1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): trump, russia and the mob – Google News: Bipartisan Group Calls on Trump to Oppose Russia’s Bid for Top Spot at Interpol – Daily Beast

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Bipartisan Group Calls on Trump to Oppose Russia’s Bid for Top Spot at Interpol
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The inmates who brutally murdered mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger moved out of the view of surveillance cameras before pummeling him to death using a padlock stuffed inside a sock until he was “unrecognizable,” law-enforcement officials have revealed.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): putin won US 2016 election – Google News: Whoever convinced most Democrats that Putin hacked the election tallies is doing Putin’s bidding – Washington Examiner

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Whoever convinced most Democrats that Putin hacked the election tallies is doing Putin’s bidding
Washington Examiner
On Sunday, the Daily Caller’s Peter Hasson highlighted the nation’s deep partisan delusion. He did so by pointing to a new poll which suggests that a supermajority of Democrats believe Russia changed vote tallies in order to get Donald Trump elected.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Comey resignation – Google News: Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team defends legitimacy of appointment – The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines

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Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team defends legitimacy of appointment
The Gazette: Eastern Iowa Breaking News and Headlines
After oral argument this month, a three-judge panel asked Mueller and Miller to address implications for the case of the forced resignation ofattorney general Jeff Sessions – and the man the president picked to succeed him, Whitaker. Whitaker is now …
Matthew Whitaker: Who’s the brand new performing US legal professional common? – EireInfosurhoy

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Russian Intelligence services – Google News: Hackers Impersonated State Department Spokeswoman, Firms Say – Bloomberg

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Hackers Impersonated State Department Spokeswoman, Firms Say
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The hackers are probably a group linked to Russian intelligence services, according to research by FireEye Inc. and CrowdStrike Inc. published Monday in a blog post by FireEye. There’s no evidence that Nauert, Stevenson or the State Department were …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: The Cyberlaw Podcast: If Paris Calls, Should We Hang Up?

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Mieke Eoyang joins us for the interview about Third Way’s “To Catch a Hacker” report. We agree on the importance of what I call “attribution and retribution” as a way to improve cybersecurity. But we disagree on some of the details. Mieke reveals that this report is the first in a series that will hopefully address my concerns about a lack of detail and innovation in the report’s policy prescriptions.

Russia’s lawyers are almost as good as its hackers, to judge by a “letter” the Russian government sent in the DNC’s hacking case against Putin’s intelligence agents. Matthew Heiman and I conclude that the DNC is going to face an uphill fight trying to overcome Russia’s sovereign immunity arguments.

It’s not cybersecurity, but it is cyberhygiene. Never do a global “find and replace” on a sensitive court filing without making sure the “replace” part actually worked. That seems to be the failure that disclosed to the world that the U.S. has filed criminal charges against Julian Assange under seal. Maury Shenk comments.

“As an additional service to Alexa users, we will protect the privacy of anyone who murders you.” Okay, that’s an unfair summary of Amazon’s position on whether to release Echo recordings in a double murder case. In fact, it’s not the least surprising that Amazon wants a court order before handing over the recordings, if any, or that it got one, or that it seems to have complied promptly.

Dr. Megan Reiss explains the significance, if any, of the Paris Call for Trust and Security in Cyberspace, where more than 50 states and companies—the United States not among them—have signed onto a mostly Mom-and-apple-pie agreement on cyber principles.

Soft power update: Chinese-style social credit is coming to a Venezuela near you. Megan comments.

Sweet justice: California SWATter has pleaded guilty and now faces 20+ years in prison.

Looks like DHS finally made it, so I can stop talking about Congress approving the renaming of NPPD as the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

And for the lightning round, Matthew confirms that remotely wiping your iPhone constitutes destruction of evidence; I note that Phineas Finn has officially gotten away with the doxing of Hacking Team; and Megan comments on yet another diversion of Western traffic through Russia and China. This time, though, we may have to blame the Nigerians.

 

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: New Resource Page: Litigation Documents on the Appointment of Matthew Whitaker

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As Lawfare readers have probably noticed, there has been a fair amount of controversy over Matthew Whitaker’s designation as acting attorney general as of late. To keep track of it all, we at Lawfare have put together a resource page collecting all litigation documents regarding Whitaker’s appointment, ranging from outright challenges to Whitaker’s role as acting attorney general (Maryland v. U.S., Blumenthal v. Whitaker, and Michaels v. Whitaker) to a case in which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has requested supplementary briefing on the matter (In re Grand Jury Investigation). We’ll be keeping the page updated as the litigation moves forward. 

You can find the page here or under the “Special Features” menu at the top of the page.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): trump russian candidate – Google News: This RSS feed URL is deprecated

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This RSS feed URL is deprecated, please update. New URLs can be found in the footers at https://news.google.com/news

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Politics: Two Republican senators engage in war of words over criminal justice bill

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Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton criticized the legislation that has President Trump’s endorsement. Utah Sen. Mike Lee called Cotton’s comments “fake news.”

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): trump criminal investigation – Google News: A Former FBI Lawyer Is Dropping Big Hints About Trump Obstructing Justice – New York Magazine

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A Former FBI Lawyer Is Dropping Big Hints About Trump Obstructing Justice
New York Magazine
Nixon had repeated contact with Assistant Attorney General Henry Petersen in order “to gather intelligence about an ongoing criminal investigation in which he was personally implicated.” Nixon also appeared to dangle possible job promotions before …

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Politics: White House to fully restore Jim Acosta’s press pass; CNN to drop lawsuit

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The decision to grant Acosta full access comes after the White House had earlier in the day indicated it would revoke his credentials once a court-ordered temporary restraining order expired in two weeks. “We look forward to continuing to cover the White House,” CNN said in a tweet announcing the restoration of Acosta’s press pass […]

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Trump, Putin, and the Mob – Google News: Russia and China Replacing US in Africa? As Trump Administration Moves Out, Top Military Rivals Moving In – Newsweek

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Russia and China Replacing US in Africa? As Trump Administration Moves Out, Top Military Rivals Moving In
Newsweek
As President Donald Trump’s administration grows increasingly wary of rising Russia and Chinese military power, however, it has sought to reconfigure U.S. military policy to account for potential conflicts with major powers. It was amid this backdrop

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Palmer Report: The Day of the Beast

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Saturday marked the 666th day of the administration of “President” Donald J. Trump. The Day of the Beast reminds us all of the dangerous, mad king that occupies the White House. In just the last forty-eight hours, Trump has attacked Representative Adam Schiff, calling him “little Adam Schitt” (the misspelling is not accidental, with the “little” before it). Schiff will chair the House Intelligence Committee come January, when the Democrats take the majority position in the House, and it will be Trump who is schitting himself when he sees what Schiff has in store for him.



In addition, Trump suggested that poor “forest management” caused the tragic wildfires in California. While that may have contributed in some way to the horrific fires, the main cause, per real scientists and experts, is climate change. Also, much of the forestry around the fires is national lands, and Trump early in his administration purportedly diverted funding from forest management. In any event, it is evil to repeatedly attack the victims for the tragedies (see Puerto Rico, other hurricane locations, and wildfires, as well as synagogues and other places of mass shootings).




In an interview that aired Sunday on Fox News with Chris Wallace, Trump attacked retired Admiral Bill McRaven, the Navy SEAL who led the raid in 2011 that resulted in Osama bin Laden’s death. In response to Wallace’s question re: McRaven’s warnings about the danger of Trump, Trump responded, “OK, he’s a Hilary Clinton backer and an Obama-backer.” When Wallace mentioned he led the bin Laden raid, Trump brushed it off, arguing, “wouldn’t it have been nice if we got Osama Bin Laden a lot sooner than that, wouldn’t it have been nice?” Trump is as McRaven has suggested: “the greatest threat to our democracy in my lifetime.”


Finally, despite the CIA reporting that there is almost 100% certainty that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia was behind Khashoggi’s death, Donald Trump and his son, Eric, have pushed back, asserting that it is a preliminary report. Eric suggested one murder was outweighed by the economic benefit of Saudi Arabia as an ally. McRaven’s comment might be too narrow, as Trump in his actions and words is indeed “the greatest threat to our democracy” ever. The beast is among us.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Donald Trump: Ex-White House Aide Details Trump’s ‘Team Of Vipers’ In Tell-All Book: ‘We Were Ruthless’

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Cliff Sims, a former director of White House message strategy, reportedly received a seven-figure advance from his publisher.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Donald Trump | The Guardian: White House correspondents’ dinner ditches comedians for a history lesson

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The White House correspondents’ dinner is abandoning comedy, instead hosting the historian Ron Chernow as its featured speaker at next year’s event.

The annual black tie dinner hosted by the White House Correspondents Association has traditionally featured a prominent comedian roasting the president, who in turn shares his own wisecracks with the assembled journalists and celebrities. But Donald Trump, who frequently attacks the press, has refused to attend the dinner.

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: Document: Three Senators Challenge Whitaker Appointment in D.C. Federal District Court

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On Monday, Sens. Richard Blumenthal, Sheldon Whitehouse and Mazie K. Hirono filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia asking a federal judge to decide the legality of Matthew Whitaker’s service as acting attorney general. The senators argue that Whitaker’s appointment is in violation of the Appointments Clause as Whitaker was not confirmed by the U.S. Senate in his prior post. The full complaint is below.

 

Blumenthal v Whitaker Complaint (PDF)

Blumenthal v Whitaker Complaint (Text)

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): morell on trump – Google News: Trump blasts Pakistan as ‘fools,’ charging the country let bin Laden hide there despite receiving US $$ – Fox News

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Trump blasts Pakistan as ‘fools,’ charging the country let bin Laden hide there despite receiving US $$
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President Trump on Monday blasted Pakistan, charging that its government helped 9/11 mastermind Usama bin Laden hide in the country as the president defended his administration’s decision to pull hundreds of millions of dollars in military aid.
The Daily 202: Trump’s pattern of insulting war heroes continues with commander of bin Laden raidWashington Post
Trump Slams Admiral Who Got bin LadenNewser
Donald Trump dropped a big ‘Schitt’ after dismissing a US hero’s military serviceMashable
The Times –CNN –UT System
all 799 news articles »

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1. Trump from Michael_Novakhov (198 sites): Lawfare – Hard National Security Choices: What the Watergate ‘Road Map’ Reveals about Improper Contact between the White House and the Justice Department

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In a conversation between the president of the United States and  senior Justice Department officials, the officials informed the president that two of his senior White House staff were under investigation. One of the officials later testified: “He said he couldn’t believe it. You know, just these are fine upstanding guys. Just couldn’t be, you know.” He impressed on the president, “We are here to alert you. We think we’ve got something. We could be wrong, but we are telling you it’s time for you to move to protect yourself and the presidency.” And he urged the president to “get rid” of the staffers in question; the president responded, “‘Yeah, and I don’t think I should. I’ve got to think about this and that and a thousand other things.’”

This happened in 1973.

One of the aspects of the recently released Watergate “road map” and related documents that attracted our attention is the set of materials pertaining to interactions, direct and indirect, between President Richard M. Nixon and two senior Department of Justice officials. The interactions cited in the road map occurred during March and April 1973. During that period, the president and his subordinates at the White House had contacts with Attorney General Richard Kleindienst and Henry E. Petersen, who was assistant attorney general for the Justice Department’s Criminal Division and is the official quoted above regarding the interaction with President Nixon. From June 1972 to May 1973, Petersen supervised the Watergate investigation conducted by the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C., and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). President Nixon was in touch with him frequently about the investigation, his future career and other matters along the way.

Petersen is a figure of some reverence in the Justice Department as evidenced by the fact that the Criminal Division named one of its major awards after him. His close contacts with President Nixon over a pending investigation that—at that time—implicated the president’s own staff may raise eyebrows regarding Justice Department contacts with the White House on certain types of investigative matters.

In particular, we focused on the facts that the road map and related documents reveal regarding the nature and scope of the interactions between President Nixon and Petersen. This portrait is not complete. Watergate is a vast and complex topic, and we are not Watergate historians. Moreover, we do not purport to provide a comprehensive review of the Nixon-Petersen interactions nor how they may have impacted the investigation. Additional facts may be important to a complete understanding of this story.

What we dive into below are some of the interactions that were cited in the road map—presumably because Watergate Special Prosecutor Leon Jaworski found them important enough to report them to the House of Representatives—as well as in related materials. We do so without extensive analysis of the meaning of these events in the Watergate saga or, particularly, in other contexts.

To understand the meaning and significance of the road map documents regarding Kleindienst and Petersen, the following background may be useful. The FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington began investigating the Watergate break-in immediately after it occurred on June 16-17, 1972. Kleindienst and Petersen were involved in the matter from the outset. Kleindienst eventually recused himself from the investigation on April 15, 1973, which effectively left Petersen in charge of it at main Justice. As far as we can tell, President Nixon did not publicly or privately criticize Kleindienst for that decision.

But Kleindienst resigned on April 30, 1973, just 15 days after his recusal and the same day that President Nixon fired White House Counsel John Dean. H.R. Haldeman, the White House chief of staff, and John Ehrlichman, counsel and assistant to the president for domestic affairs, also resigned on April 30. Elliot Richardson succeeded Kleindienst as attorney general. In May 1973, Richardson appointed Archibald Cox as special prosecutor to handle the Watergate investigation, effectively taking the case away from Petersen and the U.S. Attorney’s Office. On Oct. 20, 1973, Richardson and Deputy Attorney General William Ruckelshaus resigned rather than follow President Nixon’s order to fire Cox; Acting Attorney General Robert Bork then fired Cox. Leon Jaworski replaced Cox, and eventually he prepared the road map in conjunction with the federal grand jury investigating Watergate.

By the time of the Nixon-Petersen interactions cited in the road map—late March and April 1973—that we detail below, the president was well aware of the involvement of the White House and the Committee to Re-Elect the President (CRP) in the break-in and was an active participant in the cover-up. For example, in a conversation on June 23, 1972, shortly after the Watergate break-in, President Nixon and Haldeman discussed obstructing the FBI’s investigation. Among other things, they discussed asking the CIA to tell the FBI—falsely—that the break-in was somehow an intelligence matter and related to national security. Their hope was that the FBI would back off the case. This conversation was recorded, and when it came to light on Aug. 5, 1974, it became known as the “smoking gun” tape.

Shortly before that conversation became public, the special prosecutor’s office sent the House Judiciary Committee a memorandum, dated June 24, 1974, focused on “facts, inferences and theories that demonstrate that beginning no later than March 21, 1973, the President joined an ongoing criminal conspiracy to obstruct justice, obstruct a criminal investigation, and commit perjury (which included . . . obtaining information from the Justice Department to thwart its investigation). . . .” Moreover, the special prosecutor’s office focused specifically on the Nixon-Petersen interactions in support of its conclusions about the president’s culpability:

The available evidence supports charges that the President participated in a conspiracy to violate certain . . . statutes . . . and . . . would be liable both as a principal and on a theory of vicarious liability for additional substantive offenses.

For example, there is evidence that the President conspired with others under 18 U.S.C. 371 to defraud the United States and to commit violations of certain federal criminal laws, to wit:

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—obstruction of a criminal investigation, 18 U.S.C. 1510 (including his personal endeavor by means of both bribery and misrepresentation—the latter especially with respect to the President’s conversations with Henry Petersen—to delay and prevent communication of information to the United States Attorneys and to Henry Petersen).

As a result, the road map’s references to President Nixon’s interactions with Petersen—the person who was heading the investigation—take on a different and more nefarious meaning. Those interactions must be understood within the larger context of the president’s knowledge of the facts regarding Watergate at the time that he was in contact with Petersen. In other words, when the president sought information from Petersen, provided his views to Petersen on the various matters that they discussed, and discussed Petersen’s future, he was not merely exercising his powers under Article II of the Constitution to supervise the executive branch and trying to get the facts necessary to do so; the president of the United States was also acting as a criminal co-conspirator trying to obstruct lawful investigative activities of the Justice Department.

Moreover, these were not the only contacts between the White House and the Justice Department; there were other contacts between White House officials (especially John Dean) and Petersen. President Nixon and other White House personnel also had contacts with other Justice Department officials, such as Attorney General Kleindienst and Acting FBI Director L. Patrick Gray. The nature and scope of those contacts are important to understanding the full story of how the department dealt with the White House, but they are beyond what we address here.

Notably, it appears that Petersen genuinely did not understand fully President Nixon’s role in the Watergate affair at the time he consented to have the numerous interactions with the president that are outlined in the road map and related documents. A fair assessment of the role that Petersen played would require additional research and is beyond the scope of this post. So we make no effort to pass judgment on Petersen or his actions.

What follows is an attempt to report on a limited set of facts gleaned from our review of the road map, its attachments and related documents that we find interesting. These documents detail the direct contacts between the president and the top Justice Department officials responsible for an investigation of his White House—and ultimately of him—and why such contacts were so pernicious and dangerous for all involved. Here is what the road map itself reports about the Nixon-Kleindienst-Petersen interactions (the paragraph numbers are from the document):

16. On or about March 27, 1973, the President instructed John Ehrlichman to contact Richard Kleindienst; on or about March 28, 1973, Ehrlichman had a telephone conversation with Kleindienst in which Ehrlichman told Kleindienst that the President’s “best information” was that no one in the White House had “prior knowledge” of the Watergate break-in, but that serious questions were being raised about [former Attorney General and CRP Chairman] John Mitchell, and the President wished to have Kleindienst communicate privately with the President if Kleindienst obtained any information concerning Mitchell.

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19. On Sunday, April 15, 1973, Richard Kleindienst and Henry Petersen had a meeting with the President at their request and advised the President of information in possession of the prosecutors obtained in part from the cooperation of John Dean and Jeb Magruder; Kleindienst and Petersen urged the President to fire Haldeman and Ehrlichman immediately because of their implication in the Watergate matter.

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21. At or about 11:45 p.m. on April 15, 1973, the President had a telephone conversation with Henry Petersen.

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24. From on or about April 15, 1973, to on or about April 28, 1973, the President had numerous conversations with Henry Petersen.

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26. On or about April 18, 1973, the President had a conversation with Henry Petersen during which the President instructed Petersen not to investigate the break-in at the offices of Dr. Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrist that occurred in September 1971.

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51. On April 17, 1973, the President said in a public statement that he had met on April 15, 1973, with Richard Kleindienst and Henry Petersen “to review the facts which had come to me in my investigation . . . .”

52. On August 22, 1973, the President said at a news conference, in response to the question why he did not immediately turn over information concerning criminal wrong-doing to the prosecutors in March and April 1973, that he assumed that John Dean in March was telling Henry Petersen everything that Dean was telling the President; the President implied that he assumed the same about John Ehrlichman after March 30, 1973.

53. On August 15, 1973, the President said in a public statement that the “allegations” that were made to him on March 21, 1973, “were made in general terms, . . . and they were largely unsupported by details or evidence,” but that by April 15 “the fragmentary information I had been given on March 21st had been supplemented in important ways, particularly by Mr. Ehrlichman’s report to me on April 14th, by the information Mr. Kleindienst and Mr. Petersen gave me on April 15th, and by independent inquiries I had been making on my own.”

Each of these paragraphs in the road map cites to underlying documents—such as grand jury testimony, meeting notes and transcripts of recordings of conversations—in support of the factual assertions made. Some of those supporting documents provide interesting insights on the road map material.

For example, on April 15, 1973, according to Petersen’s grand jury testimony, Kleindienst and Petersen met with the president. Kleindienst told the president that he would recuse himself from further participation in the investigation. Both Kleindienst and Petersen told the president that he should fire Haldeman and Ehrlichman. According to Petersen, in response President Nixon:

. . . spoke well of Ehrlichman and Haldeman; [I] thought that it seemed difficult for him to comprehend; [he] seemed to think—seemed to fear I guess is a better term—that perhaps John Dean was simply trying to exculpate himself and that he was really responsible; that he didn’t know about these things at all until Dean had told him on March 21st [1973]; and that, at that point he had asked Ehrlichman to look into the matter.

Archibald Cox and another prosecutor interviewed Petersen regarding this interaction with President Nixon. Cox asked Petersen whether “the President [was] surprised when you said that Ehrlichman and Haldeman were implicated, so far as you could judge?” Petersen stated: “He said he couldn’t believe it. You know, just these are fine upstanding guys. Just couldn’t be, you know.” Petersen explained that the investigators had not corroborated information regarding Haldeman and Ehrlichman, but, “We are here to alert you. We think we’ve got something. We could be wrong, but we are telling you it’s time for you to move to protect yourself and the presidency.” Petersen also said when he urged the president to “get rid” of Haldeman and Ehrlichman, President Nixon said, “Yeah, and I don’t think I should. I’ve got to think about this and that and a thousand other things.” Petersen then said, “Fine. My viewpoint is parochial. I think you ought to do it. We went around and around on that issue.”

Petersen also testified that he discussed with the president aspects of investigative strategy, including whether prosecutors should grant immunity to John Dean and other officials in exchange for their testimony. The president expressed the view that he did not support immunizing White House officials, including Dean, and that Dean might want to obtain immunity to “falsely accus[e] others to exculpate himself. . . . The other concern was the public imagery involved.” Petersen said that the president also told him that “‘Dean came in and told me about all these things. My goodness, that was the first time I heard.’”

In addition, on two occasions President Nixon asked Petersen for written summaries of aspects of the Justice Department’s investigation, including information regarding Haldeman and Ehrlichman: “[H]e asked for a full exposition. Having got into it this far, he felt he needed all the information, and I said I would undertake to . . . try to do that.” The president asked Petersen “to be kept informed of these things” but did not expect Petersen to divulge grand jury material. Petersen said that he ultimately determined that he could not provide any additional information at that time because it would have involved disclosing grand jury material; the president accepted that conclusion. In the following two weeks, however, Petersen did provide the president with “very general” information about the investigation, and the president on one occasion asked him, “‘Well, what else is new?’”

According to the president’s logs, between March 13, 1973, and April 30, 1973, President Nixon had seven meetings and initiated 19 phone calls with Petersen. These calls included four on April 15, 1973, after Kleindienst and Petersen met with the president to recommend that he fire Haldeman and Ehrlichman, including one call from 11:45 p.m. to 11:53 p.m. It is difficult to recount concisely the details of all of these communications to the extent that they are reflected in the information that we reviewed. Suffice it to say that these communications and other information in the attachments to the road map indicate that the Justice Department provided the White House with certain information about the course of the investigation on an ongoing basis.

The president, in short, was using a senior Justice Department official to gather intelligence about an ongoing criminal investigation in which he was personally implicated.

According to one of the documents that the National Archives released with the road map—a report from the Watergate Task Force dated Feb. 7, 1974—on March 21, 1973, in a meeting that was tape-recorded John Dean told the president that Dean “kept abreast of what the FBI and Grand Jury were doing, primarily through Petersen.” The report further states:

Dean suggested that by coordination with the Justice Department, and especially Petersen, they could find out how to put things together so as to “maximum to carve it away with the minimum of damage to individuals involved.” The President asked if Petersen knew the “whole story,” and Dean said that he did not.

Haldeman later joined the president and Dean in the March 21 conversation. Among other things, they discussed seeking a new grand jury in the Watergate matter as a means of frustrating the efforts of the Senate committee (chaired by Sen. Sam Ervin) investigating Watergate. The report states:

The President reiterated that the Grand Jury “thing” had appeal, that that would put them in a better position vis-à-vis appearances in the Ervin Committee. They might even get Petersen as a special prosecutor. Dean said that Petersen would have problems in the Senate hearings, but the President said he can go up there and say he’s been told to go further in the Grand Jury, to call everybody in the White House, etc.

The report later states that: “There was some discussion of getting Petersen to help, but the problem with that was that Petersen’s knowledge would then be added. Dean said it bothered him to bring Petersen in, because that was just ‘one more step.’”

The report also states that during the time period that the president had conversations about the investigation with Petersen:

[T]he President also conferred daily with Haldeman and Ehrlichman, met with their attorneys, and had an opportunity to pass along to them what information the President was getting from Petersen about the investigation, such as the witnesses who were being called, etc. (Petersen told the President early on that the prosecutors were attempting to develop [Haldeman aide Gordon C.] Strachan as a witness and that if Strachan came through, Haldeman “was dead.”)

The report does not confirm that the president actually passed on such information to Haldeman, Ehrlich


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The president tries hard to doubt inconvenient things — but also makes up convenient things.

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One of the more bizarre minor melodramas of the midterms is taking place in Iowa where a former Democratic state representative, Dan Kelley, funded a hitpiece in another state legislative district alleging that the incumbent Democrat there, Scott Ourth, was responsible for the suicide of a former congressional chief of staff.

It turns out that the money for the letter had been funneled through Ourth’s opponent, the uniquely named Rebel Snodgrass. The result is a campaign finance investigation in Iowa. The entire saga, written up by Patrick Rynard at Iowa Starting Line, reads like All The President’s Men remade by the Coen Brothers in small town Iowa.

The end of the Florida recount means that all Senate races of the midterms have been called (with the exception of the Mississippi’s special election runoff on 27 November because, obviously, it hasn’t happened yet).

However, there are still five unresolved House races so, if you’re feeling nostalgic for the midterms, you still have a little bit of excitement left.

A new memoir by a former Trump White House aide has earned a seven-figure advance.

Cliff Sims, a former Trump campaign and administration aide, has a January book coming out called Team of Vipers.

I suspect that posterity will look back on this bizarre time in history like we were living on the pages of a Dickens novel.” He added: “Lincoln famously had his Team of Rivals. Trump had his Team of Vipers. We served. We fought. We brought our egos. We brought our personal agendas and vendettas. We were ruthless. And some of us, I assume, were good people.

Democrats have one silver lining after the end of Florida’s recount madness which saw incumbent senator Bill Nelson concede to Republican Rick Scott on Sunday.

For the first time in 12 years, they have won a statewide office in Florida. The recount ended with Nikki Freed winning election to be Florida agriculture commissioner.

The White House has renewed its war on Jim Acosta. After a federal court restored Acosta’s pass under a restraining order, the White House notified Acosta that it would immediately revoke his access to the building once the restraining order expired.

The result is that CNN and Acosta are going back to court seeking an injunction guarantee his access to the White House.

Good morning. Congress is out, all the recounts are over and the White House is getting a Christmas tree delivered today.

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