Trump Expected To Commute Roger Stone’s Sentence Today

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It’s another Friday in Trump world, which means that it’s another day to fire, pardon, or commit other legal shenanigans of a questionable nature. Roger Stone is telegraphing that he wants to have his sentence commuted, or he might open his mouth. Howard Fineman is with NBC News. Just had a long talk with #RogerStone. He says he doesn’t want a pardon (which implies guilt) but a commutation, and says he thinks #Trump will give it to him. “He knows I was under enormous pressure to turn on him. It would have eased my situation considerably. But I didn’t.” — howardfineman (@howardfineman) July 10, 2020 That is crony-speak for, “I didn’t turn on Trump, so he owes me a favor. I did my job, now he needs to do his.” Otherwise, Roger Stone goes to the House of Many Doors on Tuesday. Not surprisingly, Fox News has an exclusive: Sources told Fox News Friday that the president could announce a commutation of Stone’s sentence as early as Friday evening. The president, as recently as Friday morning, has said he was “looking at” offering Stone clemency, saying he was “very unfairly treated.” Stone was set to report to prison on July 14 to serve 40 months. He was sentenced in February to more than three years in prison after being convicted in November 2019 on seven counts of obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements to Congress on charges that stemmed from Mueller’s investigation. Stone, however, has appealed his conviction and continues to deny any wrongdoing. Trump, for weeks, has signaled he could be open to granting Stone clemency — tweeting last month that Stone was “a victim of a corrupt and illegal Witch Hunt, one which will go down as the greatest political crime in history. He can sleep well at night!” And that is Trump-speak for “please don’t open your mouth, Roger, I’m taking care of it.” Now, clearly, there are people telling Trump how horrible the optics of pardoning Roger Stone will be. Bill Barr has purportedly begged him not to do it, to prevent a mutiny at the Department of Justice. But it looks like Trump is set to ignore that. He probably figures that the whole city is on fire, what’s one more building? Let ’em go nuts at Justice. Trump’s going to CYA because that’s all he knows or cares about.
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I hope you’re all in shape to dance the kazotsky, you know that Russian dance where they squat and kick? Yeah, that one. And get a fur hat and coat and lay in some vodka, because it looks like all the news these days is about Russia, Russia, Russia, so we might as well get in the mood. Paul Erickson, who was both Maria Butina’s boyfriend and a player in Pat Buchanan’s bid for the GOP presidential nomination, eventually secured by George H.W. Bush, has been sentenced to 7 years prison for wire fraud and money laundering. Erickson was also John Wayne Bobbit’s lawyer, remember him? He became famous after his wife amputated his penis and threw it in the weeds. Erickson’s checkered career ended after he got caught defrauding people for $5.3 million. It’s said that he suffered from “hubris and over confidence” which led him to put together fantastic business deals that couldn’t possibly succeed and take peoples’ money. Sounds vaguely familiar, doesn’t it? Argus Leader: Erickson admitted that his “moral judgement failed” in what had been a routine business venture. He said he failed his faith and investors. […] Judge Karen Schrier said Erickson had schemed former classmates, family members, even his god mother when she was ill. “You’re a thief, and you have betrayed your friends and family, pretty much everyone you know,” Schreier said. Erickson, a Yale University graduate who went on to earn a law degree from the University of Virginia, became involved in Republican politics during the Reagan adminitration. He worked briefly for Sen. Jim Abdnor, the Republican who beat George McGovern in the 1980 election. The Vermillion native traveled the world to historic events, including to the Berlin Wall when it was torn down and to Nicaragua, where he met anti-communist fighters there. Just one more mosiac in the vast mural of GOP corruption, grifting, and contacts with Russia, which all seem to go curiously hand in hand these days, have you noticed? There is a definite pattern — forget definite, a profound pattern — of GOPers who rip people off for a lot of money and get into ever shadier business deals and then they’re in bed with the Russians, in this case literally. The FBI’s data base must be ready to blow up with all the cases following this general profile. The Republican party needs to clean house.
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Not So Fast Mr Flynn!

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Well, well, this should thicken up the pudding nicely. DC District Court Judge Emmett Sullivan issued a ruling from the bench this morning regarding the DOJ’s request that former NSA Michael Flynn’s guilty plea be vacate , and the charges against him dropped. And the ruling isn’t going to be happy news for Tubby the Ewok. In the ruling, not only did judge Sullivan not grant the DOJ’s request that the confession be vacated and the charges dropped, he went in the opposite direction, instead allowing third party filings to be placed before the court for consideration in the judges decision, not just the filings of the DOJ and Flynn’s lawyers. This is not bueno news for Flynn, his lawyers, and the DOJ. In a move that has become common in DOJ filings in the era of Trump, both the DOJ as well as Flynn’s lawyers hammered away at the sovereign rights of the Department of Justice to adjudicate their cases, making it sound like the judge had little option but to comply. But obviously, by this ruling, Judge Sullivan makes it clear that he does not consider himself a helpless tool in this process. This is bad news for Flynn and the DOJ for a bunch of reasons. First, today’s ruling opens the floodgates for Sullivan to receive a whole slew of dissenting opinions from those of Flynn’s lawyers and the DOJ, and to consider them. Chief among those being an open letter already signed by more than 2000 current and former DOJ officials, slamming the request, and pointing out that a positive ruling for Flynn and the DOJ would openly politicize the DOJ, and pose the prospect of a separate form of justice for politically connected defendants. Another effect of today’s ruling is that it will dilute the strength of the DOJ’s case by allowing interested parties a chance to clarify the record. For example, the DOJ in their filing, the DOJ claimed that the FBI lacked the legal predicate to interview Flynn about his phone conversations with then Russian Ambassador Sergei Kislyak, both the interview and the subsequent confession were facially invalid. But FBI officials steadfastly contended that they were not interviewing Flynn about his phone contacts with Kislyak, but his repeated lies to senior White House officials, such as Vice President Mike Pence. With Sullivan’s ruling today, he will now be free to consider this information in his decision making process. But the real reason this is such bad news for Flynn and the DOJ is that it makes it much more likely than not that Judge Sullivan will decide to hold an open hearing in court in order to force the DOJ to defend their position on the issue. Anybody who listened to the oral arguments before the Supreme Court yesterday could hear how moronic any lawyer sounds when trying to defend or espouse a Trumpian position. But it isn’t just the Supreme Court. Anybody who watches Rachel Maddow knows how she loves to get her hands on the transcript of pretty much any federal court proceeding involving Trump’s Department of Selective Justice. With no editorializing, Maddow reads the disjointed ramblings of DOJ lawyers trying to defend the indefensible, followed by the federal court judge’s use of simple legal arguments to reduce the DOJ lawyer to a California Roll on a plate at a sushi bar. […]
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This Move Isn’t For The “Base”

*Sigh* If it’s Friday, then it must be Funky Friday. Once again Emperor Gluteus Maximus is licking his numbus nuttus in public. When asked in the Oval Office today about Tubby the Ewok’s naked power play to spring Michael Flynn, Trump replied, Oh, I think you’re going to see a great deal more in the next few weeks. This is just one piece of a dirty puzzle. OK, this is going to turn into a mammoth problem for Trump, with absolutely no viable upside for him, so of course he’s dead set on this path. For starters, the optics are terrible. The nation is still in the middle of a national pandemic, no matter Trump’s demented comments. A whole bunch of states are reopening states where the daily infection rate as well as the death rate is rising, and Trump is bitching about having to constantly raise the expected death toll. And it’s only going to get worse in the coming weeks. And El Pendejo Presidente is fixated on revisiting the Trump-Russia investigation. This move is not about revving up the base for the 2020 election, for the simple reason that it can’t be! Trump is flogging the original dead horse here, because he beat the fucking rap! He already spiked the ball in the end zone over his acquittal. Nobody cares anymore! Trump revisiting the Scandal is like the winning coach in the Super Bowl bitching to the media about a holding call in the third quarter. Who cares?!? You won! Besides, these days even Trump supporters are more interested in earning a paycheck, keeping a roof over their heads, and food in their kids faces than that old saw. So, why do it? Personally, I think that there are two reasons. The first reason was provided by former high ranking FBI official Frank Figliuzzi on MSNBC. Trump’s back is against the wall. His popularity is in the tanker, his polling numbers are in the toilet, and he’s behind in critical states. Fugliuzzi mentioned something interesting, notice how Trump has never called it the Mueller hoax, or the Democratic hoax, or the Comey hoax? No, the goddamn thing has never been anything other than the Russia hoax. That investigation was an embarrassment to Trump, and it will be used against him in the campaign. But I don’t expect any sudden rash of pardons for Manafort, Stone, Flynn if the current trick doesn’t work, or any of the other slobs who facilitated this mess. Because they weren’t convicted of conspiring with Russia. And Russia is the embarrassment for Trump. And it’s not just an embarrassment for Trump either, it’s also a major embarrassment for Vlad the Imp. Remember, there’s at least one open indictment coming out of the Mueller investigation. And that’s a very specific indictment against more than two dozen Russian GRU officers for tampering in the election. That is the gold ring here, nothing else. If Trump wants the Russia monkey off of his back, then Barr must find a way to vacate those indictments, full of nasty things like names, ranks, office identification, and even goddamn IP addresses. If that goes away, Trump can go back to calling it a hoax, or a witch hunt for his slobbering fools. The second reason is my own, and I touched upon it briefly in a recent article. Despite his narcissism, I’m almost starting to believe that the inconvenient truth has started to seep […]
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dropping Flynn charges just as new Mueller documents are unsealed, darn coincidences

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