Roger Stone and the Donald Trump criminal enterprise


“The Russia investigation was of paramount importance. Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so,” Robert Mueller, Special Counsel

Plenty of people have been found guilty of crimes they swear were never committed by them.  Some complain about injustice or other measures to justify their claim.  Then there is Donald Trump.  Any and every allegation against him or those who are part of his “crew” are false, fake or just plain untrue. His strategy in upholding his innocence is to create a vicious assault on the accusers. He takes the media microphone and attempts to blast his critics into submission or feels enough people have adopted his position. This attempt to nullify is laughable because it makes you wonder why he spends so much time doing this when as president, certainly there are more important things he could be doing in leading the nation?

As for Trump’s connection with Stone most people with their background of criminal dealings have an insatiable appetite to keep business dealings tied up in the court system. People like Trump who tout their “success” and “celebrity” are very careful to construct a web to keep their affairs private, which is why very few seek public life.  Then again, they have been transformed into such large personalities their ego can’t help from being in charge.  The presidency is known as the most powerful person in the free-world and the perfect motivation why Donald Trump licked his chops at the notion of gaining such a crown.

Your past is your past but even that can be dangerous in a world where more disclosure than you previously would have wanted must come to light.    Why are so many people out to get Trump?  Why does he have so many relationships with those who have a propensity for being involved in criminal activities?   On and on!  But to Trump’s credit he was able to convince enough people who actually voted that he was a self-made billionaire, let alone the world’s greatest entrepreneur and possessed the skills to not only improve their lives but could transform the United States of America into prominence nobody could imagine.  A good majority of those who supported him as the President figured why not give the lad a chance?  After all, many had forgotten about the near financial collapse of 2008 and fast forward they were feeling pretty good that our worse was behind us.

Trump didn’t start acting like a criminal akin to a crime boss once he was sworn in.  That behavior had been embedded into him for years and defined who he really is.  Roger Stone’s antics were well known when he worshiped Richard Nixon.  He was a known “dirty trickster” who would do anything for those needing the ploys that defined who he was. His tactic was basic, do enough activity that borders on the line of honesty/criminal but do not get caught.

Whether Donald Trump will be rewarded with a second term is anybody’s guess.  What is worth pondering is why do many people close to him and his White House administration have been caught up in the web of criminal malfeasance?  They skirt the law at every turn while proclaiming they have done nothing wrong while attacking critics and authorities “out to get them” fueled by being jealous of the 2016 election results. Jay Sekulow and other Trump attorney’s had convinced him he has absolute immunity and can do anything he wishes as if he were a Monarch, King or some other absolute political leader. That is until the other day when the Supreme Court ruled otherwise.

As president Trump has the authority to commute, pardon or otherwise minimize the crimes of Manafort, Flynn, Stone, et. Al.  The head scratcher for most is when can we remember a president having so many criminal calamities during his first term in office?

Roger Stone has been granted a reprieve by Donald Trump. So the question is will Donald Trump pay a political price for badgering anyone and everyone from members of the Supreme Court, to politicians he does not like, to the myriad of authors who have written tell-all books about his childlike behavior, while granting favors to those with a criminal past such as Stone or those he deems loyal, while using the office of the presidency to invoke such privileges?

Robert Mueller, Special Counsel – Full Op-Ed in response

to Stone’s sentence being commuted by Donald Trump

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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.