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Did Special Counsel Mueller Lie To The Attorney General?

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Update: The Justice Department and Special Counsel’s office have released a joint statement insisting that there is “no conflict” between Mueller and Barr’s accounts of why the special counsel’s office didn’t consider charging President Trump with a crime.

“The Attorney General has previously stated that the Special Counsel repeatedly affirmed that he was not saying that, but for the [Office of Legal Counsel] opinion, he would have found the President obstructed justice,” said DOJ spokeswoman Kerri Kupec along with special counsel spokesman Peter Carr in a Wednesday evening statement.

“The Special Counsel’s report and his statement today made clear that the office concluded it would not reach a determination – one way or the other – about whether the President committed a crime. There is no conflict between these statements.

Incredible.

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As the left piles the pressure on Speaker Pelosi to launch impeachment proceedings against President Trump following Special Counsel Mueller’s apparent ‘greenlight’ during his brief statement this morning, a rather large question looms over an apparent disagreement between Mueller and his boss, Attorney General William Barr.

During a Wednesday statement, Mueller said that his non-decision decision on whether the president obstructed justice was “informed” by “a long-standing opinion by the Office of Legal Counsel (OLC) at the Justice Department that a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime…That is unconstitutional. Even if the charge is kept under seal and hidden from public view, that too is prohibited.”

However, as Gregg Jarrett of Fox News reports, according to Barr, that’s not what Mueller told multiple people during a meeting on March 5, 2017. Here’s what Barr told Senators during his May 1st testimony:

“We were frankly surprised that they were not going to reach a decision on obstruction and we asked them a lot about the reasoning behind this. Mueller stated three times to us in that meeting, in response to our questioning, that he emphatically was not saying that but for the OLC opinion he would have found obstruction.”

Barr said there were others in the meeting who heard Mueller say the same thing – that the OLC opinion played no role in the special counsel’s decision-making or lack thereof. The attorney general repeated this in his news conference the day Mueller’s report was released to the public:

“We specifically asked him about the OLC opinion and whether or not he was taking a position that he would have found a crime but for the existence of the OLC opinion. And he made it very clear several times that was not his position.”

Yet, today, Mueller told a different tale.

So did Mueller lie (to the public today or to the AG in 2017)?

Perhaps House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), knowing this is hanging over Mueller’s head, will slow roll his calls for a Mueller testimony now.

And as we consider the he-said, he-said above of whether Mueller based his decisions on whether a President could be indicted or not, we note Speaker Pelosi is still tamping down the impeachment inferno, saying , “Many constituents want to impeach the president. But we want do do what is right and what gets results what gets results.”

But while many cheered today’s statement as clearing a path for Congressional Democrats to seek impeachment, one famous liberal – Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz – was infuriated by Mueller’s partisan behavior today. In a furious op-ed at The Hill, Dershowitz slammed Mueller:

Until today, I have defended Mueller against the accusations that he is a partisan. I did not believe that he personally favored either the Democrats or the Republicans, or had a point of view on whether President Trump should be impeached. But I have now changed my mind. By putting his thumb, indeed his elbow, on the scale of justice in favor of impeachment based on obstruction of justice, Mueller has revealed his partisan bias. He also has distorted the critical role of a prosecutor in our justice system.”

Adding that what Mueller said today “is worse than the statement made by then FBI Director James Comey regarding Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential campaign,” regarding the recklessness with which she handled classified material, concluding defiantly:

“No prosecutor should ever say or do anything for the purpose of helping one party or the other. I cannot imagine a plausible reason why Mueller went beyond his report and gratuitously suggested that President Trump might be guilty, except to help Democrats in Congress and to encourage impeachment talk and action. Shame on Mueller for abusing his position of trust and for allowing himself to be used for such partisan advantage.”

A good question that many others, even left-leaning individuals, are asking tonight. We give the last words to Fox’s Greeg Jarrett  as they seemed to sum things up well: He refused to make a decision to charge the president in a court of law but was more than willing to indict him in the court of public opinion…His report was a non-indictment indictment. It was calumny masquerading as a report. “

via zerohedge

46 COMMENTS

    • I THINK MUELLER’S ALL OF A SUDDEN SPEECH WAS
      A SET UP BY DEMOCRAP TO COVER THE OUT
      COME OF CORRUPTED FBIS, CIAS, DEMOCRAPS , HILLARY AND OBAMA INVESTIGATION GOING ON BY
      BILL BARR.

      • YES, I agree! Who did he meet with and who told him to give such an asinine speech? Someone in Congress told him to give it and what to say! Most likely a California Congressperson told what to to say!

    • One should first consider this, Mueller is totally owned and is following instruction. He should be questioned how he spent 30 million on a 2 year vacation and how much fell through a crack. Possibly back to the Clintons. They are well experienced at that. Just look at Haiti, for example.

    • Special Counsel Robert Mueller is a Operative of The Deep State. He was Empowered by Rod Rosenstein to Pursue this FAKE RUSSIAN COLLUSION OPERATION. Robert Mueller and many other HIGH RANKING OFFICIALS OF DOJ STATE FBI CIA were all in COLLUSION TO PROTECT Hillary and FRAME President Trump. Robert Mueller as FBI Director Flew HIGHLY ENRICHED URANIUM to FSB OFFICIALS in STOCKHOLM SWEDEN September 20-24 2009. Hillary is the RUSSIAN AGENT she is CONNECTED to RUSSIAN and UKRANIAN COLLUSION of 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION. Robert Mueller is a CRIMINAL he has been LYING for 2 YEARS PROTECTING FELLOW DEEP STATE OPERATIVE Hillary Rockefeller.

      • Thank you for telling haut et court what honest men are thinking . Those deserve life imprisonnement for trahison

    • Why has it not been newsworthy to expose the close association of Mueller and Hillary, as this would seem to have been a reason for Him to recuse Himself?

    • Muelller is a dirty cop…he always has been…that’s how he worked his way up to the top rung as Director of the FBI…same as James Comey who is a bosom buddy of Mueller and his family…their two families are intertwined…they shared family dinners…family picnics…
      parties and wine…and naturally shared mutual ideas.

    • Mueller was head of FBI during the URanium One Scandal. He was sent to RUSSIA to present a sample of the uranium from a Wyoming mine to Vladimir Putin by Hillary Clinton who wanted to sell RUSSIA uranium from Wyoming mine. So Mueller presented sample of uranium from this mine to Putin. Putin approved and Clinton and Obama sold 20% of US uranium from Wyoming mine to Vladimir Putin. TTHIS IS THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION AND MUELLER AND CLINTON AND ALL INVOLVED COMMITTED TREASON-TREASON MEANS DEATH. MUELLER SHOULD BE INDICTED FOR TREASON AND DISBARRED FOR HIS COMMENTS ABOUT MAYBE TRUMP COMMITTED COLLUSION. This is against alll legal procedure. A person is found innocent or guilty, not maybe, by a presentation of a trial, not by Mueller’s words. Send notices of disbarment to bar associations Mueller belongs to so he is disbarred and indicted for treason of the Uranium One sale. Do not let Mueller get away with committing TREASON. He interviewed 500 people as Special Counsel. Now AG Barr must interview Mueller in front of a gran jury so he can tell the truth about his treason and accusations against Manafort, Papadoculous, Carter Page, General Flynn, ex parte. They had nothing to do with RUSSIAL COLLUSION.

      • Not bad, let’s see what Horowitz, Durham, Huber, and Barr come up with. Bill O’rielly says it’s going to be scathing!

  1. Obstruction of justice sounds like a catch all that the Democrats (or anyone) can use when all else fails. I still havent seen or heard of any crime actually to have actually been committed, instead, its “well maybe there was a crime, but it was obstructed”. So, unobstructed it, and continue within the justice system. As we all have seen over and over, the real crime was the FISA activity plotted against Trump.this will all come out as Barr continues his investigation.

    • Oh man, it’s going to be body bags & fire for the Dems. I wouldn’t want to be any of them. First the IG report along with Huber, and then to top it off Durham & Barr! I hope it comes out on a Saturday night!

  2. Mueller knew exactly what he was doing yesterday when he made his final statement. All bets should be off and Mueller should see an investigation just as Comey, Lynch and the rest of the criminals in the Obama administration. Mueller said one thing about Trump, then reversed his course? “There is a rat in the wood pile here!”

  3. Special Counsel Mueller must have paid great attention in class at “Lies ‘r Us” Law School. It is there that he learned to blur legal opinions with political ones. It is a shame that these places have been endowed. The Founders of our country were quite clear on these matters.

  4. He is no better than the Dems on the Hill. He is exactly what Trump has been saying all along, he and his 17 angry Democrats are biased as HE$$!!!! The entire thing needs to be thrown out, and Mueller and his 17 angry Dems should be forced to repay the American taxpayers the $30 million, or whatever the final total is!!! What BS!

  5. B.M. has a history of dishonest legal dealings. Why would you pay ant attention to a known sneak. He sold his soul to the she devil Hillary and acted accordingly.

  6. Mueller and the ENTIRE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES ARE A DISGRACE TO THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA! Mueller and Brennan have voted for a communist in the past President Trump is certainly EXPOSING THE SWAMP DWELLERS Thank you President Trump We the People are with you and I know God has your back! You are a MAN OF TRUTH GOD BLESS PRESIDENT TRUMPH!! 2020👍😁🇺🇸 MAGA!

  7. The “obstruction” point most strongly cited is the firing of Comey – who was removed from his position at the suggestion of Rosenstein for reasons not having to do with the investigation – and both Comey and the FBI investigators said that his firing would not affect the investigation. This “matter” (as Lynch would have put it) appears to be the strongest motivation to charge obstruction – just as the Steele manifesto is the strongest motivator in the Russian Collusion charge, enabling- by unethical procedures – the FBI to spy on the Trump campaign. And what Mueller said was that “if they were confident that Trump did not commit a crime they would have said so.” As a logical statement, this says “We DO NOT KNOW that Trump DID NOT commit a crime.” Picture a prosecuting attorney standing before a judge and saying “We are not confidant that the accused did not commit a crime.”

  8. Obvious from day 1 that Meuller was out to hang the Pres. I agree with Hannity that of all the people on his investigative team, he could not find one person who was not a Hillary fan. I agree with the the very brilliant Tom Fitton who stated this AM that Mueller should be investigated. He is in collusion with his very good and close friend Comey. Is anyone honest amongst the Dems.

  9. Has anyone wondered besides me why there are no indictments where there is clear evidence of law breaking among democrats and members of the Obama justice department.

    • Robert Luther: I am TOTALLY with you on that…a fact which disturbs me! WHEN WILL TRUE JUSTICE BE SERVED?? WHEN WILL WE WITNESS RIGHTEOUS ACCOUNTABILITY OF ALL WHO HAVE EXERCISED FREELY IN CRIMINAL ACTIVITY…starting from the TOP OF THE LINE, the well-known ORGANIZER?

      WHY IS IT THAT TRUE WRONG-DOERS SEEM TO GET A PASS FROM LEGAL, ETHICAL, CONSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITY WITH ACCOUNTABILITY, SUFFERING DUE DILIGENCE OF LAW AND ACTUAL CONSEQUENCES OF OPERATING IN CORRUPT AND LAWLESS WAYS??

      I PRAY FOR RIGHTEOUS JUDGMENT FROM ALMIGHTY GOD TO REIGN-DOWN ON ALL THIS EVIL IN OUR GOVERNMENT!!!

    • Yes, I see exactly what you are saying. Do you remember when Bill was president and it was discovered that one thousand FBI files were in the bedroom of the Clintons. Bill called it a “snafu” and presto, everybody forgot about it, you know, LIKE THE MEDIA! I forget who it was, but some guy in the Nixon Administration had one FBI file in his possession and went to jail for two years! But Democrats, now a days nothing happens to them, like the Virginia Governor or the Virginia AG! Where’s Al Sharptin where’s the media!! ONLY AGAINST REPUBLICANS! I hope Barr sends any Democrat to jail. The more the better, because if he doesn’t the Democrat corruption will never stop!

  10. I think Mueller and Comey were cut from the same cloth! We should forever be cautious about FBI directors after this! They seem to want to exceed their britches!

  11. The latest spending filing from Mueller’s team came in December 2018 and covered April 1, 2018, to September 30, 2018. In that period, the special counsel’s office spent roughly $4.6 million. About $2.9 million of that was on salary and benefits. The office also reported that $942,787 was spend on rent, communications, and utilities; about $580,000 on travel; and just over $300,000 on contractual services.

  12. It seems the Devil is alive and well.
    If God is for you, who can be against you.
    The truth will come out.
    Trump is not one of them. Thank God.
    Stand strong all Christians.
    Red, yellow, black, brown and white.
    Fight the evil or loose America.
    In Gods name I pray for our President Donald Trump!

  13. It appears that the Justice Department is not the department FOR justice. And I thought Lady Justice was blind to keep politics out of decisions. But in this case she apparently has one eye open that’s allowing politics to filter in and altering true justice.
    Just my opinion.

  14. This was an absolute “political dirty trick”, to make it look like Mueller actually had evidence (which he doesn’t) to indict and prosecute the President, but was held back by some silly technicality in the law, so now congress must finish the job and impeach him. Did he lie to the attorney general…of course he did, but now what chew gonna do, right? He muddied the waters just enough to supply grist for the commie press mill, who’ll express outrage over how the duly elected president that they hate…escaped their form of justice, so called. Now, the prosecution of Mueller and his involvement in secretly taking part in Hillary’s selling 20% of American uranium to Russia, will only look like revenge…it’s brilliant.

  15. Exactly how did President Trump supposedly obstruct justice? I’m still not clear on how saying “no collusion” is obstruction of justice. Even in a court of law you can plead not guilty, so how was this obstruction of justice? Maybe because he shamed do nothing Jeff Sessions into resigning. This is a dark hour for justice.

  16. The feeble, unintelligible, nervous and shaken Mueller read the report that came directly from Weinstein!!
    Any bets? I wish Vegas would run with the bet!

  17. Is Mueller saying that but for the obstruction of justice committed by the President, his two year effort could have been wrapped up in a matter of months? Is Mueller’s report lacking certain crucial information that Trump’s obstruction thwarted him from obtaining? If that were so, why did he conclude a half-baked report without obtaining the missing information? I think it is safe to say that is Mueller, with his sly bits of innuendo, that is guilty of obstruction of justice!

  18. Mueller’s statement was outrageously partisan and casts a huge shadow on what he preached to be his pristine reputation of non-bias. Mueller has not convinced us that he conducted the two-year case in an ethical or admirable manner. Quite the opposite. He leaves his career in ethical and moral shambles after such a display of unwarranted discrimination against our great President Trump and an inability to stand behind his report 100%. What judge vacillates so incredulously as this? American citizens need answers as to why Mueller approved such Gestapo tactics as violently barging into a citizen’s home with so little evidence of wrongdoing and giving solitary confinement for light offenses in this pseudo-investigation. America hates bullies.

  19. This was Mueller’s last chance to take an unethical move towards our country. He’s a piece of shit!!! Now you know from that response, all those high officials were siding with the democrats. He did this to keep the TURMOIL going on in our country. This was intentional what he did. And he also leaked stuff. Trumps people would not let him do the wrong things even though he wanted to. That’s is why people like me will vote Trump in 2020. I can never forgive Hillary and Obama for the healthcare they rolled out. Big Brother says we gotta have health insurance and if I decide not to, then they will penalize me big time. And these people on snap…they and all the illegals and so called low income….they are not ever going to help….why….they get all of their medical, dental, and eye care for almost nothing. Maybe a few bucks. This is why the low income people make more than the middle class like me. Because if you add all the freebies these people get, it adds up to more than a middle class person. This is not fair and the shit the Democrats are doing is so wrong. Taking care of others before they ever take care of our own….unless it the transgenders.

  20. Whether Muller realizes it or not, the parting comments he made will indeed kill his legacy. He had a chance to go into history as a unbiased prosecutor, but chose instead to have history record him as a partisan hack. For what, short term praise from the loony liberal left. What a fool.

  21. I do not have any evidence that Mueller is not a pedophile, but I also do not have proof that he is not one. I have no evidence that Pelosi embezzles from the government, but I have no proof that she does not steal and lie. I have no evidence that Rep.Nadler (D) tried to murder the President, but I do not have proof that he did not try. By Mueller’s reasoning in his statement, he and the other two should be in prison and forever reviled. I’m glad that we have a Constitution that prohibits such legal practice as that. The Democrats in Congress should realize that and get back to work on helping the country instead of playing tyrant and gaining as much for themselves as they can. One can only hope.

  22. We can’t just let this crocked scumbag Mueller think that he can just ride off into the sun set, NO NO NO, he is as crocked as Obama, the new AG, has to put country before friendship, I am willing to bet that if he is investigate, we will learn that 90% of that 400 page report is made up by Mueller to appease the demarcates, lets hope the AG will start with Mueller,

  23. Like most of the Justice Department personnel that were there before Trump, Mueller is a VERY HONORABLE man.

    Trump and Barr are both a walking, talking sack of shit.

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