Teri Kanefield @Teri_Kanefield Author, lawyer (U.C. Berkeley). My threads are here: terikanefield-blog.com/ My author website is here: www.terikanefield.com/ Apr. 04, 2019 4 min read

(Thread) 17 unanswered questions from the Mueller investigation

From the Barr summary: “Special counsel referred several matters to other offices for further action.”

Q1: What matters? and what further action?
 https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2019/03/24/us/politics/barr-letter-mueller-report.html 

1/ I understand we can’t see the evidence, but we should be told something about all these other investigations. Nobody kept secret the fact that HRC was under investigation.

The Barr summary also acknowledged public reporting of incidences in which Trump obstructed justice.

2/ In other words, we saw it with our own eyes.
Q2: On what basis did Barr conclude Trump didn't obstruct justice?

Q3: Assuming there wasn't enough evidence to prove conspiracy or quid pro quo beyond a reasonable doubt, why all the lying to cover up contacts with Russians?

3/ We shouldn’t be left to guess what a winning presidential campaign was hiding and why.

Many of the lies were in public, but many were also in the guilty pleas and court documents. Many were actual crimes.
We need to know more about the motive for the lying.

4/ The next questions require a deep dive into the court documents.

The disclaimer from my website explains why, for the larger set of questions, I’m sticking to the more reliable facts found true in court, or arising from GJ proceedings & FBI investigations👇

5/ Links to all the documents, guilty pleas, indictments, are on my website:
 https://russia-investigation-summary.com 
(I've also written summaries.)

From the Netysksho indictment we learn that Guccifer (the Russian hacker) received a request for documents from a candidate for US Congressman.

6/ We also learn that Guccifer sent the candidate stolen docs related to the person’s opponent👇
 https://www.justice.gov/file/1080281/download 

Q4: Who was the candidate? Did he win?

Q5: What documents did he receive?

Q6: What did he know about Guccifer?

7/ From the Flynn Sentencing Memo we learn that Flynn provided substantial assistance with “several ongoing investigations.”👇
 https://www.lawfareblog.com/document-special-counsel-files-flynn-sentencing-memo 
Q7: What are these about? Again, I know we can't see evidence in ongoing investigations, but we should know something about them.

8/ From the Manafort court transcript we learn that Manafort lied about the frequency of his contacts with Kilimnik (a Russian with “ties to “Russian intelligence).
 https://www.cnn.com/2019/02/15/politics/read-paul-manafort-sealed-hearing-transcript/index.html 

He also lied about the number of times he & Kilimnik talked about “it.”

Q8: What's “it”?

9/ You can read all about "it" on page 63. It’s the blacked out part 👇

Because “it” concerns Ukraine, it seems to be the “peace” plan whereby Putin gets to keep Crimea, and Putin gets sanctions lifted. (A clue was in the redaction mistake in Manafort’s filing)

10/ Kilimnik and Manafort talked about “it” on August 2, 2016 at a secret meeting (they left through separate doors👇)

Special Counsel alleged that Manafort and Kilimnik talked about “it” on these dates:
💠December 2016
💠January 2017
💠February 2017
💠Winter 2018 (not a typo)

11/ We get another clue on p. 67: It “goes very much to the heart of what the Special Counsel’s Office is investigating (i.e. Trump Campaign Russian "links and/or coordination")

Also during this meeting, Manafort was walking Kilimnik through something. Polling data?

12/ Q9: What was Manafort walking Kilimnik through, and why?

Q10: What is up with the $125K Manafort kept lying about?

Special Counsel made big deal over that $125K. The payment was made to Firm A working for Manafort in 2017, which performed work for Entity B, yadda yadda.

13/ Special Counsel referred to it as a "scheme" and suggested it would not be “well received” if Trump’s supposedly unpaid campaign manager was in fact getting [ ], which wasn’t reported in the “contract.”

If Trump's campaign manager was paid by Russians, we deserve to know.

14/ On page 27 of the 2-13-2019 Manafort Court transcript, the court characterized what Manafort was doing as a “problematic attempt to shield his Russian conspirator . . . "👇

Q11: What specifically were Manafort and Kilimnik conspiring to do?

15/ From a Special Counsel statement we learn that Mueller’s search warrants into the Russian hackers turned up evidence about Roger Stone. Evidence from the same search warrants also led to the indictment against the Russian hackers.
 https://www.politico.com/f/?id=00000168-f316-dfa6-a9e8-f7b619d70001 

16/ Q12: What was Stone doing that he turned up in the Russian hacker search warrant?

From Cohen's sentencing memo: Cohen violated campaign finance laws at Trump’s direction.
 https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5453418-Mueller-Cohen-filing.html 

Q13: Cohen went to jail for this crime; will Trump escape criminal liability?

17/ From the Cohen sentencing memo: secret negotiations for the Moscow Project happened at the same time the Russians attacked our election.
 https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/5453418-Mueller-Cohen-filing.html 
Q14: On what basis did the prosecutors determine there wasn't a quid pro quo? Or was this issue handed off to. . .

18/ . . . another prosecution office?

The Flynn plea agreement describes Flynn negotiating sanctions with Russians (at the direction of senior members of the Trump campaign) while Obama was president.
 https://www.lawfareblog.com/michael-flynn-plea-agreement-documents 

Q15: Who were those campaign members?

19/ Q16: On what basis did the OSC decide there was no quid pro quo? Or was this handed to another office?

The indictment of 13 Russians says that Americans assisted the Russians.
 https://www.justice.gov/file/1035477/download 
Q17: Did any Americans know they were interacting with Russians?

20/ So many of the court docs looked like this👇it's obvious these questions are just the beginning.

Many of these questions can be answered by unredacting the court docs, which can happen in due time.

I'm sure I speak for many when I say I just want the whole truth.

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