Trump-Mueller report – President rages over ‘people who take notes’ as impeachment resolution gathers pace after obstruction revelations

Trump-Mueller report – President rages over ‘people who take notes’ as impeachment resolution gathers pace after obstruction revelations


Donald Trump has lashed out at a number of perceived enemies after the publication of the long-awaited Mueller report, which painted a damning portrait of the president’s conduct since taking office. 


The 72-year-old attacked overnight the media, a federal investigator and former FBI official, all while falsely claiming there “wasn’t any evidence” he committed a crime. 

The 450-page document, released in redacted form on Thursday, in fact, outlined a dozen instances in which Mr Trump tried to obstruct the investigation; potential crimes Mr Mueller declined to reach conclusions on.

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US  Vice presidents’ war: Pence and Biden joust in Munich over foreign policy

US Vice presidents’ war: Pence and Biden joust in Munich over foreign policy


MUNICH — Vice President Mike Pence and his immediate predecessor, Joe Biden, on Saturday offered competing visions of American leadership abroad, presaging major divides and campaign cudgels heading into the 2020 presidential race.


“When you hear President Trump ask our NATO allies to live up to the commitments they’ve made to our common defense, that’s what we call being leader of the free world,” Pence told the Munich Security Conference.

“Leadership in the absence of people who are with you is not leadership,” Biden said a few hours later.


Pence urged Europeans to act as a bulwark against Russia and China and warned of the espionage threat from Chinese telecom companies. Europe should scrap the Nord Stream 2 natural gas pipeline and cease buying blacklisted Russian weapons, he said.


“We cannot ensure the defense of the West if our allies are dependent on the East,” Pence said.


Biden savaged the administration on its domestic policies. The separation migrant children from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border attested to a “struggle for America’s soul,” he said. And drawing a stark contrast abroad with the Trump administration, Biden praised NATO and the European Union.


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Trump Russia Probe: ‘The public may never see Mueller’s report;’ Attorney General nominee Barr

Trump Russia Probe: ‘The public may never see Mueller’s report;’ Attorney General nominee Barr

WASHINGTON — Comments made Tuesday by William Barr, President Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general, suggest that the report of special prosecutor Robert Mueller’s Russian meddling investigation might not become public in the way many have been expecting.

At his confirmation hearing, Barr repeatedly told the Senate Judiciary Committee that he’s committed to making as much information public as he can about Mueller’s probe. But he also suggested that what is eventually released might not be a redacted version of Mueller’s report.

Barr noted that the special counsel regulations require Mueller to submit a confidential report to the Justice Department. The rules specify, “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.” Continue reading Trump Russia Probe: ‘The public may never see Mueller’s report;’ Attorney General nominee Barr

Poll: 47% of Americans blame Trump for government shutdown

More Americans blame President Donald Trump than congressional Democrats for the partial U.S. government

The shutdown was triggered by Trump’s demand, largely opposed by Democrats and some Republicans, that taxpayers provide him with $5 billion to help pay for a wall he wants to build on the Mexican border. Its total estimated cost is $23 billion.

Just 35 percent of those surveyed in the Reuters/Ipsos poll said they backed including money for the wall in a congressional spending bill. Only 25 percent said they supported Trump shutting down the government over the matter.

shutdown, a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Thursday found, as lawmakers returned to Washington with no quick end to the shutdown in sight. Continue reading Poll: 47% of Americans blame Trump for government shutdown