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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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Ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal settles with AMI, can discuss alleged Trump affair

karen McDougal

Karen McDougal, the former Playboy model who claims she had an affair with Donald Trump, came to a settlement agreement Wednesday with the tabloid news company she said paid her off to stay silent.

McDougal's attorney, Peter Stris, confirmed the settlement in a statement provided to USA TODAY.

"We are glad that AMI has agreed to a settlement that restores Karen’s life rights to her, and makes right the wrongs that had been perpetrated against her," Stris said. "She is now able to move on from this and go back to living her private life, as she has wanted from the beginning."

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NY AG Schneiderman seeks way around possible presidential pardons

Eric Schneiderman, NY AGAttorney General Eric Schneiderman is urging lawmakers to change the state’s double jeopardy law in case President Donald Trump attempts to use his pardon power to protect himself or his aides from criminal prosecution.

Schneiderman, a Democrat who has been a vocal critic of the Trump administration and the president's business dealings, sent a letter to legislative leaders Wednesday asking them to exempt state charges in cases that involve a presidential pardon from the double jeopardy law. Otherwise, Schneiderman wrote, New York’s relatively broad protections against double jeopardy could be abused to shield defendants beyond what the Constitution allows.

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The Company Michael Cohen Kept — “Trump, Inc.”

Michael Cohen and Trump, Inc.

If you’ve seen video or images of Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, they’ve probably been set in locations that exude power and importance: Cohen berating a CNN anchor in a TV studio, for example, or striding across the sleek marbled interior of Trump Tower, or more recently, smoking cigars in front of Cohen’s temporary residence, the Loews Regency Hotel on Manhattan’s Park Avenue.

But to understand how Michael Cohen arrived in those precincts, you need to venture across New York City’s East River. There, in a Queens warehouse district in the shadows of an elevated No. 7 subway line, is a taxi garage that used to house his law practice. The office area in the front is painted a garish taxicab-yellow, with posters of hockey players on the wall and a framed photo of the late Hasidic rabbi Menachem Schneerson. Cohen practiced law there and invested in the once-lucrative medallions that grant New York cabs the right to operate.

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