Ari Melber Confronts Swalwell: Mueller’s Evidence Doesn’t Support Some of Your Past Trump-Russia Claims


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MSNBC’s Ari Melber tonight pressed Congressman Eric Swalwell on some of his past claims about collusion and President Donald Trump being a Russian asset. Melber ran a montage of Swalwell saying things like that he thinks Trump has been an agent of the Russians and that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. “Do you accept the findings in the Mueller report,” Melber asked, “that do not support some of those claims?” Swalwell responded that he should have been “out there earlier” given all the links between Team Trump and Russians, adding that it’s clear “the Russians helped Donald Trump.” “To be clear,” Melber jumped in to ask, “you’re no longer maintaining that he is effectively a ‘Russian asset.'” “I think he acts on Russia’s behalf, and I challenge him to show me otherwise,” Swalwell responded. Melber again asked him about accepting Mueller’s findings, saying, “You… were Continue reading "Ari Melber Confronts Swalwell: Mueller’s Evidence Doesn’t Support Some of Your Past Trump-Russia Claims"

Hillary Clinton Pens Op-Ed on Mueller Report: It Documents a ‘Serious Crime Against the American People’


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Hillary Clinton penned an op-ed for the Washington Post that dropped late this afternoon on the Mueller report and what Congress should do next. The former Secretary of State and 2016 presidential candidate says that Robert Mueller‘s final report “documents a serious crime against the American people.” She says “immediate impeachment or nothing” is a “false choice,” while acknowledging “this is personal for me, and some may say that I’m not the right messenger” as a target of “the Russian plot.” Clinton calls on Americans to put politics aside and says Congress should continue holding hearings and not jumping to impeachment right away. She also calls for the creation of a body similar to the 9/11 Commission:
We need a similar commission today to help protect our elections. This is necessary because the president of the United States has proved himself unwilling to defend our nation from Continue reading "Hillary Clinton Pens Op-Ed on Mueller Report: It Documents a ‘Serious Crime Against the American People’"

Trump Threatens to Head to the Supreme Court if ‘Partisan Dems Tried to Impeach’


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President Donald Trump continued his ongoing effort to undermine the findings of the Mueller Report via Twitter, but in the Wednesday morning edition, he presented a newsworthy tact he apparently under consideration. While he reiterated previous claims (though in different words) that the investigation was a waste of time, money and was ultimately ineffective (” didn’t lay a glove on me”), Trump did suggest that if “the partisan Dems tried to Impeach, I would first head to the U.S. Supreme court.” He then continued to proclaim that there were no “High Crimes and Misdemeanors” and no Crimes “by me at all.” Trump tweeted:

Judge Napolitano Rips Jared Kushner’s ‘Deceptive’ Diminishing of Russia’s ‘Illegal and Shady Stuff’


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Judge Andrew Napolitano appeared on FBN’s Kennedy program Tuesday night and shared critical words for Jared Kushner’s description of Russian interference. Kushner appeared in public for the first time since the Mueller Report was released earlier Tuesday morning for an interview promoting Time 100. In that interview, Kushner was asked about the findings from that investigation and said “you look at what Russia did, buying Facebook ads and trying to sow dissent, it’s a terrible thing but the investigations and all of the speculation that has happened the last two years has had a much harsher impact than a couple of Facebook ads.” Napolitano said, “Kushner’s afford to diminish Russia interference is deceptive, this involves more than the purchase of Facebook ads.” He continued “From Mueller report, we know that Russia made contact with multiple members of Trump campaign, attempts to change American policy and promote Russia objectives Continue reading "Judge Napolitano Rips Jared Kushner’s ‘Deceptive’ Diminishing of Russia’s ‘Illegal and Shady Stuff’"

Hillary Clinton: ‘It Could Not Be Clearer’ Trump Would be Indicted For Obstruction if He Wasn’t the POTUS


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Hillary Clinton says that it couldn’t be clearer to her that President Donald Trump committed obstruction of justice. Clinton was asked about Robert Mueller‘s report during an interview at the 2019 TIME 100 Summit on Tuesday, and she described the findings about Russia’s election meddling as “a full-throated attack that was aimed at propagandizing people, dividing our country, creating all kinds of disruptions.” When she was asked about whether the time has come to impeach Trump, Clinton agreed with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s cautious approach, saying “it shouldn’t be a preordained conclusion, it shouldn’t be what you do for partisan political purposes almost outside the framework of the Constitution.” Clinton said it would be “fully appropriate” to call upon Don McGahn and other White House officials to testify about the Mueller report. She argued that Congress must “show the American people we take our Constitutional responsibilities Continue reading "Hillary Clinton: ‘It Could Not Be Clearer’ Trump Would be Indicted For Obstruction if He Wasn’t the POTUS"

Must Watch: Shepard Smith Scorches Jared Kushner’s ‘Disingenuous and Deceptive’ Remarks on Russian Meddling


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Fox News Shepard Smith called out Jared Kushner’s dismissal of Russian interference in the 2016 General Election Tuesday afternoon, saying that President Donald Trump’s son-in-law’s diminishment of Russian interference is “both disingenuous and deceptive. Kushner appeared in public for the first time since the Mueller Report was released earlier Tuesday morning for an interview promoting Time 100. In that interview, Kushner was asked about the findings from that investigation and said “you look at what Russia did, buying Facebook ads and trying to sow dissent, it’s a terrible thing but the investigations and all of the speculation that has happened the last two years has had a much harsher impact than a couple of Facebook ads.” Shep wasn’t playing that, and quickly followed the clip of Kushner’s dismissal in the remarkable manner that makes Mr. Smith the reliably journalistic outlier compared to so many other on-air anchors and hosts Continue reading "Must Watch: Shepard Smith Scorches Jared Kushner’s ‘Disingenuous and Deceptive’ Remarks on Russian Meddling"

Jared Kushner Speaks Out: Russia Investigations Have Been More Harmful Than Their Interference


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White House adviser Jared Kushner took a victory lap on Tuesday by declaring that “everything I said has proven to be true” in light of the findings from Robert Mueller‘s investigation. The president’s son-in-law appeared on stage at the 2019 TIME 100 Summit, where he called the probe “nonsense” and bragged about the successes of President Donald Trump‘s 2016 campaign. Recalling interviews he gave before Congress and the special counsel, Kushner claimed that his testimony has been fully vindicated, and said the media focus on the infamous Trump Tower meeting – which he participated in – was little more than “a big distraction for the country.”
“You look at what Russia did, buying some Facebook ads and trying to sow dissent, it’s a terrible thing. But I think the investigations and all of the speculation that’s happened for the last two years has had a much harsher Continue reading "Jared Kushner Speaks Out: Russia Investigations Have Been More Harmful Than Their Interference"

Three editions of the Mueller Report are Amazon bestsellers. How do they stack up?


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The No. 1 book on Amazon right now is The Washington Post’s edition of The Mueller Report, which will be released in paperback by Simon & Schuster imprint Scribner on April 24. You can buy the Kindle edition for $7.99 now, but more people are waiting for the print version — it’s in the top slot for print books, while the ebook is “only” No. 15 in the Kindle Store. The Washington Post and Simon & Schuster are certainly not the only publishers that want to make money off the public domain report, and the Washington Post edition isn’t even the only one on Amazon’s bestseller list. How do they differentiate? The Washington Post edition contains analysis from Post reporters (who of course work for Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos). But if for some reason you’d like an alternative (I mean, an alternative in book form; the Mueller
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Mueller Report Reveals Trump’s Reaction to Special Counsel: ‘This is the End of My Presidency. I’m F*cked’


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Robert Mueller‘s redacted report has just gone public, and it contains a description of how President Donald Trump reacted after finding out that a special counsel would be appointed to investigate him. The report cites notes from Assistant Attorney General Jody Hunt which recounted former AG Jeff Sessions telling Trump of Mueller’s appointment to review possible 2016 collusion between his campaign and Russia. Upon being informed, Trump recoiled. “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m f*cked,” Trump said, before unleashing a tirade at Sessions. After blasting Sessions and saying he was supposed to protect him, Trump called the upcoming investigation “the worst thing Continue reading "Mueller Report Reveals Trump’s Reaction to Special Counsel: ‘This is the End of My Presidency. I’m F*cked’"

READ: Mueller Report Released By Justice Department


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Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s full report — with redactions — has been released digitally by the Justice Department. The nearly 400-page report is the culmination of a nearly two-year investigation into President Donald Trump, his campaign Russian interference in the 2016 election. Read the full report here. [Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images]

Dan Abrams: ‘No Way to Justify’ Why Mueller’s Report Wasn’t Released Earlier Except to Get ‘Some Good Media’


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With the end of Attorney General William Barr’s press conference on Robert Mueller’s report on Thursday, Mediaite founder and ABC’s Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams said there’s no reason why the report has not to be released yet. “Can we just take one step back and talk about how crazy it is that we’re sitting here for an hour without the report,” Abrams asked. “I mean, we’ve just heard a press conference, from the attorney general who’s laid out for us everything that’s in the report, how it was done…delivered in late March and here we are and we have to wait another hour to get it. Why? I don’t understand what could possibly be the reason that we need to wait after the press conference.” Abrams question came as it was revealed the White House and President Donald Trump’s personal lawyers were able to see the report. “Right, Continue reading "Dan Abrams: ‘No Way to Justify’ Why Mueller’s Report Wasn’t Released Earlier Except to Get ‘Some Good Media’"

CNN Panel Absolutely Torches Barr For ‘Completely Inappropriate’ Presser: He ‘Blew It!’


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Moments after the conclusion of Attorney General William Barr‘s news conference, a CNN panel absolutely let loose on a press event it deemed to be overtly political. Legal analyst Carrie Cordero slammed the affair — exclaiming that Barr “blew it” by being partisan. “The attorney general had an opportunity this morning to rise above the politics, and to adhere to institutional Justice Department — just sticking to what the process was that he was supposed to talk about, and which he said he was actually talking about,” Cordero said. “And he blew it! I mean, he just came out, and to say that the president took ‘no act that deprived the investigation of witnesses or documents,’ when as Jeffrey [Toobin] just said, the president, like other presidents have in the past with investigations, been willing to be interviewed by the special counsel’s team, in addition to all Continue reading "CNN Panel Absolutely Torches Barr For ‘Completely Inappropriate’ Presser: He ‘Blew It!’"

Fox News’ Chris Wallace: AG Barr ‘Seemed Almost to be Acting as the Counselor’ for Trump


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Fox News’ Chris Wallace came away from William Barr‘s press conference with the impression that the attorney general is being more of a legal protector for President Donald Trump than anything else. Wallace appeared on America’s Newsroom to join their live coverage on Barr’s determination that Trump is cleared on Russian collusion and obstruction of justice. Wallace started by noting that Trump got rid of Jeff Sessions because he thought the previous AG didn’t do enough to protect him, and while he said there “doesn’t seem to be any contradiction” as far as the collusion decision, Wallace was intrigued by how Barr acknowledged that there were 10 possible instances of obstruction from Trump.
“You got into this very curious area where the attorney general seemed almost to be acting as the counselor for the defense, the counselor for the president, rather than the attorney general, talking about his motives, Continue reading "Fox News’ Chris Wallace: AG Barr ‘Seemed Almost to be Acting as the Counselor’ for Trump"

Bill Barr Gets Pummeled By Reporters at Presser: Are You Trying to Spin for President Trump?


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Reporters hammered Attorney General William Barr for holding a press conference to spin the contents of Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s report hours before anyone would have a chance to read it. At Thursday morning’s press conference, Barr delivered a lengthy rehash of his four-page memo, repeatedly stated Trump’s “no collusion” mantra, and made excuses for Trump on the charge of obstruction of justice. When Barr eventually took questions from reporters, there were sharp queries about the “propriety” of Barr’s actions this morning. He was repeatedly grilled about his decision to render a judgment on obstruction of justice, and was asked “how do you respond to criticism you’re receiving from congressional Democrats that you’re acting more as an attorney for the president rather than as the chief law enforcement officer?” Barr responded to the obstruction question, but ignored the latter portion of the question. Another reporter asked Barr about Continue reading "Bill Barr Gets Pummeled By Reporters at Presser: Are You Trying to Spin for President Trump?"

Barr: I’m Told Mueller Believed it Was ‘My Prerogative’ To Decide on Obstruction, Not Congress


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Attorney General William Barr claims that although he did not directly speak to Special Counsel Robert Mueller, he was “told” that it was his prerogative to decide whether or not to pursue an obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump. At a Thursday morning news conference in Washington, the attorney general was asked about his obstruction decision, and said that Mueller did not offer any guidance that it should be left to Congress. “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,” Barr said. “I didn’t talk to him directly about the fact that we were making the decision, but I am told that his reaction to that was that it was my prerogative as attorney general to make that decision. Continue reading "Barr: I’m Told Mueller Believed it Was ‘My Prerogative’ To Decide on Obstruction, Not Congress"

Barr Defends Trump Against Obstruction: ‘Evidence’ Shows He Was ‘Frustrated and Angered’ By the Investigation


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Attorney General William Barr defended President Donald Trump on the issue of obstruction of justice during his press conference on Thursday. The special counsel did not make a determination if Trump had obstructed justice during the course of their investigation. “After finding no underlying collusion with Russia, the special counsel’s report goes onto consider whether certain actions of the president could amount to obstruction of the special counsel’s investigation,” Barr said. “As I addressed in my March 24th letter, the special counsel did not make a traditional prosecutor judgment regarding this allegation. Instead, the report recounts ten episodes involving the president and discusses potential legal theories for connecting those activities to the elements of an obstruction offense.” Barr explained why he and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined Trump had not committed the offense, but there were ten instances of potential obstruction. “After carefully reviewing the facts and legal Continue reading "Barr Defends Trump Against Obstruction: ‘Evidence’ Shows He Was ‘Frustrated and Angered’ By the Investigation"

WATCH: Barr Says Mueller Investigation Found ‘No Evidence’ of Trump-Russia ‘Collusion’


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Attorney General William Barr began his Thursday morning news conference by stating that special counsel Robert Mueller “found no evidence” that President Donald Trump‘s campaign colluded with Russia. “As the special counsel report makes clear, the Russian government sought to interfere in our election process,” Barr said. “But thanks to the special counsel’s thorough investigation, we now know that the Russian operatives who perpetrated these schemes did not have the cooperation of President Trump or the Trump campaign or the knowing assistance of any other American for that matter. That is something that all Americans can and should be grateful to have confirmed.” Barr went on to say that Mueller concluded that no American worked in concert with the Internet Research Agency (IRA) — a Russian company with “close ties” to the Russian government — to interfere with the 2016 election. “The special counsel found no evidence that Continue reading "WATCH: Barr Says Mueller Investigation Found ‘No Evidence’ of Trump-Russia ‘Collusion’"

Chuck Todd: Trump and Barr Have ‘Successfully Neutered’ Mueller’s Report


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With all of the controversy and confusion surrounding the release of Robert Mueller‘s redacted report, Chuck Todd thinks President Donald Trump and Attorney General William Barr have succeeded in negating the report’s political significance. The Meet the Press moderator joined his NBC colleagues on Thursday to discuss Barr’s pre-release press conference, and what it would mean for the Mueller report. Todd said last night that “collusion” really did happen if the reports about the Department of Justice briefing the White House in advance are true, and on Thursday, he remarked on how the report and its release have been obfuscated by Trump, Barr, and other political actors involved in the matter. “The country’s faith in the rule of law: is it better than when Mueller started or is it worse” Todd wondered out loud. “That’s the sad chapter of all this.” Todd continued to say Barr could’ve spoken Continue reading "Chuck Todd: Trump and Barr Have ‘Successfully Neutered’ Mueller’s Report"

Joe Scarborough Ridicules Trump’s ‘PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT’ Twitter Screams: ‘How Sad, How Pathetic…’


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Joe Scarborough was far from impressed with President Donald Trump‘s effort to slam Robert Mueller‘s report ahead of its incoming public release. As Morning Joe covered the controversies surrounding Attorney General William Barr and the process for releasing Mueller’s findings, Trump was on Twitter Thursday morning to call the special counsel’s probe the “Greatest Political Hoax of all time!” The president is currently spamming Judicial Watch content to go after Hillary Clinton and his investigators, but his online proclamations were topped off with this tweet in particular: As the panel acknowledged Trump’s Twitter binge, Scarborough found it barely surprising, though he marveled how the president and Judicial Watch are using the day to go after Clinton again. “How sad, how pathetic. How irrelevant,” Scarborough deadpanned. The conversation continued with speculations about how far Mueller’s investigation went, and Continue reading "Joe Scarborough Ridicules Trump’s ‘PRESIDENTIAL HARASSMENT’ Twitter Screams: ‘How Sad, How Pathetic…’"

WATCH: Attorney General William Barr’s Mueller Report Press Conference


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Attorney General William Barr is hosting a press conference that will focus on the highly anticipated release of the Mueller Report. The actual report, which is the result of nearly two years of investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, will be delivered to Congress at 11 am on Thursday morning, on CDs, after which it will eventually be uploaded to the Special Counsel’s website for wide distribution. Reports have surfaced that, according to a Justice Department spokesperson, AG Barr intends to address three main issues during this process: 1) Executive privilege; 2) White House interactions within the last few weeks and 3) the redaction process. Watch above via Washington Post YouTube stream