WHAT KINDS OF “QUESTIONS” WILL BE ASKED…AND ANSWERED?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 24, 2019) — After Attorney General Barr sent a letter Sunday summarizing the special counsel’s report delivered to him on Friday regarding the findings on Trump-Russia “collusion” and Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election, former FBI James Comey tweeted, “So many questions” with a photo of a group of tall trees and, presumably, himself gazing upward.
In response, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham tweeted, “Could not agree more. See you soon.”
Comey had written at The New York Times last week that he “didn’t care” what Mueller’s conclusions would be.
Ironically, it was Comey who, approximately six weeks after he was fired in 2017, testified to Congress that he “hoped” that his leaking of memos memorializing his interactions with Trump would spur the opening of a special counsel investigation.
Now officially concluded, Mueller’s probe lasted more than 22 months and cost American taxpayers more than $25 million, according to reports.
On Friday, just after Mueller’s report was reportedly delivered to the Justice Department, reports stated that Mueller recommended no additional indictments than those already publicly known. On Sunday Barr wrote in his four-page summary to Congress that there are no “sealed” indictments generated by the investigation.
By federal statute, Mueller’s full report cannot be released to the public because of the “confidential” nature of a special counsel probe. Democrats, however, are demanding to see the complete report and all underlying documentation leading to Mueller’s conclusions that the Trump campaign did not “collude” with Russia to win the election and that “obstruction of justice” would be left for the Justice Department to decide.
On Sunday Barr announced that in consultation with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, there was insufficient evidence to conclude that Trump obstructed justice. The declaration brought immediate objections from House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, who said he would call Barr to testify “in the near future.”
Even before Mueller finished his report, Graham declared that his committee would investigate “potential crimes by the Department of Justice — the FBI — regarding the Clinton e-mail investigation and the Russian investigation against Trump early on.”
It was Comey’s FBI which determined that “evidence” justified the opening of a counterintelligence investigation into the Trump campaign, reportedly in July 2016. Rep. Devin Nunes, ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said on Sunday that the probe actually began in late 2015. He has also claimed that last year, when he viewed the electronic communication which served as catalyst for the probe, he saw “no intelligence” which would have justified it.
On February 18, Graham said his committee will conduct “an investigation into whether top officials at the Justice Department and the FBI had plotted an ‘administrative coup’ to drive President Trump out of office.”
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.