Tag: Robert Mueller

Report: Mueller Reluctant to Publicly Testify, Fears Being Viewed as “Political”

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly reluctant to publicly testify in front of Congress about his Russia report for fear of looking too political, according to the Daily Caller:

CNN reports that Mueller is reluctant to testify publicly about the Russia investigation for fear of being seen as too political. The Washington Post is reporting that Mueller and Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have been unable to agree how much of the testimony would be done in public.

**LISTEN: Dan discusses the latest report that James Comey and Loretta Lynch are at odds over a key discussion about the Clinton email probe** 

The Post reports that Mueller wants to privately testify about matters not addressed in his report, while Democrats hope to get him to say that President Trump would have been charged with obstruction of justice if he were not Commander in Chief. Democrats also wish to have Mueller discuss the release of the report and his interactions with Attorney General William Barr.

For the full report, click HERE.

Rep. Amash Faces Pro-Trump Challenger After Impeachment Remarks

Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) faces a pro-Trump primary challenger after tweeting over the weekend that the president has “engaged in impeachable conduct.”

Michigan State Rep. Jim Lower was quick to criticize Amash and announced his run for Congress today.

WWMT reports that Lower released a statement saying, “I am a Pro-Trump, Pro-Life, Pro-Jobs, Pro-2nd Amendment, Pro-Family Values Republican. Amash has not only failed to support President Trump as the President works to make the United States stronger and safer, he has now united with radical liberals like Democratic Congresswomen Rashida Tlaib (D-Detroit) to try and bring down our President. He must be replaced and I am going to do it.”

**LISTEN: Dan discusses GOP Rep. Justin Amash’s outrageous calls for President Trump’s impeachment**

On Saturday, Amash made headlines as the first Republican Congressman to call for Trump’s impeachment.

He tweeted:

“Here are my principal conclusions:

1. Attorney General Barr has deliberately misrepresented Mueller’s report.
2. President Trump has engaged in impeachable conduct.
3. Partisanship has eroded our system of checks and balances.
4. Few members of Congress have read the report.”

On Sunday, President Trump responded to Amash, calling him a “total lightweight.”

He wrote, “Never a fan of @justinamash, a total lightweight who opposes me and some of our great Republican ideas and policies just for the sake of getting his name out there through controversy. If he actually read the biased Mueller Report, “composed” by 18 Angry Dems who hated Trump….”

Barr Speaks About Latest Investigation into Origins of Russia Probe

In his first interview since becoming attorney general, Bill Barr provided details into the latest investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

Speaking exclusively to Fox News’ Bill Hemmer, Barr said “The first step is to find out exactly what happened, and we’re trying to get our arms around that, getting all the relevant information from the various agencies and starting to talk to some of the people that have information.”

“I think there’s a misconception out there that we know a lot about what happened,” he continued.

“The fact of the matter is Bob Mueller did not look at the government’s activities,” Barr said.  “He was looking at whether or not the Trump campaign had conspired with the Russians. But he was not going back and looking at the counterintelligence program. And we have a number of investigations underway that touch upon it — the main one being the office of inspector general that’s looking at the FISA warrants.”

Barr said “some very strange developments” took place between Election Day 2016 and Inauguration day–specifically the January 2016 briefing then-FBI Director James Comey gave then President-elect Trump about the salacious and unverified Russian dossier.

“That’s one of the things … we need to look at,” Barr said.

Earlier this week, Barr appointed Connecticut U.S. attorney John Durham to “examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was ‘lawful and appropriate.’”

Durham has previously investigated corruption in law enforcement and the destruction of CIA videos.

Barr also called Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s claims of him lying to Congress as “laughable” and slammed the “political circus” the Democrats created by voting to hold him in contempt of Congress.

“That’s part of the usual … political circus that’s being played out. It doesn’t surprise me,” he said to Hemmer.

For the full report, click HERE.

Trump SLAMS Those involved in Spygate: “Treason Means Long Jail Sentences”

President Trump sounded off on those involved in spying on his 2016 campaign in an early morning tweet, calling their actions treasonous.

President Trump wrote this morning, “My Campaign for President was conclusively spied on. Nothing like this has ever happened in American Politics. A really bad situation. TREASON means long jail sentences, and this was TREASON!”

The President’s comments come after news earlier this week that Attorney General William Barr appointed Connecticut U.S. attorney John Durham to “examine the origins of the Russia investigation and determine if intelligence collection involving the Trump campaign was ‘lawful and appropriate.’”

Durham has previously investigated corruption in law enforcement and the destruction of CIA videos.

President Trump has repeatedly made calls to “investigate the investigators.”

After the Mueller report’s release in April, he tweeted, “Mueller, and the A.G. based on Mueller findings (and great intelligence), have already ruled No Collusion, No Obstruction. These were crimes committed by Crooked Hillary, the DNC, Dirty Cops and others! INVESTIGATE THE INVESTIGATORS!”

 

Shady Schiff on Mueller Public Testimony: It’s “Going To Happen, It Has To”

House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D-CA) is confident that Special Counsel Robert Mueller will testify publicly about the Russia probe.

Speaking to MSNBC host Chris Hayes last night, Schiff said his committee was talking with the Special Counsel’s office.

“We’re in conversation with the Special Counsel’s office and it’s not that they’ve confirmed a date but this is going to happen,” he said. “It has to.”

**LISTEN: Dan addresses Trey Gowdy’s revealing comments on last night’s Hannity**

“You have to start–I think–with the man who did the investigation and I think the Republicans and the Attorney General even understand that. That’s why Barr has said repeatedly he’s not going to stand in the way of Mueller testimony. I think thats because he knows he can’t.”

When asked if Mueller’s testimony would be public, Schiff said he thinks the Judiciary Committee hearing would be “completely in open session.”

“In our committee [House Intelligence] we might have part of it in open and part of it closed.”

Mueller to Testify May 15?

Congressman David Cicilline (D-RI) said yesterday that a tentative date of May 15 has been set for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to testify before the House Judiciary Committee about his Russia report.

Speaking to Fox News Sunday, the congressman said, “We think the American people have a right to hear directly from him.”

When asked if Mueller would show up to the hearing, Cicilline said, “Obviously, until the date comes, we never have an absolute guarantee. The White House has so far indicated they would not interfere with Mr. Mueller’s attempt to testify; we hope that won’t change.”

Yesterday, President Trump railed against the Democrats’ plan to call Mueller to testify, writing on Twitter, “After spending more than $35,000,000 over a two year period, interviewing 500 people, using 18 Trump Hating Angry Democrats & 49 FBI Agents – all culminating in a more than 400 page Report showing NO COLLUSION – why would the Democrats in Congress now need Robert Mueller…….to testify. Are they looking for a redo because they hated seeing the strong NO COLLUSION conclusion? There was no crime, except on the other side (incredibly not covered in the Report), and NO OBSTRUCTION. Bob Mueller should not testify. No redos for the Dems!”

For the full report, click HERE.

White House Issues SCATHING Letter to DOJ About Mueller

The White House ripped into Special Counsel Robert Mueller in a recently revealed letter to the Department of Justice, according to Fox News.

The letter slammed the special counsel’s team for including “political statements” in the Russia report and for its failure to act as traditional prosecutors.

White House Counsel Emmett Flood sent the letter to DOJ on April 19.

Fox News reports:

In the letter, Flood was sharply critical of the Mueller team’s handling of the investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice — namely, not reaching a determination on that question while still going into great detail about the probe’s findings and including a pointed passage that stated the probe did not exonerate the president.

“The Special Counsel and his staff failed in their duty to act as prosecutors and only as prosecutors,” Flood wrote, complaining that the report “suffers from an extraordinary legal defect” by failing to comply with the “requirements of governing law.”

Flood noted prosecutors “simply are not in the business of establishing innocence.”

…Flood also complained that the report is “is laden with factual information that has never been subjected to adversarial testing or independent analysis.”

For the full report, click HERE.

Shady Schiff Calls for AG Barr to Resign

Russia hoax perpetuator, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is calling for Attorney General William Barr to resign.

The Congressman tweeted today, “Barr’s answer to @RepCharlieCrist, denying knowledge of Mueller’s concerns over his summary, was deliberately false and misleading. If he were an ordinary citizen, it might be considered perjury. As our top law enforcement official, it’s even worse. He must step down.”

Schiff’s tweet comes after the Washington Post reported last night that Special Counsel Robert Mueller sent a letter to Barr in which he expressed his frustrations with the Attorney General’s summary of the Mueller report.

“There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation,” the letter states, according to the Post. “This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Dept. appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations.”

Democrats seem disinterested in a critical part of the Washington Post report which states that when Barr pressed Mueller on whether he thought his memo to Congress was inaccurate, “Mueller said he did not but felt that the media coverage of it was misinterpreting the investigation.”

In a statement to Fox News, DOJ spokesperson Kerri Kupec said Mueller did not question the accuracy of Barr’s summary.

“After the Attorney General received Special Counsel Mueller’s letter, he called him to discuss it,” Kupec said. “In a cordial and professional conversation, the Special Counsel emphasized that nothing in the Attorney General’s March 24 letter was inaccurate or misleading. But, he expressed frustration over the lack of context and the resulting media coverage regarding the Special Counsel’s obstruction analysis. They then discussed whether additional context from the report would be helpful and could be quickly released.”

Kupec added: “However, the Attorney General ultimately determined that it would not be productive to release the report in piecemeal fashion.  The Attorney General and the Special Counsel agreed to get the full report out with necessary redactions as expeditiously as possible. The next day, the Attorney General sent a letter to Congress reiterating that his March 24 letter was not intended to be a summary of the report, but instead only stated the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions, and volunteered to testify before both Senate and House Judiciary Committees on May 1st and 2nd.”

Gingrich: Mueller Letter Leak Meant to “Maximize the Embarrassment” for AG Barr

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said the latest leak of a letter from Special Counsel Robert Mueller to Attorney General William Barr was meant to “maximize the embarrassment” to Barr and frame the questioning for the next two days of Congressional hearings.

The letter, according to the Washington Post, expressed Mueller’s frustration with Barr’s description of his findings. However, the Post also reports that when Barr pressed Mueller on whether he thought his memo to Congress was inaccurate, “Mueller said he did not but felt that the media coverage of it was misinterpreting the investigation.”

“There is now public confusion about critical aspects of the results of our investigation,” the letter states, according to the Post. “This threatens to undermine a central purpose for which the Dept. appointed the Special Counsel: to assure full public confidence in the outcome of the investigations.”

Gingrich said “I assume somebody wanted to leak [Mueller’s letter] to maximize the embarrassment to Barr and to set up the questions for the hearings the next two days. Look, the Deep State in Washington has played these games for the whole history of the country,” he said.

He continued, “After all the noise you just shrug your shoulders and say, ‘so what?’ Mueller had every opportunity to come out the day that Barr released his letter. Mueller could have at any point decided to refute it and as I understand the actual key sentences, the distortion is by the news media. The distortion is not by Barr,”

“Think about this. The media that Mueller is complaining about are the people who are now using Mueller’s complaint to further distort what is going on. You couldn’t make this up,” he said.