House Judiciary/Intel: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Public Hearing - July 24 2019; Mueller Report

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Mueller’s team may think it is done. Democrats have other ideas.

Democrats struggling to find witnesses to guide their Trump probes say they’ve noticed the recent uptick in activity from ex-Mueller staffers — and they want in.


Robert Mueller’s former prosecutors are trying to move on. Congressional Democrats want to pull them back in.

It’s the latest twist for the special counsel’s attorneys who spent nearly two years working on one of the most scrutinized investigations in American history and now are resurfacing at major law firms touting their work on the Russia probe. Some are even giving interviews to journalists, a big change from the “no comment” mantra they practiced to almost comical extremes, while another has a reported book deal. ...

These are, after all, the same attorneys who personally interviewed the president’s aides and a wide cast of characters connected to Moscow’s election interference campaign. They worked closest with the special counsel in deciding who merited prosecution or even a mention in his final report. As a result, they could offer new investigative leads, suggest ways to stymie the foreign assistance Trump seems open to accepting and further the congressional probes fueling impeachment calls. In short, they could do what Mueller himself has yet to do, although the special counsel did agree late Tuesday to testify on July 17.

“We should hear from Bob Mueller as well as the senior members of his team to bring to life the findings in their report,” said New York Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, a member of the House Democratic leadership who also has a slot on the powerful Judiciary Committee, which has the ability to launch impeachment proceedings.



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Re: House Judiciary: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Public Hearing - July 17 2019; Mueller Report

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Post by Kendra » Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:25 am

I am taking the day off :blink:


Brian Kilmeade: "I don't think [Robert Mueller] knows the details" of the Mueller report.
Are they really that stupid, or are they reading a script?

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Post by Kendra » Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:29 am


Matt Gaetz told me: “I’ve got a lot of questions about how Robert Mueller’s team was assembled. I think we are also interested in figuring out when he ultimately decided there wasn’t going to be a charge for criminal conspiracy.”



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Post by Addie » Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:32 am

Reuters: Trump, without offering evidence, accuses Mueller of illegal activity
Daily Beast: Trump Accuses Mueller Personally of Illegally Deleting Evidence

Without producing any evidence of his own, Trump makes a serious accusation against Mueller ahead of his testimony to Congress.



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Post by Addie » Wed Jun 26, 2019 10:46 am

NYRB - Murray Waas
Timeline of Deceit: From Trump’s Draft to Rosenstein’s Cover Story

In a confidential draft of a letter that President Trump wrote, firing James Comey as FBI director, the president repeatedly questioned the legitimacy of the FBI’s investigation into Russia’s covert interference in the 2016 presidential election. That the FBI’s inquiry was the president’s main complaint in the original four-page May 2017 draft provides new and previously unreported evidence that Trump’s primary motivation in firing Comey may have been to impede the Russia investigation, a potential obstruction of justice. Although the existence of the draft was first disclosed by The New York Times in the fall of 2017, and it was discussed at some length in the Mueller Report, the text of the letter itself has remained secret; also previously undisclosed is the fact that President Trump so directly linked the firing of Comey to the FBI’s Russia investigation.

In the letter, President Trump railed against the Russia investigation as “fabricated and politically motivated.” He complained about then Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s involvement in the investigation, claiming bias since McCabe’s wife had run for state office as a Democrat. The letter also expressed frustration that Comey had refused to issue a public statement saying the president was not under investigation. In part because of these things, the draft letter said, morale was at an all-time low at the FBI.

Finally, as I have previously reported, Trump claimed that shortly after he became president, he had told Comey that he was only allowing him to stay on in his job as FBI director on a probationary or trial basis; he had then decided to fire Comey when he failed to improve his performance—a claim that Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded was likely concocted by Trump. By the time a final version of the letter was made public, the president’s advisers had intervened and the letter was cut from four pages to only five sentences, with all of the president’s aforementioned references to the Russia investigation removed.

These new disclosures of what Trump said in the draft termination letter highlight the central parts played in the affair by then Attorney General Jeff Sessions and then Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Even though Trump had provided them copies of the draft letter, the nation’s two top federal law enforcement officials agreed to assist the president in his effort to fire Comey. Notably, Rosenstein has said he had no reason to believe that Trump fired Comey to undercut the FBI’s Russia investigation until after Comey’s firing. The draft letter appears to directly contradict that claim.



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Re: House Judiciary: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Public Hearing - July 17 2019; Mueller Report

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Post by Addie » Wed Jun 26, 2019 1:06 pm

WaPo - Greg Sargent
How Mueller’s testimony could expose one of Trump’s biggest crimes

Now that Robert S. Mueller III has agreed to testify before Congress, some commentators are rushing to declare that “expectations” could be dashed. And some Democrats are also downplaying expectations, apparently fearing they will fail to produce a dramatic breakthrough moment.

But there is a way that House Democrats can use Mueller’s testimony to expose an important and somewhat overlooked aspect of President Trump’s misconduct and, crucially, its consequences as well.

Handled correctly, this could shine further light on one of Trump’s biggest crimes — by which I mean moral crimes: the degree to which Trump’s obstructive conduct actually did frustrate an investigation into a foreign attack on our political system, and how he obscured his own eagerness to work with Russia in spite of it, in various nefarious ways. ...

Still, there is at least one angle that could prove fruitful. Former federal prosecutor Barbara McQuade outlined a detailed case that Mueller’s report shows that efforts to obstruct the investigation by Trump and his associates might have actually worked by limiting what Mueller’s investigation was able to establish about efforts to conspire with Russia.



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Re: House Judiciary: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Public Hearing - July 17 2019; Mueller Report

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Post by Addie » Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:37 pm

The Hill: Trump not planning to block Mueller testimony: lawyer



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Post by p0rtia » Wed Jun 26, 2019 6:49 pm

What a strange coincidence: Neither am I.


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Post by Kendra » Wed Jun 26, 2019 7:23 pm

He might be getting nervous. See the tweet thread shortly.



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Post by Slim Cognito » Wed Jun 26, 2019 8:36 pm

Addie wrote:
Wed Jun 26, 2019 5:37 pm
The Hill: Trump not planning to block Mueller testimony: lawyer

Is that bc he's afraid Mueller would defy him?


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Post by Addie » Mon Jul 01, 2019 1:25 pm

WaPo - Greg Sargent
The new GOP attacks on Mueller will backfire on Trump — bigly

Given that Robert S. Mueller III’s findings supposedly amounted to “total exoneration” for President Trump, you might be puzzled to learn that Trump’s top allies are spending enormous amounts of time scheming about how to undermine the former special counsel’s credibility and cast doubt on those findings.

With Mueller set to testify to Congress on July 17, Politico reports that Trump’s leading Republicans defenders in the House are putting together a new battle plan that will finally expose the Mueller investigation once and for all as the fraud it has always been.

If Mueller’s investigation exonerated Trump, you would think the best strategy for Trump’s allies would be to simply sit back while Mueller describes his findings in as detailed and unvarnished way as possible. Oddly enough, that’s not what they’re planning on doing.

The monumental absurdity at the core of this disconnect is the reason this strategy is likely to backfire on Trump. Yet, at the same time, the very existence of this strategy, despite its obvious ridiculousness, opens a window on how the Trump propaganda network wields disinformation, and how in certain respects, it does serve his ends.

The Republicans developing this strategy explained it in multiple interviews with Politico. They include Trump’s most determined bodyguards against scrutiny and accountability on Capitol Hill, such as Reps. Jim Jordan (Ohio) and Matt Gaetz (Fla.).
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Politico - Natasha Bertrand: Trump's House allies lie in wait for Mueller

Democrats aren’t the only ones in Congress dying to hear from the former special counsel.



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Post by Dolly » Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:39 pm

Gohmert calls Mueller an 'anal opening' ahead of testimony

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) called former special counsel Robert Mueller an "anal opening" ahead of the former FBI chief's public testimony before Congress.

“He’s done some irreparable damage to some things and he’s got to answer for them,” Gohmert, one of 25 Republicans on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees who get to grill Mueller during the back-to-back hearings scheduled later this month, told Politico.

The Texas lawmaker added that his reading of the former special counsel’s report did little to temper his animosity toward Mueller: “It reinforced the anal opening that I believe Mueller to be.”
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https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4512 ... -testimony


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Post by Gregg » Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:49 pm

Dolly wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:39 pm
Gohmert calls Mueller an 'anal opening' ahead of testimony

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) called former special counsel Robert Mueller an "anal opening" ahead of the former FBI chief's public testimony before Congress.

“He’s done some irreparable damage to some things and he’s got to answer for them,” Gohmert, one of 25 Republicans on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees who get to grill Mueller during the back-to-back hearings scheduled later this month, told Politico.

The Texas lawmaker added that his reading of the former special counsel’s report did little to temper his animosity toward Mueller: “It reinforced the anal opening that I believe Mueller to be.”
<snip>
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4512 ... -testimony
Backfire, how many of the intended audience know what an anal opening is? Is there a Society of Alabama Anatomy Aficionados?


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Post by Dr. Kenneth Noisewater » Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:05 pm

Gregg wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:49 pm
Dolly wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:39 pm
Gohmert calls Mueller an 'anal opening' ahead of testimony

Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) called former special counsel Robert Mueller an "anal opening" ahead of the former FBI chief's public testimony before Congress.

“He’s done some irreparable damage to some things and he’s got to answer for them,” Gohmert, one of 25 Republicans on the House Intelligence and Judiciary committees who get to grill Mueller during the back-to-back hearings scheduled later this month, told Politico.

The Texas lawmaker added that his reading of the former special counsel’s report did little to temper his animosity toward Mueller: “It reinforced the anal opening that I believe Mueller to be.”
<snip>
https://thehill.com/homenews/house/4512 ... -testimony
Backfire, how many of the intended audience know what an anal opening is? Is there a Society of Alabama Anatomy Aficionados?
Now there you go casting aspersions on his asparagus again.



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Re: House Judiciary: Special Counsel Robert Mueller Public Hearing - July 17 2019; Mueller Report

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Post by Dan1100 » Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:21 pm

Mueller is going to rip them to shreds. If they weren't pure evil I'd feel bad for them.

I hope he makes Nunes cry.


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:34 pm

Dr. Kenneth Noisewater wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 5:05 pm
Gregg wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 4:49 pm
Backfire, how many of the intended audience know what an anal opening is? Is there a Society of Alabama Anatomy Aficionados?
Now there you go casting aspersions on his asparagus again.
Gohmert is from Texas.


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Post by Gregg » Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:02 pm

Yeah, I know, I was kind of thinking his larger national audience, the ones he's trying to keep from hearing that Trump has ever done anything bad.

Poorly chosen, so are there any "Texas Tooshie Tissue Tarts"?

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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:18 am

Gregg wrote:
Mon Jul 01, 2019 7:02 pm
Yeah, I know, I was kind of thinking his larger national audience, the ones he's trying to keep from hearing that Trump has ever done anything bad.

Poorly chosen, so are there any "Texas Tooshie Tissue Tarts"?

:bag:
I'm not brave foolish enough to ask a Texan that question.


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Post by Addie » Wed Jul 03, 2019 7:28 am

The Hill
Trump to hold campaign rally on day of Mueller testimony

President Trump plans to hold a campaign rally in North Carolina later this month as he seeks to buoy his reelection bid in a key battleground state.

The president is set to headline a rally in Greenville, N.C., on July 17, his reelection campaign announced Tuesday night. Trump won the Tarheel State by about 3.5 points in the 2016 election and is seeking to shore up support in the area.

The rally is scheduled for the same day as former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony on Capitol Hill. Mueller's highly anticipated appearance before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees follows a subpoena from House Democrats.



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Post by RTH10260 » Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:46 am

a :pickle: for our rooster: be in Washington D.C. to hear Mueller's testimony, or buy a red #MAGA cap to listen to the hype lies of the current resident of the WH.

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Gym Jordan gives us a preview of his planned questions :boxing:






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Post by Addie » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:42 am

New York Times
Justice Dept. Tells Mueller Deputies Not to Testify, Scrambling an Agreement

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department is seeking to discourage Robert S. Mueller III’s deputies from testifying before Congress, potentially jeopardizing an agreement for two of the former prosecutors to answer lawmakers’ questions in private next week, according to two government officials familiar with the matter.

The department told the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees last week that it was opposed to the testimony and had communicated its view to the two former members of Mr. Mueller’s team, Aaron Zebley and James L. Quarles III, according to a senior congressional official familiar with the discussions. A Justice Department official confirmed that account and said that the department had instructed both men not to appear.

It is unclear what effect the Justice Department’s intervention will have on the men’s eventual appearances, but it raises the prospect that a deal lawmakers thought they had struck last month for testimony from Mr. Mueller, the former special counsel, and the two prosecutors could still unravel.



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Post by Foggy » Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:53 am

Addie wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 7:42 am
James L. Quarles III
Oh, my. :shock:

Any relation to Lt. Quarles Harris Jr. the great military hero?


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Post by fierceredpanda » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:04 am

Another day, another DOJ agreement with Congress scotched. If Barr really works at it, he can totally obliterate the Department's ability to negotiate with the Hill in good faith for the next several decades.


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Post by pipistrelle » Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:11 am

fierceredpanda wrote:
Wed Jul 10, 2019 8:04 am
Another day, another DOJ agreement with Congress scotched. If Barr really works at it, he can totally obliterate the Department's ability to negotiate with the Hill in good faith for the next several decades.
How this doesn't look like the spirit of obstruction of justice escapes me.



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