aside FBI Special Counsel Mueller Is Staffing Up For A Serious Investigation/ President Wants Him Fired
UPDATE ON 6/12/17: Chris Ruddy, a close friend to President Trump told Judy Woodruff of the evening PBS Hour TV Show that the president has been giving serious consideration to firing the FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller III. The Vice Chair of the US House Intel Group, Representative Adam Schiff tweeted in response that an Independent Commission to look into the Trump-Russian would then be established with assigning Mr. Mueller to lead it.
The republican lawmakers are hard at work trying to paint the picture that the republican President Donald Trump’s connections to the Trump-Russian saga that is under investigation by the FBI, is a “nothing burger.”
While the republican legislators are carrying the waters for their president because they need him to accomplish their huge tax savings bills for the wealthy, the president is making plans for the 2014 sanctions imposed against Russia to be lifted. It is my assertion that the president is pushing for this because somehow he stands to benefit because of the Rosneft deal that was negotiated between it and Exxon in 2012 and which has a value of up to $500 billion dollars, but this Exxon-Rosneft agreement has been on hold because of these sanctions.
The president’s tax returns may or may not shed light on his dealings with Russia but I suspect that these returns would show that he is not as wealthy as he purports to be. This could mean that the president is unduly motivated to increase his revenues which makes him vulnerable to “conflict of interest” issues, especially if revenues that enrich his coffers are from foreign governments.
I further allege that Russian officials helped the president win the US presidency in 2016 because they also want the sanctions lifted and they believed that Mr. Trump, as the US president, would assist them in this endeavor. .
It is my contention that the meetings between Russian operatives and the president’s surrogates probably have been mostly about how to get those pesky Russian sanctions lifted.
Meanwhile the president and his cohorts like Steve Bannon are catering to the alt-right to keep the president’s supportive base in line. And what the president is not doing is lifting up or bettering the lives of the average Joe worker who voted for him.
The reality is that the FBI’s probe into the Trump-Russian saga is just starting to where the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III has been establishing a first rate team to conduct a most serious inquiry. And unlike the republican pundits’ faith in their alt-universe of facts, Mr Mueller and his highly qualified staff are not impressed.
For example, Mr. Mueller has hired Michael Dreeben, who has argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court, and who is is the justice department’s go-to lawyer on criminal justice cases and is highly respected by Democrats and Republicans alike because of his encyclopedic knowledge of criminal law. He is an attorney that is held in awe and feared by others in his field.
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On 6/10/17, Laura Jarrett and Evan Prerez of CNN Politics penned the following report, “Mueller staffing up Russia probe while Trump lawyer declares victory.”
“The evening before Comey’s testimony, Marc Kasowitz was spotted buying a box of cigars, and sources overheard him saying, “We won. Trump’s in the clear. … It’s clear Trump didn’t do anything wrong.”
“But former prosecutors say it’s far too early to pop the champagne.
On the other side of Pennsylvania Avenue, special counsel Robert Mueller has been quietly and methodically building the equivalent of a small US attorney’s office — a team of formidable legal minds who’ve worked on everything from Watergate to Enron, unlikely to leave any stone unturned.”
Legal dream team in white shirts and dark suits
“Right out of the gate, Mueller brought on three partners from his former law firm, WilmerHale, with significant litigating experience in high stakes cases: Aaron Zebley, who previously served as Mueller’s chief of staff at the FBI; Jeannie Rhee, a former federal prosecutor and top official at the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel; and James Quarles, who worked on the Watergate investigation as a young prosecutor.
Rhee’s past work on behalf of the Clinton Foundation is unlikely to go ignored by Trump supporters — though others at WilmerHale, such as Jamie Gorelick, currently represent Trump’s immediate family members.”
Mueller has also reportedly recruited skillful prosecutors from within the highest levels at DOJ — including Andrew Weissmann, chief of the Criminal Division’s fraud section, who served as former director of the Enron Task Force and general counsel under Mueller at the FBI.
“Jared Kushner’s New York Observer ran a series of scathing stories depicting Weissmann and then Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell as strong-arm prosecutors that “ran roughshod” over defendants’ rights during the Enron investigation, but during his tenure with DOJ, he’s won a series of honors, including the Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service in 2006.”
But perhaps the most significant hire to date was reported by the National Law Journal on Friday: deputy solicitor general Michael Dreeben, a prolific Supreme Court advocate who oversees the Justice Department’s criminal appellate docket.
“Preet Bharara — former US attorney of the Southern District of New York, who has had his own tussle with Trump and had a ringside seat to Comey’s testimony Thursday –tweeted that Dreeben is one of the “top legal and appellate minds at DOJ in modern times.”
“It appears that Bob Mueller is recruiting the smartest and most seasoned professionals who have a long track record of independence and excellence,” added Bharara.”
“And former acting US solicitor general Neal Katyal, who is a partner at Hogan Lovells and one of the lead attorneys for Hawaii in the travel ban lawsuit against Trump, agrees that the choice of Dreeben is telling.”
“You don’t bring Michael Dreeben onto something ordinary,” said Katyal. “He’s the top criminal law practitioner in the United States.”
Mueller has set the tone at the top with a dress code — even if only for himself — showing he means business. A source tells CNN he is back to his old uniform from his days at the Justice Department and FBI: plain white shirts and dark suits.
‘A surgeon’s scalpel’
“For the President, building a team of qualified lawyers to go toe-to-toe against Mueller has gotten off to a slower start.”
“Kasowitz — an aggressive civil litigator and longtime Trump attorney, has been seeking advice from influential DC lawyers on ways to round out the President’s defense team, according to one source, but so far has not recruited one of the more well-known lawyers with investigative experience to work with him.”
A source tells CNN that Jay Sekulow and Michael Bowe, another attorney at Kasowitz’s firm, have joined the defense team. Bowe has represented Trump in past real estate disputes and attended Thursday’s news conference after Comey’s testimony, standing with Kasowitz. And Sekulow, chief counsel of the American Center for Law and Justice, has already published an op-ed for Fox News arguing “(w)ith his testimony, Comey’s case against President Trump collapsed like a house of cards.”
“Legal experts caution, however, that enlisting the right people with the right experience in this case is essential.”
“That advice is perhaps even more critical after Comey’s testimony on Thursday suggesting that Mueller’s investigation may eventually escalate to whether the President obstructed justice by firing Comey.”
“If Kasowitz’s victory speech hinges on Comey’s admission this week that he previously said Trump wasn’t personally under an FBI counterintelligence investigation that doesn’t close the case.”
“Bob Mueller’s investigation is just beginning,” says Kevin Andrew Chambers, partner at Latham & Watkins and former Assistant US Attorney in DC. “It is far too early for anyone to speculate where he will end up and folks should get comfortable with the fact that it could be a couple years before he reports his findings. Remember, he is a career prosecutor. His focus will be on accumulating and reviewing the entire body of evidence rather than fixating on any one document, witness, or event.”