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Is This It? There’s Still No Evidence of Collusion

Michael Flynn, the retired three-star Army general, has been waiting for more than a year to be sentenced. Flynn pleaded guilty late last year to lying to the FBI in the Trump-Russia investigation. He later agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller released his highly redacted and anticipated memo Tuesday, recommending a lenient sentence for Flynn and no jail time. The memo noted that “the defendant’s substantial assistance and other consideration” was the reason Mueller recommended the lenient sentence.

Yet, as Hans von Spakovsky writes today on TheDailySignal, and as Dan has discussed on his podcast – the plea deals with Mike Flynn and Michael Cohen and the sentencing of Paul Manafort – still doesn’t reveal any illegal conduct by Trump or his campaign. Zero. Zip.

We still have had no indictments that have revealed any evidence about the issue that Mueller was tasked to investigate — whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. The answer? The reason Mueller and his team haven’t found any evidence of collusion is that there wasn’t any.

h/t: TheDailySignal.com

BREAKING: President Trump Submitted Answers to Mueller’s Questions

President Trump has submitted his answers to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s questions.

ABC News reported that the President’s lawyer, Jay Sekulow released the following statement:

“The President today answered written questions submitted by The Special Counsel’s Office. The questions presented dealt with issues regarding the Russia-related topics of the inquiry. The President responded in writing,”

According to Fox News, Trump attorney, Rudy Giuliani added,  “It has been our position from the outset that much of what has been asked raised serious constitutional issues and was beyond the scope of a legitimate inquiry. This remains our position today. The President has nonetheless provided unprecedented cooperation. The Special Counsel has been provided with more than 30 witnesses, 1.4 million pages of material, and now the President’s written responses to questions. It is time to bring this inquiry to a conclusion.”

Before leaving Washington D.C. for Mar-a-Lago in Florida for Thanksgiving, President Trump told reporters, “They’re all finished…. The lawyers have them. The written answers to the witch hunt that’s been going on forever. No collusion, no nothing. They’ve been finished. Finished them yesterday. The lawyers have them. I assume they’ll turn them in today or soon.”

Last week, Giuliani told the Washington Post that some of Mueller’s questions for the president appeared to be “possible traps” and “irrelevant.”

“There are some that create more issues for us legally than others,” Giuliani said, calling some of the questions “unnecessary,” and “possible traps.” “We might consider some as irrelevant,” he said.

“Possible Traps” in Robert Mueller’s Written Questions for Trump?

According to President Trump’s attorney, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, some of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s questions for the president appear to be “possible traps” and “irrelevant.”

The Washington Post reported that the president’s attorneys have been thoroughly reviewing over two dozen of Mueller’s questions for Trump, which all relate to “activities and episodes from before Trump’s election.”

“There are some that create more issues for us legally than others,” Giuliani said, calling some of the questions “unnecessary,” and “possible traps.” “We might consider some as irrelevant,” he said.

The president spent more than 4 hours with his attorneys on Monday, and another hour and a half with them on Wednesday evening, according to Post sources.

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The President’s answers to Mueller’s questions could come as soon as today.

Yesterday, Trump blasted the Special Counsel in a series of tweets, calling the inner workings of the investigation “a total mess.”

He called Mueller’s team of investigators a “disgrace to our Nation,” and said they were “shouting at people” and “horribly threatening them to come up with the answers they want.”

The President went on to accuse Mueller of protecting Hillary Clinton, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, FBI lawyer Lisa Page, and FBI agent Peter Strzok. He also questioned why the FBI did not take the server from the DNC after it was hacked by Russia.

Trump: Mueller Team Threatening People to “Come up with the Answers They Want”

President Donald Trump didn’t mince words today, as he took to Twitter to blast the Special Counsel, calling the inner workings of the investigation “a total mess.”

He called Mueller’s team of investigators a “disgrace to our Nation,” and said they were “shouting at people” and “horribly threatening them to come up with the answers they want.”

The President’s comments come on the heels of a couple of reports on the latest possible indictments in the Mueller investigation:

  • On Monday, Infowars editor and author, Jerome Corsi, said he believes he will be indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller in a “perjury trap” soon.

“I got served a subpoena on August 28th, at my home, two FBI agents showed up unannounced, and       I did not talk to the FBI, of course, my wife was pretty startled,” he said on the video.”

“We began a series of discussions with them that have gone on for two months,” he explained. “At the       end of that two months, even though I did everything I could to cooperate, the entire negotiations,           discussions, have just blown up.”

  • Mueller investigators told the Wall Street Journal that the Special Counsel is also investigating whether or not political consultant Roger Stone tried to “intimidate and discredit a witness who is contradicting (his) version of events about his contacts with WikiLeaks.

“Spygate” Figure–Suspected to be Dead by DNC–Willing to Testify Before Senate

A lawyer for the Maltese professor who told former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos that the Russians had “dirt” on Hillary Clinton says his client will testify in front of the Senate.

BuzzFeed reports that Stephan Roh, attorney for Professor Joseph Mifsud, wrote in an email that Mifsud “is to testify in front of the US Senate — we are working towards his appearance.”

Lawyers for the Democratic National Committee wrote in a September court filing for their Russia lawsuit that they believed Mifsud was “missing and may be deceased.”

According to the Daily Caller, an attorney for Republicans on the Senate Intelligence Committee reached out Roh on Oct. 24, hoping to obtain an interview with Mifsud. The mysterious professor hasn’t been seen in public since November 2017, after Papadopoulos entered a plea deal with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office.

Papadopoulos was named a foreign policy adviser to the Trump campaign in March 2016. He traveled to Italy where he met Mifsud, a professor of diplomacy based in London.

On April 26, 2016, Mifsud met with Papadopoulos in London and told him he had damaging information from the Russians on Hillary Clinton–something Mifsud now denies ever saying.

It was Papadopoulos’ contact with Mifsud which helped trigger the FBI to open a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia.

 

Trump “Seriously” Considering Declassifying Key Russia Investigation Documents

President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he is “seriously” considering declassifying a slew of documents requested by former Republican House leaders investigating the FBI’s handling of the Russia probe. Trump was pummeled with questions during a rancorous White House press briefing where he congratulated Republicans for winning Senate races and said he hoped to work with the new Democratic House leadership.

The president addressed questions regarding whether or not he would end Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, stating, “I could, I could fire everybody right now. Politically, I don’t like stopping it.”

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“It’s a disgrace,” said Trump of the Special Counsel investigation. “It should have never been started because there is no crime.”

“They all have conflicts over there that are beyond anything anybody has ever seen in terms of conflicts,” he added.

Trump referenced former FBI Director James Comey, who was fired in May of 2017, after DOJ Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a scathing letter listing Comey’s failures. That letter led to Trump firing Comey.

However, after Comey’s firing, Rosenstein (under pressure from Democrats) appointed Mueller to the Special Counsel to investigate Trump. In October, concerning information about Rosenstein surfaced during a deposition of former FBI General Counsel James Baker. Baker had told lawmakers that he met with former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and former FBI attorney Lisa Page shortly after they had a meeting with Rosenstein in May 2017. Baker said that McCabe, Page, and Rosenstein had discussed the possibility of secretly recording President Trump. Baker, who was the top lawyer for the FBI and a close confidant of Comey, noted that he was not in the meeting with Rosenstein. Baker said that Rosenstein also discussed the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment on the president in an effort to remove him from office for being unfit.

“Comey, who by the way, lied and leaked and also leaked classified information–nothing happened there it might, perhaps, maybe something is happening that I don’t know about,” Trump said Wednesday. “But you know what I do. I let it just go on. They’re wasting a lot of money, but I let it go on…I could end it right now and say that investigation is over but… it’s a disgrace frankly, an embarrassment to our country, it’s an embarrassment to the people of our country and it’s too bad.

The president warned that he was still “seriously” considering declassifying the documents that the Republican Congress has been demanding for the past year. Lawmakers have sighted a need for transparency in the bureau’s handling of the FBI investigation into the Trump campaign.

“We’re looking at that very seriously, declassification very seriously,” said Trump. “It’s amazing how people on the other side just don’t want those documents declassified…we’re looking at that very carefully. I certainly wanted to wait until after the midterm.”

In August, Trump handed over the classified documents to DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz for review. Trump had originally suggested that he was going to declassify them, but then suddenly changed his mind, saying he wanted to ensure that there would be no national security implications if the documents were declassified.

The documents include all documents related to DOJ official Bruce Ohr’s interviews with the FBI. Ohr, who has been demoted three times for not informing his superiors of his role in the FBI investigation, gave a deposition to Congress in August where he admitted he was used as a back channel by the FBI, so the bureau could continue to communicate with former British spy and dossier creator Christopher Steele. At the time, the FBI had terminated Steele as a confidential source when it caught him giving communicating with the media.

According to sources, the FBI Agents kept copious notes in all 12 interviews they had with Ohr. Those interviews are known in the bureau as 302 reports. Those 302s, along with the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant that was used to spy on short-term Trump campaign volunteer Carter Page and the “Gang of Eight” notebook on the investigation, are currently under review by Horowitz.

For months, Congress has requested that Trump declassify the documents after battling Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray to no avail. Congressional members, some who have clearance to see the documents, say “no sources or methods” would be exposed if they were declassified, but that they believe it would expose extensive evidence of abuse by the bureau on the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court.

Rep. Adam Schiff Says ‘Renewing’ Russia Probe ‘Top Priority’ if Dems Win Midterms

Rep. Adam Schiff doubled-down on his party’s non-stop Russian obsession this week; confirming an expanded collusion investigation will be the Democrats’ “top priority” should they retake control of Congress on Election Day.

Schiff -the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee- confirmed his plans to renew the Russia probe while speaking with supporters Monday night; saying “We’re not taking anything for granted.”

Schiff “laid out his priorities as the committee’s chair if control of the House flips. Reviving the investigation into Russia’s election meddling is at the top of the list, Schiff said, and also probing whether Russia has financial leverage over President Trump through his business interests,” writes the Los Angeles Times.

“The president has sought to keep that off limits, but if that’s the leverage Russians pose that’s a real threat to our country,” Schiff added.

Read the full story at the LA Times.

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