Tag: Special Counsel

Trump Attorney on Mueller: He’s Intimidating People to Tell “His Version” of Truth

Former New York City mayor and Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani is continuing his public criticism of the special counsel, telling a radio host on Sunday that Robert Mueller is “intimidating” people to tell his version of the truth.

Fox News reports:

“This isn’t a search for the truth. It’s a witch hunt,” Giuliani told host John Catsimatidis in an interview with AM 970 in New York. “This is what is wrong with these special prosecutors and independent counsels. They think they are God.” Giuliani added: “They seem to want to prosecute people at any cost, including the cost of ethical behavior and the rights of people.” Giuliani accused Mueller of crossing boundaries for the purpose of “intimidating” Trump’s allies into saying “what he believes (is) his version of the truth,” in light of the surprise plea agreement Thursday with Michael Cohen, Trump’s former lawyer.

Speaking about former Trump campaign official Paul Manafort, Giuliani says, “When you look at Mr. Manafort they’ve had him in solitary confinement… They have repeatedly questioned him. And they told him they don’t believe him and they want him to give certain forms of evidence that would implicate the president in things that Mr. Manafort says are untrue.”

The former New York City mayor described how Mueller’s team dragged Manafort to their offices “about 12 times” to question him. Each time, however, Manafort said he couldn’t tell prosecutors what they wanted to hear.

“There’s a point at which they’re sending a terrible signal. An ethical prosecutor would stop this and pursue some other line of inquiry with other people. After all, he’s just saying what everybody else has said. There’s no evidence that the president was involved in any sort of collusion about the election,” he said.

Giuliani hasn’t been one to hold back in his criticisms of Mueller.

Last week, after former Trump attorney Michael Cohen plead guilty to lying to Congress, Giuliani blasted the special counsel for timing the plea with the president’s trip to the G20 summit in Argentina.

“It is important to understand that documents that the Special Counsel’s Office is using to show that Cohen lied to Congress were voluntarily disclosed by the Trump Organization because there was nothing to hide. It is hardly coincidental that the Special Counsel once again files a charge just as the President is leaving for a meeting with world leaders at the G20 Summit in Argentina. The Special Counsel did the very same thing as the President was leaving for a world summit in Helsinki. With regard to the hotel proposal in Moscow, the President has been completely open and transparent.”

 

Breaking: Jerome Corsi to Reject Mueller Plea Deal

Former Infowars editor and author Jerome Corsi has told CNN he will reject a plea deal that has been offered to him by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

“They can put me in prison the rest of my life. I am not going to sign a lie,” Corsi said in a phone call with CNN.

When asked what would happen now that he is refusing the plea deal, Corsi responded: “I don’t know.”

According to The Atlantic staff writer, Natasha Bertrand, Corsi told her he would not accept Mueller’s plea deal on one count of perjury because it would require him to sign a statement saying he willfully lied, which he denies.

Mueller’s team questioned Corsi as part of their investigation into political advisor Roger Stone’s Wikileaks connections. The Special Counsel is trying to determine whether or not Stone had prior knowledge of the Wikileaks release of Clinton campaign documents in 2016–an allegation Stone denies.

Corsi announced November 13 that he was expecting to be indicted by Mueller. In a live stream, he said, “I fully anticipate that in the next few days I will be indicted by Mueller for some form or other of giving false information to the special counsel or to one of the other grand jury — or however they want to do the indictment. But I’m going to be criminally charged.”

Corsi claimed he received a subpoena from two FBI agents in August and has since handed over two computers and access to his email and Twitter accounts.

He said that he was interrogated by investigators and “quizzed” about various specific topics for months.

 

Job Security? Lindsey Graham says Acting AG Won’t Fire Mueller

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) says Acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker won’t fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

The Hill reports:

Graham met with Whitaker Thursday afternoon in his Russell Building office and says the man President Trump tapped to replace ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions says he doesn’t see anything wrong with Mueller’s probe.

LISTEN: Dan discusses the legality of Whitaker’s appointment as Acting Attorney General

“As to the Mueller investigation, I’m confident that it is not in jeopardy,” Graham said after meeting with Whitaker.

Graham said that Whitaker assured him that he doesn’t think that Mueller’s probe has breached any Justice Department guidelines.

“There’s no reason to fire him. I asked him, ‘Do you have any reason to [fire] Mr. Mueller? He said he has zero reason to believe anything is being done wrong with the Mueller investigation,” Graham said, recounting the conversation.

This news comes as Democrats continue to call for Whitaker’s recusal from his oversight role in the Russia investigation over past comments he has made about the Special Counsel and Robert Mueller.

In a letter to an ethics official at the Department of Justice, Democrat leaders wrote, “There are serious ethical considerations that require Mr. Whitaker’s immediate recusal from any involvement with the Special Counsel investigation of the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.”

Whitaker told radio host Andrew Wilkow that he does not believe there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

“The truth is there was no collusion with the Russians and the Trump campaign,” he said. “There was interference by the Russians into the election, but that was not collusion with the campaign. That’s where the left seems to be combining those two issues.”

In the same interview, Whitaker stressed that there has been no evidence to suggest any wrongdoing with the Trump campaign and Russia. “The last thing they want right now is for the truth to come out, and for the fact that there’s not a single piece of evidence that demonstrates that the Trump campaign had any illegal or any improper relationships with the Russians,” he said.

On Tuesday, the Department of Justice said in a statement that Whitaker would be meeting with ethics officials to discuss the possibility of recusing himself from certain matters.

“Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker is fully committed to following all appropriate processes and procedures at the Department of Justice, including consulting with senior ethics officials on his oversight responsibilities and matters that may warrant recusal,” said DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec.

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.

THE LIST: Not a Single Special Counsel Indictment Mentions Russian Collusion

Robert Mueller’s special counsel has resulted in dozens of indictments and subsequent charges, which many casual observers on the Left seem to view as confirmation that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. Witch hunts (even of the literal nature) always find some “guilty” individuals, though a common theme is that their guilt has nothing to do with the original goal of the hunt. That’s on full display in Mueller’s special counsel.

When Rod Rosenstein authorized Mueller’s special counsel after the firing of James Comey, it authorized Mueller to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and (ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and (iii) any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a).”

After reviewing those charges, it’s clear that no evidence of “collusion” has been uncovered.

George Papadopoulos

First charged: October 3, 2017.

Charges: One count of making false statements to the FBI.

Specifics: Made misleading statements to the FBI about his interactions with “an overseas professor” (Joseph Mifsud) who had alleged ties to the Russian government. Mifsud has donated to the Clinton Foundation in the past. No charges relating to actual Russian collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Rick Gates and Paul Manafort

First charged: October 27, 2017, then February 22, 2018.

Charges: Manafort – Found guilty of 8 counts: five tax fraud charges, one charge of hiding foreign bank accounts and two counts of bank fraud. Gates – 2 counts: conspiracy against the United States and false statements.

Specifics: All regarding tax evasion and money laundering. Zero charges are related to collusion between the Donald Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Michael Flynn 

First charged: November 30, 2017.

Charges: One count of making false statements to the FBI. Flynn allegedly lied during an interview with two agents.

Specifics: As James Comey confirmed, neither of the FBI agents that Flynn allegedly lied to thought that Flynn was being untruthful. Flynn spoke to a Russian ambassador following the 2016 election, which is standard given Flynn’s former position. Flynn was quizzed on the contents of his conversation with the ambassador, none of which were criminal. The FBI had known this because they surveilled Flynn’s call and knew its exact contents before testing Flynn on how well he could recall it.

Richard Pinedo

First charged: February 2, 2018.

Charges: One count of identity theft.

Specifics: Pinedo operated the website Auction Essistance, which brokered bank account numbers to allow people banned from eBay and PayPal  (and similar websites) to return to those websites under a different identity. Pinedo transferred, possessed and used the identities of other people in connection with unlawful activity, according to a statement of the offense. I’m not sure how this could have less to do with Russian collusion.

Alex van der Zwaan

First charged: February 2, 2018.

Charges: Lying to the FBI and Special Counsel about his interactions with Rick Gates and Konstantin Kilimnik (a Ukrainian associate of Manafort).

Specifics: None relating to Russian collusion with the Trump campaign.

Dzheykhun Aslanov, Gleb Vasilchenko, Internet Research Agency LLC, Irina Kaverzina Vladimir Venkov, Anna Bogacheva Maria Bovda Robert Bovda Mikhail Burchik Mikhail Bystrov Aleksandra Krylova Vadim Podkopaev Sergey Polozov Yevgeny Prigozhin Concord Catering, and Concord Management and Consulting LLC

First charged: February 16, 2018

Charges: Multiple charges of conspiracy to defraud the United States and aggravated identity theft. Conspiracy to commit wire fraud and bank fraud.

Specifics: Mueller alleges that the Russians indicted “communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign,” with the key word being “unwitting,” as there’s no evidence that the Trump campaign members knew. More specifically, their crimes include “making expenditures in connection with the 2016 U.S. presidential election without proper regulatory disclosure; failing to register as foreign agents carrying out political activities within the United States; and obtaining visas through false and fraudulent statements.”

While they did try to interfere with the U.S. election, there is no evidence of collusion.

Konstantin Kilimnik

First charged: June 8, 2018

Charges: Two counts: obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Specifics: Communicated with Rick Gates and Paul Manafort (who he’d known since 2005), and aided them in laundering money. “Russia” is mentioned in his indictment only when referencing to the country as a location.

Boris Antonov, Dmitriy Badin, Nikolay Kozachek, Aleksey Lukashev, Artem Malyshev, Sergey Morgachev, Viktor Netyksho, Aleksey Potemkin, Ivan Yermakov, Pavel Yershov, Aleksandr Osadchuk, and Anatoliy Kovalev

First charged: August 31, 2018.

Charges: Multiple charges of conspiracy to commit an offense against the United States, aggravated identity theft, and conspiracy to launder money.

Specifics: Attempted interference with U.S. election, but not through collusion with the Trump campaign. Also money laundering and identity theft.

W. Samuel Patten

First charged: August 31, 2018

Charges: Violating the Foreign Agents Registration Act

Specifics: Patten failed to register as a foreign agent with the Justice Department when he represented the Ukrainian political party “Opposition Bloc” from 2014 through 2018. He also admitted to laundering a $50,000 donation from Kilmnik to the Trump inauguration committee (there is no evidence to suggest anyone associated with the Trump campaign knew anything of this).

In Conclusion

Mueller has burned no shortage of witches at the stake with his investigation – but we still have yet to see a single charge of witchcraft.

January 25, 2018: Ep. 641 Be Patient, Justice is Coming

The FBI texts are not missing.

Hard evidence suggests that a massive scandal is brewing at both the FBI and the Department of Justice.

Back in January of last year, an Obama administration appointee gave a must-see press conference about emails between Hillary Clinton and President Obama. This piece has the critical details.

How is John Kerry not guilt of Logan Act violations for the recent stunt he pulled?

Trump says “there’s no collusion whatsoever.”

A weak dollar will not help grow our economy.

November 16, 2017: Ep. 592 The Democrats are Playing With Fire

What is “regime uncertainty” and why should it matter to you? This excellent piece explains why.

Why are the Democrats and the mainstream media turning on the Clintons now? This piece offers a strong explanation.

The Obamacare tax penalty is becoming a political football and, as is often the case, the CBO is providing misleading data. This piece debunks some of their assertions.

Here’s a brief but powerful explanation of why socialism destroys economies.

If you support a Balanced Budget Amendment then you should read this.