“A CONFLICTED PROSECUTOR GONE ROGUE”

by Sharon Rondeau

(Nov. 27, 2018) — On Tuesday morning, President Donald Trump tweeted his objections to the Mueller probe, which he again characterized as a “Phony Witch Hunt” run by Special Counsel Robert Mueller “and his terrible Gang of Angry Democrats.”

Trump claimed that $30 million has been spent on the “Russia collusion” investigation, assumed from the FBI in May 2017 after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein hired Mueller in the wake of the firing of FBI Director James Comey.

“Wait until it comes out how horribly & viciously they are treating people, ruining lives for them refusing to lie,” Trump tweeted.  “Mueller is a conflicted prosecutor gone rogue…The Fake News Media builds Bob Mueller up as a Saint, when in actuality he is the exact opposite.”

Trump’s total of three tweets on the subject were issued just hours before The Guardian reported that former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort allegedly met with WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange on three occasions at the London Ecuadorian embassy, where Assange was given asylum in 2012.

Mueller has been seeking evidence as to whether or not any Trump associates or campaign aides knew the content or timing of WikiLeaks’ release of thousands of emails which proved damaging to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign. That search emanated from his task of identifying any “collusion” with Russia and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections.

WikiLeaks has denied The Guardian’s report, as has Manafort, according to The Guardian’s article.

 

Further to Mueller’s probe, Trump wrote, “He is doing TREMENDOUS damage to our Criminal Justice System, where he is only looking at one side and not the other. Heroes will come of this,…”

For more than two months, Trump had been silent on the Mueller probe but broke with that protocol following the midterm elections.  On Monday, Trump tweeted that a number of his former campaign aides have expressed a willingness to speak with Mueller’s team, purportedly to offer exculpatory evidence in regard to any “collusion” but that Mueller has not summoned them for interviews.

On Tuesday, Trump further asked, “Where is the server?” perhaps a reference to the DNC computer server allegedly hacked by “Russians” to provide the emails to WikiLeaks.

Comey has testified that the FBI never examined the server to determine the source of the alleged hacking.  For his part, Assange has repeatedly said that he did not obtain the Clinton emails from Russia or “any state party.”

On Monday evening, U.S. media reported that according to Mueller, Manafort “lied” to prosecutors and the FBI after having signed a lengthy plea agreement in August admitting to having committed crimes unrelated to Manafort’s work on the Trump campaign, which spanned approximately 100 days during the 2016 primaries.

Speaking of 2016, The Guardian reported, “In June of that year WikiLeaks emailed the GRU via an intermediary seeking the DNC material. After failed attempts, Vladimir Putin’s spies sent the documents in mid-July to WikiLeaks as an encrypted attachment.”  The link leads to a Vox article which says nothing about “an encrypted attachment.”

A link in the preceding paragraph leads to the same Vox piece, stating that “Earlier this year Mueller indicted 12 GRU intelligence officers for carrying out the hack, which began in March 2016.”

The Guardian article links to a document it claims is part of the “dossier” compiled by British citizen Christopher Steele at the request of the DNC and Clinton campaign and bears various dates.

As is often the case, mainstream media sources quickly produced their own articles based on The Guardian‘s, apparently without cultivating their own sources.  The Guardian‘s “sources” all remain unnamed.

In his closing remark, Trump wrote, “Let these terrible people go back to the Clinton Foundation and ‘Justice’ Department!”  Most of Mueller’s prosecutors worked at Justice prior to his hiring them, with one, Jeannie Rhee, having represented the Clinton Foundation and Clinton personally as well as Obama national security adviser Ben Rhodes.  She was recruited for Mueller’s special counsel investigation from the law firm WilmerHale, where both Mueller and Rhee worked at the time.

 

 

Recent teports have suggested that the Mueller probe is “winding down.”  However, on Monday, former Trump foreign-policy adviser George Papadopoulos reported to federal prison to begin serving his two-week sentence meted out through a plea agreement he accepted for allegedly lying to the FBI about contacts he had in Europe in 2016 which reportedly became the catalyst for the FBI to launch its counterintelligence probe into the Trump campaign.

By mid-morning on Monday, Dr. Jerome Corsi, a Trump supporter and acquaintance of Trump ally and Republican strategist Roger Stone, reported that he rejected a plea agreement offered by Mueller for one count of perjury.

 

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