🇷🇺 Trump/Russia 2019 🇺🇸

 

With Tweets, Retweets, links to articles and excerpts, I’ve tried to document this national soap opera/tragedy we’re living through. The resources at the beginning are a mixed bag of timelines and documents and I provide a clickable cast of characters (Russians, mostly).

What does this have to do with The Blacklist? A lot, actually. Russian mob figures, spies and apparatchiks. Semion Mogilevich, the Smart Don, reminds me of Red, though Red is a lot nicer and much better-looking.

Featured are drawings (she calls them “maps”) by @Jzikah, and “Mueller, She Wrote” is the best podcast I’ve ever come across. The three women who do it are comedians, though they’re all super smart and A.J. (the lead) has a PhD and is a Veteran.

Caution: You may enjoy this feature a bit more if you’re of the liberal persuasion. This is the single place on this blog where *there are politics* though I tend to stick with MSM, specialized sources (ex-Intel Community, altGov, and reputable sleuths) and other people I’ve learned to trust.

 

🇷🇺 Press Here For recent articles

🇷🇺 Press Here For 7/26/2017 through 2018

 
💽Recommended⋙ Mueller She Wrote Podcasthttp://bit.ly/2PgTKWs  or Press   ⇊  ⇊
 

Other Podcasts:

    All The President’s Lawyers (J Barro, R Lowry)
    The Asset (Center for American Progress) 🌟
    The Dworkin Report (Scott Dworkin)
    Gaslit Nation (Sarah Kendzior, Andrea Chalupa)
    The Lawfare Podcast (Benjamin Wittes, Brookings)
    The Josh Marshall Podcast (TPM)
    The Mother Jones Podcast (David Corn)
    Mueller Time (Eric Leval, Chris Carey)
    The Oath (Chuck Rosenberg, MSNBC)
    On Topic (Renato Mariotti)
    Skullduggery (Michael Isikoff, Yahoo)
    Trump Inc (ProPublica)
    Trumpcast (Slate)

 
Twitter List: INVESTIGATORS: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/lists/investigators
// Investigative reporters, Trump-Russia sleuths, Intelligence Community, Legislators, “alt-gov,” and Targets
 

Russian Intelligence Services:

Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) – The Foreign Intelligence Service reports directly to the President of Russia.
GRU – Main Intelligence Directorate of the Russian Armed Forces.
Federal Security Service (FSB) – The Federal Security Service is responsible for counter-intelligence, state security and anti-terrorist operations

 

 
🔄 ECFR , Mark Galeotti [EU] (2016): Introduction: Putin’s hydra: Inside Russia’s intelligence services http://bit.ly/2NZWN1h
// 5/11/2016, Intro
⋙ 📒 ECFR, Mark Galeotti [EU] (2016): Report: Putin’s Hydra: Inside Russia’s Intelligence Services [pdf] http://bit.ly/2NYjG5b 20p
// May 2016, Full report

 

 
Key People: Roman Abramovich, Aras Agalarov, Emin Agalarov, Rinat Akhmetov, Rinat Akhmetshin, Yulya Alferova, Anatoly Antonov, Andrii Artemenko, Arron Banks, Andrey Baronov, Vitaly Bespalov, Leonid “Len” Blavatnik, Anna Bogacheva, David Bogatin, Victor Boyarkin, Wm Browder, Mariia Butina, Carole Cadwalladr, Michael Caputo, Yuri Chaika, Igor Chekunov, Michael Cohen, George Cottrell, Oleg Deripaska, Igor Divyekin, Kirill Dmitriev, Aleksandr Dugin, Arkady Dvorkovich, Paul Erickson, Oleg Erovinkin, Nigel Farage, Dmitri Firtash, John Fotiadis, Gene (Evgeny) Friedman, Daniel Gelbinovich, Rob Goldstone, Sergei Gorkov, Henry Greenberg, Andrew Intrater, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Brittany Kaiser, Mikhail Kalugin, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Saak Karapetyan, Eugene Kaspersky (Kaspersky Lab), Denis Katsyv, Irakly (“Ike”) Kaveladze, Michael Khodarkovsky, Konstantin Kilimnik, Sergey Kislyak, Artem Klyushin, Konstantin Kosachev, Aleksandra Krylova, Elena Khusyaynova, Simon Kukes, Alexander Litvinenko, Howard Lorber, Simona Mangiante, Alexander Mashkevich, Viktor Medvedchek, Josef Mifsud, Semion Mogilevich (Don Semyon), Konstantin Molofeev, George Nader, Alexei Navalny, Eduard Nektalov, Konstantin Nikolaev, Vyacheslav Nikonov, Yevgeniy Nikulin, Alexander Nix, Isabel Oakeshoff, George Papadopoulos, Sam Patten, Alexander Perepilichnyy, Dmitry Peskov, Igor Pisarsky, Yevgeny Prigozhin, Vladimir Putin, George Ramishvili, Dmitry Rogozin, Alexander Rovt, Giorgi Rtskhiladze, Dmitry Rybolovlev, Konstantin Rykov, Mikheil Saakashvili, Felix Sater, Igor Sechin, Anastasia Shevchenko, Christopher Steele, Ruslan Stoyanov, Oleg Solodukhin, Peter Strzok, Taiwanchik (aka Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov), Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov (aka Taiwanchik), Aleksandr Torshin, Yulia Tymoshenko, Anastasia Vashukevich (aka Nastya Rybka), Viktor Vekselberg, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Vyacheslav Volodin, Curt Weldon, Andy Wigmore, Alexander Yakovenko, Viktor Yanukovych, Ivan Yermakov, Viktor Yushchenko, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, Maria Zakharova, Joel Zamel

 

Bios w links (Wikipedia unless otherwise noted): Roman Abramovich, Aras Agalarov, Emin Agalarov, Rinat Akhmetov, Rinat Akhmetshin, Yulya Alferova (National Compass), Anatoly Antonov, Andrii Artemenko, Arron Banks, Andrey Baranov (Bloomberg), Vitaly Bespalov (NBC), Leonid “Len” Blavatnik, Anna Bogacheva (NYT), David Bogatin (NYT), Victor Boyarkin (TrumpRussia), William Browder, Mariia Butina, Carole Cadwalladr, Michael Caputo, Yuri Chaika, Igor Chekunov, Michael Cohen, George Cottrell, Oleg Deripaska, Igor Divyekin, Kirill Dmitriev, Aleksandr Dugin, Arkady Dvorkovich, Paul Erickson, Oleg Erovinkin, Nigel Farage, Dmitri Firtash, John Fotiadis (Archinect), Gene (Evgeny) Friedman, Daniel Gelbinovich (Daily Beast), Rob Goldstone, Sergei Gorkov, Henry Greenberg (Miami Herald), Andrew Intrater, Bidzina Ivanishvili, Brittany Kaiser (Cambridge Analytica), Mikhail Kalugin, Vladimir Kara-Murza, Saak Karapetyan, Eugene Kaspersky (Kaspersky Lab), Denis Katsyv, Irakly Kaveladze, Michael Khodarkovsky, Elena Khusyaynova, Konstantin Kilimnik, Sergey Kislyak, Artem Klyushin (National Compass), Konstantin Kosachev, Aleksandra Krylova (NYT), Simon Kukes, Alexander Litvinenko, Howard Lorber, Konstantin Malofeev, Simona Mangiante (Papadopoulos), Alexander Mashkevich, Viktor Medvedchek, Josef Mifsud, Semion Mogilevich (Don Semyon), Alexei Navalny, Eduard Nektalov (NYMag), Konstantin Nikolaev, Yevgeniy Nikulin, Vyacheslav Nikonov, Alexander Nix, Isabel Oakeshoff, George Papadopoulos, Sam Patten, Alexander Perepilichny, Dmitry Peskov, Igor Pisarsky (RIM), Yevgeny Prigozhin, Vladimir Putin, George Ramishvili (Bloomberg), Dmitry Rogozin, Alexander Rovt, Giorgi Rtskhiladze (CNBC), Nastya Rybka (aka Anastasia Vashukevich) (WaPo), Dmitry Rybolovlev, Konstantin Rykov, Mikheil Saakashvili, Felix Sater, Igor Sechin, Anastasia Shevchenko (Amnesty Intl), Oleg Solodukhin, Christopher Steele, Ruslan Stoyanov, Peter Strzok, Taiwanchik (aka Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov), Alimzhan Tokhtakhunov (aka Taiwanchik), Aleksandr Torshin, Yulia Tymoshenko, Anastasia Vashukevich (aka Nastya Rybka) (WaPo), Viktor Vekselberg, Natalia Veselnitskaya, Vyacheslav Volodin, Curt Weldon, Andy Wigmore, Alexander Yakovenko, Viktor Yanukovych, Ivan Yermakov (Moscow Proj), Viktor Yushchenko, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, Maria Zakharova, Joel Zamel

 

By @jzikah has a new book! Cartoon President http://amzn.to/2QUeZhk

 

Key Documents

 
🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 LawfareBlog: Litigation Documents Related to the Mueller Investigation http://bit.ly/2OVch6n
// new November 2018, to be continually updated

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 Lawfare: Full Text of the Mueller Report’s Executive Summaries http://bit.ly/2IFLewq
// 4/18/2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 Lawfare: Document: The Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2vcgNpN
// 4/18/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 Court Filing (1/17/2019): Civil Action No. 1:18-cv-03501 [pdf] http://cnn.it/2CBddZy (111p) Democratic National Committee v.: Russian Federation, DJ Trump For President, Inc (and others)
// 1/17/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄 TheAtlantic, Yoni Appelbaum: Impeach Donald Trump http://bit.ly/2FykFIP
//March 2019 cover story

⋙ 💙💙🔄 Politico Mag, Darren Samuelsohn: The Only Impeachment Guide You’ll Ever Need http://politi.co/2QHcJGi
// 1/11/2019, As talk of the I-word heats up, here’s POLITICO Magazine’s soup-to-nuts answers to all your questions about the politics—and the practical realities—of removing a president.

⋙ 💙💙🔄 WaPo, Max Boot: Here are 18 reasons Trump could be a Russian asset http://wapo.st/2D7IJQ9
// 1/13/2019
 

By @jzikah

 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 TheAtlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg (Editor): UNTHINKABLE: 50 Moments That Define an Improbable Presidency http://bit.ly/2RvDFOn
// Jan 2019; Donald Trump’s 50 Most Unthinkable Moments ~ 50 Articles

⋙ 💙💙🔄 Wikipedia: Timeline of investigations into Trump and Russia (2018) http://bit.ly/2Bh12jP

⋙ 💙💙🔄 Axios: Timeline: Every big move in the Mueller investigation http://bit.ly/2Euh3H9
// 12/12/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄 Moyers&Co: Interactive Timeline: Everything We Know About Russia and President Trump http://bit.ly/2uVHc9j
// continually updated

⋙ 💙💙🔄📒 DocumentCloud: Steele Dossier [pdf] http://bit.ly/2y5ZhnF 35p

⋙ 💙💙🔄📒 FBIRecordsVault: Records Between FBI and Christopher Steele http://bit.ly/2KqLoF1

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ AP: Mueller Investigation documents http://bit.ly/2ihbK0l

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ CitJourno: Trump/Russian Mob Connections http://www.citjourno.org
 

By @jzikah

 
⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ CNN, Marshall Cohen, Tal Yellen & Liz Stark: Tracking the Russia investigations (documents) http://cnn.it/2hVCpU5

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Russian Hacking and Influence in the U.S. Election http://nyti.ms/2NqFXeY

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ BrennanCenter: Trump-Russia Investigations http://bit.ly/2yRKcu6

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Politico: The people connected to the Russia probes [ Interactive ] http://politi.co/2FUDhz2 //➔ Democrats, Prosecutors, Law Enforcement/Lobbyists/Media,Team Trump, Foreign Nationals

⋙ 💙💙🔄 TheMoscowProject: Trump’s Russia Cover-Up By the Numbers http://bit.ly/2ycY959
// Center for American Progress; 80+ contacts with Russia-linked operatives https://themoscowproject.org/about/ http://bit.ly/2ycY959
 

By @jzikah

 
⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NBCNews: Russia timeline: Key players, meetings and investigation details http://nbcnews.to/2vtR3YW

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ DailyBeast: Democrats Release the Fusion GPS Testimony on Trump and Russia http://thebea.st/2qMmH1d w attachment [pdf] ⋙ via Dianne Feinstein http://bit.ly/2FjtlPP

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Justice Department Gives Congress Comey’s Memos on Trump http://nyti.ms/2HdLe2Z
// 4/19/2018 ➔ DocumentCloud: http://bit.ly/2HOGC4z

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ DOJ: Indictment of Internet Research Agency LLC et al … [PDF] http://bit.ly/2CqdHzD 37p //➔ Mueller Investigation
// 2/16/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Amy Siskind: The Weekly List ~ “This is How Democracy Ends” https://theweeklylist.org

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: Mueller Has List of Questions for Trump http://nyti.ms/2rfDuqK + http://nyti.ms/2HExEKi
// 4/30/2018, Majority Relate to if Trump Obstructed Inquiry on Russia

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT: The Trump Lawyers’ Confidential Memo to Mueller, Explained [ Document ] http://nyti.ms/2kKPgq9
// 6/2/2018, NYT article about document: http://nyti.ms/2swIZSc
 

 
⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ TIME: The Arguments President Trump Has Made Against the Mueller Investigation http://ti.me/2MdeARX
// 6/8/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ TIME: Wikipedia: Links between Trump associates and Russian officials http://bit.ly/2K42VDF

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ WaPo: Who has been charged in the Russia probe and why http://wapo.st/2toNwH2
// continually updated; WaPo Russia page

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ ForeignAffairs Anthology: A New Cold War? Russia and America, Then and Now 1947- http://fam.ag/2KEA4dF

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Justice.gov: Mueller Indictment of 12 Russians in the GRU for Election Hacking [pdf] http://bit.ly/2NbphV6 29p
// 7/13/2018

 

By @jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ FactCheck.org: Timeline of Russia Investigation http://bit.ly/2KZ4qaQ
// posted 6/7/2018, updated 7/13/2018; Key moments in the FBI probe of Russia’s efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election; Readable

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Legal Process Server: DNC Lawsuit vs Russia, Wikileaks, et al http://bit.ly/2KIOhBq

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ NYT, Linda Qiu: Truth-Testing Trump’s 250-Plus Attacks on the Russia Inquiry http://nyti.ms/2MY609E
// 8/18/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ Justice.gov: Manafort Plea Agreement [pdf] http://bit.ly/2CZiVb7 17p
// 9/14/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄💽 NYT: Opinion | Operation Infektion: A three-part video series on Russian disinformation http://nyti.ms/2OHqSSV
// 11/12/2018

⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ PasteMag, Jacob Weindling: A Year of Trump and Russia: The 75 Stories That Defined the Mueller Investigation in 2018 http://bit.ly/2QWN1SU
// 12/28/2018

 

By @jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ LawFareBlog: Document: Indictment of Roger Stone [pdf] http://bit.ly/2UdQgmj 24p
// 1/25/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄📋 NYT: Trump and His Associates Had More Than 100 Contacts With Russians Before the Inauguration [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/2MAZCps
// 1/26/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄 BuzzFeedNews: These Secret Files Show How The Trump Moscow Talks Unfolded While Trump Heaped Praise On Putin http://bit.ly/2DWQ2ed
// 2/5/2019; ⏳TIMELINE ⌛️

 

By @jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 WaPo: What we learned about Trumpworld outreach to Russia since Mueller’s investigation began http://wapo.st/2twkXYE
// 2/19/2019, And what we still don’t know.

⋙ 💙💙🔄 ◕📋 NYT, Larry Buchanan and Karen Yourish: Trump Has Publicly Attacked the Russia Investigation More Than 1,100 Times http://nyti.ms/2T2HSsN
// 2/19/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄 ◕📋 WaPo, Philip Bump: The 81 people and organizations just looped into the Trump probe — and why they were included http://wapo.st/2SJrw41
// 3/4/2019

 

@jzikah has a new book! Cartoon President http://amzn.to/2QUeZhk
 

 
⭕ 18 Jul 2019

⭕ 17 Jul 2019

🐣 RT @thedailybeast “Why is Donald Trump pleased by the controversy over his tweets? Because it’s made him realize more than ever before that he has the power to blow the country up over race,” writes @mtomasky
⋙ DailyBeast: Tweet Fight Means Trump Now Knows He Has the Power to Tear Us Apart—and He’s Itching to Do More of It http://bit.ly/2Y8fYOQ
// There’s something deeper going on here—deeper and terrifying if you think about it in historical terms.

🐣 RT @Mimirocah1 Except that Trump was 100% implicated in the scheme by Cohen & the SDNY clearly believed that to be true. Once again, Trump escapes charges only because he is the POTUS (now).
⋙ 🐣 RT @maggieNYT “We are pleased that the investigation surrounding these ridiculous campaign finance allegations is now closed. We have maintained from the outset that the President never engaged in any campaign finance violation.” Jay Sekulow on SDNY case closing.

HuffPo, Paul Blumenthal and Kevin Robillard: This Was Elizabeth Warren’s Plan All Along http://bit.ly/2Lqo13q
// The policy system she built in her Senate office now fuels her 2020 Democratic presidential bid.

🐣 RT @bmangh Boston Globe, John Kerry: Trump can’t hold a candle to Ayanna Pressley [$$] https://twitter.com/bmangh/status/1151628547221610496?s=20

🐣 RT @TomJChicago Look at the footage of Trump all over Jeffrey Epstein like a cheap suit. The body language stands out. It’s like Epstein has what Trump wants & stands there regally while Trump is on him like a puppy dog. Trump loves him more than Kim Jong Un. Sending Bat Signal to @DrGJackBrown
⋙ 💽 🐣 RT @atrupar Morning Joe dug up footage of Trump partying with Jeffrey Epstein at Mar-a-Lago in 1992 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1151468359227191298?s=20/photo/1

🐣 [Reply to Obama] ⚡️Help, Obi-Wan Obama. You’re our only hope.⚡️

🐣 RT @FrankFigliuzzi More of the iceberg tomorrow?
⋙ 💙🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “We have a federal judge saying this of a national importance… Who was directing these hush money payments? How much did the president know?.. The world is our oyster tomorrow and it’s only a matter of time” – @FrankFigliuzzi1 w/ @NicolleDWallace

🔆 This❗️⋙ CNN: Feds end investigation into Trump Org and hush money payments http://cnn.it/32pBldA

CNN reported Friday that the Manhattan US Attorney’s office had approached the end of its investigation of the Trump Organization and wasn’t poised to charge any executives involved in the company’s effort to reimburse Cohen for money he paid to silence one of the women. That payment constituted an illegal campaign contribution, according to prosecutors. Trump has denied the affair allegations.

“The campaign finance violations discussed in the Materials are a matter of national importance,” US District Court Judge William Pauley wrote in his decision. “Now that the Government’s investigation into those violations has concluded, it is time that every American has an opportunity to scrutinize the Materials.”

Pauley ordered a copy of the government’s July status report and copies of search warrant materials from the Cohen case to be filed publicly with very limited redactions by Thursday at 11 a.m. ET.

The conclusion of federal prosecutors’ investigation of the Trump company’s role in the Cohen matter marks a significant victory for the President’s family business, although it likely doesn’t come as a complete surprise. There had been no contact between the Manhattan US Attorney’s office and officials at the Trump Organization in more than five months, CNN reported Friday. …

The Trump Organization investigation was launched out of the Cohen case, in which he pleaded guilty to eight counts, including two counts of campaign-finance violations for orchestrating or making payments during the 2016 election to two women — adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and ex-Playboy model Karen McDougal — who alleged affairs with Trump. Cohen is now serving a three-year prison sentence.

After Cohen made the $130,000 payment to Daniels, he was reimbursed, prosecutors said in court filings, by the Trump Organization. The company’s executives authorized payments to him totaling $420,000, in an effort to cover his original payment, tax liabilities and reward him with a bonus, according to prosecutors, and they falsely recorded those payments as legal expenses in their books.

The criminal inquiry centered on whether those payments, like the hush money Cohen gave to Daniels, violated campaign-finance law.

The judge on Wednesday said he would allow the government to keep the redaction of an uncharged third party when it files its status report and would permit the search warrant materials to be filed with redactions of the names of law-enforcement investigators and people who did business with Cohen in connection to taxi medallions he owned.

🐣 RT @KlasfeldReports INBOX: Michael Cohen’s attorney Lanny Davis criticizes the closing of the campaign finance investigation. ¤ “Why is Michael Cohen … the only member of the Trump company to be prosecuted and imprisoned?” https://twitter.com/KlasfeldReports/status/1151608451648360448?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @KlasfeldReports BREAKING: Prosecutors say they concluded parts of Michael Cohen spin-off investigations and agree to unseal new campaign finance information. ¤ Judge Pauley writes in an order that he will unseal that material tomorrow at 11 a.m. https://twitter.com/KlasfeldReports/status/1151505450191523841?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @ “Accordingly, the Government is directed to file the July 15, 2019 status report and the Materials on the public docket on July 18, 2019 at 11:00 a.m.” ¤ Busy day tomorrow. That’s just after bail ruling on Jeffrey Epstein. cc: @CourthouseNews https://twitter.com/KlasfeldReports/status/1151505957643591685?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman There is now credible evidence that #FaceApp is a Russian government operation to steal your data and possibly engage in espionage. Delete it immediately.
⋙ ForensicNewsNet #FaceApp is now in the same building as Skolkovo Ventures – a Russian government investment company into IT and tech. It appears that FaceApp is a Russian government funded operation to harvest data.

🐣 Listening to the Mueller testimony next week is going to require everyone to quickly master the art of multi-tasking. In truth, there will be two hearings. A Democratic hearing and a Republican hearing. @FrankFigliuzzi1 @NicolleDWallace @DeadlineWH

🔆 This❗️⋙ CBSNews: Judge says Michael Cohen hush-money probe is over, orders documents unsealed http://cbsn.ws/32x0LpJ

TheHill, David Webb: Questions for Robert Mueller http://bit.ly/2NYPH1x //➔ argues a political concern led Brennan to give dossier to Reid; ignores fact that the FBI had already opened an investigation.

In Michael Isikoff’s book, “Russian Roulette,” he explains that Christopher Steele’s own business partner didn’t believe the information in his reports was accurate. Likewise, Clinton vendor Glenn Simpson of Fusion GPS couldn’t use Steele’s increasingly outrageous reports because they weren’t sourced or documented.

Instead, to get the Steele info in play, they gave it to the FBI and then briefed national security reporters about the info to stir the pot, including the tip that the FBI was investigating the info. Isikoff took the bait and wrote one of the first stories at Yahoo News.

CIA Director John Brennan called then-Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to download info and encouraged Reid to politicize the Russia-Trump connection in October. …

Two days later, Reid penned a letter to Comey demanding an investigation into Trump. Most information in Reid’s letter was sourced to public news reports, but one issue alluding to Carter Page — reporting falsely that he met with a high Kremlin official — was not public. It came from Brennan or the Clinton campaign or law firm Perkins Coie. At that point, Brennan was directly coordinating campaign messaging.

Since the subject was the obsession of the nation’s law enforcement institutions, intelligence agencies and national press corps, and the info was put into national circulation by the Clinton campaign and Steele Dossier, determining the original source and accuracy of that dossier should have been the first step of a thorough investigation.

There is no indication such an inquiry occurred in the Mueller report. Mueller assumed the accuracy of the report, started with it, and investigated Trump. He should have started with the dossier info and tested it first.

ThinkProgress, Casey Michel: Here are the major questions surrounding Robert Mueller’s congressional testimony http://bit.ly/2Z0oxZ6
// From subpoenaing Trump to other areas of Russian interference, Mueller’s testimony will likely be a blockbuster.

1. Will Mueller actually say anything new?
2. Why didn’t Mueller subpoena the president?
3. Why didn’t Mueller include more incidents of Russian interference efforts?
4. What does Mueller think of William Barr’s handling of the Mueller report?
5. How will the White House react to the testimony?

Politico: Why Democrats’ oversight machine is moving so slowly against Trump http://politi.co/2YT6Bja
// Lawmakers say they are building a record of White House resistance to testimony from Mueller witnesses — but angst on the left is growing.

⭕ 16 Jul 2019

Salon, Bill Curry: Last chance for impeachment: Next week Robert Mueller will shape history — but how? http://bit.ly/2NYiiUF
// Pelosi’s Congress will finally drag Mueller to the Hill next week. It’s a big moment in the quest to save democracy

CNBC: Roger Stone avoids jail, banned from major social media after judge rules Trump friend breached gag order in Mueller case http://cnb.cx/2XUhKyC

WashingtonExaminer: Devin Nunes raises alarm: Democrats may be ‘back channeling’ with Mueller to create a ‘narrative’ http://washex.am/2LnXhR4 //➔ (I doubt it)

🐣 RT @tribelaw Who’d be surprised if it turns out Stone and Manafort held the keys to the Trump-Assange-WikiLeaks-Putin conspiracy against the United States and our democracy — and that it’s Trump’s dangling of future pardons that kept those keys from turning? Not me.

🐣 RT @AmoneyResists Trump’s Impeachable Offenses: (Thread): ¤ #1.) Trump welcomed, aided and abetted Russia’s attack on America; then denied it even happened and took Putin’s word over our own intelligence agencies. 📌 https://twitter.com/AmoneyResists/status/1120555910630342657?s=20

⭕ 15 Jul 2019

💙💙 💽 https://twitter.com/SassBaller/status/1149529909980647426?s=20/photo/1
// anti-fascism US short film from the 1940s; propaganda

🐣 RT @20committee Hey, remember when I was “crazy” and “unhinged” for suggesting that Assange was in bed with Russian intelligence? ¤ Good times, those.
CNN: Exclusive: Security reports reveal how Assange turned an embassy into a command post for election meddling http://cnn.it/2JNBpvl

⭕ 14 Jul 2019

MercuryNews/WaPo, Eugene Robinson: After Mueller testifies, the impeachment question will demand an answer http://bayareane.ws/2Lj01zb
// Nancy Pelosi has to do what’s best for the country — Congress has the right, and the responsibility, to check a president

≣ NPR: Mark Bowden Talks Process Of Adapting Mueller Report Into Graphic Novel http://n.pr/30xITZX

LATimes, Doyle McManus: Pro-impeachment Democrats hope Mueller’s testimony will give them the sound bite they need http://lat.ms/2xQ0osl

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 Mike Haydon one of the finest public servants we have ever produced. Great experience and sound judgment. Enormous personal courage. I fully concur with his viewpoints on Trump. My anger is with the Republican Party leadership who can see the growing danger. https://twitter.com/ignatiuspost/status/1150200489461649415 …
⋙ 🐣 RT @ignatiuspost An extraordinary warning by ex-CIA Director Michael Hayden, bravely speaking as he recovers from a major stroke, of the damage that Donald Trump is doing to U.S. national security.
⋙⋙ Mediaite: Former CIA Director and Republican Michael Hayden: America May Not Survive a Second Trump Term http://bit.ly/30xbmzk

⭕ 13 Jul 2019

🚫 WitherspoonInstitute: The Cracks in the Edifice of Transgender Totalitarianism http://bit.ly/2LmBtVX
// conservative thinktank

TheAtlantic, Donald Ayer: Robert Mueller Must Finish the Job http://bit.ly/2SdC7FN Ayer is Former U.S. Deputy Attorney General under George H. W. Bush
// The special counsel should give us the benefit of his professional judgment on the legal significance of the facts he has found.

🐣 RT @benjaminwittes Whatever of one thinks of Lisa Page and Peter Strzok—I happen to think highly of them both but that is a conversation for another day—the specter of the President of the United States going on a campaign of defamation against civil servants is one of the great abuses of our time.
⋙ 🐣 RT @real This is one of the most horrible abuses of all. Those texts between gaga lovers would have told the whole story. Illegal deletion by Mueller. They gave us “the insurance policy.”

⭕ 12 Jul 2019

🐣◕ RT @mattdpierce This is one of the most mind-bending election charts I feel like I’ve seen. http://nyti.ms/2xMilb7
https://twitter.com/mattdpearce/status/1149816715955458048 /photo/1
// Evangelical vote share vs share of pop.; article by Edsall 7/3

SFGate: Kamala Harris continues fire on Joe Biden, jabs other rivals who ‘churn out plans like a factory’ http://bit.ly/2GbPt0t //➔ meanwhile Harris keeps changing hers

JustSecurity: Five Takeaways from Talking Feds’ Mueller Preview Panel http://bit.ly/2XK1RuN

● Congress: Don’t Swing for the Fences
● Mueller is Going to be a Reluctant Witness
● The GOP Strategy Will Likely Have Two Elements: Confuse and Delay
● Don’t Forget the Deputies
● The Stakes are Real, Act Like It

Politico: Mueller testimony delayed by one week http://politi.co/2xRst2d

🐣 RT @digby56 Well that certainly says it all. The Unitary Executive Front must be so pleased.
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar On Fox News, WH spox @hogangidley45 said the quiet part loud about Trump’s citizenship question executive order: “The president said, ‘listen, I’m not going to be beholden to the courts anymore.'” ¤ (Instead of asking any sort of follow-up Q @BillHemmer immediately changed topic)

🐣 RT @OpenSecretsDC Replacing Alex Acosta as acting Labor Secretary will be Patrick Pizzella. ¤ Pizzella’s long history as a lobbyist includes working with Jack Abramoff and work on behalf of a shell corporation connected to the Russian government ¤ http://crp.org/pizze by @jsscppr & @ReidChamplin
⋙ OpenSecrets: Acting Labor secretary Pizzella lobbied for Russian-connected front group, worked with Jack Abramoff http://bit.ly/2Y1mc2F

Politico: ‘This wasn’t just a briefing’: Pompeo grilled CIA analysts on Russia findings http://politi.co/2JJuyTL
// The DOJ is now reviewing those same findings after Mike Pompeo found no wrongdoing in how the agency concluded Russia wanted to help Trump in 2016.

Mediaite: Former CIA Director and Republican Michael Hayden: America May Not Survive a Second Trump Term http://bit.ly/30xbmzk

⭕ 11 Jul 2019

Alternet, Cody Fenwick: How lawmakers can use Robert Mueller’s testimony to expose the biggest scandal in the Russia investigation http://bit.ly/2xLkiVc

WaPo, Danielle Allen: Congress’s silence on the Mueller report will have the practical consequences of exoneration http://wapo.st/2XHNagv

NYT: House Democrats Approve Subpoenas for Who’s Who of Mueller Witnesses http://nyti.ms/2XKboBQ

Politico: Here Are 11 Questions We’d Ask Robert Mueller http://politi.co/2ScEatU
// After two years, Congress finally has him on the stand. Here’s our question list.

1. Why did you decide to end the investigation when you did?
2. Do you believe that your investigation, and the many criminal charges that resulted from it, will deter campaigns from accepting foreign “dirt” on their opponents in the future?
3. What would you have done differently?
4. What laws, policies or rules would you recommend changing in light of your investigation ?
5. In your report, you noted that Donald Trump satisfied all three elements required in a court of law to show that the president committed obstruction of justice. Yet you declined to recommend charges. Isn’t demonstrating that the president committed all the elements of a crime essentially the same as saying that he broke the law?
6. In your only public comments about the probe, in May, you stated: “The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing.” Isn’t impeachment the only formal process?
7. Do you agree with how Attorney General William Barr characterized your 448-page report and your statements to him?
8. Why didn’t you push harder to interview Trump in person, and can you help us understand how significant it was that some witnesses lied to you, deleted or lost communications or pleaded the Fifth to deprive you of testimony?
9. At what point did you decide not to take a position on obstruction by the president, and did you or your office give Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein any indication before March 2019 that an inconclusive finding on that issue was a possibility? And how was it decided that Rosenstein could supervise the investigation despite his key role in the firing of FBI Director James Comey?
10. Trump’s most frequent public critique of your team was that it was made up of “angry Democrats” and “Trump haters.” Should you have paid more attention to the appearances and potential biases of people you hired, and were the duties of any attorneys or FBI agents limited out of conflict-of-interest concerns?
11. What’s next for you?

WSJ: House Judiciary Committee Authorizes Subpoenas to Ex-Trump Campaign Officials http://on.wsj.com/2LN1ddz
// Panel says it could target officials including Jared Kushner, John Kelly as well as National Enquirer publisher David Pecker

⭕ 10 Jul 2019

BrennanCenter: The Mueller Report Exposed Weaknesses in U.S. Democratic Institutions that H.R. 1 Would Address http://bit.ly/2xDM4TJ
// Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and the other abuses documented in the Mueller Report have exposed serious vulnerabilities in America’s democratic institutions. H.R. 1 addresses many of these problems, as documented below. Enacting this legislation would help blunt future attempts by Russia and others to undermine American sovereignty and the integrity of our government.

VanityFair, Eric Lutz: William Barr Is Still Trying to Bury the Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2XBn9e0
// In this case, by graciously offering the special counsel an out from testifying before Congress; also Aaron Zebley and James Quarles

CNN: Dems seek to navigate Mueller landmines http://cnn.it/2NPlzp6

Politico: Impeachment push freezes as Mueller testimony looms http://politi.co/2LeWGB0
// Many House Democrats are counting on the special counsel to renew momentum for impeachment — but there are doubts it will be enough.

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks You need public support to impeach but you need public hearings to get it. Start hearings now. Fight Trump obstruction by going to court to enforce subpoenas and refusals to answer questions. Bipartisan support will follow as it did in Watergate. #FactsMatter
⋙ 🐣 RT @RWPUSA Nixon had a 68% Gallup Poll approval rating in January 1973.
Members of Congress were not scared. They did their jobs.
The impeachment hearings changed everything.
By August 1974 he was gone.

DailyBeast, Jed Shugarman: Mueller Missed the Crime: Trump’s Campaign Coordinated With Russia http://bit.ly/2XC7foH
// The special counsel will testify before Congress next week. He needs to answer for historic legal and factual errors.

ACS, Barbara McQuade: Five Things to Watch for When Mueller Testifies http://bit.ly/2XHfGtM

1. The Russian attack on our country is a serious national security threat
2. Links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign
3. President Trump, his associates, and obstruction of justice
4. Mueller’s interaction with Attorney General William Barr
5. Will members of Congress attempt to discredit Mueller and the FBI?

Politico, Tim Alberta: ‘Mother Is Not Going to Like This’: The 48 Hours That Almost Brought Down Trump http://politi.co/2XEME2Y
// The exclusive story of how Trump survived the Access Hollywood tape.

⭕ 9 Jul 2019

DailyBeast, Erin Banco and Betsy Woodruff (7/9): Senate Intel Eyes Social Media Manipulators Who Pitched Team Trump http://bit.ly/2Lm1bds
// They worked on plans to use fake social media accounts to win Trump the election. No wonder the Senate’s Russia probe is interested in them.

Royi Burstien, the founder and ex-CEO of Psy Group, isn’t alone, according to two people familiar with the matter; the committee also sent an inquiry to Joel Zamel—a self-styled Mark Zuckerberg of the national-security world who reportedly owned Psy Group. The Israeli-Australian discussed Psy Group’s “Campaign Intelligence and & Influence Services Proposal” with Donald Trump Jr. during the campaign, and campaign staff also reached out to the company about social media manipulation to help Trump win the White House. 

Zamel also attended meetings during the transition that included discussions about how to undermine and ultimately take down the regime in Iran, according to communications reviewed by The Daily Beast. Top Trump World power brokers, including Steve Bannon and Michael Flynn, were present for the talks. And a top Saudi spy, who has since taken the fall for the brutal murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, participated in the talks as well. 

The New York Times reported last year that former Trump campaign advisor Rick Gates reached out to Psy Group in 2016 about online manipulation plans. According to the Times, the plans, which had a price tag of about $3 million, included the possibility of Psy Group using online avatars to impact the vote. One of the proposals included intelligence officers who would use social media accounts to examine the political leanings of 5,000 delegates to the Republican National Convention, the Times reported.

In 2016, Zamel became increasingly connected to the Trump team and led conversations with transition officials and advisors, including Donald Trump Jr. and former Blackwater CEO Erik Prince, about his company helping other Middle Eastern players, such as Saudi Arabia, use economic, information, and military tactics for weakening the government in Tehran.

NYT, Frank Bruni: Joe Biden, Closet Republican http://nyti.ms/2xHaLP6 //➔ This headline is unfair: the point is about style, not policy. It’s worth a read. I for one, think we need to follow the breadcrumbs back to where we lost our way. It is not a small task.
// He’s the liberal Bob Dole, the looser Mitt Romney, the supposedly safe bet who’s owed a shot.

NYT: Justice Dept. Watchdog Is Preparing to Deliver Verdict on the Russia Investigation http://nyti.ms/2G5eIlf The Office of the Inspector General for the Department of Justice is led by Michael E Horowitz

Mr. Horowitz’s previous scrutiny of law-enforcement actions in 2016 has provided fodder to both Republican and Democratic critics. He found fault with the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey for public comments in 2016 about the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, but not with the decision to pass on charging her.

Mr. Horowitz also uncovered text messages between the F.B.I. employees Peter Strzok and Lisa Page criticizing then-candidate Donald Trump. He sharply rebuked the pair but said he had found no evidence that the pair had acted with bias in the Clinton investigation.

At the center of Mr. Horowitz’s current investigation is Mr. Steele and how the F.B.I. used his reporting in its investigation of the Trump campaign.

Mr. Horowitz is expected to answer whether Mr. Steele’s information played a role in opening the Russia investigation, code-named Crossfire Hurricane. Former law enforcement officials have insisted it did not, saying they opened the inquiry in July 2016. The Steele dossier did not reach the relevant agents until Sept. 19, 2016, nearly two months later, people familiar with the matter have said.

But the primary focus of the inspector general’s inquiry is the role that Mr. Steele’s information played in investigators’ effort to obtain court permission to wiretap Carter Page …

In August 2016, a month before agents on the Russia investigation received the Steele dossier, they had already started discussions with the Justice Department about seeking a wiretap order targeting Mr. Page, according to people familiar with the investigation’s timeline.

Mr. Steele’s information helped officials overcome bureaucratic reluctance stemming from fears that any leak of the existence of such a wiretap would be politically radioactive.

💙 🔊 MPR: Aspen Ideas Festival: ‘The Mueller report: Where do we go from here?’ [audio, 1hr] http://bit.ly/2G4pV5F Panelists: Garrett Graff, Neal Katyal and Theodore Olson

💙💙 🔆 This❗️⋙ Insider, Mark Bowden: We hired the author of ‘Black Hawk Down’ and an illustrator from ‘Archer’ to adapt the Mueller report so you’ll actually read it http://bit.ly/2XS7Lhn about 25 pages plus illustrations ~ Pretty Cool ‼️

WaPo, Philip Bump: Attorney General Barr would rather not have Mueller explaining what his report actually says http://wapo.st/30rfwss

LawfareBlog, Quinta Jurecic: How Congress Should Think About Mueller’s Testimony http://bit.ly/30x5mGR

LawfareBlog, Margaret Taylor: Alter the Committee Hearing Format for Mueller’s Testimony http://bit.ly/2Lk8zGf

NYT: Justice Dept. Tells Mueller Deputies Not to Testify, Scrambling an Agreement http://nyti.ms/32kTQjh

It is unclear what effect the Justice Department’s intervention will have on the men’s eventual appearances, but it raises the prospect that a deal lawmakers thought they had struck last month for testimony from Mr. Mueller, the former special counsel, and the two prosecutors could still unravel.

Both Mr. Zebley and Mr. Quarles have left the Justice Department and are now private citizens, meaning that the department most likely cannot actually block their testimony. But the department’s view — depending on how strongly it is expressed — could have a chilling effect on two longtime employees and give them cover to avoid testifying.

🐣 RT @mayawiley Big if true cuz this is the team sent to determine whether #FBI improperly initiated #CarterPage investigation: “investigators ultimately found Steele’s testimony credible and even surprising:” Trump dossier author Steele gets 16-hour DOJ grilling
⋙ Politico, Natasha Bertrand: Trump dossier author Steele gets 16-hour DOJ grilling http://politi.co/2YDEDYt
// The interview was contentious at first, according to two people familiar with the matter, but investigators ultimately found his testimony credible and even surprising.

Reuters: Trump ‘dossier’ author grilled by Justice Department watchdogs: sources http://reut.rs/30sIaJQ “… Horowitz’s investigators appear to have found Steele’s information sufficiently credible to have to extend the investigation. Its completion date is now unclear.”

WaPo, Philip Bump: Don’t blame the Seth Rich conspiracy on Russians. Blame Americans. http://wapo.st/2YIFhnJ
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YahooNews, Michael Isikoff: Exclusive: The true origins of the Seth Rich conspiracy theory. A Yahoo News investigation. http://yhoo.it/30m01BW

⭕ 8 Jul 2019

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks Finding way to ignore SCOTUS re citizenship census question, praising Epstein, and attacking Mueller — all in a days work for 45 and Barr. All a threat to rule of law and democracy.

LawfareBlog, Benjamin Wittes: If I Had Five Minutes to Question Robert Mueller http://bit.ly/2XuWcIQ “Ask only questions you know he can answer and whose answers you know will reasonably contribute to the thread you are developing”

This is not an investigative hearing. It is an exercise in political and legal theater, and you are trying to provide a compelling elucidation of Mueller’s work and findings. [Example:]

● You write that your “investigation did not identify evidence that any U.S. persons knowingly and intentionally coordinated with the IRA’s [Internet Research Agency’s] interference operations.” Is it fair for me to read that as saying you developed no evidence implicating the president in crimes related to the Russian social media campaign during the 2016 election?

● Your findings with respect to the Russian hacking and dissemination of Democratic emails are more complicated. But is it fair to say that you did not find evidence that anyone associated with the Trump campaign, including the president himself, participated in the Russian hacking operations themselves?

● With respect to possible conspiracy charges, you write something very different: that the investigation “did not establish that the contacts” between the campaign and the Russians “amounted to an agreement to commit any substantive violation of federal criminal law.” You also write that you “did not establish any agreement among Campaign officials—or between such officials and Russia-linked individuals—to interfere with or obstruct a lawful function of a government agency during the campaign or transition period.” The language “did not establish” implies to me something different from language like “did not identify evidence”; it implies to me that you did identify evidence to one degree or another, just not evidence sufficient to bring a criminal case. Is that a fair reading?

● So, in other words, when the evidence you found truly exonerates the president, the report says that clearly, and when the evidence you found is insufficient to prosecute, the report says that clearly too. Is that correct?

● With respect to obstruction of justice, you use different language still. You write, “[I]f we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state.” But, you write, “[W]e are unable to reach that judgment” in the face of “difficult issues that prevent us from conclusively determining that no criminal conduct occurred. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” Given that you elsewhere use language like “did not identify evidence” with respect to the IRA social media operations and “did not establish” with respect to conspiracy, is it fair for me to read your report as saying that the evidence you developed on obstruction, in contrast to your earlier conclusions, was strong enough that a finding of criminality was genuinely possible?

● Is it fair for me to read your statement that “if we had confidence … that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state” as meaning that it would have been improper for you to render a “traditional prosecutorial judgment” on whether President Trump had violated the obstruction statutes precisely because it was possible that he had done so?

● You write that one factor in your decision not to evaluate this evidence is that “we recognize that a federal criminal accusation against a sitting President would place burdens on the President’s capacity to govern and potentially preempt constitutional processes for addressing presidential misconduct.” Am I correct that the constitutional process you are referring to here is the impeachment power?

● Yet you did not reach any conclusions as to whether President Trump committed impeachable offenses. Is that right?

● So it’s reasonable for me to conclude that you were deferring to Congress on the question of whether the facts your report describes do or do not constitute impeachable offenses?

● You also write that the investigation was appropriate to conduct, notwithstanding the fact that the president is not amenable to criminal indictment while in office because the Justice Department recognizes that “a President does not have immunity after he leaves office.” In fact, you say explicitly that “we conducted a thorough factual investigation in order to preserve the evidence when memories were fresh and documentary materials were available.” Is it fair for me to read this as deferring to future federal prosecutors the question of whether the president’s conduct described in your report constitutes criminal offenses?

● So, to summarize, I take your report to state that you found substantial evidence of presidential obstruction of justice, which you chose not to analyze, because you were deferring to Congress on questions of impeachment and to federal prosecutors after President Trump leaves office on questions of criminality. Is that a fair reading?

Politico/AP: Barr: Mueller’s Hill testimony will be ‘public spectacle’ http://politi.co/30llhrt “Barr says the Justice Department would support Mueller if he decides he ‘doesn’t want to subject himself’ to congressional testimony”

Politico: White House blocks ex-McGahn aide from answering more than 200 questions http://politi.co/2XFYfyV former White House aide Annie Donaldson, who served as then-White House counsel Don McGahn’s top deputy

⭕ 7 Jul 2019

🐣 Medicare and Medicaid are payment capped, based on a market-basket index, and pay below cost. The VA until recently was a closed system. The ACA limits profits. Large employers negotiate payments with insurers. The only people who pay full charges are the uninsured.
⋙ 🐣 If all healthcare providers adopted the best practices of stellar regional group practices like Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Intermountain Health in Utah, quality would improve and costs would drop 20-30%. But, in fact, the Republicans have succeeded in squelching this info.

🐣 RT @BernieSanders The business model of our health care system is about making as much money as possible regardless of the suffering that profiteering creates. ¤ Our job: fight to save Philadelphia’s Hahnemann Hospital and pass Medicare for All to end the greed denying health care to millions.
⋙ 🐣 Medicare and Medicaid are payment capped, based on a market-basket index, and pay below cost. The VA until recently was a closed system. The ACA limits profits. Large employers negotiate payments with insurers. The only people who pay full charges are the uninsured.

🐣 RT @matthewamiller Suspect this means they couldn’t find any career lawyers willing to sign the briefs going forward, something that has become a pattern at this DOJ.
⋙ 🐣 RT @DelWilber BREAKING. New team of DOJ lawyers is taking over census case. No explanation provided https://twitter.com/DelWilber/status/1148019705329967104/photo/1

TheHill: Here are the key figures subpoenaed by Democrats in Trump probes http://bit.ly/32fWhna

🐣 RT @girlsreallyrule Reminder that Maureen Dowd has a divisive agenda here to help her get hits. Pelosi should not dismiss newcomers speaking truth to power, but let’s not allow Maureen Dowd’s breadcrumbs to wet our appetites to eat our own party up from the inside out.
https://twitter.com/girlsreallyrule/status/1147900052238680064

TheHill: Amash says Pelosi is making a ‘moral’ and ‘strategic’ mistake on impeachment http://bit.ly/30nLZ2T

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews #Russia’s state TV continues to trash Trump’s parade: ¤ Top Kremlin propagandist, Dmitry Kiselyov, says that Trump embarrassed himself in every way — from not knowing American history, to rusty tanks and military vehicles with peeling paint.

⭕ 6 Jul 2019

🐣 RT @thehill Sen. Kamala Harris speaks in IA: “[President Trump] has predatory instincts and a predatory nature. & the thing about predators is this — predators by their nature Identify & then prey on the vulnerable… Predators are cowards. And we don’t need a predator in the White House.” 💽 https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1147727188998987776/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 Yes, there’s that, but what are your plans for wind power subsidies and ethanol levels in gasoline? Payments to soybean farmers? Lifting Trump’s tariffs? How would you bring back the Chinese buyers? How lift the commodity futures on pork bellies? How leep rural hospitals open?

NewYorker, Eren Orbey: Kamala Harris Takes Her Post-Debate Momentum to Iowa http://bit.ly/2FWesF0 //➔ what will Iowans, with among the oldest homes in the country, a black pop. of 3.4% and recent flooding, think of Harris’s plan for black home ownership?
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1147727360378179585/photo/1

NYT: Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren Introduce Racial Equity Plans http://nyti.ms/2JguvQe

RollingStone, Peter Wade: Russian State TV Laughs at Trump’s Fourth of July Parade http://bit.ly/2L4GLp1
// Commentators called the celebration “weak” and “low energy”

TheHill: Democrats test limits of oversight powers on Trump http://bit.ly/2XN1Vhf

CNBC: Here’s how lawmakers plan to grill Mueller during his public testimony http://cnb.cx/2Jj5PXj “Republicans will likely press the former FBI director to respond to accusations of political bias in the government and on his own investigative team”

WaPo, Michael Morell: Trump and Barr are crossing another line http://wapo.st/2JqI1zF “the Justice Department has no standing to review the CIA’s analytic judgment. The whole idea is inappropriate and dangerous”
// Michael Morell was the deputy director of the CIA from 2010 to 2013 and twice its acting director.

⭕ 5 Jul 2019

💽 MSNBC, Rachel Maddow Show: Trump attacks intel leaders alarmed by Russia’s support for Trump http://on.msnbc.com/2NDywCp
// Rachel Maddow looks at all of the people in senior positions in U.S. intelligence and the FBI who sought to understand the attack on the election by Russia and thwart it on behalf of the United States who ultimately found themselves part of a systematic series of attacks by Donald Trump and his supporting media.

💽 MSNBC, DeadlineWH: Mueller’s upcoming testimony has Team Trump preparing for battle http://on.msnbc.com/2XtZ4pw
// Former US Attorney Joyce Vance, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, Princeton professor Eddie Glaude, Move On’s Karine Jean-Pierre, and MSNBC anchor Joy Reid on Trump and his allies preparing for Mueller’s open testimony on Capitol Hill

DailyBeast, Tom Schachtman: How to Bungle an Impeachment http://bit.ly/32n23nk Salmon P Chase, a signer of the Declaration
// Here’s how things can go wrong when your party controls the government, and the target is an ill-tempered, democracy-loathing rascal.

CommonDreams, Bill Blum: Here Are 10 Questions Congress Should Ask Robert Mueller http://bit.ly/2L74jJU
// Given the chance the lawmakers will soon have, here’s what I would ask

1. Why did it take a subpoena to persuade you to testify?
2. Has anyone, within or outside the Trump administration, pressured you not to testify?
3. Do you agree that the redacted portions of your report should be released to Congress and the public?
4. What is the difference between “collusion” and “conspiracy”?
5. Did you find any evidence that Russian interference affected the outcome of the presidential race?
6. If it’s wrong for other nations to meddle in our elections, isn’t it equally wrong for the U.S. to intervene in the elections of other nations?
7. Your report cites several instances of possible obstruction that are supported by “substantial evidence.” What do you mean by that term?
8. But for the Department of Justice’s position that a sitting president cannot be prosecuted, would you have recommended the indictment of Trump?
9. Is your report a road map for impeachment?
10. If no one is above the law, whose job is it to hold the president accountable?

MiddleEastEye: Dania Akkad and Ian Cobain: George Nader: How a convicted paedophile became key to an Emirati hook up with Trump http://bit.ly/2YD4jEG
// Former colleagues recall Nader, who is facing up to 40 years in prison on a child pornography charge, as a ‘village idiot’ who was obsessed with money

⭕ 4 Jul 2019

TheHill: Texas may cost Trump 2020 http://bit.ly/2FYCZJL

LawfareBlog, Mikhaila : The Mueller Report and the Limits of Theatrics http://bit.ly/2XqpJZ4
// Review of Robert Schenkkan‘s production “The Investigation” based on the Mueller Report

⭕ 3 Jul 2019

USAToday, Paul Brandus: It’s fine to talk to dictators, whether you’re Trump or Obama. But don’t embarrass America. http://bit.ly/2XPlju8
// Trump’s coziness with strongmen isn’t making America great again in the eyes of the world. Our favorability has dropped everywhere but in Russia.

Forbes, Pedro Nicolaci da Costa: Celebrating America’s First Independence Day Under A President Who Wishes He Were King http://bit.ly/2XG9Dda

🐣 Follow @280Report The Mueller Report in Tweets ♡ ི•̮͡• ᤢ ྀ ♡

🐣 RT @SethAbramson Tanks in the streets of DC. Concentration camps on our southern border. A POTUS who says he’s going to work with our enemies to gain reelection. An executive branch defying SCOTUS orders. America, on the eve of your birthday you’re much closer to closing up shop than you realize.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Oh, IDK… Bowing to Putin? Palling around with Kim Jong Un? Denigrating America’s place in the world? Spitting on our intelligence community? Kids in cages, moms told to drink from toilets? Tanks on the streets to celebrate our Independence à La Russe? https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1146422792398745601

⭕ 2 Jul 2019

TheNationalInterest, Dmitri Simes: Trump-Putin Meeting: Where Does Russia Go from Here? http://bit.ly/2YCpczF
// Moscow is betting that somewhere down the line, Washington will change its mind about Russia. All it has to do is wait.

🐣 RT @mkraju How members-turned-lobbyists patrol the Capitol, popping into prayer breakfasts, hanging in off-limit hallways and storing their luggage in senators’ offices — as David Vitter did a few days ago. He wouldn’t answer our questions about his work for a Russian oligarch. Our piece: 💽 https://twitter.com/mkraju/status/1146172576944676864/photo/1

🐣 RT @MollyMcKew Some days I wake up & wonder if I’m still asleep inside a troll farm matrix, trapped in endless looped memetic content about race wars/hatred of American flag on one side, vs near-Nazi tactics/fascist panderings on other. ¤ If we learn nothing from 2016, we’ll get what we deserve.

🐣 RT @nytopinion Donald Trump may be transforming American politics into a kleptocratic fascist reality show, but as least he’s humiliating John Bolton, writes @michelleinbklyn
⋙ NYT, Michelle Goldberg: The Welcome Humiliation of John Bolton http://nyti.ms/2KRZzI0
// A warmonger is the latest to lose his dignity to Donald Trump.

‼️ 🐣 RT @VickerySec Russia sucker punched the King (US) and has continued with a series of right jabs and left hooks. Everybody knows that if you are going to take a shot at the King, you had better kill him. Because there will not be a second chance, and you will not survive the inevitable revenge. 📌 https://mobile.twitter.com/VickerySec/status/1145998453811474434
⋙ 🐣 RT @VickerySec Translation: They are all-in with their chips on this. They have chosen to make this game zero-sum. Russia will either become *the* world power, or they will face the provoked destruction they will have rightly come to deserve.
⋙ 🐣 RT @VickerySec Don’t fool yourself into thinking all the little stuff is just petty squabbles. Look at the big picture and realize this is potential end-game content being played out. ¤ Our best defense is showing people what our adversaries are doing and proving those acts truly are effective.
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🐣 RT @VickerySec It’s a coordinated attack. Everyone must see it for what it is. You are being directly assaulted. The auditory bullets are aimed at each of our faces and the vocal bayonets are being thrust into each of us. ¤ The warfare medium is different, but the end result is equal.

⭕ 1 Jul 2019

CNBC, Michael Ivanovitch: Trump is laying groundwork for a new world order built around the US, China and Russia http://cnb.cx/2XvKYZA

NYMag, Adam Raymond: Republicans Prepare to Badger Mueller at First Public Hearing http://nym.ag/2Xrteyp

OpenSecrets: Russia paid radio broadcaster $1.4 million to air Kremlin propaganda in DC http://bit.ly/2LtdUdg RM Broadcasting LLC aka Sputnik
// Florida-based company RM Broadcasting LLC has officially registered as a foreign agent with the Justice Department after a federal judge ordered it to do so in May. 

The Russian government sent more than $1.4 million to a Florida-based company airing Kremlin propaganda in the nation’s capital over the last two years, according to recent foreign agent registration records.

U.S. District Court Judge Robin Rosenberg ruled that RM Broadcasting should be registered as a foreign agent under FARA due to its relationship with Rossiya Segodnya, the Russian government’s media enterprise that owns Sputnik International and was created by Vladimir Putin to advance Russia’s interests abroad.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Trump talks to Tucker Carlson about his desire to withdraw US troops and “get out of a lot of areas,” complains: ¤ “We’re the policeman for the whole world. You know, if you look at Russia, Russia doesn’t police the world. Russia has — you know, they police Russia.” ¤ @MatBabiak
📌 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1145900890341236736

DailyBeast: Team Trump’s Game Plan to Destroy Mueller: Hound Him About ‘FBI Lovers’ http://bit.ly/2ROChmO
// GOP lawmakers, prominent allies, and legal advisers to Trump want to turn Mueller testimony into a hostile referendum on the “deep state” and zero in on Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

WashingtonMonthly, Martin Longman: Why Robert Mueller Has to Become the Bad Guy http://bit.ly/2Xhuy1I

Given that Robert S. Mueller III’s findings supposedly amounted to “total exoneration” for President Trump, you might be puzzled to learn that Trump’s top allies are spending enormous amounts of time scheming about how to undermine the former special counsel’s credibility and cast doubt on those findings.

With Mueller set to testify to Congress on July 17, Politico reports that Trump’s leading Republicans defenders in the House are putting together a new battle plan that will finally expose the Mueller investigation once and for all as the fraud it has always been.

Politico: Trump’s House allies lie in wait for Mueller http://politi.co/2RPx1zx //➔ good luck with that: Mueller’s a decorated Marine
// Democrats aren’t the only ones in Congress dying to hear from the former special counsel.

TheBulwark, Kim Wehle: The American Public Needs to Hear These 10 Things from Robert Mueller http://bit.ly/2xxiWO1
// His appearance before two House committees can clear up the waters that Bill Barr has muddied.

● What facts show that the Russian government engaged in criminal activity with respect to the 2016 U.S. presidential election? (Recall that Mueller issued two voluminous conspiracy indictments on this subject. They are well-worth a read.)
● What facts, if any, show that the Russian government’s influence in the 2016 election had (or may have had) an adverse effect on the validity and weight of the millions of votes cast by individual Americans in the 2016 presidential election?
● What facts, if any, show that the Russian government is continuing to engage in ongoing criminal activity in connection with the upcoming 2020 presidential elections?
● In your professional judgment as a former FBI director, what steps must the United States take now to stop or minimize Russian interference in the 2020 presidential election?
● What is the legal difference between conspiracy and collusion? (Barr has irresponsibly muddied the waters here. Collusion is not a legal concept, period.)
● Why did you decline to reach a conclusion as to whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia? (See above.)
● Does the law require that a person actually obstruct an investigation in order for that person to be guilty of the crime of obstruction of justice? (Again, Barr has irresponsibly muddied the waters here. The clear answer is no.)
● In your professional judgment, why does federal statutory law makes it a crime to obstruct justice? (The goal of this one is to explain why we penalize obstruction of justice, i.e., it keeps the criminal justice process legitimate and fair for the rest of us.)
● In your professional judgment, does Volume II of the report detail sufficient evidence of obstruction of justice to support an indictment by a grand jury and possible conviction of a private citizen for the crime of obstruction of justice? (This is a biggie.)
● Was it ever your expectation that Congress would investigate matters addressed in the report as part of its routine oversight prerogative and/or as part of an impeachment process? (This question aims to educate people on how and why the Constitution tasks Congress with something called impeachment.)

⭕ 30 Jun 2019

Politico (6/30): Russia beating U.S. in race for global influence, Pentagon study says http://politi.co/2LuFTt1
// A divided America is failing to counter Moscow’s efforts to undermine democracy and cast doubt on U.S. alliances, says the report, which warns of a surge in ‘political warfare.’

Axios: Report: U.S. is underestimating Putin’s “grand strategy” for Russian dominance http://bit.ly/2IZQgmY
⋙ WhitePaper (May): Russian Strategic Intentions [pdf] http://bit.ly/323vrP1 167p

A new report prepared for the Pentagon suggests that the U.S. is underestimating the scale of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “grand strategy” for dominance on the world stage, and that inaction in the face of Russia’s malign influence activities poses a serious threat to U.S. national security.

“Contrary to conventional analysis, after two decades under Vladimir Putin, Russia represents an ideological challenge to the West, not just a political and military rivalry. Although NATO continues to possess impressive overmatch against Moscow, that edge is dwindling, and Western vulnerabilities in certain military areas are alarming. Moreover, the unwillingness of Western experts and governments to confront the ideological — as well as political and military — aspects of our rivalry with Putinism means that the threat of significant armed conflict is rising.”

ForeignPolicy, James Traub: Trump’s Ego Is Officially a Foreign Policy Crisis http://bit.ly/2IYiH4Q
// Throughout American history, a lack of presidential empathy has triggered international calamity.

🐣 RT @neal_katyal The author of this piece, Don Ayer, is just about the last person one would expect to use words like this. He is mild-mannered, conservative, deeply balanced. That he has this to say about Barr says a tremendous amount. It’s a must-read article.
🐣 RT @gtconway3d A *brutal* assessment of Bill Barr by Don Ayer, who served with Barr in the first Bush administration as Deputy Attorney General.
💙💙 ⋙ TheAtlantic, Donald Ayer: Bill Barr’s Dangerous Pursuit of Executive Power http://bit.ly/2xrKsvX
// He is using the office he holds to advance his extraordinary lifetime project of assigning unchecked power to the president.

Politico, Bryan Bender: Pentagon study: Russia outgunning U.S. in race for global influence http://politi.co/2LuFTt1
// A divided America is failing to counter Moscow’s efforts to undermine democracy and cast doubt on U.S. alliances, says the report, which warns of a surge in ‘political warfare.’

⭕ 29 Jun 2019

⭕ 28 Jun 2019

🐣💙 RT @StandUpAmerica Mueller said: “There were multiple systematic efforts to interfere in our election. And that allegation deserves the attention of every American.” ¤ We’re paying attention—are you? ¤ It’s time for an #ImpeachmentInquiryNOW. Text IMPEACH to 21333 if you’re with us. 💽 https://twitter.com/StandUpAmerica/status/1144607222619607040/photo/1

// great video of Mueller Report

🐣 RT @businessinsider From the report to the press conference to the forthcoming testimony — here’s what you need to know about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings
💽 https://twitter.com/businessinsider/status/1144981346563104769/photo/1

NYT, Roger Cohen: Trump Fast-Forwards American Decline http://nyti.ms/2NiKLUF
// The “savaging of American diplomacy,” as seen by one of the State Department’s finest.

WaPo, Paul Waldman: Trump sucks up to Putin, embarrassing us yet again http://wapo.st/2RHHYTu

🐣 RT @matthewamiller Dead on. And I think the beginning of the 2020 cycle, marked by the first debates, is going to make the political system even more incapable of responding in real time, for better or worse. People will start giving up on checking him, and move on to replacement.
⋙ 🐣 RT @michelleinbklyn All the biggest Trump scandals are concentrated into this week. His administration is torturing children. He’s credibly accused of rape. He’s joking with Putin about murdering journalists. And our political system has lost the capacity to respond.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews #Russia’s state TV finds it amusing that Trump was sucking on a mint, apparently concerned about the freshness of his breath, while waiting for Putin to arrive. ¤ #G20Summit #G20 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1144621077760487425/photo/1
⋙ He told the guy on the Access Hollywood tape that he used breath mints because when ‘I see beautiful, I just start kissing them … ‘
♡ ི•̮͡• ᤢ ྀ ♡

🐣 RT @JenniferJJacobs Trump also bonded with Putin over a scorn for journalists. ¤ “Get rid of them. Fake news is a great term, isn’t it? You don’t have this problem in Russia, but we do.” ¤ “We also have,” Putin answered, in English. “It’s the same.” ¤ They shared a chuckle.
📌 https://twitter.com/JenniferJJacobs/status/1144523828921372672
↥ ↧
🐣 Dead Russian Journalists ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1144596043889336320/photo/1

Politico: Trump can’t help himself when it comes to Putin http://politi.co/2XFM8AR
// Every time the president has a chance to cast aside doubts about his relationship with the Russian leader, he does the opposite.

⭕ 27 Jun 2019

🐣 RT @peterbakernyt Asked by reporters if he would tell Putin not to meddle in the elections, Trump said, “Yes, of course.” He turned to Putin and, in a lighthearted way, said, “Don’t meddle in the election.” Then he wagged his finger and repeated, “Don’t meddle in the election.”

🐣 RT @McFaul Yes. I’ve been writing about this Putin plan for a while now. I call it the “Illiberal International.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @patti_foss Going a step further ~ Don’t you think this has been the plan between Putin & all far right nationalist leaders? A new alliance? This is same talking points of this admin. There’s a reason GOP is protecting Trump from all things Russia. Election interference just got in their way

🐣 RT @McFaul The liberal, democratic world has been here before— in the 1930s, 1950s and 1970s — when autocrats proclaimed our era over. Don’t bet against us just yet !
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Vladimir Putin says liberalism has ‘become obsolete’
⋙⋙ FT: Vladimir Putin says liberalism has ‘become obsolete’ http://on.ft.com/2XeVTGT
// In an exclusive interview with the FT, the Russian president trumpets growth of national populism

🐣 RT @rosshen69908962 The Mueller Report:
1. Paid for itself through Manafort
2. Found ample evidence of collusion, but not criminal conspiracy.
3. Found ample evidence of obstruction of justice
4, Called on Congress to deal with the evidence
5. Stated that DoJ policy made it impossible to indict

🐣 RT @Edsall Summary of the Mueller Report, for those too busy to read it all http://amzn.to/2xi8A49 … via @amazon

⭕ 26 Jun 2019

DailyBeast, Barbara McQuade: 10 Questions Congress Should Ask Mueller http://bit.ly/2Jef49J
// It’s not just about Trump. We need to know more about Russia and more about Barr.

🐣 RT @sarahcwestwood I asked President Trump whether he will ask Putin not to meddle in the 2020 election during their meeting. He said what he speaks to Putin about this week is “none of your business.”

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Four reasons Mueller’s agreement to testify is a big deal http://wapo.st/2RCiNlg

First, this is possibly the only way to dispel the notion that Mueller found “no collusion, no obstruction.” In fact, he didn’t look for “collusion,” which is not a crime, but came up short finding a criminal conspiracy. Nevertheless, he found that the president and his campaign welcomed Russian interference and thought it would help Trump win.

Second, while truth-telling is a benefit unto itself, Mueller’s testimony has the potential to move public sentiment. No matter what he says, he will not sway hardcore Trump supporters who believe nothing negative about their cult leader. However, it is not hard to imagine him shifting public opinion in the way that the Watergate hearings shifted public sentiment in favor of impeachment.

Third, Mueller’s testimony may both alleviate and increase pressure on Pelosi to begin impeachment hearings.

Fourth, while Mueller is unlikely to discuss his conversations with Barr, committee members and/or counsel can read portions of Barr’s original summary, testimony and news conference to Mueller and then ask if the statements are true. … Barr is unlikely to come off as a straight shooter after Mueller lays out the facts discussed in the report, facts that contradict Barr’s spin.

WaPo, Greg Sargent: How Mueller’s testimony could expose one of Trump’s biggest crimes http://wapo.st/2FAastB

Handled correctly, this could shine further light on one of Trump’s biggest crimes — by which I mean moral crimes: the degree to which Trump’s obstructive conduct actually did frustrate an investigation into a foreign attack on our political system, and how he obscured his own eagerness to work with Russia in spite of it, in various nefarious ways.

Schiff tells me that beyond whether criminality occurred, another big question is whether there were “conflicts of interest” that “resulted in U.S. policy favoring Russia against the interests of the American people.”

Trump’s refusal to sit for an interview. Mueller’s report explicitly states that the special counsel informed Trump’s lawyers that an interview was “vital” and in the public interest. Trump submitted written answers instead. But Mueller’s report says Trump claimed more than 30 times that he did not remember the information he was being asked about, which demonstrated the “inadequacy of the written format.”

Trump’s negotiations over a Trump Tower Moscow: Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, tells me that Democrats will ask Mueller expansive questions about Trump’s negotiations over the real estate project in Moscow …

The Trump Tower meeting and Donald Trump Jr.’s refusal to be interviewed. The Mueller report states that Trump “declined to be voluntarily interviewed” by Mueller, who wanted to ask him in particular about the infamous Trump Tower meeting.

As Benjamin Wittes notes, this suggests Trump might have asserted his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination and that as a result, Mueller might have been unsatisfied about what he could learn about Trump’s participation in the meeting.

Mueller could clarify that Trump’s refusal to testify impeded efforts to learn that — which would make both the meeting and that refusal to testify look more serious.

Other contacts between Trumpworld and Russia. The Mueller report established extensive connections between various Trumpworld figures and Russia that constituted efforts to conspire with Russian electoral sabotage. But the report also notes that some officials “affiliated with the Trump campaign lied” to investigators, which “materially impaired the investigation.”

McQuade tells me Democrats can ask Mueller: “What were the questions about links to Russia that you were unable to answer as a result of these obstructive acts?”

WaPo: Trump lashes out at Mueller, accusing him of a crime ahead of planned congressional testimony http://wapo.st/2ZLZwkk

A report made public in December said that the Justice Department inspector general could not recover texts from the phones assigned to Strzok and Page for their work with Mueller because by the time investigators requested the devices, they had been reset in preparation for others to use them.

The report detailed glitches that complicated the inspector general’s ability to recover and review messages exchanged during a five-month period ending the day Mueller was appointed.

But the inspector general wrote there was “no evidence” that Strzok and Page “attempted to circumvent” the FBI’s data-retention policies, and the “content of the text messages did not appear to be a factor” in whether and how they were retained.

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYRB, Murray Waas: Timeline of Deceit: From Trump’s Draft to Rosenstein’s Cover Story http://bit.ly/2RAy3PO

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks On this date in 1973, former White House Counsel John W. Dean began testifying before the Senate Watergate Committee, implicating top administration officials, including President Richard Nixon as well as himself, in the Watergate scandal and cover-up.

⭕ 25 Jun 2019

Politico Mag, Andrew Weiss: Trump’s Confused Russia Policy Is a Boon for Putin http://politi.co/2XsTZlW
// And it isn’t helped by the imminent departure of several staff with expertise on the subject.

NYT Mag, Sarah Topol: What Does Putin Really Want? http://nyti.ms/2RDyFEr
// Russia is dead set on being a global power. But what looks like grand strategy is often improvisation — amid America’s retreat.

WaPo: Mueller to testify to Congress in open session about his investigation http://wapo.st/2KEmcj8

NYT: Robert Mueller to Testify Before House Committees http://nyti.ms/2xbjF7a

🐣 RT @JakeSherman Remember what Robert Mueller said: “Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report. … [T]he report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress.”
⋙ 🐣 That’s fine. Many will be hearing what’s actually in the report for the first time.

MSNBC, 11th Hour: What questions should Congress ask Robert Mueller when he testifies? http://on.msnbc.com/ 2xfwptq
// What questions should members of Congress ask fmr. Special Counsel Robert Mueller when he testifies in July? Frank Figliuzzi, Jeremy Bash, and Joyce Vance give us their take.
⋙ 🐣 “Has AG Barr committed obstruction of justice in the way he represented the findings of the investigation to the public?”

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before Congress pursuant to subpoena. ¤ Russia attacked our democracy to help Trump win. Trump welcomed and used that help. As Mueller said, that should concern every American. ¤ And now, every American will get to hear directly from Mueller.

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 Executive privilege 1. Does not apply to Mueller as he was not an advisor to the president and 2. Was waived regarding every fact included in the Mueller report. Why? Because Trump said he’d let Barr decide if executive privilege should be invoked. It was not = waived. Period.

💽 MSNBC, 11thHour: What we can and cannot expect to hear from Mueller when he testifies to Congress http://on.msnbc.com/2LfyvBT
// What topics will Mueller answer questions about? What will he not be willing to discuss? We break down what we can expect when the former special counsel testifies on Capitol Hill in July. Frank Figliuzzi, Jeremy Bash, and Joyce Vance give us their take.

‼️ 🐣 RT @realDonaldTrump Presidential Harrassment!

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 IT IS HAPPENING.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Breaking: Inbox: Today, House Judiciary Chair Nadler and House Intelligence Chair Schiff announced that Special Counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify pursuant to a subpoena before both the Judiciary and Intelligence Committees in open session on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

🐣 RT @ewarren The Mueller report made clear that the president obstructed justice multiple times. If he were anyone else, he’d be in handcuffs. Attorney General Barr can try to cover for the president all he wants, but the American people deserve to hear the full truth from Mueller himself.

🐣 RT @MSNBC BREAKING: In response to subpoenas, Robert Mueller has agreed to testify publicly before Congress on July 17, House Judiciary and Intel Cmte. chairmen announce. [Letter:] https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1143690652271697920/photo/1

💙💙🐣 🔆 This❗️⋙ RT @RepJerryNadler I am pleased to announce that @HouseJudiciary and House Intel will have Special Counsel Robert Mueller testify in open session on July 17, pursuant to a subpoena issued this evening. http://bit.ly/2X7S9Xt We look forward to having Mr. Mueller testify, as do all Americans.
https://twitter.com/RepJerryNadler/status/1143685672148131840/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 But but but – what if Trump invokes Almighty Infinite Eternal Executive Privilege?

🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade Mueller noted that false and incomplete statements, deleted communciations and encrypted apps caused “gaps” in his investigation. What did Trump and his campaign conceal? My thoughts in @just_security
⋙ JustSecurity, Barbara McQuade: Did Trump and His Team Successfully Obstruct Mueller’s Investigation? http://bit.ly/2FK8NC7

🐣 RT @kyledcheney SCHIFF says a Mueller subpoena would likely be *two* subpoenas — one from Judiciary, one from Intel. Asked whether he and Nadler would make the decision separately, he said “We’re linking arms.” ¤ He declined to say if Mueller might actually *want* a subpoena

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Bolton grins next to his Russian counterpart, Nikolai Patrushev, who claims that U.S. drone was shot down inside Iranian airspace and calls U.S. evidence “unprofessional” and of “poor quality.” Patrushev asserts that #Iran has always been and remains Russia’s ally and partner. 📌 https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1143493965540409344
⋙ Source 1: Haaretz: Contradicting Trump, Top Putin Adviser Says U.S. Drone Downed in Iranian Airspace http://bit.ly/2IJwuw3
// At first-ever trilateral meeting in Jerusalem, National Security Adviser Bolton says U.S. ready for Iran to engage in ‘real negotiations’
⋙ Source 2: Tass: Russian security chief slams attempts to put Iran on par with IS as inadmissible http://bit.ly/2YcHZl0
// Iran is a contributor to the fight against terrorism and the settlement of the conflict in Syria, according to the official

RFE/RL: Austrian Supreme Court Upholds U.S. Extradition Request For Ukrainian Tycoon Firtash http://bit.ly/2X52cYN

VIENNA — Austria’s Supreme Court has upheld a decision allowing a request by the United States to extradite Ukrainian tycoon Dmytro Firtash, the latest twist in the case for the oligarch who has been fighting against extradition since his 2014 arrest in Vienna.

Following the court ruling on June 25, a final decision will be made by the country’s justice minister on whether to follow through with the request.

U.S. authorities have been investigating Firtash, 54, since 2006 on suspicion of bribery and forming an organized crime group.

A former business partner of U.S. President Donald Trump’s ex-campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and one of Ukraine’s wealthiest men, Firtash has been charged in a U.S. federal court in Chicago, as part of an alleged bribery scheme involving titanium supplies for aircraft giant Boeing.

He also was considered an important financier of the former ruling Party of Regions party, and was involved in hiring Manafort, then a U.S. political consultant and lobbyist, in 2005 to help rebuild the party after its then-leader, Viktor Yanukovych, was defeated for the presidency by Viktor Yushchenko following the 2004 Orange Revolution.

Firtash also had a brief partnership with Manafort in 2008, to invest in New York City real estate, though that deal never materialized.

Manafort was Trump’s campaign chairman in 2016, until he was fired that August, amid revelations about his extensive work in Ukraine.

⭕ 24 Jun 2019

TIME, Barbara McQuade and Joyce White Vance: These 11 Mueller Report Myths Just Won’t Die. Here’s Why They’re Wrong http://bit.ly/2ZJLfoi

Politico: These 3 lawmakers know the secrets in Mueller’s report http://politi.co/2NbHC9m //➔ Reps Val Demings (D-FL), Eric Swalwell (D-CA), John Ratcliffe (R-TX)
// They’ve got special access because they sit on both the Intelligence and Judiciary committees.

🔆 This❗️⋙ RawStory: AG Bill Barr killed 7 Robert Mueller investigations — 10 days after he submitted his report http://bit.ly/2FveFyR

🐣 We’re going to need impeachment hearings for the next 12 months to drown out the sounds of the circular firing squad. @SpeakerPelosi @LeaderHoyer @RepJerryNadler @RepAdamSchiff @RepCummings

💽 🔆 This❗️⋙ LawWorksAction.org: TheInvestigation: A Search for the Truth in Ten Acts http://bit.ly/2xdUHnL Video
// long: https://lawworksaction.org/the-investigation/

https://youtu.be/8zUblhfv6GI
(Starts after 5 minutes or so)

⭕ 23 Jun 2019

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks Today is June 23, the anniversary of #Watergate’s #SmokingGunTape. I know because I was one of the prosecutors in the case how devastating it was. Today I see the #MuellerReport as the #SmokingGun of #Trumpgate. It proves obstruction of justice and calls for Congressional action.

🐣 RT @maggieNYT POTUS told @GStephanopoulos he read the Mueller report. He told @chucktodd he read the “conclusion.”

🐣 RT @Irenie_M Rep. Adam Schiff on Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifying to House leaders: “I hope that we’ll reach that decision this week because we want to have him come in during July … whether it is voluntary or involuntary by subpoena” #CNNSOTU
💽 https://twitter.com/Irenie_M/status/1142800245912477696?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 22 Jun 2019

⭕ 21 Jun 2019

🔄 🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade If you haven’t read the Mueller Report, watch the movie:
💙💙 ⋙ 🐣 RT @nowthisnews Exclusive: De Niro, @robreiner, @SophiaBush, @StephenKing, @jvn, and more are cutting through the Trump administration’s lies about the Mueller report
💽 https://twitter.com/BarbMcQuade/status/1142096240555044865?s=20/photo/1

Politico: Nadler: Hope Hicks testimony is huge gift in legal battle with Trump http://politi.co/31Qavv5
// In an exclusive interview, Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler also said Democrats would soon sue former White House Counsel Don McGahn.

NBCNews: Manafort and Hannity exchanged hundreds of text messages about Mueller-Russia probe http://nbcnews.to/2N3ayAo
// “The media is trying to split me with DT and family by lies and untruths,” Manafort wrote to Hannity in August 2017. “It is such a dirty game.”

🐣 RT @brhodes Iran incoherence and danger of unnecessary war. Children detained in horrific conditions. Rising risk of economic downturn. Constitutional norms gutted. It takes time for a President’s actions to become manifest in consequences. Now we see them unfolding before our eyes.

⭕ 20 Jun 2019

AlterNet: Andrew McCabe rains hell on ‘insanely stupid’ Trump in epic rant — then calls for impeachment hearings http://bit.ly/2Iu4eO3

WaPo, Ellen Weintraub: Foreign spending in our elections is a threat to our national sovereignty http://wapo.st/2J0KKiQ Weintraub is chair of the Federal Election Commission

🐣 RT @HouseJudiciary The President has said he is open to receiving information from a foreign adversary. In fact, by stating publicly that he would accept help from a foreign government, he may well have encouraged more foreign influence operations against our democracy.

🐣 RT @RepSwalwell And that is why @SenBlumenthal and I are serious about the Duty to Report Act. Protecting the integrity of our elections should not be a partisan issue. It is time for Congress to act now.
⋙ 🐣 RT @HouseInSession Former White House communications director Hope Hicks told the House Judiciary Committee privately that she believed President Donald Trump was “serious” when he said that he would accept information about a rival from a foreign source, said the panel’s chairman, Nadler.

⭕ 19 Jun 2019

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman This is batshit insane. The woman in charge of negotiating arms control with Moscow got married in 2017 and the person who officiated her wedding was…. Russian spy Maria Butina’s bf Paul Erickson.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JoshRogin Exclusive: State Department official Andrea Thompson, who is in charge of negotiations with Moscow, didn’t disclose ties to the boyfriend of Russian agent Maria Butina
⋙⋙ WaPo: State Department official didn’t disclose ties to the boyfriend of Russian agent Maria Butina http://wapo.st/2FliDKi

🐣 RT @MaddowBlog “The investigation includes a review of Deutsche Bank’s handling of so-called suspicious activity reports that its employees prepared about possibly problematic transactions, including some linked to President Trump’s son-in-law… Jared Kushner…”
⋙ NYT: Deutsche Bank Faces Criminal Investigation for Potential Money-Laundering Lapses http://nyti.ms/2WRAcaP

✅ WaPo FactChecker: Fact-checking President Trump’s reelection campaign kickoff http://wapo.st/2Flbae8

NYT, Peter Goodman: Globalization Is Moving Past the U.S. and Its Vision of World Order http://nyti.ms/2IqmTtR

DailyBeast, Michael Weiss: Trump Invited New Russian ‘Information’ About Opponents. Europe Knows Where That Leads. http://bit.ly/2IQmuQu
// The trouble with inviting foreign countries into your political system is that once they accept the invitation they never leave.

⭕ 18 Jun 2019

🐣 RT @TrinityResists Trump “won”
MI by 10,704 votes–16 EV
PA by 44,292 votes–20 EV
WI by 22,748 votes–10 EV
Combined Trump won* by a scant 77,744 votes—0.062%
Polls—Clinton will win
Russia—46 Electoral Votes installed him in the WH
GOP—We’ll do Nothing to secure elections
Trump—I’ll cheat again
⋙ WaPo, Henry Olsen: Trump’s chances in 2020 aren’t nearly as bad as people think http://wapo.st/2WQynQr

Newsweek, Karine Jean-Pierre: Democrats Can Both Impeach Trump and Win 2020 http://bit.ly/2WSpDEm

🔆 This❗️⋙ NBCNews, Barbara McQuade and Joyce Vance: Mueller’s report may be completed, but his work isn’t done. And that’s what we told Congress. http://nbcnews.to/2KZN9NB
// It seems like every day brings new allegations about the Trump administration’s conduct. The volume of them can be overwhelming, but we can’t allow ourselves to lose focus.

Politico: Dems to grill Hope Hicks on alleged Trump obstruction http://politi.co/2Zy5uFc

TheAtlantic, Peter Wehner: Trump’s Sinister Assault on Truth http://bit.ly/2MUme8q
// The president appears committed to destroying the very idea of facts.

Politico Playbook: Trump’s two worlds http://politi.co/2L0iLCr

🐣 RT @thedailybeast “Trump knows he won in 2016 by spewing racism and bigotry; now he’s behind in the 2020 polls and has the power of presidency to amplify his vicious messaging. This will be more hateful than anything we’ve seen yet, or than most of us have even imagined.”
⋙ DailyBeast, Dean Obeidallah: Trump’s 2020 Plan: Amplify White Supremacists and Promote Fear and Hate http://bit.ly/2XVgxIn
// We’ve seen this play before. But now it isn’t coming from a stunt candidate but from a sitting president desperate to avoid a humiliating rejection by American voters.

TheHill: Russia warns US is trying to ‘provoke war’ with Iran http://bit.ly/ 2KZaWNm

TheBulwark, Philip Rotner: How to Impeach Donald Trump http://bit.ly/2WOFQ2r
// The Republican Senate won’t do it. The Democratic House won’t do it. But there is a way, if Nancy Pelosi wants to do it.

… [R]un a stealthy, undeclared impeachment process. Call it an investigation, call it oversight, call it anything you want—but don’t call it impeachment. In fact, make a big show of being against impeachment because it would be so divisive, and such an obstacle to the House doing its real job of work for the American people. And while you’re doing that, call witnesses, force Trump to stonewall, and win one court battle after another.

Then wait until the presidential campaign is in full swing—when it’s too late to get to an impeachment vote—and announce that the president has left you no choice but to start a formal impeachment inquiry: We might not be able to remove, or even impeach him, but we owe a duty to the Constitution and to future generations not to turn a blind eye to his misconduct.

Never finish. ¤ Right up to the election.

⭕ 17 Jun 2019

💙💙💽 PBS: All of the Mueller report’s major findings in less than 30 minutes http://to.pbs.org/2XOhHbH

BusinessInsider, David Choi: Navy SEAL officer who oversaw the Bin Laden raid suggests Trump could learn about ‘integrity’ from Obama and Bush http://bit.ly/2WXqngA Retired US Navy Admiral William McRaven

Crooks&Liars, Susie Madrak: John Oliver Explains Why He’s Now In Favor Of Impeaching Trump http://bit.ly/2IqXDnr
// “I know that we’ve all become numb to Trump by this point, but moments like that really shock you out of your stupor and make you think, ‘Oh hang on, that guy’s got to be impeached.'”

🐣 .@SteveKornacki Hillary didn’t lose because of Trump’s successful campaigning, but because of Comey, Russia and Trump’s buying off his mistresses in the last couple of weeks, a crime for which he is an unindicted co-conspirator.

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks On this anniversary, we must learn Watergate’s lessons and see the danger of Trump and Barr’s repetitions of Nixon’s “if I do it, it’s not illegal.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @SpiroAgnewGhost Chilling to read this NYT op-ed from the 1st anniv. of Watergate, June 17, 1973, 46 yrs ago tmrw. ¤ Read it & compare to what we are living through now. This was 8 days before John Dean’s riveting, explosive testimony that revealed Nixon’s deep complicity in a massive cover up. https://twitter.com/SpiroAgnewGhost/status/1139998592330977280?s=20/photo/1
// 6/26/1973; NYT: “Subverting America”

🔆 This❗️⋙ Mediaite: Shock Fox News Poll: 50 Percent of American Voters Want Trump Impeached http://bit.ly/2ImMnIK It’s time! @SpeakerPelosi @LeaderHoyer @RepJerryNadler @RepAdamSchiff @RepCummings
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1140932036343083009?s=20/photo/1
// Poll: 6/9-12

🐣 RT @voxdotcom “The actual timeline of events in 2016 suggests that if anything, the FBI’s actions were a net positive for Trump’s campaign, not a negative. But that reality is inconvenient for Trump, so he’s trying to rewrite history.” — Vox’s Aaron Rupar
⋙ Vox, Aaron Rupar: Trump accidentally undercuts his own “deep state” FBI conspiracy theory http://bit.ly/2XSLjlf
// Trump thinks Obama had it out for him in 2016. George Stephanopoulos debunked that idea with one question.

WaPo, Dana Milbank: Trump’s mental gymnastics are incomprehensible http://wapo.st/2FhEtOI

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Calling this highly unusual doesn’t even begin to capture how strange it is for the no. 2 official at DOJ to intervene in a state custody issue.
⋙ NYT: Paul Manafort Seemed Headed to Rikers. Then the Justice Department Intervened. http://nyti.ms/2ZqGHD4
// The decision came after Attorney General William Barr’s top deputy sent a letter to state prosecutors. Mr. Manafort will now be held in a federal lockup while he faces state charges.

🐣 RT @DalaiLama Ideas may travel from the top down, but the movements that put them into effect have to work from the bottom up. I am encouraged to see young people trying to bring about positive change. Confident because their efforts are based on truth and reason—therefore they will succeed.

🐣 RT @brianklaas To put this into the US context, the equivalent would be 83 million Americans taking to the streets. https://twitter.com/brianklaas/status/1140636817320030209?s=20
// Hong Kong

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💽 Crooks&Liars: All Of The Mueller Report’s Findings In Under 30 Minutes! http://bit.ly/2Rl8GBq
// PBS does a national service, outlining the Mueller Report in a half hour video.

RollingStone, Jamil Smith: Please Stop Thinking This Will Be a Fair Election http://bit.ly/2FhfhrT
// President Trump declared his willingness to betray the country, and Republicans are ready to help

Politico, Anita Kumar: Inside Trump’s plan to battle the 15 investigations facing him http://politi.co/2IonlsE
// Unlike most other candidates who face allegations of wrongdoing, he hopes to use them as part of a strategy that he hopes will help win him re-election.

🐣 I just read that entire transcript of GeorgeS’s extended interview with Trump. He is seriously out of touch with reality, truly delusional, refuses to accept factual correction. His thinking is bizarre. I don’t know how anyone can stand to work for him. Scary.

NYT, Neal Katyal: Trump’s Abuse of Executive Privilege Is More Than a Present Danger http://nyti.ms/2ZxkmDN
// He’s probably making it harder for future presidents to govern.

Politico: Christie, Lewandowski and Manafort eyed as Dems’ new star witnesses http://politi.co/2Y1vOXW
// House Democrats are prepping a new oversight strategy to circumvent Trump’s stonewalling.

⭕ 16 Jun 2019

WaPo, Ron Fournier: Will impeachment backfire on Democrats? Not if they do it right. http://wapo.st/31IZStW

TheGuardian, Peter Stone: Barr’s ‘investigation of investigators’ sparks fears for efforts to thwart Russia http://bit.ly/2ZonjGW
// Investigation into Mueller report origins could hamper attempts to combat Kremlin meddling in 2020 election, ex-officials say

🐣 RT @jamilsmith What they lack in preparation, policy expertise, and adherence to any semblance of legal standards, this administration certainly makes up for with its empty machismo, transparent gaslighting, and consistent anti-intellectualism.
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar On Fox News Sunday, Mike Pompeo nearly blows a gasket when Chris Wallace asks him very straightforward questions regarding Trump’s comments about how he wouldn’t contact the FBI if he’s offered dirt on a 2020 opponent by a foreign government.
💽 https://twitter.com/JamilSmith/status/1140384079277203457?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Justin_Halpern My dad was on the U.S.S Maddox, the boat that was “attacked” that started the Vietnam war. He said no one could understand why they were in the Tonkin gulf until one officer at breakfast goes “they sent us here to get blown up so they can start a war they really want to start.”

🐣 Trump seems to be a throwback to an earlier, more brutal, tribal age, before the emergence of systems of laws other than force and subjugation. Or something went drastically wrong with his upbringing. Some might say he’s Nietschean. It’s scary how many people fall in line.

Newsweek: Chris Christie: Trump ‘Really Thinks’ It’s Normal to Accept Dirt From Foreign Governments on Political Opponents http://bit.ly/2wWSaOL
⋙ 🐣 Trump doesn’t understand laws, norms or ethics and assumes those who say they are guided by them are just saying so to gain advantage or else are “suckers” or “losers.”

HuffPo: Trump Accuses New York Times Of Treason For Story On U.S. Attacks On Russian Power Grid http://bit.ly/2MQrrOm
// The newspaper shot back that Trump’s own officials made clear they had no security concerns about the article.

🐣 RT @peterdaou Wow. Half the country believes the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia to get him elected. ¤ The logical conclusion of that belief is that Trump isn’t a legitimate president.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JesseFFerguson New FOX NEWS poll.
Do you think Trump campaign coordinated w/ Russians during ’16 campaign?
YES: 50%
NO: 44%
March 2019
Yes: 44%
No: 42%
Jan 2017
Yes: 40%
No: 52%
**the more you know**
https://twitter.com/JesseFFerguson/status/1140259242965962753?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @tribelaw Linda Greenhouse: “Should the House Democrats take a cue from Tribe and proceed to impeachment despite the seeming impossibility that the Senate would vote—by the constitutionally required two-thirds majority—to convict Trump and remove him from office?”
⋙💙💙 NYRB, Linda Greenhouse: The Impeachment Question http://bit.ly/2wYlqVc

🐣 RT @joshscampbell The President accidentally undercuts the “Deep State” claim by admitting a leak about the FBI’s investigation before the election would have been fatal. ¤ “Had that gone out before the election, I don’t think I would have had enough time to defend myself.”
⋙ 🐣 He should thank Comey, McCabe, Strzok and Page, anyone of whom could have leaked it.

🐣 RT @ And how soon should we expect Trump to order Attorney General Barr to open an investigation of Pentagon officials based on this @nytimes reporting? Given that AG Barr has all the independence of a tapeworm, he will comply.
⋙ 🐣 RT @GlennKirshner2 Whereas this is a prudent move to protect our country from a reckless, lawless, Russia-controlled president, it further demonstrates the need for impeachment. We should not have to resort to a shadow “government within a government” to secure our nation.

⭕ 15 Jun 2019

🐣 RT @Comey Political candidates and elected officials should not talk about the future prosecution of any individual. Law enforcement decisions must be apolitical.

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom It is hard to read this tweet in any way other than: “I am terrified that Vladimir Putin will read this story and believe it, so I will say that it is not true and attack the NYT for reporting it.” ¤ The President’s very personal fear of Putin is palpable.
⋙ 🐣 RT @real Do you believe that the Failing New York Times just did a story stating that the United States is substantially increasing Cyber Attacks on Russia. This is a virtual act of Treason by a once great paper so desperate for a story, any story, even if bad for our Country….. […] …..ALSO, NOT TRUE! Anything goes with our Corrupt News Media today. They will do, or say, whatever it takes, with not even the slightest thought of consequence! These are true cowards and without doubt, THE ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE!

🐣 RT @davidfrum The US military is not briefing the US president on major cyber warfare operations against a hostile foreign power because they do not trust the president not to betray those operations to that hostile foreign power.
🐣 RT @davidfrum If the military is wrong about the president, if he should be trusted, then we have here the worst breach of civilian supremacy over the military since … ever, right? ¤ But if the military is right … what do we have then?
⋙ 🐣 ⋙ 🐣 The military is split. Officers are skeptical of Trump, but the rank-and-file support him.

🐣 RT @MarkWarner The President is making it quite clear that he wants the Senate GOP to obstruct any attempt to prevent future foreign election interference.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ real https://twitter.com/MarkWarner/status/1139643602353688577?s=20

🐣 RT @tribelaw The ironclad case for impeachment is that every day he remains in power he is a mortal danger to the United States. Punish him later, through the criminal process. But begin the process of EXPELLING him immediately — by starting an #ImpeachmentInquiryNow

WaPo, Paul Kane: Pro-impeachment Amash insists he hasn’t changed but Republican Party has http://wapo.st/2XfKvK2

NewYorker, John Cassidy: The Stephanopoulos Interview Is Another Fine Mess for Trump http://bit.ly/2IkP9OJ

NYT: In Face-Off With Iran, Escalation May Depend on Who Prevails Inside Washington and Tehran http://nyti.ms/2XgGh4K

🐣 RT @SethAbramson (THREAD) This thread discusses the difference(s) between the OPPOSITION RESEARCH conducted by the Democrats in 2016 and the CRIMES committed by the GOP candidate for president during the 2016 campaign. I hope you’ll share this thread with anyone who you think might be interested. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1140076913202884608?s=20

🐣 RT @kasparov63 Asha gets to the core of Trumpism, and other aspects of crumbling democratic norms. People like Trump don’t ask WHY things are wrong if those things are useful to them personally. They look only at the consequences, good or bad.
📌 https://twitter.com/Kasparov63/status/1140018935787642880?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ LINT. I didn’t see this question being asked or answered on TV, so beyond the question of “is it legal” to accept oppo research from a foreign government, let’s ask WHY it’s wrong. What are the practical and policy reasons we’d not want a presidential candidate to do this? 📌 https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1139167644240793600?s=20

🐣 So now he knows (someone will point the article out to him like, say, Putin). Then what? What is the NYT trying to do? What are the sources trying to do? What if Trump shuts it down? This scares me.
🐣 RT @CarlBildt This is dangerous: US puts potentially crippling malware into the Russian energy grid. Russia is certain to do its utmost to prepare at least reciprocal capabilities against civilian infrastructure in Western countries.
🐣 RT @brianklaas Trump accused a newspaper of treason today. He once again used a Stalinist term to incite violence against the press. It won’t be a big story for even a few hours. That’s creeping authoritarianism. The unthinkable has become routine. And as he gets away with it, he grows worse.
⋙ NYT: U.S. Escalates Online Attacks on Russia’s Power Grid http://nyti.ms/2MNAKi8

Two administration officials said they believed Mr. Trump had not been briefed in any detail about the steps to place “implants” — software code that can be used for surveillance or attack — inside the Russian grid.

Pentagon and intelligence officials described broad hesitation to go into detail with Mr. Trump about operations against Russia for concern over his reaction — and the possibility that he might countermand it or discuss it with foreign officials, as he did in 2017 when he mentioned a sensitive operation in Syria to the Russian foreign minister.

Because the new law defines the actions in cyberspace as akin to traditional military activity on the ground, in the air or at sea, no such briefing would be necessary, they added.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Fmr. U.S. ambassador to the U.N. Susan Rice: “I hope very much that the American people do not forget the difference between right and wrong, normal and absolutely abnormal, which is what we’re experiencing in these times.”
⋙ MSNBC, RachelMaddow: Rice: Trump shows ‘extraordinary disregard for our democracy’ http://on.msnbc.com/2ZriYmc
// Susan Rice, former national security advisor to President Obama, talks with Rachel Maddow about Donald Trump’s stated openness to receiving illegal foreign help to his campaign and the threat that poses to the United States.

🐣 RT @MalcolmNance What the hell? So Iran allegedly fired on a Reaper Drone? Why would this information be kept from us? Was the Reaper over Iranian waters? This makes the case for believing Trump even WORSE. #NotBuyingIt
⋙ 🐣 RT @sfrantzman New information from CNN says a US Reaper drone was fired on before the tanker attack incident, now in this timeline
⋙⋙ MiddleEastCenter: Timeline and details: June 13 Gulf of Oman tanker “attack” http://bit.ly/2RjJb3p

⭕ 14 Jun 2019

TheHill, Kristal Ball: This is just the start of American authoritarianism http://bit.ly/2XjjVQ7

WaPo, Max Boot: Trump sycophants jump to cover the president’s claim that he’ll break the law http://wapo.st/2WNHEbK

TPM, Nicole Lafond: The 6 Wildest Moments From Trump’s Latest ‘Fox And Friends’ Phone-In http://bit.ly/2Zvjsrp

🐣 .@JoyAnnReid Accepting anything of value from a foreign national to help win an election is already illegal. Proposed legislation nixed by Blackburn would have codified requirement to report any such offers to the FBI. Other bills would shore up voting systems, etc.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub: “It’s actually a matter of black-letter law. It’s pretty straightforward. Anyone in the U.S. is not allowed to accept anything of value from a foreign national, particularly a foreign government, in connection with an election.”
⋙ MSNBC, MorningJoe: FEC chair: Entire US gov’t. must speak out http://on.msnbc.com/2XNAOzo
// FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub issued a statement Thursday on campaigns accepting foreign aid the day after the president said he’d consider taking information on opponents from other countries. Weintraub joins Morning Joe to discuss.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Trump’s incoherent walk-back won’t help http://wapo.st/2MODMCZ

🐣 Trophy wife. Porn model. Gold digger. Illegally worked on tourist Visa. Chain migration. Plagiarist. Doesn’t do 10% of work other FLs have done. Worst FL ever.

🐣 How about reparations for the Irish immigrants who were considered subhuman and were starved out of Ireland. In America, they were considered less valuable than slaves because they weren’t property and were put to work digging canals and building railroads in the 1850s.

🐣 RT @atrupar In which Trump accuses former White House counsel Don McGahn of lying under oath. ¤ This clip is an illustration of how the coverup is ongoing.
💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1139598446137085959?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @TheHill Sen. Mitt Romney: “That would be simply unthinkable for a candidate for president to accept that involvement, to encourage it, to participate with it in any way, shape or form. It would strike at the very heart of our democracy.” http://hill.cm/ZgpTOJx
💽 https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1139593594837147649?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade Trump’s dispute of McGahn’s story of obstruction makes it more important than ever to question McGahn under oath before Congress and the public.
⋙ WaPo: Trump says McGahn ‘may have been confused’ when he said Trump directed him to pursue Mueller’s firing http://wapo.st/2ZrLGDz

Salon, Chauncey DeVega: Yale psychiatrist Bandy Lee: Trump’s mental health is now a “national and global emergency” http://bit.ly/2FcfRqy
// Dr. Bandy Lee convened experts to study the Mueller report. They conclude that Trump “can no longer see reality”

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub: “It’s actually a matter of black-letter law. It’s pretty straightforward. Anyone in the U.S. is not allowed to accept anything of value from a foreign national, particularly a foreign government, in connection with an election.”
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, MorningJoe: FEC chair: Entire US gov’t. must speak out http://on.msnbc.com/2XNAOzo
// FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub issued a statement Thursday on campaigns accepting foreign aid the day after the president said he’d consider taking information on opponents from other countries. Weintraub joins Morning Joe to discuss.

Politico [EU]: Russian groups targeted EU election with fake news, says European Commission http://politi.co/2wRsh2E
// Analysis finds ‘continued and sustained disinformation activity.’

🐣 RT @tribelaw “How could these most deadly foreign adversaries of republican government better gratify their desire to gain an improper ascendant in our councils . . . than by raising a creature of their own to the chief magistracy of the Union?” — ALEXANDER HAMILTON, 1788

🐣 RT @ABC EXCLUSIVE: Pres. Trump tells @GStephanopoulos he never suggested firing special counsel Robert Mueller—and what ex-White House counsel Don McGahn told Mueller “doesn’t matter.” https://abcn.ws/2Ie3Bb3
💽 https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1139466281864876032?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 13 Jun 2019

USAToday, Michael Stern: ‘I think I’d take it’ is the last straw. Nancy Pelosi, it’s time to impeach Trump. http://bit.ly/2IOv96a
// Don’t let an emboldened Trump commit ethical and criminal violations with no repercussions. It’s demoralizing for Democrats and politically risky.

NewYorker, Susan Glasser: Forget “No Collusion.” Trump Is Now Pro-Collusion http://bit.ly/2Iiqtq1

✅ WaPo FactChecker, Glenn Kessler (Apr): What the Steele dossier said vs. what the Mueller report said http://wapo.st/2wW296W

✅ PolitiFact (2018): The FBI, the Steele dossier and wiretapping, explained http://bit.ly/2oYc0oL

✅ PolitiFact: How pundits defended Trump’s ABC interview, and why it’s misleading http://bit.ly/2KkoZxI

🐣 RT @MSNBC Fmr. National Security Adviser Susan Rice on Pres. Trump: “The real question is if he’s not playing on America’s team, then whose interest is he serving? Is it just his own personal, political, and financial interests, or is it somebody else’s?”
⋙ MSNBC, MitchellReports: Susan Rice reacts to Trump saying he’d take foreign info on opponents http://on.msnbc.com/2Ig2BTJ
// The president says he would accept assistance from a foreign government in the upcoming 2020 election. Former National Security Advisor, Susan Rice, joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss.

TheHill: Trump campaign says it will handle foreign intel offers on ‘case by case basis’ http://bit.ly/2F9JcC7

🐣 RT @RussiaUN #Nebenzia: There’s a need to unite in order to achieve one of the most important goals of today – launch a regional dialogue aimed at establishing a security architecture in #PersianGulf, where now tension around #Iran is being artificially inflated. #LAS
https://bit.ly/2XL3fho)

WaPo: U.S. military intelligence steps up accusation against Russia over nuclear testing http://wapo.st/2IflPJd
// The new statement from the Defense Intelligence Agency amounted to a more direct accusation against Russia, which has vehemently rejected the accusations.

WaPo, Todd Stern: The real reason Nancy Pelosi is ducking impeachment http://wapo.st/2KiT8NH

In short, the time of reckoning is upon us. Of course, there are risks in moving forward, but the risks of not doing so are greater. Taking into account principle, precedent and politics, the House should open an impeachment inquiry, upholding its separate but equal power to do its sworn duty. Now is a moment for clarity, toughness and spine. History is watching.

Politico, Darren Samuelson and Natasha Bertrand: Trump smashed months of FBI work to thwart election interference http://politi.co/2x1UIex
// Trump’s willingness to accept foreign assistance has essentially invited overseas spies to meddle with 2020 presidential campaigns, undoing months of work, said law enforcement veterans.

NYT: Trump Assailed for Saying He Would Take Campaign Help From Russia http://nyti.ms/2IEpZcQ

🐣 RT @joshscampbell After the President suggests he might break the law, the Federal Election Commission reminds the world that breaking the law is in fact illegal. ¤ No word yet from the Justice Department.
⋙ 🔆 This❗️⋙ 🐣 RT @EllenLWeintraub [FEC Chair] I would not have thought that I needed to say this.
https://twitter.com/EllenLWeintraub/status/1139309394968096768?s=20/photo/1
// Statement Regarding Illegal Campaign Contributions From ForeignGovernments

“It is illegal to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election. … Any political campaign that receives an offer of a prohibited donation from a foreign source should report that offer to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi It should go without saying: if a foreign adversary offers a candidate any assistance, they shouldn’t only not accept it — they should report it to the FBI. #LawlessPresident

🐣 Iran, please rid us of this meddlesome president.
🐣 China, you’re our only hope. Please hack the @RNC and get dirt on Trump to release during our elections. It’s fine by him.
🐣 China, if you’re listening – @realDonaldTrump says it’s okay for you to interfere with our election.

TheAtlantic, David Frum: Trump’s Astonishing Confession http://bit.ly/2XFUnts
// The president said he would accept information from foreign countries if it were to help his presidential campaign.

WaPo: Gillibrand’s vilification of pro-life people proves how hopeless she is http://wapo.st/2XLbTwm

WaPo, Max Boot: Trump has bragged that he will break the law http://wapo.st/31ApuJx

CNN: Sen. Lindsey Graham on Trump comment: Accepting foreign political dirt a ‘mistake’ http://cnn.it/2KKILSt

Axios: Republican Senator Marsha Blackburn blocks bill requiring campaigns to alert FBI to foreign assistance http://bit.ly/2Rnq093

🐣 RT @TheHill Rep. Adam Schiff: “I don’t think they’re at all equivalent. In the one case, you have a candidate making a public appeal to a hostile foreign power to break the law on his behalf. That’s what Donald Trump did. Nothing Hillary Clinton did is even remotely like that.” 💽 https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1139259054117834753?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @stuartstevens I’ve dealt with oppo research for 30 plus years. Clinton campaign hired a firm that researched Trump’s business. He did business in Russia (lied about it.)That research is standard. Receiving information from intelligence service of hostile foreign power is totally different.

🐣 RT @vermontgmg [Garrett Graff] Today should mark the start of an all-out press by the DC media to force the GOP to accept or repudiate Trump’s comments on foreign interference. Trump isn’t the Dems’ problem; he’s the GOP’s problem.

🐣 Both John McCain and Christopher Steele himself gave the “Steel dossier” to the FBI. That’s how Comey got it.

🐣 [To @embolina95] Yes, you’re right. What House Dems are actually trying to require is reporting any foreign contacts of help to the FBI. It’s been a “norm” but not a law. Actual accepting help is currently illegal.

🐣 RT @LincolnsBible House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in 2016: ‘There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump’
⋙ LATimes: House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy in 2016: ‘There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump’ – http://lat.ms/2WDedo2
// 2016

🐣 RT @tedlieu Hey @realDonaldTrump: ¤ Can you accept a campaign donation from the Queen, the Prince & leaders of foreign powers? NO. In the same way, you cannot knowingly accept campaign assistance of a material value from foreigners. It’s ILLEGAL under the Fed Election Campaign Act. ¤ Get it? https://twitter.com/tedlieu/status/1139171626141081600?s=20

WaPo, Aaron Blake: Trump just mused openly about committing what might well be a crime http://wapo.st/2Rhsfuj
// Donald Trump Jr. wasn’t charged for soliciting Russian help in 2016. What Trump Sr. describes now about accepting foreign help in 2020 is different in two key respects.

🐣 RT @JackiSchechner Steele went straight to the FBI. He was an ally, not a foreign adversary. ¤ Also, he told the FBI.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kenvogel LINDSEY GRAHAM STATEMENT: “It should be practice for all public officials who are contacted by a foreign government with an offer of assistance to their campaign … to inform the @FBI & reject the offer.” ¤ *BUT: Graham then goes on to criticize Democrats over the STEELE dossier. https://twitter.com/kenvogel/status/1139177918872072194?s=20/photo/1

Vox, Matthew Yglesias and Andrew Prokop: The Steele dossier, explained Republican senators want the author of the “pee tape” document arrested. http://bit.ly/2KfP2pJ
// 2/2/2018

Medium: Anti-Abortion Hypocrisy Has Never Been Clearer http://bit.ly/2WF7M3M
// If every fertilized egg is life, why don’t Republicans legislate IVF?

Esquire, Jack Holmes: The President Just Proudly Declared He Would Collude in 2020 http://bit.ly/2wStXZE
// Donald Trump said in public he will betray the country and the Constitution. Does he have to say it on a secret tape for the House of Representatives to act?

WaPo: Trump cites frequent meetings with foreign leaders to try to justify comments on accepting opposition research http://wapo.st/2KiyQEm

Hullabaloo, Heather Digby Parton: Russia, if you’re listening … http://bit.ly/2XDFzeV
// Trump believes that anyone who likes him and wants to help him win is his friend, regardless of their motives.

🐣 RT @juneday864 Seeing the predictable “whatabout-ism” re: the Steele dossier. For one thing, note — when Sen. John McCain received a copy of the Steele dossier, he *contacted the FBI.* https://twitter.com/juneday864/status/1139182441434927106?s=20

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Sorry, Mr. President, wrong again. ¤ You eagerly took foreign help in the 2016 election and want it again. ¤ When a foreign national offered info relevant to our investigation — not election — we informed the FBI before and after the call. ¤ It’s called ethics. You should try it.
⋙ 🐣 RT @real … When @RepAdamSchiff took calls from another person, also very successfully purporting to be a Russian Operative, did he call the FBI, or even think to call the FBI? NO! The fact is that the phony Witch Hunt is a giant scam where Democrats,…

TheAtlantic, Peter Nicholas: Trump Didn’t Learn Anything From 2016 http://bit.ly/2KgqrkL
// Somehow the president hasn’t yet absorbed that embracing foreign interference in an election can bring about a world of hurt.

🐣 Trump’s statements make the GOP’s counter-narrative that there was no reason to open an investigation on him even more ridiculous. Of course there was. ¤ Trump has declared there is nothing wrong with colluding with an enemy to win an election.

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Trump just invited another Russian attack. Mitch McConnell is making one more likely. http://wapo.st/2XIvrlb

🐣 Trump is a “clear and present danger” to national security. He has violated his Oath of Office to defend the U.S. “against all enemies, foreign and domestic.” @SpeakerPelosi

⭕ 12 Jun 2019

Salon (6/12): Yale psychiatrist Bandy X. Lee on Trump: “His state has been steadily deteriorating for some time” based on the Mueller Report http://bit.ly/32cuLHu
// Lee recently prepared a definitive mental health analysis of the Mueller report, which is gathering signatures

Newsweek: Russia Wants U.S. to Know That If Iran Deal Fails, It Will Be Donald Trump’s Fault http://bit.ly/2IdrU90

🐣 RT @HeathaT Three things wrong in @GOPLeader claims here.
1. The dossier info was first paid for by a Republican, Paul Singer, not Dems.
2. John McCain turned the #SteeleDossier over to the FBI
3. The FBI investigation into Trump started before anyone had the dossier.
⋙ 🐣 RT @LizRNC The Dems paid a foreigner to travel the world trying to drum something up against @realDonaldTrump
“And when they could not find it, they made it up” [?]
They took the lies to the FBI, who never checked it, & used it to spy on Americans
“Where is the outrage there?” – @GOPLeader

🐣 RT @ScarletAvengers GOP Congressman @DavidJollyFL ¤ is calling on Congress and urging the impeachment of donald trump after the Stephanopoulos interview. ¤ Jolly exited the Republican Party a few months ago after having had enough of their sycophancy and their lack of moral standing on everything trump.
⋙ .@DavidJollyFL says Trump’s comments that he’d accept political dirt from a foreign power in the next election are an “impeachable moment.” ¤ Learn more: nbcnews.to/2RdLc0R #11MSNBC #11thHour 💽 https://twitter.com/11thHour/status/1139014384582369280?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance This, by definition, the end of democracy. If only the president can determine whether the president’s conduct breaks the law, Trump can be president forever.
⋙ 🐣 RT @bradheath Trump’s lawyers argue in a new D.C. Cir. brief that Congress does not have the power to investigate whether the president broke the law. They say only the executive branch – the people who work for the president – is allowed to determine whether the president broke the law. https://twitter.com/bradheath/status/1138194820252483584?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: As Democrats deepen probes, Trump accuses them of being ‘totally out of control’ http://wapo.st/2F6TrY2

NYT, Thomas Edsall: The Meritocracy Is Under Siege http://nyti.ms/2KN4fy6
// Are we merely reproducing privilege or is there something to salvage in the system we have now?

NYT: Justice Dept. Seeks to Question C.I.A. in Its Own Russia Investigation http://nyti.ms/2WGFzOH

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🐣 RT @MarkWarner If the President and his campaign can’t be trusted to do the right thing and report foreign interference to the FBI, then we need to make it a legal requirement by passing my bill, the FIRE Act.
🐣 RT @stuartstevens Trump is telling every kid to cheat when you can get away with it, every employee to steal when no one’s looking, every American to cheat on taxes because you won’t get caught, every politician to betray America if it helps you win. Normalize this, Republicans. Have at it.
🐣 RT @JohnWDean How do we think Trump would react if a foreign government gave his opponent information about him? He’d go ballistic, and seek prosecution. But Donny doesn’t believe the law applies to him. No rules. This man is disgusting, duplicitous, and dangerous!
🐣 RT @gtconway3d Not fit to hold any office of public trust. Not fit to hold any position of private trust. Not fit to hold any position that requires him to put someone else’s interests above his own. That’s because, among other things, he’s a pathological narcissist.
🐣 RT @nealkatyal Not. Fit. To. Be. President.
🐣 RT @selectedwisdom Well – there you have it. Free-for-all In 2020. Criminals, foreign countries, anyone can do whatever they want to help their preferred candidates and candidates (according to the President) are free and clean of all liability. Russia gets an open door from President Trump.
🐣 RT @tribelaw Trump tells America: “I would gladly betray you to retain power.” What more does @SpeakerPelosi need to hear before starting an #ImpeachmentinquiryNOW? @Lawrence @RadioFreeTom @RepJeffries @RepJerryNadler @RepRaskin
🐣 RT @michelleinbklyn The failure to impeach leads directly to this
🔆 This❗️⋙ ABCNews: ‘I think I’d take it’: In exclusive interview, Trump says he would listen if foreigners offered dirt on opponents http://abcn.ws/2IdTd3b

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WaPo: Trump says he’d consider accepting information from foreign governments on his opponents http://wapo.st/2KN6bXa

NYT: Trump Says ‘I’d Take It’ if Russia Again Offered Dirt on Opponent http://nyti.ms/2KdytuJ

🐣 RT @TheHill Former Prosecutor Andrew McCarthy: “I would just add that I think by taking the meeting, and I don’t think you need a lot of training for this, by taking the meeting, you’ve made yourself beholden to Putin in terms of however he wants to characterize it down the road.” 💽 https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1139029880253886465?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, George T Conway III and Neal Katyal: Trump just invited Congress to begin impeachment proceedings http://wapo.st/2WBRBsG

🔆 This❗️⋙ DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: Every Member of Team Trump Is Now Enabling Treason http://bit.ly/2F6FYPD
// On Wednesday, Trump confirmed he treats his oath to serve the United States faithfully with the same contempt he’s given to his wedding vows and business contracts.

🐣 What if @RepJerryNadler, @RepAdamSchiff, @RepCummings @RepMaxineWaters all threatened to resign their posts? @SpeakerPelosi @LeaderHoyer

🐣 RT @ForeignAffairs .@FareedZakaria writes that the question now is whether, as U.S. power wanes, the international system it sponsored—the rules, norms, and values—will survive. Or will America also watch the decline of its empire of ideas?
⋙ ForeignAffairs, Fareed Zakaria: The Self-Destruction of American Power http://fam.ag/2MKfVUS
// Jul-Aug 2019; Washington Squandered the Unipolar Moment

💙💙 🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade It’s clear America has not read the Mueller Report. People still gasp when they hear about conduct described in it. Mueller always intended for us to read the 8-page summaries. Read them here: 1) http://bit.ly/2WHuoFq 2) http://bit.ly/2Ib9ndA

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson If you’re wondering if the President of the goddamn United States just invited foreign intelligence agencies to hack and spy on his political opponents, he did.

🐣 RT @tribelaw Trump tells America: “I would gladly betray you to retain power.” What more does @SpeakerPelosi need to hear before starting an #ImpeachmentinquiryNOW? @Lawrence @RadioFreeTom @RepJeffries @RepJerryNadler @RepRaskin

🐣 RT @joshtpm “I don’t think in my whole life I’ve ever called the FBI. In my whole life. You don’t call the FBI. You throw somebody out of your office, you do whatever you do. Oh, give me a break – life doesn’t work that way.” #badaboombadabing
🐣 RT @joshtpm Told the FBI Director Says You Shouldn’t Take Foreign Info but Rather Call FBI, Trump Says “The FBI Director is Wrong.”
⋙ TPM: Trump Tells ABC: Sure, I’d Collude Again http://bit.ly/2WGFVF3

🐣 RT @CitizenWonk This is the 2020 Russia, if you’re listening moment
⋙ 🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff When the Russians offered dirt on Clinton in 2016, the Trump campaign enthusiastically accepted. ¤ Today, the President made it clear he would do it all over again, saying everyone does it. ¤ No, they don’t. ¤ Trump does nothing if not project his own lack of ethics onto others.

🐣 They think everyone thinks like them. If not, they’re weak or a sucker. No idea of law, ethics or morality. It‘s a mobster’s worldview.

🐣 If the @FBI had closed it’s counter-intel investigation into Trump, it’s time to reopen it. @RepAdamSchiff

CNN: George Conway: Trump sends ‘invitation to commence impeachment proceedings’ http://cnn.it/2Rb04gF

🐣 RT @SethAbramson Trump just told us he’d try to steal the 2020 election by getting assistance from other countries, including hacked materials. He JUST TOLD US. If he’s allowed to run in 2020, the election is a joke before it begins. THIS is what happens when you don’t hold criminals accountable.

🐣 RT @20committee Unlike our 45th President, I do not use the T-word casually. ¤ But, it now fits Donnie — like a glove. Based on his very own words. ¤ In our politics, the worst American without secret foreign encumbrances is preferable to the best American with them.

🐣 RT @joshscampbell Just incredible. The President says “the FBI Director is wrong” in claiming that a campaign approached by a foreign government should notify authorities.
💽 https://twitter.com/joshscampbell/status/1138942347989794816/photo/1

🐣 RT @stuartstevens It’s interesting. Trump just called every Congressman a traitor. The Republican elected officials who think they will be remembered for anything other than the stance they took to Donald Trump are in a fantasy. He’s our George Wallace. The bills Wallace signed are long forgotten.
⋙ 🐣 RT @caitlyncollins Two of Trump’s reasons for why someone shouldn’t call the FBI if they’re offered information on opponents from foreigners: ¤ “The FBI doesn’t have enough agents to take care of it.” ¤ “But you go and talk, honestly to congressmen, they all do it.”

🐣 I guess this is the point where we just lay back and let it happen. No one is going to help. What a nightmare. @SpeakerPelosi

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 John Brennan: “This is the definition of a craven and unethical politician … We have somebody in the Oval Office who is not opposed to having foreign governments influence the campaigns and the candidacies of the individuals who aspire to gain our public trust.” @hardball

🐣 Too much “oh, he just does that,” not enough outrage. We’ve become numb, people. Even @RepAdamSchiff on @maddow.

🐣 RT @DavidJollyFL An impeachable moment.

🐣 .@Maddow nails it. #Impeach for collusion.

🐣 RT @McFaul Would love to hear from one Member of Congress from the Republican Party denounce the president’s remarks today. It’s a national security issue, not a partisan issue.

🐣 RT @matthewamiller At some point there’s just not much left to say about Trump. He’s unfit for office, disloyal to the nation, and violates his oath right in front of us over and over again. You either care enough to do something about it or you don’t.

🐣 RT @MSNBC “Two years to get that admission. Two years of the Mueller report and now we have the president’s motive: ‘There is nothing wrong’ with taking dirt from the Russians” ¤ — @HardballChris on President Trump’s comments on accepting foreign help in 2020
⋙ MSNBC, Hardball: Trump: If foreigners offered info for 2020, ‘I think I’d take it’ http://on.msnbc.com/2F7NYAd
// In a stunning admission, the President told ABC News that he has no problem accepting dirt on a political opponent from a foreign power. In fact, Trump denied that foreign help should even be considered election interference.

🐣 Trump has violated his Oath of Office to protect the United States “from all enemies, foreign and domestic.” @SpeakerPelosi It’s time! @RepJerryNadler @RepAdamSchiff @SpeakerPelosi @LeaderHoyer @RepAdamSchiff @RepCummings

🐣 RT @matthewamiller Trump’s belief that campaigns shouldn’t call the FBI if approached by a foreign government is about as unpopular a proposition as you can find in this country.
⋙ 🐣 RT @LawWorksAction 84% of voters — including 75% of Republicans — support Congress passing legislation that would require candidates for federal office and their campaigns to report any contacts with foreign governments or foreign entities to the FBI.
https://twitter.com/LawWorksAction/status/1138951424296017920

🐣 When Trump says “Norway,” he means “Russia.” When he says “maybe” he’d call the FBI, he means he wouldn’t. See, we’re ALL learning his “code.”

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom [Tom Nichols] If any USG employee with a clearance declared “Why yes, I’d talk to a foreign agent and not talk to the FBI,” not only would that person be in violation of security requirements, but the people around that person would be required to report him or her as a security threat.

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom [Tom Nichols] How does Chris Wray not resign now that the President has made clear that he would not inform him of further Russian interference? Or Haspel? Or Coats?

🐣 RT @tribelaw Trump tells America: “I would gladly betray you to retain power.” What more does @SpeakerPelosi need to hear before starting an #ImpeachmentinquiryNOW? @Lawrence @RadioFreeTom @RepJeffries @RepJerryNadler @RepRaskin
⋙ 🔆 This❗️⋙ 🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom [Tom Nichols] “I would take help from a foreign adversary against U.S. citizens running against me and not notify the FBI” is about as clear a violation of the oath to protect and defend the Constitution, against all enemies foreign and domestic, as there could be.

🐣 RT @20committee [John Schindler] Remember 12 JUN 2019. Today was the day a sitting President announced he would accept clandestine help from a hostile power to stay in office. ¤ Translation for the cheap seats: Donald J. Trump, our 45th president, admitted that he is a traitor. On camera.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ EXCLUSIVE: Pres. Trump tells @GStephanopoulos he wouldn’t necessarily alert the FBI if approached by foreign figures with information on his 2020 opponent: “It’s not an interference. They have information. I think I’d take it.” http://abcn.ws/2IdTd3b

USAToday (2018): Fact-checking Donald Trump: What the law says on collusion http://bit.ly/2MNmRjWhttps://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1138960758014992385?s=20/photo/1

The Federal Election Campaign Act, enshrined in the federal code, prohibits foreign nationals, either “directly or indirectly” from making “a contribution or donation of money or other thing of value” to a campaign. It also makes it illegal for a person to “solicit, accept, or receive a contribution or donation” from a foreign national.

Provisions of the U.S. Code, 18 USC §371, “makes it a federal crime for two or more people to conspire ‘to commit any offense against the United States, or to defraud the United States, or any agency thereof in any manner or for any purpose. Agreeing (colluding) with someone for a perfectly lawful purpose, like arranging a game of golf or tennis, is not a crime. But colluding with the Russians, i.e. agreeing to cooperate, encourage or assist them in any way in pursuing anything they were doing that was illegal, is most certainly a crime.” – Stephen Schulhofer

🐣 RT @SethAbramson Trump just did a “Russia, if you’re listening”—except a) he can’t claim he was joking; b) it involves data stolen by governments all around the world, not just Russia; and c) he can’t say he didn’t know what he proposed was illegal. ¤ This can’t stand—we’re not America if it does.

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson I have changed my position on impeachment. ¤ I think it is no longer sufficient.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Libericks

First, Trump secured Clinton’s defeat
When foreigners helped him to cheat;
Then nothing was done
About how he won;
So this time, it’s wash/rinse/repeat.

🐣 RT @tribelaw This legal argument is totally preposterous. It goes even further than saying the president is above the law. It says only the president can investigate whether the president has broken the law. Game over! That’s insane. Actually it’s perfectly logical — in a dictatorship.
⋙ 🐣 RT @bradheath Trump’s lawyers argue in a new D.C. Cir. brief that Congress does not have the power to investigate whether the president broke the law. They say only the executive branch – the people who work for the president – is allowed to determine whether the president broke the law. https://twitter.com/bradheath/status/1138194820252483584/photo/1

🐣 RT @BadJohnBrown I don’t see how hiring an international spy to get Russians to give dirt on your opponent is, from a technical legal perspective, so different from a willingness to hear dirt on your opponent from a Russian. Either way, you have no idea the motives behind giving you the info.
⋙ 🐣 A conservative media org hired FusionGPS to do oppo research. A lawyer for the DNC picked up the contract. The assignment was given to an employee, Steele. The DNC didn’t know who was assigned. Trump’s own aberrant behavior led Steele to the Russians. Steele, alarmed, went to FBI
⋙ 🐣 (2) But the FBI had already opened a case on Trump, after his national security advisor, George Papadopoulos, told an Australian diplomat that the Russians had e-mails from the Clinton campaign.

🐣 .@SpeakerPelosi It’s time‼️

🐣 RT @HardballChris Trump just defended foreign interference in elections. He gave George more than the Mueller report gave us. He showed motive.

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin If Trump has learned anything since 2016, it’s not that welcoming Kremlin assistance is unethical, unAmerican or illegal. Rather, it’s that he and Moscow can get away with it. And if we’re unwilling to show him otherwise before 2020, free and fair elections in America may vanish.
⋙ EXCLUSIVE: Pres. Trump tells @GStephanopoulos he wouldn’t necessarily alert the FBI if approached by foreign figures with information on his 2020 opponent: “It’s not an interference. They have information. I think I’d take it.” abcn.ws/2R8UZp2
💽 https://twitter.com/ThisWeekABC/status/1138936855414607873?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @mkraju Schiff today: “Once James Comey was fired, we no longer continued to get Gang of 8 briefings on this constellation of counterintelligence investigations and we not have had one since, which is a real problem.”

🔆 This❗️⋙ 🐣 RT @digby56 So Trump tells ABC that he would accept dirt on his opponent from a foreign government again and when the news is shared on Fox, right wing robot Mollie Hemingway says this proves the necessity to investigate Hillary Clinton. ¤ I’m not kidding. Then they cut to commercial.

TheHill: Amash breaks with GOP in Barr, Ross contempt vote http://bit.ly/2KJL3Bb

Dkos: Quinnipiac Poll: 69% of voters say prosecuting a sitting president (e.g., Trump) should be allowed http://bit.ly/2KeoOEb

≣ NatRev, Andrew McCarthy: Testimony: The Lessons of the Mueller Probe http://bit.ly/2wOe9qL
↥ ↧
💽💙💙 CSPAN: House Intel Committee on Mueller Report Lessons Learned http://cs.pn/2F6RPNN

🐣 RT @HouseJudiciary It is important to hear from Hope Hicks, who was a key witness for the Special Counsel. Ms. Hicks understands that the Committee will be free to pose questions as it sees fit, including about her time on the Trump Campaign and her time in the @WhiteHouse.

🐣 RT @TheHill Rep. Jerry Nadler: “We are facing a Constitutional crisis. We have a President who believes he is above the law, which he is not, and refuses to be held accountable, which he will be.” 💽 https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1138804394797830146?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @TheHill Rep. Adam Schiff: “For those who have not yet read the Mueller report, and most have not, they might be astonished to learn that a finding of no collusion, much less a finding of no obstruction, is nowhere to be seen on any page or in any passage of the Mueller report.” 💽 https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1138834594399236096?s=20/photo/1

NYT: Trump Asserts Executive Privilege on Census Documents Ahead of House Committee Contempt Vote http://nyti.ms/2MKXgrX

🐣 RT @emptywheel Out of the country. Is this a fair summary: Trump is abusing Presidential power to hide evidence the GOP plans to chest on elections for the next decade, but Democrats don’t think that merits impeachment inquiry?

Politico: Trump looks to squash Amash http://politi.co/2X6AZc7
// The president has discussed with aides backing a primary challenge against the lone Republican impeachment supporter.

⭕ 11 Jun 2019

TheHill: Fox News’s Shep Smith tells viewers ‘everyone in America’ should read Mueller report http://bit.ly/2KMipQ2

📔 FreeRussiaFoundation: Misrule of Law: How the Kremlin Uses Western Institutions to Undermine the West http://bit.ly/2KHDbjC

💽 MSNBC, TheBeatWithAri: Watch AG Barr defender confronted by Mueller’s obstruction facts http://on.msnbc.com/2X56zai
// MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber moderates a fiery debate between John Malcolm, a conservative former DOJ official and witness at Chairman Nadler’s Obstruction hearing and former federal prosecutor John Flannery. Malcolm blames Mueller for putting Barr in a “difficult” situation while Flannery argues Malcolm believes “the president can do anything” and “basically be a monarch”.

WaPo, Ashley Parker: Trump doesn’t want to be impeached — but he is fascinated by ‘the I-word’ http://wapo.st/2WzH78u

WaPo, John Sipher: Trump’s conspiracy theories about intelligence will make the CIA’s job harder http://wapo.st/2wPhZjC
// Enlisting the attorney general to attack the intelligence community is a mistake.

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: House votes to enforce Barr and McGahn subpoenas http://wapo.st/2KQJZM7 //➔ this means all House committees can take their subpoenas directly to court without going through the DOJ whose leadership (Barr) is compromised

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger The stars of the hearing were the two unflappable law professors who explained in direct and concise opening statements, and in their answers, the essential facts of the Mueller case that Trump has tried to either ignore or flat-out lie about
// Barb McQuade, Joyce Vance
⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: The House begins to tell the story of Trump’s criminality http://wapo.st/ 2XbjE1S

🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade And a summary of my testimony to Congress: Trump committed multiple acts of obstruction of justice. His efforts harmed national security by shielding from scrutiny an attack on our country by a foreign adversary. Mueller couldn’t charge but Congress can impeach.

≣ TheHill: Read: Biden to label Trump an ‘existential threat to America’ in Iowa remarks http://bit.ly/2Ia2vNH //➔ beautiful. read it all (you don’t need Scribt, it scrolls); a MorningConsult poll (6/3-9) has Biden at 37% in the primary (next closest 19%)
// transcript

⭕ 10 Jun 2019

TheHill, Bill Nettles: Congress really needs to hold President Trump accountable http://bit.ly/2X3eDIt

Axios, Zachary Basu: John Dean draws 6 parallels between the Mueller report and Watergate http://bit.ly/2ZgpVX9

1. Mueller report: When Trump learned that his national security adviser Michael Flynn had lied to the FBI about his Russian contacts, he told FBI director James Comey in the Oval Office: “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.”
⋙ Watergate: When Nixon learned of his re-election committee’s involvement in the Watergate break-in, he told his chief of staff H. R. Haldeman to have the CIA ask the FBI not to continue the investigation for the sake of the country.

2. Mueller report: Trump admitted in a television interview that he fired Comey because of the Russia investigation.
⋙ Watergate: Dean compared this to the Saturday Night Massacre, in which Nixon fired his attorney general and deputy attorney general for refusing to carry out an order to remove special prosecutor Archibald Cox.

3. Mueller report: After the press reported that White House counsel Don McGahn had threatened to resign over Trump’s order to fire Mueller, Trump directed McGahn to create a false paper trail in order dispute the stories.
⋙ Watergate: Dean wrote that this incident was much like “Nixon’s attempt to get me to write a phony report exonerating the White House from any involvement in Watergate.” Dean also said that Nixon sought to influence his testimony after he began cooperating with prosecutors.

4. Mueller report: In addition to McGahn, Trump also pressured former campaign aide Cory Lewandowski and White House chief of staff Reince Priebus to get Attorney General Jeff Sessions to unrecuse himself and take control of the Mueller investigation.
⋙ Watergate: Dean said that Nixon attempted to exert control over the Watergate investigation through his former counsel John Ehrlichman and top DOJ official Henry Petersen.

5. Mueller report: After news broke of Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russians at Trump Tower, the president dictated a misleading statement that characterized the meeting as about adoptions.
⋙ Watergate: After the Watergate break-in, Nixon’s aides drafted a false press release that claimed the burglars were not operating “on our behalf or with our consent.” Tapes later revealed that Nixon knew the statement was false and suspected that his attorney general had approved the operation.

6. Mueller report: There is evidence that Trump may have “dangled pardons or offered other favorable treatment to Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen and Roger Stone” in return for their silence.
⋙ Watergate: Nixon also dangled presidential pardons to keep witnesses from fully testifying, which he admitted was improper in a conversation with Dean.

The bottom line, according to Dean: Neither the Watergate investigation nor the Mueller probe established that Nixon or Trump conspired to commit the underlying crime (Russian interference in one case and the DNC break-in in the other). Yet Dean argues that “events in both 1972 and 2016 resulted in obstruction of the investigations.”

🐣 RT @OversightDems BREAKING: Chairman @RepCummings schedules vote to hold #AGBarr & #SecretaryRoss in contempt for blocking #Census2020 investigation. We will proceed with criminal and civil actions to enforce the bipartisan subpoenas. Read the report here: https://bit.ly/2K9mSN2 
[Statement:] https://twitter.com/OversightDems/status/1138203365295427585/photo/1

🐣 The House already investigated how the investigation started. It found (even under the GOP) that it started with George Papadopoulos telling the Australian ambassador the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton.

💙🐣 RT @RepMGS A timeline of President Trump’s efforts to get Don McGahn to manufacture evidence and change the story. #CoverUp – at Judiciary Committee Hearing Room https://twitter.com/RepMGS/status/1138177797552259077/photo/1

Newsweek: Mueller Report is ‘Sufficient to Obtain a Guilty Verdict’ on Donald Trump, Law Professor Tells Congress http://bit.ly/2X0cygi

🐣 RT @moscow_project .@JoyceWhiteVance on Trump’s efforts to limit Mueller to investigating future interference: ¤ “We essentially have a president saying, ‘Maybe I’ve robbed banks in the past, but I don’t want you to look at that. I just want you to investigate whether I rob any banks in the future.'”

📊 Dkos, Markos Moulitsas: Civiqs Poll: National support for impeachment is now even, and the reason is Republican Justin Amash http://bit.ly/2XCZTgi
⋙ Reg voters 47/47 ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1138185972607258624/photo/1
⋙ Indies 44/47 ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1138186267504644097/photo/1
// 5/16/2017-6/8/2019

TIME: Watergate Star Witness Calls Mueller Report a ‘Roadmap’ for Investigating Trump http://bit.ly/2wNahGG

🐣 RT @cspan Rep. @Jim_Jordan: “What were you thinking about when you said he’s incapable of accomplishing anything?” ¤ John Dean: “Mr. Jordan, I think that under the parliamentary rules of the house I’m refrained from addressing a full answer your question.”

🐣 RT @ProudResister 25-year Federal Prosecutor and Law Professor @JoyceWhiteVance: ¤ “If anyone other than a president of the United States committed this conduct he would be under indictment today for multiple acts of Obstruction of Justice.” ¤ #ImpeachmentInquiryNow

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 John Dean, asked by Jim Jordan about his Twitter criticism of Trump, says that he cannot describe his thoughts: “Mr. Jordan, I think that under the parliamentary rules of the House, I am refrained from addressing the full answer to your question.” Laughter breaks out.

❤️❤️🐣 RT @jentaub Here we go. The Mueller Report hearing begins. Chairman Nadler gaveling in a bit late. 2:12 p.m. [Livetweet] 📌 https://mobile.twitter.com/jentaub/status/1138146971091423233

NYT: Pelosi and Schumer Are Playing Too Nice http://nyti.ms/2IBEazh
// Maybe they are right to be cautious, but keeping the base at a distance could make it easier for Trump to win again.

DailyBeast: Former U.S. Attorney Tells Congress Trump Committed ‘Multiple Crimes’ http://bit.ly/2X1xXG6
// ‘If anyone other than a sitting president had committed this conduct, I am confident that he would be charged with crimes.’

🐣 Heritage’s John Malcolm: The President is Above The Law (essentially). ¤ I’m glad we cleared that up.

🐣 RT @CAPaction “By seeking to curtail the investigation, President Trump committed an act that threatened the national security of this country…That allegation deserves the attention of every American.” ¤ @BarbMcQuade

🐣 RT @moscow_project @JoyceWhiteVance sums it up: “If you or I had committed this conduct, we would have been charged by now.”

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Joyce Vance: If Trump were not president, “the facts contained in [the Mueller] report would be sufficient to prove all of the elements necessary to charge multiple counts of obstruction … I would be personally willing to try the case and indict the case.”

🐣 🔆 This❗️⋙ @HouseJudiciary hearing on the Mueller report begins at 1:00pm CT
// John Dean, Joyce White Vance, Barbara McQuade ✛ John Malcolm from Heritage Foundation

💙🐣 RT @BillKristol Republican members of Congress announce they will hold the president accountable for obstruction of justice. [Wategate] 💽 https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/1138093913561075714/photo/1

WaPo, Paul Waldman: The intriguing stones Robert Mueller left unturned on Trump http://wapo.st/2R2tayB

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews #Russia’s state TV describes Trump as a self-proclaimed master of the deal, with no deals to speak of. “You will laugh, but Trump doesn’t have a single ratified deal under his belt. He’s only destroying existing deals & agreements,” says top Kremlin propagandist Dmitry Kiselyov.

HouseJudiciary: Nadler Reaches Agreement with DOJ for Mueller Report Evidence of Possible Presidential Obstruction http://bit.ly/2IxhaBv
// House Judiciary Committee to Obtain Key Evidence Underlying Special Counsel Investigation

⭕ 9 Jun 2019

NYT: Justice Dept. Agrees to Turn Over Key Mueller Evidence to House http://nyti.ms/2wNB3P6

NYT: People Are Trying to Figure Out William Barr. He’s Busy Stockpiling Power. http://nyti.ms/2F4sVyh
// Is he the operator who spun the then-secret Mueller report? Or the straight shooter who later disclosed portions that were damaging to President Trump?

Newsweek: George Conway Says Trump’s Poor Mental Health Would Get Him Fired From All Other Jobs http://bit.ly/2F3QGq6

ABCNews: Case opened: Democrats begin public airing of Mueller report http://abcn.ws/2KCRKFb

TheHill: Democrats needle Trump with Watergate witness http://bit.ly/2wHAEOi

NYT: Trump Lawyer’s Message Was a Clue for Mueller, Who Set It Aside http://nyti.ms/31lg2cQ
// John M. Dowd, President Trump’s former lawyer, insinuated in a voice mail message that if Michael T. Flynn provided sensitive information about the Mueller investigation to Mr. Trump’s lawyers, the president would treat him favorably.

WaPo, EJ Dionne: Give Trump an ultimatum on his stonewalling http://wapo.st/2I7yHkN

⭕ 8 Jun 2019

USAToday, David Ayer: Congress and Mueller need to step up and protect America from presidents like Trump http://bit.ly/2MBcqjA
// Congress should pass laws to prevent dangerous norm-smashing by Trump and potential like-minded successors. And Mueller must talk to counteract Barr.

NYT Editorial: The Mueller Report Sounded the Alarm on Election Attacks. Will Congress Act? http://nyti.ms/2Ixiq7L
// Beyond his findings of presidential misconduct, the special counsel made it clear that lawmakers cannot ignore the ongoing risk to the nation.

RT @ForeverLogical Lindsey Graham on removing Bill Clinton from office: “You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic if this body determines your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role.”
💽 https://twitter.com/ResisterSis20/status/1137334668947283969?s=20/photo/1
// 4/18/2018

⭕ 7 Jun 2019

DailyBeast, Erin Banco and Asawin Suebsaeng: House Dems Preparing Investigation of Rudy Giuliani for Ukraine Shenanigans http://bit.ly/2WuuXCp
// The president’s lawyer says he welcomes the scrutiny and plans to turn it to his advantage.

WaPo, Randall Eliason: Was Mueller’s dodge on obstruction a blunder — or brilliant? http://wapo.st/2XvCSMw

CNN: Judge orders FBI to reveal more parts of Comey memos http://cnn.it/2WoCa23

🐣 RT @kenvogel A businessman charged with hiring MIKE FLYNN as part of an illegal US lobbying scheme to extradite an Erdoğan critic is at large & wanted by the @FBI. ¤ But his lawyers on Thursday filed a motion to block federal prosecutors from exposing his communications
⋙ Politico: Flynn’s Turkish lobbying client surfaces, through lawyers, in Virginia case http://politi.co/2MzOZXQ

🐣 RT @kenvogel UPDATE: Judge orders continued detention for GEORGE NADER, a business partner of TRUMP fundraiser ELLIOTT BROIDY & a MUELLER witness, citing some powerful foreign connections (see below). NADER is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Monday on child pornography charges.
⋙ 🐣 RT @BBuchman_CNS In phones recovered by FBI after his arrest Monday, they found texts between between Nader and Emirati Crown Prince Mohammad bin Zayed as well as Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. His contact list included ambassadors to Russia, Qatar and UAE. 📌 https://twitter.com/BBuchman_CNS/status/1137081975540465664

NYT, Quinta Jurecic: 4 Disturbing Details You May Have Missed in the Mueller Report http://nyti.ms/2Zjp7kB
// Some troubling-to-outright-damning episodes have been lost in the noise around its release.

Politico, Natasha Bertrand: New subpoena for Roger Stone’s former aide offers glimpse at ongoing investigation http://politi.co/2I2XXZj Andrew Miller

🐣 RT @neal~katyal Rep. Amash nails it. His thread below should be read alongside Elizabeth Warren’s statement this week about the Mueller Report. Law truly can be separate from politics. There are right and wrong answers. Amash and Warren are providing them. Barr is not.
⋙ 🐣 RT @justinamash As you can see from the attached tweet, I initially fell for Attorney General Barr’s March 24 letter of principal conclusions—but then I read Mueller’s report.
📌 https://twitter.com/justinamash/status/1137094407625302017

SSRN, Jack Balkin (Yale 2017): Constitutional Rot http://bit.ly/2I3m0aD
// 11/2/2017; Can It Happen Here?: Authoritarianism in America, Cass R. Sunstein, ed. (2018, Forthcoming) Yale Law School, Public Law Research Paper No. 604

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Trump’s latest eruption at Pelosi reveals a terrible truth about this moment http://wapo.st/2MC52nS

It should be impossible to watch these diatribes in full without quickly realizing that this isn’t ordinary political dishonesty — some level of artifice is an inevitable feature of politics — but rather is something much more insidious. What’s notable is the sheer comprehensiveness of the effort to create an alternate set of realities whose departure from the known facts seemingly aims to be absolute and unbridgeable.

But this absurd duality should be understood as a feature of this kind of Trumpian disinformation. It won’t do to note its self-contradictory nature. The whole point is to wield this kind of absurdity as an instrument of power. It’s to use an alternate reality to supplant and extinguish good faith efforts to discern actual reality — to blot out the possibility of shared agreement on facts that are in front of all our noses through the sheer insistence that the alternate reality is supreme. The alt-reality doesn’t have to be proved as the true one; just established as the dominant one.

… [I]t’s a particularly galling irony that the refusal to treat this disinformation for what it is itself helps contribute to a badly misleading picture of one of the most basic realities about our current political moment. We are still not reckoning adequately with what’s happening.

🐣 RT @ddale8 In his Fox interview at the cemetery in France, Trump told a new lie about NATO — saying Stoltenberg “made a speech the other day, he said, without Donald Trump maybe there would be no NATO.” ¤ NATO pointed me to their Stoltenberg speech transcripts, which include no such remark. 📌 https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1137018528350031872

🐣 RT @KyleDCheney .@RepAdamSchiff: “Our Committee’s goal will be to explain to the American people the serious counterintelligence concerns raised by the Mueller Report, examine the depth and breadth of the unethical and unpatriotic conduct it describes, and produce prescriptive remedies…”
https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1137030279938416641/photo/1

🐣 I want to see Mueller and Barr testify on the same panel. Sitting next to each other. @RepJerryNadler @RepAdamSchiff @SpeakerPelosi @LeaderHoyer @RepSwalwell

NYT, Timothy Egan: Trump Destroys American Greatness From Within http://nyti.ms/2WUaZ3x
// From the Justice Department to the military, the president is corroding and destabilizing the institutions of democracy.

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💙💙 🐣 RT @emptywheel Note on John Solomon’s latest propaganda.
1) He claims KK’s [Konstantin Kilimnik’s] Ukraine ties have not been addressed in court docs by Mueller. That claim reveals he doesn’t know the court docs, bc it has.
2) Manafort had those docs (he got it in discovery). That’s where this comes from.
📌 https://mobile.twitter.com/emptywheel/status/1136967791418982401

It may be more telling that Manafort’s sharing this w/Solomon rather than, say, the NYT. ¤ Also note: ABJ looked at this, and said it had no bearing on FBI’s representation that KK is spooked up w/Russia (as anyone who knows anything abt spooks would tell you).

Also, for those who’re so obsessed with Solomon’s propaganda about Kilimnik: what explanation do you have for Victor Boyarkin, who was sanctioned along with everyone else involved in the 2016 operation? He was the one KK was handing data to.

⋙ EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: “I Have Been Sending Everything to Victor:” On Paul Manafort’s Treasury-Sanctioned Meeting Planner, Viktor Boyarkin http://bit.ly/2Mw3R9w
// 5/18/2019

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🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote This is a DoJ leak. Let’s ask @jsolomonReports why the DoJ would allow Mueller to indict Kilimnik if he were an asset in this case. Who would want to put a witness against Trump’s life in danger? I’ll give you two guesses.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheHill John Solomon: “Key figure that Mueller report linked to Russia was a State Department intel source” http://hill.cm/jb5oFba 
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🐣 RT @SethAbramson This is a BIG DEAL: ¤ (1) It appears the Trump administration has already started leaking classified intel to conservative media, which is a crime; ¤ (2) Given that Kilimnik is in a gated GRU compound, this leak is intended to not just “burn” him as a US asset but to get him killed. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1136853934625120256?s=20

(3) My immediate reaction to this is that this is an *entirely new scandal* Congress will have to investigate, as not only is it a Valerie Plame-style “outing” scandal, but also pretty clearly an attempt to get a potential witness against Trump arrested and/or killed by Moscow.

(4) “Outing” Kilimnik as a double- or even triple-agent is the quickest way for Team Trump to ensure that (a) he can’t pass any more intel about Manafort (the man Trump said he is *most* worried about flipping on him) to the USIC and (b) he’s permanently unavailable as a witness.

(5) We already know Trump participated in this effort to have a potential key witness in the case against him made unavailable, as Trump gave Barr the power to declassify intel. That doesn’t mean DOJ can leak to media and doesn’t mean selective declassification can’t be a crime.

(6) Also, understand that Solomon has consistently misled his readers about the facts of the Trump-Russia investigation and is doing so here. Kilimnik is important to the Mueller Report almost exclusively as a conduit between Manafort and Deripaska, which no one questions he was.

(7) Kilimnik could have been, for all I know, the best asset the State Department had ever developed outside the context of the intel community. It would’t change the fact that he was a conduit between Manafort and the Kremlin, and that Manafort believed him to be precisely that.

(8) Understand moreover that we’re talking about State here, not one of our intelligence services. We also don’t know if the GRU was permitting Kilimnik to supply this information. And I find it hard to believe that State would let Mueller indict someone they considered an asset.

(9) The point is that Solomon, on behalf of the administration, is muddying the waters here. Kilimnik committed a crime against America and no one is contesting that, which means at *best* he was a triple-agent feeding the State Department info he’d been *permitted* to pass on.

(10) It’s for this reason that even if you took everything Solomon says as true, the upshot *wouldn’t* be that Kilimnik somehow didn’t commit a crime but that the Trump administration is leaking sensitive data to media to burn (and to possibly get killed) witnesses against Trump.

(11) So, the key questions now are:
1. Who leaked to Solomon? Was it illegal?
2. Was the data leaked classified?
3. Was the purpose of the leak to “out” a person legally qualifying as a US asset for the purposes of obstruction of justice?
4. Did Trump and/or Barr know about it?

(12) Ancillary questions:
5. Did Solomon just get Kilimnik arrested/killed? Does he or whoever leaked to him have any liability on those grounds? Is Kilimnik still alive?
6. If the Kremlin in fact takes no action, wouldn’t it suggest that they had permitted him to do all he did?

(13) Additional ancillary questions:
7. What effect does this possible collusion between Solomon and the Trump team have on other witnesses in the Trump-Russia scandal or in US intel-gathering generally? Should Solomon’s article be read as a threat to other witnesses or sources?

(14) For all that, I do want to return to the key point: nothing in this report changes anything for anyone who’s actually read the Mueller Report, who’s read the indictment against Kilimnik, or who understands a foreign government could *permit* this sort of conduct by an agent.

(15) And I want to again underscore the big-picture point on the other side of the ledger: Trump and his administration, likely with the AG’s aid, are willing to destroy our diplomatic institutions and intelligence-gathering capabilities—and get people killed—to save Trump. /end

(PS) A reader notes that the source of some of this information could have been Manafort’s attorneys, or filings in the Manafort cases in DC and Virginia. My sense from the Solomon piece is that he has received additional information above and beyond what is in the public record.

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⭕ 6 Jun 2019

ABCNews: House Democrats prepare to hold Barr in contempt, fast track lawsuits against Trump officials http://abcn.ws/2XtH8Mw

LATimes, Sridhar Pappu: The women of MSNBC are reshaping the television landscape http://lat.ms/2QTAInm
// Nicolle Wallace, Andrea Mitchell, Hallie Jackson, Stephanie Ruhle and Katy Tur

🔊 Bloomberg: Here’s the Audio of a Trump Lawyer’s Voicemail for Michael Flynn’s Camp http://bloom.bg/2Kz7WY3
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🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “I heard a federal crime. I heard obstruction, I heard witness tampering. The question is, who put John Dowd up to this? How much was President Trump involved in this? This is smoking gun evidence.” – @LawProfButler w/ @NicolleDWallace
💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1136753517388058624/photo/1

✅ WaPo FactChecker, Glenn Kessler: Trump’s parade of false claims overseas http://wapo.st/2IuaV11

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: Mike Flynn Assumed the FBI Agents Interviewing Him Would Be Trump Supporters http://bit.ly/31bqMKA

◕ 🐣 RT @wef The world’s 7.5 billion people, in one chart https://wef.ch/2I5hE3a  #population https://twitter.com/wef/status/1136732083118907392/photo/1
// world population by country

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Forget impeachment. Tee up prosecution. http://wapo.st/2wGURDW

━━━━━━━▼ Alexandra Chalupa, Giuliani, Ukraine

DailyBeast, Erin Banco and Asawin Suebsaeng: House Dems Ready to Investigate Giuliani’s Ukraine Shenanigans http://bit.ly/2WuuXCp
// 6/7/2019The president’s lawyer says he welcomes the scrutiny and plans to turn it to his advantage.

DailyBeast, Lachlan Markay: Trumpworld Lobbyists Cut Check to Giuliani’s Ukraine ‘Investigator’ http://bit.ly/2QU9CN1
// 6/6/2019; A payment to Global Energy Producers’ Lev Parnas was revealed in federal court proceedings, in which a former partner is attempting to recoup money over a movie deal gone bad.

Vox, Gabriela Resto-Montero: Rudy Giuliani cancels Ukraine trip amid criticism he’s courting election interference http://bit.ly/31cQdeL
// 5/11/2019; The president’s lawyer wants Ukrainian officials to investigate a call Joe Biden made about corruption.

Wonkette: Rudy Colludy Twisting Ukraine’s Arm To Investigate Joe Biden http://bit.ly/2XtXRiJ
// 5/10/2019

NYT, Kenneth Vogel: Rudy Giuliani Plans Ukraine Trip to Push for Inquiries That Could Help Trump http://nyti.ms/2VcNlKH
// 5/9/2019

Vox, Murray Waas (2018): Exclusive: Paul Manafort advised White House on how to attack and discredit investigation of President Trump http://bit.ly/2PCPrRe
// 12/14/2018; We now have details as to how the indicted former campaign manager worked with the president to undermine federal law enforcement.

DailyBeast, Asawin Suebsaeng and Lachlan Markay (2017): Team Trump’s Gotcha on Ukraine-DNC ‘Collusion’ Is Total B.S. and Trump Aides Know It http://bit.ly/
// 7/13/2017; It’s like ‘trying to make the Lewinsky scandal about Bob Dole getting a blowjob.’

Politico, Kenneth Vogel (2017): Ukrainian efforts to sabotage Trump backfire http://politi.co/2XBjFcp
// 1/11/2017; Kiev officials are scrambling to make amends with the president-elect after quietly working to boost Clinton.

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⭕ 5 Jun 2019

NBCNews: They watched Russia try to sway voters in 2016. Now, they have 45 ideas to avoid a repeat http://nbcnews.to/2Kxwoch
// McFaul; A report from former government officials and researchers at Stanford University says the U.S. should do more to stop foreign election meddling before 2020.

Newsweek: House Democrats Plan Event to Examine Donald Trump’s Allegedly Deteriorating Mental Health http://bit.ly/2MuThiZ

NYT, Ian Prasad Philbrick: The Articles of Impeachment Against Donald J. Trump: A Draft http://nyti.ms/2K2Pwzf adapted from Nixon’s

🐣 RT @maddowblog Schiff: “But on those fundamental questions you’ve been asking and we have been asking: What happened to the counterintelligence investigation? What were the findings from that investigation? We still can’t get an answer.”
💽 https://twitter.com/MaddowBlog/status/1136451938999033856/photo/1

🐣 RT @RonKlain If you thought you had heard every angle on the impeachment question, I encourage you to read this thought-provoking proposal from @Tribelaw. It’s potentially a game changer.
🐣 RT @gtconway3d It’s not a modest proposal—it’s brilliant. Nothing in the Constitution dictates the procedure by which the House decides whether to pass a bill of impeachment. No reason why it can’t hold a trial for the American people to see. Let the chips fall where they may.
⋙ 🐣 RT @tribelaw Here’s my modest proposal for #ImpeachmentInquiryNow: I want it to build a bridge on which the #ImpeachTrumpNow advocates and the #NoImpeachment crowd can meet — and move forward together to protect constitutional democracy. In the June 6 @washingtonpost
⋙⋙ 🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo, Laurence Tribe: Impeach Trump. But don’t necessarily try him in the Senate. http://wapo.st/31diEt6

… [T]o think of the House of Representatives as akin to a prosecutor or grand jury is misguided. The Constitution’s design suggests a quite different allocation of functions: The Senate, unlike any petit (or trial) jury, is legally free to engage in politics in arriving at its verdict. And the House, unlike any grand jury, can conduct an impeachment inquiry that ends with a verdict and not just a referral to the Senate for trial — an inquiry in which the target is afforded an opportunity to participate and mount a full defense.

… Following its [Nixon] impeachment proceedings, the House Judiciary Committee drafted particularized findings less in the nature of accusations to be assessed by the Senate — which of course never weighed in, given Nixon’s resignation — than in the nature of determinations of fact and law and verdicts of guilt to be delivered by the House itself, expressly stating that the president was indeed guilty as charged.

The House, assuming an impeachment inquiry leads to a conclusion of Trump’s guilt,
could … [embody] its conclusions of criminality or other grave wrongdoing in a condemnatory “Sense of the House” resolution far stronger than a mere censure. The resolution, expressly and formally proclaiming the president impeachable but declining to play the Senate’s corrupt game, is one that even a president accustomed to treating everything as a victory would be hard-pressed to characterize as a vindication.

By resolving now to pursue such a path, always keeping open the possibility that its inquiry would unexpectedly lead to the president’s exoneration, the House would be doing the right thing as a constitutional matter. It would be acting consistent with its overriding obligation to establish that no president is above the law, all the while keeping an eye on the balance of political considerations without setting the dangerous precedent that there are no limits to what a corrupt president can get away with as long as he has a compliant Senate to back him. And pursuing this course would preserve for all time the tale of this uniquely troubled presidency.

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Comment [Response to “misterjag” asking why Mueller report isn’t enough]:
● It would lay out the findings of the Mueller report in “movie version.” Most people don’t have time to read the 450 page report and the Barr disinformation version was out way ahead of the true findings.
● It would give the House prosecutorial tools it otherwise doesn’t have (to function as a grand jury).
● It could include wrong-doing that may not be criminal but could constitute “high crimes and misdemeanors”, that is not included in the scope of the Mueller report (eg paying off porn stars, emoluments, possible money laundering, etc) and “obstruction after the fact” ~ since the release of the report (such as contempt of Congress, refusing to respond to any requests for information by Congress).

NBCNews: Nadler ‘confident’ Mueller will testify before Congress, prepared to issue subpoena http://nbcnews.to/2MGl3cK
// We want him to testify openly … and we’ll make that happen,” the House Judiciary Committee chairman said of the former special counsel on Wednesday.

Politico: Pelosi tells Dems she wants to see Trump ‘in prison’ http://politi.co/2Z8PpG0
// She also clashed with Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, who pressed her to begin impeachment proceedings.

NBCNews: Russian trolls who interfered in 2016 U.S. election also made ad money, report says http://nbcnews.to/2WQ0uy9
// Some accounts were set up months in advance. And some trolls used fake accounts to make money, researchers found.

Politico, Natasha Bertrand: Senate Intelligence Committee summons mysterious British security consultant http://politi.co/2MyGrAq

… [T]he Senate Intelligence Committee sent a letter to a British security consultant named Walter Soriano asking for a voluntary, closed-door interview and documents with various Russia probe figures dating back to June 2015.

The letter, obtained by Politico, offers yet another window into the panel’s secretive — but largely bipartisan — two-year-old investigation, and reveals the investigators’ interest in what, if any, role Israel may have played in attempts to manipulate the 2016 election.

🐣 I’d like to see Mueller and Barr testify ~ on the same day, sitting next to each other. @RepJerryNadler @SpeakerPelosi @LeaderHoyer @RepAdamSchiff

🐣 No president has EVER been convicted in the Senate. The point is the stigma of impeachment, especially for Trump who has claimed the value of his “brand” is worth $4B. @RepJerryNadler @SpeakerPelosi @LeaderHoyer @RepAdamSchiff

⭕ 4 Jun 2019

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 Trump is no longer lying. He was always an impulsive con man and a huckster. But he is now seriously struggling with reality. His close staff and the Senate are enabling him. Some for fear of retribution. Others for self gain. We are on dangerous ground.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mitchellreports .@RichardEngel: there’s something deeply disturbing about Pres Trump claiming that he saw thousands of people here who were celebrating him and welcoming his arrival…There weren’t thousands of people out there greeting him. There were several thousands protesters.

DailyBeast, Nico Hines: Boris Johnson Blanks Trump Meeting on Day of Extraordinary Snubs for the President http://bit.ly/2IiNKqt
// Trump kept on touting him as his pick for Britain’s next PM, but the Brexit champion nixed the chance to meet the president, joining opposition pols and royals in snubbing him.

WaPo: House should begin Trump impeachment inquiry, Harry Reid says http://wapo.st/2WbSvap

💙💙 JustSecurity, Ryan Goodman (Apr): Guide to the Mueller Report’s Findings on “Collusion” http://bit.ly/2Ku9PVF
// 4/29/2019

NBCNews: Senator: Oligarch linked to Kremlin earned millions while fighting extradition to U.S. http://nbcnews.to/2KpZhqM
// Dmytro Firtash has been under indictment in Chicago since 2014. He was also involved in a failed business deal with ex-Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort.

Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., wrote in an April 2018 letter obtained by NBC News that Dmytro Firtash had served as a “direct agent of the Kremlin” and was using the money earned from ongoing “corruption” to delay his extradition to Chicago, where he has been under federal indictment since 2014.

“This corruption undermines Ukrainian reform efforts that the United States strongly supports,” Wicker wrote to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. He asked Sessions about the status of Firtash’s extradition case.

The contents of Wicker’s letter, which was obtained by NBC News after Freedom of Information Act litigation with the Justice Department, have not previously been reported.

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger The hearing will be as much storytelling as fact-finding. The committee and the country actually have the facts in the Mueller report; now the House has to help Americans find those facts and appreciate their importance.
⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: The House Judiciary Committee gets it, we hope http://wapo.st/311bR5A

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Kremlin spokesman Peskov said he doesn’t know what Trump meant by claiming: “Russia has informed us that they have removed most of their people from Venezuela.” ¤ Peskov said that Russia did not inform the US of such a thing and “Russian specialists continue to work in Venezuela.” https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1135933149282742277/photo/1
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🐣 RT @real Russia has informed us that they have removed most of their people from Venezuela.

🐣 RT @mkraju New letter: DOJ has agreed to work with House Judiciary on producing a limited set of documents related to Mueller’s report if the House does NOT move forward with the vote next week to hold Bill Barr in contempt of Congress, per @LauraAJarrett.

GQ, Adam Jentleson: The Political Costs of Not Impeaching Trump http://bit.ly/2WJQlmE
// Democrats are ceding legitimacy to Trump’s claims of exoneration by giving him a pass.

🐣 RT @TheBeatWithAri “That is just a flat contradiction. Barr three months ago, to get his job, saying one thing and now saying something absolutely different as an Attorney General.” ¤ @neal_katyal shows how AG Barr blatantly contradicted himself
💽 https://twitter.com/TheBeatWithAri/status/1135928215262978050/photo/1

⭕ 3 Jun 2019

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks Let me me clear. The prohibition on indicting a sitting president is NOT law and NOT in the Constitution. It is an opinion from inside the DOJ that has survived 45 years but that I believe is not legally or constitutionally correct.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Steny Hoyer: “This Admin’s systematic refusal to provide Congress with answers and cooperate with Congressional subpoenas is the biggest cover-up in American history, and Congress has a responsibility to provide oversight on behalf of the American people.”
⋙ WaPo: House to vote June 11 on whether to hold Barr, McGahn in contempt http://wapo.st/2HSTqsg

🐣 RT @RonaldKlain Jared is no longer a campaign official. He is a senior WH official with a security clearance, and if he has an SCI clearance, there are especially clear rules on this. Does anyone at the WH follow any rules?
⋙ 🐣 RT @AlexMillerNews Jared Kushner says he doesn’t know how he’d react if the Russians contact him again. “I don’t know, it’s hard to do hypotheticals.” Senator @MarkWarner says campaigns should be REQUIRED to report foreign contacts within a week.
https://twitter.com/AlexMillerNews/status/1135619149395369984

WaPo, Neal Katyal: Barr’s zealous defense of Trump makes it impossible to trust his legal judgment http://wapo.st/2HT6FZV
// The attorney general contradicted himself on how far Mueller’s report could have gone.

Politico: House Dems set Barr contempt vote on Mueller report for next week http://politi.co/2QHzOKt
// The move is a crucial step for Democrats seeking to accelerate their obstruction of justice investigation against Trump.

🐣 RT @drothkopf Folks, the Queen is trolling Trump hard here, with remarks underscoring the importance of the alliances and the international institutions Trump is working so hard to undermine and dismantle. This is really quite an extraordinary reproach from her to him.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheHill Queen Elizabeth: “As we face the new challenges of the 21st Century, the anniversary of D-Day reminds us all that our countries have achieved together.” #TrumpUKVisit

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo, Max Boot: Here are seven reasons Trump should be impeached http://wapo.st/2KjFzwS (Entire article:)

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s presentation last week, although it contained no new information, has renewed pressure to impeach President Trump. You can debate whether impeachment makes sense politically, but there is no doubt that it is justified legally and morally. There is already more than enough evidence for at least seven articles of impeachment – four more than President Richard M. Nixon would have faced had he not resigned in 1974 .

Article 1. Donald J. Trump, in violation of his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, and to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, has obstructed the administration of justice:

1. He attempted to fire Mueller. The Mueller report found “substantial evidence . . . that the President’s attempts to remove the Special Counsel were linked to the Special Counsel’s oversight of investigations that involved the President’s conduct.”

2. Trump attempted to curtail Mueller’s investigation. Mueller found “that the President’s effort to have [Attorney General Jeff] Sessions limit the scope of the Special Counsel’s investigation to future election interference was intended to prevent further investigative scrutiny of the President’s and his campaign’s conduct.”

3. He ordered White House counsel Donald McGahn to falsify the record to conceal his attempts to fire Mueller. Mueller found that Trump “acted . . . in order to deflect or prevent further scrutiny of the President’s conduct.”

4. He fired FBI Director James B. Comey, Mueller found, because of “Comey’s unwillingness to publicly state that the President was not personally under investigation.” Moreover, Mueller wrote, by firing Comey “the President wanted to protect himself from an investigation into his campaign,” because he knew “that a thorough FBI investigation would uncover facts about the campaign and the President personally that the President could have understood to be crimes or that would give rise to personal and political concerns.” Trump showed awareness of guilt by advancing “a pretextual reason to the press and the public for Comey’s termination.”

5. He tried to dissuade Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Roger Stone, and other witnesses from cooperating with the government. The non-cooperation of Manafort and Stone, in particular, made it impossible to establish the exact nature of the relationship between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Article II. Donald J. Trump, in violation of his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, and to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, failed to defend America from foreign election interference. As a candidate, he welcomed Russian intervention in the 2016 election and refused to notify the proper authorities of contacts between his campaign and representatives of Russia and WikiLeaks. As president, he denied that the Russian attack had even occurred, accepted Russian President Vladimir Putin’s false denials of responsibility, and showed no interest in determining the full scale of the attack. He repeatedly called the Russia investigation a “hoax” and a “witch hunt” even though Mueller determined “that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election” and that “the matters we investigated were of paramount importance.”

Article III. Donald J. Trump, in violation of his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, and to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, attempted to investigate and prosecute his political opponents. On three occasions, Mueller found, Trump asked the Justice Department to initiate investigations of Hillary Clinton. More recently, Trump and his attorney, Rudolph W. Giuliani, attempted to initiate an investigation of Joe Biden.

Article IV. Donald J. Trump, in violation of his oath to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution, and to take care that the laws be faithfully executed, failed to produce papers and testimony as duly directed by Congress. Trump obstructed at least 20 inquiries relating to his taxes, business records, the Mueller investigation and other matters.

Article V. Donald J. Trump, in violation of federal campaign finance laws, conspired with his attorney Michael Cohen in order to conceal alleged relationships with adult film actress Stormy Daniels and Playboy playmate Karen McDougal before the 2016 election.

Article VI. Donald J. Trump, in violation of his oath to uphold Article 1, section 9 of the Constitution (“No money shall be drawn from the treasury, but in consequence of appropriations made by law”), attempted to misuse his emergency powers to spend funds on a border wall that Congress did not appropriate.

Article VII. Donald J. Trump, in violation of his oath to uphold the emoluments clauses (which forbid the president from accepting benefits from foreign and state governments without the permission of Congress) retains ownership of a global business empire which allows him to benefit from dealings with foreign and state governments.

That Trump is guilty of these offenses – and more – is not necessarily an argument for moving forward with impeachment. That could backfire politically if it results, as it surely would, in a failure to convict by the Republican-controlled Senate. But don’t pretend, as do 249 out of 250 Republican members of Congress, that there is insufficient evidence to even open an impeachment inquiry. Trump has committed more criminal and unconstitutional conduct than any previous president in U.S. history. If they refuse to impeach him, members of Congress will violate their own oaths to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States.”

NBCNews: House to hold hearing on Mueller report, ‘presidential obstruction and other crimes’ http://nbcnews.to/2JXbBz9
// One of the witnesses in the June 10 Judiciary Committee hearing is slated to be John Dean, a key figure in the Watergate scandal.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Nader helped arrange a meeting in the Seychelles in January 2017 between Erik Prince, a Trump supporter who founded the private security firm Blackwater, and a Russian official close to Russian President Vladi­mir Putin.
⋙ WaPo: Figure linked to Trump transition charged with transporting child pornography http://wapo.st/2JV1BGF George Nader acted as a “liaison between Trump supporters, Middle East leaders, and Russians interested in making contact with the incoming administration in early 2017”

🐣 RT @HouseJuduciary [Dems] Russia attacked our elections to help @realDonaldTrump win, Trump and his campaign welcomed this help and the President then tried to obstruct the investigation into the attack. Mueller confirmed these revelations and has now left Congress to pick up where he left off.

TheGuardian Editorial: The Guardian view on Trump’s state visit: the president is not welcome http://bit.ly/2WIWK1m
// Hobnobbing with the royals will boost the president’s ego. But this is not the greatest danger of rolling out the red carpet now

📊 WaPo, Greg Sargent: Will support grow for impeaching Trump? Data on Nixon offers a clue. http://wapo.st/2Wj2P5q //➔ Nixon approval over time (Watch Independents) / Views on impeachment over time
● Approval https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1135625806678581250/photo/1
● Impeachment https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1135626206949322752/photo/1

WaPo: Trump urges customers to drop AT&T to punish CNN over its coverage of him http://wapo.st/2WhYOOu

🐣 .@MuellerSheWrote A.J., I thought Michael Isikoff was very condescending in that interview. Clearly you had a more accurate, nuanced view of the Mueller/Barr dynamic than he laid out. Unfortunate. I don’t think he’d have done such a lazy analysis on @msnbc

🐣📊RT @stucam7771 In a 2016 Pew Research poll, 84 percent of people in Germany, Britain, France, Canada and Sweden believed the American president (Obama) would “do the right thing in world affairs.” ¤ One year later, under Trump, that number had fallen to 16 percent… https://twitter.com/stucam7771/status/1135471841697554432

NewYorker, Jane Mayer: How Russia Helped Swing the Election for Trump http://bit.ly/2HQWpkV
// 9/24/2018; Book by Kathleen Jamieson Hall; A meticulous analysis of online activity during the 2016 campaign makes a powerful case that targeted cyberattacks by hackers and trolls were decisive.

⭕ 2 Jun 2019

WaPo, EJ Dionne: Dear Robert Mueller: Your report can’t speak for itself http://wapo.st/312xceR

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: If the administration defied a court order, all bets are off http://wapo.st/2XlNxcn

🐣 RT @ForTheRuleOfLaw The fact that this material is being treated as new when it has been available for weeks is indicative of a vast failure on the part of American institutions.
⋙ TheAtlantic, Quinta Jurecic: Mueller Counted on Institutions to Grapple With His Report. They Didn’t. http://bit.ly/2QBnYlf
// Neither Congress nor the press did enough to tell the American people what they needed to know.

🐣 $4B of Trump’s claimed billions is his “brand.” Of course he doesn’t want to be impeached.

⭕ 1 Jun 2019

CNN, Marshall Cohen: 5 areas where Barr and Mueller don’t agree, in their own words http://cnn.it/2QGNoOj

🐣 RT @justinamash I swear an oath to support and defend the Constitution, not an oath to do the bidding of one man or one political party. We have a constitutional republic to uphold liberty and the Rule of Law, not a direct democracy to serve some at the expense of others.

🐣 RT @tribelaw The Nixon history refutes any idea that the constitutional functions of impeachment and trial are as neatly separated between the House and Senate as the roles of grand jury charge by indictment and petit jury trial to verdict and sentencing would suggest. Just ask @JohnWDean!

💙💙 TheGuardian, David Smith: ‘No idea too lunatic’: how Trump’s shock troops attack US democracy http://bit.ly/2XtKjn6
// An army of supporters amplify the president’s wildest claims, encouraging his conspiracy-minded tendencies

🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind Trump and his regime have stonewalled Congress and said they have no authority over him, and now also ignored a court order. Usurping the legislative and judicial branch. What is left folks? We have arrived: we are living in an authoritarian regime, not a democracy.

🐣 RT @tribelaw An impeachment inquiry can & should be structured to end not only with a referral to the Senate but with a VERDICT on whether the president COMMITED SERIOUS FEDERAL CRIMES. If the House finds him guilty, nothing the Senate does or fails to do will remove the stain.@DonnyDeutsch

Newsweek: Donald Trump Won’t Leave White House ‘Voluntarily’ If He Loses 2020 Election, Predicts GOP Candidate William Weld http://bit.ly/2QCtML6

🐣 RT @ruthbenghiat Correct: many authoritarians consolidate power after a few years of testing public tolerance for repression, co-opting the right people for the job “My Attorney General,” indoctrinating the public (Fox, Sinclair), and securing military and paramilitary (Pentagon, ICE, militias).
⋙ 🐣 RT @waltshaub It will get worse. Trump and his allies will escalate their power grab rapidly over the next 17 months. If you’re wondering how this ends, whether Americans have what it takes to fight nationalist authoritarianism, ask yourself what sacrifices you’re currently making to fight it.

⭕ 31 May 2019

💙 🐣 RT @WaltShaub Heed the signs and don’t underestimate the threat to our republic from within:
-Trump obstructed justice
-A McConnell-packed SCOTUS says precedent can be changed more easily than previously thought
-AG Barr is an open partisan and slow-motion Saturday Night Massacre beneficiary
📌 https://twitter.com/waltshaub/status/1134616070789226496?s=20

🐣 RT @bulldoghill [Bill Barr:] “…any AG in this period is going to end up losing a lot of political capital and I realize that and that’s one of the reasons that I…was persuaded that I should take it on because I think at my stage in life, it really doesn’t make any difference.” https://twitter.com/bulldoghill/status/1134450659057700866

🐣 RT @joelockhart The more you watch Bill Barr the more you see how thoroughly corrupt he is. He’s doing interviews in the middle of his investigation of the investigators giving details about how much he’s found, without any evidence revealed. He’s become the Joseph McCarthy of our time. 📌 https://twitter.com/joelockhart/status/1134584932695719936

🐣 John Meacham on @The11thHour “Passion and ideology have taken over from reason and probity”

🐣 RT @robreiner Trump & Barr have been controlling the false narrative of “exoneration”. Once the public is made aware of the mountain of criminality clearly laid out in the Mueller report, the calls for Impeachment will hit critical mass.
⋙ MSNBC, MorningJoe: Rob Reiner: Mueller report ‘biggest pile of criminality’ http://on.msnbc.com/2QEMy4D
// Director Rob Reiner discusses a new video for NowThis News where Robert De Niro and federal prosecutors explain the key findings in the Mueller report.

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw Barr vs. Barr
May 1 to Congress: “We accepted the Special Counsel’s legal framework for purposes of our analysis…in reaching our conclusion”
May 31 to CBS: “We didn’t agree with …a lot of the legal analysis in the Report…So we applied what we thought was the right law.”
💽 https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1134418730258010114/photo/1

Salon: Citing his “serious mental illness,” multiple psychiatrists call for President Trump to be impeached http://bit.ly/2XhGO3n
// “Mental illness . . . renders him psychologically incapable of competently discharging the duties of president”

🐣 RT @TomJChicago 1 We are awaiting release of the Flynn information ordered by Judge Sullivan. Being that it’s after 3pm on Friday & still nothing, implies it’s a Big Kahuna Burger. Why did Judge Sullivan ask if Flynn’s conduct “rises to the level of treasonous activity?”
📌 https://twitter.com/TomJChicago/status/1134540140817342464?s=20
… 7 Back to the riddle of why Sullivan couldn’t understand why Flynn wasn’t charged with treason. Flynn must have delivered something big. Remember Mueller oversaw John Gotti’s takedown & approved the deal w/ Sammy the Bull Gravano for witness protection after he had whacked 30 ppl

NYT: Mueller Played by the Rules. Trump Made New Ones. http://nyti.ms/2HOekZt
// The special counsel led an investigation that was disciplined, quiet, and by the book — and the president seized the opportunity.

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: In Terrifying Interview, William Barr Goes Full MAGA http://nym.ag/2EXRfC7

🐣 RT @lrozen “Dowd called the Mueller report a ‘baseless, political document designed to smear & damage the reputation of counsel & innocent people.’”
⋙ 🐣 RT @ryanjreilley John Dowd told me the controversy over his voicemail to Michael Flynn’s attorney was “nonsense.” Full story:
⋙⋙ HuffPo: Trump Lawyer John Dowd Asked Flynn Attorney To Spill On Mueller Probe ‘For The Country’ http://bit.ly/2HQ0gPr
// “So… uh… you know, then-then, you know, we need some kind of heads up.”

NYT: Justice Dept. Keeps Wiretaps Secret in Flynn Case, Rejecting Judge’s Order http://nyti.ms/2Z1Gzdc

🐣 RT @NeeraTanden I believe defying court orders is grounds for impeachment. And it’s pathetic that the GOP who call themselves constitutionalists
🐣 RT @tribelaw In Trump’s and Barr’s America, it looks like the Executive Branch has finally claimed it can defy not only the Legislative Branch but the Judicial Branch as well. Isn’t that called a dictatorship? Please tell me what I’m missing here.
🐣 RT @samstein This appears to be a legit (not saying the others aren’t) crisis point.
⋙ WaPo: Justice Department fails to comply with court order to release transcripts of Michael Flynn’s conversations with Russian ambassador http://wapo.st/2wuEWs3

Politico, Kyle Cheney: Schiff to intel community: Share info on Barr’s attempts to declassify docs http://politi.co/2KhU5oX

TheHill: New York theatre companies to hold 24-hour live reading of Mueller report http://bit.ly/2YXWBVh

🐣 RT @jeremyherb NEW: @RepAdamSchiff sent letters to heads of ODNI, CIA, FBI and NSA taking aim at the new DOJ review of the Russia probe, asking them to provide his committee with any materials requested by Barr, and to tell the panel if they object to any decision Barr makes to declassify info https://twitter.com/jeremyherb/status/1134519923320004610/photo/1-3

CNN: Schiff seeks to keep tabs on Barr’s review of Russia probe http://cnn.it/2WdXlJ4

🐣📊 RT @TrinityResists Nixon—
B4 Watergate hearings:
Approval—48%
For impeach—19%
After hearings:
Approval—24%
For impeach—57%
Listen to the experts & those who were there (@JillWineBanks) ¤ When impeachment hearings commenced, people paid attention & GOP changed their minds.
https://twitter.com/TrinityResists/status/1134540689654439936
// Watergate polling

NewYorker, Susan Glasser: Trump and Bibi’s Bad Week http://bit.ly/2Xh9Obx
// They’re both at war with those who would investigate them. But are they winning or losing?

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: On Nine Different Occasions, Bill Barr Was Unable to Offer Any Evidence of Irregularity in Russia Investigation http://bit.ly/2wuZXmH

WaPo, James Hohman: The 2020 impeachment debate passes a tipping point in the aftermath of Mueller’s speech http://wapo.st/2wvV0d7

WaPo, Philip Bump: Attorney General Barr stokes the conspiracy fires http://wapo.st/30ZwwHi

🐣 RT @joshscampbell Barr tells CBS the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign crossed “a serious red line.” ¤ Left unsaid is how he will be able to conduct an independent & objective review of the FBI’s work when he’s already accused them of wrongdoing from the start. [ ⋙ NatRev https://twitter.com/joshscampbell/status/1134494216657104896 ]

MotherJones: A New Right-Wing Disinformation Campaign: Biden Was Part of a Deep State Plot Against Trump http://bit.ly/30XepBL
// The evidence? The veep attended meetings about Russia’s attack on the 2016 election.

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks Wow. There is so much wrong w Barr’s words. If Mueller accused 45 without indicting: he’d be doing what Comey did to Hillary. More important, did Barr forget Watergate and Clinton precedent of referring evidence to Congress for impeachment instead of indicting for crime??
⋙ 🐣 RT @CBSThisMorning NEW: Attorney General Barr tells @JanCBS he “personally felt” Special Counsel Robert Mueller “could’ve reached a decision” on obstruction of justice by President Trump.

⭕ 30 May 2019

WaPo, Donna Edwards: Democrats need to repackage the Mueller report for TV http://wapo.st/2IfgWP6

TheAtlantic, Quinta Jurecic: Mueller Counted on Institutions to Grapple With His Report. They Didn’t. http://bit.ly/2QBnYlf
// Neither Congress nor the press did enough to tell the American people what they needed to know.

AP: Trump erupts after special counsel says he’s not exonerated http://bit.ly/30ZuBmb

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: Conservatives Stunned by Mueller Suggesting Trump Is Not Innocent http://nym.ag/2JLA5ve

NYT: Trump Accuses Mueller of a Personal Vendetta as Calls for Impeachment Grow http://nyti.ms/2Xhaduz

WaPo, Eugene Robinson: If Trump doesn’t warrant impeachment, who does? http://wapo.st/2QA7c5T

Politico: Schiff: ‘There’s been an epidemic of cowardice in the GOP’ http://politi.co/30WFaX1

🐣 RT @BillKristol Here it is, from Republicans for the Rule of Law, and soon (in a shorter version) coming as an ad to TV set near you: Senior GOP lawyers on Trump’s obstruction of justice. 💽 https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/1134137830299590656/photo/1

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Helping Russia help Trump is precisely what Trump did http://wapo.st/2KlVw5P

DailyBeast: Team Trump Now Wants Mueller to Testify Before Congress in Hopes of a Grilling http://bit.ly/2W8oSqA
// The president has said he doesn’t want the special counsel to talk on the Hill. But after Mueller’s statement Wednesday, Trump’s team is itching for it.

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin You cheered as Russians hacked your rivals and pushed disinfo to 100 million Americans before winning the Electoral College by just 70,000 votes in states Manafort had highlighted to Moscow. It matters in a close race and you’d likely have lost otherwise. You’re their stooge now. https://twitter.com/EvanMcMullin/status/1134088168112889856

🐣 RT @BillKristol Trump: “To me it’s a dirty word: the word impeach. It’s a dirty, filthy, disgusting word and it has nothing to do with me.” ¤ Federalist #65: Impeachment is “a bridle in the hands of the legislative body upon the executive servants of the government.”

DailyBeast, Stuart Stevens: Trump-Drunk Republicans Are Choosing Russia Over the Constitution http://bit.ly/2VY7ZP6
// Almost every Republican elected official in Washington knows Donald Trump is unfit to be president—yet almost all of them are silent.

Vox, Aaron Rupar: Trump thinks the courts might save him from impeachment. It doesn’t work like that. http://bit.ly/2Kn4qQz
// The president is profoundly confused about the Constitution.

NYT, Michael Tomasky: Mueller Is Admirably Apolitical. That’s the Problem. http://nyti.ms/2wwxeh2
// He is serving a vision of America that no longer exists.

🐣 RT @selectedwisdom Somehow our country’s decision to impeach or not impeach does not rest on whether the President did right or wrong, but instead on how popular the President is and how well the economy is doing. #DeathOfDemocracy

🐣 RT @IndivisibleNet Robert De Niro and over 1,000+ former federal prosecutors say the 448 pages of the Mueller report all point to the conclusion that Donald Trump committed felony obstruction of justice. 💽 https://twitter.com/IndivisibleNet/status/1134224271943725057/photo/1

🐣 RT @ThePlumLineGS The real story of Mueller’s remarks: He has wrecked the entire foundation of Trumpworld’s narrative about 2016. ¤ The story is that Mueller laid waste to one side’s lies, not that both sides are “locked in partisan combat” over his findings.
⋙ WaPo, Greg Sargent: Mueller destroyed one of Trump’s biggest lies. Trump just helped him do it. http://wapo.st/2W38ZS6

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: If Americans won’t read Mueller’s report, spoon-feed it to them http://wapo.st/2Z1Gh67

As we have suggested, with or without Mueller, the House Judiciary Committee must educate the public through hearings that, in essence, put on TV what Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) got down in a series of 280-character tweets. Here’s a suggested schedule (if Mueller testifies, he could be asked about each of the items below, with other witnesses and full evidence presented subsequently):

Day 1: Russia interfered to help Trump. Trump and lots of his allies sought such help. This was a betrayal of our democracy.
Day 2: How Trump, by inviting such help and then denying the inescapable conclusion that Russia helped him, undermined national security.
Day 3: What is obstruction, why is it a big deal and what do you have to prove?
Days 4-13: Each day is devoted to a different category of obstruction.
Day 15: What is the Office of Legal Counsel memo and why did Mueller not indict?
Day 16: What kinds of cases with far less evidence than this one have been prosecuted for obstruction.
Day 17: Impeachment doesn’t require evidence (let alone conviction) of a crime. However, in this case, there are impeachable actions that are not crimes (e.g., inviting Russian interference) and actions that are crimes (See Days 4-13).
Day 18: A highlight reel of the Bill Clinton impeachment, during which Republicans made impassioned speeches about the necessity of removing a president who has obstructed justice.

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin You cheered as Russians hacked your rivals and pushed disinfo to 100 million Americans before winning the Electoral College by just 70,000 votes in states Manafort had highlighted to Moscow. It matters in a close race and you’d likely have lost otherwise. You’re their stooge now.
⋙ 🐣 RT @real Russia, Russia, Russia! That’s all you heard at the beginning of this Witch Hunt Hoax [ … ]

🐣 RT @gtconway3d So here you finally admit that “Russia helped me get elected.” Well, that’s what the investigation was about. The investigation found plenty of evidence that Russia did just that. It thus wasn’t a “Witch Hunt” or “Hoax.” So why did you repeatedly try to obstruct it? https://twitter.com/gtconway3d/status/1134068577873661957/photo/1

TheAtlantic, Quinta Jurecic: Mueller Indicted the Media http://bit.ly/2HK7zrA
// American institutions have failed to grapple with or accurately convey the information contained in the special counsel’s report.

🐣 RT @Morning_Joe ‘Mueller would not have come out & made statement he made yesterday, he would not have written the letter he sent to AG Barr after completing the report if he wasn’t concerned about the way the results of his team had been misrepresented by the AG’s original comments.’–McCabe 💽 https://twitter.com/Morning_Joe/status/1134064819617841153/photo/1

🐣 RT @brianklaas “I had nothing to do with Russia helping me to get elected.” A tweet in which the President of the United States (probably inadvertently) acknowledges that his election victory was helped by the Kremlin’s attack on American democracy.
https://twitter.com/brianklaas/status/1134065075285876736

NBCNews, Kurt Bardella: Robert Mueller’s statement made the Democrats look like cowards http://nbcnews.to/2MfYX0j
// Trump sees a Democratic Congress reluctant to wield the impeachment power voters gave it in the midterms. And he may be right.

⭕ 29 May 2019 ~Mueller Speaks!

Politico, Eliana Johnson: Mueller remarks put Barr back into harsh spotlight http://politi.co/2I948Kj
// Democrats and some Republicans saw a statement that ‘contradicts’ and even ‘rebuke[s]’ Trump’s attorney general.

FiveThirtyEight, Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux: How To Think About Mueller’s Statement http://53eig.ht/2QKi5SV

● Mueller quietly rebuked Barr, repeating that he did not exonerate the president
● Mueller may have realized congressional testimony could undermine his credibility
● Congress is now in the driver’s seat

MotherJones, David Corn: Mueller Reminds the Nation That Trump Betrayed the USA http://bit.ly/2YXnQiP
// Treachery is not always a crime.

NYT, Charles Blows: Democrats, Do Your Damned Duty! http://nyti.ms/2KfWD6P
// Doing what is right on impeachment should not be a mere option.

🐣 What we really need is ♫ “The Mueller Musical”

🐣 RT @vermontgmg [Garrett Graff] FWIW, simply getting Mueller to read the key parts of his report out loud to Congress would be important to the national debate. So Dems on Capitol Hill should take him at his word—and accept him simply restating the report in his own voice.

🐣 RT @EricHolder No one in America is above the law. For the sake of our democracy we must have the ability to hold accountable the most powerful person in this nation.
https://twitter.com/EricHolder/status/1133942035084382208

🐣 RT @neal_katyal THREAD. Today’s Mueller conference was devastating to Trump. Here’s why 1.First, as I’ve said for a long time,“cant indict a sitting President” has obvious pitfalls for Trump. Every scholar who says this says the remedy for such a President is impeachment
📌 https://mobile.twitter.com/neal_katyal/status/1133891098781335552

DailyBeast, Michael Tomasky: Mueller Means We’re Headed for the Apocalypse http://bit.ly/2EEiQI8
// Impeachment hearings are all but inevitable now. Trump’s removal from office, however, is anything but.

DailyBeast, Justin Baragona: Sean Hannity: Mueller ‘Doesn’t Know the Law’ and ‘He’s Full of Crap’ http://bit.ly/2wsuUb9
// But Attorney General William Barr ‘has the final say and we already know his answer,’ the Fox News star said.

WaPo, Rosalind Helderman: On question of obstruction, Mueller hewed to untested Justice Department opinions and ‘principles of fairness’ http://wapo.st/2YWS4m8

JustSecurity, Ryan Goodman: Mueller’s Message: The Obstruction That Nearly Halted Criminal Case Against Russians http://bit.ly/2WdSwiJ

🐣 RT @neal_katyal The prohibition on indicting a sitting President, such that it exists, is always waivable. Sounds like the WH Press Secretary is saying the President is willing to waive it. Excellent. Game on. If not, Trump must be asked why he won’t waive, since he’s so sure he’s in the clear
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheHill Sarah Sanders: “If Bob Mueller had determined that there was a crime, he would’ve had a moral obligation to report it, to put that into his report — he didn’t.”

🐣 RT @ryanhillMI The Democrats didn’t brag about trying to end the investigation to a hostile foreign power! ¤ “I just fired the head of the F.B.I. He was crazy, a real nut job, I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” https://twitter.com/RyanHillMI/status/1133898250254200838/photo/1

🐣 RT @RWwatchMA “My first reaction was that he was really taking it directly to the President. Secondly, he was taking it right to the attorney general, and telling them that they were spinning it.”-@JohnWDean, ex-Nixon White House Counsel, on #MuellerStatement #mapoli 💽 [CNN] https://twitter.com/RWwatchMA/status/1133928873937293312/photo/1

🐣 RT @maddowblog Imagine if, at the outset, Mueller had just said publicly what he finally was allowed to say publicly today about his investigation and his report. Imagine that had been how we learned about what Mueller found and what he did and what the Congress is expected to do.
⋙ 🐣 Something about truth and pants … 🤔

🐣 RT @harrylitman From #Robert DeNiro (my ex boss, but that’s another story) in @nytimes “Your life has been a shining example of bravely and selflessly doing things for the good of our country. I urge you to leave your comfort zone and do that again.”
⋙ NYT: Robert De Niro: Robert Mueller, We Need to Hear More http://nyti.ms/2IcwcfU //➔ what if Robert De Niro reads the report to the Judiciary Committee
// You said that your investigation’s work “speaks for itself.” It doesn’t.

🐣 RT @CuomoPrimeTime “The President of the United States would be in handcuffs, criminally charged, but for the fact he is the sitting President,” says Senate Judiciary Committee member Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal, reflecting on Robert Mueller’s words today. http://cnn.it/2YYq951 💽 https://twitter.com/CuomoPrimeTime/status/1133905754363236352/photo/1

🐣 RT @samstein Laura Ingraham literally just compared Mueller to a “mean girl” and her guest called him a “jerk” who needed to get the last word. https://twitter.com/samstein/status/1133919362715475968

🐣 RT @DavidCornDC Mueller says the Russian attack on the 2016 election was serious and aimed to damage one presidential candidate (and we know whom). Yet @parscale still says this is a “hoax.” What unpatriotic and irresponsible gaslighting. #Deplorable
https://twitter.com/DavidCornDC/status/1133775957268074496

Politico, Anita Kumar: ‘No obstruction’ no more: Mueller statement prompts shift in Trump talking points http://politi.co/30S0j4B
// Trump and his aides were far more careful than usual to say that Barr — not Mueller — cleared the president in the Russia probe.

🐣 RT @TheHill Sen. Mark Warner: “We saw earlier where the secretary of Homeland Security wanted to have a meeting on election security and at the cabinet level in the White House. And that was turned down because it might offend the sensibilities of Donald Trump.”
💽 https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1133912158666985472/photo/1

🐣 RT @stuartpstevens It will forever astound me that we have the first serious, documented case of extensive efforts by a hostile foreign power to influence America’s choice of Commander in Chief and most Republicans are “we won, so it doesn’t matter.” It’s the most anti-American stance possible.

🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade Allow me to translate for Robert Mueller – no hoax, no witch hunt, no exoneration. Your turn, Congress. My thoughts in @thedailybeast
⋙ DailyBeast: Mueller’s Seething Message: This Isn’t a Hoax, This Is a Crime http://bit.ly/2JL8Voa
// The special counsel is too reserved to say what he really means: Russia attacked America and Trump broke the law.

Lawfare, Benjamin Wittes: Mueller Bows Out: What Does Congress Do Now? http://bit.ly/2WdAcX9

WaPo, Dana Milbank: An invitation to impeach, in Mueller-speak http://wapo.st/2Wc1NrV

WaPo Editorial: Mueller should have said this weeks ago http://wapo.st/2MgGhxk

DailyBeast, Adam Rawnsley: After Mueller: 5 Big Unresolved Questions About the Trump-Russia Investigation http://bit.ly/2Qvur10
// Could the president be charged later? What happened to the counterintelligence probe? The end of the special counsel’s work is just the beginning for some aspects of the saga.

🐣 RT @joshcampbell On Mueller’s reluctance to go before Congress, @JeffreyToobin: “Too bad! Most witnesses don’t want to testify in front of Congress… But the point is Congress needs the information.” 💽 https://twitter.com/joshscampbell/status/1133868699654340608/photo/1

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw Shorter and less subtler Bob Mueller (would have been this): ¤ First, don’t say it’s an exoneration, because we would have cleared the President if we could. ¤ Second, it is not for the criminal justice system, but for Congress to accuse a sitting President of wrongdoing. 📌 https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1133755613173944320

🐣 RT @maddow Mueller today: “The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting President of wrongdoing.” ¤ “The criminal justice system”. ¤ Isn’t this Mueller saying it wasn’t AG Barr’s call whether or not to charge Trump?

🐣 RT @john_sipher This is great but it’s also part of the problem. Yes the report is damming but it’s complicated and hard to read. It’s lawyer speak with double negatives. The 9/11 commissioners hired Harvard historian Ernest May to write a readable product. Trump is hoping it’s too hard to read.
⋙ 🐣 RT @asharangappa_ Mueller just told everyone to read his damn report. I read the footnotes for you — and summarize the best ones here
⋙⋙ TIME: What Happens Next with the Mueller Report? The Answer May Lie in the Footnotes http://bit.ly/2EDUy0L
// 5/3/2019

WaPo, Philip Bump: Trump’s mantra was once ‘no collusion, no obstruction.’ It isn’t anymore. http://wapo.st/2wtUU5W

WaPo, Dan Balz: Mueller says he couldn’t charge Trump, tosses the question to Congress http://wapo.st/2WdGV3v

WaPo, Marc Fischer: Mueller speaks for the ‘only time.’ Many Americans didn’t hear an ending. http://wapo.st/30W0Pym

WaPo: Mueller’s statement highlights key differences with Barr on investigation of President Trump http://wapo.st/2HJjeXR

NYT Editorial: Decoding Robert Mueller http://nyti.ms/2QxcU8y
// In short: No exoneration. (And please don’t make me testify!)

VICE, Greg Walters: Mueller Pretty Much Just Told Congress: Impeach or Go Home http://bit.ly/2EE5xra
// “He basically implored Congress to act”

CNN, Chris Cillizza: A translation of Mueller’s legalese, for non-lawyers http://cnn.it/2YXgUlU

🐣 RT @page88 [Virginia Heffernan] Mueller today issued a clear reproof to Barr. Mueller left no doubt that, contrary to Barr’s claims, the Office of the Special Counsel declined to indict Trump *because DOJ regulations prohibit it*. ¤ And now spokespeople from DOJ and OSC are aiming to blow that clarity.
🐣 RT @matthewamiller Totally normal. I put out joint statements with people who reported to me (Peter works for Kerri) all the time when I ran OPA.
🐣 RT @qjurecic Ironically, what this really does is drive home just how slippery and dishonest Barr was in his wording
🐣 RT @rickhansen The locution in that first sentence alone tells you that this was a heavily negotiated statement
⋙ 💙🐣 RT @ryanjreilly Joint Special Counsel / DOJ statement on the role of the OLC opinion. https://twitter.com/rickhasen/status/1133876382491172865/photo/1

🐣 Reminder: NO President has ever been convicted in the Senate, but 3 Presidents have forever been tainted by impeachment. That is the punishment.

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw This reads like an open letter to the GOP. ¤ Powerful words by former Defense Secretary William Cohen, who as a young Republican member of House was among the first to break with his party and put country first in Watergate investigations.
⋙ WaPo, William S Cohen: When will the Republican silence on Trump end? http://wapo.st/2K9lUjb “William S. Cohen is a former Republican congressman, senator and defense secretary who served on the House Judiciary Committee in 1974 during the Watergate impeachment inquiry.”

🐣 RT @renato_mariotti I agree with Chris Christie—today Mueller flatly contradicted Barr and made it clear that Congress would need to decide whether Trump obstructed justice. ¤ Barr should have to explain why he lied to Congress. That is a federal crime.

Reuters: Democratic lawmaker Nadler accuses Trump of lying, doesn’t rule out impeachment http://reut.rs/2MiUKcl

🐣 RT @tribelaw Mueller messed up by using a double negative. He meant to say: “DOJ policy would’ve prohibited us from calling Trump guilty even if we were convinced he’s guilty as sin. We could’ve said he was innocent if we concluded he was. But we didn’t: the evidence didn’t clear him.”

🐣 RT @normornstein Bill Barr should be disbarred and removed from office. He has violated his oath to be Attorney General of the United States, lied about fundamental things, and is unfit both for office or to practice law.

🐣 RT @McFaul Mueller said today, “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.” Can Trump officials & surrogates please stop insulting our intelligence by claiming Mueller investigation found no evidence of obstruction. We are not idiots.

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Perhaps Nadler will stage a show-and-tell series of hearings in which he can feed the public the full story in manageable bites. One is struck that we get the government we deserve. Citizenship requires effort. Without it, autocrats run wild.
⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: If Mueller surprised you, you haven’t read his report http://wapo.st/2wroPvt

≣💽 NYT: Full Transcript and Video of Mueller’s Statement on Russia Investigation http://nyti.ms/2QwKprA

WaPo: Mueller was pointed: His report doesn’t say what Trump and Barr have claimed http://wapo.st/2YVRZ1P

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Mueller Report: References impeachment (VolI. I, fn. 2) and future prosecution after POTUS leaves office (Vol. II, fn. 4) and says he investigated the President “to preserve evidence when memories were still fresh and documentary materials were available” (Vol. II, pp. 1-2)
⋙ 🐣 RT @matthewamiller Bill Barr on April 18: “Well, special counsel Mueller did not indicate that his purpose was to leave the decision to Congress. I hope that was not his view, since we don’t convene grand juries and conduct criminal investigations for that purpose.”

🐣 RT @danpfeiffer I am very sympathetic to the political concerns of the House Leadership and the consultant class, but it’s becoming clear that dodging an impeachment inquiry would be a grave moral, constitutional, and political mistake.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews The United States believes #Russia may be conducting low-level nuclear testing in violation of a moratorium on such tests, the head of the Defense Intelligence Agency said. https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1133741590059638784

🐣 RT @RiskyLiberal https://twitter.com/RiskyLiberal/status/1133804138494668800
// Mueller report summary chart; obstruction chart; obstruction of justice chart

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Nadler: “The Special Counsel has clearly demonstrated that Pres. Trump is lying about the Special Counsel’s findings, lying about the testimony of key witnesses in the Special Counsel’s report, & is lying in saying that the Special Counsel found no obstruction and no collusion.”

🐣 ⚡️@SpeakerPelosi It’s time!⚡️ @RepJerryNadler @RepAdamSchiff @RepCummings @SenFeinstein @MarkWarner

🐣 Clinton’s approval ratings went up because people thought his “crimes” were personal and trivial. Trump is the most criminal, decadent, unethical and incompetent person ever to hold the office, which he helped Russia to steal. @SpeakerPelosi @RepJerryNadler @RepAdamSchiff

DailyBeast: Mueller: My Hands Were Tied on Charging Trump http://bit.ly/2MvgTnZ
// by Justin Miller, Betsy Woodruff, Adam Rawnsley; Special counsel breaks more than two years of silence and reveals why he didn’t accuse the president of breaking the law.

🐣 RT @JoeNBC 1. “Charg­ing the pres­i­dent with a crime was not an op­tion that we could con­sider.” ¤ 2. “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.” ¤ Res ipsa loquitur.

💙🐣 RT @AriMelber New document from Mueller’s office contrasts Barr’s assertion about how Mueller determines if there “was an obstruction of justice” — to Mueller’s different explanation:
https://twitter.com/AriMelber/status/1133792145230434306/photo/1

🐣 RT @McFaul Mueller said today, “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.” Can Trump officials & surrogates please stop insulting our intelligence by claiming Mueller investigation found no evidence of obstruction. We are not idiots.

🐣 RT @petsa16 Are you hearing them on Fox? They actually interpreted Mueller correctly. Saying Congress was encouraged to impeach and Barr misrepresented the report in a couple of ways. Plus, it’s all in the report.

💙🐣 John Meacham: “Mueller brought a book to a Twitter fight”

🐣 RT @NancyPelosi Despite Department of Justice policy to the contrary, no one is above the law – not even the President. Read my full statement here:
⋙ Speaker.gov: Pelosi Statement on Special Counsel Mueller’s Press Statement Reiterating the President’s Obstruction https://tinyurl.com/y37ncfpk

💙💙 TheAtlantic, David Frum: What the Mueller Report Actually Said http://bit.ly/2WtO0Mx
// The special counsel pointed back to the words of his report. Here are its key findings.

🐣 Phone Numbers: Nancy Pelosi: 202-225-4965 ¤ Jerry Nadler: 202-225-5635 ¤ Adam Schiff: 202-225-4176

TheBulwark: Mueller Refuted Three Bad Arguments About the Special Counsel Investigation http://bit.ly/2XeToA7
// Trump fans and Trump critics will both find reason to be unhappy.

TPM, Josh Marshall: Fuller Take on Mueller http://bit.ly/2VUo6gx https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1133781406159638529/photo/1

The entire statement was stayed very, very close to the report. But the emphases are significant. Mueller slowed to a crawl noting the key points of his findings: that there was insufficient evidence to bring charges of conspiracy against members of the Trump campaign and that they did not charge the President with obstruction because they were not allowed to do so. On point one the shortcoming was evidentiary; on point two, they just weren’t allowed to.

Mueller briefly sketched out the argument contained in the introduction to volume 2 of his office’s report: they were barred from indicting the President and believed that fairness counseled them not to make a explicit accusation the President could not defend himself against in court. As with the report itself, if you’re paying attention it’s clear that investigators believe President Trump did obstruct justice on multiple occasions and that they could likely prove it beyond a reasonable doubt if they were allowed to do so. …

The most consequential part of the statement, however, is likely this line: “And second, the opinion says that the constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrong doing.” In other words, the constitutional process for holding the President accountable for his crimes is impeachment.

TheNation: Robert Mueller Just Told Congress To Do Its Damn Job http://bit.ly/2Xd4fut

🐣 If not Trump, what president? ¤ If not this Congress, which? ¤ If not now, never.

WaPo: Mueller says accusing Trump of a crime ‘not an option’ under Justice Dept. guidelines http://wapo.st/2I6H52y

🐣 RT @mitchellreports Jeremy Bash on Mueller: He was making the constitutional plea to the nation and the congress to read the report, focus on its findings and do its job. I agree with the sentiment this will build pressure in house and in the congress more generally for impeachment.

AP: Mueller: Special counsel probe did not exonerate Trump http://bit.ly/30Pcuz3

🐣 Mueller’s not wanting to testify and pointing to his report can be taken as meaning: Congress, you have all you need. @SpeakerPelosi @RepJerryNadler

NYT: Mueller, in First Comments on Russia Inquiry, Declines to Clear Trump http://nyti.ms/2Kdp85k

🐣 RT @BillKristol Nadler: “Given that Special Counsel Mueller was unable to pursue criminal charges against the President, it falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump—and we will do so.” ¤ This doesn’t say formal impeachment inquiry…but comes close.

🐣 RT @RepMaxineWalters Mueller made clear Trump is NOT exonerated and that AG Barr is a liar. Mueller did his job now it’s time for Congress to do its job. No more hiding behind the special counsel. Enough is enough. It’s time to #ImpeachTrump. We can’t wait for 2020. The time is NOW!

🐣 No hoax. No witch hunt. No coup. Case NOT closed. It goes to Congress.

🐣 RT @JudyWoodruff Robert Mueller: “…after that investigation, if we had confidence the President did not commit a crime, we would have said so. We did not say so…”

🐣 RT @RepJerryNadler Read my statement following Special Counsel Robert Muller’s press conference this morning on the conclusion of the investigation into President Trump and his associates: https://twitter.com/RepJerryNadler/status/1133759926822723584/photo/1

🐣 RT @JoeNBC If Mueller will do no more than read his report before Congress, then that is what Democrats should have him do with 50 million Americans watching. ¤ The report is damning and Americans who will not read it need to learn of its contents.

🐣 RT @Peter_Wehner Robert Mueller’s interpretation of his report is fundamentally different than what Bill Barr told us. I would suggest that between the two, Americans would be wise to trust the interpretation and integrity of the author of the report.

🐣 RT @BeschlossDC Nadler just now: “Given that Special Counsel Mueller was unable to pursue criminal charges against the President, it falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump–and we will do so.”

🐣 RT @DavidCornDC Remember, Barr said that there was no strong case of obstruction and that he and Rosenstein decided there was no obstruction. That is NOT what Mueller just said.

🐣 RT @tribelaw Mueller said: READ MY REPORT. It says I COULDN’T indict a sitting president. If my office could’ve concluded he was innocent of collusion or obstruction, we would’ve. We couldn’t so we didn’t. Only Congress can hold him accountable. The ball is in their court now.

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin Mueller made clear today that it is up to Congress to hold the president accountable for his crimes. Indeed it is. We cannot allow a president to hold himself above the law and expect to be free. Congress must use its constitutional powers to publicly consider impeachment now.

🐣 .@SpeakerPelosi It’s time. Ball’s in your court. ~ Robert S Mueller III

💙 🐣 RT @matthewamiller Bill Barr on April 18: “Well, special counsel Mueller did not indicate that his purpose was to leave the decision to Congress. I hope that was not his view, since we don’t convene grand juries and conduct criminal investigations for that purpose.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @matthewamiller Bob Mueller today: “And second, the opinion says that the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting President of wrongdoing.”

🐣 RT @McFaul Mueller statement today puts more pressure on Congress to act.

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote The most interesting part of that statement was about gathering evidence on obstruction while it’s fresh so you can get the facts, but also so you can prosecute co-conspirators. #MuellerPressConference

🐣 Mueller said Barr was acting “in good faith” ONLY with regard to deciding to release most of the report (which would have been at Mueller’s recommendation). Very delimited; not a general statement.

🐣 RT @TheRickWilson “If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”

🐣 RT @JoeNBC Mueller says that he did not conclude whether the president committed a crime because Justice guidelines did not allow him to reach that conclusion.

🐣 RT @DavidJolly Robert Mueller could not be more clear that he believes Congress needs to step up now, explicitly saying that charging a sitting President with a crime requires a process other than the criminal justice system allows. ¤ There is no other reason for his statement today.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Robert Mueller is expected to make a lengthy and substantial statement, a Justice Department official tells NYT.
⋙ NYT: Robert Mueller to Make Statement on Russia Investigation http://nyti.ms/2JQyaG3

DailyBeast, Clint Watts: The Kremlin’s Strategy for the 2020 U.S. Election: Secure the Base, Split the Opposition http://bit.ly/2WczuJU
// Americans may be on to the Kremlin’s tricks now, but Putin is getting a helping hand this time around: Conservative media and even the White House are spreading disinfo for him.

🐣 RT @davidfrum Mueller statement: “Can’t any of you people read?”

🔆 This❗️⋙ 🐣 RT @AriMelber Breaking: Bob Mueller to speak at 11am today
https://twitter.com/AriMelber/status/1133728387791560704/photo/1

⭕ 28 May 2019

🐣 RT @DavidPriess “Every fiber of Mueller’s being likely rejects the spectacle such public testimony would become,” says @joshscampbell here, “but this is another one of those rare instances where public confidence in our institutions of justice is on the line.”
⋙ CNN, Josh Campbell: Why Mueller needs to get in the hot seat http://cnn.it/2EzSrv9

WaPo: Amash defends call for Trump’s impeachment, says Congress ‘has a duty to keep the president in check’ http://wapo.st/2WmB4rV

💽 MSNBC, MTPDaily: Former Republicans question what happened to their party http://on.msnbc.com/2X7aH6e Charlie Sykes and George Will

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 James Comey: “There was no corruption. There was no treason. There was no attempted coup. Those are lies, and dumb lies at that. There were just good people trying to figure out what was true, under unprecedented circumstances.”
⋙ WaPo, James Comey: No ‘treason.’ No coup. Just lies — and dumb lies at that. http://wapo.st/2Wrn8gd

It is tempting for normal people to ignore our president when he starts ranting about treason and corruption at the FBI. I understand the temptation. I’m the object of many of his rants, and even I try to ignore him.

But we shouldn’t, because millions of good people believe what a president of the United States says. In normal times, that’s healthy. But not now, when the president is a liar who doesn’t care what damage he does to vital institutions. We must call out his lies that the FBI was corrupt and committed treason, that we spied on the Trump campaign, and tried to defeat Donald Trump. We must constantly return to the stubborn facts.

And there’s the first problem with Trump’s whole “treason” narrative. If we were “deep state” Clinton loyalists bent on stopping him, why would we keep it secret? Why wouldn’t the much-maligned FBI supervisor Peter Strzok — the alleged kingpin of the “treasonous” plot to stop Trump — tell anyone? He was one of the very few people who knew what we were investigating.

We investigated. We didn’t gather information about the campaign’s strategy. We didn’t “spy” on anyone’s campaign. We investigated to see whether it was true that Americans associated with the campaign had taken the Russians up on any offer of help. By late October, the investigators thought they had probable cause to get a federal court order to conduct electronic surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser named Carter Page. … [A]ll without revealing our work, despite the fact that it was late October and a leak would have been very harmful to candidate Trump. Worst deep-state conspiracy ever.

But wait, the conspiracy idea gets dumber. On Oct. 28, after agonizing deliberation over two terrible options, I concluded I had no choice but to inform Congress that we had reopened the Clinton email investigation. I judged that hiding that fact — after having told Congress repeatedly and under oath that the case was finished — would be worse than telling Congress the truth. It was a decision William Barr praised and Hillary Clinton blamed for her loss 11 days later. Strzok, alleged architect of the treasonous plot to stop Trump, drafted the letter I sent Congress.

And there’s still more to the dumbness of the conspiracy allegation. At the center of the alleged FBI “corruption” we hear so much about was the conclusion that Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lied to internal investigators about a disclosure to the press in late October 2016. McCabe was fired over it. And what was that disclosure? Some stop-Trump election-eve screed? No. McCabe authorized a disclosure that revealed the FBI was actively investigating the Clinton Foundation, a disclosure that was harmful to Clinton.

There is a reason the non-fringe media doesn’t spend much time on this “treason” and “corruption” business. The conspiracy theory makes no sense. The FBI wasn’t out to get Donald Trump. It also wasn’t out to get Hillary Clinton. It was out to do its best to investigate serious matters while walking through a vicious political minefield.

But go ahead, investigate the investigators, if you must. When those investigations are over, they will find the work was done appropriately and focused only on discerning the truth of very serious allegations. There was no corruption. There was no treason. There was no attempted coup. Those are lies, and dumb lies at that. There were just good people trying to figure out what was true, under unprecedented circumstances.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: House Democrats should follow Justin Amash’s lead http://wapo.st/2JJTrkA

USAToday, Kevin Kruse: Democrats need to get past impeachment jitters. It’s not 1998 and Trump is no Clinton. http://bit.ly/2Xa4dUl

🐣 RT @gtconway3d “43 percent of Republicans and Republican leaners would like to see Trump get a primary challenge next year. That 43 percent number is up by 6 percent from the 37 percent level right after last year’s midterm elections. This is a high number on the ascent.”
⋙ TheBulwark, Bill Kristol: New Poll Data Shows Trump Is More Vulnerable to a Primary Challenge Than Ever http://bit.ly/2HFb0zQ

🐣 RT @Mimitocah1 These threads by @justinamash are some of the most compelling & devastating summaries of the Mueller report & Barr’s corrupt acts. It’s not just that he’s a Republican saying it, it’s that he’s saying it with such detail & support for his conclusions. More of this please.
🐣 RT @brianklaas Amash continues to speak out with clarity. Here he documents the many ways that Barr behaved like Trump’s political hack, a man far more interested in being a toady than serving the American people. And, unfortunately, Barr’s spin — fueled by Trump’s lies — has fooled millions.
⋙ 🐣 RT @justinamash Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented key aspects of Mueller’s report and decisions in the investigation, which has helped further the president’s false narrative about the investigation. 📌 https://twitter.com/justinamash/status/1133410107461689345

WaPo: Amash accuses Barr of deliberately misrepresenting Mueller’s report to protect Trump http://wapo.st/2I4jeAI

NYT: Trump Undercuts John Bolton on North Korea and Iran http://nyti.ms/2QtCzPv

JustSecurity, Michael Stern: How Impeachment Proceedings Would Strengthen Congress’s Investigatory Powers http://bit.ly/2X958Ed

⭕ 27 May 2019

WaPo, Eugene Robinson: Tune out President Trump’s propaganda machine http://wapo.st/2VSksnt

WaPo: European Greens surge as voters abandon old parties over climate http://wapo.st/2X9XYQn

Vox, Sean Illing (Dec): How fascism works ~ A Yale philosopher on fascism, truth, and Donald Trump. http://bit.ly/2SnrqzF //➔ Jason Stanley author of book “How Fascism Works ~ The Politics of Us and Them”

NYRB, Christopher Browning: The Suffocation of Democracy http://bit.ly/2O8INWU
// 10/25/2018; history repeats Nazi Germany

🐣 RT @robreiner Won’t let us see his taxes, his grades, his health records, his finances.
Won’t testify or let anyone from his administration or family testify. This ignorant lying racist narcissist’s entire life has been one massive coverup.#TrumpDoesCoverUps

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Jill Wine-Banks: “We must have public hearings. With the testimony of witnesses who can be evaluated by all Americans, I fully anticipate Trump’s support will further erode. Public hearings made a difference in the case of Nixon.”
https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1133040182322712576/photo/1
[ ◕ How public opinion changed during Watergate ]
⋙ JustSecurity, Jill Wine-Banks: The Balance Has Shifted: The Data on Impeachment Favor Moving Ahead http://bit.ly/2McirmF

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger The New York Times gives home page to Trump’s juvenile nicknames for the candidates, including the racist Native American slur directed at Warren, This serves no purpose other than to highlight his name-calling and reinforce his abusive conduct.
🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Instead of learning from the mistakes of 2016 — when Trump was allowed to spew his racism and falsehoods at length on live TV coverage of rallies — the media risk a repeat by simply recycling his slurs and lies. Do better, please.
🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Sanders falsely insists the FBI was guilty of “unprecedented obstruction and corruption.” Not challenged on her exaggerations, distortions and outright lies, although she in essence concedes Trump has already made up his mind, issued his verdict
🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Republicans who repeat blatantly untrue talking points should not go unchallenged. That assists Trump in his war on the truth. Republicans would like to bury an already-completed IG report that found Strzok and Page did not influence the investig
⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: The press must do better http://wapo.st/2YRDP1W

🐣 RT @brianklaas This is an important bit of analysis: far-right gains make an easy headline, but when it comes to the actual process of governing, it’s not going to be the Brexit Party or Le Pen who are dictating terms in the EU Parliament, largely because Green/Liberal parties surged too.
⋙ 🐣 RT @NPRinskeep Interesting talk with @carlbildt on @MorningEdition. Centrists lost their majority in EU parliament. Far right gained in places. Yet liberals, Greens also gained. Bilt sees the centrists governing in coalition with the liberals: suggesting parliament leaning more left than right.

⭕ 26 May 2019

WaPo, James Downie: Why are Democratic leaders still foot-dragging on impeachment hearings? http://wapo.st/2ECIk8W

History.com, Becky Little (2018): Watergate: How John Dean Helped Bring Down Nixon http://bit.ly/2MdPNBm
// 10/16/2018, If not for the former White House counsel, Nixon might never have resigned.

🐣 RT @TomJChicago 1 Trump’s insane tweets from Japan are more examples of his corroded mind in free fall. Public awareness of Trump’s dementia is steadily rising as his condition steadily worsens. This will accelerate as he crumbles on camera for the world to see. Eventually, everyone will see it. 📌 https://twitter.com/TomJChicago/status/1132646906579116032

NYMag, Frank Rich (2017): Just Wait ~ Watergate didn’t become Watergate overnight, either. http://nym.ag/2wndOvb
// 6/26/2017

Politico, Renato Mariotti: Why Trump’s Stonewalling Legal Strategy Will Keep Failing http://politi.co/2YIo8dk
// If he’s trying to run out the clock on the subpoenas, the weakness of his strategy might actually be speeding things up

Politico, Zach Dorfman: The Spy Case That Made Adam Schiff a Russia Hawk http://politi.co/30GL6mZ
// Three decades before he railed against the Trump campaign, the future congressman prosecuted an FBI agent who was seduced by a Soviet spy.
#TheBlacklist @NBCBlacklist

⭕ 25 May 2019

WaPo, Dan Balz: For Pelosi, the biggest test awaits: Impeach or not impeach? http://wapo.st/2K5kFBC

Reuters: China says U.S. demand on its state-owned enterprises is ‘invasion’ on economic sovereignty http://reut.rs/30MkzVp
// state capitalism #TheBlacklist @NBCBlacklist

Dkos, Mark Sumner: Former DNI James Clapper makes it clear that Trump would not have won without Russia’s help http://bit.ly/2W7f84v

BusinessInsider, Sonam Sheth: Spy agency veterans are horrified at Trump’s decision to grant AG Barr sweeping power to declassify Russia intelligence: ‘Lives are on the line’ http://bit.ly/2Qo87Gp

🐣 RT @CharlesPPierce To those people whose caution on impeachment is based on the lack of a “narrative,” I say you can’t craft a narrative with five different narrators: i.e. five committees chasing 10 crimes. The Watergate narrative was set by the Ervin committee. One committee telling one story. /1 📌 https://twitter.com/CharlesPPierce/status/1132321644079452161
⋙ 🐣 Watergate didn’t have a LOUDER counter-narrative running constantly

🐣 RT @SethAbramson (NOTE) There was *such* an effort by the FBI to hurt Trump pre-election that it:
(1) Illegally leaked info to his campaign
(2) Broke protocol to reopen a case against his opponent
(3) Immediately fired/reassigned anyone biased against him
(4) Told no one it was investigating him

🐣 RT @MaxBoot Trump is now surrounded by lickspittles who will affirm, on command, that he is an “extremely stable genius.” Every abuse of power, when left unchecked, leads to a bigger abuse. My @PostOpinions column:
⋙ WaPo, Max Boot: Trump’s latest assault on democracy http://wapo.st/2K548gI

🐣 Pete Buttigieg is the candidate most like Obama, smart, eloquent, witty and Center Left, but Black people don’t like him. Explain please.

🐣 RT @MonmouthPoll NATIONAL POLL: 67% say former WH counsel Don #McGahn should appear before Congress. Only 20% say he should not. ¤ 73% say Robert #Mueller should appear too. ¤ Majority say these should be public hearings.
⋙ Monmouth.edu: McGahn, Mueller Should Testify http://bit.ly/2QqtVkF
// Trump rating stable; less than half say Russia ‘definitely’ interfered in 2016

WaPo: Bolton says North Korea is violating UN resolutions and refusing talks http://wapo.st/2W1p9QE

💽 MSNBC, AMJoy: Trump impeachment optics scare Democrats expert says http://on.msnbc.com/2K2SvXF
// Donald Trump is not facing impeachment because House Democrats are apparently afraid of the optics Slate Senior Editor Dahlia Lithwick tells AM JOY. Lithwick joins Joy Reid to discuss what she believes will be the destructive aftermath for America if the president is not impeached.

ForeignAffairs, Joe Biden (Jan 2018): How to Stand Up to the Kremlin http://fam.ag/2YMhfro
// Jan-Feb 2018; Defending Democracy Against Its Enemies

⭕ 24 May 2019

◕ WaPo, Dana Milbank: Trump is twice as extreme as his predecessors in the past century. That’s dangerous. http://wapo.st/2W5MNvj “Such rhetoric is a hallmark of totalitarianism.”
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1132785956749217794/photo/1

NYT: Barr Got More Power to Review the Russia Inquiry. Here’s What We Know About Its Origins. http://nyti.ms/2K2Fg9B

USAToday, Brian Ott: Donald Trump really is ‘crying out’ for impeachment. It’s the ultimate victim card. http://bit.ly/2JHA8Z9
// Impeachment would help Trump paint himself as a victim of the system he oversees. Voters must reject this dangerous, self-serving rhetoric in 2020.

WaPo, Carlos Lozada: What would Mueller say? http://wapo.st/2HC7vKw
// Past special prosecutors explained themselves – and they all faced the same problems

LawAndCrime: Calls for Mueller’s Public Testimony Intensify After It’s Revealed That He Wants to Avoid ‘Political Spectacle’ http://bit.ly/2KctzgL

WaPo, Dana Milbank: Trump is twice as extreme as his predecessors in the past century. That’s dangerous. http://wapo.st/2HEdy1q
// Previous presidents wouldn’t recognize Trump’s language. Fascists would.

WaPo, Barry McCaffrey: Pardoning convicted troops would tell the world America no longer has a disciplined military http://wapo.st/2X5RNMZ

NBCNews, Jonathan Allen: Trump turns the full force of the government on perceived political enemies http://nbcnews.to/2QpTWkf
// Analysis: The president is wielding power in ways not seen in the United States in generations — if ever.

WaPo, Robert Litt and Benjamin Wittes: 20 questions Mueller will actually be able to answer http://wapo.st/2MckPJY

🐣 RT @Lawrence In 2016 in a private Republican leadership meeting Kevin McCarthy said he thinks Putin pays Trump.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheHill Rep. Kevin McCarthy: “When I watched the leadership of this new Socialist Democratic Party, some things really concerned me. If we’re serious about solving problems, I think the actions of the Speaker were irresponsible.” 💽 https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1131986972984074240/photo/1

DailyBeast, David Lurie: Trump’s Public Enemies List Is an Impeachable Offense http://bit.ly/2wiWJ5p
// What he and William Barr are doing is potentially worse than anything in the Mueller Report.

KansasCityStar, Tom Coleman: Former GOP Rep. Tom Coleman: Trump, Pence are illegitimate. Impeach them http://bit.ly/2W3cQTX

🐣 RT @ProudResister Let’s be clear about something: Nobody in Congress including @SpeakerPelosi has ANY experience stopping a fascist autocrat from destroying our democracy because this has never happened before. We’re living in extraordinary times that call for extraordinary measures. #ImpeachTrump

🐣 RT @EricHolder This “investigation” (based exactly on what basis) is the height of irresponsibility and politically interferes with both the DOJ/the Intelligence Community. This is a dangerous precedent. I know the IC and DOJ will stand strong and minimize the damage
⋙ WaPo, Shane Harris: Barr could expose secrets, politicize intelligence with review of Russia probe, current and former officials fear http://wapo.st/2Madc6V

🐣 RT @davidfrum It’s not an “investigation.” It’s selective declassification by Trump’s ultra-political AG in order to tell a false story, conducted at the same time that the president’s private lawyers are fighting in court to suppress subpoenas to tell the true story

🐣 RT @JohnBrennan Young people everywhere: Please do not emulate Mr. Trump’s very immature behavior. Find others of honesty, integrity, & decency to be your role models. And always try to do what you know is the right thing, even when doing what is right is both unpopular & difficult.

🐣 RT @MaxBoot I’ve never criticized Robert Mueller before. I have the highest respect for his integrity. His report is a meticulous chronicle of presidential criminality & misconduct. But he will fail in his duty to the American people if he fails to testify about his findings in open session.

Newsweek, Alexandra Hutzler: Donald Trump Gives William Barr Power to Declassify Intelligence Information in ‘a Corrupt Act of Political Retribution,’ Experts Say http://bit.ly/2QjX8xE

💽 MSNBC, AllIn: Former CIA Director: Barr investigation an “outrageous” move http://on.msnbc.com/2K22hcx
// Former CIA Director John Brennan says President Trump doesn’t care about the national security concerns of the intelligence community.

WaPo Editorial: On Julian Assange, the administration throws smart and careful out the window http://wapo.st/2W0bY2E

Politico, Natasha Bertrand: Trump puts DOJ on crash course with intelligence agencies http://politi.co/2wk5sV6
// National security veterans fear a declassification order could trigger resignations and threaten the CIA’s ability to conduct its core business — managing secret intelligence and sources.

NYT: Trump Circumvents Congress to Sell Weapons to Middle East Allies http://nyti.ms/2YPVqHv

🐣 I’m not sure cheerfulness on the part of tv anchors is appropriate for the times. It is comforting, yes, but is it a good thing for people to feel comforted in these times of crisis? Some are better than others. @msnbc @cnn @chrislhayes @maddow @JoyAnnReid @NicolleDWallace

🐣 RT @mitchellreport .@realDonaldTrump says after giving AG Barr power to declassify secrets he hopes they’ll “see how the hoax or witch-hunt started” says it was attempted coup. So he already has dictated the outcome of this probe before it starts?
⋙ 🐣 RT @jayeglee1 The coup is every move that 45 has made and is making. The coup is his dismantling of the govt. The coup is the enthralled gop office holders everywhere trying to overturn settled law. The coup is 45 violating the emoluments clause + still in office.

🐣 My undergraduate major was American Studies. I have to be honest with you. Right now I am terrified.

WaPo, Karen Tumulty: Pelosi is a dangerous foil for a president who operates on impulse http://wapo.st/2JCsSO8

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Remember that the characterization of HRC as being “sick” and “weak” during the campaign was a Russian disinformation talking point which Trump gleefully parroted at every opportunity. He has no qualms about spreading disinformation, no matter the source.
⋙ 🐣 RT @tribelaw Trump’s retweet of a doctored video making it look like Pelosi is slurring her words is so far beneath contempt that words fail me. That his cheap trick might actually fool tens of millions of people is staggering. Nobody so lacking in character belongs in public office.

🐣 RT @CREWcrew President Donald Trump won’t release White House visitor logs, he refuses to hand over his tax returns, he made staffers sign non-disclosure agreements and he’s balking at congressional investigators.
⋙ Politico, Andrew Restucchia: Trump’s ‘most transparent president’ claim looks cloudy http://politi.co/2JDKEka
// A personally accessible president has approved several precedent-breaking retreats from public disclosure.

🐣 RT @McFaul Want to know what the United States should do to protect our 2020 presidential election from outside interference? Come to the conference on June 6th @FSIStanford. And if you can’t make it, download the paper that day.
⋙💙💙🐣 RT @FSIStanford The Cyber Policy Center’s first report “Securing American Elections: Prescriptions for Enhancing the Integrity and Independence of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Elections and Beyond,” will be presented at our June 6 event. Register now! http://stanford.io/2Hf8wIx  #StanfordCyberPolicy

WaPo: Some federal prosecutors disagreed with decision to charge Assange under Espionage Act http://wapo.st/2M7rNzP

NYT, Adam Goldman: Barr Got More Power to Review the Russia Inquiry. Here’s What We Know About Its Origins. http://nyti.ms/2K2Fg9B

PoliticusUSA/MSNBC: Trump Just Accused The UK and Australia Of Spying On Him http://bit.ly/2W22dko

🐣 RT @nahaltoosi I *think* this is Dan Coats’ way of telling Bill Barr, “Tread carefully, buddy.” https://twitter.com/nahaltoosi/status/1132004403848908802/photo/1

🐣 RT @MalcolmNance The national situation is on fire because Mueller pulled his punches. Trump feels like he is freely empowered to act as a dictator. We have to stick together & focus to #SaveDemocracy by making a massive wave in 2020.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ShadowThorin Kudos to @MalcolmNance for continuing to sound the alarm each day. I don’t know how he keeps up his energy. I am so mentally/physically/emotionally exhausted with trying to educate Americans on the immediate threats to our democracy, it takes all I have to get out of bed.

🐣 RT @CIAspygirl Barr’s malfeasance undermines our national security & his inexcusable actions will debilitate CIA’s ability to do their job. When sources disappear so will the vital intelligence they provide…intelligence that keeps our nation safe. This damage will be felt for decades to come.
⋙ 🐣 RT @amyfiscus Barr wants to know more about the CIA’s informants in Russia and what they passed along about the 2016 interference. Sources are among the CIA’s most closely held secrets
⋙⋙ NYT: Trump Gives Attorney General Sweeping Power in Review of 2016 Campaign Inquiry http://nyti.ms/2YNCHwi

🐣 RT @20committee The only reason for POTUS to make the AG, not the DNI, the declassification authority for IC documents is because you have a political agenda which the DNI will try to block on grounds of integrity and nonpartisanship. ¤ That is all.

🐣 RT @john_sipher If this is a legitimate effort to learn about the trustworthiness of the intel. Easy, There are established processes. If it is an effort to find scapegoats to help with partisan deflection (like Trump did with FBI), then leadership needs to fall on its sword and refuse to play.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Make no mistake: If Barr discloses the identities of CIA and CI sources providing information on Russia he is disabling our intelligence capacities *to Russia’s advantage*. It puts sources providing intelligence in danger and cripples the ICs ability to recruit new sources 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1131915717476007936

WaPo, Paul Waldman: Trump extends his corruption into the intelligence agencies http://wapo.st/2JEriLw

🐣 RT @tribelaw Abusing declassification authority to pursue and punish a president’s political enemies is a classic “high Crime and Misdemeanor.” It belongs on the agendas of both @RepAdamSchiff’s & @RepJerryNadler’s House Committees. Open the #ImpeachmentInquiryNow!
⋙ NYT: Barr’s Newfound Power Could Prompt Clash Between Justice Dept. and C.I.A. http://nyti.ms/30JpoP2

🐣 RT @tribelaw Trump’s risking our national security to wreak vengeance on those responsible for investigating his alleged wrongdoing to (a) win the presidency, (b) obstruct inquiry into how a foreign power may have helped him win, and (c) cover up that obstruction is itself clearly impeachable
⋙ 🐣 RT @MalcolmNance WARNING: We are in grave danger. Trumps says he declassified all allied intelligence fm FBI, GCHQ, MI6, AVID & ASIS for AG Barr to get revenge. This is the end of the 5-EYES relationship. No one will EVER share intelligence with us again. #Imoeach to Save our Nation’s Security.

WaPo, Aaron Blake: Trump just gave William Barr carte blanche to declassify information. What could go wrong? http://wapo.st/2weYcKa
// A lot

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance This is a danger sign. Barr, who is willing to use criminal investigations as political tools, can now decide to selectively release classified information to further the WH’s false narrative. But he won’t file a motion asking a judge to turnover grand jury material to Congress
⋙ 🐣 RT @justinjm1 Trump authorizes Barr to reveal whatever he wants about the Russia investigation, yet they refuse to reveal the full Mueller Report and evidence

🐣 RT @cm_merlin [Barr and Mueller] 💽 https://twitter.com/cm_merlin/status/1131892778055753733/photo/1
Replying to @cm_merlin @MarkWarner and 3 others
💥 Mueller Objected to Barr Brief
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/30/us/politics/mueller-barr.html
💥 Barr Undercut by Ignorance
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/05/01/barrs-conclusions-are-undercut-by-his-lack-familiarity-with-details-muellers-probe/
💥 10 Trump Actions on Obstruction
https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/04/18/trump-actions-mueller-spotlighted-potential-obstruction/
💥 Smears & Attacks
https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2019/05/barr-trump-mueller-order-investigation-biden-ukraine.html
🇷🇺 Barr Russia & Alfa-Bank Ties
https://www.newsweek.com/so-many-conflicts-so-little-time-1396435

🐣 Which can only mean Trump is the nation’s a$$hole
⋙ 🐣 Mediaite: Lindsey Graham Decries Two Year Investigation Into Trump as ‘Political Rectal Exam’ http://bit.ly/2HXjW2q

🐣 RT @gtconway3d Politically, of course, he’d be better off if he’d just shut up about it, just as he would have been far better off if he’d never fired Comey, never tried to obstruct Mueller, and never tweeted the words “Witch Hunt.” But he’s a pathological narcissist. He can’t help it.
⋙ 🐣 “Extreme hedonism” ~ term used by book by those psychologists to describe living only in the moment, inability to think ahead, to be strategic

🐣 RT @AltUSPressSec When an aspiring autocrat seizes control of the law enforcement and intelligence functions of the State, the battle is nearly lost. ¤ The current situation must be treated with the seriousness it demands. @TeamPelosi @SpeakerPelosi
📌 https://twitter.com/AltUSPressSec/status/1131853232966381568

⭕ 23 May 2019

Forbes, Dan Alexander and Richard Behar: The Truth Behind Trump Tower Moscow: How Trump Risked Everything For A (Relatively) Tiny Deal http://bit.ly/2X5tzTe

TheAtlantic, Quinta Jurecic: Impeachment Is a Refusal to Accept the Unacceptable http://bit.ly/2QnE5Tj
// Taking action against Trump is a rejection of the idea that nothing matters.

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Make no mistake: If Barr discloses the identities of CIA and CI sources providing information on Russia he is disabling our intelligence capacities *to Russia’s advantage*. It puts sources providing intelligence in danger and cripples the ICs ability to recruit new sources 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1131915717476007936

Newsweek, Tom Porter: Evidence Russia Tipped Election for Trump ‘Staggering,’ Says Former U.S. Intel Chief James Clapper http://bit.ly/2HBtTDQ

WaPo, Catherine Rampell: The Trump administration’s war on statistics isn’t slowing down http://wapo.st/2WqcJkN

🐣 RT @sarahkendzior This is very serious. If Trump can imprison and yes, even execute these former officials he will. He needs them gone because they know about his crimes. ¤ I’m a critic of some of them (esp Comey) but obviously this is sick and evil and they need protection. Where’s the protection?
⋙ 🐣 RT @ShelbyKStewart More hate, more unhinged incitement of violence toward U.S. citizens. Someone needs to replace his dog-whistle with a ball-gag and straitjacket. Stat. ¤ Trump suggests death penalty punishment for Comey, Page, Strozk and McCabe

🐣 RT @davidfrum Trump’s so-called investigation … *is* the cover-up. Latest in @TheAtlantic about tonight’s grim news
⋙ TheAtlantic, David Frum: Trump’s Cover-Up Accelerates http://bit.ly/2M2QD3L
// The president directs his attorney general to declassify information—raising the prospect of selective disclosures.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance National security takes a back seat to Trump demands that Barr gin up an investigation into public servants at DOJ & FBI. Also today, Trump called prosecutors killers & accused people by name of treason after a reminder the punishment is execution. There’s no way this ends well.
⋙ 🐣 RT @SpyTalker Trump issues order demanding that CIA, ODNI etc “promptly” cooperate with Barr in “Review of Intelligence Activities Relating to the 2016 Presidential Campaigns.”
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @PoolReports Subject: Memorandum on Agency Cooperation with Attorney General’s Review of Intelligence Activities Relating to the 2016 Presidential Campaigns http://bit.ly/2JE8v39

🐣 RT @justinhendrix Anyone that thinks we will have a free and fair election in 2020 is not paying attention.

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin This is truly a dangerous abuse of power. Barr will selectively release sensitive information, as he did with Mueller’s report, to shape a favorable narrative for Trump and impede the intelligence community’s ability to collect intel on foreign threats that assist the president. 📌 https://twitter.com/EvanMcMullin/status/1131754489046716416
⋙ 🐣 RT @PhilipRucker Just in: Trump has directed U.S. intelligence agencies to cooperate with the Justice Department’s review of the origins of the Russia investigation (the “spying” probe) and has given AG Barr authority to declassify information as he sees fit.

🐣 RT @rebeccaballhaus Nancy Pelosi: “I pray for the president of the United States. I wish that his family or his administration or staff would have an intervention for the good of the country.”

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw May Day
—Espionage indictment of Assange imperils freedom of press
—Executive order gives Attorney General Barr unprecedented power to go after perceived enemies in intel community
—POTUS names specific people in answer to question who has committed treason punishable by death
⋙ 🐣 RT @arupar REPORTER: Sir, the constitution says treason is punishable by death. You’ve accused your adversaries of treason. Who specifically are you accusing of treason?
TRUMP: A number of people. If you look at Comey, McCabe, if you look at Strzok, his lover Lisa Page… 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1131672516622209024/photo/1

🐣 RT @PhilipRucker House Judiciary Chairman Nadler tells @maddow that Robert Mueller wants to testify but only in private with a transcript released to the public. Nadler says Mueller doesn’t want to participate in a televised open hearing that could be a spectacle.

🐣 RT @emptywheel Three things happened in quick succession today: ¤
1) DOJ criminalized core journalistic activities as espionage ¤
2) Trump made his AG the fact-finder where independent ones had found nothing ¤
3) Trump started tweeting obvious fakes abt his adversaries

🐣 RT @djrothkopf He’s not “a president.” He is something we have never seen before in the US. His title is president. But this behavior is that of a demented autocrat–as are his attacks on the press & the rule of law.

🐣 RT @wildonnelly Barr, who is acting in the best interests of Trump, and with no regard for the national security of the United States, has been given power over all of the intelligence agencies to declassify their material, even if they object because it would jeopardize their sources & methods.
⋙ 🐣 RT @costareports “Stripping the intel leaders of their ability to control information about sources and methods, and handing that power to political actors, could cause human agents to question whether their identity will be protected,” Jeremy Bash tells Post. “This is dangerous territory.”

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff While Trump stonewalls the public from learning the truth about his obstruction of justice, ¤ Trump and Barr conspire to weaponize law enforcement and classified information against their political enemies. ¤ The coverup has entered a new and dangerous phase. ¤ This is un-American.

🐣 RT @mcfaul Biden behind it all? This is just crazy stuff. What has become of our republic? So depressing to watch. I have tried hard to keep believing that we Americans are better than this, or can be better than this again. I’m losing faith.
⋙ 🐣Terrifying day
⋙ 🐣 RT @joshtpm Trump Advisor Lewandowski: Biden behind Steele Dossier; Comey, McCabe, Strzok and Page will all be on trial “March or April of the next year.”
💽 [Fox] https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/1131712683026341896/photo/1

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote I hate Assange, & I just got points for my fantasy indictment draft, but charging him for publishing docs as a media outlet? & I’m worried about what precedent Trump’s justice department is trying to set with this charge & how it could affect the press.
⋙ 🐣 And now Barr gets to selectively declassify and create the official narrative. Personally, I am terrified. I don’t know if we can survive another 18 months.

🐣 RT @chrislhayes There’s an inescapable plummeting, almost annihilating sadness to these that I can’t quite escape. The depth of need and brokenness.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Here is a 7+ minute video, from ABC, of Trump calling on multiple senior aides to defend him and vouch for his ‘calm’ demeanor in the infrastructure meeting with Democrats after Nancy Pelosi said that he’d had a temper tantrum.
💽 https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1131658573300359169/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 I hear you. The few times I can fathom his psyche at all, it’s these moments. But in the end, he’s still incredibly dangerous to us all. Empathy is an indulgence we cannot afford.

🐣 Trump keeps opening barn doors and letting horses out while Dems keep going to the authorities for permits for rounding them up. Before Dems get the permits all the horses will be long gone.

🐣 RT @selectedwisdom Basically AG Barr can selectively declassify any bits he chooses about the origins of the Russia investigation, but he can’t declassify portions of the Mueller report? Am I understanding this correctly?

🐣 RT @matthewamiller Whoa. So Barr has the sole authority to declassify info related to the Trump investigation over the objections of the original classifying authority – CIA, NSA, etc. A huge accumulation of power and discretion to the AG that I believe is unprecedented.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AaronBlake BREAKING: Trump orders the declassification of certain intelligence to assist in William Barr’s review of intelligence activities relating to the 2016 presidential campaigns https://twitter.com/AaronBlake/status/1131715883175436288/photo/1

NYT: Assange Indicted Under Espionage Act, Raising First Amendment Issues http://nyti.ms/30CfxKR

TheIndependent, Molly Jong-Fast [UK]: If Trump is right, he has temper tantrums. If Nancy Pelosi is right, he pretends to have temper tantrums. Neither is acceptable http://ind.pn/2X5AMTo
// Was this supposed meltdown just a distraction from another instance of incompetence? Does it even matter?

🐣 RT @Natasha Bertrand Here is the indictment, which was just posted online a couple minutes ago:
⋙ Politico: [Indictment] http://politi.co/2X3p0Zq
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @Natasha Bertrand BREAKING: A grand jury in the Eastern District of Virginia has returned an 18-count superseding indictment against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, DOJ officials tell us. He’s been charged with violating the Espionage Act. Story TK.

🐣 RT @lawfareblog Testimony by Robert Mueller risks becoming a political circus. But, Bob Bauer argues here, Mueller could use the opportunity to reflect on his experience operating under the current legal regime for special counsels:
⋙ Lawfare, Bob Bauer: The Perils and Opportunities of Mueller’s Testimony http://bit.ly/2JYtHAg

DailyBeast: Pelosi: Trump’s Family, Staff Should Stage an ‘Intervention’ for ‘Good of the Country’ http://bit.ly/2WlAGK6

🐣 The GOP stands for two things: 1) tax cuts for the wealthy, 2) judges to ensure #1. Everything else is just stoking fear and hate to rile up the base.

🔄💙💙 🐣 RT @justinamash Mueller’s report describes a consistent effort by the president to use his office to obstruct or otherwise corruptly impede the Russian election interference investigation because it put his interests at risk.
📌 https://twitter.com/justinamash/status/1131605784742256640

🐣 Kellyanne was presenting herself as a conduit. Pelosi is the Speaker of the House, third in the succession, head of the Article 1 Branch. She should not have to communicate via staff after the current resident disrespectfully storms out on her.

Politico, Natasha Bertrand: FBI search warrants detail Michael Cohen Russia ties http://politi.co/2QiNGKT
// Newly unsealed warrants reveal how closely the special counsel’s team was tracking the foreign entanglements of Trump’s most loyal fixer.

🐣 RT @DomajorReminor #TrumpMustResign Since Donald Trump admits at the Rose Garden that he knew about the Trump Tower meeting when his son called him after & most likely before it took place, are we going to ignore this when Trump stated countlessly he knew nothing about the Trump Tower meeting?

⭕ 22 May 2019

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: Bill Barr’s Bullshit Claim that Trump Obstructed the Investigation Out of Frustration and Anger http://bit.ly/2QwXtxg

ProPublica: Why Did Deutsche Bank Keep Lending to Donald Trump? — “Trump, Inc.” Podcast http://bit.ly/2HEwrRz
// The bank kept writing checks even after Trump defaulted on loans worth hundreds of millions and sued it. Now Congressional investigators are going to court to uncover the financial records behind their relationship.

Lawfare, Jonathan Shaub: Testimonial Immunity, Executive Privilege and the President’s Authority Over Former Officials http://bit.ly/2wnmmC0

Esquire, Charles Pierce: The President* Has Done Too Many Things, and Too Many People Know About Them http://bit.ly/2EoATSD

This president* is going to be impeached by the House of Representatives. It is now unavoidable. He’s done too many things and too many people know about them. This is going to be one helluva summer. And it’s building now like a thunderstorm over the mountains, and there’s no way to stop it.

DailyBeast, Sam Stein and Sam Brodey: Pelosi to Impatient Dems: We’ve Got Trump on the Ropes http://bit.ly/2Mf7tge
// ‘Even this impeachment inquiry is the same f*cking process,’ said one senior Democratic aide. ‘You will still end up in the courts.’

Bloomberg: Mueller Probed Cohen Ties to Oligarch’s Cousin, Filings Show http://bloom.bg/2Wn416S
● Warrants from 2017 cited 1,000 texts, calls with Intrater
● Prosecutors asked if payments tied to Russia sanctions plan

WaPo Editorial: Judges must move quickly to hold Trump accountable http://wapo.st/2HwMvVr

🐣 RT @danpfeiffer The discourse over Pelosi’s “coverup” comment is so dumb. ¤ Trump is literally a named co-conspirator in an actual coverup for which his lawyer is currently sitting in jail. [ … ]

🐣 RT @tribelaw For any president to refuse to perform his Art II responsibilities unless Congress abandons its Art I duties is a gross dereliction of duty, itself an impeachable course of conduct that seeks to hold the American people hostage.

Politico, John Bresnahan and Burgess Everett: Why Pelosi is so good at infuriating Trump http://politi.co/2HxhtNg
// The speaker stands firm against the president like few others.

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Democrats went to the White House with a clear goal: making progress on an infrastructure deal #ForThePeople. It would appear that @realDonaldTrump, on the other hand, was aiming to hold this widely-supported bipartisan effort hostage in an effort to double-down on his cover-up.

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Congress has a clear, urgent duty to uncover the truth for the American people – a duty we will not abandon in the face of @realDonaldTrump’s unprecedented cover-up. This is about patriotism, not politics. #FollowTheFacts
⋙ Speaker.gov: Pelosi Statement on Recent Progress of Democrats’ Oversight Efforts to Hold the President & Administration Accountable http://bit.ly/30AKlM6

CNN, Marshall Cohen: Trump spreads false claims about Mueller as Democrats start tightening the screws http://cnn.it/2wg8NV2

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Rex Tillerson told members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee that Vladimir Putin out-prepared Trump during a key meeting in Germany, WaPo reports. ¤ Tillerson also said Kushner’s general lack of knowledge of history exposed him to being outmaneuvered.
🐣 RT @gtconway3d A sixth-grader could out-prepare Trump.
⋙ WaPo: Putin out-prepared Trump in key meeting, Rex Tillerson told House panel http://wapo.st/2VI2Mej

🐣 RT @vaso_gk_ [butt pics] /photo/1-4] https://twitter.com/vaso_gk_/status/1130826682271784960/photo/1
#TheBlacklist

WaPo, Philip Bump: The various coverups of Donald ‘I don’t do coverups’ Trump http://wapo.st/2EshOix

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Pelosi goads Trump into another temper tantrum http://wapo.st/2VLfeK0

🐣 RT @mmurraypolitics Fact-checking Trump’s Rose Garden comments from today. ¤ CLAIM: “I think most of you would agree, I’m the most transparent president probably in the history of this country.” ¤ FACTS: No tax returns, no Mueller sit-down, objecting to McGahn’s House testimony

TPM, Josh Kovensky: Judge Told Trump Attorneys Their Case To Block Subpoenas Isn’t ‘Serious’ https://tinyurl.com/y3tymdfm

The judge drew special attention to the question of timing during his ruling, saying that “any delay in the proceedings may result in irreparable harm to the Committees.”

He added that the law in the matter was “well-settled.”

“Courts have long recognized a clear public interest in maximizing Congress’s power to investigate,” Ramos intoned.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Nancy Pelosi: “We do believe that it’s important to follow the facts. We believe that no one is above the law, including the President of the United States. And we believe the President of the United States is engaged in a cover-up.”
💽 https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1131202001998680064/photo/1

📊 TheHill: Monmouth University Poll: 60 percent say Trump should not be reelected http://bit.ly/2QgIQ0H //➔ just 37% say he should be

🐣 RT @BarbraSteisand Trump just gave his self-pitying, Nixonian “I am not a crook” speech in the Rose Garden.
⋙ CNBC: ‘I don’t do cover-ups’: Trump lashes out at Democrats after canceling White House infrastructure sit-down http://cnb.cx/2JxFlTf

🐣 RT @stengel This is @potus essentially saying he is holding the American people hostage until lawful investigations of him are suspended. The concept of governing is completely alien to him.
⋙ 🐣 RT @peterbakernyt Trump marched into the room, refused to shake any hands or sit and laced into Pelosi for accusing him of a coverup. After just three minutes, he left, and told reporters he could not work with Democrats until they end “phony investigations.” @katierogers
⋙⋙ NYT: Trump Walks Out on Pelosi and Schumer After 3 Minutes http://nyti.ms/2VTv7TI

🐣 RT @stengel This is @potus essentially saying he is holding the American people hostage until lawful investigations of him are suspended. The concept of governing is completely alien to him.
⋙ 🐣 RT @peterbakernyt Trump marched into the room, refused to shake any hands or sit and laced into Pelosi for accusing him of a coverup. After just three minutes, he left, and told reporters he could not work with Democrats until they end “phony investigations.” @katierogers
⋙⋙ NYT: Trump Walks Out on Pelosi and Schumer After 3 Minutes http://nyti.ms/2VTv7TI

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Judge Ramos said that the Trump clan’s arguments “are not sufficiently serious as it relates to Supreme Court precedent” dealing with the question of turning over documents to Congress. ¤ The judge disagreed that the demand for the documents lacks a legitimate legislative purpose.
🐣 RT @ReutersPolitics JUST IN: New York judge rules Trump financial records may be provided to Democratic lawmakers by Deutsche Bank, Capital One

WaPo: Trump abruptly ends infrastructure meeting with Democrats after Pelosi says he is ‘engaged in a coverup’ http://wapo.st/2LZY5N8

🐣 RT @pbump There’s no way Trump planned this Rose Garden event on the spur of a moment. There’s a professionally printed sign on the podium making his case!

JustSecurity, Stephen Gillers: When Is a “Literally True” Statement False and a Crime http://bit.ly/2HQOMJZ

🐣 RT @chrislhayes “I don’t do coverups” is in “I’m not a crook” territory

🐣 RT @PhilipRucker “I don’t do cover-ups,” Trump says, making no mention of the hush money payments to a porn star and a Playmate to secure their silence about his affairs in the weeks before 2016 election
⋙ 🐣 RT @feliciasonmez Trump cites Pelosi’s statement this morning on a “cover up.” “Instead of walking in happily to a meeting, I walk in to look at people who said I was doing a cover-up. I don’t do cover-ups. You people know that probably better than anybody,” Trump says to reporters.

🐣 “Cover up” for sure, but with the added novelty that it is done by messages conveyed to his base in lies about what is in the Mueller Report, while he actively prevents Congress from getting to the facts and getting the real findings out to the country.

⭕ 21 May 2019

NYT: Austria Chancellor Faces Prospect of No-Confidence Vote as Coalition Unravels http://nyti.ms/2JZOeo8

The governing coalition, an alliance between Mr. Kurz’s conservatives and the far-right Freedom Party, began to unravel on Saturday, when a video emerged showing the far-right party’s leader discussing an exchange of favors with a woman claiming to be a Russian oligarch’s niece.

Slate, Elizabeth Gotein: Trump Is Considering Deputizing the Military as a Civilian Police Force. That Is Terrifying. http://bit.ly/2VX1a59

It should go without saying that the presence of undocumented immigrants within the United States does not justify invocation of this potent emergency power. There is no uprising taking place, no breakdown of civil order. For better or for worse, immigration officers are fully capable of carrying out deportations and are doing so at record-setting rates.

🐣 RT @samstein Tillerson told lawmakers that Jared was a menace at State while he was there.
🐣 RT @Kris_Sacrebleu “Tillerson reached out to the committee-expressed a willingness to meet, a comm aide said. In a more than 6-hour mtg, he told members and staffers that the Trump admin actively avoided confronting Russia about allegations of interference in the election”
⋙ DailyBeast, Erin Banco: Rex Tillerson Secretly Meets With House Foreign Affairs Committee to Talk Trump http://bit.ly/2W0eJkA
// The former secretary of state talked with lawmakers about his time with the president and the frictions he had with the president’s son-in-law.

🐣 RT @jptrb So, Mitch McConnell and Rand Paul lifted sanctions on Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska for a 200mil investment in Kentucky by ex senator David Vitter. In exchange Mitch have Vitter’s wife a lifetime judgeship after she lost her nomination. This lawless nonsense has to stop!
↥ ↧
NYT: Democrats Seek Review of Russian Investment in Kentucky http://nyti.ms/2EpsmP9
// Oleg Deripaska

DailyBeast, Jay Michaelson: The Secrets of Leonard Leo, the Man Behind Trump’s Supreme Court Pick http://bit.ly/2HIkhGm
// A Catholic fundamentalist who controls a network of right-wing groups funded by dark money has put three justices on the court. He’s about to get a fourth.

WaPo: A conservative activist’s behind-the-scenes campaign to remake the nation’s courts http://wapo.st/30x4G4R
// Leonard Leo helped conservative nonprofits raise $250 million from mostly undisclosed donors in recent years to promote conservative judges and causes

WaPo: Confidential draft IRS memo says tax returns must be given to Congress unless president invokes executive privilege http://wapo.st/2QeAmY5

🐣 RT @LisaHagan7 He literally said this shit. This is a democracy not a dictatorship, he needs to go ASAP. https://twitter.com/LisaHagan7/status/1130949457850314753/photo/1

Bloomberg, Timothy O’Brien: Trump’s Constitutional Conflicts Are Exposed http://bloom.bg/2K0VuzM
// The president loves the Constitution when it helps stop his advisers from testifying, less so when it’s used to demand the disclosure of his finances.

🐣💽 RT @TheBeatWithAri “80-90% of the committee is on board to go forward” with impeachment ¤ @RepCohen on House Judiciary Committee
https://twitter.com/TheBeatWithAri/status/1130958562136600576/photo/1

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Here’s what the House Judiciary Committee should do http://wapo.st/2YCfz3u

Lawfare, Quinta Jurecic: The House Is Right to Move Toward an Impeachment Inquiry http://bit.ly/2QhjkZc

NBCNews: New York lawmakers pass bill aimed at weakening Trump’s pardon power http://nbcnews.to/2wdIkYc
// The measure, which creates a narrow exception to the state’s double jeopardy law, now goes to Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s desk.

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: Pelosi’s Strategy Is Working, And Trump Is One Step Closer to Being F*cked http://bit.ly/2HwTKwU
// Democrats who want impeachment yesterday aren’t paying attention. Between McGahn, the ruling on taxes, and Cohen, the Resistance has had a banner week.

CNN: First on CNN: Justice Department willing to hand over counterintelligence if Schiff backs off ‘enforcement action http://cnn.it/2YIuSHV

Politico, Darren Samuelson: I Watched 20 Hours of Robert Mueller Testifying. Here’s What Congress Would Be In For. http://politi.co/2WcvyYN
// The former FBI head hasn’t talked in public for two years—but when he did, he knew his Russia threats and didn’t suffer fools gladly.

🔊 TheAsset: The Sistema http://apple.co/2VHucki

🐣 RT @gtconway3d Well, then, let’s conduct a little thought experiment here. If any other president had done any fraction of what Trump has done, what would have happened? Or if Trump were a Democrat, what would Republicans be saying? We know what they’d be saying, and they’d be right.
⋙ 🐣 RT @rebeccaballhaus Bill Barr, under fire for appearing to protect Trump, tells WSJ’s @sgurman he’s protecting the presidency, not the president. “I felt the rules were being changed to hurt Trump.”
⋙⋙ WSJ: Barr Says He Is Fighting for the Presidency, Not Trump http://on.wsj.com/2QhK23Z
// The attorney general, who has faced criticism, is in the front lines of the president’s battles against Congress

WaPo: Mueller and House Democrats at impasse over how much of his testimony would be public http://wapo.st/2JT8DuR
// Robert S. Mueller III and House Democrats have been unable to reach an agreement on how much of the special counsel’s expected congressional testimony would be public, and how much would take place in private, according to people familiar with the matter.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Trump stonewalls, and a court slaps him down http://wapo.st/2QbSMsm

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Rep. Jamie Raskin, a member of the Judiciary and Oversight Committees: “I think that overwhelming evidence has been presented to us in the Mueller report, and outside of it too, of high crimes and misdemeanors, and we should launch an impeachment inquiry.”
⋙ WaPo: A top Democrat warns: If we don’t confront Trump, he’ll grow more lawless http://wapo.st/2WWmeVP Rep Jamie Raskin (MD)

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Trump stonewalls, and a court slaps him down http://wapo.st/2QbSMsm

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: Just This Week, Trump Has Already Committed 5 More Impeachable Acts http://nym.ag/2Hs9GjI

🐣 RT @bradheath Former White House counsel Don McGahn defied a congressional subpoena and skipped a hearing today where lawmakers had planned to press him on President Donald Trump’s efforts to thwart the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
⋙ USAToday: Don McGahn, former White House counsel, defies House subpoena and skips hearing on Russia probe http://bit.ly/2K08Mwq

⭕ 20 May 2019

TheMoscowProject: What The Trump Campaign Knew and When They Knew It http://bit.ly/31udngM

WaPo, James Hohman: The Koch network is reorganizing under a new name and with new priorities http://wapo.st/2K3g7eW

🐣 RT @RonKlain Trump can be beaten, but as this smart piece from @paulwaldman1 suggests, it will be an uphill fight. I’d add one more thing to Paul’s list of Trump advantages: many of Trump’s negatives are self-inflicted, and can be self-corrected at any time.
⋙ WaPo, Paul Waldman: Why Trump actually has many advantages in 2020 http://wapo.st/2JFakNj

🐣 RT @OkCallMeAl I’ve Muellered this over McGahn and McGahn the past few days and I’m Cohen to go out on a limb and say, Barring any illegal congressional Sessions, where crass and Rudy politicians act in a Conway and Flood the media, then the next few weeks are going to Sekulow hard for Trump. 😂

🐣 RT @RonaldKlain One important thing here: many pundits have been saying that if the House Dems fight Trump in court, Trump will simply be able to run out the clock. This ruling shows that the courts can act quickly, and are likely to do so.

🐣 RT @tribelaw This WH position can’t POSSIBLY be the law when the House is exercising its power to investigate whether the president has committed impeachable offenses. The OLC/Cipollone view would rip the Impeachment Power root and branch out of the Constitution.

NYT, Cristian Farias: How a Lone Republican Set an Example for Democrats on the Mueller Report http://nyti.ms/2VP4Ci8
// Representative Justin Amash read the special counsel’s findings and saw impeachable offenses.

🐣 RT @tribelaw “It is … not fathomable that a Constitution that grants Congress the power to remove a President for reasons including criminal behavior would deny [it] the power to investigate him for unlawful conduct— even without formally opening an impeachment inquiry,” Judge Mehta wrote.

🐣 RT @tribelaw The serious felonies Trump seems to be orchestrating against McGahn and his firm are codified in 18 U.S. Code § 1513, which criminalizes retaliating against a prospective witness in a lawful investigation — like that being undertaken by the House Judiciary Committee

🐣 RT @tribelaw Trump’s effort to exact that price itself constitutes a federal felony and would be yet another impeachable offense
⋙ Politico, Greg Sargent: Republicans who don’t protect Trump’s corruption will pay a very steep price http://politi.co/2QcKJM9

CNN: READ: Nadler warns McGahn about consequences of failing to appear before committee http://cnn.it/2Jv1mlB
// full letter
⇈ ⇊
PoliticusUSA: Jerry Nadler links Trump and criminal activity http://bit.ly/2EngNs1
// partial text of Nadler letter
⇈ ⇊
🐣 RT @RepJerryNadler Read my statement on the White House blocking Don McGahn from testifying tomorrow to @HouseJudiciary on evidence of obstruction of justice by President Trump: https://twitter.com/RepJerryNadler/status/1130586951562743809/photo/1
// letter

🐣 RT @ Susan_Hennessey This was the identical argument Nixon gave for trying to block the Watergate tapes from being released.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mkraju Trump on blocking Don McGahn’s testimony: “As I understand it they’re doing that for the office of the presidency for future presidents. As I understand it it’s a very important precedent. The attorneys say they’re doing it not for me, they’re doing it for the future.”

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Reps. David Cicilline (D-R.I.), Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), and Joe Neguse (D-Colo.) — all members of the Democratic leadership — pushed to begin impeachment proceedings during a leadership meeting in Pelosi’s office, said the sources.
⋙ Politico: Pelosi clashes with fellow Dems in closed-door debate on impeachment http://politi.co/2YET5im

TIME: House Panel Releases Transcripts of Michael Cohen’s Closed-Door Interviews http://bit.ly/2EiDPA4

WaPo: Cohen told lawmakers Trump attorney Jay Sekulow encouraged him to falsely claim Moscow project ended in January 2016 http://wapo.st/30AkCDm

WaPo: Judge upholds House subpoena demanding years of Trump’s financial records http://wapo.st/2w8Fu6Z

Politico: Some Republicans unsettled by Trump’s sweeping claims of immunity http://politi.co/2VCggbh
// Veteran lawmakers are increasingly alarmed over the president’s claim that Congress can’t police him.

WaPo, Aaron Blake: Justin Amash dismantles Barr’s and the GOP’s defenses of Trump http://wapo.st/2JPdEVe

🐣 RT @Mimiricah1 Excellent thread with some of the highlights of Trump’s worst conduct in Vol II of Mueller Report but as the author says – no substitute for reading it @GOP #ReadTheMuellerReport
⋙ 💙💙🐣 RT @charsachson I finished reading/listening to the Mueller Report. With the footnotes and redactions, it didn’t take a long as I thought it would. One cannot come away from reading this document without an understanding of Trump’s misconduct. ¤ Here are some excerpts: 📌 https://twitter.com/charsachson/status/1130487668863672320

🐣 Failing to begin impeachment now against such egregious violations means impeachment as a remedy will die. At least when brought against Republicans. Republicans will not fail to impeach Democrats for things as trivial as lying about sex. Or Benghazi. Or “Her Emails.”

💙💙🐣 RT @justinamash People who say there were no underlying crimes and therefore the president could not have intended to illegally obstruct the investigation—and therefore cannot be impeached—are resting their argument on several falsehoods:
📌 https://twitter.com/justinamash/status/1130533752508157954

NYT, Ryan Goodman: How Trump’s Stonewalling Puts Our Democracy at Risk http://nyti.ms/2HDKfLa
// Congress needs the full Mueller report to do its job of protecting our elections from foreign adversaries.

⭕ 19 May 2019

NYT: Deutsche Bank Staff Saw Suspicious Activity in Trump and Kushner Accounts http://nyti.ms/2w9Kx71

⭕ 18 May 2019

💙💙🐣 RT @justinamash Here are my principal conclusions:
1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.
2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.
3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.
4. Few members of Congress have read the report.
📌 https://twitter.com/justinamash/status/1129831615952236546

🐣 RT @waltshaub If this were the real Rosenstein, I’d ask him if he sees irony in uttering such words after begging Trump not to fire him, drafting a phony memo for the slow motion Saturday Night Massacre, helping Barr draft propaganda and staring blankly at the camera as Barr deceived America.
⋙ 🐣💽 RT @rjrosenstein “If you ask me, one of the main problems in Washington, DC, is that everybody is so busy running around trying to protect their reputation instead of protecting the republic, which is what they are supposed to be doing.” May 15, 2017
https://twitter.com/RJRosenstein/status/1130204587229679616/photo/1

⭕ 17 May 2019

🐣 RT @Comey The president claiming the FBI’s investigation was “TREASON“ reminds me that a Russian once said, “A lie told often enough becomes the truth.” That shouldn’t happen in America. Who will stand up?

🐣 RT @matthewamiller this is dead on
⋙ 🐣 RT @Comey The AG should stop sliming his own Department. If there are bad facts, show us, or search for them professionally and then tell us what you found. An AG must act like the leader of the Department of Justice, an organization based on truth. Donald Trump has enough spokespeople.

🐣 RT @selectedwisdom Barr is being political & doing all the things he chastised Comey & others for. His job isn’t to raise questions, it’s to answer them. Until such time as he has evidence of wrongdoing, he should not raise questions of wrongdoing or discuss investigation
⋙ WSJ: Barr Says Review of Origins of Russia Probe Could Lead to Rule Changes http://on.wsj.com/2Q5UZpa
// ‘Government power was used to spy on American citizens,’ Barr says

⭕ 16 May 2019

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Nancy Pelosi blasts the White House letter rejecting Congress’ demands: “That letter that came from the White House was a joke, beneath the dignity of the presidency of the United States, in defiance of our Constitution. Shame on them.”
⋙ NBCNews: Pelosi blasts White House letter rejecting Congress’ demands: ‘A joke’ http://nbcnews.to/2YxotiL
// “Shame on them,” the House speaker said.

WaPo, Daniele Allen: Stop calling impeachment a political decision http://wapo.st/2JGnWae

TIME: Michael Flynn Told Special Counsel About Efforts to Influence His Cooperation, Court Filing Shows http://bit.ly/2VtNeL5

💙💙 EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: The Scope and Results of the Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2QdxIlu

CNBC: Robert Mueller will decide if he wants to testify to Congress, Attorney General William Barr says http://cnb.cx/2JoYFlx

C-Span: Democratic News Conference and Reading of Mueller Report http://cs.pn/2w5lUbM

Politico: Prosecutors: Person ‘connected to’ Congress tried to influence Flynn’s cooperation with Mueller http://politi.co/2LO7Cac

Dkos/Bloomberg: Ukraine’s Prosecutor Says Rudy is Full of **it. http://bit.ly/2Ho1H7q

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Almost as though Trump’s AG is scoffing at a co-equal branch of government & tempting it to hold him accountable.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ “Did you bring your handcuffs?” AG Barr asked Speaker Pelosi today. ¤ She smiled and indicated that the Sergeant at Arms was present should an arrest be necessary.
⋙⋙ NBCNews: Did you bring your handcuffs?’ AG Barr ribs Pelosi about contempt finding http://nbcnews.to/2wczrhP
// The attorney general joked about the House Judiciary Committee’s finding that he should be held in contempt of Congress.

JustSecurity, Joshua Geltzer, Ryan Goodman and Asha Rangappa: What Congress Should Ask Robert Mueller When He Testifies http://bit.ly/2Q7Kr9f

⭕ 15 May 2019

Bloomberg, Leonid Bershidsky: Mueller Wasn’t the Main Problem Between Trump and Putin http://bloom.bg/30hPcl8
// The two still don’t have anything to offer each other.

WaPo, Aaron Blake: The many problems with Trump’s legal claim that Congress can’t investigate him http://wapo.st/2YD54wU

📊 Vox: MorningConsult/Politico Poll: A majority of voters want Mueller to testify in front of Congress http://bit.ly/2Q55NUy 56% do, 19% don’t
// Lawmakers are still trying to nail down a date for the special counsel’s hearing.

🐣◕ RT @RiskyLiberal https://twitter.com/RiskyLiberal/status/1128889882439507968/photo/1
// impeachment hearings and support for impeachment

🐣 RT @gtconway3d .@walterdellinger nails it: “Mueller’s … investigation fully established not merely crimes, but the betrayal of the president’s office: a failure to defend the country’s electoral system from foreign attack and acts of interference with justice that shred the rule of law.”
⋙ WaPo, Walter Dellinger: Democrats’ obsession with redaction is obscuring the obvious: Trump committed high crime http://wapo.st/2VvsQt3

⭕ 14 May 2019

NYT: Skeptical U.S. Allies Resist Trump’s New Claims of Threats From Iran http://nyti.ms/2VWAPDJ

WaPo, David Ignatius: Foreign adversaries have figured Trump out http://wapo.st/2VmoZ1j

WaPo, Dana Milbank: Trump’s not claiming executive power. He’s going for divine right. http://wapo.st/2Q4fgvo

🐣 RT @brhodes DoJ investigating Trump’s opponents. A European neo-fascist getting red carpet treatment in Oval. War plans for Iran. All out trade war with China. These are all things happening right now.

🐣 RT @Lawrence By publicly tampering with a Senate witness, @LindseyGrahamSC violated his oath of office. In any previous Senate, the Ethics Committee would begin a Graham investigation today that would lead to his expulsion.

⭕ 13 May 2019

WaPo, Philip Bump: The House could take subpoena enforcement into its own hands. Will it work? http://wapo.st/2W314bs
// inherent contempt

🐣 RT @coton_lover Kevin McCarthy @GOPLeader “There’s two people I think Putin pays, “Rohrabacher & Trump.” #Lawrence https://twitter.com/coton_luver/status/1128131225288228866/photo/1

🐣 RT @matthewamiller I would like to hear someone at DOJ say what evidence of wrongdoing justifies this third probe. Such a gross politicization of the deparrment and a huge abuse of power by Barr.
⋙ NYT: Barr Assigns U.S. Attorney in Connecticut to Review Origins of Russia Inquiry http://nyti.ms/2vXZ05S

🐣 RT @atrupar REPORTER: “If you’re so transparent, why continue to block these House Democrats looking for information?” ¤ TRUMP: “Because they’re looking for things they’re not entitled to.” https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1128011411186159618/photo/1

TheAtlantic, David Frum: Trump Is Angry That the FBI Won’t Endorse His Theory of Victimhood http://bit.ly/2LHapSv
// The president has already fired an FBI director and an acting director. Now he’s gunning for the present director, Chris Wray.

Trump got extra angry Sunday night. Uncheered by Mother’s Day, the president launched into a sequence of rage tweets that included the line: “The FBI has no leadership.” Trump has fired one FBI director, James Comey, for looking into the Russia matter. He fired an acting director, Andrew McCabe, for the same apparent reason. Apparently, he is now gunning for the present director, Chris Wray.

Why is Trump angry? Trump disjointedly tweeted over linked messages: “The Director is protecting the same gang…..that tried to……..overthrow the President through an illegal coup. (Recommended by previous DOJ) @TomFitton @JudicialWatch”

Trump wants the FBI to endorse his own theory of victimhood—and it won’t. Worse, the FBI was embedded in the Mueller investigation. The FBI received, and still holds, whatever information the investigation gathered about Russia’s interference in the 2016 election, including potential answers to the all-important question: Why? Why was Vladimir Putin so eager to help Trump into the presidency? Why did Russia care so much, and run such risks for him?

The answer may be indicated in an underappreciated pair of sentences on page 76 of Volume II of the Mueller report: “As described in Volume I, the evidence uncovered in the investigation did not establish that the President or those close to him were involved in the charged Russian computer-hacking or active-measure conspiracies, or that the President otherwise had any unlawful relationship with any Russian official. But the evidence does indicate that a thorough FBI investigation would uncover facts about the campaign and the President personally that the President could have understood to be crimes or that would give rise to personal or political concerns.”

So long as the FBI remains in independent hands, the president will remain gripped by those concerns.

What Trump means by leadership is compliance. He wants an FBI director who serves him personally the way Attorney General Barr has served him personally. So long as the FBI retains its integrity, Trump feels unsafe. He cannot close the case, because he keeps hearing scratching sounds from inside. He cannot move on, because he keeps looking back in fear. His next move? He’s already telegraphing it: another attack on the independence of law enforcement.

Trump today welcomed Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán to the White House. I keep thinking on this trip of the shrewd insight offered by a Budapest observer when I visited Hungary in 2016: “The benefit of controlling a modern state is less the power to persecute the innocent, more the power to protect the guilty.” Trump holds that power, and he is determined to wield it.

🐣 RT @SenFeinstein The Constitution is clear: Congress appropriates funds, not the president. We’ve sent a letter to the Defense Department opposing the transfer of $1.5 billion for President Trump’s unnecessary border wall. Campaign promises shouldn’t be put ahead of the needs of our military. https://twitter.com/SenFeinstein/status/1127942886526541825/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Read this article about Hungary under Viktor Orban, and then ask why the leader of the free world would fête this aspiring dictator at the White House. ¤ Rather than reward Orban for crushing Hungary’s democracy, we should be pressing him to reject the path to autocracy.
⋙ TheAtlantic, Franklin Foer: Viktor Orbán’s War on Intellect http://bit.ly/2HhgTTN
// June 2019 issue; As the Hungarian prime minister systematically undermined his own country’s education system, one institution stood defiant: a university in the heart of Budapest, founded by George Soros.

🐣💽 RT @RepAdamSchiff President Trump will stonewall every request for oversight, while blaming Democrats for the delay. ¤ We will press on, because if we don’t, Trump will escape scrutiny and we won’t be able to hold future presidents accountable for abuse of power, malfeasance or corruption. https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff/status/1128003927029559296/photo/1

⭕ 12 May 2019

🐣 RT @ianbassin It’s telling that the very last line of the Mueller Report ends with “no person in this country is so high that he is above the law.” And then cites to U.S. v. Nixon. Then it ends. Methinks Mueller ending with that was not happenstance.

WaPo Editorial: President Trump’s penchant for secrecy is about to be tested in court http://wapo.st/2WDPDE7

WaPo, EJ Dionne: Protect the Constitution, Democrats — and health care, while you’re at it http://wapo.st/2LG7nOb

TheHill: George Conway slams Trump for viewing Mueller probe ‘purely in terms of your own ego’ http://bit.ly/2VTQMdP

WaPo: Trump takes aim at McGahn, says he ‘had a much better chance of being fired than Mueller’ http://wapo.st/2LE25mq

🐣 RT @tribelaw Read this brilliant thread by @gtconway3d
⋙ 🐣 RT @gtconway3d Think of it. The Russia investigation was a legitimate investigation, with a legitimate basis, into how a hostile foreign power tried to interfere with and undermine our democracy. It was in the best interests of the nation—in the interests of all Americans, no matter who … 📌 https://mobile.twitter.com/gtconway3d/status/1127544265243070464

⭕ 11 May 2019

WaPo: Trump and his allies are blocking more than 20 separate Democratic probes in an all-out war with Congress http://wapo.st/2W2oMEL

WaPo, Aaron Blake: The GOP’s increasing embrace of Trump’s Russia conspiracy theory http://wapo.st/2E3qUC0

Lawfare, Jack Goldsmith: The Mueller Report’s Weak Statutory Interpretation Analysis http://bit.ly/2Hmyit5

WSJ: Mueller’s Restrained Approach to Politics May Clash With Democrats’ Agenda http://on.wsj.com/2HesD9A
// Democrats want the special counsel to explain why he avoided conclusions on obstruction of justice; any testimony unlikely this week

WaPo, Paul Kane: Time works against Democrats in Trump investigations. So does a lack of shame on the other side. http://wapo.st/2PYgc4p

⭕ 10 May 2019

NewYorker, Isaac Chotiner: A Constitutional Scholar on the Purpose of Impeachment http://bit.ly/2Q1CXoc

MotherJones: The FBI’s Former Top Lawyer Says the Russia Probe Was Not About Trump http://bit.ly/2HfUN4b
// “It was about what Russia was, and is, doing and planning.”

WashingtonMonthly, Nancy LeTourneau: Why Trump and Barr Are Attempting to Silence Robert Mueller http://bit.ly/2PYEADb

WaPo, Jamie Raskin: Congress isn’t just a co-equal branch. We’re first among equals. http://wapo.st/2HdQhTz

🐣 RT @Billbrowder Horrible news. One of Russia’s most outspoken independent journalists and critics of the Putin regime dies at the age of 59 in freak motorcycle accident in Moscow.
⋙ DailyMail: Anti-Putin journalist dies in mysterious motorbike accident days after criticising Russian authorities over fatal plane crash http://dailym.al/2W15q2P

🐣 RT @AmoneyResists Trump’s Impeachable Offenses: ¤ (Thread):
#1.) Trump welcomed, aided and abetted Russia’s attack on America; then denied it even happened and took Putin’s word over our own intelligence agencies.
📌 https://mobile.twitter.com/AmoneyResists/status/1120555910630342657

🐣 RT @brhodes Why is a combatant commander speaking at an ideological think tank hyper focused on conflict with Iran?
⋙ 🐣 RT @FDD .@CENTCOM Commander General McKenzie at @FDD today: ¤ “Let me be perfectly clear: the long-term, enduring, most significant threat to stability in CENTCOM’s areas of responsibility is #Iran.” ¤ Full remarks and #CMPP conference video here:
⋙⋙ 💽 FDD: Rising to the Threat: Revitalizing America’s Military and Political Power http://bit.ly/2vPtBCC
// 5/8/2019; Foundation for Defense of Democracies

🐣 RT @ShannonBream BREAKING: @RudyGiuliani just told me exclusively he’s no longer going to Ukraine. The trip is off.

🐣 RT @CREWcrew There have been five meetings between President Trump and Vladimir Putin where no note takers were present and no official U.S. record of the meetings exists. This is violation of the law and we’re suing.
⋙ CREW: Trump and Kushner Broke the Law in Meetings with Putin and Saudis http://bit.ly/2Vf7L5N
// 5/5/2019

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw .@ThePlumLineGS asks pertinent question: Why are they blocking it? ¤ “Schiff thinks Barr and the White House are” blocking FBI from briefing Committee on “findings of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation, which isn’t documented in the Mueller report”
⋙ WaPo, Greg Sargent: The big unanswered question at the core of Trump’s corruption http://wapo.st/2vT6CH0

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance If we’re talking about financial transactions that look a little sketchy & merit investigation, the sudden investment in an aluminum plant in Kentucky by Deripaska following relief from Russian sanctions supported by KY Senators would raise my eyebrows as a prosecutor.
⋙ CNN: Russia’s Rusal was sanctioned by the US. Now it’s investing $200 million in a Kentucky mill http://cnn.it/2JxqQhk

🐣 According to Jim Baker, former chief counsel for the FBI, much of what was not found to be criminal conspiracy by Mueller, was likely handed off to FBI CounterIntelligence, eg possible “Compromat” like Trump Tower Moscow (on @maddow)

🐣💽 RT @TheHill James Comey: “This president, because he is an amoral leader, shapes those around him and that shaping sometimes pushes out someone who is a strong person of integrity… but far more often it shapes and bends and pulls in weaker souls.”
https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1127011689050677248/photo/1

🐣 RT @mcfaul In chatting with many Ukrainians of all political persuasions at #UkraineAtStanford conference today, I heard overwhelming disapproval of @RudyGiuliani planned mission to Kyiv.

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks I think this is good language. The scope of 45’s stonewalling is unparalled and a step toward authoritarian takedown of our democracy so it is a constitutional crisis. End stage crisis is if docs aren’t produced as subpoenaed. Collapse is when court order to do so is ignored.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AmanirinaK I beluevevthis defiance is the crisis. If he doesn’t comply with court orders (or the Supreme Court rules in his favor) is a constitutional collapse. This is the crisis. That’s the collapse.

🐣 RT @Politico Trump told POLITICO on Friday that it would be “appropriate” for him to speak to Attorney General Bill Barr about launching an investigation into his potential 2020 rival, Joe Biden
⋙ Politico: Trump: Discussing Biden probe with Barr would be ‘appropriate’ http://politi.co/2VU8e1Q
// Rudy Giuliani, the president’s personal attorney, is urging Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden, raising questions about whether Donald Trump would pressure his attorney general to do the same.

Politico, Darren Samuelson and Josh Gerstein: Here’s why Democrats may rethink impeaching Trump http://politi.co/303eBPo
// Judges have repeatedly ruled that Congress has a greater claim to sensitive documents when it can point to an ongoing legal matter, like impeachment.

🐣 RT @theintercept Rumors that Joe Biden abused his power as vice president to protect his son’s business interests in Ukraine in 2016 are “absolute nonsense,” according to Ukraine’s leading anti-corruption activist, writes @RobertMackey.

NBCNews: Sen. Chris Murphy calls for probe into Giuliani efforts in Ukraine on behalf of Trump http://nbcnews.to/2VXFViS
// “These actions are entirely improper and could be illegal,” Murphy said of Giuliani’s reported actions.

DailyBeast, Lawrence Robbins: William Barr’s Legal Ideas Would Have Let Richard Nixon Off the Hook, Too http://bit.ly/2Vj2SsF
// Unlike Trump, Nixon, by all accounts, actually was innocent of the activities at the heart of the underlying investigation in Watergate.

DailyBeast: WSJ: Trump Asked Ex-White House Counsel Don McGahn to Publicly Clear Him of Obstruction After Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2JeWMHU
// Within a day after the Mueller report was released, according to the Wall Street Journal.

WSJ: Don McGahn Rebuffed White House Request to Say Trump Didn’t Obstruct Justice http://on.wsj.com/2HbSejs
// After release of the Mueller report, the president sought to have the former White House counsel say that he didn’t believe the president’s push to dismiss the special counsel constituted a crime

NYT, Jamelle Bouie: The Senate Is as Much of a Problem as Trump http://nyti.ms/2JhsaWm
// If Democrats don’t do something about it, winning the presidency in 2020 won’t be enough.

NYT: White House Asked McGahn to Declare Trump Never Obstructed Justice http://nyti.ms/2vOL5z3
// in the past month; he wouldn’t

🐣 RT @SenBlumenthal First Don Jr.’s “I love it” & now this. Despicable, unpatriotic, & a blatant violation of campaign finance law. Failing to hold the president accountable for the facts uncovered by the Mueller report will result in more of this. My Republican colleagues need to wake up.
⋙ NYT: Rudy Giuliani Plans Ukraine Trip to Push for Inquiries That Could Help Trump http://nyti.ms/2Yj9qZX

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger a group of elected leaders who uniformly invite foreign intervention in our election should be permanently disqualified from holding office. They have violated their oaths in the most egregious manner possible and cannot be entrusted with power again
⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Trump will betray his country — again http://wapo.st/2VumaQt

🐣 RT @RepJerryNadler Yes, that is exactly what makes this a “constitutional crisis” — never before have we had a President stonewall the American people across the board and refuse every effort at holding the Administration accountable.
⋙ 🐣 RT @nytdavidbrooks One amendment to my column today. If Nadler believes the “constitutional crisis” is over Trump’s blanket refusal to cooperate with Congress (rather than the narrow subject of redaction) then is he correct.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler on Giuliani’s Ukraine trip: “We have come to a very sorry state when it is considered OK for an American politician, never mind an attorney for the president, to go and seek foreign intervention in American politics.”
⋙ NBCNews: Giuliani says he’s going to Ukraine to meddle in probes in hopes of helping Trump http://nbcnews.to/2JxvWdF
// The Trump lawyer told The New York Times he’s not meddling in an election, “we’re meddling in an investigation.” Democrats called the scheme “immoral.”

WaPo: ‘There was no attempted coup’: FBI’s former top lawyer Jim Baker defends Russia probe http://wapo.st/2HeWv4m

WaPo: House committee subpoenas Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig over Trump tax returns http://wapo.st/2Vau0K8

🔊 LawFare Podcast: Jim Baker on the Russia Investigation https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-lawfare-podcast/id498897343#episodeGuid=48d907b95e2a4597b2de091e23000a1f Excellent

WaPo, Philip Bump: The Deep State strikes back: Former FBI leaders rebut questions about the Russia investigation http://wapo.st/30csRFG

🐣 RT @tribelaw “Ukraine, if you’re listening . . . Oh, hell, why don’t you just go there and get their help face-to-face, Rudy?” — not a quote from Trump, but sounds about right, doesn’t it?
⋙ NYT: Rudy Giuliani Plans Ukraine Trip to Push for Inquiries That Could Help Trump http://nyti.ms/2VcNlKH

⭕ 9 May 2019

🐣 RT @ColinKahl Echoes of Cheney’s visits to CIA to shape intelligence before the Iraq war.
⋙ NBCNews: Trump’s top intelligence and military advisers held unusual meeting at CIA on Iran, officials say http://nbcnews.to/2vOjbTM

NYT, Paul Krugman: Trump Is Terrible for Rural America http://nyti.ms/2YoCuj0
// His biggest supporters are his biggest victims.

NBCNews, Jonathan Allen: Pelosi’s Trump impeachment approach is coming together http://nbcnews.to/2JuvD3e
// Analysis: The president’s recent actions have helped Pelosi start to resolve the conflicts in her caucus — and unite them around a deliberate, relentless investigative approach.

🐣 RT @matthewamiller This story about the administration firing the ambassador to Ukraine this week after she took on the prosecutor Giuliani has been buddying up to merits a lot more scrutiny in light of tonight’s NYT story.
⋙ ForeignPolicy: U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Recalled in ‘Political Hit Job,’ Lawmakers Say http://bit.ly/2Ypgi8n
// Marie Yovanovitch stepping down as ambassador follows attacks from both right-wing media figures in the United States and a senior Ukrainian official.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Democrats are considering holding a package of contempt votes in the House and sending them to the courts as a single package, Nancy Pelosi’s spokesman tells NBC News.
⋙ NBCNews: Pelosi: U.S. in constitutional crisis, several contempt charges being weighed http://nbcnews.to/2He2PJp
// “This is very methodical. It’s very Constitution-based,” she said Thursday of the House’s investigative push. “It’s not about pressure — it’s about patriotism.”

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Richard Blumenthal on what should be done if Donald Trump Jr. does not comply with the Senate Intelligence Committee subpoena: “If he fails to comply with a lawful subpoena, he has no privilege, prison is the only answer.” @MSNBC

🐣 RT @nytimesworld The two Russian defendants convicted of plotting to overthrow the government of Montenegro are suspected agents of the same Russian spy agency accused of hacking the U.S. presidential election and carrying out a nerve agent attack in England
⋙ NYT: Two Suspected Russian Agents Among 14 Convicted in Montenegro Coup Plot http://nyti.ms2Yincfl/

🐣 RT @AltUSPressSecy “We’re not meddling in an election, we’re meddling in an investigation.” ¤ That sounds illegal because it is. ¤ It’s soliciting illegal foreign campaign contributions by pressuring foreign law enforcement in a country reliant on U.S. aid to fight Russia.
⋙ NYT: Giuliani Plans Ukraine Trip to Push for Inquiries That Could Help Trump http://nyti.ms/2VcNlKH

NYT Editorial: Constitutional Collision Course http://nyti.ms/2HfrHQY
// Is President Trump daring the Democrats to impeach him?

NYT, Michelle Goldberg: If This Is a Constitutional Crisis, Act Like It http://nyti.ms/2Yf5uJC
// Democrats in Congress need to deploy all their powers, including impeachment.

Vox, Ella Nilsen: The tense negotiations over whether Robert Mueller can testify before Congress, explained http://bit.ly/2VWDDka
// Democrats desperately want to hear from Mueller. They fear Trump will block him from testifying.

Politico: Trump goes on a new tear against Mueller http://politi.co/2LNibKH
// The president unloads to reporters about his still-festering irritation with the Russia investigation.

NYT: Trump Suggests Mueller May Testify; Pelosi Declares ‘Constitutional Crisis’ http://nyti.ms/2VrwZmr

🐣 RT @MarshallCohen JUST NOW: @Comey says he believes Trump obstructed justice on at least a few of the 10 episodes that Mueller investigated. And Comey says he agrees with the 800+ former federal prosecutors who said Trump would’ve been charged if not for presidential immunity. #ComeyTownhall

🐣 RT @joshscampbell Good people will debate @Comey’s actions and the impossible decisions he faced, but one thing is clear: he’s an honorable leader. Folks fault him for being “sanctimonious,” but in an era where politicians lie to us daily, perhaps being moored to values isn’t such a bad thing. 💽 https://twitter.com/joshscampbell/status/1126684441353408516/photo/1

CNN: Comey says it’s possible the Russians have something compromising on Trump http://cnn.it/2HcmP0l

Politico: Burr holds firm despite GOP anger over Don Jr. subpoena http://politi.co/2VokeJg
// The Senate Intelligence chairman has no plans to withdraw the subpoena for the president’s son.

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Seems as though @maddow is on board with our feeling that congress should open an impeachment inquiry so they have more leverage to obtain the materials they need as part of their oversight role. Seems @RepAdamSchiff is coming on board, too. #ImpeachmentInquiry

WaPo: Decision to subpoena Donald Trump Jr. sets off a Republican firefight http://wapo.st/307NnHr

CNN: Judge fast-tracks fight over congressional subpoena of Trump financial records http://cnn.it/2DZ8iTs hearing set for May 14

Judge Amit Mehta plans next week to weigh the major legal issues raised in President Donald Trump’s challenge of a congressional subpoena for his accounting firm’s records, according to an order issued Thursday — putting the case on an even faster track than it previously looked to be.

Congress has subpoenaed Trump and his business’ accounting records from the firm Mazars USA, and Trump’s personal legal team sued to stop the records from being turned over.

A hearing is now scheduled for May 14.

📊 Reuters: Americans’ support for impeaching Trump rises: Reuters/Ipsos poll http://reut.rs/2YirNOE 45%, up 5% since mid-April, but “more than half said multiple congressional probes of Trump interfered with important government business”

DailyBeast: Judge Napolitano: Barr’s ‘Foolish Attempt’ to Sanitize Mueller Report Was ‘Dumb and Insulting’ http://bit.ly/30a2qjW
// ‘It was misleading, it was disingenuous, it was even deceptive,’ the Fox News senior judicial analyst said.

WaPo: Trump, Democrats are locked in a constitutional showdown over Mueller’s report http://wapo.st/2JakOE5

NYT: Trump Suggests Mueller May Testify; Pelosi Declares ‘Constitutional Crisis’ http://nyti.ms/2VrwZmr

🐣 RT @JeffMerkley President Trump’s brazen attempts to curtail press access to the White House should alarm us all. This is a direct attack on freedom of the press. This is what authoritarian regimes do. It’s un-American and not representative of our democracy.

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Trump and his Administration’s decision to ignore the oath of office has triggered a constitutional crisis. It’s appalling that the Administration is an obstacle to protecting our elections & getting the truth for the American people. #FreeMueller

⭕ 8 May 2019

🐣 RT @WaltShaub This ludicrous distortion of executive privilege is nothing but a delay tactic. The Mueller report isn’t advice to the President, which is what the privilege is meant to protect. But I guess Trump’s efforts to conceal the report show he finally understands how bad it is for him.

🐣 RT @peterbakernyt Three weeks ago, Hoyer said “impeachment is not worthwhile at this point.” Today he said “if the facts lead us to that objective so be it.” @SherylNYT
⋙ NYT: Facing a Trump Stonewall, Democrats Struggle for Options to Compel Cooperation http://nyti.ms/2DZwW6z

NYT: Facing a Trump Stonewall, Democrats Struggle for Options to Compel Cooperation http://nyti.ms/2DZwW6z

🐣 RT @JamilSmith “Warren is comprehensively treating Trump both as a severe threat to the rule of law in his own right, and as inextricably linked to a deeper pathology — the GOP’s drift into comfort with authoritarianism.” @ThePlumLineGS, with a smart read of the field.
WaPo, Greg Sargent: Only one 2020 Democrat fully grasps the threat Trump poses http://wapo.st/2Ww5YLf

DailyBeast, Hanna Trudo: Former National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster: Some Trump Advisers Are a ‘Danger to the Constitution’ http://bit.ly/2JtBMwu
// In a rare speech, the former national security adviser suggested two distinct groups of advisers are actually acting against the president.

WaPo: Trump, Democrats are locked in a constitutional showdown over Mueller’s report http://wapo.st/2Wypu9E

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Trump tries to obliterate the first branch of government http://wapo.st/2DSjAsT

🐣💙 RT @maddowblog Neal Katyal on the special counsel’s “break glass in case of emergency” option: If an A.G. or a president were to try to squelch a special counsel from testifying, the special counsel could resign and then testify. (This appears to be Rep. Nadler’s expectation.) 💽 https://twitter.com/MaddowBlog/status/1126305270492291073/photo/1
// special counsel also should not be employed now in gov, reputation spotless, and older

DailyBeast, David Cay Johnston: Trump’s Tax Leak Hints at Potential Fraud Investigations http://bit.ly/2LG54ee
// Congress must investigate fully now that we know Trump was faking his wealth and may have been vulnerable to foreign espionage and fraudulent money-generating schemes.

🐣 RT @LeahMcElrath Things are going to keep getting worse for at least the next 21 months.
It’s critical to find a place within yourself that empowers you to observe without absorbing.
(I say this to myself too.)
This is hard. ¤ You are not crazy. ¤ You are not alone.
We are our greatest strength.

🐣 RT @CAPaction “The president has stated that his administration will oppose all subpoenas and—in fact—virtually all document requests. Witnesses are refusing to show up at hearings. ¤ This is unprecedented. If allowed to go unchecked, this obstruction means the end of congressional oversight.”[ – @RepJerroldNadler]
💽 https://twitter.com/CAPAction/status/1126132553419767808/photo/1

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Is this what it looks like when you have nothing to hide? #FreeMueller
⋙ NYT: House Panel Approves Contempt for Barr After Trump Claims Privilege Over Full Mueller Report http://nyti.ms/2PQRxP8

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff BREAKING: House Intel just subpoenaed DOJ for all counterintelligence and foreign intelligence materials in the probe, the full report, and underlying evidence. ¤ DOJ has responded to our requests with silence and defiance. ¤ Congress needs the material. We will not be obstructed.

📊 Politico/MorningConsult Poll: Little support for Barr’s handling of Mueller report http://politi.co/2JrnEnn
// Fewer than 3 in 10 voters, 29 percent, approve of the way Barr has handled the release of the report, the poll shows.

🐣 RT @maggieNYT Person close to @DonaldJTrumpJr on the Senate Intel subooena
https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1126249005288165378/photo/1

WaPo, Dana Milbank: The White House revoked my press pass. It’s not just me — it’s curtailing access for all journalists. http://wapo.st/2JczaUv

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 “Could you hold the Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin in contempt? Some Democrats have even raised the prospect of arresting the Treasury Secretary if he does not comply…” ¤ Nancy Pelosi: “We do have a little jail down in the basement of the Capitol.” ¤ Via CSPAN

Axios: Scoop: Senate Intel subpoenas Trump Jr. over Russia matters http://bit.ly/2Lven0a

WaPo: Pelosi says Trump is ‘becoming self-impeachable’ http://wapo.st/2HbQLIR

🐣 RT @rgoodlaw Schiff confirms Trump-Russia intelligence info “is being withheld, and noted that on this matter, there may be a divide among intelligence professionals on one side, and Barr and the White House on the other. ’I think the FBI is willing to be more forthcoming,’ Schiff said.”
⋙ WaPo: Schiff: The case for impeachment hearings is getting stronger http://wapo.st/2Henpt4

Vox, Ella Nilsen: The House Judiciary vote on contempt of Congress and what it means for William Barr, explained http://bit.ly/2PUSA0o
// Democrats will vote on whether to hold the attorney general in contempt of Congress. Here’s how that would work.

Law&Crime: ‘Torture Memos’ Author John Yoo: Trump’s ‘Blanket’ Denial of Congressional Subpoenas Would Be ‘Unprecedented’ http://bit.ly/2V9Nw9D

⭕ 7 May 2019

WaPo: FBI director tells Congress he has no evidence of ‘spying’ on Trump campaign http://wapo.st/2H7UwzU

DailyBeast: DOJ to Ask White House to Invoke Privilege Over Entire Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2VnAevg
// The DOJ has a new plan if the House moves ahead with its session to hold Bill Barr in contempt.
⋙ 🐣 Starting to make me wonder about what’s in those redactions ~ apparently Mueller’s team wasn’t happy with all of them.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Nadler responds to the DOJ: “This is, of course, not how executive privilege works. The White House waived these privileges long ago … The Department’s legal arguments are without credibility, merit, or legal or factual basis. Worse, this kind of obstruction is dangerous.”

🐣 RT @AngryWHStaffer I’ve never seen such partisan bullshit from DOJ. Ever. ¤ DOJ says if Congress holds Barr in contempt, they’re going to recommend the WH invokes privilege over the entire Mueller report… 90% of which is already public, making that threat not only frivolous, but impossible. https://twitter.com/AngrierWHStaff/status/1125965160525520896/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @JohnWDean Trump and the GOP have taken us into the era of “constitutional hardball,” a form of political combat that may destroy our democracy. If you’d not noticed, here is a background article: link Lawfare (2018): http://bit.ly/302AVsv

🐣 RT @tribelaw Read this @JRubinBlogger piece to see what @Mimirocah1, @JoyceWhiteVance, and I agree Barr has all but invited SDNY, the AG of NY, and the Manhattan DA to do to Trump
⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Barr has set himself up — and Trump — for embarrassment http://wapo.st/2POOyXs

TheHill: House Democrats threaten salaries of Trump officials who block interviews http://bit.ly/2vJvTmP

“Please be advised that any official at the Department who ‘prohibits or prevents’ or ‘attempts or threatens to prohibit or prevent’ any officer or employee of the Federal Government from speaking with the Committee could have his or her salary withheld pursuant to section 713 of the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations Act,” Cummings wrote in the letters.

WaPo Editorial: The Trump administration is in contempt of Congress http://wapo.st/2LtowKY

NYT, Neil Eggleston and Joshua Geltzer: The Court Handling Trump’s Lawsuit Must Move at Breakneck Speed http://nyti.ms/2JchsAD
// The president deserves his day in court. But the American people deserve that day to come quickly.

NYT Editorial: Sorry, Steve Mnuchin. Congress Has a Right to See Trump’s Tax Returns. The Treasury secretary is defying the law and Supreme Court precedent. http://nyti.ms/2PR8MzX

NYT, Adam Liptak: Clash Between Trump and House Democrats Poses Threat to Constitutional Order http://nyti.ms/2H4KbUg

⭕ 6 May 2019

WaPo, Brian Klaas: It’s time to start impeachment hearings. Today. http://wapo.st/2DTQSYC
// If Donald Trump weren’t president, he’d probably be in jail.

WaPo, Charles Lane: America is facing a legitimacy crisis http://wapo.st/2V9aeil

WaPo, David Kendall: Mueller’s conclusion was a dereliction of his duty http://wapo.st/2V7x0a6

… [T]he failure to draw any conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice was a massive dereliction of the special counsel’s duty, and the report’s explanation of this failure is both incoherent and illogical.

In leaving Barr — who lacks the independence that the special counsel role was designed to preserve — to render judgment on the evidence and the law, Mueller abdicated his duty. Congress should now interview Mueller and his senior staff. Each of the 10 instances of possible obstruction should be reviewed and the following question asked and answered: Allowing for the differences between the president and a private citizen, had analogous conduct been engaged in by the citizen, would a grand jury indictment have been sought for obstruction of justice?

This would provide, albeit belatedly and bootlessly, a knowledgeable and neutral judgment on the president’s conduct during the Russia investigation.

VanityFair, Alison Durkee: Even Trump’s Advisers Are Worried By What He Said About Mueller http://bit.ly/2DW28Uh

Politico: House Republicans want Mueller to testify despite Trump opposition http://politi.co/2vKYW9m

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Neal Katyal on letter from 400+ prosecutors: “I’ve never seen anything quite like it … if this were anyone else but a sitting president, this person would be labeled a felon and staring down the barrel of a federal indictment. That is really a remarkable thing.” @TheBeatWithAri

NYT Editorial: Let Robert Mueller Testify http://nyti.ms/2ZTedmu
// Enough with William Barr’s obfuscation.

Politico: Surprised advisers downplay Trump’s tweet about Mueller testimony http://politi.co/2Jn21EI
// But legal experts say a White House effort to block the special counsel from speaking to Congress would lead to ‘uncharted waters.’

NYT, Scott Shane: A Reimagined Spy Museum in Washington Doesn’t Flinch From the Darker Side http://nyti.ms/2H3bzlH
// Built for $162 million, the museum features flashy interactive exhibits but also grapples with intelligence failures, out-of-control surveillance and torture.

🐣 RT @harrylitman From SCOTUS in US v Bryan: “A subpoena has never been treated as an invitn to a game of hare and hounds, in which the witness must testify only if cornered at the end of the chase. If that were the case, then, indeed, the great power of testimonial compulsion would be a nullity.”

NYT: Trump Denies Democrats His Tax Returns and Prepares for a Contempt Showdown http://nyti.ms/2ZWxdRf //➔ correction: “Trump Denies CONGRESS His Tax Returns … ” @nytimes

🐣 RT @tribelaw Watching Cohen go off to prison for crimes that Individual #1 directed him to commit so that Individual #1 could become POTUS — while Individual #1 lounges in the White House disobeying his oath and corrupting everything — just feels so wrong. So not what America is all about.

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ The legislative purpose of the law under which the Ways & Means Committee is requesting Trump’s tax returns was passed in the wake of the Teapot Dome scandal — the entire purpose of the law
⋙ 🐣 RT @RVAwonk Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says the Dept. will not release Trump’s tax returns, arguing that the request by Congress “lacks a legitimate legislative purpose.” Axios link http://bit.ly/302kwUY

TPM/ABC: Report: Barr Still Thinks Mueller Should Testify, Despite Trump’s Opposition http://bit.ly/2GW7Bek

NBCNews: Mnuchin rejects Hill request to hand over Trump tax returns http://nbcnews.to/2H5vPV5
// The Treasury secretary’s move raised the stakes in the fight between the administration and Congress over the documents, making a legal battle to obtain them all but certain.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 More than 370 former federal prosecutors who worked in Republican and Democratic administrations have signed on to a statement asserting that Mueller’s findings would have produced obstruction charges against Trump — if not for the office he held.
⋙ WaPo: Trump would have been charged with obstruction were he not president, hundreds of former federal prosecutors assert http://wapo.st/2POwooH

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Trump’s new effort to muzzle Mueller gives away his big scam http://wapo.st/2H4NU4j

CNN, Stephen Collinson: Trump warns presidency is being stolen amid Mueller angst http://cnn.it/2VKcpgt

⭕ 5 May 2019

WaPo: Claiming two years of his presidency were ‘stolen,’ Trump suggests he’s owed overtime http://wapo.st/2VNon99

NBCNews, Kurt Bardella: Trump’s subpoena obstruction has fractured the Constitution’s system of checks and balances http://nbcnews.to/2WmWVfo
// Millions of Americans voted in favor of a stronger check on power by ushering in a new Democratic majority in the House. That mandate is being ignored.

🐣 RT @SethAbramson Curatorial journalism is coming to the Mueller Report—and when it does, America will discover counterintelligence connections in the Report that lay bare the entire Kremlin strategy for gaining influence over Trump’s Russia policy during the election. I’m writing the summary now.

Law&Crime, Alberto Luperon: There’s Nothing Trump Can Do to Stop Mueller from Testifying http://bit.ly/2PQ6wJ4

RCP: CNN’s Brian Stelter: Donald Trump Is The Infowars President; “Fear-Mongering And Conspiracy Theorizing” http://bit.ly/2DSHtAr

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: Why Didn’t Mueller Hold Counterintelligence Suspect Mike Flynn Responsible for Sanctions Call? http://bit.ly/2Vij5CX
// There’s a problem with the way the Mueller Report describes events pertaining to Mike Flynn.

Salon, Travis Gettys: Mueller report says “thorough FBI investigation” might have implicated Trump in criminal conspiracy http://bit.ly/2H6fTAK
// One section offers a strong suggestion that Mueller believed he was investigating a possible criminal conspiracy

RollingStone, Peter Wade: Trump’s Trying to Poison the Jury (AKA the Electorate) for Mueller’s Testimony http://bit.ly/2VLhGEl
// The president is back to attacking Mueller and his team as “Trump Hating Angry Democrats”

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: Trump Scared to Let Robert Mueller Testify, Despite ‘Exoneration’ http://nym.ag/2Wrd0kl

NewYorker, Jeannie Suk Gerson: Robert Mueller’s and William Barr’s “Baby” and the History of Presidential Obstruction http://bit.ly/2Wq9lmJ

🐣 RT @neal_katyal Great piece: “This early in our current process, it is a mistake to presume that no Republican lawmaker…will,,,vote against Mr. Trump….televised hearings would demonstrate that Mr. Trump not only lacks respect for the rule of law, but for Congress”
⋙ NYT, James Reston: Trump’s Other Impeachable Offense http://nyti.ms/2POxWiP
// As Nixon learned, Congress will not abide a president who defies its subpoenas.

🐣 RT @johnwdean johnwdean Trump would love a world war because he thinks it would help him get re-elected. Problem is this dumbo could blow up the planet!
⋙ 🐣 RT @JohnWDean Meanwhile … https://twitter.com/jonathanvswan/status/1125204882259161090/photo/1
// U.S. sends carrier group as “message” to Iran

🐣 ◕ RT @mattyglesias The precise moment when Trump took over and fixed the economy https://twitter.com/mattyglesias/status/1125149747344441344/photo/1
// jobs added chart; non-farm payrolls, nonfarm payrolls

🐣 The Public Option is really Obamacare. Medicare-For-All is a contradiction in terms. Medicare is designed so you pay into it for 50 yrs, then get benefits. To access Medicare now, you’d pay-as-you-go, like any other plan on the exchanges (though it wld be federally administered).

🐣 The two “radical” ideas I’m behind this election cycle are: 1. @ewarren’s wealth tax to address Inequality, and 2. major action on Climate Change. Both address existential threats. Apart from that, I’m an Obama/Biden Democrat.

◕ Forbes: Two Charts Show Trump’s Job Gains Are Just A Continuation From Obama’s Presidency http://bit.ly/2Yb3mT9 https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1125220275224764417/photo/1-2
// 10/30/2018, jobs, unemployment

WaPo: In reversal, Trump says Mueller ‘should not testify’ before Congress http://wapo.st/2H4gTXd

WaPo: House Democrat says Mueller and Judiciary Committee tentatively agree on May 15 for his testimony on Russia investigation http://wapo.st/2H2Q719
// Rep. David N. Cicilline (D-R.I.)

⭕ 4 May 2019

Lawfare, Jack Goldsmith: Thoughts on Barr and the Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2PLXsFj

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Great piece by @john_sipher — and especially in light of Trump’s pooty call yesterday, a great primer on the national security threat that was underlying, but not explicit, in Mueller’s report
⋙ TheAtlantic, John Sipher: The Russia Investigation Will Continue http://bit.ly/2VgZ9R8
// Sipher is a “Retired 28-year veteran of the CIA’s National Clandestine Service”; Counterintelligence agencies must find it hard to believe the cupboard is already bare.

NBCNews, Fred Wertheimer: Nancy Pelosi has set House Democrats on a road that may lead to Trump’s impeachment http://nbcnews.to/2DPU3jZ
// Today’s House investigation of Trump mirrors the initial approach taken by the Senate Watergate Committee — with a few key differences.

🐣 RT @oneunderscore_ [Ben Collins] The president this morning retweeted:
– An overt Qanon account tweeting a conspiracy between Islam and “the elites”
– A white nationalist who once shot road flares out of a boat toward immigrants trying to enter Europe
– An InfoWars video; two tweets from an InfoWars reporter

🐣 RT @JohnWDean If Trump starts investigating the investigators — meaning Mueller & Co. — the policy of not indicting a sitting president must be canceled. Trump should be indicted for obstruction of justice — which is ongoing. Do it by every attorney in the DOJ walking out if it is not done!

Newsweek: Adam Schiff Says Donald Trump ‘Betrays Our National Security’ After President Discussed ‘Russian Hoax’ With Putin http://bit.ly/2VdcXMm

CNN: DOJ attorneys defend Mueller’s ability to investigate Trump in Roger Stone filing http://cnn.it/2vCZDSr

WaPo: ‘Investigate the investigators’ is new Trump rallying cry to counter Mueller report http://wapo.st/2Jj5dB9

⭕ 3 May 2019

NYPost: Trump appears at odds with aides over Russia’s role in Venezuela http://nyp.st/2YbaNKd

NYT, Liam Brennan: The Truth About ‘Spying’ on the Trump Campaign http://nyti.ms/2LphAi0
// The counterintelligence methods used by the F.B.I. are common — and were a legitimate response to reports of Russian interference.

Politico, Kyle Cheney: Prosecutors: No need to prove Russian conspiracy to charge Stone with obstruction http://politi.co/2Y0HvxM

Vox, Li Zhou: Trump and Putin talked about the Mueller report — but not Russian meddling in 2020 http://bit.ly/2ZWAPm1
// It’s the latest example of Trump’s reluctance to acknowledge Russian interference.

💽 MSNBC, TheBeatWithAri: Mueller Insider: He will reveal Trump’s criminal obstruction http://on.msnbc.com/2PL42Md
// Bob Mueller’s team is speaking directly to the House Judiciary committee about potential congressional testimony just days after Trump’s Attorney General Bill Barr trashed the Mueller report, ripped Mueller’s work and slammed his professionalism.

DailyBeast: Trump’s New Favorite Network Embraces Russian Propaganda http://bit.ly/2vEO25k
// One America News Network has no qualms with playing the mouthpiece for Kremlin-hatched conspiracy theories. And one of its most loyal viewers lives in the White House

DailyBeast, Justin Baragona: Trump Gave Putin ‘Green Light’ to Meddle in 2020 Election, Ex-FBI Boss Says http://bit.ly/2IZ2628
// ‘It’s troubling to think the president is finding comfort in our adversary,’ former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi said on MSNBC.

TheAtlantic, David Graham: Trump’s Surreal Phone Call With Vladimir Putin http://bit.ly/2Y5HSqW
// Once more, the president has failed to press the Russian president on electoral interference.

WaPo, Max Boot: This nation is at the mercy of a criminal administration http://wapo.st/2vCdZCz

🐣 RT @Evan_McMullin Here the President flaunts the danger he and the Russians pose to our democracy. He believes he’s free to embrace this foreign enemy and signal his consent for its illegal assistance because he won’t be held accountable. It’s up to all of us and Congress to ensure he’s wrong. link to https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1124359594418032640

WaPo, Aaron Blake: Trump echoes Putin on Venezuela — and contradicts his own secretary of state http://wapo.st/2Lmeawo

WaPo: Trump says he and Putin discussed outcome of Mueller probe as part of hour-long phone conversation http://wapo.st/2VCNwDq

WaPo: Watergate had the Nixon tapes. Mueller had Annie Donaldson’s notes. http://wapo.st/2LmX9SQ

⭕ 2 May 2019

Slate Ben Mathis-Lilley: A Republican Senator Gave the Best Explanation Yet of Why Mueller’s Report Doesn’t “Exonerate” Trump http://bit.ly/2JjHfG2 Ben Sasse (R-NE)

Slate, Dahlia Lithwick: Mueller Can’t Get Away With Silence Anymore http://bit.ly/2Y971Ro
// The rift between the special counsel and Attorney General William Barr is too obvious to ignore.

TheAtlantic, Quinta Jurecic: All of the Impeachable Offenses http://bit.ly/2ZVISzD
// Focusing on the Mueller report alone risks leaving out the obvious.

BBC, Anthony Zurcher: Mueller report: Five looming legal battles between Congress and Trump http://bbc.in/2Wp17eJ

🐣 RT @HouseJudiciary [Dems] The challenge we face is that if we don’t stand up to @realDonaldTrump together, today, then we risk forever losing the power to stand up to any President in the future.

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Nobody is above the law – especially not the attorney general. AG Barr’s decision to lie to Congress is deadly serious. #NoOneAboveTheLaw

TheAtlantic, Benjamin Wittes: The Catastrophic Performance of Bill Barr http://bit.ly/2VHBCYX
// The attorney general misled the public in seven key ways.

WaPo: Trump finds in Barr the attorney general — and shield — he long sought http://wapo.st/2GMMmLW

🐣 RT @selectedwisdom FBI: 1) knows Russia hacked 2) receives intel Aussies about Russia, emails, Trump campaign member 3) Manafort becomes campaign manager from nowhere 4) former target Russia intel shows up on Trump campaign & in Moscow – this is what the FBI should do
⋙ NYT: F.B.I. Sent Investigator Posing as Assistant to Meet With Trump Aide in 2016 http://nyti.ms/2GUI31h
// Papadapoulos

Politico: White House lawyer Emmet Flood mocks Mueller report as ‘law school exam paper’ http://bit.ly/2WfRsaa
// letter dated 4/19/2019; In a five-page letter, a top White House lawyer argued that Trump should be able to stop officials from talking to Congress about the report. http://politi.co/

Flood took issue specifically with the 182-page section of the report that detailed a dozen instances in which Trump might have obstructed justice. He blasted the document for laying “raw evidentiary material combined with its own inclusive observations on the arguable legal significance of the gathered content.”

“This species of public report has no basis in the relevant regulation and no precedent in the history of special/independent counsel investigations,” Flood wrote.

He also questioned the notion suggested by “some commentators” that Mueller’s work was in effect a guide for congressional investigators with the power to impeach Trump, arguing that the special counsel in his capacity as a temporary DOJ official “should not be in the business of creating ‘road maps’ for the purpose of transmitting them” to Congress.

CNN, Stephen Collinson: Barr ensures Congress can’t stop Trump now http://cnn.it/2vzyMXj

⭕ 1 May 2019

AP, Michael Balsamo: Trump depicted in Mueller report feared being called a fraud http://bit.ly/2Vnj9Sh

NYT Editorial: Bob Mueller’s Extraordinary Letter to Bill Barr http://nyti.ms/2Jb0WzJ
// The special counsel publicly upbraided the attorney general for his sketchy summary of the Trump investigation.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Chris Wallace: Some opinion people who appear on this network, who may be pushing a political agenda. But, you know, we have to deal in facts. And the fact is that this letter from the special counsel … was a clear indication that the [special counsel] was upset, very upset.

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Barr denies that report was intended for Congress. Mueller literally says in his report that his investigation was to gather facts while evidence was available and memories were fresh IN ORDER THAT IT MAY BE USED IN A CONGRESSIONAL IMPEACHMENT PTOCEEDING OR FUTURE PROSECUTION

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Barr, responding to Sen Blackburn, says all of the allegations about Trump & Russia have been proven false. This isn’t true. Mueller only said investigation DID NOT ESTABLISH a conspiracy & discussed difficulty obtaining testimony because of 5th amendment/misleading or lying etc.

🐣 RT @Yamiche Senator Hirono laying into AG Barr saying: You used every advantage of your office to make it seem like President Trump was cleared. You put the power of your office behind a “public relations” push for President Trump. You lied to Congress. ¤ “You knew you lied and now we know.”

🐣 RT @lawrence Warning: watching this video or retweeting it could upset Lindsey Graham. A lot.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheLastWord .@Lawrence caught Lindsey Graham complaining about FBI officials saying the same negative things about Donald Trump in 2016 that Lindsey Graham was saying about Donald Trump in 2016. #lastword #msnbc
💽 https://twitter.com/TheLastWord/status/1123785826574446594/photo/1

💙💙 Politico: Clinton: ‘China, if you’re listening, why don’t you get Trump’s tax returns?’ http://politi.co/2XVxz8E
// Turnabout, she hypothetically suggests to MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, might be fair play.

🐣 💙💙 RT @sbg1 [Susan Glasser] AG Barr now admits under questioning from Sen Durbin that he had already been working on decision saying Trump did not commit obstruction — before receiving the Mueller report or having anyone look at it.

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Now we know that although Mueller raised a red flag in writing with Barr, the attorney general and Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein proceeded with a news conference that was even more outrageously partisan than the letter
⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Now we know why William Barr is afraid to face House Democrats http://wapo.st/2VDsoNk

TheBulwark, Charlie Sykes: We Should Not Have Been Surprised About Bill Barr http://bit.ly/2UXjVjr
// William Safire had his number 27 years ago.

WaPo, AaronBlake: William Barr’s ‘snitty’ slip-up gives away his game http://wapo.st/2WiDrsp

🐣 RT @okayblu_ @CNN @donlemon chyron says Mueller asked Barr to release his summaries FIVE times.

🐣 RT @selectedwisdom Could someone ask AG Barr, “if no collusion & no reason for FBI to start an investigation with regards to Russia & Trump campaign, could you offer what indicators of foreign influence of a Presidential campaign would prompt a preliminary inquiry or full investigation by FBI?”
⋙ 🐣 If a Dem does it, investigate. If GOP does it, don’t. Easy as pie.
♡ ི•̮͡• ᤢ ྀ ♡

🐣 RT @maddowblog Here is Hillary Clinton’s hypothetical about a candidate calling on China to hack Trump’s taxes, and why Republicans putting partisanship over national security is a dangerous thing. 💽 https://twitter.com/MaddowBlog/status/1123772841814560769/photo/1
// China, if you’re listening

WIRED, Garrett Graff: Trump’s World Still Faces 16 Known Criminal Probes http://bit.ly/2Vz4enf

1. The 2016 Russian election attack
2. Wikileaks
3. Middle Eastern influence
4. Paul Manafort’s activities
5. The Trump Tower Moscow project
6. Russia-Trump Campaign contacts
7. Presidential obstruction of jusice
8. Campaign finance violations and Trump Organization finances
9. Inauguration funding
10. SuperPAC funding
11. Foreign lobbying violations
12. Russian spy Maria Butina
13. Russian Internet Research Agency accountant Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova
14. Turkish influence
15. Trump Organization tax fraud
16. Trump Foundation fraud
17. Violations of the emoluments clause

WaPo: William Barr has shamelessly corrupted the debate over the Mueller report http://wapo.st/2UUQWgm

WaPo, Editorial: William Barr torched his reputation. His testimony compounded the damage. http://wapo.st/2IVUmhw

💙💙 DailyBeast, Michael Tomasky: The GOP’s Just a Racket Now, and Trump Is Its Godfather, Barr Its Wartime Consigliere http://bit.ly/2PDzdZI
// We see now with a new and oddly liberating clarity that these next 18 months may well be the most consequential and frightening time in living history.

NYT: William Barr Hearing: Highlights of His Testimony http://nyti.ms/2PIY0fe

NYT: Barr Defends Handling of Mueller Report Against Withering Rebukes http://nyti.ms/2LjJSdB

🐣 If the Mueller Report is Barr’s “baby,” he performed a late-term abortion.

🐣 RT @tribelaw ”Of course, to stay, you must be seen as on his team, so you make further compromises. You use his language, praise his leadership, tout his commitment to values.
And then you are lost. He has eaten your soul.”
⋙ NYT: James Comey: How Trump Co-opts Leaders Like Bill Barr http://nyti.ms/2GMF8Yn //➔ Barr was rotten to start with
// Accomplished people lacking inner strength can’t resist the compromises necessary to survive this president.

DailyBeast: Mueller Asked Barr Twice to Release Report’s Summaries http://bit.ly/2ISu6EA

🐣 Barr didn’t want to put out Mueller’s summaries because he knew people would read them, whereas few people have lives where they can drop everything and read a 440-page report. Plus it bought time.

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Barr is once again gaslighting in front of Congress. By claiming that he had a “responsibility” to determine whether the president committed obstruction, he is flouting the basis for Mueller not doing so in the first place: DOJ policy not to indict a POTUS. So is he repealing it?

NYT: Trump Wants to Block Deutsche Bank From Sharing His Financial Records http://nyti.ms/2J9d84i

≣ WaPo: Special Counsel Mueller’s letter to Attorney General Barr [ pdf ] http://wapo.st/2J8w6ru

WaPo, Amber Phillips: 6 questions Congress should ask Attorney General Barr about the Mueller report http://wapo.st/2UVI5Lb

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Mueller’s letter seems to say he believed Barr’s actions damaged the public’s confidence in DOJ (of which the Special Counsel is a part). In no other administration could Barr stay on as AG. But with this one, it’s almost a qualification for the position.

WaPo: ‘I don’t know’: Barr’s professed ignorance prompts calls for his resignation after Mueller letter http://wapo.st/2vxwvf2

🐣 RT @BillKristol We at Republicans for the Rule of Law worked to protect the Mueller investigation, and he produced a report whose veracity is unchallenged. With his letter, Mueller made a final effort to safeguard the truth. It’s now up to Congress to consider his findings without fear or favor. 💙 💽 https://twitter.com/BillKristol/status/1123531819440328710/photo/1

🐣 Apart from “context, nature, and substance,” what’s left?
1. nature: the basic or inherent features of something, especially when seen as characteristic of it.
2. A matter of substance, as distinguished from a matter of form, with respect to pleadings, affidavits, indictments, and other legal instruments, entails the essential sufficiency, validity, or merits of the instrument, as opposed to its method or style.

≣💙💙 AP: Text of special counsel’s letter to attorney general http://bit.ly/2WjoZAn
// Mueller letter March 27, 2019

I previously sent you a letter dated March 25, 2019, that enclosed the introduction and executive summary for each volume of the Special Counsel’s report marked with redactions to remove any information that potentially could be protected by Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure that concerned declination decisions; or that related to a charged case. We also had marked an additional two sentences for review and have now confirmed that these sentences can be released publicly.

Accordingly, the enclosed documents are in a form that can be released to the public consistent with legal requirements and Department policies. I am requesting that you provide these materials to Congress and authorize their public release at this time.

As we stated in our meeting of March 5 and reiterated to the Department early in the afternoon of March 24, the introductions and executive summaries of our two-volume report accurately summarize this Office’s work and conclusions. The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions. We communicated that concern to the Department on the morning of March 25. There is new public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations. See Department of Justice, Press Release (May 17, 2017).

While we understand that the Department is reviewing the full report to determine what is appropriate for public release — a process that our Office is working with you to complete — that process need not delay release of the enclosed materials. Release at this time would alleviate the misunderstandings that have arisen and would answer congressional and public questions about the nature and outcome of our investigation. It would also accord with the standard for public release of notifications to Congress cited in your letter. See 28 C.F.R. 609(c) (“the Attorney General may determine that public release” of congressional notifications “would be in the public interest.”).

Sincerely yours,
Robert S. Mueller, III
Special Counsel

⭕ 30 Apr 2019

Newsweek: Hitler Was Incompetent and Lazy—and His Nazi Government Was an Absolute Clown Show http://bit.ly/2VW2hSF

TheMoscowProject: Trump’s Russia Cover-Up By the Numbers – 251 contacts with Russia-linked operatives http://bit.ly/2ycY959

💙💙 CNN: 77 lies and falsehoods Mueller called out http://cnn.it/2J3VOxg

🐣 RT @neal_katyal Bill is right. The whole point of the Special Counsel regulations was to provide the public with confidence about an independent investigation, and to force sunlight if the AG tried to interfere. We know the latter has happened. There is only one branch of govt now that can act.
⋙ 🐣 RT @BillKristol Mueller’s report, read without Barr’s coloring, invites the House at least to consider impeachment. Now that Barr’s coloring has been, as it were, erased, how can the House avoid its responsibility? What’s at this point to be gained by trying fastidiously to avoid the dread word?

DailyBeast: Schiff Hires Ex-Chief of FBI Financial Crimes Section as House Intel Probes Trump’s Finances http://bit.ly/2VAQloj
// Patrick Fallon jumps from the upper echelon of the bureau to Congress as Democrats ramp up investigations of president’s finances.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Fmr. acting U.S. solicitor general Neal Katyal: “We are seeing interference by the attorney general becoming a matter of public record … everything Barr has done has now set up Congress to investigate … they have no choice.” @TheLastWord

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: Bill Barr’s Not Your Average Trump Stooge. He’s 100 Times Worse. Will Democrats Do Anything About It? http://bit.ly/2PI5jno
// Bob Mueller found out the hard way that the attorney general isn’t the average Trump stooge. Time is running dangerously short, and Democrats still don’t get it.

🐣 RT @Delavegalaw I have no illusions that Barr will be charged with making a false statement to Congress in violation of 18 USC 1001. But it was helpful of him to answer in a full sentence. “I don’t know whether Mueller supported my conclusion” stands on its own as a knowingly false statement.

Salon, Bob Cesca: Robert Mueller wasn’t Superman: Straight-arrow prosecutor no match for Trump crime family http://bit.ly/2JcEndU
// Bill Maher is right: We needed a direct assault on the criminal in the White House and got legalistic nuance

Returning to the word “exploitative” for a moment, this is perhaps the best way to describe how Barr and Trump handled Mueller in the end. Surely by design rather than by coincidence, they each exploited Mueller’s even-keeled Boy Scout reputation. They were too easily able to superimpose their own spin on Mueller’s report, thanks to his inability to clearly define the upshot of his probe for the benefit of increasingly distracted American voters. As a quick glance at social media will more than confirm, we’re not wired for nuance in this country. Not any more. Nuance allows those without moral compasses to sashay between the collapsing rubble, rocket-launching a sortie of lies several times around the world before the truth gets its pants on. It’s happening more often these days and the lies are kicking nuance’s ass.

Incapable of X-ray vision and superhuman strength, Mueller seems to have proceeded with an anachronistic sense of normalcy, as if his investigation were happening in the shadow of a normal president, as if Trump weren’t on the verge of a Putin-style power grab, as if the congressional Republicans hadn’t devolved into nothing more than party-first whores for Trump.

Vox: Mueller to Attorney General Barr: You “did not fully capture” my report http://bit.ly/2vwpM5m
// For the soft-spoken special counsel, that is quite the statement.

🐣 RT @BillKristol Mueller’s report, read without Barr’s coloring, invites the House at least to consider impeachment. Now that Barr’s coloring has been, as it were, erased, how can the House avoid its responsibility? What’s at this point to be gained by trying fastidiously to avoid the dread word?

🐣 RT @joshtpm JustSecurity just released AG Barr’s prepared remarks for tomorrow’s testimony. He doubles down on his claim that he was obliged to short circuit presenting the report for Congress’s by declaring President Trump innocent.
Text Block: https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/1123440686953586695/photo/1
⋙ JustSecurity: Unsealed Documents in Special Counsel Mueller’s Investigation [Updated] http://bit.ly/2GKcaZg
⋙⋙ pdf: http://bit.ly/2Y3WC9Z

🐣 RT @BescholossDC Nixon’s Attorney General, John Mitchell, was convicted and went to prison for perjury, conspiracy and obstruction of justice.
https://twitter.com/BeschlossDC/status/1123380268381896704/photo/1

🐣 RT @tribelaw In Mueller v. Barr, my money is on Mueller.

🐣 RT @CitizenWonk Rosenberg on Mueller Barr letter: ‘You don’t go to paper lightly’ http://dlvr.it/R3qtw0 https://twitter.com/CitizenWonk/status/1123446489005555712/photo/1

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote “The T is in brackets. That means the whole front part of that sentence is missing. I’ll bet you a million Beans the full sentence begins with ‘although’.”
TextBlock: https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1123378806587183104/photo/1
// Deceptive editing

🐣 RT @NicoleDWallace The debate about the politics of impeachment being bad for democrats blows my mind – imagine if impeachment were viewed as politically popular- Dems would be accused of commencing impeachment hearings for political gain. Dems should take politics out and do the right thing.

🐣 Now I understand: It wasn’t a golf simulator Trump had installed in the White House ( WaPo: http://wapo.st/2IRvtDl ) ~ It was a guillotine. Explains both Rosenstein and Barr.

🐣 RT @tribelaw We now know why the legendary Bill Safire years ago called Bill Barr the “Coverup General.”

🐣 RT @DanRather We need to hear from Mueller, in person, directly, and in full. Full stop.

Politico, Natasha Bertrand et al: Mueller complained to Barr about Russia report memo http://politi.co/2DCjTaT

DailyBeast, Erin Banco and Sam Stein: Mueller’s Willing to Testify, but Trump DOJ Is Holding It Up: Dems http://bit.ly/2Y1nNCf
// The special counsel has indicated he’s fine going up the Hill. But the Trump administration is getting in the way, Dems say.

🐣 RT @HouseJudiciary JUST IN: @HouseJudiciary Chairman @RepJerryNadler Statement on Mueller’s Letter to the Attorney General.
⋙ Medium, House Judiciary Dems: Chairman Nadler’s Statement on Mueller’s Letter to the Attorney General http://bit.ly/2J2zYKN

🐣 .@SpeakerPelosi It’s time.

🐣 RT @yamichealcindor Department of Justice Spokesperson Kerri Kupec’s lengthy response to Mueller letter news. https://twitter.com/Yamiche/status/1123381631736340481/photo/1

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Attorney General Barr misled the public and owes the American people answers. It’s time for DOJ to release the full report & all underlying docs — and finally allow Mueller to testify. Americans deserve the facts. Barr must stop standing in the way.
🐣 RT @SenSchumer In light of Mueller’s letter, the misleading nature of Barr’s 4/10 testimony & 4/18 press conference is even more glaring. ¤ Barr must bring the letter with him when he testifies in the Senate tomorrow. ¤ And it’s time for Mueller to testify publicly. Now.
🐣 RT @RepCummings Barr misled Congress and the American people to protect the President. ¤ There must be consequences. ¤ We must see the letter, get the full report and docs, and hear directly from Mueller.
🐣 RT @selectedwisdom There you have it. Makes sense that Mueller would take issue. Barr’s characterization didn’t match the report. And really makes me question what happened with Rosenstein
⋙ 💙💙 NYT: Mueller Objected to Barr’s Description of Russia Investigation’s Findings on Trump http://nyti.ms/2ZNAceE

🐣 RT @RepJerryNadler I note with interest AG Barr’s 4/10 Senate testimony. “Q: Did Bob Mueller support your conclusion? A: I don’t know whether Bob Mueller supported my conclusion.” Now it appears that Mueller objected in this 3/27 letter.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ 🐣 RT @RepJerryNadler Mueller has written a letter objecting to Barr’s summary of his report because it “did not fully capture the context, nature and substance of the investigation.” I have demanded the letter & Barr must answer for this. Mueller must be allowed to testify.
⋙ ⋙ 🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙 WaPo: Mueller told the attorney general that the depiction of his findings failed to capture ‘context, nature, and substance’ of probe http://wapo.st/2IO0Dvm

⭕ 29 Apr 2019

JustSecurity, Ryan Goodman (Apr): Guide to the Mueller Report’s Findings on “Collusion” http://bit.ly/2Ku9PVF
// 4/29/2019

Politico, Natasha Bertrand: Mueller report reveals Kushner’s contacts with a ‘pro-Kremlin’ campaign adviser http://politi.co/2DDoN7D
// Dimitri Simes, who runs a Washington think tank, offered advice on Russia policy and even peddled rumors about the Clintons.

TheAtlantic, Benjamin Wittes: Five Things I Learned From the Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2WcG1jJ
// A careful reading of the dense document delivers some urgent insights.

⭕ 28 Apr 2019

🐣 RT @davidaxelrod Former acting AG @SallyQYates didn’t hold back on @MeetThePress: In her 30 yrs as prosecutor, Yates said, she tried cases of obstruction on far less evidence than case laid out by Mueller against @POTUS. Were he not president, Yates said, Trump likely would’ve been indicted.

NBCNews, MTP: Full Sally Yates: ‘Robert Mueller paints a devastating portrait’ http://nbcnews.to/2GPA0UB
// In an exclusive interview with Meet the Press, Former United States Deputy Attorney General, Sally Yates, talks to Andrea Mitchell about the Special Counsel’s investigation into obstruction of justice over the Russia investigation.

💽 RollingStone, Peter Wade: Watch Hillary Clinton Read the Mueller Report Aloud, Including Trump’s ‘I’m F-cked’ Quote http://bit.ly/2WhjPFa
// “It would take a long time to record that… It would take lots and lots of lozenges,” she said of recording an audiobook of the document

WaPo: Attorney general may withdraw from Mueller report hearing over terms of his testimony, House Democrats say http://wapo.st/2GMCLoq

NYT: Barr Threatens Not to Testify Before House, but Democrats May Subpoena Him http://nyti.ms/2INA7SU

💙💙 DailyBeast, Mimi Rocah and Renato Mariotti: If Trump Weren’t President, He Would Already Be Charged http://bit.ly/2UYPxdz
// The Mueller Report contains a case against the president as strong as many we saw working as federal prosecutors.

⭕ 27 Apr 2019

WaPo: Trump views the Supreme Court as an ally, sowing doubt about its independence among his critics http://wapo.st/2IL4xp3

DailyBeast, Sam Brodey and Betsy Woodruff: Trump’s Stonewalling Pushes House Democrats Towards Impeachment http://bit.ly/2GMDzLf
// “Trump’s opacity is moving some members into the impeachment camp,” one Democratic lawmaker tells The Daily Beast. “Translation: it’s always the cover-up that gets ‘em.”

⭕ 26 Apr 2019

WaPo, Steve Vladeck: Trump isn’t just defying Congress. He’s rejecting the whole idea of oversight. http://wapo.st/2DyniaH

NYT: FBI Warns of Russian Interference in 2020 Race and Boosts Counterintelligence Operations http://nyti.ms/2GKsaLV

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: ‘I can land the plane’: How Rosenstein tried to mollify Trump, protect Mueller and save his job http://wapo.st/2UHq6rX

CBSNews: Trump’s comments after Mueller report release could be used by Congress http://cbsn.ws/2vpK0gZ

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Open an impeachment INQUIRY. That way, you can GET THE GRAND JURY MATERIALS under rule 6e. If you don’t have enough, you DONT HAVE TO IMPEACH. If you do not even TRY, you send a message to future presidents and our enemies that we DONT CARE if you steal our elections.

NYMag, Andrew Sullivan: The Appeasement of Donald Trump http://nym.ag/2GB66SY

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: Why Did Mueller Include the June 9 Meeting Statement in His Obstruction Case? http://bit.ly/2DAF9y5

TheBulwark, Charlie Sykes: Did Trump’s Attempts to Obstruct Actually Work? http://bit.ly/2VtQ6eT
// Let’s go to the report.

DailyBeast, Betsy Woodruff: Russian Agent Maria Butina Sentenced to 18 Months in Prison: ‘I Destroyed My Own Life’ http://bit.ly/2GLbyE6
// The government says she illegally courted U.S. figures, including conservatives and NRA leaders, on behalf of Moscow.

CNN, John Avlon: The intriguing leads and compelling questions buried in the Mueller report http://cnn.it/2IVEDxW

💙💙 NYRB, Murray Waas: Mueller Prosecutors: Trump Did Obstruct Justice http://bit.ly/2PvVadb

Vox, Andrew Prokop: How to get away with obstructing justice https://tinyurl.com/y3bqfyk5
// What President Trump did — and didn’t do — according to the Mueller report’s second volume.

🐣 RT @ZemanLynnZ So these are Conservative Values now @JohnCornyn ?
https://twitter.com/ZemanLynnZ/status/1121442391175471104/photo/1
// Trump values

Newsweek, Brian Ott: Unwitting or Not, Donald Trump is Still Complicit in Russia’s Attack on America http://bit.ly/2UGQL87

Politico: The fight to unveil Mueller’s final mysteries http://politi.co/2IKXwUV
// Redacted passages could shed light on who Donald Trump asked to look into WikiLeaks’ plans, or what happened after Donald Trump Jr. rejected a voluntary interview with Mueller.

⭕ 25 Apr 2019

CNN, Julian Zelizer: Trump’s stonewalling of Congress is a constitutional crisis http://cnn.it/2IVb6EA

Politico: ‘He needs to let it go’: Trump’s allies urge him to shut up about Mueller http://politi.co/2VxitbU

WaPo: Rosenstein fires back at critics over Mueller report http://wapo.st/2ZKKQD0

WaPo: George Conway slammed Trump as ‘Deranged Donald,’ and a new nickname was born http://wapo.st/2DB6PTd

Politico: Trump: Russia investigations an attempted ‘coup’ http://politi.co/2GHu4Nk

WaPo: Stymied by aides, Trump sought out loyalist to curtail special counsel — and drew Mueller’s glare http://wapo.st/2ZCd7vd

WaPo, Eric Wemple: How Fox News distorts the news: A Mueller case study http://wapo.st/2UYKtWo

🐣 RT @joshtpm Trump: “The biggest problem with Mueller …He didn’t mention Strzok & Mccabe & Comey & the lies and the leaks and overthrow and the whole thing with the Hillary Clinton got a win 100 million to 1 two lovers, two sick lovers, especially the one. I mean, these were like children.” 💽 https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/1121613325610160128/photo/1
⋙ Anyone remember when Ivan goes insane in The Brothers Karamasov? You can only understand it if you’ve read the book up to that point.

DailyBeast, Asawin Suebsaeng: ‘Gonna Give Them Hell’: How Trump and His Lawyers Plotted for Months to Make Democrats Pay http://bit.ly/2DxukNe
// It’s what President Trump wanted to do all along anyway.

DailyBeast, Justin Baragona: Trump to Hannity: Russia Investigation ‘Was a Coup’ and ‘Attempted Overthrow’ of Government http://bit.ly/2Zwjgcx
// In the same breath, the president boasts about how his 2017 Obama wiretapping claims ‘blew up’ while admitting they were based only on a ‘little bit of a hunch.’

NYT, Elizabeth Drew: The Danger in Not Impeaching Trump http://nyti.ms/2Zz59Db
// It may be risky politically, but Congress has a responsibility to act.

🐣 RT @costareports In conversations today w/ several Trump advisers, it was clear that Trump is the one driving this standoff with Congress. No “whisperer,” as one put it. Just a man alone, eyeing the TV, and urging everyone from Cipollone to Giuliani to take a hard line.

🐣 RT @PhilipRucker “This was a coup. This was an attempted overthrow of the United States government,” Trump says of the Russia investigation to adviser & Fox host Hannity.

JustSecurity, Joshua Geltzer, Ryan Goodman and Asha Rangappa: What Congress Should Ask Bill Barr When He Testifies http://bit.ly/2GInTJ9

🐣 RT @CNN One week after the redacted Mueller report’s release, here’s a look at claims the Trump administration has made over the report and how they measure up to what the report actually says
⋙ CNN: Fact check: White House vs. the Mueller report, one week out http://cnn.it/2vkAvzH

🐣 ◕ RT @TrumpRussiaTies Strictly speaking, he meets all criteria for obstruction in four out of ten instances. ¤ But, as far as Presidents are concerned, aren’t ALL such instances Impeachable offenses, “out of the gate”? We don’t hold presidents to the same legal standard as you or me, but a HIGHER one. https://twitter.com/TrumpRussiaTies/status/1121435743866564608/photo/1
// cool obstruction chart

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ But be honest: Who among us hasn’t been $10 million in debt to a Russian oligarch and decides to work for a U.S. presidential campaign for free to help them win so they will lift sanctions against said oligarch so he won’t kill you and succeeds even though you end up in jail?

Axios: Mueller report sparked an increase in Russian misinformation http://bit.ly/2Pv9PWf

NewYorker, Adam Gopnik: Another Look at Impeachment, After the Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2XHlCU1

Vox, Aaron Rupar: Why Trump’s tweets about Don McGahn and the Mueller report could backfire http://bit.ly/2Pu4tKM
// Trump sought to refute one of the Mueller report’s most damaging revelations. He created new problems for himself in the process.

WashingtonExaminer: Putin just made a move on Ukraine. Trump needs to respond http://washex.am/2XEcijG

NYT, Jed Shugerman: The Trump Campaign Conspired With the Russians. Mueller Proved It. By the standards of a potential impeachment inquiry, the evidence is clear. http://nyti.ms/2IWAFFk

NYT, Ken Dilanian and Tom Winter: Mueller report shows Trump campaign left itself wide open to Russians, officials say http://nyti.ms/2L31WIU
// “The Russians found a group of people who were not intelligence savvy” and didn’t listen to U.S. intel officials, said a CIA veteran.

NBCNews: Trump claims he never told McGahn to fire Mueller, but they say otherwise http://nbcnews.to/2KZPWaT
// In an interview with Mueller, McGahn recalled Trump telling him “Mueller has to go” and “call me back when you do it.”

🔆 This❗️⋙ FoxNews: Judge Andrew Napolitano: Did President Trump obstruct justice? http://fxn.ws/2L6izDt //➔ I almost never rec #FoxNews, but this condemnation of Trump is brutal

Vox, Andrew Prokop: What Donald Trump actually did in 2016, according to the Mueller report http://bit.ly/2ZByKMu
// And where the special counsel found no evidence of Trump’s involvement.

⭕ 24 Apr 2019

💙💙 ◕ Medium, Charles Franklin (Aug 2018): Nixon, Watergate and Partisan Opinion http://bit.ly/2PrRxFb damaging news reports and Senate hearings had greatest impact; Popularity among GOP never fell beneath 50%
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1121313737477062656/photo/1
// 8/12/2018; Nixon approval

AmericanLawyer, Vivia Chen: Seven Funny Takes from the Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2USyauV
// Cheer up! There’s plenty of material in there for a comedy show that could give “Veep” a run for its money.

Salon, Kenneth McCallion: Yes, Trump, Mueller’s report means the end of your presidency http://bit.ly/2UV7QjO
// The crisis in the presidency is real and immediate and requires immediate action

Vox, Aaron Rupar: Trump’s tweets are getting more unhinged http://bit.ly/2UAJXc9
// After the Mueller report’s release, Trump tweeted that he’s “never been happier.” Then things took a turn.

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: With Mueller Gone, the Threat of a Lawless President Is Very Alive http://nym.ag/2PwdPWu

CJR, Michiko Kakutani: Don’t rely on the coverage. Read the Mueller report. http://bit.ly/2vhRnqK
// Columbia Journalism Review

💙💙 TheHill, Allan Lichtman: 21 questions for Robert Mueller http://bit.ly/2IWnbcO

NYT, Peter Baker: Victor or Victim? Trump’s Changing Response to Mueller Report http://nyti.ms/2GGdu0z

NYT: Mueller Report Reveals Trump’s Fixation on Targeting Hillary Clinton http://nyti.ms/2GJ9Fb3
// President Trump repeatedly asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to prosecute Hillary Clinton

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Hillary Clinton: Mueller documented a serious crime against all Americans. Here’s how to respond. http://wapo.st/2GA7Vzf

TheAtlantic, David Graham: Trump Refuses to Defend the United States http://bit.ly/2IEf457
// The president won’t take action to protect elections from foreign meddling, because he finds it politically and personally unpalatable.

WaPo: Trump says he would ask Supreme Court to intervene if Democrats move to impeach him http://wapo.st/2GzWN5o

Lawfare, Michael Hayden and David Priess: What Mueller Got Right http://bit.ly/2DIcQOj

🐣 RT @tribelaw In Walter Nixon v US, 506 US 224 (1993), the Supreme Court held that the Court has no role to play in the process or review of impeachment hearings or trials even when a federal judge rather than the president is the subject. When it’s the president the Framers were even clearer.

DailyBeast, Betsy Woodruff: Maria Butina Cooperated With the Feds. Now They Want to Throw the Book at Her. http://bit.ly/2Ppdapu
// The Russian agent had been hoping for a speedy deportation. But prosecutors want her to stay behind bars for doing damage they say can aid the Kremlin for ‘years to come.’

DailyBeast, Chris Jacobus: Mueller Wasn’t Going to End Trump. Impeachment Hearings Can—If Democrats Have the Stones to Do It http://bit.ly/2VqjliB
// Those who’ve read the Mueller report get that it shows Trump obstructing justice. But only a handful of Americans have read it. Live hearings, though, would be must-see TV.

Politico: ‘This is risky’: Trump’s thirst for Mueller revenge could land him in trouble http://politi.co/2IVrs0a
// Team Trump’s bellicose tweets and public statements in the last few days could expose the president to fresh charges of witness intimidation and obstruction of justice.

⭕ 23 Apr 2019

💙💙 NYRB, David Cole: An Indictment in All But Name http://bit.ly/2IVaQFu

CNBC: Hillary Clinton on Trump: ‘Any other person who had engaged in those acts would certainly have been indicted’ for obstruction of justice http://cnb.cx/2UXxSCX

Slate, William Saletan: Mueller Proved Comey Told the Truth http://bit.ly/2GCX4Wv
// And the president lied.

WaPo, Aaron Blake: The 5 crimes Mueller suggests Trump could be charged with http://wapo.st/2Xyibiy

CNN, Shanlon Wu: Robert Mueller made a big mistake http://cnn.it/2IRr6r7
// Robert Mueller’s failure to reach a decision about whether President Donald Trump should be prosecuted for obstruction of justice was a mistake that failed both his mission and our country.

ArsTechnica: Twitter shuts down 5,000 pro-Trump bots retweeting anti-Mueller report invective http://bit.ly/2Dx8XeI
// Bots were tied to account formerly used for pro-Saudi messaging.

NYT, Daniel Hemel and Eric Posner: The Surprising Place Mueller Found Resistance to Trump http://nyti.ms/2GyCeql
// The strongest pushback against the president came from his own branch of government.

Politico, Andrew Restuccia: Mueller report exposes diminishing power of Trump denials http://politi.co/2GtsyNM
// The report has reignited a media debate about how seriously to take the White House’s statements of fact.

🐣 RT @BillKristol The third Article of Impeachment against Richard Nixon charged him with failing “without lawful cause or excuse to produce papers and things as directed by duly authorized subpoenas issued by the Committee on the Judiciary of the House of Representatives.”

Politico: What you missed in the Mueller report http://politi.co/2Dtz2LS
// Darren Samuelson, Kyle Cheney and Natasha Bertrand; POLITICO dived back into the report and its 2,000-plus footnotes to unearth a few details that have not gotten much attention.

1. Who didn’t get prosecuted
2. Don Jr. dodges a voluntary Mueller interview
3. Annie Donaldson took devastating notes
4. Mueller hampered by missing and deleted messages
5. Sekulow needed an attorney to deal with Mueller
6. There was a second “scope memo”
7. The Mueller-FBI counterintelligence partnership — revealed
8. The mystery endures over what Carter Page was doing in Moscow
9. Cohen mistakes Putin operative for Olympic weightlifter
10. A little more is learned about the mysterious overseas professor

TheAtlantic: The Mueller Report Was My Tipping Point http://bit.ly/2GuL3kP
// I was a Trump transition staffer, and I’ve seen enough. It’s time for impeachment.

NYT, Charlie Savage: Did Trump Obstruct Justice? Mueller Didn’t Say, but Left a Trail to the Answer http://nyti.ms/2Du4hqb
// The special counsel stopped short of declaring whether acts by the president were illegal attempts to impede the investigation. But his report is a detailed map to conclusions.

WaPo: Trump says he is opposed to White House aides testifying to Congress, deepening power struggle with Hill http://wapo.st/2DtwOfe

NYT, Adam Liptak: Is Obstruction an Impeachable Offense? History Says Yes http://nyti.ms/2UQFQhb

⭕ 22 Apr 2019

TheAtlantic: Impeachment Is Not the Answer. At Least Not Yet. http://bit.ly/2W8V91z
// In the wake of the Mueller report, Democrats should probe—not launch a formal inquiry.

WaPo, Paul Waldman: No bottom: Republicans show they’ll defend just about anything Trump does http://wapo.st/2GALJWW

NBCNews, Evan McMullin: Trump welcomed the Russian attack and obstructed resulting investigations, an impeachable offense http://nbcnews.to/2ZoiNcl
// What kind of patriotic American wouldn’t reject and report a foreign offer to collaborate against our country?

🐣 RT @AshaRagappa_ There’s a concept in Hinduism called “dharma,” which means “duty.” Your dharma is to always do *the next right thing*, without attachment to the consequences (karma). When you follow your dharma, good karma naturally flows from it. When you don’t, it doesn’t. ¤ Congress 👀☝🏽

NYT, Jamelle Bouie: The Lure of Impeachment http://nyti.ms/2XF8MWz
// We need congressional action to cure our body politic as much as we need it for our moral health.

NYT, Paul Krugman: The Great Republican Abdication http://nyti.ms/2IL9k97
// A party that no longer believes in American values.

WaPo, Adam Schiff: Congress must ensure that Trump is working for the American people — not foreign interests http://wapo.st/2Dtsxsx

WaPo, Ashley Parker and Josh Dawsey: Constraints on presidency being redefined in Trump era, report fallout shows http://wapo.st/2GAUe4p

WaPo, Eugene Washington: Democrats must seize and define this moment. Otherwise, Trump will. http://wapo.st/2PqaUhU

WaPo, Dana Milbank: Mueller’s findings: Too stupid to conspire. Too incompetent to obstruct. http://wapo.st/2KTtVux

DeadlineHollywood: John Oliver Probes Most “Incredible” Details Of Mueller Report, Savages “Dishonest Hack” Bill Barr http://bit.ly/2UPTRMi

NYMag, Barb McQuade: Mueller Exposed Trump’s Biggest Betrayal http://nym.ag/2Viq0LD

WashingtonMonthly, Nancy LeTourneau: The Mueller Report Didn’t Absolve Trump of Collusion http://bit.ly/2Pox1VT

PBSNewsHour: AP fact check: Trump, AG Barr spread untruths about Mueller report http://to.pbs.org/2KX81Xn

RollCall: Mueller report: Russia hacked state databases and voting machine companies http://bit.ly/2VWfaIm
// Russian intelligence officers injected malicious SQL code and then ran commands to extract information

VICE, Matt Lasio: Republicans are about to go full Benghazi over the Mueller report http://bit.ly/2W0BAID

USAToday: Mueller report: 5 things to know about Russian interference in U.S. elections http://bit.ly/2UQqPMo

CNN: John Oliver goes long on the Mueller report http://cnn.it/2GroFIX

NBCNews, MTP: The Mueller report makes a damning case about Trump’s dishonesty http://nbcnews.to/2UCsPTG

ABC, Allison Pecorin: 10 best footnotes of the Mueller report http://abcn.ws/2W1x6kW

1. Those tapes: Footnote 112 (Volume II pg 27-28) describes conversations between Trump associates about rumored video recordings of the candidate in a Russian hotel room with prostitutes
2. Dossier diss: Footnote 117 (Volume II pg 28) describes Former FBI Director James Comey and Former Director of National Security James Clapper exchanging emails in 2017 about Trump’s request that they discredit the Steele Dossier
3. Congressional choices: Footnote 1091 (Volume II pg 178) suggests Congress can either craft new rules to stop a president from trying to thwart an investigation, or pursue impeachment as a drastic measure
4. Considering charges: Footnote 1278 (Volume I pg 176) describes how the office of the special counsel considered whether to bring charges on the grounds that the dissemination of stolen Democratic National Conventions emails could constitute trafficking in or the receipt of stolen property
5. Early warning: Footnote 155 (Volume II pg 32) suggests Former National Security Adviser Flynn was on “thin ice” even before he began to take criticism for his calls to Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak report broke. This is largely because of a guidance that then President-Elect Trump got from President Obama
6. Paragons of loyalty: Footnote 297 (Volume II pg 51) shows Trump pointed to Eric Holder and Robert Kennedy for how he felt an AG should act
7. An alternative theory: In Footnote 500 (Volume II pg 77) the special counsel explores whether Trump might have fired Comey to protect other conduct that could come to light because of the probe, including Michael Cohen’s campaign finance violations
8. Russian visas: Footnote 363 (Volume I pg 76) describes Cohen texts discussing plans to send Trump’s passport information to a Russian associate. The information was never sent, but the texts show Cohen’s travel plans forming.
9. The Trigger: Footnote 465 (Volume I pg 89) lays out how the Russia investigation began, when an unpaid policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, told a representative from a foreign government that the Russian government had damaging information on Hillary Clinton
10. Stubborn witness: Footnote 489 (Volume I pg 92) reveals that former Trump policy adviser George Papadopoulos wouldn’t help decipher his own handwriting.

WaPo, Max Boot: My former party’s reaction to the Mueller report fills me with disgust http://wapo.st/2VmaUVv

WIRED, Garrett Graff: 14 Mueller Report Takeaways You Might Have Missed http://bit.ly/2W1GqoK

1. This was as much a counterintelligence investigation as a criminal one.
2. Jerome Corsi isn’t out of the woods.
3. Anyone demanding the unredacted version of the report is stalling.
4. The Trump campaign really wanted Hillary’s emails.
5. The Trump Tower Moscow Project was a big deal.
6. Mueller never understood why Paul Manafort shared polling data with Russian intelligence asset Konstantin Kilimnik.
7. Donald Trump runs his White House like a Mafia boss.
8. Maria Butina and the National Rifle Association aren’t mentioned at all.
9. Mueller goes to great lengths to demolish William Barr’s theory of obstruction.
10. Google was a problem for everyone.
11. The US has an important political and policy question ahead: Is accepting known help from a foreign power something we want to prohibit in campaigns?
12. The Atlanta traveler might still matter.
13. Sergey Kislyak was perhaps totally irrelevant.
14. Mueller was deeply conservative in his approach.

Politico/MorningConsult Poll: Trump approval sinks 5 points to 39% after Mueller report, tying all-time low http://politi.co/2UMTLVs

NYT: Trump and Allies Ramp Up Attacks as McGahn Emerges as Chief Witness in the Mueller Report http://nyti.ms/2Ps12V0

⭕ 21 Apr 2019

WaPo, EJ Dionne: What House Democrats should do now http://wapo.st/2UBhMKn

🐣 RT @eliehonig Before the Report came out, Barr said the OLC memo against indicting a sitting president had no impact on Mueller’s decision. Then the Report came out and we saw that the OLC memo was the main -perhaps only- thing standing between Trump and indictment. Anyone want to defend Barr?

🐣 RT @AnnTelnaes “He conducts himself like a New Jersey mob boss who is unconcerned about asking the people around him to conduct unethical or legally challenging behaviour… Truth and accuracy just don’t factor into his thought process at all.”
⋙ TheGuardian, David Smith: Teflon Don: how Trump the mafia boss fought the law … and won http://bit.ly/2GyyPbW
// After Mueller, the president is being compared to mobsters from John Gotti to Tony Soprano. And yet he remains in office

🐣 RT @gtconway3d .@tribelaw: “Despite … President Donald Trump’s boasts, the Mueller report doesn’t come close to exonerating the president of wrongdoing. Instead, it invites Congress to initiate impeachment proceedings. It’s time for Congress to heed that invitation.”
⋙ USAToday, Lawrence Tribe: I’ve warned that impeachment talk is dangerous, but the time has come: Laurence Tribe http://bit.ly/2KTJSAW

Lawfare, Quinta Jurecic: Obstruction of Justice in the Mueller Report: A Heat Map http://bit.ly/2UyFWVX

🐣 The country needs to learn what happened so it doesn’t happen again and so safeguards can be put in place. Also, it may get Trump to ‘watch himself.’ Begin impeachment hearings or appoint a commission. Either way, we must learn from this history.

WaPo: Democrats will meet in the next few weeks to discuss impeachment, Schiff says http://wapo.st/2INiykX

⭕ 20 Apr 2019

LATimes, Andrew Coan: Donald Trump is no Richard Nixon. He’s worse http://lat.ms/2UP2ZRi

NYT: Catching Up on the Mueller Report: What’s Next? http://nyti.ms/2DpYUIq

WaPo: Armed with Mueller report, Democrats confront challenge of Trump’s messaging machine http://wapo.st/2PlV7AI

Lawfare, Susan Hennessy, Quinta Jurecic: The Mueller Report Demands an Impeachment Inquiry http://bit.ly/2VdEOuZ

WaPo: How a legal dispute between Mueller and Barr drove the end of the special counsel’s probe http://wapo.st/2Pm7We9

⭕ 19 Apr 2019

NYT, Charlie Savage: How Barr’s Excerpts Compare to the Mueller Report’s Findings http://nyti.ms/2GpoBtn

WaPo, Ron Klain: Robert Mueller failed to do his duty http://wapo.st/2Jh0dhr

💙💙 Lawfare, Benjamin Wittes: Notes on the Mueller Report: A Reading Diary http://bit.ly/2ZxgPGw

💙💙 WaPo: What’s in the Mueller report http://wapo.st/2IDoNsr

Politico Mag: The Surprises in the Mueller Report http://politi.co/2GBPYSn
// So what did we really learn about Trump, Russia and the power of the presidency? Some of the nation’s top legal minds unpack the document of the decade.

🐣 RT @gtconway3d .@walterdellinger: “In the face of an unprecedented attack on American democracy by a hostile foreign power, Donald Trump and those who worked for him both as a candidate and a president failed to defend the United States. For this alone, he is unfit to hold office.”
⋙ WaPo, Walter Dellinger and Samantha Goldstein: While the Russians attacked, Trump looked the other way http://wapo.st/2UObJH6

WaPo, Michael McFaul: Russia attacked us. The Mueller report still doesn’t give us the full story. http://wapo.st/2L5YkWm

WaPo, Neal Katyal and Joshua Geltzer: Barr tried to exonerate Trump. That’s not how the special counsel rules work. http://wapo.st/2PomLNt
// The attorney general isn’t supposed to be rebutting the special counsel.

WaPo: Timeline: The who, what, where of the sprawling Mueller investigation http://wapo.st/2VbjAhu
// Key events from the report and court filings in chronological order

WaPo, Daniel Hemel: Mueller’s biggest bombshell? Trump told the White House counsel to lie. http://wapo.st/2IzTleS
// It’s as close to the definition of obstruction of justice as anyone could ask for

NYT, Charlie Savage: How Barr’s Excerpts Compare to the Mueller Report’s Findings http://nyti.ms/2GpoBtn
// Attorney General William P. Barr sent a letter to Congress last month citing brief fragments from the Mueller report. Now that the document is public, his selections are coming under scrutiny.

DailyBeast, David Lurie: Mueller Report Has a Hidden Message for Barr http://bit.ly/2Pls3sY
// Special Counsel’s Office went out of its way to say the attorney general is dead wrong about obstruction of justice.

RollingStone, Tim Dickinson: Re-Read Bill Barr’s Infamous Letter With Full Quotes From the Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2IxFsxw
// Context is everything. Trump’s attorney general is a partisan hack

NewYorker, Isaac Chotiner: Neal Katyal on Whether the Mueller Report Went Far Enough http://bit.ly/2DpuHcp

WIRED, Garrett Graff: Mueller Report Fallout Pressures Democrats to Impeach Trump http://bit.ly/2DoRFk4

TheIntercept, James Risen: William Barr Misled Everyone About the Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2UNtfLK

Politico, Natasha Bertrand: 5 unresolved mysteries about Russian meddling in Mueller’s report http://politi.co/2KU03yd
// Even in a 448-page report, the special counsel left several big questions unaddressed or only partially answered.

1. Did a secret computer link exist between the Trump Organization and Moscow’s Alfa Bank?
2. Did Cambridge Analytica have ties to Russia or WikiLeaks?
3. What was the NRA’s relationship with the Trump campaign and Russia?
4. What did WikiLeaks know about the source of the stolen emails?
5. What about the infamous video tape alleged in the Steele dossier?

USAToday, Tom Nichols: Mueller report: Donald Trump failed us as commander in chief http://bit.ly/2DrW7OX

WaPo, Jacqueline Alemany: Power Up: Mueller’s report shatters White House alternative universe http://wapo.st/2VWexyB //➔ oh yeah?

USAToday: Donald Trump lashes out at ‘Crazy Mueller Report;’ calls probe a ‘big, fat, waste of time’ http://bit.ly/2UIaqto

CNN, Marshall Cohen: 4 times Barr twisted and cherry-picked Mueller’s report http://cnn.it/2IvhCm4

🐣 RT @ewarren To ignore a President’s repeated efforts to obstruct an investigation into his own disloyal behavior would inflict great and lasting damage on this country, and it would suggest that both the current and future Presidents would be free to abuse their power in similar ways.

🐣◕ RT @KevinMKruse It’s worth remembering how public opinion changed on Nixon’s impeachment. ¤ A month into the Ervin Committee hearings, the percentage supporting Nixon’s removal was still down in the teens. ¤ A majority didn’t want him removed until late July 1974. He resigned two weeks later. https://twitter.com/KevinMKruse/status/1119347084187115521/photo/1

NYT, Asha Rangappa: How Barr and Trump Use a Russian Disinformation Tactic http://nyti.ms/2KPVepx
// They were able to define “collusion” to benefit themselves. Don’t let them twist meanings again with their “spying” investigation.

WaPo, Carlos Lozada: The Mueller report isn’t just a legal document. It’s also the best book on the Trump White House so far. http://wapo.st/2UveAjk

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Democratic equivocation over impeachment is a moral and political disaster http://wapo.st/2XtbkXK

WaPo: After Mueller report, Democrats divided over end game — investigate Trump or impeach http://wapo.st/2W400AI

WaPo, Max Boot: To impeach or not to impeach? That is now the question. http://wapo.st/2Dq8KtK

NYT Editorial: The Great Russian Heist of 2016 http://nyti.ms/2Uo5BQU
// The Mueller report is a good reminder of how important it is to prevent foreign interference in American elections.

🐣 RT @AriMelber Some parts of this are simple: ¤ The Mueller Report and James Comey’s testimony under oath both document Trump ordering illegal prosecution of political opponents. ¤ That is huge. ¤ Comey and Sessions resisted. ¤ If Trump gets away with it, what happens if there’s a next time?

NYT Editorial: Mr. Mueller’s Indictment http://nyti.ms/2KLW2M2
// The special counsel’s report reveals a pattern of deceit and dysfunction. What comes next is up to Congress.

NYT, Joshua Geltzer and Ryan Goodman: Mueller Hints at a National-Security Nightmare http://nyti.ms/2UuRYiW
// The missing piece of the report is a counterintelligence investigation that should set off alarm bells about our democracy and security.

DailyBeast: Mueller Report: Assange Smeared Seth Rich to Cover for Russians http://bit.ly/2XxNGtd
// Julian Assange repeatedly blamed Seth Rich, the murdered DNC staffer, for Russia’s leaks. The Mueller report shows that Assange was lying from the start.

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom The gaslighting from Trump and his minions is at thermonuclear levels, demanding that you all reach the *opposite* conclusions that are obvious in Mueller’s report. Wherever it says “the Russians,” they want you to read “American journos and spies who lied about the Russians.”

WaPo, Philip Bump: Actually, the Mueller report showed that Russia did affect the vote http://wapo.st/2GxAGOo

Politico Mag, Renato Mariotti: The Obstruction Case Against Trump that Barr Tried to Hide http://politi.co/2UusBh4
// Even with redactions, Mueller’s report is clear Trump undermined the Russia investigation.

USAToday: Donald Trump denounces ‘Crazy Mueller Report,’ calls statements about him ‘fabricated’ and ‘untrue’ http://bit.ly/2UIaqto

🐣 Very practically, it would be better for Dems for the next year for headlines to be about the depths of the Mueller report and the wrongdoing of the Trump admin than on the Dems’ circular firing squad and GOP cries of “Socialism!”

🐣 Unfortunately, the legal and ethical intricacies of the actual (redacted) Mueller Report will have difficulty competing with the “No collusion! No obstruction!” rallying cries of Trump (and Barr).

⭕ 18 Apr 2019 Mueller Day

🐣 RT @ForeverLogical Lindsey Graham on removing Bill Clinton from office: “You don’t even have to be convicted of a crime to lose your job in this constitutional republic if this body determines your conduct as a public official is clearly out of bounds in your role.”
💽 https://twitter.com/ResisterSis20/status/1137334668947283969?s=20/photo/1

≣ DOJ: Attorney General William P. Barr Delivers Remarks on the Release of the Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election http://bit.ly/2vBDaVv
// Barr press conference on redacted Mueller Report
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“… if we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment. Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”
– Mueller Report

🔆 This❗️⋙ Lawfare: Full Text of the Mueller Report’s Executive Summaries http://bit.ly/2IFLewq

CNN: Mueller investigated rumored compromising tapes of Trump in Moscow http://cnn.it/2VWCfe5

TheBulwark, Charlie Sykes: This Is What Obstruction Looks Like http://bit.ly/2GukVI2

WaPo Editorial: The Mueller report is the opposite of exoneration http://wapo.st/2Gxqi9w

WaPo, Paul Farhi: Mueller report suggests the ‘fake news’ came from Trump, not the news media http://wapo.st/2Gu5bod

LATimes: Mueller report suggests Congress should judge whether Trump obstructed justice http://lat.ms/2ZkOuTR

🐣 RT @selectedwisdom [Clint Watts] Attorney General Barr just became the Dick Cheney of the Trump era.

NYT: Democrats Draw Closer to a Dicey Question: Whether to Impeach Trump http://nyti.ms/2UHtc46

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Schumer and Pelosi tonight: “Barr deliberately distorted significant portions” of Mueller’s report. The “report paints a disturbing picture of a president who has been weaving a web of deceit, lies and improper behavior and acting as if the law doesn’t apply to him.”

🐣 RT @AriMelber Barr claims a defense for Trump to obstruction is he “was frustrated & angered by a sincere belief” the probe undermined him ¤ Anger is not a defense to corrupt intent ¤ Sincerity is the only valid part- a person who intends to cooperate, not obstruct, can claim that’s their intent

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: Trump Beat the Rap, but Mueller Uncovered a Historic Scandal http://nym.ag/2UpKpKu

🐣 RT @KlasfeldReports #AlwaysReadTheFootnotes MUELLER, p. 390, footnote 1991: “A possible remedy through impeachment for abuses of power would not substitute for potential criminal liability after a President leaves office.”
https://twitter.com/KlasfeldReports/status/1118909536302190592/photo/1

WaPo: Burr appears to have given White House information about FBI’s probe, Mueller report says http://wapo.st/2VUA62i

Politico, Josh Gerstein and Darren Samuelsohn: Barr v. Mueller: Friends pitted against each other http://politi.co/2vdoo7o
// Despite close ties, the attorney general and special counsel face increasing scrutiny of their disagreements on the Trump probe.

DailyBeast, Asawin Suebsaeng, Betsy Woodruff and Lachlan Markay: Team Trump: The Mueller Report Is Vindication—and Riddled With ‘Lies’ http://bit.ly/2Znq0ZZ
// On Mueller Thursday, Trumpworld looked to have it both ways: embracing the special counsel’s findings while slagging them, too.

DailyBeast, Will Sommer: QAnon Believers Crushed After Mueller Report Fails to Lead to Hillary Clinton’s Arrest http://bit.ly/2UK96Gh
// QAnon fans thought Mueller would take down the Democrats. Instead, Sebastian Gorka made fun of them.

NYT: Excerpts and Analysis From the Mueller Report http://nyti.ms/2UuyQRX
// The Justice Department released a redacted version of the special counsel’s report on Thursday. Times reporters uncovered the biggest findings and shared excerpts and analysis.

🐣 RT @peterbakernyt “Surely one of the most damning insider accounts ever written about a Presidency in modern times,” writes @sbg1. Not just another bestselling book based on anonymous sources; it’s based on sworn testimony, contemporaneous notes, e-mails, and records.
⋙ NewYorker, Susan Glasser: The Mueller Report Won’t End Trump’s Presidency, But It Sure Makes Him Look Bad http://bit.ly/2XnOdxt

WaPo: George Conway: Trump is a cancer on the presidency. Congress should remove him. http://wapo.st/2UrLyAW

🐣 RT @AngryWHstaff Barr: I didn’t get the impression Mueller wanted to kick this to Congress. ¤ Mueller: ¤ “We concluded that Congress has the authority to prohibit a President’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice”

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger The ‘respectable’ right that still defends Trump is shilling for a thug, a reflexive liar, a man who used Putin to put him in power. They’ve jettisoned their intellect and lost respect among peers. They end their careers disgraced. The right needs new publications, new leaders

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff The House Intelligence Committee has formally invited Special Counsel Mueller to testify on the counterintelligence investigation. ¤ After a two year investigation, the public deserves the facts, not Attorney General Barr’s political spin.
https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff/status/1118898255142715394/photo/1

🐣 RT @EricLiptonNYT Again and again and again and again, Mueller report is confirming the accuracy (in great detail) of stories by The NYT and WashPost, as reporters helped inform the public of the events related to the investigation in real time.

Politico: An annotated guide to the redacted Mueller report http://politi.co/2VXbmXm
// Here’s POLITICO’s rolling analysis of the hotly anticipated document.

Politico, Natasha Bertrand: When Trump won, Putin deployed his oligarchs http://politi.co/2DlTdep
// After an election marred by Moscow’s attempts to buoy Donald Trump’s candidacy, the Russian president wanted to cash in.

WaPo, Dan Balz: Mueller’s report paints a damning portrait of Trump’s presidency http://wapo.st/2ZkpCvn

TheAtlantic, Yoni Appelbaum: The Mueller Report Is an Impeachment Referral http://bit.ly/2UHnAXz
// The special counsel has concluded he can neither charge nor clear the president. Only Congress can now resolve the allegations against him.

🐣 RT @JakeSherman NEW.. PELOSI announces Monday conference call in letter to democrats and says this: https://twitter.com/JakeSherman/status/1119031095616573441/photo/1
// 💙💙 “The Mueller report states: ‘We conclude Congress has authority to prohibit the president’s corrupt use of his authority in order to protect the integrity of the administration of justice,’ which ‘accords with our constitutional system of checks and balances and the principle that no person is above the law.’ Congress will not be silent.”

🐣 RT @MikeDorning BREAKING: Mueller said he lacked confidence to clear Donald Trump of obstruction of justice but suggested Congress could take action on at least 10 instances where the president sought to interfere with the probe.

DailyBeast, Erin Banco: Mueller Exposes Erik Prince’s Lies About His Rendezvous with a Top Russian http://bit.ly/2XqosN0
// The Blackwater founder repeatedly misled Congress about his infamous meeting in the Seychelles. What happens to the Trumpworld associate now?

🐣 RT @desiderioDC NEW: Nadler has formally invited Mueller to testify before the House Judiciary Committee — “no later than May 23.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @RepJerryNadler It is clear Congress and the American people must hear from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in person to better understand his findings. We are now requesting Mueller to appear before @HouseJudiciary as soon as possible.
https://twitter.com/RepJerryNadler/status/1118877752843808768/photo/1

NYT: A Portrait of the White House and Its Culture of Chaos http://nyti.ms/2VP7M1o

🔆 This❗️⋙ LawfareBlog: Document: The Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2vcgNpN

🔆 This❗️⋙ DOJ: Document: The Mueller Report [Scrollable] https://www.justice.gov/storage/report.pdf

WaPo: The Mueller report, annotated http://wapo.st/2V4ovRn

🐣 RT @TheLeadCNN Former WH counsel John Dean: “I looked on my shelf for the Senate Watergate Committee report, I looked at the Iran Contra report. I also looked at the Ken Starr report … In 400 words [sic], this report from the special counsel is more damning than all those reports about a President.”
// words or pages?

🐣 RT @TeamPelosi It’s clear AG Barr is acting as Trump’s personal attorney, not America’s. ¤ Our country demands and deserves full transparency. That’s why we must hear directly from Mueller. #MuellerReport 💽 https://twitter.com/TeamPelosi/status/1118902422808690688/photo/1

🐣 RT @TeamPelosi It’s clear AG Barr is acting as Trump’s personal attorney, not America’s. ¤ Our country demands and deserves full transparency. That’s why we must hear directly from Mueller. #MuellerReport

WaPo: Paranoia, lies and fear: Trump’s presidency laid bare by Mueller report http://wapo.st/2KLv1Ix

NYT: The Mueller Report Is 448 Pages Long. You Need to Know These 7 Key Things. http://nyti.ms/2GtjHga

1. Trump did try to sabotage the investigation. His staff defied him.
2. So many lies. So many changed stories.
3. Fake news? Not so much.
4. No obstruction? Not so fast.
5. Evading an F.B.I. interview proved a successful strategy.
6. No conclusive evidence of conspiracy, but lots of reason to investigate.
7. Imagine reading this report cold.

💙💙 NYT: In Highly Anticipated Report, Mueller Reveals Trump’s Efforts to Thwart Russian Inquiry http://nyti.ms/2IuFhD2

CNN: Democrats outraged as Trump team shapes Mueller report rollout http://cnn.it/2V71PzQ

HuffPo: House Democrats Call For Barr To Cancel Mueller Report News Conference http://bit.ly/2Xpwq9s
// Committee chairs slammed the attorney general for planning an “unnecessary” press conference before the Mueller report’s release to Congress.

🐣 RT @gtconway3d Good morning! Happy Complete and Total EXONERATION Day!!

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Schumer and Pelosi call for Mueller to testify publicly: “The only way to begin restoring public trust in the handling of the Special Counsel’s investigation is for Special Counsel Mueller himself to provide public testimony … The American people deserve to hear the truth.”

USAToday: The Mueller report becomes public Thursday. Here are six things to look for. http://bit.ly/2ItrdcY

● Links between Trump campaign and Russia
● Evidence of obstruction
● Trump, Moscow and Michael Cohen
● Russian efforts to sway the election
● So many other mysteries
● Redacted information

NYT: What to Watch Ahead of Mueller Report Release http://nyti.ms/2GoxD9M

⭕ 17 Apr 2019

WaPo Editorial: Barr’s redactions on the Mueller report don’t deserve the benefit of the doubt http://wapo.st/2ZlLuGz

WaPo: On eve of Mueller report’s release, Nadler accuses Barr of protecting Trump http://wapo.st/2XtxqcH

Vox, Andrew Prokop: The last-minute drama about the Mueller report’s release, explained http://bit.ly/2IHgLOG
// We learned that William Barr will give a pre-report press conference — and that DOJ has briefed the White House.

NewYorker, David Rohde: William Barr Prepares to Release a Redacted Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2PiHnXb

Setting up a potential constitutional crisis between Congress and the Presidency, the Attorney General, William Barr, is expected on Thursday to release a redacted version of the special counsel Robert Mueller’s nearly four-hundred-page report on Russian interference in the 2016 election. Whether Barr has chosen to make most of Mueller’s account public or to excise large parts of it will likely spark a legal battle between House Democrats and the Trump Administration—and define Barr’s legacy as Attorney General. The report’s contents could impugn or embolden a triumphalist President, as he trumpets a reëlection narrative that he was the victim of an attempted “coup” by rogue elements in the F.B.I. and other intelligence agencies.

It will take hours, if not days or weeks, for politicians, pundits, and legal experts to fully digest the significance of the careful legal language employed by Mueller and his team. But a visceral, visual impression of the report could quickly emerge after its release. Barr has said that the redactions will be color-coded, with each color signifying the reason for the excision—for example, that the text contained material that is classified. (The report could look like “color-coded Swiss cheese,” a former Justice Department official told me.) If Democrats can display page after page showing redacted text, the public distrust of government, which the President has relentlessly stoked, could turn against his Attorney General.

A second former Justice Department official predicted that Mueller, based on his past work, wrote the report in a way that maximized the amount of material that could be made public. That official believes that Mueller tried to play the role of a neutral fact-finder. “I have confidence that they did a thorough investigation, that they laid it out,” the official told me. “I think it will be done with an eye toward public confidence, in the thoroughness of the job that was done.” A striking aspect of the more than thirty indictments that the special-counsel’s office handed down in the course of its investigation is that they read as narratives, rendered in vivid detail and with a minimum of impenetrable legalese. The report, based on evidence obtained through five hundred interviews, five hundred search warrants, and twenty-eight hundred subpoenas, will chronicle, in unprecedented fashion, all known Russian activities and how the Trump campaign might have reacted to them. Regardless of the report’s impact on Trump’s political standing, a central outcome should be that it aids in the establishment of a fact-based history of events in 2016 that, much as the 9/11 Commission Report did, dispels the false conspiracy theories advanced by both the left and the right. Whether the public is able to fully absorb and judge Mueller’s work, though, depends on the extent of Barr’s excisions.

Politico: ‘Keep your mouth shut’: Dems erupt over Barr’s Mueller report rollout http://politi.co/2Xo9cAa
// Lawmakers are accusing the attorney general of trying to spin Mueller’s findings.

DailyBeast: Mueller Report Rollout Won’t Have Mueller http://bit.ly/2Gj5rVR
// The attorney general will hold a press conference to discuss Mueller’s work without him there and before Congress gets the report.

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: The Mueller Report is the Tip of a Big, Slimy, Trump-Shaped Iceberg http://bit.ly/2ZbiZLM
// Even after Bill Barr has performed his sycophantic redactions, we’ll have a report that will tell us a lot—but will still only scratch the surface.

🐣 RT @maddow Per @RepJerryNadler, Barr tomorrow is planning to:
— hold his own press conference about Mueller,
— without Mueller there,
— well before anyone will be allowed access to even Barr’s redacted version of Mueller’s findings.
Why? Where’s Mueller?
⋙ 🐣 RT @RepJerryNadler I’m deeply troubled by reports that the WH is being briefed on the Mueller report AHEAD of its release. Now, DOJ is informing us we will not receive the report until around 11/12 tomorrow afternoon — AFTER Barr’s press conference. This is wrong. #ReleaseTheReport
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @RepJerryNadler Attorney General Barr wrote to me on April 1: “I do not believe it would be in the public’s interest for me to attempt to summarize the full report.” I agree. So why is the AG holding a press conference tomorrow morning to go over the Mueller report? #ReleaseTheReport
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Chuck Todd: “Why do we need to hear from Bill Barr when his job is to simply to facilitate the Mueller report?” #MTPDaily

🐣 RT @gtconway “Robert S. Mueller III has lived his life governed not by a sense of entitlement but of duty. Distinctly apolitical, he [is] driven by his all too uncommon values: honor, integrity, humility, service. He is the inverse image of the man he would ultimately come to investigate.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @SallyQYates Robert Mueller ¤ On the eve of the release of the (redacted) Mueller report, some thoughts about the man who wrote it.
⋙⋙ TIME 100: Robert Mueller by Sally Yates http://bit.ly/2GtWla8

🐣 RT @GlennKesslerWP Barr news conference at 9:30 am, Mueller report released at 11 am: In the annals of pathetic efforts to spin apparently bad news in Washington, this ranks near the top.

🐣 RT @DavidCornDC Memo to Everyone: As outrageous as Barr’s spin plot may be, focus on the heart of the matter: the Russian attack, how Trump & his gang aided & abetted the attack by denying it was happening, how Trump’s refusal to acknowledge the attack has put the US at risk, and obstruction.

💙💙 WaPo: Mueller report will be lightly redacted, revealing detailed look at obstruction of justice investigation http://wapo.st/2KMW0Uo

WaPo: 3 ways the Mueller report still threatens Trump http://wapo.st/2Gt8gFi

🐣 RT @RepCummings This is outrageous. The AG is supposed to be an independent beacon of truth and justice. Instead, Barr is debasing the rule of law, degrading our democratic institutions, and decimating any trust the American people have left in this Administration. #ReleaseTheReport
⋙💙💙 NYT: White House and Justice Dept. Officials Discussed Mueller Report Before Release http://nyti.ms/2v6vZVk

WaPo, Philip Bump: The normal person’s guide to the Mueller report http://wapo.st/2VPxPWr

⭕ 16 Apr 2019

DailyBeast, Kevin Poulsen: Mueller Report: Assange Smeared Seth Rich to Cover for Russians http://bit.ly/2GPSAL3
// Julian Assange repeatedly blamed Seth Rich, the murdered DNC staffer, for Russia’s leaks. The Mueller report shows that Assange was lying from the start.

Slate, Ben Mathis-Lilley: Hope May Be for Dummies, but I Still Hope the Mueller Report Solves Russiagate’s Original Mystery http://bit.ly/2Dl4z2p

WaPo, Paul Waldman: Trump’s greatest fear: His underlings told Mueller the truth http://wapo.st/2V2BkLU

Politico, Josh Gerstein: Judge: Barr sowing public mistrust with Mueller report handling http://politi.co/2XlSKAF
// ‘The attorney general has created an environment that has caused a significant part of the public … to be concerned,’ a district court judge said.

The attorney general has created an environment that has caused a significant part of the public … to be concerned about whether or not there is full transparency,” U.S. District Court Judge Reggie Walton said during a hearing Tuesday afternoon on a Freedom of Information Act suit demanding access to a report detailing the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller.

Walton, an appointee of President George W. Bush, did not elaborate on what actions or statements by the attorney general have generated those perceptions.

NBCNews: White House officials concerned about being exposed by Mueller report http://nbcnews.to/2UmVAn8
// Some of the dozen-plus officials interviewed by Mueller are concerned about president’s “wrath” if they are seen as a source of damaging information in Thursday’s report.

⭕ 15 Apr 2019

NYT: The Rematch: Bernie Sanders vs. a Clinton Loyalist http://nyti.ms/2UKJIR2 Neera Tanden

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote In honor of Nixon’s attempt to have the White House tapes interpreted by the famously hard-of-hearing Sen. John Stennis – known as the Stennis Compromise – I am calling the redacted Mueller report release this Thursday the “Barr Compromise”. #BarrCompromise #ReleaseTheFullReport

🐣 RT @MSNBC In 1989, AG Barr refused to release a DOJ legal opinion, choosing to release a summary report instead. It was later revealed that Barr mischaracterized parts of the opinion in that summary.

TPM, Tierney Sneed: DOJ Expected To Release Public Version Of Mueller Report On Thursday http://bit.ly/2PdjgcD

🐣 RT @tribelaw As this @rgoodlaw report reveals, we’re reliving the duplicity Barr practiced 30 years ago. As @RonaldKlain put it, he’s building a wall around Trump not brick by brick, but Barr by Barr. Trump really has found his Roy Cohn. They deserve each other.
⋙ 💙 JustSecurity, Ryan Goodman: Barr’s Playbook: He Misled Congress When Omitting Parts of Justice Dep’t Memo in 1989 http://bit.ly/2UFRFa3

NPR, Ron Elvin: Mueller Report Release Will Likely Escalate Tensions Between Trump and Congress http://n.pr/2UzU6uG

💙💙 Politico, Darren Samuelsohn: The Insiders’ Guide To the Mueller Report http://politi.co/2IDyGFA
// How experts and political operatives are gearing up to read the juiciest Washington info dump in two decades.

⭕ 14 Apr 2019

🐣◕ RT @Tam_Resist Because neither Mueller or Barr claimed *45 didn’t conspire/collude or obstruct justice. ¤ #trumpRussiaCollusion ¤ #ObstructionOfJustice ¤ #ReleaseTheFullMuellerReport https://twitter.com/Tam_Resist/status/1117716495314956288/photo/1
// levels of proof

HuffPo: George Conway Reveals The Key Phrase To Watch For In Full Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2IxvITe
// “Look for these words.”

WaPo: Barr’s spy talk emboldens Trump’s allies ahead of Mueller report’s release http://wapo.st/2Xei5MC

Axios, Jonathan Swan: Behind the scenes: The White House prepares for Mueller week http://bit.ly/2GlZ6KG

NYT: Emboldened by His Attorney General, Trump Confronts Mueller Report Head-On http://nyti.ms/2UXm42H

💙💙🐣 RT @gtconway3 A chilling thread. It’s worth going through all fifty parts.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TimothyDSnyder 0/50 Why we do think that Mr. Trump owes a debt to Mr. Putin? Here are fifty reasons. All of the facts are a matter of public record, and all of the sources can be found in my book The Road to Unfreedom. #RoadToUnfreedom
📌 https://twitter.com/TimothyDSnyder/status/1117433512863371267

YahooNews: Hillary Clinton remembers Nixon investigation: ‘We deserve to see the Mueller report’ http://yhoo.it/2UCGD56

Alternet/Dkos: Trump’s team ‘significantly concerned’ about the Mueller report — particularly former White House counsel Don Mcgahn’s testimony: ABC’s Jon Karl http://bit.ly2GcgWi3/

CNN, Marshall Cohen: 9 unanswered questions for the Mueller report http://cnn.it/2IiJqtJ

1. Will we learn anything new on collusion?
2. Did Mueller see “collusion” as a crime?
3. What about obstruction of justice?
4. How did Mueller assess Trump’s statements and tweets?
5. Were Trump Jr. or Kushner investigated but never charged?
6. Will Mueller offer ethical or moral conclusions?
7. How many related investigations are ongoing?
8. How did Mueller investigate the Russians?
9. Which countries assisted the investigation?

⭕ 13 Apr 2019

⭕ 12 Apr 2019

Politico Mag, Renato Mariotti: What Will Really Matter in the Mueller Report http://politi.co/2v78gV6

WaPo, Harry Litman: William Barr’s testimony was a terrible self-inflicted wound http://wapo.st/2ICHADg

🐣 RT @djrothkopf Something broke in America this week. We have been spiraling downward since Trump’s election, but this week, we crossed a line. The President and his men began asserting that they were above the law–and effectively no one in our system did anything to stop them. 📌 https://twitter.com/djrothkopf/status/1116811681462616065

🐣 RT @matthewamiller This makes me want to jab hot needles into my eye. The FBI obtained all of Hillary Clinton’s emails, reviewed them, and the FBI director attacked her at a press conference. He then disclosed a further probe into her right before the election. But, yes, Trump was treated unfairly.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheHill Sen. Lindsey Graham: “It is spying but it’s lawful if it was appropriately done. There is no doubt. They didn’t do this to Clinton — they did this to Trump. We’re going to find out why.”

WaPo, Aaron Blake: Rod Rosenstein stuck his neck out for Trump. Now he’s doing it again for William Barr. http://wapo.st/2G7FWqG

TheHill, David Tafuri: Does Mueller report anticipate campaign finance crimes related to Trump’s Russia contacts? http://bit.ly/2UxsNRv

WaPo: Inside the Russian effort to target Sanders supporters — and help elect Trump http://wapo.st/2Z8L5as

FiveThirtyEight, Amelia Thomson-Deveaux: Obstruction Of Justice Could Still Threaten Trump Politically http://53eig.ht/2X7GgfW

WaPo: W. Samuel Patten sentenced to probation after steering Ukrainian money to Trump inaugural http://wapo.st/2X4bdl1

WSJ: Rod Rosenstein Defends Justice Department Handling of Mueller Report [Interview] http://on.wsj.com/2G8ap7X
// Deputy attorney general rebuts Democrats’ suggestions that William Barr is trying to mislead

⭕ 11 Apr 2019

ChicagoSunTimes, Rick Jasculca: William Barr’s outrageous claim that the government ‘spied on’ Trump’s campaign http://bit.ly/2Z7o4ot

💽 MSNBC, MTP Daily: Why Assange’s arrest is a huge moment in the Russia investigation http://on.msnbc.com/2UQ6upI
// Former Assistant U.S. Attorney Mimi Rocah, New York Times Washington Correspondent Charlie Savage and former FBI Executive Assistant Director Bob Anderson join MTP Daily to discuss Julian Assange’s arrest and its connection to the Mueller investigation.

Bloomberg: Comey Says Trump’s Silence Invites Another Russia Election Hack http://bloom.bg/2UfxMBs
● Ex-FBI chief faults attorney general over ‘spying’ comments
● FBI, Justice Department conducted ‘court-ordered surveillance’

TheAtlantic, Conor Friedersdorf: A President Falsely Charging ‘Treason’ Is What the Founders Feared http://bit.ly/2DeFR3H
// Trump’s accusations violate his oath of office.

NYT: Comey Defends Trump Campaign Surveillance: ‘I Have Never Thought of That as Spying’ http://nyti.ms/2GiYfKy

NYT: After Arrest of Julian Assange, the Russian Mysteries Remain http://nyti.ms/2UQzAFh

ForeignPolicy (2017): WikiLeaks Turned Down Leaks on Russian Government During U.S. Presidential Campaign http://bit.ly/2UuxPhT
// The leak organization ignored damaging information on the Kremlin to focus on Hillary Clinton and election-related hacks.
// 8/17/2017

TheWeek, Joel Mathis: William Barr just proved he’s Trump’s loyal foot soldier http://bit.ly/2uWNOWO

WashingtonExaminer: Devin Nunes sends Trump-Russia investigation criminal referral notification to DOJ http://washex.am/2UaWQK2

Nunes, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, has been teasing a referral of Justice Department and FBI officials for months. During a Fox News interview on Sunday, Nunes said his referral will target eight people and place them into three categories. The first, which Nunes described as “straight-up referrals,” covered five individuals whose “crimes are lying to Congress, misleading Congress, leaking classified information.” Two others related to “charges of conspiracy to lie to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court” and the last to a “global leak referral.”

Nunes’ letter did not identify who was was subject to the referral, nor did it identify the alleged crimes.

In recent weeks, House Judiciary Committee ranking member Doug Collins, R-Ga., released transcripts of the private interviews of former FBI agent Peter Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, Justice Department official Bruce Ohr, his wife and former Fusion GPS contractor Nellie Ohr, former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos, former top FBI official Bill Priestap, and former FBI general counsel James Baker.

NBCNews: Comey on Barr’s ‘spying’ claim: ‘I don’t know what the heck he’s talking about’ http://nbcnews.to/2UxLuVa
// The former FBI director led the investigation into Russian election interference and any possible Trump campaign involvement until the president fired him.

Vox, Alex Ward: The expected redactions in the Mueller report, explained http://bit.ly/2uYsMHc
// [Redacted].

DailyBeast, Betsy Woodruff and Erin Banco: Decision to Go After Assange Came During Trump’s War on Leakers http://bit.ly/2U7U08x
// “There was renewed interest under the new administration to revisit issues of what qualifies as the media and to look back at the Assange case.”

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: Bill Barr Is the Most Dangerous Man in America http://bit.ly/2UvBhJd
// The banality of the AG’s droning Hill testimony hides its evil purpose: to protect the president, not the rule of law.

DailyBeast, David Cay Johnston: Here’s the Law That Requires Steven Mnuchin to Turn Over Trump’s Taxes, or Lose His Office and Go to Prison http://bit.ly/2UxLi8G
// The law is clear, and it leaves no wiggle room. The consequences for breaking it include removal from public office and up to five years in prison.

🐣 RT @tribelaw It’s hard to call someone in Trump’s orbit even more dishonorable than Trump himself, but Bill Barr might meet that test: unlike the totally unmoored and immoral Trump, this Attorney General clearly knows better. He has to know how badly he is betraying the rule of law.

WaPo: WikiLeaks’ Assange arrested in London, accused by U.S. of conspiring in 2010 computer hacking attempt http://wapo.st/2P4nuDm

🐣 🔆 This❗️⋙ RT @BBC Julian Assange: Wikileaks co-founder arrested in London

⭕ 10 Apr 2019

USAToday/AP: Pelosi doesn’t ‘trust’ William Barr’s handling of Mueller report, questions his independence http://bit.ly/2X5eyjT

WaPo: Trump says he was the target of ‘an attempted coup’ with Mueller investigation http://wapo.st/2D64kZ6

JustSecurity, Ryan Goodman: What the President May Now Fear Most in Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2P5Mzh9
// “Mueller’s Road Map” for the Southern District of New York prosecutors

CNN, Jeremy Herb: Barr: Mueller did not ask for conclusion on obstruction of justice http://cnn.it/2KApmFs

TheWeek, Chris Mitchell: Did Barr shutter the Mueller probe? http://bit.ly/2v3U4Md

LawFareBlog, Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes: Memo to the Press: How Not to Screw Up on the Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2uYQHGH

[ In February ] … Our proposals were simple:

● People should be prepared to accept Mueller’s prosecutorial judgments, we argued.
● They should accept the factual record described in the report.
● They should not assume the report covers more than it, in fact, conveys—there being a lot of legal questions about President Trump’s behavior that lie outside the scope of the Mueller investigation.
● Nonprosecution decisions do not necessarily resolve questions of morality, ethics or impeachability—in other words, the judgments of history, journalism and Congress are not determined by whether Mueller finds the president’s conduct indictably criminal.

When we made these suggestions, we were candidly not anticipating what turned out to be an important intervening event: the release of Attorney General William Barr’s letter describing the top-line prosecutorial judgments Mueller had reached without releasing any of the underlying factual or analytic work product. The lag between the Barr letter and the still-impending release of the report itself has been a period in which the press has no capacity to apply the principles we laid out—or any others—because it has no capacity to read the document at all. Yet it is nonetheless awash in an aggressive spin campaign by the president and his allies as to what Mueller supposedly found, and an aggressive push as well from congressional Democrats to focus on procedural demands for the report’s release. Lost in the shadow boxing of this period is, well, the report itself. …

TheHill: Pelosi: ‘I trust Mueller’ over Barr http://bit.ly/2Ud64VS

WIRED, Garrett Graff: William Barr Sends Troubling Signals Ahead of Mueller Report Release http://bit.ly/2UrshER

DailyBeast, Barbara McQuade: Barr Sounds More and More Like Trump’s Roy Cohn http://bit.ly/2DaPlgg
// The attorney general contradicts himself on Mueller and obstruction and starts talking like a true-believer on intelligence agencies ‘spying’ on the Trump campaign.

🐣 RT @JohnWDean Spying? Really, with no evidence. We’re watching Bill Barr’s reputation as a careful attorney go down the drain. His spying testimony before the Senate today could have been given by Sean Hannity. His embracing GOP conspiracy theories is embarrassing. He’s now untrustworthy!

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Bottom line: Cabinet member may think they work for the President, but ultimately, they work for us. Barr is supposed to be our attorney, charged with protecting our rights.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger It’s important for the House to educate the public on the obligations of Cabinet members and to give Cabinet members second and third thoughts about defying the law. It’s also important for voters to see if and how Republican senators defend Barr’s conduct
⋙ ⋙ WaPo, Jennifer: William Barr, Trump toady http://wapo.st/2X120Kj

🐣 RT @SenBlumenthal AG Barr must retract his unfounded, irresponsible claim that American law enforcement ‘spied’ on the Trump Campaign. The only spies interfering in the 2016 campaign were Russian ones. 📌 https://twitter.com/SenBlumenthal/status/1116062484945887236

🐣 RT @tonyschwartz Trump will do anything & everything possible to command dictatorial and authoritarian powers comparable to Putin and Kim Jong-Un. He will stop at nothing if he thinks he can get away with it. He will do anything to prevail. We are at unimaginable risk.

WaPo, Paul Waldman: William Barr is doing exactly what Trump hired him to do http://wapo.st/2UGqUkY

TPM, Josh Marshall: Let’s Stop Pretending http://bit.ly/2UchUjn

Bill Barr basically openly embraced the President’s discredited claim that the Obama administration “spied” on his campaign. He later seemed to partly backtracked and then tried to suggest that by “spying” he might just mean court approved surveillance as part of a counter-intelligence investigation. But that’s really just caviling. He’s embracing the President’s conspiracy theories and pushing ahead with what can only be called a retributive new investigation of the origins of the Russia probe.

What’s clear is that Barr used the word “spying” with the full knowledge that that would be interpreted as illicit surveillance of a US political campaign by the US government. He then got cute and said that “spying” is okay if it’s done through proper law enforcement and intelligence procedures. This is all BS. He knows the meaning of the word. He particularly knows its meaning in this political context. This is meant to back up Trump’s claims that the Russia probe was in fact a dirty trick and “treason” as the President put it this morning. Here are the headlines the President wanted and got …
https://twitter.com/joshtpm/status/1116014152022208512/photo/1-3

🐣 RT @RVAwonk Rep. Adam Schiff on AG Barr’s “spying” comment today: ¤ “This partisan talking point may please Donald Trump, who rails against a ‘deep state coup,’ but it also strikes a destructive blow to our democratic institutions. The hardworking men & women at the DOJ & FBI deserve better.”

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ To recap: Barr is opening an investigation into whether the FBI opened an investigation with no evidence based on no evidence that the FBI actually did anything wrong. Is…is that right?

🐣 Barr: “I’m trying to land this plane.”❓Maybe he’s trying to get the report out before Trump squelches it.

🐣 RT @TeaPainUSA Trump on Bob Mueller…
Last week: “behaved honorably”
Today: “guilty of treason”
You reckon Trump read the Mueller Report in the past few days? (Hint: YES)

🐣 RT @mkraju “Absolutely not,” Sen. Mark Warner tells me about whether he’s ever been told that there was spying on the Trump campaign. Barr “almost seems to be endorsing one of these theories that has been debunked time and time again,” Warner said, calling it “disrespectul” to DOJ employees

🐣 RT @MCNBC Leon Panetta on DHS shake-up: “He’s looking for people that can find ways either around the law and or simply not abide by the law as it is.”
⋙ MSNBC, MitchellReports: Leon Panetta: President Trump weakening his White House by undermining top officials http://on.msnbc.com/2Iam0qn
// Today is the first day on the job for President Trump’s new Acting Homeland Security Secretary after a dramatic house cleaning. Former Secretary of Defense and CIA Director Leon Panetta joins Andrea Mitchell to talk about impact of the DHS purge on America’s security.

🐣 RT @MCNBC Leon Panetta on DHS shake-up: “He’s looking for people that can find ways either around the law and or simply not abide by the law as it is.”
⋙ MSNBC, MitchellReports: Leon Panetta: President Trump weakening his White House by undermining top officials http://on.msnbc.com/2Iam0qn

🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind This sounds like someone who knows what the full report says already, and is working to discredit it before the American people see it: Trump said the probe was “started illegally” and that “every single thing about it” was “crooked.”
⋙ NBCNews: Trump blasts Mueller investigation as ‘attempted coup’ http://nbcnews.to/2I9yrmn
// “This was an attempted coup. This was an attempted take down of a president. And we beat them,” Trump said.

🐣 RT @DavidJolly Though styles are different, Trump might as well have nominated Giuliani to be Attorney General. Same outcome as Barr.

🐣 RT @MalcolmNance WARNING: Now the REAL Trump-Russia scandal. Barr is now openly preparing to cover up Trump & Russia’s malfeasance by investigating Obama admin & FBI for doing their duty detecting an insider attack on the country. The DOJ is now a Dictator’s Weapon. [More] https://twitter.com/MalcolmNance/status/1115998739204911105

🐣 RT @RepJerryNadler These comments directly contradict what DOJ previously told us. I’ve asked DOJ to brief us immediately. In the meantime, the AG still owes us the full Mueller report. #ReleaseTheReport
⋙ NBCNews AG Barr says he thinks government “spying did occur” on President Trump’s campaign, though “the question is whether it was predicated, adequately predicated. I’m not suggesting it wasn’t.”
⋙⋙ NBCNews: Barr says he thinks the government spied on the Trump campaign http://nbcnews.to/2GgbtrB
// Before the attorney general’s Senate testimony, the president praised Barr for “getting started on going back to the origins of exactly where this all started.”

🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind We are in serious trouble. Trump has control of the head of our Justice Department. This has broad and terrifying implications.
⋙ 🐣 House Judiciary has got to call Mueller in to testify asap so we can see how deep the rot goes.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Barr is concerned the Trump campaign wasn’t briefed. Leaving aside the fact FBI did brief on the threat of Russian interference, Barr should be troubled that the campaign never picked up the phone & told the FBI about any, let alone all, of the outreach it had from Russians.

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff In two years, post-Watergate rules have been obliterated. After Trump, a president under investigation can:
Fire the FBI Director leading the probe,
Fire the Attorney General not protecting him,
and appoint one who will.
It’s the most profound attack on rule of law in decades.

🐣 RT @EricHolder When there is a predicate, a legitimate basis, it’s called “investigating” not “spying”. I am confident that the people at DOJ/FBI conducted themselves in an appropriate way. No evidence to suggest otherwise.
⋙ 🐣 RT @matthewamiller Just an outrageous thing for the AG to say. First, there is zero evidence of this. Second, it’s under investigation by the DOJ IG and he should wait until that’s done. Third, how about defending the people who work for him rather than repeating right-wing conspiracy theories?
⋙ ⋙ 🐣 RT @kyledcheney BIG: Barr says he’s forming a team to review the origins of the Trump-Russia probe because: “I think spying did occur.” He said “spying on a political campaign is a big deal”

⭕ 9 Apr 2019

Politico, Darren Samuelson and Josh Gerstein: Barr redactions could spark more displeasure from Mueller’s team http://politi.co/2IaADu4
// Some see recent reports about ‘frustration’ with William Barr among Mueller’s investigators as a warning to the attorney general.

DailyBeast, Erin Banco: Bill Barr: I’m Not Giving Congress Full Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2VyaVCA
// The AG said a redacted version could come within a week. But he’s not giving in to congressional demands for the whole copy.

Politico: Newly released testimony: Former top FBI lawyer says agency concerned Trump obstructed justice http://politi.co/2KmcSAV

WaPo, Max Boot: Trump is trashing the rule of law to stay in power http://wapo.st/2UPFPcM

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “Barr is handling this about as wrong as you can handle any kind of PR or credibility situation… it’s getting harder and harder for me to give him the benefit of the doubt, I’m hoping he’s going to do the right thing” – @FrankFigliuzzi1 w/ @NicolleDWallace
⋙ 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1115376662445723649/photo/1

🐣 RT @gtconway3 He hates that legalistic insistence on obeying the law.
⋙ 🐣 RT @tripgabriel President Trump is said to have seethed over the legalistic refusals of his top immigration officials — now being purged — to do what he said was necessary
⋙⋙ NYT: Trump Signals Even Fiercer Immigration Agenda, With a Possible Return of Family Separations http://nyti.ms/2G4tI1L

🐣 RT @RepJerryNadler Congress is—as a matter of law—entitled to each of the categories AG Barr proposed to redact from the Special Counsel’s report. Full release of the report to Congress is consistent with both congressional intent and the interests of the American public. http://bit.ly/2U2aYFe
https://twitter.com/RepJerryNadler/status/1115651148193595393/photo/1-3

🐣 RT @MalcolmNance One of my best side jokes ever: Christening Stephen Miller the title of #BabyGoebbels!

🐣 RT @AmySiskind I suspect this is one reason we have acting-everythings in Trump’s cabinet: he is paranoid and stacking positions with loyalists, not competence.
⋙ Mediaite, Karen Meyer: Former FBI General Counsel: Two Members of Trump’s Cabinet Were Open to Using 25th Amendment Against Him http://bit.ly/2IawuGq

🐣 RT @JuliaDavis Is it because Mueller’s team prepared their own summaries and he didn’t want to give the appearance of endorsing the Barr letter by reviewing it?
⋙ 🐣 RT @caitlaincollins Barr says Mueller was given the opportunity to review the four-page summary he released, but Mueller declined.

🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade Mr. #Barr, do I need to write you a 19-page memo? Two provisions of Rule 6(e) permit disclosure. Rule 6(e)(3)(D) and 6(e)(3)(E)(i). Read more here:
⋙ JustSecurity: How Barr May Interpret What It Means to Withhold “Grand Jury Information” http://bit.ly/2JXSHJk
// A three-level game for concealing Mueller’s findings
⋙ 🐣 RT @rgoodlaw #Barr to @RepEdCase: “Until someone shows me a provision in 6(e) that permits its release, Congress doesn’t get 6(e)” grand jury material.
@marty_lederman and @BarbMcQuade have got the answer
Two provisions—under Rule 6(e) itself—permit sharing grand jury info with Congress
1/3 https://twitter.com/rgoodlaw/status/1115647228033622023

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance 1st Impression: Barr is focused on getting a heavily redacted version of Mueller’s Report to the public & unconcerned with getting material to Congress; unwilling to even make a motion to release grand jury. He’s going to fight Congress every inch of the way.

🐣 RT @tribelaw I agree with @LHSummers here. The law is clear that the Treasury Secretary has no authority to prevent IRS from complying with a § 6103 request by Congress for the tax returns of any individual, including POTUS.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RHSummers Today’s @washingtonpost — The IRS chief must release Trump’s tax returns — and Mnuchin must not stop
⋙⋙ WaPo: The IRS chief must release Trump’s tax returns — and Mnuchin must not stop him http://wapo.st/2VzW22C

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Today we learned:
Barr still won’t commit to giving Congress the full unredacted Mueller report,
Barr won’t request court approval to give us grand jury material, and
Barr won’t even say if the White House has seen, or been briefed on, the report.
Trump got his Roy Cohn.
⋙ 🐣 RT @SenateDems Attorney General Barr stopped answering questions the moment he was asked about his interactions with the Trump White House. ¤ His stonewalling and foot-dragging must stop. #ReleaseTheReport

🐣 RT @MarshallCohen Lowey (D) smartly asks: Who is factually accurate? Trump when he says the report was “total exoneration,” or Mueller who wrote that the the report “does not exonerate” Trump on obstruction? Barr smartly dodges, twice, so he doesn’t have to say on national TV that Trump is wrong.

🐣 RT @maddow Why won’t Barr answer if the white house has been given the report or briefed on it? He attested to that earlier, but not now.

⭕ 8 Apr 2019

Politico: Trump’s DHS purge floors Republicans http://politi.co/2OYrRja
// Even GOP allies of the president are distressed by the chaos unleashed on federal immigration policy.

TheBulwark, Kim Wehle: What to Expect in the Battle Over the Mueller Report’s Grand Jury Material http://bit.ly/2I6Nldh
// For one, Congress will score some victories.

BusinessInsider, Sonam Sheth: Mueller prosecutors’ decision to break their silence after 2 years speaks volumes about their feelings on the final Russia report http://bit.ly/2KlZAVc

MSNBC, DeadlineWH: Trump’s weekend tweet storm suggests bad news ahead of Mueller report release http://on.msnbc.com/2G4yFYn

NYMag, Ed Kilgore: Remembering the Starr Report As We Await the Mueller Report http://nym.ag/2FY3m1w

Politico: House GOP calls on Dems to bring in Mueller to testify http://politi.co/2Us1Kae Rep. Doug Collins, the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, called Monday for Democrats to immediately bring special counsel Robert Mueller to the Capitol

PBS: Read Barr’s prepared remarks for House budget hearing (Mueller isn’t mentioned) http://to.pbs.org/2FYmn3Y

NBCNews, Michael Conway: The Mueller report won’t stay secret forever. How William Barr redacts it will determine his place in history. http://nbcnews.to/2Us1jN8 (Former counsel, U.S. House Judiciary Committee)
// Watergate showed that a president’s redactions rarely last forever, and can come back to bite him.

Politico: Democrats crafting Mueller response if report drops during recess http://politi.co/2X2T4nV

WaPo, Philip Lacovara and Lawrence Tribe: The full Mueller report could be released — if the House opens preliminary impeachment hearings http://wapo.st/2FZNnA3

One of the exceptions to grand jury secrecy is disclosure “preliminary to or in connection with a judicial proceeding.” To authorize disclosure of the Watergate grand jury information, the special prosecutor’s office argued that the House had authorized its Judiciary Committee to conduct a formal impeachment inquiry and that such an inquiry could be fairly analogized to a “grand jury” investigation and thus a judicial proceeding. Both the district court and the court of appeals agreed, and the Judiciary Committee obtained both the report and the underlying evidence.

Significantly, the appeals court decision several days ago reaffirmed that exception. All three judges agreed that an impeachment inquiry falls within the “exception for judicial proceedings” and “coheres” with other rulings about the proper scope of grand jury secrecy.

NYT, Vicki Divoli: Subpoena Isn’t the Only Way to Get the Mueller Report http://nyti.ms/2Vtwzb8
// By law, the House and Senate Intelligence Committees should already have certain investigative materials relating to Russian election meddling.

NPR: House Judiciary Leaders Unite In Call For Mueller Hearing; Unclear If He’d Appear http://n.pr/2I7tLgN

Axios: FBI confirms Comey was a witness in Mueller investigation http://bit.ly/2Ga9ftE

WaPo: ‘I’ve been battling Nadler for years’: Feud between Trump, Democrat rooted in decades-old New York real estate project http://wapo.st/2uWlWlA

RCP, Maria Bartiromo: Devin Nunes: Obama’s DOJ/FBI’s Abuse of Power Against Trump [Interview] http://bit.ly/2uV0nSz

NYT/Reuters: U.S. House Judiciary Chair Seeks Any Mueller Summaries on Trump-Russia Probe Report http://nyti.ms/2U61lp3

Reuters, Nathan Layne: Factbox: Five things to look for in Mueller’s Trump-Russia report http://reut.rs/2FYggg2

Vox, Andrew Prokop: What we know about Mueller’s case against Trump on obstruction of justice http://bit.ly/2UrYifM
// Recent leaks suggest tension between Attorney General Barr and members of Mueller’s team.

⭕ 7 Apr 2019

CNN: Nunes sending eight criminal referrals to Attorney General William Barr http://cnn.it/2UCYqZj

Appearing on Fox’s “Sunday Morning Futures,” Nunes said five of the referrals are related to lying to Congress, misleading Congress and leaking classified information.

The other referrals, Nunes said, are allegations of lying to the FISA court that approves foreign surveillance warrants, manipulating intelligence and what he described as a “global leak referral,” which Nunes said wasn’t tied to one individual.

Crooks&Liars: Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan Shreds Trump Lawyer’s Ridiculous Argument On Release Of Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2U2xnSL
// Al Jazeera’s Mehdi Hasan laid waste to Trump attorney Jay Sekulow’s ridiculous assertion that the Mueller report supposedly totally exonerates Trump.

🐣 RT @ProudResister We learned two important details from Mueller’s team this week, but with the barrage of news and all the distractions you probably missed it:
1. Mueller report includes evidence that Trump obstructed justice.
2. Mueller report shows the Trump campaign was manipulated by Russia.

🐣 RT @CNNpolitics House Intelligence Chair Adam Schiff says he still sees evidence of collusion: “What we’re talking about here is the difference between conduct that rises to the level of criminality and conduct that is deeply unethical, unpatriotic and corrupt that may not be criminal” #CNNSOTU 💽 https://twitter.com/CNNPolitics/status/1114879524490100737/photo/1

TheGuardian: Nadler: Barr is ‘biased’ and Mueller’s Trump-Russia report must be released http://bit.ly/2YYI1hk

WIRED: The Quest for Mueller’s Report Tops This Week’s Internet News Roundup http://bit.ly/2uT8vmt

VOA: Powerful House Democrat Calls AG Barr ‘Biased’ http://bit.ly/2Kh092y House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler
// House Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler said Democrats need to see the complete report issued by special counsel Robert Mueller because Attorney General William Barr is biased.

“He is someone who is an agent of the administration, is an appointee, a political appointee of the president whose interests he may very well be protecting,” Nadler said on CBS’s Face the Nation Sunday. Barr is “a biased defender of the administration.”

CBS: Nadler says Congress “entitled to see all” of Mueller report, vows court fight for grand jury testimony http://cbsn.ws/2UodURI

NBCNews: Nadler assures ‘some’ of Mueller’s report wouldn’t leak; Giuliani fine with full release http://nbcnews.to/2IpA0fx
// “The committee has a very good record of protecting information which it decides to protect,” Nadler said.

Politico: Giuliani: Let Congress see the Mueller report http://politi.co/2D1HX6N Rudy Giuliani wants the full Mueller report to go to Congress — because “believe me, there was nothing there.”
// on Face The Nation

NYT: Congress Waits as Barr Blacks Out Parts of Mueller Report http://nyti.ms/2OY2NsQ

NewYorker, Jeffrey Toobin: William Barr’s Choices http://bit.ly/2IgY8kk
// Since Barr became Attorney General, he has narrowed the range of information about the Mueller report that he says he will allow the public to see.

WaPo: Scrutiny and suspicion as Mueller report undergoes redaction http://wapo.st/2UmcXcv

⭕ 6 Apr 2019

🐣 RT @tribelaw The April 5 DC Circuit ruling narrowly reading the exceptions to Rule 6(e) on grand jury secrecy heightens the need to call Mueller to testify. He can be trusted to describe his findings without ever disclosing a “grand jury matter,” meaning grand jury testimony or exhibits.
⋙ 🐣 RT @tribelaw This split DC Circuit decision (4/5/19) doesn’t bode well for getting a court to authorize release of 6e grand jury material in the Mueller report to the House. There’s a circuit conflict, but I wouldn’t expect this Supreme Court to reverse CADC here. http://bit.ly/2VuH1iv

HillReporter, Chris Walker: Former Mueller Prosecutor Suggests Mueller Report Is Bad For Trump http://bit.ly/2VrrQ9T

Politico, Gabby Orr: Trump lashes out at Mueller probe as release of report approaches http://politi.co/2FWuLRz

Bloomberg, Brooke Sample: Bill Barr Gets Mueller’s Team Talking: Weekend Edition http://bloom.bg/2WTOqs9

TheGuardian: Trump: Mueller report a ‘total waste of time’ – but it proves no collusion http://bit.ly/2TYCcwl

Slate, Daniel Politi: Trump Says He Hasn’t Read Mueller Report but Knows it Fully Clears Him http://bit.ly/2UFCAV1

⭕ 5 Apr 2019

Politico Mag, Deana El-Mallawany: What a Decades-Old Grand Jury Probe Just Revealed About the Mueller Report http://politi.co/2uNs7bB
// A federal court decision on Friday shows how Congress can finally get its hands on the special counsel’s work.

Axios: Michael Cohen attorneys release new Trump allegations http://bit.ly/2I1GyRU

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: William Barr’s stunt has backfired http://wapo.st/2TZfnbO

Newsweek, Frank Snepp: Barr’s Mueller Report Summary is Like Witnessing a Murder and Being Told it Never Happened http://bit.ly/2Igopz4

WaPo, Marcy Wheeler: We already knew Barr’s summary was too easy on Trump. Public records prove it. http://wapo.st/2IfQwOP
// Court filings and congressional testimony show the attorney general left out a lot of Mueller’s findings.

JustSecurity: Norms Watch: Damage to Democracy and Rule of Law in March 2019 http://bit.ly/2Uwwpm9

JustSecurity, Luppe Lippen: What Has Bill Barr Done to Earn the Benefit of the Doubt? http://bit.ly/2OTBa46

🐣 RT @MSNBC .@JoeNBC: “It’s not up to the attorney general to decide what classified information Nancy Pelosi is grown up enough to see. It’s not up to the attorney general to decide whether the chairman of the Judiciary Committee can handle classified information.”
⋙ MSNBC, Joe: Barr needs to let Congress see the full report http://on.msnbc.com/2FRLKVa
// Amid reporting that some members of Mueller’s team are unhappy with AG Barr’s summary of their work, Democrats are demanding that DOJ produce all communications between Barr and special counsel Robert Mueller. The panel discusses.

🐣 RT @BradMossEsq Two thoughts:
1) @BuzzFeedNews is largely vindicated. Their reporting was on-point, although they oversold the “direction” angle a bit.
2) This isn’t enough to prove suborning perjury. Cohen has little credibility and the corroborating evidence isn’t strong enough (yet).
⋙ 🐣 RT @JasonLeopold NEW: Michael Cohen’s attys sent a memo to Congress summarizing for the 1st time his testimony to Mueller’s team ¤ Attys say Cohen was “encouraged” to lie to Congress by Trump abt the Moscow Project, alleging the president suborned perjury while in office
⋙⋙ BuzzFeedNews: In New Documents, Cohen Says Trump “Instructed” Him To Lie http://bit.ly/2uPxvea
// In a memo submitted to Congress, the president’s former lawyer asks for time to help congressional investigators review new evidence.

TheGuardian: Barr invited to meet DoJ officials on day[!] he submitted memo critical of Mueller http://bit.ly/2IfpcR2
// Revealed: The attorney general, then a private lawyer, called the special counsel’s obstruction of justice inquiry into Trump ‘fatally misconceived’

TheExpress [UK]: Julian Assange to be expelled from Ecuadorian embassy in London WITHIN HOURS say WikiLeaks http://bit.ly/2UeX73r [adds “or days”]
// Julian Assange, the fugitive computer programmer, is set to be expelled from the Ecuadorian embassy in London “within hours”, a “high-level” source claims. [adds “or days”]

⭕ 4 Apr 2019

TIME, Simon Shuster: How Putin Built a Ragtag Empire of Tyrants and Failing States http://bit.ly/2Kh7wqP

TheAtlantic, Russell Berman: ‘Dozens’ of Whistle-Blowers Are Secretly Cooperating With House Democrats http://bit.ly/2OSsWJk
// The number of anonymous tipsters reporting wrongdoing from inside the federal government has spiked during the Trump presidency, the House Oversight Committee says.

NewYorker, Sean Wilentz: The “Reputational Interests” of William Barr http://bit.ly/2WNpqCF

Politico Mag, Matthew Miller: The Barr-Shaped Cloud Over the Justice Department http://politi.co/2UjMjRm
// The attorney general has made a total hash of the Mueller report, undermining the very department he runs.

🐣 RT @20committee Anybody foolish enough to push AG Barr’s 4-pager as the Last Word on the SCO investigation into Trump and the Russians is going to be sorely disappointed….rather soon.

🐣 RT @krassenstein BOOM! ¤ NBC News is reporting that a “US Official” tells them that “evidence of collusion” is “very compelling” in the Mueller report. ¤ It’s almost as if the last 2 weeks were all part of a Trump/Barr/GOP coverup.

WaPo, Greg Sargent: ‘Complete and total exoneration’? Team Mueller: Nope, not so much. http://wapo.st/2uLpGGj

🐣 RT @tribelaw Yes. Barr’s foot-dragging is inexcusable. Why he decided to become a lackey for this corrupt bully of a president is just beyond comprehension. When I worked with him years ago, he seemed to be a man of integrity. Now he’s willingly harming America and the rule of law. Go figure.
⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal This is absurd. Barr has had 13 days to go to court &ask to have the grand jury material released, as Jaworski did in Watergate (+other sp prosecutors). He hasn’t even bothered. That laconic pace poorly contrasts with his clearing of Donald Trump of obstruction charges in 48 hrs.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @KellyO New from Department of Justice on Barr letter and Mueller report.
https://twitter.com/KellyO/status/1113817501425655813/photo/1

Politico, Jack Shafer: Week 98: Mueller’s Long Game http://politi.co/2K8qWy5
// Reports the special counsel’s investigators disliked Trump’s victory lap seem intended to force their work into the open.

RollingStone, Tim Dickinson: What We’re Learning From the Mueller Investigation Leaks http://bit.ly/2uPeBUE
// The special counsel’s team is breaking its silence, suggesting Attorney General William Barr slanted the truth on Trump, and that Mueller’s final report contains damning details

Politico, Anita Kumasi and Andrew Restuccia: Barrage of setbacks spoils Trump’s post-Mueller reset http://politi.co/2G4uP33
// A claimed ‘exoneration’ after the Russia probe seemed to promise a fresh start for the president. No such luck.

Slate, Ben Mathis-Lilley: Reports: Mueller Team Lived in Magic Fantasy World, Expected Trump to Handle Its Conclusions in Good Faith http://bit.ly/2FPTB5v

WaPo: Potentially damaging information in Mueller report ushers in new political fight http://wapo.st/2TWRDFm

🐣 RT @MaxBoot The Mueller report. Trump’s taxes. Security lapses at Mar-a-Lago. Kushner’s security clearance. Far from being “exonerated,” Trump is still awash in scandals because he presides over one of the most unethical and inept administrations in history. Me:
WaPo, Max Boot: Trump claims he’s been ‘exonerated.’ But the truth is catching up. http://wapo.st/2Vnu89Z

WaPo, Aaron Blake: The plot just thickened on William Barr and the Mueller report http://wapo.st/2TYktW3

Politico, Kyle Cheney: Dems ratchet up pressure on Barr over Mueller probe http://politi.co/2WLrwmz
// Democrats are asking for more material after reports indicate some members of Mueller’s team are unhappy with the attorney general’s summary of their work.

Politico, Darren Samuelson: Barr’s legacy on the line as Mueller team fumes http://politi.co/2FZNT24
// Legal experts and lawmakers say the attorney general is mishandling the special counsel’s report.

NBCNews: Some on Mueller team say evidence against Trump stronger than Barr disclosed http://nbcnews.to/2IeKGNY
// Three officials say a dispute within Mueller’s office was one reason he didn’t make a call on the question of whether Trump had obstructed justice.

USAToday Editorial: AG William Barr and Congress must negotiate in good faith over Mueller report http://bit.ly/2K3dY4x

🐣 So, now Trump can just blame it on the “12 Angry Democrats,” which is probably why the delay. Mueller himself must clear this up ➔ time for him to testify @RepAdamSchiff

⭕ 3 Apr 2019

🐣 RT @essenviews Don McGahn ex-White House lawyer admits he’s heavily cited in Mueller report: McGahn says he spent two years being shouted down as Trump would fly into a rage when told that something was illegal or it couldn’t be done because the law barred him from it.
⋙ [RawStory] https://twitter.com/essenviews/status/1115103267174772736

CrookedMedia, Brian Beutler: Why the Mueller Report Coverup Can’t Be Allowed to Succeed http://bit.ly/2KhU7yN

TheGuardian, Andrew Gawthorpe: Trump wants to distract us from the Mueller report. We can’t let him http://bit.ly/2Kfww1D
// As the president targets healthcare and immigration, Democrats must stand firm in seeking Mueller’s full findings

NYT/Reuters: Explainer: Can Democratic Subpoenas Force the Release of Mueller’s Trump-Russia Report? http://nyti.ms/2OMrVCy

Politico: NATO chief calls for confronting Russia in speech to Congress http://politi.co/2HYCLVo
// NATO Secy Genl Jens Stoltenberg

Vox, Andrew Prokop: Some Mueller team members aren’t happy with Barr’s description of their findings http://bit.ly/2UrtTh8
// A New York Times report describes behind-the-scenes dissent. Here’s what we know.

🐣 RT @maddow “Summaries were prepared for different sections of the report, with a view that they could made public. ¤ The report was prepared ‘so that the front matter from each section could have been released immediately — or very quickly,’ the official said. “
💙💙 WaPo: Limited information Barr has shared about Russia investigation frustrated some on Mueller’s team http://wapo.st/2OUccSd

But members of Mueller’s team have complained to close associates that the evidence they gathered on obstruction was alarming and significant.

“It was much more acute than Barr suggested,” said one person, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the subject’s sensitivity.

USAToday, Tom Nichols: NATO saved us and the world. No one should take it for granted — especially Donald Trump. http://bit.ly/2G0OJf6

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ 😂😂😂 “POTUS is being manipulated by a foreign power but is too dumb to meet the specific intent requirement of the U.S. criminal code” is literally where we are right now 😭😭😭 https://twitter.com/calder_walton/status/1113639687900495879
↥ ↧
NYRB, Michael Weiss: What Russia Understands about Trump http://bit.ly/2n6rg1Z
// 8/2/2019

🐣 RT @matthewamiller Wow. Mueller’s team went nearly two years without a single leak. They must be quite frustrated with what Barr is doing for this to make it out now.
🐣 RT @juliaioffe I am shocked, shocked, shocked.
🐣 RT @neal_katyal Whatever one might have thought appropriate 2 weeks ago re public suppression of Mueller Report, Barr himself has created a situation where it now must come out in full. He released his weird summary/nonsummary letters&took it upon himself to clear POTUS
🐣 RT @MaddowBlog You mean to tell me that maybe the Mueller report isn’t exactly as exciting and positive and exculpatory for the president as the Trump administration and conservative media and Congressional Republicans would have you believe? ¤ Really? Who could have seen this coming? 💽 https://twitter.com/MaddowBlog/status/1113617643544641536/photo/1
🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ ya think?
🐣 RT @TheRickWilson Remember that victory lap all the Trump people were taking? ¤ Yeah. This is exactly what I expected.
🐣 RT @gtconway3 (shocked face)
🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Fmr. Assistant FBI Director Frank Figliuzzi: “If this is indeed the first leakage we’re seeing from the special counsel’s team, we need to stand up and pay attention to that … That tells us they are not happy with what the attorney general is doing.” @allinwithchris
🐣 RT @AriMelber NYT: *Mueller investigators* view Barr’s take on Mueller findings as inaccurate & downplaying Trump’s actions (per sources) ¤ If entire Report helped Trump, Barr could have released much more of it ¤ Instead he shared 4 quotes & his own take on obstruction.
🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Mueller’s investigators had already written multiple summaries of the report, NYT reports. Some Mueller team members believe Barr should have included more of their material in his memo laying out their main conclusions, according to government officials familiar with the probe.
🐣 RT @davidfrum Barr and Trump have goaded Mueller’s team to do something that has not happened in 2 years: talk to the press about perceived misrepresentation of their work
🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙 NYT: Some on Mueller’s Team See Their Findings as More Damaging for Trump Than Barr Revealed http://nyti.ms/2HXZ91n

… Some members of Mr. Mueller’s team are concerned that, because Mr. Barr created the first narrative of the special counsel’s findings, Americans’ views will have hardened before the investigation’s conclusions become public.

Summaries were prepared for different sections of the report, with a view that they could made public, the official said.

The report was prepared “so that the front matter from each section could have been released immediately — or very quickly,” the official said. “It was done in a way that minimum redactions, if any, would have been necessary, and the work would have spoken for itself.”

Mueller’s team assumed the information was going to be made available to the public, the official said, “and so they prepared their summaries to be shared in their own words — and not in the attorney general’s summary of their work, as turned out to be the case.”

Some members of Mueller’s team appear caught off guard by how thoroughly the president has used Barr’s letter to claim total victory, as the limited information about their work has been weaponized in the country’s highly polarized political environment, according to people familiar with their responses.

Their frustrations come as polls show many Americans have already drawn conclusions about the special counsel findings — even though only a handful of words from the report have so far been released.

On Wednesday night, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, questioned why Barr did not release the special counsel’s summary material.

“It’s been my assumption that a 400-page report has an executive summary already, and so of course it begged the question, ‘Why did Barr feel the need to release his own summary?’ ” he said on MSNBC. “Why didn’t he release a summary produced by Bob Mueller itself instead of trying to shape it through his own words?”

NBCNews: Barr’s letter says Mueller couldn’t prove obstruction — but that doesn’t make Trump innocent http://nbcnews.to/2IgIa9Z
// In contrast with Nixon’s White House, Trump’s White House is unlikely to produce a smoking gun tape. But do we need one?

📊 MorningConsult Poll: Most Voters Still Believe Russia Has Compromising Information on Trump http://bit.ly/2OLJano
// Opinions on Mueller probe largely unchanged as more voters hear news

CNBC: House panel votes to authorize subpoena for unredacted Mueller report http://cnb.cx/2WIjAm3
● The House Judiciary Committee votes to authorize a subpoena for an unredacted copy of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia report, along with all of the evidence from the two-year investigation.
● The vote on the resolution passed the Democrat-led panel on a 24-17 party line vote following an occasionally heated markup hearing Wednesday morning.
● It sets up a fight between congressional Democrats and President Donald Trump, whose attorney general, William Barr, has already committed to redacting some parts of the nearly 400-page report.

NPR, Philip Ewing: What Else Could Robert Mueller’s Report Reveal About Trump And Russia? http://n.pr/2YQ5wZV

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: The Parallel Tracks of Disclosure on Why Manafort Shared Campaign Polling Data with His Russian Co-Conspirator http://bit.ly/2HWKsf2

⭕ 2 Apr 2019

VanityFair, Bess Levin: Trump Suddenly Having Second Thoughts About People Seeing the Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2YJHCyY

CNN, Amanpour: Comey: Russia succeeded beyond its wildest dreams [Video] http://cnn.it/2Uuu5Mr
// Former FBI Director James Comey discusses Russian interference in the 2016 election and how he thinks Russians could impact the 2020 presidential elections.

FiveThirtyEight, Nate Silver: Why Trump Hasn’t Seen A Post-Mueller Boost In The Polls http://53eig.ht/2VmhXKs
// At least not yet.

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: I Wrote an Article Suggesting Trump Was Compromised by Russia. I Was Right. http://nym.ag/2VmhoQQ

⭕ 1 Apr 2019

JustSecurity, Barbara McQuade: How Barr May Interpret What It Means to Withhold “Grand Jury Information” http://bit.ly/2JXSHJk
// A three-level game for concealing Mueller’s findings

⋙ 🐣 RT @ Seriously? The guy who tried to open a secret back channel to Russia, using a Russian diplomatic facility is finally being scrutinized? Only two years in. Impressive.
// reply to @kylegriffin1 https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1112769173795586051

📊 PPP Poll: Opinions Unchanged About Trump and Russia, Voters Care More About Health Care and Tax Plan Anyway http://bit.ly/2TQLomq

WaPo, Philip Bump: Most Republicans don’t accept a basic Mueller finding: That Russia tried to interfere in the 2016 campaign http://wapo.st/2UaDCZJ

RCP: Noam Chomsky: Trump-Russia Collusion Claims “A Bad Joke” http://bit.ly/2JYyKlF

Politico, Josh Gerstein: Press group asks judge to lift grand jury secrecy in Mueller report http://politi.co/2TKqbe0

TheAtlantic, Benjamin Wittes: Bill Barr Has Promised Transparency. He Deserves the Chance to Deliver. http://bit.ly/2YHeSqF
// Judge the attorney general by what he ultimately sends to Congress.

NYT, Jerrold Nadler: The House Must See the Whole Mueller Report http://nyti.ms/2I2QXvT
// Someday, Trump will not be in office. Congress needs a full accounting of his misdeeds to ensure they don’t happen again.

DailyBeast, Marlowe Stern: John Oliver Exposes Fox News’ Mueller Report ‘Exoneration’ Lies http://bit.ly/2UpTXch
// The late-night host can’t understand why all of Trump’s cronies on Fox News insisted that he’d been “exonerated” when the Mueller report says the exact opposite.

WaPo: House Judiciary plans vote this week to subpoena Mueller’s report http://wapo.st/2CYh2ZV

WITF: AP FACT CHECK: Trump’s exaggerations about the Russia probe http://bit.ly/2JVhpKk

NewYorker, Steve Coll: The Media and the Mueller Report’s March Surprise http://bit.ly/2I5pNo0
// 4/8/2019 issue

NBCNews: NY’s attorney general is one of the most powerful in the nation. That should worry Trump. http://nbcnews.to/2JVQn5T
// Letitia James; The state’s chief legal officer, who is investigating the president and his company, has the ability to render a “judgment of corporate death” for business fraud.

⭕ 31 Mar 2019

NYT: The Criminal Investigations That Sprouted From Mueller http://nyti.ms/2TUBQaj
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1113782328910929920/photo/1

Forbes, Steve Denning: Why Barr’s Delay In Releasing The Mueller Report Is Unprecedented And Unreasonable http://bit.ly/2TNvtFB

Vox, Amanda Sakuma: SNL cold open roasts the Mueller report roll out http://bit.ly/2CYgvHp
// Robert DeNiro reprises his role as Mueller.

MotherJones, Noah Lanard : Even Fox News Isn’t Buying Trump’s “No Obstruction” Lie About the Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2JRgw5A
// “Why is the president telling Americans something that is not true?”

WaPo, Harry Litman: A ‘road map’ for the coming fight over the Mueller report http://wapo.st/2CQR4at

VanityFair, Abigail Tracy: “This Is Spy-Hunting”: Inside the Dark Heart of the Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2U7DTgb
// Robert Mueller’s secret counter-intelligence findings may be the key to understanding the Russiagate scandal and its implications for U.S. national security. And yet the public may never see them.

MSNBC, AMJoy: Trump seen as giving Russia what it wants by experts http://on.msnbc.com/2UpumjG
// Right-leaning media and many in the GOP are using the Barr summary to defend Donald Trump, with little to no commentary on the main focus of the Mueller report—possible collusion with Russian inference. Joy Reid and her panel discuss how the U.S. is likely still vulnerable to attacks from Russia in the 2020 elections.

TheGuardian, Michael Paarlberg: Enough collusion talk. It’s time to focus on Trump’s corruption http://bit.ly/2V9Lw21
// If there is a silver lining to the confusion and disappointment of Russiagate, it is that we can now pay attention to the real fleecing

NBCNews: Most Americans don’t think Trump is in the clear yet on Russia, new poll finds http://nbcnews.to/2COfbql
// President Trump’s approval remains stable and a third of voters say they don’t know whether the summary of Mueller’s findings clears him of wrongdoing in a new NBC News/WSJ poll.

WaPo, EJ Dionne: It’s Trump who’s obsessed with Russia http://wapo.st/2HQVrGC

⭕ 30 Mar 2019

Politico Mag, Renato Mariotti: William Barr Can’t Hide the Mueller Report http://politi.co/2JXFP5W
// Congress has constitutional duties the public does not have, which is why a redacted version of the 400-page document cannot possibly be sufficient.

CNN, Katelyn Polantz: The release of the Mueller report is coming. How redacted will it be? http://cnn.it/2FKlUC6

AlJazeera: Trump, Russia and the Mueller report: Is it really case closed? http://bit.ly/2FNxRY6
// Russiagate skeptic Aaron Mate and Trump biographer David Cay Johnston debate the conclusions of the Mueller report.

⭕ 29 Mar 2019

Politico, Walter Dellinger: How the Mueller report can still threaten Trump’s legitimacy http://politi.co/2CJY8FM

WaPo: Sally Yates: William Barr should release the full Mueller report as soon as possible http://wapo.st/2YB4Kja

🐣 RT @john_sipher “Trump supporters are doing a victory dance over the fact that he isn’t a Russian agent, just a Russian stooge.
⋙ WaPo, Michael Gerson: Trump may not be a Russian agent. He’s just a Russian stooge. http://wapo.st/2JPjPtY

MotherJones, David Corn: Here’s the Real Trump-Russia Hoax http://bit.ly/2HNggCQ
// It’s Trump defenders and lefty Russiagate skeptics claiming there is no scandal.

🐣 RT @BillKristol Read the third graph: Barr’s letter wasn’t a summary of the report but of its principal conclusions (he doesn’t mention the digression in which he gave his own conclusion). A hedge against the fact the report is more damning than one might have thought from Barr’s earlier letter?

WaPo: Mueller report will be delivered by ‘mid-April, if not sooner,’ attorney general tells Congress http://wapo.st/2FJLmJx

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Barr also says they’re redacting material that could compromise sources and methods, indicating the presence of findings from the counterintelligence probe. Barr confirms that the report is nearly 400 pages, and says his memo was “not an exhaustive recounting” of Mueller’s probe.
🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Barr’s redaction of “information that would unduly infringe on the…reputational interests of peripheral third parties” may prompt some arguments. @RepSwalwell just said on @MSNBC that he doesn’t consider Trump Jr. or Jared Kushner, for example, to be “peripheral third parties.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand JUST IN: Barr says Mueller “is assisting” DOJ in process of making redactions to the report—including grand jury material and “information that would unduly infringe on the…reputational interests of peripheral third parties.” No plans to submit to White House prior to release. https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1111710076425912321/photo/1-2
// Barr’s letter

🐣 RT @matthewamiller This is the biggest news in the letter. Though not ironclad, would seem to indicate Trump won’t assert exec priv over WH documents and WH staff interviews, which must be a significant part of the obstruction section.
⋙ 🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Important note: Barr says DOJ has “no plans” to submit the report to the White House for an executive privilege review, because Trump has said publicly that he intends to defer to him. https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1111711613948780545/photo/1

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Barr realizes that he and Trump carried the nothing to see, just move along WAY too soon and must craft a narrative to defend himself from the legitimate complaint that he inserted himself and tried to exonerate Trump politically. I wonder if Mueller threatened to go public

TheAtlantic, Natasha Bertrand: Even Congress Might Not Get the Full Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2uzTiXq
// And the public could be left with a shell of Mueller’s original findings.

⭕ 28 Mar 2019

🐣 RT @warrenleichtTV Republicans tried to take Schiff down this morning. It boomeranged. Over a million viewers have now watched Schiff meticulously lay out the case for collusion, and how the Republicans have betrayed us all by their complicity in covering it up. #IStandWithSchiff [link to CSpan]

🐣 RT @ABCpolitics NEW: “I’m so proud of the work of Chairman Adam Schiff,” Speaker Pelosi says after GOP members of House Intel Committee call for his resignation. ¤ “I think they’re just scaredy-cats. They just don’t know what to do.” https://abcn.ws/2FA0aca 

WaPo: Democrats say they will accuse Barr of a ‘coverup’ if he delivers incomplete Mueller report http://wapo.st/2Oyta88

WaPo: A Mueller mystery: How Trump dodged a special counsel interview — and a subpoena fight http://wapo.st/2uz778w

WaPo, David A. Fahrenthold and Jonathan O’Connell: How Donald Trump inflated his net worth to lenders and investors http://wapo.st/2WuAK6I

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 DO YOU BELIEVE TRUMP ACTED ILLEGALLY?
64% Probably
32% Probably not
DO YOU BELIEVE TRUMP ACTED UNETHICALLY?
72% Probably
25% Probably not
Pew Research poll

Slate, Ben Mathis-Lilley: Good News! The Saudi Arabia Nuclear Plan Originally Proposed by Michael Flynn and Some Russians Is Alive and Well. http://bit.ly/2FuCsxS

DailyBeast, Justin Baragona: Fox’s Judge Napolitano: Schiff ‘Is Correct’ That Mueller Report Will Show Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion http://bit.ly/2V8LkjH
// ‘In that report will be evidence of the existence of a conspiracy, not enough evidence to prove the existence beyond a reasonable doubt,’ the Fox judicial analyst declared.

💽 CSpan: House Intelligence Hearing on Russian Interference Tactics http://cs.pn/2Wr1GnO //➔ entire hearing w Schiff speech
// Michael McFaul, the former U.S. ambassador to Russia, and a former CIA Russian operations chief are among the witnesses at a House Select Committee on Intelligence hearing about Russia’s election interference tactics.

🐣 RT @AltCyberCommand I got the #MuellerReport right here: Trump’s pals transacted with Russian intermediaries, but Trump didn’t directly: he has ass-kissing criminals in his orbit who don’t ask, and we couldn’t talk to him. Re: obstruction, it’s in the open: do your job or ruin the country, Congress.

🐣 RT @atrupar Wow — after all Republican members of the House Intel Committee file a letter asking @RepAdamSchiff to resign over Russiagate, Schiff ticks through the major pieces of evidence indicating collusion and says, “you might think it’s OK… I don’t think that’s OK!”
https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1111259975714828289/photo/1
🐣 RT @atrupar SCHIFF: “You might think it’s OK that [Flynn] secretly conferred with a Russian ambassador about undermining US sanctions & then lied about it to the FBI. You might say that’s all OK — that’s just what you have to do to win… I think it’s corrupt & evidence of collusion.”

CNN: House intelligence Republicans call on Chairman Adam Schiff to resign http://cnn.it/2V0rtmF

⭕ 27 Mar 2019

WaPo, Max Boot: Russia or no Russia, Trump is still a lousy president http://wapo.st/2V52RJn

VanityFair, Emily Jane Fox: “She Was Not Involved”: E-mails Show Ivanka’s Lawyer Asked for Changes to Michael Cohen’s Congressional Testimony http://bit.ly/2HYb7qU
// A previously unreported e-mail exchange alleges how attorney Abbe Lowell suggested changes to Cohen’s testimony that would distance Ivanka from the Moscow Tower deal.

NYT, Max Frankel: The Real Trump-Russia Quid Pro Quo http://nyti.ms/2Yxp4ly
// The campaign and the Kremlin had an overarching deal: help beat Hillary Clinton for a new pro-Russian foreign policy.

MorningCall: Attorney General William Barr’s summary didn’t answer these 16 questions. Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report could http://bit.ly/2WwL3Hx

1. Why didn’t Mueller reach a finding on whether Trump tried to obstruct justice?
2. Why did Mueller let Trump submit written answers, rather than sitting for an interview?
3. Without interviewing the president, how is it possible to make a decision about obstruction of justice?
4. Barr’s letter suggests some instances of potential obstruction weren’t made public. Are there any clues about what they are?
5. Whom did Mueller’s team interview?
6. How wide-ranging is Mueller’s report?
7. What conclusions did Mueller draw from the Trump campaign’s offer of pro-Russian policy position regarding sanctions relief and Ukrainian peace plan that would be favorable to the Kremlin – at a time when Trump was negotiating to build a Trump Tower in Moscow?
8. What unreported lines of investigation did Mueller spin off?
9. What was Mueller’s standard of proof?
10. What evidence did Mueller gather about the Trump team’s efforts to establish a back channel with Russia?
11. What about the infamous Trump Tower meeting?
12. What did Mueller conclude about then-Trump campaign chairman Manafort’s campaign-season meeting with a Russian suspected of ties to the country’s intelligence service?
13. What did Mueller conclude about longtime Trump ally Roger Stone’s interactions regarding WikiLeaks?
14. What happened to the draft charges against Jerome Corsi, the political gadfly who allegedly acted as an intermediary between Stone and WikiLeaks?
15. Will we ever know if Russia’s sabotage attempts swayed the 2016 election?
16. Did Mueller recommend ways to prevent foreign interference in future U.S. elections?

WaPo: Attorney general expected to miss deadline for giving Mueller report to Congress, will not commit to releasing it in full http://wapo.st/2WmBP0m

Vox, Alex Finley: Why Trump’s “no collusion” victory lap is premature http://bit.ly/2CSmZYj
// Foreign intelligence operations are not meant to leave traces behind that could be used in a courtroom.

Politico: Mueller grand jury ‘continuing robustly,’ prosecutor says http://politi.co/2TEEIHZ
// The revelation — while laced with uncertainty — indicates that the ongoing cases Mueller handed off could still feature significant developments.

CNN: Grand jury investigation started by Mueller ‘continuing robustly,’ prosecutor says http://cnn.it/2FFcolc

NBCNews: Comey: Mueller findings show Trump lied about FBI, his attempt to destroy the agency failed http://nbcnews.to/2HKmUde
// The former FBI director spoke to NBC News in his first on TV interview since the special counsel ended his investigation.

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: The Roger Stone Indictment Proves Barr’s Memo Understates Trump Flunkies’ Complicity http://bit.ly/2HSc2ce
// “it’s crystal clear that Barr cynically limited his discussion of the report to obscure that Mueller had, indeed, found that the campaign “coordinated” on the hack-and-leak for purposes of influencing the election”

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: Here Are All the Unsolved Questions the Mueller Report Can Answer http://nym.ag/2TZZ7fU

Vox, Andrew Prokop: Mueller’s many loose ends http://bit.ly/2HWyxNa
// What comes next now that the probe is finished.

⭕ 26 Mar 2019

BrennanCenter: Still Waiting for the Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2UgPcBP
// The need for the entire report to be made public has only been made more urgent by President Trump’s recent series of attacks on the very idea of the investigation.

Eighty-eight words. That’s all we have of the Mueller report. After 22 months of near-total silence, Robert Swan Mueller, III, has spoken — just not to us. Last Friday, he submitted a report of unknown length on his investigation into Russian interference with the 2016 election to Attorney General William Barr. Barr in turn has deigned to make public a few extracts of the report, sprinkling a bit of it into his own letter to Congress.

The crux of the Mueller report, as conveyed by Barr, lies in two sentences. The first, that the investigation “did not establish” that the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government. As to whether the president obstructed justice when he tried to derail the investigation, Mueller notes that  “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

With his feral flair for spin, President Donald Trump moved quickly to ignore the actual conclusions and market the Barr letter with its grand total of 88 words from Mueller as a “complete and total exoneration.” Or as one Twitter wag put it: “Classic Trumpian paradigm: ‘I got away with it = I didn’t do it.’”

Pay particular attention to two of Mueller’s phrases: “did not establish” and “did not exonerate.” Lawyers will know that those two phrases actually hint at the opposite of a complete Trump vindication. The first suggests that there was in fact some proof — just not enough to establish criminal wrongdoing beyond a reasonable doubt. We do not know how much evidence Mueller uncovered, but his wording intimates more than the bare minimum. Otherwise, he would have simply said there was no case to be made. He is, after all, a famously direct and to the point man. As for “did not exonerate,” that’s as close as a prosecutor gets to saying, “You were in the wrong, but we can’t convict.”

Esquire, Jack Holmes: The Fox News-Trump Machine Wants to See Retribution, Not the Actual Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2FxscVI
// The symbiosis is in overdrive, trying to replace the actual report with The Barr Letter.

Slate, Dahlia Lithwick: Mueller Did His Investigation for a World We Don’t Inhabit http://bit.ly/2TyKoTW
// His report was predicated on caring about facts. Our world is about who can claim victory the quickest.

WaPo, Paul Farhi: Rachel Maddow, the left’s powerhouse on cable, won’t let the Mueller probe go. http://wapo.st/2U2hnVE

NBCNews, Julia Ainsley: James Comey says he is confused by Mueller’s decision on obstruction http://nbcnews.to/2JKmGEB
// The entire rationale for a special counsel is to make sure the politicals aren’t making the key charging decisions,” the former FBI chief said.

🐣 RT @NewsHour “It’s clear that Bob Mueller found substantial evidence of obstruction,” says @PreetBharara
⋙ 🔊 PBS: Preet Bharara on ‘troublesome language’ in Barr summary of Mueller report (transcript, audio) http://to.pbs.org/2FIb53R

WaPo, George Conway III: Trump is guilty — of being unfit for office http://wapo.st/2UZ8FEi

WaPo: ‘Undoubtedly there is collusion’: Trump antagonist Adam Schiff doubles down after Mueller finds no conspiracy http://wapo.st/2UaM5LL

Politico: Graham to speak with attorney general about releasing Mueller report http://politi.co/2U472sF //➔ bet he’ll even help him redact it!

🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade Odd that (1) #Mueller would reach no conclusion on obstruction and (2) AG would decide the issue for him. This defeats the whole purpose of a special counsel, which is to avoid conflicts of interest by those in the executive branch chain of command.

NBCNews: AG Barr to release Mueller report in ‘weeks not months’ http://nbcnews.to/2FBeyC6
// There are no plans to give a copy of the report to the White House in advance of the public release, a Justice Department official said.

🐣 RT @EricHolder On obstruction component of Mueller Report: DOJ seems to be substituting its judgment for the Special Counsel’s. DOJ did not have to weigh in. Not consistent with precedent. Not a best practice – Trump’s DOJ now appears to have cleared him. The report must be made available.

TheAtlantic, Natasha Bertrand: The Critical Part of Mueller’s Report That Barr Didn’t Mention http://bit.ly/2WtCZY1
// The special counsel’s most interesting findings about Trump and Russia might be in the counterintelligence portion of his report.

NYT: Mueller’s Investigation Erases a Line Drawn After Watergate http://nyti.ms/2FBGjL4

… Under the theory that Mr. Trump’s legal team advanced, the Justice Department and the F.B.I. work for the president and therefore a president can order investigations opened or closed, fire prosecutors, grant pardons or otherwise use his constitutional power even if it seems overtly self-interested or political.

It was that view that Attorney General William P. Barr embraced in a 19-page memo he drafted last year as a private citizen and sent unsolicited to the White House months before Mr. Trump appointed him to lead the Justice Department. And it was that same view that informed Mr. Barr’s decision on Sunday to make the ruling that Mr. Mueller would not and declare that Mr. Trump had not obstructed justice.

⭕ 25 Mar 2019

NationalReview, Yuval Lenin: The Barr Letter Interlude http://bit.ly/2U0my8B

NYT: After Mueller Report, News Media Leaders Defend Their Work http://nyti.ms/2HSzxlv

WaPo: Sen. Lindsey Graham says he told John McCain to give Trump-Russia dossier to FBI http://wapo.st/2FvXDQf //➔ recuse! @

WaPo, Margaret Sullivan: Serious journalists should be proud of — not bullied over — their Russia reporting http://wapo.st/2HEBHGd

DailyBeast, Paul Zeidenberg: It’s Not Barr’s Call to Clear Trump. Show Us the Mueller Report. http://bit.ly/2HSxfCV
// What’s the point of an independent special counsel if the president’s hand-picked attorney general makes his own conclusion? Time for Congress to step up.

WaPo: Dispute erupts over Mueller’s findings on Trump, Russia and obstruction of justice http://wapo.st/2WnVbSL
// Zapotosky

💙💙 NYT: Barr’s Declaration on Trump Puts Justice Dept. Back in Political Crucible http://nyti.ms/2HU3Vfi
// Charlie Savage etc

🐣 RT @SethAbramson (NEW) The *twenty* active Trump investigations, many addressing multinational collusion:
✅SDNY, ✅EDNY, ✅EDVA, ✅USAO-DC, ✅NYCDA, ✅NYAG, ✅NJAG, ✅MDAG, ✅DCAG, ✅SCO, ✅FBI, ✅CIA, ✅HPSCI, ✅SSCI, ✅HJC, ✅HOC, ✅HFSC, ✅HWMC, ✅NDCA ✅XXX*
(*A “mystery” jurisdiction Gates is testifying in.)

🐣 RT @emptywheel Things the Barr letter does not absolve Trump of:
1) Conspiring with Wikileaks.
2) Conspiring with Russians who are not members of the government on the hack-and-leak
3) A quid pro quo trading help for policy considerations

MSNBC, The Beat With Ari: Holder: Barr burying Mueller report, just ‘beginning’ obstruction http://on.msnbc.com/2TyswZa

In an exclusive interview with MSNBC anchor Ari Melber, Former Attorney General Eric Holder makes news by saying Trump Attorney General Bill Barr is handling the Mueller report in the “wrong” way, which is troubling and departs from clear precedent. Pressed by Melber, Holder adds that Congress must get the Mueller Report and decide any obstruction case against Pres. Trump – not his handpicked A.G. Holder adds that this is the beginning or “middle” of the process, not the end.

💙💙 🐣 RT @MaddowBlog You knew it would be this kind of night, didn’t you?
https://twitter.com/MaddowBlog/status/1110352867930660864/photo/1
// Maddow’s 15 Questions

NYMag, Sarah Jones: The Mueller Report Was Never Going to Take Down Donald Trump http://nym.ag/2TvE3c0

NewYorker, Susan Glaser: “Trump Wins!”: The President, the Mueller Report, and Our New Political Normal http://bit.ly/2FAw0Xm

NPR, Philip Ewing: Next Steps And Big Unanswered Questions As The Nation Moves Into Post-Mueller Era http://n.pr/2TyhK5a

Vox, Zack Beauchamp: Robert Mueller and the collapse of American trust http://bit.ly/2TYdRff
// The reaction to AG William Barr’s Mueller letter reveals a disturbing truth about America.

Politico, Darren Samuelson Josh Gerstein: What just happened? The questions behind the Mueller report http://politi.co/2FrLewJ
// Here’s what Mueller said to Barr, what the attorney general said to Congress, and what it all means.

NBCNews: House committee chairs demand full Mueller report by April 2 deadline http://nbcnews.to/2CDrvtc
// In a letter to Attorney General Barr, the Democratic lawmakers said his summary of the special counsel’s report “is not sufficient for Congress.”

USAToday, Tom Nichols: Even after Mueller, we still don’t know what’s really going on with Trump and Russia http://bit.ly/2FwFQZl
// Trump’s exoneration may rest entirely on Mueller’s caution and prudence, the very qualities that kept his investigation from turning into a witch hunt.

WaPo: Dispute erupts over Mueller’s findings on Trump, Russia and obstruction of justice http://wapo.st/2Yq4aF0

🐣 RT @Neal_Katyal I have no idea whether the below is true. If it is, it will be a serious condemnation of Barr and his rush to judgment, as well as of Trump’s claim of total exoneration. Yet another reason why the American people must see Mueller’s full report and why Mueller & Barr must testify
⋙ 🐣 RT @NoahShachtman “A source with direct knowledge of the investigation told The Daily Beast that Mueller intended to make a case to Congress, believing that legislators, and not the DOJ, are ’empowered to weigh the lawfulness of a president’s conduct.'”
[below] DB gloats https://twitter.com/NoahShachtman/status/1110003397724377088

🐣 RT @AriMelber Impt: ¤ AG Barr argues he is the decider & there’s no obstruction by Trump, even though Mueller did not exonerate Trump & no one else has seen the Report. ¤ Former AG Holder tells MSNBC that’s “wrong,” Congress decides, & this is the “beginning” or “middle” of the Mueller process.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheBeatWithAri “I think we’re really at the beginning, maybe the middle of this whole process” ¤ @EricHolder on “obstruction question”
💽 https://twitter.com/TheBeatWithAri/status/1110307147353636871/photo/1
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheBeatWithAri “I think” Mueller “thought there was too much evidence to decline” prosecution, but “he could not indict” a sitting President ¤ @EricHolder on Mueller report 💽 https://twitter.com/TheBeatWithAri/status/1110305116207415296/photo/1

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Trump won with illicit help. He abused his power. His AG is blocking a full reckoning. http://wapo.st/2UfAdYG

Bloomberg: Sater Eyed Trump Moscow Tower to Launder Cash, BTA Bank Says http://bloom.bg/2Fzvnh5

🐣 RT @JuliaEAinsley Breaking: @KenDilanianNBC reports that the FBI is prepared to brief the Gang of 8 on the findings of Mueller’s counterintelligence investigation into Trump (i.e. whether the president is under the influence of a foreign power)

🐣 RT @BillKristol There were “multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign” which didn’t result in coordination “with the Russian government.” But they weren’t rejected out of hand. They weren’t reported to the FBI. And Trump and associates lied about them.
⋙ 🐣 RT @real “The Special Counsel did not find that the Trump Campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian Government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump Campaign.”

🐣 Going forward, Dems must propose legislation to criminalize corruption of the sort that Mueller could not prosecute because the law is unclear or non-existent. “Awful but lawful” should become a thing of the past @RepAdamSchiff @RepCummings @SpeakerPelosi

DailyBeast, Michael Tomasky: Trump Outruns the Law, Again http://bit.ly/2TruIlr
// I honestly thought that once he entered this realm, the realm of public service and accountability, the law would catch up with him. So far, no good.

🐣 RT @Politico Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year-long probe concluded without finding adequate evidence to show that officials with Trump’s 2016 campaign aided Russian attempts to interfere with the election
⋙ Politico: Mueller finds no Trump-Russia conspiracy http://politi.co/2CBIPPj
// Attorney General William Barr says the special counsel did not take a clear position on whether the president obstructed justice.

⭕ 24 Mar 2019

CNN, Eli Watkins: Barr authored memo last year ruling out obstruction of justice http://cnn.it/2Jzq44X

TheAtlantic, Franklin Foer: The Mueller Probe Was an Unmitigated Success http://bit.ly/2YhSvI6
// The scandal is how much corruption it exposed—and how much turns out to have been perfectly legal.

DailyBeast, Erin Banco: House Intel Committee Considers Calling Mueller http://bit.ly/2UTlBLZ
// Democrats say the panel’s mission is broader than that of the special counsel, who was looking for crimes, and they want more information than was in a summary.

LawfareBlog: What to Make of Bill Barr’s Letter http://bit.ly/2JA85LX
// By Mikhaila Fogel, Quinta Jurecic, Susan Hennessey, Matthew Kahn, Benjamin Wittes

CNN: Takeaways from the Mueller report summary http://cnn.it/2YecMya
● No collusion
●. No exoneration for obstruction
● Trump was never interviewed
● The political fight is just beginning
● Barr’s summary ramps up calls for full report
● There’s a lot more information to come

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks Totally agree. Barr took over the decision on whether Trump committed obstruction and his decision was totally predictable based on his volunteered audition memo to the DOJ and White House. He decided before knowing any facts that 45 could never be guilty of obstruction.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JohnWDean It appears AG William Barr’s take on obstruction prevailed. Barr’s signaled what he would do before he was hired. So in reading William Barr’s letter on the Mueller Report, don’t for his unsolicited memo to Trump on Obstruction of Justice
⋙⋙ ACLU: William Barr’s Unsolicited Memo to Trump About Obstruction of Justice http://bit.ly/2HWxAV4

NYT Editorial: No Collusion, No ‘Exoneration’ http://nyti.ms/2U9KXrJ
// A Trump-friendly attorney general’s letter doesn’t do justice to the special counsel’s investigation. Release his whole report.

NYT, Neal Katyal: The Many Problems With the Barr Letter http://nyti.ms/2Ylx2y0
// By unilaterally concluding that Mr. Trump did not obstruct justice, the attorney general has made it imperative that the public see the Mueller report.

🐣 RT @NoahShachtman “A source with direct knowledge of the investigation told The Daily Beast that Mueller intended to make a case to Congress, believing that legislators, and not the DOJ, are ’empowered to weigh the lawfulness of a president’s conduct.'”
⋙ DailyBeast: Trumpworld Gloats About Mueller: The ‘Fat Lady Has Sung’ http://bit.ly/2HRSIfs
// by Asawin Suebsaeng, Sam Brodey and Erin Banco; Republicans say the report is a slam dunk for the president—while Democrats claim the fight has only just begun.

🐣 RT @RepCummings After reading the Attorney General’s four-page summary of the Special Counsel’s findings, Chairmen Nadler, Schiff and I reiterate our call for the release of the Special Counsel’s full and complete report and all underlying documents. See our statement:
⋙ OversightComm: Joint Statement of Judiciary Chair Nadler, Intelligence Chair Schiff and Oversight Chair Cummings http://bit.ly/2YldZDP

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Mueller did not find the Trump campaign conspired with Russia, attorney general says http://wapo.st/2Wnhw2U

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Mueller Finds No Trump-Russia Conspiracy, but Stops Short of Exonerating President on Obstruction http://nyti.ms/2HGc9Iz

⭕ 23 Mar 2019

NYT: As Mueller Report Lands, Prosecutorial Focus Moves to New York http://nyti.ms/2Cvk7Aj

🐣 RT @TeaPainUSA BOOM! #SDNY just hired Audrey Strauss, the attorney that beat Trump’s original fixer, Roy Cohn, to lead the investigation against Trump’s inner circle. This may explain why Mueller didn’t indict Don Jr. in D.C. ¤ Tea Pain games out “Mueller’s Final Move.”
⋙ TeaPainUSA: Mueller’s Final Move http://bit.ly/2FnVdmN

Since Mueller plays by the book, his primary directive would be for a case to be tried where the venue is “proper.” Ask yourself the simple question, “Where did the bulk of the alleged Trump-Russia conspiracy take place?” and you have your answer: “New York City.” It would be silly for Mueller to prosecute Trump, Kush and the rest of Team Treason in D.C. when the crime took place in New York, right?

Simply put, this is “smart!” If Mueller prosecuted Diaper Donnie, Trump could pull the plug on Mueller’s charter and we’d litigate it in the courts until doomsday just to get the case back on track. But placin’ the venue in the purview of the Sovereign District of New York is a stroke of genius, safely away from Trump’s pryin’ baby hands. It’s frugal because SDNY is budgeted for just such actions. It’s expedient because SDNY is fully staffed and ready to roll. The venue is proper and, dang it, it’s just plain smart.

News broke tonight that the SDNY replaced the lead attorney on the Michael Cohen case with Audrey Strauss, famous for her defeat of Roy Cohn, lawyer for the Gambino crime family and Trump family attorney till his death. What’s the chances the SDNY decided to bring in the one attorney that beat Trump’s lucky charm, Roy Cohn? Tea Pain’s Grandpa Virgil always said, “Don’t believe in coincidences, Tea Pain, cause they take a heap of plannin’!”

Politico: Congress waits another day for Mueller findings http://politi.co/2OqTrWc
// The Justice Dept. said it would not transmit a summary of the special counsel’s findings Saturday, fueling Democrats’ urgent pleas to release the entire document.

WaPo: The battle over the Mueller report begins as Trump allies claim victory http://wapo.st/2uqrYL9

🐣 RT @JohnWDean Trump and his minions think they dodged a bullet. I have a notion — only a recurring though — that Mueller delivered a bomb to AG Barr, who is now trying to figure out how to tell Trump in a way that doesn’t cause him to start World War III. Barr knows he works for a psycho.

Politico: Pelosi tells Dems she’ll reject highly classified briefing on Mueller findings http://politi.co/2UYx5hj

NYT: Mueller Delivers Report on Trump-Russia Investigation to Attorney General http://nyti.ms/2OmFb0v Special Counsel does not recommend new charges

⭕ 22 Mar 2019

WaPo Editorial: Mueller has submitted his report. Now Barr must share it with the rest of us. http://wapo.st/2UayBje

WaPo, Neal Katyal: I wrote the special counsel rules. The attorney general can — and should — release the Mueller report. http://wapo.st/2TT8Mod

LawfareBlog, Benjamin Wittes: Very Quick Thoughts on the End of the Mueller Investigation http://bit.ly/2JAvehp

TheAtlantic, Natasha Bertrand: What Mueller Leaves Behind http://bit.ly/2Tqa5px
// The attorney general says he may be able to advise Congress of the special counsel’s principal conclusions as early as this weekend.

DailyBeast, Barbara McQuade: Mueller Is Done, but the Trump Investigations Are Just Heating Up http://bit.ly/2UaqxPu
// Congress can go further than he could against the president. Meanwhile, prosecutors are digging into him in New York and associates like Roger Stone elsewhere. This isn’t over.

🐣 RT @brhodes My take on the Mueller report is that I’d like to read the Mueller report before having a take on it.

💙💙 NYT: Mueller Delivers Report on Russia Investigation to Attorney General http://nyti.ms/2OmFb0v

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo [5:02pm ET]: Mueller report sent to attorney general, signaling his Russia investigation has ended http://wapo.st/2JuEEL8

MotherJones: We Already Know There Was Collusion http://bit.ly/2Fk2tQA
// 10 must-reads about Trump and Russia while you wait for the Mueller report.

Reuters: Turn in your smartphones! How Mueller kept a lid on Trump-Russia probe http://reut.rs/2Cx8atX

NYT/Reuters: Why an Unbuilt Moscow Trump Tower Caught Mueller’s Attention http://nyti.ms/2TQ6qXg

NYT, David Leonhardt: While You Wait for Mueller http://nyti.ms/2Fthocl
// Do lawbreaking, lying to the public and colluding with a foreign enemy add up to innocence?

PBS: Trump steps up effort to discredit Mueller’s Russia report http://to.pbs.org/2WhZbUC

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: There’s a Decent Chance Jon Karl’s Source Is Being or Was Investigated for Obstruction http://bit.ly/2HDU2TM

Politico, Michael Kruse: Can Trump Survive Mueller? http://politi.co/2Ts192V
// People predict the president will collapse under the stress of the Mueller investigation. But Trump has teetered on the brink before and never succumbed.

🐣 Mood https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1109012336210268160/photo/1
The Second Coming
William Butler Yeats, 1919

Turning and turning in the widening gyre
The falcon cannot hear the falconer;
Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world,
The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of innocence is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.

Surely some revelation is at hand;
Surely the Second Coming is at hand.
The Second Coming! Hardly are those words out
When a vast image out of Spiritus Mundi
Troubles my sight: somewhere in sands of the desert
A shape with lion body and the head of a man,
A gaze blank and pitiless as the sun,
Is moving its slow thighs, while all about it
Reel shadows of the indignant desert birds.
The darkness drops again; but now I know
That twenty centuries of stony sleep
Were vexed to nightmare by a rocking cradle,
And what rough beast, its hour come round at last,
Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?

⭕ 21 Mar 2019

NYT, Scott Shane: Glimpses of the Mystery That Is the Mueller Investigation http://nyti.ms/2CInQe3
// Here are some pieces of the jigsaw puzzle. The full picture is missing

🐣 RT @Barb!cQuade Mueller report does not seem imminent because 1 redactions in Cohen search warrants allowed for 60 more days, 2 update on Gates’s sentencing delayed 60 days, 3 pending GJ battles with Stone associate Andrew Miller and unknown co. and 4 reports that Rosenstein will stay longer.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance 1. Trump is going to spin the Mueller Report as a) proof that he’s innocent, b) evidence of no collusion & most importantly c) that any investigation in the House is an unjustified witch hunt. He’ll do this literally no matter what the report says.
📌 https://mobile.twitter.com/JoyceWhiteVance/status/1108461544449499136
⋙ 🐣 RT @JonLemire With Washington on pins and needles waiting for Mueller, a look at the shifting hopes for the report from Republicans and Democrats alike
⋙⋙ AP: Shifting hopes as Republicans and Democrats await Mueller http://bit.ly/2OlrPS1

WaPo, Aaron Blake: 3 possible outcomes for the release of the Mueller Report http://wapo.st/2TXquGB

NewYorker, Adam Davidson: The Chaos That Could Come with the Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2Tr33Bf

DailyBeast, Asawin Suebsaeng and Spencer Ackerman: Trump White House Lawyers Plan To Tell House Judiciary to ‘Go F*ck Themselves’ http://bit.ly/2Cwcqd4
// House Democrats want documents from the White House they think can shed light on internal corruption. You’ll never guess how the White House is responding.

DailyBeast, Betsy Woodruff: Feds Who Took Down Cohen Could Face Deutsche Bank
Dilemma http://bit.ly/2U2DISe
// Two officials have history with Deutsche Bank that could raise questions for ethics experts.

DailyBeast, Michael Tomasky: Don Jr. Is Right About One Thing: Brexit and Trump’s Election Were Built on the Same Lie http://bit.ly/2Cu9tda
// They were the two great manifestations of the false consciousness of our era: that whatever has gone wrong can be blamed on liberals and only conservatives can put things right.

NBCNews: The Mueller report: Here are 10 questions that remain unanswered in the Russia probe http://nbcnews.to/2FoNJjd
// First Read is your briefing from “Meet the Press” and the NBC Political Unit on the day’s most important political stories and why they matter.

WaPo, Philip Bump: A visual guide to the dead ends and murky contacts in the Trump-Russia collusion question http://wapo.st/2uoBnCA

Bloomberg: Mueller Laid Out the Dots. His Report May Show If They Connect http://bloom.bg/2YeEPO4

🔊 ProPublica: Meet Trump’s Other Partners on His Attempted Moscow Tower — “Trump, Inc.” Podcast http://bit.ly/2Jwd3tc
// In this week’s episode, we explore some of Donald Trump’s partners — including a developer with no site and no funding — and find one reason Trump might’ve needed to enlist help from the very top of Russia’s government.

Politico: White House rebuffs Dem request for docs on Trump-Putin talks http://politi.co/2TmUMOG
// Key House chairmen have not ruled out issuing subpoenas to try to force the White House’s compliance.

NYT: Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump Use Private Accounts for Official Business, Their Lawyer Says http://nyti.ms/2Cy0pnl

🐣 RT @tribelaw This is a serious national security scandal. The White House MUST comply with these demands.
⋙ Cummings Letter to Cipllloni [White House Counsel] http://bit.ly/2WhBdZT

🐣 RT @brianklaas Cool, so I imagine this will be a national scandal that dominates the headlines for the next 6 months right?
⋙ 🐣 RT @NPR JUST IN: Jared Kushner’s attorney told the House Oversight Committee that Kushner uses private apps and personal email to communicate about official White House matters with foreign leaders — a violation of a law governing White House records and official policy.

NYT: James Comey: What I Want From the Mueller Report I am rooting for a demonstration to the world that the United States justice system works. http://nyti.ms2YeCCSM/

I have no idea whether the special counsel will conclude that Mr. Trump knowingly conspired with the Russians in connection with the 2016 election or that he obstructed justice with the required corrupt intent. I also don’t care. I care only that the work be done, well and completely. If it is, justice will have prevailed and core American values will have been protected at a time when so much of our national leadership has abandoned its commitment to truth and the rule of law.

I am rooting for a demonstration to the world — and maybe most of all to our president and his enablers — that the United States has a justice system that works because there are people who believe in it and rise above personal interest and tribalism. That system may reach conclusions they like or it may not, but the apolitical administration of justice is the beating heart of this country. I hope we all get to see that.

⭕ 20 Mar 2019

AP FACT CHECK: Trump attacks Russia probe as biased http://bit.ly/2U05mzb

Vox, Andrew Prokop: Trump’s legal jeopardy goes far beyond Mueller http://bit.ly/2Fp6AvM
// We don’t know what Mueller will find, but here’s an overview of the president’s other legal woes.

TheAtlantic, Natasha Bertrand: The Enigmatic Russian Paying Maria Butina’s Legal Bills http://bit.ly/2HwmQxA
// Alexander Ionov, the founder of the NGO, called the Anti-Globalization Movement, began raising money for the suspected Russian agent through a fundraising website in 2018.

USAToday, Crystal Hayes and Ashley Shaffer: Your guide to what you can and can’t expect from Robert Mueller’s final report on Trump, Russia investigations http://bit.ly/2Fh3LvH

CNN, Stephen Collinson: New Mueller probe revelations explain Trump’s rage http://cnn.it/2YcAafq

⭕ 19 Mar 2019

WaPo, Elijah Cummings: The White House hasn’t turned over a single piece of paper to my committee http://wapo.st/2WgHMMl

💙💙 Politico: Mueller’s old boss delays departure as probe wraps up http://politi.co/2FoJS76
// Rod Rosenstein has long provided comfort to lawmakers and legal observers worried about President Donald Trump trying to meddle with the probe.

NYT, Michelle Goldberg: Who Do Jared and Ivanka Think They Are? http://nyti.ms/2ug5kF5
// A new book probes the Kushner family’s secrets.

WIRED, Garrett Graff: The Evidence That Could Impeach Donald Trump http://bit.ly/2JyDbDs
⋙ See under Entire Articles: Wired Graff Evidence 3-19-2019

NewYorker, Eric Lach: The Michael Cohen Search-Warrant Documents and Keeping Up with the Trump-Russia Probe http://bit.ly/2ULDX18

NBCNews: Schiff: Real question is if Trump is under the influence of a foreign power http://nbcnews.to/2FnT9MQ
// Whether Mueller will answer that question is unclear. But House Intel Chair Adam Schiff said he is steering his probe in a new direction to focus on it.

Reuters: Key Senate panel split on Trump-Russia collusion: sources http://reut.rs/2JpK1vj

Vox, Alvin Chang: The 3 Trump-Russia ties we know about http://bit.ly/2YcsKZw
// What Robert Mueller’s investigation has revealed thus far.

DailyBeast, Asawin Suebsaeng: Gawker-Killing Lawyer Charles Harder is Repping Trump in Alva Johnson’s Sexual Misconduct Lawsuit http://bit.ly/2CrW6tG
// The attorney has become a go-to counselor in Trumpworld when trying to suppress claims about its members, including the president.

DailyBeast, Betsy Woodruff: Indicted Oligarch Dmytro Firtash Praises Paul Manafort, Says Trump Has Third-Grade Smarts http://bit.ly/2ufKBkL
// The Ukrainian mogul, a background presence in the story of Russian influence in U.S. elections, praised Manafort’s savvy but dismissed Trump in an interview with The Daily Beast.

DailyBeast, Justin Miller: Mueller Went After Cohen Soon After He Took Over Russia Probe http://bit.ly/2ThEeYb
// Beginning in July 2017, FBI agents working for Mueller sought and obtained three warrants to search Cohen’s communications.

DailyBeast: Rosenstein Agrees to Hang On at DOJ ‘a Little While Longer,’ Fox Reports http://bit.ly/2UQiSTz

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Mueller team cites ‘press of other work’ in seeking delay until April 1 over request to open Manafort records http://wapo.st/2Ogmuvg

WaPo: The real reason the Trump administration is constantly losing in court http://wapo.st/2OdEW7S

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Mueller team cites ‘press of other work’ in seeking delay until April 1 over request to open Manafort records http://wapo.st/2Ogmuvg

⭕ 18 Mar 2019

CNBC, John Harwood: George Conway, husband of Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway, has an urgent warning about the president’s mental health http://cnb.cx/2HC3pmd
● Kellyanne Conway’s husband, George Conway, was once seemingly on his way to a top role in the Trump administration.
● Now he has become one of the president’s most outspoken critics, even as his wife holds a key role in the White House.
● On Monday, George Conway tweeted warnings about the president’s mental health. Kellyanne Conway responded:  “No, I don’t share those concerns.”

CNN: White House expects to see Mueller findings before they go to Congress http://cnn.it/2TXuWoB

DailyBeast, Nico Hines: Cambridge Analytica Secrets Allegedly Covered Up by Trump Campaign Veterans http://bit.ly/2THHTn8
// The High Court in London heard that former insiders, including Rebekah Mercer, were pulling the strings of “biased” officials responsible for the fate of the company.

🐣 RT @gconway3d Agree with this, but would add that *all* Americans should be thinking seriously *now* about Trump’s mental condition and psychological state, including and especially the media, Congress—and the Vice President and Cabinet.
⋙ 🐣 RT @BillKristol To Republicans who’ve been inclined to acquiesce in a Trump re-nomination in 2020: Read his tweets this morning. Think seriously about his mental condition and psychological state. Then tell me you’re fine with him as president of the United States for an additional four years.

🐣 RT @JohnJHarwood “Mr. Trump told Deutsche Bank his net worth was about $3 billion, but when bank employees reviewed his finances, they concluded he was worth about $788 million, according to documents produced during a lawsuit”
⋙ NYT: A Mar-a-Lago Weekend and an Act of God: Trump’s History With Deutsche Bank http://nyti.ms/2Fg1b93

🐣 RT @selectedwisdom [Clint Watts] This is a really big deal. Doesn’t just affect military but also civilian operations- Norway says it proved Russian GPS interference during NATO exercises | Article [AMP] | Reuters
⋙ Reuters: Norway says it proved Russian GPS interference during NATO exercises http://reut.rs/2W8BVZl

Vox, Aaron Rupar: Trump uses bad poll question to claim half of America thinks Mueller’s on a “witch hunt” http://bit.ly/2FbCWco //➔ Two questions for the price of one!
// The president capitalizes on a poorly framed question in an outlier poll.

JustSecurity: Why it’s a mistake to be a-waitin’ “the” Mueller Report (and why you should instead focus on two other reports) http://bit.ly/2O9NzAg

PolitiFact, John Kruzel: Is WikiLeaks Russia’s ‘useful idiot,’ its ‘agent of influence,’ or something else? http://bit.ly/2TWfCIS

NYT: Trump Administration Proposes $86 Billion Spy Budget to Take On Russia and China http://nyti.ms/2TIPGkK

DailyBeast, Asawin Suebsaeng and Spencer Ackerman: Trump’s Lawyers on House Judiciary Dems’ Document Request: You Get Nothing http://bit.ly/2Od2biD
// The House Judiciary Committee set a Monday deadline for 81 people, government agencies and private organizations to submit material

DailyBeast, Kevin Poulsen: Russian Tycoon Named in Trump Dossier Lost His Slander Suit, Then Lost His Secrets. http://bit.ly/2Oe6F8m
// The Steele dossier’s tale of Aleksej Gubarev using porn to hack Democrats had been banished to the fringes of the Russiagate narratives—until his own lawsuit gave it fresh oxygen.

NYMag, Adam K. Raymond: Everything Trump Attacked Over a Wild Weekend on Twitter http://nym.ag/2O9MpEU

Reuters: Why an unbuilt Moscow Trump tower caught Mueller’s attention http://reut.rs/2FkgChY

⭕ 17 Mar 2019🍀

TIME, Olivia Waxman: What Historians of Fascism Think About the Suspected New Zealand Shooter’s Declaration of Extremism http://bit.ly/2OaPMM1

WSJ Editorial: Releasing the Mueller Report http://on.wsj.com/2Jlp9Fq
// Disclosure should include the FBI and FISA documents too.
● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1107572397341851648/photo/1

As the House vote shows, Mr. Barr probably has no choice but to release nearly all of the report. Congressional Democrats have already threatened subpoenas, and while the Administration might have a legal case to resist them, that would feed charges of a cover-up. Once Congress has the report, it is sure to leak, perhaps selectively without proper context.

The better course is for Mr. Barr to release the report and everything else that is relevant to the Russia probe. That includes investigative materials that accompany the report, and all documents related to the FBI counterintelligence investigation that began in 2016.

RollingStone, Peter Wade: Trump’s Sensitivity Boils Over in Twitter Rant Over ‘SNL’ Rerun http://bit.ly/2Hqheol
// “Should Federal Election Commission and/or FCC look into this?” the president tweeted

SkyNews, Deborah Haynes: New evidence of Russian election meddling puts Trump on the spot http://bit.ly/2UIdods

HillReporter, Brian Krassenstein: Trump Suggests That SNL Is ‘Colluding’ with ‘of course Russia’ http://bit.ly/2udOE0Z

WaPo, Martin Lederman: Why there may be much less — and much more — to the Mueller report than people expect http://wapo.st/2FjKmvu

CNBC: Trump attacks the late Sen. John McCain over his involvement in the Russia investigation http://cnb.cx/2UFLG0J

⭕ 16 Mar 2019

Bloomberg: Did Trump’s Team Collude With Russians? http://bloom.bg/2uad1MW
// Key Clues From Mueller’s Probe

NYT Editorial: ‘The President … Is Not Above the Law’ http://nyti.ms/2Hp66bm
// A New York court rules that the Constitution does not shield President Trump from allegations of misconduct before he took office. The case has echoes of Paula Jones’s suit against President Clinton.

🐣 RT @vermontgmg [Garrett Graff] Man, the Russian official who died in a DC hotel really hurt himself as he beat himself to death. Amazing how thoroughly he beat himself—almost as if, you know, he didn’t do it himself….
⋙ 🐣 RT @Mike_Eckel couple notable/important sections from the Lesin autopsy files, including toxicology report and diagram of fractured neck bone. https://twitter.com/Mike_Eckel/status/1106911777655320576/photo/1
⋙⋙ RFE/RL: Exclusive: Washington Autopsy Files Reveal Lesin Sustained Broken Bone In Neck http://bit.ly/

Mikhail Lesin, the former Russian press minister who turned up dead in a Washington hotel room in 2015, sustained a fracture to a neck bone just below the jaw line “at or near the time” of his death, according to documents released by the city’s medical examiner that provide new details about his final days.

The finding does not provide clear-cut evidence of foul play in Lesin’s death; another statement in the documents suggests the bone could have been damaged “after death” — possibly during the autopsy.

That detail, however, and others contained in the 149-page file released exclusively to RFE/RL offer the most precise scientific description to date about Lesin’s death, which officials ruled accidental and said was caused by blunt-force injuries amid excessive alcohol consumption.

Once a powerful media adviser to President Vladimir Putin, Lesin fell out of favor with the Kremlin elite sometime around 2012 and had lowered his public profile before he was discovered dead in the Dupont Circle Hotel, located a few blocks from the White House, on November 5, 2015. …

⭕ 15 Mar 2019

💙💙 TheAtlantic, Natasha Bertrand: Mueller Might Not Be Done With Manafort Yet http://bit.ly/2VZtGi5
// The disgraced operative still needs to answer for his ties to a suspected Russian spy.

… Mueller might not be quite done with Manafort yet, former prosecutors tell me. Court documents and pre-sentence hearings that dealt with the breach of Manafort’s plea deal suggest that prosecutors might have more ammunition to go after the 69-year-old on matters that go directly to the question of a conspiracy with Russia, rather than the financial crimes and violations of foreign-agent laws that he’s been charged with to date.

… [Q]uestions remain about Manafort’s interactions with Russians during the campaign—questions that go to the main focus of the Mueller investigation into a potential election conspiracy.

The first clue that Mueller’s interest in Manafort goes beyond his financial crimes came early last month, when one of the top prosecutors on Mueller’s team, Andrew Weissmann, said in a closed-door hearing that a meeting Manafort had in August 2016 goes “very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating.” (Manafort’s deputy Rick Gates was also at the meeting, The Washington Post said, citing court records. A status update for Gates, who has been cooperating with Mueller, is due on Friday.) During that meeting Manafort provided internal Trump-campaign polling data to Kilimnik and discussed a “Ukraine peace plan” favorable to Russia. Mueller was appointed in May 2017 to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with” Trump’s campaign, as his appointment memo described it; Jackson agreed that the topic of Manafort’s meeting was at “the undisputed core of the Office of Special Counsel’s investigation.”

The topics discussed during the August 2 meeting might be the closest thing to a “smoking gun” of collusion that has been revealed so far. A footnote in a court filing submitted by Manafort’s attorneys last month, first noticed by the national-security journalist Marcy Wheeler, indicates that Manafort and his deputy sent 75 pages of polling to Kilimnik and that Kilimnik sent at least six emails to the pair discussing the data. Richard Westling, Manafort’s lawyer, denied that Manafort had lied about the content of the August 2 meeting and said that while the data that Manafort shared with Kilimnik was “very detailed” and “relevant” to a meeting the campaign had had earlier in the day, it would not have been useful to the suspected Russian spy. “It frankly, to me, is gibberish,” Westling said. “It’s not easily understandable.” Jackson shot back: “That’s what makes it significant and unusual.”

“It’s hard to imagine that something so explosive and central to the mission of his investigation wouldn’t be addressed either in charges against someone (Manafort or others) or in a report,” Mimi Rocah, a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, wrote in an email. “And the fact that the special counsel hasn’t brought it out but it was only revealed inadvertently, reinforces the idea that [Mueller] is saving it for something else.”

That “something else” could be anything from a line in Mueller’s report to an entire conspiracy charge. “My money is on Mueller including the Manafort efforts as part of the ‘case’ alleging Trump campaign collaboration with the Russians,” Patrick Cotter, a former federal prosecutor who specialized in organized crime, told me in an email. “The question then is, what is the best way to make that case? For myself, I believe a RICO [Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act] indictment would be the appropriate vehicle to bring such a case: charge the campaign as the ‘racketeering enterprise’ and name Trump, Manafort and the rest of the gang as members of the enterprise … straight out of the mob prosecution playbook.”

Cotter, who is familiar with Mueller’s by-the-book style but has no direct knowledge of his internal plans, said Mueller is more likely to take the “safer route”—laying out all the facts that would support such a case in a report, “but not actually charging the legally plausible but politically nuclear formal criminal case.” Any RICO indictment against the campaign for a conspiracy with Russia “would be the new definition of bold and cutting edge.” The former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Cramer agreed that Mueller could bring a conspiracy case and name Manafort and others as unindicted co-conspirators—but if the evidence doesn’t rise to the level of proof beyond a reasonable doubt, it will likely just be outlined in the report. …

“Our standard is not whether there is proof beyond a reasonable doubt,” [Representative Adam Schiff, the Democratic chairman of the House Intelligence Committee] said, “but whether there is a risk to national security.”

DailyBeast, Anna Nemtsova: Trump’s Breitbart Biker Threat Came From the Putin Playbook—Then Tweet Deleted After Mosque Massacre http://bit.ly/2HGkz1M
// Trump told Breitbart there could be biker violence against leftists. Sounded even worse after New Zealand mosque massacre manifesto called him “a symbol of renewed white identity.”

NPR, Carrie Johnson: As End Nears To Mueller Era, D.C. Lawyers Fear Lasting Politicization Of Justice http://n.pr/2TJkFwn

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: No Collusion? Paul Manafort’s Partner Is Still Helping Mueller http://nym.ag/2Y1z5XH

Politico: Trump says ‘there should be no Mueller report’ http://politi.co/2UFRNCq

CNN, Marshall Cohen and Kevin Collier: Unsealed documents shed new light on efforts to verify Trump-Russia dossier http://cnn.it/2TLDWNH

TheHill: Deripaska sues Trump admin over Russia sanctions http://bit.ly/2HtP3oP

Reuters: Mueller, in U.S. court filing, says multiple probes continue http://reut.rs/2JfNlsw

USAToday, David Jackson: As Russia report nears, Donald Trump taunts Robert Mueller http://bit.ly/2HogRum

BBC: Russia-Trump troll suspect defends internet job http://bbc.in/2JpAioq Sergei Polozov is among 13 Russians named in the Mueller indictment, which alleges a systematic Russian state effort to influence US voters.

DailyBeast: Mueller Asks for 60-Day Delay on Filing Rick Gates Report http://bit.ly/2XX5gYB

⭕ 14 Mar 2019

WaPo, Robert Kagan: The strongmen strike back http://wapo.st/2TIwJPa
// Authoritarianism has reemerged as the greatest threat to the liberal democratic world — a profound ideological, as well as strategic, challenge. And we have no idea how to confront it.

WaPo, Philip Bump: What the Strzok-Page ‘insurance policy’ text was actually about http://wapo.st/2Hr3LfX

WaPo: FBI’s Peter Strzok told Congress election tampering was a ‘far graver threat’ than Clinton email scandal, new transcript says http://wapo.st/2XYaJyd

WaPo: Documents shed light on Russian hacking of Democratic Party leaders http://wapo.st/2XRM7Hg

NYT: Tech Firm in Steele Dossier May Have Been Used by Russian Spies http://nyti.ms/2FftyFT

TIME, Molly Ball: Nancy Pelosi Doesn’t Want to Talk About Impeachment. The Democrats May Not Be Able to Resist It http://bit.ly/2TNYBQV
// March 25 issue

DetroitNews/AP: Ex-FBI Agent Peter Strzok: “There was no conspiracy” at the agency to prevent Trump from becoming president http://bit.ly/2FbZQ4m

WaPo: U.S. military to test missiles banned under faltering nuclear pact with Russia http://wapo.st/2CjhS2O

USAToday: Senate blocks resolution calling for public release of Robert Mueller’s report after House voted 420-0 http://bit.ly/2u8IX4v Sen Lindsey Graham (R-SC) insisted on including an amendment to also appoint a new special counsel to investigate the investigation

✅ PolitiFact: The Pants on Fire claim that two courts backed Trump’s claim of no collusion with Russia http://bit.ly/2F6MaXn 🔥👖🔥

Reuters: Top Mueller prosecutor to leave Russia probe: reports http://reut.rs/2OcbwY1 Andrew Weissmann

TheIndependent [UK]: Mueller investigation: US House passes resolution calling for Trump-Russia report to be made public http://ind.pn/2W021O6 Vote: For 420, Against 0, “Present” 4
// Vote seen as critical demand from Democrat-controlled House to review full report

🔊 TheIntercept, Mehdi Hasan: Interview with Erik Prince: Perjury, and the Secret Trump Tower Meeting – The Intercept [ transcript, audio ] http://bit.ly/2O4tJGN from Deconstructed podcast

Vox, Andrew Prokop: The past 24 hours in Trump investigation news, explained http://bit.ly/2HDStEm
// Mueller tea leaves, new Cohen drama, new Manafort charges, and more.

CNN, Stephen Collinson: Explosive revelations in Russia saga add up to a bad day for Trump http://cnn.it/2UCc2AP

⭕ 13 Mar 2019

WaPo: In newly released transcript, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page fires back on charges that anti-Trump bias affected Trump and Clinton probes http://wapo.st/2F2tIit

WashingtonMonthly, Martin Longman: A Lot of #TrumpRussia News All At Once http://bit.ly/2JbQlGy

AP, Vladimir Isachenkov: Russia mocks US collusion probe ahead of Mueller’s report http://bit.ly/2CjAGii

Vox, Aaron Rupar: Manafort’s lawyer lied that a judge found no collusion. Protesters shouted him down. http://bit.ly/2O4zrZ0
// “Liar! That’s not what she said!”

Politico: Schiff says impeachment still possible even if Russia probe clears Trump http://politi.co/2u6sCgt

CNN, Stephen Collinson: Manafort sentencing highlights Russia probe looming over Trump http://cnn.it/2J95xUR

Reuters: Not so fast: Mueller still investigating pivotal Russia probe issues http://reut.rs/2TBB3zF

DailyBeast: Kenneth McCallion: Trump Knew Just What He Was Getting With Manafort: A Crook http://bit.ly/2UzSVrb
// Judge Ellis credited Manafort with an “otherwise blameless life.” That couldn’t be more wrong.

DailyBeast, Julia Arciga and Adam Rawnsley: Judge Amy Berman Jackson Gives ‘Sorry’ Manafort Tongue-Lashing but Not Maximum Sentence http://bit.ly/2TDhjf4
// The sentences in his two cases now add up to 7.5 years in prison.

DailyBeast, Asawin Suebsaeng: Giuliani Ally Bob Costello: We Weren’t Dangling a Pardon to Michael Cohen. We Were Referencing Garth Brooks Lyrics. http://bit.ly/2T0jLac
// Things keep getting weirder.

WaPo: Manafort indicted in New York state, charges that fall outside Trump’s pardon power http://wapo.st/2HhSPS2

WaPo: Whitaker ‘did not deny’ talking to Trump about Cohen, top Democrat says http://wapo.st/2XWO4lS Judiciary Chair Rep Jerrold Nadler

NYT: Prosecutors Seek Records on Cohen’s ‘Back Channel’ With Giuliani http://nyti.ms/2T7aJIo “Some very positive comments about you from the White House. Rudy noted how that followed my chat with him last night.”

NYT: Paul Manafort’s Prison Sentence Is Nearly Doubled to 7½ Years http://nyti.ms/2UBMSCa

🐣 RT @ NormOrnstein It is really time for bar associations to step up and sanction appropriately this kind of conduct
⋙ 🐣 RT @walterdellinger It is shocking to hear Manafort’s attorney announce, “Two courts have ruled that there is no evidence of collusion…” That is just false. Judge Jackson expressly said that was not before the court. What is happening to our country?

🐣 RT @brianklaas Trump’s entourage:
Campaign chair: felon
Deputy campaign chair: felon
Personal lawyer: felon
Foreign policy adviser: felon
National security adviser: felon
Longtime confidante: awaiting trial
🐣 RT @jimsciutto Breaking: Paul Manafort sentenced to an additional 43 months in prison, on top of the 47-month sentence he received last week. He will serve a total of 7.5 years.

🐣 RT @AriMelber BREAKING: Paul Manafort just indicted on new state charges in NY – these are crimes that CANNOT be pardoned by Pres. Trump

TheAtlantic, David Graham: The Two Audiences for Paul Manafort’s Sentencing http://bit.ly/2VYxdx1
// His lawyers seemed to be appealing as much to Donald Trump as they were to Judge Amy Berman Jackson—but she seemed to have a message for the president, too.

🐣 RT @mateagold “Court is one of those places where facts still matter,” Jackson said, adding at another point: “If the people don’t have the facts, democracy can’t work.”
⋙ WaPo, Aaron Blake: Paul Manafort’s judge strongly rebukes Manafort’s — and Trump’s — ‘no collusion’ refrain http://wapo.st/2J8rByV
⋙ 🐣 Maybe, but 10 steps outside the court, they still don’t

⭕ 12 Mar 2019

Salon, Lucian Truscott IV: Russian spies were all over the 2016 race. They were working for one candidate: Donald Trump http://bit.ly/2u6tD8h
// Vladimir Putin had spies on the ground and online, he got them in early and he used them often all for one purpose

WaPo, Aaron Blake: Paul Manafort’s judge strongly rebukes Manafort’s — and Trump’s — ‘no collusion’ refrain http://wapo.st/2TQu8Sg

💽 MSNBC, 11thHour: Amb. Burns: Trump’s kindness towards Putin seen as weakness by Russians http://on.msnbc.com/2JchGbs
// As a former U.S Ambassador to Russia, William Burns witnessed first-hand the personality and working style of Russian President Vladimir Putin. From his standpoint, President Trump’s tendency to placate Putin is perceived as weakness to the Russian leader, not strength. Amb. Burns, the author of a new book, talks with Brian Williams about this new era of diplomacy.

Politico, Max Bermann and Ned Price: Why Trump Should Release the Full Mueller Report http://politi.co/2HvjJ8a
// If the president truly has nothing to hide, he should push for complete transparency—and demand it now.

CNN, Jeremy Herb: Lisa Page explains why she and Strzok talked ‘insurance policy’ about Trump http://cnn.it/2XXHCea

When former FBI lawyer Lisa Page and former FBI agent Peter Strzok discussed a so-called “insurance policy” involving then-candidate Donald Trump and the Russia investigation in 2016, they were discussing how quickly to proceed with the probe, Page told lawmakers last year.

Page told House lawmakers in a closed-door interview that the text message about an “insurance policy” if Trump won the 2016 election — which Republicans have cited to point to the anti-Trump bias the investigators exhibited — was a reference to the fact that the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation into whether members of Trump’s team were colluding with Russia would take on a greater significance if he was in the White House.

“If he is not elected, then, to the extent that the Russians were colluding with members of his team, we’re still going to investigate that even without him being President, because any time the Russians do anything with a US person, we care, and it’s very serious to us,” Page said.

“But if he becomes President, that totally changes the game because now he is the President of the United States,” she continued. “He’s going to immediately start receiving classified briefings. He’s going to be exposed to the most sensitive secrets imaginable. And if there is somebody on his team who wittingly or unwittingly is working with the Russians, that is super serious.”

Page was speaking to the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees as part of last year’s Republican-led investigation into the FBI and Justice Department’s handling of the investigations into Hillary Clinton and Trump and Russia.

The transcript of Page’s two-part interview in July 2018 was released publicly Tuesday by the top Republican on the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. Doug Collins of Georgia. Last week he released Justice Department official Bruce Ohr’s interview transcript, and has said he plans to continue to release more of the panel’s interviews conducted last year.

The Nation, Aaron Maté: A Skeptic’s Guide to the Russiagate Fixation http://bit.ly/2F2mZ82
// Robert Mueller has yet to allege collusion, and Democrats who accuse Trump of being a Kremlin conspirator are silent when his policies escalate tensions with Russia.

NPR, Tim Mak: Adam Schiff: Evidence Available Already Shows That Trump Should Be Indicted http://n.pr/2VTJq6a

Newsweek: Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club Hosted a Russian Wanted for Tax Fraud at a Party Last Year http://bit.ly/2CeYfcg

NYT: Mueller Report Has Washington Spinning (and It’s Not Even Filed) http://nyti.ms/2F0R5J1

Reuters, Richard Cowan: Ticking clock may save Trump from impeachment in Congress http://reut.rs/2HqiB5P

USNews, Paul Shinkman: Trump Proposes Cutting Key Fund to Deter Russian Aggression http://bit.ly/2HAzYB5
// The European Deterrence Initiative, started in the aftermath of Russia’s intervention in Ukraine, would be slashed 10 percent, according to the Pentagon’s budget proposal.

DailyBeast, Elizabeth Drew: Nancy Pelosi’s Impeachment Blunder: It’s Not About Bipartisanship http://bit.ly/2HqTEqG
// The Speaker is correct—impeachment has to be bipartisan. But the lesson of 1974 is that building bipartisan support takes time.

DailyBeast, Nelson W. Cunningham: Mueller May Drop Second Report That Can’t Be Buried http://bit.ly/2O3x49a
// The special counsel isn’t only looking for crimes: He continues the counterintelligence investigation that started with suspicious Trump-Russia contacts in 2016.

USAToday, Bart Jansen: What happens after Robert Mueller delivers his report? Congress braces for legal and political battles. http://bit.ly/2EUgy6X

🐣 They impeached Clinton for lying about a blow job, for Pete’s sake! If THIS GUY gets a pass, what’s the message? ➔ Only Democrats can be impeached going forward. Ignoring Trump’s blatant “high crimes and misdemeanors” is ignoring the Constitutional mandate to prevent tyranny.

⭕ 11 Mar 2019

🐣 RT @JamieJBartlett I’m completely obsessed by click farms – where thousands of machines are lined up to generate fake engagement.
💽 https://twitter.com/JamieJBartlett/status/1105151495773847552/photo/1

🐣 RT @MalcolmNance It’s quite possible @SpeakerPelosi is okay 12D Chess but if we tell Trump we won’t play the card AT ALL unless it’s fully bipartisan then he has won a resounding victory. The Constitution did not say criminals get a pass because elections. It’s a trial. Convince the jury!

Wonkette: Trump Inauguration: When The Money Keeps Rolling In, You Don’t Ask HOW http://bit.ly/2F5RlaZ

WashingtonMonthly, Nancy LeTourneau: On the Trump-Russia Conspiracy, Follow the Laundered Money http://bit.ly/2Hz8PhV

Reuters, Will Dunham: Mueller navigates dangerous currents in probing Trump-Russia nexus http://reut.rs/2EXrAsj
// nice bio of Mueller

🐣 RT @mkraju House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff tells me he agrees with Pelosi on impeachment: “If the evidence isn’t sufficient to win bipartisan support for this, putting the country through a failed impeachment isn’t a good idea.”

NYT: New York Attorney General Opens Investigation of Trump Projects http://nyti.ms/2J6sOqs

The New York attorney general’s office late on Monday issued subpoenas to Deutsche Bank and Investors Bank for records relating to the financing of four major Trump Organization projects and a failed effort to buy the Buffalo Bills of the National Football League in 2014, according to a person briefed on the subpoenas.

The inquiry opens a new front in the scrutiny of Deutsche Bank, one of the few lenders willing to do business with Donald J. Trump in recent years. The bank is already the subject of two congressional investigations and was examined last year by New York banking regulators, who took no action.

The new inquiry, by the office of the attorney general, Letitia James, was prompted by the congressional testimony last month of Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer and fixer, the person briefed on the subpoenas said. Mr. Cohen testified under oath that Mr. Trump had inflated his assets in financial statements, and Mr. Cohen provided copies of statements he said had been submitted to Deutsche Bank.

The inquiry by Ms. James’s office is a civil investigation, not a criminal one, although its focus and scope were unclear. The attorney general has broad authority under state law to investigate fraud and can fine — or in extreme cases, go to court to try to dissolve — a business that is found to have engaged in repeated illegality.

Reuters: Mueller probe already financed through September: officials http://reut.rs/2EZ1Agi

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and the team he assembled to investigate U.S. President Donald Trump and his associates have been funded through the end of September 2019, three U.S. officials said on Monday, an indication that the probe has funding to keep it going for months if need be.

WaPo Mag: Nancy Pelosi on Impeaching Trump: ‘He’s Just Not Worth It’ http://wapo.st/2u5hsII
// In a wide-ranging interview, the country’s most powerful Democrat says Trump is unfit to be president — “ethically,” “intellectually” and “curiosity-wise” — but impeachment would be too divisive.

⭕ 10 Mar 2019

DailyBeast, Erin Ryan: The Exclusive Guide to Spinning Trump’s Bullsh*t http://bit.ly/2Uwd80R
// It’s not so hard to turn the president’s moral and political failings into actual virtues. Here’s how.

DailyBeast, Erin Banco and Asawin Suebsaeng: Trump Pushes Team to Stick Up for ‘Brave’ Paul Manafort http://bit.ly/2VXXvjj
// Manafort is facing a tough judge, and a possible 10-year sentence. But his perils have produced one potential advantage: the increasing sympathies of the man who could pardon him.

Newsweek: Jared Kushner Is ‘Beating Heart’ of ‘Corrupt and Deeply Evil’ Trump Administration, Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe Says http://bit.ly/2TElfLO

MSNBC, AMJoy: House Intel Committee focusing on Trump Tower Moscow deal http://on.msnbc.com/2TpCqBg
// Donald Trump was named by Rep. Adam Schiff on Sunday as a key figure who should testify before a grand jury as part of the Russia investigations. Joy Reid and her panel discuss the next moves of the House Intel Committee.

NewYorker, Adam Gopnik: The Pros and Cons of Impeaching Trump http://bit.ly/2XT5P5k
// Real and reasonable arguments among congressional Democrats—and, indeed, among the public—range from the practical to the procedural.

NBCNews: Ex-FBI official McCabe says he was ‘shocked’ by Manafort’s sentence http://nbcnews.to/2J3l6NO
// “I think it was an incredibly lenient sentence,” the former acting FBI director told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

⭕ 9 Mar 2019

DailyBeast, Lloyd Green: Democrats Already Know The Right Way to Impeach a President http://bit.ly/2NY2qxS
// Last time around, the committee “stuck to matters that Americans would regard as impeachable offenses, not purely personal issues or disagreements about policy.”

Politico, Jack Shafer: Week 94: Trump Treats Manafort’s Light Sentence Like an Acquittal. For Himself. http://politi.co/2IZklVU
// The president ignores the inconvenient evidence Mueller has already presented of collusion.

NYT, Quinta Jurecic: Will There Be Smoking Guns in the Mueller Report? http://nyti.ms/2SUXfiT
// I’ve followed the investigation closely. Here’s what I’ll be looking for

⭕ 8 Mar 2019

WaPo, Carole Applebaum: The more we learn about Brexit, the more crooked it looks http://wapo.st/2TECe0i
// Russia meddling in Brexit; Arron Banks

… now, with only a few days left until Britain is due to face the consequences of that vote, the Brexit story suddenly looks even more familiar: One of its protagonists turns out to have much deeper Russian business connections than previously suspected. He also tried to conceal them.

The protagonist in question is Arron Banks, the most important funder of both the pro-Brexit UK Independence Party (UKIP) and Leave.EU, one of several organizations that campaigned to get Britain out of the European Union …

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Cohen said the last time he spoke to Trump was “within 2 months” of the April FBI raid—and that the conversation is “actually something that’s being investigated right now by the Southern District of New York.” Meanwhile, Trump just admitted to speaking to Cohen about pardons.
⋙ UROCKlive1 Good thing none of these guys are smart criminals.

MotherJones, David Corn and Dan Friedman: Robert Mueller Has Raised Big Trump-Russia Questions. Will His Report Answer Them? http://bit.ly/2UtjspM
// Here are some of the key mysteries the special counsel has surfaced.

NYT: Trump Falsely Claims That Manafort Judge Declared There Was ‘No Collusion’ With Russia http://nyti.ms/2H8sW6W

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Here’s the Democratic answer to Trump’s corruption and plutocracy http://wapo.st/2H84nXM

WaPo: Manafort’s ‘mind-boggling’ 47-month sentence prompts debate over judicial system’s ‘blatant inequities’ http://wapo.st/2TBIB4t

DailyBeast, Barbara McQuade: Manafort Got Off Easy for Now but Mueller’s Not Done Yet http://bit.ly/2IYEFa8

💙💙 TheAtlantic, Franklin Foer: Russian-Style Kleptocracy Is Infiltrating America http://bit.ly/2STz9oK
// March 2019 issue; When the U.S.S.R. collapsed, Washington bet on the global spread of democratic capitalist values—and lost.

⭕ 7 Mar 2019

MSNBC, 11thHour: Ken Dilanian: Some intel experts think Manafort was essentially a Russian asset http://on.msnbc.com/2TDAMvn
// NBC News National Security Reporter Ken Dilanian details how Paul Manafort’s legal troubles began with his past work before joining the Trump campaign.

💙⏳ Axios: Timeline: Every big move in the Mueller investigation http://bit.ly/2Euh3H9

DailyBeast, Michael Tomasky: GOP Panics as Trump Sh*t Gets Serious http://bit.ly/2XLJXsL
// Republicans know where this is going. That’s why they’ll say anything to delay or deny the coming moment of truth.

Newsweek: Russia Responds to Mueller’s Trump Investigation Latest News: ‘What Does This Have to Do With’ Us? http://bit.ly/2VGgiza

 FiveThirtyEight: Is The Russia Investigation Really Another Watergate? http://53eig.ht/2UqISof … work in progress …
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1104034818864676864/photo/1
// By Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux and Julia Wolfe

Nearly two years after special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate possible Russian interference in the 2016 election, he appears to be nearing the end of his work. We don’t know what new information we’ll gain from Mueller’s report, but here’s how his investigation currently stacks up to other special counsel investigations.

NPR, David Welna: A Dark View Of Russia From U.S. NATO Commander http://n.pr/2UmR0pO “there’s no place today on the NATO-Russia border where Russia does not have military superiority”
// quote from former NATO nuclear policy chairman and George W. Bush administration special adviser Franklin Miller told the House Armed Services Committee; article focus on appearance this week before the Senate Armed Services Committee, NATO Supreme Allied Commander Europe Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti sounded an alarm about Russia’s aims in the lands west of its border with Europe.

VanityFair, Tina Nguyen: Who’s Afraid of Ivanka Trump? http://bit.ly/2XM6Mwz
// While House Democrats ready an all-out investigatory assault on Donald Trump, some are having second thoughts about targeting his kids—particularly his golden child, Ivanka Trump.

YahooFinance, Rick Newman: ‘Country bumpkins’: 5 business problems with Trump’s Russia project http://yhoo.it/2VJKidB

🐣 RT @craigunger Yes. And, when I say the context is even more damning, I mean that McCarthy & Paul Ryan “had just come from meeting Ukrainian prime minister, Volodymyr Groysman, who had come into power saying he was committed to stamping out corruption and strengthening ties to the EU.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Delavegalaw Why has no reporter directly asked Kevin McCarthy, on air, about his June 2016 statement: “[T]here’s two people, I think Putin pays– Rohrabacher and Trump…[laughter] …swear to God.” And why not ask everyone in that conversation, including Paul Ryan, what they found so funny?

DailyBeast, Erin Banco: Cohen: Trump Organization Stiffed Me $1.9 Million After I Flipped for Feds http://bit.ly/2TmqeRK
// President’s ex-lawyer claims his old employer broke an agreement to protect him after he made moves to plead guilty.

DailyBeast, Sam Stein: Eric Holder Says Next Democratic President Should Consider Court Packing http://bit.ly/2NOCl49
// The former attorney general made the comments Thursday during a chat with the Yale Law National Security Group.

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: Paul Manafort Gets a 47-Month Taste of What’s Coming for Trump’s Tools http://bit.ly/2Tulqt5
// Trump will always lie. He will always throw you under the bus. He will always shift the blame. He will always promise you everything and leave you hanging.

DailyBeast, Will Sommer: Conspiracists Clash as Jerome Corsi Sues InfoWars’ Alex Jones http://bit.ly/2HkE4wU
// Corsi used to work for Infowars. Now he’s warring with it.

DailyBeast, Julia Arciga: Manafort Sentence Irks Lawyers of Petty Criminals Serving Harsher Prison Terms http://bit.ly/2H5rDph
// “Saw a kid get 15 years today for stealing lawnmowers,” one lawyer wrote.

TheHill: Mueller team warns Russia may try to use ‘sensitive’ documents in troll farm case against US http://bit.ly/2NLG6Hq

Alternet/Salon, Lucian Truscott IV: Putin’s long con: Follow Trump’s Russia scandal back to a beauty pageant and it starts to make real sense http://bit.ly/2H7lhWE

WaPo, Paul Waldman: Many people involved in the Russia scandal thought Trump might pardon them. Why? http://wapo.st/2Uy9u6w

💙💙 NYT: House Democrats Are Flooding Trump World With Demands. Here’s a Guide to the Investigations. http://nyti.ms/2u4jNE9
// A handful of key House committees will lead the scrutiny of the president, his businesses, campaign and administration.

💙 Axios, Jim VandeHei and Mike Allen: The biggest political scandal in American history http://bit.ly/2IZJ10J

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: Mueller’s Case for Collusion: A Preview http://nym.ag/2C8oXTM

🐣 RT @RepSpeier Manafort’s sentencing is a gross injustice. Ignoring sentencing parameters and claiming Manafort “led a life otherwise blameless” suggests Judge Ellis is patently ignorant of the basic facts of the case. And angling for a presidential judicial appointment.
⋙ NYT: Paul Manafort Is Sentenced to Less Than 4 Years in 1 of 2 Cases Against Him http://nyti.ms/2XGsulD

🐣 RT @AOC Paul Manafort getting such little jail time for such serious crimes lays out for the world how it’s almost impossible for rich people to go to jail for the same amount of time as someone who is lower income. ¤ In our current broken system, “justice” isn’t blind. It’s bought.

🐣 I just hope the Manafort sentence isn’t a foreboding of injustices to come.

💽 MSNBC, Hardball: Ari on Manafort sentencing: Justice system ‘doesn’t operate with equal force for everyone’ http://on.msnbc.com/
// On Paul Manafort’s 47 month sentence, Ari Melber says that “”We all remember what we learn about our legal system in America. It does not operate with equal force for everyone. And Paul Manafort got the special, clubby, Washington, elite, friendly treatment for an individual with stacks and stacks of crimes.”

💙💙🐣 RT @ActiveMeasuresDoc Judge Ellis thinks representing authoritarian dictators, torturers, coups, mobsters, hatching a plot to attack US Marines overseas, back-channeling about a US election with Russian intelligence, laundering money, committing bank fraud, ripping off HUD makes you blameless. #NYAG

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff The statement by Paul Manafort’s lawyer after an already lenient sentence — repeating the President’s mantra of no collusion — was no accident. It was a deliberate appeal for a pardon. ¤ One injustice must not follow another.

🐣 RT @AriMelber Paul Manafort’s lenient 4-year sentence — far below the recommended 20 years despite extensive felonies and post-conviction obstruction — is a reminder of the blatant inequities in our justice system that we all know about, because they reoccur every week in courts across America

🐣 RT @FranklinFoer This is outrageous. Manafort spent a career lobbying for arms for clients who burned children alive; he represented gangsters who broke democracies and whose thievery destroyed health systems. He literally created corruption as we know it in Washington.

⋙ Manafort gets only 47 months.

⭕ 6 Mar 2019

🐣 RT @costareports Just spoke with Lanny Davis, who says the @rebeccaballhaus story has it right. In his words to Post tonight: “During the period of the joint defense agreement, Michael was certainly open to the possibility of a pardon and it was dangled” by Trump legal team.

WaPo: Michael Cohen told a representative to ask Trump’s team about pardon, lawyer Lanny Davis says https://tinyurl.com/y3xls7mw after Trump’s representatives “dangled” the possibility of pardons “in their public statements”; they reached out to Giuliani

Wonkette, Evan Hurst: Meet Daniel Goldman, The Dashing Young Buck Adam Schiff Just Hired To Kick Trump’s Ass https://tinyurl.com/yx8gxerg

NBCSanDiego: Source: Leaked Documents Show the U.S. Government Tracking Journalists and Immigration Advocates Through a Secret Database http://bit.ly/2XIAmCU

RawStory, Bob Brigham: ‘Donald Trump is not above starting a civil war’: Donny Deutsch predicts there won’t be a peaceful transition of power http://bit.ly/2NL9WMb

🐣 RT @tribelaw Nothing could be more dangerous to democracy than a demagogue who claims there’s no way he can be legitimately voted out of office — that any defeat would be fraudulent. That’s where Trump seems to be heading, partly to fend off indictment.
⋙ CNN, Chris Cillizza: Donald Trump is laying the groundwork to de-legitimize the 2020 election http://cnn.it/2To0kNs good lord

Even as the 2020 race begins in earnest, President Donald Trump is already suggesting that Democrats cannot beat him fairly — raising the specter that if he loses next November, he will suggest that the election was not legitimate.

“The Democrats in Congress yesterday were vicious and totally showed their cards for everyone to see,” Trump tweeted Tuesday, referring to House Democrats’ launching of a broad-scale investigation into him. “When the Republicans had the Majority they never acted with such hatred and scorn! The Dems are trying to win an election in 2020 that they know they cannot legitimately win!”

Politico: The Mueller report no one’s talking about http://politi.co/2TwokgR
// Justice Department rules require an accounting of any time supervisors told the special counsel “no” during his work.

WaPo: Michael Cohen gives Congress new documents during testimony http://wapo.st/2XAsIdM “According to people familiar … , the changes were plentiful. But one … said the changes were not substantive and that there had been no direct changes made to Cohen’s original claims”

USAToday, Elizabeth Holtzman: Don’t cover up Mueller’s Trump-Russia investigation. We need to know everything he finds. http://bit.ly/2Ca57HK
// Presidents have no right to control investigations or commit crimes. Americans must see Mueller’s report to judge his conclusions and Trump’s deeds.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Michael Cohen has reportedly provided the House Intelligence Committee with new documents showing edits to the false written statement he delivered to Congress in 2017 about the Trump Organization’s pursuit of the Trump Tower Moscow project.
⋙ CNN: Cohen gives documents to House panel on Trump attorney alleged changes to 2017 testimony http://cnn.it/2ITHBVn

⭕ 5 Mar 2019

ProPublica, Eric Umansky: Six Tips for Preparing for the Mueller Report, Which May or May Not Be Coming http://bit.ly/2uhXR8g
// Here’s what to keep in mind while waiting for special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

WaPo, David Ignatius: The completion of the Mueller report almost guarantees division http://wapo.st/2Tiw2ff

Law&Crime: What to Expect from House Dems’ New Lawyer Hire in ‘Aggressive’ Trump Campaign Probe http://bit.ly/2tQSMDJ Daniel S Goldman, Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York (SDNY) from 2007 to 2017

🐣 RT @Mimirocah1 I see lots of talk about SDNY indicting Trump Org as a Racketeering Enterprise. FYI to charge a RICO, SDNY would need approval from the Organized Crime & Gang Section at Main Justice which reports up. Not all charges they could bring would need approval, but RICO would.

🐣 RT @NormOrnstein From all the NY state investigations, the SDNY probes and Mueller, it is becoming clear that the Trump Organization and its affiliates have operated as a criminal enterprise for decades. Most disturbing is that they got away with it for decades. How many other businesses have?

Bloomberg, Mark Gongloff: Don’t Hide the Mueller Report http://bloom.bg/2Uhu7E2
// Don’t set a bad, partisan precedent. The public has a right to know.

Politico: House Intel hires former Russian mob prosecutor to lead Trump probes http://politi.co/2IW9CLS

Reuters: Beyond the report: Mueller’s Russia probe designed to live on http://reut.rs/2ENtZaf

TIME, Abigail Abrams: You Have Questions About Robert Mueller’s Investigation. Here Are the Answers http://bit.ly/2TkO94e

CNN, Marshall Cohen: Trump says he joked about wanting Russian help in 2016. The facts tell a different story. http://cnn.it/2tSGwms

NewYorker, Adam Entous (6/182018): Donald Trump’s New World Order http://bit.ly/2IPMp8R unholy alliances
// 6/18/2018 issue; How the President, Israel, and the Gulf states plan to fight Iran—and leave the Palestinians and the Obama years behind.

📊 WaPo: Quinnipiac Poll: Most Americans think Trump committed crimes, believe him less than admitted liar Michael Cohen http://wapo.st/2NN3IvC brutal

🐣 RT @selectedwisdom I heard the Kenyan birth certificate is on a Swift Boat loaded down with printouts of Clinton emails driven by JFK’s assassin, UFO’s provide air cover “Jerome Corsi Backtracks on Seth Rich, Doubles Down on Birtherism”
⋙ DailyBeast: Jerome Corsi Backtracks on Seth Rich, Doubles Down on Birtherism http://bit.ly/2HlC1J7
// The conspiracy theorist says he hasn’t backed down completely about the slain DNC staffer. Meanwhile, he now also wants to see “official 1961 birth records from Kenya.”

🐣 RT @eliehonig Judge Jackson to Roger Stone, summarized: “Now you’ve ticked me off one too many times. I’m going to revoke your bail and send you to jail. But I also won’t let you go down as some bogus First Amendment martyr.”
⋙ WaPo: Judge orders Roger Stone to explain imminent release of book that may violate gag order http://wapo.st/2SL7A0X

OversightComm: Chairman Cummings Issues Statement on White House Refusal to Produce Documents and Witnesses on Security Clearance Abuses http://bit.ly/2TfEZpz
● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1103021673425575937/photo/1

“The White House appears to be arguing that Congress has no authority to examine decisions by the Executive Branch that impact our national security—even when the President’s former National Security Advisor has pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with foreign government officials. There is a key difference between a president who exercises his authority under the Constitution and a president who overrules career experts and his top advisors to benefit his family members and then conceals his actions from the American people. The White House’s argument defies the Constitutional separation of powers, decades of precedent before this Committee, and just plain common-sense. The White House security clearance system is broken, and it needs both congressional oversight and legislative reform. I will be consulting with Members of the Committee to determine our next steps.”

CNBC: Trump and White House accuse House Judiciary panel of conducting an ‘abusive’ probe that distracts from agenda of ‘killing babies after they’re born’ http://cnb.cx/2UquDjm
// President Donald Trump tears into a sweeping new investigation launched by Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee.
● The president’s denunciation comes hours after the White House blasts the probe as “disgraceful and abusive” and accuses Democrats of trying to “distract from their radical agenda” of “killing babies after they’re born,” among other inaccurate claims.
● Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., says that the House committee has sent letters requesting documents to 81 people and entities related to the president.

Politico: White House tells Dems it won’t hand over Kushner security clearance docs http://politi.co/2HgIy7B

TheHill, Kris Kolesnik: Cummings shows how oversight should be done – and that’s bad news for Trump http://bit.ly/2SIP9tO

CNBC: Judge slams Roger Stone over book criticizing Robert Mueller, demands he comply with gag order http://cnb.cx/2SIOAAc developing …
● A federal judge on Tuesday blasted Roger Stone over his new book that criticizes special counsel Robert Mueller, and demanded Stone explain his efforts to comply with a gag order that bars him from bad-mouthing Mueller.
● Judge Amy Berman Jackson, in a court filing, said, there “s no question that the order prohibited and continues to prohibit the defendant from making any public statements, using any medium, concerning the investigation.”

🐣 RT @gtconway3d • 33% of Republicans think Trump committed crimes before taking office;
• Voters think Trump is dishonest by a margin of over 2 to 1 (65%-30%), including 26% of Republicans;
• 22% think he is a good role model for children; 71% do not, including 37% of Republicans …
🐣 RT @ThePlumLineGS New Quinnipiac poll:
Trump approval: 38-55
Committed crimes before becoming president: 64-24
Committed crimes while president: 45-43
Believe Cohen over Trump: 50-35
Congress should investigate Cohen claims: 58-35
This is so RISKY!!!
⋙ 📊 Quinnipac Poll: 64 Percent Of U.S. Voters Say Trump Committed A Crime; President Gets Mixed Grades For North Korea http://bit.ly/2EOg17U Approval 38%, Disapproval 55% //➔ So, 9% don’t care if he committed a crime?

🐣 RT @tribelaw .@JRubinBlogger is right: “Political watchers might think we ‘know’ what Trump has done, but a news report . . . is not the same as laying out all the available evidence in front of the American people through sworn testimony and documentary evidence.”
🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Under Rs, House chairmen repeated that there is no evidence of wrongdoing — and then refused to look. They saw their obligation was to protect Trump, and did it rather well. Now Congress will look at the facts, and let the chips fall where they may.
⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Congress is obligated to follow the facts http://wapo.st/2TtzK4Z

NYT’s Peter Baker: “Trump says it’s a fishing expedition. One reason it’s a fishing expedition is there are a lot of fish in the pond.” on @msnbc

🐣 RT @tedlieu .@RepDonBeyer & I have made a criminal referral of Jared Kushner to @TheJusticeDept. ¤ Making false statements or omitting material info on SF-86 security form is punishable by up to 5 years in prison. More info at @politico huddle. Here’s the letter: https://politi.co/2C7nzAM .

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand House Intel has also hired Diana Pilipenko–a Russian& Ukrainian speaker w/ expertise in anti-corruption, anti-money laundering, and sanctions–to help investigate Trump’s finances. She was previously at Center for American Progress and Deloitte managing corporate investigations.

WaPo: House intelligence panel hires former racketeering and organized crime prosecutor to run Trump probe http://wapo.st/2C6w2V7

🐣 RT @matthewamiller So smart. Not just because Dan knows investigations, but because he knows how DOJ works. One reason Senate Judiciary’s investigation into the Bush US attorney firings was the most successful oversight probe in recent memory is SDNY alum @PreetBharara was counsel.
⋙ NewYorker, Jeffrey Toobin: Adam Schiff Hires a Former Prosecutor to Lead the Trump Investigation http://bit.ly/2ENBwWw Daniel Goldman is a former Asst US Atty for SDNY is “a veteran prosecutor with experience fighting Russian organized crime”

Representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, has hired a veteran prosecutor with experience fighting Russian organized crime to lead his investigation of the Trump Administration. Last month, according to a committee source, Daniel Goldman, who served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 2007 to 2017, joined the committee’s staff as a senior adviser and the director of investigations.

The hiring of Goldman, who will be joined by three other former federal prosecutors on Schiff’s staff, underlines Schiff’s decision to conduct an aggressive investigation of the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia during the 2016 Presidential campaign. In the rough division of labor among the various committees in the House of Representatives, Schiff’s panel is tackling the most provocative and, so far, most elusive subject related to the President: whether so-called collusion occurred between the Trump campaign and Moscow. In public comments, Schiff has suggested that Trump’s interest as a private citizen in building a tower in Moscow led him to curry favor with Vladimir Putin, the Russian President. American intelligence agencies long ago concluded that the Russian government made significant efforts, through the hacking of e-mails and use of social media, to help elect Trump over Hillary Clinton. The question of whether the Trump campaign facilitated, assisted, or knew about these efforts has been at the heart of the investigation by the special counsel, Robert Mueller—and will also be central to Schiff’s inquiry.

🔊 NPR, Tim Mak: Elderly Trump Critics Await Mueller’s Report — Sometimes Until Their Last Breath http://n.pr/2IScvxp

💽 ABCNews: Former Trump White House lawyer calls Mueller ‘American hero,’ says probe is no witch hunt http://abcn.ws/2EO8fLa
// On Congressional investigations into the White House: “It’s never gonna be over”

⭕ 4 Mar 2019

MSNBC, MTPDaily: Full McFaul: Russia believed ‘their work was helping Trump to win’ http://on.msnbc.com/2TjDAOD
// Former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul joins MTP Daily to discuss Trump saying that his 2016 call for Russia to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails was “a joke” and what Russians were really up to in that summer of 2016.

TheAtlantic, Graeme Wood: Will John Bolton Bring on Armageddon—Or Stave It Off? http://bit.ly/2IUzFD8
// The national security adviser could be our best hope for protecting the world from Donald Trump’s impulses.
// April 2019 issue

💽 MSNBC, Rachel Maddow Show: Nadler: ‘Our job is to protect the rule of law in this country’ http://on.msnbc.com/2UlibRH full interview w Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee
// Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, talks with Rachel Maddow about the stack of document requests sent out today as a first installment in a wide range of investigations into the Donald Trump administration.

💙🐣 RT @SethAbramson (THREAD) This thread is a guided tour of the 81 PERSONS from whom the House Judiciary Committee is now seeking documents in contemplation of possible impeachment proceedings down the line. These names tell us much about where Congress is headed. I hope you’ll read on and retweet.
📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1102619649802420225?s=20

NBC/Reuters: Another study finds no link between autism and measles, mumps and rubella vaccine http://nbcnews.to/2XCyKL6
// A large new study finds kids who got no childhood vaccines were more likely to be diagnosed with autism than kids who did get recommended vaccinations. http://nbcnews.to/

WSJ: Lawyer for Cohen Approached Trump Attorneys About Pardon http://on.wsj.com/2HfK4Hc “Mr. Trump has repeatedly declined to rule out pardoning his former aides being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller and New York federal prosecutors.”
// Possibility of presidential pardon was broached and dismissed after April FBI raid on Cohen’s premises

Politico: Christie: Trump family’s lack of honesty about security clearances is ‘not defensible’ http://politi.co/2HfJo4C

TheHill: #BREAKING: Trump attorney general won’t recuse himself from overseeing Mueller probe http://hill.cm/9N9LT3x 

🐣 RT @Hardball “We don’t want to just rely upon what Michael Cohen said … we need input from everyone who has information.” @RepTedDeutch on the House Judiciary Committee requesting documents. #Hardball https://twitter.com/hardball/status/1102721995257585664/photo/1
// list of 81 people who got letters

WaPo, James Comey: Republicans are wrong. Transparency is possible in the Mueller investigation. http://wapo.st/2INwYDo

💙💙 🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo, Philip Bump: The 81 people and organizations just looped into the Trump probe — and why they were included http://wapo.st/2SJrw41

🐣 RT @HouseIntel @HouseIntel, @HouseForeign and @OversightDems just requested documents and testimony from the White House and State Department related to communications between President Donald Trump and President Vladimir Putin. ¤ Read the full letters here: http://bit.ly/2SELVY8
https://twitter.com/HouseIntel/status/1102641695475359745/photo/1-2

According to media reports, President Trump, on multiple occasions, appears to have taken steps to conceal the details of his communications with President Putin from other administration officials, Congress, and the American people. …

These allegations, if true, raise profound national security, counterintelligence, and foreign policy concerns, especially in light of Russia’s ongoing active measures campaign to improperly influence American elections.  In addition, such allegations, if true, undermine the proper functioning of government, most notably the Department’s access to critical information germane to its diplomatic mission and its ability to develop and execute foreign policy that advances our national interests.  Finally, these allegations present serious concerns that materials pertaining to specific communications may have been manipulated or withheld from the official record in direct contravention of federal laws, which expressly require that Presidents and other administration officials preserve such materials.  

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand None of the witnesses contacted by House Judiciary today were hit with brand new document requests that haven’t been asked of them before, by either the special counsel, SDNY, or Congress. Mueller and SDNY were aware these requests were going out.
TheAtlantic, Natasha Bertrand: The House’s Latest Move Could Be a Big Threat to Trump’s Presidency http://bit.ly/2EMfWS2
// A sweeping new probe launched by the House Judiciary Committee could be the most revealing yet about the president’s alleged misconduct.

DailyBeast, Julia Arciga: Jerome Corsi, InfoWars Retract and Apologize for Spreading Seth Rich DNC Murder Conspiracy Theory http://bit.ly/2tODYFE

NBC: House Democrats prepare case to request Trump tax returns http://nbcnews.to/2ThFUWC
// Democrats are crafting a request to send to the IRS and say they will “take all necessary steps” to obtain the president’s returns.

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand 🚨OH boy. The government has notified Judge Amy Berman Jackson of Roger Stone’s Instagram story from yesterday, where he shared an image that claimed he was framed. https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1102689081585217542/photo/1

CNN, Stephen Collinson: Impending Mueller report may just be the beginning of Trump’s investigation woes http://cnn.it/2IQlChT

Newsweek: Donald Trump Knows Walls Are Closing In As Mueller Report Looms, Ex-Presidential Adviser David Gergen Says http://bit.ly/2XChOo4

JerusalemPost: Russia slams Trump’s ‘deal of the century http://bit.ly/2tLVkTQ “Lavrov, in an interview Sunday with the Kuwait News Agency, charged that unilateral US steps have had a ‘significant negative impact’ on the Mideast diplomatic process.”

Reuters: House panels seek details on Trump communications with Russia’s Putin http://reut.rs/2VCX51v they want to interview translators and other staff involved in their conversations

Politico: Trump-Russia dossier author Christopher Steele backs out of public appearance http://politi.co/2TfTYzR
// His planned remarks at an upcoming conference would have been his first in years.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: ‘Impeachable’ and ‘illegal’ aren’t interchangeable http://wapo.st/2ELOvYy

Politico: These are all the Trump associates targeted in House Judiciary’s wide-ranging probe http://politi.co/2NITkVt

🐣 RT @thedailybeast BREAKING: The House Judiciary Committee sent 80+ letters and document requests to nearly all of Trumpworld—including Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and the NRA
⋙ DailyBeast: Trump Sons, Bannon, Assange, McGahn on House Dems List http://bit.ly/2NHRSmj

WaPo, Greg Sargent: Democrats are set to take a big step toward impeaching Trump http://wapo.st/2NFgxIh

🐣 RT @RVAwonk Wow. Per @JaneMayerNYer, Roger Ailes tipped off Trump about debate questions ahead of the first GOP primary debate in 2015.
⋙ 🐣 Another thing Trump accused Hillary of. Donna Brazile told HRC one ? that she herself thought of, that’s all. Trump: #Imrubberyoureglue

TheAtlantic, Orly Lobel: Trump’s Extreme NDAs http://bit.ly/2TAlx6t
// His nondisclosure agreements are draconian.

DailyBeast, Erin Banco and Betsy Woodruff: Team Trump Keeps Pushing Deal to Send Nuclear Tech to Saudis http://bit.ly/2J0m0e6
// Congress raised ‘grave concerns’ about the Trump administration’s past attempts to send nuclear technology to the Saudis. But Team Trump isn’t done trying.

🐣 RT @matthewamiller Remember when the Obama WH briefly tried to treat Fox News like the arm of the GOP they are rather than a real journalistic outlet and mainstream journalists rallied to their defense? I hope people realize the cover they give Fox when they pretend journalism is practiced there.
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ So far, Trump got help winning the election in the form of information distortion from Russia, The National Enquirer, and Fox News. Anyone else? ¤ (Also, is he capable of doing anything without cheating???)
🐣 RT @gtconway3d If proven, such an attempt to use presidential authority to seek retribution for the exercise of First Amendment rights would unquestionably be grounds for impeachment.
🐣 RT @JaneMayerNYer New from me: Fox News HAD the story of Trump’s hush money payoffs to Stormy Daniels BEFORE the election but killed it because the reporter said she was told, “Good reporting Kiddo, but Rupert Murdoch wants Donald Trump to win. So set it aside.” Reporter sued, is bound by an NDA.
💙💙 NewYorker, Jane Mayer: The Making of the Fox News White House http://bit.ly/2HdETaL
// 3/11/2019 issue; Fox News has always been partisan. But has it become propaganda?

🐣 RT @tribelaw No DOJ policy prevents the indictment of the Trump Organization for felony racketeering — even if Trump himself remains at most an unindicted co-conspirator. Memo to SDNY: Use RICO!
💙 NYT: How Giuliani Might Take Down Trump http://nyti.ms/2tP0fDB
// The parallels between the Mafia and the Trump Organization are striking, and Giuliani perfected the template for prosecuting organized crime.

⭕ 3 Mar 2019

Slate, Michael Politi: Schiff: There Is “Direct Evidence” of Trump Collusion With Russia http://bit.ly/2IQFeCI

NBC: House, Senate panels looking at whether pardon was discussed with Michael Cohen http://nbcnews.to/2Tzmegl
// Congress wants to know if any effort was made by anyone linked to the White House to keep Cohen from flipping on the president.

Politico: Warner: ‘Enormous amounts of evidence’ of possible Russia collusion http://politi.co/2EIMvQO Sen Mark Warner (D-VA)

ABCNews (ThisWeek): Chairman Jerrold Nadler says over 60 entities and individuals close to White House are getting document requests from House Judiciary Committee Monday http://abcn.ws/2Xzc1j0

TheHill/ABC: House Judiciary chair: ‘It’s very clear’ Trump obstructed justice http://bit.ly/2XACpJp Rep Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)

It’s very clear that the president obstructed justice. It’s very clear,” Nadler said on ABC’s “This Week,” before pointing to how Trump has referred to special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as a “witch hunt” more than 1,000 times. 

“He tried to protect [former national security advsor] Michael Flynn from being investigated by the FBI. He fired [former FBI Director] James Comey in order to stop the ‘Russia thing’ as he told NBC News,” Nadler continued. “He’s intimidated witnesses in public.”

But Nadler said that lawmakers weren’t pushing to launch an impeachment process because they still need to sort out evidence and make a case to the American people.

📊 TheHill: NBC/WSJ Poll: 58% believe Trump hasn’t been truthful about the Russia probe http://bit.ly/2VzS6yG

🐣 RT @FaceTheNation House Intel Committee Chairman @RepAdamSchiff says his committee is looking into @realDonaldTrump’s personal businesses, including allegations that “Russians have been laundering money through the Trump Organization.”
💽 https://twitter.com/FaceTheNation/status/1102234139015692299/photo/1

WaPo: House Judiciary chairman says he will launch probe of Trump’s ‘abuse of power’ http://wapo.st/2VxGYSF Rep Jerrold Nadler (D-NY)

Reuters, Andy Sullivan: Ostrich jacket, fake rallies, therapy dogs and other odd scenes in Trump-Russia probe http://reut.rs/2C26AzP

BBC: Donald Trump launches furious attack on Robert Mueller http://bbc.in/2VveFnX

NBC, Steve Vladeck: Mueller report and Trump-Russia investigation must push Congress to protect future special counsels http://nbcnews.to/2GXyZvg
// Those who fail to study history are doomed to repeat it.

⭕ 2 Mar 2019

Law&Crime: Senate Intel Committee Now Investigating Trump’s Various Trips to Russia http://bit.ly/2UmiQCE

TIME: President Trump Calls Robert Mueller’s Russia Investigation ‘Bullsh–‘ in CPAC Speech http://bit.ly/2HhXthM

TheAtlantic, Natasha Bertrand: Michael Cohen’s Road Map for Democrats http://bit.ly/2tP6W8q
// After the former Trump attorney’s testimony last week, House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings says that “all you have to do is follow the transcript.”

Cohen testified that Trump had foreknowledge of WikiLeaks’ plans to release embarrassing Democratic emails in 2016; that Trump implicitly asked Cohen to mislead Congress about the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations that continued throughout the election; and that Trump, while president, reimbursed the hush-money payments Cohen made to a porn star on Trump’s behalf just days before his election victory in violation of campaign-finance laws.

The focus on Trump’s business dealings isn’t arbitrary, veteran investigators have explained. Rather, it’s “essential” to any real understanding of an individual’s network, Andrew McCabe, the former deputy director of the FBI, told me in a recent interview. “I think people think of following the money simply as a way of uncovering whether somebody’s been involved in money-laundering, or a financial crime, which is of course important,” McCabe said. “But on a much more fundamental level, it’s a way of understanding relationships and networks, to understand who the person that I’m interested in is connected to, who they’re communicating with, and who they’re receiving money from or giving money to.”

“That is all association evidence,” McCabe continued. “And it goes to proving the existence of an organization—or, as RICO [the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act] would say, an enterprise.”

NewYorker, Isaac Chotiner: A BuzzFeed Reporter Explains His Controversial Reporting on Michael Cohen and Donald Trump http://bit.ly/2VrJUAi “Cohen himself made it clear in his testimony that he and Trump both understood this to be explicit, that he should lie to Congress”

NPR, Shannon Von Sant: Trump Slams Russia Investigation And Green New Deal At CPAC http://n.pr/2GVCXUV

TheGuardian, Walter Shapiro: Trump is a national security risk – and still Republicans back him http://bit.ly/2NL0bxT
// The Great Jared Kushner Clearance Caper is just the latest affair to prove this presidency is a danger to America

🐣 RT @tribelaw I strongly agree with @EricColumbus that there are compelling reasons in addition to DOJ’s non-indictment policy for full disclosure of Mueller’s factual findings and the underlying evidence, but the misguided non-indictment policy is a decisive reason in itself
⋙ 🐣 RT @EricColumbus Many people say that Mueller’s report should be made public because Trump isn’t indictable as a sitting president. But this is an incomplete argument — for one thing, that might not be why Mueller doesn’t indict him. 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/EricColumbus/status/1100430354362654720

TheHill, Jonathan Turley: The revenge of Rod Rosenstein http://bit.ly/2SCUEu3

ReasonMag/LATimes, Matt Welch: No Magic Bullet for Trump/Russia Investigation http://bit.ly/2XycQZu “[I]t took just 11 short words … to ensure that our long national nightmare will not, in fact, soon end: ‘Mr. Trump did not directly tell me to lie to Congress’.”
// Cohen testimony underscores that Americans are going to have to take responsibility for their own response to the president’s behavior, rather than wait for some mega-revelation

TheAtlantic, Yoni Appelbaum: Impeach Donald Trump http://bit.ly/2EkUphO
// March 2019 issue; Starting the process will rein in a president who is undermining American ideals—and bring the debate about his fitness for office into Congress, where it belongs.

YahooNews/Reuters, Jan Wolfe: Explainer: In Trump-Russia probe, when does collusion become a crime? http://yhoo.it/2EIAGdu

Politico Mag, Jack Shafer: Week 93: Cohen Reveals Russia Scandal Gems Amid the Mudslinging http://politi.co/2NFh2SG
// But Mueller will ultimately determine whether the convicted liar’s accusations against Trump are the real thing or fake.

⭕ 1 Mar 2019

VICE, Greg Walters: Michael Cohen implicated Trump in at least 11 different felonies http://bit.ly/2NCgBZ7

🔆 This❗️⋙ DailyBeast, Kevin Poulsen: Wikileaks Veteran: I ‘Cooperated’ With Feds ‘in Exchange for Immunity’ http://bit.ly/2TaFJwh
// Chelsea Manning, David House; A grand jury probe that began nine years ago is ongoing. And one of Julian Assange’s old crew is now talking. “I’m on the street… not in an embassy,” he tells The Daily Beast.

🐣 RT @nytdavidbrooks This is how moral corrosion happens. Supporting Trump requires daily acts of moral distancing, a process that means that after a few months you are tolerant of any corruption. You are morally numb to everything.
⋙ NYT: Morality and Michael Cohen http://nyti.ms/2EGrPZH
// Wednesday’s testimony and the crisis of American conscience.
🐣 Excuse me. it’s not “the crisis of American conscience.” It’s the crisis of the Republican conscience.

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin A good foreign intel officer could own Kushner in months. His financial vulnerabilities, greed, situational ignorance, dubious foreign contacts, ethical disregard, self-importance and dismissal by more seasoned officials make it too easy. That’s why he shouldn’t have a clearance.

WaPo Editorial: Trump intervened to get Kushner a top-secret clearance. Congress should investigate. http://wapo.st/2UgOIIy

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Nepotism rules exist for a reason. Jared Kushner shows why. http://wapo.st/2BUfmQv

WaPo: Two days in July: As Republicans convened in Cleveland, did Trump receive a heads-up about WikiLeaks? http://wapo.st/2TuWn9i

NYT, Timothy Egan: After Cohen, Republicans Are Now Trump’s Fixers http://nyti.ms/2BUeCeb “doing his dirty work, issuing threats and ditching long-held principles like so many empty beer bottles thrown from a car”
// G.O.P. lawmakers who started by making excuses for the president’s most repulsive personal traits have now moved on to bedrock principles. They are headed for a reckoning.

NYT, John Dean: I Testified Against Nixon. Here’s My Advice for Michael Cohen. http://nyti.ms/2H8T8xr “[A]ll Americans are affected by the growing authoritarianism that made Mr. Trump president. These people who facilitated his rise will remain long after Mr. Trump is gone.”
// My appearance before Congress helped take down a president. Will the same thing happen to Trump?

DailyBeast, Michael Daly: The Day President Trump Signed Michael Cohen’s Hush-Money Check http://bit.ly/2NCmCoJ
// The guy known for delaying payment, if he paid at all, kicked the can on signing sanctions against Russia, even as he made sure his fixer was covered.

Vox, Jen Kirby: The brewing fight over making the Mueller report public, explained http://bit.ly/2EGofis
// The special counsel is expected to deliver his final conclusions to the attorney general. What happens next will depend a lot on Bill Barr.

NYT, David Leonhardt: Questions for Trump http://nyti.ms/2Es1bT2
// We need more information.

● What role did Allen Weisselberg, an executive at the Trump Organization, play in reimbursing Michael Cohen for hush payments made to a porn star who claimed to have had an affair with Trump? The answer could help clarify Trump’s role in making and covering up the payments.

● Did Trump commit fraud by misrepresenting his wealth in documents provided to financial firms? Both Weisselberg’s testimony and Trump’s tax returns could shed light.

● “Was there Russian money coming into the Trump Organization or into Mr. Trump’s personal finances, and was he inflating the numbers [to] get loans?” in the words of Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat. That is, did the Russians have leverage over Trump in 2016?

● Did Donald Trump Jr. lie to Congress in 2017 about Trump’s business ventures in Russia? And what role did he play in the hush-money payments to Stormy Daniels, the porn star with whom Trump allegedly had an affair?

● Did Jay Sekulow, a Trump lawyer, and Abbe Lowell, who represents Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, review and edit Cohen’s false testimony about Trump’s business dealings in Russia? Cohen claimed so on Wednesday, and Sekulow has denied it. Lowell has not commented.

● Can Rhona Graff, Trump’s longtime secretary, confirm Cohen’s allegation that Roger Stone called Trump in 2016 to discuss WikiLeaks-hacked Democratic emails?

● Did Donald Trump Jr. confer with his father about the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting with several Russians? If so, did the president commit perjury by reportedly claiming otherwise in written answers to the special counsel Robert Mueller?

● Did Trump use his now-defunct charitable foundation to avoid paying taxes?

● Did Trump lie about his taxes being under audit as an excuse to avoid releasing his tax returns?

● What does Felix Sater, a Russia-born former business associate of Trump’s who was part of talks to build a Trump Tower in Moscow, know about Trump’s business dealings in Russia?

● And beyond Cohen’s testimony: What do Trump’s tax returns show about his activities in Russia? What other potential crimes are prosecutors — either in New York or at the Justice Department — investigating?

TIME, Renato Mariotti: Why the Mueller Report Might Disappoint Almost Everybody http://bit.ly/2XuKH5m

Politico Mag, Nahal Toosi: Inside the Chaotic Early Days of Trump’s Foreign Policy http://politi.co/2GQ6uPO
// Former top national security officials detail a climate of fear, incompetence and hostility to facts in a White House that wasn’t ready to run the world.

⭕ 28 Feb 2019

NewYorker, Susan Glasser: Donald Trump Went to Vietnam, and Michael Cohen Made It Hell http://bit.ly/2T7Wubb
// On a humiliating twenty-four hours for the President.

… In seven hours of testimony, Trump’s former personal lawyer and fixer testified that the President had paid hush money to cover up an affair with a porn star and produced signed checks to prove it; that he had known in advance about the WikiLeaks dump of hacked Democratic e-mails during the 2016 campaign; that he had engaged in a wide array of questionable and possibly illegal business practices; and that he had lied to the public about doing business in Russia throughout his race for the Presidency. With so much alleged wrongdoing to contemplate, Cohen’s claim that Trump was both a Vietnam draft-dodger and an inveterate liar about it was almost a throwaway.

It was a weak performance from a President who, after the events of the last day, had never seemed weaker. Trump has touted himself a dealmaker, but this week was a reminder that he has a better record of blowing up deals than making them. He has defied laws of political gravity for so long that he thought he was immune to them. He has lied so flagrantly and for so many years without consequence that he thought he could always do so. Rarely has a President been so publicly humiliated, in different settings by such different actors, in such a short span of time. You’d never know it to listen to Trump, though; he is not one to accept or even acknowledge the political predicament his own misjudgment has landed him in.

🐣 RT @Mimirocah1 And apparently Trump called Gaetz to thank him for this potentially criminal conduct.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ harrylitman “Gaetz’s conduct satisfied the statutory elements of 18 U.S.C. § 1512 (b). Moreover, given his powerful perch, it more strongly presented the evil the statute was designed to prevent.”
⋙⋙ WaPo, Harry Litman: Did Matt Gaetz illegally intimidate Michael Cohen? http://wapo.st/2IKrvNO

WSJ, Peggy Noonan: Michael Cohen Makes History http://on.wsj.com/2NAVxSS
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// There’s no precedent for such an attack on the essential nature of an American president.

None of these charges were new, precisely. They have been made in books, investigations and interviews both on and off the record. What is amazing though is that such a rebuke—such an attack on the essential nature of a president, and by an intimate—has no equal in our history. I don’t think, as we talk about Mr. Cohen’s testimony, we fully appreciate this. John Dean said there was a cancer growing in the presidency. He didn’t say Richard Nixon was the cancer. He didn’t say the president was wicked and a fraud.

This is bigger than we think, and history won’t miss the import of this testimony.

We close with Mr. Cummings, in his 23rd year in the House. He put a fair-minded face on the hearing. His closing remarks were powerful and humane, and seemed targeted not only at Mr. Cohen but perhaps at the newer members of Congress.

We are here to improve our democracy, he said.

To Mr. Cohen: “If I hear you correctly, it sounds like you’re crying out for a new normal—for us getting back to normal. Sounds to me like you want to make sure our democracy stays intact.”

Then, more broadly: “The one meeting I had with the president, I said, ‘The greatest gift we can give to our children is making sure we give them a democracy that is better than the one we came upon.’” He hoped all of us can get “the democracy we want,” and pass it on to our children, “so they can do better than we did.”

Politico: Dem chairman threatens subpoena over Kushner security clearance http://politi.co/2EobOX1
// House Oversight Committee chair Rep Elijah Cummings

VanityFair, Emily Jane Fox: “Oh My God”: The Inside Story Behind Cohen’s Final Deposition http://bit.ly/2Ueaf4K
// Cathartic musings on a legal pad, a trip to the basement, and a eureka moment all led Cohen, Trump’s disgraced former lawyer, to a moment of public triumph.

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “Mueller has been essentially hands-off with the kids… my imagination runs wild about whether or not that…has been done in coordination with SDNY…Don Jr is at the top of the family list as someone who is totally exposed criminally” – @FrankFigliuzzi1 w/@NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1101249661581574145/photo/1

🐣 RT @matthewamiller People who have never worked in government may not understand what a big deal this Kushner story is. Aside from the security risk and the lies, it is such an insult to every public servant who jumps through a million hoops to do things the right way with zero margin for error.

🐣 RT @gtconway3d And this order came from a president who could never, ever, ever be approved for a security clearance himself.
🐣 RT @sbg1 [Susan Glasser] Big deal alert: The President of the US ordered the government to give a security clearance to his son in law. And then lied about it.
⋙ 🐣 RT @tackettdc “Mr. Trump’s decision in May so troubled senior administration officials that” John Kelly “wrote a contemporaneous internal memo about how he had been “ordered” to give Mr. Kushner the top-secret clearance” @maggienyt @nytmike @anniekarni
⋙⋙ 🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Trump Ordered Officials to Give Jared Kushner a Security Clearance http://nyti.ms/2BWnkJ0
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// by Maggie Haberman, Michael S. Schmidt, Adam Goldman and Annie Karni

Mr. Trump’s decision in May so troubled senior administration officials that at least one, the White House chief of staff at the time, John F. Kelly, wrote a contemporaneous internal memo about how he had been “ordered” to give Mr. Kushner the top-secret clearance.

The White House counsel at the time, Donald F. McGahn II, also wrote an internal memo outlining the concerns that had been raised about Mr. Kushner — including by the C.I.A. — and how Mr. McGahn had recommended that he not be given a top-secret clearance. …

In May 2018, the White House Counsel’s Office, which at the time was led by Mr. McGahn, recommended to Mr. Trump that Mr. Kushner not be given a clearance at that level. But the following day, Mr. Trump ordered Mr. Kelly to grant it to Mr. Kushner anyway, the people familiar with the events said.

💙💙 WaPo/Bloomberg, Laurence Arnold: Your Guide to Understanding the Trump-Russia Saga http://wapo.st/2H8GePW

Vox, Andrew Prokop: What Michael Cohen’s testimony means for the Russia investigation http://bit.ly/2XxUJT8
// Cohen offered intriguing new information — but he clearly hasn’t made Mueller’s case.

Politico: Trump’s inner circle sustains collateral damage in Cohen hearing http://politi.co/2VrtfNb
// The president’s former attorney mentioned some of Trump’s children and close business associates in his House testimony.

DailyBeast, Spencer Ackerman: House Intel Will Call Trump Org Moneyman Allen Weisselberg To Testify http://bit.ly/2IJDafA
// The intelligence committee has indicated for months it intends to follow Trump’s money. Allen Weisselberg keeps the Trump Organization’s receipts.

🔊 Lawfare Podcast: Listen to Bonus Edition: Michael Cohen vs. the Committee with No Bull http://apple.co/2UdnvGS Michael Cohen testimony excerpts (without the clamor); about 1hour

Axios: Cummings: House Oversight will seek interviews with Trump Jr., Ivanka http://bit.ly/2IJ6yTr

🐣 RT @krassenstein BOOM! ¤ House Oversight Committee will seek testimony under oath from Ivanka Trump & Don Jr. ¤ Perjure yourselves or give up yourselves and your father. ¤ You decide!

💙💙 NYT, Marcy Wheeler: Did Cohen Give a Peek at the Mueller Report? http://nyti.ms/2tFyJZ5
// The special counsel is still hiding events that lie at the core of his investigation — events that involve the president directly.

Even before Michael Cohen appeared before the House Oversight Committee to begin testifying Wednesday, he delivered explosive new information. Several days before WikiLeaks published Democratic National Committee emails on July 22, 2016, Roger Stone called Donald Trump and — on a speaker phone that permitted Mr. Cohen to hear — told the presidential candidate that “he had just gotten off the phone with Julian Assange,” who told him that “within a couple of days, there would be a massive dump of emails that would damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign.” According to Mr. Cohen, the president expressed happiness about the prospect “to the effect of ‘Wouldn’t that be great.’”

The detail is remarkable not just because it undercuts the president’s claims that Mr. Stone never provided him such details. It’s also a testament to how much critical information the special counsel, Robert Mueller, has kept hidden even in the most provocative of his “speaking indictments.” Even after months of investigation and voluminous indictments and sentencing memos, he’s still hiding events that lie at the core of his investigative mandate — events that involve the president directly.

With virtually every charging document in the Russia investigation, Mr. Mueller’s team has provided far more detail than necessary and, in the process, sketched out the framework of what the investigators found. The description of the lies of a former campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos, disclosed that the campaign first learned Russians were planning to dump emails from Mrs. Clinton in April 2016, before the Democrats figured out they had been hacked. Even as Russians were dangling those emails, another filing from Mr. Mueller shows, other Russians were pitching a ridiculously lucrative real estate deal that depended on the involvement of President Vladimir Putin. Indeed, that same filing revealed that Mr. Cohen took steps to travel to St. Petersburg, possibly to meet with Mr. Putin, around the same time that Donald Trump Jr. met with Russians asking for sanctions relief. Mr. Mueller’s description of Michael Flynn’s lies explained how Mr. Flynn persuaded the Russians to hold off on any response to President Barack Obama’s imposition of sanctions in retaliation for Russia’s election interference.

Each of those documents nods to Mr. Trump’s involvement. …

Mr. Mueller’s public filings have laid out a broad framework showing that Russians dangled a real estate deal and dirt on Hillary Clinton while asking for a range of sanctions relief. If Mr. Mueller were to charge this quid pro quo as a conspiracy or describe it as one in a report, it wouldn’t matter whether Mr. Trump knew of all the events that furthered the conspiracy. Because of the way conspiracy law works, it’s enough to show that Mr. Trump willingly entered into the conspiracy and took overt acts to pursue its objectives.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: The mob analogy got a whole lot stronger http://wapo.st/2SC0YC4
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● Everything goes through Trump (including the details of the hush-money reimbursement payments)
● By Cohen’s estimate, Trump used him more than 500 times to threaten and intimidate people.
● Tactics such as “catch and kill” and inflating or deflating his wealth are standard Trump tactics, Cohen says.
● Trump is a pathological liar in Cohen’s telling, looking him in the eye to inquire about the Moscow Tower deal and going out to tell crowds the same day “No Russia deals.”
● Trump used lawyers to shield himself from detection (e.g., Jay Sekulow edited Cohen’s false testimony, the hush-money payments went through Cohen). Lawyers are there not to advise as to legality but to enable Trump’s allegedly illegal acts.
● Protecting Trump requires finessing testimony, scaring witnesses and flat-out perjury.

TheAtlantic, Elaina Plotte and Laine Godfrey: The Real Significance of Michael Cohen’s Testimony http://bit.ly/2tIjwpW
// The response to his appearance on the Hill could offer a preview of the Mueller report’s aftermath if the findings are anything less than earthshaking.

DailyBeast, Asawin Suebsaeng and Will Sommer: Rudy Giuliani and Trumpworld Raged as ‘Career Criminal Liar’ Michael Cohen Spilled Secrets http://bit.ly/2UcWMds
// It was former Trump fixer Michael Cohen’s turn in the barrel on Wednesday.

DailyBeast, Barbara McQuade: The Case Against Trump Has Never Been Stronger After Cohen Testimony http://bit.ly/2Vq789V
// The president’s ex-fixer credibly accuses him of felonies that, pending more evidence, should result in impeachment and indictment.

🐣 RT @McFaul Trump has held three major summits – Singapore, Helsinki, and Hanoi –with two autocratic enemies of the United States, Kim Jong Un and Putin, and struck out 3 times. Hoping 4th big summit produces better results … any positive results!

⭕ 27 Feb 2019 Cohen Testifies

NewYorker, John Cassidy: Michael Cohen’s Damning Portrayal of Trump as a Lying, Racist Crook http://bit.ly/2T5atyy

TheGuardian, Jon Swaine: Michael Cohen’s explosive allegations suggest danger for Trump on two fronts http://bit.ly/2Tqwaby
// Trump’s ex-fixer hints Mueller may have proof of coordination with Russia and again alleges campaign finance violations

WaPo, Max Boot: Here are five felonies Trump committed — if Cohen is telling the truth http://wapo.st/2Styw5a

1. Conspiracy to defraud the United States. Cohen testified that he was present in July 2016 when Trump took a call on the speakerphone from Roger Stone, who said “that he had just gotten off the phone with Julian Assange and that Mr. Assange told Stone that, within a couple of days, there would be a massive dump of emails that would damage Hillary Clinton’s campaign.” According to Cohen, Trump replied, “Wouldn’t that be great.” (Stone has denied that account, in possible violation of a judge’s gag order.) Trump cannot claim that he did not know where the leaked emails ultimately came from: It had been public knowledge since mid-June 2016 that Russian hackers had penetrated the Democratic National Committee.

2. Lying to the FBI and the Justice Department. According to CNN, Trump, in his written testimony to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, claimed “that Roger Stone did not tell him about WikiLeaks, nor was he told about the 2016 Trump Tower meeting between his son, campaign officials and a Russian lawyer promising dirt on Hillary Clinton.” Cohen contradicted those assertions.

3. Suborning perjury. Cohen testified that Trump encouraged him to lie to Congress about his attempts in 2016 to build a Trump Tower in Moscow and that his personal lawyers reviewed the mendacious testimony.

4. Violating campaign finance laws. Cohen testified that Trump told him to pay off a porn star and reimbursed him for doing so. Cohen even produced a check Trump signed while he was president and another one that was signed by Donald Trump Jr., implicating the president’s son in this felony, as well.

To these four offenses, one may add: 5. Bank, wire and tax fraud. Cohen testified that Trump inflated his assets to win bank loans and deflated them to reduce his taxes — precisely the kind of scheme for which Trump’s former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, is now facing lengthy prison time. And Cohen added that he knew of other offenses that federal prosecutors are still investigating.

TheAtlantic, David Graham: The Day Trump Lost Control of the Conversation http://bit.ly/2Sy021c
// Michael Cohen showed he’d learned some tricks from his former mentor.

NewYorker, Isaac Chotiner: A Legal Editor on What We Learned from Michael Cohen’s Congressional Testimony http://bit.ly/2SyaENL Interview with Lawfare’s Quinta Jurecic

WSJ Editorial: Cohen in the Colosseum http://on.wsj.com/2Nxabuo
// The legal fixer unloads on his former boss, with little new information
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The day was above all a reminder that Americans elected a President in 2016 who had spent decades in the sleazier corners of New York business and tabloid life. He surrounded himself with political rogues like Mr. Stone, legal hustlers like Mr. Cohen, and even brought in a Beltway bandit from central casting, Paul Manafort, as his campaign chairman for a time.

Republicans knew all this when they nominated Mr. Trump, and now he and the GOP will pay a political price as Democrats marinate in that blue past in hearing after hearing. Character does matter, especially in Presidents.

🐣 RT @CNN Sen. Kamala Harris this week mischaracterized a 2008 policy she supported that led to undocumented minors who were arrested for suspected felonies being turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement before they had been convicted of crimes https://cnn.it/2EcJ8jy 

🐣 RT @vermontgmg [Garrett Graff] Incredible to see all the hubris drained from Cohen. I’ve been personally screamed at by Cohen on the phone before and know how much bravado he once had. This is a man with nothing left, with no reason to lie or obfuscate at all. Humbling, in its way.

DailyBeast, Adam Rawnsley and Sam Brodey: Forget Cohen: Allen Weisselberg is the Trump Exec Who Could Take Down the Donald http://bit.ly/2TqLDIG
// As Michael Cohen testified, the name of another member of the Trump Organization came up at least 35 times as his partner in hushing up Trump’s mistress problem.

🐣 RT @RobertBReich The testimony of Michael Cohen alone suggests the president could be guilty of:
—Conspiracy to defraud the United States.
—Lying to the DOJ & the Special Counsel.
—Campaign finance violations.
—Encouraging perjury.
—State & local tax fraud.
Let that sink in.

🐣 RT @gconway3d “[I]t is the truth they fear, and it is the truth — the fundamental reality of the world as it actually is — that they feel compelled to destroy. This is the central organizing principle of the Republican Party now … annihilating truth to defend Mr. Trump ….”
⋙ 🐣 RT @Peter_Wehner “Republicans on the committee tried to destroy the credibility of Cohen’s testimony, not because they believe that his testimony is false, but because they fear it is true.” My latest @nytimes piece
⋙⋙ NYT, Peter Wehner: Republicans Sink Further Into Trump’s Cesspool http://nyti.ms/2GPQ2iD
// What they left out of their questioning of Michael Cohen says more about the degradation of my former party than anything they said.

🐣 RT @tonyschwartz Republicans say we can’t listen to Cohen because he has told lies. Trump has told more than 9000 lies since becoming president. Why do they consider him credible when they know he isn’t?

🐣 Wow. Full page – four column – NYT headline. https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1100928129349156866/photo/1
⋙ NYT: Michael Cohen Accuses Trump of Expansive Pattern of Lies and Criminality http://nyti.ms/2EC7ftG

Michael D. Cohen, who represented Mr. Trump for a decade, told Congress that the president lied to the American public about business interests in Russia during the 2016 campaign and lied to reporters about stolen Democratic emails. Mr. Trump also told Mr. Cohen to lie about illegal hush payments to cover up alleged sexual indiscretions, the lawyer charged.

The allegations, aired at a daylong hearing before the House Oversight and Reform Committee, exposed a dark underside of Mr. Trump’s business and political worlds in the voice of one of the ultimate insiders. Perhaps no close associate of a president has turned on him in front of Congress in such dramatic fashion since John Dean testified against President Richard M. Nixon during the Watergate scandal.

“He is a racist. He is a con man. And he is a cheat,” Mr. Cohen said of the president. Mr. Cohen, who has pleaded guilty to lying under oath to Congress, among other crimes, said he did so to protect Mr. Trump. “I am not protecting Mr. Trump anymore,” he said.

🐣 RT @voxdotcom “You spoke about how the president and his attorney put you and your family in danger by calling you a liar and a rat and disparaging you in public. I understand your fear, Michael. I have family too.” —Stormy Daniels
⋙ Vox: Stormy Daniels thanks Michael Cohen for his “courage, at long last” http://bit.ly/2SwDPkn
// Daniels responded to Cohen’s testimony, asking if he “believed her now” when she said the president’s words put her danger.

💽 MSNBC, TheBeatWithAri: Smoking gun? Cohen testifies on clues Trump mislead Mueller http://on.msnbc.com/2Xut31Q
// MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent, Ari Melber, breaks down how the most devastating claim made by Michael Cohen during his public testimony before the House Oversight Committee, is relevant to the Mueller probe. Melber walks through how Michael Cohen’s allegation that Trump was aware of the Wikileaks email dump before it happened, could potentially contradict Trump’s own written answers to Special Counsel Mueller.

🐣 Cohen said both that Trump would do anything to win, including getting help from Russia AND that he didn’t think he’d win. So would Trump Tower Moscow be a consolation prize if he lost? The Russians wanted sanctions relief. He couldn’t deliver unless he was president. Confused.
⋙ 🐣Maybe Trump Tower Moscow is still in the mix.

🐣 RT @chrislhayes It takes an extremely strenuous effort of pretending to be stupid to not see that *obviously* Trump knew the Russians were illegally trying to help him and he welcomed that help and encouraged it every chance he got. That’s just the clear, public record of known facts.

TheBulwark, Kim Wehle: The Five Biggest Takeaways from Michael Cohen’s Testimony http://bit.ly/2SwfXNQ
// What Cohen had to say about the president—and what our system of democracy should do about it all.

1) Cohen testified that, in connection with a possible purchase of the Buffalo Bills football team, Trump knowingly provided false information to Deutsche Bank regarding his assets. He also said that Trump provided false information to insurance companies and devalued assets for purposes of his tax liability. If Cohen is accurate, it could amount to federal felonies for bank, insurance, and tax fraud.

2) Cohen testified that he last spoke with the White House in the weeks following the FBI’s raid of his hotel room and office in April 2018, but declined to provide specifics of those communications on the request of the Southern District of New York, which he indicated is investigating the matter. Cohen also said that he is aware of other wrongdoing by Trump that is under investigation by the SDNY.

3) Cohen testified that Trump’s lawyers reviewed and made edits to Cohen’s prior prepared testimony to Congress. That’s the testimony that gave rise to his guilty plea for lying to Congress about the timing of the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations. Cohen said, in addition, that the changes made by Trump’s lawyers related to the length of time that the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations stayed alive—precisely the issue that Cohen lied to Congress about.

4) Cohen testified that in or about May 2017, he met with Trump in the White House. At that meeting, Trump allegedly made clear to Cohen what he wanted Cohen to say to Congress—i.e., “no Russia,” “no collusion,” “no involvement,” “no interference,” “it’s all a witch hunt,” and “this has to end.” Cohen also said that Trump asked him to tell the press and the public that Trump was “not knowledgeable” about the payments made to Stormy Daniels to silence her regarding their sexual affair in the run-up to the 2016 election.

5) Cohen provided granular details about how he hid the hush money payment to Stormy Daniels—including lying to Melania Trump—and made very clear that Trump had knowledge of and even directed the crime. Cohen entered into the congressional record a cancelled $35,000 check bearing Donald Trump’s signature, which Cohen said was reimbursement for the payment he made to Daniels. According to prosecutors from the SDNY, Cohen’s payment—made on behalf of “Individual 1” (aka Trump)—amounted to a crime under the federal campaign finance laws.

MotherJones, David Corn: How Cohen’s Testimony Backs Up the Case That Trump Helped Russia Attack the 2016 Election http://bit.ly/2GQfwMV
// The issue is not collusion—it’s aiding and abetting.

TheAtlantic, Franklin Foer: A Moral Indictment of Trump http://bit.ly/2T4kXyc
// Michael Cohen’s testimony was a reminder that this presidency isn’t normal.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews In recent months researchers have discovered that North Korea has as many as 20 undisclosed ballistic missile sites.
⋙ NYT: Cohen Testimony Raises Questions About Trump’s Financial Disclosure http://nyti.ms/2EAZtQK

🐣 RT @bradheath Cummings said his office worked “very closely” with federal prosecutors in New York and the special counsel, and he thinks “there is another shoe to drop.”

DailyBeast: Cohen Made Trump Look Like a Gangster http://bit.ly/2ICt9kf
// by Spencer Ackerman, Sam Brodey, Justin Miller; From paying hush money to expecting subordinates to lie, Cohen told Congress his ex-boss acts like a career criminal. He might’ve stayed loyal if Trump upheld his end of the deal.

🐣 RT @matthewjdowd My take: 1. Elijah Cummings is a patriot. 2. I have criticized and never been a fan of Michael Cohen and have actually been on the receiving end of his tirades, and I found him eminently credible today and believe he has tremendous remorse. Really bad day for Pres.Trump and GOP.

🐣 RT @samstein So Michael Cohen is saying that there won’t be a peaceful transfer of power if Trump loses. ¤ #gulp

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Elijah Cummings just told reporters that the Oversight Committee “probably will” talk with Trump Org. CFO Allen Weisselberg.

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger for all the complaints of her grandstanding, AOC had a purpose to the line of questioning, got public reports damaging to Trump in and made clear Weisselberg and other witnesses are key to Trump organiz illegality. It will be all this that will be Trump’s downfall

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance The conundrum Republicans don’t seem to understand that they face when they condemn Cohen for being a felon is that he pleaded guilty to conduct that Trump participated in and of which he is also guilty.

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman What matters about the alleged Trump-Stone phone call:
-Trump told Mueller in writing he never discussed WikiLeaks w Stone
-“Within a couple of days” the WikiLeaks emails would drop. They did drop in 3 days.
What doesn’t matter:
-WikiLeaks already posted that they had emails!

🐣 RT @JohnBrennan Committee Republicans are making no effort to find truth. They are failing their Constitutional responsibilities by covering up the corruption of a sitting President. What is happening to the soul & integrity of the once storied Republican Party?

🐣 RT @RBReich So far Cohen has confirmed that Trump:
–Knew ahead of time about the release of hacked emails
–Committed fraud by devaluing assets for property taxes
–Abused his charity for personal gain
–Paid off a mistress, committing election fraud
When will it be enough for the GOP?

🐣 RT @DavidCornDC By the way, not one House Republican during this whole long day defended Trump on any of the many particulars. Not on a single point.

🐣 RT @EricHolder Mark Meadows just doesn’t get it. To use a black woman essentially as an exhibit was, at best, insensitive. Jim Jordan’s focus on Rod Rosenstein is classic obfuscation. Yes, Cohen has lied. He’s a criminal. But he was a chief aide to your President. Awful day for Republicans

🐣 RT @chrislhayes Michael Cohen’s three clients are
1) Trump
2) Elliott Broidy, who he also arranged mistress hush payments for. (They met each other working on the RNC Finance Committee)
3) Sean Hannity

🐣 RT @matthewamiller Not new, but so striking to watch how, with the exception of Amash, no GOP member is even remotely interested in direct evidence of criminality by a sitting president. Just couldn’t care less.

🐣 RT @AriMelber Wow Rep. Cummings going right up to the line of detailing how in prison terms, Trump labeling Cohen a “rat” puts him in potentially direct physical danger when he reports to prison.

BuzzFeedNews: Roger Stone Says Michael Cohen Is Lying, After Stone Was Ordered Not To Comment On The Mueller Investigation http://bit.ly/2En3YwK
// Cohen said in his prepared remarks that Stone told Trump in a call in July 2016 that Stone had talked to Assange and there would be an email dump damaging to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

🐣 RT @maggieNYT Big – Cohen says Trump asked him to say that Trump wasn’t knowledgable of Cohen’s payments to Daniels. This was Feb 2018, when Trump was president for a year already. He says Trump called him to direct him to mislead the public.

🐣 RT @muellertimepodcast Cohen is annihilating these Republicans. This is unbelievable. Speechless #CohenTestimony

🐣 RT @JohnJHarwood Cohen to GOP committee members trying so hard to shield Trump: “i’m responsible for your silliness because i did the same thing you’re doing now – for 10 years”
⋙ 🐣 RT @JohnJHarwood in many years of covering Congress i can’t remember a comeback that effective from a witness to hostile lawmakers
⋙ 🐣 RT @gtconway3d Jordan just got body-slammed.

ABCPolitics Chris Christie on Michael Cohen testimony: “There hasn’t been one Republican yet who’s tried to defend the president on the substance. I think that’s something that should be concerning to the White House.” https://abcn.ws/2EkiLIL 
💽 https://twitter.com/ABCPolitics/status/1100807228603359233/photo/1

USAToday: ‘He was telling me to lie.’ Michael Cohen delivers searing testimony about President Trump http://bit.ly/2T1TDRl

TheBulwark, Kim Wehle: Michael Cohen’s Testimony Is Really About Impeachment http://bit.ly/2Srhogt
// Forget the racism and bluster and vanity. This is about high crimes and misdemeanors.

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: Michael Cohen Is Trump’s Worst Nightmare: A Loser With Nothing to Lose http://bit.ly/2TkzYLA
// The ‘fixer’ is a perfect exemplar of Trump’s world: corrupt and corrupting, venal and vicious, he is the true picture of the ‘best people’ with whom Trump surrounds himself.

🐣 RT @MaxBoot A reminder that Mueller has vouched for Cohen’s truthfulness since he turned state’s evidence. https://twitter.com/MaxBoot/status/1100760212171034630/photo/1

🐣 RT @CNNPolitics This is the check Michael Cohen is providing to Congress, dated Aug. 1, 2017, for $35,000. It doesn’t show what the payment was for, but Cohen will testify the check was signed by Trump to reimburse “illegal hush money I paid on his behalf” https://cnn.it/2EeWsnB https://twitter.com/CNNPolitics/status/1100740857739857920/photo/1

🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger Cohen testimony blockbusters: 1. Trump knew about WikiLeaks/dumps of stolen emails and approved Stone’s contacts 2. paid off Cohen during pres. 3. Trump lawyers vetted false Cohen testimony (now THEY have criminal liability) 4. Trump continued involvement in Moscow deal/lies

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Great catch by @ScottMStedman: Trump told Mueller in writing that Roger Stone did not tell him about WikiLeaks, per CNN. But Cohen now says Stone told Trump about the impending WikiLeaks release in July 2016. If Mueller can prove Cohen’s story…
⋙ CNN (2018): Exclusive: Two key answers from Trump to Mueller http://cnn.it/2RmwLqw
// 11/29/2018

⭕ 26 Feb 2019

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Michael Cohen Plans to Call Trump a ‘Con Man’ and a ‘Cheat’ in Congressional Testimony http://nyti.ms/2BSib4w
⋙ 💙💙 ≣ NYT: Michael Cohen Testimony to House Committee on Oversight and Reform [pdf] http://bit.ly/2VmPsMn 20p

🔆 This❗️⋙ WSJ: Cohen to Testify That Trump Engaged in Criminal Conduct While in Office http://on.wsj.com/2TjElXg
// President’s ex-lawyer will tell House committee he witnessed Trump’s ‘lies, racism and cheating,’ role in hush payments, says a person familiar with his plans

💙 Politico: Mueller scores big win as court rejects challenge to his appointment http://politi.co/2U6dBqw

🐣 RT @CNNpolitics Michael Cohen ahead of his public congressional testimony on Wednesday: “I look forward to tomorrow, to being able to, in my voice, to tell the American people my story and I’m gonna let the American people decide exactly who’s telling the truth” https://cnn.it/2Thh1t5 

🐣 RT @maddow Here’s a nice narrative on it from the Justice Department: http://bit.ly/2ExKBCp

Politico: Trump’s inner circle might escape Mueller charges — but still won’t be safe http://politi.co/2IE8iNM
// Federal prosecutors and Democratic committees are just getting started.

🐣 RT @NicolleDWallace The entire WH strategy is to call him a liar. Let that sink in. Trump is near 10k lies in office. People close to him say he doesn’t even know when he’s lying anymore. Cohen has tapes. Cohen has one way to lessen his sentence: tell the truth.
⋙ NYT: On Eve of Michael Cohen’s Testimony, Republican Threatens to Reveal Compromising Information http://nyti.ms/2H32hrq

🐣 RT @AOC In case you missed it, while the GOP is calling paying a living wage “socialism,” a Republican Senator full-on quoted National Fascist Party leader and Hitler ally Benito Mussolini like it’s a Hallmark card.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JohnCornyn “We were the first to assert that the more complicated the forms assumed by civilization, the more restricted the freedom of the individual must become.” Benito Mussolini

🐣 RT @danpfeiffer If you think Matt Gaetz is a creation unique to the Trump era, you haven’t been paying attention to the escalating stupidity of Republican politics for the last decade

Wonkette: Michael Cohen’s Going To F*ck Trump On Live TV Tomorrow, And HE’S BRINGING RECEIPTS http://bit.ly/2XpKMax

TheAtlantic, Rep Adam Schiff (D-CA): America Must Stand as a Bulwark Against Autocracy http://bit.ly/2H4UXvo
// The House Intelligence Committee’s first hearing will focus on the rise of authoritarianism and the threat to liberal democracy around the world.

DailyBeast, Sam Stein and Maxwell Tani: CNN Assures Dems: Sarah Isgur Won’t Have Editorial Control in Any 2020 Coverage http://bit.ly/2NwmUxc
// The cable channel continues damage control over hiring a long-time Republican operative for a high-ranking editorial gig.

WaPo: Cohen plans scathing testimony about Trump, Russia and Stormy Daniels http://wapo.st/2H9ilYu

NYT: Planned in Michael Cohen’s Testimony: A Litany of Accusations Against Trump http://nyti.ms/2H32hrq
// Maggie Haberman

Among the most explosive and potentially damning aspects of Mr. Cohen’s testimony will be providing evidence of potential criminal conduct since Mr. Trump became president, according to the person familiar with the plans.

Mr. Cohen will describe in what was called “granular detail” the plan to pay Ms. Daniels, which he will say was initiated by Mr. Trump, the person familiar with the testimony plans said. Mr. Cohen has pleaded guilty to a federal campaign finance-related charge in connection with that payment. Prosecutors have implicated Mr. Trump, identifying him as “Individual 1,” in connection with that charge in documents filed in the case.

He will also discuss how long Mr. Trump continued to ask about plans for a Trump Tower project in Moscow after the Iowa caucuses had taken place in February 2016. Mr. Cohen pleaded guilty last November to lying to Congress in testimony in 2017 about the duration of time over which the Moscow project discussions took place.

Mr. Cohen was paid $35,000 a month under what was described by Mr. Trump’s lawyer, Rudolph W. Giuliani, as a retainer agreement, some of which was a reimbursement for the payment to Ms. Daniels. There was never a retainer agreement signed between Mr. Cohen and Mr. Trump or the Trump Organization, the person familiar with the payments said.

The person briefed on Mr. Cohen’s plans said he is planning to bring documents that will illustrate his claims. The person familiar with the plans indicated that Mr. Cohen will present other documents beyond the financial statements, but the person did not specify what those might be. The documents will be shared in a way for the viewing public to see them, the person said.

He is prepared to describe Mr. Trump making racist statements, as well as lying or cheating in business. Last fall, Mr. Cohen told Vanity Fair that Mr. Trump frequently used racist language, telling the magazine that his former boss said during the 2016 campaign that “black people are too stupid to vote for me.”

He will also describe the president inflating or devaluing his net worth, referring to a financial statement of Mr. Trump’s that Mr. Cohen has in his possession, the person said. Those financial statements cannot be independently verified without Mr. Trump’s tax returns, which he has never made public, the person said.

WaPo: New Michael Cohen testimony may undermine Trump’s spin on Mueller http://wapo.st/2SZFaFx

When Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal fixer, publicly appears before the House Oversight Committee on Wednesday, he will testify to the following things, according to reports in The Post, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times:
● Cohen will “for the first time publicly accuse the president of criminal conduct while in office related to a hush-money payment to a porn star.” 
● Cohen will “offer ‘very specific details’ — some of which have not yet been made public — about arranging the hush-money payments at Trump’s direction.”
● Cohen will “discuss how long Mr. Trump continued to ask about plans for a Trump Tower project in Moscow after the Iowa caucuses had taken place in February 2016.”
● Cohen is “expected to recount racist remarks Mr. Trump allegedly made to him, including instances in which Mr. Trump allegedly questioned the intelligence of African-Americans.”

WaPo: 20 questions that Michael Cohen could answer for lawmakers when he testifies on Capitol Hill this week http://wapo.st/2UaFOfE
⋙ See under Entire Articles: WP 20?s for M Cohen 2-26-2019

1. You pleaded guilty to lying to Congress about a possible Trump Tower project in Moscow. In a memo for your sentencing, your attorney wrote, “Furthermore, in the weeks during which his then-counsel prepared his written response to the congressional Committees, Michael remained in close and regular contact with White House-based staff and legal counsel to Client-1.” (Client-1 refers to Trump.)

Who are the “White House-based staff and legal counsel to Client-1” that you remained in contact with, and what instruction did they give you about your testimony?

2. BuzzFeed News reported that Trump directed you to lie to Congress, and that you told the special counsel as much. Describe any conversation you and Trump had about your testimony. Did he direct you to lie, and did you tell that to the special counsel’s office?

3. Do you believe Trump obstructed any investigation, and do you have evidence to prove that?

4. Were you ever offered a pardon in exchange for being silent?

5. Can you provide more information about the frequency and substance of your conversations with Trump about the Trump Tower Moscow project after January 2016?

6. Can you provide any further information about the frequency and substance of your discussions with Trump family members regarding the Trump Tower Moscow project?

7. What campaign official did you talk to about possible travel to Russia?

8. Please describe any contact you had with the Russian government about Trump Tower Moscow or other topics during the 2016 campaign.

9. You have repeatedly denied the allegation contained in the so-called “Steele dossier” that you traveled to Prague during the campaign to meet with Russian operatives. Here today, under oath: Did you or anyone else associated with Donald Trump travel to Europe during the campaign to meet with anyone associated with the Russian government or acting on its behalf?

10. To your knowledge, was President Trump ever informed by his son Donald Trump Jr. or anyone else before his son took a meeting with a Russian lawyer in June 2016?

11. Do you believe that President Trump or anyone associated with his campaign coordinated with a Russian effort to interfere in the U.S. election?

12. According to court documents, two Trump Organization executives were involved in 2017 with approving your reimbursement for money paid to adult-film actress Stormy Daniels before the 2016 election. The two executives agreed to describe monthly payments to you as legal services, the documents say, though you were no longer working for the company as a lawyer. Who were those two executives, and do you have reason to believe they knew at the time that that description was not accurate?

13. How many times did you discuss payments to Karen McDougal and Stormy Daniels with President Trump before and after the 2016 election? Describe each of those conversations to the best of your memory.

14. Did you ever discuss payments to McDougal and Daniels with other members of the Trump family? With other campaign officials? Describe those conversations.

15. According to AMI’s non-prosecution agreement, you met with AMI publisher David Pecker and a member of the Trump campaign in August 2015 to discuss how AMI could assist the campaign by buying and burying negative stories about President Trump’s relationships with women. Was the campaign member President Trump? Please describe what occurred at that meeting.

16. AMI’s agreement with the government also indicates that David Pecker agreed at that meeting to keep you apprised of any such stories when they arose. Please describe each instance you can recall where Pecker reached out to discuss a possible negative story regarding President Trump? Are you aware of other instances during the campaign when you helped arrange for people with potentially negative information to be paid for their silence? Please describe any such instances.

17. What role, if any, did you play in the March 2016 AMI stories alleging, without evidence, that Sen. Ted Cruz had engaged in extramarital affairs? How about in the AMI story that suggested Senator Cruz’s father could have played a role in assassinating President John F. Kennedy?

18. Stormy Daniels has said that in 2011, when In Touch magazine was preparing to publish a story about her alleged affair with Donald Trump, a man threatened her and her infant daughter in a parking lot in Las Vegas. Do you believe that episode occurred, and were you involved in any way?

19. In January 2018, you produced a letter purportedly from Daniels, denying an affair with the president. Did you discuss that statement with the president before writing and releasing it?

20. You have admitted that you lied the last time you testified before Congress, and you will be going to prison for that. Why should we believe you now?

⭕ 25 Feb 2019

🐣 RT @RonaldKlain They impeached Nixon for less. Really they did. We’ve just become numb to the daily disclosures.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RobertMaGuire The House Judiciary Committee believes it has evidence that Trump asked Whitaker whether Berman, a Trump appointee, could un-recuse and regain control of his office’s investigation into Trump’s former lawyer and his real-estate business
⋙⋙ WSJ: House Investigators Probe Trump Contact With Matthew Whitaker http://on.wsj.com/2UaRaR4
// Interest centers on a U.S. attorney’s office inquiry into Michael Cohen, Trump Organization

WaPo: U.S. Cyber Command operation disrupted Internet access of Russian troll factory on day of 2018 midterms http://wapo.st/2NwZCat

The U.S. military blocked Internet access to an infamous Russian entity seeking to sow discord among Americans during the 2018 midterms, several U.S. officials said, a warning that the group’s operations against the United States are not cost-free.

The strike on the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg, a company underwritten by an oligarch close to President Vladi­mir Putin, was part of the first offensive cyber campaign against Russia designed to thwart attempts to interfere with a U.S. election, the officials said.

“They basically took the IRA offline,” according to one individual familiar with the matter who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss classified information. “They shut ‘em down.”

VanityFair, Abigail Tracy: Mueller Appears After Something Really Big: Reading Between the Lines in Advance of the Special Counsel’s Report http://bit.ly/2TjjmnA
⋙ See under Entire Articles: VF Tracy Mueller Smthg Big 2-25-2019

WaPo, Michael Gerson: Trump’s ideology isn’t populism. It’s catastrophism. http://wapo.st/2EctPHV

DailyBeast, Erin Banco: Manafort’s Lawyers in Sentencing Memo: He’s no Murderer, Mafioso or Madoff http://bit.ly/2BT1RQV
// What the special counsel called crimes that went to “the heart of the criminal justice system,” his attorneys called pretty much business as usual.

Newsweek: Trump Administration Asked Russia for Advice on North Korea Summit Between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, Kremlin Claims http://bit.ly/2VjkB3p

Reuters, Nathan Layne: What happens if Mueller finds Trump fingerprints in Russia conspiracy? http://reut.rs/2Nxx8ha

AP: Russia: US asks for advice on North Korea talks http://bit.ly/2GJdxd7

POGO: 26 Former GOP Lawmakers: Honor Your Oath and Protect the Constitution http://bit.ly/2U7s6tZ

Politico: 58 ex-national security officials to denounce Trump’s emergency declaration http://politi.co/2Nttxkb

NYT: It’s Mueller’s Investigation. But Right Behind Him Is Andrew Goldstein. http://nyti.ms/2tzCdwa

WaPo: This courthouse is the closest you can get to Mueller’s probe, one wall away from its secrets http://wapo.st/2H1ew7L

MSNBC, Steve Benen: Trump falsely denies 2016 phone calls between his team and Russia http://on.msnbc.com/2T3CyXf

🐣 RT @BillKristol “What is the endgame of embracing nativism and xenophobia?…What is the endgame of accepting mendacity, deception, and corruption?…Does anyone think if those battles are not fought out now we can wait for eight years and then simply clean up the mess?”
⋙ TheBulwark, Charlie Sykes: What’s the Endgame of Trumpism? http://bit.ly/2BOiMnK
// Not everything turns on the next political cycle.

DailyBeast, Sawin Suebsaeng and Erin Banco: Trump to Legal Team: Stay for Coming Legal Hellscape http://bit.ly/2H412YX
// The president has made private admissions that federal investigations bedeviling his first term in office will be haunting him for possibly years to come.

DailyBeast, Anna Nemtsova: Here’s How Putin’s Russia Is Rebuilding the Iron Curtain http://bit.ly/2ViK6C4
// Hardliners in the Kremlin and the military imagine they can return to the supposed glory days of the Soviet Union by trapping people and money inside Russia’s borders.

NewYorker, Jeffrey Toobin: Andrew McCabe’s Countdown to the Mueller Report http://bit.ly/2T32O3J
// 3/4/2019 issue

Politico: House Democrats target Trump’s personal finances http://politi.co/2EuNbJo
// Why did Deutsche Bank lend money to Trump business when others refused?

⭕ 24 Feb 2019

Bloomberg: Mark Niquette and Ben Brody: Trump Talks Up Potential Progress With North Korea Before Summit http://bloom.bg/2GKirX8
● Pompeo says talks take time and third summit may be needed
● China and Russia have been helpful with sanctions, Trump says

TheGuardian: Schiff threatens to call Mueller to testify if Trump-Russia report not made public http://bit.ly/2BLTMxx
// Top Democrat will be watching Attorney General William Barr to see if he were ‘to try to bury any part of this report’

⭕ 23 Feb 2019

WaPo, Dan Keating and Aaron Steckelberg: When Mueller closes up shop, what will the people be told? http://wapo.st/2XqBT0a

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: On Mueller’s Choice Not to Elaborate on Paulie’s Lies http://bit.ly/2BOd9pA

That leads me to believe he’s certain he will be able to provide a report in some public form, presumably in the same kind of detail he has presented in all his other statements. He doesn’t need to avail himself of this opportunity to do so.

I don’t know what that means about what form the report will take. I don’t know what that means about what it will show with regards to criminal conduct (except that, presumably, we’ll get the details that remain hidden about the August 2 meeting and communications with Trump’s people).

But it does make it clear that even given the opportunity to follow past practice at a time when, according to most reporting, the investigation is substantially done, Mueller chose not to avail himself of that opportunity, instead just pointing to materials that hide the most important details to protect the investigation. …

I believe it suggests that Mueller plans to and believes he can present the details about that August 2 meeting somewhere else.

💙💙 🐣 RT @benjaminwittes Manafort docs! ¤ Get yer Manafort docs here! ¤All 800 pages of ’em! ¤ Get yer mentencing memo! ¤ Get yer exhibits! ¤ Manafort docs on @lawfareblog!
⋙ ≣ Lawfare: Document: Special Counsel Files Manafort Sentencing Memo http://bit.ly/2tznxgj

🐣 RT @juliaioffe Today is Defender of the Fatherland Day (formerly Red Army Day) in Russia. Some Russians are marking it with good humor, congratulating us with this defender of the fatherland. https://twitter.com/juliaioffe/status/1099400040668372992/photo/1
// poster Trump in Russian uniform

DailyBeast, Jeffrey Isaac: America, Socialism Is Actually Nothing to Be Afraid Of http://bit.ly/2TbWMgn
// The word scares people, but there’s a long history of reform in this country that is socialist, and some unlikely figures (Teddy Roosevelt!) embraced that reform.

DailyBeast, Erin Banco and Kevin Poulsen: This Hotline Could Keep the U.S. and Russia From Cyber War http://bit.ly/2GZkW7t
// U.S. intelligence officials are looking to Washington-Moscow hotline as a last-ditch crisis channel that might just prevent a cataclysmic online showdown.

DailyBeast, Adam Rawnsley: How Manafort’s Work for the ‘Torturer’s Lobby’ Came Back to Haunt Him http://bit.ly/2U3VUHV
// Prosecutors used Manafort’s past brushes with foreign lobbying rules to show he’s a witting, repeat offender

DailyBeast, Adam Rawnsley and Erin Banco: Mueller Memo Outlines Paul Manafort’s ‘Repeated and Brazen’ Life of Crime http://bit.ly/2U4VelL
// The much-awaited sentencing memo is one of the most sweeping and detailed documents to be filed in the Russia investigation.

USAToday, Bart Jansen: ‘His criminal actions were bold’: Prosecutors urge harsh sentence for Paul Manafort in court memo http://bit.ly/2EaWLjz

CNBC: Ex-Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort ‘repeatedly and brazenly’ broke the law, special counsel Mueller says in massive 800-page filing http://cnb.cx/2U2gfxi

● Former Trump campaign boss Paul Manafort “repeatedly and brazenly” broke the law, special counsel Robert Mueller said in a court filing unsealed Saturday.
● In the massive 800-page document, Mueller said that federal sentencing guidelines suggest Manafort get between 17 and nearly 22 years of incarceration when he is sentenced in the D.C. court on March 13.
● But Mueller did not recommend that Judge Amy Berman Jackson impose a particular prison sentence on the longtime Republican operative. Jackson can sentence Manafort to a maximum of 10 years in prison due to statutory maximum requirements.

WaPo: Drawing to a close http://wapo.st/2SUSUBm
// illustrated by Steve Brodner; An illustrated guide to the many, many people in the Russia investigation’s orbit

HuffPo/AP: Court Records Follow Mueller’s Uncovering Of Russian Election Interference http://bit.ly/2E9xxBV
// Indictment by indictment, guilty plea by guilty plea, Mueller indirectly revealed his Russia investigation.

NYT, Ken Vogel and Andrew Kramer: Russian Spy or Hustling Political Operative? The Enigmatic Figure at the Heart of Mueller’s Inquiry http://nyti.ms/2SW4Rqd
// Konstantin Kilimnik

Vox, Andrew Prokop: Mueller issues new sentencing memo for Paul Manafort http://bit.ly/2tzh8BN
// The special counsel issued a scathing memo.

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Paul Manafort a ‘hardened’ and ‘bold’ criminal, Mueller prosecutors tell judge http://wapo.st/2IyafLE

TheAtlantic, David Graham: Americans Don’t Need the Mueller Report to Judge Trump http://bit.ly/2txe1un
// The fevered speculation about when the special counsel will conclude his work overshadows how much the public already knows about the president and Russia.

⭕ 22 Feb 2019

TheNation, Lev Golinkin: Neo-Nazis and the Far Right Are On the March in Ukraine http://bit.ly/2GGUf8g
// Five years after the Maidan uprising, anti-Semitism and fascist-inflected ultranationalism are rampant.

MotherJones, Hannah Levintova: Italian Investigators Just Uncovered a Major Russian Election Meddling Plot http://bit.ly/2Ea45vt
// A new magazine report details a plan to back far-right politics with a Kremlin-owned oil company’s sales.

Commentary, Noah Rothman: Would Republicans Go to War for NATO? http://bit.ly/2E57zzz
// Is Trump’s Pro-Putin Rhetoric Leading the GOP to Abandon NATO?

Salon/Alternet, Alex Henderson: 6 events to watch in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation http://bit.ly/2E4D10H
// These are the events to watch out for in connection with Mueller’s probe and other Trump-related investigations

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Here’s our simple message to Attorney General Barr: ¤ When Special Counsel Robert Mueller completes the investigation, make his report public. And turn the evidence over to Congress. Without delay and to the maximum extent permitted by law. ¤ Our letter: https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff/status/1099065515153211392/photo/1-3

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Cohen Gave Prosecutors New Information on the Trump Family Business http://nyti.ms/2E3RdHh

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: Yesterday Noel Francisco Raised the Stakes on the Mystery Appellant http://bit.ly/2Erjzgk

🐣 RT @Clara_Resists Per @RepJerryNadler, “Attorney General Barr must make Special Counsel Mueller’s report public, plain and simple.” ¤ Americans deserve–and demand–full #transparency. This isn’t a partisan issue. ¤ #MuellerReport
Text Block: https://twitter.com/Clara_Resists/status/1099095873827393536/photo/1
// Americans agree report findings should be made public: 92% Democrats, 88% Independents, 80% Republicans

Newsweek: Russia Responds to Donald Trump’s Latest Syria Move: ‘We Do Not Understand’ http://bit.ly/2U4JfES they’re not alone
// background on US and Russia in Syria

NYT: Will the Mueller Report Be Made Public? It’s Largely Up to the New Attorney General http://nyti.ms/2GEVK6Q

CNBC: Robert Mueller won’t submit report to attorney general next week, DOJ official tells NBC News http://cnb.cx/2STS3k9
● Special counsel Robert Mueller will not deliver a report to the attorney general next week, as was previously reported by multiple outlets, a senior Department of Justice official told NBC News on Friday.
● Attorney General William Barr was preparing to announce the completion of Mueller’s investigation into any links between President Donald Trump and Russia as soon as next week, CNN reported Wednesday.
● In a letter to Barr dated Friday, the chairs of six influential House committees suggested that withholding evidence uncovered by Mueller could be the means for a “cover-up.”

Wonkette, Evan Hurst: A Brief Love Letter To Attorney General Bill Barr, In Advance Of The Mueller Report: F*CKING GIVE IT! http://bit.ly/2IweqYk

Salon, Heather Digby Parton: Mueller report coming soon, and the world is waiting: But when will we get to see it? http://bit.ly/2IwBAOl
// William Barr can keep the report under wraps, at least at first. Congress, the media and the public must demand it

NPR, Philip Ewing: Here’s What May Happen When The Mueller Investigation Is Completed http://n.pr/2Sgb0IM

CNN, Chris Cillizza: The White House’s new argument against collusion with Russia is nonsensical http://cnn.it/2XiUzPB

Vox, Andrew Prokop: 9 questions about the Mueller report you were too embarrassed to ask http://bit.ly/2TYXr1P
// What might the Mueller report look like? What will be covered in it? Will we get to see it?

TheGuardian, Sabrina Siddiqui: ‘Even Nixon wasn’t like him’: Trump’s bid to upend Russia inquiry unprecedented, experts say http://bit.ly/2BJofvV
// Democrats have compared Trump’s fixation on the federal inquiry to Watergate, but legal experts say it’s worse than that

CNN, Katelyn Polantz: Mueller could tell all in last major court filing in Paul Manafort’s case http://cnn.it/2U1Q49Z “could”

NYT: New York Prosecutors Expected to Charge Manafort, Guarding Against Trump Pardon http://nyti.ms/2NkMvJu

Bloomberg: New York Has Prepared Paul Manafort Charges If Trump Pardons Him http://bloom.bg/2XjiLRO
● Cy Vance has been investigating ex-Trump aide since 2017
● District Attorney sees way to avoid double jeopardy protection

WashingtonMonthly, Nancy LeTourneau: Devin Nunes Was Trump’s Mole Inside the Gang of Eight http://bit.ly/2TXMU7c

WaPo, Philip Bump: The slowly written Mueller report that’s sitting in plain sight http://wapo.st/2TYQ1vv

NYT/AP: Mueller Report Looming, New Attorney General in Hot Seat http://nyti.ms/2U1zKWT

⭕ 21 Feb 2019

BBC, Anthony Zurcher: Trump-Russia inquiry: What might ‘Mueller report’ look like? http://bbc.in/2EoKQ2O

WaPo, Greg Sargent: No excuses. Only full disclosure of Mueller’s findings will do. http://wapo.st/2GG7Ahb

TheAtlantic, Kathy Gilsinan: The Impossible Job of Speaking Truth to Trump http://bit.ly/2STzixd
// How do you offer intelligence to a president who’s not interested—and keep your job?

JustSecurity, Ryan Goodman and Asha Rangappa: Stop Using the Word “Collusion”—How to Frame the Critical Question at the Heart of Trump-Russia http://bit.ly/2XeLw24

VanityFair, Abigail Tracy: “Merely the End of Chapter One”: The Mueller Report, Rumored to Drop Next Week, Is Only the Beginning of Trump’s Hell http://bit.ly/2EpfYPH
// The president’s legal vulnerability doesn’t begin or end with the special counsel. “There are so many loose threads,” says a former top Justice official. “So whatever the report says, it is highly likely the investigations will continue.”

Vox, Andrew Prokop: Robert Mueller’s “collusion” case so far, explained http://bit.ly/2V5N7Fw
// Court filings about Cohen, Manafort, and Stone have alleged scandalous activities during the 2016 campaign.

Slate, Ben Steinberg: Antitrust Law Could Help Mueller Prove That Trump Officials Conspired With Russia http://bit.ly/2Vdj92i

USAToday: Mueller’s Russia investigation: Trump’s legal team braces for report, hasn’t talked with special counsel in ‘weeks’ http://bit.ly/2SicgLh

CNN: Senate investigators pursue Moscow-based former Trump associate http://cnn.it/2E4JMQb
// Senate investigators want to question Moscow-based American businessman David Geovanis with longstanding ties to President Donald Trump after witnesses told them he could shed light on the President’s commercial and personal activities in Russia dating back to the 1990s, multiple sources have told CNN.

WaPo: Adam Schiff: An open letter to my Republican colleagues http://wapo.st/2E0G8H6

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III may soon conclude his investigation and report. Depending on what is in that report and what we find in our own investigations, our nation may face an even greater challenge. While I am alarmed at what we have already seen and found of the president’s conduct and that of his campaign, I continue to reserve judgment about what consequences should flow from our eventual findings. I ask you to do the same.

If we cannot rise to the defense of our democracy now, in the face of a plainly unconstitutional aggrandizement of presidential power, what hope can we have that we will do so with the far greater decisions that could be yet to come?

NYT, Jamelle Bouie: Sanders Has an Advantage, and It’s Not About Economics http://nyti.ms/2ST2pkr
// He has put forward a foreign policy vision that pits democratic peoples everywhere against illiberalism at home and abroad.

NYT, Neal Katyal: The Mueller Report Is Coming. Here’s What to Expect. http://nyti.ms/2E27lcz
// A concise report will probably act as a “road map” to investigation for the Democratic House — and to further criminal investigation by other prosecutors.

WaPo: Stephen Miller’s claim that ‘thousands of Americans die year after year’ from illegal immigration http://wapo.st/2Vce8aw

Salon, Lucian Truscott IV: Trump isn’t colluding with Russians — he’s conspiring with Putin http://bit.ly/2EkagOU
// Trump’s Russia collusion didn’t stop with the election — but what he’s done since taking office is even worse

⭕ 20 Feb 2019

💙💙 WIRED, Garrett Graff: 7 Scenarios for How the Mueller Probe Might End http://bit.ly/2NtNhnx
⋙ See under Entire Articles: WIRED 7 Scenarios 7-20-2019

💽 MSNBC, TheBeatWithAri: Why Mueller could ask AG Barr to indict Trump in office http://on.msnbc.com/2Xh7QrK

In a special report, MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent, Ari Melber, breaks down a central question in modern American politics: Can a sitting President be indicted? Melber examines how the constitution’s core remedy for a President who commits “high crimes or misdemeanours” is through Congress and the power of impeachment, but that this doesn’t legally mean a sitting President cannot be indicted. Melber also walks through how both the Special Counsel in the Watergate investigation and Ken Starr, in the investigation of Bill Clinton, have both argued that a President could, in fact, be indicted while in Office and that while DOJ guidelines recommend against it, if Mueller thought there was a public interest requirement to indict Trump, he could ask Attorney General Bill Barr for an exception.

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Michael Cohen will come before the @OversightDems & @HouseIntel Committees next week. Congress has an independent duty under the Constitution to conduct oversight of the Executive Branch, and any efforts to intimidate family members or pressure witnesses will not be tolerated.

WaPo: Trump trains his sights on McCabe as the Mueller report on Russian interference looms http://wapo.st/2SPCmun

AVNews: Andrew McCabe tells Stephen Colbert that Trump-Russia is “more suspicious every day” http://bit.ly/2tu1AiO

CNN: Justice Department preparing for Mueller report as early as next week http://cnn.it/2E5lUfc

DailyBeast, Barbara McQuade: Trump May Be Committing Obstruction of Justice in Plain Sight http://bit.ly/2VbMHxA
// Trump may be attempting to negate the ability of prosecutors to prove an essential element of an obstruction charge: corrupt intent.

DailyBeast, Asawin Suebsaeng: Trump Is Beyond Obsessed With Andrew McCabe http://bit.ly/2E4VkTs
// The president despises the man who he believes tried to remove him via a coup.

DailyBeast, Spencer Ackerman: Coast Guard Officer Accused of Racist Mass-Murder Plot, Kept ‘Hit List’ of Democrats and MSNBC Hosts http://bit.ly/2VbKIt3
// Lt. Christopher Paul Hasson hoarded guns and drugs and wrote about ‘kill[ing] almost every last person on the earth’ in pursuit of a white homeland in America.

🐣 RT @selectedwisdom [Clint Watts] President Trump – Master Checkers player. North Korea and KJU move to develop weapons targeting U.S., and you talk regime change and war. What are you going to do now that you opened the doors to Russia doing this?
⋙ 🐣 RT @AP BREAKING: President Vladimir Putin warns new Russian weapons will target US if it deploys missiles to Europe. https://twitter.com/AP/status/1098171635151110145

NYT: White House Panel Will Study Whether Climate Change Is a National Security Threat. It Includes a Climate Denialist. http://nyti.ms/2BMWdzI

WaPo, Aaron Blake: Matthew Whitaker’s testimony about Trump trying to influence the Cohen inquiry was cagey. Now we might know why. http://wapo.st/2Ta6ksc
// Whitaker told lawmakers Trump never pressured him to take any action related to the SDNY investigation of Michael Cohen. A New York Times report tells a different story.

WaPo, Philip Bump: How little of Mueller’s work can the Trump administration get away with releasing? http://wapo.st/2Sc7nna

WaPo: Justice Department preparing for Mueller report in coming days http://wapo.st/2XdT8lr

🐣 Listening to Andrew McCabe is the opposite of Trump: completely clear, factual, detailed, straight-forward. No spin. So refreshing. @Morning_Joe

WaPo: Putin warns new weapons will target U.S. if missiles are deployed in Europe http://wapo.st/2SLPKzy

⭕ 19 Feb 2019

Politico: Nancy Pelosi to Europe: Trump is not the boss http://politi.co/2XgM8nN
// The house speaker underlined ‘power of the purse’ belongs to Congress, not the president.

💙💙 WaPo: What we learned about Trumpworld outreach to Russia since Mueller’s investigation began http://wapo.st/2twkXYE
// And what we still don’t know.

WaPo: Trump grows frustrated with DNI Coats, leading some to fear he might be fired http://wapo.st/2T4xOzC
// Director of National Inteligence

🐣 RT @keithboykin Andrew McCabe says he told “The Gang of 8” that the FBI had opened a investigation into Donald Trump, and no one objected. The Gang of Eight:
   1. Richard Burr
   2. Mitch McConnell
   3. Devin Nunes
   4. Nancy Pelosi
   5. Paul Ryan
   6. Adam Schiff
   7. Chuck Schumer
   8. Mark Warner

ABCNews: Bernie Sanders raises $4 million in less than 1 day of presidential campaign http://abcn.ws/2V7Siom
// The senator from Vermont announced his campaign on Tuesday.

Esquire, Charles Pierce: This Is Count After Count on a Bill of Impeachment http://bit.ly/2T2cz1o
// A New York Times report is full of Trumpian abuses of power and assaults on the rule of law.

💽 MSNBC, 11thHour: Jeremy Bash: Both Russia and Trump are trying to undermine our democracy http://on.msnbc.com/2SWSCJt
// MSNBC National Security Analyst Jeremy Bash reacts to the latest New York Times report on the president’s efforts to stymie the Russia investigation.

NYT: Justice Clarence Thomas Calls for Reconsideration of Landmark Libel Ruling http://nyti.ms/2BJCgKi //➔ First Amendment and Freedom of the Press At risk

DailyBeast: Fox’s Judge Napolitano: Trump’s Call to Whitaker Sure Looks Like ‘Attempted Obstruction’ of Justice http://bit.ly/2InJnOo
// The judge said Trump’s reported call to Whitaker was ‘an effort to use the levers of power… for a corrupt purpose to deflect an investigation into himself or his allies.’

DailyBeast: Devin Nunes Alum Scott Glabe Joins Trump White House http://bit.ly/2T5DGsi
// Scott Glabe joins Kash Patel as another Nunes aide who has recently joined the Trump’s White House team.

DailyBeast: CNN Staffers ‘Demoralized’ by Hiring of GOP Operative Sarah Isgur to Edit 2020 Coverage http://bit.ly/2DW9PZR
// The former Jeff Sessions flack has zero journalistic experience and yet she is tasked with guiding CNN’s 2020 reporting. CNN staffers and media critics alike are not pleased.

DailyBeast: Former FBI Director Andrew McCabe: ‘It’s Possible’ Trump Could Be a Russian Asset http://bit.ly/2NewCo0
// The former FBI chief told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that Trump is actively ‘undermining the role of law enforcement.’

TheGuardian: Trump-Russia: FBI had ‘backup plan’ to save investigation evidence –as it happened http://bit.ly/2EjK1IB
// Plan created after Comey firing to ensure information would survive firings or reassignments of top officials

💙◕📋 NYT, Larry Buchanan and Karen Yourish: Trump Has Publicly Attacked the Russia Investigation More Than 1,100 Times http://nyti.ms/2T2HSsN

USAToday: Andrew McCabe: Top lawmakers were told the FBI was investigating Trump and ‘no one objected’ http://bit.ly/2SMoIIr

CNN, Chris Cillizza: 1 sentence that explains Donald Trump and the Russia investigation http://cnn.it/2U3WOEB

The New York Times published a 4,536-word opus on President Donald Trump’s two-year-long (and running!) attempt to thwart the multiple investigations into his 2016 presidential campaign and its ties to Russia.

The entire thing is worth reading. It’s chock-a-block with news — like that Trump reportedly asked acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to install an ally to oversee the Southern District of New York investigation into Michael Cohen!! — and insights into the world (and White House) of Donald Trump.

Amid all those words, one sentence in the piece stood out to me as deeply important when it comes to thinking about Trump, the investigation and what special counsel Robert Mueller knows.

Here’s the sentence:

“The episode was among the first of multiple ham-handed efforts by the president to carry out a dual strategy: publicly casting the Russia story as an overblown hoax and privately trying to contain the investigation’s reach.”

The “episode” specifically referred to in the quote is Trump, in the midst of a meeting on how to handle the departure of national security adviser Michael Flynn, latching onto a rumor that then-Speaker Paul Ryan had said that the President had fired Flynn. No one in the meeting knew the real
story and, as the Times piece makes clear, Trump didn’t shed any light on it or really seem to care what the truth was. He quickly convinced himself that the idea of him firing Flynn would put any concerns about undue Russian influence on his 2016 campaign behind him. So he instructed then-White House press secretary Sean Spicer to go sell that line to the press. …

The reason that sentence above is so important is because it reveals the conundrum at the center of Trump’s ongoing response to the various investigations into his campaign and White House: Why, if he is totally innocent — as he has declared many, many times — is he working so damn hard over such a long time to influence, obfuscate and seemingly obstruct federal investigations? …

💙💙 ≣ HouseOversightComm: Multiple Whistleblowers Raise Grave Concerns with White House Efforts to Transfer Sensitive U.S. Nuclear Technology to Saudi Arabia http://bit.ly/2TW0Oql

NPR: In potential violation of the law, Trump Officials Tried To Rush Nuclear Technology To Saudis, House Panel Finds http://n.pr/2V7i8sC

CNN: Trump asked Whitaker if he could put prosecutor in charge of Cohen probe http://cnn.it/2GQ8gQg

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Dangling pardons. Attempting to get a prosecutor to unrecuse. Threatening a cooperating witness. False public statements. Encouraging congressional allies to investigate the investigators to protect him. ¤ All of it a pattern of obstruction. All of it dangerous to the rule of law.
⋙ 🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: Intimidation, Pressure and Humiliation: Inside Trump’s Two-Year War on the Investigations Encircling Him http://nyti.ms/2ttTMgU
// President Trump’s efforts have exposed him to accusations of obstruction of justice as Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, finishes his work.

🔆 This❗️⋙ DNI (1/23/2019): National Intelligence Strategy NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE STRATEGY of the United States of America 2019 [pdf] http://bit.ly/2RNzddZ //➔ acc to Chris Ruddy of NewsMax, DNI Dir Coats is being axed for sharing this w the public @mitchellreports
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1097916877593108480/photo/1

🔆 This❗️⋙ TheAtlantic, Natasha Bertrand: Andrew McCabe Couldn’t Believe the Things Trump Said About Putin http://bit.ly/2TWlb6Z interview
// The former deputy director of the FBI explains why the bureau felt obligated to investigate the president—and how the Mueller probe might end.

⭕ 18 Feb 2019

NBC, Frank Figliuzzi: Andrew McCabe worried Trump was a potential national security threat. America should listen to his warning. http://nbcnews.to/2V7mK28
// FBI agents are trained to identify and mitigate threats. McCabe’s new book suggests he had identified just such a potential threat — in the Oval Office.

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH NEWS: MSNBC National Security Analyst Jeremy Bash tells us more than 40 national security officials will sign joint declarations explaining why Trump’s actions undermine national security and his declaration doesn’t meet the test of an emergency w/ @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1097636340311695361/photo/1

🐣💽 RT @MedicalPedia How your Body heals https://twitter.com/Medicalspedia/status/1097792725221556224/photo/1

Newsweek: ‘Something Bizarre and Sinister’ About Donald Trump’s Relationship With Russia, CNN Analyst Warns http://bit.ly/2SIpK8c Jeffrey Toobin

Vox, Andrew Prokop: Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe vs. President Trump, explained http://bit.ly/2tsG9yw
// The 25th Amendment, “I believe Putin,” a leak investigation, and more.

USAToday: From the 25th Amendment to Vladimir Putin: Five takeaways from Andrew McCabe’s 60 Minutes interview http://bit.ly/2BItbRR

TheHill: McCabe: Trump ‘may have’ committed a crime in blocking Russia probe
http://bit.ly/2GQV1yU

NPR: Andrew McCabe, Ex-FBI Deputy, Describes ‘Remarkable’ Number Of Trump-Russia Contacts http://n.pr/2XcgyHK

🐣 RT @20committee When your crazy words give your top counterintelligence officials reason to wonder if you, the new POTUS, are loyal to a hostile foreign power, not the USA, that’s not an “attempted coup” — it’s “pondering one’s constitutional obligations per one’s oath as a USG employee.”

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: Four Sentences: What the Legal System Has Said about the Suspect Loyalty of Trump’s Aides http://bit.ly/2V6u5is

🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind Notice that Trump allies Alan Dershowitz and Lindsey Graham have both raised the specter of a “coup” against him in recent days. Almost as if they are priming the country for an alternative truth. ¤ Also note there is concern that both of these men may be compromised/blackmailed.

🐣 RT @VladisKrebs The #TrumpRussia investigation is not a “WITCH” hunt — it is a “WHICH” hunt! ¤ WHICH people and orgnizations were key to connecting Putin associates and Trump associates during the 2016 US Presidential election and subsequent transition?
◕ ⋙ TheNetworkThinkers: Paths to Putin http://bit.ly/2V4xe21
// connectivity charts

NYT: Graham Vows to Investigate Whether ‘Bureaucratic Coup’ Tried to Oust Trump http://nyti.ms/2GvVNC2

DailyBeast: Trump Accuses McCabe and Rosenstein of Plotting Treason Against Him http://bit.ly/2TVJim4

🐣 RT @JuddLegum Trump tweets, last 24 hrs:
1. My deputy attorney general is a criminal
2. I’m being targeted by an “illegal coup”
3. The people investigating me should be jailed
4. Television networks that air jokes about Republicans should face “retribution”

🐣 RT @Amy_Siskind It’s worth observing how shocked we would have been to hear the contents of McCabe’s “60 Minutes” interview in 2017, but how unimpactful and unsurprising it feels today. We are that frog in water coming to boil, degree by degree.

🐣 RT @JF991 In the last 5 days:
– Kremlin media calling for larger invasion of Ukraine, prepping domestic audience.
– Fringe GOP think tank calling for larger invasion of Ukraine
– Kremlin funded anti-Ukraine “protest” in Germany
– Today in central (Russian controlled) Donetsk, 3 bombs
⋙ 🐣 RT @ChristopherJM Reports of 3 explosions, cause unknown, in central Donetsk city. RBK cites Russian state media citing Moscow-backed separatist authorities as saying occurred near 7 Pushkin Blvd, not far from offices of authorities and hotel where @OSCE_SMM known to stay.

≣ TIME: Read the Full Transcript of Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s ’60 Minutes’ Interview http://bit.ly/2SFAlRB

🐣 RT @brianklaas In the last 72 hours, Trump has declared a national emergency over a manufactured crisis to bypass Congress, called for “retribution” against a comedy show for making fun of him, used Stalinist rhetoric to attack the press, and suggested those who investigate him should be jailed

DailyBeast, Ankit Panda: U.S. Intelligence: Russia Tried to Con the World With Bogus Missile http://bit.ly/2TVcuJW
// The Russians hyped a cruise missile launch earlier this year. But a briefing by the CIA and a second agency determined that it was essentially a hoax.

⭕ 17 Feb 2019

DailyBeast, Matt Wilstein: Fox News’ Chris Wallace Hammers Stephen Miller: How Is This a ‘National Emergency?’ http://bit.ly/2V4JEah
// Trump admitted he ‘didn’t need to do this,’ Chris Wallace asked his guest, so ‘how does that justify a national emergency?’

DailyBeast, Michael Tomasky: The Dumb, the Selfish and the Cynical Are Who Keeps Trump’s Support From Collapsing http://bit.ly/2EeS9dt
// Thirty percent of the country is with him no matter what. Who’s in the other 10 percent of his support?

NYT: Rift Between Trump and Europe Is Now Open and Angry http://nyti.ms/2tsVSh3

WaPo, Anne Applebaum: An off-key Pence sings from the Trump hymnal to a stony European reception http://wapo.st/2GONJeM

🐣 RT @tonyschwartz Trump is upping the intensity of his attacks on the Mueller investigation, which suggests he’s increasingly fearful. He’s determined to do anything he can to attack Mueller’s credibility. What he can’t attack are facts. They will show that Trump has committed countless crimes.

🐣 RT @shimonpro “I don’t care. I believe Putin” ¤ ANDREW MCCABE: Intelligence officials in the briefing responded that that was not consistent with any of the intelligence our government possesses to which the president replied, “I don’t care. I believe Putin.”

🐣 RT @tribelaw Speechless.
⋙ 🐣 RT @real “These guys, the investigators, ought to be in jail. What they have done, working with the Obama intelligence agencies, is simply unprecedented. This is one of the greatest political hoaxes ever perpetrated on the people of this Country, and Mueller is a coverup.” Rush Limbaugh

🐣 RT @60Minutes “I believe I was fired because I opened a case against the President of the United States,” says McCabe, who lost his job just a day before he would have been able to collect his full pension. He is considering suing the government over this. https://cbsn.ws/2GwLWLZ 
🐣 RT @60Minutes McCabe says his notes from his conversations with President Trump and Rod Rosenstein have been turned over to special counsel Robert Mueller. “Those memos are in the custody of the special counsel’s team.”
💽 🔆 This❗️⋙ CBS: Andrew McCabe “60 Minutes” interview http://cbsn.ws/2NcxNUP
Former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe talks President Trump investigation and taking over for James Comey during the Russia investigation — full transcript – CBS News

DailyBeast, Allison Quinn: Andrew McCabe on Trump’s ‘Bizarre’ Job Interview, ‘Astounding’ Putin Comments http://bit.ly/2BGbBxY
// The former acting FBI director says Trump was almost “gleeful” after firing Comey and unleashing “chaos” on the FBI, but the version of events he was selling was “not reality.”

CNN: Russia bristles as fresh US sanctions loom http://cnn.it/2tr1A2Y

CBS, 60Minutes: McCabe says possible “inappropriate relationship” between Trump, Russia prompted probe http://cbsn.ws/2Gtd0vX

NYPost: Trump told Rosenstein to include Russia in letter firing Comey http://nyp.st/2GwdEsr

Bloomberg: Trump Wanted Russia in Memo Firing Comey, Former FBI Leader Says http://bloom.bg/2X9pTQB
● McCabe said Trump took Putin’s word about N. Korean missiles
● Former acting FBI director makes comments on ‘60 Minutes’

CNN/60Minutes: Former acting FBI director Andrew McCabe: Trump’s ‘own words’ prompted counterintelligence investigation http://cnn.it/2S94cwn

Politico/CNN: ‘Evidence in plain sight’ of Trump collusion with Russia, Schiff says http://politi.co/2SWdiRO

TheHill: “The United States will never give up on our allies. We need you and I hope you think you need us.” ¤ Yesterday, former VP Joe Biden spoke at the Munich Security Conference in Munich, Germany. 💽 https://twitter.com/thehill/status/1097103617721581569/photo/1

TheGuardian: Mueller questions Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser http://bit.ly/2BDtSM8
// Second former employee of controversial data firm to be questioned by special counsel’s inquiry into Russia collusion

⭕ 16 Feb 2019

🐣 RT @kasparov63 Having Russian officials speak the Munich Security Conference is like having a medical conference on fighting cancer and inviting tobacco companies to explain why cancer isn’t really a problem.
⋙ 🐣 RT @chessninja You don’t negotiate with your cancer, you remove it before it kills you. It’s a self-destructive fantasy that Putin’s damage can be limited by giving him what he wants.

Newsweek: Roger Stone Communicated With WikiLeaks and Russian Hackers: Mueller http://bit.ly/2TT2ml8

NYT, Dwight Garner: In ‘The Threat,’ Andrew McCabe Issues the Latest Warning Call About Trump’s America http://nyti.ms/2BHbsKK

WaPo Editorial: Pompeo and Pence send a poor message with their bumbling tour of Europe http://wapo.st/2SRY0NS

🐣 RT @Kasparov63 Obviously. The problem is that Trump doesn’t see that as a problem. The question is why
⋙ 🐣 RT @RFERL: German Chancellor Angela Merkel has warned that a hasty U.S. pullout from Syria runs the risk of strengthening the roles of Russia and Iran in the Middle East. http://ow.ly/mLIi30nIRPp 

Bloomberg: Nuclear Fears Haunt Leaders With U.S.-Russian Arms Pact’s Demise http://bloom.bg/2IwqQ2v
● Arms-race specter raises alarm at global security conference
● Looming standoff revives memory of 1962 Cuban missile crisis

NYT, Nick Kristof: ‘The Trump-Russia Story’: Cue the Stage Lights http://nyti.ms/2GqJoPy
// In this drama, the stakes are enormous.

Politico Mag, Jack Shafer: Week 91: Mueller’s Case for Collusion Comes Into View http://politi.co/2GtVh7o
// The special counsel has begun to draw sharper lines between Russia, Wikileaks, Roger Stone and the Trump campaign.

Politico: Dems prepare to force Trump to reveal private talks with Putin http://politi.co/2NbrAIP
// Key chairmen met with the House general counsel in a bid to put any subpoena fight on firm legal ground.

🐣 RT @BillBrowder BREAKING: Russian judge orders Mike Calvey kept in custody until April 13th. Based on my experience with the Russian criminal justice system, this is an ominous sign that his ordeal is just beginning. His business rivals want something big from him
⋙ Reuters: Russian court orders Baring Vostok’s Calvey to be kept in custody until April 13 http://reut.rs/2EcEvXX

⭕ 15 Feb 2019

DailyBeast, Adam Rawnsley And Erin Banco: 69-Year-Old ‘Unrepentant Crook’ Paul Manafort Looking at Decades In Prison http://bit.ly2Een1dM/
// The recommendation for a long sentence came as he’s still facing sentencing in a separate case where a judge voided his plea deal after he lied to investigators.

Politico: Cummings: 2 Trump attorneys may have lied about Cohen payments http://politi.co/2BGYVHc

Reuters: U.S. investigators probing years of WikiLeaks activities: sources http://reut.rs/2tqSt2s

🐣 RT @JohnWDean Aiding and abetting Russia to win an election for Trump is treason. Not surprising from a man who worships Nixon and lies to make a living. But the ultimate dirty trick in presidential politics failed and he has been caught! He’s not nearly as smart as he thinks. Bye-bye, Roger!
⋙ CNN: BREAKING: Special counsel prosecutors say they have communications of Roger Stone with WikiLeaks https://cnn.it/2Ece4BL 

NPR: Senate Panel Launches Bipartisan Probe Into Think Tank Linked To Butina, Torshin http://n.pr/2DMBQ68

Politico: Mueller: Guidelines call for Manafort to get up to 24.5 years in prison for Virginia convictions http://politi.co/2trl6wt
// Prosecutors made a clear reference to Manafort’s time atop Trump’s 2016 campaign, noting his ‘repeated misrepresentations to financial institutions were brazen’ during that time.

🐣 RT @MaddowBlog At the cost of potentially dying in prison, Paul Manafort lied to cover up the (or “a”) channel of communication between the Trump campaign when he was chairman and Russian intelligence during the time that Russia was interfering in the U.S. presidential election to help Trump. 💽 https://twitter.com/MaddowBlog/status/1096600498042478594/photo/1

🐣 RT @McFaul If they can arrest Calvey, they are not afraid to arrest anyone. To my Americans friends still doing in business in Russia, it’s time to come home.
⋙ Meduza: Here’s what we know so far about the criminal case against one of Russia’s biggest foreign investors, U.S. citizen Michael Calvey. (Venture capitalists are calling it a disaster for Russia.) http://bit.ly/2X7hsFC

🐣 RT @juliaioffe Oh, look! The guy who created Novichok—and has been publicly contradicting the Kremlin’s denial of its existence—is now under police investigation for alleged pedophilia (this after he was hit by a car and survived).
📌 https://twitter.com/juliaioffe/status/1096537987649859584
⋙ BBC: Разработчику “Новичка” в Анапе устроили анонимную травлю http://bbc.in/2T1u16k

WaPo: Special counsel calls Manafort’s crimes ‘serious, longstanding, and bold’ but recommends no specific sentence http://wapo.st/2X4GBk6

🐣 RT @awprokop Just out: Mueller says that in Russian hacker investigation, several search warrants were executed “on accounts that contained Stone’s communications with Guccifer 2.0 and with Organization 1” (WikiLeaks). Warrants discussed further in sealed addendum 📌 https://mobile.twitter.com/awprokop/status/1096520849052626944

CNN: Special counsel prosecutors say they have communications of Stone with WikiLeaks http://cnn.it/2tmo7OD

Reuters: U.S. judge issues gag order in trial of former Trump adviser Roger Stone http://reut.rs/2S61yrp

📊 FiveThirtyEight: WaPo Poll: Independents Trust Mueller, Which Could Be Bad News For Trump http://53eig.ht/2GLhMnN overall 57/36% think Mueller is mostly interested in uncovering the truth

The poll also suggests that independents may be the deciding factor in whether the public supports Trump’s impeachment, if it comes to that. Per the Post poll, if Mueller’s report finds that Trump obstructed justice by trying to undermine the Russia investigation, Americans believe — 65 percent to 29 percent — that Congress should impeach Trump and try to remove him from office.1 And if the report concludes that Trump authorized his campaign staff to collude with Russia, Americans support impeachment and attempted removal by a similar margin: 61 percent to 33 percent.

Vox, Andrew Prokop: Why Mueller said Roger Stone’s case is “related” to his Russian hacker indictment http://bit.ly/2SDo2F2
// Stone is disputing this and asking for a different judge.

WaPo: ‘They deserve to know if Donald Trump is an agent of the Russian Federation’: Democratic senator makes case for Trump being compromised http://wapo.st/2TSy4yP Sen Robert Menendez (D-NJ)

🐣 RT @SenJeffMerkley Looking forward to voting for a resolution nullifying this fake emergency declaration. Defending the Constitution and the role of Congress in deciding how taxpayer dollars are spent shouldn’t be partisan. Hope my #GOP colleagues will rise to the occasion.

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin This emergency declaration is unlike those before. First, the facts show that there’s no border “invasion” or “crisis,” regardless of prudent security needs. Second, Congress has already decided in accordance with its authorities and after much consideration against this.

TheAtlantic, Noah Rothman: Trump Crosses the Rubicon http://bit.ly/2GJKJjP
// His national-emergency declaration is setting a precedent that all Americans, but conservative Americans in particular, will long regret.

🐣 RT @lisamurkowski We know that the threat of cyberattacks by our foreign adversaries and other sophisticated entities is real and growing, and the consequences of a successful cyberattack would be widespread and devastating.

KyivPost [UKR]: Kremlin media pundits beat drums of war http://bit.ly/2Igr7X6

Russian state media and less official propaganda outlets have gone into overdrive in their efforts to criticize and negatively characterize Ukraine as the country approached and started its election period. The Kremlin-controlled Rossiya 1 TV channel, RT (formerly known as Russia Today) and Sputnik have been leading the charge.

But beyond the usual disinformation or anti-Ukrainian propaganda, an increase in fiery rhetoric on state television that advocates for war and, in some cases, the total destruction of Ukraine, has also been noticed by concerned observers.

Through newspapers and online media, the Kremlin is also increasingly pushing its agenda, ideology and banging the drum for aggressive neo-colonialism.

Vladislav Surkov, a top aide and strategist for President Putin, published a lengthy op-ed in the Russian newspaper Nezavisimaya Gazeta on Feb. 11 where, among other things, he championed Russia as an expansionist power and called for “Putinism” to become Russia’s official ideology.

He also said that the ideology should be exported to neighboring countries, and that Russian expansionism doesn’t only require economic and military aggression.

Surkov also admitted, in an extraordinary and revealing article, that Russia interferes in foreign countries, but appeared to boast that it was actually “far more serious” than many know.

Russia had “started an information counter-offensive,” he wrote in the op-ed.

“Foreign politicians believe that Russia interferes in elections and referendums worldwide” but in fact “it interferes in their brains and they don’t know what to do with their altered state of consciousness,” he further stated.

“Surkov’s text should be taken very seriously,” wrote Ukrainian journalist and news editor Volodymyr Yermolenko, in a Feb. 13 response for the Atlantic Council think-tank.

“It epitomizes how Russian elites think and how we should expect Moscow to behave, even beyond the Putin era. The key element is expansion, which isn’t limited to military power or geopolitics. It also wants to export its ideology and political model.”

As Russian pundits and officials openly discuss an all-out invasion of Ukraine and the destruction of its statehood in the country’s state-owned media, western experts say that Putin should be made more aware of the cost of such actions.

“Putin will continue to seriously consider and plan for overt Russian military action against Ukraine unless he is convinced the price to pay would be too high,” wrote Steven Hall, an American security analyst and former CIA chief focused on Russia in a Feb. 14 tweet.

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi .@realDonaldTrump’s actions clearly violate the Congress’s exclusive power of the purse, which our Founders enshrined in the Constitution. The Congress will defend our constitutional authorities in the Congress, in the Courts, and in the public, using every remedy available.

DailyBeast: Top U.S. General Joseph Votel: Trump Is Wrong on Syria and ISIS http://bit.ly/2BBtRbO

⭕ 14 Feb 2019

VanityFair, Bess Levin: William Barr’s Son-in-Law Just Landed a Job Advising Trump on “Legal Issues” http://bit.ly/2T2k9Jl
// Tyler McGaughey’s work will intersect with the Russia investigation

DailyBeast, Betsy Woodruff and Spencer Ackerman: Boyfriend’s Email: Butina ‘Manipulated’ Russian Spy Agency for NRA Trip http://bit.ly/2N5XlTu
// According to her boyfriend, Russian agent Maria Butina had major sway with the FSB officers ‘assigned’ to her.

DailyBeast, Barbara McQuade: Mueller May Find ‘No Collusion,’ but Still Find Crimes http://bit.ly/2tqVyPO
// Sen. Richard Burr’s comments were trumpeted by the president. He shouldn’t be so sanguine about semantics.

💙 WaPo Editorial: Trump’s presidency enters a new imperial phase — and Mitch McConnell just rolls over http://wapo.st/2GphK5L

🐣 RT @brianklaas The president’s former campaign chairman, a convicted felon, secretly passed campaign data to a man with links to Russian intelligence and lied about his contacts with him to try to cover it up but don’t worry because Trump keeps tweeting NO COLLUSION so I’m sure it’s fine.

🐣 RT @GlennKirschner You know what sounds like collusion? A three-way meeting with Gates, Manafort and Russian Op Kilimnik in a smoky cigar bar during the height of the presidential campaign. AND they they were careful to leave by three separate doors = consciousness of guilt! No collusion my . . .
⋙ 🐣 RT @sasss31 #ConsciousnessofGuilt the one and only @glennkirschner2 breaking it down succinctly and precisely on the implications 💽 https://twitter.com/sasss31/status/1095864059348410369/photo/1

🐣 RT @TheDemCoalition Here’s a photo we found of Senator Lindsey Graham & Alan Dershowitz with a billionaire who made his fortune off Russian oil. He gave Graham’s campaign & PAC $870,500. He also gave McConnell’s PAC $3.5M, Rubio’s PAC $1.5M & $1M to Trump’s inaug, which Mueller’s now investigating. https://twitter.com/TheDemCoalition/status/1096077537711738880/photo/1

🐣 RT @IlvesToomas WHAT??!?!?!?! Counterintelligence head of a NATO country under arrest?
⋙ EuropeanViews: Belgian Counterintelligence Chief Suspected of Spying for Russia http://bit.ly/2SUWBWI
// Belgium’s intelligence service ADIV has been plagued by a long-standing conflict between its intelligence and counter-intelligence departments.
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🐣 RT @SethAbramson This is the husband of Trump’s Director of Strategic Communications saying “Mueller will be gone soon” because of the new AG William Barr, implying that Trump will soon order Barr to fire Mueller or Barr will do it on his own initiative.
⋙ 🐣 RT @mschlapp Tomorrow will be the first day that President Trump will have a fully operational confirmed Attorney General. Let that sink in. Mueller will be gone soon.

💽 MSNBC, MTP Daily: Brennan and Wittes: ‘Russians could do potential damage’ in Trump-Russia investigation http://on.msnbc.com/2BC2G0q
// Former CIA Director John Brennan and Lawfare’s Ben Wittes join to discuss Andrew McCabe’s take that Trump can’t be trusted. McCabe wrote that people have forgotten how far we’ve strayed from “normal standards of presidential accountability.”

RFI/RL: U.S. Judge Orders Officials To Turn Over Lesin Autopsy Records http://bit.ly/2UXgGZV

A Washington judge has ordered the city medical examiner to turn over dozens of autopsy records and other files in the investigation of Mikhail Lesin, the former Russian press minister who was found dead in a D.C. hotel room under suspicious circumstances more than three years ago.

Once a powerful media adviser to President Vladimir Putin, Lesin fell out of favor sometime around 2012 and had largely been out of sight before his body was found in the Dupont Circle Hotel. Despite the official conclusion that his death was “accidental,” suspicion has focused on whether he was killed to keep him from sharing information with the Justice Department.

NYT: Trump’s Face-Saving Way Out of Political Crisis Raises Fears Over Rule of Law http://nyti.ms/2XcMz2G

🐣 RT @FiveThirtyEight The act of declaring a national emergency to build a wall is even more unpopular than the wall itself. https://53eig.ht/2SP9l18 
https://twitter.com/FiveThirtyEight/status/1096247563815010307/photo/1
// poll: 4 polls, avg 32/65%

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok “No President in US history has EVER been suspected of having ANY kind of relationship w/ a (hostile) foreign power”—@carlbernstein. THIS is the backdrop to every conversation & debate about Trump. It can’t be repeated enough #TrumpRussia #McCabe #FBI #Mueller #RussiaProbe #AC360
https://twitter.com/PaulaChertok/status/1096247487042473984/photo/1

RollingStone, Andy Kroll: Why Does Paul Manafort Keep Lying About Russia? http://bit.ly/2BxP06r
// A judge ruled that Trump’s former campaign chairman lied to Mueller’s investigators, shredding his plea deal

NBC: Ex-FBI official McCabe speaks out, comes under fire from both Trump and DOJ http://nbcnews.to/2EcJSqh
// Trump attacked McCabe on Thursday, calling him “a big part of the Crooked Hillary Scandal & the Russia Hoax — a puppet for Leakin’ James Comey.”

Axios: House Democrats may target Ivanka Trump in their Russia probe http://bit.ly/2TSpGiQ

CNBC, Kevin Breuninger: FBI’s Andrew McCabe feared he would be fired before Trump investigations were on ‘solid ground’ http://cnb.cx/2SBTeVq
● Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe feared that he might be ousted before the obstruction-of-justice and counterintelligence investigations into President Donald Trump’s Russia ties were “on absolutely solid ground.”
● McCabe said that he launched the probes a day after speaking with Trump in May 2017, in a conversation following the firing of former FBI Director James Comey.
● Eight days after Comey was fired, special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to carry out the investigations into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

Slate, Ben Mathis-Lilley: Robert Mueller Might Be Wrapping Things Up. Has He Proved a Conspiracy Between Trump and Russia? http://bit.ly/2Gs6dme

WaPo, David Ignatius: We’re entering a new phase of the Trump-Russia investigation http://wapo.st/2V1HU1D

💙 NYT Editorial: A Trump-Made Emergency http://nyti.ms/2GHLdqJ
// The president decides that fulfilling a campaign promise is more important than respecting the separation of powers.

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok McCabe’s book confirms Putin has been calling the shots on North Korea. As I said in this thread, Trump was parroting Kremlin talking points and even language on NK, as he’s done re NATO, Ukraine, Crimea, Montenegro, Afghanistan, etc. Russia is dictating Trump’s foreign policy
⋙ 🐣 RT @PaulaChertok [Jun 2018] Thread on the Trump show at #G7. A “10” it was not. He came with a list of “grievances”—something Putin & Lavrov do! He also tried to humiliate & threaten our allies. …You gotta wonder not IF Russia’s moles have infiltrated this admin, but how many. (The Trudeau detail OMG) 📌 https://twitter.com/PaulaChertok/status/1005529550107729921?s=20

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 House Judiciary chair Jerry Nadler: “This is a gross abuse of power that cannot be tolerated … I will fully support the enactment of a joint resolution to terminate the President’s emergency declaration … and intend to pursue all other available legal options.”

WaPo, Greg Miller: Andrew McCabe’s disturbing account of working for Sessions and Trump http://wapo.st/2GO1mLv

🐣 RT @RBReich Authoritarians throughout history have used manufactured crises to circumvent the legislative process and consolidate their own power. We must remain vigilant. These are perilous times for our democracy.

TheAtlantic, Elizabeth Gotein: What the President Could Do If He Declares a State of Emergency http://bit.ly/2S1TOe5
// Jan-Feb Issue; From seizing control of the internet to declaring martial law, President Trump may legally do all kinds of extraordinary things.

💙 TheAtlantic, Natasha Bertrand: The Senate’s Russia Probe Is Facing a Reckoning http://bit.ly/2Ie0Okm
// Meanwhile, the Democratic-led House committee is gearing up for a reinvigorated inquiry.

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Trump is declaring a national emergency to bypass Congress, to build a wall we don’t need, to address a crisis that doesn’t exist, by claiming an authority he doesn’t have. ¤ If that sounds like nonsense, it’s because it is. It’s also plainly unconstitutional.

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi Declaring a national emergency would be a lawless act, a gross abuse of the power of the presidency and a desperate attempt to distract from the fact that @realDonaldTrump broke his core promise to have Mexico pay for his wall.

Politico: McCabe says he opened investigations into Trump to put Russia probe ‘on solid ground’ http://politi.co/2X2iH94

Politico: Trump shocks GOP with emergency declaration http://politi.co/2N5KEbu
// Senate Republicans were stunned to learn Trump is ignoring their warnings against such a move.

🐣 RT @kasparov63 [2016] The point of modern propaganda isn’t only to misinform or push an agenda. It is to exhaust your critical thinking, to annihilate truth.

Medium, Scott Stedman: Amid Mueller scrutiny, Swiss parent company of Psy Group scrubs online presence http://bit.ly/2S0cd6N

BuzzFeedNews, Alberto Nardelli: A Longtime Friend Of Vladimir Putin’s Has Been Invited To Speak At An EU-Funded Conference http://bit.ly/2DPSyld
// Some EU officials view the invitation to Vladimir Yakunin, who is the target of US sanctions, as the latest example of the EU’s foreign policy chief being too soft towards Russia.

🐣 RT @benjaminwittes The man has a story to tell. And whatever Andrew McCabe may have done, nobody will ever take away from him that he led the FBI with dignity and honor at a moment of true crisis, surrounded by people at the White House and DOJ who lacked dignity and honor.
⋙ 🔆 This❗️⋙ TheAtlantic, Andrew McCabe: Every Day Is a New Low in Trump’s White House http://bit.ly/2SzolRp
// The president steps over bright ethical and moral lines wherever he encounters them. Everyone in America saw it when he fired my boss. But I saw it firsthand time and time again.

🐣 .@SenatorBurr spoke the eqivalent of “if it doesn’t fit, you must acquit,” only the “jury” in this case is the American people @MarkWarner Why?

CNN, Stephen Collinson: Manafort bombshell deepens mystery in Russia probe http://cnn.it/2GnJDLn

🐣 RT @WendySiegelman Significance of Sam Patten plea deal isn’t clear to most people yet – Konstantin Kilimnik (ex-GRU) worked for Patten in Russia 2001-2003 before Kilimnik worked for Manafort, Patten & Kilimnik formed company in 2015 & Patten contracted on shady Cambridge Analytica deals since 2014
📌 https://twitter.com/WendySiegelman/status/1035670357619998720

⭕ 13 Feb 2019

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 A bipartisan group of senators have introduced a bill that would impose stiff new sanctions on Russia over its meddling in U.S. elections and aggression against Ukraine, the latest congressional effort to push Trump to ratchet up D.C.’s response to Moscow.
⋙ SenateCommFR: Senators Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Hold Russia Accountable http://bit.ly/2V0JVuQ

U.S. Senators Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) today introduced the Defending American Security from Kremlin Aggression Act (DASKA) of 2019. The comprehensive legislation seeks to increase economic, political, and diplomatic pressure on the Russian Federation in response to Russia’s interference in democratic processes abroad, malign influence in Syria, and aggression against Ukraine, including in the Kerch Strait.

The legislation establishes a comprehensive policy response to better position the U.S. government to address Kremlin aggression by creating new policy offices on cyber defenses and sanctions coordination.  The bill stands up for NATO and prevents the President from pulling the U.S. out of the Alliance without a Senate vote.  It also increases sanctions pressure on Moscow for its interference in democratic processes abroad and continued aggression against Ukraine.

DailyBeast, Erin Banco, Betsy Woodruff: Trump’s DHS Guts Task Forces Protecting Elections From Foreign Meddling http://bit.ly/2DHVeRQ
// “It’s very curious why the leadership has not committed resources to prepare for the 2020 election,” one DHS official tells The Daily Beast.

DailyBeast, David Lurie: Trump Is Immune From Impeachment if Mueller Can’t Share His Evidence http://bit.ly/2EbpG8p

🐣 RT @MSNBC Michael Cohen lawyer Lanny Davis to Sen. Burr: “We’re coming. There were no false excuses.”
⋙ MSNBC, Hallie Jackson: Cohen lawyer to Sen. Burr: ‘We’re coming. There were no false excuses.’ http://on.msnbc.com/2SO82Q1
// Lanny Davis, Michael Cohen’s attorney and communications adviser, speaks with Hallie Jackson about his client’s controversial postponement of his Senate testimony due to ‘medical needs’ after a recent shoulder surgery.

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks House Judiciary Committee should request all Mueller evidence relevant to actions of Trump before, during and after the election and during his presidency. Federal rules allow this. Watergate Judge Sirica said public right to know allowed release of grand jury evidence. Here too.

DailyBeast: Senate Intel Chief Richard Burr Covered for Trump While Russia Attacked 2016 Election http://bit.ly/2Gnzm1T

◕📊 FiveThirtyEight: Public Opinion Of The Mueller Investigation Has Become More Partisan http://53eig.ht/2GNqKkz
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1095963855895871488/photo/1

Vox, Andrew Prokop: Judge rules that Manafort deliberately lied to Mueller’s team during cooperation http://bit.ly/2tnwKs2
// The former Trump campaign chair may now get a tougher sentence.

🐣 RT @selectedwisdom What I find remarkable about the Manafort-Kilimnik meeting is the timeline. August 2, 2016 – just after Trump’s “Russia if you have those emails” & Stone messaging to find dirt. Just before Manafort spouts Russia propaganda on CNN & just weeks before leaves campaign
⋙ 🐣 RT @selectedwisdom When looking for indicators & warnings of Collusion, I always say do surveillance at a “dinner meeting at a private cigar room” – How Manafort’s 2016 meeting with a Russian employee at New York cigar club goes to ‘the heart’ of Mueller’s probe
📌 https://twitter.com/selectedwisdom/status/1095716460616450048

WaPo: Trump claims ‘no collusion’ with Russia as leading Democrat says conclusion is premature http://wapo.st/2DE7qmw Intel Comm Ranking Member Sen Mark Warner (D-VA)

📊 CNN, Brian Stelter: How a single poll question illustrates America’s divide over Trump and Russia http://cnn.it/2RY0LbS //➔ 43% of all but just 19% of GOP say Mueller has proven Russian tried to interfere; (also true under Watergate until the evidence became irrefutable)

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Here’s what stands out to me from today’s ruling:
¤ Manafort lied about his contacts with an individual affiliated with Russian intelligence. And he lied intentionally.
¤ If Manafort had told the truth, it would have been so damaging to Trump as to negate his chances of a pardon.

🐣 RT @ScotMStedman August 2 – Manafort shares private, detailed polling data w Kilimnik
August 3 – Don Jr meets with Zamel who touts his social media manipulation tools
Also August 3 – Kilmnik flies from NY to Moscow on Deripaska’s jet
August 4 – Spike in Alfa Bank-Trump Tower server communications

WaPo: Federal judge finds Paul Manafort lied to Mueller probe about contacts with Russian aide http://wapo.st/2S1MLhg

🔆 This❗️⋙ CNN: Judge voids Paul Manafort plea deal, says he ‘intentionally’ lied to the FBI, special counsel and grand jury http://cnn.it/2BweLnO

💙 🐣 RT @MSNBC for Special Counsel Robert Mueller have proved 3 of the 5 examples they cite as occurrences when Manafort lied to them in the course of his cooperation.
💽 https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1095831723483512832/photo/1

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok Senate Intel chair Richard Burr can’t be a trusted voice on the Russia probe. Important piece by @rgoodlaw, weaving together Burr’s actions & statements since teaming up w/ the Trump campaign, to paint a darker & more cynical picture than we imagined.
⋙ 💙 JustSecurity, Ryan Goodman: Who is Richard Burr, Really? Why the public can’t trust his voice in the Russia probe http://bit.ly/2RYLJCQ

MilitaryTimes: After Trump’s treaty withdrawal, NATO is getting ready for a Russia with a lot more missiles http://bit.ly/2GGZYdf

Vox, Aaron Rupar: Trump’s tweet that Senate investigators found “NO EVIDENCE OF COLLUSION,” explained http://bit.ly/2tkND6J
// Trump wants you to believe Richard Burr is the final word on Russia. He isn’t.

💽 🔆 This❗️⋙ CNN, Marshall Cohen et all: How Team Trump keeps changing its story in the Russia investigation http://cnn.it/2TOSVD1 Timeline with videos
// By Marshall Cohen, Sam Fossum, Em Steck, Tal Yellin; Videos produced by McKenna Ewen

Politico: ‘Mr. Manafort did not lie’: Attorneys take final stand against Mueller charges http://politi.co/2E7nz5t
// The special counsel has accused Manafort of breaching a plea deal when he lied about interactions with an associate allegedly linked to Russian intelligence.

🐣 RT @annalecta FEC probing Rebuilding America Now—a pro-Trump super PAC facing allegations of illegal coordination & a wire transfer to Paul Manafort flagged by special counsel Robert Mueller—for failing to disclose $1M received on the eve of the 2016 election for years
⋙ TPM, Josh Kovensky and Allegra Kirkland: Manafort-Linked PAC Failed To Report $1 Million And The FEC Wants To Know Why http://bit.ly/2GJ4B6H

🐣 RT @RepSwalwell THREAD: Let’s talk about direct vs circumstantial evidence. The law treats them the same. @SenatorBurr says there’s no “direct evidence of collusion” b/w Trump & Russians. Put aside the fact that @MarkWarner doesn’t agree w/ this. What matters is if there’s evidence of collusion. 📌 https://twitter.com/RepSwalwell/status/1095754587368292353

CNN: Senators target Russia with massive bipartisan bill http://cnn.it/2TKTw8Q
// Bob Menendez, Lindsey Graham

They’ve proposed a massive bill that aims to, among other things, force the administration to assess whether Russia is a state sponsor of terror.

It would also require a two-thirds Senate vote if Trump decides to leave NATO, a report on Russian President Vladimir Putin’s net worth and assets, and title insurance companies in the US to report information on who owns entities that buy high-priced homes here — as well as would hammer Russia with a host of additional sanctions and new ways of cracking down on Russian disinformation and cyber-crimes.

“The sanctions and other measures contained in this bill are the most hard-hitting ever imposed — and a direct result of Putin’s continued desire to undermine American democracy. The sanctions and measures we propose are designed to respond in the strongest possible fashion,” [Graham] added.

Wednesday’s legislative announcement comes a day after the US released a sweeping list of prominent Russian business and political figures, implementing a congressional law designed to punish Russia for election interference.

The US Treasury report, published shortly before a midnight deadline, listed every senior member of the political administration at the Kremlin, and every Russian oligarch with a net worth of $1 billion or more.

MoscowProject: Burr’s Blind Eye To Collusion http://bit.ly/2SUOxWc

TheAtlantic, Joseph Augustyn: Maria Butina Is Not Unique http://bit.ly/2UYPmul
// For years, countries including Russia and China have used their citizens who study in the U.S. as an intelligence-gathering resource.

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok US and EU close to agreeing on new #sanctions to check #Russia’s aggression toward #Ukraine in the Sea of Azov (where Russians attacked & seized 3 ships & 24 Ukrainian sailors passing thru Kerch Strait in November) | Financial Times
⋙ FinancialTimes: US and EU close to agreeing new sanctions to check Russia [paywall]

⭕ 12 Feb 2019

TheAtlantic, Saahil Desai: Does Anyone Know What the End of the Russia Investigation Really Means? http://bit.ly/2TO9jDO
// Does it mean “clearing” the president? Does it mean one more spree of indictments, a devastating final report?

TheAtlantic, Mikhaila Fogel and Benjamin Wittes: The Much-Heralded End of the Mueller Investigation http://bit.ly/2GGwnkb
// No one knows when it will actually “wrap up”—or what it will mean when it does.

Axios, Mike Allen: House Democrats plan vast Russia probe http://bit.ly/2GKkf1T

🐣 RT @tribelaw Burr is out on a limb that his non-GOP colleagues are sawing off. He’s being a partisan. Plus his definition of “evidence” is wildly unrealistic. Nobody ever imagined Trump saying to Putin, “Hey, I’ll lift the sanctions if you make me president.” That’s not how it works
⋙ CNNPolitics Sen. Mark Warner, the top Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee, rejected Republican Chairman Richard Burr’s recent statements that the committee has not found evidence of collusion https://cnn.it/2E7JQzS 

Newsweek, Cristina Maza: Mike Pompeo Warns Vladimir Putin Is Threatening Democracies Everywhere, Says West Took Its Eye Off Russia http://bit.ly/2TTPmeM //➔ wow, has he cleared this with the boss?

🐣 RT @DeadlineDH “[Senate Intel doesn’t] have nearly the tools that Bob Mueller has. The most important tool they don’t have is the threat to indict people for crimes & the ability to reduce their sentences of people that come and cooperate” – @matthewamiller w/ @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1095458146443816964/photo/1

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews #Russia’s state TV: ¤ Kremlin propagandist Vladimir Soloviev interviews RT’s editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan re: alleged US info-ops. He asks whether any US politicians disseminate Russian agitprop in conjunction with RT. Simonyan replies: “Only one. Donald Trump. Just kidding.”

🐣 RT @JohnBrennan Senate Intel Committee is doing good work, but it does not conduct criminal investigations. It is up to Special Counsel to charge those who criminally conspired with Russia. Don’t conflate collusion, which occured, with criminal conspiracy. Stay tuned.
⋙ NBC, Ken Dilanian: Senate has uncovered no direct evidence of conspiracy between Trump campaign and Russia http://nbcnews.to/2BwdmxK
// “We were never going to find a contract signed in blood saying, ‘Hey Vlad, we’re going to collude,'” one Democratic aide said.

MotherJones, Dan Friedman: Senate Intelligence Committee Democrats Dispute Claims That Russia Probe Found No Collusion http://bit.ly/2UXKUMt
// “The president is terrified about where our investigation…may lead.”

WaPo, Philip Bump: Why early August 2016 has become central to the Russia investigation: A timeline http://wapo.st/2I579yi

USAToday: Yes, the Mueller investigation is costly. But the millions seized from Manafort have it on track to break even http://bit.ly/2TQhW0Y

DailyBeast, Erin Banco and Adam Rawnsley: Swiss Mystery Company Is at the Heart of a Mueller Puzzle http://bit.ly/2BC2UEN
// You’ve never heard of Zurich-based Salix Services AG. But Robert Mueller’s team has.

WaPo, Aaron Blake: A Russian oligarch offers a significant denial in the Mueller probe http://wapo.st/2Gnd3Jt

WaPo: Senate Intel chair slams Trump fixer Michael Cohen, as House Democrats staff up probes http://wapo.st/2Sxps4b Richard Burr (R-NC)

🐣 RT @emptywheel Congratulations to the WaPo which, unlike the NYT, can report that the polling handoff happened at the same meeting Manafort was talking sanctions relief.
⋙ 🐣 RT @CarolLeonnig What I like most in this story: ¤ It takes you to a cigar bar in Aug 2016, & a Russian operative w/ “important messages” to give Trump campaign chair. ¤ It knits together string that @PostRoz, @thamburger and WaPo team have been gathering for 2 1/2 years.
⋙⋙ 🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: How Manafort’s 2016 meeting with a Russian employee at New York cigar club goes to ‘the heart’ of Mueller’s probe http://wapo.st/2SKfTy1

The Aug. 2, 2016, encounter between the senior Trump campaign officials and Kilimnik, who prosecutors allege has ties to Russian intelligence, has emerged in recent days as a potential fulcrum in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation.

It was at that meeting that prosecutors believe Manafort and Kilimnik may have exchanged key information relevant to Russia and Trump’s presidential bid. The encounter goes “very much to the heart of what the special counsel’s office is investigating,” prosecutor Andrew Weissmann told a federal judge in a sealed hearing last week.

One subject the men discussed was a proposed resolution to the conflict over Ukraine, an issue of great interest to the Russian government, according to a partially redacted transcript of the Feb. 4 hearing.

During the hearing, the judge also appeared to allude to another possible interaction at the Havana Room gathering: a handoff by Manafort of internal polling data from Trump’s presidential campaign to his Russian associate.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews #Russia’s state TV selected this imagery to go along with the quote by senior Kremlin aide Vladislav Surkov, who wrote that— beyond election interference across the globe— Russia alters Western consciousness and is engaged in “an information counteroffensive against the West.” https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1095326502365904897/photo/1
// photo of Trump, Macron etc

🐣 RT @olgaNYC1211 The Ministry of Information Policy of Ukraine on Tuesday, Feb 12, presented the “White Book of Special Information Operations Against Ukraine, 2014-2018.” ¤ Have always said that Ukraine was a testing ground for the war Russia launched on the West.
⋙ Unian: Ukraine’s ministry of information policy presents “White Book” of info-ops against Ukraine http://bit.ly/2SQYinY
// It contains descriptions of Russia’s information campaigns aimed against Ukraine, carried out in 2014-2018.

Newsweek, Cristina Maza: Vladimir Putin’s Adviser Tells Americans: ‘Russia Interferes in Your Brains, We Change Your Conscience’ http://bit.ly/2GB7VRo

Americans who worry about Russia election interference should stop focusing on such trivialities and instead realize that the idea that they have a choice over how they are governed is a mere illusion, Vladislav Surkov, an adviser to Russian President Vladimir Putin, wrote in an op-ed published this week.

“The illusion of choice is the most important illusion, the main trick of Western democracy especially…. The rejection of this illusion in favor of the reality that everything is predestined will allow society to reflect first on our vision of democratic development,” Surkov wrote. “Foreign politicians talk about Russia’s interference in elections and referendums around the world. In fact, the matter is even more serious: Russia interferes in your brains, we change your conscience, and there is nothing you can do about it.”

In his op-ed for the Russian publication Nezavisimaya Gazeta, or “Independent Newspaper,” Surkov also laid out Putin’s vision of returning Russia to its rightful role as a global superpower and exporting “Putinism” as an ideology to be adopted around the world.

“After having fallen from the USSR to the Russian Federation, Russia stopped collapsing and began to recover and return to its natural and only possible state as a large nation that is on the rise,” he wrote.

“The great role assigned to our country in the history of the world does not allow us to leave the stage or keep silent among the crowd…. It does not promise peace…. Putin’s great political machine is only gaining momentum and gearing up for a long, difficult, and interesting job,” Surkov continued.

He then went on to describe Putin as the founder of modern Russia, similar to the Turkish leader Mustafa Kemal Ataturk or France’s Charles de Gaulle. “Putinism is the ideology of the future,” he wrote. “The political system created in Russia is suitable not only for the future of local areas, it clearly has significant export potential.”

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Senate Intelligence Committee aide tells me, re: NBC story, that right now there is “a common set of facts” that the panel is working with, “and a disagreement about what those facts mean.” ¤ They add: “We are closer to the end than the beginning, but we’re not wrapping up.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Re: the headline, “Senate has uncovered no direct evidence of conspiracy between Trump campaign and Russia,” same aide says: “the word ‘direct’ is doing a lot of work here.”

🐣 RT @krassenstein
Cost of Mueller Probe thus far: $25,000,000
Fines and Forfeitures Brought in by Mueller/SDNY Probe:
Manafort – $26,740,000
Cohen – $1,850,100
Flynn – $500
Papadopoulos – $9,500
Gates – $20,000
van der Zwaan – $20,000
TOTAL: $28,640,100
Total Profit: $3,640,100
Go MUELLER!

📊 Politico: Poll: More Americans have confidence in Mueller than Trump http://politi.co/2GJ9mNs 56% to 33%, according to a recent poll by The Washington Post and George Mason University’s Schar School

💽 MSNBC: Figliuzzi: Russia-Trump collusion question is not yet answered [Video] http://on.msnbc.com/2I7ZYpd

WaPo, Scott Clement and Matt Zapotosky: Americans view Mueller as more credible than Trump, but views of his probe are scattered http://wapo.st/2SwN7BT

⭕ 11 Feb 2019

💽 MSNBC, The Beat With Ari: Meet the Mueller prosecutor who scares Trump more than Mueller http://on.msnbc.com/ 2V2yh2t

In a special report, MSNBC Chief Legal Correspondent Ari Melber examines the tactics of a hardball Federal Prosecutor on Special Counsel Mueller’s team, Andrew Weissmann, who many refer to as Mueller’s “legal pit bull”. Melber breaks down how Weissmann honed his hardball strategy in the Enron investigation, one of the most far-reaching, aggressive and controversial prosecutions in modern American law and how he built a reputation of effective and controversial prosecution, by charging targets that many prosecutors avoid: like a defendant’s own family members.

🐣 RT @eorden Attorneys for the Donald J. Trump Foundation accused the New York attorney general’s office of political motivation in its civil lawsuit against the nonprofit, citing recent comments made by Attorney General Letitia James.
📌 https://mobile.twitter.com/Trumpnado2016/status/1095020835163787264
⋙ CNN, Erica Orden: Trump Foundation says NY AG’s comments show lawsuit is political http://cnn.it/2WYcZ8c

🐣 RT @bradheath Mueller’s former deputy: “A public narrative has built an expectation that the special counsel will explain his conclusions, but I think that expectation may be seriously misplaced.”
⋙ USAToday: Robert Mueller has spent two years investigating Trump, and he hasn’t said a word. It’s possible he never will. http://bit.ly/2By4veI

🔆 This❗️⋙ EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: A Primer on How to Read: So the NYT Can Stop Telling Paul Manafort’s Lies http://bit.ly/2tqQECN //➔ Critique of NYT: In Closed Hearing, a Clue About ‘the Heart’ of Mueller’s Russia Inquiry

DailyBeast, Adam Rawnsley: Are Russian DisInfo Warriors Meta-Trolling Us With Mueller’s Trial? http://bit.ly/2TJjvh1
// Frat-house antics in the courtroom, winking at its own celebrity—what’s behind the spate of bizarre behavior from the IRA, Russia’s notorious troll factory?

✅ PBS: AP fact check: Trump claims he’s vindicated in Russia probe http://to.pbs.org/2MZHGVS

He’s tweeting that Republican Sen. Richard Burr, who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, has “announced” the panel found no collusion or conspiracy between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election. That’s taking it too far. Burr did say in a published interview that he had found no evidence so far of collusion after two years of investigation, but the probe is continuing. Burr also indicated the committee’s final report may not even reach a conclusion on the question, leaving it up to the public to decide.

Newsweek: Trump Officials ‘Doing Russia’s Bidding’ to Get Richer Against U.S. National Interests, Former Deputy Asst AG Harry Litman Says http://bit.ly/2N2gZ2E

NewYorker, Jeffrey Toobin: Roger Stone’s and Jerome Corsi’s Time in the Barrel http://bit.ly/2DAkcCi
// Feb 18&25 Issue; Why the mismatched operatives matter to Trump—and to the Mueller investigation.

WaPo, Philip Bump: If there was collusion with Russia, here’s where it might have occurred http://wapo.st/2WV2EKa
// The known links are not very strong.

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: Quid Pro Quo Redux, Part One: The Trump Tower Dangle http://bit.ly/2RVpc9V

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom He’s not wrong. And it’s our fault.
⋙ 🐣 RT @olex_sherba Putin’s adviser Surkov to those “who cry about Russian meddling in elections”: “Things are much more serious: we meddle with your brains, we change your conscience – and you have no clue what to do about it”. http://bit.ly/2SJMSlY

🐣 RT @Liveuamap Putin’s adviser Surkov in the article in “Nezavisimaya gazeta” says that Putin managed to create “state of new type” – “Putinism” is a new form of government(like Republic), Putinism will be in Russia for coming century even after Putin http://bit.ly/2I7i0Ia via @oldLentach
⋙ 🐣 “Putinism” IOW “Mobster Oligarchy” ~ No, thanks.

⭕ 10 Feb 2019

🐣 RT @MikeL_Jollett Wow. Without all the makeup and stuff, Trump looks like Old Man Potter from It’s a Wonderful Life. https://twitter.com/Mikel_Jollett/status/1094683340714594304/photo/1-2

🐣📊 RT @pewresearch Pew Poll: 62% of Americans had a favorable opinion of NATO in our 2017 survey. U.S. goodwill toward the alliance was significantly higher than in 2016, when 53% had a favorable view https://pewrsr.ch/2MXHAwL 

WaPo: New Trump-Russia probe will focus on reports of money laundering, ‘financial compromise,’ Schiff says http://wapo.st/2Sq7yAf

TheAtlantic, Quinta Jurecic: A Confederacy of Grift http://bit.ly/2BuAOLv
// The subjects of Robert Mueller’s investigation are cashing in.

🌀 Mueller v Trump SCORECARD https://twitter.com/mcspocky/status/1094388982996238336/photo/1

Politico: Schiff questions Mueller’s approach on Deutsche Bank http://politi.co/2DqBOka

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote This sounds to me like AMI wanting people to stop looking beyond Dirty Sanchez. (That’s what we’re calling him. He’s a Stone Ally). What do you guys think?
⋙ The brother is the Occam’s Razor explanation. But, Bezos has the resources and the best investigators working for him. It’s hard to think he would bring up the Saudis with no proof whatsoever. He might find himself on the wrong side of a bone saw.
⋙ DailyBeast, Lachlan Markay: Mistress’ Brother Leaked Bezos’ Racy Texts to Enquirer, Sources Say http://bit.ly/2Gle6JP //➔ Never underestimate Occam’s Razor
// Multiples sources tell The Daily Beast that Michael Sanchez, a Trumpworld associate and brother to Bezos’ lover, gave the couple’s texts to The National Enquirer.

WaPo: House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) voices concern that Mueller’s scrutiny of Trump’s finances isn’t adequate http://wapo.st/2Gk2pmW

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Senate Intel chairman Burr “told CBS last week that the committee’s investigators ‘don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion.’ But Weissmann’s remarks seem to suggest that for the special counsel that avenue of inquiry is still alive.”
🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT: In Closed Hearing, a Clue About ‘the Heart’ of Mueller’s Russia Inquiry http://nyti.ms/2SqF3T2 //➔ did the Trump campaign (and later the Trump admin) pursue a grand bargain that would lift Magnitsky sanctions and would also have advanced Trump Tower Moscow?

Comments by one of Mr. Mueller’s lead prosecutors, disclosed in a transcript of a closed-door hearing, suggest that the special counsel continues to pursue at least one theory: that starting while Russia was taking steps to bolster Mr. Trump’s candidacy, people in his orbit were discussing deals to end a dispute over Russia’s incursions into Ukraine and possibly give Moscow relief from economic sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies.

The theory was offered almost as an aside by the prosecutor, Andrew Weissmann, during a discussion of contacts between Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and a longtime Russian associate, Konstantin V. Kilimnik, whom investigators have linked to Russian intelligence.

“Trump’s unusual sympathy and receptivity to Putin and the Kremlin was evident throughout the campaign” and the first few months of his presidency, said John E. Herbst, a former United States ambassador to Ukraine. That pattern, he said, fueled the notion that Mr. Trump might seek a “grand bargain” that would end sanctions, possibly on terms deeply unfavorable to Ukraine.

The sanctions also limited business opportunities with Russia. Mr. Trump had long sought a marquee Trump Tower project in Moscow, and at least two aides were pursuing separate nuclear power projects that would have benefited from an end to the sanctions.

As Mr. Trump took office, some State Department officials described worrying inquiries that suggested the White House might be preparing to precipitously drop the sanctions. And various intermediaries floated proposals they said would end the sporadic combat in eastern Ukraine between Russian-funded separatist fighters and Ukrainian forces trying to hold back the loss of more territory.

Michael D. Cohen, Mr. Trump’s longtime fixer, told The New York Times that he left a sealed envelope containing one such plan on Mr. Flynn’s White House desk. …

Mr. Kilimnik, meanwhile, was trying to use his extensive ties to Mr. Manafort to advance another. It envisioned the return of Viktor F. Yanukovych, a pro-Russia politician who had risen to the presidency of Ukraine in 2010 with the help of Mr. Manafort, who was paid tens of millions of dollars for his efforts.

Mr. Yanukovych was forced from office by a popular uprising in 2014 and fled to Russia. Mr. Kilimnik wanted to resurrect him as a semiautonomous leader in eastern Ukraine, a division of the country fiercely opposed by most Ukrainians.

In a February 2017 interview with The Times, Mr. Kilimnik described Mr. Manafort as a possible negotiator for the deal. He said that Mr. Manafort had told him that “there is only one enemy — the chaos.”

What Mr. Manafort and Mr. Kilimnik discussed about the Russia-Ukraine conflict is not all that concerned prosecutors. Another issue is a directive from Mr. Manafort to Mr. Gates to turn over Trump campaign polling data to Mr. Kilimnik in the midst of the presidential race.

The transcript suggests that Mr. Manafort claims that he wanted only public data transferred. But Mr. Weissmann told the judge that the question of whether any American, wittingly or unwittingly, engaged with Russians who were interfering in the election relates to “the core” of the special counsel’s inquiry.

⭕ 9 Feb 2019

TheAtlantic, Natasha Bertrand: Matthew Whitaker Plays to an Audience of One http://bit.ly/2tc3owS
// Throughout a contentious oversight hearing, the acting attorney general seemed to be auditioning for his next job in the Trump administration.

NYT: Trump Defies Congressional Deadline on Khashoggi Report http://nyti.ms/2tgGYud

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: Paul Manafort Sold Out Donald Trump — and His Anonymous Leakers Are Lying about It Publicly http://bit.ly/2Ih0f9x

🐣 RT @juliettekayyem A few notes on Bezos’ security apparatus. The guys I knew at FBI and Secret Service often ended up in VIP Protection, a lucrative post-government position where salaries can be in the high 6 digits. It’s a serious job, especially to protect the richest of the rich. 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/juliettekayyem/status/1094272500320612352

Unian [UKR]: Russian intel offering Ukrainians US$2,000 for setting on fire churches of former Moscow Patriarchate http://bit.ly/2MXLI0R
// Russian spies and Moscow-controlled “security services” in the occupied parts of Donbas have been working to recruit Ukrainian nationals who would commit arson attacks on temples operated by Orthodox priests of what was until recently called the Moscow Patriarchate.

WaPo, Max Boot (Dec): An Israeli tech firm is selling spy software to dictators, betraying the country’s ideals http://wapo.st/2SkX3hA newly relevant
// 12/5/2018

Newsweek: Donald Trump Jr. ‘Expects to be Indicted’ and is in ‘More Immediate Jeopardy’ Than Jared Kushner, Journalist Natasha Bertrand Says http://bit.ly/2SprYt2

Inquisitr: Kremlin ‘Proud’ Of ‘Operation’ To Get Trump Elected, Says Former US Ambassador To Russia Michael McFaul http://bit.ly/2SoeQEo

TheGuardian: Mark Galeotti: ‘We should laugh at Russia more’ http://bit.ly/2WUEMGk
// The Russian politics expert on why the West misreads Putin, Trump’s election, the Skripals and why he loathes Game of Thrones

⭕ 8 Feb 2019

JustSecurity, Sam Berger: Trump’s Plan to Have the Military Build a Wall is Illegal http://bit.ly/2DBpduk

🐣 RT @JohnWDean The world knew the National Enquirer was sleazy. It was not known it’s kind of journalism was much like the mob, extortion and blackmail. Thank you Jeff Bezos for rolling over the log so we all can see what crawls out. Pecker can’t do dirty from prison!
⋙ WaPo Editorial: The truth about the National Enquirer comes crawling out http://wapo.st/2TMMdhb

TheObserver, John Schindler: Inside the Spy Scandal at the Heart of Jeff Bezos’ War With the National Enquirer http://bit.ly/2Bs8g5D

RawStory, Travis Gettys: Cohen pal Donny Deutsch predicts anti-mob laws will take down entire Trump Organization http://bit.ly/2TB3WYM

Deutsch said the SDNY investigation was beginning to look like a Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act, or RICO, case.

“I’m going to throw out the term RICO,” Deutsch said. “(It) was introduced, basically, for mob bosses. Police said, ‘Okay, if somebody in your organization killed somebody we can pin it on you.’”

“I think from here on in,” he said, “to the day Donald Trump dies, until those children are wherever they go, they will be picking apart this organization, because what they want to make an example of is this president who showed up and tried to undo 250 years of what our grandfathers fought for, and this organization will eventually be RICO’d and take the entire thing down. This is just the beginning.”

🐣 RT @tribelaw Are Donald Trump and the murderous Saudi Prince bin Salman co-conspirators with David Pecker and AMI in a failed criminal plot to blackmail and extort Jeff Bezos as owner of the Washington Post? Asking for a friend in the Southern District of New York.

TPM, Allegra Kirkland: Ex-Enquirer Editor Jerry George: Bezos Story Was ‘Means Of Kissing And Making Up With’ Trump http://bit.ly/2RQ5oER

DailyBeast, Barbara McQuade: New Trump Probe Looks a Lot Like a RICO Investigation http://bit.ly/2BtpFdV
// The crimes reportedly under investigation—money laundering, fraud, conspiracy—could amount to a criminal enterprise. That’s how my team of prosecutors put away Detroit’s mayor.

WaPo, Aaron Blake: What we learned from the Matthew G. Whitaker hearing http://wapo.st/2RS5vj6
// The showdown between House Democrats and Trump’s acting attorney general could provide a glimpse of what’s to come.
1. Whitaker was in over his head
2. Won’t deny Mueller is on a ‘witch hunt’
3. No subpoena showdown yet — but . . .
4. A sitting president cannot be indicted
5. The most inexplicable moment
⋙ This was the moment Whitaker was elevated to the top law enforcement position in the United States. And he says he cannot remember exactly how he first learned he got that job? That certainly seems like something that would be etched into memory — especially three months in.

NYT Editorial: Saudi Arabia’s Threadbare Cover-Up of Khashoggi’s Killing Unravels Further http://nyti.ms/2UTt7Gh
// The crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was overheard threatening to silence the self-exiled Washington Post journalist “with a bullet.”

NYT: Jeff Bezos’ Extortion Claim Said to Be Under Review by Prosecutors http://nyti.ms/2td2jEV

🐣 RT @mkraju Siding with Saudi crown prince, WH will NOT make determination on punishing those responsible for Khashoggi murder under Magnitsky Act. “The President maintains his discretion to decline to act on congressional committee requests when appropriate,” official tells @Kevinliptakcnn 📌 https://twitter.com/mkraju/status/1093925586739888128

DailyBeast, Spencer Ackerman (Mar 2018): Trump’s Publisher Pal Puts Saudi Propaganda Magazine in U.S. Supermarkets http://bit.ly/2RNsBHS
// 3/26/2018; The owners of the National Enquirer have a slick, ad-free magazine on U.S. newsstands praising crown prince Mohammed bin Salman—and insist they had no outside help for it.

Bloomberg, David Glovin and Andrew Martin: Manafort Prosecutors Have Questions About $1 Million Condo Loan http://bloom.bg/2MWl6xs

DailyBeast: Federal Prosecutors Probing National Enquirer’s Jeff Bezos Story: Report http://bit.ly/2BqCc1Z

DailyBeast, Michael Daly: Bezos Could Put National Enquirer Brass in Jail http://bit.ly/2N13DEc
// ‘D*ck pic’ threat looks like a crime in New York. That could void AMI’s deal with feds and let them use everything David Pecker and Dylan Howard said.

DailyBeast, Lachlan Markay, Asawin Suebsaeng and Maxwell Tani: Private Eyes Detail Inner Workings of National Enquirer ‘Blackmail’ Machine http://bit.ly/2UNBqDp
// Threatening to reveal Jeff Bezos’ “dick p*ck” was just the latest strong-arm tactic. “The nice way of calling it was quid pro quo,” one veteran said, “but really it was blackmail.”

Politico, Josh Gerstein: Mueller: Manafort downplayed Russian associate’s conduct even after plea deal http://politi.co/2I04JkI

Vox, Andrew Prokop: Mueller’s team discusses pardons and the Trump administration in a new Manafort transcript http://bit.ly/2GiUqqd
// What the new document tells us about the Mueller investigation.

5:28p 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Anyone have eyes on the ground? This is the second report I’ve heard of this, but no photos or MSM coverage. @CNN @ShimonPro @MSNBC
⋙ 2:54p 🐣 RT @M_Quirk The Kushner residence in Long Branch New Jersey appears as if it is being raided by the FBI #KushnerRaid
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @M_Quirk This is the primary residence of Charlie Kushner, Jared’s father

TheObserver, John Schindler: Inside the Spy Scandal at the Heart of Jeff Bezos’ War With the National Enquirer http://bit.ly/2Bs8g5D

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Saudi state minister for foreign affairs (former foreign minister) responds to questions about Saudi/AMI relationship, calls it “a soap opera” but hedges when asked whether the Saudis played a role in the leaked Bezos stories. “I doubt it,” he says.
⋙ 🐣 RT @yarabayoumy Saudi’s Jubeir on AMI/National Enquirer: “It’s a soap opera.” Asked if KSA played any role urging David Pecker/AMI to leak negative stories about Bezos: “I doubt it”, followed by “As far as I know, flat no.” ¤ Read @TheAtlantic’s story on the saga here:
⋙ ⋙ TheAtlantic, Alana Semuels: Jeff Bezos Brings the Receipts http://bit.ly/2UOx2nr
// The Amazon founder is at war with a tabloid.

TheAtlantic, Alana Semuels: Jeff Bezos Brings the Receipts http://bit.ly/2UOx2nr
// The Amazon founder is at war with a tabloid.

NYT (Mar 2018): Wooing Saudi Business, Tabloid Mogul Had a Powerful Friend: Trump http://nyti.ms/2GgoR0e
// 3/29/2018

WaPo: Ivanka Trump has ‘zero concern’ about Mueller probe, plays down pursuit of Trump Tower in Moscow http://wapo.st/2DZHdQz

NBC: Amazon’s Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer owner of ‘extortion and blackmail’ http://nbcnews.to/2DiZEyd
// Emails published by Bezos appear to show that the tabloid publisher threatened to publish embarrassing photos if Washington Post owner didn’t back off an investigation.

⭕ 7 Feb 2019

ForeignAffairs, Konstantin Skorkin: Putin’s Game Plan in Ukraine http://fam.ag/2WVgxIj
// How Moscow Aims to Force Concessions Out of Kiev

MotherJones, Mark Follman and Hannah Levintova: The NRA Welcomed Maria Butina—Even As She Worked to Arm Anti-American Thugs Abroad http://bit.ly/2WORSoN
// While NRA leaders embraced her, Butina denounced US sanctions and advised a militia group helping Putin seize Crimea.

🐣 RT @BillKristol Re-reading Bezos’s post, I’m struck that he goes out of his way to note AMI’s Trump and Saudi connections, which in the past have been “mixe[d]… all together.” Bezos seems to believe Trump and the Saudis are relevant to understanding what happened here.
⋙ 💙💙 Medium, Jeff Bezos: No thank you, Mr. Pecker http://bit.ly/2UJslv6

VanityFair, Emily Jane Fox: “I Am Disgusted”: Behind the Scenes of Trump’s Increasingly Scrutinized $107 Million Inauguration http://bit.ly/2Bpr0m8
// Stephanie Winston Wolkoff was the mastermind event producer behind Trump’s inaugural celebration, which has since come under S.D.N.Y. investigation. Now, taped conversations reveal Wolkoff’s concerns with how money was being spent, the general chaos of the process, the involvement of the Trump family, and the people in charge, namely Rick Gates and Tom Barrack.

NYT: Year Before Killing, Saudi Prince Told Aide He Would Use ‘a Bullet’ on Jamal Khashoggi http://nyti.ms/2Gx6yTB intelligence intercepts

📊 CNN Poll: Almost everyone wants a public report on Mueller’s findings http://cnn.it/2DZLzr6 87% say investigators should release a public report, including 80% of Republicans

WaPo: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos accuses National Enquirer of extortion over intimate photos http://wapo.st/2TEAhxA

Bezos, who owns The Washington Post, wrote that the Enquirer wanted him to make a false public statement that he and his security consultant, Gavin de Becker, “have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that AMI’s coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces.”

Bezos declined to do so. Instead, he published what he said were emails from Enquirer executives to a lawyer representing de Becker. In one, top Enquirer editor Dylan Howard appears to suggest that the tabloid would publish a series of photos of Bezos and of Sanchez, some of them salacious, if AMI’s terms weren’t met.

“I wanted to describe to you the photos obtained during our newsgathering,” Howard wrote, going on to say that the Enquirer had a “below the belt selfie” of Bezos, among other shots. Howard added, “It would give no editor pleasure to send this email. I hope common sense can prevail — and quickly.” …

AMI’s chief executive, David Pecker, has had a long friendship with President Trump, who has repeatedly attacked Bezos, Amazon and The Washington Post. Pecker directed the Enquirer to write favorable stories about Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, while paying $150,000 to former Playboy model Karen McDougal to suppress her claim of a long-running affair with Trump.

On Jan. 31, de Becker was quoted in the Daily Beast suggesting that the Enquirer’s pursuit of Bezos was politically motivated. …

Bezos’s public letter seems to suggest that federal agents should investigate whether AMI may have violated the terms of its non-prosecution agreement with prosecutors in Manhattan over its role in the 2016 hush money payments. …

In addition, he included emails from AMI’s deputy general counsel, Jon Fine, detailing a list of terms under which AMI said it would withhold publication of the photos. One of those terms was a statement from Bezos and de Becker “affirming that they have no knowledge or basis for suggesting that [AMI’s] coverage was politically motivated or influenced by political forces.”

In his post on Medium, Bezos called his ownership of The Post “a complexifier” for him. He wrote that it’s “unavoidable that certain powerful people who experience Washington Post news coverage will wrongly conclude I am their enemy. President Trump is one of those people, obvious by his many tweets. Also, The Post’s essential and unrelenting coverage of the murder of its columnist Jamal Khashoggi is undoubtedly unpopular in certain circles.”

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 87% of Americans say investigators should release a public Mueller report, just 9% say they should not, according to CNN. ¤ Support for a public release is at 80% among Republicans and those who approve of Trump, 92% among Democrats, 88% among independents.

USAToday, Frank Clemente and William Rice: Donald Trump’s tax returns would answer 4 serious questions about his fitness and our laws http://bit.ly/2TBzWM9

WaPo, Joyce Vance and Matthew Miller: The Mueller investigation has sprouted. Therein lies the jeopardy for Trump. http://wapo.st/2tckBpW
// It’s not the crime; it’s the offspring of the crime

TheGuardian, Ben Jacobs: Bezos blackmail claims add new twist to tale of Trump, Russia and the media http://bit.ly/2WOthjW
// Trump’s vitriol toward Amazon CEO and long ties to National Enquirer collided last month, when tabloid ran story on Bezos’s affair

CNN: As Mueller probe winds down, House Trump investigation powers up http://cnn.it/2tce3I0

🔊 NPR: ‘NYT’ Reporter Covering Trump: We’ve Almost ‘Lost The Ability To Be Shocked’ [Audio] http://n.pr/2DYQmJm Terry Gross interviews NYT’s Michael Schmidt

≣ CNN: Read: Transcript of closed-door Manafort hearing http://cnn.it/2WQ4A6s 143p
// A federal court released a partial transcript from Paul Manafort’s four-and-a-half hour sealed court hearing held on Monday.

Spiegel, Christoph Scheunemann and Jörg Schmitt [GER]: Dossier at Heart of Trump Scandal Still Dogs President http://bit.ly/2WP52lJ
// At the heart of Donald Trump’s Russia scandal is a mysterious dossier prepared by a former British intelligence agent. Many of the suspicions in the papers have been confirmed and have hounded his presidency for two years now.

TheGuardian/AP: Democrats launch new investigation into Trump’s finances and Russia links http://bit.ly/2WODugb
// Announcement comes the day after Trump criticized ‘ridiculous partisan investigations’ in his State of the Union speech

WaPo: Sergei Millian, identified as an unwitting source for the Steele dossier, sought proximity to Trump’s world in 2016 http://wapo.st/2WP30C7

🔆 This❗️⋙ Politico: Senate Intelligence chairman: No evidence of Trump-Russia collusion http://politi.co/2Djq2b8 Senator Richard Burr (R-NC)

“If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don’t have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia,” Burr told CBS.

Still, the senator said some questions raised over the investigation could occupy the committee “for the next decade,” and that portions of the final report could be so classified that they are never revealed to the public. Burr said his committee is “close to pushing out the door” a report on the Obama administration’s response to Russian election interference, a release that the chairman said could come within a “matter of weeks.”

Burr also described an environment of bipartisanship within the committee, which he oversees with Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-Va.). Burr told CBS he found it difficult to believe the committee would splinter along partisan lines, as was the case in the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia investigation, which was shuttered by its then-GOP majority last year.

DailyBeast, Lachlan Markay: White House Waives Ethics Rules for Its New Lawyers http://bit.ly/2WJaKWd
// Pat Cipollone and Patrick Philbin were excused from provisions of a law that would bar them from making decisions that could affect the financial interests of past employers.

DailyBeast, Betsy Woodruff: ‘They Hate This Guy’: Matt Whitaker Braces for Showdown With Dems http://bit.ly/2TAdPFW
// ‘We don’t know what we’re up against with the House Judiciary Committee,’ one Justice Department source told The Daily Beast. ‘We have no idea.’

⭕ 6 Feb 2019

Bloomberg: Trump Wanted $20 Million for 2006 Moscow Deal: Developer http://bloom.bg/2GoVcBf
● Ukrainian-Russian provides new details of an early negotiation
● Pavel Fuks describes meeting Trump, hosting children in Moscow

🐣 RT @justinhendrix Richard Nixon, 1974: “I believe the time has come to bring that investigation and the other investigations of the matter to an end.” ¤ Donald Trump, 2019: “If there is going to be peace and legislation, there cannot be war and investigation.” ¤ Both beg for investigations to end: 💽 https://twitter.com/justinhendrix/status/1093134844572459008/photo/1

NBC: On Trump’s calendar, just 17 intelligence briefings in 85 days http://nbcnews.to/2GeKXQy
// U.S. officials also say Trump does not regularly read the written intelligence briefing sent over daily.

DailyBeast, Betsy Woodruff and Erin Banco: Paul Erickson, Russian Agent Maria Butina’s Boyfriend, Indicted for Fraud http://bit.ly/2SvgnIe
// The federal indictment in South Dakota alleges that he ran a criminal scheme from 1996 to 2018 using a chain of assisted living homes.

NYPost: Trump associate and Maria Butina’s ex Paul Erickson indicted http://nyp.st/2MXgG9G

WSJ: OPEC Pursues Formal Pact With Russia http://on.wsj.com/2ScOyoK
// An alliance with a 10-nation group led by Moscow would transform the cartel, which is under pressure from Trump and U.S. producers

💙💙 Salon, Heather Digby Parton: Final stages of the Russia probe: Trump is under assault from all directions http://bit.ly/2WGQNzj
// As Mueller untangles the Russia web, prosecutors probe Trump’s company and inauguration. He’s running scared

Bloomberg: Trump Wanted $20 Million for 2006 Moscow Deal, Developer Says http://bloom.bg/2GoVcBf
● Ukrainian-Russian provides new details of an early negotiation
● Pavel Fuks describes meeting Trump, hosting children in Moscow

Politico: House Intel votes to send witness transcripts to Mueller for possible perjury charges http://politi.co/2DZpk4r

Politico: Schumer: Trump is ‘scared’ of congressional oversight http://politi.co/2BkiRzi

TheHill: Schiff hits back at Trump: He’s ‘terrified’ of House Russia probe http://bit.ly/2Sg9hry

Newsweek, Cristina Maza: Donald Trump Was in Negotiations to Build Mall in Russia as Far Back as the 1990s, Former Moscow Mayor Says http://bit.ly/2MTAbj9

WIRED, Garrett Graff: What Robert Mueller Knows—and Isn’t Telling Us http://bit.ly/2WLTkrX

DailyBeast, Spencer Ackerman: House Intel Democrats Just Restarted and Supercharged the Trump-Russia Probe http://bit.ly/2t9bAxK
// Armed with subpoena power, Schiff will look at whether anyone connected to Trump was at risk of being co-opted by a foreign power—and that’s going to have an expansive scope.

WaPo: New Trump-Russia probe will focus on reports of money laundering, ‘financial compromise,’ Schiff says http://wapo.st/2t7jQOZ

NYT: House Expands Russia Inquiry as Pelosi Declares Democrats Will Not Be Cowed http://nyti.ms/2RHushm

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Schiff: The House Intel Committee’s Russia investigation “will focus principally on five interconnected lines of inquiry, beginning with these incomplete or unexamined investigative threads:”
Text Block: https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1093194527198900227/photo/1

🐣 I know Virginia lies at the heart of a national media market etc, but the non-stop coverage of state scandals has drowned out important news:
1) CNN on US arms going to Al Queda via Saudis,
2) BuzzFeed dump of docs proving collusion over Trump Tower Moscow
@MSNBC @CNN @NBC

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Schiff postpones Cohen’s testimony -> 2/28 “in the interest of the investigation.” Sounds like Mueller wants to get the other transcripts and charge everyone that lied about the Moscow Tower (like Junior?) before they talk to Cohen and risk leaks. #beans
⋙ TheHill: House Intel panel postpones Cohen testimony http://bit.ly/2SuddEK

🐣 The only reason Trump offered up domestic goodies was so he could snatch them back again to hold as ransom for ending investigations which Congress is Constitutionally required to pursue. There’s no there there. There never was.

⭕ 5 Feb 2019

ForeignAffairs, Jill Lepore: A New Americanism ~ Why a Nation Needs a National Story http://fam.ag/2DqhHT2

WNYC: Confidential Memo: Company of Trump Inaugural Chair Tom Barrack Sought to Profit from Connection to Administration, Foreigners http://bit.ly/2SaJ9i1

WaPo: In dissonant State of the Union speech, Trump seeks unity while depicting ruin http://wapo.st/2WDTZLU

🐣 RT @matthewamiller This is really smart. First step in forcing the WH to formally declare executive privilege, which the House can then litigate, is a subpoena. Makes clear Whitaker can’t avoid answering q’s about conversations with Trump by just declining to.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Jerry Nadler says he may subpoena Matt Whitaker: “In an abundance of caution—to ensure that Mr. Whitaker both appears in the hearing room on Friday morning and answers our questions cleanly—I have asked the Committee to authorize me to issue a subpoena to compel his testimony.”

Salon, Igor Derysh: Russian-born lobbyist got “suspicious” payments right before and after June 2016 Trump Tower meeting http://bit.ly/2UGKDNJ Rinat Akhmetshin
// A Washington lobbyist and former Soviet officer who attended the famous meeting received unexplained payments

NYT: Firms Recruited by Paul Manafort Are Investigated Over Foreign Payments http://nyti.ms/2De9Is2

TheIndependent [UK]: Newly unearthed video shows Trump ‘meeting with Russians in Moscow in 1995’ over ‘building project’ http://ind.pn/2UHP2Qn
// Video alleges to show US president meeting with former Russian officials in Moscow to discuss building an underground mall

CBC [CA]: Chris Christie warned Trump not to ‘poke the bear’ by attacking Mueller investigation http://bit.ly/2Dep1B9
// Jared Kushner put ‘an axe to my head with Donald Trump,’ former governor says of firing

Politico: Dems revive push to shield Mueller from firing and make his final report public http://politi.co/2t6XnS3
// There’s growing Republican support for making Mueller’s findings public.

Vox, Andrew Prokop: The investigation into Trump’s inauguration money looks quite serious http://bit.ly/2TxacAz
//. The US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York subpoenaed the inaugural committee on Monday.

LVSun Editorial: Despite his tough talk, Trump has been consistently soft on Russia http://bit.ly/2DbkjEs

DailyBeast/CPI: Poll: Two-Thirds of Americans Oppose Trump’s Withdrawal From Nuclear Pact http://bit.ly/2UHbOYP
// Univ of MD PollTrump wants out, says Russia has violated the treaty’s terms, but even most Republicans oppose withdrawal.

CNN: As Trump seeks an exit from Afghanistan, Moscow steps in http://cnn.it/2t5ZxBl

WaPo, Aaron Blake: The 7 big investigations of Trump, explained http://wapo.st/2HRzqbD

Reuters: As U.S. withdraws, top general warns on Islamic State threat in Syria http://reut.rs/2RHgQ5q “The remarks by U.S. General Joseph Votel, head of the U.S. military’s Central Command, represent the latest warning by current and former U.S. officials about the risk of a resurgence”

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙 BuzzFeedNews: These Secret Files Show How The Trump Moscow Talks Unfolded While Trump Heaped Praise On Putin http://bit.ly/2DWQ2ed
// Ahead of Michael Cohen’s testimony, read the original paper trail behind the campaign to build Europe’s tallest tower in Moscow — and how it played out alongside Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

Ahead of Michael Cohen’s testimony, read the original paper trail behind the campaign to build Europe’s tallest tower in Moscow — and how it played out alongside Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.

BuzzFeed News is today publishing a cache of internal Trump Organization documents that lay bare the secret negotiations that continued long after Cohen claimed the deal had been abandoned. The documents, many of which have been exclusively obtained by BuzzFeed News, reveal that — despite Trump’s claim that the development was never more than a passing notion — the effort to get the tower built was long-running, detail-oriented, and directly entwined with the ups and downs of his campaign.

As Trump went from rally to rally, vociferously denying any dealings in Russia, his representatives, Michael Cohen and his associate Felix Sater, worked with Trump Organization lawyers and even Ivanka Trump to push forward negotiations to build a 100-story edifice just miles from the Kremlin. The fixers believed they needed Putin’s support to pull off the lucrative deal, and they planned to use Trump’s public praise for him to help secure it. At the same time, they plotted to persuade Putin to openly declare his support for Trump’s candidacy. “If he says it we own this election,” Sater wrote to Cohen.

🐣 RT @krassenstein They Admitted COLLUSION! ¤ Felix Sater to Michael Cohen: ¤ “We can own this election. Michael my next steps are very sensitive with Putins very very close people, we can pull this off. Michael lets go. 2 boys from Brooklyn getting a USA president elected. This is good really good”
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💙💙 🐣 RT @krassenstein I know I am constantly claiming that this is what will bring Trump down, but this 284 page cache of emails, texts and communications between Felix Sater and Michael Cohen shows CLEAR Collusion. ¤ Oh… and I told you so!
⋙ DocCloud: Trump Tower Moscow Planning http://bit.ly/2Stn4dF 284p
⋙ 🐣 Just paged through it. This page really struck me … https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1092879550097301504/photo/1
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🐣 RT @krassenstein Don’t you dare tell em there is ‘NO COLLUSION’ ¤ Read this email from Felix Sater to Michael Cohen. ¤ Read it ALL! https://twitter.com/krassenstein/status/1092864407871328261/photo/1

TPM, Tierney Sneed: House Judiciary Chair Jerry Nadler (D-NY) Sets Stage For Matt Whitaker Subpoena Showdown http://bit.ly/2TwkLnr

TPM, Josh Kovensky and Allegra Kirkland: What Jumps Out From The Subpoena Of The Trump Inaugural Committee http://bit.ly/2WGPhwY

TPM, Josh Kovensky and Allegra Kirkland: What Jumps Out From The Subpoena Of The Trump Inaugural Committee http://bit.ly/2WGPhwY

🔊NewYorker: David Remnick on Putin’s Russia. [Podcast] http://bit.ly/2GbTV1a 21mins

ForeignAffairs, Eliot Cohen: America’s Long Goodbye http://fam.ag/2t8ZxAF
// Jan-Feb issue; The Real Crisis of the Trump Era

⭕ 4 Feb 2019

Slate, Mike Pesca: To Russia With Love http://bit.ly/2MSALO2
// It may not be a smoking gun, but the Trump campaign team was so foolish as to stun even the Kremlin officials they spoke with.

NYT, Michelle Goldberg: Latvia Above Us, Croatia Below http://nyti.ms/2DT7wI5
// Under Trump, America is no longer in the top tier of democratic countries.

WaPo, Dan Balz and Griff Witte: Europeans fear Trump may threaten not just the transatlantic bond, but the state of their union http://wapo.st/2UFh7bd

MiddleEastMonitor: Russian FM: Discussing launching Syria Constitutional Committee in Iran http://bit.ly/2D73ASA

NYT, Franz Sedelmeyer: The Putin I Knew; the Putin I Know http://nyti.ms/2WJL3F5
// I met Vladimir Putin and trusted him in the early 1990s, when he was deputy mayor of St. Petersburg. Now that he’s Russia’s president, he’s different. He’s no friend of democracy.

WaPo, Max Boot: The problem with Trump’s “America First”: If the US is pursuing only its self-interest, why should other countries help us? And if other countries don’t help us, how can we achieve our national security objectives? My @PostOpinions column:
⋙ WaPo, Max Boot: Trump doesn’t get it: America pays the cost for betraying allies http://wapo.st/2t60Pwn

🐣 RT @ProudResister This is a big development:
SDNY prosecutors are investigating @realDonaldTrump’s inaugural committee for crimes related to…
— Mail Fraud
— Wire Fraud
— False Statements
— Money Laundering
— Conspiracy to defraud the United States
#TrumpCrimeFamily

VICE, Greg Walters: Don Jr. and Jared Kushner’s congressional testimonies are finally going to Mueller http://bit.ly/2SbanFd

WaPo, Devlin Barrett: End of Mueller investigation could spark battle between Justice Dept. and Congress over release of special counsel’s report http://wapo.st/2DT5tE2

🐣 RT @CREWcrew Maybe it’s a coincidence that so many Russians with connections to crime have bought properties from Trump. ¤ Maybe.
🌀 https://twitter.com/CREWcrew/status/1092618865367048193/photo/1

WSJ: Lawyers for Trump Inaugural Committee Receive Subpoena for Documents http://on.wsj.com/2DVS1iH
// Manhattan U.S. attorney’s office has been investigating president’s inaugural fund

NYT: Trump Inaugural Committee Ordered to Hand Over Documents to Federal Investigators http://nyti.ms/2BhVXJ2

Slate, Mike Pesca: To Russia With Love [Audio] http://bit.ly/2GmteGd
// It may not be a smoking gun, but the Trump campaign team was so foolish as to stun even the Kremlin officials they spoke with.

ABCNews: New York prosecutors seek records from Trump inauguration committee: Sources http://abcn.ws/2DUrthR

🐣 RT @jedshug Akhmetshin is a former Soviet spy who lobbies for Russian oligarchs and money launderers against sanctions… who just happens to meet Kushner, Jr, and Manafort in Trump Tower. ¤ Why on earth is a Trump campaign insider paying him big money in 2016-17?
⋙ BuzzFeedNews: A Lobbyist At The Trump Tower Meeting Received Half A Million Dollars In Suspicious Payments http://bit.ly/2UEjSta
// A bank flagged transactions, including large cash deposits, made before and after Rinat Akhmetshin attended the 2016 Trump Tower meeting.

🐣 RT @TeaPainUSA This is the hold-up that may have kept Don Jr. from bein’ indicted so far. The House Intel Committee will vote on Wednesday to send the transcripts to Mueller’s team.
If Mueller gets these on Weds, pay close attention if there’s a Grand Jury on Thurs.
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🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand .@RepAdamSchiff said last week that the committee will vote to send “all of these transcripts of all the witnesses to Bob Mueller so that he can consider whether additional perjury charges are warranted.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand here we go… Members of House Intel will gather on Wednesday at 10 a.m. to vote on the “transmission of Certain Committee Transcripts to the Department of Justice.” http://bit.ly/2Sq1A1v

TheObserver, John Schindler: In Moscow, There’s No Longer Any Line Between Spies, Lies & Terrorists http://bit.ly/2TxnBsm

PBS: AP fact check: Trump’s untruths on Russia probe, wall, jobs http://to.pbs.org/2MPmGkC

PublicIntegrity, Alex Finley: The Trump team’s persistent lying about Russia creates counterintelligence challenge http://bit.ly/2S8XUBR

WaPo, Steven Hall: I was in the CIA. Trump’s petty fights and insults will make us all less safe. http://wapo.st/2MPTLwC

Reuters, Polina Devitt and Arshad Mohammed: Questions linger over Deripaska’s Rusal influence after U.S. deal http://reut.rs/2HRX0Vy

⭕ 3 Feb 2019

MSN: Trump said ‘you have to get rid of’ the Russia probe and parroted a Kremlin talking point in a wide-ranging interview http://bit.ly/2UHNvtR

NBC: Trump says he doesn’t know if he wants Mueller report made public http://nbcnews.to/2BiJuEV
// It depends,” Trump said. “I have no idea what it’s going to say.”

TheHill, Douglas Schoen: Trump tension with intel community worsens threats of Russia and China http://bit.ly/2UEajKG

🐣 RT @FaceTheNation When asked if he would make the Mueller report public, @realDonaldTrump says it’s “totally up to to the Attorney General.”
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🐣 RT @MalcolmNance Must read thread: Is the 2020 election already under attack by Weaponized AI pushing proTrump bots? Seems we are on @YouTube
⋙ 🐣 RT @smartereveryday I’m an Engineer who loves America.
I just figured something out I want to talk about it.
Let’s talk about weaponized bots, algorithm exploitation, countermeasures, and counter-countermeasures.
📌
https://twitter.com/smartereveryday/status/1091833011262423040

WaPo/AP: Where the investigations related to President Trump stand http://wapo.st/2SmWzqp

BBC, Gareth Evans: Robert Mueller: America’s most mysterious public figure http://bbc.in/2DSuu2b

🚫 RussiaInsider: Trump Is Right: The Intelligence Community Needs to ‘Go Back to School’ http://bit.ly/2S6DUQ9
// “The current crop of national intelligence chiefs are careerists who have risen to the top through their willingness to conform to a system that is designed not to challenge conventional thinking”
https://twitter.com/RussiaInsider/status/1091956468964679680/photo/1
//➔ disinfo but I like this drawing lol

⭕ 2 Feb 2019

NYT, Katie Benner: Trump Says He Is Not a Target in Investigations, but the Question Is Complicated http://nyti.ms/2BcQAuz

🐣 RT @SethAbramson Putin wanted out of the pact. Trump obliged him by going first and making Putin’s action seem reasonable and warranted. Another win for Putin—another loss for America. And still we can’t get one Republican in D.C. to do more than frown slightly and give the dirt a desultory kick. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1091740727720271873

ABCNews: Putin ally suggests Seychelles meeting with Erik Prince more than chance encounter over a beer http://abcn.ws/2t2gjRK no kidding

CNN: Author of controversial Nunes memo joining National Security Council http://cnn.it/2HQPyKq

NYT: Trump Sought a Loan During the 2016 Campaign. Deutsche Bank Said No. http://nyti.ms/2SiuG2M

WSJ: Deutsche Bank in Late 2016 Raced to Shed Loan It Made to Russian Bank VTB http://on.wsj.com/2WLsmAO
// German lender sold a chunk of the loan to Russian financial institution Alfa Bank but Citigroup took a pass, documents and people familiar with the matter indicate

🐣 RT @W7VOA “Two intelligence officers even reported that they have been warned to avoid giving the President intelligence assessments that contradict stances he has taken in public,” reports @TIME.
💙💙 ⋙ TIME, John Walcott: ‘Willful Ignorance.’ Inside President Trump’s Troubled Intelligence Briefings http://bit.ly/2HIzkD0

TheAtlantic, Natasha Bertrand: Russia Is Attacking the U.S. System From Within http://bit.ly/2GgsaUi
// A new filing by Special Counsel Robert Mueller shows how Russia uses the federal courts to go after its adversaries.

Politico, Jack Shafer: Week 89: The Russians Meddle and the Trumps Soft Pedal http://politi.co/2WD5MKo
// CNN broke stories on stolen files from Mueller team and Don Jr.’s mysterious calls. And for once the Trumps didn’t scream “Fake News.”

WaPo, Aaron Blake: Why Putin won’t be mad about Trump pulling out of the INF Treaty http://wapo.st/2Toogwo

⭕ 1 Feb 2019

WaysAndMeans: Trump Proposal Threatens Due Process in Social Security Appeals | Ways and Means Committee http://bit.ly/2t69xus
// Proposed Regulation Would Eliminate Americans’ Right to In-Person Hearing on Disability Appeals, Threatening Earned Benefits

NYT, Linda Qiu: Fact-Checking President Trump’s Interview With The New York Times http://nyti.ms/2MUIn2V
// In the wide-ranging interview, the president made numerous inaccurate or misleading statements about trade, the military and border security, among other topics.

CNN: Author of controversial Nunes memo joining National Security Council http://cnn.it/2HQPyKq

VICE, Greg Walters: Why Mueller’s final move could be a grand conspiracy case http://bit.ly/2RyhemT
// The Watergate and Iran-Contra scandals provide clues to the Russia endgame.

Seth Waxman, a former federal prosecutor based in Washington, D.C., said Mueller has laid the groundwork to incorporate his previous allegations into one overarching, broad conspiracy.

Waxman pointed out that under the law, criminal conspiracies can evolve and take on new members as they develop. So a plot that began exclusively among Russians to hack the Democrats in 2015 could be said to have morphed and grown by mid-2016, when Americans may have joined in to help coordinate the release of the emails.

“I think Mueller has his eyes on one big prize: a vast conspiracy to interfere with the 2016 election,” Waxman said. “I think we’re going to see a new conspiracy in which the things that we’ve already seen charged are included.” …

“As we read Mueller’s theory under [the general conspiracy statute], as long as they acted knowingly to join a scheme to deceive the U.S. government to frustrate its enforcement authority and took some action in pursuit of that scheme, they too would be guilty,” Kohse and Wittes wrote. “Mueller’s theory involves a well-established legal doctrine that has been deployed in roughly analogous situations, and it is potentially extremely powerful.”

Some of the targeted Americans could be members of Trump’s family, according to Peter Zeidenberg, a former prosecutor and deputy special counsel for the prosecution of former White House aide Scooter Libby.

“Mueller is building a conspiracy case that’s likely to ensnare Trump and his family,” Zeidenberg wrote in a December column for USA Today. “In short order, expect to see a case of conspiracy to interfere with the 2016 election to be laid out in court.” …

SFChronicle: Pelosi: Trump’s suspension of arms treaty with Russia is ‘irresponsible’ http://bit.ly/2UztkxZ

CNN, Eliot Engel and Adam Smith: US pulling out of the INF treaty rewards Putin, hurts NATO http://cnn.it/2sZTm1E

NPR: New Information From Senate Investigation Adds Clarity To Trump Tower Meeting http://n.pr/2t3U26e

ForeignPolicy, Michael Hirsh: Trump Once Wanted to Negotiate With Russia Over Nukes. Then Mueller Happened. http://bit.ly/2D45JOJ
// The U.S. president might be too hemmed in by the Russia probe to attempt a successor to the INF or START treaties.

Esquire, Charles Pierce: This Administration* Is Playing Russian Roulette for Idiots http://bit.ly/2Gi8YFA
// The US is suspending participation in a Cold War-era nuclear treaty with Russia. This is an odds-on decision to start another nuclear arms race in Europe.

WaPo, George Will: Only Democrats can save this president http://wapo.st/2WzW4Zc

WaPo: McConnell privately cautions Trump about emergency declaration on border wall http://wapo.st/2RuacQ8

TheHill: Five takeaways on Trump decision to suspend nuclear treaty with Russia http://bit.ly/2DPRFKo
● To Trump, this is Russia’s ‘final chance’
● Door is open for new U.S. missiles
● Allies back U.S. move, but worry about future
● Questions swirl on separate pact
● China casts shadow over decision

CNN: Adelsons give $500,000 to pro-Trump legal fund that helps aides caught up in Russia probe http://cnn.it/2D1X27G

NewYorker, Susan Glasser: Trump Lost the Shutdown, But At Least God Made Him President, and He’s Building That Wall http://bit.ly/2Tsdxku

TheGuardian: Donald Trump confirms US withdrawal from INF nuclear treaty http://bit.ly/2Bfh7Y6
// Announcement gives Russia 180 days to destroy violating missiles and launchers to avoid new arms race

DailyBeast, Olivia Messer: Speed Read: The 7 Craziest Bits in Trump’s New York Times Interview http://bit.ly/2GhgCQv
// He FIRED Mattis. His ‘failing’ nemesis owes him ‘one great story.’ And George Washington ran a business as president, too. That and more from the Times’ Oval Office report.

Vox, Andrew Prokop: The news about Donald Trump Jr.’s mysterious calls before the Trump Tower meeting, explained http://bit.ly/2t1n8TF
// The president is claiming vindication after new reports, but Democrats still have questions.

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: Donald Trump Jr. Called a ‘Family Friend’ Who Was Also a Link to Moscow http://nym.ag/2SmDLYq Howard Lorber

The recipient of one of the phone calls was Howard Lorber who is, yes, a “family friend.” But he is also a longtime point of contact in Trump’s ambitions to build a tower in Moscow, which date back to the 1980s. Lorber accompanied Trump on a 1996 visit to Moscow to explore building there. “Howard has major investments in Russia,” Trump boasted to a Russian politician at the time. As Craig Unger notes, Lorber’s dealings in Russia put him in contact with Russian mobsters.

WaPo: Russian escort says she gave Trump info to Russian tycoon http://wapo.st/2t1XkHe Nastya Rybka

🐣 RT @Newsweek Donald Trump claims Trump Tower Moscow doesn’t count as “business” with Russia https://trib.al/W3OoN3u 

MotherJones: The Trump Administration Said It Would Impose Tough New Sanctions on Russia. It Still Hasn’t. http://bit.ly/2TrBzMu
// It has yet to fulfill its pledge to punish the Kremlin for the poisoning of Sergei Skripal.

🐣 RT @nycsouthpaw Good morning moon,
Good morning stars,
Good morning camera crews staking out Jerome Corsi’s house in rental cars

NYT: Excerpts From Trump’s Interview With The Times http://nyti.ms/2G0p2MZ

NBC: Trump’s foreign policy faces growing dissent in Congress http://nbcnews.to/2WzMvK3
// On issues ranging from Syria to North Korea and NATO, Trump’s policies are being rebuked by both parties.

🐣 RT @McFaul Not in America’s national interest. Remember, Reagan signed this one!
⋙ CNN: US expected to announce US suspension of landmark INF arms control treaty http://cnn.it/2MLhFt8

⭕ 31 Jan 2019

LawfareBlog, Benjamin Wittes: What an Old Watergate Document Can Teach the House Judiciary Committee http://bit.ly/2sZtdzU

💽 MSNBC, RachelMaddowShow: Fading NRA panics over exposed ties to Russia http://on.msnbc.com/2D79bIK
// Rachel Maddow looks at the waning fortunes of the NRA and the latest round of infighting as their infiltration by Russian interests, including admitted Russian agent Maria Butina, are exposed.

NewYorker, Isaac Chotiner: Does Democracy Need Truth?: A Conversation with the Historian Sophia Rosenfeld http://bit.ly/2Bd2LaI

NewYorker, David Rohde: Is Trump Trying to Bully America’s Intelligence Agencies Into Silence? http://bit.ly/2UEX6BJ

Bloomberg, Travis Tritten: ‘Erratic’ Trump Undermines Iran, Russia Policies, Report Says http://bit.ly/2t0b70M
● Ex-Trump adviser McMaster decries `partisan discourse’
President’s `unilateral whims’ seen putting progress at risk

NBC: ISIS could reclaim territory in months without military pressure, warns Pentagon in draft report http://nbcnews.to/2UzKdZE
// A draft report says ISIS wants to regain land in Syria, and that with no military pressure, the terror group could retake land in months.

🐣 RT @DeadlineWH “Jared Kushner [turned] out to be the George Costanza of the Trump administration…every piece of advice he gives is exactly and horribly wrong, including his advice to fire Comey… & that firing Flynn would end the ‘Russia thing'” – @RonaldKlain w/ @NicolleDWallace 💽 https://twitter.com/DeadlineWH/status/1091100485099159555/photo/1

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Posting without speculation, because we don’t know if these are related to Mueller. They are in DC. Who is on your Fantasy Indictment Team this week? Junior? Superseding Stone? Superseding Manafort? Erickson? Rando? #FantasyIndictmentLeague #FelonyFriday 📌 https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1091167449486024705
⋙ 🐣 RT @WMerthin These are all CR cases, which generally indicates an indictment. Two of them also have case flag B, which is the case flag for an indictment. The cat B’s were filed on 29th and 30th. The other two were filed yesterday and today. Let me know if that isn’t clear. https://twitter.com/WMerthon/status/1091161265324605440/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @muellertimepod Four more sealed indictments were filed on the DC Court docket today. Cross your fingers #MuellerFriday

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Intel Committee member Rep. Jackie Speier: Trump is “becoming a national security threat himself.”
⋙ 💽 MSNBC, AndreaMitchellReports: Rep. Speier: President Trump ‘becoming a national security threat himself’ http://on.msnbc.com/2BeLY7b
// President Trump is lashing out at his own intelligence appointees, pushing back on Tuesday’s testimony from the CIA director and Director of National Intelligence before a Senate committee – both contradicting the president on subjects ranging from North Korea to Syria and ISIS. California Congresswoman Jackie Speier, who serves on the Intelligence Committee, joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss.

🐣 RT @Mimirocah1 Bank & financial records aren’t common evidence of obstruction & witness tampering crimes like those in Stone indictment. Could suggest other possible crimes were listed in the search warrant application. Maybe explains why Trump/Graham are so worked up about the search?

🐣 RT @maziehirono Our country faces real national security challenges from Russia. China, North Korea, Iran. We rely on our intel agencies to tell us the truth. They did that on Tuesday before the Senate Intel Committee. Trump attacks their truths at our country’s peril. Up to us to fight back.

🐣 RT @MarkWarner The media didn’t make the President wake up on Wednesday and trash the intelligence community on Twitter. No tweet or Oval Office photo-op can undo two years of the President’s total disrespect for the intelligence community.

🐣 RT @TheBeatWithAri Stolen DNC, Clinton emails had “very strategic releases” that “would have required somebody inside” the Trump campaign “to have strategized” Watergate prosecutor @nickakerman on Roger Stone indictment:
💽 https://twitter.com/TheBeatWithAri/status/1091111079181201409/photo/1

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Nancy Pelosi on whether Russia has compromising information on Trump: “I think it’s a question. By the way. I’ve been asking that question for two years … I’ve always said that. What is this? What is this? Something is wrong with this picture.” Via ABC
💽 https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1091011989994905600/photo/1

🐣 RT @AngrierWHStaff Trump’s feed is abso-fucking-lutely nuts today, but there’s a strategy to it. Iran! China! Wall is started! Can’t build wall, Dems blocking! We’re gonna build the wall anyway! Abortion! Did I mention the wall that the Dems are blocking is almost done?
“LOOK ANYWHERE BUT HERE!”

🐣 RT @craigunger 1/Fascinating that “blocked #” phone call circa 2016 Trump Tower meeting went to real estate developer Howard Lorber who was much more than just a family friend. In ’96, when Trump went to RU to try to develop Trump Tower in Moscow, Lorber came w his partner Bennett LeBow.
📌 https://twitter.com/craigunger/status/1091176835407335424

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Alright. I wasn’t gonna, but if an indictment drops tomorrow and Miller met with the grand jury today, it’s Stone. Otherwise super space beans on Assange or Erickson. And a side of beans on an emergency declaration to distract. #FelonyFriday [link]

🐣 RT @AngrierWHstaff Trump’s been panicking all day. I wonder who’s going to jail tomorrow? Man I hope it’s Jr.

Inquisitr, Jonathan Vankin: Who Is Howard Lorber? Donald Trump’s Russia-Tied ‘Best Friend’ Got Call From Trump Jr. Ahead Of Tower Meeting http://bit.ly/2G2LTr3 citing WaPo
// Donald Trump Jr. called Howard Lorber after he learned that Russia was offering ‘incriminating’ information about Hillary Clinton at a meeting held in Trump Tower.

Lorber — who was named to Trump’s campaign economic advisory council about two months after the Trump Tower meeting between Trump Jr. and the Russians — also has “deep ties to Russia,” according to a Washington Post profile.
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⋙ WaPo, Josh Rogin (2016): Another Trump adviser with deep ties to Russia http://wapo.st/2DLVfW7 //➔ blocked number called by Don Jr after Trump Tower meeting
// 8/10/2016

Forbes, Steve Denning: The Strange Places Trump Gets His Intelligence From http://bit.ly/2S4TtIt

Politico: Trump claims his intel chiefs were ‘misquoted’ when they publicly broke with him http://politi.co/2UzLJuJ

Politico: Dems ready first subpoena fight with Trump administration http://politi.co/2MJsxYP
// Lawmakers don’t expect Treasury to comply with their demand for documents on the decision to ease sanctions on companies tied to Oleg Deripaska.

Vox, Alex Ward: Trump just lied about what his intelligence officials said http://bit.ly/2WxE1mI
// He says you should read the “COMPLETE testimony.” The problem is it proves he’s wrong.

WaPo, Aaron Blake: Trump claims his intelligence chiefs said they were ‘totally misquoted.’ They spoke in public. http://wapo.st/2S1ZnK3

WaPo, Jacqueline Alemany: Power Up: Trump rift with his own intelligence chiefs widens global opening for Putin http://wapo.st/2CVczWR

💽 HuffPo: Nicolle Wallace Reads Very Long List Of The Times Donald Trump Has Taken Russia’s Side [Video] http://bit.ly/2WActwH
// “Here’s all the stuff Putin is getting,” said the MSNBC host.

CNN: Exclusive: Trump Jr.’s mysterious calls weren’t with his father http://cnn.it/2SlMbz6

💙💙 NewYorker, Masha Gessen: The Trump-Russia Investigation and the Mafia State http://bit.ly/2CWRDih
● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1091166406048141313/photo/1

What we are observing is not most accurately described as the subversion of American democracy by a hostile power. Instead, it is an attempt at state capture by an international crime syndicate. What unites Yanukovych, Veselnitskaya, Manafort, Stone, WikiLeaks’s Julian Assange, the Russian troll factory, the Trump campaign staffer George Papadopoulos and his partners in crime, the “Professor” (whose academic credentials are in doubt), and the “Female Russian National” (who appears to have fraudulently presented herself as Putin’s niece) is that they are all crooks and frauds. This is not a moral assessment, or an attempt to downplay their importance. It is an attempt to stop talking in terms of states and geopolitics and begin looking at Mafias and profits.

🐣 RT @maggieNYT NEWS: In an Oval Office intvw, POTUS tells @peterbakernyt and me that he’s essentially done negotiating w Congress,denies directing someone to coordinate w Stone on Wikileaks, says he never directed WH officials to order Kushner to get a security clearance
⋙ NYT: Trump, in Interview, Calls Wall Talks ‘Waste of Time’ and Dismisses Investigations http://nyti.ms/2HJs5Lh with audio

CNN, James Gagliano: Retired FBI agent: The Roger Stone raid was totally by the book http://cnn.it/2S0uwhe

WaPo, Josh Rogin: How Russia is corrupting the liberal world order http://wapo.st/2CVaquh

🐣 RT @JeffRathke Very informative thread on Intel Community threat assessments, from someone who knows. Via @conradtribble
⋙ 🐣 RT @EricBrewerM There’s a lot of bad info floating around out there about how the IC works and how it does the Worldwide Threat Assessment. So as someone who has helped draft these documents (including on issues like Iran!), let me try and set a few things straight in this thread: 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/BrewerEricM/status/1090989219428872193

WaPo: It’s not just the White House: At Pentagon and State Dept., the press is out in the cold, too http://wapo.st/2sW1zUA

🐣 RT @BradMossEsq Stone is now subject to a protective order. He can’t talk about what the government shows him in terms of evidence prior to the trial.
⋙ 🐣 RT @big_cases New filing in United States v. Stone: Protective Order http://bit.ly/2BdcLRg https://twitter.com/big_cases/status/1091046172838510595/photo/1-4

JustSecurity, John Sipher and Benjamin Haas: Trump’s Moves Against the Intelligence Community Are Hurting U.S. National Security http://bit.ly/2sW1gZW

DailyBeast, Betsy Woodruff and Asawin Suebsaeng: White House Abruptly Canceled Trump’s Meeting With Intel Chiefs http://bit.ly/2UxmFEq
// The cancellation came a day after top officials gave testimony to congress seemingly contradicting key parts of the president’s foreign policy.

🐣 RT @Hardball The Senate delivered a rebuke to the President on Thursday by backing Senator McConnell’s amendment disapproving the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Syria by a vote of 68-23.
⋙ MSNBC, Hardball: Senate votes against withdrawing troops from Syria, Afghanistan http://on.msnbc.com/2DMtxIJ

CNN, Katelyn Polantz: Court begins to fill in details of mystery Mueller case http://cnn.it/2sYSYAs

🐣 RT @tribelaw Trump just said we didn’t see and hear what we saw and heard his own Intelligence Chiefs tell Congress yesterday. This is what tyrants do. They try to get us to believe them over our own eyes and ears. This is the time to tell him to shove it.

NBC: ‘Whistleblower’ in White House security clearance office gets suspended http://nbcnews.to/2G1gQMr
// Tricia Newbold was suspended less than a week after NBC reported Jared Kushner’s top-secret security clearance was approved over staff objections.

HuffPo: Chris Cuomo: Donald Trump’s Distorted Reality Is A National Security Threat http://bit.ly/2UsuHyv
// The CNN host took the president to task over his latest attack on intelligence officials.

🐣 RT @selectedwisdom [Clint Watts] Russian subversion worked 2016 & now because Pres. Trump attacks his own appointed leaders. Trump is Divider-in-Chief, he & Putin both attack U.S. institutions, elected leaders. Trump puts faith in Putin, Kim Jung Un, Erdogan, MBS, but U.S. public servants get wrath. Why? https://twitter.com/selectedwisdom/status/1090621477928558592/photo/1

💙 Salon, Lucian Truscott IV: Mueller closes the circle of Russian collusion on Trump http://bit.ly/2WvHP7T (we shall see … )
// The next indictment will tie together the Russians, WikiLeaks, and the top of the Trump campaign

The indictment last Friday of long-time Republican bad boy and Trump political adviser Roger Stone marks the key turning point in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian connections to Donald Trump and his campaign. Mueller has finally revealed the strategy he has been working on all along. He has finished indicting the people he has talked to, and now he’s turning to those he hasn’t.

… Mueller’s indictments of the Russians were not for “process crimes” at all, but rather for various specific crimes surrounding the underlying crime of conspiring to defraud the United States of America.The indictments of 13 Russians from the Internet Research Agency in St. Petersburg, and 12 Russian intelligence agents working for the Russian intelligence agency the GRU in Moscow are at the heart of Mueller’s overall strategy. He is has been investigating a conspiracy by the Russians and other “persons known and unknown to the grand jury,” to “interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election,” according to the specific wording of the indictments of the Russians.

Mueller is after this conspiracy: At one end were the Russians in Moscow and St. Petersburg, and at the other end were the “persons known and unknown” in the United States, all of whom are associated with the Trump campaign. Facilitating the two ends of the conspiracy was WikiLeaks, located in the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.

The next arrest and indictment you’re going to see from Mueller will be his biggest yet. One morning in the not too distant future, he’s going to sweep up everyone remaining who was associated with using the Democratic Party emails stolen by the Russians. Julian Assange will be indicted. So will Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner. Roger Stone will probably face a superseding indictment along with the others for defrauding the United States by conspiring with WikiLeaks and the Russian intelligence service, the GRU, to steal Democratic Party campaign documents and use them to interfere with the American presidential election of 2016, the same charge he made against the Russians. Mueller will probably follow Justice Department guidelines and the example set by Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski in Watergate. He will probably not indict the president, but he will name him as an unindicted co-conspirator, just as Richard Nixon was in Watergate.

It’s going to be a jaw-dropping arrest and indictment because it has to be. Mueller can no longer issue indictments piecemeal and get guilty pleas or convictions one by one. This time, he must lay out a case that Trump and his campaign officials committed crimes that are so egregious, it will be impossible for the congress to fail to protect him from being fired. If Mueller were to indict Kushner alone, or Trump Jr. alone, it would be too easy for Trump to feign outrage and fire him. That’s why Mueller’s next move will be his last, and it will be the big one, sweeping up everyone who is left at once. …

Mueller has been building slowly to an indictment of people at the very top of the Trump campaign who knew that the Russians had hacked the Democrats’ documents. These are the “persons known and unknown” who conspired with WikiLeaks about how to use the Democrats’ emails in the closing months of the campaign. One of those people was hinted at in the Stone indictment when Mueller said a “top campaign official” had been “directed” to contact Stone about “additional releases” of Democratic emails by WikiLeaks.

Who “directed” that Stone be contacted will be revealed in the next Mueller indictment, along with whoever Stone contacted overseas or within the Trump campaign by using encrypted programs that will now be available to Mueller’s investigators on Stone’s phones and computers.

There are only three top people associated with the Trump campaign who Mueller’s investigators haven’t talked to: Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., and Trump himself. We know that both Kushner and Trump Jr. had meetings with Russians during the campaign. We don’t know if Trump himself took part in meetings with people like Sergey Kislyak, and we don’t know if Trump was informed about other meetings with Russians like the one that took place at Trump Tower.

From the Stone indictment, we know that the Trump campaign was well-informed about the Democratic Party documents that WikiLeaks had received from the Russian GRU. We don’t know if Trump himself was informed in advance what WikiLeaks would be revealing, such as the release of John Podesta’s emails that came late in the campaign as an “October surprise.”

But we do know that Donald Trump encouraged the Russians to hack Hillary Clinton’s emails and that the Russian GRU did just that on the very night Trump made his request. And we know that Trump mentioned WikiLeaks more than 160 times during the campaign.

Mueller has been working on establishing the “collusion,” if you want to call it that, between the Russian GRU, WikiLeaks, and the Trump campaign. His investigators are sitting on a gigantic mountain of evidence they have gotten from the NSA and the CIA about connections between the foreign elements of the conspiracy — between Assange and the GRU, for example, and between the GRU and people like Mifsud and Kilimnik.

WikiLeaks is the hub through which the GRU distributed the Democrats’ stolen documents to the media in an attempt to influence the presidential campaign of 2016 in favor of Donald Trump. The next indictment you will see from Mueller will be his last, and it will close the circle of collusion by connecting Trump and his campaign on one end, and the Russian GRU on the other end, through WikiLeaks.

⭕ 30 Jan 2019

Bloomberg, David Kocieniewski: The Civil Rights Warrior Who May Have Linked Roger Stone to WikiLeaks http://bloom.bg/2RB3uYG
● Margaret Ratner Kunstler’s legal work spans Attica to Assange
● U.S. alleges lawyer was forwarded email seeking Clinton dirt

LATimes, Virginia Heffernan: Jared Kushner shouldn’t be allowed to play government http://lat.ms/2D2tbMs

🐣 RT @ForeignAffairs “Governments need to share intelligence, coordinate policies, conduct joint exercises, allow one another access to military bases, and collaborate to develop new defense technologies. Failing to strike security deals will leave Americans out in the cold.”
ForeignAffairs, Brandon Kinne: Trump Is Abandoning Security Cooperation http://fam.ag/2FYdxpa
// What America Loses By Going It Alone

WaPo: Trump facing more pushback in Congress — from both parties http://wapo.st/2MJfiHl
// Lawmakers are increasingly eager to challenge the White House on matters of foreign policy and oversight. In the Senate, a vote is expected today on an amendment introduced by Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) that rebukes the president’s decision to pull back troops from Syria and Afghanistan.

PoliticusUSA: Schiff: Intel Chiefs’ Testimony Means Trump Can’t Declare National Emergency http://bit.ly/2Wxe4U4

🐣 RT @KFILE Jerome Corsi told @jaketapper on Sunday: “It’s my recollection that Roger mentioned that this Billy Bush was coming, and he wanted to know if Assange could begin dropping e-mails.” 💽 https://twitter.com/KFILE/status/1090658040326561792/photo/1

USAToday, Tom Nichols: Donald Trump and his Republican minions are playing with nuclear fire on NATO and Russia http://bit.ly/2HHIek6
// NATO opponents are like the anti-vaccine movement. They see no need for something that has kept them safe in ways they do not understand. It’s madness.

🐣 RT @Mimirocah1 Stop minimizing SCO prosecutions as so-called process crimes. Perjury & obstruction are like a “baseball game where the defendant throws sand in the umpire’s eyes.” Let them go & the whole system falls apart. Great article by @RDEliason
⋙ WaPo, Randall Eliason: How Trump defenders try to play down charges against his associates http://wapo.st/2FYUlrB

USAToday, Cindy Otis: Flashback: Trump’s world view makes him uniquely impervious to intelligence analysis http://bit.ly/2BfqerL

🐣 RT @mkraju Schumer to Dan Coats: “I believe it is incumbent on you, Director Wray and Director Haspel to insist on an immediate meeting with the President to educate him about the facts…He is .. hurting the national interest in the process. You must find a way to make that clear to him.” https://twitter.com/mkraju/status/1090784753593339905/photo/1

Politico: Mueller: Shared evidence was used to discredit special counsel probe http://politi.co/2MI9X31

CNN: Trump singled out Dan Coats in morning rant about intelligence community http://cnn.it/2RpsNwB

CNN, Josh Campbell: Trump can’t bully his intelligence agencies into submission http://cnn.it/2sXeQfx

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman Mystery company fighting Mueller subpoena:
-Wholly owned by a foriegn government (court docs)
-Has business in the US (court docs)
-Financial institution (per WaPo)
-Represented by Alston & Bird (per BuzzFeed and CNN)
📌 https://twitter.com/ScottMStedman/status/1090724683899531269
⋙ [Last:] 🐣 RT @ScottMStedman This leaves two clear frontrunners:
-Vnesheconombank (VEB) – CEO met with Kushner during transition
-Qatar Investment Authority (QIA) – Official met with Cohen during transition

NBC: GOP delay in naming House Intelligence Committee members may have cost Mueller http://nbcnews.to/2HGhNeS
// Democrats have been unable to authorize release of witness transcripts to the special counsel without GOP members who were just named Wednesday.

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ For the dodos who still don’t get why bringing criminal charges in a counterintel investigation is difficult, here’s the latest filing from Mueller in the Concord Management case which runs Russia’s troll farm and is owned by an oligarch close to Pooty 1/
📌 https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1090783029335871488

Newsweek: Russia vs. Ukraine War: Vladimir Putin Ally Wants to Create Autonomous Zone in Occupied Donbas Region http://bit.ly/2SeNdgp

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: The Disinformation Campaign Targeting Mueller and the Delayed Briefing to SSCI on Russian Election Interference http://bit.ly/2DKYXiw

DailyBeast, Betsy Woodruff: NRA Heavyweight Wanted Access to Putin: Leaked Email http://bit.ly/2RrKPOT
// “[I]mpressing the NRA’s Russian hosts is the quickest way to secure a private interview with President Putin,” an organizer of the NRA’s infamous 2015 trip to Moscow wrote.

PoliticusUSA/Msnbc: Former CIA Director John Brennan Calls Trump’s Blind Arrogance A National Security Threat http://bit.ly/2WvQbMQ

DailyBeast, Kevin Poulsen: Mueller: Russian Trolls Hijacked and ‘Altered’ Evidence for New Disinformation Operation http://bit.ly/2TlZ6hS
// Evidence that was reportedly shared only with lawyers representing Russia’s Internet Research Agency was altered in a bid to “discredit the investigation,” Mueller warns.

RollingStone, Ryan Bort: Trump Had Yet Another Secret Meeting With Putin http://bit.ly/2sZz1JG
// No U.S. officials were reportedly present during the president’s meeting with the Russian leader at the 2018 G-20 summit

VanityFair, Bess Levin: Trump Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop Meeting in Private with Putin http://bit.ly/2TmTQut
// The Donald has a fever, and the only cure is more covert meetings with the president of Russia.

USAToday, Tom Nichols: Donald Trump and his Republican minions are playing with nuclear fire on NATO and Russia http://bit.ly/2HHIek6

TheGuardian: Russians leaked Mueller investigation evidence online, prosecutors say http://bit.ly/2S0jtnY
// More than 1,000 files shared confidentially appeared to have been uploaded to a filesharing site, according to court documents

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: The Peculiar Logic of the Trump-Russia Scandal Deniers http://nym.ag/2RZlReZ

🔆 This❗️⋙ NBC, Tom Winter: Mueller says Russians using his discovery materials in disinformation effort http://nbcnews.to/2HHJnbD

🐣 RT @kasie there were plenty of theories as to why naming this list took so long but here it is, released this week as @GOPLeader told @chucktodd on Sunday it would be
⋙ 🐣 RT @AlexNBCNews NEW: Republicans were just named to the House Intelligence Committee on House floor: Nunes, Devin CA ¤ Conaway, Mike TX ¤ Turner, Michael OH ¤ Wenstrup, Brad OH ¤ Stewart, Chris UT ¤ Crawford, Rick  AR ¤ Stefanik, Elise NY ¤ Hurd, Will  TX ¤ Ratcliffe, John, TX

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Wow. So the Russians are taking non-sensitive discovery from the Concord Management case from Mueller, changing it, forging it, and disseminating it as part of a disinformation campaign to discredit Mueller. Yeah. Mueller’s going to win this case.
⋙ 🐣 RT @nycsouthpaw In a new filing in the Internet Research Agency case, Mueller’s team says they’ve found evidence discovery documents were forged as part of a “disinformation campaign aimed (apparently) at discrediting ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the US political system.” https://twitter.com/nycsouthpaw/status/1090701941880115202/photo/1-2

🐣 RT @matthewamiller From the “Nazi Germany” tweet during the transition to Helsinki to this, attacks on the IC have been one of Trump’s most enduring themes. Any independent arbiter of the truth is a threat to his entire political strategy.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ddale8 The president mocks his own intelligence chiefs, demands different conclusions from the intelligence community. https://twitter.com/ddale8/status/1090611006009692160/photo/1

NYT, Thomas Edsall: The ‘Rotten Equilibrium’ of Republican Politics http://nyti.ms/2RogaSF
// Charlatans rise. Government falls.

NYT Editorial: House of Pain for President Trump http://nyti.ms/2HHgVX9
// The new Democratic majority in Congress maps out its investigations of the Trump administration.

NYT: Trump Calls Intelligence Officials ‘Naive’ After They Contradict Him http://nyti.ms/2UtLHEy “‘Perhaps Intelligence should go back to school,’ Mr. Trump said on Twitter.”

DailyBeast, Betsy Woodruff and Erin Banco: Mueller Witness’ Team Gamed Out Russian Meddling … in 2015 http://bit.ly/2FYlHxM
// One former analyst at the Wikistrat consulting firm called it ‘disturbing.’

🐣 In the past 24 hours, McConnell has:
1) Denounced shutdowns, is open to legislation to prevent,
2) Supported slowing of removal of troops from Syria and Afghanistan,
3) Called for Mueller report to be released in as full a form as possible.
⋙ What’s up?

🐣 In the past 24 hours, McConnell has: 1) Denounced shutdowns, is open to legislation to prevent, 2) supports slowing of removal of troops from Syria and Afgh, 3) called for Mueller report to be released in as full a form as possible. What’s up?

⭕ 29 Jan 2019

ABCNews: Barr confirmation vote delayed after Democrats raise Mueller report concerns http://abcn.ws/2GjBKpk

NBC, Glenn Kirschner: Trump adviser Roger Stone’s indictment in the Mueller probe suggests conspiracy charges may still be forthcoming http://nbcnews.to/2WB43FB
// The special counsel’s many investigatory dots are starting to connect.

Medium, Umair Haque: All Nationalisms End in Fascism http://bit.ly/2G0NQVa
// The Unlearned Lesson of American and British Collapse

📔DNI Daniel Coats: Statement for the Record: 2019 Worldwide Threat Assessment of the U.S. Intelligence Community [pdf] http://bit.ly/2HGsuhw 42p
● Cover: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1090830267676348419/photo/1

NYT Editorial: What Keeps the Spies Up at Night http://nyti.ms/2t0b4lv
// Trump isn’t entirely wrong about the dangers America faces.

TheGuardian, Jonathan Myerson: How I got inside Mueller’s head: the writer of a new Trump-Russia play tells all http://bit.ly/2WtX29y
// How do you make an up-to-the-moment drama about the Mueller investigation when every day brings a fresh sensation? With proper detective work, says the man behind the BBC’s new thriller

🐣 RT @gtconway3d Without a doubt, and I’ve thought this since Feb. 13, 2018, when the potential for an SDNY investigation became apparent.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AriMelber “I think the Mueller investigation is not the President’s biggest problem… the Southern District of New York investigation has always been *much more dangerous* — and has much more hazard to it — than… Mueller.” ¤ Chris Christie, a former fed prosecutor, to @NicolleDWallace

TheHill: McConnell calls for releasing as much of Mueller’s report as possible http://bit.ly/2Rltual

USAToday, Richard Painter and Virginia Canter: William Barr’s view of Russia recusal could undermine all government ethics programs http://bit.ly/2sWstvG

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 DNI Dan Coats: “The Kremlin is stepping up its campaign to divide western, political and security institutions … We expect Russia will continue to wage its information war against democracies and to use social media to attempt to divide our societies.”

DailyBeast, Kelly Weill: How the Proud Boys Became Roger Stone’s Personal Army http://bit.ly/2CU0Tnn
// The dirty trickster started his initiation last year. Now the ‘Western chauvinist’ group has his back against Mueller and the media.

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Trust me. It will soon be Donald Trump Junior’s time in the barrel. #beans

🔆 This❗️⋙ Bloomberg: McConnell Bucks Trump on Withdrawal From Syria, Afghanistan http://bloom.bg/2TklEzn Measure would recognize ‘danger’ of fast withdrawal, he says
// Spy chief Coats warns Islamic State still commands thousands

🐣 RT @ABCpolitics The Senate Judiciary Committee postpones a vote on attorney general nominee William Barr by one week after Democrats raise concerns about how Barr will handle special counsel Robert Mueller’s report https://abcn.ws/2DFYw96 

NYT, Peter Baker: A Growing Chorus of Republican Critics for Trump’s Foreign Policy http://nyti.ms/2GapAPJ

🐣 RT @Bill_Maxwell_ Mnuchin’s $25 million transaction with Len Blavatnik, a conflict of interest as Mnuchin & #Pence pushed for Oleg Deripaska’s company to get sanction relief which benefits Blavatnik Bigly! ¤ Len Blavatnik also donated $3.5 million to #McConnell.
⋙ NYT: Steven Mnuchin Draws Claims of Conflict of Interest in Decision on Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska http://nyti.ms/2RrYV2A

DailyBeast, Julia Arciga and Will Sommer: Roger Stone Pleads Not Guilty, While Proud Boys and InfoWars Fight the #Resistance Outside http://bit.ly/2DJwY2Z
// Stone was indicted last week on charges of obstruction of justice, witness tampering and making false statements.

DailyBeast, Barbara McQuade: Why Is Mueller Hiding Who Ultimately ‘Directed’ Roger Stone to Contact WikiLeaks? http://bit.ly/2DHJ1NZ
// The omission isn’t by accident. It could mean a conspiracy charge is coming, or even that Trump played a role.

🐣 RT @TheHill NEW: Pelosi puts tight grip on talk of Trump impeachment http://hill.cm/dtT3ynh 

NYT/Reuters: Factbox: Guilty Pleas, Indictments Abound in Trump-Russia Probe http://nyti.ms/2Rmcu3P

USAToday, Joyce White Vance: Here’s why you should have faith in Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation http://bit.ly/2Bb4VI1

TheGuardian, Peter Stone: Is Oleg Deripaska the missing link in the Trump-Russia investigation? http://bit.ly/2RUFjt8
// The Russian oligarch could face greater scrutiny after disclosure that Paul Manafort discussed Ukraine peace plan with associate

Vox: Trump met Putin without staff or note takers present — again http://bit.ly/2RZL4WD “According to the Financial Times, Trump spoke to Russian President Vladimir Putin during last November’s G20 summit in Argentina without a US official present to take notes”
// Trump reportedly keeps finding a way to meet the Russian leader privately.

DailyBeast, Mimi Rocah: Roger Stone’s Indictment Says Mueller Ain’t Done Yet http://bit.ly/2sR3LwA
// Matthew Whitaker says the investigation is ‘close to being completed.’ If true, why did the Special Counsel say so much about the Trump campaign and execute search warrants?

DailyBeast: Howard Schultz Blames Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for His Decision to Run as Independent http://bit.ly/2WsT8O9 //➔ he’s intentionally ‼️ running to kill Dems chances

DefenseOne, Patrick Tucker: Intelligence Chiefs Diverge From Trump On Main Threats to US http://bit.ly/2FVF2Qh

Newsweek: Trump’s America Is Becoming More Corrupt, Report Says: ‘Erosion of Ethical Norms at the Highest Levels of Power’ http://bit.ly/2G8rGiV

Under President Donald Trump, the United States has received its worst score on a global corruption index in seven years, according to a new report.

The United States scored 71 on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index for 2018, a fall of four points since 2017 and the nation’s lowest score since 2011. Transparency International is an anti-corruption watchdog that tracks interactions between money and politics worldwide and ranks countries based on perceived corruption in the public sector. 

CNN: Belarusian ‘sex coach’ says she was warned to keep quiet about oligarch Oleg Deripaska http://cnn.it/2DHhE6R

In an exclusive interview with CNN on Tuesday, Vashukevich said she was instructed by Russian security services not to talk about Deripaska, an ex-business associate of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.

“I had some talk when I was in Russian jail,” she said. “And they explained to me very clear(ly) what should I do, what should I say and what I shouldn’t say.”

Asked who explained that to her, Vashukevich said “Russian agents,” adding, “They said to me, ‘Don’t touch Oleg Deripaska anymore.'”

The model, who goes by the name Nastya Rybka on social media, was detained at Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport earlier this month on prostitution allegations after being deported from Thailand, where she had spent nearly a year behind bars for soliciting. She was freed from police custody last week. …

WaPo: Roger Stone wanted WikiLeaks dump to distract from ‘Access Hollywood’ tape, Mueller witness says http://wapo.st/2CWVa0a

💙 Medium, Scott Stedman: Russian developer had active Delaware shell company at time of Trump Tower Moscow negotiations http://bit.ly/2GfmSZl (for #TrumpRussia deep dives, follow @ScottMStedman)

MotherJones: Democrats to Investigate Treasury’s Decision to Lift Sanctions on Oleg Deripaska’s Companies http://bit.ly/2sSZubR
// They claim the oligarch will “retain significant influence, if not de facto control” of the firms.

WaPo, Max Boot: The intelligence chiefs’ report strikes a blow for truth in the Age of Trump http://wapo.st/2RYAZcu

WaPo: Russia secretly offered North Korea a nuclear power plant, officials say http://wapo.st/2RW50cY

WaPo, Harry Litman: Is Mueller’s report really ‘close to being completed’? I doubt it. http://wapo.st/2TnaWZc

WaPo: Testimony by intelligence chiefs on global threats highlights differences with president http://wapo.st/2CUYU2d

MMFA: Roger Stone repeatedly bragged about talking with Trump and senior campaign staffers during presidential campaign http://bit.ly/2DHxRbW
// Stone: “I have access to all the right people”

⭕ 28 Jan 2019

Quartz, Justin Rohrlich: A Trump insider got a board position right after the US lifted sanctions on a Russian company http://bit.ly/2RVay7o

🐣 RT @neal_katyal It’s stories like this which make me skeptical of Acting fake AG statement today that Mueller is almost finished. As @JeffreyToobin said well,Whitaker is so out of his depth, and so compromised,it is impossible to know. Everything he says should be doubted
⋙ CNN: Mueller team signals to Stone associate Andrew Miller another indictment may be in the works http://cnn.it/2B8mdFn

WaPo, Michael Gerson: Trump is a fraud http://wapo.st/2sS96nv

Meanwhile, in a variety of global negotiations, American opponents need only master one method: flattery. In Trump’s words, “I know people, because deals are people. . . . If [Russian President Vladimir] Putin respects me, and if Putin wants to call me brilliant, and other things that he said which were, frankly, very nice, I’ll accept that.” Taken at face value, Trump is arguing: Deals are people. People who praise me have good judgment. Thus, people who praise me make good deals. Hearing these sentiments from an American president is enough to gag a historian. It is pathetic gullibility elevated into the realm of theory. It should concern us that the American president is a source of global derision and national shame.

🐣 RT @TrueFactsStated Think about this. Canada is being taxed for Aluminum and Russia was granted an exemption. Ask yourself why.
⋙ 🐣 RT @BruceAHeyman The more I think about Russia getting an exemption for Aluminum tariffs & Canada being taxed on the grounds of national security the more insensed I become. Not right! Not even close. Where are the Republicans? Who among them will stand up for Canada? Let us hear your voice. Now!

🐣 This the b.s. @RT spreads …
⋙ 🐣 RT @RT ‘CIA-backed’ mercenaries spread HIV in S. Africa, ex-member claims ¤ https://on.rt.com/9n7o 

🐣 RT @SethAbramson (THREAD) Here are 20 indications that Mueller has *months* of work left to do. I write this thread in the shadow of a vague, hesitant, afterthought-like remark that AG Whitaker made today. I hope you’ll read on and retweet; this may be the most important issue before the country. 📌 https://mobile.twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1090077060788310016

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Former Treasury official told @MaxBoot it was “shocking” the U.S. government would approve such an agreement, because it “does not follow the spirit of the legislation or stated policy objectives and sets an incredibly bad precedent for weak enforcement.”
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews The Treasury’s sweetheart deal w/ #Deripaska “may have been less punitive than advertised,” contains provisions that free him “from hundreds of millions of dollars in debt while leaving him & his allies w/ majority ownership of his most important company.”
⋙⋙ WaPo, Max Boot: Memo to Republicans: ‘Trump first’ is not the same thing as ‘America first’ http://wapo.st/2sToFLr

VOA: Attorney General Pick Says Trump Has Not Discussed Mueller Probe http://bit.ly/2MJUQGB //➔ “discusses,” no; YELLS ABOUT IT on Twitter, on the phone and at anyone within earshot, YES‼️

🐣 .@KenDilanianNBC reports Matt Whitaker says Mueller probe almost done citing publicly available reports, iow @KenDilanianNBC

🐣 RT @neal_katyal It is absolutely unforgiveable that Whitaker is in any position to know anything about the Mueller investigation,let alone claim to be “reviewing” it. He has just about as much business doing that as a fox does in a henhouse. Unconstitutional, unwise, and will ultimately undo him
⋙ 🐣 RT @neal_katyal It’s stories like this which make me skeptical of Acting fake AG statement today that Mueller is almost finished. As @JeffreyToobin said well,Whitaker is so out of his depth, and so compromised,it is impossible to know. Everything he says should be doubted
⋙⋙ CNN: Mueller team signals to Stone associate another indictment may be in the works http://cnn.it/2B8mdFn

🔆 This❗️⋙ HuffPo, Ryan Reilly: William Barr: Concerns Over Trump’s Privacy Could Shield Robert Mueller Conclusions http://bit.ly/2FUsglc //➔ so, if a sitting president can’t be charged, that’s the whole ballgame
// The likely attorney general said prosecutors need “to be sensitive to the privacy and reputational interests of uncharged third parties.”

DailyBeast, Justin Lynch: While Putin Hardens His Line in Ukraine, Trump Goes Squishy http://bit.ly/2MBk2yE
// A report from the front lines in eastern Ukraine and in Washington D.C.

CNS/PBS: Rep. Swalwell: ‘It’s Pretty Clear’ Trump Is a Russian Agent ‘Hiding in Plain Sight’ http://bit.ly/2CLWkLy

WaPo, Aaron Blake: 20 lies and alleged lies the Trump team has told in the Mueller probe, dissected http://wapo.st/2B7MFzg

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman “I believe they are going to try to charge the President and the Vice President… with some case of Russian collusion” -Roger Stone on Hannity

🐣 RT @kelly2277 😳 Folks, Corsi just admitted to COLLUSION w Wikileaks to time release of stolen GRU Podesta emails to drop in order to distract from the “grab em by the Pussy” tape that was going to be released ‼️
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheBeatWithAri “I had one call with Roger” on “the day that Wikileaks did begin in October dropping the final emails on John Podesta” ¤ He said “we’ve got this timing issue, because the Billy Bush tape is going to be released” – Jerome Corsi
💽 https://twitter.com/TheBeatWithAri/status/1090036333769302016/photo/1

🐣 RT @BillKristol What Whitaker said is alarming. He saw a chance to add pressure on Mueller to get it over with, after the Stone indictment suggested how dangerous the probe is to Trump if allowed to run unimpeded. And he tried to normalize the idea of higher-ups messing with Mueller’s findings.
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🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff An Acting Attorney General who refuses to follow the advice of ethics lawyers and recuse himself from an investigation in which he has shown a clear bias is the last person who should speak for the Special Counsel. ¤ While the probe is ongoing, Mueller can speak for himself.
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🐣 RT @renatto_mariotti I couldn’t agree more. I hope that when this is over, Mueller will publicly make clear the extent of any interference with his investigation from anyone.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Mimirocah1 This is exactly why Whitaker should have recused himself from overseeing the SCO probe. We should be able to have faith & trust that the AG is acting in the interests finding the truth & not (as many will be) skeptical that he is in some way pressuring Mueller to wrap it up.

TPM: Barr Hints Full Mueller Report Might Not Be Sent To Congress After All http://bit.ly/2DEXFFW

TPM, Tierney Sneed: Trump Camp Pushed Stone For More Wikileaks Info At Key Moment In 2016 http://bit.ly/2HCTTRm

DailyBeast, Adam Rawnsley: Trump’s Treasury Just Rolled Back Sanctions on Companies Linked to Putin Pal Oleg Deripaska. That’s Just Business as Usual. http://bit.ly/2FUOu6E
// The Treasury Department says he’s a shady Putin crony. Here’s why it’s still rolling back sanctions on companies linked to him.

🐣 RT @renato_mariotti After viewing the clip, it seems like Whitaker didn’t intend to say anything new here. He was nervous and trying to say that he now has confidence in the investigation. ¤ It will be interesting to see if anyone at DOJ walks this back.
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🐣 RT @PaulaReidCBS “I think close to being completed and I hope we can get the report from director Mueller as soon as possible,” Acting AG Whitaker suggests Mueller may wrap-up soon. President Trump will be pleased to hear that, which is also why we must be skeptical. @CBSNews 💽 https://twitter.com/PaulaReidCBS/status/1090022321849540610/photo/1

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 New: Adam Schiff says that Michael Cohen has agreed to appear voluntarily before the House Intelligence Committee “for closed testimony on February 8, 2019.” ¤ “We will continue to work with Mr. Cohen and law enforcement in order to protect Mr. Cohen and his family.”

NewYorker, Masha Gessen: The Unnerving Kitsch of New York City’s New K.G.B. Spy Museum http://bit.ly/2SeSnZQ

Politico: Nadler pledges not to blindside GOP with subpoenas http://politi.co/2G4nJvM
// House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) agreed to consult with his GOP counterpart for two days before issuing a subpoena to force witnesses to testify. Should ranking Republican Doug Collins of Georgia object, Nadler said he would put the subpoena to a vote of the committee.

WaPo, Randall Eliason: There’s evidence of collusion everywhere. But is it a criminal conspiracy? http://wapo.st/2MDegNh

Statesman, Jonathan Tilove: First Reading. Memo to Mueller: A pretty complete history of my meals, drinks and texts with Roger Stone http://atxne.ws/2SgZII6

AP: Trump AG pick says he’s discussed Mueller probe with Pence http://bit.ly/2Wr1XrC

TheHill: Senators introduce bill to require special counsel report be made public http://bit.ly/2RWqBlw

◕📊 AP/NORC Poll: Most Americans oppose Trump’s foreign policy http://bit.ly/2HB0xHN Overall 35% Approve, 63% Disapprove, but 76% of Republicans Approve

◕ Since Trump announced his tariffs last year, the trade deficit has only widened http://bit.ly/2sZqiHPhttps://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1089900073159442432/photo/1
// Fall 2017-Oct 2018

🐣 RT @moscow_project The Treasury Department just lifted sanctions on three companies owned by Oleg Deripaska, the Russian oligarch with an extensive history of financing Kremlin-backed political parties throughout Europe and Asia. CNN: http://cnn.it/2UolQ0N
… One of Deripaska’s main all