Friday, February 22, 2019
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Paul Ryan’s treachery—abetting sabotage of the investigation into Trump as a potential Russian asset

In May of 2017, an obscure transcript surfaced quoting a rather revelatory conversation that took place between several GOP lawmakers in June 2016. Then-House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told then-Speaker Paul Ryan and others, “There’s...
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It’s on…. Mueller subpoenaed a Cambridge Analytica director

Lest we get distracted by #NotesFromTheNationalEmergency, there were lights under bushels in #TrumpRussia. Remember who owned CambAnal (The Mercers) and who was in charge of it (Steve Bannon). One part of Mueller’s investigation focuses on whether...
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Josh Marshall Goes Where Few Dare. Deep into the Manafort Hearing Transcript. It’s Must-read...

The following material is straight from the other side of Talking Points Memo’s pay-wall.  So, you can’t read it all without shelling out the dinero (a little over $4/month). I’ll just relay the pertinent impertinence, as...
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Gag Order Imposed In Roger Stone Case, Stone Deemed ‘Too Slimy To Get Flipped’

This will definitely take the wind out of the Dirty Trickster’s sails. Stone was having a great time doing his usual grandstanding prior to this. He secluded himself in an undisclosed location recently, saying that he ”didn’t want to get Jack Ruby-ed.” He was giving interviews and being Roger Stone. Now all that has ground to a halt. If Stone violates the gag order, he will be in contempt of of court, and subject to fines and incarceration. Former Scooter Libby prosecutor Peter Zeidenberg called the Stone case, “as close to a slam-dunk case as a prosecutor will ever bring.” Daily Beast: “As someone who prosecuted Scooter Libby and others on similar charges and defended white-collar cases involving similar charges as those alleged here—false statements, obstruction of justice and witness tampering—my takeaway is that Stone should begin getting his affairs in order,” the attorney wrote. “Barring a presidential pardon (always the wild-card possibility with a POTUS like Trump) Stone will be convicted and receive a very substantial prison sentence.” “Defendants can plausibly argue that either they did not understand the agents’ questions, or the agents either did not understand or did not memorialize their response accurately….But that won’t work for Stone, because the entire congressional hearing was transcribed, verbatim. The questions, and the answers, were under oath and were not at all ambiguous or open to interpretation.” “Unfortunately for Stone, and what makes fighting this case futile, is that the government will not need to rely on the credibility of any individuals to make its case. The email and text evidence laid out in excruciating detail in the indictment is not open to interpretation,” he detailed. “And if that were not enough—and believe me, it is—the case will be tried in D.C. There is a facile critique that liberals are soft on crime. That can be true where the defendants are perceived to be from a disadvantaged minority. But have pity on an arrogant, white-collar defendant who is in cahoots with a despised Republican president; you will witness righteous fury. The venire in D.C. reviles Trump, and they will find Stone loathsome. The only contentiousness will be during jury selection, as the potential jurors all fight to be chosen so they can “do justice.” The day Stone was arrested he crowed, “There is no circumstance where I would testify against the president because I would have to bear false witness against him. I’d have to make things up.” He may not need to worry.  Zeidenberg thinks that Mueller doesn’t want him. Finally, do not expect to see Special Counsel Robert Mueller make any attempt to flip Stone and have him cooperate. A defendant like Stone is far more trouble than he is worth to a prosecutor. Stone is too untrustworthy for a prosecutor to ever rely upon. He has told so many documented lies, and bragged so often about his dirty tricks, that he simply has too much baggage to deal with even if here to want to cooperate—which seems unlikely in any event. Mueller, I suspect, would not even be willing to engage in a preliminary debrief with Stone to just test the possibility of cooperation out of concern that Stone would immediately go on television with his pals at Fox News to decry Mueller’s Gestapo tactics. Stone loves being the center of attention, but the gag order […]
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The question has not been answered: Is Donald Trump a Russian agent?

While Republicans react with apparent fury to the idea that officials speculated over whether Mike Pence and members of Donald Trump’s own cabinet—not the FBI and Department of Justice—might have sought to have him...
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McCabe’s ‘masterful chess move’ may have cemented Mueller’s appointment and Trump’s fate

The actions of former acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe immediately following the early firing of James Comey may have virtually ensured the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Donald Trump, according to a...
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The judge presiding over Roger Stone’s case reacts to his Instagram antics and she...

Roger Stone just can’t keep his mouth shut. After Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued a gag order in his case, a gag that applied to everyone involved, Stone just couldn’t help himself and shared a...
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Another week brings yet another gargantuan lie from Trump’s den of liars

Paul Manafort, the former chair of Donald Trump's campaign and now convicted felon, is poised to spend the rest of his life in jail, exactly as a federal judge originally predicted last year. Manafort, 69,...

Roger Stone Posts Threatening Picture Of Judge Amy Berman Jackson With Crosshairs Near Her...

Roger Stone posted this bizarre shot on Instagram. This is the text from Stone’s Instagram account. “Through legal trickery Deep State hitman Robert Mueller has guaranteed that my upcoming show trial is before Judge Amy Berman Jackson , an Obama appointed Judge who dismissed the Benghazi charges again Hillary Clinton and incarcerated Paul Manafort prior to his conviction for any crime . #fixisin Help me fight for my life.” This is what former U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance had to say about it: Is Stone looking to build an insanity defense? Or, he knows his goose is cooked, so he’s going to go down in flames on the pyre of Donald Trump, as a martyr? This is nuts. It won’t surprise you, that people are reacting to this shenanigan of Stone’s with outrage. Lawyer and Georgetown University Law School Professor Neil Katyal weighed in. Such despicable behavior is enabled and catalysts by Donald Trump’s rhetoric every day. I don’t care what side you are on, this is the behavior of thugs and dictators, not real Americans. — Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) February 18, 2019 This also means a pardon of Roger Stone is a pardon of a thug and someone who stands for the destruction of the Rule of Law. It would be an impeachable offense for Trump to pardon him, it would violate everything the Constitution is about. — Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) February 18, 2019 I would respectfully point out that if Trump didn’t get upset with an actual murder, that of Jamal Khashoggi, why expect him to register much of a reaction at all to a photograph? Trump is made of very dense stuff. Stone has deleted the photo. Roger Stone deletes Instagram post of Judge Amy Berman Jackson, tells @NYDailyNews the cross-hairs symbol in the photo was inadvertent. “I saw no such thing,” he says. “It is simply a photo of the Judge off the Internet.” Story TK. — Chris Sommerfeldt (@C_Sommerfeldt) February 18, 2019 Stone has a photo up there now without the watermark. Okey doke. Stone wrote this text to CBS News Reporter Kathryn Watson. Good luck interpreting it. Maybe Stone is stoned, seriously. Roger Stone texts me this in response to my inquiry about his Instagram post of Judge Amy Berman Jackson that featured crosshairs in the background: pic.twitter.com/smh8bs4JD2 — Kathryn Watson (@kathrynw5) February 18, 2019 I think “sentiments for within my first amendment rights” means, “sentiments FALL within my first amendment rights. As to the image being subject to mis-interpretation, how many interpretations of crosshairs next to a woman’s head can there be? Twitter is saying that the image originated on an anti-Semitic conspiracy site, but I can’t verify that at this time, so take it for what’s it’s worth, unsubstantiated rumor. If true, however, it would be interesting that Stone would have picked that image from that kind of a site. We’ll see if it flies for Stone. Personally, I think they should find him in contempt of court and throw the book at him. Roger Stone’s lawyers have filed a “Notice of Apology.” The folks I know would have filed a Notice of Withdrawal as Counsel, but whatever. Roger Stone’s attorneys have just submitted a court filing …apologizing for his Instagram post today that targeted Judge Amy Berman Jackson. pic.twitter.com/YkQqVim7e7 — Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) February 19, […]
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Robert Mueller may issue something very soon, but it won’t be a ‘final report’

That idea that “Robert Mueller is going to file a report any day now” has been a news staple since shortly after Mueller was appointed special counsel in 2017. Compared to other special counsel investigations,...

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