Robert Mueller

Ken Starr’s investigation and Robert Mueller’s — compare and contrast

Featured image E.J. Dionne claims that “the attacks on [Robert] Mueller push us closer to the precipice.” But if we’re close to the precipice now, where were we 20 years ago when Ken Starr was relentlessly attacked by Democrats and their media pals while he investigated Bill Clinton?* Don’t expect an answer from Dionne. He’s not intellectually honest enough even to mention Starr in his rant. But charges of hypocrisy against one »

Trey Gowdy grills Rod Rosenstein

Featured image Scott has posted video of Rep. Jim Jordan questioning Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein today. I want to share Rep. Trey Gowdy’s questioning of Rosenstein. Gowdy sets things up by noting that the only reason for the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller is the desire to have a fair, unbiased, “conflict of interest free” investigation. He then cites substantial reasons to doubt that members of Mueller’s team (past and »

Analyze this

Featured image This morning Rep. Jim Jordan grilled Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on the red flags and anomalies that have turned up in the special counsel investigation under the direction of Robert Mueller. The investigation is to focus on the mythical Russian collusion with the Trump campaign. Among the red flags is the Steele Dossier commissioned by the Clinton campaign and involving actual collusion with Russian intelligence. Also among the red »

What should be done about Mueller’s biased staff?

Featured image 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 »

Stray Strzok thoughts

Featured image In simultaneously published articles on December 2, the New York Times and the Washington Post each reported that former top FBI official Peter Strzok had been removed from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team. The Times and the Post attributed their stories to usual unnamed “people briefed on the matter.” Here I want to offer a few notes on a big story whose relevant facts continue to remain almost entirely out »

Andrew Weissmann, proud member of the resistance

Featured image Andrew Weissmann is Robert Mueller’s top assistant in the Russia probe. He is also a member of the anti-Trump resistance. This is no longer a suspicion. We know it’s true because Judicial Watch obtained an email Weissmann sent to fellow resistance member Sally Yates after she refused to comply with President Trump’s order to issue a travel ban. Weissmann gushed: I am so proud. And in awe. Thank you so »

It’s now an obstruction probe, and probably an impeachment one

Featured image Sen. Dianne Feinstein said on Sunday that she believes Robert Mueller is building an obstruction of justice case against President Trump over the firing of James Comey. Speaking on “Meet the Press,” Feinstein stated: I think what we’re beginning to see is the putting together of a case of obstruction of justice. I think we see this in the four indictments and pleas that have just taken place. . . »

Deep meaning of the Mueller probe (2)

Featured image I think that Andrew McCarthy may be the only reliable guide to the witch hunt conducted by Robert Mueller in the guise of a counterintelligence investigation. He is an experienced former federal prosecutor. He knows what he is talking about. The excitement conveyed by the leaks and reports related to it verges on hysteria; the press is excited by the prospect of Trump’s removal from office. For them, it is »

Good lordy, Jim Comey

Featured image The next time you hear a tall man shouting Bible verses on the sidewalk, take a close look. It might be James Comey. Here is what the former FBI director tweeted following the news about Michael Flynn’s plea: But [let] justice roll down like waters and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream” Amos 5:24. If the subject is Flynn’s plea per se, this strikes me as an overstatement. A guilty plea »

Media breathlessness; media wishful thinking [UPDATED][With Comment By John]

Featured image Yesterday, ABC News reported that a confidant of Michael Flynn said Flynn is prepared to testify that Donald Trump instructed him to contact Russian officials during the campaign. Later, ABC News was forced to correct the story. It stated that its source “later clarified that during the campaign, Trump assigned Flynn and a small circle of other senior advisers to find ways to repair relations with Russia and other hot »

Deep meaning of the Mueller probe

Featured image The reporters covering developments in the ongoing special counsel investigation conducted by Robert Mueller are so excited by the prospect of President Trump’s removal from office impeachment that they can barely keep their tongues from hanging out of their mouths. They demonstrate what it’s all about even if they don’t have a clue what’s going on. It is a striking fact that the charge to which Michael Flynn pleaded yesterday »

The Papadopoulos plea [UPDATED]

Featured image With news of today’s indictments of Paul Manafort and his colleague came word that former (minor) Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty earlier this month to making false statements to investigators. In addition, we learned that Papadopoulos has been cooperating with the Mueller investigation. Papadopoulos was in the news back in August, when the Washington Post reported that during the presidential campaign he sent emails to the Trump campaign »

The Manafort indictment

Featured image I can think of no one better than Andy McCarthy to evaluate the indictment of Paul Manafort. In McCarthy’s view, the indictment “is much ado about nothing . . . except as a vehicle to squeeze Manafort, which is special counsel Robert Mueller’s objective.” That sounds right. McCarthy explains: This case has nothing to do with what Democrats and the media call “the attack on our democracy” (i.e., the Kremlin’s »

Why Mueller should not be special counsel

Featured image I believe any reasonable observer, if he considers the matter independently of whose ox is being gored, would agree that it is problematic to have a special counsel with a broad mandate to investigate, unbound by some of the normal constraints of a prosecutor, a campaign and a presidency. Reasonable observers will disagree about the extent of the danger, and about the countervailing value of having such a prosecutor in »

Waiting for Mueller

Featured image ‘Round about the moment I came to the conclusion it was time to call the whole thing off, CNN reported that Robert Mueller’s team of 16 or 17 all-star prosecutors has secured an indictment of someone for something from the Washington grand jury. The indictment, however, is sealed. Whoever leaked news of the indictment to CNN is guilty of serious wrongdoing. That’s a big story too, but CNN isn’t going »

Investigate this (2)

Featured image Jennifer Kerns calls for an investigation into the placement of the Trump Dossier into the hands of the Obama administration — the hands of John Brennan in particular. Kerns doesn’t quote the Gershwin brothers song, but she’s got the refrain. Let’s call the whole thing off: As for the Russian collusion probe against Trump, it’s highly unlikely that Mueller will disband the probe on his own. After all, Mueller now »

Mueller’s case

Featured image Andrew McCarthy devotes his weekly NRO column to the unlimited mandate and uninhibited prosecutorial tactics of Robert Mueller. The column is “Mueller scorches the earth.” Reviewing the proceedings to date, Andy writes: You are forgiven if you can recall only vaguely that supposition about Trump-campaign collusion in Russian espionage against the 2016 election was the actual explanation for Mueller’s appointment as special counsel. To the extent there was any explanation, »