President Donald Trump has gone from trumpeting special counsel Robert Mueller’s as-yet-unreleased report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, to his old standby of criticizing Mueller as a corrupt prosecutor out to get him.
Speaking to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer on Monday, House Judiciary Committee member Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) suggested a possible reason for Trump’s change of attitude: he might have advanced warning of what is in the report.
“I’ll tell you, watching the president’s Twitter account, I think he’s just gotten briefed on the rest of the 400-page Mueller report,” said Jayapal. “And that’s why he’s upped all of his, you know, tweets that are trying to criticize Mueller again, because he has been notified that there’s a lot in there.”
Attorney General William Barr initially summarized the report in a 4-page document saying that Mueller did not establish conspiracy between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and did not make a determination either way on whether the president committed obstruction of justice in the course of the probe. Some members of Mueller’s legal team have reportedly objected to how Barr characterized their report, which will be released to Congress and the public, in highly redacted form, on Thursday.
John Dean explains the big mistake Hope Hicks made by stonewalling Congress
Former White House counsel John Dean, a key figure in the Watergate scandal, said Wednesday on CNN that there was a serious flaw in the attempt to prevent longtime Trump confidant Hope Hicks from testifying to Congress.
White House lawyers have asserted that Hicks has absolute immunity and is not legally required to testify about her time as Trump's director of communications. Hicks testified Wednesday during a closed-door hearing before the House Judiciary Committee — where she reportedly refused to answer questions about her White House job.
"Privilege is not being asserted here. Instead, the White House says that Hicks has absolute immunity regarding the time that she spent at 1600 Pennsylvania. Does absolute immunity even exist? And if so, can you explain to me the difference between the two?" CNN host Brooke Baldwin asked Dean.
Reparations hearing erupts in applause after Ta-Nehisi Coates gives McConnell an epic lesson on racism
Author Ta-Nehisi Coates on Wednesday delivered an epic smack down of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) during a House Judiciary Committee hearing on reparations for slavery.
In Coates's opening remarks, he responded directly to McConnell's claim that the government should not pay out reparations to black Americans because slavery ended more than 150 years ago.
Coates pointed out that the United States was still paying out pensions to the families of Civil War soldiers "well into this century" and he said that the government still honors treaties it signed even though no one who signed them is still alive today.
Trump campaign official squirms when CNN host shows him polls of the president losing to literally everyone
CNN's Poppy Harlow on Wednesday cornered Trump campaign official Marc Lotter by showing him polls that show President Donald Trump losing to every major Democratic presidential candidate.
During an interview about Trump's 2020 campaign kickoff rally on Tuesday, Harlow asked Lotter why the president's poll numbers were so poor even though the economy is still performing well by many measures.
"A Quinnipiac poll came out yesterday -- it showed a whole lot of Democratic presidential candidates beating the president in head-to-head matchups, from Elizabeth Warren to Beto O'Rourke, to Joe Biden to South Bend, Indiana mayor Pete Buttigieg," she said. "Are you concerned about that?"