August 7, 2018
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Think of all the time that must have been spent by our intelligence agencies in behind-the-scenes maneuvering to manufacture a pretense for investigating Trump.  (And, yes, we’re on to them; we’re still working on getting the last few puzzle pieces, but we know they did this.)  The many millions of taxpayer dollars spent on prosecuting attorneys skilled in the ways of ruining lives in order to win cases.  The show trials designed to intimidate and “flip” a former campaign associate whom the judge knows would otherwise be of no interest to them. The immunity deals.  The strategic leaks.  The close collaboration with major media outlets, through former government officials such as John Brennan and James Comey, to reinforce a chosen narrative while twisting like a pretzel to excuse blatant examples of lawbreaking by the President’s political enemies.  The endless redacting of documents for no good reason other than covering their tracks.  So much time, so much money, so much effort.  What is it all for?

TO GET RID OF PRESIDENT TRUMP.

 

Just that.  If the people doing these things don’t get rid of Trump, through impeachment or resignation or going after his family or whatever it has to be, then all of their careful strategizing and hard work will have been for nothing.  And that is why Trump absolutely must not sit down for an interview with the special counsel.  The goal of the questioning will be to get him gone --- even through catching him in the tiniest and most innocent misstatement or mistake.  Everything they’ve been doing for months –- years now –- has been leading, in their minds, to this.  So they've been working like fiends to figure out how to do it.

 


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The President’s attorney Rudy Giuliani has said a decision will be made “in the next day or so” regarding whether or not Trump will agree to an interview with Robert Mueller.  Negotiations continue, and word is that the special counsel is open to reducing the number of questions and allowing some of them to be answered in writing.  If Mueller tries to issue a subpoena, assuming he even has the authority to do that, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow says the team will fight it.  Sekulow says it would be a first, that such an argument has never been made in court but that there are writings and precedent in Trump’s favor.  His attitude seems to be “Bring it on.”

 

David Rivkin, former White House counsel under both President Reagan and George H. W. Bush and a constitutional law attorney, said Monday in an interview with Melissa Francis on FOX News that it’s not enough just to limit the number of questions relating to obstruction.  “The entire obstruction inquiry is fundamentally illegitimate,” he said.  “The President cannot constitutionally engage in obstruction of justice while exercising the core constitutional powers of his office.”  (Example:  Firing FBI Director James Comey; Trump had ample reason and the unquestionable power to can that guy’s sanctimonious behind.)  Thus the questions would have to be limited to collusion-related matters, with obstruction off the table.  Also, in order to have an interview at all, the special counsel would have to show why it was necessary, considering that essentially all documentary evidence that the special counsel has asked for has been turned over.

 

Rivkin said he was troubled by media reports saying that the special counsel has said it wants to issue a report on obstruction first, when the official mandate was to investigate collusion.   (My thought:  they don’t want to have to report that there was no collusion if the plan is to get Trump on obstruction.  What, pray tell, would he be guilty of obstructing if there was no crime?)

 


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Rivkin was outspoken about the infamous Trump Tower meeting, too:  “As far as the collusion is concerned, I think...such a meeting may have been politically damaging, but the notion that a politician running for office is interested in exploring the possibility of getting some dirt on his or her opponent, I mean, that’s as old as the Republic itself...What do you think the DNC and the Hillary campaign were doing...engaging (through) a law firm a foreigner, a former British agent who went out and hired a bunch of Russians to get dirt on Trump?”

 

If this were a real investigation into Russia making inroads into our electoral process, the prosecutors would be looking at the Democratic side, too.  But it isn’t, and they’re not.

 

And as Jonathan Turley points out, the President complicates matters when he issues expansively-worded tweets in which the details sometimes change or are inconsistent with statements from his lawyers.  That happened Sunday morning with a tweet about the meeting that included Don Jr. at Trump Tower, intended to defend his son but..not helpful.  In fact, it was the opposite of helpful.  Perhaps he doesn’t think the details are all that important, and in the normal world they might not be, but this is the world of politics.  The opposite of normal.  In this context, he’s just creating more problems for himself.

 

Turley is hard on Trump’s tweet about the meeting, and also on those who took the meeting in the first place.  “If stupidity were a crime,” he says, “Trump Jr., Manafort and Kushner would serve life sentences for doing so.”  But it isn’t, and Turley explains why obtaining damaging information on one’s opponent, in and of itself, is not illegal.  An exchange of information is NOT a campaign contribution.  The non-lawyers blabbering on CNN that the Trump campaign broke federal election law are part of the effort to GET RID OF TRUMP, and they’re just too full of rage to see how wrong they are.

 

http://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/400609-if-trump-meeting-is-illegal-then-clinton-dossier-is-criminal-too

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  • Lloyd Richrdson

    08/07/2018 09:54 AM

    1. The President MUST NOT talk to the "special counsel"--if the prez is getting that advice from his legal team, he needs to fire them all (except Sekulow, who would definitely not even think it)!
    2. Do you really have to advertise "pot stocks" on your site? That seems way out of character for you.

  • LTC(R) Tom Reiva

    08/07/2018 09:48 AM

    Am so tired of the Mueller investigation/witch hunt that I've tuned it out. President Trump keeps winning in spite of all the efforts to "bring him down" and yet the Dems and RINOS keep trying. He has made America Great again and will continue to so. It would help, I think, if he could force Sessions to step down and select a DOJ chief who is a hard charger and refuses to put up with all the stonewalling.

  • Marilyn Tucker

    08/07/2018 09:47 AM

    I am getting so sick of all this “Going after Trump”. You never hear one word of what their policies for the country are other than back to high taxes to pay for all these programs for people to sit back and do nothing. It is just pure hatred toward our President. He has done so much for our country in such a short time but the liberals and liberal media will not give him credit for anything.

  • suzanne A Gibbs

    08/07/2018 09:35 AM

    SICK, SICK, SICK to death of the double standard....................even 5 year olds can see how one-sided things are.
    Suzanne

  • Carol Kelly

    08/07/2018 09:33 AM

    Smokescreen in a word.
    All the babbling is simply a smokescreen for the real #1 issue: LIFE.

  • Wilma Ann White

    08/07/2018 09:18 AM

    President Trump MUST NOT AGREE to be questioned by the Socialist Democrat Mueller team. They are not there for justice.... they are there to get Trump. The entire Russia/Trump Collusion case was based on a fake/ non-true document paid for by the Clinton's. After almost 2 years, millions of dollars and many, many hours of FBI agents and government lawyers time there has been NOT ONE IOTA of evidence indicating ANY collusion or wrong doing on President's part. The collusion and worse was done by the Clintons, high up personnel in the FBI, DOJ and CIA... this is where Mueller should be spending the tax payers dollars and FBI employees time... here is where the obvious, already revealed crimes are. Create a Poll for American citizens and ask them... "Do you think President Trump should appear before Mueller to be questioned?"...... Maybe then with the citizens being smart enough to realize this is a "set-up" to get the President, the President's legal team and the President himself will decline such an interview... They have no evidence to require the President to appear and it would be foolish to go before such a biased, criminally intent group for questioning.

  • David Berry

    08/07/2018 09:13 AM

    You are gifted with the art of clarification. I really hope Pres Trump reads and heeds your wise councils. Much thanks.

August 7, 2018
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Think of all the time that must have been spent by our intelligence agencies in behind-the-scenes maneuvering to manufacture a pretense for investigating Trump.  (And, yes, we’re on to them; we’re still working on getting the last few puzzle pieces, but we know they did this.)  The many millions of taxpayer dollars spent on prosecuting attorneys skilled in the ways of ruining lives in order to win cases.  The show trials designed to intimidate and “flip” a former campaign associate whom the judge knows would otherwise be of no interest to them. The immunity deals.  The strategic leaks.  The close collaboration with major media outlets, through former government officials such as John Brennan and James Comey, to reinforce a chosen narrative while twisting like a pretzel to excuse blatant examples of lawbreaking by the President’s political enemies.  The endless redacting of documents for no good reason other than covering their tracks.  So much time, so much money, so much effort.  What is it all for?

TO GET RID OF PRESIDENT TRUMP.

 

Just that.  If the people doing these things don’t get rid of Trump, through impeachment or resignation or going after his family or whatever it has to be, then all of their careful strategizing and hard work will have been for nothing.  And that is why Trump absolutely must not sit down for an interview with the special counsel.  The goal of the questioning will be to get him gone --- even through catching him in the tiniest and most innocent misstatement or mistake.  Everything they’ve been doing for months –- years now –- has been leading, in their minds, to this.  So they've been working like fiends to figure out how to do it.

 


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The President’s attorney Rudy Giuliani has said a decision will be made “in the next day or so” regarding whether or not Trump will agree to an interview with Robert Mueller.  Negotiations continue, and word is that the special counsel is open to reducing the number of questions and allowing some of them to be answered in writing.  If Mueller tries to issue a subpoena, assuming he even has the authority to do that, Trump attorney Jay Sekulow says the team will fight it.  Sekulow says it would be a first, that such an argument has never been made in court but that there are writings and precedent in Trump’s favor.  His attitude seems to be “Bring it on.”

 

David Rivkin, former White House counsel under both President Reagan and George H. W. Bush and a constitutional law attorney, said Monday in an interview with Melissa Francis on FOX News that it’s not enough just to limit the number of questions relating to obstruction.  “The entire obstruction inquiry is fundamentally illegitimate,” he said.  “The President cannot constitutionally engage in obstruction of justice while exercising the core constitutional powers of his office.”  (Example:  Firing FBI Director James Comey; Trump had ample reason and the unquestionable power to can that guy’s sanctimonious behind.)  Thus the questions would have to be limited to collusion-related matters, with obstruction off the table.  Also, in order to have an interview at all, the special counsel would have to show why it was necessary, considering that essentially all documentary evidence that the special counsel has asked for has been turned over.

 

Rivkin said he was troubled by media reports saying that the special counsel has said it wants to issue a report on obstruction first, when the official mandate was to investigate collusion.   (My thought:  they don’t want to have to report that there was no collusion if the plan is to get Trump on obstruction.  What, pray tell, would he be guilty of obstructing if there was no crime?)

 


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Rivkin was outspoken about the infamous Trump Tower meeting, too:  “As far as the collusion is concerned, I think...such a meeting may have been politically damaging, but the notion that a politician running for office is interested in exploring the possibility of getting some dirt on his or her opponent, I mean, that’s as old as the Republic itself...What do you think the DNC and the Hillary campaign were doing...engaging (through) a law firm a foreigner, a former British agent who went out and hired a bunch of Russians to get dirt on Trump?”

 

If this were a real investigation into Russia making inroads into our electoral process, the prosecutors would be looking at the Democratic side, too.  But it isn’t, and they’re not.

 

And as Jonathan Turley points out, the President complicates matters when he issues expansively-worded tweets in which the details sometimes change or are inconsistent with statements from his lawyers.  That happened Sunday morning with a tweet about the meeting that included Don Jr. at Trump Tower, intended to defend his son but..not helpful.  In fact, it was the opposite of helpful.  Perhaps he doesn’t think the details are all that important, and in the normal world they might not be, but this is the world of politics.  The opposite of normal.  In this context, he’s just creating more problems for himself.

 

Turley is hard on Trump’s tweet about the meeting, and also on those who took the meeting in the first place.  “If stupidity were a crime,” he says, “Trump Jr., Manafort and Kushner would serve life sentences for doing so.”  But it isn’t, and Turley explains why obtaining damaging information on one’s opponent, in and of itself, is not illegal.  An exchange of information is NOT a campaign contribution.  The non-lawyers blabbering on CNN that the Trump campaign broke federal election law are part of the effort to GET RID OF TRUMP, and they’re just too full of rage to see how wrong they are.

 

http://thehill.com/opinion/judiciary/400609-if-trump-meeting-is-illegal-then-clinton-dossier-is-criminal-too

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Comments 51-57 of 57

  • Lloyd Richrdson

    08/07/2018 09:54 AM

    1. The President MUST NOT talk to the "special counsel"--if the prez is getting that advice from his legal team, he needs to fire them all (except Sekulow, who would definitely not even think it)!
    2. Do you really have to advertise "pot stocks" on your site? That seems way out of character for you.

  • LTC(R) Tom Reiva

    08/07/2018 09:48 AM

    Am so tired of the Mueller investigation/witch hunt that I've tuned it out. President Trump keeps winning in spite of all the efforts to "bring him down" and yet the Dems and RINOS keep trying. He has made America Great again and will continue to so. It would help, I think, if he could force Sessions to step down and select a DOJ chief who is a hard charger and refuses to put up with all the stonewalling.

  • Marilyn Tucker

    08/07/2018 09:47 AM

    I am getting so sick of all this “Going after Trump”. You never hear one word of what their policies for the country are other than back to high taxes to pay for all these programs for people to sit back and do nothing. It is just pure hatred toward our President. He has done so much for our country in such a short time but the liberals and liberal media will not give him credit for anything.

  • suzanne A Gibbs

    08/07/2018 09:35 AM

    SICK, SICK, SICK to death of the double standard....................even 5 year olds can see how one-sided things are.
    Suzanne

  • Carol Kelly

    08/07/2018 09:33 AM

    Smokescreen in a word.
    All the babbling is simply a smokescreen for the real #1 issue: LIFE.

  • Wilma Ann White

    08/07/2018 09:18 AM

    President Trump MUST NOT AGREE to be questioned by the Socialist Democrat Mueller team. They are not there for justice.... they are there to get Trump. The entire Russia/Trump Collusion case was based on a fake/ non-true document paid for by the Clinton's. After almost 2 years, millions of dollars and many, many hours of FBI agents and government lawyers time there has been NOT ONE IOTA of evidence indicating ANY collusion or wrong doing on President's part. The collusion and worse was done by the Clintons, high up personnel in the FBI, DOJ and CIA... this is where Mueller should be spending the tax payers dollars and FBI employees time... here is where the obvious, already revealed crimes are. Create a Poll for American citizens and ask them... "Do you think President Trump should appear before Mueller to be questioned?"...... Maybe then with the citizens being smart enough to realize this is a "set-up" to get the President, the President's legal team and the President himself will decline such an interview... They have no evidence to require the President to appear and it would be foolish to go before such a biased, criminally intent group for questioning.

  • David Berry

    08/07/2018 09:13 AM

    You are gifted with the art of clarification. I really hope Pres Trump reads and heeds your wise councils. Much thanks.