Mr. Flynn appeared in court for the first time since hiring a lawyer who has pushed conspiracies about the Mueller investigation.
Michael S. SchmidtIs Flynn preparing to take on the gov't? His new lawyer wants a security clearance. Prosecutors say there is no classified in the discovery. But lawyer says she needs it to review "other information" related to case.
Michael S. SchmidtFlynn’s new lawyer who has pushed conspiracies about Mueller wants a clearance. Prosecutors say there’s no classified in discovery. But she insists, saying it’s to review other information related to the case.
A New York Times reporter fed information about Jared Kushner meeting with Russians to the FBI, newly released emails show.
Michael S. SchmidtFrom the Washington Examiner: "CORRECTION: The Washington Examiner has updated this story to: remove the characterization that the New York Times reporter 'fed information' to the FBI; clarify when the email was written and.."
The special counsel’s prosecutors cited attorney-client privilege, but legal experts were divided on whether they should have pushed to learn more.
Michael S. SchmidtBut the president’s role, if any, remains a mystery. Dowd never said whether Trump directed him to make the overture. And investigators for Mueller declined to question Dowd. W/@charlie_savage
The president’s war with the deep state has long been waged by tweet, but his new attorney general is poised to professionalize the fight.
Michael S. SchmidtUnlike Trump’s hollow threats and name-calling, Barr’s examination of how the intelligence community investigated the Trump campaign could offer a more effective blueprint for the president to take aim at his perceived political enemies. w/@julianbarnes
In a directive, the president ordered the intelligence agencies to cooperate with the review and gave the attorney general the authority to unilaterally declassify their documents.
Michael S. SchmidtTrump took extraordinary steps to give AG Barr sweeping authorities to conduct a review into how the campaign’s ties to Russia were investigated, significantly escalating the efforts to place those who investigated the campaign under scrutiny. w/@maggieNYT
Two requests by presidential advisers show how far the White House has gone to try to push back on accusations that the president obstructed justice.
Michael S. SchmidtAt least twice in the past month, White House officials have sought to get former White House counsel, Don McGahn, to say he didn't believe Trump obstructed justice. So far, McGahn has refused to do so.
The president seems eager to force the hand of Democrats who are investigating him as if they were conducting an impeachment inquiry without actually calling it that.
Michael S. SchmidtAs the White House and Congress escalate their constitutional showdown, President Trump and his team are essentially trying to call what they see as the Democrats’ bluff. The message: Put up or shut up. Impeach or move on. w/@peterbakernyt@maggieNYT
The use of the investigator in an operation aimed at a campaign shows the alarm in the F.B.I. as officials uncovered the scope of Russia’s 2016 election interference.
Michael S. SchmidtNEW: The decision to aim a US gov't investigator at a presidential campaign official shows the level of alarm inside the FBI during the '16 election and gives ammunition to Trump who claims the FBI spied on his campaign. w/@adamgoldmanNYT@MarkMazzettiNYT
The president repeatedly sought to have Attorney General Jeff Sessions reopen the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server.
Michael S. SchmidtTrump wanted to fulfill campaign promise to "Lock Her Up." Tried 3xs to pressure Sessions into prosecuting Clinton. Episodes are unique because they show Trump going on offensive to target a rival. No president since Nixon is known to have attempted this.
Show The Daily, Ep How Trump’s Protector Became Mueller’s Best Witness - Apr 22, 2019
Michael S. SchmidtThe story of Trump’s top White House lawyer, Don McGahn —- the architect of some of Trump’s most notable accomplishments, the person who protected Trump from himself and, now perhaps most importantly, Mueller’s chief witness against the president.
Witnesses whose accounts contributed to the Mueller report’s damaging portrait of the president are said to be concerned about his potential retaliation.
Michael S. SchmidtOne witness called friends and colleagues in the days before the report was released to see whether he could have the Justice Department redact his name from Mr. Mueller’s report. The idea went nowhere. w/@maggieNYT