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The Daily BeastApr 19, 2019
Trump's Right About One Thing: There's a Double Standard for Him
Photo Illustration by Lyne Lucien/The Daily Beast/Photos from GettyFor two years now, President Trump has promoted the narrative that he has been singled out for persecution by the Special Counsel and by his political opponents. The Mueller probe, he has vented, is a form of "Presidential Harassment," a "Witch Hunt" aimed at unseating "your favorite President." In the president's apparent view, no other person - and certainly no other president - would have been treated so harshly.

In the wake of the Mueller Report, and Trump's exoneration by Attorney General Barr, it is now clear that the truth is exactly the opposite: No other person - and no other president - could have escaped prosecution for obstruction of justice, or at least impeachment, on facts like these.

Let's start with what separates Donald J. Trump from almost everyone else: He is the president. For Bob Mueller, Trump's status as president gave Trump a double leg up: First, under Department of Justice guidance, Mueller could not indict the president so long as he remains in office. To that extent, of course, Trump was treated like any other sitting president elected since the issuance of the original Office of Legal Counsel memo. But Mueller took that immunity a critical (and, in my view, mistaken) step further: He reasoned that, because the president could not be indicted, it would be unfair even to reach a judgment about whether Trump had committed obstruction. As a result, Mueller declined to make a formal obstruction finding and instead handed the case off to Attorney General Barr.

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Trump Says ‘Game Over,' but Winter Is Coming (The Daily Beast)

CNN PoliticsApr 19, 2019
Mueller's report leaves open possibility of post-White House criminal exposure for Trump
Special counsel Robert Mueller abided by Justice Department guidelines that a sitting president can't be indicted, but in preparing the detailed 448-page report, the long-time law enforcement official has teed up an investigation into obstruction that could outlive President Donald Trump's time in the White House and his temporary immunity.

Reuters PoliticsApr 19, 2019
Democrats make legal bid for all Russia probe evidence, Trump poll numbers drop
Congressional Democrats on Friday took legal action to get hold of all of U.S. Special Counsel Robert Mueller's evidence from his inquiry into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, as the probe's findings hit President Donald Trump's poll ratings.

The Daily BeastApr 19, 2019
Forget Roy Cohn, Future Presidents Would Ask ‘Where's My Bill Barr?'
Jonathan Ernst/ReutersHe lost me at "no collusion."

I have been withholding judgment of Attorney General William Barr, believing that someone who has previously served in the Department of Justice as he did would respect the institution and the rule of law. His conduct before and after his confirmation had provided some reason to question his motives, but I still held out hope that he would lead honorably in handling the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller. 

Barr confirmed my worst suspicions when he stood at the podium to discuss the release of Mueller's report into Russian election interference. Instead of using the language of a prosecutor, Barr parroted President Donald Trump's favorite talking point of "no collusion" four times. And it got worse from there. 

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Reuters PoliticsApr 19, 2019
Republican Romney says he is 'sickened' by Trump's behavior during Russia probe
Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney said on Friday he was "sickened" by the dishonesty of U.S. President Donald Trump and people around him as portrayed in a report on Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election.

Fox PoliticsApr 19, 2019
Eric Swalwell: No apology necessary for surveilling Trump campaign
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif., argued the special counsel's report "certainly" showed evidence of collusion and rejected the idea that President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign deserved an apology for the controversial surveillance conducted under former President Barack Obama's administration.

CNN PoliticsApr 19, 2019
Democrats set sights on Trump's finances as post-Mueller probes take shape
Democrats picked up on their post-Mueller course on Friday, rapidly ramping up their probes into President Donald Trump's finances and diving into the numerous cases of obstruction of justice that the special counsel documented.

Reuters PoliticsApr 19, 2019
Mueller report strengthens resolves on both sides of political spectrum
After months as volunteer activists demanding that U.S. President Donald Trump be impeached, Eileen and Michael O'Brien sat on their couch on Thursday, cracked open a laptop and began to read the 448-page special counsel report that liberals have dreamed would make impeachment a reality.

CNN PoliticsApr 19, 2019
Romney on Mueller report: I am 'sickened' by 'dishonesty and misdirection' of President Trump
Republican Sen. Mitt Romney issued a sharp rebuke of President Donald Trump on Friday following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report, saying he was "sickened" by details in revealed in the document.

Democracy NowApr 19, 2019
The Mueller Report: Glenn Greenwald vs. David Cay Johnston on Trump-Russia Ties, Obstruction & More
The Justice Department has released a redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report detailing Russian meddling in the 2016 election, the Trump campaign's contacts with Russia and President Trump's attempts to impede the special counsel's investigation. The report states the campaign "expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts," but Mueller concluded, "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities." Mueller also outlined at least 10 instances where Trump attempted to impede the special counsel's investigation, but Mueller came to no definitive conclusion on whether Trump broke the law by obstructing justice. In the report, Mueller suggests that this is a decision for Congress to make. We host a debate on the report's findings between two Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists: Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept and David Cay Johnston, who has covered Donald Trump since the 1980s. His most recent book is "It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America."

Fox PoliticsApr 19, 2019
Trump would beat Sanders in 2020 matchup, says Obama campaign manager
Jim Messina, campaign manager for former President Barack Obama's successful re-election campaign, predicted that Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., would be unable to counter President Donald Trump's economic messaging and would therefore lose in a 2020 electoral matchup.

CNN PoliticsApr 19, 2019
Fact check: Erik Prince's public claims vs. the Mueller report
Erik Prince, the founder of the controversial private security firm Blackwater, makes a number of appearances in special counsel Robert Mueller's report. Noted for his ties to the United Arab Emirates, Prince was a prominent supporter of President Donald Trump during the campaign and spent time around senior officials with the Trump transition team, including former Trump adviser Steve Bannon. Prince is the brother of Trump's Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Trump lawyers reviewed Mueller report for 10 hours before it was made public (Reuters Politics)
Fact check: What Trump associates told the public vs. what they told Mueller (CNN Politics)

Democracy NowMar 25, 2019
As Mueller Finds No Collusion, Did Press Overhype Russiagate? Glenn Greenwald vs. David Cay Johnston
As congressional Democrats call on the Justice Department to release the full Mueller report, we speak to Pulitzer Prize-winning journalists who have closely followed the probes into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election: Glenn Greenwald, a founding editor of The Intercept and a leading critic of the media coverage of alleged Russian collusion, and David Cay Johnston, formerly of The New York Times, now founder and editor of DCReport.org, who has written critically about Donald Trump for decades. His most recent book is "It's Even Worse Than You Think: What the Trump Administration Is Doing to America."
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