Monday, April 01, 2019

Moving the goalposts (again) on the Mueller report

In today's NY Times, House Judiciary chairman Jerrold Nadler wrote that, darn it, we've waited long enough and the entire unabridged Mueller report must be released, post-haste.  Jim Geraghty has some thoughts: "Chairman Nadler’s Cynical Argument."
In his letter to Congress, Attorney General William Barr specifically cited Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 6(e), which provides that government attorneys and the jurors themselves, among others, “must not disclose a matter occurring before the grand jury.” Barr didn’t make this rule up, it’s not obscure or optional, and Nadler knows darn well about its importance. Barr stated in a letter to Nadler and the judiciary committee that the special counsel’s office is assisting in identifying portions that are grand-jury testimony or relate to ongoing investigations or prosecutions.

But because the Democrats prefer a narrative of a sinister cover-up, Nadler just averts his eyes and pretends the rules on grand jury testimony don’t exist.
Here's my theory: the Democrats have seen a leaked copy of the Mueller report and they know it's a huge nothingburger.  But they've been selling this hoax for two years so what recourse to they have?  Simple: set up the narrative that the real conspiracy can be found in the redacted sections, the ones that have to be removed by law.


Anonymous said...

If Barack Obama's campaign manager had passed internal polling data to a Russian spy, and then lied to the FBI about having done so, and if that was the only improper action that occurred in 2008, you'd still be declaring that Obama should be put under Guantanamo Bay. said...

Some on Mueller’s Team See Their Findings as More Damaging for Trump Than Barr Revealed

Some of Robert S. Mueller III’s investigators have told associates that Attorney General William P. Barr failed to adequately portray the findings of their inquiry and that they were more troubling for President Trump than Mr. Barr indicated, according to government officials and others familiar with their simmering frustrations.

...Mr. Trump has fully embraced Mr. Barr’s version of events. For days, he has pronounced the outcome of the investigation a “complete and total exoneration” and called for the Justice Department and his allies on Capitol Hill to investigate and hold accountable those responsible for opening the inquiry.

Robert Fisk said...

Someday, instead of having to settle for rumored ominous murmurings out of Mueller's 12 angry Democrats, the commi may be able to come here and proudly announce that Mueller has thrown an unexpected heroic counterpunch and deployed his 75 blank subpoenas to destroy Trump!

Anonymous said...

Washington Post:
Members of Mueller’s team have complained to close associates that the evidence they gathered on obstruction was alarming and significant. “It was much more acute than Barr suggested,” said one person, who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the subject’s sensitivity.

....The report was prepared “so that the front matter from each section could have been released immediately — or very quickly,” the official said. “It was done in a way that minimum redactions, if any, would have been necessary, and the work would have spoken for itself.”

Mueller’s team assumed the information was going to be made available to the public, the official said, “and so they prepared their summaries to be shared in their own words — and not in the attorney general’s summary of their work, as turned out to be the case.”

2019 is going to be so much fun!

Robert Fisk said...

Someday, instead of having to settle for relying on anonymous sources characterizing what anonymous angry Democrats said, the commi may be able to come here and proudly announce that Barr's summary was indeed filled with lies, and Mueller's report has saved us!

Anonymous said...




Get ready for a week of "The Mueller Dossier." Likely followed by "It's not official 'collusion' when they were that stupid" and "It's not against the law to be a useful idiot."

Anonymous said...

Barrage of setbacks spoils Trump’s post-Mueller reset
A claimed 'exoneration' after the Russia probe seemed to promise a fresh start for the president. No such luck.

It was just last week that President Donald Trump and his allies euphorically celebrated what they called Trump’s exoneration after special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe.

...But misfortune and mayhem almost immediately began piling up. Trump unleashed two new political crises — one on health care, one on the Mexican border — and then retreated on both of them. A brief lull in House Democratic oversight action ended abruptly when House investigators demanded his tax returns. ...They also green-lighted a subpoena for the full Mueller report.

And news reports revealed that Mueller’s soon-to-be-released findings may be far more damaging than Attorney General William Barr has publicly indicated, suggesting that the Russia scandal is hardly in the president’s rear view window.

The action reached a crescendo on Thursday when Trump backed down from days of threats to “shut down” the U.S.-Mexico border in response to what he calls an illegal immigration and drug-trafficking crisis. Facing intense opposition from congressional Republicans, business groups and his own senior aides, Trump said he would give Mexico a “one-year warning” to stop the flow of drugs into the United States.

...He was effectively backing down for the second time in a week on an issue he had elevated. Trump overruled senior members of his administration last week and took legal action to invalidate Obamacare. Days later — again under pressure from members of his own party — he deferred any new action on health care reform until after the 2020 election, leaving fellow Republicans bewildered and fearing the political fallout over an issue that has proven toxic for the GOP.

...On Thursday, the House approved a Senate measure cutting off U.S. support for Saudi Arabia’s military campaign in Yemen, a plan the White House opposed. (Trump has vowed to veto the measure.) A day before, the House released information that showed Jared Kushner, Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser, was denied a security clearance last year because of concerns about foreign influence, private business interests and personal conduct. The weekend arrest of a Chinese woman carrying a malware-laced device into Trump’s Florida resort, Mar-a-Lago, only added to the growing questions about presidential information security.

Robert Fisk said...

Someday, instead of having to settle for desperate attempts to resurrect his fervent faith that Mueller will save us, after that faith was demolished by Mueller himself, the commi may be able to come here and proudly announce that Mueller will save us after all!

Eric said...

Keep that Rachael Maddow morphine drip going, true believers. These "associates" of the Mueller investigators were likely a waitress at the Mayflower hotel.