“Total Exoneration”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation last week and found that there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election.

As anti-climactic as the findings may be, they certainly aren’t terribly surprising, and some argue that they even justify the president’s repeated cries that the whole affair was a “witch hunt.”

Others, however, point out that there never needed to be proof of collusion to justify an impeachment case considering the president and his administration have been found to be complicit in campaign finance crimes and the fact that the president is still the subject of multiple investigations.

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Roger Stone Arrested

Former Trump advisor Roger Stone was arrested early Friday morning and charged with obstruction, witness tampering, and lying to Congress.

He was released a few hours later on $250,000 bond. He apparently left the courthouse waving a double peace sign in the style of Richard Nixon.

Although he was arrested at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, the FBI also executed a warrant for his New York residence as well.

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Cohen’s Testimony Postponed

Legal counsel for former Trump attorney Michael Cohen have urged him to postpone his testimony in light of threats from the president.

Cohen was set to testify publicly before Congress on February 7, and it was recently made clear that the hearing could not cover any topics related to the ongoing investigation under Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The decision to postpone the testimony makes it quite possible that the public will never hear Cohen’s side of the story, as he is due to begin his three-year prison sentence on March 6.

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BuzzFeed v. Mueller

Last week, Robert Mueller’s office quashed a report by BuzzFeed claiming the president directed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. BuzzFeed, however, stands by the report.

The initial report claimed that Trump directed his then lawyer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress regarding the status of the negotiations for the Trump Tower in Moscow.

Within hours of its release, Mueller’s office publicly denounced the validity of the report, but BuzzFeed is standing by its reporting.

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Mueller Protection Blocked Again by GOP

Senate Republicans have blocked a resolution designed to shield Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigation into 2016 election interference for the third time.

The legislation was brought by Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ), Chris Coons (D-DE), and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and was rejected by voice vote yesterday.

The bill would have prevented Mueller from being fired by anyone other than a senior Justice Department official and would have allowed him to demand an expedited review of his dismissal.

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Michael Flynn’s Sentencing Postponed

A Washington, D.C. federal judge has postponed sentencing for former national security advisor Michael Flynn, but not without first expressing his disgust.

Flynn has admitted to lying about his meetings with Russia’s ambassador throughout the 2016 election campaign as well as admitting to working as an unregistered foreign agent on behalf of the Turkish government.

U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan agreed to postpone Flynn’s sentencing on the condition that Flynn continue to aid federal prosecutors with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation as well as others.

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Senate Blocks Bill to Shield Mueller

Senate Republicans blocked a bill today that would have shielded Special Counsel Robert Mueller from being fired by the president.

Outgoing Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) requested consent to bring the legislation to the Senate floor, but was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY).

Unsurprisingly, McConnell did not offer an explanation for his refusal to bring the bill to the floor for discussion, but the decision came only hours after he spoke with reporters and told them that he did not feel that Mueller was at risk of being fired.

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Jeff Sessions, Matthew Whitaker, and the Mueller Probe

In a reactionary post-midterm move, the president forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign and appointed Matthew Whitaker in his place.

Sessions and the president have butted heads for months, and the president actually received the green light to dismiss him months ago but apparently chose to hold off until after the midterm elections.

He announced Sessions’ “resignation” via Twitter yesterday morning and quickly followed up with an additional tweet naming Whitaker as his replacement.  Continue reading

Democrats Call for Delay in Kavanaugh Confirmation

Democratic party leaders are calling for a delay in the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court until the Mueller investigation is complete.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) has urged Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley to postpone Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing, which he had previously scheduled for next month.

Schumer is backed by a number of key senate Democrats including Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI), and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

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Trump Gets the Go to Fire Jeff Sessions

Republican Senators announced Thursday that they would be willing to allow the president to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

First, the president told Fox News that if he had known his attorney general would recuse himself from Robert Mueller’s investigation that he never would have hired him to begin with.

Then, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told reporters that soon “it will be time to have a new face and a fresh voice at the Department of Justice,” adding that Sessions clearly “doesn’t have the confidence of the president.”

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