Should have been charged with Jerome Corsi
Worry about and about special investigator Mueller
After the midterm elections, the Mueller indictment is due: Several people are currently trembling in front of the prosecutors surrounding special investigator Robert Mueller, who are supposed to investigate Russian interference in the US election campaign.
Numerous confidants of US President Donald Trump, including former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, former campaign manager Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates, as well as Trump's former attorney Michael Cohen and many more, have already pleaded guilty to various offenses.
Before elections, US prosecutors are advised not to take any investigative steps that could give the appearance of influencing the vote. Mueller complied and did not bring charges during the 60 day period.
This grace period is apparently soon over: Jerome Corsi, a long-time acquaintance of Trump intimate Roger Stone, said earlier this week that he expects to soon be charged with false testimony. Corsi, a full-time conspiracy theorist, has been questioned by Mueller's team for hours and apparently believes himself that he lied: "I'm being charged," he said in a live stream video on Monday. He canceled a TV interview on Tuesday at short notice.
Trump confidante also fears charges
Roger Stone himself is already expecting charges. Trump's electoral strategist and longtime confidante could be the person mentioned in another of Mueller's indictments. This - still anonymous - person is said to have been in contact with Russian agents during the election campaign.
According to the indictment, Russia is behind the hacking attack and the theft of thousands of emails from Hillary Clinton's election campaign that were published in the middle of the election campaign. Stone said the indictment made it clear that he did not cooperate with the hackers, nor did he distribute or assist with stolen emails. Mueller may see it differently.
But Stone and those around him are combative. Andrew Miller, a former Stone employee, even refuses to testify in the Mueller investigation. In court, his lawyers are currently fighting a summons from the special investigator. They argue that Mueller's authority is excessive and therefore unconstitutional. Mueller can do what he wants without being checked, is the allegation.
Prosecution officials, however, argue that Mueller is subject to Justice Department guidelines. He must report decisive steps in the investigation to the incumbent Minister of Justice.
"I consider it an illegal investigation"
The US President seems to be very fond of the attempts to bring the Mueller investigation down in court. In August he said he believed the investigation was illegal. "I consider it an illegal investigation," he told Bloomberg financial news agency, citing "great scholars."
But Trump doesn't just stop at words. Critics fear that by removing his Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Trump has taken steps to directly obstruct the investigation. Sessions himself did not interfere in the investigation due to bias, instead the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein supervised the investigation.
But after the electoral failure in the midterms, Trump surprisingly installed Matthew Withaker as acting attorney general. Whitaker is anything but impartial and is considered a sharp critic of the Mueller investigation. The former Session Chief of Staff has stated several times in the past that there was no agreement between President Trump and Moscow and that the investigation of Mueller was a waste of time.
Budget 2019 secured
For Mueller, however, Whitaker's proposal to cut the budget of the Mueller investigation and thus slowly and quietly bury the investigation is much more dangerous.
A proposal that will be difficult to implement - at least in the coming year: the budget for the Mueller investigation in 2019 has already been approved, and the White House emphasizes that it has no plans to turn off the money to the Mueller investigation.
Whitaker's order raises the alarm bells among the opposition Democrats. Some MPs even consider Whitaker's appointment to be unconstitutional.
Up to 210 days in office
Because the US Constitution gives the Senate a say in the appointment of a new cabinet member. Trump circumvented this regulation by only appointing Whitaker as acting attorney general. In this capacity, Whitaker can remain in office for up to 210 days without a Senate hearing.
Up to now, however, it has been customary that only people who have already been appointed by the Senate for another post take up this post. Rod Rosenstein, for example, has already had a Senate hearing as Deputy Minister of Justice. With the temporary appointment of Whitaker, however, this practice was broken. The state of Maryland questions the legality of Whitaker's order in a lawsuit.
The opposition Democrats are correspondingly upset. However, from January, when the newly elected House of Representatives meets, they control key committees in parliament.
The first ideal witness for the Justice Committee: the new incumbent Justice Minister. (Stefan Binder, November 14, 2018)
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