(Washington, DC-AP) – Donald Trump Junior is meeting with the Senate Intelligence Committee behind closed doors. This is Trump Junior’s second appearance before the committee in relation to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.
He is expected to be questioned on six topics, including the June 16th meeting at Trump Tower and a proposed Trump Tower project in Moscow.
The panel will most likely want to clarify contradictions between his own testimony and other witnesses’ statements to the committee and Mueller. Back in 2017, he told the committee that he was “peripherally aware” of the Trump Tower Moscow project.
(Washington, DC-AP) -Special Counsel Robert Mueller says charging President Trump with obstruction of justice was not an option due to a longstanding Justice Department policy; but that doesn’t mean he’s innocent.
The policy states that a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while in office. Speaking at the department today, Mueller said if he had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, he would have said so. Mueller also announced that he is formally stepping down as special counsel. He did not take questions.
Meantime, Mueller is negotiating with the House Judiciary Committee. He wants to testify behind closed doors while Democrats who run the committee want a full, public hearing.
In a tweet, Dem hopeful Corey Booker said Mueller’s statement makes it clear — Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately.
New York Democrat Jerry Nadler also released a statement saying it falls to lawmakers to “respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump.” He argued that no one is above the law, including the President
(Washington, DC-AP) — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee expects former White House counsel Don McGahn to testify on May 21st.
New York Democrat Jerry Nadler told reporters today that McGhan will be subject to contempt if he does not show up. Nadler said McGahn has to “respect the rule of law like anybody else.”
President Trump has ordered McGahn not to give the Judiciary Committee documents related to the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Trump recently suggested he may seek to prevent McGahn from testifying in Congress.
(Washington, DC-AP) — In his opening statement before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Attorney General Bill Barr is planning to say he did exactly what he told Senators he would do during his confirmation hearing.
Barr does not mention in his prepared remarks the Robert Mueller letter that was disclosed Tuesday in which the Special Counsel criticizes the way he characterized the report. He does say that he promised not to interfere with the investigation, and that he kept that promise.
He also said he would release as much of the report as he could, and pointed out only eight percent was redacted in the public version, and less than two percent in the version Congressional leaders could read. He admits he allowed the White House Counsel and President Trump’s personal attorneys to see the public redacted report prior to its release.
He claims it was so the Counsel could advise the president on executive privilege. He concludes by saying it is vital that the Department of Justice stand apart from the political process.
(Washington, DC) – House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is set to hold a private conference call with other Democrats today to discuss, among other things, the possible impeachment of President Trump. Democrats are divided on the issue.
More progressive members of the party want to see the President impeached while others are worried about the possible political backlash headed into the 2020 election.
The idea has gained some traction since the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian election interference. Some Democrats feel the report shows that Trump obstructed justice, contrary to the findings of Attorney General William Barr
(Burbank, CA-AP) — The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee says the Mueller report does not vindicate President Trump. Talking with reporters in Burbank today, Congressman Adam Schiff called it condemnation.
The California Democrat also called parts of the Mueller report “damning.” Schiff said the final report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller raises legitimate questions about whether President Trump tried to obstruct justice.
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Schiff said it is up to lawmakers to continue the investigation. In an earlier news briefing, New York Democrat Jerry Nadler called the Mueller report a road-map for Congress. Nadler chairs the House Judiciary Committee. Nadler and Schiff said Democrats will continue to demand access to Mueller’s full, un-redacted report.
Meantime, Schiff accused Attorney General Bill Barr of misrepresenting key parts of the Mueller report, saying he committed a “grave disservice to the country.” He noted that Barr is not President Trump’s personal lawyer.
(Washington, DC -AP) — The House Judiciary Committee is authorizing subpoenas for five former White House officials. The list includes former White House adviser Steve Bannon, former White House counsel Don McGahn, former communications chief Hope Hicks and Reince Priebus President Trump’s first chief of staff. The Democratic-led panel is investigating possible corruption, obstruction of justice and abuse of power in the Trump administration.
The subpoena authorizations came in a vote that included one for the Justice Department. Democrats are demanding to see Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report, without redactions. Attorney General Bill Barr has said he will send a redacted version of Mueller’s report to Congress by the middle of this month. Democrats are suspicious about the redactions and Barr’s motives.
(Washington, DC-AP) — A former Trump campaign aide claims that the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller wants to look into the 2016 Trump campaign’s ties to the NRA. Sam Nunberg told CNN he was asked about dealings with the NRA including how a relationship was formed and why Trump spoke at an annual NRA meetings just months before announcing his presidential bid.
The interview is the first evidence of their interest in the NRA’s link to President Trump as there were reportedly no NRA questions that were posed by Mueller to Trump.
The NRA has come under scrutiny recently for its massive donations made to Trump in 2016 and its ties to Russian nationals, including alleged Russian spy Maria Butina.
(AP) – Time magazine is set to unveil its Person of the Year tomorrow morning. Today, the magazine released its shortlist of top ten contenders for the annual honor. Among them is President Trump, who was the Person of the Year in 2016. Several of the other top candidates are linked to Trump, including Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He’s investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 election and any links between Russia and the Trump campaign. He was a top contender for Person of the Year last year. Time is also considering honoring the illegal immigrant families who were separated as part of a “zero tolerance” immigration policy.
Christine Blasey Ford is also on the list for coming forward with sexual assault allegations against Brett Kavanaugh during his Supreme Court confirmation process. Also in the running is murdered Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi the March for Our Lives gun control activists, Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, Russian President Vladimir Putin, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Meghan Markle.
(Washington, DC-AP) — Special Counsel Robert Mueller is recommending a very light sentence for former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, including possibly zero time behind bars. According to the memo, Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of lying to the FBI, which is punishable by up to six months in prison. Mueller noted that Flynn has provided “substantial assistance to the government.”
Mueller’s sentencing memo noted that Flynn made multiple false statements to members of the Department of Justice. Those statements dealt with his connections with a Russian ambassador and his contacts with Turkish officials. Later in the memo, Mueller said Flynn cooperated in 19 interviews with the Special Counsel’s Office and provided documents and communications. There is a heavily redacted section of the memo that starts with the phrase “The defendant has provided substantial assistance in a criminal investigation.”