William Barr, President Donald Trump’s handpicked nominee to become Attorney General, has just said he would not commit to recusing himself from overseeing the Mueller investigation. Like the current Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, Barr said he would consult with the Dept. of Justice ethics officials but would make the decision to recuse himself.
“Under the regulations, I make the decision,” Barr said emphatically.
Whitaker was advised to recuse by DOJ ethics officials but chose to ignore them.
Former DOJ spokesperson under Attorney General Eric Holder, and frequent MSNBC Justice and Security Analyst Matthew Miller says Barr would be “breaking precedent” to not recuse.
Barr’s commitment to seek but not necessarily follow the advice of ethics officials is the Whitaker standard and falls short of what Holder, Sessions, Rosenstein, and Yates all committed to – to follow that advice. It’s obviously deliberate that he’s breaking precedent.
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) January 15, 2019
Monday night Miller also said, “There is no world in which he doesn’t need to recuse.”
The details of this are stunning. In addition to discussing his memo with Trump’s personal attorneys, Barr also shared or discussed it with Kushner’s lawyer. There is no world in which he doesn’t need to recuse. https://t.co/DPApNxJHBZ
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) January 14, 2019
Former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter says “Barr has no choice but to recuse from the Russia investigation.”
Under these circumstances Barr has no choice but to recuse from the Russia investigation. He has been appointed by a president who is a subject of that investigation. There is no way that he can oversee it. He must promise to recuse or not be confirmed.https://t.co/0G52oHvMTF
— Richard W. Painter (@RWPUSA) January 15, 2019
Watch Barr’s remarks on not recusing:
William Barr refuses to commit to taking the advice of ethics officials within the DoJ if they recommend he should recuse himself from the Mueller investigation solely, saying that he makes the decision ultimately on recusal. pic.twitter.com/ka6sBTcq8M
— Amee Vanderpool (@girlsreallyrule) January 15, 2019
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Busted: White House Counsel Worked to Keep Whistleblower Report From Congress – WaPo
President Donald Trump’s White House counsel has reportedly been personally involved in keeping Congress from reviewing a whistleblowing report involving Ukraine.
“The revelation that Trump pushed Zelensky to pursue the Biden probe, which was first reported by The Wall Street Journal, represents the most detailed account so far of the president’s conduct that prompted a U.S. intelligence official to file a whistleblower action against the president,” The Washington Post reported Friday. “The disclosure comes amid new details about the White House’s role in preventing Director of National Intelligence Joseph Maguire from complying with Congressional demands for the material in the complaint.”
In addition to confirming the WSJ report, The Post also furthered the story with new reporting on the role of the White House in the scandal.
“White House Counsel Pat Cipollone has been engaged in the matter since shortly after the whistleblower action surfaced, officials said, helping to identify legal obstacles to the sharing of information that could be politically damaging to Trump,” The Post reported. “Cipollone’s involvement reveals a more direct White House role in the dispute than has previously been reported.”
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Trump Erupts in Fury Attacking Fox News for Not Rigging Poll That Shows Biden Would Beat Him
President Donald Trump is blasting his favorite cable news channel for releasing a poll showing the current Democratic frontrunner would beat him in the 2020 race for the White House.
Fox News polls, according to Trump, are “at it again. So different from what they used to be during the 2016 Primaries,” he tweeted, saying they used to be “Proud Warriors!” for him.
“Now new Fox Polls, which have always been terrible to me (they had me losing BIG to Crooked Hillary), have me down to Sleepy Joe,” referring to former Vice President Joe Biden.
Trump, in fact, did lose “big” to Hillary Clinton, in the popular vote, which is what polls measure.
And he insists “there can be NO WAY, with the greatest Economy in U.S. history, that I can be losing to the Sleepy One.”
Not that it affected the poll, but Friday morning the federal government announced GDP growth slowed to 2.1% in the second quarter, down from 3.1%.
….the fact that I have gone through a three year vicious Witch Hunt, perpetrated by the Lamestream Media in Collusion with Crooked and the Democrat Party, there can be NO WAY, with the greatest Economy in U.S. history, that I can be losing to the Sleepy One. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 26, 2019
Trump Accuses FBI Officials Who Investigated Him of ‘Treason’ – After Being Told It’s a Death Penalty Crime
President Donald Trump was asked about his recent accusations of “treason,” and on Thursday afternoon named the FBI officials involved in investigating him, claiming they are guilty of the capital crime.
The President, as The Washington Post notes, has no idea what the word actually means.
“Sir,” NBC News White House Correspondent Peter Alexander said to Trump, “the Constitution says treason is punishable by death.”
The President nodded.
“You’ve accused your adversaries of treason,” Alexander continued. “Who specifically are you accusing of treason?” he challenged.
“Well,” Trump, only too happy to entertain the question, said, “I think a number of people. And I think what you look is that they have unsuccessfully tried to take down the wrong person.”
Trying to “take down the wrong person” is not treason, despite the President’s propensity for equating himself with the federal government and with the country overall.
“If you look at Comey,” Trump added, referring to Jim Comey, the FBI Director who Trump fired, the act that kicked off the start of the Mueller investigation. “If you look at McCabe,” he said, referring to his former deputy director of the FBI.
“And if you look at people probably higher than that,” Trump said, an apparent attack on Attorney General Loretta Lynch, and President Barack Obama, who were both in charge when the Russia investigation (not the Mueller investigation) first began. Trump has previously, falsely accused them of spying on him and wiretapping him.
“If you look at Strzok, if you look at his lover Lisa Page, his wonderful lover. The two lovers,” Trump said, mockingly, referring to the former FBI attorney and to former Chief of the FBI’s Counterespionage Section Peter Strzok.
Calling it “an absolutely ridiculous assertion,” The Washington Post’s Phillip Bump writes, “unless Comey and McCabe raised an army to take on the U.S. military or provided direct aid to countries who are officially at war with the U.S. — countries to be named later — they didn’t commit treason. By definition.”
REPORTER: Sir, the constitution says treason is punishable by death. You’ve accused your adversaries of treason. Who specifically are you accusing of treason?
TRUMP: A number of people. If you look at Comey, McCabe, if you look at Strzok, his lover Lisa Page… 😳 pic.twitter.com/6louyWsqaa
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) May 23, 2019
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