Matt Shuham

Matt Shuham is a news writer for TPM. He was previously associate editor of The National Memo and managing editor of the Harvard Political Review. He is available by email at and on Twitter @mattshuham.

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When then-Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski grabbed then-Breitbart News reporter Michelle Fields, who was in the middle of asking then-candidate Donald Trump a question, and forcefully yanked her backwards, the Trump campaign not only took no action against Lewandowski, it lied relentlessly about what had happened.

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The attorneys general of Massachusetts, New York, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Minnesota, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and the District of Columbia on Thursday called on Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker to recuse himself from oversight of the Mueller probe, citing questions about his “impartiality.” Read their letter below:

Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker once said Russian election meddling had been “proven false.”

In audio surfaced Thursday by Scott Dworkin of The Democratic Coalition, Whitaker is heard saying in a radio interview that “The left is trying to sow this theory that essentially Russians interfered with the US election, which has been proven false. They did not have any impact in the election, and that has been very clear from the Obama administration.”

In fact, American intelligence agencies have continually alleged Russian interference in the election. They’ve also asserted they are not investigating whether that interference affected election results. Just because no vote-changing has been alleged does not mean Russians didn’t interfere — for example, by stealing and disseminating the emails of senior Democrats.

In an interview with radio host Andrew Wilkow, Whitaker also asserted: “The truth is, there was no collusion with the Russians and the Trump campaign.”

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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Thursday that he did not think there was “any chance” President Donald Trump wouldn’t let the Mueller investigation reach its conclusion.

“The President has said on multiple occasions the Mueller investigation should be completed,” McConnell told WVLK, as quoted by CBS News. “He wish it would happen sooner. But I don’t think there’s any chance that the Mueller investigation will not be allowed to finish.”


It's Lonely In The Minority

Now that they’re in the minority, this is the press corps covering House Republicans…