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SUBPOENA TIME: House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerNadler: We will subpoena the entire Mueller report early FridayNadler wants ‘the boss of everybody’ Stephen Miller to testify before CongressGiuliani slams Nadler for ‘diarrhea of the mouth,’ ‘lack of judiciousness’MORE (D-N.Y.) on Friday issued a subpoena to compel the Department of Justice to turn over special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probeMORE‘s full report.
His order comes one day after Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrEx-FBI official: ‘Links and coordination’ with Russia happen everydayDem lawmaker: Mueller report shows ‘substantial body of evidence’ on obstructionNew normal: A president can freely interfere with investigations without going to jailMORE publicly released a redacted version of the Mueller report.
“I have issued a subpoena to the Department of Justice for the full version of the Mueller report and the underlying evidence. The Department is required to comply with that subpoena by May 1,” Nadler said in a statement.
“I am open to working with the Department to reach a reasonable accommodation for access to these materials, however, I cannot accept any proposal which leaves most of Congress in the dark, as they grapple with their duties of legislation, oversight and constitutional accountability,” he added.
Nadler’s deadline is one day before Barr is slated to testify before the Judiciary panel next month.
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FIGHTING WORDS: The Justice Department on Friday called House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler’s (D-N.Y.) decision Friday to issue a subpoena for special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report “premature and unnecessary.”
Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec said in an emailed statement that Attorney General William Barr had released Mueller’s report with only “minimal redactions” and already made arrangements for Nadler and other lawmakers to review a less-redacted version of Mueller’s report.
“In light of this, Congressman Nadler’s subpoena is premature and unnecessary,” Kupec said. “The Department will continue to work with Congress to accommodate its legitimate requests consistent with the law and long-recognized executive branch interests.”
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EVEN MORE DRAMA: Top congressional Democrats on Friday rejected Attorney General William Barr’s offer to let a select group of lawmakers review redacted sections of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative report.
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy Patricia D’Alesandro PelosiBoth sides were wrong about Mueller report, and none of it will likely matter for 2020Elijah Cummings: ‘I am begging the American people to pay attention to what’s going on’Angus King: ‘Mueller passed the obstruction question to the Congress and Barr intercepted the pass’MORE (D-Calif), Senate Minority Leader Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerDem legal analyst says media ‘overplayed’ hand in Mueller coverage Former FBI official praises Barr for ‘professional’ press conferencePelosi: Barr press briefing a ‘staggering partisan effort’MORE (D-N.Y.) and the
top Democrats on the Intelligence and Judiciary committees in both chambers argued in a letter on Friday that Barr’s offer is too rigid. They said the number of lawmakers who can review the redacted text is too small, and they took issue with not being able to see all the information, including grand jury material.
“Unfortunately, your proposed accommodation — which among other things would prohibit discussion of the full report, even with other Committee Members — is not acceptable,” the Democrats wrote in their letter to Barr.
“Given the comprehensive factual findings presented by the Special Counsel’s Report, some of which will only be fully understood with access to the redacted material, we cannot agree to the conditions you are placing on our access to the full report. Nor can we agree to an arrangement that does not include a mechanism for ensuring access to grand jury material,” they added.
Their letter comes after Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd notified House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamJudiciary chairman issues subpoena for full Mueller reportThe Hill’s Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now?Barr to allow some lawmakers to review less-redacted Mueller report as soon as next weekMORE (R-S.C.) on Thursday, following the release of a redacted version of the 448-page report, that Barr has agreed to provide their committees and the Gang of Eight access to details in Mueller’s report that were restricted in the public version.
Barr’s offer would allow the lawmakers to review sensitive information uncovered during Mueller’s 22-month probe, including matters related to national security and details that relate to ongoing criminal investigations.
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WHO DOESN’T LOVE A SPIN-OFF:President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald TrumpTrump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking TripoliDem lawmaker: Mueller report shows ‘substantial body of evidence’ on obstructionMORE‘s reelection campaign is running Facebook advertisements based on the newly released Mueller report.
The campaign on Thursday started running posts that included several videos saying special counsel Robert Mueller’s report exonerated Trump and criticizing Democrats’ previous discussions of the report.
“Witch hunt investigation concluded: No collusion. No obstruction. Complete exoneration,” one video said. “Now we fight back! Contribute now.”
“Dems hyped collusion with no evidence,” another video said. “Mueller proves them wrong.”
The video then showed prominent Democrats including House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffMueller’s done, and Dems should be too — because Trump is no NixonTrump blames Obama for ‘anything the Russians did’ in 2016 electionMueller report poses new test for DemsMORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellThe Hill’s Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now?Bernie Sanders calls on Congress to investigate after Mueller report release2020 Dems call on Mueller to testify about redacted reportMORE (D-Calif.) talking about collusion with the word “wrong” placed over their faces.
“After more than 2 YEARS, and $25 MILLION taxpayer dollars spent, the Mueller Report proves what I have been saying since Day One: NO COLLUSION, NO OBSTRUCTION — COMPLETE EXONERATION,” text accompanying the videos said.
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OH COME ON: Partial videos taken from the livestream of last month’s mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand, are reportedly still appearing on Facebook more than 30 days after the company said it had taken down the Facebook Live video recorded by the suspect in the deadly attacks.
A Motherboard investigation published Friday found that short clips depicting the murder of multiple civilians still appear on Facebook as well as the company’s Instagram platform, some of which have been flagged for violent content and contain warnings about graphic violence but have otherwise not been restricted or removed.
All of the clips found by Global Intellectual Property Enforcement Center (GIPEC), which reported the videos initially, were on Arabic-language pages discussing the attack, which killed dozens of Muslims worshiping at two mosques in the city.
A Facebook spokeswoman told Motherboard that the videos are against company policy, and one video provided to Facebook by reporters was later removed from the platform.
“The video did violate our policies and has been removed. We designated both shootings as terror attacks, meaning that any praise, support and representation of the events violates our Community Standards and is not permitted on Facebook,” the spokeswoman reportedly said.
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SO YOU *WOULD* DOWNLOAD A CAR: Authorities in Chicago announced charges against 21 people after 100 cars were stolen from a car-share service.
Car-sharing company car2go found Wednesday that 100 vehicles, including 50 Mercedes-Benz cars, were missing in Chicago, ABC News reported Friday, citing a statement from the Chicago Police Department. Police said that those behind the heist may have first rented the cars while using car2go’s mobile app.
A city police officer told ABC that all of the cars have been found.
The 21 individuals were charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass to vehicles, and one of them was also charged with felony financial identity theft, Chicago Police spokeswoman Sally Bown told the news outlet.
The company tweeted Thursday that it was “actively recovering” its vehicles and working closely with police.
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VROOM VROOM: Uber announced Thursday night that its self-driving car unit received a $1 billion investment ahead of the tech giant’s upcoming debut on the stock market.
The ride-sharing company said in a statement that Japanese tech group Softbank’s Vision Fund and car maker Toyota together injected the cash, boosting the value of Uber’s Advanced Technologies Group to $7.25 billion.
“This investment and our strong partnership with the Toyota Group are a testament to the incredible work of our ATG team to date, and the exciting future ahead for this important project, alongside great partners. The development of automated driving technology will transform transportation as we know it, making our streets safer and our cities more livable,” Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi said.
“Today’s announcement … will help maintain Uber’s position at the forefront of that transformation.”
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A LIGHTER CUT: A deep cut.
NOTABLE LINKS FROM AROUND THE WEB:
I tweeted like a member of the #Resistance on Mueller report day. (Motherboard)
Netflix is testing a ‘random episode’ feature for TV shows. (The Verge)
Hacker dumps thousands of sensitive Mexican embassy documents online. (TechCrunch)