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pardons

What Sessions Should Tell Trump About Pardons — Before It’s Too Late

When Donald Trump issued a tweet reminding everyone that as president he has “the complete power to pardon,” did he mean to suggest that he can pardon himself? Or simply to boast that he can issue pardons without consulting any other authority or facing any consequences? The impact of Trump’s provocative statement — along with […]

July 27, 2017
John Oliver

#EndorseThis: John Oliver Analyzes Trump’s “Tapes” Confession

How uplifting to have John Oliver break down the madness that now constitutes our daily news feed from the White House — such as the latest emissions from Donald Trump on the “tapes” he brandished on Twitter to threaten James Comey. In a White House interview with Fox News, Trump finally confessed last week that […]

June 26, 2017
Obstruction

Report: Special Counsel Is Investigating Trump For Obstruction Of Justice

President Donald Trump is being investigated by special counsel Robert Mueller for possible obstruction of justice, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing unidentified officials. Mueller is investigating alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.

June 14, 2017
Cabinet Picks

Was Trump Cabinet’s Loyalty Ritual Funny — Or Scary?

To the Wall Street billionaires, politicians, and captains of industry who surround the president, loyalty equates with obsequious, sycophantic praise for Trump himself.

June 13, 2017
John Oliver

#EndorseThis: John Oliver Unpacks The Comey Crisis

For the ultimate unpacking of the facts that now threaten Trump’s presidency, we turn today to John Oliver — who emphasizes what the former FBI director declined ” to discuss in an open setting.” As he notes with typical perspicacity, the president has become a walking “logical paradox,” citing what he says was James Comey’s […]

June 13, 2017
Bharara

#EndorseThis: Preet Bharara Shreds Trump Defense Against Comey

Former U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who shares with James Comey the honor of being fired by Donald Trump under highly questionable circumstances, sat a few rows behind the former FBI director when he testified before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8. On Sunday, Bharara discussed that hearing with George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week, […]

June 12, 2017
Danzigre

Danziger: Loyal To A Fault

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from the Wall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a […]

June 9, 2017
Trump alibis

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Scrutinizes Those Trump Alibis

Seth Meyers opens his “closer look” at the ongoing Comey-Trump showdown with a backward glance — recalling how the president and his minions defended their current target last fall, when the FBI director endured withering criticism from…Democrats. But returning quickly to the present, Meyers scrutinizes the various Trump alibis for his blatant attempts to derail […]

June 9, 2017
Comey's testimony

Comey’s Testimony Stumps Fuming And Fumbling Trump Defenders

In his historic appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, James Comey explained calmly and cogently how he had approached his fraught relationship with the new president: From day one, the former FBI director said he treated Donald Trump as someone with a propensity to lie. Whatever anyone thinks of Comey and his conduct during last […]

June 9, 2017
comey

#EndorseThis: Comey Attack Ad Annoys Colbert (And He Responds)

On the eve of James Comey’s appearance before the Senate Intelligence Committee, a Trump-affiliated political action committee spent dark money to strike at the former FBI director with an attack ad. As Stephen Colbert observed, this barrage was yet another violation of American political norms by the Trump crew. The attack ad, aired on the […]

June 8, 2017
Danziger

Danziger: ‘A Normal New York City Conversation’

Jeff Danziger’s award-winning drawings are published by more than 600 newspapers and websites. He has been a cartoonist for the Rutland Herald, the New York Daily News and the Christian Science Monitor; his work has appeared in newspapers from the Wall Street Journal to Le Monde and Izvestia. Represented by the Washington Post Writers Group, he is a […]

June 7, 2017
Comey

The 6 Most Remarkable Quotes In Comey’s Prepared Statement For Senate

In prepared remarks released Wednesday by the Senate Intelligence Committee, former FBI director James Comey gives his account about the events that led to his firing. Comey will deliver the remarks in person on Thursday morning as the curtain rises on one of the most widely anticipated productions of Washington political theater in recent years. […]

June 7, 2017
Danziger

Danziger: White House Traffic Stop

Danziger wonders what will happen to Donald Trump when the fired FBI director testifies about him — with a special prosecutor listening.

June 4, 2017
sater

How Felix Sater — Former Mob-linked Hustler And Ex-Trump Adviser — Sought To ‘Protect’ Ukraine’s Nuclear Plants

The saga of Felix Sater — a twice-convicted one-time Mafia associate, real estate developer, sometime partner and former “senior adviser” to Donald Trump — continues to grow more complicated and bizarre. Details have now emerged of a second attempted diplomatic intervention by Sater, supposedly to prevent a possible nuclear power plant conflagration in Ukraine.

May 25, 2017
pressure

Trump Told Russians Firing Of Comey Relieved “Great Pressure”

“I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job,” Trump told told Russian foreign minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, according to a New York Times report on Friday. “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.” the president reportedly added, “I’m not under investigation.”

May 19, 2017
Russia probe

Rosenstein Briefs Senators: Russia Probe Is Now A Criminal Investigation

“I think the shot to the body is [the Russia probe] is now considered a criminal investigation,” said Senator Lindsey Graham as he left a private briefing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Capitol Hill.

May 18, 2017
Comey's testimony

Justice Department Appoints Ex-FBI Director Mueller As Special Counsel In Russia Probe

The Justice Department, in the face of rising pressure from Capitol Hill, named former FBI chief Robert Mueller on Wednesday as special counsel to investigate alleged Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

May 18, 2017
Putin Pays

GOP Majority Leader Told Colleagues In 2016: “Putin Pays” Trump

“There’s . . . there’s two people I think Putin pays: [California Republican Rep. Dana] Rohrabacher and Trump,” said House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy at a private meeting of Republican Congressional leaders last June. When his colleagues laughed, McCarthy added, “Swear to God.”

May 17, 2017
trump scandal

#EndorseThis: Seth Meyers Scrutinizes Trump Scandal Week, With Bonus Clips

Seth Meyers offers “a closer look” at President Trump’s no-good, very-bad week following his dismissal of FBI director James Comey — which is now culminating in open talk of impeachment in Congress.

May 17, 2017
Flynn

FBI Source: Trump Asked Comey To End Investigation Of Michael Flynn

President Donald Trump asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end the agency’s investigation into ties between former White House national security adviser Michael Flynn and Russia, according to a source who has seen a memo written by Comey. The FBI director wrote the memo after he met in the Oval Office with Trump, the day after the president fired Flynn on February 14. “I hope you can let this go,” Trump told Comey, according to a source familiar with the contents of the memo.

May 16, 2017
Trump White House

#EndorseThis: Colbert Declassifies The Trump White House

The continuing fiasco of the president’s decision to fire James Comey has revealed secret taping in the Trump White House, at least according to those @realDonaldTrump tweets. (Of course, those tweets are as likely to be true as anything else uttered by Trump, meaning not too likely.) For press secretary Sean Spicer that requires covering up, obfuscating, and stonewalling Watergate-style, which is horrifying as White House conduct — and comedy gold for Stephen Colbert.

May 16, 2017
Comey firing

#EndorseThis: Colbert Solves The Mystery Behind Comey Firing

For the truly gullible, the White House brought forth that letter on the Comey firing from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — prompting Colbert to snark that the Department of Justice should be renamed “the Department of Justification.”

May 12, 2017
Trevor Noah

#EndorseThis: Trevor Noah On Trump’s Latest Dictatorial Maneuver

Daily Show host Trevor Noah often notes Trump’s growing resemblance to the African dictators he has long observed on his home continent — a resemblance that, in the wake of the firing of James Comey is even more glaring. As Noah puts it, the preposterous pretext proffered by Trump for dismissing the overseer of the Russia investigation is “the most gangster excuse” he’s ever heard.

May 10, 2017
Danziger

Danziger: Like Nixon, But Less Credible

Danziger is old enough to remember the bad old days of Nixon, Watergate, and the Saturday Night Massacre in October 1973 — and suddenly those memories seem exceptionally vivid.

May 10, 2017
Comey

Tuesday Night Massacre: Who Really Believes The White House Rationale For Firing Comey?

The Trump rationale for firing Comey — as stated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — is obviously false for several reasons, even aside from the fact that Trump had welcomed Comey’s behavior toward Clinton in 2016 and literally embraced the FBI director in the Oval Office last January.

May 10, 2017