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Entries in mueller (18)

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. 

 

Thursday
May032018

[Press TV Iran] May 2nd: Trump Team in Turmoil

Saturday
Feb032018

[I24 International] February 2nd: Hate the facts, attack the messenger

Friday
Feb022018

[Nicole Sandler Show] February 2nd: GOP/Trump Rolls the Dice and Releases Memo

I appear on on the Nicole Sandler Show on February 2nd.  The story of the Nunez memo is dominating the political headlines. Everybody wants to know, why would the President decide to ignore the Justice Department and the FBI and release a completely unredacted memo?  Why would he release a memo that by all objective accounts, ignores some evidence in order to provide a slanted, subjective viewpoint? Why would he release classified information that discloses but sources and methods over the objection of both Justice and the Bureau. These are all really important questions and ones that say a lot about the state of the country right  now.

This will be interesting.

Thursday
Feb012018

[AM950 Minneapolis] February 1st: Nunez and Trump Try to Undercut Russia Investigation

I appear on AM950 Minneapolis with my friend Matt McNeil on February 1st.  So Congressman Nunez, the GOP and Donald Trump all seem set on releasing a memo that has been called, incorrect, unreliable, incomplete, and containing classified information that should n't be made public. So, why would they release such a memo? Simply, they are trying to undercut the Russian investigation to determine whether Trump or his people were involve din either conspiring with the Russians or in obstructing the investigation. Simply put, that's it. 

Rather than saying, lets get this thing out there and figure out what happened and what the Russians and maybe some Americans did, they want to get people to ignore the results of the investigaiton itself.  is there anybody who things that that might be a problem?  

This should be interesting.