By The Washington Post | PUBLISHED: April 17, 2019 at 2:29 pm | UPDATED: April 17, 2019 at 2:29 pm By Philip Bump | Washington Post On Thursday, the Department of Justice is expected to release a redacted version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s summary of his team’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and possible coordination with President Donald Trump’s campaign. The Mueller investigation, as it’s known in shorthand, has been the center of the political universe for months but, since most Americans likely only visit that universe as tourists, the extent of its overlap with broader culture is certainly more limited. With that in mind, here’s an overview of Thursday’s release, that covers the basic whos, whats, whens and whys for a framework for understanding a complex document and a complicated situation. 1) Who’s involved It’s important at the outset to establish the cast of characters. … [Read more...] about The Mueller report is coming: What does that mean?
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close Video Trump heads to G20 summit amid new Cohen plea deal All eyes are on the president after his former personal attorney Michael Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress in the Russia probe; Doug McKelway reports from the White House. here.**On the roster: All together now: We’ll see what happens - Cohen pleads guilty to lying to Congress - Pelosi fights for full support for speaker bid - The Judge’s Ruling: Chief justice takes on the president - Better out than in- We suppose you are as tired of reading it as we are of writing it, but Lord does it bear repeating: Don’t rush to conclusions about Mueller matters. There are lots of newsy notes today on the developing investigation, as you will see reflected below, but regardless of what new things we know, bear in mind the most important consideration: We have no idea about what Donald Rumsfeld would call the “known unknowns.” What does Robert Mueller know? What … [Read more...] about All together now: We’ll see what happens
Now that Democrats have won the House majority by a slim margin, what happens next? Their power to shape legislation will be limited, but that's not the whole story. Democrats now take over the chairmanship of every House committee, and that means more money to hire staff and conduct investigations; more power to hold hearings, summon witnesses, ask questions and demand answers. The single most important change can be summed up in one word: subpoena. Thanks to a rule passed by House Republicans, committee chairs can issue subpoenas without consulting minority members. And for months, Democratic leaders have been assembling a list of targets, just in case they took command.It's extremely important for Democrats to handle their new power carefully and responsibly, otherwise it could blow up in their face and hand Trump a prime issue. Former Democratic congressman Henry Waxman, who ran the Oversight Committee when his party last controlled the House, stressed that point in a … [Read more...] about What happens to Trumpism now?
The Special Counsel investigation led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller took a big step forward on Friday, as former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort plead guilty to two criminal charges, and more importantly agreed to cooperate with Mueller’s investigation, which President Donald Trump has repeatedly denounced as a ‘witch hunt.’ Manafort had already been convicted on eight charges of bank and tax fraud in an earlier federal trial in Virginia; his trial in Washington, D.C. was to begin next week, focused on allegations that he failed to disclose his foreign lobbying work, money laundering, and false statements to government agencies. Now that Manafort is working with Mueller investigators, what does that change? Will it lead to something dramatic? Or is this just a nothing burger? 1. The biggest unknown is all about the President. With Manafort now cooperating with the Special Counsel investigation, Robert Mueller’s investigators are able to get … [Read more...] about What the Manafort guilty plea might mean for the Mueller probe
Judge Amy Berman Jackson has ruled on which topics will be allowed -- and which will not in the Washington, D.C. trial, which starts Sept. 17, with opening statements on Sept. 24. In the Washington trial, Manafort faces seven counts that include failing to register as a foreign agent for his lobbying work in Ukraine, conspiracy to launder money, and witness tampering. Here's a summary of what will and won't be discussed at Manafort's second trial: No discussion of collusion The government is precluded from bringing any evidence or arguments before the jury that discuss Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. However, prosecutors may talk about Manafort's role with the Trump campaign because it pertains to his communications with the Justice Department at the time of its inquiry into his work in Ukraine. Can't bring up Manafort's conviction in first trial Judge Jackson decided that the government may not bring up Manafort's conviction last month in Virginia. Manafort was … [Read more...] about Paul Manafort’s second trial: What will and won’t be argued