…you look at the Mueller investigation, and, to me, you know, adding or connecting the dots, it wouldn’t surprise me if the real purpose of all of this is to try to cover-up or erase or obfuscate the discovery of even more. And all disguised as an investigation to get Trump, to save America, to save our democracy, to save our election system and so forth. But I don’t put anything past these people. I don’t give them the benefit of the doubt on anything. – Rush Limbaugh, 10/27/17
Axios.com reports that
Officials of President Trump’s transition team plan to ask Special Counsel Robert Mueller to return “many tens of thousands” of transition emails they contend were unlawfully provided to him. But the prosecutor’s office says emails being used in the investigation were properly obtained.
President Trump, returning to the White House on Sunday, said when asked about the emails: “Not looking good. It’s not looking good. It’s quite sad to see that. My people are very upset about it. I can’t imagine there’s anything on ’em, frankly, because as we said, there’s no collusion. There’s no collusion whatsoever. A lot of lawyers thought that was pretty sad.”
What’s new: A source close to Trump’s transition, which still exists as a legal entity so it can shut down what was once a 1,000-person operation, said the transition will send a letter to Mueller informing him that some of the emails are privileged, and asking for their return. The transition says it is willing to provide Mueller with vetted emails.
The source told me: “What they did is totally illegal, and they need to fix it.”
But Peter Carr, spokesman for the Special Counsel’s Office, told Axios early this morning: “When we have obtained emails in the course of our ongoing criminal investigation, we have secured either the account owner’s consent or appropriate criminal process.”
Be smart: Republicans, who have been raising increasing questions about Mueller’s office, are prepared to argue that if emails were obtained by questionable means, that could taint or undermine the investigation.
What happened: Axios reported yesterday afternoon that officials of Trump’s Presidential Transition Team, his office for the 73 days between the election and the inauguration, discovered that Mueller had obtained huge caches of emails from the General Services Administration, the government agency that hosted the transition’s “ptt.gov” emails.
What’s at stake: We’re told that the fight involves emails from the accounts of 12 officials, including members of the political leadership and foreign-policy team. One of the accounts alone includes 7,000 emails.
Trump officials discovered Mueller had the emails when his prosecutors used them as the basis for questions to witnesses, the sources said.
GSA declined to comment.
Why it matters: The transition emails are said to include sensitive exchanges on matters such as potential appointments, gossip about the views of particular senators involved in the confirmation process, speculation about vulnerabilities of Trump nominees, strategizing about press statements, and policy planning on everything from war to taxes.
“Mueller is using the emails to confirm things, and get new leads,” a transition source told me.
Taking the fight public: Charging “unlawful conduct,” Kory Langhofer, counsel for the transition team, wrote in a letter to congressional committees Saturday that “career staff at the General Services Administration … have unlawfully produced [transition team] private materials, including privileged communications, to the Special Counsel’s Office.”
The seven-page letter, obtained by Axios, says: “We understand that the Special Counsel’s Office has subsequently made extensive use of the materials it obtained from the GSA, including materials that are susceptible to privilege claims.”
The letter says this was a violation of Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure.
Additionally, certain portions of the [transition] materials the Special Counsel’s Office obtained from the GSA, including materials that are susceptible to privilege claims, have been leaked to the press by unknown persons.”
Speaking of leakers…
I’m increasingly worried Republicans will shut down the House Intelligence Committee investigation at the end of the month. Here’s why:
I’m increasingly worried that spineless, unethical, cowardly government leakers such as you will shut down the little faith Americans have left in government. https://t.co/LeEmorH008
On December 12th, The Wall Street Journal posted the following interesting story…
We’re certainly living in strange times when the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee is among the most media-friendly lawmakers in Washington. The times would be less strange if the media were a little less friendly in return.
Since they are charged with overseeing America’s spy agencies, the members of the House and Senate intelligence committees are usually as tight-lipped a group of politicians as you’ll find. Each one takes an oath to protect the country’s secrets and is expected to take special care in protecting the classified information entrusted to them.
That’s the hope anyway. In practice Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.) rarely misses an opportunity to publicly characterize the non-public information that he claims to have seen. This raises the question of whether he’s violating the rules of the committee by discussing classified intelligence, or perhaps misleading the public about what he’s seen. Before giving him yet another platform to hurl allegations of treasonous behavior, journalists should first demand that he show up with some facts.
For the better part of a year, Mr. Schiff has been teasing the public with claims of wrongdoing by his political adversaries, but refusing to back them up. Back in March, NBC News reported:
The top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee claimed Wednesday evening that he has seen “more than circumstantial evidence” that associates of President Donald Trump colluded with Russia while the Kremlin attempted to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the Ranking Member on the committee, was asked by Chuck Todd on “Meet The Press Daily” whether or not he only has a circumstantial case.
“Actually no, Chuck,” he said. “I can tell you that the case is more than that and I can’t go into the particulars, but there is more than circumstantial evidence now.”
That sure sounded ominous. But nearly nine months later, he’s still going on talk shows and making accusations. He’s still declining to back them up. And he’s still finding friendly news organizations to broadcast his claims, even though by this time a fact-free Schiff accusation of collusion with Russians can hardly be considered news. On Sunday Jake Tapper interviewed Mr. Schiff and the CNN host did make an effort to finally get Mr. Schiff to show his cards.
Mr. Tapper noted that “we haven’t seen the actual connection. We haven’t seen an actual proof of cooperation and collusion. So, what am I missing here?”
Mr. Schiff responded, “Well, you know, I think you have to look at the pattern and the chronology.” Mr. Schiff then proceeded to make a case for collusion that was no more than circumstantial, and perhaps less. Mr. Schiff referred to contacts between Trump associates and Russians and then shared his theory that the WikiLeaks publication of hacked Democratic emails in 2016 amounted to help promised by the Russians to the Trump campaign. Concluded Mr. Schiff: “And that’s pretty damning, whether it is proof beyond a reasonable doubt of conspiracy or not.”
But when Mr. Tapper responded by asking for evidence on some of the particulars, he received the stock Schiff answer, according to CNN’s transcript:
TAPPER: Do you know of any instance where the Russians said, we’re going to do it this way, we’re going to do it through WikiLeaks, we’re going to do it through DCLeaks, this is how we’re going to get this information out there?
SCHIFF: I can’t comment. That’s an issue that we have been investigating. And I don’t want to comment at this point or not what the state of that evidence is.
But Mr. Schiff has spent months commenting on the state of the evidence about Russia and the Trump campaign, and he’s claimed over and over that it points to collusion. What he has refused to do is disclose the evidence for his claims.
At that point in the interview Mr. Tapper moved on to other questions, instead of telling Mr. Schiff that it’s well past time to back up his claims.
Of course Mr. Schiff doesn’t just answer to the media; he also has pledged to keep America’s secrets. He could correctly argue that according to the rules of the House Intelligence Committee he is prohibited from disclosing classified information.
But the rules go further than that. As a member of the committee, Mr. Schiff is not only barred from disclosing classified material; he’s also prohibited from discussing such information, or even causing it to be discussed.
Is it possible that he’s managed to avoid running afoul of House rules because the information doesn’t exist?
Here is where I am going with this, boys and girls…
The relationship between CNN and the Democrats has been incestuous for decades. That is no big secret. Additionally, in order to make things happen the way that they want them to, Professional Politicians up on Capitol Hill, like Adam Schiff, will leak anything and everything to the press. They have no filter whatsoever.
Then, there is the matter of Mueller illegally obtaining all of those e-mails, in violation of the Fourth Amendment to the United States Constitution, which states…
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
Additionally, as I wrote last week, the fact that Mueller Team has been found out to be extremely biased against the President strains both their and Mueller’s credibility to the breaking point. And now, with the revelation of “unlawful conduct” on the part of Special Counsel Mueller himself through the illegal obtaining of all of those e-mails from the GSA, I would say that the credibility of Mueller and his whole team has gone down the proverbial porcelain receptacle never to be retrieved.
So in summation, let’s add all of this up, boys and girls…
You have a Democratic Congressman leaking things to a decidedly Liberal Cable News Network.
You have the Special Counsel himself illegally obtaining proprietary e-mails (i.e., privileged communications) out of desperation brought about by the realization that he and his team of Democratic Donors “ain’t got squat” in their Quixotic Quest to fin proof that Trump and his Team “colluded” with the Russians before the 2016 Presidential Election.
You had members of the Investigative Team sending e-mails to their lovers concerning the investigation and how much they despise Trump.
Let’s face it, boys and girls…
This whole Trump-Russia Collusion Fairy Tale has been nothing but a lie from the get-go.
Mueller’s 16 lawyers who are “investigating for corruption” are Democrats who donate to the DNC.
Therefore, they are hardly “objective”.
Muller was appointed FBI Director by George W. Bush whom he served under for 10 years. When Barack Hussein Obama became President, Mueller served under him for 2 more years.
His past, plus his present staff activity shows him to be another Establishment Political Weasel like James Comey, who followed Mueller as Director of the FBI.
All average Americans, like you and me, continue to see on Liberal-produced television newscasts or read in Liberal-written newspapers or magazines, are attacks on President Trump, which feature all of the common sense and objective level-headedness of Bobcat Goldthwait.
You see, boys and girls, from the moment that it was announced that the “Interloper” Donald J. Trump, had “stolen” the election from “the Chosen One”, Hillary Clinton, America’s Liberals determined that they had to go into an all-out offensive to run Trump out of office, saving their entitlement programs and continuing the mission which Obama and his Administration started: that of turning the “Shining City Upon the Hill” into just another country.
As I have noted numerous times in the last year, Modern American Liberals are throwing an unending National Temper Tantrum over the loss of Hillary Clinton to American Businessman and Entrepreneur Donald J. Trump in the 2016 Presidential Election.
For quite a while now, it has become more than obvious that this “Special Investigation” is nothing but a Quixotic Quest to find a justification for the Liberals’ tantrum over the defeat of Hillary Clinton by Donald J. Trump on November 8, 2016.
It is time to end both this joke of an investigation and the Liberals’ never-ending National Temper Tantrum so that average Americans like you and me can get on with our lives and President Trump to get back to the job which we elected him to do…
MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!
Until He Comes,