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Barr to tell Senate: I made the Mueller report as public as possible

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As Bette Davis once said, fasten your seatbelts — it’s going to be a bumpy ride. William Barr goes before the Senate Judiciary Committee today, beginning at 10 am ET or thereabouts. This will offer Congress its first specific chance for Congress to question the Attorney General on his handling of the Robert Mueller report. The second chance — a House Judiciary meeting scheduled for tomorrow — is still not confirmed over issues of format.

Put aside Mueller’s complaints about Barr’s letter characterizing the report, Pete Williams advised on NBC’s Today earlier. The panel will almost certainly focus more on why Barr concluded that no criminal act of obstruction of justice could be gleaned from the report. That question will be complicated by Mueller’s apparent refusal to decide that for himself:

Don’t expect Barr to change his mind, either. Barr will inform Congress that the Department of Justice’s interest in all issues relating to Mueller’s investigation — with the exception of prosecuting those indicted by Mueller — has come to an end. From here on out, the matter is political rather than legal:

“The responsibility of the Department of Justice, when it comes to law enforcement, is to determine whether crimes have been committed and to prosecute those crimes under the principles of federal prosecution,” Barr will tell lawmakers Wednesday, according to prepared remarks. “With the completion of the Special Counsel’s investigation and the resulting prosecutorial decisions, the department’s work on this matter is at an end.” …

“From here on, the exercise of responding and reacting to the report is a matter for the American people and the political process,” Barr said in his prepared remarks. “As I’m sure you agree, it is vitally important for the Department of Justice to stand apart from the political process and not be become an adjunct of it.”

Barr will say the Justice Department plans to continue prosecutions that are already underway now and will have a separate investigation into the FBI’s conduct during the Russia investigation, and ultimately issue a report on bureau’s use of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

“Once a prosecutor has exhausted his investigation into the facts of a case, he or she faces a binary choice: either to commence or to decline procession,” Barr will say. “The appointment of a Special Counsel and the investigation of the conduct of the President of the United States do not change these rules.”

In his opening statement, Barr also plans to argue that he was as transparent as possible when it comes to the Mueller report. Barr will emphasize that only eight percent of the report was redacted from the public, and a private version for Congressional leadership only had two percent redacted. Furthermore, the redactions were done in cooperation with Mueller’s team:

We made every effort to ensure that the redactions were as limited as possible. According to one analysis, just eight percent of the public report was redacted. And my understanding is that less than two percent has been withheld in the minimally redacted version made available to Congressional leaders. While the Deputy Attorney General and I selected the categories of redactions, the redactions themselves were made by Department of Justice attorneys working closely with attorneys from the Special Counsel’s Office. These lawyers consulted with the prosecutors handling ongoing matters and with members of the intelligence  community who reviewed selected portions of the report to advise on redactions. The Deputy Attorney General and I did not overrule any of the redaction decisions, nor did we request that any additional material
be redacted.

What about Barr’s letter to Congress? Someone conveniently leaked out Mueller’s unhappiness about it last night before Barr’s appearance, and no doubt Barr will get a ton of questions about it. Barr attempts to head off this debate in his statement, too:

After the Special Counsel submitted the confidential report on March 22, I determined that it was in the public interest for the Department to announce the investigation’s bottom-line conclusions—that is, the determination whether a provable crime has been committed or not. I did so in my March 24 letter. I did not believe that it was in the public interest to release additional portions of the report in piecemeal fashion, leading to public debate over incomplete information. My main focus was the prompt release of a public version of the report so that Congress and the American people could read it for themselves and draw their own conclusions.

Most of this has already been argued in both directions. This won’t stop Democrats on the Senate Judiciary Committee from arguing that Barr misled them, especially with Mueller’s objections now a part of the semi-public record. Republicans will argue that Mueller’s objections didn’t include allegations of being misleading or inaccurate, but only that the media would get it wrong and skew the debate. Besides, as Pete Williams says above, we already have the report. Barr’s letter was one moment in time; with the full report in hand, people can draw their conclusions directly.

Needless to say, it’s not going to be a fun day for William Barr on Capitol Hill. It might be a bit easier than tomorrow will be if the House Judiciary Committee comes to terms with Barr on the format, but the difference will be incremental at best. PBS will stream it live on their YouTube channel, so join the live audience if you miss the days when we fed captives to the lions. At least this one can bite back if he so chooses.

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Mueller objected to AG Barr’s description of his conclusions

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller sent Attorney General William Barr a letter last month saying he disagreed with how Barr had framed the conclusions of his report. From the Washington Post:

“The summary letter the Department sent to Congress and released to the public late in the afternoon of March 24 did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance of this office’s work and conclusions,” Mueller wrote. “There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation. This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Department appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations.”

The letter made a key request: that Barr release the 448-page report’s introductions and executive summaries, and made some initial suggested redactions for doing so, according to Justice Department officials.

A day after he sent the letter, Barr and Mueller had a 15-minute phone conversation in which they discussed the issue. Barr pressed Mueller on whether there were any inaccuracies in his letter and Mueller reportedly said there were not but was still unhappy with the media coverage of it:

In that call, Mueller said he was concerned that media coverage of the obstruction investigation was misguided and creating public misunderstandings about the office’s work, according to Justice Department officials. Mueller did not express similar concerns about the public discussion of the investigation of Russia’s election interference, the officials said.

When Barr pressed Mueller on whether he thought Barr’s memo to Congress was inaccurate, Mueller said he did not, but felt that the media coverage of it was misinterpreting the investigation, officials said.

Specifically, Mueller was apparently upset that Barr’s letter was being described by the media as a “summary” which explains why Barr himself later expressed frustration that the media called it a summary.

A couple of weeks ago the NY Times reported that some of Robert Mueller’s investigators (none were named) thought the final report was more damaging to Trump than AG Barr’s description of it. I speculated this was sour grapes coming from some of the more partisan members of Mueller’s team. Now it appears the unnamed investigators were just following the boss’ lead. The Times reports the disagreement had been building for some time, with AG Barr upset that Mueller failed to reach a definite conclusion in the report.

Mr. Barr and senior Justice Department officials were frustrated with how Mr. Mueller ended his investigation and crafted his report, according to the two people with knowledge of the discussions and another person briefed on the matter.

They expressed irritation that Mr. Mueller fell short of his assignment by declining to make a decision about whether Mr. Trump broke the law. That left Mr. Barr to clear Mr. Trump without the special counsel’s backing.

But the question now is why this story about the letter is being leaked to both the Times and the Post. If the goal is to get the pro-impeachment crowd worked up again the story seems to be working:

Yesterday Ed wrote about the NY Times seemingly coming to terms with the fact that there just isn’t a huge groundswell of support for impeachment in most of the country. This story reads like a last-ditch effort to push Democrats to keep pursuing it anyway.

I’m not convinced this is going anywhere. Nancy Pelosi seems to be reading the mood of the country pretty clearly even if some on her left flank don’t like it. Pursuing impeachment on obstruction could backfire given the lack of an underlying crime and the fact that Mueller himself said the evidence could be viewed in different ways. Without real support for such a move, Democrats could pay a price for overreaching in 2020.

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As Nadler Tries to Change the Ground Rules, Barr Threatens to Cancel His Planned Testimony Before House Judiciary Committee on Thursday

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Attorney General William Barr is scheduled to testify voluntarily before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday and the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday about his handling of the Mueller Report.

However, as Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler tries to change the rules, Barr has threatened to skip his appearance on Thursday.

Specifically, instead of Barr being questioned by members of the committee, Nadler would like Judiciary committee staff to ask the questions.

Fox News’ Gregg Re spoke to a DOJ official who said, “The attorney general agreed to appear before Congress; therefore Congress does the questioning.”

According to the Associated Press, “a senior Democratic committee aide said Justice officials also told the committee that they are opposed to the panel’s plan to go into a closed session if members want to discuss redacted portions of Mueller’s report.”

Talks between House Democrats and DOJ officials are expected to resume on Monday.

A spokesperson for House Judiciary Committee Republicans told Fox News:

Attorney General Barr wasn’t asked to testify before the committee—he offered. He provided the Mueller report voluntarily. He invited Democrat leaders to view the less redacted report in person. Yet the only thing, apparently, that will satisfy Democrats, who refuse to read the less redacted report, is to have staff pinch hit when a cabinet-level official appears before us.

What actual precedent is there for our committee making such demands of a sitting attorney general as part of our oversight duties? The attorney general isn’t a fact witness, and this committee’s investigations—as Democrat leadership reminds us daily—don’t constitute impeachment, so Democrats have yet to prove their demands anything but abusive and illogical in light of the transparency and good faith the attorney general has shown our committee.

The House Democrats have found fault with nearly every move Barr has made since Robert Mueller submitted his report. They seem to ignore the fact that Barr is under no legal obligation to have released the report at all.

Frustrated over the report’s conclusion that the Trump campaign did not collude with the Russians, they have shifted over to an obstruction of justice narrative, just as Mueller intended. But as evidence of the biggest frame-up in history accumulates, continued attempts by House Democrats to search for impeachable offenses are beginning to look more and more foolish.

House Democrats have issued a subpoena to obtain an unreacted copy of the report. And Barr has agreed to make the “full report, minus grand jury material (which legally must be withheld), available to a limited group of members — an offer that Democrats have so far refused. The dispute could eventually end up in court.”

Sure looks like Nadler and company are overplaying what has become a rather weak hand. Other than continuing to push a dead narrative against President Trump, they will have no accomplishments to point to in 2020. This can’t end well for them.

Even comedian Bill Maher agrees this is not a winning strategy.

 

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That time when Bill Maher skewered Adam Schiff about “stalking” Trump

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When Adam Schiff has lost Bill Maher, he’s in new territory. Maher may still be a supporter of the California representative but he actually called Schiff out on his obsession with alleged wrongdoings by President Trump and his 2016 campaign. It is music to my ears.

My sister sent me a clip of Friday’s Real Time with Bill Maher and it is fun to watch Schiff squirm. As he and Maher begin to discuss the Mueller report, Maher notes that the report was looked upon by Trump opponents as “the big gun”. Then, because nothing came in the report’s findings that are impeachable offenses, Maher said to Schiff, “Now it just looks like you’re stalking him”. Yes. Yes, it does, Bill Maher. Schiff looks a little stunned at Maher’s observation, no doubt because he is usually hailed as a leader of #TheResistance. How could Bill Maher give him a dose of truth?

Rep. Schiff, who seemed taken aback by the “stalking” comment, responded, “I’m not there yet on impeachment. I may get there—he may get me there—but here’s the awful dilemma that we face: if we don’t impeach him, that sends a message that this kind of conduct—this obstruction of justice, this kind of willing use of the help of a foreign adversary, all the lies and cover-up—that this is non-impeachable. At the same time, if we do impeach him, and he is acquitted, as he would likely be acquitted, then the message is: those are non-impeachable offenses.”

He concluded: “At the end of the day, Bill, there is only one way to deal with the problem whether we impeach him or not, and that is to vote his ass out of office.”

Adam Schiff lost his mind long ago about collusion and the Trump campaign. He boldly stated with certainty that he had evidence of collusion. As happens with Democrats and their cohorts in the media, Schiff hasn’t been asked to cough up that evidence in light of the Mueller report which reaches another conclusion. He ironically notes that the 2020 election is a way to end Trump’s governance. He’s a guy that can’t seem to accept the results of the 2016 presidential election but he knows that impeachment isn’t going to happen. He and the Democrats just have to keep voters ginned up so they will come out to vote.

Schiff is bewildered that Robert Mueller actually did his job and didn’t deviate from established law or procedure. He then went on to admit, when pressed by Maher, that he is advising Democrat candidates not to talk about Russia. Maher points out that most of America really isn’t paying much attention to the Mueller report other than to hear the bottom line of its findings. And, he pointed out that all he hears Schiff and other Democrat leaders talk about is Trump and the potential to begin impeachment proceedings, not issues that Americans care about like health care, for example.

In his HBO show’s monologue, Maher has plenty to say about Mueller and his disgust with the report. He refers to “Prosecutor Jesus”, a nod to the anticipation felt by Trump’s opposition that the Mueller report would save America from the bad Orange Man. Classy.

“For over two years America has had a crazy person in the White House and for over two years the Democrats have done f— all about it because they were waiting for Mueller. We all sat around waiting for ‘Prosecutor Jesus’ to turn in his big report. And he came back with, ‘Ask someone else,’” Maher said during the show’s “New Rules” segment.

“We needed Superman and we got Clark Kent.”

Not all heroes wear capes. Robert Mueller did his job. Yes, he punted when it came to the counts of obstruction and kicked it back to Congress but the big issue of collusion – the original mandate of the special counsel – is finished. Unless Nancy Pelosi completely loses control of the House members begging for impeachment hearings to begin, which is always a possibility considering the state of the Democrat Party right now, the soft coup has been avoided and Democrats will just have to try and remove President Trump the old fashioned way – with an election. For success in that endeavor, even Adam Schiff knows that Russia, Russia, Russia isn’t going to cut it.

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How the FBI Hid Behind Robert Mueller to Avoid Their Corruption on the Steele Dossier

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To this day, the FBI has largely gone unchecked for their use of the Steele dossier to so heavily pursue the Trump campaign (and administration). The document has been exposed as abject garbage, with literally not one of it’s salacious Trump related claims being verified. You know it’s bad when even The New York Times is now deflecting their malpractice by admitting it looks like it was a Russian misinformation campaign.

Last year, as the Republican House was conducting it’s investigations, they managed to bring in several FBI officials for questioning. In one of these sessions, the credibility of the Steele dossier came up as a topic.

“There were meetings with Mr. McCabe about the Russia investigation that involved discussions of the various reports that were generated by Chris Steele that we had received, both with respect to the content of the reports as well as what we had learned about Christopher — we, I’m sorry — the FBI investigative team had learned about facts that might bear on his credibility as a source,” Anderson said in the Oct. 31, 2018 interview, a transcript of which was obtained by The Daily Caller News Foundation.

“And what were those facts? You had mentioned the contents. More specifically, what were these discussions about? But start with the credibility issues,” a congressional staffer asked Anderson.

Anderson did not say when the meetings occurred. Nor did she say what the possible credibility issues might have been.

What was her excuse for not elaborating on those issues of credibility?

When asked for further details, an FBI attorney intervened to say that Anderson could not answer more questions because they “pertain to matters that are being looked at by the special counsel and its investigation.”

Of course. The rush to hide behind Robert Mueller, claiming they can’t speak plainly about Christopher Steele’s failings, has been a mainstay of the FBI’s obfuscation on the matter. Logically, this makes little sense as Steele’s lack of credibility being exposed would have done nothing to obstruct or interfere with Mueller’s investigation. Despite that, Steele has been handled with kid gloves throughout this process.

You’d be forgiven for suspecting the FBI is actually trying to protect him. Their behavior says they are trying to do just that.

Furthermore, we know their excuse was basically nonsense. Mueller’s report is out and the Steele dossier is barely mentioned and only in passing. He wasn’t in fact doing a deep dive into it to report on it’s credibility, stopping the FBI from commenting on it at the time. You’d think the major document that propelled and fueled the Trump investigation for years would be something Mueller would care about, but I guess not.

Here’s the thing though. The Mueller investigation is over. So you’d think the FBI would now be willing to talk about this stuff.

The FBI declined to comment for this article. Anderson, who now works in private practice, also declined to comment.

No comment? What’s their excuse now?

Essentially, what happened here is that the FBI purposely ran out the clock until Democrats took over the House. That was intentional. The constant obfuscation, the dodging of questions, the claiming of different levels of privilege, and hiding behind Mueller were all calculated to ride out the Republican investigations. Given that the DOJ was so toothless under Jeff Sessions, perhaps they thought they’d successfully bury their actions.

That’s hopefully not going to be the case with AG Bill Barr now in charge. He’s already ruffled feathers by stating the plain truth that the Trump campaign was spied on. Whatever investigation he’s started needs to start naming names and doing so soon. Steele is at the center of all this and needs to be thoroughly exposed along with every official who perpetrated this hoax. If the FBI used Steele’s material while knowing he had credibility issues, that makes what happened even worse.

While some on the right are saying Trump should just let this go, I disagree. This goes past strategies for winning in 2020. All of this malfeasance has to be exposed to the sunlight for the betterment of the country. Elections be damned. It’s time for some accountability.

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President Trump Vows to Declassify and Make Public All Mueller Report Documents

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Ever since the Mueller report summary was released by Attorney General William Barr, the House Democrats have been demanding to see all the documents involved in the report. Never mind that the “Gang of Eight” can see the documents, less grand jury testimony, if they wish. It has become clear that the release of the background material is actually a smoke screen. The easy proof of this is remembering the way the Democrats (and Vichy Republicans) howled when Devin Nunes pressed to declassify many documents associated with the Mueller investigation. At that time we were told that Nunes’s request, and the modest acquiescence to that request by the White House, was tantamount for treason. What the Democrats want is an issue (see Fat Jerry Nadler’s Committee Issues Subpoena For The Mueller Report). They know the secret documents will not help their case…and the more we learn the more there is reason to doubt that they will make Mueller’s report look like anything more than a hit job…but as long as they can demand that the documents be made public, they and their media fluffers can continue to spin the collusion hoax to a credulous Democrat base.

Time may be running out on that strategy.

Yesterday, President Trump gave an interview to his go-to guy, Sean Hannity, and, if he makes good on what he said, it will be a very unpleasant gamechanger for the Democrats and for Mueller.

HANNITY: One last question. Will you declassify the FISA application, the Gang of Eight material, those 302s, what we call on his program “the bucket of five?”

TRUMP: Yes. Everything is going to be declassified. And more, much more, than what you just mentioned. It will all be declassified and I’m glad I waited. Because I thought maybe they would obstruct if I did it early. And I think I was right. So, I’m glad I waited and now the Attorney General can take a look at, a very strong look at, whatever it is, but it will be declassified and more than what you just mentioned.

The best thing for the nation is a complete release of this material. Including grand jury testimony. There is no equity in the intelligence community that is related to the Mueller investigation that is worth protecting at the cost of political paralysis. If the grand jury testimony can’t be released, then someone needs to “leave in on the seat of a taxi” and ensure the right person recovers it and puts it online and available to the public. It is a safe bet that there is nothing in the report that is going to show Trump is as bad a light as it will show the people who connived to try to drive an elected president from office based on fraud.

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The Strange and Unexplained Coincidences in the Mueller Report Continue to Pile Up

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So far I’ve plowed through Volume I of the Mueller report and it is about as underwhelming as many of thought it would be. What is notable about the report is that it is not really an investigation of any substantial type. By that I mean it is a political polemic that is calculated to put President Trump and his campaign in the worst possible light while ignoring some rather sizable elephants in the room.

For instance, there is zero interest, at least that is reflected in the report, in the genesis of the Steele Dossier. A document that even the New York Times is now hypothesizing is a Russian disinformation product (see The New York Times Takes Another Look at the Steele Dossier and Reaches an Astonishing Conclusion and If This New York Times Reporter Suspected the Dossier Was a Fraud Why Is He Only Reporting on It Now). There is no mention that the Russian lawyer at the center of the Trump Tower meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, had been banned from the US but received a last minute waiver from the Obama State Department to attend the meeting (see REMINDER: Russian Lawyer Implicated In Trump Tower Meeting Granted Last-Minute U.S. Entry By Obama Administration) among other omissions (see Somehow Robert Mueller Manages to Omit Some Very Interesting Information From His Report on the Trump Tower Meeting). And no point was the use of fraudulent information to obtain FISA warrants on Carter Page looked at (If the Carter Page FISA Affidavits Were False Was the FBI Guilty of Perjury).

The other interesting thing which is ignored it FBI affiliation with Stefan Halper and Christopher Steele and the intelligence links of Joseph Mifsud (right now he’s laying low in a corporate apartment owned by Link University, an Italian university that is viewed by many as being an adjunct to the Italian security services). But there is one connection in particular where the omission fires off red star clusters and begs to be rescued. This is the case of a Russian-American named Henry Oknyansky or Henry Greenberg. This is how Mueller describes the incident

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Long story short. Greenberg/Oknyansky tells someone who is a friend of Michael Caputo that he has information, presumably derogatory information, on Hillary Clinton. The dog that didn’t bark here is the fact that Greenberg/Oknyansky was an FBI informant:

A Russian man that offered to sell damaging information on Hillary Clinton to the campaign of then-candidate Donald Trump revealed in earlier court documents that he had been a long-time FBI informant.

The man, Henry Greenberg, offered to sell the unspecified information for $2 million in late May, 2016, but the Trump campaign associate refused.

Greenberg, who also used the name Oknyansky, filed two dozen documents with a federal court in 2015, showing an FBI agent repeatedly brokered his entry into the United States on a special visa for people assisting law enforcement.

“I cooperated with the FBI for 17 years, often put my life in danger,” he said in an Aug. 18, 2015, court declaration under oath.

The investigator collected extensive court records, media articles, and social media posts that showed Greenberg, 59, has an extensive criminal record of assault with a deadly weapon, theft, assault, DUI, and domestic violence in the United States, and at least two charges of theft in Russia, totalling $5 million.

In the 2015 court papers, Greenberg said he stopped working with the FBI in 2013 after his handler retired and the FBI Miami Field Office failed to deliver on a promise to get him an immigrant visa, and instead handed him over to Homeland Security for deportation.

However, he hasn’t been deported since.

Isn’t this the sort of thing that would at least rate a footnote? An FBI informant dangling bait in front of a member of the Trump campaign seems a bit coincidental. And if there is one thing this report is chock full of, it is unexplained coincidences.

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Church is now fair game for reporters to target public figures

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One nice thing about Easter is that it’s a day for prayer, quiet contemplation, gratitude and family. It’s good to have a break from the grind of politics and media outrage where everyone can decompress for a little while. Or at least that’s how it looks from the fantasy world I apparently live in. Back in real life, it was anything but. Robert Mueller found that out the hard way when he attempted to attend church services at St. John’s Episcopal church.

You might think that would be one of the places most free of poisonous politics to be found anywhere near the Beltway. You would be wrong. A reporter from MSNBC was waiting to ambush Mueller as soon as the services ended. (Washington Times)

Easter Sunday is no break from the D.C. paparazzi.

MSNBC reporter Mike Viqueira tried to ambush special counsel Robert Mueller as he left Sunday services at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Washington, asking whether he would testify before Congress.

“No comment,” Mr. Mueller said.

“Are you sure about that, sir?” Mr. Viqueira persisted.

An expressionless Mr. Mueller replied: “No comment.”

Our friend Mickey White joined in on calling some of the current crop of MSNBC reporters paparazzi at this point, prompting National Review’s Jim Geraghty to point out the flaw in this reporter’s strategy.

I’m old enough to remember when Democrats were telling activists to seek out their political enemies in public places like restaurants and not allow them space to live their private lives. But did that apply to the media? And even if it did, isn’t there some sort of line remaining between a restaurant and a church on Easter Sunday?

Apparently not. I’m neither a Mueller cheerleader nor attack dog. Honestly, I’d say the same thing if MSNBC had done this to Elizabeth Warren. (At least in some fictional universe where MSNBC reporters would actually do anything to upset a Democrat.) The guy was coming out of the church. On Easter. Do you really think he was in the mood to do a walk and talk interview right then? Also, he has an office you could have contacted.

Mike Viqueira apparently feels no remorse over the incident. He freely admitted that “yes, we did surprise director Mueller upon his exiting of the church.” He justified the ambush by saying that this was “the first time we have heard from Bob Mueller in quite some time.” I see. And now you’ve heard from him. You heard him say “no comment” twice. I’m sure your viewers feel incredibly well informed after that scoop.

Mueller was technically out in public at that point, so I highly doubt there were any laws broken. But don’t all of the networks – even MSNBC – have set standards in place for how their journalists go about doing their jobs? If one of Mueller’s grandchildren was about to become a parent, would the network condone Viqueira rushing into the delivery room with a cameraman and a microphone to shout out a few questions? This all just seems beyond the pale. The problem isn’t that so many of our traditional rules have gone out the window. It’s that we’re not even bothering to replace them with new rules.

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Somehow Robert Mueller Manages to Omit Some Very Interesting Information From His Report on the Trump Tower Meeting

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As I posted on Thursday, one of the things the Mueller report did was effectively debunk the entire story of the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower between several members of President Trump’s inner circle and a Russian lawyer with ties to the Kremlin. This is the summary from the Mueller report:

On June 9, 2016, senior representatives of the Trump Campaign met in Trump Tower with a Russian attorney expecting to receive derogatory information about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government. The meeting was proposed to Donald Trump Jr. in an email from Robert Goldstone, at the request of his then?client Emin Agalarov, the son of Russian real-estate developer Aras Agalarov. Goldstone relayed to Trump Jr. that the “Crown prosecutor of Russia . . . offered to provide the Trump Campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia” as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” Trump Jr. immediately responded that “if it’s what you say I love it,” and arranged the meeting through a series of emails and telephone calls.

Trump Jr. invited campaign chairman Paul Manafort and senior adviser Jared Kushner to attend the meeting, and both attended. Members of the Campaign discussed the meeting before it occurred, and Michael Cohen recalled that Trump Jr. may have told candidate Trump about an upcoming meeting to receive adverse information about Clinton, without linking the meeting to Russia. According to written answers submitted by President Trump, he has no recollection of learning of the meeting at the time, and the Office found no documentary evidence showing that he was made aware of the meeting?or its Russian connection?before it occurred.

The Russian attorney who spoke at the meeting, Natalia Veselnitskaya, had previously worked for the Russian government and maintained a relationship with that government throughout this period of time. She claimed that funds derived from illegal activities in Russia were provided to Hillary Clinton and other Democrats. Trump Jr. requested evidence to support those claims, but Veselnitskaya did not provide such information. She and her associates then turned to a critique of the origins of the Magnitsky Act, a 2012 statute that imposed financial and travel sanctions on Russian officials and that resulted in a retaliatory ban on adoptions of Russian children. Trump Jr. suggested that the issue could be revisited when and if candidate Trump was elected. After the election, Veselnitskaya made additional efforts to follow up on the meeting, but the Trump Transition Team did not engage.

The worst that Mueller could come up with about this meeting was that had Veselnitskaya produced the information there was a tenuous campaign finance violation if the information were not declared as an in-kind gift to the campaign (see page 185 of Volume I of Mueller’s report).

For all of that, the 800-lb gorilla in the room is what Mueller doesn’t report.

1. He doesn’t report that Natalia Veselnitskaya was a stringer for Fusion GPS in its efforts to have Magnitsky Act sanctions lifted on Oleg Deripaska.
2. He doesn’t report that Rinat Akhmetshin held a similar relationship with Fusion GPS. See SHOCKER. You Won’t Believe Who Employed The “Former Soviet Counterintelligence Official” In Trump Meeting.
3. He doesn’t report that Veselnitskaya was banned from entering the United States during the time of the meeting but for some reason the Obama State Department gave her a waiver. See Senator Charles Grassley Has A Huge Question About Donald Trump Jr.’S Meet-Up With The Russian Lawyer [UPDATED] (VIDEO).
4. He doesn’t mention that Veselnitskaya met with Fusion GPS honcho Glenn Simpson before and after the Trump Tower meeting. See And Who Exactly Did That Kremlin Lawyer Meet With Before And After The Famous Trump Tower Meeting?
5. Mueller does a lot of hand-waving about Veselnistkaya working on behalf of a Russian businessman named Peter Katsyv and Prevezon Holdings and ignores her lobbying on behalf of Oleg Deripaska, a Fusion GPS client and an FBI asset during the time Mueller was FBI director. See There Might Be A Very Good Reason Why Mueller Is Not Indicting Paul Manafort’s Russian Business Partner.

This omission of seemingly relevant background details in not unique. There are other instances in the report where connections between persons who are insinuated to be working in behalf of the Russian government also had links to the FBI.

The paint a picture of an investigation that is more intent upon reinforcing the

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President Trump: Mueller Report Contains Some Statements That Are ‘Total Bulls**t, Fabricated’

The mainstream media is criticizing a pair of tweets President Trump sent out this morning.

In the first tweet, he writes “Watch out for people that take so-called “notes,” when the notes never existed until needed.” Trump is referring to former White House counsel Don McGahn. He was in the habit of taking notes during meetings with Trump, who found the practice annoying.

The Mueller Report quotes Trump as saying to McGahn, “Why do you take notes? Lawyers don’t take notes. I never had a lawyer who took notes.”

The friction actually started between Trump and McGahn in June 2017 when, according to the report, Trump directed him to “inform the Acting Attorney General that Mueller should be removed as special counsel. McGahn threatened to resign and Trump backed down. Trump later ordered McGahn to deny that he had tried to fire Mueller. McGahn refused.” Trump accepted that.

Can anyone really blame President Trump for wanting to fire Mueller? He knew he had not colluded with Russia and that this was a bogus investigation which was hurting both his presidency and the country. Mueller had also interviewed with and been rejected by Trump for his old job as FBI Director the day before he was appointed to the special counsel. As a Washington insider, he never should have been considered for the special counsel. He was as conflicted a candidate as he could possibly be.

This incident is listed in the report and in every media outlet’s list of the top takeaways from the report as an area of potential obstruction of justice.

What is even more interesting is what was excluded from the report. The Wall Street Journal’s Kimberly Strassel wrote an excellent analysis on the entire report which can be read here.

Strassel writes:

Note as well what isn’t in the report. It makes only passing, bland references to the genesis of so many of the accusations Mr. Mueller probed: the infamous dossier produced by opposition-research firm Fusion GPS and paid for by the Hillary Clinton campaign. How do you exonerate Mr. Page without delving into the scandalous Moscow deeds of which he was falsely accused? How do you narrate an entire section on the July 2016 Trump Tower meeting without noting that Ms. Veselnitskaya was working alongside Fusion? How do you detail every aspect of the Papadopoulos accusations while avoiding any detail of the curious and suspect ways that those accusations came back to the FBI via Australia’s Alexander Downer?

The report instead mostly reads as a lengthy defense of the FBI—of its shaky claims about how its investigation began, of its far-fetched theories, of its procedures, even of its leadership. One of the more telling sections concerns Mr. Comey’s firing. Mr. Mueller’s team finds it generally beyond the realm of possibility that the FBI director was canned for incompetence or insubordination. It treats everything the FBI or Mr. Comey did as legitimate, even as it treats everything the president did as suspect.

In the end, it was a political document written by a team of two dozen highly partisan Democrats. It was never going to be an objective report.

As Mueller intended, it has unleashed a new round of investigations.

But, this time, Trump has some weapons.

 

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