Why is Team Mueller allowed to “collude” with a foreign secret witness in pursuit of prosecutions?
The White House is apparently backing the Justice Department against the House Intelligence Committee in its quest to discover what is going on. The are protecting a secret witness—an invaluable asset whose exposure would risk lives.
This story raises so many questions:
Does it make sense to spread stories about him in the mainstream media if he is so secret and so vulnerable?
— Benjamin Weingarten (@bhweingarten) May 9, 2018
Also, this source has helped the Mueller investigation. Why are we letting an intelligence source who will never be questioned under oath or cross-examined be part of a criminal investigation expected to prosecute people?
And why was Trump not told that this secret witness was aiding the Mueller investigation?
The story implies that this person is a foreigner. So what exactly is “collusion” again?
The Washington Post reports, “Secret intelligence source who aided Mueller probe is at center of latest clash between Nunes and Justice Dept.”
Last Wednesday, senior FBI and national intelligence officials relayed an urgent message to the White House: Information being sought by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes could endanger a top-secret intelligence source.
Top White House officials, with the assent of President Trump, agreed to back the decision to withhold the information. They were persuaded that turning over Justice Department documents could risk lives by potentially exposing the source, a U.S. citizen who has provided intelligence to the CIA and FBI, according to multiple people familiar with the discussion and the person’s role.
The showdown marked a rare moment of alignment between the Justice Department and Trump, who has relentlessly criticized Attorney General Jeff Sessions and other top Justice officials for the probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election led by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.
But it is unclear whether Trump was alerted to a key fact — that information developed by the intelligence source had been provided to the Mueller investigation.
The debate over the risk to the source is now at the center of a pitched battle between House Republicans and the Justice Department.
After the White House sided with the department’s decision to refuse the request, Nunes (R-Calif.) publicly vented his frustration, saying Sunday that he may try to hold Sessions in contempt for refusing to comply. He said that his classified-document request and subsequent subpoena to the Justice Department did not refer to an individual.
“They are citing spurious national security concerns to evade congressional oversight while leaking information to The Washington Post ostensibly about classified meetings,” he said in a statement to The Post. “Congress has a right and a duty to get this information and we will succeed in getting this information, regardless of whatever fantastic stories the DOJ and FBI spin to the Post.”
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