Russian election meddling probe now a criminal investigation

May 19, 2017

aptopix-trump-russia-probeThe Justice Department’s look at Russian meddling in the presidential election has turned from a counterintelligence investigation into a criminal probe, leading senators said Thursday as they emerged from a secret briefing with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Addressing lawmakers a day after he appointed a special counsel to head the investigation, Mr. Rosenstein also confirmed that he knew President Trump was going to fire FBI Director James B. Comey even before the president tasked the deputy attorney general with writing a memo justifying the ouster.

Mr. Rosenstein said he has given the special counsel, Robert Mueller, a former FBI director, full independence to pursue his probe and will ensure the investigation has the resources it needs as it looks into Trump campaign aides’ alleged dealings with Russian operatives.

The shift likely will feed the growing frustration of the White House. President Trump again denounced the investigation as a “witch hunt” on Thursday, a day after Mr. Mueller was tapped to head the investigation.

84 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Roy Fredrichsen says:

    what a waste of time and our money trying to find a connection between the
    Russians and President Trump while there is plenty of evidence on Hillary helping the Russians buy 20% of our uranium and O’Bama doing some underhanded dealing wit he Russians,too. IF it is so bad why isn’t Hillary being investigated because she was the ultimate beneficiary in monies as a result of that deal?

    1. kbfallon says:

      They’re playing ……” Three card monty” with the facts.

  • Bob says:

    Have most Republicons sold out to the Russians at this point, or just some? The noose is really going to tighten when those Crooked Tax Returns come out. Then you have Traitors/Obstructionists like the red neck hill-billy McConnell and Pig farmer, Grassfed, who are going to be burned badly! Not a good time to be a Republicon trying to take Health Care away from Millions of Americans, either. KARIL – you’ll feel better if you get yourself groped and grabbed, sweetie!!!

    1. The Redhawk says:

      the GOP have come to Realize tat THEY CANNOT GOVERN having Parked their BALLS in MOTH BALLS… and allowing the Anarchists to RUN CONGRESS
      But You wake up HC of ODUMBOCARE has DERAILED IN FLAMES and the WASTED TRILLION dollars it took from Treasury and Medicare has been WASTED by obama/Sebelius and the MORONS that Voted for it…All (D) Party IDIOTS!

  • regulus30 says:

    It IS NOT A WITCH HUNT; it is a fishing expedition attempting to find ONE THING someone might have done inappropriately; liberal/RINOS are sick bast666rds after allowing obimbo to ignore and violate hundreds of laws and protocol.

    1. The Redhawk says:

      It is PURE (D) Anarchy Party BULL S HIT aided by the MSM PRESSTITUTES and the Soros/Obama/ Clinton UNDERGROUND PARTY of TRAITORS to the REPUBLIC

      1. regulus30 says:

        I am with YOU, it is a political coup attempt driven by the left wing moguls like SOROS. Liberals have become “fascists” and whores666 to fascist nut jobs like Soros, it is a game for this old bast666rd to try and bring down the greatest nation man has created; he must be removed from this planet. Soros actually thinks he is a deity [ only one i can think of is the DEVIL].

        1. The Redhawk says:

          I would like to see a SENaTE investigation in all of SOROS/OBAMA’s Activities to undermine the Republic….We The People Need to know what these Anarchy Fascists are all about!

          1. regulus30 says:

            Amen brother; but for eight [8] years these politicians allowed obammie and his band of corrupt underlings to run rough shod over our Constitution; as long as left wing radicals continue to portray any accountability by this bunch of anarchists as having some racial overtones regardless of America’s Constitution laws it will not happen; if someone just had the courage to step up and explain continuously this is about the laws of the land FOR AMERICAS not just ” a few of us”.

          2. The Redhawk says:

            That is because for 8 Years all politicians did was to let Obama and his Anarchists Trample the Constitution ,Make semi Illegal Policies he signed and Collected money from Lobbyists Banks, Insurance companies and UNIONS to get RICH and Re Elected…and let Criminals like Clinton, Susan Rice, Holder, Lerner , Koskinen, and Kerry Sell America to the highest bidder …Does that make them Professional ‘Hores???

  • Andy Palmer says:

    This is the tail wagging the dog. In order to name a Special Council there must be a criminal investigation.
    Where in the hell is Jeff Sessions? Why hasn’t he insisted that a grand jury be empanelled to investigate the swarm of leaks? That has zero to do with the Russians. Do your damn job, Sessions. Come out from under that rock where you are hiding.

    1. The Redhawk says:

      This Whole thing is a BIGGER JOKE that OBAMA! In REALITY there is NO THERE,THERE ….Just another Excuse to Avoid Working to “GOVERN” by the (D) Anarky party DO NOTHING IDIOTS!

  • Pete says:

    All of the circumstances surrounding any Russian involvement with either political parties election staff in the last election cycle is now in the realm of a criminal investigation. With the pendulum now swinging both ways, the fall out will be interesting to watch.

  • usmcltc says:

    Time and again, Waters has loudly called for Donald Trump’s impeachment, practically since the day the president was elected. But just as other prominent Democrats have admitted, no evidence has come to light to justify those actions. Get that, even a liberal says that there is NO evidence.

  • klsparrow says:

    Quote from Rosenstein “has the resources it needs as it looks into Trump campaign aides’ alleged dealings with Russian operatives.”

    Note-Only looking at the Trump Russian connection. No mention of looking into the Russian connection with the Hillary campaign are when she was Sec of State. Investigation my ass. This is a sham to get Trump. We want to tie trump to Russia now Mueller and his crooked FBI agents need to make their investigation support that end. This is a criminal investigation what law were broken to justify that? It seems that the Dems,Media,Deep State and the RINO want America to be like that garden spot in S America Venezuela. the elite doing well people are starving.

  • Jimmie Cooper Boswell says:

    so far the evidence shows, putin’s grudge match against hillary that may have inadvertently aided trump indirectly.
    which is not hard to disbelieve, with about 50% of americans having a grudge match against hillary. so she, has made more enemies than just russians.
    nor do i believe, that the russians influenced my supporting trump in any way. if anything hillary, supported my supporting trump more than anyone else.

  • Rick D. says:

    When the dust settles on this witch-hunt, the bed-wetting Libs are going to have egg on their face and will be sputtering lame excuses in order to save face. But, 99% of sensible Americans will see thru their obstructionist ways.

  • parthenon1 says:

    The Commies in our govt. ( just check out the Dems list of elected and regular employees more than 90 % of them are marxist, Muslim, or socialists in hiding get rid of about 20 Dem Senators and 25 congresspeople then we sill be closer to the real American dream!

  • Jerry says:

    The swamp is trying to survive.

    1. Retired says:

      In the end they will all drown .

  • Little Lulu says:

    I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, there is no longer any honesty, integrity, or morals left in the democrat party. President Trump is correct when he called this a witch hunt. Rinos like McCain are just as much to blame for all of this nonsense as the dems. Until we the people stand up and stop this by voting out these creeps it will continue. Can we count on this special council to investigate Killary’s illegal connections to Russia? Or even Obama’s leaking of intel to Russia? I sure hope so but I won’t hold my breath. If you want a real scare go to the DSA (democrat socialists of America) website. You’ll see a whole list of the dems in Congress who belong! It will make you sick and mad at the same time. We need to stop them!!

  • gvette says:

    LMAO…It’s not just the justice department. It’s everyone looking. They’ve got more groups looking then doing anything else. I think it’s funny they wanted a outsider to head this up. Sooo, they pick a DemonRAT with ties to Comey. That’s like the fox guarding the hen house. All this to protect Killary.

    1. Retired says:

      How else can these political beasts stay in office and politics , start a fire where there is none .

      1. gvette says:

        That’s one way to put it. They hate him, and they’ve got every group in Washing, falling all over themselves looking. What a joke!

        1. Retired says:

          Actually a sick bunch of people only interested in their own pocket and the hell with everyone else .

          1. gvette says:

            DemonRATS haven’t got that figured out yet.

          2. Retired says:

            They have nothing to figure with except follow the money trail leader .

          3. gvette says:

            That too. Remember, DemonRats can’t think for themselves. LOL…they do as they are told. You see that here when A demonRAT comes on. Except Bob.

  • Askjrsk says:

    This is a fishing expedition, with no evidence This is supposed to be illegal I suggest all senators and members congress and all FBI, and special investigator , like PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP, forfeit salaries for our country’s financing of THEIR probe
    Obama : illegal ransom to Iran
    Hillary: collusion with Russia including sale of twenty percent of our uranium
    Maxine Waters : federal money to husbands failed bank
    Comey: lying to congress
    Lois Lerner: cheating American taxpayer
    Complete these investigations!

  • Richard Frick says:

    Mr. Mueller need look no further than the Clintons involvement, beginning with the Uranium gift of Hillary and Obama to the Russians and Nasty Bill Clintons extortion for a clandestine speaking arrangement in Russia. The collusion will filter into the Schumer/Pelosi/Reid/Shitthead Schiff cesspool. Russia and Soros are funding the media and the Democratic party to turn the USA into a Communist State under a dictator, which is Obama’s goal.

    1. Askjrsk says:

      Spot on

    2. Auburnmanfrom TN says:

      The first thing needs to Happen it put a bulletm in Soros Head

      1. MyRoseHasTHORNS says:

        That’ll martyr him. Instead we need a Nuremberg type trial for his Hitler youth actions followed by his global meddling and current RICO actions against we the people, especially right leaning Conservatives. Imprison him and everyone acting in cahoots with him. That is what the RICO laws were made for!

      2. Retired says:

        They usually bounce off of a rock ???

  • bobnstuff says:

    This is the slickest think the AG could do to help Trump and Company. Now no one has to answer congresses questions because it would be commenting on an ongoing criminal investigation. They just made it harder for congress to do any real digging. The control of the investigation is now in the White House and not in congress. Now all President Trump has to do is keep his mouth closed on the subject and he’s home free.

    1. Retired says:

      If what you are saying is true ,is it any different than what happened with the Clintons start in politics ???

      1. bobnstuff says:

        Starr was appointed by the court and answered to the congress. Muleller answers to the AG and was appointed by his office. In other word Trumps people are the ones running his investigation.

        1. Retired says:

          Is that any different than the Clinton issue ??? Honesty has been lost in politics for many decades and gets worse as time goes on .

          1. bobnstuff says:

            It’s a big difference, Trumps people may very will have committed treason. At least Clinton kept it inside the country and only got nailed for a BJ. Trumps people are taking it international.

          2. Retired says:

            You keep supporting the Clintons and claim to be a republican , it does not add up . Next you will support Soros – OWO/NWO – Bilderberg group and Business as usual in WDC ????

          3. bobnstuff says:

            Soros is no worse then the Koch Brothers and in fact at least he’s not trying to rape the environment. The OWO/NWO are myths created by uneducated people like Rush to scare gullible people like you. As for business as usual in Washington, it’s not been happening there for some time and it would be nice to get back to it. I’m not really defending the Clintons as much as pointing out just how much worse Trump and Company is.

          4. Retired says:

            You are dead wrong on Soros and Koch brothers completely different people and Outlook . Are the Koch brothers banned or wanted in another country like Soros , I suppose you call that a myth too ??? The OWO/NWO has been around a long time and different names over time even before Rush . It has gotten worse since the Murder of JFK and god only knows how bad WDC handled business before our time . How can Trump be worse than Obama or the Clintons when What is written daily that he has not accompished anything , now talk about uneducated people swallowing the hook . I am not swallowing your bait .

          5. bobnstuff says:

            God ant the historians know what congress was like in the past and if you take time to study some history you will see just how bad congress is these days. You can lick the Koch Bros. boots all you want but they could care less about anything but money and power. They needed a chump like Trump to give them what they needed to green light their greed.

          6. Retired says:

            Well at least you agree on one thing as to how bad congress is and or has been . The only thing I know about the Koch’s is what I read and not licking their boots , so you must be licking them that you know they wear boots .So what is the difference between Rich Koch’s and rich Democrats who are controlling anything and everything that they can get their hands on .Have you ever heard of Crystal city mainly Gov. leaches live there, your good democrats .

          7. bobnstuff says:

            You need to read some more about the Koch Brothers. They are trying to control the nation for their own fun and profits. I guess you never heard about ALEC.

          8. Retired says:

            So what is the big deal would you rather be free or Controlled by the Democrats . Did you forget what the EPA and other groups have done to people so they would lose their jobs . Cars have to get tested for polluting while the Semi can pollute all it wants hauling garbage made in the far east sweat shops . Those Semi’s are also a big part of destroying our roads and bridges . We had 5 big manufacturing Co’s. in our town that closed and today we have more Semi’s running around then at that time. Don’t tell me that does not happen in your area because I won’t buy it. I see that no matter what state I visit .

          9. bobnstuff says:

            I love how people complain about the EPA, an agency created by a republican and one that has a history of cleaning up the environment and making the country a healthier, cleaner place to live. I guess you have never bothered to see what they do and are instead willing to just repeat the dogma. You think the trucking industry gets a free pass when in fact there pollution was greatly reduces by changing the fuel they use. Until Trump came into office the EPA was working to regulate pollution from trucks.

            I live just outside of what was once called the smoky city, but not any more thanks to pollution controls. The Allegheny river was once dead but a few years ago the Bass Masters Championship was held on that river thanks to the clean water act. The stream behind my house once was so acid from mine drainage that as kids we were band from playing in it but now trout live in it. So your complains about the EPA hold no water with me. Also as the population and the economy grows so does truck traffic, they are the life line of commerce and the new trucks with the new fuels run cleaner then ever.

          10. Retired says:

            That’s right , and if Corporate USA would have cared other than the wallet ,they would have cleaned up their own act without Gov controls . So instead they went to other countries and pollute the water and air . We still do not have the requirement on Diesel fuel like the EU has and Trucks are exempt from pollution inspections while transporting far east trash . We waste more fuel to make Alcohol for gas than we are saving , but then that was another Gov. sponsored program . Remember the Gov. sponsored Converter Box , I had all networks before that and now get 2 stations , it was all done for pay TV under blaming the air wave too crowded .Now you find old TVs in ditches because no one wants them and many communities charge to get rid of them just like with tires .

  • Karll says:

    And if they concoct some collusion story between one of
    Trump’s people and the Russians… what????

    No matter how little evidence is found supporting these conspiracy
    theories, the leftists just want to keep this garbage talked about through
    Nov 2018 and 2020. When these investigations inadvertently dig up dirt
    on 0bama, hellary, et al, the “media” will remain silent.

    1. Askjrsk says:

      The thought of Disneyland Mickey Mouse and their ABC, ESPN, and CNN make me want to gag.

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      2. podunk1 says:

        The real issue is Amendment 5 “No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury… nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law…”! IT’S SUPREME LAW!!! All the “leakers” appear to be allegiance bound within government who are unquestionably bound to defend “WITHOUT ANY RESERVATION OR PURPOSE OF EVASION” against Trump, Obama, or any other official or judge who advocates (speech/press) or acts (rebellion) against Constitutional authority, but that isn’t what’s happening!

        Anonymity is a tool of deception and fabrication of infamous crimes such as treason, to obstruct and foment chaos against the Constitution and operations of government. The media that is inciting this chaos is owned, operated, and controlled by owners and government officials within the progressive organization that HAS overthrown most of the Constitution. Schumer’s publicly recorded proclamations and Soros’ massive spending to support chaos attacks against the Constitution! It dosn’t require elaborate research to prove insurrection, rebellion, or aiding/comforting enemies of the Constitution, which is a written document of supreme law that all officials and judges are absolutely FULL-TIME bound to, wherein betrayal is TREASON by the Constitution’s language!

        Schumer couldn’t get past the first clause in Amendment 1, without proving his contempt and betrayal of oath! I’d love to see Schumer recite 14-3&4 to a legitimate prosecutor who will defend and enforce Article 6 clause “anything to the contrary… notwithstanding”! If the words aren’t there… it’s to the contrary…, and notwithstanding removes the traitor!

        1. Askjrsk says:

          Excellent Well written and yhankyou

        2. Askjrsk says:

          Thankyou for your well thought out reply!

    2. David Stewart says:

      An old and trusted Commiecrat battle plan; lie, mislead, distract, confuse,
      light many small fires hoping for a gigantic inferno, smoke and mirrors at their best! Worked for Hairy Reid; maybe Schumer will get away with it, too!

  • joleenworden says:

    Rosenstein stated expressly that appointing Mueller did NOT make this a “criminal investigation”. He said it was simply to remove the FBI investigation from influence by either Political party. Several prominent members of both parties have stated repeatedly that there is NO evidence that Trump or anyone else committed a crime. In fact Chavez and Fienstein said there was no reason to believe anything the Media have published.

    1. Askjrsk says:

      Good news

    2. Teserra says:

      His job is to look for a crime and nothing else. He will report back that he has discovered a crime or he has not. The reason a special counsel was appointed and not a special prosecutor is because there must be a crime committed before one can appoint a prosecutor..

  • PatriotGal says:

    How did this transit to a criminal investigation when no crime had been committed according to Clapper, Brennan, etc? Is this a kangaroo court?

    1. Askjrsk says:

      It’s certainly manipulative, not in the best interests of we the people It is self serving to swamp dwelling parasites.

    2. Retired says:

      To keep the heat off of the Clintons and other members of congress. It’s the Demon Rat party with it’s traitors to destroy Trump because their Broom Queen lost.

  • Skyhawk says:

    How did the Russians interfere in the election? Specifics, The Democrats and liberal news media are striving to prevent America from becoming great again?.
    I understand the Democrats are playing a role to impress the dummies that vote for them. Do they all hate America or just are they corrupt and want means to milk more out a job that most are unqualified for? Is there any honest, patriotic Americans in the Democrat party or have they all become Socialists?

    1. Karll says:

      ALL the democrats are commies, and at least half the republicans.

      1. bobnstuff says:

        Remember these are the people chosen by the voters to run our government. By your calculations the capitalists only make up 1/4 of the government. So as all the Trump supporters say, To bad you loose. Isn’t nice that in fact you are wrong.

        1. Retired says:

          Are there any poor elected in WDC and mainly after the second term ????

          1. bobnstuff says:

            You need to be a millionaire to run for congress. Poor people need not apply.

          2. Retired says:

            That or you have to do a lot of stroking .

          3. itsfun says:

            They don’t have to be a millionaire to run for congress, but if elected they will become millionaires. Check out the bank accounts of before and after elected Reps and Senators.

        2. NM Leon says:

          No, largely these are the un-elected, virtually un-firable career bureaucrats.

          1. bobnstuff says:

            The congress is the RINO’s, the democrats and the those other people who claim to be republicans but don’t support the party leaders. All those good folks are elected.

      2. Askjrsk says:

        Absolutely The Russians have proven Obama and the democrats have weakened America to the point we cannot resolve cheap shots on our elected president, while the crooks HILLARY OBAMA and Comey walk.

    2. Askjrsk says:

      With Resist Hillary as their choice they are truly a sick bunch out for only themselves to the peril of we the people

    3. Teserra says:

      Do you really need to ask the question? It’s a little too obvious!

    4. Chris Robinette says:

      That is the question I have been asking for months. Tell Americans the specifics of what Russia did to give Trump the win over Killary?

    5. Roy Fredrichsen says:

      Skyhawk- There is no real evidence to be found about the Russian interfereance in the election, but the Democrats insist they did but cannot produce so much as a shred of evidence. They insist there must be something that has been overlooked so they insist on a Special Prosecutor to manufacture something they can impeach President Trump on. They have gone bonkers after losing the “sure thing” of Hillary being the first female President, now that they had the first black president that really screwed up America.

  • Highwayman says:

    These low life will never stop until they all that hate not only America but its people have removed president trump. All this is about is to deny the people who voted for president trump what they voted for. The only way we truly are going to have in America of the People by the people and for the people again is a revolutionary war with the federal government. I don’t know if we have the stomach for it. This is the only way it’s ever going to stop. It’s all about getting people like Obama back in office and you know where that’s going if they get in there you can say goodbye to America and hello hell on Earth. Christianity will die and we’ll all be working under and living under Sharia law. Will be apologizing the rest of our days if you’re white for being born White. And far worse things will occur if the Democrat lowlife party ever gets back in that President’s office. You can say goodbye to America. The only thing I’m hitting California or hitting Alaska from North Korea. All the people all the countries that hate us this seeing this and they are laughing at us and I don’t really blame them. And they are using it to their Vantage and preparing more and more Devastation against us while we here watching a farce play out and Washington play God with political bull crap. The only people that hate mr. Trump other people that he cannot be bought or had or want bow down and kiss their no good sorry a…s.
    If they were to impeach president Trump I believe that the people of America should rise up in arms because enough is finally enough at some point. It is somebody out there like sores and Obama , Clinton and waters, pelosie and many many more that do not believe in that right of the people. Beyblade only that they know better than what we do as people and that we need them to tell us what to do without them we could not live as a way they think so they will do anything possible to impeach and get rid of President Trump. I wouldn’t want to be an issues but nothing. American people should stand by this man I’m trying to but I don’t know what more I can do period if you love America the America we have in America president Trump works on every day you better stand up now while you can for the more it may be too late.

    1. American Me says:

      You hit the nail right on the head.They thought they had us all boxed up and ready for a socialist take over, then the ones of us who are still Patriots stood up and said no I don’t think so.Now they are raging nuts and are determined to take us down,no matter the cost.This fight could get messy.Lets hope it doesn’t come down to another revolutionary type war as you suggest.It is hard to see how this can be avoided.The Demoncrats have gone full nutso and are unlikely to stand down.We must support President Trump and fight all efforts to remove him from office.Like you said,It is all over if they manage to do it.

    2. Askjrsk says:

      Hillary the lucid criminal was never under oath much less “criminal investigation”

      1. NM Leon says:

        Hildabeast most certainly WAS under criminal investigation. Where were you in July when Comey made his now infamous “statement”?

        1. Askjrsk says:

          Yes, but she told people she wasn’t. Now Hillary wouldn’t say that if it wasn’t true. Calm down I meant it tongue in cheek, she was convinced she wasn’t, I think. She is such a good liar. I watched Comey name off all of her crimes, that he then said were not because of INTENT. July 5 just another day in infamy. Thanks for your reply. I know we are all infuriated with these double and triple standards being applied to law.

          1. NM Leon says:

            If it wasn’t for double and triple standards the Dems wouldn’t have any standards at all.

          2. Askjrsk says:

            For darn sure

    3. Auburnmanfrom TN says:

      I agree my man!!! We need to lock and load, take our country back, we need another Boston Tea Party!!!! Kill every one of those Bastard democrats in congress especially Shumer, Pelosi, etc!!!

    4. Teserra says:

      The dems only preach hate and have nothing else to offer this country.

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