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The ‘So What’ Defense Didn’t Work For Roger Stone, Will It Work Better For...

Roger Stone was found guilty of lying to Congress, witness tampering, obstruction, and his defense, incredibly, can be summarized as “So what?” That would seem stupendous on it’s face, but for the fact that the sitting president is attempting to use the same defense to get out of his own troubles in Ukraine. Washington Post: Stone’s lawyers conceded that a raft of emails, texts and extensive other documentation showed Stone claiming inside information on WikiLeaks’ releases and wanting to get even more that could be relayed to the Trump campaign. But in its closing, the defense urged jurors to reframe the question from whether Stone lied to whether that issue mattered, asserting that his hectic efforts to get information from WikiLeaks never amounted to anything. “So much of this case deals with that question that you need to ask . . . so what?” Stone’s lead attorney Bruce S. Rogow asked. Stone’s defense repeated his position that there was “no collusion” with Russia on the presidential race and thus any of Stone’s misstatements, as his lawyers cast them, about his WikiLeaks pursuits were inconsequential. They portrayed their client as hapless and merely engaging in his usual political chicanery. The jury didn’t buy the characterization of Stone as merely a merry prankster and not to be taken seriously. Stone’s whitewash that his trial was politically motivated, “Deep State” all that, did not fly. And the right of the Trump campaign to do it’s particular brand of “opposition research” was challenged. “There was nothing illegal about the campaign being interested in information that WikiLeaks was going to be sending out,” Rogow said. The attacks prompted a passionate defense from prosecutors — of Mueller’s probe and of the importance of facts. “If that’s the state of affairs that we’re in, I’m pretty shocked. Truth matters. Truth still matters,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Marando told jurors. “I know we live in a world nowadays with Twitter, tweets, social media where you can find any view, any truth you want.” But in “our institutions of self-governance, to a congressional committee, in our courts of law, truth still matters.” As you might well expect, this was not glad news to Donald Trump, who reacted totally as the emotional child and micro intellect that he is, no more, no less. ….A double standard like never seen before in the history of our Country? — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 15, 2019 Another Trump jewel, now in the official presidential archive. The man takes the concept of cluelessness to new frontiers, as yet another one of his allies goes to the House of Many Doors. Today the clouds parted, as this verdict was rendered, and the word “truth” rang out. Donald Trump needs to go back and read his Superman comic books. Then he’ll see that truth and justice are the American way — much to his dismay. Trump is also trying to present himself as hapless and without any criminal intent. Maybe he should ask Roger Stone’s lawyers how that particular trial balloon went over?  
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Ambassador Yovanovitch describes the ‘shock’ and ‘devastation’ of Trump’s smears in Zelensky call

Marie Yovanovitch, the former U.S. ambassador to Ukraine, is testifying Friday in the House impeachment hearing. Her early testimony has been both riveting and heartbreaking. After 33 years of dedicating her life to the State...
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Gates’ testimony indicates Trump lied when he claimed he never talked with Stone about...

Prosecutors in Trump ally Roger Stone's federal trial closed their presentation of evidence today with testimony from Trump campaign staffer and Paul Manafort co-conspirator Rick Gates. Gates testified that then-campaign head Paul Manafort asked him...

Trump Perjured Himself in Testimony To Mueller per Rick Gates’ Testimony in Stone Trial

You recall back in the day that Donald Trump said he never spoke with Roger Stone about Wikileaks, or Hillary, etc., et al. and that is what he told Robert Mueller. That is not what Rick Gates is saying in his testimony at the trial of Roger Stone. People should resist the temptation to shrug this off as just confirmation of what we already knew. This is real evidence of serious criminal wrongdoing by the president. https://t.co/bhm2YB5c4P — Susan Hennessey (@Susan_Hennessey) November 12, 2019 This is indeed significant. In fact, I would venture to say that Jay Sekulow is reaching for serious migraine medication right about now, this is so on point. 2/ Former deputy campaign chair Gates testified that he was riding in a Chevy Suburban from LaGuardia Airport in New York in mid-2016 when Trump took a late-evening phone call from Stone, where the pair apparently discussed WikiLeaks' planned release of hacked Democratic emails. — Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 12, 2019 4/ Gates said two secret service agents also witnessed the call. The call happened days after WikiLeaks' first release on July 22, 2016, of emails the Russian military hacked from the Democratic National Committee. — Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 12, 2019 5/ This testimony was redacted from Mueller report since Stone trial was still to come. Can it still be credibly claimed the Mueller report presented the full picture of Trump’s knowledge of 2016 Russian interference? — Jim Sciutto (@jimsciutto) November 12, 2019 It will be interesting to see what other material that was redacted in the Mueller report will come out in the Stone trial. Meanwhile, it’s been noted that Roger Stone doesn’t seem to have much of a defense going on right now. I seriously do not understand Roger Stone's defense strategy. Maybe folks like @Popehat have some insight that I am not seeing but this seems like a pro forma defense centered around the belief Trump will simply pardon him and Stone can then monetize his victim status further. — Bradley P. Moss (@BradMossEsq) November 12, 2019 Maybe it’s as pathetic as that. If that’s the case, I would point out to Roger Stone that Paul Manafort is still waiting for his pardon and he’s going to get a lot greyer and longer in the tooth before it comes. I think that’s where all the smart money is placed at this time. Trump has never been known as a stand up kind of a guy, who takes care of people. Stone is a fool to play that card.
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Trump claim that he’ll release ‘more important’ transcript is pure smokescreen

On Monday, Donald Trump again said that he would release “the other transcript,” that being the supposed transcript of his April phone call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. On Tuesday morning, Trump called this transcript...

Ukraine expert testifies Mulvaney held up missile sales to Ukraine to avoid upsetting Russia

In another all roads lead to Russia revelation, a State Department official and former National Security Council member, told congressional investigators that then-budget chief Mick Mulvaney halted the sale of anti-tank Javelin missiles to Ukraine...

Russians and Retaliation at the White House

Individual-1 continues to not work in the interest of the US, as Vindman gets reassigned, and what was suspected becomes more evident. https://twitter.com/JuliaDavisNews/status/1193625207954690049 https://twitter.com/HuffPostPol/status/1193646474183229440 https://twitter.com/tedlieu/status/1193561079927848960 https://twitter.com/lrozen/status/1193647029228060676 The head of Russia’s State Security Service, the FSB, made the surprising announcement that...
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The hidden Objectives behind those “Trump Roads Leading to Putin”

Nancy Pelosi quipped in a recent high-profile meeting: “All roads lead to Putin with you.” I doubt this was an accident.  She knows far more about the back-story here, than we can imagine. Let’s assume she is...
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Bolton’s mystery Ukraine meetings could point back to connections between Trump and Putin

On Friday, Charles Cooper, a lawyer for former National Security Advisor John Bolton, indicated that Bolton was involved in Ukraine-related meetings that had not yet become part of the public record. And these were...
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Donald Trump may get his military parade … in Moscow

Ever since he happened to be in France for a military parade, Donald Trump has been demanding one of his own. And not just a few desultory armored personnel carriers scattered around the National...

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