White House lawyers are expecting to get a first look at the Mueller report when it’s filed, but before Attorney General Bill Barr submits it to Congress, multiple sources tell CNN. Those expectations could set up a political battle over the highly anticipated report. White House lawyers want to have an opportunity to claim executive privilege over some parts of the report that draw on documents and interviews with administration officials. Critics are concerned that President Trump may try to shield certain information that could be included in the report from the public. CNN’s Pamela Brown has more.
FBI agents arrested former Trump campaign adviser Roger Stone in an early morning visit to his home. Stone was indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. Stone is accused of seeking stolen emails from Wikileaks that would benefit Trump’s campaign. CNN Chief Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin says it’s shocking but not surprising that Stone was taken into custody.
The Brookings Institute has released a report that outlines the case that President Donald Trump obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey. Authors Barry Berke, Noah Bookbinder and Norman Eisen “break down and analyze” whether the president may have obstructed justice, and what ramifications may follow. The Washington Post says the report amounts to “an amicus brief for use by special counsel Robert S. Muller III and his team.” The authors state that “the public record contains substantial evidence that President Trump conspired to obstruct justice with senior members of his administration although the public facts regarding conspiracy are less well developed.”
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election is vast, and many people are speculating on where it might go. However, it helps to have familiarity with how federal prosecutors build these kinds of cases, which is an advantage that Renato Mariotti has. Mariotti is a former federal prosecutor who has handled many obstruction cases. At Politico, Mariotti breaks down what we know about the progress of the probe and what can be reasonably extracted from the evidence, from focusing on Paul Manafort and Michael Flynn, to firing former FBI Director James Comey and much more. Read more about Mariotti’s analysis at Politico.