Saturday, April 20, 2019

Kasich blasts Trump's behavior in Mueller report as "worse than I've seen in my career"

"A president who takes seriously his oath would be in shock to realize the astonishing level of penetration of his inner circle by agents of Russia,"

BREAKING: FBI arrests Larry Mitchell Hopkins, leader of The United Constitutional Patriots, an armed border militia group that spreads far-right conspiracies and rounds up asylum seekers on the border

Happy Easter.

Private militias detained hundreds of US-migrants at the border this week. Then crowdfunding companies cut off their cash

NEW: Asked if she'll always tell the truth on behalf of @POTUS, Trump Campaign spokeswoman @kayleighmcenany tells me: "I could only hope to be as truthful as I think @PressSec Sarah [Sanders] has been."

An election was stolen not won.

I also reached out to a Fox News spox to see if @seanhannity had any comment on his role spreading the Seth Rich conspiracy. Didn’t hear back.

Why isn’t he “furious” at Russia, I wonder??

Those close to him say President Trump is newly furious at the people — most of whom no longer work for him — whose extensive interviews with the special counsel's office created the depiction of an unscrupulous and chaotic White House.

Ex-CIA agent demolishes Trump defender’s talking point that Obama was to blame for Russian hacking

The president could have protected the country, but instead he encouraged a foreign attack and tried to benefit from it. Then, he tried to cover it up. What kind of American does that?

A militia group near the US-Mexico border detained hundreds of people this week, New Mexico's attorney general said. The ACLU calls it kidnapping

The Time for Impeachment Is Here

GOP primary challenger blasts Trump after Mueller report release: He is a "one-man crime wave"

I'd like to remind American taxpayers that we are being charged for a full-time makeup artist for these two:

“A close reading of the 448-page Mueller report made public offers clues as to what is missing, including remarks made by @realDonaldTrump about sensitive matters”

Stephen Miller, who's a speechwriter with no JD, "had researched the issue and determined the President had the authority to terminate Comey without cause." At a golf course.

Notes on the Mueller Report, Update #1: "The Special Counsel Investigation" In which I address a little-noticed section of the Mueller Report in which Mueller addresses the question of what happened to the counterintelligence components of the probe.

“It was a criminal probe only. It had embedded FBI personnel sending back to the FBI material germane to the FBI’s CI mission. But Mueller does not appear to have taken on any CI investigative function. The report is purely an account through the lens of the criminal law.”

Former Senator Bill Nelson claimed Russian hackers had gained access to Florida election systems. He was mocked. The Mueller Report confirms this happened. Think about how close his race was and the gubernatorial!

Even @MaxBoot is torn about what Democrats should do next. "But after seeing how adroit House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) has been in dealing with Trump so far, I have confidence that she will make the right decision."

Here's Manafort meeting with Russians to give them assurances Trump would be an ally in their push to control eastern Ukraine. Manafort then lied about this repeatedly & end up in jail. (Related: He also gave them internal polling data and Russian military helped Trump win)

President Trump says the Mueller report contains "total bullshit"—a rhetorical shift after saying it exonerates him

Mueller report, Vol II, Appendix C-1. Request for President interview: Took 12 mos. to get response from Trump. 30 answers, “Do not recall.”

President Trump called some Russia scoops "fake news," but the Mueller report shows they were very real

Russian asset. Jared Kushner Gave Copy of Vladimir Putin-Approved U.S.-Russia Reconciliation Plan to Rex Tillerson, Mueller Report Reveals

Trump Says ‘Game Over,’ but Winter Is Coming

Two things matter: 1. The House can no longer let the odds of Senate conviction hold impeachment back. It’s a point of principle, as @SenWarren said. 2. Only fully public hearings, visually enacting Mueller’s evidence and findings, will move public opinion.

Yet he had no intention to obstruct it?

Republicans block $250 million to beef up election security

Letting the Russians help again

Judge Delivers Major Setback to Trump Policy to Increase Coal Mining on Federal Land

Wyden appears to want something revealed

Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler: "We will have major hearing. Barr and Mueller are just the first. We will call many other people, we’ll see who they are. And we will get to the bottom of this and we will educate the country as to what went on."

In Mueller report, Erik Prince funds covert effort to obtain Clinton’s emails from foreign state - Prince “provided funding to hire a tech advisor to ascertain the authenticity” of emails activists had obtained - he found they were fake,

From the Maria Butina sentencing filing tonight... The opinion of the Russian government “will be taken into account” on... what’s that you say?

Our president uses this phrase Enemy of the People often to describe Americans but never once to describe Putin. Not once

"Putin has won." “Soon, we will help you elect Trump once again. Just like the last time. Get ready!” My latest for @thedailybeast:#Russia reacts to the #MuellerReport

North Korea has issued a relatively mild criticism of White House national security adviser John Bolton over a recent interview he gave.

Here's how Trump's lawyer protected him from Mueller and boosted his presidential power in the process

Report: FTC considering oversight of Facebook’s Zuckerberg

Rep. Matt Gaetz hired a former White House speech writer who had been ousted over ties to white nationalists

“Vladimir Soloviev, host of Russian state-TV shows...proudly surmised that Americans can’t solve any problems without Moscow, and are “wavering” and ready to talk.” Russian geopolitical goal in a nutshell.

Are you completely confused about the difference between “collusion” and “conspiracy”? If so, congratulations – you’re a victim of an information warfare tactic called “reflexive control,” as I explain here

Rep. Mike Quigley: "I think the redacted portions are bombshells. The President of the United States, I believe, obstructed this investigation."

Reminder that Prince's company is owned by the Chinese government. He was negotiating on behalf of the U.S. gov't-elect with a Russian gov't representative with help from the UAE while being employed by the Chinese state. How much did China's "Belt and Road Initiative" come up?

Mueller Report Has a Hidden Message for Barr

Watchdogs say the #MuellerReport is all the evidence federal regulators need to levy penalties against the president’s political apparatus

BREAKING: Trump revises ACA to reduce subsidies for families buying ACA coverage by $1 Billion, cutting 70,000 more from the exchanges.

Kremlin-controlled hosts say brighter days are coming for everyday Russians, now that President Trump is cleared to give them their spoils of the information war.

Lindsey Graham on removing Bill Clinton from office: “You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic if this body determines your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role.”

The Mueller report lays out facts showing that a hostile foreign government attacked our 2016 election to help Donald Trump and Donald Trump welcomed that help. Once elected, Donald Trump obstructed the investigation into that attack. — Elizabeth Warren

  1. Mueller put the next step in the hands of Congress: “Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.” The correct process for exercising that authority is impeachment.
  2. To ignore a President’s repeated efforts to obstruct an investigation into his own disloyal behavior would inflict great and lasting damage on this country, and it would suggest that both the current and future Presidents would be free to abuse their power in similar ways.
  3. The severity of this misconduct demands that elected officials in both parties set aside political considerations and do their constitutional duty. That means the House should initiate impeachment proceedings against the President of the United States.

"To ignore a President’s repeated efforts to obstruct an investigation into his own disloyal behavior would inflict great and lasting damage on this country.” — Elizabeth Warren comes out in favor of impeaching Trump.

Congressional officials are considering whether the discrepancies between Erik Prince's testimony to Congress and his testimony to Mueller are egregious enough to refer the matter to the Justice Department to pursue possible perjury charges against Prince.

"We don't want the #president doing--any kinds of things that have been laid out in this report. We have a #president who not only was he lying, but he was instructing others to lie and to do deceitful things." - Chairman

Prosecutors have requested an 18-month prison sentence for Russian gun rights activist Maria Butina for conspiring with a senior Russian official to infiltrate the NRA and conservative U.S. political circles for the Kremlin.

.@AxiosVisuals stayed up all night tagged EVERY SINGLE paragraph in the Mueller report to create this searchable experience ->

Active shooter drills are scaring kids and may not protect them. Some schools are taking a new approach.

New from me: An Alfa Bank-Trump Org connection, Cambridge Analytica, the N.R.A...several lines of inquiry that Mueller & FBI had been pursuing went completely unaddressed in the final report. Others, like salacious tapes, were mentioned but not resolved

Anyone reading the Mueller report would have to conclude that Trump is guilty as sin. He not only violated the obstruction of justice statute but also the Constitution. (The president “shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.”)

Kevin Brock former FBI Assistant Director of Intelligence: Americans should be "disgusted" by Russian interference in Mueller report

House chairman: "I am begging the American people to pay attention to what's going on"

An armed pro-Trump militia in New Mexico appears to be detaining migrants at the border and working with Border Patrol agents to coordinate their arrests. ACLU says these are kidnappings by vigilantes

Mitt Romney is so sickened by it HE VOTED AGAINST MONEY FOR ELECTION SECURITY ON WEDNESDAY! Mitt Romney's hypocrisy sickens me. He VOTED AGAINST PROTECTING OUR ELECTIONS THIS WEEK!! Mitt Romney is part of the problem!

Admitted Russian agent Butina asks U.S. court to be lenient

George Mason University's president says it's really important to let Brett Kavanaugh teach there, even if it's "painful" for students who have faced sexual assault.

Mueller: Trump team and Russians pursued relationship of mutual benefit

We scrubbed through the Mueller report and found at least 30 new instances where Trump and his associates had contacts with Russians. Pick up today's print NYTimes for a two-page graphic that lays out all 140+ contacts.

I read the Mueller report. When I got to the end, I realized this is a point of principle. Because it matters not just for this president, but for all future presidents. No one is above the law.

Opinion: As a former federal prosecutor, when I look at Mueller’s work, I don’t see a murky set of facts. I see a case meticulously laid out by a prosecutor who knew he was not allowed to bring it