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Top Trump DOJer Involved In Census Citizenship Push To Defy House Subpoena

A Trump-appointed Justice Department official, who acted as its point person in the administration’s push to add a citizenship question to census, will not comply with a House subpoena for his testimony, the department informed the House Oversight Committee Wednesday. The Justice Department is objecting to the committee’s refusal to let a DOJ attorney sit in for the committee’s deposition of John Gore. The deposition was scheduled for Thursday. According to a letter from the department’s cong...
Tags: Muckraker, Census Citizenship Question, Department of Justice, House Oversight Committee, John Gore, Tierney Sneed


Indicted Coast Guard Officer Targeted SCOTUS Justices, Wanted ‘Race War’

The white nationalist Coast Guard officer accused of stockpiling weapons and drafting a kill list must remain in custody pending trial because he “poses a substantial risk of danger to the community,” prosecutors said in a Tuesday filing laying out additional evidence. Christopher Hasson asked to be released from federal custody last week since prosecutors have not charged him with terrorism-related offenses, despite referring to him as a “domestic terrorist.” The judge overseeing the case ha...
Tags: Muckraker, Christopher Hasson, Coast Guard, Race, White Nationalism, Allegra Kirkland


Legal Fight Erupts After Feds Make New Claims About Butina Ahead Of Sentencing

Maria Butina, the Russian national who ingratiated herself into U.S. conservative circles through gun rights activism, has been cooperating with the feds for months, but just days before her sentencing, a major fight has erupted over the government’s efforts to paint her conduct as part of a “spot and assess” operation that could aid Russian spies. The fight bubbled up in dueling sentencing memos filed Friday from Butina’s attorneys and prosecutors in the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. Butina...
Tags: Muckraker, Maria Butina, Russia, Russia probe, Tierney Sneed


A Running List Of The Probes That Pose The Greatest Threat To Trumpworld

It was never just about Russia. When Donald Trump entered the Oval Office in January 2017, he brought with him an ever-evolving cloud of scandal that has hung low over his entire administration. There are currently several ongoing congressional, city, state and federal investigations into Trump’s personal finances and sexual relationships, his real estate company and his family members. Some — like the lawsuit alleging corruption at the Trump Foundation, twin suits alleging Trump’s D.C. hotel ...
Tags: New York, News, Supreme Court, Congress, White House, Russia, Fbi, United States, House, New York Times, Bill Clinton, Manhattan, Times, Donald Trump, Wall Street Journal, Justice Department


Mnuchin Blows Off Response To Trump Tax Return Request To May 6

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin missed another deadline to hand over Trump’s tax returns on Tuesday, telling the House Ways and Means Committee in a letter that he would inform them of his decision by May 6. In a 10-page letter sent minutes after the Trump Administration blew a 5 p.m. deadline set by Ways and Means chair Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) for the tax information, Mnuchin said that he had not “denied or granted” the request and that he would “take final action” on the issue after recei...
Tags: News, House, Treasury, Justice Department, Irs, Tea Party, Trump, Richard Nixon, House Ways and Means, Neal, House Ways and Means Committee, Ways and Means, Ways and Means Committee, Trump Administration, Mnuchin, Steve Mnuchin


Missouri GOP Hints At Voting Rights Overhaul To Undermine Immigrant Vote

Missouri’s GOP legislature appears to be considering, again, a change to its redistricting process that would have major impacts on the political representation of immigrant-heavy regions. Republican lawmakers filed an amendment that would change the standard in how legislative districts are drawn. It would require that they be drawn on a vague “one person, one vote, using data ” basis, rather on the basis of total population, as is currently the practice in all 50 states. The tweak in langu...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Immigration, Gop, Missouri, Redistricting, Justice Department, Ross, Vra, Abbott, Trump, Voting Rights, Tierney Sneed, Brennan Center, Evenwel, Neil Gorsuch


Far-Right GOPer Defends Running Background Checks On Political Enemies

Under fire for leaked chats that show him discussing spying on his perceived political enemies, far-right Washington state Rep. Matt Shea is adapting a novel defense strategy. In a Monday evening Facebook post, Shea readily admitted to running background checks on those who “threaten” his family, and linked to a site that regularly posts white nationalist content. The Guardian article that revealed that Shea and several far-right commentators discussed physically attacking and surveilling anti...
Tags: Facebook, News, Washington, Extremism, Conor Mcgregor, Allegra Kirkland, Democratic Party, House Gop, Shea, Matt Shea, XYZ, Jason Wilson, Jack Robertson, Antifa, Cyrus Habib, Muckraker


Treasury Misses Ways And Means’s Final Deadline To Produce Trump Taxes

The Trump Administration on Tuesday apparently missed a final 5 p.m. deadline from the House Ways and Means committee to hand over six years of the president’s personal and business tax returns — a move Congress said would be interpreted as a “denial” of their request. The refusal sets the stage for Ways and Means chair Rep. Richard Neal (D-MA) to subpoena the documents, igniting a potential court battle over accessing the information. Neal first requested the returns on April 3 in a letter t...
Tags: News, Congress, House, Treasury, Irs, Trump, House Ways and Means, Neal, TPM, House Ways and Means Committee, Ways and Means, Trump Administration, Mnuchin, Steve Mnuchin, Trump's tax returns, Richard Neal D MA


Cummings Threatens To Hold Security Clearance Probe Witness In Contempt

The House Oversight Committee is threatening to hold a former White House official in contempt for ignoring a subpoena issued as part of their probe into abuses of the security clearance process. Committee chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) issued a statement Tuesday urging former White House personnel security director Carl Kline to testify instead of following the White House’s order not to do so. “The White House and Mr. Kline now stand in open defiance of a duly authorized congressional subpoen...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Committee, Caitlin Macneal, Elijah Cummings, Cummings, Contempt, Kline, House Oversight Committee, Security Clearances, Muckraker, Carl Kline, Tricia Newbold, Trump Cummings, House Counsel and Committee Members


WH Tells Witness To Ignore Cummings Subpoena In Security Clearance Probe

A former White House official who allegedly retaliated against a whistleblower is refusing to appear before the House Oversight Committee, citing an order from the White House not to comply with a congressional subpoena. “With two masters from two equal branches of government, we will follow the instructions of the one that employs him,” reads an April 22 letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) from an attorney for former White House personnel security director Carl Kline. Kline attorney Robert...
Tags: News, White House, Justice Department, Committee, Elijah Cummings, Kline, PURPURA, House Oversight Committee, Jared Kushner, Michael Purpura, Security Clearances, Muckraker, Trump Swamp, Robert Driscoll, Josh Kovensky, Tricia Newbold


House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas McGahn In Obstruction Inquiry

The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena to former White House counsel Don McGahn on Monday, asking for documents and testimony relating to allegations that President Trump committed obstruction of justice. The subpoena — issued by House Judiciary chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) — asks McGahn to testify in public on May 21. The request also provides a May 7 deadline for the former White House counsel to hand over documents on matters ranging from attempts to fire special counsel Robert Muell...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Russia, Hillary Clinton, Collins, James Comey, Trump, House Judiciary Committee, Mueller, Barr, Michael Flynn, Doug Collins, Robert Mueller, Nadler, House Judiciary


In Private Chats, Far-Right GOPer Discussed Attacking, Spying On Activists

A controversial Washington state Republican participated in discussions about spying on and engaging in physical violence against anti-fascist activists, private chats published by the Guardian Saturday reveal. State lawmaker Matt Shea was part of a four-person chat thread with several far-right commentators about “psy-ops” they could wage on local activists a couple of years ago, and he personally offered to carry out background checks on their behalf. Per the Guardian, the men used the encr...
Tags: News, Washington, Fbi, Gop, Guardian, Extremism, Allegra Kirkland, Spokane County, Shea, Robertson, Matt Shea, Knezovich, Ozzie Knezovich, Jack Robertson, Antifa, Muckraker


In Their Own Words: How Ross And His Cronies Sought To Rig The Census

It’s still a mystery exactly why Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross wanted a citizenship question added to the 2020 census — a decision the Supreme Court will review in oral arguments on Tuesday. But the records from the litigation make clear that he was the driving force behind the decision. Those documents — internal emails, memos and testimony — show that from the beginning of his tenure, Ross dispatched his aides to see that the controversial question was added by any means necessary. They su...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Congress, White House, Fbi, Gop, Commerce, House, Kansas, Department Of Homeland Security, Justice Department, Ross, James Comey, Gore, Vra, Trump


READ: Trump Sues Cummings To Halt Probe Into His Finances

Personal attorneys for President Trump and his businesses sued House Oversight Committee chairman Elijah Cummings (D-MD) on Monday in a high-profile bid to stop the body’s investigation into the President’s finances. Referring to House investigators as “the Democrat Party,” the lawsuit aims to quash a subpoena that Cummings issued to accounting firm Mazars USA for years of financial information from Trump and seven of his companies. “The Democrat Party, with its newfound control of the U.S. H...
Tags: News, Maryland, Congress, White House, House, Department Of Justice, Irs, Trump, Elijah Cummings, Donald J Trump, Cummings, Democrat Party, Neal, U S House of Representatives, House Ways and Means Committee, Oversight Committee


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: News, White House, Office, Fbi, New York Times, Justice Department, James Comey, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Corey Lewandowski, Lewandowski, Oval Office, Mueller, Obstruction of Justice, Robert Mueller, McGahn


Here’s How The Mueller Probe Was Hindered By Lies, Evidence Deletion

The special counsel investigation is over, but that doesn’t mean it’s complete. Robert Mueller’s report lays out multiple examples of ways the investigation was “impaired,” either by lying witnesses or by successful deletion of key conversations. “Several individuals affiliated with the Trump Campaign lied to the Office, and to Congress, about their interactions with Russian-affiliated individuals and related matters,” the redacted report reads. “Those lies materially impaired the investigati...
Tags: News, Congress, Washington, Russia, Fbi, United States, Moscow, Wikileaks, Trump, Roger Stone, Mueller, John Podesta, Papadopoulos, Robert Mueller, Trump Campaign, Andrew Weissmann


Trump And Russia Worked Towards The Same Goal In 2016

In the heady days of late July 2016, Donald Trump was ready for Russian help. That much is clear from the Mueller report, which recounts how Trump repeatedly told Michael Flynn to find Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails after publicly asking Russia to “find” them. That episode fits a broader pattern.  Throughout the 2016 campaign, Trump underlings and hangers-on — both in Russia and the United States — tried to leverage Trump’s chaotic presidential campaign for their mutual advantage. As ...
Tags: News, Putin, Russia, New York City, Dnc, Hillary Clinton, United States, Nato, Moscow, The Office, Gazprom, Wikileaks, Smith, Donald Trump, Gates, Clinton


Mueller Report Blows Up Barr’s ‘No Collusion=No Obstruction’ Canard

President Trump, in his attempts to meddle with the Russia probe, was at least partially motivated by the fear that investigators might uncover conduct that Trump himself believed could be perceived as criminal, special counsel Robert Mueller said in his redacted report. Mueller’s assessment undercuts efforts by Attorney General Bill Barr, in defending his decision to clear Trump of obstruction, to emphasize the lack of an underlying crime of collusion with Russia for Trump to cover up. It al...
Tags: News, Eric Holder, Russia, Fbi, Moscow, Kremlin, James Comey, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Michael Cohen, Trump Tower, Bobby Kennedy, Jeff Sessions, Comey, Mueller, Barr


Mueller: Burr Briefed White House On Russia Probe Days After 2017 Gang Of 8 Reveal

Days after the FBI privately revealed to Senate Intel Chairman Richard Burr (R-NC) and other key congressional leaders its investigation into the Trump campaign’s Russia links, Burr “appears to have” provided the White House information on the probe, special counsel Robert Mueller said in the redacted report released Thursday. The detail is based on notes that Don McGahn’s chief of staff took in 2017. The report leaves open the possibility the Burr may have been briefing the White House on th...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Politico, Russia, Intel, Fbi, House, Senate Intelligence Committee, Committee, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Sen Mark Warner D Va, Comey, Mueller, Burr


Top House Dem Tosses Lifeline To Trump On Mueller Report Day

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD) said Thursday that nothing in the 400-plus page special counsel report changes his impression that Democrats should move forward with impeachment proceedings against President Trump. “Based on what we have seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point,” Hoyer told CNN. “Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months and the American people will make a judgment.” Robert Mueller’s painstakingly detailed document concludes th...
Tags: News, Obama, Congress, Russia, Cnn, Democrats, Gop, House, Jon Favreau, Justice Department, Trump, Allegra Kirkland, Hoyer, Steny Hoyer, Robert Mueller, Adam Jentleson


Trump Campaign Was Deeply Co-opted By Russian Influence Operation

While special counsel Robert Mueller was unable to establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russian government, his redacted report paints a picture of a campaign deeply co-opted by a multi-prong Russian influence campaign. The report details how over several months in the summer of 2016, different Russian intelligence operatives were able to alternately use the operation as an instrument for its own ends, receive inside information on the inner workings of the Trump cam...
Tags: News, Russia, New York City, Ukraine, Intelligence, Fbi, National Security, Ira, Department Of Justice, Doj, Gates, Sally Yates, Trump, KGB, Flynn, Internet Research Agency


Not For Lack Of Trying: Trump Repeatedly Blocked From Meddling In Mueller Probe

President Trump might have successfully meddled in the investigations of Russian interference in the 2016 elections had his aides not continually refused to go along with his requests. Special counsel Robert Mueller found multiple actions taken by Trump that were “capable of exerting undue influence over law enforcement investigations,” Mueller said in his redacted report released Thursday. “The President’s efforts to influence the investigation were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely b...
Tags: News, Donald Trump, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Trump Tower, Jeff Sessions, Mueller, Barr, Obstruction of Justice, Robert Mueller, Trump Russia, William Barr, Muckraker, Mueller report


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


Everyone Who Ignored Trump’s Requests To Do Something Obstruction-esque

As special counsel Robert Mueller himself said, President Trump may have been more successful in influencing the Russia investigation had his aides been more willing to go along with his requests. As we go through the report, we’re keeping a running list of all the people who had to ignore or rebuff a request from Trump to do something to meddle in the investigation: Chris Christie:  After former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn’s resignation, Trump dined with former Gov. Chris Christie, ...
Tags: Chris Christie, News, Russia, Fbi, Reince Priebus, Justice Department, Trump, Christie, Tierney Sneed, Flynn, Jeff Sessions, Comey, McFarland, Mike Flynn, Obstruction of Justice, Robert Mueller


READ: The Beginning Of The Stephen Miller-Written ‘Screed’ Firing Comey

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report confirmed New York Times reporting in 2017 that investigators had obtained the original letter President Trump drafted with Stephen Miller to fire James Comey. Sources had described it to the Times as a “screed.” It was never sent. Thursday’s report provides the opening of the final version of the Miller-drafted letter, which he and Trump had worked on at Trump’s golf resort in New Jersey. Trump read the opening paragraphs of the letter to his ad...
Tags: News, Washington, Russia, Hillary Clinton, New York Times, Times, James Comey, Miller, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Jeff Sessions, Comey, Stephen Miller, Robert Mueller, Rosenstein, Rod Rosenstein


Mueller Report Dramatically Changes Picture Of Trump Obstruction

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report released Thursday painted a strikingly different picture for why he did not reach a prosecutorial decision on whether President Trump obstructed justice than the process described by Attorney General Bill Barr. The discussion comes at the beginning of the second volume of his report, focused on the obstruction aspect of his inquiry. Its executive summary concludes bluntly that had Mueller’s team been able to clear Trump of obstruction based on i...
Tags: News, Congress, Russia, Fbi, Donald Trump, Doj, Justice Department, Obstruction, Trump, Allegra Kirkland, Müller, Mueller, Barr, Jim Comey, Office of Legal Counsel, Robert Mueller


Trump Was Ready For Trump Tower Moscow Trip During Campaign

Donald Trump was willing to go to Moscow during the 2016 presidential campaign for discussions on the Moscow Tower project, a redacted version of the Mueller report states. The report states that longtime Trump lawyer Michael Cohen told the special counsel that Trump had opportunities to travel to Russia in late 2015 and in spring 2016. “According to Cohen, Trump indicated a willingness to travel if it would assist the project significantly,” the document reads. “On one occasion, Trump told C...
Tags: News, Russia, Ap, Fbi, Moscow, Mafia, Donald Trump, Russian Federation, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Corey Lewandowski, Lewandowski, Ivanka Trump, Mueller, Sater


Why Mueller Decided Not To Charge Don Jr. Over June 2016 Trump Tower Meeting

The unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report released on Thursday reveals that while the Mueller team “considered” charging Donald Trump Jr. and other campaign officials who attended the infamous June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, Mueller’s team concluded that they did not have enough evidence to file any charges. In the redacted report, Mueller laid out that the events surrounding the meeting could implicate an elections law ban on receiving contributions from foreign nation...
Tags: News, Office, Clinton, Trump, Caitlin Macneal, Trump Tower, Mueller, Donald Trump Jr, Robert Mueller, Trump Jr, Jared Kushner, Don Jr, Russia Probe, Trump Tower Meeting, Muckraker, Mueller report


Trump Told Flynn To Get Deleted Clinton Emails, Mueller Report Says

After publicly calling for Russia to hack a cache of 30,000 deleted emails belonging to Hillary Clinton, Trump told Michael Flynn to find them, the redacted Mueller report states. “Trump asked individuals affiliated with his Campaign to find the deleted Clinton emails,” the document reads. The redacted report goes on to cite FBI interviews with Flynn as saying that Trump “made this request repeatedly, and Flynn subsequently contacted multiple people in an effort to obtain the emails.” Those t...
Tags: News, Senate, Russia, Fbi, Gop, Prince, Smith, Clinton, Trump, Flynn, Peter Smith, Mueller, Michael Flynn, Erik Prince, Hillary Clinton Trump, SAM CLOVIS


Mueller Report Undercuts How Barr Described Obstruction Non-Decision

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report released Thursday painted a strikingly different picture for why he did not reach a prosecutorial decision on whether President Trump obstructed justice than the process described by Attorney General Bill Barr in his various previews of the report. The discussion comes at the beginning of the second volume of his report, focused on the obstruction aspect of his inquiry. Its executive summary concludes bluntly that had Mueller’s team been able to...
Tags: News, Congress, Russia, Fbi, Donald Trump, Doj, Justice Department, Obstruction, Trump, Allegra Kirkland, Müller, Mueller, Barr, Jim Comey, Office of Legal Counsel, Robert Mueller