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Mueller Report Excerpts: Volume II

Below is the first of two excerpts of the Mueller Report that will eventually appear in Howard Gillman, Mark A. Graber, Keith W. Whittington, American Constitutionalism (Vol. I): Structures and Powers (Oxford University Press: New York).  The questions are for students, but also for the general public.   Feel free to circulate, but please only use and quote with proper attribution. And let me know if you are teaching and would like an examination copy of GGW. @2019 Robert S. Muelle...
Tags: Mark Graber


James Comey Offers Up Half-Assed Apology For Being Such An Asshole About Encryption (techdirt)

Former FBI director James Comey's move to the private sector has been… well… annoying, if we're honest. After being booted by President Trump for allegedly failing to pledge his fealty to the Oval Office throne, Comey has become a hero of the so-called Resistance. Those lionizing Comey as some sort of truth-to-power speaker seem to have forgotten he ignored everything ever about pre-election propriety to announce his reopening of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server, and...
Tags: Tim Cushing


Which Trump Obstruction Acts Did Mueller Find To Be Most Obstruction-y?

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on his obstruction inquiry into President Trump is like the TV show “Friends”: everybody’s got a favorite episode. All in all, Mueller examined 10 separate instances — some of them a collection of several related actions — in his obstruction probe. They ranged from Trump’s previously reported leaning on FBI Director James Comey, to private requests made to staff that would undercut Mueller’s probe, to his notorious tweets. Though Mueller made clear from...
Tags: Muckraker, Mueller report, Obstruction Of Justice, Russia probe, Tierney Sneed


Robert Mueller Made One Mistake: He Trusted Bill Barr

Photo Illustration by The Daily Beast/GettyTwo days before the 50th anniversary of Robert Mueller being seriously wounded while leading his platoon against a numerically superior enemy in Vietnam, his latest service to the nation was released in the form of the Special Counsel’s Report.In a morning press conference before the release, Attorney General William Barr seemed to give a friend of three decades his due after two years of lies and slander by our president.“I would also like to thank Spe...


‘A good day’: Trump claims victory with Mueller report out

By JONATHAN LEMIRE, JILL COLVIN and DARLENE SUPERVILLE WASHINGTON  — For nearly two years, President Donald Trump and his allies sought to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, attacking investigators’ credibility and playing down their findings. As a redacted version of Mueller’s report was finally released Thursday, Trump resorted to bluster, broadsides and falsehoods to try, once more, to frame the moment as a political victory. It began even before the public glimpsed the ...
Tags: Florida, Hbo, News, Washington, White House, Russia, Uncategorized, Sport, Soccer, Kremlin, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Conway


Report Reveals McGahn’s Personal Hell Of Repeatedly Rebuffing An Angry Trump

As the White House waited for the special counsel’s redacted report to come out this week, they were reportedly biting their nails in particular about what ex-White House counsel Don McGahn told Robert Mueller. Now that the report is out, it’s easy to understand why. McGahn was an essential witness in the obstruction of justice portion of the investigation, telling Mueller in detail about his firsthand experiences with Trump’s efforts to block, derail and terminate the special counsel probe. T...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Washington Post, White House, Russia, Reagan, The New York Times, Times, Donald Trump, Reince Priebus, Obstruction, John Kelly, Trump, Allegra Kirkland, Kelly, Porter


In the Dark Times

Over the last three weeks a series of events have taken place which may seem individual but need to be viewed in a joined context. Together they’ve put us in a much different, darker place as a country. I think many of us sense this intuitively. I see it in public reactions. I see it in your emails but more as an attitude. But what it is needs to be sketched out explicitly and seen for what it is. Back on March 15th, Attorney General Barr released his Letter, the clear purpose of which was to...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Congress, White House, Reagan, House, Mitch McConnell, Capitol Hill, Trump, Josh Marshall, Oval Office, Matt Schlapp, Jeff Sessions, House Ways and Means, Mueller, Neal


Trump hosts Oval Office celebration for World War II vets

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is hosting a celebration for four veterans of World War II. After Trump addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention last year, he welcomed 95-year-old Allen Jones to the stage. The White House says Jones asked to spend his birthday Thursday with the president and Trump agreed. The three […]
Tags: News, Washington, White House, Ap, Nation, Donald Trump, Jones, Trump, Oval Office, Allen Jones


Keeping up with (soon to be counselor?) Kim Kardashian West and her important role in sentencing reform

Today's must-read article for sentencing fans just happens to come from Vogue magazine under the headline "The Awakening of Kim Kardashian West."  One need to power through some opening paragraphs about the West house and Kim's wardrobe, but the there are lots of interesting passages about the subject and broader stories about her role in getting Prez Trump to grant clemency to Alice Johnson and to be supportive of criminal justice reform more generally.  I found this extended passage especially...
Tags: Kim Kardashian, Law, White House, Cnn, Vogue, Paris Hilton, Kardashian, Kim, Jackson, Johnson, Newt Gingrich, Jones, Jared, Kim Kardashian West, Trump, Oval Office


Kim Kardashian Stuns the World by Announcing She’s Studying to Become a Lawyer & Plans on Taking the Bar Exam in 2022

Since I feel like I’ve been living a bizarre twilight zone since November 2016, let me go ahead and paint this future for you:America somehow survives two terms of a Trump presidency. (And yes, we’re all still free!) It’s 2025 and Kanye West has just been inaugurated as the 46th President of the United States. Kim Kardashian stands by his side, not only as FLOTUS, but as a Supreme Court justice!This is obviously a hyperbolic hypothetical foretelling of our future, but back to reality, one thing ...
Tags: Mark Zuckerberg, Celebs, Kim Kardashian, Supreme Court, California, White House, America, San Francisco, Cnn, Kanye West, United States, Pop Culture, Jazz, Kardashian, Kim, Johnson


Richard Shelby Referred To Mulvaney As ‘Most Dangerous Man’ In Washington

During the weeks of strained debate between parties while the government was shutdown for a month earlier this year, tensions were high and one Republican senator accused acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney of continuously derailing negotiations, The New York Times reported. In an article about Mulvaney’s management style — letting President Trump be Trump — the Times reported that Sen. Richard Shelby (R-AL) “complained bitterly” over Mulvaney’s tact for “undoing weeks of bipartis...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, New York Times, Times, Government Shutdown, Trump, Oval Office, Shelby, Richard Shelby, Mick Mulvaney, Sen Patrick Leahy, Trump The Times, Mulvaney, Sen Richard Shelby R AL, Nicole Lafond


Trump administration plans tougher asylum measures for migrants fleeing persecution

The Trump administration plans to aggressively push for tougher screening of asylum seekers that will make it vastly more difficult for migrants fleeing persecution in their home countries to win protection in the United States, a senior administration official told reporters on Tuesday.The official said that President Trump ordered a shake-up of his top immigration officials in recent days because they were moving too slowly, or even actively obstructing, the president’s desire to confront the ...
Tags: News, Obama, Mexico, White House, Barack Obama, United States, Egypt, State Department, El Salvador, Nielsen, Customs, Disneyland, Department Of Homeland Security, George W Bush, Border Patrol, Trump


The president’s actions were not OK. Not by a long shot.

This week, Attorney General William Barr testified before Congress for the first time since he submitted his four-page summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s principle findings from his nearly two year long investigation. Like his cursory initial letter summarizing the special counsel’s conclusions, Barr’s testimony raised more questions than it answered. First, Barr refused to answer whether he had shared the report with the White House, or briefed them about its contents. Second, Barr ref...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, White House, Russia, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, House Intelligence Committee, Brexit, Trump, Oval Office, Adam Schiff, Mueller, Barr, Robert Mueller


Trump on border cages: 'President Obama separated the children' – video

President Trump said on Tuesday that he would not restart child separation at the border, blaming his predecessor President Obama for the policy. Previously footage had shown children being separated from their families in cages at the border. Speaking in the Oval Office, he said: 'Just so you understand, President Obama separated the children. Those cages that were shown – I think they were very inappropriate.' Trump said that he was the one who changed the policy Continue reading...
Tags: Obama, Barack Obama, US politics, Donald Trump, Trump, Oval Office, Trump Administration


Trump claims he ended child separation amid reports he wants to reintroduce controversial immigration policy

Donald Trump has claimed the Obama administration originally separated immigrant families arriving at the border, and that he took decisive measures to end it — in spite of recent reports that the current president wants to bring the policy back after a court ruled it was illegal."Just so you understand, President Obama separated the children. Those cages that were shown — I think they were very inappropriate. They were built by President Obama's administration. Not by Trump," the president ...
Tags: News, Obama, US, Barack Obama, Dhs, United States, Secret Service, Donald Trump, Border Patrol, Trump, US Department of Homeland Security, Oval Office, Jeff Sessions, FactCheck, Randolph Alles, Kirstjen Nielsen


Trump blames Obama for child cages and family separation at the Mexico border, while providing no evidence

Donald Trump has claimed the Obama administration originally separated immigrant families arriving at the border, and that he took decisive measures to end it — in spite of recent reports that the current president wants to bring the policy back after a court ruled it was illegal."Just so you understand, President Obama separated the children. Those cages that were shown — I think they were very inappropriate. They were built by President Obama's administration. Not by Trump," the president ...
Tags: News, Obama, Mexico, US, Barack Obama, Dhs, United States, Secret Service, Donald Trump, Border Patrol, Trump, US Department of Homeland Security, Oval Office, Jeff Sessions, FactCheck, Randolph Alles


Trump told border agents to break the law but bosses told them to ignore him, report claims

Donald Trump reportedly encouraged agents working at the US-Mexico border to deny asylum seekers entry, an action which would have violated US law.The president first discussed the idea during an Oval Office meeting on 21 March with senior administration officials.Those present included Kirstjen Nielsen, who was then secretary for Homeland Security and Pat Cipollone, the White House counsel, according to CNN.Mercedes Schlapp and Dan Scavino, the president’s advisers, were also present, as was Ja...
Tags: News, California, White House, US, Cnn, Un, Homeland Security, Nielsen, Customs, Donald Trump, Cabinet, Trump, Oval Office, Calexico, Dan Scavino, Mr Trump


"White House senior adviser Stephen Miller wants to make sure that outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen is only the first of a string of senior officials headed out the door...."

"... as he is given more authority over immigration policy. The President has also pushed in recent weeks to reinstate the family separation policy, which Nielsen resisted.... Miller's heightened influence within the West Wing has been aided by the President, who recently told aides in an Oval Office meeting that Miller was in charge of all immigration and border related issues in the White House, according to a person familiar with the meeting. Trump administration officials say that Miller, wh...
Tags: Law, White House, Homeland Security, Nielsen, Miller, Trump, Oval Office, West Wing, Stephen Miller, Ann Althouse, Trump Administration, Trump and immigration, United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Randolph Tex Alles, Kirstjen Nielsen, Lee Cissna


Kirstjen Nielsen’s Ouster Strengthens Stephen Miller’s Grip on President Trump’s Immigration Policy

Photo Illustration by Kelly Caminero/The Daily Beast/GettyOver the past year and a half, President Trump’s policy adviser and speechwriter Stephen Miller and Kirstjen Nielsen, the now ousted homeland security secretary, were locked in a bitter cold war of backbiting and paranoia. By Sunday night, it was clear who had won. Trump’s decision to dismiss Nielsen signaled not only that Miller had emerged victorious but also further solidified him as the premier anti-immigration hardliner and survivor ...
Tags: News, Congress, Mexico, White House, Dhs, United States, New York Times, Fox News, Nielsen, Department Of Homeland Security, The Daily Beast, Fox Business, Miller, Trump, Grassley, Dobbs


Notable new (though incomplete) accounts of the state of death penalty politics

A couple of major news outlets had a couple of recent lengthy stories about modern death penalty politics.  Here are headlines, links, a small snippet and a follow-up comments: From NBC News, "Death penalty repeal sweeping across states as both parties get on board": Hannah Cox, the national manager of Conservatives Concerned About the Death Penalty, said that while the issue of repealing the death penalty was once a partisan one, that's changing.  It "was virtually unheard of in 2012 for a Rep...
Tags: Law, California, Barack Obama, Georgia, Gop, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Bill Clinton, Death Penalty, Ohio, Republican, South Carolina, Trump, John Kasich, Democratic Party, Cox


Democrats will ‘never’ get a hold of Trump’s tax returns, White House says

The White House acting chief of staff has said Democratic lawmakers probing Donald Trump’s financial dealings will “never” get a hold of the president’s tax returns. Mick Mulvaney lambasted the congressional investigations during a Fox News Sunday interview, suggesting efforts by the House Oversight Committee to request the president’s tax documents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) were nothing short of a “political hit job.”Democrats “knew they were not going to get these taxes, they kno...
Tags: News, White House, Donald Trump, Irs, Trump, Democratic, Oval Office, Internal Revenue Service IRS, The IRS, House Ways and Means Committee, Mick Mulvaney, House Oversight Committee, Mulvaney


Trump administration 'needs 2 years' to identify all the migrant children separated from families at border

The Trump administration claims it needs up to two years to identity and locate an unknown number of migrant children who were separated from their families at the US border as part of the so-called “zero tolerance” policy.Federal judge Dana Sabraw last year put an end to the controversial practice of splitting children from their parents and criminally prosecuting the adults, as part of a tactic to dissuade migrants from Central America trying to enter the country. He ordered that 2,700 childre...
Tags: News, California, Mexico, US, Barack Obama, Ap, San Diego, Associated Press, Central America, Trump, Jonathan White, Melania Trump, American Civil Liberties Union, Oval Office, Southern District, Dana Sabraw


Trump Will Keynote NRA Leadership Forum at Indy Convention

President Donald Trump will once again headline the NRA convention, scheduled in Indianapolis April 26-28. He will keynote the Friday Leadership Forum. (Dave Workman) U.S.A. –-(Ammoland.com)- For the fifth year in a row, Donald Trump will be appearing at the National Rifle Association’s Leadership Forum during the organization’s 148th annual meetings and exhibits at the Indiana Convention Center – Lucas Oil Stadium, in Indianapolis on April 26, NRA has announced. NRA made the announcement Fri...
Tags: Guns, Supreme Court, California, White House, New York City, Court, San Francisco, Indianapolis, Alaska, Hawaii, Arizona, Fox News, Usa Today, Donald Trump, Trump, Nra


Nato chief makes unprecedented pitch to US Congress on need for trans-Atlantic unity

Nato’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg made an unprecedented pitch to Congress for unity amid transatlantic tensions on Wednesday, as he marked 70 years since its founding charter was signed in Washington. Mr Stoltenberg gave a ringing defense of "the most successful alliance in history," which has often been derided by Donald Trump, the US president. He used the speech to underscore America’s "enduring support" for the historic alliance and downplayed disagreements with Mr Trump, saying: "Na...
Tags: Europe, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, White House, Russia, US, America, Barack Obama, Turkey, Ukraine, Atlantic, United States, Nato, Crimea


Trump repeatedly fails in attempt to say ‘origins’ then claims noise from wind farms causes cancer

Donald Trump repeatedly struggled to say the word “origin” during a White House meeting with the Nato secretary general in which the US president made a number of false claims. Taking questions from reporters while sat alongside Jens Stoltenberg in the Oval Office, Mr Trump railed against Democrats in congress providing oversight of him and called for an investigation into why the special counsel’s probe into Trump campaign ties with Russia was launched.“I hope they now go and take a look at the...
Tags: News, White House, Germany, Russia, Berlin, US, Barack Obama, Beijing, Xi Jinping, Nato, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Jens Stoltenberg, Oval Office, McCabe


Trump repeatedly fails in attempt to say 'origins' then claims noise from wind farms causes cancer

Donald Trump repeatedly struggled to say the word “origin” during a White House meeting with the Nato secretary general in which the US president made a number of false claims. Taking questions from reporters while sat alongside Jens Stoltenberg in the Oval Office, Mr Trump railed against Democrats in Congress providing oversight of him and called for an investigation into why the special counsel's probe into Trump campaign ties with Russia was launched.“I hope they now go and take a look at...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Germany, Russia, Berlin, US, Barack Obama, Beijing, Xi Jinping, Nato, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Jens Stoltenberg, Oval Office


Trump Energy Secretary Rick Perry gave 6 secret authorizations to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia

U.S. Department Of Energy Secretary Rick Perry gave “six secret authorizations by companies to sell nuclear power technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia,” Reuters reports, based on a copy of a document seen by reporters on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst “Many U.S. lawmakers are concerned that sharing nuclear...
Tags: Post, Politics, Technology, News, Washington, Saudi Arabia, White House, Russia, Tech, World news, War, Military, Rick Perry, Middle East, Nuclear, Weapons


Donald Trump tells Russia to 'get out' of Venezuela as tensions rise

Donald Trump has demanded that Russia “get out” of Venezuela after 100 of its troops landed to help embattled president Nicolás Maduro, escalating a war of words between Washington and Moscow.  The US president’s rebuke was delivered while he held White House talks with the wife of Juan Guaidó, the Venezuelan opposition politician who has declared himself interim president.  America, along with many European and South American nations, supports Mr Guaidó’s claim to the presidency while Russia an...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, China, Russia, US, America, United Nations, Moscow, Un, Venezuela, Bolton, Donald Trump, Nicolás Maduro, Trump, National Assembly


Trump's U.S. Energy Secty. Rick Perry gave 6 secret authorizations to sell nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia: Reuters

U.S. Department Of Energy Secretary Rick Perry gave “six secret authorizations by companies to sell nuclear power technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia,” Reuters reports, based on a copy of a document seen by reporters on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, U.S. March 20, 2018. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst “Many U.S. lawmakers are concerned that sharing nuclear...
Tags: Post, Politics, Technology, News, Washington, Saudi Arabia, White House, Russia, Tech, World news, War, Military, Rick Perry, Middle East, Nuclear, Weapons


Trump Claims His Admin Has Made O’Care ‘Better,’ Celebrates Court Fight Against It

President Donald Trump on Wednesday bragged about his administration’s move to abandon Obamacare in federal court, telling reporters in the Oval Office that “If the Supreme Court rules that Obamacare is out, we will have a plan that’s far better than Obamacare.” The comments were, as usual, mostly detail- and fact-free: In an Oval Office meeting with Fabiana Rosales, the wife of Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó, Trump claimed the “only difference” between his administration and former...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Obamacare, Barack Obama, Donald Trump, Trump, HHS, Oval Office, Government Accountability Office, Alice Ollstein, Matt Shuham, Alex Azar, Fabiana Rosales, battle over Obamacare, Juan Guaidó Trump



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