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House Judiciary Chair Lays Out Blistering Line Of Questioning For Whitaker Hearing

House Judiciary Committee Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) sent a letter to former hot tub salesman and current acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker today, laying out the questions Whitaker can expect to face at his Feb. 8 hearing before the committee. The questions, submitted so that Whitaker can check in advance whether the White House will invoke “executive privilege,” range from his controversial appointment on Nov. 7 to last week’s disputed Buzzfeed story. Most of the queries focus on wheth...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, House, Manhattan, Trump, Cohen, Whitaker, Michael Cohen, Jeff Sessions, Mueller, Matthew Whitaker, Nadler, House Judiciary, Muckraker, Trump Swamp


CNN: Mueller Probing Trump Relationship With NRA

The special counsel investigation is training its sights on the National Rifle Association’s links to the Trump campaign, CNN reported today. Former Trump campaign staffer Sam Nunberg told CNN that he had been asked about the campaign’s “dealings with the NRA” in a February 2018 interview with the special counsel’s office. The network cited Nunberg saying that prosecutors had asked about why Trump was selected as a speaker at the NRA’s 2015 annual meeting, months before he publicly announced ...
Tags: News, Washington, Russia, Cnn, Trump, Nra, National Rifle Association, Mueller, Sam Nunberg, Nunberg, Russia Probe, Muckraker, Maria Butina, Butina, Josh Kovensky, NRA Nunberg


Trump Admin Asks SCOTUS To Take Up Census Citizenship Question ASAP

The Trump administration on Tuesday asked the Supreme Court to deviate from normal practice and rule quickly on whether a citizenship question can be included on the 2020 Census. The Justice Department, represented by Solicitor General Noel Francisco, is asking that the court provide a final ruling by the time the Census questionnaires are set to be printed in June. The request follows a ruling last week from U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman blocking the addition of the citizenship question and ...
Tags: New York, News, Supreme Court, Commerce, Francisco, Justice Department, Census, Ross, Trump, Allegra Kirkland, U S Court of Appeals, Jesse Furman, Furman, 2nd Circuit, Wilbur Ross, Noel Francisco


House GOPers Ask For Proof That Feb Cohen Hearing Won’t Be ‘Media Stunt’

Two Republicans on the House Oversight Committee are urging Michael Cohen’s attorney to prove that his client’s upcoming February 7 public testimony before the committee won’t just be a “media stunt.” In a Tuesday letter, House Freedom Caucus Members Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Mark Meadows (R-NC) asked Guy Petrillo for firm answers on the scope of Cohen’s testimony, claiming that Cohen’s public relations representative in the probe, Lanny Davis, cautioned that much of what Cohen can say will be re...
Tags: New York, News, Gop, House, Davis, Manhattan, Jordan, Committee, Clinton, Trump, Allegra Kirkland, Jim Jordan, Elijah Cummings, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Donald J Trump


Rudy Has Been All Over The Map On Trump-Cohen Moscow Project Talks

Rudy “truth isn’t truth” Giuliani was at it again over the holiday weekend. In at least five interviews with the press over a two-day period, Giuliani made confusing and often contradictory statements while attempting to spin reports that President Trump and Michael Cohen were in contact about constructing a Trump Tower Moscow in the months leading up to the 2016 election. Initially, Giuliani was dispatched to crow over the special counsel’s unusual decision to discredit a BuzzFeed article re...
Tags: News, Nbc, Cnn, New York Times, The Times, Moscow, Times, Rudy, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker, Trump, Allegra Kirkland, Jake Tapper, Cohen


READ: Mystery Grand Jury Company Asks SCOTUS To Hear Appeal In Redacted Filing

An unknown company owned by a foreign government can proceed in filing a sealed request to ask the Supreme Court to consider its appeal of a Robert Mueller-linked grand jury subpoena, the court announced Tuesday. A redacted version of the request has been made available to the public. The move will allow the unnamed firm – reportedly a financial institution – a chance at winning an appeal before the Supreme Court. The mysterious company was ordered to file redacted versions of its court paper...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Scotus, Cnn, United States, Alston Bird, Robert Mueller, Russia Probe, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky


House Democrats Set To Grill Wilbur Ross On Census

Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross has agreed to testify before the House Oversight Committee in March over the Trump administration’s controversial decision to add a citizenship question to the 2020 Census, the committee announced Tuesday. Wilbur Ross will testify before the House Oversight Committee in March, setting up the second of what will be high-profile hearings for the committee. The first? Michael Cohen next month. pic.twitter.com/i5KUQm22pJ — Lauren Fox (@FoxReports) January 22, 2019 ...
Tags: News, Commerce, House, Trump, Lauren Fox, Allegra Kirkland, Michael Cohen, House Oversight Committee, Wilbur Ross, Muckraker


Embattled Trump Inaugural Committee Failed To Disclose Key Finances To IRS

President Trump’s inaugural committee failed to disclose to the IRS how much money it received in ticket revenue, TPM has found after reviewing the group’s tax filings, a failure that tax experts find perplexing.  The Trump inaugural committee’s failure to identify the revenue it generated from the sale of tickets and other perks broke with the practice of previous inaugural committees. In doing so, the tax return that the committee filed with the IRS obscured a key metric of how it raised its...
Tags: News, Obama, Washington, Cnn, New York Times, Manhattan, Belle, Wall Street Journal, Irs, Committee, Trump, Bush, Boston Globe, Owens, Jenkins, Adam Schiff


Giuliani Walks Back Remarks On Trump-Cohen Moscow Project Talks

On Sunday, Rudy Giuliani told the New York Times that President Trump and Michael Cohen were in talks to develop a Trump Tower in Moscow through Election Day 2016. By Monday, Giuliani was claiming that he had no idea if that was true at all. Times reporter Maggie Haberman tweeted out the statement Trump’s attorney put out “clarifying” his comments to the newspaper. “My recent statements about discussions during the 2016 campaign between Michael Cohen and then-candidate Donald Trump about a poten...
Tags: News, Congress, Russia, New York Times, Moscow, Times, Giuliani, Donald Trump, Senate Intelligence Committee, Rudy Giuliani, Trump, Allegra Kirkland, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Trump Tower, Sen Mark Warner D Va


BuzzFeed Remains ‘100 Percent Behind’ Report Disputed By Mueller

BuzzFeed is insisting on the accuracy of a recent article disputed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, which reported that President Trump asked Michael Cohen lie to Congress about their efforts to develop a Trump Tower Moscow. “We’re being told to stand our ground. Our reporting is going to be borne out to be accurate, and we’re 100 percent behind it,” Anthony Cormier, one of two investigative reporters who worked on the story, told CNN in a Sunday interview. Cormier, who was joined by ...
Tags: News, Buzzfeed, Congress, Cnn, Ben Smith, Smith, Trump, Allegra Kirkland, Michael Cohen, Congressional, Mueller, Cormier, Peter Carr, Robert Mueller, Jason Leopold, Trump Tower Moscow


Report: Senate Intel Committee Subpoenas Roger Stone Associate Corsi

The Senate Intelligence Committee has subpoenaed conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi, his attorney, Larry Klayman, told The Hill on Friday. The committee asked for both an interview and documents from the Roger Stone associate in a subpoena received Thursday, according to Klayman. Corsi is a “birther”-promoting conservative commentator who came under scrutiny in the Russia investigation for comments he made suggesting he had advance knowledge that Wikileaks planned to release hacked Democratic emai...
Tags: News, Russia, Wikileaks, Senate Intelligence Committee, Allegra Kirkland, Hill, Roger Stone, The Hill, Judicial Watch, Corsi, Robert Mueller, Larry Klayman, Klayman, Jerome Corsi, Stettner, Muckraker


Mueller Disputes Buzzfeed Report That Trump Directed Cohen To Lie To Congress

In a dramatic departure from its press-shy tendencies, special counsel Robert Mueller’s office issued a statement Friday evening disputing the blockbuster Buzzfeed report claiming that President Trump directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. The unusual statement came almost 24 hours after the Buzzfeed report was published. It alleged that Cohen lied to Congress about the timing of negotiations over a Trump Tower Moscow deal at the specific direction of Trump. The Buzzfeed report also alleg...
Tags: News, Congress, Trump, Carr, David Kurtz, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Congressional, Peter Carr, Robert Mueller, Trump Tower Moscow, Muckraker


What Was Up Between Cohen, Trump During Period Covered In BuzzFeed Blockbuster?

A potentially momentous Thursday BuzzFeed report provided the clearest-cut indication yet that President Trump may have violated federal law. Two federal law enforcement sources told the publication that Trump personally directed his former attorney, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress about matters related to the Russia investigation—an order that Trump’s own attorney general nominee believes would constitute obstruction of justice. No other publication has yet verified BuzzFeed’s story. And b...
Tags: News, Vladimir Putin, Buzzfeed, Congress, Senate, White House, Russia, Fbi, Mark Cuban, Moscow, Manhattan, Senate Intelligence Committee, Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, Rudy Giuliani, Journal


What To Expect The Public Will See From The Mueller Report

Many details about the so-called Mueller report remain speculative: when it will be delivered, what form it will take, what level of detail it will contain. But this week, attorney general nominee Bill Barr provided a better sense of just how much of the special counsel’s report the public will see in the likely event that he is confirmed by the GOP-controlled Senate. The short answer: not much. Former federal prosecutors and Justice Department officials told TPM that Barr’s Tuesday testimony...
Tags: New York, News, Congress, Senate, Cnn, Gop, Hillary Clinton, House, Bill Clinton, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Starr, Clinton, James Comey, Trump, Allegra Kirkland


Manafort Kept Up His Sketchy Behavior While Already In Deep Legal Trouble

A court document filed by special counsel Robert Mueller this week reveals new examples of how Paul Manafort allegedly engaged in brazenly shady behaviors well after he was already in deep legal trouble. The heavily redacted filing was made in the dispute over whether Manafort violated his plea deal with Mueller by lying to investigators — perhaps the most brazen, and likely illegal, misconduct of all. But in addition to that, it appears that as late as March 2018, after Manafort was indicted...
Tags: News, Virginia, Ukraine, Fbi, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Konstantin Kilimnik, Muckraker, Virginia Manafort


Skadden Arps Settles With DOJ Over Manafort Ukraine Dealings

The prominent law firm Skadden Arps reached a civil settlement with federal law enforcement today over work it performed in Ukraine on Paul Manafort’s request, the Justice Department announced in a statement. The firm agreed to pay $4.6 million that it secretly received for the work that it performed on behalf of the Ukrainian Ministry of Justice, and agreed to retroactively register as a foreign agent of the Ukrainian government. Skadden wrote a report in 2012 whitewashing the Ukrainian gove...
Tags: London, News, Cyprus, Ukraine, Manhattan, Doj, Justice Department, Ministry Of Justice, Craig, U S Congress, Mueller, Obama White House, Skadden, Skadden Arps, Yulia Tymoshenko, Tymoshenko


NYT Reporter: Trump ‘Essentially Sided’ With Putin’s 2017 Claim Russia Didn’t Hack DNC

Following two discussions with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in July 2017, President Donald Trump told a New York Times reporter that he was “impressed” by Putin’s claim that Russia could not have possibly hacked the Democratic National Committee during the 2016 election. The New York Times’ David Sanger told CNN Thursday morning that Trump told him about his interaction with Putin over the phone in July 2017. “‘Vladimir Putin told me,’ [Trump] said, ‘that it couldn’t have been the Russians w...
Tags: News, Putin, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Dnc, Cnn, New York Times, James Clapper, Donald Trump, Trump, Caitlin Macneal, Democratic National Committee, Sanger, David Sanger, James Comey John Brennan, Muckraker


Cohen: I Paid For Online Poll-Rigging At The Direction Of Trump

Michael Cohen in a tweet Thursday morning more or less confirmed a Wall Street Journal report that he paid an IT specialist in early 2015 for rigging two online polls in favor of President Trump. The tweet said that what Cohen did was “at the direction of and for the sole benefit” of Trump. Cohen was reimbursed for the payment — purportedly some $12,000 handed to the specialist in cash, though Cohen claims it was a check — with $50,000 from Trump and his company, according to the Journal. As...
Tags: News, Congress, Virginia, Russia, Walmart, Wall Street Journal, Rudy Giuliani, Journal, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Liberty University, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Trump Cohen, Gauger, Muckraker


Trump’s Companies Boosted Foreign Worker Visas To 10-Year High In 2018

President Trump may have ratcheted up his anti-immigration efforts in recent months, but his family companies appear to be using foreign workers at a higher rate than ever before. The Trump Organization requested and received at least 192 visas for foreign workers in 2018, according to Department of Labor data. That number appears to be the highest for the company going back to at least 2008 and likely much earlier, based on public records. The nearly two decades’ worth of data were pulled to...
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READ: IG Says GSA Failed To Address Emoluments Issue In Trump Post Office Hotel Lease

The General Services Administration ignored “issues under the Constitution’s Emoluments Clauses” when it decided in March 2017 that President Trump’s Washington, D.C. hotel was in full compliance of its lease of Washington’s Old Post Office Building. The IG investigation focused on whether GSA management followed correct decision-making procedures in addressing whether Trump’s D.C. hotel — located in the Old Post Office Building down the street from the White House — violated the Constitution...
Tags: News, Washington, White House, General Services Administration, Trump, GSA, Eric Trump, OPO, Don Jr, Trump Org, Muckraker, Trump Swamp, Josh Kovensky, Trump Post Office Hotel Lease, Kris Durmer


READ: Mueller Releases Filing On How Manafort Broke Plea Agreement

Special Counsel Robert Mueller released a detailed — but redacted — filing on Tuesday outlining why he believes Paul Manafort violated his plea agreement with prosecutors. With its heavy redactions, the filing at times reads like an extremely bland game of madlibs, with references to Manafort admitting certain things while the substance of what he allegedly admitted to falling under redaction. However, the unredacted sections shed at least a little bit of new light on what Manafort was being ...
Tags: News, Ukraine, Fbi, Trump, Mueller, Viktor Yanukovych, Robert Mueller, Trump Administration, Kilimnik, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Russia Probe, Konstantin Kilimnik, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky, Jeffrey Weiland


WSJ: Federal Prosecutors Will Likely Limit Cohen’s Congressional Testimony

When Michael Cohen appears before the House Oversight Committee next month, his public testimony will be severely limited thanks to his ongoing cooperation with multiple federal investigations. The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Cohen will be prevented from discussing matters he divulged to both special counsel Robert Mueller and the Manhattan U.S. Attorney’s office. That means the public may learn less than they hoped about matters involving Cohen’s contacts with Russia, hush-mone...
Tags: New York, News, Russia, Manhattan, House Intelligence Committee, Wall Street Journal, Journal, Trump, Allegra Kirkland, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Adam Schiff, Mueller, Trump Organization, Robert Mueller, House Oversight Committee


READ: Mueller Releases Filing On Why Manafort Broke Plea Agreement

Special Counsel Robert Mueller released a detailed — but redacted — filing on Tuesday outlining why he believes Paul Manafort violated his plea agreement with prosecutors. The filing includes a declaration from Jeffrey Weiland, an FBI agent working on the case. The declaration lays out the background of Manafort’s purportedly brief period of cooperation with the government, including an episode after his guilty plea to witness tampering in which he denied that his Russian associate, Konstanti...
Tags: News, Fbi, Robert Mueller, Trump Administration, Manafort, Paul Manafort, Russia Probe, Konstantin Kilimnik, Muckraker, Josh Kovensky, Jeffrey Weiland


Judge Keeps An Eye On SCOTUS As He Blocks Census Citizenship Question

U.S. District Judge Jesse Furman found himself in an extraordinary position as he handed down a decision Tuesday declaring illegal the Trump administration’s move to add a citizenship question to the census. As trial in the case was wrapping up in November, the Supreme Court announced it would hear arguments on a dispute in the case in February. More remarkable, still, is that the dispute — over a judge’s order the Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, who made the decision to add the question, sit...
Tags: News, Maryland, Supreme Court, Commerce, Doj, Justice Department, Ross, Trump, Fed, Wolf, Tierney Sneed, Levitt, Loyola Law School, Fishkin, Common Cause, Jesse Furman


Several GOP Senators Urge Release Of Mueller Findings At Barr Hearing

One notable thread ran through Tuesday’s confirmation hearings for attorney general nominee Bill Barr: requests, from Senate Republicans, that the findings of Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference see the light of day. The proceedings saw repeated, rare Republican calls for transparency about a probe that President Trump and his supporters have dismissed as a witch hunt launched solely to undermine his administration. Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) urged Ba...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington Post, Senate, Russia, Gop, Department Of Justice, Justice Department, Kennedy, Aristotle, Trump, Allegra Kirkland, Grassley, Senate judiciary, Mueller, Sen Chuck Grassley


ABC: Mueller Subpoenas More Corsi, Stone Associates

Special counsel Robert Mueller has subpoenaed more associates of insurance broker-turned-conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi and GOP operative Roger Stone, ABC news reported Tuesday. Without naming the targets of the subpoenas, the report states that two people were asked to testify before a grand jury in December, and asked to preserve all communications with Corsi and Stone. A third witness — Corsi’s stepson Andrew Stettner — is scheduled to testify before the grand jury on Friday, Corsi annou...
Tags: News, Obama, Abc, Gop, John Kerry, Julian Assange, Wikileaks, Abc News, Clinton, Roger Stone, Mueller, Corsi, Robert Mueller, Jerome Corsi, Corsi Stone, Stettner


GOP Senators Seize On NYT Report To Grill Barr On Anti-Trump Bias At FBI

During Bill Barr’s Tuesday confirmation hearings, several Republican senators seized on reports that the FBI opened a counterintelligence probe into President Trump last year to grill the attorney general nominee on anti-Trump bias at the bureau. Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) and Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) were among the committee members who asked Barr about the New York Times’ weekend report revealing the existence of the Trump probe, pushing questio...
Tags: News, La, Russia, Fbi, New York Times, Moscow, Graham, Department Of Justice, Republican, Times, Kennedy, James Comey, Trump, Allegra Kirkland, John Kennedy, Senate judiciary


Gates Still Cooperating With ‘Several Ongoing Investigations,’ Mueller Says

Rick Gates is still fully cooperating with multiple federal probes, Gates’ lawyers and special counsel Robert Mueller said in a joint status report filed Tuesday. “Defendant Gates continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations, and accordingly the parties do not believe it is appropriate to commence the sentencing process at this time,” the parties wrote. Whatever useful information Gates is providing will ultimately factor into the sentence that federal prosecutors recomm...
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What Barr Did (And Didn’t) Commit To On The Russia Probe, DOJ Independence

Tuesday’s confirmation hearing for Bill Barr focused on how the attorney general nominee would handle key issues related to the Russia probe and keep the Justice Department independent from president known to insert himself into the DOJ’s affairs. In his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee and answers to lawmakers’ questions, Barr sought to assuage concerns he’ll act as a flunky to President Trump, committing to allow the Russia investigation to continue unimpeded and to p...
Tags: News, Congress, Russia, Fbi, Leahy, Bob, Doj, Justice Department, Trump, Democratic, Allegra Kirkland, Senate Judiciary Committee, Sen Dianne Feinstein, Whitaker, Sen Chuck Grassley R IA, Grassley


Report: Mueller Investigating Trump Hotel Meeting With Nunes, Flynn, And Foreign Officials

The special counsel is investigating a pre-inauguration meeting between former national security adviser Michael Flynn, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), and dozens of foreign diplomats and officials, the Daily Beast reported Monday. The probe reportedly comes as part of a broader investigation into pay-for-play at the inauguration, and into whether the inaugural committee misappropriated the record $107 million it purportedly took in from donors. The meeting in question occurred on Jan. 18 at the Tru...
Tags: News, California, Washington, Russia, Los Angeles, Capitol Hill, Republican, House Intelligence Committee, Trump, Flynn, Trump International Hotel, Romney, Mevlut Cavusoglu, Cavusoglu, Michael Flynn, Devin Nunes