Saturday, January 27, 2018

Bombshells Du Jour: Trump Initiated Efforts To Discredit FBI Leaders; Rosenstein Next?

Following the revelation that un- indicted co- conspirator Donald "Rump" Trump tried to fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller back in June 2017, we're learning from Murray Waas at Foreign that at the same time he was leading an effort to discredit high- ranking FBI officials who could corroborate former FBI Director James Comey's testimony that Rump tried to improperly influence him to end the Mueller investigation:
President Donald Trump pressed senior aides last June to devise and carry out a campaign to discredit senior FBI officials after learning that those specific employees were likely to be witnesses against him as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation, according to two people directly familiar with the matter.  
In testimony to the Senate Intelligence Committee on June 8, recently fired FBI Director James Comey disclosed that he spoke contemporaneously with other senior bureau officials about potentially improper efforts by the president to curtail the FBI’s investigation of alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to interfere in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.  [snip] 
The FBI officials Trump has targeted are Andrew McCabe, the current deputy FBI director and who was briefly acting FBI director after Comey’s firing; Jim Rybicki, Comey’s chief of staff and senior counselor; and James Baker, formerly the FBI’s general counsel. Those same three officials were first identified as possible corroborating witnesses for Comey in a June 7 article in Vox. Comey confirmed in congressional testimony the following day that he confided in the three men.  (our emphasis)
Again, we only play attorneys on this blog, but that sounds an awful lot like conspiracy to obstruct justice.

Also:  "... according to two people directly familiar with the matter."  Those would be corroborating witnesses in the White (Supremacist) House (approximately 20 of those staff have now been interviewed by Mueller's team), not the besmirched FBI/ Mueller team. The specter of Michael Flynn and his indictment for lying to the FBI is obviously weighing heavily in the minds of some of these Trumpkins (=cough= Don McGahn =cough=) who are paranoid about who's telling what to whom and don't want to be caught in a lie that can result in serious jail time.

There's also word that Mueller's supervisor at the Justice Department, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, is the object of Rump's ire:
Months after his reported effort to fire special counsel Robert Mueller, President Donald Trump is still fuming over the Russia investigation and has Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in his crosshairs. 
The President has been venting about Rosenstein -- who oversees Mueller and the special counsel investigation -- in recent weeks, according to four sources familiar with the situation. At times, Trump even gripes about wanting Rosenstein removed, two of those sources said. One source said the President makes comments like "let's fire him, let's get rid of him" before his advisers convince him it's an ill-fated idea
Ignorant narcissist Rump, who has so far succeeded in life without regard for the laws or customs that the rest of us are bound by, can only be controlled for so long.  When he sees the indictments starting to fly over the transoms in the White (Supremacist) House, he will go for what he will perceive to be his only option for survival: shut down the investigation and dare anyone to stand up to him. He's already had at least one dry run; next time, he won't be deterred -- mark those words.

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