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high level trump associates. and satellite investigations continue. >> so he's really told a story through these many indictments and court filings that developed over two years. that serve as a defact toe mueller report before we see the actual document. the entire thing has been a witch hunt. and there's no collusion. >> bob muellerer can't be bullied. he can't be intimidated. >> this is big stuff. mueller is the guy to do it. >> all eyes are on robert swan mueller the third. >> robert mueller investigation is one of the most prolific in history. >> if evidence of conspiracy or obstruction of justice is found, mueller investigators have any
proof of president trump's involvement? the secret probe has been far reaching charging more than 30 people with crimes. >> it could be a domino effect that leads to the end of the presidency. robert mueller's findings could be the first piece to fall. >> inside look at the man behind the investigation. >> he was a great leader. he was quietly effective and was a fierce opponent. >> you cannot have a more formidable adversary their bob mueller. >> he was playing three dimensional chess while trump is playing bingo. >> we may see charges relating to the president of the united states. >> all we hear about is this phony russia witch hunt. >> i would call it the witch hunt. >> a disgraceful situation. >> it's become president trumps
rallying cry. >> fake news and the russian witch hunt. >> since may of 2017. mueller has been investigating possible conspiracy between russia and the trump presidential campaign. >> no collusion. >> to say it one time again and i saw it all the time. there was no collusion. i didn't know the president. there was nobody to collude with. >> president trump supporters in congress voiced impatience. >> whatever you got. finish it the hell up. >> voters spoke loudly in a 2018 midterm. sweeping democrats into office. through it all, one man remained characteristically silent. robert mueller. the former head of the fbi. a platoon leader in vietnam. he's a rarity in washington. and independent mind respected on both sides of the aisle.
able to rise above the political fray. >> i would be surprised if he watches the nightly news or any cable news show. he is focussed like a laser beam. on his mission. his mandate. his orders. he has blinders on when it comes to politics. >> partisan politics kp his investigation have been linked since his appointment. president trump has been repeatedly targeted the investigation as a democratic plot to reverse the results of the 2016 election. in a series of tweets on noveer 15, 2018. the president wrote. quote. the inner workings are a total mess. they have found no collusion and have gone nuts. these are angry people including the highly conflicted bob muellerer. a witch hunt like no other in american history. >> mueller continues his
investigation. undaunted. >> he's a remarble bli efficient thinker and doer. he doesn't waste time or motion. he knows what he needs and what he wants and expects people to work as hard as he does. which is hard. >> i can tell you personally you don't want to let bob mueller down. >> somebody you aspire to be like. in every way you can think of. his work ethic. the way he looked at an investigation. >> mueller's team included the government's best and brightest attorneys. >> he put together a terrific team. men and women in federal law enforcement. deeply experienced. >> i would call it the 1927 yankees. >> his chief deputy is aaron. a class act. and he's got as much integrity as anybody i have met. >> by the end of 2018, mueller and his team wrapped up guilty pleas from several members of trumps campaign and inner
circle. national security advise ir michael flynn who trump fired after 24 days in office. and former foreign policy adviser george papadopoulos. both pleaded guilty to lying about their russian contacts. and to the southern district of new york, donald trump former lawyer admitted to paying off two women who said they had affairs with trump to minimize damage to the campaign. >> stormy daniels paid $130,000 weeks before the election. that's not in dispute. >> he told the special counsel he lied to congress. about a troump meeting. a man that needed approval of high rarnging russian officials. >> robert mueller is zeroing in on the transaction. one thing it gives you a clue this is important to robert mueller. the fact he made kmoen plead guilty to it. it's likely cohen will be used
to prosecute other people about this. >> the president's one time campaign chair paul manafort also agreed to cooperate. >> manafort before he became member of the trump campaign was intimately connected with people near and deer to vladimir putin. he knows exactly why they had the trump tour meeting. he knows what happened before the meeting, what happened during, what happened after. >> that gathering in june of 2016, included manafort. donald trump jr., and jared kushner. who met with a russian lawyer who promised information about hillary clinton. >> the meeting is one of the important moments in the ongoing story the plot that we're following so closely. what its precise meaning is we don't know. it is once again one of the
moments when the russian interests intersect with the trump campaign. >> mueller has also targeted russians issuing two extensive indictments. the first in february 2018, identified alleged hackers. said to have worked out of this building in st. petersburg. creating thousands of fake profiles and pages on social media and reaching 146 million americans. the other indictment five months later named 12 moscow intelligence officials aledly responsible for hacking e-mail accounts of democratic party officials. >> the detail in each indictment is unprecedented in term of cyber at trix. they named individual hackers. that work takes years to arrive at. >> in the indictments we're talking about activities that go well beyond espionage. outside of acceptable behavior
in cyber space is. >> as the investigation plowed ahead the white house ramped up the calls for an end to the inquiry. >> it's ridiculous the corruption and that's gone on with the launching of the witch hunt. the president has watched this process play out. he also wants to see it end. we look forward to that happening. >> but, after resisting for a year. on november 20, president trump provided written answers to the special counsel questions. on russian interfeern. through his attorney. >> i was asked a series of questions. i answered them easily. >> then, the following week, a bomb shell. >> paul manafort plea deal with the special counsel has deteriorated and broken down and allegations he lied. >> paul manafort is toast. he has lied so many times. we have lost count. and he has done everything to
damage hz ability to cooperate in any investigation. >> even with the loss of manafort's full cooperation, the investigation continued. >> judge jackson agreed with bob mueller and said there's evidence that proves manafort repeatedly lied about multiple topics even after he struck a plea deal. coming up. the immense challenge mueller faced before becoming special counsel. >> can you imagine zempb days into the job he's hit with 9/11? suddenly he faces the biggest domestic acts of terrorism in american history. and then i have to rely on my mom to come pick me up from work. we need to be connected on a regular basis. sometimes i get hundreds of texts from her and i'm like stop. i owe everything to her, she's my world. i love you mom. i love you too.
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decades earlier. i can say that i did not really choose public service, rather i more or less fell into it early on. perhaps not fully appreciating the challenges from such service. >> born august 18, 1944 in new york city. raised in philadelphia. robert mueller, iii is born in new york city. raised in philadelphia, mueller spends his formative years at the prestigious all boys prep school st. paul's. >> a fun guy. it was not somebody that would dominate conversations among students, among the guys. but he was attentive, engaged, fun to be around. >> he was an exceptionally accomplished as a student and as an athlete. but he was completely unpretentious and very authentic as a person. >> he was knot the only future
d.c. fixture in his class. >> john keri. >> it's funny how history sometimes creates these moments in time. where you have a two great leaders for one season. shared what they call a team. >> john keri was in some ways a more forceful and visible character. in the school. bob mueller got a sort of out sized level of respect for how quiet and unpretentious he was. >> after graduation, mueller enrolled at princeton. where he befriended an upper class man. that relationship would shape the rest of his life. >> he was not necessarily the best on the team. he was a determined and natural leader. david graduated that spring and was far from our thoughts as we went onto our senior year. >> in 1965, he graduated. and volunteered to fight in the
conflict in vietnam. after he reenlisted for a second tour. he was killed in the spring of 1967. by a sniper bullet. >> one would have thought the life of a marine and the death in vietnam would argue strongly against following in his footsteps. many of us saw him the person we wanted to be. everyone before his untime dlit. and a number of his friend and teammates joined the marine core because of him. as did i. >> after graduation, robert mueller married his high school sweetheart. and enlisted in the marines. >> absolutely inspiring. because he was a person who came from privilege. he did something that people rarely did. during that period. he volunteered for vietnam. >> it is well known that it was in some ways a poor persons war.
and the idea of a st. paul and princeton person being in that mix, they were rare. >> 18 mornts after his friend was cut down by a sniper. mueller arrived in vietnam. and assumed command. on december 11, 1968, just weeks after his deployment. he and his men came under heavy fire. mueller was awarded a bronze star for combat va lor. >> his bronze star read, second lieutenant mueller moved fearlessly with complete disregard for his own safety. >> four months later in april of 1969, his platoon was attacked. during the ferocious fire fight he was shot through the thigh with enemy ak 47.
despite his injury, he refused to withdraw until his men were out of harm's way. the incident earned him a purple heart. >> i consider myself fortunate to have lived. there were many men who did not. and some sense you feel that you have been given a second lease of life. and you ought to make the most of it to contribute in some way. coming up. >> we were having enormous spikes in the murder rate in the district of colombia. it was a serious problem. >> here's this guy who was making so much money. and he wanted to be a low level homicide prosecutor. you guys. there's a jet! oh...i needed this. no, i can't believe how easy it was to save hundreds of dollars on our car insurance with geico. we could have been doing this a long time ago. so, you guys staying at the hotel? yeah, we just got married. oh ho-ho! congratulations! thank you. yeah, i'm afraid of commitment...
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>> after a toufr duty in vietnam. robert mueller returned to the u.s. determined to continue in service to his country. >> the way in which you choose to serve doesn't matter. only you work to better the country and your community. >> mueller attended university of virginia law school. after wards worked as a federal
prosecutor in san francisco. and later in boston. >> he's very serious. very professional. very dedicated. he had a good sense of humor. >> he was one of the top ranked prosecutors in the office. >> the old guard knew bob as a highly competent courtroom lawyer and somebody who should be feared in trial. he was quietly effective. was a fierce opponent. >> in 1989 he joined the justice department. becoming head of the criminal information. he over saw the investigation of the bombing of pan am flight 103. as well as the prosecution of pan am dictator. and mob boss john gotty. >> it can seem daunting to take on such a big case. as pan am or gotty.
he's very disciplined and for him you don't look at the thing as a whole and say that's just too big. you start to say how do we attack this. >> in 1993, to the surprise of many, mueller left the public sector and took a job as a white collar litigator at the law firm. he quickly realized the job wasn't a good fit. >> i was having dinner with him in boston. he was talking about how unhappy he was in private practice. he had to keep track of hours and representing corporations and civil. he did something quite remarkable. he called up the u.s. attorney in washington and said i want to prosecute murder cases. >> the u.s. attorney in washington d.c. at the time future attorney general eric holder took the the call. >> i are mind him he had a great job. there was no way i could match his current salary. and already served.
he might be a little over qualified. for a job adds a line prosecutor. before he could change his mind i said when can you start. >> that is who he is. at his core that's the work he loves. the most. >> this was whn we were having enormous spikes in the murder rate in the district. it was very serious problem. people were trying to find a way out of what was a very dangerous and desperate situation. there was a need for people who had these skills and ability. and the dedication of the rule of law. like bob muellerer to take the role. >> we can almost picker mueller being a 90s cop show. he would answer the phone and said mueller homicide. >> his hard work did not go unnoticed. he was offered a job in san francisco as a u.s. attorney of northern california. the former marine brought with him a more disciplined style of management. >> he beat everybody to the
office every morning. before he left he would walk the halls. and see who was in their offices and took note. of who was there working. >> people might complain about bob was working us hard. they kind of were proud of themselves because they were working hard. he brings that out in people. >> mueller targeted white collar crime. gang murder. and public corruption. he also started a new unit to tackle cyber crime. one of the first of its kind in the country. >> he's a computer geek. he really is. he loves computers. he loved them when they came out. he loved to see what they could do. he plays with them. he does it with seriousness. >> he created the first chip or computer hacking property unit now every u.s. attorney office has something model a chip. >> people like me who were opponents the entire time. bob was here. ended up seeing skb renewed life in the office. that was refreshing.
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>>. >> he was more forthcoming at his confirmation hearing before the senate judiciary committee. >> the fbi lab. robert hanson. and the documents. these familiar names and events from my is far from perfect. at the next director faces significant management and administrative challenges. >> there were a number of high profile incidents ta raise concern during the lags directo directors term. instill confidence back in the fbi. >> all of these were sort of piling up. as mueller faced the prospect of taging over the fbi. >> we must and will confront the challenges squarely and forthrightly. >> the fbi is requiring polygraphs for manager's handling national security matters. are you willing to continue that approach? >> yes. >> would you be willing to take it yourself if that were the
case? >> yes. indeed, it is my belief you don't. this maybe training from the marine core. you don't ask people to do that which you are unwilling to do yourself. i have already taken it. >> i know you have. i think it's -- >> how did you do? >> i'm sitting here. >>. >> mueller was confirmed with 98 yes and 0 no. by the senate. his first day of work was september 4, 2001. >> director for one week. i recall in the office and an individual came in and said there's a plane that crashed into the world trade center in new york. i look outside and this beautiful day. you wonder how a pilot could be
so off flight path. to fly into the world trade center. and i think we were all wondering about that. and then word came of the second plane. >> the third jet liner flew into the pentagon soon after. and the fourth into the empty field in pennsylvania. brought down it would be learned by passengers who foiled the hijacker plan. >> can you imagine seven days into the job he's hit with 9/11? he's just beginning to learn his way around fbi headquarters. he faces the biggest domestic act of terrorism in american history and respond to that. >> frank served as assistant director for counter intelligence. >> we felt sorry for the guy. he is just starting to learn how the bureaucracy works. instead, a crisis intervenes that is baptism by fire. he has to learn who to trust around him quickly.
>> our first effort is to identify any associates in the united states who might be related to the hijackers. >> i remember being incredibly comfortable for the country because he was in that position. i think anybody that knew him felt that way and felt like if there's anybody that's capable of dealing with this situation, it's bob. he will be able to do it. there's no doubt in my mind the guy was bob mueller. i remember specifically in our operation center on nine 12. taking if briefs giving out orders trying to figure out what happened to the country. i cannot think of a more trying time in history. he was there from the beginning. >> three days after attack unfolded. he was summoned to a meeting at the white house. with president bush.
>> he was very focused given his background as prosecutor and investigator on here is what we have done to figure out who is responsible for these devastating attacks on september 11th. >> two or three minutes into it and i recall president bush saying that's well and good. we expect the bureau to identify and bring to justice those responsible. my question to you today is, what is the fbi doing to prevent the next terrorist attack? >> that changed bob mueller's life, the transformation of the fbi from that minute forward. >> coming up -- >> the fbi wasn't just behind the rest of the government in technology, it was behind the country in technology. >> it was a nightmare. he couldn't believe it. let's see, aleve is proven better on pain
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make certain we spend whatever resources necessary to prevent the next terrorist attack. not just determine who was responsible. >> before 9/11 they were focussed on bank robbery. kidnapping. violent crimes relatively local. or statewide. after 9/11, the fbi became a global power house. under the leadership of mueller. national security, terrorism. international cyber crime. became the focus of the fbi. for the good. >> he led that charge. it was like turning the titanic. in order to do that. he would come in early. function on very little sleep. and expected us to do the same. >> i was on directors staff two years after the attack of nine lempb. that was a time when the fbi and in general in bob mueller in
particular were under enormous pressure. it was fascinating. exhilarating. and exhausting. there were long weeks. long months. they were certainly long days. >> he was the lieu gart of the justice department. quiet, determined and prolific. many close aids will tell you they had to get up at 3:30 a.m. to prepare for a 6:00 a.m. briefing with robert mueller. that may last only two minutes. but robert mueller expected perfection. >> you would not get by with mere vagueness or we're all over it or we have it handled. if you didn't have a command of the facts, he would make it known to an aid or assistant he simply didn't need to be briefed by you again. and you would not see the inside of the directors conference room again. >> meetings were always crisp
and sometimes meetings in his office were stand up meetings. you walk in and told him what you had to tell him and left. i always thought he saw sitting doin as inefficient. >> the director who over saw thousands of cases had an astonishing eye for detail. >> a tremendous command of the facts of the case. if it was a significant investigation, mueller not only understood it, he was thinking about it as a prosecutor. and the question he asked you were not nebulous. they were specific to where you have been. where the investigation was going and where you plan the out come. >> i can't remember a written product no matter how careful will we edit it. where he didn't find a change. that makes you raise up your game. >> in revamping the bureau mission after 9/11. he discovered his agency was woefully ill equipped. technologically. to deal with the threat of terrorism. >> the fbi wasn't just behind
the rest of the government in technology. it was behind the country in technology. >> the dpurt computers were not kpekt connected to the internet. there were dozens of fax machines in the command center and always faxes coming in. nobody could keep track. it was a nightmare. and he couldn't believe it. >> as he did in california, building the psycher crime unit. he make modernizing the bureau a top priority. >> he really brought it into lt 21st century and a period of time the national security landscape had committeely changed. >> good evening the fbi makes more arrests today. to hold people for further questioning. >> as a u.s. became in the war in terror. he strove to protect america without encroaching on the constitution. >> we would be judged on house successful we were in preventing
attacks and doing that within the confines of the constitution. >> i brought the case to get due process. a hearing for the people. >> his friend represented detainees at the military prison. his lawsuit against the government questioned if their detentions were lawful. and demanded a court hearing for each prisoner. >> i got a lot of flak for it. we had christmas dinner party after the case in 2002. and the middle of it bob mueller stood up and gave me a toast. toasting me. saying i'm doing exactly what an american lawyer should be doing. that doesn't denigrate he wanted to get the bad guys but recognizes the importance of principles in doing it. and we don't bring shame on the nation. >> it's important the american public trusts the fbi. >> most important thing. for the bureau is integrity. >> integrity.
and his former aids say the well being of the 35,000 who worked for him. >> i think what most people don't realize is because he has a tough exterior. he really had a spot in his heart for fbi employees. >> day in and out, agents put their lives on the line. if you lose an agent. you can lose it to in the line of duty. we respond as a family. we have lost a piece of our body so to speak. >> i was around bob mueller a lot. all you had to do is make one or two trips into his office. and on the wall next to his desk were photographs and dates and times of every agent that was killed in the line of duty. during his tenure. and he had them positioned so when he sat at his desk he had to see them. he looked at those every day. >> i think that's lost on a lot of individuals. they see him as a tough guy. but he really felt every single one of those.
fallen agents in the fbi. >> by 2011 he served a decade opt job under two presidents. republican and democrat. by law his term as director was about to expire. >> you cannot stay longer than ten years. it's not something at the discretion of the president. it's a ten year term. that's it. we were having trouble finding anybody up to his standard. we were. so we started thinking about what do we do. >> he came into the morning meeting with his ten most senior executives in the organization and said very casually that the president of the united states is asked me to stay two more years and i accepted. >> since a ten year term limit was imposed in 1967. no director finished his term. let alone exceeded it. extending his tenure required congress to pass a new law. which cleared the senate unanimously. >> the decision to extend his term. it's the only time it ever happened.
it was remarkable testament to him. the congress approved this. >> obama extended mueller for two years. because he was a gift to the united states of america. he needed him. he wanted him. and he respected him. >> mueller's two year extension ended in the summer of 2013. and handed a completely over hauled fbi to a new director. james comey. >> the fbi was now a full fledge member of the u.s. intelligence community. and not just the premier law enforcement agency. in the united states. he earned the respect of the american people. with the america is at peace. because the fbi is at war. coming up. >> bob mueller can bring the person who would bring down this presidency. protein nutritiona l drink has 20 grams of protein, along with 26 essential vitamins and minerals. boost® high protein.
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and he was part and parcel of the campaign as a surrogate. >> in early may of 2017, president trump took a dramatic step. he fired fbi director james comey. >> the initial reasons the administration gave for firing comey was because they said the bureau lost trust in him. because comey is because the bureau had lost trust in him. >> shortly after comey was fired president trump went on nbc. >> when i decided to just do it i said to myself, i said, you know, this russia thing with trump and russia samade up story. it's an excuse by the democrats for having lost an election. >> amid the wave of criticism that followed from both sides of the aisle came calls for a special counsel to investigate. with sessions recused that decision fell to deputy attorney general rod rosenstein. public interest, he said, required someone outside the normal chain of command to lead
the investigation. his choice, robert mueller. >> if you were looking for someone who was going to move into a difficult and politically charged situation and give people a sense that what he said was real and true it was an am spired pick. >> soon after taking the job mueller faced a potential scandal. two members of his team, peter struck, the fbi agent who questioned former national security advisor michael flynn and attorney lisa page had exchanged more than 40,000 text messages on fbi issues cellphones during the course of their affair. it occurred while struck and page were working on the investigation into hillary clinton's use of a private e-mail server and later while probing russian interference in the election. in one exchange struck wrote, quote, i'm riled up, trump is an expletive idiot. is unable to provide a coherent
answer. in another page asked trump's not ever going to become president right, right. struck replied, no. no he's not, we'll stop it. >> what you'll really see is bias against me and millions and tens of millions of my followers. >> bob mueller is dialing up the pressure on two former trump aides, clearly squeezing paul manafort tighter. >> earlier in 2018 former deputy rick gates facing pressure of charges from mueller's team flipped. he agreed to cooperate and testify against his former mentor and one time trump campaign chairman paul manafort. thanks to a referral from the special counsel's office feds in new york raided the home, office and hotel room of michael cohen. >> we begin with late word of an fbi raid on the manhattan offices of president trump's personal lawyer.
>> fbi agents were facing for evidence related to possible bank fraud as well as payment the president's former attorney made to stormy daniels who alleged an affair with the president, an affair he denied. >> it's a disgrace. it's frankly a real disgrace. it's an attack on our country in a true sense. >> august 21st was a very important day. it was the day that paul manafort was convicted on eight felony counts at trial in the eastern district of virginia. it was the same day that michael cohen pled guilty also to eight felony counts in the southern district of new york. >> today as you heard michael cohen pled guilty to eight felony charges. >> manafort, 69 and facing a lengthy prison sentence struck a deal several weeks later to avoid a second trial on additional charges. he pleaded guilty to money laundering and obstructing justice among other charges. all related to his political consultant work in ukraine before joining the campaign.
he agreed to cooperate fully. >> mr. manafort has accepted responsibility, and he wanted to make sure that his family was able to remain safe and live a good life. >> media reports identified mueller's next possible focus as roger stone, a long time advisor to president trump and a former business partner, manafort. >> roger stone. he's still out there. >> if roger stone were to cooperate, which is a big if, he could be another treasure-trove of information. he could put meat on the bones regarding that whole russian investigation. >> in the months leading up to to the 2016 election stone boasted contact with julian assange whose wikileaks had released tens of thousands of hacked democratic party e-mails.
stone predicted wikileaks was going to drop another cashe of e-mails damaging to hillary clinton's campaign. >> i actually have communicated with assange. i believe the next crunch is evidence pertaining to the clinton foundation, but nerz no telling what the october surprise may be. >> predictions that proved myly accurate. >> a memo which was stolen from the e-mails of clinton campaign chairman john podesta and made public by wikileaks raises questions. >> stone would deny any wrongdoing as well as any direct communication with assange. >> did you have any knowledge of any kind about john podesta's hacked e-mails? >> no, absolutely not. i had no notice by the content source of the exact disclosure time of the wikileaks disclosures. >> and just a week before the mid-term elections a bizarre turn of events. reports surfaced of a suspected
plot to discredit mueller. >> breaking news unlike anything we've seen this year. the fbi is now probing a credible plot to frame bob mueller. >> women were allegedly offered money to make false accusations of sexual impropriety against the special counsel. >> i think the overall take away is there are some people who must be deeply, deeply concerned about what robert mueller is finding and what he has to say in order to engage in such a juvenile caper to seek to discredit him. >> then on november 26th mueller announced paul manafort has breached his deal by lying to the special counsel's office and the fbi. even more troubling to investigators manafort's lawyers were reportedly working with the president's legal team. >> his lawyer's decision after the fact to share details of
those discussions with the president's legal team, you can imagine, is not sitting well with robert mueller or his staff. manafort's move, a highly unusual arrangement that several legal experts this morning suspect may be a bid for a presidential pardon. >> on an incredible night of news, three new court filings tonight. two of them sentencing recommendations concerning former trump fixer michael cohen. one from the office of special counsel robert mueller. the other for the yoounited sta attorney for the southern district of new york. one recommending he be put behind bars for years. >> michael cohen was sentenced to three years for trying to influence the election for paying off then candidate trump's alleged mistresses. >> the judge thought given the attention on this case and given the crimes to which michael cohen pled guilty to, that he felt he needed to set a sentence
that sufficiently deterred those crimes from occurring again. >> prosecutors working out of the southern district of new york also revealed that david pecker, the publisher of the national enquirer admitted that his company, ami, had paid playboy model karen mcdougal $150,000 for her story about an affair with donald trump, a story they never published. pecker has not been charged. >> with david pecker cooperating not only is it possible this will lead to indictable impeachable offenses, but also it can blow open the core of what donald trump's political standing has been in the party which is a lot of people have been willing to look past a lot of these sins because they didn't know the whole of the sins. >> as 2018 wound down the donald j. trump foundation was dissolved among allegations by the new york attorney the chair had been used to serve mr. trump's business and political
interests. that news just days out of the southern district of new york. >> federal prosecutors now investigating whether the inaugural committee misspent a portion of the $107 million it raised from donations. investigators trying to determine if the committee essentially sold access to the incoming trump administration. >> the mid-term elections changed the equation in 2019 with a democratic majority in the house of representatives, eager to investigate. >> there's one thing that i'm positive of. whenever bob mueller gets done with his investigation, whatever he says happened, i can guarantee you it happened. >> he understands the responsibility. he knows the country is watching. he wants to get it done right. >> bob mueller can certainly be the person who would bring down this presidency. not for political reasons. but if there's illegality in the way of his investigation he'll find it, and he'll pursue it. >> what's robert mueller goes after is facts, the law, and justice.
and whether it's donald trump or some other individual, if the facts lead to the president, robert mueller will pursue them. and if they don't, he will end his investigation. he doesn't go after anybody. he goes after the truth. all the things that are coming out about this case are just mind-boggling. things that you would never believe and you would never do. >> the killer had been waiting, a young wife dead but it didn't stop there. >> somebody came out from behind the trees and he shot me. >> win