Showdown over Barr contempt charges brewing; Court battle over Trump tax records developing Dems ready to hold Barr in contempt, Starr blasts leak of ‘whiny’ Mueller letter As Democrats scheduled a vote this Wednesday on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt of Congress, former independent counsel Ken Starr sharply … See More criticized the leak of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s letter following Barr’s summary of the Russia report. Details of the March 24 letter went public shortly before Barr testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week. Multiple news outlets reported that Mueller raised concerns about how Barr’s conclusions from the investigation were being portrayed. In an interview on “The Story with Martha MacCallum” on Monday, Starr called the release of the letter an “unforgivable sin” and said Mueller’s complaints were “whiny.” Wednesday’s scheduled contempt vote on Barr is based on the Justice Department’s failure to provide the full text of Mueller’s report by a Monday morning deadline.
Court battle over Trump’s tax records developing Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin has denied House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Richard Neal’s request for President Trump’s tax returns, setting up a likely court battle. In a letter on Monday, Mnuchin said he’d relied on the advice of the Justice Department and concluded the request lacked a “legitimate legislative purpose.” Mnuchin’s decision is sure to set in motion a legal battle over Trump’s tax returns. The likely options available to Democrats would be to subpoena the Internal Revenue Service for the returns or to file a lawsuit.
Trump pardons former Army lieutenant convicted of killing suspected al Qaeda terrorist President Trump has pardoned a former Army lieutenant who was convicted in 2009 of killing an Iraqi prisoner suspected of being an Al Qaeda terrorist, the White House announced Monday evening. White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders cited “broad support” for Michael Behenna, of Edmond, Okla., “from the military, Oklahoma elected officials, and the public” — including 37 generals and admirals, along with a former Pentagon inspector general — as the reason for Trump’s clemency grant. Sanders also said Behenna had been a “model prisoner” while serving his sentence. A military court originally sentenced Behenna to 25 years for unpremeditated murder in a combat zone. However, the Army’s highest appellate court noted concern about how the trial court had handled Behenna’s claim of self-defense, Sanders said. The Army Clemency and Parole Board reduced his sentence to 15 years and paroled him in 2014, as soon as he was eligible.
Ingraham gets an up-close look at the border crisis On Monday’s edition of “The Ingraham Angle, host Laura Ingraham joined the U.S. Customs and Border Protection to get an exclusive lookat the border crossing in Del Rio, Texas.
Awaiting the royal reveal Britain’s Prince Harry and Meghan Markle welcomed a bouncing baby boy early Monday morning, and now the world is waiting to find out the royal newborn’s name and what he looks like. On Monday, a jubilant Harry said he and Markle still hadn’t decided on his name. Images of the baby boy were not released. A few details were released in statement on Instagram. “We are pleased to announce that Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Sussex welcomed their firstborn child in the early morning on May 6th, 2019. Their Royal Highnesses’ son weighs 7lbs. 3oz.,” the couple announced. “The Duchess and baby are both healthy and well, and the couple thank members of the public for their shared excitement and support during this very special time in their lives. More details will be shared in the forthcoming days.”
Schultz predicts Trump victory if Sanders is Dems’ nominee & Fingerpointing in battle over #MuellerReport #MagaFirstNews W/ @peterboykin
MUELLER REPORT UNDER SCRUTINY: The Mueller report – and everyone involved in its handling, from Attorney General William Barr to Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his investigators – are under scrutiny as Democrats demand that Barr release the full, unredacted report …
On Thursday, the attorney general … See More – who is expected to release entire Mueller report, with redactions, by mid-April – defended his handling of the 400-page document, saying it contains sensitive grand jury material. Meanwhile, amid reports that Mueller’s findings were more damaging to President Trump than Barr indicated, Fox News has learned Republican lawmakers had concerns about Mueller’s investigators before the probe ended. Sens. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., alerted Barr to what they described as the “selective” use of emails in Mueller court filings — as well as potential “improper political influence, misconduct, and mismanagement” in the FBI’s original Russia probe.
EX-TRUMP FIXER MAKES LAST-MINUTE PLEA TO DEMS: With a little more than a month to go until he is slated to report to prison, former Trump fixer Michael Cohen is asking House Democrats to help keep him out of the big house … In a letter sent to lawmakers Thursday, Cohen’s legal team said he was still sorting through documents in his personal files that might be of interest to House Democrats investigating President Trump, including emails, voice recordings, images and other documents on a hard drive. The letter was sent to a who’s-who of Trump opponents in the Democratic Party, including Reps. Adam Schiff of California, Jerry Nadler of New York, Maxine Waters of California and Elijah Cummings of Maryland.
HOWARD SCHULTZ: TRUMP WINS RE-ELECTION IF SANDERS IS HIS OPPONENT – Potential independent 2020 White House contender Howard Schultz predicted outright that President Trump will win re-election if Democrats nominate a self-described socialist like Bernie Sanders, during Fox News’ “America’s Election HQ” Town Hall Thursday night in Kansas City, Mo. … At the town hall event, co-hosted by Fox News’ Bret Baier and Martha MacCallum, Schultz separately denied he would play a “spoiler” in the race — and suggested instead that someone like Sanders could unwittingly play that role. He addressed a variety of topics, such as the immigration crisis at the U.S-Mexico border, allegations of inappropriate conduction leveled by seven women against Joe Biden, Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal and more.