Post-Mueller Report Polls Show Public Is Tepid On Impeachment

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Conventional wisdom in Washington, D.C., holds that impeachment would be a massive gift to President Donald Trump’s 2020 re-election effort. President Bill Clinton famously stayed popular throughout his impeachment proceedings, and since any effort to remove Trump would likely fail in the Senate, many people believe impeachment would be doomed from the start. But we really shouldn’t be so sure. … Read More

14 Tidbits Of The Mueller Report That May Have Gotten Lost In All The Analysis

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1. This was as much a counterintelligence investigation as a criminal one. One of the new details in the report is that the FBI “embedded” approximately 40 personnel in the Special Counsel’s Office. Their role was not to contribute to the criminal probe, but instead to pore over the collected materials and pass written summaries of key counterintelligence findings to FBI … Read More

To Impeach or Not?

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Okay, we have the Muller Report, which — as everyone says — is a roadmap for Congress to start impeachment proceedings, or at least go forward with investigations leading to impeachment proceedings. Steny Hoyer, the number-two Democrat in the House, even after the long-awaited Mueller report, is not on board. “Based on what we have seen to date, going forward … Read More

The Mueller Report: The Day After

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Clearly, the pro-Trump spin attempts have failed. And they know it. The day after the Justice Department released the Mueller report, President Donald Trump tweeted that, in his opinion, parts of the report are “total bullshit.” That’s quite a departure from Trump’s earlier comments, in which he claimed that special counsel Robert Mueller’s report was a “total exoneration” of him. … Read More

The Mueller Report: Text Versions Of Executive Summaries, Volume I & II

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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY TO VOLUME I RUSSIAN SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGN The Internet Research Agency (IRA) carried out the earliest Russian interference operations identified by the investigation—a social media campaign designed to provoke and amplify political and social discord in the United States. The IRA was based in St. Petersburg, Russia, and received funding from Russian oligarch Yevgeniy Prigozhin and companies he … Read More

The Mueller Report: Highlights and Hot Takes

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It’s out. (searchable version here) This is a bad document for Trump and terrible for Barr who clearly was running interference for Trump. Trump upon learning of Mueller’s appointment: “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fucked.”: One takeaway throughout is how frequently White House aides lied to reporters. On day of Mueller … Read More

It’s Mueller Report Day! Part One: Barr Press Conference

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I suggest lowering expectations for the Mueller Report. I expect it to show evidence — evidence — of Trump’s obstruction, but since his motivation is an element that must be proven for an obstruction conviction, and since his motivation rests only in his head (or can at best be inferred, but not proved beyond a reasonable doubt), the report will … Read More

White House Staff Fears Trump Recriminations Regarding Mueller Report

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NBC: Some of the more than dozen current and former White House officials who cooperated with special counsel Robert Mueller are worried that the version of his report expected to be made public on Thursday will expose them as the source of damaging information about President Donald Trump, according to multiple witnesses in the investigation. Some of the officials and … Read More

7 Things To Look For In The Redacted Mueller Report (Thursday, We’re Told)

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1. To what extent did Americans assist or cooperate with Russians or other foreign agents in hacking Democratic National Committee emails, in trying to break into American voter registration databases, or in efforts to spread “dirt” on President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential election opponent, Hillary Clinton? We know from earlier government reports that Russian agents did all three of these … Read More

AG Barr To Look Into Improper FBI Actions Relating To Russia Probe

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This is a waste of time and its sad that Fox News tripe is being taken seriously: .@SenatorShaheen asks Barr about reports he's launched an investigation into officials who investigated Trump "I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal," he says, echoing baseless right-win conspiracy theories. "I think spying did occur." Shaheen is left speechless — … Read More

Surprise, Surprise: Barr’s “Summary” Of The Mueller Report Is Watered Down

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The headline says it all: Yup. And we learn that the report was prepared “so that the front matter from each section could have been released immediately — or very quickly,” according to one DOJ official. “It was done in a way that minimum redactions, if any, would have been necessary, and the work would have spoken for itself.” Mueller’s … Read More

Barr To Give “Full” Mueller Report to Congress by mid-April

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But first, he’s going to redact: (1) stuff required to be redacted under federal rules of criminal procedures;(2) stuff that reveals intelligence community sources and methods;(3) stuff that relates to ongoing matters (like investigations that Mueller farmed out to other prosecutors); and(4) stuff that might embarrass “peripheral third parties” See, it’s that fourth thing… amIrite? But at least the President … Read More

NPR/Marist Poll Shows People Want To See Mueller Report

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Some graphs from today’s NPR/Marist Poll: I think there is a problem with the question. Does this mean they are satisfied with Mueller’s thoroughness, or satisfied with the outcome? Huge difference, and I think that makes the results meaningless. Democrats, Republicans and Independents all want to see the full report. Curious that 40% of Republicans don’t want to see the … Read More

Three Myths About The Barr Summary

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Myth No. 1: Mueller found no evidence of collusion.  (Wrong, wrong, wrong.) Regrettably, “[a]ll three major news networks were consistent in saying that the special counsel found no evidence of collusion between President Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.” Both CNN and MSNBC heralded that “TRUMP CLAIMS ‘COMPLETE AND TOTAL EXONERATION’” on Russia. Fox claimed “MUELLER PROBE FINDS NO PROOF … Read More