So far the DOJ has failed to provide Congress with interview notes from Robert Mueller’s investigation despite agreeing to do so.

By |2019-10-09T10:52:33-08:00October 10th, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , |4 Comments

What, more obstruction? Say it ain’t so.

Courtesy of Politico

The Justice Department revealed on Tuesday that it had yet to share with Congress any of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s notes from his team’s interviews with several former Trump administration officials and advisers, including former White House counsel Don McGahn, former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump aide Steve Bannon and former White House communications director Hope Hicks.

In fact, the department indicated Congress has yet to receive any of the notes — known as FBI-302s — from 16 of Mueller’s interviews with senior Trump administration, Trump confidants and Justice Department officials, despite an agreement reached in June to provide access to the documents.

In a new court filing demanded by Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court in Washington, the department revealed it had provided portions of 17 sets of Mueller witness interview notes to the House Judiciary Committee. These include interviews provided by Chris Christie, Michael Cohen, Corey Lewandowski, Paul Manafort, Rod Rosenstein, Chris Ruddy, Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Sean Spicer. Though several of these include light redactions to protect personal information, others — such as the interview notes of former Trump staff secretary Rob Porter, a crucial witness to potential obstruction of justice — were heavily redacted, perhaps by as much as 75 percent, the Justice Department revealed. Department officials indicated that the redactions were necessary because Porter had “direct conversations with the President.”

The Judiciary Committee struck a deal with the Justice Department in June to access the interview notes of 33 witnesses as part of its ongoing probe of potential obstruction of justice and abuse of power by Trump — which committee members say is part of the House’s ongoing impeachment inquiry. The committee, chaired by Rep. Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), is seeking access to Mueller’s grand jury evidence and has petitioned Howell to force the government to turn it over. In response, the Justice Department said the committee had failed to show why it needed the information when lawmakers were already receiving access to substantial amounts of Mueller’s interview notes.

Actually Congress is under no obligation to explain why they need the notes, they simply ask for them and the Department of Justice provides them.

Or at least that is how it has always been before. 

Pretty obvious that the strategy here by the entire Trump Adminstation is to simply drag this thing out for as long as possible. 

Which suggests to me that they ultimately know they will lose and are just trying to prolong the time that they remain in power. 

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4 Comments

  1. Anonymous October 10, 2019 at 6:32 am

    The longer trump drags this out, the more crimes that will come to light.

    Speaking of crimes, wonder if he is dipping in Medicare payments for his wall, I received a notice that Medicare ” accidentally” took TWO payments out of bank accounts for those using automatic withdraw and are working with the treasury dept to refund the money. Guess some seniors might get and overdraft on their accounts, like to know who will pay the overdraft fee.

  2. mOTOrboater October 10, 2019 at 7:04 am

    https://www.rawstory.com/2019/10/rudy-giulianis-two-henchmen-were-trying-to-flee-the-country-when-arrested/

    “The two foreign-born men who have been helping President Donald Trump’s attorney Rudy Giuliani find dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden and his family were indicted and arrested early this morning while at Dulles Airport just west of Washington, D.C.”

  3. Anonymous October 11, 2019 at 9:12 am

    The longer they drag it out, the worse it will be for Trump’s re-election. He’s already seen his approvals go down (as if they could get any lower) and support for impeachment go up. The longer this goes on, the more likely he will lose. So let him drag it out. The Democrats should use it all to their advantage. Smear every Republican running for anything from President to Dog Catcher for supporting this demented, racist conman. He doesn’t have to be a criminal, he just has to be unfit. And there is overwhelming evidence his is unfit for office and that he has not only violated his oath and the emoluments clause but also has obstructed justice. Numerous times. We’ve watched him solicit election interference from foreign governments on TV!

    I get that they can’t vote to impeach him since Moscow Mitch and the Senate will simply exonerate him.

    But the inquiry can continue and everything that is exposed can be hammered in the media to influence the public vote in 2020. Every Democratic candidate should take off the gloves and use that evidence as GOP corruption and smear their Republican opponents, whether they claim not to support Trump or not. Simply being a Republican should be bad enough. Yeah, I’m saying get down in the mud and fight dirtier than they do. It will be a tremendous effort, but the future of this country depends on it. Speaking of which, the Democratic Party needs to support EVERY Democrat that runs, not just the ones they think can win. Every Democrat in every state at every level. Right down to mayor and city council. They can also stop their fucking choosing of candidates for us. We’ll choose our own thankyouverymuch. If the DNCC doesn’t like it, they are likely to see an exodus of registered Democrats. Because Democrats have been pissed at the way the party, policy and elections have been managed, or should I say MISmanaged and they’re not going to take it any more. That goes double for YOU, Tom Perez!

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