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1. BIG twist here. Mueller's probe into Trump's obstruction of justice has now hit the JUSTICE DEPARTMENT.
2. Mueller's team directed the Justice Dept. to turn over "a broad array of docs", in particular EMAILS related to COMEY's FIRING & SESSIONS RECUSING.
3. VERY important detail here: this request was made LAST MONTH. So THIS is why Trump & co. have been freaking out for the past few weeks.
4. Sessions has TWO things to worry about here: his own collusion with Russia AND his possible meddling with Comey's firing, despite recusing.
5. To make matters worse, there's Trump's criticism of Sessions for choosing to recuse and Rosenstein then appointing Mueller.
6. This looks like Mueller may be looking into Trump possibly trying to obstruct justice regarding HIS OWN appointment. Priceless.
7. The OTHER BIG TWIST is that Mueller is not simply looking for communications WITHIN the DoJ, BUT ALSO between DoJ and WHITE HOUSE.
8. According to ABC's source, before this request, Mueller's team asked former DoJ senior officials for INTEL on their time at the department.
9. In short, the obstruction of justice inquiry? Has been hitting EVERYONE possibly involved even at DoJ, for AT LEAST a month.
10. Here's where Rosenstein possibly shines as the WHITE hat. Remember that ORIGINAL letter to fire him that WOULD expose Trump for obstruction?
11. I'm talking about the draft that wasn't sent in the end bc McGahn told Trump that stuff WOULD get him in trouble. So it was fixed.
12. Well, Rosenstein had a COPY of that ORIGINAL draft... and he MAY be the one who gave it to Mueller. Yes, Mueller DOES have a copy.
13. Why do I think so? Bc Rosenstein has refused answering questions about him writing his memo, saying that may be within scope of Mueller probe.
14. If Rosenstein gave Mueller that very relevant piece of evidence, then he'd be cooperating (obviously) with his probe, and would NOT answer certain questions.
15. Rosenstein WAS interviewed by Mueller as a witness for his supervision of Comey's firing. AND he appointed Mueller.
16. Rosenstein's theoretical immediate superior, Sessions, is in a WORLD of trouble as mentioned above, BOTH about recusing AND about colluding w/Russia.
17. If, as it clearly seems, Rosenstein is cooperating with Mueller, then he WOULD refuse to publicly answer ANY questions about Sessions/DoJ as well.
18. Bottomline here: for a month at least, Trump campaign, WH AND DoJ have been dealing with Mueller squeezing them all re: obstruction & conspiracy.
19. In turn, this means it's probably reasonable to expect MAJOR developments re: the next batch of charges filed. #ItsMuellerTime /END

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