Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Trump and Mueller Pull The Biggest Sting In History! (Part 1)

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Trump & Mueller
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With Trump Back In D.C., Mueller's Investigation Enters The West Wing
Tamara Keith
November 15, 2017
Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has entered the West Wing — aides working in the White House. Mueller's team is charged with looking into whether anyone on Donald Trump's campaign worked with the Russians who attacked the 2016 election.
Andrew Harnik/AP
Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation has entered the West Wing.
Mueller's team is charged with looking into whether anyone on President Trump's campaign worked with the Russians who attacked the 2016 election, so it was inevitable that investigators would want to talk with aides now working in the White House.
Some, like top adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, communications director Hope Hicks and policy adviser Stephen Miller, were key players in the campaign as well.
Their outside lawyers did not respond to requests for comment, but Ty Cobb, the outside attorney brought in to help the White House, spoke with NPR about the probe.
"The interviews ideally will be completed by Thanksgiving or shortly thereafter," he said.
Cobb declined to get into the details of whom or even how many aides will ultimately face questioning.
"I sort of have a blood oath with Mueller that I don't get into that," he said. "It complicates his job. And it sort of defeats the confidence that people here have in me to protect them. So I can't talk about the 'who, what and where' stuff."
Cobb was asked whether this was simply a first round of interviews, focusing on lower level staff, and he insisted no, this would be all of them.
"It's pretty well set," he said. "I mean it's conceivable they may have isolated people back on, you know, on issues that they fail to ask them about," he added.
In fact, Cobb said, one aide had already been called back for a second conversation that lasted about 20 minutes.
Mueller's team has reportedly already spoken to former administration officials Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus. Members of the White House counsel's staff are on Mueller's list as well.
In addition to campaign activities like the June 2016 Trump tower meeting with a Russian delegation attended by the president's son and top aides, Mueller's investigation is also understood to be looking into the drafting of a misleading statement about that meeting, the firing of FBI Director James Comey and the case of former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
The many issues at stake in the sprawling imbroglio don't make life any easier for White House aides who must pay their lawyers and deal with investigators at the same time they try to do their day jobs.
"If everything were good and nobody had done anything, or met with the Russians, or talked about meetings with the Russians or emailed about meetings with the Russians — if everything were good, it would still be stressful," said Lanny Davis, a lawyer who served in the Clinton White House for two years handling the response to Ken Starr's independent counsel investigation.
"You would be worried about innuendo in the media, which convicts you even if there are no facts. You have the danger of being smeared in headlines nowadays especially on the Internet, where there are no facts at all. It's just pure rumors.
Davis says he's spoken with members of the Trump administration who were looking for advice about whether to hire private lawyers — yes, he said — and how to structure a White House in the midst of an investigation — try not to let it permeate everything.
Davis says he even spoke to Trump's former top adviser Steve Bannon.
But no matter how hard White House officials try to isolate the investigation, to put it out of their mind and focus on their work, "it's like a cloud or mist that never goes away," he told NPR.
Davis remembered how in the Clinton White House, everyone was so afraid of getting into the investigative crosshairs that many people stopped taking notes. He used 3-by-5 notecards that, as a practice, he'd throw out at the end of the day. He imagines aides in the Trump White House are experiencing similar highs and lows.
"You're so thrilled to be there, and when you walk down the driveway early in the morning and you see the house lit up and you think, 'Gosh, Abraham Lincoln walked down these very same stones,' " said Davis.
"You say, 'I'm so lucky to be here.' And then you walk into your office and you turn the lights on and you suddenly see some 3-by-5 cards from notes you took the day before and you think, 'Oh my God, I didn't throw those away last night. Now what do I do?' "
For his part, current White House special counsel Ty Cobb, who projects a permanently unruffled attitude, insists aides in the Trump administration are sanguine about the whole thing.
"I don't think there's, you know, much angst here," he said. Getting the truth out will be better than the worst of the breathless reporting on the investigation, Cobb argued.
That's why, he said, under Cobb's guidance, the White House posture has been full cooperation with the investigation. He also praised the investigative team itself.
"I think it's been highly professionally done. And I think they have moved with an alacrity that they're proud of and that the American people can be proud of," said Cobb.
Even so, the president and his allies often undercut the investigation, calling it a "witch hunt," or suggesting the real scandal involves Democrats.
As for how much longer the special counsel's microscope will stay on the president and his administration, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders insists things are nearing the conclusion. Cobb, on the other hand, says the timeline is up to Mueller.
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Trump May Think Mueller Probe Is ‘Witch Hunt,’ But Voters Don’t Agree, Poll Shows
By Harriet Sinclair
November 15, 2017
Most voters think Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into alleged collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign team and Russia is being conducted “fairly,” a new poll shows.
Quinnipiac University poll released Wednesday showed 60 percent of the 1,577 people surveyed believed Mueller was conducting the investigation fairly, while 27 percent did not believe this was the case.
The results of the poll, conducted November 7 through 13, come despite ongoing protestations from Trump that the Russia probe is a “witch hunt” and amid increasing concern about Mueller’s job security under the president.
Indeed, at the end of September the topic was discussed before the Senate Judiciary Committee, with legal experts unsure about whether Congress would be able to protect Mueller from being dismissed.
It is widely known that the president is not happy with the direction of the Russia investigations, with previous reports describing Trump as “fuming” over the Mueller probe and blaming Attorney General Jeff Sessions for the appointment of the special counsel in May.
Voters appear split on the repercussions for Trump should he move to dismiss Mueller. The Quinnipiac poll, which has a margin of error of +/- 3 percentage points, showed 47 percent believe the president should be impeached if he hands Mueller a pink slip.
Trump has also recently come under fire for publicly stating that he accepts President Vladimir Putin’s assurances that there was no attempt by Russia to influence the outcome of the U.S. presidential election.
Following a meeting with the Russian leader on the sidelines of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit last weekend, Trump suggested he would no longer ask Putin about the alleged election interference.
“Every time he sees me he says, ‘I didn’t do that,’ and I really believe that when he tells me that, he means it. I think he is very insulted by it," Trump said, though he did walk back on the comments after the U.S. intelligence community balked.
During a press conference later, the president appeared to attempt to appease both U.S. intelligence agencies and Putin, commenting: “I believe that he feels that he and Russia did not meddle in the election," Trump clarified. "As to whether I believe it or not, I am with our agencies, especially as currently constituted with the leadership.”
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First on CNN: First charges filed in Mueller investigation
By Pamela Brown, Evan Perez and Shimon Prokupecz, CNN
Mon October 30, 2017
Washington (CNN)A federal grand jury in Washington on Friday approved the first charges in the investigation led by special counsel Robert Mueller, according to sources briefed on the matter.
The charges are still sealed under orders from a federal judge. Plans were prepared Friday for anyone charged to be taken into custody as soon as Monday, the sources said. It is unclear what the charges are.
A spokesman for the special counsel's office declined to comment. The White House also had no comment, a senior administration official said Saturday morning.
Mueller was appointed in May to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Under the regulations governing special counsel investigations, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has oversight over the Russia investigation, would have been made aware of any charges before they were taken before the grand jury for approval, according to people familiar with the matter.
On Friday, top lawyers who are helping to lead the Mueller probe, including veteran prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, were seen entering the court room at the DC federal court where the grand jury meets to hear testimony in the Russia investigation.
Reporters present saw a flurry of activity at the grand jury room, but officials made no announcements.
Shortly after President Donald Trump abruptly fired then-FBI Director James Comey, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel. Mueller took the reins of a federal investigation that Comey first opened in July 2016 in the middle of the presidential campaign.
Mueller is authorized to investigate "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation," according to Rosenstein's order.
The special counsel's investigation has focused on potential collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, as well as obstruction of justice by the President, who might have tried to impede the investigation. CNN reported that investigators are scrutinizing Trump and his associates' financial ties to Russia.
Mueller's team has also examined foreign lobbying conducted by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and others. His team has issued subpoenas for documents and testimony to a handful of figures, including some people close to Manafort, and others involved in the Trump Tower meeting between Russians and campaign officials.
Last year, the Comey-led investigation secured approval from the secret court that oversees the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act to monitor the communications of Manafort, as well as former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, as part of the investigation into Russian meddling.
In addition to Mueller's probe, three committees on Capitol Hill are conducting their own investigations.
CNN's Marshall Cohen, Mary Kay Mallonee, Laura Robinson and Ryan Nobles contributed to this report.
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