Robert Mueller

New York Times undercuts claim that Trump obstructed justice

Featured image The New York Times reports that special counsel Robert Mueller has obtained an “early draft” of President Trump’s letter stating the reasons for firing James Comey. Times reporters Michael Schmidt and Maggie Haberman inform us that “the circumstances and reasons for the firing are believed to be a significant element of Mr. Mueller’s investigation, which includes whether Mr. Trump obstructed justice by firing Mr. Comey.” The Times would love it »

All dreamy about the dream team

Featured image The Daily Beast serves up this puff piece about Robert Mueller’s “dream team.” It’s under the byline of Betsy Woodruff, but is so gushing it might as well have been written by the dream team itself. What I found most notable about Woodruff’s piece is the disconnect between her profile of the individual dream team members and her conclusion. Nearly every team member is, according to the article, either a »

Ex-Leahy staffer provides judicial oversight for Russia investigation

Featured image The Daily Beast reports that Judge Beryl Howell is the jurist who signed off on Robert Mueller’s request to convene a Washington, D.C. grand jury for the Russia investigation. It also says that, going forward, Howell “will be the umpire-in-chief: deciding whether or not Trump allies’ lawyers can quash subpoenas, and whether or not people like Jared Kushner can invoke what’s known as executive privilege to get out of testifying »

Mueller’s fishing expedition continues

Featured image The Washington Post reports that FBI agents raided the Alexandria home of Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, late last month. They used a search warrant to seize documents and other materials. The search occurred soon after Manafort met with investigators for the Senate Intelligence Committee. At that meeting, Manafort reportedly answered questions and provided investigators with notes from a 2016 meeting between Trump campaign officials and Russians claiming »

Trump savages Richard Blumenthal on Twitter

Featured image President Trump ripped Richard Blumenthal on Twitter following a television appearance by the obnoxious Connecticut Senator. He wrote: Interesting to watch Senator Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut talking about hoax Russian collusion when he was a phony Vietnam con artist! Never in U.S.history has anyone lied or defrauded voters like Senator Richard Blumenthal. He told stories about his Vietnam battles and…. conquests, how brave he was, and it was all a »

Mueller impanels Washington, D.C. grand jury

Featured image The Wall Street Journal reports that Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury in Washington, D.C. A grand jury has already been impaneled in Virginia to investigate Michael Flynn and his work in the private sector on behalf of foreign interests. The new grand jury apparently will focus on Russia and the 2016 election and, quite possibly, on claims of obstruction of justice. The existence of the D.C. grand jury »

Trump Fights Back Against Mueller

Featured image I take it as a given that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is part of the Democratic Party’s effort to destroy the Trump administration. This is evidenced by the fact that he has staffed his investigation with Democratic Party activist lawyers and contributors to the Hillary Clinton campaign, and by his expansion of his “investigation” beyond any reasonable interpretation of his charge. This is what the order appointing Mueller says he »

The AP Runs Interference for Comey and Mueller [with comment by Paul]

Featured image President Trump noted that James Comey and Robert Mueller are “very, very good friends…which is bothersome.” So the Associated Press sprang into action to defend the two men now locked in a death struggle with the president. The AP vouches for the extraordinary, perhaps unprecedented, integrity of the men who are trying to bring down our duly elected president. In the AP’s telling, they are: …somber-faced and demanding… …more approachable »

Mueller’s empire

Featured image President Trump is now in a death struggle with Robert Mueller and James Comey. That’s the conclusion I draw from former Assistant United States Attorney Andrew McCarthy’s gimlet-eyed American Greatness column “Mueller’s empire.” Andy’s column makes several important points on which I have slightly expanded: • Mueller’s appointment as Special Counsel by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein fundamentally violates the applicable regulation. The regulation requires that the Attorney General or »

Mueller hires another Clinton backer

Featured image “Special counsel” Robert Mueller has hired another liberal Democrat to his expanding team. He has added Elizabeth Prelogar, who serves in the Office of the Solicitor General. Prelogar’s credentials are impressive, but do not appear to include prosecution or investigative experience. It looks like she has been added to help liberal Michael Dreeben, also of the Solicitor General’s Office, concoct a legal case against President Trump. As the National Law »

Should Trump fire Mueller, Part Five

Featured image Richard Painter was an “ethics” lawyer in the George W. Bush administration. He has tweeted that if President Trump fires “special counsel” Robert Mueller, then “Mike Pence will soon become the 46th President.” Painter supported Hillary Clinton for president last year. He went so far as to file a ridiculous ethics complaint against then-FBI Director James Comey over Comey’s handling of the Clinton email investigation. He alleged that the Director »

“When your job is bringing down the president”

Featured image On Wednesday, during our show for Power Line VP members, John recalled the heady days of Watergate, when newly minted Harvard law grads descended on Washington to work for Archibald Cox, the Harvard law professor who was serving as the Watergate special prosecutor. John remembered that the young Harvard law grads he knew expressed clarity about their mission: to get Nixon. The Washington Post expresses the same clarity in a »

Errors in Trump tweet symbolize more costly mistakes [UPDATED]

Featured image Last night President Trump tweeted: I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt. The president, presumably, was referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein who did, indeed, recommend that James Comey be fired. But Rosenstein isn’t investigating Trump. Special counsel Robert Mueller is. If Mueller recommended that Trump fire his friend Comey, that would be a »

Obstruct this (2)

Featured image Today’s word from anonymous, unnumbered “official sources” — that is some deep cover they’ve got going there — to Washington Post reporters Sari Horwitz, Matt Zapotosky and Adam Entous (count ’em) goes like this: Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is investigating the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, President Trump’s son-in-law and adviser, as part of the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, according to »

More darkness at the Washington Post

Featured image I wrote here about a Washington Post story by Philip Rucker regarding whether President Trump will fire Robert Mueller. I found the Rucker’s piece intellectually dishonest because he never identified the main argument being advanced by those who advocate firing Mueller — namely a possible conflict of interest due to Mueller’s close relationship with James Comey, who likely would be the key witness in any case of “obstruction of justice” »

Should Trump fire Mueller, Part Four

Featured image As Scott noted this morning, the Washington Post reports that the “special counsel’s” investigation has widened to include an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice. There’s a good chance that the report is based on leaks from Mueller’s team. Whatever the source of the leaks, the purpose seems obvious — to make it more politically costly for Trump to fire Mueller. If he sacked Mueller, Trump could »

Obstruct this

Featured image The Washington Post’s Devlin Barrett, Adam Entous, Ellen Nakashima and Sari Horwitz — count ’em — report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller “is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice[.]” The Post adds: Five people briefed on the interview requests, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the »