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The Myth of the Mueller Report
Mueller is under no obligation to produce a final report that shares with the public the full breadth of what he has uncovered. The Justice Department guidelines governing the work of a special counsel do not compel Mueller to compile such a report. They only include one sentence about a report: "At the conclusion of the Special Counsel's work, he or she shall provide the Attorney General with a confidential report.
Wednesday, December 19, 2018(5 comments)
Remember the Big Story in the Russia Scandal: Donald Trump Betrayed America
Whenever there is a rush of new details about one slice or another of this controversy -- or the other pending or possible cases involving the Trump Foundation, the Trump Organization, the Trump inauguration, the Trump family's alleged tax fraud, and more -- it's important for us (and the media) to keep the spotlight on a central element that has already been established beyond any doubt: Trump betrayed his fellow Americans.
Matt Whitaker Suggested Trump Administration Should Prosecute Hillary Clinton
Whitaker -- a former US attorney now self-branded as a conservative legal watchdog -- noted during a radio interview that Clinton ought to have been prosecuted. Whitaker said Clinton should have been prosecuted under the Espionage Act, and that it was necessary to charge her in order to preserve the rule of law.
Did Alleged Russian Spy Maria Butina Cause a Leadership Shake-up at the NRA?
On May 7, the National Rifle Association released a curious press release declaring that Oliver North, the key player in the Iran-contra scandal and an NRA board member, was "poised to become" the group's president. Earlier that day, Peter Brownell, then finishing his first term as NRA president, had announced that he would not seek a second annual term.
Friday, July 27, 2018(2 comments)
Why Michael Cohen Is a Triple Threat for Donald Trump
Cohen appears to have been involved in almost every aspect of Trump's deeds and misdeeds. With Cohen blowing the whistle, Mueller and other prosecutors will end up with a symphony of leads. After all, he likely has inside information on each of the three rings of the Trump scandal circus: the Russia affair, the business affairs, the affairs affair.
Friday, July 13, 2018(3 comments)
Yet Another Twist in the Crazy Tale of a GOP Fundraiser's Affair With a Playmate
The various scandals surrounding President Donald Trump and his crew have generated much speculation and even some conspiracy theories. One theory that has drawn significant attention is the possibility that top Republican fundraiser Elliot Broidy took the fall for a supposed Trump affair with a Playboy Playmate who ended up pregnant.
Friday, July 6, 2018
Trump's New White House Communications Chief Loves a Good Fire
The White House officially announced that President Donald Trump had chosen Shine to be the next White House communications chief. The news comes a year after Shine was booted out of Fox following accusations that he covered up the alleged sexual misconduct of Roger Ailes, the former Fox News poobah, and after Shine attempted to keep alleged sexual harasser Bill O'Reilly in his position.
Why the Scooter Libby Case -- and Trump's Pardon -- Really, Really Matter
Scooter Libby has long been a martyr for neocons and conservatives who have claimed he was the innocent victim of a political prosecution. (What a coincidence.) But his case was serious, for the main issue was whether he could get away with lying to federal investigators in order to protect his boss, the vice president. This episode is highly relevant today.
While You Are Tweeting About the Nunes Memo, Russia Is Plotting Its Midterms Attack
It is working -- the Trump-GOP campaign to distract attention from the Russia scandal. And this is placing the nation -- literally and seriously -- at risk. For the past week or so, the big kerfuffle dominating the news related to Russia has been over the memo -- a classified memorandum drafted by the Republican staffers of the House Intelligence Committee that claims the FBI inappropriately used the Steele dossier.
Monday, January 15, 2018(1 comments)
How Republicans Normalized Donald Trump's Racism
With the nation -- or at least, part of it -- trying to come to terms with this latest manifestation of Trump's vileness, it's a good time to remember a fundamental reality: Trump became racist-in-chief because Republicans and conservatives embraced him and normalized his racism-driven politics.