The Supreme Court on Wednesday temporarily blocked the Democrat-led House of Representatives from access to secret grand jury testimony from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Read the rest
• Justice Dept. asked justices to temporarily halt lower-court order, saying executive branch would suffer irreparable harm if the evidence is disclosed.
“The Trump administration asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to block Congress from seeing grand jury secrets gathered in the Russia investigation by Mueller, saying the executive branch would suffer irreparable harm if lawmakers see the evidence,” writes Charlie Savage at the New York Times. Read the rest
On his batshit Twitter account, impeached and manifestly bonkers U.S. President Donald Trump is calling for all cases that came out of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election to be "thrown out."
Trump implied that he could bring a lawsuit over the matter. Read the rest
Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will arrive on Capitol Hill 'fully prepared' to testify, his spokesperson tells a CNN reporter today. Read the rest
Two U.S. House of Representatives panels plan to hear testimony from Special Counsel Robert Mueller on July 17, but there are reports today, Friday July 12, of a possible one-week delay that would push that date to July 24 or thereabouts. Read the rest
Mueller agreed to testify after being subpoenaed to do so.
Witness in Mueller Trump-Russia probe arrested for child pornography
"We chose those words carefully and the report speaks for itself."
A significant drop, but no worse than he's been before, reports Politico's Steven Shepherd.
“President Trump’s approval rating has dipped to its lowest point of his term in the immediate aftermath of the redacted Mueller report release,” said Tyler Sinclair, Morning Consult’s vice president. “This week, 57 percent of voters disapprove, and 39 percent approve of the president’s performance — a net approval rating of –18 percentage points, compared with 55 percent who disapproved and 42 percent who approved — a net approval rating of –13 percentage points — one month ago in the aftermath of Attorney General [William] Barr’s summary of the Mueller report to Congress.”
I'm amazed it dropped under 40%, to be honest. Accepting that four in ten American voters are unequivocally, non-negotiably, unarguably with Trump is the basic political challenge for everyone else. Read the rest
From FlowingData, this is the redacted Mueller report in a "thumbnailed view for a sense of the redactions."
There's still plenty to read between the (black) lines.
(Thanks, Ted Weinstein!) Read the rest
"It should be up to a judge — not the President or his political appointee — to decide whether or not it is appropriate for the committee to review the complete record." — House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler
Trump's former campaign chief faced up to 25 years in prison, was sentenced to less than four.
Special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Trump will not be delivered next week as CNN and other news organizations previously reported, said a senior Justice Department official on Friday. Read the rest
Manafort now faces the rest of his life in prison. Will he finally be motivated to tell the whole truth about Trump?
Prosecutors "are reviewing the National Enquirer's handling of their Jeff Bezos reporting to determine if the company may have violated a cooperation deal reached with prosecutors last year," per Evan Perez and Kara Scannell of CNN, citing two sources familiar with the matter. Read the rest
In a federal court filing making the rounds on Thursday, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller says the evidence seized from Roger Stone's residences is "voluminous and complex," and includes computer storage devices that contain “terabytes” of data representing decades of communication records from Stone's numerous mobile devices and online accounts. Read the rest