Report: Mueller’s Team has a Close Relationship With the Press
A reporter from CNN was not very happy with an article from Jim Acosta.
This is not exactly shocking, but at least there is proof of it. The Daily Caller received emails and text messages from the special counsel’s office that show Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team has a pretty close relationship with the press. The Daily Caller reported:
The documents, released in September, span months of communication and include messages from reporters ranging from a variety of outlets, including TheDCNF, The Washington Post and BuzzFeed.
While the vast majority of correspondences between Mueller’s spokesman Peter Carr and a variety of journalists ends with a “no comment,” the messages expose Mueller’s team was willing to meet with a number of reporters in private meetings and over the phone.
Coordinating such meetings cuts against the narrative that the special counsel has been hesitant to give information to the press, instead opting to give information only through public announcements and statements.
The documents contain no evidence that Carr preferred any outlet or reporter over another.
The Daily Caller pointed out that at one point Vox claimed that Mueller’s team was “immune to leaks,” but the documents show otherwise and the reporter never mentioned Carr in his article:
During one interaction, Alex Ward asks Carr off the record if the investigation would continue should President Donald Trump fire Mueller.
“As guidance only, the [Deputy Attorney General] testified last week that he, not the President, would be the one to make the decision. 28 CFR 600 outlines under what circumstances a Special Counsel can be removed. If it came to that, a replacement would likely be found,” Carr answers.
A day later, Carr aids Ward in describing the room in which the investigation takes place. Despite Carr’s assistance, he is never mentioned in Ward’s piece published over a month later.
From late July until the end of September 2017, Carr held at least dozens of meetings with various reporters. Those meetings have rarely been discussed with the public, by both the government or the press, until the release of these documents.
Another incident detailed how CNN’s Evan Perez had frustrations towards CNN’s White House correspondent Jim Acosta:
After sending Carr a link to the story — which alleged that Mueller and the New York attorney general were working together on a probe into Paul Manafort based on “a source familiar with the investigation” — Perez lamented that “this is the kind of story that happens because of the situation we are in right now.” (RELATED: Manafort Cooperating With Mueller After Plea Deal)
“I had nothing to do with it. Didn’t see it until after it was published. I would not have published that. But I’m also in a poor position to stop things,” Perez said of Acosta’s reporting.
Perez then communicates concern that the story could damage the validity of the special counsel’s investigation because of the attorney general’s politics.
“By the way, this story and the pick up its [sic] getting makes it so the public will think Mueller is in bed with (one of) the most partisan left-leaning AG in the nation. I’m sure he has good people working there but the leadership has a pretty partisan agenda,” Perez says to Carr.
“Maybe that’s what the Special Counsel wants,” he adds.
A month later, Perez ran a follow-up story on the Mueller investigation, prompting Carr to offer a phone call in case he needed any additional information or clarifications.
Then again, who doesn’t have a problem with Acosta?
Either way, the documents that The Daily Caller has shows that the Mueller team is not immune to leaks and that it does happen.
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-While the vast majority of correspondences between Mueller’s spokesman Peter Carr and a variety of journalists ends with a “no comment,”….
Sure they do. It’s CYA, because these are *official* phone records, which the FBI source should know can be looked at by the boss with no problem.
Look, reporters don’t like wasting their time. They will only ask sources who they expect *will* comment. I want to see the personal phone records *paired* with these “no comment” texts, because I have no doubt that when a reporter texted Agent Smith who they KNOW cannot comment on an investigation, a quiet off-the-record phone call followed. Or if sufficiently paranoid, the call from the agent to the reporter to pass the leak is then *followed* by a CYA text, so the agent can report to their boss, “No, I was asked about that exact thing by a reporter, and you can see here on my phone that I turned them down. They must have been tipped off by somebody else.”
even Helen Keller saw this coming…
We’ve fallen a long way since Mark Felt (deep throat) and clandestine meetings in a parking garage to whisper secrets to reporters.
Now it’s a blatantly obvious stream of reveals with barely hours between interogation and publication on the front page.
“Hey. I’ll send you an email.” “Here’s my number. Text me.”
So what’s changed during the previous decades? Was it all simply a gentleman’s agreement to be circumspect and keep things confidential because of duty & honor, etc?
Or our prosecuters supposed to be bound by a sense propriety and confidentiality, but now we’re just bare knuckle gonzos because no one cares about that old school stuff, and the rules are simply ignored because no consequences??
I don’t know. I’m just asking.
Was this post ghost written by Captain Obvious?
It was earlier reported that they were mostly Dem operatives/hitmen, so we kind of “knew” this.
In other news, team Mueller members are pro choice, hate the 2nd amendment, think people in flyover country are dumb hicks, have illegal aliens doing their yard work and are really the racists they accuse everone else of being.
The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.
Mr. Rosenstein made these suggestions in the spring of 2017 when Mr. Trump’s firing of James B. Comey as F.B.I. director plunged the White House into turmoil. Over the ensuing days, the president divulged classified intelligence to Russians in the Oval Office, and revelations emerged that Mr. Trump had asked Mr. Comey to pledge loyalty and end an investigation into a senior aide.
“The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.” https://www.nytimes.com/2018/09/21/us/politics/rod-rosenstein-wear-wire-25th-amendment.html
Chaos induced and sustained by what? What actual disclosure of information, bizarre order or idiotic plan has the President committed. The proof?
“The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, suggested last year that he secretly record President Trump in the White House to expose the chaos consuming the administration, and he discussed recruiting cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Mr. Trump from office for being unfit.
Mr. Rosenstein made these suggestions in the spring of 2017 when Mr. Trump’s firing of James B. Comey as F.B.I. director plunged the White House into turmoil. Over the ensuing days, the president divulged classified intelligence to Russians in the Oval Office, and revelations emerged that Mr. Trump had asked Mr. Comey to pledge loyalty and end an investigation into a senior aide.”
We now know Comey lied abut many things, that Trump did not disclose classified information as well as a laundry list of more serious fake facts that the NYT still promulgates in coordination with the Mueller investigation.
Kamala says hearings and investigations for SCOTUS (and everything else) are not about reasonable evidence. Its about diverse opinions and ultimately Advise and Consent will justify her final judgment which she already knows without any evidence.
She fuels with her consistent false statements a 24 hour paid political campaign including the activities of employees of the Federal government so the “resistance” can sustain the needed outrage for Democrat victory. Serious charges trump evidence.
Now imagine AI a future administration will use to ensure a “resistance” within is properly purged. That is exactly where today’s “resistance” leads us. Mueller and Media lead the charge.
Breitbart on Rosenstein and the NYT article.
quotation marks should be around my first two paragraphs of my first comment. They are attributable to Breitbart in the link provided.