Thursday, June 15, 2017

Washington Post: President Trump Is Being Investigated For Obstruction Of Justice By The Special Counsel

Washington Post: Special counsel is investigating Trump for possible obstruction of justice, officials say

The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said.

The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.

Trump had received private assurances from then-FBI Director James B. Comey starting in January that he was not personally under investigation. Officials say that changed shortly after Comey’s firing.

Five people briefed on the interview requests, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said that Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers’s recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as this week. The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy, and it is unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI.

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WNU Editor: As I had predicted after the Comey testimony .... they have no evidence on Trump colluding with the Russians .... but to keep the story alive the next step will be to pursue obstruction of justice charges against the President. The big surprise about this Washington Post story (at least for me) is that I expected a few weeks before this "change in the investigation" would have been announced by the press .... I never thought that it would be this quick. But what is even more worrisome than this story is that this leak to the Washington Post could only have come from Robert Mueller's office .... thereby raising some serious questions not only on the integrity of the investigation, but more importantly .... on the integrity of Robert Mueller himself. Over the weekend a number of people raised some serious questions on the impartiality of Robert Mueller, and was he the right person to run such an investigation in view of his friendship with former FBI Director Comey. After reading the above Washington Post story .... a story that could have only come from him or someone very close to him .... I can say that that I am now having some serious doubts on his ability to run this investigation fairly. My prediction .... there is going to be a firestorm Thursday morning from President Trump's supporters that Robert Mueller should be fired .... and there will be a firestorm from those who oppose the President that he should not. But by having this firestorm .... even before the investigation has begun .... guarantees that whatever report or recommendation that Robert Muellar finally releases .... it will be discredited as being politically motivated. The only question that I would love to have an answer to right now is .... what possessed Robert Muellar's office to do this leak to the Washington Post in the first place.

Update: A reader has emailed me that this report is from the Washington Post .... and they are using an anonymous source. For all we know .... it could be fake news. I did think about it, but what convinced me that it is not is the reaction from Robert Muellar's office itself .... they have not responded. It is almost as if they are searching for the right answer to give.

More News On The Washington Posts Report That President Trump Is Being Investigated For Obstruction Of Justice By Special Counsel Mueller

Reports: Mueller probe now includes investigation of Trump for obstruction of justice -- Politico
Mueller Seeks to Talk to Intelligence Officials, Hinting at Inquiry of Trump -- New York Times
Trump under investigation for obstruction of justice: report -- The Hill
Trump Reportedly Being Investigated for Possible Obstruction of Justice -- NBC
Mueller investigating Trump for obstruction of justice, Washington Post reports -- CNN
Report: Trump Under Investigation For Possible Obstruction Of Justice -- NPR
Mueller requesting interviews with top intel officials: reports -- The Hill


James said...

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The president wanted them to say there was no evidence of collusion because there was no evidence of collusion.

fred lapides said...

Been around a lot of years, editor, so my best advice: there may or may not be a case, evidence, etc here, but your need to dismiss nearly daily, despite the fact that a number of investigations are ongoing, suggests to me that just perhaps slow down in dismissal and wait for further developments, at which time, you can announce I told you so...or Wow, I did not expect that...In either case you will be right.

Anonymous said...

Such an incredible waste of time, energy, and money by our government. This country is full of overgrown children. There is an abundance of actual problems that the government should be tackling instead of this

fred lapides said...

Dear anon
you are right . There are many many problems in need of fixing. Now why is it that a number of committees and the FBI is taking up time and energy and lots of money to do what they are doing?
Those who are anti Trump seem to worry about
Russians intefering in our elections
Trump and connections deeply involved somehow with Russian oligarchs
using policial office for self gain
Conflict of interest on the part of not just Trump but also his family members
I am not saying any of this is as yet proven. I am saying these are issues as significant to our democracy as any other thing I can think of. And it seems a number of members of the GOP want this all cleared up one way or the other.
That said, perhaps that is why there is an incredible expenditure of time, energhy and money

Anonymous said...

Ha ha bullshit. All the effort is done because the establishment hate Trump and had decided that Clinton should win

War News Updates Editor said...

Sorry Fred .... but when I feel something is wrong I will always point it out. And if I am wrong .... I will always point that out too. But this shift in the focus from 'Russian collusion' to now 'obstruction of justice' is what I predicted .... and I have stipulated more than once since last year .... if there is a evidence of Trump - Russian collusion .... no one has presented it.

What I see is that after Comey's testimony one can easily make the argument that Trump has been exonerated .... and the media with the anti-Trumpers are reacting accordingly.

Speaking of investigations .... Robert Mueller's close ties to Comey coupled with this leak to the Washington Post makes it next to impossible for him to run this investigation. If there is anyone who should recuse himself ... it is him.

Speaking about the above Washington Post story .... one of the authors of this post has shown up on CNN telling everyone to not jump to conclusions. What?!?!?! Did he write this piece?

War News Updates Editor said...

Hmmmm .... here is a good piece on why Mueller should not recuse himself.

Mend, Don’t End, Mueller’s Investigation....

Jay Farquharson said...

“I don’t know – it’s hard for me to see any U.S. ties to Russia…
except for:

the Flynn thing,

and the Manafort thing

and the Tillerson thing

and the Sessions thing

and the Kushner thing

and the Carter Page thing

and the Roger Stone thing

and the Felix Sater thing

and the Boris Ephsteyn thing

and the Rosneft thing

and the Gazprom thing

and the Sergey Gorkov banker thing

and the Azerbajain thing

and the “I love Putin” thing

and the Donald Trump, Jr. thing

and the Sergey Kislyak thing

and the Russian Affiliated Interests thing

and the Russian Business Interests thing

and the Emoluments Clause thing

and the Alex Schnaider thing

and the hack of the DNC thing

and the Guccifer 2.0 thing

and the Mike Pence “I don’t know anything” thing

and the Russians mysteriously dying thing

and Trump’s public request to Russia to hack Hillary’s email thing

and the Trump house sale for $100 million at the bottom of the housing bust to the Russian fertilizer king thing

and the Russian fertilizer king’s plane showing up in Concord, NC during Trump rally campaign thing

and the Nunes sudden flight to the White House in the night thing

and the Nunes personal investments in the Russian winery thing

and the Cyprus bank thing

and Trump not releasing his tax returns thing

and the Republican Party’s rejection of an amendment to require Trump to show his taxes thing

and the election hacking thing

and the GOP platform change on the Ukraine thing

and the Steele Dossier thing

and the Leninist Bannon thing

and Sally Yates prevented from testifying thing

and the intelligence community’s investigative reports thing

and Trump’s reassurance that the Russian connection is all “fake news” thing …

and Spicer’s Russian Dressing “nothing’s wrong” thing …

and the Chaffetz thing,....

and Session's non-recusal from the Russian thing after promising to recuse himself after lying to Congress about the Russian's thing,

and the Yate's firing,

and the Comey firing,

and the Bharara firing,

and the Larov/Kislyak/Trump meeting,

and the Russian Photographer thing,

and the Indicted Stone for the Russian Thing talking to Trump about firing Comey thing,

and Trump's Spokeswoman, Saunder's saying the Comey Firing was about shutting down the Russia/Trump Investigations thing,

and Lying Spice in the bushes with the candlestick,

and the Trump Lawyer's "No Russians" letter by the Russian Law Firm of the Year,

and the Comey/Trump/Tapes threat,

and the Larov/Russia trolling the US thing,

and Trump's Dirty Fucking Hippie "Peace in the Ukraine" Flower Power tweet after meeting Larov thing,

and the Guelen kidnapping and rendition thing,

and the Cohen/Artimenko/Sater Ukraine deal thing,

and the Eric Trump/Golf Courses/Russian Backers thing,

and the "Comey told me three times" thing,

and the 180 current and former Attorney General's letter calling for a special prosecutor,

and the Dutch TV ( Zembla) Investigative documentary, "The Dubious Friends of Donald Trump: Part 1, The Russians",

and Deutsche Bank executive William S. Broeksmit's "suicide",

and the sudden settlement of the Prevezon LLC money laundering case, in the wake of Attorney General Preet Bharara's firing by Trump,

Jay Farquharson said...

and the FBI now investigating the Campaign meeting at the Mayflower hotel between Kislyak, Sessions, Kushner and Trump.

and Team Trump attempts to immediately lift the Russian Sanctions only to be stopped by the Republican House and Senate,

and Meuller and the FBI are taking over a criminal Manifort Corruption investigation that predates Trump/Russia.

and Trump asking both Coate's and Pompeo to tell Comey to shut down the Trump/Russia investigation.

and Comey demanded that Session's stop Trumps attempts to interfere in the Investigation,

and Comey's Testimony of Trumps attempts to Subvert Justice,

and Trump's nomination of Chris Wray as FBI Director who was not only Christie's Bridgegate/ Missing Cell Phone lawyer, but part of Russian Oil Company Rosneft's law team.

and Eric Trump confirming in an interview, that yes, Comey was right, Trump did indeed tell Comey to stop the Trump/Russia investigations.

and Trump's Lawyer, Kasowitz's admission to friends, that he convinced Trump to fire AG Pareet Bahara, because his investigation into Russian Mob money laundering, was going to "take Trump down".

and the 39 State Russian attempts to hack US Election systems, so severe Obama used the hotline to Russia,

and Mueller is now directly investigating Trump for Obstruction of Justice,


The list just keeps getting longer, day by day, week by week,

Nope, nothing to see here,

all "perfectly normal",

The list just keeps getting longer, day by day, week by week,


Anonymous said...

Oh Jaychel...

Jay Farquharson said...

and the "thinking" then publicly saying that "Loyalty Oaths" to Hair Furour by Government Bureaucrats in violation of the Constitution is "normal" thing,

and Trump sharing classified intel with the Russian's during their meeting that was not cleared to be shared with the Russians,

and the War Zone Blood Diamonds thing,

and the Putin asked and Trump "couldn't say no" Kislyak thing,

and the Manifort tax free, $3.5 million dollar open term "loan" from the Russian Mob connected Bank of Cyprus Numbered Account,

and the Comey Meeting Memo noting that Trump tried to shut down the Flynn Investigation the day after Flynn was fired.

and the last minute Trump Toronto VEB/Schnaider bankruptcy bail out, while Putin was Chairman of the VEB Board.

and "the Family"/McCarthy/Ryan tape leak discussing who's on Putin's payroll,

and the SGM/Williams/IRI/Pence Political Consulting thing,

and the Flynn/Turkey cancellation of the US Militaries' anti-ISIS plan

and Flynn's lawyer rejecting the Senate subpena,

and Flynn taking the 5th,

and the Dana Rohabatcher thing,

and the Coates/Rogers thing,

and the Flynn/Svetlana Lokhova/GRU thing,

and the "they said I said Israel thing, but I never said it was Israel, but it was Israel," thing,

and the Russian disinfo op against the FBI faking a AG Lynch email,

and Trump lawyering up,

and Trump's lawyer Kazowitz also being Putin's Sberbank's lawyer,

and Session's non-disclosure of contacts with the Russians on his #86 NSC form,

and the reports of the FSB discussions on how to best leverage Flynn and Manifort,

and the Trump Administration's ramping up and full staffing of the Trump/Russia "war room" to push back against the Investigations,
while 445 Federal Appointee's havn't even been nominated by the Trump Administration, and remain vacant, (80%),

and Nevins/Stone/Mast/Florida GOP/Guccifer2.0/Russian collusion in Florida using the hacked and stolen DNC data sets.

and Pence being scared that Comey and McCabe also took notes of the conversations where he tried to get them to drop Trump/Russia

and Manifort's post resignation collusion with Prebius and other Team Trump members to get the FBI investigation quashed,

and the Kushner/Kisliak/Flynn meeting to set up secret, secure communications between Team Trump and the Kremlin using the Russians secure diplomatic channels,

and that the same meeting set up the Blackwater Prince's secret meeting in the Seychelles,

and the Senate subpoena-ing the Trump Campaign for all records and documents from 2015 forward thing

and Kushner's own Observer newspaper reporting that not only did the NSA's Rogers tell Trump that there was collusion between Team Trump and the Russians, but the NSA has the SIGINT.

and Deripaska offering to testify to the Senate Committee only in exchange for full immunity from all crimes, past and present. ( It was declined),

and Kushner's concealment of his meetings with Venesheconombank on his underwater 666 5th Ave project and it's balloon payments.

and the intercepted communications that suggested to US intelligence that Russians believed "they had the ability to influence the administration through the derogatory information."

and the Senate Investigation now targeting Michel Cohen, Little Big Boy's personal lawyer,

any Flynn now complying with the Senate Subpena's after being threatened by the Senate with contempt charges if he did not comply.

and May 31, 2017, A) Sean Spicer: "Our job, we are focused on the President’s agenda and going forward all questions on these matters will be referred to outside counsel, Mark Kasowitz."