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How convenient. Executive privilege. What don’t the Republicans want the Dems to see? Shouldn’t Congress get it at the same time the White House does?


South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham said Tuesday that Attorney General William Barr told him he will send the special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report on the Russia investigation to the White House before the public sees it, in case they want to make executive privilege claims over any parts of it.

Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, also said Barr told him it will likely take “weeks, not months” to get a version of Mueller’s final report out to the public.


Until these crooked f##kers are held accountable, nothing will change. T and R, Benny!!


Doesn’t take much time to put the blackout lines in place.


Quicker: Just print the report on black paper.



Special counsel Robert Mueller may have finished his investigation into whether President Donald Trump colluded with Russia, but a number of other probes into alleged wrongdoing by the president and his inner circle continue. Now, the president’s former business partner Felix Sater is accused in federal court of trying to launder billions of dollars of stolen money through Trump Tower Moscow. Sater also allegedly laundered millions through down-payments on condo purchases at the Trump SoHo property.

BTA Bank and the city of Almaty, Kazakhstan, filed a lawsuit at a federal court in Manhattan on Monday alleging Sater conspired with Ilyas Khrapunov, a Kazakh businessman, to use $4 billion allegedly stolen years earlier from the bank and city to finance the the Trump Tower Moscow project in 2012. Plans to build the tower were dropped in the final months of the 2016 presidential election, and the building never materialized, but Sater found other ways to launder the money, the lawsuit says.



The chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee said Tuesday that Deutsche Bank has begun providing records of their dealings with President Trump for the panel’s probe into the president’s finances.

Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that Deutsche Bank has begun cooperating with an investigation into its extensive history with Trump, who borrowed millions of dollars from the bank over several decades.

When asked Tuesday at the Capitol if Deutsche Bank had started to hand over records of their financial relationship with Trump, Waters replied “Yes.”

The chairwoman also said she was satisfied with Deutsche Bank’s cooperation with the probe and said the Financial Services panel is looking into “everything” regarding Trump’s dealings with the bank.

Waters and Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, are investigating the president’s finances through his ties to Deutsche Bank. The German bank was one of the few financial institutions willing to lend to Trump when others wouldn’t deal with him, often using unconventional methods.

The New York Times reported earlier this month that Trump allegedly inflated the value of his assets when applying for loans from Deutsche Bank, and used loans from one division of the company to pay off debts to the other.


The shit show known as Trumpcorp will go on long after he’s out of office. The probable court battles -tax evasion, The books about life in the Whitehouse with him, the movies all followed up by Trumpcorp suing if he doesn’t like the resulting books or made for tv movies about the disaster of his presidency. Every day that goes by some staffer is collecting data and notes for a book.


That’s for sure. 🙁



Barr’s summary indicates that “the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russia government in its election interference activities.” That carefully worded phrase does not rule out that members of the Trump campaign colluded with Russians or Kremlin agents who were not part of the Russian government, nor does it rule out that collusion occurred outside the realm of “election interference activities.”

Indeed, there’s plenty of evidence of suspicious and unexplained activity relating to the Trump campaign and Russian individuals and allies, and media reports about what we know haven’t, by any means, been discredited.

As Vox’s Andrew Prokop laid out in his explainer on what we already know about what Mueller found, there was quite a lot of contact between Trumpworld and Russia and lies about it that haven’t yet been explained:

— The Russian government did try to interfere in the 2016 election to hurt Hillary Clinton’s candidacy and benefit Trump.

— It did so through a social media propaganda operation, and by hacking and leaking leading Democrats’ emails.

— Some Trump associates seem to have had some advance knowledge of the email leaks — but Mueller did not find that they conspired with Russian government officials about the leaks.

— The Trump Organization was secretly in talks for a potentially very lucrative Moscow real estate deal during the campaign, and Russian government officials were involved. Trump and members of his family were briefed several times on the project.

— Before the 2016 campaign, Paul Manafort organized an extensive unregistered lobbying and PR operation to benefit Ukraine’s government, involving a top US law firm and two major lobbying firms. He also laundered tens of millions of dollars from Ukrainian interests into the US, and didn’t pay taxes on it. Then, once he joined Trump’s campaign, Manafort allegedly handed over Trump polling data to a Russian intelligence-tied associate.

— Trump campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos lied to the FBI about when he’d heard that Russia had dirt on Hillary Clinton in the form of emails.

— Trump National Security Adviser Michael Flynn lied to the FBI about his conversations with the Russian ambassador regarding sanctions.

— Trump lawyer Michael Cohen lied to Congress about the timing of the Trump Tower Moscow talks.

— Longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone allegedly lied to Congress about his efforts to get in touch with WikiLeaks to try to obtain hacked Democratic emails.

— Several actions from President Trump raised obstruction of justice concerns, and Mueller’s team laid out evidence about them but declined to say whether they were criminal.

Trump has been trying to spin the outcome of a politically damaging investigation that has been hanging over his presidency for two years in the best possible light, but all that can be safely inferred from Barr’s summary of the Mueller report is that the special counsel did not conclude the evidence rose to the level of conspiracy or coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia. That’s certainly good news for Trump, but to go further than that, we’d actually have to see the report.

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