Robert Mueller

Analyze this

Featured image Michael Doran has followed the Russia hoax with the same attention and attitude that I have. He sees the Russia hoax for what it is and is mystified by the lack of interest in the Clinton campaign’s apparent collusion with Russian intelligence. He understands the perversity of the production. He finds the Mueller Switch Project to be corrupt from its inception and as implemented. Back in January, Lawfare’s Benjamin Wittes »

Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe: Both right about the other

Featured image According to the Washington Post, at a meeting with special counsel Robert Mueller, Rod Rosenstein and Andrew McCabe feuded over the issue of recusal from the Russia investigation. McCabe argued that Rosenstein should step aside because of his involvement in the firing of James Comey — an issue that Mueller was almost certain to investigate (and reportedly has been investigating). Rosenstein argued that McCabe should bow out because of his »

A conspiracy so vast…

Featured image This past February Special Counsel Robert Mueller brought the dramatic indictment against Russian actors allegedly responsible for interference in the 2016 presidential election. The Department of Justice has posted the indictment online here. Politico covered the indictment in a good story by Michael Crowley and Louis Nelson. The indictment charged three Russian companies and 13 Russian individuals with election related crimes. I don’t think anyone (including Mueller) anticipated that one »

More Mueller madness

Featured image Today’s Wall Street Journal carries a big story in the Russia hoax genre. Reported by Byron Tau, Dustin Volz and Shelby Holliday, the story runs under the headline GOP Operative Secretly Raised at Least $100,000 in Search for Clinton Emails” (accessible here on Outline. Here are the opening paragraphs: A veteran Republican operative and opposition researcher solicited and raised at least $100,000 from donors as part of an effort to »

The Manafort plea agreement

Featured image On Friday Paul Manafort agreed to a guilty plea to resolve the pending federal charges against him in the District of Columbia (the pending charges set forth in a superseding criminal information), the charges remaining against him in the Eastern District of Virginia and to the related charge of obstruction of justice. None of it has anything ot do with the Trump presidential campaign, of course, but the agreement leaves »

Charges Pondered Against Former White House Counsel

Featured image CNN reports: Federal prosecutors in New York are weighing criminal charges against former Obama White House counsel Greg Craig as part of an investigation into whether he failed to register as a foreign agent in a probe that is linked to former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, according to sources familiar with the matter. In addition, these sources said, prosecutors in the US Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of »

Mysteries of the Mueller probe

Featured image Andrew McCarthy’s weekly NR column poses this pointed question: “For precisely what federal crimes is the president of the United States under investigation by a special counsel appointed by the Justice Department?” He observes: “It is intolerable that, after more than two years of digging — the 16-month Mueller probe having been preceded by the blatantly suspect labors of the Obama Justice Department and FBI — we still do not »

A word from Cleta Mitchell

Featured image In “More Mueller madness” I mention today’s Wall Street Journal editorial decrying the wrong done to our friend Cleta Mitchell in connection with the Russia investigation(s). Cleta is the prominent Foley & Lardner partner and campaign finance expert. The Journal editorial is “Anatomy of a Fusion smear” (truncated but accessible here on Outline). That Fusion smear was planted in his accustomed style by Glenn Simpson with a few of his »

Both sides not now (2)

Featured image Washington attorney Cleta Mitchell is a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Foley & Lardner and a bona fide legal expert on the thorny federal law of campaign finance. She brings her expertise to bear on the question we examined yesterday in “Both sides not now.” She asks what is by now a rhetorical question concerning the Mueller Switch Project: “Fair-minded investigation or partisan witch hunt?” Cleta bores in »

Both sides not now

Featured image Kim Strassel decries the inherently one-sided nature of the Mueller Switch Project in her weekly Wall Street Journal column. Her column runs under the headline “When justice is partial.” She writes: If there is only “one set of rules,” where is Mr. Mueller’s referral of a case against Hillary for America? Federal law requires campaigns to disclose the recipient and purpose of any payments. The Clinton campaign paid Fusion GPS »

Manafort convicted on 8 counts, jury deadlocked on 10

Featured image The jury in the Paul Manafort has found him guilty on eight of the 18 counts brought against him by Robert Mueller’s team. It couldn’t reach a verdict on the other 10. Judge T.S. Ellis declared a mistrial on these charges. The jury found Manafort guilty on tax and bank fraud charges. Experts told the Washington Post that Manafort might well be looking at more than decade in prison based »

Analyze this

Featured image Robert Mueller has filed a 10-page sentencing memo in the case of George Papadopolous (embedded below via Scribd). In the revised authorized version of the origin of the FBI’s counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign, Papaoplous looms large. He is allegedly the man. Having reviewed the sentencing memo, however, Bryon York concludes that “Papadopoulos emerges as bit player in Trump-Russia affair.” Margot Cleveland explores the perplexities of the sentencing memo »

The McGahn interviews, Andy McCarthy’s take

Featured image Andy McCarthy provides his views of the New York Times’ report on Don McGahn’s interviews with prosecutors on Robert Mueller’s staff. I wrote about the same subject here. Like me, McCarthy believes it was a mistake for Trump and his then-legal team to agree to the interviews. Andy adds that the Times’ account of what went down in the McGahn interviews “bolsters the already strong argument that the president should »

What to make of the White House counsel’s cooperation with Mueller

Featured image The New York Times reports that White House Counsel Don McGahn was interviewed for something like 30 hours total by Robert Mueller’s team. According to the Times, President Trump agreed to have McGahn questioned by Team Mueller without conditions or limitations. I have several observations about the Times’ article. First, the decision not to object to the interview of McGahn, or at least try to negotiate ground rules and limitiations, »

The Todd trap

Featured image Rudy Giuliani appeared this morning on Meet the Press on behalf of President Trump. Host Chuck Todd asked why President Trump won’t just sit for a friendly interview with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and tell the truth. What’s so hard about that? Truth is truth; Trump can avoid any alleged “perjury trap” by sticking to it. But it’s not that simple. “Truth isn’t truth,” Giuliani responded. “Mr. Mayor,” Todd countered. »

Democrats Frighten Manafort Jurors [Updated]

Featured image The case that Bob Mueller has brought against Paul Manafort has nothing to do with Donald Trump or the 2016 election. It is irrelevant to any significant political issue. But Democrats worry that Mueller’s prosecution of Manafort for years-ago tax evasion may fail, thereby making a laughingstock of the special counsel investigation in which they have invested so much. What happens when Democrats are afraid they may lose a political »

Is Rudy Giuliani helping or hurting President Trump?

Featured image Jill Abramson, the left-wing journalist, contends that Rudy Giuliani has become “a dangerous liability” for President Trump. Giuliani certainly isn’t impressing many lawyers or other close observers with the bombast and sometimes flawed or superficial analysis he employs in defense of the president. But that doesn’t necessarily make him a liability, as I argue below. Nor does Abramson impress with statements like this one: [Giuliani] keeps messing up. On. . »