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Our take on the Mueller Report: Clear Case of Obstruction, but not Collusion

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What's missing? The clues to Barr's 1,000 Mueller report redactions

Nearly 40% of the 448 pages have parts blacked out but that content – including remarks by Trump – is not a total mysteryThe attorney general, William Barr, made redactions under four categories: harm to ongoing matters; grand jury evidence; investigative techniques; and personal privacy. Photograph: Eric Baradat/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Mueller report contains tantalising details of Trump campaign dealings with Russia and of the president’s possible attempts to obstruct justice. But much of it is bl...


Mueller report: Trump said 'this is the end of my presidency', and other key findings from special counsel's investigation

The release of the 400-page, redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling and possible links to Donald Trump’s presidential campaign is one of the most eagerly-awaited events of his first term.Following the release of attorney general William Barr’s summary of the report last month, many have been waiting for a more detailed look at Mr Mueller’s findings. There have been particular questions still lingering over the issue of possible obstructi...


Mueller Report Excerpt: Volume I

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. Mueller, “Repor...
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Mueller Report’s Unwritten Chapter: Why Russians Were Courting Trump World

Photo Illustration by Elizabeth Brockway/The Daily Beast/GettyThe Mueller report answers lots of questions but leaves one big one lingering: Why were so many Russians so eager to ingratiate themselves with Trump World?The report is in one sense a story of meetings, pitches, and introductions that were entertained but ultimately unfulfilled. “In some instances, the Campaign was receptive to the offers” of Russian help, “while in other instances the Campaign officials shied away," the report says....
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Here are 20 questions raised by the Mueller Report

Earlier today, Donald Trump's attorney general William Barr released this redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. * You can read the full text of the Mueller report here. The House Judiciary Committee plans to subpoena the full report. Here are 20 questions the redacted Mueller report raises: 1) When did Donald Trump first decide to have James Comey fired? 2) When did Donald Trump decide ...
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Mueller report: Democrats round on Barr over 'misleading' Trump exoneration – live

Judiciary committee chair Jerry Nadler says it was ‘disingenuous and misleading’ of Barr to say Trump is ‘clear of wrongdoing’The key takeaways from the Trump-Russia investigationSupport the Guardian’s independent journalism and make a contribution 9.26pm BST The Guardian’s Ed Pilkington spotted this important passage as he fastidiously pours over the 448-page document. Mueller lays out clear evidence that Trump attempted to lean on a couple of key witnesses to deflect the Russia inquiry awa...
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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...
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What The Mueller Report Reveals About The Infamous Trump Tower Meeting With Don Jr.

After agreeing to meet with Russians connected to the Russian government, and who he believed were bringing dirt on Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump Jr. asked a Russian lawyer at the meeting itself if she could provide information to connect Clinton to illegal campaign donations — further evidence outlined in special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted final report released Thursday that Trump Jr. sought foreign help in the 2016 campaign. The report also details President Donald Trump’s press stra...
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After First Wikileaks Dump, Trump Said More Damaging Info ‘Would Be Coming’

Tierney Sneed contributed reporting. The un-redacted portions of the Mueller report on the Trump campaign’s Wikileaks outreach paint a picture of a campaign with foreknowledge about the release of emails stolen from Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta. In general, the report confirms a public perception that Trump’s campaign was extremely interested in, and made attempts to benefit from, hacked Democratic emails that would be published by Wikileaks. “The Trump Campaign showed inter...
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Trump said he was 'fucked' and his presidency over upon Mueller's appointment – live

Notes by Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff say Trump’s reaction to Mueller’s appointment was: ‘This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency.’ Mueller details 11 instances of potential obstruction by Trump in reportSupport the Guardian’s independent journalism and make a contribution 5.34pm BST After Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were indicted by a grand jury on multiple felony counts Manafort told Gates he had spoken to Trump’s personal counsel, and said: “We’ll be taken care of....
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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,...
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Trump Said More Damaging Info ‘Would Be Coming’ In 2016

Tierney Sneed contributed reporting. The un-redacted portions of the Mueller report on the Trump campaign’s Wikileaks outreach paint a picture of a campaign with foreknowledge about the release of emails stolen from Hillary Clinton Campaign Chairman John Podesta. In general, the report confirms a public perception that Trump’s campaign was extremely interested in, and made attempts to benefit from, hacked Democratic emails that would be published by Wikileaks. “The Trump Campaign showed inter...
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Awaiting trial and under a gag order, Roger Stone is still talking -- cautiously

On his recent court-approved tour through Florida, Roger Stone fielded questions about the raid on his home, the media coverage of his case and the plight of his former business partner and 2016 Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort -- all while trying not to obviously run afoul of his gag order.
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Trump & Co. Are Crossing Big, Bright Red Lines—and They’re Getting Away With It

Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/Photos Getty/Jenny DettrickWhatever revelations the redacted version of the Mueller report may hold, they will not be as disturbing as the behavior of President Trump and his team in the days and weeks leading up to its release. That is not a reference to the president’s panic-tweeting, nor does it refer to his other efforts to distract, obfuscate, or shift blame. Instead, it is acknowledgement of something more insidious that is afoot, something...
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Trump can still be impeached despite Mueller report summary, former FBI official says

A former top FBI official has said special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s report could offer enough evidence to allow Congress to launch impeachment proceedings against Donald Trump.Attorney General William Barr – who hopes to release Mr Mueller’s nearly 400-page report this week – said last month the special counsel investigation “did not establish” that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government.Yet Frank Montoya, a former senior agency official with experi...
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Ex-Obama WH Counsel Greg Craig Pleads Not Guilty

Former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig has pleaded not guilty to charges of making false statements and concealing information in a federal foreign lobbying investigation spun off from the Russia probe. Craig entered the plea Friday in federal court in Washington a day after he was accused of hiding the details of his work for the Ukrainian government from the Justice Department. The 74-year-old denies the charges and says the prosecution against him is “unprecedented and unjustified.” T...
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This Week: Barr Goes Full Trump On FBI ‘Spying,’ Testifies About Mueller Report

Bill Barr was in the hot seat this week. In back-to-back Capitol Hill hearings, lawmakers grilled the Attorney General on his handling of the (very) long-awaited Mueller report. First came the House Appropriations Committee hearing, where Barr testified that he had no intention of submitting the full, unredacted report to Congress or of asking a court to authorize the release of grand jury materials. Barr also said Mueller specifically declined to review the March 24 letter he put out absolvi...
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Manafort-Linked Lobbyist Gets 36 Months Probation

International political consultant W. Sam Patten was sentenced to 36 months probation, 500 hours of community service, and a $5,000 fine on Friday for failing to register as a foreign agent, after spending months cooperating with federal prosecutors. Patten pleaded guilty in August 2018 to failing to register as a foreign agent of Ukraine, admitting in his plea that he helped steer $50,000 through a straw donor to the Trump inaugural committee to obtain tickets for his Ukrainian clients. U.S....
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Ex-Obama White House counsel charged with lying in lobbying probe

By ERIC TUCKER and CHAD DAY WASHINGTON  — Former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig was indicted Thursday on charges of making false statements and concealing information in a federal foreign lobbying investigation that intersected with the Russia probe. Craig, 74, was charged in a two-count indictment that accuses him of willfully concealing material facts from the Justice Department about work he performed for the Ukrainian government. The indictment, announced by the U.S. attorney for the D...
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Former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig Indicted For Lying To DOJ

D.C. federal prosecutors indicted former White House counsel Greg Craig on two charges of making false statements to the Justice Department on Thursday, in a spin-off from a case that began during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Craig is accused of concealing information from and making false statements to the Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Act unit, which enforces the country’s foreign lobbying law. Though the investigation into Craig began with Mueller, he ...
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Feds Charge Greg Craig, Former Obama Lawyer Tied to Manafort Ukraine Report

Mark Wilson/GettyFederal prosecutors have charged President Obama’s former White House counsel with making false statements in connection with his role in disseminating a report commissioned by Paul Manafort. Prosecutors allege that as an attorney in private practice, Greg Craig lied to officials at the Foreign Agents Registration Act unit after the Justice Department launched an investigation into Paul Manafort’s illegal lobbying on behalf of his pro-Russian clients in Ukraine. The charges, spu...
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Gregory Craig: former White House counsel for Obama indicted – live

Craig indicted for allegedly making false statements to MuellerTop Democrats reiterate demand for unredacted Mueller report Sanders raises $18.2m in three months, leaping ahead of competitorsSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 8.28pm BST Pete Buttigieg has come third in a poll of likely Iowa Democratic voters – ahead of more vaunted figures including Kamala Harris, Elizabeth Warren and Beto O’Rourke.In a Monmouth University poll Buttigieg was the choice of 9% of likely cauc...
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Former Obama White House counsel Gregory Craig charged with false statements, concealing information

Prosecutors charged Gregory Craig with lying about his work on behalf of Ukraine. It was part of a lobbying effort by ex-Trump aide Paul Manafort.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Former White House counsel for Obama charged in Mueller-related case

Gregory Craig was charged with lying to US authorities about his work alongside Paul ManafortFollow the latest in US politics – live Gregory Craig is the first prominent Democrat to face criminal prosecution as a result of Mueller’s investigation. Photograph: Pablo Martínez Monsiváis/AP Gregory Craig, a former White House counsel to Barack Obama, has been charged with lying to US authorities about his work alongside Paul Manafort for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine. Craig, 74, was indicted...
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Greg Craig Indicted For Lying To DOJ About Ukraine Work For Paul Manafort

D.C. federal prosecutors on Thursday indicted lawyer Greg Craig on two charges of making false statements to the Justice Department about his work for Ukraine and Paul Manafort, in a spin-off from a case that began during special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Craig, a former White House counsel for President Obama, is accused of concealing information from and making false statements to the Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Act unit, which enforces the country’s forei...
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US asks to extradite Julian Assange over leaked state secrets after he was arrested and forcibly removed from Ecuador’s London embassy

WikiLeaks' founder, Julian Assange, was arrested by the British police at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on Thursday morning. The US requested his extradition and charged him with conspiracy to hack classified US government computers. WikiLeaks helped Chelsea Manning, a former US Army intelligence analyst, hack into Department of Defense computers, the Department of Justice said Thursday. WikiLeaks helped Manning publish sensitive military documents in 2010, as well as Democratic National Co...
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Julian Assange arrested by UK police as Ecuador revokes his asylum after 6-and-a-half-years inside their London embassy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday morning. There has been a warrant issued for him since June 2012, but he has been able to avoid arrest because Ecuador granted him asylum and housed him in its London embassy for almost seven years. On Thursday, Ecuador revoked his asylum. The country said its patience with him "reached its limit", and alleged a litany of bad behavior. Assange could now face an extradition request fr...
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US asks to extradite Julian Assange after he was arrested and forcibly removed from Ecuador's London embassy

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange was arrested by British police at the Ecuadorian embassy in London on Thursday morning. There has been a warrant issued for him since June 2012, but he has been able to avoid arrest because Ecuador granted him asylum and housed him in its London embassy for almost seven years. On Thursday, Ecuador revoked his asylum. The country said its patience with him "reached its limit", and alleged a litany of bad behavior. The US requested his extradition, London police...
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