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Today in History, May 17

Highlights of Today in History: Brown vs. Board of Education ends separate but equal; Watergate hearings begin; NYSE is born; First Kentucky Derby. (May 17)            [Author: AP]
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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


Trump administration staff to abandon protection of president under threat of fines, congressman suggests: 'It could be a game changer'

Trump administration staff who are protecting the president by refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas could abandon him under threat of huge fines, senior Democrats have suggested.Adam Schiff, Democratic chair of the House intelligence committee, has proposed holding those who do not comply with Congress with inherent contempt, a rarely used procedure which can result in fines up to $25,000 (£19,330) daily or even imprisonment.The proposal comes amid an unprecedented effort by the White...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Russia, Nbc News, Democrats, House, Donald Trump, Abc News, Bernie Sanders, Trump, Nixon, Watergate, Adam Schiff, Mueller, Barr


Jim Clyburn: WH Stonewalling Dems Is ‘Bigger Than Watergate’

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-SC) said on Thursday that President Donald Trump’s attempted obstruction in the Russia probe and his administration’s stonewalling of Democrats’ inquiries is “bigger than Watergate.” Clyburn told MSNBC’s Craig Melvin that the White House’s refusal to comply with Democrats’ inquiries into Trump’s tax returns and Trump’s attempts to meddle with special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe amounted to a “crisis situation.” “Anytime you have such divisions betw...
Tags: News, White House, Russia, House, Msnbc, Donald Trump, Trump, Watergate, Jim Clyburn, Mueller, Robert Mueller, Clyburn, James Clyburn, Craig Melvin, Cristina Cabrera, Russia Probe


‘This Is A Dire Situation’: Bob Woodward Warns Of ‘Unsteady’ Trump Facing Crisis

"I think we have a governing crisis," the Watergate reporter said in a new interview.
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Opinion: The word that made history

Every presidential investigation gives us new phrases that stick. "What did the President know, and when did he know it," Sen. Howard Baker asked during the Watergate scandal that brought down President Richard Nixon.
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It’s Trump vs. Congress as both sides dig in

By LISA MASCARO WASHINGTON — They’re talking about jailing people at the Capitol. Imposing steep fines. All sorts of extraordinary, if long-shot measures to force the White House to comply with Democratic lawmakers’ request for information about President Donald Trump stemming from the special counsel’s Russia investigation. This is the remarkable state of affairs between the executive and legislative branches, unseen in recent times, as Democrats try to break through Trump’s blockade of investi...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, News, Supreme Court, Congress, Eric Holder, Washington, La, Senate, White House, Russia, Barack Obama, Sport, Soccer, House, Capitol Hill


Trump fixer Michael Cohen’s final weekend of freedom

By JIM MUSTIAN and MICHAEL R. SISAK WASHINGTON — For months, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen tried — but failed — to position himself as a whistleblower in the vein of Watergate hero John Dean. As the time ticked down toward his deadline to report to prison, Cohen also lost the interest of the one group of people who could help him out: the federal prosecutors he desperately hoped would ask a judge to shorten his sentence. Since mid-March, prosecutors in New York have rebuff...
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As prison looms, prosecutors refuse final meeting with Cohen

WASHINGTON (AP) — For months, President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen tried — but failed — to position himself as a whistleblower in the vein of Watergate hero John Dean. As the time ticked down toward his deadline to report to prison, Cohen also lost the interest of the one group of people who […]
Tags: News, Washington, Ap, Nation, Donald Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Watergate, John Dean


Barr Revealed His ‘Stunning’ Theory For Clearing Trump Of Obstruction

During his Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday, Attorney General Bill Barr distilled his controversial views on executive power and obstruction into their simplest form yet – and left legal experts stunned. Answering a question from Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Barr outlined a theory in which a President’s interference in an investigation — including shutting it down — can’t be obstruction of justice if it was constitutionally authorized action and if he was doing it because he thought...
Tags: News, Congress, Stanford, White House, Russia, Fbi, Harvard, Kremlin, Donald Trump, Justice Department, James Comey, Trump, Nixon, Tierney Sneed, George Washington University, Senate Judiciary Committee


Time to impeach? Headache for Democrats over how to take on Trump

Many Democrats believe the Mueller report gives ample justification to start impeachment proceedings – but others maintain it might help Trump Lawmakers return to Washington on Monday with the question of impeachment more prominent – and more plausible – than at any point in Trump’s presidency. Photograph: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images When special counsel Robert Mueller’s exhaustive report on Russian meddling in the US presidential election was released to the public earlier this month, the H...
Tags: New York, News, Maryland, Congress, California, Washington, Senate, White House, Elizabeth Warren, US, Cnn, Democrats, Ireland, House, Warren, Nancy Pelosi


WATCH: Trump claims 'coup' against him led by Mueller, 'I didn't need a gun' to defeat 'attempted overthrow'

While speaking at the National Rifle Association convention in Indianapolis, Indiana just now, President Donald Trump spoke to pro-weapons advocates about a failed coup against him. “I didn't need a gun” to ward off a coup by Robert Mueller, Donald said. He said the FBI was “trying to infiltrate the White House,” and urges an inquiry into the investigation surrounding his contacts with Russia. Trump claimed “corruption” at the “highest level” of the Justice Department, and called U.S. law en...
Tags: Post, Politics, News, Guns, White House, Russia, Fbi, Fox, Hillary Clinton, United States, Donald Trump, Justice Department, Trump, Nra, Coup, National Rifle Association


Trump Embraces ‘Coup’ Talk: Mueller Probe Was ‘Attempted Overthrow’ Of US Gov’t

During his first interview since the redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report was released last week, President Trump happily ripped a page from his son’s “coup” book. While discussing the origins of the Mueller probe — which he and fellow Republicans have demanded an investigation into — with his best friend and Fox News host Sean Hannity, Trump called the investigation a “coup” and the “greatest political scandal” in history, even greater than Watergate. “This was a coup....
Tags: News, US, United States, Fox News, Donald Trump, Trump, Breitbart, Sean Hannity, Watergate, Mueller, Donald Trump Jr, Trump Trump, Robert Mueller, Sean Hannity Trump, Russia Probe, Nicole Lafond


How the fight over the full Mueller report could lead to impeachment

Attorney General Barr has resisted sharing the unredacted Mueller report with Congress on two bases: grand jury secrecy (based in part on avoiding unfairness to those not indicted but possibly mentioned in the Report) and the risk of identifying national intelligence sources. The latter category is not in serious dispute. Although the most zealous of the pro-impeachment congressmembers demand even information that might identify a CIA mole inside the Kremlin, no one else is pushing for that. Reg...
Tags: Supreme Court, Congress, California, Opinion, Washington, Senate, Sport, Soccer, Cia, Kremlin, US supreme court, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Nixon, U S Supreme Court, Court of Appeals


Trump’s Right About One Thing: There’s a Double Standard for Him

Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/Photos from GettyFor two years now, President Trump has promoted the narrative that he has been singled out for persecution by the special counsel and by his political opponents. The Mueller probe, he has vented, is a form of “Presidential Harassment,” a “Witch Hunt” aimed at unseating “your favorite President.” In the president’s apparent view, no other person—and certainly no other president—would have been treated so harshly.In the wake of the...
Tags: News, Department Of Justice, Reno, Jones, Mitchell, Clinton, Trump, Nixon, Donald J Trump, Watergate, Mueller, Libby, Barr, Paula Jones, Office of Legal Counsel, Kenneth Starr


How Will History Judge Barr’s Redactions?

Considering his behavior in the shadow of Watergate, when someone erased a crucial stretch of audiotape to protect the president.
Tags: News, Justice Department, Trump, Watergate, Mueller, Barr, Donald J, Watergate Affair, Robert S III, William P


Hillary Clinton remembers Nixon investigation: 'We deserve to see the Mueller report'

“I know what can be made available, what the court has to be asked to permit to be made available,” said Clinton, who as a young lawyer worked on the impeachment staff of the House Judiciary Committee during the Watergate investigation.
Tags: News, Hillary Clinton, Clinton, Nixon, Watergate, House Judiciary Committee


Top Democrats reiterate demand for unredacted Mueller report – live

In letter to Barr, Democrats ‘restate’ report should be handed over in fullSanders raises $18.2m in three months, leaping ahead of competitorsSign up for the US briefing and get a new perspective 7.29pm BST Ohio’s governor has said he will sign a bill which bans abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected – which is typically before most women even know they are pregnant.Mike DeWine, a Republican, confirmed he will sign the legislation, which passed the Ohio legislature on Wednesday. ...
Tags: South Korea, Congress, North Korea, US, World news, US news, Asia Pacific, US politics, House, Ohio, Department Of Justice, Donald Trump, Starr, Watergate, Adam Schiff, Mike DeWine


Court Ruling Implies That Barr Must Redact Grand-Jury Info from Mueller Report

In disclosing the Mueller report, Attorney General William P. Barr will have to redact grand-jury information. That is the upshot of the ruling today by a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.I flagged this case, now called McKeever v. Barr (formerly McKeever v. Sessions), last week. It did not arise out of the Mueller investigation, but it obviously has significant ramifications for the Mueller report -- in particular, how much of it we will get to see.At issue was th...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Obama, Congress, Reagan, Fbi, House, House Of Representatives, Gordon Strachan, Columbia University, Cia, Justice Department, Srinivasan, Dominican Republic, Frank, Nixon


House Judiciary Committee Votes To Authorize Subpoena Of Mueller Report

The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to authorize a subpoena for special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. The resolution – approved along party lines in a 24-17 vote – okayed subpoenas for documents and testimony related to the full report, as well as subpoenas for White House employees that the committee suspects of having knowledge of alleged obstruction of justice by President Trump. The subpoenas seek to give Congress access to a ...
Tags: News, Congress, White House, Reince Priebus, Justice Department, Trump, Nixon, Hope Hicks, Watergate, House Judiciary Committee, Mueller, Barr, Robert Mueller, Nadler, Ken Starr, Steven Bannon


The quick rise and rapid fall of Michael Avenatti

Stormy Daniels’ lawyer made his intent to take down Trump public, but he soon went from liberal hero to alleged extortionist Stormy Daniels and Michael Avenatti in New York City on 16 April 2018. Photograph: Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/AFP/Getty Images When celebrity attorney Michael Avenatti stepped into a Manhattan federal courtroom about 6pm on Monday, he lacked the sass and razzmatazz that had secured his roles as a media darling and vociferous social media foe of Donald Trump. As usual, Avenat...
Tags: News, California, New York City, US, Nike, Iowa, Manhattan, Donald Trump, Michael, West Hollywood, Trump, Cohen, Stormy Daniels, Michael Cohen, Watergate, Daniels


Opinion: Being the anti-Trump isn't enough for 2020 hopefuls

President Richard Nixon, in the middle of the Watergate scandal, famously said, "People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook." In the case of Donald Trump, America has already weighed in on that issue. According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, "64% of voters said Trump had committed crimes before entering office." This is particularly astounding, given how difficult it is, in our hyperpartisan nation, to get nearly two-thirds of voters to agree on anything! (For the record,...
Tags: News, Stories, Trump, Watergate, Richard Nixon, Quinnipiac, Donald Trump America


Being anti-Trump alone won't cut it for Dems

President Richard Nixon, in the middle of the Watergate scandal, famously said, "People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook." In the case of Donald Trump, America has already weighed in on that issue. According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, "64% of voters said Trump had committed crimes before entering office." This is particularly astounding, given how difficult it is, in our hyperpartisan nation, to get nearly two-thirds of voters to agree on anything! (For the record,...
Tags: News, Stories, Trump, Watergate, Richard Nixon, Quinnipiac, Donald Trump America


Being the anti-Trump isn't enough for Democrats

President Richard Nixon, in the middle of the Watergate scandal, famously said, "People have got to know whether or not their President is a crook." In the case of Donald Trump, America has already weighed in on that issue. According to a recent Quinnipiac poll, "64% of voters said Trump had committed crimes before entering office." This is particularly astounding, given how difficult it is, in our hyperpartisan nation, to get nearly two-thirds of voters to agree on anything! (For the record,...
Tags: News, Stories, Trump, Watergate, Richard Nixon, Quinnipiac, Donald Trump America


The Legend of Nixon, a Data-Driven NES Soundscape

Brian Chirls took the approval ratings for Richard Nixon’s presidency and using sounds from The Legend of Zelda’s classic Dungeon Theme, he made a data-driven soundscape of the public perception of Nixon’s tenure in the White House. Here’s what his approval rating looked like: And here’s the resulting audio track: The sound effects mostly represent actions the protagonist Link takes like the “sword slash”, things that happen to him like a grunt when he gets hurt, or the status of the gam...
Tags: White House, Zelda, Nixon, Jason Kottke, Watergate, Richard Nixon, Brian Chirls


This Week In Trailers: The Brink, Long Day’s Journey Into Night, One Nation Under Stress, Watergate

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: What better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? This week we revisit the 2018 midterms, understand why we’re dying younger, give in to an incredible vision, and dissect a crime that took dow...
Tags: Movies, White House, China, America, United States, This Week In Trailers, Madeleine McCann, Ferguson, Goldman Sachs, Movie Trailers, Trump, Nixon, Sylvia Chang, Watergate, Sanjay Gupta, Richard Nixon


More on Impeachment

TPM Reader JB on the impeachment question… I’ll bet you’ve been inundated with….comments, let’s call them, about your take on Pelosi negative remarks toward impeaching the President we have now. Impeachment, of course, is a political process. It’s also a process used so infrequently that assessing its political impact cannot be reliably done. Preparing impeachment proceedings would be a considerable undertaking for the House; they would need to rest on findings of several committees now inves...
Tags: News, Congress, Saudi Arabia, Senate, Russia, House, Trump, Josh Marshall, Nixon, Watergate, Pelosi, House Judiciary Committee, Mueller, Editor’s Blog


The Future of Legal Journalism is Here

The future of legal journalism is here and that future has arrived in the form of LexBlog.com, according to Bob Ambrogi, its Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, addressing a standing room only audience of about hundred and fifty in Chicago last Thursday evening. Speaking at the Chicago Legal Innovation and Tech meetup at Skadden, Ambrogi’s passion and vision were keenly on display. If there were any doubters of his message, Ambrogi pushed them over the top with his down to earth conviction in wh...
Tags: Publishing, Law, Washington Post, Chicago, New York Times, Wisconsin, Lexblog, LexisNexis, Bernstein, Watergate, Supra, Woodward, Ambrogi, Bob Ambrogi, Ed Walters, Chicago Legal Innovation


New Leaf Vote for for April 2019 • The Way I Heard It: Retellings

Heads up! This is a three-day poll. Let's select the book we'll read and discuss in April 2019! We love new participants. We're happy for you to vote, but we'd like to request that you not vote unless you plan to join the discussion whatever the selection, in the interest of a vibrant conversation. :) So if you haven't posted in a book club thread yet, do please say a quick hello here or in the Welcome thread. This is a poll. Vote for as many books as you'd like. Questions? FAQs...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Post, Books, UK, London, Australia, Washington Post, Scotland, Wikipedia, Time, US, New York Times, Book Clubs, Napoleon Bonaparte, New Mexico


Michael Cohen only flipped because he got caught. That's all we can expect in the Trump era.

I welcome Cohen’s conversion, but can't like or respect him. By contrast, John Dean in the Watergate era could've saved himself, but chose to step up.            [Author: Opinion contributor]
Tags: News, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Watergate, John Dean, Opinion contributor