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Mueller Hands Dems a Gift and Theyre Already Fumbling It

Since taking over the House, Democrats have fended off questions about impeachment using a mantra they returned to again and again: lets wait for Robert Muellers report. On Thursday, with most of Muellers report finally public, Democrats hit the pause button again, saying they want to wait for even more material to emergecongressional testimony from Mueller, underlying evidence that supports his findings, grand jury informationbefore fully grappling with the question of impeachment. The report, a 400-plus page document recounting attempts by President Trump to interfere with the Mueller investigation and…

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Trump Legal Defense Fund Beneficiaries Remain a Mystery

Welcome to Pay Dirtexclusive reporting and research from The Daily Beasts Lachlan Markay on corruption, campaign finance, and influence-peddling in the nations capital. MEMBERS ONLY Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/trump-legal-defense-fund-beneficiaries-remain-a-mystery

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Whats Trump Up to Amid Mueller Report Mania? Hanging With Kid Rock

After uttering his no collusion mantra at least The New York Times, he played golf and had lunch with Kid Rock at Mar-a-Lago. With much of Washington, D.C. in an 11th hour frenzy since Mueller delivered hisreportedly in tow as Muellers report landed. But he has not made a peep on Twitter or otherwise commented on the end of the Russia investigation. Sources cited by the Times say his lawyers and aides have urged him to keep quiet and count on Attorney General William Barr to handle the report. While…

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Mueller’s Trump-Russia report to be released on Thursday

William Barr will release a redacted version of the near 400-page report to Congress and the public, spokeswoman said Special counsel Robert Muellers said. Opponents of Trump hope the report will answer longstanding questions about his ties to Russia, including what transpired at Sign up for the US morning briefing Mueller is also expected to shed light on whether, once in the White House, Trump sought to obstruct justice, for example by firing James Comey as FBI director in May 2017, when the agency was heading the Russia investigation. But…

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Trump will never say sorry. Thats a reality we need to accept | Emma Brockes

The US president may well be undone by his lies, but expecting remorse or contrition is a waste of energy, says Guardian columnist Emma Brockes It is an enduring mystery about Donald Trump that, for a guy who lolls around all day busted for fraud. And yet he will probably outlive us all. One of the most aggravating things about narcissists of course is that they sleep very well. If the president, at 72, still has a baby-like sheen, one can assume it comes in part from his failure to…

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Trump White House Lawyers Plan to Tell House Judiciary to Go F*ck Themselves

President Trumps White House attorneys are preparing to tell a key Pat Cipollone, was still, as of Thursday morning, in the process of drafting a letter responding to the reported on Thursday. Those committees, along with the Ways and Means panel, coordinate regularly over their complementary investigations into the administration. The formal response to House Judiciary, these sources say, is expected to raise executive-privilege concerns and initially withhold any documents that the committee has requested. The response from the Trump White House is already several days overdue, per the Monday…

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Trumpworld Gloats About Mueller: The Fat Lady Has Sung

Trumpworld spent Sunday doing the unthinkable: using Robert Mueller to dunk on Democrats. There was a collective sigh of relief among Trump loyalistsand a very public victory lapin the hours after Attorney General William Barr no evidence of collusion between President Trump and Russia and inconclusive findings over whether Trump obstructed the investigation. As Washington waits for Barr to release a version of Muellers full reportwhich he is expected to do in the near futureDemocrats made clear that Sunday was just the beginning of the fight. While top party leaders…

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The House Judiciary Committee Is Basically Writing a D.I.Y. Mueller Report

Welcome to Rabbit Hole, a breaking-news analysis that helps you get smart on the one story everyones obsessing overcough up what theyve given federal prosecutors. Welcome to the Congressional version of the special counsels investigation, where the witnesses are more public and presumably their evidence will be as well. But can subpoena power help House Democrats dig up or at least make public something that other investigations havent already found? Cut and paste: With 81 recipients of production requests on multiple topics announced today and MEMBERS ONLY Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/the-house-judiciary-is-basically-writing-a-diy-mueller-report

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Trump campaign claims WikiLeaks not liable for releasing hacked emails

Campaign defends site in legal filing that departs from US policy, addressing questions central to Robert Muellers Russia inquiry The Trump campaign argued in a legal filing that WikiLeaks could not be held liable for publishing emails that were stolen by Russian hackers ahead of the 2016 US election because the website was simply serving as a passive publishing platform on behalf of a third party, in the same way as Google or Facebook. Questions about WikiLeaks publication of thousands of hacked emails, which it allegedly obtained following a plot…

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The Way Trump and the GOP Deal With Russian Attacks Is Textbook Treason

The indictments of the 12 Russian military officers accused of engaging in a coordinated attack on the United States to try to make their preferred candidate our president are a vital reminder that the Mueller investigation cannot and must not be seen as a political issue. The fact that on Friday we also heard from our Director of National Intelligence, a conservative GOP former senator from Indiana, that the cyber offensive (of which the GRU, Russian military intelligence, attacks were part of) is ongoing and that "we are at a…

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Trey Gowdy: FBIs Use of Informant for Trump Campaign Was Appropriate

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said on Tuesday that the FBIs use of an informant for the Trump campaign in 2016 was appropriate, joining top Democrats in disputing President Donald Trumps characterization of the informant as a spy. I am even more convinced that the FBI did exactly what my fellow citizens would want them to do when they got the information they got, and that it has nothing to do with Donald Trump, Gowdy said during an interview on Fox News. In recent…

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4 Key Takeaways From Muellers First Yearand Whats Next

Today marks the one-year anniversary of Robert Mueller’s appointment as special counsel in the investigation of the Trump campaign’s contact and relationships with Russia. For all the talk of the president’s lawyers and the vice president about how it’s time to “wrap it up,” the truth is that for a federal investigation, Mueller’s probe has moved with impressive rapidity—and, contrary to the president’s repeated assertions of a “witch hunt,” the validity of the investigation has gotten more solid with every passing month. Today, the first person sentenced to prison in…

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The Untold Story of Robert Mueller’s Time in Combat

One day in the summer of 1969, a young Marine lieutenant named Bob Mueller arrived in Hawaii for a rendezvous with his wife, Ann. She was flying in from the East Coast with the couple’s infant daughter, Cynthia, a child Mueller had never met. Mueller had taken a plane from Vietnam. After nine months at war, he was finally due for a few short days of R&R outside the battle zone. Mueller had seen intense combat since he last said goodbye to his wife. He’d received the Bronze Star with…

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Feds Are Treating Michael Cohen Like a Mob Lawyer, Trump Allies Say

Federal prosecutors in Manhattan are treating personal attorney. The news that FBI agents raided his office appeared to leave the president shaken, and he told a pool spray of reporters a few hours after it broke that he was now considering firing special counsel Bob Mueller. The raid was handled by the Southern District of New York, not Muellers office. Lawyers told The Daily Beast that raiding lawyers offices isnt unheard ofbut is generally used for lawyers who work with alleged members of organized crime, or for lawyers who are…

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FBI Raid on Michael Cohen Is the Most Dangerous Day of Donald Trumps Life

screaming threats, shit-tier legal theorizing, and putting his strip-mall law degree to work in service of Donald Trump. Cohen, far from being the superlawyer to a billionaire real-estate tycoon, really only has one important job: wall of nondisclosure agreements. Master of the NDA, Cohen thought attorney-client privilege would protect him. He forgot he had a fool for a client. Trump Ray Donovan made him a kind of overwrought, grunting thug character destined for the cutting-room floor in even the most lurid soap-opera script. Cohen, though, should be understood as an…

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