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Entries in mueller (22)

Sunday
May052019

Trump Objects to Mueller Testifying Before Congress

President Trump has objected to Robert Mueller testifying before Congress about his report about about Attorney General Barr's 4 page report, his press conference and Mueller's letter to Barr regarding his handling of the report. This is an extraordinary development considering the number of questions that exist along with many questions that people continue to have about the investigation itself.

The President's response has only driven this frenzy. His recent conversation with Vladimir Putin about this issue has only added gasoline to to the fire. Of course, the election, while set for November, 2020, continues to have an impossibly significant impact on this entire process.

I will appear on Voice of America International Edition to discuss what comes next.

Friday
Apr192019

The Mueller Report (Redacted) is Released and Nobody is Really Happy

The Mueller report was released inside the Beltway and nobody is really happy.  AG Barr has tried to spin it in a way that seems uttlerly shocking. He is not the President's private attorney but rather the Attorney for the U.S. However, he certainly isn't acting like it. His conclusions do not seem to reflect the report.  This is an objective fact. Also, the language he is using parrots the President's language even though "collusion" is not what this case was ever about nor is even a term of law.  Further, the report specifically rejects the usage.  Strange.  

The two issued the Report looks at are Conspiracy and Obstruction.  The conspiracy piece seems pretty clean, meaning that Mueller simply didn't find enough to go after Trump.  The obstruction piece actually is much much different. In that case, the Report says it can't exonerate the President and seems to leave it in the hands of Congress. Barr, on the other hand, tries to exonerate Trump on this issue.

There will be a fight.  I appear on VOA to discuss. 

Monday
Apr152019

Will The Country Ever See an Un-redacted Mueller Report?

Attorney General Barr released a four page summary of the 400 page Mueller Report.  Further, Barr decided there was insufficient grounds for an obstruction charge against President Trump.  As a result, Trump claimed complete vindication.  The Democrats don't seem to agree.  

On April 18, Barr is scheduled to release a redacted version of the report.  He was heavily pressured by the Dems to do so who have already threatened extensive subpoenas to get a complete version of the report without redactions.  Barr claims redactions for grand jury info, classified info, material about ongoing info and material affecting peripheral third parties.  We will see. . . 

I appear on Voice of America, International Edition to talk about what it means.  Should get interesting.

Monday
Mar252019

Does the Mueller Report Exonerate the President? Not Exactly.

After 22 months, 25 millions dollars, and 500 interviews, Special Counsel Robert Mueller finally gave his final reports to U.S. Attorney General Barr.  Barr then released a 4 page memo outlining the findings. And, drum roll please, Mueller concluded that there was no conspiracy between Trump and the Russians.  As one might imagine, Trump and the GOP jumped on this, claimed complete vindication and exoneration.  They then turned on the Democrats. The problem is, while Trump is apparently correct about the conspiracy piece with the Russians, we still haven't seen the Muller report, just the Barr report.  The problem is that the obstruction question, frequently the one that people get hung up on, think Martha Stewart, is still up in the air.  Barr said it was insufficient, but Mueller didn't say that.  As you might imagine, this where the Democrats are hanging their hats. 

I appear on Voice of America International Ediiton to discuss.  After so long, the country is tired and surly and wondering what comes next.

Tuesday
Jan082019

The Truth is the Truth, Whether its Before Congress or the Justice Department

The truth is the truth is the truth. The Mueller Investigation continues to gain steam. Lots of indictments, multiple convictions and still lots of questions. At the same time, the House Intelligence Committee has continued its own investigation. Under the Republicans, it certainly had a much different approach. However, under the Democrats, it seems to be running in a different direction. It appears that the leadership on the Committee is seeking to cooperate with Mueller in terms of the statements made to both.  The Committee has said it wants to provide transcripts to Mueller for comparison.  

Essentially, it is a crime to lie to Congress and to the Mueller team, the FBI and the Department of Justice in general. However, there has been little cooperation between the House Intel Committee and Mueller, until now. From an investigatory perspective, this should get even more interesting. However, in the end, this process, on all sides, needs to be as apolitical as possible.  Hopefully, cooperation between both make that point clearer.  At the same time, I'm calling for as much transparency as possible.  This is not just of interest to Mueller, or Congress.  The American people should be the ultimate and most important consumer of this information.

I appear on Voice of America International Edition to discuss.   

Tuesday
Jul242018

As Manafort Prepares for Trial, Trump Watches from Afar

Former Trump Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort is schedule for trial in the coming days. He is the first and the highest profile of the slew of those charged or pled guilty and expanding investigation involving Trump, impropriety, the Russians and influence. Whether Trump himself will be pulled into the morass is anybody's guess at this point but the undertow is substantial and the incessant hum of the Russian investigation is never far from the President's ears.

For Manafort, he should be nervous, he has several underlings who have already pled guilty and are prepared to testify against their boss. That is the kind of evidence that can frequenrtly be hard to refute.  The question is whether Manafort has some tricks up his sleeve or whether Trump will pardon him which could create a blowback that in itself could knock Trump off of his feet.

I appear on Voice of America Internartional Edition to talk about the process and what to expect.

Monday
Jul022018

What Happens If Trump's Fixer Flips?

He called himself the Fixer. He called himself the Bulldog. He said he would take a bullet for the man.  Of course, I'm talking about Michael Cohen and the man he was talking about was Donald Trump.  After working for Trump for many years as his lawyer and fixer/bull dog, flack jacket, Michael Cohen seems to be changing his tune and singing a very new song.

Michael Cohen says that his first loyaly is absolutely not to the President but rather to his wife and children. He also is making it clear that he will not be a punching bad for any defense team. This seems to be as punch directly at his former client and the current President.  

Cohen sat down with ABC News for a 45 minute interview to air he new approach and to talk about his testimony before the House and the Senate and about his new defense attorney.  This is all very significant as he is clearly separating himself from the President and his defense team.  It is now very clearly every man for himself.

As Bob Mueller sits back and continues his work, he is clearly interested in Mr. Cohen and Mr. Cohen has yet to sit sown with Mr. Mueller.  However, rest assured, it is coming.

I appear on Voice of America International on July 2nd to talk about what this all means and what may be coming next.  

Saturday
Jun022018

[MSNBC] June 2nd: Trump Argues He Can't Be Prosecuted

I appear on MSNBC on June 2nd. An internal memo was just leaked regarding the White House response to the Russian Investigation regarding Trump. There are many issues vexing the President but the two primary ones that are catching his attention is Mueller's efforts to seek an interview with the President whether he can force it through a subpoena. The other is whether the President can even be prosecuted for obstruction. 

In an extraordinary argument, the President through his lawyers claims that the President is immune from prosecution for obstruction. In other words, he is simply above the law. President Nixon made the same argument but its been almost 50 years since that failed argument was rolled out.  It didn't work then.  Its seem unlikely to work now. 

This is going to be fun.

Monday
May212018

[Voice of America Intl. Edition] May 20th: Trump Goes on the Offensive

I appear on Voice of America International Edition with Lori Lundin on May 20th.  The New York Times broke another story about an additional meeting that Donald Trump Jr. conducted with representatives from United Arab Emerites and Saudi Arabia as well as a private Israeli citizen and also Eric Prince, the founder of Blackwater and the brother of Secretary DeVos. The problem is the story continues to shift back and forth and is getting more and more complicated. At the same time, another story broke that the FBI may have had an informant inside the Trump campaign. As a result, Trump apparently lost it in the White House and is demanding action from the FBI claiming the FBI is corrupt and out to get him.  While he has the right to demand some action, there are limits although what those limits are.  

Had enough yet?  Well, I will appear just to try and keep people up to date.