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Rudy was relying on tapes -- presumably, those that Trump and Trump Organization got to review as part of the Special Master process reviewing privilege claims of the stuff seized in Michael Cohen's raid -- to claim that Thursday's Buzzfeed story is phony.
But not everything would be taped.
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Rudy said yesterday he doesn't know whether Trump and Michael Cohen spoken before the latter lied to Congress. Yet somehow, he was so sure the story that Trump told Cohen to lie was phony he wrote a letter bitching about it.
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On Jake Tapper's show, Rudy Giuliani appeared to take credit for Peter Carr's statement Friday pushing back on the Buzzfeed story about Michael Cohen. If that's right, it suggests DOJ's request for a statement may be even more inappropriate under Special Counsel regulations.
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Over the last few days the following happened:
Buzzfeed published a story stating what the evidence already shows: Trump suborned perjury
Mueller's spox Peter Carr issued an unprecedented rebuttal to a specific story
WaPo, in a story…
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According the WaPo story presenting the official version of what happened with the Buzzfeed story the other day, Rod Rosenstein's office called Mueller's to see if he was releasing a statement. That seems to violate SCO regulations.
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Marcy wrote a great post this morning titled "Peter Carr Speaks". I agree with almost all of it, if not all of it, but feel compelled to add a couple of things.
As to what the motivation of Carr and Mueller was, it is, at this date, unclear,…
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Robert Mueller has the unenviable task of needing to sustain as much credibility for a bunch of serial liars as possible, starting with Michael Cohen. Buzzfeed's story -- whether generally true or erroneous on details about Trump Organization witnesses or totally wrong -- threatened that effort.
And that's why, I strongly suspect, Peter Carr finally publicly spoke.
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I've long argued that the kompromat Putin has over Trump is proof of Trump's willingness to enter into a conspiracy with Russia. Michael Cohen's plea deal makes clear that Putin pocketed his first receipt on Trump even before the first votes were cast.
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As we enter the fourth week of a shutdown serving only Donald Trump's ego, impeachment needs to be talked of not as a political question, but a question of how to protect what we all share -- this country.
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