I think it is indictable at this point. I think there is substantially more evidence than Mueller will make public yet.
I think it is indictable at this point. I think there is substantially more evidence than Mueller will make public yet.
Bad news for the Molester in Chief…Another one of hi co-conspirators has evidently flipped.
The mind clarifying qualities of looking at 30 years in “Club Fed” will do that.
Lawyers for Michael T. Flynn, President Trump’s former national security adviser, notified the president’s legal team in recent days that they could no longer discuss the special counsel’s investigation, according to four people involved in the case — an indication that Mr. Flynn is cooperating with prosecutors or negotiating a deal.
Mr. Flynn’s lawyers had been sharing information with Mr. Trump’s lawyers about the investigation by the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, who is examining whether anyone around Mr. Trump was involved in Russian efforts to undermine Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign.
That agreement has been terminated, the four people said. Defense lawyers frequently share information during investigations, but they must stop when doing so would pose a conflict of interest. It is unethical for lawyers to work together when one client is cooperating with prosecutors and another is still under investigation.
The notification alone does not prove that Mr. Flynn is cooperating with Mr. Mueller. Some lawyers withdraw from information-sharing arrangements as soon as they begin negotiating with prosecutors. And such negotiations sometimes fall apart.
Still, the notification led Mr. Trump’s lawyers to believe that Mr. Flynn — who, along with his son, is seen as having significant criminal exposure — has, at the least, begun discussions with Mr. Mueller about cooperating.
Lawyers for Mr. Flynn and Mr. Trump declined to comment. The four people briefed on the matter spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss it publicly.
A deal with Mr. Flynn would give Mr. Mueller a behind-the-scenes look at the Trump campaign and the early tumultuous weeks of the administration. Mr. Flynn was an early and important adviser to Mr. Trump, an architect of Mr. Trump’s populist “America first” platform and an advocate of closer ties with Russia.
His ties to Russia predated the campaign — he sat with President Vladimir V. Putin at a 2015 event in Moscow — and he was a point person on the transition team for dealing with Russia.
The White House had been bracing for charges against Mr. Flynn in recent weeks, particularly after charges were filed against three other former Trump associates: Paul Manafort, his campaign chairman; Rick Gates, a campaign aide; and George Papadopoulos, a foreign policy adviser.
But none of those men match Mr. Flynn in stature, or in his significance to Mr. Trump. A retired three-star general, Mr. Flynn was an early supporter of Mr. Trump’s and a valued surrogate for a candidate who had no foreign policy experience. Mr. Trump named him national security adviser, he said, to help “restore America’s leadership position in the world.”
Among the interactions that Mr. Mueller is investigating is a private meeting that Mr. Flynn had with the Russian ambassador and Jared Kushner, the president’s son-in-law, during the presidential transition. In the past year, it has been revealed that people with ties to Russia repeatedly sought to meet with Trump campaign officials, sometimes dangling the promise of compromising information on Mrs. Clinton.
Mr. Flynn is regarded as loyal to Mr. Trump, but he has in recent weeks expressed serious concerns to friends that prosecutors will bring charges against his son, Michael Flynn Jr., who served as his father’s chief of staff and was a part of several financial deals involving the elder Mr. Flynn that Mr. Mueller is scrutinizing…..
A former Prosecutor who had been working for Mueller lets the cat out of the bag.
Yet another Chumph incompetent appointee bites the dust. The interesting thing here is his ties to the campaign and Russia.Clovis had to withdraw his name for a position as Chief Scientist at the Agriculture Department today. One of the odd things about Clovis’ appointment is the man has absolutely no Science background. Meaning the Chumph appointed his as a political plum.
That plum appointment appears to be because of Clovis’ work with George Papadopoulos on the collusion between the Chumph Campaign and the Russians.
Sam Clovis, Trump’s dubious pick as USDA science chief, is also deeply entwined in Russian intrigue
Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between Russian agents and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign took a strange turn on Tuesday. (Not that it wasn’t strange already.) NBC News reported that Sam Clovis — a failed politician and far-right talk radio host from Iowa who had worked on the Trump campaign — was brought in last week to testify in front of the grand jury that Mueller has impaneled. As Josh Marshall at Talking Points Memo noted, it appears Clovis was central to the selection of the infamous five foreign policy “experts” Trump hired as advisers during his campaign.
“We now know that two of those five men immediately began trying to establish contacts between the Trump campaign and the government of Russia or spies working on behalf of Russia,” Marshall notes, adding that two of the other five were notable less for their expertise and more for being Islamophobic and reportedly anti-Semitic.
Clovis reportedly had direct communications with George Papadopoulos, the Trump foreign policy aide who recently pled guilty for lying to the FBI, and admitted in his plea that he had communicated with Russian agents about emails from Hillary Clinton and the Democratic National Committee. Leaked communications between Clovis and Papadopoulos indicate that Clovis was a big fan of Papadopoulos’ Russia work, though it remains unclear whether he was aware of any criminal hacking efforts.
Now here’s what makes this whole situation even more bizarre: As I wrote about not long ago, Clovis was already on the radar of scientists and environmentalists who are deeply concerned about the threat he poses to America’s food supply. That’s because President Trump appointed Clovis to be chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, even though Clovis has no scientific credentials and appears to have no relationship whatever to the agricultural industry, outside of being a dude from a Corn Belt state.
Even for the Trump administration, the pick was peculiar. Clovis’ hostile attitude toward the agency he would run and his refusal to accept the facts about human-caused climate change are both, unfortunately, par for the course when it comes to the Trump administration. But most of Trump’s appointments have some experience with the issues or industries their agencies are supposed to manage, even though they are largely industry insiders with an adversarial attitude toward government regulation. So even by Trump standards Clovis was a head-scratcher, since he has no known relationship to the food or agriculture industry in any capacity.
In fact, on the same day NBC News reported on Clovis’ grand jury testimony, a group of more than 3,000 scientists sent a letter to the Senate agricultural committee begging its members not to confirm such a wholly unqualified appointee. Their list of reasons to reject Clovis was long but, notably, did not include any mention of Russia. There’s little doubt that the signatories to the letter were unaware of Clovis’ role in the Russia scandal. Their concerns were strictly related to his total and confounding lack of qualifications to handle the job of chief scientist at the USDA.
As I reported in April, the job of chief scientist is not some meaningless make-work job, no matter what the Trump administration may think. That’s more true than ever as climate change threatens the stability of the American food supply. USDA-funded and managed science is critical for finding solutions to protect the ability of farmers to keep producing affordable food.
As Karen Perry Stillerman of the Union of Concerned Scientists noted, the position Clovis is in line for controls a whopping $3 billion in research grant money for agricultural scientists. As Dr. Mike Hamm, a Michigan State University professor and a senior fellow at the Center for Regional Food Systems told Stillerman, it’s “impossible to overstate the importance” of this grant money for “developing strategies to improve current yields while reducing environmental impacts of agricultural production, or identifying resilience strategies for increasingly prevalent issues.”
Before this week, the broad assumption was that Trump had nominated someone so wholly unqualified because the president simply doesn’t care about the USDA or science, and saw the role as an easy way to give Clovis a salary and an office as a reward for his support.
But now there’s reason for legitimate concern that something more troubling is going on. It seems inexplicable that the guy who coordinated a Russia-centric foreign policy agenda for the campaign has been appointed to an agriculture job. It’s worth noting that climate change could be opening up agricultural opportunities for Russian farmers that were previously limited by that nation’s wintry climate. For American farmers to remain competitive in the futures with northern countries like Russia and Canada, they need a USDA that backs them up with cutting-edge science and climate change adaptation strategies. Clovis is both incapable of doing that job and ideologically opposed to it.
Clovis’ confirmation hearing is scheduled next week. In light of the Russia scandal, the Senate needs to reject his nomination and demand that Trump appoint someone who is actually interested in promoting the needs of American agriculture — and who doesn’t have troubling connections to Russian interference during the election.
Should Republicans stop blocking the Chumph Impeachment, or the 2018 Election, whichever comes first – there appear to be at least 4 Cases, if not 5 upon which the Chumph will be prosecuted.
The easiest one of those to make as a primary cause and case for impeachment, is Obstruction of Justice. The other crimes are hidden behind requiring information which is still classified, information from grand jury testimony, and information not available to the public gathered by Robert Mueller’s prosecutors.
There appears to be evidence upon which to charge the Chumph with these crimes –
It is unknown at this point what evidence, or what charges (if any) Mueller will pursue. But the case for impeachment, based on obstruction of justice has been laid out just using publically available information. The guys who did this are heavyweights –
Barry H. Berke is co-chair of the litigation department at Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
(Kramer Levin) and a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has represented
public officials, professionals and other clients in matters involving all aspects of white-collar
crime, including obstruction of justice. Noah Bookbinder is the Executive Director of Citizens
for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW). Previously, Noah has served as Chief
Counsel for Criminal Justice for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee and as a
corruption prosecutor in the United States Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section.
Ambassador (ret.) Norman L. Eisen, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, was the chief
White House ethics lawyer from 2009 to 2011 and before that, defended obstruction and other
criminal cases for almost two decades in a D.C. law firm specializing in white-collar matters. He
is the chair and co-founder of CREW.
From their introduction of a case developed for Brookings Institute –
There are significant questions as to whether President Trump obstructed justice. We do not yet know all the relevant facts, and any final determination must await further investigation, including by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. But the public record contains substantial evidence that President Trump attempted to impede the investigations of Michael Flynn and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, including by firing FBI Director James Comey. There is also a question as to whether President Trump conspired to obstruct justice with senior members of his administration although the public facts regarding conspiracy are less well developed.Attempts to stop an investigation represent a common form of obstruction. Demanding the loyalty of an individual involved in an investigation, requesting that individual’s help to end the investigation, and then ultimately firing that person to accomplish that goal are the type of acts that have frequently resulted in obstruction convictions, as we detail. In addition, to the extent conduct could be characterized as threatening, intimidating, or corruptly persuading witnesses, that too
may provide additional grounds for obstruction charges. While those defending the president may claim that expressing a “hope” that an investigation will end is too vague to constitute obstruction, we show that such language is sufficient to do so. In that regard, it is material that former FBI Director James Comey interpreted the president’s “hope” that he would drop the investigation into Flynn as an instruction to drop the case. That Comey ignored that instruction is beside the point under applicable law. We also note that potentially misleading conduct and possible cover-up attempts could serve as further evidence of obstruction. Here, such actions may include fabricating an initial justification for firing Comey, directing Donald Trump Jr.’s inaccurate statements about the purpose of his meeting with a Russian lawyer during the president’s campaign, tweeting that Comey “better hope there are no ‘tapes’ of our conversations,” despite having
“no idea” whether such tapes existed, and repeatedly denouncing the validity of the investigations…
Sessions has released the police to murder black people on the street at will. The DOJ will now ignore basic Civil Rights as well as Laws concerning the killing of black people by that element of Bad Cops.
We are now officially back to the days of low level warfare between the police and the community – a war set off by the Chumph administration which has no interest in supporting a mutual relationship between the police and the community.
This refusal, and declaration of “race war” will have deadly consequences not only for black folks, but for those in uniform.
Hang ’em High! Evidence to Impeach and convict Pence is contained it letters now in Mueller’s possession.
Turns out, if the Chumph tries to “Pardon” his way out of this – he could be facing criminal charges in up to 29 states individually. The States don’t have he power to Impeach, but they sure as hell have the power to convict on a wide variety of crimes the Chumph is believed to have committed. If the Chumph is stupid enough to stop Mueller’s investigation – he is looking at a political and legal shitstorm of unprecedented proportions.
Thing is, nobody believe he isn’t stupid enough to do it.
Donald Trump’s odds of remaining in office took a severe hit today when it was revealed that there were two different versions of the letter announcing the firing of FBI Director James Comey, and that Special Counsel Robert Mueller now has both letters. The first, unreleased letter paints Trump as being guilty of obstruction of justice among other crimes. But the story has also swallowed up Mike Pence, to the point that at least two legal experts think Pence is now completely screwed.It was the New York Times that broke the story of the first Comey firing letter, written by Trump and Stephen Miller, which was ultimately rejected by the White House counsel for exposing them to legal liability (link). But four words casually tossed into the seventh paragraph of that article may be the real story: “Vice President Mike Pence.” It confirms that Pence knew of the contents of the first letter, and proceeded to help cover it up. He even went on television and lied about the second letter, from Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, having been the basis for the firing.Why does this matter? According to Fordham Law Professor Jed Shugerman, who appeared on-air on MSNBC on Friday night, it implicates Mike Pence on multiple felonies. One is conspiracy to commit obstruction of justice, as Pence helped Trump to sabotage the Russia investigation by firing Comey. Another is misprision of a felony, a legal term of having knowledge of a felony and not reporting it, as Pence kept knowledge of Trump’s true intentions to himself. Shugerman points out that Richard Nixon was about to be impeached for obstruction when he resigned, and that Pence is now in severe jeopardy himself. He’s not the only legal expert who thinks Pence is completely screwed over this.