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May 17, 2019

This Week: Putin Praises Mueller, Barr Goes Full Trump

Special counsel Robert Mueller earned an unlikely defender this week: Russian President Vladimir Putin. During a press conference with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Putin referred to Mueller’s work as “exotic” and “very objective” — a far-cry from how President Trump himself characterized the probe this week. The President unilaterally concluded Friday that the investigation began as an attempt to spy on his campaign. Those behind the supposed spying deserved “long jail sentences,” he added. Meanwhile, the “TREASON”-touter’s eldest son is still required to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee. The decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. last week was bipartisan, but sparked outrage from some of Trump’s most ardent defenders. Reports surfaced earlier this week that the only reason the committee opted to subpoena Trump Jr. was because he backed out of voluntary appearances as least twice in recent months. The two parties reached an agreement on the conditions of his testimony on Tuesday, but not before Trump golf buddy…

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