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Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=49506"><span class="small">Brendan Cole, Newsweek</span></a>   
Friday, 09 November 2018 11:47

Cole writes: "Special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election could soon produce indictments, a former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence said."

Special prosecutor Robert Mueller. (photo: Getty)
Special prosecutor Robert Mueller. (photo: Getty)


Mueller Is 'Ready to Indict Some Folks': Former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence

By Brendan Cole, Newsweek

09 November 18

 

pecial counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election could soon produce indictments, a former FBI assistant director for counterintelligence said.

Frank Figliuzzi, who worked with Mueller at the FBI, told MSNBC what he thought would happen after the appointment of Matthew Whitaker as acting attorney general, a move that followed the forced resignation of Jeff Sessions.

Speaking on Brian Williams's 11th Hour, Figliuzzi said he had “a theory” about what Mueller would do: “I think he’s ready to indict some folks and...those indictments will tell the story of what he’s found against the president.

“I’m not saying he’s indicting the president. I’m saying there’s a middle ground where he tells us the story, locks it into the court system by indicting others, then files a report with Whitaker,” he said.

“Perhaps what we’ll see is Bob Mueller telling us the story of a corrupt president through indictments,” Figliuzzi said, adding that Mueller knew his days were numbered, and so would act soon.

“I think the Whitaker appointment steps up the timeline, and I think perhaps if Mueller sticks to the strategy of telling us the story through indictments—the indictments speak to us—that he’ll speak to us soon, very soon, with additional indictments, perhaps that tell the story of a corrupt president,” he said.

It is not clear what role Whitaker will play in overseeing the inquiry, which he has criticized for going too far in investigating the Trump family finances. Democrats fear Whitaker's hostility to the probe might spur him to sabotage it, limiting its scope or choking it of funds, The New York Times reported. Whitaker has also defended the meeting that took place between Donald Trump Jr. and Russian lobbyists in Trump Tower in June 2016.

“The appointment of Whitaker is a blatant attempt by the president to make Mueller go away in the form of either removing him or greatly constraining his mandate or funding," Figliuzzi said.

“So Mueller knows that, he’s been there, done that, he’s prepared for this.”

Protesters gathered around the country on Thursday from New York to Los Angeles in support of the Mueller investigation, which they fear could end following the forced resignation of Sessions. The action was coordinated by the group MoveOn, which said on its website:

“Donald Trump has installed a crony to oversee the special counsel's Trump-Russia investigation, crossing a red line set to protect the investigation. Our hundreds of response events are being launched to demonstrate the public demand for action to correct this injustice.”

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+28 # wilhelmscream 2018-11-09 13:46
Start with Trump; then his Cabinet of Ku Klux Klan members and Family of mobsters!!!
 
 
+19 # ER444 2018-11-09 14:26
I don't think Mr. Trump knows whom he is screwing with. We will see, he is out of his league!!
 
 
+17 # Porfiry 2018-11-09 15:12
So this is why Trump is scared and wants to get rid of Mueller.
 
 
+33 # Farafalla 2018-11-09 15:44
This investigation is the only real thing standing between what is left of democracy and Trump’s cementing of power and corruption not seen in over 100 years. Defending Mueller should be central to a resistance against Trump’s fascist designs. If Mueller is stopped and silenced there will be celebration among corporate donors, Saudis, Russians, Trump family and hangers on, whack job conservatives, fundamentalist “Christians”, Radion Raskolnikov, etc.
 
 
-48 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-11-09 16:17
I don't think indicting people and destroying their lives in order to tell a story is justice. It is an abuse of police power. But this is what the FBI has done for all of its existence.

If a crime was committed, then by all means investigate it and indict the people who committed the crime. I just can't see that there was any crime. So a few Russians posted click bait on the web. That's not illegal. So Flynn talked to the Russian ambassador. That is not illegal.

Mueller is a prosecutor in search of some crime. And he's smashing people's lives in order to tell his story. The mass media acts like Mueller's megaphone.

I saw a few clips of the protestors. Some signs said "Mueller Save US." That's pretty funny. They want to be saved by an abuse of power. These mindless people are begging for fascism -- "oh, police, please save us."

Wow, it is hard to believe where we have come to.
 
 
+26 # Texas Aggie 2018-11-09 22:33
How about indicting people because they've committed crimes? How is that an abuse of police power? Seems to me that the whole purpose of law enforcement is to indict people who commit crimes, no? Why is it different in your world?
 
 
-11 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-11-11 06:58
TA -- this is what I wrote, "If a crime was committed, then by all means investigate it and indict the people who committed the crime."


Seems like we are in the same world. Only I don't see any crimes committed by the people Mueller is targeting. They are being targeted because they are associates of Trump. Mueller is trying to get them to make false testimony against Trump. So far it appears he has not been able to get anyone to do that. This is a prosecutor suborning perjury. That is a very serious crime, for which Mueller should be investigated and indicted if warranted.

Trump probably has committed many crimes in his business empire. But he did not commit any in his campaign for president. He did not commit any crimes in connection with Russia.
 
 
+2 # JCM 2018-11-11 16:59
I think this list speaks for itself.
The full list of known indictments and plea deals in Mueller’s probe
1) George Papadopoulos, former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, was arrested in July 2017 and pleaded guilty last October to making false statements to the FBI. He got a 14-day sentence.
2) Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chair, was indicted on a total of 25 different counts by Mueller’s team, related mainly to his past work for Ukrainian politicians and his finances. He had two trials scheduled, and the first ended in a conviction on eight counts of financial crimes. To avert the second trial, Manafort struck a plea deal with Mueller in September 2018.
3) Rick Gates, a former Trump campaign aide and Manafort’s longtime junior business partner, was indicted on similar charges to Manafort. But in February he agreed to a plea deal with Mueller’s team, pleading guilty to just one false statements charge and one conspiracy charge.
4) Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, pleaded guilty last December to making false statements to the FBI.
 
 
+2 # JCM 2018-11-11 17:01
5-20) 13 Russian nationals and three Russian companies were indicted on conspiracy charges, with some also being accused of identity theft. The charges related to a Russian propaganda effort designed to interfere with the 2016 campaign. The companies involved are the Internet Research Agency, often described as a “Russian troll farm,” and two other companies that helped finance it. The Russian nationals indicted include 12 of the agency’s employees and its alleged financier, Yevgeny Prigozhin.
21) Richard Pinedo: This California man pleaded guilty to an identity theft charge in connection with the Russian indictments, and has agreed to cooperate with Mueller. He was sentenced to 6 months in prison and 6 months of home detention in October.
22) Alex van der Zwaan: This London lawyer pleaded guilty to making false statements to the FBI about his contacts with Rick Gates and another unnamed person based in Ukraine. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail and has completed his sentence.
23) Konstantin Kilimnik: This longtime business associate of Manafort and Gates, who’s currently based in Russia, was charged alongside Manafort with attempting to obstruct justice by tampering with witnesses in Manafort’s pending case this year.
24-35) 12 Russian GRU officers: These officers of Russia’s military intelligence service were charged with crimes related to the hacking and leaking of leading Democrats’ emails in 2016.
 
 
+1 # JCM 2018-11-11 17:05
Finally, there are two other people Mueller initially investigated, but then handed over to others in the Justice Department to handle. Both eventually agreed to plea deals.
Michael Cohen: Trump’s former lawyer pleaded guilty to 8 counts — tax and bank charges, related to his finances and taxi business, and campaign finance violations, related to hush money payments to women who alleged affairs with Donald Trump.
Sam Patten: This Republican operative and lobbyist pleaded guilty to not registering as a foreign agent with his work for Ukrainian political bigwigs, and agreed to cooperate with the government.
A Crime is an unlawful act punishable by a state or other authority.
I think that covers, at least, most of this list.
 
 
+1 # JCM 2018-11-11 17:11
See list at: https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/2/20/17031772/mueller-indictments-grand-jury
 
 
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-11-12 12:00
JCM -- thanks for the list. It is a very puny accomplishment given the scale of the Muller Probe and the media coverage of these "crimes." Most are not even worth prosecuting. Many of those who plead guilty were set up, as Papadopolus is now saying.

On 5 - 20, the judge in this case (Concord Management) is now asking the Mueller team to explain what is illegal about what they charged Concord with doing -- i.e., buying adverts on Facebook and Twitter.

For 24-35, even Mueller supporters are calling this a "talking indictment," that is, an indictment that is intended to tell a story and inform the public more than to go to court for a trial.

Indictments can be political in nature and not the result of an effort to take criminals off the street and enhance public safety. These are all just political acts.

I think Mueller is not focused on Assange. He want to get him in prison and shut down WikiLeaks once and for all. Assange did not commit any crime. WikiLeaks is a legal media organization with the same protections as the NYTimes. But Mueller will get Assange anyway. If he does, who will be the criminal then? I say, Mueller.
 
 
-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-11-12 14:22
I meant to write in the last paragraph: "Mueller is now focused on Assange." He's going after Roger Stone as his way to get Assange.

I just read another article on RSN about politicizing criminal investigations at the DOJ -- "I Was the Subject of a Political 'Witch Hunt.' Matt Whitaker Directed It."

"When the DOJ wields its power in a partisan manner, it ruins lives. "

Mueller's Probe is a partisan political investigation. That's why democrats are so strongly behind Mueller. He's their best weapon against Trump.
 
 
0 # JCM 2018-11-16 12:24
Mueller is a republican. As far as I know he has always been a republican. In the beginning everyone thought he was/is an honest broker. My take on Mueller is that he is trying to find the truth. If you lie to him or his people that is a crime. Without spending much time on this, it is obvious that Manafort, Cohen and Gates did a lot more than just lying. Theirs’ were very serious crimes.
Mueller seems to be following the directive of the investigation and it takes him in many directions where there is corruption. All the people lying aren’t doing it because they are nice guys. They are doing it to hide some form of corruption. You can’t compare Mueller’s motivation to Whitaker’s. Whitaker has shown in many circumstances obvious political partisan motives. Sometimes we have to take off our own partisan glasses to see the truth.
Please publish
 
 
0 # RMF 2018-11-15 14:33
But what about Assange's' assistance to Russian operatives in violation of campaign finance law?

That would appear a clear violation of federal law, one that is intended to protect the integrity of US elections, also a seemingly important US electoral safeguard.

Can you answer this question directly and fully?
 
 
+33 # Elroys 2018-11-09 19:39
What's so interesting here is that numerous legal experts hold differing opinions about the likely route and outcomes of trump's l latest act or corruption. The guy is a mean punk who acts like a thug with impunity. There are so many bright, good learned legal and political minds, over 100 million Americans who also know that trump is a thug who is solely out for his own ego. The man - as so many know - is so corrupt and awful. This is a real test of America's democracy and well being. How can we allow this behavior to continue unabated. How can our system of laws, rules and Constitution allow such a corrupt human being to remain unscathed? How can America allow such an awful person who has no moral compass, has no empathy and just likes being a lying thug who thinks he can simply bully the world to bend to his disgusting will to continue to occupy our white House.
How can we allow his fellow thugs like Whitaker, Pompeo, Bolton continue to create so much chaos in a world gone mad.
This is chaos by design, this is The Shock Doctrine on steroids and either this criminal are brought to justice or the rest of America will go down the tubes.
Will Nancy Pelosi, Adam Schiff and the other Dems about to take control of the People's House show courage and backbone and bring trump and his cronies to justice? Will Bob Mueller and his team stand up to what appears to be a cabal of criminals and show the world the true low lifes and slime destroying the USA and our earth?
 
 
+12 # Texas Aggie 2018-11-09 22:35
Right on! One hopes that Pelosi either realizes that her time has gone and stands down, or else develops some backbone and abandons the corporate Democrat program for the progressive, work for the people program.
 
 
+2 # RMF 2018-11-11 14:41
Agree with your and Elroys' sentiments -- the Dem House can and SHOULD undertake penetrating investigation of the ongoing GOP scandals, of which there are too many to list, with the Russian campaign meddling being only the most notable on that lengthy list. (The Dem House should also spend much energy investigating systematic voter suppression, and propose legal remedies to undo Sup Ct rulings which hamstring the Voting Rights Act.

But the Dem House will not have any authority to indict -- they can only investigate, and can make referrals of criminal conduct to the DOJ. So the House actions are likely to be largely political in scope, with a purpose of persuading a moody and uninformed electorate to continue tacking left, favoring Dems in the 2020 election.

While the Dem House also will have authority to impeach, it's clear that effort won't make it through the Senate, so for those, like me, who want to be rid of Trumpolini, Mueller is our only hope. And if we have learned anything from the Greeks and their theater, the fall of Trumpolini will be unexpected, swift, and vicious.
 
 
0 # chapdrum 2018-11-12 18:27
Elroys: Right, but just what is it that we are supposed, or allowed, to do?

"How can we allow his fellow thugs like Whitaker, Pompeo, Bolton continue to create so much chaos in a world gone mad."
 
 
+14 # MPCicerchi 2018-11-09 21:28
Jesus Christ Roskalnikov, why don’t you change your name to Smith. Maybe that will obscure your loyalties.
 
 
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-11-12 12:04
would that be Winston Smith you are thinking of. Good idea. Unfortunately, I had the screen name Rodion Raskolnikov long before the Trump-Russia idiocy came on to the scene. The present madness changes everything. That's how it always works in the United States of Hysteria.
 
 
0 # chapdrum 2018-11-12 17:11
Don't be surprised if Mueller primarily gets the smaller fish. The larger ones are too big, too rich, too powerful ("better" yet: all three). Imo, DT will be given the benefit of the doubt (as he has so far). If he is EVER convicted of anything, he should have his citizenship revoked.