Remember When Trump Warned That *Hillary* Would Cause a Constitutional Crisis?
You know she’d be investigated for years. As usual with Trump projection is an amazing thing.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) June 15, 2017
So the talking point about ‘I’m not personally under investigation’ is dead.
“The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said.”
“The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump’s conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.”
“Trump had received private assurances from then-FBI Director James B. Comey starting in January that he was not personally under investigation. Officials say that changed shortly after Comey’s firing.”
To be sure the ‘I’m not under investigation’ talking point was never anything but exactly that-a talking point.
For one thing, his campaign was under investigation. Is anyone going to seriously argue that Trump was not a member of the Trump campaign?
Then there’s the fact that it was pretty obvious that even if he wasn’t personally under investigation before he fired Comey, he was very likely to be after.
Some big interviews are coming very soon:
“Five people briefed on the interview requests, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said that Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers’s recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as this week. The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy, and it is unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI.”
What I’m curious about is why Rogers and Coats were so tightlipped last week: was it to protect Trump or the investigation?
You’ve heard of the Comey memos-well now we have the Ledgett memos.
“While Mr. Ledgett was still in office, he wrote a memo documenting a phone call that Mr. Rogers had with Mr. Trump, according to people familiar with the matter. During the call, the president questioned the veracity of the intelligence community’s judgment that Russia had interfered with the election and tried to persuade Mr. Rogers to say there was no evidence of collusion between his campaign and Russian officials, they said.”
This seems to suggest that, as Claude Taylor would put it, Rogers is a white hat.
Even though Rogers had claimed at the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, the actions of his deputy suggest otherwise.
Meanwhile, Congressman Eric Swalwell has a message for Herr Trump: stop obstructing Mueller’s investigation.
“Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) said Tuesday that President Trump needs to let Congress and the FBI continue their investigations amid rumors that the president is considering firing the investigation’s special counsel, Robert Mueller.”
“You have to stoop pretty low to start impugning the integrity of Bob Mueller,” Swalwell told MSNBC’s Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday.
“The president has done a masterful job in disrupting our investigation and the FBI’s investigation with the firing of the director,” Swalwell said referencing the firing of former FBI Director James Comey. “It seems like he keeps trying to delay and disrupt our honest efforts to get to the bottom of what happened.”
Indeed. This morning Trump is again attacking the Special Counsel.
“They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice,” Mr. Trump wrote.
If it’s phony then why’d you obstruct it? If it were phony that’s really not smart. Meanwhile, per Congressman Swalwell, some want to testify without handing in their documents
“Pressed by Van Susteren on why the probe is taking so long, Swalwell said he wants the House’s investigation to continue “as fast as possible,” but that witnesses are intentionally making that harder.”
“Some witnesses have suggested that they want to come in [to testify] but they don’t want to give us the documents,” Swalwell said. “Greta, that would be like a doctor examining a patient but only making an analysis based on what the patient says.”
I don’t know what Van Ssteren is talking about anyway. How long is it supposed to take? It’s only recently started. The GOP investigated Whitewater-an utterly trivial matter in comparison that happened 20 years ago-for years.
UPDATE: Seth Abramson-a former prosecutor-handicaps the way forward.
(29) Mueller's probe will take 12-18 months. Sessions' actions have *fundamentally changed* the long-term prognosis for that investigation.
— Seth Abramson (@SethAbramson) June 14, 2017
P.S. So the Gravis poll against Peter King NY2 and it has good news-almost too good to believe.
In my March poll I trailed King by 11 and thought that was very good news. Now Gravis has me up by 10? Still, the moment of truth is next week when Gravis writes up the press release.
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