BREAKING: Mueller Submits Completed Report to AG

UPDATE: So…now what? The Washington Post breaks down the next steps. The New York Times considers 6 key questions that need answers.

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Robert Mueller

As the Washington Post and every other news outlet on the planet is reporting:

Special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has submitted a confidential report to Attorney General William P. Barr, marking the end of his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible obstruction of justice by President Trump, a Justice Department spokeswoman said.

The Justice Department notified Congress late Friday that it had received Mueller’s report but did not describe its contents. Barr is expected to summarize the findings for lawmakers in coming days.

The submission of Mueller’s report marks the culmination of his closely held inquiry, a case that has engulfed the Trump administration since its inception and led to multiple guilty pleas from former advisers to the president. With the closing of his investigation, Congress and the newly empowered Democratic House majority will soon assess his findings – and determine what steps to take next.

We will update this post as more information becomes available.

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  1. Conserv. Head Banger says:

    Seen a few minutes ago on Yahoo! News Mueller comment thread.

    Donald J. Trump. The J stands for "Genius."

  2. Powerful PearPowerful Pear says:

    The Mueller Report is not a waste of time. Thanks to the Special Counsel, we know for a fact the FBI and the DOJ have been corrupted to the core. The media chose fake news to promote their own agenda which is apart from the goals of most Americans.

    Twenty five million dollars in cost, and 675 day investigation.

    The Nation will move on now.

    President Trump will move on.

    Democrats will not move on.

    Trump will be re-elected and Republicans will gain power.

    • Curmudgeon says:

      Okay, then, you have nothing to worry about.  Sit back and enjoy the rest of the year. 

       

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        Perhaps Roger can make that the center piece of his campaign against Jason Crow next year.

      • Powerful PearPowerful Pear says:

        Yes, I plan to enjoy all the next years. My happiness is not controlled by who is the President. For you Democrats you should continue to be upset, angry, bitter, depressed…….Donald Trump is and will continue to be President.

        • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

          No, I don't suppose locking children up in cages at the border bothers you much. Nor does nepotism and the building of a family autocracy for political power and profit matter much to you. nor the deliberate fomenting of hatred against particular races and religions.

          The intentional lowering of public discourse, so that newscasters have to disregard prohibitions on saying “shit” so that they may quote the President? Just fine and dandy with you.

          How about lying to veterans about a $6 million donation he had to make to avoid a debate? Then he didn’t make the donation until months later, when he was called on it. I would think that would bother you.

          You can ignore all of this in your blissful disregard of reality.

          We are truer patriots than you will ever be. Your years of military service were for ideals: democracy, free speech, equality of opportunity – that we defend now – but you do not.

        • VoyageurVoyageur says:

          He is a narcicisst, a crook and a buffoon.  Without doubt, the worst president ever.  And, yes, it shames me to present such an ugly face to the world.  But he will not be re-elected.

          Realist, I have two browsers, Silk on this Amazon Fire and Safari on Apple.  Both were generally fine till a few days ago.  Both now mostly fail since the latest WP update.

          i blame Trump ☺

    • Duke CoxDuke Cox says:

      Wishful thinking, that is. 

      This isn't the end…this is the beginning. How many others have simply been waiting for this moment? The shit storm is about to rain down on the T***p administration.

      The hounds are taking up positions outside every door of the Whitest House. Now begins the Fall of T***p.

      You might want to take an overseas vacation for the next few months. You aren't going to enjoy what is about to happen.

      By the way. T***ps' DOJ will be known in the future as the " Department of Jenius.

      HT to my cat…😉

    • JohnInDenverJohnInDenver says:

      Can't measure an enterprise solely by what it costs, right Powerful Pear?

      So, you'll need to factor in the forfeitures, taxes that were once evaded but now will be collected, penalties, court-ordered restitution, and fines.  Manafort alone is coughing up $21 million in forfeiture, $6 million (and perhaps up to $24 million) in back taxes and penalties, sending money to banks who were defrauded, and $50,000 in fines.  He'll also be paying for his post-incarceration supervision, as I understand the system. 

    • Diogenesdemar says:

      Ever stop to consider how many Mueller reports it would take to uselessly piss away $5.9B, or maybe even the money lost to the economy by any of your orange-ego ass’s negligent and ill-conceived tantrums?  Not bothered by any of that, though.

      . . . crissakes, $25M won’t even pay for the plumbing fixtures in Putin’s penthouse.

      Hell, if the juvenile miscreant would just pay his taxes, he could personally fund multiple Mueller reports every year, and still leave a surplus?!?

      Stick with your ABCs for now, simpleton — you can start working on math and counting when you get ever accepted into Fluffy’s second-grade class . . .

       

    • MADCO says:

      " G.W. Bush administration "lost" 22 million official e-mails sent and received via private servers between the years 2003 and 2005. "

      "… an attorney for Jared Kushner told him in December that the president’s son-in-law uses the encrypted messaging application WhatsApp for official business, including with people overseas. "

      "… Ivanka Trump has also been using private email to conduct government business. … back in October 2017, we learned Jared, Stephen Bannon, Reince Priebus, Gary Cohn, and Stephen Miller had all used private emails for government work. "

      Ken Starr investigation – Whitewater to Lewinsky  – over 4 years. Nada.
      Ken Starr, covers up Baylor sex crimes scandal.

      Yeah- the whole DOJ needs a new way of looking at things.

      "Obama then reminded the audience that 'not only did I not get indicted, nobody in my administration got indicted. By the way, it was the only administration in modern history that that can be said about. In fact, nobody came close to being indicted, probably because the people who joined us were there for the right reasons.' "

      • Conserv. Head Banger says:

        May have to get back to referring to Powerful Pear as Passionate Prune. How does he know what is in the Mueller report when the only person to see it is A.G. Barr?

        I don't think the nation will be moving on just yet, no matter what the Mueller report might say. Supposedly, the grand jury still has sealed indictments. Other federal districts had material referred to them by Mueller. And then there are state & local cases in NY, partially referenced by Repeal & Replace. Several states also are pursuing a suit against Trump for violations of the emoluments clause of the Constitution.

        There are growing signs of a possible economic recession beginning later this year, just in time for Trump's re-election kick-off. If Trump was really smart, which he isn't, he'd take the money and run while the going's good. Let Pence run for president during a recession, if one happens.

        • DavieDavie says:

          As Pitiful Pair can tell you, *rump is totally innocent and pure as the driven snow!  He's just a victim of really bad luck that his associates have been indicted, some already convicted or plead guilty to felonies, dozens of senior staff and cabinet members resigned or fired in disgrace.

          You've heard of coincidences, haven't you?  That explains everything!

          And the only reason Ken Starr’s $80 million 4 1/2 year Whitewater investigation came away empty-handed was because he was actually a Democrat mole who took a huge payoff to just walk away, right Pair?

  3. Diogenesdemar says:

    [Replying to CHB question above: . . .]

    Well, that’s one . . .

    . . . then there’s, to name some of the more easily recollected:  the shutdown, Nafta, TPP, Obamacare, the Paris Accord, Comey, Sessions, NATO, immigration, troops to the border to repel the “caravan”, nearly every environmental issue, military parades, . . .

    . . . and that’s not even beginning to calculate the cost he creates by having to investigate and examine his constant crimes, misbehaviors, mismanagement, and graft . . .   

    . . . pretty much eveything the toddler does during his waking hours other than gaze lovingly in the mirror or FOX (but, that’s being redundant), and stuff hamberders into his pouty maw.

     

    (Alva, these reply problems are really kinda’ beyond ridiculous; maybe one out of ten to twenty reply attempts actually bring up a functioning “reply” box . . .)

  4. mamajama55mamajama55 says:

    Never give Up the Fight….

     

    This goes out to Congress, all of the other courts and committees investigating the DJT criminal / treason enterprise.

     

    Fear is the enemy

  5. ParkHill says:

    Trump is so compromised that he really has no possible exit. If he was smart, he'd resign and get Pence to pardon him, but his ego and narcissism won't let him. Removal from office will come via 2020 election unless the Republican Party decides to dump him before then. 60 votes in the Senate means that The Democratic Party has no real power in the matter.

    "The Mueller Report" doesn't and can't change that equation. Fortunately, Mueller has been producing an "actionable" report as he goes, by referring criminal charges into the court system. We've already seen convictions against a number of Republican Party and Trump associates.

    The Mueller investigation is also seeding, fertilizing and watering criminal cases moving forward against Trump organizations and personnel in State courts. These cases are pardon proof, and the Republican Party is unable to shut them down. 

    I think some of this might be intentional on Mueller's part: separate Trump’s criminality from Russian interference in the election. If the report does not charge Trump personally with collusion, self-preservation might lead him to throw everybody else to the wolves. That would be totally in character.

    In chess, that's called a fork, right?

    • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

      +10 for the chess metaphor, ParkHill. And spot-on analysis, I think.

    • ParkHill says:

      Here's Marcy Wheeler:

      All that said, we can anticipate a great deal of what the Mueller report will say by unpacking the lies Trump’s aides told to hide various ties to Russia: The report will show:

      • Trump pursued a ridiculously lucrative $300 million real estate deal even though the deal would use sanctioned banks, involve a former GRU officer as a broker, and require Putin’s personal involvement at least through July 2016.
      • The Russians chose to alert the campaign that they planned to dump Hillary emails, again packaging it with the promise of a meeting with Putin.
      • After the Russians had offered those emails and at a time when the family was pursuing that $300 million real estate deal, Don Jr took a meeting offering dirt on Hillary Clinton as “part of Russia and its government’s support for Mr. Trump.” At the end (per the sworn testimony of four people at the meeting) he said his father would revisit Magnitsky sanctions relief if he won. Contrary to the claim made in a statement authored by Trump, there was some effort to follow up on Jr’s assurances after the election.
      • The campaign asked rat-fucker Roger Stone to optimize the WikiLeaks releases and according to Jerome Corsi he had some success doing so.
      • In what Andrew Weissmann called a win-win (presumably meaning it could help Trump’s campaign or lead to a future business gig for him), Manafort provided Konstantin Kilimnik with polling data that got shared with Ukrainian and Russian oligarchs. At the same meeting, he discussed a “peace” plan for Ukraine that would amount to sanctions relief.
      • Trump undercut Obama’s response to the Russian hacks in December 2016, in part because he believed retaliation for the hacks devalued his victory. Either for that reason, to pay off Russia, and/or to pursue his preferred policy, Trump tried to mitigate any sanctions, an attempt that has (with the notable exception of those targeting Oleg Deripaska) been thwarted by Congress.

      We know all of these things — save the Stone optimization detail, which will be litigated at trial unless Trump pardons him first — to be true, either because Trump’s aides and others have already sworn they are true, and/or because we’ve seen documentary evidence proving it.

    • ParkHill says:

      Here's a question:

      If the Mueller report doesn't target Trump personally, is there any justification for preventing Congress from seeing it?

    • VoyageurVoyageur says:

      So, you're saying Trump is forked?

  6. The realistThe realist says:

    I keep thinking about AG Barr this weekend. He's reading very rich material, and is perhaps stunned repeatedly by what he's learning. Secondary to that are the wheels in his mind working overtime to try to figure out how to bury a whole lot of what he's learning. We simply don't know, but it's possible that the Russia thread is naming some number of members of Congress, particularly in the "follow the money" chapter (hey, NRA, are you a little nervous this weekend?). 

    I still firmly believe it will see the light of day – sooner or later.

    • DavieDavie says:

      I wonder how many mentions in Mueller's report will refer to "Unindicted co-conspirator_1"?

    • mamajama55mamajama55 says:

      The AG wrote a letter in response to Mueller's report. It's on Scribd, uploaded by PBS Newshour, and it's ….deeply unsatisfying.

      Some tidbits:

      Under the Russian interference heading:

      The Special Counsel did not find that the Trump campaign, or anyone associated with it, conspired or coordinated with the Russian government in these efforts, despite multiple offers from Russian-affiliated individuals to assist the Trump campaign.

      Under the Obstruction of Justice heading:

      The Special Counsel did not draw a conclusion – one way or the other – as to whether the examined conduct constituted obstruction. ….While this report does not conclude that the President committed a crime, it also does not exonerate him.-  (emphasis mine)

      AG Barr concludes by saying that he hasn't decided how much of the report to release to Congress and to the public, because some of it is grand jury sealed. I don't think that Chairmen Nadler or Cummings are going to be satisfied with that. 

       

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