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Giuliani, Conway Spend Sunday Trying To Discredit McGahn’s Mueller Testimony

Two key surrogates for President Donald Trump on Sunday sought to discredit a Republican lawyer who served in the White House until six months ago: Don McGahn, the former White House counsel who, per a New York Times tally, was cited more than anyone else in special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted final report. Specifically, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and White House adviser Kellyanne Conway sought to muddy the waters regarding reports addressed by Mueller’s team that Trump told McGahn to h...
Tags: News, Don McGahn, Kellyanne Conway, Mueller report, Rudy Giuliani, Russia probe, Matt Shuham


Nadler: ‘If Proven,’ Parts Of Mueller Report ‘Would Be Impeachable’

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) on Sunday said that “if proven,” the contents of special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted final report are impeachable. “Yeah I do,” think the contents of the report are impeachable, Nadler told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd. “If proven, some of this would be impeachable. Yes, obstruction of justice, if proven, would be impeachable.” He added: “We’re going to see where the facts lead us.” Nadler noted earlier in the interview that Mue...
Tags: News, Donald Trump, Impeachment, Jerry Nadler, Mueller report, Robert Mueller, Russia probe, Matt Shuham


Mueller Speaks: ‘No Comment’ For Inquiring MSNBC Reporter

Special counsel Robert Mueller muttered a “no comment” to an MSNBC reporter Sunday in response to questions about the release of his redacted final report. MSNBC’s Mike Viqueira confronted Mueller as the special counsel and his wife Ann got into their car following Easter services at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, D.C. The Muellers were photographed outside the same historic church, which sits steps from the White House and has seen every president since James Madison in its pews,...
Tags: News, Mueller report, Robert Mueller, Russia probe, Matt Shuham


Lee Compares Mueller To Pinocchio In Third ‘Shrek’ Movie: ‘Full of Double Negatives’

Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) on Sunday compared special counsel Robert Mueller’s explanation of not recommending obstruction of justice charges against President Donald Trump to the comically roundabout legalese used by Pinocchio in the third “Shrek” movie. The senator also falsely said Mueller hadn’t presented any evidence to back up a potential obstruction violation. “I find pieces of the report a little bit odd,” Lee said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “For example, when he talks about obstruction, I ...
Tags: News, Mike Lee, Obstruction Of Justice, Robert Mueller, Russia probe, Matt Shuham


Giuliani Spins Report: ‘Nothing Wrong With Taking Information From Russians’

President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani on Sunday defended the Trump campaign’s attempts to accept foreign help during the 2016 election. “Any candidate in the whole world in America would take information,” Giuliani told CNN’s Jake Tapper in an interview. “Who says it’s even illegal?” he asked, adding later: “There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians.” While accepting foreign campaign help is illegal, Mueller said in his redacted final report released Thursday that he...
Tags: News, Rudy Giuliani, Donald Trump Jr, Matt Shuham, Russia Probe, Trump Tower Meeting, Mueller report


Schiff Iffy On Impeachment Despite Saying Trump’s Actions ‘Worse’ Than Nixon’s

Despite characterizing the actions of the 2016 Trump campaign and President Donald Trump’s subsequent actions as “far more serious than Watergate,” House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) was non-committal Sunday on the question of impeachment. In an interview on ABC’s “This Week,” Schiff said that “the obstruction of justice in particular in this case is far worse than anything that Richard Nixon did,” and asserted later that Trump obstructed justice “in many ways.” Rep. Ad...
Tags: News, Donald Trump, Adam Schiff, Impeachment, Matt Shuham, Russia Probe, Mueller report


McGahn Hits Back At Giuliani: Events I Told Mueller About Were ‘Accurately Described’

Former White House Counsel Don McGahn on Friday pushed back against Rudy Giuliani’s dismissal of his credibility after the release of Robert Mueller’s report, which included damaging accounts from McGahn. Giuliani, one of President Donald Trump’s lawyers, told the New York Times that McGahn’s account of Trump trying to quash the Mueller probe in the report “can’t be taken at face value.” “It could be the product of an inaccurate recollection or could be the product of something else,” Giulian...
Tags: News, Don McGahn, Mueller report, Rudy Giuliani, Russia probe, Cristina Cabrera


Report: Trump’s Furious At Underlings Who Made Him Look Bad In Mueller Report

President Donald Trump has been stewing in rage over the testimonies of the former and current aides who appeared in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report, according to a Saturday CNN report. “People close to” Trump told CNN that POTUS is furious at former White House counsel Don McGahn and other staffers who spoke to Mueller, believing that their accounts made him look a liar who gets handled or ignored by his own employees. And, well, the report did reveal that an awful lot of th...
Tags: News, Mueller report, Russia probe, Cristina Cabrera


Trump Still Ranting About Mueller Report, Hammers ‘No Collusion, No Obstruction’ Line

You didn’t think he was done, did you? President Donald Trump kept up his stream of angry Twitter ranting on Saturday morning against Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted report, tweeting that the report was written “as nastily as possible” by “Angry Democrats” and “highly conflicted” Mueller. Despite the fact that the Mueller Report should not have been authorized in the first place & was written as nastily as possible by 13 (18) Angry Democrats who were true Trump Haters, including hi...
Tags: News, Mueller probe, Mueller report, Robert Mueller, Russia probe, Cristina Cabrera


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: Muckraker, Mueller report, Obstruction Of Justice, Russia probe, Tierney Sneed


Elizabeth Warren Calls For Impeachment Proceedings Against Trump

One day after the release of the redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) called for impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Mueller put the next step in the hands of Congress: “Congress has authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice.” The correct process for exercising that authority is impeachment. — Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) April 19, 2019 ...
Tags: News, Elizabeth Warren, Impeachment, Mueller report, Russia probe, Caitlin MacNeal


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: Muckraker, Hindrances, Mueller report, Russia probe, Josh Kovensky


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: Muckraker, Mueller report, Russia probe, Wikileaks, Josh Kovensky


Senate Republicans Keeping Quiet After Mueller Report Release

Senate Republicans don’t seem to see the Mueller report’s release as cause for celebration. Asked by reporters Thursday about their reactions to the nearly 500-page document’s revelations, top GOP senators said little, praising Attorney General Bill Barr’s shepherding of the release process but offering no commentary on President Trump’s actions. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he looked forward to “carefully reviewing the report.” “I’m grateful for the attorney general’s diligent ...
Tags: News, Mitch McConnell, Mueller report, Russia probe, Senate Republicans, Allegra Kirkland


This Week: A Report Much Worse Than The Public Was Led To Expect

Going into this week, we knew we’d get the Mueller report — and on Monday the Department of Justice told us when: Thursday. That announcement reportedly set off a wave of anxiety among White House officials about what the report would reveal they told the special counsel. In the days before the report went public, Trump tried to distract the public with attention-grabbing antics, touting a plan to bus asylum seekers to sanctuary cities and, in one characteristic tweet, demanding that someone “...
Tags: Weekly Primers, Mueller report, Russia Primer, Russia probe, John Light


Cummings: We May Consider Impeachment ‘Very Soon’ But Not Yet

House Oversight Committee Chair Elijah Cummings (D-MD) said Friday morning that the House may need to consider impeaching President Trump, but that members of Congress need to first get a better understanding of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Cummings made the comment on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” after the congressman said that Trump’s conduct laid out in the section of the redacted Mueller report about obstruction was “at least 100 times worse” than what former President Bill Cl...
Tags: News, Elijah Cummings, Impeachment, Russia probe, Caitlin MacNeal


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...
Tags: News, Hillary Clinton, Mueller report, Obstruction, Russia probe, Caitlin MacNeal


WH On Dems’ Subpoena: ‘We’re Not Going To Deal’ With Nadler ‘In That Manner’

New White House strategy: Ignore Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) until he goes away. During an interview with Fox News on Friday, White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told the network the White House will “not deal” with Nadler and his committee’s subpoena for the full unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. “Look, we’re not going to deal with Jerry Nadler in that manner,” he said. “ We have already cooperated so  much with House Democrats and we will continue to d...
Tags: News, Hogan Gidley, House Democrats, Mueller report, Russia probe, Nicole Lafond


Trump Shifts His Tone On ‘Crazy Mueller Report’

The President’s press secretary admitted to misleading reporters about the rationale for former FBI Director James Comey’s firing. His former national security adviser revealed Trump asked him to find Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails. The White House’s top lawyer characterized Trump’s demands as “crazy shit.” Whether President Trump is embarrassed or feeling betrayed, he’s shifted his tone on special counsel Robert Mueller’s report. Just after the redacted report was released on Thursday, Pre...
Tags: News, Donald Trump, Mueller report, Russia probe, Nicole Lafond


Good Point!

“Complete and total exoneration” is now “total bullshit.” [Author: David Kurtz]
Tags: Editor’s Blog, Donald Trump, Mueller report, Russia probe, David Kurtz


Kremlin Spins Redacted Mueller Report Into Another ‘I-Told-You-So’ Moment

MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin argued on Friday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s 400-page report has not offered any credible evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. The redacted report presented on Thursday said that there was no collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and Russian officials but it did document Russian efforts to meddle in the presidential vote. The publication of the redacted report offered Russian officials another “I-told-you-so” moment ...
Tags: News, AP story, Kremlin, Mueller report, Russia probe, Summer Concepcion


Scarborough Piles On Barr: He ‘Humiliated Himself’ With ‘Pathetic Performance’

After issuing a warning on Thursday that Attorney General William Barr would be the “sleaziest” attorney general since John Mitchell if Barr floated conspiracy theories for President Trump during his presser, “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough piled on Barr again Friday, calling his “pathetic performance” the “most remarkable thing” about the Mueller report release day. “I think the most remarkable  thing about yesterday was the  fact that a man who had had the  respect of attorneys on bo...
Tags: News, Joe Scarborough, MSNBC, Mueller report, Russia probe, William Barr, Nicole Lafond


April Ryan Calls Out Sarah Huckabee Sanders: ‘She Needs To Go’

April Ryan, the White House correspondent for American Urban Radio Networks and a CNN analyst, has always had a rocky relationship with White house press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. But the Sanders revelation made public in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Thursday — that Sanders misled reporters about FBI officials’ support for James Comey’s firing — was disqualifying for the press secretary. “Not only does she not have credibility, she lied,” Ryan said during a segment on CN...
Tags: News, CNN, Mueller report, Russia probe, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Nicole Lafond


DOJ: Congressional Leaders Can View Less-Redacted Version Of Report Next Week

The Department of Justice will give congressional leaders the chance to view a less-redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report starting next week, according to a letter obtained by CNN and Reuters.  The letter, which was reportedly sent to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) on Thursday, said Attorney General William Barr would allow both the chairmen and ranking members of those committees, the ...
Tags: News, Department of Justice, Mueller probe, Russia probe, Nicole Lafond


Sanders On ‘Slip Of The Tongue’ In Report: ‘Sorry’ I’m Not A ‘Robot’ Like Dems

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders gave a spin-filled response to revelations in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report that she admitted making a “heat of the moment” mistake when addressing reporters about James Comey’s firing. During an interview with “Good Morning America’s” on Friday morning, George Stephanopoulos repeatedly pressed Sanders on why she couldn’t admit that her past claim — that “countless members of the FBI” had lost faith in Comey prior to his firing — wa...
Tags: News, Mueller probe, Mueller report, Russia probe, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Nicole Lafond


House Judiciary Committee Subpoenas DOJ For Unredacted Mueller Report

The House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena to the Justice Department on Friday morning, demanding the entire unredacted report by special counsel Robert Mueller, including the grand jury material and all underlying evidence. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said his committee is “entitled” to read the full report and called the redactions — which make up 36 pages of the 400-plus page report — “significant.” “We have so far seen none of the actual evidence that the S...
Tags: News, House Democrats, Jerry Nadler, Mueller report, Russia probe, Nicole Lafond


As Caucus Mulls Next Moves Post Mueller Drop, Pelosi: ‘Congress Will Not Be Silent’

WASHINGTON (AP) — It’s now up to Congress to decide what to do with special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings about President Donald Trump. While the special counsel declined to prosecute Trump on obstruction of justice, he did not exonerate him, all but leaving the question to Congress. Mueller’s report provides fresh evidence of Trump’s interference in the Russia probe, challenging lawmakers to respond. The risks for both parties are clear if they duck the responsibility or prolong an inqui...
Tags: News, Jerry Nadler, Mueller report, Nancy Pelosi, Russia probe, Nicole Lafond


Nadler: Subpoena For Full Unredacted Report Coming In ‘Next Couple Of Hours’

House Judiciary Committee chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) told ABC News on Friday morning that he intends to subpoena the Justice Department in the “next couple of hours” for the entire unredacted report by special counsel Robert Mueller, including the grand jury material. Nadler: subpoena for full unredacted report coming in "next couple of hours" pic.twitter.com/12EChxmKA1 — TPM Livewire (@TPMLiveWire) April 19, 2019 We knew that House Democrats intended to subpoena the DOJ for the full re...
Tags: News, House Democrats, Jerry Nadler, Mueller report, Russia probe, Nicole Lafond


READ: The Written Trump Testimony That Mueller Called ‘Inadequate’ And ‘Insufficient’

Included in special counsel Robert Mueller’s redacted final report released Thursday were President Donald Trump’s written responses to questions from Mueller’s office. Following the reception of the of the written answers, Mueller wrote in a note included in his report, “we informed counsel of the insufficiency of those responses in several respects,” among them, the number of times (30) that the President said he did not recall or remember or an answer. Mueller said he told Trump’s lawyers tha...
Tags: News, Donald Trump, Trump, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Trump Below, Matt Shuham, Russia Probe, Mueller report


Mueller In His Own Words: Telling Quotes From The Taciturn Special Counsel

For months, most people outside of the special counsel’s office have only seen an occasional glimpse of the square-jawed and tight-lipped Robert Mueller, and have heard from him even less. His incredibly leak-resistant operation and private predilection forced the public to rely on others’ interpretations and guesswork about the goings-on of the investigation. Now, we have almost 500 pages of content, much of which comes right from the source. Here are some of the most telling quotes in Muell...
Tags: News, Russia, Wikileaks, Trump, Trump Tower, Mueller, Barr, Donald Trump Jr, Obstruction of Justice, Robert Mueller, OLC, William Barr, Russia Probe, Office of Legal Counsel OLC, Kate Riga, Mueller report