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Intelligencer Chat: Will We Ever See the Full Mueller Report?
And other lingering questions in the aftermath of William Barr’s letter.

Though the president, for once, supports transparency in the Mueller report, Mitch McConnell says otherwise

JUST NOW: McConnell blocks Schumer measure calling for Mueller report to be made public
The Impeachment Option Grows Dim
Things could change if the administration refuses to release the full Mueller report. But in likelihood, the fight to remove Trump will move to 2020.

Now here’s where we could use some leaks

Breaking: @KenDilanianNBC reports that the FBI is prepared to brief the Gang of 8 on the findings of Mueller’s counterintelligence investigation into Trump (i.e. whether the president is under the influence of a foreign power)
identity politics
identity politics
The GOP’s Cynical New Identity-Politics Play
Senate Republicans are looking to back bills that rebuke anti-Semitism — despite their own party’s complicity in anti-Semitic violence.

Mayor Pete might have some major momentum

South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) surged into third place in a poll of the Iowa caucus released Sunday.

Eleven percent of likely Democratic Iowa caucusgoers surveyed by Emerson Polling said they would pick Buttigieg to be their 2020 presidential nominee.

Overall, Buttigieg placed third behind Former Vice President Joe Biden, at 25 percent, and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), at 24 percent.

Buttigieg, who has formed an exploratory committee but has not officially declared, was polling at 0 percent in Emerson’s January survey of Iowa, which shows his recognition and support have grown significantly in the last few months.

His performance in Sunday’s Emerson poll was boosted by placing second in the 18-to-29-year-old demographic, with 22 percent. Sanders led that category with 44 percent.

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marijuana legalization
Excellent Weed Legalization Bill Dies in New Jersey Senate
The bill would have wiped away the criminal records of low-level drug offenders and guaranteed licenses to small, minority-owned businesses.
The De Blasio Climate Plan Is Big, Ambitious, and Very Vague
But it does make clear what a huge job it will be to keep the ocean out of lower Manhattan.

The federal government continues to fail Puerto Rico

The federal government provided additional food-stamp aid to Puerto Rico after the hurricane, but Congress missed the deadline for reauthorization in March as it focused on other issues before leaving for a week-long recess. Federal lawmakers have also been stalled by the Trump administration, which has derided the extra aid as unnecessary.

Now, about 43 percent of Puerto Rico’s residents are grappling with a sudden cut to a benefit they rely on for groceries and other essentials.

Puerto Rico will again need the federal government’s help to stave off drastic cuts to Medicaid, the health-care program for the poor and disabled, as well as for the disbursement of billions in hurricane relief aid that has not yet been turned over to the island.

The island would not need Congress to step in to fund its food-stamp and Medicaid programs if it were a state. For states, the federal government has committed to funding those programs’ needs, whatever the cost and without needing to take a vote. But Puerto Rico instead funds its programs through a block grant from the federal government, which needs to be regularly renewed, and also gives food-stamp benefits about 40 percent smaller than those of states.

Michael Avenatti Flew Too Close to the Sun, Now Faces Federal Charges
This modern-day Icarus once took on Trump and toyed with a 2020 presidential run. Today he was charged with extortion, bank fraud, and wire fraud.

Stormy Daniels has some words for Avenatti

Big news if you hate New York City traffic

NEW: @carlHeastie says Assembly Democrats are ready to move forward on congestion pricing.

In British politics right now, there are no winners

New Jersey once seemed well on its way to legalizing weed. Not anymore.

A monthslong effort to legalize marijuana in New Jersey collapsed on Monday after Democrats were unable to muster enough support for the measure, rejecting a central campaign pledge from Gov. Philip D. Murphy and leaving the future of the legalization movement in doubt.

The failure in the legislature marks one of the biggest setbacks for Mr. Murphy, who despite having full Democratic control in the State Senate and the assembly, had faced constant party infighting and had struggled to bend the legislature to his progressive agenda.

But the legalization effort had fractured the Democratic Party with some African-American lawmakers arguing that marijuana would be a public health menace to their communities.

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Will the Mueller Fizzle Help Elect Trump in 2020?
The likeliest impact of the apparent Mueller-probe whiff: The 2020 race will focus on corruption, policy, and two different visions of America.

Now he’ll never be president

JUST IN: Federal prosecutors announce charges against @MichaelAvenatti, alleging he tried to extort Nike, threatening to release damaging about the company, if Nike didn’t agree to pay millions to him and a client.
House Republicans Accuse Dems of Sabotaging Bipartisan Bills
Pelosi’s caucus is allegedly denying vulnerable GOP moderates the opportunity to support bipartisan bills. Let’s hope that’s true.

Bronx Congressman Jose Serrano has Parkinson’s, won’t seek reelection

Although this disease has not affected my work in Congress, over the last few months I’ve come to the realization that Parkinson’s will eventually take a toll, and that I cannot predict its rate of advancement.

Because of this uncertainty, I do not intend to seek re-election in 2020. I do intend to serve the remainder of my term in the 116th Congress.

Rep. Jose Serrano

An early morning rocket strike in central Israel wounded seven, and now…

We have just started striking Hamas targets throughout the Gaza Strip.
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the national interest
Trump Is Bullying the Media Into Falsely Exonerating Him of Russia Corruption
After Barr’s summary, an attack on the reporters who exposed his misconduct.

An important clarification on timing

NEWS: From @LauraAJarrett Roughly three weeks ago the special counsel’s team came to brief Barr/Rosenstein on the investigation and said Mueller would not be reaching a conclusion on obstruction of justice, per a source familiar w/ the meeting. Barr’s finding was not made in 48h.

An unexpected retirement, but probably a seat Democrats will hold next year


New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall announces he is retiring after 2020

Two Parkland survivors recently took their own lives, and now this tragedy

Heartbreaking: Jeremy Richman, whose daughter Avielle was killed in the Sandy Hook school shooting, found dead at the town hall in Newton. Police said it appears he committed suicide.
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mueller time
Advisers Worry Trump May ‘Overreach’ on Mueller Victory Lap
Trump has a way of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
Scammers Phished More Than $100 Million From Facebook, Google
All you need is a misleading corporate name, some overseas bank accounts, and some legit-looking invoices.

The next step, naturally, is to investigate the Clintons

Graham pivots to Clinton emails, Loretta Lynch

“Was it just a tarmac meeting or was it more? I believe there was more there”

A not-uncommon perspective on Barr’s letter

Wow, here is @PreetBharara on ABC speaking about Mueller punting on obstruction: “So my first reaction was it seemed to be an abdication of responsibility.”

Newt Gingrich raising the important questions

Should the New York Times and Washington Post give back the Pulitzer Prtizes they won for exagerrated and hysterical reporting on President Trump and Russia?It would not be the first time both papers had to returnPul;itzers for false reporting.

A major conflagration could be brewing in Israel

BREAKING: The Israeli army just called up thousands of reservists preparing to respond to the recent Gaza rocket attacks.
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the city
No Fare: 1 in 5 Bus Riders Don’t Pay
Nearly 370,000 passengers sneak on daily — marking a big jump since 2013 and helping drive $225 million in annual fare-evasion losses, MTA stats show.

It seems unlikely that Mueller’s conclusion will move the president’s approval rating a great deal

The issue that came up, in all honesty, as a writer on elections was that Russia kept popping up in the news… and all I could say was “it doesn’t matter to voters”. Outside of the Comey firing, anything related to Russia didn’t move the numbers.

A big Ebola outbreak in Central Africa continues not to get much attention

The second-largest, second-deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has exceeded 1,000 cases in less than nine months.

A total of 1,009 people have reported symptoms of hemorrhagic fever in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s northeastern provinces of North Kivu and Ituri since ‪Aug. 1.‬ Among those cases, 944 have tested positive for Ebola, which causes an often-fatal type of hemorrhagic fever, according to Sunday night’s bulletin from the country’s health ministry.

The ever-growing outbreak has a case fatality rate of about 60 percent. There have been 629 deaths so far, including 564 people who died from confirmed cases of Ebola. The other deaths are from probable cases.

Russia is excited that they’ve been totally vindicated by Mueller, which is definitely what the special counsel concluded

Russian lawmakers welcomed the findings of an investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, saying the report vindicates Kremlin denials of collusion with President Donald Trump’s administration.

… “So, Mueller’s long-awaited report proved what was known in Russia from the very beginning: There was no collusion between Trump and any of his team with the Kremlin,” Konstantin Kosachev, a senator in Russia’s upper house of Parliament, said in a Facebook post on Monday.

“Two years of unceasing lies. Two years of the highest-level policy built on the allegation of collusion. A conspiracy explaining the allegedly pro-Russian position of Trump, because of which he was essentially forced to impose more and more stringent measures against our country.”

“That is why two years were not just lost for Russian-American relations, but simply crushing for them. Someone will answer for this damage? Someone apologize? Someone will adjust something?” Kosachev added.

The Christchurch massacre may have already inspired another hate crime

Local and federal law enforcement launched an investigation into an alleged arson attack at an Escondido, California, mosque early Sunday morning, where the suspect left behind a note referencing the terrorist attacks at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, that killed 50 worshippers.

The fire broke out at 3:15 a.m. at Dar-ul-Arqam in what authorities are investigating as arson and a hate crime.

“If its an arson, it’s possibly a hate crime as well,” Escondido Police Department (EPD) Lt. Chris Lick said.

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The Mueller Report Was Never Going to Take Down Donald Trump
Even if it had recommended new indictments, the report was not going to be a silver bullet for the forces that brought Trump to power.
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Trump’s 2020 Run Will Be the ‘No Collusion’ Campaign
Trump allies and the RNC appear to be leveraging the news that the Trump campaign did not coordinate with Russia in 2016 as reelection slogan.

Mueller reportedly considered speaking with Trump, which could have provided a lot of clarity on the obstruction of justice front

The special counsel’s office deliberated at length with Justice Department officials about issuing a subpoena for President Donald Trump to be interviewed, but ultimately the decision was made not to move forward with such a significant investigative step, according to a source familiar with the matter.

In the end, the decision to not make a formal request for a subpoena was critical, because that demand, should it have been rejected, would have been communicated by the attorney general to Congress, as the special counsel regulations mandate. Instead, a formal request from Mueller wasn’t made, allowing Barr to say in his letter to Congress on Friday “there were no such instances during the Special Counsel investigation” where Mueller was turned down.

More on the groundwork for the forthcoming legal battle over the Mueller report

For Republicans, the message from the Mueller report was clear and insistent - “The country needs to move on.” Meanwhile, Democrats immediately countered with “Release the whole Mueller report.” The struggle is now over which side wins that messaging war with the American public.

Democrats just as quickly noted that Mueller didn’t exonerate Trump on obstruction-of-justice charges either, a huge opening for them to go after the president. According to Mueller, “while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.” Democrats quickly demanded.

Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) warned against drawing any conclusion from the findings, zeroing in on the fact that Mueller didn’t exonerate Trump over obstruction of justice. The Democratic leaders, like other Democrats on Sunday, also criticized Barr’s “public record of bias” against the special counsel’s probe, saying he’s “not a neutral observer and is not in a position to make objective determinations about the report.”

“And most obviously, for the president to say he is completely exonerated directly contradicts the words of Mr. Mueller and is not to be taken with any degree of credibility.”

The post-report hearings are about to begin

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) said Sunday that his committee will call Attorney General William Barr to testify over “very concerning discrepancies and final decision making” at the Justice Department over special counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

“In light of the very concerning discrepancies and final decision making at the Justice Department following the Special Counsel report, where Mueller did not exonerate the President, we will be calling Attorney General Barr in to testify before @HouseJudiciary in the near future,” Nadler tweeted Sunday.

Barr wrote in the letter Sunday that the DOJ will spend the coming days identifying information in the Mueller report that cannot be publicly released, such as grand jury information and evidence from investigations that have to be referred to other offices, before making further decisions on how much of Mueller’s report can be released.

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Legal Experts Interpret the Mueller Report Summary
Law professors and former prosecutors help provide some clarity to Barr’s summary of the Mueller report, which raises as many questions as it answers.
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vision 2020
Why a Second Loss to Trump Would Be an Existential Crisis for Democrats
Hellscape 2021.

The self-sabotager-in-chief will find a way to make this more complicated for himself

Trump adviser says there are concerns that during the president’s upcoming victory lap Trump will “overreach” and say something that will create more trouble for him with the public. Happens whenever he gets good news, adviser says.

A reluctant sigh of relief

My primary reaction after reading the letter is relief. Relief that apparently there was no campaign collusion in Russian efforts; relief that this important question was investigated by the best in the business; and relief the investigation was completed and is now over.

Some wise words of caution on what we know

But crucially, Mueller reported that his investigation “did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities,” whether expressly or tacitly. To use the popular cable-news vernacular, Mueller did not establish “collusion.” (Never mind that collusion is not a legal term, and that the special counsel’s mission was to investigate “links and/or coordination” with the Russians.)

Trump’s triumphant supporters notwithstanding, we don’t yet know what that means. When prosecutors say that an investigation “did not establish” something, that doesn’t mean that they concluded it didn’t happen, or even that they don’t believe it happened. It means that the investigation didn’t produce enough information to prove that it happened. Without seeing Mueller’s full report, we don’t know whether this is a firm conclusion about lack of coordination or a frank admission of insufficient evidence. The difference is meaningful, both as a matter of history and because it might determine how much further Democrats in Congress are willing to push committee investigations of the matter.

Not in a chatty mood, surprisingly

The president took no questions as he walked into the White House, telling reporters only “I just want to tell you that America is the greatest place on earth. Thank you very much.”
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The Mueller Report Looks Like a Dud. Here’s What That Means for Democrats.
Trump is still a weak president. Shifting the focus of oversight away from collusion and toward corruption will make him a weaker one.

Thank you, Ivanka

Truth is generally the best vindication against slander. — Abraham Lincoln

Yes, Trump is deeply concerned about the dignity of the office

Those close to Trump say he has remained fixated on one thing in recent days — that he & his allies were harassed by investigators and this shouldn’t happen to another president. These people believe he could potentially push for an investigation into the Russia investigation now

This doesn’t seem like an unreasonable decision, based on what we know at the moment

NEW: Mueller deliberated at length with DOJ officials about issuing a subpoena for President Donald Trump to be interviewed, but ultimately the decision was made not to move forward with such a significant investigative step: @evanperez @PamelaBrownCNN @LauraAJarrett

What are you trying to say, Sean?

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Democrats, Republicans, and a Satisfied President Respond to the Mueller Report
For Democrats, it’s about pushing through disappointment. For Trump, it’s “a shame that your president had to go through this.”

A reasonable request

New joint statement from Pelosi/Schumer says Barr is not a neutral observer and is not in position to make “objective determinations” about the report. They want full report.

A lot of Democrats sound like they’re spinning right now

Chris Coons calls Mueller conclusion a “striking result.” Asked by @wolfblitzer if he’s willing to say Trump camp did NOT collude, Coons says: “I want to see the full report … at the very least, the Trump campaign at the highest levels” had inappropriate contact with Russians

He’s previously been so calm about this

Steve Bannon, Trump’s former chief strategist, wrote in an email to Post this weekend that the president will “weaponize Mueller report to bludgeon Democrats. Expect him to come ‘off the chain.’”
Gabriel Debenedetti, National Correspondent, New York

The investigation was always a sideshow for the candidates running to replace Trump

I mean, obviously Dem candidates aren’t thrilled right now! But the number of them who were banking on some sort of sweeping Mueller smackdown of the sort imagined on some corners on this website is approximately zero.
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Justice Department: ‘No Harm, No Foul’ on Trump’s Obstruction of Justice
Mueller punted to Barr and Rosenstein, who seem to be arguing that if Trump didn’t collude, he would have been crazy to obstruct.
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the national interest
If Trump Obstructed Justice, He Can’t Be Exonerated
Trump’s criminal collusion and his obstruction are linked – but in the opposite of the way William Barr says.

McConnell speaks

NEW: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “Russia’s ongoing efforts to interfere with our democracy are dangerous and disturbing, and I welcome the Special Counsel’s contributions to our efforts to understand better Russia’s activities in this regard.”

Actually, the current Democratic message has very little to do with Russia

It’s fair to assume there is a significant degree on panic setting in this afternoon at the DNC, Democratic primary campaigns across the country

How does this affect the possible pardoning of Roger Stone and Paul Manafort?

Seems almost a foregone conclusion that these pardons happen now, given how emboldened Trump is likely to feel

And we’re back to 2016 again

Trump calls for investigation into the Mueller investigation, baselessly calling it illegal: “It began illegally. And hopefully somebody’s going to look at the other side. This was an illegal takedown that failed. And hopefully somebody’s going to be looking at the other side.”

The pity card makes its entrance

Trump: “There was no obstruction. None whatsoever. It was a complete and total exoneration. It was a shame that our country had to go through this. Frankly it’s a shame that your president had to go through this…”

Get ready for the unofficial Trump 2020 branding

No Collusion, No Obstruction, Complete and Total EXONERATION. KEEP AMERICA GREAT!

Despite the exact quote: “While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.”

.@RudyGiuliani live on CNN via phone now – “We think it’s a complete exoneration of the President.”

Momentum for the “I” word must be fading

I had expected Dems to face considerable pressure to impeach, egged on by (diverted) 2020 candidates. Even before the report, that pressure had dampened & been well managed by Pelosi. This seems likely to remove further pressure, while allowing broader investigations to continue

Probably not in the textbook definition of obstruction of justice

Jay Sekulow, Trump’s attorney, tells @wolfblitzer: “You don’t have obstruction when there is no underlying crime.”

Trump to comment soon – surely in a poised and respectful manner

White House official says POTUS is expected to address reporters before boarding AF1.

Some Democrats aren’t thrilled about Barr’s quick turnaround

Special Counsel Mueller worked for 22 months to determine the extent to which President Trump obstructed justice. Attorney General Barr took 2 days to tell the American people that while the President is not exonerated, there will be no action by DOJ.

Someone’s happy they weren’t indicted

After more than 2 years of non-stop conspiracy theories from CNN, MSNBC, Buzzfeed and the rest of the mainstream media, as well as daily lies and smears coming from Democrats in Washington, the Mueller Report proves what those of us with sane minds have known all along, there was ZERO collusion with Russia. Sadly, instead of apologizing for needlessly destabilizing the country in a transparent attempt to delegitimize the 2016 election, it’s clear that the Collusion Truthers in the media and the Democrat Party are only going to double down on their sick and twisted conspiracy theories moving forward.

Donald Trump Jr.

Sarah Huckabee Sanders sees a clean slate

“The Special Counsel did not find any collusion and did not find any obstruction … Barr and … Rosenstein further determined there was no obstruction. The findings of the Department of Justice are a total and complete exoneration of the President of the United States” -Sanders

Sure, but we want to hear “all” of them

Barr writes “most” of the actions investigated as potential obstruction of justice by President Trump have been publicly reported.

A former Acting Solicitor General – the lawyer responsible for arguing cases before the Supreme Court – weighs in

The Barr Letter says Mueller did not make a determination of whether Trump obstructed justice. It sets out both sides. But Barr concludes— on his determination — that there was no obstruction. How did he do that without trying to interview Trump? Full report now needs to come out

Early sign from a Trump ally that the president’s team will probably be sore winners about this

While the rest of Trump world is celebrating the “no new indictments” from Mueller, Nunes shreds the report preemptively:

“The Mueller report. We can just burn it up. It is a partisan document.”

Trump will not be charged with obstruction of justice either, a decision Mueller effectively punted to the DOJ

The Special Counsel’s decision to describe the facts of his obstruction investigation without reaching any legal conclusions leaves it to the Attorney General to determine whether the conduct described in the report constitues a crime.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and I [AG William Barr] have concluded that the evidence developed during the Special Counsel’s investigation is not suffienct to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense.

The Special Counsel’s Report
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Read the Mueller Report Summary
The Justice Department has released a summary of Robert Mueller’s conclusions. It’s not the full report, but it’s all we’ve got for now.

It’s Congress’ turn

Here is a link to the letter we received from Attorney General Barr. Seems like the Department of Justice is putting matters squarely in Congress’ court.

An unsatisfactory conclusion

“The Special Counsel states that ‘while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.’”

A pretty short summary for a nearly two-year investigation

Barr letter is 4 pages

Congress is coming out of the dark

DOJ has just sent us a very brief letter about the Mueller report, which we will share shortly.

A bold attack

In campaign kickoff speech, Gillibrand calls Trump a “coward.” “He puts his name in bold on every building. He does all of this because he wants you to believe he is strong. He is not. Our President is a coward.”

Fox News viewers stand apart — and to the right — of other conservatives

Even among Republican voters, Fox News viewers exhibit preferences further to the right than those of other groups. Fox News viewers are to the right not just on policy, but on social and cultural attitudes as well. This apparently remains the case even controlling for other factors that may differentiate Fox News-viewing Republicans from those who don’t.

Fox News is the number one news source for Republican voters. In our sample, we found that 62 percent of Republicans reported getting their news from Fox News (as did 36 percent of Independents and 10 percent of Democrats). More Republican voters get their news from Fox than from local TV news (51 percent), newspaper websites or apps (35 percent), the radio (35 percent), from what they see on Facebook (39 percent) or on Twitter (11 percent). There is a growing body of evidence suggesting Fox plays an important role in the promulgation of radical conservative ideology. Those who get their news from Fox are considerably right to the rest of the American electorate, including to their co-partisans.

Two Parkland shooting survivors have now taken their own lives in less than two weeks

A second Parkland shooting survivor has killed himself, Coral Springs police confirmed on Sunday. Investigators told the Miami Herald that a current Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student died in “an apparent suicide” on Saturday night. …

Though police could not confirm the age of the student, Coral Springs police spokesman Tyler Reik said the student was a juvenile. Sources say the student was a male sophomore. His name has not been released.

The death comes just about a week after a recent Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School graduate, Sydney Aiello, took her own life[.]

Inslee gets to debate

Jay Inslee has also qualified for the debates based on this morning’s Fox News poll. That makes 12 qualified candidates: Biden, Sanders, Harris, O’Rourke, Booker, Klobuchar, Castro, Gillibrand, Buttigieg, Inslee (polls), Yang (fundraising).

How much will — or can — the Mueller report affect the polarized electorate?

Do you think Trump has tried to interfere in the Russia investigation, Fox News poll asked registered voters.

52% yes, 36% no.

Rate chance Mueller probe changes your opinion of Trump?

Not at all 41%.
Strong chance 7%, some chance 14%, small chance 29%.
Don’t know 8%.

The waiting game continues

The White House has not received or been briefed on the Mueller report as of this morning, I’m told. President Trump and his aides are still in wait-and-see mode like the rest of Washington. POTUS has told people he’s uncertain about what Bill Barr will do next.

More than a million people marched against Brexit yesterday in London — one of the largest public demonstrations in the country’s history (watch this drone video to get a sense of the scale)

Photo: Led By Donkeys/Twitter
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The Last Mueller Report Speculation You’ll Ever Have to Read
An ongoing collection of the latest speculation about the new report that no one has seen but everyone still has an opinion about.

When the lobbyists become the lawmakers

Big Oil has been reveling in all of the access and influence it has now has because Trump is president, per a recording obtained by @reveal on which executives can be heard bragging about how they can affect change in both @Interior and @EPA regulations.

Understanding what Mueller’s report is — and isn’t

What a criminal investigation can do, and what it may have done here, is to provide a text that offers a factual record which might be redeployed for purposes of answering non-criminal questions in addition to the criminal ones for which that record was created. This is the importance of the so-called Mueller report[.] …

Mueller’s report is likely geared not toward telling a story or answering non-criminal questions but toward fulfilling the purpose of the regulation—that is, explaining his prosecutorial decisions. Unless Mueller understands his role especially grandly, the report is likely not designed to fill the oversight shoes of Congress or to assist the legislature’s role in the impeachment process. Yet unless the report is particularly spare in factual detail, that will not stop politicians and commentators from redeploying it for all of sorts of other purposes.  

This business of redeploying criminal investigative work product for purposes of history, for purposes of non-criminal accountability, for purposes of the public’s knowing the “truth” is dicey stuff.

Benjamin Wittes
@ Lawfare
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Mueller Report Expected Sunday, But How Much of It?
The attorney general is prepping a hand-crafted summary of Mueller’s conclusions, but House Democrats are getting ready to fight for the whole report.

Meh about Mueller on the campaign trail

At events across early primary states, voters asked about health care and school shootings and immigration. Questioners were far less likely to address the report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, which was delivered to Attorney General William P. Barr on Friday.

Democratic voters said they cared deeply about the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election but weren’t quite sure what to make of the latest twist, exactly. …

The lack of questions at campaign events about the report surprised some of the candidates, who had come prepared with lines about the latest development in the nearly two-year investigation.

Review of Mueller report well underway, “on pace” for Sunday release, but how much of it will come out is anybody’s guess

Attorney General William Barr scoured special counsel Robert Mueller’s confidential report on the Russia investigation with his advisers Saturday, deciding how much Congress and the American public will get to see about the two-year probe into President Donald Trump and Moscow’s efforts to elect him.

Barr was on pace to release his first summary of Mueller’s findings on Sunday, people familiar with the process said. …

Barr has said he wants to release as much as he can under the law. That decision will require him to weigh the Justice Department’s longstanding protocol of not releasing negative information about people who aren’t indicted against the extraordinary public interest in a criminal investigation into the president and his campaign. Democrats are already citing the department’s recent precedent of norm-breaking disclosures, including during the Hillary Clinton email investigation, to argue that they’re entitled to Mueller’s entire report and the underlying evidence he collected.

Patriots owner and billionaire Trump pal Robert Kraft, facing solicitation charges, releases an apology

#breaking Robert Kraft speaks out, says sorry in a statement: “I am truly sorry. I know I have hurt and disappointed my family, my close friends, my co-workers, our fans & many others who rightfully hold me to a higher standard.” adds that he has “extraordinary respect for women”

No Mueller time today

Lawmakers will be in the dark for at least one more day on special counsel Robert Mueller’s central findings about the contacts between associates of President Donald Trump and Russia during the 2016 campaign.

The Justice Department informed Congress on Saturday afternoon that Attorney General William Barr would not provide findings to lawmakers until at least Sunday, extending the rampant speculation about what might be in the report and fueling Democrats’ increasingly urgent pleas to release the full report.

Any minute now, or later, or not

When will the A.G. release Mueller’s “principal conclusions” ? “Could be today. Could be tomorrow. We’re anticipating it will be today,” @wolfblitzer said just now.
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world view
Trump Won’t Let U.S. Officials Come Between Him and Kim Jong-un
Trump countered, and confused, his own administration by calling off new North Korea sanctions. If only our actual allies were treated so well.
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what's past is prologue
How Jimmy Carter’s Election Previewed Trump’s
As Carter becomes the oldest ex-president, it’s useful to remember how strange and unusual his rise to the White House actually was.