U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks during a news conference June 13, 2013 at the Capitol Hill Club on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Senator Paul was joined by lawmakers and other groups to discuss the National Security Agency's surveillance program. WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 13: U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) speaks during a news conference June 13, 2013 at the Capitol Hill Club on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Senator Paul was joined by lawmakers and other groups to discuss the National Security Agency's surveillance program. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
A day after he mocked New Jersey governor Chris Christie and Congressman Peter King for being all “gimme, gimme, gimme — give me all my Sandy money now,” Senator Rand Paul (who voted against Sandy aid) says he plans to stop by New York on a fund-raising trip and really rub it in the local guys’ faces. Paul intends to visit the Women’s National Republican Club on Aug. 13, and then presumably slip out the back door, as we’ve no doubt King, who boxes in his spare time, will be fuming somewherenearby.
A “lock her up” chant broke out at Mar-a-Lago tonight during Sen. Graham’s speech as he called for an investigation into Clinton and the origins of the dossier. Trump watched on from a table in the ballroom.
“The president should wait before popping the champagne corks over this and tweeting in triumph.”
It’s possible, for example, that Mueller is not proceeding against certain defendants other than the president because he has referred them to other prosecutorial offices; some of these referrals are already public, and it’s reasonable to expect there may be other referrals too. In this iteration, what is ending here is not the investigation, merely the portion of the investigation Mueller chose to retain for himself. It’s possible also that Mueller is finished because he has determined that while the evidence would support a prosecution of the president, he is bound by the Justice Department’s long-standing position that the president is not amenable to criminal process. On the obstruction front, he may well have concluded that, while the president acted to obstruct the investigation, he cannot prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the president’s obstructive acts were not exercises of Trump’s Article II powers. It’s also possible that Mueller has strong prudential reasons for not proceeding with otherwise viable cases.
My gut instinct is that it is some combination of these factors that explains the end of the probe. Without knowing the reasons the investigation is finished, it is impossible to know how to assess its end—and nobody should try.
Fox’s Tucker Carlson framed [the Mueller report news] this way: “After all of this, years of it, not a single American citizen has been charged with anything related to Russian collusion.”
Over on CNN, Anderson Cooper said “this is a good night certainly for the president, for his family – Don Jr. was in the meeting in Trump Tower, he’s not going to be indicted – Jared Kushner, questions about him, he’s not going to be indicted.” Yes, Jeffrey Toobin said, but he added a caveat: “What are the facts that Mueller found? If there is a narrative in there, let’s wait and see what he found…”
At around the same time over on MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, who paused her vacation due to the breaking news, told viewers that “we know only the smallest little bits” about what’s in Mueller’s report. “This is the start of something, apparently, not the end of something…”
You know things are wrapping up with Peter Carr issues a statement
Rare statement from special counsel spox Peter Carr: “The Special Counsel will be concluding his service in the coming days. A small number of staff will remain to assist in closing the operations of the office for a period of time.”
On a more serious note, if the report is as much a dud (from a collusion-maximalist perspective) as people seem to think, this seems ideal as timing could get for the Dems, right? Nestled after midterms but before the slate of issues has been fully solidified in their primary
Update on NoKo sanctions. The ones @realDonaldTrump pulled back today were not the ones leveled at 2 Chinese shipping companies yesterday. They were new large-scale sanctions that were about to be announced by @USTreasury
“Barr must not give Trump, his lawyers or his staff any ‘sneak preview’ of Mueller’s findings or evidence, and the White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence are made public.”
Charlottesville police arrested and charged a 17-year-old Friday morning in connection with an online threat that led Charlottesville city schools to close Thursday and Friday.
The anonymous threat posted Wednesday warned of an “ethnic cleansing” at Charlottesville High School the following day. It used racist language to describe black and Latino students and told white students to stay home.
The suspect has been charged with threats to commit serious bodily harm on school property, a felony, and harassment by computer, a misdemeanor, according to a news release from the Charlottesville Police Department.
New York’s new tagline is “The Only Magazine in New York City”
Here’s a funny thing. Facebook exec Guy Rosen is usually referred to as “VP of Product Management”. Yesterday, his statement on Christchurch came as “Head of Integrity”. I asked whether he’d been promoted, and they silently edited the post back to “VP of Product Management”.