Republicans Strike Back: Congressman Circulates Letter Demanding Mueller Open Hearing

According to an exclusive report from the Daily Caller, Representative Brian Babin (R-TX) has apparently circulated a letter in DC asking for congressmen to sign onto an effort to force special counsel Robert Mueller testify publicly in an open congressional hearing.  Among other things, Babin says that Congress has a right to question the independence of Mueller's investigative staff and the scope of his investigation.

Babin’s letter, which was obtained by TheDC, was sent out to congressmen Thursday and asks for members to cosign a letter he plans to send to House Judiciary chairman Bob Goodlatte and Senate Judiciary chairman Chuck Grassley.


“Every nominee for United States Attorney must be confirmed by the Senate, a process that brings to the forefront any concerns regarding the nominee’s ability to hold their position in a decent and impartial manner. However, as Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III and his team of lawyers investigate our very own president, we as a nation wait in the dark with very little information about those given this great authority,” Babin wrote in the letter to his fellow representatives.


Babin writes in the letter that there are “serious concerns” about conflicts of interest with regard to members of Mueller’s counsel who donated “generously” to Democrats or even represented Clinton herself.


“In addition, this investigation has the potential to drag on for months, or even years, and cost millions in taxpayer dollars,” Babin added.


Babin’s goal is to have one or both of the judiciary committees “bring Mr. Mueller and his team out of the shadows” to answer questions about the “potential expenses incurred by Mr. Mueller, the scope of his investigation and the selection of his special council team.”



Of course, this request from Babin comes as people have continued to question the impartiality of several of Mueller's early, notable hires, many of whom have been contributors to Hillary's and/or Obama's previous campaigns, with one, Jeannie Rhee, actually represented the Clinton Foundation.

Michael Dreeben, who serves as the Justice Department’s deputy solicitor general, is working on a part-time basis for Mueller, The Washington Post reported Friday.


Dreeben donated $1,000 dollars to Hillary Clinton’s Senate political action committee (PAC), Friends of Hillary, while she ran for public office in New York. Dreeben did so while he served as the deputy solicitor general at the Justice Department.


Jeannie Rhee, another member of Mueller’s team, donated $5,400 to Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign PAC Hillary for America.


Andrew Weissmann, who serves in a top post within the Justice Department’s fraud practice, is the most senior lawyer on the special counsel team, Bloomberg reported. He served as the FBI’s general counsel and the assistant director to Mueller when the special counsel was FBI director.


Before he worked at the FBI or Justice Department, Weissman worked at the law firm Jenner & Block LLP, during which he donated six times to political action committees for Obama in 2008 for a total of $4,700.


James Quarles, who served as an assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, has donated to over a dozen Democratic PACs since the late 1980s. He was also identified by the Washington Post as a member of Mueller's team.


Starting in 1987, Quarles donated to Democratic candidate Michael Dukakis’s presidential PAC, Dukakis for President. Since then, he has also contributed in 1999 to Sen. Al Gore’s run for the presidency, then-Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) presidential bid in 2005, Obama’s presidential PAC in 2008 and 2012, and Clinton’s presidential pac Hillary for America in 2016.

Meanwhile, as we pointed out yesterday, Mueller has also started to go after the family members of anyone surrounding the Trump campaign with Paul Manafort's son-in-law, Jeffrey Yohai, being the latest target. The strategy, more or less, entails digging up whatever dirt can be found on those in Trump's orbit and then using that dirt to coerce potential witnesses into cooperation.  That said, the aggressive tactics have left many questioning whether the scope of Mueller's investigation is becoming far too wide-ranging.

“Manafort is — on many levels — a key subject of the investigation and someone who might be leveraged to share information about others,” said one Washington-based white-collar attorney with a client involved in the Russia probe.


The approach involves finding a suspected crime — false statements on tax returns or loan applications, for example — and then offering leniency on prosecution in exchange for cooperation. “They always start with the people on the low end of the ladder and try to get information on someone high up on the ladder,” said William Jeffress, a white-collar attorney who represented Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff, I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, in the President George W. Bush-era Valerie Plame leak investigation.


Mueller would clearly have jurisdiction over any real estate dealings between Yohai, Manafort and Russians, Jeffress said. In addition, he could press Yohai for details on what he knows about Manafort’s role in the campaign.

Of course, we're sure that the mere suggestion that Republicans stand up against an investigation that has clearly morphed into an all out "witch hunt," and one which is backed by the full capabilities and support of the intelligence community, will just be way too controversial for some mainstreamers to support.


Big Creek Rising FrozenGoodz (not verified) Fri, 08/11/2017 - 16:05 Permalink

Any investigation into any swampcreature could result in indictments because the creatures are all dirty and the investigators are all just as dirty. As a nonnative of the swamp Trump might not be dirty, but most of the Repubs that helped him win are filthy (e.g. Manifort). Trump was right when he said he was going to wait and let Mueller finish up. No potential alternative to Mueller would be any more honest, or dishonest, than Mueller- they are all pigs. Honest lawyers (unicorns?) don't want the filth to get on their nice suits, plus, why take the pay cut for all the bullshit (and live in DC).Given an undrainable swamp, the only alternative solution that might work is WMD (small ones).

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CompassionateC… FrozenGoodz (not verified) Fri, 08/11/2017 - 16:10 Permalink

Thanks for speaking the truth.  tRump is going to prison and his supporters are going to be put in camps for being Russian agents.  tRump is nothing more than a sickening hate criminal and nazi.I'm so sick of this bad mouthing of Robert Mueller by these nazi hate criminals on the internet.  He's a good man who is going a good job to get tRump put away and to make sure that america stays under the boot of world Jewry.  

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justin423 Duc888 Sat, 08/12/2017 - 13:47 Permalink

The evidence is there. Flynn flipped first.
Manafort thought he could be clever using offshore banks not subject to subpoena.
There are sealed indictments in the EDVA.
Babin, you really want Mueller to testify in the open?
First thing out of his mouth are:
1. I recommend President Trump be impeached and will turn over my evidence to the Senate so they can consider conviction and removal from office.
2. You are going to need a new speaker and majority leader in the Senate because I have the goods on them for money laundering into political contributions.

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MalteseFalcon justin423 Sun, 08/13/2017 - 07:34 Permalink

The evidence is there. Flynn flipped first.If there was any evidence it would have been leaked by now.Manafort thought he could be clever using offshore banks not subject to subpoena.Manafort may have some problems, so what?  He has nothing on Trump.There are sealed indictments in the EDVA.So you say.Babin, you really want Mueller to testify in the open?Mueller will answer the questions he is asked, nothing more. First thing out of his mouth are:[speculative garbage redacted]Mueller is just as dirty as anyone in Congress and just as eligible for 'justice'.Trump is clean.

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MalteseFalcon FrozenGoodz (not verified) Fri, 08/11/2017 - 16:15 Permalink

"Careful how close you get to this admin GOP ... there will be indictments ... you will be associated ... we will not forget"There will be attempted indictments.  Mueller has nothing.  If Mueller goes after congress he'll get the hook immediately.As for the memory of you and the other members of the Democrat / neocon / pedophile community, you will never be in power again, so what you remember or forget is irrelevant.Go find a hole to hide in.

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Oldwood MalteseFalcon Fri, 08/11/2017 - 17:42 Permalink

All they need is ONE person to flip under pressure and "suggest" that Trump did something potentially indictable and away they will run. Look how far they have gotten with the fabrications so far. By the time one is knocked down they have three others in the oven, baking up stories of falsity and innuendo.They know EXACTLY what they are doing...and why. This is not just to slow or stop trump's agenda, it is to eliminate Trump to ensure that NO ONE ever tries this again. No  one will ever try to clear the swamp, even if only to clear the water so the bodies lying at the bottom might be visible. The swamp is about what cannot be seen, what lies in muddy murky waters of undefined depth and threat, not know what and when something will come up from behind to drag you under. Trump is in it up to his ass and the constant attacks in hope of weakening his resolve and the earth beneath his feet (his supporters) is unrelenting.They have said publicly that their intent is to remove him, along with Pence if you believe Maxine Waters. This is not a game and it is NOT about justice, Russia, Obamacare or taxes. It is about someone who as McConnell pointed out recently, ain't from around these parts. Someone who doesn't play by or respect their "rules" of washing each other's backs with American taxpayer's lives, liberties and money. He's got to go by their approximation and the only challenge for most republicans is how to do it, how to facilitate or enable it so as to appear to have relatively clean hands. The offer trump support when they have no choice, and stab him in the back when possible, setting him up for a evil democrat take down. They approved of Mueller. Sessions knew what he was doing when he recused himself. McCain and Graham knew what they were doing with each attack on Trump. Poking prodding and waiting, and you can bet they will be in the front of the line to read Trumps eulogy, declaring what a great man he was, while high-fiving it in the hallways.Trump has jumped into a snake pit, foolishly thinking he has friends, allies that actually support him, only to find that they only support what he can provide them. Their hate for him grows as he points out daily how weak an feeble they really are, an their democratic "friends" are just laughing at them while waiting for their angst to be used to undermine Trump further.This is a disaster as Trump is flailing about grasping for lifelines thrown to him by his enemies. This can only end badly for America. Trump should surrender and hand the presidency to Hillary, while we all graciously lube our asses, bend over and point them towards her willingly. We have lost and the pain will only get worse from here. Economic and military disaster is being fomented currently to be absolutely blamed upon Trump and ANY conservative voice, and once unleashed upon us will not only do great harm to us, but ensure that not even moderate conservatives will be given a voice at the table. We will all be thankful Google employees, going about our business, keeping our mouths shut, doing what we are told and being happy for it.The boot is on our face FOREVER. FrozenGoodz will be our supervisor, making sure that we think, talk and walk correctly. Maybe with a little swagger, hips, to and fro, elbows in, wrists out, you know.....

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11b40 Oldwood Fri, 08/11/2017 - 18:54 Permalink

I largely agree that is the scenario that the swamp wants to play out, but trump sure as hell does not need to hand the reins to Clinton.What he needs to do is go on TV and announce that there every reason to believe that our country has been sabotaged from within.  He has a perfect thing to point to - the Awan Brothers and their work inside the Congressional IT Network.  He should then demand a special prosecutor who is not affiliated with DC in any way.  Then he can go on to the new forensic evidence that there was no hack of the DNC, and that there has been an organized effort within the government to overthrow his Presidency, and this is treason.  He should immediately say that Mueller is compromised and that he has instructed everyone associated with his team to ignore any communications from him or his team.  He should tell sessions to fire Rosenstein, and also tell him who he wants hired as #2 at Justice.  Once that is done, fire Sessions and tell you don't care if they won't confirm a new AG.  he would then have his own man running things while there is no AG.  The #2 fires Mueller, and the Press goes nuts.  Then he goes after the corporate media by calling for anti-trust investigations and tie them to collusion with the deep state.There is more he could do, too, but is time to go to dinner.  Maybe others have their own suggestions.  He has the biggest microphone in the world & needs to use it.  He is a reflexive puncher, but he needs to start swinging first.  The best defense is a good offense.

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Oldwood 11b40 Fri, 08/11/2017 - 19:23 Permalink

I'm sitting here currently with my left-wing Seattle father-in-law while he watches the evening news. I ask him questions like.....what CRIME is it that these investigations propose? His response is "something stinks about the Trump/Russia/DNC hacking thing". He could care less about law, it's about TRUMP.Progressives and those who simply despise Trump DON'T CARE ABOUT FACTS. Trump could go on the air reciting facts, evidence, timelines and all the rest and they would simply turn him off or claim he is lying or just declaring it doesn't matter. The media would behave the same....except maybe a few on Fox. We see it on these threads every fucking day....and that's here, not Huffington and all the rest. Trump has his base and most are pretty solid, but what we are left with is only one recourse and that is in the streets....exactly what progressives are hoping for.We may as well be resisting the Leninists in Russia. We will be silenced and when that fails, put in prison. America IS Google now where all opinions are valued...except YOURS, and if disagreeable, you will be removed. What the fuck do we think all of this dependency is about anyway? It is about buying or forcing our silence. They have herding us with debt and dependency for years into this corral of control, and once in, you can check out, but NEVER leave.

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Just Another V… stitch-rock Fri, 08/11/2017 - 17:02 Permalink

Lets see..........Ten months and not a shred of evidence, and these DIM  F*cktards want an endless investigation with no accountability.  If Congress doesn''t question this, in public, quickly, this country is in real trouble ............ (ie  Useless Congress)   Not one raid on any DIM after all the mega crimes and known criminal acts.Donald had two scoops of ice cream, which was more than his fair share and thats a crime to the DIMs.Donald has committed the "crime" of attempting to stop illegal immigration.Also the crime of winning a DIM rigged crooked election that the criminal powers thought was in the bag. Donald has committed the "crime" of really trying to stop the massive drug problem .Aslo guilty of the "crime" of wanting to reign in the unlimited government spending problems.Oh and Donald is guilty of not having chemical or medical issues, not getting along with the lying MSM,            and he  doesn't talk endless excuses and nonsense  in front of the camers like many in Congress.  He tweets. But the biggest "crime" is trying to end a terrible terrible  unaffordable very bad plan. oh,  and after the nuts in NK  threaten the US with destruction, Donald is not giving NK Hundreds of Millions or Billions to promise to be "nice" again.  Its an upside down world.

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Oldwood Just Another V… Fri, 08/11/2017 - 17:57 Permalink

No evidence is needed. This is about building a false consensus by repeating the same lies over and over. As these lies are proved to be lies, they are already spreading new and even more salacious ones that will need to be late to prevent public opinion, CONSENSUS (this is an important progressive word because it is used to imply fact wen in reality it is simply the implication of a majority opinion at best). False consensus is their proof. They will cite IT as evidence of a crime....even when the charges made are not even a crime. Trump's crime is he IS Trump, and they will NEVER back down from that because the media will never stop reinforcing it or giving it credibility.Trump is fucked. Not because of the lies or investigations, but because the REPUBLICANS will use this false consensus as an excuse to refuse to support Trump. And THEY will be the weapon used to bring him down.They (the republicans) will cross the room to vote for impeachment. If for no other reason, as we saw with McConnell and others, TRUMP is the excuse for not getting the "people's work" done.He just doesn't understand how "things" work.        actually, he is a threat because he understands all too well how "things" work...and wants to change it.

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Rainman Fri, 08/11/2017 - 15:59 Permalink

"The secret of freedom lies in educating people, whereas the secret of tyranny is in keeping them ignorant."          ~ Robespierre

Anteater Rainman Fri, 08/11/2017 - 16:06 Permalink

This is the same Republican Congress that just had Donald JrREAD FROM A SCRIPT IN PRIVATE HEARING, then ILLEGALLY DECLARE HIM EXCULPATED OF ANY WRONG DOING, whichis an UNCONSTITUTIONAL VIOLATION OF DUE PROCESS!If Obama had done this, the Republicans heads would have exploded. This is TREASON, just like the TREASON in selling$112 BILLION of arms to al-Saud Wahhabi-ISIS headchoppers!Trump makes Fast and Furious look like a bar mitzvah party.Mazel tuv!

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CompassionateC… Fri, 08/11/2017 - 16:00 Permalink

I'm so sick of this Russian colluding president.  Send his racist nazi ass to prison along with his family now!!  All of his stupid white trash hillbilly supporters should be rounded up and murdered by the government too!  It's the ONLY way to fight white privilege and intolerance!!!  Open borders and white genocide NOW!!!

trailer park boys CompassionateC… Fri, 08/11/2017 - 16:51 Permalink

Don't feed the trolls. There are quite a few out there lately - CompassionateCo... and FrozenGoods on this thread alone. They're easy to spot by their flame throwing comments and no response to those who respond to them. And Alt-Girl is an anti-semite spammer. I'm all for diverse opinion and debate, but ABC Media, the (fairly) new owners of Zerohedge, had better clean up this site or it will be overrun by trolls and spammers and ruined as a serious economic and political website. 

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