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Mueller investigation report issued April 18, 2019

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Mueller investigation aftermath and retrospective

The Mueller monologue and impeachment infomercial, May 29, 2019

Robert Mueller himself

Mueller testimony, July 24, 2019

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Robert Mueller and Tony Podesta

Mueller gives Tony Podesta immunity to stick it to Paul Manafort.  Tony Podesta, the Democratic über-operative and brother of Hillary Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, has been offered immunity from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in exchange for his testimony against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort.  The two men were doing the exact same "crime," which was acting as unregistered lobbyists on behalf of the Ukrainian government, but Podesta skates, while Manafort goes to prison for the rest of his life.  As Fox News's Tucker Carlson, who broke the story, pointed out, the only difference between them is that Manafort worked for Donald Trump.

Dirty Cop Mueller Offered Tony Podesta Immunity to Testify Against Paul Manafort.  The Gateway Pundit reported two days ago that [Robert] Mueller was going to give the crooked Podesta brothers immunity.  Mueller is defending Tony Podesta from his crimes.  We were right.  Tony Podesta is brother to Hillary Clinton's former campaign chair, John Podesta which is why he's getting special treatment from dirty cop Mueller.  Fox News' Tucker Carlson announced Thursday evening [7/19/2018] that two separate sources confirmed to him Mueller offered Tony Podesta immunity.

Mueller Gave Tony Podesta Immunity To Testify Against Manafort.  Special counsel Robert Mueller has offered Clinton-connected superlobbyist Tony Podesta immunity in order to testify against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to Fox News host Tucker Carlson.  "Tonight we can report exclusively based on two separate sources we spoke to today that Tony Podesta has been offered immunity by Robert Mueller to testify against Paul Manafort," reported Carlson.  The Daily Caller News Foundation has not independently confirmed the report.

Think.  There's always an angle.  Team Mueller didn't need Podesta to prosecute Manafort.  But Team Mueller did need the prosecution of Manafort as an excuse to hand out immunity to Podesta.

Robert Mueller's Russian Election Interference Indictments

Mueller's questions prove Trump shouldn't talk.  The questions special counsel Robert Mueller supposedly wants to put to President Trump make one thing clear — it would be folly for the president to sit for an interview with these jumped-up G-men.  It's not just that the questions badly undercut the claims that Mueller is not targeting the president.  If, as the saying goes, a prosecutor can indict a ham sandwich, Mueller appears to be building out of Trump a Dagwood special.  It's also that for the president to sit down for an interview would be to acknowledge Mueller's authority to begin with.  Yet the more Mueller shows his hand, the more illogical his authority starts to look.

Robert Mueller's Beltway Cover-Up.  It's not an investigation that the former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation is leading — rather, it's a cover-up.  After all, Mueller took his job not at the behest of the man who by all accounts he is likely to professionally and personally disdain, Donald Trump, but of the blue-chip Beltway elite of which he is a charter member.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed him nearly a year ago to lead an investigation without parameters.  That's because Mueller's job is to obscure the abuses of the US surveillance apparatus that occurred under the Obama administration.  The fact that someone at the level of former FBI director was called in to sweep up the mess left by bad actors in the bureau and Central Intelligence Agency and other parts of the intelligence bureaucracy suggests that the problems are even worse than previously thought.  And that means the constituency for Mueller's political intervention is enormous.

If Mueller didn't charge Flynn and Manafort with collusion, then who was colluding?  Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller is authorized to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump."  The popular word for that is collusion, and it remains at the heart of both the Mueller and the Senate Intelligence Committee investigations. (Majority Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee recently announced they were unable to find evidence proving collusion.)

Why the Mueller Indictment Doesn't Allege the Russians Swung the Election.  In announcing that 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies were being charged for "seeking to interfere in the United States political system," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made it clear that the indictment contained "no allegation ... that the charged conduct altered the outcome of the 2016 election."  Could a future indictment show that?  Maybe, but I think that's unlikely.  Here's why.  I doubt that Rosenstein would make a point of discussing the outcome of the election if he really expected that some future indictment would claim the results were compromised.  If Rosenstein knows now that there is such evidence, when that fact does comes out it — as it inevitably would — it would hardly be flattering to him or the Mueller investigation itself.

Mueller Indictment May Be Bad News for Illegal Aliens.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 37-page indictment against three Russian entities and 13 Russian individuals may have legal implications for illegal aliens residing in the United States, and could serve as grounds for deportation. [...] The indictment charges the defendants with working in concert to travel to the United States under false pretenses, and to steal identities of U.S. citizens to create email accounts and establish fake social media accounts so they could publish content and organize political rallies using false personas. [...] But Russians aren't the only foreign nationals working to interfere in United States affairs.  Many are here illegally, are politically active in grassroots organizations, post on social media, and attend protest marches.  In fact, it's fairly commonplace.  Mexican and other foreign nationals participate in all kinds of activities to influence public opinion and government policy, just as the Russians named in Mueller's indictment allegedly did.  Many of them may be colluding with their governments to evade our laws and subvert their enforcement.

The Collusionists Are Dead.  The only legal action [Carter] Page is likely to be party to is a civil rights lawsuit against the FBI.  The investigation into collusion, handed off from Obama's FBI to the Special Counsel like a baton in a "Deep State" relay race toward impeachment proceedings, has produced zero evidence.  Mueller's recent indictments make two points clear.  First, the Russians' primary goal was not to elect Trump, but to generally "sow discord," and second, with the Steele dossier thoroughly debunked, the collusion argument has no legs.

Russian bots sow social upheaval across US using Facebook, Twitter, experts say.  Russian bots aren't pro-Republican or pro-Democrat:  they're simply anti-American.  That's the conclusion many are reaching in the wake of the indictments recently handed out by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities who allegedly enacted a sophisticated plot to wage "information warfare" against the United States.  Marat Mindiyarov, a former commenter at the Internet Research Agency, says the organization's Facebook department hired people with excellent English skills to sway U.S. public opinion through an elaborate social media campaign.  His own experience at the agency makes him trust the U.S. indictment, Mindiyarov told The Associated Press.  "I believe that that's how it was and that it was them," he said.

Russia Scandal:  Mueller's Latest Indictments Point To Democratic Collusion.  For more than a year, Democrats have been pushing the story that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the election from Hillary Clinton.  But the evidence keeps piling up indicating that it was Democrats, wittingly or not, who've been helping Russia achieve its real meddling goals.

Robert Mueller charges attorney with making false statements to special counsel's office.  Special counsel Robert Mueller has charged an attorney for making false statements to the FBI and his office, which is investigating Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.  Alex Van Der Zwaan was charged Feb. 16 with "willfully and knowingly making materially false, fictitious and fraudulent statements" to both the special counsel's office and FBI investigators.

Did the Russians really spend 'millions' trying to swing the election?  The effort to explain away Hillary Clinton's loss to Donald Trump began as a propaganda operation the morning after the election results came in.  Defense of the Russia collusion hoax requires a sinister foe that might have swung the election.  There is every incentive for the propaganda masters to present information in ways that lends itself to exaggeration.  So skepticism is warranted toward everything you hear from the media and even from the Mueller probe itself; it is, after all, the spawn of Hillary's campaign-sponsored Steele dossier and staffed by rabid partisans who donate only to Democrats.  Ever since the 13 indictments were announced last Friday, exactly in time to distract public attention from the FBI's bungling that cost 17 people their lives in Parkland, Florida, we have been hearing about "millions" of dollars spent by the Russians "per month."  It's become a major talking point.

What Robert Mueller & the Russians He Indicted Share in Common.  Hillary Clinton's campaign paid more than a million dollars to the Perkins Coie law firm, which paid over a million dollars to Fusion GPS, which paid $168,000 to former MI6 agent Christopher Steele to compile the "dossier."  For a long time, the public did not even know the document's author.  Even now, questions remain regarding Steele's authorship.  Former Bill Clinton advisor Dick Morris expressed his belief in an interview with The American Spectator last week that longtime Clinton goons Sidney Blumenthal and Cody Shearer served as the primary authors.  Clinton paid the British intelligence officer, he suspects, to put his clean name on a file compiled by dirt dealers.

The Charges Mueller Could Have Brought Against The Russians But Didn't.  For many, the lengthy and detailed indictment is conclusive proof of violation of federal law prohibiting contributions, expenditures, or activity by foreign nationals in any election in the U.S.  Except the indictment doesn't exactly include that crime as one of its eight counts.  The indictment contains one count of conspiracy to defraud the U.S., one count of conspiracy to commit wire and bank fraud, and six counts of aggravated identity theft.  This raises the question:  Why allege illegal Russian activity in the election throughout the indictment, but not actually charge it?

Russia Launches 'Information' War, U.S. Responds with Lawsuit and Self-Destruction.  As we saw in the Clinton and Obama years [...], administrations dominated by government lawyers find even belligerent provocations by a foreign power to be fit for judicial resolution.  To the contrary, we use counterintelligence rather than criminal investigation to thwart foreign adversaries because prosecution is a woefully inadequate response.  The point of counterintelligence is to gather information so we can stop our enemies, through meaningful retaliation and discouragement.  Generally, that means diplomatic, economic, intelligence, and, in extreme cases, military means.  It could mean deploying our own cyber capabilities.  The idea is not to invade every rogue nation.  It is to respond to provocations in a manner that hurts our rivals — conveying that the prohibitive cost we will exact makes attacking us against their interests.  That cannot be accomplished by a mere indictment on which no one will be tried.

How a Plea Reversal From Michael Flynn could uncover more Federal Corruption.  On Friday [2/16/2018], Judge Emmet Sullivan issued an order in United States v.  Flynn that, while widely unnoticed, reveals something fascinating:  A motion by Michael Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea based on government misconduct is likely in the works.  Just a week ago, and thus before Sullivan quietly directed Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team to provide Flynn's attorneys "any exculpatory evidence," Washington Examiner columnist Byron York detailed the oddities of Flynn's case.  The next day, former assistant U.S. attorney and National Review contributing editor Andrew McCarthy connected more of the questionable dots.  York added even more details a couple of days later.  Together these articles provide the backdrop necessary to understand the significance of Sullivan's order on Friday.

General Flynn Should WITHDRAW His Guilty Plea.  His New Judge Is A Government Misconduct Expert.  Extraordinary manipulation by powerful people led to the creation of Robert Mueller's continuing investigation and prosecution of General Michael Flynn.  Notably, the recent postponement of General Flynn's sentencing provides an opportunity for more evidence to be revealed that will provide massive ammunition for a motion to withdraw Flynn's guilty plea and dismiss the charges against him.  It was Judge Rudolph Contreras who accepted General Flynn's guilty plea, but he suddenly was recused from the case.  The likely reason is that Judge Contreras served on the special court that allowed the Federal Bureau of Investigation to surveil the Trump campaign based on the dubious FISA application.  Judge Contreras may have approved one of those four warrants.

Dem Lawmaker Warns Mueller Against Releasing Witch Hunt Findings Before Election — Democrats Worried It Will Hurt Them.  Late last year former White House chief strategist told The Gateway Pundit that he believed Robert Mueller would drop his report in the fall of 2017 to impact the midterm elections.  This was months ago before the (conservative) public was made aware of all of the illegal activities by the previous Obama administration in spying on the Trump campaign, transition team and administration using a phony Democrat document as evidence of Russian collusion.  But as more and more information is revealed on the Hillary Clinton campaign and Obama administration activities and spying on Donald Trump the story is starting to change direction.

Mueller is Losing Flynn, So He Indicts Russians.  With former national security adviser Michael Flynn's guilty plea likely to be set aside, the indictments announced yesterday by Deputy A.G. Rod Rosenstein, in tenor, scope, and timing, are a desperate attempt by Mueller to save his crumbling collusion investigation from complete failure.

The Trump-Russia collusion narrative is dead.  Friday's grand jury indictment in Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election destroys Democratic claims that the Trump presidential campaign colluded with Russia to win the race, and that the Russian interference cost Hillary Clinton the election.  It is now time for Mueller to look into real election interference and collusion with the Russians by the Democrats.  The grand jury indicted 13 Russians and three Russian entities for their alleged efforts to interfere with the 2016 election.  The indictment says the Russians hid their involvement in this scheme and communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign.  There was no allegation in the indictment that any American was a knowing participant in the scheme.

The Russians Didn't File a FISA Warrant.  The Russians didn't keep Hillary out of Wisconsin; the Russians didn't make Hillary use personal email; the Russians didn't hire Fusion-GPS; the Russians didn't pay Christopher Steele; the Russians didn't make a dossier or deliver work product to the State Dept; the Russians didn't do the unmasking of campaign officials.

Mueller Patched Together Much of His Indictment from 2015 Radio Free Europe Article.  After sixteen months of investigations and over a year-and-a-half of the FBI and Obama administration spying on Donald Trump, his family, his business, his campaign, his transition team and his administration — Special Counsel Robert Mueller dropped an absolute nothing-burger on Friday in announcing charges against Russian operatives who sullied the US election process during the 2016 election and following Donald Trump's victory.

Former CIA Director Admits United States Has Been Meddling In Elections For Years — And We Still Are!  All of these holier-than-though former and current U.S. officials, politicians, media pundits, etc., KNOW that the United States has likely meddled in far more foreign elections than Russia could ever dream of doing — and we still are.  Watch the below video of former CIA Director James Woolsey admit as much.  It's absurd the level of fake outrage now being foisted upon the news networks and social media following the equally fake/manufactured "indictments" placed upon Russian nationals for so-called "meddling" during the 2016 Election.  [Video clip]

Democrats regroup after meddling story explodes in their faces.  Robert Mueller is a joke.  He indicted 13 Russians for, among other things, tricking a person into carrying a "Happy Birthday" sign in front of the White House.  We cannot throw Hillary in prison for exposing State secrets to the world on her illegal private server, but by golly we can indict trolls in St. Petersburg.

Democratic senator up for re-election worried about Mueller report.  [Scroll down]  The president was elected by the people of America — not Russian oligarchs who, by the way, gave millions to Hillary's sham charity to get approval of Russians gaining control of one-fifth of the nation's production of enriched uranium.

Where Are The Indictments Of Obama's Foreign Colluders?  The indictments are in.  Team Mueller indicted a bunch of Russians associated with a troll farm for interfering with an election in the United States.  Russian troll farms generally don't follow United States law.  But foreigners are not allowed to interfere with elections in the United States.  Unless they're named Christopher Steele.  The Clinton campaign employed a British foreign agent who used Russian intelligence sources to put together opposition research meant to interfere with the results of a United States election.  Collusion between the Clinton campaign, Steele and the Russians doesn't require an endless fishing expedition.  Foreigners interfering in United States elections are not a new phenomenon.  Muslims in Gaza famously ran a phone bank for Obama.  A Hamas political adviser had declared that he hoped Obama would win.  There was no investigation.  Nor did anyone indict the Gazans running the phone bank.

As Mueller moves forward, lingering questions about Comey and Clinton.  The challenge facing Special Counsel Robert Mueller in his investigation of President Trump and his associates extends beyond determining whether there was a conspiracy with Russians to meddle in the 2016 election or an attempt to obstruct the FBI's investigation.  In a larger sense, Mr. Mueller must confront the grim prospect that whatever his final conclusions in the Trump-Russia investigation, they will likely be met with suspicion — and possibly rejection — by a significant portion of the country.

Why did Mueller's indictments skip over the most obvious and pertinent statute that was violated?  I thought it very peculiar that Friday's [2/16/2018] announcement of the indictments was made just in time to distract the nation from the FBI's confession that it could have stopped the Parkland school slaughter but didn't bother following up on an explicit warning of the guns stockpiled and the threats of a school shooting by the alleged perp.  It suggests that the announcement was rushed in order to distract the nation from the FBI's failure to perform its duty at the cost of a horrendous slaughter and trauma.  The thousands of students at the high school who escaped slaughter will be traumatized for life by what they experienced that day.  But John Hinderaker's shrewd observation takes the disgrace to an entirely different level.  It suggests (but does not prove) that the Mueller team is going out of its way to shield Hillary Clinton and her campaign and their henchmen at Perkins Coie, the DNC, Fusion GPS, and Christopher Steele from their own potential crimes.

The Mueller Dogs Bark, but the Caravan Moves On.  Shortly after Rod Rosenstein announced the latest series of indictments against Russians largely for posts on social media, the stock market rose and hit its highest weekly gain since 2013.  And for good reason — the indictments are idiotic.  They would never have been issued by a prosecutor, only a special counsel looking as if he's doing something as his case against his big catch — General Michael Flynn — seems to become less and less certain to lead to conviction.

Indictment: Russians also tried to help Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein presidential campaigns.  It turns out Donald Trump wasn't the only candidate the Russians allegedly tried to help during the 2016 presidential campaign.  A 37-page indictment resulting from special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation shows that Russian nationals and businesses also worked to boost the campaigns of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders and Green party nominee Jill Stein in an effort to damage Democrat Hillary Clinton.  The Russians "engaged in operations primarily intended to communicate derogatory information about Hillary Clinton, to denigrate other candidates such as Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, and to support Bernie Sanders and then-candidate Donald Trump," according to the indictment, which was issued Friday [2/16/2018].

Mueller indictments still miss the mark on Trump-Russia collusion.  For the White House, the entire report comes down to a single adjective.  Let's see if you can spot it:  The Russian defendants "communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign."  Despite a 37-page indictment with a long narrative on a coordinated Russian campaign of interference, the most newsworthy fact comes from the carefully placed adjective "unwitting."  It confirms that the special counsel has found no knowing coordination or collusion between these hackers and Trump officials.  The indictment names 13 Russian nationals and three Russian entities in alleged interference in the 2016 presidential election.  It describes a coordinated effort by Russians, including the shadowy Internet Research Agency, to wage "information warfare" against the United States.

Confessions Of A Congressional Staffer:  Mueller Working With Russian Operatives To Bolster Anti-Trump Investigation?  [Scroll down]  Mueller has been slow-playing it for a while.  I'm talking about the Russian operatives move — the indictments.  They are largely baseless, a big overreach that amounts to allegations of talking down Hillary Clinton and talking up Donald Trump.  If that were suddenly illegal almost the entire media complex would have to be indicted, right?  Mueller is trying to paint a grand conspiracy picture here.  A list of names will be leaked.  Each will come with a prepackaged background story.

Rosenstein: No American 'Had Any Knowledge' In Russian Meddling Indictment.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said at a press conference Friday [2/16/2018] that no American was "a knowing participant" in the Russian efforts to influence the 2016 election, as detailed in the DOJ's Friday indictment of 13 Russian nationals.  A reporter noted that, "On page four of the indictment, paragraph six, it specifically talks about the Trump campaign, saying that defendants communicated with unwitting individuals associated with the Trump campaign."

Mueller's Investigation A Farce:  Files Joke Indictment Against Russian Trolls.  If one needed proof that Mueller's investigation was an utter farce, they were in for a treat this morning when the Deputy Attorney General announced the indictment of thirteen "Russian trolls," for allegedly interfering in the 2016 Presidential election by posting on social media accounts.  Laying Mueller's disregard of the First Amendment aside, the indictment is blatantly hypocritical in light of active social media intervention by pro-Clinton David Brock and his multi-million dollar efforts to 'Correct The Record.'

Mueller Indicts Russians Accused of 'Disparaging Hillary Clinton' In Election Hacking Scheme.  On Friday, the office of special counsel Robert Mueller announced that a grand jury indicted 13 Russian nationals, along with 3 Russian entities, accused of "supporting the presidential campaign of then-candidate Donald J. Trump ... and disparaging Hillary Clinton."

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The Editor was also disparaging Hillary Clinton before, during, and after her latest presidential campaign.  So what?  Are they going to indict me, too?

White House Statement on Russian Election Interference Indictments.  Earlier today [2/16/2018], Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced indictments against 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian entities for meddling in the 2016 Presidential election, which began in 2014 before the President declared his candidacy.  President Donald J. Trump has been fully briefed on this matter and is glad to see the Special Counsel's investigation further indicates — that there was NO COLLUSION between the Trump campaign and Russia and that the outcome of the election was not changed or affected.

Russian indictments prove Trump won fair and square.  The indictments obtained by special counsel Robert Mueller on Vladimir Putin's attempts to create discord in the 2016 election and eventually support Donald Trump are important both for what they say and what they don't say.  They offer huge victories for Trump — and thus more defeats for Hillary Clinton — but they don't close the books on everything about 2016.  The very good news for the president is that the indictments are firm in saying that any Americans contacted by the 13 charged Russians, including Trump campaign associates, did not know they were dealing with Russians.  The indictments also state forcefully that despite their social media efforts, which ranged from creative to clumsy, the Russians had no impact on the election results.

The latest Mueller indictment does not show Russian collusion by the Trump campaign.  The criminal indictment of 13 Russians for allegedly trying to influence "U.S. political and electoral processes" provides no evidence of any collusion between these Russians — or any other Russian officials — and the Trump campaign in the 2016 presidential race.  While the description of alleged Russian activities is very troubling, it is important to note that the indictment makes no mention of any hacking or other activity that changed ballots, vote counts, or actually interfered with the election.  In essence, the indictment is for trying to run the typical type of public misinformation campaign that the Soviet KGB was infamous for throughout the Cold War.

John Kerry Approved Visas for Russian Operatives to Enter US in 2014 and 'Interfere' with Election.  After sixteen months of investigations and over a year-and-a-half of the FBI and Obama administration spying on Donald Trump, his family, his business, his campaign, his transition team and his administration — Special Counsel Robert Mueller dropped an absolute nothing-burger today in announcing charges against Russian operatives who sullied the US election process.

RNC Chair:  Indictment Shows Obama Admin 'Lost Sight of Russia'.  The indictment of 13 Russians and three Russian companies for allegedly interfering in the 2016 presidential election shows that former President Obama's administration "lost sight of Russia," according to Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel.  Moscow targeted the U.S. presidential election with "information warfare" intended to sow discord among Americans, according to the indictment announced Friday [2/16/2018] by the Justice Department.

Asst. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Announces Robert Mueller's Russian Election Interference Indictments.  There is a particular transparency in timing as Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announces indictments from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's 'Russian Interference in U.S. Election' investigation on the same day as the FBI is forced to admit they made massive mistakes from reports against the Parkland Florida school shooter.  The thirteen indictments are based on very weak structure.

Spoliation of evidence in the Robert Mueller investigation

59 of 96 phones assigned to Mueller probe missing; GOP senators demand answers from DOJ.  Republican Sens. Ron Johnson of Wisconsin and Chuck Grassley of Iowa sent a letter to the Justice Department Wednesday asking for more information regarding missing phones used by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team during the Russian collusion investigation.  The senators sent the letter after finding out the Justice Department "could not locate 59 of the 96 phones used by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team," according to Grassley's website.  The two senators wrote to the DOJ's Office of the Inspector General in September 2020 regarding allegations that cell phones assigned to "multiple people on then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team were 'wiped' for various reasons during [the Russia investigation]."  In a response on May 11, 2021, the OIG reported that 59 of the 96 phones assigned the Special Counsel's Office were unaccounted for.

Indications the Government May Have All the Data On All the Phones Wiped by Weissmann's Special Counsel Gang.  Recently it was reported that creepy Andrew Weissmann, the kingpin behind the Mueller investigation, and a large group of Mueller gang members all destroyed the information on their phones after the Strzok and Page text messages were uncovered.  Today [9/30/2020] a report has been uncovered where Weissmann reported on a 'wiped' Special Counsel phone that the government's iPhones are backed up and no data will be lost.

Mueller prosecutor Andrew Weissmann says he would be 'happy' to share information with John Durham.  Andrew Weissmann, a former FBI general counsel and Justice Department official, also told CBS News on Wednesday that he has not been subpoenaed by the federal prosecutor tasked by Attorney General William Barr to review the Russia investigation. [...] Weissmann has been in the news lately not only because he has a new book out and has been criticizing some decisions in the special counsel investigation, but also because documents that were released showing devices belonging to members of Mueller's team were "wiped" for various reasons.  Weissmann, in particular, is being scrutinized for wiping data from two government-issued phones.  Notes from March 3, 2018, said that he "entered password too many times and wiped his phone," and notes on Sept. 27, 2018, indicated that he "accidentally wiped cell phone — data lost."

Andrew Weissmann Says He's Debunked 'Conspiracy Theory' About Mueller Team Wiping Cell Phones.  One of Robert Mueller's top lieutenants in the Russia investigation said the recent controversy over 27 prosecutors on the special counsel's team wiping their government-issued cell phones before returning them to the DOJ is no controversy at all.  In an interview with CBS News on Wednesday, former federal prosecutor Andrew Weissmann said all of the data contained on the phones was intentionally backed-up prior to the phones being wiped.

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Whether the data was backed up or not, the phones were wiped.  That is still a fact, not a conspiracy theory.  Moreover, there were numerous people with government-issued phones who claimed to have accidentally wiped their phones, which is simply not credible.  One could easily surmise that the "backup" copies of the phones' data will have been sanitized by the time any investigator sees it.

Besides 22 Wiped Devices, 44 Mueller Team iPhones Had Zero Records.  Forty-four iPhones used by members of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation contained no records when they were examined by an officer assigned to the team, according to internal documents.  Five more Special Counsel's Office (SCO) phones contained only one record each, and four others contained fewer than 10 records per device, according to a log kept by a records officer over the course of more than 20 months.  The lack of records on the phones is extraordinary given the immense scope of the probe.  It is also suspicious considering that at least 22 phones belonging to members of the Mueller team were wiped, with employees offering questionable explanations for the erasures. [...] Two well-known members of the Mueller team, FBI attorney Lisa Page and Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok mentioned sending and clearing iMessages from their SCO iPhones on more than one occasion.  "Clear imsg ..." Strzok wrote to Page on June 5, 2017, and again on June 8.

Elite Democrats can wipe their phones and their servers with impunity; you can't.  [Scroll down]  The next situation involves a case of the law likely being selectively ignored.  This would be the disclosure that thirty-one phones from the Mueller team's investigation have been wiped of all relevant data.  Since it is virtually impossible to accidentally wipe a phone — a claim being offered as explanation for some of the cases — the phones were almost certainly intentionally wiped for the purpose of hiding damaging information regarding the investigation of the Russian collusion hoax.  A leading figure in that investigation (and a man surrounded by controversy on a good day), Andrew Weismann, apparently accidentally wiped his phone on more than one occasion.  Anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of today's smartphones knows there are a series of deliberate steps to wipe a phone.  The odds of doing it more than once by accident are prohibitive.  Democrats, in general, seem to have a problem with technology.  Remember Hillary Clinton's "tech troubles"?  After the Benghazi scandal, [...] her actions were the focus of an investigation.  What followed was a data-disappearing act of comic proportions.

Devin Nunes:  Mueller team members may have obstructed justice by wiping phones.  California Rep. Devin Nunes, the ranking member on the House Intelligence Committee, reacted on Sunday [9/13/2020] to documents that show more than a dozen phones belonging to Mueller team members were "wiped" for various reasons.  "This looks like it occurred at a very interesting time," Nunes said during an interview on Fox News's Sunday Morning Futures.  "This is when the lovebirds' text messages were discovered.  So, clearly, after that, everybody on the Mueller team went and wiped their phone."  The congressman was referring to the anti-Trump text messages between former FBI agent Peter Strzok and former FBI lawyer Lisa Page that became fuel for President Trump and his allies to dub the Russia investigation a "witch hunt."

How accidental can you get?  The press release announces that Judicial Watch received 87 pages of records from the Department of Justice that show senior members of Robert Mueller's Special Counsel's Office repeatedly and "accidentally" wiped phones assigned to them.  The Department of Justice has posted the documents online here.  Politico's story doesn't mention Judicial Watch, but let's give credit where credit is due.  PJ Media's Matt Margolis draws on Brooke Singman's Fox News report capturing this quotable quote from Rep. Devin Nunes:  "It's an amazing coincidence that all these professional investigators kept accidentally wiping their phones.  You'd think these people could come up with a more believable excuse for hiding evidence."

Tom Fitton:  "There Needs to be A Criminal Investigation of the Special Counsel".  There are a lot of tenuous characters who report on the machinations of the swamp, Lou Dobbs and Tom Fitton are not part of that media system.  In this interview both Dobbs and Fitton deliver brutal honesty, call the baby ugly, and discuss the best approach that President Trump should take to deliver sunlight upon the schemes.  [Video clip]

Judicial Watch:  Mueller's Team 'Wiped' Phones During 'Russia Investigation'.  New records obtained by Judicial Watch show that multiple members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team "accidentally wiped" phones during the course of their investigation into Trump — Russia collusion.  Andrew Weissman, Mueller's deputy accidentally wiped his phone twice, "while entering wrong password."  While another lawyer, James Quarles, his phone "wiped itself" without his intervention.  These documents were released only after a two year lawsuit from the watchdog group Judicial Watch.

Mueller Team Wiped at Least 27 Phones Before They Could Be Checked for Records.  At least 27 phones used by members of special counsel Robert Mueller's team had all of their data wiped before an official could review the devices for records, according to documents released on Sept. 10 by the Department of Justice.  Some of the phones were wiped by accident.  Others were reset after the users entered the wrong password too many times.  A phone belonging to assistant special counsel James Quarles "wiped itself without intervention from him," according to the documents.  Quarles didn't immediately respond to a request by The Epoch Times for comment.  Andrew Weissmann, a key figure in the 22-month investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, wiped his phone twice, once by accident and once by entering the wrong password too many times.  Weissmann also didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.  The Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office of Inspector General (IG) had in 2018 detailed an extensive effort to recover the text messages from the special counsel phones used by FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok and FBI attorney Lisa Page.  The phones had both been wiped before the IG investigators found them.

Over two dozen Mueller team phones 'accidentally' wiped before DOJ could review them.  A number of cell phones belonging to members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team were "accidentally" wiped before the devices could be reviewed by the Justice Department inspector general.  That's according to 87 pages of DOJ records released Thursday under a Freedom of Information Act request from the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch.  The records show the phones were wiped of data before the DOJ's Office of Inspector General could review the devices because of forgotten passcodes, irreparable screen damage, loss of the device, intentional deletion or other reasons, Fox News reported.  At least 27 phones were reportedly wiped of data, with some reset to factory settings and others wiped "accidentally" after entering the wrong password too many times.

Dozens Of Cell Phones Used By Mueller Team Were 'Accidentally Wiped' Before DOJ Could Review.  Numerous cell phones from special counsel Robert Mueller's team were "accidentally wiped" before the Department of Justice inspector general was able to review the devices, according to newly released government records.  "The records show at least several dozen phones were wiped of information because of forgotten passcodes, irreparable screen damage, loss of the device, intentional deletion or other reasons — and came before the DOJ's Office of Inspector General (OIG) could review the devices," Fox News reported.  "The OIG opened an investigation into possible bias in the origins of the Russia Investigation, but determined that the FBI complied with policies in launching the politically explosive probe.  Still, the OIG flagged 'significant concerns with how certain aspects of the investigation were conducted and supervised.'"

Sidney Powell Discusses Weissmann/Mueller Special Counsel Destroying Evidence of Their Conduct.  Michael Flynn defense attorney Sidney Powell appears for an interview with Liz MacDonald to discuss the developments in the Flynn case (note:  Sullivan's court appointed amicus response brief is due tomorrow), and the background information recently highlighted.  As you review this interview, retain the 30,000/ft perspective.  Ms. Powell also discusses the Weissmann/Mueller special counsel erasing evidence by wiping phones and hiding evidence of their corrupt activity.  Additionally, Liz Mac circles back to the 2017 FISA report by Rosemary Collyer to support the most recent 2019 opinion filed by the FISA court showing the NSA database search abuse is ongoing.

Judicial Watch Obtains DOJ Records Showing Top Mueller Team Repeatedly, 'Accidentally' Wiped Phones.  Judicial Watch announced today [9/11/2020] it received 87 pages of records from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) that show senior members of Robert Mueller's Special Counsel's Office (SCO) repeatedly and "accidentally" wiped phones assigned to them.  The records were produced in response to Judicial Watch's September 2019 Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed against the Justice Department and FBI over December 17, 2018, FOIA requests for:
  •   All records related to the hardware, software and contents of mobile phones issued to FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page for their use while they served on the investigative team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
  •   All records of communication (whether on government or email accounts and whether using real names or aliases), with FBI officials relating to the hardware, software and contents of mobile phones issued to FBI officials Peter Strzok and Lisa Page for their use while they served on the investigative team of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
In a table that appears to be a tabulation of Special Counsel's Office reviews of phones used by Robert Mueller'steam for records-preservation purposes, 27 phones were reported wiped clean of all data prior to the review having taken place.

DOJ records show members of Mueller's team 'wiped' phones during Trump probe.  Newly released records from the Department of Justice show that the cell phones of multiple people on then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team were "wiped" for various reasons during the probe.  The records show at least several dozen phones were wiped of information because of forgotten passcodes, irreparable screen damage, loss of the device, intentional deletion or other reasons — and came before the DOJ's Office of Inspector General (OIG) could review the devices.  The documents show that Mueller deputy Andrew Weissman "accidentally wiped" his phone twice after entering the wrong passcode too many times in March 2018.  Lawyer James Quarles' phone "wiped itself" without his intervention, the records say.

Republicans demand answers on Mueller team wiping phones, suggest 'anticipatory obstruction of justice'.  Congressional Republicans demanded answers on Friday [9/11/2020] as to whether there "was a widespread intentional effort" to wipe the mobile devices of multiple people on former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team during the Russia probe, and suggested this could amount to "anticipatory obstruction of justice."  The calls come after newly released records from the Justice Department showed that at least several dozen phones belonging to members of Mueller's team were wiped of information because of forgotten passcodes, irreparable screen damage, loss of the device, intentional deletion or other reasons — all before the Justice Department inspector general's office could review the devices.

Reference material:
Spoliation of evidence.  The spoliation of evidence is the intentional or negligent withholding, hiding, altering, or destroying of evidence relevant to a legal proceeding. [...] The spoliation inference is a negative evidentiary inference that a finder of fact can draw from a party's destruction of a document or thing that is relevant to an ongoing or reasonably foreseeable civil or criminal proceeding:  the finder of fact can review all evidence uncovered in as strong a light as possible against the spoliator and in favor of the opposing party.

Spoliation defined
Black's Law Dictionary, 1991, page 1401.

Mueller Russia hoax prosecution team destroyed evidence of their cell phone text messages and calls.  The excuses being used for destruction of evidence by the Mueller team are about as plausible as a mob accountant purportedly committing suicide by shooting himself in the head three times.  The posse of Trump-hating prosecutors that sought and failed to find evidence of "collusion" between Russia and his campaign managed to completely wipe out their text messages — the kind of evidence that revealed the bias and illicit sexual relationship of Lisa Page and Peter Strzok — as well as call records on their government-issued cellphones.  We only learned of this yesterday, two years after these public records were demanded by Judicial Watch and a year after a lawsuit was filed.  At least 15 cellphones, and possibly as many as 30, were completely wiped clean of all records.  This stinks.  Even worse, as with Hilary Clinton using Bleachbit to destroy her private server hard drive that was used for official State Department communications and then smirking about wiping it "with a cloth," they are likely to get away with it.

At least 15 phones belonging to Mueller's team had their information 'wiped' before handing them over to the Inspector General in Russia probe.  More than 15 phones belonging to the investigative team of then-Special Counsel Robert Mueller were wiped before they were handed over to the Office of the Inspector General to be examined for proof of potential bias.  Mueller and his team were investigated by the Department of Justice for alleged biased in its pursuit of any proof that Trump or his administration colluded with Russia.  The investigation concluded that there was no bias but as part of it, Mueller's team was told to hand over cellphones but many had been wiped of their data.

Weissmann uses a phone for months then forgets the passcode?  The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, 18 USC 1519, passed in wake of Enron prosecution — in which Weissman had a lead and very unsalubrious role described by Sidney Powell in Licensed to Lie — prohibited destruction of documents in anticipation of federal investigation.

18 U.S. Code § 1519. Destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in Federal investigations and bankruptcy.  Whoever knowingly alters, destroys, mutilates, conceals, covers up, falsifies, or makes a false entry in any record, document, or tangible object with the intent to impede, obstruct, or influence the investigation or proper administration of any matter within the jurisdiction of any department or agency of the United States or any case filed under title 11, or in relation to or contemplation of any such matter or case, shall be fined under this title, imprisoned not more than 20 years, or both.

Robert Mueller and his lengthy investigation

Overview and recap articles:

Trump [is] Triumphing Over Evil.  Everyone in DC knew this when the Russian hoax investigation began but ignored it to praise Mueller and promote him as the savior of the republic who would get Donald Trump for a crime that not only did he not commit but it didn't exist!  For months on end, the press passed along lie after lie as Mueller fed their fantasies of the 2016 election being all a fantasy.  The press rewarded Mueller with reports about the walls closing in and a dam about to break.  Two years and $24 million later, Mueller found nothing because there was nothing to find.  No one in the press apologized.  The media went on to the next nonsense — the impeachment of a president because he asked Zelensky to see about investigating corruption by Hunter Biden.  Investigating a political opponent is something only done in a banana republic.

What Will the FBI Not Do?  The FBI is now, tragically, in freefall.  The public is at the point, first, of asking what improper or illegal behavior will the bureau not pursue, and what, if anything, must be done to reform or save a once great but now discredited agency.  Consider the last four directors, the public faces of the FBI for the last 22 years.  Ex-director Robert Mueller testified before Congress that he simply would not or could not talk about the fraudulent Steele dossier.  He claimed that it was not the catalyst for his special counsel investigation of Donald Trump's alleged ties with the Russians when, of course, it was.  Mueller also testified that he was "not familiar" with Fusion GPS, although Glenn Simpson's opposition research firm subsidized the dossier through various cutouts that led back to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.  And the skullduggery in the FBI-subsidized dossier helped force the appointment of Mueller himself.

Why did the FBI redact the Mar-a-Lago raid affidavit?  This narrative began the day President Trump won the 2016 elections by defeating Hillary Clinton.  First, it was baselessly claimed that Trump had won by colluding with the Russians.  There were once again no details provided.  The accusers couldn't say if any votes were altered.  They couldn't reveal the specifics of how Trump colluded with the Russians.  It was merely a sinister disinformation campaign based on innuendo and insinuations.  The media that functions as mouthpieces for the Democrats led the charge on this abominable hoax that the Russians had 'meddled in the 2016' elections, the implication being Trump was an illegitimate president.  The cacophonous campaign caused the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller.  For the next 22 months, at a cost of $40 million, Mueller, whose team comprised of Trump haters carried out an investigation.  The goal is this probe wasn't to investigate the truth, it was to persecute a political adversary, criminalize political opposition, and push a narrative.  Throughout the 'investigation,' the FBI and Justice Department leaked "bombshells" to the media.  The media then claimed that the "walls are closing in" and Trump would be removed.  In the end, no evidence of collusion was discovered.  Mueller's team purposefully worded their report to keep the inferences ambiguous.  It enabled the Democrats to continue to make bogus claims about collusion, extending the ordeal through much of Trump's presidency.

Who Will Prosecute the Prosecutors?  It took special counsel Robert Mueller less than two years to release his report into Russian interference in the 2016 election, dubbed Crossfire Hurricane.  It's been more than two years since then Attorney General William Barr named John Durham to head a probe into the origins of the Russian investigation.  One investigation resulted in a raft of indictments and convictions.  The other, not so much, probably because Durham is more scrupulous than the Mueller team. [...] For his troubles, Mueller can boast a long list of scalps.  That might lead the public to believe his team uncovered massive wrongdoing in the Trump campaign.  That's not the case.  The March 2019 Mueller report found that Russia did try to tilt the presidential race in Trump's favor, but the probe "did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."  That's right:  no collusion.

The Legends of Our Fall.  [Scroll down]  The "dream team" of the doddering Robert Mueller never proved Russian collusion.  The special counsel's $35 million project ended up disgracing itself with resignations from soon to be admitted felon Kevin Clinesmith and the Peter Strozk-Lisa Page partisan paramours.  The special counsel Mueller, while under oath no less, could not recall any real knowledge of the Steele dossier, or indeed Fusion GPS, its progenitor — the two foundational catalysts for his entire investigation.  James Comey on 245 occasions swore to the House Intelligence Committee that "he could not remember" when asked about the basic details of his own FBI investigations.  CNN serially was forced to retract its "bombshell" and "walls are closing in" psychodramas.

New Details on the Scope of the Mueller Investigation.  The process, investigative steps, and execution of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation have always been somewhat of a mystery.  While the Mueller Report lays out what was done and many of the Special Counsel's findings, questions still remain on a number of issues, including when Team Mueller knew Carter Page FISA warrants were fraudulent and when they determined there was no criminal conspiracy between the Trump Campaign and Russia.  Not surprisingly, the Department of Justice has not provided adequate answers, even with the occasional release of documents.  The DOJ typically doesn't like to release information on prosecutorial decisions or investigative steps.  Try a FOIA request and find out for yourself. [...] More specifically, there have been questions of whether Special Counsel Mueller's team investigated matters outside its known authority.

Mueller gathered evidence suggesting DNC, Clinton camp manufactured Russia collusion story.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office gathered evidence suggesting that Hillary Clinton's campaign and the Democratic National Committee launched a political "smear job" in spring 2016 tying Donald Trump to Russia collusion through the lobbying work of his campaign chairman Paul Manafort in Ukraine, according to memos that were excluded from the prosecutor's final report.  The evidence, reviewed by Just the News, includes information obtained by State Department officials from a trusted Ukrainian source, a private investigator's report, and an email exchange suggesting Tony Podesta — a Manafort business associate and brother of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta — tried at one point to slow down the opposition research project.  The evidence — which is additional to records showing the law firm for the Clinton campaign and the DNC funded the infamous "Steele dossier" given to the FBI — was never mentioned in last year's vast, two-volume Mueller Report, which concluded that no Americans colluded with Russia to influence the 2016 election.

The search for collusion.  Trump and his team began the Mueller investigation by believing that 1) they could build a good working relationship with Mueller and 2) it would be all over by the end of 2017, just six months away.  "The president wanted it over yesterday," recalled Michael Bowe.  "I believe he felt like any client wrongly accused: he thought he had nothing to hide and could end it by just walking down there, looking Mueller in the eye, and saying 'I didn't do anything.  Tell me what you think I did.'  Or by finding the right person who Mueller trusted to say the same thing."  Trump was particularly upset by the effect the investigation — a topic of intense interest around the globe — was having on his ability to deal with foreign leaders.  Presidents and prime ministers wanted to know what was going on in the United States and whether President Trump would remain in office and have the same influence as a president not under investigation.

Mueller shows the FBI needs disbanding.  He was for a decade following 9/11 the federal government's police chief as FBI director.  Thanks to fawning by the Washington press, Bob Mueller retired with a sterling reputation despite blowing the anthrax case.  In 2017, he came out of retirement and tried to frame President Donald John Trump.  John Dowd, Trump's lawyer, provided the details to Gregg Jarrett of Fox.  Dowd told Jarrett, "Mueller's scheme was the same one captured in the (newly released) FBI set-up notes pertaining to Flynn.  They knew they had nothing, but using their official power they created and perpetuated the facade of an investigation."  Dowd said Mueller admitted he had nothing to the president's lawyers on March 5, 2018.  But the investigation dragged on for another year.

Former AAG Matt Whitaker Confirms Mueller Probe Was Used As Weapon to Cover Coup Effort.  Within an interesting interview conducted by Jan Jekielek of Epoch Times, former AAG Matt Whitaker confirms what CTH long suspected.  The Mueller investigation was used by corrupt interests within the special counsel's office to threaten any/all executive branch and congressional officials with "obstruction of justice" charges if they revealed any exculpatory or counter-narrative information during the Mueller probe.

Supreme Court blocks House from Mueller grand jury material.  The Supreme Court on Wednesday [5/20/2020] temporarily prevented the House of Representatives from obtaining secret grand jury testimony from special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation.  The court's unsigned order granted the Trump administration's request to keep previously undisclosed details from the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election out of the hands of Democratic lawmakers, at least until early summer.  The court will decide then whether to extend its hold and schedule the case for arguments in the fall.  If it does, it's likely the administration will be able to put off the release of any materials until after Election Day.  Arguments themselves might not even take place before Americans decide whether to give President Donald Trump a second term.

Supreme Court blocks House from seeing secret Mueller investigation materials.  The House will have to wait a little longer to see what's inside secret grand jury materials from the Mueller investigation.  The House Judiciary Committee issued an emergency request for the undisclosed files last summer, and Washington, D.C.'s federal appeals court ruled in the committee's favor in March.  But the Supreme Court overturned the appeals court's order on Wednesday, likely keeping the materials under wraps through the 2020 election, The Wall Street Journal reports.  The Justice Department has tried to keep grand jury testimonies from former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation private.  But because the investigation had "stopped short" of drawing conclusions about President Trump's conduct and potential obstruction of justice, the appeals court decided the House Judiciary Committee deserved to see the testimonies, The Washington Post notes.  A previous court had also ruled in favor of the committee.

Why the Justice Department Kept This Mueller Scope Memo a Secret.  On August 2, 2017, acting attorney general (for all matters involving the Trump-Russia collusion hoax) Rod Rosenstein signed a memorandum expanding the jurisdiction of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe.  Almost a year after Mueller released his report, the expanded jurisdiction memorandum remained a secret until Wednesday.  A third jurisdiction memorandum remains secret.  It is unclear why the Department of Justice says it kept this memo secret until now or why it continues to keep the third memo secret to this day.  But the real reasons are obvious:  When one compares the matters Rosenstein told Mueller to investigate with what was already known at the time, we can easily deduce that the questions being "investigated," were already answered by available evidence.  The Mueller "investigation" was never intended to discover new evidence.  It had two, largely successful, objectives:  To delay accountability for the effort to derail the peaceful transfer of power to the duly-elected president, and to continue that interference as long as possible.

Was Trump the Only One in Washington Innocent of Russian Collusion?  [Scroll down]  The shared goals of Clinton's campaign and Obama's intelligence agencies were to (1) create compelling disinformation against Donald Trump, (2) utilize political surveillance to their advantage, and (3) create plausible counterintelligence pretenses as part of the cover up of their illicit operations.  In this way, the mainstream press has always told the story backwards, that it was never Russia using disinformation to interfere in America's 2016 election.  It was Hillary's campaign and Obama's CIA and FBI that fabricated a Russian conspiracy theory in order to justify their political spying and eventually cover their tracks.  This is why Robert Mueller spent two years and over thirty million dollars investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and never once scrutinized whether the Steele Dossier was explicitly based on Russian disinformation.  That was always the plan.

Dan Bongino Explains the Relevance and Implications of Newly Declassified FBI 302 in Russia Hoax.  A tranche of FBI 302s (summaries of agent interviews) were declassified this week via a Freedom of Information Act request.  Among them was a 302 from a July 12, 2017 interview with State Department translator Anatoli Samochornov, who attended the now infamous June 9, 2016 Trump Tower meeting.  Fox News Contributor and investigator Dan Bongino explains the significance of this 302 in episode 1198 of his daily podcast.  This single document proves that Special Counsel Robert Mueller knew in July 2017 nothing nefarious had happened during the meeting.  Yet, he ignored the evidence and continued on with his bogus investigation — to protect his own.  This was a pivotal month for the Mueller team as you'll soon see.

New Documents Reveal How Robert Mueller Let Conspiracies Run Wild for Years Despite Having Answers Almost Immediately.  At this point, the Mueller investigation feels like a distant memory.  It's easy to forget that it once dominated President Trump's administration, effectively stunting his presidency for years.  The investigation dominated headlines and spawned a thousand different wild conspiracy theories, one of those being that a meeting in Trump Tower was proof of a detailed scheme to collude with the Russians in order to steal the 2016 election.  In fact, you can still find people today who insist that meeting was "collusion."  Now, new documents have been released which show exactly what happened at that meeting and it matches essentially none of the previous, mainstream media pushed narratives.  Worse, it paints a picture of Robert Mueller and his team using the flow of information to hurt Trump, even as they claimed to be hunting for the truth.

Mueller's Team To Be Charged With Crimes?  This story is a few days old, but I haven't seen much about it.  Unless I am missing something, it deserves attention.  From Just the News:  "House Republicans considering criminal referrals against Mueller prosecutors."  The story stars Devin Nunes, one of the heroes of recent years: [...] A key instance involves George Papadopoulos, who was accused of obstructing investigators' attempts to find Joseph Mifsud, but who in fact tried to aid those efforts: [...] Of course, the referrals could die at DOJ, which seems like the most probable outcome.

Nunes: House Republicans Are Mulling Criminal Referrals Against Mueller Prosecutors Debra Heine.  House Republicans are prepared to send criminal referrals to the Justice Department alleging that some of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's prosecutors purposefully misled the courts and Congress.  Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told investigative journalist John Solomon that his team found glaring evidence of deception while scouring documents recently released by the FBI, including witness reports known as 302s.  "We're now going through these 302s, and we're going to be making criminal referrals on the Mueller dossier team, the people that put this Mueller report together," Nunes said during an interview on the John Solomon Reports podcast.

House Republicans considering criminal referrals against Mueller prosecutors.  House Republicans have found evidence that Russia Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team may have misled the courts and Congress and are considering making criminal referrals asking the Justice Department to investigate those prosecutors, a key lawmaker says.  Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the former chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, told Just the News that his team has been scouring recent documents released by the FBI, including witness reports known as 302s, and found glaring evidence that contradicts claims the Mueller team made to courts and Congress.  "We're now going through these 302s, and we're going to be making criminal referrals on the Mueller dossier team, the people that put this Mueller report together," Nunes said during an interview on the John Solomon Reports podcast set to air on Tuesday [2/25/2020].

The Once and Future Scandal.  [Scroll down]  The end of the Mueller team was equally unceremonious.  Mueller himself proved enfeebled in an embarrassing testimony before House committees, marked by the stunning admission he really had no idea what Fusion GPS was — the Glenn Simpson monstrosity that had hired the charlatan Christopher Steele, spawned the collusion myth and compromised top Justice Department officials such as Bruce Ohr, whose spouse worked for Simpson on the dossier.  When Mueller's legal ramrod, progressive Andrew Weissman, finished up running the day-to-day operations of the "Mueller investigation," in parody fashion he went to work — but of course — as a paid analyst for CNN where he no longer publicly had to suppress his loathing of the former target of his investigations.

Fake Investigations — Designed To Fool You.  [Scroll down]  The third type of investigation involves investigating an imaginary crime for political reasons.  The Mueller investigation and the impeachment investigation are two examples of this.  Probably as a justification for illegal surveillance they were already doing, the conspirators pretended that there was powerful evidence that Trump was colluding with Putin to win the election.  Lies about this issue propelled the country into 3 years of stories about nothing:  stories and investigations about something that never happened.  Never in the history of nothing has nothing been so thoroughly covered.  Because there was nothing, and because it was known from the start that, "there is no big there, there", the Mueller Team used several irrelevant legal actions to prolong the belief that they were closing in on Trump.  Mueller arranged for their media partner, CNN, to film the early morning swat team raid on 67 year old Roger Stone's home.  It was very dramatic and very un-necessary.  Also, some small-time Russian troll farms were indicted so that the word "Russia" could fill the news, prolonging the desired myth.  One of the indicted firms did not even exist.  The others did not appear to favor any one candidate and much of their activity was after the election.  Mueller led a 40 million dollar investigation looking for a crime.  That effort failed at finding any collusion, but it did play a role in the Democrats winning a majority in the House of Representatives.  That then enabled another investigation of an imaginary crime for political purposes.  A scripted hearsay 'whistleblower' submitted lies that allowed Adam Schiff to continue his own campaign of lies.  You know the rest of the story.  Trump is being falsely charged for doing what Biden bragged about doing.

Top 10 Most Bizarre Viral Hoaxes of 2019.  [#6] Once the Department of Justice announced that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation found no evidence of collusion between any American and the Russian government in attempting to interfere with the 2016 presidential election, CNN lost nearly 50 percent of its prime-time audience, with MSNBC down nearly 30 percent, amid the realization that the mainstream media had been pushing a Russia collusion hoax onto the public for multiple years.

Press silent on the biggest story of 2019.  One year ago, as 2019 was about to debut, the press already declared the Mueller Report the story of the year of 2019. In fact, Chris Matthews predicted the report would lead to President Donald John Trump's resignation. [...] The Mueller Report was the biggest story in 2019 because the deep state spent 2 years and $20 million-plus investigating the president and it could not find any instance of a crime by him.  None.  He is the cleanest president in history.  And the press cannot stand it.

What if this Ukraine nonsense is a cover-up too?  Everyone knows by now that the Russia-collusion hoax was all about covering up the crimes that higher-ups in the FBI, CIA and DOJ committed to derail the Trump candidacy and then presidency.  Robert Mueller never really investigated Trump; he knew from day one he had not colluded with any Russians to rig the election.  He knew the Clintons and the DNC, with the willing cooperation of the alphabet agencies, all of which it seems willingly submitted to personal political agendas over national security, were guilty of inventing the deception.  Mueller's job was to find ways to obscure their coup attempt and absolve them of their treasonous crimes.  That is why the phonied-up dossier was barely mentioned in his report even though there would have been no sham investigation of Trump without it.

The Russian Conspiracy That Won't Die.  The Mueller report accomplished nothing.  Whether you thought that the two-year, $32 million investigation was warranted or not, the report promised to establish a factual record that both sides could accept, especially on the explosive charge that Donald Trump had conspired with the Russians to win the American presidency.  It did indeed establish such a record, at great length, after a formidable team of investigators and prosecutors searched high and low for evidence and got extensive cooperation from the White House (but only answers to written questions from President Trump).

The Great Gift of the Mueller Russian-Collusion Probe.  [Scroll down]  The next thing we all knew, Robert Mueller was named special counsel to investigate the Russian collusion charge.  Mueller then proceeded to chase his tail for two years, with a team of Democrat prosecutors including one notoriously infamous for traversing across accepted rules of prosecutorial conduct, and tied up the country for some two years investigating the Russian Collusion That Never Was.  To keep himself and his team busy, and to emerge with at least something, Mueller's gang ended up charging, prosecuting, and gaining convictions of peripheral players, nailing them on process crimes and even destroying the lives of Lt. Col. Michael Flynn, an American patriot, and Paul Manafort, whose real crime was being the Trump campaign manager [...]

The Mueller Report's Secret Memos.  BuzzFeed News sued the US government to see all the work that Mueller's team kept secret.  We have published the first installment, with revelations about the Ukraine conspiracy theory, Michael Cohen, Paul Manafort, and more.

The Real Collusion, and the Lessons of the Mueller Investigation.  Was there ever a valid reason for the Mueller investigation?  What are the lessons for the country about this two-year process and how it unfolded?

The Madness of Progressive Projection.  Projection as a Leftist symptom came to the fore during the Mueller investigation when Mueller's dream team of progressive attorneys began pressuring a number of minor Trump former campaign officials, and eventually his national security advisor, on trumped up charges — from leaking sensitive documents, to obstruction of justice, to lying to federal officials, to collusion (whatever that non-legal term denotes) with foreign governments and in particular Russia.  In each case, Mueller ended up hunting down possible misdemeanors while ignoring likely felonies.  Leaking?  By James Comey's own admissions he had leaked confidential presidential memos he composed for the expressed purpose of later using them as insurance policies against Trump, some of which material was classified as secret.

Americans Have Every Reason To Be Suspicious Of The Whistleblower Complaint.  For two years, our political and media elites assured us that a wide-ranging independent counsel investigation of Russia's efforts to interfere in the 2016 election would reveal that the Trump campaign, and indeed Trump himself, colluded with Moscow to steal the election.  The Robert Mueller probe, we were told, would prove it.  Not only did that turn out to be false, but as the investigation dragged on it became clear that the origins of the probe were highly suspicious, implicating senior intelligence officials in the Obama administration and raising questions about whether the whole thing was a political hit job from the start.

Barr Is Right:  The Trump-Russia Conspiracy Is 'Bogus,' And Mueller Proved It.  In a recent interview with The New York Times, Attorney General William Barr reiterated his intention to find out why the Obama administration launched an investigation into the Republican Party presidential candidate's campaign during the 2016 campaign.  Now, if the political parties in the sentence above were reversed, we would be in the midst of the biggest scandal in our lifetimes.  As things stand, however, we are again compelled to argue over semantics.  And one Barr quote, in particular, has gotten Democrats and their media allies agitated.  "What we're looking at is:  What was the predicate for conducting a counterintelligence investigation on the Trump campaign?" Barr asked.  "How did the bogus narrative begin that Trump was essentially in cahoots with Russia to interfere with the U.S. election?"

What was Mueller up to?  His victims speak.  Earlier this month RealClearPolitics posted Paul Sperry's intensely reported account of the Mueller investigation from the perspective of its objects in "'Scorched Earth': Mueller's Targets Speak Out." [...] Sperry's mind-boggling account seems to have escaped attention.  Is this the way it was supposed to go down?  While some of the stories are familiar, they remain shocking.  Moreover, several of the stories Sperry tells are unfamiliar.

Democrats:  The 'Post-Truth' Party.  [O]nly a political party corrupted by a post-truth worldview would attempt to reverse a presidential election by inventing a Trump-Russia-collusion conspiracy and then invent the crimes to attempt to justify their failed coup.  Only post-truthers would spend two-plus years and millions of dollars investigating an incident they know did not occur — all in the name of undoing an election result they didn't like.  Only a post-truth media would devote millions of words and thousands of TV hours to such a farce.

Mark Meadows: FBI Knew 'Within 60 Days' That Russia Probe Was 'Built On A Foundation Of Sand'.  North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows said Friday night [6/7/2019] that the FBI knew within 60 days of opening the Trump-Russia probe that the investigation was "built on a foundation of sand."  "Within 60 days of them opening the investigation, prior to [Robert] Mueller coming on, the FBI and the [Department of Justice] knew that Christopher Steele was not credible, the dossier was not true, George Papadopoulos was innocent," Meadows said on Fox News's "Hannity."  "When you look at that foundation, it's all built on a foundation of sand.  That's going to start to show up soon," the Republican said.

Mueller Tried to Entrap Trump.  Robert Mueller knew there was no collusion the first time he read the Steele dossier, which reads as if it was written by a high school sophomore who spent most of his time huffing inhalants behind the gym. [...] At the latest, the indictment of 12 Russians on 02/16/2018 should have been the end of his "collusion" investigation.  Why did Mueller keep going?  To entrap the president into obstructing justice, of course.  Mueller had a plan.  He would use his witchhunt to anger the president enough that he would try to stop the investigation and if he didn't, compile as much information that could be painted as obstruction for his report, which could then be used as a template for impeachment, where the threshold is lower because the House decides what are "high crimes and misdemeanors."  Attorney General William Barr put a stop to that.

Colluders, Obstructionists, Leakers, and Other Projectionists.  Mueller spent more than $34 million and wrote over 440 pages to inform the American people that Trump could not realistically be indicted for obstructing justice, mostly because the underlying crime — "collusion" — never existed in the first place.  Moreover, Mueller and other officials were never actually hampered in their investigations.  No matter:  "obstruction" was supposedly the key to destroying the Trump Administration after collusion imploded.  To this day it remains the battle cry of the impeach-Trump Left.

Federal Rats Are Fleeing the Sinking Collusion Ship.  The entire Trump-Russia collusion narrative was always implausible.  One, the Washington swamp of fixers such as Paul Manafort and John and Tony Podesta was mostly bipartisan and predated Trump.  Two, the Trump administration's Russia policies were far tougher on Vladimir Putin than were those of Barack Obama.  Trump confronted Russia in Syria, upped defense spending, increased sanctions and kept the price of oil down through massive new U.S. energy production.  He did not engineer a Russian "reset" or get caught on a hot mic offering a self-interested hiatus in tensions with Russia in order to help his own re-election bid.  Three, Russia has a long history of trying to warp U.S. elections that both predated Trump and earned only prior lukewarm pushback from the Obama administration.

Impeachment Mania.  The Dems invested heavily in the Mueller Report, but were disappointed by the outcome.  Remember the weeping and wailing about the sanctity of Mueller himself?  He required protection at all costs from the Hitlerian madman in the White House.  Left free to run wild with a team of subpoena wielding Clintonian partisans, Mueller delivered too much of nothing.  The Dems went bust on their investment.  Those Clintonian partisans on Mueller's team heavily seeded Volume II with markers pointing the way for their Democratic friends in the House of Representatives.  Volume II might have been inspired by a close reading of Hansel and Gretel.  It partakes of the qualities of a grim fairly tale, not a Grimm fairy tale:  a fairy tale written by lawyers stretching a bad case to please an immature audience having troubles with deferred gratification.

One mystery in the Mueller report still needs solving.  [Scroll down]  Mueller cleared President Trump of all charges, but that still leaves his report a disappointment because we still don't know what charges it is that Trump was cleared of! [...] People in the intelligence community — Brennan, Comey, Clapper — knew that there was "unprecedented interference" by the Russians in the 2016 election.  How do we know this?  They've told us so!  Well, who was in charge of seeing that that did not happen?  The CIA, the FBI, and the director of National Intelligence, who coordinates all our intelligence.  But they have not told us what the Russians did or what they — Brennan, Comey, Clapper — did about it and what they directed their organizations to do about it.

He Did It, Not Me!.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller had been permitted to range well beyond his mandate of "Russian collusion."  He outsourced much of the selection of his "dream team" and "all-star" staff of attorneys to his deputy, Andrew Weissman.  In turn, Weissman — who commiserated with Hillary Clinton at her ill-fated "victory" party on the evening of her defeat — stocked the team with Trump-haters, liberals and progressives, Clinton donors, a few who had previously served as attorneys for the Clinton Foundation, and Clinton or Obama aides.  Most of these were themselves briefed during the early dissemination of the fraudulent Steele dossier.  Yet after all the bias, prosecutorial leveraging, the process crimes, the perjury traps, and after 22 months, $34 million, and a 440-plus page report, Mueller's "hunter-killer" team did not establish that President Trump colluded with the Russians to warp the 2016 election.  In fact, Mueller could not find prosecutable "obstruction" of justice by Trump to impair the investigation of what Mueller concluded was not a crime.

Devin Nunes:  Mueller knew there was no evidence of Trump-Russia collusion on day one.  Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., went further than Attorney General William Barr to answer the question of when special counsel Robert Mueller knew there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  In an interview that aired Friday [5/17/2019] on Fox News, Barr said he "couldn't say."  Appearing after Barr, Nunes, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, was not so hesitant.  "Bob Mueller knew the day that he walked in the door there was no evidence of the Trump campaign colluding with Russians," Nunes said, referring to the findings of the FBI's counterintelligence that began in the summer of 2016.

Dems should drop anti-Trump platform and become a genuine party.  Democrats in Congress are acting like teenagers auditioning for a school play.  Rep. Jerry Nadler, finally in a starring role after decades in the shadows, is trying to gin up outrage at President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr but his amateur theatrics bear no relation to reality.  Nadler's insurmountable problem is that he wants to make the report of special counsel Robert Mueller something it's not.  If there were anything resembling a smoking gun showing collusion or obstruction, Mueller and his team of biased prosecutors would shout it from the rooftops.  But the smoking gun doesn't exist, and Nadler is on a fool's errand to pretend otherwise.

Three lies the left needs to stop telling.  Lie number one is the inflated narrative of Russian collusion, which has now been deflated by the release of the Mueller report.  Not only was this "witch hunt" unfounded at its beginning, but it was also tainted, biased and politically motivated in the middle, and in the end was exposed as a complete waste of taxpayer money.  It was a two-year distraction without merit at best, and potentially an attempted coup at its worst.  Though time will tell what additional revelations will still come as a result of this report, the "collusion delusion," at least as far as Donald Trump is concerned, is over.

The malevolent vengeance of the Democrats and man's inhumanity to man.  The entire Democratic Party early on decided to jump on the collusion bandwagon, invented by the Clintons and a group of unelected, pompous individuals within the DOJ, FBI, and CIA.  So shocked and offended by Hillary's loss, they set out to ramp up the illegal spying they had begun in July 2016, perhaps even earlier, to destroy his candidacy.  Once he won, they escalated their scheme in hopes of preventing his inauguration.  Failing that, they continued their concocted "collusion with Russia" plan.  Robert Mueller most likely knew on day one of his appointment as a special counsel that there had been no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  That is how disingenuous he was and is.  His job was to cover up the illegal surveillance that had already occurred and, at the same time, find a way to cement in the public's mind that such collusion had taken place.

7 Reasons Why the Uranium One Scandal Won't Go Away.  [#3] Uranium One likely played a major role in the origins of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.  Last month, Barr pledged to investigate the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, also known as "Spygate."  As this latest saga unfolds, note that many of the same players in the Obama targeting of the Trump campaign also played lead investigative roles in each of the Russian nuclear schemes.  James Comey, Robert Mueller, Andrew McCabe, and Andrew Weissmann all appear to have been involved in both the investigation of long-running Russian nuclear conspiracies and in the attempt to unseat a duly elected president who threatened to expose them.

The Mueller Investigation Is the Fruit of a Poisonous Tree; There Must Be Pardons.  [Scroll down]  Such baseless allegations should never have been used in pursuit of FISA warrants to spy on American citizens.  The dossier could never have been grounds for a responsible criminal investigation of any kind.  And yet, it is from this source that the entire "Trump-Russia collusion" narrative flows, along with any related or connected investigations — against Paul Manafort, Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, and other Americans.  This dossier is, therefore, the poisonous tree:  a poisonous tree grown in the swamp of institutional, establishment Washington, fed and fertilized by venom and hatred for a new, outsider president and contempt for those who elected him.  Its poisoned fruit is the Mueller report and all of the indictments, prosecutions, and guilty pleas ultimately connected, in any way, to its lies and hearsay.

Bunker Ranting From the Senate's Democrats.  When Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel two years ago, the Democrats and the mainstream media declared their firm expectation that proof would be forthcoming that President Trump had colluded with Russia to steal the election.  According to the Democrats and their media subsidiary, the eager and committed "dream team" of Hillary Clinton sycophants who comprised Team Mueller would make short work of Trump and expose him as a traitor.  They couldn't miss.  But, against all odds and every optimistic prediction, Team Mueller came up empty.  They found no conspiracy by any American with Russia and declined to bring obstruction of justice charges against the president.  Even though they did their best to lard up their report with derogatory characterizations of Trump, in the end it turned out to be an exploding cigar that left the Democrats and their media mouthpieces like so many metaphorical wide-eyed Wile E. Coyotes with sooty faces and singed eyebrows.

Lindsey Graham Launches The Napalm Strike Of Truth On Face The Nation's Obstruction Propaganda.  The way the Democrats and Vichy Republicans are trying to change the conversation on the Mueller report would be hilarious were it not so monstrous.  After an investigation that required 675 days to complete; had 34 people indicted on various charges that ranged from theater to conduct unrelated to the purpose of the investigation to outright chickensh**; used the services of 19 very expensive Democrat lawyers; took 40 FBI agents and support personnel away from productive activity; issued over 2,000 subpoenas; carried out nearly 500 search warrants; issued demands for the communications records of over 230 persons; interviewed over 500 persons; and subjected at least 50 Americans to electronic surveillance produced jack sh** in the way of any cooperation between anyone on the Trump campaign and Russian officials, the left has now shifted its focus to "obstruction."  Apparently, by slight of hand, obstruction has now been defined down to being angry that you are the subject of a vindictive partisan vendetta that uses the FBI and a special counsel as its weapons.

The Liberal Media 'Matrix'.  Think of the headlines we've encountered since the beginning of this year. [...] We were told that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin were in cahoots to hack the emails of the Democratic National Committee and the Hillary Clinton campaign; that Trump might have been a Russian agent since the late 1980s; that the key to the conspiracy might be a server in Trump Tower relaying information to a Russian bank; that the indictment of Donald Trump Jr. was imminent; that Trump Sr., according to the former director of the Central Intelligence Agency, had committed "treason"; that Michael Cohen had met with Russian intelligence operatives in Prague; that Trump had directed Michael Flynn to speak to the Russians prior to Election Day 2016; that Trump had instructed Michael Cohen to lie to Congress; that Paul Manafort had met with Julian Assange in the Ecuadoran embassy in London during the campaign; that secret indictments in an Alexandria courthouse would be unsealed on the day Robert Mueller filed his report on possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  None of it happened.

Real Scandal Of Trump Term Starts To Unravel.  The most immense and dangerous public scandal in American history is finally cracking open like a ripe pomegranate.  The broad swath of the Trump-hating press that has participated in what has amounted to an unconstitutional attempt to overthrow the government are reduced to reporting the events and revelations of the scandal in which they have been complicit, in a po-faced ho-hum manner to impart to the misinformed public that this is as routine as stock market fluctuations or the burning of an American flag in Tehran.  For more than two years, the United States and the world have had two competing narratives:  that an elected president of the United States was a Russian agent whom the Kremlin helped elect; and its rival narrative that senior officials of the Justice Department, FBI, CIA, and other national intelligence organizations had repeatedly lied under oath, misinformed federal officials, and meddled in partisan political matters illegally and unconstitutionally and had effectively tried to influence the outcome of a presidential election, and then undo its result by falsely propagating the first narrative.  It is now obvious and indisputable that the second narrative is the correct one.

Autopsy of a Dead Coup.  The Crown Jewel in the coup was the appointment of special counsel Robert Muller to discover supposed 2016 Trump-Russian election collusion.  Never has any special investigation been so ill-starred from its conception.  Mueller's appointment was a result of his own friend James Comey's bitter stunt of releasing secret, confidential and even classified memos of presidential conversations.  Acting DOJ Attorney Rod Rosenstein appointed a former colleague Mueller — although as a veteran himself of the Clinton email scandal investigations and the FISA fraudulent writ requests, Rosenstein was far more conflicted than was the recused Attorney General Jeff Sessions.  Mueller then packed his investigative team with lots of Clinton donors and partisans, some of whom had legally represented Clinton subordinates and even the Clinton Foundation or voiced support for anti-Trump movements.

Inside DOJ and FBI: Anatomy of a bloodless coup?  The word "coup" evokes imagery of bloody revolution, but does a coup have to be bloody, or even happen all at once?  What if, instead, a bloodless, rolling coup started with a snowball and ended with an avalanche?  Many believe this very thing happened in 2016, with a small political cabal determined to see Hillary Clinton elected president.  When she was defeated, the theory goes, they worked even harder to try to bring her hated opponent, Donald Trump, down by any means necessary — even if this caused much of the American public to believe the president of the United States is the tool of a foreign adversary.

The Corrupt DoJ vs. the People.  This used to be the land of the free.  Thanks to the politicized justice system that was set in motion more than 20 years ago and reinforced during eight fateful years of the Obama administration, the quaint notion that we benefit from due process has evaporated, along with Cinderella's ball gown and fancy coach.  A former federal prosecutor by the name of Sidney Powell has blown the whistle. [...] As Mark Levin has suggested, the Deep State — led by Obama holdovers in the justice system — is using the Mueller investigation as a "silent coup" to unseat President Trump.  "Neither Mr. Mueller nor Andrew Weissmann are interested in the truth whatsoever," says Powell.  "They're only interested in whatever they can generate to create a criminal offense" against associates of the president.

Why didn't the FBI open Counter Intelligence investigations into these Russian assets?  For example, Barack Obama promised Vladimir Putin that he (Obama) would be more flexible for Putin after the 2012 election.  [Video clip]  More flexible for Vlad?  That sounds pretty serious to me.  It sounds as though Obama was acting as a Russian asset!  One of the first things he did as President was pull the missile shield from Poland to please Putin.  Did a single democrat find that objectionable?  Did the FBI think a CI investigation was called for?  Nope.  In 2010, while his wife was Secretary of State, Bill Clinton went to Vladimir Putin's home in Russia.  The next day Clinton gives a cup of coffee speech and walks away with $500,000.  Since they file taxes jointly, that means the money effectively went into her pocket as well.  The next thing you know, $140 million flows into the Clinton Foundation and 20% control of US uranium falls into the hands of Vladimir Putin. [...] Despite the concrete evidence that Obama and the Clinton's were truly acting on behalf of Putin and Russia, the FBI had no interest.  So who was the Director of the FBI at that time?  Robert Mueller.

Never Trumpers hardest hit.  As Bungling Bob Mueller's investigation looks more futile by the hour, the Never Trump crowd has turned on him.  They know he has squat.  They are trying to dissolve the Crazy Glue that stuck them to the Russian conspiracy as it becomes clear that there was no Russian collusion — and that the FBI had no business investigating President Donald John Trump.

Are the Investigations the Cover-Up?  What if the investigations are carefully structured to protect criminal actions rather than expose them?  What if the investigations are actually being used to hide evidence from the citizenry?  Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe and others discussed the need for an "insurance policy" in case Trump won.  Was this "insurance policy" intended to protect deep-state criminals from exposure?  Mueller's role is not to investigate collusion with foreign agents, or he would be investigating Christopher Steele and his Russian sources, along with the foreigners who worked with our government to infiltrate the Trump campaign.  He would investigate the illegal funding of Steele's lies and how the lies were fed to the public by 'bad cops' and complicit media.  This is obviously not the goal of Mueller's team.  Mueller's key role is to have nearly absolute control over what information is released to investigators or the public.  Mueller determines what Horowitz and Huber can see.  Mueller can hide anything he wants by claiming that release of the information would hinder his 'investigation'.  He has given Rod Rosenstein a list of lines of inquiry that will not be allowed.  Rosenstein, who volunteered to be part of the soft coup, is happy to comply.  We have witnessed Rosenstein repeatedly refuse to turn over documents to Congress, flagrantly obstructing its oversight role.  What is the most effective way to hide the truth and protect the deep-state criminals?  It's the never-ending Mueller investigation.

FBI let billionaire rape girls.  Long before Jim Comey let Hillary Clinton walk for putting classified material on her private server, the FBI let billionaire Jeff Epstein walk despite his raping 30 girls.  Bungling Bob Mueller headed the FBI then.  This was in 2008 when Bush 43 was still in office.

'No collusion' by Trump with Russia shown in new Cohen and Manafort court filings.  In 19 months, the Mueller probe has expanded again and again, taking an ever-widening look over many years at a broad range of activities by people associated with the Trump campaign or who had business dealings with Trump long before he moved into the White House.  Some crimes that people have been charged with or even admitted to have nothing to do with Trump, but rather pertain to wrongdoing or alleged wrongdoing by people with some association with him.  Unquestionably, this is a fishing expedition that has caught some fish.  Mueller and his team of prosecutors have secured indictments, convictions and guilty pleas from people with some affiliation with Trump — but as yet, there is no "smoking gun" saying there was Trump-Russia collusion to defeat Hillary Clinton and install Trump in the Oval Office.

One-Eyed-Jack Law.  Robert Mueller's legal team may write a [convincing] report on Trump's ethics, based mostly on flipping minor former business associates of Trump's and transient campaign officials by threatening them with long prison sentences.  So far, we know that the U.S. government decided to intervene in a political campaign to help one candidate and to smear the other — under the pretext of Russian "collusion."  And so it hired or made use of spies and informants including Hank Greenberg, Stefan Halper, Felix Sater, and others to contact Trump campaign officials to catch them in supposed collusion traps.  It enlisted the help of foreign intelligence agencies, specifically the British and Australians.  It misled FISA courts into granting warrants to spy on Americans and, post factum, threatened long prisons sentences with those surveilled and interviewed.  And as a result, it has so far found no collusion but may well find some misleading statements in hundreds of hours of testimonies from the likes of Michael Cohen, Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, George Papadopoulos, and perhaps Jerome Corsi and Roger Stone.

The Russia Probe Has Nothing to Do with Russia.  The Russians — Soviet or not — have always engaged in disinformation.  Their recent Facebook and Twitter offerings were nothing more than the tip of an iceberg that's been sailing for years.  In other words words, there's nothing new here.  The indictments of the Russian hackers by Mueller and Company were no more than a face-saving charade.  They will never be arrested and no one will care.  No one remembers who they were even now, less than a year later, except that they vastly expand the number of those indicted for breathless press reports.

New Details Reinforce That The FBI Used Fake Pretexts To Start Investigating Trump.  The evidence continues to mount that during the Obama administration, the FBI used George Papadopoulos as a prop to legitimize launching its investigation into the Donald Trump campaign.  While the FBI claimed it initiated Crossfire Hurricane on July 31, 2016 in response to reports that Russian-linked individuals told Papadopoulos the Russians had dirt on Hillary Clinton, that story seemed shaky from the start.  Since then, text and email messages between former MI6 spy and Fusion GPS dossier author Christopher Steele and twice-demoted Department of Justice attorney Bruce Ohr raised the possibility that information Steele fed the FBI through Ohr was the true justification for the the FBI targeting the Trump campaign.  A Wednesday tweet from Carter Page gives further credence to the suggestion that the Hillary Clinton campaign-funded Steele dossier served as the basis for the FBI's interest in the Trump campaign.

The Truth Will Set Us All Free.  Mueller's greatest problem was his original mandate to discover whether Trump colluded with the Russians in 2016 to tilt the election in his favor.  After 15 months, Mueller has indicted a number of Trump associates, but on charges having nothing to do with Russian collusion.  They faced inordinately long prison sentences unless they "flipped" and testified against Trump.  We are left with the impression that Mueller cannot find much to do with his original mandate of unearthing Russian collusion, but he still thinks Trump is guilty of something.  In other words, Mueller has reversed the proper order of jurisprudence.  Instead of presuming Trump innocent unless he finds evidence of Russian collusion, Mueller started with the assumption that the reckless raconteur Trump surely must be guilty of some lawbreaking.  Thus, it is Mueller's job to hunt for past crimes to prove it.

Mueller investigation report issued April 18, 2019:

Justice Department tells court 'Alternative Mueller Report' found and may soon be released.  The so-called "Alternative Mueller Report" mentioned in a book by Andrew Weissmann, a top prosecutor for special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation, has been found, according to the Department of Justice.  U.S. Attorney Damian Williams of the Southern District of New York said in a Thursday evening [12/2/2021] filing in federal court that the Justice Department "has located and begun processing this record and intends to release all non-exempt portions ... once processing is complete."  The Justice Department was responding to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit filed by the New York Times in July seeking access to a report allegedly compiled by Weissmann, who publicly battled with Mueller after the special counsel's report "did not establish" any conspiracy or coordination between members of former President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign and the Kremlin.

12 Stories The Media Got Horribly Wrong In 2019.  March:  The Mueller Report.  In perhaps one of the media's most magnificent mistakes this year, special counsel Robert Mueller unveiled his findings from a two-year unlimited resource investigation completely exonerating President Donald Trump of being a Russian agent after years of the media's peddling of the Russia hoax.  Mueller found not one person from the Trump campaign, let alone Trump himself, colluded with the Russian government in 2016 to defeat Hillary Clinton.  Mueller's report also acquitted Trump of any obstruction of justice charges for firing one of the most corrupt directors of the FBI, James Comey.  "He has no idea that he's going down," MSNBC host Joe Scarborough declared on Morning Joe as a result of the report.

Impeachment really is a pathetic clown show.  [Scroll down]  That show had a good run, almost two years.  But it collapsed like an abused soufflé after Robert Mueller's expensive fishing expedition failed to hook any fish, at least any implicating the president in wrongdoing, to say nothing of treasonous wrong doing.  Mueller's pathetic performance before Congress probably counts as a form of elder abuse.  This was supposed to be the spectacle that delivered the coup de grâce to the impossible orange man.  Instead, it was a demonstration of the liabilities of senile incapacity.  We spent $34 million for this?  In any normal world, that would have put paid to the Democrats' greatest ever expedition, the unremitting search for a crime to which their preordained verdict — impeachment! — could be attached.

How about a Bipartisan Treaty against the Criminalization of Elections?  [Scroll down]  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team overflowed with partisan Democrats, and their report could have been entitled "Roadmap to Impeachment." While they faced complications (that I've addressed) in making a case against the president, the prosecutors were not inhibited when it came to other subjects of the investigation.  They'd have loved to nail Donald Trump Jr.  But the only thing they had was the notorious Trump Tower Meeting of June 2016, when Don Jr. orchestrated a meeting with a Kremlin-tied lawyer (Natalya Veselnitskaya) in an effort to obtain Russian dirt to be used against Hillary Clinton.  Veselnitskaya supplied information, but it was a dud.

Like It Never Even Happened.  It's not necessary to recount the origins and history of this entire farrago.  Suffice to say, the Democrats — outraged beyond all sane, rational response to a fair, honest election loss — embarked on a wild goose chase to pin some fantastical notion of President Trump having somehow "colluded" with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election.  After far too long and costing far too much money, the findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team of all Democratic anti-Trump prosecutors absolved the president of any wrongdoing and refused to indict him.  This despite Adam Schiff's breathless assurances for two full years prior that there was "mounds of undeniable evidence."  But to Jerry Nadler and the rest of the Democrats, the Mueller Report never happened.  Mueller's follow-up testimony on Capitol Hill — where he fumbled his way through a tortured, incoherent appearance, confirming again that the entire investigation was a groundless sham from day one — also might as well have never happened.

Levin: Why does the Mueller report include only 'a minute or two' of Don McGahn's 30-hour testimony?  [Scroll down]  "Where's the rest of it?" Levin asked.  "You see, what I'm saying, Mr. Mueller, is I want to determine if there was anything that Mr. McGahn, the president's counsel, said that was actually helpful to the president and that you withheld from the American people.  Now of course, the Department of Justice and others may object in releasing the information.  But it seems to me, at this point, at least the argument should be made to get his entire transcript.  Thirty hours and they put in a minute or two of his testimony.  That smells very fishy to me; doesn't it to you?" he said.

CrowdStrikeOut: Mueller's Own Report Undercuts Its Core Russia-Meddling Claims.  While the 448-page Mueller report found no conspiracy between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, it offered voluminous details to support the sweeping conclusion that the Kremlin worked to secure Trump's victory.  The report claims that the interference operation occurred "principally" on two fronts:  Russian military intelligence officers hacked and leaked embarrassing Democratic Party documents, and a government-linked troll farm orchestrated a sophisticated and far-reaching social media campaign that denigrated Hillary Clinton and promoted Trump.  But a close examination of the report shows that none of those headline assertions are supported by the report's evidence or other publicly available sources.  They are further undercut by investigative shortcomings and the conflicts of interest of key players involved: [...]

More Lies of Omission Found in Dirty Cop Robert Mueller's Report.  More flagrant lies of omission have been discovered in the Robert Mueller Report (which debunked the media's Russia Collusion Hoax and cleared Trump of obstruction), reports the Hill.  "In a key finding of the Mueller report, Ukrainian businessman Konstantin Kilimnik, who worked for Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is tied to Russian intelligence," writes John Solomon. [...] What's more, according to Solomon, whose work debunking the Russia Collusion Hoax has so far been as vital as it has been beyond reproach, the "FBI knew all of this, well before the Mueller investigation concluded."

Why did Mueller team distort Trump attorney's voicemail?  The controversy over the selective editing of a voicemail message from President Trump's former attorney in the report by Robert Mueller has added fuel to the arguments against the appointment of special counsels.  The Mueller report says that attorney John Dowd reached out to Robert Kelner, Gen. Michael Flynn's lawyer, after Flynn withdrew from a joint defense agreement with the Trump legal team and asked Kelner to give him a "heads up."  The report characterized the voicemail message as an attempt by the president's counsel to obstruct Flynn's cooperation with the Mueller probe, and that's also how much of the press reported on it.

More evidence Mueller Report was a dishonest hit job omitting key facts to distort conclusions.  No wonder Robert Mueller does not want to testify before any congressional committees.  The Special Counsel Report that bears his name (that many observers theorize was actually supervised by Andrew Weissmann, who has a track record of deceptive practices causing his politically charged convictions to be overturned) has been exposed as omitting key information to create false impressions of wrongdoing among the public.  It joins the Steele Dossier in ignominy as vile propaganda, and part of the greatest political scandal in American history — the concerted effort of unelected law enforcement and intelligence bureaucrats to determine the results of an election and, when frustrated in that goal, to undo it.  Perhaps someday it will be known as the "Weissmann dossier" to put it in proper context.

Flynn Filing Shows Mueller Team Manipulated Transcript in Report.  In the Michael Flynn sentencing phase Judge Emmet Sullivan requested the Mueller prosecution team provide records related to the case.  Among other evidence, the judge ordered the government to file on the public docket "the transcript of the voicemail recording" from President Trump's attorney John Dowd to Michael Flynn.  The transcript of that voicemail recording was cited in the Mueller report as evidence that team Trump was trying to obstruct justice by shaping witness testimony.  Today [5/31/2019], the Mueller team released the transcript of the call.  However, as originally noticed by RosieMemos the released transcript clearly shows the Mueller team selectively edited the transcript to weaponized their portrayal of the contact.

The real purpose of Democrats' war on Attorney General Barr.  The House Judiciary Committee met Wednesday [5/8/2019] to consider holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt for refusing a congressional subpoena demanding that he fully release the Mueller report.  A lightly redacted version of special counsel Robert Mueller's report into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election has been public for many weeks, with printed versions leading the best-seller lists.  A version of the report that is 98.5% unredacted, with 99% unredacted in the "obstruction" section, has been available to Congress for several weeks.  But not one congressional Democrat has bothered to go to the secure facility to read it.

Trump asserts executive privilege to block release of full, unredacted Mueller report.  The House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to recommend holding Attorney General Bill Barr in contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's unredacted Russia report and underlying documents, after President Trump asserted executive privilege in a bid to protect those files from release.  Both developments represented a major escalation in the already-tense fight between the two branches of government over access to information the Justice Department says cannot be legally released.

Jerry Nadler is just blowing smoke.  Hand it to Jerry Nadler:  He's doing his best to blow enough smoke about supposed Team Trump crimes that it'll still seem like there's a fire somewhere.  As House Judiciary Committee chairman, Nadler has set a vote for Wednesday [5/8/2019] on whether to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt for refusing to hand over the full, unredacted report from special counsel Robert Mueller or all the underlying materials behind the report.

Mueller Rewrites Jurisprudence — Guilty Until Proven Innocent.  American jurisprudence is based on the presumption of innocence — in other words, innocent until proven guilty.  The accused remains innocent unless and until the prosecution can convince a judge or jury that the accused is guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.  Exoneration is not part of this equation for it represents the exact opposite principle, namely guilty until proven innocent.  This is an impossible standard as it requires proving a negative.  How does one prove that he or she didn't commit a crime?

Mueller Is Circling the Drain.  Certain aspects of the process whereby Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel challenge the legitimacy of the entire undertaking. [...] The first thing to notice is that Rosenstein's letter explicitly directs Mueller to investigate Trump-Russia collusion and only incidentally extends his investigatory purview to other matters.  In short, it does not say Mueller should investigate general Russian government efforts to meddle in our election process.  Mueller was free to investigate Russian meddling, but his only true directive was to investigate the Trump campaign.

5 Times The Mueller Probe Broke Prosecutorial Rules That Ensure Justice.  [#4] Special Counsels Aren't Supposed to Be a Partisan Hit Squad.  Mueller should not have been selected as the special counsel, due to his close personal relationship with Comey.  Further, his entire staff was clearly not impartial.  As one example, the prominent attorney Jeannie Rhee worked for the Clintons to keep Hillary's emails out of public view only months before joining the Mueller team to investigate Hillary's political opponent.  Clinton might face legal consequences for secretly starting the Russia collusion hoax using campaign funds.  Is it a surprise that Clinton's role in hiring Fusion GPS appears nowhere in the report?  Instead, on the very first page of the report, Mueller's team repeats the myth that the investigation began with Trump campaign advisor George Papadopoulos bragging to an Australian diplomat.  This is the desperate cover story the media pushes to hide Clinton's obvious effort to use campaign money to frame her political opponent.

Democrats Court Electoral Disaster With Trump Hearings.  The Democrats should be changing the subject, and running away from President Trump's legal issues as fast as they can.  It is illustrative of how completely invested they were in the hare-brained fraud of Russian collusion, that they are having such a crisis of separation from the subject.  They are not the only losers in this fiasco, though they are the biggest losers.  They are left trying to pretend that they have an invitation to impeach from special counsel Robert Mueller, but that is not correct.  In his and his Trump-hating investigative staff's desperation to attack the president, Mueller engaged in the wholly unprofessional practice of acknowledging that he could not claim there was adequate evidence to prosecute or impeach the president, but could not exonerate him, either.  It was up to the House of Representatives to determine if there were grounds to impeach.

Mueller's Political Prosecution.  [W]hy did Mueller spend millions of taxpayer dollars investigating the president for obstruction when he wouldn't indict him for it anyway?  Mueller claims that he was creating and preserving a record for the future, perhaps when Trump is no longer president and thus can be indicted.  But he also wrote that he was concerned that indicting Trump would, "preempt constitutional processes for addressing presidential misconduct."  What does he mean?  Read his footnote — he means impeachment.  So, Mueller didn't charge obstruction because he didn't want to preempt the Democrats' impeachment plans.

25 Questions for Robert Mueller.  Much like the Steele dossier, the FISA application on Carter Page, and most of the news media's coverage of the Trump-Russia collusion hoax, the Mueller Report reads more like political propaganda aimed at harming Donald Trump than a sober collection of facts and evidence.  The 448-page document is filled with innuendo that has nothing to do with collusion (the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape is mentioned a few times for no apparent reason); it cites irrelevant articles planted by Trump foes as evidence, including [an] egregious National Review hit piece on Carter Page from April 2016; and it intentionally omits material facts, including key details about the Russian lobbyists involved in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting.

Mueller Investigation Was Driven by Pious Hypocrisy.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's two-year, $30 million, 448-page report did not find collusion between Donald Trump and Russia.  Despite compiling private allegations of loud and obnoxious Trump behavior, Mueller also concluded that there was not any actionable case of obstruction of justice by the president.  It would have been hard in any case to find that Trump obstructed Mueller's investigation of an alleged crime.  One, there was never a crime of collusion.  Mueller early on in his endeavors must have realized that truth, but he pressed ahead anyway.  It is almost impossible to prove obstruction of nothing.

Trump Opponents Never Tire of Losing.  Meanwhile the media, having learned nothing from the ratings hit they absorbed due to their sloppy and often dishonest reports about the Russia hoax, are already parroting Democratic talking points on obstruction of justice.  That they're already carrying water for people like Jerrold Nadler and Adam Schiff suggests that they may well destroy what little public trust they still enjoy.  Journalist Glenn Greenwald, by no means a conservative, is stunned by the media reaction to Mueller's report:  "Pretending they got it right is just worsening the problem."

Unredact All of It.  The Mueller Report confirms what some of us have suspected from the beginning:  There was no collusion between Donald Trump's presidential campaign and the Kremlin to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.  The investigation that monopolized the attention of the media, Capitol Hill, the White House, and the American public for two years is over.  Collusion truthers who've embarrassed themselves and misled the country about the existence of imaginary crimes are trying to move seamlessly from collusion to obstruction of justice claims.  Demands for impeachment based on vague allegations of obstruction now contaminate the same cable news programs, political websites, and media outlets that falsely warned Americans for more than two years that Donald Trump was Vladimir Putin's puppet.  The self-immolation of our national news media continues.

Georgian Businessman Releases Texts With Cohen That Were Left Out Of Mueller Report.  A Georgian-American businessman is accusing special counsel Robert Mueller of publishing "glaring inaccuracies and misrepresentations" about rumors of alleged sex tapes of President Donald Trump during a visit to Moscow in 2013.  In a letter sent to Attorney General William Barr on Tuesday [4/23/2019], a lawyer for the businessman, Giorgi Rtskhiladze, called on the Justice Department to retract a footnote in Mueller's report mentioning an Oct. 30, 2016 text message exchange he had with attorney Michael Cohen about a rumored Trump tape.

Remarks on the Mueller Report.  The report is a completely one-sided accusation against Trump, like a criminal complaint or an indictment; it is very long and written for the consumption of the media rather than legal professionals.  It consists of two volumes.  Volume I is devoted to the supposed subject of the investigation:  the allegation of coordination or conspiracy between the Trump campaign and any Russian in alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.  Its conclusion manifests in two lines:  "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."  Given almost unlimited power, resources, and practically two years spent on the investigation, it finally proves that there was no conspiracy and no coordination. [...] Volume II attempts to make the case that Trump might have obstructed justice by exercising his duties as president.  Inexplicably, it is longer than Volume I.

How Could a 400-Page Report About Russian Collusion Fail to Mention Fusion GPS?  Aside from the five critical questions I posed for Robert Mueller yesterday, there is a stunning omission in the Special Counsel report that simply must be highlighted.  To put this omission into perspective, consider that Michael Cohen is mentioned in the report 877 times, Paul Manafort 624 times, Carter Page 31 times and Christopher Steele 24 times.  "Steele reporting" (the Mueller term for the Russian "Dossier") is mentioned a scant nine times, yet it played — according to former-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe — a central role in the initiation of FISA surveillance against the Trump campaign.  Underscoring the egregious, partisan nature of the Mueller report is the fact that nowhere does the massive document touch upon the role of Fusion GPS.

J'accuse: Donald Trump is Alfred Dreyfus.  The time for an accounting has arrived for former senior members of the FBI and Intelligence Community.  They aided and abetted in propagating a false narrative about the Trump campaign colluding with Russians, accused the President of the United States of being a "traitor," and misled the American people.  They made Donald J. Trump the Alfred Dreyfus of the 21st century:  a completely innocent man, framed by his own government because of who he was (Dreyfus, a Jew, was the victim of French anti-Semitism) and not what he did.  Dreyfus was framed of spying for the Germans based on a forged document.  Trump was framed by a fraudulent dossier.  Worse, the framing was done as a distraction to cover up for those who weaponized our law enforcement and intelligence tools against a political opponent.  President Trump deserves an apology from them all.

Tom Fitton:  Mueller 'Suggesting Obstruction' Is 'Final Act of Abuse of Power'.  Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, said Robert Mueller's openness to obstruction of justice accusations against President Donald Trump — in the context of the Mueller-led operation's 448-page report — amounted to Mueller's "final act of abuse of power," offering his remarks in a Friday [4/19/2019] interview [...] "It's great that the president has been vindicated," said Fitton of the 448-page Mueller report.  "There's no collusion, so we had nearly 200 pages of irrelevancies about Russia collusion, but it couldn't disguise the fact that all those alleged contacts between the Russian and the Trump campaign amounted to nothing legally or substantively."

Russian 'Collusion's' Greatest Hits.  From late 2015 until April 2019, the media, the Left, and the Obama administrative state hierarchy warned us nonstop that candidate, president-elect, and inaugurated President Trump "colluded" with Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton, to assemble a suspect cabinet, and to rule in treasonous fashion in the interests of Vladimir Putin.  The former head of the CIA and the director of national intelligence were birthed as permanent analysts at MSNBC and CNN to sermonize — with wink-and-nod assurances that their past billets and security clearances substantiated their authority — that the treasonous Trump would likely be impeached, indicted, or quit.  A mostly progressive team of lawyers, with an unlimited budget, no restrictions on time, and with enormous legal powers found all of that to be a lie.

Time To Turn the G-Men Loose On Trump Accusers.  The Mueller Report, despite the best efforts of the chief author and his partisan investigative staff, is a bone-crushing defeat for the president's enemies.  There is not a whit of evidence that any American collaborated with any Russian to alter the results of the 2016 presidential election, and there is extensive evidence that the Trump campaign was the subject of enticements to collaborate and rebuffed all of them at all levels.  The laborious bulk of Mr. Mueller's minute description of completely inconsequential twists and turns in his investigation leaves the reader in no doubt of his thoroughness, and in no doubt of the complete absence of any case that could be made for collusion, let alone cooperation in an actual crime of attempting to influence the election illegally.

Mueller's Despicable Parthian Shot.  When special counsel Robert Mueller finally finished his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election, he produced a report that confirms much of the criticism President Trump has leveled at him during the past two years.  It clearly reveals that Mueller's partisan investigators were determined to "get Trump," and that they were frustrated by their inability to do so.  This is most obvious in the section dealing with obstruction of justice.  As it is phrased in the Introduction to Volume II, "[T]his report does not conclude that the President committed a crime."  An honest evaluation would have stopped there.  Mueller's team, however, were loath to pursue the honorable course.

The Mueller Report's Active and Passive Idiots.  It seems that both the U.S. intelligence services, under the leadership of Obama, who worked against Trump in 2016, and the Russian intelligence services under the leadership of Putin, who also worked against Trump, are flooded with idiots. [...] Do the Democrats know that the publication of the Mueller Report is a catastrophe for them?

Things the Media Ignored in the Mueller Report.  Despite the oceans of pixels, buckets of ink, and hours of TV and radio coverage respecting the Mueller report, there are two important things underplayed or ignored:  the ubiquitous nature of Russian interference from 2014 on, which Obama ignored, and the real target of the witch hunt — General Michael Flynn (and why). [...] It's not unreasonable to believe this entire $30 million hoax of an investigation was not only to undermine the legitimacy of Trump's victory over Hillary, but as well to cover up Obama's failures to respond to Russian interference to protect his crackpot nuclear deal with Iran.

The Collusion Dream Is Dead But The Conspiracy Lives On.  The President of the United States did not conspire with the Russians.  Neither did his family.  Neither did his friends.  Neither did his campaign.  At the end of the Robert Mueller investigation — now clearly staffed and advanced by partisans who loathe this president — not one single American, after all that, has been indicted or charged with any crime for conspiring with the Russians in any way, shape, or form to steal the 2016 election.  That is now an indisputable fact.  The uncomfortable reality is that we spent two years being fed the most irresponsible allegations advanced by an ignorant punditocracy gone savage for this idea, which should raise all sorts of questions about our political, intelligence, and media elites who sold us this crazy story and promised the American people the proof that never came.

Mueller's report looks bad for Obama.  The partisan warfare over the Mueller report will rage, but one thing cannot be denied:  Former President Barack Obama looks just plain bad.  On his watch, the Russians meddled in our democracy while his administration did nothing about it.  The Mueller report flatly states that Russia began interfering in American democracy in 2014.  Over the next couple of years, the effort blossomed into a robust attempt to interfere in our 2016 presidential election.  The Obama administration knew this was going on and yet did nothing.

5 Key Items Missing From Cub Scout Mueller's Partisan Op-Ed.  [#2] Why were no Obama-era intel officials interviewed for a report supposedly about Russian interference in the election?  From Susan Rice telling officials concerned about Russian cyberwarfare activities to "stand down" to John Brennan's bizarre interactions with "Five Eyes" allies, Mueller's report is utterly silent (Hat tip:  Mark Levin). [...] [#5] How can it be that the "hacking" of the DNC server [was] never investigated?

The Mueller Report and the Starr Report:  Compare and Contrast.  In his long-awaited report, special counsel Robert Mueller found that the evidence failed to establish "collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia.  In addition, he did not find that President Trump committed obstruction of justice, the only other offense discussed in the report.  By contrast, independent counsel Kenneth Starr, in his 1998 report, established that President Clinton perjured himself during a civil deposition, conspired to obstruct justice, violated criminal prohibitions against witness tampering, and perjured himself before a grand jury.

Mueller's Report Ends 'WitchHunt' But What's About To Unfold Is The Real Story.  [Scroll down]  What will unfold is investigation into what historians will consider one of the greatest political 'witch-hunts' in U.S. history.  If justice is served, those responsible will be outed and prosecuted.  Those officials who weaponized the intelligence community, approved unauthorized surveillance on American citizens based on unvalidated information and targeted a sitting president should fear the wrath of 'lady justice.'  Call it what you will but numerous sources within the intelligence community are describing the actions of the officials who launched and perpetuated the investigation into Trump a failed 'soft coup.'  That is what we witnessed over the past three years, since the beginning of the investigation into Trump's campaign.  We also witnessed two major disinformation campaigns:  one by the Russians and the other by supporters loyal to Clinton.

Media & Democrats, For The Good Of The Nation, It's Time To Admit You Were Wrong.  When media figures are still demanding impeachment of a president who was found to have done NOTHING WRONG it only further emphasizes the point that this entire Mueller boondoggle was never about the truth but only a means by which these people wanted to harm President Trump, his tens of millions of supporters, and by doing so, all of America.

'Orange Man Bad!'  For approximately 3 million people, nothing in the Mueller report could exonerate President Trump of "Russian collusion," obstruction of justice, and various other high crimes and misdemeanors of which they are certain he is guilty.  For those 3 million people (a number reflecting the combined average weekday primetime audience of CNN and MSNBC) Trump's guilt is an indisputable fact, his presidency an ongoing crime against humanity, his 2016 election a fraud.  In a nation of 325 million people, of course, 3 million is less than a single percentage point.  However, that hard-core audience of obsessive Trump-haters includes every Democrat in Washington and the vast majority of our nation's journalists, university faculty, and other such members of the intelligentsia.

Mary Katharine Ham's blunt and honest assessment of Mueller report leaves CNN panel stunned.  CNN contributor Mary Katharine Ham, calm and collect, offered a stunning take on the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report.  Stunning in that the network is in the business of destroying President Donald Trump, not exonerating him.  With the Resistance in full panic mode, scrabbling to move the goal posts following the public release of the report that showed no evidence of collusion, "I hope nobody missed leg day because carrying these goalposts are going to be very heavy if you want to do it for the next 18 months," Ham said, matter-of-factly.

President Trump and Rudy Giuliani Point to Lies and Narrative Manipulation in Mueller Report.  President Trump's lawyer Rudy Giuliani appears on Fox News to discuss how the Mueller report is written with misleading information to create a narrative.  [Video clip]

Mark Levin Blasts 'Volume II' of Mueller Report: 'It's a 200-Page Op-Ed!'  Conservative radio host Mark Levin let loose on the Mueller report Friday [4/19/2019], calling "Volume II" of the report "a 200-page op-ed" and "a political document that he never should have written."  Levin argued that "Volume I," which was the section dealing with possible collusion, was handled properly.  His issue, he explained, is with "Volume II" — the section dealing with the evidence for and against any attempts by the White House to obstruct the investigation.

Schiff pivots from collusion 'evidence' to Trump's 'unpatriotic'.  Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff is desperately clinging to the Russia collusion delusion even though Special Counsel Robert Mueller debunked it and concluded that there is no evidence of collusion.  But now Schiff has pivoted, saying that even if President Trump hasn't committed any crimes, he should still be condemned because Schiff doesn't like him.

Absolute Proof Mueller FBI Investigators Leaked Investigative Documents to Media.  There has been a widespread media claim for two years that Robert Mueller's special counsel team never leaked.  However, today, while entirely obfuscating the lede aspect to their admission/story, Buzzfeed News outlines how FBI agents assigned to Robert Mueller's team actually leaked documents from their investigation to the media.  This admission is stunning.  I don't even think Buzzfeed realizes what they are admitting to here.

Mueller Report:  Assange Smeared Seth Rich to Cover for Russians.  Julian Assange not only knew that a murdered Democratic National Committee staffer wasn't his source for thousands of hacked party emails, he was in active contact with his real sources in Russia's GRU months after Seth Rich's death.  At the same time he was publicly working to shift blame onto the slain staffer "to obscure the source of the materials he was releasing," Special Counsel Robert Mueller asserts in his final report on Russia's role in the 2016 presidential election.  "After the U.S. intelligence community publicly announced its assessment that Russia was behind the hacking operation, Assange continued to deny that the Clinton materials released by WikiLeaks had come from Russian hacking," the report reads.  "According to media reports, Assange told a U.S. congressman that the DNC hack was an 'inside job,' and purported to have 'physical proof' that Russians did not give materials to Assange."

Release of Mueller report finally sets Trump — and America — free.  The reality was that, while Russia dangled the bait, no one from the Trump campaign or anyone else took it.  Those findings stand as a refreshing testament to the character of our people and the sanctity of the election.  So hide your head in shame, Hillary Clinton.  You started the false charge of collusion because you couldn't accept defeat, and now your name will be synonymous with the most destructive hoax in American history.  But reaching this uplifting conclusion took 23 months and held the entire nation hostage for half a presidential term over the possibility that the president had conspired with a foreign power to steal the election, then illegally sought to hide the evidence.

Rush Limbaugh says Mueller report should read: 'Trump attempted to obstruct our coup'.  Rush Limbaugh says special counsel Robert Mueller's 400-page report would have been more accurate if he had openly lamented President Trump's attempt to obstruct a silent "coup."  The man behind the "golden EIB microphone" said on Thursday's show that hundreds of pages were not needed to explain the details of an investigation that concluded with zero criminal charges against the president.  Mr. Limbaugh told his audience that the lengthy report exist primarily to fuel biased media attacks against Mr. Trump.  "This wasn't an investigation," he said.  "It was an attempt at a coup.  It was an attempt to throw Donald Trump out of office and nullify the election results of 2016.  It was disguised as an investigation."

Steny Hoyer tamps down impeachment talk after Mueller report: 'Not worthwhile at this point'.  House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., pushed back on impeachment talk after the release of special counsel Robert Mueller's report Thursday [4/18/2019].  "Based on what we've seen to date, going forward on impeachment is not worthwhile at this point," Hoyer told CNN.  "Very frankly, there is an election in 18 months, and the American people will make a judgment."  Hoyer's comments stand in contrast to those of some of his Democratic colleagues in Congress, who had called for President Trump's impeachment even before the release Thursday of a redacted version of Mueller's report into Russian influence in the 2016 elections.

The Mueller report just left egg on Democrats' faces.  They wanted it, and they got it.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russia's meddling in the 2016 election has been released, and it confirms — yet again — what everyone except liberal conspiracy theorists already knew:  President Trump's campaign and Russia didn't collude.  Good news:  We still elect our presidents!  Yes, Trump once taunted Russians to find Hillary Clinton's missing emails.  Yes, Trump's inner circle took a meeting with a Kremlin-linked lawyer.  And yes, Paul Manafort, Roger Stone and others have been charged with crimes.  These things look bad and, to varying degrees, they are.  But they don't add up to any kind of Kremlin-Fifth Avenue conspiracy to subvert democracy.

Rep. Meadows: 'Would You be Happy About Being Accused... Investigated for a Crime You Didn't Commit?'  Reacting to news Thursday that that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia report claims that President Donald Trump was upset by the Trump-Russia probe, Rep. Mark Meadows posed a question to the American public:  "Would you be happy about being accused and subsequently investigated for a crime you did not commit?"

Limbaugh: Here Are The Two Lines From The Mueller Report Media Are Using To Create More Fake News.  On his radio program Thursday [4/18/2019], conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh offered a one-sentence summary of the 400+ page final report by Robert Mueller that took two years to compile:  "We found no evidence of collusion between the Russians and the Trump campaign, period, and we don't have enough to say that there was any obstruction of justice."  But, Limbaugh suggested, the media just can't handle that straightfoward and "disappointing" of a conclusion.  Instead, they're dead set on finding something in the report to keep the collusion/obstruction narratives going.  And thus far they've found two passages — both of which, Limbaugh argued, are being distorted to spread more fake news.

Bill the DNC for the Mueller Report.  After 22 months and $32 million, a team of 19 prosecutors with twice as many staff members, wielding 2,800 subpoenas, 500 witnesses, and 500 search warrants, produced nothing multiplied by zero.  Nothing except over 400 pages of allegations, innuendo and slime with a great big hole in the center.  Mueller and his intrepid team of Democrats had set out to investigate a great conspiracy.  After all those millions of dollars, the raids and indictments, there's no collusion.  The supposed counterintelligence investigation turned up nothing on President Trump except his hostility to the witch hunt against him.

It's time for Schiff to put or shut up.  The Mueller Report, redactions and all, is out.  The conclusion is no collusion or something like that.  Nevertheless, there is a still a man out there who claims that collusion did happen.  His name is Representative Adam Schiff [...] How many times has Schiff assured us that he knows or has information about this or that?  The time is up.  We must demand transparency and force Schiff to do a press conference and present the evidence that Mueller missed in his report.

Robert Mueller Interviewed President Trump Six Days After Criminal "Obstruction" Investigation Began.  The Mueller Report shows there never was a Trump Russia-Collusion-Conspiracy case to begin with; and with the report showing how most of Mueller's investigative time was spent gathering evidence for an 'obstruction case'; and with new revelations from Andrew McCabe, John Dowd and Mueller officials overlayed on the previous Strzok/Page texts; we can now clearly reconcile the May 16th, 2017, meeting between President Trump, Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein and Robert Mueller.

The Mueller report becomes a tar baby for the Democrats.  Now that the Mueller Report is out, Democrats are in a quandary.  Unable to admit they were utterly wrong about sleazy Democratic operative Robbie Mook's original Trump-colluded-with-the-Russians-to-steal-the-election-from-Hillary-Clinton narrative, they're now scanning every nook and cranny of the Mueller report to find something useful to use to impeach the president.  A very good analysis from the San Francisco Chronicle's John Wildermuth and Tal Kopan points to how problematic that is, given that the report had far fewer redactions to holler about than they'd hoped.

Mueller's report speaks volumes.  By the fall of 2017, it was clear that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, as a former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was too conflicted to take a detached look at a Russia-collusion story that had become more about FBI malfeasance than about Donald Trump.  The evidence of that bias now stares at us through 448 pages of his report.  President Trump has every right to feel liberated.  What the report shows is that he endured a special-counsel probe that was relentlessly, at times farcically, obsessed with taking him out.  What stands out is just how diligently and creatively the special counsel's legal minds worked to implicate someone in Trump World on something Russia- or obstruction-of-justice-related.  And how — even with all its overweening power and aggressive tactics — it still struck out.

The Lesson of Mueller:  An innocent man's defense can look like a guilty man's obstruction.  Thousands of interviews and hundreds of subpoenas later, special counsel Robert Mueller broke his two-year Wizard of Oz-like silence on Thursday [4/18/2019] in the form of a 448-page report that formally dropped the curtain on the bad political musical we've come to know as the Russian collusion scandal.  Let the record reflect that Mueller wasted little time debunking the feigned electoral love affair between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump that so many Democrats and their allies in the news media sang to life.

Robert Mueller Report Contradicts Infamous BuzzFeed Story.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's report on the Trump-Russia investigation clearly contradicts BuzzFeed's assertions about the Trump Tower Moscow project.  The story, entitled "President Trump Directed His Attorney To Lie To Congress About The Moscow Tower Project," was published by BuzzFeed News on January 17.  It supposedly recounts "the first known example of Trump explicitly telling a subordinate to lie directly about his own dealings with Russia."

Mueller completely dropped the ball with obstruction punt.  The most remarkable thing about special counsel Robert Mueller's 448-page report is how blithely the prosecutor reversed the burden of proof on the issue of obstruction.  To be sure, President Trump's conduct outlined on this score isn't flattering, to put it mildly.

Devin Nunes Outlines Three Key Issues Post Mueller Report — Also Confirms Mueller Blocked Key Document Production.  In advance of the Mueller Report release, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, Devin Nunes, appears with Laura Ingraham to discuss three areas of the 2016 CIA/FBI intelligence operation that deserve answers:  (1) The targeting/framing of Michael Flynn and the positioning of a false narrative around innocuous Russia contacts.  (2) The use of Joseph Mifsud as an asset by the CIA/FBI running a counterintelligence operation against the Trump campaign.  (3) The Trump Tower meeting as organized by Fusion-GPS.

What We Should Expect From the Release of the Full Mueller Report.  The report is divided into two parts.  The first part is about Russia's efforts to meddle in the 2016 elections.  Mueller already indicted a bunch of mostly Russians as part of his investigation, although it is unlikely they'll ever be tried or convicted of their alleged crimes.  But Mueller did not find that anyone in the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to steal the election.  As Barr put it in his summary of Mueller's conclusions, "The Special Counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election."  Whether you're a diehard Mueller fan or a skeptic, few would suggest Mueller would have declined to indict anyone for Russia collusion if he had the goods on them.

Funny how all the 'Russia-Russia-Russia' coverage went 'poof' at the Pulitzers after the Mueller report.  Up until now, Russia-Russia-Russia coverage as fodder for Pulitzer prize nominations was big-game prize material.  Here's a big one in the national reporting category that the Washington Post got last year, and there were others among the nominations through the years.  This year?  Nothing.

Attorney General Barr's analysis of Mueller's report and testimony on May 1, 2019:

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Progressives Face a Bleak Post-Mueller Landscape.  Democrats have grown infuriated by Attorney General William Barr's indifference to their hysteria over the Trump-Russia collusion narrative.  Barr recently released a brief summary of special counsel Robert Mueller's conclusions that Donald Trump did not collude with the Russians to warp the 2016 election.  Barr added that Mueller had not found enough evidence to recommend that Trump be indicted for obstruction of justice for the non-crime of collusion.  Progressives, who for 22 months had insisted that Trump was a Russian asset, were stunned.  But only for a few hours.  Almost immediately, they redirected their fury toward Barr's summation of the Mueller report.  Yet few rational people contested Barr's synopses about collusion and obstruction.

Barr just wrote a stunning Mueller Report letter that dares Dems to start impeachment.  Attorney General Bill Barr just wrote a letter essentially daring the House Judiciary Committee to start formal impeachment proceedings if they want to get a copy of the full Mueller Report and underlying grand jury evidence.  House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-NY) subpoenaed the unredacted Mueller Report the day after Trump's AG led the country through a series of misleading efforts to spin its contents.  Instead of providing the report, the Attorney General sent a reply to Nadler positing that a "legal basis" must be established for the request — most obviously, an impeachment inquiry.

Senator Hirono Owes William Barr an Apology.  Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) is no stranger to controversy.  That was on full display on May 1 when she shamelessly attacked and slandered Attorney General William Barr.  The questioning was meant to be about Barr's handling of special counsel Robert Mueller's recently released report.  However, Hirono didn't necessarily see it that way.  Rather than questioning Barr, she went on a personal tirade against the attorney general.  In doing so, she appeared partisan and angry, placed her credibility in serious doubt, and came across as a bully who was less interested in answers and more interested in hearing her own voice or making some "Top 10" list on one or more of the liberal news outlets.  Regardless of why she acted in such a condescending manner, she owes Barr an apology.

The Big Lie That Barr Lied.  We are all entitled to our own opinions.  But are we entitled to our own facts?  Daniel Patrick Moynihan's bon mot says no, but Washington makes you wonder.  Like when spleen-venting about the supposedly outrageous, unbelievable, disgraceful invocation of the word "spy" to describe episodes of government spying is instantly followed by a New York Times story about how the spying — er, I mean, court-authorized electronic surveillance — coupled with the tasking of spies — er, undercover agents — green-lighted by a foreign spy — er, intelligence service — was more widespread than previously known.  If I were a cynic, I'd think people were trying to get out in front of some embarrassing revelations on the horizon.

William Barr Made A Major Disclosure In His Senate Hearing That Hardly Anyone Noticed.  In a little-noticed exchange during his Senate hearing Wednesday, Attorney General William Barr made a surprising disclosure that could allow the public and press to obtain sensitive details about the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.  During a back-and-forth with Democratic Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin, Barr identified Alexander Downer, a former Australian diplomat, as the FBI's source for the information that sparked the bureau's counterintelligence investigation into George Papadopoulos and other Trump campaign associates.

Barr Told Nothing But the Truth to Congress.  Attorney General Bill Barr lied to Congress?  If you have any liberal friends, they've already started repeating this talking point.  It's nonsense.  When I first read the editorials carping on the attorney general's March 24, 2019 summary of the Mueller report, I failed to recognize the coordinated assault being launched to punish Barr for ... well, let's be honest, speaking truth to the leftist juggernaut that pushed the Trump-Russia collusion hoax.  After all, why are we arguing over a summary of a report that's now available to the public?  Nope, this thin gruel is the Left's chosen weapon to stop Barr from holding the conspirators to account.

Barr laid it on the line with the simple question the Russia Hoaxers can't answer.  Attorney General William Barr scares the wits out of the Democrats who bet their party's political future on removing President Trump from office.  Now that The Mueller Report revealed no collusion with the Russians, they are living in fear that the coup plotters will be held accountable for their misdeeds in courts of law.  Barr has indicated that prosecutorial investigations are underway, and his willingness to speak plainly and directly, such as his use (and defense of his use) of the word "spying," demonstrates that that he and his associates can make their cases in convincing language.

AG Barr gets attacked because his probe endangers powerful people.  Some of this is frustration.  Democrats foolishly invested two years of political capital in the idea that Mr. Mueller would prove President Trump had colluded with Russia, and Mr. Mueller left them empty-handed.  Some of it is personal.  Democrats resent that Mr. Barr won't cower or apologize for doing his job.  Some is bitterness that Mr. Barr is performing like a real attorney general, making the call against obstruction-of-justice charges rather than sitting back and letting Democrats have their fun with Mr. Mueller's obstruction innuendo.  But most of it is likely fear.  Mr. Barr made real news in that Senate hearing, and while the press didn't notice, Democrats did.  The attorney general said he'd already assigned people at the Justice Department to assist his investigation of the origins of the Trump-Russia probe.

Barr stuns Sen. Blumenthal during Judiciary Committee hearing.  Attorney General William Barr is unflappable, a quality that enabled him to deftly handle the "pack of Iagos" that Democrats on the Senate Judiciary formed into yesterday.  In addition to highlighting the key question for which there is no good answer, he stunned Senator Richard Blumenthal, the villain who falsely posed as a Vietnam Veteran yet somehow maintains the trust of Nutmeg State voters.  Blumenthal was on a fishing expedition, looking for quibbles to raise in the wake of the collapse of the Russia Hoax.  Assuming the role of a Grand Inquisitor — the favorite pose of Democrats in the Age of Trump — he got an immediate and direct answer from Barr when demanding an internal Justice Department document.  His follow-up question yielded arepsonse [sic] that demonstrated that Blumenthal is stuck looking at the situation through the wrong end of the telescope.

Bill Barr And The Justice Department Don't Seem All That Concerned About Nancy Pelosi's Temper Tantrum.  The FBI director is an appointee of the President and serves "at the pleasure" of the President.  When the President stops being pleased, he can tell the FBI director to pack his [stuff] and get out of the area.  This can be done for cause or it can be done because the Presidential eggs weren't cooked properly.  In the case of Comey, however, firing him has become an alleged instance of Trump obstructing justice... never mind the new FBI director, the special counsel, the 670 day hoax investigation, the 400+ page report.  In fact, Volume Two of the Mueller report is chock full of banal and mundane things that Mueller, his henchmen, and the Democrats want to criminalize just because they don't like them.

It's Barr's 'Baby' Now, Not Mueller's.  For nearly two years, Robert Mueller worked for the U.S. Department of Justice as a special counsel appointed by then-Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.  Despite the Left's attempt to deify Robert Mueller as an omnipotent figure somehow unbound by the constraints of the Constitution and law, in reality, he was an employee of the Justice Department.  He was a publicly-appointed prosecutor paid with U.S. tax dollars.  On March 22, 2019, Robert Mueller's job ended when he submitted his long-awaited report to Attorney General William Barr.

DiGenova looks ahead.  Attorney General Barr's testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee yesterday [5/1/2019] offered a preview of coming attractions.  He means to get to the bottom of the "spying" conducted by the Obama administration on the Trump presidential campaign.  How did it begin?  What's it all about?  What was going on?  Did it involve abuse of the FISA system?  Of course, you had to tune out the Democratic static and listen to Barr's exchanges with Republican members to pick up the preview, but it was unmistakably there.  The Democrats' hysteria reflects something more than motiveless malignity; Barr is the Attorney General Democrats should fear.

Suicidal Dems Continue to Foolishly Malign Barr.  You wouldn't know it from the hysteria emanating from Wednesday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing with William Barr — desperate presidential candidates competing for the most outlandish accusation; Sen. Hirono jumping more sharks than may exist in her native Hawaii — but the ship has already sailed on the Mueller/Russia probe.  There's no collusion and with that any sensible argument for obstruction.  We are already — if you paid attention to Barr's testimony or even the story in general — well into Russia Probe II — The Predicate.  And that investigation involves real, documented collusion with Russia (on the part of the Clinton campaign and who knows who else) augmented by pervasive media dishonesty.

Dem attacks on Barr come down to three-week gap.  Why are so many Democrats and so many of their allies in the press so angry at Attorney General William Barr?  What explains the intensity of their feelings?  Of course they still believe in collusion, even though special counsel Robert Mueller could not establish that a Trump-Russia conspiracy took place and never charged anyone in President Trump's orbit, or any American for that matter, with taking part in such a scheme.  Of course they believe the president obstructed justice, even though Mueller did not establish that, either.

William Barr exposed the rampant desperation of Trump's foes.  They smeared him, called him a liar and said he should resign.  The same Senate Democrats on the Judiciary Committee who tried to assassinate the character of Judge Brett Kavanaugh last year pulled the same stunt on Bill Barr — with the same result.  They failed because, once again, they were throwing mud while shooting blanks.  Despite the Dems' desperate efforts to derail Kavanaugh's nomination with false accusations, he is now on the Supreme Court.  Barr was obviously prepared for his mud bath and was unflappable in the face of Wednesday's mean-spirited assault, proving himself to be a rock-solid attorney general.

In Barr's Battle With Congress, He's in the Right.  In the battle unfolding in Congress between the Democrats and Attorney General William Barr, I'm on the side of the United States Constitution.  That means defending not only Mr. Barr but also President Trump.  The two men stand on America's legal bedrock.  Which is why Mr. Barr was able to make short work of his Democratic questioners at Wednesday's [5/1/2019] hearing in the Senate.  His calm, straightforward testimony made it clear that he isn't the caricature the Democrats have been drawing of him.

Bill Barr and the Law vs. The Lie.  Attorney General William Barr in his testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday was a living, breathing representation of the Constitution of the United States.  At one point during five hours that included a shower of insults from Senate Democrats, he put it all in a nutshell:  special counsel Robert Mueller's "work concluded when he sent his report to the attorney general," Barr said, pointing out that as AG he "effectively overrode the regulations, used discretion, to lean as far forward as I could to make that public."  As Barr added, "The job of the Justice Department is now over; that determines whether or not there's a crime.  The report is now in the hands of the American people.  Everyone can decide for themselves.  There's an election in 18 months.  That's a very democratic process.  But we're out of it.  And we have to stop using the criminal justice process as a political weapon."

Dems ditch duties to bash Barr.  Senate Democrats, whose collusion narrative has been exposed as delusional by special counsel Robert Mueller, spent Wednesday trying to inflict pain on Attorney General William Barr, laughably accusing him of a "cover-up."  They were incanting from a script cobbled together from a sloppy or tendentious reading of a Washington Post article, the timing of which appears calculated to reinforce the Democrats' relentless campaign against the president.  That article made public a letter in which Mueller criticized Barr's synopsis of Mueller's report.

Barr 'working very closely' with DOJ inspector general to investigate FISA abuse.  Attorney General William Barr told Congress he was "working very closely" with the Justice Department's Inspector General Michael Horowitz as they both conduct investigations into the investigators who ran the Trump-Russia investigation at the DOJ and FBI.  Horowitz has been looking into possible Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act abuse for more than a year.  Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday that he was looking into the origins of the investigation into Trump, any criminal leaks from the FBI or DOJ to the media, the possibility the "Steele dossier" — compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele — was Russian disinformation, and more.

The Absurd Barr Scandal.  Barr's offense is writing a quick letter summarizing the top-line conclusions of the Mueller report.  Ever since the attorney general released the letter, he's been the focus of conspiracy theories and the target of smears. [...] Barr's offense is releasing his summary of findings.  No one can claim it was inaccurate.  According to Barr, even Mueller conceded as much in a phone call after the special counsel sent his letter.

Report: Mueller Objected to Barr's Report Rollout But Did Not Say It Was Inaccurate.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller wrote Attorney General William Barr a letter in late March complaining that Barr's four-page letter to Congress describing the conclusions of the investigation "did not fully capture the context, nature, and substance" of the special counsel's investigation, the Washington Post reported Tuesday [4/30/2019].  Mueller's March 27 letter "revealed a degree of dissatisfaction with the public discussion of the special counsel's work that shocked senior Justice Department officials," the Post reported, citing "people familiar with the discussions."

The Case of Carter Page.  Based on Attorney General Barr's summary of the report submitted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, we know that the gravamen of Mueller's investigation was alleged "collusion" by the Trump presidential campaign with Russian organs interfering with the election.  We nevertheless have yet to see an unredacted copy of the August 2017 scope memo that set the parameters of Mueller's investigation.  It remains a deep, dark secret.  The case of Carter Page represents a sorry chapter in the investigation.  He was subjected to surveillance intended to be reserved for agents of foreign governments about to commit serious crimes.  The FBI and Department of Justice took out a FISA warrant Page in October 2016. The warrant was renewed three times.  The surveillance on Page and his contacts and their contacts extended over the period of a year.  According to the FBI and the Department of Justice, probable cause existed to believe that Page was a Russian agent knowingly engaging in clandestine intelligence activities.

Chuck and Nancy slam Bill Barr for 'deliberately distorting' the Mueller Report.  Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer have slammed Attorney General William Barr, accusing him of 'deliberately distorting' the Mueller Report which they say 'paints a disturbing picture of a president who has been weaving a web of deceit, lies'. The pair issued a joint, blistering statement Thursday evening in response to the release of the 448-page report, outlining 'at least four significant ways that Mr. Barr has misled the public on the contents of the Mueller report'.

Liberal Reporter Tells Colleagues To Get Off The Russian 'Collusion Crackpipe'.  The Mueller report has been released and guess what; Attorney General William Barr's summary was accurate.  There was no collusion.  There was no conspiracy.  On the obstruction charges, there wasn't enough evidence to bring forward formal charges.  Here is where Democrats will make their last stand.  Obstruction junction is ahead.  It's the only thing the Left can keep going from this clown show.  I'm all for it.  The longer the liberal media looks like idiots, the better it is for us.  And if the Russian collusion myth was bad, the obstruction nonsense will be a whole other level.

Media doubles down on stupid.  Having debated whether to boycott Bill Barr's press conference on the Mueller Report, the press decided instead to boycott reality.  Many in the media now portray the report as worse than an indictment.  They want to salvage something because they bet the farm on his indictment and wound up as losers. [...] Mueller was sent to find a crime.  Instead he found an innocent man, who objected.  Democrats and the media now say those objections are obstruction of justice.

Barr: No material in Mueller report was redacted based on executive privilege.  Attorney General William Barr on Thursday [4/18/2019] said no redactions in special counsel Robert Mueller's report on his Russia investigation were made based on claims of executive privilege by the White House.  Barr said that although there were "significant portions" of the report that Trump would have been within his rights to redact since the White House complied with the investigation, he refrained from doing so.

Press throws tantrum ahead of release of Mueller report.  Attorney General Bill Barr scheduled a press conference for 9:30 a.m. today [4/18/2019] ahead of his voluntarily releasing to the public the Mueller Report.  The press already knows the report clears President Donald John Trump of collusion, but led by Maggie Haberman of the New York Times, the press is not accepting this.  There is a call for reporters to boycott the press conference.  Transparency in government is the last thing the modern press wants.

Mueller Report: Dems Bash Barr to Keep Hype Alive.  Thursday morning [4/18/2019], the Justice Department will release the 400-page report outlining how special counsel Robert Mueller squandered $34 million to conclude that an implausible conspiracy theory was unsupported by objective evidence.  Even at $85,000 per page, it's unlikely that this document contains anything of substance that we didn't already know after Attorney General William Barr distilled it down to 4 pages last month.  Yet the Democrats and the "news" media continue their desperate attempts to keep hype alive with new conspiracy theories about a "cover-up" as well as demands to see parts of the report to which federal law forbids them access.

Mueller investigation aftermath and retrospective:

GOP Has A Choice:  Fight Anti-Trump Coup Effort Or Surrender Government To Democrats.  Within minutes of the inauguration, the Washington Post published that the "campaign to impeach President Trump has begun." The primary impeachment effort was the Russia collusion hoax, in which the Resistance embraced — or pretended to believe — a patently absurd theory that Trump is a secret Russian agent who stole the 2016 election in a brazen act of sedition.  Corporate media outlets published and broadcast story after story supporting this theory, which was later shown to have been invented and secretly funded as a Clinton campaign operation alongside the Democratic National Committee.  Foreign policy was put on hold, key administration advisors were fired and sidelined, investigations into whether former Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions was a Russian spy were launched.  Following the firing of the mendacious and corrupt James Comey as FBI director, the Resistance forced the launch of an intrusive and unstoppable special counsel probe, ostensibly headed by Robert Mueller.  Years later — after the special counsel had stymied the Trump administration, fed the collusion conspiracy theory, rung up Trump associates for process crimes, and destroyed the lives and bank accounts of many Trump associates — the probe ended with not a single American, much less a single American tied to the Trump campaign, much less Trump himself, found to have colluded with Russia.

Robert Mueller Investigated For Staging Alleged Militia Hoax Now Used To Prosecute Jan 6 Defendant.  The FBI under former director Robert Mueller stands accused of staging a hoax in Madisonville, Tennessee in 2010 to falsely entrap a man on a rare gun charge — and that case is now used as precedent to prosecute a January 6 protester on the same rare gun charge.  Evidence provided to National File suggests that Mueller's FBI completely invented the details of a supposed militia attempt to take over a courthouse, framing a man named Darren Wesley Huff.  One of Mueller's top deputies is alleged to have provided a false statement that contradicts numerous other sworn statements and evidence in the case.  The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) opened an investigation into Mueller's conduct, according to documented evidence presented below and in audio recordings obtained by National File in which a witness in the case speaks to TBI investigators.  Mueller's FBI coordinated on the takedown of Huff with the left-wing "Fogbow" activist organization led by a leftist named PJ Foggy, who wears a hammer and sickle hat, according to PJ Foggy's admissions.

Anti-Trump Psychodrama 10.0?  In May 2017, Robert Mueller was appointed special counsel to investigate Trump's alleged "collusion" with the Russians and "obstruction" in seeking to impede Mueller's "all-stars" and "dream team" of mostly progressive lawyers, some who had a history of close association with Clinton interests and many who had been donors to the Clinton campaign. [...] When a befuddled Mueller was finished, he had found no collusion and no grounds to indict Trump for impeding his investigation of the crime that he had just concluded did not exist.  When Mueller rambled before Congress, he was unable to remember basic facts of his own inquiry and for the most part appear muddled and confused.  The only salient fact about the collusion investigation was Mueller's own embarrassing lack of knowledge of Christopher Steele's fabricated dossier, gleaned largely from Russian plants and sources.

The Dream Team Loses to the Nobodies.  [Scroll down]  Had the special counsel team been less biased, its lawyers might have discovered within days that the only interventionist foreign national who was actively recruiting Russians as nefarious sources was Christopher Steele, a Clinton operative paid through the firewalls of the DNC, Fusion GPS, and the Perkins Coie law firm to compile a tabloid dossier on Trump, to leak it to old friends and new contacts in the DOJ, FBI, and CIA and thereby to sanctify and disseminate his dirt to the media and tar the Trump campaign — and later an elected president's transition and administration.  Whereas the Trump team sought to defend their client from charges they knew were false, the Mueller team sought to destroy Trump first, and worry about the evidence later.  That proved an enormous disadvantage from the outset.  One side saw it as a legal matter of proving an absence of guilt, the other as a political effort to fuel impeachment.

Ken Starr says Mueller did a 'grave disservice to our country' did not ensure staff was 'fair and balanced'.  Former Independent Counsel Ken Starr criticized Robert Mueller Wednesday for failing to take the necessary steps to ensure he had a fair and balanced staff working on the Russia probe.  Responding after Mueller's first of two hearings before the House, Starr told Fox News that he was disappointed with Mueller's handling of the investigation and that it was his duty as special counsel to ensure his team would operate in a fair and unbiased manner.  "I love Bob Mueller as a human being, as a patriot - but I think he's done a grave disservice to our country in the way he conducted this investigation," said Starr.

Now, word of a mysterious third 'scope memo' for Robert Mueller.  The 448-page Mueller report has been public for two months, so it might seem strange that the Justice Department's original instructions to special counsel Robert Mueller, outlining what he was assigned to investigate, are still a secret.  But they are.  And now, it turns out those instructions were more extensive than previously known.  Until now, it was widely understood that there had been two "scope memos" from the DOJ to Mueller.  Now, it turns out there was a third, as well.

Trump is the Democrats' white whale, and Pelosi is Ahab.  [Scroll down]  As the truth seeps out, at first in drips that are becoming a stream, it becomes clearer that the Mueller Report is a fraud perpetrated on an already suspicious public.  Little about it rang true, given the omission of all things Hillary Clinton and the dossier she commissioned with the help of her team of clever culprits.  Their calculated "investigation" developed into a massive, fabricated witch hunt.  Mueller recruited a team of rivals like no other.  They were each willing to sell their souls to take down this president simply because they considered him unworthy of the office.  They were willing to abrogate the law to take down Trump by any means necessary.

Disappointing — Judge Sullivan Folds, Accepts Mueller Team Non-Production.  In the Weissmann/Mueller case against Michael Flynn there are two material points of evidence central to the underlying issue:  [#1] The FBI 302 report written by agent Joe Pientka; as an outcome of the interview of Michael Flynn January 24th, 2017, conducted by Peter Strzok and Pientka.  [#2] The recording/transcript of the December 29th, 2016, phone call intercept between Michael Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak.  According to the special counsel position Flynn lied about the 12/29/16 phone call content during the 1/24/17 FBI interview.  However, this always appeared to be a sketchy claim.  Seemingly suspecting something was amiss, in two separate court demands, Judge Emmet Sullivan requested production of both the Flynn 302 and the transcript of the call.  The special counsel's office (Brandon Van Grack), and the DC U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu, refused to provide the underlying evidence to the court.

Federalist Co-Founder Has Some Questions For Mueller After A Key Witness Was Slapped With Child Porn Charges.  We all knew this Trump-Russia narrative was trash.  Well, a lot of us knew; the same cannot be said for liberal America.  After the 18th or so "bombshell" that produced nothing, and the endless weeks that went on where zero evidence was produced to support such a ludicrous allegation, any person who wasn't stricken with Trump Derangement Syndrome would see this as a witch-hunt.  Something that large, evidence would have been leaking like crazy.  Nothing.  Oh, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller had a legion of anti-Trump, hardcore Democratic lawyers sifting through mountains of nonsense that amounted to nothing.  President Trump was exonerated from the Russian collusion charge.  And yes, the report was quite definitive on that unlike Mueller's tweaking of the language as he exited the DOJ.  There's no wiggle room there; he had a staff of Clintonites.  Some conservatives criticized the staff.  I think it added more credibility to the fact that on Trump-Russia, there was nothing there.  For two years, these clowns dug and found zip.  That's why the liberal media is so angry.

Deep State and Democrats Are Terrified of Doddering "Figurehead" Mueller Testifying — He's Unable to Answer Material Questions.  For two years the Mueller special counsel was investigating the President of the United States.  The Democrats and their Deep State cheered him on.  Numerous corrupt and criminal events took place.  The last thing that the Democrats now want is for him to testify in public about his bogus, dishonest and one-sided report.  Those that want the truth could ask — When did the investigation into Trump and Russia start?  Why did you not address the phony Steele dossier in your report?  Why did you not look at any of the actions by the Hillary team who paid for and supplied the dossier?  Who cleared the team for conflicts of interest since it was all Hillary supporters, lawyers and donors?  What was the original crime that started the investigation and why was the scope so broad and outside of the Special Counsel mandate?  Why did you withhold information from Flynn, Papadopoulos, etc?  When did you release Strzok and Page?  Why did you destroy the data on their phones so their text messages could not be shared with Congress?

Anti-Trump Traitors Rip Blindfold Off Lady Justice.  The truth is the Mueller so-called investigation was really an illegal witch-hunt, a silent coup undermining Trump's presidency; to reverse the 2016 presidential election.  Mueller's investigation was based solely on the Steele Dossier, a bogus document written in 2016 and paid for by Hillary Clinton.  Hillary's despicable fake document claimed that Trump paid prostitutes to urinate on a hotel bed slept in by Obama.  Mueller and the 19 Hillary lawyers he hired knew the document was filled with lies.  And yet, they used it to illegally obtain warrants to harass the Trump administration for three years.  Trump knew the Mueller investigation was a scam to destroy his presidency.  Still, Trump did not exercise his authority to fire Mueller.  Trump turned over a million documents to Mueller's evil minions.  Still, fake news media is helping Democrats to sell their obvious lie that Trump is engaged in a cover-up.

Russia hoax origins to be exposed as Trump authorizes AG Barr to declassify Russia probe documents.  Heads are exploding all over the beltway, as the unraveling of the biggest political scandal in American history enters a new stage.  Make no mistake, there is a plan and a timetable designed for maximum dramatic impact.  President Trump finally has taken the long-awaited step to lift the cloak of classification and uncover the weaponization of the federal government's law enforcement and intelligence agencies against his candidacy and then presidency.

Democrats Are Painted Into a Corner.  It was the best Mr. Mueller, a slab-faced Trump-hater who assembled a famished wolf-pack of pathological Trump-haters as his investigative team, could do:  He failed the Democratic lynch mob because he couldn't find any evidence, and he failed the country in not producing a fully honest and impartial report.  The Democrats are left at a crossroads:  keep swinging like punch-drunk prizefighters lashing out when they hear the bell of a passing streetcar, or abandon the impeachment ship while there is still room in the lifeboats.

Let's Make Sure 'Obstruction of Justice' Is Properly Defined.  [Scroll down]  Only a person who attempts to block the [Department of Justice] from discovering something true should even be considered for prosecution based on obstruction of justice.  This brings us to President Trump and the Mueller Report.  Mueller found that there was no compelling evidence that Trump colluded with the Russians to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.  Given the nature of our legal system, this effectively clears Trump of the charge — and that charge was the predicated reason for doing the investigation in the first place.  The remaining controversy now before us is whether Trump obstructed justice while Mueller investigated the matter.  For Trump to have done so, he would have had to hinder Mueller's team from establishing his lack of guilt.  How silly!  It is irrational to think Trump would have deflected Mueller from discovering Trump's innocence (the recognized status of anybody who is not guilty).

FOIA Documents Show Evidence of Weissmann/Mueller Entrapment Scheme.  Recently release FOIA documents into the special counsel team of Robert Mueller reveal the remarkable trail of a 2017 entrapment scheme conducted by Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann to target George Papadopoulos. [...] Before digging into the details it is important to note this is a DOJ/FBI entrapment operation being conducted in 2017 by the special counsel; this is not prior to the 2016 election.

This 'Constitutional Crisis' Has Been Completely Contrived By #Resistance Democrats.  At this very moment, there is a virtually redaction-free version of the Mueller report available to Nadler and other top Democrats.  In this version, supplied by the Justice Department in deference to Democrats' demand for more transparency, the sum total of the redaction in Volume II of the Mueller report — the part Democrats say they are most interested in because it deals with obstruction of justice — is two full lines of text and seven partial lines of text.  That document is sitting in a secure room in the House.  Yet not a single Democrat has bothered to look at it.

Sperry: Mueller Paid $732,000 For Investigative Contractor Services.  Paul Sperry has an interesting article today at Real Clear Politics outlining the amount of expenditures by special counsel Robert Mueller during his two-year investigation.  Sperry notes many in DC are wondering who the "contractors" are that were paid by Mueller.

Sinking to Third World Status.  For the last two years the media establishment has known that the FBI and the CIA spied on the Trump campaign, and we didn't hear a peep from them about it.  The reason for their silence was the belief that we'd find out that Trump had colluded or conspired with the Russians.  Had that been the case, we might now be celebrating the FBI's Peter Strzok as a hero that saved the Republic.  But now that the Mueller Report is out, we know that Trump and the Trump campaign were entirely innocent.  With all the tools and threats at his disposal, with all the dead-of-night raids and prosecutions for process offenses, Mueller couldn't get anyone to lie about Trump.  When something goes so wrong, there would be consequences in a normal country.  The people who pushed a collusion story without any evidence to back it up might feel a little ashamed of themselves.  They would have come out publicly and admitted they were wrong, and if they were honorable apologized to the president.  But if any of that happened, I'm afraid I missed it.

Here's How Much is Legally Redacted from the Mueller Report, for which Democrats Seek to Hold AG Barr in Contempt.  Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to hold Attorney General William Barr in contempt because he refused to break the law and make the full report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller available to Congress.  To be sure, Barr is bound by the Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e), which prohibits the disclosure of grand jury material.  He has placed a version of the Mueller report in a secured room on Capitol Hill and granted access to "congressional leaders of both parties, as well as the chairmen and ranking members of intelligence and judiciary committees in the House and Senate," as reported by National Review.

Did Swalwell Really Just Compare Mueller Report to September 11?  Yes.  Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA), who thinks President Trump is a Russian agent (and, yes, I will mention this every day until the primary), has made another farfetched comparison.  On Twitter, he put special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation on par with the attack on Pearl Harbor and the September 11 terror attacks by way of condemning Trump's relationship with Vladimir Putin.

Major Report Omission Shows Mueller Was Either Incompetent Or A Political Hack.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's March "Report on the Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election" contains a glaring omission:  Not once in the 448-page tome does Mueller mention an investigation into whether Russia interfered with the U.S. presidential election by feeding dossier author Christopher Steele misinformation.  But Mueller also did not charge Steele with lying to the FBI, or refer a criminal case against Steele to federal prosecutors, as he did when the special counsel uncovered evidence of criminal misconduct unrelated to the 2016 election.  Given Mueller's conclusion that no one connected to the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere with the election, one of those two scenarios must be true — either Russia fed Steele disinformation or Steele lied to the FBI about his Russian sources.

No question there was spying on Trump campaign, but how much?  At a contentious hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Attorney General William Barr dropped a big hint about his investigation into the conduct of the Trump-Russia investigation.  "Many people seem to assume that the only intelligence collection that occurred was a single confidential informant and a FISA warrant," Barr said.  "I would like to find out whether that is in fact true.  It strikes me as a fairly anemic effort if that was the counterintelligence effort designed to stop the threat as it is being represented."

The Mueller Report: $25 Million to Disprove Steele Dossier.  The nearly two-year-long investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller — at an estimated cost of more than $25 million — concluded that there is no evidence the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to win the 2016 election.  Mueller has been criticized for the length of his investigation and the fact that he investigated key claims made in the so-called "Steele dossier."  It is important. however, to understand how far-reaching the false claims in the Steele dossier were.  Paid for by the Clinton campaign and the Democratic National Committee, the dossier was spread by its author, Christopher Steele, and Fusion GPS co-founder Glenn Simpson to numerous media reporters, as well as the FBI, the Justice Department, Congress, and the State Department.

The Adolescent Progressive Mind.  [Scroll down]  How even to digest such a cornucopia of conspiracy fruit!  We saw Mueller's SWAT teams and perp walks, and worshiped new heroes like Michael Avenatti and Andrew Weissmann who would all frog march Trump out of the White House.  Fossils from our Watergate past, like Carl Bernstein and John Dean, creaked back into the limelight to furrow their brows and grimace what Mueller would do to Trump soon in comparison would make Nixon's scandals look like minor misdemeanors.  And then no collusion.  Nada.  After 400 pages, 22 months and $34 million, Trump, Mueller found, did not collude with the Russians.  Oh, Mueller in his "Volume II" threw every bit of gossip, hearsay, anti-Trump testimony, and innuendo to sort of, kind of, and maybe suggest that in theory or in the abstract Trump could have been indicted for obstruction (of a non-crime), but then he could have not been as well.

Time To Turn the G-Men Loose On Trump Accusers.  Finally, all Americans should know that no one ever nominated to be president by any serious political party would ever have collaborated with a foreign power to rig an American election, or is ever likely to be tempted to try to do that.  The whole concept was implausible from the beginning, and if Robert Mueller wasn't capable of performing a serious public service with the immense mandate he was given, by exploring the misconduct of Trump's accusers, he should have concluded eighteen months ago that the Russian collusion argument was bunk and closed shop.

Australian Government Confirms Official Role in "Spygate".  In response to media inquiry and FOIA demands, the government of Australia formally admitted today to the role of High Commissioner Alexander Downer and his engagements with George Papadopoulos in 2016.  The timing coincides with the Mueller Report (released today [4/18/2019]), which states it was information about this engagement from Alexander Downer that opened the FBI counterintelligence investigation in July 2016.  The Australian government cited the conclusion of the Robert Mueller special counsel investigation as the background for their willingness to comply with an 15-month-old FOIA request from Buzzfeed News.

Mueller's done, and Dems should be too — because Trump is no Nixon.  The walls were not coming down.  They were not closing in.  There was, at the end of the day, no evidence whatsoever of any collusion — and there was nothing but a president frustrated at being wrongly accused and wrongly investigated over a very effective hoax.  Most people don't understand what it is to not only to be personally investigated for something you didn't do but to have your friends, family members and associates placed in legal jeopardy over it.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's team systematically targeted the people around the president, squeezing them like lemons, indicting them on mostly process crimes created by the investigation itself.  They reviewed everyone's emails, text messages, phone calls, bank statements — and yet, their conclusion on collusion was clear and definitive.  It has to be believed.

Footnote Highlights Corruption of Mueller's FBI Investigative Team.  When the stories first broke about the Steele Dossier being the majority of the FBI evidence (December 2017), the FBI investigators were claiming they were never aware of Chris Steele shopping his dossier to the media.  However, at the same time Glenn Simpson was testifying to congress that the FBI knew Chris Steele was shopping the dossier.

Bill Barr, Dirty Cops, and the O.J. Simpson Trial.  Republicans believe James Comey's FBI and Loretta Lynch's DoJ were led by dirty cops.  The Democrats think the same thing about Donald Trump and his political appointees, including the attorney general.  Several leading Democrats are going on TV and proclaiming Trump conspired with the Russians to win the White House.  Evidence?  We don't need no stinkin' evidence.  They must not, since Mueller's intensive investigation did not indict a single American, much less a member of the Trump campaign, for colluding with the Russians.

Unraveling Three Key Russian Collusion Hoax Plot Lines.  In retrospect, it's a miracle the hoax didn't work.  Some powerful forces converged: the Department of Justice, the FBI, virtually every outlet in the legacy news media, billionaires, academia, even Hollywood and late-night comedians.  I can remember distinctly a sinking feeling in late spring 2017 as the stories piled up while nothing and nobody seemed to stand in the way of the effort to reverse the 2016 election.  There were three principle plotlines advanced to reverse the election. [...] Special Counsel Robert Mueller constituted the third plotline.  Mueller's team appears quickly to have recognized that the Russia collusion case was a hoax and instead embarked on a strategy to harass the president and pressure witnesses using harsh tactics and threats.

Pursue Those Indictments!.  Last month, Chris Buskirk wrote a column for the Spectator USA describing Representative Devin Nunes as "a hero of the Republic." [...] Nunes has worked tirelessly for more than two years to expose what our masters in deep-state Washington would bury from the glare of public scrutiny:  the evidence that the entire Trump-Russian collusion narrative was a partisan effort, first, to undermine the Trump presidential campaign and, when that failed, to cover up the effort while still working assiduously to destroy the Trump presidency. [...] The national security advisor for one administration spied on members of her political opponents in a presidential election and then unmasked their identities and made sure their names were leaked to the press.  If you don't find that breathtaking you have become too inured to living in a banana republic.

Five arguments the Mueller report won't settle.  [#1] Collusion.  On the face of it, Barr's summary of Mueller's conclusion could not be clearer:  The evidence gathered by the special prosecutor does not show that the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with Russia to fix the 2016 election. [...] But that is not the end of it.  Immediately upon the release of the Barr summary, some of the president's accusers began moving the goalposts.  What Mueller really said was that the evidence did not establish beyond a reasonable doubt that there was no conspiracy or coordination.

Worse than Watergate.  In 1972, Republicans were caught using former CIA operatives to spy on their political rivals.  In 2016, Democrats have now been caught using active FBI and senior Department of Justice employees to spy on President Trump.  It is no longer debatable whether or not it happened, because A. G. Barr just told us it happened.  The only question that remains is whether or not they had any sort of justifiable reason for doing so, except that question seems to have already been resolved by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, because his report found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.  In fact, the opposite appears to be true — it looks as if federal agencies conspired with foreign governments to entrap peripheral members of the Trump campaign.  Heads need to roll.

Devin Nunes sends Trump-Russia investigation criminal referral notification to DOJ.  Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., submitted a criminal referral notification to the Justice Department on Thursday [4/11/2019], targeting individuals tied to the origins of the Trump-Russia investigation.  In a brief letter, Nunes informs Attorney General William Barr he and Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, want to meet to discuss eight criminal referrals, which are ready for consideration, as part of the House Intelligence Committee's years-long examination of alleged misconduct during the Russia probe.  "As part of that investigation, Committee Republicans identified several potential violations of the law," Nunes, R-Calif., wrote in the letter to Barr on Thursday.

The Day of Reckoning Is at Hand.  [Scroll down]  Coming from [Attorney General William] Barr, a most measured and serious man, this explosive testimony portends a bleak future for all those FBI, Department of Justice, and intelligence community operatives who used their official positions and enormous — bordering on limitless — governmental powers to undermine the presidential campaign of Donald Trump, and, failing that, to undo the results of the 2016 election.  So it is that Barr's description of the possibility of such political surveillance as a "big deal" is understatement of the first order.  As "big deals" go, the stakes couldn't be any higher.  On cue, the Democrats and their wholly owned mainstream media subsidiary have tried to dull the impact of Barr's testimony. [...] Clearly the left knows that, with Barr running the show, trouble is on the way.

America needs to get to the bottom of RussiaGate, once and for all.  As the prez's detractors themselves asked of the Russia probe, why fear a review if no one did anything wrong?  Let's face it:  Sufficient evidence of collusion to warrant a freewheeling, two-year probe by a special counsel — one that dogged the president and split the nation — has never emerged.  So why was it launched in the first place?  [Attorney General William] Barr isn't faulting the FBI rank-and-file but believes "there was probably a failure among a group of leaders there at the upper echelon."  It's a reasonable suspicion:  Officials knew the Steele dossier was bogus yet still used it to get surveillance warrants.  And what was the exact role of Justice Department biggie Bruce Ohr, whose wife worked for the dossier producers at FusionGPS?

President Trump Has It Right, He Was The Target Of A Coup Attempt.  [I]t is hard to draw many conclusions from what we now know about the Mueller investigation and not see it as a tool that was created by James Comey for the express purpose of causing the impeachment or resignation of President Trump.  Whether there was someone calling the shots behind the scenes, or whether the antipathy towards Trump was so great in the senior ranks of Obama loyalists and fanbois that a lot of people acted toward a common purpose, there is no doubt that the Trump campaign was targeted for surveillance and infiltration by the FBI and by, seemingly, foreign intelligence services who were, presumably, working in some way in cooperation with the CIA.

Susan Rice's Justification Memo and James Comey Investigation Memos — Beware The Outrage Trap.  With the Mueller probe complete; with AG Barr announcing a focus to review the intelligence operation in 2016; with Devin Nunes submitting criminal referrals; with Lindsey Graham probing CIA, DOJ and FBI conduct; with Doug Collins releasing 'Spygate' transcripts; with Inspector General Michael Horowitz closing in on the final stages of his FISA abuse investigation; and with President Trump contemplating declassification of documents applying sunlight on the Russia collusion/conspiracy hoax; there is an outrage trap which must be avoided.

Democrats' railings about Barr and spying are going to end badly for them.  At the hearing of the Oversight Committee on Tuesday [4/9/2019], Attorney General William Barr was grilled about the Mueller report:  When will it be released?  Will they see an unredacted version?  Has he (Barr) discussed it with the president? etc.  The questions were redundant, mostly stupid.  All of those asked by the Democrats were accusatory.  Since Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced there would be no charges of collusion against the president or anyone in or of his campaign, the Democrats have lost any semblance of sanity they may have had before Trump won the 2016 election.  Since that day, the moment they were 100% certain that Hillary would become president, they have descended into a hell of their own making.  They spend their days furiously angry, ready and willing to do anything to take Trump down and out.

AG Barr Assembles Team To Investigate FBI's Probe Into Trump Campaign.  A member of the Trump administration told Fox News' Gregg Re on Tuesday [4/9/2019] that Attorney General William Barr has assembled a team to investigate the origins of the Obama administration's FBI counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election.

Democrats Will Regret Not Walking Away When They Could.  As I will show below, the Democrat's continued obsession with opening the pandora's box of the Mueller report will only make things worse for the get-Trump crowd as the hoax chickens increasingly come home to roost.  Politico recently reported how Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office rapidly wound down operations after delivering the report to Attorney General Barr.  It took most of a weekend for Barr to wade through the report before issuing a summary.  Calls for a full, unredacted release of the report could not be accommodated immediately because virtually everything in the report remained a tangled mess of grand jury information, classified information, and innuendo that the Justice Department could not ethically release in the absence of an indictment.

William Barr Is the Democrats' Worst Nightmare.  Though they were excruciatingly obnoxious to William Barr at Tuesday's [4/9/2019] House Appropriations subcommittee hearing, Democrats would be well-advised to lay off the attorney general, maybe even treat him with kid gloves, because he holds a good deal of the future of their party in his hands. [...] The big story from Barr's testimony then before the subcommittee was not that the AG plans to release a redacted version of the Mueller report within a week or even that those redactions will be color-coded four ways and annotated to explain the reasons for the edits.  Or that Democrats like Nita Lowey whined about transparency with all the hypocrisy only a politician can muster.  This is all pro forma and predictable.  The big story was the affirmative answer he gave to a question about whether he was planning to investigate the provenance of the Russia probe itself.

Investigation into Trump-Russia hoax collusion will lead to criminal investigation.  Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett said Tuesday [4/9/2019] on "Hannity" that Attorney General William Barr's review of the Trump-Russia collusion investigation will lead to a criminal investigation.  "A headline today is that William Barr's personally reviewing the conduct of the FBI in launching the Trump Russia collusion hoax.  He knows and there is a plethora of evidence that the process by the FBI was corrupted by political bias and personal animus," Jarrett told Sean Hannity.  According to an administration official who briefed Fox News, Barr has assembled a "team" to investigate the origins of the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign.

Court Filing Reveals Numerous Comey Memos Including Investigative Meetings, Sources, Methods and Contacts.  A late day submission to DC Circuit Court in a FOIA case previously discussed, reveals the content of Mueller's probe & use of multiple, previously unknown, James Comey memos.  Additionally, within the filing we discover how Comey documented multiple events, meetings and information surrounding the FBI investigation of Donald Trump.  The documents surface as part of the FOIA case where DC Court Judge James E. Boasberg[,] an Obama appointee and also a FISA judge[,] asked the FBI to file an opinion about the release of Comey memos to the public.  There are two issues:  (1) can the memos be released? and (2) can prior sealed FBI filings, arguing to keep the memos hidden, be released?

Nunes files $150M lawsuit against McClatchy, alleging conspiracy to derail Clinton, Russia probes.  House Intelligence Committee ranking member Devin Nunes filed a $150 million lawsuit in Virginia state court against The McClatchy Company and others on Monday [4/8/2019], alleging that one of the news agency's reporters conspired with a political operative to derail Nunes' oversight work into the Hillary Clinton campaign and Russian election interference.  The filing, obtained by Fox News, came a day after Nunes, R-Calif., revealed he would send eight criminal referrals to the Justice Department this week concerning purported surveillance abuses by federal authorities during the Russia probe, false statements to Congress and other matters.

Devin Nunes Files $150M Defamation Lawsuit Over 'Cocaine, Prostitutes' Story.  On Monday, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) filed a defamation lawsuit against The McClatchy Company, Liz Mair, and Mair Strategies, focusing on a May 2018 article that attempted to connect Nunes to allegations of a salacious event involving cocaine and prostitutes.  The article also cast aspersions on Nunes' investigation of alleged collusion between Donald Trump and Russia.  He is demanding $150 million and more.  "McClatchy succeeded in linking the cocaine/sex-fueled 'fundraiser' with 'prostitutes' to Nunes.  The defamatory meaning of the article was clearly understood by all who read and saw McClatchy's publication," the lawsuit reads.

The Predicate:  "Russia Interfered in the 2016 Election"?  There is no amount of hindsight manipulation that can cover for a fraudulent basis of origination.  This is one of the reasons why voices like Diana West are so important.  Question the underlying assumption and the entire dynamic changes.  By now the intellectually honest reviewers of information all accept there was no effort from the Trump campaign to collude or conspire with 'Russians'.  That narrative was always false; even Robert Mueller's team of lawyers and FBI investigators have conceded their inability to substantiate those Trump-Russia assertions.  There never was any 'there' there.  All effort was instead trying to set up the obstruction case.  But further back in the narrative construct, those Trump-Russia assertions are predicated on there actually being some grand conspiratorial attempt by Russia to interfere in the 2016 election.  Without a factual basis for that claim, none of the CIA, FBI and DOJ-NSD operations hold any validity.

The Top 5 Investigations Obstructed by the Obama Administration.  With Democrats and the media licking their wounds over the Mueller Report not finding Russian collusion, they've been refocusing their energy on claims of obstruction of justice, even accusing Trump Attorney General William Barr of "protecting" Trump.  Which is both amusing and hypocritical considering how they tolerated obstruction of justice by the Obama administration and sometimes assisted in that obstruction.  If Robert Mueller couldn't conclude that Trump obstructed his investigation, then it's quite clear there wasn't any.

DC's Swamp Rats Cling to Their Hoax.  For the Democrats it's still all about the collusion narrative.  They don't care that the Mueller Report concluded that Donald Trump's campaign and the Russians did not cooperate to steal the 2016 election.  President Trump's crazed enemies in Congress and in the liberal media will never believe Trump won fair and square.  You can give the House committees headed by Democrats Adam Schiff and Jerry Nadler two more years of digging around in Trump World for impeachable crimes.  You can give them 800 pages, a thousand pages, ten-thousand more pages of interviews.  You can give them another $30 million to waste on lawyers and investigators.  They won't find anything, but it won't matter.  The "Russia collusion" narrative of the Trump Hating Industrial Complex will never die.

Adam Schiff Still Sees 'Ample Evidence' of Collusion.  Sunday [4/7/2019] on CNN's "State of the Union," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) said there was "ample evidence" of collusion between President Donald Trump's campaign and the Russians.  Schiff said, "What I said on your show and others for over a year now, yes, there's ample evidence of collusion in plain sight.  That's not proof of a conspiracy beyond a reasonable doubt.  I would defer to Bob Mueller's judgment, and I do.  I think what we're talking about here is the difference between conduct that rises to the level of criminality and conduct that is unethical, unpatriotic and corrupt but may not be criminal."

Barbarians are well past the gate.  What's up with TV commentators like Rachel Maddow?  For two years, she relished the impending impeachment of the president and built her TV ratings high as an Aspen ski gondola full of spring-breakers.  When the investigator's report finally debunked her impeachment fantasy, she fought back tears.  Why?  I'm old enough to remember when the determination that a president committed no crimes would be seen as a good thing, not something to cry about.  But that was before cable TV news.  I mean "news."

Ineffective Democrat subpoenas.  A House panel voted yesterday [4/3/2019] to authorize subpoenas to obtain Robert Mueller's full report on Russian interference in the 2016 election.  The vote was strictly along party lines.  Democrats aren't going to issue the subpoena yet.  First, they will negotiate with the Justice Department.  But Democrats are holding a losing hand.  This subpoena, like all the others House Democrats are thinking about issuing, cannot, in all likelihood, be effectively enforced.  The normal enforcement mechanism for a subpoena is to cite for contempt the party that refuses to comply.  But it's up to the Justice Department to prosecute that case.  The DOJ isn't going to prosecute its head.

Dear Citizen Collusion Truther — You Own This, Too.  It wasn't just the entire American media infrastructure — every broadcast network, cable news outlet, opinion page, political website, blue-checked social media account, washed-up D.C. pundit, unhinged MSNBC host, irrelevant Bush hanger-on, complicit Obama lackey, and Clinton bitter clinger who fell for the Trump-Russia collusion fairy tale.  It wasn't just every Democratic lawmaker and candidate — and a good chunk of the establishment Republican elite — who peddled a bogus story for two years.  It wasn't just every Hollywood actress, producer, legend, fluffer, has-been and late night host who caterwauled for months about Trump's treachery.  You did it, too, my fellow citizen.  For two years, you helped do the dirty work of the vanquished Hillary Clinton campaign and the sore-loser Democratic Party.  You reposted memes on your Facebook and Instagram pages that depicted Donald Trump as a Putin puppet, [...]

The Russian collusion hoax meets unbelievable end.  As the Russia collusion hoax hurtles toward its demise, it's important to consider how this destructive information operation rampaged through vital American institutions for more than two years, and what can be done to stop such a damaging episode from recurring.  While the hoax was fueled by a wide array of false accusations, misleading leaks of ostensibly classified information, and bad-faith investigative actions by government officials, one vital element was indispensable to the overall operation:  the Steele dossier.  Funded by the Hillary Clinton campaign and the Democrat National Committee, which hid their payments from disclosure by funneling them through the law firm Perkins Coie, the dossier was a collection of false and often absurd accusations of collusion between Trump associates and Russian officials.  These allegations, which relied heavily on Russian sources cultivated by Christopher Steele, were spoon-fed to Trump opponents in the U.S. government, including officials in law enforcement and intelligence.

Nunes Issuing up to two dozen Criminal Referrals.  Congressman Devin Nunes (R-CA) said yesterday [4/3/2019] that he will issue as many as two dozen criminal referrals to the Department of Justice relating to misconduct during the Trump-Russia investigation.  "The American people need to have confidence in the FBI and the Department of Justice.  So, we are working on the referrals," the California congressman said to Fox News' Sean Hannity.  "There's going to be many of them.  There are going to probably at least be a dozen if not two dozen individuals, and as we continue to get more information and build these and build them out, we want to make sure that everything is finished before we turn them in."

Levin: 'What the Democrats are hoping is you don't understand any of this'.  Thursday [4/4/2019] on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin ripped into the New York Times and the Washington Post for stirring the pot on the Mueller report and suggesting the confidential report is being withheld from the public in order to misrepresent the facts.  Levin pointed out that if Attorney General William Barr's letter to Congress was misleading, Mueller or his office would have put out a statement saying so, as they did in the BuzzFeed case.  He also read a statement from the Justice Department on Thursday, which said, "Every page of the 'confidential report' provided to Attorney General Barr on March 22 was marked 'May Contain Material Protected Under Federal Rule Criminal 6E,' a law that protects confidential grand jury information, and therefore it could not be publicly released."

Are the Dems about to Step in a Big Steaming Pile of Covfefe?  After overreaching on the Trump-Russia collusion attempted coup, rather than admitting they were wrong, humbling apologizing and moving on, Democrats (and I include the media here) are doubling down.  They are hellbent on seeing the entire Mueller report, with the House Judiciary Committee voting on party lines to authorize a subpoena of the report without redactions sooner than AG Barr's promised mid-April release.  In their minds, the 400-page report contains all manner of evidence of collusion and obstruction, despite the summary written by Barr and Rosenstein that says otherwise.  Note that Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein was easily confirmed by the Senate and has been defended by Democrats since he appointed Robert Mueller to be special counsel, and yet now they apparently believe he is lying.

'John Brennan, the Russia lie ringleader?'.  The best defense, the saying goes, is a good offense.  The key orchestrators of the Big Trump-Russia Collusion Lie seem to have hewed tightly to that tactical advice.  Over the past two years, one of their biggest "tells" has been their hyper-aggressive and gratuitous attacks on the president.  Given that special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation found no collusion or obstruction of justice, their constant broadsides now look, in retrospect, like calculated pre-emptive strikes to deflect attention and culpability away from themselves.  By accusing Mr. Trump of what they themselves were guilty of, they created a masterful distraction through projection.

Glenn Greenwald Savaging Other Liberals Over The Trump Colluded with Russia Lie.  Green Greenwald is liberal and I usually don't agree with him, but he's one of the few libs out there with a little bit of intellectual honesty.  After spending an inordinate amount of time over the last couple of years pointing out to other liberals that the Russia colluding with Trump story was almost certainly false, he has been dunking on the people that were wrong about it non-stop since the Mueller Report turned out to be a dry hole.

Mueller's Dirty Cops Leak Innuendo to Keep Russia Hoax Alive.  The disgraceful team of partisan investigators hired by Dirty Cop Robert Mueller just disgraced themselves further through a series of unforgivable leaks to the fake news media.  Obviously angry over the fact President Trump is so innocent they could not even come up with a way to frame him, "Some of Mueller's investigators," the far-left New York Times reports, "have told associates that Attorney General William P. Barr failed to adequately portray the findings of their inquiry and that they were more troubling for President Trump than Mr. Barr indicated."

Dershowitz: House vote demanding Mueller report is political [nonsense].  'No court should or would issue subpoena for unredacted report'.  Alan Dershowitz slammed efforts by Democrats to push for the release of Robert Mueller's full report as a political game.  The Harvard Law professor emeritus dismissed the push by Democrats to subpoena the Justice Department for an unredacted report as "all about politics," during an interview on Fox News' "America's Newsroom."  [Video clip]

Team Mueller and the Predictable "Leak Campaign" — But The Much Bigger Issue is the 40 FBI Agents.  Sure, we didn't expect the Mueller team to beg forgiveness for conducting the most ridiculous investigation in modern history; however, I also didn't expect them to be so honest about the motives.  In their own words, they are now admitting:  it's all about politics and maximum political benefit.  Despite the proclaimed reason for the investigation, the greatest concern amid the Mueller team is not whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election; but rather who gets to shape the political narrative that comes after three years of weaponized intelligence ops.

Dems Have Vastly More to Fear from Full Mueller Report than GOP.  Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler is huffing and puffing away about his committee's subpoena-in-waiting lest Attorney General William Barr not be sufficiently forthcoming about the details of the Mueller Report. [...] Methinks the chairman doth protest too much.  In other words, it's all a charade for the faithful.  He doesn't really want to do anything.  Likely Nadler is secretly praying Barr redacts the whole damn thing or ties things up in the courts for long enough for the investigation to disappear at least somewhat down the memory hole.  The full text of the Mueller report is a booby-trap for the Democrats.  And many of them not named Schiff must know or suspect it.

The absurd collusion delusion goes up in smoke at last.  As the Trump-Kremlin conspiracy vanishes in a flash and puff of smoke, the colossal absurdity of it suddenly becomes clearer.  Former senior CIA and FBI officials — John Brennan and Andrew McCabe — said in the past two weeks that the president of the U.S. may be "an asset" of the government of the detritus of the old Soviet Union, a country shorn of more than half of its population and with a GDP smaller than Canada's.  This was always an insane proposition.  No U.S. major party presidential candidate would ever have considered colluding with a foreign government to rig an election, and no one who tried to would even get a security clearance.  Yet practically the entire Democratic party and 80 percent of the American national media bought more or less fully into this Brobdingnagian canard.

RussiaGate: "Why Did This Ever Start In The First Place?".  In July 2016 [Christopher] Steele met with over a dozen reporters to promote his dossier, with little success.  It could not be corroborated.  Steele succeeded mightily, however, in pushing his information deep into the FBI via three simultaneous channels, including the State Department, and via Senator John McCain, who was pitched by a former British ambassador retired to work now for Christopher Steele's own firm.  But the most productive channel into the FBI was Department of Justice official Bruce Ohr.  Ohr's wife Nellie worked for Fusion GPS, the front company for Steele, having previously done contract work for the CIA.  Nellie passed the dossier to her husband, along with her own paid oppo research, so that he could use his credibility at DOJ to hand-carry the work into the FBI.  Bruce Ohr, despite acknowledging it broke all rules of protocol and evidence handling, did just that on July 30, 2016.  He stressed to then-FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe the material was uncorroborated and had been compiled by Christopher Steele, who wanted it used to stop Trump.  The dossier landed in welcoming hands.  The FBI immediately opened an unprecedented investigation called Crossfire Hurricane into the Trump campaign.

Top Democrat calling for full Mueller report had different view when Bill Clinton was investigated.  Rep. Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, is the leading Democrat demanding the release of the Mueller Report "in its entirety" without redactions.  His committee is planning to subpoena the Justice Department for the full report.  But back in 1998, as a member of the same committee, he vociferously opposed the release of the full Starr Report, saying that "as a matter of decency and protecting people's privacy rights, people who may be totally innocent third parties, what must not be released at all."

With Mueller report finished, will Trump critics finally admit they were wrong?  The diverse individual reactions, ranging from hypocritical praise to absolute denial, matter less than the overall canvas of so many dysfunctional democratic institutions and individuals on all sides.  The scene would be laughable if it didn't hurt so much to see such universal failings of once trusted and cherished functions essential to our democracy.  Robert Mueller, the prosecutor, is the only one who emerges clean.  He did his job with professional focus and silence and disdain for the distracting sideshows.  But everyone else needs to take a shower, change clothes and evaluate their behavior in this sorry saga.

Mueller the Boy Scout.  The media swore up and down that there had been "collusion" between the Trump campaigns and Russia to defeat Hillary Clinton and fail to put a Clinton on the throne of America.  Now, please bear in mind, that there never was any evidence of such collusion.  Plus, no one knew what it would look like if it had existed.  Would it be mountains of newsprint saying how great Trump was, coming from pro-Russian media here?  No such things ever were seen.  Could it have been some major peace move in Ukraine by Russia contingent upon Trump winning?  We never saw any sign of that either.  Could it have been an immense contribution from the Russian gold hoard to the Trump campaign?  No hint of that either.  So, then what was it?  Those of us raised to be skeptical of the media/leftist axis since the successful media coup against Richard Nixon in Watergate saw right through the whole thing.  Watergate was media hysteria over basically nothing.  So was the Trump/Russia collusion, as we saw it and heard it.

CNN's Chris Cuomo Tells GOP Congressman It's 'Not True' That Collusion with Russia Didn't Exist.  CNN's Chris Cuomo got into it with Republican New York Congressman Sean Duffy over the as-yet-unreleased Mueller report, telling Duffy that it's "not true" that the report concluded that "collusion with the Russians didn't exist."  On Tuesday night's [3/26/2019] edition of Cuomo Prime Time, Duffy bashed the news media over its reporting on the Mueller investigation, telling Cuomo, "You're the reporters.  You have a job to make sure you're putting out the right facts, and for two years, you put out the wrong facts."  "What wrong facts did we put out?" Cuomo asked.  "That there's Russia collusion," Duffy said.  "You're telling me I have to present the bottom line, that there's no collusion..."  "There's 100% behavior by people around the president that qualifies as collusion," Cuomo interrupted, adding "Collusion is not a crime.  It's a behavior."

Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition.
Black's Law Dictionary, Sixth Edition, page 264.

Blowin' in the NPR Wind.  Over at Democrat State Radio the shock of the Mueller investigation wrap-up has set in.  All Things Considered took a quick look at the Republican perspective with Harmeet Dhillon for all of three minutes last night.  NPR has posted the transcript [elsew]here.  The NPR baloney meets the grinder of a most capable advocate in this all too brief interview.  [Audio clip]

A new special counsel should be appointed.  The interference began as an attempt first to "stop Trump" from getting elected, as former FBI agent Peter Strzok said in a text message, since uncovered, to his lover during the 2016 election.  When that failed, Trump's enemies attempted to delegitimize and ultimately remove a duly-elected president.  Now we learn that after an exhaustive 22-month special counsel probe, there was no collusion between Donald Trump or his campaign with Russia.  You can bet if there was any criminal wrong-doing, Mueller and his henchmen would've found it and brought indictments.  The question now becomes, when is House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff's raid coming?  How about predawn arrests for former FBI Director James Comey, former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Strzok, former FBI lawyer Lisa Page, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, former CIA spook John Brennan, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper and other Obama administration deep state officials who partook in the conspiracy to nullify a U.S. presidential election?

Here's Why I Didn't Fall For The Russia-Trump Conspiracy.  When Special Counsel Robert Mueller announced in late March that his sprawling Russia probe had ended with not a single indictment related to criminal collusion, it was a devastating blow to the media's already damaged credibility.  "The Mueller Report is an unmitigated disaster for the American press and the 'expert' class that it promotes," wrote Lee Smith in an overview at The Tablet.  Smith was one of the exceedingly small handful of journalists who didn't fall for the Russia conspiracy.

Democrats Plan Wednesday Vote to Subpoena Mueller Report.  Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D., N.Y.) announced the House Judiciary Committee has scheduled a Wednesday vote to subpoena the Mueller report from Attorney General Bill Barr.  Although Barr has indicated he intends to provide a redacted report sometime in the next two weeks, Democrats set this Tuesday as the deadline to receive "the full and complete Special Counsel report, without redactions, as well as access to the underlying evidence."  Nadler chairs the Judiciary Committee, and is joined by five other committee chairs in making the demands for the documents.

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It's like acquiring a subpoena for tomorrow's mail.  The mail is coming sooner or later anyway, so what's the point?  Grandstanding.  The purpose of this move is to huff and puff for the benefit of the "news" media, and make it appear (if only for a few days) that there's some kind of sinister cover-up.

Schiff Blasts 'Unpatriotic' Actions of Trump Campaign, Insists 'Collusion' With Russia Occurred.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff ripped Republican committee members for demanding his resignation, and blasted Donald Trump Jr. for actions he claimed showed direct evidence of Russian collusion.  After Committee Member Mike Conaway (R-Texas) called for Schiff (D-Calif.) to resign from the leadership post, the Burbank Democrat returned fire.

Trey Gowdy:  CIA May Stop Giving Adam Schiff Information Because He Leaks 'Like A Screen Door On A Submarine'.  Former Republican South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy predicted Sunday that the U.S. intelligence community might stop providing information to House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff because he leaks "like a screen door on a submarine."  Gowdy was asked to weigh in on Republicans' decision Thursday [3/28/2019] to call on Schiff to step down as chairman of the House panel.

Tom Cotton Lays the Blame for the Collusion Hoax at the Door of One Man.  We know that the dossier used to kickstart the investigation of the Trump campaign was false in all but some very general points.  We know that the FBI used this dossier for at least three FISA warrants.  We know that there are idiots out there who still believe the George Papadopoulos-Andrew Downer story (looking at you, Chris Wallace).  We know that this dossier was introduced into the media and into the highest levels of government by trusted intermediaries.  We know that the people pushing the story had a personal animus towards Trump and a lot of people who worked for him.  What we don't know on that side of the equation is why?  Did they do it, anticipating a Clinton win, so they could discredit the GOP? [...] This kind of activity — launching a counterintelligence probe of a presidential campaign and never briefing the candidate on any concerns the FBI had about his staff — is not only unprecedented, but it could not have taken place unless it was cleared by the White House.

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"Cleared by the White House" means, cleared by Valerie Jarrett, because she was apparently making the decisions attributed to Barack H. Obama.

The Tables Turn in Russian Collusion Hunt.  The irony of the entire Russian collusion hoax is that accusers who cried the loudest about leaking, collusion, lying, and obstruction are themselves soon very likely to be accused of just those crimes.  Now that Robert Mueller's 674-day, $30 million investigation is over and has failed to find the original goal of its mandate — evidence of a criminal conspiracy between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government to sway the 2016 election — and now that thousands of once-sealed government documents will likely be released in unredacted form, those who eagerly assumed the role of the hunters may become the hunted, due to their own zealous violation of the nation's trust and its laws.

George Papadopoulos Slams Adam Schiff for Putting 'Personal Interests Ahead of the Country'.  Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos in a recent exclusive interview with Breitbart News slammed Democrat lawmakers Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) and others who accused him and other Trump campaign members of colluding with Russia, calling the promotion of the collusion narrative a "power grab."  "I think they're putting their own personal interests ahead of the country," he said during a 30-minute long interview on Thursday [3/28/2019].

Jason Chaffetz Says Republicans Should Target Adam Schiff's Security Clearance.  Former GOP Utah Rep. Jason Chaffetz said Republicans should target Democratic California Rep. Adam Schiff's security clearance, following the release of the Mueller report.  "I think the one that has been the most discredited through this entire process is Adam Schiff," Chaffetz said Thursday [3/28/2019] on "Varney & Company."

Hands Up, Don't Collude.  If there had been any question as to the corruption of the mainstream media, their response in the aftermath of the Mueller report release should dispel any remaining doubt.  After endlessly pushing the narrative that President Donald Trump colluded with the Russian government to fraudulently win the 2016 presidential election, then obstructed justice in a grand conspiracy to cover it all up, they are left with nothing.  Anyone with a healthy sense of shame would acknowledge at the least that they were wrong, and at best that they participated in a hyper-partisan effort to overturn the results of an election where they did not get the result they wanted.  And apologize, humbly, in order to salvage their marginal reputations.  They are doing anything but.

Hold Hillary Accountable For The Russia Hoax.  Oddly, no one is blaming the political arsonist who started the dumpster fire that is Russiagate.  The Russian conspiracy theory was invented by the Clinton campaign.  It was used as a pretext for spying on Trump associates.  And then became an argument for invalidating the results of the 2016 election.  And while the Republicans and Democrats tore each other apart over Russiagate, Hillary Clinton sipped her chardonnays and spent the evenings cackling madly at the TV while watching Washington D.C. burn.  The Russiagate conspiracy theory had multiple purposes.  The most cynical one was exempting Hillary and her Clintonworlders from any of the blame for the election defeat.  Invoking Russia was also an effort to create an election issue that Clinton, a former Secretary of State, could claim expertise on.  It would also neatly counter Trump's focus on Islamic terrorists and on China with a Cold War boogeyman.

Dems, Media Prepare Conspiracy Theories To Discredit Mueller Report.  Democrats and the establishment media are floating conspiracy theories about special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation in order to discredit his finding of no collusion.  Mueller delivered his report to Attorney General Bill Barr last weekend, and Barr sent a letter to Congress summarizing the report's principal findings:  no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, and no conclusion on obstruction of justice by President Donald Trump.

Mueller report findings upend partisan views of probe, poll finds.  Americans are split over whether House Democrats should continue to investigate President Trump after special counsel Robert S. Mueller III made no determination about whether he attempted to obstruct justice during the inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election, a Washington Post-Schar School poll finds.  The division marks a clear break from public support for Russia-related investigations at the start of the year, when an overall majority supported House Democrats' efforts to examine whether Trump's subordinates conspired with Russia as well as Trump's relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Bias alert:  Americans have been "split" by the Mueller investigation for two years.  This is not a recent development.

Voters Agree With Trump on Russia Probe.  Congressional Democrats are committing a grave political blunder by continuing to push Russia conspiracy theories and insinuating that Attorney General William Barr is perpetrating a cover-up by complying with the law in his handling of the Mueller report.  In addition to the special counsel probe, which produced no evidence of collusion or obstruction of justice by the Trump campaign, there have been two congressional inquiries that also failed to find proof of malfeasance.  Several polls conducted since the Mueller probe ended suggest that most Americans believe the President is innocent of wrongdoing and that the Democrats are merely playing politics.

Rachel Maddow sheds tears, viewers.  According to the Daily Caller, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow lost half-a-million viewers in just one week after it became clear that Robert Mueller did not find enough evidence to support a claim of "collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia.  The phony Russia collusion story had been good to Maddow.  It helped drive her show consistently to first or second place in overall cable news ratings during the past year.  Sometimes, she garnered more than three million viewers, again according to the Daily Caller.  But her show reportedly dropped 500,000 viewers after word of Mueller's findings became public.

Limbaugh Calls for Trump to Appoint Special Counsel to Investigate Collusion Hoax.  Thursday [3/28/2019] on Fox News Channel's "Special Report," conservative talker Rush Limbaugh called on President Donald Trump to appoint a special counsel to investigate the origins of the Mueller probe.  Limbaugh said, "There is no evidence of collusion!  The man is lying through his teeth and this is what I mean that they are trying to keep this alive.  I heard today in The New York Times, guess what it is actually 300 pages and Bill Barr summarized it in four?  Are they serious?  They really — Pelosi wants us to believe that Barr is lying about what is in this report and that there is evidence in this report!  If that is true then what must they think of Barr?  And where is Mueller saying Barr is lying about this and I found collusion!  I found obstruction!  It is in my report.  Mueller isn't staying that.  Neither are the 19 pro-Hillary investigators on the staff saying that."

Robert Mueller used triangulation to promote and protect the Deep State.  As special counsel, Robert Mueller became an integral part of the ongoing Deep-State insurance policy to destroy and eventually impeach and unseat President Trump and provide cover for Hillary Clinton, the Obama administration, and Deep-State operatives in the FBI and DOJ.  What's shocking is that Mueller operated under a cloak of secrecy and protection provided by our own government.  A major part of Mueller's objective appears to have been dragging out the Russia collusion investigation long enough to affect the 2018 elections in hopes of helping Democrats take control of either the House or the Senate or both.  Mission accomplished.

Collusion Clingers and Their Flat-Earth Forebears.  No matter what, many insist that Donald Trump and Russia colluded to win the White House.  Even after special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation finally repudiated their destructive myth, they still scream:  "Collusion!"  House Intelligence Committee chairman Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) is the spiritual leader of the Congressional Collusion Caucus.  He told CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday [3/31/2019]:  "I did say that there is ample evidence, and indeed there is, of collusion of people in the Trump campaign with the Russians."  Schiff told the Washington Post, "Undoubtedly there is collusion."  He added:  "We will continue to investigate the counterintelligence issues.  That is, is the president, or people around him, compromised in any way by a hostile foreign power?"

Rand Paul blocks resolution for release of Mueller Report unless it includes communications of Obama officials.  Time to venture boldly through the looking-glass... Sen. Rand Paul is among the millions who think so.  The Republican senator from Kentucky effectively blocked a resolution Thursday that called for the public release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report.  Objecting to the resolution, he argued that the communications of officials in the Obama administration be released first, to include those of former CIA Director John Brennan and Former FBI Director James Comey, as relating to the beginning of the Russia probe.  Others no doubt among that vile cartel would be Peter Strzok, Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe, Bruce Ohr, James Clapper, Susan Rice, and Loretta Lynch.

Democrats, the Media, and the Big Lie.  For the past two and a half years this nation has been roiled by the incessant drumbeat of accusations that its newly elected President, Donald Trump, was a clandestine agent of Russia and colluded with them to alter the outcome of the 2016 election.  On their face, these accusations were so preposterous that anyone with a modicum of common sense would have thought them totally unbelievable. [...] In what was a staged and unnecessary inquiry, and despite turning over every marginally relevant leaf and conducting a dogged 22-month investigation using partisan prosecutors, Robert Mueller was unable to link Donald Trump or his campaign to even the minutest degree of collusion with the Russian Government.  Nonetheless the drumbeat of lies and insinuations was a major factor in the Democrats taking control of the House of Representatives in 2018.

Amid Calls for New Special Counsel, Silence on Internal Probe of FBI, DOJ Abuses.  After nearly two years, special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia report is finished.  But one year after his assignment to probe possible related misdeeds by FBI and Justice Department officials, U.S. Attorney John Huber's work remains a mystery.  Huber, who oversees federal prosecutions in the District of Utah, is working collaboratively in the internal investigation with Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz.  "There is no evidence a real investigation is taking place," the head of one legal watchdog group told The Daily Signal.

Robert Mueller's investigation was always political; don't blame Trump for keeping it that way.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation did not find the evidence necessary to support theories of collusion with Russia or obstruction of justice and so it's a riot to watch President Trump's critics now accuse him of politicizing the affair.  What was this investigation, if not a political exercise?  Contrary to the solemn act put on by Democrats and cable news pundits, the special counsel investigation was always a political pursuit meant to drag down Trump's presidency for as long as humanly possible.  Consider that not a single indictment had anything to do with Trump's supposed collusion or obstruction of justice.

The Only 2016 Campaign That Deliberately Colluded With Russians Was Hillary Clinton's.  For more than two years, the campaign, presidential transition, and official government administration of Donald Trump operated under a cloud of suspicion that they had engaged in a treasonous conspiracy to steal the 2016 election from former secretary of state Hillary Clinton.  Trump and his top associates were accused of collusion and of conspiring with the Russians to subvert American democracy.  The former director of the Central Intelligence Agency publicly declared Trump to be guilty of treason, an offense punishable by death.  The former head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the country's premier law enforcement agency, intimated that the president had illegally obstructed justice.  In the end, none of it was true.

Naming And Shaming : The Absolutely Worst Reporters on The Russian Collusion Conspiracy Theory.  Attorney General Bill Barr revealed this weekend that special counsel Robert Mueller did not find that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russian government, dealing a hefty blow to a large swath of the media.  Perhaps most damaged were the individual anchors and reporters who bet their careers on proving that President Donald Trump conspired with a foreign power to steal an election.  These journalists authored fake stories, gave breathless coverage to the alleged scandal and ultimately misled the public.

Has the Trump 2020 Collusion Investigation Started Yet?  The two-year-in-the-making Mueller report has finally concluded.  The main takeaways: no further indictments, no allegations of interference with the investigation and no finding of collusion with Russia. [...] In sum, for anti-Trumpers, hope appears to have run out on the Mueller team, which, at one time, was perhaps the only mostly all-white, mostly all-male group that today's Democrats could love and embrace.

Continued High Stakes.  Two years ago I predicted the attempt to nullify the 2016 election with the Russian collusion investigation would threaten both Trump and Obama: [...] Unfortunately, the prediction has now come true.  "Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) told Breitbart News exclusively on Tuesday that President Donald Trump told senators at the weekly GOP luncheon that he backs his call for an investigation into the origins of the Russia scandal "hoax" that Trump has now been cleared of by Special Counsel Robert Mueller."  In this scenario, the conspiracy was a plot to frame Trump and having failed, the next act is to hunt the conspirators.

Jessica Tarlov:  Schiff, Swalwell, should present the collusion evidence they said they had against Trump.  Democratic strategist and Fox News contributor Jessica Tarlov called on House Democrats to release their findings from their ongoing Russia probes that allegedly incriminate President Donald Trump.  Long before Special Counsel Robert Mueller determined that the Trump campaign did not collude with Russia during the 2016 election, several Democratic lawmakers including House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif, and Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-Calif told numerous media outlets that they had seen "plenty of evidence" that proved collusion existed.

Rudy Giuliani Drops a Bomb:  FISA Warrants Investigation Will Lead to Perjury Prosecutions.  Guaranteed!  Rudy Giuliani joined Sean Hannity on Friday night [3/29/2019] to discuss the aftermath of the Mueller Report.  Rudy warned the Mueller mob that if their report is released he will drop an 87 page report on the corrupt and criminal tactics of the Special Counsel.  Rudy is no wilting flower.

What's In The Full Mueller Report?  First things first.  We cannot approach the analysis of Robert Mueller or any of the officials within the closed-circle of the DC fiefdom from a reference drawn from our own personal experiences.  The people we are discussing are not connected to a frame of reference carried by 99% of the American population.  The DC elites are people born to live in a hierarchy of power and position disconnected from any external tribe.  Their sense of self-importance is affirmed by perceived status and expressed through their daily conduct.  A world of think-tanks, superiority training, traditions and policy-making enhances their sanctimonious self-importance at a pathological level.

Spygate: The Inside Story Behind the Alleged Plot to Take Down Trump.  Efforts by high-ranking officials in the CIA, FBI, Department of Justice (DOJ), and State Department to portray President Donald Trump as having colluded with Russia were the culmination of years of bias and politicization under the Obama administration.  The weaponization of the intelligence community and other government agencies created an environment that allowed for obstruction in the investigation into Hillary Clinton and the relentless pursuit of a manufactured collusion narrative against Trump.  A willing and complicit media spread unsubstantiated leaks as facts in an effort to promote the Russia-collusion narrative.

Trump Was Not Just Spied Upon But Entrapped.  It's bad enough, as has been evident for some time, that Donald Trump and his campaign were being spied upon by our own government, but it's highly likely they were also subject to literal entrapment — at least a serious attempt was made.  I don't mean the entrapment of promulgating the salacious Steele dossier both to the public and the FISA court as if it were the truth.  That was more of a smear to justify a phony investigation.  I mean something more subtle and LeCarré-like coming from the depths of our intelligence communities.  It raises once more the question of the power of such agencies in a free society, a conundrum with no easy answers but of great significance to our lives.

The Media Must Face Consequences for the Russia Hoax.  So, the Mueller report finally dropped and lo-and-behold, the most obvious hoax in recent history turned out to be a hoax.  For all of Trump's faults, collusion and obstruction aren't among them.  The various excuses by those who perpetuated this fraud have been fascinating to behold. [...] Never again can we take their word for what is "fake news" and what is not.  Never again can we allow them to dictate who should be on social media and should not be.  The mainstream liberal press has betrayed the trust of the American people in a cynical ploy to try to remove a President they openly hate while lining their own pockets.  Don't allow them to move on to the next topic as if nothing happened.  Their credibility is gone.  Don't let them forget it.

How long has Mueller known there was no Trump-Russia collusion?  Almost from the start, Democrats and their media echo chamber have moved the goal posts on collusion.  The original allegation — the political narrative that the Clinton campaign, through Obama administration alchemy, honed into a counterintelligence investigation — was that that the Trump campaign was complicit in Russia's "cyberespionage" attacks on the 2016 election.  But there was no evidence that candidate Trump and his surrogates had anything to do with the Kremlin's hacking and propaganda schemes.  And no supporting logic.  The Russians are very good at espionage.  They neither needed nor wanted American help, their operations predated Trump's entry into the campaign, and some of those operations were anti-Trump.  Nevertheless, in short order, that endlessly elastic word, collusion, was being stretched to the breaking point — covering every conceivable type of association between Trump associates and Russia.

How Could The Intelligence Community Fail So Badly?  Far more than a failure of journalism, the Russia collusion narrative was, at its core, a monstrous failure of U.S. intelligence and counterintelligence.  All criticism of the news media aside for the moment, the bottom line is that professional journalists received fake intelligence information from U.S. government leakers whom they trusted.  The entire Russian collusion debacle shows that the American intelligence and counterintelligence processes have broken down.

Devin Nunes:  Submitting criminal referral against FBI, DOJ over Russia probe.  Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Thursday that he's ready to submit criminal referrals to the Justice Department, and accused the FBI and DOJ of making false claims while investigating alleged Trump-Russia collusion during the 2016 election.  "The FBI and DOJ falsely claimed that this investigation didn't begin until late July," he told FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo.  "We now know for certain that that's not true.  We are still trying to get to the bottom of that.  Of course there's still documents that need to come out."

Was Mueller's Investigation a Cover Up?  Certainly, it comes as a relief that [Special Counsel Robert Mueller] correctly found no evidence of collusion between the Russian government and Donald Trump's presidential campaign and quite properly did not charge the president for obstruction of justice.  But just because Mueller and his team of Hillary Clinton sycophants reached the right conclusions does not mean that they conducted a righteous investigation.  In that regard, given that the Special Counsel's Office did not charge the persons who fabricated and used the Russia collusion fable to undermine Trump's campaign and presidency, it would appear that, far from being impartial seekers of truth following the trail of evidence regardless of the political consequences, they were a getTrump lynch party that simply ran out of rope.

Grand jury impaneled by Mueller still involved in 'robust ongoing grand jury investigation'.  A federal grand jury impaneled by special counsel Robert Mueller is still conducting a "robust ongoing" investigation — even after his team has concluded its work and disbanded — a federal prosecutor testified Wednesday during a court hearing about a subpoena dispute with an unnamed, foreign-owned company.  The disclosure was made during an effort by media organizations to persuade the court to identify the foreign firm that has, thus far, refused to honor the subpoena issued by the Mueller team.  And it has added a new mystery to the already confounding dispute — why would the grand jury handling the Mueller case still be in the throes of a "robust" investigation if the special counsel's work has concluded?

Hold the Pulitzers.  The only people surprised that the special counsel's investigation of Russian collusion did not confirm a lunatic conspiracy theory are consumers of the modern American media.  For two years, our constitutionally protected guardians of the truth put out a stream of misinformation, promising viewers that Robert Mueller was going to reverse the outcome of the 2016 election.  Everyone at fake news MSNBC, marginally less fake news NBC, and totally fake news CNN — hosts, guests, legal experts and national security analysts — should be told, Clean out your lockers.  Put all your things in cardboard cartons.  If you need to go back, you will be escorted by security.  Instead, they are adamantly refusing to take back their years of lies about Trump and Russian collusion.  This is not a time to let bygones by bygones.

NY Times:  Full Mueller Report is in Excess of 300 Pages.  While Attorney General William Barr released a four-page summary on Sunday, Robert Mueller's full report on Russian election tampering exceeds 300 pages in length, according to the New York Times.  The Times, which cited the Justice Department for the information, noted the hundreds of pages show Mueller wrote about the investigation in much more depth than what is required.  In Barr's relatively summary of the 22-month investigation, he highlighted the fact that Mueller did not find Trump worked with the Russians to have an advantage in the 2016 election.

The Mueller bitter enders.  Realists understand the risks of continuing to dwell on collusion and obstruction of justice.  Americans are weary of Mueller headlines.  In a CNN poll this month, respondents listed the economy, immigration and health care as their most important issues for 2020.  No one listed the special-counsel probe.  The Democrats who are actually charged with electing more Democrats understand this.  In a leadership meeting Monday night, Illinois Rep. Cheri Bustos, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, laid out the alarming reality:  Voters have little idea what the Democratic policy agenda is; the party urgently needs to move beyond 2016.  The realists also understand the Mueller probe has gained the party little up to now, beyond gratifying its base.

On Trump-Russia Collusion — Let's investigate why we've been lied to for two years.  Mueller's report should spur a series of parallel investigations.  First, Congress should find out how claims this bogus were able to consume and perpetuate through the Justice Department, FBI and our intelligence agencies.  The Obama administration reportedly knew that Russians were trying to influence the election.  Why did officials decide to spend energy pursuing a false narrative rather than aggressively combatting Russian hacking efforts during a presidential election cycle?  It certainly appears now they were simply trying to hurt the Trump campaign.  How involved was President Obama himself — or Vice President Joe Biden?  Why has former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper been so convinced that the collusion story was real?  For that matter, why did FBI Director James Comey break FBI protocols and seek to spread the collusion lie?  Congress should call these people in and ask them under oath.

NBC News' Lester Holt 'went easy' on James Comey during interview on Mueller report, critic says.  NBC Nightly News anchor Lester Holt "went easy" on former FBI Director James Comey during their Wednesday interview about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report about Russian meddling, according to a media critic. [...] The interview that aired did not include any questions from Holt on the controversial anti-Trump dossier that helped spark the entire Russia investigation as well as the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant that allowed the surveillance of Trump campaign official Carter Page.  Holt also seemingly avoided Comey's admitted orchestrated leaking of memos of his conversations with President Trump to the media.

Collusiongate, RIP.  The announcement late Friday afternoon that special counsel Robert Mueller had completed his investigation and Attorney General William Barr's four-page letter released Sunday made it clear:  "The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."  This is not what you expected if you've been watching CNN or MSNBC or reading the New York Times or the Washington Post these past two years.

Prominent Democratic lawyer Greg Craig close to being charged in case stemming from Mueller probe.  Federal prosecutors are close to bringing charges against Greg Craig, a prominent Democratic lawyer and former White House counsel in the Obama administration, in a case that originated with special counsel Robert Mueller, according to people familiar with the matter.  The possible charges are connected to false statements Craig allegedly gave to investigators who were looking at the work he performed for Ukraine.

Pelosi: AG Barr 'Arrogant' to Think We Would Accept His 'Interpretation' of Mueller Report.  In an interview with SiriusXM Progress channel's "Make It Plain," House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) said it was "a little bit arrogant" of Attorney General William Barr to think Democrats would accept only seeing his four-page letter on Robert Mueller's report.  Pelosi said, "We just haven't even seen the Mueller report, and we don't expect to accept just the attorney general's interpretation of it.  A little bit arrogant of him to think that that would be the case."

Fox News Blows CNN, MSNBC Out of the Water in Aftermath of Mueller Report.  Fox News has continued to dominate cable news ratings in the aftermath of the Mueller investigation's conclusion.  Special Report with Bret Baier averaged 2.3 million viewers in total with 364,000 in the key age demographic of 25-54, according to Nielsen Media Group.  MSNBC's breaking coverage of the end of the Mueller probe garnered 1.7 million viewers and nearly a quarter-of-a-million in the key demo, whereas CNN only managed to attract 1 million viewers, but did have 291,000 in the age bracket.  Each network altered their coverage for the release of the report.

How Mueller's report cleared Trump, and exposed the deep state.  To paraphrase the French poet Charles Baudelaire, the greatest trick the deep state ever pulled off was convincing Americans that it didn't exist.  While Baudelaire was, of course, speaking of the devil, it seems an appropriate phrase.  It expresses perhaps the most significant aspect of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report.  There is a deep state, and it just got caught using a lie to try to reverse a presidential election.  In this respect, Mueller's report did more than simply exonerate President Trump and his campaign from patently fake claims of Russian collusion.  It did more than validate his election victory.  It proved beyond any doubt, for anyone from either side of the aisle willing to listen, that the deep state exists, respects no bounds on its power, has no allegiance to the truth, and, left unchecked, threatens the very foundations of our constitutional democracy.

On Exoneration, Prosecutors, and Innocence — Trump Vindicated.  [Scroll down]  Above all, prosecutors are tasked not with convicting defendants, but with doing justice to them:  if evidence shows a defendant not guilty, they must disclose this to the court and let the defendant go free.  Evidence in a particular case may indeed establish innocence in fact.  If defendant can prove presence elsewhere at the time of the crime, actual innocence in fact is established.  But many cases are not location-specific.  No president can reasonably expect to prove innocence in fact, given countless location-independent, multi-layered events that are spread over one — let alone, two — presidential terms.

The Reckoning Finally Arrives for the Trump Resistance.  "The investigation did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."  That single sentence, taken from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report on Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential campaign, calls for a reckoning.  It's a reckoning for Democrats who saw almost every development in this almost-two-year investigation as another dot connecting a conspiracy Mueller has not found.  It's a reckoning for many in the media that dutifully passed along this theory without scrutiny or context.  And it's a reckoning for many national security officials who abandoned their traditional nonpartisan role as custodians of state secrets to engage in a campaign against a president they loathed.

Mark Levin calls Mueller a 'coward'.  [Scroll down]  Levin also criticized Mueller for not subpoenaing Trump or taking him to federal court to solve the issue of obstruction.  "He didn't pull the trigger on this ... because he didn't have probable cause," Levin said.  "I do not respect this prosecutor at all. ... It took him two years to tell us there was no collusion?  Two years?"  Levin added that Mueller should have announced the conclusions of his investigation "months ago."

The Mueller Messiah That Failed His Lefty Fans.  Votive candles of Robert Mueller III will set you back between 10 and 22 bucks.  These candles feature everything from the standard black-suited G-man picture to one of a droopy Mueller in saintly robes pointing at his own glowing heart.  By tomorrow or next week at the latest, you will be able to snag what Portland Monthly dubbed last year, the "hottest gift" of the holiday season in the bin at the Dollar store.  The candles, the buttons, the t-shirts, the mugs and the other Mueller tchotchkes which briefly made their peddlers wealthy, are all headed for that bin after he broke the hearts of his biggest fans.

McConnell: Mueller Report Summary "Conclusively" Exonerates Trump On Russia, But Not Obama.  U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) made the following remarks on the Senate floor regarding yesterday's letter from Attorney General Barr to Congress on Special Counsel Mueller's report.  "So, two years, thousands of subpoenas, hundreds of search warrants, hundreds of witnesses, millions of taxpayer dollars, and these are the findings:  No collusion.  No conspiracy.  No obstruction.  What the investigation did produce, it seems, is a deep examination of Russia's efforts to interfere in our 2016 election," McConnell said.

Release the Mueller report now.  The Mueller report should have been prepared from the very beginning with public release in mind, and then made public the moment its completion was announced.  Without the report, it is impossible for anyone to make an informed argument about anything.  Yes, Barr quoted two brief bits from the Mueller report that "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities" and "the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference."  Those are clear statements that Mueller does not allege that President Trump or his circle conspired or coordinated with Russia or that conspiracy or coordination took place at all.  That alone should be enough to put an end to two years of ugly and unfounded accusations directed at the president.

Schiff faces mounting GOP calls for resignation over collusion claims.  Republicans are stepping up calls for House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff to resign or give up his committee post for repeatedly pushing claims of collusion between President Trump's 2016 campaign and Russian operatives.  Now that Robert Mueller's probe has shown no evidence of collusion, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway has been the most vocal in calling for Schiff's resignation — telling "Fox & Friends" on Monday that the California Democrat "ought to resign today."

Jeff Zucker:  No Regrets on CNN's Russia Hoax Coverage, 'We Are Not Investigators'.  CNN Worldwide president Jeff Zucker is pushing back against critics accusing the news network of being one of the chief propagators of a debunked Trump-Russia conspiracy theory after special counsel Robert Mueller cleared the president's 2016 campaign of alleged collusion with the Kremlin.  In an interview with the New York Times, Zucker said he was "entirely comfortable" with CNN's Trump-Russia coverage and suggested it was entirely appropriate to give near around-the-clock-coverage due to the story's magnitude. "

Russiagate's Damage To The Country Will Take Years To Realize.  Millions of Americans have been led to believe that President Trump committed treason, and any day he could be led out of the White House in chains.  They wake up every day thinking this could be the day that Mueller gets Trump.  These poor souls should be facing a tough reality this weekend.  But hold the Xanax, at least for now.  The media and Democrat Party have dug themselves so deeply in a hole, they must keep on digging.  That's absolutely terrible for this country, as has been this entire endeavor.

MSM Journalists Turn on Obama CIA Director John Brennan.  Former Obama CIA Director John Brennan faced a day of reckoning on Monday [3/25/2019], after the Special Counsel investigation did not establish there was collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia after extensive investigation.  Although conservatives have long cast a wary eye at the former CIA director, whose hyper-partisan rants and high-profile role as a senior national security and intelligence analyst for NBC and MSNBC went beyond the partisanship of previous CIA chiefs in recent memory, mainstream media journalists are now also questioning his credibility.

Donald Trump, the bewildering black swan.  All the smart people, liberal and conservative, agreed, from National Review to the Wall Street Journal, from the New York Times to the Washington Post.  And then he won.  What happened?  How was this possible?  How could we explain to our friends, colleagues, and families that we were wrong?  Hillary suffered a virtual nervous breakdown and concocted the Russia collusion theory.  The media flocked to this fantasy, and the Mueller fiasco began.  After two years, this long national nightmare is over.

Russiagate — a Bright, Shining Lie.  Reeling from Trump's exoneration, big media are now scurrying to their fallback position:  Mueller did not exonerate Trump of obstruction of justice.  But Mueller was not obstructed.  No one impeded his labors.  As for Trump's rages against his investigation, they were the natural reaction of an innocent man falsely accused and facing disgrace and ruin for a crime he did not commit, indeed, a crime that had never been committed.

Into a Mating Net with the Fourth Estate.  Now roughly half the people in the country (and probably more since publication over the weekend of the summary of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report) see the corporate left-wing media for what they are — vile propagandists who hate Trump supporters, not just as citizens and voters, but because they conceive of them as unworthy human beings.  Neither the slandered nor the slanderers are going to change.  So now what?  It's too late for change because, as polls have shown, the media have accumulated a string of witnesses to their journalistic crimes, most notably their unforgivable promotion of the Russian collusion hoax.

Trump allies await results of two internal probes that could expose Russia investigation backstory.  DOJ Inspector General (IG) Michael Horowitz confirmed at a panel discussion last week that his office is continuing to review potential surveillance abuses by the FBI, a review that began last March and that Fox News is told is nearing completion.  Horowitz has previously found that senior FBI officials routinely leaked information without authorization to the media, and also received "improper gifts" from reporters, including meals and sporting event tickets.  Most notably, Horowitz found that FBI officials' anti-Trump communications raised doubts as to the integrity of their work.

Echoes of Lee Atwater in Reinvented Lindsey Graham.  Many political junkies still remember Lee Atwater who died 28 years ago from a brain tumor on March 29, 1991.  While the passing of the fiery political operative and former GOP national chairman remains largely un-commemorated, an event this past year with Atwater's fellow South Carolinian Lindsey Graham echoes Atwater's fearlessness on the political stage.  Senator Graham reportedly is preparing a counter-investigation into Democrats in the wake of President Trump being absolved of any Russian collusion.

The Mueller-Industrial Complex Collapses.  In a letter to Congress on Sunday, Attorney General William Barr declared that while Robert Mueller's report found evidence of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and did not exonerate President Donald Trump, it also did "not conclude that the president committed a crime."  And so the special counsel's months-long investigation into Trump's dealings with Russia ended with an inconclusive conclusion:  No smoking gun would result in Trump's hasty removal from office.

The Mueller investigation could cost up to $35 million once all the expense reports are in.  The special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation could cost up to $35 million once all the expenses are tallied.  Mueller submitted his report on his investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 US election to Attorney General William Barr on Friday, signaling the end of the special counsel's direct role in it.  Barr has since delivered his summary of the report to Congress.  Barr said Mueller found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government and that while the special counsel did not find President Donald Trump guilty of obstruction of justice or any other crime, the report still "does not exonerate him."

The Editor says...
If the special counsel did not find Trump to be demonstrably guilty of any crime, that most certainly does exonerate him.

We should all be celebrating the collapse of Hillary's big lie.  Stick a fork in impeachment.  It's dead.  Victory doesn't get any sweeter for the winners.  Or more important for our country.  The results of the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller are a tremendous vindication for President Trump and the many millions of Americans who never doubted his innocence.  The findings prove, once and for all time, that he won the 2016 election fair and square.  Let me repeat the point:  It is now a fact beyond any doubt whatsoever that Donald Trump is the legitimate 45th president of the United States.

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Stop Cheering This Travesty!  It validates a hoax to applaud the fact that Mueller found nothing.  There never was anything to find!  There never was any collusion!  There was never, ever any evidence of collusion!  Therefore, there could never, ever be any evidence of obstruction of justice.  The dossier was the sole reason all of this happened, and it was created by Hillary Clinton and Robert Mueller knew it!  It was paid for by Hillary Clinton.  It was commissioned by Hillary Clinton.

The Special Counsel Weighs In.  The show was never about Russia so much as it was about Donald Trump:  his improbability as president, his character, his manners, his tweets.  There's never been any way he wouldn't be looked at — hard — for the resolving of suspicions he was up to no good.  Looked at he was, for the merest suspicions kindled by his relationships with such as Paul Manafort and Roger Stone.  Not to mention Vladimir Putin.

The Late, Not-So-Great Mueller Investigation.  Had Hillary Clinton just won the 2016 election, there would have been neither a Mueller investigation nor much talk of Russian collusion.  A losing Donald Trump would have slunk off to left-wing and Never-Trump ridicule and condemnation — and no investigation about collusion.  A defeated Trump would have posed no threat to the 16-year Obama-Clinton progressive project.  President Clinton would have been content to let her unverified but lurid dossier rumors hound Trump for the rest of his life, with Trump as the supposed "loser" who had tried, in cahoots with the Russians, to unfairly beat Hillary, though he pathetically failed even at that.

U.S. Was Closer To Coup D'Etat Than Ever Before.  The Russian-collusion argument was always an absurd, a practically insane proposition.  The fact that it enjoyed the currency it did as long as it did illustrates the cognitive incapacity of the Obama-Clinton majority to accept that they were honestly defeated in 2016.  Worse than that, while it was just mad partisanship by most Democrats and most of the political press, the collusion fraud was a crime, of extreme gravity, by its perpetrators.  Even today, main-line Democrats do not understand the country's reservations about President Obama's flatlined new normal of no growth in family purchasing power, evaporating "red lines" in foreign policy, approval of Iranian and North Korean development of nuclear weapons with which to blackmail America and, in Iran's case, threaten to exterminate Israel, and generally to blame white male Americans for every evil under heaven.

Apologies to President Trump.  With the conclusions of special counsel Robert Mueller's probe now known to a significant degree, it seems apologies are in order.  However, judging by the recent past, apologies are not likely forthcoming from the responsible parties.  In this context, it matters not whether one is a supporter or a critic of President Trump.  Whatever his supposed flaws, the rampant accusations and speculation that shrouded Trump's presidency, even before it began, ultimately have proven unfounded.  Just as Trump said all along.

Devin Nunes: hero of the republic.  Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller concluded his investigation by exonerating President Trump of collusion with Russian forces during the 2016 election.  Investigating that supposed collusion is the reason he was appointed and his final report declared that he and his team could find no evidence to support the allegation.  But for more than two years, the nation has been torn apart by the claims made Democrats and their operatives in the media.  They were sure — sure! — that President Trump would be forced from office in disgrace.  The conspiracy theorists seethed with fundamentalist conviction, confident that Robert Mueller would lead them to the promised land.  Nonetheless, many are sticking to their story.  There may be no evidence, but they just know it in their bones!

Celebrities Lose Their Minds After Mueller Exonerates Trump.  Limousine liberals, many of whom are in the advanced stages of Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), have suddenly forgotten that they once loved Robert Mueller.  The special counsel, they hoped, would once and for all find evidence that President Trump colluded with Russia to sway the 2016 election his way.  But after two years on inquiry and tens of millions of dollars, Mueller didn't find diddly, and said so, at least according to a summary of the report's findings.  That set off the glitterati, who went bonkers after the findings were released Sunday.

Kellyanne Conway Calls on Liberal Hack Adam Schiff to Resign "Immediately".  White House counselor Kellyanne Conway went on FOX and Friends on Monday to gloat following the exoneration of President Donald Trump, his campaign and family in the corrupt Mueller witch hunt.  During the conversation Kellyanne WENT OFF on liberal hack Adam Schiff who insisted he had proof of Trump collusion with Russia.  Schiff was lying and continued to spread this lie for two years.

Media pulled off big con with Russia collusion story.  The whole thing was one giant lie.  And everybody peddling it — from House Democratic leaders, to Senate Democrats running for president, to the Senate Republican who reported the whole thing in the first place, to the roaring lions of the Great White Media — knew it was a lie.

It's official:  Russiagate is this generation's WMD.  Nobody wants to hear this, but news that Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is headed home without issuing new charges is a death-blow for the reputation of the American news media.  As has long been rumored, the former FBI chief's independent probe will result in multiple indictments and convictions, but no "presidency-wrecking" conspiracy charges, or anything that would meet the layman's definition of "collusion" with Russia.

Obstruction of Justice.  Just as it is obvious that there was no Trump collusion with Russia and that I never was involved in a bank hold up, so it is obvious that President Trump did not "obstruct justice" during the Mueller Investigation into the Collusion That Never Happened.  Why, then, did Mueller end up with an enigmatic conundrum as to whether there was obstruction of justice — not enough to charge, but not sure whether to exonerate?

Jesse Watters: 'There are a Lot of Potential Felonies' from the Obama Administration.  Fox News host Jesse Watters lamented that a lot of "potential felonies" can be linked to the Obama administration but they just might get away with it.  Watters remarks came during a Watters' World panel discussion on Robert Mueller handing over his report to Attorney General William Barr.  According to Watters, the fact that there is "no collusion" is bad for Democrats and the media and good for President Donald Trump.  "I feel like this delivers a knock-out blow to the press and Democrats who have been saying collusion collusion collusion the last two years.  When you couple that with a hot economy and the decimation of the ISIS caliphate, this is a two-term presidency," Watters opined.  "So the Democrats will have to start working with this president and not working against him.  But I'm pretty angry.  The people that set this up, what's going to happen to them?  Are they going to be accountable or not?"

The Next Shoes to Drop After the Mueller Report.  The Democrats and their media allies have made "Russia Collusion" their top story line for two years.  If they persist on that course instead of focusing on health care, income inequality, and foreign enemies, they look like Inspector Javert, or, worse, Inspector Clouseau.  The mainstream media are already badly damaged.  They followed the same path and, in the process, obliterated the once-sacred line between reporting and opinion.

The Trump-Russia conspiracy was one of the worst shaggy dog stories in American history.  I derive no pleasure from the news that the summary of Robert Mueller's interminable special counsel investigation sent to the House and Senate judiciary committees by Attorney General William Barr confirms my views.  I say this not least because even the word of Mueller himself, whom liberal activists have spent the last two years turning into a kind of cartoon hero, complete with merchandise, is not enough to convince those who dislike Trump and would like to undermine his administration to change their minds.  It was always resentment in search of a conspiracy, which anti-Trump enthusiasts attempted to will into existence by games of connect-the-dots, exercises that could just as easily have been brought to bear upon any prominent politician or businessman in the post-Soviet era.

Rand Paul:  Investigate Obama officials who 'concocted Russian conspiracy hoax'.  The backlash has begun on top Democrats who pushed the claims of Russian collusion with the 2016 Trump campaign.  Sen. Rand Paul today [3/25/2019] called on Justice to investigate the Obama aides who forced the false claims into public.  "Time to investigate the Obama officials who concocted and spread the Russian conspiracy hoax!" he tweeted.

Will There Be an Accounting?  There is much to investigate:  the fraudulently obtained FISA warrants; the hundreds of incidents of unmasking of innocent American citizens; the attempt by the FBI's top leadership to swing the election to Hillary Clinton or, failing that, to derail the newly-elected Trump administration; the CIA's role in leaking the fake "dossier" to the press while purporting to "brief" President Trump on its contents, thereby giving the Democratic Party news media permission, with a wink and a nod, to report on the Clinton campaign's fake "dossier" in the guise of a news story.  And, of course, the over-arching question:  what did Barack Obama know, and when did he know it?  That is only a partial list.

Rep. Maxine Waters: 'We cannot allow them to get away with this'.  Rep. Maxine Waters showed no sign of slowing her calls to impeach President Trump after special counsel Robert Mueller's report found no evidence of Russian collusion. [...] "He's been saying 'no collusion, 'no collusion,' 'no collusion' over and over again for a long time now, and he's going try to conclude that this report is proof that there is no collusion," she said.  "And you have a lot of his sycophants who will take the nod from him, and they'll say the same thing.  But we cannot allow them to get away with this."

NBC 'Today' host Savannah Guthrie asks Sarah Sanders if Trump owes Mueller an apology.  Sometimes it's almost too much to take.  This morning [3/25/2019] Savannah Guthrie of NBC asked the White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders if President Trump owed Special Counsel Robert Mueller an apology.  Sanders deftly parried the ridiculous notion with the statement that "Democrats and the liberal media owe the president and they owe the American people an apology."

Mueller Madness:  The media pundits who got it most wrong.  Special counsel Robert Mueller has definitively put to rest the collusion theory of President Trump's election.  That's not a little embarrassing for the many journalists, talking heads, celebrities and instant experts who spent more than two years furiously speculating about Moscow "pee-pee" tapes, treasonous rendezvous and the president's imminent arrest.  The president's haters no doubt wish to memory-hole collusion and move on to the next anti-Trump theory.  But not so fast:  We want to laurel the punditry "champion" — the one who peddled the most nonsensical nonsense, the wildest inanities, the weirdest theories and unsubstantiated stories.

He probably watches CNN too much.
Ex-CIA head Brennan on Trump attacks:  I may have relied on 'bad information'.  Former head of the CIA John Brennan admitted on Monday [3/25/2019] that he may have relied on "bad information" for his relentless attacks on President Trump.  Brennan — who once warned that "our Nation's future is at stake" — told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that he may have been misled on the extent of Trump's connections to Russia.  "Well, I don't know if I received bad information but I think I suspected there was more than there actually was," Brennan said.  "I am relieved that it's been determined there was not a criminal conspiracy with the Russian government over our election."

Russia to Judgment:  On the Origin of Conspiracy Theories and the Fake News Trifecta.  The headline in The Washington Post on Monday morning [3/25/2019] read:  "Mueller finds no conspiracy."  To say that many leading Democrats are now down in the dumps is an under-statement; their hope that the legal process would solve the challenge of the 2020 presidential election has now been obliterated.  Yet dinged as the Democrats might be, the Main Stream Media has suffered more enduring damage.

Disappointed Fans of Mueller Rethink the Pedestal They Built for Him.  Over the nearly two years of the Mueller investigation, a segment of liberals and activists built up fervent hopes that it would bring Mr. Trump down.  They elevated Mr. Mueller, a former F.B.I. director, into an anti-Trump cultural icon, complete with T-shirts, scented candles and holiday-themed songs like "We Wish You a Mueller Christmas."  For some of them, the report felt like a betrayal.  To many others, it was a disappointment.

Make them pay for their failed coup.  Last night was like election night 2016, with on-air news personality Rachel Maddow breaking down and crying because Bungling Bob Mueller's witch hunt is over.  Donald John Trump is still president.  The media coup failed because no matter how many times you say "Russian Collusion" in a candle-lit room, it will not appear.

Does The Left WANT Civil War?  [Scroll down]  There is in fact plenty of evidence that officials in the FBI were the ones who interfered in an American Presidential election.  If that proves up and is not punished it's well beyond the boundaries of the insults from the British Crown that led to the American Revolution.  Russians spent $4,700 on Google ads before the 2016 election.  May I ask how much did the United States spend to interfere in the Ukraine and their election?  Millions.  Number of people who have gone to prison for doing that?  Zero. [...] When the Democrats lost the election they then decided to commit to spending $30 milllion of taxpayer's dollars looking for something they knew didn't exist.  They knew it didn't exist because they invented it out of whole cloth as part of a campaign strategy intended to win the White House and when that failed they tried to turn a document full of knowing lies into a weapon and use it to destroy the results of an election through an armed branch of the United States Government.

A Review of the Barr "Principal Conclusion" Notification, Overlaying Three Years of Background Research.  CTH is going to break down the AG Barr Principal Conclusion notification letter against more than three years of background research.  Yes, more than "three years", is the correct time-frame here.  The origin of the DOJ/FBI operation against Donald Trump goes back to 2015; the Mueller probe was a 2017 concluding chapter in the seditious conspiracy effort.  I'm going to cite as much background as possible; however, this review encompasses so much granular history that some parts might be too complex for a person who only recently jumped into the story.  Disclaimer:  this outline does not fit the narrative from those who claim Mueller and Rosenstein are honorable men.  They ain't.

Alan Dershowitz Discusses the Conniving Political Duplicity of Team Mueller.  Alan Dershowitz is exactly correct on the point; but he's incorrect on the Mueller team's motive.  Team Mueller didn't punt the Obstruction issue to the Attorney General because Mueller's a coward.  Team Mueller punted the Obstruction issue because they specifically wanted to create room for The House to work an impeachment angle.  It was a political decision.  [Video clip]

The Hunt for the Red Nothing Burger.  Mueller made a considerable effort:  employing 19 lawyers and 40 FBI agents, issuing 2,800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, 230 communications orders, 50 orders for pen registers, 13 requests to foreign governments for evincing, and interviewing 500 witnesses — yet ultimately finding n0 collusion.  Mueller assiduously prosecuted what was presented as a definite contact.  Yet after the equivalent of a destroyer captain carrying out numerous active sonar searches, MAD detection sweeps, and a bottom search he found nothing.  But a negative result isn't a total waste.  It shows what is not there.  While Mueller brought indictments for the ordinary kind of Washington crime against several persons, he found no collusion.  Like a patient who after a battery of tests finds he has acid reflux and ulcers but no stomach cancer, a negative result is full of information.

This Is The GOP's Message For Dems.  The Russia probe has plagued Americans' lives for the last 22 months.  Democrats have ran with the idea that President Donald Trump colluded with Russia.  Now that Attorney General William Barr has vindicated Trump, Republicans have a clear message for Democrats:  it's time to move on.  It's time for our country to heal from this disaster.

The Editor says...
No, it's not time to heal, it's time to let the pendulum swing in the other direction.  It's time to have a two-year Mueller-style inquisition into Hillary Clinton's business.  At long last, let's have a look at the Clintons' baggage, all the way back to Arkansas.  It took a while to catch up with Bill Cosby, but eventually he went to prison.

Trump, falsely accused of collusion, faces new onslaught of obstruction accusations.  A reasonable reading of Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller's findings is that President Trump was falsely accused of conspiring or coordinating with Russia to fix the 2016 election.  The same goes for people around Trump who were also falsely accused.  "The Special Counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election," attorney general William Barr wrote in a letter to Congress Sunday [3/24/2019].  "As the report states:  '[T]he investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities.'"

The Mueller Dud.  The release on Sunday afternoon of Attorney General William Barr's four-page summary of the Mueller report confirmed what everyone with a few brain cells and common sense knew two years ago: there was no collusion between Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government.  While the charge was ludicrous on its face, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report has now removed all doubt surrounding it.  The shame of it is that the Mueller investigation — driven by hyperpartisanship and using the power of the legal and justice system to litigate political and policy differences by those who refused to accept the 2016 election results — spent $35 million, employed 19 attorneys, 40 FBI agents and staff, issued more than 2,800 subpoenas, executed more than 500 search warrants, got 230 orders for communications records, and made 13 requests to foreign governments, and interviewed roughly 500 witnesses to prove there was no collusion.

NeverTrump's Complicity in Trump-Russia Collusion Hoax.  For nearly three years, these Trump-hating propagandists on the Right have aided the most mendacious forces on the Left in a grievous attempt to take down the Republican president of the United States.  While they preened, prattled, and proselytized about how much better they are than deplorable Trumpists, NeverTrumpers en masse abandoned their so-called traditional conservative principles in order to aid a Hillary Clinton-DNC-Obama Administration scheme to destroy the political pariah who won the presidency over their collective objection.

Trump-haters horrified that Mueller found no evidence the president is a traitor.  The left predictably melted down in shocked and sensational fashion when the summary of the Mueller report written by AG Barr and Deputy AG Rosenstein was released and read on Sunday, and it was announced that there was no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  Despite the abundance of facts that have long proved the Trump-Russia collusion meme was a hoax devised by the Clintons, approved by Obama and orchestrated by the corrupt overlords at the DOJ and FBI, our pathetic media, even Fox News, called the news of Mueller's exoneration a bombshell.

Nota Bene:  No One in America Gets Exonerated.  "While this report does not conclude that the president committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him," Attorney General Barr quotes Mr. Mueller as writing.  This is being met with excitement among the Democrats.  Speaker Pelosi suggests that Congress needs urgently to look at the full Mueller report because "on a charge as serious as obstruction" the report fails to exonerate the president.  Yet of course Mr. Mueller failed to exonerate the president.  No one can exonerate him.  Nor would anyone, in a normal — or abnormal — criminal case, ever be expected to exonerate a person who has been accused or is merely suspected.  Neither, though, is it necessary for President Trump, or anyone else in this case, to be "exonerated."  That's because, in America, the burden is solely on the prosecution.  It is our principle that no man, no woman, no child, no matter their circumstances, no person suspected, or accused, of a crime can be required to prove his innocence.  No matter the crime, no one needs to prove his innocence.  He is presumed innocent.  The burden of proof is solely, one hundred percent, completely, entirely — and without exception, even if the president is involved — on the accuser.

The Most Epic Media Failure in U.S. History.  It's like election night, November 2016, all over again.  Once again, leftist delusions have been shattered, this time by a putative ally — special counsel Robert Mueller.  Mueller turned over every rock, looked in every nook and cranny of the Trump campaign and concluded that no member of that organization — including candidate Trump — worked with the Russians to influence the 2016 race for president.  Thus, the 675 days spent investigating dubious scenario is over.  What does Mueller have to show for it?  He got various Trump aides on lying to the FBI and sleazeball Paul Manafort on some other crimes unrelated to collusion.  But, like any good little bureaucrat, he carefully documented all the work he did:  2800 subpoenas, 500 search warrants, more than 230 orders for communication records, 13 requests to foreign governments for evidence, and 500 witnesses interviews.

Zero, zilch, nada:  That's the bottom line on 'collusion'.  Attorney General William Barr's Sunday letter to Congress leaves no doubt:  Three years of investigation, including two years under special counsel Robert Mueller, found no evidence of Team Trump "collusion" with Russia.  Yes, the news is a bit less definitive on the "obstruction" front:  Barr says Mueller's findings were "not sufficient to establish that the President committed an obstruction-of-justice offense," but that basically boils down to the Washington establishment's distaste for the way President Trump fired FBI chief Jim Comey, and raged against the Mueller probe as a "witch hunt."  Crucially, Barr says that the president's questionable actions "were not done with corrupt intent."  That is:  Trump knew he hadn't colluded, and acted accordingly toward those who seemed bent on suggesting otherwise to the American public.

The Public Reckoning Over Russiagate Will Not Be Televised.  Amidst the misty-eyed cable news anchors and the hastily arranged panels of pundits carrying out a series of televised group therapy sessions, a theme began to take shape — a soothing, healing crystal in the form of an incantation of hope and deliverance:  This can't be the end.  There's got to be more.  This isn't the end.  There's going to be more.  Say it with me:  This can't be the end. [...] There will be no public mea culpa from the media for two years of feverishly biased hyping of unfounded allegations that the president of the United States is engaged in treason and actively operating as an agent of the Russian Federation.  Nor will we hear any indications of regret from the current and former Democratic politicians and intelligence community officials who initiated, distributed, and sustained those allegations through leaks, on-air commentary, or both.

RussiaGate was a hoax perpetrated against the American people.  One of the most shameful chapters of American political history ended Sunday [3/24/2019] — not with a bang, but with stunned silence over the realization that Americans have been fed an utter lie for nearly two years.  A letter to members of Congress by Attorney General William Barr summarizing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report is out.  It shows not a scintilla of evidence for the Trump-Russia "collusion" hoax that biased journalists and sore-loser politicians have spent countless hours and reams of print and TV time promoting.  In fact, it reveals quite the opposite.

Trump-Russia 'collusion' was always a hoax — and dirtiest political trick in modern US history.  There was never any evidence that Donald Trump "colluded" with Russia to steal the 2016 presidential election from Hillary Clinton.  It was all a hoax.  It constituted what is surely the dirtiest political trick in modern American history.  The hoax was based largely on an anti-Trump "dossier" conjured from the fertile imaginations of two nefarious characters: ex-British spy Christopher Steele; and Fusion GPS Founder, Glenn Simpson.  It was commissioned by the Hillary Clinton campaign and Democrats, then peddled all over Washington to journalists, the FBI, the State Department and the Department of Justice.

Trump is vindicated on collusion, Mueller punts on obstruction, and the rule of law triumphs.  For the second time in 48 hours, Attorney General William Barr demonstrated he is determined to go by the law, not bend to the winds of politics.  This is exactly what the nation's top law enforcement officer should do.  Barr's letter to members of Congress Sunday [3/24/2019] summarizing the report of Special Counsel Robert Mueller — clearing President Trump, his campaign and associates of allegations that they colluded with Russia to win the 2016 presidential election — follows perfectly the letter of the governing regulations under which Mueller was appointed.

No Collusion: 10 anonymously sourced Trump-Russia bombshells that look like busts.  Attorney General William Barr told Congress on Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller concluded there was no criminal collusion between the Trump presidential campaign and the Russian government.  Over the course of the years-long Mueller investigation, some of the media's biggest stories resulted in retractions, apologies, and even departures.  Some reports, many of which relied on unnamed sources and remain uncorroborated, have never been retracted or corrected.  One such story was even refuted by the Special Counsel's Office in a rare public rebuke.

We should all be celebrating the collapse of Hillary's big lie.  The results of the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller are a tremendous vindication for President Trump and the many millions of Americans who never doubted his innocence.  The findings prove, once and for all time, that he won the 2016 election fair and square. [...] We now know that Hillary Clinton and her supporters misled the country in claiming that the White House was stolen from her.  She started the Russia, Russia, Russia hoax and her claims, aided by the Obama White House and magnified by a thoroughly partisan media, set in motion a wild-goose chase.  The chase undermined a duly elected president and cost taxpayers more than $30 million for an investigation that proved the accusations were flat-out false.

Democrats Guaranteed Trump-Russia Collusion.  Mueller Couldn't Find It.  High-profile Democrats repeatedly promised the public they would see evidence of collusion between President Donald Trump's presidential campaign and Russia.  But special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia's 2016 election meddling, according to a four-page letter that Attorney General William Barr sent to Congress on Sunday [3/24/2019].  "The Special Counsel's investigation did not find that the Trump campaign or anyone associated with it conspired or coordinated with Russia in its efforts to influence the 2016 U.S. presidential election," Barr's letter states.

Trump team turns tables after Mueller report, calls for investigation into probe's origin.  President Trump and his legal team declared total victory Sunday following the release of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's key findings — including no evidence of collusion with Russia during the 2016 campaign — but sought to turn the tables by renewing calls to investigate the investigators.  Trump himself slammed the probe as an "illegal takedown," as he called Mueller's report a "complete exoneration" and said it was a "shame" his presidency had to deal with the investigation for two years.  "Hopefully somebody is going to look at the other side," Trump said.  "This was an illegal takedown that failed and hopefully somebody is going to be looking at the other side."

Nadler: We Can't 'Rely on' Barr's Possibly 'Hasty, Partisan Interpretation' of Mueller Report.  While speaking to reporters on Sunday [3/24/2019], House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) stated that Attorney General William Barr's conclusions on the Mueller report "raise more questions than they answer."  He also stated that "We cannot simply rely on what may be a hasty, partisan interpretation of the facts."

The Editor says...
In my opinion, Mr. Nadler is in no position to criticize others for "partisan interpretation of the facts."

Top-Ranking Democrat Says Mueller Report Doesn't Matter — 'We Know There Was Collusion'.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler confirmed Sunday [3/24/2019] that Congress will continue to investigate President Donald Trump regardless of the conclusions reached by special counsel Robert Mueller.  "We know there was collusion," Nadler insisted several times during an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" with guest host Dana Bash.  "Why there's been no indictments, we don't know."

The Editor says...
With or without honest investigators, authentic documents, believable witnesses, credible testimony, or admissible evidence, the Democrats instinctively know there's something criminal going on in the White House.  They just know it.  And if the Democrats are sure, the "news" media will try to convince everybody else.

Trump Celebrates Mueller Findings: 'This Was an Illegal Takedown That Failed'.  President Donald Trump's first reaction to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's findings, which were revealed in a summary on Sunday by the attorney general, came via tweet.  Moments later, he spoke to cable news outlets from tarmac in Palm Beach, Florida. [...] "It began illegally," Trump said of the investigation.  "And hopefully somebody is going to look at the other side, this was an illegal takedown that failed.  And hopefully somebody is going to be looking at the other side.  So it's a complete exoneration, no collusion, no obstruction, thank you very much."

MSNBC's Tur on Mueller Report: 'This Vindicates the President on Collusion'.  Buckle up, folks.  Because the meltdowns we're about to see concerning the principle conclusions of the Mueller Report via a letter from Attorney General Bill Barr will rival or top those seen on election night 2016.  Upon being read portions of the Barr letter, MSNBC host and one-time Trump campaign correspondent Katy Tur was forced to painstaking admit that Mueller's findings have "vindicate[d] the President on collusion."

Barr's letter to Congress.  [Scroll down]  In making this determination, we noted that the Special Counsel recognized that "the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference," and that, while not determinative, the absence of such evidence bears upon the President's intent with respect to obstruction.  Generally speaking, to obtain and sustain an obstruction conviction, the government would need to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that a person, acting with corrupt intent, engaged in obstructive conduct with a sufficient nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding.  In cataloguing the President's actions, many of which took place in public view, the report identifies no actions that, in our judgment, constitute obstructive conduct, had a nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding, and were done with corrupt intent, each of which, under the Department's principles of federal prosecution guiding charging decisions, would need to be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to establish an obstruction-of-justice offense.

A Key Voice — John Ratcliffe Discusses Mueller Report.  It should always be remembered that Representative John Ratcliffe is one of only a few members of congress who have seen every single document across the entire spectrum of classification.  Rep. Ratcliffe appears on Fox News with Maria Bartiromo for a lengthy discussion on the Mueller probe, report, and the findings.  [Video clip]

Mueller report summary released, showing no definitive proof Trump team conspired with Russia.  Attorney General William Barr on Sunday released the "principal conclusions" of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's completed Russia probe in a bombshell four-page letter to Capitol Hill lawmakers, which stated definitively that Mueller did not establish evidence that President Trump's team or any associates of the Trump campaign had conspired with Russia to sway the 2016 election — "despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign."  For Trump, who has tweeted more than 230 times that he did not collude with Russians amid a torrent of allegations from media and political figures, the moment amounted to a near-total vindication.

Nadler vows to subpoena, take fight to Supreme Court to get full Mueller report.  House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., vowed to take the fight over getting special counsel Robert Mueller's full report released to the public all the way to the Supreme Court.  In an appearance on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday, Nadler said House Democrats are poised to issue subpoenas and would "absolutely" take the matter to the high court if necessary.  "We'll try to negotiate.  We'll try everything else first, but if we have to, yes, we will certainly issue subpoenas to get that information," Nadler said.

Democrats need to change the subject.  Fast.  Pelosi and the Never Trumpers got exactly what they asked for: a special prosecutor.  And then they got exactly what they deserve:  humiliation.  Barack Hussein Obama failed to give President Donald John Trump the same peaceful transition of power that President George Walker Bush gave Obama.  Instead, his appointees tried to sabotage the new president.  The insubordination of Sally Q. Yates deserved punishment[.]  But now Obama and his acolytes as well as the Never Trumpers look exactly like the fools they are.

The Mueller investigation is complete and not one single American was charged, indicted or convicted for conspiring with Russia to influence the 2016 election.  Compare what cable hosts (let's leave them unnamed) & Democratic operatives spent two years claiming this would lead to — the imprisonment of Don, Jr., Jared, even Trump on conspiracy-with-Russia charges — to what it actually produced.  A huge media reckoning is owed.  Don't even try to pretend the point of the Mueller investigation from the start wasn't to obtain prosecutions of Americans guilty of conspiring with Russia to influence the outcome of the election or that Putin controlled Trump through blackmail.  Nobody will believe your denials.

Lara Logan's Response To Mueller Report Is An Indictment Of American Media.  Journalist Lara Logan said Saturday [3/23/2019] that the response to the Mueller report was striking because of what was not happening:  there were no blaring headlines boldly proclaiming the vindication of President Donald Trump.  Logan, during an appearance on "Fox & Friends" Saturday, argued that if the Mueller report had resulted in indictments or charges of any kind, that would most certainly be the top story in every paper.

Todd Laments Trump Never Dragged Before a Grand Jury, Frets He'll 'Banana Republic Us'.  Well, it's finally here.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report on the Russia investigation late Friday afternoon [3/22/2019] to Attorney General William Barr and the liberal media began to conflagrate.  During the early evening buzz on MSNBC's MTP Daily, host Chuck Todd seemed to express concern over the fact that Mueller allowed President Trump and his legal team to answer written questions, instead of testifying before a grand jury. [...] Of course, Todd's fretting was empty because lying to federal investigators is illegal either way.  And despite the fact that he admitted Trump answered written questions, [California Congressman Eric] Swalwell bizarrely insisted Trump's testimony would not be included in the report.  "I believe the President will have no credibility to attack the report.  Because the state of the evidence will not include his testimony," he lied.

Mueller Delivers Liberals A Giant [Dud].  It's not often I, like most of America, make a point to watch MSNBC or CNN.  [...] Everyone on those two channels should have been apologetic, gaslighting the country for 2 years before having the curtain ripped back so thoroughly should have been met with some humility.  They should have been begging their audience for forgiveness.  They were not.  Hilariously, these knuckle-dragging buffoons tried to play the "We have to wait and see what's in the report" card.  Suddenly, pragmatism and a desire to avoid speculation became the order of the day.  It was as if the people who hear dog whistles in everything a Republican says had been deaf to their own voices for 2 years.

So Much 'Intense Media Speculation' Turned Out to Be Fake News.  The entire story isn't told yet.  But at this point, the liberal media need an energetic pressure to admit they have wasted hours and hours of "news" time imagining outcomes that don't look like they will materialize.  Liberal journalists expected Mueller to build a case for scandalous collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.  There was.... "no collusion" — no criminal conspiracy.  Instead, the "news" channels merely channeled their wishful thinking.

The Great Gnashing Of Teeth:  The Left Reacts To The Mueller Report.  Not quite as miraculous as Trump's 2016 triumph over Hillary Clinton, but still a major victory for President Trump.  We'll call it the first runner up.  The thundercloud which has hung over the Trump administration for over two years has been lifted and the left doesn't like it — at all.

The Mueller Investigation Was A Distraction, The Bigger Story Is Coming.  [T]here wasn't anything found that implicated Donald Trump in the Russian Collusion story ginned up by The Left.  In case you didn't know this, that entire story was a lie.  As a matter of fact, the collusion was pretty much all on the part of the Democrats.  Everyone will be finding that out here in the future.

A bad couple of years for anonymous sources.  [I]t was a really bad couple of years for those reporters, and their editors, who decided to break stories based on all those "sources familiar with the investigation."  I wonder if any will have the character to step up and say "we messed up badly."

Beto O'Rourke:  Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt, Trump Sought To Collude With Russia.  Is this really from today, not from the campaign trail in Texas last year?  I can't believe any Democrat would have the stones to double down on collusion the morning after we find out that not only won't Trump be indicted for conspiring with Russia, none of his inner circle will either.

The man certainly has a propensity for emotional outbursts.
Beto O'Rourke:  If Mueller Report Is Held, America May Not See 244th Year.  Democrat 2020 candidate Robert "Beto" O'Rourke warned from the campaign trail in South Carolina Friday night there may not be another year of America if the Mueller report is not made public.  "Republicans and Democrats should do whatever they can to make sure their constituents, the American people, can read that report, form their own judgement, make their own decisions, and that the truth comes out," O'Rourke said at a campaign stop in South Carolina Friday [3/22/2019].

Special Counsel Official:  "No Further Indictments", "No Sealed Indictments", The Mueller Probe is "Done".  With the Mueller Report completed; and with massive 'splodey heads (beyond election night level) happening throughout leftist punditry and political analysts; there has been some last-gasp desperate clinging-to-hope speculation of looming "sealed indictments" that might exist in DC.  Unfortunately, Laura Jarrett (daughter of Valerie Jarrett) delivered the bad news to her colleagues on CNN.  After she spoke directly with a DOJ Official, and asked them if there was any possibility of sealed indictments existing/remaining.  Alas, the answer was:  "no, it's over; everything is over; it's done."

MSNBC'S Joy Reid on DoJ Handling of Mueller Report: 'It Feels Like the Seeds of a Cover-Up Are Here'.  Saturday [3/23/2019] on MSNBC's "AM Joy," host Joy Reid suggested the possibility of a cover-up was underway regarding Department of Justice special counsel Robert Mueller's report and the any alleged wrongdoing of President Donald Trump or his associates.  Reid said that given Attorney General William Barr wasn't recused, unlike his predecessor Jeff Sessions, there could be the "seeds of a cover-up" in place.

Dems' Collective Letter To Barr Is A Sign Of What's To Come.  Just from the statement, it's looking as though Democrats are going to insist the Justice Department is covering up wrong doing if Robert Mueller's report indicates there was no collusion between President Donald Trump's team and the Russians.

Imagining Trump's America Without Robert Mueller.  For the most fanatical Mueller watchers, the conclusion of the report is almost certain to bring disappointment, because anything but a presidency-ending indictment seems likely to fall short of their expectations.

End of the Mueller Affair.  Robert Mueller is closing up shop.  He has delivered his report to Attorney General Barr.  No more indictments will be secured by his office. [...] No indictment secured by Mueller speaks to "collusion."  There is a reason for this.  "Collusion" was itself a fabrication of the Clinton presidential campaign courtesy of Glenn Simpson/Fusion GPS and its contractors.  The Mueller investigation leaves human wreckage in its wake.  Whatever the Mueller report says, it will leave the Clinton campaign untouched and unscathed.  The Mueller investigation takes its place as an extended episode of the biggest scandal in American political history.

Evidence! How did Schiff, Swalwell, and so many other talking heads lose sight of it?  Even though we do not yet know exactly what the Mueller Report says, we do now know that no other indictments are in the works.  No collusion with Russia by the Trump campaign was found.  So, the self-assured and confident predictions by so many on the left that they had seen "cold, hard evidence," and that Mueller would find copious evidence of "collusion" with Russia, was just wishful thinking alone.  They all had to know the infamous "dossier" was faked.  The late Senator McCain, driven by his antipathy for Trump, may have believed it for a moment and so shopped it around in hopes it would derail Trump.  They all had to know it had been commissioned by Hillary Clinton's campaign.  They ignored these inconvenient facts.  They leaped to a conclusion they hoped could be sold to the American public.

Mueller Report Fizzles.  Prepare For The Reckoning.  First of all, of course everyone should wait to see the contents of the actual Mueller report before drawing any specific final conclusions about it.  But here are some laws of nature in the modern age:  If that report contained a fraction of the damaging material breathlessly awaited in the media culture for two years, there would be some smoke signal of it.  Instead, we saw an actual finding from the Justice Department that there would be no further indictments from the probe.  No indictment of Trump.  No indictment of anyone associated with the campaign or the administration to support the narrative of Russia collusion.  Also, timing is everything.  Friday's close of business is where stories go to die.  As the Mueller report seized the news late in the day, TV viewership was a fraction of what it would have been on a Monday morning or a Wednesday midday.

Robert Mueller submits full report on Russia probe.  Special counsel Robert Mueller has submitted his report on Russian meddling in the US election and possible collusion with the Trump campaign to Attorney General William Barr, the Justice Department said Friday [3/21/2019].  Justice notified Congress late Friday that it had received Mueller's report but did not disclose any of its conclusions.

Also posted under Friday night document dumps.

Mueller just filed Russia report.  Here's what Barr should do with it.  All we know at this point is that Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered his report on Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election to Attorney General William Barr on Friday.  What we don't know is how the attorney general will handle the report.  Barr has several options.  The fairest would be to immediately turn the report over to President Trump's legal team and give them a week to write a response.  Barr could then issue both reports simultaneously so that the American public could judge the comparative merits of both sides of this adversarial process.  But there may well be pressures on the attorney general to send the report to Congress — thus making it public — as soon as he can vet it for possible national security omissions.

Swalwell: I Don't Think I'll Accept a Report 'Unless Its Veracity Is Testified to' by Mueller.  On Friday's broadcast of MSNBC's "MTP Daily," House Intelligence Committee and Judiciary Committee member Eric Swalwell (D-CA) stated that he doesn't think he or the majority of his colleagues will accept a report "unless its veracity is testified to by Bob Mueller."  Swalwell began by saying, "[T]he American people will see every word, every comma, every period of this report.  The president is outnumbered now in a way that he was not before."  He added, "Second, I don't think I, and most of my colleagues, will accept a report unless its veracity is testified to by Bob Mueller. [...]"

Adam Schiff Threatens to Subpoena Mueller After Russia Probe Wraps.  Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), the Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday that his panel will subpoena special counsel Robert Mueller if more details regarding his report on possible collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russia is required.  "If necessary, we will call Bob Mueller or others before our committee," Schiff told CNN host Wolf Blitzer, adding that the House Judiciary Committee could request Attorney General Bill Barr testify on the report's findings, as well.

Robert Mueller Not Recommending Any More Indictments in Russia Probe.  Special counsel Robert Mueller will not recommend any more indictments as part of his investigation, the Justice Department announced Friday evening [3/22/2019].  A senior Justice Department official announced the development shortly after the special counsel submitted its final report to U.S. Attorney General William Barr.  Barr will now review the report and write his own report on Mueller's findings and present them to Congress as soon as this weekend. "

Mueller wraps up — but don't expect the hysteria to end.  Special Counsel Bob Mueller has handed in his report, marking the effective end of the three-year Trump-Russia investigation.  Hallelujah!  This means that Mueller firmly expects to file no more criminal charges, which pretty much confirms that all the media and political hysteria about his investigation was driven more by partisan wishful thinking than by anything resembling hard evidence.

After 675 Days of Witch Hunt:  More Than 80% of Mueller Indictments Were of Russian Actors Who Will Never See US Courtroom.  The corrupt Mueller team indicted 37 individuals and 3 companies, with more than 4 out of 5 of the indicted individuals related to Russians who may not even be real and probably had nothing to do with our 2016 election.  Dirty cop Robert Mueller and his team of conflicted liberal attorneys and investigators saw their unconstitutional witch hunt fall apart.  It seems like on a daily basis more and more information becomes available of the entire gang's unlawful acts.  In spite of this, they charged forward working with their mainstream media (MSM) to report their unlawful and phony leaks planned to keep their criminal conspiracy alive.

MSNBC's Chris Matthews livid over Mueller report: 'How could they let Trump off the hook?'.  MSNBC host Chris Matthews expressed outrage on Friday upon hearing reports that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had completed his Russia investigation and submitted it to the attorney general — with further indictments not expected.  Matthews began his show by summarizing the breaking news, but stressed that Mueller handed his report to the Department of Justice "without ever directly interviewing the president of the United States."

Mika Brzezinski Stunned as She Reads Off Teleprompter: 'No More Indictments' by Mueller.  MSNBC's Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski was caught off guard Friday morning as she read the latest news on the Mueller investigation off the Teleprompter.  Brzezinski could not control her shocked reaction as she read an ABC report that "no more indictments are coming from the special counsel."  Brzezinski's eyes narrowed and blinked as a stunned look crossed her face while her voiced strained in pitch as she questioned what she was reading.

Mainstream media, celebrities stunned as Mueller report filed with no new indictments planned.  The mainstream media seemed to suffer a collective shock Friday evening after the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller handed its final report of its Russia investigation to the Department of Justice.  MSNBC host Chris Matthews seemed livid that neither President Trump, his children, nor his "henchmen" would face any criminal charges from the special counsel. [...] Matthew's primetime colleague, Rachel Maddow, was visibly emotional throughout her show.  Maddow kicked off by telling her viewers she was reporting live from Tennessee because she felt she needed to interrupt her vacation to address the breaking news.  She appeared to be holding back tears.

Five things that didn't happen in the Mueller investigation
  [#1]   Mueller did not indict Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner, or other people whose purported legal jeopardy was the subject of intense media speculation in the last year.
  [#2]   Mueller did not charge anyone in the Trump campaign or circle with conspiring with Russia to fix the 2016 election, as was the subject of intense media speculation in the last year.
  [#3]   Mueller did not subpoena the president, as was the subject of intense media speculation in the last year.
  [#4]   The president did not fire Mueller, as was the subject of intense media speculation in the last year.
  [#5]   The president did not interfere with the Mueller investigation, as was the subject of intense media speculation in the last year.

CNN Admits No Further Mueller Indictments Is a 'Huge Victory for the President'.  Talk about a bad day to be analysts, commentators, hosts, and pundits at CNN who had been wanting the First Family's legal situation to end in criminal charges and for the Trump presidency to end in disgrace.  On Friday afternoon [3/22/2019] after the Mueller Report had been handed over to Attorney General Bill Barr, chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin and crime and justice reporter Shimon Prokupecz conceded that the lack of further indictments (sealed or unsealed) in relation to the Mueller probe is a "huge victory for the President" and "really good news" for individuals who had been subject to endless media speculation.  [Video clip]

Flashback: John Brennan Wrongly Predicts More Mueller Indictments.  Appearing March 5th on MSNBC's The Last Word, former CIA Director John Brennan told host Lawrence O'Donnell he "wouldn't be surprised" if special counsel Robert Mueller unveiled additional indictments by Friday, March 8th.

MSNBC's Katy Tur Desperately Moves The Goalposts On Collusion As Her Narrative Collapses.  This is predictable and sad.  After two years of pushing collusion conspiracy theories non-stop, the media are suddenly getting restless.  It's time to shift the goalposts because simply admitting they are wrong would be outside of their purview.  Enter Katy Tur, a self-described fire-fighting "journalist" over at MSNBC who's never met a hysterical Trump-Russia story she didn't want to push.  Now, after all flailing and gnashing of teeth day after day, she's decided it doesn't matter anymore.

The Mueller monologue and impeachment infomercial, May 29, 2019:

Mueller Tied to Double Deception:  First in Court, Then Before Congress.  Republican lawmakers allege Special Counsel Robert Mueller may have perjured himself before Congress in his sworn testimony last month with an untruthful answer about why he held an earlier press briefing.c Recently released court documents suggest Mueller may have made his surprise appearance before the press in Washington on May 29 as damage control after a federal judge privately threatened to hold his team in criminal contempt of court over what she called misleading language in his final report about Russian government interference in the 2016 election.  Under oath, Mueller denied the judge's action had anything to do with his holding the press conference.  In the hastily arranged 9-minute press conference, Mueller announced that he was ending his investigation — which was not news — and concluded it without taking any questions.  He made a point, however, to stress that the Russians he had indicted were "private" entities and "presumed innocent."

Remember Mueller's Peculiar 9-Minute Press Conference In May?  There Was A Reason For It.  [Scroll down]  Judge Friedrich and the defendants' attorneys claimed that the Mueller report contained "misleading language" about the Russian government's role in 2016 election interference.  Recently released court documents suggest she insisted on changes and "privately threatened to hold his [Mueller's] team in criminal contempt of court."  The hastily arranged press conference held the next day appears to be the Mueller team's attempt at "damage control."  If this is proven to be true, then Mueller may have perjured himself when he told Rep. McClintock (under oath) that the hearing held on May 28 had nothing to do with his press conference the following day.  It almost goes without saying that the Mueller team wished to leave the impression that "the Kremlin had interfered in the 2016 election to help Donald Trump win."

Mueller's 'Reluctant Witness' Pose Is Another Impeachment Ploy.  In his statement at the conclusion of his investigation on May 29, Mueller said:  "I do not believe it is appropriate for me to speak further about the investigation or to comment on the actions of the Justice Department or Congress.  And it's for that reason I will not be taking questions today, as well."  In case the meaning was lost on anybody, he stated that "the report is my testimony."  That's what he claimed, anyway.  But in that very statement, he went beyond the report, adding new impeachment bait by stating that the only reason he didn't pursue an obstruction charge was that he couldn't prosecute Trump while he's in office.  Former prosecutor Andrew McCarthy of National Review called it an explosive statement, that "runs against what we had heard up until now ... that the Office of Legal Council guidance was the reason why they didn't make a decision about obstruction."

Robert Mueller pulls a Comey by desecrating the rule of law.  A frail Robert Mueller stepped in front of the cameras to confirm that he was the living embodiment of Peter Strzok's 'insurance policy".  In a faltering voice, a fragile-looking Mueller exposed the extreme bias he holds against President Trump.  Turning the 300 years of common law and American jurisprudence on its head, Mueller essentially said that Trump was guilty until proven innocent.

Law enforcement, media changed standards for Trump.  [Scroll down]  Mueller repeated the point in his recent public statement.  "If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so," he said.  "We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime."  It was a mind-blowing moment for some Justice Department veterans.  Since when do prosecutors hand out certificates of exoneration to the people they investigate?  (Answer:  They don't.)  Since when has "not exonerated" been an accepted legal outcome — as in "How does the jury find the defendant?  We find him not exonerated."  (Answer:  Never.)

Mueller must testify publicly to answer three critical questions.  In that twinkling zone between man and myth, Robert Mueller transcends the mundane.  Even in refusing to reach a conclusion on criminal conduct, he is excused.  As Mueller himself declared, we are to ask him no questions or expect any answers beyond his final report.  But his motivations as special counsel can only be found within an approved range that starts at "selfless" and ends at "heroic."  Democratic Representative Mike Quigley of Illinois defended Mueller's refusal to reach a conclusion as simply "protecting" President Trump in a moment of "extreme fairness."  Yet, as I noted previously, Mueller's position on the investigation has become increasingly conflicted and, at points, unintelligible.  As someone who defended Mueller's motivations against the unrelenting attacks of Trump, I found his press conference to be baffling, and it raised serious concerns over whether some key decisions are easier to reconcile on a political rather than a legal basis.  Three decisions stand out that are hard to square with Mueller's image as an apolitical icon.  If he ever deigns to answer questions, his legacy may depend on his explanations.

How a Special Counsel Disgraced Himself and the US Government.  By talking about whether or not the president was guilty of committing a crime, Mueller revealed the fact that he was not investigating whether or not the president committed the crime.  Mueller would never confess to trying to pin any old crime on the president, but the way he expressed himself in those two sentences is a dead giveaway: he failed to identify the specific crime being investigated and thus telegraphed the fact that for the purposes of his investigation, any crime would do.

Charlie Daniels to Nadler, Democrats:  I Double Dare You to Call Mueller to Testify.  Robert Mueller's summation of his investigation of President Trump has — at least in my opinion — actually created more questions than it has answered.  His admission of not being able to prove or disprove obstruction of justice either speaks to gross incompetence or nothing to be found, and his willingness to make the strange statement, "If we had been able to prove the president innocent of obstruction, we would have said so," has cast a shadow of total uncertainty over his entire two-year fiasco.  If Trump is guilty, I want him held accountable, but if he is not — and if the treasure and effort Mueller expended over the last two years have not been able to prove guilt — how else is it going to be proven.  He should be considered exonerated and, finally, and at last, allowed to conduct the business of the nation without constant irritation from camera-drunk empty suits like Adam Schiff, the shrill nonsense of young socialist revolutionaries and the maniacal ravings of Maxine Waters.

Left-wing media bias galore on impeachment, abortion and immigration.  Mueller Time came and went.  Now it's Impeachment Time, at least according to the "neutral" media.  Of course, now-former Special Counsel Robert Mueller never said President Trump should be impeached.  But that didn't stop journalists, who used every rhetorical trick in the book to push that narrative against the president.  Both MSNBC host Chris Hayes and CNN Chief Political Analyst Gloria Borger dissected Mueller's Wednesday news conference about his report, relying on either "reading between the lines" or "If you read between the lines."

Mueller should have just kept his mouth shut.  In his news conference Wednesday, special counsel Robert Mueller explained why he wouldn't testify before Congress.  "Any testimony from this office would not go beyond our report," he said, adding:  "The report is my testimony."  This is precisely why Mueller shouldn't have held a news conference.  President Trump's critics are now picking apart his statement.  Like with a verbal Rorschach test, they are reading between the lines to find what they want to find.  For example, in his report Mueller definitively declared his investigation "did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government."  But in his news conference, Mueller said that "there was insufficient evidence to charge a broader conspiracy."

Did Mueller sit on his no-collusion conclusion?  What did Robert Mueller know, and when did he know it?  This was among the questions that the Russiagate special counsel dodged at Wednesday's Justice Department photo opportunity.  More concretely, did Mueller promptly report his no-collusion conclusion, or did he cover it up for months, to enervate President Donald J. Trump and energize Democrats?  Meanwhile, America tore itself in two.  Mueller's 22-month-long inquiry was like chemotherapy — an invasive, all-consuming nightmare, though seemingly necessary to excise a malignancy.  Serious suspicions existed that the Republican party's standard-bearer conspired with the Kremlin to capture the White House.

Where are Republicans, media?  What about presumption of innocence?  Where are the Republicans and where were they yesterday when our rule of law was violated?  The media dishonestly supported the destruction of our rule of law during Mueller's speech in which he indicted the President without a crime while pretending he wasn't.  Without the presumption of innocence, we are cooked.  It's impossible to prove innocence against baseless allegations.  Mueller said, "If we had confidence the President did not clearly commit a crime, we would have said so."  He turned American jurisprudence upside down, taking the standard of innocence until proven guilty and reverse it.  He smeared the President because he didn't prove he was innocent.  Democrats are on the verge of completely abandoning the Western rule of law and appear to think nothing of our values or culture.  The media is corrupt and Republicans are MIA.

Robert Muellers's 8-minute political dirty trick:  Preserving FBI corruption.  Former FBI director and Special Counsel Robert Muller staged an eight-minute press conference Wednesday [5/29/2019].  It was actually an 8-minute political dirty trick during which he confessed to wasting an estimated 30 million taxpayer dollars.  He stated that "under long-standing [US Justice] Department policy, a President cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office.  That is unconstitutional.  Even if the charge is kept under seal and hidden from public view — that too is prohibited."  So, no charges.  But Mueller spent that $30 million on something far more important to today's Democrat Party:  Preserving the FBI corruption the Obama Administration had so painstakingly installed in the agency.

Mueller's Final Statement Turns Jurisprudence On Its Head.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller today [spent] 10 minutes publicly stating that his 448-page, two-part, $35 million and 22-months-in-the-making report speaks for itself, as he announced he was closing shop and retiring.  In so doing, he said he couldn't charge a sitting President with a crime, but if he could have exonerated him he would have said so.  This starkly politicizes presidential investigations going forward and indicts, if we may say so, the already-dubious system of weaponizing a lawyer with a blank check, no deadline, and an open-ended mandate for him to fish where he likes with minimal oversight.

Dershowitz Hits Mueller For Putting 'His Elbow' 'On The Scale Of Justice'.  Former Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz wrote a Wednesday op-ed in The Hill lambasting special counsel Robert Mueller for comments he made during a press conference earlier in the day.  "If we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said so," Mueller said during his first press conference since submitting the report to Attorney General William Barr.  "We did not, however, make a determination as to whether the president did commit a crime.  The introduction to the volume two of our report explains that decision."

Robert Mueller's 'no questions' routine is absolute nonsense.  The very first and purportedly only press conference by special counsel Robert Mueller had the feeling of a Mount Sinai moment for Washington this week.  Indeed, his message seemed to be the same as that of Moses, which is have faith and do not question.  Mueller spoke some 1,200 words before virtually admonishing the press corps that "I hope and expect this to be the only time that I will speak to you in this manner."  After refusing to answer questions, he went back to the place from whence he came.  Last week, I wrote that it has become sacrilegious to question the motives or performance of Mueller.  His press conference was the greatest test of such blind faith.  Mueller announced that "the report is my testimony" and that he would not answer questions from Congress either, beyond what is already in his final report.  From anyone else, such a statement would be denounced as arrogant, evasive, or both.  However, many members of Congress and the media accepted it as the gospel according to Mueller.

Robert Mueller and the Art of Innuendo.  Robert Mueller's Wednesday morning press conference provided more evidence that President Trump has been right about him all along.  After asserting that his final report to the attorney general on Russian interference in the 2016 election "speaks for itself," and that nothing he or the special counsel's office would say in future would go beyond that report, he deliberately threw additional fuel on the "obstruction of justice" dumpster fire.

Mueller's Statement and the Law of Unintended Consequences.  On Wednesday [5/29/2019], former Special Counsel Robert Mueller opted to make a nine-minute formal statement as he was closing down his office and retiring from the Department of Justice.  In his statement reviewing his two-year, $35 million-dollar investigation into whether the Trump Campaign colluded with Vladimir Putin and Russian agents to win the 2016 Presidential election, Mueller essentially acknowledged once again that there was not a scintilla of evidence regarding any such collusion.  Without using the "H" word, he essentially conceded that the entire claim of collusion was fabricated.  A Hoax on the American people.  He did not elaborate on the Hoax, but it was a hoax perpetrated by Hillary Clinton, her people, Democrats, Left media, and even RINO "Never Trumpers," all of whom could not fathom how Donald Trump had won the Presidency.

Hillary Clinton, the queen of obstruction, demands accountability after Mueller speaks.  Robert Mueller had perhaps his final say on Wednesday but Hillary Clinton apparently had not.  Mueller said that he couldn't prove Trump was innocent.  Meanwhile, Hillary, the person who did commit crimes, is demanding accountability.  Welcome to Alice in D.C. land.  Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor, told us Wednesday [5/29/2019] that he could not say if Donald Trump committed a crime.  When I was in law school, I took a criminal procedure class.  If I had said, the prosecutor could not prove that no crime was committed, I would have received an "F."  In Washington, however, that qualifies you to be a special prosecutor.

Five things that will happen if House Dems move to impeach Trump.  President Trump and his defenders can successfully attack former Special Counsel Robert Mueller or congressional Democrats on impeachment — but not both.  The independent voters who will decide the 2020 election don't have time for multiple sets of arguments.  Moreover, independent voters have limited interest in all things political.  So the president and his advocates should keep it simple and focus on Congress, not Mueller, who resigned Wednesday [5/29/2019].  Mueller didn't say anything when he spoke to journalists Wednesday that hadn't already appeared in his report.  That was the point of his news conference.

Bob Mueller Runs and Hides in Eight Minutes to Avoid Having to Answer One Key Question.  Robert Mueller's eight- to nine-minute statement Wednesday morning [5/27/2019] at the DOJ was designed for one thing only: to avoid having to answer one key question in his testimony.  When did you know there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia?  If the answer, as many, including Andrew C. McCarthy, are indicating, is somewhere in Fall 2017, what in the Sam Hill was Mueller doing putting the country through two years of prolonged agony?  It's not likely he did all this to prop up CNN's faltering ratings.  Was it, just by chance, to induce obstruction from one Donald J. Trump who — like a relatively normal person but with a shorter fuse than most, justifiable in this case — would react like a stuck pig to being falsely charged for so long?  That would have been essentially entrapment.

Mueller Just Proved His Entire Operation Was A Political Hit Job That Trampled The Rule Of Law.  If there were any doubts about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's political intentions, his unprecedented press conference on Wednesday should put them all to rest.  As he made abundantly clear during his doddering reading of a prepared statement that repeatedly contradicted itself, Mueller had no interest in the equal application of the rule of law.  He gave the game, and his nakedly political intentions, away repeatedly throughout his statement.  "It is important that the office's written work speak for itself," Mueller said, referring to his office's 448-page report. [...] The report has been speaking for itself since April 18, when it was released.  If it's important for the work to speak for itself, then why did Mueller schedule a press conference in which he would speak for it weeks after it was released?  The statement, given the venue in which it was provided, is self-refuting.

Mueller's Shamelessly Corrupt Valedictory.  As he departed the Justice Department, Special Counsel Robert Mueller delivered a valedictory address in which he reiterated the main points of his office's written investigative report.  In doing so, he explicitly confirmed what many of us have recognized from the beginning, i.e., that the efforts of his handpicked team of Hillary Clinton acolytes comprised first, last, and always a taxpayer funded exercise in political opposition research masquerading as a criminal investigation of Donald Trump.

Mueller Tried to Entrap Trump.  Mueller had a plan.  He would use his witchhunt to anger the president enough that he would try to stop the investigation and if he didn't, compile as much information that could be painted as obstruction for his report, which could then be used as a template for impeachment, where the threshold is lower because the House decides what are "high crimes and misdemeanors."  Attorney General William Barr put a stop to that.  Prior to the report's submission, Barr ordered Mueller to highlight the 6e (grand jury material) that by law could not be publicly released.  Mueller disobeyed that order, thinking it would force a delay in releasing the report because redaction would take time.

Shame on Robert Mueller for exceeding his role.  The statement by special counsel Robert Mueller in a Wednesday press conference that "if we had confidence that the president clearly did not commit a crime, we would have said that" is worse than the statement made by then-FBI Director James Comey regarding Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign.  Comey declared in a July 2016 press conference that "although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information."  Comey was universally criticized for going beyond his responsibility to state whether there was sufficient evidence to indict Clinton.  Mueller, however, did even more.  He went beyond the conclusion of his report and gave a political gift to Democrats in Congress who are seeking to institute impeachment proceedings against President Trump.  By implying that President Trump might have committed obstruction of justice, Mueller effectively invited Democrats to institute impeachment proceedings.

Mueller defends Barr:  Says no contradiction on obstruction, releases document to provide more context.  Special counsel Robert Mueller released a document comparing his assertions about obstruction of justice to what Attorney General William Barr said about it.  Mueller delivered a public address about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Wednesday, after which some politicians and pundits argued the special counsel contradicted Barr.  Hours later, NBC News obtained a copy of the document and shared it on MSNBC.

The Cunning Cowardice of Robert Mueller.  Today, Special Counsel Robert Mueller gave an approximately nine minute speech at the Justice Department.  In the speech, he announced that he was closing the office of the Special Counsel and returning to private life.  Goodbye and good riddance. [...] It hurts my heart to call a Marine a coward.  My Dad was a Korean Conflict Marine.  Mueller is a combat wounded Vietnam War Marine.  Mr. Mueller has spent three decades in Washington, D.C. since joining the Department of Justice and The Swamp has many tentacles that wrap around a person's soul and steals it.  We have all seen it happen.  It happens to career bureaucrats and elected officials.  They are straight shooters, they go to D.C. and are suddenly transformed.  Being able to dine out in the right restaurants, get invited to the right cocktail parties, and get your kids into the right schools becomes more important than your convictions.  You become a coward in The Swamp.  Robert Mueller is a cunning coward.  Every word in his speech was carefully crafted.  He said nothing that wasn't in the released report.  But, he chose to emphasize certain phrases.

2020 Democrats Renew Impeachment Frenzy After Robert Mueller Speaks.  Several Democrat presidential candidates on Wednesday [5/29/2019] took to social media to call on Congress to begin impeachment proceeding against President Donald Trump following special counsel Robert Mueller's press conference about his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election.  Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) declared Mueller's statement "makes clear" that his report is an "impeachment referral" for Congress to act upon.  "They should," she declared.

Hannity Panel Slams Mueller:  He Has Been Devious and His Remarks Only Serve to Help the Democrats.  "Why were these statements, Mueller's statements intended to hurt Trump.  And we all know that prosecutors, if they don't reach a standard of indictment, they don't leave a cloud.  There's a reason for that.  You don't have a right to say, I don't have the evidence, but maybe something happened.  And that's what he did today."

Robert Mueller is Scared to Death of Testifying.  This man Mueller has done more damage to our Constitution, more damage to our Bill of Rights, more damage to our Fourth Amendment than Vladimir Putin has ever done, or would hope to do.  What has Mueller done to this country?  To divide this country...  To serve as an agent of impeachment since day one.  Because anyone accused like this should have a chance to prove their innocence.  Every serious prosecutor knows it.  Every serious lawyer knows it.  And every citizen knows it.  The Democrats want an easy path to impeachment and they know Mueller just helped them.  They want an easy path and Mueller was it.

Democrats Have Always Wanted to Impeach Trump.  Mueller's equivocation and inconsistency tell you all you need to know.  This was always a political hit job with two alternatively acceptable goals in mind:  either they were going to impeach the president or damage and undermine him going into the 2020 elections.  To be clear, I don't think Democrats truly care which one it is so long as Donald Trump does not win reelection next year.  There are several sickening aspects to yesterday.  First, as Sean Davis at The Federalist noted, we had Robert Mueller trying to propose a new legal theory that an uncharged person was not innocent.  Not only does that flip the presumption of innocence on its head — positing now that someone is guilty until that person can prove himself or herself innocent — it also shows that Mueller intended to muddy the waters and wants to undercut this president.

Robert Mueller Delivers (Opening) Statement.  The Scheme Team always had a central problem.  Their plan needed to utilize the Weissmann-Mueller report, and standing testimonial support therein, as a launching platform for impeachment proceedings.  However, they also couldn't have Mueller appear before congress because he would face questions that would expose & collapse the fraud.  After several weeks of "negotiations" (ie. discussions and planning sessions) by Chairman Jerry Nadler and the "small DOJ/FBI group" of political usurpers, they decided to have Mueller deliver an opening statement to congress, and then immediately leave without facing questions.  Today, Mueller did exactly that.

America [has been] left to face the nasty consequences of Robert Mueller's actions.  With his work done and his office closing, Robert Mueller could have quietly slipped back into private life.  Instead, he gave himself a blowout retirement party — and leaves America to suffer the nasty consequences.  On his way out the door, Mueller pointed at President Trump and told Democrats to get him.  In a flash, the next 18 months were spoken for.  If you doubt it, look at the way Dems reacted.  Or rather, the way they erupted.  From Congress to the 2020 campaign trail, they united in concluding that the special counsel encouraged them to nail the president.

Robert Mueller, Partisan Fraud.  Much has been written about Robert Mueller's appearance before the press today, in which spoke briefly and nervously, repeating points that have already been made ad nauseam in his own report and elsewhere.  Why did he do it?  And why did he appear so nervous while he did it?  Speculation has been rampant.  Scott posted a transcript of Mueller's remarks earlier today.  Much could be said about them, but I want to focus on just one aspect of Mueller's characterization of his own investigation.

Mueller: Special counsel probe did not exonerate Trump.  Special counsel Robert Mueller said Wednesday he was legally barred from charging President Donald Trump with a crime but pointedly emphasized that his Russia report did not exonerate the president.  If he could have cleared Trump of obstruction of justice he "would have said so," Mueller declared.

'Not Exonerated' Is Not a Standard Any Free Country Should Accept.  Investigators are supposed to look for evidence that a crime was committed, and, if they don't find enough to contend that a crime was a committed, they are supposed to say "We didn't find enough to contend that a crime was committed."  They are not supposed to look for evidence that a crime was not committed and then say, "We couldn't find evidence of innocence."  I understand that Mueller was in an odd position.  I understand, too, that this wasn't a criminal trial.  But I don't think those norms are rendered any less important by those facts.  By asking the executive to investigate itself, it was guaranteed — yes, guaranteed — that we'd have a fight over "obstruction of justice."

Robert Mueller is a Sleazy, Shameful, Partisan Hack.  Robert Mueller should have been disbarred decades ago, along with his enforcer Andrew Weismann; that is how egregious his record of malfeasance is, all matters of public record.  What he did Wednesday morning [5/29/2019] was his final IED tossed at the President to placate his Democrat overlords who desperately want to impeach Trump.  But for what?  Mueller gave no list of felonies in his report nor did he detail any crimes of which Trump is even amorphously guilty.

Did Anyone Catch This Tweak That Mueller Made About The Russian Collusion Findings?  Since 2019 the Democrats have been slowly building up towards impeachment proceedings.  Heck, Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-NY), his posse, and his politically motivated subpoenas over Trump's taxes and bank records are all but a massive game of impeachment bingo.  The Democrats are throwing up whatever against the wall and sees what sticks, even if it's nowhere near as explosive as Russian collusion, which has been debunked.  Or has it?  Mueller used the phrase "insufficient evidence" to describe that aspect of his report today [5/29/2019] in a presser, where he took no questions.  That's odd.  That's a bit different than what's in the report on this matter:  "the investigation did not establish that members of the Trump Campaign conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in its election interference activities."

Mueller Was Trapped by the Constitution.  Only the president is authorized and required to take care that our laws be faithfully executed.  To ensure he is able to do that, only the president is given the power to commission the officers of the United States. [...] Throughout this drama, we have lurked in a small minority — perhaps of one — arguing that the President should have fired Mr. Mueller the moment he learned of his appointment.  He should have done so precisely because the president didn't commission him.

No Questions? Nonsense — Mueller Must Testify.  fter two years of investigation, Robert Mueller on Wednesday gave his first public statement since the inception of the special counsel's office.  Mueller's remarks, which lasted less than 10 minutes and entertained no questions, offered no new substantive information apart from the announcement that the office was formally closing and that Mueller would be resigning from the Justice Department.  The statement was carefully designed to give the mainstream media and Democrats in Congress an excuse to continue calling for an investigation and potential impeachment of the president.  It also let Mueller portray himself as an unbiased and objective public servant merely stating "the facts."

Another Mueller-Comey One-Two Punch.  Most Americans are unaware of the long history of comradeship and chicanery between Special Counsel Robert Mueller and former FBI Director James Comey.  For nearly two decades, the pair have held the same jobs, earned the same foes, and swaggered in the same rarified sphere of political prestige and privilege.  This week, the country has been treated to another reminder of how often the twosome operates in tandem.  In fact, their prior relationship should have disqualified Mueller from overseeing an investigation into one of Comey's fiercest critics and the man who fired him, President Donald Trump.  Without Comey helping to fabricate the Trump-Russia collusion narrative in 2016, there wouldn't have been a Mueller investigation into fabricated Trump-Russia election collusion.

Mueller makes impeachment tightrope tougher to walk for Dems.  Bob Mueller decided to shoot up the town before he rode off into the sunset.  It is fair enough to observe that in his short but explosive speech, delivered at the Justice Department Wednesday morning, the special counsel did not say anything that wasn't already set forth in his report — a point being emphasized by the White House.  The sprawling report is 448 pages long, however.  In his nine-minute address, Mueller quite consciously highlighted the portions of the report that fuel the Democrats' calls for impeachment.

'Turning The Rule Of Law On Its Head' — Judicial Watch President Calls For Investigation Of Robert Mueller.  Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton called for an investigation into Robert Mueller for suggesting "wrongdoing by an innocent person without any foundation."  Fitton's Wednesday night [5/29/2019] appearance on Fox Business' "Lou Dobbs Tonight" comes after the former special counsel delivered prepared remarks regarding his investigation.

Mueller offers sly impeachment bait.  Robert Mueller's 11 A.M. statement to the media today [5/29/2019] stuck to what was in his report (which he said "speaks for itself") but selectively highlighted and sequenced points intended to damage President Trump, providing obvious bait for impeachment proceedings. [...] I see this as a defensive move, perhaps to protect his good friend James Comey, as well as protect his office's record in the face of disappointment by the Trump-haters that he provided no indictments.

Robert Mueller himself

James Comey and Robert Mueller have Massive Clinton Foundation Problems.  James Comey is not an effective liar.  He fooled only the gullible last week with his evasive testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee.  Previously, Robert Mueller was also not effective deterring the Trump Administration from uncovering significant, far-reaching crimes that the former F.B.I. Director "missed" from September 2001 through September 2013.  For almost 18 years, Comey and Mueller have been covering for powerful Republicans and Democrats, letting serious crimes go unpunished.  Many of these involved fake charities that operate internationally, including the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.  These are perfect conduits to trade donations for influence, especially for foreign governments who, in theory, are barred from investing in U.S. politicians.

Trump team suspected Mueller cognitive decline.  The political world was stunned on July 24, 2019, when Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller testified before the House and Senate.  It was not anything Mueller said that shocked observers — it was his demeanor.  The 74-year-old special counsel appeared confused at times.  He sometimes had difficulty answering the most basic questions.  He had difficulty forming complex sentences.  The Mueller at the witness table was a far cry from the Mueller who took over the FBI 18 years earlier.  Colleagues remembered a man who was super sharp, on top of everything, a micromanager.  Now, many of those watching were concerned.

Judicial Watch:  Mueller may have lied to Congress about conflict of interest.  Did Donald Trump tell the truth about Robert Mueller after all?  Trump vehemently objected to Mueller's appointment as special counsel in 2017, claiming that Mueller had interviewed to replace James Comey as FBI Director just days before the appointment by Rod Rosenstein.  Mueller denied that claim, including during his testimony before Congress in July of last year.  Rep. Greg Steube (R-FL) made sure to get Mueller on the record on that point, and Mueller insisted that he'd never been in consideration for the job.

Mueller and Weissmann Op-Eds Greatly at Odds With Their Report and Evidence.  In response to President Trump's commutation of Roger Stone's prison sentence last week, the Russia investigation's two lead prosecutors published op-eds in the nation's top newspapers that fueled the collusion narrative their own investigation failed to validate.  As they chided Stone and others for alleged deceptions, both Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller and one of his top deputies, Andrew Weissmann, made claims greatly at odds with their official report, discrepancies that they did not acknowledge.  Neither responded to emailed requests Thursday [7/16/2020] for comment.

I Lost My Respect For Robert Mueller Long Ago.  In Sunday's Washington Post, Robert Mueller — allegedly — penned a "letter" commenting on the commutation of Roger Stone's sentence following his conviction for obstructing Congress, witness tampering, and making false statements.  The letter is behind the WaPo paywall. [...] Mueller's letter to the WaPo seems to me to be of a kind with the Mueller letter to Attorney General Barr following the delivery of the Mueller Report to DOJ.  My opinion is that Weissman drafted both, and because of their long and close relationship, Mueller was willing to put his name on the letters because Weissman's motives would have been transparent if his signature was attached.  Both are efforts at self-justification.

Robert Mueller Was Obama's Shield — Graham Open To Mueller Hearing.  Why is it important to understand the duality of purpose for the appointment of the special counsel run by the figure-head (in name only) of Robert Mueller?  Because from the outset the seventeen Lawfare lawyers who formed the resistance unit operation took control over the DOJ.  That was a large purpose of their installation.  The Mueller resistance unit controlled everything, including every impediment to congress.  Despite the fact they should have been aware of this, many individual Senators and congressional representatives now claim they had no idea of this purpose.  Setting aside their willful blindness; all that stuff is in the rear-view and only leads to anger in a debate that needs to look forward; the issue now becomes putting indisputable evidence, an actionable trigger, in front of them and forcing public confrontation.

Mueller writes op-ed to defend his investigation.  Former special counsel Robert Mueller defended his investigation of Roger Stone on Saturday after President Donald Trump commuted the prison sentence for his longtime friend.  "We made every decision in Stone's case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of law," Mueller wrote in an op-ed at The Washington Post.

'Some neurological problem': Flynn lawyer speculates about Mueller's mental acuity.  A lawyer for former national security adviser Michael Flynn questioned special counsel Robert Mueller's mental acuity as Flynn's legal team seeks to dismiss the charges against him.  "It seems like some neurological problem has evolved there for Mr. Mueller.  I don't know how soon that started.  Ultimately, he is responsible for all of this because he was supervising the investigation," Sidney Powell told John Catsimatidis on The Cats Roundtable radio show on Sunday [5/3/2020].  Flynn, who served as President Trump's national security adviser for less than a month, pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his conversations with a Russian diplomat before Trump entered the White House.

Report: Mueller Hid Evidence Exonerating Don Jr.  Over Infamous Trump Tower Meeting.  Despite the fact that the Mueller report proved there was no collusion between Donald Trump and the Russians during the 2016 campaign, Democrats were convinced that there was more evidence out there, perhaps in the tiny fraction of the report that was redacted for national security reasons, that proved Trump actually did collude with the Russians.  It turns out that the most interesting things about Mueller's investigation were not what was redacted from the report, but what wasn't included in the first place.  According to investigative reporter John Solomon, Bob Mueller hid evidence exonerating Donald Trump Jr. over the infamous Trump Tower meeting, during which Democrats were convinced he had met with a Russian lawyer to discuss dirt on Hillary Clinton.

Robert Mueller's friends think 'something happened' to him during Russia investigation:  Author.  People close to Robert Mueller believe "something happened" to the former special counsel over the course of his two-year Russia investigation, according to a reporter.  The Washington Post's Carol Leonnig, who is the co-author of the new book A Very Stable Genius about President Trump, described on Tuesday how difficult it was for some of Mueller's close family friends to watch his shaky testimony before Congress last summer.  "Phil [Rucker] and I, my co-author, we are not medical professionals, but over and over again, John, we heard from people who are very close to Bob Mueller who found him a different person, a changed person, after two years of this investigation," Leonnig told CNN host John Berman.

White House officials:  Mueller pursued FBI director post in 2017, contrary to sworn testimony.  Several White House officials have confirmed President Trump's assertion that former special counsel Robert Mueller was hoping to become the director of the FBI when he first met with Trump in 2017.  Mueller was seeking the top job at the FBI when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein approached him to become special counsel, administrative officials told Fox News.  Mueller denied that he was pursuing the job under oath during testimony before Congress.

There's A Good Reason People Hate The Media.  Remember Robert Mueller?  Seems like forever ago when he was granted sainthood by Democrats and billed as David against the Trump Goliath, but it was only April.  When his report exposed journalists as frauds, his mentions on cable news dipped and the narrative switched from "Russian collusion" to "obstruction of justice!" [...] A study by the Washington Free Beacon found, "After mentioning Mueller an average of at least 3,398 times a month on its airwaves over the past 26-and-a-half months, MSNBC broadcasts only mentioned his name 370 times in August, a decrease of more than 89 percent.  CNN's drop was even more precipitous; after his name was heard an average of at least 2,716 times a month over that same period, it fell to 177 times in August, a drop of more than 93 percent."  What happened?  He didn't deliver the goods, or at least the goods they wanted, so he's no longer useful.

Robert Mueller helped Saudi Arabia cover up its role in 9/11 attacks: suit.  After a lengthy investigation, special counsel Robert Mueller charged Russia made "multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election" and said the incursion "deserves the attention of every American."  But former FBI investigators say their old boss didn't feel the same concern when they uncovered multiple, systemic efforts by the Saudi government to assist the hijackers in the lead-up to the 9/11 attacks — a far more consequential, to say nothing of deadly, foreign influence operation on America.  As the head of the FBI at the time, they say Mueller was not nearly as interested in investigating that espionage conspiracy, which also involved foreign intelligence officers.  Far from it, the record shows he covered up evidence pointing back to the Saudi Embassy and Riyadh — and may have even misled Congress about what he knew.

Robert Mueller — Befuddled Old Man or Sly as a Fox.  It is quite possible Mueller was intentionally constructing a new public image in an attempt to shield himself from being indicted for his participation in possible criminal conduct he knows is currently being investigated by the Department of Justice.  For instance, like whether or not Mueller personally broke any laws when:
  •   As Director of the FBI, he allegedly facilitated the furtherance of an illegal pay-for-play kickback scheme that involved the sale of 20% of America's uranium supply to Russia;
  •   As Director of the FBI, he allegedly signed off on an extremely lenient plea deal involving Jeffrey Epstein in 2008 that today some believe was intended to help conceal, and possibly protect, the continued existence of Epstein's alleged global sex-trafficking/extortion operations; and
  •   As Special Counsel, he allegedly facilitated an unlawful conspiracy to remove from office a duly elected President of the United States — i.e., a coup d'état.

Mueller owes Trump $5.8 million.  The week after Robert Mueller became FBI director, 9/11 happened.  A week later, anthrax attacks began, which killed five people.  Mueller took personal charge of the investigation.  It was a disaster.  After sending agents to interview 9,000 people on six continents, the Mueller investigation publicly named government virologist Steven Hatfill as a person of interest.  Dr. Hatfill was innocent.  He sued.  The government paid him $5.8 million to drop the lawsuit.  The public never got to learn what happened because the Bush administration paid hush money to avoid a trial.

Robert Mueller Should Be Arrested for Conspiracy to Overthrow the President of the United States.  The Mueller report, which had no choice as there was no evidence, but to clear Donald Trump of conspiring with Russian President Putin to steal the last US presidential election from Hillary Clinton, nevertheless managed to keep an aspect of the manufactured hoax known as "Russiagate" alive by indicting some Russian intelligence officers and a Russian Internet clickbait operation for attempting to discredit Hillary with Internet postings.  At the time I noticed that Muller's indictments were based only on his assertion and not on any evidence. [...] Democrats and presstitutes were determined to get Trump by any means and remain uninterested in how justice is obstructed when there is no crime.  In retrospect, not picking up on Mueller's indictment-by-hearsay of Russians was a mistake.

Shame on Robert Mueller — Again.  Nowhere is the collapse of the Democratic Party as a coherent political organization more evident than in the astounding metamorphosis of Robert Mueller.  He returned to public notice as special counsel and was instantly heralded by the Democratic media as a virtual Douglas MacArthur of selfless national duty, precisely the sort of rigorous, incorruptible, no-nonsense public servant who would tear the Trump fraud of corruption and artificiality, dirty tricks, shady accounting, and outrageous misbehavior apart and expose the whole rotten mess that had, by nightmarish mischance, moved into the White House (where the Clinton pay-to-play casino should already have been installed).

Joe diGenova shares conspiracy theory about FBI using Mueller phone to secretly record Trump.  Attorney Joe diGenova amplified a conspiracy theory about special counsel Robert Mueller during an interview Wednesday [7/17/2019] on Fox Business.  On Lou Dobbs Tonight, diGenova, a former U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, referred to an interview Mueller had with President Trump in May 2017 about taking over as FBI director after James Comey was fired.  "Something very interesting that hasn't been written about occurred," diGenova told guest host Gregg Jarrett.  "Bob Mueller went into that meeting with [Deputy Attorney General] Rod Rosenstein, and it was just three of them in the Oval Office, and Bob Mueller had a telephone, a cellphone," diGenova told Jarrett.  "He left that cellphone in Oval Office after the meeting.  And it is now believed by many people that cellphone was used to broadcast the meeting between the president, Rod Rosenstein, and Bob Mueller, back to FBI headquarters, where they recorded the conversation with the president," diGenova said, before adding that Mueller likely left the phone there to "record what happened after they left."

How the US Justice System Can Put You in Jail Forever... When You're Innocent.  Perhaps the worst case of persecution of known innocent defendants involves former special counsel Robert Mueller, who investigated President Trump.  Mueller not only knew early on that Trump was innocent of all the criminal accusations leveled against him, but ignored credible allegations of even worse crimes by Hillary Clinton.  It gets worse.  In the Whitey Bulger case, Mueller withheld exculpatory evidence that would have freed four innocent men, two of whom died in prison.

Robert Mueller Will Testify July 17th.  According to Adam Schiff, Robert Mueller has agreed to deliver congressional testimony to a "joint panel" of the House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees, on July 17th.

Robert Mueller agrees to testify before House lawmakers July 17 after subpoena, Nadler and Schiff announce.  Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on July 17 after they subpoenaed the special counsel Tuesday [6/25/2019], according to the committees' chairmen, Reps.  Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif.  Congressional Democrats have fought to get access to Mueller and his unredacted report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether President Trump obstructed justice.  Weeks of negotiations between House Democrats and the Justice Department ultimately ended with the subpoena.

Robert Mueller:  A Scary and Mendacious Man.  Robert Mueller's troublesome, unethical, and corrupt FBI career prior to his appointment as the special counsel on the Trump-Russia Collusion investigation deserves a serious vetting.  I provide here two points of reference: a monograph by sitting congressman and former Texas State Court judge Louie Gohmert titled "Robert Mueller:  Unmasked" and a book by Louisiana attorney and sitting Louisiana state senator John Milkovich titled Robert Mueller:  Errand Boy for the New World Order.  Congressman Gohmert's 48-page monograph is a discussion of a "long and sordid history of illicitly targeting innocent people that is a stain upon the legacy of American jurisprudence.  He lacks the judgment and credibility to lead the prosecution of anyone."

Dirty Cop Robert Mueller Selectively Edited Trump Lawyer Voice Mail.  The Mueller Report (which debunked the media's Russia Collusion Hoax and cleared Trump of obstruction) contains a transcript of a voicemail left by an attorney for Donald Trump to an attorney for former national security adviser Michael Flynn, that is selectively edited to look incriminating.  The transcript is in the second part of the report, the part where Dirty Cop Mueller attempts to pretend President Trump is guilty of obstruction of justice (Spoiler alert:  he's not — not even close).  If you look at the text of the voice mail that the Mueller Report (which debunked the media's Russia Collusion Hoax and cleared Trump of obstruction) chose to publish, it gives an entirely different impression from the full transcript, which was just released last week.

Deep State and Democrats Are Terrified of Doddering "Figurehead" Mueller Testifying — He's Unable to Answer Material Questions.  Mueller cannot get in front of a Congressional panel to address questions about his Mueller report.  Deep State won't let him.  It would be devastating to their coup.  "Placeholder" Mueller does not know all that happened under his watch.  For two years the Mueller special counsel was investigating the President of the United States.  The Democrats and their Deep State cheered him on.  Numerous corrupt and criminal events took place.  The last thing that the Democrats now want is for him to testify in public about his bogus, dishonest and one-sided report.

A Made Man (Mueller) Unmakes Himself.  In the political atmosphere in which Robert Mueller was born, he, like John Kerry, was virtually assured of a prestigious place in society:  He was a tall white man with a hatchet jaw who (like his classmate Kerry) went to an expensive private school — St.  Paul's — and came from a well-connected and well-off family.  His wife, Ann Cabell Standish Mueller, is related to Charles Cabell, once deputy director of the CIA.  Richard Bissell, formerly the CIA's director of plans, is his cousin.  Both men were fired by President Kennedy for their roles in the Bay of Pigs fiasco.  His own public service career includes a number of spectacular failures as well:  He kept four innocent men in jail for years (one for 35 years) to protect the vicious criminal Whitey Bulger, who had at times been an FBI informant.

Mueller is a Dirty Cop.  Congressman Gohmert opens his article with this statement, "Robert Mueller has a long and sordid history of illicitly targeting innocent people.  His many actions are a stain upon the legacy of American jurisprudence.  He lacks the judgment and credibility to lead the prosecution of anyone."  Gohmert said that he was one of the few who were not surprised when Mueller started selecting his assistants in the Special Counsel's office.  He knew their reputations for indicting people innocent of the charges and forcing them into bankruptcy by running up their legal fees.  He said they'll even threaten innocent family members with prosecution so the victim will agree to plead guilty so more harm is not incurred on the family.  Sound familiar?  It is exactly what has happened to Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn.  Meanwhile Mueller and his prosecutors are spending millions of our tax dollars.  The Congressman makes it clear that anyone who states that Mueller is beyond reproach and has a stellar history is wanting Trump destroyed.

Robert Mueller: Unmasked.  Robert Mueller has a long and sordid history of illicitly targeting innocent people that is a stain upon the legacy of American jurisprudence.  He lacks the judgment and credibility to lead the prosecution of anyone.  I do not make these statements lightly.  Each time I prepared to question Mueller during Congressional hearings, the more concerned I became about his work ethic.  Then as I went back to begin compiling all that information in order to recount personal interactions with Mueller, the more clearly the big picture began to come into focus.  At one point I had to make the decision to stop adding to this or it would turn into a far too lengthy project.

Mark Levin says Senate must call Robert Mueller to testify:  Ask for documents, emails, give him 'the Trump treatment'.  Robert Mueller's public declaration was "orchestrated" by House Democrats and the Republican-led Senate must call him to testify, Mark Levin argued on "Hannity" Wednesday night [5/29/2019].  Responding to the former special counsel's first public comments since launching the Russia investigation, Levin blasted Mueller for providing Democrats with "propaganda" that can be used against President Trump.

The Mueller Files.  On his Fox News program, Mark Levin blasted the Mueller report as a 400-page, $35 million op-ed that amounts to an "impeachment report."  And after the finding of "no collusion," the Democrat-media axis quickly pivoted to the obstruction of justice narrative.  "Was Robert Mueller Colluding with Russia?" wondered Christopher Roach at American Greatness.  "What could possibly sow more discord," Roach notes, "than suggesting the president broke the law and stole an election by treacherously teaming up with a hostile foreign power?"  That is hardly the only question about the special counsel with the Easter Island stone face, a runner-up for the Time Magazine's "Person of the Year" award last year.

The Enemy Within.  [Scroll down]  Let's start by taking a look at the history of current Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  Robert Mueller cut his teeth as a DOJ lawyer in the same ground that the current Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi comes from, but his first real case was in Boston.  DOJ US Attorney Robert Mueller's first big break was landing the mobster Whitey Bulger as an informant, through an FBI Agent later put in prison for being Bulger's accomplice in murders.  How did Robert Mueller respond to these crimes?  He knowingly prosecuted, and sent two innocent men to prison for those murders.  The Boston Globe asked some key questions about this, but it has been largely missed.  In light of the facts and the rumors circling that Mueller's biased team is set to wrap up its Russia Investigation, Whitey Bulger's transfer to a prison in West Virginia ordered by DOJ and his imminent murder less than 24 hours after arriving there are deeply suspicious.  Why would a notorious mobster connected to Robert Mueller be assassinated in prison at the same time a crucial politically-motivated investigation led by the same Robert Mueller was under way?  This is the just the beginning of Robert Mueller's service to the Enemy Within.  Mueller had made some very powerful friends along the way after leaving Boston for Washington, D.C.  One of those friends was George Herbert Walker Bush.

Louie Gohmert on Mueller: 'This Is Not a Good Man'.  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) said Robert Mueller "is not a good man," and as FBI director purged experienced and competent agents in pursuit of "yes-men."  He offered his remarks in a Friday [4/19/2019] interview on SiriusXM's Breitbart News Daily with host Alex Marlow.  [Audio clip]

Russian dossier shows our spies are lousy.  These people are easily bamboozled.  Consider Mueller.  He went after the wrong guy in the post-9/11 anthrax case.  The real villain was an anthrax expert in the next office over.  Gee, do you think he misled Mueller on this one?  That we have given such a nincompoop like Mueller unchecked power is scary.  But equally scary is how incompetent he and his men are.

Mueller testimony, July 24, (originally July 17) 2019:

Clues About Who From Mueller Prosecution Team Is Cooperating Are Found in Interview of FBI SA Barnett.  [Scroll down]  The obvious parlor game on this issue — assuming the rumor to be based in fact — is "who could it be?"  I see strong clues in the Memorandum of SA Barnett's interview.  First, note that the various prosecutors of the SCO are not treated the same way with regard to "redactions" in the publicly filed Memorandum.  Some members of the SCO are identified by name — Andrew Weissmann, Jeanne Rhee, and Andrew Goldstein, about all of whom SA Barnett had less than flattering things to say.  At the same time, Weissmann, Rhee, and Goldstein are three of the most well-known, senior members or former members of the Department of Justice management under the Obama Administration.  But the Memorandum is redacted with regard to two other references to SCO attorneys so their names are not revealed.  For one, there seems to be only a single reaction, and the name redacted is so short it can only be SCO member Adam Jed.

If Joe Biden Is Elected, Who Will Really Be in Charge?  Let's review recent precedent.  Many Americans wondered after his pitiful performance during his House testimony, "How long has Robert Mueller been like this?" Among the extremely distressing lapses committed by the figurehead of the get-Trump special counsel investigation, was his lack of familiarity with Fusion GPS, the company that orchestrated and paid for the original Trump-Russia collusion smear.  Mueller, former Representative Trey Gowdy quipped, was the person who learned the most about the Mueller report during the testimony.  He didn't write it and he didn't read it before coming to testify.  He attempted to mask his lack of familiarity with the facts by refusing to answer questions in a manner that vaguely suggested that he knew the answer but couldn't reveal it.  We now know Mueller was just a sham leader put in place to pencil whip the regulatory requirements of an independent attorney.  The real leaders of the special counsel's probe were partisans who, in some cases, were in on the hoax from the ground floor.

T'was a Nice Republic, While It Lasted.  To lend Mueller's definitive analysis even more credibility, the very Democrat attorney who represented Clinton's former IT guy (who at Clinton's direction allegedly wiped her server clean of any evidence) was sworn in with Mueller.  This same attorney, the Democrats were relieved to hear, also ran the special counsel's day-to-day affairs while Lord Mueller apparently was napping most of the time.  But for Lord Mueller's assurances, there were absolutely no conflicts of interest in any of this, this fact might otherwise have been mildly concerning, even to CNN legal analysts, who were busy organizing impeachment parties before the hearing started.

Stepping Over Mueller's Cadaver.  Liberals expected Robert Mueller's testimony to be a moment of truth for Trump; but it turned out to be the only truthful moment in this soap opera.  How quickly fact goes to work; in an afternoon, the number one "news" story in America for two years had completely evaporated, along with the reputation of its protagonist.  Had Mueller given a lecture on German idealism, his testimony would have been more intelligible and more worthwhile.

2020's October Surprise.  As comprehensive the mauling of Mueller by a mob of unrepentant Republicans on Capitol Hill last Wednesday was, the Democrats still were able to get the one thing from His Eminence Robert Swan Mueller III they absolutely had to have if they were to effectively proceed with their plan to steal the 2020 Presidential Election.  They may have twisted themselves into pretzels to get more, but there was one thing that they simply could not do without.  And during the six-hour-melee that will surely be his swan song, Mueller delivered.  That was for Mueller to assert Donald Trump could be prosecuted after his term as president expired.

Mueller's Ignorance Of Fusion GPS Proves His Investigation Was A Sham.  Robert Mueller's testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees provided yet further proof that the entire special counsel investigation was a political witch hunt.  While Democrats succeeded in eliciting affirmative responses from Mueller to their dramatic reading of the special counsel report at Wednesday's prosecution of President Trump in absentia, it was Mueller's ignorance when queried about Fusion GPS that exposed both the proceedings and the special counsel probe as a sham.  In what he surely saw as an introductory question, Rep. Steven Chabot asked Mueller to confirm that the name of the firm that produced the Christopher Steele dossier was Fusion.  "I'm not familiar with that," the former special counsel responded.  Taken aback by Mueller's ignorance, Chabot stressed, "It's not a trick question," before attempting to ask Mueller about Fusion GPS and the Steele dossier.

Mueller Report was Written by Hillary Clinton's De Facto Legal Team.  Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-TX), a former US Attorney of the Eastern District of Texas and member of the House Intelligence Committee, joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures this morning to discuss the Mueller testimony this past week.  Ratcliffe called Mueller's testimony made it obvious that there's a hole in the impeachment balloon large enough for Jerry Nadler and Adam Schiff to walk through.  He added this on the corrupt Mueller investigators. [...]

If Mueller Wasn't in Charge, Who Was?  Special Counsel Robert Mueller had a bad day last week.  The build-up to his congressional testimony rivaled that of Geraldo Rivera opening Al Capone's vault.  Endless fanfare and hype, but both Mueller and the vault were empty, devoid of treasure, or any smoking gun.  At one level, Mueller is a sad figure, a doddering old man, looking foolish on an international stage, after being praised for two years for his legal acumen and integrity.  Was his performance genuine or contrived?  Was he trying to salvage his reputation as a card-carrying deep-state elitist by playing a sympathetic old man being badgered by nasty Republicans?  Did Democrats throw him under the bus in their unending quest to nullify the 2016 election, regardless of the personal toll on him and his family?

Democrats Have Lost What Was Left Of Their Minds.  [Scroll down]  It's true that Mueller didn't want to be there, but it appears everyone was wrong about the reason why.  He's not "above the fray," as he was portrayed by liberals, he's lost a lot of steps.  Most shockingly, the hearing exposed that he was, at best, barely involved in the investigation.  He was a name to put on the letterhead to give it gravitas and the appearance of bipartisanship.  The hearing left those who watched it with the realization he was an autopen to sign off on subpoenas, letters, and the final report.  I'd feel pity for him were there not so much destruction in his wake.  No matter how many steps he's lost, he knew he was driving people into bankruptcy chasing a unicorn and he sat there, silently, hammering paychecks.

After Mueller Debacle, Where Do Democrats Go?  The special counsel stood by his findings.  His investigation was not a "hoax" or "witch hunt," he said.  He admitted that he had found no Trump-Russia conspiracy.  He denied he exonerated Trump of obstruction of justice.  All this we knew, and all of it we have heard for months.  What was new, what was dramatic, what was compelling was how the House Republicans arrived with their war paint on and ripped Mueller and his investigation to such shreds that viewers were feeling sorry for the special counsel at the end of his six hours of grilling.  The Republicans exposed him as only vaguely conversant with his own report.  They revealed that he had probably not written his own statement challenging the depiction of his findings by Attorney General Bill Barr.  Mueller's staff of lawyers, Republicans showed, reads like a donors list for Hillary Clinton.  The FBI contingent that started the investigation was a cabal so hateful of Trump that some had to be fired.

Mueller turned out to be the classic emperor-has-no-clothes witness.  To state the obvious, there is no evidence that President Trump or any other American probed by the Mueller investigation conspired with the Russian government to influence the 2016 presidential election.  At worst, both campaigns were willing to take research on their opponents fed by Russians.  On this score, it appears the Clinton campaign was far more successful, though the use of disguised campaign funds for this purpose has not yet been probed.

"Republican" Robert Mueller - Democrats useful idiot for a partisan Congress.  Capitol Hill Democrats have told anyone who will listen that Robert Mueller's Russia-collusion report contains everything necessary to impeach President Trump.  And their media allies say that the "walls are closing in" on the president due to their many hyped collusion "bombshell" reports.  In the lead-up to Mueller's congressional testimony last Wednesday, the same media said that his words would serve as the cherry atop the impeachment pie.  He was there as a useful idiot, supporting Democrats' one-sided ideology, promising to destroy Donald Trump.

Impeachment Dreams Die; Wall gets Built.  This was a week the President could only have dreamed of. [...] Few people read the Mueller report and the Democrats believed a well-practiced series of soundbites at the hearing would revitalize impeachment impetus.  It didn't.  On the contrary, it revealed that the endeavor was corrupt, poorly managed by someone seemingly in the early stages of dementia, and that the special counsel was clearly among those who'd never read the report offered up in his name.

Last week was not the first time Mueller melted down testifying to a House committee.  Robert Mueller, like his close friend James Comey, enjoyed an undeserved reputation for bureaucratic impartiality, integrity, and excellence for many years.  Both men seemed to have the skill to bamboozle Republicans with their nominal political affiliation with the Grand Old Party while operating ruthlessly and sometimes corruptly.  When Robert Mueller testified before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees last week, he shattered his reputation as a hard-working master of all the details of the operations he supervised.  But the clues were always there.

Robert Mueller Can't Recall.  Wednesday marks the decisive turning from squeezing the last drop out of the lemon of the president's alleged crimes, to the long-delayed investigation of the investigators.  The revelation that the Steele dossier — cited in Hillary Clinton's election memoir as evidence of Trump's treason — was commissioned and paid for by the Clinton campaign was dismissed as a "talking point" by the Washington Post and the Democrats generally.  The fact that it was the basis of false foreign intelligence surveillance applications was disputed and then allowed to pass and fade with full media silence. [...] [Mueller] never should have published the second volume of his report, which is a pastiche of selective and spliced scraps scarcely more rigorously composed than the Steele dossier and apparently intended, with no more success, to serve the same partisan interests.

Levin: 'There is no Mueller report.  It's a Weissmann report'.  Wednesday [7/24/2019] on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin explained that the only takeaway from former special counsel Robert Mueller's congressional hearing is that the real author of the 400-page Mueller report appears to be Andrew Weissmann.

What Mueller Was Trying to Hide.  Special counsel Robert Mueller testified before two House committees Wednesday [7/24/2019], and his performance requires us to look at his investigation and report in a new light.  We've been told it was solely about Russian electoral interference and obstruction of justice.  It's now clear it was equally about protecting the actual miscreants behind the Russia-collusion hoax.

Why Robert Mueller Pretended To Know So Little And What He Was Really Trying To Hide.  America watched an old man appear feeble, uncertain, and at times clearly confused by the contents of the report that bears his name.  Whispers now suggest it was more than mere incompetence than had Mr. Mueller appearing so weak, though.  Bob Mueller is afraid. [...] Private citizens were attacked and charged with procedural crimes centered around a fake investigation of fake crimes that were created by Democrats and Deep State operatives at the highest levels to justify said fake investigation intended to harm then-candidate Trump, and then later, President Trump.  Mueller doesn't want to discuss that fact.  Democrats refuse to discuss those facts.  And the far-left media, some of whom are directly implicated in the hoax, sure won't discuss those facts.

The Real Goal Of The Mueller Investigation Was To Cover Up The FBI's Actions Against Trump.  Mueller's refusal to address questions about the genesis of the investigation, the FBI's actions, and the Steele dossier combined with the final report's failure to address those issues, revealed an important truth.  The Mueller investigation was about covering up the unethical/illegal actions taken by top FBI and DOJ officials to prevent Trump from winning the presidency and once elected, their efforts to sabotage his ability to govern.  It was an attempt to draw attention away from the misconduct of former FBI officials including James Comey, Peter Strzok, Andrew McCabe, Lisa Page and James Baker and to cast suspicion onto President Trump.

Mueller's ignominious finale.  We were promised that Robert Mueller's testimony would put life into his report, the movie version of the special counsel's investigation.  Instead, we got a cadaverous presentation from a once vigorous Marine and prosecutor.  During nearly seven hours of testimony before two House committees on Wednesday, Mueller asked for a question to be repeated more than 30 times.  He replied more than 200 times that he did not know or the matter was "not within my purview."  He could not remember which president appointed him as a U.S. attorney.  When he did respond, Mueller's answers were laced with "I am not certain," "I don't know that for sure" and "I can't say that for sure."

The Editor says...
Mr. Mueller's repeated "I don't recall" makes him sound just like Hillary Clinton. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5]

The Weissmann Dossier.  In the morning's hearing at the House Judiciary committee, Rep. Doug Collins asked Mueller if "conspiracy" — the criminal law term used in the first part of his report about Russia — and the vernacular term, "collusion" were the same thing.  Mueller replied, "No."  Taken aback, Collins asked if he was changing his earlier testimony — ie, the report — which stated on page 180 that collusion and conspiracy were the same.  When Mueller finally found the passage, he withdrew his earlier testimony and stood by the report.  Rep. Collins — and frankly, every member of the two committees who questioned Mueller — had the elegance not to state the obvious:  Mueller was non compus mentis.

Mueller Sticks the Final Shiv in Russiagate.  The former FBI director's stumbling, stammering appearances Wednesday before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees provided a rare moment of bipartisanship.  Democrats and Republicans were shocked to see the Vietnam War hero, Purple Heart recipient, and veteran federal lawman as adrift as a helium balloon in a hurricane as he struggled to answer many questions about the Mueller report and dodged others.  Thursday's New York Post summed it up:  "Bumbling Bob Bombs."

Who Wrote the Mueller Report?  He looked tired, he sounded confused, and more than anything else, he seemed totally unprepared.  Some have begun to speculate as to whether or not he read his own report before attending the hearing.  But it was Mueller's response in reaction to questions about the Fusion GPS-Christopher Steele dossier originally published by Buzzfeed that shone the greatest light on Mueller's motivations.  While accepting he was unimpeded over the course of his $25m, two-year investigation, he refused to comment on the origin of the whole thing: the Steele dossier.  He even said he wasn't familiar with the opposition research firm (Fusion GPS) retained by anti-Trump Republicans and the Democrat Party/Clinton Campaign.

Who has the most egg on his face after the Mueller hearings?  Adam Schiff.  From the beginning of the Left's attempt to destroy the Trump candidacy, then presidency, it was Adam Schiff who was the most consumed by the fabricated hoax that Trump had colluded with Russia to win the election. [...] For these past two-years plus, it has been Schiff who has had his fingers in his ears, who refused to acknowledge the volumes of information that have been revealed, has clearly not read any of the books published that are chock full of the facts.  In short, it has been Schiff who was obsessed with taking Trump down and out and it is Schiff who has the most egg on his face following the Mueller hearings.

They must not have been listening.
2020 Candidates React to Mueller Testimony: 'Begin Impeachment Proceedings Now'.  A handful of 2020 presidential candidates reacted to former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony on Wednesday before both the House Judiciary Committee and House Intelligence Committee, and there appears to be a consensus: impeach.  The crowded field of Democrats did not shy away from remarking on Mueller's lengthy day of lackluster testimonies, which was largely seen as a "disaster" for Democrats.

'Appalling from every perspective': Michael Flynn attorney pans Mueller performance, calls for 'criminal ramifications'.  Sidney Powell, the attorney who represents former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, blasted former special counsel Robert Mueller's performance during Wednesday's hearings before Congress.  "It was just appalling from every perspective on every level.  It was an embarrassment for Mr. Mueller to allow his credibility and integrity to be put behind this investigation build on a fraud," Powell said.

Former Federal Prosecutor on Mueller: 'He Clearly Did Not Run This Investigation'.  In my initial reactions post yesterday, I described what appeared to be knowledge gaps and cognitive shortcomings on the part of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  Out of respect for his career of service and patriotism, I somewhat soft-pedaled these points.  On my Fox News radio program last evening, however, longtime Assistant United States Attorney Andrew McCarthy was more candid.  He said the proceedings made him viscerally sad, stating outright that after watching hours of testimony, he believes the venerable lawman was not in control of the investigation that bore his name.

Klein: Robert Mueller's Most Misleading Claim Was Ignorance of Fusion GPS.  A defining moment of today's televised hearings came when former Special Counsel Robert Mueller claimed that he was "not familiar" with the controversial Fusion GPS firm.  Fusion GPS, of course, was paid by Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee to produce the infamous Christopher Steele dossier that reportedly played a central role in sparking the FBI's questionable Russia collusion probe involving the very claims that Mueller's team was purportedly established to investigate.

Mueller was Weissmann's Sock Puppet.  Robert Mueller was revealed to be an empty suit during his feeble performance before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on Wednesday, unable to answer questions on a report that it became painfully clear he could not defend because he did not write it.  The true author is likely longtime associate Andrew Weissmann, often called Mueller's "pit bull," who perhaps should also have the title of Mueller's "Rasputin." [...] Weissmann, among his other jobs, was lead prosecutor in the trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.  Weissmann was the point man in the pre-dawn raids on Manafort's home and offices which involved more armed force than we employed at Benghazi and was condemned by a judge for withholding exculpatory evidence in a criminal case.

Mueller Hearing Is a Disaster For the Ages.  [Scroll down]  Many of those in media and elected office who had pinned so much hope on Mueller's testimony sat crestfallen before their Twitter screens, forced to admit that the movie was not in fact better than the book.  That snappy line encapsulated what all the smart kids said would happen: the issues described in the dry pages of the report would spring to life, they assured us, with the words of the man who would reveal the sordid truths of this lawless president.  Those words instead fell lifeless to the committee room floor, often in the form of non-answers, confused meanderings and sad befuddlement.  I expected the Mueller performance to fall miles short of the left's lofty hopes.  I did not expect it to be such a pathetic showing that I felt profoundly sorry for him.

Robert Mueller Not 'Being There'.  A Geraldo-opening-Al-Capone's-vault vibe reverberated through the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees on Wednesday.  Cable news played up Mueller as a white knight saving America from Donald Trump.  As it turned out, the special counsel, so eager to interrogate others, performed poorly when transitioning from interrogator to interrogated.  When Democrat Greg Stanton mixed This Is Your Life with Jeopardy in asking a series of softball queries with known answers about Mueller's résumé, he unexpectedly tripped up the special counsel who answered wrong on the president responsible for appointing him acting U.S. attorney for Massachusetts.

Who set the old man up?  The Robert Mueller Circus on Wednesday thus was a human tragedy of many dimensions.  I never knew the man he is said to have been, and I do not know him now.  Sadly, apparently neither does he.

The investigators need to be investigated.  In many ways the Mueller testimony confirmed our worst fears that the Mueller Investigation was the Mueller Investigation in name only, that it was run the way the pre-Mueller investigation of Trump was run — by people with a political agenda to override the 2016 election result, or at least to make sure it didn't happen again in 2020.  It's a theme we've covered here pretty much since the Inauguration.  Whether Robert Mueller was a mere figurehead or in control, he was a participant.  So while he was a sorry figure in the congressional hearings, and his appearance did substantial damage to Democrat and media plans, the gravity of what happened should not be lessened.  It almost worked.  The media, of course, was a full participant in what happened.  Just when you thought the major organizations who control almost all of popular and social media couldn't get any worse, they do.  This all takes place while high tech companies put the thumb on the scale by penalizing non-liberal content.

Donald Trump Jr.: Mueller was a 'figurehead' in 'hoax' run by '19 leftist Clinton-donor lawyers'.  Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller was a figurehead and not the true leader of the Russia investigation, according to Donald Trump Jr.  Mueller's stellar public service reputation preceded him, although his performance in Wednesday's hearings revealed to the public the truth about the probe, Trump claimed Thursday on "Tucker Carlson Tonight."  "I think the American people finally saw it, that this man — who was the lead of the largest investigation in American history, really the largest hoax at this point — he didn't have a fundamental understanding of not only where it began, but what was even involved," he said.

After Mueller debacle, where do Democrats go?  For six hours Wednesday, as three cable news networks and ABC, CBS and NBC all carried live the hearings of the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, the Mueller report was thoroughly trashed.  The special counsel stood by his findings.  His investigation was not a "hoax" or "witch hunt," he said.  He admitted that he had found no Trump-Russia conspiracy.  He denied he exonerated Trump of obstruction of justice.  All this we knew, and all of it we have heard for months.  What was new, what was dramatic, what was compelling was how the House Republicans arrived with their war paint on and ripped Mueller and his investigation to such shreds that viewers were feeling sorry for the special counsel at the end of his six hours of grilling.  The Republicans exposed him as only vaguely conversant with his own report.

Does a Guilty Conscience Explain Mueller's Fumbling Testimony?  [Scroll down]  I never bought the heroic image of Muelller.  He is and was a pompous creep who ran over people.  But the human mind is a complex animal.  Many things happen at once.  People like Mueller and Comey think they are good, which makes them all the more dangerous.  In the case of Mueller, I suspect something was beginning to impinge on that — call it a guilty conscience or whatever, an uncomfortable truth — and he started to disintegrate in the tradition of the witch in the Wizard of Oz.  That's what we saw today.

Democrats suffer anxiety attacks over Robert Mueller testimony, and blame him rather than themselves.  Mueller seemed lost in his testimony, seemingly unsure of just what was in his own vaunted report about Trump and that mythic conspiracy with Russians.  Mueller seemed confused, asking committee members to restate their questions so that he might grasp them.  "Mr. Mueller spoke haltingly as he testified," sniffed The New York Times, "blunting attacks on him by Republicans but also limiting Democrats' efforts to elevate his words and raising questions about his acuity."  Ouch.  His acuity?  When the great gray lady slaps the old gray man, the lady wins.

Media reacts to Mueller-geddon.  After a few years of nonsense allegations and self-righteous denunciations by the media, the left went all in on the Mueller Report.  It vindicated President Trump.  There was no indictment of him or anyone in his campaign or his administration.  The Paul Manafort indictment was for events that happened long before he joined the campaign, briefly, as its manager.  But in the 21st century, the news media reports emotions not facts.  After the Mueller Report bombed in March, Democrats tried a summer rerun on Wednesday.  It went as expected.  Mueller was so bumbling that it came off as "Weekend at Mueller's."

Confused performance by Mueller raises questions about handling of investigation.  It took just minutes for Robert Mueller's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee to turn into a painful exercise when it became clear the 74 year-old special counsel had difficulty handling the questions posed to him about his long, complex investigation into the Trump-Russia affair.  Mueller was slow to react to questions.  He frequently asked for questions to be repeated.  He sometimes appeared confused.  He did not appear to be conversant with some issues in the investigation.  He did not, or could not, put together detailed answers even to those questions he agreed to address.  Reporters who have covered Mueller for years saw differences from his appearances in the past.

Aftermath of Mueller.  What happened yesterday with Robert Mueller's testimony was a public fiasco.  However, for those who have followed the construct of the scheme team assembly from the outset, it was not surprising.

Mueller Lays an Egg.  Robert Mueller barely qualified as sentient while testifying.  He could not remember obscure details like "who was Christopher Steele and what was Fusion GPS." He could not remember the legal definition of conspiracy and if that was synonymous with collusion even though his report, the one he ostensibly wrote, said it is.  Mueller appeared generally confused and distracted.  When he did speak, what he said was often fragmented and off target.  The day is not about picking on Robert Mueller, however.  The bottom-line reality for the Democrats right now is that they have spent two and a half years trying to bring down the president by every dirty trick imaginable, and none has worked.  They were banking on nullifying the election or, at the least, creating a continuing cloud of suspicion.  They have wasted two and a half years and have not one single accomplishment to talk about for the election.

Robert Mueller Isn't Senile; He Was a Dirty Cop Forced to Take the Witness Stand.  They told us Robert Mueller was Captain America:  Crusader for Truth, and instead we got George Costanza and all the inept deception, sweaty stalling, and blundering dishonesty that comes with him.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's bumbling, stumbling, grumbling, tumbling, crumbling testimony Wednesday before the U.S House of Representatives was not only karma on steroids, it once again proved just how brilliant the American Constitution is.

The Mueller Hearings Revealed Why You Shouldn't Bet against Trump.  The Democrats are running a scorched-earth, high-drama spectacle campaign against President Trump, who specializes in scorched-earth, high-drama spectacles and who today has the power of the presidential bully pulpit to amplify the drama and magnify the spectacle.  Put another way, the Democrats apparently are intent on fighting Trump on his own ground, challenging him to a duel in the one thing he's actually pretty good at:  putting on a show.

Mueller serves up steaming nothing burger to impeachment-hungry Democrats.  One month after Robert Mueller was appointed Special Counsel in May of 2017, a Project Veritas investigative journalist sauntered up to CNN commentator Van Jones.  He asked Jones for his opinion of Mueller's probe into the charge against Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.  Namely that Trump conspired with Russia to steal the White House from Democrat Hillary Clinton.  "The Russia thing is just a big nothing burger," said the affable leftist Jones.

Time to Wheel Robert Mueller Away.  How did a man in such a sorry state of such self-evident mental decline get appointed to head up one of the most significant investigations in American law-enforcement history?  That is the question one would be forgiven for asking watching Robert Mueller's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee regarding his investigation into alleged "collusion" between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.  The number of times he sat, mouth agape, while direct and straightforward questions were put to him, only to ask that the questions be repeated, was striking.  "What was the question?" was one of Mr. Mueller's most oft-repeated responses.  The amount of stammering, stumbling, "ehs", and "uhs" was almost embarrassing to watch.

All Of America Now Asks, "Who Actually Wrote The Mueller Report Because It Sure Wasn't Mueller!?"  [Scroll down]  And on an on did the justified criticism go of today's Democrat Party-sponsored clown show that was the "testimony" from former Special Counsel, Robert Mueller.  As the day's testimony continued it became more and more clear that Mr. Mueller actually knows very little of what is actually in the report that bears his name, leading to more and more to question who actually compiled the report AND how much of a direct hand did operatives for both the Clintons and Obama/Jarrett, have in its creation?

Robert Mueller breaks his silence — and still has nothing.  One can't overstate the degree to which Silent Bob Mueller took up pride of place in the hearts and minds of America's Trump-loathers over the past two years.  His absence from our public life — no statements, no appearances, no nothing — was the evidence of his overwhelming presence.  Mueller was working diligently to rescue America from the result of the 2016 election, and woe betide you if you expressed doubt about that in the liberal public square.  Over the course of his two-year investigation, I would go on TV and say I didn't think the Russia investigation was necessarily going the way liberals hoped it would.  And both on and off the air, I would be told that we just had no idea what Mueller knew, that Mueller was the only person who could see the investigation entire and that he was slowly but surely zeroing in on the Trump-Russia conspiracy.

Donald Trump Jr: 'Does Anybody Really Believe' Mueller Doesn't Know About Fusion GPS?  Donald Trump Jr. expressed skepticism Wednesday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller "never of heard of Fusion GPS," the opposition research firm that partnered with Perkins Coie — the law firm working with Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign — and Christopher Steele, the foreign national who produced a now-debunked "dossier" alleging a nefarious conspiracy between then-candidate Donald Trump and the Russian government.  Speaking with Breitbart News at the Turning Point USA Teen Student Action Summit in Washington, DC, Trump mocked Mueller for saying he wasn't aware of Fusion GPS, which "started the whole thing," despite spending tens of millions of dollars on the years-long investigation.

Chris Wallace Calls Mueller Testimony A 'Disaster' For Democrats.  Fox News anchor Chris Wallace believes Robert Mueller's testimony on Wednesday was a disaster for both Democrats and Mueller's reputation.  The "Fox News Sunday" anchor's comments came just as the former FBI director began to testify in front of two House committees over the special counsel's investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 election — which Mueller spearheaded.

Lawyer Who Represented the Aide Who Destroyed Hillary Clinton's Cell Phones Sits With Mueller.  During former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony on Wednesday, Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-N.D.) took Mueller to task over the personal relationships between the special counsel's team and the political opponent of the candidate under investigation.  He asked about the Mueller team members who attended Hillary Clinton's campaign parties, represented her and her staff in court, and contributed heavily to her campaign.  The most eye-opening question involved Aaron Zebley, a lawyer Mueller actually brought with him to the hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.  "Aaron Zebley, the guy sitting next to you, represented Justin Cooper, a Clinton aide who destroyed one of Clinton's mobile devices," Armstrong noted.  Fact check:  True.

Mueller Magoo.  Mueller had trouble identifying questioners.  He demonstrated a thin grasp of his own report's findings, even as he implored lawmakers in both parties to read it.  He asked members of Congress to repeat their questions 48 times.  The uber-competent G-man about whom liberals sang Christmas carols was not on display Wednesday [7/24/2019].

Klein: Robert Mueller's Most Misleading Claim Was Ignorance of Fusion GPS.  A defining moment of today's televised hearings came when former Special Counsel Robert Mueller claimed that he was "not familiar" with the controversial Fusion GPS firm.  Fusion GPS, of course, was paid by Hillary Clinton's 2016 campaign and the Democratic National Committee to produce the infamous Christopher Steele dossier that reportedly played a central role in sparking the FBI's questionable Russia collusion probe involving the very claims that Mueller's team was purportedly established to investigate.

Robert Mueller Just Killed Impeachment.  Robert Mueller's Wednesday testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees provided one piece of new information: now we know why he refused to take questions after his bizarre May 29 news conference.  Indeed, the maundering and semi-coherent manner with which he answered the questions posed to him during Wednesday's hearings suggests that he was probably never up to the job of running the special counsel investigation into Russian interference with our 2016 election.  It also explains the peculiar legal reasoning that pervades the final report delivered to the attorney general.  This is where he administered the lethal injection to impeachment.

Mueller's serial senior moments today revealed he was a front-man for Trump-haters.  [Scroll down]  But now that the public can see with their own eyes that Mueller was at best "Mr. Outside," and the story arc turns toward investigating the investigators.  Now we know that we were misled.  That creates more interest in getting to the turth of who was really running this project.  Before boarding Marine One today on his way to a rally in West Virginia, President Trump said that investigating the investigators is what is next, as see the fruits of the Horowitz IG report, and prosecutors Huber and Durham work in secrecy with grand juries.  With 14 months until the election, the most successful reality TV producer in the history of the medium knows that narratives can flip, with the good guys exposed as less worthy than was first apparent, and the underdog comes to the fore, and it makes compelling viewing.  This revelation is huge problem for the media that has portrayed Mueller as a legend in his own time, a man of unquestionable integrity, brilliance, and devotion.

Trump's Personal Lawyer Jay Sekulow Releases Statement Slamming Mueller's Pathetic Testimony Mid-Hearing.  "This morning's testimony exposed the troubling deficiencies of the Special Counsel's investigation.  The testimony revealed that this probe was conducted by a small group of politically-biased prosecutors who, as hard as they tried, were unable to establish either obstruction, conspiracy, or collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  It is also clear that the Special Counsel conducted his two-year investigation unimpeded," Sekulow said.

House Democrats Caught Pushing Fake News About Mueller Testimony.  House Democrats' official campaign arm spread misinformation in a fundraising blast about former special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony Wednesday.  The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) falsely claimed that Mueller testified that he would charge President Donald Trump with obstruction of justice if he weren't president.  During his morning testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Mueller appeared to agree with Democratic California Rep. Ted Lieu, who asserted that Mueller's office didn't charge Trump with obstruction because of Department of Justice policies against indicting sitting presidents.

The Democrats don't get their Trump gotcha moment.  Five hours into former special counsel Robert Mueller's Capitol Hill testimony Wednesday, Democratic Rep. André Carson asked him a series of questions about his report's assertion that a former Trump campaign chairman shared private polling information with a suspected Russian agent.  "Would you agree that these acts demonstrated a betrayal of the democratic values our country rests on?" Carson, from Indiana, asked the former FBI director.  "I can't agree with that," Mueller replied.  "Not that it's not true, but I cannot agree with it."

Robert Mueller's Testimony [Was] A Complete Disaster For Democrats.  If Democrats believed that Robert Mueller would provide them with additional ammunition for an impeachment inquiry, they made an extraordinary miscalculation.  Not only was Mueller often flustered and unprepared to talk about his own report — we now have wonder to what extent he was even involved in the day-to-day work of the investigation — but he was needlessly evasive.  In the end, he seriously undermined the central case for impeachment of President Donald Trump.  The often-distracted Mueller didn't seem to know much about anything.  The very first Republican to question him, House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Rep. Doug Collins, forced Mueller to correct his own opening statement.  In it, the former FBI director had asserted that the independent counsel "did not address collusion, which is not a legal term."

Robert Mueller's testimony was a stammering, stuttering mess.  It was testimony the whole country waited for — but former special counsel Robert Mueller could barely be heard at times on Wednesday, stammering through certain responses while asking lawmakers to repeat themselves.  The former FBI director, 74, oscillated between steadfastness and mumbling, his microphone at points failing him as he struggled to be heard above the din of spectators and photographers.  Twitter pundits and Republicans seized on the performance before the House Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill — accusing him of being lost, confused and having no knowledge of his own investigation into whether President Trump colluded with the Russians during the 2016 election.

Mueller:  An Unmitigated Disaster.  What an unmitigated disaster.  The nation watches a confused, halting Robert Mueller in what will be the saddest moment in an otherwise stellar career.  But without question this Mueller performance clearly illustrated one very important reality.  There is no way in the world the confused, uncertain man testifying today actually ran the investigation he was charged with running.

Mueller Says He Is 'Not Familiar' with Fusion GPS, the Firm Behind the Steele Dossier.  Former special counsel Robert Mueller said Wednesday [7/24/2019] that he was "not familiar" with Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that commissioned the Steele dossier.  Mueller revealed his surprising lack of familiarity with the firm during an exchange with Ohio Rep. Steve Chabot, a Republican member of the House Judiciary Committee.  "When you talk about the firm that produced the Steele reporting, the name of the firm that produced that was Fusion GPS, is that correct?" Chabot asked.  "I'm not familiar with that," said Mueller, while scouring through his 448-page report of the Russia probe.  [Video clip]

Pundits Question Mueller's 'Frail' Performance at Hearing.  A number of pundits this morning have been questioning former special counsel Robert Mueller's performance at the hearing before the House Judiciary Committee.  Fox Business host Stuart Varney spoke with Judge Andrew Napolitano as the Mueller hearing got underway Wednesday.  Napolitano said so far it shows Mueller "is a good Marine and he's gonna follow the instructions from the Department of Justice and basically not talk about ongoing cases, not talk about the deliberations that led to the report, and not talk about anything outside the report."

ABC's Moran: 'Impeachment's Over'.  During ABC's coverage of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony before Congress, ABC News Senior National Correspondent Terry Moran responded to Mueller's testimony before the House Judiciary Committee by declaring, "Impeachment's over."  [Video clip]

Louie Gohmert trends HOT on social media after TKO to Mueller, nailing him on Comey connection.  During special counsel Robert Mueller's testimony to the House Judiciary Committee early Wednesday morning, committee member Rep. Louie Gohmert acerbically grilled him over the alleged conflicts of interests and corruption linked to his investigation into alleged Russian collusion.  Moreover, he accused Mueller of having "perpetuated injustice."

Mueller's testimony equals end of any Trump impeachment talk.  Among his talents, Donald Trump has a special gift for driving his detractors so crazy that they do really stupid stuff.  The decision by Democrats to force Robert Mueller to testify before Congress is Exhibit A.  Bumblin' Bob was a train wreck of epic proportions.  The fallout is immediate, starting with this:  Impeachment is no longer an option.  It had a slim chance before Wednesday's painful slog and no chance after it.

GOP Lawmaker Presses Mueller Into Admitting He Held Trump To A Different Standard.  Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller admitted on Wednesday [7/24/2019] that the determination of his report held President Donald Trump to a different standard than the Department of Justice holds any other individual under investigation. [...] [Rep. John] Ratcliffe, a former prosecutor, argued that the findings of the report violated Department of Justice (DOJ) policies and principles by abstaining from exonerating Trump after the Special Counsel failed to conclusively determine that he was innocent of all accusations.  "Your report, and today, you said that at all times the special counsel team operated under, was guided by, and followed Justice Department policies and principles," Ratcliffe said.  "So, which DOJ policy or principle sets forth a legal standard that an investigated person is not exonerated if their innocence from criminal conduct is not conclusively determined?"

Mueller Says He Attended 'Very Few' of the 500 Witness Interviews.  Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testified on Wednesday that no individual member of his team, including him, looked at all of the underlying evidence in the Trump-Russia investigation.  And as it turns out, Mueller attended "very few" of the witness interviews:  "How many of the approximately 500 interviews conducted by the special counsel did you attend personally?" Rep. Martha Roby (R-Ala.) asked Mueller:  "Very few," he said.

Gohmert Blasts Mueller: 'Peter Strzok Hated Trump, You Didn't Know That?'  Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) blasted former Special Counsel Robert Mueller for hiring "a bunch of people that did not like the president" — like Peter Strzok — during the House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday morning.  During the contentious exchange, the Texas lawmaker questioned Mueller about his decision to stack his team with people who hated President Trump.

Devin Nunes Compares 'Russia Collusion Conspiracy Theory' to 'Loch Ness Monster' Folklore.  House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) opened the second portion of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony Wednesday by blasting the "Russia collusion conspiracy theory," saying it is much like the mythical Loch Ness Monster. [...] Nunes then claimed the Mueller report outlined "collusion between Russia and the Democrats."

Mueller's testimony shows he conducted a witch hunt — Time to declare 'case closed'.  Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's testimony Wednesday before two House committees confirmed what we already knew:  his two-year investigation of Russia's meddling in our 2016 presidential election was fatally tainted by deep political bias and was in fact designed to harass and derail President Trump.  Mueller's testimony exposed troubling deficiencies of his investigation.  It is now clearer than ever that his probe was conducted by a small group of partisan prosecutors who — as hard as they tried — were unable to establish either obstruction, conspiracy, or collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  It's also clear that the special counsel conducted his lengthy and costly investigation unimpeded by President Trump.


Robert Mueller soon may be exposed as the 'magician of omission' on Russia.  While most of the political world focused its attention elsewhere, special prosecutor John Durham's team quietly reached out this summer to a lawyer representing European academic Joseph Mifsud, one of the earliest and most mysterious figures in the now closed Russia-collusion case.  An investigator told Swiss attorney Stephan Roh that Durham's team wanted to interview Mifsud, or at the very least review a recorded deposition the professor gave in summer 2018 about his role in the drama involving Donald Trump, Russia and the 2016 election.

The Shaky Standing of Mueller's Footnotes.  Those bottom-of-the-page annotations are supposed to impose rigor on authors by forcing them to cite justifications for what they assert.  But in the age of collusion claims, footnotes have become so much more — places for officials to tuck away inconvenient information; discreet spaces in which to make dubious assertions; or fine print in which required disclosures can be hidden in plain sight.  It was in the footnotes, for example, where the FBI appears to have misled the FISA court in its application to spy on Carter Page — obscuring its reliance on opposition research, the Steele dossier, financed by the Hillary Clinton campaign.

Congress Should Stop Wasting Time On Mueller — And Investigate Hillary Clinton's Role In Steel Dossier.  Congressional Democrats will finally get an opportunity to put on a public show starring former Special Counsel Robert Mueller when he appears before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday [7/24/2019].  Mueller was last seen at his May 29 press statement, in which he attacked President Trump by promoting a tenuous theory of obstruction of justice as grounds for impeachment.  Mueller, despite the "no collusion, no obstruction" conclusion of his dubious report, smeared the president by presuming him guilty anyway, claiming he was not exonerated and signaled House Democrats to begin impeachment proceedings.

Jerry Nadler is Going to Have a Meltdown When He Finds Out Mueller Requested Barr Limit His Testimony.  Yesterday [7/22/2019] the Department of Justice sent a letter to Special Counsel Robert Mueller informing him it is appropriate to stay within the boundaries of his 448 page report during testimony on Capitol Hill Wednesday morning [7/24/2019]. [...] House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler accused the Department of Justice of trying to limit Mueller's remarks and argued the letter should be ignored.  But it was Mueller who requested the Department of Justice send the letter, not Attorney General Bill Barr.

DOJ warns Robert Mueller not to veer from Russia report's written conclusions at Capitol Hill hearing.  The Justice Department Monday warned former special counsel Robert Mueller that his upcoming congressional testimony should not stray from the written conclusions outlined in the 448-page final report of the two-year investigation into Russian election interference.  "Any testimony must remain within the boundaries of your public report because matters within the scope of your investigation were covered by executive privilege, including information protected by law enforcement... and presidential communications privileges," Associate Deputy Attorney General Bradley Weinsheimer wrote in a two-page letter to Mueller two days before his scheduled testimony before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees.

Mueller and Comey:  A Cozy Relationship.  Former FBI Director James Comey, who often can't recall anything about the crimes committed by himself, his FBI and President Obama's DoJ, but who lectures pompously and endlessly on ethics in government, recently released a listen of questions he felt former special prosecutor Robert Mueller should be asked at his July 24 Congressional hearings[.] [...] None of the questions Comey recommended, however, dealt with the long, cozy and lucrative relationship between Comey and Mueller that is at the heart of the FISA fraud and the deep state coup against the incoming Trump administration.

Here's What Republicans Should Ask Robert Mueller When He Testifies.  When Democrats heard last week that Robert Mueller would testify before the House judiciary and oversight committees on July 17, they were as giddy as a 72-year-old Jerry Nadler waiting to question Hope Hicks.  But unless committee Republicans botch the hearing — something entirely possible — the left's strategy of placing Mueller center stage in their continued attempts to underdo the results of the 2016 presidential election will backfire bigly.  Why?  For the simple reason that Mueller's 400-plus page report presented the worst the special counsel could muster against Trump, so any new revelations will play to the president's advantage.

The Art and Science of Cross-Examining Mueller.  In a desperate effort to squeeze political advantage out of the Special Counsel's report exonerating Donald Trump and his presidential campaign of conspiring with Russia to affect the outcome of the 2016 election, Congressional Democrats have subpoenaed Robert Mueller to testify before the Oversight and Judiciary committees of the House of Representatives.  They apparently believe that Mueller's testimony will further their impeachment narrative by drawing public attention to those portions of the report interpreted by some partisans as demonstrating that President Trump obstructed the investigation of his non-conspiracy with Russia.

Rep. Meadows: 'Bob Mueller Better Be Prepared' for Republican Cross-Examination.  Be careful what you wish for, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) told Fox News's Laura Ingraham Tuesday night:  [Video clip]  "Listen, it is not a good day for America, but Bob Mueller better be prepared.  Because I can tell you, he will be cross-examined for the first time, and the American people will start to see the flaws in his report."  Republicans have many unanswered questions about the scope of Mueller's investigation, including the process leading up to the FISA warrant on Carter Page and when Mueller's team learned that there was no coordination between the Trump campaign and the Russians.

Details Emerging of Coordinated Mueller Testimony With Congressional Democrats.  [Scroll down]  CTH advised everyone to pay close attention to the details in the agreements between Pelosi, Schiff, Nadler and the corrupt team led by Robert Mueller.  Everything they are doing is based on a coordinated plan between ideologues.  The effort to remove President Trump is one long continuum... it has not stopped.  The Mueller testimony is just another part of this process.

Alan Dershowitz:  Dems will regret calling Mueller to testify, are 'shooting themselves in foot'.  Democrats will regret issuing a subpoena to former Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who agreed to testify later this summer, according to Alan Dershowitz.  Mueller cannot refuse to answer questions from Republicans not covered by "privilege," Dershowitz claimed on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle."  "I'm trying to stop them from shooting themselves in the foot," he said. [...] Dershowitz claimed Nadler appeared to have overlooked that Mueller remains open to grilling from Republicans.

Adam Schiff's latest scheme will blow up in Democrats' faces.  Much has been written about the perpetual imbecility of Adam Schiff, gadfly of the Left, one of many, sad to say. [...] Despite the conclusion of the Mueller Report, "no collusion," Schiff is a rabid dog with a bone.  He is convinced that his long campaign to prove that Trump won because he was in cahoots with Russia is still viable, despite the fact that not one of the numerous investigations has proven this to be so.  Schiff, as we all surely know by now, is the man who actually was enthusiastically willing to collude with Russia when he was pranked by a couple of comedians who pretended to offer compromising information on candidate Trump.  He made a complete and utter fool of himself, so excited was he to get his hands on that material.  Still, he cannot let go of his dogged determination to disprove what has already been proven:  there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and any Russians.  Do the Russians interfere with elections all over the world?  Yes, have been for decades.  Everyone knows this, except Schiff, apparently.

Robert Mueller:  The Guest Who Won't Leave.  Everyone has met Robert Mueller.  He's the guest who won't leave the party. [...] Having waited nearly two years for him to complete his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, and been provided with a copy of his report by Attorney General Barr in March, we thought we were finally rid of this guy.  Indeed, during his May 29 press conference, he promised to go home.  The ostensible purpose of that bizarre event was to assure us that his report to the AG "speaks for itself" and that he had nothing to add:  "The report is my testimony."  And yet, months later, he's still hanging around and will now testify before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees on July 17.

Articles written during the Mueller investigation:

Sperry Outlines the Post-Election Effort of Dan Jones To Continue The "Vast Russian Narrative".  It was previously noted how Senator Dianne Feinstein abdicated her position as Vice Chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, a Gang-of-Eight member, following the 2016 election.  Senator Feinstein's top aide was Daniel Jones; who, following the election, continued funding Christopher Steele and the Russia Conspiracy narrative.  Paul Sperry has done some great follow-up research into Jones' group, The Democracy Integrity Project; and how the team continued to collaborate with journalists, pushing the Russia Conspiracy, from January 2017 through to today.

The Mueller Report Will Be a Hit Job.  The people who thirst for justice over Washington's continued attempts to deny Donald Trump the power of the presidency make a mistake in treating Special Counsel Robert Mueller's probe as an actual whodunnit.  If this were an Agatha Christie novel, it would have ended with the revelation that the investigation was sourced in Hillary Clinton opposition research renamed for dramatic effect "the Steele dossier."  The "who" that "dunnit" was none other than Barack Obama's CIA and FBI turning that facial absurdity into probable cause to go fishing into the life of Donald Trump to find something, anything, that might damage him.

Were Hillary Clinton Surrogates Behind CNN's Deceitful iReport Posts?  Whoever would have thought that delivery of the Robert Mueller 'Special Counsel' Report would be in a neck-and-neck race to get first to the finish line with how British ex-spy Christopher Steele came up with the filth for his 'Dirty Dossier'?  That's the last thing Mueller or any of the 100 percent Democrat lawyers who came up empty on their Russians-stole-the-2016 election-by-colluding-with-Trump conspiracy, want you to know.  But the cat's somehow been let out of the bag on exactly where Steele came up with the lies he was paid to pass on to the FBI.  The conspiracy they latched on to and kept alive for the last two-and-a-half years is about to come undone right before the eyes of the masses.

Graham: Need A Special Counsel To Investigate "Potential Crimes" By Department of Justice, FBI.  Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told FNC's Sean Hannity Wednesday night [3/13/2019] that the Department of Justice must answer two questions:  Did they stop the Clinton investigation because they wanted her to win?  Did they start the Russian investigation against Trump as an insurance policy in case he won?  Graham also called for a special counsel to investigate "potential crimes" committed by officials in the Department of Justice, especially the FBI.

Proof of innocence that FBI likely withheld in Russian probe.  If President Trump declassifies evidence in the Russia investigation, Carter Page's summer bike ride to a Virginia farm and George Papadopoulos's hasty academic jaunt to London may emerge as linchpin proof of FBI surveillance abuses during the 2016 election.  The two trips have received scant attention.  But growing evidence suggests both Trump campaign advisers made exculpatory statements — at the very start of the FBI's investigation — that undercut the Trump-Russia collusion theory peddled to agents by Democratic sources.  The FBI plowed ahead anyway with an unprecedented intrusion into a presidential campaign, while keeping evidence of the two men's innocence from the courts.

35 Key People Involved In The Russia Hoax Who Need To Be Investigated.  Funny how things change.  The Washington Post couldn't say a nice thing about congressional Republican efforts to investigate the Obama administration and FBI shenanigans that occurred before and after the 2016 election.  That's if they even covered these efforts at all.  But with Democrats controlling the House, and that legislative body's subpoena power, the establishment media's line has changed.  Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have just sent letters to 81 people, all associated with President Trump or the Russia probe, demanding answers on Russian election interference.

A Tight and Tangled 'Collusion' Web.  We're just about out of popcorn for this entertainment.  It's difficult, even for specialists, to keep the whirling kaleidoscope of personalities straight.  Once again, for about the tenth time, Robert Mueller is said to be almost, nearly, just about finished with his investigation into — into what?  It's hard to say.  Tax evasion decades ago.  Working as an unregistered agent for a foreign power (but not, as it turns out, Russia).  Misspeaking to the FBI (why does anyone ever talk to the FBI?).  And what was it that the jester Roger Stone is supposed to have done?  Something very serious, one presumes, to earn a pre-dawn, swat-team enforced, guns-drawn raid on his house.  Maybe we'll be notified soon that the report is on its way to the attorney general.  Maybe some bits of it will be made public.

ABC News' Terry Moran:  Media, Democrats Face 'Reckoning' If Mueller Finds No Collusion.  Democrats and the media will face a "reckoning" if special counsel Robert Mueller finds no evidence of collusion involving the Trump campaign, ABC News' Terry Moran argued in a panel discussion Sunday [3/10/2019]. [...] While the special counsel has indicted nearly three dozen individuals over those 22 months, no Trump associates have been indicted for conspiring with Russians to influence the 2016 election.  Several Trump associates have been charged or pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI and Congress, but none have been accused of collusion.

Devin Nunes wants public to see full extent of Mueller's arsenal:  Emails, wiretaps, and warrants.  Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., said Friday he wants "everything" in special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation to be released to the public.  The federal inquiry is widely expected to wrap up in the near future, after reports indicated Attorney General William Barr was preparing to receive Mueller's report as early as this week.  During an appearance at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Oxon Hill, Md., Nunes, the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said he doesn't think the report will present anything "worthwhile or have anything new."

Collateral damage:  Russia probe spurs death threats, financial ruin even for those never charged.  Mr. Mueller has found plenty of wrongdoing.  He has filed more than 100 public charges against 34 individuals and three companies.  But he also has left a lot of collateral damage in his wake.  People who have never been charged have endured endless harassment, crippling legal bills and collapsing businesses.

Keep Digging!  Clinton Wants Congress To Pursue Russia Collusion, Even If Mueller Comes Up Empty.  Failed 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton doesn't want Congress to give up on pursuing evidence of President Donald Trump colluding with Russian officials to impact the 2016 elections, even if Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report comes up empty. [...] There's some clear fear here:  Clinton's team was pushing the "Russian collusion" narrative within 24 hours after the election, even though it was clear Trump won a commanding victory in the Electoral College, even if she narrowly won the popular vote.  But Special Counsel Robert Mueller's official investigation into the matter appears to be coming to a close [...] and it does not appear, at least from the subpoenas issued and the charges filed, that Mueller has found much in the way of actual collusion.

'Witch hunts' by the Keystone Kops.  Key House chairmen on Sunday made it plain they're charging ahead on what President Trump calls a "witch hunt" — talking as if they already have proof of impeachable offenses even as they announce they're going to keep looking for something, anything, that actually fits the bill.  On CBS, Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff cited "direct evidence" of Team Trump's collusion with Russia in 2016, yet pointed only to what's long been in the public record — Donald Trump Jr.'s idiotic response to e-mails from a bozo British publicist and so on.  Hmm:  Schiff claimed he'd seen hard proof of collusion back in 2017, yet has never offered more than vapor.

Levin: 'We have never had an FBI trying to take out a duly elected president of the United States'.  Tuesday on the radio, LevinTV host Mark Levin responded to the media talk of a "silent coup" against President Donald Trump by the FBI. [...] "What Mr. Comey and Mr. McCabe and the others were doing was undermining the United States of America from within the government.  From within the FBI.  From within the Department of Justice.  Nothing like this has ever happened before in the United States of America, ever.  Ever!  We have never had an FBI trying to take out a duly elected president of the United States.  Never!  And they talk about the 25th Amendment.  I'll go through that again, how absurd that was, but it didn't matter.  They were looking for a means, any means possible.  It is the FBI, working with the Democrat party in the Obama administration, that put out the lies about Russian collusion.  Where is it?  Counterintelligence investigation, criminal investigation, congressional investigation — where [...] is it?  It doesn't exist.  It never did exist.  The only party that's ever colluded with the Russians and the old Soviets is the Democrat party," Levin said.

Schiffting to Phase 2 of Collusion.  There's been no more reliable regurgitator of fantastical Trump-Russia collusion theories than Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff.  So when the House Intelligence Committee chairman sits down to describe a "new phase" of the Trump investigation, pay attention.  These are the fever swamps into which we will descend after Robert Mueller's probe.  The collusionists need a "new phase" as signs grow that the special counsel won't help realize their reveries of a Donald Trump takedown.  They had said Mr. Mueller would provide all the answers.  Now that it seems they won't like his answers, Democrats and media insist that any report will likely prove "anticlimactic" and "inconclusive."  "This is merely the end of Chapter 1," said Renatto Mariotti, a CNN legal "analyst."

Third-Eye Justice at the FBI.  By and large, people in law enforcement maintain a higher degree of purpose, patriotism, and yes, steeliness, than your average professional.  But impartiality and temperance evidently have not been the defining traits of the top brass at the FBI in recent years.  Rather than administering blind justice, James Comey and company seemed instead to consider political affiliations, electoral outcomes, and media coverage over a preponderance of fact and evidence.  Further, they often let their emotions and intuition guide their choices.  Feelings and hunches ruled the decision-making process.  Something akin to supernatural powers, we are to suppose, allowed them to grasp the deepest thoughts of their adversaries and anticipate the next move of their subjects and colleagues with clairvoyant certainty.

Why Mueller's report (no matter how much Dems clamor for it) must be kept confidential.  There is a rationale for protecting investigative material from public consumption.  When people are investigated but not indicted, public release of that information injures the innocent, causing business losses and reputational harm, as it did under the Independent Counsel Act.  I know a person who lost his government position merely because he was named in a defendant's email, which was described in an indictment.  He had done nothing wrong whatsoever.  Redactions — blacking out portions of a document — do not solve the problem.  The media and public either assume wrongly what was written in the omitted words, or figure out from whatever text remains the identity of the redacted name.

CNN Preps Viewers for Likelihood Mueller Report Won't Provide 'All of the Answers We Want'.  It must have been a devastating day for CNN on Wednesday as their crime and justice team reported that the Mueller report could be turned over to Attorney General Bill Barr as early as next week, signaling an end to a story that the Jeffrey Zucker-led network has obsessed over for years.  In turn, it'll place the onus on frequent CNN guest and Congressman Adam Schiff (D-CA) to keep the ball rolling.  Appearing alongside colleagues Laura Jarrett and Evan Perez on CNN Right Now, crime and justice reporter Shimon Prokupecz must have drawn the short straw to be the bearer of bad news to Russia-obsessed liberals and anti-Trump Republicans just five minutes into the show.

Bleak week for the swamp.  The Washington Establishment is having a bad week.  First, Andrew McCabe has a new book out and is so desperate to peddle it that he is telling the truth: there was a conspiracy to push the Cabinet to overthrow President Trump.  It did not go past the talking stage, but he is showing fair-minded Americans what they have long suspected:  the system is rigged against The Donald.  Second, along the same lines, Bungling Bob Mueller is about to admit what we knew along:  he's got nothing.

Testimony by FBI Lawyer Trisha Anderson Reveals Extensive Role in Trump, Clinton Investigations.  A key player in the FBI's counterintelligence investigation of Donald Trump and his 2016 presidential campaign was Trisha Anderson, who, at the time, was the No. 2 lawyer at the agency's Office of General Counsel.  Despite having no specific experience in counterintelligence before coming to the FBI, Anderson was, in some manner, involved in virtually all of the significant events of the investigation.  Anderson told members of the House Judiciary and Oversight committees in August last year during closed-door testimony that she was one of only about 10 people who had known about the Trump-Russia investigation prior to its official opening.  A transcript of Anderson's testimony, which was reviewed for this article, reveals that she had read all of the FBI's FD302 forms detailing information that the author of the Steele dossier, former British spy Christopher Steele, had provided to high-ranking Department of Justice (DOJ) official Bruce Ohr.

Byron York:  Much talk that something is up with Mueller.  Too bad nobody knows.  There are two diametrically opposed lines of thinking about Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.  The first is that he is winding down his probe and is unlikely to allege that the Trump campaign and Russia conspired to fix the 2016 presidential election.  The second is that he is still going strong, with the biggest charges, perhaps including the fabled collusion allegation, yet to come.  Which is correct?  No one outside the Mueller office knows.  There are data points, or at least tea leaves, pointing in all directions.

Schiff Signals Mueller Findings Won't Be Enough — 'We're Going to Have To Do Our Own Investigation'.  Sunday [2/17/2019] on CNN's "State of the Union," Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) hinted that he would not accept the findings of special counsel Robert Mueller as the end of the investigation into President Donald Trump and Russia.

Collusion: The Criminalization of Policy Disputes.  What a weasel word "collusion" is.  In Washington, Senator Richard Burr (R., N.C.), chairman of the Intelligence Committee, has now seen fit to pronounce that, after two years of investigation, the panel has found no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian regime.  Meanwhile, in a nearby courtroom, Special Counsel Robert Mueller's senior staffer, Andrew Weissmann, told a federal judge that an August 2016 meeting between the then-chairman of the Trump campaign and a suspected Russian intelligence officer "goes ... very much to the heart of what the special counsel is investigating" — which sure sounds like Mueller's collusion hunt is alive and well.

The Russia Collusion Thud Heard 'Round the World.  On Tuesday's [2/12/2019] show this week, Fox News host Tucker Carlson revealed that he had tried to take the Russian "collusion" accusations and the launch of subsequent investigations seriously for about three months.  It is Carlson's job as a journalist to keep an open mind for as long as possible when such a serious allegation has been made.  He apparently kept that open mind for three months, until the ridiculousness of it all could not be ignored.  A majority of the left, the Democrats, and their "mainstream" media arm have pounded the spurious collusion narrative for over two years.  How much of that narrative they actually believe to be true is an open question that will someday hopefully be answered.  And then there was that vast swath of the American public that never, not for a moment, believed the charges.  For them, the very idea that Donald Trump strategized with Russian apparatchiks, operatives, spies, whatever, was always patently ridiculous.  For them, the investigations, particularly Mueller's, which gives new and ironic currency to the phrase "trumped up," was always what President Trump said it was, a "witch hunt."

After the Coup is Gone.  The tale we've been told for more than two years — that Donald Trump's campaign team, possibly even the candidate himself, colluded with the Kremlin to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election — has been exposed as a lie.  Various investigations into this alleged conspiracy are coming up empty and the accomplices are trying to change the subject.  Even more pathetically, some still are clinging to the farce, desperate to salvage whatever still remains of their already sketchy credibility.  To describe it as a witch hunt, the president's preferred term, is too generous.  The American public has witnessed a seditious attempt by powerful interests garrisoned throughout our political complex to overthrow a sitting U.S. president.  The orchestrated and failed coup has exceeded the routine combat of our two-party system, where out-of-power partisans disrupt and agitate the other side.  No, this has been a full scale insurrection that has violated the boundaries of law, normalcy, and civility in an unprecedented way.

As The Russia Hoax Begins To Unravel, The Gaslighting Begins.  Most recently, the Senate Judiciary Committee announced that after almost two years of investigation, it has uncovered no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.  Attorneys assigned to the Mueller team have quietly begun to slip away before the outcome of the investigation is made public.  This is unsurprising.  The Russia hoax is crumbling and people can't run away fast enough.  We've seen signs from the very beginning that many of the people who promoted the Trump-Russia collusion smear have always known it was a hoax.  These signs have been in plain sight.

Dems, Fearing Russia Collusion Investigation Will Come Up Empty, Now Attacking Robert Mueller.  Democrats, increasingly worried that Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether the Donald Trump campaign colluded with Russian officials to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election will reveal nothing, have started doing something they've long criticized President Trump for:  lashing out at Mueller over his "limited" probe.

The Beginning of The End:  MSNBC Reporting Senate Democrats Agree No Russian Collusion.  Mark the calendars; today is an important date.  CTH has noted, repeatedly, how extremely difficult it would be for the media to walk-back over three years of false reporting on the insufferable and manufactured "Muh Russia" collusion narrative.  However, remarkably, today that process actually begins.

Resistance rattled by 'no collusion' talk.  There have been reports recently that the Senate Intelligence Committee, the panel conducting the bipartisan flagship congressional investigation of the Trump-Russia affair, has not found evidence to conclude that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to fix the 2016 election.  "If we write a report based upon the facts that we have, then we don't have anything that would suggest there was collusion by the Trump campaign and Russia," the committee's chairman, Republican Sen. Richard Burr, told CBS last week.  Pressed on his statement a few days later, Burr said, "The only thing I've addressed is whether we had facts that suggest there was [collusion].  We don't have any."

The Ruling Class's Interference in Our Democracy.  It is clear that the United States government, far more than the Russian one, interfered in the 2016 campaign.  Figures throughout the Obama administration were using their power to investigate Hillary Clinton's opponent and leaking that information to pols like Harry Reid and sympathetic members of the press to hurt Trump.  Many of those figures — from John Brennan to James Comey to Susan Rice — appear on television these days displaying the very anti-Trump bias that drove their official actions during the campaign.  We're told gravely that the Mueller and Congressional investigations aim to protect the people's democracy "from interference."  Were that truly the case, they would focus on the collusion between the Hillary campaign and the Obama administration, not to mention her use of the foreign spy Christopher Steele.  Instead, the champions of Mueller seem to glory in the ruling class's interference in democracy.

Former Trump lawyer slams Mueller probe, maintains president will be cleared: 'Knock it off and get it done'.  The veteran criminal defense attorney who headed President Donald Trump's legal team during a crucial stretch of the special counsel investigation believes the entire affair will end in silence from special counsel Robert Mueller, and called the massive two-year probe into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign "a terrible waste of time."  "I don't think there'll be a report," John Dowd told ABC News in a wide-ranging interview for the premiere episode of "The Investigation," a new podcast focused on the probe led by special counsel Robert Mueller.  "I will be shocked if anything regarding the president is made public, other than 'We're done.'"

This just in:  No collusion.  Following Brit Hume on Twitter, I learned last week that Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr had let on that the committee had found nothing to suggest collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign.  Now comes Ken Dilanian's NBC News story "Senate has uncovered no direct evidence of conspiracy between Trump campaign and Russia."  Dilanian labors mightily to keep hope (in "collusion") alive.  He seeks to downplay the significance of Burr's revelation.  The investigation continues.  Committee Democrats are troubled, However, Dilanian quotes Burr:  "There is no factual evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia."  And we know that the investigation of "collusion" is premised on a hoax peddled by the Clinton presidential campaign that itself demonstrates "collusion" with Russia if taken at face value.  For some reason, this aspect of the matter goes without mention by Dilanian.

Rep Nadler Won't Clarify His Questions, Demands An Answer Anyway — Whitaker Fights Back.  New York Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler refused to clarify questions directed at acting attorney general Matthew Whitaker during his hearing with the House Judiciary Committee Friday, causing Whitaker to push back.  Nadler, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, questioned Whitaker on his briefings with special counsel Robert Mueller's work and his conversations with President Donald Trump after those briefings, on which Whitaker pushed back, asking Nadler what the basis of his question was, also saying he has not had any conversations with Trump about his private meetings with Mueller.

Mueller [was] hauled before [the] secret FISA court to address FBI abuses in 2002, Congress [has been] told.  Robert Mueller, the former FBI director and current special prosecutor in the Russia case, once was hauled before the nation's secret intelligence court to address a large number of instances in which the FBI cheated on sensitive surveillance warrants, according to evidence gathered by congressional investigators.  For most of the past 16 years, Mueller's closed-door encounter escaped public notice because of the secrecy of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC).  But thanks to recent testimony from a former FBI lawyer, we now have a rare window into documented abuses of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants and how the courts handled the matter.

Another Leaked Transcript:  Bill Priestap "Closed" Testimony Conflicts With James Comey "Open" Testimony.  Another unsourced leak of a congressional hearing transcript to The Epoch Times highlights the testimony of former FBI Director of Counterintelligence, Bill Priestap.  Unfortunately, the transcript is not provided, and there is no explanation as to why the transcript is not provided; however, one quote seems interesting.  The question surrounds why congressional leadership, including the Gang-of-Eight, were not briefed about the opening of a counterintelligence operation into a presidential campaign.  The investigation began on July 31st, 2016.  Congress was not notified until early March 2017.

The Stunning Importance of What Devin Nunes Said Yesterday.  In short, Devin Nunes speculated that Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein put the substantive allegations from the Fusion-GPS/Ohr/Steele Dossier into his investigative instructions that he gave Robert Mueller.  If it is accurate that Rosenstein charged Robert Mueller with investigating the dossier claims; and if Nunes is accurate that the DOJ investigative target, a derivative of the dossier, is Donald Trump; well, everything starts to make [...] a lot more sense.  If the mandate given to Robert Mueller was to specifically investigate the sitting president of the United States as an active participant, and subsequent target, for a counterintelligence operation, then DAG Rod Rosenstein — and Mueller — would have to hide that mandate from everyone and anyone.

Testimony in Russia probe shows FBI and Justice Department misconduct in effort to hurt Trump.  Newly revealed testimony by a former top FBI counterintelligence lawyer shows that former Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe examined "line-by-line" the faulty warrant applications to spy on Trump presidential campaign adviser Carter Page.  There is little question that senior officials at the FBI and Justice Department committed egregious abuses of power in obtaining the warrants and then moving forward on a baseless investigation of President Trump, now being conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  In fact, the conduct of high-level FBI and Justice Department officials in this whole matter has been outrageous and disgraceful.

What if Mueller doesn't give Democrats what they want?  The position of most Democratic leaders on Capitol Hill is that lawmakers are waiting until Trump-Russia special counsel Robert Mueller delivers his report before considering whether to impeach President Trump.  But what if Mueller does not accuse the president of wrongdoing, or at least impeachable wrongdoing?  Would Democrats say, 'Never mind,' put away thoughts of impeachment, and move on to the next item on their agenda?  That seems unlikely.  Many Democrats are deeply, emotionally committed to resisting Trump.  Sixty-six House Democrats voted to allow impeachment articles to move forward a year ago.  Now, with the House in Democratic hands, and after another year of media-hyped Trump-Russia allegations, there's no reason to believe Democrats would abandon the Russia issue regardless of what Mueller does.

Debate builds over making Mueller report public.  It's far from clear how close Mueller is to ending his investigation; the former FBI director has shown no signs of concluding his investigation.  At the same time, there is a growing sense in Washington that a probe that has captivated the political world for most of the last two years is wrapping up.  The report is expected to lay out Mueller's findings about Russian interference and potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Moscow.  It remains unclear what exact shape the report will take or what, if any, conclusions it will draw.  Barr told lawmakers Tuesday it was his "intent" to release as much about Mueller's findings as he can consistent with the law, but he was careful not to pledge to release the report outright.

Manliness vs. Romneyism.  It is, at least to some (especially those who rely on the mass media for the information), rather surprising that President Trump's poll numbers are going up, and that the public at large is increasingly of the opinion that the attacks on the president — especially those of the so-called "Mueller investigation" — are a totally concocted and artificial scam.

Reported FBI probe of Trump was led by anti-Trump fanatics who betrayed Constitution.  The extraordinary story published Friday night [1/11/2019] in The New York Times headlined "F.B.I. Opened Inquiry into Whether Trump was Secretly Working on Behalf of Russia" tells us how deeply sick the Washington establishment has become.  A group of bureaucrats — elected by no one — sat in a room and decided they would investigate the new president of the United States for possible treason.  Let me repeat:  treason.  This is, after all, the implication of this investigation.  This group of bureaucrats reports to no one in elected authority.  In a Justice Department where employees gave 97 percent of their presidential campaign contributions to Hillary Clinton, the hostility toward — and fear of — newly elected President Trump was deep.

There Is a Pony in the Mueller Heap of Dung.  Despite spending millions of dollars, hiring 13 of the most vicious anti-Trump prosecutors available, and having allies in the DoJ and FBI continuing to delay congressional efforts to reveal the machinations of their anti-Trump colleagues, it is increasingly obvious that they have turned up no evidence of any Trump-Russia collaboration. [...] On the other hand, Congress apparently has had it with the FBI's and DoJ's continued efforts to keep us in the dark about the skullduggery that went on prior to and after the president was inaugurated and is beginning to leak what it found out.  As the story unfolds, no one in those outfits' higher ranks looks good, and the entire Mueller investigation appears to be, as Sharyl Attkisson in The Hill suggests, an effort to keep hidden and protect from disruption "long established money channels ... secret machinations that could arguably land some people in prison."

Hiding Evidence:  The Continuing Cover-Up.  More information is supporting the theory that the current big Justice Department "investigations" are actually functioning as big cover-up operations.  Robert Mueller's team is effectively hiding key evidence related to serious crimes committed by government officials.  Mueller has nearly complete control over what the public or any investigator can see.  He has control over what witnesses can talk about.  This means that the Huber and Horowitz investigations exist to make you think something is being investigated when it is not.  That is why Representatives Doug Collins, Mark Meadows, and Jim Jordan sent a letter to Huber, the U.S. attorney, this week that essentially exposes the fraud.

How Did The Wife Of A Mueller Protege End Up Hearing Mueller's Case?  Would it surprise you to learn that the judge presiding over a case of Robert Mueller's is married to a Mueller protege?  When Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted Concord, a Russian company that didn't even exist, it landed on District of Columbia Judge Dabney Friedrich's docket.  At first, it appeared as though Friedrich had a handle on the malarkey taking place.  At the initial hearings, she denied the special counsel's request to delay everything.  She rightfully questioned the validity of the charges — especially the unprecedented charge of "conspiracy against the United States."  As many noted, the Mueller squad did not anticipate that any of the Russian entities it indicted would appear to contest anything.

Mueller grasps at another straw.  The Washington Post:  "Paul Manafort shared 2016 polling data with Russian employee, according to court filing" !!! [...] So?  Is this illegal?  No.  Is the man a spy?  No.  Hillary hired a firm that worked with Kremlin officials and Russian spies to get dirt on The Donald.  That Russian Dossier is the basis of Bungling Bob Mueller's witch hunt.  Guess what?  The Washington Post shared polling data with Russian spies and anyone else with access to its web site.  Ditto the Times and the Guardian.  Manafort is not charged with sharing polling data with anyone.  He is charged with lying to an increasingly Soviet-style investigation by one of the worst public officials in American history.

Supreme Court turns down mysterious Mueller subpoena fight.  The Supreme Court has declined to intervene in a mysterious subpoena fight that apparently involved an unidentified foreign-government-owned company and special counsel Robert Mueller.  Last month, the unknown firm asked the high court to block a federal judge's contempt order and $50,000-a-day penalty for refusing to comply with the subpoena, arguing that the company is immune from U.S. grand jury subpoenas.  The company also insisted that complying with the subpoena would violate the law in the firm's home country.

Mueller's Report Will Be a Bore.  The thread that runs through the matters Robert Mueller is examining is the band of reprobates and marginal characters who gathered around the chief reprobate, Donald Trump, in his 2016 campaign.  The thread that runs through the matters Mr. Mueller is ignoring concerns the actions of official agencies, the FBI and CIA.  The press has averted its eyes because it considers these matters a pro-Trump story, though the media could salve its biases by noticing the possibility that these blundering agencies helped elect Mr. Trump.

Robert Mueller's Troubling Ties To September 11th, 2001.  Yes, there are layers upon layers of conspiracy theories still floating out there regarding what did or didn't happen on September 11th, 2001. [...] Since 2001 the United States has wasted TRILLIONS on global conflicts which in turn initiated a mass migration of Muslim bodies across the European continent and then into other countries like Australia, Canada, and the U.S.  (With a correspondent spike in Islamic militant terror attacks the clear result[.])  Whether such migration is good or bad will likely remain the subject of debate for decades to come, but in the meantime it is undeniable that the safety and security of America and the world was made less so following the horrors of 9-11 and the response that followed.  And then there is the part played by Robert Mueller...

Mueller's Russian Target, Concord Management, Responds to Request to Block Discovery.  Almost everyone who has researched the substance behind Rosenstein and Mueller's heavily promoted Russian indictments knows the underlying claims are centered on the thinnest of evidence.  Given the nature of the politicization behind the Mueller investigation, many people argue there is no actual evidence at all; it's a manufactured ruse created only for purpose of advancing a necessary political narrative, an excuse for media column inches and pundit talks.  And there is a great deal of reason to believe the cynics are entirely accurate; particularly when you overlay the series of events that highlight the prosecution never thought anyone would actually show up in court and challenge their claims.

Giuliani calls for Mueller to be investigated for destruction of FBI evidence.  Rudy Giuliani has an unmistakable New Year's message for special counsel Robert Mueller:  It is time for the chief investigator in the Russia case to be investigated in 2019.  In wide-ranging interviews with Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and me on Wednesday and Thursday, President Trump's defense lawyer pointedly accused Mueller's office of destroying evidence by allowing text messages from now-fired FBI official Peter Strzok and his FBI lover, Lisa Page, to be erased in the Russia probe.  "Mueller should be investigated for destruction of evidence for allowing those text messages from Strzok to be erased, messages that would show the state of mind and tactics of his lead anti-Trump FBI agent at the start of his probe," Giuliani said.

Mueller Investigation Stirring Up More Trouble Than It's Finding.  After 19 months, special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has charged a number of targets with almost every conceivable sin — except collusion with Russia to throw an election.  Yet suspicion of collusion was the reason that Mueller was appointed in the first place.  President Trump's former consigliere, Michael Cohen, pleaded guilty to lying to Congress.  But as part of his plea deal, Cohen also confessed to a superfluous charge of a campaign finance violation.  Cohen allegedly negotiated a nondisclosure agreement concerning a supposed past Trump liaison with porn star Stormy Daniels.  Yet no one alleges that Trump used cash from his 2016 campaign account to buy Daniels' silence.

Supreme Court Intervenes in Apparent Mystery Mueller Case.  Chief Justice John Roberts stayed a contempt order in a case that likely arose from Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation on Sunday night [12/23/2018].  Roberts' order could mark the first time that the Supreme Court has intervened in the Mueller inquiry.  Very little is known of the case, which reached the justices on Saturday, because the matter has proceeded through the federal courts under seal, meaning strict confidentiality prevails over every detail.

What's Next in FBI Oversight.  Tax and criminal-justice reform and judicial appointments are all hugely important.  But House and Senate investigators get pride of place for unraveling one of the greatest dirty tricks of our political times, in which a Democratic administration, party and presidential campaign either co-opted or fooled the FBI into investigating the Republican campaign.  Lawmakers got to the bottom of this despite partisan attacks and institutional obstruction.  Congress has taken that probe about as far as was ever going to be possible.  The next steps are up to the White House.

The Barr memo and Mueller's obstruction investigation.  Former Attorney General Barr's memo is an impressive piece of legal craftsmanship.  It is not an attack on the Mueller investigation.  It is a plea that the Mueller investigation be conducted within the bounds of constitutional law, congressional intent, and venerable Justice Department guidance.

Time for Mueller to Call It Quits.  Over the many months of the special counsel's investigation, no one among the many seeking to mortally wound President Trump politically with "collusion" allegations has yet provided the American public a convincing rationale, any substantive corroborating proof or evidence, or even a well spun theory for why the Russians would want a President Trump instead of a President Clinton anyway.  For the Russians, what was their "motive," and what did they stand to gain from collusion with Donald Trump?  Russia could have obtained anything it wanted — more easily and at less cost — from a more pliable, soft, globalist President Hillary Clinton.  In reality, every autocrat, dictator, and war lord around the world would have wanted a more malleable President Clinton over the nationalistic and assertive President Trump that campaigned on, and then adopted, a more aggressive "America First" leadership approach to foreign and defense policy.

Mueller appears victorious in mystery subpoena dispute.  A federal appeals court on Tuesday ordered a mystery corporation owned by a foreign country to comply with a subpoena that appears to be from special counsel Robert Mueller.  The three-page opinion released by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit is the latest twist in an opaque dispute that POLITICO and other media outlets have tied to Mueller's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  The ruling offers the intriguing detail that the entity fighting the Mueller subpoena is a foreign government-owned company, not a specific individual, as many experts had speculated.

Mystery Mueller Subpoena Continues:  Lockdown At DC Circuit.  The saga of Robert Mueller's mystery subpoena continued yesterday, but only a select few even got to see the players.  The DC Circuit Court of Appeals went into a sealed session so secret that the attorneys arguing the case went in undercover, CNN reported.  What could possibly be so secret in Mueller's probe that requires this level of security?  Wanna take a guess who's [sic] name is on the mystery invitation?

All is Fair in the War on Trump.  [T]here are two kinds of justice operating in the Washington swamp.  One kind — the mean, devious, throw-the-book-at-'em kind — is used for prosecuting Donald Trump and his people.  The other kind of justice — the nice, easy-going, so-what kind — is used for not looking into the law-breaking email fiascos of Hillary and the financial fishiness of the Clinton Crime Syndicate.  Hillary continues to skate free, unbothered by the FBI or any federal agency for the dirty things she and the Obama administration's injustice department did during the 2016 election to try to defeat Donald Trump.  But not General Flynn.

Mueller probe is costing taxpayers $25M: DOJ.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe has cost taxpayers nearly $25 million, according to a Justice Department report Friday [12/14/2018].  Nearly $4.6 million of that was shelled out in the six months between April 1 and Oct. 31.  That's a slight uptick from the $4.5 million the Mueller probe cost between Oct. 1, 2017, and March 31.  President Trump, who has dismissed the Mueller probe as a "hoax" and a "witch hunt," has blasted its cost.  In June, he wrote on Twitter "the Russian Hoax Investigation has now cost our government over $17 million and going up fast."

Media Conventional Wisdom On The Russia Investigation Is Uninformed And Idiotic.  Jim VandeHei of Axios claimed to sum up on Sunday "what we already now know" about Robert Mueller's findings in the Russia probe.  His next claim was even more robust.  "What we already now know is highly damning and highly detailed."  If you want to — and I quote — "go deeper," you can click a button that gives you "460 words" of how what we know is highly damning and highly detailed.  It is, of course, not even close to either of those things.  But it's worth looking at to see how some D.C. figures are easily spun into thinking — or claiming to think — that things for which there is no evidence have "highly detailed" evidence.

Stasi Mueller
The American Stasi.  Under Barack Obama, the American Justice System turned into the American Stasi.  And what I find absolutely infuriating is that those in the news media and far too many Americans are totally cool with that.  The prevailing attitude is "Hey, if you have nothing to hide, if you've done nothing wrong, why would you need a lawyer when the FBI comes calling?"  They really don't care that Andrew McCabe led Flynn to believe this was just an informal conversation and there was really no reason to involve attorneys.  And they really don't care that Robert Mueller defied a Federal Judge yesterday [12/14/2018] and refused to turn over the documents the judge ordered he turn over — including the original interview notes made after the FBI had their "informal conversation" with Mike Flynn in the White House.

The Russia Investigations:  An Unfinished Case Looks Weaker Than Ever.  Political and legal danger for President Trump may be sharpening by the day, but the case that his campaign might have conspired with the Russian attack on the 2016 election is still unproven despite two years of investigations, court filings and even numerous convictions and guilty pleas.  Trump has been implicated in ordering a scheme to silence two women ahead of Election Day in 2016 about the alleged sexual relationships they had with him years before.  That is a serious matter, or it might have been in other times, but this scheme is decidedly not a global conspiracy with a foreign power to steal the election.

Mueller's 'Enterprise' Witch Hunt.  The guidelines that govern FBI investigations are the key to understanding the Deep State's assault on the Trump administration.  The FBI's Crossfire Hurricane case is a sort of "umbrella" investigation, one that subsumes investigations on given individuals, such as Carter Page.  The whole issue of the precise nature of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation has arisen once again, in the context of disgraced former FBI Director James Comey's testimony last week before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI).  I think it will prove helpful to revisit this topic because, as I hope to show, there are important consequences that flow from this.

Mueller's Collusion Hoax Collapses.  The sudden death of the unutterable nonsense of collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government, announced as it was in the hand-off to the Southern New York U.S. Attorney of the shabby fruit of Michael Cohen's plea bargaining, has divided onlookers into three communities of opinion.  The true believers in the collusion canard are left slack-jawed, like the international Left after the announcement of the Nazi-Soviet Pact:  an immense fervor of faith is instantly destroyed; it is the stillness of a sudden and immense evaporation.

Report:  Strzok and Page's Phones Were "Wiped" By Unknown FBI Staffer.  According to a new comprehensive report from the Department of Justice's Office of the Inspector General, technical failure was not the only thing keeping the anti-Trump text messages of Peter Strzok and Lisa Page away from prying eyes.  The report confirms that both phones were wiped clean by an unknown FBI official shortly after Strzok was let go from Robert Mueller's special counsel team.  The report raises new questions about what steps certain individuals within the FBI took to hide the obvious and damaging bias of one of their top agents.

Obstruction?  Mueller probe wiped Strzok phone before giving it to investigators.  The Department of Justice Office of the Inspector General (OIG) has released a report on its investigation into the recovery of text messages from FBI mobile devices that were once operated by disgraced former FBI agents Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.  The report reveals disturbing details about the inner workings and lack of transparency in the office of special counsel Robert Mueller, who has been investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election for the past 575 days and has failed to publicize any evidence of Trump-Russia "collusion."  The OIG report found that all of the texts off of Strzok's and Page's mobile phones that they had received while they were working for the special counsel's office (SCO) were deleted.

Mueller's Got Nothing.  The revelations of the last few days are, though disguised, the crash in ignominy of the Robert Mueller putsch.  But they are far from the end of the story.  While the sire of the Mueller hit-squad assault, former FBI director James Comey, declared 245 times at last Friday's House Judiciary Committee hearing that he did not recall events that occurred in the last several years, the president's official enemies confessed that the best they could do to show collusion between Russia and the Trump presidential campaign was that lawyer Michael Cohen, who had almost nothing to do with the campaign, had received a message in 2015 from someone promising "synergy" between Russia and a Trump presidency.

No collusion, no crime.  For 45 years, Bob Woodward has been the spokesman for the Deep State.  His sources at the CIA and elsewhere in DC trust him without question.  Mark Felt, the Andy McCabe of his day at the FBI, gave Woodward Watergate, and made his career.  His sources can find no collusion between Russia and President Donald John Trump.  None.  The man with the Golden Rolodex and the license to spill comes up emptier than a sailor's billfold after shore leave.

Why has Mueller ignored Obama administration crimes?  The matter of Gen. Michael Flynn began with criminal conduct.  But it was not committed by Flynn.  The crimes were leaking the contents of classified telephone conversations between Flynn and Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and revealing the identity of Flynn as a party to the conversations.  The sorry saga began with a January 12, 2017 column about the Flynn/Kislyak conversations by The Washington Post's David Ignatius, who described his source as a "senior U.S. government official," i.e., an Obama administration functionary.  Whoever told Ignatius the fact of and substance of the eavesdropped conversations committed a felony by leaking classified information.

Are liberals prepared for no collusion?  New York Times columnist Charles Blow and every other halfwit in the media believes they're making a profound point when they ask each other with raised eyebrows:  What will conservatives do if Robert Mueller proves there was collusion?  Are they ready for that possibility?  But up until this week, no one was asking the opposite.  What will President Trump's opponents do if Mueller finds nothing at all about hard "collusion" and the 2016 campaign?

Mueller's Theory:  Trump Defrauded Voters.  "Prosecutors' Narrative Is Clear:  Trump Defrauded Voters."  So declares the first part of the headline of a New York Times article by Peter Baker and Nicholas Fandos. [...] I find odd the notion that Trump defrauded voters.  No candidate in my lifetime ever painted a clearer, more vivid picture of himself for voters.  For better or for worse, we knew what we were getting (and no, it wasn't a Putin stooge).

So Much Irony it's Mag[a]netic.  Mueller's multimillion dollars peck, sniff, and smear operation seems to be winding down with a whimper, not a bang, despite the media's efforts to portray it otherwise.

Mueller's Gift to Obama.  Robert Mueller looks to be approaching his endgame, and the press is alive with speculation as to how bad the special counsel's report will be for President Trump.  It's also worth noticing how good Mr. Mueller has been to another president, Barack Obama, and his team.  This benevolence was on display in the sentencing document the special counsel's office filed on Tuesday for Mike Flynn.  The former Trump national security adviser, we are told, has provided "substantial assistance," sitting for 19 interviews that aided in "several ongoing investigations."  In light of this help, the Mueller team recommends leniency — perhaps even sparing him prison time.  That would be just.  The special counsel provides no evidence Mr. Flynn was part of any collusion with Russia.  He was instead brought up on a charge of lying to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  And it's not even clear he did that.

Mueller's witch hunt may have boomeranged.  Bungling Bob Mueller indicted his chief witness for lying — and then cut a no-prison deal.  I keep mentioning this because it is hilarious.  But as crunch time approaches, we learn that instead of nailing President Trump — who is as pure as Ivory Snow — the Team Anti-America that Mueller assembled may have gathered evidence that will indict Obama's White House lawyer and a top Democrat lobbyist.

President Trump Notes the Motives/Intents of Team Mueller.  You'd be amazed at the number of people, presumably 'on-our-side', who deny that Robert Mueller and Rod Rosenstein are simply an extension of the corrupt intelligence/political apparatus.  However, President Trump knows exactly what the Team Mueller intents and purposes are.

Did Robert Mueller Withhold Exculpatory Evidence?  [Scroll down]  Now, withholding exculpatory evidence, if in fact Mueller and his team of "13 Angry Democrats" did this, sounds eerily like the accusations that Obama's DoJ withheld pertinent, and exculpatory, information from the FISA court as it worked to attain surveillance warrants on Obama's political foe:  the very same man who's now the target of Mueller's investigation.  But there's more:  in case you missed it, last week a story broke that described an FBI raid on the home of a known whistleblower who reportedly had information regarding the Clinton Foundation, Uranium One, and Robert Mueller's failure to investigate "criminal activity" involved in the deal.  Except... the whistleblower had already shared his information with Congressional investigators. [...] And the raid apparently violated his whistleblower protections.  So much for the law.

Mueller Withheld Exculpatory Evidence from Court to Exonerate Trump — Mueller LIED to the Court!  A new report by journalist Paul Sperry says conflicted Robert Mueller withheld evidence from the court that would exonerate President Trump from the latest accusations of Russian collusion during the 2016 election.

Crossfire Hurricane:  The Theory Of The Case.  For those of us who try to follow developments in the Russia Hoax, it's easy to get bogged down in the details and lose sight of the big picture:  what I call the "theory of the case."  Every investigation needs a guiding theory, even a hoax investigation, and a solid grasp of that overall case theory is a big help in coming to grips with the big picture.  It's useful to look at two aspects together:  first, the Carter Page FISA, and second, Rod Rosenstein's memo authorizing the Special Counsel.

Is the FBI Raiding Whistleblowers' Homes to Protect Robert Mueller?  [In 2017, the writer] called for a criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton's collusion with Russia to turn over control of 20 percent of our uranium supplies to Russian interests in return for some $145 million in donations to the Clinton Foundation.  It turns out that there was one:  an FBI investigation dating back to 2009, with current deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein and Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller up to their eyeballs in covering up evidence of Hillary's collusion, bordering on treason, with Vladimir Putin's Russia.

Senator Mark Warner:  The SSCI is "Working Closely" With Robert Mueller.  Today [12/2/2018] on Face The Nation Senate Select Committee on Intelligence (SSCI) Vice-Chairman Mark Warner describes how his committee is working with Robert Mueller; including:  (a) several criminal referrals (Cohen was one); and (b) the sharing of congressional transcripts so Mueller (the team, not the person) can cross reference statements given to him with testimony given to the SSCI.

Robert Mueller's Plan.  No prosecutor builds a case the way Mueller is going about it. [...] If the most memorable thing the jury takes into the deliberation room is that no one should believe a word your witnesses say, you are not going to convict the lowliest grifter, much less the president of the United States of America.

Sorry, You Can't Protect Mueller.  Mitch McConnell just did our constitutional order an enormous favor by burying the so-called Robert Mueller protection bill, hopefully never to rise again. [...] Plan A, i.e., passing the thing, would have been hard enough.  But its supporters apparently didn't think through a need for a Plan B or C:  Trump would have vetoed the bill if it passed Congress, and if it somehow passed Congress with a veto-proof majority, the Supreme Court likely would have struck it down.

The Latest Russia Collusion 'Bombshells' Are Big, Fat Duds.  A recent blitz of "bombshell" headlines initially appear to show there might actually have been some collusion between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and Russia.  First, there was The Guardian claiming that Paul "Manaford" (oops, the source meant Manafort) met with Julian Assange of WikiLeaks in spring 2016, with the obvious implication that it was done to plan or coordinate WikiLeak's Hillary Clinton email dump.  Mollie Hemingway ably pointed out holes in the story by mentioning, among other issues, that Manafort would have entered the Ecuadorian embassy to meet Assange in the heart of London, which is blanketed by the most robust network of video cameras in the world.  There would be video and it would have leaked.  It hasn't.

William Safire on Bungling Bob Mueller.  Thanks to a reader, I am happy to report that I am in fine company in ridiculing Bungling Bob Mueller.

Is Mueller team bludgeoning to get narrative it wants?  Either Robert Mueller has the case of the century, tons of incriminating emails, and is now close to unveiling the collusion with the Russians that has been so widely repeated, or the special counsel investigation has come up empty handed, and he is now trying to bludgeon peripheral figures into plea deals to give the appearance of collusion.  It sure has created a lot of confusion.  While we have to leave the door open to the first theory, recent actions sure look like last minute overreach to draw in fringe characters who did little more than make inquiries or tried to seem in the know about the purloined Hillary Clinton campaign emails.

Welcome Back to the Big Bully Boy Scout Show.  Like a long-running entertainment, the Boy Scout Show, starring the lugubrious Robert Mueller as the big bully himself, is back. [...] The producers of this interminable entertainment have learned a thing or two from other soap operas.  For one thing, some of your favorite characters who had seemed to be written out of the script have made miraculous recoveries and, word has it, are signed for important parts in the entire season that just got underway.  Paul Manafort, for example, whom script writers seemed to have killed off last season, is back with gusto.

Mueller bungles his case.  Bungling Bobby Mueller just blew whatever case he has by convicting his main witness of lying.  I repeatedly told readers Mueller is incompetent.  He is what passes in Washington for competence because he has had his ticket punched despite a lack of success.  He is the Hillary of prosecutors.

The Top 10 Crimes Committed by the Corrupt and Conflicted Mueller Investigative and Legal Team!  [#2] Mueller's investigation exceeds the scope of special counsel law which requires the scope of a special counsel to be specific.  Rosenstein created the special counsel with a scope that was so broad it is not supported by this law[.]  Paul Manafort sued the DOJ, Mueller and Rosenstein because what they are doing is not supported by US Law as noted previously by Jarrett.  Manafort's case also argued in paragraph 33 that the special counsel put in place by crooked Rosenstein gave crooked and criminal Mueller powers that are not permitted by law[.]

Sen. Mike Lee blocks effort to vote on bill to protect special counsel Robert Mueller.  Sen. Mike Lee blocked a bipartisan attempt to force a Senate vote on legislation designed to protect special counsel Robert Mueller.  Citing late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the Utah Republican argued that passing the bill would create a "de facto fourth branch of government, fundamentally undermining the principle of separation of powers that is so core to our liberty."  "And on that basis, madam president, I object," he said.

Report: Mueller Panicked Over Abuse Of Power Allegations.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has overseen a nearly two-year-long investigation that has cost tens of millions of dollars and has produced little to no proof of any actual collusion between the then Trump campaign and Russia.  Instead, Mueller has filed silly charges against a handful of Russians who bought some Facebook ads, another charge against a secondary Trump campaign affiliate for lying to the FBI, and most notably, gone back a decade to file charges against short-term Trump campaign manager, Paul Manafort, on bank and tax fraud — none of which relates to the current Trump-Russia collusion investigation.

The Anti-Trump Hysterics Roll On.  And the Mueller special-counsel rumbles toward its third year.  So desperate have Mueller's efforts and those of his rabidly Democratic staff members become that in trying to extort and suborn inculpatory perjury about the president, they are facing a revolt from the victims, led by Paul Manafort from his solitary confinement cell, but emulated now by Jerome Corsi.  Rather than cooperate (i.e., lie) after being catechized by Mueller, to avoid facing the extremes of the American kangaroo courts, they are refusing Mueller, and effectively betting on the failure of Mueller to make good on his mission to take down or seriously discommode the president.  Mueller is escalating the terror campaign against Manafort by inciting state prosecutions, insusceptible to the president's power of pardon.  The Democrats have been shouting from the housetops about protecting Mueller, but Trump has no interest in shutting him down.  Mueller has nothing, and his terrors don't impress its victims.

Elites Value Mellifluous Illegality over Crass Lawfulness.  Trump has defined his own uncouthness, which so incenses his opponents, as "the new presidential."  Yet so far, after over a year of intense investigation, Special Counsel Mueller has found no evidence that Donald Trump — or even his low-level subordinates — had ever colluded with Russian government interests to hijack the 2016 election and defeat Hillary Clinton.  Indeed, Mueller has shown himself desperate to indict almost anyone connected with the Trump campaign with almost any charge he can think of — other than colluding with the Russians to warp an election, his original mandate.

"I'm Not Going To Agree That I Lied": Corsi Rejects Mueller's Plea Deal, Plans To Sue.  Roger Stone associate Jerome Corsi said on Monday [11/26/2018] that he is refusing to sign a plea deal offered by special counsel Robert Mueller.  Corsi, who fell under suspicion as an intermediary between Stone and WikiLeaks during the 2016 US election, said he was offered a deal to plea on one count of perjury.  According to the New York Times, Mueller presented Corsi with evidence that he had lied when investigators asked him beforehand if WikiLeaks was going to publish stolen DNC emails during the campaign, while Corsi ostensibly served as the conduit.

Author Jerome Corsi Speaks Out on Mueller Witch Hunt; Plans to File Suit Against Special Counsel.  The liberal media reported recently that author and Trump supporter Dr. Jerome Corsi will be indicted for perjury by the Mueller Special Counsel.  Jerome has not spoken out about his situation — until now.  One America News (OANN) interviewed Jerome this weekend.  On Monday they released footage from their interview.  Corsi also plans to file a lawsuit against The Mueller Special Counsel.

Doubling down on Mueller.  With the midterms over, Washington returns to its regular programming:  Russia.  Trump critics should consider the risk of betting their political fortunes on special counsel Robert Mueller.  The Mueller probe has lost its political potency, as Democrats acknowledged on the midterm trail.  They didn't win House seats by warning of Russian collusion.  They didn't even talk about it.  Most voters don't care, or don't care to hear about it.  A CNN exit poll found 54 percent of respondents think the Russia probe is "politically motivated"; a 46 percent plurality disapprove of Mueller's handling of it.

Get Ready for High Gear Compartmentalization.  [Scroll down]  In fact, there is no reason to believe the president now pays any attention to Mueller.  Trump is about to send written responses to his questions and there is no visible likelihood that Mueller is going to say or do anything that discommodes Trump at all.  The sun is finally rising over the fact that there was never any excuse for this absurd investigation.  Trump-Russian collusion was the most gigantic canard in American political history.  The Steele dossier on which the claim was largely based is the dirtiest trick in American political history.  Now it is time to put what has recently been called "compartmentalization" into high gear.  This is the ability to have a high level of investigative activity contemporaneous with a productive legislative schedule in the Congress.

Trump gives Whitaker free rein over Mueller probe: 'It's going to be up to him'.  President Trump on Sunday said he is giving acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker free rein over special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe, including limiting or shutting down the investigation.  "It's going to be up to him," Mr. Trump said in an interview aired on Fox News Sunday."  "I wouldn't get involved."  Mr. Trump's pick of Mr. Whitaker, the former chief of staff to ousted Attorney General Jeff Sessions and outspoken critic of the Mueller probe, ignited renewed accusations that the president was trying to squelch the investigation.

Obvious Double Standard On Recusals Proves Russia Probe Is About Getting Trump.  The installation of Matthew Whitaker as the acting attorney general has the recusal pundits barking like shelter dogs in the presence of a trespassing squirrel.  In case you're wondering how the recusal rules work, it's simply a matter of whether it helps or hurts Trump.  Don't believe me?  See if you can detect a pattern.  Since Whitaker might rein in the special counsel, he must be recused, they argue.  Similarly, when it appeared former attorney general Jeff Sessions might help Trump, he acceded to demands he recuse himself.  But Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is a proven thorn in the president's side with an obvious conflict of interest, so no demands for recusal there.

Doubling Down on Mueller.  With the midterms over, Washington returns to its regular programming:  Russia.  Trump critics should consider the risk of betting their political fortunes on special counsel Robert Mueller.  The Mueller probe has lost its political potency, as Democrats acknowledged on the midterm trail.  They didn't win House seats by warning of Russian collusion.  They didn't even talk about it.  Most voters don't care, or don't care to hear about it.  A CNN exit poll found 54% of respondents think the Russia probe is "politically motivated"; a 46% plurality disapprove of Mr. Mueller's handling of it.  That hasn't stopped Democrats from fixating on it since the election, in particular when President Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and named Matthew Whitaker as a temporary replacement.

Mueller Grand Jury Witness Accuses Clinton-Linked Prosecutor Of Conflict Of Interest.  An attorney who appeared as a witness before the Mueller grand jury is accusing the special counsel's office of a conflict of interest because one of the prosecutors involved in the special counsel's case has worked for Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation.  The prosecutor, Jeannie Rhee, has questioned witnesses about Roger Stone, the Trump confidant who is one of the targets of the investigation, numerous sources tell The Daily Caller News Foundation.  Rhee questioned Tyler Nixon, an attorney for Stone, just before his grand jury appearance on Nov. 2.

Mitch McConnell Blocks Mueller Witch Hunt Protection Bill.  Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced on Wednesday he will not support a bill to protect Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  After two years of investigations the Mueller witch hunt has yet to uncover ANY suggestion of Donald Trump colluding with Vladimir Putin during the 2016 election.  Democrats want to continue the probe indefinitely in order to harass Trump and bankrupt his supporters.

New Mueller Court Filing Highlights Trump Investigation Will Continue Deep into Year Three.  Voices selling a pending conclusion to the Mueller investigation of President Trump were dealt a set-back today as Robert Mueller files a motion with the court extending the 2016 Russian interference investigation deep into 2019.  The Associated Press is citing court documents filed within the Rick Gates case where the special counsel is requesting additional time for sentencing as an outcome of ongoing cooperation that has expanded the investigation.

The Cleaner.  The important notations here are:  (1) two of the three sets of data were released without any specific purpose (FISA App and Warner texts); (2) no one knows why two data points were released; (3) no one knows who released them; (4) the FISC Clerk Stamp appears to have been intentionally left unredacted; (5) the specificity within the page #6 data within the Wolfe indictment was unnecessary for the direct purpose, yet important for the indirect purpose of connecting the data; (6) the Wolfe indictment was unsealed six months after the fact; and (7) NONE of these three sets of data were essential information at the time they were released.  This tells me, someone wanted this information into the bloodstream of public knowledge; yet non [sic] of this information was part of an official release; except the Wolfe indictment — yet it too contained unnecessary specificity within the page-6 details when unsealed.  This brings us to the critical question:  Who?  Who wanted this out there?

The Silence of Mueller's Trump-Russia 'Canaries'.  No evidence has surfaced indicating that President Trump colluded with Russia to steal the 2016 election.  Still, two years later, the president's opponents insist the truth is out there and they know where — in the memory banks and computer files of Trump's former associates who have struck deals to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  But people with direct knowledge of the situation say the premise of that speculation is false:  It's highly unlikely that these associates possess proof of collusion and are singing about it to Mueller.

Mueller team begins writing final report.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has begun writing its final report on its 18-month Russia investigation, according a media report Thursday [11/8/2018].  The investigation has entered its final stages, but federal prosecutors reportedly still have some final pieces to put into place, CNN reported.

Sessions was the worst.  The attorney generalship of Jeff Sessions was over before it began when he foolishly recused himself from the Russian probe.  This allowed Deep Stater Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel.  Sessions got played.  He traded two small dimes for that big nickel.  His mistake was colossal because it allowed Democrats to strong arm the new administration with a special counsel. [...] When a reformer comes in, Deep Staters cover their tracks and indict or impeach the reformer.  They have done this in Argentina, Brazil and Italy over the years.  Firing Mueller is futile.  Maxine Waters or Adam Schiff will simply hire him.  Plus, they already have whatever goods Mueller has.  We do not know what he has.

Does Robert Mueller's Lead Prosecutor Have A History Of Ethics Violations?  Houston-based attorney Kevin Fulton, of the Fulton Law Group, filed a motion on my behalf Thursday morning to unseal and unredact court records that may expose past misconduct by Special Counsel Robert Mueller's lead prosecutor, Andrew Weissmann.  Since Weissmann took a leave of absence from his top Department of Justice job to join the special counsel's team, critics have questioned his impartiality.  Reports suggest the man branded Mueller's pit bull by the New York Times violated internal protocol when he met with reporters from the Associated Press in April 2017.  The following day, the AP published an exposé on Paul Manafort's relationship with Ukraine officials.  Then news broke that twice-demoted Department of Justice attorney Bruce Ohr kept Weissmann "in the loop" about the dossier penned by former MI6 British spy Christopher Steele and used to obtain a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant to surveil President Trump's campaign.

Democrats have a plan if Trump fires Mueller in 'Saturday Night Massacre'.  House Democrats have a Plan B to make sure Robert Mueller's findings in the Russia investigation see the light of day if President Trump fires the special counsel, a report said.  Democrats, who regained control of the House in Tuesday's midterm elections, are preparing for a Saturday Night Massacre situation in which Trump fires top Justice Department officials in an attempt to quash Mueller's investigation.  In that scenario, Democratic officials told Politico, Mueller would be immediately summoned to Capitol Hill, where he would testify about his findings on national television.

Mueller Investigation Finally Implicates Democrats.  Mueller has run out of real-estate, so to speak.  He's reached the end of the road, and there were no Trump-conspiring Russians of note the Democrats' highway to Hell.  But there is a bit of Hillary Clinton roadkill, as CNN reports [...]

Mueller Probe Turns Attention To Conspiracy Theorist Linked To Roger Stone.  The special counsel's investigation turned its attention to Jerome Corsi, a conspiracy theorist who has ties to Roger Stone, the longtime Trump confidant who is said to be a target of the Mueller probe.  Corsi's significance to the investigation was solidified this week after he appeared for a second round of interviews with the special counsel's office.  Guest hosts of Corsi's online political show said this week that Corsi informed them that he was traveling to Washington, D.C. "for another round with Mueller."

Has Mueller Subpoenaed the President?  These months before the midterm elections are tough ones for all of us Mueller-watchers.  As we expected, he has gone quiet in deference to longstanding Justice Department policy that prosecutors should not take actions that might affect pending elections.  Whatever he is doing, he is doing quietly and even further from the public eye than usual.

Democratic Attacks:  Who's Paying?  [Scroll down]  And of course, there's the big one:  the whole Russia collusion thing.  There was the dossier paid for by Fusion GPS, for starters.  Where did that money come from?  Was that money backed by the Clintons?  Did the funding actually come from shadow money collected by the charitable Clinton Foundation?  If the Democrats spied on and wiretapped the Trump campaign prior to the 2016 election (as appears virtually certain to all but the most vociferous, dishonest deniers and the hopelessly naïve believers), who organized and funded that operation?  It was no easy, one-time task.  To actually spy on and surreptitiously record detailed private conversations is a technically complicated exercise, requiring cutting-edge technology and sensitive inner contacts.  Both of those are expensive propositions.  It can be safely assumed that the requisite monies to fund such an operation are not traceable to the Obama White House, or even obviously to the Clintons.  Then who?  How?  By what actual device was it paid for and executed?

How the Mueller fairy tale ends.  Perhaps the best argument I have seen in favor of repealing President Trump's pointless tax cuts is the superabundance of disposable income American liberals apparently spend on things like Robert Mueller bobble-head dolls, "Mueller is Coming" and "It's Mueller time" T-shirts, Mueller "prayer" candles, and even children's books featuring a super-buff bare-chested but tie-wearing Mueller lookalike hero.  Turning the affectless head of a special counsel investigation into some kind of badass comic-book character who is going to rescue America from the nefarious clutches of — I wish I were making this up — "President Ronald Plump" could not be more childish.  Goodness knows how many adults really believe all this stuff.  I feel bad for them, in the way that I feel bad for kids who are about to discover that the Tooth Fairy is fake.  After 17 months of appending compound adjectives ("Russia-linked," "Kremlin-backed") to the names of an increasingly obscure cast of characters accused of things like sending spam emails and holding pointless meetings that went nowhere, it looks like we are finally getting close to the end of the Mueller probe.  A report in Politico suggests that what skeptics have argued for more than a year and a half is true: namely, that Mueller and his team have not found any smoking-gun evidence of "collusion" between Donald Trump's 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government because no such collusion took place.

Mueller Has Already Interfered in the Election — and Obstructed Justice.  As November 6 approaches, news that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is waiting until after the election to reveal the conclusions from his investigation belie a deeper, more disturbing point.  Although Mueller's decision is allegedly predicated on a desire to avoid even the appearance of impacting the vote, according to Justice Department policy and tradition the truth is Mueller already has interfered in the election.  Every shaky indictment, every illegal leak, and every sensational "breaking news!" bit of media speculation continues his interference in the election.  All of these affect the media's daily coverage of the story, which is overwhelmingly biased against the president and Republicans generally.

Mueller report PSA: Prepare for disappointment.  President Donald Trump's critics have spent the past 17 months anticipating what some expect will be among the most thrilling events of their lives:  special counsel Robert Mueller's final report on Russian 2016 election interference.  They may be in for a disappointment.  That's the word POLITICO got from defense lawyers working on the Russia probe and more than 15 former government officials with investigation experience spanning Watergate to the 2016 election case.  The public, they say, shouldn't expect a comprehensive and presidency-wrecking account of Kremlin meddling and alleged obstruction of justice by Trump — not to mention an explanation of the myriad subplots that have bedeviled lawmakers, journalists and amateur Mueller sleuths.  Perhaps most unsatisfying:  Mueller's findings may never even see the light of day.

Mueller's Jig Is Up — But That's Not Enough.  There is more evidence by the day that the Clinton cabal, in and outside of government, weaponized our most venerable law enforcement institutions and agencies, abused protected government data, unmasked citizens and lied to our courts to destroy the political opposition.  Enough evidence has been forcibly extracted from various sources to establish that the actual crimes — conspiracy, fraud, obstruction of justice, espionage act violations and no doubt others — were committed by Clinton and her campaign with the calculated help of their power-crazed cronies within the FBI, CIA, NSA, Obama White House, the Department of Justice, the State Department, FusionGPS and probably even partners in the law firm of Perkins Coie who helped craft the "mosaic" of lies.  Heaven knows that is not what Mueller and his Clinton-loving cabal of prosecutors wanted to find — and they clearly avoided looking for it.

Mueller Ready to Deliver Key Findings in His Trump Probe, Sources Say.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russia probe soon after the November midterm elections as he faces intensifying pressure to produce more indictments or shut down his investigation, according to two U.S. officials.  Specifically, Mueller is close to rendering judgment on two of the most explosive aspects of his inquiry:  whether there were clear incidents of collusion between Russia and Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, and whether the president took any actions that constitute obstruction of justice, according to one of the officials, who asked not to be identified speaking about the investigation.

Trump: DOJ and FBI Played Into Russia's Hands with Russia Probe.  During an interview broadcast on Tuesday's [10/16/2018] edition of Fox Business Network's "Trish Regan Primetime," President Trump stated the DOJ and FBI "played right into" Russia's hands with the Russia investigation because Russia got "chaos" "for nothing."  Trump said, "[O]ur Justice Department and FBI played right into their hands with the stupid investigation, or whatever you call it.  People say I'm not under investigation.  You know, I'm not a target of this investigation, which nobody ever likes to say.  But it played into their hands.  Because if they want to sow... chaos, they got it for nothing.  They didn't do anything.  They got it for nothing.  We did it to ourselves, the chaos, the stupid chaos."

Three reasons Mueller may not charge Trump with obstruction.  Washington is in another frenzy over the disclosure that President Trump's lawyers are preparing answers to written questions from special counsel Robert Mueller.  Observers are speculating on the meaning of this move, as anticipation grows for the investigation's culmination.  If the suspense is killing you, a bigger surprise may await.  The most significant aspect of this story may be what it did not contain: questions about obstruction.

Ron Johnson Demands Records Of FBI's Meeting With DNC Attorney During Campaign.  Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson is calling on FBI Director Christopher Wray to hand over documents related to a former FBI lawyer's meeting during the 2016 campaign with an attorney that represented the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign.  The meeting was revealed during a congressional deposition that former FBI general counsel James Baker gave on Oct. 3.  Baker told lawmakers that in September 2016 he met with Michael Sussmann, a partner at Perkins Coie.

A conspiracy so vast.  This past February Special Counsel Robert Mueller brought the dramatic indictment against Russian actors allegedly responsible for interference in the 2016 presidential election.  The Department of Justice has posted the indictment online here.  Politico covered the indictment in a good story by Michael Crowley and Louis Nelson.  The indictment charged three Russian companies and 13 Russian individuals with election related crimes.  I don't think anyone (including Mueller) anticipated that one of the defendants would appear in court to defend against the charges.  Rather, Mueller seems to have obtained the indictment to serve a public relations purpose, laying out the case for interference as understood by the government and lending a veneer of respectability to the Mueller Switch Project.

Solomon Review Highlights Current DOJ and FBI Corruption Within HPSCI Report Footnote #43.  John Solomon writing for The Hill, presents an important article highlighting the current corruption within the DOJ and FBI that began under the Obama administration (Lynch/Comey) and continues today within the Trump administration (Sessions/Wray).  After breaking the story that in 2016 DNC lawyer Michael Sussmann was providing information to former FBI General Counsel James Baker for exploitative use against the Trump campaign, Solomon goes back to the HPSCI report on Russian Active Measures in the 2016 election and connects the Sussmann/Baker dots to an FBI redaction in the HPSCI report.

FBI's smoking gun:  Redactions protected political embarrassment, not 'national security'.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI have tried to thwart President Trump on releasing the evidence, suggesting it will harm national security, make allies less willing to cooperate, or even leave him vulnerable to accusations that he is trying to obstruct the end of the Russia probe.  Before you judge the DOJ's and FBI's arguments — which are similar to those offered to stop the release of information in other major episodes of American history, from the Bay of Pigs to 9/11 — consider Footnote 43 on Page 57 of Chapter 3 of the House Intelligence Committee's report earlier this year on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.  Until this past week, the footnote really had garnered no public intrigue, in part because the U.S. intelligence community blacked out the vast majority of its verbiage in the name of national security before the report was made public.

Devin Nunes Discusses FISA Investigation, Rod Rosenstein, Currently Corrupt DOJ/FBI, and Robert Mueller.  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes appears with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the ongoing FISA abuse investigation; the use of Michael Sussmann to act as a go-between for the DNC and FBI; the status of Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, and his upcoming (10/11) testimony; current visible activity within the DOJ that points to their ongoing corruption; and how all of that relates to the Robert Mueller investigation.

Top FBI lawyer Baker offers 'explosive' testimony on 'abnormal' handling of Russia probe into Trump campaign:lawmakers.  Former top FBI lawyer James Baker gave "explosive" closed-door testimony on Wednesday [10/3/2018] detailing for congressional investigators how the Russia probe was handled in an "abnormal fashion" reflecting "political bias," according to two Republican lawmakers present for the deposition.  "Some of the things that were shared were explosive in nature," Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., told Fox News.  "This witness confirmed that things were done in an abnormal fashion.  That's extremely troubling."  Meadows claimed the "abnormal" handling of the probe into alleged coordination between Russian officials and the Trump presidential campaign was "a reflection of inherent bias that seems to be evident in certain circles."  The FBI agent who opened the Russia case, Peter Strzok, FBI lawyer Lisa Page and others sent politically charged texts, and have since left the bureau.

Home Depot Co-Founder Challenges Robert Mueller — 'Come Out and Say What you Got'.  Home Depot co-founder Ken Langone on Wednesday [8/12/2018] called for an end to the Mueller investigation and defended Donald Trump's legitimacy as president.  [Video clip]

Court Documents Show Mueller Involved in 9/11 Cover-up.  Fifteen of the 9/11 terrorists were citizens of Saudi Arabia.  Over the years, evidence of Saudi involvement has continued to come to light.  In September 2011 — 10 years after the attacks — Florida Bulldog, a non-profit watchdog news group based in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, published an excellent piece of investigative journalism revealing the existence of the secret FBI investigation of a Saudi family living in Sarasota, Florida, with apparent ties to the 9/11 attackers.  Mueller — who was still at the helm of the FBI at the time the article was published — was involved in the "public release of deceptive official statements about" that secret investigation, according to a recent article from the Bulldog.

Impeach Rod Rosenstein — The Showdown Between DOJ & Congress Is Finally Here.  It started late Friday afternoon [6/29/2018].  While the rest of the country was parsing the just-released report on the FBI from the Justice Department's inspector general, senior congressional leaders and selected committee chairmen quietly met with FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at a secure location in the basement of the Capitol.  At issue was Justice and FBI's continuing defiance of congressional subpoenas.  At the top of this list is the demand from the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence for documents about why and whether the FBI had an informant insinuating himself with Trump campaign officials before the Russia investigation officially started.

Mr. Rosenstein, What Is the Crime?  For precisely what federal crimes is the president of the United States under investigation by a special counsel appointed by the Justice Department?  It is intolerable that, after more than two years of digging — the 16-month Mueller probe having been preceded by the blatantly suspect labors of the Obama Justice Department and FBI — we still do not have an answer to that simple question.  Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein owes us an answer.

The Mueller probe's troubling reliance on journalists as sources.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has sent a subpoena to veteran writer Jerome Corsi — the first publicly known effort to compel a journalist's testimony in the Trump-Russia collusion investigation.  Corsi, whose work has been showcased for years in conservative outlets such as Human Events, World Net Daily and the InfoWars conspiracy site, says he will not fight the subpoena and plans to appear before the grand jury on Friday [9/7/2018].  The subpoena is a not-so-subtle reminder of just how much prosecutors, FBI agents, and the government's confidential sources who launched and sustained the Russia probe all targeted, courted and leveraged the news media.

Whistleblower Exposes Key Player in FBI Russia Probe:  "It was all a Set-up".  Adam Lovinger, a former Defense Department analyst, never expected that what he stumbled on during his final months at the Pentagon would expose an integral player in the FBI's handling of President Donald Trump's campaign and alleged Russia collusion.  Lovinger, a whistleblower, is now battling to save his career.  The Pentagon suspended his top-secret security clearance May 1, 2017, when he exposed through an internal review that Stefan Halper, who was then an emeritus Cambridge professor, had received roughly $1 million in tax-payer funded money to write Defense Department foreign policy reports, his attorney Sean Bigley said.

Dr. Mueller's Endless Surgery Defines Malpractice.  In his best-selling book, The Russia Hoax, my Fox News colleague Gregg Jarett explains in graphic detail how Mueller's probe was born illegitimate.  The special-counsel statute requires that investigations begin with enough evidence of specific lawbreaking to establish reasonable suspicion of criminality.  Only then may a special counsel proceed and determine if federal statutes were violated.  Like a driver speeding in reverse, Mueller got this totally backward and still has his pedal to the metal.  Mueller's inquisition did not start with any "specific factual statement" that any particular law had been broken.  As it happens, there is no federal "anti-collusion" law.  Had Donald Trump, Jr. accepted a non-classified, dirt-clogged dossier on Hillary Clinton from Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, that would not have been illegal.  Poor judgment?  Maybe.  Reckless?  Perhaps.  A violation of federal law?  No.  If you disagree, please cite the relevant statute.

Dershowitz: Counter-Report to Mueller 'Exactly the Right Thing'.  On Friday's [8/31/2018] broadcast of the Fox Business Network's "Evening Edit," Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz stated that the Trump legal team's preparation of a counter-report to Special Counsel Robert Mueller's report is good for the country, justice, and truth.

Weissman Fake Dossier Knowledge Should Shut Mueller Down.  While all legacy media and liberal eyes have been focused on Trump "fixer" Michael Cohen and Clintonista lawyer Lanny Davis's lies about Trump payoffs to old girlfriends, few have focused on the activities of Andrew Weissmann, special counsel Robert Mueller's chief deputy and investigator, who has a well deserved reputation as Mueller's "pit bull."  Weissmann, among his other jobs, was lead prosecutor in the trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.  Weissmann was also Mueller's attorney on the ground, who oversaw the pre-dawn raid on Manafort's home.  He was a key player in Mueller's team of angry Democrat lawyers and donors bent on bringing down the Trump presidency based on false charges of Trump collusion with Russians meddling in the 2016 presidential election.  Problem is, as former deputy assistant attorney general Bruce Ohr's closed-door testimony before Congress shows, Weissmann had full knowledge of the fake nature of the Steele dossier, which was a major predicate of the Russian witch hunt that became the Mueller probe.

Two Prosecutors No Longer with Special Counsel Mueller's Office.  Two prosecutors tasked with investigating allegations of possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election have left the Office of the Special Counsel.  Brian Richardson and Ryan Dickey, two "relatively junior," members of Robert Mueller's team, are no longer working directly for Mueller, according to the Justice Department.

Russian oligarch, Justice Department and a clear case of collusion.  In a 20-month search for evidence of collusion between Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, none that is compelling has emerged.  Former FBI Director James Comey told Congress he found none.  The U.S. intelligence community has given a similar assessment, though it did prove convincingly that Moscow meddled in the 2016 election through cyber warfare.  And, so far, special counsel Robert Mueller has not offered any collusion evidence, though his work continues.  But, for the first time, I can say there is evidence of collusion between Russians and Americans — specifically, the sort that is at the heart of counterintelligence work.

America is being scandalized by four enormous events — Trump is just one of them.  The Justice Department, the FBI and the CIA took liberties that were morally offensive, and possibly illegal, because they didn't want Trump to be president.  Some individuals, like former top FBI agent Peter Strzok, were dumb enough to put it in writing — on government computers!  Although Strzok and leaders of the FBI were fired or demoted based on misconduct, the current director, Christopher Wray, continues to act as if the events of 2016 and 2017 are mere reputational dents.  That, in turn, outrages Trump supporters and others, with the result that among half the country, the FBI remains untrustworthy.  Wray either doesn't get it or doesn't care.

FBI Pushes Back On GOP Rep's Claim That FBI Uses Leaks To Get FISAs.  The FBI is disputing a claim that an FBI analyst told Congress that the bureau uses information leaked to the press to obtain surveillance warrants against American citizens.  On Monday [8/27/2018], North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows tweeted that Congress had "learned NEW information suggesting our suspicions are true:  FBI/DOJ have previously leaked info to the press, and then used those same press stories as a separate source to justify FISA's.  Unreal."  A congressional source told The Daily News Foundation that Meadows was referring to information provided during a congressional interview on Friday [8/24/2018] with Jonathan Moffa, an FBI analyst who worked on the Hillary Clinton email investigation.

Two Funerals and a Missing Cardinal.  The Mueller investigation continues without hitting paydirt and further diminishing the reputation of the special counsel and Clintonite team.  I expect the president to shortly (maybe even this week) declassify the FISA (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act) warrant on Carter Page.  This warrant provided the means to spy on the president and his campaign.  We learned this week that the warrant, which triggered this partisan witch hunt, was signed by the FISC (Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court) without any hearing whatsoever.  We already know that it was based on lies scrounged up by a Hillary Clinton-paid former newsman and passed on by corruptocrats in the FBI, CIA, and Department of Justice.  It is amusing to recall the defense of the FISC when it first was instituted and the assertion that such an unverified, politically motivated piece of junk never would be allowed to invade the privacy of dozens of Americans.

Key Parts Of The Mueller Investigation Could Remain Secret For Years.  A lawsuit currently pending before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit could severely impair special counsel Robert Mueller's ability to share details of his inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 election with the public.  The matter asks whether federal courts are empowered to release secret grand jury information.  As Mueller has shared evidence and secured indictments in his probe from a grand jury in Washington, the case bears on his ability to publicly share details of his investigation.

Obscure case could determine whether Robert Mueller's Russia report sees light of day.  An obscure federal case being heard in Washington next month could determine whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller's pending full report on Russian interference in the 2016 election gathers dust in a secret file, or sees the light of day.  The case involves one man's quest for records related to the 1956 disappearance of Columbia University professor Jesus de Galindez — and has nothing to do with President Trump, Russian collusion or Mueller.  But it deals with secrecy surrounding grand jury testimony, and that makes it relevant to the ongoing Russia probe.

'Sleeper' case could torpedo Mueller report.  A little-noticed court case stemming from the apparent murder of a Columbia University professor six decades ago could keep special counsel Robert Mueller from publishing any information about the Trump campaign and Russia that he obtains through a Washington grand jury.  The substance of the case is entirely unrelated to Mueller's investigation into whether any of President Donald Trump's associates aided Russia's efforts to intervene in the 2016 election.  But if a Washington appeals court set to hear the murder-related case next month sides with the Justice Department and rules that judges don't have the freedom to release grand jury information that is usually kept secret, it could throw a monkey wrench into any plans Mueller has to issue a public report on his probe's findings, lawyers following the issue said.

Mueller the blackmailer.  I underestimated Bob Mueller.  I thought he was just an incompetent whose career is best known for botching the anthrax case after 9/11.  He is.  But I overlooked just how reckless and ruthless he is in his pursuit of injustice.  Taxpayers paid $5.8 million to settle up with the man Mueller harassed.  The pattern continues as he tries to destroy anyone who ever said hello to Donald John Trump.  For more than a year now, he has not been investigating Russia or President Trump.  Mueller knows he is clean.  Instead, Mueller has investigated Trump's family and friends in an effort to blackmail them into testifying.  This is legalized extortion.

Mueller's one-sided probe cannot be justified.  Americans aren't outraged that the Federal Bureau of Investigation felt obliged to investigate allegations leveled at campaigns, or that a special counsel is looking at Russian electoral interference.  They are instead furious that Lady Justice seems to have it in for only one side.  The country has watched the FBI treat one presidential campaign with kid gloves, the other with informants, warrants and eavesdropping.  They've seen the Justice Department resist all efforts at accountability, even as it fails to hold its own accountable.  And don't get them started on the one-sided media.

Ignore the Noise, Mueller Still Has Nothing.  For all of the media's oohing and ahhing over Robert Mueller's legal victories on Tuesday [8/21/2018], his impeachment case remains hopelessly threadbare.  In terms of his Department of Justice mandate, he has made no progress whatsoever.  He is presiding over a "collusion" probe that has absolutely nothing to do with collusion.  Let him keep indicting and convicting ham sandwiches.  Most Americans won't care.  It just underscores the superfluous and abusive character of his probe.  He is not compiling an air-tight legal case for impeachment; he is simply using abusive prosecutorial tactics to foment an anti-Trump political firestorm. [...] The media routinely calls Trump a "bully" even as it forms a mob encircling him, bellowing about this or that utterly trivial offense.  None of it adds up to anything even close to impeachable material.

Mueller creates political division beyond Putin's wildest dreams.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has failed to find evidence of collusion between President Trump's campaign and Russia, but that has not stopped Mueller and the deep-state cast of characters from generating an endless supply of ammunition for Democrats and the left-wing media to undermine President Trump.  The drumbeat of negative news and outrageous rhetoric directed at President Trump and his administration has created a toxic political environment and caused more damage to the president and government institutions than Russian agents ever could, exceeding the wildest dreams of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Trump Has Already Won on Impeachment.  It has come to this.  Robert Mueller, former director of the FBI, before it became the dirty tricks division of the Democratic National Committee, could have exonerated a lot of people who were defamed with imputations of treason in "colluding" with Russia.  He could have had some members of his investigative team who were not rabid Democrats.  He could have investigated all the Democratic Party's skullduggery with Russia, starting with the infamous Steele dossier, the false FISA warrants, the lies under oath to Congress and the FBI.  He could have adopted the view that he should find out if crimes were committed, and if not, to say so, as normal prosecutors do.  But he just kept spiraling down like a deep-diving sewer rat.

Mueller and the Media Represent the Ancien Régime.  The Mueller probe, with its indictments of Trump associates for offenses unrelated to its ostensible mandate, combined with mendacious media coverage of President Trump, is an obvious attempt to restore the old order that the electorate rejected in 2016.  It seeks to annul the will of the voters and return us to the incipient authoritarianism that germinated during the Obama era, and which the ruling class expected to blossom under Clinton.  The bureaucrats who support the restoration of Beltway despotism call themselves public servants, yet despise the public.  The politicians who support it call themselves Democrats, yet despise democracy. [...] Mueller's function is to provide a legal pretext for removing the President from office.  The role of the media is to misrepresent everything he does in order to trick independent voters into giving the Democrats a majority in the House.  This will prevent Trump from continuing to act on his 2016 mandate.

Ignore the Noise, Mueller Still Has Nothing.  For all of the media's oohing and ahhing over Robert Mueller's legal victories on Tuesday, his impeachment case remains hopelessly threadbare.  In terms of his Department of Justice mandate, he has made no progress whatsoever.  He is presiding over a "collusion" probe that has absolutely nothing to do with collusion.  Let him keep indicting and convicting ham sandwiches.  Most Americans won't care.  It just underscores the superfluous and abusive character of his probe.  He is not compiling an air-tight legal case for impeachment; he is simply using abusive prosecutorial tactics to foment an anti-Trump political firestorm.  Rod Rosenstein is the Dr. Frankenstein in this political horror show.  He birthed a monster in Mueller, who is now rampaging through the streets of Manhattan in search of pre-presidential dirt.

You're Surrounded Mr. Mueller, Give Yourself Up.  Thanks to the painstaking efforts of lawmakers such as Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) and Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA), the release of the DOJ Inspector General's report in June and the tireless pursuit of documents by Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch, a picture of unimaginable deception of breathtaking proportions is emerging before the eyes of an astonished electorate.  The once slow headway in the search for the truth has gained momentum.  Democratic lawmakers, officials and most of the mainstream media are still in denial and don't seem to realize yet that too much of the truth has already been revealed for them to go back to their original narrative.  The truth has become too big to hide.  A comparison of the carnage at the very highest levels of the FBI and the DOJ to the complete lack of evidence of wrongdoing by President Trump following over two years of investigations should tell Robert Mueller that it's time to extricate himself, as gracefully as possible, from this fraud.  He needs to admit defeat in his attempt to undo the results of a fair election.

Pentagon Whistleblower Questioned FBI Informant Stefan Halper's 'Outrageous' Contracts.  A Pentagon whistleblower complained in October 2016 about "outrageous" contracts that were provided to Stefan Halper, the FBI informant who spied on the Trump campaign.  The whistleblower, Adam Lovinger, was stripped of his security clearance after complaining about Halper's contracts.  Lovinger's lawyer says Halper's work for the Pentagon could have provided him the cover he needed to contact the Trump campaign.

FBI and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad FOIA Redaction.  While the Federal Bureau of Investigation's track record with FOIA has never been good, it's hard not to argue that it has recently gotten exponentially worse.  In just the last few years, the Bureau has thrown out thousands of FOIA requests because there were too "burdensome," investigated FOIA requesters, redacted the names of fictional characters and engaged in questionable fees practices.  Most recently, the FBI has declared that — contrary to all statute and case law — the dead have an expectation of privacy.  Beginning with a FOIA request filed by MuckRock in December 2015 for the file of Dorothy Hunt, the wife of Watergate planner Howard Hunt who died in a plane crash while under mysterious circumstances in the aftermath of the break-in, the FBI has responded to requests for information on Dorothy Hunt in ways that raise the question of whether the Bureau is incompetent, acting in bad faith, or both.

The Legacies of Robert Mueller's Investigations.  Paul Manafort is to be exposed for what most already knew he was, a high-flying wheeler-dealer and influence-peddler along the lines of his Clintonite doppelganger, Tony Podesta.  Mueller's team at some point presumably will embarrass Trump concerning his Cohen-arranged hush deals about an alleged fling a decade earlier with a playboy bunny.  What was billed as an investigation into high intrigue with the Kremlin, has now devolved into questions surrounding one Stormy Daniels and Paul Manafort's blue ostrich jacket.  Quite a come down.

Russian Collusion Investigation Has Orwellian Roots.  The existence of this investigation is vindication for those who voted for Brexit and Trump because they believe an illuminati rules the world.  The Washington establishment may not use jet contrails to control minds.  But, if crossed, they will seize your lawyer's files, put your one-time campaign manager in solitary confinement, and tell your third wife that you slept with a porn star.  They even dared to appoint the same guy they once trotted out to tell everyone there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to do it.  The Washington establishment is less interested in the means used to influence voters than in the fact that the deplorables have been prompted to defy them, which cannot be allowed.

Stefan Halper:  The Cambridge don the FBI sent to spy on Trump.  When Attorney General William Barr stated "spying did occur" against the 2016 Trump campaign, most attention was focused on the FBI's surveillance of former junior foreign policy aide Carter Page.  But the spying Barr was thinking of, and which he said may or may not have been legally authorized, is more likely to be that carried out by Stefan Halper, a former Republican operative and White House aide who became a foreign policy academic with close ties to both American and British intelligence.

Who Hired Stefan Halper?  Stefan Halper, the Cambridge University con man that the Obama administration hired to brush up against the Trump campaign, is not a household name, thanks to the Fake News media, which refuses to cover Spygate honestly.  Had this fraud, who enriched himself for years at taxpayer expense (during the Obama administration he pulled down hundreds of thousands of dollars for phony-[...] research projects at the Department of Defense), spied on a Democratic presidential candidate at the direction of a Republican administration, he would have reporters staked out in front of his house 24/7.  As it is, the "Walrus," as the Brits nicknamed him, can probably waddle around his "Virginia farm" (which was one of the places where he tried to entrap Carter Page) without any trouble from pesky journalists.  A few weeks ago, the media reported that the White House had ordered the FBI to disclose more information about Halper.  Naturally, Justice Department officials are dragging their feet.

Mueller indicts the Washington swamp.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation, supposedly into collusion between President Trump's election campaign and Russia, is casting light into dark corners of the Washington swamp where powerful political figures become highly paid agents of foreign governments.  The prominent Americans Mueller has indicted are all foreign agents.  That is, they work as lobbyists or consultants for foreign governments, who paid them handsomely.  This includes retired Gen. Michael Flynn, GOP operative Paul Manafort, and his consulting partner Rick Gates.  None of these men were indicted or convicted for activities on the Trump campaign.  The charge sheet against Manafort was generally for crimes allegedly committed in his lucrative work in the transnational, revolving-door lobbying industry centered on the federal capital.

Daily Caller News Foundation Sues to Obtain Information on Comey's Leaker.  The Daily Caller News Foundation is suing the Department of Justice for failing to produce records regarding the Columbia University professor who received four memos from former FBI Director James Comey, one of which was leaked to The New York Times.  Cause of Action Institute, a conservative nonprofit watchdog, filed the lawsuit on behalf of TheDCNF Monday after the Justice Department and the FBI failed to produce any records related to Daniel Richman in response to the news organization's April 25 Freedom of Information Act request.

New #Spygate Revelations:  FBI Paid Christopher Steele; Peter Strzok Obstructed Hillary Probe.  In the last 48 hours, the FBI has released two caches of documents through their "FBI Vault" website related to the 2016 US election.  One sheds light on the agency's relationship with Christopher Steele, while the other reveals that disgraced agent Peter Strzok waited until after the 2016 election to have Anthony Weiner's laptop analyzed for hacking.  The 71-page release of heavily redacted records concerning former MI6 spy Christopher Steele reveals that he was paid by the agency over an unknown period of time — at least 11 times during 2016, and that Steele was admonished by the agency for unknown reasons in February, 2016.

Tom Fitton: 'The DoJ should protect President Trump from continued harassment and shut Mueller down'.  Fox News host Jeanine Pirro, Fox News anchor Gregg Jarrett and Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton all agree:  Special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian probe has gone way out-of-bounds and needs to be put in place, preferably by the Justice Department.  Speaking together Saturday evening [8/4/2018] on "Justice with Judge Jeanine" about Mueller's latest actions — last week marked the eventful start of President Donald Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort's trial — the three were unanimous in their disdain for the special counsel.  [Video clip]

Forget Russia, it's Democrats undermining democracy.  Any doubt that the Trump/Russia investigation is an Orwellian plot aimed at overturning a democratic election in the name of democracy was erased on July 21 when the DOJ released FISA warrant documents used to authorize spying on Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.  It corroborated the suspicion that the FBI's application to spy on an American citizen hinged on a dressed-up Clinton attack ad:  the 35-page dossier compiled by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele for an opposition research firm, Fusion GPS, that was paid millions by the Clinton campaign to dig up dirt on Trump.

Three-Card Mueller.  Three-card Monte is a centuries-old con game in which the dealer and his shills trick the unsuspecting mark into betting on a rigged card game.  Only the dealer and his people know where the winning card is, though the mark believes he's smart enough to find out where the winning card is buried.  The public — in this case, the mark — has been led to believe that the entire years-long Mueller investigation was into Trump's "collusion" with Russians.  But the dealer (Mueller himself) knows that it is part of a plan to undermine the president and reverse the 2016 presidential election, in which the only real Russian collusion was with Hillary.  By now his press supporters surely should know this, but they continue to feed the fiction that the game is to find the collusion in the one campaign in which there was none.

Sekulow: Obstruction of justice by tweet is absurd.  President Trump's lawyer, Jay Sekulow, on Sunday [8/5/2018] blasted special counsel Robert Mueller's review of the president's tweets for possible obstruction of justice, calling it "absurd."  "Obstruction of justice by tweet is absurd," Sekulow said on ABC's "This Week."  "The president has a First Amendment right to put his opinions out there."  Sekulow's comments come as the president escalates his attack on Mueller's probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

The Deep State Wears Black Robes.  Freedom Watch Founder Larry Klayman discusses the bad legal advice President Trump is getting about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia-gate probe and urges the president to hire new lawyers to go after Mueller and the Deep State.  He also declares Judge Brett Kavanaugh "uniquely unqualified and unfit" to serve on the Supreme Court because of his controversial decision in favor of Barack Hussein Obama's illegal NSA mass surveillance program, which targeted President Trump!  Klayman is proposing the use of citizen grand juries to go after the Deep State operatives who control the intelligence agencies and have "the ability to gather information to blackmail" people such as Kavanaugh to do their bidding.  [Video clip]

FBI Fully Redacts All but a Handful of Documents on Christopher Steele.  The Federal Bureau of Investigation released a series of heavy redacted documents Friday [8/3/2018] revealing almost nothing about its relationship with former British intelligence agent and Trump "pee" dossier author Christopher Steele.

Here is the Exhaustive List of Illegal Leaks by Robert Mueller's "Very Special" Counsel.  The usual suspects of hack media propagandists and Democrats — but I repeat myself — have cheerled the meme that the fraudulently composed Mueller investigation has been "leak-free".  Let's set the record straight here, [...]

Wrap it up, Mr. Mueller.  It's beginning to look like the Mueller "investigation" is really just a jobs program for a bunch of hard-left D.C. ambulance-chasers.  Mueller himself is so discredited that only a smoking gun with Trump's fingerprints all over it would even have a chance of rescuing the tatters of his dubious program, much less his dubious reputation.  By now everyone knows that Mueller isn't disinterested.  Everyone knows his report will be slanted every possible way to reach its predetermined conclusion.  And everyone, once the report is issued, will cut loose with a lengthy yawn.  One can hope that Mueller's futile chase after his own tail will result in the demise of the special counsel statute.

Opposing viewpoint:
Why the Mueller Windmill tilt-a-thon needs to continue unabated.  The ruling elite have shown that there are no bounds in their mission to overturn an election and overthrow a sitting American president.  A falsified FISA warrant?  No problem.  Intimidating potential witnesses against Trump with armed raids on their homes and offices?  So what?  Imprisonment of a suspect (Manafort) in solitary confinement indefinitely without a trial?  Who cares?  Releasing confidential conversations between client and lawyer to the press?  Big deal.  Using U.S. intelligence agencies to spy on an opposition candidate and then on the president-elect?  Priceless.  Privacy rights, legal confidentiality, and the rule of law are minor impediments to the objectives of the left.  They are useful only when they can be weaponized against traditional American institutions and conservative causes.

Mueller's midterm elections.  Now, the 2018 midterms are less than 100 days away, and a president not on the ballot is at the center of a highly publicized investigation.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's politically charged Trump-Russia probe shows no sign of letting up as the days until Nov. 6 tick away.  If it is still going full force a month from now, Mueller, like Starr before him, will have a decision to make.  Does he race to deliver a report, and possibly more indictments, by some specific cutoff date, such as Labor Day?  Does he go dark?  Does he keep plowing ahead?  What the special counsel chooses to do could be one of the most consequential decisions of a critical election season.

Mueller reveals tenuous link between Manafort charges and Trump.  It's often been observed that special counsel Robert Mueller, assigned to investigate alleged Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential campaign, has yet to charge anyone with a crime involving Trump-Russia collusion in the 2016 presidential campaign.  The biggest of Mueller's indictments, that of one-time Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, has no connection at all to collusion.  And until a few days ago, it appeared to have no connection to Donald Trump, either.  Now, though, Mueller has revealed why he believes the Manafort prosecution is related to the 2016 Trump campaign.  It's a small part, a very small part, of the overall charges against Manafort.  And it has nothing to do with any actions by the candidate — now the president — himself.

Probing Mueller:  What Were His Roles in Boston Mafia Murders, Uranium One, and Other FBI Scandals?  Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a media-crafted image as "Mr. Integrity," a straight-shooting, non-partisan, nose-to-the-grindstone, publicity-shunning public servant.  The anti-Trump media projected the same kind of squeaky-clean image for former FBI Director James Comey.  However, it is now public knowledge that he is a lying, leaking, partisan, political hack who grossly abused his powerful office.  He should be facing criminal prosecution instead of being rewarded with a secretive (and potentially illegal) multi-million dollar book deal.

Mueller's Fruit of the Poisonous Tree.  Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation may face a serious legal obstacle:  It is tainted by antecedent political bias.  The June 14 report from Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department's inspector general, unearthed a pattern of anti-Trump bias by high-ranking officials at the Federal Bureau of Investigation.  Some of their communications, the report says, were "not only indicative of a biased state of mind but imply a willingness to take action to impact a presidential candidate's electoral prospects."  Although Mr. Horowitz could not definitively ascertain whether this bias "directly affected" specific FBI actions in the Hillary Clinton email investigation, it nonetheless affects the legality of the Trump-Russia collusion inquiry, code-named Crossfire Hurricane.

Mueller Drafted Anti-Trump "Resistance" Members From FBI To Join Special Counsel Investigation.  The "FBI Attorney #2" in question has been removed from the Mueller team.  Seems this only happens after evidence of collusion by Mueller finally escapes.  How much more is he hiding as he attempts to revise the outcome of the 2016 Election?

Mueller Appears to Have Screwed Up by 'Accidentally' Exposing Names in Manafort Case.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team have been aggressively pursuing former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, even tacking on new charges of obstruction of justice due to alleged attempted witness tampering.  Although Mueller has been tight-lipped about evidence and witness identification up to this point, his team appears to have screwed up by outing journalists who "produced messages to the FBI" about Manafort's alleged "coaching up" on lobbying practices.  Manafort was indicted in D.C. back in October 2017 for alleged financial fraud and violating lobbying disclosure laws.  There's also a case against him in the Eastern District of Virginia (EDVA).

Gohmert Slams Mueller: 'He's Covering Up His Involvement in Uranium One While Trying to Have a Coup Against the President'.  Rep Louie Gohmert (R-TX) appeared on Fox & Friends Saturday [6/9/2018] to discuss the new amendment that just passed the House calling for an audit of Mueller's multi-million dollar witch hunt.  Rep. Gohmert said not only is Mueller wasting millions of taxpayer dollars, he's covering up his own involvement in the Uranium One scandal while trying to have a coup against the President.

Docs Show Mueller's FBI Denied Justice To Four Innocent Men.  As FBI director in 2002, Special Counsel Robert Mueller directed his agents to oppose the pardons of four wrongfully imprisoned men because exculpatory evidence was merely "fodder for cross-examination," newly revealed FBI documents show.  Four years later, the four men, or their estates, were awarded $102 million by a federal judge in Boston for their wrongful decades-long imprisonment due to FBI misconduct.  Mueller ordered the Boston FBI office to answer a request to him from the Massachusetts Advisory Board of Pardons for an "official version" of the imprisonment of the four men for a gangland murder in Chelsea MA in March 1965.

More evidence of Mueller's overreach.  The New York Times reports that, at a meeting with Attorney General Sessions in March, President Trump berated Sessions for recusing himself from the Russia investigation and told him he should reverse this decision.  Sessions refused.  The Times also reports that Robert Mueller's team is investigating this incident, along with Trump's "public and private attacks on Mr. Sessions and efforts to get him to resign."  This "suggests that [Mueller's] obstruction [of justice] investigation is broader than it is widely understood to be — encompassing not only the president's interactions with and firing of the former F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, but also his relationship with Mr. Sessions."

Mr. Mueller's fishing pole needs a rest.  A mole in the Trump campaign has been exposed as an agent of the FBI despite frantic efforts to keep the scheme a secret.  Voices, some of them voices of Democrats, are raised to tell Mr. Mueller that it's time to put cards on the table, to ring down the curtain, to put up or shut up, choose your cliche.  This can't be what he bargained for when he accepted the commission of special prosecutor, which is now called "special counsel."  The special prosecutor/counsel expects to finish his great expedition to Lake Collusion and put away his fishing pole by Labor Day.  We have the word on that not from Mr. Mueller, or from anyone on his staff of thousand-dollar-an-hour lawyers, but from Rudy Giuliani, the president's lawyer who has been negotiating with Mr. Mueller about a presidential interview.

Mueller's Lawyers Obtained Obscure 'Special Status' to Pursue Matters Outside of Special Counsel Mandate in Manafort Case.  Robert Mueller and his team of liberal hack lawyers know they don't stand a chance in Judge Ellis' court so they are running a shady, legal shell game to salvage their case against Paul Manafort.  The Federal Judge overseeing Mueller's bank fraud case against Paul Manafort is not messing around.

Does the Justice Department have to tell Congress what Mueller is doing?  On Thursday [5/17/2018], Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Charles Grassley wrote to deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein, asking to see the document outlining the true scope of the Mueller investigation.  Grassley noted that earlier this month, federal judge T.S. Ellis "expressed some skepticism" about the secrecy of Mueller's authority and demanded to be shown an August 2, 2017 memo that is said to define the probe in detail.  Now Grassley wants to see it, too.  In court before Ellis, Mueller lawyer Michael Dreeben revealed that the May 17 appointment order is not a "factual statement" of Mueller's assignment.

Stopping Robert Mueller to protect us all.  The "deep state" is in a deep state of desperation.  With little time left before the Justice Department inspector general's report becomes public, and with special counsel Robert Mueller having failed to bring down Donald Trump after a year of trying, they know a reckoning is coming.  At this point, there is little doubt that the highest echelons of the FBI and the Justice Department broke their own rules to end the Hillary Clinton "matter," but we can expect the inspector general to document what was done or, more pointedly, not done.  It is hard to see how a year-long investigation of this won't come down hard on former FBI Director James Comey and perhaps even former Attorney General Loretta Lynch, who definitely wasn't playing mahjong in a secret "no aides allowed" meeting with former President Clinton on a Phoenix airport tarmac.

Mueller v.  Trump.  Can special counsel Robert Mueller require President Trump to testify before a grand jury?  It would be unprecedented, and his effort to do so could lead to a major constitutional confrontation.  The president could, of course, resist a grand jury subpoena by asserting his right under the Fifth Amendment not to be a witness against himself.  However, for political reasons, he may not wish to do that.  And he may not need to.  Another off-ramp for the president, which he may choose not to take, is to remove the special counsel.  Mueller is an appointee of the Department of Justice, part of the executive branch.  He is therefore a subordinate of the president.  Trump might have to jump through some hoops to remove him — such as removing the deputy attorney general who selected Mueller — but he has the power to do so.

Mueller's team of Dem donors under fire from Trump as probe hits one-year mark.  The long and winding special counsel Russia investigation that President Trump has routinely decried as a "witch hunt" hit the one-year mark on Thursday — giving Trump's legal team an opening to renew criticism of the probe's focus and its investigators.

The collusion of lawyers is finally collapsing.  Colluding, like canoodling, is all the rage.  Robert Mueller, like a dog chasing his tail, has been trying for more than a year to find evidence that President Trump colluded with Vladimir Putin and the Russians to cook the 2016 election, which fate, providence, fortune and destiny decreed properly belonged to Hillary Clinton.  So far as anyone beyond his circle of thousand-dollar-an-hour lawyers know, Mr. Mueller has not come up with anything more than a few indictments of second- and third-tier aides, helpers, hangers-on, and lawyers that a nice girl would not take home to meet the folks.

Mueller Trying To Shut Down Investigation Into Special Counsel Leaks.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office is trying to block an investigation into how anonymously sourced accounts of their investigation leaked to the media, claiming the leaks don't amount to evidence of illegal grand jury leaks — which could just as easily come from defense attorneys in the Paul Manafort case or others outside the investigation, reports Politico.

Russian Associate of Robert Mueller Refused FBI Request to Manufacture Collusion Narrative.  John Solomon, writing at The Hill, offers a comprehensive perspective on the FBI's long relationship with Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, starting with Robert Mueller.  The digest version is that Mueller's FBI once solicited Deripaska to pony up $25 million to help arrange the rescue of former FBI agent Robert Levinson, captured in Iran in 2007 while working for the CIA. [...] But the real news is buried a dozens paragraphs down: [...]

Report:  Federal Court On Verge Of Ruling Robert Mueller Investigation As Criminally Incompetent.  Not so long ago Robert Mueller, desperate to show he was actually doing something, anything, more than just wasting taxpayer dollars on fake allegations of Donald Trump/Russia collusion, indicted three Russian companies and thirteen Russian nationals for "trolling" the 2016 Election.  The liberal media slobbered over the indictments even as actual attorneys scratched their heads wondering what Mr. Mueller was up to.  You see[,] the entire thing was a P.R. stunt without a shred of actual evidence and now a federal judge is taking him to task for it.

Since Mueller can't indict Trump, what's he doing with a grand jury?  Wednesday's report from Trump attorney Rudy Giulianni that Robert Mueller's special counsel office has acknowledged that his office can't indict a sitting president raises an important constitutional question.  What is Mr. Mueller doing with a grand jury? [...] In short:  A grand jury serves only one legal purpose:  To indict.  And if the president can't be indicted (which is a fact that most legal experts have acknowledged for over four decades) then the only other reason Mueller would want to interview Trump in front of a grand jury is to provide information to congress for impeachment hearings.

Mueller Probe Might Not Survive Much Longer.  I have a sneaking suspicion the Machiavellian connections between the U.S. intelligence apparatus and multiple foreign agents/actors, including the work of Stefan Halper in the 2016 presidential election, are only a few days from fully surfacing.  There could be enough sunlight on U.K/U.S. political and intelligence officers to launch multiple investigations.

Mueller will not charge Trump.  Having recently left a position as a federal fraud and corruption prosecutor in Washington, D.C., to return to private practice, I have marveled at the many legal experts who have spent significant time debating whether a sitting president can be indicted and even what charges special counsel Robert Mueller may bring against President Trump.  While these might be interesting legal questions, they are purely hypothetical.  The Department of Justice (DOJ) has a longstanding policy stating that criminally prosecuting a sitting president is "unconstitutional."  That is a massively strong, mountainous statement, and the special counsel as a DOJ entity, subject to departmental policy and supervision, cannot overcome it.  But the experts like to posit:  maybe that DOJ policy position is wrong (it has not been tested in court), and so what if the special counsel went rogue?  The problem there is that visible federal prosecutors do not go rogue in violation of DOJ policy.  It does not happen.

Mueller may have a conflict — and it leads directly to a Russian oligarch.  Special counsel Robert Mueller has withstood relentless political attacks, many distorting his record of distinguished government service.  But there's one episode even Mueller's former law enforcement comrades — and independent ethicists — acknowledge raises legitimate legal issues and a possible conflict of interest in his overseeing the Russia election probe.  In 2009, when Mueller ran the FBI, the bureau asked Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska to spend millions of his own dollars funding an FBI-supervised operation to rescue a retired FBI agent, Robert Levinson, captured in Iran while working for the CIA in 2007.

Robert Mueller's Gaping Self-Inflicted Wound.  On February 16, 2018, Special Counsel Robert Mueller obtained a federal indictment of 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian companies for conspiring to wage "information warfare" by "impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the United States by dishonest means in order to enable Defendants to interfere with U.S. political processes, including the 2016 presidential election."  According to the indictment, in 2014 the defendants, posing as U.S. persons, contacted American political and social activists on social media sites.  Using information derived from these contacts, they structured disinformation operations to be used in the upcoming presidential election.

Mueller Indicted A Russian Company That Didn't Even Exist, Court Transcripts Say.  This week, one of the Russian companies accused by Special Counsel Robert Mueller of funding a conspiracy to meddle in the 2016 U.S. presidential election was revealed in court to not have existed during the time period alleged by Mueller's team of prosecutors, according to a lawyer representing the defendant.  U.S. Magistrate Judge G. Michael Harvey asked Eric Dubelier, one of two lawyers representing the accused Russian company, Concord Management and Consulting LLC, if he was representing a third company listed in Mueller's indictment.  "What about Concord Catering?" Harvey asked Dubelier.  "The government makes an allegation that there's some association.  I don't mean for you to — do you represent them, or not, today?  And are we arraigning them as well?"

Mueller indicts a ham sandwich.  In "Robert Mueller would prefer not to" we took a look at Special Counsel Mueller's reluctance to proceed with criminal case he has brought against Concord Management, one of the three Russian entities he has indicted.  There I noted that Mueller appeared not to anticipate that any of the defendants would appear in court to defend against the charges.

Why Robert Mueller Is The Clown Prince Of Federal Law Enforcement.  Other than the president himself, perhaps no public figure is more debated and discussed these days than Special Counsel Robert Mueller. [...] What if Mueller were not some sort of avenging angel, but rather just a bumbling bureaucrat?  To put it somewhat differently, why assume that the same folks who brought us Amtrak, the U.S. Post Office, and somehow knocked it out of the park with the Office of Special Counsel?

The Mueller/Salem Witch-Hunt: "[A] limitless pit of political hatred dressed up as law enforcement".  The independent-minded behavior of T.S. Ellis III at a May 4 hearing on a motion to dismiss charges against [Paul] Manafort seems so unlike that of so many of his applause-seeking brethren on the federal bench.  It also seems to indicate there are still federal judges out there who are not establishment toadies shackled in thrall-like servility to the Deep State.  Appointed by President Reagan in 1987, Alexandria, Va.-based Judge Ellis "could be the ultimate nightmare" for Mueller, Richard Pollock notes at the Daily Caller, adding that a dismissal of the charges against Manafort "could be a major wrecking ball to Mueller's overall case in his Russian collusion case against President Donald Trump."

Mueller's Investigation Crosses the Legal Line.  Judge T.S. Ellis has expressed skepticism about the scope of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation.  "What we don't want in this country is ... anyone with unfettered power," Judge Ellis, who is to preside over the trial of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort, told prosecutor Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben May 4.  "So it's unlikely you're going to persuade me that the special prosecutor has unlimited powers."  Judge Ellis is right to be skeptical.  Mr. Mueller's investigation has crossed a constitutional line, for reasons the U.S. Supreme Court made clear in the 1988 case Morrison v.  Olson.

Robert Mueller Increasingly "Desperate & Despondent" As He Faces "Enormous Pressure" To Seriously Damage Trump.  He is burning through tens of millions of dollars in taxpayer cash every month as he tries to find something substantive to attack the Trump presidency with.  So far Robert Mueller has come up with nothing beyond a couple of minor plea deals largely unrelated to President Trump (and even those are now crumbling after closer legal scrutiny) and those who backed him are said to be growing angry over how little Mueller has so far delivered.

The 'Russian Collusion' Trial Is On, And Mueller May Be The First Casualty.  Lawyers for Russian company Concord Management and Consulting, LLC, formally entered a "not guilty" plea in federal court Monday in a case special counsel Robert Mueller probably never thought would happen.  Mueller, weathering significant criticism that his Russian collusion case was thin, unveiled a grandiose indictment Feb. 16 against 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies.  The 13 Russians in question were charged with waging "information warfare" in the United States, interfering with the 2016 presidential election, and conspiracy to defraud the United States.  Mueller generated headlines with the February indictment, safe in the knowledge the 13 Russians were beyond U.S. jurisdiction.  Therefore, there would be no trial — only sensational Russian collusion accusations.

The clash between Trump and Mueller is looming.  During the course of the oral argument on this motion, the judge opined that in his view, Mueller is only prosecuting Manafort for bank and tax fraud to squeeze him to testify against President Trump on matters that might be impeachable.  The judge's comments as to Mueller's motivation are dicta.  Dicta are the unsolicited, unnecessary and often personal opinions of the court on matters not strictly before the court and not integral to the court's ruling.  Stated differently, there is an abundance of speculation in the media but zero evidence in the record before Judge Ellis — zero — on which he could base his opinion; and his opinion of the prosecutor's motivation is irrelevant.  It made national headlines because Trump supporters agree with it, and it is probably accurate — but it is legally meaningless.

Federal judge rightly rebukes Mueller for questionable tactics.  An experienced federal judge has confirmed what I have been arguing for months, namely, that the modus operandi of special counsel Robert Mueller is to charge associates of Donald Trump with any crime he can find in order to squeeze them into turning against the president.  This is what Judge T.S. Ellis III said at a hearing Friday:  "You don't really care about Mr. Manafort's bank fraud ... What you really care about is what information Mr. Manafort could give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump or lead to his prosecution or impeachment.

The Downward Spiral Of The Mueller Investigation.  It's not that Mueller has signaled the end — to the contrary, Mueller hasn't signaled much of anything.  However, the pace of the investigation and the movement of the case through the courts seems to indicate they are running out of steam.  And, if this is the case, then it's all but assured that's it's going to be "Game Over" for Mueller and the Democrats.  Things have stalled.  The Department of Justice is now being challenged in court, and some judges do not appear to be amused by some of the antics that have been going on.  In both of those cases, those are the highest-profile indictments the investigation has doled out, and if they are in trouble, then the investigation itself is in trouble.

Time to Shut Mueller Down.  The Mueller investigation has gone on so long and is absorbing so much of the president's time and attention that it is creating a deleterious effect on national security.  One-time Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort has been indicted in two different federal courts on separate charges.  Manafort, supposedly a cooperating witness in Mueller's investigation, suffered a pre-dawn raid and search of his home on Mueller's orders, a harsh tactic normally reserved for serial killers, drug traffickers and mafia dons who might destroy evidence.

Judge's Warning in Manafort Case Could Spell Doom for Mueller.  One week after a Senate committee approved a bill to protect the special counsel from being fired by the president, both of Robert Mueller's high-profile cases appear to be in legal jeopardy.  On Friday morning [5/4/2018], a federal judge accused Mueller's team of weaponizing its prosecutorial authority in an effort to take down Donald Trump.  U.S. District Judge T. S. Ellis III suggested the special counsel's case against Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager, is "about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment.  President Trump's prosecution or impeachment — that's what you're really after."

U.S. judge says Mueller should not have 'unfettered power' in Russia probe.  A federal judge said Special Counsel Robert Mueller should not have "unfettered power" in probing ties between President Donald Trump's campaign and Russia, and accused Mueller of using criminal cases to pressure Trump's allies to turn against him.

Judge Ellis Wants to See Mueller's Hunting License.  The congressional investigators join Judge Ellis in demanding more documentation from the special counsel than the stonewalling Department of Justice and FBI have been willing to divulge, and events this week show that the redactions are not to protect national security, but to hide official misconduct from Congress, the courts, and the public.

Is Robert Mueller Destroying the Democratic Party?  It would probably give Robert Mueller a nervous breakdown, not to mention James Comey, Andrew McCabe and the rest of the FBI cabal, past and present, but at this point the special counsel seems to be actually causing the reelection of Donald Trump.  Most of the country, other than the greed heads in the media and extreme Democratic Party operatives, no longer [cares] about the "Russia Probe."  They're frustrated and sick of it.

Judge rejects Mueller's request for delay in Russian troll farm case.  A federal judge has rejected special counsel Robert Mueller's request to delay the first court hearing in a criminal case charging three Russian companies and 13 Russian citizens with using social media and other means to foment strife among Americans in advance of the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  In a brief order Saturday evening, U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich offered no explanation for her decision to deny a request prosecutors made Friday to put off the scheduled Wednesday arraignment for Concord Management and Consulting, one of the three firms charged in the case.

I've held my peace on this "investigation", but enough is enough.  It is apparent that there was no collusion with Russia, that two years of investigating has found no collusion with Russia, and that some people's obsession with Russia arises from them refusing to admit Trump won fair and square.  Get over it, Democrats.  Stop being crybabies.  Mueller has bullied a man into pleading guilty for lying to the FBI, when Comey and FBI agents themselves didn't think he had lied to the FBI.  Injustice.  Mueller has inflicted hundreds of thousands of dollars of legal bills on innocent citizens.  Injustice.  He is presently prosecuting Manafort for crimes that allegedly occurred a decade prior to the 2016 election, crimes which have nothing to do with supposed Russian collusion.  Injustice.  And then there's the perjury-bait questions to the president.

Robert Mueller Unmasked.  The FBI has become an arm of the radical left.  A massive purge is required if we are to have any hope of saving it.  Not only should Mueller resign, the whole leftist manufactured investigation against President Trump should be shut down.  This report should be read carefully and heeded by those who can make that happen in Washington.  But whether or not it will be remains to be seen.

[The] latest addition to Mueller's team donated to Hillary's presidential campaign.  The latest addition to special counsel Robert Mueller's team of prosecutors contributed to Hillary Clinton's 2008 presidential campaign, according to federal campaign records.  Uzo Asonye, an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, is joining Mueller's stable of prosecutors to work as local counsel on the case against Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman who has been indicted on money laundering and bank fraud charges.

Federal judge accuses Mueller's team of 'lying,' trying to target Trump.  A federal judge on Friday harshly rebuked Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team during a hearing for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort — suggesting they lied about the scope of the investigation, are seeking "unfettered power" and are more interested in bringing down the president.  "You don't really care about Mr. Manafort," U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III told Mueller's team.  "You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever."  Further, Ellis demanded to see the unredacted "scope memo," a document outlining the scope of the special counsel's Russia probe that congressional Republicans have also sought.

Paul Manafort's defense attorney delivers possible blow to Robert Mueller's probe.  A defense attorney in a court filing says special counsel Robert Mueller has disclosed he has no evidence that former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort communicated with Russian government officials.  If the attorney is accurate, it delivers another credibility blow to the Democratic Party-financed dossier, which accuses Mr. Manafort of orchestrating Trump-Russia collusion.  Kevin Downing, a defense attorney for Mr. Manafort, filed the brief April 30 in the special counsel's money-laundering case against his client.  Those charges are confined to millions of dollars he earned as a political consultant for Ukrainian politicians.

Memo to Trump:  Defy Mueller.  If Donald Trump does not wish to collaborate in the destruction of his presidency, he will refuse to be questioned by the FBI, or by a grand jury, or by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his malevolent minions.  Should Mueller subpoena him, as he has threatened to do, Trump should ignore the subpoena, and frame it for viewing in Trump Tower.  If Mueller goes to the Supreme Court and wins an order for Trump to comply and testify to a grand jury, Trump should defy the court.

Judge in Manafort case says Mueller's aim is to hurt Trump.  A federal judge expressed deep skepticism Friday in the bank fraud case brought by special counsel Robert Mueller's office against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, at one point saying he believes that Mueller's motivation is to oust President Donald Trump from office.  Although Mueller's authority has been tested in court before, Friday's hearing was notable for District Judge T.S. Ellis' decision to wade into the divisive political debate around the investigation.  "You don't really care about Mr. Manafort's bank fraud," Ellis said to prosecutor Michael Dreeben, at times losing his temper.  Ellis said prosecutors were interested in Manafort because of his potential to provide material that would lead to Trump's "prosecution or impeachment," Ellis said.

Federal Judge Blasts Mueller:  You Only Care About Getting Trump.  A federal judge criticized special counsel Robert Mueller and the scope of his team's probe Friday morning during a hearing related to fraud charges brought against former Trump Campaign Manager Paul Manafort.  U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis III grilled the special counsel's team for nearly an hour, questioning their "unfettered power" to prosecute and their desire to "tighten the screws" on Manafort, according to NBC's Ken Dilanian.  Ellis said he doesn't see how Manafort's indictment is related to what Mueller's team is authorized to investigate.  "You don't really care about Mr. Manafort," Ellis told Mueller's team, according to a Fox News report.  "You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump and an impeachment, or whatever."

Andy McCarthy with Levin:  Mueller Should Not Be Permitted to Subpoena Trump, Nor Even Ask for Interview.  On his nationally syndicated radio talk show Wednesday [5/3/2018], host Mark Levin interviewed former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy on the topic of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's threat to subpoena and interview President Donald J. Trump, McCarthy suggesting that Mueller should not be permitted to subpoena Trump, nor even ask for an interview.

Michael Caputo Explains How Clinton-Mueller Legal Attack Dogs Used the FISA Title-One Surveillance Warrant.  Michael Caputo appears on Fox News for a general discussion of his third experience being grilled by Hillary Clinton's Legal Team within the Clinton-Mueller Special Counsel.  However, one of the interesting bits of information is where Mr. Caputo notes the Clinton-Mueller team have the personal emails, phone call logs, communications and even text messages of every targeted member of the investigation.  This little factoid is jaw-dropping important because it highlights the underlying reason why Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein needed to grant a July 2017 extension of the Title-1 FISA surveillance warrant (initiated against Carter Page); that was actually being utilized by the FBI to conduct political surveillance of these same Trump officials.  Without the July 2017 FISA extension, Robert Mueller would not have predicate investigative authority to reach into the accounts of his targets and extract their personal communication.

For Mueller, a question of three conflicts.  As the special counsel investigation surrounding President Trump goes on, we still don't know what evidence Robert Mueller and his team have amassed behind closed doors.  It's entirely possible they have built a strong case that Trump illegally conspired with Russian President Putin, which Trump's critics have long claimed but which Trump denies.  If the New York Times' list of questions that Mueller wants to ask Trump is accurate, however, it's hard not to notice that Mueller is treading in waters in which he — the special counsel — may have at least three serious conflicts of interest.

Robert Mueller Unmasked.  Any Republican who says anything resembling, "Bob Mueller will do a good job as Special Counsel," "Bob Mueller has a great reputation for being fair," or anything similar; (A) wants President Trump indicted for something and removed from office regardless of his innocence; (B) is intentionally ignorant of the myriad of outrageous problems permeating Mueller's professional history; or (C) is cultivating future Democrat votes when he or she comes before the Senate someday for a confirmation hearing.  There is simply too much clear and convincing information available to the contrary.

Mueller's Perjury Traps Widen.  The frenzied discussions about the legal nuances of the Mueller investigation are immensely boring and beside the point.  This is not a real inquiry but a raw exercise in power politics, conducted by compromised mandarins on behalf of a corrupt, unelected elite.  Mueller isn't investigating a crime but seeking to create one.  He hopes to rattle Donald Trump's cage sufficiently that he perjures himself.  The only answer Trump needs to give to his fishing questions is:  See the Constitution.  The Mueller investigation is nothing more than the harassment of a chief executive for exercising his constitutional powers.

Rod Rosenstein has let Mueller go far too far.  Rod Rosenstein is doing a star turn as principled defender of the law, but he's performed abysmally as deputy attorney general and President Trump would be fully justified in firing him.  The leaked questions special counsel Robert Mueller wants to ask Trump in a prospective deposition are, if accurate, a sign that Mueller has spun out of control on Rosenstein's watch.  The questions suggest a free-floating investigation of the president's motives, undertaken by a subordinate of the president.  This is unlike any special-counsel investigation we've ever seen and represents a significant distortion of our system.  Per the questions, Mueller wants to know how Trump reacted to news stories in The Washington Post.  What he thought of FBI Director James Comey during the transition.  What was the purpose of a statement he made to Maria Bartiromo of Fox Business Network.  What he meant by various tweets about Comey.  How he feels about his attorney general.

Revealed: Robert Mueller's FBI Repeatedly Abused Prosecutorial Discretion.  Journalist Mike Allen of Axios recently said that one word described Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and that word was "unafraid."  The context for his remarks on Fox News' "Special Report" was that Mueller had just spun off to the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York a bit of his limitless investigation into President Donald J. Trump.  Allen's comment was like so many others from media and pundit types since the special counsel was launched.  If there's one word to describe the media's relationship to Mueller, it's "unquestioning."

Mueller is irrelevant.  President Trump gave Bumbling Bob Mueller enough rope, and nearly a year later, that's him hangin' on the shed, because Mueller has lost public support.  Trump had put up with this unprecedented attempt at coupe de cop knowing it was doomed.  Mueller's mission was to find collusion between Putin and Trump.  There is none.  That fact doomed Mueller.  But after a lifetime in the FBI, Mueller developed a large ego.  Even after taxpayers shelled out nearly $6 million to cover up his mistake in the anthrax investigation, which lasted 5½ years as he pursued the wrong man, Mueller thinks he is Sherlock Holmes.

NeverTrumps Protect Mob Boss Robert Mueller.  The prospect of Lindsey Graham uniting with Cory Booker to protect the Mueller witch hunt into Team Trump is mind-numbing enough, but the widespread ignoring of Mueller's questionable track record takes us into a parallel universe of injustice.

The B in FBI must stand for bullies.  As FBI director, Bob Mueller was dogged in the pursuit of Steven J. Hatfill, a virologist at the Army's laboratories at Fort Detrick, Maryland.  Mueller was convinced Hatfill sent anthrax to people, killing five persons.  Mueller made his life hell.  Hatfield was innocent.  Taxpayers paid $5.8 million because of Mueller's bullying tactics.  Bush 43 refused to hold Mueller accountable and fire him.  Mueller thus set the tone for the FBI's hierarchy.

Mueller wants to be fired.  Oblige him.  Bob Mueller crossed the line today [3/15/2018] by subpoenaing President Trump's business records.  Mueller is part of a cabal of incompetents in the Deep State's intelligence/prosecutorial circle who missed 9/11 and wrongly claimed Saddam Hussein had weapons of mass destruction.  As FBI director cost taxpayers $5.8 million for harassing a government worker.  He insisted the man sent anthrax that killed five people, and hounded the man five years, until the real perpetrator became known.  The power of the state is overwhelming.  Through a private contractor paid originality by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton, the Obama administration planted a fake Russian dossier on President-elect Trump.  This later triggered an unnecessary investigation by Mueller.  He has nothing on Trump but is abusing his authority to do.  Mueller is crossing the line in an attempt to goad Trump into firing him.  OK.  Let's do it.

What Trump Can and Must Do About Mueller.  No, don't fire him.  That way is boobytrapped.  Instead, use your power as President to exercise control over him, in accordance with the rule of law.  Where there is smoke, there is fire.  Somewhere, right now in Washington, there is a fire raging, just out of sight, but entirely out of control.  The fire is the unimaginable.  Everything that is publicly known in and about Washington, and trumpeted by the so-called "mainstream" media, is actually the opposite of the truth.  Instead of Trump being guilty of obstruction of justice, and about to be bounced out of office through impeachment, it is actually the FBI, and President Obama's Justice Department, that are guilty of obstruction of justice, with top figures about to be bounced into prison, or worse.

As FBI Director Mueller Helped Cover Up Fla. 9/11 Probe, Court Docs Show.  Court documents recently filed by the government further rock the credibility of Russia Special Counsel Robert Mueller because they show that as FBI Director Mueller he worked to cover up the connection between a Florida Saudi family and the 9/11 terrorist attacks.  The documents reveal that Mueller was likely involved in publicly releasing deceptive official agency statements about a secret investigation of the Saudis, who lived in Sarasota, with ties to the hijackers.  A Florida journalism nonprofit uncovered the existence of the secret FBI investigation that was also kept from Congress.  Under Mueller's leadership, the FBI tried to discredit the story, publicly countering that agents found no connection between the Sarasota Saudi family and the 2001 terrorist plot.  The reality is that the FBI's own files contained several reports that said the opposite, according to the Ft. Lauderdale-based news group's ongoing investigation.

Mueller's Fruit of the Poisonous Tree.  Evidence of Robert Mueller's hopelessly compromised investigation continues to accumulate.  Now we learn that five months of texts between two members of his team plotting Trump's demise have disappeared, a time period that covers many of the crucial moments of the probe.  Imagine the rich harvest of texts Peter Strzok and his mistress Lisa Page must have exchanged over the Flynn entrapment.  Those texts have vanished, according to the FBI and Justice Department.  To a media that has spent months insisting on the reliability and impartiality of those agencies, this story is terribly inconvenient.

2013: Robert Mueller Unaware Islamic Society of Boston Founded by Al Qaeda.  In the spring of 2013, then-Director of the FBI, Robert Mueller III, testified before the U.S. Congress he was not aware the Muslim Brotherhood's Islamic Society of Boston (ISB) — attended by Boston Marathon bombers (Tsarnaevs) — was founded by Al Qaeda financier Abdurahman Alamoudi.  Abdurahman Alamoudi is a Muslim Brother, a Hamas operative, and a financier for Al Qaeda.  He pled guilty in the Eastern District of Virginia in 2004 after being arrested in 2003 in London with $340,000 cash, and was implicated in a plot with UK-based Al Qaeda operatives to kill Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah.  Alamoudi now sits in federal prison.  In fact, during his Congressional testimony, Mr. Mueller made it a point to let Congressman Gohmert (TX) know the FBI was inside the Muslim Brotherhood's ISB prior to the bombing doing "outreach" with the Imam.  Good plan.  Let's see, since 9/11, U.S. government outreach to Muslim Brotherhood organizations has produced ZERO results.

Trump transition lawyer:  Mueller improperly obtained documents in Russia probe.  A lawyer for the Trump presidential transition team is accusing Special Counsel Robert Mueller's office of inappropriately obtaining transition documents as part of its Russia probe, including confidential attorney-client communications, privileged communications and thousands of emails without their knowledge.  In a letter obtained by Fox News and sent to House and Senate committees on Saturday, the transition team's attorney alleges "unlawful conduct" by the career staff at the General Services Administration (GSA) in handing over transition documents to the special counsel's office.

Mueller's allegedly lawless acts have corrupted his probe and demand his removal.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller is accused of acting in complete disregard for the law and must be removed.  And so, too, must his entire team.  There is devastating new evidence to suggest that Mueller and his staff of lawyers improperly, if not illegally, obtained tens of thousands of private documents belonging to President-elect Trump's Presidential Transition Team (PTT).  The material includes emails, laptops and cell phones used by 13 PTT members.  Critically, a "significant volume of privileged material" was taken by Mueller, according to the Trump transition lawyer, and then used by the special counsel team in its investigation.  Mueller's staff apparently admits this egregious violation, which the law strictly forbids.  Under the law, the only remedy is Mueller's dismissal from the case.

Mueller goes over the cliff.  The Mueller team's lunge into criminality reveals exactly how desperate they've become. (And despite what you may have heard from Our Loyal Media, seizing those emails was in fact a crime — presidential transition materials remain private by federal statute.  Mueller never should have been allowed near those messages.)  Soon enough, they'll be accused of more crimes than anybody they're investigating[.]  Even if Mueller were somehow to stumble across actual wrongdoing, the voting public would never, at this point, believe it.

Glenn Reynolds Asks a Good Question; Bob Mueller Won't Answer.  Robert Mueller's investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election has been plagued with scandal.  In one notorious episode, the FBI agent who was perhaps most critical to the Hillary Clinton email investigation as well as to Mueller's inquiry, Peter Strzok, turned out to be a rabid anti-Trump partisan.  Moreover, he was conducting an extramarital affair with another anti-Trump zealot, Lisa Page, who is an FBI lawyer and also worked on the Russia investigation.  Both Strzok and Page have been dismissed from Mueller's team, but Mueller apparently has tried to cover up the circumstances surrounding their respective transfers.

13 Shocking Facts About Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller.  Talking heads act like Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller is fair, impartial and unbiased.  But the facts are a wee bit different.

Robert Mueller Is the Resistance.  [Scroll down]  Robert Mueller doesn't even care about the appearance of impropriety, the FBI and DoJ refuse to provide Congress with any information.  The media is nearly 100% opposed to the President and puts out false narratives or distorted, opinionated information to hurt the President.  Obama runs a subversive organization that leads violent protests when the time seems right.  He's also behind much of the media sourcing.  One former U.S. attorney calls the Mueller team "creeps on a mission".  Days ago, Barack Obama compared President Trump to Hitler at an Economic Club in Chicago.  He also lamented not passing stringent gun laws.  It is unprecedented for a past president to behave in this way.  This is the Resistance.

Mueller's 'Right-Hand Man' on Russia Probe Represented Clinton IT Aide Who Set Up Unsecure Server.  Yet another key member of Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe appears to have deep ties to the Democratic Party.  Aaron Zebley served previously as Mueller's chief of staff at the FBI and as a senior counselor in the National Security Division at the Department of Justice.  He also served as an assistant U.S. attorney in the National Security and Terrorism Unit in Alexandria, Virginia.  He is often referred to in the media as Mueller's "right-hand man."  Also, in 2015 when he was a lawyer, he represented Justin Cooper, the IT staffer who personally set up Hillary Clinton's unsecure server in her Chappaqua home, Fox News' Tucker Carlson revealed on his show Thursday [12/7/2017].  Cooper, it so happens, is also the aide who destroyed Clinton's old BlackBerries with a hammer.

Mueller's 'Right Hand Man' Represented Justin Cooper Who Helped Set Up Secret E-Mail Server.  Meet Aaron Zebley, Robert Mueller's "right hand man."  Zebley was an attorney who represented Hillary Clinton aide Justin Cooper, the man who actually set up and managed the secret, bathroom server inside the Clinton household!  Wow, Robert Mueller really knows how to pick them doesn't he.  Robert Mueller and his so called 'dream team' of lawyers once again gets exposed for what it really is.  A witch hunt, loaded with Hillary Clinton and Obama supporters.  Robert Mueller was once a Republican who was a Bush hack.  Mueller has really fallen low.  Using your "right hand man" Aaron Zebley who represented the guy who set up Hillary Clinton's private e-mail server?  Not only is that corrupt, but it shows terrible judgement on Mueller's side.

Mueller's 'Pit Bull' Attended Clinton's Election Night Party.  An attorney for special counsel Robert Mueller attended Hillary Clinton's election night party in New York City, The Wall Street Journal reported Friday [12/8/2017].  Andrew Weissmann's attendance at the party is one of many signs pointing to a troubling bias from the attorney.  Weissmann has been described by The New York Times as Mueller's "lieutenant" and "pit bull."  Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained an email Tuesday that reveled Weissmann praised former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates' defiance of Trump.

Robert Mueller Deputy Attended Hillary Clinton Election Night Party.  Just when you thought special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's alleged interference in the 2016 election could not be staffed with more political bias, another shoe drops.  According to the Wall Street Journal, Mueller's deputy investigator, Andrew Weissmann, attended Hillary Clinton's election night party in New York City.

What Should Be Done About Mueller's Biased Staff?  Are there any liberal Washington D.C. lawyers who don't despise President Trump.  Yeah, I'm sure there are some.  I'm just not acquainted with them.  In fact, every liberal I know in Washington (lawyer or not) hates or strongly dislikes Trump.  Nor are they shy about saying so.  That's a problem because Robert Mueller's team is full of liberal lawyers from Washington (or who have spent considerable time here). We know they are liberal because they contributed to the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and/or Barack Obama.  Conceivably some contributed to Hillary not because they are liberal but because they can't stand Trump.  If so, that raises the problem of anti-Trump bias even more acutely.

Is there anyone in Mueller's office who isn't an anti-Trump fanatic?  On the heels of the revelation that one of Robert Mueller's top aides, Peter Strzok, sent anti-Trump texts to a mistress comes the news that another top employee of the special counsel's investigation, prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, sent a congratulatory email to then-acting attorney general Sally Yates, who had illegally refused to defend in the courts Donald Trump's executive order banning refugees from some countries.  Weissmann was a Justice Department official at the time.  The emails were obtained by Judicial Watch.

Mueller Deputy Was Personal Attorney of Ben Rhodes, Represented Clinton Foundation.  On Fox News Tuesday night [12/5/2017], Laura Ingraham reported that yet another one of Robert Mueller's deputies in his Russia investigation is compromised due to her track record as a blatant partisan.  Jeannie Rhee, who was hired by Mueller last summer to work on the probe, was the personal attorney of Ben Rhodes and also represented the Clinton Foundation, Ingraham revealed.  "This information will put further pressure on Special Prosecutor Bob Mueller to resign."  Rhee is the third member of the Mueller team this week who has been shown to be brazenly partisan.  Two other members of the team have been revealed as highly questionable hires in recent days as well — Peter Strzok, an anti-Trumper who helped exonerate Hillary Clinton, and Andrew Weissmann, an unscrupulous prosecutor who told outgoing acting Attorney General Sally Yates in an email that he was "proud" of her for defying President Trump's travel ban.

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