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Jeff Sessions Wants Back in the US Senate

The Story: A seat in the US Senate, representing Alabama, will be up for grabs in 2020. The Democratic candidate will almost certainly be the...

The ‘On Politics’ Mueller Report Cheat Sheet

This is a moment, people: It’s a major crossroads in Donald J. Trump’s presidency. (If you read only one section, make it pages 290-299, which detail Mr. Trump’s attempts to fire the special counsel.) This is the worst thing that ever happened to me.” [Get On Politics delivered to your inbox.] The report notes, though, that the tapes were likely “fake.” The report also details a search by Mr. Trump’s associates for Hillary Clinton’s deleted emails, which Mr. Trump, in July 2016, publicly asked Russia to help him obtain. What about the obstruction investigation? “If we had confidence after a thorough investigation of the facts that the president clearly did not commit obstruction of justice,” they wrote, “we would so state.” Here’s some of what they’re describing: • For 13 days after Mr. Trump asked Mr. Finally, on May 30, the president returned the letter with a notation: “Not accepted.” • Mr. Trump repeatedly called Donald F. McGahn II, the White House counsel, at home and ordered that he have Mr. Mueller removed. The two-volume document is a redacted version of the report written by Mr. Mueller, the special counsel, presenting the findings of his team’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, and into Mr. Trump’s possible effort to influence the outcome. Mr. Barr, the attorney general, released a four-page summary of Mr. Mueller’s report last month, in which he said the investigation did not find that the Trump campaign had colluded with the Russian government and cleared the president of the charge of obstruction of justice. A lot of Democrats were skeptical of Mr. Barr’s summary — particularly on the obstruction issue — and pushed for the release of the full report.
Donald Trump, On Mueller Appointment: 'This Is The End Of My Presidency. I'm F***ed.' | MSNBC

Donald Trump, On Mueller Appointment: ‘This Is The End Of My Presidency. I’m F***ed.’...

The redacted Mueller report says that President Trump said he was "f*d" as soon as he heard about the Special Counsel probe, and efforted to remove then-AG Jeff Sessions. » Subscribe to MSNBC: MSNBC delivers breaking news and in-depth…

Sarah Isgur’s CNN role changes from politics editor to commentator

New York (CNN Business)Former Justice Department spokeswoman Sarah Isgur, whose hiring by CNN stirred controversy last month, is no longer taking a job as a political editor in the Washington bureau. She tweeted on Friday: "It's been a great vacation but I am back on twitter! And news: I will go to CNN as a Political Analyst instead. Isgur is a longtime Republican political operative who previously worked for Carly Fiorina, Ted Cruz and Mitt Romney. She served as the DOJ's top spokeswoman during Jeff Sessions' tenure as attorney general. Earlier this year she met with television network executives and showed an interest in moving from politics to journalism. Even once it was clarified that she'd be reporting to political director David Chalian, and would be one of several people involved in coordinating 2020 coverage, there were still deep concerns about the role -- including from inside CNN. She was set to start working at CNN next week. But a network spokeswoman indicated that Isgur proposed a shift away from the editor role. "We can confirm that when Sarah came to us and proposed her role be adjusted to a political analyst instead, we agreed and we look forward to her starting in that role," the CNN spokeswoman said Friday afternoon.

CNN Is Criticized for Hiring Trump Administration Aide as a Political Editor

Leah Millis/Reuters Sarah Isgur Flores, a Republican spokeswoman who worked most recently for the Justice Department, has been hired by CNN to help with the network’s political coverage, propelling a Trump administration official directly into a news role for a top cable network. Her hiring as a “political editor,” not a commentator, led to internal and external criticism of CNN for placing a Republican political operative in a position to help guide daily political coverage, including 2020 presidential campaign news. In an internal memo on Wednesday announcing the hire, CNN’s Washington bureau chief, Sam Feist, said Ms. Isgur would spend the first few months getting to know CNN, and then “play a coordinating role” in covering politics. She previously worked as a deputy campaign manager for Carly Fiorina, a Republican who ran for president during the 2016 election. And years ago she retweeted a comment from a conservative news outlet that referred to her new employer as the “Clinton News Network.” Mr. Feist’s memo on Wednesday came after a flurry of concern — and in some cases, deep frustration — voiced by members of the network’s political staff, according to two people familiar with the complaints. CNN has previously showed a willingness to hire employees from conservative-leaning news outlets and organizations, arguing that ideological diversity is helpful in ensuring robust coverage. Some prominent journalists have forged careers in news after working in politics, including George Stephanopoulos, who was hired as a contributing correspondent for ABC News in 1996 after serving as one of President Bill Clinton’s closest advisers. His move from the Clinton White House to ABC News — initially as a partisan member of a Sunday political panel, who would also do some reporting — raised hackles inside and outside the network at the time. David Axelrod, the chief political strategist for both of President Barack Obama’s campaigns, was hired by NBC News as an analyst in 2013, and has since moved to CNN. But Ms. Isgur is joining the network as a political editor, not a pundit, and departing an administration in which the president routinely criticizes the news media, including CNN.

Rod Rosenstein, key figure behind Mueller inquiry, expected to step down in mid-March

Rod Rosenstein, the US deputy attorney general who appointed a special counsel to investigate possible ties between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign, is expected to step down by mid March, a Justice Department official has said. 'So many lies': Trump attacks McCabe over explosive CBS interview Read more Rosenstein, the No. 2 official at the Justice Department, in May 2017 named Special Counsel Robert Mueller to investigate ties between Trump’s 2016 presidential election campaign and Moscow. He and Rod Rosenstein, who was hired by Jeff Sessions (another beauty), look like they were planning a very illegal act, and got caught..... February 18, 2019 In an interview broadcast on Sunday with CBS News 60 Minutes, former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe confirmed the Times account that Rosenstein considered wearing a wire in meetings with Trump. Andrew McCabe says officials discussed removing Trump after Comey firing Read more Earlier on Monday Trump accused both McCabe and Rosenstein of planning a “very illegal act,” which he described in a tweet as “illegal and treasonous.“ Rosenstein ceased overseeing Mueller’s probe on 7 November when Trump named Matt Whittaker acting attorney general. Barr now has oversight of the investigation. Rosenstein had attracted far more attention than is typical for the No. 2 Justice Department official because of his decision to appoint Mueller to lead the investigation eight days after Trump fired James Comey as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The president has denied any collusion and Russia says there was no election meddling, despite findings to the contrary by U.S. intelligence agencies. Mueller’s investigation, which the president has repeatedly called a “witch hunt,” has so far netted 34 individuals and three companies who have pleaded guilty, been indicted or been otherwise swept up in the inquiry.
Highlights from Attorney General Whitaker's fiery hearing

Highlights from Attorney General Whitaker’s fiery hearing

Democratic lawmakers pressed the acting attorney general on Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation; chief intelligence correspondent Catherine Herridge reports from Capitol Hill. #ShepSmith #FoxNews FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as…
Thousands Of Migrant Children Separated From Parents Before Zero Tolerance | Andrea Mitchell | MSNBC

Thousands Of Migrant Children Separated From Parents Before Zero Tolerance | Andrea Mitchell |...

According to a report released by the inspector general for the Department of Health and Human Services, thousands more migrant children were separated from their parents than previously thought, many of which occurred nearly a year before the Trump administration…

William Barr once warned of need for ‘political supervision’ at Justice Department

Barr, who will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday, told an interviewer during compilation of an oral history of the George H.W. Barr had served as the first President Bush's attorney general from 1991 to 1993 and warned that it was "very destructive to personal liberty" to discourage political officials from reviewing specific cases pursued by the Justice Department. "I have come to feel that political supervision of the Department is very important. In the Trump era, that issue has come to a head over the appointment of Mueller by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to be a special counsel to look into Russia's meddling and potential Trump campaign collusion. Barr said that system took away political accountability and gave the special prosecutor "a single focus." In 1999, the independent counsel law expired and was replaced by regulations that allow the attorney general to appoint an ad-hoc special counsel when he or she sees fit. Neal Katyal, the former acting U.S. solicitor general who wrote the special counsel regulations during the Clinton administration, said the new process does address some of the critiques voiced by Barr and others. Whereas the special prosecutor's office before 1999 erred on the side of independence, the new process makes special counsels ultimately accountable to the attorney general. "The political process will dictate when that's appropriate," Barr said. It's unclear why they were redacted, but the ground rules for the oral history provided that Barr was allowed to edit his remarks before they were made public.
Grassley on what to expect from Barr's confirmation hearing

Grassley on what to expect from Barr’s confirmation hearing

Sen. Chuck Grassley weighs in on the battle over William Barr's nomination for attorney general. #TheStory #MarthaMacCallum #FoxNews Watch the hearing LIVE here: FOX News Channel (FNC) is a 24-hour all-encompassing news service dedicated to delivering breaking news as…