Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Hannity 12 hours before Mueller report. Prepping

BREAKING—Dem House committee chairs demand Barr cancel press conference on Mueller report

Worth remembering in advance of tomorrow: what we need from the Mueller investigation is clarity on what **the Kremlin** was doing against America, and how. It's not just "the IRA" and "hacking" -- both efforts connected to information operations. There's a lot more.

Weird that WaPo is reporting the same thing. Almost like someone at DOJ is pre-baking the notion that the redactions are "light" when they possibly could be anything but. Especially given volume of redactions less important than the substance of what is redacted

The only way this rollout of the Mueller Report could look more suspicious is if Clarence Beeks was hand-delivering it.

Rick Perry is negotiating his departure from the Trump administration: report

"If this game of redaction and coverup doesn’t shake the Democrats into sudden, vicious action, nothing can save them,"

Bill Weld on President Trump: "He has a one word environmental policy: hoax. A one word immigration policy: wall."

If the news was really so smart, they wouldn't air the presser.

Isn't the DOJ supposed to be independent? BUSTED: Bill Barr caught briefing White House on Mueller report before public release

Memo to Everyone: As outrageous as Barr’s spin plot may be, focus on the heart of the matter: the Russian attack, how Trump & his gang aided & abetted the attack by denying it was happening, how Trump’s refusal to acknowledge the attack has put the US at risk, and obstruction.

From the Editorial Board: William Barr’s redactions on the Mueller report don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt

BREAKING : there will be 2 versions of the redacted report. Nadler readying subpoena

Read Me on the Rudy Rebuttal.

Jerry Nadler: "The Attorney General has taken unprecedented steps to spin Mueller's nearly two-year investigation ... It now appears the AG intends to once again put his own spin on the investigative work completed by the Special Counsel."

How to avoid being gaslighted by Trump when you hear what's in the Mueller report

Dear @TheJusticeDept & AG Barr: You took one oath and it was not to @realDonaldTrump. It was to the Constitution. Your job is not to be the PR firm for Trump and to spin the facts. Stop acting like All The President's Men and start acting in the public's interest.

Prophets of Rage - Hail to the Chief

Now we have a press conference with Rep. Nadler and other House Democrats at 8 p.m. tonight

Dear Reporters Employed by @MSNBC @CNN @nytimes @washingtonpost and @ABC @CBSNews @NBCNews et al — bring your A-games tomorrow or hang your hats.

The process is poisoned before the report is even released. Barr shouldn’t be spinning the report at all, but it’s doubly outrageous he’s doing it before America is given a chance to read it. Barr doesn’t want Americans to make up their own mind. What is he so afraid of?

So-called Attorney General is presiding over a dog and pony show. Here is a thought. Release the Mueller report tomorrow morning and keep your mouth shut. You have ZERO credibility

Just been informed by DOJ that we’ll receive Mueller’s report only after Barr gives a press conference. Once again, Barr wants to shape the public’s perception of the report. This is on top of reports DOJ secretly briefed the White House. This is not justice. Just PR.

Newsflash: no one wants to hear from Barr. Show us the full report. You should never have been confirmed and at best should be recused. We don’t need a statement from the President’s legal team. We want the full #MuellerReport

In another record-setting month for Alaska, temperatures were 20 degrees above historic averages. This is NOT normal. - 'March Temperatures in Alaska: 20 Degrees Hotter Than Usual' - The New York Times -

US Justice Dept. says "a limited number of Members of Congress and their staff" will have access to "a copy of the Special Counsel’s report without certain redactions"

Robert Mueller or members of his prosecutorial team will NOT be in attendance at the Barr press conference tomorrow, according to the spokesperson for Mueller’s office.

“They are making Al Capone look straight,” one House Judiciary Committee member said of Attorney General Bill Barr’s rollout plan.

NBC News confirms: A hard-copy of the redacted version of Mueller's report will be made available to Congress at 11 a.m. That means the document will be handed over 90 minutes after William Barr and Rod Rosenstein have a press conference

House Judiciary Cmte. Chairman Nadler says "deeply troubled" by NYTimes report that DOJ has been briefing White House on Mueller report before release, and "DOJ is informing us we will not receive the report until around 11/12 tomorrow afternoon — AFTER Barr’s press conference."

Breaking News: White House and Justice Department officials discussed Robert Mueller’s findings several times ahead of his report’s release Thursday

Working with the subject of an investigation to help prepare a rebuttal to their own report on that investigation while simultaneously making redaction decisions to that same report...

I’m deeply troubled by reports that the WH is being briefed on the Mueller report AHEAD of its release. Now, DOJ is informing us we will not receive the report until around 11/12 tomorrow afternoon — AFTER Barr’s press conference. This is wrong.

NEW: Federal prosecutors have told a D.C. judge that they have redacted sections of the Mueller report that have to do with Roger Stone's case in light of local court rules and the judge's order on pre-trial and prejudicial statements.

Kentucky Aluminum Plant Investor Is Russian Company Formerly Under U.S. Sanctions

Minutes after the Justice Department announced that Attorney General Barr will be holding a press conference tomorrow about the release of Mueller’s final report, just saw Secretary of State Mike Pompeo walk out of the Justice Department building. Never seen him here before.

"Trump has nominated more judges deemed “unqualified” by the American Bar Association than any other president at this stage in their administration. If that doesn’t scare you, it should."

If Barr & Rosenstein redact Mueller’s report for Congress, it will be by choice, not legal compulsion. Rosenstein chose to give a GOP House nearly 1 million pages of discovery in Clinton & Russia probe. But they choose not to give 400 pages of Trump-related info to a Dem House.

BREAKING: Attorney General Barr to hold 9:30a ET press conference as Mueller report is expected to be released

Hey Bill Barr, the 80s called. They want their strategic deception clown act back

Now we have this new amazing thing. It's called THE INTERNET. It's fantastic. See, I do a search for "Bill Barr" … and I get all THIS CRAZY STUFF about how conflicted you are!

Elijah Cummings asks Stephen Miller to testify before his committee on May 1.

And the reason is Barr is committing a violation of 18 USC 1505 by obstructing an Congressional investigation.

Woman deemed a threat to Columbine is dead, FBI says

I wrote a piece for the Daily Beast in 2015 about everything that happened with Epstein back then and the injustices that maybe only time can right:

Sally Yates on Robert Mueller "He confounds those who can’t comprehend a person driven by his all too uncommon values: honor, integrity, humility, service. He is the inverse image of the man he would ultimately come to investigate."

JUST IN: Florida Prosecutors Say They'll Release Videos of Robert Kraft at Day Spa

Mitch McConnell reelection launch video touts praise from Trump, blocking of Merrick Garland

Tom Ridge, former GOP governor of Pennsylvania, takes aim at Trump cuts to disabilities programs

BREAKING: Ex-Peruvian President Alan García is dead after shooting himself amid corruption probe

Nothing illegal or unethical that Trump did getting himself elected compares with his wrongdoing and crimes since becoming president. The only question is whether we will hold him to account or enable him to continue.

Lawyers for Oleg Deripaska are due to launch a $600,000 prize this week for reporters to investigate why he was put on a US sanctions list. Who says journalism is dead!

NEW POLL: Majority of Americans don't think Mueller's report exonerates Trump

Breaking: Doctors in five states are charged with prescribing pain killers for cash and sex. The Justice Department alleges that health professionals in Appalachia illegally dispensed 32 million pills.

Former Peruvian president Alan Garcia is in critical condition after shooting himself, the state news agency reports. Sources tell CNN there was an order for his immediate arre

Two of my kids won’t have class - one school is 20 miles from Denver - and half a million kids are at home today because an 18-year-old was given easy access to guns and ammo. No permit or training required to buy a long gun in Colorado... I’m so angry.

CONTEXT ALERT: Congress has always recessed around Easter, not just for vacation, but so members can spend time in their districts, meet with voters, go on fact-finding trips, etc. But @realDonaldTrump will be heading to Mar-a-Lago later this week, for no purpose but vacation.

Exactly. I’ve never heard of rebuttal report from subjects, targets, or defendants in a criminal investigation.

Alan Dershowitz tried to ‘bait’ Epstein accuser into court — but she sued him first: Miami Herald reporter

During Trump’s presidency, he has attacked the press, the justice system, and our system of checks and balances. The GOP leadership in Congress says nothing, supplicants to the president. Courage is contagious, but so is cowardice. We must all speak out, and speak up.

Bernie Sanders isn’t a Democrat nor is his purpose is to win but act as a wedge to divide and ultimately cause the Democrats to lose in 2020. He’s a pariah.

We let them? Or you did? As a Colorado lawmaker, why would you approve of an out-of-state teen buying a long gun and ammo with no permit or training? Given the laws you oversee, this teen is a “good guy with a gun” until she shoots someone.

Ukraine says it captured Russian military intelligence hit squad

T minus 24 hours. If Barr doesn't provide the full report to Congress, I explain here why Congress can argue that it is constitutionally entitled to it

Wow. This is ugly and silly. Crenshaw just needs to sign on to #Renew911VCF like hundreds of other members of Congress. “Texas Republican accuses 9/11 survivor of ‘conspiring’ with Dems to 'undermine’ him, still won’t vow support for victim benefits”

"It’s Been Over 300 Days Since a Pentagon Press Briefing. That Should Concern All Americans"

"Trump is the only president in the history of Gallup polling never to earn the support of a majority of Americans even for a single day of his term."

Republicans reject Democratic attempts to tighten vaccine laws The stakes are high: The U.S. is experiencing its worst measles outbreak in decades.

In an effort to prove Kaspersky isn’t controlled by Russian intelligence, undercover spies are targeting Kaspersky critics with tactics used by Russian spies.

This is in violation of several aspects of the constitution and the Writ of Habeas Corpus. The administration will get slammed by the Courts for this.

Media must "fight their own DNA" to properly cover the redacted Mueller report,

Kamala Harris on Christine Blasey Ford, who was just named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People: "Through her courage, she forced the country to reckon with an issue that has too often been ignored and kept in the dark."

Congress sent a clear message to end our military assistance to the Saudi coalition in Yemen. Trump’s veto is reckless and flies in the face of the constitution, which gives Congress the power to declare war, not the President.

Deutsche Bank faces action over $20 billion Russian money-laundering scheme. In confidential internal report seen by @guardian, bank concedes scandal is hurting its global brand

Not news. Steele worked with FBI to bust corruption in FIFA. Thats why FBI took him seriously when his reports claimed there was a Kremlin effort to co-opt you and assist your campaign. And there was a Moscow plot that helped you & your crew aided and abetted.

Trump is now contradicting himself *within* single sentences. Impressive.

“Television Is What Gets Senators Elected”: Private-Equity Mogul Leon Black Is Building a Local TV Empire to Rival Sinclair and Fox

Barr is giving the same report to Congress as he is the public, even though Congress has security clearance. This has nothing to do with following the law. He is just withholding information to protect Trump.

These three polymath arguing for more cruelty to immigrants because “you can’t have it every way.”

"House Democrats have the legal power to obtain President Trump’s tax returns. And the full, un-redacted Mueller report... And much more."

So, basically a terrorist training camp?

Trump Engaged in Suspect Tax Schemes as He Reaped Riches From His Father

Schiff: "We have a constitutional obligation to do oversight, and in the area of the intelligence committee, we have an additional mandate to protect the country if there was a compromise of the president or people around him by a hostile foreign power."

The Veterans Affairs Department's watchdog is investigating a new office created by Trump early in his admin that was designed to protect whistleblowers from reprisal but is now facing allegations of aiding retaliation against them, Gov Exec reports.

“Stalin begins to be perceived as a symbol of justice and an alternative to the current government, deemed unfair, cruel and not caring about people. It’s purely a mythological image of Stalin, very far from the real historical figure.”

Both @CassSunstein and Sen. @tedcruz were my Harvard Law School students in Constitutional Law. Can you guess which one seems to have forgotten all he learned? Hint: It’s not my brilliant colleague Professor Sunstein, who wrote this @bopinion piece

Fox News finally attacks Donald Trump

The White House rejects a demand from House Democrats for information on Trump's purported role in attempts to block AT&T-Time Warner merger

Pulitzer to my NYT colleagues for proving that Trump probably committed criminal tax fraud and that he is daddy-made, not self-made, to the tune of many hundreds of millions of dollars. If you did't read it then, please read it now.

A new accuser has come forward against Jeffrey Epstein, claiming the billionaire pedophile and his alleged madam, British socialite Ghislaine Maxwell, sexually assaulted her and her underage sister on different occasions in the 1990s

Julian Assange used to coordinate hackers from embassy, says Moreno

Trump needs to be careful here. It is a federal crime to retaliate against a witness who has provided information to law enforcement. (18 USC 1513 if you want to look it up).

"Current and former White House advisers are reportedly in full freak-out mode over Robert Mueller's report - a redacted version due out in about 36 hours. Those aides now worried about retribution from the president..."

NEW: Department of Homeland Security Advisory Panel Wants Congress To Make It Easier To Keep Migrant Kids Detained

Trump’s greatest fear: His underlings told Mueller the truth

About a week or two, we shared a video of a woman that threatened to call ICE on the owners of a taco truck that was in her neighborhood. In response, community members brought a mariachi band in front of her home.

We now know, for the sake of informing our good judgment, the last time William Barr tried to get away with something like this, in 1989, his summary of that document's principle conclusion bore no relation at all to what was actually in the underlying document.

Not a single human being donated to Republican Rep. Chris Collins' reelection campaign in the first three months of 2019. Collins is facing federal securities fraud charges.

There’s only two reasons you write a “counter-report.” 1) You’re guilty and you’ve seen the report. 2) You’re guilty

“Fear is a very powerful force”: How the White House whistleblower exposed a national security scandal

So this — and Saudi emoluments at the Trump Hotel — is why we will get involved in the Saudi war in Yemen? Impeachment would be a far cheaper option.

Nancy Pelosi: "The conflict in Yemen is a horrific humanitarian crisis ... Yet the President has cynically chosen to contravene a bipartisan, bicameral vote of the Congress and perpetuate America’s shameful involvement in this heartbreaking crisis."

NEW: AG Barr decides that asylum seekers at the border who pass "credible fear" interviews and are transferred to a full deportation hearing are INELIGIBLE for release on bond. Only DHS may decide to release them. Ruling is effective in 90 days. Ruling

The Trump administration is announcing on Wednesday a big shift in policy toward Cuba by allowing U.S. individuals to file legal claims against foreign companies that conduct business in Cuba

Jerome Powell's adopting a whites-of-the-eyes inflation stance that Janet Yellen shunned

Release it. Read it.

This is a _major_ ruling by the Attorney General, overruling the Board of Immigration Appeals' contrary 2005 decision in Matter of X-K-. In short, the government is claiming unreviewable authority to decide which asylum seekers can be released pending disposition of their cases.

BREAKING: New Jeffrey Epstein accuser goes public; defamation lawsuit targets Dershowitz

NEW: Judge faults Barr for creating suspicion around disclosure of Mueller report

This conflict must end, now. The House of Representatives calls on the President to put peace before politics, and work with us to advance an enduring solution to end this crisis and save lives.

Trump vetoes House call to end U.S. involvement in war in Yemen

Subpoenas give banks ready cover to turn over Trump documents

Congress flouts Trump's 'red line,' subpoenas financial documents

Inevitability of Mueller report's release could keep Barr honest

Barr record of deception for Bush calls credibility into question