WaPo Report: Robert Mueller Investigating “Obstruction of Justice” Claims…

According to a Washington Post report, based on two more unnamed “officials”, special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating President Donald Trump for ‘obstruction of justice’ presumably based on the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

This report/outcome is not unexpected as it would be part of Mueller’s investigative duty to follow-up on any assertions made in this regard regardless of merit.

(Washington Post) […] Trump had received private assurances from former FBI Director James B. Comey starting in January that he was not personally under investigation. Officials say that changed shortly after Comey’s firing.

Five people briefed on the requests, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Adm. Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers’ recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as this week. The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy and it’s unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI.

…The obstruction of justice investigation into the president began days after Comey was fired on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter. Mueller’s office has now taken up that work, and the preliminary interviews scheduled with intelligence officials indicate his team is actively pursuing potential witnesses inside and outside the government.

The interviews suggest Mueller sees the attempted obstruction of justice question as more than just a “he said, he said” dispute between the president and the fired FBI director, an official said.” (link w/ paywall)

It would appear the FBI and Robert Mueller’s team are still leaking information as noted by President Trump attorney:

“The White House now refers all questions about the Russia investigation to Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz. “The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,” said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Kasowitz.”

As we previously discussed – The risk represented by Robert Mueller is not connected to or about anything surrounding the Russian Conspiracy Narrative; the legal risk is within ‘the leaking‘ of classified intelligence information to undermine the administration, the potentially illegal ‘unmasking‘, and now adding an obstruction of justice angle.

If we avoid all the shiny things, ignore the shell game and reset our frame of reference to the only illegal activity currently known, the leaking; the main illegal activity visible is the illegal leaking of classified intelligence information.

Despite his earnest efforts, there is clear and mounting evidence that former FBI Director James Comey was the primary source of leaked information to the media.  The latest Washington Post report is yet another example.  The reporter for the Post article is one of a limited number (25) people whom James Comey follows on Twitter.

The risk to Comey from his media leaking continues to explain everything James Comey has recently done, said and advanced.

If the evidence of James Comey being the source of multiple FBI leaks reaches the primary artery of investigative sunlight, who inside that investigative and prosecutorial decision making process becomes the risk? Answer that question and you discover the angle Comey is playing to cut off their ability to hold him accountable.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Asst AG Rod Rosenstein et al are the people Comey needs to worry about, isolate and control. It is not coincidental that Comey is setting up the future action of these participants to be politically motivated.

James Comey’s layer of innuendo against Jeff Sessions is an obvious strategy toward that end.  If Comey can frame Sessions as retaliatory against him, he would position any legal action as retaliation.

Anyone who is buying into the story of James Comey leaking the memos to his friend, Daniel Richman, to get a special prosecutor appointed is falling for the shell game constructed entirely by James Comey. More than likely this is the explanation he has already given to Robert Mueller, hence his motive to state within his testimony.

It is important to remember that James Comey told congress he previously met with Robert Mueller to discuss his testimony prior to appearing before congress.

James Comey admitted to this specific “leaking”, because the justification to ‘get a special counsel appointed‘ is the explanatory storyline James Comey wants to present in public.

The alternate reason for leaking, the political motives, are much more damaging to him.

James Comey benefits two ways from his explanation. First, he justifies terrible behavior through a prism of his honor could find no other way (his status remains). Secondly, he sets up special counsel Mueller as fruit of a poisoned tree leading to voices calling for Mueller’s removal. Win/Win. Comey also benefits from calls by his political opposition to eliminate Robert Mueller who is investigating the leaking.

However, if you accept the full hindsight of now identified FBI leaking, the greater likelihood is that Comey didn’t leak the memo to get Mueller appointed, he leaked the memo (May 16th) as an afterthought to cover for the leak mentioned by President Trump (May 12th), of a private conversation, that appeared in the New York Times on May 11th.

Remember, James Comey’s counter-intelligence investigation could have asked for a special counsel at any time. Asst. AG and Interim AG Sally Yates was part of that investigative leadership team. If Comey wanted a special counsel, Comey could have asked DOJ to appoint a special counsel any time he wanted.

He didn’t.

Comey didn’t request appointment of a special counsel because the special counsel would only prove there’s nothing there. However, fast forward to now and the real investigative risk is in being “a leaker”.

How quickly everyone forgets those admitted conversations by James Comey friend at Lawfare blog Benjamin Wittes:

“I did not know this particular fact, but it doesn’t surprise me at all. The principal source for the rest of this story is, well, me—specifically a long interview I gave to reporter Michael Schmidt on Friday about my conversations with FBI Director James Comey over the last few months, and particularly about one such conversation that took place on March 27 over lunch in Comey’s FBI office.” (link)

Benjamin Wittes admits that FBI Director James Comey specifically discussed with him the overall content of private communications with President Trump.

When you take the Wittes outline in conjuction with Comey’s admitted leaks to his other friend Daniel Richman, Comey is transparently in a position of being fingered as the source of multiple media leaks to NYT reporter Michael Schmidt.

That is the current risk for James Comey. The discovery that Comey was the leaker is the risk now represented by Robert Mueller and is inherent in Comey’s need to control the framework of his leaking activity.

James Comey was part of the political apparatus that constructed the “muh, vast Russian conspiracy” narrative and carefully nurtured it for over 8 months – even keeping congress in the dark on the entire matter. From James Comey perspective, the problem, the illegality, is now the leaking – NOT the original issue of the Russian election hacking narrative.

Remember, it was in FEBRUARY when the FBI (McCabe) went to President Trump’s Chief of Staff privately and told Reince Priebus there was no truth to media reports, based on FBI leaks, of FBI evidence showing Trump campaign officials involved with Russian officials regarding the 2016 election. It was all a complete nothingburger.

Details – On February 15th while discussing another issue FBI Assistant Director Andrew McCabe asked Reince for 5 minutes alone after the meeting. At the one-on-one meeting McCabe told Priebus the New York Times Russia and Trump campaign story was a “bunch of BS”.

Priebus asked McCabe if McCabe would be able to say that publicly and get the media off his back about a ridiculously false narrative. Asst. Director McCabe said he would check with his boss, FBI Director James Comey. Later, McCabe called back and said he couldn’t issue a statement about it.

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Reince Priebus was simply asking for the FBI to give truthful information about the false reports to the public. The White House was asking Comey to deliver transparency.

Quote from the FBI to Priebus: “We’d love to help, but we can’t get into the position of making statements on every story”…

In hindsight, from current appearances, those February leaks (mentioned above) that drove the New York Times February report were actually leaks coming from James Comey.

Stop and think about it. McCabe was telling chief-of-staff Reince Priebus not to worry about a NYT report based on leaks coming (first, second or third-hand) from James Comey himself. Priebus asks McCabe for help, James Comey then tells McCabe the FBI cannot publicly refute the story which is based on Comey’s leaking.

If everyone associated with this line of inquiry can stop themselves from following the shell game constructed by Comey, and avoid the distractions he is laying down (Lynch), they’ll eventually find a way to point this out.

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592 Responses to WaPo Report: Robert Mueller Investigating “Obstruction of Justice” Claims…

  1. Naslod says:

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  2. wyntre says:

    Washington Post Editors Skeptical of Own Paper’s Story on Mueller Obstruction Investigation of Trump; Say It Was “Rushed and Hushed”

    “Came from the top, from Martin (Baron),” a former colleague at the Washington Post told True Pundit. “Wasn’t on the daily budget. Would have been major lead for front page Thursday but it was rushed and hushed.”

    Another Post source and former colleague offered similar sentiment: “My recommendation would have been to push to Sunday but I wasn’t asked. Story like that would normally go out front (page one) Sunday and could set national agenda for the week.”

    Editors said the story was likely written after the afternoon news meeting and kept quiet and was obviously “rushed out the door” in a small window of one to two hours, likely bypassing a review by the newspaper’s lawyers which could take a day in itself.

    Baron is the editor of the embattled Washington Post and has proven a penchant for publishing anti-Trump news that is almost always proven fake either days, weeks or months after if sees ink in the Post.

    The latest “scoop” appears not to be an exception.”

    http://truepundit.com/washington-post-editors-skeptical-of-own-papers-story-on-mueller-obstruction-investigation-of-trump-say-it-was-rushed-and-hushed/

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    • Sherlock says:

      Interesting. This jives with what one of our Treepers thought, that they rushed this out to blunt today’s shooting story. Could well be, and I apologize for not being able to immediately come up with the name of the Treeper who recognized this. Psadie? Just can’t find it right this minute.

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      • Scott Forman says:

        Comey needs to be hung for treason, his BFF Mueller needs to resign for conflict of interest, and many dumocrats need to be tried for sedition and treason and hung.

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      • I saw reports of this in the wee hours of the morning, well before the shooting. I found it extremely suspicious. The Thursday story seems to be an elaboration of what was already being put out there.

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        • Sherlock says:

          In the case of the Coates and Rogers stuff, an expansion, a clear expansion. I think if you re-read that part carefully, and compare it with what was out there before, you might agree with me. Earlier, the story of the jackals was that Pres. Trump had perhaps asked them to help make the truth public, i.e, tell the public what Comey had told him. The story now tries to claim they were asked to tell Comey to stop an investigation. Huge difference.

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          • Sherlock says:

            It’s possible I misread your post. You were saying there were actually two stories on Thursday. I thought you were saying that the info today was the same as the stuff from last week. I see your point clearly now.

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        • McGuffin says:

          Had to get it out in attempt to ruin Trumps birthday. (Sorry if this has been said already)

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      • WeThePeople2016 says:

        I said it earlier tonight.

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    • In 1992, then-President George H.W. Bush pardoned Caspar Weinberger and five other individuals who had been indicted or convicted in connection with the Iran-Contra arms deal. The special prosecutor, Lawrence Walsh, was furious, accusing Bush of stifling his ongoing investigation and suggesting that he may have done it to prevent Weinberger or the others from pointing the finger of blame at Bush himself. The New York Times also reported that the investigation might have pointed to Bush himself.

      This is what Walsh said: “The Iran-contra cover-up, which has continued for more than six years, has now been completed with the pardon of Caspar Weinberger. We will make a full report on our findings to Congress and the public describing the details and extent of this cover-up.”

      Yet Bush was neither charged with obstruction of justice nor impeached. Nor have other presidents who interfered with ongoing investigations or prosecutions been charged with obstruction.

      It is true that among the impeachment charges leveled against President Richard Nixon was one for obstructing justice, but Nixon committed the independent crime of instructing his aides to lie to the FBI, which is a violation of section 1001 of the federal criminal code.

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    • It’s on the front page of the Thursday Washington compost.

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    • AustinPrisoner says:

      test

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    • mitrom says:

      In my opinion, it’s obvious that Mueller, the Dems, and the RINOs in Congress have set up Trump and now they are going to try to get him for “Obstruction of Justice.” If anyone thinks Mueller will be “fair,” you are delusional. Mueller has a conflict of interest with corrupt Comey (they are long-time buddies) and the corrupt FBI leadership. He has hired all these big time leftist lawyers with links to Hillary and the Dem party to try to nail Trump. The FBI leadership (McCabe, Priestap) have links to Hillary Clinton/Dem party.

      There is no way that Mueller, the FBI leadership, or the leftist lawyers will be fair to Trump and his associates. They will give their buddy Comey a pass and Mueller will likely not get into how this whole investigation started (bogus) or get into the leaks. Every indication from what I have read is that they are intent to get Trump. Again, Mueller is a buddy of Comey’s and worked in the FBI for years. So, they want to get Trump for firing Comey, among other things. I wish I were wrong, but I’m afraid I’m not.

      So, the question is: are Americans going to stand by and watch this political hit job or are we going to fight back and call out this witch hunt by contacting the DOJ, FBI, and Congress Intel and Judiciary committee Republicans and tell them to stop this witch hunt/political hit job? Also, tell the DOJ/Rosenstein to either fire Mueller or require him to recuse himself for his conflict of interest. Tell Congressmen that we are on to their games and for anyone who doesn’t support Trump, they can kiss their political career goodbye. If enough Americans express their concerns, we have a chance to stop this injustice.

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    • shallbe4 says:

      Hasn’t Mueller broken the law which states that if he has a close friend such as Comey he should recuse himself?

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Wyntre,
      About choked on my drink when I read they have their own lawyers to review the stories (not articles) before it’s published. They don’t seem to be very good, bet they’re getting paid a pretty penny though.

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  3. Troublemaker says:

    If the Senate is going to have hearings on Comey’s firing….they will need to call all those Dems who trashed Comey, called for his resignation, and said there was no confidence in Comey after he botched the Hillary investigation.

    😀

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    • William Ford says:

      There isn’t going to be any investigation of Comey or prosecution of Comey. The GOP leadership has only one interest and that is forcing Trump out of office. It’s so obvious how can people here miss that?

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  4. I’m a huge Jeff Sessions fan but he has handicapped himself by not informing President Trump that his conscience, and his interpretation of federal regulations, would not allow him to serve fully as AG if the Left and the Deep State concocted a novel attack on his Presidency. The President needs to get a hard driving loyalist as AG who will delegitimize this sham investigation.

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    • kittytrump84 says:

      Where is Chris Christie?

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    • Rivers says:

      Sessions also recommended Obama holdover/ Comey BFF to be his Deputy AG. We could of had Jay Sekulow or Kris Kobach instead and this never should of even been possible. I believe some on here are going a bit soft on Sessions. Not me. He recused and then even recommended Rosenstein, I mean ObamaStein, to be his Deputy

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    • ALEX says:

      Water under bridge. President Trump has done nothing wrong and doesn’t think like Obama/Clinton who know they are corrupt and need protection..

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    • Sherlock says:

      Sorry, I disagre. Sessions is far too valuable in every other way to let go. We’ve been screaming for years for an honest, smart AG who is not above the law himself, and will pursue criminals and work tirelessly to carry out the President’s agenda re: immigration another matters. You have him right now. Sessions isn’t gong anywhere.

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    • BAMAFan says:

      I’ll stick with Sessions. You go pick some other “loyalist.”

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      • Ok, You’ll stick with Rod J. Rosenstein on everything to do with “muh Russia” and the special counsel.

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        • Owlen Rose says:

          Maybe you forgot this letter he wrote recommending Comey be fired.
          http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39866767

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          • No the memory still works, and I also heard Sessions testify yesterday that he and the deputy had discussions, prior to their confirmations, that a fresh start was needed at the FBI. So, Comey was out according to both of them, regardless. I’m skeptical because a guy I do trust, Sessions, is in the penalty box, while a guy I don’t trust is calling the shots on crucial issues.

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            • Owlen Rose says:

              So the letter Rothenstein wrote was a lie?

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              • Did you read the comment?

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                • Owlen Rose says:

                  Yes, it made no sense whatsoever.

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                • Oh, you have no reading comprehension. Try a remedial reading course. Or have someone dumb it down for you.

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                • Owlen Rose says:

                  Nice ad homs, usually what happens when you have no argument to make. I presented evidence that was exact opposite of your reasoning. You presented nothing but hunches. Sorry, but I base my reasoning on the actual actions of a person, not on whimsical guesses.

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                • You presented no evidence. My original comment never questioned RR’s memo recommending Comey’s firing. Your asinine question concerning the truthfulness of the memo was nonsense. Sessions appended his letter of endorsement to that memo and he clarified in the hearing that both were in agreement about Comey. The firing of Comey was not my point. The fact that the deputy has oversight over Muellar and the investigation and Sessions is neutered is the problem.

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                • Owlen Rose says:

                  Convoluted logic. In conclusion, because I’m not wasting any more time, I like evidence, you like hunches. Bye.

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                • When you stumble across some relevant evidence, let me know.

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              • shallbe4 says:

                Rothenstein is an interesting case. He thinks that the special counsel is terrific and has no problem with his friendship with Comey. The Left really doesn’t give a damn about what the people think and long as they win in 2018.

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            • Dr T says:

              Yes I agree with you and your analysis. I view it the same way. A guy we trust ( Sessions) does not appear to be on the drivers seat and instead we have to depend on a guy we don’t trust (Rosenstein) on the basis of his letter supporting the firing of Comey . That’s all we’ve got . But something about his recent actions tells us in our gut that he’s not on President Trumps side. I’d rather he resigned . Sessions is a great person but very quick to withdraw from conflict is what I’ve seen so far. Our President deserves better and stronger right now.

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          • Swelly says:

            Rosenstein may have written that letter just to instigate all this obstruction bilge. Rosenstein is a demoncrat who was instrumental in absolving the Clinton’s of any wrongdoing concerning the 900 FBI files that just happened to appear in the Clinton White House. I believe Rosenstein is just another demoncrat hack infecting the Trumpster.

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            • Owlen Rose says:

              Sorry, I don’t do identity politics. (See Alan Dershowitz) I’ve watched this guy testify, I read a scathing letter about Comey. The man is a straight-shooter when it comes to the law. Comey was dirty and he called him on it. End of story.

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              • Swelly says:

                Well I am open to the possibility that the Rosenstein letter might just be serving more than one purpose. The fact that you equate identity politics with political affiliation and your “end of story” arrogance is very revealing.

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                • Owlen Rose says:

                  Revealing? Please go on with your ad homs. Did you take mind reading courses from Comey? You actually know how people think?

                  I deal with facts, not baseless speculation. The letter speaks for itself. You want to fantasize and read between the lines, go for it.

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                • Swelly says:

                  The facts of the letter do speak for themselves. I am not disputing that. You just can’t accept the idea that the letter might serve more than one purpose. Pointing out your ignorance of the definition of identity politics and your know it all arrogance does not constitute ad homs. Sorry to disappoint you.

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                • Owlen Rose says:

                  No, I can’t accept the idea without evidence. Rothenstein has provided evidence, not baseless speculation, which you rely on.

                  Of course there ad homs. They’re personal attacks. Because I hold a broader definition and a less popular one (ad populum fallacy), and you hold on to a more narrow one, doesn’t make one ignorant. And just because I express my point of view, doesn’t make one arrogant. In fact, by calling someone arrogant because they hold a different position than yours, is called intolerance. Sound familiar?

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                • geri670 says:

                  Can you explain some of the other possibilities? I’m curious. Thanks.

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              • Sherlock says:

                I think he wrote the letter because he believed it. Then, I think when it resulted in an almost immediate firing, and the left began yelling “Firing Comey was obstruction and Rosenstein was used by Trump! he quickly folded to the pressure and appointed SC.
                This is what I’ve always thought.

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                • Sherlock says:

                  Frankly, it didn’t help that Pres. Trump, prior to the Rosenstein SC decision. went on with Lester Holt and said what he said, or joked with the Russian ambassador (or whoever it was) about certain matters which I will not repeat here. If you are familiar with those statements, you might agree that they made a timid Rosenstein even more likely to jump ship and hand it off to Mueller. People can of course disagree, and I’m sure many do.

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                • Summer says:

                  I agree with you, Sherlock. I am glad that Kasowitz will handle “all questions” from now on. Hopefully, it is not too late.

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                • Sherlock says:

                  It’s not too late, Summer.

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                • StormyeyesC says:

                  I agree. You catch a fish by its mouth. Trump should have closed his. While he means well, he cannot do off the cuff interviews or use his twitter account like a bat to hit with, nor a pillow to cry on. He needs to use it as effectively as he can, without any errors.
                  Those were certain errors, as well as the travel ban tweet, that will follow him and haunt him.

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                • Dr T says:

                  Sherlock : you are correct once again. That is why it’s best if he resigns or fired

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              • shallbe4 says:

                I like Dershowitz. I think he must have been a Democrat when the party believed in freedom of speech.

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      • Paul Killinger says:

        I’m with Sessions too, so long as he gets back into the game…

        And if, as reported, the Special Counsel is investigating the President on issues OTHER than Russia, this means the AG is no longer RECUSED.

        Therefore, he can DIRECT his Deputy and the Counsel to stick to their original purview (Russia) or go home.

        No big deal, it’s his job to do it!

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    • bofh says:

      Sessions is already in place. Do you think that any replacement that would actually potentially be an improvement would get through the Senate approval circus?

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    • I agree that Sessions needs to resign, but he can’t. Trump would never get another AG confirmed in time to stop this investigation(coup d’etat), and then fire Rosenstein and Mueller. RINO’s will turn against Trump even more than now.

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  5. ALEX says:

    Worse case Mueller can only recommend Impeachment. Until then or this stupid thing goes away, I ignore it and enjoy Sundance take..All of this Fake News is a bunch of anonymous drivel for most part….

    It’s obvious the uniparty loves Mueller and see it to their benefit not to defend our President in the least bit. These hearings are an embarrassment..We are all watching and taking names..

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  6. Proud Texan says:

    I’m having a problem sharing the optimism for this reason.
    Even if Mueller recused himself, another Prosecutor could be assigned
    as a normal process of investigation. Comey could still be indicted.
    Immunity has to be in the picture to save Comey’s butt.
    I don’t see Mueller referring Comey for indictment, so I don’t think
    Comey is angling for his dismissal. I could be wrong.

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  7. Sherlock says:

    “The White House now refers all questions about the Russia investigation to Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz. “The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal,” said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Kasowitz.”

    Thank you! Good news, let the lawyers speak to the matter from here on out.

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    • The fact that he said FBI indicates it wasn’t Special Counsel. I find that very telling.

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      • Mary says:

        yes that was no mistake. Wonder how many people caught that?

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      • Sherlock says:

        It may be, or could it just be that Pres. Trump’s team does not want to be seen in a direct dispute with Mueller at this point? Nobody will now defend the FBI, with their known mountain of leaks, but they would swarm to defend the “honor” of Mueller, en masse.
        Just guessing, though.

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        • Wink says:

          Can President Trump by pass the Congress by putting an “interim” head of the FBI? Is that possible?

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          • Sherlock says:

            Yes, he can while his nominee for the directorship is pending before congress. In fact, on May 17 the press reported that this would happen “within days”, and even listed 4 names as likely picks. Of course, it didn’t happen, and in all the hubbub I never followed up on this. I agree, it should happen. Don’t need McCabe there (he is “acting” director, I believe now).

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  8. doofusdawg says:

    You people don’t realize that the republican establishment is perfectly willing to assist with forcing Trump to resign and hitching their wagon to President Pence in the 2018 midterms… and that is exactly what is going to happen. I suspect the uniparty will threaten Trump’s family with investigations and prosecutions as leverage. I expect Trump will resign by the end of the year.

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  9. Bouchart says:

    The news is fake but the leaks are real.

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  10. vanroth50 says:

    My blood pressure is boiling and I am sure I am not the only one.

    If Comey felt there was a “directive” to drop the Flynn investigation, he should have immediately started the process of filing a formal obstruction of justice complaint as he was legally required by law to do.

    The President never raised the topic of Flynn again and never gave any orders or applied pressure to close down any investigation. All that he felt was frustration with the head of the FBI who he knew was refusing to clear him in public and yet engaging in innuendo and seditious leaks in order to damage the Presidency. But no, we all have to accept the word of dirty cop who felt uncomfortable about a conversation he had with a man he detested.

    Pinch me, this cannot be real. But yet it is and I could burst a vein. I don’t know what else to say.

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    • geri670 says:

      You’re in good company tonight!

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    • WSB says:

      Let’s put it this way. The press is reporting that there is now an obstruction of justice case against PDJT. However, from what we can tell by some real reported actions, the obstruction of justice investigation may actually be about Loretta Lynch, Susan Rice, Comey, and others.

      Remember, There is quite a feud between Clinton and Obama, Mueller bringing in Clintonistas to investigate Obamabots is what may really be happening.

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      • Wink says:

        WSB, you wrote something that’s been on my mind. Why did Comey even bring up Loretta in the first place? There’s more to this than meets the eye.

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        • WSB says:

          Many of us here seem to think that Comey pivoted his own testimony to deflect and put the onus on Lynch. After all, she was the one on the tarmac with Clinton.

          Comey wants to deflect from himself and lash out at the mob bosses who got him into this current mess.

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      • Sylvia Avery says:

        Aha WSB! I hadn’t thought about this whole hot mess from the perspective of Clintonistas investigating Obamabots. Hmm…. I will mull that over while I am dropping off to sleep. Very interesting idea.

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    • Vince says:

      “The President never raised the topic of Flynn again and never gave any orders or applied pressure to close down any investigation.”

      Not only that, President Trump eventually fired Flynn when more information came out about previous undisclosed ties with Russia. If President Trump was interfering with an investigation to protect Flynn, why did he fire the person he was interfering on behalf of?

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  11. DeplorablePatriotInCa says:

    Sundance, thank you for your insight and analysis. One question that was not asked of Rod Rosenstein in his recent testimony before Congress is when exactly did he decide to appoint a Special Counsel? That may shed some light on Comey’s timeline if in fact it had already been decided BEFORE Comey leaked his “memo”. Any thoughts?

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  12. Newman says:

    I’m going to wait for the fat lady to sing before I get optimistic about anything over Mueller and his merry leftist hack legal team witch-hunt.

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  13. Poco Loco says:

    This is a game of Gotcha with the rules being made up on the fly. There was no reason to appoint a Special Council except for the Dems calling for one as a prelude to impeachment. Rothstein (bless his dark little leftist heart) had his chain pulled and now we will have an ongoing investigation through the mid-terms all focused on damaging Trump and Dems getting the House back. It’s what the Indians call Leyla, the great play, Expect Leaks, leaks and more leaks from unnamed sources. The longer this is news the more the Dems hurt Trump and his MAGA agenda.

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  14. Greg says:

    The swamp is replaying the Valerie Plame/Scooter Libby/Patrick Fitzgerald scenario.

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    • BebeTarget says:

      Trump or someone close to him will be the next Scooter Libby. Those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it.

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  15. citizen817 says:

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  16. Natalie says:

    Just look at prior Mueller and Comey MO.. The anthrax case where Hatfil was persecuted relentlessly in the press, then a fake/twisted case concocted. Hatfil was ruined. Hatfil won over $5 mil in damages. Or Lockerbie. It’s come out recently that the plane evidence Mueller presented was false. Intelligence records and court records with a Richard Fuisz indicate Libya didn’t do it. Records show intel thought Iran did but blame Libya. U.K. Released bomber from prison- America press doesn’t report the whole story. Mueller did in Noriega. The deep state brings Mueller in for the big cases.comey and Mueller like bringing down big powerful people they don’t like. Trump is another big trophy deep state hit job. It’s good Trump is a fighter- so they will have to concoct a better story than they did on Hatfil. Or relentlessly convict Trump, like Hatfil, with anonymous sources and innuendo.

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  17. Ziiggii says:

    “According to a Washington Post report, based on two more unnamed “officials”…”

    Honestly, I stopped there…

    Nice try Comey!

    And otherwise nice jab Katica.

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  18. lisaginnz says:

    Call me crackers, but I don’t believe anything “published” by WaPost and their unnamed, anonymous “sources”….. for all we know, Comey is on their PAY ROLL… eh

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  19. kyasgrandma says:

    My mother always reminded (warning – crude language alert):
    ‘The more you stir up sh*+, the more the smell clings to you.”
    We need to make sure the smell of this hypocrisy lingers.

    And may the Lord have mercy on the little innocent children.

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  20. JimWVa says:

    I believe the leaks for this evening’s WP story on a Special Counsel obstruction investigation came from this morning’s meeting between Mueller, Burr and Warner:

    https://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2017-06-14/mueller-meets-with-lawmakers-to-avoid-conflicts-in-russia-probes

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  21. Colin Stent says:

    I have followed Sundance, closely, on all of these posts regarding the various conspiracies being put up by Trump haters. It does take some following and it sure is Machevalian. I thought I could be devious but, boy, I know nothing.
    I would appreciate an insight as to why the President is always in defence and does not attack his enemies. I would have thought an investigation by special (whatever) into the Clinton Foundation or the Hillary email stuff could be easily justified and would provide a battle for which the Democrats would have to be on the defensive, for a change.

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    • Ziiggii says:

      “I would appreciate an insight as to why the President is always in defence and does not attack his enemies.”

      Simple answer? … The President seems to be on the ‘defense’ on purpose. That lends a false sense of security to the enemy and they ‘eff’ up every time!

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    • R-C says:

      While these ‘never Trump’ dolts are beating their gums with falsehoods and innuendo (to keep their faithful in a proper lather), President Trump is busily beating them at the REAL game. He’s focused on HIS job: “Making America Great Again”. And, it’s working.

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    • suncc49 says:

      You watch those nature documentaries on the cable? You see the one about lions? You got this lion. He’s the king of the jungle, huge mane out to here. He’s laying under a tree, in the middle of Africa. He’s so big, it’s so hot. He doesn’t want to move. Now the little lions come, they start messing with him. Biting his tail, biting his ears. He doesn’t do anything. The lioness, she starts messing with him. Coming over, making trouble. Still nothing. Now the other animals, they notice this. They start to move in. The jackals; hyenas. They’re barking at him, laughing at him. They nip his toes, and eat the food that’s in his domain. They do this, then they get closer and closer, bolder and bolder. Till one day, that lion gets up and tears the sh$t out of everybody. Runs like the wind, eats everything in his path. Cause every once in a while, the lion has to show the jackals, who he is.

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    • WSB says:

      Easy. President Trump is a counter puncher. Oh, and read The Art of War.

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    • cozettea says:

      One reason is that he needed to clean out the FBI first. He got rid of Comey plus got evidence of leaks which he’s been pursuing privately since at least March. He forced Comey into finally revealing that President Trump and his campaign had NEVER been under investigation. He’s now nominated a new FBI director. Once he’s in place things can proceed.

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  22. A2 says:

    I agree with sundance’s analysis. If you have doubts just reread the President’s tweet about Comey the leaker and ‘leaks’ coming from the FBI.

    What I find interesting is for me, new information coming from WaPo’s latest story based on more leaks concerning the ‘obstruction of justice’ investigation.

    From the article: “The obstruction of justice investigation into the president began days after Comey was fired on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter. ” The date is key because firstly, it confirms this was already underway before Mueller was appointed on 17 May. So this was known. Secondly, it would be important to nail down that date. My suspicion is the convenience of the ‘obstruction’ investigation starting after Comey was fired linking the two events.

    My suspicion, perhaps unfounded, is that the ‘obstruction’ investigation was purposely timed after Comey was fired because he knew he was out the door, and he purposely left town so that the big surprise firing would look suspicious and make him look the ‘victim’. Many think that the administration fired him when he was away so they could seal his office and grab the goods so to speak. I doubt an operator such as Comey would leave any incriminating documents in his office. We can not even get his mysterious memos.

    For a man who clearly was running a spying operation on the candidate, then President Trump would have known he was to be fired. I sense a set-up.

    My other thought is the weak link in the leaking chain concerns the NYT publishing info on the Manchester bombing. I doubt that was supposed to happen, but the FBI leaker got careless. Follow that trail and it may yield other evidence to nail the leaker-in-chief, Comey.

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  23. mikeydoo says:

    On Sunday, Chris Wallace made a Freudian slip. He said, “one of his leaks” when he should have said “his leak.” Point is that many in DC know Comey is a black hat leaker and they are protecting him.

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  24. d2i says:

    What folks are forgetting or unaware of is Trump met with Mueller two days before Rosenstein made his appointment as Special Counsel. Trump is fully aware of Mueller’s task.

    And, for heavens sake, when are we all going to stop giving credence to anything WAPO and NYTs reports on politics? Enough already. Six months of anon reporting equals blah, blah, blah.

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  25. dale fontana says:

    Do you know what is absolutely ridiculous? After all this nonsense and B.S. accusations being leveled at a variety of people, no one, I mean absolutely no one has stated clearly exactly what crime Michael Flynn was supposed to have committed. He has been fired, his reputation shot, all of his years of service to the country down the drain, illegally spied on, illegally unmasked, and now spread to Trump and the AG, and the best thing I can come up with is that he did not file some lobbying disclosure paperwork when lobbying for a foreign government (Turkey). But Hillary can practically hand over the keys to the State Dept. to the Ruskies and others not to mention the gross theft and fraud and she can give speeches for money. Liberty and justice for all! Right!

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  26. C. Lowell says:

    Fun fact: Mueller was brought in to be FBI director by Dubya one week before 9/11 http://stevepieczenik.com/hear-me-opus9-comey-may-and-noriega/

    So he’s a deep-state operative from way back…

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    • Natalie says:

      Colleen Rowley 9/11, Sibel Edmonds – patriot act gag order, Hatfil and anthrax, Lockerbie, Noriega, Lockerbie recent files coming out show the plane data mueller presented was faked. U.K. Released the convicted bomber. Court file (Richard Fuisz and declassify intelligence) show Libya didnt do Lockerbie and intelligence had secretly blamed with high confidence Iran did it. Mueller has been writing letters recently standing by what he did. Hatfil won over $5 mill damages for comey Mueller prosecuting him when they knew he was innocent. Ray mcgovern has an article calling Mueller a “deep state Thug”.

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  27. covfefe mariner says:

    I will be furious beyond words if Comey, having given enough immunity to make it impossible to hold the Clinton/Obama gang to account, now manages to get immunity for himself and thereby escape prosecution.

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  28. sundance says:

    Comey’s allies, including those remaining inside the FBI, want Robert Mueller removed.

    It’s not hard to find the angles to the action if you begin from that perspective.

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    • Dan says:

      yeah exactly this. It should be ignored. These people are probably the same ppl who unmasked and leaked Flynn.

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    • Proud Texan says:

      Help me out on your premise. They want Mueller removed or to not have any Special Counsel?
      Mueller could simply be replaced, no?
      Sorry, I’m not completely understanding your reasoning. Thanks in advance.

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    • maiingankwe says:

      Is this why he put Lynch on full display with bad lighting? He’s letting them know he won’t go down with the ship, and if they think he will, he will take others down with him starting with his immediate boss, Lynch?

      I’m not good at figuring out people’s nefarious purposes, I wish I was, life would be easier at times. So any help I could get would be appreciated.
      Be well,
      Ma’iingankwe

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  29. gary says:

    I think someone on Trump Team or someone rich that is pro-Trump should offer a 100,000 reward for NYT/Washington Post/CNN workers who disclose the leakers in private setting with verification (emails, phone records, etc).

    If 100,000 doesn’t work , maybe keep going higher until the scum reporters start turning these traitors in.

    That would put the fear of God into the NYT or Washington Post or CNN if some people that work there turn in their sources for lots of money. And it would help plug the leaks since leakers might fear being turned in.

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  30. Owlen Rose says:

    My view is when Comey met Mueller, it was that “Hey Dad, I totlaed the car moment, can you forgive me?” Mueller won’t do it, this is last hooray and he is not going to burn his legacy for a criminal like Comey, firend or no friend.

    Comey, IMO, has already been caught by Trump, and it’s just a matter of time when the floodgates open and Obamagate explodes. More crooks than Watergate.

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    • I concur… I believe that Comey is being set up by his buddy Mueller to take the fall for the domestic spying program, for the Obama admin spying on EVERYONE, for the unmasking and for Comey burying the inquiry on fund raising fraud.

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  31. Joe S says:

    There was just an interesting spot on HANNITY tonight.

    Sundance, did you hear Gregg Jarret suggest that maybe Comey leaked “IT?” As usual, Hannity missed the point because he had another thought/agenda. Hannity has limited listening skills, as much as I LIKE HIS SUPPORT of TRUMP.

    Hannity has a good heart, essentially.

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    • geri670 says:

      You are sooooo right. I like the guy a lot, but he just doesn’t know when to shut up.

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      • Joe S says:

        It is frustrating to me because I have been a salesman and a sales manager all of my life.

        I try to teach listening. I am NO TALENT like Hannity is, but I have to say that he misses a lot of good information BECAUSE he does not listen well to the people he is interviewing.

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    • bobsunshine says:

      Notice in the reply from Trump’s lawyer he said leaks from the “FBI”. They know.

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    • sundance says:

      Hey, Joe S… my response: DUH !! 😀

      Of course Comey, or those inside his FBI crew, leaked it. Again, look at the downstream consequences. Follow it to it’s logical conclusion. From their perspective they are creating Win/Win’s.

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      • distracted2 says:

        Gregg Jarrett was on Hannity again tonight and proclaimed “Comey leaked it,” in answer to Jay Sekulow’s rhetorical question about who’s responsible for leaking to the WaPo again.

        Unfortunately, no one was paying attention to him because he was in studio and Hannity, Sara Carter and Jay Sekulow were on the baseball field. Jay was so fired up, he was practically yelling and Hannity wouldn’t stop going on and on about Loretta Lynch – it’s maddening.

        Meanwhile Jarrett answered the rhetorical question and everyone missed it, except perhaps the viewers.

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      • Joe S says:

        YEP, I was pointing out that you are not alone in your thesis.

        I just wish Hannity would have followed up with the question, “why would Comey create a leak like that?” Then it would have been entered into the discussion.

        LOL, though, DUH!! You are pretty funny.

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      • tampa2 says:

        Hannity is hard of listening. Period.

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    • amber says:

      Hannity has a really good lineup with Jay Sekulow, Gregg Jarret and Sara Carter. I call it the A team

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  32. Ziiggii says:

    REPORT: Acting FBI Director McCabe ‘The Key’ Behind Mueller and Comey Scheme Against POTUS
    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2017/06/report-acting-fbi-director-mccabe-key-behind-mueller-comey-scheme-potus/

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    • Chickficshun says:

      I find Gateway Pundit to be very sketchy sometimes. Most of their stories are anon sources too. The only difference is that they are on our sude so to speak. Take it with a grain of salt.

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      • Ziiggii says:

        Agreed, Hoft has hired a lot of newbies and they seem (wanting to create a name / be on the ‘front lines’) use questionable sources. I have noticed more than once that those ‘sources’ end up being /pol/ in general or those that choose /pol/ to ‘leak’ (ie make believe).

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      • rjcylon says:

        For a while I had left Breitbart and replaced it with Gateway Pundit. Unfortunately, they have a similar problem… the need for clicks and sensationalism in order to get those clicks. They do great reporting but I can’t support the one and not the other.

        So now I just come here.

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  33. recoverydotgod says:

    The FBI leaks are obstruction of justice. They slow down the flow of justice. Justice’s flow is to reveal truth. Comey having his friend reveal the memo….or the NYT’s reporting on the memos….without revealing that President Trump was not under investigation up through Comey’s firing was obstruction of justice IMO.

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    • Chickficshun says:

      Funny and interesting that the NYTimes didnt have a “breaking news” flash full of anon sources. I guess we will get their new “breakingvstiry” tomorrow.

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      • recoverydotgod says:

        Even though NYT’s was getting memo stories, they had to wait until Comey testified to get the part where Trump was not under investigation….which was part of the memos. IMO …part of Comey obstructing the flow of justice to reveal the truth.

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  34. Pingback: WaPo Report: Robert Mueller Investigating “Obstruction of Justice” Claims – IOTW Report

  35. rjcylon says:

    I can’t keep up with this. “Fire Mueller!” “Don’t Fire Mueller!” MSNBC had a headline tonight “Trump urged to NOT fire Mueller”.

    Judging from that MSNBC headline, I would take it that Mueller is doing his job and that they are just trying to create a rift that doesn’t exist to take focus off the violent left.

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  36. Dash says:

    The concern trolls are in rare form tonight.

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  37. Attorney says:

    Leftwing filth.

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  38. Bubba says:

    It doesn’t matter whether Trump is innocent. If it mattered, he wouldn’t have an SC looking into him. All that matters is that he is not part of their club – the Deep State/Establishment.

    It doesn’t matter whether Hillary or Comey are guilty of any crimes.
    All that matters is that they’re in the club.

    This is not america anymore. The Nazi’s won WWII and they’re in charge now.

    As I’ve stated many times here, Mueller is not an SC. He’s the lead defense attorney for the DS and he’s trying to negotiate a settlement for his clients. Comey is a shiny object. He’s a tool. Look deeper,

    Robert Mueller.

    Some tid bits that I’ve verified at multiple sources. Don’t take my word for it, do your own research. Start with the link below:

    His mother (maiden name Truesdale) was the niece of Richard Bissell – the CIA Dir of Plans that was fired by JFK

    His wife (Ann Cabell Standish) was related to 2 infamous brothers – Gen Cabell of the CIA and was fired by JFK, Earl Cabell was Mayor of Dallas on that fateful day in 1963,

    Covered for Poppy Bush while in the DOJ during the BCCI investigation (worked in conjunction with John Walker, of Bush-Walker relation, who was at the Treasury Dept. Comey later clerked for the then Judge John Walker on his way up the ladder.

    Appointed FBI Dir 1 week before 911. “Mueller found himself charged with reshaping the FBI from a domestic crime-fighting force into a counterintelligence service with a key role in combating terrorism.” – WaPo.

    Ruled FBI when it was declared that it was illegal for any other LEO org to investigate terrorism besides FBI.

    http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~battle/celeb/mueller.htm

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  39. paper doll says:

    When Comey was fired, the Dem immunity issuing ATM was shut down….quick, get another one! Here comes Muller. His function is to issue immunity to criminals, bring down Trump, hire the Clinton people who were expecting to be working in her administration…The idea of Muller being fired freaks them out because he is their immunity sugar daddy…..imo

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  40. Paul Killinger says:

    Sundance,

    Now I understand the timing of your recent Letter to the President.

    Thank you!

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  41. Read paragraphs (b)(ii) and (c) in light of this:

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  42. litlbit2 says:

    For me the leaks have become nothing more than DNC talking points! Fake News with the GOPe just as involved. The dying breathe of the swamp. 2018

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  43. Brant says:

    Justice is both for innocent and guilty. Priebus asked FBI to publicly say Trump wasn’t under investigation. They said they couldn’t comment on every investigation. In a world of reality, that would be obstruction of justice.

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  44. Beverly says:

    OH, HADES. Drama Queen Comey the Traitor has received an IMMUNITY DEAL from that sob Robt. Mueller:

    A high-ranking Justice Department official believes Special Counsel Robert Mueller has granted a complete get-out-of-jail-free-card deal for disgraced FBI Director James Comey: A coveted immunity deal in exchange for cooperating as a key witness.

    “The immunity is a done deal,” a Justice Department source said. “Mueller can do whatever he wants. We (Justice) have no say, but after many years working criminal cases, I know Comey has been given immunity. You can tell by the way he is acting now and the fact that Mueller has kept us in the dark about his investigation.”

    Special Counsel spokesman Peter Carr at Justice would not comment when asked to detail the immunity arrangement between Comey and Mueller.

    “As this is an ongoing investigation, we will decline to comment,” Carr told True Pundit.

    As Special Counsel, by law Mueller is permitted to strike immunity agreements without having to get approval for the Attorney General of anyone at Justice. Also he is not obligated as Special Counsel to inform Justice about who is under immunity.

    It’s no secret Comey and Mueller are close friends, having worked together at Justice for years alongside Eric Holder. Comey has described Mueller, who also served as FBI director, as his one-time mentor. If someone in Congress cared enough to do something about it, there are no shortages of conflicts of interests at play here in what is supposed to be an impartial investigation. In fact, it’s somewhat staggering.

    But what are friends for? Folks outside of D.C. are getting another unwelcome crash course into corruption.
    See the rest at the link: http://truepundit.com/exclusive-doj-brass-says-comey-struck-insider-immunity-deal-with-mueller-to-avoid-criminal-charges/

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    • Sherlock says:

      Assuming any truth to this article (sources, you know) the “source” admits he doesn’t know squat, merely guessing based on being kept in the dark and Comey’s “behavior”.

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  45. dt says:

    Sessions is bullshit!

    The hell with his “southern gentleman” style!

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  46. StormyeyesC says:

    I just walked by a TV on MSNBC and saw the bottom banner that read “Trump being investigated for money laundering. I could not dig deeper as I was at a hospital. Just got home. WTH is happening? OMG Is Comey leaking desperate made up stories or is MSNBC desperate (even more than usual I mean)?

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  47. timmihendrix says:

    So Mueller helps his bff by flipping Comey to spill on Lynch…. Hillary…..Obama….

    There’s a reason they picked Mueller

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  48. William Ford says:

    I hope Sundance is right. But it sure looks like the Comey-Mueller syndicate is doing the bidding of the Dems AND GOP ESTABLISHMENT to manufacture some criminal act they can use to railroad Trump out of office or face certain impeachment. When Sessions recused himself he left Trump vulnerable to the jackals with no loyalist in a position to deflect the coup.

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  49. GumboPot says:

    It would be really awesome Sundance if you and your team could put together a timeline of the MUH Russians “investigation”. I’m losing track of the story and I’m sure I’m not the only one. Having a timeline to reference as new information comes available would really be useful in terms of checking the veracity of these new reports.

    Anyway, you are doing an awesome job on this site.

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  50. Troublemaker says:

    NYT’s article on this has a much softer headline. They say “hinting of inquiry” rather than coming out and saying an obstruction investigation opened.

    Mueller Seeks to Talk to Intelligence Officials, Hinting at Inquiry of Trump
    https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/06/14/us/politics/mueller-trump-special-counsel-investigation.html?_r=0&referer=https://t.co/EoB8tTo5ez?amp=1

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