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Read Attorney General William Barr's letter on Special Counsel Mueller's investigation

I am not going to quote any parts of it. Just read it in full length, as it has been embedded in the article itself, as well as disclosed in plain text within the article itself.
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Rep. Devin Nunes (R - CA) demands release of Robert Mueller's scope memo

"I don't think Republicans or any American should be celebrating anything to do with Mueller. Okay? It's fine. He's not going to indict anymore people. There are a whole bunch of indictments that are awful. What happened to these people is terrible," Nunes, R-Calif, said Saturday evening on Fox News. "We need to see the origins of this investigation. We don't even know what Robert Mueller was supposed to be looking at."

Ehh... Yes we know - he was supposed to investigate Donald Trump's campaign to tell us whether there are any evidences towards a Russian meddling in his favour. This was clear from the very beginning of his investigation, I don't know where you lived hitherto. Maybe we should ask your cow, your skin, or your Alt-Mom.

The classified scope memorandum was issued by Deputy Attorney Rod Rosenstein in August 2017, months after he appointed Mueller to lead the Russia investigation without citing a crime. A heavily redacted version of the August memo has already bee... Show more...

«All I want is justice and evidence that President Trump is unfit for office», demands former FBI director James Comey

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 do have one hope that I should confess. I hope that Mr. Drumpf is not impeached and removed from office before the end of his term. I don’t mean that Congress shouldn’t move ahead with the process of impeachment governed by our Constitution, if Congress thinks the provable facts are there. I just hope it doesn’t. Because if Mr. Drumpf were removed from office by Congress, a significant portion of this country would see this as a coup, and it would drive those people farther from the common center of American life, more deeply fracturing our country.
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Why did Trump randomly switch to let the Mueller report happen?

Indeed, once he returned from Ohio Wednesday night, Drumpf tweeted some commentary from Fox News: "'The reason we have the Special Counsel investigation is that James Comey (a dirty cop) leaked his memos to a friend, who leaked them to the press, on purpose.' @KennedyNation Totally illegal!"

But it's hard to take his comment seriously, partly because it recalls his frequent statements that he'd love to sit down in an interview with Mueller, an offer that never appears to have been taken seriously by his lawyers.

Scrubbing the report for executive privilege claims is well within the purview of the White House counsel's office -- after all, their charge is to defend the institution of the presidency, not the individual President they serve.

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Why Sen. Lindsey Graham (R - S.C.) blocked a vote on the Mueller report

Speaking this week after a Republican event in his home state, Graham told the Charleston Post and Courier, “We don’t want partial transparency. We want full transparency of 2016.” He said he wants the FBI to also release information about the investigation into the Hillary Clinton campaign, according to the newspaper

I also want an FBI report on Ivanka's mails, just saying... I'm justm aking a political point myself as well.

Calling for a vote on the non-binding resolution, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, “There is no good reason, no good reason that the special counsel’s report should not be made public. The American people are overwhelmingly for the report being made public. They have a right to see it. No one should stand in the way of that,” according to The Hill.

When the resolution got to the Senate, Graham “asked to amend the resolution to include the appointment of a new special counsel to investig... Show more...

Special Counsel Robert Mueller III. demands 11-day extension for final report

For months now, rumors have been rampant that Mueller’s final report and the conclusion of his work are imminent. Some top attorneys on his team are leaving, and his top FBI agent has already left. All the specific predictions about when, exactly, the report would be done have turned out to be wrong so far, but all things must come to an end eventually.

The lawyers referenced are Michael Dreeben and Adam Jed. But it’s unclear what they’re busy with at the moment. There are no imminent deadlines in Roger Stone’s case, or the two appeals from a Stone associate and a mystery company. There’s a March 25 deadline in the Russian troll farm case, but Dreeben and Jed don’t appear to be involved in that filing.
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Trump instrumentalises vague poll outcome on Mueller investigation

It turns out, however, that Drumpf’s tweet was based on a poorly framed poll question and an even more poorly framed USA Today story about it that’s headlined: “Poll: Half of Americans say Drumpf is victim of a ‘witch hunt’ as trust in Mueller erodes.”

This really is a weak lining, pure clickbait in favour of Trump. Whoever wrote this should be whacked in the face.

But the poll question on which that headline rests is seriously flawed. The question reads as follows: “President Drumpf has called the Special Counsel’s investigation a ‘witch hunt’ and said he’s been subjected to more investigations than previous presidents because of politics. Do you agree?”

Did they recruit sociology freshmen for their poll, or why does this entire thing appear so scrappy? For God's sake, even I would've done a better job than them, and I'm not even into polling in general. At least they give Trump a lot of accelera... Show more...

Trump attacks John McCain's vote against Obamacare

Spreading the fake and totally discredited Dossier “is unfortunately a very dark stain against John McCain.” Ken Starr, Former Independent Counsel. He had far worse “stains” than this, including thumbs down on repeal and replace after years of campaigning to repeal and replace!

McCain was a frequent critic of Drumpf and rescinded his endorsement during the 2016 general election following lewd comments Drumpf made on an "Access Hollywood" video that resurfaced late in the campaign.
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House votes unanimously for revelation of Mueller report by William Barr

House Republicans said the resolution was unnecessary and a waste of time, but they ultimately joined Democrats to approve it. Four Republicans — Reps. Justin Amash of Michigan, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Paul Gosar of Arizona, and Thomas Massie of Kentucky — voted “present.”

“A vote for this resolution will send a clear signal to both the American people and to the Department of Justice that Congress believes transparency is a fundamental principle necessary to ensure that government remains accountable to the public,” said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), the lead sponsor of the effort.

Democrats have argued that the only acceptable redactions are grand jury material, classified information, and national security sources and methods. Republicans have largely deferred to Barr’s judgment, but they have publicly backed the idea that Mueller’s report should be released given the overwhelming public ... Show more...

Andrew Weissmann to leave Mueller team, signing the end of the special investigation

Weissmann had been the top prosecutor in that case, which resulted in Manafort’s conviction on eight counts of tax and bank fraud in Virginia last August, and a guilty plea to several other charges in Washington, D.C., a month later. Judge T.S. Ellis sentenced Manafort to a mere 47 months in prison on the first slate of charges, sparking outrage among many who said he had been let off too easy.

Most recently, CNN reported that Mueller would hand in his report “as early as next week” . . . more than three weeks ago.

Still, what has his resignation got to do with the soon end of the report? Is he going to lose his job, has he been hired temporarily, to spearhead this investigation?
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The Russian collusion takes new turns

A new firestorm erupted over disputed assertions that ex-acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker did not deny in a closed congressional meeting that he had spoken with President Donald Drumpf about a case involving Drumpf's ex-lawyer Michael Cohen.

But equally there is no proven direct evidence of collusion by the President from any of the multiple investigations that are swirling around his White House and are now digging deep into his personal and business affairs as well as the 2016 campaign.

At best, such a conversation would appear inappropriate and unethical since the President is the country's top law enforcement officer. At worst it could again raise suggestions that Drumpf may have obstructed justice, in addition to possible past examples of such behavior being investigated by Mueller.
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House speaker Nancy Pelosi claims Trump wouldn't be worth an impeachment

(To me, this sounded like an impeachment process was something you'd honour the president with, as ifi t was a solemn sanctification. But an impeachment proceeds as an investigative throw-out. You are not being honoured by it, but marked as a felon or betrayer, as a conman. He would totally be worth it, if you asked me.)
“Impeachment is so divisive to the country that unless there’s something so compelling and overwhelming and bipartisan, I don’t think we should go down that path, because it divides the country,” she said. “He’s just not worth it.”

The country is already helplessly divided, and nothing would change if you impeached it. This doesn't have to be a question of partisanship, it has to be a question of whether there is hard evidence that shows us whether Trump has committed a crime himself or only hired stooges to commit the crimes for him. Then, the question is whether he ordered these crimes to be executed, like a mobster. Ther... Show more...

Roger Stone's lawyers claim they did not try to hide anything

“Reading for the first time the New Introduction, while waiting for a plane back to Fort Lauderdale, brought the issue home and led to the Motion to Clarify,” wrote Rogow and other lawyers defending Stone against false-statement and witness-tampering charge.

“Recognize that the judge may issue a gag order any day now and while we will appeal it, that could take a while,” Stone wrote to Skyhorse Publishing editor Michael Campbell on Feb. 15. “I also have to be wary of media outlets I want to interview me but don’t really want to talk about the book. These are weird times.”

“How many do you plan to print?--there is GLUT of books like this,” Stone wrote. The publisher wound up printing about 13,000 to 14,000 copies, according to the emails.
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From liar to brave man - Trump changes mind on Paul Manafort

Drumpf has also encouraged it when his advisers or legal team have made public statements bashing the feds’ treatment of Manafort. “It’s good you got them [in the press] asking questions about Paul,” the president said last year to his lawyer Rudy Giuliani following one of Giuliani’s media appearances, according to two sources familiar with the comment.

“In sentencing financial crime and corruption defendants, Judge Jackson, a former federal prosecutor, historically has demonstrated a sensitivity to the concern that social status and privilege alone ought not warrant leniency,” said Paul Pelletier, a former U.S. federal prosecutor, adding that Jackson is unlikely to take into consideration Ellis’s opinion in Virginia that Manafort led an “otherwise blameless life.”

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On Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign chairman


Manafort, who used his illicit fortune to pay for expensive homes and suits, arrived to hear his sentence in a green jail jumpsuit emblazoned on the back with the words "Alexandria inmate." He entered a packed federal courtroom outside Washington in a wheelchair, appearing thin, his hair grayer and holding a cane.

Speaking from his wheelchair because he struggled to stand, Manafort referred repeatedly to his time in solitary confinement waiting to hear his sentence as "painful" and as a “time to reflect on my life and my choices." He said the past two years "have been the most difficult that my family and I have experienced."

2. New Yorker:

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Stormy Daniels' lawsuit against Trump tossed away

By dismissing the case, the judge essentially gave Daniels what she wanted all along -- to be able to tell her story without the fear of being sued for millions of dollars, Avenatti said.

At the time, Daniels had agreed to tell her story to In Touch magazine for $15,000, but two sources told "60 Minutes" that the deal fell through because Cohen threatened to sue the publication. Daniels said she never got paid.

"Clifford's attorney would claim victory if he got run over by a bus," added Brent Blakely, Cohen's attorney. "Clifford has lost every argument in these lawsuits since day one -- her defamation cases have been dismissed and now the Court has granted EC's motion regarding subject matter jurisdiction."
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Cohen files Trump Organization for failing to pay him $2mn for legal defense

The lawsuit filed Thursday in New York state court claims the Drumpf Organization stopped paying Cohen’s mounting legal fees after he began cooperating with federal prosecutors.

Because he didn't want to pay someone who was cooperating with legal prosecutors who worked against him. Sure thing, I guess.

The lawsuit says the company stopped paying for his legal defense about two months after the FBI raided Cohen’s home and office.
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Former Trump fixer Michael Cohen intent to accomplish a pardon

Cohen asked his attorney at the time, Stephen Ryan, to meet with Rudy Giuliani about the possibility of a pardon shortly after an FBI raid on his home and offices in the early summer of 2018, Davis said.

And now, he wouldn't even take one if he was granted one. Interesting turn of interests.

"But the sentence was also literally true," Davis argued. " [Cohen]never asked President Drumpf for a pardon. His lawyer explored the disingenuous 'dangle' repeatedly floated by Rudy and Drumpf in one meeting and never followed up."
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Trump gave hush money checks to Cohen while already in White House

The dates on the newly available checks shed light on the parallel lives Mr. Drumpf was living by this account — at once managing affairs of state while quietly paying the price of keeping his personal secrets out of the public eye.

“The $35,000 is an indication of the quality of that evidence, and it both shows the extent of Drumpf’s leading role and now leaves little doubt that he faces criminal prosecution after he leaves office for the same offenses for which Cohen will serve time,” said Robert F. Bauer, a law professor at New York University and former White House counsel for President Barack Obama.

Of the eight checks now available, seven were for $35,000 and another was for $70,000 to cover two months’ worth of payments. Six were signed by Mr. Drumpf himself while he was president and the other two were signed by his eldest son, Donald Drumpf Jr., and his company’s chief financial officer, Allen Weisselberg.
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Jessie Liu to be nominated N° 3 in DOJ

A White House representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment. U.S. Attorney General William Barr confirmed the plan in a statement, adding that he had recommended Liu for the post.

Now, is this good or bad, or ugly?

At the time of her exit, she was next in the line of succession to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for oversight of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into potential collusion between Drumpf’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russia.

It has taken the lead on handling Mueller’s criminal case against former Drumpf political adviser Roger Stone, and convened a grand jury to investigate whether former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe should face criminal charges for lying to investigators about his interactions with reporters.
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News on Trump, Mueller, and Michael Cohen

1. The Hill:

Drumpf's attorneys rejected the idea of pardoning Cohen at the time, The Journal reported, but Giuliani left the door open to a pardon down the road. The former New York City mayor has consistently said the president is unlikely to pardon associates amid ongoing investigations.
How would they explain this to Trump, who called Cohen a liar who conspired with the Democrats? I don't think he would like the idea of pardoning Cohen.
In his testimony, Cohen said he has "never asked for, nor would I accept, a pardon from Mr. Drumpf."

Drumpf initially decried the FBI's raid of Cohen's office and home as a "disgrace," but has since taken aim at his longtime associate, accusing him of lying to secure a shorter prison sentence.


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News on Trump, Mueller, and the probable impeachment

1. CNN:

The President reacted to his worsening plight with a vehement defense on Sunday, after a week in which testimony from his ex-lawyer Michael Cohen deepened his political vulnerability and ahead of the expected filing soon of special counsel Robert Mueller's report.

And given his responsibilities and powers, the warning from Nadler took the President's political and legal nightmare to a new plane, and opened a new, more serious stage of the showdown between House Democrats and Drumpf.

Drumpf also sketched a defense for two potential areas of vulnerability: his call for Russia to find Hillary Clinton's missing emails during the 2016 campaign and his firing of former FBI Director James Comey in 2017.


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Trump fears the Mueller report

In a speech that lasted more than two hours — his longest since taking office two years ago — Drumpf also vented about Democrats, a proposed “green new deal,” illegal immigrants and criticism of his North Korea summit, while voicing optimism about his own re-election prospects in 2020.

You see - the only time he is able to hold a speech of an appropriate length (meaning a speech that lasts as long as I expect a real president to be like) is when he starts a tirade about someone he clearly dislikes. Otherwise, he can't hold a speech that is about one hour long and doesn't include anything that has to be fact-checked before or after.

“We’re waiting for a report by people who weren’t elected,” Drumpf said of the Mueller report, which is widely expected to be handed over to Attorney General William Barr in the coming days.

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The Mueller Report: The Final Report of the Special Counsel into Donald Drumpf, Russia, and Collusion by the U.S. Department of Justice with an introduction by Alan Dershowitz (Skyhorse, paperback, 9781510750166, $12.99, March 26, 2019)

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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R - FL) is said to have apologised to Michael Cohen for defaming tweet

"I’ve personally apologized to @MichaelCohen212 4 referencing his private family in the public square," the Florida Republican said by Twitter. "Regardless of disagreements, family members should be off-limits from attacks ..."

"Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she'll remain faithful when you're in prison. She's about to learn a lot ... ." Gaetz wrote Tuesday on Twitter.

Gaetz initially defended his original tweet to Cohen, who suggested in testimony Wednesday that President Donald Drumpf committed a litany of crimes while the two worked together, by saying he didn’t think his statement was threatening.
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Cohen draws a sinister picture of the Trumpian US

He sketched a stunning portrait of Drumpf's organization and conduct in what turned into an extraordinary and unprecedented daylong indictment of the character of a sitting President.

In Drumpf's world, the boss knew everything that went on, according to Cohen. Henchmen like Cohen came to know by osmosis what the big man wanted. His currency was threats. And bad tabloid news stories were bought up -- even if they weren't true -- to stop them from sullying Drumpf's personal image.

"I see a guy who worked for 10 years is here trashing the guy he worked for 10 years, didn't get a job in the White House, and now you're behaving just like everyone else who's got fired or didn't get the job they wanted," Rep. Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican who's a key Drumpf ally, told Cohen.
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Racism became major topic during MIchael Cohen Testimony

“Just because someone has a person of color, a black person working for them does not mean they aren't racist,” Tlaid said. “And it is insensitive, and some would even say that the fact that someone would actually use a prop, a black woman, in this chamber, in this committee”—here she took a heavy sigh—”is alone racist in itself.”

“As everybody knows in this chamber, I'm pretty direct,” Tlaib, who entered Congress amidst controversy over her use of the word “motherfucker” to describe Drumpf, continued. “So if I wanted to say that I would have, but that's not what I said.” She added, “I was not referring to you, at all, as a racist.”
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Mueller's team called Manafort professional criminal

Manafort's conduct, even after he pleaded guilty to two federal crimes, "reflects a hardened adherence to committing crimes and lack of remorse," prosecutors wrote, adding that he "repeatedly and brazenly violated the law."

Manafort and his longtime associate, Rick Gates, were first indicted in October 2017 on several counts of money laundering, failure to register as a foreign agent, failure to report foreign bank accounts, and false statements.

The first, they said, was that he was angling for a presidential pardon. Drumpf, for his part, has been publicly sympathetic toward Manafort even as the White House distanced itself from the former campaign chairman.
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Incoming appointments in relation to Robert Mueller

In 2019, Drumpf and his associates are not only being investigated by Mueller, but also, by the Southern District of New York as well as different Democrat-led committees in Congress.

Just check the chronological listing, there are further information for all of the incoming appointments that are set to contribute either to Mueller's final report or the House investigations on Trump's probable crimes.
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Two articles on Mueller's soon-to-be completed final report

1. Politico:

“He’s a tremendous man and tremendous person who really respects this country and respects the justice system. So that’ll be totally up to him,” Drumpf said in the Oval Office Wednesday when asked about a new CNN report that Barr is preparing to announce the completion of Mueller’s work as soon as next week.

“As far as I can tell the investigation is over,” Drumpf lawyer Rudy Giuliani told POLITICO last Friday. “They’ve gotten everything they’re going to get. There’s nothing hanging out there that is big where they haven’t gotten the information, gotten the answers, gotten the documents. We satisfied the document requests a long time ago. It’s all there for them to make a decision.”

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Mueller investigation's final report be finished as early as next week

These results have the potential to completely exonerate Donald Drumpf, justifying his claims of “WITCH HUNT” and paving the path to re-election, or they could be the grounds to remove the President from office.

The President has been questioned in writing, while members of the Drumpf family, press secretary Sarah Huckabee-Sanders and numerous members of the President’s inner circle have been questioned in person.

The report is likely to include new indictments and recommendations or new charges laid by other jurisdictions.
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Making money out of one's indictment

One picture posted to Stone’s Instagram last week also depicts a photoshopped image of Mueller surrounded by dollar bills. “Where did you get all of that green Rob?” the caption reads, while encouraging donations to Stone's legal cause.

Shortly after Corsi publicly revealed last year that Mueller’s team had offered him a plea deal for lying to investigators, he published an e-book on his experience with the special counsel, with a hardcover version set to be released next month.

In addition to a book coming out next month — which he announced at a pro-Drumpf conference the day after he was released from his seven-day prison sentence on the Mueller charge — he and his wife, Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos, are filming a docuseries for A&E.
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Senate comparably disinterested about news on FBI investigation on Trump

McCabe writes in his book that the briefing for the "Gang of Eight" leaders in Congress came days after Drumpf fired FBI Director James Comey, making McCabe acting director of the bureau at the time.

"That's the important part here, Savannah. No one objected. Not on legal grounds, not on constitutional grounds, and not based on the facts," McCabe said.

Just think of it: The Senate thought that ignorance was a viable means of defending the president who possibly committed a crime to reach up for the White House. Or did they not care because they already expected this to happen and only counted the days until he came up and tell them about it?

McCabe was fearful that he would be fired before those probes were on "solid ground," he said. He wrote in his new book "The Threat," in an excerpt adapted for The Atlantic, that after the meeting "it felt like crossing a finish line."
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Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein going to leave in approx. three weeks

_Justice Department officials said Rosenstein’s departure had no connection to recent comments by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who has just published a book, “The Threat: How the FBI Protects American in the Age of Terror and Drumpf.”__

Rosenstein has been a consistent defender of Mueller and the Justice Department against attacks by the president and some Republicans in Congress.

The attacks were a jolt for Rosenstein, who enjoyed bipartisan support for most of his three decades as a federal prosecutor. But his congressional support faltered when he wrote a memo providing a rationale for Drumpf's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey.
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HIC chairman Adam Schiff (D - CA) won't stand down if Mueller's team was unable to find evidences of collusion

During an interview on CNN, Schiff discussed at length all the "evidence in plain sight" of collusion he believes there is, but said "it will be up to Mueller to decide if that amounts to criminal conspiracy."

"We're going to have to do our own investigation, and we are. We'll certainly be very interested to learn what Bob Mueller finds. We may have to fight to get that information. Bill Barr has not been willing to commit to provide that report either to the Congress or to the American people. We're going to need to see it," Schiff said on "State of the Union," referring to Drumpf's newly confirmed attorney general.

"You know, I will certainly accept them in this way, Dana. I have great confidence in the special counsel. And if the special counsel represents that he has investigated and not been interfered with and not been able to make a criminal case, then I will believe that he is operating in good faith," Schiff said.... Show more...

Mueller('s team) said Manafort should be jailed for 24 years

“Manafort acted for more than a decade as if he were above the law, and deprived the federal government and various financial institutions of millions of dollars,” Mueller’s team said. “The sentence here should reflect the seriousness of these crimes, and serve to both deter Manafort and others from engaging in such conduct.”

Mueller’s team said Manafort resorted to fraud to maintain a lifestyle of “lavish spending” – spanning multiple homes, luxurious rugs and an ostrich-skin leather jacket – after his lucrative work for pro-Russian politicians in Ukraine dried up.

Jackson said Manafort had been caught lying repeatedly about his interactions with Kilimnik, which she said went to the “undisputed core” of Mueller’s search for any “links and/or coordination” between Drumpf’s campaign and the Russian government.

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Sarah Sanders' team interviewed by Robert Mueller's team

"The President urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel. I was happy to voluntarily sit down with them,” she said in a statement. Sanders has been critical of the Mueller investigation, echoing her boss's contention that it's a "witch hunt."

... But of course she didn't sit down with his team voluntarily, she has been told to, to tell what information she has got to offer about Trump's criminal record yet to publish. If she sat down with him voluntarily, she would have moved forward to Mueller's team.

Sanders' predecessor, Sean Spicer, was interviewed by Mueller's team in 2017. They've also questioned former communications director Hope Hicks.
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Judge releases gag order against Roger Stone

(Why does this gag order always sound like a bizarre SM game between two homosexual men? Seriously, they need to introduce a new term for such some orders against culprits)
Also Friday, Mueller's team released a filing in the case that included a tantalizing nugget suggesting federal prosecutors might have obtained "Stone's communications" with WikiLeaks, the website that dumped stolen Democratic emails during the election.

Jackson’s order in the Stone case doesn’t go as far as the one she issued in the fall of 2017 on Paul Manafort, his longtime business partner Rick Gates and their attorneys. There, she limited their commenting about the case just days after they were initially indicted in the Mueller probe.

“I am pleased that the judge’s order leaves my First Amendment right to defend myself in public intact," he said. "I will of course continue to be judicious about my comments regarding the case.”
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Rod Rosenstein is departing, giving unusual interviews to reporters

For those not privy to the ways of the media, it means Rosenstein is telling his story to reporters in a way that can’t be attributed to him. It’s a classic tactic some politicians and bureaucrats use to shape a legacy — without leaving their public fingerprints on the story line.

Rosenstein managed to escape testifying on these issues by using an “I’m too busy” argument and running out the clock on the Republicans who then controlled the House but gave up power on Jan. 3, after Democrats won the majority in the November election.

“Rod Rosenstein plotted against the president and obstructed congressional efforts to get the truth. He should be testifying before Congress, not giving rounds of press interviews to friendly reporters. As he leaves office, Mr. Rosenstein must cooperate fully with IG (Michael) Horowitz’s investigation into Justice Department media leaks. Democrats in Congress should insist on Mr. Rosenstein... Show more...

Conservative activist prophesies Mueller's demise

Schlapp, president of the American Conservative Union, which hosts the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, is an ally of President Donald Drumpf. His wife, Mercedes Schlapp, works in the White House as a strategic communications adviser. The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Oh Lord, won't you buy me a Mercedes Schlapp?
(Sing it in Janis' voice, it's funny indeed)

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Senate confirms William Barr as next Attorney General

Barr's confirmation followed an earlier vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee to advance him after a committee hearing in which members pressed him about the Russia investigation.

One never runs out of bad news, huh?

Democrats worry that Barr might be a spy for President Trump at the Justice Department and they say that Barr hasn't promised unconditionally that he'll release a report by Mueller if the special counsel's office completes one.

The confirmation now starts a countdown clock for a full change of leadership at the Justice Department. Barr is to replace Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, whose next role is as yet unclear, and Barr also is expected to bring on a new deputy attorney general.

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Mueller the Mute

When President Donald Drumpf's senior aides and confidants paraded through federal courtrooms to face criminal charges his office had filed, the former FBI director was nowhere to be seen. When some of them came back to court to be convicted, he said nothing.

"A public narrative has built an expectation that the special counsel will explain his conclusions, but I think that expectation may be seriously misplaced," said John Pistole, Mueller's longtime top deputy at the FBI. "That's not what the rules provide, and I really don't see him straying from the mission. That's not who he is."

People who know Mueller say that unless his bosses tried to derail his work, they would be surprised if the former FBI director did more than issue a brief statement indicating that a report had been submitted to the attorney general before quietly departing.

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Trump unamused about functioning Checks & Balances

“The Democrats in Congress yesterday were vicious and totally showed their cards for everyone to see. When the Republicans had the Majority they never acted with such hatred and scorn!” Drumpf tweeted Saturday morning.

At one point, the acting top cop shocked committee members and spectators alike after he told Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) that his time for questioning had run out.

Jeffries asked Whitaker, “How the heck did you become the head of the Department of Justice?” while Jayapal became emotional when discussing the administration’s family separation policy at the southern border.

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A gag order directed towards Roger Stone

“The order would be supported by a finding that there is a substantial likelihood that extrajudicial comments by trial participants will undermine a fair trail,” the Mueller prosecution team wrote in a six-page memo that accompanied their proposed gag order.

To make their point about Stone’s limited footprint in the wider world beyond politics and media, his lawyers explained that his work as a writer and speaker is restrained to topics like government and men’s fashion.

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Major take-aways from Whitaker's general hearing

But Democrats got little else beyond that from Whitaker, who declined to answer many questions on the basis that the special counsel’s investigation (and other criminal investigations potentially involving the president) were ongoing. Whitaker also refused to talk about conversations he may have had with the White House, citing the possibility that the president might invoke executive privilege.

But this was pretty much as far as he was willing to go. He would not say when or how many times he’d been briefed on the probe. He gave few other details about the special counsel’s work or the progress of the investigation, though he testified he had not received any report from the special counsel.

Whitaker told the committee that an ethics official told him he “could not identify any precedent for me to recuse.”

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Matthew Whitaker to testify publicly on Friday

“If you appear before the Committee tomorrow morning and if you are prepared to respond to questions from our Members, then I assure you that there will be no need for the Committee to issue a subpoena on or before February 8,” Nadler wrote.

It took me a moment why he was told to testify. I first thought that it would be about the nomination on a new AG for the DOJ, which I thought Mr. Barr was planned and supposed to be. It seems like this is about the decisions the DOJ made under his operative leadership.

Whitaker is likely to face a barrage of questions from Democrats on his oversight of the investigation as well as his communications with the White House.

I hope there'll be more news on this today (I'm from Germany, remember; while your day might have only begun now, we're at high noon). I would like to hear what he has got to say while testifying.

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Trump unsure how to react to Mueller's report

Asked by Brennan whether he would “have a problem” if the results of Mueller’s investigation became public, Drumpf said: “That’s up to the attorney general. I don’t know. It depends. I have no idea what it’s going to say.”

Whitaker has previously criticized the Mueller investigation, and Barr’s nomination is under fire from Senate Democrats for a memorandum he wrote to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein last year criticizing the special counsel’s inquiry.

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Russian hacker stole evidence on #Mueller investigation

And they had then posted a link to an online file-sharing portal that they had said had contained special counsel Robert Mueller's documents about "the IRA and Russian collusion".

But, according to prosecutors in the case, the data that was linked to had been "altered and disseminated as part of a disinformation campaign aimed at discrediting ongoing investigations into Russian interference in the US political system".

Ok, misreportedly stole intel from the Mueller investigation. The headline was merely clickbait, and of course copied and pasted by me. ;-)

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On Jerome Corsi wthin the Mueller investigation

The book should be read with heaping piles of salt. Before Mueller’s investigation, Corsi was best known as the pundit who helped popularize conspiracy theories that claimed Barack Obama wasn’t born in the United States and/or was a secret Muslim — neither of which was true. The new book, too, makes many claims about Corsi’s state of mind, intentions, and memories that don’t seem particularly believable.

These parts of Corsi’s book, which he says are based on notes his lawyer took during the questioning sessions, seem largely credible. Indeed, Corsi has already backed up some of them by releasing a draft plea deal document Mueller put together for him. That document really did provide us a glimpse into the investigation’s future — two months later, Mueller cited much of the same evidence the draft included for his actual indictment of Roger Stone.

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Mueller investigation almost through with the first day of the Trump campaign

“After two years of thoroughly pursuing all leads and documenting any evidence that suggests a connection between the Drumpf team and Russia, the Mueller investigation is almost ready to reveal the crimes and misdeeds that occurred within the first 24 hours of his campaign,” said a source who spoke on condition of anonymity, adding that Mueller’s investigation was nearly finished compiling the Drumpf campaign’s illicit behavior during working hours on June 16, 2015 and could finally move on to indictments for the early evening. “We can also confirm that the special counsel is expediting his efforts to get the investigation of the first day done and recently requested extra staff to deal with the volume of the potential criminal behavior during the 4-4:30 p.m. period alone. At this rate, he should be ready to reveal his findings about the first 96 hours of the Drumpf campaign by 2020.”


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