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Monday, May 14, 2018

Russian indictment may undo Mueller

When Bobby Mueller indicted a bunch of Russians in his year-old witch hunt, it was all for show. After all, Russia would have to extradite the suspects, which it would never do. So Mueller got a headline out of the deal and won a news cycle.

He got the bill for that news cycle today. It may cost him everything.

"Attorneys for an alleged component of Russian trolling efforts during the 2016 presidential election are demanding that special counsel Robert Mueller be forced to reveal the grand jury instructions used in count one of the government’s indictment against Concord Management and Consulting LLC," Law and Crime reported.

Mueller must be gobsmacked. He never expected those Russian indictments to go to trial. But the defendants are hellbent on doing that, which means he will have to prosecute this sham indictment.

Mother Jones reported, "Eric A. Dubelier and Katherine Seikaly of Washington’s Reed Smith LLP law firm claim that Mueller has accused Concord, their client, of engaging 'in the make-believe crime of conspiring to interfere in a United States election,' complaining that the charges 'have a strong odor of hypocrisy.

"A footnote cites a December 2016 interview NPR conducted with Dov Levin, a researcher at Carnegie Mellon University, who found that the US interfered in foreign elections more than 80 times between 1946 and 2000. The footnote also cited an ABC News piece discussing a CIA acknowledgement of interfering in Chilean elections in the 1970s, and a 2013 CNN piece discussing CIA involvement in a coup in Iran in 1953."

Oh let us get more recent. Obama worked against the Brexit vote and the re-election of Netanyahu in Israel.

Law and Crime cited the statute that may allow this disclosure of grand jury secrets, "The court may authorize disclosure — at a time, in a manner, and subject to any other conditions that it directs — of a grand-jury matter…at the request of a defendant who shows that a ground may exist to dismiss the indictment because of a matter that occurred before the grand jury."

Those secrets will become public, if the judge allows this.

And why not?

Sunlight is the best disinfectant, right?

(Sings) Let the sunshine in. Let the sunshine in. The Sun Shine In!

(Stops)

Meanwhile, Paul Manafort wants the judge to hold a hearing on Mueller's multiple leaks to the press.

I don't know much about federal judges, but I believe they do not like prosecutors poisoning the jury pool with leaks.

24 comments:

  1. We have read about past blunders by the incompetent Meuller. Now, his current cases seem to be unraveling like a cheap sweater. Good.

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  2. Robert Muller-Super Genius..

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    1. Acme Special Prosecutor

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    2. He'll be the smartest guy in Cellblock A.

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    3. Yeah, genius like Wil-e-coyote in his plans to catch the road-runner.

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  3. Mueller should have shut down the investigation a year ago; it just looks worse for him, and twice as bad for the democrats.

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  4. Unless and until AG Sessions takes control of the DOJ, all this is useless speculation.

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  5. In a similar vein, here is an interesting editorial about Democrat lawfare down in MO:

    https://medium.com/@dwightwarren2940/i-worked-in-st-484d601c8c87

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  6. I suspect that President Trump took one look at Robert Mueller's professional history, and decided that he just had to stay out of the way while Mueller imploded.

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  7. The latest breaking news is that Mueller, as FBI Director, once colluded with the very same Russian oligarch who's at the center of the Manafort probe. As Special Counsel, Mueller has never publicly disclosed his connection to the Russian, nor was this person mentioned in Mueller's indictments of Manafort, but it now raises a question of whether this constitutes a disqualifying conflict of interest in his dogged pursuit of Manafort.

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  8. Now, I wonder who Mueller could sell out in order to cop a plea bargain?

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  9. Ham sandwich bites back!

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  10. The Democrats are experts at interfering in elections. Let's put every county chairman on the stand and give them a fair trial before going to the Place de la Concorde in a tumbril.

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    1. I think we should try waterboarding first and get em all...Then let the heads roll.. I can't think of a better way to make sure this crap doesn't happen again.This country will not be able to heal until Hillary and crew are in Jail..

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  11. I am sure Russia is as sick of the false accusations as we are.. Good for them.. We just might be able to charge Mueller with Perjury, Obstruction, Accessory or at least have him disbarred..

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  12. Wile E. Coyote has outsmarted himself yet again. And the walls came tumbling down.

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  13. Mr. Surber, please, if you know, give us an explanation as to why President Trump has not ordered AG Sessions to comply with congressional demands.

    As President, he has absolute control.

    WHY?

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    1. Hmm. I dunno. Perhaps Trump only fights battles he can win. For all his pomposity, Donald Trump is great at giving his people autonomy

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    2. I think he's playing the long game. It's irritating now, but he expects it to collapse under it's own weight. Even the hint of interference would just drag it out.

      So, hands off, and expect it to fall apart on it's own.

      And get ready for the big "I told you so..."

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    3. I'm on the same page as Mike43 above, I think Sessions is playing the long game; under cover and without leaks telling the world what he's doing.

      It's difficult for anyone actually doing a real investigation, as information given to Devin Nunes also has to be given to people like Adam Schiff, who would immediately try to sabotage the investigation by leaks & tainting.

      Then we have real Deep State players like Dianne Feinstein, who is like the old spider in its huge web; nothing goes on that she doesn't know about. She is far more dangerous than Schiff-for-brains!

      There is so much going on that it's impossible to even sketch it out in a short blog post, but The Conservative Treehouse has a lot of info:

      https://theconservativetreehouse.com/

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    4. If Sessions ignored an order by Trump, what would the President do? Fire Sessions? That would make Rosenstein the Acting AG, which would be worse since Rosenstein IS part of the conspiracy that's allied against Trump. Could he fire Rosenstein as well? Not without enormous political fallout just before the mid-term election. The Dimocrats, with their hair on fire, would screech "Saturday Night Massacre, Saturday Night Massacre!!" Better for Trump to wait a bit longer for the DoJ IG to release his report and then take action during the fallout based on those revelations. The report may give Trump the ammunition he needs to do a thorough cleaning of the DoJ, FBI, CIA, and Dept. of State. Of course, Trump's taking a risk by waiting for a report that may come out too late to save the GOP in the upcoming election or may never see the light of day.

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    5. You mean just like Richard Nixon did? Oh, right, he got impeached after the first Saturday Night massacre.

      You're ignorant, dishonest. or both.

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    6. Richard Nixon was never impeached.

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  14. If memory serves me correctly, Obama used US Taxpayer money to to collude with the Israeli election.

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