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Pierce writes: "It is now painfully clear that Mueller has opened the ballgame on the Trump organization's entire business model, which always has been aromatic but which now has become entangled with the intelligence community, the institutions of government, and the national interest, as interpreted by Robert Mueller."

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who was appointed to investigate Trump's connection to Russia. (photo: Getty)
Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III, who was appointed to investigate Trump's connection to Russia. (photo: Getty)


Mr. Mueller Is Following the Money

By Charles Pierce, Esquire

15 June 17


And he will not be deterred.

'd say that shit just got real around the White House on Wednesday night, but shit hasn't been anything but real there ever since the country determined it would be best led for the next four to eight years by a vulgar talking yam. As everyone who follows Preet Bharara on the electric Twitter machine—and why don't you, by the way?—knew was coming, the news that special counsel Robert Mueller had rolled out the railroad artillery broke well after the close of business. From The Washington Post:

The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump's conduct marks a major turning point in the nearly year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said. Trump had received private assurances from then-FBI Director James B. Comey starting in January that he was not personally under investigation. Officials say that changed shortly after Comey's firing.

You can't fix stupid, boys. Better men than you have tried.

Five people briefed on the interview requests, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly, said that Daniel Coats, the current director of national intelligence, Mike Rogers, head of the National Security Agency, and Rogers's recently departed deputy, Richard Ledgett, agreed to be interviewed by Mueller's investigators as early as this week.

Also, never underestimate the destructive power of terrified careerists, as The Daily Beast illustrates:

But some privately concede that Trump is so unpredictable—and so frustrated with the persistence of the investigation and its cost in political capital—that they're not ruling it out. Another White House official conceded that it would be "suicide" if Trump sacked Mueller at this point, but "I'd be insincere if I said it wasn't a concern that the president would try to do it anyway."

Let's see if there's any solace to be found over here with the folks at The New York Times. Oops, no, shit's gotten pretty real there, too, via RawStory:

"A former senior official said Mr. Mueller's investigation was looking at money laundering by Trump associates," a source told the Times. "The suspicion is that any cooperation with Russian officials would most likely have been done in exchange for some kind of financial payoff, and that there would have been an effort to hide the payoffs, most likely by routing them through offshore banking centers." A separate investigation into Russia has also reportedly focused on potential use of offshore banking centers to launder money. In April, House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Mike Quigley (D-IL) visited Cyprus, which "has a reputation as a laundromat for the Russians who are trying to avoid sanctions."

It is now painfully clear that Mueller has opened the ballgame on the Trump organization's entire business model, which always has been aromatic but which now has become entangled with the intelligence community, the institutions of government, and the national interest, as interpreted by Robert Mueller. He isn't some roofing specialist that you can stiff and then drag through the courts until he can't afford the trip any more. He isn't someone you can scare off with your usual gang of billable-hour button men. He isn't some dingy Russian banker who can float you a loan to tide you over. He is honest and respected and relentless, and the only way you're going to get rid of him is to fire him. In a way, the country is daring you to do that, just to see if you have the stones for what comes next, and (possibly) as the last excuse it needs to insist on a new president. Go ahead. Make our day.

For a long time, I didn't believe that the president* would bring all this down on himself just to hide the fact that he isn't as rich as he says he is, but now I'm less sure. I think, maybe, that's what's at the bottom of everything else. I think he isn't that rich, so he and the family business allegedly needed freshly laundered Russian money to keep the business—and his image—afloat. Then, of course, the bill came due from Moscow, and that required another set of malodorous transactions which, in turn, required that they be concealed by another set of malodorous transactions, including the firing of James Comey, and so on.

God, the tax returns. If he'd only released the tax returns, and the people had gotten a look at how he does business and how much he's really worth, it's likely none of this happens. Of course, it's also likely he doesn't become president* either, but, what the hell, all indications are he doesn't much like the job, anyway, at least not enough to learn the basics of how to do it properly.

In any event, it appears that we're all going to get a crash course in the crooked side of high finance—like we need another one of those—and in identifying all the various fauna in the wild kingdom of the international real estate game. I love those teachable moments. Truly, I do.

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+41 # cmasters 2017-06-15 21:47
It saddens me greatly to see your once great nation in such a disgraceful state. How the hell did you folk let yourselves come to this? Fix it please for not only have you put yourselves into the mire but you also risk taking the rest of us with you.
 
 
+27 # wrknight 2017-06-16 09:23
Check with Debbie Wasserman-Schul tz who, as DNC chairperson, was so out of touch with the American electorate that she gave away the Democratic nomination to a candidate who was unacceptable to most Democrats and Independent voters. That act gave American voters the choice of voting between the lesser of two evils, and the greater of the two evils won.

I'm doing what I can to fix it but it's a real uphill battle when you have only one political party with two names and two sets of corporate flunkies running it.
 
 
+2 # CL38 2017-06-18 01:00
She knew exactly what she was doing. Her intent was to ignore the American people for Hillary & her own self-aggrandize ment.
 
 
+35 # lfeuille 2017-06-15 23:39
About time. This is what they should have been investigating all along.
 
 
+46 # futhark 2017-06-16 04:15
Donald Trump knows that releasing his tax returns would cause whatever support he may have among the public to plummet. Really, he has no other possible reason to withhold this data that all his predecessors in office for the past 4 decades have published. The new California law that requires tax return release by any candidate desiring to have his name printed on the next election ballot should be adopted by all states.
 
 
-29 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-06-16 05:51
"but shit hasn't been anything but real there ever since the country determined it would be best led for the next four to eight years by a vulgar talking yam. "


So is Pierce saying that the FBI and other intelligence agencies like the CIA have the right or power to overturn a stupid decision made by voters?

I remember all of the debate about whether or not Trump would honor the outcome of the election when Hillary won. The media asked him to pledge in advance that he would honor the peaceful transition of power no matter what. Now it appears that the Hillary supporters are not honoring this principle.

Voters may have made a big mistake. But given the choice between Hillary or Trump, the outcome would be bad in both cases. If Hillary were president now, the republicans would be dragging up into endless investigations of her email server. Comey's investigation did produce enough evidence for criminal charges, but he dropped the case at the request of Loretta Lynch and Bill Clinton. Republicans would not drop this case for any reason.

So we'd have the same rule by investigation That's where US politics is today.
 
 
+20 # Jim Rocket 2017-06-16 09:11
"So is Pierce saying that the FBI and other intelligence agencies like the CIA have the right or power to overturn a stupid decision made by voters? "

Uhhh, no, but winning an election doesn't absolve you of any crimes committed to get there.
 
 
-1 # lfeuille 2017-06-16 19:28
The crimes committed to get there are mostly imaginary, but the crime committee since he got there are real and not at all well hidden.
 
 
+9 # lfeuille 2017-06-16 19:26
The are saying that winners of election are not allowed to break the law. period. Obstruction of Justice is a crime. He brought it on himself. He can't control himself to save his presidency. It is all on him.
They never would have been able to prove Russia-gate, but they can prove this.
He is a fucking moron and he trying to do to the US what Yelstin allowed to Russia in the be done to Russia in the '90's. We have every right to fight back.
 
 
+12 # librarian1984 2017-06-16 06:22
Yesterday the Senate passed sanctions on Iran with an amendment adding sanctions on Russia. The bill passed 98 to 2.

The two senators who did not vote for the sanctions were Rand Paul amd Bernie Sanders.
 
 
+9 # wrknight 2017-06-16 09:40
Quoting librarian1984:
Yesterday the Senate passed sanctions on Iran with an amendment adding sanctions on Russia. The bill passed 98 to 2.

The two senators who did not vote for the sanctions were Rand Paul amd Bernie Sanders.

Anyone who understands the effects of sanctions against a country like Russia, which has all the natural resources it needs to be completely self sustaining, should be aware that sanctions are only effective in the short term, but are counterproducti ve in the long term. In the long term, the Russians will improve their capability to produce whatever we deny them, thus making them stronger.
 
 
+7 # lfeuille 2017-06-16 19:31
Yeah, it will probably help Russia in the long run but will make things worse for a while. The Deep State is not into long-term thinking.

But what won't help either Russia or the US is wasting untold billions or trillions on a new arms race. But it is the health of the MIC they are interested in, not the country as a whole.
 
 
0 # FIRSTNORN1 2017-06-16 06:28
The chances that Donald will fire Mueller:

100%

Mueller will be "history" before he has investigated very much.
 
 
+2 # lfeuille 2017-06-16 19:32
If he actually has the authority to. That isn't certain. It may end up in court.
 
 
+37 # Realist1948 2017-06-16 06:55
I'd recommend that Mr. Mueller or somebody on his team sit down with journalist David Cay Johnston for a discussion of Trump's past and some of Trump's MO's. Johnston has been investigating The Donald for more than 25 years.
 
 
+6 # lfeuille 2017-06-16 19:37
They should drop this stupid focus on Russia and just follow the money. We already know many of his deals with other countries are shady. Why should they be ignore for something than may not even exist? Get him for what he really did, not for some Deep State dream of the world domination with Russia out of the way.
 
 
-6 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2017-06-17 06:26
It is almost laughable to see the extent to which the mass media follows like thought-slaves the model of Watergate. Follow the money, was one of Deep Throat's commands. We have to remember that Deep Throat was the #2 guy at the FBI and he correctly named himself: he was a real cock-sucker. He also ran the COINTELPRO operation that murdered and imprisoned 1000s of civil rights leaders, native american rights activists, and anti-war protesters.

I don't think I will follow anything the FBI tells me to follow. Like Watergate, the Wapo is the main retailer of FBI lies.

For anyone interested in following the truth, try this --

https://consortiumnews.com/2017/06/16/the-fallacies-of-the-russia-truthers/

"The Fallacies of the ‘Russia-Truther s’"
 

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