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Robert Mueller should step aside: Friends shouldn’t be investigating friends

Robert Mueller should step aside: Friends shouldn’t be investigating friends

James Comey tainted the Special Counsel investigation.

The Special Counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller barely has gotten off the ground, and already there is a stench.

That stench was created by former FBI Director James Comey, who admitted in testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee that he leaked, through a friend, memoranda purporting to document improper conversations between Donald Trump and Comey. Most important among those conversations was a February 14, 2017, one-on-one meeting in which Trump supposedly told Comey that Trump “hoped” that Comey would see fit to “let go” of the investigation into Michael Flynn.

As described in Comey’s prepared statement (emphasis added):

The President then returned to the topic of Mike Flynn, saying, “He is a good guy and has been through a lot.” He repeated that Flynn hadn’t done anything wrong on his calls with the Russians, but had misled the Vice President. He then said, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” I replied only that “he is a good guy.” (In fact, I had a positive experience dealing with Mike Flynn when he was a colleague as Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency at the beginning of my term at FBI.) I did not say I would “let this go.”

Comey’s version of that conversation was leaked to the NY Times, though the precise timing is disputed. Comey asserted in his testimony that the leak came only after Trump tweeted: “James Comey better hope that there are no “tapes” of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!”

Trump’s attorney claims the leak came days earlier, as NY Times reporting contained language strikingly to the leaked memo as conveyed by Comey’s law professor friend to the NY Times.

Regardless of the timing, Comey says that he leaked the memoranda in order to create a need for a Special Counsel.

COMEY: I asked — the president tweeted on Friday after I got fired that I better hope there’s not tapes. I woke up in the middle of the night on Monday night because it didn’t dawn on me originally, that there might be corroboration for our conversation. There might a tape. My judgment was, I need to get that out into the public square. I asked a friend of mine to share the content of the memo with a reporter. Didn’t do it myself for a variety of reasons. I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel. I asked a close friend to do it.

That Special Counsel was appointed just a few days after the Comey-contrived leaks.

By the Order from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Mueller includes within his jurisdiction “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.” Comey testified that he believes Mueller is evaluating the communications between Comey and Trump with regard to potential obstruction of justice. Indeed, Comey expressed certainty in his testimony that the Special Counsel was investigating Comey’s conversations with Trump:

COMEY: … I don’t think it’s for me to say whether the conversation I had with the president was an effort to obstruct. I took it as a very disturbing thing, very concerning, but that’s a conclusion I’m sure the special counsel will work towards to try and understand what the intention was there, and whether that’s an offense.

What started as concerns over Russian interference in the election now is about the interactions between Comey and Trump.

CBS News reported that Mueller reportedly gave approval for Comey to testify before Congress and that the testimony was coordinated. Comey testified that he was permitted to review his memos in preparation of his written opening statement for the Committee submitted the day before his live testimony:

COMEY: Yes. I think nearly all of my written recordings of my conversations, I had a chance to review them before filing my statement.

LANKFORD: Do you have a copy of any of the notes personally?

COMEY: I don’t. I turned them over to Bob Mueller’s investigators.

There are a lot of questions that need to be answered about how Rod Rosenstein came to appoint Mueller in those few days after the Comey leak, and whether Comey and Mueller, directly or indirectly, had any communications regarding Trump prior to Mueller’s appointment.

Regardless, we now have the prospect of the Special Counsel investigating and necessarily assigning credibility (or lack thereof) to witnesses, including Comey.

There is a problem here that goes beyond their long professional interactions.  In 2013, The Washingtonian described the close professional history, Forged Under Fire—Bob Mueller and Jim Comey’s Unusual Friendship.

The Boston Globe reported on May 20, 2017, that the men considered themselves friends, Comey, Mueller have been allies, and now spotlight is on them:

The two men have had similar careers. Both have been top federal prosecutors. Both have been FBI directors. Several people who know both men say they respect each other.

“Clearly it’s a relationship based on professional colleagues, initially. But I think they would consider themselves friends,” said John Pistole, who worked for Mueller as deputy director of the FBI and also knows Comey. “Mueller is a mentor of sorts to Comey.”

[added 6-12-2017] As Mollie Hemingway notes, Comey also had referred to Mueller as his friend during this 2009 interview:

“I remember feeling great support from my friend, the FBI Director Robert Mueller.”

Whether they were just close professional friends, or consider themselves personally friendly, the fact is that they are not at arms length. This relationship, at least as reported, appears to be much more than the routine interactions you might expect two law enforcement officers to have had in the regular course of business.

Something doesn’t seem right here. Comey manipulated the system into getting his friend appointed Special Counsel, and now that friend will be investigating matters in which Comey is a key witness. More than that, Comey’s own actions in leaking government property raise legal issues as to whether Comey himself violated the law.

Even assuming Mueller is able to separate his past with Comey from his present investigation, that relationship damages the whole purpose of having a Special Counsel who is completely independent in fact and appearance.

In a truly independent investigation, friends shouldn’t be investigating friends. Mueller should step aside to remove the taint on the Special Counsel investigation created by friend and witness James Comey.

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Comments

Right on.

Several thoughts:
1. Comey was leaking for a long time. Schmidt’s history of anonymously sourced articles make it almost impossible to believe it was anyone but Comey.
2. Who at DOJ “approved” Comey’s public confirmation at the March 20th hearing that there was a counterintelligence investigation of the Trump campaign’s possible collusion with the Russian interference in the election? This is important.
3. Why did Trump appoint Rosenstein??
4. Why did Rosenstein appoint Mueller, knowing of his close association if not outright friendship with Comey? Unless the MSM is wrong *shocker* about that…
5. Why did Comey throw his supposed “friend” under the bus as having helped him “leak?”

Trump should fire Sessions, who has failed the country miserably in this entire tawdry episode and somehow allowed Comey to run amok. Sessions looks very weak right about now.

    Rick in reply to Dave. | June 11, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    While I have not given up hope about Sessions, it appears that he may not be up to the task of resisting, much less overcoming, the power of the deep state.

    rdmdawg in reply to Dave. | June 11, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    In his defense, he recently killed off that third-party payments in legal settlements, though I’m not sure why he didn’t do this in January. This is a shame, I had high hopes for Sessions.

    RobM in reply to Dave. | June 11, 2017 at 3:03 pm

    Remember you guys… Sessions has been at his job for what, 3 months? heh. He only got his #2 installed 6 weeks ago! From there on down is a swamp of political partisans mixed with hacks and a handful of career folks that aren’t political.

    After 8 years of hyper-partisan and extra-legal hackery at the DOJ, think.. .just how much of that behemoth can Sessions work with? He can’t do it all on his own. He walked on board to a highly suspect agency… one that can ruin lives and cost people everything. Baby steps. I would imagine it would take him 3 years at least to get a handle on the mess at DOJ, and will take every bit of Trump’s two terms to TRY to weed out the partisans. You guys are too tough on him.

      Rick in reply to RobM. | June 11, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      I hope that you are correct and that more is getting done than meets the eye.
      Does Sessions have any group in place actively working to ferret out the political partisans? So far it looks like each instance of blatant liberal hackery from a retained member of the Obama administration is a surprise, sort of like all the lone, known, wolves out there committing terrorist acts.

      gracepc in reply to RobM. | June 12, 2017 at 3:30 pm

      That down vote is my mistake in clicking Reply. Apologies.

      Question are you saying that Rosenstein is Sessions’s selected #2? I thought he was there before Sessions took over. Thx.

    Barry in reply to Dave. | June 11, 2017 at 4:10 pm

    You are wrong about Sessions. He is not going to spill out in public actions going on within DOJ.

    Sessions is an honest and competent leader. He has been behind Trump from early on.

    Just because you are curious does not mean Sessions should compromise actions being taken.

If Mueller has the needed character, he sees the mine field ahead and will resign. Then Trump can deep 6 the special counsel trash once and for good.

William A. Jacobson: More than that, Comey’s own actions in leaking government property raise legal issues as to whether Comey himself violated the law.

That’s very doubtful. The memo in question wasn’t classified. The punishment for leaking non-classified information is typically administrative, and as Comey is no longer an employee of the government, there is probably not much they can do at this point.

    redc1c4 in reply to Zachriel. | June 11, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Govt docs don’t have to be classified to qualify as illegal to distribute w/o permission.

      It’s called compliance. As an independent financial professional myself, I still have to obtain approval from legal (compliance) for any communications with the public or any communications to more than ten clients. It has nothing to do with anything be classified. It’s mostly to protect me from being sued and to protect clients being misled because of wording. If I worked for someone else, it would also be to make sure that my advice and views were not in conflict from my employer’s.

      Comey not only didn’t care about clearing this with DOJ or anyone else other than his own personal attorney. Why? Kind of obvious. Self-protection. He knew there was a good chance that he was legally vulnerable. Otherwise, being one of the premier lawyers in the country, why wouldn’t he simply released the leak to the NYT himself?

        BTW, that is why we investment professionals are required to carry Errors and Omissions insurance. We all live in fear of a drive-by frivolous lawsuit. It only takes one to ruin your life. The Compliance Department is our friend.

      redc1c2: Govt docs don’t have to be classified to qualify as illegal to distribute w/o permission.

      While there are exceptions, such as information covered under personal privacy laws, there is no law which generally protects against the dissemination of non-classified information.

      For example, The NSA members talk about a code system in a meeting. One person takes notes. Who or what decides if those notes are classified or privileged? Not the writer, the organization.

      So in this case, the Executive Branch tells Comey whether or not he can publish or use those notes that reflect the communication between the director of the FBI (his position) and the President of the United States. The fact he leaked them to force a special counsel – his friend and mentor – so he can hand over those same notes he leaked through a third party to the NY Times should throw suspicion on everything.

      Remember, the argument is the established bureaucracy is trying to get Trump out of office. Who is the establishment members? You could argue the Asst AG Rosentein, Mueller and Comey are members! So wouldn’t it be prudent to have a third party search their emails, text messages and contacts to see if they were conspiring beforehand?

      This is getting out of control. The second they picked Mueller instead of some guy outside the gang my bull**it meter pegged. I was a cop for a very long time. This smells of fix.

      Here’s a question. Will Mueller punish Comey for the scads of procedural and policy violations he committed WHILE using him as a witness, or will he just look the other way?

        Also, there is a LONG history of government (and private) rules on creating work product while employed and who owns it. I cannot think of anything close to this that was not ruled on as belonging to the employer, in this case the government.

        To think it is “private thoughts” about a conversation between the director of the FBI and the President is foolish at best. Comey is throwing a wide pitch hoping the Special counsel will catch it.

        This is going to be like the Hillary server “investigation” where the prosecutor will not look here, but will look there in order to arrive at an outcome already decided. Trump’s victory has ripped the facade off the entrenched corruption of the professional bureaucrats and politicians.

        Just like Fast and Furious ended up with no penalty. the IRS scandal the same. HRC’s illegal server. Her payoffs through her husband and the Haitian money laundering scandal.

        Nothing sticks because the people looking are as corrupt.

        Mueller is going to get caught up in this. He will have to “stipulate” to things to make this go away- like not punishing Comey for obvious policy/procedure violations.

    The issue is that Comey lied about when he sent that memo to the Columbia lawyer. Trump has pointed out that the leak itself occurred while Comey was still FBI Director. Comey says it came days after he was terminated.

    So for one thing , we have another likely instance of Comey perjuring himself before Congress. For another, it isn’t clear exactly what law applies here. It’s not as simple as the fact that the memo was not classified. There was intent (oops). Collusion. Conspiracy. Deep state. Political shenanigans. There is plenty of gray area here that needs serious examination. This was an unprecedented violation of trust that cannot be allowed to slide.

      Pasadena Phil: Trump has pointed out that the leak itself occurred while Comey was still FBI Director.

      2017
      May 9, Comey fired.

      May 10, Trump tells the Russians, “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

      May 11, Trump says he was thinking for the Russian investigation when he fired Comey.

      May 12, Trump hints at existence of tapes of Comey and Trump conversation.

      May 16, New York Times reports on Comey’s contemporaneous memos.

        Barry in reply to Zachriel. | June 11, 2017 at 8:37 pm

        More of your commie BS.

        New York slimes first reports taken from the illegally leaked comey memo’s occurred on May 11.

          New York Times, May 16, 2017: Comey Memo Says Trump Asked Him to End Flynn Investigation

          Barry in reply to Barry. | June 12, 2017 at 1:23 am

          New York Slimes, May 11, 2017

          “In a Private Dinner, Trump Demanded Loyalty. Comey Demurred”

          https://www.nytimes.com/2017/05/11/us/politics/trump-comey-firing.html?_r=2

          Commie.

          Barry: “In a Private Dinner, Trump Demanded Loyalty. Comey Demurred”

          “The issue is that Comey lied about when he sent that memo to the Columbia lawyer. Trump has pointed out that the leak itself occurred while Comey was still FBI Director. Comey says it came days after he was terminated.”

          The article you cite does not concern the memo, but is based on what Comey purportedly told associates.

          Barry in reply to Barry. | June 12, 2017 at 10:23 am

          “The article you cite does not concern the memo, but…”

          More BS from the commie.

          Of course you might be correct, since it is highly unlikely there was ever any memo written until after Comey was fired. The whole thing is a construct of a liar and corrupt Obama appointee.

          Comey, like you, is a crook, a liar. As are the NYslimes.

          Barry: Of course you might be correct, since it is highly unlikely there was ever any memo written until after Comey was fired.

          As the memos were formal records that Comey shared with top officials in the FBI, it was clearly contemporaneous with the events.

          Barry in reply to Barry. | June 12, 2017 at 12:15 pm

          “As the memos were formal records that Comey shared with top officials in the FBI, it was clearly contemporaneous with the events.”

          You’ll believe any lie in service to your religion, communism

          Prove it. You can’t. Comey is a liar, just like you.

Water Closet has a progressive leak.

It’s not up to Comey to decide what is classified when speaking with the President, it is the President that decides that…

From the get go, this stunk to high heaven, and it’s beyond belief that Rosenstein appointed Mueller and that Mueller accepted.

    gonzotx: It’s not up to Comey to decide what is classified when speaking with the President, it is the President that decides that

    Trump tweeted about his conversations with Comey, so they were already public.

      Barry in reply to Zachriel. | June 11, 2017 at 12:13 pm

      Right on cue, the paid commie shill shows up to make a fool of itself.

      Shelby86 in reply to Zachriel. | June 11, 2017 at 1:20 pm

      Zachriel Quote:(Trump tweeted about his conversations with Comey, so they were already public.)

      If that were the case people wouldn’t be demanding that tapes be released, in order to find out what they said to each other.

        Shelby86: If that were the case people wouldn’t be demanding that tapes be released, in order to find out what they said to each other.

        That doesn’t follow. They have both talked publicly about their conversations. The question now is who is relaying the correct version of events. That Comey made an official contemporaneous record, and provided that record to top associates at the FBI tends to corroborate his version. However, Trump has hinted at a recording, which could be very important. Of course, Trump won’t just say if he has a recording or not.

          Shelby86 in reply to Zachriel. | June 11, 2017 at 5:08 pm

          Zachriel, Quote:(They have both talked publicly about their conversations.)

          Just because someone tweets about a conversation doesn’t mean anything of a classified or sensitive nature was revealed.

          Quote:(The question now is who is relaying the correct version of events.)

          You seem to believe that question has already been answered.

          Quote:(That Comey made an official contemporaneous record, and provided that record to top associates at the FBI tends to corroborate his version.)

          A problem is that Comey turned these official records over to a friend who had no business having them.

          Quote:(Trump won’t just say if he has a recording or not.)

          Then it’s best not to speculate about their importance.

          Shelby86: Just because someone tweets about a conversation doesn’t mean anything of a classified or sensitive nature was revealed.

          But it does undercut any claim of executive privilege. As for it being classified, it was unclassified at the time it was leaked.

          Shelby86: You seem to believe that question has already been answered.

          Trump’s relationship with the truth is tenuous at best, but a tape would resolve any residual doubt.

          Shelby86: Then it’s best not to speculate about their importance.

          Trump was the one who suggested they may exist, as some sort of threat against Comey. If they do exist, then they could certainly be important, and will probably be subject to subpoenae.

          Shelby86 in reply to Zachriel. | June 12, 2017 at 11:19 pm

          Zachriel Quote:(But it does undercut any claim of executive privilege. As for it being classified, it was unclassified at the time it was leaked.)

          No, The President can tweet about the meeting they had, without actually revealing the sensitive details about what was said.

          Zachriel Quote:(Trump’s relationship with the truth is tenuous at best, but a tape would resolve any residual doubt.)

          There may not even be a tape.

          Zachriel Quote:(Trump was the one who suggested they may exist, as some sort of threat against Comey.)

          That’s an assumption on your part. The way it is worded leaves open the possibility, he was not sure himself whether it was indeed being taped.

          Shelby86: The President can tweet about the meeting they had, without actually revealing the sensitive details about what was said.

          When Trump tweeted about the conversation, it was no longer confidential.

          Shelby86: There may not even be a tape.

          Probably not. It was just Trump trolling.

          Shelby86: The way it is worded leaves open the possibility, he was not sure himself whether it was indeed being taped.

          Now that’s funny. Maybe he thought Putin was listening, not that Trump thought there would be anything wrong with that.

    Rick in reply to gonzotx. | June 11, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Fewer and fewer actions are beyond belief: We are beginning to see both the scope of the deep state and the fact that its members simply don’t give a rip what outsiders think.

Mueller doesn’t seem to be going anywhere… WTH Sessions !!!

http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/10/politics/robert-mueller-russia-investigation-team/index.html

David Breznick | June 11, 2017 at 12:02 pm

Comey, who publicly admitted being a leaker, should henceforth be referred to as “Shallow Throat”.

President Trump should brand him: Shallow Throat Comey.

Whether Mueller will conduct a truly independent investigation of this matter will be determined by history. After Comey’s testimony before Congress, it will be difficult for Mueller to either exonerate Comey or use him to Impeach trump. The purpose of Comey’s visit to Mueller may have been a way to warn Mueller to limit the the investigation strictly to the Trump/Russia collusion claim and not expand into the activities of Comey and others during the Obama administrations. We’ll just have to wait and see.

As to whether Comey broke any laws when he disseminated the “contents” of his alleged memo to his friend for transmission to friendly press organs, he probably did not. As he did not remove the actual memo, except to turn it over, unasked, to Mueller, and release of the information would not have obstructed any ongoing investigation, he probably successfully skirted any violation of the law.

despite having worked as a partner at WilmerHale — a firm that represents former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort as well as Trump’s daughter, Ivanka, and his son-in-law, Jared Kushner — Robert Mueller has been approved by ethics experts at the Justice Department to go ahead as special counsel in the Trump/Russia investigation, as he did not participate in those matters. Things are about to start heating up.

give me a link to a petition for Mueller to resign — I will sign it. This is a travesty.

100% concur

Comey was “The Last Honest Man in Washington”.

Now, it’s Mueller.

Down the rabbit hole we go, and would the next Scooter Libby please stand up.

(Just guessing it’s safe for us long-time Trump supporters to come out of the shadows)

MaggotAtBroadAndWall | June 11, 2017 at 1:45 pm

From the very beginning I thought this whole Russia collusion crap was hoax intended to keep the left wing kooks ginned up to help Democrats in next year’s elections. The plan included making crazy Maxine Waters the de facto party leader and trotting her out to appear on TV twice a week calling for Trump’s impeachment. I did not think it was serious. Mere performance art intended to keep Trump’s approval ratings low and manipulate the kooks so they stay energized.

But now it is clear Comey has set the wheels in motion to try to take him down. This is no longer political theater. This is real. Trump needs to stop tweeting. Go radio silent on everything about the case. Refer all questions to his lawyer. And if this New York lawyer isn’t the very best, he needs to can him and get the very best.

    “Trump needs to stop tweeting.”

    The entire apparatus of a deeply corrupt federal government and its allies in the media are trying to perform a soft coup, and you blame it on Trumps tweets.

    No wonder we’ve lost this country.

      rabidfox in reply to Barry. | June 11, 2017 at 11:44 pm

      Trump’s tweets are often the ONLY source for the truth lately. We certainly cannot depend on the DNC propaganda arms, which inlcude CNN and the NYT.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to MaggotAtBroadAndWall. | June 12, 2017 at 2:42 pm

    I remember back last summer-2016 when Hillary was first floating the LIE about Russia.

Or perhaps he shouldn’t be investigating conversations Comey had with Trump?

I thought his charge was to investigate the accusations of collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia with regards to the election.

Call in Mook and Podesta. Under oath ask them if they hatched this whole thing. Ask every staffer and helper. Squeeze these folks.

This is a political operation. It should be outed and then dismissed. I’d be fine with fining the Hillary campaign and DNC for resources wasted to boot. This is akin to a false police report and all of DC is using it for their own aims. The media is getting ratings all the way and gridlock, with a 100% GOP DC is doing jack except for what the President is doing from the White House. The rot is deep…. but we knew that. That’s why we sent him there.

At every opportunity, the swamp shows it’s hand. Big government IS the problem. They are not disinterested civil servants. They are not bipartisan. Even the lofty judiciary has shown it’s hand. It’s awesome. All the masks are dropping and reaffirms WHY Trump was elected and why he resonates and will continue to resonate with normal Americans. Battle of the nit-wits is now up against a self-made man who can triangulate the Bernie bots and disaffected and rightly point to the disfunction and stench of DC.

    notamemberofanyorganizedpolicital in reply to RobM. | June 12, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    TOUCHE!!!!!

    I keep thinking about what our founding mothers and fathers knew.

    “No government is good government.”

    “But at least the smallest government is the best government.”

You can draw a straight line from Al Franken to Karmala Harris.

The first sandbagged Sessions with a convoluted question that led to his recusal, the later used the theatrics of “Still, she persisted” theatrics last Wednesday in questioning the Deputy D.A as to why Mueller isn’t immune from firing.

The plan to Impeach/render powerless Trump has been tuned and fine tuned since he beat Cruz in Indiana.

We are witnessing the product, not the cause.

It was Rod Rosenstein who selected Mueller, without apparent interference from Trump. Given Mueller’s closeness to Comey, he couldn’t serve on a jury in a civil or criminal matter involving Comey as a party. So he should hardly serve as special counsel investigating Trump’s associates and possibly the president himself. Still, Trump should refrain from firing him and keep the bias argument in his hip pocket, as his hole card, in case Mueller’s findings condemn Trump. It will come in handy in discrediting those findings.

    Daiwa in reply to nisquire. | June 11, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Mueller would be immediately DQ’d from serving on a municipal court jury in a ‘matter’ involving Comey. That he accepted the job was bad enough; that’s he’s not stepped aside following the revelations of Comey’s testimony is nearly insane.

I hope Comey is afraid of Mueller as he was afraid of Loretta and Trump. Comey spoke too highly of Mueller in the hearing. I have the feeling Democrats are more in charge of D.C. than Republicans which scares the you know what out of me.

The problem with your headline is that it assumes that Mueller is investigating Comey. He’s not. He’s fishing for any tiny violation he can find, so as to do damage to the President, and poke a finger in the eyes of all of us who voted for him.

Mueller should be fired. This whole thing is a hoax, created by Comey, who should have been fired Day 1.

kenoshamarge | June 12, 2017 at 10:16 am

It seems the search for the “last honest man in Washington” continues. I wonder if the politicians participating in this 3 ring circus have any idea how much they are damaging their own credibility. Most people with whom I interest don’t trust anyone in Washington, few in the state capital and even fewer on the local level.

And that is on both the left and right.

The giant assumption being made here is that Comey is actually under investigation. If he is, why did he meet with Mueller privately, ostensibly to decide what he could or couldn’t say in public? Deciding those parameters should have been handled by Sessions or Rothstein, NOT a “special counsel,” especially one with a transparent conflict of interest.

Rosenstein. Sorry

When Comey’s other friend, Patrick Fitzgerald, ended his controversial Plame investigation, I tried to find a ‘final report’ that he might have had to complete, thinking that after all the time and money spent the tax payers would be afforded a recap of the investigation by him. None was available. I did call Fitzgerald’s office in Chicago and was told that I would just have to read news articles for any info about the issue. So I guess that when a Federal Investigator ends an investigation he just walks away, and that’s it!

, I don’t see how Trump’s conversation with Comey can fall under Mueller’s scope. The process crimes under (a) are limited to “…investigate and prosecute federal crimes committed in the course of, and with intent to interfere with, the Special Counsel’s investigation, such as…”. Trumps sharing of his hope with his friend Comey occurred prior to the appointment of Mueller and could never be construed as “…in the course of, and with intent to interfere with, the Special Counsel’s investigation…”. Trump’s attorney should forbid him from addressing this with the Special Counsel as it covers an area that Mueller is not authorized to investigate.

…but if Trump recollect differnt words than the gentle giant, its Kady bar the doors. Scooter all over again!

Rosenstein appointed Mueller as a “person who exercises a degree of independence from normal chain of command”. Well Mueller’s independence has been more than debunked. He should be let go and the Special Consul should be a closed matter.

The charter was for the FBI to “investigate the Russian government efforts to to influence 2016 elections and “related matters.” You couldn’t ask for a bigger net.

Next mosey over to Senate Intel Cmte where they are conducting a “Russia investigation”, equally open.

Estimated Operating schedule for “Russia” Investigations: 4 to 8 years.

Not only should Mueller be released, but the Office shut down. As Gingrich points out (see article on Lifezette) Mueller has already staffed it with good old democrat donors, sycophants and worker bees.

Legal Eagles : Can he be disbarred for obvious conflict of interest, let alone some blatant irregularities, it seems, in the PARTISAN HACKS he is hiring as staff ???

Comey perjured himself twice and stepped on his d_ _k two more times during his last ‘testimony’.

1) Comey admitted that he leaked the memos. In his 2 May 17 Senate testimony, he said he, himself, had nothing to do with leaking…PERJURY!

2) Comey stated that he only leaked the memos coz Trump said he had tapes. BUT, the NY Times had published his memo the day before Trump said he had tapes…PERJURY!

3) Comey stated several times that he thought the President was telling him to do something. However, near the end of the hearing, Comey was asked a direct question about what Trump was thinking. Comey answered, “I don’t know the man well enough to say”…

WTF? Then, why did Comey think Trump was telling him to do something since he doesn’t know the man?

4) Comey was asked if President Trump didn’t fire him, would he have stayed on as FBI Director. Comey said, ‘Yes”.

During that 2 May 17 Senate testimony, several Senators asked him directly to say whether Trump was under investigation. Each time he weasel worded the answers…declining to give a straight answer based on some convoluted doublespeak.

If Comey was so upset over Trump’s supposed obstruction of justice, why didn’t he resign or take his concerns to the DOJ?

Obviously, nothing really was a concern coz NOTHING was wrong. After all, all along, we were told how upright and righteous Comey was…

Comey even set his own precedent by acquiescing to Lynch’s request(?) that he call the Clinton email investigation, “The Clinton matter”.

Why didn’t he resign then?

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Why didn’t Comey take action after Lynch met with Clinton?

Why did Comey unofficially exonerate Hillary?

And Comey, if Russian hacking was such a big deal, why didn’t he go after it?

    lulua: the NY Times had published his memo the day before Trump said he had tapes

    2017
    May 9, Comey fired.

    May 10, Trump tells the Russians, “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”

    May 11, Trump says he was thinking for the Russian investigation when he fired Comey.

    May 12, Trump hints at existence of tapes of Comey and Trump conversation.

    May 16, New York Times reports on Comey’s contemporaneous memos.

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