Writings by Renato

How Bob Mueller Bought Himself More Time

On Friday, the Justice Department announced the first-ever indictment of an organized operation by foreign nationals to influence the outcome of a U.S. election. Over the weekend, the indictment spurred intense reactions from President Donald Trump, who complained that the FBI is “spending too much time trying to prove Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.” Like many of Trump’s outbursts, […]

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renato writes op-ed in the new york times

For weeks, allies of President Trump ratcheted up pressure to “release the memo.” The impact, according to supporters, would be monumental: It would shake the F.B.I. “to its core” (Representative Jeff Duncan of South Carolina) or it would reveal abuses “100 times bigger” than what incited the American Revolution (Sebastian Gorka, a former White House official). The president himself said, […]

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Why hasn’t Trump fired Mueller yet?

Read Article on Washington Post Rumors are flying that President Trump will soon fire special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Over the weekend, Trump transition lawyers alleged wrongdoing on Mueller’s part. Last week, Republican members of Congress grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, challenging Mueller’s legitimacy and objectivity. Conservative commentators have called for Mueller to be investigated, while others […]

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Why we need to save Net Neutrality

1/ Today @politico reported that the FCC plans to totally repeal #NetNeutrality rules. https://t.co/OdRLHpcMpP — Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) November 21, 2017 2/ #NetNeutrality rules prevent internet service providers from favoring or blocking certain websites. It also prevents them from charging you extra based on the content of a website. — Renato Mariotti (@renato_mariotti) November 21, 2017 3/ Without #NetNeutrality, an […]

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Method to the “Madness”: Dissecting Roger Stone’s Statement to Congress, by a Former Fed Prosecutor

Dissecting Roger Stone’s statement was a very different exercise than my prior dissections of statements by Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., and Michael Cohen. Stone’s statement is a strident piece of political rhetoric meant to politicize his interview, attack members of Congress on the committee, and distract from problematic activities he engaged in throughout the election. It is unclear to me why Stone’s […]

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Former Federal Prosecutor Dissects Trump Lawyer, Michael Cohen’s Statement to Senate

Unlike the statements from Kushner and Trump Jr., which I’ve previously dissected, the statement of Michael Cohen is awkwardly written and does not appear to have any clear strategy. Large portions of it read more like a political speech than a document written by lawyers in response to a request for testimony.  I get the sense from this statement and his bizarre […]

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How to Read Bob Mueller’s Hand

What is Robert Mueller up to? Although the scope of the special counsel’s investigation is vast, public reporting of his activities indicate the direction his investigation is taking and gives us a good sense of the types of charges that could result. But most of the breathless speculation about what he will ultimately do is likely wrong—the result of a […]

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ROBERT MUELLER AND FACEBOOK: WHY THE SPECIAL COUNSEL’S WARRANT IS A TURNING POINT IN THE TRUMP-RUSSIA PROBE

The recent news that Robert Mueller obtained a search warrant for the contents of Facebook accounts associated with Russian operatives trying to undermine the 2016 presidential election was a key turning point in our knowledge of his investigation that could transform the scope of the inquiry and the legal strategy of the people in the special counsel’s sights. Before news of the […]

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Former Federal Prosecutor Dissects Donald Trump Jr.’s Statement to Congress

Unlike the prior statements of Donald J. Trump Jr., which drew criticism and may have created potential liability for him and others, his Statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee appears to have been created with the assistance of counsel. Nonetheless, the prior statements limited what Trump Jr. could say here without creating contradictions that could be used against him. In […]

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OPINION | Bait and switch: Deporting dreamers using DACA applications

Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Tuesday that the Trump administration had decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which permitted young people who were brought to the U.S. as children to openly get jobs and attend school even though they are undocumented. The administration’s action left nearly 800,000 young people wondering whether the extensive personal information they provided with their DACA applications will […]

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