Tag: Special Counsel

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.

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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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Ep. 902 Mueller Doubles Down on Police State Tactics

In this episode I address the breaking news about the early morning raid of political operative Roger Stone’s house by the Mueller team. Mueller is clearly panicking at this point and I make the case that he is getting desperate by using these tactics. I also cover the increasingly troubling use of technology by governments to spy on citizens.

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Never-Ending Witch Hunt: Trump May Answer More Mueller Questions

Former New York City mayor and Trump attorney, Rudy Giuliani says the president may submit more answers to questions from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Giuliani told Axios that the president’s attorneys were negotiating with Mueller’s team on whether or not they will submit more written answers.

The former New York City mayor said that after they provided the president’s written answers last month, the special counsel’s office asked, “Suppose we have a few things we want to go over?”

Giuliani said they came to an agreement with the Mueller team that after reviewing the president’s answers, prosecutors could “come back and show us what you need.”

As of right now, the special counsel’s office has “the right to submit more questions to us,” said Giuliani.  “We have the right to say yes or no.”

“We might agree…or we might not,” he said.

After submitting the original answers in November, Giuliani told Axios that the Mueller questionnaire “looked like a law school exam … one big long group of questions, that were multi-part questions.”

The Trump attorney also said that some of the original Mueller questions created “more issues…legally than others.” He also said some questions were “unnecessary” and contained “possible traps.”

HUGE: Judge Orders Mueller to Turn Over Key Documents in Flynn Case

The federal judge overseeing former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s case has ordered Robert Mueller to hand over key documents after it was revealed the FBI suggested Flynn to not have an attorney present for the interview that eventually led to his pleading guilty to lying to the FBI.

U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan ordered Mueller’s team to hand over any “302s or memoranda” related to Flynn’s questioning by 3:00 p.m. ET Friday.

The 302 reports are summaries of FBI interviews. Usually written soon after the questioning, Flynn’s report was dated August 22, 2017–nearly seven months after his meeting with FBI agents took place.

Fox News reports:

The judge’s brief order states that Mueller can choose to file the materials under seal if necessary. Sullivan also ordered the Flynn team to turn over the documents backing up its assertions. The judge could determine why the FBI apparently took a significantly more aggressive tack in handling the Flynn interview than it did during other similar matters, including the agency’s sit-downs with Hillary Clinton and ex-Trump adviser George Papadopoulos. Flynn is set to be sentenced next Tuesday — but Sullivan’s move might delay that date, or lead to other dramatic and unexpected changes in the case. Sullivan even has the authority to toss Flynn’s guilty plea and the charge against him if he concludes that the FBI interfered with Flynn’s constitutional right to counsel, although he has given no indications that he intends to do so.

On Tuesday, Flynn’s attorneys filed a sentencing memo in which they cited the 302 report from his interview with the FBI which show then-Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe urging Flynn to not have an attorney present for the questioning.

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“I explained that I thought the quickest way to get this done was to have a conversation between [Flynn] and the agents only,” McCabe wrote. “I further stated that if LTG Flynn wished to include anyone else in the meeting, like the White House counsel for instance, that I would need to involve the Department of Justice. [Flynn] stated that this would not be necessary and agreed to meet with the agents without any additional participants.”

Flynn’s report also stated, “The agents did not provide Gen. Flynn with a warning of the penalties for making a false statement under 18 U.S.C. 1001 before, during, or after the interview.”

Before the interview, McCabe and other FBI officials “decided the agents would not warn Flynn that it was a crime to lie during an FBI interview because they wanted Flynn to be relaxed, and they were concerned that giving the warnings might adversely affect the rapport.”

The Flynn memo points out that the 302 report reveals that FBI agents strategized on how to handle Flynn if he did not remember exactly what he had said in his phone conversation with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak because the agents had already read transcripts of the phone call.

The memo states that FBI officials decided if “Flynn said he did not remember something they knew he said, they would use the exact words Flynn used … to try to refresh his recollection. If Flynn still would not confirm what he said … they would not confront him or talk him through it.”

 

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.

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“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.