Tuesday, April 16, 2019

The Insiders’ Guide To the Mueller Report

U.S. Department of Justice has released the 448 redacted (searchable) report in PDF –Report On the Investigation into Russian Interference In The 2016 Presidential Election, Vols I and II March 2019. Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III. Submitted Pursuant to 28 C.F.R. Sec 600.8(c).
  • Please see this link for a screen shot of text from the Report via Bloomberg – The Special Counsel investigated these instances of “potential issues of obstruction of justice” involving Trump.
  • Via Bloomberg – Also from the appendix, this video is a glossary of the key persons, entities, and organizations named in the 
  • MSNBC – Read Trump’s written responses in the Mueller report – “Trump supplied written responses to questions about the June 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, the WikiLeaks’ release of Clinton emails and other topics.” A large number or responses were framed as: do not recall, cannot remember…non recollection, no independent recollection – non answer answers… Note – Mr. Trump never agreed to in-person testimony, and the questions/answers were tailored to narrow and deflect accurate responses.

Guides to the Redacted Mueller Report – Release is April 18, 2019

  • The redacted report by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, covers his investigation into Russian election interference, any ties to the Trump campaign and possible presidential obstruction. 
  • The New York Times: “After 23 months, 500 search warrants, 2,300 subpoenas and a string of indictments, the results of the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, will be public on Thursday in a nearly 400-page report. The treatise is likely to add significantly to our understanding of Russia’s 2016 election interference and President Trump’s efforts to control federal inquiries into the matter. Attorney General William P. Barr said last month that the special counsel did not find that anyone associated with the Trump campaign worked with the Russian government to illegally influence the election. He also said there was insufficient evidence that Mr. Trump illegally obstructed justice. But Americans have been eagerly waiting to hear from Mr. Mueller’s investigators in their own words. Whether you have followed every step of the investigation or are tuning in after months of avoiding the headlines, here is a primer for the report’s release….”  Also via NYT – “Justice Department officials have had numerous conversations with White House lawyers about the conclusions made by Mr. Mueller, the special counsel, in recent days, according to people with knowledge of the discussions. The talks have aided the president’s legal team as it prepares a rebuttal to the report and strategizes for the coming public war over its findings….”
  • AP: “… Barr will hold a 9:30 a.m. news conference [this is a link to the DOJ live stream site] to present his interpretation of the report’s findings, before providing redacted copies [on CDs] to Congress and [then posting it online for] the public. The news conference, first announced by Trump during a radio interview, provoked immediate criticism from congressional Democrats…After the news conference, the report will be delivered to Congress on CDs between 11 a.m. and noon and then be posted on the special counsel’s website…” [Note – Neither Mueller nor any members of his team will attend this press conference.] See also AP – 10 instances of possible obstruction in the Mueller Report.
  • Here Are 17 Things BuzzFeed News Is Trying To Pry Loose About The Mueller Investigation
  • Lawfare – Memo to the Press: How Not to Screw Up on the Mueller Report

The Insiders’  Guide To the Mueller Report

Politico – How experts and political operatives are gearing up to read the juiciest Washington info dump in two decades. “…The report by special counsel Robert Mueller could be the biggest oppo dump in history. It could be a fizzle. Although Mueller didn’t find enough evidence to charge President Donald Trump for conspiring with Russia to win the White House, and Attorney General William Barr has concluded that it doesn’t show Trump obstructed justice, the report itself is expected to be rich with details uncovered by the sweeping 22-month investigation. We already know something about the way the report will look, courtesy of Barr. The attorney general last week told Congress that the document will be color-coded to explain why lawyers for Mueller and DOJ have redacted some of the most sensitive material. But he promised that, for all the gaps, the report won’t end up looking totally like Swiss cheese. “You will get more than the gist,” Barr told a Senate appropriations subcommittee.    

To help navigate this once-in-a-generation moment, POLITICO asked dozens of people who have been tuned in since the 2016 presidential election—Trump officials, Republicans and Democrats, former prosecutors, academics, historians and even the Russians—how they plan to read this two-years-in-the-making document when it shows up in their inbox. Here’s what some of them said….”

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Lane Cove MP Mr Roberts, as the Minister for Planning, is named alongside developer Gazcorp in the draft Voluntary Planning Agreement (VPA) for the proposed Western Sydney development at 813 – 913 Wallgrove Road in Horsley Park.
Mr Roberts' ties to Gazcorp were publicly revealed as early as 2004, when he was elected to NSW parliament.
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