I should preface this by saying that even though the Justice Department released these, they are so heavily redacted that there are only tidbits of information to be gleaned.
Courtesy of CNN:
The Justice Department has released another 300 pages of notes from major witness interviews in former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.
The documents, include memos — called 302s by the FBI — from top administration and campaign witnesses Jared Kushner, Andrew McCabe, Sean Spicer, Reince Priebus, Rick Gates, Michael Cohen and Steve Bannon. This is the fifth time CNN has gotten documents like these from the Justice Department regarding the Mueller investigation, as part of a lawsuit in conjunction with BuzzFeed News.
Like I said there are some interesting tidbits, like this description of how the FBI really reacted to the firing of James Comey:
McCabe told investigators that he was summonsed to then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ office, and that when they met, Sessions told him, “I don’t know if you’ve heard, but we’ve had to fire the director of the FBI.”
In an intense scene that wasn’t described in Mueller’s wide-ranging report, Sessions told McCabe that “they” wanted McCabe to be the acting director of the FBI, and “they” would “let him know” if McCabe would be named Comey’s permanent successor. Sessions instructed McCabe not to tell anyone, not even his wife. McCabe recalled that the phrase “oh my god” was going through his head, nonstop, as he returned to his office.
When McCabe finally connected on the phone with Comey, after the firing was announced by the White House, Comey was in good spirits. McCabe said Comey told him: “It’s all on you now. Don’t screw it up.”
McCabe told investigators that he saw FBI staff “bawling” in the hallways in the wake of Comey’s dismissal.
Trump claimed that Comey was widely disliked within the FBI, but clearly that was untrue.
There is also this reminder that folks Trump did not expect to actually win:
The Trump campaign had so little faith that they would win the 2016 presidential election that the director of Trump’s transition team, Bill Hagerty, booked a trip to the Bahamas for after the election, Steve Bannon told the FBI, according to the newly released interview notes.
Bannon, Trump’s former White House chief strategist, described a campaign and transition that was unprepared, disorganized and scrambling to staff the incoming presidency.
The whole thing was nothing more than a publicity stunt gone wrong,
And now because a certain segment of the population is incapable to telling the difference between reality TV and reality we are in this fucking mess.
The memos also reveal that Rick Gates was the MVP for the Mueller probe.
This is just one of the things that he revealed to the investigators for the first time:
Gates told Mueller at that time about the “Family Meeting” where Donald Trump Jr. announced to others that he was planning a meeting about dirt on Hillary Clinton — the now-infamous Trump Tower meeting of June 2016, where the Russian visitors shared nothing of substance, according to witnesses interviewed by Mueller.
Trump Jr.’s announcement to his family members and top campaign officials was a major revelation Mueller described in his final report last year.
Gates also gave Mueller the outline of how the campaign worked, especially for Manafort. In one case, he explained how Manafort and Kushner “made a deal to designate” Kushner and then-Sen. Jeff Sessions as the points of contact for requests by foreign officials to the campaign.
My understanding is that there are more of these docusments still forthcoming.
I can hardly wait.