William Barr: Mueller Clears Trump in Russia Probe

The Washington Times

Special counsel Robert Mueller vindicates President Trump of conspiring with Russia to influence the 2016 election, according to a summary of his findings released Sunday by Attorney General William Barr.

“The Special counsel recognized that ‘the evidence does not establish that the President was involved in an underlying crime related to Russian election interference,” Mr. Barr wrote.

“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,” Mr. Barr also wrote.

Mr. Barr also said Mr. Mueller did not reach a conclusion on the president’s firing of former FBI Director James Comey did not constitute obstruction of justice. But Mr. Barr said he could not find any evidence in Mr. Mueller’s conclusions that Mr. Trump obstructed justice.

“The report identifies no actions that, in our judgment, constitute obstructive conduct, had a nexus to a pending or contemplated proceeding, and were done with corrupt intent,” Mr. wrote.

Mr. Mueller finished his nearly two-year probe and turned his report into Mr. Barr on Friday. The attorney general spent the weekend reading the report along with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the man who initiated the special counsel in 2017.

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Here’s How The Steele Dossier Spread Through The Media And Government

By Chuck Ross

  • More than 15 journalists, several U.S. government officials and multiple lawmakers were shown or given the Steele dossier during the 2016 presidential campaign or shortly after.
  • Fusion GPS and Christopher Steele disseminated the dossier far and wide in an apparent attempt to insert the document’s salacious allegations into the media.
  • Newly unsealed court filings show how widespread this effort was.

Court documents released last week in a lawsuit involving the Steele dossier revealed new details about the campaign to disseminate the infamous anti-Trump report to the press and within the U.S. government.

Much was already known about Fusion GPS and dossier author Christopher Steele’s efforts to seed the dossier with reporters and government officials. Fusion GPS founder Glenn Simpson orchestrated several meetings between Steele and Washington, D.C.-based journalists prior to the 2016 election. It has also been widely reported that Steele and Simpson met with government officials in an attempt to ensure that Steele’s unverified findings landed on the government’s radar.

A deposition given by David Kramer, a longtime associate of former Sen. John McCain, shed light on even more contacts with reporters and government officials. Kramer’s Dec. 13, 2017, deposition was released on March 14 along with a batch of other documents from a dossier-related lawsuit against BuzzFeed News.

By giving the dossier to government officials, Fusion GPS and Steele were able to create news hooks for journalists to write stories airing the dossier’s unverified allegations.

That was the case with Yahoo! News, Mother Jones, CNN and BuzzFeed News, all of which published stories not about the underlying claims made in the dossier, but about the fact U.S. government officials were handling the document.

Here are all of the contacts that Steele, Simpson and Kramer had with government officials and the press.

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Video: Rep. Doug Collins: Loretta Lynch Has Some Explaining To Do

Georgia Republican Rep. Doug Collins says that former Attorney General Loretta Lynch told former FBI Director James Comey to consider Hillary Clinton email scandal a ‘matter’ not an investigation.


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Video: Nunes: AG Barr Has Until March 15 To Report Out On 'Conflicted' Mueller Hacks Weissmann and Ahmad

By Jon Dougherty

Thanks to Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), Americans know far more about the Democrat/Deep State/mainstream media hoax narrative accusing the 2016 Trump campaign of criminal “collusion” with the Russian government to “steal the election” from Hillary Clinton.

And despite the fact that his party no longer holds the majority in the House and he has lost his chairmanship of the Intelligence Committee to serial leaker and California colleague Adam Schiff, Nunes is continuing to work on exposing the fraud and ensuring that the men and women who helped perpetuate it are held accountable.

Nunes joined Fox Business Network host Maria Bartiromo on her “Sunday Morning Futures” program to discuss two of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigators, how they have been compromised during the entire investigation.

The two discussed a letter sent to newly-minted Attorney General William Barr from Freedom Caucus  Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) asking him to provide all documents and disclosures made by Meuller investigators Andrew Weissman and Zainab Ahmad related to their appointment to the special counsel’s office.

In addition, the two lawmakers want Barr to provide all documents and communications used to determine their supposed independence and how both were judged to be qualified to be on the special counsel’s team.

The request came after both questioned the impartiality of Weissman and Ahmad, as both demanded answers regarding what they may have done with information gleaned from the discredited and wholly fabricated “Steele dossier.”

“So Weissmann is the number two, he’s Mueller’s deputy. He was involved in the custody of the dossiers. In early 20016 he was given the dossier,” Nunes told Bartiromo.

“He is someone, along with the other one mentioned there, both DoJ people, both on the Mueller team. They shouldn’t be involved in this investigation,” he continued. “There’s clear regulations the DoJ has. You can’t be conflicted.

“Look, did they disclose before Mueller picked them that they were involved in the custody of the dossier?… We know these two individuals were involved in the custody of important evidence, dirt from the Clinton campaign that is the basis for the entire hoax,” Nunes said.

As we reported, top DoJ official Bruce Ohr testified last year that he told Weissmann and Ahmad about his meeting with former British spy Christopher Steele, alerting the two prosecutors that Steele was “desperate” to prevent Donald Trump from becoming president before the special counsel was appointed.

In their letter to Barr, Jordan and Meadows wrote:

Since beginning our investigation in October 2017, we have obtained evidence of political bias and self-described ‘unusual’ conduct within the Department raising questions about the independence of the Special Counsel’s Office. We learned several employees of the Special Counsel’s Office are affiliated with political opponents of President Trump.

Nunes said there is every indication that Weissman and Ahmad were not “independent investigators.”

“These are people who were in on it from the beginning… We also have information that Weissman was meeting with reporters,” Nunes said.

“And this is part of this whole disinformation campaign… You also had people with the Department of Justice and the FBI who were briefing reporters. What was Weissman doing talking to AP reporters? We asked those questions and never got those answers,” he added.

Maybe Barr can provide them.


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Devin Nunes: ‘Everything That Mueller Did’ Should Be Made Public

By Mairead McArdle

Representative Devin Nunes on Friday called for “everything” related to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation to be made public.

“I want everything that Mueller did made public. I want every email, everybody that they wiretapped, every warrant that they got,” Nunes, the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, said during remarks at the Conservative Political Action Conference.

“I think the White House is going to ultimately have to get involved in declassifying all documents,” Nunes said, adding that he doubts the Justice Department will declassify all the documents, based on its previous reluctance to declassify other documents related to the investigation.

However, the California Republican also said he does not think any report on the probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election will contain anything “worthwhile, with anything new.”

Nunes has frequently accused the FBI and Justice Department officials of harboring bias against Trump. He headed the House Intelligence Committee’s own Russia investigation in 2017 but recused himself after his controversial decision to visit the White House to examine classified documents.

Recent reports have suggested that Attorney General William Barr expects Mueller to wrap up the investigation and submit a final report in the next few weeks.

During his confirmation hearing, Barr told Congress that he intended to “provide as much transparency as I can” regarding reports on the investigation, but declined to promise to release the full report to the public.

“I also believe it is very important that the public and Congress be informed of the results of the special counsel’s work,” Barr told the Senate Judiciary Committee in January. “For that reason, my goal will be to provide as much transparency as I can consistent with the law.”


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