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Sargent writes: "Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III is now directly gunning for President Trump - and not just on one front."

Robert Mueller. (photo: Donald Trump)
Robert Mueller. (photo: Donald Trump)


Mueller Is Now Gunning for President Trump

By Greg Sargent, The Washington Post

05 March 18

 

pecial counsel Robert S. Mueller III is now directly gunning for President Trump — and not just on one front. It appears that Mueller is investigating whether Trump himself committed misconduct or possible criminality on two fronts, and possibly more.

NBC News is now reporting that Mueller has sent a subpoena to an unnamed witness that appears to hint at just how wide a net Mueller has cast. NBC reports that the subpoena suggests Mueller is focused, among other things, on determining what Trump himself knew about Russian sabotage of the 2016 election as it was happening.

The subpoena demands a range of documents that involve Trump himself, in addition to nine of his top campaign advisers and associates. The documents solicited include emails, text messages, work papers and telephone logs dating back to November 2015, about four months after Trump declared his presidential candidacy.

This builds on NBC’s previous report that Mueller’s investigators are asking witnesses questions that indicate that Mueller is examining whether Trump knew Democratic emails had been hacked before that became public, and whether he was somehow involved in their “strategic release.” As NBC’s new report puts it:

The subpoena indicates that Mueller may be focused not just on what Trump campaign aides knew and when they knew it, but also on what Trump himself knew.

In a certain sense, it isn’t that surprising to learn that Mueller is focused on what Trump knew about Russia’s hacking of emails and interference in the election, and any potential conspiracy with them. Mueller is charged with investigating “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated” with Trump’s campaign, as well as any other matters that arise from that line of inquiry. This was inevitably going to include what Trump himself knew and when.

But the subpoena’s search for documents dating all the way back to November 2015 and its demand for documents relating to so many of Trump’s top associates “indicates just how wide a net Mueller is casting,” Paul Rosenzweig, who was a senior counsel for Kenneth W. Starr’s investigation into President Bill Clinton, told me today.

Bob Bauer, the former White House counsel under President Barack Obama, added in an interview with me that the subpoena may serve as a reminder of Trump’s centrality to the collusion tale.

Indeed, as Bauer noted, the publicly known facts already point to Trump’s centrality. Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr. eagerly held a meeting in June 2016 with a Russian lawyer fully expecting that he’d be getting dirt on Hillary Clinton from the Russian government. It has not been established whether Donald Trump knew about that meeting. But recall that Trump himself helped draft the initial statement misleading the nation about the real purpose of that meeting.

Also recall that former Trump adviser Stephen K. Bannon told author Michael Wolff that, in his view, the “chance that Don Jr. did not walk” the Russians “up to his father’s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero.” (Bannon is one of the advisers whom the subpoena seeks documents about.)

“We have the president apparently involved in drafting a fallacious statement on behalf of Don Jr. about what actually happened in the Trump Tower meeting,” Bauer told me. “We have Bannon speculating — and I think this only stands to reason — that Don Jr. would never have arranged this meeting without his father knowing that it was coming. It is known that the Trump campaign was communicating with the Russians about help for the campaign and that Trump was personally involved in an effort to conceal information about these contacts from the public.”

“The president in particular is right in the middle of questions about Russian interference,” Bauer said.

Also recall that former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos’s plea agreement with Mueller indicated that he had been informed in April 2016 that the Russians collected “dirt” on Clinton in the form of thousands of emails. What’s more, Rep. Adam B. Schiff (Calif.) — the ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee — has now openly stated that information gathered by the committee shows that “the Russians previewed to Papadopoulous that they could help with disseminating these stolen emails.” The question is whether Trump campaign higher-ups were told of these things — and whether Trump knew of them.

We don’t know the answer to those questions, and again, it must be stressed that Mueller may find no evidence of coordination. But the already known facts are troubling enough on their own. And it’s obvious that Mueller knows a lot more than we do.

Trump has acted methodically to hamstring the Mueller probe

Indeed, this feeds into the second way that Mueller is investigating Trump — for possible obstruction of justice. We learned last week that Mueller is closely scrutinizing Trump’s state of mind during his repeated efforts to push out Attorney General Jeff Sessions, to determine whether the goal was to replace him with someone who would better protect him from the Mueller probe (Sessions had recused himself, enraging Trump). Mueller is trying to determine whether this conduct, along with Trump’s firing of his FBI director, establishes a pattern that constitutes obstruction of justice. As I have argued, we know beyond any doubt that Trump has acted methodically, again and again and again, to constrain or derail the investigation and pulled back only after those efforts were foiled.

That particular conduct can potentially be explained by Mueller’s scrutiny of what Trump and/or his associates knew and when about Russian efforts to sabotage the election on his behalf. This confluence doesn’t prove anything, of course. But as Bauer put it to me: “Trump came into office frantic to deny any collusion with the Russians during the campaign, and from the beginning, he is apparently maneuvering to choke off an investigation by pressuring and then firing Comey, and attacking Sessions over the recusal. And so he added an obstruction inquiry to his problems.”

Beyond all this, we also know Mueller is scrutinizing whether any White House policies might have been shaped by Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner’s business discussions with foreigners during the transition. And who knows where that might lead.


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-157 # CDMR 2018-03-05 12:58
All of this has been known for about a year. Robert Parry named it a "soft coup." Rosenstein's order appointing Mueller charges him to follow the work started by Comey. This is all pretty amazing. A gang of Deep State operatives are going to throw out of office an elected president that they don't like and didn't select.
 
 
+38 # HarryP 2018-03-05 15:03
So, it seems, it all boils down to Rosenstein and Mueller not “liking” Trump. What is this, junior high school?

Rosenstein, we are told, should have told Mueller to deep-six an FBI counterintellig ence investigation. Papandrapoulos was drunk when he blabbed to the Aussie ambassador. And Veselnitskaya? Merely a tender-hearted women looking out for Russian orphans. Nothing to see here, folks, just move along. Twelve months later, still nothing to see.

Really?
 
 
-3 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-06 18:40
Harry P -- yes, it really is junior high school. Did you read the text messages between Strzok and Page that have been released so far? They include references to conversations with Comey and Obama. They all treat the subjects of Trump and other like a bunch of jack-off high school students. The text messages are quite disgusting. take a look if you have not. The insulting and juvenile comments about Sanders are revolting.

Their "dislike" for Trump is about as deep as a high school spat.
 
 
+136 # suzyskier 2018-03-05 15:05
Why are you defending this liar in chief? He’s the worst President in the history of this country! Since taking office he has lied over 2000 times about a multitude of subjects. Anyone with any intelligence can see he is totally unequiped for the job and the people he has chosen for his cabinet have virtually no experience in the positions they hold, in fact the majority of them happen to dislike the very cabinets they are in charge of and try to destroy them from the inside. Take the dept of Education for example! Now Trump is even talking of the Presidency being a life time position! This man is a crook, mentally unstable and treasonous. You stand up for this? Wow!
 
 
+17 # giraffee23 2018-03-05 18:47
Recent lies by Herr Trump can be found in this article:
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/factcheck/ap-fact-check-trumps-trade-talk-comes-up-short-on-facts/ar-BBJShvs?ocid=spartanntp

For all you Trumpettes who still don't believe the truth -- then Research and get off Fox Fake News.

Rest of us VOTE and bring all you can to the voting booth. Request paper ballots if available. Absentee ballot is PAPER.
 
 
-11 # CDMR 2018-03-05 19:20
SS -- i am not defending Trump. I criticizing the corruption in the DOJ and FBI. Why are you not upset about that?
 
 
+2 # librarian1984 2018-03-07 23:40
baaa baaa

That's why.
 
 
+5 # yolo 2018-03-08 14:55
Suzy in this country everyone is innocent until proven guilty. And although readers of this site may not like Trump, or the people who voted for him, he was elected and that is the way our system works. If Mueller has evidence which shows that votes cast were fraudulent then let him produce that evidence and let it be decided in a court of law. Otherwise in our system we don't just remove presidents because we 'think' they are "...a crook, mentally unstable and treasonous" all very subjective offenses, which can be thrown at members on both sides of the aisle. Without proof of breaking our laws, the best way to remove Trump is to vote him out. Trump may be the best thing that every happened for the democrats, but we shall see come midterms.
 
 
+45 # Comrade 2018-03-05 15:19
Quoting CDMR:
All of this has been known for about a year. Robert Parry named it a "soft coup." Rosenstein's order appointing Mueller charges him to follow the work started by Comey. This is all pretty amazing. A gang of Deep State operatives are going to throw out of office an elected president that they don't like and didn't select.

Comrade, Thank you for responding.
I was out to lunch with Vlad and was not able to post /troll for the past few hours. We must keep the Americans confused.
 
 
0 # CDMR 2018-03-05 19:17
What did you have for lunch?
 
 
+2 # librarian1984 2018-03-07 23:43
Beautiful grass in the GMO meadow.

baa baa

The little sheep love CIA bs-fertilized pastures.

baa baaa

The sheep have learned to love the Matrix .. er, meadow.

The beautiful, beautiful meadow.

baa baa
 
 
+18 # candida 2018-03-06 02:33
Quoting CDMR:
A gang of Deep State operatives are going to throw out of office an elected president that they don't like and didn't select.


A "Deep State" that issues subpeonas, questions witnesses, generally conducts an investigation according to due process, follows trails of evidence leading to collusion and obstruction of justice, all of which is being reported by a (relatively) independent press? This is pretty much the opposite of a Deep State. (Please go back and re-take Conspiracy Theory 101, CDMR.)

Who woulda thunk the FBI is one of the last remnants of a liberal democratic state still functioning as it should?!?! God/dess speed, Mueller!!
 
 
+7 # JCM 2018-03-06 09:59
candida: Well Said!
 
 
-7 # dbrize 2018-03-06 10:57
You forgot to mention the role of the secret FISA court in this episode. And if you believe the press is independent (even "relatively"), you need to pay closer attention.

Trump can be removed at the ballot box directly in 2020 and indirectly in 2018.

Be careful what you wish for. The machinations of the deep state if successful here, will one day be used against a president more to your liking.
 
 
-8 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-06 12:40
db -- "Be careful what you wish for."


This is the truly important point. I really don't care what happens to Trump. He ran for president to gratify his own ego and maybe he will get burned. But the fact that rogue elements in the FBI, DOJ, and CIA can choose to overturn the results of an election is really scary.

As you say, Trump can be replaced in 2020 and disempowered in 2018. But the Deep State fascists don't want elections to control the fate of the nation anymore. They will choose who is elected and who serves in important offices -- or not!


The FBI is a master at fabricating crimes and framing up people it wants to take out. This was what COINTELPRO mainly was. The FBI framed up and imprinsoned (or killed) civil rights workers, anti-war activists, and others. In the years since the 70s, we have learned just how many of those convictions were faked by the FBI. Robert Mueller perfected the technique when he was head of the FBI. That's why he was selected for this job.

A good summary is here --

"Fake terror plots, paid informants: the tactics of FBI 'entrapment' questioned"

"Critics say bureau is running a sting operation across America, targeting vulnerable people by luring them into fake terror plots"

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2011/nov/16/fbi-entrapment-fake-terror-plots



This is what people like Candida are wishing for -- if she only knew it.
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2018-03-07 23:49
hahaha

Or should I say

baa baa baa

The DS operating in the open? Evidence? Independent press?

hohoho

But the piece de resistance?

Wait for it .....

"The FBI is one of the last remnants of a liberal democratic state still functioning as it should"

Oh, how happy you've made the people you don't believe in!

Congrats! You are today's Sheepiest Sheep!!

baa baaa
 
 
+9 # Caliban 2018-03-06 15:02
"An elected president"? -- surely you meant to write "a fraudulently elected president".
 
 
+4 # librarian1984 2018-03-07 23:36
What's more amazing is your 150+ red votes.

Some of us ARE worried about the DS deciding to overturn an election (even if it's Trump). Some of us DO see the problem with that.

Mob 1, Reason 0

After the past two years I'd say people on the left have a lot of nerve looking down their noses at conservative voters, even as they're busy burying their head in the sand, getting their pockets picked and kissing CIA a$$ -- all at the same time! Such wicked dexterity!

How does our species advance if no one ever gets any wiser?

How do we consider ourselves better than animals when we surrender so easily to greed and mob rule, able to justify even the worst behavior as long as it's 'our' side that's doing it?

Fool thou art, CDMR, to break ranks when the narrative has been declared -- delivered by WaPo no less! Who'd'a thunk it?

People on this site boo-hoo-ed about Robert Parry when he died, 'Oh! He was such a great journalist!' Yet they totally ignore what he's been writing about for the past year. And Noam Chomsky. And Glenn Greenwald. And Naomi Klein. People we supposedly respect.

How dare we criticize the right for pretending they don't believe in science when WE blithely ignore solid but inconvenient facts: The Democrat primary was stolen. DNC emails were leaked not hacked. Democrats are Republicans.

There are bigger, darker, scarier things than Trump, and they are herding the left like sheep. 151 sheep and counting. baa baa
 
 
+70 # No Go 2018-03-05 14:19
Within a year of saying, "I am not a crook" and "I am not a quitter", Richard Nixon resigned from the Presidency to avoid impeachment.

The question is, how long after saying "there is no collusion", and "there has been no obstruction", will Donald Trump have to resign to avoid impeachment?
 
 
-19 # lnason@umassd.edu 2018-03-05 18:17
The only Russian collusion that has been proven to date was Democratic collusion. The DNC and the Clinton campaign paid, through intermediaries, for Russian intelligence on Trump. I don't believe that that act was illegal but it certainly verifies that the psychological process of projection.

Lee Nason
New Bedford, Massachusetts
 
 
+75 # barbell1941 2018-03-05 14:23
Exactly how much will be enough for Republicans to finally say “too much”? Will Trump actually have to shoot someone on live tv to get them to see what is happening?
 
 
+4 # krazykwiltkatt 2018-03-06 22:10
Since nearly every item on the Republican agenda is being enacted: packing the courts with right wing theocrats; destroying the Middle class and hopelessly impoverishing the Lower class;privatizi ng all governmental services including the military where all the really big money is; ending all governmental protection to allow the increasingly small number of wealthy (albeit incredibly wealthy) to strip and destroy all the country's natural resources and plunder the pockets of the ordinary citizen, I'd say the Dumpster Pee-Resident is incredibly successful and the ones who really run the country will not turn against him any time soon! 'Bye bye, Miss American Pie!'
 
 
+81 # tbechtel@fandm.edu 2018-03-05 14:34
A gang of Deep State operatives who are doing their jobs, and following the law, are going to expose criminality and treason sufficient to legally remove a president who was "elected" with the assistance of a foreign power.
 
 
+6 # campaws@gmx.com 2018-03-05 19:41
I'd give you 10 plusses if I could...
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2018-03-07 23:52
And you'd still both be wrong.
 
 
+45 # tr4302@gmail.com 2018-03-05 14:43
This is Nixon writ large. Go for the whole enchlada. Then block any pardons such as what Ford did for George W. Throw the book at all of them.
 
 
+40 # boredlion 2018-03-05 15:44
" . .. pardons such as what Ford did for George W." You are, I presume, referring to unelected Pres. Ford's unconditional pardon of disgraced ex- president Richard Nixon? In 1974 . . ? A landmark in the high ideals of Republican Party governance !
 
 
-48 # Johnny 2018-03-05 14:55
The first amendment protects sharing information about one candidate with another. The argument against the Russian trolls, none of whom is connected to the Russian government, is that first amendment protections do not extend to foreigners. Fair enough. So why isn't Mueller investigating the Zionist billionaire citizens of Israel who bought all U.S. elections 62 years ago when they assassinated the president who opposed Israel's nuclear weapons program, and bought both the Democratic and Republican parties? Because the deep state is a Zionist cabal, loyal to a foreign country, and not to the United States, that's why.
 
 
+12 # carytucker 2018-03-05 15:22
Quoting Johnny:
The first amendment protects sharing information about one candidate with another. The argument against the Russian trolls, none of whom is connected to the Russian government, is that first amendment protections do not extend to foreigners. Fair enough. So why isn't Mueller investigating the Zionist billionaire citizens of Israel who bought all U.S. elections 62 years ago when they assassinated the president who opposed Israel's nuclear weapons program, and bought both the Democratic and Republican parties? Because the deep state is a Zionist cabal, loyal to a foreign country, and not to the United States, that's why.

So there you have it: RSN now highlights the Protocols of the Elders of Zion.
 
 
-31 # Moxa 2018-03-05 15:14
Which is worse, revealing dirt about Hillary Clinton or Hillary Clinton's dirt? If the dirt is real, why does it matter so much how it is revealed? It is not the same as making up lies about someone and spreading them around--like the "swift boating" of John Kerry. Is it better that dirt be revealed, or that it be covered up because you don't like the revealer?

The DNC refused to give their servers over to the FBI, so we really don't know who hacked them. Maybe it wasn't the Russians at all. Frankly, I don't really much care. I care a lot more about how Hillary and the DNC were guilty of grossly swaying the primaries in her favor. That REALLY happened!

Please, when you give me your thumbs down, also kindly provide answers to my questions!!
 
 
-1 # Moxa 2018-03-05 20:09
See, you've given me thumbs down but were unable to answer my questions. Intellectually dishonest!
 
 
+2 # carytucker 2018-03-05 22:17
Quoting Moxa:
Which is worse, revealing dirt about Hillary Clinton or Hillary Clinton's dirt? If the dirt is real, why does it matter so much how it is revealed? It is not the same as making up lies about someone and spreading them around--like the "swift boating" of John Kerry. Is it better that dirt be revealed, or that it be covered up because you don't like the revealer?

The DNC refused to give their servers over to the FBI, so we really don't know who hacked them. Maybe it wasn't the Russians at all. Frankly, I don't really much care. I care a lot more about how Hillary and the DNC were guilty of grossly swaying the primaries in her favor. That REALLY happened!

Please, when you give me your thumbs down, also kindly provide answers to my questions!!

Sec'y Clinton received ~4 million more votes than Sen Sanders. You can mewl and moan all you want to about the skewed character of the DNC's administration of the primaries, but Sen Sanders lost. You, like so many others in this space, found it most important to lay waste to the DNC on 8 Nov 2016. You got what you wanted: no Clinton. Enjoy.
 
 
+9 # Moxa 2018-03-06 10:55
Oh now I get it! It doesn't matter HOW you win. She cheated but she won, so there's no problem. What I am saying is that what is important is why we have Trump now.

Trump and Hillary were the TWO most unpopular nominees for president in history.
Big money controls BOTH parties and that is how we got these two extremely disliked candidates. Voter suppression, easily manipulated voting machines without paper trails, the electoral college itself--these are issues within our OWN country which have infinitely more to do with who gets elected than anything Russia ever did.

It is true, Hillary got more votes, yet we still got Trump. Gore actually won in 2000 but the SCOTUS gave the victory to Bush. Vote tampering in Ohio gave the 2004 election to Bush over Kerry. That is what real election rigging looks like.

Russia is being used as an excuse to allow the Democrats not to have to actually stand for anything or to fight to fix the internal voting problems in the U.S., and to deflect from their own part in the absurd and tragic ascendancy of Donald Trump.

Russia is a mere side show compared to the vast corruption that is going on perpetually in THIS country, in BOTH parties. Of course Trump is a disaster. But you are being hoodwinked into not looking into the real problems of the U.S. Who is tackling the grotesque wealth inequity which gets worse and worse each day? Who is giving us health care for all? All we get is Russia, Russia, Russia.
 
 
+3 # librarian1984 2018-03-08 00:39
Well said.

Andrew Sullivan recently wrote an essay that got a lot of buzz. In it he says that we have TOO MUCH DEMOCRACY! Isn't that precious?

Voters have no say in who the candidates are. Their names are purged and their votes aren't always counted.

Politicians ignore the will of the people and the number one correlative statement for Trump voters was, 'people like me don't have any say', which pretty accurately sums up the situation and explains why half of eligible voters don't.

But the problem is TOO MUCH DEMOCRACY?!

Michael Lind has a good response to Sullivan. I'll try to find the link.

There are several recordings of 'journalists' admitting Russiagate is a lot of cr@p, but I think we've found the left is just as adept as the right at ignoring inconvenient facts. Deluded or dishonest? I don't even care which. I have no tolerance for DP bs anymore. Zero. And I'm not voting for corporatists or warmongers ever again. Nor am I staying silent for it either.

My faith in the left is shattered. If this is what stands between US and TPTB, we are in deep deep sh!t without a paddle.

I'm grateful for your posts, and those of the rational left still fighting the good fight .. against Trump and the GOP and the ds .. AND a sizeable chunk of the left, more's the pity.
 
 
+4 # librarian1984 2018-03-08 00:18
Sanders didn't lose. He was robbed.

250,000 votes not counted in Brooklyn. A million+ CA votes destroyed. Six states where the exit polls of Republicans matched appropriately while the Democrats' varied by more than 10% (2% is considered suspicious) -- and ALL six in Clinton's favor!

Hell it wasn't cheating! It was a freaking MIRACLE! Jesus must have wanted Hillary to be president. Maybe he just laughed and laughed when she cackled about killing Qaddafi ... oh ho ho ho! (Just ignore the OTHER dead Libyans!)

'Mewl and moan'? No, fool. We are ROARING!!

I find it remarkable you choose to attack the people who want to save and improve the DP. You SHOULD be mad at the party and the DNC, who foisted such a horrible (but donor-approved! ) candidate on US. But YOU go after progressives. Genius!

So. No learning going on, eh? Democrats just voted to deregulate banks. DCCC sabotaging candidates. Still nothing?

I'm SUPER glad that corporatist warmonger Hillary is not president. Truly and deeply relieved. I love that all that oligarch money got flushed down their gold toilets. I am SO glad Rice and Power and Nuland have no control over people's lives. But most of all I'm thrilled that Bill and Hillary aren't selling us out to Wall Street and the fracking industry.

No, we didn't get what we wanted. (We wanted Bernie.) But we did get the LOTE.

And PS, same thing is going to happen in 2020 if the DP cheats to foist another skunk on us.
 
 
+3 # sbessho 2018-03-05 22:30
"Maybe it wasn't the Russians at all."

Oh, yeah, maybe it was a 300-pound guy (or was it 400 pounds?) on his couch. Why are you parroting Trump? This isn't about HRC. She is irrelevant. She will never again be a power in the DNC or anywhere else. The case under consideration is against DJT. Comment on that.
 
 
+3 # RLF 2018-03-06 07:37
Because one is bad doesn't mean the other is not. They both sucked and that is why we have Trump in office when a Democratic circus animal could have beat Trump!
 
 
0 # Moxa 2018-03-06 10:57
Yes, thank you, RLF.
 
 
+2 # krazykwiltkatt 2018-03-06 22:13
We also have 45 because of the inherent unfairness of the Electoral College and how it counts votes,
 
 
+43 # chrisconno 2018-03-05 15:21
My hope is that Mueller can indict the orange creep before he can do so much irreparable damage the we become a sinking ship with no life boats. Too bad we can't undo all of the mob-n-chiefs appointments and executive orders. The judges alone with haunt every part of American life with racist and corrupted judgments.
 
 
+50 # ljslotnick 2018-03-05 15:27
I don't have a problem with hoping for removal of a President who breaks the law. Yes, we all know it. Trump and his supporters know it. They simply ignore it. Mueller has to prove it. That's how the American justice system works.
Trump is so adept at lying, fabricating, exaggerating... and then breaking Constitutional law after law. The problem is that indicting a sitting President is a highly political act. If politicians are anything, they are loyal. Penetrating that loyalty in the face of a Constitutional crisis is what Mueller must do.
I don't doubt the existence of a Deep State. But, in this case, the investigation isn't Deep. Trump is too stupid to know any better. There's a digital trail out there of all the obstruction and collusion activities. These follow the digital trail of extreme financial malfeasance and corruption that I'm sure Mueller's team has already uncovered.
 
 
+19 # preissert@gmail.com 2018-03-05 15:29
Trump has told us all that he's ready to let the investigation proceed until its logical conclusion, so what the issue? Let Mueller find out what's there and then we'll all know.
 
 
+27 # HenryS1 2018-03-05 15:44
The trolls weigh in very quickly to distract!

Trump has this present situation well-planned, and his experts will make sure that he does not follow Nixon's example. Instead, he publicly tweets that it might be time for "us" to try having a U.S. President for Life, as may be shaking up in China.

That may be more raw meat to distract and sidetrack opposition. Trump as President wields enormous power, trading favors for powerful influence that can maintain him in office no matter what.

The most optimistic prospect I can conjure up is that Trump will tire of the Presidency and leave it behind at some point in the future to enjoy the fruits of what he has stolen from this country.

In the meantime, if Mueller actually gets close to affecting Trump, he will be removed, or be killed, or be framed, or maybe Trump will just start a war to distract attention. It's a fun game for Trump and his cronies. We pay the costs.

To directly address this article, I hope Mueller remains free to investigate, but have no hope that Mueller will "save us". Perhaps he is still active so as to maintain false hope and apathy among Trump's opposition. Meanwhile the flow of money and the levers of power are all being held more securely than every by Trump and gang.

I support what I know of Mueller and his investigation, but I do not have confidence that I really know what is happening, or that it will lead to justice. I would love to be wrong, or prove to be unduly pessimistic.
 
 
-4 # LeDeux Art 2018-03-06 08:02
You have a sound mind, I'd add to your thoughts by pointing out Mueller covered up for the WMD and Anthrax attack after 9/11
 
 
+3 # librarian1984 2018-03-08 00:47
Take your pick, is Trump a crazy idiot or is he a brilliant mastermind?

Who exactly are the trolls? Is that what we call anyone who wants actual evidence, who doesn't want to see liberals kissing up to the intel agencies, who doesn't believe Mueller is going to be murdered?

Geez, you think WE'RE the CTists?!

You know what would be MORE productive? If we WAITED for the results of Mueller's investigation and IN THE MEANTIME fought the GOP tax bill that's gaining approval, or pressured the sixteen 'Democrats' who just helped the GOP gut bank regulations.
 
 
+30 # Elroys 2018-03-05 15:45
It's interesting to recall how100% of Dems and R's were delighted that Mueller was appointed Special Counsel. Now that Mueller is doing such a thorough job and appears to be finding - at minimum -
shady dealings within the trump administration and campaign the R's have gone ballistic and telling every lie possible to discredit Mueller and his team. It is so obvious to anyone with an open mind and a bit of intelligence that trump, his cronies and the vast majority of Congressional Repubs are guilty of highly unethical, immoral and likely criminal / treasonous behavior in service of hijacking America for a few very greedy families, along with a Russian thug, who have purchased them for a few $.
I challenge trump and the Repubs in Congress to publicly denounce Putin, reject any current and future attempts at hacking our election and loudly declare that we know Russia is behind this voter fraud and we will do whatever it takes to stop them - now.
trump will never do this, nor the R's because, we know - we suspect - that this Pres. is guilty as hell and was not elected by a majority of the American people. It's likely Russian meddling in Penn., Wisconsin and Michigan that got trumpster over the top in Nov. 2016. Trump is a low life fraud and charlatan and we MUST get rid if him ASAP.
Yes - wait for Mueller to compete the work - and if found guilty, trump must be fitted for a new pin striped suit and put behind bars. This man is soulless dog and the R's got his fleas
 
 
+11 # MendoChuck 2018-03-05 16:00
Due Process is the words we are all looking for. I think????
If you do not like Due Process than why are you here?
 
 
+1 # sdraymond 2018-03-05 20:56
If one looks at responses from CDMR, Oyster, Johnny, Moxa and a couple of others that seem to immediately post replies to articles that mimic all the lies that we are told Russian bots have sent around the internet, one wonders who these people really are. I also wondered before the election, when they posted so much anti Hillary dribble. At least the readers are voting them down.
 
 
+3 # Benign Observer 2018-03-08 12:38
One also wonders who YOU really are. Go on. Add me to your list. You and Farafalla can compare notes. You know who else kept lists? Hitler!!

What the indictment actually said about Russian trolls is that they want to sow discord. And who here is sowing more discord than Robbee and the trolls-who-call-progressives-trolls?

Layers within layers .. no one knows who you are or I am. Maybe Alanis Morisette is here!!!!!!!!!!

How about we DON'T fall into the paranoic, ignorant mindset of attacking each other? Any appeal at all?

Or is the US versus THEM siren call too strong? Is the CIA just too damn good at its job?
 
 
+2 # Texas Aggie 2018-03-05 20:58
Drumpf can make the heat go away any time he wants. All he has to do is contact Mueller and tell him that he'll flip on all of his administration and campaign people, including Pence, and then resign from the presidency if Mueller will stop investigating the Drumpf Family. It will be a difficult choice for Mueller.
 
 
+3 # PABLO DIABLO 2018-03-05 21:55
But, how does Monica Lewinsky figure into all this?
 
 
+2 # DongiC 2018-03-06 06:27
The overall tone of the comments here is changeing; it is becoming much more hard hitting. And, there are a lot more new commenters who are expressing themselves usually in a negative fashion. Theory: they represent a shift in the nation as a whole against the orange blossom special. His antics have finally gotten to the people. His lies and cheating and bragadoccio have no place in the White House. So I guess the solution is clean the place up - by impeaching and convicting Trump.

This is when the chief rodent will be most dangerous. He is already showing how he feels about being a monarch. You know president for life. We may have to defend our way of life with our blood. Thanks, GOP, for shirking your responsibility and presenting us with the prospect of civil war, a conflict with nuclear weapons which will be the ultimate terrorist action and probably end a million years of evolution.

Maybe Trump is the Anti-Christ and the forces of evil will try to destroy what they don't have - control of the planet. Time for men and women of good will to come forward and save the Earth. Where are the leaders for this noble cause?
 
 
-5 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-06 06:55
I find it strange that the Wapo uses the term "gunning" to describe what Mueller is doing. I wonder if this signals the start of a new phase in the campaign to remove Trump from office? Are the gloves coming off?

I don't think anything referred to in this article rises to the level of impeachable offense. For all of his efforts, Mueller either has found nothing substantial or he is keeping his information very secret. I don't know which it is.

But this article is just more of the Wapo stirring shit. That's what mainstream journalism is these days.
 
 
+2 # librarian1984 2018-03-08 00:56
I wonder if WaPo sends trolls out with its articles. They always seem at the center of the disinformation/ propaganda. Remember PropOrNot?

I still have trouble believing so many on the left are THIS manipulable. Are these neoliberal trolls .. or dupes? Maybe a few trolls and many dupes?
 
 
+9 # LeDeux Art 2018-03-06 07:59
It's sad when esteemed news sources committ a fraud by omission in their reporting. This is all about money laundering and Manafort and Podesta were partners in the shinanagins. Only foolish people allow the press to sweep the facts under the carpet and point out non events as the true story.
 
 
0 # Robbee 2018-03-06 13:24
Mueller Is Now Gunning for President Trump, 05 March 18

mueller methodically builds a case, starting from mixer-by-mixer pouring a solid foundation, then brick-by-brick building on it

it appears mueller will use the next several months to secure either a plea from manafort, or else proceed to a trial he is confident of winning

it seems mueller is destined to learn what he needs about the facts, armed to "turn" everyone connected with dickhead's campaign - it seems inevitable - it seems anyone he is likely to convict is likely to get indicted - it seems at the end of this ball of yarn, he is likely to know all that can be known

if the evidence is weak, there is no guarantee that dickhead will serve out the rest of his term in an ankle bracelet at the white house - but mueller is liable to report all the evidence he uncovers which mayor may not lead our house of disreps to impeach and a massive revolt of repuke senators, at least 18 it takes, to remove dickhead from office

note that citizen-voters' last clear shot at dickhead was in nov. 2016 - AND WE WHIFFED!

now it's up to repukes and repukes will only trade dickhead for pence if pence has a better shot at election in 2020!

"Next time, we must resolve to MAKE OUR VOTE COUNT!" - (caps in original) - bernie
 
 
+1 # MikeAF48 2018-03-06 18:22
Mueller shouting to Trump as he sits in the oval office of the white house-hello hello is anybody innnnn theirrrrrrr.
 

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