In this weekly update to the still ongoing Trump Russia Corruption Timeline we wait out the last few days of the countdown in the
balderized highly redacted version of the Mueller report is released to Congress and the public, it seems that the people that are most worried about what it may contain are those who work for the Trump administration and unlike Papadopoulos, Flynn, Roger Stone, and Michael Cohen, may have actually had the temerity to tell Mueller the truth. That’s what former DOJ spokesman Matt Miller says:
“The obstruction piece is where I think you would see the least amount of redactions,” Miller said. “A number of White House staffers went in and gave voluntary interviews, they turned over documents voluntarily. The grand jury wasn’t used to gather any of that information, meaning there shouldn’t be any redactions.”
“The strange thing about this report, that people in the White House are worried that the president will be angry or retaliate against White House staffers that went and did these interview — the White House authorized the staff to do that,” Miller went on.
“If the president is mad now, it raises the alternative that what he expected staff to go in and do is lie for him,” he continued. “Because otherwise if they went in and told the truth, you can’t be angry about the information that they shared now.”
“It raises the question that what the president really expected them to do was go in, do this interview and lie on his behalf,” he repeated. “Obviously that’s an untenable position for a White House staffer that wants to have a career and wants to not go to jail at the end of this investigation.”
So the question is, is what they said severely damaging to Trump and then they’ll have to backpedal and try and rationalize and justify what they said, or will they just do a massive house cleaning, yet again, to purge the “disloyal” who actually said what was really going on — and how fast are they going to have to dance to tamp all this down?
WaPo opinion writer Paul Waldman echoes that sentiment about Trump being ready to blow up at his staff for not lying for him and their deep-seated hopes that Bill Barr will rescue them.
“At this point, [Trump aides] wait for Attorney General Barr to save them,” Waldman wrote, “and he well might, because by now there’s almost no question that the redactions Barr makes will be designed to minimize the political damage to Trump.”
Given that Barr got his job after writing an unsolicited 19-page memo for the White House trashing Mueller’s investigation, released a four-page summary of the special counsel’s report that was publicly rebuked by members of Mueller’s tight-lipped teamand told Congress that he believes the Obama DOJ may have been “spying” on the Trump campaign, the likelihood of him redacting damaging information is high, the writer mused.
“The Trump staffers worried that their unwillingness to perjure themselves might cost them their jobs don’t exactly have nothing at all to worry about; we won’t know for sure until the redacted report is released,” Waldman concluded. “But they can at least take comfort in the knowledge that every attempt is being made to ensure that as little as possible of the damaging information in the Mueller report ever sees the light of day.”
It is telling that they’re more worried about potentially losing their White House jobs than they are worried about the American public discovering what they may have done for Trump and what Trump may have done to the American people.
In the area of Barr giving them a great CYA — they may be in luck as some former FBI counter-intel Chief Frank Figliuzzi believes as much as 50-70% of the original Mueller report may ultimately be redacted.
“We should be looking back at [the attorney general’s] statements that give us a clue as to what we’re in for,” Figliuzzi explained during an MSNBC panel discussion. “He has used the phrase, this first pass in reference to what he is going to first give Congress. That implies this will not be a good faith first effort. He is prepped for a kind of battle of back and forth negotiations.”
“Let’s look for what percentage of the so-called 400-page report has actual redactions through it,” he added. “Experts have been saying look for anywhere from 50% to 70% to be redacted.”
This means that this upcoming Thursday release of the report is likely to be disappointing on all sides. The Congress and the public are likely to have plenty of unanswered questions, probably even more than we have now and Trump and Devin Nunes will likely hype of their mad Jihad against the Obama DOJ and FBI for starting the inquiry in the first place, even though there was an absolutely good reason to do so.
According to a report from Politico, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) is making plans to meet behind the scenes with newly appointed Attorney General Bill Barr to set the stage for launching investigations into Justice Department officials who took part into the inquiry into President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
The report states Democrats are furious with the GOP lawmaker who ran interference for the president when Republicans controlled the House.
According to the report, “Nunes’ accusations of misconduct are aimed at a slew of former FBI and Justice Department officials, who he alleges committed crimes in their pursuit of allegations that President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign conspired with Russians to influence the election.”
Meanwhile Democrats are not sitting back, they’ve already voted to allow Chairman Nadler to subpoena the full unredacted report if necessary, are continuing to pursue Trump’s tax returns as well as issuing subpoena’s to his financial institutions and advisers, and also starting an inquiry into stories that Trump dangled a pardon for the CBP Commissioner if he violated asylum laws and reject all refugees who delivered themselves at the border.
All of this tells me that Thursday is going to be big humdinger.
The daily details for this past week are as follows:
April 10th —
- House Dems put forward proposals for families at the border with increased resources for counselling and children, and would also create centers in Central America where asylum applications could be processed and provide aid to reduce poverty and violence in the region so fewer people would flee but the bill is not likely to get through the GOP controlled Senate.
- Barr puts together a team to review how the Mueller probe began, even though we already know exactly that — several different intelligence agencies warned us that the Russians were in touch with Trump associates and eventually Alexander Downer told us about Papadopoulos knowing that Russians had hacked emails related to Hillary. All of that happened before Christopher Steele wrote his first memo.
- Pentagon gives out $976 Million in contracts for border wall construction.
- WSJ reports that Hope Hicks and Keith Schiller have been interviewed about their knowledge and involvement in the payoff scandal for Daniels and McDougal.
- Kirsten Neilsen’s deputy Claire Grady resigns which clears the way for Trump’s pick to take over DHS.
- Trump claims “people don’t care” if they see his tax returns. [Probably not, but Congress cares.] He also denies that Stephen Miller is controlling immigration policy, indicating that it’s only one person — himself. [Well, now we know who to blame.] He then calls the Mueller probe an “attempted coup” and about says obstruction is “how we fight back.”
- Barr tells the Senate that the redactions about people who could be embarrassed by the Mueller report only include people in private life, not Trump himself. He admits Mueller never said that he should be the one to decide on obstruction of justice. [So you just did it on your own?] He says he thinks “Spying did occur” during the Mueller probe — which is really strange since all indications are they had valid FISA warrants for it.
- IRS Commissioner won’t say whose job it is to hand over Trump tax returns. [The law says it’s his job.]
- Kilmeade attacks Rep. Omar saying “you wonder if she’s an American first” because she complained about Muslim’s losing their Civil Rights after 9/11. [This sounds a lot like “Obama is a Kenyan Muslim” bullshit.]
- Former FAIR executive Director Julie Kirshner is slated to be named head of U.S. immigration even though FAIR is listed as an anti-immigrant Hate Group by the SPLC.
- Richard Schiff blows a gasket over Barr’s “Spying” comment.
- Betsy Devos admits during a hearing that she knew of hardships rolling back Obama-era protections for Transgender students would cause. [So, um, why do that shit then?]
- Pelosi says “I don’t trust Barr, I trust Mueller.”
- The Acting ICE Director Ronald Vitiello whose nomination was recently pulled is now scheduled to leave as Trump calls for a “tougher new direction.”
- Mnuchin declines to meet the House deadline for delivering Trump’s tax returns. [This could mean he could be removed and possibly prosecuted.]
April 11th —
- Julian Assange is arrested at the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on a US warrant for helping Chelsea Manning hack into a U.S. Government systems.
- A Church fire suspect in Louisiana is arrested.
- AP reports that Stephen Miller and Kushner are facing off on opposing immigration proposals.
- AMI is reportedly “disgusted” with their association with the National Enquirer and are looking to sell the paper.
- Jeff Bezos is set to meet with Federal Prosecutors over claims of Saudi Hacking and extortion by the National Enquirer.
- Former Obama official Greg Craig is set to be indicted for lying about his links to Manafort and Ukraine this week.
- Rep. Omar swats off Kilmeade “I’m as American as anyone else.”
- Trump’s older sister Maryanne Trump Barry steps down as a Federal Judge due to the probe of her families taxes.
- Assange is arraigned and prosecutors lay out their computer hacking case against him.
- James Clapper says Barr used the term “spying” deliberately.
- NYPost attacks Omar for only saying 9-11 was “somebody doing something” [which led to Muslims being persecuted] with a big picture of the Twin Towers burning on its cover.
- Matt Gaetz trolls Schiff with a “Pencil Neck” bill to remove him as Intelligence Chairman for “bias” because he’s said that Trump “committed collusion”. [That’s because there’s ample evidence that he did, but it’s also not criminal]
- CNN panels say that Barr used the “spying” reference on purpose and intentionally.
- Trump claims Barr’s “spying” comment is “absolutely true.” He also now suddenly claims he knows “nothing about Wikileaks” since Assange’s arrest.
- Avenatti is charged with stealing millions from his clients, fraud, and cheating on his taxes.
- Pelosi and Schumer question Barr’s “independence” following his House and Senate testimony.
- Greg Craig is indicted for his work with Manafort.
- Multiple GOP Senators oppose Herman Cain for Fed.
- Rosenstein defends Barr: “This idea that he’s trying to mislead people is ‘bizarre.’”[We’ll see soon.]
April 12th —
- Hillary says that “Assange needs to answer for what he’s done.”
- WaPo reports that twice over the last six months the WH has considered dumping Asylum seekers in sanctuary cities as political payback but shelved the idea as unlawful. [Because it is.]
- Roger Stone is reportedly out of cash, misses Trump and his wife broke her ankle.
- Trump tells the Atlantic that he considers Ivanka his “heir apparent” for the WH, and that he calls her “Baby” during meetings.
- Congressional GOP aides whine that Democratic aides won’t have anything to do with them personally. [Well, I for one can’t blame them what’s the small talk going to be “How many migrants did you guys fuck over today?”.]
- Stephen Moore gets schooled hardcore on his past support for returning to the gold standard by CNN’s Erin Burnett using his own public statements.
- ABC News reports that Herman Cain is withdrawing his name for the Fed Board.
- Former FBI officials argue that Barr’s “spying” comment is a direct attack on the FBI counter-intelligence services that he currently overseas.
- Comey knocks Barr’s “spying” claim: “I don’t know what he’s talking about.”
- Manafort associate and former Cambridge Analytica employee Sam Patten is sentenced to 36 Months of probation for being an unregistered lobbyist for the Ukraine.
- Pence says that Trump’s constant boosting of Wikileaks wasn’t an “endorsement.”
- Former Intel assets tells TPM that Mar-A-Lago is a Security Disaster.
- Trump begins pushing the previously rejected idea of dumping asylum seekers in sanctuary cities.
- Shep Smith and Chris Wallace rip Trump refugee dumping plan to shreds since it’s an obvious Hatch Act violation: “The law is clear”
- Thousands of FBI employees reportedly had their contact and employee information hacked and dumped.
- Wapo reports that Trump’s refugee dumping plan is intended to be political punishment on his enemies because he thinks these refugees are dangerous criminals.
- Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenny says he would welcome refugees to his city.
- Greg Craig pleads Not Guilty.
- CNN reports that during his visit to Calexico Trump told the head of CBP that he should violate asylum law and arrest all refugees who cross between points of entry and that he’d give him a pardon if he was arrested and charged for it.
- Feds allege that attempted Mar-a-Lago infiltrator Yujing Zhang already knew that the Cindy Li Yang sponsored event she claimed to be attending was already cancelled.
- Trump tweets a video slamming Rep. Omar’s for “belittling” 9/11 — and the GOP says nothing.
April 13th —
- Swedish developer Ola Bini, who visited Assange in the Ecuadorian embassy, is arrested.
- House and Ways Chairman Richard Neal gives the IRS a new deadline of April 23rd to deliver Trump’s taxes.
- Politico reports that Devin Nunes has plans to meet behind the scenes with AG Barr to convince him to launch a criminal probe into the Mueller investigation.
- Trump tweet rages at “Dirty Cops” and Hillary in an effort to get Barr to keep most of the Meuller report secret.
- CNN’s Victor Maxwell calls Trump 2020 Campaign Advisor Steve Rogers “a liar” for claiming Trump’s rhetoric doesn’t incite violence, particularly against Rep. Omar.
- Former US Attorney Joyce Vance says that Barr with his “spying” commentary is giving us “less and less reason to trust him.”
- MSNBC’s Zerlina Maxwell points a finger at Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX) for originally taking Rep. Omar way out of context and causing these death threats against her.
- CNN’s Ana Cabrera catches GOP strategist John Thomas in a flat out lie about “sanctuary cities having more crime” as he claims Trump’s proposed refugee dump will frighten them.
- Right on cue Trump modifies his threat claiming that Dem must change the immigration laws or he will send “gang members, drug dealers, human traffickers and criminals of all shapes” to Sanctuary Cities. [That’s not the people who are seeking asylum — if you’re really a crook, why bother going through the valid legal process like that?’]
- Roger Stone tells the Judge he needs a copy of the Mueller report for his defense.[Wait in line, pal.]
- The WH says nothing, but Trump denies he dangled a pardon for the head of CBP.
- Mnuchin suggests that Dems are trying to “weaponize Trump’s tax returns” against him. [If they’re any kind of “weapon” in there, that’s his own fault.]
April 14th —
- Trump again floats the idea of dumping migrants in sanctuary cities and whines about the reporting about it.
- ABC reports that the WH has “significant concern” over obstruction after receiving a briefing on the Mueller report.
- Kellyanne Conways defends Trump’s call to “get rid of judges.”
- NYTimes: Stephen Miller was reportedly furious with Trump’s Homeland Advisers for being so slow to implement his illegal policies.
- CNN’s token Conservative Scott Jennings compares that death threats against rep. Omar with Dems “calling Trump names.” [You mean names like “Traitor, Bigot, Liar, Autocrat, Wannabe Tyrant and Asshole?”]
- Katrina Peirsen claims that “busing migrants to Sanctuary Cities is the compassionate thing to do.”
- Chairman Nadler calls for Stephen Miller to appear before Congress and explain his immigration craziness.
- Shuckabee says Congress “Isn’t smart enough” to read Trump’s tax forms. [Uh, they write the tax laws have at least 10 accountants among them and hundreds more on staff.]
- Pelosi says she spoke to the House Sargeant at Arms about security for Rep. Omar since death threats against her have spiked after Trump’s 9/11 tweet. Omar accuses Trump of endangering her life.
- WH says Trump was “making a joke” when he cited Wikileaks 76 times.
April 15th —
- NYTimes reports that people close to Trump have told them that he brought up the proposal to send refugees to sanctuary cities as part of an effort to distract from the release of the redacted Mueller report this week, which is now scheduled for Thursday (4/18).
- WSJ reports that the Trump admin is planning to begin threatening countries such as Chad, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, and Eritrea who have citizens who tend to overstay their visas by making those visa harder to obtain or shortening their length. [Somehow I don’t think those are the worse offenders since the DHS report indicates that countries with the highest overstay rates(over 1.0%) for business and vacations are Germany, Chile, Brunei, Lithuania, Greece, Hungary, Spain and Portugal, top overstays rates (over 12.0%) for air and sea visitors excluding Mexico and Canada are from Bhutan, Burking Faso, Barundi, Cabo Verde, Chad, Djibouti, Eritrea, Liberia, Soloman Islands, and South Sudan.]
- House Dems request WH Docs related to the Sanctuary City refugee plan.
- LA Black Church Arsonist charged with Hate Crimes. [But not domestic terrorism because that isn’t a crime.]
- Dem ready for a legal fight over Trump’s tax returns.
- The Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris catches fire, reports are that the cause was accidental.
- Trump tells his personal accounting firm Mazars USA to ignore subpoenas from Dems for his financial records and threatens to sue them if they comply.
- Schiff and Nunes both seek a Counter-Intel briefing on the Mueller investigation— which shouldn’t be redacted.
- Trump predicts Notre Dame will “Burn to the ground” but it doesn’t, it mostly loses its roof. He also says the Firemen need to “hurry up” — which I think they know already.
- House Republicans object to Dems probing state-level voting rights issues.
- An FBI affidavit indicates the government is not certain if Assange’s hacking attempts with Manning were successful.
- Ana Navarro slams Trump for his bigoted attacks on Rep. Omar exploiting 9/11 “For his own gain.” So does Jeffrey Toobin: “He’s always after people of color.”
- Trump says he “doesn’t mind” if Omar gets death threats, attacking her is a “political winner.”
- Jerome Corsi submits another bonkers court filing which accuses Roger Stone of violating the Judge’s gag order.
- Rep. Cummings issues his subpoena to Trump’s accountant, that Trump already told him to ignore.
- WH is preparing a 140 Page rebuttal to the Mueller report which supposedly “exonerated” Trump.
- MSNBC’s Frank Figliuzzi says that Barr will redact 50-70% of Mueller’s report.
- House Dems on Intelligence and oversight subpoena financial records from Deutsche Bank (whom Trump owes about $300 Million) as well as Citigroup, JPMorgan, Chase, BofA and also Mazars USA.
- Just Security notes that Bill Barr previously misled Congress with a “summary” report about the OLC’s decision-making process on the arrest of Manuel Noriega in 1989 which omitted that they had determined that the arrest violated UN rules.
April 16th —
- WH Officials are reported;y freaking out that the Mueller report will reveal that they “ratted” out Trump.
- Trump admin is again planning to shunt Asylum seekers into Mexico while they await their verdict. [Which is a plan that a Federal Judge already ruled against]
- Trump advisers Kudlow and Moore furiously backpedal when CNN releases audio of them blasting Trump’s immigration policies.
- Cumming says it’s “Disappointing” that House GOPers are questioning their voter rights inquiry. [But not unexpected.]
- Trump keeps up attacks on Omar in her home state of Minnesota “She’s very bad for the country.” [Because she defends Muslims who happen to have very high numbers in Minnesota?]
- The crowd for Fox News Town Hall with Bernie Sanders erupts in cheers when he asks if they want single-payer.
- A majority of Republicans believe evangelical Christians are more discriminated against than minorities while hate crimes stats show the opposite.
- Salon reports that despite the Mueller report Trump has done less than nothing to stop Russia influence on our elections and social media.
- Alternet reports that many of Mueller key facts are still being investigated, particularly in regards to meetings between Manafort and Kilimnick.
- Former DOJ spokesman Matt Miller suggests that WH staff who spoke with Mueller on Russia and Obstruction told the truth while Truth expected them to lie (like Papadopoulos, Cohen & Flynn did) and now he’s hopping mad about it. “A number of White House staffers went in and gave voluntary interviews, they turned over documents voluntarily. The grand jury wasn’t used to gather any.”
- WaPo opinion writer Paul Waldman argues that Trump’s staff who dished the truth the Mueller are praying the Barr redacts their statements to save them from Trump’s wrath.
- Trump supporter Patrick Carlineo who has been arrested for posting death threats against Rep. Omar, also posted similar threats against President Obama.
- Bloomberg reports how Trump’s trade war with China has crippled farmers, and now is impacting the consumers and the tech industry.
- Pelosi defends Omar: “There’s no taint of anti-Semitism in the Democratic Party.”
- House Judiciary Dems as CBP and Acting DHS head Kevin McAleenan for info on reports that Trump dangled a pardon for him if he broke asylum laws.
- Trump blasts Fox News for being so “smiley and nice” with Bernie Sanders during his Town Hall on their channel.