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11/8/2018

Mueller Better Not Go After Trump’s Finances with His Lynch Mob, Says…This Fella

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 8:10 am

The fella, whose opinion piece was published at CNN in August 2017, sure thought Mueller needs to stay in line:

Last month, when President Donald Trump was asked by The New York Times if special counsel Robert Mueller would be crossing a line if he started investigating the finances of Trump and his family, the President said, “I think that’s a violation. Look, this is about Russia.”

The President is absolutely correct. Mueller has come up to a red line in the Russia 2016 election-meddling investigation that he is dangerously close to crossing.

According to a CNN article, Mueller’s investigators could be looking into financial records relating to the Trump Organization that are unrelated to the 2016 election. According to these reports, “sources described an investigation that has widened to focus on possible financial crimes, some unconnected to the 2016 election.” The piece goes on to cite law enforcement sources who say non-Russia-related leads that “involve Trump associates” are being referred to the special counsel “to encourage subjects of the investigation to cooperate.”

This information is deeply concerning to me. It does not take a lawyer or even a former federal prosecutor like myself to conclude that investigating Donald Trump’s finances or his family’s finances falls completely outside of the realm of his 2016 campaign and allegations that the campaign coordinated with the Russian government or anyone else. That goes beyond the scope of the appointment of the special counsel.

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If he were to continue to investigate the financial relationships without a broadened scope in his appointment, then this would raise serious concerns that the special counsel’s investigation was a mere witch hunt.

The author: one Matthew Whitaker. Here’s more Whitaker, touting a piece that recommends that Trump not cooperate with Mueller’s “lynch mob”:

From the piece:

For its part, the Trump people have hired a phalanx of high-priced lawyers. One of them, special counsel to the president Ty Cobb, has announced that “The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr. Mueller.”

I sure hope Ty was kidding. Cooperation with Mueller’s lynch mob is the last thing Trump or any of his people should do.

If the name Matthew Whitaker sounds familiar, it should. That’s who Donald Trump just named as acting Attorney General. He’s now in charge of the Mueller investigation.

Here he is saying there is no evidence of obstruction of justice or collusion — although he does praise Mueller in general, and state that perhaps Mueller has evidence he is not revealing — and admonishes Trump for seeming to find the secret Cohen tapes amusing:

Will Whitaker recuse himself from supervision of the investigation, having made these very public and very derisive comments about it? My firm prediction is: hell no. That’s why Trump put him there. He thought he had a loyalist in charge with Sessions, and felt betrayed when Sessions recused himself. He fired Comey for not being a loyalist. (Whitaker says Trump was right to fire Comey, by the way.) All that matters to Trump is having a loyalist in charge of this investigation.

Now he appears to have one.

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