Trump ‘Game of Thrones’ tweet: President declares ‘GAME OVER’

President Donald Trump took Attorney General William P. Barr’s remarks Thursday on the special counsel investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election as vindication . (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Minutes after Attorney General William P. Barr delivered an across-the-board vindication of his claims of “no collusion” with Russia and “no obstruction” of justice, President Donald Trump declared victory in one of his favorite ways: inserting himself amid “Game of Thrones” style imagery.

Trump’s personal Twitter account posted image with Trump standing amid fog and these words prominently displayed: “GAME OVER.”

What candidates running to replace Trump are saying about Barr and Mueller report
Attorney General said Justice decided Trump actions did not qualify as obstruction

Protesters gather in Lafayette Square across from the White House on Feb. 18, 2019, to oppose President Trump's border wall emergency declaration (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

Democratic presidential hopefuls quickly denounced Attorney General William Barr  Thursday morning and renewed calls for the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s full report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Barr said at a press conference ahead of the release of a redacted report that Mueller did not find evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian operatives. Barr did say the report detailed 10 episodes involving Trump that could point to obstruction of justice, but Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein determined no crime occurred.

Barr declares ‘no collusion’ ahead of redacted Mueller report release
A redacted version of the long-awaited report will be released Thursday before noon, AG William Barr says during press conference

U.S. Attorney General William Barr (L) leaves after a meeting at the West Wing of the White House March 21, 2019 in Washington, DC. Barr held a press conference to discuss the Mueller Report April 18 at the Justice Department. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Barr says he has no problem with Mueller testifying before Congress
Pelosi and Schumer call for special prosecutor to appear before House and Senate

Attorney General William Barr testifies before a House Appropriations Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies Subcommittee hearing on the Justice Department's 2020 budget request last week. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Attorney General William Barr said he had no problem with Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III testifying about his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election or possible collusion with the Donald Trump campaign.

“I have no objection to Bob Mueller personally testifying” before Congress, Barr said at a news conference Thursday before the release of Mueller’s 400-page report.

O’Rourke touts Senate run in White House bid — even though he lost
Texan cites battle with Cruz as evidence he can energize Democrats, win over Republicans

Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke speaks during his town hall event in Alexandria, Va. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

ALEXANDRIA, Va. — Ruth traveled to Texas last year to knock on doors when former Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke ran for Senate. Now she’s concerned he’s repeating mistakes from that race, and she told him so to his face.  

Ruth, who declined to give her last name, told O’Rourke at a town hall meeting Wednesday she did not think he drew enough of a contrast with GOP Sen. Ted Cruz, who was narrowly re-elected in November.

The Mueller report gets a 9:30 Club kind of debut
Key questions as the hype around the Russian interference probe gets release

Attorney General William Barr will command the spotlight as the man who releases the heavily anticipated Mueller report. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

Coming to a Justice Department near you: The most highly anticipated investigative report in at least a generation, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election, gets some pre-release hype at 9:30 EDT on Thursday in Washington before its wide release later in the day. 

Attorney General William Barr and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will be on hand at the Justice Department to deliver the (perhaps heavily redacted) goods. So as one of the few events that could preempt “Today” and “Good Morning America” gets underway, here are some of the key questions surrounding the report. 

CFPB to focus on protecting consumers, not enforcing laws on financial institutions
New agency Director Kathy Kraninger gave her first public speech as director at the Bipartisan Policy Center

Kathy Kraninger, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, prepares to testify at a House Financial Services Committee hearing on March 7, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call file photo)

In her first public speech as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Kathy Kraninger said the agency would focus on supervising and working with financial institutions on protecting consumers, rather than enforcing laws against them.

Kraninger announced Wednesday that the CFPB would soon propose rules to update one of the nation’s older consumer protection statutes, which prohibits abusive practices from debt collectors. One proposal would be a clear limit on the number of phone calls per week debt collectors could make.

Johnny Cash is replacing one of the Capitol’s Civil War statues
The country music legend and civil rights leader Daisy Gatson Bates will replace controversial Civil War figures

A statue of Uriah Milton Rose of Arkansas is seen in the Capitol's Statuary Hall on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

The times are changing, and so is the marble. Arkansas is leaving behind statues of the old guard and sending a few new faces to the U.S. Capitol.

Civil rights icon Daisy Gatson Bates and musician Johnny Cash will join the Statuary Hall collection in D.C., replacing 19th-century attorney Uriah Milton Rose and statesman James Paul Clarke. The governor of Arkansas, Asa Hutchinson, made the plan official by signing a bill last week. 

Club for Growth backs a woman in 17-person North Carolina primary
Celeste Cairns is one of three women running for GOP nod in safe seat

The Club for Growth PAC has backed one of the three women vying for the GOP nomination in a safe Republican seat. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call.)

The Club for Growth PAC backed accountant Celeste Cairns in the crowded primary for North Carolina’s 3rd District on Wednesday, elevating one of three women seeking the nomination in this safe Republican seat. 

Seventeen Republicans are vying for the nomination for the eastern North Carolina seat that has been vacant since Walter B. Jones died earlier this year. A candidate must win at least 30 percent of the vote in the April 30 primary to avoid a runoff in July. 

Senators press acting ICE director over ‘deficiencies’ at prison facilities
Democratic senators led by Warren contend no one is owning responsibility for failures

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and other Senate Democrats are pressing ICE for answers on detention facility standards. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

An investigation by Senate Democrats into the operation of ICE detention facilities by private prison companies just keeps turning up more questions.

That’s according to the latest letter from Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and 10 other Democratic caucus members, including fellow 2020 presidential candidates Bernie Sanders of Vermont, Kirsten Gillibrand of New York, Kamala Harris of California and Cory Booker of New Jersey.