Daily Check-In 03/22/2019

Friday, March 22, 2019 and the early part of Saturday.

 

THE RUSSIAN INVESTIGATION

Mueller Report Submitted

Dear Chairman Graham, Chairman Nadler, Ranking Member Feinstein, and Ranking Member Collins:

I write to notify you pursuant to 28 C.F.R. 600.9(a)(3) that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III has concluded his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and related matters. In addition to this notification, the Special Counsel regulations require that I provide you with “a description and explanation of instances (if any) in which the Attorney General” or acting Attorney General “concluded that a proposed action by a Special Counsel was so inappropriate or unwarranted under established Departmental practices that it should not be pursued.” 28 C.F.R. 600.9(a)(3). There were no such instances during the Special Counsel’s investigation.

The Special Counsel has submitted to me today a “confidential report explaining the prosecution or delineation decisions” he has reached, as required by 28 C.F.R. 600.8(c). I am reviewing the report and anticipate that I may be in a position to advise you of the Special Counsel’s principal conclusions as soon as this weekend.

Separately, I intend to consult with Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and Special Counsel Mueller to determine what other information from the report can be released to Congress and the public consistent with the law, including the Special Counsel regulations, and the Department’s long-standing practices and policies. I remain committed to as much transparency as possible, and I will keep you informed as to the status of my review.

Finally, the Special Counsel regulations provide that “the Attorney General may determine that public release of” this notification “would be in the public interest.” I have so determined, and I will disclose this letter to the public after delivering it to you.

Sincerely,

William P. Barr

Attorney General

 

The Mueller Report has been delivered.  That is all we know with certainty.  Everything else is either speculation, disinformation (deza), or a mix of the two.  That especially includes the self-congratulatory reports that Mueller did not find evidence of collusion or will not bring any more charges.  Like I mentioned yesterday (Daily Check-In 03/21/2019), Mueller’s team doesn’t say shit.  I saw a lot of trolls coming out of the woodwork celebrating this like they just won the lottery.  The exact same thing happened with the Nunes Memo, the House Report, and every other piece that was ripped to pieces.  Hell, it was the same people that are celebrating now that did it then.  At this point, they’ve moved the goalposts so far back that anything that doesn’t include a perp walk out of the Oval Office as a victory.

By the way, that unnamed source close to the investigation that was the primary source for the stories saying that there would be no more indictments came from Trump’s team.  Probably Rudy Giuliani himself.

Mueller’s Report will likely contain his actions, his findings, why he did what he did and didn’t do what he didn’t do, why he charged who he charged and why he didn’t charge who he didn’t charge.  This is where the spin will come in.  I fully expect Team Trump to celebrate things like “We didn’t prosecute Person X” while ignoring the second half of the sentence “because we referred their multiple investigations to other jurisdictions.”  If you want to know where those jurisdictions are, look at The Justice League and see where those attorneys came from.  Many of them have returned to their home offices, like Zainab Ahmed to the Eastern District of New York.  Odds are those attorneys are waiting for the signal to push forward on their cases.

The big question is what happens now?  Well, we wait.  We wait until Barr sends his report to Congress.  If his report doesn’t include the full report, expect the House Intel and House Judiciary committees to subpoena the report and Robert Mueller to testify.  If it does include a copy of the report, will it be redacted or not?  If so, who will see the unreacted copy?

According to rumors I’m hearing on Saturday afternoon, Barr is working with Rosenstein and Mueller today and could have something submitted tonight.  This, along with what I have to say in the Coda is why I’m publishing this on a Saturday.

 

 

 

COHEN, NEW YORK, AND THE OTHER LAWSUITS

 

TRUMP THE RUSSIAN ASSET A.K.A. INDIVIDUAL-1

 

TRAITOR TOTS

 

CULT 45

 

FIGHTING BACK

 

CONGRESS

 

EMERGENCIES, SHUTDOWN & IMMIGRATION

 

RACISM, RIGHT WING TERRORISM, & WHITE NATIONALISM

 

#METOO & WOMEN’S RIGHTS

 

COLD WAR 2.0

 

#NEVERAGAIN

 

FIXING THE INTERNET

 

THE PROPAGANDA MACHINE

 

WHITE HOUSE CHAOS

 

BOEING

 

TRADE WAR, HEALTH CARE, AND ECONOMY

 

GOP: THE PARTY OF LINCOLN IS DEAD

 

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT

 

ENVIRONMENT & SCIENCE

 

ELECTIONS

 

THINKING AHEAD

 

PROGRESS IS PROGRESS

 

RUMOR MILL

 

That’s it for Friday.  Well, mostly.  This timeline is kicking me in the teeth right now.  I don’t want to go into too many details, but yesterday we discovered my dad had a stroke earlier this week.  I’ll go into more details down the road, but the most “but wait, there’s more” moment of the whole thing is while I’m at the ER giving them information on his health history, I get the notification that the Mueller Report was submitted.

Are you fucking kidding me?

I make jokes about bad timing all the time, but this might actually be the most Fuck You case of bad timing I’ve ever had.  I’d like to say I’m surprised, but I’d be lying.

Needless to say, things will be nuts for the foreseeable future.  I’ll update when I can, but I’m being pulled in about 90 different directions.  I’ll make time when I can, and I’m still in the fight.  I just have to take care of getting an elderly stroke victim to stop screaming obscenities at his nurses.

 

Thank you, and have a good one.

 

“Without Journalists, it’s just propaganda.”

– Katy Tur

 

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