Thursday, March 7, 2019

Russiagate; Is Today the Day?

Adding the to chorus of people who think they know something, but don't, Brennan Predicts Mueller Report, More Indictments On Friday: "I Don't Have Inside Knowledge" (RCP) Soon enough, we'll know.

This, however, is new to me The Mueller report no one’s talking about (Politico)
Most people don’t know it, but there’s another Mueller report coming.

Around the same time the special counsel sends his Russia investigation findings to the Justice Department, Attorney General William Barr must give Congress an account of every instance where Robert Mueller’s supervisors told him “no” during the course of his work.

The reporting requirement is tucked into the department regulations that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein used when he appointed Mueller. No matter what the memo says, it’s expected to be one of the few items on a fast track for being made public that will be closely scrutinized for insights into the inner workings of the special counsel’s tight-lipped investigation.

Barr’s report could very well end up being blank, which itself would be a telling reveal that gives President Donald Trump and the leaders of the Justice Department he appointed tangible proof that the special counsel was allowed to carry out his investigation without interference.
Will he use this section to whine about Trump refusing to confess talk to him?

Buck Sexton, Da Hill, As collusion case collapses, Democrats seek obstruction Seek, or practice? OK, I'll use the healing power of "and".
How can the same Democrats and journalists who have been alleging for two years, without evidence, that the president is a criminal and a traitor come to terms with the reality of the hoax they have perpetrated out of petty partisan spite? They will not as they already have plans to move on to the next narrative con. This is where “obstruction” comes into play. Democrats have made it clear that, unable to prove the primary charges they used to hobble a presidency for two years, their follow up act will be to open new investigations and chase other charges around obstruction.

Without a hint of reflection or a twinge of good faith, the Democrats will pretend that all along the real problem with President Trump has been his machiavellian interference in the justice system. This is as preposterous as it is dishonest. If Trump corrupted the Justice Department in his favor, he had a bizarre way of doing it. He never interfered with the special counsel investigation, despite its partisan bias and shady origins. He did not fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, despite him richly deserving it. Trump did fire James Comey, which Rosenstein had explicitly endorsed in writing. That of course led to the retaliatory move of appointing a special counsel. It was really the Justice Department that has obstructed Trump.

Are we supposed to ignore the convenient tactic of Democrats moving past collusion to obstruction? No serious person really believes that, as Mueller fails to uncover any illegal interference in government actions, some decidedly oleaginous characters in Congress like Adam Schiff and Eric Swalwell will. Mueller showed no hesitation in prosecuting peripheral figures in the Russia collusion drama for the most minor process crimes. Those who suddenly refuse to believe the special counsel was thorough enough have no interest in finding the truth. They never did to start with.
And thus, via at Da Caller Trump May Take Page Out Of Obama Playbook In Dealing With Congress  and Jordan Fabian, Da Hill, Trump signals White House won't comply with Democratic probes. Tell them to pound sand.

RCP, Rep. Kevin McCarthy: Adam Schiff Is A Modern Day Joe McCarthy

Sundance at CTH, Schiff and Nadler Hiring Lawfare Members for Investigative Staff…
HPSCI Chairman Adam Schiff and Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler are hiring members of the anti-Trump “legal resistance movement”, ie Lawfare, to fill their key investigative staff roles.

Chairman Schiff announced his hiring of former SDNY U.S. Attorney Daniel Goldman today [See Here]. The associated network surrounding Goldman is filled with familiar names and ideological alignment. The Schiff hiring of Goldman follows on the heels of Chairman Nadler hiring Obama Administration lawyer Norm Eisen and criminal defense attorney Barry Berke [See Here].

A brutally obvious aspect to this is how all of these Trump-hating characters have interests, multiple tiered conflicts, and are vested in the outcome of the congressional investigation of President Trump. Heck, many of the players being absorbed by the congressional team staff are direct or indirect stakeholders in the investigative outcome. Thus we see a typical Lawfare control pattern.
Via Sundance again, Senator Graham Discusses House Impeachment Effort and His Relationship With President Trump…

and Representative Jim Jordan Discusses Border Crisis and Congressional Impeachment Plan…

Roll Call, 3 things to watch: Trump kids, associates eye pleading the Fifth as Dems bore in, but ‘It gets real personal, real fast’: Dems fear targeting Trump kids could backfire (Politico).

The documents Cohen provided are intended to further explain his public testimony last week, in which Cohen said that President Donald Trump's then-personal lawyer Jay Sekulow made changes to his statement to the House and Senate Intelligence Committees, and that it was reviewed ahead of time by lawyers like Abbe Lowell, an attorney for Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the President's daughter and son-in-law who are both White House advisers.

It's unclear what Cohen's documents show was specifically changed in the statement. Cohen testified Wednesday behind closed doors at the House Intelligence Committee.

"There were changes made, additions -- Jay Sekulow, for one," Cohen said last week. "There were several changes that were made including how we were going to handle that message, which was -- the message of course being -- the length of time that the Trump Tower Moscow project stayed and remained alive."

Sekulow pushed back on Cohen's allegations in a statement last week, saying that the "testimony by Michael Cohen that attorneys for the President edited or changed his statement to Congress to alter the duration of the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations is completely false."
 That's all, folks!

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