- 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.
Russian translator at Donald Trump Jr. meeting worked with then FBI Director Robert Mueller and State Department
- Russian translator, Anatoli Samochornov, worked with the State Department and the FBI during Robert Mueller’s tenure as Director of the Bureau, according to documents obtained by True Pundit.
( TruePundit ) The Russian translator at the Trump Tower meeting with Donald Trump Jr. worked with the State Department and the FBI during Robert Mueller’s tenure as Director of the Bureau, according to documents obtained by True Pundit.
Mueller, the former FBI director, is currently the United States Special Counsel investigating President Donald Trump’s administration and White House aides for alleged connections to supposed Russian factions. While Big Media has tried to portray Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr., as having orchestrated a clandestine meeting with the Russians to attempt to find dirt on Hillary Clinton, few can seem to explain how a person linked to the FBI and Mueller, who was calling the shots for the Bureau at the time, ended up at the very same Trump Tower sit down.
Mueller’s office did not return calls for comment. The translator, Anatoli Samochornov, who also worked for the US State Department until recently, could not be reached for comment either. Former FBI officials with knowledge of the meeting and possible other FBI work performed by Samochornov refused to go on the record.
Samochornov has worked as an intelligence attache and translator for the United States in varying capacities for years. In 2010, while Mueller was FBI Director, Samochornov worked with the head of the New York FBI field office, FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Lauren Anderson. Anderson worked with Samochornov in his role as “Program Officer” tor the State Department’s International Visitor & leadership program.
Anderson, who is now retired from the FBI, could not be reached for comment, although she has been quoted in the New York Times applauding ex-FBI boss James Comey’s alleged diligent note taking for his alleged memos compiled against President Trump. Anderson worked high profile espionage cases in Europe, Russia, France, and western Africa for the Bureau and ran the global terrorism program of the FBI’s New York Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) before her recent retirement, FBI sources said.
Lawnewz prediction: President Trump will fire Robert Mueller, DOJ special counsel for Trump-Russia collusion probe, in the next 100 days. “The clock starts now!”
The former FBI director and good friend of leaker James Comey is stacking his Special Counsel team with 15 Democrat donors and Obama lawyers.
Reasons cited for Mueller’s firing:
– Mueller’s friendship with Comey (the ultimate in disingenuous circular reasoning)
– Some other yet to be discovered and invented bias on the part of Mueller and his team
– The cost of the investigation
– The need to focus on “more important” issues
President of Judicial Watch, Tom Fitton recently called Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation ‘out of control’ and argued that it should be shut down.
Fitton: “…You know my count is 14, 15 lawyers to have working on this one investigation to investigate to investigate what? An employment dispute between Comey and the President?
I don’t understand what this investigation is about. You have the conflicts caused by Comey leaking records to get Mueller appointed, you have Constitutional concerns about the way the office operates.”
Lets be clear, it was extraordinary for the President to fire the FBI director. In fact, James Comey was only the second-ever to be fired in U.S. history. The President undoubtedly had the authority to do it but despite coming under fire during the 2016 election, Comey was long viewed as a fixture, a sometimes controversial but even-handed, non-partisan and eminently qualified director who would never get fired. Especially because of the ongoing Russia investigation. Except that is exactly what happened, and why it happened. The President admitted as much.
Since then the “witch hunt” investigation into the Trump campaign and alleged collusion with the Kremlin has taken a decidedly more perilous and personal turn for the President. And that’s exactly why we think it won’t be longer than 100 days before Trump pulls the trigger and “Comey” Mueller (no he can’t technically fire him but he can certainly order it and make it happen). After all, as the campaign and his first few months in office prove, Trump puts his family above anything else. As information continues to seep out about the work that Mueller is doing and the subpoenas start coming, we believe the President will be increasingly frustrated and the administration will undoubtedly continue to seek to undermine Mueller’s credibility. And lets be clear, by any objective standard Mueller is an unassailable, apolitical public servant.
- The officials who described the financial focus of the investigation spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
- Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment for this article but said that “the Special Counsel’s Office has undertaken stringent controls to prohibit unauthorized disclosures and will deal severely with any member who engages in this conduct.”
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is investigating the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, as part of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to U.S. officials familiar with the matter.
FBI agents and federal prosecutors have also been examining the financial dealings of other Trump associates, including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Carter Page, who was listed as a foreign-policy adviser for the campaign.
The Washington Post previously reported that investigators were scrutinizing meetings that Kushner held with Russians in December — first with Russian ambassador Sergey Kislyak, and then with Sergey Gorkov, the head of a state-owned Russian development bank. At the time of that report, it was not clear that the FBI was investigating Kushner’s business dealings.
The officials who described the financial focus of the investigation spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
….Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, declined to comment for this article but said that “the Special Counsel’s Office has undertaken stringent controls to prohibit unauthorized disclosures and will deal severely with any member who engages in this conduct.”
Read more: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/special-counsel-is-investigating-jared-kushners-business-dealings/2017/06/15/5d9a32c6-51f2-11e7-91eb-9611861a988f_story.html?utm_term=.1f233f536dfd#comments
- Robert Mueller announced just a few days ago he assembled a team of five attorneys to look into possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign team. Three of the members of Mueller’s team donated to Democrats — including Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
By Cheryl K. Chumley – The Washington Times – Wednesday, June 14, 2017
Yeah — about that team of nonpartisan, unbiased, above-politics band of merry investigators that special counsel Robert Mueller has collected to investigate Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election: They’re Democratic donors.
That’s right. Three of the members of Mueller’s team donated to Dems — including Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
CNN scoured Federal Election Commission records and found: “More than half of the more than $56,000 came from just one lawyer and more than half of it was donated before the 2016 election, but two of the lawyers gave the maximum $2,700 donations to Hillary Clinton last year.”
The news comes as Mueller announced just a few days ago he assembled a team of five attorneys to look into possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign team.
That’s interesting, wouldn’t you say? And pertinent.
By the numbers, three of the five lawyers gave more than $53,000 to to Democrats since 1988. More than half of these donations — $33,000 worth — were from James Quarles, a former Mueller colleague from their WilmerHale firm days.
Among his selected recipients were Michael Dukakis, Al Gore, John Kerry, Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Quarles also gave $10,000 for Democratic House campaigns and another $10,000 for Democratic Senate campaigns, CNN found.
In the interest of disclosure, he also donated $2,500 to Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz and $250 to then-Sen. George Allen, both Republicans.
Meanwhile, another attorney on the Mueller team, Jeannie Rhee, gave more than $16,000 to Democrats since 2008, including the maximum $2,700 to Clinton’s campaign last year. Rhee’s also provided legal representation for the Clinton Foundation, when it was being investigated and sued for racketeering charges. And as part and parcel of that suit? Rhee was hired to represent Clinton personally, to keep a conservative advocacy group from accessing her emails.
The list goes on — hat tip for CNN for actually spending the time to look into these records. And it certainly gives pause to the idea that Mueller’s special team is completely impartial and unbiased.
As Newt Gingrich tweeted: “Republicans are delusional if they think the special counsel is going to be fair. Look who he is firing. Check FEC reports. Time to rethink.”
Good points. And while the fact that Mueller’s investigators donated to the political world shouldn’t necessarily disqualify them from serving, the fact they donated so much to one political party over another, for so many years, and opposed the very subject they’re investigating, Trump, does indeed smell. Caution is in order; expecting Mueller’s team to rise above the political fray to perform a law enforcement duty is a stretch, to put it mildly.
The news comes as Mueller announced just a few days ago he assembled a team of five attorneys to look into possible collusion between Russia and President Donald Trump’s campaign team.
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.
Donald Trump called time on his birthday plans Wednesday evening when he went to MedStar Washington Hospital Center to visit Congressman Steve Scalise.
The House Majority Whip was critically injured that morning while playing baseball with his GOP colleagues when a deranged gunman opened fire on the group.
That wasn’t the only disruption to Trump’s 71st birthday celebrations.
Shortly before the visit, it emerged that the Russia probe headed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller had now widened to include the president, who is now under investigation for obstruction of Justice.
Trump had spent the early part of the evening with kids Eric, Donald Jr and Ivanka, as well as their respective spouses and childen.
All had photos of themselves at the White House on Instagram – though without Trump himself present in the images.
But as darkness fell the president and wife Melania got into a motorcade and took off for MedStar Washington Hospital Center in Washington.
That’s where Scalise had been taken that morning, after being hit in the hip by a rifle round fired by disgruntled Trump-hater James T Hodgkinson.
Hodgkinson, 66, of Illinois, had also managed to injure a Congress staffer and two police officers before being shot dead. All three of the injured parties are expected to make full recoveries.
Read more: President cancels birthday plans to pay surprise visit with Melania to Rep. Scalise’s bedside after he was shot by Trump-hating gunman and reveals ‘he’s in tough shape’ and needs more surgery
Earlier in the evening Trump and his kids and grandkids had enjoyed a family gathering. As they celebrated, however, it emerged that Trump was being investigated in the Russia probe