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Is the Senate Bill to Protect Mueller Constitutional?

April 23, 2018 Legislation to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller has been hailed as a ray of bipartisan sunshine in a divided Congress. The only problem is that even if it could pass both chambers with a veto-proof majority, there may not be enough votes on the Supreme Court to save it from...

Will Andrew McCabe Be Prosecuted?

April 20, 2018 Andrew McCabe, the former deputy FBI director and frequent target of President Trump, who was recently fired days short of retirement, has been referred for criminal prosecution by the Justice Department Inspector General. Although former prosecutors described the referral as routine, it comes in the context of McCabe’s extraordinary status...

The FBI Was Accused of Bias—and Its Response Helped Tip the Election

April 17, 2018 Public statements from former FBI Director James Comey, as well as an internal investigation focusing on former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, have shed light on the extent to which leaks from the Bureau influenced a series of late-October decisions that damaged Hillary Clinton’s chances in the 2016 election. Pressure...

Does It Matter If Trump Is a 'Target' or a 'Subject' of Mueller's Probe?

April 4, 2018 Can President Trump breathe easy? The Washington Post reported Tuesday night that Trump is a subject of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, but not a target of the investigation. There’s something there for both sides—Trump supporters can argue that the president isn’t a...

Why the FBI Fires People for 'Lack of Candor'

March 22, 2018 When Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe last week, just hours short of McCabe’s retirement, he cited an internal FBI investigation that concluded McCabe “lacked candor” in his conversations with investigators when asked about disclosures to the media during the 2016 election. But what does...

McCabe’s Firing Chips Away at the Justice Department’s Independence

March 17, 2018 Andrew McCabe, a former acting and deputy FBI director who had drawn the ire of President Trump, was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions late Friday evening, a decision that raises important questions about the independence of both the Justice Department and the FBI. Trump and his associates are a...

What Is Robert Mueller Looking For?

March 16, 2018 Thursday afternoon, The New York Times broke the news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether the Trump campaign assisted Russian operation to swing the 2016 election to the president, had issued a subpoena for the Trump Organization’s records. The subpoena reportedly “ordered the Trump Organization to hand...

Trump Disbands His 'Voter Fraud' Commission

January 4, 2018 President Trump announced he was disbanding his Presidential Advisory Commission on Election Integrity Wednesday, citing a desire not to engage in “endless legal battles at taxpayer expense.” The genesis of the commission was the president’s baseless claim that “millions” of illegal votes had cost him the popular-vote victory in the...

Trump Escalates His Attacks Against FBI Officials

December 26, 2017 President Trump singled out two FBI officials by name Saturday afternoon, as Republicans have intensified their efforts to discredit the special counsel investigation into links between the Trump campaign and what intelligence agencies have said was a Russian effort to sway the 2016 election to Trump. “Wow, ‘FBI lawyer James...

Trump Criticizes Sessions Over Russia Recusal

July 20, 2017 President Trump strongly criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the upper ranks of the Justice Department on Wednesday, telling The New York Times he would never have chosen Jeff Sessions as attorney general if he knew Sessions was going to recuse himself from the Russia investigation. The president delivered the...