On Thursday, counterterrorism analyst Phil Mudd explained what he would have liked to see in special counsel Robert Mueller’s highly redacted report.
Attorney General Bill Barr made the report public on Thursday and Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) said that he will be issuing a subpoena to get a full report.
“Phil Mudd, what do you want to see if you had a chance from some of the redacted material on national security or intelligence?” CNN host Wolf Blitzer asked.
“As an intelligence professional, I was actually surprised how much material showed up in the public domain today,” Mudd said.
“I think the conversation I’d like to see is not the redacted material or intelligence. It’s the conversations at the Department of Justice between former Director Mueller and the leadership of the Department of Justice, in particular, Rod Rosenstein and Bill Barr about the decision not to move forward on obstruction of justice,” he said.
He added, “I thought some of the information on Russia was more interesting than I anticipated. I think it’s been underreported today.”
“But the obstruction stuff, including the legal conversation about what was appropriate to charge a president with, was really interesting. We don’t get a flavor from the report about why Mueller chose specifically not to move forward there, in particular, would he have moved forward if this hadn’t been the president of the United States,” Mudd said.
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Here are 3 winners and 3 losers from the 2020 Democratic presidential primary debate
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg joined the other leading Democratic presidential primary candidates Wednesday night in the fieriest evening of the race so far.
His presence on the stage drew fire from the other candidates, but it also seemed to change the overall tone of the debate, with more attacks, counter-attacks, and passion than was generally seen earlier in the campaign.
Here’s a (necessarily subjective!) list of the winners and losers from the fray:
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) — Warren hit her stride right as the debate started by attacking Bloomberg for his record on the mistreatment of women, racist policies, and his tax returns. She repeatedly came back to skewer the former mayor, making herself the biggest and most notable presence in the debate. But importantly, she also continuously brought the discussion back to the issues she cares about — like expanding health care, environmental justice, and consumer protection — while getting in digs at the other candidates on the stage.
Michael Bloomberg ‘lost everything’ in Las Vegas: MSNBC analyst
Senior editor for "The Root," Jason Johnson, concluded that the biggest loser of the Democratic debate in Las Vegas Wednesday was Michael Bloomberg, but not merely because of his debate performance.
"The big new name was going to be Michael Bloomberg," he said. "This was probably the most expensive night in Vegas I've ever seen. He lost everything. This guy has spent $320 million. He had the opportunity to stand on stage, and appear to be an equal, and he looked bored. He looked disenchanted. He stumbled over obvious questions that anybody would have anticipated about sexual harassment and stop and frisk. I thought it was a bad night for him."
Pro-immigration protesters interrupt Joe Biden’s closing statement at debate
Former Vice President Joe Biden's closing statement was interrupted by protesters at Thursday night's Democratic presidential debate.
As Biden began his remarks, demonstrators began shouting about the Obama administration's record on deportations.
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