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Cohen To Congress: I ‘Believe’ Sekulow Knew About Trump Tower Moscow Lie

Trump attorney Jay Sekulow knew Michael Cohen was lying about the dates of the President’s involvement in the Trump Tower Moscow project, Cohen told lawmakers according to a newly released transcript of his Congressional testimony. In the documents, a congressional staffer asked Cohen if Sekulow knew that discussions around building the Trump-branded Moscow skyscraper “carried past the Iowa caucus into June of 2016.” “I believe so, yes,” Cohen said, before telling lawmakers that he recalled d...
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GOPer Amash Hops Back On Twitter To Defend Against Colleagues’ Criticism

Rep. Justin Amash (R-MI) took to Twitter again on Monday to defend his belief that President Trump participated in “impeachable conduct” related to his efforts to obstruct special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. In a Twitter thread, Amash said those who believe Trump didn’t intend to illegally obstruct justice so he therefore can’t be impeached are “resting their argument on several falsehoods.” He said in his thread that there were “crimes” revealed by Mueller’s probe, including seve...
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White House Rejects House Obstruction Probe In Letter Blasting The Investigation

In a letter to the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, the White House said it would not comply with demands from the committee for its wide-ranging probe into possible obstruction by President Trump, arguing that the committee had no authority to launch the investigation. “Unfortunately, it appears that you have already decided to press ahead with a duplicative investigation, including by issuing subpoenas, to replow the same ground the Special Counsel has already covered. I ask that you...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, House, Department Of Justice, Justice Department, Committee, Obstruction, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Watergate, House Judiciary Committee, Mueller, Nadler, Don McGahn, Jerry Nadler


Morning Docket: 05.13.19

* According to President Donald Trump, former White House counsel Don McGahn “had a much better chance of being fired” than special counsel Robert Mueller because Trump claims he was “[n]ever a big fan” — but that’s probably because McGahn refused to issue a public statement saying he didn’t believe the president obstructed justice. [Washington Post] * President Trump wants to stop federal judges on lower courts from issuing nationwide injunctions that are screwing up his plans to make America ...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, White House, New York City, America, Harvey Weinstein, Donald Trump, Law Schools, Biglaw, Obstruction, Trump, Boston Globe, Mike Pence, Harvard Law School, Hill


McGahn Wouldn’t Comply With Recent WH Request To Publicly Say No Obstruction

White House counsel Don McGahn wouldn’t comply with a White House request last month to say publicly that President Trump didn’t obstruct justice, according to new reports in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal. Just after the redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report was released last month — in which McGahn is painted as a road block to some of Trump’s most egregious requests — the White House asked McGahn to make a public statement declaring Trump didn’t try to...
Tags: News, White House, Obstruction, Don McGahn, Nicole Lafond


Trump Downgrades ‘No Obstruction’ To … ‘Essentially No Obstruction’

President Donald Trump seemed to hedge a bit on his months-long chant of “no obstruction, no collusion,” saying that the redacted Mueller report revealed “essentially no obstruction” during a bill signing Thursday. “At the end of the testimony, no collusion,” he said. “And essentially no obstruction.” Trump downgrades to “essentially no obstruction” pic.twitter.com/u7gMy5Fkq6 — TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) May 9, 2019 This is a significant shift, as it shows that at least some of the realit...
Tags: News, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Obstruction, Trump, Mueller, Robert Mueller, President Donald Trump, Russia Probe, Kate Riga


600+ Former Federal Prosecutors Can’t Be Wrong

They have a distinctly different take than the Attorney General.
Tags: Law, Government, Donald Trump, Biglaw, Obstruction, Bill Barr


WH Lawyer Told Barr That Mueller Should’ve Reached Obstruction Decision

On the day after the redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report was released to the public, White House lawyer Emmet Flood wrote to Attorney General William Barr to “memorialize concerns” related to the probe, including a frustration that Mueller didn’t make a decision on whether President Trump obstructed justice. “In closing its investigation, the SCO (special counsel’s office) had only one job — to ‘provide the attorney general with a confidential report explaining the pro...
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Barr Defends Trump Obstruction With A Rationale That Mueller Already Blew Up

Attorney General Bill Barr on Wednesday defended certain actions taken by President Trump that special counsel Robert Mueller investigated, using a justification that Mueller already dismissed in his report. Barr was asked specifically about Trump’s demand that his White House counsel Don McGahn publicly deny a report that Trump had previously ordered that McGahn fire the special counsel. The attorney general claimed that the conduct didn’t amount to criminal obstruction because it was plausi...
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Barr Reveals New Details Of Meeting With Mueller About Obstruction Case

Attorney General William Barr and his colleagues at the Justice Department first heard that special counsel Robert Mueller would not be making a determination on whether the President obstructed justice during a meeting on March 5, 2019, Barr said during his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. Barr said he was “frankly surprised” by Mueller’s decision and peppered him with questions about the reasoning behind it. He also defended his characterization in his March 24 ...
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Report: Mueller Prosecutors Said In Private That Trump Obstructed Justice

Two prosecutors from the special counsel’s office said privately there was enough evidence to file federal criminal charges of obstruction of justice against President Trump over his efforts to halt an FBI probe into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, the New York Review of Books reports. But Trump’s status as president precluded them from advocating for criminal charges. The report’s sourcing comes two steps removed from the special counsel himself. Two prosecutors reportedly to...
Tags: News, Fbi, United States, National Security, Justice Department, Obstruction, Trump, Michael Flynn, New York Review of Books, Russia Probe, Muckraker, Murray Waas, Josh Kovensky, Mueller report


Trump’s 4 Most Willing Lackeys, As Told By The Redacted Mueller Report

The redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report released on Thursday revealed a lot about President Trump, but it also shined a spotlight on those he surrounded himself with during the campaign and in the White House. Some of Trump’s staff pushed back on his worst impulses, refusing to carry out the President’s efforts to curb the Russia investigation. Yet others proved themselves to be quite willing lackeys, following Trump’s orders with little hesitation. We’ve rounded up so...
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Trump Still Pouting Over Mueller Report: ‘I Could Have Fired Everyone’

Robert Mueller made clear in the redacted version of his report that President Trump tried again and again to interfere with the Russia investigation by ordering the firing those in charge of the probe. The only reason his efforts were unsuccessful, Mueller said, is that “the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.” Trump’s takeaway: he still could have done so! Some six hours after the report was released publicly, the President tweeted tha...
Tags: News, White House, Russia, Donald Trump, Obstruction, Trump, Allegra Kirkland, Donald J Trump, Jeff Sessions, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Rod Rosenstein, Don McGahn


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...
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Robert Mueller Didn’t Finish The Job, And We’ll Never Know Why

The Mueller report treats Trump and his family with kid gloves.
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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...
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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


The 10 Episodes Mueller Investigated For Signs Of Trump’s Obstruction

As Attorney General Bill Barr revealed during his Thursday morning press conference, special counsel Robert Mueller scrutinized 10 episodes to find possible evidence of President Donald Trump’s obstruction of justice. While Mueller concluded that he did not have enough to charge Trump with obstruction charges, he added the caveat that the President was not exonerated. Here are the situations he investigated: 1) Trump’s conduct concerning Michael Flynn and James Comey In this section,...
Tags: News, White House, Russia, Fbi, Department Of Justice, Wikileaks, Donald Trump, Obstruction, Clinton, James Comey, Trump, Flynn, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Trump Tower, Jeff Sessions


Giuliani Predicts Mueller Report Won’t Have ‘Evidence Of Anything Really Bad’

President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that he was “confident” there would “be no evidence of anything really bad” in special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report. But, in an interview with CBS News’ Margaret Brennan, Giuliani stopped short of saying there would be no evidence of obstruction of justice in the report, a question that Attorney General William Barr’s four-page summary of the expansive document left open. “Are you confident there will be no evidence...
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This Week: Some Mueller Staffers Feel Barr Misled On ‘Alarming’ Obstruction Evidence

Robert Mueller’s notoriously airtight ship has sprung a leak — or several. NBC, The New York Times and the Washington Post all reported this week that former members of Mueller’s team are expressing deep frustration with how Attorney General Bill Barr has characterized their findings. In particular, the evidence they presented on obstruction was “alarming and significant”—“much more acute than Barr suggested,” as one person told the Post. Mueller also presented substantial findings on Russia’s...
Tags: News, Washington Post, Russia, Fox News, Justice Department, Rudy Giuliani, Obstruction, Trump, Democratic, Allegra Kirkland, Cohen, Stormy Daniels, Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, Michael Cohen, House Judiciary Committee, Mueller


Like Clockwork, Conservatives Are Reacting To The Barr Letter In Bad Faith

As far as the country’s most prominent conservatives are concerned, the 22-month-long special counsel investigation can be neatly summed up in the four-page letter Attorney General Bill Barr put out Sunday afternoon. Never mind that we still have no idea what Robert Mueller found, and likely won’t for weeks. The dispatch from President Trump’s handpicked attorney general, who has already established that he doesn’t believe the president can obstruct justice, is the only proof they need that th...
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When Narratives Collide: Dems Unite With Anti-Deep State GOPers To Demand Docs

House Democrats seeking to learn more about alleged abuses of power by the President found themselves in rare agreement with the GOP’s fiercest Trump allies on Tuesday, as both voted to demand that the Justice Department release documents that could reveal how the obstruction of justice investigation into Trump began. The House Judiciary Committee voted unanimously to approve a measure submitted last week by Rep. Doug Collins (R-GA) asking the Justice Department to hand over information about...
Tags: News, Obama, America, Fbi, Gop, House, Department Of Justice, Justice Department, Collins, Obstruction, Trump, McCabe, House Judiciary Committee, Rosenstein, Nadler, Rod Rosenstein


Mueller Punted On Obstruction, But Was It Barr’s Question To Answer?

There’s one thing we know for sure from Attorney General William Barr’s Sunday letter to Congress outlining the Mueller report: that the special counsel left wide open the question of whether Trump committed obstruction of justice. “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” reads an excerpt from the report that Barr quotes in his letter. But if the question was left open, who was supposed to answer it? Was it a prosecutorial dec...
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Mueller Punted On Obstruction, But Was It Barr’s Question To Intercept?

There’s one thing we know for sure from Attorney General William Barr’s Sunday letter to Congress outlining the Mueller report: that the special counsel left wide open the question of whether Trump committed obstruction of justice. “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,” reads an excerpt from the report that Barr quotes in his letter. But if the question was left open, who was supposed to answer it? Was it a prosecutorial dec...
Tags: News, Congress, Stanford, White House, New York Times, Justice Department, Obstruction, Clinton, Trump, Georgetown, Neal Katyal, ROSSI, Cunningham, Mueller, Barr, Office of Legal Counsel


Mueller Told Barr Three Weeks Ago He Wouldn’t Reach Obstruction Conclusion

Attorney General Bill Barr has known for three weeks that special counsel Robert Mueller would not be making a determination on whether President Trump obstructed justice, multiple outlets reported Monday. A source told CNN that this “unexpected” move on Mueller’s part left it to Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to determine how to weigh in on the issue. There has been much speculation over how it took Barr only 48 hours from the time Mueller’s final report was submitted on Frid...
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Morning Docket: 03.25.19

* In case you somehow missed it, according to Attorney General Bill Barr's summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, there was no collusion with Russia and with regard to obstruction, "[w]hile this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him." And that's just fine, because AG Barr exonerated Trump himself. [New York Times] * Speaking of AG Barr, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler says he wants to call Barr in to tes...
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Barr: Evidence Mueller Found Not ‘Sufficient’ To Charge Trump With Obstruction

Attorney General Bill Barr said Sunday in a letter to Congress that he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein had determined that there is “not sufficient” evidence in special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation to charge President Trump with obstruction of justice. Barr said the constitutional question of whether a sitting President can be indicted did not influence their decision not to bring charges against Trump.   [Author: Tierney Sneed]
Tags: News, Congress, Obstruction, Trump, Tierney Sneed, Barr, Robert Mueller, Rod Rosenstein, Russia Probe, Bill Barr, Muckraker, Mueller report


Hicks To Turn Over Docs For Judiciary Committee’s Trump Obstruction Probe

Former White House communications director Hope Hicks has agreed to turn over a wide range of documents to the House Judiciary Committee after a request for information on topics including the firing of former FBI Director James Comey, according to committee chair Jerry Nadler’s (D-NY) spokesperson. According to a Wednesday CNN report, the request includes documents like diaries and notes about the Trump administration, organization and campaign. Despite her promise of cooperation, it is uncl...
Tags: News, White House, Cnn, Fbi, House Intelligence Committee, Obstruction, James Comey, Trump, Hope Hicks, House Judiciary Committee, Hicks, Former White House, Jerry Nadler, Kate Riga


Nadler Reports That He Has Received Tens Of Thousands Of Docs For Probe

House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) reported Monday that his committee has already received tens of thousands of pages of documents from the 81 people it has requested information from relating to President Donald Trump’s possible obstruction of justice. Nadler said in a statement that he is “encouraged” by the responses. “It is my hope that we will receive cooperation from the remainder of the list, and will be working to find an appropriate accommodation with any individu...
Tags: News, Donald Trump, Committee, Obstruction, Trump, House Judiciary Committee, Nadler, Jerry Nadler, Jerry Nadler D NY, Kate Riga


Trump DOJ Meddling Included Whitaker Call Seeking New Prosecutor On Cohen Probe

President Trump’s repeated efforts to meddle with Justice Department investigations into him and his inner circle included a phone call to then acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker asking for an ally to be put in charge of the Michael Cohen probe, the New York Times reported Tuesday. The report lays out several previously unknown episodes showcasing the private attempts by Trump and his supporters to impede the Cohen investigation as well as special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe. Acc...
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