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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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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


Trump Directed White House Counsel to Tell Acting AG, ‘Mueller Has to Go’

President Trump tried unsuccessfully to have the Justice Department fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to the redacted version of Mueller's final report released Thursday.White House Counsel Don McGahn told Mueller's investigators that in June 2017, a month to the day after Mueller was appointed, Trump called McGahn and directed him to tell the acting attorney general "Mueller has to go," according to the report.McGahn refused the president's request, later telling White ...


Lou Dobbs Wonders Who Ilhan Omar Represents ‘Because It Isn’t America’

Chip Somodevilla/GettyFox Business Network host Lou Dobbs continued right-wing media’s weeklong outrage cycle over Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar’s comment about 9/11 by accusing her on Wednesday night of not representing America.For days now, Fox opinion hosts and Republican politicians have taken aim at the Muslim-American lawmaker for remarks she made last month, claiming she minimized the 9/11 terror attacks when she said Muslim-Americans were treated as second-class citizens because “some peopl...
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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


Donald Trump floats idea of third North Korea summit despite failed Hanoi talks

US president said he ‘enjoys the summits’ with chairman Kim Jong-un and is hopeful for progress on sanctions and human rightsDonald Trump has said he is considering a potential third nuclear summit with North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un.“We will be discussing that and potential meetings, further meetings with North Korea and Kim Jong-un,” Trump said in the Oval Office at the start of talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Continue reading...
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Kim Jong Un ramps up rhetoric over sanctions

In an Oval Office meeting with his South Korean President Moon Jae-in, President Donald Trump said that he wants sanctions on North Korea to remain in place but doesn't want to increase them. CNN's Brian Todd reports.
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Trump says sanctions on North Korea are at a 'fair level'

In an Oval Office meeting with his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-in, President Donald Trump said Thursday that he wants sanctions on North Korea to remain in place but doesn't want to increase them.
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Trump wants North Korea sanctions to remain

President Donald Trump says sanctions against North Korea will continue for now. In an Oval Office meeting with the South Korean President, he said the sanctions aimed at Kim Jong Un to give up his nuclear weapons program are at a "fair" level. (April 11)            [Author: AP]
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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 […]
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Trump floats idea of third North Korea summit

US President Donald Trump said Thursday he is considering a potential third nuclear summit with North Korea's leader. "We will be discussing that and potential meetings, further meetings with North Korea and Kim Jong Un," Trump said in the Oval Office at the start of talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in. A third summit would follow on Trump's historic breakthrough last year, when he met Kim in Singapore, and a follow-up this February in Hanoi that ended without progress in getting Nor...
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After Assange arrest, Trump says WikiLeaks is 'not my thing.' It was his thing in 2016.

“I know nothing about Wikileaks. It’s not my thing,” the president told reporters inside the Oval Office when asked if he still loves WikiLeaks.
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Trump in 2016: 'I love WikiLeaks,' Trump now: 'I know nothing about WikiLeaks'

President Donald Trump, when asked if he still "loves" WikiLeaks as he said in 2016, told reporters in the Oval Office that he knows "nothing about WikiLeaks."
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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 ...
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Kim Kardashian wants to become a lawyer, and here’s how she’s going to do it

Kim Kardashian’s career path has taken her from Paris Hilton hanger-on and sex-tape star to reality-TV staple and fashion and cosmetics mogul — and now attorney at law? That’s apparently what the daughter of Robert Kardashian and Kris Jenner is already in the process of doing, according to an interview in Vogue magazine. And if you think about the apple not falling too far from the tree, remember that her late father was not just a close personal friend of O.J. Simpson, he was also an attorney a...
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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...
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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 ...
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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...
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Stay for Bump Stock Plaintiffs Dissolves Wednesday

Turn 'em all in, Mr. and Mrs. America. Or else. U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “[B]ased on the government’s representation that it will not enforce the Bump-Stock Rule against the named plaintiffs or their bona fide members before 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019, the emergency joint motion be denied and the administrative stay entered on March 23, 2019, and clarified on March 25, 2019, be dissolved,” the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ordered Friday. If ...
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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...
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Trump: Without Family Separations, It’s ‘Let’s Go To Disneyland’

President Donald Trump on Tuesday said he was not going to reinstate his administration’s earlier policy of systematically separating families that are apprehended at the border. But he seemed to praise the policy in the same breath, saying “once you don’t have it, that’s why you see many more people coming.” “They’re coming like it’s a picnic, because ‘Let’s go to Disneyland,'” he said. On the heels of anonymously sourced reports following Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen’s ouste...
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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 ...
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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...
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Trump Signals Even Fiercer Immigration Agenda, With a Possible Return of Family Separations

The longer-term effect of the eruption of Oval Office frustration is likely to be a burst of anti-immigrant policies that stand out, even for Mr. Trump.
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