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.