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DOJ reveals no Mueller grand jury material shared with any foreign government

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The Justice Department disclosed in a court filing Friday that no protected information from the grand jury empaneled by then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller was shared with any foreign government.

The information was disclosed in response to queries from a federal judge in Washingon presiding over a related request by the House Judiciary Committee for the release of certain grand jury material, including redacted portions of Mueller’s report.

Chief Judge Beryl Howell on Tuesday had ordered the department to disclose said material from Mueller’s Russia investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow. The Justice Department fought the case.

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Howell had ordered the department to reveal which and how many FBI witness interview reports were turned over to the committee, as well as how many they planned to turn over, according to The Washington Post.

The judge also ordered that the DOJ state by Friday whether Mueller’s team had disclosed grand jury information when asking for help from other countries, saying she wanted to know if the department was withholding information from Congress that was already shared with foreign countries.

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“No grand jury information collected from the Mueller investigation and protected from disclosure was shared with any foreign government as part of a Mutual Legal Assistant Treaty (MLAT) request,” and no information was shared pursuant to a rule that governs any mutual assistance treaty with another nation or disclosure to another law enforcement agency, according to court documents.

The court asked “whether grand jury secrecy is the only basis for redaction for those parts of the Mueller report where grand jury secrecy redactions were applied and, if not, what other bases for withholding apply,” court documents stated.

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“In a limited number of instances, grand jury redactions in the Mueller report overlapped with other bases for withholding,” which included “personal privacy, deliberations with respect to charging decisions, protecting ongoing law enforcement matters and protecting information the disclosure of which would affect fair trial rights,” the Justice Department said in its response.

The Justice Department released a redacted version of the Mueller report in April.

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Fox News’ Bill Mears, Ashley Cozzolino and Brie Stimson contributed to this report.

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Marc Thiessen: Nothing wrong with Trump asking foreign governments to help investigate Mueller probe origins

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President Trump’s critics are now complaining that he asked the Australian prime minister to cooperate with the Justice Department’s investigation into the origins of the Mueller probe and that Attorney General William Barr has traveled overseas to ask foreign intelligence officials to cooperate with that investigation.

The New York Times called it another example of “the president using high-level diplomacy to advance his personal political interests.”

No, it’s not. The president’s critics are conflating two different things: the investigation by Trump’s private lawyer, Rudolph Giuliani, into Hunter Biden’s business dealings, and the official inquiry by U.S. Attorney John Durham into the counterintelligence investigation directed at the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

The former is opposition research activity; the latter is a criminal justice matter.

There is absolutely nothing wrong with asking foreign heads of state or intelligence officials to cooperate with an official Justice Department investigation. As George Washington University law professor Jonathan Turley explains: “It is not uncommon for an attorney general, or even a president, to ask foreign leaders to assist with ongoing investigations. Such calls can shortcut bureaucratic red tape, particularly if the evidence is held, as in this case, by national security or justice officials.”

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Americans support the Durham probe. For two years, they were told by Trump’s opponents that the president was “working on behalf of the Russians” and had committed “treasonous” acts that were of “a size and scope probably beyond Watergate.”

Those were serious accusations, and Americans took them seriously. They waited for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to tell them whether the president had indeed betrayed the country.

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Then Mueller issued his report, and they found out that none of it was true. They understandably wanted answers.

How did it come to pass that our government was paralyzed for two years and spent tens of millions of their tax dollars, chasing a Trump-Russia collusion conspiracy theory?

A Harvard CAPS-Harris Poll following the Mueller report’s public release found that 53 percent of Americans said that “bias against President Trump in the FBI played a role in launching investigations against him,” and 62 percent supported appointing a special counsel to investigate the investigation of Trump.

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Instead of a special counsel, Barr appointed Durham, a career prosecutor, to lead the investigation that Americans demanded. Durham is a man of unimpeachable character who was appointed by Obama administration Attorney General Eric Holder to investigate the CIA’s terrorist interrogation program.

At the conclusion of that probe, which ended without any criminal charges, Holder praised Durham for working “tirelessly to conduct an extraordinarily thorough and complete” investigation.

Now Barr has asked Durham to bring the same tireless professionalism to his investigation into the origins of the Mueller probe. But suddenly, all those who were so eager to find out what happened in 2016 when they thought Mueller would reveal that Trump conspired with the Russians have lost interest.

The same people who were outraged at Trump’s efforts to discredit the Mueller probe are now doing the exact same thing to the Durham probe. Back then, Democrats insisted Trump stop criticizing the investigation and “let Mueller follow the facts wherever they lead.” Now they need to heed their own advice: Stop criticizing the investigation.

Let Durham follow the facts wherever they lead. If there was no wrongdoing, then there is nothing to worry about.

To be sure, Trump bears some responsibility for helping Democrats lump together Durham’s official investigation with Giuliani’s partisan activities by mentioning them both on the call with Ukraine’s president.

There should be a firewall between the two inquiries. Instead, Trump and Giuliani have blurred those lines.

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But keep in mind, it was Democrats who told us there is nothing wrong or illegal with a presidential candidate hiring a private lawyer to conduct opposition research in a foreign country on their political opponents. After it emerged that the Clinton campaign and the DNC had paid Christopher Steele to dig up dirt in Russia on Trump, the Democrats’ defense was: That’s just opposition research. Everyone does it.

The biggest problem with the Steele dossier was not that Democrats paid for opposition research, but that the FBI might have used it as the basis for spying on the Trump campaign – which is part of what Durham is investigating.

Durham is no partisan actor. Despite political pressure, he cleared the CIA of wrongdoing during the Obama administration. Like Mueller, he will follow the facts wherever they lead. Maybe that is why so many Democrats are up in arms.

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Graham calls out NY Times report saying Trump ‘pressed’ Aussie PM

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., criticized a report by the New York Times that claimed President Trump “pressed” the prime minister of Australia for information to discredit the probe conducted by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, calling it an “effort” to shut down Attorney General William Barr‘s investigation.

“This New York Times article about Barr talking to Australia is the beginning of an effort to shut down Barr’s investigation to find out how this whole thing started,” Graham said on “Hannity” Monday.

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A Justice Department official told Fox News on Monday that Barr asked Trump to make introductions to foreign countries that might have had information pertinent to U.S. Attorney John Durham’s ongoing probe into possible misconduct by the intelligence community at the outset of the Russia investigation.

But, a person familiar with the situation told Fox News it would be wrong to say Trump “pressed” the Australian prime minister for information that could have discredited Mueller’s now-completed probe, as the New York Times reported earlier Monday.

Graham said that Barr should be talking with Australia as well as the U.K. and Italy in order to do his job properly.  He also said he would write a letter to those three countries asking them to cooperate with Barr and cited a letter his colleagues sent to Ukraine last year asking them to cooperate with Mueller or the U.S. would stop sending aid.

“So here’s what I want American people to know: it’s OK to cooperate with Mueller to get Trump but it’s not OK to cooperate with Barr to find out if Trump was the victim of an out-of-control intelligence operation,” Graham said. “We’re not going to have a country like that.”

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The senator told host Sean Hannity it “bothered him” that “the left” would say it was wrong for Barr to talk with other countries.

“This New York Times article is an effort to stop Barr from looking at how this whole thing began in 2016 regarding the Trump campaign,” Graham said. “What are they afraid of.”

Fox News’ Gregg Re and Jake Gibson contributed to this report.

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Ed Henry challenges Dem lawmaker on Trump impeachment push in fiery exchange

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Fox News correspondent Ed Henry challenged a top Democratic lawmaker Friday on his party’s decision to move forward with an impeachment inquiry into President Trump.

Henry asked House Armed Services Committee Member John Garamendi, D-Calif., on “The Story” why Democrats should bring such a motion forward if all of the facts surrounding Trump’s phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky have not yet been borne out.

“You’re hanging this though, on the idea that there should be impeachment here, on second-hand information from a whistleblower,” Henry said.

Garamendi responded, saying the whistleblower’s account is a good basis for the Democrats’ probe.

“That leads us to the investigations that are surely going to take place,” he said.

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The whistleblower clearly identifies… the kind of people that he talked to,” Garamendi said. “And apparently, this is an assumption based upon the written testimony from the inspector general, that the inspector general collaborated the information that the whistleblower brought forth — so the inspector general surely must’ve talked to one or more of those people.”

Henry, however, further pressed the lawmaker on opening an impeachment investigation prior to receiving a first-hand account of the call.

“Shouldn’t you have had these facts and not had assumptions before you actually move ahead with an impeachment inquiry?” he asked.

Garamendi assured Henry the facts in the case “will be forthcoming” — calling the Ukraine matter “clearly a shakedown” later in his interview.

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“It’s a very simple process now to bring into the hearing, under oath, the people with whom the whistleblower communicated.”

In response, Henry repeated his question.

“Shouldn’t you have had the facts in this case before you moved in ‘full-steam-ahead’?”

Garamendi said the Ukraine situation is just the latest of several matters that would lead to a probe into Trump.

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He said the Mueller report on the Russia investigation suggested an “effort by the president to obstruct justice,” though he admitted that former Special Counsel Robert Mueller did a “very bad job of explaining what he had found.”

“We’ve also held hearings on the Emoluments issue,” Garamendi added, referencing the Emoluments Clause in the Constitution, which prohibits federal officials from accepting benefits from foreign or state governments without congressional approval.

Returning to the subject of the Ukraine matter, Garamendi said the call with Zelensky over the summer had “more to [it] than just a nice ‘howdy-doody’ call.”

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Andrew McCarthy: Are Trump-Lewandowski conversations protected by executive privilege?

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President Trump’s former campaign adviser Corey Lewandowski testified Tuesday before the House Judiciary Committee. The White House is not objecting to his appearance but has instructed him not to answer questions about his communications with the president. (See the letter of White House counsel Pat Cipollone to House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler.)

This raises an interesting question: May the president assert executive privilege to shield disclosure of his communications with people who are not part of the White House staff and the broader executive branch?

Lewandowski was not a government official in June and July 2017, when, according to the Mueller report, the president instructed him to convey a directive to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The directive was for Sessions to narrow his recusal from the Russia investigation so that he could limit then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s jurisdiction – such that Mueller could investigate only to prevent Russian meddling in future elections.

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That is, Mueller would end his probe of Kremlin interference in the 2016 campaign, on the rationale that Trump had done nothing wrong. Sessions was to add that he had been with Trump for nine months on the campaign and therefore knew that “there were no Russians involved with him.”

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The last claim was an overstatement. We now know that the Trump organization was involved in negotiations for Trump Tower Moscow throughout the 2016 campaign. Moreover, while there is no evidence that candidate Trump himself was informed about the matter, his top campaign officials (his son Don Jr., his son-in-law Jared Kushner, and his then-campaign manager Paul Manafort) met in June 2016 with a lawyer they understood to be a Kremlin emissary (Natalia Veselnitskaya, with an entourage of Russians in tow) in the expectation (unfulfilled) of receiving campaign dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Ironically, as I further detail in “Ball of Collusion,” Veselnitskaya obtained the materials she presented from Fusion GPS, the same outfit that was working for Clinton to scrounge up campaign dirt on Donald Trump from Russian sources.

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DOJ opposes House panel’s request for more Mueller probe materials as it pursues impeachment

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The Justice Department told a judge Friday that the House Judiciary Committee shouldn’t be granted access to unreleased material from the former special counsel’s Russia investigation as it weighs whether to move forward with impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

The committee had filed a petition in federal court for lawmakers to obtain the grand jury material to determine whether to recommend articles of impeachment against Trump for his knowledge of any potential “criminal acts” by him or his associates related to conspiring with Russia.

The department argued lawmakers have “come nowhere close to demonstrating a particularized need” for the information.

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“What may come of this investigation — if anything — remains unknown and unpredictable,” the court filing read.

“What may come of this investigation — if anything — remains unknown and unpredictable.”

— Justice Department court filing

A redacted version of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller‘s 448-page report was released to the public in April. A less-redacted version, where only grand jury information was blacked out, was then given to certain lawmakers, including the committee’s chairman and ranking member.

The committee asserted its need of the full, unredacted version of Mueller’s report as well as transcripts of the grand jury testimony, and filed a lawsuit under Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., in July. The Justice Department argued the blacked-out information in the report comprised a “tiny percentage of the document,” and that the committee hadn’t provided a sufficient explanation as to how the material would help their investigation of Trump.

The DOJ also argued an impeachment proceeding carried out in Congress wouldn’t be considered a “judicial proceeding” under law, in which case the information could have been disclosed.

The department went on to argue that several investigations stemming from Mueller’s probe remained open, thus there is a “continuing need for secrecy” about grand jury proceedings.

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It’s not clear what new information the committee is seeking in the grand jury transcripts. Many witnesses connected to the Trump administration appeared for voluntary questioning before Mueller’s team rather than the grand jury.

The House Judiciary Committee approved ground rules for impeachment hearings Thursday, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi maintained her cautious approach.

“If we have to go there, we’ll go there,” she said. “But we can’t go there until we have all the facts.”

Nadler promised an “aggressive” fall schedule for impeachment investigations, starting with a public session next week with former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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Corey Lewandowski: Ex-Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne should testify about alleged ties to Russian agent

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Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski said Thursday the Senate should call former Overstock founder and CEO Patrick Byrne to testify about his alleged involvement with a Russian agent.

Speaking on Fox News’ “The Story” with Martha MacCallum, Lewandowski, who was mentioned several times in former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report on the Russia investigation, weighed in on Byrne’s resignation after 20 years at the company amid his ties to a government investigation related to the 2016 presidential election.

Last month, Byrne disclosed he was involved in an FBI probe of Russia and admitted he had a relationship with Maria Butina, who pleaded guilty last year to conspiracy to act as a Russian agent without registering with the Justice Department.

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Byrne said Thursday on “The Story” he had helped federal officials with investigations twice in the past, including to “help them take down people on Wall Street.”

Earlier Thursday, in an interview on Fox Business’ “Varney & Co.,” Byrne said the investigation was “all about political espionage” and that he thought “we are about to see the biggest scandal in American history.”

Lewandowski responded to Byrne’s announcement and his interview with MacCallum saying, “it may have been the craziest interview I have ever seen in my life.”

He went on to say, “I have been unfortunately knee-deep in this investigation.”

He continued, “I’ve testified in front of the House on two separate occasions, the Senate already, the Mueller investigators. Never had I ever heard of this individual, never has he even been brought up in conversations. He clearly had nothing to do with the campaign and if he was somehow involved with this former Russian spy, she was likely using him as a source for information.”

“Never had I ever heard of this individual, never has he even been brought up in conversations. He clearly had nothing to do with the campaign.”

— Corey Lewandowski

During Byrne’s interview on “The Story,” he claimed he received “fishy” orders from former FBI official Peter Strzok and carried them out in 2015-2016.

Strzok was removed from Mueller’s investigation over anti-Trump text messages he traded with his mistress, Lisa Page. He was fired from the FBI in August 2018.

Byrne claimed people whom he characterized as “the Men in Black” came to him and asked him “for this third favor.”

He told MacCallum he didn’t know exactly who had sent the orders, but he carried them out.

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“Last summer, watching television and some congressional hearings, I figured out where these orders came from. They came from a guy named Peter Strzok,” Byrne said, adding the names of other individuals, who MacCallum pointed out also worked at the FBI.

In response, Lewandowski said, “This seems like a lot of black helicopters flying around this guy’s world, things that he can’t talk about.”

“This seems like a lot of black helicopters flying around this guy’s world, things that he can’t talk about.”

— Corey Lewandowski

He continued, “He said it wasn’t the FBI, but then he kept referencing Peter Strzok, Lisa Page. We know those are bad people. We know that they should have been fired a long time ago, they were part of the Mueller investigation. So I think we should dig deeper on him and I think the Senate should call him before and ask him some questions.”

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The House Judiciary Committee has subpoenaed Lewandowski and ex-White House aide Rick Dearborn, as part of its investigation into President Trump’s conduct in office.

Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., the committee’s chairman, said the committee wanted to hear publicly from Lewandowski and Dearborn on Sept. 17 “as part of its efforts to hold the president accountable.”

The Trump administration has been blocking former aides from testifying before Congress.

Fox News’ Martha MacCallum and Charles Creitz, Fox Business’ Blair Shiff and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Andrew McCarthy: This bogus story launched the ‘collusion’ probe

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Editor’s note: Andrew C. McCarthy’s new book is “Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency.” This is the fourth in a series of excerpts; the first can be read here, the second here, and the third here.

The George Papadopoulos “Origin Story” has never added up. It has been portrayed as the Big Bang, the magic moment that started the FBI’s investigation of “collusion” — a suspected election-theft conspiracy between Donald Trump’s campaign and Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime.

But if the young energy-sector analyst had actually emerged in early 2016 as the key to proving Trump-Russia espionage, you would think the FBI might have gotten around to interviewing him before Jan. 27, 2017 — i.e., a week after President Trump had been inaugurated, and six months after the bureau formally opened its “Crossfire Hurricane” probe.

You would probably also think Papadopoulos, Suspect One in The Great Cyber Espionage Attack on Our Democracy, might have rated a tad more than the whopping 14-day jail sentence a federal judge eventually imposed on him.

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You might even suppose that he’d have been charged with some seditious felony involving clandestine operations against his own country, instead of … yes … fibbing to the FBI about the date of a meeting.

That, however, does not scratch the surface. We are to believe that what led to the opening of the FBI’s Trump-Russia investigation, and what therefore is the plinth of the collusion narrative, is a breakfast meeting at a London hotel on April 26, 2016, between Papadopoulos and Joseph Mifsud, a Maltese academic we are supposed to take for a clandestine Russian agent.

We are to take Papadopoulos’s word for it that Mifsud claimed Russia possessed “dirt” on Hillary Clinton in the form of “thousands” of “emails of Clinton.” We are further to believe that “the professor” elaborated that, in order to help Donald Trump’s candidacy, the Kremlin would release these “emails of Clinton” at a time chosen to do maximum damage to the Democratic nominee’s campaign.

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The story is based on no credible evidence. If it were ever presented to a jury, it would be laughed out of court.

The Papadopoulos “collusion” claims (without collusion charges) are alleged in the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, which essentially repeats the grandiose “Statement of the Offense” that the special counsel included with the comparatively minor false-statement charge to which Papadopoulos pleaded guilty.

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Carefully parsed, this narrative stops short of alleging that the Trump adviser actually collaborated with a Russian agent. Rather, it claims that Papadopoulos engaged in a lot of twaddle with Mifsud, who he had reason to suspect might be a Russian agent.

The pair brainstormed endlessly about potential high-level Trump-campaign meetings with the Putin regime, including [insert heavy breathing here] between Trump and Putin themselves. Papadopoulos then exaggerated these meanderings in emails to Trump-campaign superiors he was hot to impress.

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Mueller alumni landing cushy jobs at law firms, universities – even a book deal – after Russia probe

The top investigators who worked alongside former Special Counsel Robert Mueller have certainly landed on their feet since the shuttering of the two-year Russia probe, securing big jobs at prominent law firms and universities — and even a book deal.

The latest hire was revealed this week by Georgetown Law School, which welcomed Michael Dreeben — a former deputy solicitor general and member of the special counsel’s office — as a “Distinguished Lecturer from Government” for the 2019-2020 academic year.

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“I am excited to join Georgetown’s thriving legal community this fall,” Dreeben said in a statement. “The energy of the law school is palpable. I look forward to participating in academic life at Georgetown and being part of its vibrant and collaborative culture.”

Dreeben is among several Mueller alumni moving swiftly to take advantage of the demand in legal and academic circles for those involved in the high-profile case.

While President Trump and his allies continue to pan the whole affair as a “witch hunt,” and Mueller himself was criticized for his faltering congressional testimony last month, most team members have been able to transition out of the office with little drama — save for ex-FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, whose anti-Trump text messages landed them in hot water.

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Dreeben previously served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law and a visiting professor at Duke Law School. Dreeben left his post as deputy solicitor general in June 2017 to join Mueller’s legal team to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential coordination between Russia and members of the Trump campaign.

“In his 30 years of extraordinary public service at the U.S. Department of Justice, Michael Dreeben has played a powerful role in helping shape the law as one of the preeminent Supreme Court advocates and as a leading expert in federal criminal law,” Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor said in a statement this week. “We are honored to have him join our faculty for the upcoming school year.”

The special counsel’s office officially closed in May after nearly two years of investigating Russian meddling and potential coordination with members of the Trump campaign. Mueller’s team concluded that the Russians did interfere in the election but there was “not sufficient evidence to charge” Trump associates with conspiracy. Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump obstructed justice, though congressional Democrats are now trying to dig deeper into that issue.

Also heading to academia is Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann, who returned to New York University School of Law on May 1 as a distinguished senior fellow with the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law (CACL), where he previously worked.

Weissmann, a longtime and well-known federal prosecutor, also has signed a deal with Random House to write a book, according to a report by The New York Times. It is unclear, at this point, how much his book will focus on his experience during the Russia investigation.

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Meanwhile, other top members from Mueller’s office have joined prominent law firms. Last month, it was announced that Jeannie Rhee, who left her post as a partner at the law firm WilmerHale to join Mueller’s team, would join Paul, Weiss as a partner in their litigation department.

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Jeannie Rhee, an investigator on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team, formerly represented a top Obama aide and the Clinton Foundation. (WilmerHale)

Attorneys at Paul, Weiss have been involved in prominent corporate investigations—including the internal probe into allegations against the late former Fox News CEO Roger Ailes. Paul Weiss also was the firm involved in the National Football League “Deflategate” investigation after New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady was accused of deflating a football before a game. The firm’s findings led to Brady’s suspension in the 2016-2017 season.

Meanwhile, Mueller team member Andrew Goldstein, a former attorney from the Southern District of New York, joined law firm Cooley as a partner focusing on white-collar and regulatory matters, as well as national security and economic sanctions.

And law firm Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP announced last month that Zainab Ahmad would join as a partner in its New York office. Prior to working in Mueller’s office, Ahmad was a prosecutor at the Justice Department and at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York.

And Greg Andres returned to his post as a partner in Davis Polk & Wardwell LLP’s litigation department in New York, concentrating on white-collar criminal defense. The firm gained national attention again this week after the publicly traded company, L Brands, which owns Victoria’s Secret and Bath & Body Works, reportedly retained it to investigate the company’s ties to the late disgraced financier Jeffrey Epstein, who was found dead Saturday morning in his cell in a New York City federal prison. Authorities are investigating Epstein’s apparent suicide as well as apparent protocol breaches at the prison.

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Meanwhile, some former prosecutors on Mueller’s team have returned to public service—like Brandon Van Grack, who is now leading the effort at the Justice Department to enforce the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA).

It is unclear, at this point, whether Mueller will return to his post at WilmerHale in Washington D.C.

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Deroy Murdock: Trump didn’t obstruct justice or collude with Russia — So why impeach?

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Notwithstanding the catastrophic congressional appearances by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s nervousness about impeachment, 118 die-hard Democrats (plus renegade former Republican Rep. Justin Amash of Michigan), are hell-bent on prying President Trump from the White House, long before Election Day 2020. But for what?

 “Trump-Russia collusion” turned out to be a bad acid trip, although the attendant hallucinations still reverberate among fervent Democrats. As for obstruction of justice, there was none. Somebody should explain this to these Trump haters — perhaps with crayons and butcher paper.

Here’s what impeachment-grade obstruction looks like.

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On June 17, 1972, the so-called White House “plumbers” illegally broke into the Democratic National Committee’s Washington, D.C., headquarters in the Watergate office complex to spy on President Richard Milhous Nixon’s opponents.

Nixon and his top aides unlawfully funneled “hush money” to these criminals, in cash, so they would clam up rather than sing. Nixon and his top aides also pressured the CIA to tell the FBI, in Nixon’s words: “Stay the hell out of this.”

Nixon six times asserted his presidential right to executive privilege and hid incriminating materials from scrutiny (not least Oval Office audiotapes of Nixon conspiring with his henchmen). This cover-up prompted Nixon’s resignation on August 9, 1974.

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In contrast, Russiagate involved no underlying crime. According to Mueller’s report: “The Special Counsel confirmed that the Russian government sponsored efforts to illegally interfere with the 2016 presidential election but did not find that the Trump campaign or other Americans colluded in those schemes.”

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Furthermore, Trump waived executive privilege. Consequently, “approximately 1.4 million pages of documents were provided to” Mueller, wrote Emmett Flood, then-special counsel to the president, to Attorney General William Barr on April 19.

Trump, Flood added, “encouraged every White House staffer to cooperate fully with the SCO [Special Counsel’s Office] and, so far as we are aware, all have done so.” Among many others, these “voluntary interviewees” included senior adviser Jared Kushner, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, and former aides.

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