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    Mueller was allowed to review years of Cohen emails from time he worked under Trump:

    Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigators were allowed to review years of Michael Cohen's emails and other online data from the time he worked under Donald Trump, according to federal warrants released Tuesday.

    The documents show that Cohen, Trump's former lawyer and fixer, was a target of Mueller almost immediately after the special counsel was appointed in May 2017 and how extensively Mueller tracked computer data of those close to then-candidate Trump in the early days of his presidency.
    In all, prosecutors and the FBI received permission to execute four search warrants for Cohen's two Gmail accounts and stored data in his Apple iCloud account in July, August and November 2017 -- long before Cohen's office was raided in April 2018 and he pleaded guilty in an illegal campaign contribution and tax prosecution led by Manhattan federal prosecutors.

    Mueller also received approval on two separate occasions to track the numbers of Cohen's incoming and outgoing calls.

    Cohen has become a centerpiece of the sprawling investigations into Trump from both federal prosecutors and the Democratic-controlled Congress -- prompting the President to relentlessly attack Cohen as a "rat" after he began cooperating with federal authorities last year.
    The warrants provide new information about Cohen's financial crimes, but details about Cohen's campaign finance violations -- the hush-money payments made to women to keep silent about alleged affairs with Trump -- are nearly entirely redacted in the unsealed documents.
    The search warrants released Tuesday say that the special counsel's office referred "certain aspects" of its investigation into Cohen to the New York-based US Attorney's Office.
    After pleading guilty in the Manhattan probe, Cohen also later pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in a case brought by Mueller's investigators. They have said he's been helpful to them, but have not revealed how so.
    Mueller's search warrant justifications related to Cohen that were provided to DC federal court are not yet public.
    The searches done by Mueller are described as part of the probable cause that led prosecutors to seek electronic phone and other data from Cohen in their illegal campaign contribution investigation, for which he was charged. Mueller also received warrant approvals on November 7, 2017, and January 4, 2018, to track the numbers of Cohen's incoming and outgoing phone calls and other phone call metadata. Mueller's team then handed over that data to the Manhattan federal prosecutors, and the Manhattan prosecutors also sought additional information filtered out of the Mueller searches.
    At the time, Mueller's team was investigating Cohen for a host of crimes, including some for which he's not been charged, such as money laundering and acting as an illegal agent of a foreign government.
    The documents released Tuesday, which number hundreds of pages, were released as a result of a ruling from federal Judge William Pauley partially granting a request from various media organizations, including CNN, to unseal documents related to the raid on Cohen's home, office and hotel room.
    Cohen was sentenced to three years in prison by Pauley in December for multiple crimes, including campaign finance violations stemming from payments Cohen made or helped orchestrate in 2016 that were designed to silence women who claimed affairs with then-candidate Trump. Cohen is scheduled to report to prison on May 6.
    Heavily redacted
    The materials related to the campaign finance contribution scheme are entirely redacted in the documents, and there does not appear to be extensive justification that prosecutors have made visible to the public that describes their reasoning for looking at Cohen's phone and email communications.
    Instead, in describing to a federal judge the probable cause they had to investigate Cohen's campaign-finance scheme, investigators write almost 20 pages of detail that are all redacted.
    The Manhattan US Attorney's Office and FBI "are investigating a criminal violation of the campaign finance laws by Michael Cohen, a lawyer who holds himself out as the personal attorney for President Donald J. Trump. As detailed, there is probable cause to believe that REDACTED," they wrote.
    Mueller's office was investigating Cohen for lying to banks, breaking foreign lobbying laws and money laundering, according to one of the search warrants.
    Mueller's search warrants sought Cohen's emails related to his business dealings under a shell company used to cut hush money deals with women accusing then-candidate Trump of extramarital affairs, which Trump has denied.
    Mueller's justification for those warrants were "several different courses of conduct by Cohen, including, among other things, false statements to financial institutions relating to the purpose of an account he opened in the name of Essential Consultants LLC and the nature of funds flowing into that account, and activities undertaken by Cohen on behalf of certain foreign persons or foreign entities without having registered as a foreign agent," an FBI investigator wrote to a judge, piggybacking on Mueller's pursuit.

    https://edition.cnn.com/2019/03/19/p...nts/index.html

    A lot more Trump dirt being dug up. When are the right wingers going to be living in reality. No wonder Trump is trying his best to coverup by blasting both Mueller and his former personal attorney Cohen!!


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    Also very unprecedented that the AG will release the Mueller report to the The Whitehouse, who will be reviewing it prior to releasing it to the Congress. Corruption at the highest level. No doubt that will be fully challenged. Watergate in the offing!!


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    Trump should be shitting bricks over the multiple redacted pages indicating likely charges coming for individual one for a range of acts uncovered.
    All exposed by the SDNY, not Mueller.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankfooter View Post
    Trump should be shitting bricks over the multiple redacted pages indicating likely charges coming for individual one for a range of acts uncovered.
    All exposed by the SDNY, not Mueller.
    Trump said that the Public "should also see the report". Was going to give him credit for that statement. But he added that "it is up to the AG" whether they should release it to the public.
    Off course when you know him adding stuff like what a "Fine Man" he is, then it is obvious where this is going. You have to take it with a pinch of salt as it is unprecedented for the Whitehouse to review it prior to the Congress. All in all, Trump is a crook!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by bver_hunter View Post
    Trump said that the Public "should also see the report". Was going to give him credit for that statement. But he added that "it is up to the AG" whether they should release it to the public.
    Off course when you know him adding stuff like what a "Fine Man" he is, then it is obvious where this is going. You have to take it with a pinch of salt as it is unprecedented for the Whitehouse to review it prior to the Congress. All in all, Trump is a crook!!
    He wants the public to see the Report just like he is going to release his taxes and just like he wants to testify before Mueller and so many other things of that sort. He is counting on Barr to protect him so he can say things like this with impunity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toguy5252 View Post
    He wants the public to see the Report just like he is going to release his taxes and just like he wants to testify before Mueller and so many other things of that sort. He is counting on Barr to protect him so he can say things like this with impunity.
    Absolutely, and that is why he pressured Sessions to leave as no doubt Rosenstein was going to keep on conducting this investigation in a professional manner. Barr should have recused himself from this investigation especially after his comments condemning Mueller with this investigation. No doubt Trump will reward him financially through his Russian cohorts. So expect pages and pages of redactions!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by bver_hunter View Post
    Absolutely, and that is why he pressured Sessions to leave as no doubt Rosenstein was going to keep on conducting this investigation in a professional manner. Barr should have recused himself from this investigation especially after his comments condemning Mueller with this investigation. No doubt Trump will reward him financially through his Russian cohorts. So expect pages and pages of redactions!!
    At least Rosenstein is staying on until the report comes out.
    Or, reports, I should say.

    The counterintelligence report on Russian meddling stands to be the more interesting, and that will be released to congress, not just to the DOJ.
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    Another Bombshell. Former Trump confidante Hope Hicks to cooperate with House Democratic probe into Trump:
    Hope Hicks, the former White House communications director and long-time confidante of President Donald Trump, plans to turn over documents to the House Judiciary Committee as part of its investigation into potential obstruction of justice.

    Rep. Jerry Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, sent Hicks a detailed letter earlier this month, asking for documents on a wide-range of topics, including over former national security adviser Michael Flynn's false statements to the FBI, the firing of then-FBI Director James Comey, Trump's involvement in a hush-money scheme to silence stories about his alleged affairs and the drafting of a misleading 2017 statement to the media about Donald Trump Jr.'s 2016 meeting in Trump Tower with Russians.
    The request included documents from "any personal or work diary, journal or other book containing notes, a record or a description of daily events" about Trump, the Trump campaign, the Trump Organization and the executive office of the President.
    Hicks and other current administration officials have agreed to provide documents to the committee, according to Nadler's spokesman Daniel Schwarz. Hicks' attorney declined to comment.
    The development comes amid a growing fight between House Democrats and the White House over a range of investigations -- after the White House has ignored a number of deadlines set by Democratic chairmen, who now wield subpoena power. The White House has not yet provided information to Nadler, a Democrat from New York, as part of his investigation -- despite a deadline this past Monday.
    While she has agreed to cooperate, it's unclear how much information Hicks will ultimately provide the committee.
    Last year, Hicks testified behind closed doors before the House Intelligence Committee, but she did not answer all of the questions from Democrats, who at the time were in the minority.
    One of the Trump campaign's earliest hires, Hicks in 2018 was willing to answer questions about the 2016 campaign and some questions about the Trump transition, but she would not address questions about her time in the White House. Democrats on the committee had urged their Republican colleagues to subpoena Hicks to answer their questions. Now in the majority, House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, has indicated he also is interested in getting additional information from Hicks, too.
    Nadler had set a Monday deadline for 81 individuals and entities to provide information to the panel as part of his investigation into possible abuses of power, corruption and obstruction of justice. Republicans contended that few -- only eight -- complied by Monday's deadline. But Democratic aides said far more witnesses had agreed to provide information in the coming days -- and Hicks is just one such example.
    Hicks isn't the only former White House official who is cooperating with the House Judiciary Committee. Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, for instance, has already provided the committee with several thousands of pages of documents.
    A spokesman for AMI, the parent company of the National Enquirer, said "American Media will comply with the request."
    Ike Kaveladze, a Russian American who attended the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr and the Russian lawyer, has also complied with the request, his lawyer told CNN. Kaveladze is a long -time employee of Russian billionaire Aras Agalarov, who hosted with Trump the 2013 Miss Universe pageant in Moscow. Agalarov asked his son Emin, a Russian pop singer, to set up the meeting with Trump Jr.
    Others, like former White House counsel Don McGahn, are referring their inquiries from the committee to the White House.
    The House Judiciary Committee is also moving toward its first interview tied to the letters it sent to kick off the investigation: Felix Sater, who promoted the Trump Tower Moscow project, is scheduled to testify behind closed doors before the House Judiciary Committee next Thursday, according to two sources with knowledge of the appearance. It's the day after Sater is slated to testify publicly before the House Intelligence Committee.

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/20/polit...ion/index.html


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    Supreme Court Rules ICE Can Detain Some Immigrants Indefinitely

    A divided Supreme Court ruled Tuesday against a group of immigrants in a case about the government’s power to detain them after they’ve committed crimes but finished their sentences.

    The issue in the case before the justices had to do with the detention of noncitizens who have committed a broad range of crimes that make them deportable. Immigration law tells the government it must arrest those people when they are released from custody and then hold them while an immigration court decides whether they should be deported.

    But those affected by the law aren’t always picked up immediately and are sometimes not detained until years later. In the case before the Supreme Court, a group of mostly green card holders argued that unless they’re picked up essentially within a day of being released, they should be entitled to a hearing where they can argue that they aren’t a danger to the community and are not likely to flee. If a judge were to agree, they would not have to remain in custody while their deportation case goes forward. That’s the same hearing rule that applies to other noncitizens the government is trying to deport.

    But the Supreme Court disagreed with the immigrants’ interpretation of federal law in a 5-4 ruling that divided the court along ideological lines. Looking at a statutory provision enacted by Congress in 1996, Justice Samuel Alito wrote that “neither the statute’s text nor its structure” supported the immigrants’ argument. The court’s conservative justices sided with the Trump administration. The administration argued, as the Obama administration did, that those affected by the law aren’t entitled to a hearing where they can argue for their release, regardless of whether they are arrested immediately after being released from custody or not.

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    Youth hockey goalie's mask features Donald Trump in brick wall theme

    Artist Doug Wager has airbrushed bricks and walls on ice hockey goalie masks for more than 25 years.

    But including the image of President Donald Trump – who declared a national emergency last month in his latest attempt to build a multibillion dollar barrier along the U.S.-Mexico border – on a mask building a wall was a new one for Wager.

    “They asked if I wanted to paint it and I said, ‘Sure. Why not?' ” Wager told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. “Personally, I would have picked something different. It’s a hot topic. It’d be a bit too far for me if it was my mask.”

    Trump is featured prominently with a trowel in one hand and a brick in the other on a mask that was delivered last month to a 14-year-old male who plays for the Palmyra (Pennsylvania) Black Knights. Wager, who is based in the Philadelphia area, described the parents of the youth goalie as Trump supporters who work for a family-owned business in central Pennsylvania.

    “It’s freedom of expression,” Wager said. “It’s not like they wanted a Mexican flag with a slash through it or anything like that. I think they wanted to be funny. Normally, there’s no reason why anyone would be upset over having the President of the United States on a mask. Unfortunately, this is the kind of thing that people take offense to and, in my opinion, it’s a willful act to be outraged.”

    There have been some strong reactions – mixed with praise for the design – on social media. A Twitter account dedicated to goalies and the gear they wear, @Tendy_Gear, posted pictures of the Trump mask Monday. That tweet has since been deleted, but others have circulated with comments about the pictures on the helmet.

    The father of the youth player declined to talk to USA TODAY Sports on the record. Messages left with the Palmyra Black Knights were not immediately returned Wednesday.

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    Trump already amassing huge war chest for 2020 – challengers beware

    While President Trump is facing murmurs of a primary challenge – as well as a massive field of Democratic candidates jockeying to take him on – the incumbent president enters the 2020 melee with an undeniable advantage: a war chest that would be the envy of any modern president.

    Unlike most incumbents, Trump started his re-election bid on day one of his presidency. He filed papers with the Federal Election Commission within hours of being inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017. Many saw it as a comical – albeit in character – step for the audacious Trump. Yet, by doing so he was able to raise huge sums of money four years before the election.

    According to recent FEC data, the Trump campaign has raised over $67 million from 2017 to 2018, with nearly $20 million on hand. Combined with the hauls from two major joint fundraising groups – Trump Victory and the Trump Make America Great Again Committee – the president has raised over $130 million as of the end of 2018, with over $35 million on hand.

    By contrast, former President Barack Obama had raised only $4 million in the first two years of his presidency and didn’t file for re-election until April 2011. Former President George W. Bush had raised $3 million by the end of his second year in office and filed for re-election in May 2003.

    "Our fundraising numbers continually break records, outpacing past presidential campaigns,” said Michael Glassner, chief operating officer for the campaign. “Our state-of-the-art campaign operation puts us in the best possible position heading into the 2020 reelection campaign."

    Despite the fundraising totals, the president still faces serious election challenges. His approval rating has remained stagnant in the mid-40s, with the latest Fox News poll showing him at 46 percent. The 2018 midterms had historically high participation and enthusiasm on the Democratic side, which helped the party flip the House.

    These vulnerabilities have led some Republicans to think there’s room for a primary challenge. Gov. Larry Hogan of Maryland has done several interviews insinuating that he’s interested in a run.

    “I would say I’m being approached from a lot of different people,” Hogan told CBS News last month. “And I guess the best way to put it is I haven’t thrown them out of my office.”

    Former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, meanwhile, has already formed an exploratory committee, and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush said that Republicans deserve “a choice” in 2020.

    But Trump’s cash would stand as a sizeable deterrent to any Republican hoping to start a primary bid from scratch – while going up against not only his war chest but the GOP establishment.

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    Elijah Cummings: White House officials using personal accounts to do official work:

    House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings said Thursday his committee has obtained new information that several senior White House officials have used personal email and messaging accounts to conduct government business, asserting that President Donald Trump's son-in-law communicated with foreign leaders through a private messaging application that appears to lack adequate safeguards.

    In a Thursday letter to the White House, the Maryland Democrat alleged that Jared Kushner, who is also a senior White House adviser, had been using WhatsApp, a popular messaging application, to "communicate with foreign leaders" -- something he said that Kushner's attorney had confirmed in a private meeting. He also contended that Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, also a senior adviser, may be in violation of the Presidential Records Act by her use of private emails.
    The allegations from Democrats that some of Trump's closest confidants -- as well as former officials Steve Bannon and K.T. McFarland -- used personal email come as Trump continues to attack Hillary Clinton for using a private email system when serving as secretary of state.
    In the letter, Cummings revealed that his panel learned the new information in a private meeting in December with Abbe Lowell, an attorney for both Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Lowell referred inquiries to the White House and National Security Council about whether Kushner communicated classified information through WhatsApp, something that Cummings said would constitute a "major security breach."
    "For example during a meeting with Mr. Kushner's attorney, Abbe Lowell, Mr. Lowell confirmed that Mr. Kushner has been using the messaging application WhatsApp as part of his official White House duties to communicate with foreign leaders. Mr. Lowell could not answer whether Mr. Kushner's communications included classified information," Cummings wrote.
    According to Cummings, when pressed how Kushner was backing up his communications in order to assure that he wasn't violating the Presidential Records Act, Lowell responded that Kushner took "screenshots" and forwarded them to his official White House email account or to the National Security Council. According to Cummings, when Lowell was asked if Kushner ever communicated classified information on WhatsApp, Lowell responded, "That's above my paygrade."
    The Oversight Committee began looking into the use of personal email at the White House in March 2017, when Republicans still controlled the committee. The committee launched a bipartisan investigation into the use of "personal email and messaging accounts" by "non-career officials at the White House," but Cummings says in the letter that even after he followed up in December 2018 requesting documents on the cusp of becoming chairman, "the White House failed to produce any additional documents" and "failed to provide the promised briefing during this timeframe."
    "As you know, the White House has not produced a single piece of paper to the Committee in the 116th Congress -- in this or any other investigation," Cummings wrote.
    Lowell responded Thursday to Cummings' letter, which he said is "not completely accurate about what was said." Lowell said that he "never" said at their December meeting that Kushner's communications on WhatsApp were with foreign "leaders" or "officials."
    "I did not specify who they were," Lowell said. "For example, he has numerous friends and contacts abroad." He acknowledged referring questions about Kushner's contacts through WhatsApp to the White House, and argued that Kushner "follows the protocols," including over classified information.
    Lowell also denies that he revealed that Ivanka Trump continues to receive official emails to her private account that she does not forward to her government account, in potential violation of the Presidential Records Act.
    Lowell says he told Cummings their discussion was in regard to a period before September 2017. Now, he said, she "always" forwards emails to her official account.
    A White House official confirmed to CNN that the White House has received the letter and is reviewing it. Bannon could not be reached for comment. An attorney for McFarland declined to comment.
    In the same letter, Cummings also said Lowell told the Oversight Committee that Ivanka Trump "continues to receive emails relating to official business on her personal email account and that she does not forward emails received through her personal account unless she responds (to) the email, even if the subject matter of the email relates to her official duties."
    Cummings argues in his letter it could be a violation of the Presidential Records Act, which prohibits White House staff from using private email to conduct government business unless the individual forwards the message to the official account within 20 days. He also said that the Oversight Committee learned that McFarland "conducted official business on her personal AOL.com account" when she was deputy national security adviser and that they had "also obtained a document that appears to show that Bannon, former White House Chief Strategist, received documents" related to transferring US nuclear technology to Saudi Arabia.
    Cummings says that he expects to hear back from the White House or will be forced to pursue other avenues to obtain the information he has requested.
    "The White House's failure to provide documents and information is obstructing the Committee's investigation into allegations of violations of federal records laws by White House officials. The Committee requests that you confirm by March 28, 2019, whether you intend to comply voluntarily with its request or whether the committee should consider alternative means to obtain the information it needs to conduct its investigation," Cummings wrote.

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/21/polit...unt/index.html

    Using WhatsApp for Government business is unprecedented!!


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    White House rejects Dem requests for info on Putin communications:

    The White House is rejecting a request from congressional Democrats to obtain documents tied to President Donald Trump's communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    In a letter to three Democratic committee chairmen, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said that the courts have long established that presidential communications with foreign leaders are protected and confidential.
    "The President must be free to engage in discussions with foreign leaders without fear that those communications will be disclosed and used as fodder for partisan political purposes," Cipollone wrote in the letter, obtained by CNN. "And foreign leaders must be assured of this as well."
    Three Democrats -- House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel and House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings -- sent a letter to the White House earlier this month asking for information on communications between Trump and Putin.
    The Democrats say they're investigating whether the President his associates attempted to conceal or misrepresent the nature of Trump's contacts with Putin. Schiff, Engel and Cummings are still mulling whether to subpoena the translators of Trump's meetings with Putin, following reports that Trump kept his aides in the dark about the meetings and took his interpreter's notes following his 2017 meeting with Putin in Germany.
    Thursday's letter is the latest instance in which the White House has rejected documents requests from House Democrats who are investigating the Trump administration on a whole host of issues.
    Cummings wrote in an op-ed this week that his committee had not received any documents yet from the White House on any topic his committee is probing, while the White House missed a Monday deadline set by the House Judiciary Committee to respond to a document request for their investigation.
    "The White House is engaged in an unprecedented level of stonewalling, delay and obstruction," Cummings wrote.
    In his letter, Cipollone argued that the courts have long respected the executive branch's right to conduct foreign policy without interference from the legislative branch.
    "Presidents from all political parties have determined that the law does not require the Executive Branch to provide Congress with documents relating to confidential diplomatic communications between the President and foreign leaders," he wrote. "No foreign leader would engage in private conversations with the President, or the President's senior advisors, if such conversations were subject to public disclosure (or disclosure to committees of Congress)."
    In a sign of growing tension between the White House and House Democrats, Cipollone also chided the committees for being "unwilling to make reasonable efforts" to accommodate the executive branch's interests.
    "It appears that the practice of the Committees has been to request information that the Committees have no legal entitlement to receive and then to unfairly criticize the White House for simply adhering to consistent bipartisan past practice in its response," he wrote.

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/21/polit...cts/index.html

    The Whitehouse are very Hush Hush about the full Trump / Putin Communications. Well The Mueller Report maybe released very soon, so no wonder the Whitehouse are on pins and needles!!!!


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    White House rejects Dem requests for info on Putin communications:

    The White House is rejecting a request from congressional Democrats to obtain documents tied to President Donald Trump's communications with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

    In a letter to three Democratic committee chairmen, White House counsel Pat Cipollone said that the courts have long established that presidential communications with foreign leaders are protected and confidential.
    "The President must be free to engage in discussions with foreign leaders without fear that those communications will be disclosed and used as fodder for partisan political purposes," Cipollone wrote in the letter, obtained by CNN. "And foreign leaders must be assured of this as well."
    Three Democrats -- House Intelligence Chairman Adam Schiff, House Foreign Affairs Chairman Eliot Engel and House Oversight Chairman Elijah Cummings -- sent a letter to the White House earlier this month asking for information on communications between Trump and Putin.
    The Democrats say they're investigating whether the President his associates attempted to conceal or misrepresent the nature of Trump's contacts with Putin. Schiff, Engel and Cummings are still mulling whether to subpoena the translators of Trump's meetings with Putin, following reports that Trump kept his aides in the dark about the meetings and took his interpreter's notes following his 2017 meeting with Putin in Germany.
    Thursday's letter is the latest instance in which the White House has rejected documents requests from House Democrats who are investigating the Trump administration on a whole host of issues.
    Cummings wrote in an op-ed this week that his committee had not received any documents yet from the White House on any topic his committee is probing, while the White House missed a Monday deadline set by the House Judiciary Committee to respond to a document request for their investigation.
    "The White House is engaged in an unprecedented level of stonewalling, delay and obstruction," Cummings wrote.
    In his letter, Cipollone argued that the courts have long respected the executive branch's right to conduct foreign policy without interference from the legislative branch.
    "Presidents from all political parties have determined that the law does not require the Executive Branch to provide Congress with documents relating to confidential diplomatic communications between the President and foreign leaders," he wrote. "No foreign leader would engage in private conversations with the President, or the President's senior advisors, if such conversations were subject to public disclosure (or disclosure to committees of Congress)."
    In a sign of growing tension between the White House and House Democrats, Cipollone also chided the committees for being "unwilling to make reasonable efforts" to accommodate the executive branch's interests.
    "It appears that the practice of the Committees has been to request information that the Committees have no legal entitlement to receive and then to unfairly criticize the White House for simply adhering to consistent bipartisan past practice in its response," he wrote.

    https://www.cnn.com/2019/03/21/polit...cts/index.html

    The Whitehouse are very Hush Hush about the full Trump / Putin Communications. Well The Mueller Report maybe released very soon, so no wonder the Whitehouse are on pins and needles!!!!
    And of course Trump refuses.

    Mueller report should be out any day now, people say.....

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    In the 'no big surprise' category of news today:

    Counties that hosted a 2016 Trump rally saw a 226 percent increase in hate crimes
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/polit...=.164432f4fd2d

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    And countries that hosted the Clintons and Obama are, or were, or on the verge of war.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fathammer View Post
    and countries that hosted the clintons and obama are, or were, or on the verge of war.
    wtf?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bver_hunter View Post
    Well The Mueller Report maybe released very soon, so no wonder the Whitehouse are on pins and needles!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by Frankfooter View Post

    Mueller report should be out any day now, people say.....
    LMAO

    No more indictments expected in Mueller probe, ABC News reports

    By Stephanie Ramos
    Updated an hour ago
    WASHINGTON -- The White House, Congress, and the American public are all still waiting for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to complete his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.

    Mueller's team has not filed any new cases in two months, and sources tell ABC News no more indictments are expected as a result of the probe.

    When it's all said and done, it's expected the report won't condemn anyone not actually charged with committing crimes.

    But will Mueller's report be released to the public?

    "Let it come out, let people see it, that's up to the Attorney General," President Trump said.

    In a New York Times Op-Ed, former FBI Director James Comey criticized the President again but also said he wouldn't want him to be impeached.

    Comey wrote, "I don't mean that Congress shouldn't move ahead with the process of impeachment if Congress thinks the provable facts are there. I just hope it doesn't. Because if Mr. Trump were removed from office by Congress, a significant portion of this country would see this as a coup."

    So as we wait for Mueller to drop his final report, The White House still has to deal with other investigations being conducted by Congress, the Southern District of New York, and the New York State Attorney General.

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    This is how the Liberals will respond when Mueller report comes out and no collusion with Russia is found:

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    We know there was collusion between Trump and Russia, but Mueller just can't prove it MAAAANNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by The LoLRus View Post
    This is how the Liberals will respond when Mueller report comes out and no collusion with Russia is found:
    What, you think we'll act like trumtards do over Clinton?
    Don't project your ways on m.

    So much for democracy.
    GOP gerrymandering helped Republicans hold 16 House seats in 2018 midterms
    Democrats would have picked up 16 additional seats in 2018 if not for Republican gerrymandering, according to study
    https://www.salon.com/2019/03/21/gop...2018-midterms/

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