- Trump’s lawyers and aides are scouring the professional and political backgrounds of 15 investigators hired by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, looking for conflicts of interest they could use to discredit the investigation — or even build a case to fire Mr. Mueller or get some members of his team recused, according to three people with knowledge of the research effort.
In a New York Times interview, President Trump warned Mueller would be crossing a red line if his family’s finances were probed after Bloomberg came out with a report outlining Mueller’s plan to investigation the Trump Organization.
The Washington Post now claims that President Trump’s legal team are exploring ways to “scale back” Mueller’s investigation. Trump’s team are now digging up dirt on Mueller’s attorneys
Unless Trump will remove all the Democrat snakes around him, he will continue to face fabricated scandals left and right. Democrats have been in bed with the Russians and the Soviets for decades and yet here’s Trump being accused of what the Democrats have been doing since Russia became communist in 1917.
As per the Washington Post:
Some of President Trump’s lawyers are exploring ways to limit or undercut special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s Russia investigation, building a case against what they allege are his conflicts of interest and discussing the president’s authority to grant pardons, according to people familiar with the effort.
Trump has asked his advisers about his power to pardon aides, family members and even himself in connection with the probe, according to one of those people. A second person said Trump’s lawyers have been discussing the president’s pardoning powers among themselves.
Trump’s legal team declined to comment on the issue. But one adviser said the president has simply expressed a curiosity in understanding the reach of his pardoning authority, as well as the limits of Mueller’s investigation.
“This is not in the context of, ‘I can’t wait to pardon myself,” a close adviser said.
With the Russia investigation continuing to widen, Trump’s lawyers are working to corral the probe and question the propriety of the special counsel’s work. They are actively compiling a list of Mueller’s alleged potential conflicts of interest, which they say could serve as a way to stymie his work, according to several of Trump’s legal advisers.
A conflict of interest is one of the possible grounds that can be cited by an attorney general to remove a special counsel from office under Justice Department regulations that set rules for the job.
Per The New York Times:
President Trump’s lawyers and aides are scouring the professional and political backgrounds of investigators hired by the special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, looking for conflicts of interest they could use to discredit the investigation — or even build a case to fire Mr. Mueller or get some members of his team recused, according to three people with knowledge of the research effort.
The search for potential conflicts is wide-ranging. It includes scrutinizing donations to Democratic candidates, investigators’ past clients and Mr. Mueller’s relationship with James B. Comey, whose firing as F.B.I. director is part of the special counsel’s investigation.
NPR is a look at the 13 out of 15 attorneys Mueller hired who will investigate Trump.
The Gateway Pundit researched the attorneys earlier today:
- Rush Atkinson, an attorney on detail from the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section at the Department of Justice
— Donated $200 to Clinton in 2016
- Peter Carr – DOJ spokesman under Barack Obama.
- Andrew Goldstein, a public corruption prosecutor on detail from the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York
— Worked under Trump-basher Preet Bharara in the liberal New York southern district.
- Adam Jed, an appellate attorney on detail from DOJ’s Civil Division.
— Defended Obamacare at the DOJ.
- Rober Mueller – Special Counsel Team leader.— Best friend to fired leaker James Comey.
- Lisa Page, an attorney on detail from the FBI’s Office of the General Counsel and a former trial attorney with the Criminal Division’s Organized Crime and Gang Section
— Investigated Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash, a one-time business partner of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, at the DOJ.
- Elizabeth Prelogar, an appellate attorney on detail from the Office of the Solicitor General.
–Fluent in Russian; former law clerk to Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elena Kagan.
- James Quarles, a former partner at WilmerHale and a former assistant special prosecutor for the Watergate Special Prosecution Force.
–Former assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force.
- Jeannie Rhee, a former partner at WilmerHale who has served in the Office of Legal Counsel at DOJ and as an assistant U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia.
— Rhee is a Clinton Foundation Lawyer and former Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Legal Counsel under Barack Obama.
- Brandon Van Grack, an attorney on detail from the Justice Department’s National Security Division.
— Led a grand jury inquiry in Northern Virginia scrutinizing former Trump associate Michael Flynn’s foreign lobbying.
- Andrew Weissmann, who is on detail from the Criminal Division’s Fraud Section and who has served as general counsel at the FBI and as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York.
— Weissmann donated $2,300 to the Obama Victory Fund in 2008, $2,000 to the DNC in 2006 and at least $2,300 to the Clinton campaign in 2007.
- Aaron Zebley, a former partner at WilmerHale who has previously served with Mueller at the FBI and has served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.
— Worked with Robert Mueller at the WilmerHale firm.
- “When he brought it to me, I said this is really, made-up junk,” Trump said, denying the contents of the dossier. “I didn’t think about any of it. I just thought about man, this is such a phony deal.”
- James Comey alerted Trump because ‘the media was about to publicly report the material’
( Daily Caller ) President Donald Trump accused former FBI director James Comey of trying to use an infamous dossier as leverage against him.
In a New York Times interview published Wednesday, Trump recalled Comey first telling him about the dossier, which contained allegations about indecent behavior supposedly performed by Trump while visiting Moscow.
Trump explained that two weeks before his inauguration, Comey pulled him aside after an intelligence briefing at Trump Tower and informed him about the dossier.
Trump believes now that Comey sharing the document with him was meant as an implicit threat.
“In my opinion, he shared it so that I would think he had it out there,” Trump said. When asked if he meant as leverage, Trump replied, “Yeah I think so. In retrospect.”
The FBI was not able to corroborate the vulgar claims made in the dossier, which was compiled by a British spy.
“When he brought it to me, I said this is really, made-up junk,” Trump said, denying the contents of the dossier. “I didn’t think about any of it. I just thought about man, this is such a phony deal.”
Comey explained the reasoning behind alerting Trump to the material during his June 8 testimony in front of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
“The IC leadership thought it important, for a variety of reasons, to alert the incoming President to the existence of this material, even though it was salacious and unverified,” Comey’s prepared remarks said.
“Among those reasons were: (1) we knew the media was about to publicly report the material and we believed the IC should not keep knowledge of the material and its imminent release from the President-Elect; and (2) to the extent there was some effort to compromise an incoming President, we could blunt any such effort with a defensive briefing,” he explained.
Read more: Trump Sensed Dossier Threat From James Comey
- Court records show that the Connecticut-based email storage company Datto handed over a “device” consisting of five or six disks to the FBI in October 2015
- Datto backed up everything that was on Hillary Clinton’s server into their cloud, which is a series of servers
- DC district court judge Randolph Moss asked the DOJ how come you never searched it? They said we were never compelled to!”
- James Comey spent his entire FBI investigation missing many Hillary Clinton emails and communications, according to the official version of events.
( BLP ) It turns out that fired FBI director James Comey had Hillary Clinton’s definitive backup email device the entire election.
Court records show that the Connecticut-based email storage company Datto handed over a “device” consisting of five or six disks to the FBI in October 2015. Insiders believe the device potentially contains every electronic communication that Hillary Clinton sent or received during her tenure as Secretary of State. James Comey spent his entire FBI investigation missing many Hillary Clinton emails and communications, according to the official version of events.
The FBI handed the device over to the State Department, which has not searched it at all.
“We don’t know what the FBI did once they had the device and the information on it. What we know is since the investigation ended in July of last year the material found on that device has been forwarded from the Justice Department to the State Department,” Michael Bekesha, a Judicial Watch senior lawyer working the case, told Big League Politics in an exclusive interview.
“I don’t know what it suggests. The State Department now has it. We know that the State Department has not gone through it. Five disks of information. It may have been six, the number changed,” Bekesha said. “They said there are thousands of records on whatever was turned over from the Datto device and eventually they will get around to reviewing those records and getting them to us in response to our FOIA.”
“Until the State Department releases the information, we will not know: what was on there that Hillary Clinton did not turn over? What did Huma Abedin not turn over? Are there emails from Chelsea Clinton on the server?,” Bekesha said. Judicial Watch continues to find new Hillary Clinton emails on a regular basis.
Citizen researcher Larry Kawa, who brought the case to Judicial Watch, told Big League Politics that the device contains “everything.”
James Comey long time friend Benjamin Wittes has a teaser – a bombshell story about the former FBI director and President Trump, which could be published by Monday.
Via The Daily Caller:
Benjamin Wittes, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, posted an ominous message on Twitter on Friday: “TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK TICK.”
The lawyer, who blogs at Lawfare, has posted similar messages in the past just before major stories in the ongoing Trump-Comey saga hit The New York Times.
Wittes wrote on Twitter that the upcoming story could be published later Friday or on Monday. The heads-up comes a day after Trump revealed that he was bluffing last month when he suggested that he had recorded his conversations with Comey.
Leaker and former FBI director James Comey visited New York Times building and was there for three hours together with his wife. New stash of leaks to dump, eh Comey?
But New York Times Company spokeswoman insist Comey did not visit the paper’s newsroom.
The Daily Mail reports:
Former FBI director James Comey made a quiet visit to The New York Times on Thursday, one of few public outings since he admitted leaking stories to the newspaper about President Trump before the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8.
Comey kept his sunglasses on and his gaze forward as he marched through the front entrance of the Times Square office building which houses the publication. He was accompanied by his wife Patrice Failor who also wore sunglasses.
Unmistakable as he towered over the crowds in a crisp navy suit and tie on one of the warmest days of the year, Comey drew second-glances from some stunned by-passers
Famous for his “F**k Flynn, and then we f**k Trump”, acting FBI director Andrew McCabe is allegedly the ringleader behind Trump’s obstruction of justice probe, colluding with Special counsel Robert Mueller and leaker former FBI Director James Comey . The left reluctantly dumped the Russian hoax and but now fixate on obstruction. These three are just the visible puppets, the real question we need to ask who are the invisible masters orchestrating the sinister plot to bring down the president.
“Russia” special counsel Robert Mueller has formed a political team with his friend, fired FBI director James Comey, and the current FBI director Andrew McCabe to work together against President Donald Trump. But Mueller and Comey are not the ringleaders. Surprisingly, it’s McCabe.
An inside source told Big League Politics that McCabe is “running the show,” and “he’s the key.”
“Mueller and McCabe are assembling a better political operation than Hillary had in the campaign. The trio of Mueller/McCabe and Comey are all creatures of the swamp,” the source explained. “Any Republican who thinks this isn’t a political operation and isn’t geared toward impacting 2018 and beyond is absolutely nuts.”
“I think McCabe is the most politically savvy given how he navigated the controversy with his wife’s campaign donations and the Clinton investigation,” the source continued.
McCabe took over when Comey got fired and quickly set up the team’s power play. McCabe said that Comey did not get fired from the FBI for performance issues. That sets up the premise for a potential obstruction of justice move by the McCabe-Mueller-Comey trio.
DANGER! JAMES COMEY SINISTER PLOT, REMOVED JEFF SESSIONS TO APPOINT CLOSE FRIEND ROBERT MUELLER AS INDEPENDENT SPECIAL COUNSEL
Are James Comey and Robert Mueller COLLUDING to bring down Trump through a well-orchestrated ‘INDEPENDENT’ Trump-Russia investigation where allegations of obstruction against the president will be central? If true, who are other invisible main characters behind this sinister plot?
The birth of special counsel:
Using leaks, James Comey deliberately leaked memo to the media to remove AG Jeff Sessions and orchestrate an appointment of a special counsel for ‘independent’ Trump-Russia investigation.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Comey’s close buddy Robert Mueller as the special counsel.
Both are former FBI Directors but Robert Mueller and James Comey are also longtime friends for about 15 years now. Agents say they were joined at the hip that the two men have been described as “brothers in arms.”
Since his appointment, Mueller pick Jeannie Rhee. In 2015, according to Politico, Rhee worked for the Clinton Foundation, defending it from FOIA requests related to Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Mueller has also hinted as to the criminal nature of his investigation, hiring Andrew Weissmann, the former head of the DOJ criminal division’s fraud section, and former Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben. Aiming for impeachment?
Mueller is investigating the Trump-Russia affair, in which, if the increasing buzz in the case is correct, allegations of obstruction against the president will be central. And central to those allegations — the key witness — will be the prosecutor’s good friend, the now-aggrieved former FBI director. – ( Washington Examiner )
The whole purpose of the special counsel is to have a prosecutor from outside the government and outside of the normal chain of command because inherent conflicts render the Justice Department incapable of handling it. So, now the special counsel is a close friend (mentor/mentee relationship) with the star witness, who by his own admission leaked the memos at least in part to engineer the appointment of a special counsel.
Newt Gingrich warning: “Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel ( Robert Mueller ) is going to be fair. Look who he is hiring.check fec reports. Time to rethink,”
Gingrich told Fox News, “This is going to be a witch hunt.”
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