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I awoke Thursday morning mildly pissed off at Robert Mueller. It wasn’t until I was well along on my morning run that I realized why. In his statement to the press, Mueller told us what we already knew. For example, he told us his investigation did not exonerate Trump. Explicitly, he said, “if we had had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so.”

Furthermore, Mueller explained why he couldn’t say positively that the president did, in fact, commit a crime, when he said, “under long-standing Department [of Justice] policy, a President cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office.”
 Nevertheless, Bob Mueller did tell us why it was necessary to investigate the President, even if he couldn’t indict him, when he said, “the opinion [of the DOJ’s policy] explicitly permits the investigation of a sitting President because it is important to preserve evidence while memories are fresh and documents available.”


Next he implied that it was the Constitutional business of the Congress to indict the President by way of impeachment because the Department of Justice could not, when he said, “And second, the opinion [of DOJ policy] says that the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting President of wrongdoing.”


So, why am I pissed off? Because what Mueller said was too dry, too dusty, too esoterically academic for most Republicans to understand. Bob Mueller deliberately avoided language that was pointed and emphatic because he knew perfectly well that what he did in fact say would be deliberately twisted by the likes of Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Sanders and regurgitated back to Trump’s idiot base as “No collusion” and “No obstruction.”



Bob Mueller should have said something like this: “Many people have deliberately misquoted the intent of my report to satisfy their political bias. Let me say this in no uncertain terms. My report does not, repeat not, exonerate the President. It is not my business, nor the business of the Department of Justice, to indict him. That question I now leave entirely in the hands of the Congress of the United States. I have given the Congress, in the evidence presented in my investigation, all they need to impeach Donald Trump. That decision is now theirs.”




Bob Mueller, like most Republicans, is a coward. He decided, like most Republicans have, that being a Republican is far more important than standing up and making a principled, emphatic pronouncement that everyone understands and can be understood in only one way. These days not many people want to be an Edward R Murrow and announce to the world that red-baiting is wrong. Few have the guts to be a Katherine Graham and defy a corrupt and evil administration and say “No!” – even if it means going to prison. Nobody wants to be a Walter Cronkite and stand up and declare that the President of the United States should resign.


We understand. That would require courage. Besides which, Edward R Murrow, Katherine Graham and Walter Cronkite were all Democrats.



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8:58 AM 5/30/2019 – “Nothing changes”?! “Insufficient evidence”?! “Person is innocent”?! “The case is closed!”?! ???!!! “Thank you.”!

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Twitter reacts to hearing Robert Mueller’s voice
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:01:41 -0400

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After two years of silence, the world finally got to hear the voice of Robert Mueller. CNN’s Jeanne Moos reports on Twitter’s reaction. #CNN #News

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Thu, 30 May 2019 05:01:09 -0400

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Thu, 30 May 2019 05:00:19 -0400

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Because of constitutional and Justice Department limits, Mueller said he and his team had not considered bringing charges against President Trump.

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Thu, 30 May 2019 04:59:36 -0400

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Thu, 30 May 2019 04:59:22 -0400

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Thu, 30 May 2019 04:59:04 -0400

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Mueller explains why he didn’t charge Trump
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:58:39 -0400

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Special counsel Robert Mueller broke his silence one month after he released the findings of his Russia probe. He explained that it would have been unconstitutional to charge a sitting president and suggested it is up to Congress to pursue impeachment. Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bob Litt joins CBSN to provide legal insight on what Mueller said Wednesday.

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Thu, 30 May 2019 04:58:16 -0400

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Teen pleads guilty in Mar-a-Lago security breach
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:57:54 -0400

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Mueller: DOJ policy says we can’t charge a president
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:57:32 -0400

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Special counsel Robert Mueller did not clear President Trump from obstructing justice Wednesday, but he didn’t accuse him directly either. Hunter Walker, a White House correspondent for Yahoo News, joins CBSN to discuss Wednesday’s political news.

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The World Health Organization will remove “gender identity disorder” from its global manual of diagnoses — a major win for transgender rights. The change was announced last summer, but a resolution to amend the health guidelines was officially approved Saturday.

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Thu, 30 May 2019 04:57:00 -0400

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Mueller breaks his silence to resign as Special Counsel and deliver a statement. Ari, Maya Wiley, John Flannery, Eugene Robinson, and Neal Katyal break down the key takeaways and answer the critical question: What’s next?
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Neal Katyal: Mueller Tell-All “Devastating” For Donald Trump | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:56:37 -0400

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The person who wrote the Special Counsel’s rules, Neal Katyal, discusses how Robert Mueller handled his end-of-probe statement and what it means for the Special Counsel’s legacy.
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Neal Katyal: Mueller Tell-All “Devastating” For Donald Trump | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

Inside Robert Mueller’s New Challenge To Congress | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:56:12 -0400

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Duration: 07:46

Mueller breaks his silence, handing off any next steps to Congress and downplays testifying before Congress. In response, many democrats are vowing to make Mueller testify. Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler responds to Mueller’s remarks saying “all options on table” to address the President’s “crimes.”
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Inside Robert Mueller’s New Challenge To Congress | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

Democrats Demand Mueller Testimony | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:42:28 -0400

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Duration: 06:57

In his historic statement, Bob Mueller talked election meddling and DOJ rules, but did not mention convicted trump aides or specific evidence on trump. A former prosecutor who worked with Mueller says the special counsel’s testimony to Congress may now be more important than ever.
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Democrats Demand Mueller Testimony | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

Hannity: Hate-Trump media is just lies, noise
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:37:39 -0400

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Duration: 14:49

Trump-Russia collusion narrative is dead; Robert Mueller shares Russia investigation remarks amid resignation. #Hannity #FoxNews

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Biden Polling Drops, Clear Front-Runners Emerge for 2020
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:37:13 -0400

From: MidweekPolitics
Duration: 05:41

–Joe Biden’s polling trails off in the 2020 Democratic primary as the front-runners become clear, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren

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Ingraham: Mueller pulls a Comey
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:30:40 -0400

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Robert Mueller speaks for the first time since Russia probe ended; did he give a nudge to Democrats seeking impeachment? #Ingraham #FoxNews

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Robert Mueller Contradicted Attorney General William Barr | All In | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:26:52 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
Duration: 07:36

In setting the record straight today, Robert Mueller contradicted Attorney General William Barr about Mueller’s own report, particularly on Trump’s potential obstruction of justice.
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Robert Mueller Contradicted Attorney General William Barr | All In | MSNBC

Mitch McConnell Blocks Bills To Combat Election Interference | All In | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:23:26 -0400

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Duration: 07:11

Robert Mueller says “every American” should be worried about Russia’s ongoing efforts to undermine our democracy. But the top Republican in Congress refuses to do anything about it.
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Mitch McConnell Blocks Bills To Combat Election Interference | All In | MSNBC

Parscale: Dems’ impeachment platform is about fundraising
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:18:27 -0400

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Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale reacts to Mueller’s comments about Congress making the call on impeachment. #Ingraham #FoxNews

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Rep. Scalise responds to impeachment threats
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:17:08 -0400

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Democrats band together on impeachment; reaction from House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.

Impeachment calls ramp up following Mueller’s press conference
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:10:36 -0400

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New impeachment pressure on Pelosi; reaction from Dave Brown, former senior adviser to Sen. Murray, and Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro.

There’s Nothing Shocking About the Rise of the Extreme Right
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:10:11 -0400

From: MidweekPolitics
Duration: 08:06

–There’s nothing shocking about the rise of the extreme right, including extremism fomented by Donald Trump and nationalism in Europe

Neal Katyal: Mueller Undermined Donald Trump’s Attorney General | The Last Word | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:09:47 -0400

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Duration: 06:39

Former acting solicitor general Neal Katyal tweeted that Mueller’s statement was devastating to Donald Trump and that it undermined the President’s attorney general. Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal joins Lawrence O’Donnell.
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Neal Katyal: Mueller Undermined Donald Trump’s Attorney General | The Last Word | MSNBC

Impeach Donald Trump And Pence? Fmr. GOP Congressman Says It Should Happen. | The Last Word | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:00:08 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
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Justin Amash remains the only sitting member of Congress to call for impeachment. But former Republican members of Congress have started to join the call. Former Missouri Republican Rep. Tom Coleman joins Lawrence O’Donnell to explain why he supports not only impeaching President Trump, but also Vice President Pence.
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Impeach Donald Trump And Pence? Fmr. GOP Congressman Says It Should Happen. | The Last Word | MSNBC

Intel Chairman Adam Schiff: Robert Mueller ‘Has One More Duty,’ To Testify | The Last Word | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:40:50 -0400

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Adam Schiff tells Lawrence O’Donnell that William Barr and Trump are making the same misdirection about Robert Mueller’s conclusion, claiming Trump was exonerated when he wasn’t. It’s one of many reasons why Schiff says that Mueller must testify publicly.
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Intel Chairman Adam Schiff: Robert Mueller ‘Has One More Duty,’ To Testify | The Last Word | MSNBC

Remarks On Trump Investigation, Mueller Gave A Stark Warning About Russia | The 11th Hour | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:33:24 -0400

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While speaking about his investigation into Trump and Russia, Robert Mueller made a point to speak about the continued threat Moscow still poses on American democracy. Frank Figliuzzi, Jeremy Bash, Katie Benner, and Philip Rucker join to discuss.
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Remarks On Trump Investigation, Mueller Gave A Stark Warning About Russia | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Robert Mueller Contradicts Both Trump And AG Barr On Russia Investigation | The 11th Hour | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:24:17 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
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In mid-April, Attorney General William Barr gave his take on the Trump-Russia investigation. Concluding his work at DOJ, Mueller spoke and told a remarkably different story. Cynthia Alksne and Matthew Miller discuss.
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Robert Mueller Contradicts Both Trump And AG Barr On Russia Investigation | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Robert Mueller Makes Clear Onus For Trump Accountability Is On Congress | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:08:21 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
Duration: 15:24

Rachel Maddow looks at Robert Mueller’s remarks about his investigation and report in which he made clear that he was prevented from prosecuting Donald Trump by DOJ policy, making it the duty of Congress to adjudicate the facts Mueller’s team gathered and hold Donald Trump accountable to the law.
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Robert Mueller Makes Clear Onus For Trump Accountability Is On Congress | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

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“trump as danger to National Security” – Google News: As Barr mulls declassification, a familiar tune from critics – Chicago Daily Herald
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:05:56 -0400
As Barr mulls declassification, a familiar tune from critics  Chicago Daily HeraldColumnist Byron York: In February 2018, the House Intelligence Committee released the so-called Nunes memo.

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Mueller emphasizes that he didn’t clear Trump – POLITICO
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:03:49 -0400

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Mueller emphasizes that he didn’t clear Trump

‘If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,’ the special counsel said.

Special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday said he did not want to testify before Congress about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, setting up a potential clash with House Democrats.

But Mueller also sparked a new round of impeachment calls after stressing, this time in person, that he could not clear President Donald Trump of obstruction charges.

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His remarks were the first time the public had heard from Mueller after two years, 199 criminal charges and 37 indictments. Mueller, who said on Wednesday that he was resigning and closing down the special counsel’s office, delivered the statement more than two months after he submitted his 448-page final report on the 22-month Russia investigation.

“I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner. I am making that decision myself,” Mueller said in remarks on camera at the Justice Department.

“Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report,” he added. “The report is my testimony.”

But Mueller — inadvertently or not — seemed to hand off to Congress the issue of whether the president should be held accountable for attempting to obstruct the Russia probe. Mueller’s report lays out several instances of attempts to stymie federal investigators without saying whether those actions rose to the level of a crime.

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” he noted. “We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”

In explaining his decision, Mueller seemed to nod to Congress’s power to launch impeachment proceedings.

“The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing,” said Mueller, who did not take questions.

The rare statement came amid negotiations between Mueller’s team and the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees for him to testify publicly about his findings — talks that have faltered in recent weeks as Mueller has sought clarity from the Justice Department on the boundaries of his would-be testimony.

Mueller’s remarks will likely now put the onus on House Democrats to decide whether they want to subpoena Mueller to talk, a move that would put the two sides on a legal collision course.

Democrats sent mixed signals about their plans after Mueller spoke. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Mueller “needs to testify before Congress,” but House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler was more cagey.

“Mr. Mueller told us a lot of what we needed to hear today,” he said at an afternoon press conference.

Several Democrats said on Wednesday that Mueller was effectively handing things off to Congress, raising anew the specter of impeachment. Nadler, who was given a heads up before Mueller’s statement, said in a statement afterward that it now “falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump — and we will do so.” But pressed specifically about impeachment at his press conference, Nadler would only say that “all options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out.”

Others were more direct.

Justin Amash, the lone Republican lawmaker advocating for launching impeachment proceedings, tweeted: “The ball is in our court, Congress.”

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Most Republicans appeared unmoved, however. “It is time to move on from the investigation and start focusing on real solutions for the American people,” said Republican Doug Collins, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.

The White House was notified on Tuesday night that Mueller might make a statement on Wednesday and was not caught off-guard by the announcement. President Donald Trump monitored the comments from the White House, and tweeted later that “nothing changes” as a result of Mueller’s comments.

“There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you,” he tweeted.

Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow said Mueller’s announcement “puts a period on a two-year investigation that produced no findings of collusion or obstruction against the President.”

Sekulow’s statement contrasts with what Mueller actually said on Wednesday, when he again outlined the findings that were out in two separate volumes of his final report. The first section outlined the campaign’s contacts with Russia but determined “that there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy” between the two sides, Mueller said. The second section discussed Trump’s efforts to interfere in the Russia investigation but declined to either indict or exonerate Trump on possible obstruction of justice charges.

Mueller said that because of longstanding DOJ policy that a sitting president could not be indicted, it was “not an option” to charge Trump. But Mueller alluded to “a process other than the criminal justice system” that the Constitution provides to accuse a president of “wrongdoing.”

It was a signal many Democrats took to mean the impeachment process. Indeed, Mueller also said that one reason his team did not charge Trump was because it would be “unfair” to accuse the president of a crime “when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge.” Impeachment proceedings would offer both sides a chance to make their arguments in Congress, and render a decision.

Some lawmakers even changed their stance on impeachment after hearing Mueller’s remarks.

“Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately,” tweeted Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who is running for president.

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Others called the statement an impeachment referral in all but name.

“This is as close to an impeachment referral as you could get under the circumstances,” said Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who is also vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Wednesday’s statement caps a back-and-forth between Mueller and his boss, Attorney General Bill Barr, who handled the initial presentation of Mueller’s report.

Justice Department officials confirmed to POLITICO last month that Mueller wrote a letter to Barr in March complaining that a four-page memo Barr wrote characterizing Mueller’s primary findings “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the Russia investigation.

Mueller sent the letter to Barr on March 27, three days after Barr issued his four-page summary. The missive cited “public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation.”

Mueller appeared to back away from that language on Wednesday. He said he “certainly” does not question Barr’s “good faith” in deciding to make most of the full report public all at once rather than heeding Mueller’s request to release certain portions of the report immediately after the investigation concluded.

“We conducted an independent criminal investigation and reported the results to the attorney general, as required by department regulations,” Mueller said. “The attorney general then concluded that it was appropriate to provide our report to Congress and to the American people.”

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‘If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,’ the special counsel said.

Special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday said he did not want to testify before Congress about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, setting up a potential clash with House Democrats.

But Mueller also sparked a new round of impeachment calls after stressing, this time in person, that he could not clear President Donald Trump of obstruction charges.

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His remarks were the first time the public had heard from Mueller after two years, 199 criminal charges and 37 indictments. Mueller, who said on Wednesday that he was resigning and closing down the special counsel’s office, delivered the statement more than two months after he submitted his 448-page final report on the 22-month Russia investigation.

“I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner. I am making that decision myself,” Mueller said in remarks on camera at the Justice Department.

“Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report,” he added. “The report is my testimony.”

But Mueller — inadvertently or not — seemed to hand off to Congress the issue of whether the president should be held accountable for attempting to obstruct the Russia probe. Mueller’s report lays out several instances of attempts to stymie federal investigators without saying whether those actions rose to the level of a crime.

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” he noted. “We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”

In explaining his decision, Mueller seemed to nod to Congress’s power to launch impeachment proceedings.

“The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing,” said Mueller, who did not take questions.

The rare statement came amid negotiations between Mueller’s team and the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees for him to testify publicly about his findings — talks that have faltered in recent weeks as Mueller has sought clarity from the Justice Department on the boundaries of his would-be testimony.

Mueller’s remarks will likely now put the onus on House Democrats to decide whether they want to subpoena Mueller to talk, a move that would put the two sides on a legal collision course.

Democrats sent mixed signals about their plans after Mueller spoke. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Mueller “needs to testify before Congress,” but House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler was more cagey.

“Mr. Mueller told us a lot of what we needed to hear today,” he said at an afternoon press conference.

Several Democrats said on Wednesday that Mueller was effectively handing things off to Congress, raising anew the specter of impeachment. Nadler, who was given a heads up before Mueller’s statement, said in a statement afterward that it now “falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump — and we will do so.” But pressed specifically about impeachment at his press conference, Nadler would only say that “all options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out.”

Others were more direct.

Justin Amash, the lone Republican lawmaker advocating for launching impeachment proceedings, tweeted: “The ball is in our court, Congress.”

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Most Republicans appeared unmoved, however. “It is time to move on from the investigation and start focusing on real solutions for the American people,” said Republican Doug Collins, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.

The White House was notified on Tuesday night that Mueller might make a statement on Wednesday and was not caught off-guard by the announcement. President Donald Trump monitored the comments from the White House, and tweeted later that “nothing changes” as a result of Mueller’s comments.

“There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you,” he tweeted.

Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow said Mueller’s announcement “puts a period on a two-year investigation that produced no findings of collusion or obstruction against the President.”

Sekulow’s statement contrasts with what Mueller actually said on Wednesday, when he again outlined the findings that were out in two separate volumes of his final report. The first section outlined the campaign’s contacts with Russia but determined “that there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy” between the two sides, Mueller said. The second section discussed Trump’s efforts to interfere in the Russia investigation but declined to either indict or exonerate Trump on possible obstruction of justice charges.

Mueller said that because of longstanding DOJ policy that a sitting president could not be indicted, it was “not an option” to charge Trump. But Mueller alluded to “a process other than the criminal justice system” that the Constitution provides to accuse a president of “wrongdoing.”

It was a signal many Democrats took to mean the impeachment process. Indeed, Mueller also said that one reason his team did not charge Trump was because it would be “unfair” to accuse the president of a crime “when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge.” Impeachment proceedings would offer both sides a chance to make their arguments in Congress, and render a decision.

Some lawmakers even changed their stance on impeachment after hearing Mueller’s remarks.

“Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately,” tweeted Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who is running for president.

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Others called the statement an impeachment referral in all but name.

“This is as close to an impeachment referral as you could get under the circumstances,” said Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who is also vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Wednesday’s statement caps a back-and-forth between Mueller and his boss, Attorney General Bill Barr, who handled the initial presentation of Mueller’s report.

Justice Department officials confirmed to POLITICO last month that Mueller wrote a letter to Barr in March complaining that a four-page memo Barr wrote characterizing Mueller’s primary findings “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the Russia investigation.

Mueller sent the letter to Barr on March 27, three days after Barr issued his four-page summary. The missive cited “public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation.”

Mueller appeared to back away from that language on Wednesday. He said he “certainly” does not question Barr’s “good faith” in deciding to make most of the full report public all at once rather than heeding Mueller’s request to release certain portions of the report immediately after the investigation concluded.

“We conducted an independent criminal investigation and reported the results to the attorney general, as required by department regulations,” Mueller said. “The attorney general then concluded that it was appropriate to provide our report to Congress and to the American people.”

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Robert Mueller’s Sense of Duty Illuminates His Tough Choices

Michael_Novakhov shared this story from Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices.

Reactions to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s public appearance on Wednesday morning came swiftly, arriving on cable TV panels and social media platforms even before he finished his brief statement.

The first group of responses breathlessly relayed Mueller’s bottom lines, with his description of his inability under Department of Justice policy to accuse the president of crimes and his declaration of unwillingness to exonerate the president of obstruction of justice treated as breaking news. These conclusions, of course, have been available for almost six weeks, thanks to Attorney General William Barr’s choice to release a redacted version of the Mueller report on April 18. The fact that such statements grabbed headlines immediately after Mueller’s appearance reveals less about the special counsel’s work than it does about how few people—including, apparently, many members of Congress—have made time to actually read the report.

The second set of reactions exploded after Mueller’s expression of his desire to walk away now and leave additional commentary and action to others. “I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak about this matter,” he said. “I am making that decision myself—no one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter.” The collective sense of abandonment, as expressed most energetically on social media, was palpable. You would have thought Mueller had just announced he was flying to the moon.

But such shock is misplaced. Mueller’s lifetime of public service and his approach to his work as special counsel over the past two years foreshadowed that he would take this approach—remaining within what he understood as his proper lane up to and beyond the end of any assignment, no matter how bumpy the road.

To understand this, it helps to break down Mueller’s choices since the start of his investigation into three categories: things he felt obliged to do, things he felt unable to do and the small category of things in between—which his sense of duty also guided.

First are the set of actions that the special counsel regulations and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment letter required. Specifically, Mueller was tasked to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump” as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation” and “any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. §600.4(a).” Mueller did that job straight as an arrow, prosecuting crimes arising from the investigation and referring everything else to other offices.

He also delivered his findings as directed. Not to Congress, not to the American people, not on Twitter—but to the attorney general,as the regulations governing his activity required: “At the conclusion of the Special Counsel’s work, he or she shall provide the Attorney General with a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel.” Under the regulations, the decision to make any or all of the report public was not Mueller’s but Barr’s.

And yet there are actions Mueller felt forbidden from taking as a Department of Justice employee. Plenty of attention rightfully has been placed on his strict adherence to the Office of Legal Counsel opinion prohibiting the indictment of a sitting president. Most interesting, however, are the actions neither demanded by Justice Department regulations and policy nor prohibited by the same. Here, Mueller’s perception of duty—which I see as his sense of both the tasks he needed to perform to complete his job ethically and the things he could not do because they would unethically push him beyond his core mission—illuminates his choices.

With only one exception, when the Office of Special Counsel’s spokesman Peter Carr disputed the accuracy of a Buzzfeed report, Mueller avoided commenting publicly on issues related to the special counsel’s investigation (outside of public court documents), regardless of what the president and others in the outside world were saying about him, his team and their collective work. The regulations do not prohibit the special counsel from making public statements. But Mueller chose to keep his head down and do his work.

Yet Mueller did not remain entirely silent. Regarding the report itself, the special counsel’s office could have produced a sparse text, merely listing prosecution and declination decisions with a sentence or two each for the purpose of, as the regulations require, “explaining the prosecution or declination decisions.” As Gen. Michael Hayden and I wrote last month, Mueller’s lengthy report went beyond that absolute minimum—and he wrote in the text of the report how duty drove this choice. He self-consciously wanted to preserve evidence for future prosecutors (should they choose to charge the president with crimes after he leaves office) and for Congress (should it choose to pursue the president’s impeachment). Even though he drew the line short of opining about the president’s actions, he found a way to fulfill a greater duty to the country while not violating his more direct duty as special counsel.

Another area not governed tightly by rules is whether to seek to testify before Congress. The special counsel law does not explicitly prohibit doing so, yet nothing in the statute suggests it. His requirements ended with the delivery of the confidential report to the attorney general. As for whether or how to speak publicly about his work, Mueller had a choice to make. Should he offer to go “behind the report,” to tell Congress more than the printed word conveyed?

Without getting inside Mueller’s mind or heart, it is impossible to know how he made his choice. But my experience with him and his actions to date in this investigation suggest that his sense of duty again pushed him to a strict constructionist view of his mandate. Seeking to testify, or even planting the seed for a request to testify, would have been inconsistent with his pattern of narrowly following his legal and policy guidance as special counsel.

But, as just described, he had already elected to write a report that went beyond the bare minimum. So why not lean forward here, too, and give a wink or a nod to testifying?

I suspect that here, as with the choice to write a detailed report, Mueller may have in mind a sense of greater duty to the country: accepting legitimate legislative branch oversight of the executive branch, which can come in the form of a subpoena. Mueller may prefer not to testify, but he would probably not refuse to show up if Congress demanded his presence. “There has been discussion about an appearance before Congress,” he acknowledged at his press conference before adding, “Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report …. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress.” He didn’t say that he would refuse to provide information to the elected representatives of the American people—just that, in doing so, he’d stay within the four corners of the report itself.

Although Robert Mueller is not a political actor, he’s been around the game long enough to understand Washington better than most, to anticipate others’ moves and to prepare for contingencies. Imagine if he had appeared eager to testify, or if he had simply left it as an open question. For the first time in more than two years, he would have opened himself up to understandable claims of being political, by seeking to do something outside his core duty, and to a barrage of hypercharged presidential tweets. At a minimum, any apparent desire to appear before Congress would risk shrinking the American people’s healthy confidence in his work.

The situation would be quite different if he were compelled to testify—even if only to read aloud, in heavily watched televised hearings, the many damning pieces of evidence and disturbing conclusions in the text of the report. Mueller would be seen as a reluctant witness, having made clear he’d rather remain in private life than spend another minute in the spotlight.

What better way would there be to fulfill a wider sense of duty than to see to it that American voters and their representatives hear the report’s words about what the president has done without pushing to do so?

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President Trump tweeted about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s statement on Wednesday, apparently stating for the first time that Russia helped him win the 2016 election without his own involvement, though he later walked back these statements to reporters at the White House, notes the Washington Post.

Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates pushed for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump following Mueller’s statement, according to NBC News.

Officials from the Defense Intelligence Agency believe that Russia may be conducting low-level nuclear tests—or that the country has the capability to carry out tests exceeding the zero-yield limit set out in the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty—reports Reuters. The head of the body monitoring this treaty, Lassina Zerbo, said there are no signs Moscow has violated the treaty.

Israelis will vote in parliamentary elections for a second time in two months after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government coalition before a midnight deadline on Wednesday, reports the Post.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stated that recent North Korean missile tests violated a U.N. Security Council resolution, breaking with President Trump’s comments that he was not bothered by the short-range missile tests earlier this month, according to the Hill.

At least six people have been killed and six more injured in a suicide bomb attack at the entrance to a military training center in Kabul on Thursday, reports Reuters.

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Robert Mueller’s Written Statement on the Russia Investigation

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On Wednesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered a statement about the Russia investigation. The statement, as prepared for delivery, is available below.

Two years ago, the Acting Attorney General asked me to serve as Special Counsel, and he created the Special Counsel’s Office.

The appointment order directed the office to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This included investigating any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.

I have not spoken publicly during our investigation. I am speaking today because our investigation is complete. The Attorney General has made the report on our investigation largely public. And we are formally closing the Special Counsel’s Office. As well, I am resigning from the Department of Justice and returning to private life.

I’ll make a few remarks about the results of our work. But beyond these few remarks, it is important that the office’s written work speak for itself.

Let me begin where the appointment order begins: and that is interference in the 2016 presidential election.

As alleged by the grand jury in an indictment, Russian intelligence officers who were part of the Russian military launched a concerted attack on our political system.

The indictment alleges that they used sophisticated cyber techniques to hack into computers and networks used by the Clinton campaign. They stole private information, and then released that information through fake online identities and through the organization WikiLeaks. The releases were designed and timed to interfere with our election and to damage a presidential candidate.

And at the same time, as the grand jury alleged in a separate indictment, a private Russian entity engaged in a social media operation where Russian citizens posed as Americans in order to interfere in the election.

These indictments contain allegations. And we are not commenting on the guilt or innocence of any specific defendant. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.

The indictments allege, and the other activities in our report describe, efforts to interfere in our political system. They needed to be investigated and understood. That is among the reasons why the Department of Justice established our office.

That is also a reason we investigated efforts to obstruct the investigation. The matters we investigated were of paramount importance. It was critical for us to obtain full and accurate information from every person we questioned. When a subject of an investigation obstructs that investigation or lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of the government’s effort to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable.

Let me say a word about the report. The report has two parts addressing the two main issues we were asked to investigate.

The first volume of the report details numerous efforts emanating from Russia to influence the election. This volume includes a discussion of the Trump campaign’s response to this activity, as well as our conclusion that there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy.

And in the second volume, the report describes the results and analysis of our obstruction of justice investigation involving the President.

The order appointing me Special Counsel authorized us to investigate actions that could obstruct the investigation. We conducted that investigation and we kept the office of the Acting Attorney General apprised of the progress of our work.

As set forth in our report, after that investigation, if we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that.

We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the President did commit a crime. The introduction to volume two of our report explains that decision.

It explains that under long-standing Department policy, a President cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional. Even if the charge is kept under seal and hidden from public view—that too is prohibited.

The Special Counsel’s Office is part of the Department of Justice and, by regulation, it was bound by that Department policy. Charging the President with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider.

The Department’s written opinion explaining the policy against charging a President makes several important points that further informed our handling of the obstruction investigation. Those points are summarized in our report. And I will describe two of them:

First, the opinion explicitly permits the investigation of a sitting President because it is important to preserve evidence while memories are fresh and documents are available. Among other things, that evidence could be used if there were co-conspirators who could now be charged.

And second, the opinion says that the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting President of wrongdoing.

And beyond Department policy, we were guided by principles of fairness. It would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of an actual charge.

So that was the Justice Department policy and those were the principles under which we operated. From them we concluded that we would not reach a determination – one way or the other – about whether the President committed a crime. That is the office’s final position and we will not comment on any other conclusions or hypotheticals about the President.

We conducted an independent criminal investigation and reported the results to the Attorney General—as required by Department regulations.

The Attorney General then concluded that it was appropriate to provide our report to Congress and the American people.

At one point in time I requested that certain portions of the report be released. The Attorney General preferred to make the entire report public all at once. We appreciate that the Attorney General made the report largely public. I do not question the Attorney General’s good faith in that decision.

I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak about this matter. I am making that decision myself—no one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter.

There has been discussion about an appearance before Congress. Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report. It contains our findings and analysis, and the reasons for the decisions we made. We chose those words carefully, and the work speaks for itself.

The report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress.

In addition, access to our underlying work product is being decided in a process that does not involve our office.

So beyond what I have said here today and what is contained in our written work, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation or to comment on the actions of the Justice Department or Congress.

It is for that reason that I will not take questions here today.

Before I step away, I want to thank the attorneys, the FBI agents, the analysts, and the professional staff who helped us conduct this investigation in a fair and independent manner. These individuals, who spent nearly two years with the Special Counsel’s Office, were of the highest integrity.

I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments—that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election.

That allegation deserves the attention of every American.

Thank you.

Livestream: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Delivers Statement on Investigation

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Livestream: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Delivers Statement on Investigation

Special Counsel Robert Mueller will deliver a statement at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday on the investigation he led into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. A livestream is available below, via the Washington Post.

Robert Mueller’s Written Statement on the Russia Investigation

On Wednesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered a statement about the Russia investigation. The statement, as prepared for delivery, is available below.

Two years ago, the Acting Attorney General asked me to serve as Special Counsel, and he created the Special Counsel’s Office.

The appointment order directed the office to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This included investigating any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.

I have not spoken publicly during our investigation. I am speaking today because our investigation is complete. The Attorney General has made the report on our investigation largely public. And we are formally closing the Special Counsel’s Office. As well, I am resigning from the Department of Justice and returning to private life.

I’ll make a few remarks about the results of our work. But beyond these few remarks, it is important that the office’s written work speak for itself.

Let me begin where the appointment order begins: and that is interference in the 2016 presidential election.

As alleged by the grand jury in an indictment, Russian intelligence officers who were part of the Russian military launched a concerted attack on our political system.

The indictment alleges that they used sophisticated cyber techniques to hack into computers and networks used by the Clinton campaign. They stole private information, and then released that information through fake online identities and through the organization WikiLeaks. The releases were designed and timed to interfere with our election and to damage a presidential candidate.

And at the same time, as the grand jury alleged in a separate indictment, a private Russian entity engaged in a social media operation where Russian citizens posed as Americans in order to interfere in the election.

These indictments contain allegations. And we are not commenting on the guilt or innocence of any specific defendant. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.

The indictments allege, and the other activities in our report describe, efforts to interfere in our political system. They needed to be investigated and understood. That is among the reasons why the Department of Justice established our office.

That is also a reason we investigated efforts to obstruct the investigation. The matters we investigated were of paramount importance. It was critical for us to obtain full and accurate information from every person we questioned. When a subject of an investigation obstructs that investigation or lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of the government’s effort to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable.

Let me say a word about the report. The report has two parts addressing the two main issues we were asked to investigate.

The first volume of the report details numerous efforts emanating from Russia to influence the election. This volume includes a discussion of the Trump campaign’s response to this activity, as well as our conclusion that there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy.

And in the second volume, the report describes the results and analysis of our obstruction of justice investigation involving the President.

The order appointing me Special Counsel authorized us to investigate actions that could obstruct the investigation. We conducted that investigation and we kept the office of the Acting Attorney General apprised of the progress of our work.

As set forth in our report, after that investigation, if we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that.

We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the President did commit a crime. The introduction to volume two of our report explains that decision.

It explains that under long-standing Department policy, a President cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional. Even if the charge is kept under seal and hidden from public view—that too is prohibited.

The Special Counsel’s Office is part of the Department of Justice and, by regulation, it was bound by that Department policy. Charging the President with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider.

The Department’s written opinion explaining the policy against charging a President makes several important points that further informed our handling of the obstruction investigation. Those points are summarized in our report. And I will describe two of them:

First, the opinion explicitly permits the investigation of a sitting President because it is important to preserve evidence while memories are fresh and documents are available. Among other things, that evidence could be used if there were co-conspirators who could now be charged.

And second, the opinion says that the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting President of wrongdoing.

And beyond Department policy, we were guided by principles of fairness. It would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of an actual charge.

So that was the Justice Department policy and those were the principles under which we operated. From them we concluded that we would not reach a determination – one way or the other – about whether the President committed a crime. That is the office’s final position and we will not comment on any other conclusions or hypotheticals about the President.

We conducted an independent criminal investigation and reported the results to the Attorney General—as required by Department regulations.

The Attorney General then concluded that it was appropriate to provide our report to Congress and the American people.

At one point in time I requested that certain portions of the report be released. The Attorney General preferred to make the entire report public all at once. We appreciate that the Attorney General made the report largely public. I do not question the Attorney General’s good faith in that decision.

I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak about this matter. I am making that decision myself—no one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter.

There has been discussion about an appearance before Congress. Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report. It contains our findings and analysis, and the reasons for the decisions we made. We chose those words carefully, and the work speaks for itself.

The report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress.

In addition, access to our underlying work product is being decided in a process that does not involve our office.

So beyond what I have said here today and what is contained in our written work, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation or to comment on the actions of the Justice Department or Congress.

It is for that reason that I will not take questions here today.

Before I step away, I want to thank the attorneys, the FBI agents, the analysts, and the professional staff who helped us conduct this investigation in a fair and independent manner. These individuals, who spent nearly two years with the Special Counsel’s Office, were of the highest integrity.

I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments—that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election.

That allegation deserves the attention of every American.

Thank you.

Today’s Headlines & Commentary

President Trump tweetedabout Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s statement on Wednesday, apparently stating for the first time that Russia helped him win the 2016 election without his own involvement, though he later walked back these statements to reporters at the White House, notesthe Washington Post.

Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg PeteButtigieg and other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates pushed for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump following Mueller’s statement, according toNBC News.

Officials from the Defense Intelligence Agency believe that Russia may be conducting low-level nuclear tests—or that the country has the capability to carry out tests exceeding the zero-yield limit set out in the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty—reports Reuters. The head of the body monitoring this treaty, Lassina Zerbo, said there are no signs Moscow has violated the treaty.

Israelis will vote in parliamentary elections for a second time in two months after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government coalition before a midnight deadline on Wednesday, reportsthe Post.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stated that recent North Korean missile tests violated a U.N. Security Council resolution, breaking with President Trump’s comments that he was not bothered by the short-range missile tests earlier this month, according tothe Hill.

At least six people have been killed and six more injured in a suicide bomb attack at the entrance to a military training center in Kabul on Thursday, reportsReuters.

ICYMI: Yesterday on Lawfare

Andrew Patterson examinedAttorney General William Barr’s denial of bond hearings to detained asylum seekers who have viable asylum claims in the recent immigration case Matter of M-S-.

Matthew Kahn sharedSpecial Counsel Robert Mueller’s statement on the Russia investigation on Wednesday.

Benjamin Wittes reflectedon Mueller’s statement and the next steps Congress might take in response.

Robert Chesney, Danielle Citron and Quinta Jurecic discussedthe recent video on Nancy Pelosi and how political campaigns might mitigate the harm of similar videos in the run-up to the 2020 elections.

Matthew Kahn shareda special edition of the Lawfare Podcastin which Quinta Jurecic, Benjamin Wittes, David Kris and Paul Rosenzweig reflected on Mueller’s statement and what the next steps might be.

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Robert Mueller’s Sense of Duty Illuminates His Tough Choices

Reactions to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s public appearance on Wednesday morning came swiftly, arriving on cable TV panels and social media platforms even before he finished his brief statement.

The first group of responses breathlessly relayed Mueller’s bottom lines, with his description of his inability under Department of Justice policy to accuse the president of crimes and his declaration of unwillingness to exonerate the president of obstruction of justice treated as breaking news. These conclusions, of course, have been available for almost six weeks, thanks to Attorney General William Barr’s choice to release a redacted version of the Mueller report on April 18. The fact that such statements grabbed headlines immediately after Mueller’s appearance reveals less about the special counsel’s work than it does about how few people—including, apparently, many members of Congress—have made time to actually read the report.

The second set of reactions exploded after Mueller’s expression of his desire to walk away now and leave additional commentary and action to others. “I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak about this matter,” he said. “I am making that decision myself—no one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter.” The collective sense of abandonment, as expressed most energetically on social media, was palpable. You would have thought Mueller had just announced he was flying to the moon.

But such shock is misplaced. Mueller’s lifetime of public service and his approach to his work as special counsel over the past two years foreshadowed that he would take this approach—remaining within what he understood as his proper lane up to and beyond the end of any assignment, no matter how bumpy the road.

To understand this, it helps to break down Mueller’s choices since the start of his investigation into three categories: things he felt obliged to do, things he felt unable to do and the small category of things in between—which his sense of duty also guided.

First are the set of actions that the special counsel regulations and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment letter required. Specifically, Mueller was tasked to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump” as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation” and “any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. §600.4(a).” Mueller did that job straight as an arrow, prosecuting crimes arising from the investigation and referring everything else to other offices.

He also delivered his findings as directed. Not to Congress, not to the American people, not on Twitter—but to the attorney general,as the regulations governing his activity required: “At the conclusion of the Special Counsel’s work, he or she shall provide the Attorney General with a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel.” Under the regulations, the decision to make any or all of the report public was not Mueller’s but Barr’s.

And yet there are actions Mueller felt forbidden from taking as a Department of Justice employee. Plenty of attention rightfully has been placed on his strict adherence to the Office of Legal Counsel opinion prohibiting the indictment of a sitting president. Most interesting, however, are the actions neither demanded by Justice Department regulations and policy nor prohibited by the same. Here, Mueller’s perception of duty—which I see as his sense of both the tasks he needed to perform to complete his job ethically and the things he could not do because they would unethically push him beyond his core mission—illuminates his choices.

With only one exception, when the Office of Special Counsel’s spokesman Peter Carr disputed the accuracy of a Buzzfeed report, Mueller avoided commenting publicly on issues related to the special counsel’s investigation (outside of public court documents), regardless of what the president and others in the outside world were saying about him, his team and their collective work. The regulations do not prohibit the special counsel from making public statements. But Mueller chose to keep his head down and do his work.

Yet Mueller did not remain entirely silent. Regarding the report itself, the special counsel’s office could have produced a sparse text, merely listing prosecution and declination decisions with a sentence or two each for the purpose of, as the regulations require, “explaining the prosecution or declination decisions.” As Gen. Michael Hayden and I wrote last month, Mueller’s lengthy report went beyond that absolute minimum—and he wrote in the text of the report how duty drove this choice. He self-consciously wanted to preserve evidence for future prosecutors (should they choose to charge the president with crimes after he leaves office) and for Congress (should it choose to pursue the president’s impeachment). Even though he drew the line short of opining about the president’s actions, he found a way to fulfill a greater duty to the country while not violating his more direct duty as special counsel.

Another area not governed tightly by rules is whether to seek to testify before Congress. The special counsel law does not explicitly prohibit doing so, yet nothing in the statute suggests it. His requirements ended with the delivery of the confidential report to the attorney general. As for whether or how to speak publicly about his work, Mueller had a choice to make. Should he offer to go “behind the report,” to tell Congress more than the printed word conveyed?

Without getting inside Mueller’s mind or heart, it is impossible to know how he made his choice. But my experience with him and his actions to date in this investigation suggest that his sense of duty again pushed him to a strict constructionist view of his mandate. Seeking to testify, or even planting the seed for a request to testify, would have been inconsistent with his pattern of narrowly following his legal and policy guidance as special counsel.

But, as just described, he had already elected to write a report that went beyond the bare minimum. So why not lean forward here, too, and give a wink or a nod to testifying?

I suspect that here, as with the choice to write a detailed report, Mueller may have in mind a sense of greater duty to the country: accepting legitimate legislative branch oversight of the executive branch, which can come in the form of a subpoena. Mueller may prefer not to testify, but he would probably not refuse to show up if Congress demanded his presence. “There has been discussion about an appearance before Congress,” he acknowledged at his press conference before adding, “Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report …. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress.” He didn’t say that he would refuse to provide information to the elected representatives of the American people—just that, in doing so, he’d stay within the four corners of the report itself.

Although Robert Mueller is not a political actor, he’s been around the game long enough to understand Washington better than most, to anticipate others’ moves and to prepare for contingencies. Imagine if he had appeared eager to testify, or if he had simply left it as an open question. For the first time in more than two years, he would have opened himself up to understandable claims of being political, by seeking to do something outside his core duty, and to a barrage of hypercharged presidential tweets. At a minimum, any apparent desire to appear before Congress would risk shrinking the American people’s healthy confidence in his work.

The situation would be quite different if he were compelled to testify—even if only to read aloud, in heavily watched televised hearings, the many damning pieces of evidence and disturbing conclusions in the text of the report. Mueller would be seen as a reluctant witness, having made clear he’d rather remain in private life than spend another minute in the spotlight.

What better way would there be to fulfill a wider sense of duty than to see to it that American voters and their representatives hear the report’s words about what the president has done without pushing to do so?

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Before the start of business, Just Security provides a curated summary of up-to-the-minute developments at home and abroad. Here’s today’s news.

TRUMP-RUSSIA AND CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS

Special Counsel Robert Mueller yesterday reignited demands for President Trump’s impeachment, breaking his two-year silence to deny that the U.S. president is innocent of a crime. Mueller, whose report on Russian election interference and alleged collusion with the Trump campaign was published last month, delivered a nine-minute statement that many have interpreted as a signal to Congress to act on his finding that Trump sought to obstruct justice, David Smith reports at the Guardian.

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime … we would have said so,” Mueller said, reading from prepared notes at the Department of Justice (D.O.J.) at a late notice public appearance. Mueller also noted that while D.O.J.  policy prohibits charging a sitting president with a crime, the Constitution provides for another remedy to accuse a president of wrongdoing — a nod toward Congressional ability to conduct impeachment proceedings, Shron LaFraniere reports at the New York Times.

Mueller took no questions and announced his resignation from the D.O.J., shutting down the special counsel’s office and returning to private life. That announcement brings to an end his inquiry into Russian interference, Byron Tau, Aruna Viswanatha and Sadie Gurman report at the Wall Street Journal.

Mueller emphasized that there were “multiple… systematic” attempts to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. “I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments, that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election …and that allegation deserves the attention of every American” Mueller stated, Morgan Gstalter reports at the Hill.

“I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner … I am making that decision myself,” Mueller said in the course of his televised remarks, adding “any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report … the report is my testimony.” Natasha Bertrand reports at POLITICO.

The D.O.J. and special counsel’s office have claimed that there is “no conflict” between statements made by Attorney General William Barr and Mueller about the role that D.O.J. guidelines regarding indictment played in Mueller’s obstruction inquiry. “The Attorney General has previously stated that the Special Counsel repeatedly affirmed that he was not saying that, but for the [Office of Legal Counsel] opinion, he would have found the President obstructed justice … the Special Counsel’s report and his statement today made clear that the office concluded it would not reach a determination – one way or the other – about whether the President committed a crime … there is no conflict between these statements,” D.O.J. spokesperson Kerri Kupec and special counsel spokesperson Peter Carr in a statement issued yesterday evening. Morgan Chalfant reports at the Hill.

“Nothing changes from the Mueller Report,” the president responded in a message sent on Twitter, adding “there was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent … the case is closed! Thank you,” Dartunorro Clark reports at NBC.

House speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) – who has been resistant to calls for impeachment – remained cautious in response to Mueller’s statement, stating: “I thank special counsel Mueller for the work he and his team did to provide a record for future action both in the Congress and in the courts. The Congress will continue to investigate and legislate to protect our elections and secure our democracy,” Kadhim Shubber reports at the Financial Times.

“You don’t bring an impeachment unless you have all the facts,” an “unruffled” Pelosi said in California several hours after Mueller gave his statement, although she added that “nothing is off the table.” Stephen Collinson reports at CNN.

“With respect to [the] impeachment question … at this point … all options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out,” House Judiciary Chair Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) commented when asked about his current stance of affairs. In an earlier statement following the special counsel’s comments, Nadler claimed it now “falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump,” and that the Constitution “points to Congress to take action to hold the President accountable,” Rebecca Shabad reports at NBC.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) said yesterday that lawmakers “look forward” to Mueller’s testimony, despite the special counsel’s stated reluctance to testify on Capitol Hill. “We look forward to Mueller’s testimony before Congress … while I understand his reluctance to answer hypotheticals or deviate from the carefully worded conclusions he drew on his charging decisions, there are, nevertheless, a great many questions he can answer that go beyond the report,” Schiff said in a statement yesterday afternoon, Morgan Chalfant reports at the Hill.

Senate Democrats are intensifying a push for Congress to pass additional election security legislation following Mueller’s statement yesterday. Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Mark Warner (D-Va.) said Mueller made clear during his remarks that Congress should “take steps to protect our democracy by passing legislation that enhances election security, increases social media transparency, and requires campaign officials to report any contact with foreign nationals attempting to coordinate with a campaign,” Jordain Carney reports at the Hill.

Pelosi yesterday slammed social media giant Facebook, arguing that the company’s refusal to take down altered videos of her demonstrated how the it had contributed to misinformation and enabled Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. “We have said all along, poor Facebook, they were unwittingly exploited by the Russians,” Pelosi said in an interview with the public radio station K.Q.E.D., adding “I think wittingly, because right now they are putting up something that they know is false,” Cecilia Kang reports at the New York Times.

Former aide to longtime Trump associate Roger Stone – Andrew Miller – appears to have given up a yearlong quest to challenge Mueller’s authority by resisting a grand jury subpoena. Miller’s arguments against Mueller did not find favor with a federal district court judge and an appeals court panel in Washington, Josh Gerstein and Natasha Bertrand report at POLITICO.

An updated list of substantive documents in cases related to the Russia investigation is provided at Just Security.

TRUMP-RUSSIA AND CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATIONS: OPINION AND ANALYSIS

Mueller’s statement yesterday was “starkly different” from the address Attorney General William Barr gave six weeks ago, Mark Mazzetti and Charlie Savage write in an account of yesterday’s events at the New York Times.

Mueller’ statement was “far from the ‘total exoneration’ that Trump has repeatedly — and falsely — claimed,” Anita Kumar writes in an analysis of the implications of yesterday’s events for the president’s position at POLITICO.

Mueller “hewed to Justice Department legal opinions that have not been tested in the courts and were rooted in past presidential crises,” Rosalind S. Helderman explains in an analysis of Mueller’s reasoning at the Washington Post.

“Mueller could have avoided much confusion and short-circuited the administration’s attempt to manipulate public opinion if he had made his statement weeks ago,” the Washington Post editorial board argues.

Mueller advised Congress and the American public to “focus on two interlocking pieces,” Editor-in-Chief Ryan Goodman writes at Just Security, identifying “the gravity of Russia’s actions” and “the gravity of obstruction” as the two priority areas arising from yesterday’s statement.

Following Mueller’s statement Nancy Pelosi will “now be under pressure to retreat to a new line … or abandon it altogether” Edward Luce comments at the Financial Times.

Mueller’s statement was delivered using respectful and nuanced language, “but his message was clear: ‘it’s about Russia, stupid!’” Barbara McQuade comments at The Daily Beast.

A “translation” of Mueller’s “cautious language” is provided by the New York Times editorial board.

U.S.-RUSSIA RELATIONS

Russia may be conducting low-level nuclear tests to help it upgrade its nuclear arsenal, according to a new U.S. intelligence assessment. The assessment marks the first time the U.S. has said the Kremlin has failed to observe its commitments under the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty, Michael R. Gordon reports at the Wall Street Journal.

“The U.S. believes Russia is probably not adhering to the nuclear testing moratorium in a manner consistent with the zero-yield standard,” Defense Intelligence Agency Director – Lt. Gen. Robert P. Ashley Jr. – told reporters yesterday at the Hudson Institute. In a question-and-answer session afterward, he stated only that Russia “has the capability” to conduct a test with a low nuclear yield, Julian E. Barnes and William J. Broad report at the New York Times.

There was no immediate response from the Russian government and the head of a body monitoring a global nuclear treaty commented there was no sign of such violations by Moscow. Head of the Russian State Duma Defense Committee Vladimir Shamanov told news agency Interfax that Ashley “could not have made a more irresponsible statement,” Reuters reports.

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton is to meet with his Israeli and Russian counterparts in Jerusalem in June to discuss regional security matters. Reuters reports.

 It is not Russian [intercontinental ballistic missiles] or hypersonic vehicles that pose the greatest threat to U.S. national security – but rather Moscow’s covert influence and destabilization operations, Michael Carpenter writes in an Op-Ed at Just Security.

The TRUMP ADMINISTRATION

 Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) has shifted his standards on the makeup of the Supreme Court, Carl Hulse writes at the New York Timescontrasting McConnell’s “oh, we’d fill it” comment Tuesday with his previous refrain shown regarding filling a vacancy.

McConnell will do anything to fill the Supreme Court with nominees who will answer the commands of conservative interest group – regardless of what voters decide year to year, E.J. Dionne Jr. comments at The Washington Post, arguing that “the courts are being packed, politicized and pushed hard to the right.”

The KOREAN PENINSULA

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan states recent North Korean missile tests “are a violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution,” breaking with President Trump. Trump has repeated in recent days that he was “not bothered” by the short-range missile tests earlier this month and that he remains hopeful for diplomacy with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Tal Axelrod reports at the Hill.

North Korea yesterday accused the U.S. of showing “evil ambition” and “bad faith” in negotiations by conducting nuclear and missiles tests and military drills to defeat North Korea by force. A statement released by the North Korean foreign ministry accused U.S. officials of a “hostile scheme to stifle us by force,” adding that “the U.S. has … showcased its ulterior intention that it seeks a strength-based solution of the issues, though outwardly it advocates for dialogue,” David Brunnstrom reports at Reuters.

IRAN

U.S. national security adviser John Bolton warned Iran yesterday that any attacks in the Gulf will draw a “very strong response” from the U.S. “The point is to make it very clear to Iran and its surrogates that these kinds of action risk a very strong response from the United States,” Bolton told journalists in the U.A.E. capital, Abu Dhabi, Jon Gambrell reports at the AP.

U.S. warmongers continue to push for conflict with Iran, according to Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi. Araghchi reportedly stated: “we are aware that evident elements are trying to put America into a war with Iran for their own goals,” accusing Bolton and “other warmongers” of plotting against Iran, Al Jazeera reports.

Iran will not negotiate with the U.S. over its nuclear and missile programs, according to Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei’s website. “We said before that we will not negotiate with America, because negotiation has no benefit and carries harm,” Khamenei commented yesterday, after President Hassan Rouhani indicated talks with Washington might be possible if sanctions were lifted, Reuters reports.

“We will not negotiate over the core values of the revolution … we will not negotiate over our military capabilities,” Khameni stated, according to a state T.V. program, Reuters reports.

A U.S. military top general believes recent threats from Iran are “different” because they were “more of a campaign” than previous threats. “What’s not new are threat streams … what I would argue was qualitatively different is we saw something that was more of a campaign than an individual threat,” Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph Dunford commented, Rebecca Kheel reports at the Hill.

The Trump administration’s mission to counter Iran’s foreign policy is more likely to lead the U.S. into war “well before any showdown over a nuclear program,” according to lawmakers, former government officials and analysts. Edward Wong reports at the New York Times.

Remember the intelligence lessons of Iraq as Bolton marches to war with Iran, Peter Eisner cautions at CNN, urging the U.S. to examine Bolton’s past behavior.

Iran and Russia will remain allies with an easily defined common enemy, so long as the U.S. continues its aggressive and erratic policies in the region, Reese Erlich comments at Foreign Policy, arguing that U.S. sanctions could create new strategic alliances rather than isolating Tehran.

IRAQ

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has not yet decided whether to extend a 90-day U.S. waiver exempting Iraq from sanctions to buy energy from Iran, Reuters reports.

Two Turkish soldiers were killed yesterday in northern Iraq in a new operation against Kurdish militants, according to a statement made on Turkey’s official news agency, the AP reports.

U.S.-led airstrikes continue. U.S. and coalition forces carried out 10 airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq between April 21 and May 4 [Central Command].

SYRIA

The latest strikes in the wave of regime bombardment on the rebel-held northwestern province of Idlib killed at least 15 civilians yesterday, despite calls to halt the attacks, according to U.K.-based monitor Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Seven of yesterday’s victims were reportedly killed in an air raid on the village of Sarja, AFP reports.

The European Union (E.U.) yesterday called for a ceasefire in Idlib province and said Russia, Turkey, Iran and the Syrian government must protect civilians under siege. At least 180,000 people have fled the surge in violence, and government bombing has killed dozens in the past three weeks, Reuters reports.

U.S. forces quietly sent at least 30 suspected foreign Islamic State group (I.S.I.S.) fighters captured in Syria last year and in late 2017 to stand trial in Iraq, according to interviews with the men, Iraqi sources and court documents. The Iraqi Counter Terrorism Service (C.T.S.) have denied that the men were transferred into their custody, also denying unverified torture claims made by four of the men, Reuters reports.

ISRAEL-PALESTINE

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a new government yesterday,triggering a new election and becoming the first elected prime minister in Israeli history unable to forge a working government. Paul Goldman reports at NBC.

“Middle East peace is only possible with the creation of a Palestinian state,” Jordan’s King Abdullah told President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. According to a palace statement, Abdullah – who is reportedly “deeply concerned” about Trump’s long-awaited Israeli-Palestinian peace plan – told Kushner that Israel had to withdraw from the West Bank, Reutersreports.

Trump’s Israeli-Palestinian peace plan is “doomed to fail” and the Palestinian resistance movement will respond firmly to those who proposed such deal, Iran’s elite Revolutionary Guards said in statement released yesterday, Reuters reports.

U.S.-TURKEY RELATIONS

An analysis of how U.S. sanctions over a Russian weapon could rattle Turkey is provided at Reuters.

Turkish-American scientist Serkan Golge – detained in Turkey for nearly three years – has been released. State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus welcomed the decision but declined to discuss why Golge was released, the AP reports.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and U.S. President Trump agreed during a phone call yesterday to meet on the sidelines of a G.20 meeting set for June 28-29 in Japan, the Turkish Presidency’s communications director announced in messages sent on Twitter.  The two leaders discussed issues such as boosting mutual trade, Turkey’s planned purchase of a Russian missile defense system and “the opportunity to continue the discussion” during the G.20 summit, White House spokesperson Judd Deere said in an email.  Reuters reports.

U.S. MILITARY

The White House wanted the U.S. Navy to move the warship U.S.S. John S. McCain “out of sight” ahead of President Trump’s visit to Japan, according to a May 15 email to U.S. Navy and Air Force officials. The ship was named after the father and grandfather of the late Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) — a frequent target of Trump’s ire — with the senator’s own name added to the ship last year, Rebecca Ballhaus and Gordon Lubold report at the Wall Street Journal.

Trump denied knowing anything about the request, sending a message on Twitter claiming that he “was not informed about anything” related to the ship.  The Navy Chief of Information also sent a message claiming that the ship’s name “was not obscured,” also adding that “the Navy is proud of that ship, its crew, its namesake and its heritage” although not denying that an initial request had been made, the BBC reports.

“Trump is a child who will always be deeply threatened by the greatness of mydads incredible life,” McCain’s daughter Meghan McCain stated in a message on Twitter, adding “there is a lot of criticism of how much I speak about my dad, but nine months since he passed, Trump won’t let him RIP … so I have to stand up for him … it makes my grief unbearable,” Colby Itkowitz, Dan Lamothe and Josh Dawsey report at the Washington Post.

A critique of Defense Dept General Counsel Ney’s recent remarks on the law of war is provided by Adil Ahmad Haque at Just Security.

OTHER DEVELOPMENTS

A mutual defense cooperation deal between the U.S. and the U.A.E came into force yesterday, amid increasing tensions between Washington and Tehran. Al Jazeera reports.

At least six people have been killed – and six injured – in a suicide bomb attack today in the Afghan capital. The explosion took place near an Afghan military training center after the attacker was prevented from entering the Marshal Fahim National Defense University, according to an anonymous official, Reuters reports.

China has stepped up efforts to design and manufacture chips itself rather than buy from the U.S., in response to the threat of U.S. sanctions in its high-tech industry.

“Now the U.S. has made a full-on strike on Huawei with no concrete evidence … the chip industry has fully realized the importance [of self-sufficiency],” chief analyst at Shanghai-based semiconductor research company ICWise – Gu Wenjun – commented, Yuan Yang, Nian Liu and Sue-Lin Wong report at Financial Times.

Venezuelan opposition leader and self-declared interim president Juan Guaidó has vowed to press ahead with street protests, after talks with government officials hosted by Norway ended yesterday without progress towards resolving the country’s political crisis, Reuters reports.

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Twitter reacts to hearing Robert Mueller’s voice
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:01:41 -0400

From: CNN
Duration: 02:08

After two years of silence, the world finally got to hear the voice of Robert Mueller. CNN’s Jeanne Moos reports on Twitter’s reaction. #CNN #News

Hogan Gidley on Democrats’ calls to impeach Trump
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:01:09 -0400

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White House principal deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley weighs in on House Speaker Pelosi’s remarks on impeachment. #TheStory #FoxNews

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Thu, 30 May 2019 05:00:57 -0400

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Violent weather has tormented regions from the Rocky Mountains to the Mid-Atlantic in recent weeks. In Kansas Tuesday night, strong tornadoes tore houses apart, littered an airport runway with debris and hoisted a car onto a roof — but widespread flooding may be the biggest and most prolonged threat. William Brangham talks to atmospheric scientist Victor Gensini about the brutal spring weather.

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Robert Mueller makes public statement on special counsel report
Thu, 30 May 2019 05:00:19 -0400

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Because of constitutional and Justice Department limits, Mueller said he and his team had not considered bringing charges against President Trump.

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Thu, 30 May 2019 04:59:36 -0400

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A man set himself on fire outside the White House on Wednesday afternoon, the Secret Service said. The incident occurred on the White House Ellipse shortly after noon. A spokesman for the Washington, D.C., fire department said first responders managed to extinguish the fire and an unidentified adult male was taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.

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Thu, 30 May 2019 04:59:22 -0400

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Judy Woodruff talks to Chris Buskirk of American Greatness and Kent State University’s Connie Schultz about Robert Mueller’s first public statement in two years and whether it will increase momentum for impeachment, policy plans among 2020 Democratic presidential candidates and the top issues on voters’ minds.

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Thu, 30 May 2019 04:59:04 -0400

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Mueller explains why he didn’t charge Trump
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:58:39 -0400

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Special counsel Robert Mueller broke his silence one month after he released the findings of his Russia probe. He explained that it would have been unconstitutional to charge a sitting president and suggested it is up to Congress to pursue impeachment. Former U.S. Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bob Litt joins CBSN to provide legal insight on what Mueller said Wednesday.

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Joaquin Castro: ‘Long Term Damage To The Country’ If We Don’t Impeach Trump | Hardball | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:58:16 -0400

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To impeach or not to impeach. That is the question that now confronts House Democrats after Special Counsel Robert Mueller broke his silence today.
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Teen pleads guilty in Mar-a-Lago security breach
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:57:54 -0400

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New details reveal how an 18-year-old man made a stunning security breach at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on November 23, 2018. CNN’s Brian Todd has the details. #CNN #News

Mueller: DOJ policy says we can’t charge a president
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:57:32 -0400

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Special counsel Robert Mueller did not clear President Trump from obstructing justice Wednesday, but he didn’t accuse him directly either. Hunter Walker, a White House correspondent for Yahoo News, joins CBSN to discuss Wednesday’s political news.

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WHO removes “gender identity disorder” from list of mental illnesses
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:57:15 -0400

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The World Health Organization will remove “gender identity disorder” from its global manual of diagnoses — a major win for transgender rights. The change was announced last summer, but a resolution to amend the health guidelines was officially approved Saturday.

Mueller Makes History: Not Confident Trump, Didn’t Commit A Crime | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:57:00 -0400

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Mueller breaks his silence to resign as Special Counsel and deliver a statement. Ari, Maya Wiley, John Flannery, Eugene Robinson, and Neal Katyal break down the key takeaways and answer the critical question: What’s next?
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Neal Katyal: Mueller Tell-All “Devastating” For Donald Trump | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:56:37 -0400

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The person who wrote the Special Counsel’s rules, Neal Katyal, discusses how Robert Mueller handled his end-of-probe statement and what it means for the Special Counsel’s legacy.
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Neal Katyal: Mueller Tell-All “Devastating” For Donald Trump | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

Inside Robert Mueller’s New Challenge To Congress | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:56:12 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
Duration: 07:46

Mueller breaks his silence, handing off any next steps to Congress and downplays testifying before Congress. In response, many democrats are vowing to make Mueller testify. Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler responds to Mueller’s remarks saying “all options on table” to address the President’s “crimes.”
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Inside Robert Mueller’s New Challenge To Congress | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

Democrats Demand Mueller Testimony | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:42:28 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
Duration: 06:57

In his historic statement, Bob Mueller talked election meddling and DOJ rules, but did not mention convicted trump aides or specific evidence on trump. A former prosecutor who worked with Mueller says the special counsel’s testimony to Congress may now be more important than ever.
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Democrats Demand Mueller Testimony | The Beat With Ari Melber | MSNBC

Hannity: Hate-Trump media is just lies, noise
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:37:39 -0400

From: FoxNewsChannel
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Trump-Russia collusion narrative is dead; Robert Mueller shares Russia investigation remarks amid resignation. #Hannity #FoxNews

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Biden Polling Drops, Clear Front-Runners Emerge for 2020
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:37:13 -0400

From: MidweekPolitics
Duration: 05:41

–Joe Biden’s polling trails off in the 2020 Democratic primary as the front-runners become clear, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren

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Ingraham: Mueller pulls a Comey
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:30:40 -0400

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Robert Mueller speaks for the first time since Russia probe ended; did he give a nudge to Democrats seeking impeachment? #Ingraham #FoxNews

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Robert Mueller Contradicted Attorney General William Barr | All In | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:26:52 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
Duration: 07:36

In setting the record straight today, Robert Mueller contradicted Attorney General William Barr about Mueller’s own report, particularly on Trump’s potential obstruction of justice.
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Robert Mueller Contradicted Attorney General William Barr | All In | MSNBC

Mitch McConnell Blocks Bills To Combat Election Interference | All In | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:23:26 -0400

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Duration: 07:11

Robert Mueller says “every American” should be worried about Russia’s ongoing efforts to undermine our democracy. But the top Republican in Congress refuses to do anything about it.
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Mitch McConnell Blocks Bills To Combat Election Interference | All In | MSNBC

Parscale: Dems’ impeachment platform is about fundraising
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:18:27 -0400

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Trump 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale reacts to Mueller’s comments about Congress making the call on impeachment. #Ingraham #FoxNews

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Rep. Scalise responds to impeachment threats
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:17:08 -0400

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Democrats band together on impeachment; reaction from House Minority Whip Steve Scalise.

Impeachment calls ramp up following Mueller’s press conference
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:10:36 -0400

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Duration: 05:08

New impeachment pressure on Pelosi; reaction from Dave Brown, former senior adviser to Sen. Murray, and Daily Wire editor-in-chief Ben Shapiro.

There’s Nothing Shocking About the Rise of the Extreme Right
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:10:11 -0400

From: MidweekPolitics
Duration: 08:06

–There’s nothing shocking about the rise of the extreme right, including extremism fomented by Donald Trump and nationalism in Europe

Neal Katyal: Mueller Undermined Donald Trump’s Attorney General | The Last Word | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:09:47 -0400

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Duration: 06:39

Former acting solicitor general Neal Katyal tweeted that Mueller’s statement was devastating to Donald Trump and that it undermined the President’s attorney general. Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal joins Lawrence O’Donnell.
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Neal Katyal: Mueller Undermined Donald Trump’s Attorney General | The Last Word | MSNBC

Impeach Donald Trump And Pence? Fmr. GOP Congressman Says It Should Happen. | The Last Word | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 04:00:08 -0400

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Justin Amash remains the only sitting member of Congress to call for impeachment. But former Republican members of Congress have started to join the call. Former Missouri Republican Rep. Tom Coleman joins Lawrence O’Donnell to explain why he supports not only impeaching President Trump, but also Vice President Pence.
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Impeach Donald Trump And Pence? Fmr. GOP Congressman Says It Should Happen. | The Last Word | MSNBC

Intel Chairman Adam Schiff: Robert Mueller ‘Has One More Duty,’ To Testify | The Last Word | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:40:50 -0400

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Adam Schiff tells Lawrence O’Donnell that William Barr and Trump are making the same misdirection about Robert Mueller’s conclusion, claiming Trump was exonerated when he wasn’t. It’s one of many reasons why Schiff says that Mueller must testify publicly.
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Intel Chairman Adam Schiff: Robert Mueller ‘Has One More Duty,’ To Testify | The Last Word | MSNBC

Remarks On Trump Investigation, Mueller Gave A Stark Warning About Russia | The 11th Hour | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:33:24 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
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While speaking about his investigation into Trump and Russia, Robert Mueller made a point to speak about the continued threat Moscow still poses on American democracy. Frank Figliuzzi, Jeremy Bash, Katie Benner, and Philip Rucker join to discuss.
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Remarks On Trump Investigation, Mueller Gave A Stark Warning About Russia | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Robert Mueller Contradicts Both Trump And AG Barr On Russia Investigation | The 11th Hour | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:24:17 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
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In mid-April, Attorney General William Barr gave his take on the Trump-Russia investigation. Concluding his work at DOJ, Mueller spoke and told a remarkably different story. Cynthia Alksne and Matthew Miller discuss.
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Robert Mueller Contradicts Both Trump And AG Barr On Russia Investigation | The 11th Hour | MSNBC

Robert Mueller Makes Clear Onus For Trump Accountability Is On Congress | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:08:21 -0400

From: msnbcleanforward
Duration: 15:24

Rachel Maddow looks at Robert Mueller’s remarks about his investigation and report in which he made clear that he was prevented from prosecuting Donald Trump by DOJ policy, making it the duty of Congress to adjudicate the facts Mueller’s team gathered and hold Donald Trump accountable to the law.
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Robert Mueller Makes Clear Onus For Trump Accountability Is On Congress | Rachel Maddow | MSNBC

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Mueller emphasizes that he didn’t clear Trump – POLITICO
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:03:49 -0400

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Justice Department

Mueller emphasizes that he didn’t clear Trump

‘If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,’ the special counsel said.

Special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday said he did not want to testify before Congress about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, setting up a potential clash with House Democrats.

But Mueller also sparked a new round of impeachment calls after stressing, this time in person, that he could not clear President Donald Trump of obstruction charges.

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His remarks were the first time the public had heard from Mueller after two years, 199 criminal charges and 37 indictments. Mueller, who said on Wednesday that he was resigning and closing down the special counsel’s office, delivered the statement more than two months after he submitted his 448-page final report on the 22-month Russia investigation.

“I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner. I am making that decision myself,” Mueller said in remarks on camera at the Justice Department.

“Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report,” he added. “The report is my testimony.”

But Mueller — inadvertently or not — seemed to hand off to Congress the issue of whether the president should be held accountable for attempting to obstruct the Russia probe. Mueller’s report lays out several instances of attempts to stymie federal investigators without saying whether those actions rose to the level of a crime.

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” he noted. “We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”

In explaining his decision, Mueller seemed to nod to Congress’s power to launch impeachment proceedings.

“The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing,” said Mueller, who did not take questions.

The rare statement came amid negotiations between Mueller’s team and the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees for him to testify publicly about his findings — talks that have faltered in recent weeks as Mueller has sought clarity from the Justice Department on the boundaries of his would-be testimony.

Mueller’s remarks will likely now put the onus on House Democrats to decide whether they want to subpoena Mueller to talk, a move that would put the two sides on a legal collision course.

Democrats sent mixed signals about their plans after Mueller spoke. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Mueller “needs to testify before Congress,” but House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler was more cagey.

“Mr. Mueller told us a lot of what we needed to hear today,” he said at an afternoon press conference.

Several Democrats said on Wednesday that Mueller was effectively handing things off to Congress, raising anew the specter of impeachment. Nadler, who was given a heads up before Mueller’s statement, said in a statement afterward that it now “falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump — and we will do so.” But pressed specifically about impeachment at his press conference, Nadler would only say that “all options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out.”

Others were more direct.

Justin Amash, the lone Republican lawmaker advocating for launching impeachment proceedings, tweeted: “The ball is in our court, Congress.”

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Most Republicans appeared unmoved, however. “It is time to move on from the investigation and start focusing on real solutions for the American people,” said Republican Doug Collins, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.

The White House was notified on Tuesday night that Mueller might make a statement on Wednesday and was not caught off-guard by the announcement. President Donald Trump monitored the comments from the White House, and tweeted later that “nothing changes” as a result of Mueller’s comments.

“There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you,” he tweeted.

Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow said Mueller’s announcement “puts a period on a two-year investigation that produced no findings of collusion or obstruction against the President.”

Sekulow’s statement contrasts with what Mueller actually said on Wednesday, when he again outlined the findings that were out in two separate volumes of his final report. The first section outlined the campaign’s contacts with Russia but determined “that there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy” between the two sides, Mueller said. The second section discussed Trump’s efforts to interfere in the Russia investigation but declined to either indict or exonerate Trump on possible obstruction of justice charges.

Mueller said that because of longstanding DOJ policy that a sitting president could not be indicted, it was “not an option” to charge Trump. But Mueller alluded to “a process other than the criminal justice system” that the Constitution provides to accuse a president of “wrongdoing.”

It was a signal many Democrats took to mean the impeachment process. Indeed, Mueller also said that one reason his team did not charge Trump was because it would be “unfair” to accuse the president of a crime “when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge.” Impeachment proceedings would offer both sides a chance to make their arguments in Congress, and render a decision.

Some lawmakers even changed their stance on impeachment after hearing Mueller’s remarks.

“Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately,” tweeted Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who is running for president.

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Others called the statement an impeachment referral in all but name.

“This is as close to an impeachment referral as you could get under the circumstances,” said Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who is also vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Wednesday’s statement caps a back-and-forth between Mueller and his boss, Attorney General Bill Barr, who handled the initial presentation of Mueller’s report.

Justice Department officials confirmed to POLITICO last month that Mueller wrote a letter to Barr in March complaining that a four-page memo Barr wrote characterizing Mueller’s primary findings “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the Russia investigation.

Mueller sent the letter to Barr on March 27, three days after Barr issued his four-page summary. The missive cited “public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation.”

Mueller appeared to back away from that language on Wednesday. He said he “certainly” does not question Barr’s “good faith” in deciding to make most of the full report public all at once rather than heeding Mueller’s request to release certain portions of the report immediately after the investigation concluded.

“We conducted an independent criminal investigation and reported the results to the attorney general, as required by department regulations,” Mueller said. “The attorney general then concluded that it was appropriate to provide our report to Congress and to the American people.”

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Saved Stories – 1. My News Blogs: Mueller emphasizes that he didn’t clear Trump – POLITICO
Thu, 30 May 2019 03:03:49 -0400

Michael_Novakhov shared this story .

Justice Department

Mueller emphasizes that he didn’t clear Trump

‘If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,’ the special counsel said.

Special counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday said he did not want to testify before Congress about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, setting up a potential clash with House Democrats.

But Mueller also sparked a new round of impeachment calls after stressing, this time in person, that he could not clear President Donald Trump of obstruction charges.

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His remarks were the first time the public had heard from Mueller after two years, 199 criminal charges and 37 indictments. Mueller, who said on Wednesday that he was resigning and closing down the special counsel’s office, delivered the statement more than two months after he submitted his 448-page final report on the 22-month Russia investigation.

“I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner. I am making that decision myself,” Mueller said in remarks on camera at the Justice Department.

“Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report,” he added. “The report is my testimony.”

But Mueller — inadvertently or not — seemed to hand off to Congress the issue of whether the president should be held accountable for attempting to obstruct the Russia probe. Mueller’s report lays out several instances of attempts to stymie federal investigators without saying whether those actions rose to the level of a crime.

“If we had had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so,” he noted. “We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.”

In explaining his decision, Mueller seemed to nod to Congress’s power to launch impeachment proceedings.

“The Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting president of wrongdoing,” said Mueller, who did not take questions.

The rare statement came amid negotiations between Mueller’s team and the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees for him to testify publicly about his findings — talks that have faltered in recent weeks as Mueller has sought clarity from the Justice Department on the boundaries of his would-be testimony.

Mueller’s remarks will likely now put the onus on House Democrats to decide whether they want to subpoena Mueller to talk, a move that would put the two sides on a legal collision course.

Democrats sent mixed signals about their plans after Mueller spoke. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said Mueller “needs to testify before Congress,” but House Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler was more cagey.

“Mr. Mueller told us a lot of what we needed to hear today,” he said at an afternoon press conference.

Several Democrats said on Wednesday that Mueller was effectively handing things off to Congress, raising anew the specter of impeachment. Nadler, who was given a heads up before Mueller’s statement, said in a statement afterward that it now “falls to Congress to respond to the crimes, lies and other wrongdoing of President Trump — and we will do so.” But pressed specifically about impeachment at his press conference, Nadler would only say that “all options are on the table and nothing should be ruled out.”

Others were more direct.

Justin Amash, the lone Republican lawmaker advocating for launching impeachment proceedings, tweeted: “The ball is in our court, Congress.”

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Most Republicans appeared unmoved, however. “It is time to move on from the investigation and start focusing on real solutions for the American people,” said Republican Doug Collins, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee.

The White House was notified on Tuesday night that Mueller might make a statement on Wednesday and was not caught off-guard by the announcement. President Donald Trump monitored the comments from the White House, and tweeted later that “nothing changes” as a result of Mueller’s comments.

“There was insufficient evidence and therefore, in our Country, a person is innocent. The case is closed! Thank you,” he tweeted.

Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow said Mueller’s announcement “puts a period on a two-year investigation that produced no findings of collusion or obstruction against the President.”

Sekulow’s statement contrasts with what Mueller actually said on Wednesday, when he again outlined the findings that were out in two separate volumes of his final report. The first section outlined the campaign’s contacts with Russia but determined “that there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy” between the two sides, Mueller said. The second section discussed Trump’s efforts to interfere in the Russia investigation but declined to either indict or exonerate Trump on possible obstruction of justice charges.

Mueller said that because of longstanding DOJ policy that a sitting president could not be indicted, it was “not an option” to charge Trump. But Mueller alluded to “a process other than the criminal justice system” that the Constitution provides to accuse a president of “wrongdoing.”

It was a signal many Democrats took to mean the impeachment process. Indeed, Mueller also said that one reason his team did not charge Trump was because it would be “unfair” to accuse the president of a crime “when there can be no court resolution of the actual charge.” Impeachment proceedings would offer both sides a chance to make their arguments in Congress, and render a decision.

Some lawmakers even changed their stance on impeachment after hearing Mueller’s remarks.

“Robert Mueller’s statement makes it clear: Congress has a legal and moral obligation to begin impeachment proceedings immediately,” tweeted Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), who is running for president.

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Others called the statement an impeachment referral in all but name.

“This is as close to an impeachment referral as you could get under the circumstances,” said Pete Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Ind., who is also vying for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Wednesday’s statement caps a back-and-forth between Mueller and his boss, Attorney General Bill Barr, who handled the initial presentation of Mueller’s report.

Justice Department officials confirmed to POLITICO last month that Mueller wrote a letter to Barr in March complaining that a four-page memo Barr wrote characterizing Mueller’s primary findings “did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance” of the Russia investigation.

Mueller sent the letter to Barr on March 27, three days after Barr issued his four-page summary. The missive cited “public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation.”

Mueller appeared to back away from that language on Wednesday. He said he “certainly” does not question Barr’s “good faith” in deciding to make most of the full report public all at once rather than heeding Mueller’s request to release certain portions of the report immediately after the investigation concluded.

“We conducted an independent criminal investigation and reported the results to the attorney general, as required by department regulations,” Mueller said. “The attorney general then concluded that it was appropriate to provide our report to Congress and to the American people.”

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller will deliver a statement at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday on the investigation he led into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election. A livestream is available below, via the Washington Post. 

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On Wednesday, Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered a statement about the Russia investigation. The statement, as prepared for delivery, is available below.

Two years ago, the Acting Attorney General asked me to serve as Special Counsel, and he created the Special Counsel’s Office.

The appointment order directed the office to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. This included investigating any links or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the Trump campaign.

I have not spoken publicly during our investigation. I am speaking today because our investigation is complete. The Attorney General has made the report on our investigation largely public. And we are formally closing the Special Counsel’s Office. As well, I am resigning from the Department of Justice and returning to private life.

I’ll make a few remarks about the results of our work. But beyond these few remarks, it is important that the office’s written work speak for itself.

Let me begin where the appointment order begins: and that is interference in the 2016 presidential election.

As alleged by the grand jury in an indictment, Russian intelligence officers who were part of the Russian military launched a concerted attack on our political system. 

The indictment alleges that they used sophisticated cyber techniques to hack into computers and networks used by the Clinton campaign. They stole private information, and then released that information through fake online identities and through the organization WikiLeaks. The releases were designed and timed to interfere with our election and to damage a presidential candidate. 

And at the same time, as the grand jury alleged in a separate indictment, a private Russian entity engaged in a social media operation where Russian citizens posed as Americans in order to interfere in the election.

These indictments contain allegations. And we are not commenting on the guilt or innocence of any specific defendant. Every defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.

The indictments allege, and the other activities in our report describe, efforts to interfere in our political system. They needed to be investigated and understood. That is among the reasons why the Department of Justice established our office.

That is also a reason we investigated efforts to obstruct the investigation. The matters we investigated were of paramount importance. It was critical for us to obtain full and accurate information from every person we questioned. When a subject of an investigation obstructs that investigation or lies to investigators, it strikes at the core of the government’s effort to find the truth and hold wrongdoers accountable.

Let me say a word about the report. The report has two parts addressing the two main issues we were asked to investigate. 

The first volume of the report details numerous efforts emanating from Russia to influence the election. This volume includes a discussion of the Trump campaign’s response to this activity, as well as our conclusion that there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy. 

And in the second volume, the report describes the results and analysis of our obstruction of justice investigation involving the President.

The order appointing me Special Counsel authorized us to investigate actions that could obstruct the investigation. We conducted that investigation and we kept the office of the Acting Attorney General apprised of the progress of our work.

As set forth in our report, after that investigation, if we had confidence that the President clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that.   

We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the President did commit a crime. The introduction to volume two of our report explains that decision.

It explains that under long-standing Department policy, a President cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office. That is unconstitutional. Even if the charge is kept under seal and hidden from public view—that too is prohibited.

The Special Counsel’s Office is part of the Department of Justice and, by regulation, it was bound by that Department policy. Charging the President with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider. 

The Department’s written opinion explaining the policy against charging a President makes several important points that further informed our handling of the obstruction investigation. Those points are summarized in our report. And I will describe two of them:

First, the opinion explicitly permits the investigation of a sitting President because it is important to preserve evidence while memories are fresh and documents are available. Among other things, that evidence could be used if there were co-conspirators who could now be charged.

And second, the opinion says that the Constitution requires a process other than the criminal justice system to formally accuse a sitting President of wrongdoing.

And beyond Department policy, we were guided by principles of fairness. It would be unfair to potentially accuse somebody of a crime when there can be no court resolution of an actual charge.   

So that was the Justice Department policy and those were the principles under which we operated. From them we concluded that we would not reach a determination – one way or the other – about whether the President committed a crime. That is the office’s final position and we will not comment on any other conclusions or hypotheticals about the President.

We conducted an independent criminal investigation and reported the results to the Attorney General—as required by Department regulations.  

The Attorney General then concluded that it was appropriate to provide our report to Congress and the American people.

At one point in time I requested that certain portions of the report be released. The Attorney General preferred to make the entire report public all at once. We appreciate that the Attorney General made the report largely public. I do not question the Attorney General’s good faith in that decision.

I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak about this matter. I am making that decision myself—no one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter.

There has been discussion about an appearance before Congress. Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report. It contains our findings and analysis, and the reasons for the decisions we made. We chose those words carefully, and the work speaks for itself.  

The report is my testimony. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress.

In addition, access to our underlying work product is being decided in a process that does not involve our office.

So beyond what I have said here today and what is contained in our written work, I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation or to comment on the actions of the Justice Department or Congress.

It is for that reason that I will not take questions here today.

Before I step away, I want to thank the attorneys, the FBI agents, the analysts, and the professional staff who helped us conduct this investigation in a fair and independent manner. These individuals, who spent nearly two years with the Special Counsel’s Office, were of the highest integrity.   

I will close by reiterating the central allegation of our indictments—that there were multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election. 

That allegation deserves the attention of every American.

Thank you.

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President Trump tweeted about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s statement on Wednesday, apparently stating for the first time that Russia helped him win the 2016 election without his own involvement, though he later walked back these statements to reporters at the White House, notes the Washington Post.

Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg and other 2020 Democratic presidential candidates pushed for Congress to begin impeachment proceedings against Trump following Mueller’s statement, according to NBC News.

Officials from the Defense Intelligence Agency believe that Russia may be conducting low-level nuclear tests—or that the country has the capability to carry out tests exceeding the zero-yield limit set out in the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty—reports Reuters. The head of the body monitoring this treaty, Lassina Zerbo, said there are no signs Moscow has violated the treaty.

Israelis will vote in parliamentary elections for a second time in two months after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu failed to form a government coalition before a midnight deadline on Wednesday, reports the Post.

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stated that recent North Korean missile tests violated a U.N. Security Council resolution, breaking with President Trump’s comments that he was not bothered by the short-range missile tests earlier this month, according to the Hill.

At least six people have been killed and six more injured in a suicide bomb attack at the entrance to a military training center in Kabul on Thursday, reports Reuters.

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Matthew Kahn shared Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s statement on the Russia investigation on Wednesday.

Benjamin Wittes reflected on Mueller’s statement and the next steps Congress might take in response.

Robert Chesney, Danielle Citron and Quinta Jurecic discussed the recent video on Nancy Pelosi and how political campaigns might mitigate the harm of similar videos in the run-up to the 2020 elections.

Matthew Kahn shared a special edition of the Lawfare Podcastin which Quinta Jurecic, Benjamin Wittes, David Kris and Paul Rosenzweig reflected on Mueller’s statement and what the next steps might be.

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Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠: Robert Mueller’s Sense of Duty Illuminates His Tough Choices

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Reactions to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s public appearance on Wednesday morning came swiftly, arriving on cable TV panels and social media platforms even before he finished his brief statement.

The first group of responses breathlessly relayed Mueller’s bottom lines, with his description of his inability under Department of Justice policy to accuse the president of crimes and his declaration of unwillingness to exonerate the president of obstruction of justice treated as breaking news. These conclusions, of course, have been available for almost six weeks, thanks to Attorney General William Barr’s choice to release a redacted version of the Mueller report on April 18. The fact that such statements grabbed headlines immediately after Mueller’s appearance reveals less about the special counsel’s work than it does about how few people—including, apparently, many members of Congress—have made time to actually read the report.

The second set of reactions exploded after Mueller’s expression of his desire to walk away now and leave additional commentary and action to others. “I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak about this matter,” he said. “I am making that decision myself—no one has told me whether I can or should testify or speak further about this matter.” The collective sense of abandonment, as expressed most energetically on social media, was palpable. You would have thought Mueller had just announced he was flying to the moon.

But such shock is misplaced. Mueller’s lifetime of public service and his approach to his work as special counsel over the past two years foreshadowed that he would take this approach—remaining within what he understood as his proper lane up to and beyond the end of any assignment, no matter how bumpy the road.

To understand this, it helps to break down Mueller’s choices since the start of his investigation into three categories: things he felt obliged to do, things he felt unable to do and the small category of things in between—which his sense of duty also guided.

First are the set of actions that the special counsel regulations and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment letter required. Specifically, Mueller was tasked to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump” as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation” and “any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. §600.4(a).” Mueller did that job straight as an arrow, prosecuting crimes arising from the investigation and referring everything else to other offices.

He also delivered his findings as directed. Not to Congress, not to the American people, not on Twitter—but to the attorney general,as the regulations governing his activity required: “At the conclusion of the Special Counsel’s work, he or she shall provide the Attorney General with a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel.” Under the regulations, the decision to make any or all of the report public was not Mueller’s but Barr’s.

And yet there are actions Mueller felt forbidden from taking as a Department of Justice employee. Plenty of attention rightfully has been placed on his strict adherence to the Office of Legal Counsel opinion prohibiting the indictment of a sitting president. Most interesting, however, are the actions neither demanded by Justice Department regulations and policy nor prohibited by the same. Here, Mueller’s perception of duty—which I see as his sense of both the tasks he needed to perform to complete his job ethically and the things he could not do because they would unethically push him beyond his core mission—illuminates his choices.

With only one exception, when the Office of Special Counsel’s spokesman Peter Carr disputed the accuracy of a Buzzfeed report, Mueller avoided commenting publicly on issues related to the special counsel’s investigation (outside of public court documents), regardless of what the president and others in the outside world were saying about him, his team and their collective work. The regulations do not prohibit the special counsel from making public statements. But Mueller chose to keep his head down and do his work.

Yet Mueller did not remain entirely silent. Regarding the report itself, the special counsel’s office could have produced a sparse text, merely listing prosecution and declination decisions with a sentence or two each for the purpose of, as the regulations require, “explaining the prosecution or declination decisions.” As Gen. Michael Hayden and I wrote last month, Mueller’s lengthy report went beyond that absolute minimum—and he wrote in the text of the report how duty drove this choice. He self-consciously wanted to preserve evidence for future prosecutors (should they choose to charge the president with crimes after he leaves office) and for Congress (should it choose to pursue the president’s impeachment). Even though he drew the line short of opining about the president’s actions, he found a way to fulfill a greater duty to the country while not violating his more direct duty as special counsel.

Another area not governed tightly by rules is whether to seek to testify before Congress. The special counsel law does not explicitly prohibit doing so, yet nothing in the statute suggests it. His requirements ended with the delivery of the confidential report to the attorney general. As for whether or how to speak publicly about his work, Mueller had a choice to make. Should he offer to go “behind the report,” to tell Congress more than the printed word conveyed?

Without getting inside Mueller’s mind or heart, it is impossible to know how he made his choice. But my experience with him and his actions to date in this investigation suggest that his sense of duty again pushed him to a strict constructionist view of his mandate. Seeking to testify, or even planting the seed for a request to testify, would have been inconsistent with his pattern of narrowly following his legal and policy guidance as special counsel.

But, as just described, he had already elected to write a report that went beyond the bare minimum. So why not lean forward here, too, and give a wink or a nod to testifying?

I suspect that here, as with the choice to write a detailed report, Mueller may have in mind a sense of greater duty to the country: accepting legitimate legislative branch oversight of the executive branch, which can come in the form of a subpoena. Mueller may prefer not to testify, but he would probably not refuse to show up if Congress demanded his presence. “There has been discussion about an appearance before Congress,” he acknowledged at his press conference before adding, “Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report …. I would not provide information beyond that which is already public in any appearance before Congress.” He didn’t say that he would refuse to provide information to the elected representatives of the American people—just that, in doing so, he’d stay within the four corners of the report itself.

Although Robert Mueller is not a political actor, he’s been around the game long enough to understand Washington better than most, to anticipate others’ moves and to prepare for contingencies. Imagine if he had appeared eager to testify, or if he had simply left it as an open question. For the first time in more than two years, he would have opened himself up to understandable claims of being political, by seeking to do something outside his core duty, and to a barrage of hypercharged presidential tweets. At a minimum, any apparent desire to appear before Congress would risk shrinking the American people’s healthy confidence in his work.

The situation would be quite different if he were compelled to testify—even if only to read aloud, in heavily watched televised hearings, the many damning pieces of evidence and disturbing conclusions in the text of the report. Mueller would be seen as a reluctant witness, having made clear he’d rather remain in private life than spend another minute in the spotlight.

What better way would there be to fulfill a wider sense of duty than to see to it that American voters and their representatives hear the report’s words about what the president has done without pushing to do so?

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12:04 PM 5/30/2019 – Kaiser-Trump, Mugger-Trump, You Are Abwehr’s MAAGGA Trump: Make Abwehr And Germany Great Again!

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Kaiser-Trump, Mugger-Trump, You Are Abwehr’s MAAGGA Trump: Make Abwehr And Germany Great – 12:04 PM 5/30/2019

Again!

Kaiser-MAAGGA Trump – 

Comment to J. Comey’s op-ed in WP – 6:55 AM 5/29/2019

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I think that Comey is correct. It looks like Trump is engaged in (possibly deliberate) hostile, anti-English Speaking Alliance (see his recent anti-UK & anti-Australia remarks about the subjects of “Barr Investigation”, with the Ukraine thrown in, for the good deceptive measure), PROPAGANDA; with overtly and/or covertly expressed “pro-Axis”: pro-Germany and pro-Japan sentiments, and also some pro-Nazi racial hints, from his symbolic perspectives of the USS WASP, and other dubious optics of his Memorial Day 2019 Japan visit. I think humbly, realizing all the seriousness of this statement, that Mr. Trump might be the “unwitting” or “witting” (this has to be determined) agent or asset of the New Abwehr and German Intelligence, which also corresponds, “rhymes well” with his personal, family history and background; and also, of course, with his “special relationship” with the Deutsche Bank. All these assertions and suspicions have to be investigated very thoroughly.
The Russian subversive activity was and is present undoubtedly, as was stated and demonstrated in Mueller Investigations, but it should be viewed and understood in conjunction and in the light of the not so new, and renewed German-Russian Intelligence and Security Partnership Alliance, so to speak.
The main suspects for the roles of masterminds-culprits, in my humble opinion, appear to be the New Abwehr, German Intelligence, and their high agents: Gerhard Schroeder, Ernst Uhrlau, SPD, Putin, and many, many others; visible and invisible, known and unknown.
If we as the Society and Civilization, do not look into this hypothesis and do not investigate and research it properly, we will commit one of the gravest errors.
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Abwehr historically preferred to get engaged in large, spectacular, unbelievably daring operations, and “Kaiser MAGGA Trump” fits this style to the T.

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Washington (CNN) Former FBI Director James Comey said in an op-ed for The Washington Post that President Donald Trump tells “dumb lies” …
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Kellyanne Conway Accuses FBI ‘Sexters’ and ‘Liar’ James Comey of …

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FoxNewsChannel’s YouTube Videos: Moments Ago: Trump speaks to press, attacks Mueller after Russia probe news conference 

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President Trump made several strong statements during a press gaggle at the White House this morning. Among them he called Mueller a ‘never-Trumper’ who he claims to have rejected for a job, as well as promising a ‘big league’ statement on border reform either today or tomorrow. #FoxNews
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Trump briefly acknowledges that Russia aided his election — and falsely says he didn’t help the effort

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Social media users compared the president to “The Brady Bunch” character.

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Iran is Seeking Weapons of Mass Destruction, German Intelligence Report Reveals

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Special counsel Robert Mueller stated his team did not have the option to charge President Trump with obstruction of justice because of Justice Department policy. However, Mueller made it clear he could not exonerate the President. CBSN legal contributor Rebecca Roiphe explains the implications of Mueller’s remarks.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: A New Tool for Tech Companies: International Law

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These days, many people see technology companies as indifferent to law, or at least interested in remaining under-regulated. When Mark Zuckerberg called on Congress to regulate how social media companies should handle challenges such as harmful content and data privacy, the request was unusual enough to make headlines. This real or perceived disinterest in legal regulation has troubled a host of people, including those worried about protecting privacy and freedom of expression.

But there may be another story to be told here too—at least the start of one. In the past two years, a number of companies have invoked international law justifications to decline to make their products available to states that, in their view, will use those products to violate international law. Put another way, a number of corporate actors have made decisions that effectively enforce international law against states, or at least make it harder for those states to undertake acts that violate international law. Because people don’t tend to think of corporations as actors that monitor and regulate international law compliance, these corporate examples are worth analyzing.

Take the example of Google and Project Maven. Project Maven is a Department of Defense program that uses artificial intelligence (AI) to sort and analyze video imagery (such as that from drone feeds). Google worked with the Defense Department on the program, but in the summer of 2018, some 4,000 Google employees signed a petition objecting to the project. Although the employees’ letter did not specifically argue that the U.S. military was violating international law, that concern is implicit. The petition asserted that “[b]uilding this technology to assist the US Government in military surveillance—and potentially lethal outcomes—is not acceptable.” Then-Google Chairman Eric Schmidt linked that concern to the legality of the killing when he stated, “[T]here’s a general concern in the tech community of somehow the military-industrial complex using their stuff to kill people incorrectly, if you will.”

In the wake of the Maven dispute, Google adopted a set of principles committing not to pursue certain types of AI applications. That list includes “technologies that gather or use information for surveillance violating internationally accepted norms” and “technologies whose purpose contravenes widely accepted principles of international law and human rights.” While reasonable people disagree about whether the U.S. use of targeted killings violates international law, Google’s practice reflects new attention by a U.S. company to international legal norms and to whether their state customers are complying with those norms.

Microsoft is also talking the language of human rights in explaining why it has declined to sell facial recognition software (FRS) to governments. President and chief legal officer Brad Smith told the press that the company has “turned down business when we thought there was too much risk of discrimination, when we thought there was a risk to the human rights of individuals.” Microsoft recently made news for declining to sell FRS to a California law enforcement agency, and Smith said that the company also turned down a deal to install FRS cameras in the capital city of a country that Freedom House had designated as “not free” because it worried that the country would use the tool to suppress freedom of assembly.

Here’s another example: At a lecture I attended a few years ago, a Facebook policy official described how Facebook deals with law enforcement requests from countries around the world. The official stated that, before turning data over, Facebook assesses whether sharing information with the state that has made the request for content would be consistent with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights. That apparently includes an analysis of whether the state provides basic due process rights to defendants. More generally, Facebook has said that when it regulates speech on its platform it “look[s] for guidance in documents like Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), which sets standards for when it’s appropriate to place restrictions on freedom of expression.” (It’s worth noting that Article 19 is in some ways less protective than the First Amendment, so relying on the ICCPR may be a way for Facebook to legitimize decisions that some Facebook employees or users see as insufficiently protective of speech.)

There’s another, less clear-cut example that also involves Facebook. In August 2018, as the Myanmar military was engaged in extensive violence against the Rohingya, Facebook removed the accounts of the Myanmar army chief and other military officials because they were spreading “hate and misinformation.” As a practical matter, the ban made it much harder for the military to communicate with the public. Here, the company sought to prevent state actors engaged in rights violations from using its product, though it did so only after learning that United Nations investigators had accused the army of carrying out mass killings and gang rapes with “genocidal intent” and had identified Facebook as facilitating the violence.

Consider, too, a more obscure example related to anti-Chinese hackers. Though not a company, a group of private actors called Intrusion Truth decided to publicly identify Chinese government hackers who were working for the Ministry of State Security. Their reason for doing so? These hackers were violating the U.S.-China memorandum of understanding prohibiting economic espionage. There are other indications that cybersecurity firms might be more inclined to disclose information about the state cyber operations they discover where the state actor is violating international law.

For a long time, corporations have played a role in states’ efforts to enforce international law against other states. When the United States imposes sanctions on corporations in Iran, those sanctions have bite because they preclude U.S. companies from doing business with the Iranian companies. Efforts to force South Africa to abandon apartheid relied in part on corporate divestment. And of course companies try to enforce international law when they themselves are the victims (as when they bring cases against a state under a bilateral investment treaty).  But it is less common to encounter cases in which companies make commercial decisions that function to protect others who have suffered or who may suffer an international law violation (e.g., the Rohingya, corporate targets of Chinese espionage).

This development has clear parallels to corporate social responsibility (CSR) efforts. One key idea behind CSR is that corporations should voluntarily respect human rights and should not, for instance, tolerate human rights abuses in their supply chains. Like more traditional CSR efforts, the tech companies’ invocation of human rights norms has two effects: It limits certain corporate opportunities that might facilitate rights abuses, and it also may reduce the opportunity for states to engage in international law violations, as when a corporation commits not to work with or hire actors in a state that are known to have engaged in arbitrary killings.

There are a few questions worth asking about this trend—if it is a trend at all.

(1) What is motivating the corporations? Corporations are not necessarily enforcing international law against states because they are true believers in that body of law. True, in some cases, the corporations may affirmatively support the underlying international norms (such as opposition to genocide, freedom of expression or international humanitarian law) as a matter of their corporate values. In other cases, though, corporations undoubtedly are pursuing their self-interests in a way that happens to align with an underlying international legal norm. Specifically, they may see efforts to enforce international law as helping—or at least avoiding harm to—their reputations and, thus, bolstering their bottom lines.

There are at least three other reasons why companies may be invoking international law as the source of guiding norms. First, they may see international law as a reflection of a “consensus” approach to what the rules should be, particularly in the absence of domestic regulation or enforcement. Second, for planning purposes the companies may like the certainty of having some guardrails, absent clear domestic rules. Third, they may be invoking international law to signal to legislators that there are sufficient existing and legitimate rules and that there is therefore no need for further government regulation. In most settings, though, the international laws that the companies are invoking don’t actually bind them. This means that they can use international law as a tool to set and justify their policies without facing sanctions if they choose to disregard that law.

(2) How are corporations interpreting international law? We might find corporate decisions to disempower state “bad actors” intuitively appealing. But this approach places international law interpretation squarely in corporate hands, and companies might interpret the rules in a way that states disagree with. One possible example of this is the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, pursuant to which some companies are boycotting Israel on the grounds that it is engaged in international law violations, a position that is in tension with U.S. foreign policy. There may also be parallels between corporate enforcement of international law and plaintiffs’ efforts in Alien Tort Statute (ATS) cases. In the latter context, the United States has argued that ATS cases can create foreign policy challenges because certain lawsuits create diplomatic friction at a time when the U.S. government is trying to work cooperatively with a state whose officials are being sued. Corporate decisions to refuse to do business with certain governments could encounter this same issue, though tech company actions to date do not seem to conflict with U.S. policy goals.

(3) Why now? Companies now have the capacity to do things that typically only states could do, such as detect foreign spying and cyber operations. Companies also are the ones making the tools that foreign governments use to engage in rights violations. In some cases, tech and cyber companies may have even more data than governments when it comes to assessing other states’ compliance with international law. As long as companies dominate the production of these national security tools, they are positioned to make choices that disempower international law violators. If more of the production moves inside the government, this leverage will disappear. This suggests that the states most likely to remain vulnerable to this “enforcement” are those that are less technologically sophisticated and that need to purchase their national security tools from companies.

(4) More international law or less? If some companies had their way, there would be even more international law to enforce in the future. Microsoft has called for a Digital Geneva Convention. It also joined forces with the French government to develop the “Paris Call,” a declaration urging states to reaffirm the applicability of existing international law in cyberspace and to cooperate to suppress cyberattacks and election interference. Microsoft’s spokesperson said that the company welcomes “actions that help build greater consensus with regard to cybersecurity, particularly around the need for binding, international norms of nation-state behavior in cyberspace.” As Lawfare readers know, the world is a long way from establishing new global cyber norms, but the interest by some companies in the substance and legitimizing power of international law might suggest an appetite to continue to develop these norms informally, through corporate action against norm violators.

(5) Does this suggest new strategies for nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)? If corporations really are becoming more attentive to and savvy about using international law to bolster their reputations, that makes them a ripe target for human rights groups and other NGOs, which constantly seek new tools by which to enforce human rights norms. In other words, if international law is a new tool for tech companies, tech companies are a new tool for human rights groups and other international law advocates. Some groups are already aware of this: The Global Network Initiative has developed principles urging companies to respect freedom of expression and privacy when faced with pressure by states to take steps in tension with those norms. A number of tech companies have signed on, including Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Nokia.

There is not enough evidence to claim that an international law wave is sweeping through tech companies. Indeed, tech companies are just as well positioned to facilitate state abuses of international law as they are to enforce it. (Think of the NSO Group, an Israeli company that reportedly created malware that enabled states to spy on WhatsApp users, including human rights advocates and journalists such as Jamal Khashoggi. And a shareholder push to force Amazon to decline to sell facial recognition software to governments unless the board concludes that the technology doesn’t facilitate human rights violations just failed.) But as long as states and their officials remain avid tech consumers, these companies have the potential to shape state behavior in ways that more closely track with the states’ international law obligations, and they will do so when it is in their financial interest. For better or worse, the companies also have the potential to shape the popular understanding of what these obligations are. Either way, tech companies’ attention to international law is growing.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (197 sites): “michael flynn” – Google News: Book World: Michael Wolff’s trip inside Trumpworld, and inside the president’s head, with Steve Bannon as guide – SFGate

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realDonaldTrump on Twitter: Robert Mueller came to the Oval Office (along with other potential candidates) seeking to be named the Director of the FBI. He had already been in that position for 12 years, I told him NO. The next day he was named Special Cou

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Robert Mueller came to the Oval Office (along with other potential candidates) seeking to be named the Director of the FBI. He had already been in that position for 12 years, I told him NO. The next day he was named Special Counsel – A total Conflict of Interest. NICE!


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“wilbur ross” – Google News: Pompeo and Kushner head to Bilderberg Meeting, a mysterious gathering of the global elite – The Washington Post

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Pompeo and Kushner head to Bilderberg Meeting, a mysterious gathering of the global elite  The Washington Post

The event has long been at the center of conspiracy theories.

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Russian propaganda on social media from Michael_Novakhov (5 sites): “Russian propaganda on social media” – Google News: Codebook – May 30, 2019 – Axios

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Codebook – May 30, 2019  Axios

The collision of cybersecurity and policy, and why it matters, by Joe Uchill. Thursday mornings.

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Trump-Russia investigation | The Guardian: Mueller’s inaction over Trump has let the US down. Why is he holding back? | Simon Tisdall

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The special counsel’s reluctance to indict the president has only deepened the mystery he was hired to solve

Robert Mueller has a reputation as a straight-shooting, play-it-by-the-book sort of guy. That changed this week. The special counsel’s stated justifications for not accusing Donald Trump of obstruction of justice appear convoluted and legally dubious. Mueller was a man hired to solve a mystery. His odd decision to take refuge in questionable precedents, and thereby effectively duck the issue, has only compounded it.

His two-year investigation was admirable in many ways. Unlike similar exercises in the past, such as Kenneth Starr’s 1990s inquiry into Bill Clinton, he kept his counsel, did not leak to the media, and completed the business within a reasonable timeframe. His finding that there were “multiple, systematic” Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election is clear and unambiguous.

Related: Robert Mueller breaks silence to insist he did not exonerate Trump

As Mueller has unsatisfactorily left it, Trump is above the law, yet not above suspicion

Related: The Mueller report shows that bad guys who play dirty, like Trump, always win | Jonathan Freedland

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