Posted on May 29 2019
Updated 5/29/2019 at 11:58AM - to include the video Statement and extracts quotes from Mueller
Special counsel Robert Mueller to make 1st public statement
on the Russia investigation Wednesday - May 29, 2019 - 11AM
Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III will make a statement on the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election," the department said. "This will be a statement only, no question and answer period to follow."
One thing you should know is Mueller’s history shows he’s known for making “exit statements” and that this could simply be his way of closing the matter out. Although it is interesting that the White House received a heads up which makes sense since the DOJ is under the Executive Branch, yet members of Congress did not get a heads up to Mueller’s Statement.
This is the Justice Department YouTube Channel and based on open reporting Mueller will be making his Statement from main Justice.
Also this live (near real-time) tic-tic by CNN is probably worthwhile to monitor, since as luck would have it, I have a 11AM meeting
During Mueller’s 10 minute long Statement:
The report “speaks for itself"...
“The report is my testimony,"
"we chose those words carefully and the work speaks for itself."
"I would not provide information beyond what is already public in any appearance before Congress," Mueller said.
“If we had had confidence that he clearly did not commit a crime we would have said so...We did not, however, make a determination to whether the president did commit a crime."
The distinction here and Trump et al have been largely successful at conflating the Mueller Report while purposefully ignoring the DOJ OLC Guidelines. Mueller’s team couldn’t even consider charging the President while they are in office.
Even if Mueller’s team found evidence (especially as detailed in Volume II - Obstructive Episodes)
Under longstanding Department of Justice policy...”a president cannot be charged with a federal crime while he is in office....That is unconstitutional...Charging the president with a crime was therefore not an option we could consider."
Remember Volume II started with the following statement:
“Accordingly, while this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him,"
Also with respect to “sealed” Indictments of Trump, Mueller was expressly clear:
”it would be unconstitutional to have a sealed Indictment of a sitting president”
The subtext of Mueller’s Statement and Report:
Trump likely committed crimes
but the OLC memo precluded charges being brought
Barr mislead the American people
Again if “we had confidence that the President did not commit a crime, we would have done so. We did not” but here’s where the White House Obstructive-Trifecta got it wrong:
”the process exist outside of the Criminal Indictment process for this to be resolved”
For the record that “outside” is Impeachment proceedings in the Congress. At least that how I read/view Mueller’s Statement. I would expect Trump to go full Trump, concurrently I expect the House Democrats to point to Mueller’s Statement and the 448+ page report. My three take a ways:
- The investigation wasn’t a hoax or a witch hunt
- Special Counsel Mueller and his team (to include FBI agents) conducted themselves to the highest degree of integrity.
- The Mueller Report does not exonerate Trump.
- That Russia used sophisticated and systematic tools to attack our 2016 elections in favor of Trump and the Trump Administration (and Congressional Republicans) have done absolutely nothing to protect our future elections.
- The day Trump is no longer POTUS, I certainly expect the DOJ to charge him.
- As long as Trump is in Office, he’s a threat to our Democracy and Rule of Law
- and Attorney General Barr straight up lied to the American people and should be impeached, forthwith.
What’s somewhat vexing is Attorney General Bill “Roy Cohn 2.0” Barr is presently out of the beltway. Purportedly Barr is in Alaska. I can’t help but wonder did Roy Cohn 2.0 “vet” Mueller’s Statement? Based on DOJ & OLC guidelines even if a DOJ employee has separated from the Department, they are still required to obtain approval to publicly speak. See DOJ Rules and Regulations below:
There are statutory prohibitions on a former government employee that generally prevent her from “switching sides” after leaving the government. The following are the main restrictions:
Lifetime Ban - An employee is prohibited from representing anyone else before the government on a particular matter involving specific parties in which she participated personally and substantially.
Two-Year Ban - An employee is prohibited for two years from representing another person on a particular matter involving specific parties which was pending under her responsibility during her last year of government service.
One-Year Ban - A senior employee includes Executive Level officials and all other employees whose rate of basic pay is equal to or greater than 86.5% of the rate for Level II of the Executive Schedule, which is $161,755.00 as of January 2017. Therefore, SES officials whose pay is at least $161,755.00 are covered by this additional one year restriction. As of April, 2009, Senior Level (SL), Scientific or Professional (ST), or other employees whose pay is at least $161,755.00 are senior employees, and are also covered by the additional one year restriction. Although some GS-15 employees may receive more than this amount in overall pay, they are not covered by the additional one year restriction in that their rate of basic pay is below the threshold.
Certain components of the Department of Justice are considered separate for purposes of the one-year ban. An employee who works in a designated separate component is barred only from appearing before her own component. An employee not from a separate component is barred only from parts of the Department not designated as separate. An employee paid according to the Executive Schedule does not benefit from the separation of components. She is barred from representing before the whole Department. 5 C. F.R. § 2641 18 U.S.C. § 207 and 5 CFR 2641
There are restrictions on an employee receiving compensation, even after she leaves, based on anyone's representations before the Federal government that took place while she was still a government employee.
Additional post employment restrictions for political appointees are contained in Executive Order 13770.
I don’t think Mueller will drop any bombshells, but given Mueller’s reluctance to speak publicly, it does seem curious. I suppose stay tuned and keep goin’ are in order but as I said I’m literally walking into a meeting .
House Judiciary Chairman Statement:
Read my statement following Special Counsel Robert Muller's press conference this morning on the conclusion of the investigation into President Trump and his associates: pic.twitter.com/1FDMotIgiY— (((Rep. Nadler))) (@RepJerryNadler) May 29, 2019
The LONE House Republican:
I could be way off the mark but something tells me Amash is testing the waters to see if he has a viable chance to primary Trump. His recent break with rank & file Congressional Republicans seems - opportunistic rather than putting our Country ahead of his party. Remember Amash rode the Tea Party wave in to DC.
The ball is in our court, Congress. https://t.co/idpQo1xItH— Justin Amash (@justinamash) May 29, 2019
And lastly, don’t take my word for it, To date over 1,000 former Federal Prosecutors unequivocally state:
Each of us believes that the conduct of President Trump described in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report would, in the case of any other person not covered by the Office of Legal Counsel policy against indicting a sitting President, result in multiple felony charges for obstruction of justice.
The Mueller report describes several acts that satisfy all of the elements for an obstruction charge: conduct that obstructed or attempted to obstruct the truth-finding process, as to which the evidence of corrupt intent and connection to pending proceedings is overwhelming. (emphasis added)
· The President’s efforts to fire Mueller and to falsify evidence about that effort;
· The President’s efforts to limit the scope of Mueller’s investigation to exclude his conduct; and
· The President’s efforts to prevent witnesses from cooperating with investigators probing him and his campaign.
The ultimate sin, in my view is Trump and his Administration refuses to acknowledge what Russia did. Russia attacked our Democracy and Trump took Putin’s word over our own Intelligence Community. Trump stood shoulder to should with Putin in Helsinki and debased the integrity & respect that the Office of POTUS once held. Who does that? Apparently Donald J Trump, that who. With any luck history will remember Donald J Trump as the most UnAmerican and UnPatrotic POTUS in modern history. Full Stop.
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