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Matthew G. Whitaker (born October 29, 1969, in Ankeny, Iowa) is an American lawyer and the acting United States Attorney General. He was appointed as such by President Donald Trump on November 7, 2018, after the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions, for whom he served as Chief of Staff.

POLITICUSUSA

Published  4 days ago

Rachel Maddow explained how the Southern District of New York could indict and prosecute Trump for felony obstruction of justice while he is president.

Maddow said:

What Mr. Whitaker did after this was unclear. There is no evidence he took any direct steps to intervene in the Manhattan investigation. He did tell associates that the justice department that prosecutors in New York required quote adult supervision.

So as I mentioned, we’ll have more tonight but this is potentially trouble for Matt Whitaker who is no longer acting attorney general but staying at the Justice Department now that the new attorney general William Barr has been sworn in. This is potentially trouble for Whitaker if his adult supervision comment means he did try to influence that prosecution in New York at the behest of the White House. It’s also trouble for Whitaker obviously if he did lie about those interactions under oath to Congress. It’s also potentially trouble for the President if he was going after a federal criminal case, right? If he was trying to hand pick a prosecutor to try to protect himself. That’s the kind of thing that theoretically could be prosecuted as a felony obstruction charge against a defendant even potentially against a defendant who is a president if the Southern District of New York was in fact inclined to try to pursue something like that.

Rachel Maddow suggests that the SDNY could prosecute Trump for felony obstruction of justice while he is president. https://t.co/IZZbYOCNvP pic.twitter.com/P5UB3zRiEH

— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) February 20, 2019

There Is No Law Saying That Trump Can’t Be Prosecuted

There is a Justice Department guideline saying that a sitting president can’t be indicted or prosecuted, but there it is unsettled law as to whether this is the case. If Trump was indicted and there was an attempt to prosecute him, the case would certainly end up before the Supreme Court, because since no has ever tried to prosecute a sitting president, no one knows if Trump could be indicted and prosecuted while in office.

If the SDNY wanted to try, and they are the prosecutors that have come the closest to indicting Trump, it would set up a round of legal challenges, and doom Trump’s reelection campaign. It is not a given that Trump would win in court. This scenario proves that Trump’s greatest personal legal jeopardy isn’t in the Mueller investigation, but the Southern District of New York.

For more discussion about this story join our Rachel Maddow and MSNBC group.

www.theepochtimes.com

Published  1 week ago

Major broadcast networks excluded from their evening news the results of the Senate Intelligence Committee investigation, which found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Yet, in the past two years, the evening newscasts dedicated over 2,200 minutes, nearly fifth of their Trump-related reporting, to the Russia investigation, according to the right-leaning nonprofit Media Research Center (MRC), which went through coverage on ABC’s “World News Tonight,” the CBS “Evening News,” and the NBC “Nightly News” between Jan. 21, 2017 and Feb. 10, 2019.

After interviewing more than 200 witnesses and reviewing 300,000 pages of documents, the Senate Intelligence Committee has found no evidence of collusion between the 2016 presidential campaign of Donald Trump and the Russian government, according to both Democratic and Republican sources on the committee.

But the networks not only shut the news out of the nighttime news, but, in case of the NBC and CBS, from their flagship morning shows as well.

“NBC’s failure to mention this on either Today or the Nightly News is especially egregious, since the story was broken by the network’s own Ken Dilanian on Feb. 12,” MRC stated in a Feb. 14 report.

“Over the past two years, broadcast evening news shows have spent more than 36 hours haranguing viewers about potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Given their keen interest in the subject, you might expect a bipartisan group of investigators finding ‘no material evidence’ of collusion to be newsworthy. But evidently, you’d be wrong.”

ABC’s “Good Morning America” dedicated less than one minute to the news on Feb. 13.

Extensive Investigation

The committee’s investigation started more than two years ago and appears to be close to a conclusion. Its chairman, Richard Burr (R-N.C.), told CBS in an interview published Feb. 7 that investigators have found no evidence to support the allegations of a conspiracy between the campaign and Russia. Anonymous Democratic sources on the committee did not dispute Burr’s statements, according to Dilanian’s report.

Senator Richard Burr, The Chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, just announced that after almost two years, more than two hundred interviews, and thousands of documents, they have found NO COLLUSION BETWEEN TRUMP AND RUSSIA! Is anybody really surprised by this?

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2019

The committee’s top Democrat, Sen. Mark Warner of Virginia, disputed Burr’s characterization of the evidence, but didn’t offer examples.

The president has denied the allegations. Instead, Trump suggests that his opponent, former State Secretary Hillary Clinton colluded with Russia. The president has pointed to the fact that the Clinton campaign paid for a dossier of the opposition research on him compiled by a former British spy using sources with ties to the Kremlin. The FBI used the dossier, without due verification, to spy on a former Trump-campaign associate Carter Page.

The findings by the Senate mirror those released last year by the House Intelligence Committee, which concluded that there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has been investigating the collusion allegations concurrently with the congressional investigations. Mueller issued multiple indictments, but none for colluding with Russia.

Both Mueller and the Senate Intelligence Committee are expected to conclude their investigations soon. Burr said there were “no new questions” left to answer. Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, who is overseeing Mueller’s probe, said the investigation is “close to being completed.”

Epoch Times staff members contributed to this report.

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Newsweek

Published  1 week ago

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker’s testimony before the House Judiciary Committee Friday, widely rebuked by Democrats, has also earned the scorn of a former leading FBI official. Whitaker, who was appointed to the role by President Donald Trump following the ousting of Jeff Sessions in November, repeatedly avoided questions from Democrats during Friday’s hearing. On several occasions, Sessions’s former chief of staff challenged the authority of the committee, which was holding its first hearing with a member of the Trump administration since Democrats took control of the House in the 2018 midterms.

Speaking on MSNBC shortly after the hearing, former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence Frank Figliuzzi said Whitaker’s performance compared negatively to some of the most dangerous criminals he had interviewed in his career.

“I’m not kidding when I say I have interviewed terrorists who are more cooperative and respectful than Matt Whitaker was today,” Figliuzzi began, provoking laughter from MSNBC host Nicole Wallace. “I gotta tell you, I say that with sadness, because the attorney general role is America's lawyer.

“We are his client and we are represented by the Congress members sitting in that room and he treated us with utter disdain, sarcasm, barely trying to get through this seriously,” Figliuzzi continued. “This is basically thumbing your nose at oversight by the people. And the way he conducted himself today is an indication that he is not America’s attorney. He is essentially seeing himself as Trump’s attorney.”

Whitaker faced most scrutiny during the hearing over why he was chosen by Trump to head the Justice Department, rather than the normal line of succession rules being followed. Numerous questions centered on Whitaker’s media appearances before joining the Justice Department in which he railed against special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

At times, Whitaker appeared to be adopting deliberate stalling tactics to avoid answering Democrats’ questions. Near the beginning of the hearing, the 49-year-old informed Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler that his five-minutes questioning time had expired, prompting gasps from the chamber.

Whitaker, frequently smirking, later made a similar comment to another Democrat on the committee, Sheila Jackson Lee, prompting a fierce admonishment.

“Mr. attorney general, we’re not joking here. And your humor is not acceptable,” Jackson Lee said. “Now, you are here because we have a constitutional duty to ask questions, and the Congress has a right to establish government rules. The rules are that you are here, and I need to ask the question and I need to have my time restored so that you can behave appropriately.”

Still, in the mind of the president, whose nominee William Barr is set to soon replace Whitaker, there was only one side that was in the wrong during the hearing.

“The Democrats in Congress yesterday were vicious and totally showed their cards for everyone to see,” Trump tweeted Saturday morning. “When the Republicans had the Majority they never acted with such hatred and scorn! The Dems are trying to win an election in 2020 that they know they cannot legitimately win!”

Crooks and Liars

Published  1 week ago

Acting White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney on Sunday suggested that Donald Trump could not work with Democrats on legislation if they "punch him in the face" with investigations.

During an interview on Fox News Sunday, host Chris Wallace noted that Mulvaney laughed when he viewed a video clip of acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker being disrespectful to House Oversight Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY).

"Go ahead," Wallace encouraged. "People will see you laughing at that."

"Does the president recognize that Congress has an oversight role in addition to its legislative role?" the Fox News host asked.

Mulvaney agreed that "Congress had a right to do oversight," and he insisted that Trump is "not trying to discourage them from doing it."

"What he's saying is, 'Look, you have a choice, we can either work together on legislation or we can spend all our time doing these investigations but you can't do both,'" the acting Chief of Staff said.

"Wait," Wallace interrupted. "You can do both. And presidents have done both plenty of times."

"Right, but it's not reasonable to expect the president to work with you on Monday on a big infrastructure bill and then on Tuesday have you punch him in the face over 15 different investigations," Mulvaney replied.

I Love My Freedom

Published  1 week ago

On Friday, America was treated to a preview of things to come when House Democrats turned a hearing with acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker into a grotesque spectacle of the sort of nasty politics and

I Love My Freedom

Published  2 weeks ago

Remember the ridiculous FBI raid on Roger Stone a couple weeks ago that CNN just happened to ‘conveniently’ be at? Well according to recently released security footage, it appears that CNN was present at Roger Stone’s home 40 minutes before the FBI even showed up.

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Check out what Roger Stone himself had to say about the incident on Instagram:

Odd – this still from security video shows CNN arrived 40 minutes before the raid on my home and set up their camera 10 minutes before the FBI arrived. Their claim that they staked out my home every Thursday is disapproved by previous security camera recordings. If I was considered dangerous enough to require a take down by 29 FBI agents brandishing assault weapons why wasn’t CNN told to leave when the FBI closed the street ?

But it gets even worse. According to the same video surveillance video, it appears that authorities were giving directions to the CNN reporters who were at the scene. Check out the video surveillance below:

https://media.infowars.com/videos/df7bab5a-2b09-4cdf-83eb-ada6dc02a1b1.mp4

Even Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker weighed in on the matter during his testimony saying, “It was deeply concerning to me as to how CNN found out about that [raid].” After he made this statement, a CNN correspondent had something to say:

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker suggested during his testimony earlier today before the House Judiciary Committee that CNN may have been tipped off to the FBI’s raid, prompting CNN justice correspondent Evan Perez to accuse Whitaker of “trying to give oxygen to a conspiracy”.

Trying to give oxygen to a conspiracy? The facts speak for themselves. CNN was present at Roger Stone’s house way before the FBI even showed up. To make matters worse, video surveillance footage even shows authorities giving CNN directions on where to film. You can draw your own conclusions but the evidence certainly seems to show that CNN was tipped off by the FBI. Isn’t it interesting how the same people who are investigating Trump for ‘collusion’ seem to be colluding with CNN? Unbelievable!

Raw Story

Published  2 weeks ago

Taking to Twitter on Friday night, Rhode Island Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D) hinted that there will be an investigation into a donor who gifted the Judicial  Network with $18 million to steal the Supreme Court seat belonging to Merrick Garland. As part of his observations on the Matt Whitaker hearing where he was confronted about a mysterious $1.2 million donation that funded his salary, Whitehouse said Democrats shouldn’t stop there. ‘Whitaker did political hit work for […]

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker suggested during his Friday testimony before the House Judiciary Committee that CNN may have been tipped off to the FBI’s raid on Roger Stone’s home in Florida. CNN’s camera crew allegedly arrived at Stone’s residence a whole hour before the raid and CNN’s Sara Murray provided Stone’s attorney with a […]

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

President Donald Trump took a few swipes at Democrats and former President Barack Obama in a Saturday morning tweetstorm.

President Trump bragged about his record economy and slammed former President Obama for his failed results.

President Trump: We have a great economy DESPITE the Obama Administration and all of its job killing Regulations and Roadblocks. If that thinking prevailed in the 2016 Election, the U.S. would be in a Depression right now! We were heading down, and don’t let the Democrats sound bites fool you!

We have a great economy DESPITE the Obama Administration and all of its job killing Regulations and Roadblocks. If that thinking prevailed in the 2016 Election, the U.S. would be in a Depression right now! We were heading down, and don’t let the Democrats sound bites fool you!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2019

Barack Obama had the worst economic recovery in US history; Obama is the only president in history to never see a single year of 3.0% GDP growth yet he later took credit for Trump’s historic accomplishments.

In September 2018 Kevin Hassett, the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under the Trump administration, addressed the White House press briefing. Kevin went through ISM Purchasing Managers’ index, durable goods, employment and other statistics to explain the difference between Trump’s booming economy and Barack Obama’s massive failures.

President Trump then accused Democrats of vicious and hateful attacks in yesterday’s Congressional hearing with Attorney General Matt Whitaker.

Trump accused Democrats of “trying to win an election in 2020 that they know they cannot legitimately win!”

The Democrats in Congress yesterday were vicious and totally showed their cards for everyone to see. When the Republicans had the Majority they never acted with such hatred and scorn! The Dems are trying to win an election in 2020 that they know they cannot legitimately win!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 9, 2019

I Love My Freedom

Published  2 weeks ago

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker silenced House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., on Friday during a heated exchange that led to several people in the room laughing and gasping. During his appearance before the House

Blunt Force Truth

Published  2 weeks ago

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker appeared before the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee for a hearing Friday morning.

Whitaker trolled Chairman Jerry Nadler right away when he warned the Democrat that his “five minutes is up.”

The trolling continued and Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas became frustrated with Whitaker.

Sheila Jackson Lee parroted Democrat talking points as she began to question Whitaker — Lee brought up the fact that Whitaker was never confirmed by the Senate then stupidly asked if he had ever appeared in front of an oversight committee — she demanded he only answer “yes” or “no.” […]

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infowars

Published  2 weeks ago

Video surveillance footage of the FBI raid on Roger Stone’s house appears to show authorities giving directions to awaiting CNN reporters before the arrest, prompting fresh speculation as to whether the news network was tipped off in advance.

Despite the road leading to Stone’s home being closed off at both ends, a CNN camera crew and reporters were allowed inside the bubble to catch events live as they unfolded. According to Stone, his neighbors who were out walking their dogs were told to go inside, but CNN was allowed to stay.

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During an interview following the raid, CNN producer David Shortell admitted that he was “waiting” outside Roger Stone’s house at 5am, an hour before FBI agents and police arrived to arrest the former Donald Trump associate.

Shortell claimed that his “reporter’s instinct” was to thank and that he “thought maybe something was happening” because of “unusual Grand Jury activity in Washington DC yesterday”.

CNN producer @davidgshortell describes the moment Roger Stone was taken into custody by the FBI. The longtime Donald Trump associate has been indicted by a grand jury on charges brought by special counsel Robert Mueller https://t.co/wUJEIkKDTw pic.twitter.com/AJ3JWWSHs3

— CNN (@CNN) January 25, 2019

However, despite vigorous denials by CNN, questions continued to swirl.

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker suggested during his testimony earlier today before the House Judiciary Committee that CNN may have been tipped off to the FBI’s raid, prompting CNN justice correspondent Evan Perez to accuse Whitaker of “trying to give oxygen to a conspiracy”.

As we reported earlier, the surveillance footage itself was not released by Stone and was likely leaked by someone inside the House or Senate intelligence committee.

Roger Stone will be on the Alex Jones Show today to discuss latest developments.

More exclusive photos from the raid can be seen below. Video footage will be added to this article later.

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The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 weeks ago

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker appeared before the Democrat-led House Judiciary Committee for a hearing Friday morning. Whitaker trolled Chairman Jerry Nadler right away when he warned the Democrat that his “five minutes is up.” The trolling continued and Democrat Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas became frustrated with Whitaker. Sheila Jackson Lee parroted Democrat […]

New York Post

Published  2 weeks ago

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker made a surprise appearance at the trial of drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman on Monday, as jurors began their deliberations.

Whitaker joined US Attorney Richard Donoghue in Brooklyn federal court, where he shook hands with prosecutors in the case.

His appearance came just after jurors in the case retired to begin discussing the charges against Guzman at the end of the months-long trial.

The Daily Beast

Published  2 weeks ago

Newly sworn-in Speaker Nancy Pelosi may have found a way to tame the savage beast that is Donald Trump. The mother of five knows not to negotiate with an unreasonable child.

“I am in the White House waiting for the Democrats to come on over and make a deal on Border Security,” Trump tweeted like the reality show host he was not long ago. Pelosi, on vacation with family in Hawaii, hung out a Do Not Disturb sign while the president was forced by the optics of the shutdown he named after himself to forego as much as a "working" round of golf with his sometime bro Sen. Lindsey Graham. They were reduced to lunch.

Two weeks is a long time to stew. The ball had hardly fallen in Times Square before Trump summoned the newly sworn in Speaker and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer to the White House for a “briefing” which differs from a meeting in that the format is a lecture not a dialogue. Having lost the last encounter with cameras rolling, Trump presided over this one in the electronics-free situation room so we may never know who said what to whom. In the driveway right after, Pelosi, speaking first, said the House would pass a bill that the Senate previously approved that would reopen the government and allow for a 30-day cooling-off period to negotiate border security. For its part, the White House reiterated its position that Pelosi’s offer is a “non-starter.”

Whatever. As Pelosi warned in the Oval Office weeks ago, she has the votes to pass her bill, and intends to do so. The upper chamber’s Republican leadership quickly did Trump’s bidding and announced they won’t take up the House bill. But individual members—Republican Senators Cory Gardner and Susan Collins have already broken with Trump—know enough to want the shutdown over. It’s a new day there after Trump’s acolytes dropped like flies in the midterms. Trump may not have absorbed the shellacking he took but Sen. Mitch McConnell has. That sound you hear is a back channel being dug between his office and Pelosi’s.

For the moment, there are more cracks in the Republican wall, figuratively and literally, than in Pelosi’s. The White House is busy defining Trump’s wall down: it’s slatted, it’s virtual, it’s drones, it’s already provided by Mother Nature’s impassable terrain. Mick Mulvaney, his acting chief of staff, budget director and pastry chef should the current one suddenly resign, once called shutdowns “childish.” Sen. Lamar Alexander, who usually sides with Trump, said "government shutdowns should be as off-limits to budget negotiations as chemical weapons are to warfare.” Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Graham have floated modified proposals. Smart people want it to end.

Even Trump, who has no exit strategy, is starting to crack under the strain. Sometimes he says the wall’s unbuilt and other times mostly built; it’s made of concrete but border guards will be able to see through it. He’ll build it round or flat, steel or rebar, just give him the money.

Although Trump said Pelosi had to do what he wanted to be elected speaker, he never had any such leverage. True, Pelosi has new members walking on the left shoulder of the road to satisfy, there’s a desire to make Trump pay for his egregious behavior, and there are large gaps in Trump and Pelosi’s respective views of the world, witness the wall. It’s also hard to cut deals with someone who lies as he breathes. She still feels the sting from their famous negotiations over Chinese food when he promised protection for Dreamers in a “bill of love” in exchange for money for his wall. He reneged before they had time to get hungry again.

Yet, Pelosi believes deeply that it’s better to work with Republican presidents, as she’s done before, than against them. She respects the office, if not the man, and you are unlikely to hear any more careless cracks about Trump’s manhood. She’s more protective of the office than he is, suggesting that he ask the press to leave their Oval Office meeting before he took credit, on camera, for any shutdown.

Trump hasn’t taken after Pelosi the way he pummels everyone else, calling her Nancy, not Cryin’ Chuck Schumer or low IQ whomever. Amazingly he didn’t start a war after she corrected his false claim at their first White House meeting that he’d won the popular vote. Even after he heard she’d questioned his manliness just before the holidays, he said that the two of them could “work together to avert a shutdown.”

The strain on Trump was obvious in a wild stream of consciousness performance before his sit-down in the sit room. He dispelled any doubt that he had a lot of pent-up frustration as he described how isolated he felt rattling around over Christmas in such a big house looking out the window only to see guards with machine guns who wouldn’t wave back at him. He proceeded to settle scores: he couldn’t believe that new Senator Mitt Romney, whom he endorsed, had criticized him in a Washington Post op-ed. He took shots at the late Sen. John McCain and Gen. Jim Mattis, who did a lousy job. He loves “his” other generals and would make a great one himself. He clarified that the worst December for the stock market since the Great Depression is a “glitch.” Syria, lost long ago by Obama, is but “sand and death,” he repeatedly said. If he wanted, he could win election in Europe where they love him. How bad can a wall be if the Vatican has one? And $5 billion is a pittance.

Pelosi actually knows the art of the deal, and knows more than Trump from shutdowns past that eventually everyone gets blamed for the dysfunction in Washington no matter who started it. With the holiday over, people are noticing the parts of government they like not working. Yosemite had to shut down due to “human waste issues”. The panda cam’s gone dark. The union representing workers deemed essential, like air traffic controllers who are showing up to land 747s safely but not being paid for it, has filed suit against the government. Fifteen agencies are closed. No one’s complaining, but calls to the IRS aren’t being answered.

As Trump looks down from the Truman Balcony at overflowing trash cans on the Mall where the Smithsonian will soon close down, how long can he insist he will keep the government closed “as long as it takes” to get his wall?

Perhaps as long as it takes to ensure his manhood. At the briefing when asked why he wouldn’t just reopen government, he said because it would make him “look foolish.” Pelosi has 30 years of experience getting people to do the right thing without making them eat crow, longer if you count her years with five toddlers. At about the same time Trump paused in his rant about his wonderfulness to listen to acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker read from a printed document about his wonderfulness, filmmaker and daughter-of Alexandra Pelosi said on CNN that her mother can “cut your head off and you won’t even know you’re bleeding.”

The president never made the long expected pivot from representing his base to representing his country. Pelosi is in the twilight of her career. It’s heartstopping to look around the chamber and see all those women who wouldn’t have had a bathroom near the floor, a decent committee assignment, or to be heard when Pelosi first walked those marble hallways.

At 78, she comes not to bury Trump but to elevate the country. There’s hardly been an odder couple but, just maybe, Pelosi’s outstretched hand can save the president from himself. She’s the best chance he has not to look foolish.

dailycaller

Published  3 weeks ago

We covered everything from Roger Stone to Roger Goodell

dailycaller

Published  3 weeks ago

President Donald Trump said he will leave decisions on how to handle the Mueller report to the Justice Department, he tells The Daily Caller in an exclusive Oval Office interview.

Asked explicitly whether he would sign off, the president said, “They’ll have to make their decision within the Justice Department. They will make the decision as to what they do.”

Trump also said he had not spoken to Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker about the impending end of the Mueller investigation, declaring flatly, “I never spoke to him about that…I would say that after almost two years, it certainly should be.”

Trump noted that he let the probe continue, despite having the right to end it if he chose, saying, “I could have taken a much different stance, I could have gotten involved in this…I could have terminated everything, I could have ended everything. I’ve chosen to stay out of it…but I had the right to…I had the right to end everything…many people thought that’s what I should do.”

The Daily Caller: Speaking of that, sir, Matt Whitaker came out I think a couple of days ago. He said that the Mueller probe seems to be wrapping up, generally. Has he communicated that to you?

Trump: No. No, I haven’t spoken to him about that. I would say that I think after almost two years it certainly should be. Process crimes or process, you know, questions. The answer is different than what you thought it might be and some people say they lost their memory or a lack of memory, which a lot of people can understand that too.

No, I never spoke to him about that.

The Daily Caller: So Whitaker or whoever is heading as the attorney general at the time will get to make a decision about releasing the report that Mueller sends him —

Trump: I don’t know what —

The Daily Caller: Is that the kind of thing you’ll sign off on if and when it comes to that decision?

Trump: They’ll have to make their decision within the Justice Department. They will make the decision as to what they do. I could’ve taken a much different stance, I could’ve gotten involved in this, I could’ve terminated everything. I could’ve ended everything. I’ve chosen to stay out of it. But I had the right to, as you know, I had the right if I wanted to to end everything. I could’ve just said, ‘that’s enough.’ Many people thought that’s what I should do.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 month ago

Conservative radio host, TV host and author Mark Levin joined Sean Hannity on Friday night to discuss the garbage Buzzfeed report on the non-existent Moscow Trump Tower. The Buzzfeed report was nuked on Friday night by the Mueller special counsel after the story ran all day in the liberal mainstream news. A spokesperson for the […]

TheHill

Published  1 month ago

The department may revise the rules for obtaining journalists' records in part because of a massive increase in criminal leak investigations.

Fox News

Published  1 month ago

As seen on Fox & Friends First

On "Fox & Friends First" Friday, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said Congress has "failed" in its oversight of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice.

Responding to a report that there are ongoing discussions to bring Rosenstein in for testimony with lawmakers this year, Fitton said he does not believe Rosenstein will ever go before Congress.

Lawmakers have sought to bring Rosenstein in over reports he suggested secretly recording President Trump and once broached the idea of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office last year. Rosenstein has denied the reports.

Rosenstein was overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation until Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.

"Congress failed in it's oversight of Rod Rosenstein, it's failed in its oversight of the Justice Department," Fitton said.

He said the DOJ has "failed to cooperate" with requests from Congress, and lawmakers have not pushed back appropriately.

"So he got away without testifying to date. And once Republicans lose control of the House, they're not going to be in a position to force DOJ's hand here. And Democrats aren't going to be interested in asking Rod Rosenstein why he was conspiring against the president of the United States in a way that would overthrow him," Fitton said.

"I suspect Rod Rosenstein won't be testifying to Congress any time soon about his 'jokes' about wiretapping the president and invoking the 25th Amendment."

Watch the "Fox & Friends First" segment above.

'Swampiest' Thing Ever: 'Outnumbered' on Proposed Legislation to Protect Mueller

POLITICO

Published  1 month ago

Trump Hotel, taxes, cabinet members are all targets.

actionnetwork

Published  1 month ago

We have reached this point already - articles of impeachment need to be drawn up against President Donald Trump. The details can be argued about within the House of Representatives, but there are a number of potential charges and criminal infractions from which members of Congress can choose. (See List)

TheHill

Published  1 month ago

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) reclaimed the Speaker’s gavel on Thursday — and with it, the enormous power to decide whether to impeach President Trump.

Fox News

Published  1 month ago

House Republicans are shuttering their long-running probes into the FBI and Justice Department’s actions during the 2016 campaign as they hand over the majority to Democrats on Thursday – but disclosed new findings on their way out that undercut the official narrative surrounding the bureau’s decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton and her team for mishandling classified information.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 month ago

Top Republican Chairmen Goodlatte and Gowdy released their key findings from a joint committee investigation into the DOJ’s probe of Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Reps Bob Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy, who are both retiring this year sent a letter addressed to McConnell, Whitaker and IG Horowitz on Friday stating crooked Mueller’s report “must be trusted by Americans.”

“Contrary to Democrat and media claims, there has been no effort to discredit the work of the Special Counsel. Quite the opposite, whatever product is produced by the Special Counsel must be trusted by Americans and that requires asking tough but fair questions about investigative techniques both employed and not employed,” the letter read.

Gowdy and Goodlatte say Americans must trust Mueller’s report, screenshot:

Robert Mueller’s report should not be trusted by Americans — the Special Counsel appointed to investigate ‘Trump-Russia collusion’ has been corrupted since its inception.

Fired FBI Director James Comey gave classified memos to a friend to leak to the New York Times in order to prompt a Special Counsel.

The team of angry Democrat lawyers working for Robert Mueller is a who’s who of Clinton-Obama donors — FBI agent Peter Strzok and his paramour FBI lawyer Lisa Page were fired from Mueller’s team after the Inspector General discovered thousands of anti-Trump text messages exchanged between the two lovebirds.

The Russia dossier, which formed an essential part of the initial FISA warrant and three FISA renewals against Carter Page was paid for by Hillary Clinton and to this day has not been verified.

Mueller’s witch hunt is all part of the slow motion coup to remove President Trump and Americans should never trust any report that comes from him. Mueller is a corrupt DC swamp dweller with years of botched investigations and overall abysmal history of questionable conduct.

Goodlatte and Gowdy also asked for a Special Counsel to investigate the mishandling of the Trump/Clinton investigations. Will Acting AG Matt Whitaker now listen?

In the last paragraph of the letter, the outgoing Reps state that they believe that a Special Counsel should be created to investigate the actions by the FBI and DOJ related to the Clinton and Trump investigations before and after the election.

The joint committee investigation of the DOJ’s probes of Clinton and Trump began in October of 2017 and Rosenstein stonewalled Republicans’ efforts the entire way. Now Goodlatte and Gowdy wait until the last minute to ask Whitaker to appoint a Special Counsel?

Democrat Congressman Jerry Nadler of New York is expected to take over as House Judiciary Chairman next week and has chimed in with other Dem leaders like Adam Schiff in his desire to ramp up investigations into President Trump — Gowdy and Goodlatte wasted their time because their investigation yielded ZERO indictments of the Deep State thanks to Sessions’ recusal.

Conservative Politics Today

Published  1 month ago

Trey Gowdy is leaving the Congress with his reputation as a fighter for truth intact. He just finished his investigation into Hillary and the abuses at the FBI and it spells doom for both.

Trey just recommended a new special prosecutor be appointed to look into the mess that James Comey and Hillary and the rest of the gang who couldn’t shoot straight made of the 2016 election.

From CNN: The Republican leaders of two House committees say their investigation into the FBI’s handling of Hillary Clinton’s email server and its probe of alleged coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia uncovered concerns about the “thoroughness and impartiality” of each investigation.

House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy sent a six-page letter Friday summarizing the findings of their joint probe into the FBI and Justice Department, writing that further investigation was needed — including appointing a second special counsel — to examine the “disparate way these two investigations were seemingly conducted.”

Notably, the Republican lawmakers also argued that their investigation was not an attempt to undercut special counsel Robert Mueller — a charge leveled by Democrats throughout the Republican-led investigation.

“Quite the opposite, whatever product is produced by the special counsel must be trusted by Americans and that requires asking tough but fair questions about investigative techniques both employed and not employed,” Goodlatte and Gowdy wrote.

The letter, which was addressed to acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, marks the conclusion of the yearlong Republican investigation.

“It is not the discovery of bias that is so destructive to fairness, it is the existence of it,” the lawmakers wrote.

“How an agent with this level of bias could have been centrally involved at each stage of three major investigations needs to be fully understood so it can be fully avoided and mitigated.”

Republican chairmen Bob Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy sent a letter today announcing the end of their probe into the FBI, but also urging further investigation. More on what they say they uncovered here https://t.co/sHXicKuidz

— Jeremy Herb (@jeremyherb) December 28, 2018

Read the full letter here.

Breitbart

Published  1 month ago

President Trump tweeted 2,843 times in 2018, engaging in a messaging war with his critics, the "haters," and the "fake news" on social media.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  1 month ago

Republicans in the House of Representative once again asked for a Special Counsel to investigate the mishandling of the Trump/Clinton investigations. Will Acting AG Matt Whitaker now listen?

On Friday, December 28, 2018, representatives from the House sent a letter to the Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker and others to investigate the actions taken by the DOJ/FBI related to the Clinton and Trump investigations.

The short version of this letter is that it's everything we already knew about the mishandling of the Trump/Clinton investigations and yet another request for a Special Counsel to investigate it. Also complaining about being stonewalled by the DOJ/FBI. Same old nothing, no action https://t.co/vpEvPURS1S

— Shem Horne (@Shem_Infinite) December 29, 2018

n the last paragraph to the letter, the outgoing Reps state that they believe that a Special Counsel should be created to investigate the actions by the FBI and DOJ related to the Clinton and Trump investigations before and after the election –

It’s long overdue for a report to be sent to the DOJ with such a request but then again, it was only going to be ignored by former AG Sessions. Let’s see what actions Whitaker takes.

Reason.com

Published  1 month ago

When current acting U.S. Attorney General Matt Whitaker joined the advisory board of a Florida patent firm in 2014, he was quoted in a company press release saying he "would only align myself with a first class organization."

Three years later, the company was shut down, but not before it bilked hundreds of customers, some of them elderly veterans, out of millions of dollars.

In response to a public records request to the Florida Attorney General's Office, Reason received 47 pages of consumer complaints regarding World Patent Marketing. The complains date from 2014, when Whitaker joined the firm's advisory board, to 2017, when the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) shut the firm down for deceptive business practices.

Read the consumer complaints here.

An FTC investigation concluded that the Miami patent firm scammed 1,504 customers out of more than $26 million in its three years of existence.

"After stringing consumers along for months or even years, the defendants did not deliver what they promised," the FTC wrote in a press release announcing its May court settlement in its case against WPM, "and many people ended up in debt or lost their life savings with nothing to show for it."

Whitaker received quarterly payments of $1,875 for his role on the board.

Whitaker, who was not named in the FTC complaint, told agency investigators that his role at the company was minimal. However, in at least two instances Whitaker sent emails to irate customer invoking his experience as a former U.S. Attorney to threaten them.

WPM used Whitaker's name to both burnish its credentials and scare the many customers who said the company took their money and never delivered on its promises. The complaints to the Florida Attorney General show dozens of victims, some of them elderly, who fell prey to the company's tactics.

"My husband and I sent this company a lot of money," a woman from Beardstown, Illinois, who paid WPM $14,000, wrote to the Florida attorney general. "We do not have a lot of money. My husband has been very very stressed about this situation since January 15, 2015. We understand it is now in receivership and we are unsure what that means. Can you help us? My husband is a disabled Vietnam veteran."

"I've given them $25,000 of a $35,000 aside from the initial fee of $1995 and haven't sent the balance because I asked for my money back about a dozen times for lack of services and all I get are empty promises," a man from Ormond Beach, Florida, wrote. "I look forward to hearing from you regarding this unamerican act against a 75 year old veteran."

"My husband, who is a retired veteran allowed me to use our savings for a product we still believe will benefit this country, including globally," a woman from Tacoma, Washington, wrote. "My fear of course, the have taken my money and never intended to file the patent. I have made numerous phone calls and they don't respond."

One customer forwarded a letter sent to him by WPM threatening legal action after he repeatedly contacted the company trying to get his money back.

"I am writing to you on behalf of World Patent Marketing ('WPM')," an email from the "fraud department" of WPM reads. "This is a cease and desist letter, directing you to stop your defamation and libel of the company on Facebook and/or other forms of media. Should you continue, we will have to seek legal action against you for claims that include breach of contract, extortion, defamation, and tortious interference."

It was a common tactic. The FTC claimed in court filings that WPM CEO Scott Cooper, in an apparent attempt to intimidate people, would brag about how his company's security team was made up of ex-Israeli special forces trained in Krav Maga. "The World Patent Marketing Security Team are the kind of guys who are trained to knockout first and ask questions later," he wrote in one email filed in court by the FTC.

The terms of the FTC settlement require Cooper to pay $975,000 in restitution to his victims, a fraction of what WPM ultimately took from people.

POLITICUSUSA

Published  2 months ago

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker will now receive briefings on the Mueller investigation, and he is expected to feed the information to Trump.

Paula Reid of CBS News tweeted:

MORE: Whitaker did not specifically ask ethics officials if he should recuse from Russia probe, but he/his team were advised on precedent & determined Whitaker should not be the first AG to recuse on a matter not related to a client or financial interest. DOJ letter to come.

— Paula Reid (@PaulaReidCBS) December 20, 2018

TAKEAWAY: DOJ ethics officials determined that *IF* AAG Whitaker asked them if he should recuse from Mueller probe, they would advise him that he should recuse himself "out of an abundance of caution." But he never asked. Decided he did not want to recuse because of "appearance."

— Paula Reid (@PaulaReidCBS) December 20, 2018

Matt Whitaker was chosen over more qualified candidates to be acting attorney general because while he worked under Jeff Sessions, he was Trump’s mole in the Department of Justice. Whitaker is widely expected to start feeding Trump information on Mueller’s activities as soon as he is briefed. Whitaker isn’t running the investigation, but he will have access to the information that Trump desperately wants.

The plan all along for Trump was to get a loyalist in the Department of Justice who would spy on the investigation for him, and end it if Trump asked him to do so.

Trump is trying to beat the rap by sabotaging Mueller.

It has never been more vital for Congress to pass legislation to protect Special Counsel Mueller.

Trump is putting his plan in motion, and it is up to Congress to protect the rule of law.

For more discussion about this story join our Rachel Maddow and MSNBC group.

NBC News

Published  2 months ago

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has concluded that Matt Whitaker, appointed by President Donald Trump as the acting attorney general, had no reason to recuse and is overseeing Robert Mueller's special counsel investigation, according to a person familiar with the decision on Thursday.

Formal notice of his role was expected to come in a letter to congressional Democrats who had said his critical comments about the Mueller investigation, made when he was a conservative commentator, require him to recuse — that is, to take himself out of any supervision of the case.

His predecessor, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, recused himself because he was an active campaigner for then-presidential candidate Trump.

In a letter to the Justice Department's top ethics officer in November, seven Democratic leaders said, "Mr. Whitaker's statements indicate a clear bias against the investigation that would cause a reasonable person to question his impartiality."

The letter was signed by the House and Senate Democratic leaders, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, along with the ranking Democrats on the Judiciary and Intelligence committees of the two chambers and by Elijah Cummings, ranking Democrat on the House government oversight committee.

Justice Department officials say Whitaker has been overseeing the Mueller investigation since shortly after he was appointed acting attorney general.

POLITICO

Published  2 months ago

"We must wait to see the entire picture and then engage the American people about how we go forward," the incoming House speaker told POLITICO.

Daily Wire

Published  2 months ago

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders unloaded on disgraced former FBI Director James Comey on Monday after he attacked the Trump administration and the Republican Party.

MSNBC.com

Published  2 months ago

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker met with Jared Kushner on Friday, December 7, and the Morning Joe panel discusses why the meeting should not have happened and why Whitaker should recuse himself from the investigation.

TheHill

Published  2 months ago

John Solomon says the failures of Comey’s remarkably turbulent and short tenure as FBI director were on display again Friday on Capitol Hill.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  2 months ago

Conservative journalist, Dr. Jerome Corsi was in plea negotiations with Robert Mueller after being questioned by the special counsel for over 40 hours about his ‘inside sources’ at WikiLeaks and alleged advance knowledge Julian Assange was going to release John Podesta’s emails. Since Mueller cannot bring charges on the Russian collusion hoax, he has targeted […]

Washington Examiner

Published  2 months ago

Senate Republicans on Wednesday blocked a second attempt to quickly pass legislation aimed at protecting special counsel Robert Mueller from being fired without cause by President Trump.

Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., Chris Coons, D-Del., and Cory Booker, D-N.J., pushed the Senate to accept their legislation by unanimous consent. They and other senators worry that Trump could be on the verge of firing Mueller while he's still in the process of investigating Trump's alleged ties to Russia.

It wasn't entirely clear what Republicans would do on Wednesday, as Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn, R-Texas, said on the Hugh Hewitt radio program Tuesday morning that McConnell might allow the resolution to come to the floor to appease Flake, who is withholding support for judicial nominations in a bid to get a vote on the Mueller bill.

But when Flake asked for unanimous consent to approve the bill, Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, blocked the move, just as Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did on Nov. 14. Lee said the legislation is a breach of the separation of powers, and is thus unconstitutional.

“Prosecutorial authority of the United States belongs in the Department of Justice, the Department of Justice answers to the President of the United States. It’s principal officers consistent of people appointed by the president serving at the pleasure of the president after being confirmed by the U.S. Senate,” explained Lee. He argued that Flake's bill would essentially create a new branch of government that isn't answerable to the president.

“We cannot convert an office like this one, an office like the previously existing office of independence counsel without creating a de facto fourth branch of government fundamentally undermining the principal of separation of powers that is so core to our liberty,” said Lee.

Without unanimous consent, the Senate needs to go through regular order, and McConnell has made it clear he won't call up the bill that way. McConnell indicated late Tuesday that Republicans would block the effort by saying there's no sign Trump is about to move against Mueller.

"The president is not going to fire Bob Mueller, nor do I think he should, nor do I think he should not be allowed to finish," McConnell told reporters on Tuesday. "We have a lot of things to do to finish up this year without taking votes on things that are completely irrelevant to outcomes."

The legislation to protect Mueller would codify current Justice Department rules that say a special counsel cannot be removed without good cause. Flake argued that the bill "serves one purpose: that is to protect the integrity of the special counsel's investigation, and to prevent the Executive Branch from inappropriately interfering in an independent investigation in the future."

About an hour after the vote, Flake made good on his vow to vote against all of Trump's judicial nominations, and forced Vice President Pence to break a 50-50 tie to advance one of Trump's picks.

Coons said on the Senate floor that Trump firing Mueller would spark a constitutional crisis that would threaten the presidency and the rule of law, and said the bill would stop that from happening. “We can work together to prevent a crisis," he said.

The GOP-led Senate Judiciary Committee approved a bill last spring that would make it harder for Trump to fire Mueller, in a bipartisan 14-7 vote.

Flake and others have pushed for it in the last few weeks, especially after the ouster of former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which some fear could be a sign Trump will next target Mueller.

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, a known ally of Trump, is now in charge of oversight of Mueller’s investigation.

Despite support from some GOP lawmakers, top Republicans like McConnell and Cornyn have said the bill is unconstitutional.

On Wednesday, Coons told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that McConnell is working to protect Trump by blocking the legislation.

“I think, frankly, at the end of the day, Leader McConnell has gotten reassurances from the president that he won't act against Mueller, but those assurances are undermined every single day when President Trump both tweets untrue criticisms of Robert Mueller and his investigation and does other things that are unexpected or unconventional or unjustified,” Coons said.

Coons said there are no plans in place now to tie the Mueller bill to must-pass legislation, such as a spending bill that needs to pass by next Friday to avoid shutting down swaths of the government.

Talking Points Memo

Published  2 months ago

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IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Inspectors found some violations at a large Iowa daycare center when it was owned by acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, including deficiencies in 2007 that prompted a downgrade in its license status, according to records released Monday.

Whitaker and his wife owned Little Endeavors in his hometown of Ankeny, Iowa, a center with a capacity for 204 children from newborn to school-age, from 2003 until 2015. He has said that owning the center and other businesses has given him valuable experience.

The Associated Press obtained 49 pages of complaints and inspection records covering Whitaker’s ownership under the Iowa open records law. They paint a mostly positive picture of Little Endeavors but also show persistent concerns about a shortage of toys and supplies in some rooms and occasionally serious safety incidents.

Whitaker’s ownership of the daycare is part of the unorthodox background he brings to the nation’s top law enforcement position and is one of many aspects of his past that has come under scrutiny since his appointment by President Donald Trump.

Trump named Whitaker, who had been Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff, to the top Justice Department job on Nov. 7 after asking Sessions to resign. Critics fear that Whitaker, a former federal prosecutor and Republican Party loyalist, was installed to protect Trump from special counsel Robert Mueller.

Whitaker and his wife employed a director and assistant director who ran the day-to-day operations, managing a staff that included full- and part-time teachers, records show.

During their tenure, some of the most significant problems involved a teacher who allegedly force fed some children to the point of vomiting in 2014, held a blanket over a frightened child’s head during nap time and mistreated others. The teacher was on leave when inspectors visited and never returned to work.

In two other serious cases, a child went missing during a field trip to a state lake until he was returned to staff by a woman; another was left sleeping unattended in a room for several minutes when the class left for a trip. Staff took responsibility for those lapses, records show.

The Iowa Department of Human Services put the daycare on a provisional license from December 2007 until July 2008 after it was cited for several licensing violations. Those included toys and other supplies that needed to be replenished or replaced, a staff shortage in one infant room, and staff who didn’t get required annual training, among other problems. After corrective action, its full license was restored in 2008.

But concerns about the shortage of toys and supplies persisted before and after then. Inspection reports from visits in 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012 noted shortages of play items in one or more of the rooms and noted that a lack of stimulation may have contributed to a biting problem among toddlers early during the Whitakers’ tenure.

“As I walked through each room in the center, it was obvious more toys and equipment are needed,” one inspector warned in 2004. “If you want to provide high quality care, more supplies need to be provided in the classroom.”

But similar problems continued to be noted. During one 2009 visit, an inspector noted that children in one room were “just wandering around the room as if they were looking for something to do.”

“When some puzzles and other play things were found and put out for these children, it was like Christmas morning,” the inspector wrote.

In 2010, an inspector criticized a Lego area that only had “a dozen or so pieces.” In 2012, an inspector found “five or six different puzzles in separate baggies,” with no pictures of what the puzzles should look like when completed.

After the Whitakers sold the center in 2015, the building was repainted and “old and broken toys” were replaced, a report shows. Morale among staff improved because they felt listened to by the new director and can “request supplies for their rooms and be able to get them now instead of having to use their own money,” it said.

A Justice Department spokeswoman had no immediate comment about the inspections of the daycare.

During his 2011 interview for Iowa Supreme Court vacancies, Whitaker said his ownership of the daycare, a law firm and other small businesses gave him “strong administrative experience.”

“That gives me a perspective on business and how the law affects business, and also how small business owners work and make money,” he said.

POLITICUSUSA

Published  2 months ago

Trump’s acting attorney general Matt Whitaker was found to his lied about his academic honors and credentials.

Matthew Whitaker, the acting U.S. Attorney General, has incorrectly claimed on his résumé and in government documents to have been named an Academic All-American while playing football at the University of Iowa, according to the documents and the organization that awards that honor.

Mr. Whitaker, who was a tight end on the Iowa team from 1990 to 1992, claimed to have been an Academic All-American in his biography on his former law firm’s website and on a résumé sent in 2014 to the chief executive of a now-closed patent-marketing firm, for which he sat on the advisory board. The résumé was included in documents released last month by the Federal Trade Commission.

Matt Whitaker would have been busted by the Senate if he would have been up for confirmation

Someone who lies on their resume should not be the top law enforcement officer in the country. Whitaker would have been easily caught by the Senate if he would have been offered up for confirmation instead of appointed as an acting attorney general by Trump. It is not surprising that Whitaker lied because only the lowest character individuals would ever work for this president.

Matt Whitaker is going to subpoenaed to testify in front of the House in a matter of weeks. Whitaker was clearly placed in a position that he is not qualified to hold to act as Trump’s mole and tell the president everything that he wants to know about the Mueller investigation.

If the House wasn’t going to investigate Whitaker before, they have a whole new reason to after it was discovered that he has been lying about his academic honors to get jobs and promotions.

The trouble only grows for Trump and his cabal of corruption.

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Rantt

Published  3 months ago

President Trump is embracing his worst authoritarian impulses and may have already committed what legal analysts see as impeachable offenses.

The Political Insider

Published  3 months ago

Millennial Politics

Published  3 months ago

Even Trump's closest advisors have spoken on the record about his swindling ways. Sr. political reporter Heidi Cuda chronicles the chiseling of Trump Inc.

Breitbart

Published  3 months ago

Politico accused President Donald Trump of “cyberbullying” Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) with an apparently deliberate typo on Sunday in which he referred to the incoming House Intelligence Committee chair as “little Adam Schitt.”

So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2018

In covering Trump’s tweet, Politico’s Quint Forgey called the president’s tweet “his crudest nickname yet for a political rival,” and suggested Trump was guilty of “cyberbullying”:

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether the president’s misspelling of Schiff’s name was intentional. The office of first lady Melania Trump, who has championed anti-cyberbullying efforts through her “Be Best” initiative, also did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The “f” key is near the “t” key on a typical QWERTY keyboard, but the president’s errant spelling of Schiff’s surname was almost certainly deliberate.

In his post-midterm election press conference, Trump stressed that he wanted to work with Democrats in the U.S. House, but would fight them if they insisted on crippling his administration through investigations. Trump warned Democrats against a “warlike posture.”

Schiff has insisted for two years that there is “more than circumstantial evidence” of “collusion” between Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government, though such evidence has yet to emerge. On Sunday, he objected to the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as Acting Attorney General in place of Jeff Sessions, who resigned earlier this month and had recused himself from the Russia investigation after taking office in 2017.

In response to Trump’s tweet, Schiff responded:

Wow, Mr. President, that’s a good one.

Was that like your answers to Mr. Mueller’s questions, or did you write this one yourself? https://t.co/Yd27sayt7C

— Adam Schiff (@RepAdamSchiff) November 18, 2018

Schiff’s own Twitter feed is full of anti-Trump tweets, including a claim that Trump is the “worst president in modern history.”

Joel B. Pollak is Senior Editor-at-Large at Breitbart News. He is a winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. He is also the co-author of How Trump Won: The Inside Story of a Revolution, which is available from Regnery. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpollak.

Mediaite

Published  3 months ago

President Donald Trump‘s latest Twitter attack? Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA). Or, as the commander in chief calls him, “little Adam Schitt.”

Trump mocked the congressman with the name in a Sunday tweet, writing it was “so funny” that Schiff was “talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!”

So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2018

In recent days, the congressman has denounced Trump’s appointment of Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, even calling it his “most direct challenge to the rule of law” in a Washington Post editorial last week.

Whitaker’s appointment has been the target of widespread controversy for the president’s failure to have him approved by the senate first.

Though Trump’s tweet decried Special Counsel Robert Mueller not having received Senate approval, that is not a necessary step of the appointment process for his position.

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dailycaller

Published  3 months ago

President Donald Trump took to Twitter on Sunday to give California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff a new nickname.

So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2018

“So funny to see little Adam Schitt (D-CA) talking about the fact that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker was not approved by the Senate, but not mentioning the fact that Bob Mueller (who is highly conflicted) was not approved by the Senate!” the Republican president tweeted.

Trump previously called Schiff “Liddle’ Adam Schiff, the leakin’ monster.”

The two have increasingly sparred over the past two years. Schiff, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, is poised to assume the chairmanship of the committee once the Democrats assume control of the lower chamber of Congress in January. (RELATED: Republican Tom MacArthur Criticizes Democrat Adam Schiff For Failing To Apologize To His Adopted Children)

The Sunday tweet came after Schiff appeared on ABC’s “This Week” and indicated that his party would likely challenge Trump’s appointment of acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker.

“So it’s a flawed appointment, but the biggest flaw from my point of view is that he was chosen for the purpose of interfering with the Mueller investigation,” the Democratic lawmaker said, arguing that Whitaker’s appointment was unconstitutional because it needed to be confirmed by the Senate confirmation.

Trump fired former Attorney General Jeff Sessions the day after Election Day and Sessions’ chief of staff, Whitaker, as his replacement. Democrats suspect that Trump will use Whitaker’s acting attorney general status to curtail Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into alleged Russian election meddling.

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POLITICO

Published  3 months ago

Senate Republicans hope replacing Matthew Whitaker will calm the firestorm over Trump’s attacks on the special counsel.

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

As seen on Fox & Friends First

On "Fox & Friends First" Friday, Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said Congress has "failed" in its oversight of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice.

Responding to a report that there are ongoing discussions to bring Rosenstein in for testimony with lawmakers this year, Fitton said he does not believe Rosenstein will ever go before Congress.

Lawmakers have sought to bring Rosenstein in over reports he suggested secretly recording President Trump and once broached the idea of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office last year. Rosenstein has denied the reports.

Rosenstein was overseeing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation until Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker.

"Congress failed in it's oversight of Rod Rosenstein, it's failed in its oversight of the Justice Department," Fitton said.

He said the DOJ has "failed to cooperate" with requests from Congress, and lawmakers have not pushed back appropriately.

"So he got away without testifying to date. And once Republicans lose control of the House, they're not going to be in a position to force DOJ's hand here. And Democrats aren't going to be interested in asking Rod Rosenstein why he was conspiring against the president of the United States in a way that would overthrow him," Fitton said.

"I suspect Rod Rosenstein won't be testifying to Congress any time soon about his 'jokes' about wiretapping the president and invoking the 25th Amendment."

Watch the "Fox & Friends First" segment above.

'Swampiest' Thing Ever: 'Outnumbered' on Proposed Legislation to Protect Mueller

POLITICO

Published  3 months ago

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) said Wednesday that budget negotiations are set to move forward so long as President Donald Trump doesn’t interfere with them.

“We believe that if President Trump stays out of the appropriations process we can have a good bipartisan agreement and the government can move smoothly forward,” Schumer said at a press conference shortly after being re-elected to lead the Senate Democrats. “Democrats and Republicans have agreed on 70 percent of the budget. As long as Trump doesn’t interfere we can move the government forward.”

He added that Senate Democrats also want to ensure that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker doesn’t interfere with special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion, a priority for Democrats in the House as well. The president tapped Whitaker to temporarily lead the Justice Department after he ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions last week.

The battle over funding the government is expected to raise several controversial issues, including funding for Trump’s border wall and language protecting special counsel Robert Mueller’s job.

Trump and his Republican allies want the spending bill to include a substantial funding increase for border security, with Senate Republicans asking for $5 billion. Democrats oppose the proposal without a deal on immigration.

Congress has until Dec. 7 to pass a spending bill and avoid a partial government shutdown. The Department of Homeland Security is among the agencies that will need a funding extension.

Daily Intelligencer

Published  3 months ago

“The inner workings of the Mueller investigation are a total mess,” tweeted President Trump this morning. But why would the president have access to the inner workings of the Mueller investigation, which is supposed to be firewalled away from his influence?

There’s a strong chance Trump is just making this up, of course. On the other hand, over the last week, the Mueller investigation has been supervised by acting attorney general Matt Whitaker, who would have access to the investigation’s inner workings. It might be the case that Trump actually has access to the inner workings of the Mueller investigation because he finally has somebody running the Justice Department who is pliant and unethical enough to give it to him.

There has been a persistent disbelief among many observers throughout the Trump presidency that the underlying reality is as bad as it appears on the surface. But the scumminess of the arrangement is increasingly naked. Here, lying about in plain sight, is Trump’s response yesterday to a question from the conservative Daily Caller, which asked, “Could you tell us where your thinking is currently on the attorney general position? I know you’re happy with Matthew Whitaker, do you have any names? Chris Christie?”

In response Trump embarked on a rant about the Mueller investigation:

I knew [Whitaker] only as he pertained, you know, as he was with Jeff Sessions. And, um, you know, look, as far as I’m concerned this is an investigation that should have never been brought. It should have never been had.

It’s something that should have never been brought. It’s an illegal investigation. And you know, it’s very interesting because when you talk about not Senate confirmed, well, Mueller’s not Senate confirmed.

Trump is all but confessing that he hired Whitaker to stop the “illegal” Mueller probe.

Whitaker may not have the opportunity to squelch the Mueller probe. He has to clear two legal hurdles: First, the constitutionality of his appointment is being challenged — it is not clear whether a president has the authority to install an acting attorney general without Senate confirmation. Second, Whitaker might be required to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, since he knew and worked closely with Sam Clovis, a member of the campaign and a subject the of the investigation.

But what is almost certainly not going to stop Whitaker is any inherent sense of professional ethics. Whitaker’s history includes a stint with World Patent Marketing, a scam firm that was shut down by the Federal Trade Commission, and is currently under FBI investigation. Its basic business model appears to have consisted of finding people with ideas for inventions, persuading them that World Patent Marketing could turn the idea into a commercial success, and bilking them for large payments, in return for which they would get nothing. Whitaker’s role at the firm involved using his legal and political connections to threaten the defrauded customers.

The Washington Post goes deeper into the scam. The story confirms that, despite the Department’s official claim that “acting attorney general Matt Whitaker has said he was not aware of any fraudulent activity,” he was made aware of complaints of fraud at the time. “FTC investigators found that Whitaker received complaints about the company in his role as an advisory board member,” reports the Post.

If your assumption that somehow this will work out rests on the belief that Whitaker will conform to the ethical norms of the legal profession, you need to think about the people he has worked with in the past. You also need to consider what his future might bring. Matthew Whitaker is nobody’s idea of a bright young legal mind. He might make a nice living hosting a show on Fox News about the the Democrats who should be locked up and the Republicans who are being unfairly investigated. His career incentive is to do Trump’s bidding.

Mail Online

Published  3 months ago

Missing from the mission statement of 'Checks and balances' is any mention of Conway's wife, who helmed Trump's White House campaign and is now one of his most trusted advisers.

The Gateway Pundit

Published  3 months ago

The Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel issued an opinion Wednesday supporting President Trump in appointing Matt Whitaker as Attorney General after Jeff Sessions was fired last week.

Sessions was fired last week after his absence of fulfilling the role as head of the US Justice Department.

It was long overdue.

Whitaker is more of a Trump loyalist.

Democrats fear that Whitaker will expose the Obama administration’s illegal spying on candidate and then President Trump.

The Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel issued an opinion Wednesday supporting President Trump’s appointment of Matt Whitaker as acting attorney general, despite criticism from Democrats who have questioned his qualifications to oversee the Russia investigation.

In its opinion, the Office of Legal Counsel said that the president’s appointment of Whitaker to replace former Attorney General Jeff Sessions was consistent with the Federal Vacancies Reform Act (VRA) of 1998.

“This Office previously had advised that the President could designate a senior Department of Justice Official, such as Mr. Whitaker as Acting Attorney General,” the OLC said, noting that Whitaker has been serving at the Justice Department “at a sufficiently senior pay level for over a year.”

But a senior Justice Department official said this week that when reviewing Whitaker’s appointment, the OLC had to research back to 1866 to find a similar instance where a non-Senate confirmed individual sat as acting attorney general. The Justice Department wasn’t created until 1870, though an attorney general existed prior to that.

The official told Fox News that the issue was “constitutionality” of the appointment.

“What we’re talking about here is constitutionality,” the official said. “VRA unquestionably gives the president the option to do it.”

BuzzFeed News

Published  3 months ago

WASHINGTON — Republican Sen. Jeff Flake says he will block all of President Trump’s judicial nominees until his bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller goes to a vote.

Flake’s move comes after Trump forced Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign and appointed Matt Whitaker, a Trump loyalist who has repeatedly criticized Mueller’s investigation, as acting attorney general. Trump had repeatedly railed against Sessions for recusing himself from overseeing the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Flake has long been a critic of Trump but has mostly declined to use his leverage in the razor-thin Senate to hold up Republican judges. That changed Wednesday when Flake sought unanimous consent to bring his bill to protect Mueller forward for debate. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell refused, blocking the bill.

Flake then declared he will vote to reject all judicial nominees. “This is not a moment for our national leadership to be weak or irresolute,” he said on the Senate floor.

Flake is the swing vote in the Senate Judiciary Committee and, with Democrats, can vote down judicial nominations. McConnell could still bring these nominations forward to the Senate floor against the will of the committee, but Flake said he doubts this would happen because it would alienate GOP senators.

“I’d be surprised, because there’s such a slim margin on the floor. Some members are sticklers for precedent and you don’t want to get in the habit of basically nullifying a committee’s actions,” said Flake.

McConnell has made confirming conservative judges to lifetime appointments one of his top priorities under the Trump administration. Dozens of nominations hang in the balance. If he were to bypass the Judicial Committee, Flake would need the help of just one more Republican senator to kill nominations. Flake said he is in talks with other Republicans to team up with him, but did not identify who.

The Senate Judiciary Committee passed the Mueller protection bill months ago, but Mitch McConnell repeatedly refused to bring it forward for a vote. He argued the bill is unnecessary because there is no sign that Trump will fire Mueller. Flake argues that is no longer true.

“The justification given in April for not bringing it to the floor for a vote was that nobody was being fired, nothing to see here, special counsel Mueller was not in any danger. That clearly is not the case now,” said Flake Wednesday.

The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, cosponsored by Democratic Sen. Chris Coons, would require that the special counsel could only be fired for good cause, and would allow for the courts to overturn the firing if good cause could not be proved.

Coons said he is certain the bill has the needed support of 60 senators to pass the Senate. But it has always faced very long odds of becoming law, given that it would require Trump signing on to a measure that limits his own powers.

Technically Trump cannot fire Mueller on his own. Under current Justice Department regulations, only the attorney general can fire Mueller.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the department’s number two official, had overseen the Mueller investigation since Sessions recused himself last year. Whitaker’s appointment as acting attorney general puts him in charge of the probe, but Democrats have called on him to recuse himself as well.

New York Post

Published  3 months ago

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker will consult with ethics officials about “matters that may warrant recusal” amid criticism of his oversight of the Mueller investigation.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Justice said Whitaker is fully committed to following appropriate procedures, including consulting with senior ethics officials about oversight responsibilities.

The statement did not single out any specific investigation — but came as Whitaker is under pressure to recuse himself from overseeing Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Whitaker had been intensely critical of the Mueller probe before his tenure in the DOJ as former Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ chief of staff.

In an Op-Ed written for CNN last year, Whitaker argued that Mueller’s investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia has “gone too far”

Democrats have pounced since Whitaker’s appointment last week. The Senate’s top Democrat, Sen. Charles Schumer, has called for Whitaker to recuse himself.

With Wires

Dan Bongino

Published  3 months ago

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Conservative Tribune

Published  3 months ago

Trey Gowdy is a pretty serious guy. The South Carolina congressman built a strong reputation as a no-nonsense prosecutor before bringing his skills to Washington, but even he couldn’t keep a straight face after hearing what Democrat Senator Chuck Schumer just declared.

During an appearance on Fox News, Gowdy was shown a clip of Schumer basically demanding that the new attorney general bow down to Robert Mueller, who is currently conducting the special counsel investigation into the unproven Trump-Russia collusion.

“Our paramount view is that any attorney general, whether (acting AG Matt Whitaker) or another one, should not be able to interfere with the Mueller investigation in any way,” Schumer declared at a recent press conference.

“They should not be able to end it, they should not be able to limit it, they should not be able to interfere with Mueller going forward,” he continued.

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As Fox cut away from the clip back to Gowdy’s reaction, the fiery lawmaker stifled a bemused smirk over Schumer’s limp demand.

“Every prosecutor has jurisdictional boundaries,” Gowdy responded, shooting down the Democrat’s claim that Mueller should have unlimited freedom with almost no oversight.

“I don’t know a single prosecutor that does not (have boundaries). And Mueller’s jurisdictional boundaries were set by (Deputy Attorney General) Rod Rosenstein,” he pointed out.

The South Carolina congressman went on to explain that it’s important for any prosecutor, whether local or national, to have limits and oversight — which is exactly what the attorney general provides.

“But there’s never been a prosecutor that’s had unfettered power to go investigate whatever the heck he or she wanted to do,” Gowdy stated.

“If you’re a state prosecutor, you can’t investigate federal crimes. If you’re in New York, you can’t investigate things in Idaho. So the notion that we’re going to create a special council that has no boss, no jurisdictional restrictions at all is just typical Chuck Schumer,” he shot back.

Gowdy, who currently sits on the House Judiciary Committee, also added his thoughts about the firing of Jeff Sessions from the attorney general post.

“It was gonna happen. I knew it was gonna happen after the election … I did not think it would happen before all the votes had been counted,” Gowdy quipped. “He’s been a proverbial dead man walking for several months now.”

Sessions turned in his resignation at the request of President Trump just a day after the November 6th midterm election. As Gowdy pointed out, his departure was long anticipated, especially after the president publicly criticized his job performance.

The reality which almost everyone now acknowledges is that Mueller’s probe has dragged on much longer — and unearthed surprisingly less — than even Trump’s critics expected.

If there is real evidence of misdeeds, then Mueller should lay it out for the American people. But this cannot go on forever, especially with no oversight. It’s time to wrap it up — and Sessions’ departure is likely the push that was needed to make this happen.

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I Love My Freedom

Published  3 months ago

Outgoing Senator Jeff Flake will continue to carry the torch for the Never Trump movement now that he has left office and may have his eye on big things to come which will further cement

The Atlantic

Published  3 months ago

But the congresswoman says she isn’t planning to go down that road—yet.

Daily Intelligencer

Published  3 months ago

Two days after he hired a transparent political hack to run the Justice Department, President Trump has failed to come up with a remotely plausible cover story. “I didn’t speak to Matt Whitaker about” the Russia investigation, Trump told reporters this morning, “I don’t know Matt Whitaker. Matt Whitaker has a great reputation and that’s what I wanted.”

None of those things are true. Whitaker does not have a “great reputation.” He lost a race to be the Iowa Republican Senate nominee in 2014, and spent the next few years working for a scam patent company that was shut down as a fraud while getting Trump’s attention by engaging in low-rent pro-Trump punditry that he leveraged into a chief of staff job.

Trump does know Whitaker, and has spoken about the Russia investigation with him. “As Sessions’s chief of staff, Whitaker met with the president in the Oval Office more than a dozen times, normally accompanying the attorney general, according to a senior administration official,” the Washington Post reported yesterday. “When Trump complained about the Mueller investigation, Whitaker often smiled knowingly and nodded in assent, the official said.” Last month, Trump told Fox News, “I know Matt Whitaker.”

At the same appearance this morning, CNN reporter Abby Phillip asked Trump if he wants Whitaker to rein in Robert Mueller. Given that Trump publicly demanded his last attorney general stop Mueller, and that Whitaker has publicly called for Mueller’s last supervisor to reign him in, this seems like a fair question. Trump responded by calling the question stupid and attacking Phillip:

Asked if he wants newly-appointed acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker "to reign in Robert Mueller," Pres. Trump replies, "What a stupid question that is. What a stupid question." https://t.co/qrdi4PMaR9 pic.twitter.com/z27XiqRLQe

— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) November 9, 2018

Definitely what an innocent president who isn’t obstructing justice would say in that situation.

*This post has been updated throughout.

grabien

Published  3 months ago

Upset over President Trump firing Attorney General Jeff Sessions, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow is organizing mass marches.

The protests are slated for today at 5 PM.

“It’s happening,” she wrote online. “This is a ‘break the glass in case of emergency’ plan to protect the Mueller investigation.”

“We knew this would happen at some point,” she added. “The day has arrived.”

Maddow posted the messages to her Twitter account, which has 9.54 million followers.

The marches are being sponsored by Indivisible.org, a liberal activist group made up of former congressional staffers.

The group is demanding Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker disclaim any authority over the Robert Mueller’s Russia probe:

Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation. By replacing Rod Rosenstein with just-named Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as special counsel Robert Mueller's boss on the investigation, Trump has undercut the independence of the investigation. Whitaker has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and cannot be allowed to remain in charge of it. The Nobody Is Above the Law network demands that Whitaker immediately commit not to assume supervision of the investigation. Our hundreds of response events are being launched to demonstrate the public demand for action to correct this injustice.

Maddow’s MSNBC colleague, Matt Miller, earlier Wednesday called for “taking the streets” in response to Sessions’ firing.

“This is a national emergency,” Miller said during an appearance on Deadline: White House. “I don’t think you can overstate the gravity of the situation. And it’s incumbent upon everyone in public life to respond to this like it’s an emergency. This isn’t like all of Trump’s other attempts to interfere with the investigation. He’s reached over and found the one person among dozens of political appointees at the Justice Department who has a preordained hostility, publicly stated hostility to the investigation. I think for people in Congress, they need to step up and object to this. I think people — the broad public, this is the time to maybe take to the streets and say this is not what you expect out of the government.”

Maddow shared a website where people can organize protests:

Maddow also retweeted a Boing Boing posted marketing the protests:

Maddow’s activism comes as Fox News’ Sean Hannity was recently criticized for appearing at a Trump rally.

UPDATE: Maddow has responded to Grabien News’ article. The MSNBC host says her tweeting about these marches is merely “reporting” on them, not encouraging participation:

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Talking Points Memo

Published  3 months ago

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Top Democrats sent letters to several Trump administration and Department of Justice officials on Wednesday, announcing their plans to probe Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ departure and requesting preservation of all relevant documents.

Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Adam Schiff (D-CA), Elijah Cummings (D-MD) and Sen. Diane Feinstein (D-CA) sent the letters to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats, W.H. Counsel Pat Cipollone, CIA Director Gina Haspel, U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, NSA Director Paul Nakasone, IRS Commissioner Charles Rettig, Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker and FBI Director Chris Wray.

The letter also requested that officials maintain documents relevant to special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing probe.

Sessions resigned at Trump’s request on Wednesday afternoon, putting an end to the “beleaguered” relationship that’s been publicly on the fritz for more than a year.

Fox News

Published  3 months ago

The Trump administration announced Thursday that migrants who attempt to cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally will not be eligible to claim asylum under a new rule meant to crack down on "meritless" claims.

The rule is the latest attempt by the White House to handle a surge in migration to the U.S. from the Central American countries of Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. President Trump is expected to formally enact the rule in a presidential proclamation Friday.

"Consistent with our immigration laws, the President has the broad authority to suspend or restrict the entry of aliens into the United States if he determines it to be in the national interest to do so," Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen said in a joint statement. " ... Our asylum system is overwhelmed with too many meritless asylum claims from aliens who place a tremendous burden on our resources, preventing us from being able to expeditiously grant asylum to those who truly deserve it. Today, we are using the authority granted to us by Congress to bar aliens who violate a Presidential suspension of entry or other restriction from asylum eligibility.”

The rule is likely to be challenged in court by pro-immigration groups.

A senior administration official said the White House hopes that by funneling asylum claimants to ports of entry, officials will be able to assess and adjudicate the claims more rapidly. The official did not say where asylum-seekers would be housed should they arrive at those ports of entry in large numbers. The official added that the rule was not retrospective and only covers future asylum claimants.

According to DHS, the department has seen a 2,000 percent increase since 2013 in migrants claiming that they have "credible fear" of persecution should they return to their home country. A senior administration official said Thursday that the vast majority of such claims are "non-meritorious."

Breitbart

Published  3 months ago

Former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) chief John Brennan told MSNBC that the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions Wednesday shows the United States may be facing a constitutional crisis “very soon.”

A partial transcript is as follows:

NICOLLE WALLACE: You, as former director of the CIA, had to have had a working relationship with the Justice Department. In every administration, that’s the case. How would the intelligence community work with somebody like Mr. Whitaker [Sessions’s temporary replacement], who has his thumb on the scale? We already know exactly how he feels about the Mueller probe. He has pre-judged it before it’s come to its conclusion. We already know how he feels about Donald Trump Jr.’s participation in the Trump tower meeting. He thinks it’s a nothing burger. That is something under investigation by Robert Mueller in both the obstruction of justice prong of that investigation, for the lies told afterward, and the conspiracy to coordinate with a foreign government, an American adversary, the other avenue.

How would career professionals in the law enforcement community and other U.S. Attorney’s offices — the Southern District of New York that also has big cases against the president, Michael Cohen has alleged that Donald Trump directed him to pay hush money to a porn star — how do career national security, intelligence, and law enforcement officials deal with somebody who is essentially a political stand-in for the president’s interests?

BRENNAN: I think the intelligence community professionals and those professionals within the Department of Justice and FBI have had quite a bit of experience having to deal with political loyalists who are appointed to senior positions. But in most instances — not all instances — in most instances, when those political loyalists get into positions of tremendous responsibility and authority, and they realize the gravity of these issues, they tend to take the right path because they should not be complicit in any type of action that is going to inhibit and thwart the rule of law. So Jeff Sessions, credit to him, for recusing himself. And so Matt Whitaker comes with a lot of baggage and it’s going to be quite evident whether or not he is going to fulfill his responsibilities now in that position.

WALLACE: Are you saying that Mr. Whitaker, with his public statements, public writings, and his comments on television should be recused from overseeing the Mueller probe, based on those statements?

BRENNAN: I would think that there is a very strong case that, given his public acknowledgment of his prejudiced view on this issue, that he should recuse himself. I think there are a lot of people out there raising their eyebrows now, rightly so, and wondering whether Matt Whitaker in this acting capacity, has the credentials, has the credibility needed to lead the Department of Justice at such a crucial and critical time in our history when we indeed may be facing a constitutional crisis very soon.

MoveOn Petitions

Published  3 months ago

Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation. By replacing Rod Rosenstein with just-named Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker as special counsel Robert Mueller's boss on the investigation, Trump has undercut the independence of the investigation. Whitaker has publicly outlined strategies to stifle the investigation and cannot be allowed to remain in charge of it. The Nobody Is Above the Law network demands that Whitaker immediately commit not to assume supervision of the investigation. Our hundreds of response events are being launched to demonstrate the public demand for action to correct this injustice. We will update this page as the situation develops.

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David Harris Jr

Published  3 months ago

Matt Whitaker could become the Democrats’ worst nightmare. Someone in charge of the DOJ, at least temporarily that has demonstrated in the past that he thinks that the Mueller witch hunt needs to end, and according to an earlier interview, that Hillary Clinton should be indicted. He is now in a position to do both. Previously, he had said that firing Mueller is not necessary. His idea is to just cut his budget to the point that he can’t continue. Mueller would then probably resign. There is another thing that the Democrats need to worry about. Whitaker can now release documents long sought after by congressional investigators.

Drain that swamp.

Whitaker spoke extensively about the Mueller investigation prior to joining the Justice Department in June 2017 noting that “Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing” with respect to investigating the president’s finances.

Whitaker has also tweeted about the Mueller investigation in the past, appearing to disparage the investigation.

Whitaker also suggested that one way the Mueller investigation could be reigned is to defund the Mueller investigation saying on CNN in 2017 that in the event Sessions is fired the “attorney general doesn’t fire Bob Mueller, but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigation grinds to almost a halt.”

Whitaker also wrote an op-ed in July 2016 that he would indict former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for her use of a private email server, saying:

A reasonable prosecutor may ask, if on numerous occasions, an unknown State Department employee had taken top secret information from a secured system, emailed that information on a Gmail account, and stored the information on a personal server for years, would that individual be prosecuted? I believe they would.

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Daily Intelligencer

Published  3 months ago

Before the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions as attorney general, it was possible, however optimistically, to dismiss Donald Trump’s authoritarianism as mere rhetoric and affect. It is not possible any longer. Sessions’s departure, and his replacement with Matt Whitaker, is Trump’s plan to corrupt the Department of Justice. It is the most dire threat to the republic since Trump’s election itself.

If you study literature of democratic backsliding, the frightening conclusion is that nobody has devised a system of laws comprehensive enough to guarantee the survival of a democratic government. Because there is always wiggle room in the execution and enforcement of the law, democracies rely on informal norms. One of those norms is the independence of federal law enforcement, without which, the ruling party could use the law as a weapon against its enemies while shielding itself.

Of course, presidents have the leeway to choose their own attorney general. It is mere tradition that dictates that the attorney general, once selected, operate at arm’s length from the president’s political interests. There is simply no doubt that Trump’s entire rationale for firing Sessions is his refusal to quash the Russia investigation, because he has not even bothered to conceal his motive. Trump has repeatedly lambasted Sessions for failing to “stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now.” Sessions is an original Trump loyalist, an unusually committed believer in and effective implementer of the president’s ethnonationalist agenda on immigration and crime. Sessions’s sole failure (in Trump’s eyes) was having to recuse himself from the Russia investigation, and refusing Trump’s demands to reverse the decision. Corruption is literally Trump’s only motive for turning against him.

What’s more, he has frequently expressed the overarching ethos with which the Department should operate. Trump told the New York Times that President Obama’s attorney general, Eric Holder, covered up what Trump claims to be multiple serious crimes by Obama and that this is the correct way for him to operate. “Holder protected the president,” he said. “And I have great respect for that, I’ll be honest, I have great respect for that.” At other times, reaching for a more familiar example, he wished the attorney general would be “my Roy Cohn,” referring to the architect of Joe McCarthy’s notorious smears, who went on to mentor Trump.

Trump has every reason to believe that he has found his Roy Cohn in Whitaker. The archconservative new acting attorney general has run for office and appears to see his future in Republican politics. As a candidate, he publicly declared that judges should be “people of faith” who had “a biblical view of justice.” In practical terms, he has interpreted the biblical view of justice the way most of his fellow Christian conservatives do: a combination of stern, Old Testament punishments meted out to Democrats combined with New Testament forgiveness toward any sin by a Republican.

Whitaker has publicly attacked the FBI for failing to indict Hillary Clinton for using a personal email. He defended Donald Trump Jr.’s decision to meet with a Russian operative promising dirt on Hillary Clinton. He opposed the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russian election interference (“Hollow calls for independent prosecutors are just craven attempts to score cheap political points and serve the public in no measurable way.”) Whitaker has called on Rod Rosenstein to curb Mueller’s investigation, and specifically declared Trump’s finances (which include dealings with Russia) off-limits. He has urged Trump’s lawyers not to cooperate with Mueller’s “lynch mob”:

Worth a read. "Note to Trump's lawyer: Do not cooperate with Mueller lynch mob" https://t.co/a1YY9H94Ma via @phillydotcom

— Matt Whitaker ?? (@MattWhitaker46) August 7, 2017

And he has publicly mused that a way to curb Mueller’s power might be to deprive him of resources. “I could see a scenario,” he said on CNN last year, “where Jeff Sessions is replaced, it would recess appointment and that attorney general doesn’t fire Bob Mueller but he just reduces his budget to so low that his investigations grinds to almost a halt.”

More recently, having been installed in the Department of Justice, Whitaker has reportedly operated as a kind of White House spy to keep tabs on officials who might be suspiciously independent of Trump. Trump’s Chief of Staff John Kelly “has privately described [Whitaker] as the West Wing’s ‘eyes and ears”’ in a department the president has long considered at war with him,” the New York Times reported two months ago.

At his press conference this morning, President Trump reveled in the defeat of several Republican House candidates who had declined his “embrace.” He warned the incoming House Democrats not to investigate him or his administration. He is demonstrating the confidence of a man who believes he can reduce every political question, however indisputably wrong or corrupt his own position, into a partisan conflict. And in such a conflict he has every reason to believe he commands the loyalty of the party base, and his own party will join his side.

The federal government has awesome and terrifying legal powers, which have been held in check since Richard Nixon nearly shook them from their moorings. Republicans have ignored every warning sign of Trump’s designs on these powers. The one thing we can know for certain is that he will not stop here.

Raw Story

Published  3 months ago

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to step down.

Trump announced that in replacement of Sessions, Matt Whitaker would become the new acting attorney general.

However, Fox News legal analyst Andrew Napolitano explained to Fox News host Dana Perino how Trump could be breaking the law with his new appointee.

Napolitano explained that Whitaker was not confirmed by the Senate and therefore violates the law.

“Under the law, the person running the Department of Justice must have been approved by the United States Senate for some previous position. Even on an interim post,” Napolitano said.

Napolitano continued saying that next in line for the position is Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“[Whitaker] was not confirmed by the United States Senate for a leadership position at the Justice Department. The White House will have to work this out. Who has been confirmed and who’s next in line? Deputy attorney general Rosenstein,” he said.

Watch the video below via Fox News.

Raw Story

Published  5 months ago

Newly appointed acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker put forth religious requirements for federal judges while running as a Republican for the United States Senate, the Des Moines Register reported in 2014.

During an Iowa Family Leader debate moderated by Erick Erickson, Whitaker gave his views on the federal judiciary.

“If they have a secular world view, then I’m going to be very concerned about how they judge,” he explained.

“Natural law often times is used from the eye of the beholder and what I would like to see — I’d like to see things like their world view, what informs them. Are they people of faith? Do they have a biblical view of justice? — which I think is very important because we all know that our government …”

Erickson, the moderator, interrupted his answer with, “Levitical or New Testament?”

“I’m a New Testament,” Whitaker replied. “And what I know is as long as they have that world view, that they’ll be a good judge. And if they have a secular world view, where this is all we have here on Earth, then I’m going to be very concerned about that judge.”

The Atlantic

Published  9 months ago

A far-right conspiracy theorist who landed in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s crosshairs over his friendship with longtime Donald Trump confidant Roger Stone now says Mueller has offered him a plea deal on one count of perjury related to his conversations with Stone in 2016—but he is not going to take the deal, he told me in an interview on Monday. “I will not sign a statement that says I willfully and knowingly lied, because I did not,” Jerome Corsi said.

Mueller has been interviewing Stone’s associates and senior Trump campaign officials in recent months—including Corsi, campaign CEO Steve Bannon and the former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort—to determine whether Stone knew in advance of their release that WikiLeaks had obtained hacked emails from a senior Clinton-campaign official, John Podesta, and coordinated the release to distract from the damaging Access Hollywood tape that showed Trump making vulgar comments about women. (The emails were dumped on October 7, 2016, just minutes after the tape was released by The Washington Post.)

Corsi was subpoenaed by Mueller’s team in September and has been predicting since last month that he might be indicted for lying. He has said that he told Stone in August 2016 that Podesta would be WikiLeaks’ next victim, but insists it was just a theory that he developed while traveling in Italy with his wife in the summer of 2016—a trip that Mueller has been very interested in, Corsi said. “They wanted me to connect Roger Stone with Assange,” Corsi told me, referring to the WikiLeaks founder who released the hacked Podesta emails in October. “They couldn’t believe how I knew in August that Assange had Podesta's emails.”

Corsi, who was working on opposition research with Stone throughout 2016, said he shared his “hunch” with Stone at the time, but has denied having any inside information from Assange. Instead, he says, he figured that Podesta “had to be next” if he was left out of the July 22, 2016 email dump of Democratic National Committee emails. “I had sources who had shown me how Democratic Party had put their systems together, and gave me thousands of pages of information over the summer on how the DNC’s computers worked. So when Assange on July 22 dropped the Democratic National Committee emails which included messages from Debbie Wasserman Schultz, I did a forensic analysis and determined that there were no Podesta emails in there,” Corsi said. It isn’t clear who Corsi’s “sources” were, or why he considered Podesta, who had no role at the DNC, to be conspicuously missing from a DNC email release. But Corsi claims that he simply “connected the dots and figured Podesta must be next. Mueller doesn’t want to believe that.”

Stone, for his part, denies having had any such conversations about Podesta with Corsi. But he famously predicted in a tweet months before the election, around the time that he was “conducting research” with Corsi, that damaging information would soon emerge about Podesta. “It will soon [be] Podesta’s time in the barrel. #CrookedHillary,” he wrote on August 21, 2016. Corsi told me that he emailed Stone in 2016 (he didn’t specify what month) telling him to “go see Assange”—an email that prosecutors showed him during an interview earlier this year that Corsi apparently had not voluntarily produced. “I couldn’t remember any of my 2016 emails,” Corsi said. “I hadn’t looked at them. So they let me amend my testimony, but now they want to charge me for the initial day [of my interview with prosecutors] when I said I didn’t remember that email. I won’t plead guilty to it.”

Dan Goldman, a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, found it hard to believe that any prosecutor would charge Corsi with knowingly making a false statement after allowing him to amend his testimony. “I would be shocked if there weren't more evidence of his lying if he is ultimately charged with making false statements to federal officials,” Goldman told me.

Corsi has also added a new twist to the saga, claiming that he plans to file a complaint with Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker over Mueller’s team’s alleged recommendation that he keep his plea deal a secret from the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA).

“FINRA requires by law that I immediately report anything that might affect my ability to hold securities licenses,” Corsi explained. “So I asked the special counsel’s team how they expected me to fulfill my legal obligation to FINRA if they want me to keep the plea deal a secret. And they said, ‘you don’t have to tell FINRA because this will all be under seal.’ So I told them I was going to file criminal charges against them with Whitaker, because they just advised me to commit a crime.” The special counsel’s office declined to comment.

Mueller has not gone easy on witnesses who appear to have lied to federal agents—Corsi is the fourth witness caught up in the probe who could soon be facing charges for lying to investigators. Unlike former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, or lawyer Alex van der Zwaan, however, all of whom pleaded guilty and struck a deal with Mueller’s team, Corsi is apparently resisting any kind of cooperation. “They can put me in prison for the rest of my life, but I’m not going to lie” to FINRA, Corsi said.

Elie Honig, a former federal prosecutor in the Southern District of New York, told me in an email that Corsi’s pledge not to cooperate means either that he knows Mueller is bluffing and doesn't have enough evidence to charge him, which is “unlikely,” or that Corsi now finds himself “on the wrong end of an indictment.” If Corsi had decided to cooperate, Honig explained, “it would have been Mueller announcing Corsi's cooperation along with the indictment of Stone (and perhaps others). Now, it'll be Mueller announcing an indictment of Stone and Corsi (and perhaps others) all together.”

Roger Stone, meanwhile, should be taking note of Corsi’s ordeal, former federal prosecutors told me. Any inconsistencies between Stone’s testimony and what Mueller has learned could hypothetically lead to federal charges. While Stone has long denied that he discussed WikiLeaks’s plans with Bannon or any other campaign official in 2016, for example, emails from Stone made public last month belie that claim. On October 4, 2016, three days before the Podesta emails were published, Stone emailed Bannon predicting “a load” of new WikiLeaks disclosures “every week going forward.” (Stone told the Post that he “was unaware of this email exchange until it was leaked,” adding that “we had not turned it up in our search.”)

Stone has also had to amend his House Intelligence Committee testimony three times since last November, as new reports have emerged about his contacts with Russian nationals, the extent of his interactions with WikiLeaks (he exchanged private Twitter messages with WikiLeaks in mid-October 2016) and his conversations with Trump-campaign officials. Despite those changes, the question of whether he perjured himself before the committee still stands—and is reportedly being examined by Mueller.

“Roger Stone had a chance, under oath, to tell the House Intel Committee about his contacts with Russians and WikiLeaks during the 2016 campaign,” Democratic Representative Eric Swalwell of California, who sits on the panel, told me last month. “He misled us and has repeatedly—three times now—amended his testimony to fit new press reporting.” Swalwell noted that the committee’s Democrats voted to send transcripts related to its Russia investigation to Mueller, but Republicans resisted. That’s likely to change when Democrats regain control over the panel in January. “The special counsel should see Stone’s transcripts and the accounts of all witnesses,” Swalwell said.

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NBC News

Published  1 year ago

WASHINGTON — The state of Maryland plans to ask a federal judge on Tuesday for an order declaring that Rod Rosenstein is the acting attorney general — not Matt Whitaker, who was appointed to that position last week after the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions.

If the judge does as Maryland asks, ruling that Whitaker cannot serve as attorney general, it would be a blow to President Donald Trump, who bypassed Rosenstein in favor of someone who has repeatedly criticized Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian election meddling.

The Justice Department would immediately appeal any such ruling, and the case could be on a fast track to the Supreme Court.

Whitaker's appointment has been widely criticized because he now oversees the special counsel's investigation into Russian election meddling and the president. While serving as a conservative commentator, he questioned the scope of the investigation and said there was no Trump campaign collusion with the Russians. For that reason, several congressional Democrats have urged him to recuse himself from overseeing Mueller's investigation.

Maryland's attorney general, Brian Frosh, a Democrat, argues in court documents to be filed Tuesday that if Trump had the kind of authority the White House claims, he could fire the attorney general "then appoint a carefully selected senior employee who he was confident would terminate or otherwise severely limit the investigation."

Maryland argues that Whitaker's selection by Trump violated federal law and exceeded the appointment authority in the Constitution.

Trump named Whitaker acting attorney general under a law known as the Federal Vacancies Reform Act. It allows a president to fill a vacant Cabinet position with a senior employee of the affected agency. Whitaker fits in that category, because he had been the chief of staff to Sessions.

But Maryland urges the judge to rule that a separate federal law actually governs what happens when the office of attorney general is vacant. It provides that the deputy attorney general takes over, which would be Rosenstein. As the state sees it, the Vacancies Reform Act is more general law, which must give way whenever a specific law provides for filling a Cabinet-level vacancy.

The state also argues that the appointment of Whitaker violates a provision of the Constitution that specifies top positions in the government can be filled only through presidential nomination and confirmation by the Senate. Because Whitaker's nomination bypassed that process, the state says, he cannot serve as acting attorney general.

"It is troubling, to say the least, that the president is attempting to fill a 'vacancy' he created himself with a 'temporary' appointment that might last for many months or years," says Frosh, "especially when, as there, the temporary appointee has not been confirmed by the Senate."

Maryland's legal papers say Whitaker's appointment marks the first time since 1868, when Congress passed a succession law for the Justice Department, that someone named to be acting attorney general was not already serving in a Senate-confirmed position.

The state's motion comes in a lawsuit over the future of Obamacare, seeking a ruling that the Affordable Care Act remains enforceable despite attempts by the Trump administration to shut it down. The case is the mirror image of a lawsuit filed by Texas and 17 other states. It asks a different federal judge to declare that the health care law is no longer enforceable.

Maryland's Obamacare lawsuit named several defendants, including Sessions, who was attorney general when the case was filed in September. With Sessions gone, Maryland says, the judge overseeing the lawsuit should declare that the attorney general defendant is Rod Rosenstein, not Matt Whitaker.

MAGA Daily Report

Published  8 years ago

Matt Whitaker took on the Democrats yesterday and turned in a performance for the ages. At times rude and belligerent and other times simply exasperated, he sparred with the Democrats and gave them the answers they did not want to hear.

Much will be made of how Whitaker fought back against the Dems with many thinking he went too far and was disrespectful.

But that just hides their disappointment with Whitaker’s answers. He blew a mile wide hole in CNN’s and the rest of the media’s phony narrative about Trump playing games with the Russia investigation behind the scenes.

CNN ran a report saying Trump lashed out at Whitaker over some actions taken by SDNY in the Cohen case among other dubious claims of Trump interfering in the investigations.

Other media outlets have claimed Trump and Whitaker have been conspiring behind the scenes. Unless Matt committed perjury yesterday, which would be dumb because there will be records inside the DOJ he Matt interfered, the narratives are false.

From Fox News: Democrats are acutely focused on Whitaker’s oversight of the Mueller probe, in his acting AG status while awaiting confirmation of President Trump’s attorney general pick William Barr.

“There has been no change in the overall management of the special counsel investigation,” Whitaker testified Friday, saying that he never offered any “promises or commitments” regarding the Mueller or any other investigation.

Nadler pressed Whitaker over whether he had shared information about the investigation with Trump, or any White House officials.

“I do not intend today to talk about my private conversations, but to answer your question, I did not talk to the president about the status of the investigation,” Whitaker answered. “Consistent with what I’ve already said, I have not talked about the special counsel’s investigation with any White House officials.”

From The Atlantic:

Trump has yet to comment on Whitaker’s performance. But there seemed to be little for him to complain about.

Whitaker told lawmakers that, despite a CNN report to the contrary, Trump had not “lashed out” about the investigation into his longtime personal lawyer Michael Cohen.

And in contrast to his testimony that he had not discussed the Mueller investigation with Trump, Whitaker dodged questions about whether he had discussed the Cohen probe with the president.

“As I’ve mentioned several times today, I’m not going to discuss my private conversations with the President,” he told Democratic Representative Val Demmings.

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