Has the Mueller collusion report exonerating Trump been leaked yet?

Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker at a news conference on Monday where the  Justice Department announced the formal charges against Chinese telecom company Huawei and its CFO for violating sanctions on Iran was asked about Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Whitaker told reporters that the probe, which began in May of 2017, is “close to being completed.”

“Right now the investigation is I think close to being completed,” Whitaker said. “I have been fully briefed on the investigation. I look forward to Director Mueller delivering the final report.”

As I wrote yesterday, all the Mueller charges so far are process charges, which do not involve Russian collusion.

Not that I believe the report will come out anytime soon, but I would like to point out who the audience is for the special counsel’s report. This report is for the Attorney General — whether it is Whitaker or nominee William Barr — not for Congress or the press.

At the end of the report Mueller should report his recommendation whether charges should be brought against anyone. As Mueller has said President Trump is not the focus of charges. Why else would Whitaker “look forward” to its release.

Now of course this report will not remain a document only shared within Justice. No, democratic House members will demand that the document be released and if not it will be leaked to sympathic journalists to parse and opine on the charges not brought against the Trump White House.

Look for outrage in New York Times and Washington Post coming soon.

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All Mueller’s indictments come from lying to his probe, not during campaign

I have to laugh at the reactions to the Roger Stone arrest over the weekend.

Stone was seized by FBI agents in a pre-dawn SWAT-team like raid on his Florida home.

But here’s the thing, Stone’s charges — like that of all the other charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller — are charges that stem from after the probe began.

The charges are not from the Trump presidential campaign. None of the charges have anything to do with Russian collusion. Many are for lying to the FBI and stem from these men giving false statements.

How did the FBI know they were false statements? Because they have the FISA warrants, which allowed them to spy on the campaign. So when the FBI questioned these individuals and the sworn affidavit didn’t jive with the secret tapes they were hit with false statement charges.

It almost sounds like entrapment to me, since no one knew the government was spying on its own citizens. Here’s a rundown of Mueller’s main cases against Trump associates so far:

  • George Papadopoulos: Former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, was arrested in July 2017 and pleaded guilty in October 2017 to making false statements to the FBI. He got a 14-day federal sentence. No one does 14 days in federal jail, that’s like being locked up in drunk tank overnight.
  • Paul Manafort: Trump’s ex-campaign chair, was indicted on a total of 25 different counts by Mueller’s team, related mainly to his past work for Ukrainian politicians and past tax returns. Manafort’s  was convicted on eight counts of financial crimes. He awaits trial on secondary charges all stemming from false statements.
  • Michael Flynn: Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty in December 2017 to making false statements to the FBI.
  • Michael Cohen: Trump’s ex-lawyer pleaded guilty to eight counts In August 2018— tax charges, related to his finances and taxi business, and campaign finance violations — related to hush money paid to women who alleged had affairs with Trump with NYC federal officials, as part of a separate investigation that Mueller recommended. In November, he made a plea deal with Mueller to get leniency on lying to Congress charges over constructing a Trump Tower in Moscow.
  • Roger Stone: On Friday, Mueller indicted the Trump adviser on seven counts of lying to the House Intelligence Committee about his efforts to get in touch with WikiLeaks during the campaign and witness tampering.

This closest Mueller got to Russia — but not collusion with the Trump campaign — was the  12 Russian military intelligence officers who were charged with hacking and leaking of leading Democrats’ emails in 2016. No connection to Trump team.

So where are the collusion charges? They do not exist.

However people who are just Trump haters will cite these men as being crooked, so Trump’s crooked and let’s bring impeachment charges against him.

I say, if the FBI was spying on you and then brought you in for questioning a week later, then they ask you what you had for lunch on Tuesday the 17th and you say sushi and they have you talking about egg salad, well you could be charged with lying to the FBI. It’s that simple.

How many federal grand juries of media leaks are going on?

We have known since just after Labor Day last year that former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was being investigated for lying under oath and leaking to journalists.

We have not heard the determination of the secret panel whether they issued indictments to charge McCabe for the crimes. McCabe is accused with lying to investigators, the same charge brought against Lt. Gen Michael Flynn. While Flynn was charged McCabe has not despite DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz recommending such charges in his report.

Earlier this week we also learned that James Baker the former General Counsel for the FBI, is under federal investigation for unauthorized media disclosures. The Connecticut US Attorney John Durham has impaneled a grand jury to look into leaks coming from Baker’s office.

Two congressmen James Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) released the letter sent to Durham concerning his Baker probe.

As previously reported here, the letter mentions two reporters—David Corn of Mother Jones and Franklin Foer, a writer for The Atlantic who worked for Slate during the 2016 presidential campaign.

Both reporters posted explosive stories on October 31, 2016 about Trump’s alleged ties to Russia. Corn’s article is mostly about the dossier and clearly sourced by Christopher Steele, but his piece also references Foer’s article alleging unusual activity between a Trump organization email server and Alpha Bank, the largest private bank in Russia.

The Alpha Bank connection was one more cog in the manufactured Trump-Russia collusion plot that could also be traced back to Fusion GPS chief Glenn Simpson, according to the article.

So with all these federal probes going on of press leaks accusing presidential candidate at the time Donald Trump of having ties to the Russians, what media leak probe do we not know about?

There seems to be one involving the NY Times White House reporter and CNN commentator Maggie Haberman. Where is that secret grand jury probe located?

Stay tuned.

FBI lawyer Lisa Page’s congressional testimony

A very important story came out on Friday from Jeff Carlson. I read it then but needed more time to research it, since it is quite a bit to go over.

Carlson received the transcripts of two closed-door testimonies by Lisa Page, the former assistant general counsel at the FBI from July 2018. I am only touching on one aspect of the transcripts, if interested please click on link to view the complete article.

Among the key revelations in the transcript is Obama CIA Director John Brennan’s early involvement in disseminating the information that would ultimately wind up in the Steele dossier. Brennan briefed President Obama in early August 2016 and Democratic leader Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada some days later.

These meeting are almost a month before the FBI would find out about the dossier and launch “Crossfire Hurricane” its probe resulting from the Steele dossier.

In Brennan’s earlier congressional testimony he stated: “In consultation with the White House, I personally briefed the full details of our understanding of Russian attempts to interfere in election to congressional leadership, specifically Senators Harry Reid, Mitch McConnell, Dianne Feinstein and Richard Burr; and to Representatives Paul Ryan, Nancy Pelosi, Devon Nunes and Adam Schiff between 11, August and 6, September.”

So what comes from Page’s testimony, which is the most surprising to me, is that the FBI “Crossfire Hurricane” probe into Russian collusion was a top down investigation perhaps ordered from the Obama White House resulting from CIA Director Brennan’s briefing.

Then FBI begins looking into the Steele Dossier, although they believe they are initiating the probe since Steele is an FBI asset.

Please give the full article a read.

Here are some other key findings from the testimony:

  • The FBI appears to have considered investigating President Trump for obstruction of justice both before and after FBI Director James Comey was fired.
  • Page says the DOJ refused to pursue “gross-negligence” charges against Hillary Clinton over her use of a private email server to send classified information.
  • FBI agent Michael Gaeta, head of the Eurasian Crime Squad, who received the dossier from former MI6 spy Steele in July 2016 is referred to in the transcript as Steele’s handler.
  • The FBI maintained a previously unknown verification file for the Steele dossier. Congressional investigators did not previously know of its existence.
  • John Carlin, the head of the DOJ’s National Security Division, was kept abreast of the FBI’s investigative activities through contact with then-Deputy FBI Director McCabe.
  • Page worked directly for DOJ official Bruce Ohr for at least five years and had met his wife, Nellie, once.
  • The role of FBI Agent Jonathan Moffa and DOJ official George Toscas may have been greater than initially assumed.

Trainspotting with Maggie Haberman

I wrote two days ago about New York Times White House correspondent Maggie Haberman.

Well Haberman has been a topic on the drops from time to time, but has come to the fore recently. On Jan. 5th 2019 this drop was made again from the Podesta email leaks citing Haberman’s compliance with Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign:

https://wikileaks.org/podesta-emails/emailid/7524📁
“We have has a very good relationship with Maggie Haberman of Politico over the last year. We have had her tee up stories for us before and have never been disappointed. While we should have a larger conversation in the near future about a broader strategy for reengaging the beat press that covers HRC, for this we think we can achieve our objective and do the most shaping by going to Maggie.”
You are not safe.
Q

On Jan. 6th 2019 we have these two drops:

Q!!mG7VJxZNCI

>>4616371
https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1081974511598211072📁
Handler (Conductor):
Smoking can be bad for your health. Read the warning label. Deboard train and walk away. Once in the tunnel, there is no going back.
Q

 

Q!!mG7VJxZNCI
https://twitter.com/maggienyt/status/1009982937952079873?lang=en📁
https://twitter.com/maggienyt/status/1065100343846031362?lang=en📁
A stone sits idle while the world around it evolves. Evolution, depending on the stage, can be deadly.
https://twitter.com/maggieNYT/status/1081974511598211072📁
We can talk through code or we can act through transparency. The choice is yours. However, the clock is ticking, and, at a select point in time, that option will be expired. Regular service appointments should be made in order to maintain functionality.
Q
The Twitter links above referenced above are below. The code brought up in the drops seem to be referencing the use of the word train. What do train references mean (if anything)?
Is it the transportation mode or is it learning something well through rote? And who may be needing this information?
We can assume given her left-leaning bias that was released in the Podesta email, the prospective audience may be in the former Obama and Clinton camps.

 

People in White House sound as confused as everyone else about what happens after the president’s EO, which McGahn was against him signing. There’s inter-agency disagreement about what it means. Trump now essentially tunes his chief of staff out, Trump driving the train.

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On Jan.9th after all the back and forth with the drops, Haberman re-Tweeted this from an Asst. Managing Editor at the Times asking for a pic of people riding outside the train.

Now a bit of background. Dolnick is the grandnephew to former Times publisher Arthur Ochs “Punch” Sulzberger and cousin to the current publisher.
I’ll leave this post here for now, but this will need to be watched going forward on both sides to see if anything is dug up to clarify the communications. A warning has been issued.
Please watch the gap.