Monday, September 14, 2020

Trump slams Mueller ‘hit squad’ for ‘wiping’ phones during Russia probe; Did Mueller's Team Commit 'Anticipatory Obstruction of Justice'? and Other Related Stories

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Trump slams Mueller ‘hit squad’ for ‘wiping’ phones during Russia probe:
President Trump vented anger Saturday over news that investigators in special counsel Robert Mueller’s office wiped their official phones of data — and slammed them as a “hit squad” that was out to get him.
“ALERT: So now we find out that the entire Mueller ‘hit squad’ illegally wiped their phones clean just prior to the investigation of them,” Trump tweeted.
He heaped scorn on the “really dumb” excuses that members of Mueller’s team rolled out to explain why more than two dozen cell phones they used during the two-year investigation of Trump-Russia collusion allegations were rendered useless before the Justice Department’s inspector general could check them. --->READ MORE HERE
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Did Mueller's Team Commit 'Anticipatory Obstruction of Justice' with Coordinated Wiping of Phones?
Several dozen phones belonging to members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia collusion investigation team were wiped out for various reasons before the Justice Department’s Office of Inspector General was able to review the devices. Congressional Republicans are looking to find out if there was a “widespread intentional effort” to conceal information from the inspector general and suggested that the apparent coordinated effort could amount to “anticipatory obstruction of justice.”
“The calls come after newly released records from the Justice Department showed that at least several dozen phones belonging to members of Mueller’s team were wiped of information because of forgotten passcodes, irreparable screen damage, loss of the device, intentional deletion or other reasons,” reported Brooke Singman at Fox News. “All before the Justice Department inspector general’s office could review the devices.”
Senator Chuck Grassley was none too pleased with the news and is demanding answers from the Justice Department.
“It appears that Special Counsel Mueller’s team may have deleted federal records that could be key to better understanding their decision-making process as they pursued their investigation and wrote their report,” Grassley wrote in a letter to Attorney General Bill Barr and FBI Director Christopher Wray. “Indeed, many officials apparently deleted the records after the DOJ Inspector General began his inquiry into how the Department mishandled Crossfire Hurricane.” --->READ MORE HERE
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Rober Mueller's staff wiped clean smartphones before returning them to DOJ

Senator Questions Whether Mueller Team’s Wiped Cell Phones a ‘Widespread Intentional Effort’

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