- President Donald Trump attacked the leadership of the FBI and Justice Department on Twitter on Friday morning.
- He said they had “politicized the sacred investigative process in favor of Democrats.”
- Trump has been attacking key figures in investigations into whether his campaign colluded with Russia or whether he obstructed justice during the first investigation.
When we learned at the end of October that two former Trump campaign officials, Paul Manafort and Rick Gates, had been indicted and a third, George Papadopoulos, had cut a plea deal, it was widely interpreted as a signal from Special Counsel Robert Mueller to other potential witnesses.
“Oh man, they couldn’t have sent a message any clearer if they’d rented a revolving neon sign in Times Square,’’ Patrick Cotter, a white-collar defense lawyer, told the Washington Post at the time. “And the message isn’t just about Manafort. It’s a message to the next five guys they talk to. And the message is: ‘We are coming, and we are not playing, and we are not bluffing.’’’
It appears they heard Mueller, loud and clear. About a month later, former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI as part of a deal to cooperate with the special counsel. Now the New York Times reports that yet danother former Trump staffer is ready to sing: Mark Corallo, who served as a spokesman for Trump’s legal team before resigning in July.
The F.B.I. clashed publicly with President Trump for the first time on Wednesday, condemning a push by House Republicans to release a secret memo that purports to show how the bureau and the Justice Department abused their authority to obtain a warrant to spy on a former Trump campaign adviser.
“The F.B.I. was provided a limited opportunity to review this memo the day before the committee voted to release it,” the bureau said in a statement, referring to the House Intelligence Committee. “As expressed during our initial review, we have grave concerns about material omissions of fact that fundamentally impact the memo’s accuracy.”
The high-profile comment by the F.B.I. thrust Christopher A. Wray, the bureau’s director, into a confrontation with the president, who had abruptly fired Mr. Wray’s predecessor, James B. Comey. Mr. Wray had pleaded in recent days at the White House to keep the document private.
Former FBI Director James Comey has been questioned by the special prosecutor probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, it has been reported.
Mr Comey, who was fired in May 2017 as Donald Trump became increasingly frustrated by the FBI’s own investigation into possible links to Moscow, was said to have been questioned about a series of memos he kept in which he detailed interactions with the President that “unnerved him”.
In one such memo, which Mr Comey subsequently testified about on Capitol Hill, he noted that Mr Trump had asked him to drop the FBI investigation into former former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
- Attorney General Jeff Sessions was questioned by special counsel Robert Mueller’s office for several hours last week, according to The New York Times.
- This makes Sessions the first sitting cabinet member in President Donald Trump’s administration to be interviewed in Mueller’s Russia probe.
- Sessions is a key figure due to his contacts with a Russian ambassador during the campaign, his role in the firing of former FBI director James Comey, and his presence at the meeting at which a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser pitched a meeting between Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
One option leads to a potentially bleak future.
- Former Clinton campaign lawyer Marc Elias has been revealed to have paid for the ‘dirty dossier’ on Donald Trump
- Campaign lawyer Marc Elias hired research firm Fusion GPS back in April 2016
- The firm had earlier gathered opposition material for an unknown GOP client
- Clinton’s lawyer and his law firm Perkins Coie continued to fund the research until days before last year’s election
- Former Clinton spokesman Brian Fallon said the degree of what Clinton knew is ‘beyond my knowledge’
- He said he hadn’t spoken with Clinton about it
- Said Clinton ‘may or may not have’ been aware of level of detail that the campaign lawyer hired political intelligence firm Fusion GPS