US Politics in Trump era Public date: 17.09.2019 01:44:11

26 Jul 2019

Congress Needs to Pick Up Where Robert Mueller Left Off

Last week, CNN published an explosive story related to the Trump-Russia case that raised important new questions about ties between Julian Assange, WikiLeaks, and Russia. The report said that CNN had obtained hundreds of pages of surveillance reports compiled for the Ecuadorian government by a Spanish security company, which showed that Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks, received “in-person deliveries, potentially of hacked materials related to the 2016 U.S. election, during a series of suspicious meetings” while he lived in the Ecuadorian embassy in London.
Last week, CNN published an explosive story related to the Trump-Russia case that raised important new questions about...
10 Jul 2019

Barr changes his tune on Mueller’s testimony

Earlier this year, following his bungled roll-out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in 2016, Attorney General William Barr claimed he had “no objection” to Mueller testifying before Congress. Now, Barr has changed his tune.
Earlier this year, following his bungled roll-out of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference...

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11 Jun 2019

Justice Dept. Agrees to Turn Over Key Mueller Evidence to House

The Justice Department, after weeks of tense negotiations, has agreed to provide Congress with key evidence collected by Robert S. Mueller III that could shed light on possible obstruction of justice and abuse of power by President Trump, the House Judiciary Committee said on Monday.
The Justice Department, after weeks of tense negotiations, has agreed to provide Congress with key evidence collected by...
30 May 2019

Mueller statement on Russia investigation: Special counsel says accusing Trump of a crime ‘not an option’ under DOJ guidelines – The Washington Post

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III reiterated Wednesday that his office could not clear President Trump of obstructing justice, asserting in his first public remarks about his investigation that federal prosecutors cannot accuse the commander in chief of a crime, while suggesting Congress still may do so.
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III reiterated Wednesday that his office could not clear President Trump of...

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8 May 2019

Trump Asserts Executive Privilege Over Full Mueller Report

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 of Representatives hold Attorney General William P. Barr in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena for the same material.
President Trump asserted executive privilege on Wednesday in an effort to shield hidden portions of Robert S. Mueller...
8 May 2019

Did Donald Trump’s Grip on the Justice Department Sabotage Robert Mueller’s Investigation?

Through his unrelenting efforts to obstruct the Trump-Russia investigation since its inception, President Donald Trump has inflicted a slow-motion Saturday Night Massacre on the American people, a constitutional nightmare that has lasted two years instead of one night.
Through his unrelenting efforts to obstruct the Trump-Russia investigation since its inception, President Donald Trump...

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6 May 2019

Trump Objects to Mueller Testifying Before Congress

President Trump said on Sunday that the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, should not testify before Congress, setting up another confrontation with Democrats over presidential authority and the separation of powers.
President Trump said on Sunday that the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, should not testify before Congress,...
4 May 2019

Trump says he and Putin discussed outcome of Mueller probe as part of hour-long phone conversation

President Trump said he spoke with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin by phone for more than an hour Friday about topics including special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation but that he did not confront Putin about Russian interference in the 2016 election.
President Trump said he spoke with Russian President Vladi­mir Putin by phone for more than an hour Friday about topics...
2 May 2019

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

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 family of his former personal attorney.
By now, it’s pretty clear that Attorney General Bill Barr thinks there was nothing unusual — let alone potentially...
2 May 2019

Mueller complained that Barr’s letter did not capture ‘context’ of Trump probe

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III wrote a letter in late March complaining to Attorney General William P. Barr that a four-page memo to Congress describing the principal conclusions of the investigation into President Trump “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of Mueller’s work, according to a copy of the letter reviewed Tuesday by The Washington Post.
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III wrote a letter in late March complaining to Attorney General William P. Barr that...
20 Apr 2019

Guide to the Mueller Report’s Findings on “Collusion”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report focuses only on whether crimes were committed. It addresses two Russian conspiracies to interfere in the 2016 election—one involving a social media influence campaign and the other involving the hacking and dissemination of stolen emails. The Report then addresses whether Trump Campaign associates knowingly entered an agreement with the Russian government to assist those conspiracies.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report focuses only on whether crimes were committed. It addresses two Russian...

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19 Apr 2019

Mueller Reveals Trump’s Efforts to Thwart Russian Inquiry in Highly Anticipated Report

Robert S. Mueller III revealed a frantic, monthslong effort by President Trump to thwart the investigation into Russia’s 2016 election interference, cataloging in a report released on Thursday the attempts by Mr. Trump to escape an inquiry that imperiled his presidency from the start.
Robert S. Mueller III revealed a frantic, monthslong effort by President Trump to thwart the investigation into...

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4 Apr 2019

Some on Mueller’s Team Say Report Was More Damaging Than Barr Revealed

Some of Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators have told associates that Attorney General William P. Barr failed to adequately portray the findings of their inquiry and that they were more troubling for President Trump than Mr. Barr indicated, according to government officials and others familiar with their simmering frustrations.
Some of Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators have told associates that Attorney General William P. Barr failed to...
29 Mar 2019

Three Lessons From ‘Failed’ Mueller Inquiry

The left never had a dog in this race. This was always an in-house squabble between different wings of the establishment. Late-stage capitalism is in terminal crisis, and the biggest problem facing our corporate elites is how to emerge from this crisis with their power intact. One wing wants to make sure the pig’s face remains painted, the other is happy simply getting its snout deeper into the trough while the food lasts.
The left never had a dog in this race. This was always an in-house squabble between different wings of the...

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27 Mar 2019

Trump’s AG Bill Barr has a history of cover-ups — and he just struck again

Back in 1992, the last time Bill Barr was U.S. attorney general, iconic New York Times writer William Safire referred to him as “Coverup-General Barr” because of his role in burying evidence of then-President George H.W. Bush’s involvement in “Iraqgate” and “Iron-Contra.” General Barr has struck again—this time, in similar fashion, burying Mueller’s report and cherry-picking fragments of sentences from it to justify Trump’s behavior.
Back in 1992, the last time Bill Barr was U.S. attorney general, iconic New York Times writer William Safire referred to...

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25 Mar 2019

Mueller Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy but Stops Short of Exonerating President on Obstruction of Justice

The investigation led by Robert S. Mueller III found that neither President Trump nor any of his aides conspired or coordinated with the Russian government’s 2016 election interference, according to a summary of the special counsel’s findings made public on Sunday by Attorney General William P. Barr.Mr. Barr also said that Mr. Mueller’s team drew no conclusions about whether Mr. Trump illegally obstructed justice.
The investigation led by Robert S. Mueller III found that neither President Trump nor any of his aides conspired or...

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25 Mar 2019

Mueller Report Ends a Shameful Period for the Press

The Mueller report’s categorical statement that Donald Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russia ends one of the most shameful periods in modern American journalism, one that rivals the mindless cheerleading for the Iraq War by most of the press. It further erodes and may prove fatal to the credibility of a press that has steadfastly rendered most of the country invisible and functions as little more than an array of gossiping courtiers to the elites.
The Mueller report’s categorical statement that Donald Trump and his campaign did not collude with Russia ends one of...
15 Mar 2019

House calls for Mueller report to be made public in overwhelmingly bipartisan vote

The House voted overwhelmingly and in bipartisan fashion to urge the Justice Department to publicly release the entirety of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, once completed. The move is an attempt to “send a clear signal both to the American people and the Department of Justice” that lawmakers expect to see the full account of Mueller’s work, according to the House Judiciary Committee’s chairman, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.).
The House voted overwhelmingly and in bipartisan fashion to urge the Justice Department to publicly release the entirety...
13 Feb 2019

Private Mossad for Hire

Psy-Group’s larger ambition was to break into the U.S. election market. During the 2016 Presidential race, the company pitched members of Donald Trump’s campaign team on its ability to influence the results. Psy-Group’s owner, Joel Zamel, even asked Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker, to offer Zamel’s services to Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law.
Psy-Group’s larger ambition was to break into the U.S. election market. During the 2016 Presidential race, the company...
31 Jan 2019

Mueller Alleges His Probe Was Targeted By Russia-Based Disinformation Effort

Evidence given by prosecutors to the defense team in the ongoing prosecution of a Russian troll farm accused of meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was altered and posted online as part of a “disinformation campaign” to discredit the Russia probe, special counsel Robert Mueller’s team alleged in a court filing Wednesday.
Evidence given by prosecutors to the defense team in the ongoing prosecution of a Russian troll farm accused of meddling...
28 Jan 2019

Trump advisers lied over and over again, Mueller says. The question is, why?

They lied to the public for months before Donald Trump was elected — and then repeatedly after he took office. They lied to Congress as lawmakers sought to investigate Russia’s attack on American democracy in 2016. And they lied to the FBI, even when they knew lying was a crime.
They lied to the public for months before Donald Trump was elected — and then repeatedly after he took office. They...
30 Nov 2018

Trump attacks Mueller probe for fourth straight morning, asks if it will ‘go on forever’

President Trump took to Twitter for a fourth straight morning on Thursday to attack special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian election interference, questioning whether it will “just go on forever” and calling it a waste of money. “Did you ever see an investigation more in search of a crime?” Trump wrote in a tweet. He also asserted that the probe “has proven only one thing-there was NO collusion with Russia.”
President Trump took to Twitter for a fourth straight morning on Thursday to attack special counsel Robert S. Mueller...
27 Nov 2018

Manafort Breached Plea Deal by Repeatedly Lying, Mueller Says

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, repeatedly lied to federal investigators in breach of a plea agreement he signed two months ago, the special counsel’s office said in a court filing late on Monday.Prosecutors working for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, said Mr. Manafort’s “crimes and lies” about “a variety of subject matters” relieve them of all promises they made to him in the plea agreement.
Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, repeatedly lied to federal investigators in breach of a...
17 Nov 2018

Top Cheney Aide in Mueller’s Sights as Probe Expands

Dick Cheney’s former top national-security aide has come under scrutiny from special counsel Robert Mueller, two people with knowledge of the probe tell The Daily Beast. It’s the latest sign that Mueller’s probe has expanded beyond the narrow bounds of Russian interference in American politics.
Dick Cheney’s former top national-security aide has come under scrutiny from special counsel Robert Mueller, two...
31 Oct 2018

Robert Mueller asks FBI to investigate ‘women offered money to make false sexual harassment claims against him’

Robert Mueller has asked the FBI to probe allegations that a woman was offered up to $20,000 to make false accusations of sexual harassment against him. In a rare public statement from the office of the man investigating Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign, said it had been notified of the accusations last week, apparently by journalists.
Robert Mueller has asked the FBI to probe allegations that a woman was offered up to $20,000 to make false accusations...
26 Sep 2018

A Supreme Court Case Could Liberate Trump to Pardon His Associates

The Utah lawmaker Orrin Hatch, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, filed a 44-page amicus brief earlier this month in Gamble v. United States, a case that will consider whether the dual-sovereignty doctrine should be put to rest. The 150-year-old exception to the Fifth Amendment’s double-jeopardy clause allows state and federal courts to prosecute the same person for the same criminal offense.
The Utah lawmaker Orrin Hatch, who sits on the Senate Judiciary Committee, filed a 44-page amicus brief earlier this...
22 Aug 2018

Paul Manafort Guilty of 8 Charges in Fraud Trial

Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, was convicted on Tuesday in his financial fraud trial, bringing a dramatic end to a politically charged case that riveted the capital. The verdict was a victory for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, whose prosecutors built a case that Mr. Manafort hid millions of dollars in foreign accounts to evade taxes and lied to banks repeatedly to obtain $20 million in loans.
Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, was convicted on Tuesday in his financial fraud trial,...
21 Aug 2018

Trump calls Mueller lawyers ‘thugs’ and ‘a National Disgrace!’

President Trump on Monday referred to lawyers working for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III as “thugs” and accused them of trying to affect this year’s elections, further ramping up his rhetoric against prosecutors probing Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
President Trump on Monday referred to lawyers working for special counsel Robert S. Mueller III as “thugs” and...
2 Aug 2018

Trump Pushes for Interview With Mueller Against Lawyers’ Advice

President Trump pushed his lawyers in recent days to try once again to reach an agreement with the special counsel’s office about his sitting for an interview, flouting their advice that he should not answer investigators’ questions, three people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.
President Trump pushed his lawyers in recent days to try once again to reach an agreement with the special counsel’s...
26 Jun 2018

Indicted Kremlin-Linked Firm Challenges Mueller’s Legal Authority

The Russian firm that special counsel Robert Mueller has charged with  funding Russia’s election meddling on social media and is run by an oligarch known as “Putin’s chef” challenged Mueller’s legal authority in court filings Monday. Concord Management was among the defendants named in an indictment approved by Mueller’s grand jury in February. Mueller accused Concord Management of funding the organization of internet trolls who allegedly created fake social media accounts in the lead-up of 2016, and charged it with conspiracy to defraud the United States.
The Russian firm that special counsel Robert Mueller has charged with  funding Russia’s election meddling on...

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13 Jun 2018

Mueller warns that election, politics meddling by foreigners is still happening

Special counsel Robert Mueller  said Tuesday that election meddling operations like those conducted by Russia during the 2016 presidential election are still occurring. "Uncharged individuals and entities" are still engaging in operations similar to those charged in a case involving 13 Russian nationals and three entities accused of illegally interfering in U.S. politics, Mueller said.
Special counsel Robert Mueller  said Tuesday that election meddling operations like those...
6 Mar 2018

Former Trump aide Sam Nunberg called before grand jury, says he will refuse to go

Nunberg said that the special counsel had sought to convince him to testify against another former Trump adviser, Roger Stone, for colluding with Russians, but he said he would not because Stone has been a friend and mentor to him.
Nunberg said that the special counsel had sought to convince him to testify against another...

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26 Jan 2018

Watch Trump insist he never gave ‘any thought’ to firing Mueller

On Thursday night, the New York Times reported that President Trump tried to fire special counsel Robert Mueller last June. Trump ordered White House counsel Donald F. McGahn to oust Mueller, but backed down when McGahn threatened to resign. Trump, however, has publicly denied even considering firing Mueller.
On Thursday night, the New York Times reported that President Trump tried to fire special counsel Robert Mueller last...
22 Dec 2017

Republicans Are Quietly Putting Their Anti-Mueller Plans into Action

As the flagrant anti-F.B.I. rhetoric instilled by Donald Trump and his allies seeps into the Republican mainstream, the G.O.P. is expanding its push to cast doubt on the efforts of Robert Mueller and his team.
As the flagrant anti-F.B.I. rhetoric instilled by Donald Trump and his allies seeps into the Republican mainstream, the...
24 Nov 2017

A Split From Trump Indicates That Flynn Is Moving to Cooperate With Mueller

Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, are said to have terminated an information-sharing agreement with the president’s legal team. Defense lawyers frequently share information during investigations, but they must stop when doing so would pose a conflict of interest. It is unethical for lawyers to work together when one client is cooperating with prosecutors and another is still under investigation.
Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, are said to have terminated an...
21 Sep 2017

Mueller Seeks White House Documents Related to Trump’s Actions as President

Robert  S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has asked the White House for documents about some of President Trump’s most scrutinized actions since taking office, including the firing of his national security adviser and F.B.I. director, according to White House officials. Mr.  Mueller is also interested in an Oval Office meeting Mr. Trump had with  Russian officials in which he said the dismissal of the F.B.I. director   had relieved “great pressure” on him.
Robert  S. Mueller III, the special counsel, has asked the White House for documents about some of President...
19 Sep 2017

Mueller Inquiry Sets Tone With Shock-and-Awe Approach

Paul J. Manafort was in bed early one morning in July when federal agents bearing a search warrant picked the lock on his front door and raided his Virginia home. They took binders stuffed with documents and copied his computer files, looking for evidence that Mr. Manafort, President  Trump’s former campaign chairman, set up secret offshore bank accounts. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, then followed the house search with a warning: His prosecutors told Mr. Manafort they planned to indict him, said two people close to the investigation.
Paul J. Manafort was in bed early one morning in July when federal agents bearing a search...
10 Aug 2017

Manafort’s Home Searched as Part of Mueller Inquiry

Investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, recently searched the Northern Virginia home of President Trump’s  former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, for tax documents and foreign  banking records, a sign that the inquiry into Mr. Manafort has  broadened, according to a person familiar with the matter.
Investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, recently searched the Northern Virginia home of President...

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4 Aug 2017

Exclusive: top FBI officials could testify against Trump

Shortly after the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller in May, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told several of the highest-ranking managers of the bureau they should consider themselves possible witnesses in any investigation into whether President Donald Trump engaged in obstruction of justice, according to two senior federal law enforcement officials.
Shortly after the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller in May, acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe told several...
22 Jul 2017

Robert Mueller, Don Jr.’s Russia meeting, and money laundering.

As Mueller investigates Trump's business, new reporting ties the key players in the infamous Don Jr. meeting to money laundering cases. "The roots of Mueller’s follow-the-money investigation lie in a wide-ranging money laundering probe launched by then-Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara last year," the Bloomberg story says, attributing this information to "someone familiar with the developing inquiry but not authorized to speak publicly." (Bharara was fired from his job in March.)
As Mueller investigates Trump's business, new reporting ties the key players in the infamous Don Jr. meeting to money...
16 Jun 2017

Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say

The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates.
The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in...

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7 Jun 2017

No, Robert Mueller And James Comey Aren’t Heroes

As top law enforcement officials of the Bush administration (Mueller as FBI Director and James Comey as Deputy Attorney General), both presided over post-9/11 cover-ups and secret abuses of the Constitution, enabled Bush-Cheney fabrications to launch wrongful wars, and exhibited plain vanilla incompetence.
As top law enforcement officials of the Bush administration (Mueller as FBI Director and James Comey as Deputy...

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