Tag: Russia investigation

Partisan Political Origin of the Mueller Probe


It has been stated (notably, on the latest Commentary podcast) “There’s nothing illegitimate about the Special Counsel’s probe.” Is that really so? Consider the following:

1. It was begun as a counter-intelligence investigation (carrying on the previously existing counter-intelligence investigation of arguably partisan origins). The Special Counsel statute does not permit authorization of a counter-intelligence investigation. It must be a criminal investigation with the exact criminal events to be investigated explicitly spelled out (and there are limits as to what can be investigated based on evidence uncovered that is not pertinent to those crimes). The original authorization declared no such possible crimes.

Richard Epstein parses the memo recently released by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, a document that they claim shows impropriety in the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign.

Richard Epstein reacts to the indictments brought against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, as well as to a guilty plea from former Trump aide George Papadopoulos.

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According to CNN, Friday evening Robert Mueller’s office filed first charges in the Russian probe. Interesting that it was leaked to the CNN anti Trump network.  Here’s the link:http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/27/politics/first-charges-mueller-investigation/index.html?sr=twCNN102717first-charges-mueller-investigation0842PMStory Preview Open

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The FBI Misleads AG Jeff Sessions


From the Washington Examiner:

“As a United States Senator, the Attorney General met hundreds — if not thousands — of foreign dignitaries and their staff. In filling out the SF-86 form, the Attorney General’s staff consulted with those familiar with the process, as well as the FBI investigator handling the background check, and was instructed not to list meetings with foreign dignitaries and their staff connected with his Senate activities,” Justice Department Deputy Director of Public Affairs Ian Prior said in a statement Wednesday evening.

Sessions did reportedly have a list of a year’s worth of meetings, but was told by an FBI employee who helped him fill out the form to remove any meetings he had pertaining to his role as senator.