CAN CONFIRM: Julian Assange has been charged, and prosecutors revealed it inadvertently in a court filing https://t.co/ndCo7PH9xE w/ @DevlinBarrett , advancing the incredible sleuthing of @SeamusHughes
— Matt Zapotosky (@mattzap) November 16, 2018
The Justice Department is preparing to prosecute WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and is optimistic about bringing him to the U.S. https://t.co/VpCxcJF5j7
— The Wall Street Journal (@WSJ) November 15, 2018
NYT files a slightly different report from WaPo, saying prosecutors have “prepared an indictment” against Assange but that it isn’t clear whether it’s been filed. https://t.co/NNkwYnE6YM
— southpaw (@nycsouthpaw) November 16, 2018
/3 It’s not the ONLY possible explanation, but I think it’s the most probable.
Prosecutors re-use motions and briefs all the time. The more dull/procedural the motion, the more some ancient version of it gets changed and re-used, sometimes for YEARS.
— WhatCouldGoWrongHat (@Popehat) November 16, 2018
Half a dozen people in contact with the W.H. and other Trump officials say a deep anxiety has started to set in that Mueller is about to pounce and that any number of Trump’s allies and family members may soon be staring down the barrel of an indictment. https://t.co/2jSSufadkj
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 16, 2018
… Mueller obsessives, political junkies and Washington insiders have been scrutinizing the president’s every mannerism, such as snapping at a CNN reporter for posing a “stupid question” about whether he wanted the new acting attorney general to stymie the Russia investigation.
“You can see it in Trump’s body language all week long. There’s something troubling him. It’s not just a couple staff screw-ups with Melania,” said a senior Republican official in touch with the White House. “It led me to believe the walls are closing in and they’ve been notified by counsel of some actions about to happen. Folks are preparing for the worst.”
Adding to the unease is a spate of anonymously sourced media reports suggesting Mueller’s self-imposed quiet period that started about two months before 2018 Election Day is about to transition into a Category 5 hurricane.
Mueller, as has been his custom throughout the investigation, hasn’t said a word about what’s next for his probe into the Trump 2016 campaign and whether it conspired with Russian hackers to win the White House. Instead, the special counsel has let his legal filings do the talking. On Wednesday, Mueller stirred the speculation pot yet again, delivering a one-page motion to a federal judge in Washington, D.C., confirming that former Trump campaign deputy Rick Gates “continues to cooperate with respect to several ongoing investigations” and still isn’t ready to be sentenced. Gates pleaded guilty in February to conspiracy against the U.S. and making a false statement in a federal investigation…
Also on indictment watch: Donald Trump Jr., the president’s oldest son, who has told his friends in recent weeks that he believes he could be facing charges from Mueller, according to one of those people.
Lawyers for the president and Trump Jr. insist they aren’t worried about Mueller.
“I have no reason to be concerned about that. I can’t imagine what they’d indict him for,” Rudy Giuliani, one of the president’s personal attorneys, said in a recent interview when asked about Donald Trump Jr…
Loosely translated, “Heard from Whitaker, and yikes, Mueller figured it out.” https://t.co/iaAt4n0QM6
— Orin Kerr (@OrinKerr) November 15, 2018
Haven’t read the (reportedly astonishing) transcript, but the Daily Caller sat down with the Oval Office Occupant, and the usual train wreck ensued…
The only real bit of news in Trump’s @DailyCaller interview is, as usual, unintentional: Trump seems to confirm he appointed Whitaker expressly because of the Mueller probe. He segued seamlessly from the appointment to the investigation, something the reporter hadn’t raised. pic.twitter.com/ySTRqe0B0x
— Ned Price (@nedprice) November 15, 2018
On CNN right now:
Sen Kennedy: There is no real threat to the Mueller investigation.
Host reads Trump tweet: “MUELLER MUST DIE ARGLE BARGLE”
Sen Kennedy: “Oh, people like to talk…”
— Peter Sagal (@petersagal) November 15, 2018
Kind of dicey to infer anything from Trump being agitated on Twitter when he’s so often agitated on twitter.
But it’s consistent with something big happening.
— WhatCouldGoWrongHat (@Popehat) November 15, 2018
Lawyers for Paul Manafort and Mueller’s office filed a joint request tonight to extend the deadline to update the judge in DC about the status of things — report is currently due tomorrow. They’ve asked to file 11/26, saying they’ll be able to give info “of greater assistance” pic.twitter.com/vVV4qL9WXh
— Zoe Tillman (@ZoeTillman) November 16, 2018
I’ve been holding a post open all week about ‘merry prankster’ Roger Stone, FauxNews lie-ographer Jerome Corsi, hapless shock jock Randy Credico, and their mysterious friend in the Ecuadorian Embassy…
Roger Stone exchanged text messages with friend about WikiLeaks in the days before the site released emails stolen from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta. https://t.co/6t1yCK3Ba6
— NBC Investigations (@NBCInvestigates) November 14, 2018
What’s amazing is that these are the ones Stone put out because he thinks they’re exonerating. https://t.co/vW6Mm780NN
— Zeddy (@Zeddary) November 15, 2018
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) November 14, 2018
Winter is here. pic.twitter.com/vImOW6u5qp
— Schooley (@Rschooley) November 15, 2018