The key #TrumpRussia point today was that Mueller anticipated Trump and Manafort would violate the Joint defense agreement, and allowed them to entrap themselves with the written response to questions. Because coordinated lies do not equal the truth when there’s other evidence available.
My sense has been that Mueller cut Manafort loose on learning that the similarity of his lies and Trump’s was no coincidence but a result of illicit cooperation between them and part of a scheme in which Manafort would later be pardoned. I note that @maddow had a similar thought
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) November 28, 2018
The Jerome Corsi revelations are the icing on a cake thrown at a kid’s birthday party, as Corsi made a bad choice to resist, and lied in the process, having served as a check on the fabrication of other lies among Roger Stone, Paul Manafort and others including Julian Assange. Essentially Trump has now committed to statements that demonstrate a collusive connection to numerous efforts by Manafort and others like Stone to influence the 2016 election with Russian assistance.
Conveniently, Alan Dershowitz does not opine extensively on the obstruction of justice aspect that now seems more obvious as #TrumpRussia gains clarity.
President Trump on Monday launched what some interpreted as a preemptive PR attack against special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s final report — a day after one of Mueller’s most prominent critics said he expects the investigation’s conclusion will be politically “devastating to the president.”
“What I think Mueller’s going to do if he’s smart is connect the open dots,” Alan Dershowitz, who has defended clients in some of the most famous cases in modern history, told The Washington Post. “He’s going to lay out everything that relates to contacts between anyone in the campaign and the Russians, and the same thing with obstruction of justice. None of these things by themselves are compelling, but when you lay it out and see it all in one document, I think it will be on its face very critical of the president.”
Strange is how Manafort thought he could be a spy for Trump by pleading guilty to get access to Mueller’s side of the prosecution with some expectation of a pardon. It’s already been pointed out that Mueller put in counter-measures in the agreement but Manafort seems to have believed that could be bypassed.
The hot theory is:
-Manafort's lies match Trump's lies in his written statement to Mueller
-Meaning DT & PM co-ordinated their stories
-Mueller has multi yr FISA on PM to prove it
-The 10 day extension was to get DT's statement first😂
-DT's freaking out bc he knows he's phucked
— Tom Joseph (@TomJChicago) November 27, 2018
Renato Mariotti tweet-threads a useful summary of the “coordination” of Manafort and Trump’s attorneys and why Manafort’s plea violation has now hemmed in 45* on what is now “ironclad” proof of collusion in #TrumpRussia.
1/ Today @nytimes reported that Manafort’s lawyer repeatedly briefed Trump’s lawyers about Manafort’s discussions with Mueller *after* Manafort had already begun to cooperate. This arrangement is extremely unusual and highly questionable.
The conclusion I draw from this story is that Manafort pled guilty and agreed to "cooperate" with Mueller with the express purpose of acting as a spy and feeding info to Trump in hopes for a pardon. There is no other rational explanation for his conduct I can think of. https://t.co/rXOhNAHops
— Daniel Jacobson (@Dan_F_Jacobson) November 28, 2018
The weirdness, not unlike the Dershowitz opinions, is how clueless is the Giuliani sourcing of this.
Rudolph W. Giuliani, an attorney for Trump, said the president does not recall ever speaking to either Stone or Corsi about WikiLeaks. He said the president’s legal team obtained a copy of the Corsi document earlier this month and lodged a complaint with the Justice Department about the inclusion of Trump’s name in the draft filing. The episode delayed the delivery of Trump’s written responses to questions posed by the special counsel.
A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment.
Corsi’s release of the draft filing provides a rare window into the evidence gathered by Mueller’s team, which has conducted its investigation in extraordinary secrecy.
Special Counsel Mueller must be allowed to finish his investigation. Tomorrow, Sen. @ChrisCoons and I will again call for unanimous consent to bring S. 2644, which will protect the Special Counsel, to the Senate floor for a vote. https://t.co/HgPMo6Iu6X
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) November 27, 2018