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    Post  sinister_midget on Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:14 pm

    But don't bet on anything happening just yet.

    Mueller's witch hunt may have boomeranged

    Bungling Bob Mueller indicted his chief witness for lying -- and then cut a no-prison deal. I keep mentioning this because it is hilarious.

    But as crunch time approaches, we learn that instead of nailing President Trump -- who is as pure as Ivory Snow -- the Team Anti-America that Mueller assembled may have gathered evidence that will indict Obama's White House lawyer and a top Democrat lobbyist.

    I would roll on the floor laughing but I am lazy.

    The Associated Press reported, "An investigation referred to Justice Department prosecutors by Special Counsel Robert Mueller earlier this year into possible criminal activity by Clinton-linked Washington insider Tony Podesta and former Obama White House Counsel Greg Craig is heating up, according to a new report that underscores federal authorities' increasing enforcement of laws governing foreign business relationships.

    "The inquiries center not only on Craig and Podesta -- a Democratic lobbyist and co-founder of the onetime lobbying powerhouse known as the Podesta Group -- but also on Vin Weber, a former GOP congressman from Minnesota.

    "The probes had been quiet for months since Mueller referred them to authorities in New York City because they fell outside his mandate of determining whether the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia.

    "But in a flurry of new activity, Justice Department prosecutors in the last several weeks have begun interviewing witnesses and contacting lawyers to schedule additional questioning related to the Podesta Group and Mercury Public Affairs, the people familiar with the inquiry said. They spoke to the Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the ongoing work."

    So Democrats and the Fake News media wanted an investigation that would expose corruption in the White House.

    Perhaps their wish has been granted.

    However, this may be CYA by the Department of Justice because the report also said, "Mueller’s referral also involved Greg Craig, a former White House counsel for President Barack Obama.

    "Craig supervised a report authored on behalf of the Ukrainian government, and Mueller’s team has said Manafort helped Ukraine hide that it paid more than $4 million for the work. CNN reported in September that prosecutors were weighing charges against Craig.

    "It’s unclear if the renewed interest will produce charges or if prosecutors are merely following up on Mueller’s referral."


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    Post  sinister_midget on Sat Dec 08, 2018 9:44 pm

    Alan Dershowitz: Recommended 'substantial' sentence for Michael Cohen bad news for Robert Mueller

    Alan Dershowitz argued Friday that federal prosecutors seeking a “ substantial term of imprisonment” for former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen is bad news for special counsel Robert Mueller.

    “There are two possibilities,” the lawyer told Fox News’ “The Five.” “One, that Cohen hasn’t really provided them very much or hasn’t been completely cooperative. Or two, by recommending a very, very harsh sentence, they are putting more pressure on Cohen, maybe to come up with even more information because the government has the power to get the sentence reduced afterward if they can tell a court that there was cooperation."

    “Right now, it does not sound like it’s good news for Mueller. It doesn’t sound like in Cohen they have found a witness that will give them the key to the kingdom,” he said.

    Federal prosecutors in New York recommended a “substantial” prison sentence Friday after Cohen pleaded guilty to eight counts of campaign finance violations. Cohen implicated the president in two hush-money payments to women who allege they had affairs with President Trump.

    "The crimes committed by Cohen were more serious than his submission allows and were marked by a pattern of deception that permeated his professional life (and was evidently hidden from the friends and family members who wrote on his behalf)," the New York prosecutors said in their sentencing memo.

    The case was referred to New York prosecutors by Mueller earlier this year.

    “So far, the only solid evidence that he has provided is the campaign contribution issue,” Dershowitz said. “It's a very, very weak case because the president is entitled to pay off women in order to help his family, help his brand.”

    In a separate case brought my Mueller, Cohen pleaded guilty last month to lying to Congress about plans for a Trump Tower project in Moscow. The special counsel recommended no additional prison time for the guilty plea.

    Cohen “has gone to significant lengths to assist the special counsel’s investigation,” the special counsel said.

    Cohen is scheduled to be sentenced in both cases on Tuesday.


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    Post  sinister_midget on Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:14 am

    Another take. But keep in mind this is blasted out by Faux News who used to like to pretend to be more balanced and now has mostly dropped that ruse.

    Either McCarthy or Dershowitz are missing something.

    Andrew C. McCarthy: Why Trump is likely to be indicted by Manhattan US Attorney

    The major takeaway from the 40-page sentencing memorandum filed by federal prosecutors Friday for Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former personal attorney, is this: The president is very likely to be indicted on a charge of violating federal campaign finance laws.

    It has been obvious for some time that President Trump is the principal subject of the investigation still being conducted by the U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York.

    Cohen earlier pleaded guilty to multiple counts of business and tax fraud, violating campaign finance law, and making false statements to Congress regarding unsuccessful efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.

    Yes, Cohen has stated he did the hands-on work in orchestrating hush-money payments to two women who claim to have had sexual liaisons with Trump many years ago (liaisons Trump denies).

    But when Cohen pleaded guilty in August, prosecutors induced him to make an extraordinary statement in open court: the payments to the women were made “in coordination with and at the direction of” the candidate for federal office – Donald Trump.

    Prosecutors would not have done this if the president was not on their radar screen. Indeed, if the president was not implicated, I suspect they would not have prosecuted Cohen for campaign finance violations at all. Those charges had a negligible impact on the jail time Cohen faces, which is driven by the more serious offenses of tax and financial institution fraud, involving millions of dollars.

    Moreover, campaign finance infractions are often settled by payment of an administrative fine, not turned into felony prosecutions. To be sure, federal prosecutors in New York City have charged them as felonies before – most notably in 2014 against Dinesh D’Souza, whom Trump later pardoned.

    In marked contrast, though, when it was discovered that Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign was guilty of violations involving nearly $2 million – an amount that dwarfs the $280,000 in Cohen’s case – the Obama Justice Department decided not to prosecute. Instead, the matter was quietly disposed of by a $375,000 fine by the Federal Election Commission.

    Nevertheless, the sentencing memo in Cohen’s case reads like an ode to campaign finance laws. Unlike other types of pleadings, which can be dry and legalistic, sentencing memoranda are meant to persuade the sentencing judge, and they often read like dramatic jury arguments.

    This one is no exception, urging that campaign finance laws are vital to election integrity – “painstakingly” designed by Congress “to promote transparency and prevent wealthy individuals” from fueling the “public cynicism” that “the political process belongs to the rich and powerful.”

    In the four corners of this case, these words apply to Cohen. But President Trump cannot feel too comfortable upon reading them.

    Nor can the Trump legal team take solace when the campaign finance charges to which Cohen pleaded guilty are scrutinized. Thus far, the team has been dismissive, noting that campaign finance law has different standards for a candidate than for other donors.

    Contributors such as Cohen made were limited in 2016 to a $2,700 donation, but there is no limit on a candidate’s spending. Thus, the argument goes, even if the hush-money payments vastly exceeded Cohen’s legal ceiling, Trump himself could have made them legally.

    There are flaws in this theory.

    To begin with, the campaign finance laws do not just prescribe limits on spending; they mandate disclosure. This is a leitmotif of the sentencing memo: Congress demanded transparency. A candidate may spend unlimited amounts on the campaign, but the amounts spent must be reported to the Federal Election Commission.

    The sentencing memo for Cohen argues that the hush money payments were not merely unreported. It states that Cohen and the Trump organization – the president’s company – went to great lengths to conceal them by fraudulent bookkeeping.

    Equally significantly, Cohen was not charged with merely making illegal donations. He was charged in the first campaign finance count with causing a company to make illegal donations.

    Mueller is buddies with all of the crooks. Did he give this part over to crooked buddies to get what he wanted while taking the blame off of himself? Or did he give it away to get it out of his hands and take some heat off his back as has been previously posited? I guess we'll find out someday.


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