Robert Mueller

Rod Rosenstein on FISA lies: I’m accountable but not responsible

Featured image This morning, the Senate Judiciary Committee called Rod Rosenstein to testify about operation “crossfire hurricane,” the Mueller investigation, and related matters. I watched as much of it as I could stomach — a little less than two hours. Rosenstein is a snake. He recommended that James Comey be fired (albeit for a different reason than the one Trump mentioned in an interview about Comey’s termination) and then made the firing »

Hacks & the DNC hack

Featured image The famous hack of the Democratic National Committee email account during the 2016 campaign somehow escaped serious investigation by the FBI, but was nevertheless attributed by American intelligence authorities and others to the Russians in part because of the analysis performed by CrowdStrike for the DNC. Now Aaron Maté reports for RealClearInvestigations on the newly declassified testimony by CrowdStrike President Shawn Henry — testimony that Adam Schiff sought to keep »

Barr speaks

Featured image Attorney General Barr sat down with Catherine Herridge for an interview yesterday following the filing of the government’s motion to dismiss the Flynn case. CBS News has chopped the interview into bite-size bits, but it has published the transcript here. Highly recommended. At the time of the FBI interview of Flynn on January 24, 2017, the FBI had no bona fide counterintelligence investigation of Flynn open. Barr explains: On the »

What gives in the Flynn case? (10)

Featured image The hits just keep coming. We know that Rod Rosenstein is an idiotic tool, but we had yet to see the scope memo he issued months late to authorize Robert Mueller’s work as independent counsel. The first “scope memo” was, shall we say, lacking. Now we can see the newly declassified and mostly unredacted version of the August memo Rosenstein issued to remedy the original memo’s defects. Politico’s Daniel Lippman »

Escape from the Mueller miasma

Featured image We have closely followed Team Mueller’s prosecution of Concord Management and Consulting. The prosecution seemed to have been brought for the purpose of the news that would be generated by the indictment. When Concord appeared in court through sophisticated defense counsel with a wry sense of humor and a delight in tormenting Team Mueller — Eric Dubelier — Team Mueller sought to escape with the least possible embarrassment. They (embarrassingly) »

Walton’s whack

Featured image You may have read about Senior United States District Court Judge Reggie Walton’s whack upside the head of Attorney General Barr this week. The whack was administered in Judge Walton’s opinion ruling on the Freedom of Information Act case that seeks the Department of Justice’s release of an unredacted version of the Mueller report. The opinion is accessible online here. Judge Walton’s whack is misguided. The Wall Street Journal takes »

Should Jeff Sessions have agreed to be Attorney General?

Featured image In a post I wrote last week about what I view as the demonization of John Bolton, I said that Bolton has plenty of company under the Trump bus. As an example, I cited Jeff Sessions, a conservative hero of longstanding who fell out of favor after he recused himself, for ethical reasons, from the Justice Department’s Russia investigation and his deputy appointed Robert Mueller to investigate on the DOJ’s »

Was it something he said?

Featured image Federal prosecutors filed a 32-page supplemental sentencing memorandum yesterday seeking up to six months in prison time for former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. I have embedded a copy of the memo below. The memo retracts the government’s request for leniency in sentencing Flynn a year ago. General Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of false statements to the FBI in 2017 to lying to investigators and then cooperated »

In the Flynn case, DoJ seeks delay

Featured image I wrote most recently about developments in the case against former Trump national security advisor Michael Flynn in “In the Flynn case, you’ve got to be kidding me.” General Flynn is the preeminent victim of the Russia hoax; the case against him was set up by the dirty Comey brigade in the senior ranks of the FBI (including Comey himself), with the assistance of Acting Attorney General Sally Yates. Flynn »

Dems mull Mueller impeachment count

Featured image House Democrats reportedly are considering whether to pursue in their impeachment inquiry matters arising from the Mueller investigation. Specifically, they are looking at whether President Trump lied to Robert Mueller. The Washington Post’s report on this development is based on representations made by House Democrats to the federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. The Dems told the court that they need secret grand jury evidence from the Mueller probe to »

In the Flynn case, you’ve got to be kidding

Featured image Last week I noted the response of the Department of Justice to General Flynn’s current post-plea motion to compel exculpatory evidence. I added links to stories on the response to the motion as well as our own previous posts on the motion itself. General Flynn’s current counsel has now filed a reply to the DoJ response. Our friend Techno Fog has posted it online here. His guilty plea notwithstanding, General »

Paul Sperry: Mueller’s double deception

Featured image Help is on the way in our struggle to understand the “collusion” hoax that has roiled the Trump presidency from its first days. Next week Encounter Books publishes Andrew McCarthy’s Ball of Collusion: The Plot to Rig an Election and Destroy a Presidency. Eric Felten and others at RealClear Investigations continue their efforts to penetrate the mysteries of the investigation conducted under the nominal authority of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. »

Behind the Democrats’ Mueller own goal, Part Two

Featured image Last week, after the debacle that was Robert Mueller’s testimony, I speculated about whether Democrats knew in advance that Mueller would make a poor witness and, if so, why they put him on public display. As to the first matter, I assumed that Committee Democrats had some notice of Mueller’s weakness. As to the second, I wrote: Maybe Mueller’s people were too tactful in how they [talked about their boss]. »

Understanding the Mueller miasma

Featured image NR’s Andrew McCarthy begins the first of two columns on what I have been calling the Mueller miasma with a reference to the “bumbling fiasco” of Mueller’s congressional testimony last week. The first column prepares the ground for McCarthy’s devastating exposition of the devious game played by Mueller’s team in the second column: “How Mueller’s Lawyers Spun the OLC Guidance on Indicting a Sitting President.” My friend Mr. McCarthy writes »

Behind the Democrats’ Mueller own goal [UPDATED]

Featured image The Democratic hard left did the nation a service by putting Robert Mueller on display earlier this week. It may also have done Nancy Pelosi a favor by dealing a blow to the “impeach Trump” movement, against which the Speaker stands. But the Democratic hard left isn’t in the business of doing favors for the nation or for Pelosi. It’s in the business, among other enterprises, of trying to oust »

Beyond his purview

Featured image Tucker Carlson had former FBI deputy assistant director Terry Turchie on for a brief segment last night to discuss what I have been calling the Mueller miasma. Turchie holds that the testimony of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees this past Wednesday confirmed the existence of a hostile intelligence operation against Donald Trump (video below). Suffice it to say that Turchie takes up issues »

Descent to the Mueller miasma

Featured image Yesterday’s appearance of former Special Counsel Robert Mueller before the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees did not go exactly as planned by the Democrats. While Democrats sought to have Mueller regurgitate the alleged wrongdoing of Donald Trump, anyone who saw Mueller respond to the questions posed must have wondered who ran the investigation conducted under Mueller’s nominal authority and whether Mueller read the report issued in his name. The Washington »