How can he tie up loose ends when there hasn’t been anything illegal to begin with? There can’t be loose end when there’s nothing!
By Steve Straub – The Federalist Papers
Michael Isikoff, Chief Investigative Correspondent for Yahoo News is reporting that the end game may be in sight for Robert Mueller’s investigation of so called collusion:
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s prosecutors have told defense lawyers in recent weeks that they are “tying up loose ends” in their investigation, providing the clearest clues yet that the long-running probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election may be coming to its climax, potentially in the next few weeks, according to multiple sources close to the matter.
The new information about the state of Mueller’s investigation comes during a pivotal week when the special counsel’s prosecutors are planning to file memos about three of their most high profile defendants — former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and former Trump personal lawyer Michael Cohen. …
The fact that Mueller is planning a public filing about Manafort suggests he may no longer feel the need to withhold information about his case in order to bring additional indictments against others. That would be consistent with messages his prosecutors have given defense lawyers in recent weeks indicating that they are in the endgame of their investigation.
“They’ve been telling people they are tying up loose ends and trying to conclude,” said one source familiar with the communications between Mueller’s office and defense lawyers who represent key witnesses in the case.
That message was reinforced to some degree Monday when Mueller’s office talked to congressional investigators as part of an ongoing discussion about whether new subpoenas for testimony by House and Senate committees might interfere with Mueller’s investigation.
The response, which surprised one investigator, was that it would not, at least in matters relating to alleged obstruction by the White House in the Russia investigation itself.
“What we were told is that the investigation has reached a mature enough stage that they’ve basically talked to everybody they want to talk to,” said a knowledgeable source who asked not to be identified because of the sensitivity of the matter.
This report comes on the heels of new revelations that show the Special Counsel hid evidence regarding Michael Cohen’s guilty plea.
This evidence shows President Trump is innocent of any wrongdoing regarding business interests he may have had in Russia during the election.
Mueller omitted the fact that Cohen did not have any direct points of contact at the Kremlin, and had resorted to sending the emails to Vladimir Putin’s general press mailbox. Sources who have seen this omitted information say it undercuts the idea of a “back channel” and thus the special counsel’s collusion case.
The same criminal information document holds additional exculpatory evidence for Trump, sources say.
It quotes an August 2017 letter from Cohen to the Senate intelligence committee in which he states that Trump “was never in contact with anyone about this [Moscow Project] proposal other than me.”
This section of Cohen’s written testimony, unlike other parts, is not disputed as false by Mueller.
Also notable: Mueller did not challenge Cohen’s statement that he “ultimately determined that the proposal was not feasible and never agreed to make a trip to Russia.”
The Moscow tower project never went anywhere because Cohen’s contact, Felix Sater, a Russian immigrant with a checkered past who was a longtime Cohen associate in New York real estate, didn’t have the pull with Putin he claimed to have.
“Though Cohen may have lied to Congress about the dates,” one Hill investigator said, “it’s clear from personal messages he sent in 2015 and 2016 that the Trump Organization did not have formal lines of communication set up with Putin’s office or the Kremlin during the campaign. There was no secret ‘back channel.’”
But that hasn’t stopped rampant and unfounded speculation about a comeuppance for President Trump by some media figures and Democrats.
Well into the 2016 campaign, one of the president’s closest associates was in touch with the Kremlin on this project, as we now know, and Michael Cohen says he was lying about it to protect the president,” said CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer.“
“Cohen was communicating directly with the Kremlin,” Blitzer added.
So it appears the next several weeks should be very interesting and potentially explosive.
Chris Farrell on “Bill Martinez Live”: Mueller Probe ‘Frantically’ Trying to Link Trump to Russia
JW Director of Investigations & Research Chris Farrell appeared on “Bill Martinez Live” to discuss the ongoing Mueller investigation into alleged Trump/Russia collusion during the 2016 election.
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