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Mueller Withheld “Details That Would Exonerate The President” Of Having Kremlin Backchannel

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It appears that special counsel Robert Mueller withheld key information in its plea deal with Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, which would exonerate Trump and undermine the entire purpose of the special counsel, according to Paul Sperry of RealClearInvestigations.

Cohen pleaded guilty last week to lying to the Senate intelligence committee in 2017 about the Trump Organization’s plans to build a Trump Tower in Moscow – telling them under oath that negotiations he was conducting ended five months sooner than they actually did.

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Mueller, however, in his nine-page charging document filed with the court seen by Capitol Hill sources, failed to include the fact that Cohen had no direct contacts at the Kremlin – which undercuts any notion that the Trump campaign had a “backchannel” to Putin.

On page 7 of the statement of criminal information filed against Cohen, which is separate from but related to the plea agreement, Mueller mentions that Cohen tried to email Russian President Vladimir Putin’s office on Jan. 14, 2016, and again on Jan. 16, 2016. But Mueller, who personally signed the document, omitted the fact that Cohen did not have any direct points of contact at the Kremlin, and had resorted to sending the emails to a general press mailbox. Sources who have seen these additional emails point out that this omitted information undercuts the idea of a “back channel” and thus the special counsel’s collusion case.RCI

Page 2 of the same charging document offers further evidence that there was no connection between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin; an August 2017 letter from Cohn to the Senate intelligence committee states that Trump “was never in contact with anyone about this [Moscow Project] proposal other than me,” an assertion which Mueller does not contest as false – which means that “prosecutors have tested its veracity through corroborating sources” and found it to be truthful, according to Sperry’s sources. Also unchallenged by Mueller is Cohen’s statement that he “ultimately determined that the proposal was not feasible and never agreed to make a trip to Russia.”

“Though Cohen may have lied to Congress about the dates,” one Hill investigator said, “it’s clear from personal messages he sent in 2015 and 2016 that the Trump Organization did not have formal lines of communication set up with Putin’s office or the Kremlin during the campaign. There was no secret ‘back channel.’”

“So as far as collusion goes,” the source added, “the project is actually more exculpatory than incriminating for Trump and his campaign.” –RCI

The Trump Tower Moscow meeting – spearheaded by New York real estate developer and longtime FBI and CIA asset, Felix Sater, bears a passing resemblance to the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between members of the Trump campaign and a Russian attorney (who hated Trump), and which was set up by a British concert promotor tied to Fusion GPS – the firm Hillary Clinton’s campaign paid to write the salacious and unverified “Trump-Russia Dossier.”

British concert promotor and Fusion GPS associate Rob Goldstone

“Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the president and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier” –Washington Post

In both the Trump Tower meeting and the Trump Tower Moscow negotiations, it is clear that nobody in the Trump campaign had any sort of special access to the Kremlin, while Cohen’s emails and text messages reveal that he failed to establish contact with Putin’s spokesman. He did, however, reach a desk secretary in the spokesman’s office.

What’s more, it was Sater – a Russian immigrant with a dubious past who was representing the Bayrock Group (and not the Trump Organization), who cooked up the Moscow Trump Tower project in 2015 – suggesting that Trump would license his name to the project and share in the profits, but not actually commit capital or build the project.

Felix Sater, FBI and CIA asset, real estate developer, ex-con

Sater went from a “Wall Street wunderkind” working at Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers, to getting barred from the securities industry over a barroom brawl which led to a year in prison, to facilitating a $40 million pump-and-dump stock scheme for the New York mafia, to working telecom deals in Russia – where the FBI and CIA tapped him as an undercover intelligence asset who was told by his handler “I want you to understand: If you’re caught, the USA is going to disavow you and, at best, you get a bullet in the head.”

The Moscow project, meanwhile, fizzled because Sater didn’t have the pull within the Russian government he said he had. At best, Sater had a third-hand connection to Putin which never panned out.

Sources say Sater, whom Cohen described as a “salesman,” testified to the House intelligence panel in late 2017 that his communications with Cohen about putting Trump and Putin on a stage for a “ribbon-cutting” for a Trump Tower in Moscow were “mere puffery” to try to promote the project and get it off the ground.

Also according to his still-undisclosed testimony, Sater swore none of those communications involved taking any action to influence the 2016 presidential election. None of the emails and texts between Sater and Cohen mention Russian plans or efforts to hack Democrats’ campaign emails or influence the election. –RCI

As Tom Fitton of Judicial Watch noted of Mueller’s strategy: “”Mueller seems desperate to confuse Americans by conflating the cancelled and legitimate Russia business venture with the Russia collusion theory he was actually hired to investigate,” said Fitton. “This is a transparent attempt to try to embarrass the president.”

The MSM took the ball and ran with it anyway

CNN, meanwhile, said that Cohen’s charging documents suggest Trump had a working relationship with Putin, who “had leverage over Trump” due to the project.

“Well into the 2016 campaign, one of the president’s closest associates was in touch with the Kremlin on this project, as we now know, and Michael Cohen says he was lying about it to protect the president,” said CNN‘s Wolf Blitzer.

Jeffrey Toobin – CNN‘s legal analyst, said the Cohen revelations were so “enormous” that Trump “might not finish his term,” while MSNBC pundits said that the court papers prove “Trump secretly interacted with Putin’s own office.”

“Now we have evidence that there was direct communication between the Trump Organization and Putin’s office on this. I mean, this is collusion,” said Mother Jones‘s David Corn.

Adam Schiff, the incoming Democratic chairman of the House intelligence committee, said Trump was dealing directly with Putin on real estate ventures, and Democrats will investigate whether Russians laundered money through the Trump Organization. –RCI

As Sperry of RealClearInvestigations points out, however, “former federal prosecutors said Mueller’s filing does not remotely incriminate the president in purported Russia collusion. It doesn’t even imply he directed Cohen to lie to Congress.

“It doesn’t implicate President Trump in any way,” said former independent counsel Solomon L. Wisenberg. “The reality is, this is a nothing-burger.”

via zerohedge

21 COMMENTS

    • Squandered ? No he has just lined his pockets with taxpayer funds . It appears no end is in sight either . I expect at anytime to read that he is moving on to investigate President Trump for acne as a teen . This entire investigation is one huge “Nothing Burger” but then that’s what Mueller is , a “NOTHING BURGER !”

      • A very expensive Nothing Burger served up to distract voters from Hillary Clinton’s illegal anti-American practices.

    • Gee I’m shocked that a member of the Deep State would set an innocent man up for the sake of achieving taking our country back and handing it over to the Socialist!!!

  1. And CNN wonders why they’re called ‘fake news’!!! CNN is a joke!!! They AREN’T news media, they’re ) LLP just a bunch of democrats and liberals, who HATE AND DESPISE Trump, who are TRYING to be journalists but are FAILING MISERABLY!!! What a bunch of maroons!!! As for muler, he HATES AND DESPISES Trump so much, thats he’s wasted taxpayers money for 2 years, and still doesn’t have s**t!!! Never have and never will because there is , and never was, NOTHING!!! The new AG needs to SHUT HIM DOWN NOW!!! Horseface is not going to get anywhere!!!

  2. Mueller is the guiltiest party in this whole mess! Seems as though the biggest crooks have been the Directors of the FBI Looks like the foxes have been guarding the hen house all along!

  3. It seems Mueller is playing fast and loose with the law and his mission. He should be investigated for misrepresentation and failure to comply with his own guidelines. After that he should be indicted for his part in the uranium one scandal which could be for treason.

  4. What depresses me even more is the fact that we as a country have lost all of our morality and compass. I am scared of my government and the judicial system. I have no trust or faith in our government, which no longer serves the American people. I have no trust or faith in our justice system which is just as corrupt and UNJUST. The special counsel Adolf Mueller clearly shows that. When you really take a close look at his operation you must admit that even the Gestapo or the NAZIs altogether can learn from Adolf Mueller. The concept of “Vee have vays to make you talk” is alive and widely used by the Mueller brown shirts. And now with the democommies back in congress we are on the way to hell in a hand basket, for sure! God help our country and President Trump.

  5. Uranium one deal investigation is long overdue start now .Treason was comitmited by him and many others in power that swore to protect America not sell us out

  6. Rick will you a$$holes stop saying the word NAZI or Gestapo and NO its night and day. My god you liberals are so moronic. When Trump eradicates 12 million people while starving his own then you can go there. Would you say that to a Jew? No because you would get your butt kicked. So if you want the closest thing to Hitler and his socialist views look no further then the sausage smoker we had in office for 8 years. He censored free speech, his Obamacare nightmare putting more government when he promised less, How is Guantanamo Bay doing? He promised that twice and didn’t even try. He used the IRS, NSA, and FBI as his personal attack dogs. Now who is more like Hitler and his policies? Yep Obama and that scumbag clan

  7. Mueller has proven himself to be highly partisan, far less interested in honest investigation than in conducting a vendetta against Trump for having the audacity to fire Mueller’s friend Comey after beating Clinton. Mueller is a disgrace, yet we have people even in the GOP who want to “protect” him from being fired? The slime in the swamp continues to thrive.

  8. BTW, in addition to my prior comment, I suggest everyone interested, and everyone should be interested, read Gregg Jarrett’s truly great book “The Russia Hoax” which details all of the scandals starting with the Uranium One deal, the Clinton emails, and the charges against President Trump. That detail includes the legal statutes involved and the very real lawbreaking that the Democrats, the Clinton’s, and even Mueller himself has engaged in. Jarrett is not any partisan, he is an accomplished lawyer who is appalled at the way the law is being twisted and abused by this entire charade.

  9. I am surprised that any of Cohen’s or anyone else’s lawyers didn’t ask Mueller or the investigators what they ate for breakfast on those same dates they are saying Cohen lied about. I bet they couldn’t answer the questions, or answer them properly either. No one has that good a memory to remember back that far. The entire exercise is a fraud and fabrication, as well as obstruction of justice by Mueller and his team. Someone, like Jerome Corsi, or Cohen, or Manafort and their lawyers need to file tampering with evidence and the case, and obstruction of the case charges against Mueller and his team of merry bandits.

  10. Anyone smell desperation in the air? Seems the democrats are running out of options and are scraping the absolute bottom of the barrel of ideas to support their fantasy. Sad! Go president Trump, KAG.

  11. Could you expect anything less from the corrupt witchhunt of Muller and his Clinton clown posse attorneys? This sham of an investigation never should have begun but when you spend a lifetime hiding corruption and bowing to the people that hate America you cannot end the investigation. Not one charge dealing with Russian collusion before during or after the election has been proven or found. The most he has accomplished his fake perjury charges from lack of memory not lies.

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