Tag: Robert Mueller

Trump Lawyer: Mueller Won’t Release Final Report, Probe is “Terrible Waste of Time”

The former top attorney for President Trump said that he does not believe Special Counsel Robert Mueller will release a final report, and called the investigation into the Trump campaign and Russia a “terrible waste of time.”

Speaking to an ABC News podcast, John Dowd, who left the Trump legal team in March 2018 said, “I don’t think there’ll be a report. I will be shocked if anything regarding the president is made public, other than ‘We’re done.’”

“I ran big corruption cases,” he said. “I didn’t go around, picking scabs and just making any case I could make. If there was a petty case, I shifted it to someone else. I didn’t do it. And that’s where I disagree with Bob [Mueller].”

The Washington Times reports:

Mr. Dowd said the president has cooperated with the special counsel at an unprecedented level, even providing investigators with communications with the White House Counsel’s office

“There’s no time in history has anybody had this kind of look at communications with the president,” Mr. Dowd said.

For the full story, click HERE.

Huge: Mueller Called Before FISA Courts after FBI Cheated on Surveillance Applications in ’02

Special Counsel Robert Mueller was summoned before the FISA courts when he was FBI director to address a “large number of instances in which the FBI cheated on sensitive surveillance warrants,” in 2002 and 2003, according to John Solomon of the Hill.

The news was revealed by former FBI principal deputy general counsel, Trisha Anderson, who testified to Congressional investigators that Mueller was asked to appear before the FISA judges over “extensive” cheating on FISA warrants.

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“It preceded my time with the FBI but as I understood it, there was a pattern of some incidents of omission that were of concern to the FISA court that resulted in former Director Mueller actually appearing before the FISA court,” Anderson told Congress.

Solomon writes:

Other sources who worked for Mueller at the time told me the court’s concerns arose in 2002 and 2003 — shortly after America was stunned by the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks — when the FISC learned the FBI had omitted material facts from FISA warrant applications in more than 75 terrorism cases that dated back to the late 1990s.

Most of the omissions occurred in FBI work that pre-dated Mueller’s arrival, the sources said. But the court wanted assurances the new sheriff in town was going to stop such widespread abuses.

Mueller told the court the FBI had created a new system called the Woods Procedures — named for the FBI lawyer who drafted them — to ensure FISA warrant applications were accurate and did not omit material information, according to Anderson’s congressional interview.

For Solomon’s full report, click HERE.

Sen. Grassley: Mueller Witch Hunt Report to be Released “Within a Month”

Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) said yesterday that he believes Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report will be released “within a month,” Business Insider reports.

Speaking to radio host Hugh Hewitt, Grassley also said the American people deserve transparency with respect to Mueller’s investigation into the Trump campaign and the phony allegations of Russian collusion.

“I don’t care what the report says. The public ought to know what their 25 or 35 million bought. And except for national security and privacy of individuals… everything else I think ought to be out.”

Business Insider states, “Grassley spokesman Taylor Foy said the senator’s estimates ‘weren’t based on any specific information, but rather growing media speculation and reports that it may be wrapping up.'”

On Jan. 28, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the Trump campaign and Russia is nearing its end.

“The investigation is, I think, close to being completed and I hope that we can get the report from Mueller as soon as possible,” he said.

Whitaker made the statement during a press conference where the DOJ announced it was charging Chinese company Huawei and its CFO for stealing trade secrets.

Whitaker became Acting Attorney General in November and faced a barrage of criticism from liberals and Democrats who claimed he should recuse himself from the Mueller investigation because he had publicly criticized the probe in the past.

Lindsey Graham Demands FBI Briefing on “Tactics” Used in Roger Stone Arrest

Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is demanding an FBI briefing on the arrest of political adviser Roger Stone who was recently charged by Special Counsel Robert Mueller with obstruction, making false statements, and witness intimidation.

Graham sent a letter to FBI Director Christopher Wray yesterday and expressed his concerns over the tactics used during Stone’s arrest.

Stone was arrested in the early morning last Friday by armed FBI agents in full tactical gear.

In his letter to Wray, Graham wrote, “Although I am sure these tactics would be standard procedure for the arrest of a violent offender, I have questions regarding their necessity in this case.”

He continued, “The American public has had enough of the media circus that surrounds the Special Counsel’s investigation. Yet, the manner of this arrest appears to have only added to the spectacle. Accordingly, I write to seek justification for the tactics used and the timing of the arrest of Mr. Stone.”

Graham requested that the FBI brief the Judiciary Committee by Feb. 5.

Earlier this week, Stone appeared on Fox News’ the Ingraham Angle, and slammed the FBI raid, saying they sent more men to his house than they had to protect the Benghazi compound.

“The whole purpose of this over-the-top raid on my house, in which they sent in more men then were used to protect our compound in Benghazi, was to paint a picture of me coming to poison a jury pool as public enemy number one,” he said.

Former U.S. attorney and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie criticized Mueller’s decision to authorize the FBI raid of Stone’s house, calling it “overkill.”

“I think it’s the wrong thing for prosecutors to do. I think that Mr. Mueller made a mistake in authorizing that, because you’re going to be criticized, and rightfully so, if you’re a prosecutor using those means as a means of intimidation. If you’re using it as a way to protect FBI agents, that’s completely appropriate. And I’ve done it.”

He continued, “…when you get a pound on the door at 6:00 a.m., in the dark and you see a bunch of FBI agents with flak jackets on and semiautomatic weapons, to take somebody out who lied to Congress? To me, that’s overkill.”

Roger Stone Pleads Not Guilty in Federal Court to Mueller Charges

Political advisor Roger Stone pleaded not guilty today in federal court to seven charges of obstruction of justice, making false statements to Congress and witness tampering, Fox News is reporting.

Stone appeared in a D.C. federal court in front of Magistrate Judge Deborah Robinson and a status hearing was scheduled for Feb. 1.

Fox News reports:

Robinson on Tuesday ordered Stone not to travel anywhere other than Washington, the Eastern District of New York, and the Southern District of Florida while the case is pending. Robinson also said Stone is not permitted to have a passport in his possession or apply for any new passport. Stone was also ordered to return to court “whenever required.”

Stone was arrested last Friday in an early morning FBI raid after being indicted by a grand jury the previous day.

Stone appeared on Fox News’ Hannity last night where he said his indictment was meant to silence him for his support of Trump.

“This is meant to silence me,” he said.

“They’re trying to criminalize legitimate political inquiry. They’re trying to criminalize free speech, which is really what this is about.”

Watch the interview below:

REPORT: Acting AG Whitaker Says Mueller Witch Hunt Coming to an End

During a press conference today, Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the Trump campaign and Russia is nearing its end.

“The investigation is, I think, close to being completed and I hope that we can get the report from Mueller as soon as possible,” he said.

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Whitaker made the statement during a press conference today where the DOJ announced it was charging Chinese company Huawei and its CFO for stealing trade secrets.

Whitaker became Acting Attorney General in November and faced a barrage of criticism from liberals and Democrats who claimed he should recuse himself from the Mueller investigation because he had publicly criticized the probe in the past.

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Watch: Dan Discusses Roger Stone’s Indictment and the Mueller Witch Hunt

Dan Bongino joined Fox and Friends this morning to discuss Robert Mueller’s indictment of political consultant Roger Stone and slammed the Special Counsel’s probe as a cover-up for “a lot of DOJ and FBI malfeasance.”

“I’ve said from the start I believe this Mueller probe is a cover-up, he said. “I believe the Mueller probe in and of itself was initiated to cover up a lot of DOJ and FBI malfeasance and I find it awfully odd that Mueller is an integral figure in all of this.”

Dan blasted the Special Counsel for using the unverified and salacious anti-Trump dossier as the genesis for the investigation.

“This investigation wouldn’t have existed without a foreign spy producing a document that not one person has been able to verify. And now we have officials on the record saying the case wouldn’t have existed without it. This is a stunning revelation,” he said.

When asked what the White House should think of the news of Stone’s indictment today, Dan replied, “I don’t think they have anything to worry about. Donald Trump did not collude with the Russians. I think it’s clear as day. And I think this is a Mueller witch hunt. And I think they should continue to hammer that. No collusion. There is no collusion.”

Mueller Indicts Roger Stone, Still No Evidence of Collusion

Political advisor Roger Stone has been indicted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller on charges of obstruction, witness tampering, and making false statements.

Fox News reports:

The 24-page indictment alleges that Stone worked to obstruct the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election by making false statements to the committee, denying he had records sought by the committee and persuading a witness to provide false testimony.

About twelve armed FBI officers in tactical gear arrested Stone in an early morning raid at his Florida home.

Stone will make an appearance later today at a federal courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

On Wednesday night, Stone appeared on Fox News’ show Tucker Carlson Tonight where he vowed he would not lie about President Trump to “ease the pressure on myself.”

“No matter how much pressure they put on me, no matter what they say I will not bear false witness against Donald Trump,” he said. “I will not do what Michael Cohen has done and makeup lies to ease the pressure on myself.”

For the full story, click HERE.

Desperate Adam Schiff Will Investigate B.S. Claims in Buzzfeed Story Disputed by Mueller

Despite the fact that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office took the extraordinary step to publicly dispute a Buzzfeed smear article about President Trump, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) is determined to investigate the unfounded claims made by the publication.

Yesterday, during CBS’s Face the Nation, Schiff said he would “absolutely” investigate the debunked claims in the Buzzfeed story which reported that President Trump instructed his attorney Michael Cohen to lie to Congress about a Trump Tower project in Moscow.

When asked by Face the Nation host Margaret Brennan if he would investigate the Buzzfeed article, Schiff replied, “Absolutely, absolutely. Congress has a fundamental interest in two things first in getting to the bottom of why a witness came before us and lied and who else was knowledgeable that this was a lie.”

On Friday, Mueller spokesman Peter Carr said “BuzzFeed’s description of specific statements to the Special Counsel’s Office, and characterization of documents and testimony obtained by this office, regarding Michael Cohen’s Congressional testimony are not accurate.”

The President responded to the Buzzfeed story on Friday, writing on Twitter, “Remember it was Buzzfeed that released the totally discredited “Dossier,” paid for by Crooked Hillary Clinton and the Democrats (as opposition research), on which the entire Russian probe is based! A very sad day for journalism, but a great day for our Country!”

Report: DOJ’s Bruce Ohr Shared Unverified Dossier Intel with Prosecutors Now on Mueller Team

In 2016, DOJ official Bruce Ohr shared details from his meetings with anti-Trump dossier author Christopher Steele with his colleagues, including senior FBI officials and prosecutors now assigned to the Mueller investigation, according to Fox News.

In August, Ohr testified behind closed doors to the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees where he discussed details of his 2016 meetings with Steele. It was during that testimony that he confirmed he shared information from Steele with then-deputy FBI director Andrew McCabe, then-FBI attorney Lisa Page, then-FBI agent Peter Strzok and the man now known as Mueller’s “pit bull” Andrew Weissmann.

“Andy McCabe, yes and met with him and Lisa Page and provided information to him. I subsequently met with Lisa Page, Peter Strzok, and eventually (an FBI agent),” he testified. “And I also provided this information to people in the criminal division specifically Bruce Swartz, Zainab Ahmad, Andrew Weissmann.”

Fox News reports:

“According to online bios, Bruce Swartz was identified as a deputy assistant attorney general. Andrew Weissmann was chief of the DOJ Criminal Division’s Fraud Section before becoming a senior prosecutor on Mueller’s team handling the case of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort. According to a May 2017 New Yorker profile, Zainab Ahmad worked at the U.S. Attorney’s office in the Eastern District of New York and took a leave to work for then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch at the Justice Department’s Washington headquarters. Ahmad is now assigned to the special counsel’s investigation.”

For the full story, click HERE.