Just one day after Special Counsel Robert Mueller gave his blessing to the U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York to have the FBI raid Donald Trump’s attorney Michael Cohen, it turns out Mueller has made yet another big move. This one is directly about the Trump-Russia scandal and much more straightforward, and Trump isn’t going to like it one bit.
Over the past year and a half, Palmer Report has kept you steadily updated on the saga of Dana Boente. President Obama tricked Donald Trump into thinking that he distrusted Boente, so that Trump would trust Boente, and sure enough, Trump spent much of 2017 promoting him before finally figuring out – far too late – that Boente wasn’t playing for his team. By the time Trump forced Boente to resign as the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, Boente had already helped Mueller build the criminal case against Michael Flynn, which led to Flynn cutting a plea deal against Trump. Now Boente is front and center again.
Mueller in fact asked Dana Boente for an interview about Donald Trump’s obstruction of justice, and Boente has turned over his contemporaneous notes about the matter, according to a new on-air report on Tuesday evening from Rachel Maddow. This is a big deal, because it confirms once and for all what we’ve essentially already known all along, which is that Boente was never on Trump’s side, and that Obama’s gambit succeeded. So why is Mueller’s interview with Boente so important?
Robert Mueller’s obstruction of justice case against Donald Trump is largely a matter of who you want to believe. Former FBI Director James Comey has testified that Trump tried to obstruct justice with him, and Comey took contemporaneous notes. Now that Dana Boente is corroborating Comey’s testimony, and providing his own contemporaneous notes, it makes the obstruction case against Trump that much stronger. It’s also a reminder that Mueller is still going full speed ahead on obstruction charges, even as the headlines play out about the Michael Cohen raid. Support Palmer Report.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report