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

George Papadopoulos’ Apprentice audition nets him 14 days in federal prison


cover photo courtesy of Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images


Foreign policy advisor to US President Donald Trump’s election campaign, George Papadopoulos and his wife Simona Mangiante Papadopoulos arrive at US District Court for his sentencing in Washington, DC on September 7, 2018. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

[Washington, DC]  Federal District Judith Randolph D. Moss admonished George Papadopoulos for lying to the F.B.I. in his sentence hearing this afternoon.  Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team had suggested a sentence of up to six months.  Some thought a thirty-day sentence was more likely but Moss spared Papadopoulos with his 14-day sentence.  He also made the point in his sentencing that “the gravity of the investigation and the need to send a message to the public as the reason for the imprisonment.”

 

The March 31st Apprentice Try-Out

Papadopoulos may very well have been remorseful but it was his antics as he admitted of “trying to impress Donald Trump” which led to today’s decision.  In was that March 31st meeting that had the trappings of an Apprentice try-out that Papadopoulos has come to regret.


Papadopoulos has already served what could be defined as house-arrest or supervision for the past year as he awaited the decision from the Mueller team to move the case to the sentencing phase.   In addition to 14 days, Papadopoulos was fined $9.500, ordered to complete 200 hours of community service and one-year probation, following serving his sentence.

George was loyal to the Trump campaign and his political candidate which is the reason we are here today, Thomas Breen, Attorney for George Papadopoulos

 

Papadopoulos claims Session was not truthful

 

After the hearing Papadopoulos and his wife hurried away in a black SUV.  His attorney, Thomas Breen took time to take questions.  One comment that caught some by surprise was the intimation that Papadopoulos was confident Attorney General Jeff Sessions was not truthful regarding Russian contacts in his testimony during his confirmation hearings.

 

President Trump has done more to impede the Russian investigation than my client George Papadopoulos.  If he doesn’t know it by now, there should be no mystery that Russia interfered in our 2016 elections, Thomas Breen, Attorney for George Papadopoulos.