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Tag: Robert Mueller

Fired FBI Deputy McCabe More Than Triples Fundraising Goal for Legal Fund in 3 Days

FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe testifies before Congress.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, fired two days before he was eligible to retire with full benefits, more than tripling his original fundraising goal in just the first three days of his campaign to help cover the legal costs of impending federal government investigations.

The GoFundMe campaign’s original goal was $150,000, but McCabe quickly raised it to $250,000 after discovering the initial response had been “remarkable and beyond our expectations,” according to the legal defense fund.

McCabe, a longtime target of President Trump, maintained he did nothing wrong after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him last month. McCabe has repeatedly denied Justice Department allegations that he misled investigators and said he was ousted as part of a Trump to discredit the FBI.

“Andrew McCabe’s FBI career was long, distinguished, and unblemished.  He embraced the most daunting, difficult, and important challenges that the FBI and the country could assign to him over the past 21 years,” the fundraising campaign stated. “He served the United States with courage and distinction in the days following the President’s summary dismissal of former Director James Comey, in one of the most tumultuous periods in the Bureau’s history.

His reward for that has been a termination that was completely unjustified, amidst repeated ad hominem attacks by the President of the United States.”

Veteran GOP Strategist Warns Trump “a Storm Is Coming’ As Mueller Probe Intensifies

Republican strategist Alex Castellanos, courtesy of Gage Skidmore, via Wikipedia.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A veteran Republican strategist on Sunday warned that “a storm is coming” for Donald Trump and that it’s “hard” to believe the special counsel investigation won’t dig up “something” illicit in the president’s long financial history.

Alex Castellans, who worked on the presidential campaigns of George W. Bush, Mitt Romney and Bob Dole, urged the president to waste no time building a strong legal team.

And if Democrats take control of the U.S. House of Representatives in the mid-term elections in 2018, there’s a strong chance Trump will be impeached or forced to reign, Castellanos said on ABC’s This Week.

“It’s hard to believe that someone like Donald Trump, who has been a disrupter all his life, who has flouted his way to business success, that Robert Mueller is not going to dig up something in Trump’s complicated financial history to say look, the president of the United States did this and it was wrong,” Castellanos said. “And it’s hard to believe then that when Republicans lose the House in 2018, maybe by 40 or 50 seats, that House is not going to impeach him.”

Castellanos added: “It’s hard to believe then that when Republicans lose the House in 2018, maybe by 40 or 50 seats, that House is not going to impeach him.”

Castellanos offered Trump urgent advice: “So get good legal help now, because the storm is coming.”

Special Counsel Probes Sessions’ Russian Contacts at Republican National Convention

Republican National Convention.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating whether Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who was a U.S. senator at the time, had secret conversations with a Russian ambassador at the Republican National Convention and Washington’s Mayflower during Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign, according to a new report. 

Mueller’s team also is questioning attendees of the July 2016 convention in Cleveland about a last-minute decision to remove language from the Republican Party platform that was hostile to Russia, Reuters reported, citing two sources familiar with the special counsel probe. 

Investigators want to know the extent of conversations between Sessions and then-Russian Ambassador to the United States Sergei Kislyak. They also are questioning whether Sessions met privately with Kislyak at the Mayflower Hotel in April 2016.

Under oath last year, Sessions originally told lawmakers he had no recollection of contacts between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin, but later acknowledged he did.

Because of his contacts with Kislyak, Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, which allowed his deputy to appoint Mueller to lead an investigation into collusion and possible obstruction of justice.

Mueller’s team also is inquiring about the removal of language from the GOP’s platform that called for the U.S. to  supply “lethal defensive weapons to Ukraine’s armed forces and greater coordination with NATO on defense planning.”

Diana Denman, a member of the platform committee’s national security subcommittee, told Reuters in 2016 that Trumps team was directly involved in changing the language.

Fired FBI Deputy McCabe Shatters Fundraising Goal for Legal Fund in 1 Day

Former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe with his family in a photo posted on the legal defense fund.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Updated 1t 11 p.m. Friday

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, fired two days before he was eligible to retire with full benefits, received more than $475,000 from donors in the first 24 hours of his fundraising campaign  to help cover the legal costs of impending federal government investigations.

The GoFundMe campaign quickly exceeded its original goal of raising $150,000, with more than 11,500 donors as of 7:45 a.m. Friday. McCabe raised the goal to $250,000 because the initial response had been “remarkable and beyond our expectations,” according to the legal defense fund.

McCabe, a longtime target of President Trump, maintained he did nothing wrong after Attorney General Jeff Sessions fired him earlier this month. McCabe has repeatedly denied Justice Department allegations that he misled investigators and said he was ousted as part of a Trump to discredit the FBI.

“Andrew McCabe’s FBI career was long, distinguished, and unblemished.  He embraced the most daunting, difficult, and important challenges that the FBI and the country could assign to him over the past 21 years,” the fundraising campaign stated. “He served the United States with courage and distinction in the days following the President’s summary dismissal of former Director James Comey, in one of the most tumultuous periods in the Bureau’s history.

His reward for that has been a termination that was completely unjustified, amidst repeated ad hominem attacks by the President of the United States.”

Feds Reveal Alleged Direct Link Between Trump Campaign & Russia

Former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation now has what appears to be a direct link between Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign and Russia.

Former campaign aide Rick Gates, who has pleaded guilty and is cooperating with Mueller’s team, was “directly communicating” in the final months of the presidential election in 2016 with a person who the FBI believes has ties to Russian intelligence, the USA Today reports.

The contacts were revealed in court documents in the upcoming sentencing of Alex van der Zwaan, a London attorney who had pleaded guilty to lying about his contacts with Gates and Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is expected to face trial this fall on numerous fraud, conspiracy and tax charges.

Prosectors allege van der Zwaan knew about the contacts with “Person A,” who appears to be a former Ukraine-based aide who had worked with Gates and Manafort and has close ties to Russian intelligence.

“Gates told him ‘Person A’ was a former Russian intelligence officer with the GRU (the intelligence arm of the Russian military),” the court documents state.

The White House did not respond to direct questions about the latest revelations but offered a blanket denial of wrongdoing.

“There was no collusion and we’re confident in that,” White House spokeswoman Sanders said.

Trump Lawyer Reportedly Offered Pardons to Two Top Trump Campaign Aides

Trump’s former lead attorney John Dowd.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

One of Donald Trump’s lawyers floated the idea of pardoning two of the president’s former advisers who have been charged in the special counsel investigation of Russia and Trump’s campaign, The New York Times first reported Wednesday

According to three people with knowledge of the discussions, the lawyer, John Dowd, who resigned last week, broached the possibility of pardons while the special counsel was building cases against the top campaign aides, Michael T. Flynn and Paul Manafort.

The timing of the pardon discussions with the men’s attorneys raise questions about whether the White House was trying to influence Flynn and Manafort to plead not guilty. It’s unclear whether the president was aware of the discussions.

Down denied having the pardon discussions with the advisers’ lawyers.

“There were no discussions. Period,” Dowd said. “As far as I know, no discussions.”

Trump attorney Ty Cobb also denied the report.

“I have only been asked about pardons by the press and have routinely responded on the record that no pardons are under discussion or under consideration at the White House,” he said.

Flynn has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI and has agreed to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

Manafort has pleaded not guilty and could face trial as early as this fall.

Stephen Colbert on Trump’s Attorney Problem: Hire Robert Mueller

Stephen Colbert, host of “The Late Show.”

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

“The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert, pointing out Donald Trump’s trouble finding a lawyer, offered an unconventional solution to the president: Hire special counsel Robert Mueller.

Colbert referred to news that former acting solicitor general Neal Katyal speculated that Trump dumped his latest two lawyers – husband-and-wife legal team Joseph E. diGenova and Victoria Toensing – because Mueller “may have told Trump he had concerns” that Trump was doing “something profoundly dangerous.”

Colbert said, “If this is true, then clearly the best lawyer that Trump has against Robert Mueller is Robert Mueller. I think, just for everyone’s sake, Mueller should argue both sides.

The clip is below.

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Poll: Majority of Americans Support Special Counsel Probe Trump Testifying Under Oath

President Trump, via the White House

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A majority of Americans believe the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the presidential election should be fully investigated, according to a new poll.

The CNN poll found that 58% of those surveyed support a full investigation of Russian meddling, while 36% believe the probe is intended primarily to discredit Donald Trump’s presidency. The findings are virtually identical to previous polls dating back to February, despite Trump’s ramped-up assault on Robert Mueller’s investigation.

The poll also found that 55% of Americans believe the president is not cooperating enough with the investigation, while 40% support his level of cooperation.

Among Democrats, only 6% says Trump’s cooperation is sufficient, while 77% of Republicans say it is not.

Of those surveyed, 75% say Trump should testify under oath in an interview with Mueller and his team.