“How is Rudy Giuliani able to prepare a “counter report” to Mueller if he hasn’t read it?”
President Donald Trump‘s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has been bragging about his his “counterreport” to Attorney General William Barr‘s redacted version of Robert Mueller’s report, which is due to be released Thursday morning.
LATE-NIGHT TEXTS FROM RUDY … President Donald Trump’s lawyer RUDY GIULIANI to our colleague DARREN SAMUELSOHN, 2:54 a.m., on the size of the president’s “countereport” — which will drop when the special counsel’s findings come out Thursday: “Now at 34 or 35. The more concise the better. 400 pages is a novel.”
Since that report spread, many on social media are convinced Rudy Giuliani and the White House have seen the Mueller report. Attorney General Barr refused to tell Congress if the White House had seen the report, making many increasingly certain a huge cover-up is underway.
But Giuliani’s own words are giving credence to their concerns:
As we await the report which will conclude no charges of collusion or obstruction its important this never happens again.
A serious investigation will reveal a conspiracy to obstruct justice, an election and the will of our people. We cannot rest until there is JUSTICE.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) April 17, 2019
Take a look at what others, including some experts, are saying:
Founder of ThinkProgress and Popular.info:
Was the entire purpose of this multi-week delay so that Rudy could prepare this report for the president?
The entire idea of preparing a counter-report to something that supposed exonerates Trump completely is ridiculous.
Barr won’t say whether he’s talk to the White House
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) April 16, 2019
Giuliani tells @dsamuelsohn POTUS has a Mueller countereport. Think about how insane that is. Law enforcement investigates someone and then that someone – who refused to sit for an interview, btw – then puts out a rebuttal report written in advance. Rebuttal of what, exactly?
— JackiSchechner (@JackiSchechner) April 16, 2019
Producer for The Rachel Maddow Show:
Qs about Giuliani’s counter-report to Mueller:
– if Mueller exonerated Trump, why write a counter?
– how do you write a counter-report to a report you haven’t seen?
– and why does the length of the counter-report keep changing? https://t.co/zYe9IjL4zm
— Steve Benen (@stevebenen) April 17, 2019
The Weekly List author, and activist:
This is such BULLSH*T – Mueller’s 400 page report:
“It is now 140 pages long, but lawyers want to whittle it down to about 50, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani said in an interview.”
LEAK the damn report! https://t.co/pfDQD5O75U
— Amy Siskind 🏳️🌈 (@Amy_Siskind) April 14, 2019
Attorney, journalist, former lawmaker:
How is Rudy Giuliani able to prepare a “counter report” to Mueller if he hasn’t read it?
— Bakari Sellers (@Bakari_Sellers) April 17, 2019
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‘This Is About the Pain of My Son’: Parkland Dad Slams GOP Rep. for Posting Family Christmas Photo With Assault Rifles
Kentucky Republican Congressman Thomas Massie sparked intense backlash on Saturday when he posted a photo that appeared to show seven members of his family, including himself, brandishing assault rifles in front of a Christmas tree.
“Merry Christmas!,” Massie wrote above the photo on Twitter alongside a Christmas tree emjoi.
“ps. (SIC) Santa, please bring ammo,” he added, followed by a gift emoji.
Massie’s photo generated thousands of responses, with many pointing out that it seemed particularly tone deaf in the wake of yet another deadly high-profile school shooting.
Four people were killed Tuesday at Oxford High School in Michigan by a 15-year-old whose parents are now charged with involuntary manslaughter for giving him access to a gun.
Shortly after Massie posted the photo, the father of a Parkland, Florida school shooting victim appeared on CNN to discuss the Oxford tragedy.
Host Jim Acosta asked Manuel Oliver, whose son Joaquin “Guac” Oliver was one of 17 people murdered at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in 2018, about his reaction to Massie’s photo.
“That’s a huge part of the problem,” Oliver responded. “Someone elected leaders like this one that think that — I don’t know if they’re trying to be ironic, funny, or what — but it’s the worst taste ever. … It’s a very nasty post.”
‘A Little Late for That’: Legal Expert Buries Jennifer Crumbley for Crying Through Her Manslaughter Arraignment
Appearing on CNN on Saturday morning, the former police commissioner of Philadelphia had no sympathy for the mother of the Michigan teen accused of shooting four high school classmates last Tuesday with a handgun his parents reportedly purchased for him as an early Christmas present.
Very early Saturday morning James and Jennifer Crumbley were taken into custody at a Detroit-area industrial park after failing to turn themselves into the police for processing.
Following the arraignment of the Crumbleys on four counts apiece of involuntary manslaughter due to the actions of their son Ethan this morning, Charles Ramsey noted that Jennifer Crumbley audibly sobbed and cried as she was told she would be held pending the successful posting $500,000 bail which her husband must also post.
After the CNN panel — hosted by Christi Paul and Boris Sanchez — discussed how Ethan’s mother blew off complaints from the school about his actions, joking with her son he needed to “learn how to not get caught,” former law enforcement official Charles Ramsey said he had no sympathy for her.
“This is a highly publicized case, so selection of a jury is going to certainly take time to make sure you don’t have people that already have a bias against for the parents one way or the other,” Ramsey explained. “And I’m sure that will take place, that will happen. They’ll find a jury that will be able to render a decision based on facts and evidence, but they’re not going to be able to avoid the court of public opinion — that’s the world we live in now.”
“It will be highly publicized, a lot of information will be put out there, some will be accurate, some will not be accurate in terms of evidence and things of that nature,” he continued. “I don’t know how you avoid that sort of thing but certainly I could hear it in her voice as well, sounded as if she’s crying, but it is a little late for that.”
“There are people that are crying over deaths of their children right now, the children laying in a hospital with gunshot wounds,” he continued. “I mean, those are the kinds of people that personally my empathy is with them, not with the [Crumbley] parents right now.”
Every House Republican But One Just Voted to Shut Down the Federal Government
212 House Republicans – all who voted but one – voted to shut down the entire federal government Thursday evening. It was an act that would have massive implications for many Americans, especially during the coronavirus pandemic, amid the emergence of a new variant, and as the holiday travel season quickly approaches.
The continuing resolution passed 221-212 thanks solely to Democrats and Republican Adam Kinzinger.
U.S. House PASSES CR funding government through February 18, 2022, 221-212.
Goes now to the U.S. Senate.
Current spending authority expires Friday at Midnight ET. pic.twitter.com/HGANxhoOCF
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 2, 2021
Republican U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia “was speaking for virtually her entire conference,” Axios reporter Andrew Solender said in a tweet, when she demanded, “shut it down.”
“This government should be shut down,” Greene angrily cried . “Do not pass this CR. Shut it down.”
“Because the people in here cannot control themselves,” she continued, claiming they “don’t understand how to balance a checkbook.”
The crisis is not yet over. The bill now heads to the U.S. Senate, where a small group of Republicans, and currently it appears Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin, are demanding Democrats “defund” President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate.
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