As Bill Barr settles into his new job as Attorney General, let’s not forget that he already got caught doing just the kind of thing people are now worried about his doing on behalf of President Trump. Back when he was AG the first time, in late 1992, he put his hand on the scale to try to gin up a phony scandal against then-candidate Bill Clinton. I discussed it here in this – yikes! – 17 year old article in Salon.
I’m struck by the velocity and activity around and from Kamala Harris’s campaign. This is not a pro- or con- analysis. I genuinely have no favorite in any of this. Part of this is just the frequency of media attention, reports from campaign trips. That of course can simply be circular, media attention. But if you notice, over recent days Harris has received the endorsements of Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA), Dolores Huerta and California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D). The new governor of the biggest state in the union speaks for itself. The other two endorsements are in their own way more significant. In fact, considerably more.
You have news here that the Prime Minister of Poland has canceled a visit to Israel over comments by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about Poland and the Nazi Holocaust. The full story manages to be more comical, tragic and absurd.
Netanyahu has been trying to build ties to a group of rightist-nationalist governments in Eastern Europe, some of which have at last dabbled in anti-Semitism or what we might call soft Holocaust denialism. Netanyahu has sought to use these ties in the upcoming Israeli election as evidence of how his decade-in-power government is beating back Israel’s diplomatic isolation.
Earlier this week we learned that a judge in Washington DC had found that Paul Manafort had lied to prosecutors from the Special Counsel’s Office, thus voiding his plea agreement and incurring other consequences under federal sentencing guidelines. Tonight the court released a redacted transcript of that hearing running 68 pages. I wanted to give you a brief run-down on what’s there.
Let me run through some key points in order.
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Once again we’re back to this nonsense about the 25th Amendment. Alan Dershowitz claims that invoking it would amount to a coup d’etat, which is nonsensical since it is literally and expressly authorized by the constitution. But the 25th amendment actually doesn’t do jack. And yes, that’s the technical term. People still seem to think that it gives a majority of the cabinet the ability to remove the President.
It definitely does not.
A new court document from the Special Counsel’s Office reveals some not terribly surprising but still noteworthy details. The document is a response to a motion from Stone’s attorneys denying that his case is related to United States v. Netyksho et al. That’s the indictment of the 12 Russian GRU agents who were the hackers at the center of the interference campaign.
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President Donald Trump on Friday night expressed his “heartfelt condolences” to the victims of the Henry Pratt Co. factory shooting in Aurora, Illinois.
President Donald Trump on Friday released his official declaration of a so-called national emergency over the US-Mexico border.
President Trump is expected to announce an emergency declaration to fund his border wall at 10 a.m. ET in the White House’s Rose Garden.
The photo, included in a Justice Department email Thursday, carried the caption:
President Donald J. Trump participates in swearing-in of William P. Barr administered by U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on February 14, 2019. Attorney General Barr‘s wife, Christine, holds the Bible. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)
Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), who served as chair of the House Republican conference for six years until this past January, argued against President Donald Trump’s plans to declare a national emergency on Thursday.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) was deployed with his Air National Guard unit earlier this week to serve at the U.S.-Mexico border, his office said in a statement Wednesday.
California has been forced to cancel the massive bullet train project after having spent and wasted many billions of dollars. They owe the Federal Government three and a half billion dollars. We want that money back now. Whole project is a “green” disaster!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2019