by Sharon Rondeau

(Jun. 28, 2018) — On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted his continued frustration with the probe conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller into whether or not any of his campaign aides “colluded” with Russian operatives and if there were any Kremlin attempts to disrupt the 2016 U.S. election.

Trump has long criticized the investigation Mueller assumed after FBI Director James Comey was terminated in May of last year. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein chose Mueller to lead the probe even though Mueller and Comey are former colleagues and Mueller interviewed with Trump for Comey’s position the day before.

Rosenstein signed the memo justifying Comey’s termination, which was ultimately approved by Trump.  The mainstream media has reported that Mueller is investigating any “obstruction of justice” on Trump’s part for his having fired Comey.

The Justice Department’s Inspector General, Michael Horowitz, has produced two reports this year on the conduct of FBI and DOJ officials in the lead-up to the election involving leaks to the media and Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, respectively.

A third report from Horowitz is expected in the coming weeks focusing on Comey’s release of at least one memo, but possibly more, to a “friend” who shared the contents, which may have contained classified information, with a reporter from The New York Times.

Horowitz’s first report found that FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe lied under oath to investigators about leaking sensitive information to the media. McCabe’s attorney has denied the accusation, although it prompted Attorney General Jeff Sessions to terminate McCabe in mid-March.

The second report, released June 14, chastised Comey for giving a solo, unapproved press conference on July 5, 2016 contending that although Clinton was “extremely careless” with her handling of classified information by her use of a private server, her actions did not rise to the level of a recommendation to the Justice Department for possible prosecution.

In that report, Horowitz noted that then-counterintelligence FBI Deputy Assistant Director Peter Strzok and his then-cohort, former FBI Special Counsel to the Deputy Director Lisa Page, demonstrated clear bias against Trump in the course of their work on the Clinton investigation and immediately afterward, on the Trump “collusion” probe (page 4 of report).

Strzok was a key figure in both assignments, having reportedly interviewed Clinton on July 2, 2016, three days before Comey gave his press conference exonerating her.

The opening of the “Russia” investigation is said to have been July 31, 2016. Within days of that date, Strzok texted Page that a trip he was making to the UK on the Trump probe “matters.” Other texts exchanged between the two indicate that they were opposed to the prospect of Trump’s winning in November, with Strzok going as far as to say, “We’ll stop him.”

At some point last summer, Horowitz found some of the politically-charged text between Strzok and Page and informed Mueller, who removed Strzok from the Trump-Russia investigation.  Strzok was then relegated to the FBI’s Human Resources Department.

Very recently, he was escorted out of the FBI and his security clearance revoked, according to reports.

On February 7, 2018, text messages were made public by a Senate committee, one of which said, “potus wants to know everything we’re doing.” (Also on p. 438 of the report)

On Wednesday, Strzok was deposed for approximately 11 hours by the House Judiciary Committee behind closed doors, where he is said to have declined to answer a significant number of questions by recommendation of FBI counsel. Afterward, Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC), who was in the room, said that “new information” has come to light that was not included in Horowitz’s June 14 report.

The Hill reported that Strzok “appeared voluntarily,” with a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee reportedly “tabled,” but the committee stated otherwise on its website.  On Wednesday Fox News reported that “the subpoena was no longer valid because Strzok voluntarily agreed to appear for the interview.”

Some believe that Strzok’s involvement in the investigation has rendered it “fruit of the poison tree” and that Mueller should terminate it. Others believe that the IG report “legitimizes” it.

In his first tweet of the series on Thursday morning, Trump repeated his oft-made claim that the Mueller probe is a “rigged” “witch hunt.” However, Trump followed that with, referring to Strzok, “he took his orders from Comey and McCabe and they took their orders from you know who. Mueller/Comey best friends!” [sic]

In the following two tweets, Trump did not clarify to whom “you know who” refers.  In 2016, McCabe reported to Comey, who would have reported to then-deputy Attorney General Sally Q. Yates. Loretta Lynch, also faulted in Horowitz’s recent report, was then Attorney General.

He continued to refer to Clinton as “Crooked Hillary” and included “the DNC” in his thought.

In the past, Trump has asked why the DNC server, said to have been breached by Russian operatives in 2016, when stolen emails were transferred to WikiLeaks and then made public, was never examined by the FBI to determine the intruder(s).

A private company, Crowdstrike, commissioned to conduct a forensic analysis of the server, reported that Russian-planted viruses were responsible.

Trump did not clarify what “all the lies” signifies.  He has previously suggested that the “13 angry Democrats” working with Mueller have undisclosed conflicts of interest.

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  1. Excellent, Bob68, as always. America has been LIVING A LIE perpetrated on us by the Manchurian Candidate, radical Muslim, Arab American who calls himself, but is not, “Barack Hussein Obama.” VIRTUALLY ALL, AND I DO MEAN ALL, OF OUR COUNTRY’s CURRENT PROBLEMS CAN BE TRACED BACK TO THIS EVIL TREASONOUS B_____D AND HIS RICO HANDLERS AND IGNORANT OR OTHERWISE FULLY AWARE AND COMPLICIT SUPPORTERS! Shame on each and everyone of you! Nothing but a bunch of spineless pretend patriots who are afraid that telling the SICK TREASONOUS TRUTH will somehow put your well-being at risk. SINCE WHEN DID TELLING THE TRUTH BECOME THE WRONG THING TO DO! SINCE 2007? SINCE THE CIA SAID SO? “Fair, balanced, and unafraid,” Tom Arnold.

  2. One more time…..this is what I believe:

    ‘‘You know who”…. is Obama, the identity fraud con-artist who usurped America’s presidency with a lot of help. This help included Congress, all of them, who did/said nothing to stop Barack Hussein Obama from being sworn in as America’s putative president. Since that day, right up until today, job number one for Congress, the Obama media and others complicit in The Obama Fraud has been to cover for that mother of all crimes against American Citizens and her Constitution, while Obama and his puppet-masters did maximum damage to America….exactly as planned. Those guilty of aiding, assisting and/or covering for The Obama Fraud protect Obama and anyone who could lead to him from prosecution for….anything, because that could lead to the truth about Barry. Allowing Obama to be sworn in was giving America’s government and her military to the enemy and violating, in the worse way possible, their sworn oath to protect the Constitution against her enemies, both foreign and domestic….of which Obama is both. Hillary was the planned and promised after Obama cover, and when she failed big-time panic occurred because the winner was not say, Jeb Bush or even the ineligible himself Ted Cruz, but the outspoken “birther’’, Donald Trump. Removing Trump from office is something all complicit, both parties, are desperate to do to remove even the possibility the truth about Barry will be fully revealed and acted on. We are seeing the truth emerge very slowly and the already extreme panic among all complicit in the mother of all crimes against America’s citizens and her Constitution intensify, along with the efforts to slow to a stop the few in Congress who actually are trying to do……….something……which could expose the biggest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people.
    I see none of this as hard to understand ………..but it may be impossible to get anything done about it. Of course, I want to be wrong about that.