WASHINGTON: It’s a process crime. In United States criminal procedure, a process crime is an offense against the judicial process. These types of crimes include obstruction of justice, perjury, and contempt of court. Process crimes are the offenses that “interfere with the procedures and administration of justice”. They are prosecuted because they are considered to harm the public interest in the functioning and integrity of the judicial system. – Wikipedia
The Special Counsel’s office has had a field day prosecuting Trump associates – Michael Flynn and Roger Stone – most notably with process crimes. Crimes that in a fair and just world would be little more than misdemeanors. But in the Thug Wars of the special counsel, a process crime is so vehement it is worth losing your home, your savings, your children and grandchildren’s inheritance.
General Michael Flynn
Mueller’s thuggery in the Russia investigation starts with FBI Director Jim Comey’s deputy director, Andrew McCabe, lying to Flynn. Painting their “sitdown” as a friendly chat, Flynn was told he would not need a lawyer. Flynn did not see that speaking with a Russian ambassador was forbidden for a transition official, he was tricked by the FBI, under Mueller, to say anything that would contradict the FBI’s secret transcripts of his talks with the Russian ambassador. Secret transcripts illegally obtained via fraudulent wiretaps. Unmasked wiretaps.
It gets worse. The FBI agents, who presumably had transcripts from Flynn’s talks with the Russian ambassador to compare to Flynn’s interview answers, expressed the belief that Flynn did not seem as if he was lying to them. Yet that conclusion was apparently overturned at some point by the FBI. To this day, the only real evidence that Flynn lied is his confession — and apparently the second thoughts of the FBI investigators, who reinterpreted their initial impressions in a much later official report.
Mr. Mueller goal was to have Flynn testify about something that might prove that the Trump administration colluded with Russia. When that did not work, Flynn was later leveraged to “confess” to having lied to FBI investigators, who originally thought that he had not lied about a “crime” of talking about foreign policy with a Russian ambassador — an act that in itself was not illegal. (Incomplete(?) Files Released by Mueller Confirm FBI Agents Did Not Think Flynn Lied)
Once Flynn confessed that he lied, his legal costs diminished. His son was not indicted by Mr. Mueller. He was promised little or no jail time by cooperating with the investigation.
At the end of the day, General Michael Flynn’s only crime is lying to the FBI. For this he has lost everything. Contrast that to Hillary Clinton, who also lied to the FBI – repeatedly. (FBI Interview Catches Hillary Clinton In Multiple Lies)
Mrs. Clinton, despite her ongoing falsehoods – from her grandparent’s immigration to her mishandling of sensitive national security information, from Benghazi to Bubba to UBS and their sweetheart deal with the Clinton Foundation worth millions. (A Top Ten List of Hillary’s Lies, Scams, Hustles, and Deceitfulness – BY EDWARD KLEIN/ DECEMBER 23, 2015)
The lies by Madame Clinton far exceed anything that either Roger Stone, who is Mueller’s latest target, and Michael Flynn, whose career of military service, has been destroyed, may have done.
Mueller’s thuggery is a quest to find anything that will fit within the liberal Russia collusion narrative.
Mueller’s victim trail goes back to 9/11 and a veteran’s suicide
Victims of Robert Mueller investigations reach back to post 9/11when anthrax letters were sent to media and politician’s offices. These attacks killed five people, leaving others hospitalized. Mueller’s investigation of those letters found “no direct link to terrorism” instead saying a “disgruntled American” were behind the deadly attacks. Mueller’s investigation charged Steven Hatfill, an Army veteran.
According to The Federalist (Robert Mueller Has Been Botching Investigations Since The Anthrax Attacks):
“There was no direct link from Hatfill to the attacks, by the FBI’s own admission, and the bureau never charged Hatfill. The FBI did, however, spy on, follow, and harass him non-stop for years. The Department of Justice also publicly outed Hatfill as the possible terrorist.
While Hatfill’s dignity and life was being trampled on by America’s secret police, Mueller took a stand. But on a different topic. He made front-page news for threatening President Bush he would resign over NSA policy. All while his own team was trampling on the rights of an American in the FBI’s largest-ever investigation.
Hatfill successfully sued the government for its unlawful actions. He won almost $6 million dollars.”
As The Federalist reports, once the Hatfill investigation failed, the Mueller team decided that another army researcher, Bruce Ivins was a person of interest. Ivins was never indicted. However, his house was raided, and he was threatened with a death sentence, or as his lawyer put it, put under “relentless pressure of accusation and innuendo.” Ivin committed suicide, a possible side effect of liberal attacks via Robert Mueller?
Mueller’s Russia probe targets (as compiled by CBS News – A list of people Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators have interviewed)
June 22, 2017 – CNN reports that National Security Agency (NSA) Director Mike Rogers and Director of National Intelligence (DNI) Dan Coats met with the special counsel. The top intelligence officials, according to CNN, told investigators that Mr. Trump had asked them to publicly state there was no collusion between his campaign representatives and Russians.
Sept. 20, 2017 – Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein interviewed by the special counsel’s office about former FBI Director James Comey’s firing. Rosenstein is a key figure in any investigative procedures related to Comey. It was Rosenstein who appointed special counsel Robert Mueller after Mr. Trump fired Comey.
Oct. 5, 2017 – CNN reports that the special counsel’s office met with the author of the ““, former British spy Christopher Steele, over the summer. The unverified dossier alleges ties between Mr. Trump and Russia, and Steele compiled it for the research firm Fusion GPS, which was working on behalf of Democratic operatives.
Oct. 13, 2017 – CBS News confirms former White House chief of staff Reince Priebus met with the special counsel. Priebus’ lawyer said he “was voluntarily interviewed.”
Oct. 17, 2017 – Mueller’s team meets with Sean Spicer, CBS News confirms. Spicer was White House press secretary from the start of the Trump administration until July.
Oct. 31, 2017 – NBC Reports Sam Clovis has been interviewed by the special counsel’s office and the grand jury. Clovis, a former top Trump campaign official, supervised , the former Trump aide who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.
Nov. 3, 2017 – Dutch lawyer Alex Van Der Zwaan is interviewed by the special counsel’s office and the FBI, and apparently misled officials about his communication with former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates. Van Der Zwaan later pleaded guilty to lying to FBI officials during that interview and was sentenced to 30 days in prison.
Nov. 9, 2017 – Mueller has interviewed Stephen Miller. Miller is a senior adviser to the president and has been key in pushing key agenda items for Mr. Trump, particularly immigration restrictions.
Nov. 29, 2017 – Jared Kushner is interviewed by the special counsel. Sources familiar with the process say the interview occurred the first week of November and lasted about 90 minutes. Kushner was present in the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, and as Mr. Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, has been privy to extensive sensitive information.
Nov. 30, 2017 – White House counsel Don McGahn is interviewed by special counsel. McGhan, CBS News has reported, threatened to resign months earlier, in June 2017. Around that time, Mr. Trump.
December 8, 2017 – It is reported and later confirmed by CBS News that Hope Hicks has met with the special counsel’s office. Hicks, who is, was with Mr. Trump since the beginning of his campaign.
Dec. 11, 2017– The Wall Street Journal reports that former acting attorney general Sally Yates has been interviewed by the special counsel’s office to discuss her meetings with White House officials.
Mueller Investigation Continues into 2018
Jan. 23, 2018 – CBS News confirms Mueller interviewed Comey in December. Comey, claims Mr. Trump asked for his loyalty and pressured him to drop the Flynn matter.
Jan. 24, 2018 – CBS News confirms that special counsel has interviewed CIA Director Mike Pompeo, Coats, and Rogers.
Feb. 1, 2018 – Rick Gates interviewed by the special counsel’s office. Later in the month, Gates pleads guilty to financial fraud and lying to investigators.
Feb.15, 2018 – CBS News’ Paula Reid reports Mueller spoke to former Trump legal team spokesman Mark Corallo for 2.5 hours.
Feb. 16, 2018 – Mueller indicts 13 Russian nationals on election interference
Feb. 23, 2018 – Mueller ramped up the pressure on former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, hitting him with new charges and securing a guilty plea and cooperation deal from his deputy Rick Gates.
March 6, 2018 – George Nader, a top Arab Emirates adviser, has met in recent weeks with the special counsel’s office and has been before the grand jury. Nader is reportedly cooperating with Mueller’s investigation.
March 17, 2018 – Paula Reid reports that formerhas been interviewed by the special counsel. McCabe is fired by Sessions two days before retirement.
April 9, 2018 – Acting on a referral from Mueller, federal investigators in New York raided the home, hotel room, and offices of former Trump attorney Michael Cohen.
May 17, 2018 – Mueller’s investigation reached its one-year mark. The Justice Department disclosed that the probe into Russian meddling cost $17 million so far, with about $7.7 million spent by Mueller.
September 2018 – Robert Mueller starts looking closely at Roger Stone, a longtime ally of President Donald Trump who briefly served on Trump’s presidential campaign. So far, prosecutors have secured testimony from at least 13 Stone associates, including some who were subpoenaed.
January 25, 2019 – Roger Stone is rousted from his bed at 6:00 am EST by FBI agents, his home searched, his wife terrorized before he is arrested. Stone has been released on a $250,000 bond.