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Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Sunday, July 12, 2020

Robert Mueller III served as special counsel for the Justice Department from 2017 to 2019. The work of the special counsel's office -- its report, indictments, guilty pleas and convictions -- should speak for itself. But I feel compelled to respond both to broad claims that our investigation was illegitimate and our motives were improper, and to specific claims that Roger Stone was a victim of our office. The Russia investigation was of paramount importance. Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so.

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Russia's actions were a threat to America's democracy. It was critical that they be investigated and understood. By late 2016, the FBI had evidence that the Russians had signaled to a Trump campaign adviser that they could assist the campaign through the anonymous release of information damaging to the Democratic candidate. And the FBI knew that the Russians had done just that: Beginning in July 2016, WikiLeaks released emails stolen by Russian military intelligence officers from the Clinton campaign. Other online personas using false names " fronts for Russian military intelligence " also released Clinton campaign emails.

Stone became a central figure in our investigation for two key reasons: He communicated in 2016 with individuals known to us to be Russian intelligence officers, and he claimed advance knowledge of WikiLeaks' release of emails stolen by those Russian intelligence officers.

We also identified numerous links between the Russian government and Trump campaign personnel " Stone among them. We did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in its activities. The investigation did, however, establish that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome. It also established that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts.

Consider the hornet's nest knocked over and upset. Mueller is not going to let Trump and Barr discredit his investigation of Russia's counterintelligence operation during the 2016 Presidential election. Looks like the gloves might finally be off due to Trump's blatant corruption in commuting Roger's sentence.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-07-11 07:03 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Mueller is a fraud. He knew within a month that there was nothing there, yet he milked the taxpayers for years.stone's only crime is he is braggart, nothing more. There was no proof he ever knew anything about wiki leaks.
Mueller on the other hand did not even know what the Steele dossier was, it was only center document in the whole investigation, and he knew noting about it. Ore demorat fraudulent charges, and they have NOTHING after all this.

#2 | Posted by gtjr at 2020-07-12 09:46 AM | Reply | Funny: 6 | Newsworthy 1

Tony, Trump and Barr do not have to discredit the Muellerinvestigation, he already did.

#3 | Posted by gtjr at 2020-07-12 09:48 AM | Reply | Funny: 2 | Newsworthy 1

Yup. Mueller found nothing! That's why Stone was convicted. Because nothing!

That is why there were so many investigations, indictments and convictions.

Because nothing!

Because there was nothing there and nothing to hide especially in his taxes.

That is why Trumpy is cooperating so well with Congress.

Because he is totally exonerated. Nothing for him to worry about. Trumpy is not worried at all!

#4 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-07-12 09:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#2 | Posted by gtjr at 2020-07-12 09:46 AM | Reply | Flag: Idiot alert

#5 | Posted by Angrydad at 2020-07-12 10:51 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Mueller is a fraud. He knew within a month that there was nothing there, yet he milked the taxpayers for years.stone's only crime is he is braggart, nothing more.

All the Trump associates convicted or sentenced in the Mueller investigation

Why it matters: Stone is the seventh person to be convicted and sentenced for crimes unearthed by former special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation. His case has been at the heart of ongoing tensions between President Trump and his Justice Department.

Sentenced:

*Former Trump 2016 campaign chairman Paul Manafort: Sentenced to 7.5 years in prison this March for bank and tax fraud and crimes related to his work as a political consultant in Ukraine.

*Trump's former personal attorney Michael Cohen: Received a three-year prison sentence in Dec. 2018 for tax evasion, bank fraud, lying to Congress and campaign finance violations.

*Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos: Convicted of lying to investigators about about Russian contacts. He served 12 days in prison and in October, filed to run for former Rep. Katie Hill's California seat.

*Richard Pinedo: The California man was sentenced to six months in prison in Oct. 2018 for selling bank account numbers to Russians who engaged in election interference. He has no known connection to Trump.

*Dutch attorney Alex van der Zwaan: Pleaded guilty to lying to federal investigators about his work for law firm Skadden, Arps, Meagher, & Flom LLP and Affiliates in 2012. He was sentenced to 30 days in prison and a $20,000 fine.

*Ex-Trump campaign deputy chairman Rick Gates: Pleaded guilty in Feb. 2018 to conspiracy and lying to the FBI. After cooperating extensively in multiple investigations, Gates was sentenced in December to 45 days in jail, three years of probation and 300 hours of community service.

*Roger Stone: Sentenced to 40 months in prison for crimes that include obstruction of justice, lying to Congress and witness tampering. A federal jury convicted Stone last year after he lied to Congress about his efforts to learn more about when WikiLeaks would publish damaging emails about Hillary Clinton during the 2016 presidential election.

So much nothing....

What you feral Trumpsuckers keep forgetting is that just because Mueller was constrained by the DOJ memo from bringing charges against the President doesn't remotely mean that he and his campaign were not indeed involved in criminal or illicit acts - hence all the charges and guilty pleas/convictions of those without temporary immunity.

As it regards Trump himself, the entire world knows that he is the unnamed Individual 1 mentioned in the Michael Cohen conspiracy charging documents since everyone has heard Cohen's tape with Trump's own voice authorizing illegal hush payments - a felony crime. We also know from the testimony of both Paul Manafort and Rick Gates that Trump had frequent conversations with Stone about Wikileaks activities to coordinate how the campaign would use them against Hillary Clinton. On Trump's written replies to Mueller's questions he DENIES having had any conversations with Stone about Wikileaks and Julian Assange. Stone has already spoken publicly that he indeed has information damaging toward Trump and that he's kept his mouth shut.

So for anyone to act as though reality doesn't exist is the height of stupidity and ignorance. Trump cannot be indicted while he occupies the presidency, but he most certainly can and hopefully will face charges once he's out of office.

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-07-12 11:05 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

I find it funny when people don't understand what it means to plead guilty.

#7 | Posted by Tor at 2020-07-12 11:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Congress has no choice but to investigate.

I find it horrifying that people don't know what "national security" means.

#8 | Posted by donnerboy at 2020-07-12 11:39 AM | Reply

Trump cannot be indicted while he occupies the presidency, but he most certainly can and hopefully will face charges once he's out of office.

#6 | Posted by tonyroma at 2020-07-12 11:05 AM | Reply | Flag:

Amen.

Put him in a zoo, so children can make faces at him on Saturdays.

#9 | Posted by Zed at 2020-07-12 11:48 AM | Reply

Mueller is a fraud.

Posted by gtjr at 2020-07-12 09:

I know that you earnestly believe this.

The evidence is that most other people, however, view you as being mean. Mean and perhaps vicious. No, you're not an idiot. You are intelligent enough. What's missing is your integrity as a human being and American man. The same things missing in Donald Trump.

#10 | Posted by Zed at 2020-07-12 11:57 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Mueller should have disregarded the Office of Legal Counsel opinion that states that '..a sitting president cannot be indicted...'. IMO that would have made a huge difference in the Impeachment case.

#11 | Posted by BingyBunny at 2020-07-12 12:18 PM | Reply

"Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes," Mr. Mueller wrote in an op-ed in The Washington Post. "He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so."

"We made every decision in Stone's case, as in all our cases, based solely on the facts and the law and in accordance with the rule of law," Mr. Mueller wrote. "The women and men who conducted these investigations and prosecutions acted with the highest integrity. Claims to the contrary are false."

"We also identified numerous links between the Russian government and Trump campaign personnel " Stone among them," Mr. Mueller wrote. "We did not establish that members of the Trump campaign conspired with the Russian government in its activities. The investigation did, however, establish that the Russian government perceived it would benefit from a Trump presidency and worked to secure that outcome. It also established that the campaign expected it would benefit electorally from information stolen and released through Russian efforts."

www.nytimes.com

#12 | Posted by ClownShack at 2020-07-12 12:38 PM | Reply

Out, out, damned spot...
-Roger Stone, channeling Lady Macbeth

#13 | Posted by catdog at 2020-07-13 09:28 AM | Reply

#13 | POSTED BY CATDOG

The English major in me needs to correct this (frequently misquoted) line:

The correct quote is "Out, damned spot. Out I say"

It just bugs me that everybody misquotes it.

Carry on...

#14 | Posted by WhoDaMan at 2020-07-13 08:37 PM | Reply

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