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Open Thread – 5/1/2019

It’s a very busy day here in the CatBox.  It’s grocery delivery day and WWWendy day.  I slept poorly, because the room was too hot until late.  Hump Day Hugs!

Jig Zone Puzzle:

Today’s took me 4:20 (average 5:01).  To do it, click here.

Short Takes:

From YouTube (MSNBC Channel): Robert Mueller Expressed Displeasure To Barr Over Handling Of Report


Charge, convict and jail Barrf! RESIST!!

From Me (The Mueller Letter – It took me an hour to convert it to text.

The Special Counsel’s Office

Washington, D.C. 20330

March 27,2019

The Honorable William P. Barr

Attorney General of the United States

Department of Justice

Washington, D.C.

Re:        Report of the Special Counsel on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the

2016 Presidential Election and Obstruction of Justice (March 2019)

Dear Attorney General Barr:

I previously sent you a letter dated March 25, 2019, that enclosed the introduction and

executive summary for each volume of the Special Counsel’s report marked with redactions to

remove any information that potentially could be protected by Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure

6(e); that concerned declination decisions; or that related to a charged case. We also had marked

an additional two sentences for review and have now confirmed that these sentences can be

released publicly.

Accordingly, the enclosed documents are in a form that can be released to the public

consistent with legal requirements and Department policies. I am requesting that you provide these

materials to Congress and authorize their public release at this time.

As we stated in our meeting of March 5 and reiterated to the Department early in the

afternoon of March 24, the introductions and executive summaries of our two-volume report

accurately summarize this Office’s work and conclusions. The summary letter the Department

sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not ftilly capture

the context, nature, and substance of this Office’s work and conclusions. We communicated that

concern to the Department on the morning of March 25.        There is now public conftision about

critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose

for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the

outcome of the investigations. See Department of Justice, Press Release (May 17, 2017).

While we understand that the Department is reviewing the ftill report to determine what is

appropriate for public release—a process that our Office is working with you to complete—?that

process need not delay release of the enclosed materials. Release at this time would alleviate the

misunderstandings that have arisen and would answer congressional and public questions about

the nature and outcome of our investigation. It would also accord with the standard for public


release of notifications to Congress cited in yoxir letter. See 28 C.F.R. § 609(c) (“the Attorney

General may determine that public release” of congressional notifications “would be in the public


Sincerely yours,

Robert S. Mueller, III

Special Counsel


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From Vox: Herman Cain isn’t the only controversial person Trump has considered for the Federal Reserve board. This week, Senate Republicans are wrestling with another pick the president has floated for the financial body: conservative commentator Stephen Moore.

Moore has yet to be officially nominated, but an outcry over sexist writings he’s previously published deriding women’s involvement in sports could mean that it might not even happen.

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, the fourth-ranking Republican in the Senate conference, has been among the most vocal member of the GOP in sounding the alarm about a number of columns Moore wrote for National Review in the early 2000s.

If he were not vile, Trump would not nominate him. RESIST!!


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