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David Kurtz

David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

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President Trump is moving quickly to appeal the federal court ruling against him over the congressional subpoena of his accounting firm.

In another impromptu White House appearance just now, President Trump went off on special counsel Robert Mueller all over again. In an especially bonkers moment, the President lamented the friendship between Mueller and fired FBI Director James Comey, citing a “picture file.”

“They were supposedly best friends,” Trump said. “You look at the picture file and you see hundreds of pictures of him and Comey.”

What is he talking about? A picture file?

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The Times is out with an extensive story based on newly obtained tax documents for President Trump … but they’re for 1985-1994, not more recent years. Still, it’s a key period in the making of the myth of Donald Trump, and far from being the dealmaking whiz of lore, he was declaring staggering losses, more than $1 billion over that stretch:

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Nicole Lafond reports that three weeks after he filed his defamation lawsuit against his hometown newspaper, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) still hasn’t served any of the defendants.

Benjamin Wittes calls William Barr’s handling of the Mueller report “catastrophic.”

Robert Mueller’s reasoning for deciding not to decide whether President Trump obstructed justice is certainly debatable, but good lord the reasoning Attorney General William Barr used to overrule Mueller and decide the issue. It’s extraordinary.

Attorney General William Barr’s opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, are littered with little self-congratulatory justifications. Here’s a goodie (emphasis mine):

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This exchange has been making the rounds since last night. It’s Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) in an April 9 House hearing asking Attorney General William Barr about reports of frustration from members of Mueller’s team. Watch closely.  

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