Mueller:
First,
Last Wednesday I posted that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had spent $3.2 million in his first four months investigating Russian meddling in last year election and any links between President Trump and Russia.

But that’s not the real number: the Department of Justice spent $6.7 million, saying it’s not “legally required to figure out this total”(emphasis added),

according to a report released Tuesday.

Of the total, only $3.2 million was spent directly by Mueller on salaries, travel, rent and equipment through September.

The other $3.5 million was spent on DOJ operations and would have been spent on its own pre-existing Russia investigations if Mueller hadn’t been tapped to take over in mid-May. DOJ said it wasn’t legally required to figure out this total, and past special counsels didn’t tabulate it.

Second,
Peter StrzokAndrew Weissmann, and now Jeannie Rhee,

. . . this week, details of Rhee’s client relationships emerged, revealing that she representedObama Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes during the House Select Committee on Benghazi’s investigation of the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack.
. . .

Also this week, it was reported that Rhee represented the Clinton Foundation in 2015 against a racketeering lawsuit brought by conservative legal activist group Freedom Watch in 2015. Rhee also represented former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in a lawsuit seeking access to her private emails.

You read that right: The Clinton Foundation was her client, and Rhee represented Hillary in a lawsuit involving the missing emails. As if that were not enough, her husband served as special assistant to then-Deputy Attorney General Eric Holder.

You can’t make this up.

Hey, when you’re hiring Dem buddies from WilmerHale, they don’t come cheap. No wonder Mueller’s spending big bucks.

Conflict of interest, your name is Mueller.

UPDATE
MUELLER’S “RIGHT HAND MAN” IS THE GUUY WHO TOOK A HAMMER TO HILLARY’S BLACKBERRIES:
Debra Heine finds yet another Dem defender on Mueller’s team,

Aaron Zebley served previously as Mueller’s chief of staff at the FBI and as a senior counselor in the National Security Division at the Department of Justice.

. . . in 2015 when he was a lawyer, he represented Justin Cooper, the IT staffer who personally set up Hillary Clinton’s unsecure server in her Chappaqua home

Zebley went the whole nine yards, and, are you sitting down?

is also the aide who destroyed Clinton’s old BlackBerries with a hammer.

CORRECTION WITH APOLOGY: ZEBLEY WAS THE LAWYER FOR COOPER, THE AIDE WHO HAMMERED THE BLACKBERRIES.

Deb points out that he is often referred to in the media as Mueller’s “right-hand man.”

John Le Carré could not make this up.


The economy: Three headlines, 1 news (emphasis added)

WaPo neutral: The U.S. economy added 228,000 jobs in November, showing strong growth amid historically low unemployment

WSJ stats: U.S. employers hired workers at a strong rate in November and the unemployment rate held at a 17-year low, signs the economy is on its firmest footing in at least a decade.

NYT nostalgic: The U.S. economy added 228,000 jobs in November, a sign that hiring remains strong eight years into the current recovery.


Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who spent $3.2 million in his first four months investigating Russian meddling in last year election and any links between President Trump and Russia, fired an interesting character in his staff, FBI agent Peter Strzok (pronounced “struck” as far as I can tell).

Strzok was senior supervisor on the Clinton private email server investigation,

he was in charge of running the probe, reviewing evidence and making recommendations to higher-ups, including then-FBI Director James Comey.

Strzok is the guy who decided Hillary was careless but not criminal, and Comey went along with it.

Ben Shapiro listed,

Strzok wasn’t just any agent. Here are some of the events in which he was involved.

He Interviewed Hillary Clinton And Helped Exonerate Her.
. . .
He Was Involved In The Investigation Into The So-Called Russian Dossier.
. . .
He Interviewed Mike Flynn.

He also interviewed Huma Abedin and Cheryl Mills.

Apparently Mueller fired Strzok for texting anti-Trump messages to his (Strzok’s) mistress. Ben concludes,

It’s not clear whether Mueller fired Strzok upon finding out about his anti-Trump text messages; if so, that would actually boost Mueller’s credibility. And it’s also true that Strzok was a top agent, and would have been tasked by Comey to let Hillary off the hook. However, Strzok’s involvement in every area touching the collusion and Hillary investigations, and his known bias, throws the entire investigation into chaos.

This is a strange case, and Scott Johnson adds his own list; here are the last three items (emphasis added),

10. None of the stories pause to ask why the Inspector General have sought Strzok’s text messages in the first place. What is going on here? As the Times notes, FBI regulations allow an agent to express his opinions “as an individual privately and publicly on political subjects and candidates.”

11. A law enforcement source writes to observe that the Inspector General would not be able to access the private text message communications of an FBI official as senior and prominent as Strzok unless he had good cause to do so. What was this cause?

12. He adds: “Reviewing an agent’s private text messages is not an investigative action which is entered into lightly unless the situation is serious. I cannot think of a situation where you would find the IG’s office looking at your private text messages unless you, or someone you were communicating with, is in big, big trouble. There is something very, very shady going on here with the IG’s investigation of Strzok….why the IG was investigating him in the first place is much more interesting.”

Strzok is not the only member of Mueller’s million-dollar gang who is clearly biased. Andrew Weissmann, one of Robert Mueller’s top prosecutors and formerly the Obama-era Chief of the Justice Department’s Criminal Fraud Section, congratulated former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates for refusing to enforce President Trump’s Middle East travel ban executive order. He wrote:

“I am so proud. And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respects.”…

The Wall Street Journal is questioning Mueller’s credibility, and wants him to step down. Mueller remains undaunted: Yesterday the Journal reported Mueller Subpoenas Deutsche Bank Records Related to Trump.

Hugh Hewitt: A special counsel needs to investigate the FBI and Justice Department. Now.

As Drudge says, developing . . .

Fausta Rodríguez Wertz writes on U. S. and Latin America at Fausta’s blog

As I mentioned in yesterdays lead post despite a great month for traffic we not only had a horrible month at DaTipJar but we are a full $15K shy of our annual goal this year, so when I got a change to pick up an extra shift of overtime even though it would make 8 straight days of work I jumped at it.

When I left the Flynn plea was the big news. All over the MSM stories were going out that this was the beginning of the end for Trump. ABC reported that Flynn would testify that candidate Trump asked him to contact the Russians. This was going to be a game changer. In fact even though Mitch McConnell had said he had the vote to pass the Trump Tax bill the prospect of the left getting what they want had already caused the market to crash and had the potential to persuade a weak “yes” to defect and to top it all off the killer of Katie Steinle had been acquitted in what was instantly painted as a defeat for Donald Trump. The entire left was in a state of orgasmic euphoria

Little did I know that by the time I came home it would all change.

On ABC’s world news tonight an anouncement was made that included one detail about the Flynn statement that was left out of the original report.

In other words the big scoop is that the president elect told Flynn to reach out to Russia, not during the campaign but after the election.

So much for “collusion. The air came out of the left faster than an inner tube left in a porcupine farm.

Alas for Joy Behar who read the original ABC story on the air on the view this correction took place too late for her to set the record straight on the air. Oddly enough she hasn’t tweeted since the correction was made

I’m sure given the embarrassment he has caused ABC once again, they might have considered firing Brian Ross, but with Pervnado winds still blowing though the MSM reporters who have not been accused or suspected of sexual misconduct, even incompetent ones, are at a premium so odds are he survives.

And if that wasn’t enough the Steinle trial victory proved very short lived

An amended federal arrest warrant has been released for Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, a Mexican man acquitted Thursday in the killing of a woman on a San Francisco pier, a case that’s sparked national debate over immigration.

The warrant says Zarate violated his supervised release on a federal sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. by possessing the gun that killed Kate Steinle on July 1, 2015. The warrant was originally issued July 14 of that year but an amended warrant was unsealed Friday following the verdict.

The warrant issued by the U.S. District Court for the western district of Texas says Zarate was sentenced in Texas on May 12, 2011 to 46 months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally re-entering the U.S.

The warrant says the terms of the supervised release, which began March 26, 2015, barred Zarate from committing another crime and from possessing a firearm. He was still bound to the terms of that release when Steinle was shot and killed. Though he was acquitted of murder Thursday, he was found guilty of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

So not only does Zarate not go free with time served but he has to be turned over to the Feds, TEXAS feds and yet another round of leftist moping.

And then came the final straw, when I came home after midnight the TV had been left on the Senate channel and I watched the final defeat of the day for the Democrats as just after 1 AM the Senate by a 51-49 vote passed the Tax bill handing Trump and the GOP a badly needed legislative victory.

The twitter outrage was palatable as the left screamed and shouted their frustration to no avail. I can see why they are so upset

In a mere 8 hours the left went from believing they finally had the moment they’ve been waiting for since the day after the election to seeing it go up in smoke.

I’d feel more sorry for them, but that’s what they get for believing the MSM’s fake news.

I’m sure I’ll get sick of all this winning, I just haven’t figured out when.


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