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April 05, 2019

Charles Grassley: Robert Mueller Completely Misrepresented Trump Campaign Email, Butchering the Missive So That It Suggested a Willingness to Consider Talking to Russia, When the Full Email Stated They Did Not Want to Talk to Russia

This is just further proof of Jonah "Both Sides" Goldberg's thesis that "both sides" are wrong about the Russia hoax.

Chuck Ross reporting for the Daily Caller:

Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley accused the special counsel's office of mischaracterizing Trump campaign emails in a way that suggested Trump advisers were eager to meet with Russians.

In a newly released letter from 2017, Grassley accused Robert Muellerís team of feeding "speculation and innuendo" in court filings in 2017 in the case against George Papadopoulos.

The letter takes on new significance in the wake of reports that Mueller prosecutors were upset over Attorney General William Barr's characterization of the findings of the 22-month long probe.

The special counselís office fed "speculation and innuendo" about possible collusion with Russia by withholding key details from emails cited in a court filing in the case of former Trump adviser George Papadopoulos, a top Republican senator alleged in a newly released letter.

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Prosecutors quoted from several emails in a way that suggested top Trump campaign officials were eager to meet with Russians. But Grassley asserted that the full emails showed that campaign officials rebuffed the idea of meeting with Russians. The Iowa Republican took Mueller's team to task for failing to correct news reports that cited the Papadopoulos court filings as evidence of possible collusion with Russia.

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Grassley sent a letter to Barr on March 8 asking the attorney general to look into the special counsel's "selective use" of emails in the Papadopoulos "statement of offense."

The full October 2017 letter to Mueller was not made public until Fox News published it on Thursday.

In the letter to Mueller, Grassley pointed to two sections of the Papadopoulos "statement of offense" that quoted from emails sent on May 4, 2016 and Aug. 15, 2016.

In the May 4 email, Papadopoulos wrote to others on the Trump campaign that Russia "has been eager to meet Mr. Trump for quite sometime and have been reaching out to me to discuss."

Mueller's team quoted from an email response from Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who wrote: "We need someone to communicate that DT is not doing these trips. It should be someone low level in the campaign so as not to send any signal."

Numerous news outlets reported that the passage showed that Manafort wanted a low-level campaign adviser to meet with Russians. But Grassley said that other emails sent by Manafortís deputy, Rick Gates, show that he was asserting that a low-level adviser should be the person to reject requests to meet with Russians.

"Agree. What if I get our correspondence coordinator to do it. This is the person responding to all mail of non-importance. It would be a general letter," Gates wrote.

Manafort replied: "good."

Grassley also faulted Mueller's team for misrepresenting email exchanges involving Sam Clovis, another Trump campaign official.

The statement of offense quoted from an Aug. 15, 2016 email in which a campaign supervisor, later identified as Clovis, told Papadopoulos that "I would encourage you" to "make the trip, if it is feasible."

But Grassley said the rest of the email makes clear that Papadopoulos asked Clovis to join him on conversations with representatives from several foreign governments, including "the UK, Greek, Italian and even Russian government."

Clovis declined the invitation and wrote in other emails that any potential meetings with Russians would have to follow meetings first with Western allies.

"My thought is that we probably should not go forward with any meetings with the Russians until we have had occasion to sit with our NATO allies, especially France, Germany and Great Britain," wrote Clovis. "We need to reassure our allies that we are not going to advance anything with Russia until we have everyone on the same page."

Straight shooters, the lot of them! Thank God we allowed them to complete their very important, very unbiased fact-finding mission!


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