WASHINGTON, Jan. 28, 2018 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Robert Weiner, a former spokesman for Clinton and Bush administrations and the House Government Operations and Judiciary Committees, and Kyle Fleck, policy analyst for Robert Weiner Associates, have issued the following statement from Washington, D.C.:
"With the interview of AG Sessions and twenty White House advisors completed, it's clear the pace of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is rising to a crescendo."
It's important to note Mueller's history as an institutionalist. To protect the institution of the Presidency, he may call Trump an "unindicted" co-conspirator for obstruction, paralleling the special prosecutor's charges against Richard Nixon in Watergate. He may do the same with violation of federal campaign law, and money laundering.
But he's shown he won't be so kind to the people in Trump's orbit. After indicting former campaign manager Paul Manafort, coaxing a guilty plea out of former national security advisor Michael Flynn, and flipping campaign advisor George Papadopoulos into a collaborative witness, Mueller's moved to communications director Hope Hicks, former chief strategist Steve Bannon, and Trump himself. Mueller is building a real obstruction of justice case against various members of the Trump administration, including the President.
After firing FBI director James Comey ostensibly for 'mishandling' Hillary Clinton's use of a private server, Trump admitted to NBC's Lester Holt the true reason to fire Comey: 'When I decided to, I said… you know, this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story.' This was two days after bragging about Comey's dismissal to a pair of Russian diplomats in the Oval Office, saying, '[h]e was crazy, a real nut job. I faced great pressure because of Russia. That's taken off.'
In June 2016, Donald Trump, Jr. agreed to a meeting with Russian nationals, who promised in an email 'very high value and sensitive information' regarding the Clinton campaign. 'If it's what you say, I love it,' Jr. replied to his Russian contact, directly violating federal election law, which states one may not solicit from a 'foreign national… a thing of value in connection with any Federal, State, or local election.' Many have fantasized about the never-enforced Logan Act, which bars negotiations between citizens of the U.S. and agents of foreign power. But the Federal Election Act is enforced.
Now President Trump decided it was time for damage control. On Air Force One, he helped dictate a press release downplaying the importance of the Don Jr.-Russia meeting, leaving out seeking campaign dirt from the Russians, and saying it regarded 'adoptions' of Russian children.
It would be surprising if Mueller does not paint a portrait of obstructive behavior by Trump, his family, and campaign and administration teams. Not only were Don, Jr., Manafort, and Kushner soliciting 'high value' damaging campaign information from a foreign government, they willfully lied after the fact to cover their tracks.
The President seems unclear on the law. In his press conference in Chief of Staff John Kelly's doorway January 24, he was asked 'What is collusion?' He responded: 'Collusion is obstruction.' No, Mr. President: in legal terms, collusion is conspiracy. "Obstruction" is taking steps to block or interfere with a legal investigation.
Mueller's endgame is in sight. While the findings may not be a complete knockout punch, the prosecutor will almost certainly seek justice on obstruction, election law violations, and money laundering. So yes, Mr. President, the investigation may end soon. That wish may come true.
Contact: Bob Weiner 301-283-0821/202306-1200 [email protected]
SOURCE Robert Weiner Associates