As Global Tensions Deepen, Russiagate Reaches Critical Stage with Mounting Legal Challenges to Mueller Authority

At a moment when crucial decisions are being made by U.S. President Donald Trump involving such matters as the future of the Iran nuclear deal, the fate of North Korea's nuclear program, and improving relations with Russia and China, special counsel and legal assassin Robert Mueller is continuing to press ahead with the mission assigned to him.  Mueller was brought in to find impeachable crimes committed by Donald J. Trump, to remove him from office, or to so discredit him as to render him unable to follow through on his anti-globalist agenda, thereby delivering him into the hands of his enemies, whom he defeated during the campaign.

The most dangerous aspect of Trump's agenda, to those financial and intelligence elites who deployed Mueller, and have spent the last eighteen months engaging in a nasty form of intelligence and psychological warfare against him, is his stated intention to break decisively with the geopolitical doctrines of his immediate predecessors, George W. Bush and Barack Obama, who were engaged in regime change coups and proxy wars  against Russia and China.  Instead, Trump has repeatedly spoken of his desire to establish cooperative working relations with Russia and China, with military collaboration with Putin against ISIS in Syria, and seeking economic cooperation with China, including the possible participation of U.S. firms in President Xi's Belt-and-Road Initiative.  By accusing him of colluding with Russian President Putin in rigging the 2016 election, Trump's opponents among imperial geopoliticians running the intelligence establishment in London and Washington have tried to make it impossible for him to even speak of friendly relations with Vladimir Putin, without appearing to be paying back Putin for his role in electing Trump, or submitting to blackmail by Putin.

As Mueller has been failing in his job to prove Russian "meddling" in the election, and Trump "collusion" with the Russians, these networks—especially in MI6 and the Theresa May government, along with the top officials in Obama's intelligence team, in collaboration with neo-conservative Congressmen in both parties—launched a series of new, dangerous provocations, to force Trump to drop definitively his desire for new relations with Russia and China.  The Skripal affair, and the charge that the Assad regime used chemical weapons in Douma, were aimed directly at the Trump-Putin relationship, complete with demands for new sanctions against Russia, and a military strike on Syria.  Though they succeeded in achieving both, these were Pyrrhic victories, as evidence increasingly shows that these were False Flag operations, based on lies coming from the same intelligence networks as those running the attempted coup against Trump.

These were followed by the presentation by Israel's Prime Minister Netanyahu, to bolster the case for Trump pulling the U.S. out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the nuclear deal with Iran.  Netanyahu's claim that Iran covered up its nuclear program before the 2015 agreement was reached, and is violating it today, has likewise been exposed as lies and sophistry, including by former Israeli military and intel officials.  Yet, on May 8, Trump announced that the U.S. has pulled out of the JCPOA accord.  What happens next with Iran is not yet certain, nor whether it will affect the ongoing, promising talks with North Korea, about giving up its nuclear program.  What is clear is that the string of lies, including Russiagate, the Skripal affair, Douma and Iran, have had a single purpose, to force Trump to return to the unilateralist, geopolitical doctrines of previous administrations; and that those telling the lies, and running the anti-Trump operations, are doing so in support of those doctrines.

 

THE IMPLOSION OF MUELLER'S CASE

As the lies behind these provocations are being exposed, by competent officials and investigators from Russia, and by honest retired diplomats, intelligence operatives (such as the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity) and military officials—as well as by this news service and the LaRouche organization—so is the overall fraudulent arc of the Russiagate narrative being brought into the open.

Mueller has been pressing Trump's legal team to have the President appear before him, under oath, which would allow him to entrap Trump, as his operatives had entrapped others, including retired General Michael Flynn, Trump's first choice for Director of National Intelligence.  Flynn pleaded guilty on December 1, 2017, to "lying to the FBI," succumbing to fears of personal bankruptcy and threats to his son, typical prosecutorial tools used to "turn" witnesses. During a March meeting between President Trump's attorneys and Mueller's representatives, to arrange for the President to testify, Mueller's team threatened that if he refused to appear voluntarily, they would file for a grand jury subpoena, to compel him to testify.

The New York Times published, on April 30, a sample of the questions Mueller had for Trump, which cover most of the themes which are part of the Russiagate narrative. The list included broad questions about Trump's business ties to Russia, and whether he knew if his campaign engaged in outreach to Russia to assist him; questions which imply he obstructed justice, e.g., in the May 2017 firing of FBI Director Comey, in threats to remove Mueller, and in his often-tumultuous relationship with Attorney General Sessions.  In response, Trump has escalated his attacks against the special counsel and his operation, tweeting they intend to "entrap" him.  His lawyers are now arguing that there are no Constitutional grounds for Trump to be compelled to answer a subpoena.

Mueller is also facing resistance from Federal judges, who are challenging his legal authority and the systemic abuses of power he has committed.  The first to do so was Judge Emmet Sullivan, the presiding judge in the Flynn case.  Sullivan ordered that Mueller provide exculpatory evidence to Flynn's attorneys, which had been withheld, as they coerced a guilty plea from Flynn.  This includes an unredacted FBI interview report, of the interrogation of Flynn.  Despite claims that he lied, the agents involved in his interrogation stated that they found no deception on his part, as Comey later admitted in testimony to Congress.  This could blow a huge hole in Mueller's narrative, in which the Flynn guilty plea is an essential part of the claim of a collusion, and that Trump's appeal to former FBI Director Comey on Flynn's behalf is central to the charge of obstruction of justice.  Last week, the judge postponed Flynn's sentencing, until the prosecution complies with his ruling.

Mueller's operation was further undermined in an exchange with U.S. District Court Judge T.S. Ellis III, who presided over a hearing related to the charges against former Trump campaign chair Paul Manafort.  Ellis was sharply critical of Mueller's team, accusing it of assuming "unfettered power", and going after Manafort solely to oust President Trump. The Judge said, "You don't really care about Mr. Manafort. You really care about what information Mr. Manafort can give you to lead you to Mr. Trump, and an impeachment, or whatever....That's what you're really interested in."

Ellis raised the issue of the "scope" granted to the special counsel, as it was applied in the Manafort case.  He was especially concerned that the investigation of Manafort included material from a Justice Department (DOJ) probe from 2005!  "None of that information has to do with information related to Russian government coordination and the campaign of Donald Trump," Ellis said.  When prosecutor Dreeben, from Mueller's team, argued they had been granted "broad authority" by Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein in his May 2017 letter appointing Mueller, and that some sections of the scope memo must remain secret for reasons of "national security," the Judge mocked him, exclaiming "C'mon, man!", and ordering him to produce the full, unredacted text of the scope memo within two weeks.
 

Two days after the outburst of Judge Ellis, another judge issued a ruling against Mueller, relating to the indictments against 13 Russians and three Russian firms, accused by Mueller of operating a "troll factory" to help elect Trump.  It was generally assumed, including by Mueller, that he would never have to prove these charges, as those indicted would never appear in a U.S. court.  The Office of the Prosecutor General of Russia "declined to accept" summons to them to appear in a U.S. courtroom.  However, lawyers for one of the firms named, Concord Management and Consulting, did appear, and demanded extensive discovery.  When Mueller's team asked for a postponement, U.S. District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich denied their request, meaning that Mueller will have to produce whatever evidence he compiled to justify the indictments.

 

BLOW-BACK AGAINST DOJ, FBI

While these three cases demonstrate that the fraudulent case being put together by Mueller does not hold up to scrutiny from federal judges, there is another element which is of concern to those who assumed they could force Trump to give up, and that is the investigation into the collusion between British intelligence and the U.S. agencies which have asserted the guilt of the Russians and Trump.

As Congressional committees have pulled back the thin veil that covered the role of "ex"-MI6 operative Christopher Steele, they are finding that those in the DOJ and FBI running the Get Trump ops engaged in open collusion with Steele.  Further, in the case of Comey and a number of his deputies, they violated the law in covering up their actions, and in leaking classified intelligence to the press.

Mueller's operations have been rocked by a continuing flow of revelations from the firing of former Comey assistant Andrew McCabe, who was fired by Sessions on March 16, 2018.  McCabe, the Deputy Director of the FBI, who played a leading role in the investigation of Trump and Russia, which was opened in July 2016, was accused by the DOJ Inspector General Horowitz of a "lack of candor" (i.e., lying) in inaccurate and incomplete statements he made about his authorization of media leaks. McCabe was involved in overseeing the interrogation of Trump's National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty of "lying to the FBI."  There is testimony from Comey that the FBI agents who interrogated Flynn, under McCabe's direction, did not believe that he lied.  As the McCabe story deepens, it may lead to an overturning of the Flynn conviction.

A further indication of trouble within the Comey-Mueller FBI operation, was the resignation on May 4 of two leading participants in the FBI's assault on Trump. James A. Baker, formerly the FBI's chief lawyer and a close confidante of Comey, who is suspected of sharing classified information with reporters, resigned, after being reassigned by the new FBI chief.  And Lisa Page, a top attorney under McCabe, who was exposed by Horowitz for exchanging anti-Trump text messages with her lover and fellow member of McCabe's team, Peter Strzok, also resigned.  McCabe is accused of lying about her leaks to the Wall Street Journal on the Clinton email investigation, leaks which he authorized.

McCabe has been "thrown under the bus" by Comey, who said that he was a "good guy," but he was wrong to lie!  There are also unconfirmed reports that Strzok has not been fired, as he may be talking with DOJ's Inspector General about illegal actions undertaken in the Trump investigation.

Finally, in another example of the arrogance of power, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman resigned, following charges that he brutally assaulted four women during what he called "consensual sexual activity." Schneiderman had repeatedly been promoted in the press as one of the key figures among the anti-Trumpers.  Politico called him the "leader of the Trump resistance" in a February 2017 puff piece, reporting he had turned his office into a "Get Trump" warroom.  The Politico piece was titled, "Will This Man Take Down Donald Trump?"  Ironically, while putting himself forward as a leading advocate for the "Me Too" movement, demanding an end to mistreatment and brutalization against women, Schneiderman was allegedly engaging regularly in the behavior he was prosecuting, for example in the Harvey Weinstein case.

As the cases of McCabe, Schneiderman, John Brennan, James Clapper and Comey and others show, a day of reckoning may be coming for those who believe themselves to be above the law, as they push narratives based on lies, to support policies which are destructive toward nations and people.  It is necessary, though, for this to happen, that there must be a mobilization of the American people against those from the Bush and Obama/Clinton networks responsible for the endless wars and reckless financial policies—
especially that of creating a blizzard of money to protect a coming avalanche of unsustainable debtthat threaten to unleash hell on earth.

It may be that, years from now, people will look back on Trump's presidency and be most grateful that he did stand up and fight against the so-called Deep State, when past Presidents submitted to its threats. But for that to occur, it is now necessary that Americans give up their roles as "informed critics" and pessimistic nay-sayers, stop seeking personal comfort zones, and take up the challenge, to win this fight.

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