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How Will Dems Address Mueller Probe in 2020?

President Trump, via White House

By Allan Lengel

How will the Robert Mueller probe play out in the 2020 presidential campaign with Democrats?

Good question. For one, it may be too early to tell since the investigation is not yet complete. But that isn’t stopping people from strategizing.

 Politico’s Darren Samuelsohn writes that the Dems are already trying to figure out how to address the issue:

Behind the scenes, the candidates, campaign aides and consultants are already plotting how to publicly address the scandal that has consumed President Donald Trump. They know the campaign that gets it right could break free from the cluttered 2020 pack. In the early primary and caucus states, the Democratic hopefuls are already encountering “simmering, seething outrage” about Trump’s possible ties to Russia, said one strategist for a 2020 campaign. The candidate who taps into that anger could ride the wave to the nomination.

Speaking up could have disastrous ramifications, though. Much like Democratic candidates in the 2018 midterm elections, the party’s presidential hopefuls are wary of appearing consumed by — and politicizing — a scandal that grips regular Rachel Maddow viewers but seems confusing and distant from the kitchen tables of many Americans.

GAO Report Shows the Efforts Secret Service Must Go Through to Protect Trump at Mar-a-Lago

Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla.

By Allan Lengel

Secret Service has its challenges protecting President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago private club in Palm Beach, Fla.  where the president often mingles freely with guests and club members.

A report by the Government Accountability Office, prompted by a referral from Democrats in February of 2017 after reports Trump discussed national security with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in front of club dinner guests after a North Korean missile test, found that the Secret Service provides several layers of security at the club when Trump is in town, writes Benjamin Siegel and Lucien Bruggeman of ABC News.

The report shows:

  • The Secret Service, Coast Guard and local law enforcement patrol the adjacent waterways and entrances to Mar-a-Lago.
  • Secret Service sweeps rooms Trump is known to frequent.
  • Secret Service does background checks of staff.

Read full report. 

Ex-NY Lawmaker, Who Faces Criminal Charges, Wore An FBI Wire

By Allan Lengel

Former state Assemblyman Joe Errigo, who faces bribery charges,  started wearing an FBI wire after he was approached by the FBI, NBC News 10 reports.

NBC Chief Investigative Reporter Berkeley Brean confirmed the information with two unnamed sources.

Errigo is charged with taking money in exchange for sponsoring a piece of legislation.

On Wednesday, he pleaded not guilty in federal court in Rochester, N.Y.