Independent journalist claims to have seen memo in Mueller’s possession that all but proves Trump obstructed justice.

By | 2018-08-01T08:43:35+00:00 July 31st, 2018|Categories: Front Page, News|Tags: , , , , , |10 Comments

I’m listening. 

Courtesy of The New York Review of Books

Previously undisclosed evidence in the possession of Special Counsel Robert Mueller—including highly confidential White House records and testimony by some of President Trump’s own top aides—provides some of the strongest evidence to date implicating the president of the United States in an obstruction of justice. Several people who have reviewed a portion of this evidence say that, based on what they know, they believe it is now all but inevitable that the special counsel will complete a confidential report presenting evidence that President Trump violated the law. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the special counsel’s work, would then decide on turning over that report to Congress for the House of Representatives to consider whether to instigate impeachment proceedings.

The central incident in the case that the president obstructed justice was provided by former FBI Director James B. Comey, who testified that Trump pressed Comey, in a private Oval Office meeting on February 14, 2017, to shut down an FBI criminal investigation of Trump’s former national security adviser, Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn. “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go,” Comey has testified the president told him.

In an effort to convince Mueller that President Trump did not obstruct justice, the president’s attorneys have argued that the president could not have broken the law because the president did not know that Flynn was under criminal investigation when he pressured Comey to go easy on Flynn. In a confidential January 29 letter to the special counsel first reported by The New York Times, two of the president’s attorneys, John Dowd (who no longer represents Trump) and Jay Sekulow, maintained that the president did not obstruct justice because, even though Flynn had been questioned by the FBI, Trump believed that the FBI investigation was over, and that Flynn had been told that he’d been cleared.

I have learned that a confidential White House memorandum, which is in the special counsel’s possession, explicitly states that when Trump pressured Comey he had just been told by two of his top aides—his then chief of staff Reince Priebus and his White House counsel Don McGahn—that Flynn was under criminal investigation. This memo, the existence of which I first disclosed in December in Foreign Policy, was, as one source described it to me, “a timeline of events [in the White House] leading up to Flynn’s resignation.” It was dated February 15, 2017, and was prepared by McGahn two days after Flynn’s forced resignation and one day after Trump’s meeting with Comey. As I reported, research for the memo was “primarily conducted by John Eisenberg, the deputy counsel to the president and legal adviser to the National Security Council,” who, in turn, was “assisted by James Burnham, another White House counsel staff member.”

During my reporting, I was allowed to read the memo in its entirety, as well as other, underlying White House records quoted in the memo, such as notes and memos written by McGahn and other senior administration officials. My reporting for this story is also based on interviews with a dozen former and current White House officials, attorneys who have interacted with Mueller’s team of investigators, and witnesses questioned by Mueller’s investigators.

The journalist Murray Wass, who has written for a number of reputable news outlets about the Mueller investigation, claims that in a January 29 letter Trump attorneys Dowd and Sekulow misrepresented parts of this memo to indicate that it proved Trump’s innocence, but that it actually goes a long to proving just the opposite. 

Waas then goes into great detail as to how the memo was written, and the White House staff members who participated in its creation. 

That staff included Reince Priebus and White House counsel Don McGahn. 

If accurate this memo that Waas speaks of could be considered a smoking gun. 

And that could help to explain all of this collusion is no big deal talk. 

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10 Comments

  1. Anonymous July 31, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    Ding dong the warlock is dead, of course the russian operatives in the house will never impeach him, therefore it is vital the Democrats sweep Congress in November.

  2. whatevs July 31, 2018 at 4:49 pm

    It is vital that we, the American people, GOTV and VOTE!

  3. Anonymous July 31, 2018 at 4:55 pm

    Adam Schiff Just Linked Trump To The Attempted Russian Hacking Of Sen. Claire McCaskill

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/31/adam-schiff-trump-hacking-claire-mccaskill.html

    Networks Ignore Trump Florida Rally As He Brags About The Number of Cameras Present

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/31/networks-ignore-trump-florida-rally-as-he-brags-about-the-number-of-cameras-present.html

    “The reason the Trump troops are pounding the ‘collusion is not a crime’ drum is because they colluded (better known as conspiracy, or aiding and abetting) and they want to get out in front of the story to control the narrative!” John Dean, President Richard Nixon’s legal counsel, wrote on Twitter.

    https://www.politicususa.com/2018/07/31/trump-says-collusion-is-not-a-crime-as-first-russia-probe-trial-begins.html

  4. Anonymous July 31, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    WATCH: Donald Trump compares his presidency to Abe Lincoln’s at unhinged Tampa rally

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/watch-donald-trump-compares-his-presidency-to-abe-lincolns-at-unhinged-tampa-rally/

    Trump-endorsed radio show has promoted ex-CIA agent’s call for right-wing rebellion

    https://www.rawstory.com/2018/07/trump-endorsed-radio-show-promoted-ex-cia-agents-call-right-wing-rebellion/

  5. Anonymous July 31, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Alex Jones, Pursued Over Falsehoods, Faces a Legal Crossroads

    The New York Times reported that in a counter-suit filed after the parents of Sandy Hook victim Noah Pozner sued Jones for defamation, the far-right conspiracy theorist is seeking $100,000 in court costs under a Texas law intended to protect free speech from people “who aim to silence them through costly litigation.”

    The boy’s parents, Veronique De La Rosa and Leonard Pozner, have had to move seven times since their son was killed in the 2012 mass shooting at his elementary school after Jones claimed they were “crisis actors,” or people who act like victims of a tragedy to achieve a political end.

    In the case of Sandy Hook, the “end” these “actors” would be achieving is gun control — but as the Pozner-De La Rosa family and others are arguing in multiple lawsuits, they have been defamed and further victimized by Jones’ claims.

    In court, Jones and his attorneys said they’re seeking the hefty court costs under the Texas Citizens Participation Act because the family has taken measures “to silence those who openly oppose their very public ‘herculean’ efforts to ban the sale of certain weapons, ammunition and accessories, to pass new laws relating to gun registration and to limit free speech.”

    The Pozner-De La Rosa family’s lawyers in their lawsuit against Jones recounted their history with the Infowars host in court filings. Pozner got an Infowars video taken down from YouTube and in retaliation, Jones “went on an angry rant” about the victim’s father “for nearly an hour.” The host then showed the audience “personal information and maps to addresses associated” with the family.

    In 2016, the report continued, an Infowars fan named Lucy Richards was arrested for threatening Pozner multiple times and was later sentenced to five months in prison.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/07/31/us/politics/alex-jones-defamation-suit-sandy-hook.html

    What a monster.

  6. Anonymous July 31, 2018 at 5:09 pm

    The real reason Donald Trump and the Koch Brothers just declared war on each other

    …Yesterday the Koch Brothers officially decided not to bankroll the Republican candidate who’s challenging Democratic Senator Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota. This is a huge deal, as the GOP needs to take that seat in order to keep its Senate majority intact. The Kochs and their political arm are saying that the Republican candidate in question simply doesn’t meet their standards of fiscal conservatism. But that’s just rhetoric. The Kochs know that the GOP desperately needs to win this race in order to keep Donald Trump afloat. By not funding this race, they’re making Trump a sitting duck.

    Funding this North Dakota race would be relative pocket change for the Koch Brothers – and they’ve previously funded Republican candidates who were much further removed from their “standards.” So either the Kochs are trying to punish the Republican Party for not having delivered enough pet legislation in return over the past two years, and they don’t care that it’ll lead to Trump’s demise, or the Kochs are doing this because they want Trump gone.

    We’ll see what the Koch Brothers end up doing with the Republican Senate candidates they’ve already begun funding in other states. But without North Dakota, the GOP will likely lose its majority. If the Democrats take control of the Senate, every committee will immediately begin exposing Trump’s various crimes in one nationally televised hearing after another. No wonder Trump lashed out at the Kochs this morning. They just decided to feed him to the wolves.

    http://www.palmerreport.com/analysis/koch-brothers-war-trump/11717/

  7. Anonymous July 31, 2018 at 6:39 pm

    That awkward moment when Rudy Giuliani says collusion with a foreign power is not a crime but his law firm literally advised Cambridge Analytica with numerous memos on foreign agent restrictions

    He’s dancing around “conspiracy” which IS a crime and trying to conflate the words somehow.

    https://twitter.com/chrisinsilico/status/1024103918073040897?s=07

  8. Anonymous July 31, 2018 at 6:44 pm

    Team #TrumpRussia led by #PutinsPuppet #DonTheCon #CrookedDon @realDonaldTrump will all go down in history as Traitors. Media needs to report more on Wilbur Ross. Ross was vice chairman for Bank if Cyprus. #ItsMuellerTime #LockThemUp

    https://twitter.com/MonsterMarcia/status/980855614392987651?s=07

  9. Anonymous July 31, 2018 at 6:45 pm

    When will #Repugs and #MAGA wake up and see that @RealDonaldTrump is nothing more than #DonTheCon

    https://twitter.com/StopTrump2020/status/1023539923729702914?s=07

  10. Anon July 31, 2018 at 7:33 pm

    Hearing clips of Trump’s rally it is astonishing how the crowd drinks the Koolaid he mixes and spews. Trump’s lies about immigrants agitates his stupid supporters. A news commentator said his supporters see him as doing what he promised to do. It appears they do not care how much he lies fooled by him yet trust what he says. This is insane.

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