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5 key takeaways from the Democratic debate in Ohio

5 key takeaways from the Democratic debate in OhioWarren is treated like the front-runner, a “healthy” Bernie returns to the debate stage with key endorsements in his pocket and more.



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5 key takeaways from the whistleblower's complaint against Trump

5 key takeaways from the whistleblower's complaint against TrumpHere are the key points in the whistleblower’s complaint against President Trump that was made public on Thursday morning.



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Key takeaways from the 2020 Democratic candidates' debate

Key takeaways from the 2020 Democratic candidates' debateThe third Democratic debate seemed to end in a 10-way tie. Former Vice President Joe Biden was sure-footed (until the end), at least for him and compared with the previous two debates. There were more attacks on President Donald Trump than on each other.



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5 key takeaways from the 2nd Democratic debate

5 key takeaways from the 2nd Democratic debateWednesday night’s Democratic primary debate saw the two highest-polling candidates on the stage — former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris — take fire from all sides.



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5 key takeaways from the Democratic debate in Detroit

5 key takeaways from the Democratic debate in DetroitAn alliance from Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson shining and Steve Bullock stumbling late highlighted the first of two Democratic debates in Michigan.



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Mueller's testimony on Trump and Russia: the biggest takeaways

Mueller's testimony on Trump and Russia: the biggest takeawaysThe former special counsel explained Trump was not exonerated and warned of continuing election interference by Russia * Mueller testifies at hearings – live updatesIn highly anticipated testimony before the US Congress, the former special counsel Robert Mueller submitted to seven hours of questioning in back-to-back appearances before the House judiciary and intelligence committees.His testimony comes four months after he concluded the two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and the Trump campaign’s ties to Moscow, the findings of which were detailed in a 448-page report released in April.Here are the key takeaways: Trump was not exoneratedDonald Trump has repeatedly claimed “total exoneration” – despite Mueller’s report explicitly stating otherwise.Mueller shot down the president’s assertion within minutes of the first hearing, when he was asked by the House judiciary committee chairman, Jerry Nadler, if the special counsel had cleared Trump of wrongdoing.“The finding indicates that the president was not exculpated for the acts that he allegedly committed,” Mueller said. “It is not what the report said.”Testifying under oath, Mueller also confirmed there had been several attempts by Trump to impede the special counsel investigation, adding: “Obstruction of justice strikes at the core of the government’s effort to find the truth and to hold wrongdoers accountable.”Mueller acknowledged Trump’s alleged efforts to obstruct the investigation proved unsuccessful – a statement swiftly seized upon by the president, who tweeted during the hearing to falsely suggest again that he was being absolved of obstruction.> “Mueller was asked whether or not the investigation was impeded in any way, and he said no.” In other words, there was NO OBSTRUCTION. @KatiePavlich @FoxNews> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2019 Trump claims of ‘no collusion’ are inaccurateAsked if he found evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow, Mueller said his team avoided the term “collusion” because it had no legal application. Mueller acknowledged there was insufficient evidence to establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russians, but he said it would not be accurate to suggest there was no evidence of coordination.In one of the most damning exchanges, the House intelligence committee chair, Adam Schiff, secured confirmation from Mueller on numerous ties between Trump’s campaign and Moscow.Under oath, Mueller said: * The Russians had led a campaign to swing the 2016 election in Trump’s favor and committed crimes to achieve that goal * The Trump campaign was receptive to help from the Russians * Donald Trump Jr said he would “love” to receive dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government * As a candidate, Trump publicly urged the Russians to hack Clinton’s emails * Trump pursued a lucrative Trump Tower project in Moscow during the campaign * Multiple top Trump campaign and administration officials were convicted of lying to investigators about their contacts with Russians> For all of the talk about Mueller’s halting performance, this exchange is why his testimony could have an effect: at just over a minute long, it’s almost made for TV and is ideal for social-media shares pic.twitter.com/HYg5azb8VI> > — Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) July 24, 2019 Threat of Russian interference continuesMueller warned once again of the “sweeping and systematic” way in which Russia meddled in the 2016 US election.Asked about the prospect of Moscow interfering in future elections, Mueller issued a stark warning, telling Congress: “They’re doing it as we sit here.” Why Mueller didn’t subpoena TrumpMueller said in his report that the written answers he received from Trump during his investigation proved insufficient. So why didn’t he compel the president to testify?Mueller told lawmakers he felt such a move would result in a protracted legal fight, thus impeding the conclusion of the investigation.“One of the things we anticipated wanting to accomplish is … having the interview of the president,” Mueller said. “We negotiated with him for a little over a year.“But when we were almost toward the end of our investigation, we had no success to get the interview of the president; we decided we did not want to exercise the subpoena power because of the necessity of ending the investigations,” Mueller added.Mueller was also asked if he subpoenaed Donald Jr, who was at the center of the infamous June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower in New York. Mueller declined to address the question. Trump could be charged with a crime after leaving officeUnder further questioning from Ken Buck, a Republican from Colorado, Mueller also said Trump could be charged with a crime after he left office.> Rep. Buck: "Could you charge the president with a crime after he left office?" > > Mueller: "Yes." > > Buck: "You believe that you could charge the president of the United States with obstruction of justice after he left office?" > > Mueller: "Yes." t.co/m9KGQtpbkx pic.twitter.com/Sd1e1B7WMi> > — NBC News (@NBCNews) July 24, 2019 Republicans focused on discrediting MuellerNearly every Republican member of the House judiciary committee used his or her time to either suggest Trump was innocent or accuse Mueller’s team of being politically motivated.Several Republicans brought up the dossier compiled by the former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele detailing allegations of Trump’s ties to Moscow. They also questioned the role of Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that employed Steele for his work and was first paid by the conservative website Free Beacon and later retained by a law firm working for the Democratic party.Robert Mueller, center, testifies before the House judiciary committee on Capitol Hill in Washington. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/ReutersMueller, who said he was unfamiliar with Fusion GPS, declined to address matters related to the Steele dossier, telling lawmakers they were “the subject of ongoing review” by the justice department.Representative Louie Gohmert, a Republican from Texas, angrily grilled Mueller on anti-Trump text messages sent by Peter Strzok, a former member of the special counsel’s team. Mueller said he had been unaware of Strzok’s animus toward Trump, and he pointed out that the former FBI agent was immediately reassigned when his anti-Trump messages were uncovered. Mueller says he did not seek FBI director jobIn seeking to cast the former special counsel as having a conflict of interest, Trump has repeatedly claimed that he interviewed Mueller at the White House for the role of FBI director. Trump has said for months that Mueller was considered for the job but was turned down, just before he was appointed as special counsel.Mueller stated under oath that he was not, in fact, a candidate for FBI director under Trump. Instead, Mueller said he shared with Trump his expertise – having previously served as FBI director – on what the role entailed.“I was not applying for the job,” Mueller said.Trump responded on Twitter by insisting Mueller wanted the job and claiming there were witnesses to the interview, including the vice-president, Mike Pence.> ….interview, including the Vice President of the United States!> > — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 24, 2019During his testimony, Mueller denied he had any conflicts of interest in overseeing the investigation. Mueller confirms several episodes of possible obstructionIt was clear from the get-go that Mueller would offer few, if any, new details about his investigation and its findings.In most of his answers, Mueller either referred lawmakers back to his report or tersely stood by its contents. He also declined to address several issues, citing limitations based on continuing investigations or the agreement he reached with the justice department regarding his testimony.But there were several crucial moments in related to obstruction in his report that Mueller confirmed under oath; taken together, they could provide Democrats with a roadmap to impeachment.Most notably, Mueller reaffirmed that Trump ordered the former White House counsel Don McGahn to fire the special counsel. McGahn, one of the central witnesses in Mueller’s investigation, refused to carry out Trump’s orders and threatened to resign.



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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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Key takeaways from Robert Mueller's congressional testimony

Key takeaways from Robert Mueller's congressional testimonyRobert Mueller refused to play the part. In back-to-back hearings before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee, the former special counsel in the investigation of Russian interference into the 2016 presidential elections largely honored his pledge to stick to his 448-page report . Republicans tried to get Mueller to spell out the findings that there wasn’t enough evidence to prove any criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia.



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Debate takeaways: Biden slips, Harris soars, Dems tilt left

Debate takeaways: Biden slips, Harris soars, Dems tilt leftThe first TV debates of the 2020 White House primaries have underlined Joe Biden’s vulnerability to a younger generation in a Democratic Party that is leaning increasingly to the left. The two-night event — sometimes tense, often compelling — that concluded Thursday in Miami introduced American voters to the top 20 Democrats aiming to challenge Republican incumbent Donald Trump next year. The most experienced, best-known candidate in the campaign came under repeated assault Thursday, notably from Senator Kamala Harris on race.



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'That little girl is me': Harris challenges Biden in key debate moment. Here are 4 other takeaways

'That little girl is me': Harris challenges Biden in key debate moment. Here are 4 other takeawaysKamala Harris' powerful story on race, Eric Swalwell calls on Joe Biden to pass the torch, Marianne Williamson goes viral and more top moments from the first Democratic debate in Miami.



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