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Tag: Robert Mueller

AG Barr Says He Suspects ‘Spying Did Occur’ on Trump Campaign

AG William Barr testifies before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Attorney General William Barr took Washington D.C. when he told the Senate Appropriations Committee on Wednesday that he’s investigating what he described as “spying” on the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.

“I am going to be reviewing both the genesis and the conduct of intelligence activities directed at the Trump campaign during 2016,” Barr said. “I think spying on a political campaign is a big deal.”

Asked by Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., whether he believes Trump’s campaign was spied on, Barr responded, “I think spying did occur.”

“The question is whether it was adequately predicated,” he said. “I’m not suggesting it was not adequately predicated, but I need to explore that.”

Barr presented no evidence to back up why he believed “spying” occured, but he appears to be referring to a secret surveillance warrant obtained by the FBI to monitor former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Barr said he plans to work with FBI Director Christopher Wray to examine what prompted the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign.

Appearing before a subcommittee for the second consecutive day, Barr also indicated he “hoped” to publicize a redacted version of the Mueller report “next week.”

Democrats to Press AG William Barr on Special Counsel Report During Hearing

AG William Barr

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Attorney General William Barr will take the hot seat Tuesday before the U.S. House Appropriations Subcommittee to answer questions about the full report submitted by special counsel Robert Mueller.

Democrats on the subcommittee are expected to grill Barr about the report and his decision to issue a slim summary that concluded he and his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, concluded President Trump’s actions did not amount to obstruction.

The hearing is set for 9:30 a.m.

Democrats are suspicious of the summary report, which indicated Mueller’s 22-month investigation found no crimes committed by the president.

Barr has said he expected to release a redacted version of the full report by mid-April.

Trump’s Inner Circle Isn’t in the Clear Yet — Even If Mueller Probe Comes Up Empty

Donald Trump Jr. and his dad, President Trump, via Twitter

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

President Donald Trump’s children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump have taken to the airwaves of late to say they have no concerns about the outcome of the Mueller probe.

But the threat to the president, his family and aides isn’t over, even if the Mueller probe finds nothing on them, reports Darren Samuelsohn of Politico: 

Federal prosecutors in New York are examining Trump’s 2016 campaign, inauguration and businesses. Congress has given the Justice Department dozens of hearing transcripts that could contain lies told under oath. State and local prosecutors have reportedly prepped new charges that can’t be erased with a presidential pardon. And a slate of sealed indictments sit in the Washington, D.C., federal courthouse, raising the prospect that some in Trump’s circle may have already been indicted and just don’t know it.

“If anyone in Trump world is breathing easy right now, I’d say they are very foolish,” said Shanlon Wu, a defense lawyer who previously represented Trump’s former deputy campaign chairman, Rick Gates. “Even if Mueller’s report were to appear and didn’t implicate the president, all these other criminal investigations will continue. That’s not going to be the magic bullet that solves everything. I’d be very concerned if I was a lawyer or a potential target in that world right now.”

 

Could Mueller Drop A Bomb in Manafort Case By Midnight Friday?

Paul Manafort jail mugshot.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Mueller probe has produced endless streams of intriguing information.

Can there be more to come on Friday?

The Mueller team is set to to file a sentencing memorandum in U.S. District Court in D.C. in the Paul Manafort case before midnight Friday, CNN reports. Sentencing is set for March 13.

The network reports prosecutors could outline all the juicy facts in the case including Manafort’s criminal business schemes, his attempt to reach out to key contacts after his arrest and the lies he told to prosecutors and a grand jury after he agreed to cooperate with the Mueller investigation.

Poll Shows More Find Robert Mueller Credible Than President Trump

Special counsel Robert Mueller

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Americans see Robert S. Mueller III as  being far more credible than President Trump, but the public has scattered and partisan perceptions of Mueller’s motives and findings so far, a new Washington Post-Schar School poll reveals.

The Post reports that by a 56 to 33 percent margin, more say they trust Mueller’s version of the facts than Trump’s.

Nearly two years into his investigation, Mueller has charged 34 people and secured guilty pleas from some of Trump’s closest advisers, including his former campaign chairman, deputy campaign chairman, national security adviser and personal lawyer, the Post notes.

AG: Mueller Wrapping Up Investigation of Collusion, Russian Election Interference

Special counsel Robert Mueller. Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Special counsel Robbert Mueller’s 19-month investigation into collusion and Russian interference is nearing completion, the acting attorney general said Monday.

“The investigation is, I think, close to being completed, and I hope that we can get the report from director Mueller as soon we — as possible,” acting Attorney General Matthew Whitaker said during a news conference, news outlets reported.  “I hope we can get the report from Director Mueller as soon as possible.”

“I have been fully briefed on the investigation, and I look forward to director Mueller delivering the report, and I really am not going to talk about an open and ongoing investigation otherwise,” he added.

The special counsel investigation, which President Trump continues to call a “witch hunt,” has resulted in criminal charges against numerous aides and associates of Trump.

But when the investigation will end is an open question. The probe is still ongoing. Last week, for example, the FBI raided the home of Roger Stone, Trump’s longtime loyalist, on charges of lying to Congress.

Mueller’s office has not commented on Whitaker’s statement.

Roger Stone Accuses Feds of ‘Gestapo Tactics’ But Leaves Door Open to Cooperate

Roger Stone on ABC’s “This Week.”

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Roger Stone, the longtime Trump loyalist and Republican strategist who was arrested last week on charges of lying to Congress, accused the FBI of engaging in “Gestapo tactics” to “depict me as public enemy No. 1.”

But during his appearance Sunday on ABC News’ “This Week,” he also left open the possibility of cooperating with Robert Mueller’s investigation.

When asked whether he would cooperate, the self-described “dirty trickster” responded, “You know, that’s a question I would have to — I have to determine after my attorneys have some discussion. If there’s wrongdoing by other people in the campaign that I know about, which I know of none, but if there is, I would certainly testify honestly.”

He added, “I’d also testify honestly about any other matter, including any communications with the president.” he

“It’s true that we spoke on the phone, but those communications are political in nature, they’re benign, and there is — there is certainly no conspiracy with Russia.”

Still, Stone questioned why FBI agents showed up with weapons during a pre-dawn raid at his home in Florida.

“This was an expensive show of force to try to depict me as public enemy number one … to attempt to poison the jury pool,” Stone said. “These are Gestapo tactics.”

At one point in the interview, Stone said, “They could have simply have called my lawyers and I would have turned myself in.”

Federal law enforcement has not yet said why they arrested Stone in such a dramatic fashion but indicated there was a legitimate reason that soon will be made public.

FBI Arrests Roger Stone on Charges of Lying about Communications with WikiLeaks

Roger Stone

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Roger Stone, a longtime Trump loyalist and Republican strategist with a tattoo of Richard Nixon on his back, was arrested Friday by the FBI as part of the investigation over his communications with WikiLeaks.

The seven-count indictment alleges Stone lied to and obstructed the House Intelligence Committee’s investigation of Russian interference during the 2016 election, the New York Times and other media outlets report.

Before dawn today, FBI agents arrested Stone at his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

Stone is expected to appear at a federal courthouse today at 11 a.m., according to Mueller’s office.

The indictment alleges Stone misled lawmakers on the committee about his communications with WikiLeaks, which released stolen emails to sabotage Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. He’s also accused of intimidating a witness.

Stone’s attorney, Grant Smith, said the charges were “ridiculous” and that “this is all about a minor charge about lying to Congress about something that was apparently found later.”