Robert Mueller may have the green light to answer one of the questions Democrats are most excited to ask, Neal Katyal explained on “The Rachel Maddow Show” on Tuesday.
Katyal, the former acting Solicitor General during the Obama administration, believes the rules have changed for Mueller since he submitted his reports and made his brief public comments.
Katyal explained, “We know that Mueller’s by the book, so he wants to stick to the four corners of the report. But the book has changed, because after he turned his report in, Barr said, ‘oh, you could have actually told the American people did Mr. Trump commit a crime.’ And if, now that Barr is saying that’s permissible for Mueller to have done … I think Mueller should be asked that question by Congress and should answer that question because Barr is saying that’s fair game to answer, Mueller.”
“So there is this sort of strange situation where the Justice Department is willing to characterize what happened in Mueller’s office, but Mueller’s being told that he, himself, is not allowed to. There is also the circumstance in which the attorney general, as Neal says, has sort of redefined what the rules are and whether or not Mueller should have said whether or not the president committed crimes. Will Robert Mueller see those things that Attorney General Barr has said as the policy of the Justice Department that he should follow because they’re proclamations by the A.G.?” Maddow asked.
“Yeah, I think it puts Bob in a very difficult spot,” former DOJ official Chuck Rosenberg replied. “I mean, I’ve learned to take that man at his word, having worked for him.”
“I understand that Mr. Barr opened the door. I get that. But I don’t think it’s in Bob Mueller’s DNA to do it,” he explained.
“It may not be in his DNA, but doesn’t he have to?” Katyal asked. I mean, this is a guy who oversaw this 22-month investigation, didn’t reach a conclusion because of this legal barrier that he thought existed and then you have the attorney general saying I’m your boss, that legal barrier doesn’t exist.”
“I think he’s got to answer the question,” Katyal added.
“I would love to be wrong,” Rosenberg replied.
Boris Johnson ‘tremendously humiliated’ Donald Trump on a global scale at G-7 meeting: CNN analyst
United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson was one of President Donald Trump's favorite people to take over for Theresa May when she resigned this summer. But Johnson also mocked the U.S. president and humiliated him on a global scale, said New York Magazine reporter Olivia Nuzzi.
During a panel discussion on CNN Sunday, CNN's Ryan Lizza opened by saying that Johnson is in a tight spot as he's trying to negotiate Brexit while serving as an international leader to the G-7. Johnson also needs to negotiate a trade deal with Trump, but he clearly is going about it in the worst possible way.
Trump allies acquiring ‘dirt’ on journalists to take them down during the 2020 election
President Donald Trump's war against the media has taken a next step. According to The New York Times, Trump's allies have been compiling information on reporters at CNN, The Washington Post and The New York Times to strike back because the president believes they "aggressively investigated" him.
The information was revealed Sunday using information disclosed by associates of conservative Arthur Schwartz, who is spearheading the project. Schwartz is an adviser to Donald Trump Jr. and previously worked with Steve Bannon.
Black MSNBC host schools Joe Walsh on N-word tweets being racist: ‘Hard to put the toothpaste back in’
Former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-IL) is like a lighter version of President Donald Trump, said Republican strategist Shermichael Singleton. But MSNBC host Kendis Gibson couldn't help but ask Walsh about his history of racism.
In an interview after Walsh's announcement, Gibson asked hard questions about Walsh's history of racism. Walsh profusely apologized to former President Barack Obama, who Walsh waged war against during his tenure in the White House. While Wash was not a supporter of the racist birther campaign that Trump perpetuated, Wash does have a history of using racist terms on Twitter.