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  # 2203143 21-Mar-2019 22:48
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freitasm:

 

Trump sidelined everyone when it comes to North Korea:

 

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He's so dumb.

 

 

The Dunning–Kruger effect?





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  # 2203153 21-Mar-2019 23:01
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He's so dumb.

 

 

Trump is indeed dumb. But the bigger issue is he's mental. A madman is in charge of the USA and its nuclear arsenal. 

 

 





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  # 2203724 23-Mar-2019 08:26
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The New York Times - Trump Reverses North Korea Sanctions That U.S. Imposed Yesterday

 

March 22, 2019

 


WASHINGTON — President Trump undercut his own Treasury Department on Friday by announcing that he was rolling back North Korea sanctions that it imposed just a day ago.

 

The move, announced on Twitter, was a remarkable display of dissension within the Trump administration and represented a striking case of a White House intervening to reverse a major national security decision made only hours earlier by the president’s own officials.

 

It was announced today by the U.S. Treasury that additional large scale Sanctions would be added to those already existing Sanctions on North Korea,” Mr. Trump said on Twitter. “I have today ordered the withdrawal of those additional Sanctions!” ...

 


Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary, said the decision was a favor to Mr. Kim.

 

President Trump likes Chairman Kim, and he doesn’t think these sanctions will be necessary,” she said. ...

 

 

 

 

Madhouse or White House?





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  # 2203727 23-Mar-2019 08:39
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The Washington Post - The Trump scam has officially hit rock bottom

 

March 22 at 10:11 AM

 


But his voters will love it!

 

This phrase has become a stock joke among liberals, lampooning President Trump’s confidence that his voters will thrill to whatever populist theatrics he feeds them - no matter how ugly, authoritarian or racist - even as he has completely sold out on the real populism they supposedly elected him to fulfill.

 

As Trump’s attacks on the deceased John McCain continue, Trump’s allies are now taking that stock joke to a new, self-parodic low - and in the process, unintentionally revealing what a monstrous scam this presidency really is.

 

Their new argument is that Trump’s rants against McCain will thrill his voters, but more to the point, that these attacks constitute, in an important way, the fulfillment of the promise of his campaign.

 

Yes, this is their actual argument. ...

 



 

 





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  # 2203778 23-Mar-2019 12:03
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freitasm: The Muller report has been delivered.

 

 

 

The Washington Post - Mueller report sent to attorney general, signaling his Russia investigation has ended

 

March 22 at 6:00 PM

 


Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has submitted a confidential report to Attorney General William P. Barr, marking the end of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump, a Justice Department spokeswoman said.

 

The Justice Department notified Congress late Friday that it had received Mueller’s report but did not describe its contents.

 

Barr is expected to summarize the findings for lawmakers in coming days.

 

In less than two years, Mueller’s investigation has led to criminal charges against more than 30 individuals.

 

A senior Justice Department official said the special counsel has not recommended any further indictments.

 

In a letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Judiciary committees, Barr wrote that Mueller “has concluded his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and related matters.” ...

 

 

 

 

The New York Times - Mueller Delivers Report on Trump-Russia Investigation to Attorney General

 

March 22, 2019

 


WASHINGTON — The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, has delivered a report on his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election to Attorney General William P. Barr, according to the Justice Department, bringing to a close an investigation that has consumed the nation and cast a shadow over President Trump for nearly two years.

 

Mr. Barr told congressional leaders in a letter late Friday that he may brief them within days on the special counsel’s findings.

 

I may be in a position to advise you of the special counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend,” he wrote in a letter to the leadership of the House and Senate Judiciary committees.

 

It is up to Mr. Barr how much of the report to share with Congress and, by extension, the American public.

 

The House voted unanimously in March on a nonbinding resolution to make public the report’s findings, an indication of the deep support within both parties to air whatever evidence prosecutors uncovered.

 

Mr. Barr wrote that he “remained committed to as much transparency as possible and I will keep you informed as to the status of my review.” ...

 


 


We are living "in interesting times".





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  # 2203792 23-Mar-2019 12:56
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The Washington Post - Democrats respond to Mueller report with one message: Make it public now

 

March 22 at 7:22 PM

 


Democratic presidential candidates responded swiftly to the news Friday that special counsel Robert S. Mueller III sent his long-awaited report on the Russia investigation to Attorney General William P. Barr: Make it public now. ...

 


In a joint statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Democratic Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) [said] that Barr “must not give President Trump, his lawyers or his staff any ‘sneak preview’ of special counsel Mueller’s findings or evidence, and the White House must not be allowed to interfere in decisions about what parts of those findings or evidence are made public.”

 

The American people have a right to the truth. The watchword is transparency,” they wrote.

 

Republicans, meanwhile, pointed to the development that Mueller had not recommended any further indictments in his final report, according to a senior Justice Department official, as backing up Trump’s contention of no collusion. ...

 


 

 

 

The New York Times - Will the Mueller Report Be Made Public? Answers to 6 Key Questions

 

March 22, 2019

 

 

WASHINGTON — The long-awaited special counsel report is complete, 675 days after Robert S. Mueller III was named to oversee the investigation into Russia’s election interference, whether any Trump associates coordinated with that plot and whether President Trump tried to obstruct justice.

 

Attorney General William P. Barr has the document and notified lawmakers.

 

But it has yet to be made public, and the path to its potential release - or the release of the facts it contains - is complicated. ...

 

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[Questions plus short summary of answers]

 

  • Will the report be made public?     [That remains to be seen.]

  • Will Congress be fine with a bare-bones report?     [No.]

  • What if the administration refuses requests from Congress?     [Subpoenas - messy.]

  • Will Trump see the Mueller report?     [That is not clear.]

  • What if Mr. Trump reads the report and tweets inaccuracies about it?     [... "there is no apparent legal duty for the Justice Department to correct the president".]

  • Will the report be the final word on “collusion”?     [Unlikely.]





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  # 2203874 23-Mar-2019 17:17
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The New York Times - William Barr Hopes to Update Lawmakers on Mueller Report This Weekend

 

The attorney general, William P. Barr, will determine how much of the special counsel’s Russia report will be shared with Congress or the public.

 

By Michael Tackett and Eileen Sullivan

 

March 22, 2019

 

 

  • The delivery of a report late Friday afternoon from Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, to Attorney General William P. Barr might seem like the conclusion of a long-running drama, but it is only the end of the beginning.

  • Mr. Mueller is not recommending any new charges be filed, a Justice Department official said, but lawmakers conducting their own inquiries will still be able to refer criminal charges to the department.

  • Top members of Congress, and several Democratic presidential candidates, urged Mr. Barr to quickly release as much information as possible. In a letter, Mr. Barr told lawmakers he might be able to share “principal conclusions” of the report this weekend.

  • Mr. Barr will decide how much of the report to release to Congress or the public, and where the case of Russian election interference goes.

  • The White House has not received or been briefed on the special counsel’s report,” said Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the White House press secretary. *

 

*   Yeah, right.   😕





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  # 2203878 23-Mar-2019 17:20
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I think we will see the biggest whitewash an smokescreen in human history




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  # 2203885 23-Mar-2019 18:15
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Short story: Mueller says he's charged everybody who is going to be charged. Now it's up to Congress if there is anything in there that convinces them of a need for impeachment and charging the president.

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  # 2203898 23-Mar-2019 18:54
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The New York Times - Trump Reverses North Korea Sanctions That U.S. Imposed Yesterday

 

 

It's like something from Alice in Wonderland ...

 

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BBC News - Trump North Korea sanctions tweet sparks confusion

 

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US President Donald Trump has not ordered the withdrawal of recently imposed sanctions against North Korea, administration officials say.

 

Mr Trump caused confusion on Friday when he tweeted that "additional large-scale sanctions" would be withdrawn.

 

It was thought he was referring to the treasury's move to blacklist two China-based shipping companies suspected of illegally trading with North Korea.

 

But officials later said he was referring to future sanctions.

 

... US media reported that Mr Trump was in fact cancelling measures that had yet to be announced and were scheduled for the coming days.

 

It had been thought that his tweet was referring to sanctions announced by the Treasury on Thursday. Mr Trump sowed further confusion by referring to sanctions he said had been announced on Friday. ...

 

 

Again, madhouse or White House?





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  # 2203912 23-Mar-2019 19:11
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Yep, completely bonkers.

 

 





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The New York Times - As Mueller Report Lands, Prosecutorial Focus Moves to New York

 

March 23, 2019

 


Even as the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, submitted his confidential report to the Justice Department on Friday, federal and state prosecutors are pursuing about a dozen other investigations that largely grew out of his work, all but ensuring that a legal threat will continue to loom over the Trump presidency.

 

Most of the investigations focus on President Trump or his family business or a cadre of his advisers and associates, according to court records and interviews with people briefed on the investigations.

 

They are being conducted by officials from Los Angeles to Brooklyn, with about half of them being run by the United States attorney’s office in Manhattan.

 

Unlike Mr. Mueller, whose mandate was largely focused on any links between the Trump campaign and the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, the federal prosecutors in Manhattan take an expansive view of their jurisdiction.

 

That authority has enabled them, along with F.B.I. agents, to scrutinize a broader orbit around the president, including his family business. ...

 

 


The Washington Post -
Trump’s legal troubles are far from over even as Mueller probe ends

 

March 23 at 11:36 AM

 


The conclusion of the investigation by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign hardly spells the end of President Trump’s legal woes.

 

Nearly every organization Trump has run over the last decade remains under investigation by state or federal authorities, and he is mired in a variety of civil litigation ...

 





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  # 2204169 24-Mar-2019 11:35
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"Robert Mueller deserves our gratitude"

CNN’s Michael Smerconish takes a look at special counsel Robert Mueller’s career and two-year investigation into Russian election interference in the 2016 presidential election.


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