Robert Mueller is working with the IRS Criminal Investigation unit, and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman…. (More)

“When CI brings a case to a U.S. Attorney, it is done. It’s wrapped up with a ribbon and a bow.”

Disregard the wingnut howls about a “witch hunt.” Mueller’s investigation has always been about possible financial ties between the Russia and the God-King and his associates – the quid in the pro quo – and he’s bringing in the nation’s best financial detectives:

Special counsel Bob Mueller has teamed up with the IRS. According to sources familiar with his investigation into alleged Russian election interference, his probe has enlisted the help of agents from the IRS’ Criminal Investigations unit.

This unit – known as CI – is one of the federal government’s most tight-knit, specialized, and secretive investigative entities. Its 2,500 agents focus exclusively on financial crime, including tax evasion and money laundering. A former colleague of Mueller’s said he always liked working with IRS’ special agents, especially when he was a U.S. Attorney.

Yes, that means the God-King’s tax returns will be on the proverbial table. So will his campaign finance filings, and those of his associates. And those CI guys are very, very good:

“They view [Mueller’s team] with the highest regard,” [retired IRS investigator Martin] Sheil said. “IRS special agents are the very best in the business of conducting financial investigations. They will quickly tell you that it took an accountant to nab Al Capone, and it’s true.”

“The FBI’s expertise is spread out over so many statutes – and particularly since 9/11, where they really focused on counterintelligence and counterterror – that they simply don’t have the financial investigative expertise that the CI agents have,” Sheil continued. “When CI brings a case to a U.S. Attorney, it is done. It’s wrapped up with a ribbon and a bow. It’s just comprehensive.”

And just in case the God-King thinks he can pardon his way out of this …

“The two teams have shared evidence and talked frequently in recent weeks about a potential case”

Mueller is also working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman:

Special counsel Robert Mueller’s team is working with New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman on its investigation into Paul Manafort and his financial transactions, according to several people familiar with the matter.

The cooperation is the latest indication that the federal probe into President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman is intensifying. It also could potentially provide Mueller with additional leverage to get Manafort to cooperate in the larger investigation into Trump’s campaign, as Trump does not have pardon power over state crimes.

The two teams have shared evidence and talked frequently in recent weeks about a potential case, these people said. One of the people familiar with progress on the case said both Mueller’s and Schneiderman’s teams have collected evidence on financial crimes, including potential money laundering. [Emphasis added]

Note that bit in italics. It’s not that Schneiderman would bring charges against the God-King personally. Most legal experts believe state officials can’t charge a sitting president with a crime. But Schneiderman could bring charges against Manafort and other God-King associates, if they violated New York law. Most of the events and transactions at issue happened in New York, so there’s a good chance Schneiderman can show jurisdiction. Schneiderman also has subpoena power, again as applied to potential crimes in New York.

Add it all up, and Schneiderman can provide the leverage to flip ‘persons of interest’ into witnesses … and the God-King can’t offer pardons to sweep away that leverage. What’s more, Schneiderman was elected by the people of New York. The God-King can’t fire him and Congress can’t defund or narrow the scope of his investigation.

“That would certainly give cause and reason that Jim Comey was not the right person to lead the FBI”

So … of course … Her Emails!

Former FBI Director James Comey began drafting a statement rejecting the idea of criminal charges against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton over her private email account about two months or more before Clinton was interviewed in the FBI probe, according to partial transcripts of interviews released Thursday by two Republican senators.

The sensible interpretation of this not-news is that Comey recognized early on that there was no evidence of a crime. Even so, he had investigators finish their work – including interviews of Clinton and her close associates – before making his final recommendation.

The wingnut conspiracy theory of this not-news is predictable:

“Conclusion first, fact-gathering second – that’s no way to run an investigation. The FBI should be held to a higher standard than that, especially in a matter of such great public interest and controversy,” [Sens. Chuck Grassley and Lindsey Graham] wrote as they demanded all FBI records of the drafts Comey prepared as well as other materials related to the OSC probe.

Even more bizarre, Outhouse Sewer Spewer Sarah Huckabee Sanders said this justifies the God-King’s decision to fire Comey:

“If it is as accurate as they say it is, that would certainly give cause and reason that Jim Comey was not the right person to lead the FBI,” Sanders said, before urging reporters to dig into the story.

Hint: Legally, you can’t justify a decision based on information you didn’t know when you made the decision. Even if it were true that Comey short-circuited the Clinton investigation – and the evidence suggests he did exactly the opposite, letting it continue even after it was apparent that there was no crime – the God-King didn’t know that when he fired Comey. When it comes to obstruction of justice charges, the question of intent will turn on what the God-King was thinking when he decided to fire Comey. Any post-hoc rationales are legally irrelevant.

More’s the point, firing the FBI Director for not having pushed for an indictment against your electoral opponent … would hardly be a stellar example of executive judgment. Indeed expecting the FBI Director to be your political hitman would be an impeachable offense, all on its own.

So yeah, the God-King’s lawyers are making their case in the court of public opinion. He can fire anyone he wants, anytime he wants, for any reason he wants, blah-blah. And yeah, the God-King’s followers will believe that.

But this isn’t about what the God-King’s followers believe. It’s about the law and the evidence that Mueller, IRS CI agents, and Schneiderman can bring to grand juries. And those grand juries won’t give a damn about Her Emails….

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Photo Credit: Larry Downing (Reuters)

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Good day and good nuts