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Appeals court orders judge to dismiss Michael Flynn case
"Divided Federal Appeals Court on. Wednesday ordered the dismissal of the criminal case against Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn turning back efforts by a judge to scrutinize the Justice Department's extraordinarily decision to drop the prosecution. The US Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia said in a two one ruling that the Justice Department's move to abandon the case against. Flynn's settles the matter, even though Flynn pleaded guilty as part of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation to lying to the FBI. The ruling a significant win for both Flynn, and the Justice Department appears to cut short. What could have been a protracted legal fight over the basis for the government's dismissal of the case? It came as Democrats questioned whether the Justice Department has become too politicized and attorney general, William Bar, too quick to side with the president. The. House Judiciary Committee held a hearing on. Wednesday Senate on another unusual move by Baugh to overrule his own prosecutors An-. Ask for less prison time for another trump associates roger stone US District Judge Emmet Sullivan had declined to immediately dismissed the case seeking instead to evaluate on his own the department's request, he appointed a retired federal judge to argue against the Justice Department's position and to consider whether Flynn could be held in criminal contempt for perjury, he says. I July sixteen hearing to formerly here the request to dismiss the case. Michael Flynn was the only White House official charged in Robert Mueller's investigation into ties between the trump campaign and Russia.
"mueller investigation" Discussed on Post Reports
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"mueller investigation" Discussed on Post Reports
"So Aaron Greg. A few weeks ago we talked to you about the small business administration which was going to be giving out loans from the paycheck protection program and these loans were going to go to needy small businesses. What has happened since we talk then so over the past month the SBA has really done. Its best to scale up this program like it never has before. They're used to dealing with these sort of geographically contained disasters. This win sort of happening everywhere at once. And what's happened? Is they've become kind of overwhelmed with applications so there are two programs the show opposite problems. The first is the paycheck protection program. Which is having money flow out quickly. It's through the private banks that are doing this. The problem there is that a lot of people are getting money. That don't really need it. The patient protection program has spent several hundred billion dollars. And we're seeing quite a few large companies employing more than five hundred people with massive valuations and actual options on the private market. That are getting paycheck. Protection program loans billions of dollars going to these large companies like shake shack and Ashford hospitality. Trust it's a real estate investment firm that are getting these loans when they're really not small businesses on the other end of the spectrum. You have the disaster loan program which is really meant for the smallest businesses. Those that don't employ a lot of people. And they just need an economic lifeline to survive that program is run directly by the government and it is just overwhelmed by demand. They've gotten depending on who you talk to. We know it's at least three million applications. Some say it's closer to ten million. What we know for sure is that they're completely overwhelmed. And they've only process about one percent of the applications. They've got a really after two months. So there are a lot of businesses that have been actively seeking out these loans. That have not gotten any money at all businesses. That really need them. That's right quite a few and in fact the vast majority are still waiting for that money. If there is the sense that the small business administration is really strained. That there's not enough money for everyone that a lot of needy businesses aren't getting what they need. Then why is it that you have these examples of these larger companies publicly traded companies multi billion dollar corporations that are actually these loans so that is an example of how the paycheck protection program works because they relied on private banks to dole out the money and to decisions about? Who GETS THE MONEY? What we find is that the people who end up getting the most loans and getting them. The most quickly are the ones who have an inside track with the banker conflict of interest rules. Don't apply there in every town. In every city across America they're well well-connected community bankers who in many cases will dole out these funds to their friends. And there's very little oversight from the SBA this point. One egregious example of this. Is The Los Angeles Lakers the basketball team that they got a loan from the government? That's right the cap on employees to get a paycheck protection program. Loan is five hundred. That means that any business with less than five hundred employees in some cases. Even if you have more than you can get an exception of the rules for this program were formed over really decades is different businesses lobbied for loopholes here and there so what we're seeing is that it really is possible for a very wealthy well to do business to get one of these loans while there are other businesses that maybe aren't as well connected. I don't know how to work the banking system. Your mom and pop shops. That are still trying to figure the system out. And I've also seen some examples of companies where they've essentially applied for these loans through their franchises or through their different properties or a location. That even though this is a huge national or international company that has billions of dollars that when they apply through their smaller locations and imply from forty different properties that it looks like a bunch of small businesses that are just individually receiving loans even though it adds up to be much more than that. That's right there are certain. Rules where franchises can basically get loans on their own. What you could end up with is just these small tendrils of a larger business that have found a way to qualify as an independent business. When in reality they may not be they may be directly owned by the parent company. They may get direct financial support from the parent company and the profits from that business may go up to the parent company so I think it really gets at the question. Of what defines you know small business if someone is associated or owned by a larger national chain. Are you a mom and pop shop or you? Part of a large corporation. So has there been a public acknowledgement from the government. That this is a problem that some of these companies should not have been receiving this money after seeing some large companies like shake shack. Were getting these loans. The government sort of went back and for lack of better word modified the rules some extent what the Treasury Department did a few weeks ago is it came out and said large businesses that are publicly traded and have access to capital markets may not qualify under the spirit of the law certain people on the P P may have not been clear and understanding the certification so we will give people the benefit of the doubt. We're GONNA put fake you out. Explain the certification. If you pay back the loan right away you won't have liability to the SBA and treasury because you're relying on businesses to basically make a good faith certification that they need one of these loans. The Treasury Department is saying a business that is publicly traded has a lot of cash available and could potentially get alone. Elsewhere really doesn't qualify under that so we saw after that regulation was put out. Is that quite a few businesses sort of turned and said we're going to return the loans Ashford hospitality trust announced. It would pay back the loans after being the subject of a lot of media criticism Lindblad expeditions and Exotic Cruise Company. That runs the National Geographic. Exotic cruises also paid back at Sloan. Several businesses think are worried about the legal implications of having taken that money. Especially now that Treasury has said you know. We're giving you a warning on this. There are severe consequences for people who don't attests properly. This certification others are sitting on it. company called. Cpi aerostructures is not said whether they would return the loan. This is a defense contractor. That had quite a bit of cash on hand. Last time they reported it. They received one They're plenty of other companies. That have said you know what we're on fine legal footing at the time that we applied there was no treasury department rule in place. So we're just GONNA wait this out. Companies that have chosen to ignore that warning they could be audited by the SBA by the IRS and in extreme cases you could see them being investigated by fraud divisions in the Department of Justice. There are several enforcement mechanisms of the government has when people effectively get access to government money that they should not have access to and they're very serious penalties for that and let me just say. I'm going to be putting out an announcement this morning that for any loan over two million dollars the SBA will be doing a full review of that loan before there is loan. Forgiveness will make sure that. What was the intent for? Taxpayers is fulfilled here so at the end of the day. How much money for these small businesses has essentially been given out so far? And how much is left like? Are we kind of near to scraping the bottom of the barrel at this point so the money has already run out once it will run out again and then it'll just be a question of whether Congress wants to reallocate it? I think now we're seeing Congress being very very skeptical of direction this program. They're going to have a lot of questions next time. It comes up about whether we should again. Allocate billions of dollars for this Aaron. Greg writes about business.
"mueller investigation" Discussed on Post Reports
"The right identity to be playing up on the presidential stage? That was a real challenge for her. She did not fit neatly into a boxes that we often talk about wind doing political analysis the boxes regarding whether you're a progressive or you're moderate and for voters gene when he concern about policy that made things very confusing and it was very difficult to to determine if she thought she would be the best person to beat trump also. Her narrative I think was very difficult for a lot of people to grasp and understand. She initially ran as a successor to the Obama legacy. She's a biracial candidate with an unfamiliar Melia. Name legal background senator. Just all of these things that I think drew people to President Obama but it just did not have the same appeal and that could before a lot of reasons it could be because there were quite frankly some differences some major differences one thing. I don't think people think about a lot. Ah when they focus on what drew voters to Obama is Michelle Malia and Sasha something that none of these candidates who believe they're the heir to the Obama Legacy Agassi have and I think another challenge was that what was attractive about Obama in. Oh eight to a lot of voters is a relevant in twenty twenty as as they look to someone to replace Donald Trump. So what do you think calmly Harris's decision to quit this race says about what it takes to stand money continues to be a major factor in whether someone is able to get to the top of the field in in national politics and we see that in some polls that have shown Michael Bloomberg getting more support than some candidates who've been running for a year or close to it and Harris wasn't able to get the funds needed to convince Americans that she would be the best person so at the end of the day. Money Still Matters I. It does still matter and as much as the trump campaign likes to how that in two thousand sixteen they raise far less money than Hillary Clinton they have a lot of money right now and that is being put to use and they know they will have to use it. If they want to keep the Oval Office. Jane thank you so much. Thank.
"mueller investigation" Discussed on Post Reports
"The Center for American Progress Action Fund district productive and protect the investigation in season to the acid explains how trump is trying trying to use the government of Ukraine to help him win in twenty twenty download the asset today from the newsroom of the Washington. Post the Mayor Marisa Lang with the Washington Post stock or pick your brain on this post reports. I'm Martine powers. It's Tuesday December third today. How the Mueller? Investigation Education lead president trump to Ukraine the end of Kama Harris's twenty twenty campaign and China's robot revolution. Many Republicans would have you believe that the Ukraine investigation as a whole new thing. A new thing that the Democrats have come up with now that the MOWER investigation failed. Public hearings are the culmination of three years of incessant Democrat macron efforts to find a crime to impeach. The President Miller spent two years and millions of taxpayer dollars seeking evidence of a crime that we know wasn't committed Muller's failure. Melchior was devastating devastating. Blow to Democrats who clearly hoped his work to be the basis for the removal of the president and I think a lot of members of the public might think there are two separate things too that you know. This is a president who's been plagued by scandal all that he had the MOWER Investigation now that that's over. We have something but the reality is the really all the same thing. I'm Rosalind Helderman. I'm an investigative reporter for the National Political Staff. What we're seeing now with Ukraine grew organically and seamlessly out of the more investigation? And you don't have to trust me. The person who really says this most loudly. Israel's Leoni joins just by phone for the program today. The president's personal attorney Mr Giuliani. How are you sir? I'm really good. Glenn how are you. I'm good. I'm good who has spent quite a lot of his very frequent media appearances talking about how he started working on Ukraine because he saw as a way to defend president trump against the molar investigation. And so I knew they were hot and heavy on his Russian collusion thing. Even though I knew one hundred percent it was false so really truly has actually said this publicly. Yeah repeatedly he talks about how he started meeting with. These prosecutors not to try to help president trump's twenty twenty reelection effort are which gets a lot of discussion these days but as a defense attorney trying to defend trump against Moore I said to myself Alleluia. I now I'll have. What a defense lawyer? I go prove somebody else committed this crime. He talks about how he first got wind of this Ukraine idea in November of twenty eighteen in how that was in his words very important moment for the molar investigation. You know you gotTa Kinda put yourself back in the mindset of a year ago at that time No one knew it was gonNA find. He was about to indict Roger Stone. He had Paul Manafort cooperating And he was really pressing him to explain why he was interacting interacting with Russians during the campaign and Redid. Giuliani says that he came up with this legal defense. How Luhya he says I can prove someone else did it? And the someone else's the Ukrainians and the did it is interfering in the two thousand sixteen election so when I got this evidence about Ukrainian collusion in which they mentioned the Joe Biden was involved in developing I jumped on it and I started started to find people in Ukraine. Were willing to come over and talk to me about how in the middle of the Russia. Investigation did Giuliani come up with this idea. Specifically about Ukraine that Russia that was interfering the election that it was actually Ukrainians. Won't we'll Giuliani has said that. He was approached by investigator November twenty eighteen. Who proposed this idea that all was coming out of Ukraine that people in Ukraine were trying to set up Paul Manafort In Two thousand sixteen when they start talking about what he'd been doing as a political consultant in that country. And that's why Paul men for ultimately it was fired from the trump campaign and the nerdy sort of off shoots including this theory that President trump actually said on the telephone own to the Ukrainian president in July about crowd. Strike the company that was hired by the Democratic National Committee to look into the hack which was the first company that that said that they believe that Russian operatives were behind it the crowd strike thing we hear it coming up over and over again during impeachment hearings. We've heard the president talk about it and honestly I still remain confused as to what the crowd strike conspiracy theory is all about well. It's really confusing because it's so do not based in fact it's very interesting. They have the server right from the DNC Democratic National Committee has the server the the FBI went in and they told him. Get Out of here. You're not we're not giving it to you. They gave the server to crowd strike or whatever it's called which is a country which is a company owned by Very wealthy Ukranian. So let me I tell you like what crowds actually is It's an American company. It was founded by a guy who was born in Russia and another guy who was born in the US and it was hired by the Democratic National Committee in the Spring of two thousand sixteen when they suspected that their servers had been hacked to look into what had gone on so it's kind of like a cybersecurity cybersecurity firm exactly and it was the first company that a based on its forensic forensic analysis came out with the finding that they believed that the DNC had been hacked by Russian operatives. Their work has been fully reviewed by the US government that that is also the finding of the US government The Democratic Party servers were hacked by Russian operatives there twelve Russian military intelligence officers who have been indited For actually participating in that hack. That's what our government has said happened. The conspiracy theory is somehow crowd. Strike is actually actually a Ukrainian company that the guy who was born in Russia was actually born in Ukraine that all the analysis they did was somehow faked and and was intended to like frame Russia. For what Ukraine had actually done that they actually sent the server itself The Democrat Party server to Ukraine. So that somewhere. It's still there and could be recovered and would prove that Russia didn't hack the DNC. And I still want to not that server the FBI has never gotten that server. That's a big part of this whole thing. Why did they give it to a Ukrainian company where they did that? Are you sure they'd David to Ukraine. The word is this is ridiculous. It is just ridiculous and in fact the president we know Was told by his own staff that it was ridiculous at this point I am deeply frustrated with what he in the legal team is doing. And repeating that debunked theory to the president. TOMBA's the former security advisor has said in interviews that it's completely debunked and it was frustrating to him as an official because it sticks in his mind when he hears it over and over again and for clarity here George let me just again repeat that it has no validity and that in the heat of the Russian investigation Rudy. Giuliani turns to this. And he's like this is the thing that we should be paying attention to this and other variations of the sort of theory right. You Crane in some way interfered that they tried to take down Paul Manafort to hurt. Donald Trump that people in the Ukrainian embassy in Washington unfed information about Paul Manafort to the DNC. There's various versions of this but when you get to the heart of it it always comes down to sort of a defense through distraction. The idea is that you know you think that Russia interfered to help trump actually. It was Russia's fo- Ukraine and they interfered to help Hillary and and through this process..
Trump says will 'strongly consider' testifying in impeachment probe - but would it ever happen?
"Back to the daily DC. The Impeachment Watch I am Zach Wolf. Alex Marquardt is still with me. And we're pleased to welcome CNN. Legal analyst Michael Zeldin. Thanks for joining us. Michael my my pleasure to things kind of interesting happened this morning number one Responding to Nancy Pelosi from over the weekend Donald Trump president trump suggests that he could be Willing to testify or at least to give written testimony to the impeachment inquiry. He said essentially to move it along so the Democrats could get something done for the country. That's thing thing one thing too. Is the house. Democrats made clear that they're investigating now. Donald Donald Trump and whether he Lied to Congress essentially As part of the Mueller investigation when he offered written testimony or answered questions wins in writing for Robert. Muller in this part of They're a lawsuit to get hold of grand jury Documents and testimony any from the Muller investigation this now ties into the impeachment investigation. It's all meshing together but these two things about Donald Trump and testifying before Congress which would be pretty much unprecedented I think And number two This idea that he may have said something that was incorrect about wikileaks. Not Leaks and what he knew to Robert Muller what is going on with those two things in your mind so the first thing that comes to mind is my expectation of his qualified offer. Potentially offer written testimony was not something that he cleared with his lawyers and that his lawyers are going to be saying. Excuse me but we don't want to do that. Thank you Mr President. Well he didn't say he was GONNA do it. He said he he's thinking about exactly but I expect he's thinking about it without having first consulted Laura's because I don't think his lawyers lawyers would want him to be offering written testimony so I think that's more of a sort of a hypothetical offer than it is a real offer second second with respect to muller the the question and answer that has been raised as a possibility that the president offered false testimony before before Muller in his written statements relate to whether or not he recalled conversations between himself and members of his campaign who themselves may have. I've been interfacing with Ricky wikileaks or whether he had any direct contact with a representative of what of wikileaks. And the thing. I forgot to mention this. Roger Stone found guilty on Friday essentially of trying to sabotage congressional investigation With regard to to wikileaks right so so the lawyer in me says says if the question is asked did you have any contact with a representative of wikileaks. He can answer no to that. Because none of the people who allege allegedly told him anything about wikileaks I would definitely meet the term representative of wikileaks. If he had spoken he would have spoken to. Julian assange essentially For that question to be ally The way he answered now with requests with respect to the question of whether or not his failure to recall whether he had conversations with anyone on his campaign. Am Pain regulated. He he didn't say no he said I don't recall talking to anybody. Don't recall is what his answer was. And that's a smart legal answer and expectation Asian. Is that the documentation that was presented by the White House to Muller contains no indication that the president spoke to anybody on his campaign about wikileaks leaks and so he has the opportunity to come back and say well. Now you've refresh my recollection. Yes indeed I remember speaking to Roger Stone in the car and it was overheard by whomever so I think it's a very difficult prosecution to make. However the appearance that the president is unaware of his interest his own interest which he on on the campaign trail repeatedly touted wikileaks? I love wikileaks. We Russia if you're hearing me. Please release her emails. All is wikileaks. centric in a sense. It's SORTA strains credulity to that. He didn't remember this stuff. But as I said when you ask a lawyer whether or not. This is actionable as a law case case I think it's probably not what about this Offer so to speak that he would be willing to testify in Congress in the impeachment inquiry which actually got a laugh last week During one of the hearings when when Peter Welsh Congressman Walter Democrat brought it up and say you'd be most welcome to sit down is is that another one of these. Is the president just floating something for the sake of it. That almost certainly won't happen. What my recollection of that QNA was the Republicans skins. Were saying the person who has firsthand knowledge the whistle blower a person who they first accused of having only secondhand knowledge but now all of a sudden he has firsthand knowledge. They said the person that we want to hear most from whistle blower because he knows the most and then well said well actually the person who knows the most is the president and he's welcome here anytime he wants. And that's what the left in my expectation. Is that the the likelihood of the president showing up in person raising his right hand to swear to tell the truth before that committee Mitty is not likely. So you've told us about the importance in lawyering Somebody like president trump to give wiggle room in testimony. I don't recall Paul as opposed to I don't or as opposed to know We have somebody we have a real life example coming up with Gordon. Sunland who actually didn't recall recall Some very important things with regard to the impeachment inquiry he had his memory jogged at least one time and then subsequent to that we found out new information mation that About his call. You know the very loud telephone call in the Ukraine Ukrainian restaurant with President trump. So I I guess the question is. Is Somebody like that that in more legal jeopardy or in some sort of legal jeopardy for his the the way he addressed Congress and then had completely changed his story about whether or not there was some sort of ultimatum to the Koreans for military aid. Right so Saad. Lynn says I don't recall then. Other witnesses testified to his direct direct involvement in the thing that he didn't recall and then he corrects the record. And says that refresh my recollection. I now recall. And my testimony is consistent consistent with those others in respect of the homes. Telephone call that was overheard the alcs talked about. He was not really directly asked. That question didn't exactly Give a denial of of that call so he too has room now when he testifies again to elaborate on his prior testimony which I expect that he will do. I expect that he is not gonNa have memory failures like he did in the closed door testimony too much each other evidence out there which links him to this information that if he were to not recall under those circumstances it probably would be seen as a false statement achievement and you can falsely testify before Congress by inaccurately describing your memory as as being faulting so so just to wrap this up for everybody If in in congressional testimony don't say no and if you absolutely can avoid it I don't recall is a lot better. Because it's really hard to prosecute somebody for lying if they said I don't know because your memory can always be shocked. Yes with the qualification. In that there are prosecutions where individuals have said incredulously. They don't recall and that they were the prosecutors. Were able then and to present evidence to say that I don't recall was actually ally and you cannot therefore say with confidence. Just keep saying I don't recall I don't recall and you off the hook because at one point you're alleged failure of recollection is GonNa be tantamount to an affirmatively. I think what what we've done here is tumble into exactly the problem. That a lot of people have with Washington because this is making my head hurt Michael Alex thank you for joining me on the daily. DC The impeachment
Stone unturned? Trumps adviser on trial
"As the impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump continues. The start of the trial of his longtime associate is likely to provide him with more discomfort comfort laundry stone flamboyant and controversial political strategist own for using aggressive tactics discredit losing candidates. He's worked As a campaign advisor to a number of Republican presidents including Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan stone formed a relationship with the current president for decades ago. He I advised Mr trump to run for the White House in one thousand nine hundred eighty eight but all the polls are showing that I win or do very well in this election. I'm not happy with what's happening. In the country that friendship mentorship torsion even was the focus of 2017. Netflix documentary called. Get Me Roger Stone. Those who say I have no soul. Those who have no principles are losers serve. Those are bitter losers. Mr Jones. EXACT ROLE IN MR TRUMP's 2016 campaign has long been a source of speculation particular over his contact with wikileaks the release of material about presidential contender. Hillary Clinton in January this year. Mr Stone was indicted by Robert Mueller. The special counsel on seven counts they include obstructing an official proceeding witness tampering and making false statements to Congress about his communication with wikileaks and the trump campaign lead. Not Guilty to these charges. I will defeat them at CNN. HAD BEEN SO SURE MR stones indictment was coming to the network had a camera team outside his the house when the FBI turned up for dramatic early morning rest. This is what the first sounds that. Roger Stone woke up to this morning was the FBI pounding on his his door and shouting John Faz. Men Are. Washington correspondent had a similar hunched to C. N. N.'s. But he made his move a month earlier. I reached out to Roger Stone because I had sensed that his indictment was possibly coming and I wanted to hear from him before he went undercover. As it works I wrote him an email. I said I would be down in Fort Lauderdale one weekend soon. If he's free for lunch take him out and And he accepted house lunch. The lunch was a blast. He is in entertaining storyteller. He's charming he's funny. He has a ton of stories. It was a two hour lunch. That felt very fast. Okay before we get into the lunchtime conversation Let's go through with. The charges are against him. He is facing seven charges. Five of them. Uh are making false statements to congressional investigators. One of them is obstructing government proceeding and one of them is witness tampering I believe he tried to get randy. Credit Co who is a longtime friend of his New York radio show host and a sort of as outrageous on the left is as stone is on the right. He tried to induce credit co into not testifying and I think he you threatened to kidnap Randy credit goes dog. Roger Stone's pled not guilty to all of those charges. How how is the dog? I think the dog's fine critical appeared. He did testify. He showed up with his dog. He was photographed with the dog outside the Capitol. It's a I think the dog is a little white dog named Bianca. Last I heard Bianca was fine. Okay okay all these charges that Mr Stone faces have to do with Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference. Is that right yes. Roger Stone presented himself to the trump campaign campaign as a conduit to wikileaks. He said he was in touch with. Julian assange now after the investigation started. He said that in fact he wasn't that was all bluff and posture turn hype and that all he had been doing monitoring wikileaks as twitter. Feed Robert Muller's indictment says that that's not true in that he was actually in touch through a cut out with wikileaks. And what are the stakes. Here what would happen to Mr Stone if he were found guilty These are serious charges. He faces serious prison time if he goes down for these sixty seven years old and that's Facing years in prison at that age is no picnic. You say he was a charming guy with lots of stories. I mean the public persona of Roger Stone is. He's a kind of Kenny often. Cutting political operative to did you get a sense from him about how he operates when you spoke to him. Well he is a political operative the stories that I liked most. He got gotTa start in Connecticut Politics. He's from Norwalk Connecticut. which is which is down along the coast and he said for his his first campaign for Connecticut? State Senator Who on the train platform is a commuter town into New York? Norwalk is and he would be there in the morning with fliers for his candidate and fresh coffee and then he would be either in the evening with fliers for his candidate and freshly mixed Martinis. It was such a a charming portrayal of a bygone world of political campaigning. But that's where he got a start but I mean this this kind of charming and gracious stuff is not really what he's been known for in in more recent decades. No No. He's a dirty trickster. And he's the first one to admit admit that he's a dirty trickster I think he hone those skills working for Nixon's campaign which is famous for using those sorts of tricks. That's his specialty. That's the sort of thing he does. There's and he's he's really unabashed about it so his his ties then to to president trump. I mean how far back do they go so he is known. Donald Trump for forty years. Their connection goes back to Ronald. Ronald Reagan's nineteen eighty campaign in New York Stone arranged a visit to New Hampshire by Donald Trump in nineteen eighty eight. When he was initially flirting with running for president he was connected with the campaigns? In in in ninety six and two thousand I think it was when when trump sought the reform party nomination and his connection to the to the two thousand sixteen campaign pain starts quite early on to so he has no trump for for a very long time but on the other hand the investigation the Muller reports when it's somewhat by now in in the rear view mirror I mean. How much do you think Mr Trump and his team will be will be watching this trial? How much do you think could change the story as we now know it reopened that chapter? I mean I think they would. They are going to be watching can get very very closely. It's true that the report is done but there was a lot of of stone activity in the Muller report that was redacted what I assume is Roger Stone activity that was redacted and it may well come out this trial. I think there are a couple of things that that the trump campaign will be worried about number one. The trials should show whether Roger Stone was in fact talking to wikileaks and whether when he said he wasn't that was all bluff and posture that that was that was in fact the bluff and number two is whether whether Donald Trump lied Robert Muller. You'll remember that trump did not sit down for a verbal interview with Robert Me answered written questions and answer to one of those questions actions. He said that he didn't recall discussing wikileaks with Roger Stone. You may get some testimony from Steve Bannon and Rick Gates about that and so if I were at trump trump camp I would be watching this trial very nervously. And what about Mr Stone himself when you met him. What did he say about the possibility that he would get caught up in Mr Melissa investigation? Well all I ask them exactly that question at lunch and he said it's a it's a line that I still remember. He said I don't worry. I make other people worry whether he would repeat that line today as his trial looms. I don't know but it was a it was a wonderful bit of bluster at the time About the substance of the charges. He had a very. I want to get this quote. Exactly right from transcript. What he said is there is no evidence or proof and no one can honestly say that I had advanced notice of the source or the content? The exact release date of the wiki leaks material either stolen or I should say allegedly stolen and allegedly hacked to my mind that is a very lawyerly. Non Denial Denial He also said during our lunch that you know his testimony before the House Intelligence Committee was basically truthful and he may have said some things that were wrong but they were immaterial and inconsequential in the indictment against him alleges. That's not not the case that his false statement for both consequential immaterial well regardless of what happens with this trial and and presuming. Mr Stone is available to take lunch dates. Would you take with them in a heartbeat anytime. Why is that because he has? He has good stories and he has a central role in this in this drama. That's unfolding right now. He has insight he has history talk about. He's an interesting conversationalist John. Thank you very much for joining
Did the Trump quid pro quo begin even earlier than we thought?
"Got reporter. Eric Lipton here from the New York. Times tonight to talk about a piece of the scandal that we really have watched coming down this pike. That appears to now be pretty well and truly confirmed. We highlighted this on the show on Friday night. Was This David Ignatius column in The Washington Post raising the troubling prospect that the scheme for which the president is now being impeached. This Ukraine scheme which has basically been caught. This year might have been not the first time he did. This might might've been round to basically that Rudy Giuliani and president. Trump might have already done this once before in Ukraine with with almost the same script with the president who preceded Vladimir's Alinsky. David Ignatius was writing about it at the post last week New York Times reporter Andrew Kramer had reported boarded on pieces of this In an article times published in May of last year but now Mark Mazzetti Eric Lipton and Andrew Kramer have updated with the story and it sounds like yeah what has happened in Ukraine ahead of Zilenski. Getting in there the guy who had the infamous phone call with trump. What happened there with the previous yes? President seems very much like a first draft of what president trump has been caught for in this impeachment inquiry. Now quoting from the Times tonight long before a telephone call with with Ukraine's president that prompted an impeachment inquiry. President trump was exchanging political favors with a different Ukrainian leader who desperately sought American help for his country struggle against Russian aggression near the end of two thousand seventeen just as the Ukrainian government was trying to get final approval from the trump administration. The sale of Javelin Antitank weapons the prosecutor secured general then working for the crane president. Petro Par SHANECO quote had begun freezing cases in Ukraine that were relevant to the Mueller investigation including an inquiry inquiry tracing millions of dollars that Ukrainian political figures paid to Mr manafort quote in two thousand seventeen shortly after Mr Giuliani visited. Kiev President Pora Shaneco prosecutor-general took control from an anti-corruption bureau of a criminal investigation related to Mr Manafort same prosecutor general took further steps APPs to slow walk. The Ukrainian cases related to the Muller Investigation in November of two thousand seventeen. He gave an official order to freeze those cases in April of twenty eighteen. That same prosecutor-general would later. Coordinate closely with Mr Giuliani to promote an investigation into former vice president. Joseph R Biden so this year in two thousand nine hundred nine president trump is being impeached for demanding these bogus investigations of Joe Biden.
House releases transcripts from key witnesses in Trump impeachment inquiry
"We are now starting to see the actual testimony from the depositions in the impeachment inquiry so far the transcripts and they are as damning as expected for the president and and his allies now Republicans wine for weeks and weeks of the fact that depositions were being held behind closed doors despite the fact that many of them were actually attending those very same hearing the president tried to get out ahead of the release of the word for word transcripts today by saying they would be faked and Republicans should release their own indicating indicating that he was clearly not happy with what was about to come out well today we got the first two transcripts from forward top State Department official Michael Mckinley and crucially former US ambassador bastard Ukraine Marie Ivanovich we already know a lot about what McKinley testified about including that he said he resigned his post in part because of quote the failure of the State Department urban to offer support to foreign service employees caught up impeachment inquiry McKinley who was senior advisor Secretary State Mike Pompeo also testified again under growth in this deposition that he told not pompeii about his concerns multiple times before he resigned which makes what pump said last month so much more interesting listen listen to the way the pompeo gives himself absolutely no wiggle room on this question Mike McKinley third me well for a year and a half I chose him my head people tell me he was a great foreign service officer in fact he served America wonderfully for thirty seven years he had in fact had the office that was just just behind mine had a door that he could walk in any time and say whatever he wanted you know from the time that embassador yvonna bitch departed Ukraine until the time that he came to tell me that he was departing harding I never heard him say a single thing about his concerns with respect to the decision you never ask not once not once George did ambassador McKinley say something it to me during that entire time period that's interesting so maybe set it outside that time period or maybe McKinley is lying or maybe pompeo's lying the story though that has has told these depositions of of someone who was in the way of the corrupt quid pro quo abuse of office the President Rudy Giuliani were running to try and squeeze Ukraine to manufacture a dirt the president's political rival particularly in that of the ousted US ambassador Devante vish Ukraine whose career was a casualty of that scheme she testified that she learned from and Ukrainian officials that Rudy Giuliani plan to target her Ivanovich was asked what she thought President trump meant when he said on the phone call with Ukrainian president that she was quote going wing to go through some things Ivanovich said I didn't know what it meant I was very concerned I still am. She testified that a concern senior Ukrainian official told Oldie quote told me I really needed to watch my back former ambassador also told Congress the same Ukrainian official wonder about quote to individuals from Florida Mr Parnasse and Mr Freeman who were working with Mayor Giuliani they were interested in having a different ambassador to the post because they wanted to have business dealings in Ukraine or additional additional business dealings I didn't understand that because nobody the embassy had ever met these two individuals now the president gets to appoint ambassadors and he gets to recall them but in the case of Ambassador Basser Uganda Bitch let's remember her position and removal are also at the center of a criminal case that's currently being brought by the US attorney in the Southern District of New York doc against two men who are associates the president's personal were John Juliani reportedly paid Guiliani at least half a million dollars who hung out Yankee Games among other places with with Rudy who got prime seats at a twenty thousand trump rally and who represented themselves to Congress in an official letter as members of the president's legal team and and let's remember that part of the charges against these two men love Parnasse and eager fruman is that they were giving donations to a member of Congress as part of this sprawling effort to get rid of ambassador of rich so that they could corruptly install from the associates to promote their business interests in Ukraine Ivanovich was standing being in the way of making Ukraine more corrupt on behalf of president trump and Rudy Giuliani and I should tell you we just learned tonight that one of these guys parnasse seems to be ready to cooperate with congressional investigators Reuters reports Parnasse is prepared to comply with requests for records and testimony from congressional impeachment investigators PARNASSUS lawyer has confirmed that that me see news joining me now from Warren What we learned today so he told me legal reporter for Buzzfeed News and Tasha Berkshire National Security correspondent political NS NBC contributor. Natasha let me start with you on the Parnasse news his old lawyer had been the president's old lawyer John Dowd who'd written a letter being like he's part of the team and he's not going to show up and do anything he's now jumped don't John Doubt and now he's GonNa cooperate is that what's happening. Yeah Chris I mean it certainly seems seems like Parnasse is angry he's angry that the president has said that he doesn't know who he is he feels like the president has completely mischaracterized their relationship and you have to be inclined to believe a bit because there are so many photos of them together over the last two or so years a political events at gallows at fundraisers Parnis and firmin were everywhere and they surrounded the president at many pivotal moments so what we're seeing now is they've opened the door to cooperation with the congressional committees that doesn't necessarily Sara Lee mean of course that it's going to happen because a lot of the documents at the Congressional committees want are in the hands of the FBI which of course rated partisan ferments belongings as part of their indictment it also is remains to be seen whether or not their lawyers are even going to his learned this case has even going to let him testify because he's in the middle of a criminal probe but this does indicate at least a shift for now in how he perceives the president and trump really hasn't learned this lesson that you know when these people are are under scrutiny and he continues to criticize them his former allies and says I don't know them well they usually have receipts Zoe what did we learn today in the Ivanovich Ivanovic testimony in terms of the nexus between this sort of strange plot that was hatched by nuts room in for variety of reasons perhaps APPs personal business reasons as well as Ingraham themselves the president and the president and Rudy Giuliani's attempt to squeeze Ukraine government for for dirt on their political what we saw was perspective from yet another witness in the impeachment inquiry sort of explaining how they learned that there was this other her channel between the White House and Ukraine that was unofficial not sanctioned involved a cohort of non-government officials in this case Rudy Rudy Giuliani left parnasse eager freeman who for months had been traveling around trying to set up connections and Ukraine in an effort to dig up dirt on Joe Biden trying to discredit the Mueller investigation but all while making entrees into very official circles in Ukraine to the dismay dismay of the career civil servants who you know whose job it was to establish those formal channels between the administration and these foreign government entities and what we heard what we saw in the transcript was the former ambassador Marie Ivanovich saying you know learning about this back channel and being perplexed and concerned -cerned by it but not really seeing away out and being told that if she wanted to keep her job she needed to ingratiate herself with the president and not make waves about this both the one in one point she testified she was told to tweet US support for the president. I mean what what's fascinating here and attach you had these sort of comparative means of of of conducting yourself Marie Ivanovich the lifelong foreign service officer who's there who's trying to like steer American policy and then the Parnassus Fruman and Giuliani's of the world old who are wheeling and dealing and taking meetings and doing God knows what God knows who's behest and those are the people president is listening to and who had the imprimature of the entire hire American state behind them exactly Chris and Marie Ivanovich testified that this wasn't something that the State Department could just ignore they felt really hamstrung owned by the fact that this dual foreign policy track was taking place and at one point she said the Ukrainians didn't know who to talk to didn't know whether we represented US policy whether they should be listening to Giuliani and Parnasse Freeman and the rug really felt like it was being pulled out from beneath us we have to remember also that this is a very sensitive moment what what has been a very sensitive moment in Ukraine for the last five years since the Russians invaded eastern Ukraine and at this moment there trying to negotiate peace in the east with the russian-backed separatists separatist so for the aid to be withheld at this sensitive time was extremely troubling to the Crohn's and on top of that they didn't even know who the interlocutors were are there was supposed to be communicating with fast forward to mushy Ivanovich getting removed recalled from Ukraine someone that they really trusted now they have no choice really okay but to try to negotiate with the president and the best way that they can which is Zilenski you saw on that phone call kind of saying to the President Yes we'll investigate ah yes we'll do what you want essentially to try to appease him because again Ukraine faces an existential threat to its east and they are trying to navigate that right now the best way they can we're also getting a lot more back story on the origins of this I think deranged saying conspiracy theories about Ukrainian involvement in the two thousand sixteen election the idea that actually the DNC hack was a Ukrainian op that they conspired to frame Russia for it doesn't actually make sense when you sort of square it up but this this article near that Manafort was actually spreading that back in twenty sixteen it's been germinating and sold to the president time and time again what do we know about uh-huh so over the weekend buzz feed at CNN received a new cash of documents from the Justice Department then it was as hundreds of pages of records of notes that were taken during the investigation and in one seer set of notes from Rick Gates who had been the deputy campaign manager Paul Manafort's right hand man Rick Gates told investigators that basically as soon as news broke in two thousand sixteen the DNC had been hacked that wikileaks had these messages and they were going to release them. Paul Manafort was immediately saying it wasn't Russia it was Ukraine and Michael Flynn who was at the time a senior advisor to the campaign later became trump's short-lived first national security adviser also was immediately saying adamantly it wasn't Russia it wasn't Russia look at Ukraine so we had at the time three years ago to senior officials in the trump campaign trying to you direct the narrative away from Russia towards Ukraine it raises all sorts of questions of who they were talking to us who's ear they had and it's the theory that it has really persisted notwithstanding the findings of the US intelligence community that it was Russia that orchestrated the hack of the DNC that was
Trump pressed Australia to help investigate Russia probe origin
"We're learning from the new york times that trump called the australian prime minister in recent weeks and asked them to help bill bar in his ongoing investigation into into the oranges of the muller probe we say oranges because that's how trump pronounces origins and that was apparently the only purpose of the call presumably he's asking australia because that's where the whole thing effectively began with when alexander downer ran into popadopoulos and then he called our FBI a few months later when the whole emails on dirt on hillary thing came out and he goes you know weird i was talking to a guy and so i think he's down there trying to discredit that so two things here it it seems as though trump knows though publicly denies that the beginning of the muller probe was when australia called our FBI and told him about pablo dot popping off about hillary dirt in a london pub saying that way so i i it seems trump knows that's where it originated even though that's not his talking point trump would rather have you believe that the steele dossier and pfizer warrants hillary and ukraine and whatever we're what kicked off crossfire hurricane or peter stock or the molar the probe but the time line makes no sense so he's out looking for a way to discredit the actual oranges of the investigation he's doing this i think with barin pompeo in italy who who i believe are there to look into mifsud but that's conjecture and it's really funny that i wrote that in the script because news broke shortly the after that confirmed that conjecture so it was conjectured but we were right and jordan you had said that too in that conversation we have we'll go over that and a little bit because that's a whole other bombshell that dropped today but this lines up with you know trump asking ukraine to look into the DNC hack in crowd strike and another thing that this whole australia thing tells me is that trump and the what's the guy's name who's investigating the investigation is the connecticut US attorney talking about right durham that's it durham not a for the life of me remember that it's durham so trump in durham who are we're conducting the investigation into the mueller investigation they have nothing i think it's if he's calling australia and sending people to italy and ukraine to track backdown conspiracy theories or debunk actual he's literally got nothing yeah why can't they send an email i have to tell him person probably because we're watching watching every communication he has now totally travelling in person is the new ellipses of corruption
Where are we on impeachment?
"It is a very very dangerous time and there's really no oversight that can fix it. There's no judicial the I didn't know judicial means to stop and the only way is through impeachment and I think this report just puts puts the onus really front and center in front of the House of Representatives to take it goes articles up that was former Justice Department spokesperson Matt Miller on the Rachel Maddow show with meat last night making clear that of all the potential impeachable offenses offenses against Donald Trump. It really doesn't get any worse than what was revealed by a national security whistleblower this week trump not just for the whistleblower but also according to his own attorney. Rudy Giuliani is literally doing the same thing. The Muller reports says he did with Russia soliciting help for his reelection from a foreign country in this case Ukraine a country that has part of its territory under Russian occupation right now as we speak in an op Ed for the Washington Post former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal and George Conway lawyer and husband of White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway wrote that if trump did that it would be the ultimate ultimate impeachable act unlike the allegations of conspiracy with Russia before the two thousand sixteen election these concerns these concerns trump's actions as president president not as a private citizen and his exercise of presidential powers over foreign policy with Ukraine moreover with Russia at least there was an attempt to to get the facts through the Mueller investigation here. The White House is trying to shut down the entire inquiry from the start depriving not just the American people but even congressional intelligence committees of necessary information and yet on Friday when House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was confronted with all the outrage surrounding trump and the whistleblower complaint that his administration continues to withhold from Congress in violation of law by the way she still didn't budge you're describing ving potential acts of law breaking and many people here that and say if Congress does not pursue impeachment. Does it forever change the standard of what is acceptable behavior by any president. I don't know about lawbreaking said we don't have the information. I don't want to suggest that I said that because we we don't have the information while others may speculate. I have to go on the basis of the law and the facts and that's we're decisions will be made so why even with people's heads literally exploding that trump is now committing same collusion Robert Muller investigators found but this time as president why why won't Democratic Leadership Support Impeachment now as I've said before on this show it comes down to the numbers to the question of whether Pelosi has the democratic votes to to get an impeachment through the house and the fact that the speakers clear sole concern is keeping the House majority in democratic hands and that means her only focus this is those conservative leaning House Democrats who won in trump district and whether they will give her the votes even now with trump define congress defying the law and in the position to meet out retribution to this whistle blower through his conciliatory and the Justice Department Attorney General William Barr now we on the show reached reached out to a number of conservative. Democrats some of them are on the record of posing impeachment and some who are not either way to see if they would come to the show today come on the air and answer the question of whether on this issue that is about national security which presumably is important to them and their right of center senator constituents whether they would now give their party the votes on impeachment they all declined to come on the show and by the way any moderate or conservative Democrat who's willing to explain Blaine to our viewers why they don't support the House Judiciary Committee's impeachment inquiry in the face of alarms about our national security raised about the president of the United States from from within the intelligence community. They are always welcome to come on this show and explain their opposition they can actually call right now because the question is if if national security is not compelling enough to garner enough democratic votes for impeachment of the President if defying Congress and defying the law are not enough within within what is joining me now political contributor Timothy l O'Brien Tar Dell Dell President of the Teradata del Group. MSNBC contributor in former US attorney Barbara mcquade Jeff houser founder and director of the revolving door project MSNBC contributor and former US attorney Joyce Vance and Jill wine banks former assistant Watergate special the prosecutor.
Hearing with Trump loyalist Corey Lewandowski ends after 6 hours
"If you read the early reviews of today's hearing in the House Judiciary Committee by which I mean the reviews written about four are four and a half hours into the five and a half hour hearing then you would think the hearing was a mess the daily beast headline at five fifty five pm. I'm said Corey Lewandowski testimony quickly devolves into a mess but a minute later literally a minute after that was filed everything having changed it was a half hour left in that hearing when everything changed in Corey Lewandowski change coralline Dusky ran out of ways to avoid answering questions when he faced a full half hour of concentrated cross examination by lawyer hired by the committee to question witnesses in its impede from investigation the Republicans on the committee were determined to make a mockery of the committee process from the start we have never seen a more childish and abusive the use of committee process and committee rules than what the Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee did today. This was the low point in the history of house hearings procedurally the Republicans made repeated motions to shut down the hearing to just adjourn the hearing close it down and when those motions were defeated instantly by voice vote the Republicans then called for as is their right roll call votes that they knew would take time. They knew they were going to lose and they were just trying to waste time and add to the circus atmosphere that they created corey. Lou Dusky was ready for a circus. He was was not ready for serious questioning. When Republicans took their five minute turns questioning the witness they ignored corey. Lewandowski is role in the president's attempt to shut shutdown the muller investigation as described by Corn Corey Lewandowski own testimony in the mullahs report and his own notes that are reproduced in the mall the report Republican questioning deliberately did not make any sense but the question on the democratic side also mostly didn't make sense because of Republican publican interference with that questioning and the simple fact that should be obvious by now that most members of Congress are not very good at this they did not run for the district attorney they ran for the House of Representatives and every once in a while they have to play district attorney in committee hearings and generally for most of them. It doesn't go oh very well except for the people who have actually been prosecutors and so for hours on end it was a chaotic hearing with Corey Lewandowski becoming increasingly singley emboldened in his refusal to answer any question for which the answer was not already contained in the report he was asked by several Democrats to read passages the report and he repeatedly refused to do so cars when Eric Swallow Zeroed in on page ninety one of the Mullahs report which reproduced Corey Lewandowski own connotes of a speech Donald Trump dictated to him for Attorney General Jeff sessions to deliver about the Mueller Investigation Wild Wild Jeff sessions recused from supervising or commenting on the Muller Investigation in the trump written speech jeff sessions would announce that the special special prosecutor's investigation of the president is unfair and the special prosecutor would only be allowed from this point forward to investigate the possibility of quote election meddling for future elections so that nothing can happen in future elections harassment ex well well ask Corey Lewandowski to read his notes outs of his conversation with the president as reproduced in the mall report and Lewin Dusky refused to read his words allow were you were ashamed to read them out loud and you didn't deliver those words to the person the president asks you to did. You have a conscious of guilt. I have nothing to be guilty of congressman. Thank you still feel guilty today. And that's why you can't read it out loud cars when you're welcome to read the words if you'd like when the members of the committee finally finished their questioning almost five hours after hearing began it was finally time for the thirty minutes of questioning reserved for attorney. Barry Burke who is serving as a consultant of the Committee Hybrid Chairman Nadler Adler and chaos broke out once again as the Republicans pretended there was something wrong with having council ask questions in the committee even though the committee has done that many many times before especially in investigations of a president and after another round votes trying and failing to close down the hearing completely finally finally Barry Burke closed in on Corey Lewandowski for what was the worst public half hour of Corey Lewandowski life. My question to you sir is on national television. Did you lie about your relationship with the special counsel and whether they sought your interview I I don't know prior to the Muller report being published in redacted form. Did you ever misrepresent what you did on behalf of the president. I can't think of an instance where that would have occurred. Let me show you an interview that you did on May Fourteenth Twentieth Nineteen. Excuse me a I'll show it to you from February twenty-second twenty one thousand nine. Let me show it to you. Excuse me Ma'am number twenty nine thousand nine. Thank you don't ever remember the president ever asking me to get involved with Jeff sessions or the department injustice in any way shape so did you hear that Sir that was used saying on MSNBC. You don't ever remember the president ever. We're asking you to get involved with. Jeff sessions or department of Justice in any way shape or form. That wasn't true. Was it sir. I heard that UH and that was not true was it. I've no obligation beyond to the media's because there's just as dishonest as anybody else so you're admitting sir. You're not being truthful in that clip correct my interview with remember. This can be in any way you'd like. Did you lie on national television. Sorry about the president giving you a message. It's the attorney general about the special counsel's investigation. I don't recall that particular day and my mindset at the time I couldn't answer that. Corey Lewandowski told Robert Muller's investigators that he didn't want to deliver the president's message to Jeff Sessions at the Justice Department Jeff Sessions Office because he did not want the justice this apartment logs to show that he visited the Attorney General. He didn't WANNA public record of that meeting. Barry Burke pressed Corey Lewandowski on why he didn't want a public record of of him entering the Justice Department. So is it a fact. He didn't want to public log because you knew what you doing wrong so the just as the president went to an unofficial official nongovernment employees you wanted to make sure there was not a record of it isn't that right sir. No log creates a record of your visiting with the Attorney General so I would think a log world creator record degreaser that you admitted to the special counsel. You didn't want to have a record of your visit and that's why that's one of the reasons why you didn't go to the Department of Justice because she did not want to public log of your visit correct. I've never been to the Department of Justice. I don't know what goes on the Department of Justice. I don't really want to find out what happened. Department of Justice based on what's happened to other people involving the Department of Justice to be honest with you. Barry Burke insisted that the reason Corey Lewandowski did not personally deliver the president's message to Jeff. Yes actions is that Corey Lewandowski knew that would not be legal. You said so. You never did anything other than what was completely legal when you said that circus you knew if you delivered that message that told the Attorney General to instruct the special counsel delimit the investigation to exclude the president that would not be illegal. Isn't that correct surf Mr Burke. I didn't have the privilege of going to Harvard Law School. I'm not an attorney so what I know is. I didn't think at the time that the president asked me to deliver a message that anything was illegal about it. I didn't have the privilege to go to Harvard Law. So if you're telling me that in your opinion that would have been illegal then that's your opinion too but I never assume that that never thought about at the time I haven't thought about now. Why didn't you deliver the message that the president ask you delivered unless you didn't deliver it because you knew it was improper to deliver. Mr Burglar wasn't a priority. It sure reads like a priority in the mullahs report throughout the day. Corey Lewandowski refused to answer multiple questions agents about his conversations with anyone working in the White House. Berry Burke showed that this was not exactly a sacred principle to Corey Lewandowski. I can't speak to conversations that may or may not have with senior staff members of the administration to preserve the privilege they've invoked so it's such a sacred privilege as you would not disclose private communications because that would be wrong you testimony sir now. My testimony is at the White House directed that disclosed the substance of any discussions with the president advisors to protect executive branch confidentiality and I recognize that's not my privilege but I am. I am respecting the decision of the White House. Didn't you publish a book in which you disclose these very conversations. You had with senior White House officials which book you reference. I've written to New York Times bestsellers on a year so you refresh my memory with one. I'm asking you about the bestseller lead trumpy trump leading off our discussion. Tonight is democratic. Congressman Eric Swallow of California is one of the able questioners on the House Judiciary Committee because because he is a former deputy district attorney himself also joining us Mimi Roca former assistant. US Attorney Southern District of New York an MSNBC legal legal contributor cars. I WanNa start with something you brought up to Chairman Nadler when when it was your turn already been one brief recess in the hearing and so I'm not sure whether this was I could tell us whether this was coordinated with the chairman. Not specifically said you asked the chairman to consider holding holding Corey Lewandowski in contempt of Congress for the way he was testifying in that hearing which I have to say in any previous in Congress he would have been held in contempt of Congress in the first five minutes based on what we saw what's going to happen with the question of contempt of Congress for Corey Lewandowski in Dusky. It's certainly on the table and I also think the to witness chairs next to him. empty chairs should mean empty pockets and they need to be fine. There need to be consequences and when you when you by the way I could listen to that Barry Burke Exchange all day and then he he he's just masterful and finally the truth came came out but that's not how an innocent person conducts themselves. That's how he wants to help the Congress understand. You know what the president did would present themselves. That's how a guilty person acts and so are the chairman is going to consider contempt and we're not going to stop it in Lawrence and I I saw just like you did the you know the twitter. you know hot takes on what all this meant and people said it was messy. It was frustrating and that's all true but if the opposite of of this is to do nothing and let the President get away with further obstruction. We're not GonNa do that either and we have court battles that are ongoing right now so the president may benefit in the short term from confusing people and telling people to obstruct but in the long-term there's going to be a cascade of court decisions in our favor and it's not going to be very good for the trump team. Carson there is one another alternative for the mess of it and that is letting Barry Burke to either all the questioning or let Barry Burke have the first half our and then let the mess follow that yeah and it also just depends as well on the witnesses. We should assume that most witnesses are going to be like Mister Lebowski. That's just the trump style. They haven't had to have any consequences for that as of late and yes I think you know just just like you want more cowbell. Give us more burke. He was very very good. maybe Roca one of the things that you don't have in the courtroom is the other side when in the middle of your questioning jumping up in all sorts of history on equate object to something in a courtroom you better be doing it based on the rules of evidence the Democrats
House Democrats request Mueller investigation court documents
"As the week ends the number of democratic like members of Congress backing and impeachment probe has grown as the chairman who would lead any such pro Jerry Nadler is now formally invoking the I word in a new court filing now. Here's the Count Five House Democrats have stepped out in in favor of an impeachment inquiry including Congresswoman Katherine Clark of Massachusetts a member of the House leadership also the highest ranking Democrat to publicly take this stance then you have three more house Democrats today announcing support foreign impeachment inquiry Andy custer Chris Pop of New Hampshire and Mike Levin of California so you take that together and now you have about one hundred Democrats backing some kind of impeachment
House Democrats request Mueller investigation court documents
"Com house Democrats are asking a federal judge to release secret grand jury evidence from special counsel Robert Mahler's investigation the house Judiciary Committee filing the petition in federal court committee chairman Jerry Nadler accuses the White House of making nonsense legal arguments in his words to prevent the release of documents our work will continue into the August recess and we will use those subpoenas if we must we will also continue to seek important documents from the department of justice and the White House congressman Jerry
Nothing new to report: Robert Mueller testifies
"And the competitors editors are really fast I up though after months of anticipation special special counsel Robert Mueller reluctantly appeared before Congress yesterday for hours of televised testimony penalty of perjury testimony you're about to give correct the best of your knowledge information belief so help you got but the record show the witness sense of the affirmative thank you and please be seated he testified in back to back hearings for the House Judiciary Committee and the House Intelligence Committee with the President's still refuse to sit interview by your your team Pru in sometimes halting performance. Mr Mueller reiterated points from his Report on whether President Donald Trump's election campaign conspired with Russia whether Mr Trump impeded the ensuing investigation allegation lost the noise again was a warning that Russian operatives continue to meddle in America's electoral system. Mr Mueller had promised that his testimony would contain nothing beyond his report and on that he delivered his appearance doesn't seem to have had the impact that many Democrats were hoping for it may be the last that the public here's from Mr Muller even if his investigation and his report continue continue to drive debate Robert Mueller's investigation ran for two years during that whole time he said nothing publicly John Pro is our United States editor. There was a lot of competition journalists to find out what was really going on with the murder investigation and it wasn't leaky then when he presented his report finally he gave some short remarks and that was it and since then Democratic congressman in particular really wanted to get him to testify so that they could get him on the record they could get clips of him talking about President Trump and so this is really equally anticipated in the end they had to six hours even though he said he was reluctant to testify and as a prosecutor who still had some life cases it was in some senses inappropriate to do so so this was very eagerly anticipated testimony on the hill. Did he taimour. What what? What did they extract from him? He didn't say a whole lot more. Most disasters was short clip it. I refer you to this page in the report yes no. He didn't go beyond what was written in the reports and again he said Rice at the beginning of his testimony that he wouldn't do so I I would <hes> direct you to report dot what we have in the report with regard to that particular. We don't have the redacted version that's yet nevertheless there was a certain power to hearing him say some of the things that appear the report I pick out two things in particular the I would be on obstruction of justice has repeatedly claimed that your report found there was no obstruction and that it completely and totally exonerated him but that is not what reports said is it correct. It is not what the report said so one of the headlines President not cleared on obstruction of justice. There was a sudden powered seeing row but Melissa the other thing was him saying that agreeing with the Democratic congressman the president could potentially be charged once he leaves office because that opinion of the of legal counsel would no longer apply. Could you charge the president with a Trimbe after he left office. Yes you believe that he committed you could charge the president United States with obstruction structure justice after he left office yes ethically under the ethical standards. I'm not certain looked at the standards but but that's not a whole lot of payoff from six hours of testimony and what did Mr Moore say about the Russian interference in the two thousand sixteen election on election interference by the Russian government he repeated much of the evidence which is in the report is very damning on the extent of the activities. He also said that he thought that election interference by rush was ongoing no repercussions whatsoever to Russia if they did this again and as you stated earlier as we sit here they're doing it now. Is that correct. You're absolutely right. Do you have any violent. He said that he hoped hoped this wasn't the new normal in American politics but it very well may be so it was democratic congressman who who wants to get Mr Miller on the on the national stage in the first place well. How do you think they did in terms of making the most of their opportunity identing they what they wanted? Wanted out of this. If what they wanted was to get lots of footage of Robert Mueller criticizing Donald Trump has campaign by reading up it's his report. They didn't get that what they did get is what another thing that congressman often want from these these kinds of hearings which is clips of themselves talking for many of them. The point was their opportunity to speak rather than what they could get out of Robert Mueller and you could see this by even while Muller was testifying you had clips of the Democratic and Republican congressman grilling him popping up cut by their office and then popping up on Youtube and on twitter so the opportunity for the Congress when to speak was as important or Bob's even more important than the opportunity for Robert mullet speak and and that's kind of grandstanding was going on both sides of the I'll certainly was as you'd expect Republicans were keen to repeat one of the conclusions of the report which was that the special counsel didn't find evidence for conspiracy between the trump campaign and the Russian Russian government on the other hand they will also very keen to assail Muller's impartiality the credibility of some of his team. You hired a bunch of people that did not like the president. Peter Struck hated trump okay. You didn't know that before he was made part of your team. Is that what you're saying not know that all right a low of Republicans on the committee were very cross that he'd floated this idea that he couldn't exonerate the president and they said well. This is not how prosecutors met behave prosecutors. Don't stand up and say I can't exonerate this person they stand up and say I can charge this person or I can't charge this person and so you know you'll legal theory of this. This case is questionable so the quite a lot of that was even some slightly crazy conspiracy theory stuff so yes there was a good deal of grandstanding Republicans as well and you got the feeling that plenty of them probably knew the president trump would have been watching some of this on T._v.. Anxious to impressive and did they succeed was was was impressed. Well it seems so he was tweeting writing about it on and he had plenty of towards Robert Muller had no material he had nothing to work with so obviously he did very early today. I don't think there's anybody even among the fakers. I don't think there's anybody that would say he did well. I I looked at your testimony means for president trump for president trump the most important thing here it was whether the testimony would make it more likely that House Democrats would try to impeach him. I think it's less likely than it was before Robert Muller testified. I didn't think it was very likely in the first place in for a number of reasons but most of them just politically clearly the democratic leadership in the house doesn't want to impeach they think that if you impeach in the House and then the president is acquitted in the Senate that backfires politically you know that may you may not be correct but it certainly view and I think that's those Democrats who in favor of impeachment those house Democrats in favor of impeachment who are hoping perhaps that robot mullah might give them some ammunition will have been disappointed by the hearing so take coif president trump impeachment less likely and what about four what the <hes> the public will make try to this. This has been this trailed as a huge event. <hes> what happens now. Does this draw a line under it. Is this the end of of the the broader muller question. This has always been a story which has fascinated people who follow to politics very closely more than it's been a story for the public large. If you go round talking to voters away from the big cities it's hard to find signed much mention of the Muller people focused on different things and so the Democrats may be rather disappointed in the short time by Robert molest testimony. Actually you know politically internal GONNA political strategy. It might not be a bad thing for them to move on from this so the the seems to be the last that will hear from from Robert Mueller and you've been following this for for literal years in <hes> forensic detail. What's what's your take away from? All this might take away from this release something about how the news is made. I I mean had the Miller <unk> landed without the trails without the investigative reporting without everything we knew already about what happened in the two thousand sixteen campaign had it just landed on people's desks without any knowledge I think it would have had an extraordinary impact pat in American politics. I think it's quite likely you would have had impeachment proceedings already but the way that on knowledge of what happened in two thousand sixteen both in the Russian election interference and in terms of what the trump campaign got up to the way gradually built men the win report arrived a lot of people struck by shoulders and said Oh well does not much new to see here that
"mueller investigation" Discussed on FRONTLINE: Audiocast | PBS
"Watching the coverage of the Komi firing, and there's no one out there to defend him. You guys aren't doing anything to fix this. At first, the White House's response was two point two deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein, former spokesman, Sean Spicer deputy attorney general is gentleman by the name of rod, rod Rosenstein. He made a determination that the FBI director had lost. His competence message from the White House's, we fired Komi, because he botched the Hillary Clinton vest, Gatien period. Anderson Cooper to those who say why now why fired James Comey. Now what you said Kellyanne Conway point then to the three letters that were received today. Anderson, the letter by President, Donald Trump, the letter by attorney general sessions. And really the underlying report by deputy trainer rod Rosenstein, who the FBI director Howard Kurtz, people spending on behalf of the White House told the press that Komi firing was based on a memo from rod Rosenstein, the deputy joining jarrow, which had to do with Kony's performance in the Hillary Clinton investigation. We'll the press wasn't buying that. This letter focuses on on Hillary Clinton's emails. This is stuff that as a can they don't from praise. James four James only don't from talked about this. Many questioning if Komi was fired because the White House fears, the president would celebrate commes firing behind closed doors with two unlikely, White House guests Russian, Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, and I'm Basseterre, Sergei Kislyak, just ahead of today's meeting with the Russian Foreign Minister. Sergei Caroline, Washington pest that meeting. Russian official at the president has met so far in a way it. It's, it's like a play, you can't believe it really happened. But the president is essentially celebrating with the Russian diplomats. Heading into the Trump campaign ties to Russia. The pro no US-based reporters, no American White House. Reporters are in the room filled Rooker, Washington Post, Russians came in with a photographer from their state media agency, TASS, who took photos of the savant photos were used to some effect in Russia's propaganda. Was terrible optics meta Puzo terrible. Terrible optics just. He couldn't have scripted it worse. Karen, too young Washington Post. It's says we're gonna have a great relationship. There's this investigation. It's just become a total irritant for me. And he says commes firing lifted. Great wait for me. The guy was a nut job. I the firing. Now the fallout precursors building. Richard Nixon's, nineteen Seventy-three Saturday night, President Trump facing outrage after firing. It is hard to overstate. Decided to speak out. On his old network. This is NBC nightly news with Lester whole tonight. President Trump and our KABC news exclusive interview tonight, our wide ranging Monday. You met with the deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein Rosenstein. Right. Did you ask for recommendation? What I did is I was going to fire. Call me my decision. It was not. You've made the decision before they came. I department Justice spokesman a dramatic moment, the president come out and.
President Trump, Robert Mueller And Special Counsel discussed on The Afternoon News with Kitty O'Neal
"House speaker Nancy Pelosi says nothing off the table including potential impeachment proceedings against President Trump. She spoke here in California after special counsel, Robert Mueller indicated today that it's up to congress to decide what to do next with his findings resident Trump is claiming the case is closed in special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the two thousand sixteen election, Trump tweeted a person is innocent, if there is insufficient evidence to charge a crime. The former FBI director said that if they knew that Trump had not committed a crime, they would have said. So in the report, and you pull question today, should Robert Mueller testified before congress. He's kind of rejecting the
Rep. Tentative Adam Schiff Schiff, Justice Department And Attorney discussed on WBT's Morning News w/ Bo Thompson
"Providing insurance coverage for procedures deemed objectionable Twenty-three, municipalities cities and states have signed on to fight the rule that threatens to cut federal funding to those who don't comply in. New York Grenell Scott thoughts, news Justice department says it's willing to provide the house intelligence committee with documents from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation as long as the panel agrees not to take any action against attorney general William bar system. Attorney general Stephen Boyd sent a letter today to the committee's chairman rep. Tentative Adam Schiff Schiff has warned that the committee would take an unspecified enforcement action against bar, or the Justice department after they refused to handover and unredacted version of the report and other documents. The ten ninety nine three WBZ.
Trump Says He Could Have Fired Everyone
"The president is sounding off a week after the redacted Mullah report was released. ABC's Meghan Hughes reports from DC President Trump opening up about the mullahs report to Fox News, Sean Hannity, I could have fired everybody could have fired Muller. I couldn't find anybody that I wanted to fire. He expressed frustration with the origins of the Mueller investigation was a coup. This was at attempted overthrow of the United States government. He also explained why he's refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas. No collusion. No -struction. And then the house starts now. We're gonna go we're gonna go further, and I said. We've had it. That's enough negative news ABC news, Washington. That's not all he talked about in that interview. The president also took aim at former VP Joe Biden after his first day on the campaign trail, the president telling Sean Hannity that he questions the new democratic presidential candidates intelligence over the years. He's not the brightest lightbulb in the group. I don't think out steering his FOX interview Trump tried to draw contrast between where the country is today. And where it was when Biden was vice president claiming the US is respected now
Trump after Mueller report release: 'I'm having a good day'
"No collusion. There. Two words often muttered by President Trump about the Robert Muller reports, and it's released Thursday morning did find that there was indeed no collusion between the two thousand sixteen campaign and Russia correspondent, Nicole Killian. President Trump flew to Florida Thursday night for the holiday weekend. Happy with the results of the Mueller investigation. I'm having a good day to who was called. No collusion. No, obstruction attorney general William bore held a morning press conference before the report to release the deputy, Turney gentleman. I concluded that the evidence developed by the special counsel is not sufficient to establish that the president committed an instruction of Justice
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
Should Democrats apologize to Trump over collusion claims?
"On Capitol Hill. Lawmakers are still reacting to the findings in the summarized Russia probe report for the house. Criticizing Democrats over the Robert Mueller investigation minority leader Kevin McCarthy says some Democrats should have something to say the president owed an apology from every individual the stood there and said they had proof if they said, they knew of collusion. If they said and went on the American public and misled the took us down this path minority whip Steve Scalise says to Democrats enough is enough
Trump calls Mueller report summary a 'complete and total exoneration'
"President Trump is wrong. This report does not amount to a so-called total. Exoneration special counsel Mueller was clear that his report quote does not exonerate close quote, the president his conclusions. Raise more questions than answer. It is unconscionable that President Trump would try to spin the special counsel counselors findings as if his conduct was remotely acceptable. Let me just tell you about this character. He's for thirty years. He's been trying to get at the President Trump any can't presents mocked him mercilessly mercilessly when he was a state Senator whether it was right or not. That's a fact and now report comes out they does exonerate him. In those words, and he wasn't want the president to do. It's unconscionable. He could sit there in the street and get heckled only once which I give the MVP award to the heckler. In New York. You just started yelling Adam during it. It might have been Howard Stern guy. I'm not sure. But I only regret that he stopped Nadler's an embarrassment to the Democratic Party. If you want that to be that person to be your Representative and the person that the average American has in mind when they go to the voting booth in twenty twenty good luck. Scotland's in whol in Dayton, Ohio. He's got. Thanks for your show. Have hats off to you. It's time for this to be done was. It also positive scattered agenda of America back on track for all of the feelings that he's had to Bill what he's doing a good job. And. Bowel cancer thing. Boy, there's a ROY. America's just you know, the people running the country at Sterry always contenders, sir. Oh my goodness. In the stuff. They're running on from the new green deal that the governor of Washington is backing to come LA Harris. Let's have free pot free prostitution. Let's start. Elizabeth warren. Let's start breaking up companies to free healthcare free free college free preschool. I mean, it's impossible to do what they're doing Scott. I don't know what they're doing right now. But the president got an opportunity just get stuff done start knocking things off his list. This is a this is his second biggest day since he won the election. No one ever give him credit for it. Remember, they said, well, you didn't win the popular vote. Then we had one of these independent candidates demanding a recount, three states, president of gaining more votes than the electoral college, the delegates who ceremonially supposed to back up with the state. Does they started to be try to flip? And some of them didn't do what they were supposed to be doing. Then incomes the Russia investigation, and some people just keep on looking at for another reason not to not to look at one of the biggest upsets in political history in any country any time. That's what happened in two thousand sixteen. Don't want want to acknowledge it now. Molly Henneberg weighed in and said, yeah, this is a coastal one chapter. But. Opens up another cut Twenty-eight buying into this dossier that now today we know not anything in that dossier led to has has proven to be correct. So this is this is a very important moment in the story. But it doesn't mean it's over because. Yes, the one storyline is done. But now the other storyline. We'd better get we'd better see a lot more about what was going on. I like to see it done and by the way after impeachment when Hillary co when Bill Clinton was impeached in the house, and it stopped in the Senate. They they stopped investigating. They are going to keep continue to investigate now after the Robert Moore probe Eric who's on news ninety six five in Orlando hair. Brian. It's so sickening. The media for two years told us that Robert Mueller had the greatest integrity in DC. And now they're actually on MSNBC saying that oh to the Russians. Right. And did he did he sell out? I think what Trump should do is. Now, put them on the defensive. Have Adam Schiff declassify all of it. Let them see the Adam Schiff was leaking. Let them see what McCain did. And then Friday, five o'clock. So that they have to wait for the week, and he should say, I'm I'm asking Mr. bar to investigate what really happened 'cause Robert Mueller Alice h he's a witness and Rosenstein, he wrote the letter to fire each he's a witness. How the heck did he wind up having this whole thing? I'd like to hear your could on that. But I tell you what I love the I love the tactic of leaving them there for the final summary. Don't you Eric? So instead of saying, well, he jettisoned the guy who's going to wear a wire rod Rosenstein, and he said, no come here, you read with Robert Muller said, and I want you to Luke over my shoulder win and writing this summary, and you tell me ride am I doing anything that you don't trust Rosenstein was there for the letter to fire Komi Rosenstein was there for the meeting with McCabe after Komi was fired and launched the Robert Mueller investigation. He signed the FIS away. Aren't and he was there when he got exonerated. So I love for people just to looking for an opening and Robert Mueller. Oh, now robber mo-. He might have been compromised or they're doubting. Robert Muller, really, Robin Mullah who's good friends with Bill
"mueller investigation" Discussed on Newsradio 970 WFLA
"Elrushbo eibnet. Dot US Rudy Giuliani win text. It is now clear that the Muller investigation is the illegitimate product of Peter strucks insurance policy to remove the president and the McCabe inspired revenge for firing Komi it explains they proceeded on the idiotic theory that the president firing Comey was a crime. Well, they did the whole the whole key to this. Well, that's wrong to say that the whole key. But one of the fundamental aspects of this. Is that it was a counterintelligence investigation instead of criminal? And when did it become that that is dick vegetable when did it become a counter intelligence investigation? There is some debate about that. Because the two are wholly different for there to be a criminal investigation. There must be a crime. When there was never any evidence of a crime. There was never any evidence at Trump committed a crime and yet. Originally. This thing has always been portrayed to us as a criminal investigation. And that's why Muller was pointed up point. But it was it was really never a criminal investigation. Always counter intelligence, and by definition, there is no crime in counter intelligence. And so when you get to the the whole notion of firing Komi. Since there wasn't a crime. They were looking at getting Trump on obstructing Justice and the joke. Trump told about asking Russia. Defined Hillary's emails. They tried to say that. Was in part are could be a case could be made that it was obstruction and firing Komi was obstruction. But of course, it isn't because Trump can do it. And once he can fire anybody he wants it anytime for whatever reason the price he pays if he goes crazy with this is political, but there's nothing anybody can do to stop the one person in charge of the executive branch. There is no committee there. There is one person in charge of the entire executive branch. And it's the president of the United States wants to fire the FBI director we can. They tried to turn that into a and obstruction case by firing call me and so forth. Anything they could do to legitimize what they were continuing to look into and Rooney's point here is that the Mueller investigation. Is the illegitimate product. Peter Struck strokes smirks insurance policy to remove the president. Remember when he was texting back and forth with with Lisa page that they needed an insurance policy. But he didn't specify what it was was left to get what what what insurance by the insurance policy. What are we do Trump wins the insurance policy was how do we get rid of the guy if he wins while they're texting each other? It's not possible. You know, she is he's not going to win. Right. He can't win right and McCabe ever. Struck is planning to play. The valiant strong alpha male hero guy. No, no way. No. I'm not gonna let it happen. Dear don't worry. I'm not gonna let such a horrible thing happen to you. But hey, we need an insurance policy. Anyway. And that's the Muller investigation. The Muller investigation has always been a distraction. It has always been designed to take our eyes off of the people who really committed crimes in all of this. The Mueller investigation is designed to give the media. A completely different set of targets to destroy and focus on the Mahler investigation is a cover up. No more complicated than that. It is a cover up of the crimes the real crimes, and the real collusion that was committed by Hillary Clinton, personally, not just with her Email server but colluding with Russians because commissioning the Steele dossier asking it to be written commissioning a piece of art commissioning that dossier opposition research product on Donald Trump. She knew that Steele was going to be colluding and talking with Russian agents. Then there's the hacking of the DNC server that has been covered up. There is the FBI not even permitted to forensically examine it to find out who really did that. Then there's been the attempt to say that the Trump campaign was in collusion with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks in leaking the John Podesta emails. None of that was true, the Democrats and the media and the left were all part of a giant cabal? To prevent Donald Trump from being elected and then to get him out of office after he was and the Mueller investigation is a cover up of all of that. It is designed to make sure that there is not an investigation of Hillary Komi exonerated, her acting as attorney general on July fifth two thousand sixteen exonerated her from the Email crimes E mail server crimes. And. The solution to this. Of course, the recourse for this is Trump, but his attorney general had been recused or had recused himself from anything to do with this. So you've been asking me for as long as it's been going on over rush. When is Trump gonna what are we going to investigate what the Clintons? I don't know. I wish I had an answer for you. I wish such an investigation had taken place. Upholder? I'm sorry. Jeff Sessions, supposedly hired somebody to be looking into a bunch of this stuff along with the various inspectors general. But nothing has come of it precisely because the Muller investigation is so big. So I'm never in so omnipresent that it obscures and covers up virtually anything else. And in fact, prevents anything else from happening and the Mueller investigation has been sanctified as legitimate from day one, even though it hasn't been not even you cannot have a special council convened without a crime. And there has never been a crime specified. That's another reason why it was converted to a counter Intel investigation because theoretically, you could find all kinds of crimes in a counter intelligence investigation. So you're looking for the crime they start with the premise that was faulty in Lyon filled with the lies that Trump colluded with Russia. So the audience the American people think there's a crime that Muller is investigating, but more importantly, so does every damn democrat in this country. You never stupid leftist thinks there's a crime. Because this hoax has been run on everybody. You've got democrat voters from the top to the bottom of that list of people from the rich to the poor and everybody in between who think and you can't really blame them. If all they do is, listen and watch the mainstream media. In fact, most of them are probably grown impatient. Waiting for Muller because they think Trump colluding has been a slam dunk. They've heard it on TV. They've seen it on TV. They've heard all this Wednesday gonna report. They were hoping it would be before the election. There wasn't anything. Of course. So now, they've got to do another rain dance a little bit of a cover up. To cover up. The fact that Muller doesn't have anything. Muller was never gonna get anything because there was never going to get. So mother finds a bunch of process crimes creates a bunch process crimes in the process of running this this this faux hoax investigation. And so he's got legitimate people going to jail Manafort. And now Cohen. Two of the most ancillary irrelevant had nothing to do with anything people. Regarding the original premise, the Russians colluding with Trump to steal the election. So all these people that have been hoaxed have now been primed with the highest of expectations. That Trump is going to jail. This is the pit Amee of treasonous espionage. What Trump's been accused of? And it's been two solid years every day multiple stories newspapers cable news. Now, it's beginning to trickle out. Hey, don't get your hopes up. High could be anti-climatic Jonathan Karl ABC says not in a tweet. He set it on TV yesterday. With George Steffi Stephanopoulos. Yeah. I'm hearing from people there could be an climatic meeting giant letdown. Carl Bernstein acknowledging the rumor I heard last week is true that what they're gonna do is report that Trump is an imbecile incompetent has no business. Living working in Washington. No business being elected. He's such a dupe such a rube such an incompetent such an idiot that Trump's very presence allowed the Russians to take every opportunity wanted to corrupt America. That's going to be the extent of it. Trump didn't do anything. But just the fact that he was there made it easier for the Russians than they've ever had it. And as I said, you can't say it didn't work. The Democrats won the house. Trump's approval numbers are teetering. They're going up and down depending on what poll you look at. Anyway, let me make a brief timeout. There's other things happening out there as as I said, the border wall fight the government shutdown Democrats in mass or down in Puerto Rico and having a big party on the beach. While all of this is going on the question asks itself. You're the American people. You are an American person. And you're watching on the one hand you see Donald Trump. Arguably. In town working trying to solve a serious problem of an open border. And the next picture. You see is the Democrats on the beach in Puerto Rico. What reaction do you have to this? You're an average American. Why what what's your reaction? Because you're told me they Trump's an idiot and a buffoon a lying sack. A you know what? And the Democrats are the ones that care so much about everybody at everything the Democrats care about love and compassion, civil rights human rights and all of this and yet. The Democrats appear on the interested in even dealing with this problem. And yet Trump cancelled his vacation stays in Washington. Does everything he can to try to fix the problem? In a sane world. A Democrats would have stepped in it big time here. But the Democrats are never gonna think they step in at big time because of the cover that the media provides, but we'll get into further this further. Details of this as the program unfolds another obscene profit.
"mueller investigation" Discussed on Post Reports
"Sponsored by Deborah price. Check out the confident wallet a personal finance podcast series by T. Rowe price and the Washington Post brain studio. From the newsroom of the Washington Post either. As the mayor verse Lang with the Washington Post or bring on John Johnson. This is post reports I'm Marteen palace. It's Wednesday January ninth. Today, a significant development in Robert Muller's Russia investigation, and the Trump administration is quietly seeking a broad rollback of federal civil rights protections. My fellow Americans evening. My fellow Americans tonight. I am speaking to you because there is a growing humanitarian and security crisis and our southern border every day customs and border patrol agents encounter thousands of illegal immigrants trying to enter our country sadly much of what we heard from President Trump's throughout this sense of shutdown has been full of misinformation and even malice this week. Most of Washington has been obsessed with the ongoing shutdown drama. Trump's fight to get his wall, his big Oval Office speech questions of how and when the government will ever reopen for me, though, I am continuing to keep my eye on the Russia story, and we invite had gotten some pretty interesting and important revelations mostly in court this week. I'm Rosalind Helderman. I'm a political investigative an enterprise reporter and this. Week Ross has been reporting on an accidental revelation that actually tells us a lot about the Trump campaign's interactions with Russia back in two thousand sixteen. I just cannot emphasize enough. How astounding this would have been for us to have were nd, you know, back in June of twenty sixteen when we were first reporting on this kind of strange relationship between the Trump campaign and Russia. I mean, this is really amazing chairman of a major political campaign sharing internal polling data with someone who apparently has links to the intelligence services of a hostile foreign power. And how they found out about that is almost as interesting as the information itself. Okay. So we found out about this like in the weirdest way possible. Which is that people may remember that Paul Manafort pleaded guilty back in the fall to federal counts and most significantly he agreed to cooperate and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. And so he's had this cooperation agreement with the government. And then back in December. The special counsel's office went to the judge and said Paul Manafort has been lying to us lower Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort repeatedly lied to investigators he even after agreeing to cooperate with the Russia investigation. They said his cooperation deal was off. It was over because even though he had been meeting with them over and over again, he was still telling them lies. And so they've been kind of talking through in court. What were the nature of these lies? He has still been telling but the special counsel's office has done that entirely under seal. So we know they say that Paul Manafort has been lying, but the. Real substance of those lies have been hidden from us. And there's a big question. We had when it was first announced that he was lying. Everyone was like, well, what did he lie about? And there wasn't really any kind of gave us some categories of things. He had lied about. But the details were totally hidden. And we just didn't know we'll so yesterday Paul manafort's team kind of filed something, and I should say they didn't quite say that the information Manafort had given was inaccurate. But they kind of offered excuses. They were saying he was forgetful, his memory was fuzzy he didn't mean to lie and they intended to redact their discussion of the actual nature of the lies themselves, but they did really really badly. So when you I pull up the document, you can see these black boxes, but if you just run your cursor over it and hit copy, suddenly the Texas reveal the Texas still there is still there underneath the black box. So poor lawyer tradecraft. And so that's how we find out that one of the topics that the. The special counsel's office says the Paul Manafort lied about still even after all of this. He's sitting there getting debriefed. He still denies to them that he gave this polling data to constant Cohen Nick until they set forward evidence in front of him that he actually did. So so because of this accidental action we now know that basically Muller's team is accusing Manafort of trying to pass off polling data to people in Russia. Yes. That is as weird as it sounds..
"mueller investigation" Discussed on KOA 850 AM
"Very simply the Mueller investigation is a political prosecution. And everybody willing to be honest about it with. No it. Even though they deny it. It is a political prosecution. Donald Trump is being politically prosecuted here. Well, he's not being prosecuted yet, they're looking for a crime based on they don't like Trump is politics. Not on the fact that he's created a crime or committed a crime, there isn't a crime. Specifically, no crime was mentioned in naming the special counsel. There isn't a crime. They're looking for one based on political differences. It ought to have everybody concerned. But I'll tell you what they're doing everybody involved Republicans and Democrats are saying it's so important to get rid of this guy. We cannot allow outsiders to win like this. We cannot allow somebody doesn't know what they're doing to come in. And trampled everything we've been building since the end of World War, Two, we'll fix whatever we break after we get rid of Trump, except they won't because precedents get set and once you can appoint a special counsel to start looking into somebody who has not committed a crime. Once you're going to point a special account. Sel to investigate defined the crime simply because you don't like the politics of the person or you don't like the fact they want an election, you can't fix that. You can't go back unless you write a specific law counseling or just get rid of the special counsel law altogether. But it's it's it's not going to be gotten rid of. It's a weapon it's a brand new weapon in politics to vanquish enemy that you can't beat at the ballot box. It's not gonna go away. That's what's so wrong about all of this. And these people Jeff flake, and these clowns standing up saying they're protecting the rule of law there disintegrating it. They are obliterating the rule of law. It simply doesn't exist. There wasn't any Russian collusion. And yet every day in the media, it's still.
"mueller investigation" Discussed on Pod Save the World
"So stay tuned. Yeah. I mean, I guess there's a giant loophole here for everyone which is super PACS independent expenditure arms, like all the gross dark money that gets into elections late in the game. Anyway, when we talked at the beginning of the year, you would just published a piece in the Atlantic that included transcripts of messages between Roger stone and WikiLeaks from October two thousand sixteen. I guess he had apparently exchange DM's on Twitter with Gustav or two point. Oh, to a who is a front for the Russians. We now now can you talk us through what you reported earlier in the year and the questions that reporting left you about how WikiLeaks operates in asserts influence? Definitely. So prior to my reporting, we had not known that Roger stone was communicating directly with WikiLeaks Twitter account, which is run by Julian Assange during the two thousand sixteen election. Obviously, he had said many times during the election tease many things about big drops that were coming an October surprise. He seemed to have previous knowledge of. Of things that WikiLeaks was going to drop. So that raise a lot of questions. But what I reported was that he actually reached out to WikiLeaks in October, and he asked them to stop reeling on him. Essentially, what was happening was that WikiLeaks was trying to distance itself from Roger stone to preserve some shred of credibility and Roger stone had reached out and said, hey, man, I'm the only one defending you guys right now because of course this was after WikiLeaks had already published all of the DNC documents in the summer. And so Roger show saying, I'm really your only friends. You need to learn who friends are stop, attacking me, stop trying to distance yourself from me and WikiLeaks Rohbock and said, well, you know, you are undermining us and you're making it seem like this is all one big coordinated effort between the Trump campaign and WikiLeaks. Now this entire conversation sounded very contrived, and it did not seem like there seems to have been a general awareness that they were talking on Twitter DM and I am not. I have not confirmed that that was either the beginning or the end of their correspondence, but there's. One clue which is that after the election WikiLeaks reached out to Roger stone again and said, are you happy? Now we're free. We're now more free to talk, and that was on November. Ninth. So questions are still swirling about whether Roger stone did in fact meet in person with Assange. Of course, I think it was the Wall Street Journal that reported that they had dinner together or that Roger stone had intimated that they had dinner together, whether there was some kind of intermediary that was feeding Roger stone information about Assange and WikiLeaks. But what we do know is that Robert Mueller is very, very interested in Roger stone. And speculation is also swirling that he could be the next person to be indicted and it's not just anyone speculating about that is Roger stone himself. Roger stone is said that he expects to be indicted by molar. So once he is or isn't hurt is interviewed by Muller when she hasn't been, which is also a major clue that he's at the center of this investigation. We will kind of tie up the loose ends that there still are about whether or not there. Was any coordination between the campaign and Wiki leaks, and therefore by extension the campaign and Russia. So big open question, but nothing is going to happen until after the midterms. Obviously, it's so funny to think that these guys would be dumb enough to communicate via Twitter DM. I mean, any like person worth their salt in terms of protecting sources would be on signal or encrypted mail or some other encrypted messaging app. I mean, maybe the this is the way they made first contact, but it seems crazy to me. Right. And we also saw Donald Trump junior communicating with WikiLeaks Sam. Yeah, well, he's a moron. So. Positive. The roads brought to you by Robin Hood. Robin Hood is an investing app that.
"mueller investigation" Discussed on KHNR 690AM
"Legal requirements of the freedom of information act or the government in the sunshine act then those people are committing crimes and what we need somebody in the department of justice that is not part of those crimes to be doing an investigation of them but but process sir peter struck with remove when the emails were revealed well he was removed on the emails were revealed but the damage had already been done he was he was heavily implicated in the mueller investigation of the trump russia's story which he himself had helped to make up by relying on a hillary clinton funded opposition research paper that wasn't worth the paper is printed on they then use that to get the federal courts to authorize them to spy on the closing political campaign during the heat of a presidential election i mean this is truly stunning that there's anybody in this country still defending what these guys did is is is what what's most stunning of all professor the president says this report completely exonerates him on the issue of collusion does it does well it does because because what it does is it it shows that there was never any any evidence of any collusion of any involvement of the trump campaign with russia trying to throw the election the only evidence this report indicates is that it was the hillary camp that was colluding with russia to create a false narrative in order to quote stop trump from possibly winning the election and so and yet and yet the people that were whitewashing the hillary investigation where there are felonies were committed we know that for a fact now and they wash that they gave hillary's coconspirators immunity they gave her coconspirators the ability to sit in on interviews with her i mean i mean i know prosecutor in their right mind would allow that to happen they allowed the the the evidence to be destroyed without ever ever following up evidence that was under subpoena from congress and and nobody is as brought charges for any of these felonies at work committed and yet on the other outside they're you know they were the same people were involved in making up the story against trump without any evidence to try and create a narrative to quote help stop him from either winning the election or lay the grounds for impeachment after he got elected i i mean.
"mueller investigation" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"These are people who work in a number of the two hundred and fifty agencies that constitute the federal workforce and i found that people were describing very similar tactics at the state department as you mentioned one of the things to happen is that people hundreds of diplomats have been assigned to foia duty this is one of them put it something that's smart interns could be doing its clerical duty in some cases it's data entry and they were assigned this and they they quickly discovered that a number of them have been working on high profile assignments under the obama administration things like the iran deal working on immigration issues working on environmental issues refugee issues and all of a sudden they found themselves really sort of put on the shelf or in the classic washington term sent to the turkey farm yeah and what are the other fascinating pieces of information about the way that the trump administration apparently decides whether you go to the turkey farmer with you get to actually have a meaningful job is obviously on based on loyalty and we only know what we know that trump prizes loyalty but you right that trump has elevated loyalty to the primary consideration since he has no fixed ideology the white house cannot screen for ideas so it seeks more personal form of devotion kellyanne conway one of his most loit most dedicated attendance refers reverently to the october eighth coalition the campaign stalwarts who remained at trump's side all the world listened to a recording of him boasting about grabbing wound by the general literally donald trump decides if you were stayed with him at the access hollywood tape you're in is that is what is going on not just in the white house but down to the civil servants that's the interesting thing i think you hit it right on the head there's a we've reached a moment now where many of the president's allies and loyalists say that he has been now liberated because the people who were in the white house at the senior ranks people like hr mcmaster who were willing to speak up and provoked debate and willing to try to introduce alternative ideas into the policy making structure they've really been engineered out of there and what you're now seeing is that some of that that culture that culture of field of conformity is trickling down.
"mueller investigation" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"Our team and it's always the caveat we have in our reporting because we're talking to people who are familiar with the witness experience talking to people who are close to the experience of being a lawyer dealing with robert muller people who've interacted with him spoke to mayor giuliani for this piece about his own face to face meeting with robert muller but it's very hard to crack open the muller investigation itself and because reporters are not able to tamper or interact with grand jury witnesses excuse me jury members that so it's legally and reporting wise a challenge on but we're trying to give as much information as we can one year in yeah and i love the details about the seventies underfunded classroom aspect of it is very sparse very interesting great details robert costa great job national political reporter for the washington post thanks very much thank you for joining me now is congressman eric swallow who sits on the house intelligence committee carson swat will great to see you in person especially okay so we're talking about this sort of two muller probes there's the ones in the in the minds of donald trump and his supporters that's really this deep skates conspiracy that isn't even real they're literally just rounding up russians and trying to throw them in prison because they want to hurt donald trump then as the real on the probe how much of a risk is there that those two separate things have collided in the minds of the chairman of your committee and that what he's trying to do is in ravel muller probe number one you know the russian letter that you read earlier defending the russians that could have come from the republicans on the house intelligence committee there's not much daylight between what is being alleged on behalf of the russians by russian lawyers and the fixers that donald trump has in congress through chairman nunez and others who have gone out of their way to obstruct to delay to prevent us from understanding what the russians it fortunately bob muller is moving as aggressively is the russians have been you know what is holding him up i think is are the.
"mueller investigation" Discussed on MSNBC Rachel Maddow (audio)
"And also lifts us sanctions on russia and michael cohen told the new york times he delivered that plant and then national security advisor mike flynn office but he told the washington post that he definitely did not do that he threw it away political reports tonight that the cranium lawmaker who worked out that plant with michael cohen well he's been called to testify before grand jury in the mueller investigation and he will testify this coming friday so the lot of work going on in this investigation work that we're still learning about new things we're learning new things about every day which is impressive for a guy who's opposing just rounding up the usual suspects and joining us now is robert costa national political reporter for the washington post and one of the authors of that blockbuster fees in the posted a robert great to have you here for it to be with you excellent so this insight that we're getting into the muller investigation is very rare because of course the muller team doesn't leak there notoriously tight lipped but you now have people who are witnesses coming in and talking about the investigation do you get the sense from people that you spoke with for this piece then you guys reported on that they see the muller investigation as ramping up or ramping down or can they tell you nail the joy when you talked about how narrow the window is for many of these witnesses when they interact with the muller investigation they sometimes only hear snippets only get a bit of information some people have compared it to a submarine something that's below the surface all the time maybe comes up with an indictment from time to time and they'd know though we've gleaned talking to the president's people close to the president and lawyers who are familiar with the case that there are two tracks it's going to be about the president's conduct a report on that and then you're going to have the.
"mueller investigation" Discussed on WBZ NewsRadio 1030
"News time one forty eight fifty two degrees in boston right now and we're getting a little bit of everything this weekend your weekend weather forecast just about five minutes away good afternoon i'm kendall buhl some of our top stories confirmation hearings are underway for mike pompeo president trump's nominee for secretary of state's new hampshire democrat jeanne shaheen was one of several senators asking failed to clarify his thoughts on the robert mueller investigation with the boston marathon just days away city officials are talking about race day and all of the precautions being taken protect the public federal officials say there are no injuries at a nuclear facility in eastern idaho following the release of radioactive material from a ruptured barrel inside a containment structure officials say the breach occurred last night a fifteen year old student in norwell is in trouble over a snap chat message police say student at south shore charter public school is facing charges after sending a threatening message against the school tuesday classrooms were placed on lockdown for about twenty five minutes after the school became aware of the threats school officials aren't going too much detail but they are saying there was never any risk to students or staff safety of florida teachers facing charges after mishandling his gun in a public place sean simpson's a chemistry teacher at the florida high school where seventeen people were killed in a mass shooting in february correspondent ruby data shahbazi has the details he lacked his gun in the bathroom of the deerfield beach pier and someone founded and fired off a shot according to the arrest report simpson told the deputy he forgot to pick the gun up after finishing in the restroom when he heard the shot he ran back and russell that away from the man who had taken it according to the miami herald after the shooting in parkland simpson had said that he would be willing to carry a gun on campus if it were allowed he's charged with unsafe storage of a firearm police say the person who found the gun and fired it was a drunk homeless man before the week is out teachers in arizona could be joining their counterparts in oklahoma in a walk out the teacher saying they rather talk and teaching in the classrooms helping kids if we can get momentum going through a non strike situation i think that's always preferable those teachers in arizona asking for eight twenty percent raise a teenage girl.
"mueller investigation" Discussed on KGO 810
"A stimulating chat last night in i hope another one this morning what are you impassioned about these days what do you find yourself wanting to talk about well i'm worried about the conditions that that created donald trump and the conditions that are trying to destroy him and that's not an endorsement of rejection of trump the president but there was something definitely wrong with the democratic republican parties the elected somebody without political or military experience and once that happened there's been a continual effort from the transition to the mueller investigation to kill trump marriage narratives and memes to undermine a sitting president and i've never seen anything quite like it so that worries me and that's all juxtaposed to a situation which the economy's probably going to grow at about three percent chance this year unemployment slow the stock market's high there's animal spirits have been released in the business community everywhere i go i see it empirically people are building homes there's more trucks on the road america's back to work and yet you juxtaposed to a pathological hatred of some person i understand that he didn't have prior military political experience but there's no grace period there's no well we didn't vote for him but let's see what he can do in the way that we did with obama and there's no self realization on the part of the media but what's the context of donald trump now we you saw stormy daniels last night is this something jfk did something lbj did something bill clinton did or is trump really unique in the history of having you know an unfortunate lays on unethical liaison ten or eleven years ago but there's no context it's just people have become unhinged about the challenge that he poses to the two parties or socalled deep state i don't know what it is but there's something about him that's turning the entire establishment of the united states into something that's stark raving mad.
"mueller investigation" Discussed on KKOB 770 AM
"Robert mueller investigation honestly i in the beginning i would have said well if there's something there let's see where it goes since it has got absolutely nowhere with some small fish you have pled guilty to things that are only peripherally connected to russia collusion with the campaign and thirteen russians indicted none of them will ever see any kind of justice because they're totally immune to any kind of of prosecution it sounds to me like this whole process is just going to wither and die out with a bang and whether or not with a bang and so maybe the term which is beginning to apply gone from a legitimate political inquiry to nothing more than a witch hunt and frankly something just based on political grandstanding there's no evidence of collusion to people who pled guilty are all people who happen to be marginally associated i mean these are people who what they did had nothing with russia had nothing to do with the trump campaign it had nothing to do with collusion but people think of it as one thing because the democrats liked to confuse people in because they want trump to be impeached because that's what they use to fundraise that's what the he used to to go out and essentially rally the troops because they realize oh wow doctor actually worked out but the trumps agenda is working and they want to stop it they'll do anything they can and we'd might note by the way the weather's been absolutely zero evidence that the president is going to fire robert muller we should keep in mind that he has every legal right to do so this independent prosecutor this special prosecutor is not some fourth branch of government he is a part of the justice department who answers directly to the president of the united states the pressure at the pleasure in the privilege of the president united states that the mandate for his job you know he's he is not as you said part of the fourth branch of government this is not some judicial inquiry or some this is not a grand jury if i mean if there's no reason that whatever happened but if you if they wanted to do that okay that's illegal means robert mueller he has no job security he'd be fired the second and he can't do anything about it trump.
"mueller investigation" Discussed on All In with Chris Hayes
"And that's not an anomaly it's just the most recent time but trump forgot to sign the document that everyone showed up to watch him sign mr president was that your intention mr president is that your intentions are insight into nothing much the core two canadian border you like me to sign the bill here instead of outside so i think we'll do that mm democrats are staying far away from the stormy daniels story of post reporting congressional democrats are sidestepping the issue entirely the reason stormy to story matters aside from the salacious allegations is it a gives us a rear window into what many of come to suspect is a coverup machine for the president unclear just how much had might have been covered up with this payment with stormy annuals new lawsuit offering more clues perhaps more importantly there are other are there are other hush agreements and more people who like stormy daniels may have dirt and therefore leverage on this president chen and petty peace white house reporter for bloomberg msnbc legal analyst paul butlers browser georgetown law and tara doubt dell democratic strategist so is the politics of this and there's the loss and want wanna start on the law and then one thought i had was someone someone resisted abe how many people have black male information on the present united states does a whole lot of multilateral payment so what we know is that the president of the united states is willing to have witnesses paid off to prevent them from toby move true he's willing to engage in intimidating to intimidation tactics for witnesses to prove the known from coming forward and the president is willing to use his personal lawyer michael cohen to do some really fishy fees so the lds kicked story that sounds like it was a long time ago book remember what does it remains on the end burke subpoena from moeller was michael cohen and i think it's important to know a little bit about michael cohen and who he is he sort of fancies himself a godfather character named the pitbull he's a slick dresser he's made.