Oct 1, 2019

House Judiciary alleges Trump may have lied in Mueller report

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Lawyers for House lawmakers have suggested they believe President Trump may have lied to former special counsel Robert Mueller about his knowledge of his campaign's connections to WikiLeaks, according to a court filing obtained by Politico Monday.

The big picture: The filing forms part of the House Judiciary Committee's efforts to obtain Mueller's grand-jury documents, which are currently secret. The House alleges redacted parts of the Mueller report could be detailed by the documents and potentially show that Trump knew of his campaign's contacts with WikiLeaks.

  • "Not only could those materials demonstrate the president’s motives for obstructing the special counsel’s investigation, they also could reveal that Trump was aware of his campaign’s contacts with WikiLeaks," the filing reads, per Politico.

Between the lines: The filing also suggests the Mueller material could be useful to the current probe into Trump's Ukraine scandal, which has fueled the launch of a formal impeachment inquiry against the president.

  • "Those events may also be relevant to the House’s investigation of the president’s solicitation of Ukrainian interference in the 2020 election,” the filing notes. "Under the Constitution’s separation of powers, and the authority the Constitution vests in the House alone to structure its proceedings, that power is not DOJ’s for the taking."

What they're saying: Trump’s personal attorney Jay Sekulow told Politico any allegation that Trump lied to Mueller’s investigators was "absurd."

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Judge: House Judiciary Committee can see redacted Mueller grand jury material

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A federal judge ruled Friday that the Justice Department must hand over grand jury evidence from the Mueller investigation to the House Judiciary Committee by Oct. 30, citing the ongoing impeachment inquiry into President Trump, per CNBC.

Why it matters: Grand jury information is typically kept secret, but Judge Beryl Howell said in her opinion that the disclosures are in "the public’s interest in a diligent and thorough investigation into, and in a final determination about, potentially impeachable conduct by the President described in the Mueller Report.”

Go deeperArrowOct 25, 2019

Fusion GPS founders to publish book on Trump's relationship with Russia

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The co-founders of Fusion GPS, the political research firm behind the infamous "Steele Dossier," are coming out with a book about President Trump's alleged ties to Russia in November.

Background: The book, titled "Crime in Progress: The Secret History of the Trump-Russia Investigation," is written by former journalists Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, who commissioned former British intelligence officer Christopher Steele in 2015 to conduct opposition research for the conservative Washington Free Beacon. Steele's work was later funded by the Democratic National Committee and Simpson himself after November 2016.

Go deeperArrowOct 14, 2019

The impeachment whip list

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224 House Democrats and 1 independent publicly support launching an impeachment inquiry against President Trump, according to an Axios analysis.

Driving the news: Allegations that Trump may have pressured Ukraine's president to investigate Joe Biden have unleashed a new wave of calls to impeach Trump. The Senate and House Intelligence Committees received the whistleblower complaint Wednesday, and House Democrats told reporters they were "disturbed" upon reviewing it.

Go deeperArrowUpdated Oct 3, 2019