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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Brazillionaire's picture

Astute observation.
I wonder why Trump doesn't hire Alan Dirschowitz as his attorney and have him going on CNN and MSNBC every night saying that the idea of "obstruction" isn't even remotely possible given the power of the POTUS. And demand a very hasty wrapping up of this stupid waste of time.

Wahooo's picture

Drumpf should hire Johnny Cochran. Nobody would dare attack him.

lie_to_me's picture

Well Cochran is dead. That might be why. Try to keep up dear.

gilhgvc's picture

look the first live fire of Civil War 2.0 has already happened....the ONLY thing that will resolve any of this crap...WILL NOT happen in a courtroom, as horrible as that may be...we are not immune to the same process that plays itself out in EVERY society, over and over through time

Lostinfortwalton's picture

What is a hoot is watching Paul Ryan angling to be the only one standing when it is over. In his dreams.

Bananamerican's picture

finally fighting back?

Some standard bearer....
any of us would have had the last admin bent over an investigative barell by now for even DARING to fuck with our incoming admin.

trump had this rep as a guy who would hit back if you hit him....

but haven't seen it so far....(just a bunch of fucking tweets??)

Deep State must have tons of dirt on him...

FoggyWorld's picture

If they had tons of dirt on him believe me we would have heard a whole lot of it by now.   So far only that phony McCain report which was so bad even the FBI knew it but wouldn't admit it.

Dude-dude's picture

American Dudes and Dudettes: You have a lot of trouble on your ship!  All I've seen since 2016 and especially since November is a globally concerted, highly organized, well directed and funded (though completely nonsensiical and farsical) campaign of mutiny unfolding day-in and day-out. Hopefully #CivilWarInAmerica wont turn into a kinetic firebrand. God be with #RealAmericans, those who haven't yet become hypnotised by, or have found their way out of the hypnotism of, the Western MSM's crafted fantasy-land; God be with President Donald J Trump - Good luck - for the sake of the world!

Consider Putin's last rhetorical question to Oliver Stone in the Interviews: 'Have you ever been beaten? ... Because you are going to suffer for what you are doing.'

Dickweed Wang's picture

'Have you ever been beaten? ... Because you are going to suffer for what you are doing.'


Very prophetic words . . . it's called "Karma" and it's coming to the USA soon.

Reaper's picture

Investigate with a special prosecutor, Comey and Mueller for conspiracy and/or obstruction of justice on behalf of Clinton and/or making false charges. Let them enjoy both sides of a karma.

the French bitch's picture

Madame Lefarge here, knitting at hand, waiting for the tumbrils to come rolling down Pennsylvania Avenue!

Wahooo's picture

You're gonna need more yarn.

lie_to_me's picture

Crocheting right next to you dear. Let's start the show already.

CAPT DRAKE's picture

So far Trump has not lost a single voter.  Not one.

What does he have to loose by going midevil on the fucking dems?  Not a goddam thing.

So just fucking do it.  Unleash the full weight and power of all of it on these assholes.

Start with Cameltoe Harris.  Word is she is filthy dirty.

Dickweed Wang's picture

So far Trump has not lost a single voter.  Not one.


I agree . . . if anything, all the attacks on Trump have just strengthened his base and convinced those same people that the establishment is simply out to get him (which is a fact).  There is going to come a time in the near future where the left takes things too far and the Trump supporters are going to come out of the woodwork and fight back hard . . . and it's not going to be pretty.

Dickweed Wang's picture

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.


Doesn't this prove conclusively that the whole "special counsel" thing is nothing more than a fishing expedition, regardless of who's being investigated?  IMO there should be strict rules on what this special counsel can investigate and what is outside of his pervue.  Appoint another special prosecutor to investigate the Hillary email issues . . . which should have been done 8 months ago.

Robert Trip's picture

Still waiting with bated breath for health care and a tax cut.

You loonies go along for the ride with this bullshit shitshow.

Koba the Dread's picture

Why should the Republican establishment, either as a party or as a faction of Congress, help Trump at all? Yes! Republican voters (and perhaps a few Anyone-But-Hilary Democrats) chose him to be president. But the Repubican establishment is merely a counter-party to the Democrats in the Let's-Rape-America club. The faster President Trump goes down, the sooner the Republicrats can get back to raping the country and terrifying the world with impunity. The faster President Trump goes down, the sooner the Republicrats can get back to bidness as usual. With few exceptions, the members of Congress do not serve you; they only serve power. And guess what! You ain't got enough traction or power for them to even notice you. That you're sitting around staring at a computer screen proves that point.

FoggyWorld's picture

I wrote to my Republican Congressman before the last vote for Speaker and made it clear that if he voted for Ryan, he would never get another vote from me.   He voted Ryan and so next go round I will vote for any fringe party or write in my favorite local newspaper guy as I have done before.

And I refuse to play the donor game because it just encourages bad behavior that I think ought to be outlawed.   Our Congresspeople do not represent us at all but only care about that top dozen big and usually corporate donors who in this case, don't even live in the district never mind the State.


Wahooo's picture

Yep. No more GOP votes from me. Ever.

FoggyWorld's picture

I will never be happy with Pence and suspect he is part of the Resistance.

harleyjohn45's picture

His approval rating is 50% by Rassmussen,  Also I'm reading wqhere 98% of the people who voted for him, would again.  Where have you been, he is making trmendous progress in the middle of a circus.  He is doing exactly what he campaigned on.

harleyjohn45's picture

His approval rating is 50% by Rassmussen,  Also I'm reading wqhere 98% of the people who voted for him, would again.  Where have you been, he is making trmendous progress in the middle of a circus.  He is doing exactly what he campaigned on.

harleyjohn45's picture

His approval rating is 50% by Rassmussen,  Also I'm reading wqhere 98% of the people who voted for him, would again.  Where have you been, he is making trmendous progress in the middle of a circus.  He is doing exactly what he campaigned on.

Betrayed's picture

Is this crap a way to give Trump cover for not doing what he pledged on the campaign trail? You know things like real Health care reform. Build the Wall and Mexico's going to pay for it. Repealing NAFTA instead of his economic czar telling the Prez of Mexico how great it is. Non interventionism instead of hitting Syria. Drain the Swamp. Hillary and Bill are good people instead of Lock her up. And on and on and on and on......... It was clear from the begining weeks when Zionist Bankster Neocon scum started moving into his admisistration that Trump is nothing more than the royal scam. But keep on believing in this shit show if it gives you hopium.

OutaTime43's picture

Under current conditions, there isn't much he can do until this farce is ended. I say he should tell congress to get moving on impeachment proceedings so he can defend himself and cross examine in the senate . Pull a slick Willy.

Betrayed's picture

Who the hell is POTUS. He holds all the cards. If he wants this shit to stop all he has to do is have Session issue indictments starting with Hillary for breaking Nataional Security via her private server. Simple. fixed. But all you Hopium smokers can do is cry the Libtards are being mean. I voted for this Turkey because I like many want to see results instead of excuses.

harleyjohn45's picture

Trump is doing a lot.  He is being dragged down by the democrats and rino's.  He has attempted everything he promised to do.  Where have you been?

Betrayed's picture

What delusional Hopium are you smokin. Build the Wall and Mexico's gonna pay for it. Hated NAFTA on the stump now his czar loves it. Drain the Swamp. No action there. It's Simple, issue indictments. But oh no just sit around and tweet how unfair it all is. Either he Man's up or shuts up and admits he's a fraud along with his Zionist Neocon cohorts.

truthalwayswinsout's picture

If you put just one of them in jail all the bull shit will stop.

You have such a choice in Hillary, Bill, Obama, and Lynch and so many more.

All you need is just one.



FoggyWorld's picture

None on that level will crack at least early on.   It takes digging away at the lower tiers and scaring the hell out of them with prison sentences that causes them to give up early on and from those people you go up a notch and keep doing it until you rope in the major players.

Bricker's picture

I think the A-k guy had the right idea. Baseball anyone?

Dumpster Elite's picture

Waiting for the Friday night WaPo-NYT "anonymously sourced, Very highly placed" (but isn't authorized to speak on the matter) bullshit hit piece. They just have to coordinate their talking points with the Sunday political shows. Should be coming from the DNC fax machine in 3...2....1...

ManofSorrows's picture

I tell all my friends who get their panties in an uproar:


They are just commie msm employees writing the latest headline.

Anonymous Sources = MSM "reporters" (pro hillary)

It seems to work, they get it now.

JailBanksters's picture

Why does everything the Trump does have to include the word "Special"

She Interferred with the course of JustUS. Doesn't need a Special Court, Special Judge or a Special Law, just the established Rule of Law

JamesinNM's picture

Add Obama and Clinton to the list for investigation.

Lost in translation's picture

Aggressively chasing down international socialists/One World traitors and punishing the living Hell out of them is the only course of action.

FoggyWorld's picture

Understand though that cases have to be built and then made and won.   Tough with an opposition DOJ.   Love to know just how many people Sessions feels he can trust.

VW Nerd's picture

Hitler didn't convene any special investigative committees or councils.  He initiated night of the long knives.  I think Stalin did a similar purge of his political attackers.  There comes a time when leaders run out of options in dealing with political insurgents and their "legal" systems.  Just a look pack at prior precidents.

LOL123's picture

Counter punch is the only way to expose the illegal manuvers surrounding this "investigation" because they keep refocusing on the wrong issues on purpose- not get to bottom of anything ( they have already established they have no case... The public ought to sue them for waste tax payers money by even hiring Mueller... What's Rosenstein doing besides removing himself to avoid finger pointing later).

Lynch and Bills action spell interference on a huge scale but getting witnesses to overheard comments by Bill is hard. People tend to die like mafia hits around the clintons.

FoggyWorld's picture

Think it would be smarter to start with the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton-Guistra Foundation because many accountants who are used to auditing know what numbers really mean.   And that group is much larger than Lynch and Bill Clinton.   Better to go after many and make it a huge display of corruption writ so large only the few true idiots among us wouldn't understand.   That really is what got Nixon.   It started with the lower level people and some of them cracked and up and up the totem pole they went.

VWAndy's picture

 How would the Clintons handle stuff like this?

Hyjinx's picture

Arkancide - a lot of it.

meditate_vigorously's picture

Everyone pretends that the US government has any legitimacy and that the markets are not rigged.

captain-nemo's picture

Yes finally.  Let's investigate the real crimes for a change.


The republicans have acted like they are a minority ever since Trump took office. That needs to change, or are the republican party all Hillary minions???

lie_to_me's picture

The later. All traitors including my Senators. One of these scum blocked me from his FB page when I asked "Who killed Seth Rich?"
(I only use FB under a fake name to post ZH articles to try to wake the sheeple. Down with Zuckerberg and other pizza-loving Luciferians.)

yogibear's picture

Crap, there are so many  criminals in Washington and NY, Wall Streey it would take 8 years to process them and a a huge prison expansion effort.

Bopper09's picture

How about a council on Seth Rich's murder.  Who has that fucking laptop?  Or has it been bleachbit'd by the FBI?


slicklugan's picture

I am absolutely disgusted with this whole Russian Collusion farce perpetrated by ghosts. If some Democrat or FBI informant

came to the New York Slimes or Washington Compost and told them the sky is falling are you telling the American people you would print that story whithout going outside and verifying it? What the hell has happened to Journalism in this country. I thought REAL Journalists make certain what the leaker says is verified by themselves through various channels before they write a story and release it as REAL and not FAKE.