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Justice Department to defend Trump in defamation suit

House Democrats are urging Attorney General Merrick Garland to reconsider the Justice Department's decision to take up the defense of former President Trump in a defamation lawsuit. The 2019 suit was filed by writer E. Jean Carroll after Mr. Trump denied her allegations of rape. Politico's senior legal affairs contributor Josh Gerstein joins CBSN's "Red and Blue" host Elaine Quijano with more on how the Biden administration is justifying that decision, and a battle to keep secret a memo that details former Attorney General William Barr's decision not to charge the former president with obstruction following the Mueller probe.


Former top Mueller prosecutor on Russia probe

Andrew Weissmann, who served as a top prosecutor on special counsel Robert Mueller's team, is responding to a rare statement from his old boss criticizing his assessment of the final report on Russian election interference. Weissmann details his experience in the investigation, and explains where he thought Mueller succeeded and fell short, in his book, "Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation," and he joined CBSN to discuss.


Trump criticized for Stone commutation

President Trump is facing bipartisan backlash over his intervention in the criminal case of his longtime ally Roger Stone. The president commuted Stone's sentence on seven felony convictions, and Stone told Axios he plans to campaign for Mr. Trump's reelection. Dylan Bank, a co-director of the film "Get Me Roger Stone," joined CBSN to discuss whether the tactics Stone used to help elect the president in 2016 will be enough this time around.


Trump takes aim at Dr. Fauci as coronavirus cases surge nationwide

Coronavirus cases and hospitalizations are spiking across much of the United States. Yet President Trump and members of the administration are appearing to focus on discrediting Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert. CBS News White House correspondent Weijia Jiang joins CBSN with more on that, plus the president's decision to grant clemency to his convicted friend and adviser Roger Stone.

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