MUELLER: Reports of draft indictment of Trump ‘false’

WASHINGTON — Robert Mueller’s office on Tuesday denied claims made by author Michael Wolff that Special Counsel had drafted an indictment for obstruction of justice against President Donald Trump.

The response comes in the wake of comments made in Wolf’s new book, “Siege: Trump Under Fire,” that Mueller had been prepared to charge the president with three counts of obstruction of justice.

Claiming to be in possession of “internal documents” to back his claims, Wolf said Trump went to “extraordinary lengths… to protect himself from legal scrutiny and accountability, and to undermine the official panels investigating his actions.”

The problem, says Mueller’s office? That never happened.

The documents that you’ve described do not exist,” Mueller spokesperson Peter Carr told The Guardian.

This isn’t the first time that Wolf has come under fire for inaccuracies in his writing.

“I investigate nothing. All I do is look and write what I see and what I hear, and my job — which has nothing to do with truth — is to take what I see and what I hear and write that in a way that readers can come [as close] as possible — as close as I came — to the experience of doing this,” Wolf told a publication for Vassar College after his last book, “Fire and Fury,” was attacked as being full of fraudulent claims. “I want to be able to turn what I see into something that a reader says ‘oh, I see that too.’”

Calls for comment to the White House were not immediately returned.



PRESIDENTIAL PRIVILEGE: Trump Asserts Executive Privilege to Block Release of Unredacted Mueller Report

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Wednesday invoked executive privilege to prevent the release of the unredacted Mueller report, sparking outrage from Democrats.

The move was seen as a direct challenge by House Democrats as they gathered to vote on holding Attorney General William Barr in contempt for refusing to turn over the document.

Last month Barr released a redacted, 448-page version of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s findings, but has since refused to honor a subpoena issued by the House Judiciary Committee to release the unredacted version and its contained evidence. Mueller’s 22-month long investigation looked into whether or not President Donald Trump had colluded with Russian officials to sway the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. The report essentially cleared the president of all wrongdoing.

“Every single day the president is making the case. He’s becoming self-impeachable,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi told The Washington Post, referring to his efforts to restrict release of the unredacted report an “obstruction of justice.”

House Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler responded to Trump’s move to block the report’s release as a “clear escalation in the Trump administration’s blanket defiance of Congress’s constitutionally mandated duties,” adding that neither Barr nor Trump are “above the law.”

“I can only conclude that the president now seeks to take a wrecking ball to the Constitution of the United States of America,” Democratic Representative Sheila Jackson Lee said in response to the White House’s announcement.

Meanwhile, Republicans have steadfastly defended Attorney General Barr in the wake of recent attacks by the left, referring calls to have him arrested as just an escalation of an ongoing “witch hunt.”

“What a cynical, mean-spirited, counterproductive and irresponsible step it is,” said Judiciary Committee leader Doug Collins.

Representative Matt Gaetz concurred with Collins’ comments, calling the latest efforts by Democrats “all about impeachment” of Trump and not about justice.


TRUMP: ‘Sorry. Dems can’t impeach me for creating the best economy in American history’

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Monday railed against the latest call from Democrat Rep. Al Green to impeach him.

“’Democrat Texas Congressman Al Green says impeachment is the only thing that can prevent President Trump from re-election in 2020,'” Trump tweeted Monday morning.

“In other words, Dems can’t win the election fairly. You can’t impeach a president for creating the best economy in our country’s history. Also, there are “’No High Crimes & Misdemeanors,'” the president continued. “No Collusion, No Conspiracy, No Obstruction. ALL THE CRIMES ARE ON THE OTHER SIDE, and that’s what the Dems should be looking at, but they won’t. Nevertheless, the tables are turning!”

Green (D- Tx), has repeatedly called on the president to be impeached on grounds of corruption.

“He will say the Democrats had an overwhelming majority in the House and they didn’t take up impeachment,” Green said during an interview with MSNBC over the weekend. “He will say that we had a constitutional duty to do it if it was there, and we didn’t. He will say he’s been vindicated.”

Democrats are still reeling from a report released by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office weeks ago clearing the president from accusations that he colluded with Russian officials to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. Despite Mueller’s report, many Democrats have continued to accuse the president of wrongdoing.

Republican lawmaker Lindsey Graham warned Democrats last November that attempting to impeach President Trump would only backfire.

“If they want to impeach President Trump, I’d give them some advice,” Graham told Fox News at the time. “Been there, done that with Clinton, didn’t work out for us. I would think twice about it. It will blow up in their face.”



KESSLER: Here’s the real reason the FBI investigated Trump

WASHINGTON (Newsmax) — Now that no charges will be filed, everyone in the media and political world is asking how or why the FBI opened a counterintelligence investigation specifically targeting President Donald Trump.

The answer is simple: According to his book “The Threat” and his “60 Minutes” interview, Andrew McCabe as acting FBI director opened the investigation into Trump and urged Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appoint a special counsel to investigate him based almost entirely on Trump’s comment to NBC’s Lester Holt that he thought about “this Russia thing” when he decided to fire Jim Comey as FBI director in May 2017.

“And, in fact, when I decided to just do it [fire Comey], I said to myself, I said ‘you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story, it’s an excuse by the Democrats for having lost an election that they should have won.’” Trump said in the interview.

With those confusing words, it sounded as if Trump was saying he fired Comey because the FBI director was pursuing the Russia investigation and Trump wanted to stop it.

But Trump made it clear to aides afterward that he meant quite the opposite — that he was aware that firing Comey could prolong the Russia investigation. What Trump said in the interview immediately after his comment about “this Russia thing” confirms that and exposes McCabe’s rationale for opening the investigation of Trump as a fraud

Trump went on to say to Holt that he supported a full investigation into Russian interference in the election. He said he never tried to pressure Comey into dropping the existing FBI probe of Russian interference in the election — a legitimate investigation that never specifically targeted Trump.

“I want to find out if there was a problem in the election having to do with Russia,” Trump told Holt.

Then, as noted in my book “The Trump White House,” Trump went on to say: “As far as I’m concerned, I want that thing to be absolutely done properly. Maybe I’ll expand that, you know, lengthen the time [of the Russia probe] because it should be over with, in my opinion, should have been over with a long time ago. ‘Cause all it is, is an excuse, but I said to myself, I might even lengthen out the investigation, but I have to do the right thing for the American people.”

The media largely ignored Trump’s statement making it clear that he realized that by firing Comey, he was probably prolonging the existing FBI investigation rather than obstructing it. Nor, in all the endless stories about the Russia investigation did the media point out that Trump never actually interfered with the FBI investigation, that he was not a target of an FBI investigation when he fired Comey, and that he did not corruptly cover up, destroy evidence, or make false statements to mislead investigators, all of which happened during Watergate when President Nixon clearly obstructed justice.

In his book McCabe deliberately and dishonestly omitted the rest of what Trump said to Holt about his dismissal of Comey probably lengthening the Russia investigation. In fact, in a second reference to why Trump’s comment in the interview justified an FBI investigation, McCabe said in his book that there was no need to look further into evidence of Trump’s motivations for firing Comey since “… the president already had publicly made the connection between Comey’s firing and ‘this Russia thing …’”

In addition, McCabe parenthetically cited the fact that in a “demeaning and dismissive way,” Trump had called the ongoing FBI investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election—which included the possibility of collusion by the campaign — a “witch hunt,” as if voicing his opinion as president and defending himself had anything to do with a criminal act that could help justify opening an FBI investigation.

Thus, the entire basis for starting the FBI’s obstruction and collusion investigation specifically targeting Trump according to the man who says he started it was outrageously based on a phony predicate that dishonestly and deceitfully ignored the rest of what Trump said in the NBC interview.

The fact that anyone in the FBI would cite criticism of an FBI investigation as a reason to investigate that individual has to be embarrassing to everyone in law enforcement. But more importantly, the fact that McCabe would acknowledge opening an investigation of Trump that could have led to criminal charges based on his comment to Lester Holt and then suppress what the president actually said in that interview is far more shocking than all the claims we see in the media about the FBI’s FISA warrant applications, the so-called dossier, or the alleged wiretapping of the Trump campaign.

I have covered the FBI since J. Edgar Hoover was director. I have written three books on the FBI, one of which led to the dismissal of William Sessions as FBI director over his abuses.

And for my book “The Secrets of the FBI,” Robert Mueller as FBI director gave me unprecedented access to the bureau.

Not since Hoover opened FBI investigations into anyone who criticized the government and blackmailed presidents and members of Congress has the FBI so outrageously abused its authority.

Ronald Kessler, a former Washington Post and Wall Street Journal investigative reporter, is the New York Times bestselling author of “The Trump White House: Changing the Rules of the Game” and “The Secrets of the FBI.”


Ronald Kessler contributed to the contents of this OpEd.



TRUMP: ‘Failing’ New York Times should ‘beg for forgiveness’ in wake of Mueller report

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump on Tuesday swung back hard at The New York Times, which he referred to as “the enemy of the American people.”

“I wonder if the New York Times will apologize to me a second time, as they did after the 2016 Election. But this one will have to be a far bigger & better apology,” the president tweeted in regard to the Times’ allegations against him of Russian collusion. “On this one they will have to get down on their knees & beg for forgiveness-they are truly the Enemy of the People!”

The president’s latest attack upon the publication comes after a report released by Special Counsel Robert Mueller failed to find any evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia to influence the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.

Despite Mueller’s findings, in a column for the Times on Monday, New York Times columnist Paul Krugman wrote: “The fact is that the occupant of the White House betrayed his country. And the question everyone is asking is, what will Democrats do about it?”

“Paul Krugman, of the Fake News New York Times, has lost all credibility, as has the Times itself, with his false and highly inaccurate writings on me,” the president lashed out in a separate tweet. “He is obsessed with hatred, just as others are obsessed with how stupid he is. He said Market would crash, Only Record Highs!”

Calls for comment to Krugman and to a spokesperson to the New York Times were not immediately returned.


‘DEMOCRATS NEED TO GET OVER IT’: Trump not worried about impeachment ‘at all,’ says White House

WASHINGTON — Despite a wealth of calls for impeachment from Democrats in the wake of the Mueller report, President Donald Trump is not worried about impeachment “at all” White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley said Tuesday.

“I was standing right next to him actually, [Monday] at the Easter Egg Roll,” Gidley said Tuesday morning during an appearance on Fox News’ “America’s Newsroom.” “A question was shouted out about impeachment and he said he wasn’t worried at all, not in the least, because there’s nothing to worry about when you’ve done nothing wrong.”

Primarily, said Gidley, because the president has committed “no crime.”

“The president hasn’t done anything criminally wrong, and they are still trying to attack this president,” Gidley said. “They don’t want to get to the truth. They want to get to the president, and he has done nothing wrong.”

Proof, said Gidley, is presented in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report itself. “We now know there is no collusion with a foreign power. We know there is no obstruction. He wasn’t prosecuted for anything,” he insisted.

Despite the best efforts by Democrats, Gidley pointed out, the Mueller report led to zero indictments.


“Despite Democrats saying for two years that this president committed treason without proof or evidence and they’re continuing to double down,” he said. (If Democrats backed down now) “they would be admitting the last two years of their life was a complete and total waste of time.”

“Democrats need to get over it.”