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Sessions warned White House he could quit if Trump fired Rosenstein: report

Jeff Sessions warns he will resign if Rosenstein is fired

Attorney General Jeff Sessions warned the White House recently that he could resign if President Trump were to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The Washington Post reported Friday that Sessions told White House counsel Don McGahn in a phone call last weekend that he could leave the Justice Department in the event of Rosenstein's ouster.

The phone call came amid a series of attacks on Rosenstein and special counsel Robert Mueller by Trump, following the FBI raid of the home and office of his personal attorney Michael Cohen.

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DNC sues Russian government, Trump campaign, WikiLeaks alleging 2016 conspiracy plot

Tom Perez, DNC head, sues Russian govt. & Wikileaks

The Democratic National Committee alleges in a new multimillion dollar lawsuit that the Russian government, the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks engaged in a sweeping plot to interfere in the 2016 election in President Donald Trump's favor.

The lawsuit accuses top officials for the Trump campaign, Russian government officials and their military intelligence service, the GRU, of engaging in a vast, coordinated effort to inflict damage on Trump’s general election rival, Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

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Rosenstein Tells Trump He’s Not a Target in Mueller, Cohen Probes

Rosenstein tells Trump he is not a targetAfter the meeting, Trump told some of his closest advisers that it’s not the right time to remove either man since he’s not a target of the probes. One person said Trump doesn’t want to take any action that would drag out the investigation.

The change in attitude by the president comes after weeks of attacks on the special counsel and the Justice Department, raising questions about whether he might take drastic steps to shut down the probes.

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DOJ expected to deliver Comey memos to Congress

Comey memos to be given to GOP in COngress

The Department of Justice is expected to send to Congress on Thursday afternoon copies of former FBI Director James Comey's memos documenting his interactions with President Donald Trump, according to a source familiar with the department's plans.

Comey has told lawmakers he drafted seven memos detailing his encounters with the president in person and on the phone. He has also publicly claimed that he felt pressured by Trump to back off the FBI's pursuit of an investigation into the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia as well as into his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.

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Pittsburgh police carrying riot gear in case Trump fires Mueller

Pittsburgh police gear up in case Trump fires MuellerLeaders at the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police instructed detectives to carry riot gear should protests break out if President Trump fires special counsel Robert Mueller.

The directions came Wednesday, reports CBS Pittsburgh, in a memo from Pittsburgh Police Commander Victor Joseph.

"There is a belief that President Trump will soon move to fire Special Prosecutor Mueller," he wrote to agency detectives, saying the department received information on at least one possible demonstration. "This would result in a large protest within 24 hours of the firing."

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Michael Cohen drops libel suits against BuzzFeed, Fusion GPS over ‘Trump dossier’ publication

Cohen dropsa suit againsst Buzzfeed

President Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, has dropped a pair of libel suits against BuzzFeed and Fusion GPS over the publication of the now-infamous “Trump dossier.”

The suits, filed in January, center around the controversial release of the documents composed by former British spy Christopher Steele, who claimed there was a connection between President Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government.

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Trump’s former attorney warned him not to trust Michael Cohen

Michael CohenOne of President Trump's former attorneys said he urged the president not to trust Michael Cohen to fully protect him, and warned that Cohen would eventually cooperate with federal prosecutors.

The attorney, Jay Goldberg, told the Wall Street Journal that he spoke to Trump on the phone last Friday. In that call, he reportedly told Trump that on a scale of 1 to 100, where 100 represents full protection of the president, Cohen "isn't even a 1."

"Michael will never stand up [for you]," Goldberg said he told Trump.

Goldberg is one of several personal advisers that Trump has reached out to recently about the criminal investigation into Cohen, a longtime personal attorney for the president.

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