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In a Trump Hunt, Beware the Perjury Trap

Asked if he would agree to be interviewed by Robert Mueller’s team, President Donald Trump told the White House press corps, “I would love to do it … as soon as possible. … under oath, absolutely.”

On hearing this, the special counsel’s office must have looked like the Eagles’ locker room after the 38-7 rout of the Vikings put them in the Super Bowl.

If the president’s legal team lets Trump sit for hours answering Mueller’s agents, they should be disbarred for malpractice.

For what Mueller is running here is not, as Trump suggests, a “witch hunt.” It is a Trump hunt.

After 18 months investigating Trumpian “collusion” with Putin’s Russia in hacking the DNC’s and John Podesta’s emails, the FBI has hit a stone wall. Failing to get Trump for collusion, the fallback position is to charge him with obstruction of justice. As a good prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich, the tactic is understandable.

Mueller’s problem: He has no perjury charge to go with it. And the heart of his obstruction case, Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey, is starting to look like something Trump should have done sooner.

Consider what is now known of how Comey and the FBI set about ensuring Hillary Clinton would not be indicted for using a private email server to transmit national security secrets.

The first draft of Comey’s statement calling for no indictment was prepared before 17 witnesses, and Hillary, were even interviewed.

Comey’s initial draft charged Clinton with “gross negligence,” the requirement for indictment. But his team softened that charge in subsequent drafts to read, “extreme carelessness.”

Attorney General Loretta Lynch, among others, appears to have known in advance an exoneration of Clinton was baked in the cake. Yet Comey testified otherwise.

Also edited out of Comey’s statement was that Hillary, while abroad, communicated with then-President Obama, who had to see that her message came through a private server. Yet Obama told the nation he only learned Hillary had been using a private server at the same time the public did.

A trial of Hillary would have meant Obama in the witness chair being asked, “What did you know, sir, and when did you know it?”

More information has also been unearthed about FBI collusion with British spy Christopher Steele, who worked up — for Fusion GPS, the dirt-divers of the Clinton campaign — the Steele dossier detailing Trump’s ties to Russia and alleged frolics with prostitutes in a Moscow hotel.

While the Steele dossier was shopped around town to the media, which, unable to substantiate its lurid and sensational charges, declined to publish them, Comey’s FBI went all in.


Not only did the Steele dossier apparently trigger a wider FBI investigation of the Trump campaign, it served as the basis of FBI requests for FISA court warrants to put on Trump the kind of full-court press J. Edgar Hoover put on Dr. King for the Kennedys and LBJ.

Amazing. Oppo-research dirt, unsourced and unsubstantiated, dredged up by a foreign spy with Kremlin contacts, is utilized by our FBI to potentially propel an investigation to destroy a major U.S. presidential candidate. And the Beltway media regard it as a distraction.

An aggressive Republican Party on the Hill, however, has forced the FBI to cough up documents that are casting the work of Comey’s cohorts in an ever more partisan and sinister light.

This cabal appears to have set goals of protecting Obama, clearing Hillary, defeating Trump, and bringing down the new president the people had elected, before he had even taken his oath.

Not exactly normal business for our legendary FBI.

What have these people done to the reputation of their agency when congressmen not given to intemperate speech are using words like “criminal,” “conspiracy,” “corruption” and “coup” to describe what they are discovering went on in the FBI executive chambers?

Bob Mueller, who inherited this investigation, is sitting on an IED because of what went on before he got there. Mueller needs to file his charges before his own investigation becomes the subject of a Justice Department investigation by a special counsel.

As for Trump, he should not sit for any extended interview by FBI agents whose questions will be crafted by prosecutors to steer our disputatious president into challenging or contradicting the sworn testimony of other witnesses.

This a perjury trap.

Let the special counsel submit his questions in writing, and let Trump submit his answers in writing.

At bottom, this is a political issue, an issue of power, an issue of whether the Trump revolution will be dethroned by the deep state it was sent to this capital to corral and contain.

If Trump is guilty of attempted obstruction, it appears to be not of justice, but obstruction of an injustice being perpetrated against him.

Trump should be in no hurry to respond to Mueller, for time no longer appears to be on Mueller’s side.

Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of a new book, “Nixon’s White House Wars: The Battles That Made and Broke a President and Divided America Forever.”

Copyright 2018

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  1. What is going on in the US is a travesty of justice. For an outside observer of American politics, I’m flappergasted about the corruption and criminal energy the top brass of the FBI, the DOJ, together with the Obama and Clinton mafia, to discredit not only candidate Trump but President-elect Trump and finally the sitting President. Mr. Buchanan is right, arguing that Trump should not sit in with Mueller’s agents, who want to trap him.

    After this witch- or Trump hunt is over, the Trump administration has to be clean up the mess in the FBI, DOJ and the other US institutions. Simultaneously, Clinton, Lynch, Chomey, McCabe and all the political criminals, including former President Obama, have to be brought to justice. What this political gang initiated is unprecedented in US history. Even Watergate fades in the face of this conspiracy of American institutions against a sitting president.

    To restore the credibility of the FBI, DOJ and all other government institutions, especially the Intel community, the US administration have to clean out the Augean stables.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  2. Zogby says:

    I think some of the accusations being levelled against Mueller are blown out of proportion and show a misunderstanding of Mueller’s task. His job is to investigate what happened, including the possibility that people working for Trump did illegal things that are not Trump’s own fault. That doesn’t imply Mueller is “out to get Trump”.
    Let me give an example. Michael Flynn conducted some informal contacts with the Russians during the transition under Trump’s instruction and told by Trump not to disclose it. This is perfectly legal and legitimate. Flynn then mislead Pence, and later lied to the FBI about the contacts. This was a tactical mistake by Flynn, because he could have told both that he’s under instruction from Trump not to disclose it and refuse to answer. Now Flynn says in his own defense to Mueller that he was acting under Trump’s instruction. So Mueller wants to ask Trump if Flynn was acting under Trump’s instruction. That doesn’t mean it’s illegal if Flynn was acting under Trump’s instruction. But if Flynn was acting on his own – there may be a case against Flynn.
    You could argue that Trump doesn’t care about this – even if Flynn was acting on his own – which goes back to Trump having constitutional authority to shut down this fishing expedition because Trump has no interest in it.
    The bottom line is that Trump has a problem with Republicans in Congress. Mueller can’t do anything against Trump – only Congress can. Trump doesn’t trust Republicans in Congress to protect him for doing what any President Elect and certainly President is entitled to do. If Trump could trust Republicans in Congress – he could fire Mueller, Rosenstein and Sessions and end the investigation.

    • Replies: @Rurik
  3. Police officer: “Do you know why I pulled you over?”

    Respondent: “No.”

    Police officer: “Do you know how fast you were going?”

    Respondent: “Yes”

    Police officer: “How fast were you going?”

    Respondent: “You tell me.”

    Police officer: “Are you some kind of wise guy?”

    Respondent: “No.”

    Police officer: “We can do this the easy way or we can do this the hard way!”

    Respondent: “Sir/Maam, if you believe I was doing something wrong, just tell me what it is. If you want to cite me, give me a ticket. I don’t want to argue with you here, I’ll take it up with the prosecutor in court with all the evidence on the table.”

    You would be surprised how many speeding tickets I’ve avoided or had kicked or knocked down with that sort of exchange.

    • Agree: Cortes
    • Replies: @anon
  4. Mueller: “Did you fire James Comey?”

    Trump: “Yes.”

    Mueller: “Why?”

    Trump: “It is within my Constitutional prerogatives to terminate officers who serve under me.”

    Mueller: “What were the grounds for the termination?”

    Trump: “Asked and answered.”

    [Lather, rinse, repeat]

    Mueller: “What is the nature of your contacts with Russian nationals or the Russian Government?”

    Trump: “What contact? Do you have any specific contact in mind?”

    Mueller: “Your meeting with X on [date].”

    Trump: “Before I answer that, can you tell me and my counsel for the record how you were made aware of that?”

  5. anon • Disclaimer says:
    @The Alarmist

    And if you were colored or poorly clad,disheveled, and anxious looking, they would slap you with more right there and then.

  6. P. C. says:

    ”Trump’s foreign policy advisers are Neocon warhawks.

    The Neocon’s current policy is to get their assets to pretend to admit that Iraq was not a wild success.

    But, secretly, the Neocons are going to continue to destabilise countries such as Iraq.

    Trump’s five-member foreign policy team is in bed with the military industrial complex.

    The five are:

    1. Joseph Schmitz is a former inspector general with the US Defense Department, and, a former boss of security contractor Blackwater.

    Blackwater killed civilians in Iraq.

    Joe Schmitz’s brother John P. Schmitz was an Iran Contra player.

    Joe Schmitz, a member of the Knights of Malta, ‘was Haliburton’s greatest enabler when the company was misplacing Iraq reconstruction money.’

    Joe Schmitz led the effort to keep the blame for the Abu Ghraib abuses restricted to the lower levels.

    “Joe Schmitz will be Trump’s Kissinger … Everything that Trump thinks he knows about the world situation, he gets from guys like Schmitz.”

    Joseph Schmitz’s father is John G. Schmitz.

    John G Schmitz kept a mistress and a second family, including an infant son with a mutilated penis.

    Joseph Schmitz’s sister is Mary Kay Fualaau (née Schmitz).

    Mary Kay LeTourneau hit the headlines when it was discovered that the father of her children was a thirteen year old boy.

    2. Keith Kellogg is a former employee of CACI International.

    CACI was sued by 256 Iraqis over its alleged involvement in torture, war crimes, and crimes against humanity.

    3. George Papadopoulos is a fan of Israel and takes an interest in ‘Israeli gas’.

    (The man who led the CIA’s coup in Greece in 1967 was a fascist called George Papadopoulos)

    Sabra-Shatila Massacre.

    4. Dr. Walid Phares, a professor at the National Defense University in Washington DC. is a former adviser to a fascist Christian militia group responsible for a number of human rights violations during the Lebanese Civil War.

    Phares has been linked to the Lebanese forces responsible for the massacre of hundreds of Palestinians in Lebanon’s Sabra and Shatila refugee camps in 1982.

    5. Carter Page is a former fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations.

    “Trump may claim that he seeks to reign in US adventurism, but based on the records of his chosen advisers, a Trump presidency would likely mean business as usual.”

    Donald Trump – A NeoCon War Hawk.

    Trump is pro-Likud.

    “Trump’s son-in-law runs the New York Observer, a rag generally considered pro-Likud and pro-neocon.”

    Trump “receives glowing press from Israel Hayom, Adelson’s ultra-right-wing daily newspaper.”

    Sheldon Adelson supports Trump.

    Trump attacks Iran for supporting Assad, and blames Iran rather than Saudi Arabia for the destruction in Yemen.

    Trump’s lies about Iran are based on Netanyahu’s chart.”


  7. TTSSYF says:

    That’s the kind of thinking that damages our society.

  8. @anon

    Depends on the attitude you take with them, or if you look like you are hopped up on something. Otherwise, cops take a lot of shit. But one thing I’ve noticed is they are a lot more scared than they used to be, for good reason, which goes a long way to why they are militarizing, slapping more people around, and shooting a lot more people very early in encounters. We used to be a fairly high-trust society before the ’60s, which is why my father could patrol a beat alone in a basic uniform with a 38 in the holster and a shotgun in the trunk of the patrol car, even in the toughest of beats.

    I wonder what changed since then.

    • Replies: @EliteCommInc.
    , @bluedog
  9. Rurik says:

    His job is to investigate what happened, including the possibility that people working for Trump did illegal things that are not Trump’s own fault. That doesn’t imply Mueller is “out to get Trump”.

    on what planet?

    or more to the point, from under which rock did you slither?

    the fact that this whole rotten charade is nothing more than the deepstate swamp and their armies of butt-hurt losers trying to bring down a president because they wish Hillary would have won, is OBVIOUS to everyone!

    (dumbass ; )

    which means that whenever some ooze bubbles out from the slime, telling us that Mueller is not out to get Trump, it’s time to put on the hazmat suit

    because the deepstate sewer just bubbled some noxious emissions in our general direction

  10. @anon

    The back to Africa movement is the answer. This is the only way to once and for all put an end to pervasive, systematic White Privilege, prejudice and oppression. This is already happening, and should be welcomed and encouraged by all.

    Of course we would also have to put an end to the importation of Africans into White countries.

    • Replies: @Corvinus
  11. @The Alarmist

    While I may sympathize with the police based on their work with the public. Frankly, attitude is not a defense for police abuse. Never has been and never will be.

    Be nice or polite to me or I will proceed to destroy your life with lies because I have the power. Now I am not one to contend everything utterance an officer makes should be an offense, in fact, hardly any – they are certainly entitled to have bad days and bad attitudes. But when that transfers into any form of excessive or abusive force and lies to cover the matter ——

    Uhhhhhhhhh . . . No. Not only, no. But heck No!

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
  12. Speaking of the current executive, I am unsure how to defend someone who has back peddled on nearly every major campaign pledge.

  13. MarkinLA says:

    That POS Ken Starr is saying that Trump should be impeached if he “lied” about firing Mueller.

    To think that this psychotic was the reason for the hugely wasteful Clinton impeachment makes more sense now.

  14. @EliteCommInc.

    Attitude is not a justification for abuse, but for guys with guns and a belief that everyone (especially those of colour) hates them and many want to harm them, attitude is a tacticsl indicator of a potential threat. They’re on a hair-trigger to start with.

    Police in the US are pretty well compensated (pay, benefits and a rather short time to retirement), and a lot owes to the risks of the job. This is really what makes the militarisation and hair-trigger approach that is often and too early applied in policing unconscionable. I’d like to see respect for human rights, but I would be happy for a higher standard of professionalism.

  15. bluedog says:
    @The Alarmist

    1963 and Dallas,Texas is of course what changed things along with the elites taking control of the government and its organs…

  16. Corvinus says:
    @Ludwig Watzal

    “What is going on in the US is a travesty of justice. For an outside observer of American politics, I’m flappergasted about the corruption and criminal energy the top brass of the FBI, the DOJ, together with the Obama and Clinton mafia, to discredit not only candidate Trump but President-elect Trump and finally the sitting President.”

    I suggest that you put down the Fake News sites for a while. Prosecutions of this magnitude take time. Patrick understands that there will be “stone walls” in any investigation, but out of political necessity, he is towing the company line–if there is not a “smoking gun” by now, Mueller must be “making things up as he goes along”. But in the real legal world–and not in”Law And Order” episode where everything is tied in a neat little bow within an hour–there will be snags, there will be down time…then there will be a torrent of events. Patrick has too much skin in the game, as having experienced Watergate on the ground floor. The fact remains something illegal occurred with the Trump Administration. Whether it warrants significant legal consequences remains to be seen.

    I say let Trump talk to Mueller. If Trump is really running 16D chess out there according to his acolytes like Vox Day, what does Trump have to lose? Be completely transparent. No “Fake News” on his end, right?

  17. Corvinus says:
    @Tim Howells

    “The back to Africa movement is the answer.”

    It’s the answer for some blacks, apparently. For ALL? No.

    “Of course we would also have to put an end to the importation of Africans into White countries.”

    Let’s take it one step further. Let’s insist that white Americans leave en masse to their nation of origin.

    You have to go back.

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