Tag Archives: Robert Mueller

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Barr Claims He’s Not Barring Mueller from Testifying

“It’s Bob’s call whether he wants to testify.”

— “Attorney General William Barr denied he is standing in the way of special counsel Robert Mueller’s testimony before Congress, after the chairman of the House panel seeking his appearance accused the Justice Department of being unwilling to set a date,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

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A Majority of Americans Want to Hear from Mueller

54%

A new Economist/YouGov Poll finds that a 54% of Americans agree with congressional Democrats about wanting to hear from special counsel Robert Mueller himself about the Russia investigation and its findings, while just 20% disagree. Also interesting: By 54% to 22%, Americans want the full Mueller report released to Congress.

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If Mueller’s Conducting a Witch Hunt, He’s Found the Coven

“We know he’s indicted 37 people and 199 different counts, including Trump’s inner circle. People like Michael Flynn, his national security adviser, Paul Manafort, his campaign manager, Michael Cohen, his personal lawyer. So if this is a witch hunt Mueller’s found a coven at this point.”

— Former acting Solicitor General Neil Katyal, on Meet the Press.

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At Least Six More Months of Mueller

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Garrett Graff: “Last Friday, just like Punxsutawney Phil, DC District Court judge Beryl Howell emerged from her chambers, saw her shadow, and announced six more months of Bob Mueller. Judge Howell’s extension of Mueller’s grand jury, which was set to expire over the weekend, was widely expected—the special counsel’s office has made clear in recent weeks that it has plenty of unfinished business—but the extension underscores just how much work is still left in Mueller’s probe.”

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The Number that Trump Fears

119

Jonathan Swan: “A number scaring the hell out of the Trumps: 119. … The equation: 70 hours of Michael Cohen interviews with Mueller’s team + 30 hours of interviews with former White House counsel Don McGahn + 19 Michael Flynn interviews with prosecutors.”

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Mueller Investigation Hasn’t Cost Taxpayers a Dime

$0.00

New York Magazine: “As of September, the fiscal cost of the Mueller investigation was roughly $0.00. By that point, the probe had spent roughly $26 million. But, by striking a plea agreement with Paul Manafort for his myriad white-collar crimes — an agreement that required Trump’s former campaign manager to forfeit five multi-million-dollar properties, a life-insurance policy, and the contents of multiple bank accounts — Mueller’s investigation had acquired somewhere between $26 million and $42 million worth of revenue for the federal treasury.”

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Dershowitz: Mueller Report Will Be ‘Devastating’

“I think the report is going to be devastating to the president and I know that the president’s team is already working on a response to the report.” He added: “When I say devastating, I mean it’s going to paint a picture that’s going to be politically very devastating. I still don’t think it’s going to make a criminal case.”

— Alan Dershowitz, a frequent defender of President Trump, to ABC News.

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Whittaker Sounds Like an Impartial Guy — Not!

“I would indict Hillary Clinton.”

— Mark Whittaker, who was appointed Acting Attorney General today, writing in USA Today in July 2016.

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Mar-a-Lago Member Donated to Defense Fund for Mueller Indictees

$150,000

Anthony Lomangino, a recycling mogul, Trump campaign donor and Mar-a-Lago member, gave $150,000 to a legal defense fund set up for current and former Trump aides mired in special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, according to a new filing with the IRS, Politico reports.

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Trump Pledges, Won’t Pledge, Doesn’t Pledge to Not End Mueller Investigation

“Well, I — I don’t pledge anything. But I will tell you, I have no intention of doing that. I think it’s a very unfair investigation because there was no collusion of any kind. There is no collusion. I don’t want to pledge. Why should I pledge to you? If I pledge, I’ll pledge. I don’t have to pledge to you. But I have — I have no intention of doing that.”

— President Trump, in an interview on 60 Minutes, on whether he would pledge not to fire special counsel Robert Mueller.