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Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Justice Department Indicts Al Qaeda Suspect in Federal Court

The New York Times reports that the Justice Department has brought Al Qaeda suspect Ali Charaf Damache to Philadelphia to face prosecution in federal court. The full indictment can be found below.

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Palmer Report: In honor of Sean Spicers resignation, here are some of his biggest screw-ups

What, you thought we were going to be nice to Sean Spicer just because he’s resigning? That man spent the past six months helping to prop up Donald Trump’s treasonous and disastrous administration. So Spicer gets no sympathy from us here. Instead, in honor of his resignation, here’s a quick look back at some of his biggest screw-ups on the job.– Sean Spicer once spent an entire press briefing lying about the size of Donald Trump’s inauguration crowd, while wearing the wrong sized suit.

– Spicer accidentally tweeted his own password, then had to be assigned a new password, and ended up tweeting it as well.

– Spicer tried to minimize the evil of Adolf Hitler by comparing him favorably Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, while getting Assad’s name wrong in four different ways.

– At various points Sean Spicer has invented fictional world leaders “Joe Trudeau” and “Malcolm Trumble” while also inventing the “Majinsky act.”

– Sean Spicer once tweeted “pot” for no apparent reason:

– During his very first briefing room appearance, Sean Spicer started off by saying “I know our fish…”

– Spicer once wore an upside down American flag pin during a briefing, so some suggested it may have been a cry for help instead of an error.

– And by last Friday, Sean Spicer had given up on the job to the point that he was just tweeting baseball scores.

We should probably give Sean Spicer credit for having the guts to resign once it was made clear to him by Donald Trump that he was no longer wanted on the job. That opposed to Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was publicly told to hit the road this week and is still sticking around anyway. Now that Spicer is resigning, we wish nothing but the best for Melissa McCarthy in her future acting endeavors.

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Palmer Report: Sean Spicer angrily resigns, Reince Priebus about to resign, as Donald Trumps fake White House collapses

White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer has abruptly and angrily resigned, after Fox News talking head Anthony Scaramucci was hired as his new boss without any warning. The fallout is now playing out swiftly, with White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said to be furious and the next to resign, as the Donald Trump administration continues to collapse in real time today and the fallout may just be getting started.Spicer is publicly making nice on his way out the door, tweeting that “It’s been an honor & a privilege” (link). But behind the scenes, things are a different story. Spicer told Donald Trump that hiring Anthony Scaramucci to be the new White House Communications Director would be a “major mistake” according to the New York Times (link), and then he resigned in protest when Trump hired him anyway. The move isn’t sitting well with some other people in the administration. MSNBC host Joy-Ann Reid stated that according to one of her Republican sources, “Priebus is next” to resign.

Meanwhile Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been promoted to take Sean Spicer’s place as Press Secretary, a job she’d largely already been doing for months in terms of handling press briefings. This despite the fact that she’s been consistently subpar as a briefer, and arguably even more inept at it than Spicer was. So who is Anthony Scaramucci? It appears Donald Trump hired him on the basis of his friendship with Fox News host Sean Hannity. Or perhaps Trump has become so addled that he thinks Scaramucci is the “will you do the fandango” character from Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody.

Some have posited that Donald Trump may be making these moves today to try to stir up controversy, in the hope of distracting from his exploding Russia scandal and his disastrous recent New York Times interview. However, if that’s the case, then Trump has only further served to underline that his White House is in full collapse.

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Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Today’s Headlines and Commentary

Members of President Donald Trumps legal team are exploring ways to undermine special counsel Robert Muellers investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia in the 2016 election, The Washington Post reports this morning. The New York Times describes how Trumps lawyers and aides have been combing through the backgrounds of Muellers team in the hopes of getting themor even Mueller himselfrecused from the investigation. Trump has reportedly asked his advisers about his ability to pardon members of his administration, his family, and even himself, though two sources said these discussions are purely theoretical. The president has expressed frustration over the fact that the Mueller probe may delve deeply into Trump and his associates financial dealings.Additionally, Mueller has asked White House staff to preserve all documents related to the June 2016 meeting between Donald Trump, Jr. and figures linked to the Kremlin, including the Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya. Though Veselnitskaya has denied ever acting as an agent of the Russian government, Reuters reports that she represented the Russian FSB spy agency in a property dispute from 2005 through 2013.

Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) has threatened to subpoena Donald Trump, Jr. and Paul Manafort if they refuse to testify before the committee voluntarily at its upcoming Wednesday hearing on the Trump Tower meeting, CNN reports. Manafort also attended the meeting with Veselnitskaya and Trump Jr. during his time as manager of the Trump campaign, along with the presidents son-in-law Jared Kushner.

Sean Spicer has resigned as White House press secretary, the Times reports. He allegedly cited his disagreement with Trumps decision to appoint wealthy financier Anthony Scaramucci as the new communications director. Trump decided to shake up his legal and communications team in response to the Mueller probe and a stalling domestic agenda, the Post reports. Longtime personal attorney Marc Kasowitz will step back from leading the legal team, with Washington white-collar crime attorney John M. Dowd taking control. Spokesman for the outside legal team Mark Corallo resignedThursday after just two months in the position. Trump brought attorney Ty Cobb onto the White House team last week to coordinate internal responses to the Russia probe.

Yesterday, the Department of Justice and Europol announced the largest-ever sting against dark web black markets in history, Wired reports. Dutch authorities had quietly taken over a dark web market called Hansa, but continued to allow it to operate. Once the FBI took down another popular market, AlphaBay, users flocked to Hansa. Authorities were then able to gather information on thousands of users, including postal addresses and messages.

In a highly unusual move, Trump met with his nominee for the U.S. Attorney for D.C. prior to her selection, CNN reports. Jessie K. Liu said in her disclosure to the Senate Judiciary Committee that she had met with the president during her interview process, but noted that no one had asked for a loyalty pledge such as Trump requested of former FBI Director James Comey, nor had she given one. Several former U.S. attorneys and law enforcement officials said such a meeting would have been unheard of in past administrations because it could undermine the insulation of U.S. attorneys from political influence. Others said the meeting was not a cause for concern given the importance of the position.

The Treasury Department has fined ExxonMobil $2 million for sanctions violations committed during now-Secretary of State Rex Tillersons tenure as CEO,  Foreign Policy reports. The Department claims that Exxon showed reckless disregard for sanctions against Russia and also damaged Ukraine-related sanctions. The company is fighting the fine in federal court.

China dispatched a warship to the Baltic Sea to conduct the first-ever China-Russia joint naval exercises in European waters, CNN reports. Both the advanced technology of the warship and the decision to conduct the exercises so close to Europe has captured the attention of NATO. China experts say the move is an effort to demonstrate the countrys military strength and an increasingly global reach.

The Department of Defense blocked the disbursement to Pakistan of $300 million initially designated to reimburse the country for its fight against terrorist groups, Foreign Policy reports. The Pentagon said that Defense Secretary James Mattis could not adequately certify that Pakistan had taken sufficient action against the Haqqani Network terrorist organization. A report released by the Pentagon last week came to a similar conclusion, criticizing Pakistans failure to take substantial action against the Haqqani Network and the Afghan Taliban and for failing to limit the threat that the groups pose to U.S. interests in Afghanistan.

The Navy has its first female candidates for two elite special operations positions previously closed to women, NPR reports. One candidate is in the pipeline to become a SEAL officer, while the other will attempt to become a special warfare combatant crewman. The two will need to complete extremely rigorous training programs with high attrition rates before landing the positions.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday, on Lawfare

Lawfare published a chapter from Charles Black Jr.s 1974 Impeachment: A Handbook exploring the parameters of what constitutes an impeachable offense.

Jane Chong applied Blacks guide to the issues surrounding the Trump administration.

Benjamin Wittes discussed Trumps attack on federal law enforcement in his Times interview.

Jack Goldsmith examined the interviews implications for the independence of the Justice Department.

Bob Bauer considered what the interview revealed about Trumps legal position and potential difficulties.

Murray Scot Tanner analyzed the offensive shift in Chinas new National Intelligence Law.

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Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Pretextual Protectionism? The Perils of Invoking the WTO National Security Exception

On Wednesday, Axios wrote a piece outlining how President Trumps own statements could threaten his trade policy objectives: President Trump wants to invoke a national security provision to stop the dumping of cheap steel into America, but trade lawyers believe Trump’s public statements and dubious legal reasoningcould expose the administration to significant legal problems.Candidate Trump spent much of the 2016 campaign criticizing free trade and threatening to renegotiate international trade agreements or pull the U.S. out of the World Trade Organization (WTO). Now, as president, Trump has instructed the Commerce Department to investigate whether steel imports threaten national security and whether to invoke an obscure national security exception to circumvent the WTOs restrictions on tariffs and nontariff barriers. (The same statute that authorizes the investigation  19 U.S.C. §1862 also gives the government domestic statutory authority to impose trade barriers for national security reasons.) His final decision, expected any day, could have unprecedented consequences for international trade and the laws and institutions that govern it.

Invoking this exception is no small matter: lawyers call it the nuclear option and the third rail of international trade, deployed by world leaders acting like cowboys. U.S. military officialspolicymakersinterest groups, and commentators warn that using the exception will have serious legal, policy, and commercial consequences. NATO members have considered retaliatory tariffs. Even the Canadians grumbled. And while many international trade experts insist the President would not dare, the market begs to differ: steel stocks shots up last week after Trump doubled-down on his promise.

Below is a brief overview of the controversial move that the White House is considering, as well as background on the national security exception that they might invoke to justify it.

 

What is Trumps steel proposal and why does it matter?

Trumps prospective use of the national security exception focuses on China. Throughout the campaign, Trump derided China for dumping cheap steel into the U.S. market. In April, Trump directed the Commerce Department to investigate whether U.S. steel imports constituted a threat to national security. And as recently as last week, the President threatened to use steel tariffs to pressure China to take bolder steps to defuse the crisis on the Korean peninsula.

Axios already noted that the President actually cannot invoke the national security exception as a response to Chinese dumping:

the White House might never be able to use its preferred defense for steel tariffs using the GATT [General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade] because the WTO already has a superseding Anti-Dumping Agreement that specifically disciplines such casesand it doesn’t allow for a dumping case based on “national security” or contain any national security exceptions. Given that the administration has been clear that dumping is a centerpiece of its Section 232 investigation, a WTO member could choose bring a legal challenge under the Anti-Dumping Agreement to preempt the administration’s Article XXI plan.

But regardless of how the legal argument would hold up, that the White House is even considering using the provision raises another specific fear: the president could invoke the national security exception as a pretext for unrelated protectionist objectives. The administration has repeatedly criticized foreign imports on grounds other than security. The White House might, therefore, struggle to convince the international community that the motive behind a particular invocation of the provision was limited to national security interests. (The quick change in the stated motive behind dismissing FBI Director James Comey may signal that the President himself may not even be able to toe the line for long.) If the rationale sounded pretextual, then not only would it undermine U.S. credibility abroad, but other countries may also use the security exceptionswhich, as will be explained later, are not subject to WTO reviewto justify the trade policies they prefer, reducing the international role of the WTO and potentially fomenting trade wars.

But the outcome is not much better if the president could demonstrate that he was genuinely using the exception for a bona fide national security purpose. Even when legitimately serving a security interest, invoking the exception risks normalizing a treaty provision whose use its drafters and original signatories feared and hoped would only increase buy-in to the GATT. If countries raised tariffs each time that doing so might serve their national security interests, then there would be no place for an international trade arbitrator. In fact, among the stated objectives of the WTO is to promote peace and security by opening national markets to international trade the point being that sacrificing some short term interest might promote security in the long run.

 

What is the national security exception?

The national security exception exempts countries from WTO regulations under certain conditions. It exists to encourage countries to participate in the WTO; the drafters of the GATT recognized that countries would be loath to join any agreement that did not allow them to protect their security interests without fear of arbitration. They thus sought to create a specific set of exceptions to strike a balance which would take care of real security interests while limiting the exception so as to prevent the adoption of protection for maintaining industries under every conceivable circumstances.

To that end, Article XXI of the GATT sets out three conditions for exceptions on the basis of security interests:

Nothing in this Agreement shall be construed

  1. to require any contracting party to furnish any information the disclosure of which it considers contrary to its essential security interests; or
  2. to prevent any contracting party from taking any action which it considers necessary for the protection of its essential security interests
    1. relating to fissionable materials or the materials from which they are derived;
    2. relating to the traffic in arms, ammunition and implements of war and to such traffic in other goods and materials as is carried on directly or indirectly for the purpose of supplying;
    3. taken in time of war or other emergency in international relations; or
  3. to prevent any contracting party from taking any action in pursuance of its obligations under the United Nations Charter for the maintenance of international peace and security

The drafters thought these exceptions would ameliorate the most important concerns of potential signatories. Part (a) allows countries to protect sensitive national security information that might otherwise be required in WTO proceedings. That might be reasonably read to include information that in the U.S., would be classified under Executive Order 13526. But it could also include other information that carries security implications, like government opinions and priorities. In response to a Czechoslovak complaint about U.S. national security export controls in 1949, the U.S. delegation to the GATT invoked Article XXI(b) in declining to provide the names of the commodities that it considers to be the most strategic.

Part (b) exempts countries from taking otherwise prohibited actions related to the transfer of raw or refined nuclear material, the traffic in weapons and other tools of war, and other steps taken during times of war or other international emergencies. Contracting parties have invoked these provisions in a range of situations. In 1975, the Swedish government used the spirit of Article XXI to defend an import-quota on certain types of shoes, borrowing language from part (b)(iii) in formal documentation. It believed that low domestic production had threatened the countrys ability to secure the provision of essential products necessary to meet basic needs in case of war or other conflict in international relations. In another case, the United States raised the provisions to justify a trade ban against the Sandinista Nicaraguan government in 1985.

Part (c) applies narrowly to grant immunity from arbitration to countries that impose trade restrictions as a component of U.N. authorized sanctions regimes or other tools of international economic statecraft. Countries sometimes cite it to explain low trade levels with sanctioned countries on balance-of-payments documentation.

 

What counts as a security interest?

The drafting commissions recognized that ultimately, avoiding abuse depended on the restraint of WTO members. Countries on the receiving end of perceived unfair national security-related trade barriers unsurprisingly tend to argue for narrow interpretations of national security interests and urge caution when invoking the exceptions. The GATT and WTO, however, have generally interpreted the provision to mean that no WTO Member nor group of Members, and no WTO panel or other adjudicatory body, has any right to determine whether a measure taken by a sanctioning member satisfies the requirements.

The lack of reviewability does not prevent public criticism for expansive definitions of essential security intereststhe international community harshly criticized Sweden for the aforementioned footwear case. Still, the fact remains that contracting parties enjoy something approaching immunity from WTO review when exercising their national security prerogatives.

Probably the most prominent articulation of the self-judging nature of Article XXI was in a 1961 dispute between Ghana and Portugal. Ghana, a party to the GATT, cited Article XXI(b)(iii) as justification to boycott goods from Portugal, whose colonial government in Angola was at war with several revolutionary groups. Ghana justified an embargo against Portugal, arguing that “under this Article each contracting party was the sole judge of what was necessary in its essential security interest. There could therefore be no objection to Ghana regarding the boycott of goods as justified by security interests.” The understanding from 1961 remains the same today: individual countries are their own judges for the purposes of the national security exception.

 

Where does that leave President Trumps steel plan?

That Article XXI is a self-judging provision raises the stakes of if and how the president chooses to use it. Even if Axios is right to say that the provision will not help in the current China dumping matter, the history of the exception suggests it probably serves U.S. interests best by remaining obscure. But like so many domestic and international norms that past presidents have observed, the notion that the national security exception will remain an exception is not a matter of law but of the White Houses calculation and judgment. The future of the current system of international trade may hang in the balance.

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Heres Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Slow news day? she cracks. Nobody laughs. Camera shutters click.

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Wonder if @melissamccarthy is studying @Scaramucci tape?

SNL isnt back with new episodes until October, so maybe she should wait to see if he sticks?

Reuters has a camera on Spicers house, apparently. A la Comey.

Get a grip, Reuters.https://t.co/dRY7pt8m9r

This is real pic.twitter.com/sSyMf0mWK7

Heres Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, calling Trump a political hack and otherwise impugning him, with good old New York vigor, a couple years ago #communication:

Scaramucci on Trump, Aug 2015: a hack anti-American bullies association dont like the way he talks about women https://t.co/s8BW4RPloK pic.twitter.com/fvEtTiW2Eo

Slow clap:

I won’t believe Sean Spicer resigned until he denies it.

Why was Scaramuccis hiring the last straw for Spicer, after everything else?

Spicer was fine with all the lying, chaos, corruption and personal embarrassment but the new communications director was a bridge too far?

This is the hill you die on?

The things these guys choose to care about are beyond me. https://t.co/ujpxsXLNE6

This tweet about the very high rate of turnover very early on in the Trump administration does not even take into account the musical chairs of lawyers they have going:

By August, this admin will have seen departures of NSA, deputy COS, comms director, press sect and VP’s COS. Fwiw, that’s not normal.

Two of these amigos are reported to strenuously object to the third:

BREAKING: @seanhannity will now be speaking with Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus and Anthony Scaramucci on his show tonight on FOX News https://t.co/PnA2S80yo2

Addressing his resignation, Spicer has said that the White House was at a point where Trump could benefit from a clean slate, AP reports.

BREAKING: Press secretary Sean Spicer on his resignation: White House at point where Trump “could benefit from a clean slate.”

It began like a hurricane as he ranted at reporters and, channeling his masters voice, declared war on reality itself. It ended exactly half a year later, petering out like a drizzle of rain.

Sean Spicer quit as White House press secretary on Friday after it became clear Donald Trump was hiring Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, as his new communications director.

Related: Sean Spicer quits and the world loses another reality TV celebrity

Heres a video feed of the room well stick it atop the blog too:

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 21 July 2017 White House press briefing, scheduled to begin at 2pm ET.

Out of habit we almost typed daily press briefing, but the fact is that the White House has not had one of these, on-camera, for three weeks.

Related: A history of Sean Spicer’s gaffes as White House press secretary

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michael flynn – Google News: An overview of the firings, resignations and withdrawn nominations of the Trump White House – Miami Herald
 


Washington Post
An overview of the firings, resignations and withdrawn nominations of the Trump White House
Miami Herald
Yates was also pivotal in drawing the White House’s attention to national security adviser Michael Flynn’s apparent misrepresentations of his conversations with the Russian ambassador. Feb. 13. Michael Flynn resigns after 23 days on the job. Flynn’s …
Axios AMAxios
Sean Spicer quits after Trump taps financier to head White House communicationsCBC.caall 905 news articles »

michael flynn – Google News

Trump FBI file – Google News: An overview of the firings, resignations and withdrawn nominations of the Trump White House – Sacramento Bee
 


CBC.ca
An overview of the firings, resignations and withdrawn nominations of the Trump White House
Sacramento Bee
Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney for New York’s Southern District, refuses to comply and is fired. He’d been told by Trump that he could retain his position when the two met in November at Trump Tower. May 9. FBI director James Comey is fired by Trump.
Why Sean Spicer Resigned: 5 Times He Didn’t Get Along With The Trump White HouseNewsweek
Sean Spicer quits after Trump taps financier to head White House communicationsCBC.caall 934 news articles »

Trump FBI file – Google News

trump criminal investigation – Google News: Trump Can’t Escape the States – Slate Magazine
 


Slate Magazine
Trump Can’t Escape the States
Slate Magazine
But if he were to issue a pardon in exchange for a bribe with criminal intent, he should be prosecuted for bribery. In this case, if Trump pardons with corrupt intent to obstruct the investigation, he should be impeached and prosecuted for obstruction 
How Donald Trump could pardon his family, or even himselfChicago Tribuneall 11 news articles »

trump criminal investigation – Google News

organized crime and Russian intelligence – Google News: Trump Can’t Escape the States – Slate Magazine
 


Slate Magazine
Trump Can’t Escape the States
Slate Magazine
… power under state criminal law. State attorneys general could use their quo warranto power to investigate the TrumpOrganization, fraud, and money laundering from Russian sources. A congressional committee, such as the SenateIntelligence Committee and more »

organized crime and Russian intelligence – Google News

 

Saved Stories – 1. Trump
Russian man at Trump Jr meeting had partner with Soviet intelligence ties – The Guardian
 


The Guardian
Russian man at Trump Jr meeting had partner with Soviet intelligence ties
The Guardian
Kaveladze, a 52-year-old executive at a Moscow-based property firm with ties to Trump, was found in 2000 to have created hundreds of shell companies for a $1.4bn scheme that US investigators suspected was used to launder Russian money through …
Even with Trump warning, Mueller likely to probe financial ties to RussiaChicago Tribune
Congress likely to tie Trump’s hands on Russia sanctionsPolitico
Exclusive: Moscow lawyer who met Trump Jr. had Russian spy agency as clientReuters
U.S. News & World ReportBoing BoingWashington PostNew York Times
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Putin Trump – Google News: Here’s what President Trump has done for Russia – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
Here’s what President Trump has done for Russia
Washington Post
After The Washington Post on Wednesday revealed the Trump administration’s recent decision to halt a CIA program to arm moderate Syrian rebels, the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman accused it of playing right into the hands of VladimirPutin..and more »

 Putin Trump – Google News

Russian man at Trump Jr meeting had partner with Soviet intelligence ties

Irakly Kaveladzes partner Boris Goldstein was a Soviet-born banker whose ties to former KGB officials attracted interest from US investigators in the 1990sA Russian participant in the notorious meeting held by Donald Trumps son at Trump Tower last year had a business partner who was linked by US authorities to former Soviet intelligence officials.

Irakly Kaveladze was identified this week as the eighth attendee of the June 2016 meeting, which has become central to questions over Russian interference in last years presidential election.

Related: Eighth person at Trump Jr meeting was accused of money laundering

Related: Report that Trump considering pardons for family and aides is ‘disturbing’ – Democrats

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Mike Nova  @mikenov: Trump is married to the Mob: literally, figuratively, or both? Michael Novakhov In My Opinion

Tweets by @mikenov Mike Nova @mikenov Trump is married to the Mob: literally, figuratively, or both? Michael Novakhov In My Opinion http://webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/07/21/trump-is-married-to-the-mob-literally-figuratively-or-both/  37s Mike Nova @mikenov Trump is married to the Mob: literally, figuratively, or both? Michael Novakhov In My Opinion http://webworldtimes.com/blog/2017/07/21/trump-is-married-to-the-mob-literally-figuratively-or-both/  1m Mike Nova @mikenov Is Robert Mueller Examining Trumps Links to Mogilevich? Friday … Continue reading“Mike Nova – @mikenov: Trump is married to the Mob: literally, figuratively, or both? Michael Novakhov In My Opinion”
President Trump is considering pardoning himself. I asked 15 experts if that’s legal. – Vox
 


Vox
President Trump is considering pardoning himself. I asked 15 experts if that’s legal.
Vox
President Trump’s lawyers are exploring the potential uses of presidential pardons including whether the president can pardon himself as part of an effort to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation, according to a new 
Donald Trump Reportedly Has Asked His Lawyers If He’s Allowed to Pardon HimselfGQ Magazine
Ambrose: What Trump Jr.’s Russian adventure tells usDaily Commercial 
Can Donald Trump actually pardon himself?Salon
Washington PostSlate Magazine
 
President Trump Can Preemptively Pardon His Advisers And Family, But Will He?Forbes
SalonWashington Post
 –The New ArabWashington Post

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Spicer steps down as White House press secretary reports
Trump legal team looking to investigate Mueller aides – Federal Times
 

Trump legal team looking to investigate Mueller aides
Federal Times
The focus on potential conflicts with Mueller’s team may well be an effort to distract from snowballing federal and congressional investigations into possible election year coordination between Trump’s campaign and Russia. While Trumphas assailed the … 

Why Sean Spicer Resigned: 5 Times He Didn’t Get Along With The Trump White House – Newsweek
 


Newsweek
Why Sean Spicer Resigned: 5 Times He Didn’t Get Along With The Trump White House
Newsweek
The reported reason for now-former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer’s resignation Friday was President Donald Trump’s naming of Anthony Scaramucci as communications director, according to The New York Times. But it’s quite obvious that …
Report: White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer resignsWKYC-TV
Sean Spicer Resigns As White House Press SecretaryHuffPost
Sean Spicer resigns after White House hires new communications directorHawaii News Nowall 596 news articles »

President Trump’s essentially unlimited pardon power, explained – Vox
 


Vox
President Trump’s essentially unlimited pardon power, explained
Vox
President Andrew Johnson had pardoned Garland, and Garland argued that this shielded him from disbarment under the law. The Supreme Court agreed, … That being said, because most observers believe the president cannot be indicted while in office (and 
Trump legal team looking to investigate Robert Mueller’s investigative teamChicago Tribune
The Closer Mueller Probe Gets To Trump, The More He CracksTPM
Trump business empire under scrutiny in Russia probeCBS News
Washington Post –CNN –Newsweek –New York Times
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Lavrov bewildered US special services give no facts of Russia’s meddling in US election – TASS
 

Lavrov bewildered US special services give no facts of Russia’s meddling in US election
TASS
MOSCOW, July 21. /TASS/. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov is puzzled that the experienced intelligence and specialservices of the United States have failed to present to the public any facts of Russia’s meddling with the US presidential election and more »

Scaramucci is the perfect fit for Trump’s communications chief – CNBC
 


CNBC
Scaramucci is the perfect fit for Trump’s communications chief
CNBC
Remember that then-candidate Trump won the nomination by repeatedly embarrassing more than a dozen establishmentGOP candidates in the primary season with his brash rhetoric and large margins of victory. After he won the nomination last summer and …
Sean Spicer Resigns as White House Press SecretaryNew York Times
Sean Spicer resigns as Trump’s White House Press SecretaryThe Independent
Sean Spicer: Republican veteran, but never a Trump insiderIndependent
The Sydney Morning Herald
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Russia V Trump: Latest Russian news Is Trump working with Putin for world domination? – Express.co.uk
 


Express.co.uk
Russia V Trump: Latest Russian news Is Trump working with Putin for world domination?
Express.co.uk
It emerged this week that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin had another, previously undisclosed meeting on the end of a dinner at the G20. The Russian Foreign Minister has now told NBC News that the world leaders might have met even much more than …
Russia’s Lavrov Says Trump May Have Met Putin More TimesNBCNews.com
Russia’s foreign minister jokes there may have been more meetings between Trump and PutinPolitico
Why is everyone talking about Russian adoptions?CNN
Salon Ottawa CitizenVox
all 270 HuffPostVoxHollywood Reporter
all 271
 
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Putin Trump – Google News: Is Trump Bad News for Putin? – The Atlantic
 


The Atlantic
Is Trump Bad News for For Putin?
The Atlantic
When it emerged that Donald Trump had had a second, unscheduled and unsupervised chat with Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, the media’s already-overstressed conspirometer dialed up to 11. But what if the real story now is less one of collusion … 
Trump snubs US allies while huddling with his pal PutinLos Angeles Times
Russia’s Foreign Minister Says There May Have Been More Putin-Trump MeetingsHuffPost
Russia’s foreign minister jokes there may have been more meetings between Trump and PutinPolitico
Telegraph.co.ukCNNNewsweekHollywood Reporter
all 268 news articles  and more

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 Putin Trump – Google News

Is Trump Bad News for Putin? – The Atlantic
 


The Atlantic
Is Trump Bad News for For Putin?
The Atlantic
When it emerged that Donald Trump had had a second, unscheduled and unsupervised chat with Vladimir Putin, the president of Russia, the media’s already-overstressed conspirometer dialed up to 11. But what if the real story now is less one of collusion … 
Trump snubs US allies while huddling with his pal PutinLos Angeles Times
Russia’s Foreign Minister Says There May Have Been More PutinTrump MeetingsHuffPost
Russia’s foreign minister jokes there may have been more meetings between Trump and PutinPolitico
Telegraph.co.ukCNNNewsweekHollywood Reporter
all 268 news articles »
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Anthony Scaramucci once called Donald Trump anti-American and a hack on Fox – Salon
 


Salon
Anthony Scaramucci once called Donald Trump anti-American and a hack on Fox
Salon
The politicians don’t want to go at Trump because he’s got a big mouth and he’s afraid he’s going to light ’em up on Fox and other places, but I’m not a politician. Bring it. You’re an inherited-money dude from Queens County. Bring it, Donald. Bring it.
Sean Spicer quits as White House press secretaryUSA TODAY
Anthony Scaramucci Called President Trump a ‘Hack.’ Now He’s Working for HimTIME
Sean Spicer resigns as Trump’s White House Press SecretaryThe Independent
UPI.com –Mirror.co.uk
all 779 news articles »
Democrats were incensed over Comey’s firing, but they’re not vowing to fight his replacement – Vox
 


Vox
Democrats were incensed over Comey’s firing, but they’re not vowing to fight his replacement
Vox
Senate Democrats were outraged when President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey this May, calling the decision Nixonian and possibly part of a cover-up over Russian election interference. But they now appear to be doing little to stand in … 
Senate Judiciary Committee Approves FBI Director NominationNews18all 81 news articles »

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Donald Trump’s terrible crowdfunding site was a microcosm of his political career – The Verge
 


The Verge
Donald Trump’s terrible crowdfunding site was a microcosm of his political career
The Verge
Donald Trump’s name is linked to steaks, hotels, vodka, and an isolationist political platform. Some of these ventures have succeeded, many have failed, and the last one has put him in the White House. Less known, however, is the time he tried to clone … 

Sean Spicer resigns as Trump spokesman in latest White House shakeup – Los Angeles Times
 


Los Angeles Times
Sean Spicer resigns as Trump spokesman in latest White House shakeup
Los Angeles Times
Trump has grown increasingly frustrated with his administration’s agenda being overshadowed by the FBI’s investigation into Russian meddling in the presidential election and what he sees as the inability of the White House communications team to and more »

Europe needn’t worry that proposed American sanctions on Russia will hit its gas supply – Scroll.in
 


Scroll.in
Europe needn’t worry that proposed American sanctions on Russia will hit its gas supply
Scroll.in
Indeed, Russia has cut gas supplies to Ukraine on multiple occasions and hiked gas prices to Central and Eastern Europeancountries when political tensions ran high. Gazprom’s leadership has been closely tied to the Kremlin since the 2000s. For and more »

As Trump’s Feud with Mueller Escalates, the GOP May Face a Defining Choice – National Review
 


National Review
As Trump’s Feud with Mueller Escalates, the GOP May Face a Defining Choice
National Review
If he does any one of these things much less several in combination the GOP will have to decide, once and for all, if it is an American political party or a craven, fearful instrument of Donald Trump’s personal brand. There are very few true 
GOP Senators Take Sessions’ Side in Spat With TrumpRoll Call
Republicans Need to Prepare for the WorstCommentary Magazine
It’s 6 months into Trump’s presidency. He’s already asking about pardons for his aides.Vox
Above the Law –WBUR –Common Dreams
all 1,144 news articles »
Yes, Trump can legally pardon himself or his family. No, he shouldn’t. – Washington Post
 


Washington Post
Yes, Trump can legally pardon himself or his family. No, he shouldn’t.
Washington Post
President Trump is reportedly looking into using his pardon power in response to an expanding special counsel investigation of Russian influence in the 2016 election. If he really did pardon his aides, his family or himself to … Trump can do so in 
News Fast Five: Russia InvestigationArizona Daily Wildcat
The Inadvisable PresidentThe Atlantic
Trump’s Russiagate Attorney Is Himself Entangled in Russian CorruptionThe Nation.
Outside the Beltway –Washington Post –Bloomberg –New York Times
all 1,188 news articles »
An overview of the firings, resignations and withdrawn nominations of the Trump White House – Miami Herald
 


Washington Post
An overview of the firings, resignations and withdrawn nominations of the Trump White House
Miami Herald
Yates was also pivotal in drawing the White House’s attention to national security adviser Michael Flynn’s apparent misrepresentations of his conversations with the Russian ambassador. Feb. 13. Michael Flynn resigns after 23 days on the job. Flynn’s …
Axios AMAxios
Sean Spicer quits after Trump taps financier to head White House communicationsCBC.caall 905 news articles »

2:20 PM 7/21/2017 Links Review

Trump 7.21.17 6:36 AM 7/21/2017: Special Counsel Robert Mueller is going after Donald Trump for Russian money laundering | Marc Kasowitz Resigns From Trumps Legal Team Trump Investigations Without the Russian mafia, it is fair to say, Donald Trump would not be president of the United States: Trump and money laundering News Continue reading“2:20 PM 7/21/2017 Links Review” 

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White House holds press briefing after Sean Spicer quits live updates
 

Heres Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Slow news day? she cracks. Nobody laughs. Camera shutters click.

Related: Trump’s ‘Made in America’ week: the president’s hypocrisy is on display

Wonder if @melissamccarthy is studying @Scaramucci tape?

SNL isnt back with new episodes until October, so maybe she should wait to see if he sticks?

Reuters has a camera on Spicers house, apparently. A la Comey.

Get a grip, Reuters.https://t.co/dRY7pt8m9r

This is real pic.twitter.com/sSyMf0mWK7

Heres Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House communications director, calling Trump a political hack and otherwise impugning him, with good old New York vigor, a couple years ago #communication:

Scaramucci on Trump, Aug 2015: a hack anti-American bullies association dont like the way he talks about women https://t.co/s8BW4RPloK pic.twitter.com/fvEtTiW2Eo

Slow clap:

I won’t believe Sean Spicer resigned until he denies it.

Why was Scaramuccis hiring the last straw for Spicer, after everything else?

Spicer was fine with all the lying, chaos, corruption and personal embarrassment but the new communications director was a bridge too far?

This is the hill you die on?

The things these guys choose to care about are beyond me. https://t.co/ujpxsXLNE6

This tweet about the very high rate of turnover very early on in the Trump administration does not even take into account the musical chairs of lawyers they have going:

By August, this admin will have seen departures of NSA, deputy COS, comms director, press sect and VP’s COS. Fwiw, that’s not normal.

Two of these amigos are reported to strenuously object to the third:

BREAKING: @seanhannity will now be speaking with Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus and Anthony Scaramucci on his show tonight on FOX News https://t.co/PnA2S80yo2

Addressing his resignation, Spicer has said that the White House was at a point where Trump could benefit from a clean slate, AP reports.

BREAKING: Press secretary Sean Spicer on his resignation: White House at point where Trump “could benefit from a clean slate.”

It began like a hurricane as he ranted at reporters and, channeling his masters voice, declared war on reality itself. It ended exactly half a year later, petering out like a drizzle of rain.

Sean Spicer quit as White House press secretary on Friday after it became clear Donald Trump was hiring Anthony Scaramucci, a New York financier, as his new communications director.

Related: Sean Spicer quits and the world loses another reality TV celebrity

Heres a video feed of the room well stick it atop the blog too:

Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the 21 July 2017 White House press briefing, scheduled to begin at 2pm ET.

Out of habit we almost typed daily press briefing, but the fact is that the White House has not had one of these, on-camera, for three weeks.

Related: A history of Sean Spicer’s gaffes as White House press secretary

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Former Trump Adviser Flynn Consulting Again, Says Brother – U.S. News & World Report
 

Former Trump Adviser Flynn Consulting Again, Says Brother
U.S. News & World Report
1, 2017 file photo, tne-National Security Adviser Michael Flynn speaks during the daily news briefing at the White House, in Washington. Flynn has opened a new consulting firm called Resilient Patriot, LLC that is advising private equity firms and more »


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