Required Reading – August 31 Afternoon Update

Required reading from around the web of the best, most interesting, or most though provoking things we’ve read:

Kredo: Palestinian Leaders Bet Future on Trump Impeachment

“Muhammad Shtaya, a member of the Fatah government’s Central Committee, said regional officials are counting on Democrats winning the midterms and seizing control of Congress, a scenario the Palestinians believe would work in their favor as the Trump administration pursues efforts to isolate regional governments for their support of terrorism. […]  Shtaya said in Arabic language comments that many are waiting with anticipation for Democrats to win the midterm elections.”

Read more at Free Beacon.

Solomon: What professor really told FBI about Trump, Russia and Papadopoulos

“If one reads special counsel Robert Mueller’s court filings against George Papadopoulos, it’s hard not to conclude that the former Trump campaign aide lied to FBI agents to hide some sinister plot with Russia. Now, let me be clear: I don’t condone lying to anyone, especially the FBI. But there is a much different version of events than the one spun by prosecutors in court filings, Democrats in Congress, or most reporters. An account kept from the public for more than 18 months. It comes from one of the FBI’s primary sources in the Papadopoulos case, European professor Joseph Mifsud. Documents I obtained from sources show Mifsud told the FBI in February 2017 that his contacts with Papadopoulos a year earlier, during the 2016 presidential campaign, were mostly innocuous. He made that point both in an FBI interview and a follow-up email to agents. He described the contacts as . . .”

Read more at The Hill.

Heine: Why Hasn’t U.S. Attorney John Huber Talked to Bruce Ohr Yet?

“Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr has not yet been contacted by special counsel Robert Mueller or U.S. attorney John Huber for interviews, multiple sources revealed following Ohr’s testimony before the joint hearing of the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. ‘What we know is that Bruce Ohr … was not interviewed by Mr. Huber out in Utah, who allegedly is investigating all of the FISA abuse and the unmaskings,’ prominent Washington, D.C. attorney Joe diGenova revealed on Hannity Tuesday night.”

Read more at PJ Media.

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