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"The President urged me, like he has everyone in the administration, to fully cooperate with the special counsel. I was happy to voluntarily sit down with them," Sanders said in a statement to CNN.
Sure, Individual 1 urged her to "fully cooperate" with the witch hunt. Sure, he did. :roll:
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Post by Addie » Sun Feb 17, 2019 7:21 am

The Guardian
Mueller questions Cambridge Analytica director Brittany Kaiser

Second former employee of controversial data firm to be questioned by special counsel’s inquiry into Russia collusion


A director of the controversial data company Cambridge Analytica, who appeared with Arron Banks at the launch of the Leave.EU campaign, has been subpoenaed by the US investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

A spokesman for Brittany Kaiser, former business development director for Cambridge Analytica – which collapsed after the Observer revealed details of its misuse of Facebook data – confirmed that she had been subpoenaed by special counsel Robert Mueller, and was cooperating fully with his investigation.

He added that she was assisting other US congressional and legal investigations into the company’s activities and had voluntarily turned over documents and data.

Kaiser, who gave evidence to the UK parliament last April in which she claimed Cambridge Analytica had carried out in-depth work for Leave.EU, is the second individual connected to the firm subpoenaed by the special counsel. The Electoral Commission has said its investigation into Leave.EU found no evidence that the campaign “received donations or paid for services from Cambridge Analytica …beyond initial scoping work”.

Damian Collins, chairman of parliament’s inquiry into fake news, said it was “no surprise” that Kaiser was under scrutiny by Mueller because “her work connected her to WikiLeaks, Cambridge Analytica and [its parent company] SCL, the Trump campaign, Leave.EU and Arron Banks”.
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Politico: Week 91: Mueller’s Case for Collusion Comes Into View

The special counsel has begun to draw sharper lines between Russia, Wikileaks, Roger Stone and the Trump campaign.

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Supreme Court ruling means more information on mystery Mueller grand jury case may become public

Washington (CNN)The Supreme Court on Tuesday cleared the way for potentially unsealing more information in the case involving special counsel Robert Mueller's grand jury.

The justices, in an unsigned order, granted the administration's request to file redacted copies of briefs filed under seal at an earlier point in a case concerning a mystery company that is fighting a subpoena related to the grand jury. The ruling gives the potential that more information will eventually become public.

The case concerns an unnamed foreign government-owned corporation that is fighting a grand jury subpoena. Lower courts said the company must turn over the information and imposed escalating fines for non-compliance. The company is also asking the Supreme Court to take up its appeal.

The court denied a motion for a group, the Reporter's Committee for Freedom of the Press, to intervene in the case.

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Post by Volkonski » Tue Feb 19, 2019 1:33 pm

Mueller just flipped a key member of Trump’s data team

https://washingtonpress.com/2019/02/18/ ... data-team/
Mueller subpoenaed Brittany Kaiser, the former Director of Cambridge Analytica, who provided data services to both the Trump Campaign and the Brexit referendum campaign to withdraw the UK from the European Union in 2016. The UK’s Data Commissioner raided the company’s offices last year over illegal campaigning in favor of Brexit, and it fell into liquidation.

Now, Kaiser is cooperating with Mueller’s prosecutors according to Carole Cadwalladr, the Orwell Award-winning journalist who uncovered the dark side of big data, in The Guardian:

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The thirty-one-year-old Kaiser first blew the whistle on Cambridge Analytica eleven months ago saying that she was ”sick and tired of covering up for old white men.”

Trump’s Campaign Chairman Steve Bannon co-founded the data firm Cambridge Analytica, which specialized in psychological warfare and got caught stealing 87 million Facebook profiles last year, which they used to profile voters and micro-target them with propaganda ads during the campaign.
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Intimidation, Pressure and Humiliation: Inside Trump’s Two-Year War on the Investigations Encircling Him

President Trump’s efforts have exposed him to accusations of obstruction of justice as Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, finishes his work.


WASHINGTON — As federal prosecutors in Manhattan gathered evidence late last year about President Trump’s role in silencing women with hush payments during the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump called Matthew G. Whitaker, his newly installed attorney general, with a question. He asked whether Geoffrey S. Berman, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York and a Trump ally, could be put in charge of the widening investigation, according to several American officials with direct knowledge of the call.

Mr. Whitaker, who had privately told associates that part of his role at the Justice Department was to “jump on a grenade” for the president, knew he could not put Mr. Berman in charge, since Mr. Berman had already recused himself from the investigation. The president soon soured on Mr. Whitaker, as he often does with his aides, and complained about his inability to pull levers at the Justice Department that could make the president’s many legal problems go away.

Trying to install a perceived loyalist atop a widening inquiry is a familiar tactic for Mr. Trump, who has been struggling to beat back the investigations that have consumed his presidency. His efforts have exposed him to accusations of obstruction of justice as Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel, finishes his work investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Mr. Trump’s public war on the inquiry has gone on long enough that it is no longer shocking. Mr. Trump rages almost daily to his 58 million Twitter followers that Mr. Mueller is on a “witch hunt” and has adopted the language of Mafia bosses by calling those who cooperate with the special counsel “rats.” His lawyer talks openly about a strategy to smear and discredit the special counsel investigation. The president’s allies in Congress and the conservative media warn of an insidious plot inside the Justice Department and the F.B.I. to subvert a democratically elected president.

An examination by The New York Times reveals the extent of an even more sustained, more secretive assault by Mr. Trump on the machinery of federal law enforcement. Interviews with dozens of current and former government officials and others close to Mr. Trump, as well as a review of confidential White House documents, reveal numerous unreported episodes in a two-year drama.

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Post by Addie » Tue Feb 19, 2019 2:40 pm

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McCabe says he was interviewed by Mueller

Former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe on Tuesday confirmed that he has been interviewed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

“The information I have, including the memos that I wrote, I’ve given all that to the special counsel team," he said in an interview on "The View." He declined to say whether the information he gave would help any potential impeachment proceedings against President Trump.

McCabe served as acting FBI director after Trump fired then-Director James Comey in 2017. Then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions (R) fired McCabe in 2018 shortly before he was scheduled to retire.

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Post by Addie » Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:11 pm

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Justice Department preparing for Mueller report as early as next week

Washington (CNN)Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce as early as next week the completion of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, with plans for Barr to submit to Congress soon after a summary of Mueller's confidential report, according to people familiar with the plans.

The preparations are the clearest indication yet that Mueller is nearly done with his almost two-year investigation.

The precise timing of the announcement is subject to change.

The scope and contours of what Barr will send to Congress remain unclear. Also unclear is how long it will take Justice officials to prepare what will be submitted to lawmakers.

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Post by Turtle » Wed Feb 20, 2019 1:35 pm

That NYT article gives a very good 2+ year chronology of Trump vs the DOJ.

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Re: Mueller's investigation

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Post by Addie » Thu Feb 21, 2019 1:52 pm

New Republic
Robert Mueller’s Legal Masterpiece

The special counsel has spun a web of investigations that draw closer to Trump every day.


It’s been 18 months since Robert Mueller took over the Russia investigation, and still nobody really knows what he’ll do next. The Daily Beast reported on Thursday morning that the special counsel’s inquiry is entering a new phase focused on influence from Middle Eastern countries. Later that evening, The Washington Post reported that final sentencing for some of Mueller’s cooperating witnesses could indicate his investigation is nearing the end. Some have even speculated that the lack of charges against the Trump campaign itself may mean he hasn’t found anything worth charging.

“Investigators certainly know more than they’re saying—they often repeat as much in court appearances and documents in their various cases,” NPR’s Philip Ewing wrote on Saturday. “But an ostensible conspiracy between Trump’s campaign and the Russians who attacked the election is nowhere near close to being proven.” I’ve argued previously that what’s publicly available so far points toward soft collusion at a minimum: a mutually acknowledged confluence of interests between Trump and Moscow. At the same time, federal investigators have yet to formally allege hard collusion—an explicit quid pro quo between the two sides.

This tension is a staple of the Russia investigation coverage. According to press reports in recent months, Mueller’s inquiry has been at once expanding and narrowing, gaining steam and losing momentum, intensifying and “wrapping up.” Mueller himself has kept virtually silent about where his investigation is headed next or what form its conclusion will take, making him the most mysterious man in Washington. Unless he’s prematurely ousted by the president, the American people won’t find out what the special counsel is truly up to until it’s all over.

This mystery may be by design, or merely the result of Mueller’s sharpest tactical decisions: spinning off parts of his investigation to multiple U.S. attorneys’ offices up and down the Eastern Seaboard. Indeed, it’s no longer accurate to sum up the president’s legal troubles under the banner of “the Russia investigation.” The bulk of the federal investigatory firepower aimed at his inner circle is now coming from outside Mueller’s control, widening the risk to the president himself.

“Investigations now entangle Donald Trump’s White House, campaign, transition, inauguration, charity and business,” the Associated Press reported on Sunday. Or, as the Post put it a day earlier, “nearly every organization he has led in the past decade is under investigation.”
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BBC News: Trump-Russia inquiry: What might 'Mueller report' look like?
Slate - Ben Steinberg: Antitrust Law Could Help Mueller Prove That Trump Officials Conspired With Russia
Washington Monthly - Nancy LeTourneau: Are Sealed Indictments Mueller’s Backstop?

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Post by neonzx » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:31 pm

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Mueller is not expected to deliver his report to the DOJ next week, a department official tells @LauraAJarrett.
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Post by Kendra » Fri Feb 22, 2019 3:50 pm


@FossumSamuel's best update from #CNNStakeout today:
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Post by Lani » Sat Feb 23, 2019 5:17 pm

https://apnews.com/2b8513d4a4224a559d70 ... DLVe5A4Mgw
Court records reveal a Mueller report right in plain view
We know this because Mueller has spoken loudly, if indirectly, in court — indictment by indictment, guilty plea by guilty plea. In doing so, he tracked an elaborate Russian operation that injected chaos into a U.S. presidential election and tried to help Trump win the White House. He followed a GOP campaign that embraced the Kremlin’s help and championed stolen material to hurt a political foe. And ultimately, he revealed layers of lies, deception, self-enrichment and hubris that followed.

Woven through thousands of court papers, the special counsel has made his public report. This is what it says.
The article takes what is known from court documents and creates a timeline that begins in 2014.
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Post by Addie » Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:46 pm

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Democrats Prepared to Subpoena Mueller and Take Fight Over Report to Court

WASHINGTON — Representative Adam B. Schiff, the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday that House Democrats were prepared to go to court to force the release of the final report from the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, and subpoena Mr. Mueller to testify if it was not made public.

Mr. Mueller, who has spent nearly two years investigating ties between the Trump campaign and Russia and whether President Trump tried to obstruct justice, is expected to submit his report to the Justice Department in the coming weeks, but the department is not required to release it.

“We will take it to court if necessary,” Mr. Schiff, Democrat of California, said on ABC’s “This Week.” “And in the end, I think the department understands they’re going to have to make this public.”

Justice Department regulations dictate that Mr. Mueller must submit a confidential report outlining his investigation and decisions to the attorney general, William P. Barr, who will then submit a summary to Congress.

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Law & Crime
This Is the Mueller Prosecutor Who Conducted ‘Every Major Interview’ of Trump Advisers in Obstruction Probe

Special counsel Robert Mueller is the first name and the first face that comes to mind when the words “Russia investigation” are uttered, but the investigation would be impossible without his army of prosecutors and fact-finders. One of these prosecutors operating behind-the-scenes is receiving increasingly more attention due to his ubiquitous role in the questioning of President Donald Trump‘s advisors.

The New York Times put it simply: Andrew Goldstein has “conducted every major interview of the president’s advisers” when it comes to Mueller’s obstruction probe.

Goldstein made a name for himself working as a Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), an office that continues to grill Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen about potentially illegal business practices at Trump Organization. The SDNY, of course, prosecuted Cohen in part for campaign finance violations (hush payments) that he said Trump “directed.”

While at SDNY, Goldstein was Preet Bharara‘s top public corruption prosecutor. Bharara was one of the “Obama-era” U.S. Attorneys Trump fired.

The Times reported Monday that Goldstein has questioned former White House counsel Don McGahn, the aforementioned Cohen, Steve Bannon and even questioned Roger Stone before a grand jury. Along the way, it seems he gained the respect of Trump’s lawyers. John Dowd, who resigned from his post in March 2018, once argued that it was impossible for the president to obstruct justice and insisted on answering no questions in this area.

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Post by Gregg » Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:25 pm

...once argued that it was impossible for the president to obstruct justice ...
When you put it that way, well, it still looks ridiculous. Two Presidents have been charged by Judiciary Committee impeachment resolutions for obstruction of justice. One resigned before the full House voted, the other was actually impeached. Am I missing something here?
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Gregg wrote:
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...once argued that it was impossible for the president to obstruct justice ...
When you put it that way, well, it still looks ridiculous. Two Presidents have been charged by Judiciary Committee impeachment resolutions for obstruction of justice. One resigned before the full House voted, the other was actually impeached. Am I missing something here?
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Post by Volkonski » Tue Feb 26, 2019 11:51 am

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New from the DC Circuit: the court today upheld the civil contempt order from one-time Roger Stone Associate Andrew Miller, who had also challenged the constitutionality of special counsel Mueller's appointment. That challenge has failed. @CourthouseNews

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Post by fierceredpanda » Tue Feb 26, 2019 12:10 pm

This is why I don't believe for a second the hype about Mueller "wrapping up." An investigator that is closing down the shop does not continue pursuing contempt against Andrew Miller in front of the DC Circuit. Nor does he keep contesting the mystery grand jury subpoena against Company A all the way to SCOTUS. If Mueller were really close to being done with everything, he would have dropped both of those cases.

Also, I'd really love to know Miller's reason for being so recalcitrant.
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New from the DC Circuit: the court today upheld the civil contempt order from one-time Roger Stone Associate Andrew Miller, who had also challenged the constitutionality of special counsel Mueller's appointment. That challenge has failed. @CourthouseNews

9:17 AM - 26 Feb 2019
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Post by bob » Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:18 pm

D.C. Cir. wrote:Montgomery Blair Sibley was on the brief for amicus curiae Montgomery Blair Sibley in support of appellant.
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Post by Grumpy Old Guy » Tue Feb 26, 2019 4:22 pm

As soon as Sibley intervened on his side, Miller should have seen that the game was up.

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Post by YaYa » Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:27 pm

Florida Rep Matt Gaetz just threatened Cohen on Twitter :

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Post by YaYa » Tue Feb 26, 2019 5:29 pm

Walter Shaub replied:

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Post by Gregg » Tue Feb 26, 2019 7:02 pm

I'll take "Witness Intimidation" for $500, Alex.
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Post by tek » Wed Feb 27, 2019 7:39 am

I think he's just trying to impress his pretend girlfriend AOC with his social media savvy.. :blink:
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