Tag: Mueller

Raid on Paul Manafort’s home looked for evidence on Trump Tower meeting, new Mueller document shows

New court filings by Special Counsel Robert Mueller give more insight into just why the FBI conducted the now famous raid on the home and office of Donald Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort.  Manafort’s legal team is contending that the now famous early morning raid on Manafort’s home constituted an illegal search. In particular, the …

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Mueller Views Trump’s ‘Dangling Pardons’ as Potential Obstruction of Justice, Legal Analyst Says

The president is talking about pardons an awful lot in recent days. There may be a reason for that. Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Donald Trump's recent efforts to exercise his pardon power as a part of his potential intention to obstruct justice, according to former U.S. Attorney Harry Litman. Litman made argued …

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Can Trump fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller?

Yes, but at a huge cost to our system, and to Trump’s presidency. Begin with the law: Justice Department regulations issued in 1999, in the wake of Kenneth Starr’s investigation of Bill Clinton, say that only an Attorney General can remove a special counsel, and not just for any reason. Such a removal must be …

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Abbreviated pundit roundup: Comey memos, protecting Mueller and more

We begin today’s roundup with Stephen Collinson at CNN and his analysis of the Comey memos: If House Republicans thought they were helping President Donald Trump by forcing the release of James Comey’s memos, they might want to think again. The documents written by the then-FBI director, detailing his interactions with Trump, present a contemporaneous and …

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Read the Newly Released Comey Memos That Helped Launch the Mueller Investigation

Republicans lawmakers pressed for the release of the former FBI director's records. Former FBI Director James Comey famously kept detailed memos of his interactions with President Donald Trump before the president fired him. Those memos played a key role in initiating special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. Now, the memos have finally been released. Congressional Republicans …

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Grassley moving forward with Mueller probe protection bill, no matter what McConnell says

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made it clear Tuesday that he is going to protect Donald Trump to the greatest extent possible, saying of legislation to protect special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe that “we will not be having this on the floor of the Senate.” He’s going to have to take that up with Judiciary …

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McConnell says he will not allow vote on bill protecting Mueller from firing

Republican Senate majority leader says bill is ‘not necessary’ because Trump will not fire special counsel, despite bipartisan fears The Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, has said he will not allow a vote on a bill that would protect the special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by Donald Trump, despite bipartisan concern that the …

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Former DOJ officials urge GOP Congress to act ‘swiftly and forcefully’ if Trump fires Mueller

Everyone except Republican lawmakers appears to be girding for the possibility that Donald Trump will move to squelch the special counsel investigation by firing or otherwise hamstringing Robert Mueller. The New York Times editorial board warned on Sunday, “The president is not above the law,” and more than 400 former Justice Department officials have now signed …

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Cartoon: Firing Mueller

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Saturday open thread for night owls: 100s of ex-DOJ officials blast Trump’s attacks on Mueller

Some 250 former Department of Justice officials have signed a letter posted on Medium expressing their objections to the way Pr*sident Trump has attacked the department and the Russia investigation.  Elie Mystal, executive editor of the website Above the Law, notes: I don’t expect this letter to convince Trump; our National Legal Adviser, Fox & …

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