Robert Mueller Just Got His Grand Jury’s Term Extended for Another Six Months
Robert Mueller apparently has more work to do. The Special Counsel has just asked a federal judge to extend the term of his grand jury for another six months. The chief judge of the D.C. Circuit, Beryl Howell, granted his request, CNN’s Katelyn Polantz reports.
The extension allows Mueller to continue his current work with the same grand jury, rather than having to impanel a new group. The grand jury’s term was set to expire on Sunday, CNBC adds.
Numerous reports in recent weeks claimed the Mueller investigation into Russia’s activities during the 2016 election, which has expanded to include President Donald Trump and his actions, would likely be wrapped up in February.
That appears to be clearly incorrect given this new development.
Mueller and his team are investigating possible Russia collusion and obstruction of justice by President Trump.
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Trump May Become ‘Unhinged’ Over Cohen Testimony Says Former Aide
Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman, speaking on MNBC Saturday Night, says that President Trump will become “unhinged” if former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen discusses Trump’s children — especially his daughter Ivanka — during congressional testimony.
“There is no question that big red line for Donald Trump is his children, particularly Ivanka,” said Manigault Newman to host Alex Witt. “And once Michael Cohen starts sharing details that may actually implicate them, you will see him truly become, well, unhinged.”
Cohen is expected to testify publicly this coming Wednesday before the House Oversight Committee, as well as in private before the House Intelligence Committee on Thursday. Cohen is viewed as a key figure amongst Trump confidants, halving serves as the President’s personal lawyer and “fixer” for many years.
The House Oversight Committee has said that the testimony will be limited, though Manigault Newman expects Cohen to go deeper, perhaps bringing up the president’s children.
“I think on Wednesday what you’ll see is a man who wants to share the inner-workings of the Trump crime family,” said Manigault Newman. “I mean he knows everything about this family and he’s going to share, as the documents revealed, information about possible insurance fraud, tax fraud, the inner workings of their deal with the Trump Moscow.
“I’ll be interested to see how much he shares about the role of Trump’s children in a lot of these deals, including senior adviser Ivanka Trump, Jared, her husband and the children: Don and Eric Trump,” added Manigault Newman.
Manigault Newman, a former contestant on “The Apprentice,” hosted by Donald Trump before he was president, was let go by the White House in December 2017.
Manigault Newman has since written a book about her experiences in the White House, perhaps not coincidentally titled Unhinged: An Insider’s Account of the Trump White House.
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Comey Quietly Responds to Trump’s Twitter Attacks
Former FBI director James Comey quietly “subtweeted” — that is, indirectly responded without using names — to President Trump, using the words of another former President against the current occupant of the White House.
“I ask you to judge me by the enemies I have made.” — FDR
— James Comey (@Comey) January 12, 2019
Unlike the President, Comey doesn’t often take to his Twitter account, having only “tweeted” three times this year.
Early in President Trump’s term, the president was fond of Comey, although their relationship soured quickly. Comey has since become a critic of the President. and his actions.
The President fired Comey in May 2017, supposedly in response to Comey’s handling of the investigation into his opponent, Hillary Clinton. Later, the president changed his story, saying that the termination had more to do with Comey’s part in the investigation of Russian interference into the 2016 President election.
In the last few days, it has become clearer that the FBI had opened up an investigation into the President after the termination, over fears that Trump was a Russian asset.
Trump hasn’t directly responded to these concerns, but has opted instead to attack those involved, including Comey.
Wow, just learned in the Failing New York Times that the corrupt former leaders of the FBI, almost all fired or forced to leave the agency for some very bad reasons, opened up an investigation on me, for no reason & with no proof, after I fired Lyin’ James Comey, a total sleaze!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2019
This is not the first time Comey has used a quote to “subtweet” about the President and his actions. In October of 2017, he also took to Twitter, at that time under his pseudonymous Twitter handle, “Reinhold Niebuhr.” At that time, he spoke out about the first charges from the Mueller investigation impacting Paul Manafort and Richard Gates.
“Man’s capacity for justice makes democracy possible, but man’s inclination to injustice makes democracy necessary.” Reinhold Niebuhr
— James Comey (@Comey) October 30, 2017
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