Jul 5, 2017

Clinton attorney: Firing Mueller won't stop Russia probe

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David Kendall, an attorney at Williams & Connolly, where he represents former president Bill Clinton and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, has a WashPost op-ed, "The Russia probe can't be fired." In an intriguing shot across the bow, Kendall argues that "Justice Department regulations will make it difficult, legally as well as politically," to fire special counsel Bob Mueller:

"Any of those steps would almost certainly result in the resignation of [Deputy Attorney General Rod] Rosenstein, and likely other Justice Department officials, reminiscent of the [1973] 'Saturday Night Massacre,' when President Richard Nixon ordered the firing of Watergate special prosecutor Archibald Cox."

Mr. President, here's the part you should read: "As with the Saturday Night Massacre, any move to fire Mueller would likely not be the end of the matter — or of the criminal investigation. In the uproar that ensued after Cox's firing, the remaining prosecutors in the office continued their work and a new special prosecutor, Leon Jaworski, was selected."

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Mark Meadows considers new White House press secretary

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White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has privately discussed bringing on Pentagon spokeswoman Alyssa Farah or Trump campaign spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany as a new White House press secretary, two sources familiar with the talks tell Axios.

Why it matters: Meadows' start on Tuesday as Trump's new chief — and televised coronavirus briefings that feature President Trump himself — present a chance to overhaul a press shop that's kept a low profile since President Trump ended the tradition of daily press secretary briefings.

CNN: Fauci advises all states issue stay-at-home orders

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Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci recommended on Thursday that all states across the U.S. implement stay-at-home orders, at a CNN town hall.

Why it matters: The recommendation stands in contrast to President Trump's calls for "flexibility." Nearly 4o states have issued stay-at-home orders to promote social distancing as a way to combat the novel coronavirus — but the orders vary in strictness and duration.