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Previously Hidden Portions Of The Mueller Report Suggest Trump Committed Perjury

Previously redacted portions of the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller that Attorney General William Barr had hoped to keep hidden until after the November election have been released as the result of a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit, and they show that President Donald Trump likely lied under oath in the written responses he gave to questions from Mueller.

CNN and The Hill both report that the sections involve Trump’s responses to questions about WikiLeaks and longtime Trump confidant Roger Stone, and Mueller himself suggested that the president had misled investigators:

“According to the report, Trump had said he did not remember talking with Stone about WikiLeaks. But Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, had separately recounted to Mueller that he ‘recalled a conversation in which Roger Stone told Trump that WikiLeaks planned to release information soon [and] Trump had asked him [Cohen] to stay in touch with Stone about WikiLeaks.'”

While the Special Counsel noted in his final report that Trump simply could have forgotten about contacts he had with Stone regarding WikiLeaks and the release of information that would be damaging to Hillary Clinton, he could also have tried to hide his knowledge because he knew it gave the appearance that he was part of the larger conspiracy:

“The President’s conduct could also be viewed as reflecting his awareness that Stone could provide evidence that would run counter to the President’s denials and would link the President to Stone’s efforts to reach out to WikiLeaks.”

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said the newly unredacted portions of Mueller’s report make it clear that Barr and the White House wanted the revelations to remain hidden because they do incriminate the president and attorney general:

Why didn’t Mueller charge Trump with perjury? Because he was prohibited from doing so by a Department of Justice memo which states a sitting president cannot be indicted or charged with a crime. But the second Trump is out of office, any U.S. Attorney or a new attorney general can bring that and other charges against Trump. So while the president may have managed to avoid criminal charges so far, all he’s really done is kick the can down the road.

As many have suspected, Barr and Trump knew that if the full report from Special Counsel Mueller was made public, it would probably have destroyed Trump and led to more articles of impeachment being drawn up against him.

But the law isn’t finished with Donald Trump or William Barr. And karma will eventually come back visit them both.

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Court Orders Barr To Give Congress Sealed Grand Jury Material From Mueller Report

Attorney General William Barr got rebuked by a federal appeals court Tuesday and has been ordered to turn over all grand jury materials from the investigation conducted by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

CNN reports:

“The appeals panel sided with an earlier ruling from the chief judge of the DC District Court, who had roundly criticized the Justice Department’s legal theories to keep the Mueller materials under seal and who had endorsed the House’s investigation into President Trump. The appeals court agreed that the House Judiciary Committee has a ‘compelling need’ to view the secretive details prosecutors had collected from witnesses and about the President.”

The three judge appellate court ruled 2-1 that the Department of Justice must hand all grand jury materials as part of ongoing investigations being conducted by House committees. Interestingly, however, the lone Trump appointee on the court, Neomi Rao, dissented from the other judges.

Rao’s dissent was addressed by Judge Thomas Griffith, a George W. Bush appointee, who wrote in response to Rao:

“Taken to its logical conclusion, the dissent’s theory would seem to require outright dismissal of this case—a result that the dissent agrees is contrary to history and precedent.”

Judge Griffith also accused Rao of attempting to chase jurisdictional phantoms in an attempt to keep the Mueller grand jury materials from Congress, which has every legal right to review them.

Even though the administration will likely appeal the case to the Supreme Court, today’s ruling is yet another sign that federal courts will not allow Barr to hide relevant materials just so he can protect the president. Apparently, Barr has forgotten that his client is the Constitution, not Donald Trump. But the courts are reminding him he has no right to act in such a manner.

But perhaps most frightening for Trump is that the Supreme Court may hear an expedited appeal to this latest ruling and demand the information be given to the House Judiciary Committee within the next couple of months, which is then free to discuss them in open session. That could be incredibly damaging to both Barr and Trump.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once wrote:

“The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends toward justice.”

Justice will win out no matter what obstacles Donald Trump or his protectors attempt to place in its path.

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Trump And Barr’s Favorite Conspiracy Theory Just Went Down In Flames

When the Russia investigation began and former Special Counsel Robert Mueller was appointed, Donald Trump repeatedly called the probe a “witch hunt” and suggested that U.S. intelligence sought to frame him because they were upset he won the 2016 election.

In other words, Trump has relied on a conspiracy theory that has no grounding in reality and is utterly devoid of facts, as Aaron Blake of the Washington Post notes:

“A theory espoused by Trump and other Republicans that the Russia investigation was some kind of setup — in Trump’s words, a ‘coup’ — by U.S. intelligence to take Trump down.”

Trump was so eager (and desperate) to discredit the Mueller investigation and subsequent report that he had his handpicked attorney general, William Barr, appoint two men to take a closer look at the minutiae of the how the Russia probe began and hopefully prove that the conspiracy theory was supported by evidence.

As recently as June, Trump was tweeting that the two men would find all kinds of dirt which would prove his thesis that he was spied on during the 2016 presidential race:

But both investigations have uncovered nothing that suggests anything wrong or the least bit improper was done, which means the Trump-Barr lie about the whole thing being a setup is now utterly destroyed:

“The prosecutor handpicked by Attorney General William P. Barr to scrutinize how U.S. agencies investigated President Trump’s 2016 campaign said he could not offer evidence to the Justice Department’s inspector general to support the suspicions of some conservatives that the case was a setup by American intelligence, people familiar with the matter said.

“Justice Department Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s office contacted U.S. Attorney John Durham, the prosecutor Barr personally tapped to lead a separate review of the 2016 probe into possible coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia, the people said. The inspector general also contacted several U.S. intelligence agencies.”

So where does that leave the White House, Trump, and the attorney general? Pretty much up the proverbial shit creek without a paddle, because their carefully crafted narrative has now come crashing down to earth.

What remains if Barr and Trump want to try and save face? Well, Barr can still do the same thing he did with the Mueller Report: Write his own summary of the work done by Horowitz and Durham and refuse to release the full reports. But that carries a nasty political risk that could wind up biting Trump squarely on his fat ass right as he’s seeking reelection.

As we’ve learned from history on numerous occasions, the truth does eventually come out, and lies are debunked. Now we just have to hope all of Trump and Barr’s lies will also lead to their shared downfall.

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Jeff Sessions May Be About To Get Some Major Payback On Donald Trump

We’ve heard the saying since we were kids: Payback is a real son of a gun.

And now it looks like Jeff Sessions, the former attorney general in the Trump administration, may be on the verge of getting his chance to lay one hell of a hurt on his former boss.

The House Judiciary Committee, according to the Washington Post, is very close to arranging for Sessions to testify as part of the impeachment inquiry against President Donald Trump:

“Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee are negotiating for Jeff Sessions’s testimony in their impeachment investigation of President Trump, an appearance they hope could bolster their inquiry given the former attorney general’s rocky relationship with Trump.

“Congressional aides on the panel reached out to Charles J. Cooper, an attorney for Sessions, during the summer, according to officials familiar with the discussions who spoke on the condition of anonymity to freely describe private talks. Cooper told committee staff that Sessions — whom Trump never forgave for recusing himself from overseeing the special counsel probe — would need a subpoena to testify.”

Whether Sessions shows up and testifies willingly or is subpoenaed, he’ll be under oath and subject to perjuring himself if he isn’t forthcoming.

But here’s the twist: This would give Sessions the perfect opportunity to help destroy the man who couldn’t wait to dump him from the Justice Department the minute he recused himself from overseeing the investigation conducted by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Trump was brutal in his criticism of of Sessions, telling Chuck Todd of NBC News:

“‘I would say if I had one do over, it would be, I would not have appointed Jeff Sessions to be attorney general.’ When Todd asked Trump to clarify if he thought appointing Sessions was his ‘worst mistake,’ the president reiterated ‘yeah, that was the biggest mistake'”

Now that “mistake” may soon have the spotlight and be able to do tremendous damage to Trump, even if the president isn’t impeached and convicted, because if Sessions reveals damaging information about Donnie, it could help sink his reelection chances.

There’s another saying you’ve probably heard, too: Karma’s a bitch. How sweet it would be if karma takes a giant bite out of the felon in the White House.

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Robert Mueller May Still Manage To Sink Trump – Here’s How

When he testifies tomorrow before the House Judiciary and Intelligence committees, it’s expected that former Special Counsel Robert Mueller will hew closely to the report he filed back in April, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t significant dangers to President Donald Trump when Mueller begins answering questions from the two committees.

Though he didn’t seek an indictment against the president (because Department of Justice policy said he couldn’t), Mueller did indeed find plenty of evidence that suggests Trump was in constant contact with Russia via surrogates during the 2016 election and also sought to obstruct justice as Mueller was involved in developing his case over the course of his investigation.

Make no mistake, Mueller can still do severe damage to the president, as Greg Sargent notes in The Washington Post:

“In this scenario, Mueller would state clearly that Trump and his advisers eagerly expected to gain from a massive foreign attack on our political system designed to elect Trump. That Trump World repeatedly sought to coordinate with those efforts, in the full knowledge of who was behind them. That Trump secretly pursued a lucrative real estate deal with Kremlin involvement while voters picked the GOP nominee. That Trump and his advisers repeatedly lied to cover all of this up.”

That alone would blow Trump’s constant claims of “no collusion” right out of the water. Collusion is not even a crime, so how could there have been any? As you’d expect, Trump is silent on that because it doesn’t bolster his bogus assertions.

And then we come to obstruction of justice, where the most damning evidence lies. Again, Sargent spells out how that alone could prove to be a big problem for the president:

“On obstruction, Mueller would also state clearly that Trump ordered his White House counsel to fire Mueller, then pushed him to actively cover that up. That Trump tried to get his former campaign chair to not cooperate with the investigation. That Trump ordered a top campaign official to tell his then-attorney general to severely restrict the probe. That Trump demanded Comey’s loyalty and urged him to go easy on his national security adviser, before firing Comey after that loyalty wasn’t forthcoming.”

Those two points — reaching out to Russia and obstructing the investigation — are more than enough to begin the impeachment of Donald Trump.

A few carefully worded questions about Trump’s alleged obstruction of justice could be enough to move the polls on support for an impeachment inquiry:

“Mueller did establish multiple acts of obstruction that were undertaken with corrupt intent.

“If Democrats can get Mueller to repeat this basic fact set, that itself could be powerful.”

Obstruction and corruption. That’s where the case against Trump is strongest. After Mueller is finished testifying tomorrow, don’t be the least bit surprised if there are immediate calls for impeachment from dozens of members of Congress. The evidence will be in plain sight. All that will remain is taking a vote in the House to start with impeachment.

And Trump will lose that vote.