During a Sunday discussion about special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, career prosecutor Cynthia Alksne explained that those in the Justice Department seem to be behind the leaks.
Mueller’s office has made news for the last year due to their lack of leaks, all while departments staff across the federal government have exposed President Donald Trump’s political appointees.
Alksne began by explaining that it isn’t likely acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker will be able to block the Mueller report.
“I do not think it’s a wrap up I don’t think there’s any way Trump can block it even with Whitaker in place,” she said.
But it was her comments about the Justice Department that revealed the department wouldn’t allow Whitaker to block the release.
“The only place in Washington that doesn’t leak is Mueller’s office, but the Department of Justice does,” she continued. “We saw that this week when Whitaker tried to intimate to the public that he was not going to recuse himself and neglected to mention that the ethics people at the Department of Justice wanted him to recuse himself. Somebody leaked that, in fact, he hadn’t told the whole truth. There are people inside the Justice Department that want us to know what is going on with Matt Whitaker. I predict it does leak. If it doesn’t leak Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the House Intelligence Committee’s incoming chair, has already said he will subpoena it. Now, while we have to remove some things because there’s grand jury material in there, once it’s cleaned up and the grand jury material is gone, it will get to the House.”
Moreover, the American public isn’t likely to let the Justice Department or the president get away with not releasing the report. Trump has attacked the investigation non-stop since it began. He’s gone after the special counsel along with anyone who had the audacity to support the investigation.
An NPR/PBS NewsHour Marist Poll from early December showed 76 percent of Americans think that the report “should be released to the public in its entirety.” Those numbers go across both those Americans who support the probe and those who do not.
Watch her full commentary below:
Maddow reveals how one state stood up to Trump’s USPS cuts — and won
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow's opening segment on Friday focused on a positive story of political pressure stopping one of the Trump administration's attacks on the U.S. Postal Service.
Maddow reported how NBC Montana reporter Maritsa Georgiou had doggedly reported on the removal of postal boxes in Missoula, where she is based. Missoula has been a long-time Democratic Party stronghold.
Montana has a competitive U.S. Senate election in 2020, with Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock challenging first-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines.
As Georgiou chased the story, she learned there were also plans to remove boxes in the battleground of Billings. And more planned for the blue town of Bozeman. And other towns.
Pepsi joins the chorus of people dunking on Tucker Carlson over Kamala Harris
The Pepsi soda company mocked Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday evening.
On Tuesday, Carlson flipped out after a guest attempted to teach him how to pronounce the name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is running for vice president on Joe Biden's ticket.
Video of the exchange was posted on Twitter by Nikki McCann Ramirez, a researcher at the watchdog group Media Matters for America.
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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.