Complete Distrust and Disunity In the White House; Mueller Laughs

In case you thought it was time for Robert Mueller to file charges, you are right. Recent reports indicate Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s election interference and potential collusion with President Donald Trump’s campaign team indicate that the investigation has reached the point where Mueller may soon announce criminal charges.  Both the Wall Street Journal and CNN reported on Friday that Mueller had obtained a search warrant for records of the “inauthentic” accounts Facebook shut down earlier this month and the targeted ads these accounts purchased during the 2016 election.

Legal experts said the warrant meant Mueller had been able to convince a federal judge that there was good reason to believe a foreign entity had committed a crime by making campaign contributions in the form of ads and the spread of fake news, and that evidence of that crime would be found on Facebook.

Monday the New York Times reported that Mueller told Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort he was going to be formally charged with a crime following a raid on his Virginia home over the summer.  Mueller has also issued subpoenas to Manafort’s spokesman Jason Maloni and former attorney Melissa Laurenza to testify before a federal grand jury.

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The developments indicate that Mueller’s probe “is nearing the litigation stage,” said Brookings Institution fellows .

“Combined with a flurry of stories about subpoenas, grand-jury appearances and other activity, it’s reasonable to expect that Mueller is moving forward on a number of different fronts and is getting close to entering the litigation phase of the investigation.

“The key questions are what he will allege, to what extent it will deal with campaign activity, and against whom he will allege it?”

Robert Mueller is laughing now at the outrageous statements by Trump that he had nothing to do with Russia.  What fools we were to believe Trump when he said:

Today Senate intelligence committee leaders  abruptly scrapped a closed-door interview scheduled for Tuesday morning with President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen.  The clear goal was to stop Trump officials from talking about their testimony in advance of a hearing.

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Senate intelligence chairman Republican Richard Burr and Democrat Mark Warner postponed Cohen’s testimony after indicating that they were “disappointed” that Cohen had released a statement  when the committee asked him to refrain from any public comment.  After cancelling the closed door meeting, the Senate intelligence leaders sent Cohen a new invitation.  He is now asked to return for a hearing in an open session in what’s likely to be the “biggest Russia spectacle” since fired FBI Director James Comey testified publicly in June.
Trump’s choice of Cohen as his attorney is an interesting choice since he himself has ties to the Russian and Ukrainian underworld.  Before Cohen became President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen worked on behalf of a company controlled by another wealthy and well-connected man: Viktor Topolov, a politician whose associates are “members of the Russian and Ukrainian underworld.”    Cohen is the attorney of Trump who said that you can legally rape your wife.  Trump’s ex-wife Ivana Trump once used “rape” to describe an incident between them in 1989. She later said she felt “violated” by the experience.  Cohen said:And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.”

“It is true,” Cohen added. “You cannot rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law.”  However the case law isn’t “clear” and some said Cohen should have been fired for comment.

Cohen, the executive vice president of the Trump Organization,  may not be able to invoke attorney-client privilege with regard to actions he took on behalf of the Trump Organization.

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