Magical Mystery Mueller

If Mueller does a really good job, he’ll be promoted to extra special counsel

By Jake Klawans, edited by Ben Purcell 

Bob’s Job

After a year of the media playing six degrees of separation between the Trump family/campaign and Russian oligarchs, Washington has turned to one man to separate fact from fiction and write the true story of Trump-Russia. There appears to be bipartisan consensus among Democrats and Republicans that Robert Mueller is the man for the job. The former 10-year FBI director under Presidents Bush & Obama, Mueller will have authority as special counsel to interview who he wants, subpoena what he needs and bring criminal charges if called for as he investigates the nature of the relationship between the 2016 Trump campaign and the Russian government.

 

Recall

  • The controversy over Trump’s firing of then-FBI director James Comey and Trump’s stated reason for the firing that Comey wouldn’t publicly refute allegations of Russian connections.
  • Accusations by certain factions of the GOP that Mueller couldn’t be trusted because of his ties to the Democratic party; although he isn’t, nor was he ever, a member of the Democratic party.
  • Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian officials during the campaign and last week’s release of an email chain with the subject line: “Russia – Clinton – private and confidential”. That’s one level of classification below “private and confidential and discreet and hush-hush.”

 

What’s Happening With Mueller?

  • Since last week we’ve learned of three more people who attended the now infamous meeting: a former Soviet counterintelligence officer turned Russian-American Lobbyist named Rinat Akhmetshin, a translator for the Russian lawyers we already knew were there and U.S. citizen/noted money funnel Ike Kaveladze.
  • It comes as no surprise that Mueller is now focused on the email imbroglio, and it’s been confirmed by lawyers that the counsel’s office has decided to interview Kaveladze.
  • Democrats in the House of Representatives are trying to give Mueller formal support for his investigation legislatively through an amendment to the GOP’s budget.

 

This Week’s Commentary

Republican Gov. Chris Christie on Monday addressed Donald Trump Jr.’s 2016 meeting with a Russian attorney, saying it’s “probably against the law” to get opposition research for his father’s presidential campaign from a foreign country. But Christie, a friend and adviser to President Donald Trump, also said that it’s too early be “jumping to conclusions” and that there’s no evidence the campaign obtained such research.

“It is quite often for people who are given information during the heat of a campaign to ask what that is, that’s what simply he did,” Spicer said. “The president’s made it clear through his tweet. And there was nothing, as far as we know, that would lead anyone to believe that there was anything except for a discussion about adoption and the Magnitsky Act.”

 

  • James Traub wrote that regardless of illegality, we now know that the President’s team acted against patriotic virtue

“By contrast, the June 6 email chain put the Trump team on notice that Russian President Vladimir Putin was attempting to meddle in the presidential election on behalf of Trump. The transaction was closer to Nixon’s: Gain the presidency, harm the republic. Patriotism is the willingness to place nation before self. We have no word for the opposite, but “dishonor” will do well enough.”

Quibbls

  • Testify
    • In the past week House and Senate Committees have been waiting to call for public testimony because of Mueller’s investigation. But with Mueller’s blessing given will we hear from Donald Jr before Congress in the next week? Quibbl here
  • Who else?
    • One more week and three more people have been implicated in participating in this meeting. In the next week will we find out any more names involved with this collaboration? Quibbl here
  • Location, location, location
  • A little bit of help here…
    • The Democrats in the House are trying to tie support for Mueller to the GOP budget bill. Will the House of Representatives formally support Mueller’s investigation and findings? Quibbl here
  • Smoke on the water
    • The increased scrutiny concerning the Trump-Putin relationship at the G20, compiled with questions about the campaign’s purported collaborations, may put Middle East peace efforts at risk. Will the US-Russia negotiated Syrian ceasefire fall through? Quibbl here

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