Calendars released from Mueller's office reveal daily life during Russia probe

Calendars released from Mueller's office reveal daily life during Russia probe
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Newly released documents offer a glimpse of daily life for special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerHouse progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller Democratic Rep. Ro Khanna: 'I'm not there yet' on impeachment MORE’s team as it spent two years investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible instances of obstruction of justice.

About 15 months and 66 pages of calendars from Andrew Weissmann, Mueller’s top deputy, were released late Tuesday by the conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch, which obtained them through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit. The entries reveal a litany of activities, from meetings to discuss complex legal issues to “moot courts” prep sessions before legal arguments to birthday parties. 

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The calendars are littered with meetings regarding people the team intended to indict, particularly for “Team Manafort” as the special counsel’s team sought to indict President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE’s former campaign manager and prepared for two ensuing court hearings, arranging hours' worth of moot court sessions throughout the case. 

Other meetings revolved around consultant Richard Gates, who pleaded guilty in February 2018 to one count of conspiracy against the U.S. and one count of making a false statement to the FBI, and Alexander Van der Zwaan, an attorney who communicated with Gates and later pleaded guilty to making “materially false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations” to the special counsel’s office and FBI agents. 

Earlier entries show Weissmann interviewing prosecutors who eventually joined the Mueller team. The names of those who did not join the investigation were redacted.

“These documents show that Mueller outsourced his hiring decisions to Andrew Weissmann. No wonder it took well over a year to get this basic information and, yet, the Deep State DOJ is still stonewalling on other Weissmann documents!” Judicial Watch said in a statement, noting that many of the hires had donated to 2016 presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHarris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign Nevada Senate passes bill that would give Electoral College votes to winner of national popular vote 2020 Dems break political taboos by endorsing litmus tests MORE or other Democrats.

Legal experts have said that taking political contributions into account when making hiring choices would be illegal. 

Other notable entries include a November 2017 meeting with U.S. Marshalls regarding threats to Mueller’s staff and another that June about ethical issues over contacts with individuals who are represented by attorneys.

The calendar is sprinkled with social events such as birthday parties that occurred roughly every month but slowed down toward the end of the probe. The entries showed the special counsel’s team preferred to hold “potluck” meals to celebrate holidays.

The team almost always ended the day with an “Ops Meeting,” which often started at 5 p.m.