The legal implications of the Mueller report summary

Robert MuellerNow that Robert Mueller has submitted his report to the Justice Department and Attorney General Bill Barr has released a summary to Congress and the public, what lies ahead for the investigations of the Trump administration that are still ongoing? Former federal prosecutor Seth Waxman speaks with NPR’s Michel Martin about the legal implications of Attorney General Barr’s summary of the Mueller Report.

Video: White House lawyers want to see Mueller report before Congress does

Robert MuellerWhite 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.

Video: Ford’s lawyer explains why she wants an FBI investigation of Kavanaugh

FBI sealThe attorney for Christine Blasey Ford, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her when they were teenagers, says she wants the FBI to investigate the charges before she’ll testify to Congress. She told CNN’s Anderson Cooper that Ford has been forced into hiding because of death threats made against her since her name was revealed.

Video: Bernstein calls Trump presidency ‘a national emergency’

Renowned reported Carl Bernstein says Bob Woodward’s new book Fear: Trump in the White House shows that chaos that reigns in the Trump administration is “a national emergency.” Bernstein made the remarks to CNN after the release of preview copies of Woodward’s new book. You’ll recall Woodward and Bernstein teamed up on The Washington Post’s reporting on Watergate, which led the downfall of the Nixon administration.

Podcast: How Trump’s legal problems compare to his predecessors

Following Tuesday’s conviction of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and the guilty plea of his former lawyer Michael Cohen, the number of legal issues facing President Trump seem to be piling up, especially when you consider that he hasn’t been in office yet for two years. Presidential historian Jon Meacham talked with NPR’s Audie Cornish about how Trump’s growing legal problems compare to previous presidents in this podcast.

The separation of immigrant children from their parents is despicable

The Trump administration’s latest and most terrible tactic in its war on immigration is taking young children away from their parents at the border and keeping them separated. While the United States of America has plenty of regrettable stains on its history such as slavery and the internment of Japanese-Americans in World War II, separating young children from their parents is cruel, inhumane and shameful. CNN reports in the video below that one parent says Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents took her child away while she was breastfeeding it.

At Slate, Dahlia Lithwick comments that even as we become desensitized to President Trump’s regular and repeated over-the-top antics, we must summon our outrage to protest this particularly horrifying policy.

That we are finding ourselves unable to process or act or organize because the large-scale daily horrors are escalating and the news is overpowering is perfectly understandable. But we need to understand that and acknowledge it and then refuse it any purchase. Because to be overwhelmed and to do nothing are a choice.

We agree. While it may not be part of an overarching strategy on behalf of Trump to desensitize us to these outrageous actions (that would be giving him too much credit), we must summon outrage at this reprehensible policy, and demand action. Separating children from their parents in an effort to keep them out of our country is unconscionable, and a policy that we will regret if we allow it, to say nothing of how dimly it will be viewed through the lens of history. Please do whatever you can to insist that this be stopped as quickly as possible. Our nation is heading down a slippery slope, and we must dig in and do whatever we can to stop this tragic and terrible policy.