Tag Archives: obstruction of justice

House Subpoenas Rob Porter In Obstruction Probe

The New York Times reports: The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed the former White House aide Rob Porter to testify about President Trump’s efforts to impede the Russia investigation, its chairman announced, the latest step in the panel’s expansive inquiry into whether to impeach Mr. Trump. Mr. Porter was a key witness to Mr. Trump’s repeated attempts to thwart the …

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REVEALED: Michael Flynn Told Mueller That People Tied To Trump And Congress Reached Out To Obstruct Probe

NBC News reports: Former national security adviser Michael Flynn told investigators that people linked to the Trump administration and Congress reached out to him in an effort to interfere in the Russia probe, according to newly-unredacted court papers filed Thursday. The communications could have “affected both his willingness to cooperate and the completeness of that cooperation,” special counsel Robert Mueller …

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White House Twice Asked McGahn To Publicly Deny Trump Obstructed Justice, McGahn Refused Each Time

The New York Times reports: White House officials asked at least twice in the past month for the key witness against President Trump in the Mueller report, Donald F. McGahn II, to say publicly that he never believed the president obstructed justice, according to two people briefed on the requests. Mr. McGahn, who was the president’s first White House counsel, …

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370+ Former Federal Prosecutors Declare Trump Would Be Charged With Obstruction If He Wasn’t President

The Washington Post reports: More than 370 former federal prosecutors who worked in Republican and Democratic administrations have signed on to a statement asserting special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings would have produced obstruction charges against President Donald Trump – if not for the office he held. The statement – signed by myriad former career government employees, as well as high-profile …

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AG Bill Barr Defends Trump On Obstruction: It’s Not A Crime To Tell Aides To Lie To Mueller On Your Behalf

This hearing today has just been unreal: At a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, ranking member Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) questioned Barr over whether Trump obstructed justice. “You still have a situation where a president essentially tries to change the lawyer’s account in order to prevent further criticism of himself,” Feinstein said, referencing an episode detailed in Mueller’s report …

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Lindsey Graham: I Don’t Care If Trump Told McGahn To Fire Mueller Because McGahn Didn’t Follow Through

CBS News reports: Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), the chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Sunday that he doesn’t care if President Trump told former White House counsel Don McGahn to fire special counsel Robert Mueller. “I don’t care what they talked about. He didn’t do anything. The point is the president did not impede Mueller from doing his investigation,” …

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Fox News Analyst Andrew Napolitano: AG Bill Barr Is Wrong On Obstruction, The Mueller Report Proves It

Andrew Napolitano writes for Fox News: Last week, Attorney General William Barr released publicly a redacted version of Mueller’s final report. That report concluded that notwithstanding 127 confirmed communications between the campaign and Russians from July 2015 to November 2016 (Trump said there were none), the government could not prove the existence of a conspiracy. On obstruction, the report concluded …

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Disobedient Staffers Insulated Trump On Obstruction

Axios reports: The Mueller report portrays President Trump as repeatedly trying to commit obstruction, only to have his staff ignore him, saving him from himself. Trump often acted like a bystander during the special counsel’s investigation, venting his frustration on Twitter and with reporters. But a striking theme of the report is what an active player he was in the …

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Mueller Found “10 Episodes” Of Potential Obstruction

Axios reports: Attorney General Bill Barr said at a press conference Thursday that special counsel Robert Mueller found 10 episodes of President Trump potentially obstructing justice. Mueller did not make a ruling on obstruction of justice, and instead chose to set out evidence on both sides of the question. Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concluded the evidence was …

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BREAKING: DOJ Issues Summary On Mueller Report, “Does Not Exonerate President Trump Of Obstruction”

The Washington Post reports: The highly anticipated summary of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation was sent to Congress on Sunday, a Justice Department official said. Attorney General William P. Barr gave senior lawmakers the “principal conclusions” of Mueller’s probe into whether any of President Trump’s associates conspired with Russia to interfere with the 2016 election, and whether the …

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Lawmakers Press Cohen On Talks About Pardons

The Washington Post reports: Lawmakers are investigating whether President Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen was involved in any discussions about possible pardons — which they view as a potentially ripe area of inquiry into whether anyone sought to obstruct justice, people familiar with the matter said. Cohen has said publicly he never asked for — and would not accept …

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Russian At Trump Meeting Charged With Obstruction

Talking Points Memo reports: Natalia Veselnitskaya, the Russian lawyer who attended the infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting with then-candidate Donald Trump’s inner circle, was charged last month with obstruction of justice, according to an indictment unsealed Tuesday. Prosecutors accuse Veselnitskaya of lying about her cooperation with a “Senior Russian prosecutor” in drafting “supposed investigative findings” for an asset forfeiture case …

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Mueller Grilled John Kelly About Obstruction Probe

CNN reports: White House chief of staff John Kelly was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller’s team in recent months, three people with knowledge of the matter told CNN. Kelly responded to a narrow set of questions from special counsel investigators after White House lawyers initially objected to Mueller’s request to do the interview earlier this summer, the sources said. …

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REPORT: Mueller To Issue Key Findings After Midterms

The Chicago Tribune reports: Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia probe soon after the November midterm elections as he faces intensifying pressure to produce more indictments or shut down his investigation, according to two U.S. officials. Specifically, Mueller is close to rendering judgment on two of the most explosive aspects of …

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Giuliani Preps Report To Delegitimize Mueller Probe

The Daily Beast reports: President Donald Trump’s legal team is crafting a “counter-report” that will seek to delegitimize Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian election meddling and present countervailing arguments. Trump’s personal attorney, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, told The Daily Beast in an interview on Thursday that part of his report would examine whether the “initiation of …

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White House Lies: Trump Did Nothing Wrong, Nothing Wrong, Nothing Wrong, Also Nothing Wrong [VIDEO]

Pull her string and the lie is always the same: The White House on Wednesday said President Trump “did nothing wrong” in his dealings with Michael Cohen, pushing back on his onetime lawyer’s claim Trump conspired with him to violate campaign-finance law. He did nothing wrong. There are no charges against him,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told …

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BOMBSHELL: White House Counsel Don McGahn Has “Cooperated Extensively” With Robert Mueller’s Team

The New York Times reports: The White House counsel, Donald F. McGahn II, has cooperated extensively in the special counsel investigation, sharing detailed accounts about the episodes at the heart of the inquiry into whether President Trump obstructed justice, including some that investigators would not have learned of otherwise, according to a dozen current and former White House officials and …

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Trump Vows To Strip Security Clearance Of Current DOJ Official Bruce Ohr Over Ties To Mueller Probe [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports: President Trump said Friday that he plans “very quickly” to strip the security clearance of Bruce Ohr, a Justice Department official he said is “a disgrace” who is tied to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has repeatedly targeted Ohr as a source for Mueller and …

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Giuliani: Obstruction Requires An Extreme Action Such As Trump Putting A Gun To Someone’s Head [VIDEO]

CNN reports: President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani said Sunday that if the President sits down for questioning by special counsel Robert Mueller, Trump will say he never discussed easing up on a probe of former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn with former FBI Director James Comey. “There was no conversation about Michael Flynn. The President didn’t find …

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Giuliani: We Won’t Answer Obstruction Questions

The Washington Post reports: Rudolph W. Giuliani, President Trump’s lead attorney for the ongoing special counsel investigation, said Monday that Trump’s legal team is planning to send a letter to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III this week that will largely rebuff Mueller’s latest offer of a presidential interview that would include questions about possible obstruction of justice. “We have …

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