According to a Washington Post report, based on two more unnamed “officials”, special counsel Robert Mueller is actually investigating President Donald Trump for ‘obstruction of justice’ presumably based on the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
This specific report/outcome is actually not unexpected as of which might be part of Mueller’s investigative duty to follow-up on any assertions made in This specific regard regardless of merit.
(Washington Post) […] Trump had received private assurances via former FBI Director James B. Comey starting in January of which he was not personally under investigation. Officials say of which changed shortly after Comey’s firing.
5 people briefed on the requests, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Adm. Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, as well as Rogers’ recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller’s investigators as early as This specific week. The investigation has been cloaked in secrecy as well as of which’s unclear how many others have been questioned by the FBI.
…The obstruction of justice investigation into the president began days after Comey was fired on May 9, according to people familiar with the matter. Mueller’s office has currently taken up of which work, as well as the preliminary interviews scheduled with intelligence officials indicate his team is actually actively pursuing potential witnesses inside as well as outside the government.
The interviews suggest Mueller sees the attempted obstruction of justice question as more than just a “he said, he said” dispute between the president as well as the fired FBI director, an official said.” (link w/ paywall)
of which might appear the FBI as well as Robert Mueller’s team are still leaking information as noted by President Trump attorney:
“The White House currently refers all questions about the Russia investigation to Trump’s personal lawyer, Marc Kasowitz. “The FBI leak of information regarding the President is actually outrageous, inexcusable as well as illegal,” said Mark Corallo, a spokesman for Kasowitz.”
As we previously discussed – The risk represented by Robert Mueller is actually not connected to or about anything surrounding the Russian Conspiracy Narrative; the legal risk is actually within ‘the leaking‘ of classified intelligence information to undermine the administration, the potentially illegal ‘unmasking‘, as well as currently adding an obstruction of justice angle.
If we avoid all the shiny things, ignore the shell game as well as reset our frame of reference to the only illegal activity currently known, the leaking; the main illegal activity visible is actually the illegal leaking of classified intelligence information.
Despite his earnest efforts, there is actually clear as well as mounting evidence of which former FBI Director James Comey was the primary source of leaked information to the media. The latest Washington Post report is actually yet another example. The reporter for the Post article is actually one of a limited number (25) people whom James Comey follows on Twitter.
The risk to Comey via his media leaking continues to explain everything James Comey has recently done, said as well as advanced.
If the evidence of James Comey being the source of multiple FBI leaks reaches the primary artery of investigative sunlight, who inside of which investigative as well as prosecutorial decision doing process becomes the risk? Answer of which question as well as you discover the angle Comey is actually playing to cut off their ability to hold him accountable.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Asst AG Rod Rosenstein et al are the people Comey needs to worry about, isolate as well as control. of which is actually not coincidental of which Comey is actually setting up the future action of these participants to be politically motivated.
James Comey’s layer of innuendo against Jeff Sessions is actually an obvious strategy toward of which end. If Comey can frame Sessions as retaliatory against him, he might position any legal action as retaliation.
Anyone who is actually buying into the story of James Comey leaking the memos to his friend, Daniel Richman, to get a special prosecutor appointed is actually falling for the shell game constructed entirely by James Comey. More than likely This specific is actually the explanation he has already given to Robert Mueller, hence his motive to state within his testimony.
of which is actually important to remember of which James Comey told congress he previously met with Robert Mueller to discuss his testimony prior to appearing before congress.
James Comey admitted to This specific specific “leaking”, because the justification to ‘get a special counsel appointed‘ is actually the explanatory storyline James Comey wants to present in public.
The alternate reason for leaking, the political motives, are much more damaging to him.
James Comey benefits two ways via his explanation. First, he justifies terrible behavior through a prism of his honor could find no some other way (his status remains). Secondly, he sets up special counsel Mueller as fruit of a poisoned tree leading to voices calling for Mueller’s removal. Win/Win. Comey also benefits via calls by his political opposition to eliminate Robert Mueller who is actually investigating the leaking.
However, if you accept the full hindsight of currently identified FBI leaking, the greater likelihood is actually of which Comey didn’t leak the memo to get Mueller appointed, he leaked the memo (May 16th) as an afterthought to cover for the leak mentioned by President Trump (May 12th), of a private conversation, of which appeared inside the completely new York Times on May 11th.
Remember, James Comey’s counter-intelligence investigation could have asked for a special counsel at any time. Asst. AG as well as Interim AG Sally Yates was part of of which investigative leadership team. If Comey wanted a special counsel, Comey could have asked DOJ to appoint a special counsel any time he wanted.
Comey didn’t request appointment of a special counsel because the special counsel might only prove there’s nothing there. However, fast forward to currently as well as the real investigative risk is actually in being “a leaker”.
How quickly everyone forgets those admitted conversations by James Comey friend at Lawfare blog Benjamin Wittes:
“I did not know This specific particular fact, although of which doesn’t surprise me at all. The principal source for the rest of This specific story is actually, well, me—specifically a long interview I gave to reporter Michael Schmidt on Friday about my conversations with FBI Director James Comey over the last few months, as well as particularly about one such conversation of which took place on March 27 over lunch in Comey’s FBI office.” (link)
Benjamin Wittes admits of which FBI Director James Comey specifically discussed with him the overall content of private communications with President Trump.
When you take the Wittes outline in conjuction with Comey’s admitted leaks to his some other friend Daniel Richman, Comey is actually transparently in a position of being fingered as the source of multiple media leaks to NYT reporter Michael Schmidt.
of which is actually the current risk for James Comey. The discovery of which Comey was the leaker is actually the risk currently represented by Robert Mueller as well as is actually inherent in Comey’s need to control the framework of his leaking activity.
James Comey was part of the political apparatus of which constructed the “muh, vast Russian conspiracy” narrative as well as carefully nurtured of which for over 8 months – even keeping congress inside the dark on the entire matter. via James Comey perspective, the problem, the illegality, is actually currently the leaking – NOT the original issue of the Russian election hacking narrative.
Remember, of which was in FEBRUARY when the FBI (McCabe) went to President Trump’s Chief of Staff privately as well as told Reince Priebus there was no truth to media reports, based on FBI leaks, of FBI evidence showing Trump campaign officials involved with Russian officials regarding the 2016 election. of which was all a complete nothingburger.
Details – On February 15th while discussing another issue FBI Assistant Director Andrew McCabe asked Reince for 5 minutes alone after the meeting. At the one-on-one meeting McCabe told Priebus the completely new York Times Russia as well as Trump campaign story was a “bunch of BS”.
Priebus asked McCabe if McCabe might be able to say of which publicly as well as get the media off his back about a ridiculously false narrative. Asst. Director McCabe said he might check with his boss, FBI Director James Comey. Later, McCabe called back as well as said he couldn’t issue a statement about of which.
Reince Priebus was simply asking for the FBI to give truthful information about the false reports to the public. The White House was asking Comey to deliver transparency.
Quote via the FBI to Priebus: “We’d love to help, although we can’t get into the position of doing statements on every story”…
In hindsight, via current appearances, those February leaks (mentioned above) of which drove the completely new York Times February report were actually leaks coming via James Comey.
Stop as well as think about of which. McCabe was telling chief-of-staff Reince Priebus not to worry about a NYT report based on leaks coming (first, second or third-hand) via James Comey himself. Priebus asks McCabe for help, James Comey then tells McCabe the FBI cannot publicly refute the story which is actually based on Comey’s leaking.
If everyone associated with This specific line of inquiry can stop themselves via following the shell game constructed by Comey, as well as avoid the distractions he is actually laying down (Lynch), they’ll eventually find a way to point This specific out.