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Barr Claims He’s Not Barring Mueller from Testifying

“It’s Bob’s call whether he wants to testify.”

— “Attorney General William Barr denied he is standing in the way of special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress, after the chairman of the House panel seeking his appearance accused the Justice Department of being unwilling to set a date,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

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Blumenthal: Enforce the Subpoena of Donald Trump Jr.

“The subpoena should be enforced. If he refuses to obey it, he should be locked up. … There are no privileges for Donald Trump Jr. The son of the president doesn’t have any of those privileges.”

— Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) said Donald Trump Jr. should go to jail if he doesn’t comply with a subpoena to appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee, The Hill reports.

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Most Say Trump Has Been ‘Dishonest’ About Russia probe

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A new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll finds 60% of Americans say President Trump has been dishonest in the Russia investigation, while only 37% believe the report by special counsel Robert Mueller clears the president of wrongdoing.

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Graham Sanctions Kushner, Calls for More Russia Sanctions

“I like Jared a lot, but he’s leaving out a big detail. Can you imagine what we would be saying if the Russians or the Iranians hacked into the presidential team of the Republican Party?”

— Sen. Lindsay Graham, a close ally of Donald Trump, calling for more sanctions on Russia and criticized presidential adviser Jared Kushner’s statements downplaying the significance of that country’s interference in the 2016 election, Bloomberg reports.

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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%.