David Kurtz

David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.

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The Times is out with an extensive story based on newly obtained tax documents for President Trump … but they’re for 1985-1994, not more recent years. Still, it’s a key period in the making of the myth of Donald Trump, and far from being the dealmaking whiz of lore, he was declaring staggering losses, more than $1 billion over that stretch:

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Nicole Lafond reports that three weeks after he filed his defamation lawsuit against his hometown newspaper, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) still hasn’t served any of the defendants.

Benjamin Wittes calls William Barr’s handling of the Mueller report “catastrophic.”

Robert Mueller’s reasoning for deciding not to decide whether President Trump obstructed justice is certainly debatable, but good lord the reasoning Attorney General William Barr used to overrule Mueller and decide the issue. It’s extraordinary.

Attorney General William Barr’s opening remarks, as prepared for delivery, are littered with little self-congratulatory justifications. Here’s a goodie (emphasis mine):

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This exchange has been making the rounds since last night. It’s Rep. Charlie Crist (D-FL) in an April 9 House hearing asking Attorney General William Barr about reports of frustration from members of Mueller’s team. Watch closely.  

Before we get underway with the Barr hearing at 10 a.m. ET, let me quickly highlight one of the most troubling and misleading aspects of Barr’s public justification for his handling of the Mueller report.

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Judge, declining to adopt President Trump’s narrow definition of emoluments, allows congressional Democrats’ emoluments lawsuit to continue.