Trump Told Russia Comey Firing Would Stall Collusion Investigation

The New York Times got its hands on a transcript of the conversation between Donald Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak in the Oval Office the day after he fired James Comey. Trump told them that the firing of Comey would relieve the pressure of the Russia investigation. … [Read more...]

WaPo: Senior White House Official is Russia Investigation Target

Another day, another story that is very, very bad for the Trump administration. The Washington Post is reporting that a senior White House official is a "person of interest" -- that is, a target -- of the FBI investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. … [Read more...]

Flynn, Manafort Key Targets of FBI Investigation

On the same day that the appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel was announced, NBC News reported that the two key figures under direct criminal investigation from within the Trump campaign are former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn and campaign manager Paul Manafort. … [Read more...]

The Scope of the Special Counsel Appointment

One of the important questions in regard to the appointment of Robert Mueller as a Special Counsel is exactly what he is authorized to investigate. The mandate in the official document appointing appears to be fairly narrow, focusing specifically on the question of collusion. … [Read more...]

Trump Tried to Get Comey to Drop the Flynn Investigation

The New York Times reports that Donald Trump tried to get FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation into his former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Comey documented that request in a memo, which someone at the FBI leaked to the paper. … [Read more...]

The Candidates for Interim Comey Replacement

The legal pecking order says that if the FBI director is fired, his or her deputy takes over until a permanent replacement is confirmed. But the DOJ is now interviewing other candidates to take James Comey's place on an interim basis pending a permanent replacement. … [Read more...]

Trump Decided to Fire Comey, Then Wanted Support

To hear the White House tell the story in public, Trump was only following the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein in firing FBI Director James Comey. Privately, though, they tell reporters that Trump decided to fire Comey, then demanded that they write letters backing it up. … [Read more...]

TN Scientology Facilities Closed for False Imprisonment

Ooh, this is an interesting development. A group of facilities owned by the "Church" of Scientology has been closed down by law enforcement for illegally holding people inside those buildings against their will and allegedly drugging them as well. … [Read more...]

How Conservative Judges Made Trump’s Sanctuary City Order Unconstitutional

Notre Dame law professor Garrett Epps explains at the Atlantic how a ruling by the conservative judges on the Supreme Court 20 years ago is the key precedent that makes Trump's executive order punishing "sanctuary cities" unconstitutional. … [Read more...]

DOJ Pushes Rampant Crime Myth for NYC

One of Donald Trump's primary bits of demagoguery during the election was his constant claim that violent crime was rampant in the United States after it had gone down steadily for a quarter of a century. The DOJ is now pushing that same nonsense in regard to New York City: … [Read more...]

Trump’s Ties to Russian Organized Crime

Jeff Morley, a terrific investigative reporter who used to be my boss at the American Independent News Network, has an article at Alternet looking at the close ties between Donald Trump and Russian organized crime figures, relationships that go back long before he ever ran for president. … [Read more...]

Georgia Cops Actually Fired for Police Brutality

In a rare outcome, two cops in Gwinnett County, Georgia have been fired after video showed them beating a defenseless suspect during a traffic stop. And it happened almost immediately, not after weeks or months of paid leave or anything like that. … [Read more...]