Trump’s lawyers were briefed on what Manafort told investigators, inflaming tensions with Mueller: NYT report

“A lawyer for Paul Manafort, the president’s onetime campaign chairman, repeatedly briefed President Trump’s lawyers on his client’s discussions with federal investigators after Mr. Manafort agreed to cooperate with the special counsel.”

There it is. Read the rest

Hundreds of '#ProtectMueller' Trump protests planned for Thursday November 8

Hundreds of #ProtectMueller protests and other events are planned for Thursday, November, 8, at 5pm local time. Read the rest

Trump on Mueller probe: 'I view it as an illegal investigation'

“I view it as an illegal investigation,” President Donald Trump said today, referring to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe. Read the rest

Roger Stone denies not-yet-published story Trump knew of WikiLeaks DNC dump

Roger Stone's Instagram sure is weird.

In an Instagram video he posted today, longtime Trump consigliere Roger Stone said that a Ronan Farrow story soon to be published in The New Yorker reports that Stone explicitly told Donald Trump in October 2016 that WikiLeaks had obtained and was preparing to dump John Podesta's emails. Read the rest

Emin, Russian pop star linked to Don Jr. Trump Tower meeting, releases weird video

Yes, there is a Stormy Daniels impersonator. And yes, Russia is trolling us all. Read the rest

Federal judge denies request by ex-Trump aide Manafort to dismiss charges in Mueller probe

A federal judge today denied a request by Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort to dismiss charges in special counsel Robert Mueller's probe. Read the rest

Mueller brings new charges against Manafort & Russia-Ukraine associate Konstantin Kilimnik

Special Counsel Robert Mueller today brings new charges against Trump's former campaign chair Paul Manafort. Also named in the Friday court filing is Manafort's longtime Russia/Ukraine business partner, Konstantin Kilimnik. Read the rest

Mueller has dozens of questions for Trump on Russia and obstruction. Read them here.

Did Paul Manafort reach out to Russia to ask for help? Did Donald Trump offer Mike Flynn a pardon?

Special counsel Robert Mueller has dozens of questions for President Donald Trump about Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election, and obstruction of the investigation led by Mueller.

They include questions on “any efforts made to reach out to Mr. Flynn about seeking immunity or possible pardon.”

Another question will make headlines tonight: “What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign?” As the Times notes, “No such outreach has been revealed publicly.” Read the rest

Mueller subpoenas Trump Organization, demands Russia documents

Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has issued a subpoena to the Trump Organization for an array of documents, including those related to contact with Russia. Read the rest

Trump's lawyers want him not to do interview with Mueller in Russia inquiry: NYT

President Donald Trump's lawyers want him to refuse to be interviewed by Robert Mueller in the ongoing investigation involving Russia and other possible areas of criminal activity. He may refuse, but the investigation isn't going away. Read the rest

A journalist who was sued by Trump describes Trump's hilarious incompetence under oath

Trump has said that he is "looking forward" to giving a statement to special investigator "under oath" -- but talking to smart people under oath requires the kind of sustained, detail-oriented focus that our barely literate president is notoriously bad at. Read the rest

Trump ordered Mueller fired, but chickened out

Trump ordered that special investigator Robert Mueller be fired, but backed off when the White House's legal counsel threatened to resign.

The West Wing confrontation marks the first time Mr. Trump is known to have tried to fire the special counsel. Mr. Mueller learned about the episode in recent months as his investigators interviewed current and former senior White House officials in his inquiry into whether the president obstructed justice.

Amid the first wave of news media reports that Mr. Mueller was examining a possible obstruction case, the president began to argue that Mr. Mueller had three conflicts of interest that disqualified him from overseeing the investigation, two of the people said.

The man who mastered Trump here is Donald F. McGahn II. There seems to be a knack for manipulating Trump, through sycophancy or triggering his fear of looking stupid. Some people just never get close -- GOP politicians -- but military men and rock guitarists instinctively have his number. Read the rest

At Oval Office meeting, Trump asked FBI acting director Andrew McCabe how he voted — Wash. Post

Not long after Donald Trump fired FBI chief James Comey in May, 2017, he summoned the bureau’s acting director Andrew McCabe to the Oval Office for “a get-to-know-you meeting.’ Read the rest

Trump pressured GOP leaders to kill Senate Russia inquiry

President Donald Trump “repeatedly urged senior Senate Republicans, including the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, to end the panel’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election” earlier this year, according to a New York Times report citing “a half dozen lawmakers and aides.” Read the rest

Trump 'didn't dismiss the idea' of Putin meeting during campaign, reports CNN

CNN reports that then-Candidate Donald Trump 'did not dismiss the idea of arranging a meeting with Russia's president when it was suggested in a meeting with his campaign foreign policy advisers last year.' Read the rest

Sean Spicer threatens reporter who emailed a question

Sean Spicer, newly ennobled by Hollywood as a well-meaning funnyman briefly forced to play the buffoonish Goebbels to President Trump, is already having trouble staying in character.

About an hour after Spicer's texts, he replied to a polite email I had sent earlier, seeking comment:

Per my text:

Please refrain from sending me unsolicited texts and emails

Should you not do so I will contact the appropriate legal authorities to address your harassment


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Context: Spicer's a famously fastidious note-taker and it appears White House investigator Robert Mueller wants a peek.

Spicer is exactly what he appears to be: a blathering thug from whom threats and lies flow like sweat. The desire for there to be something under this, some warmer more human creature behind the mask, is just another disease of that liberal center everyone keeps warning you about. Read the rest

Mueller investigating Flynn's role in seeking Clinton's stolen emails to help Trump campaign

Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team of investigators are looking into whether former Trump cabinet member Mike Flynn may have been part of an effort to get a hold of Hillary Clinton’s emails, hacked by Russia. Read the rest

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