Ahead of the expected release of the Mueller report tomorrow, a new report says DOJ officials went over some details with White House lawyers already.
According to The New York Times, in recent days there have been “numerous conversations” between the DOJ and White House lawyers:
The talks have aided the president’s legal team as it prepares a rebuttal to the report and strategizes for the coming public war over its findings…
The discussions between Justice Department officials and White House lawyers have also added to questions about the propriety of the decisions by Attorney General William P. Barr since he received Mr. Mueller’s findings late last month.
Nicolle Wallace and her MSNBC panel this afternoon questioned the point of AG Bill Barr holding a press conference on the Mueller report tomorrow morning.
The report is expected to be released in the morning, and as NBC News reporter Julia Ainsley noted, there’s a looming question of why this is happening in the first place:
“The big thing I think everyone is asking here is is this press conference a way for Barr to get ahead of any information that we might find in the report and put his spin on it, and put a spin on it that’s favorable to the president, before the public has had a chance to really digest what’s in this report? That’s the main thing that people are asking at this point.”
The Mueller report is finally expected to drop tomorrow morning, and now we have news Attorney General Bill Barr will be holding a morning press conference.
Per multiple reports Barr will hold the presser at 9:30 am. It’s unclear yet what time the Mueller report will drop.
BREAKING / NBC News: Attorney General William Barr and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein will give a press conference at 9:30am tomorrow morning, according to a spokesperson. @JuliaEAinsley reports.
— Tom Winter (@Tom_Winter) April 17, 2019
JUSTICE SPOX CONFIRMS: Barr will hold a presser tomorrow. He'll appear with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. He will take questions. It will be at 9:30 a.m. Unclear if that timing is before or after report's release.
— Matt Zapotosky (@mattzap) April 17, 2019
Despite the controversy surrounding Herman Cain over his potential nomination to the Federal Reserve Board, the former businessman and 2012 nominee says he isn’t going anywhere.
Cain spoke to the Wall Street Journal today and said he’s staying in it:
Mr. Cain said the last time they spoke, Mr. Kudlow encouraged him to hang in there—though he couldn’t specify when exactly that was.
“What Kudlow was doing was giving me an out, and I appreciate that, but I don’t want an out. I don’t want an out,” Mr. Cain said, adding that he doesn’t think the White House is getting cold feet about his potential nomination.
“You know that the president is a fighter, and Kudlow is a fighter. They might be getting a lot of blowback from some folks, I don’t know. But I don’t think they’re getting uncomfortable with it.”
White House senior advisor and First Daughter Ivanka Trump says she’s not worried about what the Mueller report reveals.
“I never expressed concern,” she said. “I never talked about the investigation except when asked, and I was fortunate to have knowledge of the fact that I knew there was no collusion. I knew that there was no obstruction. And this was affirmed in the Mueller report and Attorney General Barr’s subsequent summary.”
Bill Barr‘s summary said that Robert Mueller did not find evidence of any Trump-Russia conspiracy, but said the special counsel did not decide on obstruction. Barr concluded he did not think there was obstruction.
Ivanka Trump again said to the AP she has “no cause to be concerned.”
You can watch above, via the Associated Press.
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Let’s take a brief break from the insanity of the news cycle for some remarkable news from the world of science.
Multiple reports this afternoon have revealed that scientists were able to restore some functions in the brains of dead pigs. Seriously:
The brains did not regain anything resembling consciousness: There were no signs indicating coordinated electrical signaling, necessary for higher functions like awareness and intelligence.
But in an experimental treatment, blood vessels in the pigs’ brains began functioning, flowing with a blood substitute, and certain brain cells regained metabolic activity, even responding to drugs. When the researchers tested slices of treated brain tissue, they discovered electrical activity in some neurons.
It’s the kind of research that certainly makes you think about the implications––both good and bad––and everyone has questions.
Mere days after the big Bernie Sanders town hall, Fox News has announced an upcoming town hall with another Democrat running for president.
Senator Amy Klobuchar is set to do a town hall in May, moderated by Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum.
The Sanders Fox News town hall was the highest-rated of the 2020 cycle thus far, and there’s been reports about other Democrats considering town halls with the network as well.
The Klobuchar town hall is scheduled for Wednesday, May 8th in Milwaukee.
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The 2019 Time 100 list is finally out.
Among the political and government figures featured on the list are Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, President Donald Trump, Attorney General Bill Barr, and special counsel Robert Mueller.
Barr’s entry was actually written by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, while Mueller’s was written by former Deputy AG Sally Yates.
One thing many people immediately noticed about the Time 100 list is that both Justice Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford are on it.
Kavanaugh’s entry is written by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who praised his “resilience and commitment to public service” in the face of “unhinged partisanship and special interests.”
Blasey Ford’s is written by Senator Kamala Harris, who praised “her courage, in the face of those who wished to silence her” and how she “shined a spotlight on the way we Continue reading "AOC, Bill Barr, Trump, Kavanaugh, and Christine Blasey Ford Among This Year’s Time 100 Honorees"
In addition to taking shots at Fox News, President Donald Trump has also been blasting Senator Bernie Sanders after Monday night’s Fox News town hall.
Trump swiped at “Crazy Bernie” this morning in his first tweet about the town hall, and tonight he ripped the Vermont senator over his tax returns:
Bernie Sanders and wife should pay the Pre-Trump Taxes on their almost $600,000 in income. He is always complaining about these big TAX CUTS, except when it benefits him. They made a fortune off of Trump, but so did everyone else – and that’s a good thing, not a bad thing!
President Donald Trump is still unhappy with Fox News over the Bernie Sanders town hall, and now he’s accusing the network of keeping his supporters out.
Bret Baier noted last night that the crowd was a mix of “a lot of Democrats,” as well as “Republicans, independents, Democratic socialists, [and] conservatives.”
This morning POTUS remarked upon how “strange” the town hall was, but tonight he accused Fox News of keeping his supporters out and keeping the venue “stuffed with Bernie supporters.”
Many Trump Fans & Signs were outside of the @FoxNews Studio last night in the now thriving (Thank you President Trump) Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, for the interview with Crazy Bernie Sanders. Big complaints about not being let in-stuffed with Bernie supporters. What’s with @FoxNews?
Tucker Carlson opened his show Tuesday night mocking the media coverage of Mayor Pete Buttigieg and how the press left Beto O’Rourke for a “younger, hotter candidate.”
“They split with some guy from Indiana and can’t even pronounce the guy’s name,” Carlson added.
He showed clips of Buttigieg media coverage at a time when his star is rising in the 2020 Democratic field, including when Nicolle Wallace said, “This guy is chicken soup for my soul.”
“‘Chicken soup for my soul.’ Even by the naughty standards of the news media, this is a new level of political commitment,” Carlson said. “They don’t just want to vote for this guy, they want to consume him like a hearty stew. Every last drop of Buttigieg… yum. They’re all in.”
You can watch above, via Fox News.
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White House counselor Kellyanne Conway tonight dismissed the reporting today about the concerns people have about President Donald Trump‘s “wrath” once the Mueller report drops.
Conway blasted Democrats on abortion and reacted to comments from Bernie Sanders before Martha MacCallum closed by bringing up that reporting.
NBC News reported today that there are White House officials who spoke to Mueller’s office and are worried about them being exposed as providing damaging information to the special counsel:
Of particular concern is how Trump — and his allies — will react if it appears to be clear precisely who shared information with Mueller, these people said.
“They got asked questions and told the truth, and now they’re worried the wrath will follow,” one former White House official said.
Ahead of the expected release of the redacted Mueller report on Thursday, CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin brought up how the role of Fox News in the messaging President Donald Trump will be putting out after it drops.
As the CNN panel discussed the White House strategy ahead of the report’s release, analyst Susan Hennessey brought up how openly Trump has been decrying the investigation for months. She said it’s certainly effective for the president’s narrow base, but it begs the question of whether it carries to larger audiences.
“I don’t know how narrow the president’s base is,’ Toobin said. “I think it’s at least 40 percent in the polls and it was enough to get him elected President of the United States.”
“Plus,” he added, “he’s got an entire cable news network that is going to elaborate and repeat and guarantee that Trump’s message gets out there. I mean, Fox Continue reading "CNN’s Toobin: Fox News ‘Echo Chamber’ Will Call Mueller Report Vindication for Trump No Matter What It Says"
Over the weekend, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders responded to the Democratic-led House’s request for President Donald Trump‘s tax returns by saying Congress isn’t “smart enough” to even look through them.
“My guess is most of them don’t do their own taxes,” she added.
Congressman Brad Sherman appeared on CNN this afternoon, and Dana Bash started off by asking, “Are you smart enough to see the president’s tax returns?”
Sherman took a swipe at Sanders and Trump in response:
“I’m surprised to see Sarah Sanders talking about intelligence. If she thought that was an important characteristic, she probably would have chosen another employer.”
He went on to defend himself and other members of Congress, remarking that “attacking the intelligence of members of Congress seems to be the only thing that the president’s spokesperson can do.”
You can watch above, via CNN.
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Fox News’ Judge Andrew Napolitano said this afternoon that Attorney General Bill Barr is basically in a no-win situation over the redactions being made to the Mueller report––expected to be released Thursday.
Neil Cavuto noted how a lot of the report could ultimately be blacked out. Napolitano agreed that “blackout equals freakout.”
“The more of that is blacked out, the less credibility this will have,” he said, “and that puts the attorney general in a conundrum, because much of what he will black out he is not at liberty to reveal. But where there is wiggle room––if he errs on the side of blacking out, he’s going to be embarrassed once that’s revealed.”
At one point Cavuto remarked that the AG is in a “no-win situation.”
Napolitano agreed and said there’s certainly a lot of sensitive information in the report. Grand jury testimony, classified matters, and ongoing Continue reading "Fox News’ Napolitano: Bill Barr’s in a No-Win Situation Over Expected Redactions to Mueller Report"
Axios reporter Jonathan Swan said today he sees similarities in how President Donald Trump engaged with the media during the 2016 race and the approach taken now by Mayor Pete Buttigieg.
Swan spoke with Fox News’ Shepard Smith about the fundraising numbers for the Democratic 2020 candidates thus far, and at the outset he said, “Money is likely to matter less than ever in the 2020 presidential election.”
He brought up how Trump successfully won in 2016 despite not having as much money and having a notably understaffed campaign.
Smith pointed out Trump got a lot of free media, asking how the Democrats can expect to get that this time around.
Swan said there are a few Democrats like Bernie Sanders who are good at it, before singling one out in particular:
Fox News today covered the network’s town hall with Bernie Sanders last night, from his answers on capitalism to the swipes he took at the network.
Sanders didn’t trash Fox during the town hall, but he knocked the network a few times, told moderators Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum they should ask President Donald Trump about his tax returns too, and got in a critique of Fox and the media in general that led to Baier saying, “We’re very grateful that you’re here. We are giving you an hour of substance and talk on our airwaves. So we can get over the Fox thing. If you’re alright with that?”
This afternoon, Julie Banderas––filling in for Dana Perino on The Daily Briefing––spoke with Perino, Jesse Watters, and Donna Brazile about the town hall.
At one point, Brazile credited Sanders for coming on Fox News and congratulated Continue reading "Fox News Anchor: Bernie Sanders Took a Lot of Unnecessary Swipes at Fox During Town Hall"
Former First Lady Michelle Obama likened America in the Trump era to living with a “divorced dad” in a recent interview.
In speaking with Stephen Colbert in London this week about her book Becoming, Obama had this to say:
“We come from a broken family, we’re a teenager, we’re a little unsettled and having good parents. It’s tough, sometimes you spend the weekend with divorced dad. That feels like it’s fun but then you get sick. That’s what America is going through, we’re kind of living with divorced dad.”
Glenn Beck speculated on what could have caused the Notre Dame fire today, saying that if it turns out to have been “started by Islamists,” people won’t find out.
Permultiplereports, arson has been ruled out and officials are investigating as “involuntary destruction caused by fire.” There’s no evidence yet suggesting it was an act of terror.
In a discussion on The News and Why It Matters, Beck expressed horror at the fire at such a significant building in world history.
Glenn Beck speculates on the Notre Dame fire: "If this was started by Islamists, I don't think you'll find out about it." pic.twitter.com/Yvq5iRdUCw
Fox News’ Tucker Carlson tonight said the criticisms of President Donald Trump‘s tweet against Congresswoman Ilhan Omar being an incitement to violence against her are all about trying to censor speech.
Carlson first said Omar has been attacking the U.S. for years, even now as a legislator. “Could she do that in Saudi Arabia? No. Is she grateful for that? No, she never stops complaining,” he said.
He then played the now-infamous clip of Omar’s comments about how “some people did something” on 9/11 as she talked about hatred against Muslims, followed by the video President Donald Trump shared denouncing her remarks by splicing them with footage from the 9/11 attacks.
“A little over the top? Yeah, maybe,” Carlson said.
He went on to show commentary from media and political figures calling that tweet an incitement to violence against Congresswoman Omar, saying that liberals are lying about an Continue reading "Tucker Carlson: Democrats Trying to ‘Redefine Speech as Violence’ Over Trump’s Ilhan Omar Tweet"