Tag:Mueller

Barr the door… won't someone prosecute him

The Justice Department this May refused to tell Schiff whether any Republicans were investigated. Schiff: "Trump repeatedly & flagrantly demanded that the Dept. of Justice...

U.S. District Judge: Release the Memo Barr Used to Clear Trump from Mueller

United States District Judge Amy Berman Jackson has ordered the DOJ to release a March 2019 OLC memo that former Attorney General William Barr...

House investigators want Mueller grand jury materials, and one of their questions is if Trump lied

The Trump Justice Department is frantically trying to keep House investigators from seeing grand-jury materials from the Mueller investigation. That case is currently before the...

BREAKING: Pompeo Was On the Ukraine Call, and Trump Pressured Aussie PM About Mueller

Wow, Two massive stories breaking just in the last thirty minutes. The Secretary of State for the United States of America, the nation’s top diplomat, the foreign affairs specialist, and perhaps the most fiendishly brilliant member of Trump’s star chamber krewe, was on the phone when Trump shook down Ukrainian president Zelensky, according to the Wall Street Journal. This was not some crime committed in isolation, it was a White House plot, a conspiracy, to hold up dollars already appropriated by Congress. Response has been rapid, and vicious: So now we learn that Pompeo was on the extortionate call from Trump to Zelensky. The Secretary of State! There is no end to this swamp. It looks like it will drown the whole lot of them. Volker and Bolton jumped ship and might be willing to testify. But their window is closing. — Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) September 30, 2019 Meanwhile, the New York Times is reporting that Trump pressured the Australian Prime Minister to assist in investigating the origins of the Mueller investigation. Yes, Trump extorted another foreign leader for a political favor. Breaking via NYT: Trump pushed the Australian prime minister during a recent call to help Attorney General Barr gather information for a Justice Dept. inquiry that Trump hopes will discredit the Mueller investigation, according to two American officials.https://t.co/j6fmTYDFKw — Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 30, 2019 We are in uncharged territory, Zoomers. I do not see how Republicans can continue to defend this. At this rate, and the leaks are just beginning, Trump will not make Halloween. Speaking of “scary things,” imagine all that remains out there that we still do not know. After all, no one has yet leaked what all is really going on with Russia or Saudi Arabia. Updates coming. Here is an UPDATE: I forgot that Pompeo came out and denied ever having “seen the report” – when in fact he had been ON THE CALL – he flat lied: CNN has confirmed WSJ reporting that Pompeo was on the July call between Trump & Zelensky. When ABC asked him eight days ago what he knew about those conversations about pushing for an investigation into the Bidens, he said, "You just gave me a report…none of which I've seen." — Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) September 30, 2019 **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com  

To Understand Trump’s Impeachment, We Need To Focus On What Should Have Happened.

When, on March 22, 2019, Special Counsel Robert Mueller finished his investigation of Donald Trump’s Presidential Campaign, his early Administration, and the Presidential election interference...

Lewandowski Says White House Objects Based on Executive Privilege

Over the next week or two you are going to hear a great deal about “executive privilege.” But, I suspect you will have a little trouble understanding how it is supposed to apply versus how it is being applied by Trump. Corey Lewandowski is sitting in front of a committee in the House, as if on a ping pong table. He is getting grilled by half the committee, while the other half – the Republicans, scream about the injustice of it all, and quite effectively. It is unbelievably regretful that the Mueller report did not establish, with much greater specificity, that they could not go forward with a criminal case against Trump, due – in part – to the lies Mueller noted, and the use of encrypted phones. I say this because the Republicans believe there is nothing to discuss at all, because Mueller found no Russian collusion, and they do not care that Mueller did, apparently, find obstruction of justice. Republicans have no desire to discuss obstruction, they continually bring up that they want to investigate those bastards that started the investigation, Comey and others in the FBI. Interesting, though, is that with respect to any actual discussions with Trump, Lewandowski has claimed “executive privilege.” This is, in plain terms, utter bullshit. If executive privilege applies to this matter, it means that every single utterance between a president and anyone, federal employee, White House employee, and even private citizens, is subject to suppression by the president. Congress can never ask what the president said in any context. Ever. And that is bad enough, but it goes much deeper. We in the law grant privileges in situations where as a matter of public policy, we want people to feel protected and immune from court proceedings. Privileges apply to attorneys, doctors, the clergy, and spouses. “Executive privilege” applies only to those situations where we want the president to feel comfortable discussing things during policy meetings among staff. That’s it. The worst aspect that we know as we go forward, is that all privileges can be waived, and most often, it happens by accident. This is not Corey Lewandowski’s privilege to assert, it is Trump’s and Trump’s alone. Trump waived that privilege by allowing Lewandowski to speak to Mueller at all. Moreover, the White House has allowed Lewandowski to testify in today’s hearing to matters within the actual Mueller report, but no other conversations with Trump. I cannot for the life of me understand how there is not already a court ruling on this. The matter is as simple as I can imagine. The president has allowed Lewandowski to speak about one conversation, the one in the Mueller report, but not about other conversations. Clearly, Trump has waived the right to assert the privilege. If we allowed people to pick and choose what conversations might be privileged, effectively allowing people to leave out the “bad stuff.” That is stunning, and offensive. More later, if I can stomach it. **** Peace, y’all Jason jmiciak@yahoo.com and Twitter @MiciakZoom

Minnesota was mentioned just once in the Mueller report. Here’s why it matters

Remember the Mueller report—that 448-page tome that implicated a sitting president of the United States in multiple felonies? Well, here's a nugget that may...

Adam Schiff humiliates Meghan McCain over question of collusion

In the annals of journalism, only two sentences have had the power to send a frisson of dread down the spine of any politician:...

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