federal prosecutors said the conclusion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s 22-month probe into Russian collusion on Friday does not spell the end of litigation against President Donald Trump and his associates.

As no details of Mueller’s final report have been released, the special counsel’s conclusions currently remain unknown. However, there will be no more indictments from Mueller’s office now that the investigation has concluded, NBC News reported.

But that doesn’t mean that people like the president, his son Donald Trump, Jr. and son-in-law Jared Kushner are not in the crosshairs of ongoing investigations at the state or federal level, the prosecutors said.

“One of the big-ticket questions was what really happened at the Trump Tower meeting, and you can’t have that unless you interview Don Jr. and Jared Kushner — but Mueller didn’t do that,” said NBC News legal analyst Glenn Kirschner, a longtime federal prosecutor who worked with Mueller at the Department of Justice. “And why didn’t he do that? It wasn’t an oversight. He’s the most thorough investigator I’ve ever met. That was a tactical measure.”

Kirschner said that Mueller likely did not subpoena those individuals, who met with a Kremlin-connected attorney during the 2016 election at Trump Tower, because they remain targets of ongoing investigations.

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The former prosecutor also emphasized that the special counsel was tasked with producing an investigative report — not prosecuting crimes, which would have taken many more years of work.

“I think this was phase one of what will likely be a multi-phase process,” Kirschner said. “The rest of the phases will be undertaken by the Department of Justice and all its components.”

Cases operated by other jurisdictions may also limit what is ultimately disclosed by Attorney General William Barr in the public and congressional release of the Mueller report.

Mimi Rocah, an NBC News legal analyst and former federal prosecutor with the Southern District of New York, said that Mueller may have passed along portions of his probe to other arms of the Justice Department, which will limit what Barr can share.

Rocah warned that those who want a full disclosure should be prepared for disappointment.

“If there are ongoing investigations that he referred out, then there will be information that he has gathered that he doesn’t want to come out now,” Rocah said. “The same way we’ve seen in every court document that he’s filed.”

That is one of the reasons Barr is reportedly in deep consultation with Mueller about what can be released. Another reason is that — as Richard Serafini, a former Justice Department prosecutor who also worked with Mueller, put it — the federal agency is not in the business of indicting people in the court of public opinion.

“Certainly the Justice Department does not want to disclose information that would prejudice an ongoing investigation,” Serafini said.

The public has heard a bit about some of the state investigations that are looking into the Trump family and their businesses. Though the special counsel investigation’s is over, those continue.

“Now the question is how many other heads of the monster are out there,” Rocah said. “Are there new ones that will turn up now that Mueller has wrapped up?”

Serafini, Kirschner and Rocah agreed that the release of the Mueller report likely means that state probes along with inquiries led by numerous Justice Department arms — such as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York — will be able to ramp up their efforts in earnest.

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BREXIT BETRAYAL: Government already preparing to REJOIN EU – ‘They have COMPLETE contempt'

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WHITEHALL departments are already putting in plans for Britain to rejoin the European Union even before it has left.

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Trump in ‘good spirits’; Mueller findings could be released Sunday

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WASHINGTON — Attorney General William Barr will not submit a summary of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to Congress Saturday but he could still do so on Sunday.

Barr had said in a letter to the House and Senate Intelligence Committee on Friday that he hoped to make Mueller’s “principal conclusions” available to them some time over the weekend. “I am reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend,” Barr said in the letter.

A senior Justice Department official said that Barr, who was in his office at the department reviewing Mueller’s report, found not be informing Congress of the findings on Saturday.

Meanwhile, President Donald Trump was at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, where he plans to remain for the rest of the weekend. White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told reporters that the president, who played golf on Saturday, is described as being “in good spirits.”

There was no plan as of Saturday afternoon for the president to any make public comments on the Mueller report, which the White House said it has not seen.

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Members of Congress were scheduled to return to Washington on Monday following a week-long recess. All eyes will be on Capitol Hill where key oversight committees plan to scrutinize Mueller’s findings.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., told House Democrats during a Saturday conference call that she would reject any classified briefing offered to top congressional leaders, reiterating that any briefing must be unclassified. More than 120 House Democrats participated in the more than 35-minute call, which also featured Democratic caucus chairman Hakeem Jeffries, D-N.Y., and relevant committee chairmen.

“The takeaway from this call is that the American deserve the truth, to know the truth, transparency is the order of the day — that is what Chuck [Schumer] and I said in our statement,” Pelosi said during the call, according to a congressional source on the call.

In a letter to members of the Democratic caucus, Pelosi said Saturday they would insist that any briefings provided to committees should be done in an unclassified manner so that lawmakers can speak freely “about every aspect of the report.” She added that the underlying findings of Mueller’s investigation “must be provided to Congress and the American people.”

“The Attorney General’s offer to provide the Committees with a summary of the report’s conclusions is insufficient,” wrote Pelosi. “Congress requires the full report and the underlying documents so that the Committees can proceed with their independent work, including oversight and legislating to address any issues the Mueller report may raise.”

The House recently voted unanimously that the full Mueller report be released to the public.

House Republicans held their own conference call Friday night to discuss the Mueller report being completed, NBC News learned from two sources who were on the call. All GOP leaders and ranking members from committees were among those on the call. Sources said that there was optimism from members about the news regarding no additional indictments, but they were also proceeding with caution and a “let’s wait and see” mentality.

During a conference call with reporters Saturday, Sen. Chris Coons, D-Del., referred to reports that said Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., gave a defense of Trump Friday night at Mar-a-Lago and the crowd erupted into chants of “lock her up.”

“I think all of this points to ways in which President Trump has undermined some of our core values, and it would be disheartening if the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee were sort of piling on in that effort,” Coons said.



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