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If Trump Uses Pardon Power for People Related to the Russia Probe, Congress Will React

“If you start to see this president use pardon power for people who are connected with this investigation, I think you’ll see Congress erupt.”

— Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), quoted by The Hill.

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Mystery Firm Fined $2.25 Million

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“The foreign-linked mystery company fighting to avoid handing over records demanded by special counsel Robert Mueller appears to have incurred a fine of $2.25 million as it presses its legal fight,” Politico reports. “The $50,000-a-day penalty a federal judge imposed on the foreign-government-owned firm continues to grow and might be boosted to accrue at a higher rate in the future, one court order made public indicates.”

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Manafort Gave 75 Pages of Polling Data to Russian Spy

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Marcy Wheeler notes that redacted court filings suggest that Paul Manafort gave Konstantin Kilimnik — whom Special Counsel Robert Mueller has alleged is a Russian spy — 75 pages of recent polling data. The data was referenced in an email with Manafort’s associate, Rick Gates, and in emails sent by Kilimnik.

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If Mueller’s Conducting a Witch Hunt, He’s Found the Coven

“We know he’s indicted 37 people and 199 different counts, including Trump’s inner circle. People like Michael Flynn, his national security adviser, Paul Manafort, his campaign manager, Michael Cohen, his personal lawyer. So if this is a witch hunt Mueller’s found a coven at this point.”

— Former acting Solicitor General Neil Katyal, on Meet the Press.

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At Least Six More Months of Mueller

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Garrett Graff: “Last Friday, just like Punxsutawney Phil, DC District Court judge Beryl Howell emerged from her chambers, saw her shadow, and announced six more months of Bob Mueller. Judge Howell’s extension of Mueller’s grand jury, which was set to expire over the weekend, was widely expected—the special counsel’s office has made clear in recent weeks that it has plenty of unfinished business—but the extension underscores just how much work is still left in Mueller’s probe.”

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If Not for Mueller, Trump Says His Approval Would Be at 75 Percent

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“Without the phony Russia Witch Hunt, and with all that we have accomplished in the last almost two years (Tax & Regulation Cuts, Judge’s, Military, Vets, etc.) my approval rating would be at 75% rather than the 50% just reported by Rasmussen.” — President Trump, claiming in a tweet that his approval rating would be 75% if it wasn’t for special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. FiveThirtyEight has Trump’s average approval at just 41%.

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The Number that Trump Fears

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Jonathan Swan: “A number scaring the hell out of the Trumps: 119. … The equation: 70 hours of Michael Cohen interviews with Mueller’s team + 30 hours of interviews with former White House counsel Don McGahn + 19 Michael Flynn interviews with prosecutors.”

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Mueller Investigation Hasn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime

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New York Magazine: “As of September, the fiscal cost of the Mueller investigation was roughly $0.00. By that point, the probe had spent roughly $26 million. But, by striking a plea agreement with Paul Manafort for his myriad white-collar crimes — an agreement that required Trump’s former campaign manager to forfeit five multi-million-dollar properties, a life-insurance policy, and the contents of multiple bank accounts — Mueller’s investigation had acquired somewhere between $26 million and $42 million worth of revenue for the federal treasury.”

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Putin Was to Get $50 Million Penthouse at Moscow Trump Hotel

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“President Trump’s company planned to give a $50 million penthouse at Trump Tower Moscow to Russian President Vladimir Putin as the company negotiated the luxury real estate development during the 2016 campaign,” BuzzFeed News reports.

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Dershowitz: Mueller Report Will Be ‘Devastating’

“I think the report is going to be devastating to the president and I know that the president’s team is already working on a response to the report.” He added: “When I say devastating, I mean it’s going to paint a picture that’s going to be politically very devastating. I still don’t think it’s going to make a criminal case.”

— Alan Dershowitz, a frequent defender of President Trump, to ABC News.