Robert Mueller

What was Mueller up to? His victims speak

Featured image Earlier this month RealClearPolitics posted Paul Sperry’s intensely reported account of the Mueller investigation from the perspective of its objects in “‘Scorched Earth’: Mueller’s Targets Speak Out.” Sperry prefaced his report: Now that [Special Counsel Robert] Mueller has ended his probe finding no election collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, 10 witnesses and targets of his sprawling, $35 million investigation agreed to speak with RealClearInvestigations because they no longer »

What Was Mueller Up To?

Featured image Robert Mueller turned in a disgraceful performance as Special Counsel, allowing himself and his staff to be used as a tool of the Democratic Party. He knew from an early stage that the core of what he was supposed to be investigating–“collusion”–did not exist. But he plowed forward, hoping to ensnare members of the Trump campaign or administration in process crimes. Meanwhile, he ignored the real scandal: the attempt by »

Dowd dings Mueller

Featured image Although he is left unnamed and identified only as the president’s personal counsel in the relevant pages of the Mueller Report, the report implicitly indicts and convicts John Dowd of obstruction of justice at page 300. It leaves open the question of whether Dowd did so with Trump’s knowledge or participation. I wrote about the report’s drive-by mugging of Dowd in “Mueller dings Dowd.” The report smears Dowd, we now »

DOJ: We would prefer not to

Featured image Judge Emmet Sullivan is presiding over the government’s case against Michael Flynn, who has yet to be sentenced by the court following his plea. Judge Sullivan recently ordered the government to release all transcripts of recordings of Flynn’s phone calls with Russian officials (such as Russia’s ambassador to the United States) and of any other recordings of him. For some reason or other, the government has failed to produce these »

Don Surber: Barr’s greatest hits

Featured image I cannot recommend Jan Crawford’s interview of Attorney General William Barr for CBS News highly enough. Here is the whole thing in podcast form. I plucked my favorite quote from the interview yesterday here. This morning I intended to comb through the CBS News transcript of Jan Crawford’s interview of Attorney General William Barr to highlights its greatest hits, but I find that Don Surber has done the work for »

Mueller dings Dowd

Featured image In its Volume II the Mueller Report treats a voicemail message from President Trump’s (unnamed) personal counsel to counsel for former Trump National Security Advisor Michael Flynn (also unnamed) as potentially obstructive of the investigation. The facts are set forth at pages 293-294 of the report. The message is quoted in part at page 294. The report’s analysis is set forth at pages 298-300. The report finds the message potentially »

Mueller Clarifies

Featured image Robert Mueller’s mini-press conference yesterday had what must have been the intended effect: it cast another cloud over President Trump, and gave rise to renewed talk about impeachment among Democrats. The takeaway, for most naive observers, likely was that the president may be “guilty” after all. This headline on the front page of my local newspaper, the Minneapolis Star Tribune, was typical: The casual observer likely won’t understand that President »

Robert Mueller, Partisan Fraud

Featured image Much has been written about Robert Mueller’s appearance before the press today, in which spoke briefly and nervously, repeating points that have already been made ad nauseam in his own report and elsewhere. Why did he do it? And why did he appear so nervous while he did it? Speculation has been rampant. Scott posted a transcript of Mueller’s remarks earlier today. Much could be said about them, but I »

Mueller’s miasma

Featured image Robert Mueller appeared before cameras at the Department of Justice this morning to make a departing statement today. In substance the statement doesn’t go beyond his report, but it is clear that he was determined to raise a cloud of dust behind him as he exited stage left and handed off to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Via Politico, here is the text of Mueller’s statement followed by the video posted »

Who were Team Mueller’s investigators?

Featured image Paul Sperry of Real Clear Investigations reports that special counsel Robert Mueller spent more than $732,000 on outside contractors, including private investigators and researchers, but his office refuses to say who they were. I’m not sure anyone cares who provided computer support for the Mueller investigation. However, it would be interesting to know who performed investigations for the team. This question seems particularly relevant because there is speculation — by »

Democrats Cry “Foul” on Mueller Report

Featured image I’m not sure which stage of grief they are in, but the Democrats are still mourning the loss of their Mueller Report dreams. They are trying to keep hope alive by, e.g., voting to hold Attorney General Barr in contempt for obeying the law. And they continue to fundraise off Mueller–who, after all, did the best he could for them. This morning the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee sent out an »

A letter to William Barr

Featured image Emmet T. Flood, special counsel to President Trump, has sent a letter to Attorney General Barr. Although Barr is the addressee, Robert Mueller is the main target. The letter is a blistering attack on Mueller’s report with a shot at James Comey thrown in. Flood gets right to the point: The [special counsel’s report] suffers from an extraordinary legal defect: It quite deliberately fails to comply with the requirements of »

Mueller moans, media misleads

Featured image Yesterday, I noted that mainstream media coverage of William Barr’s testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee omitted an important piece of information — Barr tried to address the concern of Robert Mueller that some combination of Barr’s four-page memo and media reporting about it was “confusing” the American public. Barr responded with a statement designed to clarify the situation. The media did not report this fact even though it figured »

Seven books in May: The Mueller Report

Featured image I want to bring several books to the attention of Power Line readers this month. I would have to push to get to seven books, and I may get there if I stretch it, but I am doubtful. The number comes to mind because the first such book is the Mueller Report and the attempted coup from which it derives. I just received the edition published by Skypole Books, with »

Barr addressed Mueller’s concerns, but the media won’t report it

Featured image You would never guess it from the mainstream media’s coverage of yesterday’s circus before the Senate Judiciary Committee, but William Barr addressed Robert Mueller’s concerns over media coverage of his report and over Barr’s four-page memo about the report. Barr did so in a statement he released the day after his conversation with Mueller about the special counsel’s concerns. As everyone knows by now, Mueller sent a letter to Barr »

Attorney General Barr Faces the Democrats [Updated]

Featured image Yesterday I did a couple of radio interviews on Attorney General Barr’s appearance before the Senate Judiciary Committee. I don’t have the audio from the Howie Carr show in Boston, but I got the MP3 of my conversation with Seth Leibsohn in Phoenix. Here it is. It sounds some of the same themes as the post I did last night, but with more opportunity to elaborate: UPDATE: This is the »

The Barr Testimony: Democrats Gone Wild

Featured image The big news story today, if you believe the press, is Attorney General William Barr’s testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. Much could be said both about the hearing and the press reaction to it; here are a few observations. First, the story began yesterday with Robert Mueller leaking his March 27 letter to Barr to the Washington Post. This leak was a purely political act. It was intended to »