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Nadler: Mueller’s testimony ‘broke the lie’ Trump has been telling Americans

Nadler: Mueller’s testimony ‘broke the lie’ Trump has been telling Americans* House judiciary chair says it could clear path to impeachment * Adam Shiff: ‘We are now in preliminary to a judicial proceeding’Democrats Adam Schiff, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Jerrold Nadler, and Elijah Cummings, at a news conference after Robert Mueller’s testimony on 24 July. Photograph: J Scott Applewhite/APRobert Mueller’s testimony to Congress “broke the lie” Donald Trump has been telling and potentially cleared the path to impeachment, House judiciary chair Jerrold Nadler said on Sunday.That does not mean, however, that an attempt to remove Trump from office is set to begin.Adam Schiff, chair of the intelligence committee, said that “for the purposes of the law and constitution, where we are now is most accurately described as preliminary to a judicial proceeding”.Nadler, a New York Democrat, was defending the decision to call former special counsel Mueller before Congress, amid controversy over the impact and value of his appearances before the judiciary and intelligence panels.“I think it was very important that he testified,” Nadler told ABC’s This Week, “because he … broke the lie that the president and the attorney general have been saying to the American people.“Since his report was issued the attorney general and the president have misrepresented that report, lied to the American people about it, said the report found no collusion, no obstruction and totally exonerated the president.> I wish Mueller had testified in more narrative fashion, that the words didn’t need to be coaxed from him as much> > Adam Schiff“All those three statements are lies. It was very important for Mueller to get up there and say just that.”In his testimony, Mueller did not go beyond the contents of his 448-page report into Russian election interference, links between Trump and Moscow and possible obstruction of justice by the president.Mueller had resisted the call to testify and observers noted the 74-year-old former FBI director’s halting and reluctant demeanour. On Saturday the Washington Post went so far as to report that “some lawmakers are privately wondering whether there was some truth to … rumours” that Mueller “might not be as sharp as he once was”.A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment but Trump did not hesitate to crow about “the greatest display of ineptitude [and] incompetence that the Halls of Congress have ever seen”.Schiff told NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday he wished Mueller “had testified in more narrative fashion, that the words didn’t need to be coaxed from him as much as they did”.Mueller submitted his report in March and it was published in redacted form in April, after attorney general William Barr issued a summary of its contents which Democrats said was misleading. He did not find evidence of a criminal conspiracy between Trump and Moscow but did lay out 11 instances of possible obstruction of justice by the president or his campaign.Trump has claimed complete exoneration – as he did in tweets on Saturday in which he urged equal focus on supposed misdeeds by Democrats and FBI agents.Mueller stated both on paper and in person on Capitol Hill that he did not exonerate the president on questions of obstruction of justice.The White House has blocked attempts to call witnesses to testify, moves House Democrats say are unconstitutional, given their mandated oversight role.The result is a rolling battle for public opinion.Acting White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney fired his own shot on Sunday, telling CBS’s Face the Nation that part of the president’s motivation for a controversial attack on the House oversight chairman was that Elijah Cummings “is spending all of his time on this impeachment inquiry which we all know is going nowhere”.> The president lied repeatedly to the American people and to investigators and conducted a corrupt cover-up> > Jerrold NadlerIn turn, Nadler made clear Democrats believe Mueller’s testimony had PR value.“The hearing was an inflection point,” he told CNN’s State of the Union. “It showed quite clearly that the report did not exonerate the president, that it found that the Russian government interfered in the campaign, they tried to interfere in our election and the Trump campaign welcomed that assistance and co-operated.“And then the president lied repeatedly to the American people and to investigators and conducted a corrupt cover-up with at least five criminally indictable acts of obstruction of justice.”As Mueller repeatedly pointed out, a Department of Justice opinion holds that a sitting president cannot be indicted. The special counsel also stressed that he was not saying he would have indicted Trump but for the opinion’s existence.Nonetheless, Nadler told CNN, “these are very serious offences against the rule of law and we now have to get further evidence and put it before the American people as we consider articles of impeachment in the committee.”Nadler repeated his view that Trump “utterly deserves” to be removed.On Friday, in a suit that mentioned the word impeachment 76 times, the judiciary committee petitioned in court for access to evidence collected by Mueller.Nadler said such evidence might include material on possible wrongdoing by Trump outside the Russia inquiry, for example under the emoluments clause of the constitution which is meant to guard against personal gain from public office.Schiff told NBC: “Right now the most important thing is to obtain the grand jury material, to see the evidence.”Around 100 Democrats in the House, less than half the caucus, have come out in support of impeachment.Nadler rejected a claim by California Democrat Jackie Speier that if impeachment has not begun by September it will be too late, given the proximity of the 2020 election.As well as the near-guarantee that impeachment would fail in the Republican-held Senate, Democratic leaders are wary of galvanising Trump supporters.Schiff said he worried “about the message of taking an impeachment case to trial, losing that case, having the president acquitted, and then having an adjudication that this conduct is not impeachable.“But the jury that I’m most worried about, not the Senate because I think that’s a preordained conclusion, is the American people. Can we make the case to the American people? And I want to make sure that that’s true before we go down this path because it’s going to occupy a year of the nation’s time. I want to make sure that’s the right decision.”



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Feds: Man charged with killing 3 had been deported twice

Feds: Man charged with killing 3 had been deported twiceA Guatemalan man who apparently entered the U.S. illegally after being deported twice has been charged with killing an Iowa woman and her two children. Marvin Oswaldo Escobar-Orellana, 31, made an initial court appearance Thursday in Des Moines, where the judge set his bond at $ 3 million cash and scheduled his next hearing for July 29. Escobar-Orellana was arrested Tuesday night in the fatal shootings of 29-year-old Rossibeth Flores-Rodriguez and her two children, 11-year-old Grecia Daniela Alvarado-Flores and 5-year-old Ever Jose Mejia-Flores.



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Governor estimates California quake toll at $100 million, says poor have been hit hardest

Governor estimates California quake toll at $  100 million, says poor have been hit hardestAlthough Californians are on the path to recovery, deeper devastation – in economic recovery – has already taken root.



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A Wood-Carved Statue of Melania Trump Has Been Unveiled in Her Hometown. Local Residents Are Bemused

A Wood-Carved Statue of Melania Trump Has Been Unveiled in Her Hometown. Local Residents Are BemusedA monument to Melania Trump was erected in her hometown of Sevnica, Slovenia, the first public statue in commemoration of her, creators say.



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Buttigieg: There's Definitely Been Gay Presidents Before

Buttigieg: There's Definitely Been Gay Presidents BeforeReuters / John Sommers IIIf he wins in 2020, Pete Buttigieg is pretty sure he won't be the first gay president. Speaking to Axios on HBO, the South Bend mayor was asked how he's going to respond to people who attack him during the campaign for being too young, too liberal, or too gay to be the American president. “We have had excellent presidents who have been young,” he said. “We have had excellent presidents who have been liberal. I would imagine we've probably had excellent presidents who were gay—we just didn't know which ones.” He went on to say that it was statistically “almost certain” that there had been gay presidents, but he couldn't name names. “My gaydar even doesn't work that well in the present, let alone retroactively,” he lamented.Read more at The Daily Beast.Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now!Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside goes deeper on the stories that matter to you. Learn more.



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Hillary Clinton: Anyone Else Would Have Been Indicted After Mueller Report

Hillary Clinton: Anyone Else Would Have Been Indicted After Mueller ReportFormer First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke to Time Editor in Chief and CEO Edward Felsenthal at the TIME 100 Summit.



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EU has been patient over Brexit but patience runs out: Juncker

EU has been patient over Brexit but patience runs out: JunckerThe European Union has had a lot of patience with Britain over Brexit but patience runs out, the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said in an interview on Italian state TV RAI on Sunday. Juncker, whose words were translated into Italian, said he would like Great Britain to be able to reach an agreement in the coming hours and days that could be followed. “So far we know what the British parliament says no to, but we don’t know what it might say yes to,” he said.



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New 737 MAX crash details reveal what may have been to blame

New 737 MAX crash details reveal what may have been to blameThe recent tragic crash of a second 737 MAX aircraft prompted airlines around the globe to halt any and all passenger flights using Boeing's popular jet. Now, new details from a preliminary investigation reveal that software designed to keep the plane from crashing may have been to blame.A software feature called the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) appears to have been triggered shortly before the plane dove towards the Earth. The system is supposed to activate when sensors on the plane tell it that the aircraft is moving too slowly or climbing at too steep of an angle, preventing a stall that could result in a crash.When a plane is at risk of stalling the easiest way to get more air flowing through the engines is to dip the nose down to gain speed. That's what the system is supposed to do if the plane is at risk of a stall, but in this case it's possible the system triggered erroneously, possibly causing the plane to dive downward even if everything was seemingly fine.As Wall Street Journal reports, this malfunction is thought to be connected to a similar issue present in the previous 737 MAX crash, a Lion Air flight in 2018. Between the two accidents, nearly 350 people lost their lives. There were no survivors of either crash.The MCAS system seems to have pulled both planes into dives, and the investigation has revealed that the pilot of the Lion Air jet was fighting against the aircraft to keep its nose pointed up. The plane, which the MCAS system falsely believed was at risk of stalling, pushed the aircraft down towards Earth, causing a loss of control and ultimately ending in a crash.Earlier this week, Boeing reportedly began rolling out a software update to 737 MAX aircraft that may prevent the MCAS from being triggered erroneously. Simulations using the new software showed the updated system made it easier for pilots to control the aircraft without having to manually disable its software to prevent a crash.Crash investigations typically take many months to complete, and it's unlikely that Boeing's 737 MAX planes will be allowed back in the skies before safety officials explore every possible reason why both planes came down. In the meantime, the planes will remain grounded.



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Trump: Mueller report 'could not have been better'

Trump: Mueller report 'could not have been better'The president continues to portray the report he hasn't yet seen as a "total exoneration."



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Mueller report: White House, Trump await findings, have not been briefed yet

Mueller report: White House, Trump await findings, have not been briefed yetPresident Trump has not seen the Mueller report on Russian interference in the 2016 election which was delivered to Attorney General William Barr.



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