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Monday, June 12, 2017

UPDATED AND BUMPED - Mueller adds muscle for Russia investigation

Aging Homo

From Axios:

"The Worst Thing That Happened to Donald Trump this Week" — Paul Rosenzweig, on the Lawfare blog: Special counsel "Robert Mueller has hired Michael Dreeben, on a part-time basis, to help with his investigation. Dreeben, a deputy in the Office of the Solicitor General, has argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court. His specialty has, for the last 20 years, been criminal matters and he has an encyclopedic knowledge of criminal law."

Mueller is amassing the talent arsenal you'd build to bring criminal charges.

Why it matters:

"[H]e is quite possibly the best criminal appellate lawyer in America (at least on the government's side). That Mueller has sought his assistance attests both to the seriousness of his effort and the depth of the intellectual bench he is building."

National Law Journal:

"The move signals that Mueller is seeking advice on the complexities that have arisen already in the investigations, including what constitutes obstruction of justice."

Mueller's has had a spate of other high-octane hires, including Andrew Weissmann, chief of the fraud section of the Justice Department's Criminal Division.

Weissmann was director of Justice's Enron Task Force, where he oversaw the prosecutions of Jeffrey Skilling, Ken Lay, and Andrew Fastow.

While at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan, Weissmann helped prosecute high-ranking members of the Genovese, Colombo and Gambino crime families, and fought the infiltration of organized crime on Wall Street.
Be smart: Mueller is amassing the talent arsenal you'd build to bring criminal charges.
  • Why it matters: "[H]e is quite possibly the best criminal appellate lawyer in America (at least on the government's side). That Mueller has sought his assistance attests both to the seriousness of his effort and the depth of the intellectual bench he is building."
  • National Law Journal"The move signals that Mueller is seeking advice on the complexities that have arisen already in the investigations, including what constitutes obstruction of justice."
  • Mueller's has had a spate of other high-octane hires, including Andrew Weissmann, chief of the fraud section of the Justice Department's Criminal Division.
  • Weissmann was director of Justice's Enron Task Force, where he oversaw the prosecutions of Jeffrey Skilling, Ken Lay, and Andrew Fastow. While at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan, Weissmann helped prosecute high-ranking members of the Genovese, Colombo and Gambino crime families, and fought the infiltration of organized crime on Wall Street.
UPDATE 
Judicial Watch exclusively obtained droves of records back in 2013 documenting how, under Mueller’s leadership, the FBI purged all anti-terrorism training material deemed “offensive” to Muslims after secret meetings between Islamic organizations and the FBI chief. 
Judicial Watch had to sue to get the records and published an in-depth report on the scandal in 2013 and a lengthier, updated follow-up in 2015. 
Trump and Sessions need to determine if Rosenstein discussed with Comey who should be appointed Special Counsel and whether Comey was allowed to see a draft of the appointment letter before it was issued, simply because Comey testified he leaked his memo to his friend to get a Special Counsel.
THERE'S ALSO THIS:

Comey was a minor assistant US attorney in the late 90’s. He only gained power and money by being the DOJ official who “investigated” and cleared Bill Clinton of any wrong-doing in Clinton’s totally corrupt pardon (for huge payoffs) of criminal financier Marc Rich as Clinton was leaving the Presidency. This is how Comey began his career as a creature of the “swamp” years ago, as a servant of the Clintons.

Immediately after doing the Clinton’s dirty work as a DOJ official, Comey resigned from the DOJ and took a position as the head attorney (Counsel) of the Lockheed Martin company, a huge military contractor. While he was in that position Lockheed became a major contributor (millions) to the Clinton Foundation and its fake charity spin-offs. In return for these payment to Clinton Inc., Lockheed received huge contracts with Hillary’s state department.

In late 2012, after overseeing Lockheed’s successful relationship with the Hillary State Department and the resulting profits, Comey stepped down from Lockheed and received a $6 million dollar payout for his services.

In 2013, the largest bank of England, HSBC Holdingshad been laundering billions of dollars for Mexican Drug Cartels, channeling money for Saudi banks who were financing terror, moving money for Iran in violation of the sanctions, and other major criminal activity.
Exactly when everyone involved with HSBC Bank (including the Clintons and all of their “donors”) were being let off without penalty, and cover had to be provided to HSBC, Comey was appointed as a Director and Member of the Board of HSBC (in the middle of the fallout from the scandal).
After about a year as HSBC director, despite his lack of any law enforcement experience, no DOJ leadership experience, and no qualifications for the job, Comey was appointed FBI director by Obama.
Remember that this was about the time the Inspector General of the State Department found over 2 billion “missing” from the State Department finances during Hillary’s tenure.

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AND THEN THERE'S THIS:

Comey’s testimony points at Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe as the actual leaker of the Comey memo.
“The NY Times quoted the Comey memo AFTER Comey said he gave it to McCabe but BEFORE he said he gave it to the professor. Comey and McCabe may have plotted the leak to promote a special prosecutor and then inserted the professor as cover for the original leak but failed to notice the NY Times story timeline. Could be checkmate for FBI criminals at the top and compelling reason to reopen the Clinton email, Clinton Foundation, Weiner and other dubious “investigations” that McCabe ran as Deputy Director.” 

Source. 

Did Comey say in an earlier testimony (or even the most recent one) that he gave his memos to McCabe? Before saying he gave it to his friend the professor? 

Huge if true.

AND THIS:

How many people (& when) did Comey share his info with - but not with Sessions?

What James Comey Told Me About Donald Trump

Wittes talks about getting his info from Comey
…my conversations with FBI Director James Comey over the last few months, and particularly about one such conversation that took place on March 27 over lunch in Comey’s FBI office.
The detail suggests to me that Comey showed him the Memo.
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Read this. 

Mueller is the hit man

Robert Mueller should step aside: Friends shouldn’t be investigating friends

(Jacobsom is a Law Professor)

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22 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Meuller is an old age gay

Sunday, June 11, 2017 7:48:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Judicial Watch exclusively obtained droves of records back in 2013 documenting how, under Mueller’s leadership, the FBI purged all anti-terrorism training material deemed “offensive” to Muslims after secret meetings between Islamic organizations and the FBI chief. Judicial Watch had to sue to get the records and published an in-depth report on the scandal in 2013 and a lengthier, updated follow-up in 2015.
Trump & Sessions need to determine if Rosenstein discussed with Comey who should be appointed Special Counsel & whether Comey was allowed to see a draft of the appointment letter before it was issued simply because Comey testified he leaked his memo to his friend to get a Special Counsel

Sunday, June 11, 2017 11:21:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OT:
https://twitter.com/joshdcaplan/status/873631954620608513
Chuck Schumer had drinks yesterday with George Soros's son Alex. Never forget who is in charge.
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Hollywood actor, James Woods noticed something in the photo posted in the tweet above:

https://twitter.com/RealJamesWoods/status/873945601620066304

Is that a burner phone, @ChuckSchumer? Is that what you use to take orders from #GeorgeSoros? Don't want those conversations on record?

Monday, June 12, 2017 1:39:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Comey’s testimony points at Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe as the actual leaker of the Comey memo.

“The NY Times quoted the Comey memo AFTER Comey said he gave it to McCabe but BEFORE he said he gave it to the professor. Comey and McCabe may have plotted the leak to promote a special prosecutor and then inserted the professor as cover for the original leak but failed to notice the NY Times story timeline. Could be checkmate for FBI criminals at the top and compelling reason to reopen the Clinton email, Clinton Foundation, Weiner and other dubious “investigations” that McCabe ran as Deputy Director.” (Source: https://www.reddit.com/r/The_Donald/comments/6giusg/comey_testimony_points_straight_at_acting_fbi/)

Did Comey say in an earlier testimony (or even the most recent one) that he gave his memos to McCabe? Before saying he gave it to his friend the professor? Huge if true.

Monday, June 12, 2017 1:46:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

How many people (& when) did Comey share his info with - but not with Sessions?

What James Comey Told Me About Donald Trump
By Benjamin Wittes
Thursday, May 18, 2017, 8:02 PM
https://www.lawfareblog.com/what-james-comey-told-me-about-donald-trump

Wittes talks about getting his info from Comey
…my conversations with FBI Director James Comey over the last few months, and particularly about one such conversation that took place on March 27 over lunch in Comey’s FBI office.
The detail suggests to me that Comey showed him the Memo.
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Read this. Mueller is the hit man.

Robert Mueller should step aside: Friends shouldn’t be investigating friends

(Jacobsom is a Law Professor)

http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/06/robert-mueller-should-step-aside-friends-shouldnt-be-investigating-friends/

Monday, June 12, 2017 1:55:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

https://twitter.com/kwilli1046/status/874067600023670785

Chaffetz: "I want people in handcuffs" for leaking classified info

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https://twitter.com/kwilli1046/status/874031980966535168

BREAKING: FBI's Andrew McCabe who's wife was given 700K by Clinton may be one of the wrong doers Trump unmasking

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http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/2017/06/proof-that-james-comey-misled-the-senate-intelligence-committee.php?
he stated no notes on previous POTUS but here he is with Bush.

Monday, June 12, 2017 2:18:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

interesting that Tony Rodhams name would be aligned with EB-5 visas. In addition to GreenTech’s woes in Mississippi, federal officials last month terminated a GreenTech-affiliated EB-5 center, the McLean-based Virginia Center for Foreign Investment and Job Creation. The termination notice was posted on the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services website, but additional information on why the center lost federal recognition was not immediately available. The center, registered to Anthony Rodham, a brother of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, was registered to the same McLean address as GreenTech.

http://www.richmond.com/news/virginia/mcauliffe-s-former-car-company-blames-financial-troubles-on-adverse/article_2f98f25a-90ba-5c84-aa33-c7283611faca.html

Monday, June 12, 2017 2:22:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Want to remove the word "Russia" from WH lexicon . . . Call them "East Ukraine"...then persist with demands for prosecution of the Awan Brothers IT scandal and all their enablers inside the beltway & beyond.

Monday, June 12, 2017 2:26:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Curious number of lawyers turning up dead in Miami/Hollywood Florida recently:

Via Miami Herald:

May 25th Federal Prosecutor, Beranton J. Whisenant Jr. 37, found dead along Hollywood Beach

June 5th Miami Beach defense lawyer, Naphtali Wacks, dies four days after hit and run crash

June 9th Top Miami civil lawyer Ervin Gonzalez found dead at his home (suicide?)

Monday, June 12, 2017 2:46:00 am  
Blogger Pastorius said...

I wonder if Wacks and Gonzalez were also involved with immigration issues?

Monday, June 12, 2017 2:48:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://theblacksphere.net/2017/06/bernie-sanders-must-explain-10-million-mystery-campaign-funds-explain/

Bernie Sanders MUST EXPLAIN $10 MILLION in Mystery Campaign Funds

Monday, June 12, 2017 3:22:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Via Newt Gingrich: "Comey Invalidates Special Counsel"

===>"When asked Thurs. by Sen. Susan Collins (ME) whether he shared the memos he wrote about his conversations with POTUS Trump with anyone outside the DoJ, Comey answered:
"I asked a freiend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter- didn't do it myself for a variety fo reasons - but I asked him to, because I thought that might prompt the appt. of a special counsel."
This statement is tremendously important because it completely delegitimizes Robert Mueller's so-called independent investigation and reveals it as poisoned fruit."
<===
[snip]
===>"But there's another wrinkle in this story: Comey and Mueller are very close. Throughout his testimony, Comey described Mueller as "one of this country's great, great pros," called him "the right person" to lead the Russia investigation,..."<===
[snip]
===>"Comey stressed that the appointment of Mueller was "a critical part of that equation."<===
[snip]
===>"So, what we have here is a fired FBI director, who leaked private material to the press, so he could get his friend appointed as a special counsel in order to take retribution on the President..."<===

Monday, June 12, 2017 12:33:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Newt Gingrich Says Special Counsel Should be Shut Down Since Based On Comey's 'manipulation' video 1:57

Monday, June 12, 2017 12:35:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rosenstein, Coats, Intel Chiefs Testify at Senate Hearing on Trump, and Russia Investigation (ff 2:49:22)

Senator Cornyn: "Perhaps this is a question for Mr. Rosenstein, though, and maybe Director McCabe. If someone is to use the unmasking process for a political purpose, is that potentially a crime?"

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein: "Yes, senator."



Senator Cornyn: "And Director McCabe, perhaps or Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, for somebody to leak the name of an American citizen that is unmasked in the course of incidental collection, to leak that classified information, is that also potentially a crime?"

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein: "Yes, I think that’s the most significant point Senator. I think it’s important for people to understand. Unmasking is done in the course of ordinary legitimate intelligence gathering, when the identity of the person on the other end of the phone, the other end of the message may be relevant to understand the intelligence significance of the communication. Leaking is a completely different matter. Leaking is a crime. Disclosing information is somebody without a legitimate purpose – ‘need to know’ that information. That will be prosecuted in appropriate circumstances. There have been cases where we’ve been able to determine there’s a willful violation of federal law, a disclosure that was not authorized and prosecutions have been brought and will be brought."

Monday, June 12, 2017 1:02:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Please keep in mind, this hearing happened a day before Comey’s testimony and it appears the Mueller/Comey team is planning a Criminal Investigation that may already be underway.

Same youtube link to Rosenstein, Coats, Intel Chiefs Testify at Senate Hearing on Trump, and Russia Investigation (ff 2:52:32)

Senator Reed: "Thank you, Director McCabe. Trying to understand the rationale for your unwillingness to comment upon your conversations with Director Comey. First, you have had, I would presume and correct me if I'm wrong, conversations with Mr. Mueller. You've had those conversations."

Director McCabe: "Yes, sir.

Senator Reed: "You're fully familiar with the scope of the investigation a censure dealt with not only Mr. Mueller but also with..."

Director McCabe: "I am, sir, but I think it's important to note that Mr. Mueller and his team are currently in the process of determining what that scope is, and much in the way that Senator Cornyn just referred to. The FBI maintains a broad, a much broader responsibility to continue investigating issues relative to potential Russian counterintelligence activity and threats posed to us from our Russian adversaries. So, determining exactly where those lanes in the road are. Where does Director Mueller's scope overlap into our pre-existing and long-running Russian responsibilities is somewhat of a challenge at the moment and that is why I'm trying to be particularly respectful of his efforts and not to take any steps that might compromise his investigation."

Senator Reed: "Getting back to your rationale for not commenting on the conversation between you and Mr. Comey,there's - it seems to me that what you said that either that is part of a criminal investigation or likely become part of a criminal investigation. The conversation between the POTUS and Mr. Comey and therefore you cannot properly comment or that. Is that accurate?"

Director McCabe: "That's accurate, sir."

Monday, June 12, 2017 1:27:00 pm  
Blogger Pastorius said...

WTF? Based upon WHAT?

If they have evidence, why do they keep saying over and over that they don't have evidence?

Monday, June 12, 2017 1:31:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The OIG announced on Jan 12, 2017 that they were starting a review of Comey.
https://oig.justice.gov/press/2017/2017-01-12.pdf

As of March 31st, the Inspector General still has an investigation going on Comey & the DOJ (Lynch) for the things that happened before the election.

—– Ongoing Work —–
The OIG continues its important ongoing work, including the following audits, evaluations,
inspections, and special reviews:

Various actions by DOJ and the FBI in
advance of the 2016 election. The review
will examine whether DOJ and the
FBI followed policies or procedures in
connection with, or in actions leading up
to or related to, the FBI Director’s public
announcement on July 5, 2016, and the
Director’s letters to Congress on October
28 and November 6, 2016, and whether
certain underlying investigative decisions
were based on improper considerations.

Page 9
https://oig.justice.gov/semiannual/1705.pdf

Monday, June 12, 2017 2:54:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sharyl Attkisson has some great questions about Comey's testimony. For instance:

These are some of the comments [UKDailyMail] Comey has made in the recent past about leaks:

===>"It is frustrating when the FBI refuses to answer this committee’s questions, but leaks relevant information to the media. In other words, they don’t talk to us, but somebody talks to the media."<===

===>"Director Comey, have you ever been an anonymous source in news reports about matters relating to the Trump investigation or the Clinton investigation?
COMEY: Never.
<===

===>"COMEY: There have been a variety of leaks — well, leaks are always a problem, but especially in the last three to six months.”<===

===>"COMEY: But if I find out that people were leaking information about our investigations, whether it’s to reporters or to private parties, there will be severe consequences.”<===

===>"In October, I sent that letter [reopening Hillary Clinton investigation] only to the chairs and rankings. Yes, did I know they really going to leak it? Of course, I know how Congress works, but I did not make an announcement at that point."<===

Monday, June 12, 2017 3:21:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oooops...forgot the link to Attkisson's post:
https://sharylattkisson.com/comeys-testimony-a-limited-dissection/

Monday, June 12, 2017 3:22:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

FOX News feed this morning:

“US attorneys general to file lawsuit against Trump over foreign payments, reports say”
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/12/us-attorneys-general-to-file-lawsuit-against-trump-over-foreign-payments-reports-say.html

“The attorneys general of Maryland and Washington D.C. reportedly plan to file a lawsuit Monday against President Trump alleging that foreign payments to his businesses violate the Constitution.”

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Obamas transfer of gold and $Millions to Iran - a'ok?

Monday, June 12, 2017 4:57:00 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2017/06/obamas_state_department_covered_up_iranian_cyberattack_during_nuke_deal_negotiations.html

“Obama’s State Department covered up Iranian cyber-attack during nuke deal negotiations”

“State Department officials in the Office of Iranian Affairs on Sept. 24, 2015 sent an email to dozens of outside contractors. The email alerted the contractors that a cyber-attack had occurred and urged them not to open any email from a group of five State Department officials that did not come directly from their official state.gov accounts.”

Monday, June 12, 2017 4:58:00 pm  
Blogger Always On Watch said...

Anonymous,
“Obama’s State Department covered up Iranian cyber-attack during nuke deal negotiations”

Sheesh. And we're hearing about this just now? Well, hearing about it on a limited basis.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017 11:28:00 am  

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