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  • Mueller assembles team of cooperators in Russian probe

    10/18/2018 8:30:29 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 10/18/18 | MORGAN CHALFANT
    Special counsel Robert Mueller has assembled a list of figures cooperating with his Russia investigation that could provide him with substantial insight into the workings of the Trump campaign. Mueller’s ability to turn associates of President Trump into cooperators has been a key facet of his investigation, lending both strength to a probe that has pressed on for nearly a year and a half amid withering public scrutiny. Legal analysts expect former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and other recruits to bring the special counsel closer to getting to the bottom of whether there was collusion between the Trump campaign...
  • Newly Released Mueller Document Suggests Dem Power Broker Tony Podesta Misled Federal Investigators

    09/15/2018 4:46:24 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 44 replies
    Law and Crime ^ | 3:44 pm, September 15th, 2018 | Colin Kalmbacher
    The office of special counsel Robert Mueller just released a document which appears to show that longtime Democratic Party power broker Tony Podesta misled federal investigators when questioned about his obligations, and how he understood them, under the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA). The document is dated March 31, 2017 and was released late Saturday morning in line with a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request initiated by the New York Times‘ Kenneth Vogel. Taking the form of a letter from the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Security Division and addressed to Podesta’s attorney Matthew T. Sanderson, the document...
  • Mr. Rosenstein, What Is the Crime?

    09/08/2018 9:06:58 AM PDT · by mojito · 46 replies
    NRO ^ | 9/8/2018 | Andrew McCarthy
    For precisely what federal crimes is the president of the United States under investigation by a special counsel appointed by the Justice Department? It is intolerable that, after more than two years of digging — the 16-month Mueller probe having been preceded by the blatantly suspect labors of the Obama Justice Department and FBI — we still do not have an answer to that simple question. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein owes us an answer. To my mind, he has owed us an answer from the beginning, meaning when he appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller on May 17, 2017. The...
  • Jerome Corsi, Conspiracy Theorist, Is Subpoenaed in Mueller Investigation

    09/05/2018 11:07:04 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 41 replies ^ | Sept. 5, 2018 | By Maggie Haberman
    Jerome Corsi, a conspiracy theorist and political commentator with connections to the former Trump adviser Roger J. Stone Jr., has been subpoenaed to testify on Friday before the grand jury in the special counsel investigation into Russia’s election interference and whether Trump associates conspired with the effort, his lawyer said on Wednesday. The lawyer, David Gray, said that he anticipates that investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, plan to ask Mr. Corsi about his discussions with Mr. Stone, who appeared to publicly predict in 2016 that WikiLeaks planned to publish material damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign....
  • Mueller will reportedly allow President Trump to give written answers

    09/04/2018 4:00:03 PM PDT · by CaptainK · 71 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 9/4/2018 | CHRIS SOMMERFELDT
    Special counsel Robert Mueller will allow President Trump to submit some written answers about whether his campaign colluded with Russia ahead of the 2016 election, according to a report Tuesday. Two people familiar with the matter told the New York Times that Mueller’s office made the concession in a letter to the President’s legal team. Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s top lawyer in the Russia investigation, declined to confirm or deny the existence of such a letter, but acknowledged that “of course we would prefer written answers.”
  • General Michael Flynn Silenced by Mueller

    08/28/2018 4:32:09 PM PDT · by LouisianaJoanof Arc · 37 replies
    Conservative Review ^ | 8/28/18 | Jordan Schachtel
    There’s a reason why you haven’t heard much from Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn lately. The man who served his country honorably for 33 years has been effectively silenced by special counsel Robert Mueller as he awaits sentencing. Given the circumstances of his plea deal, Flynn cannot speak publicly about anything related to the charges against him. Doing so could void his plea agreement with Mueller’s team and open him up to further legal proceedings that he is financially unable to defend himself against. Flynn, who has worked his entire career on a government salary, has spent over one million dollars...
  • Fair-Minded Investigation or Partisan Witch Hunt? (Good Read)

    08/26/2018 9:52:18 AM PDT · by mojito · 19 replies
    NRO ^ | 8/24/2018 | Cleta Mitchell
    ...And now that we have the precedent in the Cohen case for federal intrusion into the heretofore sacrosanct attorney–client privilege, we are waiting for Mueller to swoop into the Perkins Coie law firm and seize the records of the Clinton/DNC attorney, Marc Elias. The firm was paid $9 million during the 2016 election by the DNC and the Clinton campaign, and the payments to Fusion GPS flowed through Elias and were falsely reported to the FEC as “legal fees.” We are waiting for Mueller to confiscate the Elias records just as he did Michael Cohen’s, so there can be a...
  • Kimberley Strassel: Mueller's one-sided probe cannot be justified

    08/24/2018 8:26:12 AM PDT · by bitt · 28 replies ^ | 8/24/2018 | Kimberley Strassel
    U.S. Attorney Robert Khuzami took a few moments in his Tuesday statement about Michael Cohen’s plea deal to sing neutrality’s praise: “His day of reckoning serves as a reminder that we are a nation of laws, with one set of rules that applies equally to everyone.” Noble words, and they used to mean something. But a disparity of justice is at the heart of our current crisis of faith in institutions. Americans aren’t outraged that the Federal Bureau of Investigation felt obliged to investigate allegations leveled at campaigns, or that a special counsel is looking at Russian electoral interference. They...
  • In Papers Saying Papadopoulos Lied, FBI Reveals It’s Either Lying Or Incompetent

    08/20/2018 2:37:28 PM PDT · by detective · 22 replies
    The Federalist ^ | August 20, 2018 | Margot Cleveland
    Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office filed a sentencing memorandum Friday in its pending criminal case against George Papadopoulos, the former Donald Trump campaign advisor who pled guilty in October 2017 to making false statements to the FBI. Papadopoulos is scheduled to be sentenced next month. Mueller’s team provided the court a detailed background of Papadopoulos’ criminal offense in the sentencing memorandum and suggested Papadopoulos’ lies justified a sentence of 0 to 6 months of incarceration. While much of the ten-page memorandum merely rehashes facts previously known, one passage includes a significant new admission that proves the FBI is either incompetent,...
  • White House counsel has spent 30 hours sharing details for Mueller probe:

    08/18/2018 2:54:24 PM PDT · by Beave Meister · 28 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/18/2018 | TAL AXELROD
    White House counsel Donald McGahn has been cooperating with special counsel Robert Mueller in his probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, according to an explosive New York Times report published Saturday. McGahn has reportedly discussed accounts of multiple episodes at the center of Mueller's probe into whether President Trump obstructed justice. Sources told the Times that McGahn has had three voluntary interviews with Mueller's team totaling 30 hours. Among the episodes McGahn reportedly discussed with investigators is Trump’s firing last year of former FBI Director James Comey and the president's repeated urging of Attorney General Jeff...
  • U.S. special counsel recommends six months in prison for Papadopoulos

    08/18/2018 2:23:40 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | August 17, 2018 8:49 PM | David Alexander
    Special Counsel Robert Mueller recommended in a court filing on Friday that a judge sentence former Trump campaign aide George Papadopoulos to up to six months in prison for lying to federal agents investigating whether Russia interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Papadopoulos pleaded guilty in October to lying to FBI agents and is scheduled to be sentenced on Sept. 7. According to Mueller’s sentencing memorandum to the judge, Papadopoulos lied about his contacts with people who claimed to have ties to top Russian officials, including his meeting with a professor who said Russia had “dirt” on Democratic presidential...

    08/18/2018 5:31:50 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 63 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 08/18/2018 | Chuck Ross
    Special Counsel Robert Mueller is asking a federal judge to sentence George Papadopoulos to up to six months in jail and is accusing the former Trump campaign adviser of impeding the government’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election by lying to the FBI during an interview in early 2017. “The defendant’s crime was serious and caused damage to the government’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election,” Mueller wrote in a court filing submitted late Friday to a judge in Washington, D.C. “The government respectfully submits that a sentence of incarceration, within the applicable Guidelines range...
  • Kristin Davis talks about Russia investigation (Manhattan Madam)

    08/14/2018 4:39:26 PM PDT · by Magnatron · 13 replies
    Fox 5 NY ^ | Fox 5
    The woman known as the "Manhattan Madam" for once running a high-end prostitution ring in New York City says she was bullied by Robert Mueller's team when she was forced to testify in front of a grand jury in connection with the Russia investigation. Kristin Davis said she was forced to answer leading questions on the character of her longtime friend and colleague Roger Stone. "I left there feeling very sick to my stomach," Davis said in an interview on Fox 5's Good Day New York.
  • Signs grow that Mueller is zeroing in on Roger Stone

    08/13/2018 2:59:09 PM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 49 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/13/18 | Morgan Chalfant
    Special counsel Robert Mueller appears to be narrowing his focus on Roger Stone in his investigation into Russian interference in the election, prompting widespread speculation that the longtime adviser to President Trump is likely a target in the probe. Stone has long been subject to public scrutiny as a result of his connections to WikiLeaks and Guccifer 2.0, the hacking persona that Mueller’s team now alleges was a front for Russian intelligence officers. The focus on Stone has seemed to intensify in recent weeks, as Mueller has sought testimony from a growing number of individuals linked to him. Most telling,...
  • Judge holds Roger Stone associate in contempt for refusing to testify in Russia investigation

    08/10/2018 10:29:57 AM PDT · by EVO X · 56 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 10 Aug 18 | Spencer S. Hsu and Devlin Barrett
    A federal judge has found a witness in contempt for refusing to testify before the grand jury hearing evidence in special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. U.S. District Chief Judge Beryl Howell made the ruling Friday after a sealed hearing to discuss Andrew Miller’s refusal to appear before the grand jury. Miller is a former aide to longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone. Miller’s lawyer Paul Kamenar said after the hearing that Miller was “held in contempt, which we asked him to be in order for us to appeal the judge’s decision...
  • Mueller Gets 'Firewall' for U.S.-Secrets Review in a Russia Case(Concord Management)

    08/07/2018 6:23:50 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 19 replies
    ABC News ^ | Aug 6, 2018 | LEE FERRAN
    A judge ruled Monday that a "firewall counsel" will be employed to protect sensitive information during federal court proceedings against Russians who allegedly attempted to influence the 2016 U.S. election through a widespread online campaign. The new team, to be made up of attorneys from the Department of Justice's National Security Division who are not involved in the case, was previously requested by Robert Mueller's Special Counsel's Office to restrict the defense's ability to share sensitive discovery information with others, including the Russian government. (clip) Concord is one of three business entities, along with 13 individuals, charged in relation to...
  • Midterms pose dilemma for Mueller

    08/08/2018 7:58:08 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 30 replies
    The Hill ^ | 08/08/18 | Morgan Chalfant
    Special counsel Robert Mueller has a midterms problem. With the elections less than three months away, Mueller is running out of time to issue more indictments or announce other major developments in his Russia probe without opening himself up to accusations of attempting to influence Election Day. It’s a challenge that has befallen previous federal prosecutors and law enforcement officials, to the point that they now typically refrain from taking prominent actions that could have political ramifications within 60 days of a major election. But there are no clear-cut rules, and both action and inaction can be viewed in hindsight...
  • Mueller wants to interview Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, lawyer says

    08/02/2018 11:28:41 AM PDT · by yesthatjallen · 44 replies
    NBC ^ | Aug.02.2018 | Anna Schecter, Keir Simmons, Ken Dilanian
    Special counsel Robert Mueller has requested an interview with Russian pop star Emin Agalarov, who helped set up the now infamous 2016 Trump Tower meeting, according to Agalarov's lawyer. “Conversations are ongoing" about a potential interview, the lawyer, Scott Balber, wrote in an email. “Unclear how this will play out.” Balber did not elaborate on whether Mueller is also interested in speaking to Agalarov’s father, Aras Agalarov, a billionaire with ties to Russian President Vladimir Putin. A spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment. The Agalarovs were partners in the Trump Organization’s hosting of the 2013 Miss America...
  • Judicial Watch: New Emails Reveal FBI Official Peter Strzok Insisted on Retaining Declassification..

    07/31/2018 11:24:19 AM PDT · by bitt · 13 replies
    JUDICIAL WATCH ^ | 7/31/2018 | ADMIN
    (Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch today released 14 pages of FBI documents concerning the assignment of former FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s operation, showing that Strzok insisted on retaining his FBI security clearance before moving to the Mueller team and confirming that Strzok played a pivotal role in the flawed Hillary Clinton email investigation. The records were received in response to a December 2017 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit that was filed after the FBI failed to respond to an August 17, 2017, FOIA request (Judicial Watch, Inc. v. Federal Bureau of Investigation...
  • Trump urges Attorney General Sessions to stop Mueller probe 'right now'

    08/01/2018 6:43:02 AM PDT · by harwood · 49 replies
    President Donald Trump on Wednesday called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end Robert Mueller's Russia probe "right now," escalating his attacks on the inquiry. "Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now," the president wrote in a post on Twitter. "Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!"