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About those Trump transition emails

'A weapon of desperation': Trump loyalists are doubling down on a familiar strategy as the Russia probe reaches a boiling point

You’ve likely seen or heard all the uproar this weekend about the news that Bob Mueller has had the Trump transition team emails since September.

Here’s why they’re important: Mueller requested the transition team to turn over their emails. Trumpers did not realize he could check them against the full email record. This means a lot more people may be charged with lying to the FBI.

Even worse? It seems the Trump people had a coverup arrangement with the GSA’s general counsel not to release the emails to Mueller, but their fixer was in the hospital when Mueller requested the emails. (He later died.) He was a lawyer with (wait for it) Rudy Giuliani’s firm!

You see where this is headed, right?

Now, anyone who’s ever worked for the feds (or any large corporation, really) knows work emails on work servers don’t belong to you. They belong to your employer — in this case, the federal government. Mueller didn’t even need a warrant; he just had to make a request.

This is what all the attacks on Mueller last week were about. Look at Fox News:

“Coup In America”? Yeah, that happened a year ago. We’re trying to fix it. Pro tip: You can’t claim executive privilege on an office you didn’t hold yet.

There’s lots more, but you get the idea.

Mueller’s office made a rare comment on the matter:

Clearly, Trump is teeing up to fire Mueller — and GOP leaders are lining up behind them, because some of them are implicated, too. So are Trump’s third-rate lawyers.

Get ready to call, write, or take to the streets. Democracy is going to need us.

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Rod Rosenstein rebukes the ‘fire Mueller’ crowd: ‘He was an ideal choice for this task’

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein: “From a legal and...

Today’s episode of House Oversight Committee Follies featured a concerted effort on the part of Republicans to make the case that Mueller is biased and should either be fired or another special prosecutor appointed to investigate him. This is thanks to the likes of Fox News’ “Judge” Jeanine Pirro (who has a grudge and a vested… Continue Reading →

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Oh sure, this is normal

Justice Department interns confronted Jeff Sessions over police brutality, gun control, and marijuana

That treasonous, corrupt little elf:

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department invited a group of reporters to its offices on Tuesday night to view private text messages that were sent during the election by Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, former investigators on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team, Business Insider has learned.

President Donald Trump’s allies have seized on the texts, which were critical of Trump, as evidence that special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation has been tainted. The texts were obtained as part of an investigation by the DOJ’s inspector general into how the FBI handled the probe into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server last year.

Strzok, a veteran counterintelligence agent who was among those overseeing the Clinton investigation, was abruptly removed from Mueller’s Russia probe in late July and relegated to the human resources department. Page left Mueller’s team over the summer for unrelated reasons.

It is “highly unusual” for the DOJ to release correspondences that are the subject of an ongoing investigation to Congress, let alone to the press, a congressional committee source told Business Insider on Wednesday. The source emphasized that none of the leaks came from Capitol Hill, which obtained the texts from the DOJ separately on Tuesday.

“It’s appalling behavior by the Department,” said former DOJ spokesman Matthew Miller. “This is an ongoing investigation in which these employees have due process rights, and the political leadership at DOJ has thrown them to the wolves so Rosenstein can get credit from House Republicans at his hearing today.”

One source close to the process who requested anonymity to discuss internal DOJ deliberations said the texts were given to reporters in case they did not leak in time for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s public hearing on Wednesday morning.

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NBC: Mueller looking at 18 days after officials were told about Flynn

'A weapon of desperation': Trump loyalists are doubling down on a familiar strategy as the Russia probe reaches a boiling point

NBC News reports this morning that Bob Mueller’s investigations seems focused on creating an accurate timeline of White House actions after they were informed of Flynn’s vulnerability to blackmail by Russia: The questions about what happened between Jan. 26 and Flynn’s firing on Feb. 13 appear to relate to possible obstruction of justice by President Donald… Continue Reading →

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Will Pence be interviewed by Mueller?

MIKE PENCE IS TOTALLY DOWN TO COOPERATE WITH BOB MUELLER

It’s beginning to look like it!

“I think he has new questions to answer,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Connecticut Democrat, who said he wanted Pence to appear before the Senate Judiciary Committee to explain what he knew at the time about Flynn’s conversations with Russian officials.

In the days since Flynn’s guilty plea was unveiled last week, seven people close to the vice president continue to maintain that Pence did not know Flynn spoke with Kislyak about Russian sanctions, despite being the head of the Trump transition.

But among top transition officials, Pence would have been largely alone in his lack of knowledge. According to court filings released last week, Flynn spoke with “senior members of the Presidential Transition Team” about his conversations with Kislyak regarding the new US sanctions.

BOOM: Top White House lawyer told Trump Flynn lied to FBI in January

Top White House lawyer McGahn to take questions in Mueller probe

After Trump’s lawyer John Dowd took credit for a tweet from Trump’s account that possibly put him in legal jeopardy about knowing Flynn lied to the FBI before he fired FBI’s James Comey, CNN reports that Trump actually did know. CNN’s Kara Scannell broke the news that “The White House’s chief lawyer told President Donald Trump… Continue Reading →

Mueller wants to pull Manafort’s bail deal

Here is the full indictment against former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort

Apparently he’s been doing what he was told not to do:

WASHINGTON ― Former Donald Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, while under federal indictment that could send him away to prison for years, recently ghostwrote an op-ed with a Russian with ties to the country’s intelligence services, Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team alleged on Monday.

Manafort, currently on house arrest with an ankle monitor, had reached a proposed bail deal with prosecutors that was awaiting court approval. But Mueller’s team says the court should reject Manafort’s request to modify the conditions of his pre-trial release because he has violated a court order that instructed him and other parties to “refrain from making statements to the media or in public settings that pose a substantial likelihood of material prejudice to this case.”

Mueller’s team allege that Manafort and a colleague were “ghostwriting an editorial in English regarding his political work for Ukraine” as recently as Nov. 30.

‘That’s obstruction of Justice’: Feinstein says Senate committee building obstruction case

Democrats fire back at Republicans calling for obscure 'blue slip' process to be changed for Trump's benefit

Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) revealed on Sunday that the Senate Judiciary Committee is in the process of building an obstruction of justice case against President Donald Trump for firing former FBI Director James Comey in an effort to end the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election. During an interview on Meet the Press, Feinstein… Continue Reading →

Oh look

Flynn told a friend Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians:

Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn has promised “full cooperation” in the special counsel’s Russia investigation and, according to a confidant, is prepared to testify that Donald Trump directed him to make contact with the Russians, initially as a way to work together to fight ISIS in Syria.

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