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‘Not a hard call’: James Comey tells attorney general to release the Mueller report

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Former FBI Director James Comey said that providing the full information about a completed investigation has long been part of what the Justice Department did when it came to an end. If new Attorney General Bill Barr refuses to be transparent about special counsel Robert Mueller’s findings, he would be not only breaking the precedent but also his promise of transparency.

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In a Washington Post op-ed, Comey said: “past departmental practices suggests he can release far more details than many people may now realize.”

These things don’t happen often, Comey said, because typically privacy of innocent subjects in an investigation is protected. But when it comes to “matters of national importance,” a report that lays out the facts is probably “the only way to advance the public interest.”

He recalled the 2014 Justice Department investigation into the police shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri. The department refused to bring charges, but they released an 86-page report about the investigation, what was done, what the findings were. The same happened when the Department of Justice investigated the IRS after conservatives said they were targeted for breaching non-partisan laws regulating the political activity of charities with tax-exempt status. A report was provided to Congress in that case as well.

“These cases represent the way the Justice Department has always approached its mission — speak only in prosecuted cases unless the public needs to know,” Comey wrote.

“But Republicans are wrong now when they claim Justice Department rules forbid transparency about the completed work of the special counsel,” the former FBI director continued. “It is hard to imagine a case of greater public interest than one focused on the efforts of a foreign adversary to damage our democracy, and in which the president of the United States is a subject.”

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He said he’s unsure of what all will go into the decision-making process for the attorney general, but it’s essential he consider “guidelines and routines.”

“Don’t listen to those who tell you transparency is impossible,” he closed. “Every American should want a Justice Department guided first and always by the public interest. Sometimes transparency is not a hard call.”

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Ex-Devin Nunes aide sues publication that exposed his alleged role in Trump’s Ukraine scandal

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Kash Patel, a former aide to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA), is suing Politico after it published a report that exposed his alleged role in the Ukraine scandal that's engulfing the Trump White House.

Fox News reports that Patel, who currently works at the National Security Council, is alleging that the Politico story is false and defamatory and part of a broad conspiracy to bring down President Donald Trump.

The story in question claimed that Patel constantly fed negative information about Ukraine to the president and helped convince him that the country was out to get him.

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‘Disgusting, trashy and pathetic’: George Conway rains hell on Nikki Haley for calling Trump ‘truthful’

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Attorney George Conway, the husband of Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, rained hell on former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley on Monday over her description of President Donald Trump as "truthful."

The spat started when Haley bashed Conway after he referred to Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) as "lying trash" last week.

"This is absolutely uncalled for and disgusting," Haley complained on Twitter. "What is wrong with people? George Conway is the last person that can call someone 'trash.'"

Conway did not hold back in his reply.

"Oh, Nikki Haley, just the other day you said that the world’s biggest pathological liar, Donald Trump, was a 'truthful' man," he said. "That's the very essence of disgusting, trashy, and pathetic -- utterly shameless and transparent dishonesty."

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Supreme Court temporarily halts order to turn over Trump tax records to Congress

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The Supreme Court temporarily blocked a ruling that requires an accounting firm to turn over President Donald Trump's taxes.

The court on Monday temporarily blocked the order requiring Mazars to hand over copies of Trump's taxes to Congress, reported CNBC.

Trump has refused to show his tax returns since announcing his run for president in 2015, although those documents are customarily made public by presidential candidates.

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