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Day 524

Updated 6/27/2018 10:48 AM PDT

1/ A federal judge ordered the federal government to reunite migrant families separated under the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy and to end most family separations. U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw issued a nationwide injunction requiring that all children under the age of five be reunited with their parents within 14 days and that older children be reunited within 30 days. The judge also ordered that all children be allowed to talk to their parents within 10 days, as well as to temporarily stop the practice of separating children from their parents. (Politico / New York Times / CNN / Washington Post)

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Supreme Court Justice Kennedy has announced his retirement, handing Trump another judicial pick.

The House is preparing to vote Thursday on a measure chastising the Justice Department for withholding what Republicans say are critical documents connected to special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation.

The resolution is unenforceable but would for the first time put the Republican-led House on record demanding sensitive DOJ documents, escalating a confrontation that has so far been confined to a handful of powerful House committees.

The resolution repeatedly accuses the DOJ of “non-compliance” with House subpoenas — including several issued by the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees. And it demands the agency turn over all requested documents by July 6.

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Manafort had a $10 million loan from Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska.

The application to search Manafort’s Virginia apartment was granted, providing key evidence for Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s indictments of Manafort as part of his investigation into Russia’s alleged meddling in the 2016 presidential campaign.

Mueller has been investigating the financial links between Manafort and Deripaska, a metals magnate who is known to be close to Russian President Vladimir Putin. Deripaska was among the Russian oligarchs sanctioned by the United States in April.

Mueller also has indicted Konstantin Kilimnik, a political operative who sometimes served as an intermediary between Manafort and Deripaska. In court filings Mueller’s prosecutors have said Kilimnik has ties to Russian spy agencies, which Kilimnik denies.

The affidavit unsealed on Wednesday also disclosed that Deripaska had financially backed Manafort’s consulting work in Ukraine when it started in 2005-2006, citing information from a source whose name was redacted, a sign that a former Manafort associate may have cooperated with the investigation.


Lordy, there are tapes!

Over the weekend, lawyers for the Trump Organization asked the judge, Kimba M. Wood of Federal District Court in Manhattan, to give them until July 11 to finish the review, saying they had just received some new materials, among them “a number of audio files.” Other lawyers in the case have said that Mr. Cohen often recorded his business conversations, but the Trump Organization’s mention of the audio files was the clearest sign yet that Mr. Cohen did in fact make recordings.


Watch the R’s pummel the DOJ - Rosenstein and Christopher Wray, over Peter Strzok. R continue to bully the FBI, DOJ and setting up the reasons to dismiss Rosenstein. And T wants Strzok to the reason to see how the FBI is tainted.



@JohnJHarwood (cnbc)

1/Trump-appointed FBI director on Justice IG report: “he found no evidence of political bias affecting the investigation he reviewed”
2/nothing demonstrates GOP tribal extremism better than GOP lawmakers attacking GOP law enforcement appointees for holding GOP president accountable to the rule of law


That’s alot of GOP’s.


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@matt – Time for an emergency update!

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Who on the Trump campaign was involved in picking Manafort? Did no one vet his background? Did someone in Russia suggest him to the campaign I wonder?