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Rashida Tlaib calls for hunger strikes to shut down ICE

Fox News (Politics) - 6 hours 31 min ago
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D., Mich.) urged her supporters to join her in a hunger strike to push for action to "shut down" U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), arguing the radical push to abolish ICE can't be achieved by Congress.

Dan Bongino: Ex-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe is liable in aftermath of Mueller report

Fox News (Politics) - 6 hours 33 min ago
Fox News contributor and former Secret Service agent Dan Bongino has slammed former Deputy Director of the FBI Andrew McCabe's defense of the Mueller report and argues that McCabe himself is "uniquely liable" in the aftermath of the report's release.

House Judiciary Committee issues subpoena for 'complete and unredacted' Mueller report

Fox News (Politics) - 7 hours 4 min ago
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., issued a subpoena Friday to obtain the "complete and unredacted" version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report, as well as the underlying materials -- the next step in what is almost certain to be a lengthy political and legal battle between Democrats and Republicans over the report.

Star Lawyering Protected President Trump from Firing Robert Mueller

Cato Recent Op Eds - 7 hours 31 min ago

Ilya Shapiro

Don McGahn is one of the few people who came out looking better after the Robert Mueller report than going in. The former White House counsel, who stepped down in October, saved President Donald Trump from his worst instincts, displaying a legal savvy and high ethical standard that served both the president and the country well.

Indeed, by preventing Trump from firing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, McGahn prevented a political crisis—not to be confused with a constitutional one—that would’ve made the Russia-collusion narrative seem like a jaywalking allegation. When you add that to his execution of a laser-focused strategy on judicial nominations—including two Supreme Court justices and a record number of circuit judges—McGahn is the early leader for MVP of the Trump administration. (Full disclosure: I worked with McGahn at Patton Boggs more than a decade ago, and we have remained on friendly terms.)

Mueller’s report concluded that McGahn was a “credible witness with no motive to lie.” From the 30 hours the White House lawyer spent talking to the special counsel and his team, we learn many of the some of the most portentous developments of the seemingly interminable investigation.

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Almost immediately after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller in May 2017—after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused from Russia-related investigations, a necessary move given his campaign involvements but one the president never forgave—Trump wanted to dismiss him. McGahn warned that taking this action would look like an attempt to “meddle in the investigation.”

The president didn’t let it go, calling McGahn at home over the course of a June weekend to push him again to tell Rosenstein to sack Mueller. Here’s what Mueller’s report says about that fraught moment: “McGahn did not carry out the direction, however, deciding that he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre.” McGahn later told White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter that he had planned to resign rather than follow through on the order.

When the president later learned McGahn had told Mueller about the episode, he questioned his counsel’s judgment. McGahn explained that “he had to” answer truthfully because there was no attorney-client privilege. The White House counsel’s loyalty is to the office of the president—and for some purposes to the executive branch of which the special counsel was a part—not to the man who occupied it.

Trump then asked, “Why do you take notes? Lawyers don’t take notes. I never had a lawyer who took notes.” McGahn replied that he was a “real lawyer” and that creating notes only helped (assuming nothing illegal was being discussed). He was right, and in that moment proved himself more helpful to the president than any number of yes-men—non-notetaking lawyers or otherwise—who made an appearance during this saga.

But wait, there’s more. In January 2018, news broke about Trump’s order to McGahn to fire Mueller. According to the Mueller report, the president tried to persuade his counsel to deny the allegations. McGahn refused multiple times. “Did I say the word ‘fire’?” the president asked, according to the report.

“What you said is, ‘Call Rod, tell Rod that Mueller has conflicts and can’t be special counsel,” McGahn replied.

“I never said that,” Trump replied, according to McGahn’s recollection. Trump again pressed McGahn to “do a correction” and McGahn refused.

As Mueller concluded, “The President’s efforts to influence the investigation [and thus create potential legal headaches] were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests.”

Hindsight is 20/20, and nobody knows what would’ve happened had McGahn relayed Trump’s order to Rosenstein, or if he had resigned (or been fired) either in June 2017 or January 2018. But legal pundits who have followed the case recall news cycles devoted to the difference between a special counsel and the Watergate-era “independent counsel,” whether interfering with Mueller’s investigation would constitute obstruction of justice, and even whether the president can pardon himself. Had McGahn acted differently, we might’ve found out the answers to those theoretical questions.

When McGahn became White House counsel, he was known as a sharp-elbowed political lawyer who had previously been chairman of the Federal Election Commission. The professionalism he displayed in his tumultuous 21-month tenure as White House counsel have only elevated his reputation. And that’s before we take into account his masterminding of the judicial lists that propelled Trump to victory in 2016—and their translation into judicial appointments that will likely be the 45th president’s most lasting policy legacy.

Ilya Shapiro is a senior contributor to The Federalist. He is director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute.

Trump's 'unprecedented cooperation' with Mueller probe being weaponized for 'political purposes': Ken Starr

Fox News (Politics) - 7 hours 38 min ago
Former independent counsel Ken Starr offered his praise for President Trump’s and his administration’s “unprecedented cooperation” with Special Counsel Robert Mueller that led to the disclosure of embarrassing conversations that are being seized upon for “political purposes.”

Mueller report ignites new Dem battle over impeachment

Fox News (Politics) - 7 hours 49 min ago
Just a month after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi unequivocally stated her opposition to impeachment proceedings against President Trump, the Robert Mueller report has reignited the debate inside her caucus.

George Papadopoulos 'shocked' Mueller report told truth that he was 'illicitly targeted' over Israel ties

Fox News (Politics) - 8 hours 41 min ago
Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos told “Fox and Friends” Friday morning that he was “shocked” Robert Mueller accurately described why he was “illicitly targeted” and reiterated the report’s findings that there was no collusion.

Don McGahn Is the MVP of the Trump Administration

Cato Recent Op Eds - 9 hours 39 min ago

Ilya Shapiro

One of the biggest heroes of the Mueller report is Don McGahn, who served as White House counsel from President Donald Trump’s inauguration through October 2018. McGahn sat for 30 hours of interviews with special counsel Robert Mueller. And, in the report, Mueller described him as a “credible witness with no motive to lie.”

The report reveals that soon after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed the special counsel, Trump tried to get McGahn to remove Mueller. McGahn repeatedly declined — and, in May 2017, he warned this action would appear as an attempt to “meddle in the investigation.”

When Trump called McGahn in June to prod him again to remove Mueller, the White House counsel was at his wits’ end. “McGahn did not carry out the direction,” details the report, “deciding that he would resign rather than trigger what he regarded as a potential Saturday Night Massacre.”

Later, when Trump asked McGahn why he had told Mueller about the order to have him fired, McGahn explained that “he had to” because their conversations weren’t protected by attorney-client privilege. This latter point is important because McGahn stood up for the idea that the White House counsel’s loyalty is to the Office of the President, not to the President himself.

Trump seemed satisfied by that explanation, but then asked, “What about those notes? Why do you take notes? Lawyers don’t take notes. I never had a lawyer who took notes.” McGahn replied that he is a “real lawyer” and that notes create a clear record.

In that judgment, McGahn was right — and more helpful to the President than Michael Cohen, his personal attorney and fixer, or any other of the non-notetaking lawyers who made a Trump-related appearance in the Mueller investigation.

In short, McGahn’s professionalism and commitment to legal ethics under challenging circumstances shine through in the Mueller report. When you add all that to his stunning success as architect of a winning strategy on judicial nominations — including two Supreme Court justices and a record number of circuit judges — McGahn comes out looking as the early nominee for MVP of the Trump administration.

Ilya Shapiro is director of the Robert A. Levy Center for Constitutional Studies at the Cato Institute.

How Jesus of Nazareth Transformed the World: Women and Children

TownHall Latest columns - 10 hours 33 min ago
As Christians around the world enter the holiest weekend of the year, non-Christians as well should be grateful for the life of Jesus of Nazareth.

Krugman defends Bernie Sanders' wealth, says he displays 'civic virtue'

Fox News (Politics) - 10 hours 35 min ago
New York Times opinion contributor Paul Krugman who once called Sen. Bernie Sanders economic policies “destructive self-indulgence” is now praising the leading 2020 candidate for “civic virtue” because he’s advocating his policies despite the riches.

Mueller's report reveals Russia investigation was tainted by 'Clinton dirt', Devin Nunes says

Fox News (Politics) - 11 hours 28 min ago
California Republican Devin Nunes told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday evening that the Robert Mueller report shows “Clinton dirt” compiled by former British spy tainted the Russia investigation.

Why the Mueller report, for all its meticulous detail, fell flat

Fox News (Politics) - 12 hours 51 min ago
More popgun than big-time bomb.

Hoyer appears to backtrack on earlier impeachment ‘not worthwhile’ comment

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 01:32
Following the redacted release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report Thursday, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-MD.) stated: “impeachment is not worthwhile at this point.” He added that voters should make the decision themselves in the 2020 presidential election.

Giuliani on Mueller release: 'It's over, they just don't know it yet'

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 01:23
President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani appeared on the “Ingraham Angle” Thursday and spoke about his main issues with the Mueller investigation and declared the Russia collusion narrative “over” after the report was released Thursday by Attorney General William Barr.

Clapper: Mueller couldn’t find ‘active collusion’ but there was ‘passive collusion’

Fox News (Politics) - Fri, 04/19/2019 - 00:50
Former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper declared on Thursday night that there was “passive collusion” between the Trump campaign and Russia despite Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings that conclude there was no conspiracy.

George Conway calls Trump a cancer that needs to be removed in blistering op-ed

Fox News (Politics) - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 23:40
George Conway, the husband of White House adviser Kellyanne Conway and fierce critic of President Trump, penned an op-ed in The Washington Post that calls Trump a "cancer on the presidency" and urged Congress to take action. 

Ambassador Grenell: Mayor Buttigieg pushing 'Jussie Smollett' hate hoax against Pence

Fox News (Politics) - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 23:32
The U.S. ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell defended Vice President Mike Pence against accusations of homophobia alleged by Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg comparing calling the claims a “hate hoax along the lines of Jussie Smollett.”

Mueller report has held America 'hostage' for 2 years, Federalist editor says

Fox News (Politics) - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 21:22
While many analysts are advising Democrats to move on from Mueller report and the issue of collusion, The Federalist senior editor Mollie Hemingway said Thursday it will be hard for America to move on because it’s been “held hostage” by the idea of President Trump colluding with Russia.

Trump's written -- at times snarky -- answers to Mueller's questions revealed

Fox News (Politics) - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 21:20
Special Counsel Robert Mueller and President Trump spoke indirectly during the long-running investigation into Russian election interference, when the president's legal team submitted written testimony in response to Mueller's questions on a variety of topics in November 2018.

James Comey tweets he has 'so many answers' after release of Mueller report

Fox News (Politics) - Thu, 04/18/2019 - 21:12
Former FBI Director James Comey had "so many answers" on Thursday following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report, after he initially tweeted he had "so many questions."

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