Whitaker reigns in Mueller then President submits written answers

It appears that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker has put a leash on Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Whitaker is constraining Mueller’s probe after Asst Attorney General Rod Rosenstein broaden the scope through “special articles” addendum that allowed the investigation to go down many avenues not germane to original orders.

I am assuming this is why we got the news that President Trump handed over his written responses to Mueller’s questions.

Once Mueller sent the queries to the President’s attorney on the matter, Rudy Giuliani, the White House could get a sense of the sprawl and wanderings Mueller’s team was poking around.

That’s when Whitaker was brought in to reign in Mueller to focus on the original mandate of the Special Counsel.

We also learned last night that the House Oversight Subcommittee on Government Operations will hold hearings on Dec. 5th to get an update on a probe from US Attorney General John Huber and the Justice Department into the Clinton Foundation.

We have had no leaks from Huber’s team, so this could be a great insight into what the US Attorney has been able to uncover over the 10 months.

I also assume that ranking member Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) will recommend that the Senate panel take over this part of the probe, so it is not squashed come January when control of the House and its committees come under Democratic control.

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Get FISA out to change the narrative

Some people subscribe to the theory it is better to say “I’m sorry” than “may I”.

I say this as news broke overnight that Acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker told Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham on Thursday that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation will proceed, according to a person familiar with the meeting.

The meeting between Graham and Whitaker comes as a some senators are pushing legislation to protect Mueller’s job since Whitaker has criticized in the past the sprawl of Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

I believe the Trump administration should take this under advisement and deploy the maxim I cited up top.

Would it not shake the world up if the administration released the original unredacted FISA warrants showing how the Democrats worked with the intelligence agencies both here and abroad to frame Trump and associates with Russian collusion.

It does not need to be an official release, but rather an informed leak followed up by an official announcement stating that while most of the story is quite true and we have documents that support it, the administration does not condone leaks and we demand ….

It changes the narrative and puts Democrats back on the defensive immediately. It also puts the Obama White House squarely in the midst of this scandal.

I’m not sorry to say this, but Mr. President, I say go for it.

Trump’s White House has its own fast and furious program. Enjoy the show.

President Trump wasted little time after the midterms to preview what the next two years will bring to Washington.

In the most public forum — a White House press conference — the President ripped CNN’s correspondent Jim Acosta for brutish behavior towards his press staff.

An hour or so later, he fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions and appointed Matt Whitaker as Acting AG as announced on Twitter.

“We are pleased to announce that Matthew G. Whitaker, Chief of Staff to Attorney General Jeff Sessions at the Department of Justice, will become our new Acting Attorney General of the United States. He will serve our Country well,”

A few hours later Acosta’s White House press credentials were pulled for his press conference outbursts.

The Sessions firing created a Democratic firestorm on the future of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, since Whitaker is on record as saying there was a need to choke of Mueller’s funding since the wide-ranging probe is going nowhere.

It’s been a couple of years since we had “Fast and Furious” associated with the White House, but the next two years will be filled with spontaneous acts that will create screaming headlines and draconian reactions in the liberal press.

Take the Sessions firing. So many Democratic leaders and former Obama administration officials came out with “Constitutional crisis” and “crossing a red line” comments on the fate of the Mueller probe that it showed a talking points email blast must have went out to the rank and file to plaster all over Twitter and cable TV.

Let’s see what happens today to wipe out any and all reactions to yesterday’s news. I have a sense that the next two years will be exciting and spellbinding and will change the face of American politics forever.

Divided government doesn’t have to be divisive

Welcome to 2018 AM — after midterms.

The House of Representatives goes to Democratic control, but by a smaller majority than is usually accomplished by the party not in the White House in the midterm election.

The Republicans, however, gained further control of the Senate, which is where many of the ongoing investigations that began in the House of the intelligence agencies will move to in January.

Given that the blue wave was somewhat muted, The Dems should think about bringing in some fresh blood in its leadership roles. Moderates, who will be around in the next 10 years and ran on something more than being anti-Trump. If not, and the plan is to be obstructionist, then we could easily see a reversal in two years.

If the Dem leadership pursues impeachment hearings against President Trump and or Supreme Court Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh, which will go nowhere since the Republicans control the Senate, then it will be a long, unfruitful two years of gridlock.

Something that the country will endure, but it will not improve the economy or anyone’s lives. The markets like divided government since very little regulation comes out of it, but people’s lives suffer, since little in the way of benefits come to light either.

So we move on and see what can be finished with this session of Congress and more importantly, what Special Counsel Robert Mueller has to say about the 2016 presidential election.

Will Mueller report look the other way?

Special counsel Robert Mueller will not release his Russia/Trump collusion report until after the midterm elections, it was reported on Wednesday.

In another touch of irony Mueller will present his findings to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who assigned Mueller and determines what parts of the report Congress and the American people can see.

Due to Attorney General Jeff Sessions recusing himself from the Russian collusion probe, Rosenstein became the point person.

So let’s see what Mueller has done so far with this assignment.

He has brought assorted pre-election charges against campaign Trump associates that have nothing to do with the campaign. Paul Manafort, who Mueller flipped after pleading guilty to bank and tax fraud charges, allegedly testified on a Trump Tower meeting between the campaign and Russian operatives.

I believe the meeting consisted of Donald Trump Jr. and Jared Kushner.

So now let’s lay out what Mueller may not report or be able to release.

  • Will Mueller cite his former staffer and colleagues in perpetuating a fraud on the American people by taking a partisan, oppositional report and ramming it through the FISA court to get a warrant against an American citizen to spy on him?
  • Will Mueller cite Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan getting UK allies to spy on American citizens?
  • Will Mueller tell Congress that the Obama White House received daily intelligence briefings on the Trump campaign through these fraudulent spy warrants?
  • Will Mueller throw former colleague and FBI Director James Comey under the bus for his illegal activities?
  • Will Mueller discuss the topics discussed by then-Attorney General Loretta Lynch when she met with Bill Clinton in a “surprise meeting” on the tarmac at Phoenix airport?

Although I have only scratched the surface of the Democratic Party’s actions during the run up to the 2016 presidential election, that’s quite a laundry list of complaints for Mueller to look the other way on.

While I thought this time was going to be consumed with news of Democrats fraudulent acts during the 2016 election through the release of the declassified FISA documents, it appears the fix is in to use this information — right now — for political gain.

As I wrote earlier that Trump’s team may have used the Five Eyes revelations that UK spies violated Americans privacy to get Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to sign off on the new NAFTA agreement.

So from where I stand today, an October Surprise may not be in the offering this cycle. But one can hope can’t they.