This article was originally published by Tyler Durden at ZeroHedge.
Robert Mueller’s 448-page “Investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election” contains at least two major omissions which suggest that the special counsel and his entire team of world-class Democrat attorneys are either utterly incompetent or purposefully concealing major crimes committed against the Trump campaign and the American people.
First, according to The Federalist‘s Margot Cleveland (a former law clerk of nearly 25 years and instructor at the college of business at the University of Notre Dame) – the Mueller report fails to consider whether the dossier authored by former MI6 spy Christopher Steele was Russian disinformation, and Steele was not charged with lying to the FBI.
The Steele dossier, which consisted of a series of memorandum authored by the former MI6 spy, detailed intel purportedly provided by a variety of Vladimir Putin-connected sources. For instance, Steele identified Source A as “a senior Russian Foreign Ministry figure” who “confided that the Kremlin had been feeding Trump and his team valuable intelligence on his opponents, including Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.”
Other supposed sources identified in the dossier included: Source B, identified as “a former top-level Russian intelligence officer still active inside the Kremlin”; Source C, a “Senior Russian Financial Officer”; and Source G, “a Senior Kremlin Official.” –The Federalist
As Cleveland posits: “Given Mueller’s conclusion that no one connected to the Trump campaign colluded with Russia to interfere with the election, one of those two scenarios must be true—either Russia fed Steele disinformation or Steele lied to the FBI about his Russian sources.”
…Trump’s victory does not negate the reality that, assuming Steele truthfully relayed to the FBI and the media the intel his Russian sources provided, Russia interfered in the election by feeding Steele false intel about Trump.
Yet in the special counsel report, Mueller identified only two principal ways Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election: “First, a Russian entity carried out a social media campaign that favored presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and disparaged presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. Second, a Russian intelligence service conducted computer-intrusion operations against entities, employees, and volunteers working on the Clinton Campaign and then released stolen documents.”
Surely, a plot by Kremlin-connected individuals to feed a known FBI source—Steele had helped the FBI uncover an international soccer bribery scandal—false claims that the Trump campaign was colluding with Russia would qualify as a “principal way” in which Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election. The Russia social media campaign to disparage Hillary Clinton wasn’t a patch on the plot the Kremlin launched to destroy Trump: It resulted not only in bad press, but also an investigation into the Trump campaign and the use of court-approved surveillance exposing campaign communiques.
Even though Mueller was authorized, as he put it in the special counsel report, to investigate “the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election,” the report is silent of efforts to investigate Russia’s role in feeding Steele misinformation. –The Federalist
Meanwhile, the only lawmaker to even mention this possibility has been Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), who raised the issue with Attorney General William Barr last week:
“My question,” said Grassley, “Mueller spent over two years and 30 million dollars investigating Russia interference in the election. In order for a full accounting of Russia interference attempts, shouldn’t the special counsel have considered whether the Steele dossier was part of a Russian disinformation and interfere campaign?”
Barr replied that he had yet to “go through the full scope of [Mueller’s] investigation to determine whether he did address or look at all into those issues,” but that he would “try to assemble all the existing information out there about it, not only for the Hill investigations and the OIG, but also to see what the Special Counsel looked into. So I really couldn’t say what he looked into.”
Meanwhile, Barr said that he has assembled a DOJ team to examine Mueller’s investigation, findings, and whether the spying conducted by the FBI against the Trump campaign in 2016 was improper.
Mueller’s second major oversight – which we have touched on repeatedly – is the special counsel’s portrayal of Maltese professor Joseph Mifsud was a Russian agent – when available evidence suggests he may have been a Western agent.
Weeks after returning from Moscow, Mifsud – a self-described Clinton Foundation member – ‘seeded’ the rumor that Russia had ‘dirt’ on Hillary Clinton with Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos on April 26, 2016, according to the Mueller report.
As Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) noted on Fox News on Sunday, “how is it that we spend 30-plus-million dollars on this, as taxpayers and they can’t even tell us who Joseph Mifsud is?”
“…this is important, because, in the Mueller dossier, they use a fake news story to describe Mifsud. In one of those stories, they cherry-pick it,” Nunes added.
BARTIROMO: Then he’s working for Trump. So how come somebody from Britain, Australia, Italy, they’re all reaching out to him? And, by the way, how come this London Center of International Law reached out to Papadopoulos on LinkedIn to go work there, after Ben Carson withdrew?
NUNES: And I think a better question is, is that — so, Papadopoulos claims that he was quitting this London Center.
So how many companies or agencies that you know of, when you say, hey, I’m quitting, and they say, hey, what about a free four-to-five-day vacation in Rome? We’re going to fly you there. We’re going to put you up for free. We’re going to give you food… And all you have to do is meet this guy Mifsud, right… We’re trying to get to the bottom of Mifsud. So, as we talked about it on the last segment, this guy originates the investigation. We know that the Mueller team wrote this Mueller dossier. They used a lot of these news stories that, in fact, sometimes were generated by leaks from the FBI.
Now, I don’t think the American people expect 20 DOJ lawyers and 40 FBI agents to write a 450-page report that’s built off of news stories that in many cases they generated.
Why I particularly have a problem with this is — with one of the stories is because they pick a news story, and then they cherry-pick from it. So they use it partly to describe where Mifsud worked, but then they fail to say in that same story that they have given support to by using it in the Mueller dossier, they cherry-pick it. -Via RealClearPolitics
As conservative commentator and former US Secret Service agent Dan Bongino notes of Mifsud, “either we have a Russian asset who’s infiltrated the highest echelons of friendly Intelligence Services, or we have a friendly who was setting up George Papadopoulos.”
Perhaps Mueller’s reportedly scheduled testimony next week will shed more light on why he failed to question the possible role of Russian disinformation with the Steele Dossier, and why he didn’t flush out who Joseph Mifsud really is.
Other omissions, meanwhile, are on the table as well…
Robert Mueller never inquired about Peter Strzok and Lisa Page's "insurance policy" when he fired Strzok. When Mueller testifies in front of the House Judiciary Committee, I’m going to ask why he never even asked about what evidence might have been polluted by Strzok and Page. pic.twitter.com/6B7KWtjOJT
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) May 6, 2019
This is all bread and circuses to amuse Americans while the tyrants enslave them. Liberty-loving Americans have no dog in the fight.
Yes, bread and circuses. The real criminals will never be outed, neither Republican or Democrat. Grifters protecting grifters. The real story is being covered up. The Podesta emails were not hacked…they were phished. The DNC emails were not hacked…they were downloaded onto a thumb drive by an insider, most likely Seth Rich, and sent to Wikileaks. See VIPS analysis of the download speeds. This is why the servers were not allowed to be examined. This is why both right and left continue to bleat about Russian interference when there was none. They are beholden to the bosses by way of blackmail and will do as they are told. They are told what to say so they can manufacture consent of the people for the never ending wars. All government employees are more or less puppets of the bosses and do as told, or suffer consequences. Yes, even Trump is under their control. If you toe the line you are rewarded with more power, money, and career advancement. If you go against the grain and advocate for true liberty and Constitutional policies, you are at best, marginalized, and at worst, you lose your job and possibly your life.
They bleat about Russian interference now. That’s comical. Where were these assholes in 1955?
I’m shocked and appalled I tell ya!
No profiler has ever been able to tell the difference between a loyal statist, acting in good faith, or the bad actors.
Whether the slowest Sambo, or most high energy tyrant is blamed, it will be a collective punishment, that is applied to all people equally, as the new normal.
Incompetence or a coverup?
What would a stinky, black, permanent marker or some white-out have to do with a coverup?
You can literally see that text has been removed, but this is still a real question.
Is this the leadership you deserve.
When Russia was run by murderers, we rushed in to support them.
Now that the vast majority white population is free, and has cast off the murdering commie criminals, we look for any way to make them look bad.
Can’t Americans see when someone is trying to con them? Russia-gate is a ridiculous propaganda hoax.
I believe most Americans are tired of being lied to by the media and lied to by committees in Washington DC.
When this ^^^ came out, people judged the matter, based on principle and not partisan affiliation.
afaic, the globalist m.o. is to bargain with national resources, whether they are red globalists or blue globalists or (D) globalists or (R) globalists.
Why are these same exact activities, on either side, illegal for some globalists but not for others.
Status. One person’s presumptive privilege allows him, but not others.
They do a fine job of making themselves look bad.
I will consider forgiving them when they de-classify all the shit they did to us in the 50s 60s and 70s with all their cultural destabilization ops.
I will consider it.
Also helps if they have someone running the place that didn’t used to run the KGB.
Let’s see what the Republicans do on the 15th when Mueller testifies. By rights they should rip him a new one!
The MSM and social media are the enemies of the American people
Crimes of thought expression vocally are on the chopping block. Shut up and continue to stay alive, that’s impossible.
Aljamo, anyone who wants to put me on a chopping block will just end up getting hot lead.
My vote is incompetence, I have never seen anyone in the government do anything that could be labeled competent.