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The Return of the Mueller Report

By Rachel Brooks

Contributer| Telegraph Local

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The Mueller report was generated in times of great controversy. It was viciously debated. The credibility of it weighed by those who favored it and those who opposed it alike. Now, it has resurfaced during the most heated Impeachment hearing of United States history.  This time in the form of the summaries and notes, called the Mueller memos, that follow-up the Mueller report. These are called 302 reports. 

The Mueller Report was published on March 31, 2019. The full text, all 448 web pages, is available through Justice.gov. The Mueller report is officially titled, “Report on the Investigation Into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election._Volume I of II.” 

Citing Jason Leopold from BuzzFeed News, Buzzfeed sued the US to gain access to the Mueller memos. The notes are said to hold more details about Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, and Cohen’s conversations with Jay Sekulow, the Chief Counsel of the American Center of Law and Justice. The notes detail a conversation Cohen and Sekulow had at length on August 27, 2017. This note was filed on November 20, 2018, under the title, “(U) Interview of Michael Cohen (telephonic/11.20.2018). At the beginning of the note, Cohen informed Sekulow that he would “not contest a decision of the JDA”. 

Screencapture, Kyle Griffin’s (MSNBC) Twitter, Chairman Shiff states Mueller’s report will be used to seek additional evidence of impeachable conduct by Trump, citing msnbc.com. 

The memo from November 20, 2018, describes Cohen’s account of a conversation he had over the phone with “someone from the Kremlin.” This memo was retrieved from the 36th page of the Mueller memos. This memo contains 7 pages. There are at least 10 or more redactions, which BuzzFeed has petitioned the court to make public. 

The conversation detailed in this note by Cohen to Mueller suggests that Trump and his personnel had a vested personal interest in Moscow in early 2016. It details a conversation regarding Trump Tower Moscow that Cohen had with female personnel of the Kremlin. The length of the conversation and the sum of the female unknown subject’s questions are not clearly listed in the memo.  It is only known that on this call, which transpired in early 2016, the Kremlin woman asked “specific and great questions about Trump Tower Moscow.” Later, the note briefly describes how Cohen spoke with Trump about the call which was details as specifically routing to Dmitry Peskov’s (Kremlin Press Secretary) office. He recalled how he wished that the Trump Organization had assistants that were quote “that good and competent”.  

Screencapture of Sarah Reese Jones’ Twitter, Sater speaking with the press regarding the inquiry into Trump, politicususa.com, March 10, 2019.

Cohen also describes making a subsequent call to Felix Sater, who is known as a Russian-American businessman who is also a convicted felon, with “ties to the mob” citing Business Insider. Felix Sater was convicted of fraud in 1998, in connection to a $40 million penny stock scheme that involved the Russian Mafia with his company White Rock Partners. Also citing Business Insider, the complex Sater has been reported to allegedly make big-ticket black market purchases for the CIA and also have ties with the Trump Organization. He has also been a correspondent between the US and high profile cases such as the hunt for Osama bin Laden, citing Jason Leopold and Anthony Cormier at Buzzfeed News on August 23, 2019. 

 At the end of the November 20 memo, Cohen recalls to Mueller that he told Trump he was “waiting to hear back” from the Kremlin woman and Felix Sater. 

There are many following notes that suggest Trump had business operations in Russia that were of conflict of interest to US security and his Presidential campaign. Michael Cohen recalls being manipulated into leaving certain details out of his original investigation correspondence. The Mueller notes also state in the November 20, 2018 memo, quote “At that time(the time of Cohen’s correspondence with the JDA), Cohen’s legal bills were being paid by the Trump Organization.” 

Citing the Washington Examiner, these secret notes from the Mueller examination may give condemning insights into Trump’s inner circle. Who are these characters? What role did the relationships Trump had with them play in leading up to these events? The timeline of these events is extremely complex. Citing the Atlantic, the Impeachment Judiciary Committee must strike a balance in these complex events to see how much of the special counsel’s report it can include in the hearing. 

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