By E.J. Dionne Jr. | PUBLISHED: October 1, 2018 at 12:15 pm | UPDATED: October 1, 2018 at 12:18 pm WASHINGTON — In a process already saturated with cynicism and soured by bad faith, it would be shameful but unsurprising if an FBI investigation aimed at shedding light on Christine Blasey Ford’s accusations against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh became the object of political manipulation. The probe is happening because Republican Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska grasped how hypocritical it would be for their party to claim to take Ford’s heartfelt and credible testimony seriously and then barrel to a confirmation anyway. But the FBI may be blocked from doing its job properly. Will it be able to provide a basis for judging the relative trustworthiness of the only two witnesses who appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week? An investigation sharply constrained by White House Counsel Don McGahn — who is overseeing … [Read more...] about Dionne: FBI may be blocked from doing its job properly in Kavanaugh probe
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Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen Associated Press Published 2:31 p.m. UTC Jun 17, 2018 Washington – President Donald Trump is claiming exoneration in the Russia matter from a Justice Department report that actually offers him none. He’s also branding fired FBI chief James Comey a criminal, though the report in question makes no such accusation. Fallout from the internal report by the department’s inspector general capped a week of diplomacy with North Korea, trade spats on several fronts and growing attention to an immigration policy that is splitting children from parents after their arrests at the border. Trump dropped misrepresentations into the mix at every turn. A week in review: TRUMP: “I think that the report yesterday, maybe more importantly than anything, it totally exonerates me. There was no collusion. There was no obstruction. And if you read the report, you’ll see that. … I think that the Mueller investigation has been totally … [Read more...] about Fact check: Trump on FBI, phantom law on migrant kids
AP FACT CHECK: Trump on FBI, phantom law on migrant kids Calvin Woodward and Hope Yen, Associated Press June 16, 2018 Updated: June 16, 2018 9:04am Now Playing: President Donald Trump says the Justice Department watchdog report on the Clinton email probe shows the FBI was biased against him, and he called former FBI Director James Comey "the worst FBI director in history, by far, there's nobody close." (June 15) Media: Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is claiming exoneration in the Russia matter from a Justice Department report that actually offers him none. He's also branding fired FBI chief James Comey a criminal, though the report in question makes no such accusation. Express Newsletters Get the latest news, sports and food features sent directly to your inbox. Sign up Most Popular 1 Sources: Kawhi Leonard asks Spurs to trade him 2 Witness account of assault contradicts officer’s 3 Opera San … [Read more...] about AP FACT CHECK: Trump on FBI, phantom law on migrant kids
Jared Bernstein, The Washington Post Published 8:00 am, Thursday, April 26, 2018 Photo: Washington Post Photo By Jabin Botsford Image 1of/1 CaptionClose Image 1 of 1 Sen. Cory Booker is a Democrat from New Jersey. Sen. Cory Booker is a Democrat from New Jersey. Photo: Washington Post Photo By Jabin Botsford Q&A on the Democrats' big idea: A job-creation program 1 / 1 Back to Gallery All of a sudden, you can't turn around in progressive Washington policy circles without bumping into a jobs guarantee proposal. The most prominent version is a bill introduced this week by Sen. Cory Booker, D-N.J., with heavy hitting Democratic co-sponsors including Sens. Jeff Merkley of Oregon, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York , Kamala Harris of California and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. The bill is not for a national job … [Read more...] about Q&A on the Democrats’ big idea: A job-creation program
Porn star Stormy Daniels wants help with legal expenses after filing a lawsuit against President Trump — costs that are likely to climb to hundreds of thousands of dollars. She put out a plea on a fundraising website and brought in more than $310,000 in mostly small donations in about a month. Successful online drives such as Daniels’s do not necessarily speak to the merits of the accuser’s case. But they say a lot about the media strategies of their high-profile legal teams and their ability to exploit a new tool — crowdfunding — to support expensive legal challenges. Daniels, who has a large fan following on Internet porn sites, took on a new lawyer in February. Michael Avenatti, her brash Los Angeles attorney, has done nonstop television appearances about her case, dangling teasers of soon-to-come revelations. He promoted Daniels in an interview on CBS News’s “60 Minutes,” which offered few new facts but attracted 22 million … [Read more...] about If you sue a billionaire president, can crowdfunding level the legal playing field?