Quit Breaking the Law!

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You know, there are people who actually believe Donald Trump when he calls himself a genius, and I have to point to his Twitter account and ask “Seriously?’  Even if you believe he penned “the Art of the Deal” (he didn’t) and is a master dealmaker (he isn’t), any and all of that is negated by verbal equivalent of garbage he spews on Twitter.  I’m not talking about the offensive stuff, either.  I’m talking about the outright dumb things he says and admits to.  Like, he’ll claim he didn’t collude with Russia during the election, but then suggest that even if he did, it wouldn’t be a crime.  And while you might argue that such a statement isn’t a direct admission of guilt, I’ll give that to you, if only because he doesn’t just use Twitter to admit crimes, but seemingly also to commit them.  As it turns out, publicly praising someone for not ratting on you looks an awful lot like, and can be pretty easily interpreted as witness tampering.  Similarly, publicly calling for an end to an investigation, directed at people under your employ, into your potential crimes could easily be read as trying to obstruct a criminal case.  Let me assure you, this isn’t brilliant posturing.  If anything it’s admissible evidence on the public record.

Brave Boy

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The last week has felt like we’re finally starting to see what momentum in this long, contentious Russian Investigation really looks like.  Within 2 days, 4 Trump cronies (Roger Stone, Jerome Corsi, Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen) have been called out by Mueller for lying to investigators and/or Congress.  Of those 4 cronies, 3 of them have joint defense agreements with Trump, meaning their lawyers are being given slight latitude in communicating with each other.  Now, in the days following Trump’s submission of written answers to Mueller’s questions regarding Russian interference in the 2016 election (though apparently questions regarding obstruction of justice were not allowed), Mueller seems have his ducks in a row, and is finally starting to make moves.  And now we see if Mueller is really playing chess against a bunch of checkers players.

Written Responses

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So, Donald Trump submitted written answers to questions in Robert Mueller’s investigation, and, as is predictable at this point, Trump is pretending that this action will, and indeed already has vindicated him, and further proves that the investigation is a witch hunt.  I mean, it’s not.  The revelations and indictments it has already turned up proves that.  But I have to admit, with Trump’s written answers, the whole situation is even more annoying, because the questions that were submitted to Trump were so watered down by this point, that it’s questionable whether they will yield any kind of desirable insight into the events we’re hoping to get cleared up.  But who knows?  Trump does have a habit of putting his foot in his mouth, regardless of how softball the questions.  At the same time, I’m curious to see how written responses actually WRITTEN by Donald Trump turn out.  I’m dying to see the man answer some questions that he can’t dance around.  What do those responses look like?  Here’s me keeping my fingers crossed that the document in question eventually goes public.

Manufacturing Scandals

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You know, with the plot to smear Robert Mueller, I can practically hear wheels turning in the heads of the monsters trying to exploit the #MeToo movement in the grossest way possible.  In the wake of Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation, right wing operators seemed to have gotten an idea in their heads that creating a sexual assault scandal was as simple as paying people off.  They didn’t seem to realize that most people are, generally speaking, decent, and won’t want to accuse an innocent man of assault.   The two names you should know about in this plot are Jack Burkman ,a man with a reputation for conjuring right wing conspiracy theories, and Jacob Wohl, a young hedge fund manager/Donald Trump acolyte.  These two men allegedly engineered a scam to pay women to make up false sexual assault and harassment claims.  I don’t know that they were working in collusion, but the two women in question did forward their correspondence with the people who aimed to pay them off to the FBI.  Reporters, who essentially only needed to go as far as Google and LinkedIN, were able to trace these claims back to Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl, the two men I mentioned at the start, and, surprise surprise, these two men have been publicly claiming to have statements that would expose Robert Mueller as a sexual predator!  Weirdly, it seems like neither of them were actually able to produce the supposed victims though.  It’s a rough day when a bad plan falls apart.

Differing Minds

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How much of his day on average do you think Robert Mueller thinks about Donald Trump? 

Day in and day out, Donald Trump is constantly blasting his Id all over Twitter.  His angry, early morning Tweetstorms have become something of a tradition at this point.  They’re like ugly, less thought out, inflammatory fireside chats.  And he constantly has something to say about the probe into Russia’s meddling into the 2016 election.  In fact, I’ll bet if I mention Russia or Mueller to a random person, the first word that comes to mind is “witchhunt”.

It’s Donald Trump’s omni-present narrative that got me thinking about the fact that Robert Mueller has NO narrative.  Everything we know about his side of the case is entirely based around what kind of scoop news organizations get, and the veracity of ANY of those stories is questionable.  Honestly, we have no concrete understanding of what Mueller’s side of the investigation looks like.  We have no idea what or who he’s zeroing in on until he makes a move, but he never broadcasts it.  And Trump himself is constantly maneuvering around what he think’s Mueller’s machinations are, ALSO based on what the media is saying. Remember, Trump also has NO IDEA what Mueller is actually doing.

He keeps calling this investigation a “witch hunt” without at all knowing if he’s even a credible target at this point!  Only the tiny investigation team and Mueller himself know what’s actually on the table, and they aren’t giving an official narrative, because of course they aren’t! Law enforcement and prosecution teams don’t discuss ongoing cases.  Which leads me to back to the question I had at the beginning.  How much do you think Mueller thinks SPECIFICALLY about Trump?  While we know for a fact that Trump CAN’T STOP thinking about Mueller and his investigation, I imagine Mueller isn’t plagued by a similar problem.  Because Mueller’s agenda isn’t to nail the President.  It’s to uncover the scope of a hostile foreign power’s penetration into our election.  I would imagine Mueller’s head is much less chaotic.

Going Home

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Donald Trump, Jr. might be looking at a bit of trouble for his participation in a meeting in Trump Tower during the 2016 election.  For those not in the know, Don Jr, potentially (probably) with the knowledge of his father, took a meeting with a Russian lawyer in the hopes of getting dirt on Hillary in the election.  The more information that becomes public, especially as it relates to a statement by Jr, probably drafted by Sr, the less good it looks for Jr.  And I guess Papa Trump might be getting worried as well. Whether that is genuine concern over the welfare of his son or concern for himself over the blowback is up to whoever is telling the story.  But whichever the case, it’s certainly causing Trump and his legal team time and energy.  And the flip flopping over Don Sr.’s level of knowledge of the incident before it happened is only causing more waves.  All I can imagine is that Trump would rather Jr. be out of reach for the time being.

Witch Hunt

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I feel like the term “witch hunt” has taken on a new sort of resonance since the special investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections began. President Donald Trump uses the word publicly several times a week to refer to Special Counsel Robert Mueller III’s investigation because he has decided that it’s a liberal conspiracy to bring him and his administration down (OR he he’s trying to hide his malfeasance and/or criminal behavior…that’s a possibility as well).  But you see, the term “witch hunt” is supposed to imply that you’re searching for something that isn’t there or doesn’t exist, and as a result, innocent people get burned.  But it’s important to note that if you’re on a witch hunt and you find ACTUAL witches, e.g. You find exactly the bad things you suspected you might find, then it CAN’T be a witch hunt.  In the case of the Russia investigation, besides uncovering Russian spies and several conspirators working with Russia who had key roles in Trump’s campaign, it also uncovered specific examples of Russia explicitly attempting to collude with Donald Trump’s campaign.  Whether Trump or his campaign did anything wrong remains up in the air, but Mr. Trump! Your witch hunt has turned up witches! You can’t run from that anymore!

Outsmarting the Fuzz

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I might be going crazy, but did Sean Hannity just try to tamper with witnesses in an ongoing federal investigation?  I mean, he literally went on the air, and told anyone who was a witness in the investigation that before they hand over their phones to Mueller, that they should methodically (and he was alarmingly specific about what he thinks they should do) destroy the data on their phones, before physically destroying the actual phones, then hand THAT over to Mueller.  Considering that Paul Manafort is under the gun for Witness Tampering, I’d have thought other Trump associates would be working a bit harder to keep themselves off that particular radar, yet here Hannity is, trying to outsmart the feds.  But it appears even the brilliant mind of Sean Hannity can’t recall every method of getting past the long reach of the Feds.

Clear Understanding

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So, a few days ago, Rudy Giuliani came out and told everyone that Mueller was planning to wrap up his investigation by September 1.  And most people, upon hearing that, probably thought “well that’s horsesh*%”.  It just didn’t seem credible.  But up until that point, Giuliani hadn’t really had a problem with lying.  If anything, his issue was that he was probably a little too truthful.  He couldn’t keep things under wraps.  So it was a troubling statement to say the least.  Of course now sources are coming out saying that it was a total fabrication, and it leaves me wondering what changed for Rudy to come out and play this tactic, which most think was just a ploy to put pressure on the investigation.  I dunno.  I think Rudy just may be a little short on the uptake.

A Very Busy and Important Schedule

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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Trump’s legal team is saying one of the key reasons why Trump may not be able to give an interview to Mueller is because Trump simply doesn’t have the free time to give!  After all, the day in the life of a POTUS is highly regimented and scheduled.  Down to the minute!  I mean, he has to keep his mornings wide open so he can watch Fox and Friends, and maybe call them and have a friendly chat.  The truth is that if even half the reports we’ve heard regarding the day to day within the White House, the President shouldn’t find himself too hard pressed to find a few minutes to give an interview without giving up on some meeting that will determine the fate of the world.