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Posted 19 June 2017 - 12:59 PM

View Postindy, on 16 June 2017 - 07:25 AM, said:

I read an article the other day (llawfare maybe?) discussing the fact that Trump blocks people from both responding to and reading his tweets, which his own administration claims is an 'official' government channel. That is basically a first amendment violation. Imagine a government web site, for example, that blocked people from reading or responding to government announcements based on the content of their comments. That is well-settled law. It's illegal for the government to filter out comments, in oral or digital form, based on their content.

They're just taking a lesson from Dick Cheney. When it suited him he was part of the Executive Branch but when that was inconvenient he was part of the Legislative Branch. He flipped and flopped using whichever was most advantageous. Now Trump has a private Twitter account that is a government Twitter account. Which is it at the moment? Depends upon what you're asking. SNL covered this type of dual purposing many years ago.

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 05:27 PM

Still just conjecture but it's very interesting and informed conjecture. The Trumpies must be soiling their undies over this possibility. It would certainly explain why Donald has been trying so hard to get the heat off of Flynn and even signalling that he might want him back.

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Shortly after Michael Flynn was forced out of the Trump administration, his lawyer pushed out a statement claiming that the ousted national security adviser had “a story to tell.” One top Democratic senator investigating Russia’s election interference thinks he’s already telling it.

Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a former U.S. attorney and ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary subcommittee on crime and terrorism, says the “tea leaves” suggest Flynn is cooperating with the special counsel’s Russia’s probe. He laid out the “signals” in a pair of interviews on CNN and MSNBC this week.

For one, Whitehouse said, Flynn has gone radio silent. He is not speaking with the press and, after requesting immunity in exchange for interviews with congressional committees in March, has refused to testify publicly. Then there’s the rash of subpoenas out of the Eastern District of Virginia for bank records and documents relating to the retired lieutenant general’s consulting firm, Flynn Intel Group. In Whitehouse’s words, the FBI also has Flynn “dead to rights” on a statement he gave to the FBI in late January about his contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States, Sergei Kislyak. Current and former U.S. officials told the press that he denied discussing sanctions against Russia in that interview with bureau agents—an omission that could have grave consequences.

Whitehouse also noted that Comey testified before his committee that it was “long-standing practice” for cooperating witnesses to clear up any outstanding compliance issues with the federal government. Flynn retroactively registered as a foreign agent in March for lobbying work he did on behalf of Turkey shortly after leaving the Trump administration, as Whitehouse pointed out.

There is no proof or public indication that Flynn is cooperating with the special counsel. His lawyer, Robert Kelner, did not respond to TPM’s request for comment on Tuesday. Flynn has not been charged with a crime, and Kelner has previously denounced what he called “unfounded allegations, outrageous claims of treason, and vicious innuendo” against Flynn.

Experts on national security law who spoke with TPM said Whitehouse’s “signals” alone are not enough of a basis to assume Flynn’s cooperation.

“There are a lot of reasons he could be going silent, including being smart and having counsel tell him to do so because of his exposure,” Rebecca Lonergan, a former federal prosecutor who handled foreign surveillance cases, told TPM, acknowledging that Whitehouse may possess information that the public does not.

“[Whitehouse] is likely basing this off his understanding of how these investigations unfold and the fact we knew four months ago that Mike Flynn wanted and was willing to speak,” Juliette Kayyem, a national security analyst who first raised suspicions that Flynn may be cooperating with federal investigators back in March, told TPM.

As Kayyem noted at the time, other Trump allies known to have contacts with Russia, including former campaign adviser Carter Page and the President’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner, have agreed to come before congressional committees investigating Russia, but Flynn has not.

There are plenty of reasons why both Flynn and the special counsel would be interested in some sort of cooperation agreement, legal experts told TPM.

“It’s a no-risk proposition for the government to flip someone like Flynn,” Lonergan said.

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Posted 21 June 2017 - 05:45 PM

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Shortly after Michael Flynn was forced out of the Trump administration, his lawyer pushed out a statement claiming that the ousted national security adviser had “a story to tell.” One top Democratic senator investigating Russia’s election interference thinks he’s already telling it.

In a relatively recent Keith Olbermann video, he suggests the same thing. Unfortunately his videos are not dated and I don't care enough to wade into them.
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Posted 21 June 2017 - 06:10 PM

I suppose some to many of those around the cretin in chief are worried. I'm not sure there is anything (other than blocking their agenda) he could do that would cause them to impeach.

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