Ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Devin Nunes called Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report a “fraud” citing the investigators conveniently left information out of the report to make it appear President Trump’s counsel may have been obstructing justice.
The newly released transcripts were from a voicemail message left by Trump’s former lawyer John Dowd to National Security Advisor Michael Flynn’s lawyer Robert Kelner.
Mueller’s team made it appear in the Special Counsel’s report that Dowd was asking for a “heads up” if Flynn planned to say anything damaging about Trump, alluding to possible ‘obstruction’ by his counsel. However, now that the full transcripts have been formerly released by a court order it appears to be all-together different. In fact, it appears that Mueller weaponized the transcript. What I mean is that Mueller left out the most significant parts of the message to make it appear that Dowd (who represented Trump) was attempting to obstruct the investigation.
Mueller had redacted two significant portions of the voicemail message transcript, which according to numerous critics, reveal there was no intention of obstruction. In fact, as Trump’s attorney Dowd was only doing his job.
Nunes tweeted a side-by-side comparison of the Dowd transcript text Saturday and the Mueller report text. It shows that the Mueller report did not disclose Dowd’s full message.
And there’s a reason why – it would’ve taken the steam out of Mueller’s second half of his report that there was a possibility of “obstruction.” There was no obstruction.
In the report full version of Dowd’s voicemail it says he wants the heads up “not only for the president but for the country.” He also specifically stated that he did not want “any confidential information.” Conveniently, Mueller kept those two significant statements out of the report using an ellipsis (… so it makes one wonder how many other convenient factors were left out of the Special Counsel’s report.)
Here’s what the Mueller report quoted from the voicemail:
“I understand that you can’t join the joint defense; so that’s one thing. If, on the other hand, we have, there’s information that … implicates the president, then we’ve got a national security issue, or maybe a national security issue, I don’t know … some issue, we got to — we got to deal with, not only for the president, but for the country. So … uh … you know, then-then, you know, we need some kind of heads-up.” The phone call took place in November 2017.
Here’s what the full transcript says:
So let’s take a closer look at this:
- First Muller leaves out that Dowd wanted a heads up “not only for the president, but for the country” as stated by Nunes and others reporting on the matter.
- Secondly, and most importantly, he emphatically states he is not asking “any confidential information.”
— Devin Nunes (@DevinNunes) June 1, 2019