On Friday, CNN reported the leaked information about the first charges being made in the investigation by Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
According to Fox News, Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) condemned Mueller’s team for allowing the leak to have happened. He stated, “Make no mistake, disclosing grand jury material is a violation of the law. Somebody violated their oath of secrecy.”
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— Jason Chaffetz (@jasoninthehouse) October 29, 2017
The CNN article states that the charges are sealed under a federal judge’s orders, but plans had been made Friday for those charged to be taken into custody as early as Monday. The article did not reveal the source of the information or what charges were made.
Rep. Gowdy, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight & Government Reform, is disgusted that someone on Mueller’s team likely leaked the information to the media. “In the only conversation I’ve had with Robert Mueller, I stressed to him the importance of cutting out the leaks. It’s kind of ironic that the people charged with investigating the law and the violations of the law would violate the law,” Rep. Gowdy said.
Mueller’s team has been held under scrutiny for its questionable behavior throughout the investigation. Many have criticized the investigation for appearing to break away from looking into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 General Election to try and find anything that could embarrass the President or his closest allies.
Sidney Powell, a former federal prosecutor, makes this case saying, “What was supposed to have been a search for Russia’s cyberspace intrusions into our electoral politics has morphed into a malevolent mission targeting friends, family and colleagues of the president. The Mueller investigation has become an all-out assault to find crimes to pin on them — and it won’t matter if there are no crimes to be found. This team can make some.”
Robert Driscoll, a former Justice Department official, further expanded on this idea that Mueller’s team was overreaching the scope of their investigation, “Robert Mueller is free to look at taxes, is free to look at lobbying filings, foreign agent filings. Things like that could all be involved that wouldn’t necessarily touch on the issue of Russia collusion that everyone seems focused on politically.”
Paul Manafort, President Trump’s former campaign chairman, appears to be the primary target in accusations of the alleged Trump team’s collusion with Russia. He came under fire for the years he worked in the Ukraine while failing to file as a foreign agent until this year.
This led to the supposed wiretapping of Manafort around the 2016 presidential election and FBI agents raiding his home in July reportedly to look for evidence. A source familiar with the investigation said the search of Manafort’s home was “heavy-handed, designed to intimidate.”
Some have pointed out that the infamous dossier, which contained manufactured evidence of President Trump colluding with Russia — information central to the Special Prosecutor’s investigation — has been revealed to be a product of the DNC. This fact delegitimizes much of the credibility and validity of the accusations contained within.
President Trump’s campaign advisor Carter Page, made this argument: “In terms of ‘charges,’ I can’t even imagine what might even be considered now that the false evidence from the politically-motivated, big-money-financed Dodgy Dossier that started this extrajudicial disaster has instead been so thoroughly exposed as a complete sham.”
CNN reported on leaked information that the first charges had been made in the Mueller investigation, and Congressman Gowdy believes someone violated their oath of secrecy. Do you agree?
The occurrence of the leak reveals that at least one source close to Mueller’s investigation is willing to resort to illegal methods to further the efforts of the investigation. If it was a member of Mueller’s team who felt comfortable illegally disclosing grand jury material, it should at least raise the concern of what other illegal acts may have occurred during the investigation.
In any case, Mueller’s team has a leaker and the individual responsible needs to be held accountable for their crime.