‘Start Here’: Dems question Barr’s obstruction conclusion, Michael Avenatti arrested

It’s Tuesday, March 26, 2019. Let’s start here.

1. Obstruction construction?

A political battle is brewing over the rest of Robert Mueller’s report.

Some Republicans, after the special counsel didn’t find direct evidence of Donald Trump’s campaign colluding with Russia, just want to move on.

Some Democrats are demanding the full report be released so they can evaluate how Attorney General William Barr determined that there wasn’t enough evidence to establish an obstruction of justice case against Trump when Mueller didn’t exonerate the president.

A memo Barr wrote last year on the investigation’s obstruction focus makes his argument “problematic,” says ABC News Chief Legal Analyst Dan Abrams.

“Before he was the attorney general, [he] was railing on this idea of even theoretically there being an obstruction of justice charge against the president,” Abrams tells “Start Here.”

2. Bicoastal

Michael Avenatti, who once represented Stormy Daniels in her lawsuit against Trump, is facing extortion and fraud charges in different jurisdictions on different coasts.

Federal prosecutors in New York have accused Avenatti of attempting to extort Nike for more than $20 million after he threatened to release damaging information about alleged payments to high school basketball players and their families. He’s also being charged with bank and wire fraud in California, where prosecutors allege he stole $1.6 million from a client’s settlement.

Avenatti, who has not yet entered a plea, said after posting bail, “I will be fully exonerated, and justice will be done.”

ABC News Senior Investigative Reporter Josh Margolin walks “Start Here” through Avenatti’s fall from grace: “There are those who immediately, yesterday, were saying that he was somebody who flew too close to the sun.”

Attorney Geoffrey Berman speaks during a news conference announcing charges against attorney Michael Avenatti with extorting more than $20 million from Nike according to a criminal complaint filed by federal authorities in New York, March 25, 2019.

(Eduardo Munoz/Reuters) Attorney Geoffrey Berman speaks during a news conference announcing charges against attorney Michael Avenatti with extorting more than $20 million from Nike according to a criminal complaint filed by federal authorities in New York, March 25, 2019.

3. ‘We still live with it every day’

The apparent suicides of a father from Sandy Hook and two Marjory Stoneman Douglas students has put a spotlight on those left in the wake of mass shootings.

Columbine survivor Missy Mendo, who founded the Rebels Project, shares on “Start Here” how she’s dedicated her life to supporting victims of mass shootings, many of whom struggle constantly with survivors guilt.

“Just because time has gone away, it does not mean that the hurt has gone away, or that the guilt has gone away,” she says. “We still live with it every day. It’s just how we learn to live with it.”

If you are in crisis, please call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK [8255] or contact the Crisis Text Line by texting TALK to 741-741.

4. Apple of Apple’s eye

Apple said on Monday it’s launching video and news subscription services as the tech giant looks to offset slowing iPhone and Mac sales.

“The bottom line of this is Apple’s bottom line,” ABC News’ Mark Remillard, who covers technology, tells us.

Roger Rosner, vice president of applications at Apple Inc., speaks during the launch of their new video streaming service, and unveiled a premium subscription tier to its News app, March 25, 2019, in Cupertino, Calif.

(Michael Short/Getty Images) Roger Rosner, vice president of applications at Apple Inc., speaks during the launch of their new video streaming service, and unveiled a premium subscription tier to its News app, March 25, 2019, in Cupertino, Calif.

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Doff your cap:

This is Lexie Carter. She’s 26 and has one of the best jobs.

Lexie Carter, 26, scours the globe for incredible travel experiences.

(Lexie Carter) Lexie Carter, 26, scours the globe for incredible travel experiences.

As a product development manager for EF Ultimate Break, a leading provider of group tours for the 18-to-29 set, Carter describes her job as being “a movie location scout, travel agent and food critic rolled up into one.”

“I want to get my boots on the ground in each region and destination we consider for a tour,” Carter writes. “I explore local neighborhoods, cities and countries, and then I seek out, experience and evaluate the best adventures each destination has to offer to build a mind-blowing itinerary.”

Her advice to young people looking for a career in travel?

“Don’t underestimate your life skills and personal experiences,” she writes. “For me, they far outweigh any lectures or exams I had in economics. Just don’t tell my econ professors that.”

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