If you're John Durham and the timeline of your investigation just got expanded in this manner--probably on your own recommendation--who would you want to pull in front of the Grand Jury? My list starts this way, and just keeps expanding:
Rod RosensteinRobert "Bob" Mueller--The Third!
And, yes, there are plenty more. It might even include members of the Legislative Branch. Count on it--Barr has no love lost for them. It's pucker time in the Deep State.
ADDENDUM: A very important paragraph from the Fox article:
Durham, known as a "hard-charging, bulldog" prosecutor, according to a source, has been focusing on the use and assignments of FBI informants, as well as alleged improper issuance of Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrants.Durham was asked to help Barr to "ensure that intelligence collection activities by the U.S. government related to the Trump 2016 presidential campaign were lawful and appropriate."
What? You really thought the FISA stuff would be left entirely to Horowitz and Durham wouldn't be involved? Welcome to the real world.
Other observers were also quick to see the implications of this. Sundance, for example, is suggesting that Rosenstein could be an unindicted co-conspirator. This makes perfect sense to me:
The obvious stares us in the face. If Durham has indeed expanded his time-frame to looking at early 2017, he is looking at DOJ and FBI activity entirely under the authority of Rod Rosenstein.
Gregg Jarrett writes that it appears that Mueller lied under oath to Congress when he stated that he did not meet Trump to interview for the FBI Director job: Did Mueller lie to Congress about meeting with Trump before he took the special counsel job?
It has always been suspicious that Robert Mueller met with President Trump in the Oval Office the day before he was officially appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to investigate Trump.
Newly uncovered documents show that Mueller and Rosenstein had been privately communicating in the days before that meeting. They worked sedulously to keep it a secret. Trump had no idea that Mueller was already on board to serve as special counsel.
So, why was Mueller there in the Oval? Was it part of a scheme to furtively gather evidence that, as special counsel, he could then use against Trump? Did he lure the president into a conversation under false pretenses? The answer appears to be yes.
It seems increasingly clear that Trump was being set-up, and that Mueller was neither forthcoming nor honest during the meeting.
He deliberately concealed from the president that he was about to launch a damaging investigation that threatened Trump’s presidency. The duplicity was more than a sufficient basis to require that he disqualify himself from the special counsel position.
The president’s account of his meeting with Mueller was corroborated by his then-assistant, Madeleine Westerhout, who arranged it and was privy to its purpose and content. I questioned her about this. She confirmed to me that, without a doubt, Mueller had been there interviewing for the job of FBI director. Recently, multiple administration officials backed up this account to Fox News. Newly released records also substantiate it.
This all fits within an overall conspiracy theory of the case. And Rosenstein with Mueller are at the heart of this conspiracy, directing it.
I remember thinking at the time Mueller meeting in the Oval Office was as a possible replacement FBI Director. Early in 2017, early in Trump's term, he'd want to move fast with a replacement. SC was not on my mind.ReplyDelete
I will point out as Devil's Advocate that Mueller would probably say he didn't lie because he never had any intention of becoming FBI director a second time- only that is what Trump was led to believe to conceal the real purpose of the meeting. Of course, this would require Mueller to admit that the meeting itself was always a ruse to interview Trump as a criminal defendant, but without Trump knowing that.ReplyDelete
Either explanation looks bad for Mueller, but at least the one doesn't open him to perjury- unless I missed something in that day of testimony in which he claimed to have not deceived the President about the purpose of the meeting.
My take as well. Looks like a snake, not technically guilty. Not of perjury. Conspiracy? We'd need to know more.Delete
I do think, though, that Rosenstein has probably already come clean to Barr after Barr became the AG- all of Rosenstein's actions after that point suggest this, though one could argue he was trying to play nice when he knew he was caught out in being involved in the conspiracy from the start.ReplyDelete
Trump recently undertook the very bold move of getting the US military to begin deescalating the endless war strategy in Syria. This has put him at odds with some powerful GOP politicians who still cling to this mode of foreign policy. Trump must feel confident in his political status in order to take on the Democrats, GOPe, military, and MSM all at the same time. This is another sign that the dam is about to burst with revelations from the Barr/Durham investigations.ReplyDelete
Right. There have been some stories claiming he may reconsider. We'll see. I hope not.Delete
Seeing/hearing reports that admin insists Mueller committed perjury w/respect to denying that he was seeking DFBI under Trump. Personally, I don't think he lied about that. It's unlikely ol' Bob was looking to break J. Edgar's tenure record. He was already tired even before agreeing to the SC job. That meet with Trump was a pretext related to the supposed CI investigation which, itself, was just cover for the whole Collusion farce. And I think it's reasonably safe to say that most everybody who's not a disingenuous hack or a hopeless moron knows what that was really all about.ReplyDelete
I think I know.Delete
I think you do.Delete
I wonder if audio exists anywhere of Hillary screaming "We're all going to hang!"
I think that Rosenstein and Mueller intended to cause the removal of President Trump from his elected office.ReplyDelete
Rosenstein and Mueller imagined that they would become eternally famous as noble heroes in future history books.
Duty calls. Sometimes the moment chooses us.
That's what Rosenstein wrote. He wrote also:
I am with Mueller. He shares my view.
President Trump was a secret agent of the Kremlin!
Rosenstein and Mueller had to remove him!!
That was the situation on May 16, 2017.
Within a few weeks, though, Rosenstein and Mueller surely understood that Trump was not, in fact, a secret agent of the Kremlin.
Nevertheless, they persisted.
CTH has a article about a second opinion by a FISA judge on illegal spying.ReplyDelete
Right, saw that. Any consequences? I doubt it. Bob Bork said this would happen when FISA was originally passed.Delete
I'm reading the Jarrett article now. Mueller appears to be a liar, a fraud and a perjurer.ReplyDelete
I'm not a lawyer, but it appears to me that he broke the spirit of a law, if he was successful in not actually breaking an actual law.
In any event, I am confident in saying that he has besmirched his own name.
Unfortunately, people like Mueller don't care what people like us think.Delete
Along those lines, you'll probably like this one:Delete
"Unfortunately, people like Mueller don't care what people like us think."ReplyDelete
That's fine if he doesn't car what we think. But it's not fine that he gets off scot-free. Not that I am saying he will. I'm looking forward to a "bang-bang" next couple of weeks.
I'd be curious to know if sleep-aid sales are up in the DC area. And Tums sales, too.