Mueller Probe Expands Despite Pleas To "Finish It The Hell Up"

Instead of winding down his investigation into Russian interference/collusion in the US 2016 election, Robert Mueller is requisitioning additional Department of Justice resources in the latest sign that the probe continues to expand nearly 14 months after Mueller was appointed special counsel. According to Bloomberg, in a sign that Mueller is preparing to hand off more of his investigation to other federal prosecutors - like he did with the investigation into Michael Cohen (which he "delegated" to the southern district of New York) - the DOJ is now spending more on supplemental work for Mueller than it is spending on the special counsel's own staff.

According to his most recent statement of expenditures, more money is being spent on work done by permanent Department of Justice units than on Mueller’s own dedicated operation. The DOJ units spent $9 million from the investigation’s start in May 2017 through March of this year, compared with $7.7 million spent by Mueller’s team.

Mueller is also increasingly depending on investigators in different areas, including New York, Alexandria, Va. and Pittsburg, Penn. in yet another sign that another handoff could be imminent.

Investigators in New York; Alexandria, Virginia; Pittsburgh and elsewhere have been tapped to supplement the work of Mueller’s team, the officials said. Mueller has already handed off one major investigation - into Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen - to the Southern District of New York.

In an attempt to "normalize" Mueller's behavior, DOJ officials told Bloomberg that this type of "expansion" was to be expected: "A heavy investigative load" had been anticipated from the start. Plus, they said, Mueller is showing results (though it appears he's done just enough to justify continuing with the probe).

"I don’t think he’s getting in over his head," said Solomon Wisenberg, who served as deputy independent counsel investigating President Bill Clinton in the 1990s. "These things have a tendency to balloon. Yes, it may be taxing on them. No, it’s not that unusual."

Nor is it unusual for Mueller to turn to U.S. attorneys or to Justice Department headquarters, said Wisenberg, who’s now a partner at the law firm Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP.

Mueller's team will likely be particularly busy in the coming months as he wraps up his negotiations with President Trump's team and gears up for the trial of Paul Manafort - which is set to begin later this month.

"It’s going to be all hands on deck when they go to the Manafort trial," Wisenberg said.

Earlier this year, the Internet Research Agency opened another front in Mueller's war by engaging him in a legal battle in federal court as they've sought to expose what Mueller has argued are "sensitive investigative materials". Another court fight started last week when Andrew Miller, a former aide to Roger Stone, filed a sealed motion to fight one of Mueller's grand jury subpoenas.

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Mueller is also expected to soon begin the sentencing phase of his prosecution of Michael Flynn and George Papadopoulos, both of whom pleaded guilty to lying to investigators, and have offered to cooperate. With so much going on, some experts have quietly urged Mueller to think about cutting back.

"He’s a busy guy," said Jeffrey Cramer, a former federal prosecutor.

"There’s certainly multiple fronts going on right now," said Cramer, who’s now managing director of the international investigation firm Berkeley Research Group LLC. "Some of them are more active than others."

Cramer doesn’t think Mueller’s in over his head but says he might be taking timing into consideration when it comes to making additional moves.

"You don’t have unlimited resources in a sense that you’ve got an unlimited cadre of prosecutors and agents," Cramer said. "There does come a time where they can only do so much."

With all this in mind, it certainly doesn't sound like Mueller is respecting Rep. Trey Gowdy's admonition - delivered to Mueller's ostensible boss, Rod Rosenstein - to "finish it the hell up." At this point, it seems like even Trump agreeing to sit for an interview - something that Mueller has long said would be the capstone to his investigation - would be enough to entice Mueller to wind down his wide-reaching investigation which, in case you forgot, has moved far beyond its initial mandate to investigate "Russian interference."

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brushhog sarcrilege Thu, 07/05/2018 - 08:58 Permalink

The investigation will go until the midterm elections. If the dems pick up enough seats in the house to impeach trump, then Mueller will come out with as much damning info as he can. If they dont win the house and dont get the votes, Trump will step in fire rosenstein, Mueller and the rest then put an end to this farce. Thats why it is so important to get out and vote this time....maybe more important than it was in 2016.

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HopefulCynical JRobby Thu, 07/05/2018 - 09:07 Permalink

You're all correct. Mueller is up-to-his-eyeballs dirty, he's trying to stretch this out into the midterms in hope of a blue wave rising to wash over his crimes with a Democrat impeachment attempt, and in the meantime attempt to manufacture an 'October surprise.'

The only thing you've missed is that the GOPe is still attempting to lose control of Congress, so the Commiecrats can impeach Trump and the Swamp can get back to gorging itself on Globalist Bux.

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NumNutt pods Thu, 07/05/2018 - 10:59 Permalink

The way I see this is that Trump has allowed this bunch of assholes to paint themselves into a corner. These people have seen the writing on the wall and it says they will be fired soon after this investigation is over as they have been exposed to everyone as to their real motives. So their only hope of keeping a job is to drag this shit show out until the political winds change direction. so this will not be ending anytime soon....

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Hal n back Kayman Thu, 07/05/2018 - 09:57 Permalink

all hands on deck for the Manafort trial????????????

 

if you have even been in a lawsuit you are fucked when they say that.

 

HOWEVER:

remember when Holder  said the DOJ did not have the resources to go after the banks in 2009?

 

Just saying.

It is not what you know, it is who you know.

 

 

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Chupacabra-322 loveyajimbo Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:54 Permalink

I fully expect Sessions to do everything he can to cover up for Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at Large Hillary Clinton, the Awans, Debbie, Comey, Lynch, Clapper, Breanan & other’s.

Of course, he’s a Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath CIA “Company Man.”

Realize this this Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Alphabet Agency is involved in virtually every capacity of business along with their Criminal Front Companies.

That’s exactly, what needs to be comprehended into the human consciousness.

Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopath Hillary Clinton & her co horts are only a symptom to the host.

The host being the Pure Evil War Criminal Treasonous Seditious Psychopaths at the CIA.

 

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BarkingCat Chupacabra-322 Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:17 Permalink

I just heard an excellent discussion on the topic of Mueller.

There is a YouTube video of Mark Levin discussion on how the entire appointment of Mueller in unconstitutional. 

In a nutshell,  Mueller is functioning like a federal prosecutor. 

A federal prosecutor is what is considered a principal federal officer.

Per US Constitution, Article 2 Section 2,  a principal officer of the US federal government is appointed by the president and approved by 2/3 of the Senate.

 

So, Rosenstein had no authority to appoint a Special Council.  In fact he has usurped the president 's authority. For that alone he should be fired.

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caconhma Stan522 Thu, 07/05/2018 - 10:51 Permalink

It is all Trump fault. He is a fake President and has no control of DoJ as well as any other government agences. 

Trump is a general without army. Even Republican Congress is not helping him.

"People must be afraid of a ruler, otherwise, he is a nobody." Machiavelli

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justyouwait brushhog Thu, 07/05/2018 - 09:51 Permalink

When will conservative America wake up to the fact they are being played? Someone remind me which party controls Congress, the Senate & the Presidency. Here you have Mueller running around dragging Manafort, Flynn and Pappsomethingorother through the mud while bankrupting others but the Awan criminal who committed crimes against the country walks off with a slap on the wrist because Debbie Was A Man Schultz is up to her neck in his crimes (along with a slew of other Dem politicians).

This country is a banana republic with a glossy veneer so we the idiots don't figure it out & revolt. They (the Deep State that actually runs this country) are so confident of their control they don't even hide it much anymore. We are so stupid or docile (or both) we do nothing. Hoping something changes after the mid terms is laughable I am afraid. They have had the power for a few years and the shots are still being called by the Deep State. Nothing is changing nor will it change. We are being put in our place and shown that our votes really don't count as the banana republic rolls on, no matter which party is the public face of it.

Can't wait for the Republicans to go on TV to cry how Rotten Rodney is again with holding information while Trump whines about it on twitter, while neither of the do anything about it even though they have the power to do so.

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Big Creek Rising sarcrilege Thu, 07/05/2018 - 09:16 Permalink

Agree but no further impact on the election will accrue from more Mueller.

For those dem-turds still clinging to the hairs in Hillary’s buttcrack their minds were made up long ago and will never change:    Trump is guilty on all counts whatever those counts may be. 

I think most of the undecided middle have moved on to issues raised by the SJWs and the Berners, and for sentient beings those issues will just as likely push undecideds to vote Repub or sit it out. Only a small number care much either way and to most people Mueller is just noise until he finds a real body

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Squid-puppets … HopefulCynical Thu, 07/05/2018 - 08:52 Permalink

I've seen a 1992 letter from now assassinated former FBI head Ted Gunderson, who was investigating a 'satanic paedopihle ring' in Washington DC. That letter was addressed to Robert Mueller and it expressed Ted's disappointment that Mr Mueller was responding in a defensive manner and was not co-operative with that investigation  

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HopefulCynical Squid-puppets … Thu, 07/05/2018 - 09:23 Permalink

Ahh yes, that's the REAL crime being covered up here. Black magic, involving unspeakable horrors perpetrated against children, by soulless psychopaths, drunk on power, control, and violence. It stretches to the very top of all human societal systems, and to the farthest reaches of the globe.

Mueller's just as in on it as the Clintons, Bushes, Obamas, McCains, Podestas...Rockefeller, Rothschild, Soros, Warburg...

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Branded HopefulCynical Thu, 07/05/2018 - 11:17 Permalink

Which begs the point, why does Trump seem to think that he will be able to reform the system by working within the system - assuming he's not in on the fix.

Things are so dark and far gone, there's no coming back without military tribunals - assuming there's a segment of the military uncorrupted enough to do the job.

But, the guy and his team are presumably much more intelligent then myself, so perhaps they see a way to thread that needle that I do not.

In my mind, the government is a very tough very blunt instrument, it's going to take a very large sledge hammer with a great deal of mass to 'fix' it.

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el buitre Branded Thu, 07/05/2018 - 12:26 Permalink

Mueller assumed the office of the Director of the FBI exactly one week before 9/11.  Anyone with an IQ over room temperature knows that the official story of 9/11 is a load of crap.  The buildings were not brought down by these black smoke furniture fires, especially as the beams were still coated with asbestos to prevent any weakening from fire, and the removal of the health hazard asbestos was conservatively estimated at over $1 billion which Larry "Pull It" Silverstein had no intentions of paying.  And Building 7 was never even hit by a plane.  So 9/11 was an "inside job" of the neocons, traitorous Air Force generals, dual citizens, and the Mossad.  I include Mossad as "inside" as they run the US government through AIPAC and corporate  and banking control, particularly of the media.  What actually brought down the structures?  Solid cases have been made for Semtex from the squibs on video just before the towers "dustified." nanothermite from the clean diagonally cut beams,  micronuke cores (which Johnson allowed Israel to steal) due to the huge explosions that first responders claim rocked the buildings and threw 50 ton beams across Liberty Street like spears into the 10th floor of buildings across the street.  And directed scalar energy weapons from anomalies too complicated to put into one sentence or even a chapter.  I for one think all four were used, to confuse the issue if nothing else.

So here you have this huge crime scene which should have been investigated by Mr Mueller, the new. one week Director of the FBI.  Crickets.  I firmly believe that his real job was to make sure that the proper blame for this mass murder of about 3000 citizens was never properly solved.  This makes him an accessory after the fact of a capital crime (though I would maintain before the fact as well.)  Not to mention the tens of thousands of death, maimings, and psychological damage of US servicemen from the succession of useless MENA wars when this PNAC "new Pearl Harbor" initiated  the kick off, as depicted by the famous Gen. Wesley Clark interview.  And then we have the Pentagram fiasco which wiped out 300 auditors and their records who were charged with discovering where the missing $2.3 Trillion went, which Rumsfeld announced in a press conference 16 hours before the first tower went down, which left no Boeing debris, no holes from the titanium engines in the outer wall, or the engines themselves.  And Mueller's only act was to confiscate all the videos including from 7-11's on the purported flight path in a matter of hours.  They think we are idiots and they are correct.

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I Am Jack's Ma… stinkhammer Thu, 07/05/2018 - 08:52 Permalink

The Russiagate farce began with the Hillary Campaign the day after the loss, involved Strzok who STILL has not been criminally charged, as well as McCabe, Clapper, and most of all probably Brennan.

Clapper’s DNI assessment of Russian ‘hacking’ of Hillary/DNC emails...

Was a fraud.  A lie. Complete horseshit.

Trump should order a FULL intel agency review of that report and the alleged hacking with DIA taking the lead.

 

It is batshit crazy no one has advised Trump to do this.  It is an absolute win-win play.

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Squid-puppets … I Am Jack's Ma… Thu, 07/05/2018 - 08:58 Permalink

nup. back further.

The Fusion GPS dossier was kicked off by McCain - $300 000 worth. His initial intention during the campaign was to make it politically unpalateable for Trump to co-operate with Putin to destroy ISIS. bc of course McCain wanted his pet ISIS to keep rolling until Damascus fell & they could ram their gas pipeline from Qatar through to the Meditteranean.

 

But then when Trump started rising in the polls & became the GOP frontrunner, Hillary & the DNC came to McCain & said 'we like this dossier, we're gonna kick in another $6 million and pep it up'

then they used it to authorise spying on Trump during the campaign

then they used it to kick off the Mueller investigation, knowing all along their payments to create it makes it INADMISSIBLE EVIDENCE

 

& Strzok hasnt been charged TET, but he has been in a criminal referral to the DOJ, along with hillary & co, in the IG report. But of course, the IG report news was buried under the kids in cages hysteria that was never an issue in all 8 years of Obama's tenure

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I Am Jack's Ma… Squid-puppets … Thu, 07/05/2018 - 09:30 Permalink

Israel has gas and oil in Golan and offshore (Leviathan) it desperately wants to sell to Europe.

Ask yourselves if McCain and Hillary were arming terrorists to help Qatar compete with Israel.

 

If Qatar and the Saudis and the US *really* wanted to run Qatar gas for Europe they could have built a pipe by now for far cheaper that just didnt run through Syria.  Especially if a major motive was to diminish Russia’s gas sales to Europe... I mean this has been 7 years of not selling that gas.

The Arab Spring hit Syria a few weeks after Iran, Iraq, and Syria inked a deal to build a pipeline to transit Iran’s gas to Syrian ports, and hopefully from there a pipeline to Europe.

A pipeline like the Israelis are planning on building to Cyprus then on to Europe. 

 

Its not about Qatari gas.

 

I hear you otherwise but would just consider fusion gps/steele to be part and parcel of FBI Spygate, which involves not just spying on trump’s campaign but the mythical russian meddling.

There’s little doubt Obama was involved.

I hope Nunes/Grassley or someone subpoena him.   Talk about headlines...

In fact -  it’s pretty crazy Obama’s name has not been in anyone’s mouth, really, during these hearings. 

 

 

#hisnameisSethRich

 

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Billy the Poet Squid-puppets … Thu, 07/05/2018 - 10:14 Permalink

The Fusion GPS dossier was kicked off by McCain - $300 000 worth.

 

Documentation? It was The Washington Free Beacon which first contracted with FusionGPS to investigate Trump but they dropped out in April, 2016. Hillary and the DNC took over the contract at that time. Steele was was not hired until June. McCain later shopped the dossier around DC.

 

 

Washington Free Beacon funded original Fusion GPS anti-Trump opposition effort

https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/washington-free-beacon-funded-origin…

 

Timeline: The making of
the Steele dossier

https://www.washingtonpost.com/graphics/2018/politics/steele-timeline/?…

 

So again, the new thing here is not that Democrats paid Fusion GPS, and so helped -- wittingly or unwittingly -- to bankroll Steele's work, but that it was, specifically, Clinton's campaign and the DNC

https://www.cnn.com/2017/10/26/politics/trump-clinton-podesta-steele-do…

 

 

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onewayticket2 I Am Jack's Ma… Thu, 07/05/2018 - 08:58 Permalink

Funny thing is....EVERYONE involved knows that the "investigation" is about "get trump" not about collusion or anything else.   Limbaugh had an interesting point.....that IN ADDITION to it being a farce, the ROLE of the "investigators" is to make certain that their own crimes are buried, destroyed, "wiped like with a cloth" in the process.   (and convince any other non establishment figure that running for president is not worth the hassle)

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