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“Peter Strzok” – Google News: Anderson Cooper Loses it Giggling While Covering Trump Using the Word ‘Lovers’ for Strzok and Page – Mediaite
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The ‘Ridiculist’ is an Anderson Cooper closing segment that’s a little less serious and has a little more irreverence than the rest of the news program. And that was especially true on Thursday night as Cooper became overwhelmed with the topic at hand and broke out in downright giggling.
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Special Counsel Robert Mueller will deliver a statement at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday on the investigation he led into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. A livestream is available below, via the Washington Post. 

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On Wednesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered a statement about the Russia investigation. The statement, as prepared for delivery, is available below.

Two years ago, the Acting Attorney General asked me to serve as Special Counsel, and he created the Special Counsel’s Office.

The appointment order directed the office to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This included investigating any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.

I have not spoken publicly during our investigation. I am speaking today because our investigation is complete. The Attorney General has made the report on our investigation largely public. And we are formally closing the Special Counsel’s Office. As well, I am resigning from the Department of Justice and returning to private life.

I’ll make a few remarks about the results of our work. But beyond these few remarks, it is important that the office’s written work speak for itself.

Let me begin where the appointment order begins: and that is interference in the 2016 presidential election.

As alleged by the grand jury in an indictment, Russian intelligence officers who were part of the Russian military launched a concerted attack on our political system. 

The indictment alleges that they used sophisticated cyber techniques to hack into computers and networks used by the Clinton campaign. They stole private information, and then released that information through fake online identities and through the organization WikiLeaks. The releases were designed and timed to interfere with our election and to damage a presidential candidate. 

And at the same time, as the grand jury alleged in a separate indictment, a private Russian entity engaged in a social media operation where Russian citizens posed as Americans in order to interfere in the election.

These indictments contain allegations. And we are not commenting on the guilt or innocence of any specific defendant. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.

The indictments allege, and the other activities in our report describe, efforts to interfere in our political system. They needed to be investigated and understood. That is among the reasons why the Department of Justice established our office.

That is also a reason we investigated efforts to obstruct the investigation. The matters we investigated were of paramount importance. It was critical for us to obtain full and accurate information from every person we questioned. When a subject of an investigation obstructs that investigation or lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of the government’s effort to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable.

Let me say a word about the report. The report has two parts addressing the two main issues we were asked to investigate. 

The first volume of the report details numerous efforts emanating from Russia to influence the election. This volume includes a discussion of the Trump campaign’s response to this activity, as well as our conclusion that there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy. 

And in the second volume, the report describes the results and analysis of our obstruction of justice investigation involving the President.

The order appointing me Special Counsel authorized us to investigate actions that could obstruct the investigation. We conducted that investigation and we kept the office of the Acting Attorney General apprised of the progress of our work.

As set forth in our report, after that investigation, if we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that.   

We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the President did commit a crime. The introduction to volume two of our report explains that decision.

It explains that under long-standing Department policy, a President cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional. Even if the charge is kept under seal and hidden from public view—that too is prohibited.

The Special Counsel’s Office is part of the Department of Justice and, by regulation, it was bound by that Department policy. Charging the President with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider. 

The Department’s written opinion explaining the policy against charging a President makes several important points that further informed our handling of the obstruction investigation. Those points are summarized in our report. And I will describe two of them:

First, the opinion explicitly permits the investigation of a sitting President because it is important to preserve evidence while memories are fresh and documents are available. Among other things, that evidence could be used if there were co-conspirators who could now be charged.

And second, the opinion says that the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting President of wrongdoing.

And beyond Department policy, we were guided by principles of fairness. It would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of an actual charge.   

So that was the Justice Department policy and those were the principles under which we operated. From them we concluded that we would not reach a determination – one way or the other – about whether the President committed a crime. That is the office’s final position and we will not comment on any other conclusions or hypotheticals about the President.

We conducted an independent criminal investigation and reported the results to the Attorney General—as required by Department regulations.  

The Attorney General then concluded that it was appropriate to provide our report to Congress and the American people.

At one point in time I requested that certain portions of the report be released. The Attorney General preferred to make the entire report public all at once. We appreciate that the Attorney General made the report largely public. I do not question the Attorney General’s good faith in that decision.

I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak about this matter. I am making that decision myself—no one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter.

There has been discussion about an appearance before Congress. Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report. It contains our findings and analysis, and the reasons for the decisions we made. We chose those words carefully, and the work speaks for itself.  

The report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress.

In addition, access to our underlying work product is being decided in a process that does not involve our office.

So beyond what I have said here today and what is contained in our written work, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation or to comment on the actions of the Justice Department or Congress.

It is for that reason that I will not take questions here today.

Before I step away, I want to thank the attorneys, the FBI agents, the analysts, and the professional staff who helped us conduct this investigation in a fair and independent manner. These individuals, who spent nearly two years with the Special Counsel’s Office, were of the highest integrity.   

I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments—that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election. 

That allegation deserves the attention of every American.

Thank you.

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President Trump tweeted about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s statement on Wednesday, apparently stating for the first time that Russia helped him win the 2016 election without his own involvement, though he later walked back these statements to reporters at the White House, notes the Washington Post.

Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates pushed for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump following Mueller’s statement, according to NBC News.

Officials from the Defense Intelligence Agency believe that Russia may be conducting low-level nuclear tests—or that the country has the capability to carry out tests exceeding the zero-yield limit set out in the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty—reports Reuters. The head of the body monitoring this treaty, Lassina Zerbo, said there are no signs Moscow has violated the treaty.

Israelis will vote in parliamentary elections for a second time in two months after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government coalition before a midnight deadline on Wednesday, reports the Post.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stated that recent North Korean missile tests violated a U.N. Security Council resolution, breaking with President Trump’s comments that he was not bothered by the short-range missile tests earlier this month, according to the Hill.

At least six people have been killed and six more injured in a suicide bomb attack at the entrance to a military training center in Kabul on Thursday, reports Reuters.

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Andrew Patterson examined Attorney General William Barr’s denial of bond hearings to detained asylum seekers who have viable asylum claims in the recent immigration case Matter of M-S-.

Matthew Kahn shared Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s statement on the Russia investigation on Wednesday.

Benjamin Wittes reflected on Mueller’s statement and the next steps Congress might take in response.

Robert Chesney, Danielle Citron and Quinta Jurecic discussed the recent video on Nancy Pelosi and how political campaigns might mitigate the harm of similar videos in the run-up to the 2020 elections.

Matthew Kahn shared a special edition of the Lawfare Podcastin which Quinta Jurecic, Benjamin Wittes, David Kris and Paul Rosenzweig reflected on Mueller’s statement and what the next steps might be.

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Reactions to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s public appearance on Wednesday morning came swiftly, arriving on cable TV panels and social media platforms even before he finished his brief statement.

The first group of responses breathlessly relayed Mueller’s bottom lines, with his description of his inability under Department of Justice policy to accuse the president of crimes and his declaration of unwillingness to exonerate the president of obstruction of justice treated as breaking news. These conclusions, of course, have been available for almost six weeks, thanks to Attorney General William Barr’s choice to release a redacted version of the Mueller report on April 18. The fact that such statements grabbed headlines immediately after Mueller’s appearance reveals less about the special counsel’s work than it does about how few people—including, apparently, many members of Congress—have made time to actually read the report.

The second set of reactions exploded after Mueller’s expression of his desire to walk away now and leave additional commentary and action to others. “I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak about this matter,” he said. “I am making that decision myself—no one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter.” The collective sense of abandonment, as expressed most energetically on social media, was palpable. You would have thought Mueller had just announced he was flying to the moon.

But such shock is misplaced. Mueller’s lifetime of public service and his approach to his work as special counsel over the past two years foreshadowed that he would take this approach—remaining within what he understood as his proper lane up to and beyond the end of any assignment, no matter how bumpy the road.

To understand this, it helps to break down Mueller’s choices since the start of his investigation into three categories: things he felt obliged to do, things he felt unable to do and the small category of things in between—which his sense of duty also guided.

First are the set of actions that the special counsel regulations and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment letter required. Specifically, Mueller was tasked to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump” as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation” and “any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. §600.4(a).” Mueller did that job straight as an arrow, prosecuting crimes arising from the investigation and referring everything else to other offices.

He also delivered his findings as directed. Not to Congress, not to the American people, not on Twitter—but to the attorney general,as the regulations governing his activity required: “At the conclusion of the Special Counsel’s work, he or she shall provide the Attorney General with a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel.” Under the regulations, the decision to make any or all of the report public was not Mueller’s but Barr’s.

And yet there are actions Mueller felt forbidden from taking as a Department of Justice employee. Plenty of attention rightfully has been placed on his strict adherence to the Office of Legal Counsel opinion prohibiting the indictment of a sitting president. Most interesting, however, are the actions neither demanded by Justice Department regulations and policy nor prohibited by the same. Here, Mueller’s perception of duty—which I see as his sense of both the tasks he needed to perform to complete his job ethically and the things he could not do because they would unethically push him beyond his core mission—illuminates his choices.

With only one exception, when the Office of Special Counsel’s spokesman Peter Carr disputed the accuracy of a Buzzfeed report, Mueller avoided commenting publicly on issues related to the special counsel’s investigation (outside of public court documents), regardless of what the president and others in the outside world were saying about him, his team and their collective work. The regulations do not prohibit the special counsel from making public statements. But Mueller chose to keep his head down and do his work.

Yet Mueller did not remain entirely silent. Regarding the report itself, the special counsel’s office could have produced a sparse text, merely listing prosecution and declination decisions with a sentence or two each for the purpose of, as the regulations require, “explaining the prosecution or declination decisions.” As Gen. Michael Hayden and I wrote last month, Mueller’s lengthy report went beyond that absolute minimum—and he wrote in the text of the report how duty drove this choice. He self-consciously wanted to preserve evidence for future prosecutors (should they choose to charge the president with crimes after he leaves office) and for Congress (should it choose to pursue the president’s impeachment). Even though he drew the line short of opining about the president’s actions, he found a way to fulfill a greater duty to the country while not violating his more direct duty as special counsel.

Another area not governed tightly by rules is whether to seek to testify before Congress. The special counsel law does not explicitly prohibit doing so, yet nothing in the statute suggests it. His requirements ended with the delivery of the confidential report to the attorney general. As for whether or how to speak publicly about his work, Mueller had a choice to make. Should he offer to go “behind the report,” to tell Congress more than the printed word conveyed?

Without getting inside Mueller’s mind or heart, it is impossible to know how he made his choice. But my experience with him and his actions to date in this investigation suggest that his sense of duty again pushed him to a strict constructionist view of his mandate. Seeking to testify, or even planting the seed for a request to testify, would have been inconsistent with his pattern of narrowly following his legal and policy guidance as special counsel.

But, as just described, he had already elected to write a report that went beyond the bare minimum. So why not lean forward here, too, and give a wink or a nod to testifying?

I suspect that here, as with the choice to write a detailed report, Mueller may have in mind a sense of greater duty to the country: accepting legitimate legislative branch oversight of the executive branch, which can come in the form of a subpoena. Mueller may prefer not to testify, but he would probably not refuse to show up if Congress demanded his presence. “There has been discussion about an appearance before Congress,” he acknowledged at his press conference before adding, “Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report …. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress.” He didn’t say that he would refuse to provide information to the elected representatives of the American people—just that, in doing so, he’d stay within the four corners of the report itself.

Although Robert Mueller is not a political actor, he’s been around the game long enough to understand Washington better than most, to anticipate others’ moves and to prepare for contingencies. Imagine if he had appeared eager to testify, or if he had simply left it as an open question. For the first time in more than two years, he would have opened himself up to understandable claims of being political, by seeking to do something outside his core duty, and to a barrage of hypercharged presidential tweets. At a minimum, any apparent desire to appear before Congress would risk shrinking the American people’s healthy confidence in his work.

The situation would be quite different if he were compelled to testify—even if only to read aloud, in heavily watched televised hearings, the many damning pieces of evidence and disturbing conclusions in the text of the report. Mueller would be seen as a reluctant witness, having made clear he’d rather remain in private life than spend another minute in the spotlight.

What better way would there be to fulfill a wider sense of duty than to see to it that American voters and their representatives hear the report’s words about what the president has done without pushing to do so?

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Uncle Sam isn’t taking any of the city’s crap!

Federal environmental officials are anxiously counting the turds of some 20,000 new residents that would move to Gowanus in the wake of a city-backed rezoning, and they’re demanding local officials create a plan to protect the neighborhood’s notoriously fetid canal from the extra waste amid a more than $1.2 billion federal cleanup of the waterway, according to the fed in charge of cleaning Brooklyn’s Nautical Purgatory.

“In the coming weeks and months and years we will be looking at those numbers and we will be asking the city and the developers to take measures to mitigate any effects that these big numbers might have on the remedy,” said Christos Tsiamis of the Environmental Protection Agency at the May 28th meeting of the local watchdog group the Gowanus Community Advisory Group.

Current residents flush about 179,000 gallons of wastewater into the neighborhood’s sewage system per day, and federal officials had planned to install two massive tanks — capable of holding four and eight million gallons, respectively, and priced together at $1.2 billion — near the canal to accommodate sewage overflow, which normally vents into the waterway during heavy rain.

But as the prospect of a neighborhood up-zoning looms, Department of City Planning officials now predict that the daily wastewater dump could swell to a whopping 2 million gallons per day, and Tsiamis said at the meeting Tuesday that it’s up the city to strategize how to prevent that waste from entering the canal.

Tsiamis is also concerned that large-scale development will cause additional rainwater to pour into city sewers, thereby further exacerbating overflow, and Tsiamis wrote to the Department of City Planning to demand they analyze that issue as well.

Gowanus Councilman Brad Lander — whose vote, along with Boerum Hill Councilman Stephen Levin’s, is key to approving the city’s rezoning scheme — suggested that in lieu of expanding the already hugely expensive tanks planned by the feds, that developers could be required through the rezoning to install their own retention facilities when construction new buildings.

“The CSO outfalls could be tied into tunnel or tank infrastructure being designed for this purpose, which is the public option” said Lander. “The private option — if it’s not feasible to tie it into those, then developers could in addition to having to detain their stormwat er, detain their grey water for a period of time, their sewage.”

As a proof of concept, Lander pointed to a luxury condominium on the distant Isle of Manhattan, called the Solaire, which features a rooftop garden that collects rainwater in a 10,000-gallon tank.

And the local lawmaker added that, while the increase in wastewater would be significant, it is ultimately manageable given existing treatment facilities, including the Red Hook and Owls Head treatment plants, which have capacities of 60 million and 120 million gallons per day, respectively, according to city records.

“You have to look at that in context of wastewater treatments,” Lander said. “It’s not a trivial increase but relative to the wastewater system it’s a relatively modest increase.”

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kduggan@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.

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I think that Comey is correct. It looks like Trump is engaged in (possibly deliberate) hostile, anti-English Speaking Alliance (see his recent anti-UK & anti-Australia remarks about the subjects of “Barr Investigation”, with the Ukraine thrown in, for the good deceptive measure), PROPAGANDA; with overtly and/or covertly expressed “pro-Axis”: pro-Germany and pro-Japan sentiments, and also some pro-Nazi racial hints, from his symbolic perspectives of the USS WASP, and other dubious optics of his Memorial Day 2019 Japan visit. I think humbly, realizing all the seriousness of this statement, that Mr. Trump might be the “unwitting” or “witting” (this has to be determined) agent or asset of the New Abwehr and German Intelligence, which also corresponds, “rhymes well” with his personal, family history and background; and also, of course, with his “special relationship” with the Deutsche Bank. All these assertions and suspicions have to be investigated very thoroughly.
The Russian subversive activity was and is present undoubtedly, as was stated and demonstrated in Mueller Investigations, but it should be viewed and understood in conjunction and in the light of the not so new, and renewed German-Russian Intelligence and Security Partnership Alliance, so to speak.
The main suspects for the roles of masterminds-culprits, in my humble opinion, appear to be the New Abwehr, German Intelligence, and their high agents: Gerhard Schroeder, Ernst Uhrlau, SPD, Putin, and many, many others; visible and invisible, known and unknown.
If we as the Society and Civilization, do not look into this hypothesis and do not investigate and research it properly, we will commit one of the gravest errors.
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Trump briefly acknowledges that Russia aided his election — and falsely says he didn’t help the effort

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Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen described a phone call in which Trump’s longtime ally Roger Stone gave Trump a heads up on imminent …

“social media in trump campaign” – Google News: Feds demand Mar-a-Lago, Trump campaign records on mysterious donor – Tampa Bay Times

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Feds demand Mar-a-Lago, Trump campaign records on mysterious donor  Tampa Bay Times

Federal prosecutors in Washington, D.C., this week sent subpoenas to Mar-a-Lago, President Donald Trump’s private club in Palm Beach, and Trump Victory, …

 “social media in trump campaign” – Google News

“social media in trump campaign” – Google News: ‘Russia, Russia, Russia!’: Trump makes ‘Jan Brady’ a trending topic – syracuse.com

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‘Russia, Russia, Russia!’: Trump makes ‘Jan Brady’ a trending topic  syracuse.com

Social media users compared the president to “The Brady Bunch” character.

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Iran is Seeking Weapons of Mass Destruction, German Intelligence Report Reveals

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Special counsel Robert Mueller stated his team did not have the option to charge President Trump with obstruction of justice because of Justice Department policy. However, Mueller made it clear he could not exonerate the President. CBSN legal contributor Rebecca Roiphe explains the implications of Mueller’s remarks.

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“Putin Trump” – Google News: Trump unleashes fury on Mueller, again disputes US intelligence findings on Russia – WRAL.com

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President Donald Trump launched a furious broadside Thursday morning against Robert Mueller the day after the special counsel discussed the findings of his …

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Just Security: The Early Edition: May 30, 2019 

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.
TRUMP-RUSSIA AND CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS

Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠

1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites): Twitter Search / BrooklynPatch: We Won’t Let Gowanus Rezoning Compromise Canal Clean-Up, EPA Says http://dlvr.it/R5jkjG pic.twitter.com/VAcseMTSBM

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1. New York and Brooklyn from Michael_Novakhov (111 sites)

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The Brooklyn News

The Global Security News: 8:58 AM 5/30/2019 – “Nothing changes”?! “Insufficient evidence”?! “Person is innocent”?! “The case is closed!”?! ???!!! “Thank you.”!

Saved Stories – 1. My News Blogs: mueller – Google Search:

Nothing changes”?!

from the Mueller Report. There was

“Insufficient evidence“?!

and therefore, in our Country, a

“Person is innocent”?!

“The case is closed!“?!

“Thank you.”!

Saved Stories – In 50 Brief Posts | Saved Stories – In 50 Posts on RSS Dog 

Saved Stories
mikenov on Twitter: The #Trump #Investigations #Blog by #MichaelNovakhov – #Review Of #News And #Opinions: The #FBI #texts: #Evidence of #treason and ‘a #coup’? -… trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-fb…
mikenov on Twitter: Analysis | The FBI texts: Evidence of treason and ‘a coup’? washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/…
mikenov on Twitter: RT @NBCNewYork: Startling photo shows bear trying to open car door in Rhode Island as woman fights to keep it closed 4.nbcny.com/WqgPKuM
mikenov on Twitter: RT @KremlinRussia: Сегодня иудеи отмечают 26 Ияра – День спасения и освобождения. Поздравление Президента bit.ly/2wCPZQh
mikenov on Twitter: RT @thehill: Fox News’ Shep Smith: Mueller statement “directly contradicted” Trump admin hill.cm/cU4zYJr pic.twitter.com/AEDKsCfMjd
mikenov on Twitter: RT @politico: Bernie Sanders, 77, has a problem with old people politi.co/2I5RA6g
mikenov on Twitter: The #TrumpInvestigationsBlog by #MichaelNovakhov – #Review Of #News And #Opinions: #Twitter #reacts to #hearing #RobertMueller’s #voice b… trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/05/twitte…
mikenov on Twitter: RT @20committee: Shorter Mueller: Trump’s obviously a criminal but DoJ wouldn’t let us indict, so he’s your problem now, Nancy.
mikenov on Twitter: RT @thehill: Sarah Sanders: “If Bob Mueller had determined that there was a crime, he would’ve had a moral obligation to report it, to put…
mikenov on Twitter: RT @politico: Moments after Mueller’s press conference, Chris Christie declared that the special counsel’s statement “definitely contradict…
mikenov on Twitter: RT @20committee: Your friends stab you in the front. Whiskey Steve gets his revenge and speaks the truth. @TheRickWilson https://t.co/Q…
mikenov on Twitter: Twitter reacts to hearing Robert Mueller’s voice youtu.be/C3diDEUDDG4 via @YouTube
Twitter reacts to hearing Robert Mueller’s voice
Hogan Gidley on Democrats’ calls to impeach Trump
What’s behind the recent rash of violent weather
Robert Mueller makes public statement on special counsel report
Man sets himself on fire near White House
Will Mueller’s statement change public sentiment about impeachment?
Tucker: Mueller has nothing more to say
Mueller explains why he didn’t charge Trump
Joaquin Castro: ‘Long Term Damage To The Country’ If We Don’t Impeach Trump | Hardball | MSNBC
Teen pleads guilty in Mar-a-Lago security breach
Mueller: DOJ policy says we can’t charge a president
WHO removes “gender identity disorder” from list of mental illnesses
Mueller Makes History: Not Confident Trump, Didn’t Commit A Crime | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
Neal Katyal: Mueller Tell-All “Devastating” For Donald Trump | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
Inside Robert Mueller’s New Challenge To Congress | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
Democrats Demand Mueller Testimony | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
Hannity: Hate-Trump media is just lies, noise
Biden Polling Drops, Clear Front-Runners Emerge for 2020
Ingraham: Mueller pulls a Comey
Robert Mueller Contradicted Attorney General William Barr | All In | MSNBC
Mitch McConnell Blocks Bills To Combat Election Interference | All In | MSNBC
Parscale: Dems’ impeachment platform is about fundraising
Rep. Scalise responds to impeachment threats
Impeachment calls ramp up following Mueller’s press conference
There’s Nothing Shocking About the Rise of the Extreme Right
Neal Katyal: Mueller Undermined Donald Trump’s Attorney General | The Last Word | MSNBC
Impeach Donald Trump And Pence? Fmr. GOP Congressman Says It Should Happen. | The Last Word | MSNBC
Intel Chairman Adam Schiff: Robert Mueller ‘Has One More Duty,’ To Testify | The Last Word | MSNBC
Remarks On Trump Investigation, Mueller Gave A Stark Warning About Russia | The 11th Hour | MSNBC
Robert Mueller Contradicts Both Trump And AG Barr On Russia Investigation | The 11th Hour | MSNBC
Robert Mueller Makes Clear Onus For Trump Accountability Is On Congress | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC
Google Alert – facebook censorship: Activists crash Facebook’s annual shareholder meeting / 5G arrives in the UK / Uber announces …
“trump as danger to National Security” – Google News: As Barr mulls declassification, a familiar tune from critics – Chicago Daily Herald
Mueller emphasizes that he didn’t clear Trump – POLITICO
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Nothing changes from the Mueller Report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you.

 

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mikenov on Twitter: The #Trump #Investigations #Blog by #MichaelNovakhov – #Review Of #News And #Opinions: The #FBI #texts: #Evidence of #treason and ‘a #coup’? -… trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-fb…
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:56:37 -0400

The #Trump #Investigations #Blog by #MichaelNovakhov – #Review Of #News And #Opinions: The #FBI #texts: #Evidence of #treason and ‘a #coup’? -… trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/05/the-fb…


Posted by mikenov on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 9:56am

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mikenov on Twitter: Analysis | The FBI texts: Evidence of treason and ‘a coup’? washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/…
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:49:56 -0400

Analysis | The FBI texts: Evidence of treason and ‘a coup’? washingtonpost.com/politics/2019/…


Posted by mikenov on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 9:49am

mikenov on Twitter

mikenov on Twitter: RT @NBCNewYork: Startling photo shows bear trying to open car door in Rhode Island as woman fights to keep it closed 4.nbcny.com/WqgPKuM
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:40:07 -0400

Startling photo shows bear trying to open car door in Rhode Island as woman fights to keep it closed 4.nbcny.com/WqgPKuM


Posted by NBCNewYork on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 9:14am
Retweeted by mikenov on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 9:40am

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mikenov on Twitter

mikenov on Twitter: RT @KremlinRussia: Сегодня иудеи отмечают 26 Ияра – День спасения и освобождения. Поздравление Президента bit.ly/2wCPZQh
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:39:53 -0400

Сегодня иудеи отмечают 26 Ияра – День спасения и освобождения. Поздравление Президента bit.ly/2wCPZQh


Posted by KremlinRussia on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 9:31am
Retweeted by mikenov on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 9:39am

40 likes, 20 retweets

mikenov on Twitter

mikenov on Twitter: RT @thehill: Fox News’ Shep Smith: Mueller statement “directly contradicted” Trump admin hill.cm/cU4zYJr pic.twitter.com/AEDKsCfMjd
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:39:32 -0400

Fox News’ Shep Smith: Mueller statement “directly contradicted” Trump admin hill.cm/cU4zYJrpic.twitter.com/AEDKsCfMjd



Posted bythehill on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 9:36am
Retweeted bymikenov on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 9:39am

98 likes, 40 retweets

mikenov on Twitter

mikenov on Twitter: RT @politico: Bernie Sanders, 77, has a problem with old people politi.co/2I5RA6g
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:39:14 -0400

Bernie Sanders, 77, has a problem with old people
politi.co/2I5RA6g


Posted by politico on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 9:30am
Retweeted by mikenov on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 9:39am

18 likes, 13 retweets

mikenov on Twitter

mikenov on Twitter: The #TrumpInvestigationsBlog by #MichaelNovakhov – #Review Of #News And #Opinions: #Twitter #reacts to #hearing #RobertMueller’s #voice b… trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/05/twitte…
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:31:51 -0400

The #TrumpInvestigationsBlog by #MichaelNovakhov – #Review Of #News And #Opinions: #Twitter #reacts to #hearing #RobertMueller’s #voice b… trumpinvestigations.blogspot.com/2019/05/twitte…


Posted by mikenov on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 9:31am

mikenov on Twitter

mikenov on Twitter: RT @20committee: Shorter Mueller: Trump’s obviously a criminal but DoJ wouldn’t let us indict, so he’s your problem now, Nancy.
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:08:11 -0400

Shorter Mueller: Trump’s obviously a criminal but DoJ wouldn’t let us indict, so he’s your problem now, Nancy.


Posted by 20committee on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 4:34pm
Retweeted by mikenov on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 9:08am

2892 likes, 870 retweets

mikenov on Twitter

mikenov on Twitter: RT @thehill: Sarah Sanders: “If Bob Mueller had determined that there was a crime, he would’ve had a moral obligation to report it, to put…
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:07:59 -0400

Sarah Sanders: “If Bob Mueller had determined that there was a crime, he would’ve had a moral obligation to report it, to put that into his report — he didn’t.” pic.twitter.com/nuXVcwZjDq


Posted by thehill on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 7:14pm
Retweeted by mikenov on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 9:07am

2135 likes, 868 retweets

mikenov on Twitter

mikenov on Twitter: RT @politico: Moments after Mueller’s press conference, Chris Christie declared that the special counsel’s statement “definitely contradict…
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:06:37 -0400

Moments after Mueller’s press conference, Chris Christie declared that the special counsel’s statement “definitely contradicts what [William Barr] said when he summarized Mueller’s report” politico.com/story/2019/05/…


Posted by politico on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 9:55pm
Retweeted by mikenov on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 9:06am

5129 likes, 2016 retweets

mikenov on Twitter

mikenov on Twitter: RT @20committee: Your friends stab you in the front. Whiskey Steve gets his revenge and speaks the truth. @TheRickWilson https://t.co/Q…
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:06:25 -0400

Your friends stab you in the front.

Whiskey Steve gets his revenge and speaks the truth.

@TheRickWilson

theguardian.com/us-news/2019/m…


Posted by 20committee on Wednesday, May 29th, 2019 5:25pm
Retweeted by mikenov on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 9:06am

2424 likes, 1170 retweets

mikenov on Twitter

mikenov on Twitter: Twitter reacts to hearing Robert Mueller’s voice youtu.be/C3diDEUDDG4 via @YouTube
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:05:59 -0400

Twitter reacts to hearing Robert Mueller’s voice youtu.be/C3diDEUDDG4 via @YouTube


Posted by mikenov on Thursday, May 30th, 2019 9:05am

mikenov on Twitter

Twitter reacts to hearing Robert Mueller’s voice
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:01:41 -0400

From: CNN
Duration: 02:08

After two years of silence, the world finally got to hear the voice of Robert Mueller. CNN’s Jeanne Moos reports on Twitter’s reaction. #CNN #News

Hogan Gidley on Democrats’ calls to impeach Trump
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:01:09 -0400

From: FoxNewsChannel
Duration: 04:34

White House principal deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley weighs in on House Speaker Pelosi’s remarks on impeachment. #TheStory #FoxNews

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What’s behind the recent rash of violent weather
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:00:57 -0400

From: PBSNewsHour
Duration: 07:24

Violent weather has tormented regions from the Rocky Mountains to the Mid-Atlantic in recent weeks. In Kansas Tuesday night, strong tornadoes tore houses apart, littered an airport runway with debris and hoisted a car onto a roof — but widespread flooding may be the biggest and most prolonged threat. William Brangham talks to atmospheric scientist Victor Gensini about the brutal spring weather.

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Robert Mueller makes public statement on special counsel report
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:00:19 -0400

From: ABC News
Duration: 04:43

Because of constitutional and Justice Department limits, Mueller said he and his team had not considered bringing charges against President Trump.

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Man sets himself on fire near White House
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:59:36 -0400

From: CBSNewsOnline
Duration: 00:21

A man set himself on fire outside the White House on Wednesday afternoon, the Secret Service said. The incident occurred on the White House Ellipse shortly after noon. A spokesman for the Washington, D.C., fire department said first responders managed to extinguish the fire and an unidentified adult male was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Will Mueller’s statement change public sentiment about impeachment?
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:59:22 -0400

From: PBSNewsHour
Duration: 07:39

Judy Woodruff talks to Chris Buskirk of American Greatness and Kent State University’s Connie Schultz about Robert Mueller’s first public statement in two years and whether it will increase momentum for impeachment, policy plans among 2020 Democratic presidential candidates and the top issues on voters’ minds.

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Tucker: Mueller has nothing more to say
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:59:04 -0400

From: FoxNewsChannel
Duration: 05:03

Robert Mueller makes surprise remarks on Russia investigation. #Tucker #FoxNews

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Mueller explains why he didn’t charge Trump
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:58:39 -0400

From: CBSNewsOnline
Duration: 06:08

Special counsel Robert Mueller broke his silence one month after he released the findings of his Russia probe. He explained that it would have been unconstitutional to charge a sitting president and suggested it is up to Congress to pursue impeachment. Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bob Litt joins CBSN to provide legal insight on what Mueller said Wednesday.

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Joaquin Castro: ‘Long Term Damage To The Country’ If We Don’t Impeach Trump | Hardball | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:58:16 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
Duration: 07:58

To impeach or not to impeach. That is the question that now confronts House Democrats after Special Counsel Robert Mueller broke his silence today.
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Teen pleads guilty in Mar-a-Lago security breach
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:57:54 -0400

From: CNN
Duration: 03:07

New details reveal how an 18-year-old man made a stunning security breach at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on November 23, 2018. CNN’s Brian Todd has the details. #CNN #News

Mueller: DOJ policy says we can’t charge a president
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:57:32 -0400

From: CBSNewsOnline
Duration: 10:36

Special counsel Robert Mueller did not clear President Trump from obstructing justice Wednesday, but he didn’t accuse him directly either. Hunter Walker, a White House correspondent for Yahoo News, joins CBSN to discuss Wednesday’s political news.

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WHO removes “gender identity disorder” from list of mental illnesses
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:57:15 -0400

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Duration: 00:57

The World Health Organization will remove “gender identity disorder” from its global manual of diagnoses — a major win for transgender rights. The change was announced last summer, but a resolution to amend the health guidelines was officially approved Saturday.

Mueller Makes History: Not Confident Trump, Didn’t Commit A Crime | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:57:00 -0400

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Mueller breaks his silence to resign as Special Counsel and deliver a statement. Ari, Maya Wiley, John Flannery, Eugene Robinson, and Neal Katyal break down the key takeaways and answer the critical question: What’s next?
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Mueller Makes History: Not Confident Trump, Didn’t Commit A Crime | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

Neal Katyal: Mueller Tell-All “Devastating” For Donald Trump | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:56:37 -0400

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The person who wrote the Special Counsel’s rules, Neal Katyal, discusses how Robert Mueller handled his end-of-probe statement and what it means for the Special Counsel’s legacy.
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Neal Katyal: Mueller Tell-All “Devastating” For Donald Trump | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

Inside Robert Mueller’s New Challenge To Congress | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:56:12 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
Duration: 07:46

Mueller breaks his silence, handing off any next steps to Congress and downplays testifying before Congress. In response, many democrats are vowing to make Mueller testify. Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler responds to Mueller’s remarks saying “all options on table” to address the President’s “crimes.”
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Inside Robert Mueller’s New Challenge To Congress | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

Democrats Demand Mueller Testimony | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:42:28 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
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In his historic statement, Bob Mueller talked election meddling and DOJ rules, but did not mention convicted trump aides or specific evidence on trump. A former prosecutor who worked with Mueller says the special counsel’s testimony to Congress may now be more important than ever.
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Democrats Demand Mueller Testimony | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

Hannity: Hate-Trump media is just lies, noise
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:37:39 -0400

From: FoxNewsChannel
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Trump-Russia collusion narrative is dead; Robert Mueller shares Russia investigation remarks amid resignation. #Hannity #FoxNews

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Biden Polling Drops, Clear Front-Runners Emerge for 2020
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:37:13 -0400

From: MidweekPolitics
Duration: 05:41

–Joe Biden’s polling trails off in the 2020 Democratic primary as the front-runners become clear, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren

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Ingraham: Mueller pulls a Comey
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:30:40 -0400

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Robert Mueller speaks for the first time since Russia probe ended; did he give a nudge to Democrats seeking impeachment? #Ingraham #FoxNews

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Robert Mueller Contradicted Attorney General William Barr | All In | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:26:52 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
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In setting the record straight today, Robert Mueller contradicted Attorney General William Barr about Mueller’s own report, particularly on Trump’s potential obstruction of justice.
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Robert Mueller Contradicted Attorney General William Barr | All In | MSNBC

Mitch McConnell Blocks Bills To Combat Election Interference | All In | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:23:26 -0400

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Robert Mueller says “every American” should be worried about Russia’s ongoing efforts to undermine our democracy. But the top Republican in Congress refuses to do anything about it.
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Mitch McConnell Blocks Bills To Combat Election Interference | All In | MSNBC

Parscale: Dems’ impeachment platform is about fundraising
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:18:27 -0400

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Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale reacts to Mueller’s comments about Congress making the call on impeachment. #Ingraham #FoxNews

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Rep. Scalise responds to impeachment threats
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:17:08 -0400

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Democrats band together on impeachment; reaction from House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.

Impeachment calls ramp up following Mueller’s press conference
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:10:36 -0400

From: FoxNewsChannel
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New impeachment pressure on Pelosi; reaction from Dave Brown, former senior adviser to Sen. Murray, and Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro.

There’s Nothing Shocking About the Rise of the Extreme Right
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:10:11 -0400

From: MidweekPolitics
Duration: 08:06

–There’s nothing shocking about the rise of the extreme right, including extremism fomented by Donald Trump and nationalism in Europe

Neal Katyal: Mueller Undermined Donald Trump’s Attorney General | The Last Word | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:09:47 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
Duration: 06:39

Former acting solicitor general Neal Katyal tweeted that Mueller’s statement was devastating to Donald Trump and that it undermined the President’s attorney general. Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal joins Lawrence O’Donnell.
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Neal Katyal: Mueller Undermined Donald Trump’s Attorney General | The Last Word | MSNBC

Impeach Donald Trump And Pence? Fmr. GOP Congressman Says It Should Happen. | The Last Word | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:00:08 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
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Justin Amash remains the only sitting member of Congress to call for impeachment. But former Republican members of Congress have started to join the call. Former Missouri Republican Rep. Tom Coleman joins Lawrence O’Donnell to explain why he supports not only impeaching President Trump, but also Vice President Pence.
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Impeach Donald Trump And Pence? Fmr. GOP Congressman Says It Should Happen. | The Last Word | MSNBC

Intel Chairman Adam Schiff: Robert Mueller ‘Has One More Duty,’ To Testify | The Last Word | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:40:50 -0400

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Adam Schiff tells Lawrence O’Donnell that William Barr and Trump are making the same misdirection about Robert Mueller’s conclusion, claiming Trump was exonerated when he wasn’t. It’s one of many reasons why Schiff says that Mueller must testify publicly.
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Intel Chairman Adam Schiff: Robert Mueller ‘Has One More Duty,’ To Testify | The Last Word | MSNBC

Remarks On Trump Investigation, Mueller Gave A Stark Warning About Russia | The 11th Hour | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:33:24 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
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While speaking about his investigation into Trump and Russia, Robert Mueller made a point to speak about the continued threat Moscow still poses on American democracy. Frank Figliuzzi, Jeremy Bash, Katie Benner, and Philip Rucker join to discuss.
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Remarks On Trump Investigation, Mueller Gave A Stark Warning About Russia | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Robert Mueller Contradicts Both Trump And AG Barr On Russia Investigation | The 11th Hour | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:24:17 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
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In mid-April, Attorney General William Barr gave his take on the Trump-Russia investigation. Concluding his work at DOJ, Mueller spoke and told a remarkably different story. Cynthia Alksne and Matthew Miller discuss.
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Robert Mueller Contradicts Both Trump And AG Barr On Russia Investigation | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Robert Mueller Makes Clear Onus For Trump Accountability Is On Congress | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:08:21 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
Duration: 15:24

Rachel Maddow looks at Robert Mueller’s remarks about his investigation and report in which he made clear that he was prevented from prosecuting Donald Trump by DOJ policy, making it the duty of Congress to adjudicate the facts Mueller’s team gathered and hold Donald Trump accountable to the law.
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Robert Mueller Makes Clear Onus For Trump Accountability Is On Congress | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

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Thu, 30 May 2019 03:07:19 -0400
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“trump as danger to National Security” – Google News: As Barr mulls declassification, a familiar tune from critics – Chicago Daily Herald
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:05:56 -0400
As Barr mulls declassification, a familiar tune from critics  Chicago Daily HeraldColumnist Byron York: In February 2018, the House Intelligence Committee released the so-called Nunes memo.

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Mueller emphasizes that he didn’t clear Trump – POLITICO
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:03:49 -0400

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Mueller emphasizes that he didn’t clear Trump

‘If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,’ the special counsel said.

Special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday said he did not want to testify before Congress about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, setting up a potential clash with House Democrats.

But Mueller also sparked a new round of impeachment calls after stressing, this time in person, that he could not clear President Donald Trump of obstruction charges.

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His remarks were the first time the public had heard from Mueller after two years, 199 criminal charges and 37 indictments. Mueller, who said on Wednesday that he was resigning and closing down the special counsel’s office, delivered the statement more than two months after he submitted his 448-page final report on the 22-month Russia investigation.

“I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner. I am making that decision myself,” Mueller said in remarks on camera at the Justice Department.

“Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report,” he added. “The report is my testimony.”

But Mueller — inadvertently or not — seemed to hand off to Congress the issue of whether the president should be held accountable for attempting to obstruct the Russia probe. Mueller’s report lays out several instances of attempts to stymie federal investigators without saying whether those actions rose to the level of a crime.

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” he noted. “We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”

In explaining his decision, Mueller seemed to nod to Congress’s power to launch impeachment proceedings.

“The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing,” said Mueller, who did not take questions.

The rare statement came amid negotiations between Mueller’s team and the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees for him to testify publicly about his findings — talks that have faltered in recent weeks as Mueller has sought clarity from the Justice Department on the boundaries of his would-be testimony.

Mueller’s remarks will likely now put the onus on House Democrats to decide whether they want to subpoena Mueller to talk, a move that would put the two sides on a legal collision course.

Democrats sent mixed signals about their plans after Mueller spoke. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Mueller “needs to testify before Congress,” but House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler was more cagey.

“Mr. Mueller told us a lot of what we needed to hear today,” he said at an afternoon press conference.

Several Democrats said on Wednesday that Mueller was effectively handing things off to Congress, raising anew the specter of impeachment. Nadler, who was given a heads up before Mueller’s statement, said in a statement afterward that it now “falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump — and we will do so.” But pressed specifically about impeachment at his press conference, Nadler would only say that “all options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out.”

Others were more direct.

Justin Amash, the lone Republican lawmaker advocating for launching impeachment proceedings, tweeted: “The ball is in our court, Congress.”

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Most Republicans appeared unmoved, however. “It is time to move on from the investigation and start focusing on real solutions for the American people,” said Republican Doug Collins, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.

The White House was notified on Tuesday night that Mueller might make a statement on Wednesday and was not caught off-guard by the announcement. President Donald Trump monitored the comments from the White House, and tweeted later that “nothing changes” as a result of Mueller’s comments.

“There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you,” he tweeted.

Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow said Mueller’s announcement “puts a period on a two-year investigation that produced no findings of collusion or obstruction against the President.”

Sekulow’s statement contrasts with what Mueller actually said on Wednesday, when he again outlined the findings that were out in two separate volumes of his final report. The first section outlined the campaign’s contacts with Russia but determined “that there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy” between the two sides, Mueller said. The second section discussed Trump’s efforts to interfere in the Russia investigation but declined to either indict or exonerate Trump on possible obstruction of justice charges.

Mueller said that because of longstanding DOJ policy that a sitting president could not be indicted, it was “not an option” to charge Trump. But Mueller alluded to “a process other than the criminal justice system” that the Constitution provides to accuse a president of “wrongdoing.”

It was a signal many Democrats took to mean the impeachment process. Indeed, Mueller also said that one reason his team did not charge Trump was because it would be “unfair” to accuse the president of a crime “when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge.” Impeachment proceedings would offer both sides a chance to make their arguments in Congress, and render a decision.

Some lawmakers even changed their stance on impeachment after hearing Mueller’s remarks.

“Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately,” tweeted Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who is running for president.

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Others called the statement an impeachment referral in all but name.

“This is as close to an impeachment referral as you could get under the circumstances,” said Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who is also vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Wednesday’s statement caps a back-and-forth between Mueller and his boss, Attorney General Bill Barr, who handled the initial presentation of Mueller’s report.

Justice Department officials confirmed to POLITICO last month that Mueller wrote a letter to Barr in March complaining that a four-page memo Barr wrote characterizing Mueller’s primary findings “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the Russia investigation.

Mueller sent the letter to Barr on March 27, three days after Barr issued his four-page summary. The missive cited “public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation.”

Mueller appeared to back away from that language on Wednesday. He said he “certainly” does not question Barr’s “good faith” in deciding to make most of the full report public all at once rather than heeding Mueller’s request to release certain portions of the report immediately after the investigation concluded.

“We conducted an independent criminal investigation and reported the results to the attorney general, as required by department regulations,” Mueller said. “The attorney general then concluded that it was appropriate to provide our report to Congress and to the American people.”

More Coverage: Full transcript of Mueller’s statement on the Russia investigation| Mueller’s full statement on the Russia investigation| I Watched 20 Hours of Robert Mueller Testifying. Here’s What Congress Would Be In For.

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‘If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,’ the special counsel said.

Special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday said he did not want to testify before Congress about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, setting up a potential clash with House Democrats.

But Mueller also sparked a new round of impeachment calls after stressing, this time in person, that he could not clear President Donald Trump of obstruction charges.

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His remarks were the first time the public had heard from Mueller after two years, 199 criminal charges and 37 indictments. Mueller, who said on Wednesday that he was resigning and closing down the special counsel’s office, delivered the statement more than two months after he submitted his 448-page final report on the 22-month Russia investigation.

“I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner. I am making that decision myself,” Mueller said in remarks on camera at the Justice Department.

“Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report,” he added. “The report is my testimony.”

But Mueller — inadvertently or not — seemed to hand off to Congress the issue of whether the president should be held accountable for attempting to obstruct the Russia probe. Mueller’s report lays out several instances of attempts to stymie federal investigators without saying whether those actions rose to the level of a crime.

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” he noted. “We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”

In explaining his decision, Mueller seemed to nod to Congress’s power to launch impeachment proceedings.

“The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing,” said Mueller, who did not take questions.

The rare statement came amid negotiations between Mueller’s team and the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees for him to testify publicly about his findings — talks that have faltered in recent weeks as Mueller has sought clarity from the Justice Department on the boundaries of his would-be testimony.

Mueller’s remarks will likely now put the onus on House Democrats to decide whether they want to subpoena Mueller to talk, a move that would put the two sides on a legal collision course.

Democrats sent mixed signals about their plans after Mueller spoke. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Mueller “needs to testify before Congress,” but House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler was more cagey.

“Mr. Mueller told us a lot of what we needed to hear today,” he said at an afternoon press conference.

Several Democrats said on Wednesday that Mueller was effectively handing things off to Congress, raising anew the specter of impeachment. Nadler, who was given a heads up before Mueller’s statement, said in a statement afterward that it now “falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump — and we will do so.” But pressed specifically about impeachment at his press conference, Nadler would only say that “all options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out.”

Others were more direct.

Justin Amash, the lone Republican lawmaker advocating for launching impeachment proceedings, tweeted: “The ball is in our court, Congress.”

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Most Republicans appeared unmoved, however. “It is time to move on from the investigation and start focusing on real solutions for the American people,” said Republican Doug Collins, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.

The White House was notified on Tuesday night that Mueller might make a statement on Wednesday and was not caught off-guard by the announcement. President Donald Trump monitored the comments from the White House, and tweeted later that “nothing changes” as a result of Mueller’s comments.

“There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you,” he tweeted.

Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow said Mueller’s announcement “puts a period on a two-year investigation that produced no findings of collusion or obstruction against the President.”

Sekulow’s statement contrasts with what Mueller actually said on Wednesday, when he again outlined the findings that were out in two separate volumes of his final report. The first section outlined the campaign’s contacts with Russia but determined “that there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy” between the two sides, Mueller said. The second section discussed Trump’s efforts to interfere in the Russia investigation but declined to either indict or exonerate Trump on possible obstruction of justice charges.

Mueller said that because of longstanding DOJ policy that a sitting president could not be indicted, it was “not an option” to charge Trump. But Mueller alluded to “a process other than the criminal justice system” that the Constitution provides to accuse a president of “wrongdoing.”

It was a signal many Democrats took to mean the impeachment process. Indeed, Mueller also said that one reason his team did not charge Trump was because it would be “unfair” to accuse the president of a crime “when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge.” Impeachment proceedings would offer both sides a chance to make their arguments in Congress, and render a decision.

Some lawmakers even changed their stance on impeachment after hearing Mueller’s remarks.

“Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately,” tweeted Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who is running for president.

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Others called the statement an impeachment referral in all but name.

“This is as close to an impeachment referral as you could get under the circumstances,” said Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who is also vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Wednesday’s statement caps a back-and-forth between Mueller and his boss, Attorney General Bill Barr, who handled the initial presentation of Mueller’s report.

Justice Department officials confirmed to POLITICO last month that Mueller wrote a letter to Barr in March complaining that a four-page memo Barr wrote characterizing Mueller’s primary findings “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the Russia investigation.

Mueller sent the letter to Barr on March 27, three days after Barr issued his four-page summary. The missive cited “public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation.”

Mueller appeared to back away from that language on Wednesday. He said he “certainly” does not question Barr’s “good faith” in deciding to make most of the full report public all at once rather than heeding Mueller’s request to release certain portions of the report immediately after the investigation concluded.

“We conducted an independent criminal investigation and reported the results to the attorney general, as required by department regulations,” Mueller said. “The attorney general then concluded that it was appropriate to provide our report to Congress and to the American people.”

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

TRUMP-RUSSIA AND CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS

Special Counsel Robert Mueller yesterday reignited demands for President Trump’s impeachment, breaking his two-year silence to deny that the U.S. president is innocent of a crime. Mueller, whose report on Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign was published last month, delivered a nine-minute statement that many have interpreted as a signal to Congress to act on his finding that Trump sought to obstruct justice, David Smith reports at the Guardian.

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime … we would have said so,” Mueller said, reading from prepared notes at the Department of Justice (D.O.J.) at a late notice public appearance. Mueller also noted that while D.O.J.  policy prohibits charging a sitting president with a crime, the Constitution provides for another remedy to accuse a president of wrongdoing — a nod toward Congressional ability to conduct impeachment proceedings, Shron LaFraniere reports at the New York Times.

Mueller took no questions and announced his resignation from the D.O.J., shutting down the special counsel’s office and returning to private life. That announcement brings to an end his inquiry into Russian interference, Byron Tau, Aruna Viswanatha and Sadie Gurman report at the Wall Street Journal.

Mueller emphasized that there were “multiple… systematic” attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. “I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments, that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election …and that allegation deserves the attention of every American” Mueller stated, Morgan Gstalter reports at the Hill.

“I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner … I am making that decision myself,” Mueller said in the course of his televised remarks, adding “any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report … the report is my testimony.” Natasha Bertrand reports at POLITICO.

The D.O.J. and special counsel’s office have claimed that there is “no conflict” between statements made by Attorney General William Barr and Mueller about the role that D.O.J. guidelines regarding indictment played in Mueller’s obstruction inquiry. “The Attorney General has previously stated that the Special Counsel repeatedly affirmed that he was not saying that, but for the [Office of Legal Counsel] opinion, he would have found the President obstructed justice … the Special Counsel’s report and his statement today made clear that the office concluded it would not reach a determination – one way or the other – about whether the President committed a crime … there is no conflict between these statements,” D.O.J. spokesperson Kerri Kupec and special counsel spokesperson Peter Carr in a statement issued yesterday evening. Morgan Chalfant reports at the Hill.

“Nothing changes from the Mueller Report,” the president responded in a message sent on Twitter, adding “there was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent … the case is closed! Thank you,” Dartunorro Clark reports at NBC.

House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) – who has been resistant to calls for impeachment – remained cautious in response to Mueller’s statement, stating: “I thank special counsel Mueller for the work he and his team did to provide a record for future action both in the Congress and in the courts. The Congress will continue to investigate and legislate to protect our elections and secure our democracy,” Kadhim Shubber reports at the Financial Times.

“You don’t bring an impeachment unless you have all the facts,” an “unruffled” Pelosi said in California several hours after Mueller gave his statement, although she added that “nothing is off the table.” Stephen Collinson reports at CNN.

“With respect to [the] impeachment question … at this point … all options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out,” House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) commented when asked about his current stance of affairs. In an earlier statement following the special counsel’s comments, Nadler claimed it now “falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump,” and that the Constitution “points to Congress to take action to hold the President accountable,” Rebecca Shabad reports at NBC.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said yesterday that lawmakers “look forward” to Mueller’s testimony, despite the special counsel’s stated reluctance to testify on Capitol Hill. “We look forward to Mueller’s testimony before Congress … while I understand his reluctance to answer hypotheticals or deviate from the carefully worded conclusions he drew on his charging decisions, there are, nevertheless, a great many questions he can answer that go beyond the report,” Schiff said in a statement yesterday afternoon, Morgan Chalfant reports at the Hill.

Senate Democrats are intensifying a push for Congress to pass additional election security legislation following Mueller’s statement yesterday. Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-Va.) said Mueller made clear during his remarks that Congress should “take steps to protect our democracy by passing legislation that enhances election security, increases social media transparency, and requires campaign officials to report any contact with foreign nationals attempting to coordinate with a campaign,” Jordain Carney reports at the Hill.

Pelosi yesterday slammed social media giant Facebook, arguing that the company’s refusal to take down altered videos of her demonstrated how the it had contributed to misinformation and enabled Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. “We have said all along, poor Facebook, they were unwittingly exploited by the Russians,” Pelosi said in an interview with the public radio station K.Q.E.D., adding “I think wittingly, because right now they are putting up something that they know is false,” Cecilia Kang reports at the New York Times.

Former aide to longtime Trump associate Roger Stone – Andrew Miller – appears to have given up a yearlong quest to challenge Mueller’s authority by resisting a grand jury subpoena. Miller’s arguments against Mueller did not find favor with a federal district court judge and an appeals court panel in Washington, Josh Gerstein and Natasha Bertrand report at POLITICO.

An updated list of substantive documents in cases related to the Russia investigation is provided at Just Security.

TRUMP-RUSSIA AND CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS: OPINION AND ANALYSIS

Mueller’s statement yesterday was “starkly different” from the address Attorney General William Barr gave six weeks ago, Mark Mazzetti and Charlie Savage write in an account of yesterday’s events at the New York Times.

Mueller’ statement was “far from the ‘total exoneration’ that Trump has repeatedly — and falsely — claimed,” Anita Kumar writes in an analysis of the implications of yesterday’s events for the president’s position at POLITICO.

Mueller “hewed to Justice Department legal opinions that have not been tested in the courts and were rooted in past presidential crises,” Rosalind S. Helderman explains in an analysis of Mueller’s reasoning at the Washington Post.

“Mueller could have avoided much confusion and short-circuited the administration’s attempt to manipulate public opinion if he had made his statement weeks ago,” the Washington Post editorial board argues.

Mueller advised Congress and the American public to “focus on two interlocking pieces,” Editor-in-Chief Ryan Goodman writes at Just Security, identifying “the gravity of Russia’s actions” and “the gravity of obstruction” as the two priority areas arising from yesterday’s statement.

Following Mueller’s statement Nancy Pelosi will “now be under pressure to retreat to a new line … or abandon it altogether” Edward Luce comments at the Financial Times.

Mueller’s statement was delivered using respectful and nuanced language, “but his message was clear: ‘it’s about Russia, stupid!’” Barbara McQuade comments at The Daily Beast.

A “translation” of Mueller’s “cautious language” is provided by the New York Times editorial board.

U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS

Russia may be conducting low-level nuclear tests to help it upgrade its nuclear arsenal, according to a new U.S. intelligence assessment. The assessment marks the first time the U.S. has said the Kremlin has failed to observe its commitments under the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Michael R. Gordon reports at the Wall Street Journal.

“The U.S. believes Russia is probably not adhering to the nuclear testing moratorium in a manner consistent with the zero-yield standard,” Defense Intelligence Agency Director – Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley Jr. – told reporters yesterday at the Hudson Institute. In a question-and-answer session afterward, he stated only that Russia “has the capability” to conduct a test with a low nuclear yield, Julian E. Barnes and William J. Broad report at the New York Times.

There was no immediate response from the Russian government and the head of a body monitoring a global nuclear treaty commented there was no sign of such violations by Moscow. Head of the Russian State Duma Defense Committee Vladimir Shamanov told news agency Interfax that Ashley “could not have made a more irresponsible statement,” Reuters reports.

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton is to meet with his Israeli and Russian counterparts in Jerusalem in June to discuss regional security matters. Reuters reports.

 It is not Russian [intercontinental ballistic missiles] or hypersonic vehicles that pose the greatest threat to U.S. national security – but rather Moscow’s covert influence and destabilization operations, Michael Carpenter writes in an Op-Ed at Just Security.

The TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has shifted his standards on the makeup of the Supreme Court, Carl Hulse writes at the New York Times, contrasting McConnell’s “oh, we’d fill it” comment Tuesday with his previous refrain shown regarding filling a vacancy.

McConnell will do anything to fill the Supreme Court with nominees who will answer the commands of conservative interest group – regardless of what voters decide year to year, E.J. Dionne Jr. comments at The Washington Post, arguing that “the courts are being packed, politicized and pushed hard to the right.”

The KOREAN PENINSULA

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan states recent North Korean missile tests “are a violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution,” breaking with President Trump. Trump has repeated in recent days that he was “not bothered” by the short-range missile tests earlier this month and that he remains hopeful for diplomacy with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Tal Axelrod reports at the Hill.

North Korea yesterday accused the U.S. of showing “evil ambition” and “bad faith” in negotiations by conducting nuclear and missiles tests and military drills to defeat North Korea by force. A statement released by the North Korean foreign ministry accused U.S. officials of a “hostile scheme to stifle us by force,” adding that “the U.S. has … showcased its ulterior intention that it seeks a strength-based solution of the issues, though outwardly it advocates for dialogue,” David Brunnstrom reports at Reuters.

IRAN

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton warned Iran yesterday that any attacks in the Gulf will draw a “very strong response” from the U.S. “The point is to make it very clear to Iran and its surrogates that these kinds of action risk a very strong response from the United States,” Bolton told journalists in the U.A.E. capital, Abu Dhabi, Jon Gambrell reports at the AP.

U.S. warmongers continue to push for conflict with Iran, according to Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi. Araghchi reportedly stated: “we are aware that evident elements are trying to put America into a war with Iran for their own goals,” accusing Bolton and “other warmongers” of plotting against Iran, Al Jazeera reports.

Iran will not negotiate with the U.S. over its nuclear and missile programs, according to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s website. “We said before that we will not negotiate with America, because negotiation has no benefit and carries harm,” Khamenei commented yesterday, after President Hassan Rouhani indicated talks with Washington might be possible if sanctions were lifted, Reuters reports.

“We will not negotiate over the core values of the revolution … we will not negotiate over our military capabilities,” Khameni stated, according to a state T.V. program, Reuters reports.

A U.S. military top general believes recent threats from Iran are “different” because they were “more of a campaign” than previous threats. “What’s not new are threat streams … what I would argue was qualitatively different is we saw something that was more of a campaign than an individual threat,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford commented, Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

The Trump administration’s mission to counter Iran’s foreign policy is more likely to lead the U.S. into war “well before any showdown over a nuclear program,” according to lawmakers, former government officials and analysts. Edward Wong reports at the New York Times.

Remember the intelligence lessons of Iraq as Bolton marches to war with Iran, Peter Eisner cautions at CNN, urging the U.S. to examine Bolton’s past behavior.

Iran and Russia will remain allies with an easily defined common enemy, so long as the U.S. continues its aggressive and erratic policies in the region, Reese Erlich comments at Foreign Policy, arguing that U.S. sanctions could create new strategic alliances rather than isolating Tehran.

IRAQ

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has not yet decided whether to extend a 90-day U.S. waiver exempting Iraq from sanctions to buy energy from Iran, Reuters reports.

Two Turkish soldiers were killed yesterday in northern Iraq in a new operation against Kurdish militants, according to a statement made on Turkey’s official news agency, the AP reports.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 10 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq between April 21 and May 4 [Central Command].

SYRIA

The latest strikes in the wave of regime bombardment on the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib killed at least 15 civilians yesterday, despite calls to halt the attacks, according to U.K.-based monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Seven of yesterday’s victims were reportedly killed in an air raid on the village of Sarja, AFP reports.

The European Union (E.U.) yesterday called for a ceasefire in Idlib province and said Russia, Turkey, Iran and the Syrian government must protect civilians under siege. At least 180,000 people have fled the surge in violence, and government bombing has killed dozens in the past three weeks, Reuters reports.

U.S. forces quietly sent at least 30 suspected foreign Islamic State group (I.S.I.S.) fighters captured in Syria last year and in late 2017 to stand trial in Iraq, according to interviews with the men, Iraqi sources and court documents. The Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (C.T.S.) have denied that the men were transferred into their custody, also denying unverified torture claims made by four of the men, Reuters reports.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a new government yesterday, triggering a new election and becoming the first elected prime minister in Israeli history unable to forge a working government. Paul Goldman reports at NBC.

“Middle East peace is only possible with the creation of a Palestinian state,” Jordan’s King Abdullah told President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. According to a palace statement, Abdullah – who is reportedly “deeply concerned” about Trump’s long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan – told Kushner that Israel had to withdraw from the West Bank, Reuters reports.

Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan is “doomed to fail” and the Palestinian resistance movement will respond firmly to those who proposed such deal, Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said in statement released yesterday, Reuters reports.

U.S.-TURKEY RELATIONS

An analysis of how U.S. sanctions over a Russian weapon could rattle Turkey is provided at Reuters.

Turkish-American scientist Serkan Golge – detained in Turkey for nearly three years – has been released. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus welcomed the decision but declined to discuss why Golge was released, the AP reports.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Trump agreed during a phone call yesterday to meet on the sidelines of a G.20 meeting set for June 28-29 in Japan, the Turkish Presidency’s communications director announced in messages sent on Twitter.  The two leaders discussed issues such as boosting mutual trade, Turkey’s planned purchase of a Russian missile defense system and “the opportunity to continue the discussion” during the G.20 summit, White House spokesperson Judd Deere said in an email.  Reuters reports.

U.S. MILITARY

The White House wanted the U.S. Navy to move the warship U.S.S. John S. McCain “out of sight” ahead of President Trump’s visit to Japan, according to a May 15 email to U.S. Navy and Air Force officials. The ship was named after the father and grandfather of the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — a frequent target of Trump’s ire — with the senator’s own name added to the ship last year, Rebecca Ballhaus and Gordon Lubold report at the Wall Street Journal.

Trump denied knowing anything about the request, sending a message on Twitter claiming that he “was not informed about anything” related to the ship.  The Navy Chief of Information also sent a message claiming that the ship’s name “was not obscured,” also adding that “the Navy is proud of that ship, its crew, its namesake and its heritage” although not denying that an initial request had been made, the BBC reports.

“Trump is a child who will always be deeply threatened by the greatness of mydads incredible life,” McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain stated in a message on Twitter, adding “there is a lot of criticism of how much I speak about my dad, but nine months since he passed, Trump won’t let him RIP … so I have to stand up for him … it makes my grief unbearable,” Colby Itkowitz, Dan Lamothe and Josh Dawsey report at the Washington Post.

A critique of Defense Dept General Counsel Ney’s recent remarks on the law of war is provided by Adil Ahmad Haque at Just Security.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

A mutual defense cooperation deal between the U.S. and the U.A.E came into force yesterday, amid increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran. Al Jazeera reports.

At least six people have been killed – and six injured – in a suicide bomb attack today in the Afghan capital. The explosion took place near an Afghan military training center after the attacker was prevented from entering the Marshal Fahim National Defense University, according to an anonymous official, Reuters reports.

China has stepped up efforts to design and manufacture chips itself rather than buy from the U.S., in response to the threat of U.S. sanctions in its high-tech industry.

“Now the U.S. has made a full-on strike on Huawei with no concrete evidence … the chip industry has fully realized the importance [of self-sufficiency],” chief analyst at Shanghai-based semiconductor research company ICWise – Gu Wenjun – commented, Yuan Yang, Nian Liu and Sue-Lin Wong report at Financial Times.

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó has vowed to press ahead with street protests, after talks with government officials hosted by Norway ended yesterday without progress towards resolving the country’s political crisis, Reuters reports.

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Robert Mueller, the special counsel, on Wednesday reignited demands for Donald Trump’s impeachment by breaking his two-year silence to deny that the US president is innocent of a crime.

In a sudden and dramatic turn, Mueller, whose report on Russian election interference and Trump campaign links to Moscow was published last month, delivered a sombre nine-minute statement that many construed as a signal to Congress to act on his finding that Trump sought to obstruct justice.

“If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that,” Mueller said from a podium at the justice department in his first public remarks since the investigation began. “We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”

Mueller explained that his decision was based on longstanding justice department policy, rather than lack of evidence.

“A president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office,” he said. “That is unconstitutional. Even if the charge is kept under seal and hidden from public view – that too is prohibited.”

The special counsel’s 448-page report did not establish a criminal conspiracy between the Trump election campaign and Russia. It did identify 10 incidents in which the president attempted to obstruct justice, for example by firing the director of the FBI, though it stopped short of charging the president with a crime.

His statement on Wednesday contradicted Trump’s claims that Mueller’s report awarded him “total exoneration” and also William Barr’s bald assertion last month that Mueller’s decision was not based on justice department policy.

Mueller explained: “The special counsel’s office is part of the Department of Justice and, by regulation, it was bound by that department policy. Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider.”

Less than half an hour later, Trump tweeted in response: “Nothing changes from the Mueller report. There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you.”

But others interpreted Mueller’s intervention as a not-so-subtle message that, while his hands had been tied by department policy, Congress’s are not. Calls for Trump’s impeachment, circulating for weeks, rapidly turned into a clamour, with several Democratic candidates for president leading the way.

Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey said: “We have one remaining path to ensure justice is served. It is our legal and moral obligation to hold those who have committed crimes accountable. It’s clear that the House must begin impeachment proceedings. No one is above the law.”

Senator Kamala Harris of California tweeted: “What Robert Mueller basically did was return an impeachment referral. Now it is up to Congress to hold this president accountable. We need to start impeachment proceedings. It’s our constitutional obligation.”

Mueller’s statement was “an impeachment referral, and it’s up to Congress to act,” Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts tweeted.

And Beto O’Rourke, another Democratic presidential contender, added: “There must be consequences, accountability, and justice. The only way to ensure that is to begin impeachment proceedings.”

But first the burden lies with the House of Representatives, where the judiciary committee is leading oversight efforts. Its chairman, Democrat Jerry Nadler, stopped short of urging impeachment or calling for Mueller to testify.

He said: “Given that Mueller was unable to pursue criminal charges against the president, it falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump – and we will do so. No one, not even the president of the United States, is above the law.”

The House speaker, Nancy Pelosi, has so far resisted calls for impeachment, a difficult strategic calculation. If passed by the Democratic majority in the House, it would almost certainly fail in the Republican-controlled Senate, leaving Trump in office and possibly strengthened going into next year’s presidential election.

Pelosi said on Wednesday: “The Congress will continue to investigate and legislate to protect our elections and secure our democracy. The American people must have the truth.”

For their part, Republicans were mostly silent, suggesting that Mueller’s intervention had changed nothing about their support for the president.

Lindsey Graham, the Republican chairman of the Senate judiciary committee, said: “Today’s statement by Mr Mueller reinforces the findings of his report. And as for me, the case is over. Mr Mueller has decided to move on and let the report speak for itself. Congress should follow his lead.”

But one House Republican has recently defied the party line to emerge as an outspoken critic of the president. Justin Amash, from Michigan, tweeted: “The ball is in our court, Congress.”

Democrats in the House, whose subpoenas are being resisted by the White House, are pushing for Mueller to testify in person. On Wednesday Mueller made clear he has little desire to appear and, if obliged, he will have nothing to add to what is already stated in his report.

“We chose those words carefully, and the work speaks for itself,” he said gravely. “The report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress.”

Mueller, who is closing his special counsel office, also defended the FBI and the integrity of the investigation, which have been under constant assault from the president and his rightwing allies.

And he emphasised that the first volume of his report, which details Russia’s attack on American democracy, deserves urgent attention despite the Washington’s partisan firestorms and Trump’s repeated attempts to ignore it or play it down.

“There were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election,” he said, “and that allegation deserves the attention of every American.”

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