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Where Were the Calls to Prosecute Obama for Obstruction of Justice?

When Barack Obama did what President Trump is accused of, trying to influence a Justice Department investigation, there were no calls to impeach him or to prosecute him for obstruction. At least not among “mainstream” analysts.

The reasons, in short, are that Obama is favored by the mainstream media and that he didn’t have a special counsel looking into everything from whether he “colluded” with the Russians to whether he puts out the recycling bin on Tuesdays. But Obama did exactly what Trump did.

As you probably remember, last week Trump got in Big Trouble for calling on Attorney General Session to shut down Special Counsel Mueller’s Russia collusion probe, which seems focused on everything except Russia collusion.

But Obama repeatedly sought to minimize Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while the Justice Department was investigating it, saying it was just a “mistake” and did not jeopardize national security. Of course, he was more subtle about it than Trump, because he is more subtle than Trump. But it is clear Obama was commenting favorably and minimizing the potential crime of the subject of an ongoing investigation, Hillary Clinton.

According to the FBI inspector general’s report issued in June, this was deeply problematic for investigators. From excerpts assembled by National Review:

Former President Obama’s comments caused concern among FBI officials about the potential impact on the investigation. Former EAD John Giacalone told the OIG, “We open up criminal investigations. And you have the President of the United States saying this is just a mistake. . . . That’s a problem, right?” Former AD Randy Coleman expressed the same concern, stating, “[The FBI had] a group of guys in here, professionals, that are conducting an investigation. And the . . . President of the United States just came out and said there’s no there there.” Michael Steinbach, the former EAD for the National Security Branch, told the OIG that the comments generated “controversy” within the FBI. Steinbach stated, “You’re prejudging the results of an investigation before they really even have been started. . . .That’s . . . hugely problematic for us.” Department prosecutors also were concerned. Prosecutor 4 told the OIG that Obama’s statement was the genesis of the FBI’s suspicions that the Department’s leadership was politically biased. This prosecutor stated, “I know that the FBI considered those [statements] inappropriate. And that it . . . [generated] a suspicion that there was a political bias . . . going on from the Executive Branch.”

Attorney general Loretta Lynch didn’t like it either.

She told the OIG that she did not think the President should have made the comment on 60 Minutes. She stated, “I don’t know where it came from. And I don’t know, I don’t know why he would have thought that either, to be honest with you. Because, to me, anyone looking at this case would have seen a national security component to it. So I don’t, I truly do not know where he got that from.”

And don’t think that Obama was necessarily just protecting Hillary out of the goodness of his heart. By communicating with her on an unsecured email system, which he did, he too may have engaged in misconduct.

In fact, this is in some ways worse than what Trump did. Obama is trying to influence a probe that is going on within his own Justice Department. That’s a lot easier to do than to have an effect on an investigation being conducted by a special counsel, who has a much greater degree of independence.

What’s more, Sessions can’t even shut down the probe. He’s recused himself. I’ve heard some suggest Trump is uninformed or mistaken because the person he should be targeting is Deputy Attorney General Rod Sessions, who actually oversees Mueller.

But maybe Trump knows exactly what he is doing. Because how do you accuse someone of trying to obstruct justice when he’s trying to “influence” the wrong person?

Mueller Offers to Limit Questions He Would Ask Trump

According to the Washington Post:

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III indicated this week that he is willing to reduce the number of questions his investigators would pose to President Trump in an interview, renewing negotiations with Trump’s lawyers about a presidential sit-down after an extended standoff, according to two people briefed on the negotiations.

The latest proposal by the special counsel comes as Trump has stepped up his attacks on his investigation and Mueller personally.

For months, Mueller has been seeking to question the president as part of his investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 campaign, which is also examining whether Trump has sought to block that probe.

In a letter sent Monday, Mueller’s team suggested that investigators would reduce the number of questions about potential obstruction of justice they would ask in person and instead seek some answers in written form, according to one person.

Trump’s attorneys should continue to advise him to answer all questions in writing. Mueller will ask questions designed to create a perjury trap. Remember, even someone as careful as Bill Clinton, an attorney and literally lifelong politician, was impeached in part because of perjury committed under questioning from the independent counsel. Trump is far more careless about what he says than Clinton.

Understandably, Trump wants to personally clear his name. According to the New York Times:

President Trump pushed his lawyers in recent days to try once again to reach an agreement with the special counsel’s office about him sitting for an interview, flouting their advice that he should not answer investigators’ questions, three people briefed on the matter said on Wednesday.

Mr. Trump has told advisers he is eager to meet with investigators to clear himself of wrongdoing, the people said. In effect, he believes he can convince the investigators for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, of his belief that their own inquiry is a “witch hunt.”

Bad idea. Mueller likely has nothing with which to prosecute Trump. During an interview, the hunt for a perjury charge will be on. He has to justify the millions that have been spent somehow.

Trump Denies Cohen Allegation that He Knew About Don Jr. Meeting

Former Trump attorney and all-around fixer and hatchet man Michael Cohen is alleging to the Mueller gang that President Trump knew about a meeting arranged by Donald Trump Jr. to get dirt on Hillary Clinton from a Russian government-connected source.

Trump denied it Friday morning.

Look, let’s be frank. This is was a seriously dumb move. I mean, was nobody thinking? Go to the Russians to try to get dirt on Hillary Clinton? Were there no adults around to stop this?

There is no evidence that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians. But this is evidence that on at least one occasion, they tried. Fortunately for Trump, failure can sometimes be a good thing.

The allegation by Cohen, a veteran liar who is out to save his skin, is meaningless unless he can back it up with emails or some other tangible evidence. Or if he tells Mueller other people were aware that Trump knew, and then Mueller puts the squeeze on them.

Let’s be frank about another thing. This is exactly the problem with a prosecutor given endless time to compile a case. Everybody does dumb things. I doubt the Trump people knew this would be illegal. They were just looking for dirt wherever they could find it.

You sic a special prosecutor on any presidential campaign – and my God, particularly those run by the Clintons – and you’ll find some illegal behavior or attempts at it.

The Russia collusion allegations and the special prosecutor are effectively an effort to reverse the results of the election. The investigation is not fair play. If a special prosecutor investigated Mother Theresa, Nelson Mandela, and Martin Luther King long enough, they’d all wind up in jail.

Trump: Russians Will Try to Elect Democrats in 2018

President Trump Tuesday said the Russians will attempt to influence the 2018 midterm elections – on behalf of the Democrats.

But will they collude with the Democrats again, as they did in 2016 by compiling the Steele Dossier for the DNC and the Clinton campaign?

Trump May Revoke Security Clearances of Brennan, Clapper, Comey, Hayden and Rice

President Trump is exploring “mechanisms” for revoking the security clearances of former CIA Director John Brennan, former FBI Director James Comey, former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former National Security Agency Michael Hayden, former National Security Adviser Susan Rice, and former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said certain officials have “politicized and in some cases monetized their public service and security clearances” and made “baseless accusations” against Trump concerning Russia.

Of course, she’s right. These people are writing books and serving the Democrats. Why do they have access to our secrets to bash Trump with them? And why do they even need such access?

Trump Indicates He May Believe Putin Over His Intel Agencies on Russia Hacking

President Trump Monday suggested that he might take Russian President Putin at his word that Russia did not interfere in the 2016 election.

Trump was asked whether he blieved U.S intelligence agencies or Putin.

Trump said:

[Director of National Intelligence] Dan Coats came to me. They said, they think it’s Russia. I have President Putin, he just said it’s not Russia. I will say this, I don’t see any reason why it would be . . . I have great confidence in my intelligence people, but I will tell you that President Putin was extremely strong and powerful in his denial today.

Michael Cohen: “Family and Country” Before Trump

I dunno. Michael Cohen doesn’t, you know, impress me as the most ethical attorney around.

Wait a second, I don’t want to get sued. I’m not saying he’s unethical. Just not the most ethical, okay? My gosh, call of your dogs!

Let’s face it Mr. President, you hired a shark because you needed an attorney who bites. But sharks don’t necessarily care whom they’re biting. As long as they’re biting. They can take a seal one day, and a mackeral the next.

Trump knows this, and depending on what information Cohen has, the president is either very concerned, or not concerned at all.

Because he gets sharks.

According to ABC News:

President Donald Trump’s longtime personal attorney and a former executive vice president at the Trump Organization — has always insisted he would remain loyal to the president.

He was the fix-it guy, the pit bull so fiercely protective of his boss that he’d once described himself as “the guy who would take a bullet” for the president.

But in his first in-depth interview since the FBI raided his office and homes in April, Cohen strongly signaled his willingness to cooperate with special counsel Robert Mueller and federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York — even if that puts President Trump in jeopardy.

“My wife, my daughter and my son have my first loyalty and always will,” Cohen told me. “I put family and country first.”

Also not spending ten years in jail comes first too.

Trump: I’ve Got to Stop Focusing on the Russia Probe

After three tweets Tuesday morning about the Russia probe and the need for further investigation of Hillary Clinton, President Trump sought to get his mind off the subject.

It’s as if Melania walked into the room and told him, “Cut it out.”

I’m honestly not sure how he keeps his mind on his job when he is constantly under investigation and needs to frequently consult his lawyers and hear about all of it in the press. Of course, for Democrats, that’s part of the joy of all this. But the country is being damaged, and it doesn’t seem like there’s a good enough reason for what’s happening.

A major probe that will end up lasting at least 18 months and quite possibly two years is besieging the White House, without any tangible evidence that a crime was committed.

This should have been handled within the Justice Department, without a special prosecutor. There is no way Hillary Clinton – or Barack Obama, for that matter – would ever have appointed a special counsel to investigate themselves.

If there were tangible evidence that a serious crime was committed, sure, Trump should have a special prosecutor looking at it. But it is, in fact, a witch hunt, working its way off the main avenue and into every side street looking for sorcerers and phantoms. If Trump failed to pay a traffic ticket, Mueller will find out about it.

This is not the way justice is supposed to work in this country.

Video || Why are the Media Saying There’s No Evidence of Spying on Trump?

This video below addresses one of the great mysteries of the week. We keep hearing in the media that there was no evidence that the Trump campaign was spied on. And whatever was, DON’T CALL IT SPYING. Of course there’s evidence, laid out by the liberal media itself, about surveillance of indviduals associated with the… Continue Reading

Giuliani Caves to His Client, Will Allow Mueller to Interview Trump

President Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani is reversing himself and now support allowing Special Counsel Robert Meuller to interview Trump, according to the Washington Post. He made it obvious that this idea, which is not a smart one, was Trump’s not his. “I guess I’d rather do the interview,” Giuliani said. “It gets it over with,… Continue Reading

Spying on Trump Campaign May Have Begun Before FBI Says it Started Its Probe

Is the FBI lying about when the investigation of the Trump campaign began? That’s the question at the heart of a fascinating edtiorial by the Wall Street Journal. I’ve pieced together some excerpts here: Multiple media sources have now confirmed that American academic Stefan Halper is the “top secret” informant the FBI asked to sidle… Continue Reading

Don’t Get the Wrong Idea About the Mueller Probe September “Wrap-up” Date

From the New York Times: The special counsel hopes to finish by Sept. 1 the investigation into whether President Trump obstructed the Russia inquiry, according to the president’s lawyer Rudolph W. Giuliani, who said on Sunday that waiting any longer would risk improperly influencing voters in November’s midterm elections. Mr. Giuliani said that the office… Continue Reading