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June 19th, 2017 by Miasnow


Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) has become notorious over the past several weeks for interrupting witnesses testifying on Capitol Hill — or, to her liberal fans, for being “silenced” by her white male Republican colleagues. Now she is turning those confrontation into campaign dollars.

Harris’s campaign Twitter account, @KamalaHarris, has pinned a tweet to the top of her profile that refers to her being “silenced,” and links to a donations page:

At the donation page, Harris claims: “t’s happened to me, Elizabeth Warren, and countless others. Too often women are silenced in society Find Out More…

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June 18th, 2017 by Miasnow


Former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown has offered an odd defense of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), whose habit of interrupting Cabinet members during Senate hearings — and being rebuked by the chair — has made her a heroine on the left.

Democrats and the media have turned Harris into a symbol of “The Universal Phenomenon of Men Interrupting Women,” as a New York Times article put it — utterly ignoring the fact that she was interrupting others.

Critics have charged that Harris — who interrupted Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, and did it again the next day to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein — is staging the confrontations for notoriety and donations.

Brown suggests in his San Find Out More…

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June 17th, 2017 by Miasnow


ABC News reported Friday that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel for the Russia investigation last month, may be considering recusing himself from that investigation.

According to ABC, “sources” stated that Rosenstein, the number two man at the Department of Justice, “has privately acknowledged to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the matter.”

The DOJ, however, insisted the deputy attorney general’s stance on recusal remains the same. “As the Deputy Attorney General has said numerous times, if there comes a point when he needs to recuse, he will. However, nothing has changed,” DOJ Spokesman Ian Prior told Breitbart News.

Rosenstein came to be the top law enforcement official with regard to the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Find Out More…

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June 14th, 2017 by Miasnow


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On Monday, I predicted Trump would soon begin talking about firing special prosecutor Robert Mueller. Within hours NewsMax publisher Christopher Ruddy told PBS NewsHour that the president was considering exactly that possibility.

On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that Trump had genuinely contemplated trying to get rid of the independent counsel, only to have Find Out More…

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June 13th, 2017 by Miasnow


CNN cut away from a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday morning, seconds after Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) raised concerns that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had hired a former Clinton Foundation attorney to assist with the probe into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Graham was questioning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was sitting in for Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Democrats have long accused the Trump campaign of colluding with Russia, though no evidence has emerged. There is also speculation that Special Counsel Mueller will probe allegations of obstruction of justice against President Donald Trump.

Earlier this week, reports emerged that Mueller had hired attorneys for his investigative team who had donated to Hillary Find Out More…

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June 13th, 2017 by Miasnow


Reputed Trump confidant and Newsmax CEO Chris Ruddy told PBS News’s Judy Woodruff Monday that President Donald Trump is considering dismissing Special Counsel Robert Mueller, according to a tweet by Woodruff.

The news comes on the eve of Attorney General Jeff Sessions testifying before the Senate Intelligence Committe on the Russia investigation. This follows a hearing featuring the testimony of fired FBI director James Comey before the same body.

Mueller — who, on his appointment by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, took independent control of the investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 elections — had a shadow cast Find Out More…

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May 19th, 2017 by Miasnow


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The Washington Post has published a “blind item” White House report — where not only its sources but the subject of the article is anonymous.

Using “people familiar with the matter” as sources, the Post’s Devlin Barrett and Matt Zapotosky report that the investigation into the Trump campaign and its connections to Russia “has identified a current White House official as a significant person of interest, showing that the probe is reaching the highest levels of government.”

The person is a senior White House adviser “close to the president,” but the unnamed sources would not identify that official, the Post reported.

“The sources emphasized that investigators remain keenly interested in people who previously wielded influence in the Find Out More…

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May 19th, 2017 by Miasnow


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WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Donald Trump’s nomination of Rachel Brand as associate attorney general, the third-highest position at the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ).

At age 44, Brand has had a diverse career in and out of government. A 1998 graduate of Harvard Law School and a respected member of the Federalist Society, Brand clerked for Justice Charles Fried on the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court, then for Justice Anthony Kennedy on the U.S. Supreme Court.

During the administration of President George W. Bush’s administration, Brand served as the assistant attorney general leading DOJ’s Office of Legal Policy (OLP), which does most of the vetting for potential judicial nominees to the federal bench. She later also accepted an appointment from President Find Out More…

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May 18th, 2017 by Miasnow


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Viewed in isolation, the decision by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to investigate possible connections between the Trump campaign and the Russian government is defensible, and even good, though unnecessary.

Rosenstein was virtually a consensus appointment and was perfectly capable of supervising the investigation in a fair, impartial and credible manner.

However, Rosenstein was part of President Donald Trump’s decision to fire James Comey as FBI director last week. Critics allege that was an attempt to interfere in the Russia investigation.

By delegating the task of overseeing the investigation to someone outside of that decision chain, Rosenstein has protected the integrity of his office and the Find Out More…

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May 13th, 2017 by Miasnow


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Calls for a special counsel to pursue a possible Russia investigation are dead wrong on the law, as are calls for Attorney General Jeff Sessions not to advise President Trump on selecting a new FBI director. This is politics at its most cynical.

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) leads investigations, not the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The FBI conducts the investigation under the supervision of either U.S. attorneys’ offices or Main Justice. Supervising the FBI is a central part of any attorney general’s job. And special counsels are never independent of DOJ, because independent counsels (which are different from special counsels) are unconstitutional, which is why the law that formerly authorized them has not existed for almost 20 years.

The deputy attorney Find Out More…

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