A Trump-Mueller interview may be back on the table

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  • President Donald Trump’s legal team, led by former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, is once again in talks with the special counsel Robert Mueller about an interview with Trump.
  • Trump was reportedly “champing at the bit” to sit down with Mueller, but he soured on the special counsel following the FBI raids of Trump lawyer Michael Cohen’s property.
  • Interviewing Trump and determining whether he had “corrupt intent” is central to helping prosecutors determine whether he sought to obstruct justice in the Russia probe.
  • Mueller’s team has indicated to Trump’s lawyers that they would ask about four key events during an interview: the firing of FBI director James Comey; the firing of national security adviser Michael Flynn; Trump’s role in drafting a misleading statement his son released in response to reports that he met with two Russian lobbyists at Trump Tower in June 2016; and Trump’s knowledge of the Trump Tower meeting.

An interview between President Donald Trump and the special counsel Robert Mueller may once again be in play.

According to The Washington Post, former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, who is the newest member of Trump’s legal team, broached the subject of a presidential interview with Mueller when he met with the special counsel on Tuesday.See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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Fresno State did the right thing by not firing a professor who tweeted awful things about Barbara Bush

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  • In the wake of her vile tweets, many conservatives indeed defended Randa Jarrar’s right to speak freely — despite claims to the contrary.
  • Fresno launched an investigation into her words, but ultimately decided that they were protected under the First Amendment. 

After Randa Jarrar’s vile tweets about former first lady Barbara Bush went viral, many called on Fresno State, the university at which she teaches, to fire her. The negative attention inspired Joseph I. Castro, the university’s president, to launch an investigation into what Jarrar said and what actions the university might be permitted to take. 

As this developed, many conservative pundits — myself included — put pen to paper to defend Jarrar and her admittedly reprehensible tweets. See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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‘This puts a target on his back’: Ethics experts say the FBI should investigate Trump’s budget director for pay for play

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  • Ethics experts say Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, should be investigated for potentially violating federal bribery laws.
  • Mulvaney admitted Tuesday that, as a congressman, he only gave meetings to lobbyists who donated to his campaign. 
  • Norm Eisen, a former top ethics official under President Barack Obama, said the FBI should investigate whether Mulvaney’s actions in Congress were directly influenced by campaign contributions. 

Ethics experts say Mick Mulvaney, the White House budget director and interim head of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, should be investigated for potentially violating federal bribery laws after he admitted that, as a congressman, he only gave meetings to lobbyists who donated to his campaign. 

Speaking before 1,300 financial industry executives at the American Bankers Association conference in Washington on Tuesday, Mulvaney encouraged the officials to use their money to influence policymaking. See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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