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"exonerates trump" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM

KTAR 92.3FM

13:59 min | 2 years ago

"exonerates trump" Discussed on KTAR 92.3FM

"That's still and other Confederate spread these absurdities too naive or partisan reporters and to top officials in numerous government agencies including the FBI the department of justice and the state department among other things the FBI used dossier allegations to obtain a warrant to spy on the trunk campaign despite acknowledging dasi allocate dossier allegations as being salacious and unverified former FBI director James Comey briefed those allegations to president Obama and president elect trump those briefings conveniently leak to the press resulting in the publication of the dossier and launching thousands of false press stories based on the word of the foreign ex five one who admitted he was desperate the trump lose the election and he was eventually fired as a F. B. I. source for leaking to the press after coming himself was fired by his own admission he leaked derogatory information on president trump to the press for the specific purpose and successfully so of engineering the appointment of a special counsel who sits here before us today the FBI investigation was marred by further corruption and bizarre abuses top DOJ official Bruce or whose own wife worked on fusion GPS as anti trump operation fed steals information to the FBI even after the FBI fired steel the top FBI investigator in his lover another top FBI official constantly texted about how much they hated trunk and wanted to stop him from being elected and the entire investigation was opened based not on five eyes intelligence but on a tip from a foreign politician about a conversation involving jokes of Mr he's a Maltese diplomat who is widely portrayed as a Russian agent but seems to have far more connections with western governments including our own FBI and our own state department then with Russia brazenly ignoring all these red flags as well as the transparent absurdity of the claims they are making the Democrats have argued for nearly three years that evidence of collusion is hidden just around the corner like the loch ness monster they insist it's there even if no one can find consider this in March two thousand seventeen Democrats on this committee so they have more than circumstantial evidence of collusion but they couldn't reveal it yet Mr Miller was soon appointed and they said he would find the collusion there were no collusion was found Mister Miller's indictments the Democrats said we find it in his final report then when there was no collusion in the report we were told Attorney General Barr was hiding then when it was clear bar wasn't hiding anything we were told it will be revealed through a hearing with Mister Muller himself and now that Mr Miller is here they're claiming that the collision has actually been in his report all along hidden in plain sight and the right there is collusion in plain sight collision between Russia and the Democratic Party the Democrats colluded with Russian sources to develop the still dossier and Russian lawyer Natalia muscle sky a colluded with the dossiers qui architect fusion GPS had plans Simpson the Democrats of already admitted both in interviews and through their usual anonymous statements to reporters that today's hearing is not about getting information at all they said they want to quote bring the molar report to life and create a television moment through ploys like having Mister Muller recite passages from his own report in other words this hearing is political theater it's a hell merry attempt to convince the American people that collusion is real and that is concealed in the report granted that's a strange argument to make about a report that is public it's almost like the Democrats prepared arguments accusing Mr bar of hiding the report I didn't bother to update their claims once you publish the entire thing among congressional Democrats the rush investigation was never about finding the truth it's always been a simple media operation by their own accounts this operation continues in this room today once again numerous pressing issues this committee needs to address are put on hold to and golds the political fantasies of people who believed it was their destiny to serve Hillary Clinton's administration it's time for the curtain to close on the rush a hoax the conspiracy theory is dead at some point I would argue we're going to have to get back to work until then I yield back the balance of my time to insure fairness and make sure that our hearing is prompt I know we got a late start director Mahler the hearing will be structured as follows each member of the committee will be forty five minutes to ask questions beginning with the chair and ranking member as chair I will recognize there after an alternating fashion and descending order seniority members of the majority and minority after each member has asked his or her questions the ranking member will be afforded an additional five minutes ask questions followed by the chair will have additional five questions five minutes for questions ranking member and the chair will not be permitted to delegate or yield our final round of questions to any other member I after six members of the majority of six members the minority have concluded their five minute rounds of questions will take a five or ten minute break that we understand you've requested before resuming the hearing with congressman Swalwell starting his round of questions special counsel Miller is accompanied today by Erin's athlete who served as deputy special counsel from may twenty seventeen until may twenty nineteen and that day to day oversight of the special counsel's investigation Mister Muller Mr sadly resigned from the department of justice at the end of may twenty nineteen when the special counsel's office was closed both Mr Mahler and Mr assembly will be available to answer questions today I will be sworn in consistent with the rules of the house and the committee Mister Muller Mr subways appearance today before the committee is in keeping with the committee's longstanding practice of receiving testimony from current or former department of justice and FBI personnel regarding open and closed investigative matters hearing is under oath and before before we begin your testimony Mister Muller exactly would you please rise and raise your right hands to be sworn this webelements do you swear or affirm that the testimony you are about to give at this hearing is the whole truth and nothing but the truth thank you the record will reflect that the witnesses have been duly sworn ranking member thank you Mister chair I just want to clarify you're listening live to the house intelligence committee Muller hearings on KTAR news we're here to ask a director molar questions he serwis council our size not going to be a direct any questions to Mr assembly and we have concerns about his prior representation of the Hillary Clinton campaign aide so I just want to voice that concern that we do have we will not be any questions answers avoid today I think the regular member I realize as you probably do Mr simply that there is a angry man down the street is not happy about your being here today but it is up to this committee and not anyone else who will be allowed to be sworn in and testify and you are welcome as a private citizen to testify and members may direct their questions to wherever they choose a with that director mother you are recognized for any opening remarks you'd like to make okay afternoon chairmanship a ranking member Nunez and members of the committee I testified this morning before the house Judiciary Committee I ask that the opening statement I made before that committee be incorporated into the record here without objection for I understand that this committee has a unique jurisdiction that you are interested in further understanding the counterintelligence implications of our investigation so let me say a word about how we handled the potential impact of our investigation on counterintelligence matters as we explain in our report the special counsel regulations effectively gave me the role of United States Attorney as a result we structured our investigation around evidence for possible use in prosecution of federal crimes we did not reach what you would call counter intelligence conclusions we did however set up process sees in the office to identify and past counterintelligence information on to the FBI members of our office periodically brief the FBI about counter intelligence information in addition there were agents and analysts from the FBI we're not on our team but his job was to identify counter intelligence information in our files and to the end and to disseminate that information to the FBI for these reasons questions about what the FBI has done with the counter intelligence information obtained from our investigation should be directed to the FBI I also want to reiterate a few points that I made this morning I am not making any judgments or offering opinions about the guilt or innocence in any pending case it is unusual for a prosecutor to testify about a criminal investigation and given my role as a prosecutor there are reasons why my testimony will necessarily be limited first public testimony could affect several ongoing matters in some of these matters court rules or judicial orders limit the disclosure of information to protect the fairness of the proceedings and consistent with longstanding justice department policy it would be inappropriate for me to comment in any way that could affect an ongoing matter second the justice department has asserted privileges concerning investigative information and decisions ongoing matters within the justice department and deliberations within our office these are justice department privileges that I will respect the department has released a letter discussing the restrictions on my testimony but I therefore will not be able to answer questions about certain areas that I know are of public interest for example I am unable to address questions about the opening of the F. B. I.'s Russian investigation which occurred much before my appointment what matters related to the so called steel dossier these matters are the subject of ongoing review by the department any questions on these topics should therefore be directed to the FBI or the justice department third as I explain this morning it is important for me to adhere to what we wrote in our report the report contains our findings and analysis and the reason for the decisions we may we stayed at the results of our investigation with precision I do not intend to summarize or describe the results of our work in a different way in the course of my testimony today as I stated in may I also will not comment on the actions of the Attorney General or of Congress I was appointed as a prosecutor and I intend to adhere to that role and to the department's standards that govern finally as I said this morning over the course of my career I've seen a number of challenges to our democracy the Russian government efforts to interfere in our luncheon is among the most serious and I am sure that the committee agrees now before we go to questions I want to add one correction to my testimony this morning want to go back to one thing that was said this morning by Mister Lou who said and I quote you didn't charge the president because of the LC opinion that is not the correct way to say it as we say in the report and as I said at the opening we did not reach a determination as to whether the president committed a crime and with that Mister chairman right answer questions all right that is the opening statements from representatives Schiff noon yes and Robert Muller as the testimony the hearing the house intelligence committee begins there's a lot of theater and there is a lot of politics at play here right now but I think that there was one moment early on with the chairman Adam ship when he said.

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Nadler has privately voiced support for impeachment inquiry against Trump: report

KQED Radio Show

00:30 sec | 2 years ago

Nadler has privately voiced support for impeachment inquiry against Trump: report

"The head of the Judiciary Committee Jerrold Nadler told fox news Sunday he believes there is substantial evidence that president trump is guilty of high crimes and misdemeanors the constitutional standard for impeachment molars report had found there was not sufficient evidence that the trump campaign conspired with Russia to swing the twenty sixteen election from sway the report also said it could not exonerate trump of trying to obstruct the investigation into Russian interference this is NPR

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Jeffrey Epstein charged with sex trafficking dozens of girls

The Andrew Klavan Show

03:43 min | 2 years ago

Jeffrey Epstein charged with sex trafficking dozens of girls

"This brings me to alleged crafting jeffrey epstein who has been arrested again for allegedly raping and pimping allegedly underage girls likely a legit scumbag he allegedly is as i sit here talking epsteins wikipedia entry is being rewritten the edit out epsteins good pow now infrequent companion bill clinton epsteins longtime supporter of the democrat party is being left and mentioned the news stories malfeasance by democrat prosecutors in florida is being overlooked and labor secretary alex acosta's being set up as the soul scapegoat for guy esteems unfathomably widespread alleged history of inhuman abused and that's mostly because of costa provides a tenuous connection between epstein you guessed it donald trump now i'm not exonerating trump anything he hung out with epstein somewhat and maybe he joined in the satanic fun i don't know but this is a story we should watch carefully because through this story will be able to determine who among are journalists and politicians titians cares but the truth and who only cares power because only the truth tellers should be trusted with our news without history and with our freedom and you're already watching these people fall out let's talk about this story a little bit i just want to redo from from the wall street journal financing's jeffrey epstein was indicted in new york on federal sex trafficking charges stemming from an alleged scheme to exploit underage girls another track chapter in lurid legal drama that surrounded the politically connected money manager for or years so he was brought into court yesterday was wearing the prison is jail outfit city leftist shoveled but com this is after he was arrested saturday at teeter borough airport which is in jersey a he was coming back from paris on his private jet so he's really been a lifestyle is really been disturbed by all this 'em they are charging that he drew the latest charges that he drew underage girls to his townhouse in new york into his place in i believe palm springs a florida and it would have been given massages massages of course turn sexual and and then a well let me put on a jeff berman d u s attorney in new york a talking about what what else epstein i've seen also paid certainly victims to recruit additional girls to be similarly abused disallowed epstein to create an ever expanding web of new victims this conduct as alleged went on for years and it involves dozens of young girls some his youngest fourteen years old at the time but they were allegedly abused as alleged that scene was well aware that many of the victims were minors and not surprisingly many of underage girls at epstein allegedly victimize work particularly vulnerable exploitation alleged behavior shocks the conscience and while the charts conduct is from a number of years ago it is still profoundly important to the many alleged victims now young women they deserve their day in court so we are proud to be standing up for them by bringing this indict now i know it always gets me about these guys the guys virtually a billionaire i mean it has hundreds of millions of dollars given the way the world is i'm sure he could have hot and cold running eighteen year olds ali wondering why these guys cannot keep their hands off children i do not know i believe the town that i'm sitting in now this the town of loss angeles i believe

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"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

02:51 min | 2 years ago

"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

"No, no, no. I'm as conservative, as I've ever been on all policy issues. This isn't about a partisanship other Republicans stood up and said, I'm a Republican, but I see your point. And I'm on principle in favor of going ahead with impeachment. Even if the Senate wouldn't act to remove the president, what is your sense of Republicans out there, and what the range of opinion is how much Republican support or at least agreement acquiescence might there, be if the House Democrats were to impeach. Well, I think the House Democrats were to impeach, they would have to go through the entire hearing process television coverage gavel-to-gavel just like Watergate, we both lived through that Lawrence. And we know that public opinion can change the polls are not that far apart right now, but something as serious as this, you cannot blindly follow polls, which you need to do is follow the evidence. And if you're a member of congress, your conscience, I think once the public is informed, and understands what all went on just like that lady, you had on up there in the marshes district. She didn't know anything was wrong that the president did wrong. That's gotta come out now, Robert Mueller today, said that he was not going to testify before the judiciary committee. I think that's wrong in the Senate. And in this sense, I believe he owes it to the nation and to future generations to go up there and tell the story that he wrote up, it's not going to be the circus that he anticipates if the if the if the Republicans get out of hand, they will be looked at as that out of hand. And I think that he would provide the credibility to the report that as we all know, a lot of people are not reading, and the other point that is made by that woman who said it was that, just in a Maggio's townhall. She's interested in government and politics and up to go to town hall. She had no idea that was ending negative in the report. I mean, I don't know how Robert Muller can think tonight that the report speaks for itself, if people aren't reading it, exactly. And, you know, I think he could probably read the, the New York telephone book and get a lot of people looking at today he spent nine minutes and I mean it's covered. Wall-to-wall coverage. That's what he can command. That's the integrity. And that's what we need. Former Republican Congressman Tom Coleman gets tonight's last word. Thank you very much for joining us. And thanks for having me. Hey, this is Rachel Nado, the way you spell. My first name is our AC. H E L, and the reason you need to know that is you should text the word Rachel, two six six eight six six to subscribe to our shows newsletter for clips from the latest episodes and updates from motto blog and all that other good stuff. Text Rachel two six six eight six six..

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"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

04:24 min | 2 years ago

"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

"Joining us now is democratic Senator, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut. He is also a member of the Senate Judiciary committee. Senator Blumenthal, your reaction to Robert Muller statement today. Robert Mueller statement if you'd a really stunning review to President Trump in two ways, number one his message to Donald Trump was, you would be in handcuffs, criminally charged. If you were not a sitting president, and I was one of those more than eight hundred prosecutors who said as much that he would be literally criminally charged. But for that office of legal counsel policy memorandum to set a sitting president, can't be chart second. Robert Muller issued a warning, really a plea for action in the face of continuing Russian threat to our democracy that has been denied by Donald Trump inexplicably, and unjustified -ly denied in the face of his own intelligence community. And everyone else of any credibility saying that the Russians attacked our democracy. That his campaign welcomed and accepted assistance. That was damaging to Hillary Clinton and his continued denial of that, basic fact that really has bipartisan acceptance is a itself, a danger to our democracy, you need to take action. It should be bipartisan. We're under continuing attack. The Russians are preparing in effect using the last election as merely address rehearsal listens to what your democratic colleague in the. Senate Elizabeth Warren had to say today. There's no way around this. He's our impeachable offenses. It is our constitutional responsibility as members of congress to bring an a judgment of impeachment against this president. A former Harvard law professor, who read every word of the mullahs report, she said is basically soon as it came up. Do you agree with Senator Warren, I read every word of the Muller report? In fact, I've read it twice most American people will never read them all report. They need to fee the movie because they're not going to read the book, and that's why we do need hearings now, and I agree completely with Senator Warren, the president needs to be held accountable. We share that goal. And that accountability is going to come through an impeachment proceeding or alternatively through the courts and criminal prosecution after he leaves office. And my hope is also in the court of public opinion at the ballot box in twenty twenty. The there's a lot of talk about the house and guesses basically public guesses about how many Democrats in the house support starting an impeachment inquiry. How many Democrats are opposed to that? How many Democrats think it's bad politics? How many Democrats don't care about politics. What about the United States Senate? What about Democrats United States Senate is there a dominant feeling among Democrats in the United States Senate about the house moving toward impeachment at this point, there's probably no dominant feeling? But here's what's really important Lawrence, the hearings in house, and maybe in the Senate because Robert Miller should testify before the Senate Judiciary committee, as well as the house. And my hope still is that maybe our chairman Lindsey Graham will call him as a witness fully fairly publicly the American people deserve to hear from him and one point that I think is very, very telling today, there was nothing new. In what Robert Muller today, told the American people, he cut and pasted parts of his report, he highlighted in red. He drove great big circles around with exclamation marks. But the words themselves had power coming from his mouth on television, and that's the face and voice that the American people need to hear. That's the case that needs to be presented to them. And that's the kind of case that will move the needle both in congress. And among the American people just as it did in Watergate, where the percentage of American people favoring impeachment doubled after the hearings began in the Watergate proceeding. So Richard Blumenthal..

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"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

04:03 min | 2 years ago

"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

"And through the organization WikiLeaks, the releases were designed and timed to interfere with our election and to damage a presidential candidate and here is the other big thing that Robert Muller wanted America to know today. We investigated efforts to obstruct the investigation, the matters, we investigated were paramount importance, it was critical for us to obtain full and accurate information from every person, we questioned when a subject of an investigation obstructs that investigation or lies to investigators. It strikes at the core of the government's effort to find the truth, and hold wrongdoers accountable. The report describes the results and analysis of our obstruction of Justice investigation involving the president, if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime. We would have said, so we did not how ever make determination as to whether the president did commit a crime, Robert motor. Explain the Justice department policy prevented him from even considering charges against the president. Under long standing department policy a president president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office that is unconstitutional, even if the charges kept under seal and hidden from public view that too is prohibited. Especial counsel's office is part of the department of Justice and by regulation. It was bound by that department policy charging the president with a crime was there for not an option. We could consider. The departments written opinion, explaining the policy makes several important points that further informed are handling of the obstruction investigation. So it seems that Robert Mueller was saying that the Justice Department's rule against indicting, president was at least a major factor. If not the decisive factor in the outcome of his investigation of the president, and then Robert Mueller added this, the constitution requires a process other than the criminal Justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing that process is, of course, impeachment after all their spoke today, the chairman of the House Judiciary committee, which has jurisdiction over impeachment was asked about impeachment. We do spec to impeachment question at this point. All options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out what special counsel. Mother said loud and clear today for the American people is that President Trump is lying when he says, no collusion. No obstruction, and that he was exonerated if Muller wanted to exonerate, the president from having committed the crime, he would have said. So today house speaker, Nancy Pelosi said this about impeachment. Nothing is off the table. But we do wanna make such a compelling case such an iron cloud cast case that even the Republican Senate which at the time seems to be. Not an objective jury won't be convinced of the path that we have to take the country, rower Moeller stressed that nothing in the mullahs report exonerates the president, including volume one of the mall report that describes the Russian attack on our election. The first volume of the report details, numerous efforts emanating from Russia to influence the election. This includes a discussion of the Trump campaign's response to this activity as well as our conclusion that there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy insufficient evidence, not no evidence of a broader conspiracy just insufficient..

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"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

03:43 min | 2 years ago

"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

"Now it's time for the last word with Lawrence O'Donnell. Good evening, racial, we have a great lineup tonight to analyze what Robert Muller, had to say today, we're starting off with Adam Schiff or Jiang, going to be joined by two senators Senator Blumenthal, Senator Hirono Tiao. We'll be here with his in-depth analysis, but there's something coming up right at the end of this hour, which I think we really need, because I'm going to be using what Robert Muller said today. Very similarly to the way you did the standard way we use, in, in these kinds of shows. We take a piece of it. We run it. We get a reaction to that piece. We talk about that piece. We show another piece we run it Brian Williams at eleven pm is going to do us all a service at the end of this Muller, surprise day and run the whole nine and a half miles come cut the nine and a half minutes, because most people were at work, most people, weren't there to watch the unfolding of it the drama the way it unfolded in that room end to end. And Brian is going to do that. It's one of the great things about having these. These sequences of our hours of that we can rely on what each other doing in these situations. And I heard about this from Brian a few hours ago, and I'm relying on that here knowing that this audience, stick around, and watch the whole thing, the way it should be presented. I will just say stick around to the very end because there's this great unscripted moment at the very end where he gives the assembled reporters in the room. The hand. In case much just happened here wasn't clear before then the little pantomime at the end it's worth seeing in real time teamwork. That's about here. Thank you. Appreciate after Muller finally. Spoke today, the one Republican member of congress who supports impeachment tweeted the ball is in our court congress, a former Republican member of congress has also come out in favor of impeachment. Tom Coleman served eight terms, the house representatives. And he now says the Democrats who believe that impeachment would help Donald Trump win a second term are completely wrong. He believes the exact opposite. He says that if Democrats do not impeach Donald Trump, that would help President Trump win, a second term, Tom Coleman is going to join us at the end of this hour, tonight to give us that alternative view of the politics of impeachment and Tom Coleman has much more to say about what he calls the illegitimate president. Of Donald Trump and the illegitimate vice presidency of Mike Pence. You have not heard a Republican like Tom Coleman talking about these issues, you'll want to hear what he has to say at the end of the hour tonight, right before Brian. But I it was a day of Robert Muller surprises. I came these sudden surprise that Robert Mueller had something to say the news media was alerted about ninety minutes ahead of time that the most anticipated public comments of the Trump era were about to take place, special counsel, Robert Muller was going to speak. No public figure a Robert Muller's level of importance in Washington history has ever remained silent as long as Robert Muller house that silence ended today on his last day of service as special counsel. Here is the very first thing he wanted America to know. Russian intelligence officers who are part of the Russian military launched a concerted attack on our political system. The indictment alleges that they use sophisticated cyber techniques to hack into computers and networks used by the Clinton campaign..

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"exonerates trump" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes

All In with Chris Hayes

04:18 min | 2 years ago

"exonerates trump" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes

"With a federal crime while he is in office for more on Muller's review, Qabil Barlow's, bringing journalists MARCY Wheeler empty, wheel, and MSNBC, legal analyst Paul Butler a former federal prosecutor mercy. You have been writing at length about this for very long time, extremely deep in the weeds of all the sort of Jesuitical parsing that we've gotten from Bill bar, and it really is. It's remarkable, because in a technical sense, I don't think he lied about things, but the full Clem Hewlett of effect was to communicate that had motor found sufficient evidence, he would've said, so or made a charging recommendation and Molin very specifically today, it seemed to me wanted to push back more on that than almost anything else. What did you think? Well, I think that's true. Although I think if we can get to the emphasis, Miller, put on the other activities that Russia did which are in volume one, which are outreaches to Trump, which are also part of the Russian effort, but on the obstruction thing. Absolutely. I mean he made it Muller made it clear today that it was about the oil, c- memo, the oil c- memo says you can't charge a sitting president, the OC memo says you can't investigate a sitting president, and that's something that bar has at times suggested that Mueller should not have done once he decided he wasn't going to charge. And then finally Muller said, well, you know, the other reason we're not doing this is because it's Congress's job and therefore again, emphasizing which was in the report and not mentioned at all, by, by bar, which is that it's now Congress's job to do the work this, this is the, the line Paul that I keep coming back to. I want to play this again, because it led to this crazy sort of joint statement today. But, but here's, here's the sort of but But for. for line that Barak kept using take take a listen to what he, I'd say. He was not saying that, but for the opinion he would have found a cry. He made it clear that he had not made the determination that there was a crime. So he was not saying that, but for the all opinion he would've found crime. But he was also not not saying that, but for him, I'll sit and he would've found crying because what he was doing was rejecting hypothetical and saying, I'm making no determination one way or another about crime, because the constitution, the oil say bars me from doing, so that's why it's. So we know that Muller wrote bar, a letter criticizing the way that Barr had misrepresented mothers report. Now we know what that's about. So bar said that he was going to exonerate Trump on obstruction mothers that, well the Justice department won't let me charge Trump with a crime if I thought he was not guilty. I would tell you. Exactly right. I can't charge them. But I would tell you if he was not guilty. Thanks. This was all about Muller A wanting to have the last word. This is for history. Chris sometimes employees fantasize about how on their last day at the job, they're going to tell off the ball. That's kinda what mother did today about bar. That's, that's well said, MARCY, you just raise something about the volume one this sort of other materials, and I, I do want to return to that because one of the things that was so striking to me about Muller compared to bars. He leaves with an ends with the fundamental substance of the issue, which was this coordinated systematic criminal counterintelligence and intelligence, sabotage of an American election. And and how important it was to get to the bottom of that. But he also said, multiple systematic efforts and numerous efforts emanating from Russia. We've already we've always emphasized, the specially bar because bar didn't mention the other stuff at all in his four-page memo. It's always been about two things the hack and leak and the trolls and by mentioning numerous, and multiple and he makes reference in there to the other things I report describe those are all about the outreaches to Trump. Right. So, you know, when bar is trying to find the conspiracy behind the conspiracy, I wrote something on George popadopoulos. His testimony last October that is sort of the root of this deep state CU thing that we're now pursuing. He said, then when I when I pled guilty, I thought it was a real conspiracy..

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Robert Mueller: Charging Trump was not an option

The Glenn Beck Show

05:38 min | 2 years ago

Robert Mueller: Charging Trump was not an option

"From the Star Tribune special counsel, Robert Mueller said Wednesday that charging President Donald Trump with a crime is quote, not an option unquote, because a federal rules, but he used his first public remarks on the Russia investigation to emphasize that he did not exonerate, the president, if we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime. We would have said, so Mueller declared now. No, those remarks have been seized on, by Democrats, of course, as Mueller winking, and nodding and implying that you guys need to impeach this guy because I can't go after I can't charged with a crime, but you can. And I'm not saying he didn't do anything. I'm just saying. I wasn't able to charge him with having done something. And the ball is in your court, which could be characterized, like, if, if he really did think that Donald Trump. Had broken the law in a significant way. And that's the way he articulates it with a wink nod how we how have hearted and weak and cowardly to do that. But of course you know the the, the effort here. Seems to be to try to. Put an air of legitimacy, and objectively on these proceedings over the course of the past two years. And I just don't think it's going work out for them. Another report here, the start to be in talks about the response surprising Washington, with brief remarks Wednesday Mueller in indicated it's up to congress to decide what to do with his findings the special counsel reiterated that bound by just -partment policy charging sitting president with a crime was not an option, but he also stressed. He could not exonerate Trump. Instead, he cited that same policy to say the constitution requires a process of their than the criminal Justice system. Of course, the implication, there is impeachment. So here's my call to arms or my challenge to Democrats, and to Justin Amash, and anybody else who thinks this president has committed high crimes and misdemeanors. And as deserving of impeachment do it. Do it. What is stopping you? What is holding you back? Now, this article here that I just quoted from goes onto report about the conflict within the Democratic Party between the presidential potential contenders and junior congressional members who are a little bit more hot headed. Versus the leadership, Nancy Pelosi does not want to move forward with impeachment, and her rationale is it's going to be divisive. That's what she's saying. Right. It's gonna be divisive in reality. It's in the toilet Alice's. Right. The, the only consideration that is dominating the democratic mind right now is what can we do to leverage this for twenty twenty what is going to be the best position to be in to go through an impeachment percent because here's the thing if the if the impeach him now. Then the danger from their perspective. The danger is that the proceedings conclude and nothing comes of it, right. Like, regardless of whether or not the vote for impeachment. Goes one way or the other if there is no follow up if he's not ousted from office, which seems unlikely then he goes into twenty twenty being able to claim further exoneration because, look, they, they gave me their best shot and I'm still here. Right. So in that sense, they will have spent their amunition as it were so the path that they're trying to take instead is to keep the investigation, hacky sack up in the air, if they can just keep asking questions and sewing doubt and conjuring up reasons to investigate this that and the other thing and subpoena this person that person if they can keep doing that through twenty twenty then their hope is that. They can leverage the doubt that, that process creates in order to as a wedge in order to get Trump out of office and replace him. With whoever their nominee is. I don't think that's gonna work. I mean, something something further something would have to develop or drop or be discovered way, above and beyond and outside of anything that has been disclosed thus far. And I just don't believe that that exists because if that thing, whatever it would have to be if it existed, Mueller would have found it do does anybody doubt for a second that Robert Mueller, and the apparatus surrounding him, you know, the, the I forget exactly how they characterize themselves, the contingency plan. In the FBI and the DOJ that was so upset. When Trump one do you honestly believe for a second that, if they had something that could dethrone Trump that they wouldn't have dropped it by now? Of course, they don't have it. And so the, the needle that the Democrats are trying to thread is to keep your interest to the interest of the independent voter. Focused on this for another. How how many months are we talking about here, like eighteen months? That's a long time to keep people thinking about this and carrying about this in the absence of any new developments. It's a losing strategy, you know, they might have to come up with value proposition. They might actually have to explain to people why they should be in

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"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

04:34 min | 2 years ago

"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

"During World War. Two included. This quote from Winston Churchill after a crucial victory in a British battle. Now is not the end Churchill said it is not even the beginning of the end. But it is perhaps the end of the beginning. That's the quote that I used at this time last night to describe where I expected us to be tonight the end of the beginning. And so tonight, the special prosecutor's investigation has been handed to congress with much for the congress to pursue including the possibility of impeachment hearings in the judiciary committee of the house of representatives. John mitchum has seen this once before he was the managing editor of Newsweek when President Bill Clinton was impeached by the house of representatives since then he has written by arteries of four presidents from Thomas Jefferson. To the first President Bush, Jon Meacham joins us now to combine his journalism experience with his historians. I to give us his reaction to the mall report. And where we are tonight in the investigation of Donald Trump, John thank you very much for joining us tonight on this historic night, which it is. And when we have historic nights. Of course, I want the historical perspective, you're reaction to what you saw today. Both in the report and in the country's reaction to it. Another Churchill line came to mind one that's attributed to which is that you can always count on the Americans to do the right thing once they've exhausted every other possibility which we're in we're in the process of of exhausting all these abilities. My sense of the report was it was something that he remarkable in its level of detail. And I hate to say it not especially surprising. I think if you've followed Donald Trump in his national political career from the false conspiracies about Barack Obama's birth onto this very day. You would probably not be surprised that you had a president. Who did all he could to fight for his self preservation above all else. And I think that what we now will face is a question of whether the congress will confront what is clearly their constitutional responsibility. They may choose for. Critical reasons not to do it. But George Mason said at the constitutional convention talking debating, the impeachment clause that actually ended up in the document that he asked rhetorically can any man be above Justice who can be above Justice, particularly not he who has the power to do the most extensive injustice, and to my mind, what gave me more of a sinking feeling than anything else and seeing the details, and the report was if this is what we know. He's done Lord knows what he's done that. We don't know or that. He might do. And let's take a look at the last impeachment case that the Washington dealt with where Lindsey Graham, then a congressman was one of the house prosecutors of President Clinton in the impeachment trial in the Senate, and let's listen to the standard that Lindsey Graham fought applied them. He doesn't have to say go lie for me to be a crime. You don't have to say less obstruct Justice for be for it to be a crime, you judge people on their conduct. Not magic phrases. Jon Meacham does that sound like Lindsey Graham got a little closer to correct in those days than he does. Now. It's funny. How that happens, isn't it? Videotape is an amazing thing. You know, the politics. If Apocrypha the punditry hypocrisy is something that we all practice because it's so rich. What worries me most? And again, historically speaking right now is the last time we impeached. The one one time back president Nixon. He was impeached largely for what we now have evidence that Donald Trump did. And there wasn't much debate about it. And there's virtually no historical debate about it. Nixon was called the the wall began to crumble as you know, in the summer of nineteen seventy four when the June twenty second tape came out in which he had said that he wanted to get the CIA to stop the FBI from investigating. Watergate the CIA didn't do it which is again, an eerie echo. We have here, but that was the last straw..

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"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

04:05 min | 2 years ago

"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

"I believe he should resign immediately as it relates to our duty and congress. Yes, a roadmap has been laid out for the president to be held accountable. I think the first way point is to bring Bob Muller before our committee, which we're going to do very soon and hear from him. Carson Raskin is there really any points to hearing from attorney general. Bar in a hearing a chairman Nadler's has wants to schedule that hearing before the Muller hearing. That's an interesting question. He certainly has a lot to account for in terms of the last three weeks of propaganda rollout of the report which completely stripped him of any credibility as attorney general the United States, and my friend Eric's while was calling for his resignation. It seems like he's already resigned in some sense. He's no longer acting as the chief law enforcement official for the country's acting more like a conciliatory and propagandist for the Trump administration. So I'm much more eager to hear from the special counsel for Mr. Muller than I am from the attorney general at this point. We've heard a lot from him over the last few weeks. Let's hear from the Senate for a second. This is a Senator Harris earlier tonight on this network. I think it's I think that there's definitely a conversation to be had on that subject. But I I wanna hear from Muller and. And really understand. What exactly is the evidence that supports the summary that we have been given today Kirsch while while she was talking about impeachment. They're definitely a conversation to be had that conversation apparently will be had in the presidential campaign. She's one of your rivals for the democratic nomination. Do you expect it to become a campaign issue for Democrats? Well, it's an issue for our country Lawrence because what we do. Now, we'll set the standard for future president. So that could be miss Harris that could be myself that could be so many of us. And that's really what we have two ways is do we want to tolerate what Donald Trump has done. Or are we willing to say that no president should conduct themselves this way, and then there's also just national security implications heater. And that's why the intelligence committee should also see the full unredacted report because Russia did interfere. They did work with the Trump campaign. We need to know the methods that they use to make sure that as all of us go into this twenty twenty election, even in the primary that Russia is not savaging the field and again taking away our freedom to choose at the ballot box. Carson Raskin, what do you think the judiciary committee's most important focus should be in studying the mullahs report. Well, I think first of all we want to give the special counsel mother with the opportunity to state what what I think is completely pervasive in his report, which is that the ball is in Congress's court. It's up to congress to decide he didn't kick it upstairs to the Torney general to declare that. There was no obstruction on the country. He laid out ten episodes of attempted obstruction or obstruction by the president. And basically said congress you go into your job right now. And so we'd like to hear him say that I think, but look the global backdrop here is important. There is rising Thawra terrorism around the world, there's lots of efforts to interfere with people's democratic elections and human rights and Russia interfered in our election, and we can't have countries interfering in each other's elections. We really need some kind of international treaty on that. But we also need to fortify our own state electoral systems because we have a very vote. Horrible in decentralized electoral system with fifty one different election, processes and boards, really thousands of cross the country, and we've got to make sure that we have a real fair election, and we defend people's voting rights against voter purges and all of the tricks that we saw in two thousand eighteen in Georgia in Kansas in Texas and North Carolina all over the country. But we also have to strengthen our cyber defenses against attack from abroad and from bad actors in home to Carson swallow..

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"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

03:33 min | 2 years ago

"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

"The mall report anticipates the possibility of impeachment for the president based on its findings on obstruction of Justice. And in that section of the report, it specifies that impeachment would not necessarily be the end of the story for this president, quote, a possible remedy through impeachment for abuses of power would not substitute for potential criminally ability after a president leaves office impeachment would remove a president from office, but would not address the underlying culpability of the conduct or serve the usual purposes of the criminal law. Indeed, the impeachment judgment clause recognizes that criminal law plays an independent role in addressing and officials conduct distinct from the political remedy of impeachment Jerry Nadler of the chairman of the House Judiciary committee, which has jurisdiction over impeachment was asked about impeachment today. When you say that congress. That's one possibility there there are others. We obviously have to get to the bottom of what happened and. Take whatever action seems necessary at that time it's too early to reach those conclusions. It's one reason we wanted the model report we still want. The mother reporting this entirety and one other evidence. To chairman Avelar said he will issue subpoenas for the full unredacted report and underlying Tiriac, chairman Nadler and house intelligence committee chairman Adam Schiff, both sent letters to Robert Mueller asking him to testify to their committees next month, chairman shifts said this. Whether these acts are criminal or not whether the obstruction of Justice was criminal or not or whether these contacts were sufficiently elicit or not to rise level of a criminal conspiracy. They are unquestionably dishonest unethical immoral and unpatriotic and should be condemned by every American that is not the subject of indication that is the subject of condemnation. And that is how I think we should be the mullahs report tonight house speaker Nancy Pelosi since a letter to her colleagues above the Muller reports saying as we continue to review, this document, we will have more to report. And we'll update you on the next steps that must be taken the caucus scheduling a conference call for Monday to discuss this grave matter. Congress will not be silent joining our discussion. Now, congressman Eric swallow democrat, California, a member of the judiciary committee and current candidate for president. And Carson, Jamie Raskin. Democrat from Maryland. He is on the judiciary committee the oversight committee and the house rules committee. Carson swale. Well, let me start with you with your reaction generally to the report what you've been able to read of it today and to the question that will be faced in your judiciary committee the question of impeachment. Could he be Lawrence? Hey, jamie. How's it going also Lawrence? I I think in foremost, this has to be about the future of election security. We now know that the Russians interfered we need the president to condemn that. And just because a prior congress never imagined that someone would conduct themselves the way that the president and his campaign did doesn't mean that we should welcome this type of behavior in upcoming election. So there's a duty to put in place laws to prohibit so much of the conduct that we saw also I don't think attorney general bar can remain is attorney general he can either be the president's lawyer or America's lawyer he has chosen to work for the president..

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"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

04:01 min | 2 years ago

"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

"What you and Rachel we're talking about the notion that sessions was on the hook for perjury. It was because he'd been held to account right? And that sort of setting up, but I agree with you premise, that's not the point. It's not the fireworks getting Muller at perhaps his deputies or going through every single one of his prosecutors to dig into this stuff can be very important the Coen testimony was important for the American public. The nothing. Matters arguments that we heard throughout this pro. But now that Muller's done the fair job, which means what is fairness sometimes mean, it means they're things in here. Some people like and think some people don't like that's why he's such a fair careful careful prosecutor, but nothing matters argument that is the argument of the depraved of the people who want to get away with everything. So while I understand that it's part of our job to cover. Well, what would calendar of impeachment? Look like, there's also the let's not get ahead of the finding the congress does with this. Now as you put it as the as the roadmap to have molar and other people in and go through it all the other point that's very important, whether or not congress takes the maximum approach or not is the president of the United States is the one person our system of government was the constitutional obligation to take care that the laws be faithfully executed. That's what it says in the constitution. We've had so much talk about the fact that for other reasons, we don't indict sitting presidents typically that. I think sometimes folks can just lose a little bit of the headline here, which is if there is overwhelming evidence of obstruction by the president that is worse than if it was by a regular citizen Meave, though. Yes, you have to hold two thoughts in your mind. We have a system that doesn't indict the sitting president. And that is what is on the table here that the congress has to deal with a president who stands credibly accused of doing that over and over putting himself above the country church fans. We all had some things we wondered about in the mullahs report, especially after the bar letters started to come out things that didn't we struggle to make sense of like widen Muller reach conclusion having read it today. Do you feel like it answers all of those questions that we had about what was really happening here? Something that surprised me when I started reading was actually how well some of the analysis based on the bar letter held up and that might sound surprising. But what I mean by that is that when we read between the lines of bars initial letter we saw that he wasn't saying that the campaign had not engaged in any sort of conspiracy with Russians. Instead, it seemed that he had been very narrow. And he had said that there was not evidence that established that we saw that repeated in the molar report today where molar says there was not sufficient evidence. And in fact, talks about some ways where evidence was hard to come by people took the fifth. Witnesses lied. Some of the evidence was unavailable because it was in the possession of people who are out of the country. And there's even this reference where Miller says, you know, this is the judgment that we make here. But because we couldn't get all of the evidence because there were gaps in the evidence it's possible that some of what we've concluded here could be different if we'd had access to the. Evidence. So the president doesn't get indicted people around him in the campaign, don't get indicted. But it's pretty slender. Hope it's not really a strong Bill of health. And then we have something similar that happens on obstruction where it was very clear from bars initial letter that there was no intent for bar to make the ultimate decision. You know bar characterized it as binary your prosecutor, you have to say, yes or no reading the report, though, it's clear that what we summarized all along the molar declined to make a decision because of DOJ policy against indicting sitting president. That was in fact, the case and Muller writes, beautiful roadmap for congress to pick up an investigate with a billions, the attorney general seems to be extremely careful in what he writes, you you can take what he writes, including his written statement this morning..

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"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

03:20 min | 2 years ago

"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

"Not only that his presidency has been captive to this politically that it's been hamstrung by that. He's been beaten about the head and shoulders by Bob Muller by Democrats by all the critics that have attacked him. But it's still to me now is. Political matter if it's right that it was we all directly read in the report and surmise from the tone of the report that Muller's intention was to say, I understand that I can't indicted sitting president, according to Justice department policy, I'm an institutional conservative. I'm not going to challenge that I'm not going to go this Precourt court and try to see if we can set new precedent on that matter what I'm going to do is I'm going to pull the pushes into the political realm. The political realm is the proper realm for this this congress where we don't talk about crimes in the purely criminal court sense. We talk about crimes high crimes and misdemeanors. And here is in the way that Leon joie ski did. And Watergate, here's a roadmap to congress for things that could in a democratic polity considered high crimes and misdemeanors guys have at it. And so tonight where we are in the political realm is a democratic house of representatives that faces a giant choice of what of how to proceed impeachment is now fully on the table. The answer may be the Democrats decided they don't want to go down that path or they want to try to go part way down that path and then decide later or. Or that they want to Steny Hoyer seem to suggest tonight does want to go down that path at all. But that is salient political issue is are we going down that road or not? And that is a matter that is fully in the hands of Democrats who now control let me stay with you on that for one point because there's a couple of elements to it and the most elementary part of forget the politics. Visit good for them or bad for the Democrats, by the way, one of the things I find so strange coming from the democratic side is the fear that it's bad for the Democrats because why because the impeachment of Bill Clinton was bad for the Republicans who really thinks that the Republicans then won the house representatives. They then won the Senate, and they won the presidency. How did it hurt them someone explained that to be, but the calendar the calendar the political calendar where a year and a half away from a change of administration? President Trump loses reelection to mount an impeachment process, you might not get to an impeachment vote in the house representatives until say thanksgiving at the earliest of this year, you then move to a trial in. In the Senate. And now you've got the Iowa caucuses and the New Hampshire primary and impeachment trial in the Senate going on people are thinking, wait a minute isn't the election close enough to solve this problem? So the calendar is a practical problem that crashes up against the issue of impeachment. It is. And it's also we don't have what we had in nineteen seventy four. We don't have the smoking gun. We don't have a set of tapes that have caused what would make it easy political choice a sudden crumbling of Republican support for the president the country turning against the president with his approval ratings cratering, we've not seen that. And I don't think we're going to see that on the basis of this report as a Frank matter. The presence base is like to hold. So therefore, it's a much trickier political calculation, again, putting even aside that you just laid out is there a way could work for Democrats or not there is there's a there's an urgency to it. Because in some world, you might wanna say let's kick the can down the road. Let's tie the president up investigations that are interminable make his life miserable. And then we'll figure out the impeachment thing in. Due course, unfortunately in due course, we're up, you know, with the first democratic debates are in June. They're six weeks away where we're going to get..

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"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

02:02 min | 2 years ago

"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

"When in fact, he refused to be interviewed by the special prosecutor and tried to fire the special prosecutor and delivered messages through his lawyer that people should not cooperate with the special. Prosecutor. The Mola report makes clear that the only reason Robert Muller did not charge. The president with obstruction of Justice is the Justice department policy against indicting a president and even though attorney general bar absurdly echoed Donald Trump's no collusion champ. This morning hours later we read on page. One of the mullahs report that the investigation quote identified numerous links between the Russian government and the Trump campaign. The mullahs reports spends hundreds of pages describing the links between Russians and Donald Trump the Trump campaign and the Trump family Robert Muller correctly points out that the word collusion has no legal. Meaning and what he was charged with investigating. The possibility of provable criminal conspiracy between Russians and the Trump campaign. The report says we applied the framework of conspiracy law, not the concept of collusion and Robert Muller says that within that legal framework, the prosecutors could not prove a Trump campaign conspiracy with Russians quote, the investigation did not establish that the Trump campaign coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities a statement that the investigation did not establish particular facts does not mean there was no evidence of those facts. This is now a legal story that has also today become a political story with the mullahs report now in the hands of congress. We are leading off our discussion tonight with experts on both aspects of this story, the legal and the political Ari Melber has crossover jurisdiction in both of those. Territories the legal and the political he's MSNBC's chief legal correspondent and host of the beat weeknights at six pm. I'm here, and I miss NBC. John Hayman, we'll consider the politics of the mullahs report as it lands in congress in the middle..

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"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

02:55 min | 2 years ago

"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

"Jody hunt who was taking the notes that Robert Muller used to reconstruct a scene they were there to conduct interviews for a new FBI director. And they didn't know the deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein who was supervising the Russia investigation. Now had just appointed Robert Muller as special counsel. Page seventy eight volume two of the mullahs report. Sessions stepped out of the Oval Office to take a call from Rosenstein who told him about the special counsel appointment and sessions, then return to inform the president of the news. According to notes written by hunt. When sessions told the president that a special counsel had been appointed the president slumped back in his chair and said, oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I'm eft. And that is who Donald Trump really is. He is the terrified man who has feared from the day. Robert Mueller was appointed that it meant the end of his presidency. There was no tough guy in him. When he heard about the special prosecutor, just fear and hopelessness, I'm eft he obviously felt powerless. There was no confidence. No, Trumpian bravado. The mullahs report notes that quote early the next morning. The president tweeted this is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history. Exclamation point. That's the public Trump the witch hunt. Trump the private Trump the real Trump. This is the end of my presidency. I'm eft there are many lessons in that important line. First of all, the president is not as crazy as he publicly appears to be that was a perfectly reasonable assessment of his situation by. By Donald Trump. Oh my God. This is terrible. This is the end of my presidency. I'm eft that is a normal reaction from a person who realizes the special prosecutor could ruin his life. He was right. Donald Trump is an unindicted co-conspirator tonight in a federal case in New York City, which was begun by Robert Muller, a case in which Michael Cohen is going to prison for campaign crimes that he committed with Donald Trump and at the direction of Donald Trump, according to federal prosecutors in New York City, Donald Trump was right to think that things like the crimes that he committed with Michael Cohen would be the end of his presidency. Don't Trump knew what he was guilty of when he said, this is the end of my presidency. Donald Trump knew all the things that he was hoping Robert Muller would not find out about him or would not be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt about him from a legal stain standpoint. Donald Trump's statement also shows what the law calls consciousness of guilt..

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"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

02:48 min | 2 years ago

"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

"But Robert Muller expects congress to be the next center of the action in the investigation of the president including the possibility of impeachment, which is specifically mentioned by Muller in the report actual references to impeachment. And so we are fortunate tonight to have two members of the House Judiciary committee joining us, including one member who is a prisoner. Candidate or while. Well, they now have the responsibility of deciding whether the mullahs report has presented them with impeachable offenses by the president of the United States. They will join us later in this hour after we begin our discussion of the report with a mix of legal and political analysis. It is not possible to pick a most important line in the redacted version of the mullahs report because there are so many important lines about the proof that quote, the Russian government interfered in the two thousand sixteen presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion. There are so many lines that prove conclusively, quote, the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome. There are so many crucially important lines in the hundreds of pages of evidence that the president of the United States committed obstruction of Justice. Those are the lines that the democratically controlled investigative. Committees in the house of representatives will use as the basis of their continuing investigations of the president while the Republican controlled committees. And the United States Senate will to the extent that they can just ignore the mullahs report, but the line in the mullahs report that tells you the most about Donald Trump the person and Donald Trump the president and Donald Trump. The obstruction of Justice suspect is the line that Donald Trump himself speaks when he is told that a special prosecutor has just been appointed to investigate Russian interference in the election and possible run Russian interaction with the Trump campaign. One of the people in the Oval Office at the time was taking notes and Robert Muller obtained those notes Robert Muller also obtained under oath testimony from the person who wrote those notes and everyone else who was in the room except Donald Trump, of course, who refused to speak. To the special prosecutor, it was one of the many dramatic scenes described in the mullahs report days earlier, the president had fired FBI director James Comey and believed that that would be the end of the Russian investigation, and at the FBI the FBI was already conducting the president was in the Oval Office with attorney general Jeff Sessions who had recused himself from supervising the Russia investigation White House counsel, Don Mcgann was also in the room along with Jeff Sessions, cheap stuff..

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"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

02:40 min | 2 years ago

"exonerates trump" Discussed on The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell

"Now, it's time for the last word with Lawrence O'Donnell. Couldn't even be Rachel assure. You don't wanna come over and host this hour. Also there there's just so much in this report. Rachel it is it's been overwhelming to try to pick. What can we squeeze into these segments? The only thing I wanna do that result. That would that would still give me pleasure. Even though resulting me having to stop reading it for a while. The only thing I would like to do is take a little break to go to a casting office somewhere to pick the people who I would like to play to act out all of the scenes involving KT McFarland. Like, the the the new effort said obstruction that we didn't know about the KT McFarland stuff to Eric print stuff though, Steve Bannon stuff, the Corey Lewandowski stuff the Rick Dearborn stuff. I mean, all of this stuff that we didn't know especially stuff that was never previously reported at an at all I feel like we ought to start acting that stuff out. So we can all envision how it went down. I guess one of the things we should do since we can't criminal into either one of these shows, and we'll be still talking about it next week is to this time really urge the audience even more than usual to actually get this report and read it because among other things as you just suggested it's really dramatic. There were some really dramatic cinematic scenes in this report the legal lease is minimal you can skip the legal lease. If you read one sentence. You don't understand just keep going? You'll understand the next one. This is one of the most powerful government documents of its kind that I've ever held in my hands, and there summaries there's summaries at the begi-. Ginning, and then there's long narrative conclusions at the end, you can either just read those if you wanna have the short version of the report, or if you want you can skip those in just jump right into the evidence and read anecdote after anecdote after anecdote, including all of the supporting information. I mean, you're still frustrated when you get to the reductions, but this thing is written for TV. I mean, it is it is it is very cinematic. And speaking of the summaries now that we've seen them how strange does it make what William bar has been doing those summaries were clearly ready for immediate consumption labeled executive summary, which is what every Washington report has at the beginning of every major section of a Washington report executive summary. They were right there if William bar was going to hand out anything say anything about this report. It should have been the two executive summaries and four William bar to get up there and say, and you know, on the obstruction stuff the decision about not charging the president has nothing whatsoever. Ever to do with their Justice department policy. That says a sitting president can't be charged just set that aside..

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The Mueller Report, Unpacked

FT News

08:21 min | 2 years ago

The Mueller Report, Unpacked

"After nearly two years of investigation thousands of subpoenas hundreds of warrants and witness interviews, the special counsel confirmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to a legally interfere with the two thousand sixteen presidential election. But did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those efforts, that's US attorney general William bar on Thursday. He released a redacted version of the long anticipated report from US special counsel, Robert Muller, the FTC managing editor Peter Spiegel talks with F T U S national editor Ed loose about Melissa's findings, and they'll dive into everything from what counts is obstruction to what the report means for Democrats in two thousand twenty. So Ed if you can't couple sentences you've been covering politics for longer than we'd like to admit, what do you think of the significance of this report that came out today? I think it's a hugely significant. This not really been quite such build up to any report. And this is a town of pretty hyped up new cycles. Washington DC does not really been quite such a build up that I can imagine no quite such spilling in advance. William by the tardy general at indicated that this essentially exonerates Trump of collusion with Russia and obstruction of Justice and details in the report provide very different conclusions. So this is highly contentious, it's not the end of the Mueller investigation. It's really m we're really now in the of it in congress is going to pick it up. So it the temperatures just gonna keep rising in my opinion. Let me take those two separate bits of their port and divided up. Because you mentioned the two main ports actually two separate volumes of this four hundred fifty page report one on the quote, unquote, collusion with Russia and the other one on structure of Justice start with with. Russia investigation because as you said it interesting in that, although the central prosecutor could not find evidence of collusion. It's pretty the Russians were trying to help Trump. And it's pretty clear that Trump people were happy to get the help from the Russians. What was your your take on on that bit of the report? Yeah, I mean from the very best page of volume one the buddy that deals with conspiracy. It says Russians attempt to influence the twenty sixteen election was sweeping and systematic. But it also says that the special counsel found extensive contact between the Trump campaign members of the Trump campaign and the Russian government eight concludes, and this is the piece that has been very much picked up on by William Byron others. It concludes insufficient evidence of criminal conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. But that's that's slightly different to how attorney general boss on it. Which was that? He was completely let off the hook of that child. Judge the details that this sort of I two hundred page volume of the mother of pool provides show what instead of commonsense use of the word canoe Zhan ole coordination a lot of evidence across the campaign. People weren't for Trump people related to Trump and Trump himself coordinating the dump of hacked emails with WikiLeaks and cooling upon Russian intelligence offices, the GRU at cetera to conduct the hacking up ration-. So either the headline is Trump's of the hook details that very very different to what the headline would suggest. When I was struck by the bit on WikiLeaks where they do talk about Trump himself getting briefed almost on a regular basis about wanting to know win. The dumps were coming what the communication strategy was going to be it's redacted. We assume as probably Roger stone is the man he's working with because we know in a simple criminal case that stone has been worked was working closely with WikiLeaks. I mean, it's pretty remarkable that a campaign was working that assiduously to get material that essentially being provided for by foreign government. This is what's extraordinary about the report, we often spa news news reports. The dramatic headline is not supported by the content. This is kind of the opposite. Dramatic headline is very much belied by the dramatic content. You have a foreign government that according to the report is offering to help the Trump campaign and actually helping the Trump campaign and the Trump campaign from the nominee downwards is reaching out. Sistani an I in a really sort of deep pattern of extensive contacts with thinly disguised proxies for the Russian government to to coordinate the release if this information damaging to the Clinton campaign. So he he's marched us up to the top of the hill, Robert mala, and I get surprised to say now much down. Again, what he's when he reached the top of the hill is congress over to you here hair or a lot of leads. Here is a lot of evidence. There is no criminally. So the provable case here, but there's a lot of things to work on. And that's essentially what he's saying in this report. And the Democrats have already today said that they would they would pick up the cudgel. And it's interesting as we go to the to the second the second volume, which is on the truck in of Justice. It's almost the same thing there. It is there is not necessarily a legal provable case. But the only reason he. Doesn't pursue it is because of legal technicalities. He makes very very clear in obstruction of Justice section that this is a matter. The belongs properly to the first branch of government in a very sort of passed through detailed reading of legal precedent, and the constitutional precedent there. He says this is Congress's determination. But it is criminally prosecute. There is a scene in the Oval Office where Trump us expletive and says this is the end of my presidency. And this struck me as not only a great bit of drama, but for all the public bravado that Donald Trump and said, you know, there's never been any collusion's been any nothing the minute. He finds out the MO has been appointed. He thinks it's all over, and it's really a striking public or private dichotomy there. And it's funny because mother is writing about what Trump said about Malas appointment. There's a funny tone toward of this of detachment Ma Benz over backwards in this case, many others to say doesn't -sarily beyond old. Doubt proved groped intent in this case, obstruction of Justice that he wanted to find I think for most ordinary people and probably a jury of what they used to cold twelve good men in drew saying my presence. He is finished as evidence that Trump thought mono- would uncover collusion. Some some kind of criminal behavior of the Trump campaign will let me wrap this up is this good for the Democrats are bad for the Democrats because there's been been an argument, particularly some of the presidential candidates who have said, look, we don't focus on Muller. We wanna focus on Trump Russia. We wanna focus on jobs. We want to focus on healthcare. We wanna focus on things that people talk about on the campaign trail. Yes, I think probably the most experienced operates in Washington is Nancy Pelosi the speaker of the house and she's being resisting pressure to start impeachment proceedings against the president because she understands that the public in very subtle Indians at pretty evenly split on this the most people in outside of. Shington have very little interest in this in the democratic presidential candidates. Find good very few questions have anything to do with Russia or matter there about you know. Kitchen table issues as they say and Pelosi knows this I fear. Job of holding back holding back with pressure. Resisting the pressure is gonna be more difficult now because this is not what William bas summarized it to be which was essentially an across the board. Exoneration of trumpets from that. And therefore, the heckles gonna be gonna be rising on the left. Understandably and up is gonna be a lot tougher than it was two days ago

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"Not exonerate Trump on the question of obstruction of Justice. Trump advisor Kellyanne Conway says Muller's the report is full and fair investigation. The Democrats wanted anything now any other investigation in congress that can be seen as hyper partisan politically motivated knowing at the same bone to coin a phrase from the Democrats in the late nineties live on news is brought to you by wrote up rooter plumbing. New restrictions were visiting the super bloom in lake Elsinore have gone smoothly. Officials say they were completely overwhelmed two weeks ago when large crowds flocked illeg Elsinore for glimpses of the super bloom and the perfect selfie park. Officials closed Walker canyon in response than later agreed to reopen with a shuttle service taking visitors from a parking lot to the canyon. You still have about. Two to three weeks before the super bloom has gone officials warn visitors to stick to trails to avoid rattlesnakes, which are starting to come out of winter hibernation. And of course, don't step on the flowers. Rossiya Rivera KFI. A airlines man wearing a robotic suit has completed more than half of the LA marathon, Adam Lipsky has been paraplegic for more than a dozen years. So we relies on an excess skeleton to move his limbs feel disabled Bellefield able body. I feel what I call. Enabled. And it's like all that really means just the sense of what it means to feel empowered. He's had to stop after seventeen miles because of the strain using the suit on L A's endless hills. He says this was his first marathon, but won't be his last America's lawyer is returning to the courtroom. Perry. Mason ran on CBS from nineteen fifty seven to sixty six made a star out of Raymond Burr. Sure that Godzilla thing helped out, but Mason was a perfect fit for Burr who reprised the role for a series of made for TV movies in the mid eighties until the early ninety s HBO limited Perry Mason series. Starring Matthew Reese as the title character. Bill Seward KFI news and the Powerball jackpot has grown to an estimated seven hundred fifty million dollars. The cash payout of four hundred sixty five million would be the fourth biggest in Powerball history. No one's won the jackpot since December. The next drawing is Wednesday. Got some clearing for you on the winning team Mission Hills on one hundred eighty east at the five had a wreck here..

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"News room, a large grey whales. Carcass washed ashore near the LA Ventura County line. It was spotted around three this morning collartoo the CHP described the whale is being the size of a semi truck. No word on the cause of death. The Channel Islands marine and wildlife institute is apparently going to conduct a necropsy. The carcass will stay at the beach through the night attorney general William bars principal conclusions of special counsel. Robert Muller's report has been released to members of congress. A letter from the Justice department reports Muller does not exonerate Trump of -struction of Justice or find that he committed a crime Muller's report of alleged Russian interference in the two thousand sixteen presidential election was submitted on Friday, Texas, Republican Senator Ted Cruz says the house majority is. Determined to impeach President Trump, regardless of the findings of the Muller investigation. The extreme left in the Democratic Party. They have so much anger and hatred directed at the president that we're going to see the Democrats moving forward with impeachment. Whatever the evidence, he says Democrats are practicing extremism and the houses mandate goes far beyond investigating crimes. Police say a note referencing the recent terrorist attacks in New Zealand was found at the scene of a possible arson fire at a southern California mosque nobody was hurt. Members of the mosque were able to extinguish the small blaze before firefighters arrived at the Islamic center of Escondido. The incident was being investigated as arson and a possible hate crime and the fire caused minor damage to the building's exterior. Got a work zone in Hollywood on the one. Oh one. That's right. That's the one on one north between sunset and Hollywood roadwork has the off ramp.

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