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Giuliani rails against Mueller report as Democrats mull Trump impeachment

As the White House mounted a furious assault on the Mueller report and critics of a president not found to have conspired with Russia but not cleared of obstruction of justice, the chair of the House judiciary committee said obstruction, if proven, “would be [an] impeachable” offence. Asked on NBC’s Meet the Press why Trump was so angry at Mueller and former White House counsel Don McGahn, a key witness, Giuliani replied: “Because they tried to frame him.” There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians. It depends on where it came from Rudy Giuliani The first volume of Mueller’s report concerns Russian election interference and the Trump campaign’s warm reception to “offers of assistance” including an infamous June 2016 meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer offering “dirt” on Hillary Clinton. Giuliani told CNN: “There’s nothing wrong with taking information from Russians. House judiciary committee chair Jerrold Nadler told NBC that if evidence shows Trump obstructed justice, “some of this would be impeachable, yes”. On Fox, House intelligence chair Adam Schiff said to impeach or not to impeach was “going to be a very consequential decision and one I’m going to reserve judgment on until we have a chance to fully deliberate on it”. The American people, a lot of them clearly still don’t believe President Trump is doing things to destroy our democracy Elijah Cummings Giuliani fiercely attacked McGahn, who is cited by Mueller in descriptions of orders from Trump to fire the special counsel, which McGahn did not do. I wasn’t asked. Asked if Trump thought Russian interference helped him win, Giuliani told NBC: “Whether he did or he didn’t, I think it’s quite clear that there are a lot of factors that go into any election and the reality is he was elected president.” Conway told ABC Trump “didn’t need WikiLeaks. Trump has repeatedly claimed Mueller’s investigation exonerated him, which it did not, and called the inquiry a “hoax”.

How Michael Cohen Turned Against President Trump

“Are we going to meet Thursday or Friday?” Mr. Costello texted Mr. Giuliani on a Monday. Mr. Costello told prosecutors in a recent meeting that the pardon discussion had been initiated by Mr. Cohen and rejected by Mr. Giuliani. When Mr. Giuliani was hired by the president a few days later, Mr. Costello emailed Mr. Cohen: “I told you my relationship with Rudy which could be very very useful for you.” “Great news,” Mr. Cohen replied. The next day, after speaking to Mr. Giuliani by phone, Mr. Costello wrote in an email to Mr. Citron that the president’s lead lawyer had been “thrilled that I reached out to him about Cohen.” He added that Mr. Giuliani was “calling the president tonight.” Mr. Costello also shared his upbeat assessment with Mr. Cohen. Under an information-sharing agreement among the lawyers, Mr. Ryan had discussed with Mr. Giuliani that the Trumps had reimbursed Mr. Cohen for the hush money he paid to the pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels. As the president’s lead lawyer continued to publicly discuss the hush-money scheme in the days and weeks that followed, Mr. Cohen told associates that Mr. Giuliani was “blowing this whole thing.” ‘Keep on Punching’ Days after Mr. Giuliani appeared on Fox News, Mr. Costello confided to Mr. Citron, his partner, about his mounting concerns that Mr. Cohen was stringing them along. “Does Cohen really want a friend of Comey as his lawyer?” he asked in a text message. In the interview with The Times, Mr. Giuliani said that he was new to the issue of the legal fees at the time, having just been hired by Mr. Trump a couple of months earlier. “The idea that the Trump Organization should have paid his legal fees and expenses is a total crock.” Distrust between the two sides only grew in June when the comedian Tom Arnold tweeted a selfie with Mr. Cohen and later claimed that they were teaming up to take down the president. Mr. Davis said that he asked Mr. Cohen at the time why he wanted to hire him.

Scarborough: Trump Is Unfit For Office, Anyone Who Suggests Otherwise Hasn’t Read The Mueller...

MSNBC host Joe Scarborough savaged Attorney General Bill Barr as a "political hack" on Friday's edition of "Morning Joe," saying Barr was among the worst attorneys general in history. Scarborough said Barr "shamed himself" with the release of a redacted version of the Mueller report this week and in doing has made himself "irrelevant to the discussion and to history." Yesterday was fascinating. I think really the most remarkable thing about yesterday was the fact that a man who had had the respect of attorneys on both sides of the aisle over the past 30, 40 years, Attorney General Barr humiliated himself, shamed himself by just a pathetic performance. And you’ll notice yesterday half of the talk was about what Barr did and a lot of pundits couldn’t focus long enough on what Donald Trump did. And Robert Mueller even said in the report, of course, William Barr lied. That's exactly what Barr did yesterday like any political hack would do. I want to say, though, how ridiculous for Barr to try to excuse Donald Trump’s obstruction of justice, for Barr to try to excuse Donald Trump running around telling people to fire the special counsel, telling people to lie to investigators, all the things he did, because he was angry, he was frustrated because of political enemies. What Bill Clinton was charged for, I mean, again, we’re talking about lying before a grand jury, lying in a deposition about his personal life, so pales in comparison to what Lindsey Graham, who prosecuted that case in the Senate, to what Lindsey Graham now excuses every day of the week. Let's talk about the Mueller report, what we know about it so far.

McDermott: Populist politics is the perfect breeding ground for anti-vaccination nonsense

The surge in global measles cases might be the first medical epidemic bolstered by a political movement. The anti-vaccination crowd — long relegated, quite properly, to the fringes of society — has moved perilously close to the mainstream, riding in on the same currents that brought us the Tea Party, Brexit and other populist movements. It’s the enthusiastic undermining of societal norms, however legitimate they might be. “Vaccine hesitancy and political populism are driven by similar dynamics: a profound distrust in elites and experts.” The correlation between populism and the anti-vaccination movement is so clear, the paper argues, that doctors should be tracking where populist sentiments are strongest and focus their vaccine-awareness efforts there: “Support for populist parties could be used as a proxy for vaccine hesitancy … with an increase in support being a signal for public health actors to be vigilant.” The Guardian, as part of a recent deep-dive series on the resurgence of populism, concluded the relationship with the anti-vaccination movement is a symbiotic one: Populism gets converts, and vaccination opponents get a political home after having been mostly rejected by established political parties. “The arguments align,” wrote the British daily. “Populists are often suspicious of the establishment and authority figures. Antivaxers are hostile to government, medical institutions, Big Pharma and science. More than 41,000 cases were reported in Europe in the first half of last year, almost double the year prior, with more than 30 deaths. England’s almost 1,000 cases in 2018 were fully triple the year before. In more than a half-dozen states, including Missouri, Republican lawmakers have responded to the epidemic by trying to pass legislation making it easier for people to avoid vaccinating their kids.
Anderson Cooper slams Trump's 'routine dishonesty'

Anderson Cooper slams Trump’s ‘routine dishonesty’

CNN's Anderson Cooper breaks down the response from the Trump White House following the redacted release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report. #CNN #News
Trump slams parts of Mueller report as 'total bulls**t'

Trump slams parts of Mueller report as ‘total bulls**t’

President Donald Trump changes his tone on special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian election interference one day after its release. CNN's White House correspondent Kaitlan Collins reports. #CNN #News
Top Democrats target Barr after Mueller report release

Top Democrats target Barr after Mueller report release

Democrats accuse Attorney General Barr of misrepresenting special counsel Robert Mueller's findings on obstruction of justice; reaction from Guy Lewis, former U.S. attorney who served with Barr at the Justice Department under President George H.W. Bush. #AmericasNewsroom #FoxNews FOX News…

Sarah Huckabee Sanders Accuses Media of Anti-Liar Bias

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)—Reacting to the journalist April Ryan’s call for her to be fired, the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, said, on Friday, that she has been the victim of the media’s “widespread anti-liar bias.” “From their obsession with fact-checking to their relentless attacks on falsehoods, the media have made no secret of their bias,” Sanders said. “It’s open season on liars in America.” “This is media hypocrisy at its very worst,” she added. “The same journalists who advocate freedom of speech want to take that freedom away from anyone whose speech consists entirely of lies.” “This is nothing more or less than a direct attack on the lying life style,” she said. “You take away my right to lie and you take away my ability to earn a living.” Kellyanne Conway, the White House senior counsellor, spoke out in support of Sanders, telling reporters, “An attack on one liar is an attack on all liars.” “Our country has seen some dark days, from the Bowling Green Massacre to the bugging of the White House microwave,” she said. “But this might be the darkest.”
FOX News Claims Vindication For Trump After Mueller Report's Release | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

FOX News Claims Vindication For Trump After Mueller Report’s Release | The 11th Hour...

The president's favorite cable channel declared victory for Trump after the Mueller report was released. Fmr. Democratic Congresswoman Donna Edwards reacts. FOX News Claims Vindication For Trump After Mueller Report's Release | The 11th Hour | MSNBC
Mueller Report: Russia Reached Out To Trump Team Immediately After Election | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Mueller Report: Russia Reached Out To Trump Team Immediately After Election | The 11th...

Among the details laid out in the Mueller report, is a strange phone call and email the Trump campaign received seemingly from Russian officials immediately after the election. Jeremy Bash and Frank Figliuzzi Mueller Report: Russia Reached Out To Trump…