Trump’s Probe Into ‘Unmasking’ Conspiracy Ends With No Wrongdoing Found: Report

A federal investigation meant to target Obama administration officials for “unmasking” the names of individuals in classified intelligence reports ended recently without finding any wrongdoing that the Trump administration could use as political ammunition, The Washington Post reported Tuesday.

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Whistleblower reveals officials considered using ‘heat ray’ to broil protesters in Lafayette Square

In the emails shared by DeMarco, military police sought to get their hands on the heat ray because it “can provide our troops a capacity they currently do not have, the ability to reach out and engage potential adversaries at distances well beyond small arms range, and in a safe, effective, and nonlethal manner.”

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New Mexico secretary of state worries Trump’s federal troops will disrupt the elections

Beyond that inauspicious start, New Mexico’s Oliver noted that the process the Trump administration used for determining where and when to send federal agents had completely lacked transparency and accountability. The administration has floated a series of rolling explanations for deploying federal agents to certain cities, she said, including to quell unrest, protect federal buildings, and most recently to address ongoing criminal activity. 

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Mueller defends Stone prosecution and says ‘his conviction stands’ in Washington Post op-ed

Mueller: “The jury ultimately convicted Stone of obstruction of a congressional investigation, five counts of making false statements to Congress and tampering with a witness. Because his sentence has been commuted, he will not go to prison. But his conviction stands.”

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House Judiciary committee hearing confronts Barr’s politicization of the DOJ

Barr’s handling of the Justice Department may be unprecedented, but so is the Republican reaction. Republicans in both the House and Senate have been protective of Barr and Trump’s ability to turn the DOJ into an extension of Trump’s personal legal team and to overlook its use as a political tool—just as they’ve defended Trump’s right to use pardons to reward friends with protection from absolutely justified convictions. 

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Never-Trump GOP Group Dumps On Puny Tulsa Rally In New Ad

The Republican Lincoln Project pounced on President Donald Trump’s “size problem” — the mediocre turnout at his Tulsa, Oklahoma, campaign rally — in an attack ad titled “Shrinking.”

“Hey, Donald,” the ad begins. “Your campaign manager told you a million fans wanted to come to your first big rally. Turnout in Tulsa? A dud.”

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Who is Geoffrey Berman, the powerful US attorney refusing to step down?

Berman was an associate counsel in the Office of Independent Counsel during the Iran-Contra investigation, where he prosecuted a former CIA employee for tax fraud, before serving as an assistant US attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1990 to 1994.

During his first run as a US attorney, he handled criminal prosecutions involving tax securities and computer hacking violations, according to the department’s website.

He went on to practice in the private sector before helming the US Attorneys Office for the Southern District of New York. After Attorney General William Barr tried to oust him from that position late Friday, saying Berman was set to leave the office, Berman released a remarkable statement refusing to step down.

“I will step down when a presidentially appointed nominee is confirmed by the Senate,” Berman said. “Until then, our investigations will move forward without delay or interruption.”

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Geoffrey Berman abruptly resigns: Powerful US attorney in New York investigated Trump associates

Attorney General William Barr said in a statement that President Donald Trump intends to nominate Jay Clayton, the chairman of the Securities and Exchange Commission, to replace him.

Berman’s unexpected exit is likely to draw scrutiny inside the US attorney’s office and among career prosecutors.

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