Robert Mueller’s fishing expedition has been dragging along for months at this point, with no evidence of Russia-Trump collusion to show for themselves.
This isn’t an unexpected realization by any means, given that the entire probe was instigated by a wild rumor invented by the democrats to attempt to sway the general election back in November. Who honestly believes that Donald Trump, American business icon and one of the world’s most famous men before becoming President, would have sold his soul to the Kremlin in order to defeat an already doomed Hillary Clinton for the White House?
Trump’s takedown of Clinton was a slam dunk, and furthermore, it was seen coming from a mile away. There was simply no need to call up Vladimir Putin and ask for help.
Still, the liberal left insisted that there was certainly some collusion, and Special Counsel Robert Mueller got to work.
In the ensuing weeks, (and weeks and weeks), Mueller has committed himself to the “spray and pray” method of investigation, feebly attempting every possible angle in order to come up with something, anything of substance. So far, all that he has is one plea deal with Michael Flynn that doesn’t even bear any resemblance to collusion, nor does it involve the President.
That has Trump thinking ahead, and cutting off Mueller at the knees.
“President Donald Trump briefly spoke with reporters on Friday morning before his visit to the FBI headquarters in Quantico.
“President Trump slammed the FBI corruption and collusion that is now evident at the bureau. President Trump said it was ‘a shame’ what has happened to the FBI in the past few years.
“A reporter asked POTUS Trump if he was considering a pardon for General Flynn. The president was coy as he answered the reporter.
“’About Michael Flynn…would you consider a pardon for Michael Flynn?’ a reporter asked President Trump.
“’I don’t want to talk about pardons for Michael Flynn yet. We’ll see what happens. Let’s see,’ President Trump said.
“Trump then went on to point out how angry the public is after corruption and conflicts of interest in the FBI and DOJ was exposed.”
This will certainly elicit wild and ugly response from the radical left, who have so far failed to understand the malignancy of Mueller’s extended and nonsensical investigation.
Some will certainly cry for impeachment, given that this particular behavior has occurred at the drop of a hat, previously. Others will believe that this in and of itself is some sort of “proof” of Trump’s complicity in Flynn’s actions.
In reality, this is President Trump saving taxpayers from paying for any further judicial expenses after an already bloated and extended investigation into imaginary liberal fantasies.
After FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe abruptly canceled his scheduled testimony before the House Intelligence Committee this week, South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy made a prediction about McCabe’s future employment status.
McCabe was supposed to appear before the committee on Tuesday for a closed-door testimony to answer questions related to Peter Strzok, an FBI official who was removed from special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election due to anti-Donald Trump text messages he sent to a colleague.
At the last minute, though, McCabe pushed back his testimony.
Speaking Wednesday night with Fox News host Martha MacCallum, Gowdy indicated he would be surprised if McCabe testified next week, or if the deputy director even has a job at that point.
“Remember, we were supposed to interview Andy McCabe yesterday,” said Gowdy, who is a member of the Intelligence Committee. “It was all set up and ready to go and then at the last minute they said, ‘Ah he can’t come Tuesday, he’s going to come next week.’”
“I’ll be shocked if he comes next week,” Gowdy added. “I’ll be a little bit surprised if he’s still an employee of the FBI this time next week.”
The DOJ told Fox News in a statement that McCabe’s testimony had to be canceled due to a “scheduling error,” but other sources indicated that wasn’t the real reason.
One source suggested the testimony was re-scheduled following the revelation that Nellie Ohr, the wife of DOJ official Bruce Ohr, used to work for Fusion GPS, the opposition research firm that created the infamous Trump-Russia dossier.
Previously, it had been revealed that Bruce Ohr met on several occasions last year with Fusion co-founder Glenn Simpson and Christopher Steele, the former British spy and FBI informant who produced the unverified dossier.
McCabe is now set to appear before House investigators on Tuesday. He is likely to be asked about both Ohr and Strzok.
The committee’s intense interest in McCabe is due in part to one of the anti-Trump text messages that Strzok sent his colleague, Lisa Page, with whom he was having an extramarital affair.
“I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk,” Strzok wrote on Aug. 15, 2016, referring to the possibility of Trump being elected.
“It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
Republican lawmaker and others believe “Andy” may be a reference to McCabe.
“This (text) is the one that concerns me the most,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said Thursday on “Fox & Friends.”
“Andy is presumably Andrew McCabe … and this text is very troubling because it suggests that they’re doing something, they have a plan to take action to make sure that Donald Trump does not get elected president of the United States at the highest levels of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.”
Goodlatte’s remarks came one day after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testified before the Judiciary Committee and defended the investigation led by Mueller.
Gowdy, though, was more worried about why it seemed as though the FBI was trying to keep Trump from becoming president.
“I’m still trying to figure out why three FBI agents are discussing politics in the deputy director’s office, because you’re not supposed to discuss politics on federal ground and FBI agents aren’t supposed to engage in politics for Hatch Act reasons,” he said.
As Gowdy pointed out, “The notion that three bureau agents would be conspiring or plotting on how to handle the outcome of a presidential election is the opposite of what you want in an objective, dispassionate, neutral FBI,” according to TheBlaze.
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A majority of voters think that FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller has a conflict of interest due to his ties to fired FBI Director James Comey, according to a poll released Friday.
The Harvard CAPS-Harris poll, first reported by the Hill, asked voters if Mueller has a conflict of interest “as the former head of the FBI and a friend of [Comey].” Fifty-four percent said that the relationship does indeed indicate such a conflict, with 70 percent of Republicans, 53 percent of independents, and 40 percent of Democrats thinking it does.
Mueller has been under increasing pressure since the release of text messages showing explicit anti-Trump bias from top investigator Peter Strzok. Strzok was dismissed after Mueller was informed of the messages, but Strzok’s role in both the Hillary Clinton email probe and the Russian investigation has raised concerns that both probes may be tainted by bias.
Even before the Strzok controversy broke, the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board calledfor Mueller to step down in the wake of questions of the FBI’s role in uncovering evidence of Russian bribery ahead of a 2010 decision by the Obama administration to approve the sale of Uranium One to Russian energy giant Rosatom.
The FBI has also been under scrutiny over what role it played in connection to the “Trump dossier” put together by Fusion GPS, and whether it funded the dossier — which used a number of anonymous Kremlin officials as sources for salacious and unconfirmed allegations against President Trump.
“It is no slur against Mr. Mueller’s integrity to say that he lacks the critical distance to conduct a credible probe of the bureau he ran for a dozen years,” the Journal’s editorial board wrote in October. “He could best serve the country by resigning to prevent further political turmoil over that conflict of interest.”
The Hill notes that Mueller and Comey have been described as “brothers in arms” and have worked together for years.
“The special counsel has serious perception issues as a clear majority now see him as having a conflict of interest,” Mark Penn, co-director of the Harvard CAPS-Harris survey, told the outlet.
Mueller’s favorability rating sits at 34 percent, with 31 percent viewing him unfavorably, according to the poll. Thirty-six percent of voters say that Trump and his allies are getting tougher treatment from Mueller than Clinton received during the probe into her emails. Only 25 percent believed that both parties received the same treatment.
A significant majority (76 percent) say they Mueller is looking to prove that the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians, but only 35 percent believe he has found evidence of such collusion — suggesting that voters are distinctly unimpressed with what they have seen emerge from the probe so far.
Adam Shaw is a Breitbart News politics reporter based in New York. Follow Adam on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.
The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), went on a Tweetstorm on Friday afternoon, saying he was “increasingly worried” that Republicans would shut down the committee’s probe at the end of the month.
“Since March, our investigation has made important progress. We’ve interviewed numerous key witnesses behind closed doors, held public hearings, reviewed thousands of documents, identified new leads — all to understand and expose Russia’s meddling and protect our democracy,” he began.
“Yet, Republicans have scheduled no witnesses after next Friday and none in . We have dozens of outstanding witnesses on key aspects of our investigation that they refuse to contact and many document requests they continue to sit on,” he said.
The committee’s investigation has gone on for about a year, with nearly five dozen witnesses interviewed across 11 open and closed hearings lasting for hours.
But Schiff said what really has him “concerned” is that if Congress’s probes end, Republicans could exert pressure to end Mueller’s investigation, which has cost $6.7 million in taxpayer funds in its first five months.
A source close to the Russia investigations pushed back against Schiff’s complaints:
“Schiff is having a bit of a meltdown. His collusion narrative collapsed, his obstruction narrative collapsed, and top executive branch investigators are being revealed as Hillary partisans and as friends of Fusion GPS. So now Schiff is introducing a new narrative: the reason why Democrats have no evidence to prove their collusion claims is because a year-long investigation wasn’t nearly long enough. It’s objectively an absurd argument, but that’s all he’s got left.”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-IA) increased the pressure on FBI Special Counsel Robert Mueller Thursday, calling on him to be more transparent amid questions over anti-Trump text messages from a top FBI investigator.
“I’ve got some advice for Mueller, but I’ve still got confidence in the work he’s doing, because I know him as an individual,” Grassley told reporters, according to Bloomberg News. “But he could help himself a lot by being more transparent.”
Grassley is the latest Republican to pile more pressure on Mueller amid a growing controversy over instances of bias in the FBI and the Department of Justice. That controversy has centered around text messages sent in 2016 between top investigator Peter Strzok and fellow official Lisa Page, with whom Strzok was having an affair.
“I cannot believe Donald Trump is likely to be an actual, serious candidate for president,” Page texted Strzok in March 2016. In another, she describes Trump as a “loathsome human being.”
In August, Strzok texted Page, “I want to believe the path you threw out for consideration in [Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe’s] office that there’s no way he gets elected — but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event you die before you’re 40.”
Strzok, who was also a key investigator on the Hillary Clinton email probe, was dismissed from Mueller’s Russia “dream team” after Mueller was informed about the messages. But the existence of the messages, particularly considering Strzok’s important role in both probes, has raised suspicions about impartiality.
“We are now beginning to better understand the magnitude of this insider bias on [FBI Special Counsel Robert] Mueller’s team,” Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said at a House Judiciary Committee hearing Wednesday.
Strzok reportedly interviewed top Clinton aides Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills and was behind the softening of the language used by then-FBI Director James Comey to describe Clinton’s handling of classified information — from “grossly negligent” to “extremely careless.”
On Thursday, Grassley noted that, while Mueller demoted Strzok months ago, “it’s just coming out now.”
“When you have conflict of interest, there’s going to be less embarrassment if you tell people right away, and there’s no reason for his investigation to be questioned except by the secrecy he maintains,” Grassley said, according to Bloomberg.
While he conceded that Mueller could not be too public about what he is investigating, he said that the lack of transparency over personnel has created problems “for a guy that has great prestige and integrity in this town.”
Adam Shaw is a Breitbart News politics reporter based in New York. Follow Adam on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.
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