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Nothing changes”?!

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“The case is closed!“?!

“Thank you.”!

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


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

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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
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Thu, 30 May 2019 05:39:53 -0400

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


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



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


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


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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


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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/…


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Your friends stab you in the front.

Whiskey Steve gets his revenge and speaks the truth.

@TheRickWilson

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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
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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

From: CBSNewsOnline
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

From: msnbcleanforward
Duration: 21:08

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

From: msnbcleanforward
Duration: 10:56

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
Duration: 06:57

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
Duration: 14:49

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
Duration: 07:36

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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Duration: 07:11

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

From: FoxNewsChannel
Duration: 04:12

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

From: FoxNewsChannel
Duration: 03:13

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

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Duration: 05:08

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

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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

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Duration: 05:58

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

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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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“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

Michael_Novakhov shared this story .

Justice Department

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.”

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Saved Stories – 1. My News Blogs: Mueller emphasizes that he didn’t clear Trump – POLITICO
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:03:49 -0400

Michael_Novakhov shared this story .

Justice Department

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.

Story Continued Below

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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Robert Mueller’s Sense of Duty Illuminates His Tough Choices | Trump and Trumpism

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What Mueller’s reminder about Russian interference really meant – Washington Post

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“Multiple, systematic efforts” to affect the election included outreach to the Trump campaign.


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“cambridge analytica” – Google News: Facebook user suits over Cambridge Analytica have legs – Minnesota Lawyer

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There’s no shortage of claims Facebook Inc. violates users’ privacy for profit.

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Who should REALLY be the NFL MVP favorite in 2019?

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Carson Wentz? Andrew Luck? Patrick Mahomes again? Retired NFL lineman Geoff Schwartz makes his pick.

What we all love about the NFL is there’s always something to talk about, no matter the time of the season. It should be a dead period of news, but we have 2021 CBA negotiation discussion and now, NFL MVP talk thanks to Louis Riddick.

Earlier this week, Riddick proclaimed his 2019 NFL MVP winner to be Carson Wentz:

Fortune favors the bold and this is a bold prediction. Now, I can vibe with bold predictions, especially when we put some odds behind it. Wentz is +1600 to take home the NFL MVP award, according to odds released by FanDuel earlier this month. That would give Wentz the seventh-best odds to win this award.

While Wentz is talented (duh) and has weapons plus that outstanding Eagles offensive line, he’s proven that staying healthy is an issue. His back isn’t stable and an awkward hit to the area could put him on injured reserve again. I can’t lay my money on him, so who do I put the money on? Let’s go over it.

Patrick Mahomes +600

Mahomes is the favorite to win again after taking home the 2018 MVP award. He lit the NFL on fire last season with 50 touchdowns and more than 5,000 yards passing. Only two other quarterbacks have thrown 50 touchdown passes in a season. The first was Tom Brady in 2007 and the second was Peyton Manning in 2013. Neither followed up with the same type of production the next season (though Brady was injured in 2008).

I expect Mahomes to have a slight drop-off as well. Mahomes could be without Tyreek Hill, too. If Hill is out, Mahomes will still complete a high percent of passes, but the big yards after the catch could disappear. Secondly, teams have spent all offseason trying to figure out ways to stop Mahomes. I wouldn’t put my money on Mahomes.

Andrew Luck +900

Luck is a baller. We know this. However, he’s never put up MVP-type numbers in his career. Can he do it this season? Yes, he could. Last season, with a new offense and coming off an injury, he threw for nearly 4,600 yards, 39 touchdowns, and completed 67 percent of passes. Luck needs to add five or six touchdowns and 400 yards, and he will have the numbers.

However, I worry about the Colts’ record. The last six quarterback MVPs have guided teams who have at least played in their conference title games. Are the Colts ready for that yet? They won’t be the favorite against the Chiefs or Patriots. While Luck can play at a MVP level, I wouldn’t bet on him winning the award either.

Drew Brees +1000

Nope. It’s clear Drew Brees is finally starting to show his age — just a bit. Plus, the Saints have become a more balanced offense with their rushing attack. In 2016, Brees threw 673 times for 5,208 yards. In 2017, he was down to 536 attempts and 4,334 yards. Last season, he had only 489 attempts for 3,992 yards. His numbers are going the opposite direction.

Tom Brady +1000

There’s always value in betting on Tom Brady, or the Patriots to win anything, but I don’t think the money on Brady is wise in this situation. Brady is breaking in a rookie wide receiver, and with the emergence of a rushing attack, he won’t be tasked with carrying the entire offense.

Aaron Rodgers +1200

This is where I’m putting my money. Aaron Rodgers is primed for a monster season and you’re getting supreme value in this pick. He’s finally in a new offense and it will refresh his play. While they might be lacking in weapons with household names, this offense should provide ways for their receivers to get open. The Packers have outstanding pass-protecting tackles that will keep Rodgers upright. Their defense is greatly improved and it will lead to more victories. If the Packers win the NFC North (I think they do), Rodgers wins the MVP award.

Baker Mayfield +1500

I’ve discussed this at length. I’m at a wait and see approach with the Browns. It continues with this play.

Carson Wentz +1600

I think there’s outstanding value in this pick. Wentz is coming off injury and is undervalued. He’s still an outstanding talent at quarterback and the Eagles have reloaded on offense. Wentz’s issue is health, but at +1600 there is value on a Wentz wager.

If you’re looking for a non quarterback to win the MVP award, it’s Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott at +3400. The last running back to win the MVP was Adrian Peterson in 2012 after rushing for 2,097 yards. That is the kind of season-long performance Elliott would need to win the award. With Cowboys center Travis Fredrick back, it’s possible. Defenses will have to play the Cowboys more straight up with their pass catchers, and it should allow for fewer defenders in the box against Zeke. This would be the only bet I’d make on a non-quarterback.


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Every winning word from the Scripps National Spelling Bee shows how difficult it’s become

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From “therapy” to “koinonia.”

In 1984 the winning word at the Scripps National Spelling Bee was “luge.” Luge, like the sport, four letters — no real tricks. In 2015 you’d need to know “scherenschnitte,” a German word for scissor cuts in paper craft. Most adults could at least attempt these words, but we’re talking about kids aged 8 to 15.

The national spelling bee has been a part of this country’s DNA since 1925. Interrupted only by WWII. For years the bee was pretty normal, featuring words most of us could at least attempt. Then it changed. TV coverage changed the bee and soon kids began to boot camp for competitions. They got better, the words got harder and now you need an encyclopedic knowledge of language to compete.

“I could spell this …”

1932: Invulnerable
1933: Torsion
1934: Brethren
1935: Intelligible
1937: Promiscuous
1938: Sanitarium
1939: Canonical
1940: Therapy
1941: Initials
1942: Sacrilegious
1946: Semaphore
1948: Psychiatry
1949: Onerous
1950: Meticulously
1952: Vignette
1954: Transcept
1956: Condominium
1957: Schnappe
1959: Catamaran
1964: Sycophant
1966: Ratoon
1967: Chihuahua
1968: Abalone
1969: Interlocutory
1970: Croissant
1973: Vouchsafe
1975: Incisor
1976: Narcolepsy
1977: Cambist
1981: Sarcophagus
1983: Purim
1984: Luge
1985: Milieu
1993: Kamikaze

“I should be able to spell this, but here we are.”

1925: Gladiolus,
1926: Cerise
1927: Abrogate
1928: Albumen
1930: Albumen
1931: Foulard
1936: Eczema
1947: Chlorophyll
1965: Eczema
1971: Shalloon
1972: Macerate
1978: Deification
1982: Psoriasis
1989: Spoliator
1997: Euonym

“Now you’re making me feel dumb.”

1929: Asceticism
1951: Insouciant
1953: Soubrette
1955: Crustaceology
1958: Syllepsis
1960: Eudaemonic
1987: Staphylococci
1994: Antediluvian
2000: Demarche

“I refuse to believe any of these are real words.”

1961: Smaragdine
1962: Esquamulose
1963: Equipage
1974: Hydrophyte
1979: Maculature
1980: Elucubrate
1986: Odontalgia
1988: Elegiacal
1990: Fibranne
1991: Antipyretic
1992: Lyceum
1995: Xanthosis
1996: Vivisepulture
1998: Chiaroscurist
1999: Logorrhea
2001: Succedaneum
2002: Prospicience
2003: Pococurante
2004: Autochthonous
2005: Appoggiatura
2006: Ursprache
2007: Serrefine
2008: Guerdon
2009: Laodicean
2010: Stromuhr
2011: Cymotrichous
2012: Guetapens
2013: Knaidel
2014: Feuilleton / Stichomythia
2015: Nunatak / Scherenschnitte
2016: Feldenkrais / Gesellschaft
2017: Marocain
2018: Koinonia


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How the very real Paul Pierce curse affects the NBA Finals

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Paul Pierce will predict the NBA Finals — just not the way you or he expects

You best be paying attention to Paul Pierce if you want to know who will win the NBA Finals, because his curse knows no bounds. Pierce went on Twitter shortly after the Bucks were eliminated during the Eastern Conference Finals to give his analysis of “Puke, Bucks, puke, laugh cry, live long and prosper,” and for good reason.

When Paul Pierce says a team has a series locked up, it means doom.

Pierce’s disappointing tweet above came just eight days after Pierce called the series.

It’s probably easy to say “well, the Bucks were up 2-0 at the time and they’d won by an average of 16 points,” and you’d be right — except that this was the second time in as many months Pierce called a series early, only to see everything crumble before him.

On April 28, after the Celtics won Game 1 against the Bucks, he declared the series over, believing that Boston was going to move on.

“As a team, I don’t know where Milwaukee goes from here. […] No listen, I think it’s over.”

BUT Pierce is actually really good at picking Game 7 itself.

There are some things that Pierce has projected correctly during the playoffs. He accurately predicted the Blazers would win Game 7 against the Nuggets, and did the same by picking the Warriors to beat the Blazers, once again in the final game of the series.

When the stakes are on a single game, Pierce has been shooting 1.000. But he’s utterly incapable of correctly predicting the end of a series.

Each step of the playoffs, he’s walked his prediction ahead by one game. In the Boston vs. Milwaukee series, he called it after one game, then the Celtics lost 4-1. In the Bucks vs. Raptors series, he called it after two games, and the Raptors went on to win 4-2.

How might the Pierce curse play out in the Finals?

This leaves us at a paradox for his NBA Finals prediction. Like one of those “spot the pattern” questions on the SATs, the Pierce method tells us he will wait until the end of Game 3 to call the series. This also means it will be pushed to a Game 7, considering the Celtics lost in five and the Bucks in six.

HOWEVER, he’s also perfect at predicting Game 7s. See the problem here? Let’s break this one down:

  • The Warriors go up 3-0. Pierce says “it’s over.”
  • The Raptors will then win three straight, tying the series 3-3.
  • At this point his perfect record of picking Game 7 runs head-first into his inability to call a series.
  • If the Warriors win the series his curse is ruined, but his Game 7 calls are intact.
  • If the Raptors win the curse stays intact, but his Game 7 calls are ruined.

So, what does this all mean?

What we have here is a dialetheism: a Greek philosophical term for a paradoxical outcome that is both correct and incorrect. But I know that’s deeply unsatisfying, and doesn’t help you gamble. As a writer, I loathe anything that ends in “well, it’ll happen or it won’t” because that’s a cop out. You need hot takes and hard beliefs, so when this is all over you can mock me on the internet and make me question the nature of my existence.

There is a logical way we can solve Paul Pierce’s paradox, and that’s by group consensus. If we all agree that a curse is real even if the conclusion isn’t fully met, then we can be satisfied with the dialetheism (that fancy word for being true and untrue).

Here’s what I propose:

If Paul Pierce says the Warriors will win after three games, and the Raptors come back to even the series, then the curse is real. He took an almost certain outcome (being up 3-0) and brought the NBA Finals back to par. At this point we can be satisfied that he cursed the Warriors.

At this point it doesn’t matter who wins Game 7 and the series, and it doesn’t matter who Pierce picked. He still cursed the team, leading to the possibility of a Game 7 in the first place.

We must remain resolute in this thinking, even if Pierce were to say the curse never existed, because the Warriors ended up winning the series like he predicted. Then we can wait for 2020 and see who he curses next year.


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Trump and Russia, Ansel Elgort, Jane Fonda, Gillette, Electoral College, Bruce Springsteen, Kim Petras, Gus Kenworthy: HOT LINKS

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RUSSIA HELPED ME. Trump deleted tweet admitting that Russia helped him get elected. “In a remarkable development, however, it appears that Trump is publicly admitting, for the first time at least, that Russia interference helped get him elected president, as has been stated repeatedly by numerous U.S. intel and Justice Department investigations, including the office of Special Counsel. That is until he deleted the tweet.”

MUG MOSAIC. Ansel Elgort posts 17 shirtless selfies in a row.

NEVADA. Governor Steve Sisolak vetoes bill that would have rejected electoral college for popular vote. ‘AB186, sponsored by the late Democratic Assemblyman Tyrone Thompson, proved a divisive one in the Legislature that elicited some of the closest votes in the session. Proponents argued that it would ensure every vote counted equally, while opponents said they feared it would diminish the relevance of Nevada and other small states.’

SOUTH CAROLINA. LGBT advocates sue Trump HHS for discriminating against gay foster parents: “Lambda Legal, the ACLU, ACLU of South Carolina, and South Carolina Equality Coalition are suing the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the state of South Carolina on behalf of a married lesbian couple, Eden Rogers and Brandy Welch, who were turned away by a government-funded foster care agency for failing to meet the agency’s religious criteria, which exclude prospective foster parents who are not evangelical Protestant Christian or who are same-sex couples of any faith.

EQUALITY ACT. Religious-right hate machine fired up: “The intensely alarmist religious freedom rhetoric suggests that Religious Right political strategists will once again use fear-mongering of liberals’ supposed desire to “criminalize Christianity” to motivate turnout of conservative evangelical voters in 2020.”

LONG ISLAND. LGBT billboard vandalized. “It is fresh, it is new, it was targeted,” Kilmnick said. “No question about it.”

NERVOUS BREAKDOWN. Jane Fonda said she suffered one during Grace & Frankie. “I discovered it’s because the very first episode our husbands tell us that they are going to leave us after 40 years and marry each other and that triggered abandonment.”

TERRIFYING MENACE OF THE DAY. Mike Pence.

GETTING POLITICAL. Taylor Swift says it’s her next move: “I’m not planning to stop encouraging young people to vote and to try to get them to talk about what’s going on in our country. I think that’s one of the most important things I could do.”

NEW AD OF THE DAY. Gillette.

MUSIC VIDEO OF THE DAY. Bruce Springsteen “Tucson Train”.

LYRIC VIDEO OF THE DAY. Kim Petras “Do Me”.

THIRSTY THURSDAY. Gus Kenworthy.

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Straight police recruit applies for job during LGBTQ diversity drive, isn’t hired, sues, and wins

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Matthew Furlong

All 25-year-old Matthew Furlong wanted to do was “follow in his father’s footsteps” and become a police officer.

Two years ago, he applied to join the Cheshire Police Department during a diversity drive. The department was hoping to hire more LGBTQ officers. You know, because diversity is a good thing!

There was just one teensy tiny problem.

Furlong is not L, G, B, T, or Q. He’s straight. 100% hetero. No homo. Got that?

Despite this, he applied for the job anyway and when he didn’t get it, he sued for discrimination. Now, he just won his case in court.

The Telegraph reports:

Cheshire Constabulary, in which Mr Furlong’s father is a serving detective inspector, was found guilty of discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, race and sex following an employment tribunal earlier this year.

A settlement has now been reached and Mr Furlong will be joining as a student officer in September, his lawyers said.

Speaking to reporters after his court victory this week, Furlong said: “My dad has served more than 20 years with Cheshire Police and I had always wanted to follow in his footsteps, ever since school. Not just anywhere but in the place I grew up.”

Furlong added that if he had “lied on my interview form and said I was bisexual” then he knows he would have gotten the job and that the whole thing has “completely shattered my confidence in the police force recruitment system.”

Deputy Chief Constable Julie Cooke said the diversity drive was created “with the best of intentions” and was never intended to be discriminatory against straight people.

Furlong, she added, will be welcomed as a new member of the Cheshire Police with no hard feelings.

“We accept the findings of the tribunal,” she said, “and have looked very carefully at our entire recruitment practice.”

But chances are this means there will be no more LGBTQ diversity drives.

Jennifer Ainscough, an employment lawyer, tells the Telegraph: “Positive action is an incredibly important tool to aid diversity in the workforce but this case is a reminder that it must be applied correctly to ensure that employers still recruit candidates based on merit above all else.”

Related: Straight white rapper releases song about how oppressed he is on the eve of Pride month


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Livestream: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Delivers Statement on Investigation

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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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Robert Mueller’s Written Statement on the Russia Investigation

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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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Today’s Headlines & Commentary

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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.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

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.

Email the Roundup Team noteworthy law and security-related articles to include, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for additional commentary on these issues. Sign up to receive Lawfare in your inbox. Visit our Events Calendar to learn about upcoming national security events, and check out relevant job openings on our Job Board.


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Robert Mueller’s Sense of Duty Illuminates His Tough Choices

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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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Are those newly leaked Aaron Schock nudes you’ve been sharing revenge porn?

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Disgraced congressman Aaron Schock

Last weekend, a series of screenshots from a revealing video allegedly featuring former U.S. representative Aaron Schock emerged online that resulted in Twitter temporarily suspending several accounts of those sharing the images.

Then on Wednesday, a barrage of new even more x-rated photos allegedly featuring the ex-lawmaker in a number of very compromising positions hit the web. Many of them clearly showed his face. Twitter removed the images and suspended the accounts of those circulating them as well.

Now, there are few fans of Aaron Schock in the queer community. The guy has been out enjoying freedoms won through the sweat and blood of a community he directly harmed at every step of his political career through homophobic legislation.

While that’s definitely frustrating, at what point do we go from pointing out Schock’s hypocrisy to simply engaging in revenge porn?

To be sure, Schock is a public figure who should be held accountable for the discrepancy between public voting record and his private life.

Last month, Queerty ran several stories about Schock making out with a dude in broad daylight at Coachella. That was something he did out in the open for everyone to see, and so we saw no problem in reporting it.

Related: WATCH: Video emerges of Aaron Schock hooking up with a guy at Coachella

But publishing personal photos he shared privately with another person in confidence is treacherous territory. In fact, it borders on revenge porn.

45 states plus Washington, D.C. and one U.S. territory have laws against revenge porn, also known as nonconsensual pornography, which is defined in California, the state where Schock resides, as:

An image … of the intimate body part or parts … of another identifiable person, or an image of the person depicted engaging in specified sexual acts, under circumstances in which the persons agree or understand that the image remain private, the person distributing the image knows or should know that distribution of the image will cause serious emotional distress, and the person depicted suffers that distress, is guilty of disorderly conduct.

Revenge porn laws are designed to protect people. All people. Even self-loathing closeted Republicans who we don’t like.

And while we may not agree with Schock’s past stated political beliefs (we don’t know where he stands on LGBTQ issues today), we do agree with the belief that everyone should be treated equally under the law.

Schock has been out of office for almost as long as he was in office. Since resigning in disgrace in 2015, he has kept a very low profile and, from what we can tell, is no longer politically active with little to no chance for a political comeback. Greg In Hollywood reported in March that he is “living in a small Beverly Hills apartment, working on converting an office building near Los Angeles International Airport into a luxury hotel.”

At this point, perhaps it’s time we ask ourselves: What do we really want from Aaron Schock? Do we want an apology? Do we want him to come out publicly? Do we want him to join our fight? And, if so, do we really expect him to after we’ve shared and reshared his bedroom selfies?

There’s no denying that Schock has made a lot of very poor decisions, both professionally and in his personal life. And we’re not defending a single one of them. But disseminating private videos and photos can hardly be a helpful addition to this saga.

Here’s a thought: Maybe it’s time for Aaron to simply speak a bit of truth. And for us to show we’re willing to listen.

Related: Was Aaron Schock outed? Or did he out himself when he groped a dude in public? The debate rages on.


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Darius Bazley’s bizarre path to the 2019 NBA Draft is about to be tested

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The former McDonald’s All-American skipped college to train for the draft. Will it pay off?

NBA teams might not know much about Darius Bazley yet, but they can safely say he’s the only sneaker intern in the 2019 NBA Draft class.

Last spring, Bazley shocked college basketball when he announced he would forego his commitment to Syracuse to enter the NBA G League. Bazley signed with star agent Rich Paul of Klutch Sports in April, but by October, the plan changed again. Bazley would take the year off to train for the NBA draft instead. In addition to three-a-day workouts, Paul also engineered an internship for Bazley as part of an endorsement deal with New Balance.

“They gave me an opportunity to voice my opinion,” Bazley said at the NBA Draft Combine in Chicago. “Maybe I have a shoe down the line, putting my shoe out this way versus that way, me being able to learn that also gives me the credibility that I know I have.”

During the internship, Bazley says he worked mostly with the marketing and social media teams to learn the process of rolling out a new release and creating buzz. That included everything from running a focus group at a high school near the New Balance offices to helping make decisions on fabrics and logo placement in the manufacturing process. Best of all, he got paid: the internship was part of a larger endorsement deal reportedly worth $1 million.

Marketing sneakers is of secondary concern to Bazley right now. He said he’s heard the same thing from evaluators as the combined neared.

“The biggest thing was just it was a big gap,” ‘Bazley said. “‘Can he play? He hasn’t played in a year!’”

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By taking a year off, Bazley made it difficult for NBA teams to gauge his draft stock. There just isn’t a lot of information right now on which teams can base their evaluation. That’s what made his scrimmage performance at the combine so important.

“It took me a little bit the first couple of minutes to get used to the speed and what was going on, but it felt good to just be in front of teams,” Bazley said after his first scrimmage. “They haven’t seen me play, so just for them to be able to see me play, ultimately it just felt really good.”

In two games, Bazley scored 18 points on 8-13 shooting from the field, knocked down a three and flashed the playmaking that made him so compelling as a recruit. At 6-9 with a 7-0 wingspan, Bazley held his own physically with other NBA-caliber athletes despite his slight frame.

“Making sure that I’m able to move at the weight that I’m at,” was important for Bazley during the scrimmages. “If you don’t play for a year you’ve gotta make sure you’re in shape.”

In high school, Bazley was “kind of a mysterious figure,” says Corey Evans, national basketball analyst at Rivals. “This tantalizing, long, slender wing who can shoot, handle, all that stuff.”

Bazley was last weighed officially in August, and since that time gained 12 pounds, landing at 208.4 pounds. at the combine. He stayed in shape while bulking up by doing three-minute sprints, getting time in on the exercise bike, and scrimmaging or playing pick-up when possible.

“Just making sure I’m (in) tip-top shape, that way when I do come out and play, I have the edge on my opponent and I’m not wheezing up and down the court.”

NBA teams seemed to like what they saw from Bazley in the higher-level setting of the scrimmages. ESPN analyst Jonathan Givony tweeted after the combine that Bazley helped himself as much as anyone in Chicago and looked like a first-round pick.

By reinforcing the passing ability, functional length and defensive versatility he showed coming out of high school, Bazley helped his stock. If he can continue to show teams he has a place in the modern, positionless NBA, Bazley will end up right back in the late first round where he was pegged before backing out of Syracuse.

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Bazley is far from the first prospect to try to break into the NBA as an American player who didn’t go to college. Last year, five-star center Mitchell Robinson decommitted from Western Kentucky and spent the year training for the draft. He was taken No. 36 overall by the Knicks and had an impressive year, being named second team All-Rookie. In the same draft, 19-year-old scoring guard Anfernee Simons entered the draft as a fifth-year high school student out Florida’s IMG Academy and was picked in the first round by Portland.

Bazley is hoping he’s next. The NBA age limit combined with a scandalous and chaotic college basketball environment has made it difficult for many prospects to find their way. While there are rumors the age limit could be ending by 2021 or 2022, Bazley’s attempt to enter the NBA after bypassing college could be a seminal test case for today’s high school players who are watching him with a close eye.


While Bazley did well for himself at the combine, it’s still tricky for any team betting that he will hold up in an NBA frontcourt today. It’s unlikely he contributes much as a rookie and will likely spend plenty of time in the G League, where he chose not to play this past season.

Still, Bazley feels like he’s a good fit for this era of modern basketball. Still only 18 years old until June, he’s hoping to find a team that is willing to develop him long-term.

“The NBA game is becoming positionless, and with me being able to defend 1-5 on the defensive end and me being able to play 1-5 on the offensive end, I think that will translate over to the (NBA) game in certain spots no matter the situation,” Bazley said.

Without the chance to show in game situations that he could lock down defensively, Evans says he worries Bazley hasn’t shown he has the desire to actually be that type of versatile defender:

“He has the length, he has the agility, now it’s does he have the innate toughness in him? The IQ? The consistent desire to bang down low the next possession but also step outside the next possession and guard more wing play?”

Bazley’s ability to step out and make NBA threes at the combine is another piece of evidence of hard work this past year. That said, the wing is one of the hardest places for young players to survive in the NBA. The role of long, quick players to switch on defense, attack in transition, make open shots and rotate well will require a serious professional adjustment. Mirroring ball-handlers on defense is a skill that stuck out from Bazley right away in the scrimmages. He knows he has a long way to go.

“You don’t want to take a chance on a guy you haven’t seen play in a year. I think I have a good skill set, but can you play is a whole different thing,” Bazley says.

Over the past year, Bazley’s put his best, New Balance-clad foot forward to prove he is different. The next month leading up to draft night will instead be about showing how he fits.


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mikenov on Twitter: RT @cspanhistory: In 1922 #OnThisDay, 57 years after President Lincoln was assassinated and the end of the Civil War, the Lincoln Memorial…

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In 1922 #OnThisDay, 57 years after President Lincoln was assassinated and the end of the Civil War, the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. was dedicated. Here’s a look at footage from the ceremony. pic.twitter.com/t3ngFlDMZ9


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mikenov on Twitter: RT @EpochTimesChina: #China: When a woman fell from her bike, police were called to assist her. Instead, they arrested her for carrying ma…

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#China: When a woman fell from her bike, police were called to assist her.

Instead, they arrested her for carrying materials about her faith—#FalunGong. She was transferred to a mental hospital and forced to take hallucinogenic drugs. theepochtimes.com/police-rescue-…


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mikenov on Twitter: RT @CNNPolitics: US President Trump praises Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage ahead of state visit to UK cnn.it/2XnDCTX https://t.co/…

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US President Trump praises Boris Johnson and Nigel Farage ahead of state visit to UK cnn.it/2XnDCTX pic.twitter.com/raXuEWbo0K



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