Offbeat One year of Mueller as special counsel, by the numbers

15:27  17 may  2018
15:27  17 may  2018 Source:

Mueller rejects Trump request to answer questions in writing

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller is assembling an all-star team of veteran prosecutors whose expert backgrounds go beyond counterintelligence. Gingrich sent the numbers to the White House.

McCarthy spoke highly of special counsel Robert Mueller (pictured), himself a former FBI director, calling him “a very patriotic American.” “He’s about 72, so he’s about 14, 15 years older than I am.

Robert Mueller, Donald Trump are posing for a picture © CNN Illustration/Getty Images

Thursday marks one year since special counsel Robert Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 US election. Mueller took over an investigation that was first opened by since-fired FBI Director James Comey in July 2016, during the campaign.

The far-reaching investigation continues -- witnesses are still being interviewed, and trials are scheduled for later this year. As the proceedings have dragged on, the White House has adopted an increasingly hostile tone toward the investigation, which President Donald Trump has repeatedly called a "witch hunt" and a "hoax."

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Special Counsel investigation (2017–present). Since May 2017, a Special Counsel investigation has been led by the United States Special Counsel , Robert Mueller , a former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).

But in acting as general counsel , Mueller isn’t just an executive branch appointee – he’s also acting as an attorney, which means he’s bound by the special ethics rules which cover the profession.

Here is a breakdown of what we know about one year of the investigation under Mueller, by the numbers.

In one year, Mueller has brought charges against 19 people and three companies, including a former White House adviser, three former Trump campaign aides -- including the campaign chairman at the time -- a prominent Russian oligarch and a dozen Kremlin-backed trolls. In all, these defendants are facing a combined 75 criminal charges, ranging from alleged conspiracy against the United States, bank fraud and tax violations to lying to FBI investigators and identity fraud.

Five defendants have pleaded guilty -- most prominently, former national security adviser Michael Flynn and former Trump campaign aide Rick Gates, who are both cooperating with Mueller. Alex van der Zwaan, a Dutch lawyer who pleaded guilty to lying to the special counsel, is currently serving a 30-day prison sentence.

Judge refuses to dismiss ex-Trump campaign aide Manafort's criminal case

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It is not just the appointment of a special counsel that is cause for relief but the specific choice of Robert Mueller . As a result, Mueller has deep, working ties with the Republicans and Democrats in Congress, before whom he testified in the course of those 12 years .

4/ For these reasons—and because Trump can't legally fire Mueller —you should assume the Special Counsel will refuse to be fired directly by Trump if Trump attempts to do this. That said, Democrats would only need a small number of Republican allies in the two houses of Congress to protect Mueller .

Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort is fighting Mueller's charges in court.

In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. © AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File In this June 21, 2017, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, the special counsel probing Russian interference in the 2016 election, departs Capitol Hill following a closed door meeting in Washington. At least 40 people have voluntarily given interviews to Mueller's investigators, according to CNN's latest reporting and other news accounts. At least seven people are known to have testified at a grand jury, though the number is likely much higher because the proceedings are secret.

Before Mueller took over the investigation, at least two former Trump campaign staffers were placed under government surveillance. The FBI and Justice Department got approval from federal judges to wiretap and monitor the communications of Manafort and Carter Page, a foreign policy adviser to the campaign.

Giuliani: Mueller's team told Trump's lawyers they can't indict a president

  Giuliani: Mueller's team told Trump's lawyers they can't indict a president Special counsel Robert Mueller's team has informed President Donald Trump's attorneys that they have concluded that they cannot indict a sitting president, according to the President's lawyer. "All they get to do is write a report," Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani told CNN. "They can't indict. At least they acknowledged that to us after some battling, they acknowledged that to us.

James Comey, the former F.B.I. director fired by President Donald Trump last year , has been interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election.

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein in May appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel “to oversee the investigation into ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russian officials,” according to The New York Times.

Earlier this year, Trump's lawyers touted an "unprecedented" level of cooperation with Mueller. They boasted that the White House had handed over 20,000 pages to Mueller and the Trump campaign had produced an additional 1.4 million pages of documents. They also noted that at least 20 White House staffers "voluntarily" gave interviews to Mueller's investigators, including eight people from the White House Counsel's Office.

The President has not yet been interviewed, but negotiations are underway for him to provide testimony. CNN has reported that in at least one meeting, Mueller raised the possibility of a subpoena to compel Trump's testimony. Trump has said he would "love to speak" to Mueller, so long as he is "treated fairly."

When Mueller was appointed, Trump's initial response seemed resolute but calm. "As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know — there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity," the President said in a statement.

But early the next morning, Trump used what is now his signature phrase to describe the probe. "This is the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history!" he tweeted. He has tweeted about the "witch hunt" 39 times since the Mueller probe began, and has used it more frequently over the past two months.

Mueller has a lot of options besides indicting Trump. Here they are

  Mueller has a lot of options besides indicting Trump. Here they are Rudy Giuliani's assertion to CNN this week that President Donald Trump can't be indicted by the special counsel, and thus can't face a subpoena, banks on a series of internal Justice Department policies. The question to this day is untested in the court system. Yet the step-by-step process Robert Mueller or any special counsel could follow for a President under investigation has several possible outcomes.

Robert Mueller ’s sprawling special - counsel investigation is playing hardball. It has been over a year , and they don’t have it. If they had it, former FBI director Jim Comey would not have thrice told Trump he was not a suspect.

“ Special Counsel Mueller derives his office and powers from the DOJ, as he was appointed, strangely, by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.” The complaint cites a number of leaks of confidential information. Sen.

Mueller has assembled a team of at least 17 lawyers and "dozens" of FBI agents to help with his investigation. Nine of the lawyers donated to Democratic candidates before 2017, according to federal records. Eight of those lawyers gave only to Democrats, while one has donated to Democrats and Republicans before.

Nearly $7 million was spent by the federal government between May and September 2017 to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election, according to the latest publicly available spending figures. Of that total, Mueller's team spent approximately $3.2 million, and another $3.5 million was spent separately by law enforcement personnel working on the investigation who do not report directly to Mueller.

Trump enjoyed 117 days of a Mueller-free presidency before May 17, 2017, when Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the special counsel's appointment. Rosenstein installed Mueller "to ensure a full and thorough investigation of the Russian government's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election," his order said.

Five months later, in October, Mueller's team announced its first indictments. But the first trial is still two months away, slated for July 10, when Manafort will face federal bank and tax fraud charges in Virginia.

CNN's Katelyn Polantz contributed to this report.

Judge doesn't believe Mueller's office has been leaking .
"My guess is that you'll probably receive a lot of -- hundreds of pages of documents that essentially say 'no comment,'" said Judge Emmet SullivanLoad Error


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