Mueller Report Shows President Donald Trump’s Repeated Efforts To Obstruct | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Mueller Report Shows President Donald Trump’s Repeated Efforts To Obstruct | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Rachel Maddow recalls an incident detailed in Volume II of the Mueller report between the president and Corey Lewandowski that shows how Trump’s actions check all the boxes for obstruction of justice, as anonymous sources close to Attorney General William Barr try to change the narrative about how he handled the report.
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Mueller Report Shows President Donald Trump’s Repeated Efforts To Obstruct | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

Trump’s 2020 Campaign: A Traditional Operation With a Wild-Card Candidate

Jason Andrew for The New York Times

WASHINGTON — On a former trading floor in an office tower in Rosslyn, Va., with sweeping views of the Potomac River, the Trump 2020 campaign is settling in. It has about 40 staff members and counting, reported $19.2 million in cash on hand in its last report and has spent $4.5 million on online ads since December.

It is a long way from Mr. Trump’s first presidential race, which came together in the summer of 2015 and was run as a taped-together operation, with a few desks strewn across an unfinished floor of Trump Tower.

But one thing is missing from the high-powered but traditional campaign operation underway in Rosslyn: a candidate who abides by tradition.

In a speech to a conservative group this month, as Mr. Trump described what he had in mind, he made a point of recounting “how I got elected, by being off script,” adding, “If we don’t go off script, our country is in big trouble, folks.” And at a rally in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Thursday, Mr. Trump illustrated what he meant, delivering an 80-minute stemwinder in which he lashed out at familiar targets who fostered “the collusion delusion” and offered the in-depth rehash of his 2016 victory that is a staple of his rally speeches.

“We won a lot,” he said, after explaining where “Crooked” Hillary Clinton went wrong. “We won 306 to 223.” (Mrs. Clinton’s total was actually 232.)

Mr. Trump has made it clear that he wants to run on the same anti-immigration, anti-Islam, fear-mongering tropes that lifted him to victory in 2016, denouncing old enemies like Mrs. Clinton and adding new ones, even as his aides try to emphasize his accomplishments in office like the economy and the rout of the Islamic State. Advisers say privately that he has been distracted by the Mueller report, which he regards as a clear political victory, and has not focused on message for the coming months.

As the campaign tries to build a traditional re-election operation, which officials often compare to President George W. Bush’s 2004 race, the tension may build between campaign officials and Mr. Trump, who trusts his gut above all else.

“President Trump has always had his finger on the pulse of the nation and he understands what it is that the American people want, and that is why he won in 2016 and that has not changed,” said David Bossie, a former campaign adviser who, alongside the former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, attended the rally with Mr. Trump on Thursday night. “He is his best political barometer.”

Incumbent presidents running for re-election always come with built-in advantages: money, time, the stature of the office and the opportunity to define the terms of the race, while an inchoate field of opponents fight among one another.

The Trump campaign is building an organization aimed at capitalizing on all of those advantages, crafting a conventional structure around a candidate whose nature is to buck against it. “There are lots of differences between being part of a bruising primary versus being the incumbent,” said Tim Murtaugh, the campaign communications director. “One of the differences is time. We have a big advantage on the Democrat field in that, and we intend to use it.”

But the wild card is Mr. Trump himself.

“It’s easy to build a beautiful operation,” said Robby…

‘Trump’s Enemies’ exposes the assault on the president

'Trump's Enemies' exposes the assault on the president

Former Trump campaign managers Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie author a new book on the enemies of the president.

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Corey Lewandoski: Media Doesn’t Give Trump Credit For His Accomplishments | Hallie Jackson | MSNBC

Corey Lewandoski: Media Doesn’t Give Trump Credit For His Accomplishments | Hallie Jackson | MSNBC

Corey Lewandoski, who was campaign manager for part of President Trump’s presidential run, claimed the media doesn’t give Trump credit for his accomplishments and focuses on his lies too much.
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NJ Politics Digest: Chris Christie Finally Gets That Book Deal

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Former Gov. Chris Christie. Alyana Alfaro for Observer.

Former Gov. Chris Christie. Alyana Alfaro for Observer.

So what does former Gov. Chris Christie really think about President Donald Trump, Bridgegate and being “unceremoniously booted” from the president’s transition team? We’re going to find out.

Christie, who left office as one of the most unpopular governors in state history, has penned a deal to publish a “no-holds-barred” memoir of his political life, according to the Associated Press.

Let Me Finish: Trump, the Kushners, Bannon, New Jersey, and the Power of In-Your-Face Politics will be released on Jan. 29, 2019.

In the book, Christie—who has never been one to hold back—promises “frank appraisals” of Trump team members, such as Steven Bannon, Corey Lewandowski and more. The book also promises another rehashing of Christie’s take on the Bridgegate scandal, which saw two of his former aides convicted in a criminal trial. While Christie was not charged, the scandal helped kill any chances he had of securing the Republican presidential nomination. Christie eventually dropped his presidential bid and became one of the first high-profile Republicans to endorse Trump.

While governor, Christie unsuccessfully sought legislation that would have changed state ethics law and allowed him to profit from a book deal while in office.

Quote of the Day: “I’ve had a wild ride up till now—there’s no denying that.” — Former Gov. Chris Christie, in a statement announcing his plans to write a book.

Chris Christie signs book deal that will ‘set the record straight’ about Trump, Bridgegate
New Jersey’s 55th governor signed a book deal and plans to “set the record straight” on everything from being his decision to back President Donald Trump early in the 2016 campaign only to be “unceremoniously booted” from his transition team, to New Jersey politics and the Bridgegate scandal, Christie’s publisher, Hachette Books, told the Associated Press. Read more

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Trump ally apologises for ‘cotton-picking’ comment about black strategist

David Bossie was a deputy campaign manager for Trump in the 2016 election.

David Bossie, a close ally and supporter of Donald Trump, apologised on Sunday for using a racially charged term when he said a black Democratic strategist was “out of his cotton-picking mind”.

President of the conservative advocacy group Citizens United, Bossie was a deputy campaign manager for Trump in the 2016 election. He is co-author with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski of a book about the campaign, Let Trump Be Trump.

Lewandowski attracted controversy this week in his own appearance on Fox, when he appeared to mock the plight of a girl with Down’s syndrome who was said to have been caught up in the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. On Saturday the two men accompanied Trump on a trip to Nevada.

On Sunday, Bossie appeared Fox & Friends – the president’s favoured show – for a discussion about liberal reactions to Trump’s immigration policy.

In an angry and at times incoherent exchange, Bossie’s fellow pundit, the Democratic strategist…

Trump stays on immigration offensive as Democrats seek answers on reunions

Jackie Speier, a California Democrat, speaks in McAllen, Texas.

Donald Trump sought in a speech in Nevada on Saturday to shift blame for the separation of immigrant children and their parents – and the pictures and recordings of ensuing distress that dominated world media this week – to his predecessors, George W Bush and Barack Obama.

As he did so, Democratic members of Congress demanded answers about how such children would be reunited with their mothers and fathers.

Trump was speaking at the end of a dismal week that saw uproar over his “zero tolerance” policy that resulted in more than 2,300 minors being separated from their parents before he backed down and ended the policy on Wednesday, signing an executive order that nominally though not conclusively halted the practice.

In a half-hour speech to a state Republican convention in Las Vegas, he offered nothing about how the families might be reunited.

“Everybody sees but this is the same sight that Obama had, that Bush had: same sight,” the president said. “It’s the same thing. In fact they said, ‘Look at this sight, look at President Trump, look at this picture.’ Excuse me, it was 2014 and it was President Obama. OK?”

He added: “Our people are actually doing a very good job handling a very difficult situation but this is a problem that should have been solved years ago,” the president said. “So we’re working very hard. The fact is we need more Republicans because the Democrats are obstructionists. They won’t vote.”

Trump acknowledged that immigration is an election issue. “Our issue is: strong borders, no crime. Their issue is: open borders, let [the gang] MS-13 all over our country. That’s what’s going to happen if you listen to them.”

He also criticised a Senate plan to hire more judges to deal with immigration cases, saying he wants more border patrol agents instead. He warned: “We will have millions and millions of people pouring through our country with all of the problems that would cause with crime and schools … If they see any weakness, they will come by the millions.”

Trump was in Nevada to help Republican senator Dean Heller raise money for a crucial election. He mocked Heller’s opponent, congresswoman Jacky Rosen, as “Wacky Jacky” and repeated a racial slur against Senator Elizabeth Warren. “Wacky Jacky is campaigning with Pocahontas, you believe this? In your state!”

The president was accompanied on the trip west by his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, who sparked fury this week by dismissing a story about a…