Every time Trump puts his foot in his mouth his supporters urge us to let Trump be Trump. Now it seems only fair that those same people should shut up and let special counsel Robert Mueller do his job.

After all, judging from the alarmed squawking emanating from the Republican side of the aisle, Mueller is getting very close to uncovering important information about the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia.

For those of you with short memories, a quick recap is in order. Recall that the CIA, FBI, NSA and Director of National Intelligence unanimously concluded Russia interfered with the 2016 election.

Trump fired FBI director James Comey, who was investigating potential connections between Russia and the Trump campaign especially the former Trump national security director, Michael “lock her up” Flynn.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from investigations of the Trump campaign after failing to disclose his meetings during the campaign with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Assistant Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Mueller as special counsel stating “the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command.”

So far Mueller’s investigation has resulted in criminal indictments of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman and Manafort’s deputy, Rick Gates. Former Trump campaign foreign policy advisor George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contacts with foreign nationals with connections to Russia. In December, Flynn also pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

Anybody who knows anything about federal criminal prosecutions knows Mueller let Flynn plead to the felony of lying to the FBI because he has evidence Flynn committed much worse crimes. What is not known is who might be implicated in those crimes and that uncertainty is setting off alarms within the Trump family and its allies in Congress.

As a result, Republican attacks on Mueller have ramped up. Top investigator Peter Strzok was removed for criticizing Trump in personal text messages. Mueller was accused of improperly obtaining emails from Trump’s transition team even though the emails came from the Federal General Services Administration, which allowed Trump’s team to use its facilities during the transition.

Comically, Ken Starr, the Republican independent counsel who investigated Democratic President Clinton for more than four years, criticized fellow Republican Mueller for exhibiting “anti-Trump bias” in this investigation. Dangerously, Republican Congressman Francis Rooney called for a “purge” of the Department of Justice and FBI.

As some Republicans wig out about Mueller’s investigation I have a suggestion. Let Mueller be Mueller. He is a Marine who earned a bronze star and Purple Heart then served approximately 20 years as a U.S. attorney and 12 years as FBI director.

He has a well-earned reputation for doing the right thing and he might just exonerate the president and get to the bottom of the Russian attack on our election. That would be a rare win-win for both the GOP and the country.

Neil G. Baron, an attorney and former League City Councilman, is writing columns from a progressive perspective.

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Doyle Beard

One would really have to be naïve not to believe what Neil truly wants.

Carlos Ponce

"Mueller is getting very close to uncovering important information about the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia."
No, that's not what's happening Neil. So quit salivating and wringing your hands in joy every time the FAKE news media reveals an "undisclosed source" saying such. It's all made up.
"He has a well-earned reputation for doing the right thing and he might just exonerate the president and get to the bottom of the Russian attack on our election."
At least Neil acknowledges Trump will be exonerated. Backtracking so he won't look like a complete fool?

Kelly Naschke

Too late for that....

Jim Forsythe

"At least Neil acknowledges Trump will be exonerated." Neil said no such thing. What he said  was might, which is a long way to saying he will," He has a well-earned reputation for doing the right thing and he MIGHT just exonerate the president and get to the bottom of the Russian attack on our election" 

Carlos Ponce

Jim, given all the evidence against Trump, which is ZERO, for Neil that's as close as he's going to get to say the president will be exonerated.Can't wait for that day to come when all you Trump haters will have to eat crow. [beam]

Jim Forsythe

When someone tries to change what someone  say's, when it is in the text above , is just wrong.
As far as no evidence, you have no idea what Mueller has. As Steve said , wait and see.

George Papadopoulos seams to have info, that Mueller wants.
Mueller is getting very close to uncovering important information about the Trump campaign’s connections to Russia.
The FBI's investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow was not prompted by a dossier compiled by a former British spy, but by campaign foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos boasting to a top Australian diplomat about Russia's dirt on then Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton

Two have pleaded guilty, and you do not plead guilty, if you are not.  Lying to federal investigators is not nothing.
Papadopoulos was arrested in July and his guilty plea suggests he is cooperating with investigators. Three other former campaign or administration officials have also been charged so far: former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, former campaign adviser and Manafort associate Rick Gates, and former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Manafort and Gates pleaded not guilty in October after being charged with 12 counts related to money laundering, tax fraud, and conspiracy against the US. Flynn pleaded guilty earlier  to one count of lying to federal investigators about his contacts with Russians and is likely cooperating with Mueller's team.

PD Hyatt

Carlos you know that the left hate it when you inject facts into the picture.... All they have is pipe dreams that they can crucify Trump to the point that they can call on crooked Hillary to come save them....

Carlos Ponce

"As far as no evidence, you have no idea what Mueller has."
But Jim Forsythe says he knows. When you see what they have produced WHICH HAS ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, NOTHING, NOTHING TO DO WITH THE CAMPAIGN you know what they have-ZERO, ZIP, NADA. Getting Paul Mannafort on questionable tax evasion? Come on, anybody with a brain can see what's really going on. What's next - thumb screws?

Jim Forsythe

As far as no evidence, you have no idea what Mueller has."
What is known
Two have pleaded guilty, in return for telling what they know. The charges can be upgraded. 
Punishment will be given, after all the information is extracted from them.

Flynn pleaded guilty earlier to one count of lying to federal investigators about his contacts with Russians

In October, Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to making a false statement to the FBI "about the timing, extent and nature of his relationships and interactions with certain foreign nationals whom he understood to have close connections with senior Russian government officials," according to court filings.
George Papadopoulos told an Australian diplomat that Russia had "political dirt" on Hillary Clinton in May of last year, a conversation that might have played a role in the FBI's decision to open an investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election

That the investigation is still happening.

By this time next year we will know more.

"anybody with a brain can see what's really going on.'
In the past, others have said, nothing to see here.
In April 1973 Richard Nixon stated that he had not known anything about the break-in nor had he anything to do with covering it up. A Senate committee started to investigate the issue and the White House named a special prosecutor to head it.

Carlos Ponce

"Two have pleaded guilty, in return for telling what they know. The charges can be upgraded."
Is that ALL you got? Why did Trump fire Flynn? Because he did not tell Pence the entire story. Flynn had also "lied " to the FBI. It's called a PROCESS CRIME. If that's ALL they've got, they've got NOTHING. A slap on the wrist with a wet noodle. UPGRADE: TWO slaps on the wrist wet a wet noodle. It's a BIG NOTHING!!!
Same thing with the other guy.
Jim, they're just pulling your chain. It's NOTHING!

Jim Forsythe

Five (5) years imprisonment is not "A slap on the wrist with a wet noodle" At 58 going on 59, most do not want to spend time in prison.
The U.S. Criminal Code (title 18, section 1001) provides that knowingly falsifying  or concealing a material fact is a felony which may result in fines and/or up to five (5) years imprisonment
In all probability, there are other penalties: possible loss of his military pension, and repercussions for Flynn, Jr.

U.S. District Judge Rudolph Contreras said the retired three-star Army general had agreed to provide "substantial assistance for prosecution of another person," giving special counsel Robert S. Mueller III a critical leg up as he pursues the case.

A great deal has come to light about Flynn's potential legal liabilities. But almost nothing of these many liabilities is mentioned in the plea agreement. So what does their conspicuous absence from the plea agreement mean?
It means that the plea agreement provides Flynn with ZERO protection against later prosecution for his many transgressions that we already know about. It means that Flynn, Junior also remains unshielded against possible future prosecution for his own part in those transgressions. Mueller is holding all of this over Flynn's head, a veritable Sword of Damocles, should Flynn ever have second thoughts about full and complete cooperation. So expect Flynn, and Flynn, Jr., to share their full and complete knowledge of everything.
Mueller knows there is a chance of a Trump pardon or that Trump could try to fire him to stop everything. But under dual sovereignty, the state can pick up the charge.BUT, they cannot use the same evidence.
That is why Mueller goes light on charges when he has a plea deal. Like Flynn and Papadopolus. Trump can offer no pardon for a state crime. This Muellers insurance that these people will still be prosecuted even if something happens to him. He has them boxed in. Muellers team has been seen in NY and DC state offices. Mueller is ten steps ahead.

Carlos Ponce

Your keyword is "KNOWINGLY". Try to prove that in a court.[whistling]

Jim Forsythe

"Your keyword is "KNOWINGLY". Try to prove that in a court"
That part is done, as he Pleaded Guilty , just the sentencing left. 

"Michael Flynn Pleads Guilty to Lying to the F.B.I. and Will Cooperate With Russia Inquiry"

Carlos Ponce

By pleading guilty as his counsel suggested it would mean no punishment of any consequence.
What did he plead "guilty" to? He failed to disclose he had a conversation with Russians concerning sanctions as directed by the President -Elect. Was the conversation illegal? No, it is permitted under the Presidential Transition Act of 1963.

Jim Forsythe

"By pleading guilty as his counsel suggested it would mean no punishment of any consequence." No, it means that Flynn will do what Mueller wants him to, if not, more charges will follow.
He still can be sentenced to 5 years on the changes, he plead guilty to. 

Mr. Mueller’s team, as is standard prosecutorial practice, presented Mr. Flynn with that list and helped him understand that his life as he knew it had ended
Mr. Flynn has just become the prosecution’s star witness. Mr. Flynn’s plea on Friday concerned just one crime. The other charges that prosecutors threatened him with continue to hang over him. Mr. Flynn will not receive credit for his cooperation until after it has ended, at which point Mr. Mueller may — if Mr. Flynn has held up his end of the bargain — move to dismiss the other charges. In the interim, Mr. Flynn has to do anything Mr. Mueller’s team requests.. 
It seems Mr. Trump himself directed Mr. Flynn to make contact with the Russians.If Mr. Flynn testifies to this — ABC’s Brian Ross is reporting that he will — it presents another impeachable offense along with the possible obstruction of justice.

Carlos Ponce

"By pleading guilty as his counsel suggested it would mean no punishment of any consequence." That was the advice from his attorney. They call it "plea bargaining".

Carlos Ponce

"It seems Mr. Trump himself directed Mr. Flynn to make contact with the Russians.If Mr. Flynn testifies to this — ABC’s Brian Ross is reporting that he will — it presents another impeachable offense along with the possible obstruction of justice.
WRONG, WRONG, WRONG. Did you BOTHER to check the Presidential Transition Act of 1963? It is permitted.
Brian Ross - isn't he he goober who reported FAKE NEWS that ABC NEWS had to backtrack on??????? If you rely on Brian Ross for your information, double check what he says with the LAW.

Jim Forsythe

 "plea bargaining".
Typically, when you have a defendant target (like Flynn) who you have been investigating and you charge them with one count of false statements — not only are they cooperating — they are providing significant information,”. “The lesser charge would not come out very hard. He must have given something substantial for the government to agree to it.”.
Plea deals usually involve the waiver of other possible charges in exchange for cooperation. Flynn is a "matinee" defendant. There is little reason for prosecutors to cut a deal unless they believe that the case would be hard to prove or, more likely, the defendant has deliverables to offer the prosecution.
If Flynn stop's cooperating ,the charges will go up to the max, on several counts

Flynn puts the special counsel's investigation right next to the president in terms of a secured criminal plea.The lie told by Flynn occurred on Jan. 24, four days after the start of the Trump administration. This was not some casual conversation. Flynn clearly knew the risks of lying in an unfolding scandal over Russian contacts.

The ugly context of the Flynn plea is also the direct work of President Trump himself. It is doubtful that there would have been any special counsel investigation had Trump not fired former FBI Director James Comey when he did. Moreover, the investigation has been fueled by Trump's ill-considered and inappropriate statement to Comey that "I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go." The pressure on Comey resulted in his creating the now famous memos sitting in Robert Mueller's office. To make matters worse, Trump pressured cabinet members and,  ranking members of Congress to force an end to the Russian investigation.
Trump made the situation far worse for Flynn and himself with these overtures. He created the very narrative to be used against him in the event of a plea of this kind. It is now fair game for people to ask if Flynn lied to cover up more than an awkward meeting and whether Trump's unprecedented efforts on Flynn's behalf reflect deeper concerns over information in Flynn's possession.


Carlos Ponce

"There is little reason for prosecutors to cut a deal unless they believe that the case would be hard to prove or, more likely, the defendant has deliverables to offer the prosecution. "
The former, not he latter. After spending all this time and money they had to produce SOMETHING, even if it has NOTHING to do do with the original intent of the investigation.

Jim Forsythe

"I don't think it's in the best interest of our nation for any external entity to attempt to manipulate outcomes, to shape choices. That should be the inherent role of a democracy. The investigation we're going through, I think, is a positive in the sense it'll help illuminate to all of us, regardless of party, what are the implications here and what does it mean for us, because I think our conclusion, and that of the intelligence community broadly here, is this — absent some change, this behavior is not likely to stop. Absent some change in the dynamic, this is not likely to be the last time we'll be having these discussions about this kind of activity, and I don't think that's in anybody's best interests for us as a nation." 
  Adm. Mike Rogers, the director of the National Security Agency and head of U.S. Cyber Command 

"the defendant has deliverables to offer the prosecution" Flynn is delivering. 
"After spending all this time and money they had to produce SOMETHING" What Mueller has produced, is 2 men that have pleaded guilty and two that have been charged, so far. What else will come out, we will have to wait and see.

Next up!
When Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in December, court documents stated that “a very senior member of the Presidential Transition Team” had “directed Flynn” during the transition period to “influence those governments to delay the vote or defeat the resolution." 

Cost.
It is not clear how much the White House has spent on the president’s frequent weekend getaways, but estimates range from about $1m to $3m per weekend.
Former federal prosecutor Ken Starr took six years and spent more than $70 million looking into former President Bill Clinton and first lady Hillary Clinton’s real estate holdings in Whitewater and other dealings

Since his appointment almost seven months ago, Special Counsel Robert Mueller the cost is a little over  $5 million  as they probe Russia’s meddling in last year’s presidential election and alleged  collusion with Donald Trump’s campaign to claim the White House.

Add the cost that would have been spent anyway ,and the total is about 6.7 Million.
The cost of the investigation is significantly higher – a total of $6.7m in that same period – when other expenses that are related to the investigation that were paid for by the DoJ directly were taken into account.
The office said those expenses would have been paid as part of the federal investigation into the possible Russia conspiracy regardless of whether or not the special counsel was involved. The special counsel office was set up in the wake of the firing of James Comey, the FBI director, by the White House

It is money well spent. If the investigation had not happen, Trump would have had a millstone around his neck, for the rest of his time in office. If he is found to have done impeachable offence's , will it be party over country?   

Carlos Ponce

"When Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in December, court documents stated that 'a very senior member of the Presidential Transition Team' had 'directed Flynn' during the transition period to “influence those governments to delay the vote or defeat the resolution."
Illegal? An Emphatic NO!
It follows the Presidential Transition Act of 1963. Nothing wrong or illegal here since it occurred in December 2016 following Trump's win of the presidency.
An impeachable offense? No. Only partisan idiots think so.
And Ross of ABC News is still on hiatus.[rolleyes][rolleyes][rolleyes][rolleyes][rolleyes][rolleyes][rolleyes][rolleyes][rolleyes][rolleyes][rolleyes][rolleyes][rolleyes][rolleyes][rolleyes][rolleyes][rolleyes][rolleyes]

Jim Forsythe

We will find out the results in short order. Until then, we will have to wait and see.
Flynn is naming names.
President Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty on Friday to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian officials — communications that were discussed with “a very senior member” of Trump’s transition team.
A “very senior official of the Presidential Transition Team,” reported to be Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner, directed Flynn to “influence those governments to delay the vote or defeat the resolution,” he told Mueller’s team, according to court documents.
It has been  reported  that Flynn is prepared to tell Mueller’s team that Trump instructed him to make contact with Russia.

I asked you Carlos, a direct question, If he (Trump) is found to have done impeachable offence's , will it be party over country?

Carlos Ponce

Dream on, Jim.
"I asked you Carlos, a direct question, If he (Trump) is found to have done impeachable offence's , will it be party over country?"
I'm giving that question all the attention it is due - NONE! He has done nothing impeachable. Get over it. Trump is and will continue to be President of the United States. You are asking one of those "Have you stopped beating your wife" questions.
Have your psychiatrist check you out for Trump Derangement Syndrome.

Jim Forsythe

"I asked you Carlos, a direct question, If he (Trump) is found to have done impeachable offence's , will it be party over country?"
Not that he had , but if he had what is your opinion? This question is not about Trump , but about the Senate. Would they vote for impeachment, or hold parties lines? I know you are a "a very stable genius" ,so what is your take?
As the results from the Mueller investigation is not in, we do not know what the results may be.
Small minds, make up conditions to try and insult and make themselves feel better about themselves.


Carlos Ponce

I'll make it plain so that even Jim gets it:
There is no collusion between Team Trump and Russia.
There is NO CASE for impeachment.
There is a case that involves collusion between Hillary, The DNC and Russia. Ask me about reality, not your pathetic fantasies.

Jim Forsythe

If he (Trump) is found to have done impeachable offence's , will it be party over country?"
Not that he had , but if he had what is your opinion? This question is not about Trump , but about the Senate. Would they vote for impeachment, or hold parties lines? 

Many charges beside collusion, would be a impeachable offence.
Defense lawyers involved in the case view Mueller's latest push as a sign that investigators are focusing on possible obstruction of justice by Trump and several of his closest advisers for their statements about the politically sensitive meeting, rather than for collusion with the Russians.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has recalled for questioning at least one participant in a controversial meeting with a Kremlin-connected Russian lawyer at Trump Tower in June 2016, and is looking into President Donald Trump's misleading claim last year that the discussion focused on adoption, rather than an offer to provide damaging information about Hillary Clinton.

Mueller's team is trying to determine if Trump and others involved in drafting the language aboard Air Force One knew it was inaccurate and whether it was aimed at deceiving federal investigators looking into whether the Trump campaign actively assisted a Russian intelligence operation aimed at interfering in the U.S. campaign
In August, Trump Jr. released a chain of emails that showed he had agreed to the meeting not to talk about adoptions, but because the music promoter, Rob Goldstone, had assured him that the Russian lawyer had "official documents and information" that would "incriminate" Clinton, "and be very useful to your father."
Goldstone wrote that the damaging information on Clinton was "part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump."
"If it's what you say, I love it," Trump Jr. replied.

Jim Forsythe

Obstruction of justice, can  be a charge against a President. It has been used in the past.
It was part of the layers of charges, against Nixon.  
On Saturday, July 27, the House Judiciary Committee approved its first article of impeachment charging President Nixon with obstruction of justice. Six of the Committee's 17 Republicans joined all 21 Democrats in voting for the article. The following Monday the Committee approved its second article charging Nixon with abuse of power. The next day, the third and final article, contempt of Congress, was approved.
The impeachment process of Bill Clinton was initiated by the House of Representatives on December 19, 1998, against Bill Clinton, the 42nd President of the United States, on two charges, one of perjury and one of obstruction of justice.

Jarvis Buckley

So now Neil , feels like he can tell us just to shut up . What a jerk.

micheal moore

This is BS; to those of us who pay attention, Mueller has the reputation of Bumbling Bob. Take a look at how horribly he incorrectly pre-judged the Anthrax investigation and essentially framed the wrong guy for a crime he had nothing to do with. Fortunately, like Trump, that wrongly accused individual fought back, and the federal government ended up paying out a $6 million settlement. Only in the childish minds of “progressives” like Neil would “Bumbling Bob” be considered above reproach. “Bumbling Bob’s” performance in the Anthrax investigation should have ended his career as a government lawyer, but sadly thr DC/“progressive” cabal does not care about competence in the least.

Kelly Naschke

This just in....the New York Times reports that long time Clinton donor paid half a MILLION dollars trying to find women that would accuse Trump of sexual harassment. Let’s have your comments about THAT Mr Boron......

micheal moore

Here is some informed and objective perspective on Bumbling Bob Mueller’s actual record as a government lawyer....

http://www.latimes.com/politics/la-na-pol-mueller-record-20171122-story.html

Mike Meador

Neil Baron......attorney......"Fake news".

PD Hyatt

Just one more progressive liberal spewing forth fake news that the progressives desperately want to be true even though deep down in their hearts they know what they spew forth is nothing more than lies, lies and more dang lies.... Of course that is the only thing going for the demon-crats and their lap dog fake news groups is lies and that is because they would not recognize the truth if it hit they over the head!

Steve Fouga

With the Mueller Investigation, as with the GOP's tax bill, as with the economy, my approach is to wait and see. It's a long game.

Jim Forsythe

Steve, I forgot about this song ,by Ten Years After - I'm Going Home(Live)  Check out Alvin Lee -- guitar 
I forgot how good Alvin Lee was..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bW5M5xljdCI

If you like guitar work ,Jonny Winter's "sound the bell" has it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d1E1EH6bXfA

Steve Fouga

Wow, Jim, I think the Woodstock version is better than mine. The bassist is doing a fine job too. I'm not sure which concert my version is from, but it's shorter and nearly as good. You're making me re-look at Ten years After. It's always good to get a reminder about bands from your past.

As for Sound the Bell, I had never heard it. I liked it so much I ended up buying the entire live Sweden gig album from iTunes. It sounds like it's going to be great, so thanks for the tip!! [thumbup]

Jim Forsythe

Went back and looked at some other works by Alvin and Ten Years After.
You are right, I forgot about Woodchopper's Ball. This is the song that showed how good he was, also the keyboard man .

Ten Years After- Woodchopper's Ball, Live At The Marquee

https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=alvin+lee+woodchoppers+ball&view=detail&mid=7103E23484C17E940F3B7103E23484C17E940F3B&FORM=VIRE

Steve Fouga

Woodchopper's Ball is dynamite! Thanks for the link. You're right, their keyboardist adds a lot. The bassist, Leo Lyons, goes nuts on this song. Unfortunately iTunes only has Woodchopper's Ball in video form (the same Marquee performance you provided), so I haven't found a way to add it to a playlist. I'm still working on it.

Gary Miller

( Lying to federal investigators is not nothing ) unless your name is Hillary R. Clinton.
Collusion is not illegal but there is clear evidence of it between the DNC and HRC or between HRC campaign and Russion agents. Muller need not look for it because FBI already has the proof.

PD Hyatt

I agree.... The Clinton's seem to be able to get away with murder and the progressive still think that they are wonderful.... Mueller is as tainted as Comey is, Hillary, Lerner, Holder, Kerry and many other progressive leftists are.... But their sheeple can not see the truth even if it was to hit them broadside....

David Doe

Mueller has blown almost ALL the investigations he has handled. There will be many more investigations that won't include Mr. Mueller. Let's hope the Snowflakes cry as loud to support those investigations as they do Mueller's.

Jim Forsythe

I'm sure you can find examples of investigations where the outcome did not come back as some wanted. This does not mean he blew it. Just as in this investigation, some will not like the outcome.
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” will give Mueller more questions that need to be answered

Mueller was in the United States Department of Justices, he was in charge of its criminal division. During his tenure, he oversaw prosecutions that included Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega, the Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie bombing) case, and the Gambino crime family boss John Gotti. In 1991.

He oversaw the independent investigation into the NFL's conduct surrounding the video that appeared to show NFL player Ray Rice assaulting his fiancée. In January 2016, he was appointed as Settlement Master in the U.S. consumer litigation over the Volkswagen emissions scandal; as of May 11, 2017, the scandal has resulted in $11.2 billion in customer settlements.

On October 19, 2016, Mueller began an external review of "security, personnel, and management processes and practices" at government contractor Booz Allen Hamilton after an employee was indicted for massive data theft from the National Security Agency.On April 6, 2017, he was appointed as Special Master for disbursement of $850 million and $125 million for automakers and consumers, respectively, affected by rupture-prone Takata airbags

Carlos Ponce

Jim, if you put any credibility into "Fire and Fury" your own credibility is in question. It is a work of fiction. Check out Michael Wolff, the author. His previous books have been criticized for "factual errors".

Jim Forsythe

Mueller's credibility could be in question, if he did not pursue this. 

Mueller will look at it, and interview Bannon and what he knows about what is in the book. 
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.” will give Mueller more questions that need to be answered
Mueller will also interview Wolff,  about his access to the White House and the West Wing plus question about the contents of his book.
How did he get access, and who approved it? Was any part of the west Wing off limits to him?
Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”  included more than 200 interviews with Trump and senior staff over a period of 18 months, Wolff wrote a column about his time in the White House.
He wrote: "Donald Trump's small staff of factotums, advisors and family began, on Jan. 20, 2017, an experience that none of them, by any right or logic, thought they would -- or, in many cases, should -- have, being part of a Trump presidency. Hoping for the best, with their personal futures as well as the country's future depending on it, my indelible impression of talking to them and observing them through much of the first year of his presidency, is that they all -- 100 percent -- came to believe he was incapable of functioning in his job."

If you want to buy  Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House.”  look in the Non-Fiction aisle.

Carlos Ponce

Mueller did not bring this up, Jim Forsythe did. Did you check Wolff's credibility? And f you believe everything he writes ........[rolleyes] He is not noted for his veracity. He embellishes any source and likes to make up conversations which never occurred. His only goal is to see books to the gullible left.

Jim Forsythe

My opinion is that Mueller will look at the contents of the book. He will also ask question of Bannon and Wolf
Mueller's job is to look at all sources for evidence. His job also is to sort out the truth.

If Wolf is so bad, why was he allowed in the White House. Why was he able to interview the President?
If the press is so bad, why did that happen?

Through all that chaos, though, it was Bannon who ensured that Wolff was on hand. The AP's White House reporter, Zeke Miller, said that every time he saw Wolff there it was with an "appointment" badge rather than a "press" badge.
Not only did Wolff roam fairly freely, it seems; he listened rather freely, too. It was Preate, in some part, who made sure Wolff had the access he needed, and at dinner she made sure he was abreast of Bannon's meetings. It was comfortable and familiar. She spoke candidly about White House comings and goings. The Russia investigation was a "nothing burger" (a phrase we should surely ban) and Trump was an amazing "accidental" president.

Janice Min ✔ @janicemin So I was one of the 6 guests at the Bannon-Ailes dinner party in January 2017 and every word I've seen from the book about it is absolutely accurate. It was an astonishing night...(including Wolff)


Carlos Ponce

"My opinion is that Mueller will look at the contents of the book." It would be to his detriment if he does considering Wolff's lack of credibiliy and penchant to make things up.

Steve Fouga

I see the publisher is rush-releasing "Fire and Fury," now that Trump has threatened legal action. The book will be released tomorrow. It is #1 on Amazon's best-seller list. I have no doubt it has already been given to every major news outlet so excerpts can be quickly printed or released online. Waaay faster and more widespread distribution than the Pentagon Papers, but probably without anything truly incriminating.

True or false, it's about to become the new narrative, the most-talked-about book in the world. I bet it's not nearly as bad as the reality, unfortunately. [scared]

Gary Miller

Muller is stuck on zero. Nothing about collusion by Trump with Russia. None of the indightmibts are about it. Muller is not a judge. He can't sentence anyone to jail. If he tries to expand the charges on anyone all they need to do is claim NOT GUILTY and force a jury trial where the evidence he used will be ruled illegal obtained and Juries rule them NOT Guilty. Flyn and the others has Muller trapped in a no win situation. If Muller wants to save his position he'll have to expand the case to include HRC and her cohorts where there is real evidence of illegal conduct. Dozens of them are the only ones in danger. of jail time.

Jim Forsythe

Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI

Papadopoulos was arrested in July pleaded guilty in October and appears to have been cooperating in between
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