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Monday, March 19, 2018

With Six Crisp Paragraphs, A Columnist At The Nation Defends Mueller Probe

In certain precincts on the American left — and especially in some places where the far left blurs into the far right — it is considered clever to dismiss the Russia investigation as a relic of the Cold War, an opportunistic Clintonite ploy, or both. These arguments can be found under the bylines of Glenn Greenwald, Max Blumenthal, and in the venerable pages of The Nation magazine, where Russia scholar Steven Cohen and some less venerable figures hold forth on why it’s all a figment of the Democratic imagination.

Today in those same pages, Katha Pollitt, one of the columnists I admire most, sets forth a crisp summary of why this investigation is critical — and exposes the vacuity of the “left-wing” arguments against it.…

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Trump Badgering White House Witnesses In Mueller Probe

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If Trump was nervous about special counsel Robert Mueller and the Russia investigation before, he now appears downright terrified. And according to a new report in The New York Times, he’s privately hectoring his staff about it.

Three sources told the Times that Trump “asked key witnesses about matters they discussed with investigators” in the past two months. Specifically, Trump pestered White House counsel Don McGahn and former chief of staff Reince Priebus.

Trump demanded that McGahn publicly deny the story that Trump had ordered him to fire Muellerlast summer. McGahn refused, and Trump then tried to insist that he had never given the order at all.…

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Trump’s Intelligence Chief Says Country Is ‘Protected’ From Kushner

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Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner posed a threat to the nation by holding a top security clearance. And Trump’s own intelligence chief finally admitted it.

At a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on Tuesday, Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) asked National Intelligence Director Dan Coats if he knew that at least four foreign countries discussed their ability to manipulate Kushner.

“I’ve seen that leak,” Coats replied.

“Can you assure us that you are taking effective action to protect our national security against that manipulation?” Blumenthal asked.

“We are doing everything we can to protect the United States’ citizens from harm from abroad, including what you have just described,” Coats replied.…

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