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In court filings Friday, attorneys for Rick Gates indicated that they had not come to a bail deal with Special... [Read More]
Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are asking the Justice Department to review why it released copies of anti-Trump texts... [Read More]
I don't want to be hyperbolic. I not only believe generally but think we have seen evidence of the resilience of our system and core institutions over recent months. But we can see a number of developments, building over recent weeks and accelerating in recent days, aimed at ending the Russia investigations. I noted a short time ago that there's increasing evidence and concern that House Republicans are moving quickly to shut down the House-side probes. That is probably in response to demands from the President, though it doesn't seem they need much persuading. House Republicans on the Judiciary... [Read More]
I think we're seeing signs that the ground is being laid to fire Bob Mueller and end all investigations into President Trump and Russia. I'm not saying it will happen or that the effort will be successful. But the effort is clearly afoot. Here are the indications (sub req.) as I see them. [Read More]
A few moments ago, Rep. Adam Schiff made a point on MSNBC which I think is critical and has been too little noted.This is critical. Will follow up with a post about why shortly. pic.twitter.com/VdrMaJOwYQ Read More →... [Read More]
The judge in his criminal case has indicated that Paul Manafort had assembled a bail package that meets her requirements for releasing him from the home confinement he's been under for the last month and a half. In court filings Friday, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson requested that Manafort's attorneys submit one more round of financial documents to assure the court that his proposed bail guarantors — his wife and his daughter — could put up the bond being offered. Once those documents have been filed, Jackson said, she would release Manafort to travel back to Florida, where... [Read More]
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The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee on Friday said a series of signs have left him "increasingly worried" that his Republican colleagues plan to imminently put an end to their investigation into Russia's 2016 election interference.I'm increasingly worried Republicans will shut down the House Intelligence Committee investigation at the end of the month. Read More →... [Read More]
WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican Sen. Marco Rubio will vote for his party's $1.5 trillion tax bill. That gives a major boost to the prospects that GOP leaders will be able to push their prized measure through Congress next week. The Florida lawmaker had said he'd oppose the legislation unless his colleagues made the per child tax credit more generous for low-income families. Read More →... [Read More]
Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday offered a meek defense of the FBI, which has faced harsh criticism from President Donald Trump in recent days."I got to tell you, sometimes, things that might appear to be bad in the press have more innocent explanations," Sessions said cryptically during a press conference Friday. "And so fairness and justice should also be provided to our personnel." Read More →... [Read More]
The House Ethics Committee announced Friday afternoon that it would investigate allegations that Rep. Ruben Kihuen (D-NV) sexually harassed a campaign staffer during the 2016 election cycle. A former campaign staffer came forward earlier this month and told BuzzFeed News that she left her job on the Kihuen campaign because Kihuen asked her on dates and to have sex despite her repeated rejections and touched her legs without consent twice. She told BuzzFeed that she complained to the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee about Kihuen's behavior, and Buzzfeed reported that a DCCC staffer approached Kihuen's campaign manager about the complaint.... [Read More]
Poll: Most people think Trump illegally or unethically colluded with Russia. [Read More]
President Donald Trump offered nothing but praise for the law enforcement officers graduating from a 10-week course at the FBI on Friday morning, just an hour after he complained about the state of the FBI. Speaking at the FBI National Academy, the President ensured the law enforcement officers in the audience that he is a "true friend" of the police, claiming that he's "more loyal than anyone else can be." He called for Americans to show more respect to law enforcement officers and told them to tell their colleagues when they return to their local precincts, "The President of the... [Read More]
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Former White House Communications Director Sean Spicer denied involvement in any sort of poll watching activities while he was a top RNC official — activities that would have been prohibited by a decades-old federal consent decree. His denial came in a deposition last week that was released Thursday as part of the legal case surrounding the hotly contested consent decree. Read More →... [Read More]
Rupert Murdoch, the co-executive chairman of 21st Century Fox, said Thursday that the multiple sexual harassment scandals that rocked Fox News were "all nonsense," aside from that of the network's late chairman Roger Ailes."How harmful has the whole raft of allegations about sexual harassment at Fox News been for the business?" Sky News' Ian King asked Murdoch, during a discussion of his multibillion dollar deal with Disney. Murdoch is in the middle of a years-long effort to purchase Sky, the British satellite broadcasting company in which he already has a partial stake Read More →... [Read More]
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The extraordinary comments this morning from President Trump – even though they have become par for the course from him – remain extraordinary. He castigated the FBI and dismissed the Russia collusion investigation that the FBI is conducting as a "scam." He made the remarks to reporters he was leaving the White House to … address the FBI at Quantico. The key sections (transcript via White House): Read More →... [Read More]
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President Donald Trump on Friday continued the White House's stonewalling on when exactly he knew former national security adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about his contacts with former Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak."When did you find out Michael Flynn lied to the FBI? When did you find out?" an inquiring reporter asked, as Trump answered questions before boarding Marine One on his way to deliver a speech at the FBI National Academy graduation. Read More →... [Read More]
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President Trump has always been clear about his preference for winners. And embattled former Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is no exception. Speaking to reporters at the White House Friday morning, Trump said Moore should "certainly" concede to his Democratic opponent Sen.-elect Doug Jones (D-AL). Read More →... [Read More]
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing earlier this week, one of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees struggled to answer basic questions from a Republican senator about legal terms. Matthew Spencer Petersen, who was nominated to serve as a district court judge for the District of Columbia, formerly served on the Federal Election Commission and as Republican chief counsel to the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration. Read More →... [Read More]
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