Monday, November 06, 2017

Looks like Flynn is next

Looks like Flynn is next

Man, that Mueller is a crafty fox. He wants to turn Flynn, but the general is a tough nut to crack, so Mueller is also building a case against Flynn's son. The logic is that Flynn gives no fucks and is willing to go to jail if necessary, but may be willing to flip in order to keep his son out of PMITA prison. (And you know they are going to stress that the son will not be in a country club prison.)

I do see one flaw in this plan. As I review the details, it seems that the only case to be brought against the son is a federal indictment, and President Trump can undermine that strategy with a pardon. Mueller can only be sure of keeping the boot down if he can make some kind of case in a court outside the jurisdiction of a presidential pardon.

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  1. Wow. I thought the Mueller investigation was to determine whether there was any collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia to get him elected. So far, they have managed to bring forth possible evidence of crimes in OTHER places or OTHER businesses but nothing about whether Russia successfully altered our 2016 election.

    So like a couple of near sighted gunslingers, they seem to be hitting everything except what they are supposed to be aiming at!

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    1. They are building a case strategically. The strategy is to bring Manafort and Flynn to trial in absolutely iron-clad cases, and to offer them only one way out of a lifetime in prison - opening up and revealing all about the campaign.

      Those guys have only three choices:

      1) Get convicted and die in prison.

      2) Fight it, be found "not guilty," but have everything they own be eaten up by confiscation and lawyers' fees.

      3) Co-operate

      Mueller is thinking that Door Number Three is their only viable option.

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  2. I'm not thinking "only" I'm thinking "easiest and fastest".

    Oh, and pardons don't work like that. He'd have to be tried and convicted, then trump could pardon or commute. You can't pardon someone who isn't guilty. Even then a patreon would be viewed as a clear abuse of power, but trumps fans won't care.

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    1. You're not thinking. Presidential pardons certainly DO work like that. Exactly like that. The most famous Presidential pardon of all time was granted to somebody who wasn't even in the early stages of the legal process, and against whom no charges had been filed. (A certain Trichard Richard Nixon).

      There are many other examples as well.

      The Supremes, long before Diana Ross joined them, ruled that the pardon power "extends to every offence known to the law, and may be exercised at any time after its commission, either before legal proceedings are taken, or during their pendency, or after conviction and judgment."

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  3. Hmm... Could have sworn I'd read that wasn't the case, apparently not.

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