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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is defending the Trump administration’s stricter immigration policies and decrying federal judges attempting to block many of them. During a Texas visit Tuesday, Whitaker praised a crackdown aimed at drastically reducing the number of immigrants who cross the U.S.-Mexico border illegally then seek asylum because of […]
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Throughout American history, there have been different visions of the role of the attorney general and his or her relationship to the president. With President Donald Trump’s announcement that he would nominate former Attorney General William P. Barr to fill the position again, Trump chose a prominent Republican lawyer with extensive government experience to run the Justice Department.Barr has publicly supported some of Trump’s criticisms of the Mueller investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. It’s not known how Barr would reflect those positions in his interactions with the investigation.But when Donald Trump announced Jeff Sessions’s nomination as his attorney general, the position was seen as a reward for Sessions’s early endorsement of the president’s 2016 campaign. And the president wanted loyalty in return.“The only reason I gave him the job,” Trump said, “was because I felt loyalty. He was an original supporter. He was on the...
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"Fox & Friends" co-host Brian Kilmeade on Monday morning suggested former Trump campaign deputy campaign manager David Bossie and Acting Attorney General Matth...
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Vet William Barr for AG, but keep in mind the alternative is Matthew Whitaker: Our View
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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s final report into Russian interference in the 2016 US election may never been seen in public, despite a drip feed of tantalising details being published over the last week. As key aides to Donald Trump prepare to be sentenced this week for crimes relating to the Russia inquiry, the president's lawyers are pouring over little-known rules that dictate how the long-awaited conclusion of the probe is handled.  On Friday, intrigue over the protracted investigation, which opponents hope could open the door to impeachment for collusion with Russia in the 2016 elections, was fuelled by Mr Mueller publishing key guidelines for sentencing suspects. Mr Mueller's team announced that Michael Cohen, the former personal lawyer for Donald Trump due in court on Wednesday, had met a Russian promising “political synergy” with the Trump election campaign, and even offering a meeting with Vladimir Putin. Mr Mueller also announced that Paul Manafort, Mr Trum...
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Barr would replace Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, who has been in that position since Trump forced out Jeff Sessions as attorney general a month ago. Trump said he will put forward State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert as ambassador to the United Nations.
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If confirmed by the Senate, Barr would take over from Matthew Whitaker, who has been serving in an acting capacity since Trump forced out Jeffrey Sessions a month ago. Whitaker had been Sessions' chief of staff. Barr was "my first choice from day one," and "a terrific man, a terrific person, a brilliant man," Trump said, speaking to reporters outside the White House.
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Flake wants the Senate to vote on a bill to protect Robert Mueller. Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) expressed his disdain for Donald Trump when, in 2017, he announced that he would not be seeking reelection—and with Democratic Sen.-elect Kyrsten Sinema (who narrowly defeated Republican Martha McSally in the 2018 midterms) less than a month away from taking over Flake’s seat, the outgoing Arizona senator continues to butt heads with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) over special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Flake still favors legislation that would protect Mueller’s probe, while McConnell opposes such legislation. And Flake is refusing to budge, stressing that he will continue to block President Donald Trump’s federal judicial nominees as long as McConnell refuses to bring a Mueller bill to the Senate floor.Flake was alarmed when, after the midterms, Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed loyalist Matthew Whitaker as acting attorne...
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CBS News has learned that Barr is a leading contender in a White House nominee shortlist for Attorney General, a position he previously held
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During Thursday’s “New Day” on CNN, Sen. John Kennedy (R-LA) doubled down on his stance that the protection bill for FBI special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian collusion is “unnecessary,” arguing President Donald Trump is “too smart” to fire Mueller. Host John Berman asked Kennedy if acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker is overseeing Mueller’s investigation. Kennedy said he does not know “with a hundred percent certainty,” adding he also does not know of any “overt steps to interfere” with Mueller. “I know of no overt steps to interfere with Mr. Mueller, nor should there be, or to impede his investigation,” he told Berman. “Looks to me like Mr. Mueller is moving along now at a very rapid pace.” Follow Trent Baker on Twitter @MagnifiTrent
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Mueller isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. For those who fear that Donald Trump is about to lower the boom on special counsel Robert Mueller, take a deep breath and slowly exhale. Despite all you’ve heard from Trump himself, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sandersand law professor Alan Dershowitz about the commander in chief’s unfettered authority to discharge any member of the executive branch with impunity, Mueller isn’t going anywhere anytime soon.There are at least five reasons why Mueller and his probe are safe:1. Trump lacks unilateral authority to remove Mueller.The Department of Justice regulations under which Mueller was appointed preclude the president from dismissing a special counsel on his own initiative.The current regulations were adopted in 1999. They replaced the old Clinton-era “independent counsel” statute, which expired the same year.As the present regulations clearly stipulate:The Special Counsel may be disciplined or removed from office only...
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President Donald Trump's interim pick to head the Justice Department has been on the job for four weeks, but Matthew Whitaker has been noticeably silent about how he is handling any potential conflicts of interest while guiding the department through one of the most politically charged environments in decades.
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The CIA's findings reportedly contradict Trump's favored line. CIA Director Gina Haspel held a closed-door briefing today in Washington, DC, addressing several senators on the killing of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. And comments from Sen. Lindsey Graham, who attended the briefing, underscore the divide between some GOP senators and the Trump Administration on the murder of Khashoggi—who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey on October 2.The Saudi government has maintained that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a.k.a. MBS, was killed during a kidnapping attempt and a rogue operation gone wrong—and that MBS himself did not order the killing. But according to reports, CIA intelligence implicates MBS and indicates that Khashoggi’s killers were likely acting on direct orders from the Saudi crown prince.Speaking to reporters after the briefing, Graham explained, “I went into the brief believing that it was v...
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The appointment remains a black eye on the department. The government watchdog group Protect Democracy is reporting that more than 400 former attorneys or officials for the U.S. Justice Department have signed a statement saying that they are “disturbed” by the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general.After the 2018 midterms, President Donald Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and announced that Whitaker was taking over the position for the time being. Whitaker has been a vocal critic of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.The letter stated, “Because of our respect for our oaths of office and our personal experiences carrying out the Department’s mission, we are disturbed by the President’s appointment of Matthew Whitaker to serve as Acting Attorney General.... Mr. Whitaker has not been confirmed by the Senate, his qualifications to be the nation’s chief law enforcement officer have not been publicly reviewed, and he has no...
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It was crude. It was dumb. It was all basically nuts. The question was: how much of America would buy it? By Ben FountainEvil days.The midterms were bearing down on us like a runaway train with Donald Trump in the driver’s seat and the throttle wide open, the Presidential Special hell-bent for the bottom. “Go Trump Go!” tweeted David Duke, former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan, as if the president needed anyone’s encouragement. There had been no slacking after pipe bombs were sent to a number of his critics; nor after two black people were killed in Kentucky by a white man who, minutes before, had tried to enter a predominantly black church; nor after 11 worshippers in Pittsburgh were murdered at the Tree of Life Congregation synagogue by a man who’d expressed special loathing for HIAS, a Jewish refugee resettlement and advocacy organization. “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people,” Robert Bowers posted on his Gab account hours before the massa...
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That's not how any of this works. Special counsel Robert Mueller is closing in on Jerome Corsi, a noted Birther conspiracy theorist and associate of GOP strategist Roger Stone, who is accused of serving as a link between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia-linked vigilante intelligence group WikiLeaks.Mueller offered Corsi a plea bargain of one count of perjury, but Corsi rejected it. Instead, he has another plan to get out of trouble: get Mueller prosecuted instead.With the assistance of Larry Klayman, a far-right antigovernment attorney who once tried to organize a 2013 protest on the National Mall to make President Barack Obama "come out with [his] hands up," Corsi claimed to have "filed" a 78-page "criminal complaint" against Mueller with the Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, several Justice Department officials including the Inspector General, and the disciplinary counsel for the District of Columbia Bar. The complaint alleges Mueller unethically pressured Cor...
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Attorneys representing Jerome Corsi filed an ethics complaint Monday accusing prosecutors in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office of pressuring their client to provide “false testimony” against Republican operative Roger Stone and President Trump. “Dr. Corsi has been threatened with immediate indictment by Mueller’s prosecutorial staff unless he testifies falsely against Roger Stone and/or President Donald Trump and his presidential campaign, among other false testimony,” Corsi’s lawyers, Larry Klayman and David Gray, said in a complaint submitted to acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker.
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. government is allocating nearly $17 million to help people affected by the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting that became the deadliest in the nation's modern history, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Friday.
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U.S. acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will appear before the House of Representatives judiciary committee in January, when a new Democratic majority expects to begin ramping up House oversight of the Trump administration.
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Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was aware of fraud allegations against an invention promotion company where he was an advisor and was slow to respond to government investigators probing it, documents released on Friday show.
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Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was aware of fraud allegations against an invention promotion company where he was an advisor and was slow to respond to government investigators probing it, documents released on Friday show.
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Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was aware of fraud allegations against an invention promotion company where he was an advisor and was slow to respond to government investigators probing it, documents released on Friday show.
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats say acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker will testify before the House Judiciary Committee in January. Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler of New York and Elijah Cummings of Maryland say they spoke to Whitaker Friday and he agreed to testify “at a mutually agreeable date.” Nadler is expected head the Judiciary panel and […]
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Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker misled the Federal Trade Commission’s investigators as he was stepping into his role as the Justice Department’s chief of staff last year, a new report said Friday. After trying to reach Whitaker about a Miami company where he was on the advisory board, an FTC investigator emailed colleagues to say...
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U.S. acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has agreed to appear before the House of Representatives Judiciary Committee in January, after Democrats take control of the congressional chamber, two Democratic lawmakers said on Friday.
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House Democrats announced Friday that they have secured an interview with Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker, the top official overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's probe, for sometime in January.Reps....
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The man President Trump appointed to replace Jeff Sessions ignored fraud claims against a patent company he was advising
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The U.S. government is allocating nearly $17 million to help people affected by the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting that became the deadliest in the nation's modern history, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Friday.
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s office was notified of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen’s plea deal at least two days before Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker received the same information, Fox News has learned.
 
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Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker continued to sit on the advisory board of a now-shuttered patent company after learning of multiple claims of fraud made against it by disgruntled customers, documents released Friday show.
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Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker says more than $16.7 million dollars will be given to the victims of the Las Vegas shooting.
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Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker responded to a 2017 fraud query from the Federal Trade Commission by noting his new senior level position at the Justice Department and agreeing to be "very helpful," records released Friday show.
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Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker responded to a 2017 fraud query from the Federal Trade Commission by noting his new senior level position at the Justice Department and agreeing to be "very helpful," records released Friday show.
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Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker responded to a 2017 fraud query from the Federal Trade Commission by noting his new senior level position at the Justice Department and agreeing to be "very helpful," records released Friday show. The FTC issued a subpoena last year for Whitaker, seeking records related to his past relationship with World Patent Marketing. In a voice mail left for an FTC attorney made public Friday, Whitaker said he was unaware of the subpoena to his former law firm, explaining he was in a new job as the chief of staff to then U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
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Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker responded to a 2017 fraud query from the Federal Trade Commission by noting his new senior level position at the Justice Department and agreeing to be "very helpful," records released Friday show.
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Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker served on the advisory board of a Florida company and promoted the business despite concerns from customers that the company was defrauding customers of their life savings....
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LAS VEGAS (AP) — The U.S. Justice Department is allocating $16.7 million to help people affected by the Las Vegas Strip mass shooting that became the deadliest in the nation’s modern history. Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Friday in Cincinnati that the money will defray costs of counseling, therapy, rehabilitation, trauma recovery and […]
 
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An Iowa day care center owned for over a decade by acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker was cited for several state licensing violations and had its status temporarily downgraded in 2007 after an inspection report found several paperwork infractions and a lack of supplies for certain age groups, according to records released this week.
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Iowa attorney Matthew Whitaker had an audacious plan to land a plum federal job in 2017 — appearing regularly as a conservative pundit on cable TV shows that President Trump was known to devour. The pitch paid off when he was named chief of staff to then-Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions. And when Sessions...
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker has swung through Tennessee to laud the approach being taken against the opioid epidemic by the Trump administration. Whitaker read from prepared remarks alongside Tennessee’s U.S. attorneys Thursday in Nashville. He steered clear of discussing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 […]
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His modus operandi is deceit. Jerome Corsi’s name has been appearing in mainstream media outlets a lot in recent weeks thanks to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia-related investigation—and on November 27, he released a copy of a plea agreement that Mueller offered him. Mueller’s team alleges that Corsi lied to investigators about acting as an intermediary between Roger Stone (a long-time ally of President Donald Trump) and WikiLeaks during the 2016 presidential election; Corsi, however, has rejected Mueller’s offer of probation (rather than jail time) in exchange for pleading guilty to one count of perjury.There are some media figures on the alt-right who are so extreme and outlandish that even traditional conservative outlets like the National Review and the Weekly Standard distance themselves from them, and Corsi is such an individual. The 72-year-old journalist/author and unapologetic conspiracy theorist isn’t the type of person who the National Review’s Jo...
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Cohen's plea includes ominous references to Trump's family. Michael D'Antonio, a biographer of President Donald Trump, pointed out a key vulnerability for the president revealed in the latest guilty plea by his former lawyer Michael Cohen.In Cohen's plea, which admitted to lying to Congress about his work on a deal to develop a Trump Tower Moscow with Russian officials on the president's behalf during the 2016 campaign, he said that he consulted with members of the Trump family (and Donald Trump himself) about the project."The people most likely to be involved would have been Ivanka Trump and Donald Jr.," D'Antonio told CNN's Brooke Baldwin. "This is not the kind of project that Eric [Trump] would have had much to do with. This is, I think, the president's nightmare: The idea that his daughter and his son could be drawn into this web, and not only smeared but perhaps subject to criminal investigation — that the whole family enterprise could be threatened by this......
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It's been a wild week for Mueller's team. It’s no coincidence that in 2018, major media outlets like MSNBC and CNN have made a point of inviting Jill Wine-Banks, John Dean, Dan Rather and Carl Bernstein to appear as guests and comment on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia-related investigation. All of them lived through Watergate in the 1970s: Wine-Banks was an assistant prosecutor in Watergate, while Dean was President Richard Nixon’s White House counsel and Rather and Bernstein reported on Watergate extensively as journalists—and when any of them assert that Mueller’s probe and Russiagate give them a feeling of déjà vu, it’s not something to be taken lightly. After the 2018 midterms, President Donald Trump’s decision to fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions and replace him with loyalist Matthew Whitaker—who has been highly critical of Mueller’s investigation—seemed highly Nixon-ish to those who are old enough to remember Watergate. Nonetheless...
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There's more potential for false statements charges. After Michael Cohen pleaded guilty Thursday to lying to Congress about a Moscow real estate deal he was working on for Donald Trump during the 2016 election, the president's lawyer Rudy Giuliani began spinning the development as consistent with Trump's own sworn statements.Cohen admitted in the plea that he had lied about the negotiations for Trump Tower Moscow in an attempt to truncate the Russia investigation. Instead of ending in January 2016, as Cohen had told congressional investigators, work for the ultimately failed project extended into June 2016. Trump himself was updated on the developments in the project multiple times, Cohen said.Speaking with the New York Times, Giuliani claimed that Cohen's new revelations match the president's sworn statements to Mueller. However, what Giuliani actually said about that response tells a different story.“The president said there was a proposal [for the Moscow project], it w...
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This is what observers have been afraid of. The bombshell of Michael Cohen pleading guilty Thursday to coordinating with Russian officials on President Donald Trump's behalf during the 2016 election was an explosive addition to an already damning set of facts against the president. But a new detail about the development in a Washington Post report suggests that Trump has gained a key piece of leverage over Mueller. The Post reports:The plea is likely to further chill relations between the White House and the Justice Department, where acting attorney general Matthew G. Whitaker has been serving for several weeks since the president forced out attorney general Jeff Sessions.Justice Department policies and special counsel regulations call for the attorney general to be notified of significant events in such investigations, and a person familiar with the case said Whitaker was notified ahead of time about Cohen’s plea.When Whitaker was first appointed after Attorney General Jeff...
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For Robert Mueller, when it comes to Manafort and Donald Trump, it’s heads I win, tails you lose. Now that Paul Manafort had re-emerged among us, it might be useful to remind ourselves who he is. Currently occupying a solitary cell in a Virginia jail, he is the blow-dried preening lobbyist and political consultant who lavished $1,369,655 on his wardrobe in ill-gotten funds laundered from phony front companies on the island of Cyprus. For nearly 40 years, he ran successful con jobs across the globe. His lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., which he ran along with fellow Republicans Charlie Black and Roger Stone, represented dictatorships all over the world, according to a profile published by The Atlantic last March. “The firm’s client base grew to include dictatorial governments in Nigeria, Kenya, Zaire, Equatorial Guinea, Saudi Arabia, and Somalia, among others,” The Atlantic reported.Manafort, Black and Stone also took on the Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and the...
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Keep in mind that Trump is a terrible witness. Pay close attention to the front page story in Wednesday’s New York Times about Paul Manafort’s lawyer cooperating with Trump’s lawyers. It may well prove to be very important news just a short way down the road.This story first appeared at DC Report.Bob Somerby at The Daily Howler, among others, has poked fun at the piece since it basically has one key new fact, not the torrent of them we find in so many other important stories about Trump White House intrigues.Its sole named source is Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s television lawyer. Giuliani acknowledged that information gleaned from Manafort’s meetings with FBI agents and prosecutors as a cooperating witness was being passed to Team Trump by Manafort lawyer Kevin Downing.That one fact could well doom Trump’s presidency and perhaps land Trump and others behind bars.As The Times notes, there is nothing illegal about what Downing did. That said, this double-agentish conduct wou...
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Heads, Mueller wins; tails, Trump loses. Now that Paul Manafort had re-emerged among us, it might be useful to remind ourselves who he is. Currently occupying a solitary cell in a Virginia jail, he is the blow-dried preening lobbyist and political consultant who lavished $1,369,655 on his wardrobe in ill-gotten funds laundered from phony front companies on the island of Cyprus. For nearly 40 years, he ran successful con jobs across the globe. His lobbying firm in Washington, D.C., which he ran along with fellow Republicans Charlie Black and Roger Stone, represented dictatorships all over the world, according to a profile published by The Atlantic last March. “The firm’s client base grew to include dictatorial governments in Nigeria, Kenya, Zaire, Equatorial Guinea, Saudi Arabia, and Somalia, among others,” The Atlantic reported.Manafort, Black and Stone also took on the Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos, and then rehabilitated the murderous Angolan guerrilla fighter Jon...
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The head of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday the agency will brief members of a Senate panel on the matter of a subpoena it issued last year that Matthew Whitaker, now the acting attorney general, reportedly refused to comply with.
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The head of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission said on Tuesday the agency will brief members of a Senate panel on the matter of a subpoena it issued last year that Matthew Whitaker, now the acting attorney general, reportedly refused to comply with. Whitaker declined to respond to the October 2017 subpoena from the FTC, which had sought records related to his past relationship with World Patent Marketing, the Washington Post reported this month. World Patent Marketing, a company accused by the government of bilking millions of dollars from consumers, admitted no fault but settled with the FTC for more than $25 million earlier this year.
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During an interview with WGBH Boston released on Monday, former FBI Director James Comey stated that while Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker “may not be the sharpest knife in our drawer,” Whitaker “can see his future, and knows that if he acted in an extralegal way, he would go down in history for the wrong reasons.” Comey said he knew Whitaker “casually.” He added that there is “a serious legal question” about the legality of Whitaker’s appointment that he doesn’t know the answer to, and that he hopes Whitaker is having ethics officials at the Department of Justice look at whether he should be involved in the Mueller investigation. Comey further stated that Whitaker derailing the Mueller probe is “a worry, but to my mind, not a serious worry. The institution is too strong, and he frankly, is not strong enough to have that kind of impact. And he may not be the sharpest knife in our drawer, but he can see his futur...
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Former FBI Director James Comey dinged acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker in an interview Monday, saying the controversial Justice Department chief "may not be the sharpest knife in our drawer," but he doubted Whitaker would derail the Russia investigation, as some lawmakers fear.
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“I’ve been at the Justice Department twice,” Neal Katyal noted. “Both times, there was one thick red line you knew never to cross, which is to allow the White House any input into criminal prosecutions." President Donald Trump drew widespread criticism after the New York Times reported, on November 20, that he encouraged the U.S. Justice Department to prosecute two of his political enemies: 2016 presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former FBI Director James Comey. And attorney Neal Katyal, who served as acting solicitor general under President Barack Obama, is asserting that Trump’s actions are impeachable.Interviewed by Ari Melber on MSNBC on November 26, Katyal explained, “This is not about politics. This is about the rule of law at its most central essence.”By urging the Justice Department to jail his political enemies, Katyal stressed, Trump has crossed a dangerous line that merits impeachment.“I’ve been at the Justice Department twice,” Katyal...
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BOSTON (AP) — Former FBI Director James Comey says Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker “may not be the sharpest knife” in the drawer. Comey made those comments during an interview Monday with WGBH News in Boston after he was asked whether Whitaker could derail special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. Comey said Whitaker “may not […]
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Former FBI Director James Comey says Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker "may not be the sharpest knife" in the drawer.
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Mueller's team may not have needed Paul Manafort's testimony at all. With the dissolution of Paul Manafort's plea deal this week, the former Trump campaign chairman's role in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation had been once again been thrown into doubt.It's not clear, for instance, if Mueller's accusation that Manafort has been lying to the investigators marks a devastating blow for the probe or if it's a sign that the former campaign chairman has made a serious mistake.But Marcy Wheeler, one of most astute Mueller watchers who once provided as yet undisclosed information to the FBI about the investigation, argued compellingly that Manafort has been acting as a mole within the investigation for President Donald Trump. Even more intriguingly, though, she believes Mueller knew this and may have used Manafort against the president.The only sane reason, she claimed in a new blog post, that Manafort would lie to Mueller even after taking a plea deal, is th...
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The attorneys general from 14 states and Washington, D.C., are urging a federal district court judge to block Matthew Whitaker from continuing to serve as acting U.S. attorney general.The state attorneys general filed a friend of the court brief in...
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The attorneys general from 14 states and Washington, D.C., are urging a federal district court judge to block Matthew Whitaker from continuing to serve as acting U.S. attorney general.The state attorneys general fi...
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They also want Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from overseeing Robert Mueller's probe. Senate Democrats are threatening to withhold their votes on a government funding bill unless protections for the special counsel investigation are passed, the Wall Street Journal reports.Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) said he's "not going to rule out any option" with the spending bill if the special counsel provision isn't included. "I feel very strongly about protecting Bob Mueller," he told the WSJ. "I think that I will look at any and all vehicles in order to do that. That goes to the question as to whether the president is above the law." Republicans need 60 votes in the Senate to pass the spending bill, which needs to be completed by December 8 to avert a partial government shutdown. A Senate Democratic aide told the WSJ that the shutdown threat "will depend in part on whether Mr. Trump continues or escalates his attacks on Mr. Mueller's investigation."They al...
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Whitaker has the ultimate authority. The acting attorney general installed by President Donald Trump can upend the special counsel probe in one significant — and overlooked — way, according to an MSNBC legal analyst.Matthew Whitaker took over for former attorney general Jeff Sessions shortly after the election, but deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein still oversees Robert Mueller’s investigation into Trump campaign ties to Russia.“He’s not stepped aside from his direct oversight role of Mueller,” said MSNBC contributor Natasha Bertrand. “But Whitaker has the ultimate authority. Anything Mueller wants to do, if Whitaker vetoes it he has that power.”Whitaker can serve up to 210 days as interim attorney general before Trump has to replace him, and legal analyst Maya Wiley told “Morning Joe” he could protect the president, his family and his associates.“One thing that’s important for us all to note here is, if Robert Mueller has an indictment that he’s re...
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