Among more left-leaning news outlets, it’s now all-but-universally believed that special counsel Robert Mueller’s lengthy question wish list for his heretofore unscheduled meeting with Donald Trump was leaked to the New York Times by members of the president’s own legal team. Right-wingers, however, appear to believe the leak was a politicized act undertaken by the special counsel — a concept promoted by the president himself on Twitter, who blasted the “disgraceful” leak earlier in the day.
The political divide among the leak’s “whodunnit” question made it all the more noteworthy when a former federal prosecutor told Fox News’ Shep Smith that it’s unlikely the list of four dozen questions was leaked by Mueller.
“Things don’t leak in a vacuum,” Smith said while leading up to a questions for former prosecutor Jeffrey Cramer. “The New York Times got this leak for a reason. Our John Roberts got this leak for a reason. By your estimation, what would be a good reason for these questions to have leaked?”
“It certainly didn’t come from Mueller’s office,” Cramer, the former Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois, told the host. “I think it came, obviously, from someone in the White House or his prior lawyers perhaps.”
Cramer went on to say the leak was “a warning shot” meant to scare Trump off of granting Mueller a face-to-face meeting.
“Nothing good is gonna come from the president sitting down for hours with seasoned prosecutors who are armed with documents, statements from other witnesses and statements from cooperating witnesses,” the former Chicago AUSA said. “It’s better to play the political angle that we see them playing of tainting and providing bias for the Mueller investigation and then arguing it later if there’s a report to Congress.”
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Chad Wolf’s authority is ‘illegitimate’: Hispanic Caucus chairman demands DHS chief ‘resign in disgrace’
Immigrant rights groups and Texas Democrats are urging a review on the legality of Trump administration immigration policies after a government watchdog found two of the White House’s top immigration officials are not legally eligible to serve in their respective positions.
The Government Accountability Office on Friday determined that Chad Wolf, acting Department of Homeland Security secretary, and Ken Cuccinelli, a senior official performing deputy secretary duties, aren’t legally qualified to hold those posts.
United We Dream, an advocacy group pushing for immigration reform, said the GAO’s conclusion calls into question the latest guidance from the DHS on the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program that was initiated in 2012.
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Enhanced unemployment benefits have expired and there is still no deal on the next COVID-19 stimulus package, but the president of the United States left Washington, DC on Friday for yet another weekend at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster.
"This weekend’s trip to Trump National Bedminster is the president’s 23rd since taking office, and will increase his golf-related taxpayer tab to $142 million in travel and security expenses," HuffPost White House corresponded S.V. Dáte reported Friday. "Trump has already spent 268 days on golf courses that he owns in his 1,303 days in office, of which 85 have been at Bedminster."
Trump declares that Fox News is ‘no longer the big deal’ in the 2020 presidential campaign
Donald Trump on Friday reflected on what he sees as the key differences between his 2016 and 2020 presidential campaigns.
"The biggest difference between the Presidential Race in 2020 and that of 2016 is the 2016 candidate, Crooked Hillary Clinton, was much smarter and sharper than Slow Joe, we have even more ENTHUSIASM now, and [Fox News] has become politically correct and no longer the big deal!" Trump tweeted after arriving at his Bedminster Golf Club for the weekend.
Trump has grown increasingly frustrated by the network and its polls, which gave him more bad news on Thursday.