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May 10, 2019

This Week: Cohen Reports To Prison, Don Jr’s Subpoenaed, Barr Inches Toward Contempt

This whirlwind week began somberly for one former Trump lackey. On Monday, Michael Cohen reported to prison — but not before he took a final dig at President Trump during his last few hours in the sunlight. Meanwhile in Washington, the Justice Department and Congress have been engaged in a very public tit-for-tat over the release of the unredacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report to Congress, which culminated in the White House invoking executive privilege over the entire report and the House Judiciary Committee voting to recommend that Attorney General William Barr be held in contempt of Congress.  The White House made the executive privilege decision at Barr’s request. After House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) made it clear he intended to keep a contempt vote on his committee’s schedule while it negotiated with the DOJ, Barr sent Trump a letter with the request for the declaration, citing as a rationale the “abrupt resort to a contempt…

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