Mueller’s Damning Portrait of Trump | Defense One


The president lies wantonly and profligately—to the press, to his aides, and above all to the public. He tries to interfere in investigations. He acts as if he has something to hide. He reacts petulantly to being told no, and repeatedly pressures staffers even after being rejected.

Those words are not taken from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report, but they might as well be.

Source: Mueller’s Damning Portrait of Trump – Defense One

Five takeaways from Mueller’s report | TheHill

Mueller ultimately did not establish that Trump or members of his campaign coordinated or conspired with Moscow to affect the 2016 presidential election, but he and his team declined to reach a conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice.

That issue is likely to be at the center of the political debate moving forward.

Here are five takeaways from Thursday.

Source: Five takeaways from Mueller’s report | TheHill

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House subpoena for Mueller report escalates investigation


The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee issued a subpoena Friday for special counsel’s Robert Mueller’s report as Congress escalates its investigation of President Donald Trump.

“It now falls to Congress to determine the full scope of that alleged misconduct and to decide what steps we must take going forward,” said Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y. He expects the Justice Department to comply by May 1.

While Mueller declined to prosecute Trump on obstruction of justice, he did not exonerate the president, all but leaving the question to Congress.

Source: House subpoena for Mueller report escalates investigation

The Mueller Report’s Release Doesn’t Mean Mueller Is Going Away | US News


The release of the Mueller report had all the makings of a seminal Washington event, with its breathless nonstop coverage, melodramatic conclusions and predictable doses of partisan outrage and gloating.

But if you assumed the publication of the nearly two-year, 400-page investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election would resolve the issue of whether justice was properly served, you probably lack a Twitter account or a cable news subscription.

For both incensed Democrats and a triumphant President Donald Trump, this isn’t the end of Mueller or his findings. It’s just the beginning of another foray.

Source: The Mueller Report’s Release Doesn’t Mean Mueller Is Going Away | Politics | US News

Mueller Report Sets Up Another Test of the Balance of Powers | US News

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It’s a phrase that’s been thrown around a lot on cable TV and in the halls of Congress since America sent to the Oval Office a flamboyant businessman who has been both reviled and revered for his iconoclastic view of Washington norms and institutions.

But the release of a redacted report by special counsel Robert Mueller has brought the concern to a new level, setting the country up for what legal scholars say is an unprecedented test of the separation of powers central to the nation’s very democracy.

“We do, certainly, have a great potential for a constitutional clash here, with the executive branch asserting the authority to be free of oversight, in complete contravention to the understood role of Congress in ensuring adherence to the rule of law by the administration,” says Caroline Fredrickson, president of the American Constitution Society.

Source: Mueller Report Sets Up Another Test of the Balance of Powers | The Civic Report | US News

What the Mueller report tells us about Russian influence operations


The report describes in stunning detail the inner workings of the full Russian operation. To date, the report is the most comprehensive account (in addition to the previously released indictment of IRA and GRU operatives) of how the Russian operation evolved over time, how successful it was in targeting and duping Americans, and the Kremlin’s motivation.

This post focuses specifically on what the Mueller report tells us about the information operations. A second post will focus on what we have learned about Russian cyber operations and capabilities.

Source: What the Mueller report tells us about Russian influence operations

Defending America From Foreign Election Interference | Council on Foreign Relations


The Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election—designed, according to the U.S. intelligence community, to hurt Hillary Rodham Clinton and help Donald J. Trump—was an unprecedented and successful attack on the integrity of the U.S. political process.

As such, it should have been a wake-up call to the United States: if Russia could utilize the online domain—through computer hacking and social media manipulation and propaganda—to play such an important role in a U.S. election once, then it would do so again.

Indeed, Director of National Intelligence Daniel Coats warned in July 2018 that Russia is continuing to try to “wreak havoc over our elections,” even if the evidence, so far, of the 2018 midterm elections being affected by outside interference is inconclusive. Other states and even nonstate actors will also likely seek to emulate this model.

Source: Defending America From Foreign Election Interference | Council on Foreign Relations

Mueller report: collusion findings are devastating for Trump | Vox


Special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Donald Trump and Russia establishes a damning series of facts about the Trump campaign’s connections to the Kremlin.

We learned that two Trump campaign officials, campaign manager Paul Manafort and Manafort’s deputy Rick Gates, were regularly providing polling information to a Russian national whom Gates believed to be a “spy.”

Source: Mueller report: collusion findings are devastating for Trump – Vox

Can You Count on Social Security? | GovExec.com


If you ask a group of federal employees if they are counting on Social Security for their retirement, the younger the group is, the fewer the number of hands that are raised.

Maybe it’s because they’ve been spooked by the following disclaimer, which appears on every Social Security statement:

Your estimated benefits are based on current law. Congress has made changes to the law in the past and can do so at any time. The law governing benefit amounts may change because, by 2034, the payroll taxes collected will be enough to pay only about 79 percent of scheduled benefits.

Source: Can You Count on Social Security? – Retirement Planning – Pay & Benefits – GovExec.com

Mueller Report: The Next Step In The Inevitable Legal Fight | Time


More than two years after Robert Mueller began investigating whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice, the special counsel offered the American people a sobering conclusion in his final report, released Thursday: The most powerful law enforcement officials in the country are not in a position to prosecute their boss, the President.

But Congress, Mueller said, is.

Source: Mueller Report: The Next Step In The Inevitable Legal Fight | Time