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Re: Mueller Probe Examining Whether Donald Trump Obstructed Justice
« Reply #45 on: December 12, 2018, 09:58:50 am »
"I wonder who may be next?"
After Michael Cohen was sentenced to 3 years of federal prison time...
 

---the acting-vice president is making plans for the future.

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Re: Mueller Probe Examining Whether Donald Trump Obstructed Justice
« Reply #46 on: December 12, 2018, 10:14:17 am »
Anyone else remembers this infamous exchange between CNN's Brianna Keiler and Michael Cohen during the presidential campaign run?



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Re: Mueller Probe Examining Whether Donald Trump Obstructed Justice
« Reply #47 on: December 12, 2018, 10:35:34 am »
...but wait.   There's more!  On the other side of the world...
British Prime Minister Theresa May is in the process of a confidence vote that will determine her resignation or be voted out of office.


...or she might stay in power. Maybe.
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Re: Mueller Probe Examining Whether Donald Trump Obstructed Justice
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Re: Mueller Probe Examining Whether Donald Trump Obstructed Justice
« Reply #49 on: December 18, 2018, 06:22:21 am »
All eyez are on the U.S. District Court in Washington D.C.

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Re: Mueller Probe Examining Whether Donald Trump Obstructed Justice
« Reply #50 on: December 18, 2018, 02:07:44 pm »

Today's ruling: Judge Delays Flynn Sentencing

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Re: Mueller Probe Examining Whether Donald Trump Obstructed Justice
« Reply #51 on: January 25, 2019, 09:01:05 am »
Friday, 25th January 2019
STONE COLD BUSTED!
by Mahita Gajanan


Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to acting-President donald trump, was arrested Friday in connection with the special counsel’s Russia investigation.

Stone faces a seven-count indictment, with charges including obstruction, witness tampering and making false statements related to his contacts with WikiLeaks, the organization responsible for the release of hacked Democratic emails in the 2016 presidential election.

FBI agents took Stone into custody from his home in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. on Friday morning.

CNN video footage of the FBI arresting Stone shows a group of agents approaching his home.
 

After a knock, one agent says, “FBI. Open the door,” before adding, “FBI. Warrant.”

FBI agents are currently working without pay, and many are furloughed due to the partial government shutdown.

Stone is scheduled to appear in court in Florida later on Friday.






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Re: Mueller Probe Examining Whether Donald Trump Obstructed Justice
« Reply #52 on: February 20, 2019, 03:57:53 pm »
Wednesday, 20th February 2019
Justice Department preparing for Mueller report in coming days
by Devlin Barrett, Josh Dawsey and Matt Zapotosky


Justice Department officials are preparing for the end of special counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s nearly two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and believe a confidential report could be issued in coming days, according to people familiar with the discussions.

The special counsel’s investigation has consumed Washington since it began in May 2017, and it increasingly appears to be nearing its end, which would send fresh shock waves through the political system.

Mueller could deliver his report to Attorney General William P. Barr next week, according to a person familiar with the matter who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive deliberations.

Regulations call for Mueller to submit to the attorney general a confidential explanation as to why he decided to charge certain individuals, as well as who else he investigated and why he decided not to charge those people.

The regulations then call for the attorney general to report to Congress about the investigation.

An adviser to President Trump said there is palpable concern among the president’s inner circle that the report might contain information about Trump and his team that is politically damaging, but not criminal conduct.

Even before he was confirmed by the Senate, Barr had preliminary discussions about the logistics surrounding the conclusion of Mueller’s inquiry, a second person said.

At that time, though, Barr had not been briefed on the substance of Mueller’s investigation, so the conversations were limited.

CNN first reported Wednesday that Mueller could send a report to Barr as early as next week.

A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment, as did a Justice Department spokeswoman.

How detailed either Mueller’s report and the attorney general’s summary of the findings will be is unclear.

Lawmakers have demanded that Mueller’s report be made public, but Barr has been noncommittal on that point, saying that he intends to be as forthcoming as the regulations and department practice allow.

He has pointed, however, to Justice Department practices that insist on saying little or nothing about conduct that does not lead to criminal charges.

The special counsel’s office, which used to have 17 lawyers, is down to 12 now, and some of those attorneys have recently been in touch with their old bosses about returning to work, according to people familiar with the discussions.

All but four of the remaining 12 lawyers are detailed from other Justice Department offices.

The end of the special counsel’s probe would not mean the end of criminal investigations connected to the president.

Federal prosecutors in New York, for instance, are exploring whether corrupt payments were made in connection with Trump’s inaugural committee funding.

If Mueller does close up shop, government lawyers on his team would likely return to their original posts, but would be able to continue to work on the prosecution of cases initiated by the special counsel’s office.

That was the case for two special counsel lawyers, Brandon Van Grack and Scott Meisler, who have left the office formally but are still working on cases begun by Mueller.

When the special counsel brought the case against Roger Stone, a longtime Trump adviser and friend, for lying to the FBI, attorneys from the U.S. attorney’s office in Washington were assigned to it from the start — an indication that Mueller expects to hand off the investigation soon.

The four prosecutors remaining who aren’t part of the Justice Department are some of the special counsel’s highest-ranking lawyers:

Aaron Zebley, who is effectively Mueller’s chief of staff; James Quarles, who is a senior executive in the office; Jeannie Rhee, the lead prosecutor in the case against Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney; and Greg Andres, the lead prosecutor in the trial of Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman.

According to people familiar with the special counsel’s work, Mueller has envisioned it as an investigative assignment, not necessarily a prosecutorial one, and for that reason does not plan to keep the office running to see to the end all of the indictments it has filed.

Mueller’s work has led to criminal charges against 34 people.

Six Trump associates and advisers have pleaded guilty.

Among those who have pleaded guilty are Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael R. Flynn; former deputy campaign manger Rick Gates; and former campaign adviser George Papadopoulos, as well as Manafort and Cohen.

Most of the people charged in Mueller’s investigation are Russians. Because there is no extradition treaty with that country, those 26 individuals are unlikely to ever see the inside of a U.S. courtroom.

None of the Americans charged by Mueller are accused of conspiring with Russia to interfere in the election.

Determining whether any Trump associates had plotted with the Kremlin in 2016 was the central question assigned to Mueller when he got the job, in a moment of crisis for the FBI, the Justice Department and the country.

Days earlier, Trump had fired FBI Director James B. Comey.

The purported reason for the dismissal was Comey’s handling of the 2016 investigation of Hillary Clinton, but Trump said in an interview with NBC shortly after the firing that he was thinking about the Russia inquiry when he decided to fire Comey.

Because FBI directors are appointed to 10-year terms to ensure their political independence, the Comey firing rattled Washington, setting off alarms not just in the Justice Department but in Congress, where lawmakers feared the president was determined to end the Russia investigation before it was completed.

In the wake of Comey’s firing, Deputy Attorney General Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein chose Mueller as special counsel in part to quell the burgeoning political crisis.

Mueller, a Vietnam War veteran, prosecutor and former FBI director, was highly regarded.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle — as well as law enforcement and intelligence veterans within federal agencies — had long admired and trusted Mueller, a Republican.

Trump has repeatedly denounced the Mueller investigation as a “witch hunt” and accused Mueller’s prosecutors of political bias because a number of them had made donations to Democratic candidates in the past.

Some congressional Republicans who back the president have repeatedly attacked Mueller’s work as corrupted by anti-Trump bias among Comey and his senior advisers at the FBI.

When Mueller’s investigation ends, it is likely to set off a fresh political firestorm.

Democrats are already demanding a detailed public accounting of what Mueller found, beyond what is in the public indictments and trial evidence to date.

Republicans, meanwhile, are poised to escalate their attacks on the special counsel’s work as a waste of time and money — and paint the end of the investigation as final proof that there was nothing to the suspicion that the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin.

Much of Mueller’s time was spent trying to determine whether the president attempted to obstruct the investigation.

Toward that end, Mueller questioned those closest to the president about his private statements about the inquiry, his public tweets that attacked law enforcement officials, and internal White House documents that might shed light on Trump’s behavior.

Months and months of negotiations over a possible interview of Trump came to little.

Ultimately, Mueller and the Justice Department did not serve the president with a subpoena, which could have led to a fight at the Supreme Court, and Trump’s lawyers submitted written answers to questions from the special counsel.





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Re: Mueller Probe Examining Whether Donald Trump Obstructed Justice
« Reply #53 on: February 21, 2019, 02:36:26 pm »
Thursday, 21st February 2019
A Stone Turned
by Rachel Weiner and Manuel Roig-Franzia
 

A federal judge ordered that longtime Republican operative and Trump confidant Roger Stone may not speak publicly about the investigation or case against him.

Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington said it would be “foolhardy” to wait for Stone to transgress again in the wake of an Instagram post that appeared to show her photo near crosshairs and suggested both she and the special counsel were biased.

“I’m not giving you another chance,” she said. “I have serious doubts whether you’ve learned any lesson at all.”


If he violates the order in any way, Jackson said, she would order him to jail.



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Re: Mueller Probe Examining Whether Donald Trump Obstructed Justice
« Reply #54 on: February 27, 2019, 02:05:48 am »
Tuesday, 26th February 2019
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Former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen has been disbarred and may no longer practice law.

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Wednesday, 27th February 2019
Matt Gaetz Under Investigation By Florida State Bar Over Michael Cohen Threat
by  Lachlan Markay & Sam Stein


The Florida Bar has opened an investigation into whether Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) violated professional conduct rules by threatening former Trump fixer Michael Cohen ahead of Cohen’s congressional testimony on Wednesday.

The organization, which licenses lawyers to practice in the state, would not disclose details of the investigation, but bar counsel Chuck Hughes confirmed to The Daily Beast that a probe is underway based on a complaint received from a member of the general public.

Reached by text on Wednesday, Gaetz said he had not “seen anything like that.”

Gatez, a licensed Florida attorney and ally of President Donald Trump, came under fire on Tuesday for a tweet that appeared to threaten Cohen with personal retribution over his testimony, which alleged that Trump is a “racist” and a “con-man” who participated in criminal activity during the 2016 presidential campaign.

"Hey @MichaelCohen212,” Gaetz wrote in a since-deleted tweet. “Do your wife & father-in-law know about your girlfriends? Maybe tonight would be a good time for that chat. I wonder if she’ll remain faithful when you’re in prison. She’s about to learn a lot..."

Gaetz initially defended the missive, saying: “This is what it looks like to compete in the marketplace of ideas.”

Under pressure, he later apologized, saying “it was NOT my intent to threaten, as some believe I did.”

According to Florida Bar guidelines, once the bar’s grievance committee decides that the alleged conduct might have violated ethics guidelines, attorneys have 15 days to respond to complaints against them.

Attorneys for the bar then investigate the matter.

If the grievance committee finds probable cause to believe that a violation took place, it then refers its findings to the state supreme court, which then makes a ruling and, if applicable, apply sanctions.

Several lawyers made the argument that the congressman had, indeed, engaged in a form of witness intimidation by suggesting that something nefarious would happen to Cohen’s wife once he went to prison.
 
“It’s that last line that seems really problematic,” emailed Stephen Vladeck, a professor of law at the University of Texas School of Law, “‘She’s about to learn a lot…’ What is the test implied in that statement, as opposed to the insinuation that as a result of his testimony, his wife is going to come into negative information about him?”

The Florida Bar Association’s rules of professional conduct state that lawyers “should conform to the requirements of the law, both in professional service to clients and in the lawyer’s business and personal affairs” and “should use the law’s procedures only for legitimate purposes and not to harass or intimidate others.”

“While it is a lawyer’s duty, when necessary, to challenge the rectitude of official action, it is also a lawyer’s duty to uphold legal process,” the rules state.






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