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For the hypocrites on the Hill it's always party first

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Donald Trump will never build the Great Wall he envisioned on this country's southern border, but his lawyers and minions are erecting the largest stonewall against congressional oversight since Nixon's presidency. In a scolding letter to Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., White House attorneys have said that the administration will simply reject some...Read more

To Trump, it's not illegal

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When Rep. Jerrold Nadler said that America is in a "constitutional crisis" -- as he and other members of the House Judiciary Committee voted to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress -- commentators scoffed that the Manhattan Democrat was exaggerating, at least a little. The sweeping, concerted resistance to congressional ...Read more

What made Robert Mueller so mad?

From the Left / Joe Conason /

The Republican message from the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Mueller report, featuring Attorney General Bill Barr, was perfectly blunt: Forget that any of this ever happened -- unless and until we can figure out how to blame Hillary Clinton.

All of those "conservative" worthies including the chief law enforcement officer of the ...Read more

Every path to national redemption is perilous

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Although Robert Mueller filed his massive report with the Justice Department, the special counsel must have known he was actually forwarding an impeachment referral to Congress. Between his decision to forgo a criminal indictment of the president and his incriminating recital of the president's 10 instances of potential obstruction of justice, ...Read more

If Trump Weren't POTUS, He Would Be Indicted

From the Left / Joe Conason /

If Donald Trump were the president of any private or public entity -- if he were the president of anything, that is, except the United States -- he would be under indictment today for obstruction of justice, intimidating witnesses and conspiracy, at a minimum. That is what the Mueller report, even in redacted form, tells us in no uncertain ...Read more

Send a Subpoena to Mar-a-Lago

From the Left / Joe Conason /

We were sitting on the patio at Mar-a-Lago, enjoying drinks and dinner with a few friends, when Donald Trump suddenly showed up.

He scowled at me for a few seconds and then did a double take. Perhaps he was rattled to encounter on his own property a journalist whose skeptical coverage dated back to the era when Roy Cohn was still fixing ...Read more

We Need The Mueller Report, Not Barr's Spin Memo

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Even in a moment of triumph, Donald Trump lied.

Exulting over the summary findings of the Mueller report, as spun by his attorney general, William Barr, President Trump declared that the investigation found "no obstruction" and resulted in "complete and total exoneration." But according to Robert Mueller's own words, that boast is utterly ...Read more

How to stop worrying about Socialism

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When President Trump barks about socialism, he is probably thinking (and hopes you're thinking) of the dark, dank and dull version that oppressed the people of the old Soviet bloc. Republican media feeds, including his, currently feature "socialist" as the preferred insult, warning that Democrats aim to transform the United States into the ...Read more

A Manafort pardon will be the ultimate proof of Trump's guilt

From the Left / Joe Conason /

No longer can there be any doubt that Paul Manafort expects Donald Trump to pardon him -- and that Trump has encouraged that expectation in a broad strategy to obstruct the Russia investigation over the past two years.

The signals emanating from Manafort's legal team over the past few days could scarcely have been clearer. Moments after Judge ...Read more

What was good For Clinton is good for Trump

From the Left / Joe Conason /

When the Office of Special Counsel completes its assigned tasks and sends its findings to Attorney General William Barr, Americans will expect to learn what is in that document. Despite recurrent warnings that Barr can legally withhold some or even all of the Mueller report, those expectations of transparency must be fulfilled.

The matters ...Read more

Cohen embodies Trump's sordid career

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Watching the Republicans strenuously berate Michael Cohen as he appeared before the House Oversight Committee, it was clear that they had no idea who this New York character is or what his testimony means. They couldn't grasp that further diminishing this already disgraced attorney could not separate him from the man he had represented for 10 ...Read more

This Trump scandal is radioactive

From the Left / Joe Conason /

Often enough, the ambitious phrase "Middle East peace plan" emanates from the Trump White House, often associated with presidential son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner. Only last week, the Polish government joined with the U.S. State Department to host a major international conference on Middle East issues in Warsaw.

But now the House ...Read more


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