Mar 27, 2019

Bill Barr agrees to testify on "very substantial" Mueller report

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House Judiciary chairman Jerrold Nadler told reporters Wednesday that Attorney General Bill Barr said he is unlikely to meet the April 2 deadline set by House Democrats to make the Mueller report public, but that he agreed to testify on a date to be decided.

The intrigue: Following a 10-minute phone call with Barr, Nadler said that the full Mueller report is "very substantial," but that he was asked not to disclose the exact length. When pressed by reporters on whether it was less than 1,000 pages, Nadler responded: "Oh, I would think so."

  • Nadler said he did not discuss with Barr the contents of the report or Barr's controversial decision to exonerate Trump on obstruction of justice when Mueller chose not to do so.
  • Barr also would not commit to releasing the full Mueller report and underlying documents, according to Nadler.

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Sanders takes aim at Bloomberg: "Trump will chew him up and spit him out"

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Bernie Sanders told CBS "60 Minutes" that he was surprised by Mike Bloomberg's lackluster performance at Wednesday's Democratic debate.

What he's saying: "If that's what happened in a Democratic debate, you know, I think it's quite likely that Trump will chew him up and spit him out."

Scoop: Lyft acquires cartop advertising startup Halo Cars

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Lyft has acquired Halo Cars, a small startup that lets ride-hailing drivers earn money via ad displays mounted atop their cars. Lyft confirmed the deal but declined to share any details.

Why it matters: Ride-hailing companies are increasingly eyeing additional ways to generate revenue, and Lyft rival Uber has been quietly testing a partnership with New York-based Cargo that gives it a cut of the advertising revenue, as I previously reported.

Scoop: New White House personnel chief tells Cabinet liaisons to target Never Trumpers

McEntee, shown with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway and White House senior adviser Stephen Miller, walks on the South Lawn of the White House Jan. 9. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Johnny McEntee called in White House liaisons from cabinet agencies for an introductory meeting Thursday, in which he asked them to identify political appointees across the U.S. government who are believed to be anti-Trump, three sources familiar with the meeting tell Axios.

Behind the scenes: McEntee, a 29-year-old former body man to Trump who was fired in 2018 by then-Chief of Staff John Kelly but recently rehired — and promoted to head the presidential personnel office — foreshadowed sweeping personnel changes across government.