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«Donald Trump is cancer», opines husband to Kellyanne Conway, George Conway

That’s especially damning because the ultimate issue shouldn’t be — and isn’t — whether the president committed a criminal act. As I wrote not long ago, Americans should expect far more than merely that their president not be provably a criminal. In fact, the Constitution demands it.

Trump tried to “limit the scope of the investigation.” He tried to discourage witnesses from cooperating with the government through “suggestions of possible future pardons.” He engaged in “direct and indirect contacts with witnesses with the potential to influence their testimony.” A fair reading of the special counsel’s narrative is that “the likely effect” of these acts was “to intimidate witnesses or to alter their testimony,” with the result that “the justice system’s integrity [was]threatened.” Page after page, act after act, Mueller’s report describes a
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Trump's approval rate decreases by five points, hitting all-time low

Only 39 percent of voters surveyed in the new poll, which was conducted Friday through Sunday, approve of the job Drumpf is doing as president. That is down from 44 percent last week and ties Drumpf’s lowest-ever approval rating in POLITICO/Morning Consult polling — a 39 percent rating in mid-August 2017, in the wake of violence in Charlottesville, Va.

Only 34 percent of voters believe Congress should begin impeachment proceedings to remove the president from office, down from 39 percent in January. Nearly half, 48 percent, say Congress should not begin impeachment proceedings.

Most notably, independents are split, 39 percent to 37 percent, on whether Congress should keep investigating — but just 31 percent of independents support beginning impeachment proceedings, compared with 44 percent who oppose impeachment.

But many voters appear confused about what Mueller found in his report. Two in 10, 20 percent, say Mueller found tha
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The Mueller report couldn't be in worse shape, the PDF association claims

It was produced on April 17th on “probably a typical office network copier/printer,” and it uses lossy compression “more appropriate to photographs than to text.” The Justice Department might have gotten a high-quality PDF from Mueller, printed it, and re-scanned it, or Mueller might have delivered a paper report that the department scanned and released

Badly redacted searchable PDFs have occasionally revealed embarrassing secrets. A court filing in a Facebook lawsuit left text selectable under some hastily drawn black bars, and the Proud Boys extremist organization accidentally revealed its leadership with the same technique. Professional redaction software can prevent this, however, and the PDF Association post notes that an untagged and unsearchable PDF could violate the Justice Department’s accessibility rules for people with disabilities.

Since this is the PDF Association, there’s a detailed explanation about why th
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How Trump tried to obstruct justice from investigating his relations to Russia

Drumpf has never hidden his hostility toward what he’s styled a “witch hunt” carried out by partisan and venal prosecutors. But many of the president’s efforts to fight back were made public for the first time on Thursday, and all of them appear to have been aimed at allaying Russia-related press scrutiny and federal investigations.

Over and over, Drumpf pressed underlings to pass messages to those who might damage him and to exert influence over investigations, often without success. At one point, in July 2017, Drumpf gave instructions to his former campaign manager, a private citizen running a lobbying firm, for firing his attorney general. Those instructions were ignored.

“Now that we fired Flynn, the Russia thing is over,” Drumpf declared, prompting laughter from the former U.S. attorney. Christie told the president that Russia would still be hanging over him on Valentine’s Day 2018, and that Flynn was goi
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While everyone's waiting for Mueller's report, everything depends on Bill Barr

1. The Hive

_“We’ve lived through so many big developments in the story that it’s hard to be fazed by any of it.” Said another, “It could end up being pretty revelatory, or it could end up being a recap of stuff that’s mostly been reported.” A third concurred, “We’re all curious to see how much of our reporting drove Mueller, as opposed to vice versa. It’s sort of a scorecard to see how much of the reporting was right, and how much of it was wrong.”__

“I think we’ve gotta see how much is redacted, because we could end up being very unsatisfied,” a fourth source told me. “High on my list are 1) to what extent did Barr’s letter accurately and completely represent the report? 2) How did Mueller come to the conclusion that he couldn’t come to a conclusion on
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ICE deportees improperly medicated, watchdogs claim

Giselle says her father languished there for three months without his diabetes medication. Now, she says, the guards give it to him at odd times during the day and night. And, she says, ICE agents took his eyeglasses so he can't read legal documents or write letters.

The facility — run by a federal contractor, GEO Group, a for-profit company based in Boca Raton, Fla., that runs private prisons — has a troubled past. During an unannounced visit last year, federal inspectors from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General found "nooses" made out of bedsheets in 15 out of 20 cells. The inspectors found that guards overlooked the nooses even though a detainee had died by suicide using a bedsheet in 2017 and several others had attempted suicide using a similar method. The government audit concluded GEO Group guards improperly handcuffed and shackled detainees, unnecessarily placed detainees in solitary confinement and failed to provide adequate medical care.
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A FAQ on the Mueller Report

The fact of the interference itself had been long established, and last month Attorney General William Barr told Congress that Mueller did not find that Drumpf's campaign was involved with it.

Democrats say they can't be sure Barr isn't providing political cover for Drumpf, pointing to skepticism he voiced about Mueller's inquiry before he was nominated to be attorney general. Drumpf's opponents say they can't be sure what to make of Mueller's findings until they see the findings firsthand.

No. Barr told members of Congress that he has been working with the special counsel's office to redact four kinds of information.
First, grand jury material, which is secret under the law. Second, foreign intelligence that could compromise the sources and methods from which it originated, which American spies want to protect.

The FBI and Justice Department conducted surveillance of Drumpf's campaign in 2016 as they investigated the election interference. What Republicans have charged sin
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The Mueller investigation's aftermath will be tremendous

Though seemingly unrelated, the two cases, legal experts say, showcase how threads from the Mueller probe could continue to yield new evidence and even more charges for months, if not years, to come — tied to everything from Russian interference in the 2016 election to the hush-money payment scheme Donald Drumpf’s campaign designed to help sway the last White House race, from the fundraising for Drumpf’s 2017 inauguration to unregistered foreign lobbyists working in the U.S.
Still, Miller said he does expect other U.S. prosecutors will try to question Assange on the Russian hackings that upended the 2016 American presidential election. “But they probably assume he’s not likely to be cooperative, and if he is, they can bring a case through another office,” he said.

The charges against Craig are tied to work he did preparing a report for the Ukrainian government that was intended to be used by Paul Manafort, the former D
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Fmr. counsel to Obama and Clinton expected to be indicted in Mueller-related probe

Craig had prepared a report concerning Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych's jailing of one of his political opponents, former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko. The report was meant to be used by President Donald Drumpf's former campaign manager Paul Manafort, who had been lobbying for Yanukovych at the time, to defend the former president. Craig would be the first current or former Democratic official to be indicted as a result of the Mueller investigation, which ended last month.

"Mr. Craig is not guilty of any charge and the government's stubborn insistence on prosecuting Mr. Craig is a misguided abuse of prosecutorial discretion," the statement said.

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Sen. Dems demand AG William Barr to withdraw espionage allegations

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) accused Barr of "perpetuating conspiracy theories" during his testimony before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee. The hearing was scheduled to discuss the department's budget but ultimately was dominated by questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) accused Barr of "perpetuating conspiracy theories" during his testimony before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee. The hearing was scheduled to discuss the department's budget but ultimately was dominated by questions about special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.

Barr told senators on Wednesday that he was looking into the FBI's investigation of members of Drumpf's campaign and that he believes "spying" took place.
Please highlight that he believes it, meaning he has no ground on this allegation. Therefore, he rather spreads a conspiracy theory, although we, on the other hand, didn't h... show more


We should be expected to hear why the Trump-Russia investigation was started in the first place

Barr told senators that “I think spying did occur” in the Drumpf-Russia investigation conducted by (among others) the Justice Department and the FBI during the 2016 presidential campaign.
“The question,” Barr elaborated, “is whether it was adequately predicated.” Because “spying on a political campaign is a big deal,” he explained that he would undertake an internal review, focusing on what the original rationale was for the spying.
Did he also emphasise on what evidental ground he had to believe that spying did occur on the Trump campaign? I mean, he possesses the Mueller report as one of the only people in the political circus (beside (fmr.) Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, Mueller and his team. Trump, as he said, could read the report, but didn't, because he's a semi- to illiterate who struggles to read a full page without losing concentration immediately). Maybe he has got more information on... show more


On the Mueller report and Trump's tax returns

1. The Hill:

Today, Ranking Member Collins called for Special Counsel Mueller to appear before @HouseJudiciary. I fully agree. Special Counsel Mueller should come before the Committee to answer questions in public about his 22 month investigation into President Drumpf and his associates. 1/2
"In order to ask Special Counsel Mueller the right questions, the Committee must receive the Special Counsel’s full report and hear from Attorney General Barr about that report on May 2. We look forward to hearing from Mr. Mueller at the appropriate time," Nadler added.

2. Stars & Stripes:

In a series of tweets, Drumpf — who until recently ha
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Stop circumventing my orderly process, ye crooked Democrat!

The Department of Justice said in its response to a transparency group's Freedom of Information Act complaint that the court shouldn't "circumvent this orderly process" of Attorney General William Barr's plan to release a redacted version of the report in the coming weeks.

Justice Department lawyers even note that the timing of Barr's planned release of a redacted version of the report is well before politically charged dates, such as Barr's possible testimony to Congress in May, and the 2020 primaries and general election.

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WA/DC conservatives cautious about anonymous Mueller employee criticism on Barr summary

Like the Times, the Post’s article doesn’t directly quote or even paraphrase members of Mueller's team. Rather, the article attributes its findings to “people familiar with the matter,” “two people familiar with their reactions,” and “people familiar with their responses.”
The usual terms that are used for sources who would like to not be named directly regarding their safety and any consequences that could follow subsequent to their whistleblowing of inconvenient information, or however you would like to call this kind of information.
I'm going to wait until someone goes on the record or provides evidence to back up what these unnamed “government officials” suggest. That's based on the press' lousy track record of such anonymous Mueller bombshells, which previously guaranteed prosecutions or even impeachment.
No need to be so salty about this probable bombshell repo... show more


Mueller staff say Barr's summary was relativising in favour of Trump

Some of the investigators believe Barr should have included more information and details from the 400-page report in the summary released at the end of last month.
Does it actually matter? I mean, once the report is disclosed to both the public and Congress, we will all see what the report really says. No-one actually believed that Barr said the whole truth about what can be found in the report, you could even tell by the comparison to more than 400 pages altogether and a four-pages summary. Every book of half the length required more than four pages to properly summarise the content. Barr's defense of Trump was weak, barely exonerating.
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When will Trump critics admit they're wrong? When the report was disclosed

Does such an ineffective stunt not play sweetly into the man’s manipulative hands? How does this help media in their ongoing death struggle for influence, relevance and financial stability in a turbulent era of change? Or the country, for that matter?
This quote, combined with the previous sentence of more then 300 newspapers simultaneously publishing columns and what-not critical of Trump were all prepared, so that they would all come at once. But this simply did not happen, or at least, it is unknown to the public whether there were any conspiratorial meetings that took place and led to this strange coincidence. Sometimes, you are unable to write something positive of a man becaues there is nothing positive left about him, or on him. Trump didn't do himself a favour when he constantly behaved like a five-year old with a temper tantrum, attacking not only the free press but also the opposition. Shortly after the Mueller report was handed over to Mr. Barr, he almo... show more


The Rights and Wrongs of subpoenaing for the full Mueller Report

Congressional Democrats are right to demand the full report – but they are wrong to ask the attorney general to violate the law. Instead, they should learn from the lessons of Watergate and the example of Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski and House Judiciary Chair Peter Rodino. They should demand the full report but only for their own use. They should use it as a road map for their own investigation. And they should not wait.

Per Haldeman, all Chairman Nadler needs is a subpoena. He should not wait. He should get his hands on the report and all the underlying evidence — as his predecessor Rodino did — and start his investigative work. And he needs to do so now, in anticipation of a court battle.

Congressional Democrats should accept this imperfect result. There are good reasons why grand jury proceedings and intelligence activities are generally shielded from full public view — to promote candor, stealth and speed, and to protect both the inn
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Head of House Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler (D - NYC) permits subpoena for Mueller Report

The House Judiciary Committee will also vote to authorize subpoenas for five former White House staffers — Don McGahn, Steve Bannon, Hope Hicks, Reince Priebus and Ann Donaldson — whom Nadler says may have received documents from the White House relevant to the special counsel's probe and the committee's investigation that would waive executive privilege.

"We require the report, first, because Congress, not the attorney general, has a duty under the Constitution to determine whether wrongdoing has occurred. The special counsel declined to make a 'traditional prosecutorial judgment' on the question of obstruction, but it is not the attorney general's job to step in and substitute his judgment for the special counsel's."

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Eternally acting Chief Of Staff Mick Mulvaney claims that Mueller meant to tell AG Barr to rule on Trump's obstruction of justice

“What you saw here is simply Mueller saying, ‘You know what? I’m going to let Barr call this one,’” Mulvaney said, discussing the final report on Mueller’s 22-month probe with host Jonathan Karl on ABC’s “This Week.”

“When you do an investigation like this, there’s typically two outcomes — either criminal indictments come down or it just quietly goes away. These types of investigations are not designed to exonerate people.”
Trump really only hires people who overly simplify an actually complicated system, or who mess it all up so that an entire country has to feel ashamed of those who are paid much more than they should be, because they behave like mentally deranged simpleton who could be outsmarted by four-graders with a stable C-.
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Two thirds of the US-American people want the full Mueller report to be released

Only about a third of Americans believe, from what they've seen or heard about the Mueller investigation so far, that President Drumpf is clear of any wrongdoing. But they are split on how far Democrats should go in investigating him going forward.

At the same time, 56 percent said Mueller conducted a fair investigation, and 51 percent said they were satisfied with it. That included 52 percent of independents who said they were satisfied with the investigation. It's one of the rare questions in the first two years of the Drumpf presidency in which a majority of independents sided with Republicans instead of Democrats on a subject.

In this poll, Drumpf's approval rating is 42 percent. That's up slightly (but within the margin of error) from January, when it was 39 percent and unchanged from December.

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On Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein's rise and fall

At a time when virtually everyone in American political life was associated either with Team Red or Team Blue, Rosenstein appeared to be one of the few figures with bipartisan bona fides.

Rosenstein drafted a letter recommending that Drumpf terminate Comey for the FBI chief’s mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email inquiry. It was perhaps a plausible cover story—if only Drumpf could stick to the script.

The letter lent a veneer of legitimacy to Drumpf’s firing of Comey—a move that, when its true motives were laid bare, looked to many like a textbook example of obstruction of justice. Perhaps it did not occur to Rosenstein that others would see his letter as the primary element in a not-so-elaborate cover-up, and that Rosenstein might be making himself an accessory to a crime.

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On Trump's response to Barr's letter

Shortly after Barr released his summary letter, President Drumpf tweeted, “No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!” This is a deeply troubling response and one that should give every American pause. What is the public to make of the president’s claim, on the one hand, that the Mueller report offers “complete and total exoneration” of collusion with Russian and his consistent claim for nearly two years, on the other hand, that the Mueller investigation is a “witch hunt,” “hoax” and “illegal”? These two positions are utterly unreconcilable.

_The president simply cannot have it both ways. He cannot reasonably claim that the investigation is illegitimate and that its findings are legitimate. Only one of these things can be true.__
Tell it to him, not to us. We all know that he distorts reality as it pleases to him. He's a liar, a cheater, a con man, an immature manbaby.
_The president re
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On the Mueller report's outcome

1. KTXS:

Rudy Giuliani, one of President Drumpf’s personal attorneys, told host Eric Bolling the president’s legal team was “very, very pleased” with the outcome. Giuliani, who served as a surrogate during Drumpf’s campaign said “nothing could be more absurd” than the allegation that Drumpf was working with Russia in 2016.

President Drumpf said Monday it would not bother him if the full report is released, but he is leaving the decision up to Barr. Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., told reporters Tuesday Barr expects to have some version of Mueller’s report available to the public within weeks, but the White House may make redactions citing executive privilege.
Why make redactions on something that wouldn't hurt the president if released in full length? Just wondering, regarding the com... show more


Opinion piece on the Mueller report's summary, provided by AG William Barr

That wasn't exactly the impact his long-awaited and confidential report had on the rest of official Washington. On a balmy spring Sunday, as Attorney General William Barr delivered the "principal conclusions" of the report to Congress, Republicans declared the president vindicated, and some Democrats found themselves on the defensive.

"It was a complete and total exoneration," Drumpf told reporters just before he boarded Air Force One to return to Washington from his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. "No collusion, no obstruction."

"This case is closed," House Republican leader Kevin McCarthy of California declared in a statement, a theme the GOP is likely to hammer. "It is time we move on for the good of the nation."
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Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D - NYC) got facts on Russian probe wrong

There was no mention in that email of how the “very high level and sensitive information” was obtained, legally or illegally, or what kind of information the “official documents” contained.

Nadler said that Drumpf Jr. and Manafort “thought” they would “receive stolen information” from the DNC because “[t]hat’s the way the email inviting them to the meeting put it.” We can’t say what Drumpf Jr. or Manafort were thinking at the time, but the email did not say anything about stolen information from the DNC.

Nadler may suspect that Drumpf’s motives were less than altruistic, but he’s wrong to say Drumpf told NBC that he fired Comey “to take care of the Russian thing, in order to stop the investigation of various people associated with him.”
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Oh, hey,

Did the #MuellerTime conspiracy craze
1. Hand Trump a huge 2020 gift?
2. Discredit the press?
3. Divert from vote winners: inequality, health, peace, DNC reform?
4. Whitewash CIA, FBI, DoJ, Iraq war?
5. Increase Putin's domestic support?
6. License Manning's re-jailing?
7. Other?

Did the #MuellerTime conspiracy craze
1. Hand Trump a huge 2020 gift?
2. Discredit the press?
3. Divert from vote winners: inequality, health, peace, DNC reform?
4. Whitewash CIA, FBI, DoJ, Iraq war?
5. Increase Putin's domestic support?
6. License Manning's re-jailing?
7. Other?

Oh, hey,


Read Attorney General William Barr's letter on Special Counsel Mueller's investigation

I am not going to quote any parts of it. Just read it in full length, as it has been embedded in the article itself, as well as disclosed in plain text within the article itself.
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Rep. Devin Nunes (R - CA) demands release of Robert Mueller's scope memo

"I don't think Republicans or any American should be celebrating anything to do with Mueller. Okay? It's fine. He's not going to indict anymore people. There are a whole bunch of indictments that are awful. What happened to these people is terrible," Nunes, R-Calif, said Saturday evening on Fox News. "We need to see the origins of this investigation. We don't even know what Robert Mueller was supposed to be looking at."

Ehh... Yes we know - he was supposed to investigate Donald Trump's campaign to tell us whether there are any evidences towards a Russian meddling in his favour. This was clear from the very beginning of his investigation, I don't know where you lived hitherto. Maybe we should ask your cow, your skin, or your Alt-Mom.

The classified scope memorandum was issued by Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein in August 2017, months after he appointed Mueller to lead the Russia investigation without citing a crime. A heavily redacted version of the August memo has already bee... show more


«All I want is justice and evidence that President Trump is unfit for office», demands former FBI director James Comey

I care only that the work be done, well and completely. If it is, justice will have prevailed and core American values will have been protected at a time when so much of our national leadership has abandoned its commitment to truth and the rule of law.

I do have one hope that I should confess. I hope that Mr. Drumpf is not impeached and removed from office before the end of his term. I don’t mean that Congress shouldn’t move ahead with the process of impeachment governed by our Constitution, if Congress thinks the provable facts are there. I just hope it doesn’t. Because if Mr. Drumpf were removed from office by Congress, a significant portion of this country would see this as a coup, and it would drive those people farther from the common center of American life, more deeply fracturing our country.
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Why did Trump randomly switch to let the Mueller report happen?

Indeed, once he returned from Ohio Wednesday night, Drumpf tweeted some commentary from Fox News: "'The reason we have the Special Counsel investigation is that James Comey (a dirty cop) leaked his memos to a friend, who leaked them to the press, on purpose.' @KennedyNation Totally illegal!"

But it's hard to take his comment seriously, partly because it recalls his frequent statements that he'd love to sit down in an interview with Mueller, an offer that never appears to have been taken seriously by his lawyers.

Scrubbing the report for executive privilege claims is well within the purview of the White House counsel's office -- after all, their charge is to defend the institution of the presidency, not the individual President they serve.
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Why Sen. Lindsey Graham (R - S.C.) blocked a vote on the Mueller report

Speaking this week after a Republican event in his home state, Graham told the Charleston Post and Courier, “We don’t want partial transparency. We want full transparency of 2016.” He said he wants the FBI to also release information about the investigation into the Hillary Clinton campaign, according to the newspaper

I also want an FBI report on Ivanka's mails, just saying... I'm justm aking a political point myself as well.

Calling for a vote on the non-binding resolution, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “There is no good reason, no good reason that the special counsel’s report should not be made public. The American people are overwhelmingly for the report being made public. They have a right to see it. No one should stand in the way of that,” according to The Hill.

When the resolution got to the Senate, Graham “asked to amend the resolution to include the appointment of a new special counsel to investig... show more


Special Counsel Robert Mueller III. demands 11-day extension for final report

For months now, rumors have been rampant that Mueller’s final report and the conclusion of his work are imminent. Some top attorneys on his team are leaving, and his top FBI agent has already left. All the specific predictions about when, exactly, the report would be done have turned out to be wrong so far, but all things must come to an end eventually.

The lawyers referenced are Michael Dreeben and Adam Jed. But it’s unclear what they’re busy with at the moment. There are no imminent deadlines in Roger Stone’s case, or the two appeals from a Stone associate and a mystery company. There’s a March 25 deadline in the Russian troll farm case, but Dreeben and Jed don’t appear to be involved in that filing.
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Trump instrumentalises vague poll outcome on Mueller investigation

It turns out, however, that Drumpf’s tweet was based on a poorly framed poll question and an even more poorly framed USA Today story about it that’s headlined: “Poll: Half of Americans say Drumpf is victim of a ‘witch hunt’ as trust in Mueller erodes.”

This really is a weak lining, pure clickbait in favour of Trump. Whoever wrote this should be whacked in the face.

But the poll question on which that headline rests is seriously flawed. The question reads as follows: “President Drumpf has called the Special Counsel’s investigation a ‘witch hunt’ and said he’s been subjected to more investigations than previous presidents because of politics. Do you agree?”

Did they recruit sociology freshmen for their poll, or why does this entire thing appear so scrappy? For God's sake, even I would've done a better job than them, and I'm not even into polling in general. At least they give Trump a lot of accelera... show more


Trump attacks John McCain's vote against Obamacare

Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier “is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.” Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel. He had far worse “stains” than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!

McCain was a frequent critic of Drumpf and rescinded his endorsement during the 2016 general election following lewd comments Drumpf made on an "Access Hollywood" video that resurfaced late in the campaign.
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House votes unanimously for revelation of Mueller report by William Barr

House Republicans said the resolution was unnecessary and a waste of time, but they ultimately joined Democrats to approve it. Four Republicans — Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Paul Gosar of Arizona, and Thomas Massie of Kentucky — voted “present.”

“A vote for this resolution will send a clear signal to both the American people and to the Department of Justice that Congress believes transparency is a fundamental principle necessary to ensure that government remains accountable to the public,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), the lead sponsor of the effort.

Democrats have argued that the only acceptable redactions are grand jury material, classified information, and national security sources and methods. Republicans have largely deferred to Barr’s judgment, but they have publicly backed the idea that Mueller’s report should be released given the overwhelming public ... show more


Andrew Weissmann to leave Mueller team, signing the end of the special investigation

Weissmann had been the top prosecutor in that case, which resulted in Manafort’s conviction on eight counts of tax and bank fraud in Virginia last August, and a guilty plea to several other charges in Washington, D.C., a month later. Judge T.S. Ellis sentenced Manafort to a mere 47 months in prison on the first slate of charges, sparking outrage among many who said he had been let off too easy.

Most recently, CNN reported that Mueller would hand in his report “as early as next week” . . . more than three weeks ago.

Still, what has his resignation got to do with the soon end of the report? Is he going to lose his job, has he been hired temporarily, to spearhead this investigation?
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The Russian collusion takes new turns

A new firestorm erupted over disputed assertions that ex-acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker did not deny in a closed congressional meeting that he had spoken with President Donald Drumpf about a case involving Drumpf's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen.

But equally there is no proven direct evidence of collusion by the President from any of the multiple investigations that are swirling around his White House and are now digging deep into his personal and business affairs as well as the 2016 campaign.

At best, such a conversation would appear inappropriate and unethical since the President is the country's top law enforcement officer. At worst it could again raise suggestions that Drumpf may have obstructed justice, in addition to possible past examples of such behavior being investigated by Mueller.
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Paul Manafort was sentenced to 7.5 years in prison

Each charge carried a maximum of five years. But Judge Jackson noted that one count was closely tied to the same bank and tax fraud scheme that a federal judge in Virginia had sentenced Mr. Manafort for last week. Under sentencing guidelines, she said, those punishments should largely overlap, not be piled on top of each other. Mr. Manafort was also expected to get credit for the nine months he has already spent in jail.

Soon after the additional sentence was handed down, Mr. Manafort was charged in state court in New York with mortgage fraud and more than a dozen other felonies, an effort to ensure he will still face prison time if Mr. Drumpf pardons him for his federal crimes.

Much of the legal world considered the sentencing guidelines in the Virginia case, which called for a prison term of 19 to 24 years, far too harsh. But some public defenders and former prosecutors said a 47-month sentence exemplified the sentencing disparities in a criminal justice system that favors wealthy, wh... show more


House speaker Nancy Pelosi claims Trump wouldn't be worth an impeachment

(To me, this sounded like an impeachment process was something you'd honour the president with, as ifi t was a solemn sanctification. But an impeachment proceeds as an investigative throw-out. You are not being honoured by it, but marked as a felon or betrayer, as a conman. He would totally be worth it, if you asked me.)
“Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country,” she said. “He’s just not worth it.”

The country is already helplessly divided, and nothing would change if you impeached it. This doesn't have to be a question of partisanship, it has to be a question of whether there is hard evidence that shows us whether Trump has committed a crime himself or only hired stooges to commit the crimes for him. Then, the question is whether he ordered these crimes to be executed, like a mobster. Ther... show more


Roger Stone's lawyers claim they did not try to hide anything

“Reading for the first time the New Introduction, while waiting for a plane back to Fort Lauderdale, brought the issue home and led to the Motion to Clarify,” wrote Rogow and other lawyers defending Stone against false-statement and witness-tampering charge.

“Recognize that the judge may issue a gag order any day now and while we will appeal it, that could take a while,” Stone wrote to Skyhorse Publishing editor Michael Campbell on Feb. 15. “I also have to be wary of media outlets I want to interview me but don’t really want to talk about the book. These are weird times.”

“How many do you plan to print?--there is GLUT of books like this,” Stone wrote. The publisher wound up printing about 13,000 to 14,000 copies, according to the emails.
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From liar to brave man - Trump changes mind on Paul Manafort

Drumpf has also encouraged it when his advisers or legal team have made public statements bashing the feds’ treatment of Manafort. “It’s good you got them [in the press] asking questions about Paul,” the president said last year to his lawyer Rudy Giuliani following one of Giuliani’s media appearances, according to two sources familiar with the comment.

“In sentencing financial crime and corruption defendants, Judge Jackson, a former federal prosecutor, historically has demonstrated a sensitivity to the concern that social status and privilege alone ought not warrant leniency,” said Paul Pelletier, a former U.S. federal prosecutor, adding that Jackson is unlikely to take into consideration Ellis’s opinion in Virginia that Manafort led an “otherwise blameless life.”

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On Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman


Manafort, who used his illicit fortune to pay for expensive homes and suits, arrived to hear his sentence in a green jail jumpsuit emblazoned on the back with the words "Alexandria inmate." He entered a packed federal courtroom outside Washington in a wheelchair, appearing thin, his hair grayer and holding a cane.

Speaking from his wheelchair because he struggled to stand, Manafort referred repeatedly to his time in solitary confinement waiting to hear his sentence as "painful" and as a “time to reflect on my life and my choices." He said the past two years "have been the most difficult that my family and I have experienced."

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By the start of the 2016 Presidential c
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Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against Trump tossed away

By dismissing the case, the judge essentially gave Daniels what she wanted all along -- to be able to tell her story without the fear of being sued for millions of dollars, Avenatti said.

At the time, Daniels had agreed to tell her story to In Touch magazine for $15,000, but two sources told "60 Minutes" that the deal fell through because Cohen threatened to sue the publication. Daniels said she never got paid.

"Clifford's attorney would claim victory if he got run over by a bus," added Brent Blakely, Cohen's attorney. "Clifford has lost every argument in these lawsuits since day one -- her defamation cases have been dismissed and now the Court has granted EC's motion regarding subject matter jurisdiction."
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Cohen files Trump Organization for failing to pay him $2mn for legal defense

The lawsuit filed Thursday in New York state court claims the Drumpf Organization stopped paying Cohen’s mounting legal fees after he began cooperating with federal prosecutors.

Because he didn't want to pay someone who was cooperating with legal prosecutors who worked against him. Sure thing, I guess.

The lawsuit says the company stopped paying for his legal defense about two months after the FBI raided Cohen’s home and office.
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