NYT: Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit

NYT: Trump Ordered Mueller Fired, but Backed Off When White House Counsel Threatened to Quit

By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MAGGIE HABERMAN JAN. 25, 2018 WASHINGTON — President Trump ordered the firing last June of Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel overseeing the Russia investigation, according to four people told of the matter, but ultimately backed down after the White House counsel threatened to resign rather than carry out the directive. CLICK IMAGE […]

Axios: Scoop: FBI director threatened to resign amid Trump, Sessions pressure

Axios: Scoop: FBI director threatened to resign amid Trump, Sessions pressure

  Jonathan Swan 1.22.18  Attorney General Jeff Sessions — at the public urging of President Donald Trump — has been pressuring FBI Director Christopher Wray to fire Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, but Wray threatened to resign if McCabe was removehttps://www.axios.com/authors/jonathanswand, according to three sources with direct knowledge. CLICK IMAGE for direct link to Axios story: […]

The Guardian: Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House – Digested Read

The Guardian: Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House – Digested Read

By John Crace January 15th, 2018 On a snowy January evening in 2017, disgraced head of Fox News Roger Ailes and Donald Trump’s right-hand man Steve Bannon met for dinner in a New York brownstone. “We’ve got a problem,” said Bannon. “Trump doesn’t get it. He doesn’t realise the bad guys are the bad guys.” […]

Reuters: Trump Breaks with Bannon, says former aid ‘lost his mind’

Reuters: Trump Breaks with Bannon, says former aid ‘lost his mind’

Steve Holland January 3rd, 2018 WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon as having “lost his mind” in the fallout over damaging comments Bannon made about Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. in excerpts from a new book. CLICK IMAGE for direct link to Reuters story. Trump, who […]

Chicago Tribune: Peter W. Smith, GOP operative who sought Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers, committed suicide, records show

Chicago Tribune: Peter W. Smith, GOP operative who sought Clinton’s emails from Russian hackers, committed suicide, records show

  Katherine Skiba, David Heinemann and Todd Lighty  July 13, 2017 Days earlier, the financier from suburban Lake Forest gave an interview to the Journal about his quest, and it began publishing stories about his efforts in late June. The Journal also reported it had seen emails written by Smith showing his team considered retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, […]

Rachel Maddow: Behavior by Trump-lawyers raises questions of competence

Rachel Maddow: Behavior by Trump-lawyers raises questions of competence

Editor’s note: Rachel Maddow filed an extraordinary piece tonight on all the President’s lawyers. THE RACHEL MADDOW SHOW 7/13/17 Trump lawyer e-mail meltdown raises questions of competence Rachel Maddow looks at the oddly aggressive streak in Donald Trump’s legal team and reports on an angry meltdown by the head of Trump’s legal team, Marc Kasowitz, in […]

FP: DOJ Settled Massive Russian Fraud Case Involving Lawyer Who Met With Trump Jr.

FP: DOJ Settled Massive Russian Fraud Case Involving Lawyer Who Met With Trump Jr.

BY JENNA MCLAUGHLIN  JULY 12, 2017 Democratic congressmen on the House Judiciary Committee want to know why Attorney General Jeff Sessions abruptly settled a money laundering case in May involving the same Russian attorney who met with Donald Trump Jr. during the presidential election to offer “dirt” on Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to […]

McClatchy: Trump-Russia investigators probe Jared Kushner-run digital operation

McClatchy: Trump-Russia investigators probe Jared Kushner-run digital operation

BY PETER STONE AND GREG GORDON JULY 12, 2017  Investigators at the House and Senate Intelligence committees and the Justice Department are examining whether the Trump campaign’s digital operation – overseen by Jared Kushner – helped guide Russia’s sophisticated voter targeting and fake news attacks on Hillary Clinton in 2016. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link […]

NYT Editorial: Donald Trump Jr. Makes the Russian Connection

NYT Editorial: Donald Trump Jr. Makes the Russian Connection

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD Published JULY 12, 2017 All along, the truth was right there in the emails — Donald Trump Jr.’s emails, that is, which he released publicly on Twitter Tuesday morning after learning that The New York Times was about to publish their contents. CLICK IMAGE ABOVE for direct link to NYT Opinion Page In language so blunt and obvious […]