With the release of Mueller report, President Trump takes the offensive line
WASHINGTON: The Mueller Report will be released on Thursday. However, do you know what the Mueller report actually is? It seems that many of our friends on the Democrat end simply do not. But there are regulations that define the special counsel report:
At the conclusion of the Special Counsel’s work, he or she shall provide the Attorney General with a confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions reached by the Special Counsel.
One sentence that says a lot about what the Special Counsel’s report, to be released on Thursday morning:
- The report is for the attorney general. The Attorney General is not the Congress or the public. There is no statute that says the Attorney General or Special Counsel MUST release the report to anyone.
- The report is specifically said to be “confidential,” which to anyone who is not Adam Schiff, Chuck Schumer, Eric Swalwell or Jerry Nadler means none has a right to demand anything at any time from the AG or the Special Counsel.
- Mueller’s report is supposed to explain “prosecution or declination decisions.” It does not explain alleged crimes, it determines only if a crime has been allegedly committed and if it can be prosecuted.
The report is the special counsel’s conclusions as to whether alleged criminal activity is present. In this case, the alleged criminal activity was Donald Trump and/or his campaign engaged in any form of collusion with the Russians. Collusion to influence the 2016 Presidential election and/or collusion by Donald Trump, the real estate magnate, to build a Trump Tower project in Russia.
Who sees the report?
The report in its entirety is only for the Attorney General, not for members of Congress. Not one of them. No chairs of committees. No person other than the Attorney General. It is a confidential report to be delivered to the Attorney General.
Vox.com details what can we expect the Mueller report to cover, listing:
- The hacking and leaking of Democrats’ emails in 2016.
- What Trump associates like George Papadopoulos and Roger Stone may have known about it.
- Links and contacts between various people associated with Trump’s campaign and the Russian government, such as Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower.
- Business discussions between Trump associates and Russians during the 2016 campaign, including about a “Trump Tower Moscow” project.
- Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort’s ties to pro-Russian interests, including his handing over of campaign polling data to a Russian associate.
- Efforts by Russia to influence US policy on sanctions and Ukraine that played out during the election and after.
- A Russian social media propaganda effort during the 2016 campaign that was designed to hurt Clinton and help Trump.
- Some sort of Middle Eastern-tied effort to influence US politics and potentially the 2016 election.
What items of interest did Mueller investigate?
Most of the Mueller investigation is into what candidate and then President Donald Trump did, or did not do. For example the circumstances around Trump’s firing of National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
Back in December 2018, Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team said that the FBI acted appropriately when agents questioned former national security adviser Michael Flynn in January 2017. While Flynn admitted to lying to the FBI, the FBI investigators never felt that Flynn’s answer rose to the level of “lying”.
Flynn’s departure as President Trump‘s first national security adviser was for misrepresenting to Vice President Pence and others about his conversation with then-Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, shortly before Trump took office.
“Although Deputy Director McCabe acknowledged that ‘the two people who interviewed [Flynn] didn’t think he was lying, [which] was not [a] great beginning of a false statement case,’ General Flynn pleaded guilty to one count of making false statements on December 1, 2017,” an unredacted part of the report reads.
Many believe that Flynn was essentially set up by Andrew McCabe and Jim Comey, noting that agents did encourage Flynn to speak to them without a lawyer. Furthermore, Flynn was never given warnings that lying to the FBI was a crime. (House Intel report: McCabe said agents who interviewed Flynn ‘didn’t think he was lying’)
Trump’s conversations with FBI Director James Comey and his eventual firing of Comey
In May 2018, the Los Angeles Times wrote (Trump asked Comey to shut down investigation of Flynn, New York Times reports):
President Trump met with then-FBI Director James B. Comey in mid-February and asked him to end the bureau’s investigation into retired Gen. Michael Flynn, the former White House national security advisor, the New York Times reported.
Comey wrote a memo for his files describing the meeting with Trump, which took place on Feb. 14, according to the article. That would be the day after Trump fired Flynn from his White House job. Two people who had read the memo described its contents, the newspaper said.
“I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Trump told Comey, according to the article. “He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”
The White House contested the article, saying in a statement that “the president has never asked Mr. Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn.”
“The president has the utmost respect for our law enforcement agencies, and all investigations. This is not a truthful or accurate portrayal of the conversation between the president and Mr. Comey,” the statement said, according to the article.
Comey was fired by Trump on May 9.
Trump’s pressures on Attorney General Jeff Sessions over the Russia investigation
..This is a terrible situation and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should stop this Rigged Witch Hunt right now, before it continues to stain our country any further. Bob Mueller is totally conflicted, and his 17 Angry Democrats that are doing his dirty work are a disgrace to USA!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 1, 2018
The above Presidential tweet was as Robert Mueller was reportedly investigating whether the president obstructed the probe into possible collusion between Trump’s campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.
As Attorney General Barr told Congress in his preliminary report, no collusion.
Then there is a laundry list of Democrat Hysteria:
- Trump’s treatment of and contacts with various other Justice Department and intelligence officials, with regards to investigations implicating him or his associates
- Whether Trump or his associates may have hinted at or offered pardons to witnesses in exchange for not incriminating him
- False testimony from Trump associates to congressional committees investigating Russian interference
- Trump’s involvement in crafting a false public story about Don Jr.’s meeting with the Russian lawyer
None of the above has been or will be proven.
“Upon the conclusion of the special counsel’s investigation,” the attorney general must provide “an explanation.”
This explanation would be given to the chair and ranking member of the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. These are currently Reps. Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and Doug Collins (R-GA), and Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
However, we know that no explanation will satisfy the Democrat meaning that President Trump, conservatives, and Republicans will stay on the offensive.
Lead Image: GrrrGraphics – https://grrrgraphics.com/trump-time-for-some-offense/ (Donation made to support GrrrGraphics in exchange for use)