Since yesterday’s late-breaking bulletin, more details have been released about the seven counts leveled by Special Counsel Robert Mueller against Trump adviser Roger Stone. There are more details at the link.
The charges include obstruction, making false statements and trying to get a witness to lie about what he knew about WikiLeaks’ release of DNC emails. But they do not charge him with conspiring with WikiLeaks or with any Russians.
These charges will give Trump haters more ammunition to say, “Look at all the indictments Mueller is running up against Trump associates!” On the other hand, they’ll give Trump defenders more ammunition to say, “Look at all the over-changing of felonies for process infractions and unrelated violations that have nothing to do with ‘Russian collusion,’ which was supposed to be the point of this investigation!”
Former Harvard Law Prof. Alan Dershowitz called it a “typical Mueller indictment,” in that it alleges no Russian collusion or any crimes committed before he was appointed, nothing but alleged crimes generated by the investigation itself.
Dershowitz said it’s obvious this is designed to put pressure on Stone, who is 66 and would likely die in prison if convicted, to incriminate President Trump. But so far, Stone has been adamant in denying the charges, which he says are meant to pressure him into bearing false witness against Trump, and he vows to fight them. Dershowitz also added that the pre-dawn FBI raid on Stone’s Florida home to arrest him was also likely meant to put pressure on him.
That raid is getting as much scrutiny as the charges, and rightly so. Stone is 66, doesn’t have a current passport, and he told the prosecutors that if he was indicted, he would voluntarily turn himself in. So why was it necessary to send a pack of armed FBI agents in body armor to launch a pre-dawn raid on his house, pounding on the door to haul him away and ransack his home as if he were John Gotti? Upon arriving in court, the judge quickly determined that he wasn’t a flight risk and released him on a $250,000 signature bond, which means he didn't even have to put up any money.
I know that anti-Trump liberals revel in any display of legal force against anyone associated with helping to elect Trump, but have they considered the precedent being set by allowing a prosecutor with an unlimited budget and no clear charges to go after American citizens and dig until he finds a crime, then send armed federal agents after them as he were staging the raid on Osama bin Laden? Do “liberals” really see no problem with that happening in the United States of America? I wanted Hillary Clinton to face a real FBI investigation, but I wouldn’t want them showing up at 6 a.m. to knock down her door and wave guns around at her family.
And that’s another issue: how can people who want all guns kept in locked safes, and who assure us that having any gun on the scene during a tense situation increases the danger of someone being hurt or killed, condone letting armed agents storm into someone’s house in the middle of the night to serve warrants for nonviolent process crimes against people with no criminal record?
And then there’s the issue of how CNN just happened to have a camera crew staked out and waiting at Stone’s house.
They claim it wasn’t a leak from the FBI or Mueller’s office; their reporter just has a great nose for news. Since the grand jury met on a Thursday, which was unusual, naturally, he requisitioned a camera crew to spend all night at Stone’s home, just in case. And that might be true.
Although I have a nose for something else, and that story is making it go off.
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