Mueller Expands Probe To Punish “As Many Trump Supporters As Possible”

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Mueller expands Russia probe to punish Trump supporters

Special Counsel Robert Mueller has expanded his Russia probe and vowed to punish as many Trump family, friends and supporters as possible.  

Even though the probe has uncovered absolutely nothing – Mueller is tapping additional Justice Department resources for help with new legal battles into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Via Bloomberg: Mueller and his team of 17 federal prosecutors are coping with a higher-than-expected volume of court challenges that has added complexity in recent months, but there’s no political appetite at this time to increase the size of his staff, the officials said.

According to his most recent statement of expenditures, more money is being spent on work done by permanent Department of Justice units than on Mueller’s own dedicated operation. The DOJ units spent $9 million from the investigation’s start in May 2017 through March of this year, compared with $7.7 million spent by Mueller’s team.

Trump’s Allies

Mueller’s probe has come under attack from President Donald Trump and his allies who say it’s going on too long, expanding too far and costing too much. But the special counsel’s charter, issued by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, includes investigating whether Trump or associates colluded with Russia and “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”

Investigators in New York; Alexandria, Virginia; Pittsburgh and elsewhere have been tapped to supplement the work of Mueller’s team, the officials said. Mueller has already handed off one major investigation — into Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen — to the Southern District of New York.

“Whatever you got, finish it the hell up because this country is being torn apart,” Republican Representative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina told Rosenstein during a June 28 hearing. Rosenstein said Mueller knows he must move expeditiously.

A heavy investigative load for Mueller had been anticipated from the start, the officials said. The special counsel has already issued 20 indictments and secured guilty pleas from five individuals, and some of the defendants are mounting stiffer-than-expected battles in court.

“I don’t think he’s getting in over his head,” said Solomon Wisenberg, who served as deputy independent counsel investigating President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. “These things have a tendency to balloon. Yes, it may be taxing on them. No, it’s not that unusual.”

Nor is it unusual for Mueller to turn to U.S. attorneys or to Justice Department headquarters, said Wisenberg, who’s now a partner at the law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

Subpoena Decision

Mueller is dealing with the legal battles as he considers whether to subpoena Trump for an interview and as he accelerates his investigation into potential collusion.

The first — and perhaps biggest — court case for Mueller is over his indictment of Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, for an array of financial crimes. Manafort is fighting the indictment in two federal courthouses, and he expanded his case last week to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

Both sides are now gearing up for a trial to begin later this month.

“It’s going to be all hands on deck when they go to the Manafort trial,” Wisenberg said.

Other court fights may have come as a surprise.

Russians Fight Back

Mueller indicted 13 Russian individuals and three entities in February on charges of violating criminal laws with the intent to interfere with the U.S. election through the manipulation of social media.

None of the targets are in the U.S., but one of them, the Internet Research Agency, has forced Mueller into another legal fight in federal court. The two sides have been sparring most recently over how to protect sensitive investigative materials from disclosure. Mueller has enlisted prosecutors with the U.S. Attorney’s office in Washington to handle the case.

Another surprise came last week when Andrew Miller, a former aide to Trump adviser Roger Stone, filed a sealed motion to fight one of Mueller’s grand jury subpoenas.

Mueller also plans to move eventually to sentencing for Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, and former foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, both of whom pleaded guilty to lying to investigators.

‘Busy Guy’

“He’s a busy guy,” said Jeffrey Cramer, a former federal prosecutor.

“There’s certainly multiple fronts going on right now,” said Cramer, who’s now managing director of the international investigation firm Berkeley Research Group LLC. “Some of them are more active than others.”

Cramer doesn’t think Mueller’s in over his head but says he might be taking timing into consideration when it comes to making additional moves.

“You don’t have unlimited resources in a sense that you’ve got an unlimited cadre of prosecutors and agents,” Cramer said. “There does come a time where they can only do so much.”

Mueller has already shown that in some situations he will hand off cases, such as with the Cohen investigation. Additionally, Mueller is getting help from Rosenstein, who is fielding congressional demands for documents and testimony.

In the end, though, Mueller knew what he was signing up for.

“While there’s a lot on the plate, they’re not all going on all at once,” Cramer said. “His office is doing their job. He’s doing what he’s supposed to be doing.”

8 Comments

  1. so they paid ,from taxpayers money, nearly twenty million to snoops and molls and informants to dig dirt from the bowels of the ritzy to throw the filth in the publics faces For good times.

  2. How can this treasonous scumbag be stopped and prosecuted for multiple crimes against the people of the United States?

  3. If anything, Mueller should be investigated. Stop the gravy train and this will end. End his automatic deposits from the Taxpayers’ Trust.

  4. Why do you think Mueller has a job as special prosecutor? Mueller is there because Trump wants him there. This is theater; a Hegelian dialectic to make Trump appear a victim who’s defending himself against a corrupt investigation. As comments here show, this investigation is providing support for Trump, and it’s distracting the public from Trump’s actions.

    • Ok. I’ve seen some sensible comments from you in the past, so how do you think this hangs together? What are we being distracted from and what, then, is the overall purpose? We all know Mueller is crooked, that Rosenstein is a weasel and that 60 Reps on Capitol Hill are going to resign. Is this theatre too? I really would love to know since, although I am in the UK, I am following this as though it’s for real. Is Q just keeping everyone on the bus?

      • How does this hang together? – as part of an enormous body of similar scenarios; no time now for details, check out UK aanirfan for Trump’s long-term Rothschild, (((mafia))) associations; Trump has been portrayed as the ‘good cop’ in good ‘cop/bad cop’ bipartisan scenarios since long before the election. Kushner is a high-level Illuminati bloodline family member (Rabbi Marvin Antelman interview), Comey was a high-level HSBC exec and a director of the Clinton Foundation when Loretta Lynch investigated it in 2012. HSBC was laundering money for the CF, Mexican mafia, and funded Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious (in DOJ records of HSBC VP John Cruz’ plea deal). Why is Comey still around in 2018? Why did Trump have someone involved in Clinton Foundation and drug cartel money-laundering heading the FBI? Why is Trump selling his insane Islamic hate scenario re 9/11? Why did Trump spend months considering ethical candidates for appointments, then recreate the same NWO Zionist swamp?

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