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Thursday, October 18, 2018

White House Drafting Response To Mueller Queries On ‘Collusion’

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.

 

Trump’s legal team is drafting written answers to a series of questions submitted by special counsel Robert Mueller, marking a potentially major development in the Russia investigation.

According to CNN, which first reported on the revelation Thursday evening, Mueller’s questions focus on the issue of potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the period leading up to Trump’s inauguration.

Limiting the scope to the pre-inauguration period means that Trump can’t claim executive privilege to avoid answering certain questions.

Even more significantly, the emphasis on collusion undermines Trump’s oft-repeated claims that the question of collusion has been taken off the table.…

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All Male: Of Trump’s 13 New Judicial Nominees, None Are Women

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The White House nominated 13 new judicial nominees for lifetime appointments to the federal court, and none of them are women.

Coming after male leaders of the GOP helped cram through the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, despite credible allegations of sexual assault, this week’s judicial announcement continues Trump’s long tradition of overlooking women in the legal field.

According to one summertime tabulation, Trump had nominated 135 people to federal courts, just 35 of them were women. And of Trump’s confirmed nominees who received lifetime appointment, just 23 percent were women.

That compares to 42 percent of women who landed lifetime judicial appointments during President Barack Obama’s eight years in office.…

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FBI Director Admits ‘Limited Scope’ Of Kavanaugh Probe

Reprinted with permission from AlterNet.

 

Testifying before the Senate on Wednesday, FBI Director Chris Wray confirmed what has already been widely reported — that the White House imposed direct limits on the bureau’s background investigation of Brett Kavanaugh as he faced sexual assault allegations ahead of his appointment to the Supreme Court.

Questioned by Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) about the investigation, Wray said the investigation was “limited in scope” under the directions received from the White House.

He added that this was “consistent with the standard process for such investigations going back quite a long way.”

He would not answer whether the FBI was directed to examine whether Kavanaugh lied under oath to the Senate, which many observers accused him of.…

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