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    Justice Department expected to release redacted Mueller report Thursday

    By Laura Jarrett and Jeremy Herb, CNN, April 15, 2019


    Attorney General William Barr is expected to release special counsel Robert Mueller's redacted report on the Russia investigation to Congress and the public on Thursday morning, Justice Department spokeswoman Kerri Kupec said.

    The plan to release the redacted report on Thursday means that all of Washington will be on edge this week anticipating the nearly 400-page report from the special counsel.

    The redacted report will provide more details into what was uncovered during the 22-month special counsel investigation into possible collusion between Donald Trump's team and Russia and possible obstruction of justice.


    Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have prepared to subpoena the Justice Department for the full report without redactions if they do not receive it this week.

    Barr told a Senate subcommittee last week that he's planning to color-code four types of redactions: grand jury information, classified information, material about ongoing information and material affecting peripheral third parties.

    But Barr's comments to the Senate panel that the Trump campaign was spied on have further eroded his standing with Democrats. Barr will testify before the Senate and House Judiciary Committees about the Mueller report on May 1 and 2.

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    Five key moments in Nancy Pelosi’s 60 Minutes interview | Washington Post

    "From President Trump’s tax returns to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's interview on "60 Minutes" touched on a wide range of topics. Here are five of the most noteworthy moments."

    Pelosi: 'There's nobody in the country who knows better' than Trump 'that he should not be president' | TheHill

    Donald Trump has become obsessed with Nemesis Nancy

    By Daniel Cotter, Palmer Report, April 15, 2019


    Once upon a time in the United States, less than three years ago, the Executive Branch head – the President of the United States – used press releases and official means of communications for real things affecting our nation. Then “President” Donald Trump came to occupy the White House. He typically uses Twitter for the crap sandwiches he gives to the masses. Yesterday, with nothing better to do than watch television (along with any day ending with the letter “y”), he took to his favorite mode of looking like a buffoon.

    Trump’s tweet last night was about his nemesis, Nancy Pelosi. He tweeted: “Such a “puff piece” on Nancy Pelosi by @60minutes, yet her leadership has passed no meaningful Legislation. All they do is Investigate, as it turns out, crimes that they instigated & committed. The Mueller No Collusion decision wasn’t even discussed-and she was a disaster at W.H.”

    Donald Trump needs to stop watching the television set and research what Nemesis Nancy has accomplished. As Speaker, her achievements on the legislative front include the Affordable Care Act, Dodd-Frank, the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008, and the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. That is just a short list. Paul Ryan’s list: he passed a tax cut bill for the wealthy in 2017.

    In addition, various major media reports are saying that the Trump team is very troubled after being briefed about what’s in the Mueller Report about obstruction. Donald Trump is delusional as usual and his tweets over the last several days suggest a man who knows, as the New York Times’ Maggie Haberman noted this weekend, that something big is about to drop on Trump soon. His latest tweet about Nemesis Nancy is the latest proof he is running scared.

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    Trump attorneys warn accounting firm not to hand over financial records | POLITICO


    Trump attorneys William S. Consovoy and Stefan Passantino are urging Mazars USA not to comply with a subpoena that Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) plans to issue on Monday for Trump’s financial documents, calling it a politically motivated scheme to take down the president.

    “It is no secret that the Democrat Party has decided to use its new House majority to launch a flood of investigations into the president’s personal affairs in hopes of using anything they can find to damage him politically,” Consovoy and Passantino wrote to Jerry D. Bernstein, Mazars’ outside counsel.

    The attorneys said they were formally putting Mazars “on notice” — an implicit threat of legal action. They also urged Bernstein to hold off on providing the documents to Cummings until the subpoena can be litigated in court, suggesting that a protracted legal battle is likely to ensue.

    “The Democrats’ fervor has only intensified after the special counsel squelched their ‘Russia collusion’ narrative,” the attorneys continued, outlining a series of legal precedents that they argue prevents Mazars from complying with Cummings’ subpoena.

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    Trump Thinks He Has 'Won' The Mueller Report | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    "Donald Trump hasn't seen or read the Mueller report. But that won't stop him from claiming he 'won' it."

    Jail Cell Cold Open - SNL | Saturday Night Live

    "A group of prisoners (Kate McKinnon, Kenan Thompson, Pete Davidson, Chris Redd, Michael Keaton, Kyle Mooney) discuss why they got arrested."

    Weekend Update: Julian Assange Arrested - SNL | Saturday Night Live

    "Weekend Update anchors Colin Jost and Michael Che tackle the week's biggest news, like Trump threatening to funnel detained immigrants to sanctuary cities."
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    Deutsche Bank Is Subpoenaed for Trump Records by House Democrats

    By Emily Flitter and David Enrich, The New York Times, April 15, 2019


    Congressional investigators on Monday intensified their pursuit of President Trump’s personal and business financial records by issuing a subpoena to his longtime lender, Deutsche Bank.

    The two committees that issued the subpoena, the House’s Intelligence and Financial Services committees, also demanded documents from numerous other financial institutions, including JPMorgan Chase, Bank of America and Citigroup, related to possible money-laundering by people in Russia and Eastern Europe, according to three people with knowledge of the investigation.

    “The potential use of the U.S. financial system for illicit purposes is a very serious concern,” Representative Maxine Waters, the chairwoman of the Financial Services Committee, said in a statement. She added that the panel was “exploring these matters, including as they may involve the president and his associates, as thoroughly as possible pursuant to its oversight authority, and will follow the facts wherever they may lead us.”


    Alan Garten, the Trump Organization’s lawyer, said the company was weighing its options for potentially blocking Deutsche Bank from complying with the subpoena.

    Deutsche Bank’s longstanding relationship with Mr. Trump is a central element of the joint committee investigation. Over the past two decades, Deutsche Bank has been the only mainstream bank consistently willing to do business with Mr. Trump, who has a long history of defaults and bankruptcies. The bank has lent him well over $2 billion, and Mr. Trump had more than $300 million in outstanding loans from Deutsche Bank by the time he took office, making the German bank the president’s biggest creditor.

    Kerrie McHugh, a Deutsche Bank spokeswoman, said the company was “engaged in a productive dialogue” with the committees. “We remain committed to providing appropriate information to all authorized investigations in a manner consistent with our legal obligations,” she said.

    Representative Adam Schiff, the chairman of the Intelligence Committee, described the subpoena to Deutsche Bank as “friendly” and said the German lender had been cooperative.

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    House Judiciary Chairman Appears On Sunday TV And Hands Trump His Ass

    By Caleb Newton, Bipartisan Report, April 14, 2019

    Little seems sacred to President Donald Trump. In recent days, he’s turned 9/11 into a political weapon, tweeting a video that’s been viewed millions of times and counting that interspersed remarks from Muslim Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and footage from that day, seeming to implicate her in the attacks on account of her faith. House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.) responded to the president’s behavior this weekend, shredding the basis on which he put it. According to the Congressman, Trump quite simply has no basis to be acting as though he’s in a place to be speaking authoritatively about the 9/11 terror attacks.

    Nadler told CNN’s State of the Union host Jake Tapper:

    ‘9/11 occurred in my district. I’m very familiar with it. I know people, a lot of people who suffered from it… The president, he wasn’t president then but Donald Trump actually took a $150,000 grant from the Bush administration. They let him take a $150,000 grant meant for small businesses for 40 Wall Street. He stole $150,000 from some small businessperson who could have used it to help rehabilitate himself… He has no moral authority to be talking about 9/11 at all.’

    Nadler is correct that Trump took advantage of a program meant to support small businesses in the aftermath of the attacks, even after he said that the building he took it for suffered no physical damage from the calamity. 40 Wall Street, which he still owns, is under a mile away from the World Trade Center site.

    Other major corporations in the area actually utilized the same program for their own local operations in the aftermath of the attack, utilizing a loophole in the distribution of the funds meant for small businesses. As Fortune has explained it, although according to no federal standard were businesses like the 40 Wall Street development “small,” the state agency that distributed the money didn’t adhere to those federal standards. The Empire State Development Corp. defined a small business at the time as one with less than 500 employees rather than the federal standard of a cap at $6 million in revenue. Thus, claiming economic hardship opened the door to cash for Trump and others — and in the time since, it’s only become abundantly more clear how easily the eventual president rushed to cooking his books. He stands credibly accused of bank, insurance, and tax fraud, and assessments he’s produced of his personal financial standing for potential partners that mischaracterize the actual situation — at best — have surfaced, providing tangible evidence.

    Nadler has actually taken on this issue before. During the 2016 election season, when Donald Trump was still just a presidential candidate, he wrote an open letter calling on him to return the money. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Trump did no such thing, and he didn’t do the alternative Nadler presented either of donating the money to a relevant charity.

    That hasn’t stopped Trump from moralizing about 9/11 all the same. The video that he tweeted tying Omar to the attacks has been seen by many as inciting violence against the Congresswoman, who has already faced serious threats multiple times from at least two different people who’ve now been arrested. It’s not clear if Trump cares.


    Anderson Cooper calls out Trump for his hypocrisy on Ilhan Omar | CNN

    "CNN's Anderson Cooper reacts to President Trump's tweet attacking Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) over comments she recently made about 9/11, emphasizing that Trump is conveniently ignoring his past of mistruths and Islamophobia."
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    Trump’s new Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, confirmed days ago, is now under investigation
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    Sarah Sanders Says Congress Is Not "Smart Enough" for Trump's Tax Returns: A Closer Look | Late Night with Seth Meyers

    "Seth takes a closer look at President Trump still resisting calls to release his tax returns while complaining about immigration laws."
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    Anderson Cooper: If Trump's not worried, why is he tweeting? | CNN

    "CNN's Anderson Cooper discusses new reporting that current and former Trump administration officials are dreading the release of the Mueller report and worry that the President may "go bonkers.""

    Trump's Bad Advice For The Notre Dame Cathedral | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    "As heartbroken Parisians looked up helplessly as Notre Dame Cathedral burned, President Trump proposed a bold solution via Twitter: water!"

    Bill Burr Thinks The Joe Biden Scandal Is A Total Overreaction - CONAN on TBS | Team Coco

    "As Bill puts it, "it’s not like he went for side boob.""
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    Live: Mueller report is out | CNN


    The Department of Justice has released a redacted version of the special counsel Robert Mueller's report. You can read the searchable report here.

    CNN is reviewing the report now, and we'll post highlights here.


    Read the full Mueller report | CNN

    Speed Read: Trump’s ‘I’m Fucked’ Explosion and Other ‘Crazy Shit’ From the Mueller Report | Daily Beast


    According to the report, the president had a near-meltdown after learning that Mueller had been appointed on May 17, 2017, to investigate his campaign’s potential ties with the Russian government — screaming that then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions had “let [him] down,” and that “you were supposed to protect me.”

    According to Sessions’ recollection, Trump “slumped back in his chair” and said, “Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I’m fucked.”

    Trump then began lashing out at Sessions, asking “how could you let this happen?”

    “Everyone tells me if you get one of these independent counsels it ruins your presidency,” Trump said, according to Sessions. “It takes years and years and I won’t be able to do anything. This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.”

    The president then told Sessions that he should resign, a demand to which Sessions originally agreed before backing off, the report says. According to former White House communications director Hope Hicks, the president was more despondent than she had seen at any other point than the publication of the Access Hollywood tape.


    Mueller Report Reveals Shocking New Details About Trump, Russia, Obstruction | Daily Beast

    Mueller cannot confidently state Trump didn’t obstruct justice | POLITICO

    These are the 10 episodes Mueller investigated for obstruction of justice | Vox
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    Mueller had everything he needed to charge Trump with obstruction, but didn't | CNN


    If Robert Mueller wanted to charge President Donald Trump with obstruction, he found all he needed to do it.

    And he found it on multiple fronts. But he didn't make a decision on whether to bring the case.

    Mueller's report Thursday walked through excruciating detail of evidence in the obstruction of justice investigation and legal analysis, hitting over and over again how prosecutors had enough to meet the legal threshold for a case against Trump.

    The special counsel examined multiple incidents for potential obstruction. It showed how Trump's actions crossed the threshold for a case when Trump confronted former FBI Director James Comey to "let" national security adviser Michael Flynn go; when Trump fired Comey; when Trump directed his former White House counsel Don McGahn to shut down Mueller; and when Trump tweeted about his former campaign chairman Paul Manafort's charges as he headed to trial.

    In each of these situations, Mueller found evidence that Trump took steps to harm an investigation, had the ability to harm an investigation and had a personal motivation to harm the investigation.

    The decision not to charge Trump with a crime means the President and his allies can claim a clean victory following the nearly two-year probe, but the evidence Mueller gathered and that Congress can still investigate suggests that conclusions about the President's actions could still come.

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    The Episodes of Potential Obstruction of Justice by Trump in the Mueller Report | The New York Times

    "Here are the key moments in the investigation into whether President Trump obstructed justice."
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    Colbert Gets His Copy Of The Mueller Report | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    "After two years of waiting (mostly) patiently, Stephen finally gets his hands on the Mueller report. And it was worth the wait."

    There's Some 'Crazy Shit' In The Mueller Report | The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

    "Did Donald Trump obstruct justice from the White House? Well, according to the Mueller report, he certainly tried to."
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    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 19 hours ago
    “Donald Trump was being framed, he fought back. That is not Obstruction.” @JesseBWatters I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to. I had the RIGHT to use Executive Privilege. I didn’t!

    Donald J. Trump‏t @realDonaldTrump 17 hours ago
    Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President. He was told about it and did nothing! Most importantly, the vote was not affected.

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 17 hours ago
    When there is not an underlying crime with regard to Collusion (in fact, the whole thing was a made up fraud), it is difficult to say that someone is obstructing something. There was no underlying crime.” @marthamaccallum @FoxNews

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 16 hours ago
    “If dozens of Federal prosecutors spent two years trying to charge you with a crime, and found they couldn’t, it would mean there wasn’t any evidence you did it - and that’s what happened here - that’s what we just learned from the Mueller Report.” @TuckerCarlson

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 16 hours ago
    “The Mueller Report is perhaps the single most humiliating thing that has ever happened to the White House Press in the history of this Country. They know they lied...Many reporters lied about Russia Collusion and so much more. Clapper & Brennan, all lies” @TuckerCarlson

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 5 hours ago
    Statements are made about me by certain people in the Crazy Mueller Report, in itself written by 18 Angry Democrat Trump Haters, which are fabricated & totally untrue. Watch out for people that take so-called “notes,” when the notes never existed until needed. Because I never....

    Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump 4 hours ago
    ...agreed to testify, it was not necessary for me to respond to statements made in the “Report” about me, some of which are total bullshit & only given to make the other person look good (or me to look bad). This was an Illegally Started Hoax that never should have happened, a...
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    Nadler subpoenas DOJ for full version of the Mueller report | POLITICO


    House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler on Friday issued a subpoena to the Justice Department for an unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, in addition to the underlying grand jury evidence and testimony.

    The subpoena, which demands the material by May 1, escalates the House’s confrontation with Attorney General William Barr, whom Democrats have accused of whitewashing Mueller’s findings and misleading the public about the nature of the special counsel's conclusions in order to protect President Donald Trump.

    “My committee needs and is entitled to the full version of the report and the underlying evidence consistent with past practice," Nadler (D-N.Y.) said in a statement. "Even the redacted version of the report outlines serious instances of wrongdoing by President Trump and some of his closest associates. It now falls to Congress to determine the full scope of that alleged misconduct and to decide what steps we must take going forward.”

    Mueller’s report, which Barr released Thursday with limited redactions, painted a devastating picture of Trump’s efforts to curtail or restrict Mueller’s investigation of Russian links to the Trump campaign in 2016. Mueller also found that despite numerous contacts between Trump associates and Russians — as well as a clearly established Russian effort to help elect Trump — the evidence didn’t prove that anyone in Trump’s orbit conspired with the Russian government.

    But Democrats say they need to see the fully unredacted report and underlying evidence for their own investigations. In some instances, Mueller reported that Trump satisfied all the elements of an obstruction crime but emphasized that he drew no “ultimate conclusion” about his conduct because of Justice Department constraints on indicting a sitting president. The Judiciary Committee is already investigating Trump for obstruction of justice and has requested documents.

    The committee initially authorized Nadler to issue the subpoena earlier this month after it became clear that Barr was not going to release the full, unredacted report and all of the underlying evidence. Democrats have called on Barr to ask a court to release the grand jury information, which is usually kept secret. Barr told lawmakers last week that he does not intent to seek that court order, but he invited Democrats to go to court themselves to get their hands on the information.

    The subpoena served on Friday came after Democrats say they exhausted all of their options to obtain the full report voluntarily. Nadler said last week that he wanted to “show the court that we’re making every effort to reach an accommodation ... because that strengthens the case for enforcement of the subpoena.”

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    Nadler vows to hold 'major' hearings on Mueller findings | The Washington Post


    House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., vowed Friday to hold "major" public hearings in the wake of the Mueller report. Speaking to WNYC radio in New York, Nadler indicated that besides hearing from Barr and Mueller, he is planning to summon several figures key to the report's findings.

    "We will have major hearings," Nadler said. "Barr and Mueller are just the first. We will call a lot of other people. We'll see who they are. We will get to the bottom of this."

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    Mueller Witnesses Who Once Served in White House Now Fear Trump’s Ire

    I’m surprised at Corey and it would be delicious if trump spurns him.
    This is an interactive Venn diagram of witnesses.

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    Sarah Huckabee Sanders Accuses Media of Anti-Liar Bias

    By Andy Borowitz, The New Yorker, April 19, 2019


    Reacting to the journalist April Ryan’s call for her to be fired, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said, on Friday, that she has been the victim of the media’s “widespread anti-liar bias.”

    “From their obsession with fact-checking to their relentless attacks on falsehoods, the media have made no secret of their bias,” Sanders said. “It’s open season on liars in America.”

    “This is media hypocrisy at its very worst,” she added. “The same journalists who advocate freedom of speech want to take that freedom away from anyone whose speech consists entirely of lies.”

    “This is nothing more or less than a direct attack on the lying life style,” she said. “You take away my right to lie and you take away my ability to earn a living.”

    Kellyanne Conway, the White House senior counsellor, spoke out in support of Sanders, telling reporters, “An attack on one liar is an attack on all liars.”

    “Our country has seen some dark days, from the Bowling Green Massacre to the bugging of the White House microwave,” she said. “But this might be the darkest.”


    Defiant Sarah Huckabee Sanders Claims She Doesn’t Know Where Voice Comes From When She Opens Mouth | The Onion


    Insisting she was not culpable for the inexplicable contents of her spoken communications, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders defiantly claimed Friday that she doesn’t know where the voice comes from when she opens her mouth.

    “Listen, I don’t control where these words come from, okay? When I open my mouth, they just start pouring out of me automatically,” said a combative Huckabee Sanders, contending that she cannot be held responsible for the eerie, guttural rumbling that originates in her gut and slowly works its way up to her mouth, resulting in a disturbing oratory operating outside of her conscious awareness.

    “It’s detestable that the press would pin the words that come out of my mouth on me. Don’t you dare question my motives by blaming me for this mysterious force using my voice to communicate with the media. Is it a demon? A machine? Could it be a tiny woman living inside my vocal cords? I don’t have the answer. All I know is that when I open my mouth, the world goes dark and then I’ll come to later with no memory whatsoever of what just happened. I’m telling you — this isn’t me.”

    At press time, Huckabee Sanders expressed confusion at how she was managing to say any of this at all.

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    Donald Trump, sons sue to block House Democrats from obtaining his financial records | CNN


    President Donald Trump is going to court to try to block a Democratically-controlled congressional committee from obtaining his financial records through a subpoena.

    The lawsuit is the first case where Trump has sued to try to stymie House Democrats' investigations into the President. But the court filing is only the first skirmish in what's likely to be a multi-front war between House Democrats and Trump, the White House and the President's businesses.

    Trump and the Trump Organization filed suit Monday to stop the House Oversight Committee -- chaired by Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Maryland -- from obtaining financial records from Mazars, an accounting firm that Trump used to prepare financial statements. The committee subpoenaed for 10 years' worth of Trump's financial records after the firm requested a so-called "friendly subpoena."

    In Monday's court filing, Trump's lawyers accused House Democrats of being "singularly obsessed with finding something they can use to damage the President politically."

    Cummings dismissed the legal complaint as reading "more like political talking points than a reasoned legal brief," and said it contains "a litany of inaccurate information."

    "The President has a long history of trying to use baseless lawsuits to attack his adversaries, but there is simply no valid legal basis to interfere with this duly authorized subpoena from Congress," Cummings said. "The White House is engaged in unprecedented stonewalling on all fronts, and they have refused to produce a single document or witness to the Oversight Committee during this entire year."

    Trump has claimed that Mueller's report that was released last week exonerated him on both the investigations into collusion and obstruction of justice. But the end of the Mueller investigation has also kicked the Democratic-led investigations into Trump, his administration and his businesses into high gear -- giving Democrats both a road map as well as a better sense of what areas are ripe for additional investigation.

    Following the release of the partially-redacted Mueller report, Democrats have turned up the heat on their investigations into the President's finances,which received little mention in the special counsel's report.

    In addition to the House Oversight Committee subpoena to Mazars, the House Intelligence and Financial Services panels have subpoenaed nine financial institutions as part of an investigation into Trump's finances. The President's personal lawyers have reacted by sending letters to companies and the Treasury Department to argue they should not be handing over the information.

    A separate panel, the House Judiciary Committee, has issued a subpoena for special counsel Robert Mueller's unredacted report and underlying evidence, and chairman Jerry Nadler of New York has said he will go to court to obtain those records.

    And House Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal, who has requested six years' worth of the President's personal and business tax returns, is gearing up for a prolonged legal battle for the tax information if the Department of Treasury does not comply by the April 23 deadline.

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    Trump and His Businesses Sue House Democrats to Hide Accounting Records | The New York Times


    On Monday, a spokeswoman for Mazars declined to comment on the suit but said the company would “respect this process and will comply with all legal obligations.”

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    About Jacob Wohl, a perennial Trump fanboy until banned from twitter. He went to Minneapolis in a bullet-proof vest because Minneapolis is so dangerous because Muslims. He wanted to prove that Rep Omar-D married her own brother. He faked death threats against himself and gave them to police.One of the threats came from one of Jacobs false twitter accounts, previously identified as one of Jacobs false twitter accounts. The activist who arranged the trip and went to the police with Jacob now says ““I don’t know what’s going to happen, but man, it doesn’t involve me, and I’m pretty excited about that”
    Wiki article on Jacob A095C2A1-8759-4C28-A784-33B099383A16.png
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    House panel issues subpoena to former White House counsel McGahn | CNN


    The House Judiciary Committee has served former White House counsel Don McGahn with a subpoena as part of its investigation into obstruction of justice, a move to bring in a key player with direct knowledge about President Donald Trump's efforts to undermine the Russia probe.

    The Democratic-led panel authorized subpoenas earlier this month for McGahn and four other White House officials as part of its sweeping investigation into possible obstruction of justice, corruption and abuse of power. But it waited until Monday to issue the subpoena to McGahn, seeking documents and testimony from the former White House counsel.

    The subpoena asks McGahn testify before the committee on May 21 and provide documents on three-dozen topics by May 7.

    The move is the clearest indication yet that Nadler's committee is plotting an extensive examination into the President's actions outlined in the Mueller report. The committee has already served the Justice Department with a subpoena for the full Mueller report and the underlying evidence, demanding the documents by May 1.

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    New York State obtains Donald Trump's financial records

    By Bill Palmer, Palmer Report, April 24, 2019


    Last month, House Financial Services Committee Chair Maxine Waters appeared on MSNBC and revealed that Deutsche Bank had already begun giving her Donald Trump’s financial records. This subtly made clear that Trump’s financial crimes will play a key role in any impeachment process brought against him. But Trump can’t be indicted and arrested on a federal level until he’s out of office, right? Now he has an entirely different problem: New York State.

    Deutsche Bank has now begun turning over Donald Trump’s financial records to New York Attorney General Tish James, according to reports today from CNN and other major news outlets. This is a big deal for a few reasons. It means that Congress and New York State are going to be working with the same evidence at the same time.

    If impeachment hearings expose that Trump committed a certain financial crime that’s particularly egregious, such as taking money from Russia and lying about it – which is entirely feasible considering the history that Trump and Deutsche Bank both have with money laundering and Vladimir Putin – New York State can go ahead and act on it immediately. That could mean New York seizing Trump’s ill-gotten assets while he’s still in office. It could even mean New York criminally indicting Trump on state charges while he’s still in office, if James wants to try going there.

    At the least, it means that New York can have state level indictments lined up against Donald Trump for the minute he’s no longer in office. If the Feds at the SDNY don’t immediately arrest Trump after he exits office, New York State will – and no future president can pardon state charges. Also, if Donald Trump’s banking records reveal that other people in the Trump Organization have committed crimes, New York State can easily indict and arrest them while Trump is still in office.


    Deutsche Bank begins process of providing Trump financial records to New York's Attorney General | CNN
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    Donald Trump sent 3 tweets on the Mueller probe this morning. He got (at least) 6 facts wrong.

    By Chris Cillizza, CNN, April 25, 2019


    President Donald Trump has been, even by his own lofty standards, on a bit of a Twitter bender over the last week or so -- simultaneously rejoicing in the fact that he was not charged in the Mueller report and angry at all of his critics for their unwillingness to drop the so-called "witch hunt."

    On Thursday morning, Trump launched a three-part Twitter rant about the Mueller, his former White House counsel Don McGahn and, well, all sorts of other things. By my count -- with a big assist from CNN Russia expert Marshall Cohen -- Trump got six facts wrong in just three tweets.

    Let's start with the primary source here. Here's the full tripartite Trump tweet:

    "As has been incorrectly reported by the Fake News Media, I never told then White House Counsel Don McGahn to fire Robert Mueller, even though I had the legal right to do so. If I wanted to fire Mueller, I didn't need McGahn to do it, I could have done it myself. Nevertheless Mueller was NOT fired and was respectfully allowed to finish his work on what I, and many others, say was an illegal investigation (there was no crime), headed by a Trump hater who was highly conflicted, and a group of 18 VERY ANGRY Democrats. DRAIN THE SWAMP! Despite the fact that the Mueller Report was "composed" by Trump Haters and Angry Democrats, who had unlimited funds and human resources, the end result was No Collusion, No Obstruction. Amazing!"

    Oh, it's amazing, all right.

    Now, for the facts.

    1.The Mueller report made clear that not only did Trump tell McGahn to get rid of Mueller but, when The New York Times broke that news, he called McGahn into his office again to ask him to issue a statement denying that the incident had occurred. McGahn refused. McGahn spent more than 30 hours in interviews with the special counsel's office as did numerous other members of McGahn's office and Trump's team. Now, did Trump tell McGahn to "fire" Mueller, or simply to get rid of him? Trump may be trying to hang his hat on the specific word "fire" but that's a distinction without a difference.

    2. Trump's claim that he could have fired Mueller if he had wanted to isn't exactly accurate. First of all, Trump wouldn't be the one directly doing the firing -- that would fall to the Justice Department, where Mueller was technically an employee. Second, Department of Justice regulations make clear that a special counsel can only be removed for "good cause," like misconduct, medical reasons, or violating internal policies. And Attorney General William Barr, in his confirmation hearings, made clear that he would resign rather than remove Mueller without good cause.

    3. The Mueller probe wasn't illegal. Trump repeats this over and over again based on a spurious claim: That the FBI's counter-intelligence investigation was begun because of the opposition research document put together by former British Intelligence officer Christopher Steele. But that's not the full picture. The counter-intelligence probe started because Australian officials warned their US counterparts that a Trump aide -- George Papadopoulos -- had been bragging that he knew the Russians had dirt on Clinton. When WikiLeaks began releasing hacked DNC emails, the Australians got in touch with the Americans. And then there's the fact that multiple judges upheld Mueller's appointment, his authority, and the prosecutorial decisions he's made throughout the process.

    4. There's zero evidence that Mueller was "conflicted" much less "highly conflicted," as Trump claims. Trump's entire premise is based on the fact that Mueller once was a member of his golf club in Virginia and, when he left, there was a debate over dues owed. (As Mueller explained in his report, the decision was based on the fact that his family lived in Washington and rarely was able to use the Virginia club.) In May 2017, the Department of Justice confirmed that Mueller had no ethical issues that would keep him from carrying out the investigation fairly. "(W)e can confirm that the department ethics experts have reviewed the matters and determined that Mr. Mueller's participation in the matters assigned to him is appropriate," said a DOJ release at the time. And, according to the Mueller report, McGahn, Trump's own top lawyer, explained to Trump that Mueller wasn't "conflicted."

    5. Trump's claim that he "respectfully" let Mueller do his job is laughable. Put aside the near-constant Twitter attacks about the probe's illegality and the alleged biases of the investigators and you are still left with a series of episodes in which Trump seemed set on disrupting the probe. As documented in the Mueller report, Trump sought to have Mueller removed, tried to limit the scope of Mueller's investigation to only future election interference, tried to force then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions to un-recuse himself in the investigation and pressured several aides to issue public denials about incidents he knew to be true. That's a funny way of showing respect.

    6. The idea that Mueller found Trump had committed "no obstruction" is disputed by the text of the report itself. Wrote Mueller and his team: "(I)f we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the President clearly did not commit obstruction of justice, we would so state. Based on the facts and the applicable legal standards, we are unable to reach that judgment. ... Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him." In the report, Mueller also makes clear that one of the reasons he did not recommend Trump be charged with obstruction is because under Justice Department guidelines a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime. Therefore, Mueller didn't even consider it.

    There's one other thing to keep in mind as Trump seeks to edit (or abolish) the established facts in the Mueller investigation: The President had the opportunity to sit down with Mueller and explain everything, and he chose not to do so. His lawyers resisted repeated pleas by Mueller for an in-person interview, eventually only submitting written answers. Why? Well, Trump's lawyers have complained of possible "perjury trap." You can't lie during interviews with investigators. It's a federal crime. (Just ask former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn.) If Trump had repeated some of these lies to Mueller, we could be in a very different place right now.

    Trump is actively working to mold the Mueller report and its findings to fit his own narrative. But as Thursday morning's tweetstorm proves, the President's narrative falls way short on facts.


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