Was Attorney General William Barr honest in communicating the Mueller Report?


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Here are the latest FOIA and ruling by Federal Judge Reggie Walton

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Impeachment:  Donald Trump sets another record


By mid-morning on Friday, December 13th, 2019, Donald J. Trump the nations 45th President of the United States set another record.  Surely, he likes to boast of all of his achievements and this one puts him on top of the list.  He became the first POTUS (President of the United States) in the history of the House of Representative’s Judiciary committee to vote for his impeachment – during his FIRST TERM.  The formal process has moved to the full House and in several days his official impeachment is imminent. Of course, impeachment is a political process.  The House has the sole purview to issue an indictment or charge.  The next step known as the formal hearing or trial is the sole purview of the Senate and as of this writing, despite strong evidence of guilt, it is likely he will be acquitted as the charges are very likely to be dropped.

Did he bring this on himself?

Donald Trump prides himself on being his own spokesperson.  He often brags of his media prowess and how he is a master of manipulating others in agreeing and supporting his ideology.  A quick analysis of the issues which have stymied his presidency is beyond political opposition or as he likes to state; those who hate him.  In fact, most of his problematic issues could be defined as self-inflicted or those he brought on himself.  His constant tweeting, badgering people, making ridiculous comments and other things unimaginable to be sprouted from the president of the United States bring direct radar on him.

He thought he received a reprieve from the Mueller report as even though it was strategically misconstrued by him and his supporters the only thing that saved him was the Office of Legal Counsel ruling.  In fact, the report clearly stated any remedy to deal with his behavior was the impeachment process.  Yet, he and his supporters have insisted the report was a flop and a big waste of taxpayer funds.

The threat

Many have concluded Trump’s actions are the sole reason why impeachment is even discussed. He and his team of mouth-piece acolytes have insisted those who attempt to reign in his behavior or try to impeach him will suffer greatly.  They try and compare his impeachment to Bill Clinton’s, who escaped being removed from office as those who pushed it were promptly voted out of office at the next election.  It is a dare worthy of consideration but surely one Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has assessed.  Her main benchmark is understanding the worse case scenario of being removed as the majority but weighing the alternative in doing nothing or accepting the intimation that is touted by Trump, which would be a terrible reaction in allowing his consistent disruptive behavior to go unchecked.

 

Conspiracy theories

“The more I can create alternative realities are better for me because people will be looking elsewhere which allows me to do what I want.”  Donald J. Trump

 

Perhaps the fuel or motivation for Donald Trump to operate is his insatiable appetite for conspiracy theories.  The more outlandish, the better.  The humiliation he suffered at the 2011 correspondent’s dinner when President Barack Obama put an end to his tirade over his birth certificate was not enough.  It seems each month or each week he belts out another conspiracy theory.  Sadly, precious time and millions of taxpayer resources are wasted tracking down to what only can be summed up as a “fool’s errand.”

“Donald Trump wants you to believe the Mueller report cleared him from any wrongdoing.  Further, he has no respect for the people of the United States (unless you absolutely agree with him) as well as the constitution.  We have a duty.”  Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives

Trump is a proud person and despite solid evidence from officials whose job is to determine fact from fiction, he will not accept that Russia interfered with the 2016 election.  Instead he adopted the premise that the real culprit was Ukraine.  Holding what he assumed was his literal “trump” card he waited and waited for the right time to use the power of his office to make clear his notion was more than a theory; it instead was a fact.

 

Fast forward, following the House of Representatives authorizing nearly 400 million dollars in military aid to Ukraine, Trump known for his savvy business behavior which some have defined as “gangster” crafted a plan to leverage the aid for a favor the Ukraine government must provide before its release.

Unfortunately for him, his actions were uncovered and as they say “he was caught in the act.”  Once it became clear how his plan was mapped out, he was doomed.  There was very little doubt, at least from those with a modicum of objectivity to conclude his actions were in violation of the Constitution.  Sadly, his actions were avoidable.

One could conclude it is very difficult to rehabilitate a person’s behavior, especially if they are in their 70’s.  What he defined as a “perfect call” is anything from being perfect.  It’s the call and subsequent knowledge of the overall scheme in handling the aid earmarked for Ukraine which has granted Trump the dubious honor of achieving the first person in U.S. history of being impeached during his first term.


Donald Trump cleared by Mueller report


The long-awaited Special Counsel report produced by Robert Mueller was delivered to Attorney General William Barr this past Friday.  Donald Trump, his administration and band of supporters are claiming victory that the report did not find him conspiring with the Russia government during the 2016 presidential election.

But, did the Mueller report really clear him?  As predicted, Trump and his pundits which have flamed throughout media have misstated the conclusions reached by claiming he has been totally exonerated.

 

“Mueller did not find Trump or his campaign conspired with Russia, also did not exonerate him on obstruction”

The spin

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 24: (CHINA OUT, SOUTH KOREA OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to members of the media as he returns to the White House after spending the weekend in Florida March 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Trump returns to Washington as Special Counsel Robert Mueller has concluded his investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (Photo by The Asahi Shimbun via Getty Images)

While team Trump spins the news that they have been absolutely vindicated by the report, a closer evaluation shows a much different summary.  Prior to Robert Mueller being pulled in to investigate allegations against Trump, for the most part his life was private, especially those related to his financial dealings.

No report would have been necessary…….

Once he summarily fired James Comey, he inadvertently triggered the investigation as we know it.  During that period of countless tweets, threats and other commentary never seen before by a United States president became an unfortunate side show.

 

Unfortunately for Trump, yes Mueller did not find a conspiracy with the Russian government.  But what Mueller did find and was crafty enough to move from his specific mandate, was uncover a long history of Trump behavior which have led to criminal investigations.  The Mueller report has completed and those actions will not be handled by the Special Counsel’s office.  Instead other jurisdictions have taken the baton which have more freedom in their pursuit of justice and the end result is Trump is now more vulnerable than if the report had not been initiated in the first place.

The bigger picture

So, while Trump’s opponents voiced dismay of the Mueller report not providing the results they were seeking, their thirst for a Trump take-down blindsided many from seeing the bigger picture.  Once they awaken from their nightmare of Trump escaping any of the Mueller indictments, they will see he actually did them a huge favor by sending the investigations to other jurisdictions.

Once Trump and his team finish their victory lap and admonishing those who they have defined as their enemies, a gauntlet of criminal investigations await them:

  • The hush money investigation
  • Trump’s inauguration funding
  • Pro-Trump super PAC
  • Trump Organization insurance policies
  • Trump Organization real estate deals
  • The Trump Foundation
  • Trump’s taxes
  • Trump’s golf club employing undocumented immigrants

CONGRESSIONAL HEARINGS

  • House Intelligence Committee
  • House Judiciary Committee
  • House Oversight Committee
  • House Financial Services
  • House Ways and Means Committee
  • House Foreign Affairs Committee
  • Senate Intelligence

Another close ally of Donald Trump indicted


This morning, longtime Trump ally, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was indicted on corruption charges.

 

Sometimes you just have to stop and ask a critical question?  Why is it so many people who consider themselves a close ally or an associate of Donald Trump find themselves under indictment, if not already convicted of criminal behavior?

 

WASHINGTON, DC – MARCH 5: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu meet in the Oval Office of the White House March 5, 2018 in Washington, DC. The prime minister is on an official visit to the US until the end of the week. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

No doubt Trump supporters will vehemently dismiss such a question as a massive witch hunt, pure jealously by those who dislike him or simply those hellbent on trolling for any negative news that he might be connected.

 

Unfortunately, like a heartbeat the throbbing question remains and deserves some type of legitimate response.  It becomes a bit silly when Donald Trump and his supporters belt-out their choral refrain “There’s No Collusion, There’s No Russia interference!!!”  Yet, all of the lads listed below have suffered the wrath of being entangled in the legal system investigating Donald Trump.

image courtesy of Axios

 

What is it about people who maintain a confident or even arrogant position about their leadership who continue to dangle on the fine line of being a sincere servant or using their office as a criminal conduit?

 

Stay tuned………….in case you missed the Michael Cohen congressional hearing yesterday here is a clip of him admonishing those who blindly follow Trump and the peril they may encounter.