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Jussie Smollett case: Dan Webb appointed special prosecutor in 'Empire' actor's case

Jussie Smollett case: Dan Webb appointed special prosecutor in 'Empire' actor's caseA former U.S. Attorney has been appointed as a special prosecutor in the Jussie Smollett case.



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Chevy Baits Ford Mustang Owners with Special Camaro Discount

Chevy Baits Ford Mustang Owners with Special Camaro DiscountIt's a good try, but Ford's still ahead on sales and has an offer of its own.



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Pakistan dedicates Eid to Kashmir after India strips region of special status

Pakistan dedicates Eid to Kashmir after India strips region of special statusPeople gathered in mosques across Pakistan on Monday to offer special prayers for Eid al-Adha, the second of Islam’s two major religious festivals. On August 5, India dropped a constitutional provision that had allowed its only Muslim-majority state, Jammu and Kashmir, to make its own laws, and also broke up the state into two federally administered territories. The changes are the most sweeping in the nearly 30 years that India has been battling a revolt in its portion of Kashmir, parts of which are claimed by Pakistan and China.



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Family speaks out after girl with special needs was brutally attacked by multiple teens in viral video

Family speaks out after girl with special needs was brutally attacked by multiple teens in viral videoThe family of a 15-year-old Chicago girl with special needs said she is doingOK after she was brutally beaten by a group of teenagers in an attack that wascaptured on video, WLS-TV reports



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Mueller testimony exposes Trump as special counsel outlines possible crimes and Russian interference

Mueller testimony exposes Trump as special counsel outlines possible crimes and Russian interferenceRobert Mueller defended the findings from his report about Russian interference in the 2016 election on Wednesday during back-to-back congressional testimonies on Capitol Hill.While the former special counsel publicly outlined examples of alleged obstruction of justice on the part of Donald Trump and his White House aides, the hearings fell short of a summer blockbuster testimony many Democrats had hoped for. Mr Mueller directly refuted the president’s frequent claims he did not obstruct justice during the former special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election while testifying before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday."The president has repeatedly claimed that your report found that there was no obstruction and that it completely and totally exonerated him. But that is not what your report said is it?" Jerrold Nadler, the Democratic House Judiciary chairman, asked Mr Mueller at one point. "Correct. It is not what the report said," Mr Mueller told the committee. “So the report did not conclude that he did not commit obstruction of justice? Is that correct,” the chairman asked. “That is correct,” Mr Mueller replied.Still, Mr Mueller declined to implicate the president in any specific criminal act or indicate whether he would have charged Mr Trump with obstruction of justice if he were not currently the sitting president of the United States. Democrats repeatedly suggested the sole reason Mr Trump was not charged in the investigation was due to guidelines that said a sitting president cannot be indicted — a claim the former special counsel appeared to agree with when speaking to California Democrat Ted Lieu, before later walking back his comments in his second testimony on Wednesday. “Although Department policy barred you from indicting the President for this conduct, you made clear that he is not exonerated,” House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler said in his opening statement. “Any other person who acted this way would have been charged with a crime. And in this nation, not even the President is above the law."Mr Mueller continued to make clear during his testimony on Wednesday that Mr Trump was not cleared of obstruction of justice, saying at one point, “The president was not exculpated for the acts that he allegedly committed.”He also noted his team did not “address ‘collusion,’ which is not a legal term,” during his opening remarks. The former special counsel’s 448-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election did not fully exonerate the president as Mr Trump has repeatedly claimed. “If we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” the report reads. “We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the President did commit a crime.”On Wednesday, Mr Mueller made clear that Mr Trump could still face obstruction of justice charges when he is no longer president. “Under Department of Justice policy, the president could be prosecuted for obstruction of justice crimes after he leaves office, correct?" Mr Nadler asked. “True,” Mr Mueller replied.The former special counsel also described in detail Russia’s “sweeping and systematic” efforts to interfere in the 2016 election. He said he did not find sufficient evidence to connect the president to these efforts in a criminal conspiracy.Before Mr Mueller arrived to Capitol Hill on Wednesday for his back-to-back testimonies before Congressional committees, over 80 House Democrats expressed support for launching an impeachment inquiry into the president. It remains unclear for now whether the former special counsel’s public testimony will increase calls for impeachment across Washington and beyond. An NBC News and Wall Street Journal poll published 14 July showed 21 per cent of registered voters felt Congress had enough evidence to begin impeachment hearings. Mr Trump launched a series of attacks against the former special counsel on Twitter ahead of his public testimony on Wednesday, writing, “So why didn’t the highly conflicted Robert Mueller investigate how and why Crooked Hillary Clinton deleted and acid washed 33,000 Emails immediately AFTER getting a SUBPOENA from the United States Congress? She must have GREAT lawyers!”The president also tweeted his frequent, all-caps claim: “NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION!”



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Mueller testimony: Five crucial takeaways from special counsel hearings

Mueller testimony: Five crucial takeaways from special counsel hearingsDonald Trump said Robert Mueller’s testimony on Capitol Hill was “one of the worst performances in the history of our country”. Meanwhile, for at least one Democratic congressman, it underscored the need to open impeachment hearings.Over the course of more than five hours of quiet, rather than dramatic testimony on Capitol Hill, Mr Mueller defended the work of team of investigators and the report that was made public in April.It is not clear whether the appearance of Mr Mueller will benefit the cause of those pushing for Mr Trump’s impeachment. Indeed, Nancy Pelosi said afterwards, there was no immediate plans to open proceedings.Some Democrats were said to have been disappointed the 74-year-old who once headed the FBI, had not provided more of a blockbuster, or provided a fresh bombshell.At the same time, Mr Mueller’s public words were significant in a number of ways. There are five of the most important things:Possible obstruction of justiceMr Mueller said Trump tried to have him fired, asked the White House counsel to lie about it, and ordered aide Corey Lewandowski to limit the scope of his investigation. In his response to questions from Ted Lieu and later Adam Schiff, Mr Mueller may have not gone materially beyond what was in his report, but hearing him state this in person was a powerful moment.No exoneration:The president repeatedly claims Mr Mueller’s report cleared him of both collusion with Russia and obstruction of justice. But the special counsel again denied this. Asked whether the report exonerated Mr Trump on the question of obstruction of justice, Mr Mueller said: “That is not what the report said. The president was not exculpated for the acts that he allegedly committed.”President’s written answers were ‘generally’ untruthfulMr Mueller made clear he would have preferred a sit down interview with the president rather than a written Q&A, but that he had to agree to that given the amount of time if would have taken to go through the courts to force a face-to-face. Mr Mueller said he had sent several follow up questions but received no response.Asked by congresswoman Val Demmings, if Mr Trump’s written answers to questions were inadequate, incomplete and untruthful, Mr Mueller said: “Generally.”Russian interference still continuingMr Mueller said the Trump campaign was aware of Russia’s efforts to help him in 2016. He denied the investigation was a “witch hunt”, and that it had found the Russian government “interfered in our election in sweeping and systematic fashion”. He said Russia’s efforts in 2016 were not a “single attempt”. He said: “They’re doing it as we sit here.”Mueller refused to be mouthpiece for Democrats’ pushing for Trump impeachmentCongresswoman Veronica Escobar asked Mr Mueller about a mention in his report about “constitutional processes for addressing presidential misconduct”, something those in favour of Mr Trump’s impeachment took as call to arms. Mr Mueller refused to answer when asked specifically whether one of those “processes” was impeachment.



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With Mueller testimony looming, Trump predicts trouble for special counsel and Dems

With Mueller testimony looming, Trump predicts trouble for special counsel and DemsThe former special counsel "should not be given another bite at the apple,” the president wrote on Twitter.



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Judge orders special prosecutor to examine Smollett probe

Judge orders special prosecutor to examine Smollett probeA judge decided to appoint a special prosecutor Friday to investigate the decision by Cook County prosecutors to dismiss all charges against actor Jussie Smollett, who was accused of lying to the police by claiming he was the victim of a racist and homophobic attack in downtown Chicago in January. In a ruling that leaves open the possibility that Smollett could be charged again, Cook County Judge Michael Toomin suggested that the county's state's attorney, Kim Foxx, mishandled the Smollett case by appointing a top aide to oversee it after she recused herself. Foxx had been in contact with a relative of the actor and had been approached by former first lady Michelle Obama's one-time chief of staff on behalf of Smollett's family, and she explained at the time that she was recusing herself to avoid "even the perception of a conflict" of interest.



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Iran Knocked Out of the Sky a Very Special U.S. Drone (And Exposed a Key Weakness)

Iran Knocked Out of the Sky a Very Special U.S. Drone (And Exposed a Key Weakness)The shoot-down of a U.S. Navy surveillance drone on June 20, 2019 underscores a weakness in the Pentagon’s surveillance forces.Aside from a few classified vehicles, the U.S. military largely relies on slow, non-stealthy manned and unmanned aircraft for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. Those ISR systems are vulnerable to the latest Iranian, Chinese and Russian air defenses.The Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps claimed it shot down a “U.S.-made Global Hawk surveillance drone” flying in Iranian air space near the Strait of Hormuz. U.S. Central Command clarified that the drone was a Navy Broad Area Maritime Surveillance Demonstrator, a prototype naval variant of the 737-size Global Hawk. BAMS-D carries cameras and a radar and is designed to swoop between high and low altitudes, alternately scanning wide areas for ships then individually identifying them.Northrop built four BAMS-D drones starting in 2008. The Navy has stationed two of them in the United Arab Emirates for operational use as it prepares to deploy the full MQ-4C naval version of the Global Hawk starting in late 2019.



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'Oh my God. This is terrible.': Top quotes from special counsel Robert Mueller's report

'Oh my God. This is terrible.': Top quotes from special counsel Robert Mueller's report"Lawyers don't take notes. I never had a lawyer who took notes," Trump told counsel Don McGahn, who replied he did because he's a "real lawyer."



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