The Justice Department have charged a Treasury Department employee with giving a reporter confidential banking reports tied to Paul Manafort, Maria Butina and other suspects charged in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.
Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch, 84, tweeted a photo of himself looking at his phone, purportedly at his own DNA test results showing he has a small fraction of "T-Rex" ancestry, ranging between 1/64th and 1/1032. "The rest: other dinosaurs," the tweet reads. A spokesperson for the National Geographic Society is expected to release an official statement later today.
Washington is in another frenzy over the disclosure that President Trump's lawyers are preparing answers to written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller. Observers are speculating on the meaning of this move, as anticipation grows for the investigation's culmination. If the suspense is killing you, a bigger surprise may await. The most significant aspect of this story may be what it did not contain: questions about obstruction.
Mueller is asking about Russian collusion, rather than the driving force behind his appointment after the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. Indeed, ample reasons exist to question whether there is a serious obstruction charge in the making.
Mueller's obstruction investigation could well prove to be the suspense of the bomb that never goes off. Indeed, there is ample reason to question whether Mueller ever seriously believed obstruction had the capability of exploding into a criminal charge.
Minnesota Democrats are worried that allegations of domestic abuse made by a former girlfriend of Rep. Keith Ellison (D) could be a drag on his chances of winning the state's attorney general's office, a post Democrats have held for almost half a century. The allegations have taken a toll, and the race between Ellison and former state Rep. Doug Wardlow (R) is neck and neck.
A recent Star Ledger poll showed more voters, 31 percent, said they had an unfavorable impression of Ellison than those who said they had a favorable impression at 20 percent. Republicans have castigated Democrats after most Democratic officials declined to ask Ellison to step down, either as the Democratic nominee or from his post as vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee -- especially in the wake of sexual misconduct claims made against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearings last month.
The National Organization for Women has called for Ellison to end his campaign.