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Trump is ignoring the advice to stop talking with current and former aides, including Mark Meadows: CNN


Trump MeadowsThen-President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting in the Oval Office with, from left, then-Vice President Mike Pence, then-Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, and then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, on July 20, 2020.

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  • Trump is ignoring legal advice to stop talking to his former and current aides, including Mark Meadows, CNN reported.
  • The DOJ is investigating the January 6, 2021, Capitol riot and has been in communication with Trump’s attorneys.
  • Meadows could potentially turn out to be a key witness in the department’s investigation.

Former President Donald Trump has been ignoring legal advice from his lawyers to stop speaking with current and former aides — including former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, CNN reported.

The Department of Justice is investigating the January 6 Capitol riot, and sources told CNN that Trump’s legal team is in talks with the DOJ in relation to their investigation, the first known interaction between the two camps.

Trump’s lawyers have advised the former president not to talk to his current and former aides, per CNN, specifically Meadows, whose former aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified before the House select committee that is also investigating the events of January 6, 2021.

Though a source told CNN that Trump and Meadows have communicated on several occasions, another source noted that Trump and Meadows’ relationship is “not the same as it once was” compared to when they were both still in the White House.

“There is clearly a concerted effort to undermine the vital, Constitutionally-rooted Executive and Attorney-Client Privileges through partisan, political persecution,” a Trump spokesman told CNN in a statement. “How can any future President ever have private conversations with his attorneys, counselors, and other senior advisors if any such advisor is forced, either during or after the Presidency, in front of an Unselect Committee or other entity, and be forced to reveal those privileged, confidential discussions?”

The spokesman added: “President Trump will not be deterred by witch hunts or kangaroo courts from continuing to defend and fight for America, our Constitution, and the Truth.”

Former White House aides, including Hutchinson, Alyssa Farah Griffin, Sarah Matthews, and Matthew Pottinger, have previously testified before the committee, revealing bombshell details about Trump’s response to the January 6, 2021, riot.

In the wake of the testimonies from his former aides Hutchinson and Griffin, there still remains the chance the DOJ could seek Meadows as a witness in their probe.

In a statement to CNN, Meadows’ attorney George Terwilliger said “all of that is idle and uninformed speculation, apparently by people that know little but talk a lot.”

Nonetheless, former White House attorney Ty Cobb told CNN that Meadows is “perfectly positioned to be the John Dean of this mess,” alluding to the former aide of former President Richard Nixon whose public testimony was crucial to the Senate committee investigating the Watergate scandal.

“The reason [Meadows] is valuable is also the reason he is in jeopardy: He was basically at Trump’s right hand throughout all these exercises and participated in key meetings and phone calls,” Cobb said.

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All 50 Democrats reach agreement on Manchin’s Inflation Reduction Act, Schumer says, saving Biden’s agenda


Democratic senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin talk in a Senate elevator.Democratic senators Kyrsten Sinema and Joe Manchin talk in a Senate elevator.

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  • Sen. Kyrsten Sinema is ready to “move forward” with Democrats’ Inflation Reduction Act.
  • The update comes after days of silence from the Arizona moderate, who was the last holdout.
  • Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said the final version of the bill will be introduced on Saturday.

Democrats in array.

After nearly a year and a half of turmoil that left them stalled on the size and scope of their economic ambitions, Senate Democrats had clinched an agreement to approve a legislative package, carrying many of their domestic priorities on climate, healthcare, and taxes.

“I am pleased to report that we have reached an agreement on the Inflation Reduction Act that I believe will receive the support of the entire Senate Democratic conference,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement, referring to the $740 billion spending bill he secretly negotiated with Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia.

Schumer said the deal “preserves the major components” of the legislation. The package would still allow Medicare to negotiate the price of some prescription drugs, establish over $300 billion in clean energy tax credits, and extend financial assistance so Americans can purchase health coverage under the Affordable Care Act for three more years. Those made up the core pieces of the Manchin and Schumer bill.

Democrats like Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii hailed the agreement. “It’s happening,” he wrote on Twitter.

—Brian Schatz (@brianschatz) August 5, 2022

But Manchin and Schumer had to accommodate Sen. Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona, the lone Democratic holdout at this stage. Without her vote, Senate Democrats can’t approve the bill  over GOP opposition using the budget reconciliation process. All 50 Democratic senators must band together to pass the legislation with a simple majority, wielding the tiebreaking vote from Vice President Kamala Harris.

In a statement, Sinema said Democrats had ejected a provision to narrow the carried interest loophole benefiting private equity and hedge fund managers. She had been long opposed to closing the loophole, conflicting with Manchin’s ardent desire to narrow it.

“We have agreed to remove the carried interest tax provision, protect advanced manufacturing, and boost our clean energy economy in the Senate’s budget reconciliation legislation,” Sinema said in a statement.

She added that she was willing to advance the “Inflation Reduction Act” pending further review from a top Senate official that ensures it complies with reconciliation’s strict rules. Sinema said that she wanted to deal with carried interest at a later date. But it seems unlikely Republicans would lend support for either narrowing or closing the loophole. 

Removing carried interest knocks out roughly $14 billion in revenue from Manchin’s bill. But a Democrat familiar said that a 1% stock buyback tax had been added to the legislation. It would impose a 1% tax when a public firm purchases its own shares trying to enrich shareholders. It’s expected to raise a lot more money, the person said on condition of anonymity.

Schatz praised the climate provisions that appear to be on a path to final passage sometime early next week. “We have a climate deal that is equal to the moment,” he wrote on Twitter. “It is both enormous and not enough, it is both historic and only a down payment. This is the fight of our political generation, so this isn’t over.”

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Palo Alto debuts Unit 42 team for on-demand cybersecurity – CSO Online


Palo Alto debuts Unit 42 team for on-demand cybersecurity  CSO Online

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FBI arrests former Puerto Rico governor on bribery charges – Texarkana Gazette


FBI arrests former Puerto Rico governor on bribery charges  Texarkana Gazette

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Dick Cheney calls Trump a ‘coward’ in ad for daughter Liz – CT Insider


Dick Cheney calls Trump a ‘coward’ in ad for daughter Liz  CT Insider

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Ukrainian medical students arrive in Cambridge for clinical placements after war halts training – Cambridgeshire Live


Ukrainian medical students arrive in Cambridge for clinical placements after war halts training  Cambridgeshire Live

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US, Russia, China take part in talks with SE Asian nations – Laredo Morning Times


US, Russia, China take part in talks with SE Asian nations  Laredo Morning Times

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Uvalde prosecutor fights release of law enforcement records from school shooting – Yahoo! Voices


Uvalde prosecutor fights release of law enforcement records from school shooting  Yahoo! Voices

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Inflation Reduction Act drops most of Biden’s proposals to tax the rich trib.al/Ex9GRV2


Inflation Reduction Act drops most of Biden’s proposals to tax the rich trib.al/Ex9GRV2

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Biden tests COVID-19 positive for sixth straight day trib.al/LCriThF


Biden tests COVID-19 positive for sixth straight day trib.al/LCriThF

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