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Archive for December 21st, 2018

Mueller to Detail Historic Investigation in Report to DOJ As Early As February

Special Counsel Robert Mueller, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The 19-month, historic special counsel investigation of Russia and President Trump’s former campaign aides is wrapping up and will be topped off with a confidential report to the attorney general as early as mid-February.

“They clearly are tying up loose ends,” a lawyer who has been in contact with Robert Mueller’s team told NBC News on Thursday.

What remains unclear is whether Mueller found evidence that Trump’s campaign team conspired with Russia to help his presidential campaign in 2016.

Another big question is whether Mueller’s team found evidence that Trump obstructed justice.

Since Mueller was appointed to investigate Russian interference in May 2017, he has charged 133 people and convicted three senior Trump associates.

It appears Trump may successfully dodge an in-person interview with Mueller, who so far has not subpoenaed the president.

Once Justice Department officials receive the report, they have the discretion to publicly release at least a portion of the investigative findings.

House Democrats are pledging to use their subpoena power to make as much of the report public as possible.

Ex-Senate Aide Who Leaked Information to Reporters Sentenced to 2 Months in Prison

James Wolfe (Linkedin photo)

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A former Senate Intelligence Committee aide was sentenced to two months in prison Thursday for lying to the FBI about leaking information to reporters covering the panel’s investigation into Russian election meddling.

James A. Wolfe, 58, pleaded guilty in October to one count of making a false statement to FBI agents in a December interview. He falsely told investigators that he did not provide unclassified but protected information about a witness who had been subpoenaed to testify before the committee.

Prosecutors urged the judge to sentence Wolfe to two years in prison, saying he routinely shared sensitive information with “multiple young, female reporters.”

Wolfe, who admitted to providing the information to four reporters, said he lied to the FBI because he didn’t want his wife to find out about an affair.

When Wolfe is released from jail, he will have four months of supervised release and must complete 20 hours of community service for each of those months.