Apr 16, 2019

White House officials fear they may be identified as Mueller report sources

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Some of the more than a dozen current and former White House officials who cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller are worried that his report — expected Thursday — will expose them as the source of damaging information about President Trump, NBC News' Carol E. Lee, Hallie Jackson and Kristen Welker report.

What's happening: "They got asked questions and told the truth and now they’re worried the wrath will follow," one former White House official told NBC. Some of the officials and their lawyers have tried to find out if witnesses are named (or obvious), but "the Justice Department has refused to elaborate."

Go deeper: Redacted Mueller report expected to be released Thursday morning

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Trump indulges Wall Street with Milken pardon

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Donald Trump loves Wall Street shenanigans. Companies owned by him have declared bankruptcy six different times, and he was once sued alongside Mike Milken for participating in a scheme to artificially inflate junk-bond prices.

Driving the news: Trump pardoned Milken this week, with an official statement positively gushing over Milken's role in developing the wilder side of fixed-income capital markets.

Situational awareness

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Catch up on today's biggest news:

  1. Roger Stone sentenced to 40 months in prison
  2. Top NSC official reassigned to Energy Department amid "Anonymous" fallout
  3. Morgan Stanley to buy E*Trade in $13 billion deal
  4. Coronavirus slams companies' 2020 sales projections
  5. Black activist group gives its first presidential endorsement to Elizabeth Warren

Coronavirus kills 2 Diamond Princess passengers and South Korea sees first death

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. U.S. numbers include Americans extracted from Princess Cruise ship.

Two elderly Diamond Princess passengers have been killed by the novel coronavirus — the first deaths confirmed among the more than 600 infected aboard the cruise ship. South Korea also announced its first death Thursday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed more than 2,100 people and infected over 75,000 others, mostly in mainland China, where the National Health Commission announced 114 new deaths since Wednesday.

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