Republicans Go On Offensive Against Mueller; Call For 'Special Counsel' To Investigate AG Lynch

Tyler Durden's picture

Last night, after Trump launched yet another furious tweetstorm intended to expose the double standard applied in the Hillary investigation compared to the Russia probe, we noted that Republicans might be well served to stop sitting around twiddling their thumbs and actually go on the offensive against an investigation that has obviously morphed into mass hysteria courtesy of free-flowing leaks from a conflicted "intelligence community" intent upon bringing down a presidency.  Here's what we said:

Of course, until someone within the Trump administration or Republican Party smartens up and calls for the appointment of a 'Special Counsel' to look into Hillary's email scandal, something that should have been done long ago, and not for retaliatory reasons but simply due to Comey's and AG Lynch's blatant mishandling of the investigation (a point which Deputy AG Rosenstein obviously agreed with), the Democrats have no reason to calm their mass hysteria.  Then, and only then, do we suspect that Hillary might just be able to 'convince' her party to exercise some form of reasonable judgement.

Now, according to a note this morning from The Hill, Republicans seem to be doing just that with several members of the GOP calling on the Special Counsel to look into whether former Attorney General Loretta Lynch illegally meddled in the Hillary investigation when she met with Bill Clinton on the tarmac in Phoenix and/or instructed Comey to refer to his case as a "matter" rather than an "investigation."

Rather than wasting resources on investigating Trump, the GOP says the special counsel must look into whether former attorney general Loretta Lynch meddled with the FBI’s criminal investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server. Comey testified that Lynch told him to downplay the seriousness of the FBI’s email server investigation.

For those who missed it, here is Comey's testimony in which he confirms that Lynch "directed" him to refer to the Hillary email case as a "matter" rather than an 'investigation"...not to mention that ill-advised meeting with Bill Clinton on the Phoenix tarmac just days before the Justice Department was set to announce the results of their investigation.


Now, and perhaps because of a recent attack which targeted Republicans and in which the shooter seemed to be fueled by rage from largely fake, anonymously-sourced new stories, it appears that the GOP is finally starting to push back.

"These special counsels have a way of going off the rails,” Rep. Trent Franks (R-Az.) told The Hill. “And the ostensible purpose of the special counsel has now been essentially vitiated and everybody knows that. And so they've got to try to find something to do. In this case, it was almost the intent from the beginning to try to create something out of nothing. And it doesn't work in physics, but in politics it seems to be pretty effective."


"This is the most coordinated communications effort on behalf of the president that we’ve seen in a long time,” said Barry Bennett, a former adviser to Trump. “They need it — it’s tough to fight nameless, faceless quotes from people purposefully twisting these stories on you.”


Trump’s lead outside counsel, Mark Kasowitz responded to the Post story by decrying the “illegal” leaks, which he said had come directly from the FBI.


Jay Sekulow, a new member of Trump’s legal team, went on Fox News Channel to say that the leaks may have come from inside Mueller’s special counsel. Sekulow asked why the FBI is “not sending agents to people’s houses” to put an end to it.


Meanwhile, the Republican National Committee, which chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has described as the “political arm” of the White House, has led the effort to cast doubt on the special counsel investigation.

Of course, Trump has been fairly direct and open with his feelings about the ongoing "witch hunt."


Meanwhile, as we noted earlier this morning, even Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has grown weary of the constant leaks and what they mean for the credibility of Special Counsel Mueller's investigation....which seems to have prompted him to release the following statement:

"Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials,' particularly when they do not identify the country — let alone the branch or agency of government — with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.

Of course, it's only a matter of time until the Washington Post uses to the Republican fury to allege guilt...afterall, why would they attempt to fight back if they're innocent?  Surely it can't have anything to do with the barrage of anonymously-sourced, fake news stories released daily with the sole intent of bringing down a Republican President while never producing a shred of actual evidence. 

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Dg4884's picture

I say go after her!  With all she's sitting on?  She should look like a bullfrog at the end of a biology term.

joeyusa's picture


Bureau of compliance's picture

Nothing will come of this. I think the plan is to muddy the waters until they can get their

much desired war.

IDESofMARCH's picture

"Trump" Take your gloves and Muzzle off and fight like a President. Drain the Swamp like you promised. Get everyone to hit the streets,you need your voters to fight the swamp parasites. Get the Army to investigate all these tape worms, NSA, FBI, CIA, Democrats and Replubican criminals.

Herodotus's picture

The Army needs to surround those agencies with tanks and arrest the conspirators.

FBaggins's picture

When about 20 minutes after it is posted, you find your comment is deleted from Zerohedge, it being about the obvious groundless domestic allegations against Trump and fake media hype and controversy actually being a diversion from public attention to present US-GB-Israeli activities in Syria, is the deletion done by Zerohedge staff or by NSA-CIA type hackers? 

shovelhead's picture

It's probably your bad breath.

flea's picture

Why a special prosecutor? How about a regular DOJ prosecutor? There's a pretty big injustice sitting out there. Don't need no *special* prosecutor!

amenlight's picture

Trump DOJ needs to fight this bastards back by opening or re=opening cases on Fast and Furious, IRS scandal, Iran Deal, Uranium sale, Clinton Foundation, Clinton E-mails and server, Soros activities against the US, Benghazi arms to ISIS, Podesta Brothers Russian ties, Pedogate,the Awan Brothers,The illegal Survelliance and Unmasking by the Obama Administration, All other illegal activities by oficials of the past administration, Seth Rich murder,etc,etc!!!

FoggyWorld's picture

Interesting that the same Dr. Sava that "treated" Seth Rich is now "treating" the wounded baseball playing Congressman.

trailer park boys's picture

WELL........We're WAITING!!!

shovelhead's picture

He's been dead for a year.

Better get used to waiting.

Marge N Call's picture

+100 for the Judge Smails quote

johnwburns's picture

Target rich environment, why so slow to react? Go right for the source, Clinton, and through her to Chief Obongo. 

Yars Revenge's picture

Nothing will come of this because the Republicans and the Democrats are playing on the same team.

As proof look how they voted in unison to sanction Russia over supposedly meddling in the election.

I love your wife's picture

Get on with it then.  Push hard and start throwing these people in jail.  Shit will straighten up real quick once folks start getting thrown in jail.  Start with the easy ones if you want.  The "Oh Shit" guy with the bleechbit should be a walk in the park.

lolygager's picture

Let's just get it on. Hillary needs to be indicted for the improper handling of classified information. Many have gone to prison for years for orders of magnitude less. She should never feel the sun on her face a free citizen for the rest of her life. Holder for the fast and furious, general population. Willy and Lynch for the coverup of the emails.

What difference does it make? -Plenty, The rule of law is at stake. 

FoggyWorld's picture

And apparently she and David Petraeus among others still are receiving classified daily briefings.  Why?

FBaggins's picture

I find that conservatives tend to be rationalists and are always looking for a rational explanation even for chaos and evil, when there is none. If the present secular age is essentially a Nietzschean "will to power" shtick with reason and conscience being suppressed, then rational argument with the left or trying to understand them is simply a waste of time. On the other hand, the anti-Trump opposition and the Russia bashing hysterics seem far too contrived and cannot be left at the doorstep of irrational leftists. So we continue looking for rational explanations.

Soros, for instance who has herded millions of Muslims out of the Middle East ("ME") in what appears now to be systematic land clearances, is not irrational but is totally amoral and is in fact a vassal of the Rothschild's. Despite his denials he is similarly is a firm Zionist wanting to expand Zionist control of the region.

Trump and the US media are also subservient to the same Rothschild oligarchs, who have vowed to take over the ME and also Russia. Putin not only has liberated his nation from the Rothschild banking tyranny but has put a price on the head of Soros and has forbidden any Rothschild from entering Russia. Those rather stark facts should mean something to any honest political pundit as to what the major geopolitical issues really are and should give some perspective to obviously contrived and amplified domestic issues.

Trump has recently relegated the ME affairs and continued regime-change operations to the US military. In light of that fact, the on-going domestic disputes between Trump and the MSM-politico-complex cannot be considered to be unrelated, as they provide a continuous and timely medley of domestic  diversions from the ongoing US-GB-Saudi-Israeli military machinations in Syria to fragment and destroy the nation with propping up and further support of jihadists and mercs (i.e., the proxy "moderate terrorist" insurgents, now called the "Syrian Democratic Forces”).

Syria and the ME should be front burner issues for the media right now because that conflict as it is being deliberately escalated, may in fact lead to another world war and because it is an unjust and aggressive war led by the US for exploitation. However, the MSM and the so called alternate media dare not throw attention that way as any real scrutiny may create real opposition, like with the Vietnam and Iraqi wars. Meanwhile, in addition to Syria and Iran, because Russia and Venezuela will not trade its oil in US petrodollars wanting to retain control and ownership over their resources, the US continues to impose embargoes and sanctions to bankrupt and destroy both nations. Russia is cut off from food from the West and has been forced to produce its own. Its average worker monthly income is less than $170 US a month. Now, because of sanctions Venezuela remains on the verge of starvation. Syria like Libya is being destroyed for its impertinence and self-determination.  

Above all of this, the grand puppet master controlling US policy is the Rothschild financial and corporate cartel. Like 9/11 and the creation and deployment of ISIS, it appears that with anything really important, most people in the West like to be deceived about the evils their leaders and elites perpetrate. Everyone wants to keep their tummies niece and full and those petrodollars flowing their way.


In politics and foreign relations if you kick out Christianity, you kick out both Jesus and Socrates, and you get Nietzsche, just like with Nazi Germany. That is the way it is.  

shovelhead's picture

We should kick Ghandi in the nuts too.

Then what would it be?

Pasadena Phil's picture

Trump (and his "friends", aka Democrats who self-identify as Republicans) should insist that before any other issue be investigated by Mueller, he address the matasticizing flood of treasonous leaks. There is no point proceding on the other things until that stops. Otherwise, Trump should just pull the plug and shut down the "very special" Special Counsel.

Herodotus's picture

The Justice Department Inspector General could investigate the leaking and produce a report.

az_patriot's picture

It's about damn time.  NOW DO IT!  STOP TALKING ABOUT IT AND JUST KICK ASS!  Sheesh....

Mpizzie's picture

I don't know why we voted Republican when they let the Democrats run DC.

Might as well have just elected Trump and let him be another Bill Clinton with a split government and minor success - would have been much less painful.

The way eGOP acts, I'm surprised it was a progressive that showed up shooting...that guy should have stayed home, hell, eGOP is doing the job he wants!  Next thing you know they'll be passing the Dem's bill and threatening Trump if he doesn't sign them.

null's picture

Because at least it slows the commies down, sometimes.

shovelhead's picture

News flash:

There's the Trump Party and there's everyone else.

That's it.

rwmctrofholz's picture

Wow!  Maybe Senator Sasse has been reading my emails to him, and slams in the World Herald editorial, after all.   


thebigunit's picture

The "Special Counsel" was a huge mistake.

It seems to me to be Constitutionally dubious.  It's not clear that the "Special Counsel" works for any one of the three Constitutionally established branches of government.

Who can fire the special counsel?  I suspect that there is no agreement within the political class on the answer to this question.  After all, the "Special Counsel" is "independent".  Independent of what or who?

Trump should either fire the "Special Counsel" outright, or request the Senate Judiciary committee to hold hearings and find that the "Special Counsel" is outside of the Constitution, and therefore illegitimate.  And then fire him, and tell him to go home.

If Mueller is fired, the Dems will predictibly go crazy.

But I think Trump can and should make the case, with or without Congress, that the "Special Counsel" is a bad and unconstituional idea, and that "Special Counsels" need to be put out of business for good.

Herodotus's picture

Trump could petition the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the Special Prosecutor.

thebigunit's picture

I suspect that this might be viewed as risky.

Trump could petition the Supreme Court challenging the constitutionality of the Special Prosecutor.

The current Supreme Court is split 4-4-1, with Justice Kennedy often accused of being a "wild card".

FoggyWorld's picture

Disagree because it did work well in the Nixon situation.   Don't think permanently abolishing the Special Counsel makes sense in the long term.

Horse Pizzle's picture

Criminal investigations begin after President Trump installs his man as FBI Director.  Dimocrats are quivering with anticipation.

Herodotus's picture

Nobody who is honest could be confirmed.

Doubleguns's picture

So hard to believe inocent men would actually fight back. Next time someone hires a lawyer we should assume they are automatically guilty of the crime to which they are accused. Show up in court to fight.....your guilty move straight to sentencing. /s

San Pedro's picture


Obama Actually Did What Trump Is Accused of Doing


And what Trump is alleged to have done is actually no different than what Barack Obama did in April last year when he made it known that he didn’t want Hillary prosecuted. In fact, the Obama situation is actually worse. While Trump indicated he didn’t want Flynn charged, he did not order the case dropped, because it’s still going on.

They have the wrong President under investigation..your obama interfered with and obstructed a FBI investigation according to the Public Record In fact.. the FBI and the Department of Justice dropped the Hillary investigation just as Obama wanted them to, and they used exactly the rationales the obama used when he made his public statements. In fact Comey used the obama's exact language when the obama made it Publicly known he didn't want hillary prosecuted..a clear case of obstruction of Justice and Executive interference of a FBI investigation. In fact, the Obama situation is actually worse. While Trump indicated he didn’t want Flynn charged, he did not order the case dropped, because it’s still went on unimpeded.

They have the wrong AG on the hot seat..Lynch should be there and should have to answer why she and others in the obama admin. allowed a full on Cyber Attack on the US and did absolutely nothing effectual to stop it. The Cyber Attack happened during the obama Administration..he was in charge..he was controlling the levers of Government..obama's fingerprints are all over the levers of was his CIA / FBI / NSA and all the alphabet security agencies all with obama Appointees in charge and in control..and they screwed up..the same agencies and obama Appointees that were involved in domestic spying of US citizens..yet allowed a full on Cyber Attack to occur. How does that happen that so many obama spy agencies and obama appointees missed the 800 pound cyber gorilla romping and thrashing around in the US and they completely missed it?? Were they willing accomplices??


To Hell In A Handbasket's picture

Any meaningful, open and transparant probe, let alone investigation would implicate too many key members of the Deep State, THAT NO SUCH INVESTIGATION WILL EVER FUCKING TAKE PLACE! So stop the day dreaming and concentrate on the circus.

Trump won't even investigate the Clinton Foundation charity. That tells anybody all they need to know. Can you imagine some of the names on their 1100 donor list? Trump would find himself going for a ride in a convertible in Dallas, if he seriously broached the subject. Trumps bitching is for his political base. Dream on plebs, dream on.

shovelhead's picture

How do you know he isn't? Do you have unnamed sources in the FBI and DOJ with information? Did Sessions give you a status report?

Oh, it wasn't on CNN?

Well then, I guess you really don't what you're talking about, is that correct?

Dude-dude's picture

Plebs - Plebians - is like the N word according to Max Keiser. Watch your language.  LOL

FoggyWorld's picture

Don't see how you can say that because Trump seems to keep some things very close to his vest.   It's just possible that things are going on that haven't been leaked and certainly won't show up in the Creative Writing sections of the media.

decentralisedscrutinizer's picture


Why waste time on this alligator when the swamp’s most critical economic and political problems revolve around the hegemony of a global corporate cartel, which is headquartered in the US because this is where their dominant military force resides. The US Constitution is therefore the “kingpin” of an all-inclusive global financial empire. These fictitious entities now own the USA and command its military infrastructure by virtue of the Federal Reserve Corporation, regulatory capture, MSM propaganda, and congressional lobbying.


The Founders had to fight a bloody Revolutionary War to win our right to incorporate as a nation – the USA. But then, for whatever reason, our Founders granted the greediest businessmen among them unrestricted corporate charters with enough potential capital & power to compete with the individual states, smaller sovereign nations, and eventually to buy out the USA itself. The only way The People can regain our sovereignty as a constitutional republic now is to severely curtail the privileges of any corporation doing business here. To remain sovereign we have to stop granting corporate charters to just any “suit” that comes along without fulfilling a defined social value in return. The "Divine Right Of Kings” should not apply to fictitious entities just because they are “Too Big To Fail”. We can't afford to privatize our Treasury to transnational banks anymore. Government must be held responsible only to the electorate, not fictitious entities; and banks must be held responsible to the government if we are ever to restore sanity, much less prosperity, to the world.


It was a loophole in our Constitution that allowed corporate charters to be so easily obtained that a swamp of corruption inevitably flooded our entire economic system. It is a swamp that can't be drained at this point because the Constitution doesn’t provide a drain. This 28th amendment is intended to install that drain so Congress can pull the plug ASAP. As a matter of political practicality we must rely on the Article 5 option to do this, for which the electorate will need overwhelming consensus beforehand. Seriously; an Article 5 Constitutional Convention is rapidly becoming our only sensible option.


This is what I think it will take to save the world; and nobody gets hurt: 28th Amendment


28th Amendment:


Corporations are not persons in any sense of the word and shall be granted only those rights and privileges that Congress deems necessary for the well-being of the People. Congress shall provide legislation defining the terms and conditions of corporate charters according to their purpose; which shall include, but are not limited to:


1, prohibitions against any corporation; a, owning another corporation; b, becoming economically indispensable or monopolistic; or c, otherwise distorting the general economy;


2, prohibitions against any form of interference in the affairs of; a, government, b, education, c, news media; or d, healthcare, and


3, provisions for; a, the auditing of standardized, current, and transparent account books; b, the establishment of state and municipal banking; and c, civil and criminal penalties to be suffered by corporate executives for violation of the terms of a corporate charter.


Åristotle's picture

If one of the intended aims of this proposal is to attack or dismantle the third national bank, The Federal Reserve, then the method ought not to be to grant greater centralized power to the federal government but instead to repeal the act of congress that created it. Likewise, it seems that many of these prohibitions and provisions fall under the purpose of the 10th amendment. Probably better to first encourage allegiance to the constitutional items that already do exist then to create new ones.

Dickweed Wang's picture

The only way The People can regain our sovereignty as a constitutional republic now is to severely curtail the privileges of any corporation doing business here.


I agree with you 100% on that issue.  In fact, when corporations first came into being in the 19th century in the USA EVERY corporate charter had a clause that stated the "Corporation must operate in the best interests of the People", or something to that effect.  That clause was removed around the turn of the last century which has led to corporations basically taking over as the ruling policitical force in the USA since that time.  By definition that state of affairs is called "fascism" (symbiosis of government and corporate forces) but no-one seems to want to talk about the elephant in the living room.  It doesn't help when those same corporations (and people) control 90+% of the main stream media in the USA, now does it??  Also, I'm not sure why all those downvoted your comments because you seem to be on the money on several issues . . . in fact after reading through your comments a second time I'm convinced that your downvotes have come from corporate trolls or complete morons because your points definitely work for the people and against the corporate powers.  And those corporations have made life so nice for everyone, now haven't they??

Lucky black cat's picture

There's too many words there for some of their attention spans.

ebear's picture

Maybe people are just tired of seeing it posted over and over again for weeks on end?

By the way, a friend of my sister made $7000 last week working from home. 

Don't ask me how. She just did.

Lucky black cat's picture spend....must....Obey!

CosmoJoe's picture

Someone(s) need to start serious investigations into Mueller immediately.  Who watches the watchers?  I bet this guy has tons of dirt.  The fact that the Swamp sings his praises as someone with impeccable credentials tells me he is most likely a swamp monster of highest order.