1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Adam Schiff drops the hammer on Donald Trump’s “national emergency” empty threat

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Donald Trump can no more pull off declaring a national emergency and unilaterally building a border wall than he can sprout wings and fly to Mars, though at this point most Americans wish he would do precisely that. You don’t have to take our word for it; just ask the new head of the House Intelligence Committee, Adam Schiff, a former prosecutor who knows a thing or two about how the law works.




Here’s how Adam Schiff explained Donald Trump’s empty national emergency threat on Twitter today: “If Harry Truman couldn’t nationalize the steel industry during wartime, President Trump certainly doesn’t have the power to declare a nonexistent emergency and build a multi-billion dollar wall on the border. That’s a complete nonstarter.”




It’s not difficult to figure out why Trump’s threat isn’t going anywhere. Congress can override a president’s national emergency declaration, and the president can’t fund anything without congressional authorization anyway. Trump has a history of making implied threats that even he knows he can’t pull off. First it was firing Robert Mueller. Then it was pardons. Now it’s declaring a national emergency. These aren’t realistic things.



Donald Trump is largely a bluffer, and you defeat him by loudly calling his bluff. When Trump occasionally does make drastic moves (firing Comey, abducting immigrant kids, etc), he usually does it without warning or in secret. He tries to distract us with the big imaginary threats, so we won’t be paying enough attention to the things he really is quietly doing. Let’s stop falling for it; Adam Schiff just explained why.

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Letter: Senators’ duty | Letters to the Editor  Charleston Post Courier

Will GOP senators exonerate this president? Sadly, the American people are about to witness the worst political event of a lifetime, where Republican senators …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “roger stone” – Google News: Rep. Swalwell: ‘I think Roger Stone lied’ to Intelligence Committee – MSNBC

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Rep. Swalwell: ‘I think Roger Stone lied’ to Intelligence Committee  MSNBC

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “organized crime and terrorism” – Google News: Bale, Gaga, ‘Roma’ and ‘Green Book’ win at Golden Globes – Vancouver Sun

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Bale, Gaga, ‘Roma’ and ‘Green Book’ win at Golden Globes  Vancouver Sun

NEW YORK — Lady Gaga won for co-writing the song “Shallow” from “A Star Is Born,” Christian Bale thanked the antichrist for inspiration in playing former …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): “FBI politicization” – Google News: Joe diGenova: ‘Cardinal’ James Comey — The man who destroyed the FBI – Fox News

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Joe diGenova: ‘Cardinal’ James Comey — The man who destroyed the FBI  Fox News

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Sarah Huckabee Sanders has humiliating meltdown

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With virtually no officials or decision makers left in Donald Trump’s White House, and even fewer still willing to publicly defend Trump, he finds himself left with little choice but to send someone like Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Fox News to do his bidding. The trouble: Sanders doesn’t know the facts, and also, she’s stupid. The bigger trouble: not everyone on Fox News is willing to help prop up Trump’s failing regime anymore.




This morning we saw Sarah Huckabee Sanders interviewed by Fox News host Chris Wallace, a guy who – particularly these days – has more of a relationship with the truth than one might expect out of a Fox host. That spelled bad news for Sanders, who claimed that thousands of “terrorists” are pouring into the United States.




Chris Wallace fired back, and he brought the facts: literally zero suspected terrorists have been intercepted at the border. The only suspected terrorists who have been intercepted have been at airports. This sent Sarah Huckabee Sanders into a stammering tailspin, as she began insisting that terrorists are pouring in by air, by land, and by sea, and it became clear that no one – including her – had any idea what she was even trying to say.



So this is what it’s come down to for Donald Trump and his handful of advisers who haven’t quit in protest, resigned amid scandal, been fired, or been criminally indicted. Trump is left relying on people like Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who are so clueless about policy, they’d be embarrassing themselves even if they weren’t being forced to defend policies that are gibberish to begin with.

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Task force at the center, once headed by Bruce Ohr, now directed by Deputy AG Rosenstein

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The Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces (OCDETF) program was established in 1982 as a means to combat increasingly organized drug traffickers.

The program is an unusually broad coalition that, as noted by former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, “brings together just about every federal law enforcement agency there is. It’s the Swiss Army knife of law enforcement.”

The OCDETF strategy, which currently operates under the direction of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, aims to “focus federal drug resources on reducing the flow of illicit drugs and drug proceeds by identifying and targeting the major trafficking organizations, and eliminating the financial infrastructure of drug organizations.”

In October 2017, Sessions announced that he was designating the international criminal gang MS-13 as a priority for the OCDETF. Sessions came under some criticism for his actions, with many noting that MS-13 didn’t represent a significant force in the drug-trafficking business. But Sessions himself acknowledged this, while at the same time, noting the strength of OCDETF’s reach:

“MS-13 sells drugs, but they are not primarily a drug-trafficking organization. I have ordered OCDETF to prioritize MS-13 not because of their drug trafficking—but because OCDETF is such a powerful weapon.

“OCDETF is able to hit MS-13 from all angles.”

Interestingly, until early January 2018, the OCDETF operated under the direction of Department of Justice (DOJ) official Bruce Ohr. On Dec. 7, 2017, Ohr was demoted and stripped of his title as associate deputy attorney general. A month later, on Jan. 8, 2018, it was reported by Fox News that Ohr had been removed as the head of the OCDETF, as well.

Ohr was demoted and stripped of his responsibilities after it was learned that the FBI used Ohr as a conduit for unofficial information from former MI6 spy Christopher Steele—who authored the now-infamous dossier on then-presidential candidate Donald Trump—after Steele was formally terminated by the FBI. Ohr hadn’t informed his superiors of this ongoing relationship.

It would later be learned that Ohr’s wife, Nellie Ohr, worked for Fusion GPS, the firm that hired Steele to produce the dossier.

Hezbollah Investigation

But Ohr’s troubles don’t end there. Fox News confirmed in January 2018 that Ohr, “as the head of OCDETF, was directly involved with Project Cassandra, the interagency investigation spearheaded by the DEA [Drug Enforcement Administration] that tracked a massive international drug and money-laundering scheme allegedly run by Hezbollah.”

Bruce Ohr (C), a Justice Department official demoted from the posts of associate deputy attorney general and director of the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, on Capitol Hill for testimony on Aug. 28, 2018. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

Project Cassandra was the subject of a lengthy, detailed, and highly critical Politico report, “The secret backstory of how Obama let Hezbollah off the hook,” which examined how the Obama administration may have derailed a “campaign targeting drug trafficking by the Iranian-backed terrorist group Hezbollah.”

Begun in 2008, after the DEA amassed evidence that Hezbollah was engaging in drugs and weapons trafficking, along with other crimes, the investigation traced its way to the “innermost circle of Hezbollah and its state sponsors in Iran.” According to the Politico report, “Hezbollah’s network moved metric ton quantities of cocaine [to] launder drug proceeds on a global scale, and procure weapons and … explosives.”

It was at this point that roadblocks began to appear:

“As Project Cassandra reached higher into the hierarchy of the conspiracy, Obama administration officials threw an increasingly insurmountable series of roadblocks in its way… When Project Cassandra leaders sought approval for some significant investigations, prosecutions, arrests, and financial sanctions, officials at the Justice and Treasury departments delayed, hindered or rejected their requests.”

The Politico article quoted Katherine Bauer, a former Treasury official in the Obama administration, who had testified to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs:

“Under the Obama administration … these [Hezbollah-related] investigations were tamped down, for fear of rocking the boat with Iran and jeopardizing the nuclear deal.”

Ohr’s demotion occurred on Dec. 7, 2017, following the release of that Politico report. Then, on Dec. 22, Sessions announced that the allegations in the Politico report would be reviewed:

“While I am hopeful that there were no barriers constructed by the last administration to allowing DEA agents to fully bring all appropriate cases under Project Cassandra, this is a significant issue for the protection of Americans. We will review these matters and give full support to investigations of violent drug-trafficking organizations.”

Then, just days after Ohr was removed as the head of the OCDETF in early January 2018, Sessions announced the creation of the Hezbollah Financing and Narcoterrorism Team (HFNT):

“HFNT prosecutors and investigators are tasked with investigating individuals and networks providing support to Hezbollah, and pursuing prosecutions in any appropriate cases. The HFNT will begin by assessing the evidence in existing investigations, including cases stemming from Project Cassandra, a law enforcement initiative targeting Hezbollah’s drug trafficking and related operations.”

Sessions continued:

“In an effort to protect Americans from both threats, the Justice Department will assemble leading investigators and prosecutors to ensure that all Project Cassandra investigations as well as other related investigations, whether past or present, are given the needed resources and attention to come to their proper resolution. The team will initiate prosecutions that will restrict the flow of money to foreign terrorist organizations as well as disrupt violent international drug-trafficking operations.”

On Oct. 15, 2018, Sessions broadened OCDETF’s mandate, and in doing so, designated five different groups as the nation’s top transnational organized-crime threats. Notably, Hezbollah made the list:

• MS-13,

• Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion, or CJNG,

• the Sinaloa Cartel,

• Clan del Golfo, and

• Lebanese Hezbollah.

Sessions selected the five groups based on recommendations he received from the FBI, DEA, OCDETF, and the DOJ’s Criminal Division.

Sessions singled out Hezbollah for additional focus in his discussion and specifically noted the previously created HFNT task force:

“The subcommittee on Lebanese Hezbollah will be led by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ilan Graff of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York. AUSA Graff is overseeing the prosecution of two alleged members of Hezbollah’s External Security Organization, the first such operatives to be charged with terrorism offenses in the United States.

“This subcommittee will be led and staffed by members of the Hezbollah Financing and Narcoterrorism Team, which is a group I created in January.

“This team is composed of experienced international narcotics trafficking, terrorism, organized crime, and money-laundering prosecutors who are tasked with investigating individuals and networks providing support to Hezbollah.”

As part of his announcement, Sessions also announced the formation of a “transnational organized crime task force of experienced prosecutors” tasked with coordinating the government’s efforts and developing plans to “take each of these groups off of our streets for good.”

Rosenstein Takes Over

Sessions had, to this point, been the man directing the OCDETF’s efforts. Concurrent with his Oct. 15th announcement, Sessions appointed Deputy AG Rosenstein to lead the new transnational task force and direct OCDETF’s actions. Working underneath Rosenstein are separate subcommittees for each of the target groups, each led by an experienced prosecutor.

This was a major assignment, given the priority that President Donald Trump has given to the topic. It also appeared to indicate a shifting of responsibility as Sessions had previously been leading the prosecutorial effort on MS-13. Notably, the appointment occurred after Trump’s Oct. 8 affirmation of Rosenstein, following their meeting on Air Force One.

Additionally, Rosenstein’s appointment hinted at a pre-planned succession occurring in the weeks prior to Sessions’ formal resignation, which occurred Nov. 7, 2018, following a request by the president.

Targeting Mexican Drug Cartels

Meanwhile, efforts by the OCDETF continue. Immediately following Sessions’ October press conference, 15 indictments, along with new measures aimed at destroying the Cartel de Jalisco Nueva Generacion, were unveiled Oct. 16, 2018.

Money-laundering and fraud activities are also being pursued. On Oct. 31, 2018, a “former executive director at the Venezuelan state-owned oil company, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (PDVSA), pleaded guilty for his role in a billion-dollar international scheme to launder funds embezzled from PDVSA.” Notably, the Politico report highlighted Venezuela’s prominent role in the flow of drugs from Hezbollah:

“In Venezuela, President Hugo Chavez was personally working with the then-Iranian president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, and Hezbollah on drug trafficking and other activities aimed at undermining U.S. influence in the region, according to interviews and documents.”

“Venezuelan cocaine exports skyrocketed from 50 tons a year to 250, much of it bound for American cities.”

Other Key Investigations

On Dec. 4, 2018, U.S. prosecutors announced criminal charges against four people, including a former lawyer for Mossack Fonseca, the firm highlighted by the leak of the Panama Papers. The leak included 11.5 million documents from Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca, then the world’s fourth-biggest provider of offshore services, that detailed secret, offshore accounts.

The four men, three of whom have been arrested, have been charged with wire fraud and conspiracy to commit tax evasion and money laundering. The DOJ release notes the following:

“For decades, the defendants, employees and a client of global law firm Mossack Fonseca allegedly shuffled millions of dollars through offshore accounts and created shell companies to hide fortunes. In fact, as alleged, they had a playbook to repatriate un-taxed money into the U.S. banking system. Now, their international tax scheme is over, and these defendants face years in prison for their crimes.”

The announcement of the criminal charges came after the prior week’s news that German authorities had raided the offices of Deutsche Bank in an investigation related to the leaks of the Panama papers.

On Dec. 5, 2018, the Associated Press reported that prosecutors were ramping up their investigation of the Podesta Group and Mercury Public Affairs. Both firms were accused of FARA violations resulting from the special counsel’s probe into former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

Mueller had previously referred both cases to the Southern District of New York as they fell outside of the scope of his investigation, but news regarding both cases has become limited in recent months.

According to AP, DOJ prosecutors had begun the process of interviewing witnesses and reportedly contacted lawyers to schedule new questioning relating to both companies.

The Podesta Group registered to lobby on behalf of Russian Sberbank, a firm implicated in the Panama papers, just weeks before the 2016 leak occurred.

Also on Dec. 5, 2018, it was announced that Wanzhou Meng, the chief financial officer of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has been arrested in Canada at the request of U.S. authorities on suspicions that she violated U.S. trade sanctions against Iran. Meng was reportedly arrested on Dec. 1, 2018, but the arrest wasn’t made public immediately.

According to Canada’s Globe and Mail, “Since at least 2016, U.S. authorities have been reviewing Huawei’s alleged shipping of U.S.-origin products to Iran and other countries in violation of U.S. export and sanctions laws.”

The investigation into Huawei is being run out of the U.S. Attorney’s office in Brooklyn. U.S. intelligence experts have deemed Huawei a security threat to the United States and other nations. Huawei has been the subject of concern for a number of years and was the subject of a House Intelligence Committee investigation in 2012.

Alexander Downer, the Australian diplomat who met with Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos in London, was a board member of Huawei until 2014, when he accepted the top diplomat post to London.

Ringing in the new year, on Jan. 4, the DOJ handed down a significant indictment on the former Attorney General for the state of Nayarit, Mexico, Edgar Veytia. Veytia pleaded guilty to one count of international conspiracy to manufacture and distribute heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and marijuana.

According to court filings, “from January 2013 until February 2017, Veytia used his official position as State Attorney General to assist and abet drug-trafficking organizations operating in the Mexican State of Nayarit in exchange for bribes.”

Meanwhile, the trial of infamous drug lord Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán continues—and as it does, the level of complicity throughout the entirety of the Mexican government, as well as elements within the U.S. government, is gradually being revealed. In a startling turn of events, on Jan. 3, the son of El Chapo’s former partner, Vicente Zambada Niebla, took the stand:

“He told the jurors stories not only about the drug lord’s operations in Mexico, Honduras, and Belize, but also about his suppliers, distributors, bodyguards, assassins, cousins, brothers, and sons.”

“He also said that his father routinely bribed a military officer who once served as a personal guard to Mexico’s former president, Vicente Fox.”

Zambada’s tale is particularly intriguing. In 2007, he asked his father and El Chapo for permission to retire from the cartel. What happened next surprised even him:

“Mr. Guzmán made an astonishing proposal: He offered to reach out to his “contacts” in the Drug Enforcement Administration and see if they would meet with the young man.

“American authorities have acknowledged that within two years of floating the idea of leaving the cartel, Mr. Zambada sat down with agents from the D.E.A. at a clandestine meeting in Mexico.”

Although details remain murky, in 2011, Zambada’s lawyer presented his version of events, noting, “the United States government entered into a conspiracy with one of the largest drug cartels in the world.”

These streams of indictments, although seemingly unrelated, are linked through commonalities in the borderless drug trade and money-laundering operations.

Hopefully, someone is asking Bruce Ohr some hard questions concerning Project Cassandra, the international drug trade, and U.S. government involvement during the Obama administration.

Jeff Carlson is a CFA


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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: Donald Trump throws a pity party at Camp David and no one shows up

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“President” Donald Trump announced that on Sunday, January 6, 2019, he would hold a meeting at Camp David with his White House staff to discuss border security and other items. However, the list of people who are not there raises questions about who might be there, and what exactly the purpose is for this meeting, other than for Trump to get out of the White House for the day.




According to reports, Vice President Mike Pence, son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen will not be visiting. They will remain back to purportedly continue negotiating with Congress to end the shutdown that might soon be the longest in government history, and is the first one where the GOP, the “fiscally conservative” party, is maintaining a shutdown because it seeks additional spending.




In the meantime, Trump’s favorite propaganda machine, Fox News, is chipping away at Nielsen’s and Trump’s fake reporting of terrorists caught at the border. Chris Wallace, on Fox News Sunday, pushed back against Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ claims of 4,000 terrorists caught at the border. When she raised the bogus claim that had been in Nielsen’s slide deck, Wallace responded: “Airports. The state department says there hasn’t been any terrorists found coming across the southern border.”



Terrorists crossing the southern border is a central theme of the false “national emergency” that Donald Trump is considering declaring so he can build the wall. (As has been reported in Palmer Report, Trump is wrong in his understanding how this works as well.) Maybe this meeting is for Trump to consider the next poster in his mimicking of Game of Thrones. Without Pence, Nielsen and Kushner at the meeting, nothing of substance likely will be discussed. Although with a “President” claiming that past presidents have given him support for the wall (all have denied), perhaps he is sitting in front of a mirror at Camp David, doing a Stuart Smalley session with his “senior staff.”

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The case for the impeachment of one Donald Trump  The Australian Financial Review

American presidents pledge one core promise: to ‘preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States’. Trump’s violated it since Day 1.

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Rep. Jerry Nadler, the incoming chair of the House Judiciary Committee; Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., the incoming chairman of the House Oversight Committee; and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee are readying to launch a slew of Trump administration investigations. (AP, Getty, Reuters)

They’re about to get subpoena power – and they plan to use it.

As Democrats officially take back control of the House when the new Congress is seated Thursday, newly empowered House Committee chairmen are preparing to launch a slew of Trump administration investigations.

Those Democrats armed with subpoena power include Rep. Jerry Nadler, the incoming chairman of the House Judiciary Committee; Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., incoming chairman of the House Oversight Committee; and Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

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In a press release Wednesday, Cummings said his committee plans to “investigate waste, fraud, and abuse in the Trump Administration,” as well as “other issues that affect the American people every day.”

The looming congressional probes amount to another front in President Trump’s ever-expanding battle with institutions ranging from the mainstream media to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation — all coming as Democrats flirting with a 2020 bid also train their political sights on the administration. Areas of interest probed by these committees could cover everything from Trump’s ousting of Attorney General Jeff Sessions to Trump’s past tax returns as a businessman to Trump’s relationship with adult film star Stormy Daniels.

House Democrats campaigned on using a new majority to push back against the Trump administration. While their most pressing issue will be trying to find a way out of the partial government shutdown that’s been in effect for nearly two weeks, scrutiny of the Trump administration will be next up on the list of priorities.

For his part, the president kicked off the new year expressing optimism, even as he faces the new political reality of divided government.

“2019 will be a fantastic year for those not suffering from Trump derangement syndrome,” the president tweeted Tuesday. “Just calm down and enjoy the ride, great things are happening for our country!”

But after November’s elections, Trump fired a warning shot at Democrats, declaring he would turn the tables and leverage his party’s Senate majority to investigate Democrats if they go that route.

“I think I’m better at that game than they are, actually, but we’ll find out,” the president said at a post-election news conference.

He also tweeted: “If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level. Two can play that game!”

There’s certainly precedent to the opposition party winning back control of the House and becoming a major thorn in the side of the president — most recently in 2010, when Republicans rode the Tea Party wave to a House majority.

That 2010 win ignited a slew of investigations on the House Oversight Committee, under Republican chairmen Darrell Issa and Jason Chaffetz, of Obama-era scandals, including the Benghazi attacks, the Fast and Furious operation and the IRS targeting of conservative groups.

HOUSE DEMOCRATS REPORTEDLY PREPARING ‘SUBPOENA CANNON’ FOR TRUMP-RELATED PROBES

As for probing the Trump administration, a senior Democratic source told Axios, which published 85 potential Trump-related targets after November’s elections, that they are preparing a “subpoena cannon.”

Speaker-designate Nancy Pelosi has said that unearthing Trump’s personal tax returns would be “one of the first things we’d do,” calling it the “easiest thing in the world” to obtain them using statutory authority granted to congressional committees under the Internal Revenue Service code. Democrats made several efforts to obtain Trump’s returns while in the minority, only to be rejected by House Republicans.

Trump would likely seek to stall those requests with legal challenges, and it remains unclear whether Democrats could publicly release his tax returns even if they obtained them for investigative purposes.

As the incoming chairman of the Oversight Committee, Cummings, D-Md., is set to have broad investigative power in the House.

In December, Cummings sent 51 letters to various federal agencies and the White House requesting documents about security clearances, the Trump Organization’s work with foreign entities and scandals that plagued the Environmental Protection Agency when Scott Pruitt was at its helm. In his request, Cummings noted the committee’s Republicans had previously requested such documents but “the Trump administration refused to comply.”

House Oversight Committee Democrats have also indicated they will investigate Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner’s use of private email accounts for official White House business, re-launching a 2017 probe into whether Trump administration officials are complying with the Presidential Record Act.

DEMS TO FLEX MUSCLE WITH NEW HOUSE MAJORITY: SUBPOENAS, INVESTIGATIONS, EVEN POSSIBLE IMPEACHMENT TALKS LOOM

As the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Schiff, D-Calif., hopes to protect Mueller’s Russia probe, including examining conversations Donald Trump Jr., the president’s eldest son, had with a Russian official as well as potential money laundering by Russians through the Trump Organization.

With Mueller expected to submit a report detailing his investigation of the Trump campaign during the 2016 election, it remains possible Democrats could consider an attempt to impeach Trump. As the incoming chair of the House Judiciary Committee, Nadler would lead the panel that could begin that process.

But Nadler, as well as other party leaders, have not yet embraced that route.

“You don’t want to have a situation where you tear this country apart and for the next 30 years half the country’s saying, ‘We won the election, you stole it,’” Nadler said last year.

Fox News’ Kaitlyn Schallhorn, Gregg Re and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Michael Novakhov – SharedNewsLinks℠


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