Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Thursday, February 01, 2018

Aboard Air Force One on a flight home from Europe last July, President Trump and his advisers raced to cobble together a news release about a mysterious meeting at Trump Tower the previous summer between Russians and top Trump campaign officials. Rather than acknowledge the meeting's intended purpose -- to obtain political dirt about Hillary Clinton from the Russian government -- the statement instead described the meeting as being about an obscure Russian adoption policy. The statement, released in response to questions from The New York Times about the meeting, has become a focus of the inquiry by Robert S. Mueller III, the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election. Prosecutors working for Mr. Mueller in recent months have questioned numerous White House officials about how the release came together -- and about how directly Mr. Trump oversaw the process.

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"The latest witness to be called for an interview about the episode was Mark Corallo, who served as a spokesman for Mr. Trump's legal team before resigning in July. Mr. Corallo received an interview request last week from the special counsel and has agreed to the interview, according to three people with knowledge of the request.

Mr. Corallo is planning to tell Mr. Mueller about a previously undisclosed conference call with Mr. Trump and Hope Hicks, the White House communications director, according to the three people.

Mr. Corallo planned to tell investigators that Ms. Hicks said during the call that emails written by Donald Trump Jr. before the Trump Tower meeting -- in which the younger Mr. Trump said he was eager to receive political dirt about Mrs. Clinton from the Russians -- "will never get out."

That left Mr. Corallo with concerns that Ms. Hicks could be contemplating obstructing justice, the people said.

In Mr. Corallo's account -- which he provided contemporaneously to three colleagues who later gave it to The Times -- he told both Mr. Trump and Ms. Hicks that the statement drafted aboard Air Force One would backfire because documents would eventually surface showing that the meeting had been set up for the Trump campaign to get political dirt about Mrs. Clinton from the Russians.

According to his account, Ms. Hicks responded that the emails "will never get out" because only a few people had access to them.

Mr. Corallo, who worked as a Justice Department spokesman during the George W. Bush administration, told colleagues he was alarmed not only by what Ms. Hicks had said -- either she was being naïve or was suggesting that the emails could be withheld from investigators -- but also that she had said it in front of the president without a lawyer on the phone and that the conversation could not be protected by attorney-client privilege."

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#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-01-31 11:56 PM | Reply

I hope he fuckin' indicts Trump already. Let's get this party started.

#2 | Posted by moder8 at 2018-02-01 01:38 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

Today: Moder8 and Corky." Oh Boy this is it, oh Boy, oh Boy."
Next Week: Moder8 and Corky. "Damn, damn, damn. Another f-in nothingburger."

#3 | Posted by fishpaw at 2018-02-01 02:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

While FishP is a P every day.

#4 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-01 02:07 PM | Reply

#3

What makes you think Mueller has nothing more than a nothingburger? The fact he hasn't released anything yet?

Wow. Just wow.

Whatever it takes, eh PESCADITO?

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-01 02:08 PM | Reply

Today: Moder8 and Corky." Oh Boy this is it, oh Boy, oh Boy."
Next Week: Moder8 and Corky. "Damn, damn, damn. Another f-in nothingburger."

#3 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

Nothing burger after 3 indictments? That's one hell of a nothingburger.

#6 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-02-01 02:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Another f-in nothingburger."

#3 | Posted by fishpaw

Rob Goldstone wrote:"The Crown prosecutor of Russia met with his father Aras this morning and in their meeting offered to provide the Trump campaign with some official documents and information that would incriminate Hillary and her dealings with Russia and would be very useful to your father. This is obviously very high level and sensitive information but is part of Russia and its government's support for Mr. Trump."

Jun 3, 2016, at 10:53, Donald Trump Jr. wrote:

Thanks Rob I appreciate that. I am on the road at the moment but perhaps I just speak to Emin first. Seems we have some time and if it's what you say I love it especially later in the summer.

MMmmmm NOTHINGBURGERS!

#7 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2018-02-01 02:28 PM | Reply

#6 Three indictments and two guilty pleas.

#8 | Posted by 726 at 2018-02-01 03:47 PM | Reply

Too bad none of indictments/convictions involve Trump colluding with Russians to steal the election, or whatever he was originally supposed to investigate.

#9 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-02-01 04:06 PM | Reply

A ham sandwich doesn't stand a chance with Mueller around.

#10 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-02-01 04:07 PM | Reply

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Putting the cart before the horse, aren't you VISITOR?

Unless you got word that Mueller is ending the investigation soon.

So what gives?

#11 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-01 04:08 PM | Reply

The game isn't over but, that's the score so far. Process crimes and some malfeasance unrelated to what was supposed be investigated.

#12 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-02-01 04:31 PM | Reply

Another f-in nothingburger."

#3 | Posted by fishpaw

Call for Fishpoo on line one!

It's Michael Flynn, Paul Manafort, Rick Gates and George Papadopoulos.

They wish to speak to you about NothingBurgers.

#13 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-01 04:36 PM | Reply

what was supposed be investigated.

#12 | Posted by visitor_

Do you know what was supposed to be investigated?

You sound like you don't know.

Not really surprised that you sound like you don't know what you are talking about.

Seems like you always don't know what you are talking about.

You know?

#14 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-01 04:39 PM | Reply

I know you're a one trick pony.

#15 | Posted by visitor_ at 2018-02-01 04:48 PM | Reply

I know you're a one trick pony.

#15 | Posted by visitor_

So you DON'T know what was "supposed to be investigated" and you DON'T know what you are talking about.

As usual.

Got it.

#16 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-01 05:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The Steele Dossier is a collection of dirt on Trump. There never was a violation of law by the Trump campaign, until the cover-up began.

#17 | Posted by bayviking at 2018-02-01 08:07 PM | Reply

#17 | POSTED BY BAYVIKING

Apart from the whole bit where they were undermining US foreign policy in exchange for campaign assistance, sure.

#18 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2018-02-03 12:29 AM | Reply

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