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Giuliani Says Mueller Told Trump Lawyers President Can’t be Indicted

According to Fox News:

President Trump’s attorney, Rudy Giuliani, told Fox News on Wednesday that special counsel Robert Mueller has told the president’s legal team he will follow Justice Department guidance and not seek an indictment against Trump.

Giuliani, himself a former federal prosecutor and mayor of New York City, also told Fox News that Mueller’s investigators have not responded to five information requests from the president’s team. That has forced Trump’s legal team to push off making a decision about whether the president will sit for an interview with the special counsel — a decision they had hoped to reach by Thursday.

The precedent that federal prosecutors cannot indict a sitting president is laid out in a 1999 Justice Department memo. Giuliani told Fox News that Mueller has no choice but to follow its guidance.

“This case is essentially over,” Giuliani said. “They’re just in denial.”

No, they’re not in denial. They are building a case for House Democrats to impeach Trump, and for the Senate to possibly convict him. That’s the goal here. A Democratic House would impeach Trump for waking up in the morning. But the Senate would only convinct him if there is serious evidence of a crime. And God knows, Mueller is looking for a crime, any crime.

Federal Judge Accuses Mueller of Pursuing Manafort to Get Trump

Yes, that’s right. A prosecutor with unlimited power, time and money to go after anyone to get Trump. That’s a problem.

From the Washington Post:

A federal judge in Virginia on Friday accused the office of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III of pursuing a fraud case against President Trump’s former campaign manager to pressure him to “sing” and provide evidence against the president.

The comments from Judge T.S. Ellis III came during a hearing in Alexandria federal court, where attorneys for Paul Manafort argued that bank- and tax-fraud charges against him are outside the scope of the special counsel’s authority.

“You don’t really care about Mr. Manafort’s bank fraud,” Ellis told prosecutors at the morning hearing. “You really care about getting information Mr. Manafort can give you that would reflect on Mr. Trump and lead to his prosecution or impeachment.”

Ellis said the government wanted Manafort, “the vernacular is, to sing.” The judge put it another way, saying the special counsel set out to “turn the screws and get the information you really want.”

Trump noticed.

Judge Raises Doubts About Whether Mueller Can Probe Whatever He Wants

There once was something called in “independent counsel.” The problem with that was that the independent counsel could just run amock and investigate anything and everything forever.

So they let the law authorizing independent counsels expire and decided these probes would be done by a “special counsel” who reported to the Department of Justice. Presumably, that would put some limits on the investigation. But not, apparently, under the authority of Rod Rosenstein.

Now a federal judge is wondering what’s up.

Because it seems Mueller will soon be looking for Jimmy Hoffa and investigating the Kennedy assassination.

According to Politico:

A federal judge raised doubts Thursday about the scope of the order used to appoint special counsel Robert Mueller to probe alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

During a two-and-a-half hour hearing in one of Mueller’s criminal cases against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson questioned whether Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s directive appointing Mueller granted him more authority than Justice Department regulations appear to permit.

Manafort’s lead defense attorney, Kevin Downing, noted that the May 17 order appointing Mueller grants him authority to pursue the Trump-Russia probe as well as other issues that “may arise” from that investigation. Downing said that was at odds with Justice’s rules, which say a special counsel must be told of the “specific factual matter” in his or her mandate.

“That’s a fair point,” Jackson said, adding later: “I don’t think that, as good as he is, that the deputy attorney general can see into the future.”

Rosenstein Told Trump He’s Not a “Target” of Mueller’s, But it Doesn’t Matter

One of the big stories circulating this afternoon is that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in his mysterious White House meeting with Donald Trump last week informed the president he is not a “target” of Robert Mueller’s investigation. According to Bloomberg: Rosenstein, who brought up the Mueller probe himself, offered the assurance during a meeting… Continue Reading

Video || Grassley: Firing Mueller “Would Be Suicide”

“It looks like a dead end,” Grassley said of the Russia collusion investigation. “Maybe Mueller would appreciate being fired so he would have an excuse for getting out of it and the Democrats would have a good issue in this upcoming election.” A lot of Republicans would be unhappy if Trump fired Mueller. Remember, it… Continue Reading

Mueller May Be Trying to Induce Trump to Testify With “Not a Target” Assurance

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has told the White House that President Trump is not a “target” of his investigation, a fairly meaningless assertion that seems designed to lull Trump into a false sense of comfort and get him to testify. The Washington Post reported Tuesday night that Trump is a “subject” of the probe but not a… Continue Reading

Former Trump Campaign Advisor Close to a Plea Deal With Mueller

The dude is getting his ducks in a row, hoping they’ll all sing. Or start quacking. According to CNN: Former Trump campaign adviser Rick Gates is finalizing a plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller’s office, indicating he’s poised to cooperate in the investigation, according to sources familiar with the case. Gates has already spoken… Continue Reading

Trump’s Lawyers Don’t Want Him to Talk to Mueller

From the New York Times: Lawyers for President Trump have advised him against sitting down for a wide-ranging interview with the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, according to four people briefed on the matter, raising the specter of a monthslong court battle over whether the president must answer questions under oath. His lawyers are… Continue Reading

One More Year of Mueller

Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation could stretch well into 2018, possibly not concluding until the end of the year, according to the Washington Post. From the article: People with knowledge of the investigation said it could last at least another year — pointing to ongoing cooperation from witnesses such as former Trump campaign adviser George… Continue Reading

Special Counsel Mueller’s Probe Cost $7 million from May to September

This probe was conjured up out of thin air. The $7 million it cost – by now we’re probably closer to $10 million – was from something more tangible: your bank account. According to Fox News: Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office revealed Tuesday that the first few months of his Russia investigation cost taxpayers a… Continue Reading

Mueller’s Empty Papadopoulos Play

The press can hardly conceal its glee that after a few days of bad press for Hillary Clinton, who paid for Russian dirt against Donald Trump, they now have some nobody named George Papadopoulos in their corner against the president. The Washington Post exults that there are “several big, juicy questions emanating from the former… Continue Reading

Why, Exactly, Do We Need a Special Prosecutor?

I don’t get it. Somone nobody never heard of, as they say in Joisey, Rod Rosenstein, decided that what the Russia election influence case demands is an investigator who is now going to spend years poking around the Trump administration looking for wrongdoing and crippling, or at least harming, the ability of the White House to… Continue Reading