🇷🇺 Trump/Russia 2019 🇺🇸

 
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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)
    The Report (Lawfare)
    On Topic (Renato Mariotti)
    Skullduggery (Michael Isikoff, Yahoo)
    Trump Inc (ProPublica)
    Trumpcast (Slate)

🔊 PlayerFM: Best Trump Russia Investigation Podcasts (2019) http://bit.ly/2MKbtV8
 
Twitter List: INVESTIGATORS: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/lists/investigators
// Investigative reporters, Trump-Russia sleuths, Intelligence Community, Legislators, “alt-gov,” and Targetso
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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

 
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🔄 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, Vyacheslav Trubnikov, 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, Vyacheslav Trubnikov, 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 @WendySiegelman
 

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

🔆 This❗️⋙ 💙💙🔄 JustSecurity, Andy Wright: Just Security Launches the Russia Investigation Congressional Clearinghouse http://bit.ly/2L21uHz
// 8/22/2019

⋙ 💙💙🔄 📔 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 has a new book! Cartoon President http://amzn.to/2QUeZhk
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 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
 

By @jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄 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
 

By @jzikah
 
⋙ 💙💙🔄≣ 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
 

 
⭕ 15 Sep 2019

🐣 RT @justinamash Under our Constitution, the power to commence war lies with Congress, not the president and certainly not Saudi Arabia. We don’t take orders from foreign powers.
⋙ 🐣 RT @real Saudi Arabia oil supply was attacked. There is reason to believe that we know the culprit, are locked and loaded depending on verification, but are waiting to hear from the Kingdom as to who they believe was the cause of this attack, and under what terms we would proceed!

💙💙 Salon, Paul Rosenberg: The Trump depression (and we don’t mean the economy): Key symptom of autocratic regimes http://bit.ly/2md6tfH
// Experts see a “population-based depression” taking hold in America. But it might force us toward positive change

America is nowhere near as bad as Brazil or China, much less North Korea. But our democracy is eroding significantly. Varieties of Democracy (V-Dem) tracks hundreds of attributes of democracy for 202 countries, spanning more than two centuries. Its 2019 report found that “24 countries are now severely affected by what is established as a ‘third wave of autocratization,'” an erosion of democratic rights “that has slowly gained momentum since the mid 1990s. … Among them are populous countries such as Brazil, India and the United States.” 

If Trump has his way — demolishing all restraints on his power — things will only get much worse, with the journey Glasser took as a tour book guide of what’s to come. And people are feeling it in their bones.

“In America under Trump there is a population-based depression taking hold. It is a very subtle, smoldering, pervasive and serious condition that people in autocratic countries chronically live with,” physician and scholar Frederick “Skip” Burkle told me in a recent interview. Burkle has any number of academic credentials: He was founding director of the Center for Excellence in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Assistance at the University of Hawaii, and currently serves in advisory or research capacities at the Harvard School of Public Health, Johns Hopkins University Medical Institutes, the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington and elsewhere. …

The rise of these sycophants to positions of power in Trump’s administration is one key developments that has accelerated the craziness of late. William Barr’s appointment as attorney general was a watershed moment in this regard. His outright lying about the contents of the Mueller report profoundly misled the public about its basic findings, a state of affairs that persists to this day. That is arguably the driving reason Trump has not already been impeached.

That was echoed as farce when NOAA disavowed a National Weather Service tweet correcting Trump’s false claim that Hurricane Dorian was threatening Alabama. The insistence that Trump had no hand in that — his sycophants were only too eager to take action unbidden — is actually worse, in terms of how the pathocracy is advancing. The rot is spreading, and growing more virulent.

[Elizabeth] Mika went even further in her description. “Once a conscienceless individual assumes position of ultimate power, he gathers around him others who are psychologically similar to him, and builds a government almost exclusively comprised of characterologically defective people to better implement his egocentric, often anti-human agenda.” 

“The lessons from the collapse of communism are the same lessons that any peoples fighting against oppression have always had to learn,” she said. “The resistance always starts with like-minded people — in this case, people with a functioning conscience opposing the grip of pathocracy — finding each other, coming together, and turning their first internal, then external protest into a more or less organized social movement.” Ultimately, she assured me, “The resistance wins; all inhumane regimes eventually fall.” 

Disruption for its own sake is what we got under Trump, but it was emphatically not the ideal form of disruption. “When disruption is called for, as happens during times of peoples’ increasing pain and suffering,” Mika said, “it would take on a transformative character, leading toward, and not away from, higher values. It is the positive aspect of positive disintegration.”

That’s what we should be striving for now. It’s what we should be looking for in our leaders, and in ourselves. “It is up to us to keep this transformative momentum growing,” Mika said, stressing that in her view positive change is inevitable. “Our developmental trajectory leads always toward our highest values, despite — and because of — periods of trials and tribulations.”

‼️ Let’s not forget Congress tried to stop arms sales to Saudis for Yemen war ⋙ TheTelegraph (7/25/2019): Trump vetoes measures blocking arms sales to Saudi Arabia for war in Yemen http://bit.ly/2mg26AB

WaPo: Legal showdown looms over House subpoena to intel director http://bit.ly/2lSAukT

🐣 RT @SethAbramson **TIMELINE*
1. Trump orders Deputy DNI fired (8/9).
2. Whistleblower complaint filed (8/12).
3. DNI leaves job (8/15).
4. ICIG rules whistleblower report properly filed, “urgent,” and for Congress’s eyes.
5. Acting DNI refuses to give Congress report, citing a “higher authority.”

💙 ◕ Medium, @Rigel2020 (2017): They are Rigging Elections Around the World — Staging Coups & Ruining Democracies Everywhere http://bit.ly/2me7ows
// 11/12/2017; awesome charts

🐣 RT @repadamschiff No Director of National Intelligence has ever refused to turn over a whistleblower complaint the IG determined to be urgent and credible. ¤ There is no privilege to engage in misconduct; not under this president, or any other. ¤ That’s why I issued a subpoena and will enforce it. 💽 https://twitter.com/RepAdamSchiff/status/1173299911158374410?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 14 Sep 2019

🐣 RT @PaulaChertok #Russia Has Compromising Information on Trump, former KGB chief Oleg Kalugin says 📌 https://twitter.com/PaulaChertok/status/1171474113249992705?s=20
🐣 RT @PaulaChertok Ex KGB Chief Kalugin says he saw documents about the kompromat collected from Trump’s USSR visits. He says the compromising material is w/ girls/prostitutes. He states Russia’s KGB has a very long memory & can wait decades before using its kompromat. Trump knows this, he says.
https://twitter.com/PaulaChertok/status/1172974860726747136?s=20/photo/1
// 9/10-14/2019

💙💙 TheGuardian, Peter Pomerantsev: I left Russia to escape Putin’s assault on reason. Now I fear the UK is on the same path http://bit.ly/2knB7CM
// We need to develop a more collaborative political discourse, built on facts, not spin

Nothing is true and everything is possible. That was my one-line attempt to sum up the politics and propaganda that enveloped Russia at the start of the 21st century. It was a world where politicians no longer cared whether they were caught lying; where old ideologies were dead and conspiracy thinking had become the new way to explain the world; where all the old political categories (socialist and liberal, conservative and communist) seemed utterly meaningless and it was unclear what political parties stood for; where warped nostalgia and vague emotive calls to “Raise Russia From Its Knees” had taken over from any rational idea of the future.

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that the Russian organized crime and money laundering experts in DOJ who continued their investigations unabated happen to be the very people targeted by the Trump admin, as explained here:
⋙ TheAtlantic, Natasha Bertrand (2018): Trump’s Top Targets in the Russia Probe Are Experts in Organized Crime http://bit.ly/2LGGSTm
// 8/30/2018; Some of President Trump’s favorite targets in the Russia probe have spent their careers in the Justice Department and the FBI investigating organized crime and money laundering, particularly as they pertain to Russia.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @BillBrowder Unbelievable! Cameron Ortis, the Canadian law enforcement official heading up the money laundering investigation connected to the Magnitsky murder was arrested last night in Ottawa for alleged espionage and working with a foreign power. Same thing happened in Switzerland
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @MichelleZillio BREAKING: RCMP official charged with breaching official secrets law oversaw Russian money-laundering probe http://bit.ly/tgam.ca/2kBGPkD (via @globeandmail) #cdnpoli #RCMP #CameronOrtis
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @MichelleZillio #CameronOrtis oversaw a money-laundering probe into allegations that millions in defrauded Russian tax dollars, exposed by Russian tax lawyer Sergei Magnitsky, were funneled through Canada, a source with knowledge of the matter told The Globe and Mail. #cdnpoli #RCMP

SFChronicle: Editorial: Democrats are and should be conducting an impeachment inquiry http://bit.ly/2lQSKLD

🐣 RT @NaveedJamali The unredacted #MuellerReport contains mention of an investigation into foreign influence via money flowing to a PAC. I have long suspected this was Qatar, Saudi Arabia and/or UAE. All of which are engaged in a proxy war with Iran. This is how Trump has sold our foreign policy.

🐣 RT @tribelaw This would’ve been conspiracy by POTUS to commit criminal espionage. @RepAdamSchiff’s Committee needs to get to the bottom of it.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TomJChicago Connect the dots:
1 Spy extracted from Russia is outed w/ MSM coverage
2 Schiff says DNI is withholding urgent whistleblower info
3 IG agrees- urgent
4 Barr helps cover
Guess only- Trump’s ppl planned to expose spy to Putin. Going public stopped the plan.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @Atlas2112 As a former field agent, if the implications of this are fact[,] then the President of the United States and this administration are handing over government agents to Russia… while they are active… to be killed… @maddow @RepAdamSchiff @RepJerryNadler
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @MissFuhrerious And this whistleblower knew Trump fed Dilanian the assets name & home address at the direction of Putin to put a target on his back? Cuz this is something HUGE going on here.
⋙⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 Why wouldn’t Trump tell Putin directly? The whistleblower could have told Dilanian to make public to compel WITSEC to act; though Dilanian said they figured out who it was from publicly available sources. (Actually, for all we know, the guy is dead.)

🐣 RT @kelly2277 [VentureCapital] 🚨Emergency🚨 @AdamSchiff subpoenaed DNI Maguire for not providing him w a whistleblowers complaint regarding the intel community. The DOJ- Barr won’t release it because of ‘privileged comms’ which must mean @realDonaldTrump is involved 😳 http://bit.ly/2kLdSme 📌 https://twitter.com/kelly2277/status/1172860031697653760?s=20
⋙⋙ 🐣 The whistleblower is going to have to come forward to Schiff. They will never release the report to HouseIntel. (This may be why Schiff released to letter to the public)
⋙ 🐣 RT @kelly2277 […] Timing: Smolenkov, the RU spy that said Putin gave a direct order to help Trump win the election was “relocated” the other day. Trump asked Barr to find out sources & methods that precipitated the investigation😳 http://cnn.com/ [link error]
#ImpeachTrumpNow
⋙ 🐣 RT @kelly2277 Everyone is curious why all of a sudden Smolenkov’s identity and address were ‘discovered.’ Did Trump and Barr find out about Smolenkov and share his location w Putin ¤ Did Trump want revenge on this dbl agent that had exposed his treason ¤ @RepAdamSchiff
⋙⋙ Newsweek: Russian Officials ‘Punished’ for Allowing Top CIA Spy in Kremlin to Escape Moscow, Actions Blasted As ‘Irresponsible’ http://bit.ly/2kcWTc6
⋙ 🐣 RT @kelly2277 Why does @realDonaldTrump hate Montenegro ”US contacts told the Montenegrins there were some people who had to board a vessel “without any pomp”, but gave no further details. Montenegro officials agreed without asking any questions” [⇊]
⋙⋙ TheGuardian: Oleg Smolenkov: alleged US spy who gave Russia the slip http://bit.ly/2kMov8d
// A Montenegro holiday reportedly provided cover for a defection that until this week had left little trace

NatRev, Andrew McCarthy: Why It’s Unlikely the McCabe Grand Jury Voted against Indictment http://bit.ly/2kmxGfC

⭕ 13 Sep 2019

WaPo, Anne Applebaum: How tragic that a Republican president is undermining economic and political freedom http://bit.ly/2kAqdK4 “I doubt Trump has heard of ‘autocratic capture.’ But it’s the policy he pursues.”

“State capture” is a form of systemic corruption in which private companies have improper influence on the state: They use their money to “buy” whole parts of the bureaucracy to ensure that laws and regulations fit their needs. It’s an expression the World Bank invented to describe some of the economies in the post-Soviet world.

“Autocratic capture” — a newer phrase invented by Ian Bassin, a lawyer and the director of the activist group Protect Democracy — is something like the opposite. It’s a form of systemic corruption in which politicians have improper influence on private companies. They use government power to put pressure on businessmen and to force them, or their employees, to toe a political line. …

Many Americans, but Republicans in particular, long opposed the nationalization of industry and state-controlled companies that are more common in Europe. Instead, they were proud of the American commitment to both economic and political freedom. How ironic, how tragic, that a Republican president is now undermining both.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: A big loss in court for Trump http://wapo.st/2kho9X7 On Friday, a Second Circuit appeals court revived a lawsuit filed by businesses that claim President Trump’s unconstitutional receipt of foreign emoluments negatively impacted their business.

🐣🔊RT @harrylitman The possible “no bill” in the Andrew McCabe prosecution would be huge. That calls for an immediate TALKING FEDS NOW! emergency episode with great former feds to unpack what happened and assess the damage to the DOJ. Fortunately we have one right here: http://bit.ly/McCastrophe

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Yeah so this not good. Not just for them, but potentially for us: We share extensive intelligence with the Canadians 😳
⋙ 🐣 RT @MercedesGlobal #Breaking Global News has learned that the Director General of an intelligence unit at RCMP HQ has been arrested and charged under the secrets act involving espionage by foreign powers. Sources tell Global News this was an extensive national security investigation #cdnnatsec 📌 https://twitter.com/MercedesGlobal/status/1172540842944471043?s=20
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @MercedesGlobal Global News can identify the senior RCMP member charged as Cameron Ortis. This is a very serious and rarely used charge #cdnnatsec

🐣 RT @Heidi_Cuda Another brilliant explainer on Russia’s aggression toward the West by author @KeirGiles. ¤ His first point: the language “hybrid warfare” is way too innocuous to describe the damage wrought by the relentless electronic and information attacks target nations are facing. Thread. 📌 https://twitter.com/Heidi_Cuda/status/1172702487473582080?s=20
⋙ FedAcadSecurityPol, Keir Giles: “Hybrid Threats”: What Can We Learn From Russia? (working paper) http://bit.ly/2kx8WRX
// “16/2019”

🐣 RT @renato_mariotti Wow. The Justice Department argues the House of Representatives should not have access to the results of a criminal investigation of the President. ¤ The House has the “sole power” to remove the President from office. No court will deny the House the ability to exercise its duty.
⋙ 🐣 RT @CNNPolitics BREAKING: Justice Department argues House lawmakers should not gain access to Mueller grand jury materials https://cnn.it/2UUEXky

🐣 RT @cbn2 So, according to Schiff’s letter, this whistleblower disclosure went to the IG on August 12 (Monday) … just 3 days after Deputy Director Sue Gordon resigned on August 9 (Friday), and two weeks after Coats’ resignation letter (July 28). Any connection?

🐣 RT @kylecheney HMMM: SCHIFF has issued a cryptic subpoena, claiming an intel community whistleblower’s complaint has been withheld from Congress — and could, perhaps, involve the president. 📌 https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1172655862277689346?s=20
// 🚨 Alarming thread: Schiff memo; Coates etc resignation; leaks; outing CIA asset

💽 MSNBC, 11th Hour: Christopher Dickey: We’re seeing the death of democracy in America and Europe http://on.msnbc.com/2lTIOkg
// With populism on the rise in the U.S. and across Europe, veteran foreign journalist Christopher Dickey gives a stark warning.

WaPo, Randall Eliason: If the Andrew McCabe grand jury refused to indict, it’s a big deal http://bit.ly/2kzlp7L “If McCabe ultimately ends up being indicted anyway, it will further fuel suspicions that politics may be infecting the decisions of President Trump’s Justice Dept”

🐣 NO President has EVER been convicted in the Senate. Remember – Nixon resigned. Andrew Johnson was saved by one vote, but his powers were curtailed. Clinton was chastened but survived. Impeachment itself is a stain, a censure and a warning not to mess with the Constitution.

🐣 RT @Susan_Hennessey If the grand jury returned no true bill, that is an enormous black eye to DOJ. It is practically unheard of for a grand jury to refuse to indict and usually indicates dramatical prosecutorial overreach. It would be shocking if DOJ actually tried to submit after that.

WSJ: Andrew McCabe Hasn’t Been Indicted, a Sign That Case May Be in Jeopardy http://on.wsj.com/2keNxN2
● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1172687959340015622?s=20/photo/1
// Lawyer for the former FBI official again asks prosecutors to drop the case

The Washington Post reported Thursday that the grand jury had been released Thursday with no immediate signs of an indictment.

The investigation centered on Mr. McCabe’s comments to FBI inspections division agents on May 9, 2017, and later interviews with the inspector general’s office. In those interviews, Mr. McCabe allegedly said he didn’t know who had told the Journal about a phone call he had with a senior Justice Department official in 2016 about an investigation into the Clinton Foundation, even though he had authorized his lawyer to provide the information. Mr. McCabe has said he never deliberately misled investigators and cited the “chaos” of that day, which is when Mr. Trump fired James Comey as FBI director, making Mr. McCabe the bureau’s acting director.

Mr. McCabe sued the Justice Department last month, saying his termination was unlawful and part of a plot to remove law-enforcement officials deemed insufficiently loyal to Mr. Trump.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance An acting DNI is w/holding a complaint lodged by a whistleblower with the inspector gen’l for the intelligence community from House Intel Comm (which believes it concerns Trump or someone in his WH) in violation of rules worked out in the wake of Watergate
⋙ HouseIntelComm: Chairman Schiff Issues Subpoena for Whistleblower Complaint Being Unlawfully Withheld by Acting DNI from Intelligence Committees http://bit.ly/2kLSuNx

🐣 RT @SethAbramsom (SUMMARY) For the first time in history, someone outside the intel community has engaged in acts threatening national security; the intel community knows of it; whistleblower paperwork was properly filed; and Team Trump is illegally hiding it from Congress 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1172703173322203136?s=20

🐣 RT @kylecheney Rather than turn over the complaint as statute requires, Schiff claims DNI Maguire shared it with DOJ lawyers and claimed it might be privileged. ¤ Schiff says the confluence extraordinary maneuvers suggest it implicates someone senior in the admin.
⋙ Politico, Kyle Cheney: Schiff accuses top intel official of illegally withholding ‘urgent’ whistleblower complaint http://politi.co/2mfGQen
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @harrylitman That point is so true, and it’s never been fully documented or appreciate it. There is basically zero doubt that the agents’ anti-Hilary texts would swamp the anti-Trump ones like Strzok and Page’s in both number and animosity.
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @steve_vladeck “The Committee can only conclude, based on this remarkable confluence of factors, that the serious misconduct at issue involves the President of the United States and/or other senior White House or Administration officials. [Schiff letter:] http://bit.ly/2lT3HMM ¤ This is a Very. Big. Deal.
⋙ 🐣 RT @k8brannen According to @RepAdamSchiff, a whistleblower lodged an urgent complaint about wrongdoing within the Intelligence Community.
📌 https://twitter.com/K8brannen/status/1172661416987439110?s=20
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @k8brannen […] The delay raises “serious concerns that the whistleblower complaint is being withheld to protect the President or other Administration officials.”

🐣 RT @TheBeatWithAri BREAKING: In a historic step, Andrew McCabe, the former FBI official who led the Russia probe, and his team are going public with pressure – demanding answers from Trump’s DOJ on their reported attempts to bring charges against McCabe.
💽 https://twitter.com/TheBeatWithAri/status/1172643577329045504?s=20/photo/1

≣ 🔆 This❗️⋙ HouseIntelCom (9/13): Letter from Chair Rep Adam Schiff to Acting DNI Joseph Maguire http://bit.ly/2lT3HMM on Whistleblower case: “Grave concerns”

TheHill: House Democrats seeking Sessions’s testimony in impeachment probe http://bit.ly/2mebKnj

🐣 RT @gregsargent Seems like a pretty clear invitation to make it a whole lot clearer that an impeachment investigation is underway.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kylecheney BREAKING: DOJ has filed a 40-page brief arguing that the Judiciary Committee’s “impeachment investigation” really isn’t one. Cites Pelosi and Hoyer’s statements form *yesterday* as evidence. Story w/ @AndrewDesiderio TK
https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1172637615121719296?s=20/photo/1
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @ This is really bad for House Dems. DOJ has already seized on their inconsistent and head-spinning messaging on impeachment to argue that they should not be granted access to Mueller’s grand-jury files—bc the cornerstone of their argument is that they’re in an impeachment probe.
⋙⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @AndrewDesiderio JUST IN: DOJ urges a federal judge to deny the House Judiciary Committee’s petition for Mueller’s grand jury materials. ¤ The filing cites Democrats’ muddled messaging this week on impeachment — including stories from me, @kyledcheney, @npfandos & others. ¤ Story TK https://twitter.com/AndrewDesiderio/status/1172636002705432578?s=20/photo/1

DailyBeast, Erin Banco: State IG Set to Recommend Discipline for Trump’s Top Iran Hand http://bit.ly/2lTDbT8
// Brian Hook is reportedly in the running for national security adviser, and any discipline for his role in politically motivated State Dept. firings would likely hurt his chances.

🐣 I think if McCabe has issues with operations in the FBI, it might have to do with the NY Field Office, not the FoxNews/Q lineup of villains ~ #Beans

🔆 This❗️⋙ WashingtonExaminer: DOJ inspector general completes investigation into alleged FISA abuse http://washex.am/2lNcNKW

💙 Lawfare, Quinta Jurecic and Benjamin Wittes: On the Mystery of the McCabe Grand Jury http://bit.ly/2lUDLA1 https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1172623168936337409?s=20/photo/1

Normally, when the Justice Department informs a criminal target that it is moving ahead with charges, particularly when the target is a high-profile one, the indictment follows immediately. Yet in this case, no indictment materialized. And that wasn’t because the grand jury didn’t meet.

According to the Post, rather, the grand jury was reconvened on Thursday—but no public charges against McCabe were filed. Now, McCabe’s lawyer, Michael Bromwich, has written to U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu, whose office is handling McCabe’s case, stating that the defense team has heard “rumors from reporters … that the grand jury considering charges against Mr. McCabe had declined to vote an indictment”—though the defense has “no independent knowledge of whether the reporting is accurate.” Bromwich added that “based on our discussion with” government lawyers, “it is clear that no indictment has been returned.”

The possibility of a criminal case against McCabe has smelled bad for a while. As one of us has spelled out in detail, this is not the kind of case that normally ends up as a criminal matter. While the Justice Department inspector general report that led to McCabe’s dismissal from the bureau is sharply critical of his conduct, indictments for false statements in internal Justice Department investigations, without some exacerbating factor, are exceedingly rare. This sort of misconduct is normally handled in internal disciplinary proceedings—and McCabe was already fired. Indeed, there’s nothing about the inspector general’s findings about McCabe that seem to make his case a likely candidate for a criminal disposition. What makes McCabe’s situation distinctive, rather, is the public campaign against him by the president of the United States, who has tweeted and spoken repeatedly about McCabe and publicly called for his prosecution.

💙💙 📔 OIG Report (2018): A Report of Investigation of Certain Allegations Relating to Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe [pdf] http://bit.ly/2mfvS8H 39p
// Feb 2018

🐣 RT @.MuellerSheWrote A message to the winner in 2020 @KamalaHarris @ewarren @BernieSanders @BetoORourke @CoryBooker @JoeBiden @AndrewYang @JulianCastro @amyklobuchar @PeteButtigieg
If you do not investigate Trump, Kavanugh, and Barr, you will be responsible for canceling America.

🐣 Several progressive news outlets are reporting that McCabe is not going to be indicted by the Grand Jury. We don’t know that. The finding might be delayed or under seal.They could also convene a new Grand Jury. Trump will not let this go. McCabe is key to his counter-narrative.

DailyBeast: Seth Rich Family’s Lawsuit Against Fox News Revived in Federal Court http://bit.ly/2lLyXNv

🐣 RT @harrylitman A Grand Jury’s refusal to return an indictment is something that happens maybe once every five years in a given office. If it occurred here, given the magnitude and visibility of the McCabe case, it is a stunning and humiliating rebuke for overreaching and playing politics.

💙 🐣 RT @TheRickWilson I doubt this is over. ¤ Barr has orders, and he’ll run McCabe to ground if it breaks every law, precedent, and DOJ procedure. ¤ They need a scalp for the Trump/Fox/QAnon crowd.
⋙ 🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Just in: Andrew McCabe’s legal team says in a new letter to Jesse Liu that based on their conversations with the US Attorney’s office in DC yesterday, “it is clear that no indictment has been returned” against McCabe by the grand jury.
https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1172534641552699392?s=20/photo/1-2
⋙ ⋙ 🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Now, they’re asking whether the grand jury indeed declined to bring charges, and argue that if it did, “the justice manual compels you not to resubmit the case to the same or a different grand jury.”

Wonkette: Justice Department Will Get Andy McCabe, Or Die Tryin http://bit.ly/2kgckAl

The Washington Post was first to report that the DOJ intends to file a criminal indictment against the former deputy director of the FBI. The Justice Department’s Inspector General concluded that McCabe lied under oath about authorizing Lisa Page and another agent to speak to the Wall Street Journal about Hillary Clinton’s BUT HER EMAILS. McCabe contends that he never misled investigators intentionally and that he sought to revise his statements upon further review. But these arguments appear to have fallen on deaf ears, with line prosecutors at the DOJ and US Attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie Liu agreeing that McCabe should be charged.

Negotiations between McCabe’s lawyers and Deputy AG Jeffrey “The New Rod” Rosen ended yesterday, with the DOJ informing McCabe that “The Department rejected your appeal of the United States Attorney’s Office’s decision in this matter.” Because we all know that the Trump administration cannot abide lying or leaking in any form!

So, should Andy McCabe prepare to be arrested imminently? ¤ Well, MAAAAAYBE.

The Post reports that the grand jury empaneled to hear the government’s case against McCabe had been on hiatus for months. Yesterday it reconvened, and then … nothing happened. It appears that no indictment, sealed or otherwise, has been filed, leading to widespread speculation that the jurors are unhappy with the government’s case. Prosecutors only need to convince 12 of 23 jurors to sign on the dotted line, and yet this ham sandwich remains un-indicted.

BuzzFeedNews, Zoe Tillman: An Appeals Court Revived Another Lawsuit Against Trump For Continuing To Profit From His Businesses http://bit.ly/2lPrkpr
// The 2nd Circuit found that hotel and restaurant owners could bring constitutional claims against Trump for refusing to divest from his companies.

⭕ 12 Sep 2019

💽 MSNBC, Rachel Maddow: Trump may have poisoned the case he’s pushing for against McCabe http://on.msnbc.com/2mbtjV2 Donald Trump’s advocacy for McCabe’s prosecution could undermine that very case: former DOJ spokesperson Matt Miller
// Matt Miller, former Justice Department spokesperson, talks with Rachel Maddow about the strange situation in which all indications being that former F.B.I. deputy director Andrew McCabe was to be indicted but no charges have been announced, and the likelihood that Donald Trump’s advocacy for McCabe’s prosecution could undermine that very case.

💽 MSNBC, RachelMaddow: DOJ pursuit of Trump vendetta against McCabe takes odd turn http://on.msnbc.com/2kLgtfZ Maddow looks at Donald Trump’s “persecution” of Andrew McCabe who opened the counterintelligence and obstruction of justice investigations into Trump
// Maddow looks at Donald Trump’s persecution of all of the officials involved in the investigation of Russia’s intrusion in the 2016 election in support of Trump, and the particularly hard time the Trump administration and Trump-supporting media have given former F.B.I. deputy director Andrew McCabe, who opened the counterintelligence and obstruction of justice investigations into Trump.

Alternet, Cody Fenwick: ‘Ugly and deeply disturbing’: Trump’s DOJ appears primed to indict ex-FBI chief Andrew McCabe http://bit.ly/2me3kMJ

TheHill: Toobin defends McCabe as DOJ moves toward charges http://bit.ly/2kIPmSI “McCabe’s record … impeccable; … one of the most honored and successful FBI agents of his generation”; criticized the president for going on a crusade to “disparage” McCabe.

Vox, Ian Millhiser: Justice Sotomayor warns the Supreme Court is doing “extraordinary” favors for Trump http://bit.ly/2lSe2s0
// The Trump administration thinks the court is its personal fixer. The court isn’t doing much to disabuse it of this idea.

TheGuardian: Russian police carry out mass raids against opposition activists http://bit.ly/2kkmmRa
// Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny says searches show ‘Putin is very angry’ after Moscow polls

NBCNews, Tom Steyer: Democratic leaders, stop dragging your feet and impeach Trump now http://nbcnews.to/2m7WYyn
// Nobody is above the law, and especially not the president. Proving that to Trump can’t wait until 2020.

TheAtlantic Russell Berman and Elaine Godfrey: The Question Democrats Have to Answer Before They Can Impeach http://bit.ly/2kcVToo
// The lawmakers who most want to oust President Trump don’t agree on what the party’s strongest case against him is.

WaPo: ‘You’re a prop in the back’: Advisers struggle to obey Trump’s Kafkaesque rules http://bit.ly/2ki8c2X

WaPo: Trump, facing another bipartisan rebuke, frees aid for Ukraine to battle Russian separatists http://bit.ly/2lSYFiZ

NYT: House Judiciary Committee Inches Toward Impeachment http://nyti.ms/2lNX5Pw

🐣 RT @RobReiner Today The House Judiciary Committee formally voted to launch an Impeachment investigation into the most criminally corrupt President in US history. The question isn’t will there be Articles of Impeachment. The question will be how many? Stay tuned.

CNN, Frida Ghitis: A President who threatens national security http://cnn.it/2mfTWZf

🐣 RT @atrupar TRUMP: “It’s a lot of fun to work with Donald Trump. And it’s very easy, actually, to work with me. You know why it’s easy? Because I make all the decisions — they don’t have to work.” 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1172273988699119616?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: Justice Department authorized prosecutors to charge Andrew McCabe http://bit.ly/2mfThHf “But with the green light to proceed — and a grand jury summoned back after a months-long hiatus to consider the case — the day came and went with no public charges being filed.”

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Where are we on impeachment? http://bit.ly/2lLnr4S ‘the charges echo those against Richard M. Nixon: obstruction of justice, abuse of power and defiance of subpoenas, as well as violation of campaign finance law and allegations of self-enrichment’

🐣 RT @kurteichenwald If you know the reality of the @doj the limited inspector general report and other information released, the threatened indictment of Andrew McCabe is a terrifying step towards a system where politics dictates indictment. There has NEVER been a case like this. Abuse of power.

🐣 RT @DavidRothkopf Make no mistake, DoJ has it out for Andrew McCabe because he did his job, honored his oath and sought to find out the truth about Russia and Trump. They are prosecuting the good guys…which is what the bad guys do.

🐣 RT @PalmerReport For Donald Trump, putting Andrew McCabe on trial was supposed to be just a fantasy to sell his base. ¤ But now that McCabe is apparently going to be indicted after all, this will be a disaster for Trump. An actual trial, with discovery and so on? Trump might as well resign now.

🐣 RT @gregolear I have a sneaking suspicion that this is going to backfire spectacularly on Barr and Trump.
⋙ 🐣 RT @bradheath Federal prosecutors in Washington recommended that Andrew McCabe, the former second in command of the FBI and a frequent target of President Trump, be indicted. A top Justice Department official agreed, clearing the way for him to be charged.
📌 https://twitter.com/bradheath/status/1172205034790105088?s=20
⋙⋙ USAToday: Federal prosecutors recommend that Andrew McCabe, former FBI second-in-command, face criminal charge http://bit.ly/2kxHEuM

🐣 RT @TheBeatWithAri “Whether McCabe did anything wrong, or didn’t do anything wrong, Trump has basically put the case in a position where it is super politicized.” Fmr Watergate Prosecutor @nickakerman on reports of Trump’s DOJ authorizing charges against top FBI official 💽 https://twitter.com/TheBeatWithAri/status/1172284928714838017?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @girlsreallyrule Andrew McCabe told Robert Mueller the extent to which Donald Trump went to demand that others assist him in obstructing justice and now Trump is having Barr issue the payback. Make no mistake.
⋙ NBCNews, Julia Ainsley: Andrew McCabe appeal to avoid criminal charges rejected https://tinyurl.com/y4jfqwen
// A DOJ watchdog said former FBI Deputy Director McCabe made unauthorized releases of information and then misled investigators about it.

🐣 RT @MimiRocah1 The things cited in this thread about the potential case against McCabe that should give the prosecutors very serious pause before indicting.
⋙ 🐣 RT @adamgoldmanNYT The rejection of Mr. McCabe’s appeal would typically foreshadow an impending indictment, but that has apparently not yet happened.
📌 https://twitter.com/adamgoldmanNYT/status/1172223402427506688?s=20
⋙⋙ NYT: Justice Dept. Rejects Andrew McCabe’s Bid to Avoid Charges http://nyti.ms/2lMWayQ ‘The case is politically fraught because of Trump’s attacks on Mr. McCabe, who was acting FBI director when the inquiry was opened into whether the president obstructed justice’
⋙ 🐣 RT @adamgoldmanNYT […] One prosecutor assigned to the case recently left, an unusual step so close to an indictment. Another departed for a private law firm and has expressed reservations about the merits of the case.
⋙ 🐣 RT @adamgoldmanNYT And one key witness testified that Mr. McCabe had no motive to lie because he was authorized as the F.B.I.’s deputy director to speak to the media, so he would not have had to hide any discussions with reporters.

TheHill: Trump administration releases $250M in military aid to Ukraine http://bit.ly/2keI8Wi

🐣 RT @HouseJudiciary .@HouseJudiciary is engaged in an investigation that will allow us to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment. ¤ Some call this process an impeachment inquiry. ¤ Some call it an impeachment investigation. ¤ There is no legal difference between these terms.

🐣 RT @senrobportman I spoke with @RealDonaldTrump last night to ask him to release the security funds for #Ukraine, and I want to thank him for doing so. I strongly support @POTUS’ position that our European allies can, & must, do more to support #Ukraine. https://bit.ly/2k9WBCO 📌 https://twitter.com/senrobportman/status/1172209348011057153?s=20

🔆 This❗️⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote BREAKING: NYT Justice reporter says former FBI Acting Director McCabe has been advised he will be indicted.

TheHill: Russia raids scores of homes, offices of Putin critic’s supporters http://bit.ly/2ketdeJ

⭕ 11 Sep 2019

💽 MSNBC, AllInWithChris: Michael Cohen helping Manhattan District Attorney, NBC News report http://on.msnbc.com/2lKPBNm
// President Trump’s former personal lawyer is helping the Manhattan District Attorney with its investigation into Trump’s business.

DailyBeast, Amy Knight: Will the CIA’s Former Top Spy Fall Prey to Putin’s Murderous Mole Hunt? http://bit.ly/2kdJ6lD
// The Russian daily Kommersant on Tuesday published the name and biography of a man living under his own name with his wife and children near Washington, D.C.

NYT: ‘Trump Unplugged’: A President as His Own National Security Advisor http://nyti.ms/2m8uogk

LADailyNews, Molly Davis: Kamala Harris’ criminal justice reform plan can’t be trusted http://bit.ly/2kG45he “Harris has been caught lying for political gain before, so what’s stopping her from doing it again—especially if it could win her the Oval Office?”

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote And now Flynn’s lawyer Sidney Powell’s motivation becomes clear. She wants access to all the Mueller materials that Barr wouldn’t even give to congress so she can falsify an allegation that the Mueller’s team members were “creeps on a mission”. She doesn’t give a shit about Flynn
⋙ 🐣 RT @ZoeTillman It lists a set of 40 categories of materials that Flynn contends the government should have to turn over — it includes certain docs that directly reference Flynn, as well as things like unredacted copies of all of James Comey’s testimony before congressional committees https://twitter.com/ZoeTillman/status/1171863363116314624?s=20/photo/1-4

WaPo: NBC News wanted a part of the Russian spy story. So it did something really stupid. http://bit.ly/2kHAQdM

MotherJones, David Corn and Dan Friedman: House Democrats Are Examining Whether the Middleman in Trump’s Secret Moscow Deal Withheld Information http://bit.ly/2kwLbcL
// But Felix Sater says he has cooperated fully with the probe of Trump’s covert Russia venture.

DailyBeast, Amy Knight: Will the CIA’s Former Top Spy Fall Prey to Putin’s Murderous Mole Hunt? http://bit.ly/2ktZ3V8
// The Russian daily Kommersant on Tuesday published the name and biography of a man living under his own name with his wife and children near Washington, D.C.

⭕ 10 Sep 2019

Vox, Alex Ward: CIA reportedly removed top spy from Russia over fear of retaliation — and maybe Trump http://bit.ly/2lKPqlb

JustSecurity, Viola Geinger: Trump and Giuliani’s Quest for Fake Ukraine “Dirt” on Biden: An Explainer http://bit.ly/2lPw3XT

🐣 RT @politico John Bolton’s exit is a stark illustration of how President Trump has grown increasingly confident in his own judgment on national security
⋙ Politico, Eliana Johnson: Why Trump and Bolton parted ways http://politi.co/2lPtaq1
// The president says he fired his national security adviser. Bolton says he resigned. Either way, their conflict was deep — and irreconcilable.

🐣 RT @JoeNBC POTUS considered Bolton
*Insufficiently pro-Taliban
*Insufficiently pro-North Korea
*Insufficiently pro-Russia
*Insufficiently pro-Iranian
Trump wanted to play “Let’s Make A Deal” with those who hate America the most.
Bolton is not Monty Hall.

CNN: Chairman of the House Oversight Subcommittee on National Security petitions Pompeo on delayed Russia sanctions http://cnn.it/2lQaDtJ Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA)

DailyBeast, Sam Stein: Top Dem Think Tank Scraps Talk of Killing Russia Project http://bit.ly/2k9gRVa //➔ live long and prosper, @moscow_project
// “People were looking for other jobs,” said one source familiar with the discussions. “And people on the project thought it was going to end.”

🐣 RT @thomaswright08 A thread on John Bolton. This was inevitable. For many months Trump wanted to pivot to striking deals w/ America’s enemies– Taliban, Iran, DPRK, even Russia– in the run up to the election. Pompeo was willing to accept this to shape it. Bolton was not & sought to sabotage it 1/9 📌 https://twitter.com/thomaswright08/status/1171512406134022144?s=20

❤️ NYT, Stanley Greenberg: The Republican Party Is Doomed http://nyti.ms/2m31hLk Stanley Greenberg is a Democratic pollster
// This is a transformational moment. Do the Democrats understand how to take advantage of it?

NYT Editorial: What John Bolton’s Ouster Says About Donald Trump http://nyti.ms/2m3MqAj
// No matter who advises this president, chaos will reign.

Newsweek, Naveed Jamali: I’m a Former U.S. Double Agent, and Trump Is Recklessly Endangering the Lives of America’s Spies http://bit.ly/2lKaZSV

YahooFinance, Rick Newman: Trump’s trade war has killed 300,000 jobs http://yahoo.it/2kFITYy

WaPo: The ‘rebel alliance’ teamed up to thwart Boris Johnson’s plans. Can it stay united to steer Brexit? http://wapo.st/2kdZC5h

WaPo, Harry Litman: The Justice Department’s outlandish and arrogant position on congressional subpoenas http://wapo.st/2m2ZGVQ

WaPo, Greg Sargent: What explains the Democrats’ impeachment muddle? http://wapo.st/2lFTbYZ

🐣 RT @dcexaminer [AOC:] “I want to see every Republican go on the record and knowingly vote against impeachment of this president, knowing his corruption, having it on the record. This is outrageous to protect the amount of lawlessness.” https://washex.am/34u5YQ6 💽 https://twitter.com/dcexaminer/status/1171549488256868353?s=20/photo/1

WaPo, Donna Edwards: Time is running out. Impeach Trump. http://wapo.st/2kaQDSe

DailyBeast, Jeff Hauser: Trump’s Going to Manipulate the Government to Stay in Power http://bit.ly/2lNrpK0
// The president has given us ample signs that he will use the powers of the presidency in ways previously unimaginable. How come Democrats seem so relaxed about it?

⭕ 9 Sep 2019

Politico Mag, Jack Shafer: The Dynasty Ends With King Donald http://politi.co/2lPuA3Q
// There will be no President Ivanka. No President Jared. And certainly no President Donald Jr.

NYT, Paul Krugman: How Democracy Dies, American-Style http://nyti.ms/2kDBc59
// Sharpies, auto emissions and the weaponization of policy.

💙 TheAtlantic, McKay Coppins: The Heir http://bit.ly/2lKOMUQ
// Oct 2019 issue; Ivanka was always Trump’s favorite. But Don Jr. is emerging as his natural successor.

WaPo: Michael Flynn ordered to testify before Congress on Sept. 25 http://wapo.st/2kCdpTk

Vox, Andrew Prokop: The House Judiciary Committee will finally vote on an impeachment investigation this week http://bit.ly/2kszOT9 (Andrew Prokop’s explainers are always good)
// The vote will be about “procedures” for the investigation. Here’s the big picture.

TheHill, Alan Lichtman: Why impeachment of William Sulzer is solid precedent for Donald Trump http://bit.ly/2m0IlwK No American president has been impeached and removed from office, but several governors have …

WaPo, Amber Phillips: Congress is back, and an impeachment inquiry is here. Here’s what to expect. http://wapo.st/2k8yMvj

Alternet: Former GOP intel chair breaks down the irreparable harm Trump did by compromising US spy in Russia http://bit.ly/2k8yq7X former Rep Mike Rogers (R-MI)

CBSNews: Russian opposition barred from Moscow elections, but still finds “victory” in the results http://cbsn.ws/2m7Egai

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: U.S. Intelligence Had to Pull Spy From Russia Because Trump Is a Security Risk http://nym.ag/2ksxyeD

TheMoscowProject: Congress’s Critical Impeachment Inquiry http://bit.ly/2m9rurR

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Email evidence that McCabe DID inform Comey of an forthcoming WSJ story about Jill McCabe and @Comey acknowledged it. The IG left that detail out of the report. Are there emails confirming he told Comey about the 2nd WSJ story? Lack of candor, my ass.
⋙ DailyBeast, Betsy Woodruff: Emails Show McCabe Scrambling to Handle Stories About Hillary Probe http://bit.ly/2m9jC9N
// The messages shared with The Daily Beast cast additional light on the circumstances that preceded McCabe’s firing from the FBI. ⋙ Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a government watchdog group, obtained the emails through FOIA litigation and shared them with The Daily Beast. They are also available in the FBI’s FOIA vault. CREW’s litigation is ongoing. 

🐣 RT @HouseIntel BREAKING: House Intelligence, Foreign Affairs & Oversight Committees launch a wide-ranging investigation into reported efforts by Trump, his personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and possibly others to pressure Ukraine to help the President’s reelection campaign:
⋙ HouseIntel Press Release: Three House Committees Launch Wide-Ranging Investigation into Trump-Giuliani Ukraine Scheme http://bit.ly/2kqOan2
// Engel, Schiff, and Cummings Demand Records about Efforts to Pressure Ukraine’s Government to Assist Trump’s Reelection Campaign

🐣 RT @McFaul For non-Russian speakers, this tweet is from Alexey Navalny declaring “Victory” in the Moscow elections yesterday. The results are indeed surprising. Putin’s ruling party is not very popular in Moscow. https://twitter.com/McFaul/status/1171100789609074689?s=20

WaPo, Greg Sargent: The push to impeach Trump just got more serious. But there’s a problem. http://wapo.st/2lFLfHc

NBCNews: House lays out its impeachment probe http://nbcnews.to/2m11UFd
// The House Judiciary Committee laid out the procedures on Monday of what it’s calling its ongoing “impeachment investigation” of President Donald Trump.

The resolution, should it pass, would make the following four changes to the committee rules governing hearings:

● It would allow the chairman to designate full committee or subcommittee hearings as part of the impeachment probe.
● It would allow staff to question witnesses for an additional hour, equally divided between the majority and minority.
● It would allow for secret grand jury material to be reviewed in closed executive session.
● It would allow for the president’s counsel to respond to information and testimony presented in committee in writing and give the chairman authority to invite the president’s counsel to review and respond in writing to executive session materials.

These procedures are expected to follow those the Judiciary Committee used in 1974 during the Nixon impeachment proceedings.

🐣 RT @CaroleCadwalla “You can read Lebedev’s takeover of the British press as a noble effort to save an industry in trouble. Or you can see it as a soft power play, designed in the best traditions of the KGB to weaken the enemy from inside,” @lukeharding1968 One or the other
⋙ TheGuardian, Luke Harding: Hunt the Banker: The Confessions of a Russian Ex-Oligarch by Alexander Lebedev – review http://bit.ly/2kaOpT1
// Lebedev refrains from criticising Russia’s elite in the story of his rise from the KGB to billionaire owner of London’s Evening Standard

CNN: Exclusive: US extracted top spy from inside Russia in 2017 http://cnn.it/2lGEdSu “driven, in part, by concerns that President Donald Trump and his administration repeatedly mishandled classified intelligence and could contribute to exposing the covert source”

💙💙 TheAtlantic, James Fallows: The End of the Roman Empire Wasn’t That Bad http://bit.ly/2kBO6k7
// Oct issue; Maybe the end of the American one won’t be either.

⭕ 8 Sep 2019

🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom Meanwhile, the country continues to stagger along, functionally operating without an executive branch. Unless by “executive branch” we mean a cabal of lawyers working with Mitch McConnell to appoint judges, hand out some favors to industry pals and some Russians. /1 📌 https://twitter.com/RadioFreeTom/status/1170813394984820736?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom In foreign policy, the entire diplomatic and national security apparatus reverse-engineers rationales for whatever the President blurts out at any given time, almost entirely based on what the Trump WH thinks moves the media and the polls, rather than the national interest. /2
⋙ 🐣 RT @RadioFreeTom All this, while the most powerful man in the world wrecks our alliances, starts a trade war, coddles our enemies, invites terrorists to Camp David, and then, when people question his grip on reality, responds by tweeting out cat memes while the rubes cheer. Good job, GOP. /3x
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @igt1960 Unfortunately, Trump is the least of our worries – he’s just the bully who kicked over the sandcastle. What’s deeply troubling is finding out our institutions, norms, and laws were so easily knocked over. Getting rid of Trump is a necessary start, but it won’t fix the foundation.

💙💙 Politico Mag, Rick Shenkman: The Shocking Paper Predicting the End of Democracy http://politi.co/2lCY991 “The irony is that more democracy—ushered in by social media and the Internet … —is what has unmoored our politics, and is leading us towards authoritarianism”
// Human brains aren’t built for self-rule, says Shawn Rosenberg. That’s more evident than ever.

Right-wing populist politicians have taken power or threatened to in Poland, Hungary, France, Britain, Italy, Brazil and the United States. As Rosenberg notes, “by some metrics, the right wing populist share of the popular vote in Europe overall has more than tripled from 4% in 1998 to approximately 13% in 2018.” In Germany, the right-wing populist vote increased even after the end of the Great Recession and after an influx of immigrants entering the country subsided. ¤ A brief three decades after some had heralded the “end of history” it’s possible that it’s democracy that’s nearing the end. … Taking democracy’s place, Rosenberg says, will be right-wing populist governments that offer voters simple answers to complicated questions. …

And therein lies the core of his argument: Democracy is hard work and requires a lot from those who participate in it. It requires people to respect those with different views from theirs and people who don’t look like them. It asks citizens to be able to sift through large amounts of information and process the good from the bad, the true from the false. It requires thoughtfulness, discipline and logic.

The irony is that more democracy—ushered in by social media and the Internet, where information flows more freely than ever before—is what has unmoored our politics, and is leading us towards authoritarianism. Rosenberg argues that the elites have traditionally prevented society from becoming a totally unfettered democracy; their “oligarchic ‘democratic’ authority” or “democratic control” has until now kept the authoritarian impulses of the populace in check.

And unlike democracy, which makes many demands, the populists make just one. They insist that people be loyal. Loyalty entails surrendering to the populist nationalist vision. But this is less a burden than an advantage. It’s easier to pledge allegiance to an authoritarian leader than to do the hard work of thinking for yourself demanded by democracy. …

There were less discomforting moments in Lisbon. The convention gave an award to George Marcus, one of the founders of the discipline, who has dedicated his career to the optimistic theory that human beings by nature readjust their ideas to match the world as it is and not as they’d like it to be—just as democracy requires.

But this isn’t a moment for optimism, is it? What is happening around the world shows that the far-right is on the march. And when it comes to the U.S., the problem might be larger than one man. Liberals have been praying for the end of the Trump presidency, but if Rosenberg is right, democracy will remain under threat no matter who is in power.

Hullabaloo, digby: The political argument for impeachment http://bit.ly/2lIZMC8 “[T]his isn’t about a couple of furtive blow jobs. The stakes in this are much, much more like Watergate.… Also, the monumental corruption. The sheer volume of impeachable offenses is enormous.”

Is it risky? Sure, anything can happen. But I have never understood this notion that Trump will gain power from being impeached. It’s ridiculous. I realize that a lot of the media have simply assumed that since Clinton was acquitted and remained popular that it’s a losing strategy. But this isn’t about a couple of furtive blow jobs. The stakes in this are much, much more like Watergate, even higher when you consider the act that this president welcomed the sabotage of his opponent’s election campaign by a foreign adversary and provably (and openly!) obstructed justice to cover it up. Also, the monumental corruption. The sheer volume of impeachable offenses is enormous.

I suppose a majority of the public may say that they realized this behavior is exactly what they yearn for in a president and they can’t wait for four more years after the congress lays it all out in one big case. If so, we have much, much bigger problems. And we might.

DailyBeast, Sam Brodey: Trump Raids Funds Meant to Deter Russia to Pay for His Wall http://bit.ly/2m7Rfsz //➔ Trump: Who’s gonna pay for the Wall? MAGAts: NATO‼️
// National security experts believe it could be a gut punch to U.S. diplomatic and security interests in a part of the world that’s been a sore spot for the president: Europe.

WaPo, Robert Samuelson: Political pressures rolled back globalization before. It can happen again. http://wapo.st/2kBZAEr “the trade war [with] China will lead to no good — with consequences that could … threaten the world’s geopolitical and economic stability.”

WaPo Editorial: A Russian passport. A Russian murder? http://wapo.st/2k6AQ6V “This is not the first time a Chechen rebel has been murdered abroad. Mr. Khangoshvili was reportedly on a Russian blacklist”

NYT: Democrats to Broaden Impeachment Inquiry Into Trump to Corruption Accusations http://nyti.ms/2lLnjC7 ‘Democrats plan to scrutinize role in hush payments to two women and reports that he dangled pardons to officials to break the law to implement his immigration policies’

NYT: Democrats Plan Vote to Formalize Procedures for Impeachment Investigation http://nyti.ms/2k4unta the investigation will now be primarily focused on whether to recommend articles of impeachment

🐣 RT @carlquintanilla JPMorgan has a new index — called the “Volfefe Index” — that measures Trump’s tweets and their impact on bond volatility. (1/x) 📌 https://twitter.com/carlquintanilla/status/1170693477576916992?s=20 ✛ /photo/1

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews The decision to invite Taliban leaders and Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to Camp David was made a week ago in a meeting with Trump and national security officials. Trump told his team he would be better positioned to do the negotiating himself.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ Pompeo said Sunday’s now-canceled meeting at Camp David was in the works “for a while” and defended Trump’s decision to invite Taliban leaders on US soil. Pompeo said the admin was seemingly close to a deal: ¤ “We have it in hand.”
⋙⋙ CNN: US still interested in Taliban peace deal, Pompeo says http://cnn.it/2lIXVNk

DailyBeast, Jonathan Alter: Yes, Democrats Should Impeach Trump — and Make Mitch McConnell Defend His Acquittal http://bit.ly/2m6eB1H
// The Senate will acquit the president if the House impeaches him, true. But that’s not a reason not to do it. It’s exactly why they should do it.

⭕ 7 Sep 2019

🐣 RT @JohnWDean Expect impeachment proceedings to become more focused. House must make his fitness for office a 2020 campaign issue! Other than tweet, play golf, and embarrass the USA what has he done? Corruption and abuses of power! He’s a disaster! Unfit for office…
⋙ 🐣 RT @voxdotcom The House Judiciary Committee plans to define its impeachment inquiry, bringing clarity to what it hopes to accomplish with its impeachment inquiry, and where it sees the investigation going.
⋙⋙ Vox: The House Judiciary Committee plans to finally define its impeachment inquiry http://bit.ly/2m7bxT1
// The committee will formalize its plans for its impeachment inquiry next week. http://bit.ly/

🐣 RT @McFaul What? TASS has these details but USG has not released them? This is very strange. And why does Russia need to be present at signing? We’re they fighting Taliban and Al Qaeda in Afghanistan and I just missed that?
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews #Russia’s state media: ¤ Draft peace agreement between the Taliban and the Trump admin said that U.S. forces will leave five bases in Afghanistan within 135 days of signing the document, the U.S. & the Taliban insist that Russia be present at the possible signing of the agreements. https://twitter.com/McFaul/status/1170580543412613120?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: Trump says he canceled secret meeting with Afghan president, Taliban at Camp David http://wapo.st/2ky7jmM

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 I absolutely do. Trump will implode. Barr has already over-played his constitutional hand in the recent DOJ court filing saying, in substance, Congress does not have the power to perform oversight of the executive branch. He’s trying to destroy accountability. He will fail.
⋙ 🐣 RT @ SchrbrM Glenn do you honestly think justice will prevail? That although it will be bruised we will get our country and democracy back? Sometimes I have faith and sometimes I wonder if it is lost..😐

🐣 RT @gregolear Harrowing passage from A Russian Diary, by the journalist Anna Politkovskaya, who was assassinated in 2006. https://twitter.com/gregolear/status/1170435426588463104?s=20/photo/1
// corruption of elections and the courts

🐣 RT @sandralhanlon The damage is massive. The State Department is gutted. Every department we depend on is weakened. We will be in cleanup mode for decades & that depends on us winning elections. Winning elections is all about the votes. & local races are vital!

🐣 RT @FrankFigliuzzi Trump moves us closer to dictatorship as our military rejects congressional oversight and shifts its allegiance to the #CommanderinCheat
https://twitter.com/FrankFigliuzzi1/status/1170359725713526784?s=20

WaPo: Judiciary panel to activate rare impeachment-time authorities, highlighting divide in chamber’s endgame http://wapo.st/2k8FscQ “It resembles something the Judiciary Committee did in 1973, two weeks after the ‘Saturday Night Massacre’”

The Judiciary resolution, which will be voted on Wednesday, is still being finalized. But those familiar with the resolution expect that it will allow panel staff to question witnesses for an additional hour during hearings. It would also allow the panel to discuss evidence in closed session, a move the panel wants to protect confidential information — potentially even grand jury material. 

The Judiciary Committee has appealed to a federal judge seeking to the underlying evidence and grand jury information that informed former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report. Panel investigators believe those documents hold damaging evidence about Trump, but Attorney General William P. Barr has ignored a subpoena to turn over the information.

DailyBeast, Sam Brodey: House Democrats Set to Question Corey Lewandowski in Public http://bit.ly/2lJVASj
// Lewandowski will answer questions in an open hearing with the cameras rolling—making him the first Trump associate to do so before Jerry Nadler’s committee

DailyBeast, Rick Wilson: Donald Trump Enters the Eccentric Dictator Phase of His Presidency http://bit.ly/2k5b5E9
// Laws? Elections? In the Dear Leader universe, these are mere echoes of the weak, corrupt past. And the facts are whatever he says they are.

NYT, Jenni Russell: The ‘Political Anarchist’ Behind Britain’s Chaos http://nyti.ms/2lJIR1Z
// Dominic Cummings, Boris Johnson’s Rasputin, is happy to watch the country blow up if he gets what he wants.

🔆 This❗️⋙ CNN: House panel to take formal steps on impeachment probe next week http://cnn.it/2kzuE7A

⭕ 6 Sep 2019

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: Donald Trump Was “Colluding” with Roger Stone on Four Different Direct Lines http://bit.ly/2kAACFt //➔ and lied about it on written answers to Mueller: Pre-trial documents from Stone case

NewYorker, Masha Gessen: A Summer of Unprecedented Brutality in Moscow http://bit.ly/2m4TOeV

🐣 RT @rigel2020 (3/24/2019) Sam Patten in 2015 started a company with Kilimnik and Nick Ayers… FYI.. Wendy does great Research @WendySiegelman
⋙ ◕ Medium, Wendy Siegelman (2018): Social Media and Influence Companies Related to the Trump Russia Story http://bit.ly/2tqNNKg
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1170250881071276032?s=20/photo/1
// 7/6/2018

🐣 💽 RT @JordanUhl Breaking now on CNN: The House will take formal steps on an impeachment probe for @realDonaldTrump next week https://twitter.com/JordanUhl/status/1170176002875637760?s=20/photo/1

TheHill, Kevin Fashola: How Russia uses racial divides to undermine American democracy http://bit.ly/2k4TDj0 Fashola is a visiting fellow w the Defending Democratic Institutions Project w the Center for Strategic & Intl Studies & a fellow w the Congress Black Caucus Foundation

TheAtlantic, Adam Serwer: Trump Is Winning His War on the FBI http://bit.ly/2lDOizL
// Within the bureau, there’s an asymmetry that even those who seek to play by the rules cannot ignore.

JustSecurity, Kate Brannon: Trump Cuts “Muscle” from European Defense to Fund Border Wall http://bit.ly/2lCFhqw

🐣 RT @JohnJHarwood the ways Trump is warping US government functions – examples surfacing today involved NOAA, the US military, and the Justice Department – increase impeachment pressure on Pelosi from within the House Democratic caucus

🐣 RT @TimInHonolulu I need to dig into facts but I think that it’s arguably DOD procurement fraud. I don’t think the civil liability can be washed away and may expose his properties to being seized in 2021 when he’s out of office. Will destroy a lot of military careers. That’s likely Putin’s plan.
⋙ 🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand BREAKING: House Oversight is investigating whether US military expenditures have been propping up Trump Turnberry. A peculiar refueling stop in Glasgow by a US Air Force crew, who stayed overnight at the resort—there & back—tipped them off. Our exclusive:
⋙⋙ 💙💙 Politico, Natasha Bertrand and Bryan Bender: Air Force crew made an odd stop on a routine trip: Trump’s Scottish resort http://politi.co/2m25m2p re: @maddow
// Now the layover is part of a broader House inquiry into military spending at and around the Trump property.

NYT, Bret Stephens: How Vladimir Putin Falls http://nyti.ms/2kwLNip ‘Lyubov Sobol, 31, is a Moscow lawyer who has spent years pursuing a graft investigation of Putin intimate Yevgeny Prigozhin’
// A dictator meets an opponent he can’t co-opt, corrupt, calumniate, cow or coerce.

🐣 RT @AndreaChalup Ukraine has survived and sacrificed so much to become a democracy and now a refuge for Russian opposition activists. Trump and Guiliani pressuring Ukraine this way is unconscionable and serves the interests of the powerful mass-murdering dictatorship invading the country:
⋙ 🐣 RT @olgaNYC1211 So much more! Russia started floating Ukraine interfering in US elections in 2016 to deflect from their actions. If Ukraine complies then Russia will blame Ukraine, Europe will not back them. If Ukraine doesn’t comply they risk losing funds necessary for protection.

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews #Russia’s state TV discusses Trump defunding more than $770 million in military projects designed to shore up European defense against Russia. ¤ Host Evgeny Popov says that could mean only one of two things: ¤ “Either Trump is ours, or we [Russia] are not a threat.”

🐣 RT @kyledcheney NEW: THe House Judiciary Committee has taken the first formal steps to broaden its impeachment probe to include questions about the president steering government business to his resorts — highlighted by his push to host the G7 at Doral. Story TK What the committee wants: https://twitter.com/kyledcheney/status/1169969369427906561?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: How Joe Biden attracts both black voters and racially ‘resentful’ voters http://wapo.st/2m3IvUh

Reuters: Exclusive: U.S. congressional probe finds possible lapses in Deutsche Bank controls – sources http://reut.rs/2kwzXEY

CNN: Democrats widen impeachment probe as they confront roadblocks http://cnn.it/2m4IjUP

🔲 NYT The Weekly: The Blueprint: Russia’s Playbook for Disrupting Democracy [Trailer] http://nyti.ms/2kyqugr full episode available on FX and Hulu

⭕ 5 Sep 2019

WaPo Editorial: Is Trump strong-arming Ukraine’s new president for political gain? http://wapo.st/2lCfNcO “He is attempting to force Zelensky to intervene in the 2020 US presidential election by launching an investigation of the leading Democratic candidate, Joe Biden”

Ukraine’s neophyte president, Volodymyr Zelensky, took a big step this week toward proving that he will be, as he promised, the most pro-reform president in Ukraine’s history. On Monday, he laid out a breathtakingly ambitious five-year plan including virtually every measure the International Monetary Fund and Western governments have urged on Ukraine in recent years, from land reform to the privatization of state companies to a cleansing of the judiciary.

That ought to be cause for celebration in Washington, where successive Democratic and Republican administrations have tried to draw Ukraine away from Vladi­mir Putin’s Russia and into the ranks of Western democracies, only to be frustrated by the fecklessness and corruption of the country’s political leaders. Yet Mr. Zelensky has so far failed to win the backing of President Trump. Not only has Mr. Trump refused to grant the Ukrainian leader a White House visit, but also he has suspended the delivery of $250 million in U.S. military aid to a country still fighting Russian aggression in its eastern provinces.

Some suspect Mr. Trump is once again catering to Mr. Putin, who is dedicated to undermining Ukrainian democracy and independence. But we’re reliably told that the president has a second and more venal agenda: He is attempting to force Mr. Zelensky to intervene in the 2020 U.S. presidential election by launching an investigation of the leading Democratic candidate, Joe Biden. Mr. Trump is not just soliciting Ukraine’s help with his presidential campaign; he is using U.S. military aid the country desperately needs in an attempt to extort it.

LATimes, Virginia Heffernan: Count Rod Rosenstein, the guy who tapped Robert Mueller, among Trump’s toadies. Sad! http://lat.ms/2k3sfBY

💽 MSNBC, RachelMaddow: Trump relationship with Putin hampers NATO as Russia oversteps http://on.msnbc.com/2ky3T3o
// Rachel Maddow looks at what is known about the nuclear nature of a recent deadly explosion in Russia and notes reporting that while Russia’s conduct in the incident would be expected to elicit an international response, Donald Trump’s relationship with Vladimir Putin undercuts NATO’s ability to do so.

KyivPost: Bloomberg: Putin says he offered to sell Trump Russia’s newest missiles http://bit.ly/2lxE97J //➔ the exploding ones? sure! throw in a couple of those exploding submarines, too!

⭕ 4 Sep 2019

🐣 They follow orders. The higher-ups can give their opinions but in the end, they follow orders, or in rare cases, resign, like Mattis. No, they’re not fascists, but the Commander-in-
Chief is unstable (putting it mildly). I’m glad my son’s deployment is over (for now).

🐣 At least Obama has a good excuse for pulling troops out of Iraq, which refused to sign a Status of Forces Agreement. Trump just wants out of Afghanistan and it’s up to the Military and State to make it look reasonable. Bad things will happen.

Newsweek, Tom O’Connor: Russia Warns of New U.S. Moves Against Venezuela, Where Military Goes on High Alert http://bit.ly/2lzIbwa

CNN, Elie Honig: In the mafia, there is a name for what Pence and Barr did http://cnn.it/2lTMEKf //➔ it’s called “kicking up” or “paying tribute” to the Boss (like in “Goodfellas”!)

💙💙 🔆 This❗️⋙ CrookedMedia, Brian Beutler: Democrats Have Reached A Crossroads http://bit.ly/2k5zppu //➔ If Dems win, do they have it in them to hold Republicans to account?

Politico, Alexandra Panetta: Unlike U.S., Canada plans coordinated attack on foreign election interference http://politi.co/2lZKhWr
// Ahead of the October election, Canada finds itself on the front lines of the war on disinformation and hacking.

CNN: House panel subpoenas DHS for documents on reports Trump offered pardons related to immigration agenda http://cnn.it/2lDlU0o Judiciary Committee

🚫 TheAtlantic, Russell Berman: The Impeachment Summer That Wasn’t http://bit.ly/2kjdknw
// followed ONE rep; Despite impeachment efforts from progressive activists, most of the Democrats who flipped GOP seats in 2018 aren’t ready to go there.

🐣 RT @SethAbramson BREAKING NEWS: Man Working in Trump’s 2020 Re-election Intelligence Apparatus Identified As “Trollbot” By Twitter’s Top Bot-Detection Service; BotSentinel Reports That Ex-DoD Intel Officer Tony Shaffer “Exhibits Alarming Tweet Activity and Patterns That Match a Trollbot Account” https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1169368477859057664?s=20/photo/1

WashingtonFreeBeacon (rw): Andrew McCabe to Headline Dem Fundraiser in PA http://bit.ly/2lzBtXb ‘He plans to discuss his interactions with Donald Trump, the fallout and aftermath of James Comey’s firing, Russian meddling in the election, and the Mueller Investigation.’ Wow.
// Fired FBI official also recently joined CNN

TheHill, Joseph Dresen: The unraveling of Vladimir Putin http://bit.ly/2lDfrTa

The Trump/Nunes #TrumpRussia counter-narrative ⇉ WashingtonExaminer: Devin Nunes: Horowitz teeing up Comey for conspiracy charges http://washex.am/2kuZ1fB //➔ oranges🍊🍊🍊‼️

AP, Calvin Woodward: Analysis: Trump’s conservative critics are speaking a code http://bit.ly/2lZVyGg ‘DC’s partisan fever coexists with a more decorous tradition in some quarters — People such as Mattis, Robert Mueller and Chief Justice John Roberts are steeped in those ways’
// Washington’s well-known partisan fever coexists with a more decorous tradition in some quarters — of raising eyebrows instead of raising hell, of saying things in so many words without actually using the words. People such as Mattis, former special counsel Robert Mueller and Chief Justice John Roberts are steeped in those ways.

DailyKos, Joan McCarter: Russia, guns, aluminum, and Moscow Mitch http://bit.ly/2luMQQ1 “Thanks to the investigation … of the NRA and its ties to the Kremlin, we’ve discovered that McConnell really owes Putin and the oligarchs.”

WaPo, David Ignatius: Why America is losing the information war to Russia http://wapo.st/2k2BB0X “The cruel paradox of the Internet, once hailed as a liberating force, is that it empowers governments that control information and enfeebles those that let it run free”

Richard Stengel, a former Time editor who became the State Department’s undersecretary for public diplomacy, writes that he was once an information “idealist.” He believed that in the marketplace of ideas, the truth would ultimately prevail. Not anymore.

“I think we all now know that this is a pipe dream,” writes Stengel in a disturbing memoir of his three years on the communications firing line. “Unfortunately, facts don’t come highlighted in yellow. A false sentence reads the same as a true one. It’s not enough to battle falsehood with truth; the truth does not always win.”

This book carries a blunt and frightening message: The United States is losing the fight for what Russians call the “information space.” The cruel paradox of the Internet, once hailed as a liberating force, is that it empowers governments that control information and enfeebles those that let it run free.

Stengel’s account, which will be published in October, is titled “Information Wars: How We Lost the Global Battle Against Disinformation & What We Can Do About It.” Unfortunately, the first half of the subtitle is more convincing than the second. This is a tale of how government bureaucracy, inertia and, most of all, the inherent constraints of an open, democratic society made the United States so vulnerable to covert action via the Internet.

“Let’s face it, democracies are not very good at combating disinformation,” writes Stengel. Authoritarian governments, in contrast, “have gone from fearing the flow of information to exploiting it. They understand that the same tools that spread democracy can engineer its undoing.” …

Stengel frankly admits that the Obama administration was slow to react to Russia’s 2016 election manipulation. “The scale of Russian disinformation was beyond what we were capable of responding to,” he writes. He notes the eerie similarity between Russian covert propaganda and Donald Trump’s campaign themes.

But he’s skeptical that Russian intervention was decisive in 2016. “To this day, I’m not sure what impact it had,” he writes. “Russian messaging had a lot of reach but hardly any depth.” And he includes this memorable zinger: “By televising hundreds of hours of Trump’s campaign speeches, CNN did a whole lot more to elect him than Russia Today did.”

🐣 RT @tribelaw “The president is negating the Constitution’s most fundamental principle — the separation of powers. [He’s] assaulting . . . our power of the purse, and he’s undermining the oath of office he takes to protect and defend the Constitution and the American people.” @SpeakerPelosi

⭕ 3 Sep 2019

Salon, Richard Saletan: Trump, Not Comey, Is the Crook http://bit.ly/2k33oyg “Contrary to the president’s smear campaign, Comey isn’t being reprimanded for lying. He’s being reprimanded for the way he told the truth”
// The new DOJ report doesn’t say James Comey lied. It reprimands him for the way he exposed the president’s misconduct.

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 If one political party absolves the other of criminal wrongdoing after the power shifts in 2020, then I fear all hope of true government reform will be dead. Losing power should not serve as a bar to being held accountable for the crimes you committed while in power.

CommonDreams, Jake Johnson: ‘Naked Attack on the Free Press’: Trump Allies Reportedly Raising $2 Million for Campaign to Discredit Journalists http://bit.ly/2lxIfwq
// “Intimidating reporters to influence coverage is a tactic of dictators and has no place here,” said Sen. Jeff Merkley

🐣 RT @CheriJacobus Team Trump is now targeting me, targeting the celeb readers of “America Reads The Mueller Report” and are VERY nervous that the folks Putin and Parscale misinformed might learn what’s actually in The Mueller Report as we raise money to air this on local TV stations everywhere.
🐣 RT @CheriJacobus I mean, come on — the spokesthug for Trump’s evil spawn out of the blue started attacking one of the celeb readers for “America Reads The Mueller Report” — Team Trump is terrified that Americans will learn what the Report actually says and that Barr, Hannity, Rush lied to them
🐣 RT @CheriJacobus I’m just spitballin’ here, but do you think it’s possible that Arthur Schwartz, the spokesperson for Don Jr., is trying to silence me because if this? Not sure why they would fear direct excerpts from a government report with no political commentary, no spin — just the facts.

🐣 RT @CheriJacobus Arthur told me Cohen &Stone used to tweet for Trump after a certain hour at night (pre-campaign). When discussing that Trump used to keep a copy of a book of Hitler speeches at his bedside, Arthur told me Trump didn’t just read it, but made notes in the margins. @DonaldJTrumpJr https://twitter.com/CheriJacobus/status/1168914481398865927?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @CheriJacobus Arthur told me all about Henry Greenberg’s role in taking down @EliotSpitzer. So much for keeping confidences of even his boss/clients. Keep that in mind, @DonaldJTrumpJr. ⇇ ⇊ Schwartz is DonJr’s spokesperson
⋙ ⋙ 🐣 RT @ArthurSchwartz [Reply also to Rucker] ]Yes. I won’t disclose things that I’m told by other people in confidence. Unlike Rucker, who promises sources that he will keep things to himself and then burns them.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @EdSayGo [Reply also to @EliotSpitzer] When we were still “friends” he told me the Trump Admin was a “shitshow” and no one in the White House knew what they were doing. He also shared in those early days that KellyAnne Conway spent a lot of time crying at her desk. That was nice to hear…

🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Rod Rosenstein is really not that enigmatic or complicated. He is simply a weak character whose moral compass is outweighed by his instinct for self-preservation and need for belonging, and he’s therefore susceptible to stronger forces around him in service of those goals 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/AshaRangappa_/status/1168910610131836934?s=20
// also: 🐣 RT @harrylitman

WaPo, Stephanie Miller: Why is the Russian meddling in 2016 such a big secret? I’m not allowed to say. http://wapo.st/2kt3uzd Stephanie Murphy, a Democrat, represents Florida’s 7th Congressional District

🐣 RT @DavidCornDC Damn, the Trump Lying Machine™ just doesn’t stop. What he says about the IG report & the Mueller report isn’t true at all. These assertions have been disproven, discredited, and debunked. Yet he keeps spewing them. He’s a Prevaricating Parrot™ who believes his fans are suckers.
⋙ 🐣 RT @real Based on the IG Report, the whole Witch Hunt against me and my administration was a giant and illegal SCAM. The House of Representatives should now get back to work on drug prices, healthcare, infrastructure and all else. The Mueller Report showed No Collusion, No Obstruction!

DefenseNews: US lawmakers press Trump to release aid for Ukraine to fight Russia http://bit.ly/2khUCg3

MotherJones, David Corn: How to Stop Russia From Attacking and Influencing the 2020 Election http://bit.ly/2lulv0v
// A new report offers a roadmap. If only Trump gave a damn.
↥ ↧
💙💙📔 CAP: James Lamond and Talia Dessel: Democratic Resilience ~ A Comparative Review of Russian Interference in Democratic Elections and Lessons Learned for Securing Future Elections http://ampr.gs/2kqq2AE

🐣 RT @AndreaChalup Who helped prop-up the destructive far-right nationalist Bolsonaro?
Steve Bannon
Who does Bolsonaro’s younger son work with to organize far-right nationalists in Latin American countries?
Steve Bannon

🐣 RT @SenRobPortman As the co-chair of the Senate #Ukraine Caucus, I joined @SenatorShaheen & my fellow co-chair @SenatorDurbin, along w/ @SenBlumenthal & @SenRonJohnson in sending a letter to @MickMulvaneyOMB urging the admin to release $250M in authorized military security assistance for #Ukraine.

NYT, Michael Khodarkovsky: Putin’s Nightmare: The Ballot Box http://nyti.ms/2lXChFr
// On the eve of regional elections, the Kremlin has turned to tricks, threats and shows of force to get past the shadows of protests and falling approval ratings for Russia’s president.

🐣 RT @GovHowardDean This is the biggest danger of many from a trump presidency. He has no ability to defend American interests or democracy because of his crippling psychiatric disorders.
⋙ 🐣 RT @MarkHertling Today in international affairs:
-NKorea “advancing missile arsenal” (below)
-ISIS “regenerating” in Syria/Iraq
-China beating protesters
-Russians kill more in Donbas;VP indicates less support to Ukraine
-Taliban gain “upper hand” in Afghan negotiations
⋙⋙ NYT: North Korea Missile Tests, ‘Very Standard’ to Trump, Show Signs of Advancing Arsenal http://nyti.ms/2lXQl1J

Politico, Kyle Ferris and Sarah Ferris: Democrats’ messy impeachment push hits critical phase http://politi.co/2kfqqCh
// The window to impeach Trump is closing, and senior lawmakers are sending mixed messages.

DailyBeast, David Lurie: It’s Not Over: Trump Is Stalked by Investigations He Tried to Stonewall http://bit.ly/2k1AkY0
// Fall is here. Congress is back. The president isn’t out of trouble. A look at the post-Mueller probes.

⭕ 2 Sep 2019

🐣 RT @benjaminwittes Memo to @RodRosenstein: Stop. You’re embarrassing yourself.
🐣 RT @benjaminwittes Further memo to @RodRosenstein: If you have a story to tell, tell it. If you want to defend your tenure, by all means do so. But cut the faux-Delphic speaking in platitudes. Cut the advice about how to read. And stop cloaking yourself in the traditions of the department. It’s old
🐣 RT @benjaminwittes Further memo to @RodRosenstein: if you want to have a serious conversation about your time in office, to give your thoughts and reflections on it and answer questions about it, you are welcome any time and at any length as my guest on the Lawfare Podcast.

WaPo: Pence critical of Russia — days after Trump advocates inclusion at next G-7 summit http://wapo.st/2kcuSBH

🐣 RT @repcohen I’m pleased that 135 @HouseDemocrats support an impeachment inquiry, but we’re beyond the stage of simply having an inquiry. There’s no question he’s violated the #Constitution & committed innumerable impeachable offenses and he should be impeached. It’s time for action. 💽 https://twitter.com/RepCohen/status/1168545631394258944?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @kenvogel NEW FILING: Oleg DERIPASKA urges a judge to overturn sanctions against him because he says @USTreasury failed to establish that he acted as PUTIN’s agent, & also because Russia’s election interference & other activity doesn’t constitute a nat’l emergency. http://bit.ly/2lWZjwh

Newsweek, David Brennan: Russia Condemns U.S. ‘Provocation’ of Iran As ‘Absolutely Unacceptable’ As Nations Build Front Against Trump http://bit.ly/2kfsTfZ

DailyBeast, Anna Nemetsova and Christopher Dickey: The CAR Murders: A Critical Cold Case in the New Cold War Points to ‘Putin’s Chef’ Yevgeny Prigozhin http://bit.ly/2jUHr4f
// Evidence mounts that shows three Russian journalists investigating the mysterious Wagner mercenaries in Africa were set up by some of the same people who attacked U.S. elections.

🐣 RT @MarkHartling Russia knows it, Ukraine knows it, all of Europe and our other allies know it, and all Americans – except about 37% of us who don’t know enough to admit it – know it.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews #Russia’s state TV says “Donald Trump lied to everyone, as we’ve been predicting,” when he used the excuse of watching a hurricane to avoid meeting the President of #Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelenskyy. “In reality, Trump was just casually golfing — what else was there for him to do?”

🐣 RT @McFaul Wow. Exactly what Putin wants to hear. (Deleting my earlier tweet that is was better to have Pence than Trump in Warsaw)
🐣 RT @kasparov63 I’d say Putin would be happy to hear this if Putin hadn’t written it.
🐣 RT @GovHowardDean Right on schedule with Putin’s agenda.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Pence delivers Trump’s message: The US has “carried the load” on #Ukraine, “but we believe it’s time for our European partners to step forward” and the U.S. still has “great concerns” about corruption in Ukraine. Translation: Say goodbye to U.S. aid
⋙⋙ Bloomberg: Time for Europe to Do More to Help Ukraine, U.S’s Pence Says http://bloom.bg/2lQW9da

⭕ 1 Sep 2019

🐣 RT @MSNBC “Is the IG really saying – and I think by the way that he is really saying – that if you are a law enforcement officer who’s a witness to potentially criminal activity, you got to shut up?” – Lawfare’s Ben Wittes on the DOJ report on James Comey
⋙ MSNBC, MTPDaily: IG report has ‘anger’ directed at Comey over memos http://on.msnbc.com/2jU2LqI
// 8/29/2019

HollywoodReporter: ‘Citizen K’ Director Sees Film of Putin’s Russia as “Cautionary Tale” for Trump’s America http://bit.ly/2jNzqOu
// ‘This is a cautionary tale for what’s happening in America right now,” says director Alex Gibney about his scalding portrait of the fall of dissident exiled oligarch Mikhail Khodorkovsky and the power politics of Vladimir Putin’s Russia.

🐣 RT @ARVershbow OK, but will @realDonaldTrump unblock the $250 billion in military aid, and stop defending #Putin’s ongoing aggression?
⋙ 🐣 RT @Reuters Pence says U.S. will continue to support Ukraine https://reut.rs/2ZBpCdh

NPR, Philip Ewing: What You Need To Know About Foreign Interference And The 2020 Election http://n.pr/2jPgzmc

⭕ 31 Aug 2019

NYT/Reuters: Poland Wants Sanctions Against Russia Over Crimea to Continue http://nyti.ms/32j5BpK

TheGuardian, Sabrina Siddiqui: Washington’s great mystery: Trump’s affinity for Putin and populists baffles experts http://bit.ly/2ZD7XlB
// President’s approach to foreign policy, from defending his Russian counterpart to supporting Bolsonaro after he rejected aid, has experts sounding alarms

⭕ 30 Aug 2019

TheTimes [UK]: Russia offers Iran sanctions-free oil route to Turkey and Syria http://bit.ly/2jRc2Qa

WaPo: Trump’s pardon offer may have violated federal bribery laws http://wapo.st/2lmVgst

🐣 RT @WaltShaub The appearance of a link between Trump’s threat to block aid to Ukraine and Trump’s attorney demanding that Ukraine investigate his political rival is a red alarm. If the link can be proven, it’s an impeachable abuse of power. It must be investigated.
⋙ CNN: Trump seriously considering blocking $250M in military aid to Ukraine http://cnn.it/2HC2aCD

WaPo, John Wagner: Trump says he should be ‘given our stolen time back’ after release of Comey report http://wapo.st/30Ot81p

Law&Crime: Harvard Law Prof Declares Trump Is Both a ‘Russian Asset and an Idiot’ http://bit.ly/2LbCHC3 “Of course he’s both,” Lawrence Tribe said. “Trump has been a Russian asset AND an idiot, how useful is unclear, from the beginning.”

NewCivilRightsMovement, David Badash: ‘We Have a Russian Asset Sitting in the Oval Office’ Says Former Senior DOJ Official http://bit.ly/30Os9OL Glenn Carle, a former CIA operative: “no question” in his mind that the president is behaving like “a spy for the Russians.”

LATimes, David Myers: Opinion: Trump’s silence on Kashmir sends a dangerous signal to the world’s autocratic leaders http://lat.ms/2HBhdMG Muslims “represent a constant irritant and threat to the Hindu nationalists of Modi’s BJP, who aspire to achieve ethnic purity in India”

TIME, Simon Shuster: Ukraine Is Struggling to Make Sense of Trump and Bolton’s Conflicting Messages on Russia http://bit.ly/2ZqRsKj

🐣 RT @brianklaas How is it possible that Trump being named as Individual-1—someone who literally directed a criminal conspiracy, a conspiracy that his lawyer is serving jail time for carrying out—has had no discernible consequences at all? It’s not contested. We have physical evidence, too.

🐣 RT @WarOnTheRocks Greenland is once again becoming a crucial issue on the American security agenda and it’s time for the U.S. to secure its position on the island. That doesn’t mean owning it.
⋙ WarOnTheRocks, Jon Rahbek-Clemmensen: Let’s (Not) Make a Deal: Geopolitics and Greenland http://bit.ly/2ZDU9Y0
// 8/28/2019

RollingStone, Ryan Bort: Why Is Trump Considering Blocking Military Aid to Ukraine? http://bit.ly/2NCsUqu
// We’re not saying it’s not because of Vladimir Putin

ForeignAffairs, Gideon Rose: Autocracy Now ~ Profiles of the New Strongmen http://fam.ag/30MBQ03
// Sep-Oct. 2019 issue

RFE/RL: Tensions Along Disputed Georgia-South Ossetia Boundary Lead To Calls For Restraint http://bit.ly/2Ld2NF1

Salon, Igor Derysh: After ignoring climate at G7, Trump gets back to work killing the planet http://bit.ly/34czABw
// Trump belittled the climate crisis in Biarritz. Now he’s back at his real job: Gutting regulations, smoochin’ Putin

Newsweek: Russian Official Praises Trump for Delaying Military Aid to Ukraine, Argues Americans Care About ‘Own Wellbeing,’ Not ‘Hegemonic Ambitions’ http://bit.ly/2PnZtuz

WaPo, Aaron Blake: Comey IG report exposes the hypocrisy of the ‘Russia hoax’ crowd http://wapo.st/2ZuJKif

Salon, Heather Digby Parton: James Comey has been cleared (mostly). But Republicans’ ruthless power grab continues http://bit.ly/32kHozw
// Former FBI director’s tangled saga is now over — but Republicans still yearn for hearings and show trials

🐣 RT @realDonaldTrump The disastrous IG Report on James Comey shows, in the strongest of terms, how unfairly I, and tens of millions of great people who support me, were treated. Our rights and liberties were illegally stripped away by this dishonest fool. We should be given our stolen time back?
🐣 RT @real The fact that James Comey was not prosecuted for the absolutely horrible things he did just shows how fair and reasonable Attorney General Bill Barr is. So many people and experts that I have watched and read would have taken an entirely different course. Comey got Lucky!
🐣 RT @real Bryan Dean Wright, former CIA Officer(Dem): “In 2016 we had a Coup. We have to take Comey and others to task. Makes no sense not to prosecute him. Comey got a book deal. I fear for my Country. He tried to kneecap our duly elected president, and there are no consequences.” @fox

🐣 RT @Comey And to all those who’ve spent two years talking about me “going to jail” or being a “liar and a leaker”—ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president.

🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade DOJ concluded no criminal charges against Comey, IG found policy violations. Like the man who breaks into a house to save his family from a storm, @Comey may have broken FBI rules, but his actions were justified. My thoughts at @NBCNews.
⋙ NBCNews, Barbara McQuade: Comey says the DOJ IG report vindicates him. Trump says he’s ‘horrible.’ So who’s right? http://nbcnews.to/2NGiXbu
// Reasonable minds can disagree about the official status of Comey’s memos. But even if the IG report is correct, it seems to miss the big picture.
🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade DOJ decision not to charge @Comey is no surprise. OIG report shows his memos were classified retroactively, negating any willful violation of the law at the time of disclosure. And no evidence of intent to harm the national security of the United States. Quite the opposite.

🐣 RT @sinanaral published our paper in @sciencemagazine on “Protecting Elections from Social Media Manipulation.”: https://bit.ly/2L7gMw9 1/
📌 [Thread:] https://twitter.com/sinanaral/status/1167142057724563456?s=20
⋙ ScienceMag, Sinan Aral and Dean Eckles (MIT): Protecting elections from social media manipulation http://bit.ly/32qdRV9

Summary: To what extent are democratic elections vulnerable to social media manipulation? The fractured state of research and evidence on this most important question facing democracy is reflected in the range of disagreement among experts. Facebook chief executive officer Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly called on the U.S. government to regulate election manipulation through social media. But we cannot manage what we do not measure. Without an organized research agenda that informs policy, democracies will remain vulnerable to foreign and domestic attacks. Thankfully, social media’s effects are, in our view, eminently measurable. Here, we advocate a research agenda for measuring social media manipulation of elections, highlight underutilized approaches to rigorous causal inference, and discuss political, legal, and ethical implications of undertaking such analysis. Consideration of this research agenda illuminates the need to overcome important trade-offs for public and corporate policy—for example, between election integrity and privacy. We have promising research tools, but they have not been applied to election manipulation, mainly because of a lack of access to data and lack of cooperation from the platforms (driven in part by public policy and political constraints).

🐣 RT @tribelaw .@JRubinBlogger says “We have no deus ex machina — not Mattis, not Mueller, not the 25th Amendment and not impeachment.” ¤ But why NOT impeachment? I refuse to accept that we are so constitutionally impotent. If we are, it’s our own doing.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger We have no deus ex machina — not Mattis, not Mueller, not the 25th Amendment and not impeachment. We have “only” our democracy. If we cannot collectively figure out how to motivate people to vote Trump out, we might be incapable of rational self-governance
⋙⋙ WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Jim Mattis’s dilemma is our problem http://wapo.st/2UmGXls
🐣 RT @tribelaw I know that as well as anyone, @JRubinBlogger. You know I do. But assuming impeachment is pointless or inevitably counterproductive unless it leads to removal — even though it’s clearly the right thing to do — is just too defeatist and morally compromising for me to live with.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JRubinBlogger we can impeach, we cannot remove absent a R morality and spine transplant
⋙⋙ 🐣 If Trump is not impeached – given his egregious high crimes and misdemeanors – no president will ever be impeached again. It would be the ultimate abdication of Congressional power. At the very least, a vigorous investigation must be well underway come Election Day.

WaPo: Trump says he should be ‘given our stolen time back’ after release of Comey report http://wapo.st/2ZCf39Z
// It was not immediately clear what Trump meant, but in May he shared a tweet by a supporter that said he should have two years added to his term as compensation for having endured the investigation of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into possible coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

🐣 RT @KevinDrum “By definition, leaking is against government policy…But surely Comey’s act was more whistleblowing than leaking? It exposed clear wrongdoing on the president’s part. No classified information was put at risk and no investigations were compromised.”
⋙ MotherJones, Kevin Drum: Is James Comey a Leaker or a Whistleblower? http://bit.ly/2HzJAeo

WaPo: Longtime lobbyist and former congressman Vin Weber resigns from consulting firm http://wapo.st/2HALeMJ “Weber’s resignation is the latest turn in a drama that has engulfed several top Washington figures as a result of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation.”
// As part of that probe, Mueller charged former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort with lobbying violations related to work he did in Ukraine.

WaPo, Aaron Blake: Fox News’s commendable — and necessary — rebuke of Trump’s demand for sycophancy http://wapo.st/2Lnm1X8

🐣 RT @WarOnTheRocks New Net Assessment with @profmarlowe, @ConsWahoo, and @capreble: Trade conflicts can be hard to win. Does the U.S. have a trade policy strategy for success? Or is the president simply venting frustration through erratic policies? What’s the endgame?
⋙ WarOnTheRocks: Does Trump’s Trade War Spell the End of the Global Order? http://bit.ly/ by Melanie Marlowe, Bryan McGratg and Christopher Preble

🐣 RT @BillKristol ”National conservatism is against the primacy of individual liberty….But what is national conservatism for? It is anti-immigration and anti-trade, along with pro-industrial policy and social homogenization, administered by a powerful central government.”
⋙ TheBulwark, Thomas Firey: Departing the Shining City http://bit.ly/2MSRuUD
// Michael Anton’s “Flight 93 Election” wasn’t just a call to oppose Hillary Clinton; it was a full-throated rejection of Goldwater–Reagan conservatism.

⭕ 29 Aug 2019

WaPo, Eric Wemple: Sean Hannity and John Solomon slimed James Comey. Will they admit it? http://wapo.st/2L6Dep0

🐣 RT @AlexandraChalup Russian Ambassador Antonov is on the sanctions list of Canada and the EU for his role in Russian troops invading Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Ukraine’s Crimea. ¤ Putin’s war in Ukraine continues while Trump delays military aid to help Ukraine.
⋙ BusinessInsider: Meet Anatoly Antonov, Russia’s newest ambassador to the US http://bit.ly/2L7tE5k
// 8/21/2019

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: The DOJ’s inspector general buries the real news http://wapo.st/2Zp0F5R

That finding is buried in the Trump-Barr cloud of spin, which looks at whether Comey, in attempting to document gross misconduct by the president of the United States, did not follow department procedure. Former federal prosecutor Joyce White Vance tells me, “This debunks the myth from the right that Comey would be prosecuted for his actions. The conclusion of the report questions the ethics of his conduct, but not its legality.”

🐣 RT @Steven_Strauss Thread, anyone know why the OIG is not investigating this?
📌 https://twitter.com/Steven_Strauss/status/1167086140610007041?s=20
⋙ 🐣 RT @nycsouthpaw (2018) According to the testimony of the Attorney General in the IG report, nine days before the election she and the FBI Director discussed how a “deep and visceral hatred of Secretary Clinton” by a cadre of senior NY FBI agents “has put us where we are today” w/r/t the Weiner laptop. https://twitter.com/nycsouthpaw/status/1008032109183856640?s=20/photo/1

NYT/Reuters: Liberal U.S. House Democrat Urges Trump Impeachment Decision by Year-End http://nyti.ms/34azDxw Ro Khanna (D-CA) is vice chair of the 98-member Congressional Progressive Caucus

Slate, Dahlia Lithwick: Let’s Compare Donald Trump’s Week to the Impeachment Articles Brought Against Nixon, Clinton, and Johnson http://bit.ly/2L6RwpO
// Forget what you think “high crimes and misdemeanors” means and consider what we’ve impeached presidents for in the past.

🐣 RT @Mimirocah1 “A huge fire had broken out, and Horowitz is now castigating Comey for using a noncompliant fire extinguisher.” Can’t say it better than my friend @harrylitman does here.
⋙ WaPo, Harry Litman: James Comey helped save democracy when he wrote his memos http://wapo.st/2HySmJo

Slate, Jeremy Stahl: Inspector General Report Reveals Charges Against James Comey To Be Mind-Numbingly Stupid http://bit.ly/2HwePXS

🐣 RT @JoyceVanceWhite The only good thing to come out of this administration is @RandyRainbow. Do yourself a favor & stop whatever you’re doing to listen.
💽 https://twitter.com/JoyceWhiteVance/status/1167237204848103426?s=20/photo/1
⋙💙💙 🐣 RT @RandyRainbow 🎶Cheeto Christ…Cheeto Christ…He’s like if Jesus were pumpkin-spiced…🎶🙌 #CheetoChrist #StupidCzar #TheChosenOne
💽 https://twitter.com/RandyRainbow/status/1167130654561185792?s=20/photo/1

Politico: Mattis says he owes Trump silence, but won’t keep quiet ‘forever’ http://politi.co/34bKkzW

Politico: DOJ watchdog finds Comey violated policies with private memos about Trump http://politi.co/2NLpxgK by Josh Gerstein, Natasha Bertrand and Andrew Desiderio

🐣 RT @tribelaw The IG report clears Comey of leaking classified info and of lawbreaking but dumps on Comey for blowing the whistle on Trump’s obstruction of justice, reflecting the IG’s frankly bizarre moral compass. This analysis lays it out clearly and fairly
⋙ Lawfare, Benjamin Wittes: What that Comey Email Report Really Says http://bit.ly/349ZaqP

MSNBC, Hardball: Atlantic: Mattis found Trump to be of ‘limited cognitive ability, dubious behavior’ http://on.msnbc.com/32cdHAl
// Retired four-star General and former Secretary of Defense James Mattis is breaking his silence and sharing some of his thoughts on the Trump administration.

KyivPost, Askold Krushelnycky [UKR]: Trump is one big headache for Ukraine http://bit.ly/2MKmNRb

WaPo, Aaron Blake: New IG report rebukes Comey — and debunks Trump http://wapo.st/2ZCVnmc

WaPo, Judy Dempsey: The unfulfilled promise of the revolutions of 1989 http://wapo.st/2ZxtFn6 “The reunification of Europe after 1989 was one of the great achievements of the post-1945 era”

WashingtonExaminer: Graham open to putting Obama under oath in probe into Russia investigation origins http://washex.am/2Hv4Ul1 “I’d like to know what President Obama thought about the investigation” – Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Kremlin-controlled media reacted to Trump’s G7 performance with laughter and mockery. ¤ One anchor rejoiced that “Trump is dancing to Putin’s tune,” while others were amused by the “maniacal persistence” with which Trump was lobbying for Russia.
🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Current and former spies are floored by President Donald Trump’s fervent defense of #Russia at this year’s #G7 summit in Biarritz, France. They say Trump’s performance suggests he’s either a ‘Russian asset’ or a ‘useful idiot’ for Putin
// Note: Julia Davis watches Russian media and translates it from Russian to English
⋙ BusinessInsider, Sonam Sheth: US spies say Trump’s G7 performance suggests he’s either a ‘Russian asset’ or a ‘useful idiot’ for Putin http://bit.ly/2LiRHgm

CNBC: US intel report says mysterious Russian explosion was triggered by recovery mission of nuclear-powered missile, not a test http://cnb.cx/2HxCN4V

🐣 RT @Comey And to all those who’ve spent two years talking about me “going to jail” or being a “liar and a leaker”—ask yourselves why you still trust people who gave you bad info for so long, including the president.

🐣 RT @Comey DOJ IG “found no evidence that Comey or his attorneys released any of the classified information contained in any of the memos to members of the media.” I don’t need a public apology from those who defamed me, but a quick message with a “sorry we lied about you” would be nice.

🐣 RT @TheBeatWithAri “Comey did not leak classified information. Period. Anything to the contrary, that you’re hearing, is a lie. I think there is a broader issue here, what was the FBI director to do when he thinks the President is corrupted and obstructing?” -@FrankFigliuzzi1 on DOJ’s findings 💽 https://twitter.com/TheBeatWithAri/status/1167205572845940736?s=20/photo/1

🐣💽 RT @TheHill WATCH: Kremlin-backed TV runs mashup of Trump singing “Señorita” to Putin http://hill.cm/9b9wJ4a

🐣 RT @ABCPolitics James Mattis reflects on his resignation as defense secretary and warns against the current state of American politics: “When my concrete solutions and strategic advice, especially keeping faith with our allies, no longer resonated, it was time to resign”
⋙ ABCNews: ‘I did as well as I could for as long as I could’: Trump’s former defense secretary http://abcn.ws/30Hb1u9

TheAtlantic, Jeffrey Goldberg: The Man Who Couldn’t Take It Anymore http://bit.ly/2ZwWkNc
// Oct Issue; “I had no choice but to leave,” General James Mattis says of his decision to resign as President Trump’s secretary of defense.

DailyBeast, Molly Jong-Fast: The Five Distinct Levels of Donald Trump Ass-Kissing, Explained http://bit.ly/2ztTo5c
// They may all look the same to you, but in fact, there are subtle differences in the types of Trump brown-nosing. Dante helps explain it all.

DailyBeast, Barbara McQuade: Trump Is Joking When He Asks People to Break the Law? Tell That to the Russians. http://bit.ly/2Uc5Ik8
// The White House says the president wasn’t serious when he told subordinates it’s OK to commit crimes to ‘build the wall.’ Recent history shows someone may take him seriously.

⭕ 28 Aug 2019

NYMag, Adam Raymond: Mattis Criticizes American Isolationism, Divisiveness Without Using Trump’s Name http://nym.ag/2NDAHV1

MSNBC, KaryTur: Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issues a warning to the President http://on.msnbc.com/2Zzieem
// Four star general and NBC News military analyst Barry McCaffrey joins MSNBC’s Chris Jansing to discuss the former Defense Secretary’s excerpt from his forthcoming book, and what his warning could signal from a defense perspective.

NYT: Afghan Forces Still Unable to Counter Violence Alone, Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Says http://nyti.ms/3495LBP “During a rare news conference at the Pentagon, Gen Joseph F Dunford Jr, the chairman of [JCS], said he was not ready to use terms like ‘withdrawal’…”

Newsweek: Donald Trump ‘Extremely Nervous’ About Tax Returns, Says Nixon’s White House Counsel: ‘There Could Be a Lot of Trouble’ http://bit.ly/2ZoJVvw
// John Dean

NationalInterest, Hunter DeRensis: How Russia and Iran Dominated the G7 Summit http://bit.ly/30Gx2cA
// Despite not being invited as official participants, Russia and Iran were front and center in the G7 summit discussions.

Brookings, John Hudak: Trump, the G7 and the perception of being Putin’s puppet http://brook.gs/2zyPbgp

💙💙 🔊 PlayerFM: Best Trump Russia Investigation Podcasts (2019) http://bit.ly/2MKbtV8 //➔ list is overly inclusive, but no omissions. My favorites: @MuellerSheWrote is very detailed and entertaining; The Asset tells the story best; Lawfare (selected episodes) is most professional

NewYorker, Adam Gopnik: Another Look at Impeachment, at the End of a Long Summer http://bit.ly/2L1l2gv “The principled case, now and then, is summed up in three words: Trump’s a crook.”

🐣 RT @SethAbramson Don’t underestimate how much of a sign of *total meltdown* it is that Trump is urging his 64 million Twitter followers to permanently abandon Fox News ¤ It’s a bridge he’s never crossed—and he’s crossing it hours after news broke that he secretly has Russian cosigners on his loans

ABCNews: Trump’s secretive intelligence advisory board takes shape with security pros and GOP donors http://abcn.ws/34alv7G

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: Glenn Greenwald and David Frum Need to Stop Looking to the Mueller Report for FBI’s Counterintelligence Conclusions http://bit.ly/2L1BixV

💙💙 ModernDiplomacy, Louis René Beres [EU]: “Whisperings of the Irrational”: Core Origins of America’s Trump Decline http://bit.ly/2Pk6ddf

DailyBeast: Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) Tried to Make Nice With Russia. It Shut Him Out. http://bit.ly/2Ue9Gsg by Betsy Woodruff, Erin Banco and Sam Brodey
// Ron Johnson was working to set up talks with members of the Russian government before he was denied entry into the country.

🐣 RT @TheBeatWithAri .@AymanM: does Trump have any right to do anything through executive action on the topic of birthright citizenship?
Former Acting Solicitor General @neal_katyal: “Zero. Trump only talks about this when his poll numbers are going down and when he’s scared.” 💽 https://twitter.com/TheBeatWithAri/status/1166852669367050241?s=20/photo/1

Axios: House Judiciary Committee to investigate Trump’s 2020 G7 hosting plan http://bit.ly/2ZoaaSN

MMFA, Matt Gertz: The Trump campaign is crediting Hannity with launching a DOJ investigation into the Obama administration, and they’re probably right http://bit.ly/2L2hZos

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Trump deserves impeachment quite apart from the Mueller report http://wapo.st/2L1ag9P

Newsweek: Donald Trump Is ‘Playing Lapdog’ to Putin and Has ‘Consistently Refused to Take on Russia,’ Senator Jeff Merkley Says: ‘It’s Pretty Horrific’ http://bit.ly/32dqGBI

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Trump is withholding vital military aid to Ukraine, while his personal lawyer seeks help from the Ukraine government to investigate his political opponent. ¤ It doesn’t take a stable genius to see the magnitude of this conflict. ¤ Or how destructive it is to our national security.
⋙ 🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand BREAKING: Trump has asked his national security team to review funding for Ukraine, to ensure the money is being used “in the best interests” of the US. The funding has been put on hold. ¤ News comes days after Trump advocated for reinstating Russia to G7.
⋙⋙ Politico: Trump slow-walks Ukraine military aid meant to contain Russia http://politi.co/328t0do

NYT: The Trump Secrets Hiding Inside Deutsche Bank http://nyti.ms/2ZvRGL9
// The president’s longtime lender has extensive documents related to Mr. Trump’s personal and business finances. Here’s what they could reveal.

🐣 RT @Lawrence Last night I made an error in judgment by reporting an item about the president’s finances that didn’t go through our rigorous verification and standards process. I shouldn’t have reported it and I was wrong to discuss it on the air. I will address the issue on my show tonight.

Law&Crime: Potential Trump Lawsuit Against Lawrence O’Donnell Could ‘Backfire’ by Making Deutsche Bank Docs Part of Discovery http://bit.ly/2zunhm0

CNN: MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell says he was ‘wrong’ to report thinly-sourced Trump finances story http://cnn.it/2zDUZpj

CNN, Stephen Collinson: Trump’s invitation to Putin would abandon one of America’s greatest achievements http://cnn.it/2LaeZoI

TheHill: Trump lawyer demands MSNBC retract report alleging banking ties to Russian oligarchs http://bit.ly/2PjvB2I
Separately: https://twitter.com/kim/status/1166799324220551169?s=20/photo/1-2

The White House on Wednesday condemned the MSNBC report. ¤ “This is one of the reasons that a majority of Americans have lost trust in the media,” White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham told Fox News media reporter Brian Flood. “Instead of applying ethics and standards to their reporting, journalists and left-wing outlets have weaponized the media, using it to attack and harass people with little to no regard for the truth.”

The details of O’Donnell’s report have not been verified by NBC News, according to a tweet by MSNBC “Morning Joe” producer Mike Del Moro.

⋙ 🐣 RT @MikeDelMoro Deutsche Bank is declining to comment on Lawrence O’Donnell’s reporting that Russian oligarch’s co-signed Trump’s loans. The information came from a single source who has not seen the bank records. NBC has not seen those records and has not yet been able to verify the reporting.

⭕ 27 Aug 2019

TheGuardian, Suketu Mehta: Immigration panic: how the west fell for manufactured rage http://bit.ly/2kaQ9vA
// From Trump to Orbán, politicians are winning votes by stoking age-old hatreds. Where does this fear of migrants come from?

WSJ: Democrats’ Emerging Tax Idea: Look Beyond Income, Target Wealth http://on.wsj.com/2Hwc0WC
// Lawmakers and 2020 candidates offer a range of options focused on capturing some of the trillions of dollars in assets belonging to the nation’s richest

🐣 RT @1_aurelius From the reaction Justice Kennedy has seems like #IndividualOne told him he needed #RussianCosigners to get the loan from #DeutscheBankLoans
💽 https://twitter.com/1_aurelius/status/1166654916267409408?s=20/photo/1
// Justice Kennedy stops dead in his tracks talking to Trump

WaPo: Putin’s power depends on his popularity. That makes him vulnerable. http://wapo.st/2MHeSEd
// Public opinion plays a bigger role in Russian politics than most people think

🐣 RT @SethAbramson I believe things are coming that can’t be ignored. ¤ By anyone.

🐣 RT @DavidKayeJ Single source report tonight by @Lawrence, when I was his opening guest, of Russian co-signers on Trump’s Deutsche Bank loans fits w/ what I’ve been saying for years. ¤ Judge should review loan docs in chambers. If true, judge can – and should – put in public record ASAP.

NBCNews (5/19): Deutsche Bank employees reportedly flagged suspicious transactions involving Trump and Kushner http://nbcnews.to/2ZnJbGT
// Tammy McFadden, a former Deutsche Bank employee, said she reviewed transactions that involved Kushner’s company and Russians in the summer of 2016.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance To say nothing of unprecedented national security issues, particularly if, as virtually all oligarchs, Trump’s guarantors work hand in hand with the Kremlin. This would explain all of the obvious we’ve seen in Trump’s interactions with Putin & Russia.
⋙ 🐣 RT @TimObrien If what @Lawrence has is on target, there are multiple Russian oligarchs who guaranteed Trump’s loans. At a minimum, that creates a bonfire of ethical — If not legal — issues for the White House:
💽 https://twitter.com/TimOBrien/status/1166554423516172293?s=20

WashingtonExaminer: Lawrence O’Donnell: Source says Russian oligarchs co-signed Trump’s Deutsche Bank loans http://washex.am/32b8DvY

🐣 RT @Comey Tonight, I told a former colleague that I’m tired of being a Trump critic. He responded with encouraging words that apply to all of us: “Where you see wrong or inequality or injustice, speak out, because this is your country.” He’s right. Keep speaking out.

🐣 RT @AnnKatz12 Tax expert David Cay Johnston warns Russian oligarchs may not be the only foreigners co-signing Trump’s loans
⋙ 💙 RawStory, Bob Brigham: Tax expert David Cay Johnston warns Russian oligarchs may not be the only foreigners co-signing Trump’s loans http://bit.ly/2PhFbmu
⋙⋙ 🐣 Johnston has seen Trump’s taxes. With the judges soon getting access to them, is he possibly putting this out there as Lawrence’s source as a warning that the truth is known and to prevent destruction of records or Barr intervening?

DailyMail: How Donald Trump’s campaign manager Brad Parscale went from family bankruptcy to splashing out millions on mansions, condos and luxury cars through his companies that get a hefty cut of the president’s $57M campaign contributions http://dailym.ai/2HuZxCJ

LawFare, Benjamin Wittes: Thoughts on the Impending Prosecution of Andrew McCabe http://bit.ly/2PgGemQ //➔ I’m still hoping someone stands up to Trump on this

In two meetings last week, Mr. McCabe’s lawyers met with the deputy attorney general, Jeffrey A. Rosen, who is expected to be involved in the decision about whether to prosecute, and for more than an hour with the United States attorney for the District of Columbia, Jessie K. Liu, according to a person familiar with the meetings. The person would not detail the discussions, but defense lawyers typically meet with top law enforcement officials to try to persuade them not to indict their client if they failed to get line prosecutors to drop the case.

Let me translate this paragraph for you: Such meetings generally take place when indictment is imminent; they happen when the government plans to bring charges. You should thus expect charges against McCabe to be forthcoming any day. And if such charges don’t happen, that doesn’t mean they weren’t planned but, rather, that some extrinsic event has intervened.

Why is that shocking? Because as best as I can tell, the facts available on the public record simply don’t support such charges. The only visible factor militating in favor of the Justice Department charging McCabe, in fact, is that the department has been on the receiving end of a sustained campaign by President Trump demanding McCabe’s scalp.

🐣💙 RT @GrantStern Deutsche Bank is a pit of law-breaking, corruption and Russian money laundering. ¤ A trusted source close to @SpeakerPelosi told me they might flip on Trump and try cutting a deal for themselves. ¤ Now, @Lawrence reports they’ve given Trump loans with Russian oligarch co-signers.

🚫 RawStory: Deutsche Bank has Trump’s taxes — and loan applications cosigned by Russian oligarchs: report http://bit.ly/2L1AjO8
// single source

🐣 RT @BradMossEsq View the Trump loan bombshell re Russian co-signers with serious skepticism for now. Single source, no other confirmation yet. Wait for more.

🐣 .@Lawrence better be pretty close to correct on this or @msnbc will take a real hit for promoting conspiracy theories. he stresses it’s a single source “close to Deutschebank”

🐣 RT @kurteichenwald Wait…. what?!? If true, @Lawrence just broke the biggest story in years.
⋙ 🐣💙💙 🔆 This❗️⋙ RT @Lawrence A source close to Deutsche Bank says Trump’s tax returns show he pays very little income tax and, more importantly, that his loans have Russian co-signers. ¤ If true, that explains every kind word Trump has ever said about Russia and Putin.
⋙ on his show: “Russian oligarchs close to Putin”

🐣 .@Lawrence just said he has a source who says Trump’s loans from Deutschebank are co-signed by … Russian oligarchs. As @MuellerSheWrote might say ~ “beans”

Politico: Deutsche Bank all but confirms it possesses some of Trump’s tax returns http://politi.co/2MIXwa6

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Trump’s subservience to Putin on display http://wapo.st/2PiqvUq

WaPo: Trump advocates for Putin at G-7 summit in move to soften Russia’s pariah status http://wapo.st/2MDQPGo

WaPo, David Von Drehle: What does Trump see in Putin anyway? http://wapo.st/30DFbhT

Newsweek: MSNBC Host: ‘Staggering’ to See Trump Attack Obama to Defend Russia’s Putin ‘On the World Stage’ http://bit.ly/30Ee2f1

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough expressed shock at seeing President Donald Trump attack former President Barack Obama during a press conference at the Group of Seven (G-7) Summit on Monday

Politico, Marianne Levine and Burgess Everett: Senate tangles with Russia after Trump’s overtures to Putin http://politi.co/32bTgDx ‘as the Kremlin bars senators in both parties from visiting, the Democrats urge Trump to keep Russia out of the G-7’

🐣 RT @rice_ricejj Klobuchar had a bill enacted into law today (Family Farmer Relief Act) & one signed in June giving her a new grand total of 35. Im voting for Amy because of her demonstrable ability to get things done,&her leadership capability & her sound approach to solving nations problems

PolitiFact: Donald Trump misleads on Russia, Crimea, Obama and the G-8 http://bit.ly/2ZvFA8J MOSTLY FALSE

⭕ 26 Aug 2019

WhatsNewInPublishing: Behind the scenes of ground-breaking multimedia storytelling: Insider’s illustrated Mueller Report http://bit.ly/323VBAD

WaPo, Aaron Blake: Trump’s bewildering history lesson on Obama and Crimea http://wapo.st/2ZxMMBn “It could have been stopped, it could have been stopped with the right, whatever.” – POTUS

WaPo: Trump advocates for Putin at G-7 summit in move to soften Russia’s pariah status http://wapo.st/2MDQPGo

Mediaite: Shepard Smith Calls Out Trump For Saying Russia Was Bounced From G8 Because Putin Outsmarted Obama: ‘Not True’ http://bit.ly/30D0tfN

💽 MSNBC, MTP Daily: Full Connolly: Impeachment can no longer ‘be ignored’ http://on.msnbc.com/2HqCYic
// Gerry Connolly (D-Va.) joins MTP Daily to discuss the impeachment debate as support grows amongst Democrats.

DailyBeast, Will Sommer: Rudy Giuliani Jumps on the Seth Rich Conspiracy Bandwagon http://bit.ly/2Hs3XKt //➔ debunked in the Mueller Report
// Trump’s lawyer says he’s just pointing to “nagging coincidences,” even though Rich’s family has begged people to stop speculating about their son’s death.

NYT: Prosecutors Near Decision on Whether to Seek an Andrew McCabe Indictment http://nyti.ms/2U8aijl

NYMag, Jonathan Chait: Trump Went to the Mat for Putin at the G-7 Summit http://nym.ag/2ZfHX0e

🐣 RT @HouseJudiciary [Dems] NEW: Today @HouseJudiciary filed a motion to expedite the ruling in the lawsuit to compel former WH Counsel Don McGahn to testify as part of the impeachment investigation into obstruction, corruption + abuse of power by President Trump and his associates. http://bit.ly/2NtwOBY
https://twitter.com/HouseJudiciary/status/1166161884988477441?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @MaddowBlog “Barium-139, barium-140, strontium-91 and lanthanum-140 were found in a cloud of radioactive gases that drifted over the city of Severodvinsk following the Aug. 8 explosion on a nearby offshore platform in the White Sea…”
⋙ Bloomberg: Russia Says Nuclear Isotopes Found After Blast That Killed Five http://bloom.bg/2KWwvxE
● Air tests showed ‘short-lived’ isotopes in radioactive cloud
● Radiation situation stabilized, meteorological service says

DailyBeast, Justin Baragona: Trump at G7 Blames Everybody but Putin for Crimea Annexation http://bit.ly/2PdKqDO
// “President Putin outsmarted President Obama,” Trump declared on Monday while repeating Russian propaganda and blaming his predecessor.

🐣💙 RT @MuellerSheWrote BREAKING: Will Barr force DoJ prosecutors to indict McCabe? According to the NYT, two meetings last week indicate that the DoJ might be thinking about indicting Andrew McCabe. Do you want to know what *I* think happened? Join me for a super space beans thread! /1 📌 https://twitter.com/MuellerSheWrote/status/1166099245004312576?s=20

WaPo: Justice Dept. could be nearing decision on whether to charge Andrew McCabe http://wapo.st/30D9TYq

NYT: Rule 1 at the G7 Meeting? Don’t Get You-Know-Who Mad http://nyti.ms/2ZkfNkC

🐣 RT @moscow_project Trump continues the hard work of advancing Russia’s interests, using Putin’s own rhetoric to minimize Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine and argue that Russia shouldn’t face any consequences.
⋙ MoscowProject (Jul): Putin’s Payout: 12 Ways Trump has Supported Putin’s Foreign Policy Agenda http://bit.ly/30BAsxl
// 7/12/2019
⋙ 🐣 RT @atrupar Asked to explain why he supports readmitting Russia to the G8, Trump quickly pivots to attacking Obama. He then says “a certain section of Ukraine … was sort of taken away from President Obama.” He doesn’t have a single negative thing to say about Russia’s illegal invasion. 💽 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1166009322637340672?s=20/photo/1 📌 https://twitter.com/atrupar/status/1166009322637340672?s=20

⭕ 25 Aug 2019

🔊 Listen to Bonus Episode: “Felix Sater Unbound” from Skullduggery in Podcasts. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/skullduggery/id1333621434?i=1000447688142

DailyBeast, Clive Irving: The Russians Have Been Attacking Us For 100 Years but ‘Moscow Mitch’ Still Doesn’t Get It. http://bit.ly/2ZeB3bu
// Two Vladimirs – Lenin and Putin – have given a master class in how to incite violence and chaos in Western democracies. We are just the latest victims.

Newsweek: Trump Says It’s ‘Certainly Possible’ He’d Invite Russia’s Putin to G-7 Next Year After Europe Insists It’d Never Agree http://bit.ly/2ZrNccq

VoiceOfAmerica: Trump at Odds with G-7 Leaders on Trade, Iran, North Korea, Russia http://bit.ly/2U1JXU0

TheGuardian: G7: Trump’s demands for Russia’s readmission cause row in Biarritz http://bit.ly/2ZfU9hJ
// US president argues Putin should be included in discussions on Iran, Syria and North Korea

💙💙 🔆 This❗️⋙ Harper’s, Kevin Baker (Sep Issue): The Deep State of Dementia http://bit.ly/2zpxgIZ //➔ in which 50 years of political disinformation coups flash before very our eyes; masterfully written and alarming
⋙ See under Entire Articles: Harpers Dementia/Disinfo Sep 2019

PostJournal, Rolland Kidder: Hearings Were Mueller Being Mueller http://bit.ly/2ZoJxMK “He sounded like he was back at Paris Island in the Marine Corps. He didn’t want to go to Capitol Hill, but when summoned by subpoena, he obeyed orders and went.”

⭕ 24 Aug 2019

YahooNews, Michael Isikoff: Felix Sater: Trump wanted to reveal my secret CIA, FBI work during the campaign http://yhoo.it/2U37UKI

🐣 RT @deepa_shivaram KAMALA HARRIS spoke on identity politics tonight at the Durham Committee on the Affairs of Black People Gala. She says the term is the new way of saying “race card” ¤ She adds when talking about civil rights issues, it’s brought as a way meant to marginalize, say hush or “shut up”
https://twitter.com/deepa_shivaram/status/1165441490597945344?s=20/photo/1

TimesArgus: Trumpilton: An American Musical Parody ~ September 27-29, 2019, Poultney VT http://bit.ly/2Zh0OYL //➔ I just KNEW there’d be a musical!
● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1165538103022497794?s=20/photo/1

Klami/Holmes Productions presents Trumpilton: An American Musical Parody, a light-hearted, tastefully irreverent musical parody, which takes a look at Trump’s life and his presidency.  Improv actor and stand-up comic Michael Kingsbury, as Donald Trump, plays against musical theatre talents Lina Cloffe, Danielle Houston, and Christopher Daniel Restino.  This parody features Broadway show tunes, past and present, as sung by a host of characters, including Hillary Clinton, Stormy Daniels, Robert Mueller, Bernie Sanders, Sarah Huckabee Sanders–to name just a few–and of course “you know who” himself. ¤ Come join us!  May the political catharsis be with you!

BusinessInsider, Brett Bruen: It’s still way too easy for countries to meddle in America’s elections. Here’s how it will happen in 2020. http://bit.ly/2KSDkjM

TheHill, Adam Levin: Prediction: 2020 election is set to be hacked, if we don’t act fast http://bit.ly/323IShj ⋙ from the DefCon annual hackers’ conference

🐣 RT @BillKristol It feels like a global inflection point. Authoritarianism has unfortunately been gaining ground in free and democratic nations. But autocracies like China, Russia, Venezuela and Iran face real challenges from within. The 2020 election is key not only for the U.S. but the world.

EU: Remarks by EU President Donald Tusk before the G7 summit in Biarritz, France http://bit.ly/2L4OlgU ⋙ Truly tells of the damage Trump has done to the entire world (without ever mentioning him directly)
// liberal democracy, climate (Amazon), trade wars, nuclear proliferation (Iran), inviting Russia back (emphatic no), female empowerment (sexual violence), Brexit

… The last years have shown that it is increasingly difficult for all of us to find common language when the world needs our cooperation more, not less.This may be the last moment to restore our political community. …

1. The defence of liberal democracy, rule of law and human rights, in particular in the context of the revival of nationalisms and new forms of authoritarianism, as well as threats coming from the development of digital technologies (meddling in elections, fake news, using artificial intelligence against citizens and their freedoms).

2. Climate crisis and the protection of natural environment, including forests and oceans. The burning Amazon rainforest has become another depressing sign of our times. … [I]t is hard to imagine a harmonious process of ratification by the European countries as long as the Brazilian government allows for the destruction of the green lungs of Planet Earth. This is about our “to be or not to be.” …

3. Putting a stop to trade wars. Trade deals and the reform of WTO are better than trade wars.Trade wars will lead to recession, while trade deals will boost the economy, not to mention the fact that trade wars among G7 members will lead to eroding the already weakened trust among us.

4. The threat of nuclear proliferation. The rejection of the nuclear deal with Iran by the US hasn’t brought about any positive results, and the divisions in the Western world when it comes to this issue, play into the hands of the Iranian Ayatollahs, as well as Russia and China.

5. Russia’s policy towards its neighbours, especially its aggression against Ukraine. One year ago, in Canada, President Trump suggested reinviting Russia to G7, stating openly that Crimea’s annexation by Russia was partially justified. And that we should accept this fact. Under no condition can we agree with this logic. When it comes to speculations around inviting Russia to the table I would like to say this. First: the reasons why Russia was disinvited in 2014, are still valid. What is more, there are new reasons, such as the Russian provocation on the Azov Sea. Second: when Russia was invited to G7 for the first time, it was believed that it would pursue the path of liberal democracy, rule of law, and human rights. Is there anyone among us, who can say with full conviction, not out of business calculation, that Russia is on that path? …

6. … Last but not least, the EU will contribute an initial 1 million euros to the “International Fund for Survivors of Conflict-Related Sexual Violence” that Nadia Murad and Doctor Denis Mukwege, winners of the 2018 Nobel Peace Prize, will present to G7 leaders tomorrow.

… And I still hope that PM Johnson will not like to go down in history as Mr No Deal. We are willing to listen to ideas that are operational, realistic, and acceptable to all Member States including Ireland, if and when the UK government is ready to put them on the table.

🐣 RT @DefendDemocracy #EU🇪🇺 at #G7Summit:
Urgent & essential to build unity on:
1 #DefendingDemocracy, rule of law & human rights
2 Climate crisis & environment
3 Stop trade wars
4 Nuclear proliferation
5 More reasons for Russia out of G7; instead invite Ukraine
#G7Biarritz http://bit.ly/2L4OlgU
↥ ↧
🐣 RT @WordswithSteph G7 News: Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, announces that “under no condition” will the EU agree to Trump’s suggestion to invite Russia back into the G7. In fact, Ukraine may be invited as a guest to next year’s summit. #G7Biarritz #G7Summit 💽 https://twitter.com/thomaswright08/status/1165308677919846400?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @TheHill JUST IN: EU’s Tusk breaks with Trump, says “under no condition” should Russia be allowed back into G-7 http://hill.cm/haT4eoS

🐣 RT @_EthanGrey Impeaching Trump also doesn’t just weaken him and the GOP, it makes Democrats look consistent. We describe him as a lawless president who has committed obstruction of justice and welcomes foreign influence in our elections. Voters will ask “Then why haven’t you impeached him?”

🐣 RT @tribelaw An impeached Trump who escapes conviction in the Senate will be weaker in 2020 than a Trump who can brag that not even a Democratically controlled House could impeach him. And GOP Senators who give him a pass will be easier to defeat than ones who’re spared any need to be counted

🔆 This❗️⋙ Lawfare, Erica Newland: How to Protect Elections—From the President http://bit.ly/2Zt47HP Erica Newland is Counsel at Protect Democracy
↥ ↧
≣ ProtectDemocracy (Jul): Report: Play Fair ~ How to Prevent a Corrupt President from Tipping the Playing Field in His Own Election [pdf] http://bit.ly/32bkfiX 28p

BrookingsRegister, Byron York: What we need to know from the Horowitz report http://bit.ly/2U5Lk4e

⭕ 23 Aug 2019

YahooNews, Alexander Nazaryan: The long road to redemption for Felix Sater, Trump’s man in Moscow http://yhoo.it/329f2rP

IBA, Michael Goldhaber: American presidency: As Special Counsel, Robert Mueller more than fulfilled DoJ mission http://bit.ly/2KRlzkR Goldfarber is the US Correspondent for the International Bar Association

DailyBeast, Hanna Trudo:The Billionaire About to Make Impeachment Go Prime-Time http://bit.ly/2KQLERh
// Tom Steyer has spent years making the case for impeachment and now he’s closer than ever to doing so on the debate stage.

ProvidenceJournal: Inside Story: Impeachment scholar and historian puts the summer of 2019 in perspective http://bit.ly/33WWqwI Frank O. Bowman III outlines arguments for and against an inquiry into President Trump.

Bloomberg, Jonathan Bernstein: Does Pelosi Have a Plan for Impeachment? http://bloom.bg/2Hpu2d1
// The House speaker’s hesitation keeps the narrative in Democrats’ hands, but her strategy might not work out in her favor.

TheHill: Pelosi asks Democrats for ‘leverage’ on impeachment http://bit.ly/2TXNRxg

💙 DailyBeast, Betsy Woodruff: Revealed: Felix Sater Did Extensive Work for U.S. Intelligence http://bit.ly/33RUl5r
// A newly unsealed letter from federal prosecutors shows the businessman supplied information on the Taliban, Al Qaeda, and American mobsters.

BuzzFeedNews, Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier: These New Documents Confirm Trump Associate Felix Sater Helped Track Osama Bin Laden http://bit.ly/2Hoi57l
// Documents newly released by a federal judge confirm BuzzFeed News’ reporting that Felix Sater was a key US asset in major terror and Mafia cases.

CNN: Former officials deny ex-CEO’s claim FBI asked him to pursue Maria Butina http://cnn.it/33UKVWK

🚫 🐣 XT @SethAbramson (THREAD) It’s time to separate fact from fiction in the case of Patrick Byrne, Maria Butina, Trump Jr. and a cadre of FBI agents and leaders. This is a still-developing story—but problematic reporting and Byrne’s bad framing are muddling events. I hope you’ll read on and retweet. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1164909216357933057?s=20
// I never know how seriously to take Seth’s threads

AtlanticCouncil, Arseniy Yatsenyuk: G7 Leaders: The Kremlin Is Setting a Trap. Don’t Fall for It http://bit.ly/2MAuUjc

🐣 RT @BillBrowder New 31 year old Russian Opposition Leader, Lyubov Sobol is terrifying Putin and his cronies. His heavy handed reaction to her has allowed the whole world to see how scared Putin is.
⋙ NPR, Lucian Kim: ‘The Government Is Very Afraid’: Meet Moscow’s New Opposition Leader, Lyubov Sobol http://n.pr/2KTtEG0
// 8/21/2019

TIME, Billy Perrigo: The Overstock CEO Resigned Claiming ‘Deep State’ Conspiracy and a Relationship With a Russian Spy. Here’s What to Know http://bit.ly/2Zf3Psz

NBCNews/AP: Trump associate Felix Sater proved invaluable FBI source, records show http://nbcnews.to/31X3NT6
// Sater’s name appears dozens of times in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference.

TheGuardian, Shaun Walker: The Russian spy who posed as a Canadian for more than 20 years http://bit.ly/2NoLUZv
// Elena Vavilova’s book offers rare insight into the Soviet deep-cover ‘illegals’ programme

WaPo, Philip Bump: Spying, sex and the 2016 campaign: Parsing wild new allegations against the FBI http://wapo.st/2MwOBZf
// The former CEO of Overstock.com made some hard-to-believe — and confusing — new claims.

Meduza: ‘Putin could shut us down with one little finger’ ‘Ekho Moskvy’ chief editor Alexey Venediktov lays out his storied career and insider insights http://bit.ly/2TYU9wn

⭕ 22 Aug 2019

WarOnTheRocks, Robert Levinson: The Fight in the Right: It is Time to Tackle White Supremacist Terrorism Globally http://bit.ly/2NzEmTS “it is the growing international component that requires new strategies and tools”

Axios, Steve Levine: Russian interference, 2020 http://bit.ly/2ZqyKBE

🚫 🐣 XT @sethabramson (THREAD) MAJOR BREAKING NEWS (CNN): Convicted Kremlin agent Maria Butina’s longtime boyfriend confirms that Don Jr. met secretly with Kremlin agents for an hour during the 2015 NRA Conference in Knoxville; Don Jr. therefore lied to Congress about collusion. Please RT and read on. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1164714935944974336?s=20 ●●●
⋙ 🐣 XT @sethabramson NOTE5/ I think most reading this know this, but in the event you don’t, the CNN report referred to in the first tweet in this thread is the interview that @ChrisCuomo conducted with Patrick Byrne on the former’s hour-long CNN program tonight. Byrne also (previously) spoke to FNC.
https://mobile.twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1164770621726703617
⋙ 🐣 XT @sethabramson VIDEO/ Feel free to watch Byrne’s odd interview with FNC, in which he reveals the third person his orders came from—per his undisclosed sources—was McCabe. You’ll also see that he’s framing his story in a way that has nothing to do with why it’s important 💽 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1164768002127978496?s=20
⋙ 🐣 XT @sethabramson VIDEO2/ Here’s the CNN interview referenced in my first tweet. It’s odd—again—but remember everyone agrees he had a relationship with Butina, the DOJ does believe he did work with the FBI involving Butina, and there’s significant other media corroboration. 💽 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1164768782797008898?s=20
// See his follow-up thread on 8/23

Vox, Andrew Prokop: Did Democrats already start an impeachment inquiry? It’s complicated. http://bit.ly/2ZkV7s9
// Would an impeachment inquiry by any other name smell as sweet?

Salon: Constitutional scholar Laurence Tribe: Framers would tell us to impeach him right now http://bit.ly/33SRARe
// Harvard constitutional law professor says Trump’s “treachery and betrayal” are now clear. There’s one solution

WaPo, Danielle Allen: Don’t forget there’s an impeachment inquiry underway http://wapo.st/2My78Em

🐣 RT @renato_mariotti If Rudy Giuliani does not speak for the United States government, why were our tax dollars spent to help him ask a foreign government to investigate Joe Biden and his son? ¤ Giuliani violated the Logan Act if he was not acting as a representative of the United States.
🐣 RT @ScottMStedman This is simple. If Giuliani is acting as a private citizen for the Trump campaign here, he is in SERIOUS legal trouble. He’s a private citizen attempting to collude with a foreign government to affect the 2020 election.
⋙ 🐣 RT @kenvogel JUST IN: The @StateDept, which facilitated @RudyGiuliani’s communications with the Ukrainian gov’t (during which he urged an investigation of @JoeBiden), says Giuliani “acts in a personal capacity as a lawyer for President TRUMP. He does not speak on behalf of the US Government.”

🐣 RT @fairchild01 Wonder why Trump is especially off the rails crazy this week? ¤ The appeals court hearing on Mazars case is Friday. Trump is expected to lose & hence his financials will be forfeited to Congress. ¤ Celebrating #TGIF early!
⋙ WaPo: Appeals court challenges Trump’s bid to block congressional subpoena to Mazars USA accounting firm http://wapo.st/2zfz2fV

🐣 RT @harrylitman It is illegal for “any person to solicit, accept, or receive anything of value from a foreign national in connection with a U.S. election.” no requirement of knowledge by or coordination with the campaign. what’s he thinking?
⋙ 🐣 RT @Mimirocah1 He’s doing this again? There was an outcry, he canceled it, and now he’s just back at it? This seems highly unethical and likely illegal.
⋙⋙ NYT: Giuliani Renews Push for Ukraine to Investigate Trump’s Political Opponents http://nyti.ms/2KODysf

🐣 RT @avarosis So now that we know that Maria Butina apparently used sex as a weapon of her spy craft, it opens an interesting question as to how many of the GOP men she met she slept with, and whether the ones we don’t know about are now compromised (they likely are).

NYT: Patrick Byrne, Overstock C.E.O., Resigns After Disclosing Romance With Russian Agent Maria Butina http://nyti.ms/2TV9NZF

🔆 This❗️⋙ JustSecurity, Andy Wright: Just Security Launches the Russia Investigation Congressional Clearinghouse http://bit.ly/2L21uHz ● Text Block: https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1164582181999718400?s=20/photo/1

Today we launch the Russia Investigation Congressional Clearinghouse – a resource tool that seeks to provide, in one place, all congressional investigations’ materials related to Russia’s efforts to interfere in U.S. elections. We trust it will be a great resource for journalists, academics, and the broader Just Security readership.

Bookmark the clearinghouse page to find publicly released document request letters, committee reports, deposition and interview transcripts, hearing transcripts, legislative proposals, subpoenas, criminal referrals, and major press releases related to the various Russian investigations. The database is organized by congressional session, and then by committee, with an internally hyperlinked table of contents to take you to the right section of materials.

WaPo: Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne resigns after saying he aided in ‘deep state’ Russia investigation http://wapo.st/2NpY5VZ “Last week, shares of Overstock.com tumbled 36 percent after Byrne said had been assisting federal authorities for years.”

WaPo, Adam Taylor: Why Russia’s relationship with the G-7 collapsed http://wapo.st/2U1sXgM

⭕ 21 Aug 2019

SFChronicle: Activists interrupt Pelosi award ceremony in San Francisco, demand she take action to impeach Trump http://bit.ly/2Nq06Bt

Salon, Jefferson Morley: Expect three authoritarian regimes — Israel, Russia and Saudi Arabia — to get Trump reelected in 2020 http://bit.ly/2HjS5tU
// This discussion is in light of the Israeli government’s decision to bar Reps. Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib

WaPo, Lisa Monaco and Ken Wainstein: America, please look beyond your self interest and do your duty http://wapo.st/2Z9y5Fi Both Monaco and Wainstein served as chief of staff to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III.

TheGuardian, Richard Wolffe: Trump wanting to buy Greenland is yet another sign of Putin’s puppetry http://bit.ly/2TUjZ4B
// Greenland didn’t just bubble into Trump’s mind randomly – it’s very much on Russia’s radar for its unknown supply of oil, gas and rare metals

⭕ 20 Aug 2019

KXLY/CNN, Katelyn Polantz: Russian firm accused of election meddling could face trial in April http://bit.ly/2KZAus9
// The company, Concord Management, has pleaded not guilty

Politico: House Democrats say whistleblower bolsters case for getting Trump’s tax returns http://politi.co/30plFWf

CNN: Trump could ‘certainly’ support Russia’s return to what would be the G8 http://cnn.it/2L0R6zK

NYT: Trump Says Russia Should Be Readmitted to G7 http://nyti.ms/2KMlTBG //➔ think Trump knows they were booted out for seizing Crimea?

WaPo, Harry Litman: Why Andrew McCabe’s complaint about his firing is likely to prevail http://wapo.st/2ZbUQUg

🐣 RT @just_security Welcome to the launch of our new Resource Tool: #MuellerReportExpertSummaries ¤ 16 top legal experts condensed the Special Counsel’s report down to a fraction of its length. ¤ Lead editors: @rgoodlaw @AshaRangappa_ @jgeltzer @K8brannen
📔 ⋙ 🔆 This❗️⋙ JustSecurity: Expert Summaries of Mueller Report: A Collection http://bit.ly/2NluoW3
// by Kate Brannen, George T. Conway III, Jennifer Daskal, Kristen Eichensehr, Joshua Geltzer, Ryan Goodman, Elie Honig, Harry Litman, Renato Mariotti, Barbara McQuade, Asha Rangappa, Mimi Rocah, Paul Seamus Ryan, Rita Siemion, Joyce Vance and Andy Wright

Epilogue

By George T. Conway III

From: JustSecurity: Expert Summaries of Mueller Report: A Collection
http://bit.ly/2NluoW3
8/20/2019

[ This essay is abridged ]

Four hundred and forty-eight pages. Two thousand, three hundred and seventy-five footnotes. About 16,500 lines of text, and roughly 200,000 words. And downloaded, the Justice Department reports, nearly 800 million times.

With all the exposure it received, and given its manifest importance, you might have thought that more people would have read some or all of the Mueller report. But it seems that few have, including many members of Congress. No doubt for some, the size of the report and the sprawling nature of its subject has much to do with that. Which is why we assembled this remarkable team to summarize it all here.

The summaries distill the report to a manageable size; even so, the report’s sprawling nature is made clear. But the report’s ultimate significance can be boiled down even further—to an essence that every citizen should understand, and, ultimately, one that speaks to the obligations and duties of a president of the United States.

That essence is this. In 2016, the United States was attacked. Not its ships or its soldiers, and not with missiles or bombs. Our democracy was attacked, by a hostile foreign government, through the use of technology, lies, and deception. In “sweeping and systematic fashion,” the report tells us, the Russian government interfered in an American presidential election, seeking to affect its result, and to undermine public confidence in our politics. Whether the attack did the former will be debated for a long time, but it certainly did the latter, and all patriotic Americans ought to agree: We must do everything we can to see that it never happens again.

To that end, it was the job of the executive branch, led by the President—first President Barack Obama, and then President Donald Trump—to find out exactly what happened. America’s intelligence agencies all agreed, and still do: The Russians did interfere. In particular, they tried to help Trump and hurt candidate Hillary Clinton. The question was, exactly what did the Russians do, and how did they do it?

That was the core of the job that former FBI Director Robert Mueller was assigned—to conduct a counterintelligence investigation. To be sure, his mandate as special counsel was broader, and included a prosecutorial focus: If he uncovered crimes, he could charge them. And in particular, given some unusual links between some in the Trump Campaign and agents of Russia—including a campaign manager with financial ties to a Russian oligarch and Russian-backed Ukrainians, and a foreign policy advisor whom a court found to be an “agent of a foreign power,” namely Russia—Special Counsel Mueller’s job was also to find out the extent of those links. (The report, while finding no chargeable criminal conspiracy involving Trump campaign aides and the Russians, and not addressing the nonlegal concept of “collusion,” in the end found many more such links.)

For his part, the job of the President was to protect the nation. That meant allowing the investigation to proceed to its rightful conclusion, indeed supporting it, and letting the chips falling where they may.

But Trump didn’t see it that way. From the outset, he looked at the investigation in terms of how it affected him personally, and not in terms of how it impacted the country. From the outset, he tried to affect its outcome.

Ironically, his effort made the investigation more about himself than it ever had to be. Trump fired an FBI director because the FBI director wouldn’t make a public statement Trump wanted about his status in the investigation—and then bragged about the firing to, of all people, the foreign minister of the Russian Federation and its ambassador to the United States.

The President relentlessly attacked the investigation over the course of two years. And he tried to sharply curtail it, and even kill it altogether. Repeatedly. The President particularly hated that it made it seem he hadn’t actually won the great election victory of which he liked to boast. …

The President did much more than this, but all of this is more than enough: He committed the crime of obstructing justice—multiple times. The report doesn’t specifically draw this conclusion, but it goes through the legal analysis step by step, and the result, at least for several of the incidents the report describes, is clear. Trump’s conduct satisfies the three essential elements of obstruction: (1) an obstructive act, meaning anything that could impede the course of justice; (2) a nexus, meaning a temporal, causal, or logical connection, to a pending or contemplated or official proceeding; and (3) corrupt intent.

It doesn’t matter that the investigation may have gone on unimpeded—the statute actually refers to, and thus explicitly covers, “attempts” to “obstruct[], influence[], or impede[]” a proceeding. It also doesn’t help Trump that Article II of the Constitution gives him the power to hire and fire executive officials, and to exercise executive powers, including the power to decide what to investigate and prosecute. This is because the Constitution doesn’t give a president the power to exercise those powers “corruptly” to obstruct justice, which is what the statute, by its terms, prohibits.

And the President did just that. He certainly acted corruptly. He wanted to impede and end an investigation for his own personal reasons, not for the benefit of the nation. Officials around him knew it, which is why they refused to do his bidding, and even grew so alarmed they consulted personal counsel apparently for fear that Trump was potentially putting them into personal legal jeopardy. …

Indeed, the report shows that Trump even obstructed justice about obstructing justice. When the media reported that he had asked his White House counsel to take steps to get rid of the Mueller, Trump tried to get the counsel to lie about it. The counsel refused. Not only that, Trump tried to get the counsel to create a false document about it. The counsel refused to do that as well. Still, trying to get a witness to adopt a false story, or to create a false record, about a matter under investigation, constitutes classic obstruction. Trump brazenly did both.

Yet, in the end, the ultimate importance of the Mueller report doesn’t stem from whether it shows specific elements of a particular subsection of the Criminal Code, even one prohibiting obstruction, have been satisfied. To be sure, for the President of the United States—sworn by oath to take care that the nation’s laws are faithfully executed—to commit a crime, and a federal crime at that, is awful. And for him to commit a crime that involves an attempt to pervert justice is absolutely reprehensible.

But there is actually more at stake here, something far more fundamental. The people of the United States of America have the right to expect far more of a president than merely that he not be provably a criminal. They have the right to expect of a president what the Framers expected—and what the Constitution demands.

The Framers understood the presidency—not just the presidency, but all public offices, and especially the presidency—to be a fiduciary position, a position of trust. …

In the case of a president, the trust is the nation’s federal government, and the beneficiaries are its people. The President is called upon to “pursue the public interest in a good faith republican fashion rather than pursuing his self-interest.” In particular, given his constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws, the President “must diligently and steadily execute Congress’s commands” as embodied in federal law. The special counsel’s report shows Trump disregarded that duty—indeed, that he showed contempt for it almost whenever he could. Called upon to protect the nation against an attack from a foreign power, he acted principally to protect himself. …

The Framers laid out the standard by which the President’s compliance with his fiduciary obligations must be judged—as well as who must do the judging. The standard is “high crimes and misdemeanors.” That term was not meant merely to incorporate the criminal statute books. It is a legal term of art, packing in centuries of Anglo-American parliamentary history. At its core, as another scholar has explained, “the phrase denotes breaches of fiduciary duties” by public officials. And the Framers charged the Congress of the United States with enforcing that standard.

If the Mueller report demonstrates one thing, it is that President Trump utterly failed to carry out his duties under the Constitution—that indeed, he shamelessly abjured them. It is time for members of Congress to do their duties and to hold the President to account.

⭕ 19 Aug 2019

DailyBeast, Betsy Woodruff (8/19): Trump Staffer Says He Recruited Lobbyists for Wealthy Russians http://bit.ly/2ZiFfqV ‘A little-known former Trump campaign staffer reached out to Washington lobbyists w an eyebrow-raising ask: shield well-heeled Russians from U.S. sanctions’
// Daniel Gelbinovich; It’s another strand in the web of connections between Trump World and Russia.

🐣 RT @WSJ Four Russian nuclear-monitoring stations have gone silent, official says, fueling concerns Moscow is trying to conceal data after a recent explosion
⋙ WSJ: More Russian Nuclear Monitoring Stations Went Silent Days After Blast, Test-Ban Official Says http://on.wsj.com/2Z2e0AA
// Interruption in nuclear data deepens mystery around explosion in northern Russia

MotherJones: Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos Are [Were] Scheduled to Speak at a Conference Organized by a QAnon Supporter http://bit.ly/2ZZMH6p //➔ they have now pulled out
// The right-wing event aims to prepare “social media warriors” for a coming “digital war.” http://bit.ly/

WSJ, Jason Fuhrman: Trump Is Losing the Trade War With China http://on.wsj.com/33GYDMF //➔ ouch! more criticism from Murdoch’s shop
// The markets doubt tariffs will bring about any major concessions. The U.S. needs a multilateral approach.

🐣 RT @economic [Bloomberg] A new idea dawns: Wrecking international cooperation is the point (via @bopinion)
⋙ Bloomberg, Shira Ovide: A Self-Inflicted Recession Is a Bad Soap Opera http://bloom.bg/31JjPQm A new idea dawns: Wrecking international cooperation is the point (via @bopinion)
// Even more dangerous than disrupted trade is the message U.S. actions send about wrecking global integration.

NYMag, Olivia Nuzzi: Mueller Was Listening to This Guy? Sam Patten’s wild life as a cooperating witness. http://nym.ag/2ZbQTip

TheHill: Anti-Trump vets join Steyer group in pressing Democrats to impeach Trump http://bit.ly/2P3eZMw

MotherJones, Ali Breland: 2020 Candidate Michael Bennet Wants to Sanction Russia for Its Memes http://bit.ly/33IXODc
// “We had a Russian attack on our democracy and we have a president who refuses to take any action.”

Politico [EU], Matthew karnitschnig: Trump’s German frenemy http://politi.co/2Z2Zfxp Sigmar Gabriel
// Sigmar Gabriel’s ties to Russia make him an unlikely bridge between Berlin and Washington.

ProjectSyndicate, Carl Bildt: Remembering the Miracle of 1989 http://bit.ly/2P6Ur5C
// Thirty years ago this month, a series of peaceful demonstrations in Eastern Europe set off a chain of events that culminated in the collapse of the Soviet Union. Looking back, it is now clear that Europe experienced a miracle in 1989: the story could have had a much darker and bloodier ending.

Politico: Ben Ray Luján, No. 4 House Democrat, backs opening Trump impeachment inquiry http://politi.co/2z9gkq9

RFE/RL: British Investigators: More Evidence Found Of Russian Role In Donbas [Ukraine] http://bit.ly/2TKudVk

⭕ 18 Aug 2019

Trump-Russia, Seth Hettena: The CEO of Overstock Has More to Say about Maria Butina, the FBI … and Don Jr http://bit.ly/2ziTkFq

🐣 RT @EUvsDisInfo Russia is the leading global offender of foreign #disinfo influence operations around the world, accounting for a whopping 72% of total operations. Study by Princeton’s @ESoConflict:
⋙ ESOC: Trends in Online Foreign Influence Efforts http://bit.ly/2KGTJaZ

🐣 RT @ToddBreassealeDHS This is a fully terrifying but necessary read from a conservative (not in the current sense that America has recently co-opted the term) publication that, unfortunately, won’t sway any of the people who should be swayed by it. #democracy
💽 https://twitter.com/TBreassealeDHS/status/1163316511206887424?s=20/photo/1
⋙ 🐣💽 RT @TheEconomist Four signs that democracy is under attack https://econ.st/2Nj5AOv

🐣 RT @carlbildt Today it’s 30 years since the historic pan-European pick nick in Sopron in Hungary that started the collapse of the Iron Curtain. Angela Merkel and Victor Orbán will take part in the commemorations there. 💽 https://twitter.com/carlbildt/status/1163317825714499585?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @jennycohn1 Black Cube’s “operatives—who include former Mossad agents—allegedly use false identities to get close to their targets and create fake companies to provide cover as they seek out evidence of financial or sexual impropriety & other embarrassing information.” 1/ 📌 https://twitter.com/jennycohn1/status/1163312237777342466?s=20

⭕ 17 Aug 2019

🐣 RT @SethAbramson (THREAD) Here’s my thread on the discovery, by @ScottMStedman, of a document indicating Oleg Deripaska’s Rusal was making in-roads in Kentucky politics earlier than previously believed—in fact, in April 2016, as Deripaska’s old employee Manafort was infiltrating Trump’s campaign. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1162795272067604482?s=20

⭕ 16 Aug 2019

DailyBeast: Robert Mueller Russia Investigation Report Was Downloaded Nearly 800 Million Times: FOIA http://bit.ly/2Zbw63j

💽 MSNBC, RachelMaddow: Republicans block FEC probe of NRA’s Russia money and Trump [Video] http://on.msnbc.com/31LGrjm
// Ellen Weintraub, chair of the FEC, talks with Rachel Maddow about the resistance by her Republican colleagues to allow so much as a phone call to the FBI to inquire about an investigation into whether Russian money donated to the NRA was for the Donald Trump campaign.

🐣 RT @MaddowBlog “…this agency barely lifted a finger to find out the truth behind one of the most blockbuster campaign finance allegations in recent memory.” -FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub 💽 https://twitter.com/MaddowBlog/status/1162540298226012160?s=20/photo/1
// NRA, Butina and Torshin

WaPo, Anne Applebaum: Hong Kong and Russia protesters fight for democracy. The West should listen and learn. http://wapo.st/2Z6ORE5

Reuters: Ex-Trump campaign chief Lewandowski says ‘happy’ to testify before Congress http://reut.rs/33IwBAG

Politico: House Intel Committee could bolster Dem case for impeaching Trump http://politi.co/31GRD0D
// Democrats are using the House Intelligence Committee in an unprecedented way as they consider whether to remove the president.

AmericanProspect, Robert Kuttner: The Other Reason to Impeach—Trump’s Increasing Lunacy http://bit.ly/2MkIuHx

Politico: House Intel Committee could bolster Dem case for impeaching Trump http://politi.co/2z5I1A8
// Democrats are using the House Intelligence Committee in an unprecedented way as they consider whether to remove the president.

⭕ 15 Aug 2019

LawFare: Good News for Christopher Wray: Morale Is Up at (Most of) the FBI http://bit.ly/2MwRYPL Counter-Intelligence, not so much
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1164422764868059136?s=20/photo/1

🔆 This❗️⋙ USAToday, Tom Nichols: Why this Never Trump ex-Republican will vote for almost any 2020 Democratic nominee http://bit.ly/31NJesq

I don’t care if Sen. Elizabeth Warren is a mendacious Massachusetts liberal. She could tell me that she’s going to make me wear waffles as underpants and I’ll vote for her. I don’t care if Sen. Kamala Harris is an opportunistic California prosecutor who wants to relitigate busing. She could tell me that I have to drive to work in a go-cart covered with Barbie decals and I’ll vote for her. I don’t care if Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is a muddle-headed socialist from a rural class-warfare state (where I once lived as one of his constituents). He could tell me he’s going to tax used kitty litter and I’ll vote for him.

All of the policy “what about” hypotheticals from my conservative friends are diversions. They’re trying to move the argument to policy to blind us to the reality that President Donald Trump is both unstable and compromised.

As I have argued for well over two years, there is plenty of evidence that the president is compromised by our most dedicated enemy. Even before the Mueller report laid bare the degree to which the Trump campaign welcomed Russian help, it was obvious that Trump feared Russian President Vladimir Putin — not only because Putin knew how much Trump had lied to the American people during the campaign about his dealings with Russia, but also likely because Moscow holds Trump’s closest financial secrets after years of shady dealings with Russian oligarchs.

It is a sign of how low we have fallen as a nation that “rational” and “not compromised by an enemy” are now my only two requirements for the office of the president of the United States. Perhaps years of peace and prosperity have made us forget the terrifying responsibilities that attend the presidency, including the stewardship of enough nuclear weapons to blow the Northern Hemisphere to smithereens.

As long as the Democrats can provide someone who can pass these simple tests, their nominee has my vote. ¤ Pass the waffles.

ColumbusDispatch: Dean: Fallout from Trump-Russia probe just beginning http://bit.ly/2ZdKUO1

NYT: Overstock C.E.O. Takes Aim at ‘Deep State’ After Romance With Russian Agent Maria Butina http://nyti.ms/307WhnY “It was the start of a three-year relationship between the e-commerce executive, Patrick Byrne, and the young woman, Maria Butina, that became romantic at times”

TheHill: GOP senators call for Barr to release full results of Epstein investigation http://bit.ly/2Tzt3fk

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: Bill Barr Refuses to “Comply First, Complain Later” with Congressional Oversight http://bit.ly/2TBGb3k

Newsweek: Russia Signs Deal to Send Navy to Venezuela After ‘Unacceptable’ U.S. Moves http://bit.ly/2H8JkCY

WaPo: Russia’s mysterious ‘new’ nuclear weapons aren’t really new http://wapo.st/2YYNuZb
// Skyfall: The U.S. pursued similar technology in the 1960s but abandoned it back then. For good reasons.

But in fact, these “new” missiles are a throwback to the early days of the Cold War. And back then, it was the United States that developed a nuclear-powered cruise missile, in the early 1960s. “Project Pluto” was part of a Pentagon program known as Supersonic Low Altitude Missile, a clunky name almost certainly designed to yield its catchier acronym, SLAM. The missile was canceled in 1964, never having taken flight. Nuclear-powered cruise missiles were not a good idea then, and they are not a good idea now.

🐣 RT @ryanjreilly House Democrats subpoena Corey Lewandowski hours before the potential U.S. Senate candidate is set to appear at a Trump rally in New Hampshire.
⋙ HuffPo: House Democrats Subpoena Corey Lewandowski Ahead Of Trump Rally http://bit.ly/2Z5qimY
// According to the Mueller report, Trump told his former campaign manager to ask Jeff Sessions to clear the president of wrongdoing and curtail the Mueller probe.

⭕ 14 Aug 2019

💽 MSNBC, StephanieRuhle: Pelosi calls McConnell ‘Moscow Mitch’ for blocking election security legislation [Video] http://on.msnbc.com/2TB8Sh9
// He might not like being called Moscow Mitch, but a new TIME article raises serious questions about why Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell lifted sanctions on one very specific Russian oligarch who then spent big bucks in his home state of Kentucky. TIME Washington Correspondent Vera Bergengruen joins Stephanie Ruhle to explain.

Bloomberg: The Bond Market Is Saying Scary Stuff http://bloom.bg/2TwX3se
// Recession signals keep popping up all over.

CNN: Report: Epstein autopsy finds broken bones in his neck http://cnn.it/2KKkGcI “This sort of break can happen when a person hangs themselves or dies by strangulation, forensics experts told the Post.”

💽 🔆 This❗️⋙ MSNBC, RachelMaddow: Mitch McConnell at nexus of increased Russian leverage on U.S. [Video] http://on.msnbc.com/2N3COkx
// Rachel Maddow shares details from a recent Pentagon white paper about how Russia secures its influence over other countries’ politics and notes that Mitch McConnell’s role in facilitating an investment of hundreds of millions of dollars in his home state of Kentucky, among other things, aligns with Russia’s strategy.

ForeignAffairs, Susan Glasser: Putin the Great http://fam.ag/33wQXfT
// Sep-Oct issue; Russia’s Imperial Impostor

Esquire, Charles Pierce: Surely It’s a Coincidence That a Firm Tied to a Russian Oligarch Is Pouring Millions Into Kentucky http://bit.ly/2KymLJL
// Surely.

≣ 🔆 This❗️⋙ PoliticusUSA: Jaws Drop as Rachel Maddow Lays Out Mitch McConnell’s Economic Treason http://bit.ly/2Z76wYq (includes partial transcript)
// Rachel Maddow explained how Mitch McConnell has allowed Russia to gain an economic foothold in the US so that they can influence US politics from within.

Forbes, Zak Doffman: Pentagon Report Warns On Threat To U.S. From Russia’s Dangerous Global Influence http://bit.ly/2TyI8O1
// 7/1/2019 upped because on Maddow; “Russian Strategic Intentions”
↥ ↧
💙💙📔 PublicIntelligence: Joint Staff Strategic Multilayer Assessment: Russian Strategic Intentions http://bit.ly/2MjbWh1
// Summary dated 7/7/2019; 171p doc dated 5/6/2019

🐣 RT @oneunderscore_ [Ben Collins] I can’t believe it’s come to this, but since it’s now susceptible to weird reporting, here’s a quick 4chan literacy lesson. ¤ Let’s start with our story from yesterday on 4chan and Jeffrey Epstein—and how disinfo from 4chan can spread faster than real info. 📌 https://twitter.com/oneunderscore__/status/1161703815806148608?s=20

✅ CNN, Daniel Dale: Fact check: Kamala Harris makes false claim about Trump and auto jobs http://cnn.it/2OSobDh //➔ a gaffe, an error, or a lie?

WIRED, Sam Patten: Kostya and Me: How Sam Patten Got Ensnared in Mueller’s Probe http://bit.ly/2YKKW0q
// A political consultant crosses paths with Konstantin Kilimnik, Paul Manafort, and Cambridge Analytica, then becomes part of the Russia investigation.

🐣💙 Twitter List: Investigators ~ Intel Community; investigative journalists, bloggers & sleuths (971 members) https://twitter.com/Auriandra/lists/investigators

ABCNews: Federal workers sue for the right to call for Trump’s impeachment or to #Resist http://abcn.ws/2N7zO6L

Politico: Judge rejects House Dem request to link McGahn, Mueller grand jury lawsuits http://politi.co/2OWTJbh

WaPo: Trump wants to focus on the ‘real threat’ to elections: Not Russia, but imaginary voter fraud http://wapo.st/2TvDGQj

MotherJones, Dan Friedman: Is Sen. Richard Burr Investigating Trump’s Russia Ties—or Helping to Cover Them Up? http://bit.ly/2KNwn2d
// In his role as chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, Burr walks the line between probing the Trump-Russia scandal and providing cover for the president.

🐣 RT @HillaryClinton Russia’s interference in our elections will continue to threaten our democracy until Republicans join Democrats to stop it. @MichaelBennet’s new book shines a spotlight on this critical issue. Maybe we can all send a copy to @senatemajldr?
⋙ 💙📔 Dividing America: How Russia Hacked Social Media and Democracy by Senator Michael Bennet http://bit.ly/2N49dY8
// READ for free at link ⇈

⭕ 13 Aug 2019

🔊 ACSLaw Podcast: Will the Mueller Report Lead to Articles of Impeachment? http://bit.ly/2YRgv8Q Speakers: Caroline Fredrickson, ACS President, Neil Kinkopf, Professor of Law, Georgia State University, Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, Professor of Law, Stetson University

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote So humbled to be mentioned in @TIME , but even more humbled to be mentioned by @JoyceWhiteVance
⋙ TIME, Joyce Vance: William Barr Is the Wrong Person to Lead the Jeffrey Epstein Investigation http://bit.ly/2H54IsI
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Whether you believe there are nefarious forces within the DoJ that assisted with or turned a blind eye to the Epstein death, the bigger point is no one trusts the department of justice. No one.

🐣 RT @renato_mariotti Does this have something to do with Mitch McConnell’s refusal to allow the Senate to vote on an election security bill that would prevent future attacks on our elections by Russia?
⋙ 💙💙 WaPo: How a McConnell-backed effort to lift Russian sanctions boosted a Kentucky project http://wapo.st/2MgkSne

NYT, Edward Wong: Waning of American Power? Trump Struggles With an Asia in Crisis http://nyti.ms/2MfSIZG
// The Trump administration has taken a hands-off approach to conflicts — from Kashmir to Hong Kong to the rivalry between Japan and South Korea — as Asian officials escalate the battles.

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: Don McGahn Is Not the Most Critical Witness on Impeachment http://bit.ly/2YN6HwD Jay Sekulow, John Kelly, Steve Engel (OLC) are others

MotherJones: Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos Are Scheduled to Speak at a Conference Organized by a QAnon Supporter http://bit.ly/2ZZMH6p
// The right-wing event aims to prepare “social media warriors” for a coming “digital war.”

💙💙 TIME: A Kremlin-Linked Firm Invested Millions in Kentucky. Were They After More Than Money? http://bit.ly/2Z7WuGA

NBCNews, Alexander Smith: Failed Russian nuclear test hints at Putin’s dangerous plans to beat U.S. defenses http://nbcnews.to/2TuDm42
// “Is it dangerous? Yes! I think the phrase ‘flying nuclear reactor’ tells you all you need to know,” one analyst said.

JustSecurity: Yes, Trump Could Be Indicted If He Leaves Office in 2021, But Is That Likely? http://bit.ly/2ZaAor2

TheNation, Steve Phillips: It’s Safe to Impeach Donald Trump http://bit.ly/31Dm5c0
// So why do pundits keep claiming that it would put Democrats in danger?

WaPo, Charles Koch: It’s not just up to policy. Leaders must empower people, too. http://
USAToday, Noah Bookbinder: Make it simple, Democrats: How to tell the Trump impeachment story and speed it up, too http://bit.ly/2OTvURy
// Centralize and simplify the impeachment narrative. Show how Trump’s abuses relate to each other and how they started on the day he took his oath.

DailyBeast: Russia Evacuating Village After Nuclear Reactor Explosion Put Radiation Levels at 16 Times Above Normal http://bit.ly/2ZZWbPh

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Trump has beaten the country’s morale down to the point where there isn’t widespread outrage over his desire to restrict LEGAL immigration to those who can pay for it. The American dream dies with this administration.

⭕ 12 Aug 2019

Bloomberg: Mueller-Fueled FARA Fear Grips Washington as Craig Goes to Trial http://bloom.bg/2YYiZxz
● Ex-White House lawyer faces charges over his work for Ukraine
● Lobby registrations spike amid renewed focus on Nazi-era law

Politico, Josh Gerstein: Mueller fallout continues as Greg Craig trial opens http://politi.co/2Kv3EjO

💙💙 WaPo, Charles Lane: Would reparations for slavery be constitutional? http://wapo.st/31zuqgB //➔ likely not, the author argues; besides, just 27% of American support it; this is a losing issue and Dems should avoid it, as President Obama warned Ta-Nehisi Coates

OpenCulture (2017): Hannah Arendt Explains How Propaganda Uses Lies to Erode All Truth & Morality: Insights from The Origins of Totalitarianism http://bit.ly/31zjrnp
// 1/24/2017

Bloomberg, Billy House: Pelosi’s Litigation-First Impeachment Strategy Has Its Own Risks http://bloom.bg/31sxAD0
● Court cases seeking Trump information could take months, years
● The number of House Democrats calling for action is growing

Lawfare, David Priess and Margaret Taylor: What if the House Held Impeachment Proceedings and Nobody Noticed? http://bit.ly/2YK15n0

CNN, Julian Zelitzer: Trump is impeaching himself http://cnn.it/2Z03JUF

Newsweek: House Democrats Continue to Lean into Trump Impeachment Proceedings in New Court Filing http://bit.ly/2TqbTk2

DailyBeast: Russia Now Says a Small Nuclear Reactor Exploded in the White Sea Last Week http://bit.ly/2TqtrN3

Politico Mag, Darren Samuelson: ‘Everyone Owes Robert Mueller a Dinner … For All of This http://politi.co/2MUSXsB
// Scandals don’t die, they just breed more podcasts.

JustSecurity, Fred Wertheimer: The Trump Impeachment Process Began on March 4 http://bit.ly/2H1c7cE

TheHill: Trump: US is ‘learning much’ from Russian missile explosion http://bit.ly/2OTHZpY

⭕ 11 Aug 2019

WSJ: Russia Protests Present New Challenge to Putin’s Dominance http://on.wsj.com/33woh71
// Demonstrators say they are upset over the sluggish economy and a lack of political options

⭕ 10 Aug 2019

🐣 RT @SethAbramson Understand that the reason Russian bots are all over the Internet making wild claims about a Clinton connection to the Epstein suicide is because key people in the United States and abroad know the *Trump* connection to Epstein is the one that matters, and is the real story here.

🐣 RT @gtfonway3d “Reactions to actions by Trump are always filtered through the prism of the ever-more-widely accepted view—within his administration, within Congress, within the United States and around the world—that the 45th president is a reckless buffoon, a conspiratorial racist moron ….”
⋙ 🐣 RT @davidfrum The current president accused a predecessor of murder to cover up sex crimes. It’s not something to pass over with a joke.
⋙⋙ TheAtlantic, David Frum: The Shame and Disgrace Will Linger http://bit.ly/2ySPPoK
On Saturday, President Trump spread a conspiracy theory accusing the Clintons of murdering Jeffrey Epstein.

🔆 This❗️⋙ NYT, Jo Becker: The Global Machine Behind the Rise of Far-Right Nationalism http://nyti.ms/2OSX2A0
● Text Block https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1160372764345327616?s=20/photo/1
// Sweden was long seen as a progressive utopia. Then came waves of immigrants — and the forces of populism at home and abroad.

Russian and Western entities that traffic in disinformation, including an Islamaphobic think tank whose former chairman is now Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, have been crucial linkers to the Swedish sites, helping to spread their message to susceptible Swedes.

The Times identified 356 domains that linked to all four Swedish sites.

Many are well known in American far-right circles. Among them is the Gatestone Institute, a think tank whose site regularly stokes fears about Muslims in the United States and Europe. Its chairman until last year was John R. Bolton, now Mr. Trump’s national security adviser, and its funders have included Rebekah Mercer, a prominent wealthy Trump supporter.

Other domains that linked to all four Swedish sites included Stormfront, one of the oldest and largest American white supremacist sites; Voice of Europe, a Kremlin-friendly right-wing site; a Russian-language blog called Sweden4Rus.nu; and FreieWelt.net, a site supportive of the AfD in Germany.

This loosely knit global network does not just help increase readership in Sweden; researchers have tracked how Russian state outlets like RT and Sputnik, along with Western platforms like Infowars and Breitbart, have picked up and amplified Swedish immigration-related stories to galvanize xenophobia among their audiences.

WaPo/AP, Mary Jalonick: Q&A: Are the Democrats starting impeachment, or not? http://wapo.st/2MQgs5U

DailyBeast: David Crosby on How Trump Is ‘Under the Control of Russia’ http://bit.ly/2yRKrm0
// The iconic singer-songwriter behind the Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash writes about President Trump’s curious relationship with Russia—and why he must be defeated in 2020.

⭕ 9 Aug 2019

TPM, Tierney Sneed: Judge Sides With Gov’t In Dispute With Russian Company Over Mueller Discovery http://bit.ly/2TsxXuq

Slate, Igor Dervsh: Trump’s DOJ hid shocking report on growing terror threat from white supremacists http://bit.ly/31vJMms
// Hidden report shows white supremacists were responsible for every race-based domestic terror attack in 2018

Bloomberg, Eli Lake: Syria Tests Trump’s Attempt to Reset U.S. Policy http://bloom.bg/2KFxzom
// The president wants to prioritize the threat from great powers without losing focus on counterterrorism.

🚫 WashingtonExaminer: Lindsey Graham: Bruce Ohr notes are ‘tip of the iceberg’ of ‘systematic corruption’ at DOJ and FBI http://washex.am/2MT1ZX1
// GOP conspiracy bs

🔆 This❗️⋙ CNN: White House proposal would have FCC and FTC police alleged social media censorship http://cnn.it/2Maomrw “Their proposal today amounts to nothing short of a speech police.” – Senator Wyden

Some people close to the tech industry expressed frustration that the White House seemed to be trying to have it both ways — excoriating tech companies for allegedly censoring conservative speech, a claim the platforms vigorously dispute, while castigating them for failing to block enough violent or hateful content. ¤ “The internal inconsistency of this is outrageous,” one of them said.

MotherJones, Dan Spinelli: Don’t Let Anyone Tell Trump How Much His New Intelligence Chief Disagrees With Him http://bit.ly/2OP2t2T
// Probably because Joseph Maguire “has impressive military and NCTC management experience.”

Reuters: U.S.-based experts suspect Russia blast involved nuclear-powered missile http://reut.rs/2GVCzUH “They said that they suspected the explosion and the radiation release resulted from a mishap during the testing of a nuclear-powered cruise missile [near] Nyonoksa.”

🐣 RT @glennkirschner2 So now there two highly respected, top intelligence officials being pushed out of their jobs by Trump so he can take control of the intel apparatus for his nefarious purposes. Ms. Gordon and Mr. Coates – you’ve seen something, now please say something.
⋙ MSNBC, SteveBenen: Why the shakeup of Donald Trump’s intelligence team matters http://on.msnbc.com/2yRH5iU

Common sense suggests it might’ve been a good idea to keep someone like Sue Gordon around to assist with the transition between ODNI leaders, but Trump nevertheless showed her the door.

A Washington Post report added that the president “was reluctant to keep someone with whom he had never formed a close bond.” Trump and his team also apparently “regarded her as a career official and consequently suspicious.”

MSNBC, RachelMaddow: Trump entertains idea of ‘human sieve’ Hoekstra for DNI http://on.msnbc.com/2OMT5wM
// Rachel Maddow reviews many of the times Pete Hoekstra was found to have leaked or otherwise publicly mishandled classified information, and marvels at the possibility that Donald Trump would consider him to replace Dan Coats as Director of National Intelligence, particularly after the humiliating withdrawal of his first pick, John Ratcliffe.

🐣 RT @MuellerSheWrote Beans 2‼️[ = Prediction come true ]
⋙ 🐣 RT @slickrockweb #BREAKING: Whoah. FBI 302 Interviews with Bruce Ohr about #SteeleDossier Released To Judicial Watch. One bombshell in these FBI notes says there was communication between Russian Alfa Bank and the Trump Tower server “and it wasn’t spam”!!
https://twitter.com/SlickRockWeb/status/1159692285455605762?s=20/photo/1
⋙ ⋙ NewYorker, Dexter Filkins (2018): Was There a Connection Between a Russian Bank and the Trump Campaign? http://bit.ly/A team of computer scientists sifted through records of unusual Web traffic in search of answers.
// 10/8/2018

NYMag, Ed Kilgore: Nadler Makes It Clear House Is Already in ‘Impeachment Proceedings’ http://nym.ag/2KCaovj

WaPo: Trump’s pick for intelligence director is a respected Special Operations veteran http://wapo.st/2TkHRy0

WaPo, Chuck Park: I can no longer justify being a part of Trump’s ‘Complacent State.’ So I’m resigning. http://wapo.st/2MbuGyW Chuck Park’s resignation from the Foreign Service is effective Thursday.

CNN: Top intel official interrupted meeting to urge his deputy to resign http://cnn.it/2ZMT50L IOW, outgoing Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats urged his deputy Sue Gordon to resign

WaPo, Amber Phillips: The impeachment inquiry Trump feared is already here http://wapo.st/31sOKAo
// Proceedings are underway, and they have been for a while.

USAToday, Michael Stern: It’s about time Peter Strzok sued. Firing him from the FBI was abusive Trump hypocrisy. http://bit.ly/2KBcQlM

WaPo: FBI releases records of Justice Dept. official Bruce Ohr interviews about Russia probe http://wapo.st/31tgLaS

⭕ 8 Aug 2019

Brookings, Darrell West: Foreign campaign intervention may go way beyond Russia to China, Iran, North Korea, and Saudi Arabia http://brook.gs/2KrSLPT

CNN: Early FBI interviews of DOJ contact with author of Trump dossier released http://cnn.it/2yRooeY

WaPo: For Trump and his cronies, draining the swamp means ousting experts http://wapo.st/2yMPvrF “The latest, most egregious example involves the Economic Research Service, an independent statistical agency at the Agriculture Department.”

🐣 RT @tribelaw Andrew McCabe’s lawsuit and Peter Strzok’s parallel lawsuit filed two days earlier together lay out a strong case for Trump’s grave abuses of power in penalizing civil service employees for political views he disliked and for protecting national security

🐣 RT @JohnJHarwood no kidding
⋙ 🐣 RT @costareports Per a WH official and several top Rs tonight, Gordon’s exit has congressional Rs and Ds on edge. Intel com worried the WH is gaining power with CIA director largely a behind-the-scenes leader and Pompeo/Bolton now driving national-security policy + AG probing intel activities.

🐣 RT @JoyceWhiteVance Trump couldn’t let a career person be run the intelligence community for even a heartbeat. As with other agencies, he wants an acting head, not confirmed by the Senate, whose personal loyalty will undoubtedly be to the man who puts him in place & upon whom his tenure depends.

CNN: Nadler presses ahead with impeachment probe as Pelosi keeps door open http://cnn.it/2M7taxL

DailyBeast, Betsy Woodruff: Deputy Intel Chief Sue Gordon Is Out After Trump Snub http://bit.ly/2OIEd2q
// Sue Gordon would have been next in line as acting director following the scheduled departure of Dan Coats on Aug. 15.

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: A major impeachment development: Court may order McGahn’s testimony http://wapo.st/2KAKtUD

Stars&Stripes: Andrew McCabe sues FBI over firing, alleges plot by Trump to oust those disloyal to him http://bit.ly/31tsxCd

TPM, Josh Tovensky: WSJ: Banks Hand Over Trump Docs To House, State Investigators http://bit.ly/2OMkPln

MarketWatch/WSJ: Banks hand over documents on Russians possibly linked to Trump http://on.mktw.net/2MQ7PZk
// Some documents are related to Russians who may have had dealings with Trump, his family or Trump Organization

WashingtonMonthly, Nancy LeTourneau: To Mueller, Trump Couldn’t Recall if He Conspired With Russia http://bit.ly/2YSIbpc “It Trump didn’t know about Russia’s plans for hacking DNC emails or the timing of their release, why wouldn’t he just say so?”

⭕ 7 Aug 2019

WaPo: Democrats ask federal judge to force testimony from ex-White House counsel McGahn http://wapo.st2KwZcQD/

⭕ 6 Aug 2019

WashingtonExaminer: Durham and Graham obtained 2018 deposition of Clinton ‘dirt’ tipster Joseph Mifsud http://washex.am/2KsKMSF
↥ ↧

Wikipedia: Volume 1 of the Mueller Report[20] states that Mifsud travelled to Moscow in April 2016, and upon his return told Papadopoulos that the Russian government had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.[18] It also mentions that Papadopoulos “suggested to a representative of a foreign government that the Trump Campaign had received indications from the Russian government that it could assist the Campaign through the anonymous release of information damaging to candidate Clinton”. This would appear to corroborate the contact with Downer. …

Papadopoulos and some critics of the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 campaign have asserted without evidence that Mifsud was actually a Western intelligence operative who was instructed to entrap Papadopoulos in order to justify the investigation.[25][26] During Robert Mueller’s testimony to two congressional committees on July 24, 2019, Republicans Jim Jordan and Devin Nunes sought to portray Misfud as a central figure in what they asserted was an investigation based on false and politically motivated premises, while Democrats characterized their assertion as a diversion and conspiracy theory.[27] Jim Jordan asked Robert Mueller why he never charged Mifsud with lying to the FBI while George Papadopoulos was charged for lying about Mifsud.[28]

Politico, Natasha Bertrand: Peter Strzok sues over firing for anti-Trump texts http://politi.co/2YRoWjy
// The former FBI agent who opened the bureau’s Russia probe says the government violated his First and Fifth Amendment rights.

🐣 RT @petestrzok My profound thanks to everyone for their support. This would not be possible without you. https://twitter.com/petestrzok/status/1158862496108879873?s=20/phABCNews: Former FBI agent Peter Strzok sues FBI, DOJ, claiming firing due to pressure from President Trump http://abcn.ws/2ZymgEK

LATimes, Susan Newall: Why impeachment would damage Trump, with or without Senate conviction http://lat.ms/2MIW6LN
// letter

⭕ 5 Aug 2019

Newsweek, Tom O’Connor: Russia and Iran to Train Together ‘This Year’ As They Fight Back Against U.S. Policies http://bit.ly/2yHYXfS

Politico, Kyle Cheney: Nadler: Judiciary panel could recommend articles of impeachment by late fall http://politi.co/2KstmVa

CNN, Manu Raju: House Judiciary chairman Nadler says panel could move to impeach by end of year http://cnn.it/2KtSieP

Politico, Darren Samuelson: Judge signals interest in removing Mueller report redactions http://politi.co/2ODm6uF
// ‘That’s what open government is all about,’ Judge Reggie Walton said during court arguments over a FOIA lawsuit against the Justice Department.

NewRepublic, Ankit Panda: Trump’s Reckless New Missile Race http://bit.ly/2M1IFax
// His withdrawal from the INF Treaty will spur a rush to build new arsenals with no plan for how to use them.

AlJazeera: Russia’s Putin urges new arms talks with US to avoid ‘chaos’ http://bit.ly/33fA5Km
// If US makes new missiles, Russia ‘will be forced to begin the full-scale development of similar missiles’, Putin says.

BrennanCenter, Burt Neuborne: Both Chambers of Congress Should Censure Trump http://bit.ly/2GQaJt7
// A bicameral, bipartisan rebuke of the president would enable voters to make the final judgment on the findings of the Mueller report, argues NYU law professor Burt Neuborne.

WSJ: Putin Says Russia Will Spy on U.S. to Match Missile Development http://on.wsj.com/2MBvDjv
// Leader sets out retaliatory measures after collapse of Cold War weapons treaty

WaPo/Bloomberg, Gregory White: Why Trump and Putin Blew Up Cold War Arms Treaty http://wapo.st/2M22JJI

NYT, Timothy Walton: America Could Lose a Real War Against Russia http://nyti.ms/2KiwHHa
// With Putin and Trump having torn up a Cold War pact that lowered the risk of nuclear war, America should build more conventional missiles to catch up with Russia and China.
Mr. Walton is a co-author of a report issued by his policy institute titled “Leveling the Playing Field: Reintroducing U.S. Theater-Range Missiles in a Post-I.N.F. World.”

⭕ 4 Aug 2019

NYT: In Ukraine, a Rival to Putin Rises http://nyti.ms/2YJoxzN
// Volodymyr Zelensky, once a comedian, won Ukraine’s presidential election after playing an unlikely president on TV. Some of his shows also aired in Russia.

📊 MorningConsult Poll: On the Question of Impeachment, Even Voters Who Acknowledge Trump’s Wrongdoing are Split http://bit.ly/ //➔ Note: Chart shows NET (“Agree” MINUS “Disagree”) ● https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1158085908433920000?s=20/photo/1

WaPo: Impeachment summer? August town halls may decide next steps http://wapo.st/2GJzI12

⭕ 3 Aug 2019

CNN: Under pressure, Trump slaps long-overdue sanctions on Russia over chemical weapons use http://cnn.it/2MzuJno

Salon, Matthew Rozsa: Donald Trump’s connections to Russia, explained http://bit.ly/2GJHDvo
// Here are five irrefutable facts about our president’s ties to a foreign adversary

1. This is not McCarthysim.
2. It all started with money.
3. The Mueller report irrefutably links members of the Trump campaign to Russia.
4. In spite of Trump’s questionable connections with Russia, his administration’s policies toward the country are not drastically different from those pursued by his Democratic predecessor.
5. That said, Trump’s friendly rhetoric helpful to Putin’s interests.

🐣 RT @anders_aslund 1. The US has 2 million anonymous companies;
2. The Supreme Court verdict on Citizens United allowed unlimited amounts of anonymous money in US election PACs.
3. There is $800 bn of dark Russian money abroad, mainly in the US & UK.
4. A US election cycle costs about $5 bn.

WaPo, Amber Phillips: More than half of House Democrats support an impeachment inquiry. So, why isn’t there one yet? http://wapo.st/2Zv4lyJ

🐣 RT @tribelaw #MoscowMitch is no slur but a well justified label. It was the @senatemajldr who kept @BarackObama from issuing a bipartisan warning that Putin was invading our election system in Oct 2016 and who lifted sanctions to let Putin’s oligarchs invest bigtime in Mitch’s Kentucky.

⭕ 2 Aug 2019

WaPo, Dana Milbank: McConnell’s new posture toward Moscow http://wapo.st/2YGdVBN ¤ #MoscowMitch

WaPo Editorial: A smart way to keep Putin out of the next U.S. election http://wapo.st/2LY4ibM

NYT, Quinta Jurecic: Look at the Mueller Report as a Detective Story. It Will Blow Your Mind. http://nyti.ms/31hHqaJ
// It may turn out to be a film noir. The investigators uncovered the plot, but the society is too rotten to do anything about it.

NYT: Trump Drops Plans to Nominate John Ratcliffe as Director of National Intelligence http://nyti.ms/2MyHiPW //➔ might be a good idea to vet these people

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Brittany Kaiser’s work with Cambridge Analytica helped elect Donald Trump. She’s hoping the world will forgive her. http://wapo.st/2MEMlyx
// She’d like to be remembered as a whistleblower and a human rights advocate. You decide

WaPo: A majority of House Democrats now backs impeachment, according to an analysis by The Washington Post http://wapo.st/2Ztcl3f

⭕ 1 Aug 2019

Newsweek: Vladimir Putin Praises Trump, Says Offer of Wildfire Help Could Herald Restoration of ‘Full-Format Relations’ Between Russia and U.S. http://bit.ly/2YCYtCh

USAToday: Donald Trump doubts Russian meddling in 2020 election, disputing Robert Mueller http://bit.ly/2GNFzm2

JustSecurity, Justin Hendrix: Trump’s Encouraging QAnon May Result in Violence—Just ask the FBI http://bit.ly/2YE72kk
// Newly revealed FBI memo warns about conspiracy theories’ causal connection to extremist violence

ArsTechnica, Kate Cox: FBI says “extremists” motivated by Pizzagate, QAnon are threats http://bit.ly/2KjS5ee
// For extremists, the Internet’s craziest conspiracies inspire deadly violence.

NYT: Justice Dept. Declines to Prosecute Comey Over Memos About Trump http://nyti.ms/2ZptFWQ

🐣 RT @Comey I love transparency. I just wait for facts before I talk about them. I’m confident the results of all IG reports will show honest public servants worked hard to protect this country from a threat this president and his enablers won’t acknowledge. And @ me next time, bruh.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RepMarkMeadows As the IG report on Comey approaches, we’re getting the sound of silence. No Comey tweets. No softball interviews. ¤ Must be tougher when you get questioned by a DOJ Inspector General. ¤ The truth is coming. His actions will come to light. And the verdict won’t be pretty.

DailyBeast, Julia Arciga: Majority of House Democrats Now Back Trump Impeachment Inquiry http://bit.ly/2yy43es
// Rep. Ted Deutch is the 118th Democrat to support the effort, bringing support for it to a symbolic milestone in the House.

⭕ 31 Jul 2019

TheHill: Dems push for review of Russian-backed project in Kentucky http://bit.ly/2SXhw9j “Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) is stepping up calls for a national security review of a Russian aluminum company’s plans for a mill in Kentucky”

Politico: Democrats agree to September legal arguments in effort to access secret Mueller evidence http://politi.co/2T5FjnH

Newsweek: Secret Russian Nuclear Accident Caused a Huge Radiation Cloud to Blanket Europe in 2017, Scientists Claim http://bit.ly/2Yz2FqM

WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: NeverTrumpers skewer ‘Moscow Mitch’ http://wapo.st/2KjN1X2

WEF: Which countries work the longest hours? http://bit.ly/2GFfxkU
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1156674681065410561?s=20/photo/1
Trump wants hardworking immigrants from countries like NORWAY, not lazy people from countries like MEXICO ⇊ ⇊

🐣 RT @DavidJollyFL For context, the case is DNC v. Russia Federation. The court ruled Russia is shielded from liability to a single party bc as a nation-state wrongdoer the remedy under law is sanctions or other actions by the US Govt; and Trump campaign use of leaked info is protected under 1A.
// DNC lawsuit

WIRED, Mark Laslo: Russia Is Going to Up Its Game for the 2020 Elections http://bit.ly/2YzezNd Interview with Senator Mark Warner (D-VA)

🐣 RT @NedPrice Trump has named an architect of the effort to discredit Mueller’s probe to one of the most impt roles on the National Security Council staff: Sr Director for Counterterrorism. The post is as crucial as it sounds, and this move is as dangerous as it sounds.
⋙ DailyBeast, Betsy Woodruff: Nunes Ally Kash Patel Who Fought Russia Probe Gets Senior White House National Security Job http://bit.ly/31dr4Qx
// Patel was one of the leading staffers pushing back against FBI investigations of Trump-Russia. He’s now senior director of the National Security Council’s terrorism directorate.

🐣 RT @ScottMStedman THIS is the kind of evidence I was looking for. We can now tie McConnell directly to the Deripaska KY deal.
🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand NEW: Two former top staffers to Mitch McConnell have lobbied Congress and Treasury on the development of a new Kentucky mill backed by Russian aluminum giant Rusal. McConnell’s office won’t say whether he’s been lobbied by them directly. w/@theodoricmeyer
⋙ Politico, Natasha Bertrand and Theodoric Meyer: Ex-McConnell staffers lobbied on Russian-backed Kentucky project http://politi.co/2SXCZPp
// Democrats are pushing the Trump administration to review the project, and they say McConnell indirectly helped facilitate it.

Politico, Josh Gerstein: Judge: Trump statements muddle Freedom of Information suit for FISA warrants http://politi.co/2ZlC0La

CNN, Jeremy Herb: Ratcliffe questioned intelligence community’s role in Russia investigation http://cnn.it/2LS2gK2

NYT/Reuters: Pro-Impeachment Ad With Mueller to Run During Democratic Debates http://nyti.ms/2ZoiP3p

⭕ 30 Jul 2019

TheGuardian: Secret texts cast light on UK’s early role in Trump-Russia inquiry http://bit.ly/2YC8xPW
// Senior MI5 and FBI officials shared concerns about ‘our strange situation’ in 2016

WarOnTheRocks, Evan Wilson: Don’t Call It a Comeback: Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections Has Been Here for Years http://bit.ly/2T9iE9G

💙 TheMoscowProject: How Moscow Mitch Protects Trump—and Russia http://bit.ly/2Kpxs05

🐣 RT @carolecadwalla NEW: Explosive new emails detail work Cambridge Analytica did for LeaveEU/UKIP. Brittany Kaiser, woman at centre of Netflix’s #TheGreatHack has handed over a whole bunch of new emails to DCMS committee. Oh dear, Arron Banks. Looks like it’s all coming home to roost… https://twitter.com/NYtitanic1999/status/1156652922677149696?s=20/photo/1-4

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: John Ratcliffe and Accountability for a President Who Lives in a Fox News Bubble http://bit.ly/2Ow5t43

AOL/YahooNews: New ad highlights Mueller testimony as impeachment push grows http://aol.it/2Yzp2wj

TheGuardian: Secret texts cast light on UK’s early role in Trump-Russia inquiry http://bit.ly/2YC8xPW
// Senior MI5 and FBI officials shared concerns about ‘our strange situation’ in 2016

FiveThirtyEight: A Pro-Impeachment Majority Among Democrats May Be Inevitable http://53eig.ht/317dG05

WaPo: House Democratic leaders face pressure to impeach Trump post-Mueller hearings http://wapo.st/2Yhzvgs

WaPo/Bloomberg, Billy House: Your Questions About U.S. Presidential Impeachment, Answered http://wapo.st/2GyQujl

⭕ 29 Jul 2019

Politico, Kyle Cheney: ‘I did meet with Putin’: Dem report highlights Flynn exchange after 2015 trip http://politi.co/30ZoJse

WaPo, David Ignatius: Trump’s intelligence shake-up could be his most dangerous move yet http://wapo.st/2GEyWme “Trump is governing these days with the destructive power of a sledgehammer.”

🐣 RT @maggieNYT Some aides said Trump expressed anger about border-related hearings and Cummings, but in reality, two ppl close to him said, he is angry that his government-employee relatives were subpoenaed by Cummings committee
⋙ NYT: Trump Widens War on Black Critics While Embracing ‘Inner City Pastors’ http://nyti.ms/2LLxRwU

WaPo: McConnell defends blocking election security bill, rejects criticism he is aiding Russia http://wapo.st/2YqVkpf

VanityFair, Eric Lutz: Trump’s New Director of National Intelligence Is a Partisan Hack http://bit.ly/2YigScw
// Dan Coats was ousted for disagreeing with Trump. John Ratcliffe, the president’s new pick to oversee the nation’s intelligence apparatus, is just another yes-man.

NYT, Michelle Goldberg: An Impeachment Inquiry Is Coming. It Might Have Already Begun. http://nyti.ms/2YuTlA9
// Robert Mueller’s testimony may have lacked thrills, but it marked a turning point in the case against the president.

MMFA: Rep. John Ratcliffe loves Fox’s Mueller conspiracy theories. Trump wants him to oversee U.S. intelligence. http://bit.ly/313b7vU

CJR, Jon Allsop: Dan Coats’s departure and the story of Russian meddling http://bit.ly/2YroeoZ

CommonCause, Isabel Giovannertu and Scott Swenson: Is Trump Following Russia’s Lead on Elections? http://bit.ly/2ZkxjRP
// President Trump has sided with Vladimir Putin over the US intelligence community about Russia’s influence on the 2016 election. With police cracking down on public dissent in Moscow and efforts in the US to curtail protest, engineer minority rule, consolidate media ownership and concentrate wealth into fewer and fewer hands, is Russia Trump’s model for America’s future?

AP: Doubts emerge about Trump pick for US intelligence chief http://bit.ly/2LNGQh5

NewYorker, David Rohde: Trump’s Message to U.S. Intelligence Officials: Be Loyal or Leave http://bit.ly/2LO1Moq

TheHill: House Democrats inch toward majority support for impeachment http://bit.ly/312xIbX

Politico: 2 top Dem senators give boost to impeachment effort http://politi.co/2Yqon08
// Patty Murray and Debbie Stabenow’s support for impeachment gives political cover for House Democrats contemplating backing an inquiry.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 The website of Trump’s DNI pick, John Ratcliffe, says that he “put terrorists in prison.” NBC News reports that there’s is no evidence Ratcliffe ever prosecuted a terrorism case.
⋙ NBCNews: Intel officials worry Trump’s pick for top spy will politicize the job http://nbcnews.to/2SNeNPL
// Although Ratcliffe’s website says he “put terrorists in prison,” there is no evidence he ever prosecuted a terrorism case.

DailyBeast, Will Sommer: Trump Intel Pick John Ratcliffe Started Theory of FBI Anti-Trump ‘Secret Society’ http://bit.ly/2MqUypU
// The congressman debuted the mysterious text messages on Fox News. It became a mini-scandal before the full context became known.

Newsweek: Fox News Analyst Warns Trump Is ‘Locking Down The Intelligence Community for His Purposes’ http://bit.ly/2OqZptA “with the nomination of GOP Representative John Ratcliffe to replace Dan Coats as director of national intelligence”
// “Mary Anne Marsh [is] a political analyst for Fox News”

WaPo, Michael Morell and Michael Vickers: Dan Coats is out. Should the Senate confirm John Ratcliffe? http://wapo.st/2Yv7FIK

🐣 RT @TimOBrien “Republican senators have flubbed this process from the get-go. They could’ve used their power of confirmation to insist that Trump run a professional White House and executive branch. They’ve largely chosen otherwise.” – @jbview
⋙ Bloomberg, Jonathan Bernstein: Trump’s Choice to Lead U.S. Intelligence is Not Qualified http://bloom.bg/2SRyuWr
// As the president intensifies his feud with the spy agencies, Senate Republicans should step in.

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Ratcliffe’s work w/Browder could represent a twist in the president’s desire to bring the intel community further under his control. ¤ It also resurfaces one of the biggest subplots of the Russia probe: the Russians’ lobbying of Trump campaign officials to undo the Magnitsky Act.
⋙ Politico, Natasha Bertrand: Trump’s intel pick collaborated with a fierce Russia foe http://politi.co/2KfdLbr
// GOP Rep. John Ratcliffe, the president’s nominee for director of national intelligence, once worked with a leading Putin critic on the Magnitsky Act — which Russians have been pushing to overturn.

CNN, Eliza Mackintosh: Finland is winning the war on fake news. What it’s learned may be crucial to Western democracy http://cnn.it/32TlsfT ¤ #longread
// May 2019?

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: Aspiring Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe Does Not Want DOJ’s Mob Experts Exchanging Information with Mob Experts http://bit.ly/2Zlhx9g

That he is so deeply ensconced in the frothy right is why Trump picked him for the job — because, to those who are equally ensconced in the echo chamber, he could appear to have damaged Robert Mueller last week. And of course, Trump will be perfectly happy to have someone who sees not what is, but what needs to be true to feed Trump’s own false claims.

But having picked Ratcliffe, Trump has given Democrats the perfect opportunity to turn frothy conspiracies on their head, to demonstrate the danger of them. Both before Ratcliffe’s eventual confirmation hearing and during it, Democrats will have abundant evidence — from Ratcliffe’s own performance in interviews where he repeatedly gets exposed as a fool — to demonstrate the dangers of appointing someone so deep inside an echo chamber he doesn’t even realize the entire premise of his questioning is that the US should not pursue as much information about threats as possible.

Sure, he’s likely to be confirmed anyway. But Democrats have the opportunity to lay out the costs of Republicans casting such a vote, to install someone who affirmatively objects to FBI getting information on urgent threats to oversee the intelligence community. And when Ratcliffe’s echo chamber beliefs serve to blow up — whether by feeding Trump what he wants to hear about North Korea or Iran or Russia — Democrats will then have the record that Republicans chose to put someone with a clear record arguing that the FBI should have less information about credible threats and not more.

🐣 RT @benjaminwittes Here’s your Monday morning radical proposition: the knowing, intentional, and serial stoking of racial tensions is an impeachable offense.
⋙ 🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ Especially when it knowingly furthers a hostile foreign adversary’s ongoing covert operations in the country
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @AshaRangappa_ People telling me it’s now “overt”: A covert operation is defined by the government denying its hand in the operation (which Russia does wrt it’s active measures). It’s more obvious to us now, yes, but it’s still covert from a legal/intel perspective.

TheBulwark, Molly Jong-Fast: The Young and Beautiful Lives of Dimwitted Villains http://bit.ly/316au4H Hope Hicks

🐣 RT @JohnBrennan Dan Coats served ably & with deep integrity. Ratcliffe showed abject subservience to Trump in Mueller hearings. The women & men in the Intelligence Community deserve a leader like Coats who puts nation first; not a servile Trump loyalist like Ratcliffe.

🐣 RT @NedPrice Ratcliffe’s disingenuous attack on Mueller wasn’t just an exercise in disinformation; it was an audition for DNI. Unsurprisingly, he passed. ¤ If confirmed, he’ll have tremendous capabilities to continue protecting and defending Trump over the Constitution.

🐣 RT @DavidPriess Let’s look quickly at the resumes of the five men who have served as Director of National Intelligence, from the position’s inception in 2005 until now, and compare them to the resume of new nominee John Ratcliffe. 1/7
📌 https://twitter.com/DavidPriess/status/1155685743219662848?s=20

🐣 RT @brianklaas With Barr and now Ratcliffe, Trump is putting loyal partisan hacks in key positions — the justice system and intelligence community — precisely when the president himself has committed a series of crimes and has invited attacks on American democracy from foreign adversaries.

🐣 RT @JillWineBanks The movie & the book show
1. Russia interfered to help Trump & is doing so now
2. Trump welcomed the help
3. Mueller did not exonerate 45
4. Evidence shows Trump obstructed the investigation
5. Only the OLC opinion prevented his indictment
IMO OLC is constitutionally unfounded.

⭕ 28 Jul 2019

NewYorker, Amy Davidson Sorkin: Robert Mueller’s Testimony and the Garbled Language of Politics http://bit.ly/2Ywkkzh
// The words the Democrats and the Republicans used may have been the same, but their meanings were not.

This is scary //➔ WashingtonExaminer: John Ratcliffe: AG William Barr will deliver justice to any Obama officials who committed crimes http://washex.am/2YdMorS

🐣 RT @matthewamiller When the Russians do it again in 2020, who will warn the American people? Barr? Ratcliffe? Whoever’s still playing musical chairs at DHS? Cabinet full of toadies.

🐣 RT @RodRosenstein It was a privilege to serve with Dan Coats, a patriot who understood that the executive branch oath requires us to distinguish governing from politicking. He protected national security and helped deter foreign election meddling and other efforts to undermine American interests.

🐣 RT @brianklaas Change in confidence in US president from Obama in 2016 to Trump in 2018 (Pew)
Germany: -76%
Sweden: -76%
France: -75%
Canada: -58%
Australia: -52%
UK: -51%
Japan: -48%
Russia: +8%
⋙ 🐣 RT @TheHill President Trump: “The Democrats are clowns. They’re being laughed at all over the world.” 💽 https://twitter.com/brianklaas/status/1155473098805862400?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @adamserwer Coats is getting ousted for taking steps to prevent foreign attacks on American elections if you want to know how things are going
⋙ NYT: Dan Coats to Step Down as Intelligence Chief; Trump Picks Loyalist for Job http://nyti.ms/2YtsE2S

🐣 RT @carlbildt Also @v_milov has been arrested in Moscow. He’s a highly respected representative of the liberal opposition. And a good friend.

WaPo, Fred Hyatt: Don’t get complacent. Things really are that bad under Trump. http://wapo.st/2Oz5DYK

USAToday, Laurence H. Tribe: We are finally on the path to Trump impeachment and saving what our Founders gave us http://bit.ly/2LMriKy
// Nancy Pelosi spared moderate Democrats a floor vote on impeachment, but she has unleashed her committee chairs to do exactly what needs to be done.

🐣 RT @shaneharris Dems already calling out Ratcliffe as a political operative, suggesting he’s not suited to be DNI. Concern on Hill Trump might not appoint deputy DNI Sue Gordon–who Dems like–as acting director. If he does that, “the Hill will raise holy hell,” a Congressional official said

🐣 RT @craigunger This is another dangerous moment: Trump is now consolidating power in intelligence just as he did with Barr in the judiciary.
⋙ 🐣 RT @selectedwisdom One of the last voices of sanity in the administration, a loss for the country “Dan Coats, Who Challenged President Trump, To Depart Top Intelligence Job” https://www.npr.org/696376152

🐣 RT @KenDilanianNBC John Ratcliffe, by one measure the second most conservative member of Congress, appears to believe that the Russia investigation was cooked up by Democrats who “committed crimes.” Now Trump reportedly is considering placing atop the US intelligence community.

🐣 RT @mccaffreyr3 DNI DIRECTOR DAN COATS is a splendid and experienced public servant. He has been objective and non political coordinating our intelligence agencies. The Russians are a determined US adversary and a malignant threat to our electoral system.
⋙ 🐣 RT @RichardHaass Sorry to learn the DNI stepping down. Dan Coats was willing to speak truth to power and tell this Potus what he needed to hear even if he didn’t want to hear it. Essential his successor be no less independent and committed to the institution of the ODNI.

🐣 RT @vermontgmg [Garrett Graff] Before becoming DNI, Jim Clapper had worked in U.S. intelligence for nearly fifty years and personally headed two of the nation’s 17 intel agencies. By comparison, John Ratcliffe was the mayor of Heath, Texas, pop., 8000.

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand Coats’ resignation letter, dated today. He mentions his establishment of election security executive “to support the whole-of-government effort to address threats against our elections.” https://twitter.com/NatashaBertrand/status/1155640413161738243?s=20/photo/1-2

CNN, Dean Obeidallah: The next six weeks will be crucial on impeachment http://cnn.it/2SKdP6C

🐣 RT @PamKeithFL If you are wondering how the 2018 Blue Wave happened, Chris Wray & Dan Coates launched countermeasures that kept the Russians busy w/out telling 45. He saw that as a betrayal. So he’s placing a Trumper as DNI & using McConnell to block funding to the states. Do you get it now?

🐣 XT @real https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1155558122163003393?s=20
⋙ 🐣 @real Rep Cummings is not the mayor of Baltimore. His responsibility in Congress is to help draft legislation for the country as a whole, not specifically “for his district.” He has done so. As chair of the important Oversight Committee, he has a Constitutional mandate to OVERSEE YOU.
⋙ 🐣 RT @DavidJolly Careful chief. One big difference between you and Cummings is he’s never settled a race discrimination suit with the U.S. DoJ.

🐣 RT @SpeakerPelosi The departure of DNI Coats is bad news for the security of America. His successor must put patriotism before politics, and remember that his oath is to protect the Constitution and the American people, not the President.

🐣 RT @MSNBC Rep. Elijah Cummings: “I’m begging the American people to pay attention to what is going on. Because if you want to have a democracy intact for your children and your children’s children and generations yet unborn, we have got to guard this moment.”
⋙ MSNBC, MTP Daily: Cummings: ‘I’m begging the American people to pay attention’ http://on.msnbc.com/2GxE4s6
// 7/24/2019; Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-M.d.) talks to reporters following Robert Mueller’s testimony.

TheAtlantic, Kathy Gilsinan: Dan Coats Spoke Truth to Trump. Now He’s Out. http://bit.ly/2JZkrez
// The director of national intelligence won plaudits for plainly laying out the intelligence community’s assessments on issues ranging from Iran to Russia, putting him at odds with the president.

🐣 RT @Stengel We’ve also never had a presidential impeachment inquiry where the high crimes and misdemeanors pose a threat to our national security because the @potus is being manipulated by a hostile foreign power.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Susan_Hennessey I’d argue that a “failed” impeachment would set a far less dangerous precedent than the one which would be set by not even attempting to impeach for egregious and constitutionally destructive presidential conduct.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @NBCPolitics House Intel Chairman Schiff warns a failed impeachment fight could set wrong precedent. https://nbcnews.to/2SKSGth

🐣 RT @BillBrowder It’s looking more and more like Alexei Navalny, Putin’s most fierce critic has been poisoned with “undefined chemical substances”. Very bad news, if true.
⋙ 🐣 RT @Axios JUST IN: Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny’s doctor says he is suffering from the effects of “undefined chemical substances” — not an allergic reaction, as has been reported.
⋙⋙ Axios: Leading Putin critic Alexei Navalny hospitalized with mysterious illness http://bit.ly/2SSdoHG

TheHill: No. 3 Senate Democrat calls for House to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump http://bit.ly/2Yd8GtO Senator Patty Murray (D-WA)

🐣 RT @PamKeithFL This is DEFCON 4 level dangerous. A GOP partisan will have full control over intelligence and other countermeasures to secure our elections.
⋙ TheHill: JUST IN: Trump announces Texas GOP lawmaker will be replacing Dan Coats as top intelligence official http://hill.cm/F4aBGEL

🐣 RT @BillKristol Note to Dan Coats, Jim Mattis and others who’ve served honorably: Thank you for your service. But there’s one more thing you owe your countrymen: A candid and public assessment of the character and capacity of the president whom we have to decide next year whether to re-elect.

🐣 RT @andrews_aslund Trump’s sacking of Coats is a natural next step in his consolidation of power. It makes no moral sense for decent “grownups” to work for Trump. They will only facilitate his road to corrupt fascism. It is time to wake up, republicans!
⋙ 🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Still the best Coats moment:
MITCHELL: The W.H. has announced on Twitter that Vladimir Putin is coming to the W.H. in the fall.
COATS: Say that again?
MITCHELL: Vladimir Putin, coming to the—
COATS: Did I hear you?
MITCHELL: Yeah, yeah.
COATS: OK. That’s gonna be special.
💽 https://twitter.com/kylegriffin1/status/1155617657036640257?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Mcatlady54 Bill Maher calls it a slow-moving coup. Trump is gradually replacing leaders of institutions that could expose him or hold him accountable. Especially law enforcement, intelligence, courts and justice.

🐣 RT @BobbyChesney The President does not get to pick an Acting Director of National Intelligence. 50 USC 3026(a)(6) provides that the Principal Deputy Director (in this case, the wonderful Sue Gordon) automatically serves in that capacity. See here: https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/50/3026
⋙ 🐣 RT @GenMhayden And what if he breaks the law.

USAToday: ‘I promise you, you’re wrong’: Fox News’ Wallace shuts down Mulvaney claim Mueller vindicated Trump http://bit.ly/2OrqYTI

🐣 While not a surprise (Coats had reportedly wanted to leave in the spring), this is something I’ve been dreading. Spent most of the day curled up in a fetal position. Trump owns both the DOJ and the IC now.

🐣 RT @Comey Thank you, Dan Coats, for serving our nation so well and for continuing the proud tradition of Directors of National Intelligence loyal only to the truth. Hopefully you won’t be the last. https://twitter.com/jseldin/status/1155664419789127680?s=20/photo/1
// Coats resignation letter

🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews Coats argued for a view of Russia as an adversary & pushed for stronger ties with traditional American allies in Europe, nations that have been the focus of Trump’s ire as he sought closer relations with Moscow & wavered on Russia’s election interference.
⋙ 🐣 RT @JuliaDavisNews There was no greater point of friction between Trump and Dan Coats than #Russia. Time after time, the White House has sought to weaken Mr. Coats’s language regarding the Kremlin. https://nyti.ms/2JZmHmo

🐣 RT @WajahatAli What if Trump loses 2020 and decides to contest the election? Says it’s rigged by the Deep State? Doesn’t leave normally? Now he has his loyal capos as AG and heads of intelligence, purging DOJ, DHS and other agencies…
⋙ 🐣 RT @AmericanMystic Trump is consolidating his personal control over the intelligence community. Between loyalists Barr and Radcliffe, and pliant CIA and FBI directors, Trump is close to neutralizing intelligence and law enforcement as spoilers in his bid to amass unprecedented executive power.
⋙⋙ 🐣 RT @renato_mariotti Radcliffe harshly questioned Mueller during the recent hearing, falsely suggesting that he failed to comply with the Special Counsel regulations and cutting Mueller off when he tried to explain himself.

🔆 This❗️⋙ WaPo: Intelligence Director Coats to resign next month, Trump says http://wapo.st/2OoXCWd Trump said in a tweet that he would nominate Rep. John ­Ratcliffe (R-Tex.), a third-term congressman and prominent supporter, to replace Coats.

🐣 RT @repvaldemings The president will do anything he can to cover up the fact that he orchestrated a criminal coverup of his collusion during the campaign. We won’t be distracted. @amjoyshow

🐣✅ RT @Politifact Mueller testified twice that a president could be indicted after he or she leaves office. Four legal experts we spoke to agreed. http://bit.ly/32VLzmr

🐣 RT @kalendkyj This is why Putin’s criminal regime is trying to destroy Ukraine so hard. If democracy and rule of law succeeds in Ukraine – then Russians might think it is possible even in Russia! And that is the biggest danger for the mafia regime in the Kremlin
⋙ 🐣 RT @McFaul The contrast between Ukrainians voting in free and fair elections last weekend and Russians getting arrested for wanting free and fair elections this weekend is striking.

🐣 RT @CNNSotu “My personal view is that [Trump] richly deserves impeachment,” House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler says. ¤ Nadler calls the Mueller hearing an “inflection point,” saying that “we now have to get further evidence…as we consider articles of impeachment.” #CNNSOTU 💽 https://twitter.com/CNNSotu/status/1155474562781458432?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @Susan_Hennessey I’d argue that a “failed” impeachment would set a far less dangerous precedent than the one which would be set by not even attempting to impeach for egregious and constitutionally destructive presidential conduct.

🐣 Not sure he’d be mentally capable of standing trial. His dementia will be even more advanced. And I’m not sure he’s ever known the difference between right and wrong.

🐣 Trump wants us to think about Cummings and Baltimore to switch us from thinking about Mueller and Russia and his own lies and treason. We have no choice but to respond to his racism, and we must, vehemently. But realize he’s playing us.

🐣 RT @Monaheart1229 Trump’s new way to change the subject from the words spoken out loud by Mueller last week @ his obstruction & HIS foreign election interference, is to go after people of color in Congress. I’m told that in reality, he’s fuming-VERY upset.. #SundayMorning

⭕ 27 Jul 2019

TheHill: ‘Mitch McConnell is a Russian’ trends after GOP senator blocks election security bills http://bit.ly/2SJTcHM

🐣 RT @tedlieu BORING! ¤ Also, the facts show that Russia attacked our 2016 election; the @realDonaldTrump campaign planned its strategy based on the attack; and @POTUS obstructed justice to stop the investigation into it. ¤ And why is Trump tweeting at close to midnight on Saturday about this?
⋙ 🐣 RT @real The real Collusion, the Conspiracy, the Crime, was between the Clinton Campaign, the DNC, Fusion GPS, Christopher Steele…..(and many others including Comey, McCabe, Lisa Page and her lover, Ohr and his wonderful wife, and on and on!). @replouiegohmert

🐣 RT @davidfrum “What made life under Caligula especially difficult was that he expected to be applauded, not just by his courtiers, but by the whole Roman public …. [as if] there was nothing he did not excel at.” – Robert Hughes, ROME: A Cultural, Visual, and Personal History, p. 100

NYT: Moscow Police Arrest More Than 1,000 at Election Protest http://nyti.ms/30Z4H0Y

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Above all else, what Mueller revealed was Trump’s disturbing, dangerous & undeniable disloyalty to country. ¤ That’s worse than a crime. ¤ It’s a violation of our obligation of citizenship. A betrayal of our core values. ¤ Worse yet? The disloyalty continues.

🐣 RT @AJentlson 2020 will be about the presidential candidates, not House Dems. Their fate is tied to that of our nominee. House Ds’ role is a supporting one: keep the party unified & lay down covering fire. Impeachment does both. I wrote about it for @GQMagazine
⋙ GQ: Adam Jentleson: What Moderate House Democrats Are Getting Wrong About 2020 and Impeachment http://bit.ly/2Yp69Ib
// Adam Jentleson on the folly of tepid kitchen-table strategizing, and the right lessons Democrats can draw from recent electoral history.

🐣 RT @j363j 📌 (THREAD) https://twitter.com/j363j/status/1155082205326188547?s=20
35 reasons the #MuellerTestimony assists the case of #ImpeachTrump:
1.Mueller directly says that he didn’t exonerate Trump.
2.Mueller directly says that Trump wasn’t cleared of obstruction of justice.

⭕ 26 Jul 2019

Political Quarterly (Jul): How Russia’s army of trolls built its disinformation campaign http://bit.ly/2PgF8Hx

CNN: Lawmakers call on Trump to implement required Russia sanctions http://cnn.it/2Zn22hk

Vox, Aaron Rupar: The White House says Russia didn’t impact the 2016 election. That’s not exactly true. http://bit.ly/315PDyF
// Votes may not have been changed, but that doesn’t mean Russian interference didn’t have an impact on the outcome.

🐣💙 RT @SethAbramson (BREAKING NEWS THREAD) A historic legal analysis published by @Slate confirms what this feed asserts—the Mueller Report FOUND a criminal conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin but declined to charge it. Please RETWEET this thread explaining this explosive revelation. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1154793167960629251?s=20
… 🐣 RT @ CONCLUSION/ So if you wonder why Trump just gave Barr power to disclose classified intel to Trump transition official Nunes—and why Trump may be trying to make Nunes the Director of National Intelligence—that’s why. The threat to him has moved there, so he needs Barr/Nunes on it.
⇈ ⇊
Trumpcast Podcast: Which Volume of the Mueller Report are you? https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/trumpcast/id1093260018?i=1000445350108
// 7/25/2019

‘The reports of the death of Impeachment are greatly exaggerated’ ~ @HouseJudiciary
@nytimes @WashPostPR @washingtonpost @Politico @SpeakerPelosi @RepJerryNadlerr

MotherJones, Dan Friedman: Democrats Say Their Impeachment Inquiry Has Already Begun http://bit.ly/32U85vT
// “We’re crossing a threshold.”

Esquire, Charles Pierce: This Is an Impeach By Any Other Name http://bit.ly/2SHMfaa
// Jerry Nadler and Nancy Pelosi demonstrate that the House Democrats have changed their calculus.

Vox, Andrew Prokop: The Democratic divide over impeaching Trump, explained http://bit.ly/32WLVcs
// Support for an impeachment inquiry has risen within the party. But will it be enough?

≣ 💽 PBS: Why House Democrats are choosing now to launch impeachment investigation http://to.pbs.org/2yhBulC

WaPo, Joshua Matz: The House has already opened an impeachment investigation against Trump http://wapo.st/2YrVaBQ
// Forget the political optics. As a matter of law, the Judiciary Committee’s actions are clear.

NBCNews: Mueller fallout: Highest-ranking House Democrat to date calls for Trump impeachment http://nbcnews.to/2yir9WB
// Rep. Katherine Clark, vice chair of the House Democratic Caucus, backed beginning the process to remove the president from office.

DailyBeast, Sam Brodey: Nadler: We’re Pursuing a De Facto Impeachment Inquiry http://bit.ly/2Om400k
// The Judiciary Committee chairman resisted using the actual word. But he said his oversight efforts were, in effect, an effort to determine whether Trump should go.

NYT: Raising Prospect of Impeaching Trump, House Seeks Mueller’s Grand Jury Secrets http://nyti.ms/2Mfg8gK
// In a court filing, House Democrats said they need access to secret grand jury evidence because they are weighing whether to recommend impeaching President Trump.

🐣 RT @KristineCummins Nadler: “I should note that the committee could have not brought these lawsuits without the help and support of Speaker Pelosi – who is as dedicated to holding this president accountable for his crimes as any of us gathered here today.”

🐣 RT @B52Malmet Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset. Doesn’t mean he’s a spy, but as Dana Milbank writes “Let’s call this what it is: unpatriotic. The Kentucky Republican is, arguably more than any other American, doing Russian President Vladimir Putin’s bidding.”
🐣 RT @TimOBrien “McConnell has no shame. He is aiding and abetting Putin’s dismantling of Americans’ self-governance. A leader who won’t protect our country from attack is no patriot.”
⋙ WaPo, Dana Milbank: Mitch McConnell is a Russian asset http://wapo.st/2KbFEB5

🐣 RT @SethAbramson FACT: House Democrats have Trump dead-to-rights on the impeachable offense of obstruction and they know it. All the delay is to gather counterintelligence evidence, additional evidence of conspiracy, and bribery/money laundering evidence. Democrats think delays help them do this. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1154923308057595904?s=20

🔆 This❗️⋙ TheAtlantic: Why We’re Moving Forward With Impeachment http://bit.ly/2SIkK02 by Judiciary Reps Scanlon (Vice Chair), Cicilline, Jayapal, Escobar
// Our Constitution requires it. Our democracy depends on it.

🐣 RT @RepJerryNadler Today, @HouseJudiciary is filing a petition for 6e grand jury materials where we made clear to the court that we are considering impeachment, along with other options, under our Article I powers. Congress must hold this President accountable. http://bit.ly/2K4Lu7a
// link to court docs

WaPo: House panel asks court to enforce Mueller-related subpoenas, a step toward possible impeachment http://wapo.st/2YjWx1y

🐣 RT @HouseJudiciary We are intensifying efforts to hold @realDonaldTrump accountable as we move forward with our investigation. Today we made clear to the court that we are considering impeachment, along with other options, under Article I powers. No one is above the law. 💽 https://twitter.com/HouseJudiciary/status/1154858893094400001?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @pbump Trump’s insistence that the economy will get him reelected suffers from two big flaws.
1. Views of the economy overlap with baked-in partisanship.
2. Voters don’t think the economy would be any worse under a Democrat than a second Trump term.
⋙ WaPo, Philip Bump: Trump warns of economic disaster if he loses. Americans shrug. http://wapo.st/2GvW3iG
⋙ 🐣 Also, it was just announced the economy was under 3% last year, and only grew 2.1% last quarter. Not only are the trade wars failing (and rattling the stock market), but the tax cuts did not spur investment as promised.

🐣 RT @JoeNBC Why won’t #MoscowMitch let the Senate even take a vote on protecting American democracy from Russia’s ongoing attacks when Trump’s own FBI, CIA, DNI, DHS chiefs said Putin was trying to subvert our democracy? Even his GOP Intel Chairman said the same yesterday. Why #MoscowMitch?
⋙ 🐣 RT @JoeNBC Sanctioned Russian Oligarch’s Company to Invest Millions in New Aluminum Plant in Mitch McConnell’s State #MoscowMitch
⋙⋙ Newsweek (Apr): Sanctioned Russian Oligarch’s Company to Invest Millions in New Aluminum Plant in Mitch McConnell’s State http://bit.ly/2yeapj7
// 4/15/2019

⭕ 25 Jul 2019

🐣 RT @atrupar Trump says he has granted Attorney General William Barr the ability to share classified intelligence documents pertaining to the Russia investigation with Devin Nunes

💽 MSNBC, TheLastWord: Neal Katyal on how to prosecute a sitting president http://on.msnbc.com/2YlPncW
// Fmr. Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal tells Lawrence O’Donnell how a prosecutor could get around the Justice Department rule that a sitting president cannot be indicted.

Politico, Renato Mariotti: Actually, Robert Mueller Was Awesome http://politi.co/2JS0zKj
// History will show that he had one big goal, and nailed it.

🐣 Mueller kind of deflated @KamalaHarris’s big Barr moment when he said he too had not read all of the underlying evidence (eg all of the FBI interviews etc)of his report either. More proof we really don’t need #AllDramaKamala.

TheHill: McConnell blocks two election security bills http://bit.ly/2y99IYu

🐣 Progressive Twitter and the podcasts agree that the MSM (eg @washingtonpost and @nytimes in particular) have not taken their obligation seriously to dig beyond the “optics” to the heart of the Mueller hearings. Good! They screwed up by accepting Barr’s gloss. This is just as bad.

🐣 RT @jayrosen_nyu Political journalists: Establishing what happened and conveying it to the public is basic to your mission. If what happened was established, but its gravity has not been absorbed by the public, that may not be your doing, but it is your mission that has failed— not “the optics.”

🐣 RT @chrislhayes The nightmare scenario, one which is not, to my mind, that remote, is that 2020 is very close and amidst recount/contestation of certain state tallies, evidence emerges of security breaches into the state voting systems, throwing the entire result into a legitimacy black hole.

NYT: Russian Hack of Elections System Was Far-Reaching, Report Finds http://nyti.ms/30UDRae

TheAtlantic, Todd Purdum: Robert Mueller and the Tyranny of ‘Optics’ http://bit.ly/2Y1WNXH
// The commentariat’s focus on performance over substance is the kryptonite of the modern media age.

NPR: Senate Intel Committee Unveils Election Security Report In Wake Of Mueller Hearings http://n.pr/2Zf2Ogi
⋙ 📔 NPR: Senate Intel Report on Election Interference [pdf] http://n.pr/2Y1wRLM 67p
⋙ 📔 NPR: Senate Intel Report on Election Interference [pdf] http://bit.ly/2Yh1Crn 67p
// 2nd is easier to read

🐣 RT @CarolynGracceMMPH The President walks out loud and proud in front of an altered seal that reads “45 Es Un Titere” (45 is a puppet) featuring the Russian Imperial Eagle clutching golf clubs. It’s the little victories that mean the most. #45IsAPuppet http://yhoo.it/2SCKwTE via @YahooFinance https://twitter.com/CarolynGraceMPH/status/1154446274013229056?s=20/photo/1

🐣💙 RT @SethAbramson (THREAD) Far and away the worst take on Mueller’s testimony is that we learned nothing new from it. In fact, the *new* facts we learned were jaw-dropping. This thread focuses *only* on 10 new things we now know. I hope you’ll RETWEET this for anyone you think might be interested. 📌 https://twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1154441003622944768?s=20

1. A VAST TRUMP-RUSSIA COUNTERINTELLIGENCE PROBE IS ONGOING. It’s exponentially broader than Mueller’s probe, it covers “collusion” (a fair term in the counterintelligence sphere) and its findings are being kept from America *and* Congress. The fight to see them began yesterday.

2. FEDERAL LAW ENFORCEMENT CAN’T CONFIRM TRUMP ISN’T COMPROMISED BY RUSSIA. Because “compromise” is a counterintelligence issue, and compromised politicians are national security threats, and no one has seen any FBI counterintelligence report, we don’t know if Trump is a threat.

3. MUELLER DIDN’T INVESTIGATE ANYTHING TRUMP WAS ACCUSED OF BESIDES OBSTRUCTION. The non-obstruction allegations against Trump were aiding/abetting, bribery, money laundering, and illegal pre-election receipt of in-kind donations from non-Russians. Mueller looked at none of that.

4. THERE IS SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE TRUMP AIDED AND ABETTED COMPUTER CRIMES. Mueller testified—under oath—that Trump gave “hope” and a “boost” to WikiLeaks’ “criminal activity” after he knew such activity was afoot. The crime that describes—aiding/abetting—must now be investigated.

5. THERE IS SUBSTANTIAL EVIDENCE TRUMP COMMITTED THE FEDERAL FELONY OF MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS TO LAW ENFORCEMENT. Mueller testified—under oath—that Trump’s written answers to the FBI and the Special Counsel were “generally” *untruthful*, as the facts in Mueller’s report confirm.

6. TRUMP AND GOP CLAIMS OF “NO COLLUSION,” “NO OBSTRUCTION,” AND “NO EVIDENCE OF CONSPIRACY OR COORDINATION” ARE ALL FALSE. It isn’t news to anyone paying attention, but as much of America isn’t, many learned for the first time from Mueller that these GOP talking points are lies.

7. MUELLER SAID TRUMP COULD BE CHARGED WITH OBSTRUCTION POST-PRESIDENCY AND WOULD HAVE BEEN CHARGED NOW IF NOT FOR THE OLC. Mueller’s later (confusing) “walk-back” of the second claim—which many had taken as an accidental truth—didn’t erase the specter that he meant what he said.

8. ANY TRUMP CRIMES INVOLVING OTHER NATIONS ARE STILL UNREPORTED. Mueller’s testimony made clear that evidence involving nations besides Russia—whether past election interference or future election interference, past collusion or future collusion—went to FBI counterintelligence.

9. REPUBLICANS HAVE NO OBJECTIONS TO ANY OF THE DAMNING FACTS IN THE MUELLER REPORT. Media waited with baited breath for Republicans to contest the Report’s damning findings rather than just opine about what else Mueller could have looked at—and shockingly, the moment never came.

10. MUELLER ONLY CHOSE NOT TO INTERVIEW TRUMP FACE-TO-FACE BECAUSE HE ADJUDGED HE HAD ENOUGH EVIDENCE OF “CORRUPT INTENT” ON OBSTRUCTION. Mueller resolved a *longstanding* mystery: why didn’t he insist on keeping Trump to his public promise of a live interview? Well, now we know.

BONUS. TRUMP WITNESSES “IMPEDED” THE MUELLER INVESTIGATION. Mueller testified under oath—in answers to questions by Rep. Demings—that contrary to Trump and GOP claims that the White House facilitated campaign aides assisting Mueller, the opposite was true: they tried to stop him.

BONUS. MUELLER BELIEVES TRUMP AND HIS AIDES OPENED THEMSELVES TO KREMLIN BLACKMAIL. Mueller told Rep. Correa he “doesn’t disagree” that a series of acts answering to behavior by Trump and his aides would be sufficient to give the Kremlin leverage and blackmail material over them.

BONUS. MUELLER SAYS NOT REPORTING FOREIGN AID OFFERS IN A CAMPAIGN CAN BE A CRIME. Trump says it isn’t; the GOP is today fighting as hard as they can not to legislate on it—as they think Trump will do (may already have done) it—but Mueller told Rep. Himes it can be a crime *now*.

🐣 RT @pithywidow “The ‘failure’ is not of a prosecutor who found the facts but might be ill equipped to make the political case, but instead of a country that won’t read his report & a media obsessed with scoring contests rather than focusing on the damning facts at issue”
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WaPo, Jennifer Rubin: Mueller didn’t fail. The country did. http://wapo.st/2SDNhnG
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1154439604919029760?s=20/photo/1

I worry that we — the media, voters, Congress — are dangerously unserious when it comes to preservation of our democracy. To spend hours of airtime and write hundreds of print and online reports pontificating about the “optics” of Mueller’s performance — when he confirmed that President Trump accepted help from a hostile foreign power and lied about it, that he lied when he claimed exoneration, that he was not completely truthful in written answers, that he could be prosecuted after leaving office and that he misled Americans by calling the investigation a hoax — tells me that we have become untrustworthy guardians of democracy.

WaPo: House panel votes to authorize subpoenas for all White House work communications sent via personal email, cellphone http://wapo.st/2SF1yRa

DailyBeast, Julia Davis: Russia Thought the Mueller Hearings Were Hilarious http://bit.ly/2OjsQhp
// Russian state television evaluated the content of the hearings more honestly than Republicans and their pet networks in the United States.

🐣 RT @engcrimerussia Newsweek places Putin “undermining democracy” on cover http://bit.ly/2YqwklS https://twitter.com/engcrimerussia/status/1154299243957510144?s=20/photo/1

⭕ 24 Jul 2019 ⋙ Mueller Testifies

🔆 This❗️⋙ CREW: It’s Time for an Impeachment Inquiry into Trump http://bit.ly/2MDvXhA
⋙ 📔 CREW: Report: The Case for a Trump Impeachment Inquiry http://bit.ly/2OCEvrK

NYT, Noah Bookbinder: Robert Mueller Said All He Needed to Say http://nyti.ms/2YizQzE
// He affirmed four instances of potential obstruction of justice. Now it’s up to Congress.

🐣 RT @nedprice It shouldn’t reflect on Mueller that he didn’t light himself on fire to dramatize a report detailing an attack on our democracy and a President’s efforts to obstruct the investigation. It should reflect on us that theatrics are needed to attract attention to something like this.

🐣 RT @cliffschecter [To RandPaul] “The senator from Kentucky is now working for Vladimir Putin” – GOP Senator/former presidential candidate John McCain, 3/17/2017

NBCNews: 10 key sections of Mueller’s report that came up during the hearings http://nbcnews.to/2K5a2wV
// Robert Mueller repeatedly answered questions by referring to his report during his testimony. Here’s what those sections of the report say.

VanityFair: Republicans use Mueller’s silence to push conspiracy theories http://bit.ly/2JT1r1A

WaPo: Mueller’s approach to question of whether Trump obstructed justice leaves both sides frustrated http://wapo.st/2YjcTqU

WaPo: How did Trump end up in front of a presidential seal doctored to include a Russian symbol? http://wapo.st/2SEHfDp

WaPo, Nicole Hemmer: The GOP’s questions to Mueller seemed bizarre — unless you watch Fox News http://wapo.st/2OhFInY
// Treating right-wing conspiracy theories as smoking guns shows that Republicans are mostly speaking to their base

🐣 RT @Neal_Katyal I gave a long interview to the @NewYorker tonight about Mueller’s testimony, discussing the excellent questioning by @RepAdamSchiff and @tedlieu and where we go from here.
⋙ NewYorker, Isaac Chotiner: Neal Katyal Has One More Question for Robert Mueller After His Testimony http://bit.ly/2YolKvK

🐣 RT @DNCWarRoom WATCH, as Mueller confirms:
a) Russia wanted to help Trump win
b) Russia informed the Trump campaign of their desire to help him win
c) Russia committed federal crimes in interfering in the 2016
d) Trump’s campaign BUILT THEIR STRATEGY around the byproducts of those crimes
💽 https://twitter.com/DNCWarRoom/status/1154085346780614660?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @ForeignAffairs Max Weber first delivered the lecture “Politics as a Vocation” in 1919, in a post-World War I Germany at risk of becoming a failed state. Robert Zaretsky writes that Weber’s ideas about politicians and power may resonate even more strongly today:
⋙ ForeignAffairs, Robert Zaretsky: Max Weber Diagnosed His Time and Ours http://fam.ag/2LGQty2
// A Political Ethic for a Disenchanted Era

🐣💙 RT @SethAbramson [MEGA-] (THREAD) This open thread provides live updates on former special counsel Bob Mueller’s Congressional testimony before the House Judiciary Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. I hope you will retweet this thread for any you think may be interested. 📌 https://mobile.twitter.com/SethAbramson/status/1154008971751153665

TheGuardian, Sabrina Siddiqui: Mueller’s testimony on Trump and Russia: the biggest takeaways http://bit.ly/2JQfBQT
// The former special counsel explained Trump was not exonerated and warned of continuing election interference by Russia

🐣💽 RT @MSNBC WATCH: 9 minutes of key moments from the hours-long first Mueller hearing https://twitter.com/MSNBC/status/1154258334641471488?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Here’s what Mueller said:
➡️ Russia interfered in our election to help Trump.
➡️ Russians made numerous contacts with the campaign.
➡️ Campaign welcomed their help.
➡️ No one reported these contacts or interference to FBI.
➡️ They lied to cover it up.

MotherJones: Robert Mueller Is Human. But He Delivered For Democrats. http://bit.ly/2ZcVjGq
// Mueller helped paint a devastating picture of Trump, even if it took some coaxing.

🐣 RT @John_Sipher Nearly every top Trump campaign aide was involved in meetings with Russians. No offers of assistance were rebuffed. Nobody told authorities. Almost all lied about their contacts. Much of the campaign foreign policy team is in jail. Nobody has ever explained why they met Russians.

WaPo: Robert Mueller kneecaps President Trump’s no collusion, no obstruction mantra http://wapo.st/2Me5xmb
// Again

CNN: Burr breaks with Nunes: ‘Sound reasons’ for judges to approve FISA warrant http://cnn.it/2mLIPUV

WaPo: How did Trump end up in front of a presidential seal doctored to include a Russian symbol? http://wapo.st/2Mlprft

🐣 RT @MotherJones Mueller did not rail about Trump’s serious misconduct. But in the quiet way of an institutionalist who respects norms and rules, Mueller made it clear: Trump engaged in treachery. From @DavidCornDC:
⋙ MotherJones, David Corn: Mueller Reminds the Public: Trump Betrayed the United States http://bit.ly/2SDmhEY
// This is the narrative Trump and his GOP defenders have wanted to obstruct and smother.

WaPo, Max Boot: Mueller wins on the facts — but loses on TV http://wapo.st/2YgFAcr

💙💙 NYT: Mueller Warns of Russian Sabotage and Rejects Trump’s ‘Witch Hunt’ Claims http://nyti.ms/2K6TMf0

🐣 RT @CheriJacobus As a former Republican, what scares me the most is that the GOP isn’t fighting for anything they always pretended to be for. They’re about raw power, corruption, lies, lawlessness and lying to the rubes so that those in power can stay in power, again, solely for the power & loot.

🐣 RT @DavidCornDC .@Nunes is pushing a theory that while Russia was attacking a US election to help Trump it somehow also manipulated Dem. operatives to get them to orchestrate the Trump Tower meeting in order to entrap Trump’s team–and then did nothing with this info.

🐣 RT @BarbMcQuade The politics of this are frustrating. Let’s focus on the substance – Mueller found that Russia attacked America, Trump helped and then lied to cover it up. Mueller could not charge a sitting president with a crime. The process for addressing presidential misconduct is impeachment.

🐣 RT @davidaxelrod Nunes apparently employs a new strategy: deploy a mind-numbing blizzard of names and conspiracy theories in hopes that viewers turn off their TVs.

🐣 RT @ThePlumLineGS What Rep. Collins is now saying about the origins of the investigation is really about spreading rank disinformation, to game the press into putting a series of lies on an equal footing with the truth about what Mueller found:
https://twitter.com/ThePlumLineGS/status/1154008851521388545?s=20/photo/1-2
⋙ WaPo: Trump’s new ‘Article II’ comments illustrate stakes at Mueller hearings http://wapo.st/2Z8HGbf

🐣 RT @RepAdamSchiff Mueller was asked, “Did you actually totally exonerate the president?” ¤ He responded simply, “No,” and said, “The president was not exculpated.”
When asked if it was true Trump could be charged when he leaves office, Mueller responded simply, “True.” ¤ That’s pretty clear cut.

🐣 RT @kylegriffin1 Schiff opening statement: “Your investigation determined that the Trump campaign – including Trump himself – knew that a foreign power was intervening in our election and welcomed it, built Russian meddling into their strategy, and used it.”

🐣 RT @tribelaw Much as I hate to say it, this morning’s hearing was a disaster. Far from breathing life into his damning report, the tired Robert Mueller sucked the life out of it. The effort to save democracy and the rule of law from this lawless president has been set back, not advanced.
⋙ 🐣 I thought Mueller was shaky but circumscribed by whatever constraints (external or internal) he had placed on himself. The Dems were great. The GOP was … entertaining?

🐣 RT @JohnHarwood Mueller tells GOP Rep Buck, who seems taken aback to hear it, that President Trump could be charged with obstruction of justice after he leaves office.

🐣 RT @BradMossEsq HOLY SHIT ¤ Mueller just said it. Mueller just said based on the facts Trump can be indicted once he leaves office! ¤ That’s it. It’s over. #muellerday

🐣 So Jordan is suggesting Mifsud may have been “Western Intelligence” who set up Papadopoulas with a false story about the Russians having Hillary’s e-mails. And that the whole Russian hacking may have been – who? Western IC, too? Am I getting this?

≣ NBCNews: Full transcript: Mueller testimony before House Judiciary, Intelligence committees http://nbcnews.to/30Pq1pw

≣ CNN: Read: Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff’s opening statement before Mueller testimony http://cnn.it/2y7lLWf

At the outset and on behalf of my colleagues, I want to thank you, Special Counsel Mueller, for a lifetime of service to the country.

Your report, for those who have taken the time to study it, is methodical and it is devastating, for it tells the story of a foreign adversary’s sweeping and systematic intervention in a close U.S. presidential election.

That should be enough to deserve the attention of every American, as you well point out. But your report tells another story as well. For the story of the 2016 presidential election is also a story about disloyalty to country, about greed, and about lies.
Your investigation determined that the Trump campaign — including Trump himself — knew that a foreign power was intervening in our election and welcomed it, built Russian meddling into their strategy, and used it.

Disloyalty to country. Those are strong words, but how else are we to describe a presidential campaign which did not inform the authorities of a foreign offer of dirt on their opponent, which did not publicly shun it, or turn it away, but which instead invited it, encouraged it, and made full use of it?

That disloyalty may not have been criminal. Constrained by uncooperative witnesses, the destruction of documents and the use of encrypted communications, your team was not able to establish each of the elements of the crime of conspiracy beyond a reasonable doubt, so not a provable crime, in any event. But, I think, maybe, something worse. A crime is the violation of a law written by Congress. But disloyalty to country violates the very obligation of citizenship, our devotion to a core principle on which our nation was founded, that we, the people, not some foreign power that wishes us ill, we decide, who shall govern, us.

This also a story about money, about greed and corruption, about the leadership of a campaign willing to compromise the nation’s interest not only to win, but to make money at the same time.

About a campaign chairman indebted to pro-Russian interests who tried to use his position to clear his debts and make millions. About a national security advisor using his position to make money from still other foreign interests. And about a candidate trying to make more money than all of them, through a real estate project that to him, was worth a fortune, hundreds of millions of dollars, and the realization of a lifelong ambition — a Trump Tower in the heart of Moscow. A candidate who, in fact, viewed his whole campaign as the greatest infomercial in history.

Donald Trump and his senior staff were not alone in their desire to use the election to make money. For Russia, too, there was a powerful financial motive. Putin wanted relief from U.S. economic sanctions imposed in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and over human rights violations. The secret Trump Tower meeting between the Russians and senior campaign officials was about sanctions. The secret conversations between Flynn and the Russian ambassador were about sanctions. Trump and his team wanted more money for themselves, and the Russians wanted more money for themselves, and for their oligarchs.

But the story doesn’t end here either. For your report also tells a story about lies. Lots of lies.

Lies about a gleaming tower in Moscow and lies about talks with the Kremlin. Lies about the firing of FBI Director James Comey, and lies about efforts to fire you, Mr. Mueller, and lies to cover it up. Lies about secret negotiations with the Russians over sanctions and lies about Wikileaks. Lies about polling data and lies about hush money payments. Lies about meetings in the Seychelles to set up secret back channels, and lies about a secret meeting in New York Trump Tower. Lies to the FBI, lies to your staff, and lies to our Committee.

And lies to obstruct an investigation into the most serious attack on our democracy by a foreign power in our history.

That is where your report ends, Mr. Mueller, with a scheme to cover up, obstruct and deceive every bit as systematic and pervasive as the Russian disinformation campaign itself, but far more pernicious since this rot came from within.
Even now, after 448 pages in two volumes, the deception continues. The President and his acolytes say your report found no collusion, though your report explicitly declined to address that question, since collusion can involve both criminal and non-criminal conduct.
Your report laid out multiple offers of Russian help to the Trump campaign, the campaign’s acceptance of that help, and overt acts in furtherance of Russian help. To most Americans, that is the very definition of collusion, whether it is a crime or not.
They say your report found no evidence of obstruction, though you outline numerous actions by the President intended to obstruct the investigation.

They say the President has been fully exonerated, though you specifically declare you could not exonerate him.

In fact, they say your whole investigation was nothing more than a witch hunt, that the Russians didn’t interfere in our election, that it’s all a terrible hoax. The real crime, they say, is not that the Russians intervened to help Donald Trump, but that the FBI had the temerity to investigate it when they did.

But worst of all, worse than all the lies and the greed, is the disloyalty to country, for that too, continues. When asked, if the Russians intervene again, will you take their help, Mr. President? Why not, was the essence of his answer. Everyone does it.

No, Mr. President, they don’t. Not in the America envisioned by Jefferson, Madison and Hamilton. Not for those who believe in the idea that Lincoln labored until his dying day to preserve, the idea animating our great national experiment, so unique then, so precious still — that our government is chosen by our people, through our franchise, and not by some hostile foreign power.

This is what is at stake. Our next election, and the one after that, for generations to come. Our democracy.

This is why your work matters, Mr. Mueller. This is why our investigation matters. To bring these dangers to light.

≣ CNN: Read: Judiciary Chairman Nadler’s opening statement during Mueller testimony http://cnn.it/2Yi0jZk

Director Mueller, thank you for being here. I want to say just a few words about our themes today: responsibility, integrity, and accountability.
Your career, for example, is a model of responsibility.

You are a decorated Marine officer. You were awarded a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for valor in Vietnam. You served in senior roles at the Department of Justice and, in the immediate aftermath of 9/11, you served as Director of the FBI.

Two years ago, you returned to public service to lead the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

You conducted that investigation with remarkable integrity.

For 22 months, you never commented in public about your work—even when you were subjected to repeated and grossly unfair personal attacks. Instead, your indictments spoke for you, and in astonishing detail.

Over the course of your investigation, you obtained criminal indictments against 37 people and entities.

You secured the convictions of President Trump’s campaign chairman, his deputy campaign manager, his national security advisor, and his personal lawyer, among others.

In the Paul Manafort case alone, you recovered as much as $42 million—so that the cost of your investigation to the taxpayers approaches zero.
And, in your report, you offer the country accountability as well.

In Volume I, you find that the Russian government attacked our 2016 elections “in a sweeping and systematic fashion,” and that the attacks were designed to benefit the Trump campaign.

Volume II walks us through ten separate incidents of possible obstruction of justice where, in your words, President Trump attempted to exert undue influence over your investigation.

The President’s behavior included, and I quote from your report, “public attacks on the investigation, non-public efforts to control it, and efforts in both public and private to encourage witnesses not to cooperate.”

Among the most shocking of these incidents, President Trump ordered his White House Counsel to have youfired and then to lie and deny that it ever happened; he ordered his former campaign manager to convince the recused Attorney General to step in and limit your work; and he attempted to prevent witnesses from cooperating with your investigation.

Although Department policy barred you from indicting the President for this conduct, you made clear that he is not exonerated. Any other person who acted this way would have been charged with a crime. And in this nation, not even the President is above the law.

Which brings me to this Committee’s work. Responsibility, integrity, and accountability: these are the marks by which we who serve on this Committee will be measured as well.

Director Mueller, we have a responsibility to address the evidence you have uncovered. You recognized as much when you said “the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing.”

That process begins with the work of this Committee.

We will follow your example, Director Mueller. We will act with integrity. We will follow the facts where they lead. We will consider all appropriate remedies. We will make our recommendation to the House when our work concludes.

We will do this work because there must be accountability for the conduct described in your report, especially as it relates to the President.
Thank you again, Director Mueller. We look forward to your testimony.

🐣 Pastor: Do you take this woman to be your lawful married wife?
Robert Mueller: I don’t NOT take her.
(Bill Maher)

🐣 RT @MateaGold Despite Trump’s claims, Mueller deputy Aaron Zebley has made no contributions to either political party, federal records show. More on his background here via @timelfrink_dc
⋙ WaPo: Ahead of hearing, Trump aims fury at an unlikely target: Mueller aide Aaron Zebley http://wapo.st/2JNmeDC

It’s awake (6:30ish):
🐣 RT @real Why didn’t Robert Mueller & his band of 18 Angry Democrats spend any time investigating Crooked Hillary Clinton, Lyin’ & Leakin’ James Comey, Lisa Page and her Psycho lover, Peter S, Andy McCabe, the beautiful Ohr family, Fusion GPS, and many more, including HIMSELF & Andrew W?
🐣 RT @real It was NEVER agreed that Robert Mueller could use one of his many Democrat Never Trumper lawyers to sit next to him and help him with his answers. This was specifically NOT agreed to, and I would NEVER have agreed to it. The Greatest Witch Hunt in U.S. history, by far!
🐣 RT @real So Democrats and others can illegally fabricate a crime, try pinning it on a very innocent President, and when he fights back against this illegal and treasonous attack on our Country, they call It Obstruction? Wrong! Why didn’t Robert Mueller investigate the investigators?

🐣 Which Republican has been tasked to confront “conflicted” Mueller over his Trump golf course fees? How about those photos showing Mueller hugging Comey? Or about how Mueller wept and begged for the FBI director post? @mattgaetz @Jim_Jordan @replouiegohmert @RepDougCollins

⭕ 23 Jul 2019

⋙ Jed Shugarman: Ask Mueller about Indicting a President: The Legal Error at the Heart of Cryptic Report http://bit.ly/2ZaIFrD “The OLC assumed courts would stop the clock, but the use of such a power, called “equitable tolling,” is unprecedented and unlikely in criminal cases”

TheHill: Pelosi, Democrats launch Mueller messaging blitz http://bit.ly/2YnYXjB

NewYorker, John Cassidy: What to Expect from the Mueller Hearings http://bit.ly/32Nr5w3

💽 MSNBC, RachelMaddow: Barr may have opened door to expanded Mueller testimony on Trump http://on.msnbc.com/2YoTYza
// Chuck Rosenberg, former senior Justice Department official, and Neal Katyal, former acting U.S. solicitor general, talk with Rachel Maddow about what it means that Robert Mueller aide Aaron Zebley will join in Mueller’s testimony to Congress, and how William Barr’s statements may have changed the context of how Mueller presents his investigation’s findings.

TheHill: Schiff tells Mueller that DOJ directive should have ‘no bearing’ on testimony http://bit.ly/30V0V8R “‘[I]he Department’s attempt to restrict your testimony finds no support in law, regulation, or Department policy,’ Schiff wrote Tuesday.”

Politico, Josh Gerstein: Trump transition adviser convicted on foreign-agent charges http://politi.co/2OgTZ4p Bijan Rafiekian, a former business partner of Michael Flynn, convicted on felony conspiracy and FARA charges in offshoot of Mueller probe

Politico: Pelosi’s impeachment blockade faces biggest test yet: Mueller http://politi.co/2XYhPpW
// The former special counsel’s testimony will likely move more Democrats to support removing Trump. Will that change Pelosi’s strategy?

TheHill: Schiff tells Mueller that DOJ directive should have ‘no bearing’ on testimony http://bit.ly/30V0V8R

WaPo Editorial: The administration’s last-minute attempt to bully Mueller is offensive http://wapo.st/2y8Icu9

TIME, Tessa Berenson: 5 Key Parts of Robert Mueller’s Report That Will Probably Come Up During His Testimony http://bit.ly/2OejlQs

Bloomberg, Noah Feldman: Justice Department Letter to Mueller Isn’t Legal Advice http://bloom.bg/2y84ig9
// An attempt to restrict what the former special counsel can say to Congress is mostly about policy, not law.

WaPo: Mueller’s longtime aide to counsel him at House committee hearing http://wapo.st/2JMNgee
// House Judiciary Committee Democrats agreed to allow Aaron Zebley, a former top deputy to Mueller, to sit beside him and advise him in his answers.

VanityFair, Alison Durkee: William Barr’s Deputy Warns Mueller to Keep His Mouth Shut http://bit.ly/2OfewXf
// Any information that’s not in the public Mueller report is off limits, according to Trump’s DOJ.

CNBC, Kevin Breuninger: Democrats poised to press Robert Mueller to answer questions about Trump that go beyond the Russia report http://cnb.cx/2LEdGkq
● Former special counsel Robert Mueller is set to answer questions in public on Wednesday.
● Democrats are hoping that Mueller’s public testimony will finally lead to the tidal wave of opposition to President Trump that the initial release of the Russia report failed to create.
● But their biggest obstacle might be Mueller himself.

Slate, Ben Mathis-Lilley: Don’t Try to Ask Robert Mueller “Good” Questions. Ask Him Effective Ones http://bit.ly/2GDU3oP

MotherJones, David Corn: Here’s the Bullshit That Republicans Are About to Throw at Mueller http://bit.ly/2Z73ynq
// Be prepared.

NYT: Mueller makes last-minute request for aide to appear with him during his testimony http://nyti.ms/2YkK8yp
// Aaron Zebley, a top aide on Mueller’s team, will sit alongside him as counsel, but is not expected to be sworn in before the House Judiciary Committee.

DailyBeast, Elaine Godfrey: Can Mueller Persuade America to Impeach? http://bit.ly/2JZ5lVj
// Pro-impeachment Democrats are once again putting all their eggs in the former special counsel’s basket.

WaPo, Harry Litman: Mueller’s greatest failing is Trump’s greatest triumph http://wapo.st/2JYVleL

🐣 RT @BillKristol A bit worried about Mueller?
⋙ 🐣 RT @real Just got back only to hear of a last minute change allowing a Never Trumper attorney to help Robert Mueller with his testimony before Congress tomorrow. What a disgrace to our system. Never heard of this before. VERY UNFAIR, SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED. A rigged Witch Hunt!

📊 WaPo, Emily Guskin: How Americans view Mueller and impeachment, in five charts http://wapo.st/2Y27cm3 (various polls)
Majority opposes impeachment
●https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1153783769045716994?s=20 /photo/1
Republicans more positive since report released
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1153784129671987201?s=20/photo/1
Most say report findings won’t change vote
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1153784505380954112?s=20/photo/1
Sixty percent say Trump lied
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1153784815440711681?s=20/photo/1
Partisan split on whether Trump obstructed justice
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1153785162112487424?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @jonflan Mueller will write his own epitaph this Wednesday and either: [1] show himself to be a Trump toady, or [2] the man who remained faithful to his marine oath, semper fi, and call out a corrupt candidate Trump and his presidential administration.

🐣 RT @Mimirocah1 For months, Barr has attacked Mueller for not stating whether he would have charged Trump with obstruction if he were not POTUS. Now DOJ is trying to silence Mueller & prevent him from giving that opinion.
NBCNews, Mimi Rocah (6/6): What Barr’s ongoing smear campaign against Robert Mueller is really about http://nbcnews.to/32WVmIW
// Faced with the facts and the truth, Barr has done what many good defense attorneys do — attack the investigation and the investigator. But he’s not a defense attorney.

🐣 RT @JuaquinCastrotx The results of Mueller’s investigation:
-37 indictments
-7 convictions
-10 instances of obstruction
-Over 100 secret meetings with Russian operatives
If the avg American did any of this, they’d be in jail.

🐣 RT @moscow_project Starting now: Moscow Project Director @maxbergmann sits down with House Intelligence Chairman @RepAdamSchiff to discuss the Mueller report, tomorrow’s testimony, and how to protect future elections from foreign interference.
⋙ 💽 AmericanProgress: Rep Adam Schiff: Responding to the Mueller Investigation http://ampr.gs/32Oz9MO
⋙⋙ .@RepAdamSchiff answers his own prescient opening statement from March 20, 2017: “Is it possible that all of these events and reports are entirely unrelated, and nothing more than an unhappy coincidence?” ¤ The answer, very clearly: “No.”
⋙⋙ @RepAdamSchiff: “One of the challenges of representing the seriousness of what the Trump campaign did … is that we have learned about it in drips and drabs. If we hadn’t known about that Trump Tower meeting until the Mueller report, you can just imagine the explosion.”

McClatchy: Here’s how House Republicans plan to handle the Mueller hearings http://bit.ly/2M5UE68

NYT: Robert Mueller Is Testifying Tomorrow. Here’s What You Need to Know. http://nyti.ms/2LAGGJV

CNN, Jeremy Herb: Robert Mueller hearings: 10 things to watch for Wednesday http://cnn.it/2Gmsjok

ABCNews: Top House Democrat says Mueller testimony will be ‘deadly serious’ http://abcn.ws/2OaVDVf Rep David Cicilline (D-RI)

‼️Note ⋙ NYT/AP: Wray’s Testimony Tuesday Could Be Preview for Mueller Hearing http://nyti.ms/2Z8zrMk FBI Director Christopher Wray testifies before Senate Judiciary at 9:00am ET 7/23/2019 (CSPAN3)

USAToday, Michael Stern: Mueller testimony is Democrats’ last chance to move public opinion on Trump impeachment http://bit.ly/32HtS9Y
// Mueller’s testimony must be a stellar TV version of his report. The right questions could lead to drama, clarity and Mueller contradicting Trump.

✅ WaPo Factchecker, Glenn Kessler: President Trump’s love-hate relationship with the Mueller report http://wapo.st/30U6Ivw

TheWeek: Ex-solicitor general Neal Katyal thinks Robert Mueller’s ‘by-the-book’ nature will thwart Bob Barr’s efforts to ‘gag’ him http://bit.ly/2LytLIF plus: John Dean and Ari Melber

⭕ 22 Jul 2019

FiveThirtyEight (Jul): How To Read 2020 Polls Like A FiveThirtyEighter http://53eig.ht/2ZazqeU
// 7/22/2019

🐣 RT @JedShug Mueller made significant legal errors, but the right way to question and correct them is for members of Congress to hand over the microphone. It’s worked before. The Watergate & Iran Contra model: expert lawyers ask the questions. My piece in @politico:
⋙ 💙💙 Politico, Jed Shugerman: How Congress Can Exploit Mueller’s Legal Mistakes http://politi.co/2Miu0qz
// The investigator made important errors in his Trump report. To make them count on Wednesday, members need to take a lesson from Watergate and hand over the microphone.

Politico: Inside the preparations for Mueller’s history-making testimony http://politi.co/2StoRgC
// The former special counsel has relied on Jonathan Yarowsky, a veteran Beltway attorney who’s advised a president on impeachment and sparred with Bill Barr over independent prosecutors.

📊 Pew Poll: For the first time, majority of Republicans express confidence in the fairness of Mueller’s investigation http://pewrsr.ch/2JMAPPK
//➔ does this mean they’re open minded or that they’re bought the “no obstruction, no collusion” line?
● Trend https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1153718101965463558?s=20/photo/1
Alt HL: Confidence in Mueller surges among those who have heard “a lot”
//➔ if they heard “a lot” from Fox, major cognitive dissonance ⚠️in store
● Heard a lot https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1153720622276591616?s=20/photo/1

JustSecurity, Joshua Geltzer, Ryan Goodman and Asha Rangappa: 35 Questions for Congress to Ask Robert Mueller http://bit.ly/2Q7Kr9f (+ Questions from Readers) ⋙ This is a couple hundred questions, counting the subquestions, and most are open-ended

DailyBeast: Can Mueller Cut Through Barr’s ‘Fog of Propaganda’? http://bit.ly/2JMZwLX by Erin Banco, Sam Brodey, Asawin Suebsaeng and Betsy Woodruff
// Democrats fear Wednesday will be a nothingburger. Republicans fear it might spark a public outrage. Both sides can’t be right.

NYT Editorial: Ask Mueller Anything. The Facts Won’t Change. http://nyti.ms/2OfzepM
// But Americans could still learn a thing or two from the former special counsel’s testimony.

🐣 RT @matthewamiller One striking thing about DOJ’s letter to Mueller is how Barr has ignored the same guardrails in his discussions of the probe. DOJ’s position is it’s ok for Barr to talk about decisionmaking, findings that go beyond the report, etc. but Mueller can’t.

🐣 RT @mkraju DOJ warns Mueller that his testimony “must remain within the boundaries” of his public report and anything beyond that would be covered by executive privilege. It states view that DOJ believes Mueller’s testimony is “unnecessary”
https://twitter.com/mkraju/status/1153440185331441669?s=20/photo/1-2
// Letter from DOJ to Mueller

TIME, James Banner Jr: Corruption, Cover-Ups and the Shocking Presidential History to Remember as Robert Mueller Testifies http://bit.ly/2XZvq0t James Banner is an historian

VanityFair, Eric Lutz: Will Mueller’s Testimony to Congress Change the Impeachment Calculus? http://bit.ly/2YbDiqT

TheGuardian, Sabrina Sidiqqui: Robert Mueller: ‘damning and explosive’ testimony expected before Congress http://bit.ly/2XZwrWi
// Former special counsel will publicly detail ties between Russia, Trump and his potential efforts to obstruct justice in investigation

LawfareBlog, Hadley Baker and Mikhaila Fogel: Mueller on Trump: Everything the Special Counsel’s Report Says the President Did, Said or Knew http://bit.ly/2OfJ8rm

🐣 RT @vermontgmg [Garrett Graff] THREAD: In advance of Mueller’s testimony this week, I wanted to round-up some of the best pieces about Mueller’s testimony and the questions he should be asked. So here’s your definitive guide to the best definitive guides to Mueller’s testimony: … 📌 https://twitter.com/vermontgmg/status/1153331059087384576?s=20
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WIRED, Garrett Graff: The Definitive Congressional Guide to Robert Mueller’s Mind http://bit.ly/2GrdMHZ
// Robert Mueller’s Testimony: What Congress Needs to Know
⋙ See under Entire Articles: WIRED Mueller’s Mind 7-22-2019

NPR, Phil Ewing: Will Robert Mueller’s Testimony Shift The Prevailing Winds In Washington? http://n.pr/2Yl6CiD

Vox: Trump talked about Mueller’s testimony for around 90 seconds. He packed in 6 lies. http://bit.ly/2YkOWnp
// “No obstruction … We had a total no-collusion finding.”

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: Congress Already Has Evidence Trump Lied Under Oath to Robert Mueller http://bit.ly/2Ysx764

NYT, Neal Katyal: With Three Simple Answers, Mueller Can Speak Volumes http://nyti.ms/2Y0trcc
// For those who have read it, the special counsel’s report speaks for itself. For those who haven’t, he can speak for it in Congress.

● First, did your report find there was no collusion?
● Second, did your report find there was no obstruction?
● Third, did your report give the president complete and total exoneration?

But now we get to something interesting — the asterisk. Mr. Mueller’s testimony will occur under a greatly changed circumstance from when the report was finished. The attorney general has recently said, referring to Mr. Mueller, “I personally felt he could’ve reached a decision” about obstruction, and further said that “the opinion says you cannot indict a president while he is in office, but he could’ve reached a decision as to whether it was criminal activity.”

That compels Congress to ask Mr. Mueller two final questions: “First, when you were serving as special counsel, did Mr. Barr ever tell you that you could reach a decision about Mr. Trump’s criminality? Second, since Mr. Barr has now said that department policy allows you to reach a decision as to whether it was criminal activity, please do so. No one knows the facts better than you. We need you to. ”

The report speaks for itself. But in an era when our leaders have lied about it in the hope that Americans won’t read it, we need simple connect-the-dots questions clearly posed that will correct the record. Mr. Mueller’s report itself says that a sitting president cannot be indicted because it may “potentially pre-empt constitutional processes for addressing presidential misconduct.” Our Constitution outlines only one such process: an impeachment inquiry in the House. It’s time.

WaPo, John Podesta: Mueller’s testimony is vital — not just for 2016 but for the future, too http://wapo.st/2Yj50WK

USAToday: DOJ warns Robert Mueller not to veer from Russia report’s written conclusions at Capitol Hill hearing http://bit.ly/2Gsb2dA

“Any testimony must remain within the boundaries of your public report because matters within the scope of your investigation were covered by executive privilege, including information protected by law enforcement…and presidential communications privileges,” Associate Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinsheimer wrote in a two-page letter to Mueller two days before his scheduled testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees.

🐣 RT @MarshallCohen Trump is recycling old lies about the Russia investigation. (1) Mueller did not have conflicts of interest. (2) The report did not say “no obstruction,” it was closer to the opposite. (3) The Strzok texts were not destroyed. (4) Mueller did not break the law, Trump made this up.

🐣 RT @Frankfigliuzzi1 This is what fear looks like: DOJ warns Robert Mueller not to veer from Russia report’s written conclusions at Capitol Hill hearing
⋙ USAToday, Kevin Johnson: DOJ warns Robert Mueller not to veer from Russia report’s written conclusions at Capitol Hill hearing http://bit.ly/2Gsb2dA

WaPo, Margaret Sullivan: The media is getting a second chance to cover Robert Mueller’s findings — and this time get it right http://wapo.st/2JIYQXU

WaPo, Ron Klain: Robert Mueller’s testimony seems destined to disappoint. But Democrats could make it worthwhile. http://wapo.st/2GmsSyk

🐣🚫 RT @ChrisAlbertoLaw BARR ALERT: Reviewed only a fraction of the 989 pages Barr sought to conceal from the public & bottom line: More than sufficient evidence to prosecute Trump for multiple felonies. Hello, @SpeakerPelosi & @HouseJudiciary. Slam dunk evidence of Trump’s “High Crimes & Misdemeanors.”

DailyBeast, Kevin Poulsen: Trump’s New Favorite Channel Employs Kremlin-Paid Journalist http://bit.ly/2Sw66ZG
// Kristian Rouz appears on segments for One America News Network—ironic given he is working for a Russian outlet fingered in the 2016 election attack.

Politico, Darren Samuelsohn and Natasha Bertrand: Inside the preparations for Mueller’s history-making testimony http://politi.co/2StoRgC
// The former special counsel has relied on Jonathan Yarowsky, a veteran Beltway attorney who’s advised a president on impeachment and sparred with Bill Barr over independent prosecutors.

CNN, Stephen Collinson: Mueller’s big moment is make or break for Democrats http://cnn.it/2xZjgFj

NYT, Sharon LaFraniere: 19 Questions We Have for Mueller About His Investigation http://nyti.ms/2JJ0Yik with context and links to report
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1153283184513228801?s=20/photo/1-2

1. Why didn’t you subpoena the president?
2. Do you believe President Trump cooperated with your investigation?
3. Do you think the president was candid in his responses?
4. If Mr. Trump were an ordinary citizen, would you have found that there was sufficient evidence to charge him with obstruction of justice?
5. You and Attorney General William P. Barr apparently differ on whether you could have, and should have, decided whether the president committed a crime. Mr. Barr has said he was surprised you did not. How do you respond?
6. Did you intend for your report to serve as a referral for Congress for possible impeachment proceedings?
7. Mr. Barr has at points cast Mr. Trump’s actions in a seemingly benign light, saying the president was “frustrated” by what he saw as an unjustified investigation that was hobbling his presidency. Do you agree with him? Do you feel he has accurately described your investigation to the public?
8. During your investigation, did you see any evidence to support Mr. Barr’s suspicions that federal investigators bent rules to go after Trump?
9. What did you write in the first letter you sent to Mr. Barr, and what did you tell him when you met?
10. Do you have any regrets about the makeup of your team? Did you leave the door open to President Trump’s accusations that the team was biased by including too many prosecutors who were registered Democrats or had given to Democratic causes?
11. At what point in your investigation did your team decide that you would not make a judgment about whether the president had obstructed justice?
12. Mr. Barr has said that at that point you should have “pulled up” — meaning, stopped investigating the president. How do you respond to that criticism?
13. Your report noted the importance of preserving evidence of possible obstruction of justice by the president. For what purpose? Were you contemplating possible prosecution of the president by future prosecutors, once he left office?
14. Were you surprised that Mr. Barr and Mr. Rosenstein decided that the evidence against the president did not amount to a prosecutable case? Were you surprised by how quickly they decided?
15. Of the 11 episodes involving possible obstruction of justice by the president, which did you consider the most troubling and why?
16. A number of witnesses had either encrypted or deleted electronic communications relevant to the investigation, including Steve Bannon and Erik Prince, who apparently deleted dozens of text messages they shared. Was it possible to recover these communications and if so, why didn’t the special counsel’s office make a greater effort to do so?
17. Do you believe you got to the bottom of whether the Trump campaign coordinated with WikiLeaks on releasing the emails that Russia stole from Democrats? Would such interactions have been legal? Ethical?
18. How many witnesses refused to cooperate? Who among them was particularly important to the investigation? To what extent did this hamper your work?
19. Did Donald Trump Jr. refuse to testify, citing his right not to incriminate himself?

NYDailyNews, Garry Kasparov: The demagogue and the Democrats: Trump spits in the face of American values; the opposition party has no clue how to respond http://bit.ly/2Z0M0t8

KyivPost, Alexei Bayer: Blame Russia for Trump’s racism, too http://bit.ly/2M3vKnv

NewYorker, Masha Gessen: The Weaponization of National Belonging, from Nazi Germany to Trump http://bit.ly/2xZdzY5

By turning unspoken assumptions into hateful rally chants, Trump is not merely destroying the norms of political speech but weaponizing them. He is cashing in on the easy trick of saying out loud what others barely dare to think. But his supporters are also enforcing the prohibition on his opponents’ taking part in the conversation—as when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was reprimanded for calling Trump’s speech “racist” on the House floor. Trump has initiated a radical renegotiation of belonging in this country and then monopolized it. This is what happens first: a political force seizes the power to define themselves as insiders and certain others as intruders. This is done in the name of protection of the motherland, which the newly marginalized are said to hate. Everything else follows.

⭕ 21 Jul 2019

DailyBeast, David Lurie: Democrats Need to Reset the Trump Investigation After Mueller Testifies http://bit.ly/2JW6HQM
// An impeachment inquiry won’t help and could be counterproductive. There is another tool, though, used from Watergate to Benghazi and beyond.

TheHill, Morgan Chalfant: 10 questions for Robert Mueller http://bit.ly/2XW8IGy

● Would you have charged Trump if it weren’t for the OLC opinion?
● Why did your office write a letter to Barr objecting to his March 24 memo? 
● Did you blame the media on your call with Barr? 
● Did any Trump campaign contacts with Russia put national security at risk?
● Did your investigation exonerate Trump of ‘collusion’ and obstruction allegations?
● Should Congress initiate an impeachment inquiry?
● At what point did you know the investigation was not going to establish conspiracy between the campaign and Russia?
● What role did the Steele dossier play in the investigation? 
● Why did you select people for your team who mostly donated to Democrats?
● Why didn’t you compel Trump to be interviewed? 

NYT: In 88 Trips to Capitol Hill, Mueller Grew Weary of Partisanship http://nyti.ms/2Y6bnsc
// Dozens of hours of Robert S. Mueller III’s congressional testimony since 1990 reveal his complex relationship with legislators.

WaPo: Hostile witness or Democrats’ hero? Mueller’s past turns before Congress offer important clues http://wapo.st/32JPlio

Politico: Democrats to face off against a reluctant Mueller http://politi.co/2Y44FCZ
// House Democrats want the notably reserved former special counsel to help build a case against President Donald Trump.

Vox, Riley Beggin: What Democrats want from Robert Mueller’s upcoming testimony http://bit.ly/2GmOLOm
// Chairmen Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler say they plan to use Mueller’s testimony to vividly bring his report to life.

💽 CNN: ‘Very substantial evidence’ Trump is ‘guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors,’ House Judiciary Chair Nadler says http://cnn.it/2XWFUh7

⭕ 20 Jul 2019

TheGuardian: Brexit funder Arron Banks threatens Netflix over Great Hack documentary http://bit.ly/2JGmswi

🐣 RT @hunte_ashley Everybody but especially Republicans must watch this. #MuellerReport in 5 minutes. 💽 https://twitter.com/hunte_ashley/status/1152718330052169728?s=20/photo/1

🐣 RT @NatashaBertrand “Barring some emergency, coming more from Bob Mueller than the Congress, I see no reason not to expect an appearance” from Mueller, @RepAdamSchiff says. But Barr doesn’t want Mueller to testify, Schiff adds, and committees are still having daily fights with DOJ. #AspenSecurity

WaPo: Democrats hope Mueller gives credence to their claim of an unlawful Trump http://wapo.st/2JJqFPT

⭕ 19 Jul 2019

🔄📔 DPLA: Enhanced Mueller Report Now Accessible to All http://bit.ly/32xSZfg

EmptyWheel, Marcy Wheeler: Democrats Are Setting Themselves Up to Fail on Mueller Hearings http://bit.ly/32DmnAJ

JustSecurity, Kate Martin: Presidential Abuse of Power Should Be Focus of Mueller Questioning http://bit.ly/2xY71J3

WaPo, Eric Beerbohm and Ryan Davis: Facts straight from Mueller’s mouth? They won’t put out the gaslighting fire http://wapo.st/30HBk35
// It’s almost impossible to change minds once the capacity to reason has been surrendered.

🐣 RT @latimes Mueller’s testimony will be televised, tweeted and almost certainly contentious. Here’s what to expect on Wednesday. [$paywall$] https://twitter.com/latimes/status/1152372564351733760?s=20

NPR, Tim Mak: Committee Democrats Prepare For Highly Anticipated Robert Mueller Hearings http://n.pr/2Y1jiqL

CNN: US spy chief Dan Coates names first election security coordinator http://cnn.it/2LvDvTR “Shelby Pierson will be the first Election Threats Executive and serve as Coats’s principal adviser [and] coordinating activities and initiatives across the intelligence community”

LawfareBlog, James Comey: What I Would Ask Robert Mueller http://bit.ly/2XYrB6F

If I were a member of Congress with five minutes to question Robert Mueller, I would ask short questions drawn from the report’s executive summaries.

Volume One: Russia

Did you find that there were a series of contacts between the Trump campaign and individuals with ties to the Russian government? (p. 5)

In particular, did you find that a Trump foreign policy advisor learned that the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of thousands of emails? (pp. 5-6)

Did you find that the Trump foreign policy advisor said the Trump campaign had received indications from the Russian government that it could assist the campaign through the anonymous release of information damaging to candidate Clinton? (p. 6)

Did you find that senior members of the Trump campaign met with Russian representatives at Trump Tower after being told in an email that the meeting was part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump? (p. 6)

Did you find that, despite the fact that candidate Trump said he had “nothing to do with Russia,” his organization had been pursuing a major Moscow project into the middle of the election year and that candidate Trump was regularly updated on developments? (vol 1, p. 5: vol 2, p. 19)

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Did the Trump campaign report any of its Russian contacts to the FBI?

Not even the indications from the Russian government that it could assist the campaign through the anonymous release of information damaging to candidate Clinton?

Volume Two: Obstruction

Did you reach a judgment as to whether the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?

Did you find substantial evidence that the president had committed obstruction of justice crimes?

For example, did you find that the president directed the White House counsel to call the acting attorney general and tell him the special counsel must be removed? (p. 4)

Did you find that the White House counsel decided he would rather resign than carry out that order? (p. 4)

Did you find that the president later directed the White House counsel to say he had not been ordered to have the special counsel removed? (p. 6)

Did you find that the president wanted the White House counsel to write a false memo saying he had not been ordered to have the special counsel removed? (p. 6)

Did you find that the White House counsel refused to do that because it was not true? (p. 6)

Did you find that the president repeatedly asked a private citizen—his former campaign manager—to deliver a message to the attorney general to restrict the special counsel to investigating only future campaign interference? (p. 5)

DailyBeast, Erin Banco: George Nader, Witness in Mueller Probe, Hit With New Charges of Sex Trafficking http://bit.ly/2M37cef
// The key cooperator is accused of having sex with a 14-year-old boy from Europe he allegedly flew to the U.S.

NBCNews: Mueller hearings to highlight ‘shocking evidence of criminal misconduct’ by Trump, Democrats say http://nbcnews.to/30JjD3g
// The former special counsel is set to appear before the Judiciary and Intelligence committees Wednesday.

⭕ 18 Jul 2019

NBCNews: FBI believed Trump was closely involved in hush-money scheme, unsealed documents show http://nbcnews.to/2OlFtIE
// The release of the previously redacted documents came one day after the judge in the case disclosed that prosecutors had concluded their probe into Cohen’s campaign finance crimes.

ABCNews: Trump administration invokes privilege again, blocks intel committee from classified Mueller docs, sources say http://abcn.ws/2SqOoqt

⭕ 17 Jul 2019

TheIndependent, Paul Nailer [UK]: I used to work in US intelligence advising presidents on risk. The biggest threat to our country today is the Republican Party http://bit.ly/2O6SNjS
// Donald Trump and his coterie of criminals have done more in two years to weaken the United States than the Soviet Union was able to achieve in decades

🐣 RT @EvanMcMullin There’s really no denying now that Trump’s movement, which has taken control of most of the Republican Party, is like any radical, far-right movement found in Europe—remnant racists from the last century, violent in word and deed, and fundamentally anti-freedom.
⋙ 🐣💽 RT @ABC Pres. Trump continued his now days-long attack on four Democratic congresswomen at his rally in North Carolina on Wednesday night, eliciting chants of “send her back” from the crowd. https://abcn.ws/32yeJYw
https://twitter.com/ABC/status/1151658104532025344?s=20/photo/1

🐣 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
↥ ↧
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.
↥ ↧
🐣 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

Forbes, Zak Doffman: Pentagon Report Warns On Threat To U.S. From Russia’s Dangerous Global Influence http://bit.ly/2TyI8O1
// “Russian Strategic Intentions”
↥ ↧
PublicIntelligence: Joint Staff Strategic Multilayer Assessment: Russian Strategic Intentions http://bit.ly/2MjbWh1
// Summary dated 7/7/2019; 171p doc dated 5/6/2019

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

ChicagoTrib/AP (Jun): Trump 2020 campaign secretly working with former Cambridge Analytica staffers http://bit.ly/2Zwu89S

🐣 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.

━━━━━━━▼ Disputed
💙💙 🐣 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

↥ ↧
🐣 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 
↥ ↧
🐣 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

NBCNews, Mimi Rocah: What Barr’s ongoing smear campaign against Robert Mueller is really about http://nbcnews.to/32WVmIW
// Faced with the facts and the truth, Barr has done what many good defense attorneys do — attack the investigation and the investigator. But he’s not a defense attorney.

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
↥ ↧
🐣 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.

⇈ ⇊

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
↥ ↧
🐣 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

NBCNews (5/19): Deutsche Bank employees reportedly flagged suspicious transactions involving Trump and Kushner http://nbcnews.to/2ZnJbGT
// Tammy McFadden, a former Deutsche Bank employee, said she reviewed transactions that involved Kushner’s company and Russians in the summer of 2016.

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 (Apr): See Which Witnesses the Mueller Report Relied on Most [Interactive] http://nyti.ms/2YGnGfn
https://twitter.com/Auriandra/status/1157184399018024960?s=20/photo/1

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
––

“… 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