Mueller indicts 12 Russian intelligence officers

Wowie zowie. Rod Rosenstein announced the indictments today of 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking into the DNC, intrusion into at least one state election board and stole information about 500,000 voters, and into the servers of a software vendor whose software is used to verify voter registrations.

Rosenstein said this indictment did not address the issue of whether voter totals were changed.

Here’s the indictment. What mind-boggling detail!

Remember, this isn’t even the other shoe. It’s more like a shoelace:

Mueller team asks witnesses for their phones

Mueller raised possibility of presidential subpoena in meeting with Trump’s legal team

Whoa. Looks like they’re looking for more dirt on Manafort — or Trump:

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is requesting that witnesses turn in their personal phones to inspect their encrypted messaging programs and potentially view conversations between associates linked to President Donald Trump, sources told CNBC.

Since as early as April, Mueller’s team has been asking witnesses in the Russia probe to turn over phones for agents to examine private conversations on WhatsApp, Confide, Signal and Dust, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Fearing a subpoena, the witnesses have complied with the request and have given over their phones, the sources said.

While it’s unclear what Mueller has discovered, if anything, through this new request, investigators seem to be convinced that the apps could be a key to exposing conversations that weren’t previously disclosed to them.

Mueller: ‘Multiple lines of non-public inquiry’

Via Talking Points Memo. Go read it all:

Special Counsel Robert Mueller stressed that his investigation into Russian election meddling was ongoing and consisted of “multiple lines of non-public inquiry,” in a court filing Wednesday evening in a lawsuit brought by media companies seeking the release of certain records related to the probe.

“Many aspects of the investigation are factually and legally interconnected: they involve overlapping courses of conduct, relationships, and events, and they rely on similar sources, methods, and techniques,” the special counsel said. “The investigation is not complete and its details remain non-public.”

The Associated Press, CNN, New York Times, Washington Post and Politico are suing for the unsealing of various types of warrants used in the special counsel’s investigation, as well as sealed court documents specific to the case of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was indicted last fall.

“The fact that certain charges have been brought does not imply that the Special Counsel’s investigation into the assigned matters is closed,” Mueller said, arguing against the release of the records. “Nor does it imply that the search warrant materials could be unsealed at this time without creating a serious risk of jeopardizing the ongoing and interconnected aspects of the investigation.”

Mike Pence wants Mueller investigation to ‘wrap up’

I can see why Mike Pence wants the investigation to wrap up — because if he hasn’t been questioned by the Mueller team yet, that makes him a likely target. And that would make Mother very angry! (You wouldn’t like her when she’s angry.)

Whatever. All of a sudden, media types have removed the Teflon curtain and noticed that Mike Pence is a much bigger player than they thought — even though lowly bloggers have been pointing this out for three years.

Manafort raid targeted documents on Trump Tower meeting

Some news yesterday from Newsweek:

A new court filing by Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel confirms that Paul Manafort was raided by the FBI to look for documents relating to the Trump Tower meeting in June 2016 with Russian lobbyists, which was brokered by Donald Trump Jr.

[…] According to the latest court filing by the Mueller inquiry, which is defending a warrant attached to a raid on Manafort’s home in July 2017, part of what the FBI were hunting for were “communications, records, documents, and other files involving any of the attendees of the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, as well as Aras and [Emin] Agalarov.”

As you’ll recall, Donald Trump Jr. thought he was being offered dirt on Hillary Clinton, but has since claimed the only thing they discussed at the meeting was adoption.

Sounds like Mueller doesn’t believe him –or Paul Manafort.

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Why did senators release two letters yesterday about protecting Mueller?

They’re on recess, mind you. What are they hearing?