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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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Sean Hannity In Legal Trouble For Allegedly Committing Crimes With Roger Stone

The indictment and arrest, and conviction of Donald Trump’s longtime friend, adviser, and confidant, Roger Stone was a serious blow to the president and could well wind up being a defining moment in the investigations being conducted by various jurisdictions.

But there’s another well-known Trump acolyte who’s also threatened by the arrest of Stone: Fox News host Sean Hannity.


Hannity, it should be noted, is friends with Roger Stone and also hired Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, to do legal work for him. Hannity is also an unofficial adviser to Trump. That’s three degrees of association with the larger Russia conspiracy, and it suggests Mueller may indict Hannity as well.

As Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Kurt Eichenwald pointed out on Twitter several months ago, Hannity is tightly woven into the very fabric of the Russian attack on the last presidential election:

The reference to “Corsi” is Jerome Corsi, a conspiracy theorist and all-around bizarre wing nut who has trafficked in outrageous lies for decades and once worked for the Alex Jones outfit, InfoWars. Corsi was one of the originators of the “birther” lie suggesting that Barack Obama wasn’t really an American citizen.


Corsi is also a close associate of Roger Stone. If either of them shared disinformation with Hannity, who then passed it along in coordination with Russian operatives, that makes Hannity part of a larger conspiracy to influence the 2016 presidential race.

Additionally, if Hannity knew information he helped spread came from Russian hackers or other foreign sources that obtained it illegally and didn’t report that to the FBI, that alone would be what’s know as misprision of a felony, i.e. knowing about a crime and failing to notify authorities. Conviction on either of those offenses would place the Fox host behind bars for several years, perhaps even decades.

Even if Hannity isn’t indicted by the feds, he’s still be looking at being charged by the state of New York, which is doing an extensive investigation into all of the possible crimes committed during the 2016 election.

But perhaps most disturbing is the possibility that Hannity, with the assistance of Fox News, helped spread propaganda in order to guarantee Trump was elected. if proven, such an act could well spell the end of Hannity’s career and sink Fox News once and for all.

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Mueller’s Grand Jury Continues To Meet — Are More Indictments Coming?

Two days before Attorney General William Barr gave his scant, four-page summary of the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller to key members of Congress and the public, a senior Justice Department official told Politico that there would be no further indictments in the Russia investigation


Yet on Wednesday of this week, we learned (again from Politico) that one of Mueller’s grand juries in Washington, D.C. is “continuing robustly” despite that earlier denial of other indictments being handed down:

“David Goodhand, an assistant U.S. attorney, acknowledged the grand jury’s active status during a hearing in U.S. District Court over a push to unveil the identity of a foreign state-owned firm that has been held in contempt for defying a Mueller subpoena.

“During a brief open hearing Wednesday, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court for D.C., Beryl Howell, pressed Goodhand to say whether the grand jury Mueller had been using in the case remained active.

“‘It is continuing,’ the prosecutor replied. ‘It’s continuing robustly.'”

Something here doesn’t add up.


Legal experts are now saying that the presence of that Mueller grand jury could signal big trouble for President Donald Trump in the near future, with Gene Rossi, a former assistant U.S. attorney in Virginia noting:

“I worked with the prosecutor [Goodhand] in this matter. He uses his words very carefully. The use of ‘robustly’ is not bluster or gratuitous. That word strongly suggests that the handoffs from Robert Mueller’s office are alive and kicking and that the Washington U.S. Attorney’s Office could be another troubling front for the president and the White House.”

In other words, much as Mueller handed off pieces of the investigation to the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York, it appears the special counsel did the same thing with the U.S. Attorney’s office in the District of Columbia.


AG Barr assures us that the Mueller investigation has ended, and he may be right, at least technically, because Robert Mueller has completed his work. But the other investigations spawned as a result of his work still have the potential to take one hell of a nasty bite out of Trump and members of his family, especially Don Jr., Eric, and Ivanka, along with Jared Kushner.

So while the White House claims vindication, it now appears their celebration may be extremely premature.

Here’s more on the Mueller grand jury from Rachel Maddow:

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The Latest From Robert Mueller’s Grand Jury Is The Worst News Possible For Trump

Three weeks ago, NBC News reported that Special Counsel Robert Mueller would be submitting his report on the Russia investigation as soon as mid-February. An attorney who had been in contact with the Mueller team noted:

“They clearly are tying up loose ends.”

No doubt that news was well-received by President Donald Trump and his legal team, even though the report could well wind up causing a whole new set of headaches for the White House.


But on Friday, a bombshell came in the form of an announcement from a federal court in Washington, D.C.: A grand jury which had been set to disband over the weekend had just been extended.

The grand jury, which was originally convened in July 2017, will now continue to meet for another six months. And that, CNN reports, suggests Mueller is far from finished with his probe of the 2016 election:

“The extension is the surest sign yet that the Russia investigation isn’t finished. It means, broadly, that Mueller may continue pursuing alleged criminal activity related to the Russian government’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, and that more indictments may be coming.

“Mueller is given authority by the Justice Department to prosecute individuals as he sees fit if they fall within his commissioned task — but in practice his team must ask the secret group of up to 23 citizens from DC to approve criminal indictments.”

Yep, this indeed means that more indictments are on the way, and it’s begun to look over the past few months that the entire Trump family — Don Jr., Ivanka, and Eric — will likely be indicted for their role in the Trump Organization. All three are already facing legal exposure for their control of the Donald J. Trump Foundation, which was recently shut down after the New York Attorney General’s office charged it with “persistently illegal conduct.”

So while Mueller may well submit his report next month, he’s clearly far from done indicting up the cowardly traitors who betrayed this country and sold us out to Russia.