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Post by Addie » Tue Oct 02, 2018 6:49 pm

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GOP operative who sued Trump says FBI referred hacking of her email to Mueller

Federal law enforcement officials have referred a 2-year-old email hacking investigation to special counsel Robert Mueller, according to the Republican operative who was the target of the hack.

The referral adds yet another dimension to the special counsel’s sprawling probe, even as some of President Donald Trump’s allies portray Mueller’s work as nearing its conclusion.

The operative and Trump critic, Cheri Jacobus, told POLITICO that FBI agents in the bureau’s cyber division informed her in September that they had forwarded their investigation to Mueller because the matter came to exceed the bounds of computer intrusion, the crime that had been the initial focus of the investigation.

It is not clear what led the FBI to conclude that Mueller has jurisdiction over the matter. The special counsel has been investigating Russian election meddling, links between Trump’s campaign and the Kremlin, and other suspected wrongdoing, including undisclosed lobbying by foreign governments. Both the FBI’s press office and a spokesman for the special counsel’s office declined to comment. Jacobus said she has not had contact with Mueller’s team.

Jacobus alleges the hacking of her personal email account was part of a broader campaign of harassment and intimidation that followed critical comments she made about Trump during the 2016 Republican primaries. Jacobus, a political PR specialist, served as a source for a 2015 Washington Post investigation that forced a pro-Trump super PAC to shut down. She later sued Trump for defamation.



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Post by fierceredpanda » Wed Oct 03, 2018 8:38 am

The Politico article about Mueller downsizing should be getting more attention. I doubt he would be cutting any of his prosecutors loose if he were gearing up for a climactic battle, e.g. an indictment of a sitting president. He'll draft a report, send it to Rosenstein (who may or may not approve its wider release), and that will be that. Republicans will dismiss whatever he finds out of hand and claim the whole thing really was a witch hunt.


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Post by TexasFilly » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:53 am

OR, those two prosecutors were mainly put on the team to go after Gates and Manafort, and Mueller has bagged them both and gotten full cooperation agreements.


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Post by pipistrelle » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:24 am

TexasFilly wrote:
Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:53 am
OR, those two prosecutors were mainly put on the team to go after Gates and Manafort, and Mueller has bagged them both and gotten full cooperation agreements.
That’s how I see it.



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Post by fierceredpanda » Wed Oct 03, 2018 10:27 am

I might be more inclined to agree if one of the prosecutors Mueller let go wasn't Brandon Van Grack. He's known as one of the best national security and counterintelligence prosecutors in the DOJ. If Mueller had any plans on going forward with a bigger case for collusion with Russian intelligence and so on, I cannot imagine he would want to do so without Van Grack in his stable.


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BuzzFeed News
The Planners Of The Trump Tower Meeting Moved Millions, And Mueller Is Now Investigating

Documents show suspicious transfers began six days before the controversial meeting. ...


Documents reviewed by BuzzFeed News show that $3.3 million began moving on June 3 between two of the men who orchestrated the meeting: Aras Agalarov, a billionaire real estate developer close to both Vladimir Putin and President Donald Trump, and Irakly “Ike” Kaveladze, a longtime Agalarov employee once investigated for money laundering.

That money is on top of the more than $20 million that was flagged as suspicious, BuzzFeed News revealed earlier this month, after the money ricocheted among the planners and participants of the Trump Tower meeting. Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, which has been investigating whether any individuals colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 presidential election, is examining the suspicious transactions, four federal law enforcement officials said. A spokesperson for Mueller’s office declined to comment.

Although the documents do not directly link the $3.3 million to the meeting, they show that officials at three separate banks raised red flags about the funds. Many of the transfers seemed to have no legitimate purpose, bankers noted. Kaveladze quickly moved money to other accounts he controlled, and appeared to use some of it to make payments on Agalarov’s behalf — including more than $700,000 to pay off American Express charges.

Scott Balber, an attorney for Agalarov and Kaveladze, said each of these transactions was legitimate and there is nothing improper with their financial activity. Balber explained that Agalarov sent funds to Kaveladze, an employee, to pay various business or personal expenses in the US. ...

None of these transactions was discovered until 2017, after the New York Times revealed the Trump Tower meeting. Shortly after that report, investigators asked financial institutions to look back at their accounts to learn how money flowed among the people who planned and attended the meeting: Agalarov; Kaveladze; Agalarov’s pop star son, Emin; their employee, Rob Goldstone, who sent the original email to Trump Jr.; and others.

To unearth connections between some of their accounts, banks took an extraordinary step: They invoked a provision of the Patriot Act — a post-9/11 law that included new tools to track money laundering and terrorist financing. That provision, rarely used in the Trump-Russia investigation, allowed the banks to share information about customers with one another.



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Post by Orlylicious » Wed Oct 03, 2018 9:28 pm

As always, there are a million things the DOJ could be announcing tomorrow, but Gateway Pundit is hysterical, expect Orly to be too also.
SOMETHING’S GOING DOWN=> DOJ National Security Division Announces Thursday Morning Press Conference
Jim Hoft by Jim Hoft October 3, 2018 159 Comments

Earlier today two attorneys stepped down from the Mueller investigation. The two Democrats will return to positions inside the Sessions Department of Justice. They helped Mueller prosecute Paul Manafort and General Michael Flynn in their sham investigation.
Now they will be back in the swamp at their full-time positions inside the DOJ.

CBS News reported:
Two prosecutors detailed to the Russia investigation for the past year are returning to their duties in other parts of the Justice Department. They join two other attorneys who left the team over the summer. The Special Counsel’s office confirmed on Tuesday that lawyers Kyle Freeny and Brandon Van Grack left the team. Both lawyers were involved in former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s case. Van Grack is also involved in the Michael Flynn plea, and Freeny is involved in the indictment of 12 Russian agents. A spokesman for the Special Counsel’s office says that Freeny will leave the office in mid-october and will return to her job at the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section. Van Grack has already concluded his time in Mueller’s office and has returned to the National Security Division.
And now this…
The Department of Justice led by Rod Rosenstein will hold a press conference on Thursday morning at 9:30 AM Eastern.




The Trump administration and his legal team told Robert Mueller NOT to interrupt the midterm elections with last minute charges.

The sham investigation continues and innocent Americans are being targeted, harassed and left penniless.

Dirty Cop Robert Mueller and the Deep State do not give a damn.
https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2018/1 ... onference/


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Post by Kendra » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:06 am

Damn, now I'll never get back to sleep. Open open open.



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Post by Volkonski » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:01 am


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DOJ is expected to announce charges today against Russian intelligence officers, per info coming out of Europe this morning: https://www.buzzfeed.com/hazelshearing/ ... ack-the-uk … There's a press conference at DOJ with National Security Division and FBI officials at 9:30, expected to be about this



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Post by pipistrelle » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:42 am

Not the arrest of Obama and Clinton?



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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:49 am

pipistrelle wrote:
Thu Oct 04, 2018 9:42 am
Not the arrest of Obama and Clinton?
The FBI and DOJ haven't been cleansed sufficiently for that to occur. :sarcastic:


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Post by Addie » Thu Oct 04, 2018 8:17 pm

BuzzFeed News: This Ohio Woman's Run-In With The FBI Gives Us A Window Into Robert Mueller's Trump–Russia Probe

In 2016, Cassandra Ford renamed a Twitter account for the persona leaking hacked Democratic emails. That earned the FBI's interest and a subpoena from special counsel Robert Mueller.



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Post by Kendra » Sun Oct 07, 2018 12:25 pm

I am so depressed after the last week or two, I really could use a few indictments tomorrow to perk up my day. That said, WSJ reports on the elusive Peter Smith.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/gop-operat ... 1538913614

Got past the paywall:
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WASHINGTON—A veteran Republican operative and opposition researcher solicited and raised at least $100,000 from donors as part of an effort to obtain what he believed to be emails stolen from Hillary Clinton, activities that remain of intense interest to federal investigators working for special counsel Robert Mueller’s office and on Capitol Hill.


Peter W. Smith, an Illinois businessman with a long history of involvement in GOP politics, sought and collected the funds from at least four wealthy donors as part of the plan to obtain Mrs. Clinton’s stolen emails from hackers just weeks before election day in 2016, according to people familiar with the matter and documents reviewed by The Wall Street Journal.


Mr. Smith’s effort to find what he believed were some 33,000 deleted emails Mrs. Clinton said were personal was first reported by the Journal in a 2017 story, but the extent of his planning went far beyond what was previously known. Mr. Smithdied 10 days after describing his efforts to a reporter for the Journal newspaper.

The documents and people familiar with the matter depict a veteran political operative with access to wealthy donors and deep connections in Republican politics on a single-minded quest to find incriminating information about Mrs. Clinton even after government officials warned of Russian involvement in U.S. politics. People familiar with the investigations described Mr. Smith’s activities as an area of expanding interest.

Mr. Smith went to extraordinary lengths to ensure the privacy and secrecy of his projects, according to emails and court records reviewed by the Journal and a person familiar with the matter.

One email showed the anti-Clinton funds referenced as donations that were to be sent to a Washington, D.C.-based scholarship fund for Russian students.

Mr. Smith often communicated with associates using a Gmail account under the name “Robert Tyler” that both he and several others had access to, according to emails and a person familiar with the matter. He sometimes asked associates to communicate with him by writing a note and saving it the draft folder of the account, according to correspondence reviewed by the Journal.

He also had one phone number that he used for sensitive matters and a commercially available encrypted email account. Hard drives that Mr. Smith’s estate turned over to federal investigators were also encrypted, according to people familiar with the matter.

According to an email in the “Robert Tyler” account reviewed by the Journal, Mr. Smith obtained $100,000 from at least four financiers as well as a $50,000 contribution from Mr. Smith himself. People familiar with Mr. Smith’s financial transactions confirm there were donations.

The email, dated Oct. 11, 2016, in the “Robert Tyler” account, included the subject line “Wire Instructions—Clinton Email Reconnaissance Initiative” and was addressed to Mr. Smith. The writer, who identified himself as “ROB, ” said: “This $100k total with the $50k received from you will allow us to fund the Washington Scholarship Fund for the Russian students for the promised $150K.” The Journal couldn’t determine if such a fund actually exists.

“The students are very pleased with the email releases they have seen, and are thrilled with their educational advancement opportunities,” the email read. Because multiple people had access to the “Robert Tyler” email account, it couldn’t be determined who sent the email to Mr. Smith.

The email about obtaining the pledges came just days after WikiLeaks and the website DCLeaks began releasing emails damaging to Mrs. Clinton’s campaign and four days after the U.S. government publicly warned that Russia was attempting to interfere in the U.S. election through the hacking and release of stolen emails and doing so at the direction of the Kremlin’s “senior-most officials.” Russia denies interfering in the election.

The activities of Mr. Smith—who died in May 2017 at 81—remain an active area of interest to investigators, according to people familiar with the investigation. An autopsy report said he had killed himself in a Minnesota hotel room.Mr. Smith left behind carefully prepared documents including a statement, which police deemed a suicide note, that read: “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER,” according to the Chicago Tribune.

In addition to giving hard drives to the House and Senate intelligence committees, which are also investigating election interference by Russia, Mr. Smith’s estate has given documents to Mr. Mueller’s team, people with the matter said. Associates of Mr. Smith have been interviewed by investigators or summoned before a grand jury as recently as this summer, according to documents and people familiar with the matter. BuzzFeed has also reported that Mr. Smith’s bank transfers are under scrutiny.

John Szobocsan, a business associate of Mr. Smith, appeared before a federal grand jury in August, according to one person familiar with the matter. Mr. Szobocsan, who emails show was involved in Mr. Smith’s pursuit of Mrs. Clinton’s emails, also was interviewed by Mr. Mueller’s team three times earlier in the year, according to court records that were reviewed by the Journal.

Mr. Szobocsan is seeking repayment from Mr. Smith’s estate for the legal costs he has accrued, according to court records. He and an attorney representing him didn’t respond to requests for comment.

The focus from investigators on Mr. Smith’s quest to obtain Mrs. Clinton’s emails may be especially significant because Mr. Smith had implied in conversations with people in his circle and others he tried to recruit to help that he was working with retired Lt. Gen. Mike Flynn, at the time a senior adviser to then-candidate Donald Trump, the Journal has reported.

Mr. Flynn pleaded guilty last December to lying to investigators about his calls with Russia’s ambassador a month before Mr. Trump’s inauguration. Prosecutors said at the time Mr. Flynn was cooperating with their investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible links to the Trump campaign.

After an extended period in limbo, prosecutors said last month they were ready for a federal judge to sentence Mr. Flynn and the court has scheduled proceedings for Dec 18. An attorney for Mr. Flynn didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Mr. Trump has repeatedly denied collusion between his campaign and Russia.

Retired Wall Street financier Charles Ortel said he spoke with Mr. Smith on the phone in the hours before his death about a new project to brief the Obama Foundation and warn its leaders against the mistakes they believed were made by the Clinton Foundation. According to Mr. Ortel, Mr. Smith sounded excited, and he began brainstorming who to contact and how to proceed.

“I came away from that conversation saying this is great. We’re going to make progress,” said Mr. Ortel, who had previously communicated with Mr. Smith about efforts to obtain Clinton’s emails but was not one of the four people named in the email account as financial contributors. He said he was stunned when news outlets reported that Mr. Smith had taken his life shortly after their conversation.

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Post by pipistrelle » Sun Oct 07, 2018 1:26 pm

He died after a wasted life. Yow.



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Post by DmitriNotPetra » Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:54 pm

Mueller gonna have to brew another pot of coffee to get through this one...


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/08/us/p ... smtyp=curA



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Post by Kendra » Mon Oct 08, 2018 7:17 pm

DmitriNotPetra wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 6:54 pm
Mueller gonna have to brew another pot of coffee to get through this one...


https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/08/us/p ... smtyp=curA
:snippity: Mr. Nader and Mr. Zamel have given differing accounts over whether Mr. Zamel ultimately carried out the social media effort to help the Trump campaign and why Mr. Nader paid him $2 million after the election, according to people who have discussed the matter with the two men.

The reason for the payment has been of keen interest to Mr. Mueller, according to people familiar with the matter.

It is unclear how and when the special counsel’s office began its investigation into Psy-Group’s work, but F.B.I. agents have spent hours interviewing the firm’s employees. This year, federal investigators presented a court order to the Israel Police and the Israeli Ministry of Justice to confiscate computers in Psy-Group’s former offices in Petah Tikva, east of Tel Aviv.

The company is now in liquidation.
What must it be like with Mueller's team? Every time they pick up a rock, there's more moldering corruption underneath it.



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Post by Kendra » Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:33 am

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018 ... p-campaign
Was There a Connection Between a Russian Bank and the Trump Campaign?
A team of computer scientists sifted through records of unusual Web traffic in search of answers.
Long, but very much worth reading.



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Post by HST's Ghost » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:30 am

Kendra wrote:
Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:33 am
https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2018 ... p-campaign
Was There a Connection Between a Russian Bank and the Trump Campaign?
A team of computer scientists sifted through records of unusual Web traffic in search of answers.
Long, but very much worth reading.
Yes, it does seem to be very key and hopefully there is solid evidence of what was going on...Here is an interesting companion piece...
Suspended Animation in the Age of Trump
Before Donald Trump was elected, I reported on strange activity linking a Trump-campaign computer server to Moscow. A new report shows how much has changed since 2016—and how many questions still remain.
https://www.theatlantic.com/amp/article ... ssion=true


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Post by Kendra » Tue Oct 09, 2018 10:14 am


Anyone remember the outrage when an AG and a former POTUS, whose spouse was a subject of investigation, met on an airplane?

Where’s the outrage from those same people when an acting AG and a sitting POTUS, who is a subject of investigation, meet on an airplane?

Crickets.
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Post by Kendra » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:29 am

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/09/politics ... index.html
Washington (CNN)The Roger Stone aide who is mounting a constitutional challenge to special counsel Robert Mueller wants to take his case to the Supreme Court and feels "great" that Justice Brett Kavanaugh will be on the bench to, hopefully, deal a major blow to the Russia investigation.

Andrew Miller previously worked as an aide to Stone, a longtime Trump ally who is under scrutiny in the Russia investigation. Miller was subpoenaed earlier this year to testify before the special counsel's grand jury. Instead of complying, he waged a legal battle to invalidate Mueller's authority to act as a prosecutor. A federal judge ruled against him, holding him in contempt of court for failing to testify, and he has appealed to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit.

Asked how he feels about Kavanaugh's presence on the court, as someone who might be sympathetic to his case, Miller said, "I feel nothing but great. I'm cool as a cucumber now."
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Post by Slim Cognito » Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:37 am

Kendra wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:29 am
Asked how he feels about Kavanaugh's presence on the court, as someone who might be sympathetic to his case, Miller said, "I feel nothing but great. I'm cool as a cucumber now."
:roll:
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Any idea if Roberts would do the right thing, if/when this comes to SCOTUS?


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Post by Tiredretiredlawyer » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:49 am

Slim Cognito wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 8:37 am
Kendra wrote:
Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:29 am
Asked how he feels about Kavanaugh's presence on the court, as someone who might be sympathetic to his case, Miller said, "I feel nothing but great. I'm cool as a cucumber now."
:roll:
Any idea if Roberts would do the right thing, if/when this comes to SCOTUS?
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A friend of mine who keeps up with all things political told me she thinks Roberts is “rule of law” focused and may vote as necessary to dilute “conservatives”. She didn’t like Kavanaugh before the Dr. Ford story. She didn’t like a political operative being nominated.


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Post by DmitriNotPetra » Wed Oct 10, 2018 11:56 am

Remember Kavanaugh is appointed for life, he may be wary on further tarnishing his legacy for people who will be in the dustbin in a few months or years. Who knows.



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