Robert Mueller has never been the icon of ethics and he has given us a clue as to what his hoax report will say, but Chuck Grassley called him out on his deception.
Grassley said that Mueller’s Statement of Offense against George Papadopoulos was selectively picking emails that might indicate that the Trump campaign wanted to arrange a meeting with the Russians. The problem is they overlooked the emails that told Papadopoulos in no uncertain terms that he was not to set up any meetings with Russians.
If Mueller does this to his final report, and with Andrew Weissmann by his side, I assure you he will, it will look bad for the president, who is innocent.
Grassley said that prosecutors’ “statement of offense” against Papadopoulos quoted selectively from campaign emails in a way that suggested the Trump campaign wanted a low-level staffer to meet with Russians.
“In addition, on November 16, 2017, the Committee wrote to Special Counsel Mueller regarding the selective use of emails in the George Papadopoulos Statement of Offense,” reads the letter from Grassley, who chaired the Senate Judiciary Committee when he sent the missive to Mueller.
The Iowa Republican said other campaign emails showed that the Trump team merely wanted a campaign aide to reject offers to meet with Russia.
“As one example, in the absence of additional context, news outlets have seized on the fragment cited in the Statement’s footnote to suggest that a Trump ‘Campaign official suggested ‘low level’ staff should go to Russia,’” Grassley wrote in his letter Friday, citing a CNN article that interpreted the Papadopoulos filing as possible evidence that President Donald Trump’s campaign encouraged staffers to meet with Russians.
According to Mueller’s filing, Clovis forwarded the email to another campaign official, writing: “Let[‘]s discuss. We need someone to communicate that [Trump] is not doing these trips. It should be someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal.”
“In full context, the emails in question actually show that the Trump Campaign wanted someone ‘low level’ to decline these types of invitations,” Grassley wrote.