We owe a lot to Judicial Watch. Remember, without them, Hillary’s sneaky private email server likely would never have come to light. And in these waning days (we hope) of the Mueller investigation, as witnesses start to fight back, lawyers associated with the watchdog group Judicial Watch continue to have their hands full. Founder Larry Klayman is representing conservative writer Jerome Corsi in his criminal and ethics complaint against Robert Mueller, while president Tom Fitton has been analyzing the case against Trump based on Mueller’s charges against sleazy ex-Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.
Judicial Watch also is suing the Justice Department for records of all meetings in 2016 between law firm Perkins Coie and former FBI general counsel James Baker, after the DOJ failed to respond to their Freedom of Information Act request last month. Recall that Perkins Coie, representing Hillary and the DNC, paid oppo research firm Fusion GPS, who paid British ex-spy Christopher Steele, who presumably paid...Russian informants, who made up sleazy stories. THERE’S your Russian collusion, right there. And Judicial Watch would like to know what the top lawyer for the FBI was doing meeting with the lawyers for Hillary and the DNC. Baker testified under oath, Fitton says, that they had a meeting “about Russia.”
Fitton theorizes that one reason it’s been so hard to find out about this REAL collusion is that the Mueller probe has actually benefitted from the collaboration of the DNC, Clinton campaign and Fusion GPS --- which, it has admitted, used Russian sources to dig up dirt on Trump that would be shared with the FBI and DOJ. He said early Tuesday morning on “FOX & Friends First” that it’s urgent for Trump to declassify the FISA application and the three renewals, as sources tell him that the currently redacted portions are even more scandalous than what we already know. Please do it, Mr. President, no matter what is there. We CAN handle the truth.
So, as we wait for former FBI Director James Comey’s testimony before Congress scheduled for Friday of this week, here’s a quick update on the Corsi and Cohen cases.
Corsi makes a very serious charge against Mueller –- that the special counsel team was trying to bully him into making a false statement to help complete his desired anti-Trump narrative. Last week I presented a detailed account of Corsi’s complaint, and thank goodness he has decided to move forward with the official complaint he was threatening to file. If Mueller’s team has treated him the way he describes, they don’t deserve to get away with it. In fact, they should be disbarred. Just throw a big fat disbarment party for the lot of them.
The complaint is a 78-page document stating that “Dr. Corsi has been criminally threatened and coerced to tell a lie and call it the truth.” It was sent to a number of top law enforcement officials, including new acting Attorney General Matt Whitaker, Inspector General Michael Horowitz, U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia Jessie Liu, and (yes) the Bar Disciplinary Counsel.
Recall that Mueller wanted Corsi to provide the link between the Trump campaign on the one hand and Roger Stone and Julian Assange of WikLeaks (the recipient of the hacked DNC emails) on the other. Corsi says that during questioning by members of the special counsel team, he forgot about one email from Stone about WikiLeaks that he had apparently forwarded. Nothing had come of that, but the 72-year-old Corsi’s failure to recall that one email –- out of the many thousands of emails that Mueller’s team had already dissected word by word –- was enough to get him charged with perjury and threatened with prison.
After he was allowed to refresh his memory, he amended his testimony, thinking that would take care of the problem, and the questioning resumed. But when it turned out he “couldn’t give them what they wanted,” they blew up at him and would no longer accept his amended testimony. (From what I understand, this is extremely unusual.) He was being threatened with prison once more. They wanted him to sign a plea agreement that admitted he willfully and deliberately lied, and he refused to sign because, he says, THAT would be a lie.
From Corsi’s email communications with Stone, Mueller apparently had assumed that he possessed inside information about the emails WikiLeaks had. (And he also seems to share the popular view, still denied by Assange, that WikiLeaks got those emails from Russia.) Corsi maintains that he just figured out that WikiLeaks had John Podesta’s hacked emails and was going to release them in an “October surprise.” Some analysts say he just couldn’t have predicted that without inside knowledge, but, in hindsight, given what we did know in July of that year, it doesn’t seem that farfetched to me to believe that he could and did.
Corsi continues to deny that he has ever had any contact with Julian Assange whatsoever. If this is true, as it seems to be, and Mueller’s team used the threat of prison to try to force him to swear to a lie, then they’re the ones who need to be under investigation.
As for Michael Cohen, Real Clear Investigations has an excellent breakdown of his case as it relates to President Trump, analyzing not so much what is in Mueller’s charging documents, but what is not in them. Congressional investigators and some prosecutors think that the plea deal offered to Cohen actually offers evidence that Trump did not collude with Russians during the 2016 election.
Consider what’s not in the nine-page charging document. Though Mueller mentions that Cohen tried to email Putin twice in January of 2016, he leaves out the fact that Cohen had no direct point of contact at the Kremlin and had used a general press mailbox. This would have been exculpatory; if there had been collusion, wouldn’t they have had some sort of secret back-channel? Of course, they would.
Also, Mueller does not dispute a quote from a letter Cohen sent the Senate which says that Trump “was never in contact with anyone about this [Moscow Project] proposal other than me.” This must have been found to be accurate, or else Mueller would not let it go unchallenged.
Mueller also does not question Cohen’s statement that he “ultimately determined that the proposal was not feasible and never agreed to make a trip to Russia.”
As for Tom Fitton, he had this to say: “Mueller seems desperate to confuse Americans by conflating the canceled and legitimate Russia business venture with the Russian collusion theory he was actually hired to investigate. This is a transparent attempt to embarrass the President. The plea deal is weak tea and I suspect, given Mueller’s track record, there’s even less here than meets the eye.”
Needless to say, according to Real Clear Investigations, the text of the plea deal and related documents filed with the court last week are being reported quite inaccurately by major news outlets, as they ignore the exculpatory aspects and hype their stories to be as damaging to Trump as possible. To quote good old Tevye from FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, “Why should today be different?”
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