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Fresh update on "robert mueller" discussed on WBSM 1420 Programming
"First. And here's your host Doctor. So Bastian Gorka. Way got lots of calls. Stall was day. May the force be with you only the first three movies. By the way, I'm in clone wars. That's OK. The car too. And then, man DeLorean, but that's it, okay. That's it old school. I'm gonna get to causing a second. She's right. Should I talk about the news if it's about me? Anything who would know it any better than you? That's a good point. I have good sources about me. Why? Because I'll Google. That's my just cropped up 20 minutes ago. There's a story from those scumbags that Buzzfeed It's really interesting. It makes me angry as well. Flynn Bannon, Manafort, Ivanka Private emails from Inside the Miller investigation, Woo. Okay, What do they say? Five days before Donald Trump was sworn in as president, his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, boom, they way to think his nasty sent an email to the person Trump had chosen as his deputy national security advisor. A friend of the show, KT McFarland. I have some important information that I want to share that I picked up on my travels. Over the last month, Manafort wrote to Katie. Manifolds ties to foreign leaders had already attracted the scrutiny of the FBI. Like what ties exactly on McFarland wasn't sure if she should take him up on his offer. So she sent him an email. She sent an email to her boss, Mike Flynn, the incoming national security advisor. Given away that is going on. Should I meet with him? Katie asked. Reply from Mike Flynn. General Flynn I would not meet with him until we're in the hot seat. Unknown who he is working for on perception would not be good, especially now. Wow. Yeah, right. Excellent. Well done, Mike. These e mails? No. Hey, ways where it gets interesting. These emails are part of a cache and it's not cachet. Cachet is when you've got cool, Okay, don't mix it through things up. I've got cachet with the cool kids and they cash off weapons. I hate when people makes that okay. I just I know I'm a pedant, but it's the English language. These e mails are part of a cache of nearly 300 pages of documents from former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign pay attention. Gonna return the Trump campaign. That would turn over Monday to Buzzfeed use and CNN. Well, isn't that interesting? In response to a freedom of Information Act, the records, emails, texts and memo seized from subjects and witnesses contained previously undisclosed details about the Trump campaign's discussions involving Russia. Here is where I come into the story. Records also show that Jared Kushner Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr were deeply involved in the early stages of the campaign. What is that news? Ivanka told the co chair of the campaign that Donald Jr could recommend military advisors and Kushner discussed his secret meeting meeting with Henry Kissinger. What you mean secret meeting? And in a document Titled National Security Memo. Number four. Sebastian Gorka, a future advisor to the president, warned the campaign that Russia was a quote criminal enterprise. That Putin would only respond to a quote determined show of force. No. There's two reasons that this is fascinating to me, not just because I'm a subject of this story. But number one What did I say that memo? Russia is a criminal enterprise. And that Putin would only respond to determine show force. So I guess Donald Trump wasn't colluding with the Russians. Hmm. Interesting. So the Mueller probe was a hoax. And secondly, Maybe I should sue somebody. Because these documents come from me. Muller probe It was looking into ties between the campaign. Russia. Never worked for the campaign. Mr Muller. I was never an employee of the Trump campaign. DOJ. Had an exclusive and the contract. Between my company. And the Trump Organization. So how? So? How the hell did you get my memo? Because if it's based upon warrants You got it illegally because I never worked for the campaign. Yeah, I think I'll talk to some lawyers. Maybe I could get a sporting pull out of this. What do you think? All right, Let's go to your calls. Let's go to Stacy, California line one Hi. I'm sorry. Excited to talk to you for first time calling him and I got it. And it was amazing. Wow, lessons. Welcome, Stacy. Thank you. I love you. Um and I love Trump and I will vote for him again. And again. Um, I just want only wants a nature election. Okay. Only once the democrats that do the vote early vote often. Okay, Carrie. Well, I meant maybe he could be vice president and then president again anyway. Hey, I wanted to respond to the guy who blames Trump for deaths from these vaccines. And I want to say to all time did was make get rid of the bureaucratic red tape so that the vaccines could go forward quickly in an emergency fashion. He wasn't in the lab, making the damn Shot. You know, I'm not getting him either. For reasons probably won't Won't talk about, but I know a lot of doctors air coming out. Now They're building alliances against sees that scenes because they're not really vaccines anyway, which is actually a factual statement that Johnson Johnson is the vaccine. The other two are not. But the fact is what you said, is exactly right. The remarkable thing is he got them done in a year. If you want to take them take them. If you don't don't it's that easy. No mandates of this mandate that passport mandates. Britain's gone crazy over there out off control, And I'm thinking about whether I should even use this service of the airport called Clear because clear the company that expedites you threw, like T s a pre check is talking about collaborating with the vaccine Passport scheme. Guys the second you do that I'm canceling my service, and I'm not gonna be the only one. Stay on the line. Stacey. Great call. Let's get a signed copy of the war for America's salt. That's gotta Gabby light, too. Atlanta. I think that I think you're talking about me and Debbie Debbie got clean. Jeff's out. It says on my script. I'm gonna take your photograph right now, so everybody believes me, it says Gabby. Okay, guys, can you Can you see that? The guys on rumble. I'm gonna blow it up. It says Gap. Can you see Gabby? Okay, proof. Sorry. Not my problem. Go ahead. All right? Um yes. I just got an email from Fox News, saying that Trump launches communications platform. Please tell us all how it works and how we can support our president. I'm on live radio. I haven't even read the article. You've got to read it. All I do know Eric checked it out is that it's not. It's not an alternative yet. Twitter or Facebook. It's a platform for staying in touch with him and for getting updates so you can subscribe, and you don't have to go to his Web page every day to find out his latest statement, So that's all I know right now, Gabby, So you know as much as I do, but guys, it's on my Twitter feed. It's on my Facebook page page, Read the whole article and go to 4 45 office dot com. Go there right now. The president's exclusive Web page 45 office dot com. Okay? Quickly. Dale Detroit line five..
Judge Says Bill Barr Was Misleading on Trump Obstruction
"Of a document that the Justice Department used when it declined to charge. Former President Trump with obstruction. NPR's Carrie Johnson reports that the judge is raising questions about misrepresentations to the court Judge Jamie Berman Jackson delivered a victory for the nonprofit citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington crew. Crew sued to get a copy of the memo that Trump Justice Department cited when it decided not to indict the former president for interfering with the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller. Judge Jackson has now reviewed the document, and she says it appears the Trump DOJ had already decided not to charge the former president with a crime. She says some of their explanations were misleading and incomplete. A spokesman for new leaders at the Biden Justice Department declined comment. The DOJ has two weeks to respond in court. Carrie Johnson NPR NEWS Washington The former Minneapolis
Justice Department Sues Roger Stone Over $2M in Unpaid Taxes
"The federal government is taking an ally of former President Trump to court over unpaid taxes. The justice farming filed the lawsuit on Friday against Roger Stone, accusing him and his wife of owing nearly $2 million in income taxes. The lawsuit alleges a couple used a corporate entity they controlled to find a lavish lifestyle despite owing money. Stone was convicted in 2019 is part of Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. But received a pardon from then President Trump in
"robert mueller" Discussed on Reveal
"For lincoln with star wars franklin told me that with the lockdown. They weren't allowed to leave their village. And because of the corona virus there was even less work than before. Why the net. Oh there's no money he tells me there's no food and there's no firewood would give you some. We cape ideals goodbye. Franklin's father he'd bet does still fantasized about going back north but there was no way that he could secure another loan for a third trip to the us. Gwen frankly settled travis with the news. He's waiting for franklin who's now ten to reach his eighteenth birthday ghana in moscow. Randy mrs look. Yukio see then his son franklin can try his luck going north alone. The biden administration is promising to tackle corruption in guatemala. There's also talk of a large aid package coming to the region but guatemalan-born congresswoman norma torres says the us shouldn't send new aid until the corruption in the government is dealt with otherwise she says the us would just be lying the pockets of politicians instead of getting the money to the people who needed one final note after our story first aired back in september. Some of our listeners got in touch. They wanted to support franklin and his family one listeners sent the family five thousand dollars enough for them to pay back their entire debt. Thanks to reporter. Maria martin author of crossing borders building bridges journalists heart and latin america lead producer. This week is on yancy cortes. Aaron glance edited the show with help from executive producer. Kevin solved thanks to professor jo. Marie byrd of george mason university felix perez.
"robert mueller" Discussed on Reveal
"It all sounds like a fringy conspiracy theory but david ideas soon. Make their way into the mainstream. I the wall street journal publishes a series of columns supporting the bid cards. And before you know it. That is why we're having this hearing this. Lawmakers are talking about it in the halls of congress in april two thousand. Eighteen republican congressman. Chris smith questioned why velazquez prosecuted the bit coughs. These sentences were far harsher than those given the guatemalan officials who perpetrated the sale of passports. They're harsher than sentences given to rapists and murderers lawmakers also suggested alaska's was working with putin. This is the same thing. David landau told us. Alaska's turned down an invitation to testify at this hearing when we were in columbia. We asked him if he had any connections to russia. Are you a russian agent. That was their second. Put me see skurdal's here. He tells me he's never been to russia. Noten dinning theresa nin good. Russo has no relationship with anyone from russia though. Nc sieg has never received a single cent from anyone in russia. No one has provided any evidence to the contrary velazquez says the reason they wanted him out has nothing to do. With russia or marxism it has to do with who has power water tamala and had to keep it. Come on the earth's had gathered in libra. I tell velazquez it all seems like a cold war novel. She yes he says. But there's going to kiss but one written by gabrielle garcia marquez. Velasquez was experiencing the solitude of his office. He was losing his political allies in the white house. While jimmy morales was becoming closer to president trump they even attended the national prayer breakfast in washington together. President jimmy is still president trump. I understand what you're going through your local. You being persecuted by robert mueller. The states i am being persecuted by umbrellas kissing within my life. I know how much you've suffered through. All this velasquez was in trouble. His all ally. Joe biden was gone and when nikki haley trump's ambassador to the united nations paid water malla visit. She told it alaska's to tone it down. Stop bragging that you're more popular than the government and get rid of those. I love see see bumper stickers.
"robert mueller" Discussed on Reveal
"The public view. No it doesn't. I mean the fact is that i happen to be the one with an american address. Post office box whatever it was. I don't understand why david and independently wealthy. Bingo is so invested in what damola and what's more. Where does this grudge against. C- c- come from. We spent two hours talking to david. And he weaves this complicated story which essentially boils down to this marxist velazquez and his gang even now in the twenty first century. David still sees communist everywhere. It goes back to this old idea that by going after the rich and powerful in water malla seagulls following a marxist agenda to redistribute the wealth you sometimes hear the same sort of thing from conservative politicians in the us who consider taxreform that helps the poor socialism. But david claims that's not he says alaska's is a marxist because he acts like a dictator. He even lumps velazquez in with what he calls. The children of fidel castro. David says cc. True colors twenty eighteen c- c began to work with the russians. It began to work with putin. And you're saying this the face you realize how crazy this sounds so. Us audience but this was proven. This was demonstrated. i should say. There's no evidence that alaska's work with putin are ever took money from him and putin isn't even a marxist they family called the bid calms who had fled basically fled from the ussr. Not i'm sorry. It's me and the twentieth century russia. Okay they fled from russia and the took on the case of the bitcoin family. The bit are a family of russian. Millionaires poon went after them for embezzlement so they fled to water. Malla imbaba fake passports to get water citizenship. Alaska's had charges brought against them and the bid cavs were thrown in prison. This is where david is trying to draw that putin velazquez connection.
"robert mueller" Discussed on Reveal
"Said to pay their family steps. Debt these eight year olds are worried about their families debt. It's a story. Maria heard often in her reporting in guatemala. Small village in the municipality of the los angeles where the nago is really poor in this mostly indigenous province. The poverty rate over seventy percent. People here have no opportunity to get ahead unless they have relatives in the states. Who can send the money and because of the starter situation. Migration has become almost a tradition. A right of passage. Maria has been coming to these communities for decades living in guatemala. From within fifteen years. I've always felt called to cover central america because it seems that except when there are wars or earthquakes there's little interest in what ahmadullah or the central american region but when trump was elected i knew that migration would become a big political story and that despite his hardline immigration policies people would continue to come north and i wanted to know how that would play out in a place like this community of dodo. Santos gets therma-tru. That's where i met soil more. She surround face my a woman who looks a little beaten down by life and understandably so i followed her family for the past two years. I've traveled to her village where she lives in a small house. Made of wood metal sheeting and dirt floors. It sits on top of a hill site with no road. Access said no running water. Her husband he better to who's here to make six dollars a day when he can get work but the work is sporadic from. She feels completely abandoned by the government. The hawksbill just ship. Who even now. The only future that sorta at her family see is in the us. The thermal no gets soil speaks in the maya mom language through a translator. She tells me about day back in twenty eighteen her husband you'd better to had left the village journey north to the us. He took their eight year old son. Franklin justice trump's family separation policy was at its peak in yada western bibi west race. She tells me that what they got to the us. She found out that franklin had been separated from.
As Corrupt As It Gets? Trump Pardons Ex-Campaign Chief Manafort, Adviser Roger Stone
"Or wipes out prison sentences for nearly 50 people over the past two days, including 29 today. If he's Jackie Quinn reports. Those help by Trump Today include some key figures among the dozens of new pardons issued by President Trump, his former campaign manager, Paul Manafort, and his close associate, Roger Stone, who months earlier had his sentence commuted by Trump. Observers say this underscores the president's determination to use his office in the final weeks to unravel the results of special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation Tuesday. President Trump Pardon to other people convicted In the Russia probe. Before the pardon
Trump pardons Paul Manafort and Roger Stone
"Issuing pardons to his convicted and former campaign chair Paul Manafort, along with former campaign and political advisor Roger Stone, the president, saying both were treated unfairly by what he called the Mueller investigation, which hunt all Manafort received the toughest sentence of any associate of President Trump entangled and special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. The former Trump campaign chairman, was sentenced to seven years after his convictions on charges of filing false tax. Turns in fraud. Manafort was released to home confinement in May on coronavirus concerns. Manafort's also being pursued by the district attorney in Manhattan who wants to prosecute him for fraud. They would not be covered by a pardon. Aaron
Trump pardons 15, including people convicted in Mueller probe
"Much, sir. Good morning, President Donald Trump issued a slew of pardons yesterday, including for two people convicted as part of former special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia probe and for two former Republican congressman convicted Of a range of financial crimes. Trump pardon former campaign aide George Papadopoulos, who was convicted of lying to the FBI, Trump also pardoned former representatives Duncan Hunter and Chris Collins of New York. Loyola Law School professor Jessica Levinson says This is a breathtaking list. The pardons that President Trump issued here really have nothing to do with the national interest or with trying to fulfill justice. They have to do with President Trump's personal proposals and personal game. Trump also pardoned four men who worked as security guards for Blackwater and had been convicted in relation to the
Trump pardons political allies convicted of Federal crimes.
"Baghdad on tuesday nights trump also posted a deranged thirteen minute video to facebook and twitter making his full case for subverting the election and claiming it is his duty to ensure the election was fair insisting he won by a landslide and presenting c. t. v. that he claims was evidence to prove his victory in reality. All of his claims have been debunked including by the supreme court on two occasions. Critics expressed concern for trump's deteriorating mental health and his inability to accept his election loss one. It's not unusual for presidents to grant clemency on their way out the door trump also commuted the sentences of five others on tuesday. Trump has made clear that he has no qualms about intervening in the cases of friends and allies whom he believes have been unfairly treated even those who have pleaded guilty to their crimes the pardons included former republican. Representative duncan hunter of california and chris collins of new york trump also commuted. The sentence of former representative steve stockman of texas and pardon. The current state representative phil lyman of utah. Who led an atv. Protest through restrictive native. Land's call ins the first member of congress to endorsed trump to be president was sentenced to two years and two months in federal prison after admitting he helped he son and others dodge eight hundred thousand dollars in stock market losses when he learned that a drug trial by a small pharmaceutical company had failed onto was sentenced to eleven months in prison after pleading guilty to stealing campaign funds and spending the money on everything from outings with friends to his daughter's birthday party in the group announced tuesday nights with four form. A government contract is convicted in two thousand seven massacre in baghdad. That left more than a dozen iraqi civilians dead and caused an international uproar over the use of private security guards in a war zone. The pardons reflected trump's apparent willingness to give the benefit of doubt to american service and contract is when it comes to acts of violence in war zones against civilians trump also announced pardons for allies in sned in the russia investigation. One was for george papadopoulos. He's two thousand sixteen campaign advisor whose conversation unwittingly helped trigger the russia investigation that shadowed trump's presidency for nearly two years. He also pardoned alexander's swan. A dutch loya. Who was sentenced to thirty days in prison for lying to investigators during special counsel robert mueller's investigation president-elect joe biden on tuesday assailed the trump administration for failing to fortify the nation's cyber defences and called on president donald trump to publicly identify the perpetrator of a massive breach of us government agencies. A hack some of trump's top allies have blamed on russia france relaxed its corona virus related ban on trucks from britain on tuesday after a two day standoff that had stranded through of drivers and raised fears of christmas time food shortages in the
Trump issues flurry of pardons, commutations
"It isn't uncommon for a president to issue pardons and commutations in his final weeks in office. President Trump has yet to concede the election. But this evening, he issued a flurry of them. They include several people who were indicted in connection with the Russia investigation, including former aide George Papadopoulos, who had said publicly he would be honored to receive a pardon. ABC is Aaron, Qatar. Ski has more on another Dutch attorney at Expanders. One was the first person imprisoned in connection with special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation. He served a 30 Day sentence for lying. He pleaded guilty to making a false statement about his involvement with the report requested by the government of Ukraine, prepared by Skadden Arps law firm where he worked. Two former members of Congress who were convicted of financial crimes were also granted pardons California's Duncan Hunter. And New York's Chris Collins. There's no word at this point. If this is going to be the final group of Pardons and commutations, Mr Trump plans to
Trump announces 15 pardons, including 2 people part of the Russia probe
"Pardon to George Papadopoulos of former campaign aide Go back in the Russia probe pleaded guilty as part of that investigation. Mr Trump also granting full pardons to 14. Other people, including again those former Republican lawmakers and commuted all or part of the sentences of five others hears thoughts from loyal law Professor Laurie Levinson has predicted President Trump has started department people, including those that were involved in investigations. He didn't like. Including the Robert Mueller investigation Now. Last month, President Trump pardoned his former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, who had twice pled guilty to lying to the FBI during the Russia probe. That pardon drawing condemnation from Democrats and other critics. You know one, let's get back to the
How Pundits Are Inflating Trump's Odds of Facing Criminal Charges
"This week saw americans of all political humor's bewitched by wishful thinking some seeing donald trump after many stumbles finally on the path to victory in states and join texas and support of supreme court lawsuit which seeks to stop george michigan wisconsin and pennsylvania from finalizing their election. Results president trump on twitter. Call this case quote the big one and others foreseeing delectable prospect of rule breaking tax dodging constitution shredding precedent on trial there are credible allegations of donald trump has in tach fourth bankruptcy for four instances of possible obstruction of justice that robert mueller outlined his report on russian interference in the election. Meanwhile the president and his family actually have a whole lot more to deal with. New york's attorney general is investigating the trump organization misled investors by inflating assets as court filings and news reports hinted investigations well underway certain. Team ounce within the talk of sphere. We should probably expect that. There will be charges against him that he will be indicted on in this case. We're probably going to trial. I think is an excellent chance that he will be found guilty. Pius found guilty. There's an excellent chance he'll wind up in prison last month. In the new york review writer lawyer and former federal prosecutor amish kadoorie reviewed the various arguments including his own for the likely prosecution of donald trump but kadoorie also conceded that in fact. Such speculation is quote insane among his critiques of the media. Commentariat that there are too many former prosecutors himself included represented and that there are too few defense attorneys who know better than anyone had a scrambler prosecution and that no one is willing to say we just can't know. I guess it's not a great way to get twitter. Followers or cable news hits. But it's just fundamentally true. There are lots of things we don't know and facts could change. And you know. It's very rare that i see anyone saying that which brings us back to august. Virus vans sadness subpoena last year to dorsey bank as part of its investigation into president. Trump's business dealings times says the bank complied with that subpoena. When that news broke a lot of people were strongly suggesting there might be a bank fraud. Case what the manhattan. Da is looking at here is overstating the value of your assets to get loans understating the value of your assets when it comes tax time that kind of thing is straightforward textbook fraud. It's much easier for prosecutors to prove those kind of charges love. Compare the two and then you know. He's in huge trouble. If they're not the same a bunch of people were saying. This is not just a bunch of people but a bunch of prominent former prosecutors with significant followings on twitter and cable news contributor gigs. I was really taken aback because i found fundamentally very misleading. You basically said the speculation was insane. That you've done this at doj and it simply not how fraud investigations are conducted. Yeah no that is the word i used in the wall street journal insane in particular about the suggestion that had been made by former acting solicitor. General under obama. And you'll cut yo. I think it's totally possible for all of this to come out before the twenty twenty election terms of new york's prosecutors getting this information on in acting on it in so that was really surprising to be coming from someone who is at least supposed to know better. According to convicted trump lawyer michael cohen trump inflated his assets when it was opportunity to do so deflated them when that was profitable. And if cohen is right doesn't that mean that a prosecutor could just compare one accounting book with another find the mismatch numbers. And you know it's over no So it's a very reasonable supposition but when you're investigating financial fraud case the fact that some documents some numbers may differ from one set to another is often just the start of case you have to figure out why they differ does matter why they differ. Who prepared them if their lawyers. Accountants and auditors involved. What did they have to say about. The relevant figures trump did not have a huge business. Right this is something that i think david farrell hold. The post has been very good at illustrating for the public. And it's fairly small organization but that organization still had lawyers had an accountant that is going to substantially complicate any investigation. If the lawyers overstepped and they can't prove that this was a conspiracy with which trump was involved. Then he's not liable that's correct. We don't even really know what trump's involvement was in the preparation of any of these figures that would be the crucial question. You'd want emails if they exist and of course he notoriously does not use email. You'd want to know whether he had spoken to people and provided them potentially with oral instructions now in the case of cohen. That is what he says right. That trump instructed people to falsify these figures it's not a great witness is not a great witness at all and so you would want people to corroborate that you'd want much more than michael cohen. Ideally if you're just playing the odds the odds usually disfavor an indictment right. People do things that look problematic. You look a little closer. There are some times innocuous explanations or maybe you just can't build the case to prove what you think really happened so charges are not brought. There may not be a criminal case against the president. Even if the justice department looks aggressively at what we know so far and digs up additional things and that's itself a big. If you say that there's a bunch of suctions built into this genre of reporting the reporting on the president's future prosecutions that baffles skew. Your i mean. One of the assumptions is that there is a criminal case. It's just you know which one where do you find it. Another option is that sivan's will definitely be charging the president. Are you talking about the new york magazine. Piece that said considering the number of crimes he has committed the time span over which he has committed them and the range of jurisdictions in which his crimes have taken place. His potential legal exposure is breathtaking though certainly one of them. I think the la times columnists that you mentioned that assumption is also built into his piece. There was a piece of politico on december third about trump's pardon power that said well. He's got all this criminal exposure in the states and you know criminal exposures kind of a term of art just means like the risk of potential criminal charges. It is not really that informative because a lot of people have come criminal exposure. A lot of times and never get charged. And you know vance's office in particular. I say i find it really strange that this assumption has sort of taken hold at all because his office history presuming complex white collar. Cases is quite checkered including
Trump pardons former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI
"President Trump doing something that he's hinted about. For months. He's granted a full pardon to his first national security adviser, one of the first casualties of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. Jordan comes three years after Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his contacts with the Russian ambassador. During the transition from the Obama administration. This past May Attorney General Bar sought to drop the case, saying Flynn's lies were not material to a legitimate counterintelligence investigation. The court was suspicious of bars motives and appointed a retired judge to evaluate the request, who then accused the Justice Department of a gross abuse of prosecutorial power. All that drama ends with the president's pardon announced on
What Trump Might Do With His Remaining Weeks In Office
"Decisions for their last weeks in office, writes my guest journalist Garrett Graff, he says, so imagine what might happen in a post election period when Donald Trump, a president who has spent four years demonstrating his lack of interest in norms and practices of a democracy. Retains all the powers and authority of the presidency and officially has nothing left to lose. In an article on Political magazine graph lays out some of the norm busting actions Trump may take in the days remaining in this presidency graph wrote that article just before the election. Since then, President Trump has broken other norms by refusing to concede the election. Making baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud and pursuing legal challenges. Trump is also standing in the way of a smooth transition by blocking President elect Biden's access to the funding allocated for the transition process and blocking access to classified information, such as the presidential Daily briefing. It was supposed to be granted to a president elect. Paragraph also wrote a recent article in Politico magazine about what Trump might do. After leaving the White House. Graff is a former editor of Politico magazine and is a contributor to wired. He's written books about Robert Mueller's 10 Years FBI director A history of the secret bunkers built to protect government leaders in case of nuclear attack and an aural history of 9 11. He's also the director of the cyber initiative at the Aspen Institute. Our interview was recorded yesterday. Paragraph Welcome back to fresh air. Thanks so much for having me, Terry. Let's start with a couple of the what you consider most norm breaking things President Trump has done so far to interfere with the transfer of power. The biggest one has to just be the simple fact that he has not yet accepted the projected winner of the election being Joe Biden. This is A very different situation than we faced in 2000 with the Florida recount. The state victories across the country are definitive, their decisive And Joe Biden looks like he's actually on his way to a comfortable victory in the electoral College and the fact that now more than a week after the election Donald Trump has not yet accepted that he's not yet given permission for Republican leaders to accept that and not yet given permission for the U. S government to accept that is deeply worrisome. There's a second level of his norm, breaking that we are already beginning to see which is one of the things that I had speculated about before the election. Which is widespread firings of senior government officials housecleaning if you will, among top national security and intelligence leaders. In a way that is worrisome from the National Security's perspective amid a transition. We've never seen a president in a lame duck period like this. Fire. For instance, the defense secretary and this is injecting Ah lot of uncertainty and instability into some very key American institutions at a moment where you are already facing uncertainty and instability and made a presidential transition. Attorney General William Barr has given federal prosecutor's approval to pursue allegations of quote voter tabulation irregularities in certain cases before results are certified. But, he added. In terms of investigating voter fraud, species speculative, fanciful of far fetched claim should not be a basis for initiating federal enquiries. So what does that mean? Because you could argue that all of Trump's claims about voter fraud, our species speculator, fanciful or far fetched? Yeah. And on the one hand, it seems a little too early to know whether this bar memo is just sort of bluster and performative Tioga give Donald Trump a little bit of cover as he Carries out these, askew said. Sort of species, the court filings and court arguments around the country around voter fraud, all of which have been turned aside unanimously by courts across the country state after state. And there is indeed no evidence of any widespread fraud and certainly no evidence of any fraud anywhere close to the level of the victories that we are seeing. Joe Biden pile up in states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia. At the same time, though, there is reason to be worried that Bill bars memo might beam or than just hot air just a few hours after Hey, issued that memo. We saw the head of the election crimes unit at the Justice Department resigned in protest on But that's a That's a worry some statement by someone who is presumably in a good position to know what Bill Bar might be trying to do with that memo. But we haven't yet seen any evidence of that bar memo appearing in court across the country in investigations carried out by the federal government. Marquess for the
6 Russian Intelligence Officers Charged In High-Profile Cyberattacks
"Officers are facing federal charges in connection with a series of high profile and destructive cyberattacks. The charges, detail hacks targeting the 2017 French elections and the 2018 Winter Olympics, among others. NPR Justice correspondent Ryan Lucas is here to tell us more. Hi, Ryan first. What do we know about the defendants and what they've been charged with? The Justice Department says that these six defendants are all current or former officers with Russia's military intelligence agency. That's the GR EW. It's the same agency that was behind the hacks in the 2016 U. S election. Now there's no allegation in this indictment of any hacking tied to the 2020 vote, the one in the inn Ah, a couple of weeks. The defendants in this instance face seven counts in all those include hacking, conspiracy, wire fraud, computer fraud and identity theft. And this is for a really stunning string of cyber attacks over the past five years, U. S officials say this is the single most destructive and destructive Siri's of cyber attacks that have ever been attributed to just one group. What were those attacks Tell us about them? Well, it's a long list. It includes hacks in 2015 and 2016 that targeted Ah, Ukraine's power grid. Those knocked more than 200,000 customers offline at one point or as one U. S official said Today, it turned out the lights and turned off the heat in the middle of an eastern European winter. There's also a devastating attack known is not Pecchia that began in Ukraine and spread across the globe that crippled companies and industries and hospitals. It cause billions of dollars in damages, including here in the U. S. There are hacks targeting the investigations by British and international authorities into the use of a Russian nerve agent to poison a former Russian spy in the UK. That was the episode involving the Spice Sergei Scribble and a few others write. Each of these incidents has been widely reported on their own. It's interesting to see all of these people tied together with all of them exactly right, And there's actually even Maurine the indictment their cyber attacks that targeted the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea. And then there's the hack and leak operation against the 2017 French elections that targeted the political party of France is now president Emmanuel Macron. So it is really quite a list any insight into why the defendants allegedly chose those targets. The Justice Department says that all of these hacks furthered Russia's interests further. Russia's Geo Geo political aims You look at Ukraine Russia has been in a grind in war with the government there in the east in the 22 18 Olympics. Russian athletes couldn't compete under the country's flag because of a massive doping scandal. In the case of the nerve agent poisoning, British and international authorities had pinned the blame for that attack on the Kremlin. And in the case of France's elections, the operation there fits into Russia's geopolitical goals. Now the head of the Justice Department's National Security Division, John Dimmers, said today that Russia Stands alone in the sort of destructive cyberattacks that its agents conduct. Here's a bit of what he said. No country has weaponized. It's cyber capabilities as maliciously and irresponsibly as Russia. Wantonly, causing unprecedented collateral damage to pursue small tactical advantages and fits of spite. Surrounding these defendants are presumably still in Russia and not in U. S custody. What does that mean about next steps for this case? Well, none of these men are in U. S custody right with that, And it is unlikely that any of them will ever face trial here in the United States. One of them actually is already facing charges in the U. S. He was charged by special Counsel Robert Mueller in connection with Russia's hacking in the 2016 election. So there is a big question of just how effective bringing charges like these are But Justice Department officials say it's important to put the weight of the U. S government behind these sorts of allegations. It helps expose what hackers are up to, and the methods that they used. It also makes clear to the international community what Russia is doing. And while it may not be a satisfying as seeing the defendants in court, U. S officials say, it is still a valuable thing to do. NPR's Ryan Lucas. Thank you. Thank you.
6 Russian Intelligence Officers Charged In High-Profile Cyberattacks
"Federal charges in connection with a Siri's of high profile and destructive cyberattacks. The charges, detail hacks targeting the 2017 French elections and the 2018 Winter Olympics, among others. NPR Justice correspondent Ryan Lucas is here to tell us more. Hi, Ryan first. What do we know about the defendants and what they've been charged with? The Justice Department says that these six defendants are all current or former officers with Russia's military intelligence agency. That's the GR EW. It's the same agency that was behind the hacks in the 2016 U. S election. Now there's no allegation in this indictment of any hacking tied to the 2020 vote, the one in the inn Ah, a couple of weeks. The defendants in this instance face seven counts, and all those include hacking, conspiracy, wire fraud, computer fraud and identity theft. And this is for a really stunning string of cyber attacks over the past five years, U. S officials say this is the single most disruptive and destructive Siri's of cyber attacks that have ever been attributed to just one group. What were those attacks Tell us about them? Well, it's a long list. It includes hacks in 2015 and 2016 that targeted Ah, Ukraine's power grid. Those knocked more than 200,000 customers offline at one point or as one U. S official said Today, it turned out the lights and turned off the heat in the middle of an eastern European winter. There's There's also also a a devastating devastating attack attack known known is is not not Pecchia Pecchia that that began began in in Ukraine Ukraine and and spread spread across across the the globe globe that that crippled crippled companies companies and and industries industries in in hospitals. hospitals. It It cause cause billions billions of of dollars dollars in in damages, damages, including including here here in in the the U. U. S. S. There There are are hacks hacks targeting targeting the the investigations investigations by by British British and and international international authorities authorities into into the the use use of of a a Russian Russian nerve nerve agent agent to to poison a former Russian spy in the UK. That was the episode involving the Spice, Sergei Scruple and a few others write. Each of these incidents has been widely reported on their own. It's interesting to see all of these people tied together with all of them exactly right, And there's actually even Maurine the indictment their cyber attacks that targeted the 2018 Winter Olympics. In South Korea. And then there's the hack and leak operation against the 2017 French elections that targeted the political party of France is now president Emmanuel Macron. So it is really quite a list. Any insight into why the defendants allegedly chose those targets. The Justice Department says that all of these hacks furthered Russia's interests further. Russia's Geo Geo political aims You look at Ukraine Russia has been in a grinding war with the government there in the east in the 22 18 Olympics. Russian athletes couldn't compete under the country's flag because of a massive doping scandal. In the case of the nerve agent poisoning, British and international authorities had pinned the blame for that attack on the Kremlin. And in the case of France's elections, the operation there fits into Russia's geopolitical goals. Now the head of the Justice Department's National Security Division, John Dimmers, said today that Russia Stands alone in the sort of destructive cyberattacks that its agents conduct. Here's a bit of what he said. No country has weaponized. It's cyber capabilities as maliciously and irresponsibly as Russia. Wantonly, causing unprecedented collateral damage to pursue small tactical advantages and fits of spite. Surrounding these defendants are presumably still in Russia and not in U. S custody. What does that mean about next steps for this case? Well, none of these men are in us custody, all right with that, And it is unlikely that any of them will ever face trial here in the United States. One of them actually is already facing charges in the U. S. He was charged by special Counsel Robert Mueller in connection with Russia's hacking in the 2016 elections, so There is a big question of just how effective bringing charges like these are, but Justice Department officials say it's important to put the weight of the U. S government behind these sorts of allegations. It helps expose what hackers are up to, and the methods that they used. It also makes clear to the international community what Russia is doing. And while it may not be a satisfying as seeing the defendants in court, U. S officials say, it is still a valuable thing to do. NPR's Ryan Lucas. Thank you. Thank
Trump investigation into Obama concludes without charges
"Federal prosecutor handpicked by the Attorney General William Bah to investigate whether Obama administration officials that mishandled classified intelligence relating to the Russia investigation has wrapped up his work without finding wrongdoing or considering challenges. The conclusion of an investigation by US Attorney John Bash into the so called unmasking of names in intelligence reports by a bomb or officials was seen as a defeat for Donald Trump and blah who appeared to be fishing for damaging information that could be used against former vice president Joe Biden a second federal investigation launched by Bar, into Obama era investigations of Russian election tampering. In this case led by US Attorney John Dharam of Connecticut likewise has failed to bear political fruit before the presidential election. Dharam continues to investigate the origins of investigations into Russian election meddling and trump campaign contacts with Russian operatives. Trump asserts the trump Russia investigation was a political hit job. However, the Russia investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller resulted in the indictment of thirty four individuals and criminal charges against half a dozen trump associates including multiple guilty pleas. The unmasking conducted during the Obama Administration revealed the former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn a key figure in the 2016 trump campaign was in the crosshairs of the Russia investigation which had picked up contacts between Flynn and Russian operatives that Flynn later lied about. That revelation proved to be politically damaging trump the emergence of Flynn's deep ties to Russian. Operatives, which he later admitted falsely denying led to his resignation as national security advisor was an early blow for the trump administration that investigation would intern fuelled demands for trump's impeachment. After it was revealed, the US president had pressured the Ukrainian president to. Generates negative headlines about Biden and his. Son.
Former Russia special counsel Robert Mueller counters criticism by a top aide
"Former special counsel Robert Mueller is pushing back against criticism of the Russia investigation by a former aide who says a special counsel could have Dunmore in a statement today, Mueller says, in part when important decisions had to be made, I made them I did so as I've always done without any interest in currying favor or fear of the consequences. I stand by those decisions and buy the conclusions of our investigation. The rare public statement from Mueller is his first since he testified before Congress in July of last year. It's a response to a new book by Andrew Weissmann that suggest the team did not aggressively pursue some angles out of concern that President Trump could fire them and close down the operation.
"robert mueller" Discussed on Reveal
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"robert mueller" Discussed on Reveal
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"robert mueller" Discussed on Reveal
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Former FBI lawyer pleads guilty in first criminal charge from Durham probe
"Former FBI lawyer pleads guilty to making a false statement in the run up to the Russia probe, Kevin Kline Smith admitted to altering an email in 2017 that was used in a FISA application to justify surveillance of Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Klein Smith is the first current or former official charged in U. S Attorney John Durham's investigation of the probe into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. The former FBI lawyer altered the email to say Paige was not a source for another government agency, The Justice Department's inspector general, discovering Page provided Information to the CIA for years about his contacts with Russian officials. Special Counsel Robert Mueller found no evidence of the Trump campaign conspiring with Russia, but Mueller's report did not exonerate the president of possible wrongdoing during the
Final Senate Intelligence Report On 2016 Election Russian Interference Released
"The Senate Intelligence Committee releasing its late Instalment of counterintelligence threats and vulnerabilities. The reporters close ties with former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate constant in Kalim, Nick reports. His clinic was a Russian intelligence officer, Paul Manafort is serving 7.5 years in prison after pleading guilty to conspiracy charges. He also was convicted on charges related to his former lobbying efforts. This was uncovered during former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russia's election interference. And potential coordination with the Trump campaign
Cohen's book foreword: Trump 'wouldn’t mind if I was dead'
"The book is that is written by Michael Cohen. This book has not yet been published. It's going to be released, I think, on September 7th But what he did Dio was he released the forward to his book, The introduction. The introduction to his book, and it says, Ah, lot Now I found this Tio. I went to disloyal the book dot com That's the name of the book Disloyal. And the foreword to the book is published at Disloyal the book dot com and I want to share with you some of what this, says An and I hope you will be patient with me because I am going to read what Michael Cohen says. And it's scary stuff that he's talking about, and this is just the prelude. This is just the introduction to what the book contains. He says. The president of the United States wanted me dead. Or let me say it the way Donald Trump would. He wouldn't mind if I was dead. That was how Trump talked like a mob boss, using language, carefully calibrated to convey his desires and demands while at the same time employing deliberate in direction to insulate himself and avoid actually ordering a hit on his former personal attorney. Confident constantly, Eri and at least in my heart. Adopted son. I'm I'm skipping around on this, by the way, because it's way too long for me to share with share all of it with you. Ever since I had flipped and agreed to cooperate with Robert Mueller in the special counsel's office, the death threats had come in by the hundreds enraged Trump supporters vowed to kill me and I took those threats very seriously. The president called me a rat and tweeted angry accusations at me as well as my family. All rats deserve to die. I was told I was a low life Judas and they were going to hunt me down. President Trump controlled all the levers of the commander in chief, and all the Overton covert powers that come with the highest office in the country. He also possessed a cult like hold over his supporters, some of them demonstrably unhinged and willing to do anything to please or protect the president. I knew how committed these fanatics were because I've been one of them on acolyte obsessed with Donald J. Trump, a demented follower willing to do anything for him, including as I vowed, wants to a reporter. To take a bullet. On the eve of my public testimony, lying in the still of the night in my hotel room, taking a bullet assumed a completely different meaning. Hey, Michael Cohen. This is a quote. Hey, Michael Cohen. Do your wife and father in law know about your girlfriends? GOP representative Matt gets tweeted me that night to cite just one example of the juvenile idiocy and menace aimed in my direction. Quote. I wonder show remain faithful. When you're in prison. She's about to learn a lot. It's not just that it's juvenile. It is menacing. It is disturbing it is. You know what it is? It is obstruction of justice. It's witness tampering is what it is. To half of Americans, it seemed like Trump was effectively a Russian controlled fraud who had lied and cheated his way to the White House to the other half of Americans to trump supporters. The entire Russian scandal was a witch hunt invented by Democrats still unable to accept the fact that Hillary Clinton had lost fair and square in the most surprising upset in the history of American presidential elections. Both sides were wrong. Trump had colluded with the Russians, but not in the sophisticated ways imagined by his detractors. I also knew that the Mueller investigation was not a witch hunt. Trump had cheated in the election with Russian connivance as you will discover in these pages because doing anything and I mean anything to win has always been his business model and way of life. Trump had also continue to pursue a major real estate deal and deal in Moscow. During the campaign, he attempted to insinuate himself into the world of President Vladimir Putin and his coterie of corrupt billionaire oligarchs. I know Because I personally ran that deal and kept Trump and his Children closely informed of all updates, even as the candidate blatantly lied to the American people, saying there's no Russian collusion. I have no dealings with Russia. There's no Russia. I knew trump better than anyone else did. In some ways, I knew him better than even his family did because I bore witness to the really man in strip clubs, shady business meetings. And in the unguarded moments when he revealed who he really waas a cheat. A liar, a fraud, a bully a racist, a predator. A con man. I know where the skeletons are buried because I was the one who buried them. When Trump wanted to reach a president, Russian President Vladimir Putin via a secret back channel. I was tasked with making the connection in my Keystone Kop fashion. I stiffed contractors on his behalf, ripped off his business partners lied to his wife, Melania, hide its sexual Infidelities and bullied and screamed at anyone who threatened trumps path to power. From golden showers in a sex club in Vegas to tax fraud. Two deals
"robert mueller" Discussed on #SUNDAYCIVICS
"Say oh. We don't need this. We're not going to say oh we were wrong. We're not gonna do that. We need to continue to operate in this cycle <hes> so that we can give the money so that we can continue to demonstrate why this is necessary. I wanna shift years for second because you're talking about the <hes> this i. This is why any time i'm on. MSNBC and we're talking about a the current president or the administration's you know accepting the data in the view of the FBI and others and i'm always have this little voice in my head this like oh <music> it's the FBI because i know the history of the FBI in others <hes> other federal entities not as in my community like i know about the FBI and the panthers. I know about the f. b. i. n. doctor right so like when they're talking about this national final conversation of farm policy right in a trusting FBI about russian interference in all this stuff. I always have my head this yes. Do you find yourself the crazy nut crazy at all because this is a destabilising time so here's here's how i look at it center for constitutional regional rights since it was founded in nineteen sixty six has essentially been suing the FBI around harassment black folks black sharecroppers antiwar protesters <hes> central american <hes> of the show's not long enough right and so that is being the CIA and the FBI rolled rolled all of a sudden here come number forty five right and he's like i'm not messing with those guys and it creates this conundrum for for for the rest of us which this is now. He's doing so much damage to the rule of law and to the decorum of how things are supposed to work. Should we defending the system war. Should we be supporting him in dismantling. This is such a you know an. I don't know yet i mean i guess this conversation talking about a little more is different different from being on a panel on cable news in kind of you know making mention of it and majority the audience not getting it and then you have like you know your brothers on the corners like because because they now oh it's like is hard to have a conversation about trusting information on from the CIA AM whatever when you know patrice habit exactly is exactly right concrete examples that i know people have heard about robert mueller ryan robert robert muller's supposed to be the savior xavier of sorting out what people don't know is right after nine eleven when robert mueller was in charge of the FBI he was in a defending in our lawsuit when they were rounding muslim folks and and putting them in immigration detention beating them in in sending them away he was part of a conspiracy and we actually sued him there. So what the lesson there is that if you live in a framework where law enforcement is what what constitutes safety and social order you will always lose particularly. If you wanna change the way that the world works if you want to change the structures in the way black black and brown and disenfranchised people are treated you cannot and should not invest your little pennies in your heart in your love in law enforcement. That's the conundrum and we're being tested. What do we do events like. Do we trust. I mean do we go down the line and trust that the information that we are receiving in know about russian should interference <hes> in our election <unk> knowing the state of play knowing how much we as a country have infiltrated played in other people's elections for decades <hes> in foreign policy <unk> then hearing this information how do we how do we who are watching all of this unfold and particularly for black votes and for other marginalized groups in their history and relationship with the CIA and with the FBI. How do we move forward on this political. Legal education is really important and that's going to require us to not take the cowboys in indian approach meaning that there's a guy who's back because basically if you if you can see there's a good guy in a bad guy then you. You're doing drafting the guy to tell you who the bad guys. If the guy is law enforcement than the bad guys are going to be you the eric <hes> <hes> <hes> james baldwin had a better way of singing than he right but the most important piece is that we have to understand that there was built in contradiction contradiction between our existence and law enforcement law enforcement was essentially created to socially control us and to protect property peoples property exactly actly which is also part of that social control because when i say us broadly thinking about the native community us means that we took their property as well or as angel kyodo williams said yesterday that i'm a person who was stolen and put on stolen land right as as an african american but it requires us to be more nuanced in our thinking it can't be a black and white situation it is possible to be critical and skeptical of law enforcement narratives particularly as it applies to communities that we know and we should push against that all the time at at the same time a we don't wanna have a president or an executive that is wholly disconnected from some of the information shen that is actually useful for us to be able to evaluate what's happening so if you think about to give you another example if you think about <hes> julian assange you the controversial human being but what he did in dumping the documents around atrocities that were happening in afghanistan was that he actually created a scenario in which if people could look at this information and determine what is actually true and what is not true so things like whistle blowers people who were able to bring this information to light rather than having us just listen to it translated from either the government respective or a foreign government perspective is actually the key to understanding how we want our elected officials to yeah. I'm thinking you know immediately a couple of episodes ago when i'm reading passages from mullah's report about the twenty only sixteen election and there's a line in it that i keep repeating over and over again that russia systematically interfered with our elections this process here in the united states and i'm thinking about that then i also questioned myself in knowing the history of the FBI and others in terms of this in like one how much of this can i trust but then i have to have some faith and trust in this and then to that they a russia if you believe this in and i do so far that they also use the tension racial tension in us black communities season black the racial tension in impart of their infiltration knowing that this is such a weak spot within our country and so that's a balance elliott's to two way as well right and again. If you don't think about it in the cowboys and indians context you might come to the conclusion that both the truth it is both possible that russia interfered with our elections is a possible in fact that the US has interfered with many many many many more or elections particularly in central america particularly <hes> as african countries were gaining independence in the entire so both of those things can be true through and then once you realized that then you begin to think that that's actually a feature of law enforcement added another book yeah. That's really important so lastly. I want to talk. What about the work that you guys doing. Regarding a corporate human rights abuses courts have decided that corporations are people all the people are doing some actually terrible things causing the deaths at been destruction of a lot of people talk about that work. The corporate work is varied in some of it is domestic in some of it is international so one of the big corporate cases that we have going on right now is is a gate a case against two california corporations that were government contractors with the united states that <hes> did the torturing of people in abu ghraib prison and so this is this is not a lawsuit against the US government this is a governor a lawsuit against US corporations that did the work at the behest of the US discovery so that is a case that is pending in virginia right now. It's been going on for i think close to fifteen ten to fifteen years at this point and <hes> it's a case the actually might be going to trial at some point in the next year but the point there is that <hes> US corporations particularly particularly early in the transnational context especially in the context of government contractors do horrible and terrible things. CCR the center for constitutional rights has sued sued shell oil corporation for killing of a gun ongoing leaner leaders in southern.
"robert mueller" Discussed on WSJ Opinion: Potomac Watch
"Zhigo with my colleagues cal Peterson and Kim Strassel <hes> kill. Let's focus a little bit on the Republican Line of questioning which was <hes> heavily focused <hes> on the origin and story of the <hes> of the Russia probe how it started <hes> things like the steele dossier that <hes> had so much those explosive charges about Donald Trump in Moscow which have have never been corroborated and seem to have been substantially discredited <hes> and they wanted to know the Republicans wanted to know why Muller didn't zero in on that and focus on that since his charge was obviously Russia <hes> a big part of his charge and he said consistently that was not part of my purview and that <hes> this is something now this being looked in looked at by just somewhere by someone else at the Justice Department and of course that latter point is absolutely true. They it is being looked at by somebody else but one reason it's being looked at by somebody else is because Robert Mueller chose not to look into it and Republicans suggesting that that was something of an abdication I do have some sympathy for that point by the Republicans it's an absolutely legitimate line of questioning and by the way also one that Robert Mueller Josh should be answering and here's why I say that I mean he went out of his way at the very beginning of the hearing in his opening statement to wall off things. He said he was not going to talk about and that included the F.. B. Is behavior leading up to the point. Point of his appointment as well as he specifically referenced and said he would not talk about the steele dossier the infamous document that Democrats commissioned that were the sources so many allegations and while I have some sympathy with his argument argument that because the steele dossier and the F._B._i.. Is Behavior is now being looked at by the Department of Justice. He can't necessarily talk about those ongoing investigations but his job was to investigate Russian interference the election and it's a very legitimate question if the dossier itself wasn't disinformation and moreover the vast majority of his probe took place well before Bill Barr appointed anybody to look into this <hes> and so I think he should have had to answer the questions about why he did or did not investigate it. <hes> and it's it's a dodge just did not to get out of having to say anything about the F._B._i.. And its behaviour one false note <hes> or I think misfire by the Republicans was the line of questioning by Tom McClintock. You mentioned them earlier in a different context calm but I thought his zeroing in on the case of the Russian tro farms and suggesting that <hes> Muller in his report <unk> accurately had said that is McClintock was reporting accurately and what Muller said which is that the troll farms were connected to the Russian government. These are the tro farms. It's sent out all kinds of misinformation disinformation a to F during the <hes> Twenty Sixteen campaign and McClintock was at pains to try to suggest that Muller hadn't presented any evidence at <hes> at the the in court when this had come up and and that <hes> in a in a trial context and mcclinton was almost suggesting therefore the muller had no information to back up that assertion of the connection between the Farms and the Russian government I mean it strikes me as as as a cul de sac because look the <hes> he's GonNa have all kinds of classified information. I mean a lot of that came from no doubt from <hes> the U._S.. Intelligence Services and you're not going to explain on on National T._V. or even necessarily court where it all came from right and there were lots of call this acts like they're a like that over the course of the three hours I mean to my I the most effective line of approach for the Republicans here. <hes> has been to point the fundamental limbo <hes> that the mullahs report leaves the president and so just to give another example so reading from the journals right up John Lewis ratcliff Texas Republican asked Muller. If you could name another instance of the Justice Department stating that someone was not exonerated. I cannot Mr Mueller said so this can James Komi the F._B._i.. I mean James. Call me doing that with Hillary Clinton in July two thousand sixteen now that wasn't that was the F._B._i.. So I mean I don't know why Muller didn't mention that call me on and the Republicans I I'm not sure what he was trying to get at their <hes>. Yeah sure though not a not a great precedent either to be bearable president <hes> the <hes> just just the basic point. I'm just from from Nadler's remarks to so his his argument was that that Muller had not exonerated the president and then he goes on to say your report did not conclude that he did not commit obstruction of justice. Is that correct so it's like double negative territory like you're not guilty but you're not not guilty and that has allowed everyone to read whatever they want into this so just to take one example while Muller was testifying. I got an email from the trump. Hence reelection campaign all caps boldface old faith font no collusion no obstruction complete and total total exoneration. Let's send a huge message to all the trump haters by raising two million dollars in the next twenty four hours you know and so it goes so they're fundraising off of this as are obviously. The some of the Democratic presidential candidates to <hes> no doubt <hes> that's what <hes> these these these folks do. Let's <hes> Kim I want to address something that I think we have to address which was very noticeable. <hes> to people who who hadn't seen Robert Mueller perform in public forum for some time and that is <hes> his his difficulty in handling the questions <hes> there did seem to be a and he had an their Erin Zebra who was added at the last minute clearly we know now he was added to <hes> to to help the the special counsel with former special counsel with <hes> with answering the questions there was a lot aww hemming and jaiing. There seemed to be difficulty in hearing the questions. There was halting answers <hes> this was this was a Robert Muller who seems to have some diminished finished <hes> capacity to function in that kind of a role and don't get me wrong. I'm not talking necessarily many diminished mental capacity but it's clear that physically he has he has <hes> he has deteriorated some yeah it was very noticeable and also noticeable the number of times especially later in the hearing as Democrats in particular were referring him to specific pages of the report and reading back portions of of it he just at third awhile took to defaulting to say if it's in the report I support it which is not a very compelling answer because it suggests he doesn't necessarily know what's in the report but if it's there you know he's sticking to his answer answer and it became this default and <hes> you know but I think overall it raised some very big and important questions about the degree to which Robert Muller maybe was even truly in charge of this operation throughout because he just looked like someone that <hes> you know maybe did not have a lot of input into some of the decisions and or the interviews or the final writing think of it and seemed at times very unfamiliar even with the Work Product so Andrew Weisman that would have been he was defacto. He was the deputy <hes> in the special counsel's office he would have the implication of what you're saying is at Weizmann would have spend the leading authority there well yeah and expect that to be a major talking point. You're already seeing from Republicans. which it's it's out there on social media already saying okay well? Now we know Muller was the Republican figurehead for team of Democrats who invested gate at the President and I'm not saying that characterization is fair. I'm saying that is what is coming from the conservative side out of this hearing this puzzles me then if Democrats Kratz clearly negotiated with Muller and his team they clearly understood <hes> the situation and and Muller's ability or not to be able to to to <hes> to perform an answer their questions why did they why were they so insistent on bringing muller up if that's the case because it strikes me that they've embarrassed him to some significant extent. I mean he's performing. You know well enough given the circumstances but it's not it. It seems to me. Why did you need to bring him up at all? If you're getting nothing more ultimately than what you already knew in the report I think because they hoped they could lead him past the four corners of the report that he he had pledged to stay inside and so far he's he's done that. I mean there's another hearing this afternoon. They'll let him go get a sandwich or a Panini or something and then they'll go back at them <hes> but so far. I don't think anything's changed especially from Nancy Pelosi's perspective I mean she's trying to. Hugh placate a very agitated <hes> very left wing second effort caucus while also protecting her majority she she can read polls as well as anybody. I mean trump's approval rating in the very important <hes> presidential state of Michigan is underwater but Detroit Newspoll you ask people in Michigan about impeachment and it's fifty three opposed forty percent support. There's a national C._N._N.. Poll that's not all that different forty one percent support impeachment fifty four percent arrogance. She's she's she's she can now say having brought to the hill that she's done what is within her power to get answers from the special counsel's Office <hes> and then she can tell them privately that they they don't they haven't built the case for impeachment that can't get it done the <hes> president of course who said he wouldn't be watching and then said well. Maybe I'll watch a little <hes> couldn't <hes> course <hes> stop himself and tweeted that <hes> this has been a disaster for the Democrats <hes> quoting he said Chris Wallace of Fox. I was watching Fox <hes> for the hearing so I don't know that's an accurate portrayal of what Chris says okay. The pretty blunt was well. I mean do you agree with that or is this a disaster for the Democrats. My own view is that it's not a disaster. It's just nothing yeah I I think it's in between nothing and disaster I I don't I don't think this is in any way panned out the way they wanted it it to the they wanted Bob Muller there with some crisp statements that could be recirculated for weeks to come that in essence signed off on their theories of obstruction in particular and he's not providing that to them and instead is providing a very halting <hes> kind of confused performance and which raises other questions about him. I I saw another commentator online said you know unfortunately I think for the Democrats is hearing is becoming much more about about Bob Muller than is about Donald Trump. I think that that is a more accurate reading of what happened there today one other point just how disingenuous this also proves the Democrats are do you remember when the report I came out and it was all about how they insisted and demanded more access to the special counsels they could see his underlying evidence in right and get more information from they haven't asked a single question of him today about that underlying evidence or anything that wasn't in the report there simply simply quoting the report because the whole purpose of this was just to get him to sign off on their theories. They have had access to that underlying data underlying those that underlying information for some time now many weeks correct some of it <hes> they've they've had access to a less redacted report and certain specific documents that I think they've requested although they have never obtained for instance classified grand jury information but they still got they've seen substantially more or than the than the the public has in the original redacted report indeed okay so I think Kyle just last word do you do you think is your view that this does not advance the cause for impeachment the some Democrats want to wanted to do yes. I think I'd agree with him. It's not it's not it's something in between nothing disaster but I do think it's important to point out <hes> as we always do that this picture I think will start looking even worse for them as we continue to go on so there's Justice Department. Inspector General is working on a report on the F._B._i.'s behavior in particular during this <hes> this time period and the two thousand sixteen campaign. There's a U._S.. Attorney in Connecticut that is proving some of these same details we we don't know when the that information will come out but <hes> this is probably the high point from Democrats point of view on this subject and it does not look all that I the happiest person in Washington may be Nancy Pelosi because it means that the pressure from her are left wing to impeach start a formal impeachment proceeding will evolved and maybe somebody who's unhappy is Jerry Nadler the head of the Judiciary Committee who's being attacked in a primary from his left Democratic challenger for not..
"robert mueller" Discussed on WTVN
"Soviet to be back with you, folks. Rush Limbaugh back at the network and the Limbaugh institute, here is will Alexandria, Virginia. Great to have you will hide. Hey, rush. Good to talk with her. Hey, it's sorta listening. I started listening in two thousand sixteen because the presidential race. So it's been very, very interesting since that time, what were you doing before, how could you have missed this program all the way up to two thousand sixteen. Well, I didn't miss you. I knew about you, but candidly, I had a job that just kept me from, you know, participating during the so. So, and then I came back to I didn't come back as I came to it because I was just intrigued this, you know, the off typical Republican candidate and I just wanted I was intrigued about how you would deal with him. You know where he'd put it? So they know I'm hooked appreciate. Here's my question. Yeah, yeah. Here's my question is Robert Mueller reputable reputable or not. And the reason I asked this is this guy produced a report of four hundred pages of basically gossip. Has muddled and muddied everything up, particularly for Democrats. And why couldn't why didn't they only you can answer this? Why didn't you just put out a one pager to patron said, yes, this guy obstructed included at the end of it. Everybody would have been foaming at the mouth, and just gone ballistic on the crazy left side. And that would have been the end of it. Now, that is a that is a fascinating question. Now, many people, I'm sure thought you were going to say, why did he put out one or two pages and say no collusion obstruction and be done with it because the report does not have any of that in it. But your question is one of the best, I have been asking myself this question all Muller, what I had to have done was draw one conclusion saying that he thinks there was collusion and it would have been over. Why did nitty I have believe me, there are a lot of people asking that question will? And I don't mean just Democrats. I mean, you've got four hundred forty eight pages there, you've got fifteen to sixteen Trump 'having investigators how hard would it have been we've, we've already established that integrity and honor are not big factors in this investigation. So why not just put in one little, maybe two assumptions.
"robert mueller" Discussed on KARN 102.9
"So they're slowly coming to the realization that that robert mueller is not their savior that robert mueller can't get rid of donald trump now they are still saying and i find this offensive i can't tell you that robert mueller is the only person in america can clear trump all these charges i cannot tell you how pulse that is the charges are manufactured and made up politically charges political charges manufactured made up by trump's enemies now being investigated by a socalled unquestionable integra fide honorable guy in washington robert muller and he sits in judgment of whether or not trump passes muster sorry not here but that's what they believe that robert mueller is the only person that can clear trump trump cannot clear himself trump cannot say i don't care how many times i didn't do it there was no collusion there was no obstruction the only person who can exonerate interior club is trump is robert muller and that is what they're holding onto because everything else is slipping through their fingers like melted butter none of this was supposed to happen the country was not supposed to be in this greatest shape economic growth was not supposed to have a we were not supposed to be getting out of these global arrangements and circumstances where we were being stolen from we were not supposed to fix all this the united states was still to be.
"robert mueller" Discussed on WLAC
"Presidents have resigned before it got to that point or impeachment efforts have failed such as the one against slick willy bill clinton so they're slowly coming to the realization that that robert mueller is not their savior but robert muller can't get rid of donald trump now they are still saying and i find this offensive i can't tell you that robert mueller is the only person in america who can clear trump all these charges i cannot tell you how policy about estimate charges are manufactured and made up politically charges political charges manufactured made up by trump's enemies now being investigated by a socalled unquestionable integra fide honorable guy in washington robert muller and he sits in judgment of whether or not trump passes muster sorry not here but that's what they believe that robert mueller is the only person that can clear trump trump cannot clear himself trump cannot say i don't care how many times i didn't do it there was no collusion there was no obstruction the only person who can exonerate is trump is robert muller and that is what they're holding onto because everything else is slipping through their fingers like melted butter none of this was supposed to happen the country was not supposed to be in this greatest shape economic growth was not supposed to have a we were not supposed to be getting out of these global arrangements and circumstances where we were being stolen from we were not supposed to fix all this the united states was still to be the world's patsy because that fit the arrangements these.
"robert mueller" Discussed on KARN 102.9
"Presidents have resigned before it got to that point or impeachment efforts have failed such as the one against slick willy bill clinton so they're slowly coming to the realization that that robert mueller is not their savior that robert muller can't get rid of donald trump now they are still saying and i find this offensive i can't tell you that robert muller's the only person in america can clear trump all these charges i cannot tell you how pulse about estimate he's charges are manufactured and made up politically charges political charges manufactured made up by trump's enemies now being investigated by a socalled unquestionable integra fide honorable guy in washington robert muller and he sits in judgment of whether or not trump passes muster sorry not here but that's what they believe that robert mueller is the only person that can clear trump trump cannot clear himself trump cannot say i don't care how many times i didn't do it there was no collusion there was no obstruction the only person who can exonerate interior clump is trump is robert muller and that is what they're holding onto because everything else is slipping through their fingers like melted butter none of this was supposed to happen the country was not supposed to be in this greatest shape economic growth was not supposed to happen we were not supposed to be getting out of these global arrangements and circumstances where we were being stolen from we were not supposed.
"robert mueller" Discussed on NPR Politics Podcast
"Justice department i'm miles parks i cover election infrastructure and election interference okay so i'm really pumped about today because you all have one thing in common that i know of is that you are experts on the russia investigation that robert mueller has been undertaking for almost exactly one year almost exactly one year believe it or not and my forehead has the wrinkles to show it changed forever the one year anniversary i've been told we shouldn't call it the mullahs version but i like that portman toe so i'm going to go with it i think we're tired to have any sort of wit about the name of this thing all right okay but yes so this thursday does mark one year since robert muller was appointed to dig into russia's twenty sixteen election interference so today we're going to just run through the basics but also try to give all of our listeners some big takeaways from this so let's start with the muller one oh one who is robert muller why was he brought on to do this investigation in the first place robert mueller is the indispensable man of his generation when it comes to law enforcement this guy was the fbi director for twelve years including the period right after nine eleven when the country was reeling from terrorist attacks and before that he was a prosecutor he spent a bit of time in private practice didn't like it and then volunteer to go back to work as a line prosecutor bringing murder cases in washington dc during the crack cocaine abbott amac so this guy is a guy who is government through and through and he's really.
"robert mueller" Discussed on Talk 1260 KTRC
"You have until the end of monday and you can do it online at the new mexico secretary state's website you can do it in your pajamas if you wear pajamas early voting began on the nineteenth man primary election is to day june five support races that'll be decided on primary interesting news the last few days first of all about this leaked and big air quotes list of questions leaked by the neat well reported by the new york times leak by we don't know who questions that the special counsel robert mueller's put together to oust the president now apparently the president's lawyers have have these questions for many months but i'm not buying it at all that that you know it was necessarily somebody not privy to or part of the the president's earnest circle all the new york times we'll say it's it's not somebody within the president's campaign leaked it leaked to questions anyway so that happened a couple of days ago reaction to that has been interesting part of that part of the reaction part of the reality that we know from those league questions is certainly robert mueller very serious so last night we found out also in conversations between muller's office and the president's legal team which got one less today for a little while when thai cobb quit he's been replaced already and we found out last night that robert mueller told the president's legal team if he won't come in voluntarily if he doesn't wanna come in sit down answer questions under oath we will subpoena him and robert muller finished that by saying this is not a game pointing out to trump's legal team this is this is not theatrics this is not an exercise this is not practice this is not a game he deadly serious about this aren't you happy about that aren't you glad about that.
"robert mueller" Discussed on WAAM Talk 1600
"Players that are capable of it and they can whatever they do on their turf we don't care we shouldn't care here's what we should care about that we are straight up the the most lethal killer on the planet and we let them know that if you come over here a mess with us you're gone will use what chipper diplomacy i knew but as long as you're over there we don't care where america were free mark you're on the edge this is a total attack on iraq robert mueller seems to be above the justice system no no one is about him apparently are you are you on a speakerphone what is it with the phone calls on this show love you mandalay but and they're all saying the view firearm you'll regret it till your dying day you'll be tainted blah blah look what he needs to do i would argue he should do it like this he should call jeff sessions and news office and say i want you to meet with muller i want to know what he's got to date i'm just sick and tired of this open ended they're looking for a crime they haven't got one that they're investigating they're just looking and trying to find a crime and i'm not standing for this anymore we're going to move on and do the things we need to do now by the way when he's move on that also encompasses having somebody in the senate of the mcconnell somebody in the house other than ryan you wanted to talk about steve scalise i think he'd be a great speaker.
"robert mueller" Discussed on KKOB 770 AM
"Robert mueller investigation honestly i in the beginning i would have said well if there's something there let's see where it goes since it has got absolutely nowhere with some small fish you have pled guilty to things that are only peripherally connected to russia collusion with the campaign and thirteen russians indicted none of them will ever see any kind of justice because they're totally immune to any kind of of prosecution it sounds to me like this whole process is just going to wither and die out with a bang and whether or not with a bang and so maybe the term which is beginning to apply gone from a legitimate political inquiry to nothing more than a witch hunt and frankly something just based on political grandstanding there's no evidence of collusion to people who pled guilty are all people who happen to be marginally associated i mean these are people who what they did had nothing with russia had nothing to do with the trump campaign it had nothing to do with collusion but people think of it as one thing because the democrats liked to confuse people in because they want trump to be impeached because that's what they use to fundraise that's what the he used to to go out and essentially rally the troops because they realize oh wow doctor actually worked out but the trumps agenda is working and they want to stop it they'll do anything they can and we'd might note by the way the weather's been absolutely zero evidence that the president is going to fire robert muller we should keep in mind that he has every legal right to do so this independent prosecutor this special prosecutor is not some fourth branch of government he is a part of the justice department who answers directly to the president of the united states the pressure at the pleasure in the privilege of the president united states that the mandate for his job you know he's he is not as you said part of the fourth branch of government this is not some judicial inquiry or some this is not a grand jury if i mean if there's no reason that whatever happened but if you if they wanted to do that okay that's illegal means robert mueller he has no job security he'd be fired the second and he can't do anything about it trump.