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  • 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...
  • MUELLER CLAIMS GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS HINDERED RUSSIA PROBE, RECOMMENDS SIX MONTHS JAIL SENTENCE

    08/18/2018 5:31:50 PM PDT · by MaxistheBest · 59 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!"
  • Captain Ahab Aims Harpoons at… Trump’s Tweets

    07/28/2018 10:38:45 AM PDT · by entropy12 · 21 replies
    American Spectator ^ | July 27, 2018, 12:05 am | Dan Flynn
    The New York Times reports that special counsel Robert Mueller “is scrutinizing tweets and negative statements from the president about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the former FBI director James B. Comey.” The Old Gray Lady did not divulge whether the special counsel also seeks the names of books checked out on the president’s library card. .... The investigation exposes the investigators more than the investigated. It reveals the umpires as partisan players. It demonstrates lawbreaking by law enforcers. It sows distrust in institutions heretofore beloved by the American people.
  • Mueller examining Trump tweets as part of possible obstruction (Inspector Clouseau is trying)

    07/26/2018 9:52:52 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 41 replies
    MarketWatch ^ | 07/26/18 | Greg Robb
    The special counsel, Robert Mueller, is examining tweets from President Donald Trump about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the former FBI director James Comey to see if they played a part in attempts to obstruct the Russia investigation, according to the New York Times on Thursday. The report, which cites three people briefed on the matter, said Mueller wants to question the president about the tweets. Privately, some of Trump's lawyers think Mueller will make a case for interference with the probe by tying together some of the president's actions and tweets, the report said.
  • Mueller Examining Trump’s Tweets in Wide-Ranging Obstruction Inquiry

    07/26/2018 9:42:49 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 65 replies
    NY Times ^ | 07/26/18 | By Michael S. Schmidt and Maggie Haberman
    For years, President Trump has used Twitter as his go-to public relations weapon, mounting a barrage of attacks on celebrities and then political rivals even after advisers warned he could be creating legal problems for himself. Those concerns now turn out to be well founded. The special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, is scrutinizing tweets and negative statements from the president about Attorney General Jeff Sessions and the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey, according to three people briefed on the matter. Several of the remarks came as Mr. Trump was also privately pressuring the men — both key witnesses...
  • Why Is Mueller Handing Off Key Cases?

    07/25/2018 8:33:45 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 37 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | July 25, 2018 | Byron York
    Something has been going on with Robert Mueller's investigation of people thought to have played significant roles in the Trump-Russia affair. The special counsel, assigned to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump," has been farming out seemingly important parts of the investigation to offices outside his own. In April, Mueller referred an investigation of close Trump associate Michael Cohen to federal prosecutors in New York. This month, the U.S. attorney in Washington -- not Mueller -- indicted Maria Butina on charges of being an unregistered Russian agent....
  • Judge delays start of trial of ex-Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort until July 31 [trunc]

    07/23/2018 12:31:57 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 43 replies
    CNBC ^ | 23 JUL 18 | Dan Mangan
    •A federal judge has postponed until July 31 the start of the upcoming trial of President Donald Trump's former campaign chief Paul Manafort. •The judge also has granted immunity to five potential witnesses for their testimony against Manafort, who is charged with crimes related to his consulting and lobbying work for a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. •Prosecutors in the office of special counsel Robert Mueller had asked for so-called use immunity for the five witnesses, which would bar their testimony at Manafort's trial from being used against them in a criminal prosecution. A federal judge has postponed from Wednesday...
  • ‘Different Set of Standards’ for Clintons’ Circle Drives Americans ‘Crazy’

    07/20/2018 8:59:44 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 23 replies
    www.lifezette.com ^ | Thursday, July 19, 2018 | By Kathryn Blackhurst
    Special counsel's immunity offer for Tony Podesta to testify against Paul Manafort is evidence of discrepancy, Peter Schweizer says There is a “different set of standards” for the Clintons and those associated with them that drives Americans mad, Government Accountability Institute (GAI) President Peter Schweizer said Thursday night on Fox News’ “The Ingraham Angle.” “This is what drives people crazy about criminal justice in America. There’s a different set of standards for people in power — particularly those politically connected by the Clintons — and those same rules do not apply to ordinary Americans,” Schweizer lamented. Fox News host Tucker...
  • Former Spy James Clapper Says Obama Set the Mueller Probe in Motion

    07/22/2018 7:45:07 PM PDT · by Kevin in California · 104 replies
    Independent Sentinel ^ | 07-22-2018 | S. Noble
    President Obama’s Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, told Anderson Cooper on CNN that Obama is the one who launched the Mueller investigation.
  • The DOJ Has Turned The Russia Investigation Into A Puzzle Designed Never To Be Solved

    07/17/2018 1:01:47 PM PDT · by detective · 23 replies
    The Federalist ^ | July 12, 2018 | Adam Mill
    How long will the investigation into the 2016 cyber intrusion into the Democratic National Committee servers remain open and ongoing? Perhaps forever. Because that’s how long the Department of Justice needs to thwart Congressional oversight of the embarrassing details of the dubious origins of the investigation. See the way DOJ cited the “ongoing” nature of the investigation to block Congressional Oversight here, here, here, and here to name just a few examples. When Congress has successfully pried information from DOJ, it has discovered DOJ sometimes redacted or withheld information to shield DOJ from embarrassment — not to protect the integrity...
  • U.S. judge bars evidence-sharing in Mueller probe of Russian election interference

    07/13/2018 10:55:42 AM PDT · by sickoflibs · 44 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 6/30/2018 | Spencer S. Hsu
    A federal judge has approved a request to tightly control how evidence is shared with a Russian company accused of funding an Internet trolling operation to mislead American voters in the 2016 election. The dispute over how to protect sensitive materials from disclosure had threatened to stall prosecution of the sole defendant to appear in court to face charges in the indictment of Russian entities under special counsel Robert S. Mueller III. U.S. District Judge Dabney L. Friedrich of the District of Columbia said Friday that federal prosecutors gave “ample good cause” that identifying sources in the probe could tip...