On Tuesday, Pat Cipillone, the White House counsel, sent a letter to Don McGahn's attorney invoking executive privilege over documents that the White House provided to McGahn in the course of his cooperation with the special counsel investigation. The letter is below. Later Tuesday, McGahn's attorney transmitted a letter to the House Judiciary Committee on the same subject, also available below.
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Sometimes Justice Department independence means standing up to the president. And sometimes it means taking unpopular positions in defense of the presidency.
On Tuesday, the Washington Post reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had submitted a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr on March 27 related to the letter Barr sent to Congress on March 24 summarizing the Mueller report. Mueller’s letter is available below.
Attorney General William Barr will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday at 10:00 a.m. at a hearing regarding the Justice Department's investigation into election interference in the 2016 election.
His prepared testimony is available here.
Watch the testimony below (via the Washington Post).
The attorney general claims that President Trump’s cooperation with the Mueller investigation is strong evidence that he did not intend to obstruct justice. But it’s not clear that Mueller agrees.
The text of the special counsel’s detailed, damning report is rightfully receiving much attention. Most analysis has nevertheless failed to appreciate the narrow channel Robert Mueller needed to navigate when crafting this report—and just how deftly he managed to do so.
On April 23, Benjamin Wittes hosted a panel discussion at the Brookings Institution unpacking what we learned from the redacted version of the Mueller report. The panel featured Susan Hennessey, Chuck Rosenberg and Margaret Taylor. They discussed the factual record Mueller established on Russian interference and collusion, whether the president's conduct constitutes obstruction of justice and how Congress and the American people might react to the report.
The Mueller report contains some interesting tidbits 0n "going dark" and bitcoin.
The Mueller report describes numerous instances in which President Trump may have obstructed justice. Here’s an attempt to synthesize how the special counsel analyzed the evidence.
When he was first appointed, many, including me, were willing to give Attorney General Barr the benefit of the doubt. His recent performance raises significant questions about his fidelity to the rule of law.