Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Governor Baker says he wants to see the full Mueller report

Judiciary Committee member pledges panel will hear from Barr, Mueller

That's it, folks. End of an era. Andrew Weissmann exits the (massive, unpredictable) Manafort case in DC District Court. Greg Andres, Jeannie Rhee + other SCO prosecutors also withdrew from the case today, while 5 DC AUSAs stepped up. The case continues w Rick Gates cooperating.

The Trump campaign is sending this memo to TV producers

Tonight's Presidential Campaign Last Word

Suspected killer of reputed Gambino crime family boss Francisco "Franky Boy" Cali arraigned as his attorney cryptically said right-wing conspiracy websites and online hate speech influenced the slaying.

If the #MuellerReport "exonerates" Trump, why not RELEASE IT⁉️

and yet he blocks us from seeing the report.

The Barr story, made simple: * Trump won in part due to a massive foreign attack on our democracy. * Trump engaged in extensive abuses of power to prevent a reckoning into that. * Trump's AG is blocking a public airing on both those fronts. My piece

Goldman Sachs joins the chorus warning against panic about the inversion of the U.S. yield curve, which has served as a recession warning in the past

Acting defense secretary approves $1 billion for border fencing help

NEW THING: Romanian PM stayed at Trump hotel in DC over the weekend. She's the first international leader to book a room there in over a year. Possible emoluments problem.

"The only person who has made false statements about Russia is Donald Trump, and I stand by what I have said about seeing evidence of collusion, and if he has a problem with that he can sue me, and I promise you I would win in court."

New: The Trump Justice Department now says the courts should strike down the entire Affordable Care Act — not just its protections for pre-existing conditions. The Trump admin wants to strike down the entire law.

Tonight @maddow offered an important Watergate precedent for Mueller's choice not to indict. Jaworski did the same, because he was delivering damning factual evidence to Congress to let them make their own conclusions. That may be Mueller's intent, but Barr may be thwarting him.

Possible Mueller testimony to Congress likely to face contention

Lack of Mueller recommendation on obstruction perplexes experts

Counterintel aspect of Mueller report likely in separate brief

Barr memo leaves much unanswered about Mueller report findings

Absent Mueller conclusion on obstruction, Barr makes own ruling

Russia, if you’re listening, I hope you’re able to find the full Mueller report that Barr is hiding. I think you will probably be rewarded mightily by our press.

Never ever ever ever ever EVER doubt me when I tell you that CNN's Jeff Zucker is in bed with Trump

Americans simply want the truth. Today I tried to pass a resolution saying the full Mueller report should be made public. The House passed the exact same resolution 420-0. But here you can watch @SenateMajLdr McConnell object. Why do they want to hide the full report?

In two decades as a news produce I’ve never seen anything like this. I’ve had skirmishes with spokespeople about stories they didn’t like but this is a directive to all producers on all networks with a very clear message: stop booking our critics. Or else?

Opinion: The only way out of Brexit lies with the people

Yesterday, Trump claimed Mueller’s report exonerated him totally and completely, found no wrongdoing whatsoever, held him and his team entirely blameless. Today, Trump and McConnell are doing all they can to hide that report from you.

Enemy list

Pentagon authorizes Army Corps of Engineers to begin planning and building 57 miles of 18-foot-high fencing in Yuma, Arizona, and El Paso, Texas, along the US border with Mexico.

The Justice Department is apparently all in on defending Judge O’Connor’s (deeply problematic) ruling invalidating the _entire_ Affordable Care Act. So much for DOJ’s obligation to defend the constitutionality of federal statutes when reasonable grounds exist for doing so...

Monday, March 25, 2019

Trump is going to California next week to fundraise, per invite. $150,000 for a round table, $50,000 for a picture, $15,000 for dinner

JUST IN: McConnell blocks attempt to make full Mueller report public

Breaking: @KenDilanianNBC reports that the FBI is prepared to brief the Gang of 8 on the findings of Mueller's counterintelligence investigation into Trump (i.e. whether the president is under the influence of a foreign power)

Pelosi stands by comment that Trump may be compromised by Russia

JUST NOW: McConnell blocks Schumer measure calling for Mueller report to be made public

So let’s welcome @LindseyGrahamSC to the Deep State plot against Trump. He’s been so good at hiding his tracks.

#Pompeo says Russian military support risks prolonging the suffering of the Venezuelan people.

The U.S. and regional countries will not "stand idly by" as Moscow inserts military personnel into #Venezuela to support the regime of of President #Maduro, #Pompeo tells #Lavrov

The Supreme Court rejected the appeal by the mystery company being subpoenaed by Mueller, no explanation given

AGBarr: ‘I have requested the assistance of [Mueller] in identifying all 6(e) information contained in the report...I also must identify any information that could impact other ongoing matters, including those that [Mueller] has referred to other offices.’

BREAKING: Members of Congress are calling on Robert Mueller to publicly testify about his findings. Mueller is reportedly more than willing to do so. A formal request for him to testify could be sent as early as this week. This could get interesting — and fast!

Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, in a joint letter, sum up the sentiment of many congressional Democrats in saying that Barr's letter "raises as many questions as it answers" and that Congress "requires the full report and the underlying documents"

Whole lot of cases sealed in March alone in DC and EDVA. P.S. Just because you're not recommending indictments as a SCO, doesn't mean you need to.

Watch Bannon totally lose it the day before the midterm elections—in Ugg slippers, no less

BREAKING: Michael Avenatti, the attorney best known for representing porn star Stormy Daniels, has been charged by federal prosecutors with attempting to extort millions of dollars out of Nike.

Here's the Avenatti complaint

I spent last week with the US military in the Pacific, where folks are alarmed by what they see as an increasingly capable China using military intimidation and economic coercion to bully its smaller neighbors. My dispatch

Father of Sandy Hook victim Avielle Richman found dead at Edmond Town Hall after apparent suicide

President Trump is "more than happy" for special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report to be released to the public, White House says

Steve Moore: “I’m kind of new to this game, frankly, so I’m going to be on a steep learning curve myself about how the Fed operates, how the Federal Reserve makes its decisions.”

Why are we so reticent to discuss the mental health of political leaders?

Donald Trump remains a lavishly corrupt, deeply incompetent boob.

When the GOP House wasn’t investigating Trump at all, I thought I’d never see anything dumber than the calls to “sue Congress” for investigating too little. I was wrong. The call to sue the Democratic Congress for investigating too much takes the cake

Sen. Elizabeth Warren on #MuellerReport: "I think people care that they get to see the report. It's critically important that the report be made public. The American taxpayers paid for it, and they ought to get to see it."

If anyone wants to lawfully become #whistleblower abt #MuellerReport info, my law firm will represent you pro bono to ensure information is properly revealed and individual receives as much protection as possible

The Cybersecurity 202: Democrats call for full Mueller report release in the name of election security

Attorney General Barr’s 4-page summary of the Mueller report is inadequate and demonstrates why Congress needs to obtain the full report and underlying evidence. Read my full statement:

Poisonous relationship: Oil industry execs caught on tape laughing at how easy it is to get ⁦@realDonaldTrump⁩ to roll back environmental regulations designed to protect the public from toxic waste.

Nadler, Schiff, and Cummings: "We cannot simply rely on what may be a partisan interpretation of facts uncovered during the course of a 22-month review of possible wrongdoing by the President."

Trump aided and abetted Russia's attack. That was treachery. Full stop.

Watergate Figure John Dean Suspects Barr May Be Hiding Something ‘Fairly Ugly’

"I don't know how they could have gone through the record between Friday and Sunday"

Trump and his allies see a chance to reconnect with voters. But first they want payback for Mueller mania

People’s faces are being used without their permission, in order to power technology that could eventually be used to surveil them, legal experts say.

Russian air force planes land in Venezuela carrying troops, reports say

Mueller Report Has Moscow in Ecstasy, Opening the Way for More Putin Plots. Expect Vladimir Putin to be more aggressive than ever. Latest wrinkle: Blame Ukraine for backing Hillary Clinton

Remember this. Barr lied and obfuscated to protect Trump. That's obstruction of justice. It's not like the AG is immune to prosecution. Quite the opposite.

Dean was dubbed the “master manipulator” of the Watergate scandal by the FBI. He eventually turned on Nixon and cooperated with the investigation, a move that ultimately helped to end the presidency. But he says it might have been different if Barr was Nixon’s AG:

Why Did Barr Share Only Four Incomplete Sentences from the Mueller Report?

Joe Scarborough on @MSNBC: "If there was no collusion ... Why did Donald Trump, why did Mike Pence, why did Jeff Sessions, why did the president's first national security adviser, why did the president's campaign chairman ... Why did they all lie about contacts with Russians?"

Special counsel Robert Mueller's indictments by the numbers:

Barr’s letter does not reveal what Mueller found from the counterintelligence side, namely whether there were or are any national security threats posed by campaign’s activities. Our whole piece here

Robert Mueller did not exonerate Donald Trump on obstruction of justice. Instead, AG Barr made his own determination consistent with his unsolicited 19 page memo arguing that the President cannot be charged with obstruction of justice.

After reading the Attorney General’s four-page summary of the Special Counsel’s findings, Chairmen Nadler, Schiff and I reiterate our call for the release of the Special Counsel’s full and complete report and all underlying documents.

“The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’”

What the hell happened today with AG Barr's summary of the Mueller report? Cockburn's on the case with the best explainer yet, don't miss it

The dreadful takeaways

It sure looks like Barr rushed to absolve Trump of obstruction of justice. He reached a conclusion in two days that Mueller refused to reach after two years.

Pence takes shot at Dems and media after summary of Mueller findings released

No collusion, plenty of corruption: Trump is not in the clear

Buttigieg: Trump 'should never have been able to come within cheating distance of the Oval Office'

The private-state nature of corrupt criminal dictatorships like Putin's Russia confounds law enforcement the way hybrid war confounds traditional military response.