One Day In Trumpworld

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These things happened yesterday: (1) Trump gave William Barr total authority to declassify and release anything he wants regarding the Russia investigation, particularly anything from the intelligence community (who was told by executive order to cooperate). I don’t think there is a smoking gun showing that the “Deep State” was out to get Trump by starting what eventually became the Mueller investigation. … Read More

Call Me Crazy, But It Doesn’t Look Like Justin Amash, The First Congressional Republican To Call For Impeachment, Is Showing Signs Of Backing Down

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As New York magazine’s Jonathan Chait points out, Amash has “an 88 percent score from the American Conservative Union, [and] a 100 percent score from FreedomWorks.” He’s anti-abortion, more anti-interventionist than the average Democrat, and when bills add to the federal government’s vast ocean of red ink, he votes no.

Happening Now: Pelosi And Schumer At White House To Talk Infrastructure; Trump Cannot Focus

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Trump is on the White House lawn complaining about the Mueller investigation, while Pelosi and Schumer are trying to do the work of the people: "I walked into the room and I told Sen Schumer and Speaker Pelosi that I want to do infrastructure…but I can't do it under these circumstances." Pres Trump of his meeting moments before with Democratic … Read More

McGahn Is A No-Show. Now What?

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Rep. Jerry Nadler: “We will not allow the President to prevent the American people from hearing from this witness. We will not allow the President to block congressional subpoenas, putting himself and his allies above the law.” https://t.co/iwEhpwoUah pic.twitter.com/Aw7imGg0GX — The Hill (@thehill) May 21, 2019 Nadler in the clip above (from The Post): “We will not allow the president to … Read More

Trump Expected To Order McGahn To Ignore Subpoena

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NEWS: The Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel has drafted an opinion centering on McGahn’s planned testimony to House Judiciary tomorrow, per DOJ official. A Hill aide tells me they expect it to provide a legal basis for McGahn refusing to comply with the subpoena. — Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) May 20, 2019 NY Times: President Trump is preparing to instruct … Read More

Trump’s Lawyers Adopt Untenable Position

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On all fronts, Trump, through his lawyers, is fighting congressional subpoenas issued to him, his businesses, his sons, etc. in the courts. Trump and his allies are working to block more than 20 separate investigations into his actions as president, his personal finances and his administration’s policies, according to a Washington Post analysis. The most important case of all is, ironically, one … Read More

Trump Abuse Everywhere

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First, an insight into the guy we’re dealing with: Ok. So he’s an asshole. But he’s dangerous too. Trump, through his surrogates, is openly involving a foreign power in domestic politics: If you’re still worried about the collusion described in the Mueller Report forgot about that because it probably means you’re not focused enough on how President Trump’s top advisors … Read More

Document Dump: We Have Questions

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Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have sent a letter to Republican committee Chair Lindsey Graham to insist on the importance of bringing Robert Mueller before their committee. To demonstrate the importance, the Democratic senators have included a list of 60 questions that can only be answered by the special counsel’s appearance. The letter—which includes the signatures of 2020 presidential candidates … Read More

Breaking: Senate Intel Committee Subpoenas Donald Trump Jr.

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Axios is reporting that the Republican-led Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed Donald Trump Jr. to answer questions about his previous testimony before Senate investigators in relation to the Russia investigation. This is huge and unique as it is REPUBLICANS who lead the committee. It is the first congressional subpoena — that we know about — of one of President Trump’s … Read More

Breaking: White House Declares Executive Privilege Over Unredacted Mueller Report

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NY Times: WASHINGTON — President Trump asserted executive privilege on Wednesday in an effort to shield hidden portions of Robert S. Mueller III’s unredacted report and the evidence he collected from Congress. The assertion, Mr. Trump’s first use of the secrecy powers as president, came as the House Judiciary Committee is expected to vote Wednesday morning to recommend the House … Read More

Call For Impeachment Grows

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There are a lot of serious writings lately urging the impeachment of Trump, and not just from the fringes of the internet. Here is one typical example, printed in the Washington Post, by Brian Klaas: If Donald Trump weren’t president, he’d probably be in jail. That’s the view of a bipartisan group of hundreds of former federal prosecutors, who have … Read More

400+ Former Federal Prosecutors Can’t Be Wrong

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More than 400 former federal prosecutors have signed onto a statement asserting that if the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) did not prohibit a sitting president from being indicted, President Trump would be charged with obstruction of justice. Special counsel Robert Mueller laid out extensive evidence of possible obstruction by Trump in volume 2 of his report, though he ultimately … Read More

Four Things To Watch For Today

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Barr’s last chance to avoid contempt Nadler gave the Justice Department a Monday morning deadline to respond to his recent offer regarding the release of the full Mueller report. Nadler has threatened Barr with contempt if they can’t reach an agreement. Be watching for the department’s response. Mnuchin to give answer on Trump’s taxes Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin gave himself a … Read More

The Fallout Continues

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It’s been two days after his embarrassing testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Barr’s jaw-dropping performance before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday dispelled any lingering confidence in the impartial administration of justice — the bedrock of our republic. He actually testified that if the president feels an investigation is unfounded, he “does not have to sit there constitutionally and allow … Read More

Barr’s Most Absurd Defenses Of Trump’s Obstructive Conduct

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By now, it’s pretty clear that Attorney General Bill Barr thinks there was nothing unusual — let alone potentially criminal — about President Trump’s intervention in the federal Russia investigation. Not the repeated pushes to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, not the public fuming about being the innocent victim of a federal “witch hunt,” not the tweeted threats to the … Read More