Your Daily Dose of Trump and His Administration News
- President Trump accused Special Counsel Robert Mueller on Wednesday of lying to Congress. Trump Tweeted: “Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought. Evidence now clearly shows that the Mueller Scam was improperly brought & tainted. Even Bob Mueller lied to Congress!”
- President Trump told reporters Wednesday that he learned from his impeachment that Democrats are “crooked” and “vicious.” Trump was asked by reporters in the Oval Office what he had learned from his impeachment by the Democrat-controlled House. “That the Democrats are crooked,” Trump replied. “They’ve got a lot of crooked things going, that they’re vicious, that they shouldn’t have brought impeachment and that my poll numbers are 10 points higher because of fake news like NBC.”
- Attorney General Bill Barr is engulfed in a political firestorm on Capitol Hill amid the fallout from the Justice Department’s decision to reduce its recommended sentence for former Trump advisor, Roger Stone. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee has rejected the calls for Barr to appear, saying he will not call Barr before the Senate panel specifically over the Stone decision.
- Attorney General Barr has accepted a House Judiciary Committee request to testify on March 31. It will be his first appearance before the panel since his confirmation and comes amid burning questions about his role in Ukraine matters and the Stone sentencing. House Judiciary Chairman Nadler names three specific issues he wants to hear about from Barr: Jessie Liu, Giuliani feeding info to DOJ, and the Roger Stone sentencing interference.
- Trump said the prosecutors in the Roger Stone case, “They ought to apologize to a lot of the people whose lives they’ve ruined.” When asked if he was considering a pardon, he said, “I don’t want to say that, yet, but people were hurt viciously and badly by these corrupt people. I want to thank the Justice Department for seeing this horrible thing. And, I didn’t speak to them…just so you understand. They saw the horribleness of a nine year sentence for doing nothing. You have murderers and drug addicts and they don’t get nine years. Nine years for doing something that nobody even can define what he did.” A jury convicted Stone on all counts tried against him – obstruction, making false statements, and witness tampering.
- The Distilled Spirits Council of the United States (DISCUS) announced that American whiskey exports to the European Union decreased by 27 percent in 2019 due to retaliatory tariffs. The EU is the U.S. spirit industry’s largest export market. Globally, exports of American whiskey decreased by 16 percent in 2019, the group said on Wednesday.