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Posted 25 December 2019 - 02:18 PM

And now to go along with #MoscowMitch and #LeningradLindsey, we now have #KremlinKevin.

#KremlinKevin trends after people point out top House Republican Kevin McCarthy took donations from Lev Parnas
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Posted 23 January 2020 - 11:33 AM

Serial liar and unregistered foreign agent Michael Flynn is whining that it's unfair to send him to jail. I hope that he gets put away and that he's financially bankrupted by this whole process. He deserves everything he's getting and more.

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Accusing federal prosecutors of “retaliation and vindictiveness,” former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn’s lawyers argued in a new sentencing memo Wednesday that he should serve no prison time for allegedly making false statements to the FBI.

Flynn is scheduled for sentencing next month, after riding a multi-year roller coaster since pleading guilty in Dec. 2017 to lying to the FBI. He was originally supposed to be sentenced in Dec. 2018, but delayed that sentencing date when a judge angrily pushed back on his attempts to play down his guilt in his 2018 sentencing memo.

Since then, his relationship with prosecutors — who originally did not seek prison time for Flynn due to his “substantial” cooperation — has grown hostile.

Flynn’s accusations against the government in the Wednesday court filing center around a dispute over testimony he was expected to provide in the summer 2019 trial of Bijan Rafiekian, a Flynn associate involved in Flynn’s Turkey lobbying.

Flynn has claimed that prosecutors pressured him to lie on the stand about his awareness that his registration forms for the lobbying work omitted key facts. The dispute arose after Flynn fired the team of lawyers who negotiated his plea deal with special counsel Robert Mueller and replaced them with a prominent Mueller critic. Prosecutors ultimately bailed on their plans to have him testify, and in an amended sentencing memo filed earlier this month, took a harsher tone than in their 2018 sentencing memo.

Flynn responded by withdrawing his plea in a scathing court filing that reiterated accusations of prosecutorial misconduct that he had made after hiring the new attorneys.

In the filing on Wednesday, Flynn’s lawyer Jesse Binnall accused the government of trying to “punish Mr. Flynn for pushing back against requests to give false evidence.”

He said the court should “applaud Mr. Flynn’s courage to stand firm against attempted coercion.”


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Posted 10 February 2020 - 01:48 PM

The Michael Flynn situation is still a complete shit-show. In addition to being a pawn of the Russian this guy is also flat out nuts.

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The effort by former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn to withdraw his guilty plea could get a whole lot messier.

In court documents filed Sunday, prosecutors signaled they want to dig into Flynn’s claims that his original team of lawyers who negotiated the plea deal provided him with ineffective representation.

Flynn, who is now being represented by a prominent DOJ critic, last month pointed to the allegedly “grossly prejudiced” representation as a reason that he should be allowed to withdraw his 2017 guilty plea.

The Justice Department on Sunday morning asked for a judge to confirm that Flynn, in making the allegations, effectively waived attorney-client privilege with his old lawyers, so that prosecutors can obtain information from the old lawyers that would allow them to respond to Flynn’s claims.

The request stands to delay and complicate what has already been a delayed and complicated sentencing process for Flynn, who pleaded guilty more than two years ago to lying to the FBI about his Russian contacts.

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Posted 10 February 2020 - 09:15 PM

View PostLFC, on 10 February 2020 - 01:48 PM, said:

The Michael Flynn situation is still a complete shit-show. In addition to being a pawn of the Russian this guy is also flat out nuts.

Did he give up on the idea of being pardoned so now he's trying to weasel out of his plea of guilty?

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 07:18 AM

The Michael Flynn situation is still a complete shit-show . In addition to being a pawn of the Russian this guy is also flat out nuts.


The Justice Department on Sunday morning asked for a judge to confirm that Flynn, in making the allegations, effectively waived attorney-client privilege with his old lawyers, so that prosecutors can obtain information from the old lawyers that would allow them to respond to Flynn’s claims.



My thoughts:

Only the best and brightest. Did anyone tell him this would be a result of his claim ?

Tell me how long it will take for someone at the WH to tell the General to fess up and take it. Since the General's son is in this mess, "it would be a shame" if somehow he got more prison time.

If I was a prosecutor, I would see this as a gold mine for more indictments with NO DEALS needed.
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Posted 11 February 2020 - 10:21 AM

Well, Trump is indicating he'll pardon Stone who's facing 7-9. What not Flynn too now that he (Trump) has permission to do whatever he likes?

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 04:36 PM

More weird stuff on Stone's sentencing. After the prosecution walked backwards on its sentencing recommendations one of the prosecutors resigned from his assignment to the DC US Attorney office. He was a Mueller investigator originally. I'm thinking this is some sort of protest and/or he was asked to leave when he disagreed with the new position on sentencing.

ETA Now seeing twitter rumors that a second prosecutor on the case has resigned. Nobody wants to face the judge I guess.

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 04:41 PM

It's a protest. Two of them resigned.

What do you suppose Barr and/or Trump are going to do with Flynn?

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 05:25 PM

View PostJackD, on 11 February 2020 - 04:41 PM, said:

It's a protest. Two of them resigned.

What do you suppose Barr and/or Trump are going to do with Flynn?

From what I understand there is a history between Trump and Stone, something that Flynn doesn't have. Is Flynn off the loyalty list because he cooperated with the investigation? If he is, maybe he gets no pardon. He wasn't recommended for much of a sentence anyway.

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 05:50 PM

It's four prosecutors, 3 withdrawing from the case and one resigning from the DOJ. This has Barr's pudgy, sleazy fingerprints all over it.

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After the stunning news that the Justice Department will scale back a sentencing recommendation filed by prosecutors who led the Roger Stone case, four of those prosecutors withdrew from the case, with one of them resigning from the Justice Department entirely.

In a notice to the court that he was withdrawing from Stone’s case, prosecutor Jonathan Kravis told the court he was resigning from his role as Assistant U.S. attorney.

Two other prosecutors who announced their withdrawal from Stone’s case, Adam Jed and Aaron Zelinsky, were both members of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team.

Michael Marando, another federal prosecutor assigned to the case, withdrew without resigning from the Justice Department as well.

Zelinksy’s withdrawal notice said he was resigning from his role in the U.S. Attorney’s office in D.C. — which took over the prosecution of Stone when Mueller’s shop shut down — but Zelinksy is reportedly retaining his position at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Maryland.

Their withdrawals from the case came even before the Justice Department filed its amended sentencing recommendation for Stone, who is slated to be sentenced later this month.

A senior DOJ official earlier Tuesday told several media outlets that the Department was going to “clarify” the recommendation because the sentencing memo filed Monday was “extreme, excessive and grossly disproportionate to Mr. Stone’s offenses.”

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Posted 11 February 2020 - 05:53 PM

Josh Marshall sums it up:

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We’ve now seen what appears to be the second example of the Department of Justice intervening to assist Trump associates facing sentencing. We appeared to see it with Mike Flynn, when prosecutors shifted gear and said they were okay with no jail time after Flynn attempted to tear up his guilty plea and publicly claim to be the target of a witch hunt. I don’t think we knew it directly in that case. It just seemed like the most logical conclusion.

Here though we appear to have DOJ leadership intervening out in the open to protect a friend of the President. And not just a friend of the President but a criminal who was convicted for crimes intended to keep the President out of legal trouble.

This is right out in the open, the most transparent politicization of the administration of justice. Whether the particular sentencing recommendation was the right one or not is beside the point. There are sentencing guidelines. There is a process that these recommendations go through. It’s the Trump pattern: mercy for friends, justice for foes.

It’s out of control and right out in the open.

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 09:13 AM

Trump is openly joyful over his fascism being implemented by his current minions. He named Barr.

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Over the past 24 hours, President Donald Trump has been gleefully piling on the aftermath of the Justice Department’s astonishing reversal of federal prosecutors’ recommended prison sentence of Roger Stone.

“Congratulations to Attorney General Bill Barr for taking charge of a case that was totally out of control and perhaps should not have even been brought,” Trump tweeted on Wednesday morning, claiming without evidence that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation was “improperly brought and tainted” and that Mueller “lied to Congress.”

The President had attacked against the judge in Stone’s case, Judge Amy Berman Jackson, the night before.

“Is this the Judge that put Paul Manafort in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, something that not even mobster Al Capone had to endure?” Trump wrote. “How did she treat Crooked Hillary Clinton? Just asking!”

Trump also bashed the prosecutors who withdrew from Stone’s case in wake of the DOJ’s decision to water down their recommended prison sentence of seven to nine years for obstruction and witness tampering.

“Who are the four prosecutors (Mueller people?) who cut and ran after being exposed for recommending a ridiculous 9 year prison sentence to a man that got caught up in an investigation that was illegal, the Mueller Scam, and shouldn’t ever even have started?” the President tweeted. “13 Angry Democrats?”

He went on to accuse the four lawyers of “prosecutorial misconduct” and being “rogue prosecutors” on Tuesday night and Wednesday morning.

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 09:30 AM

I just wish that he could bully Barr into filing charges against Mueller for the things that he's accusing him of. Better yet, charging Clinton.
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Posted 12 February 2020 - 10:32 AM

From the Department of You Can't Make This Shit Up...

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The four (now former) prosecutors in Roger Stone’s criminal case reportedly weren’t told directly that the Justice Department would be watering down their recommended prison sentence of seven to nine years on Tuesday.

The New York Times reported that the four prosecutors, Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Jonathan Kravis and Michael Marando, found out about the DOJ’s shocking decision only after hearing about it on Fox News.

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Posted 12 February 2020 - 10:43 AM

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The New York Times reported that the four prosecutors, Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, Jonathan Kravis and Michael Marando, found out about the DOJ’s shocking decision only after hearing about it on Fox News.

Hardly surprising. Fox, along with Twitter, are the official State news media.
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Posted 12 February 2020 - 03:56 PM

Schumer calls on Graham to put America first. Yeah, good luck with that.

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) called on Trump ally and Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to investigate why the Justice Department has watered down its proposed prison sentence for Trump confidant Roger Stone.

Schumer’s call came after four career federal prosecutors withdrew from the case against Stone (and one resigned from the DOJ entirely) after department higher-ups reportedly insisted that the government suggest a lighter prison sentence.

Schumer on Tuesday requested that the Justice Department inspector general investigate what led to the DOJ’s change in its Stone sentencing recommendation, and on the Senate floor Wednesday he asked Graham to hold an emergency hearing for the same purpose.

“That’s the job of the Judiciary Committee, no matter who is president, whether the president is from your party or not,” Schumer said. “Something egregious like this demands that the inspector general investigate and demands that the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee hold a hearing, now.”

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Posted 13 February 2020 - 03:05 PM

Now Trump is attacking the foreperson of Stone's jury. Got that? The Republican Party is willing to brush off attacks by the president on an ordinary citizen without any evidence. This is the rise of the Republican Fascism Party. Bow before Dear Leader or be crushed. (So when does the IRS start auditing Trump's enemies en masse?)

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President Trump adopted as his own attacks on the foreperson of the jury in the prosecution of GOP provocateur Roger Stone on Thursday, bringing his interference in the case of a former campaign adviser to a new level.

Trump appears to have been triggered by attacks in the right-wing press that began to percolate Wednesday night, attempting to discredit Stone’s guilty verdict on charges of obstruction, witness tampering, and lying to Congress as the product of “bias” on the part of the jury foreperson.

There is no evidence in the public record that Stone’s own attorneys have formally raised any issues with the foreman since the conclusion of the trial.

“The President oughta just butt out of it and let the process work its course,” Mark W. Bennett, a former Iowa federal judge, told TPM. “There are going to be jurors that are Democrats, Republicans, Independents; just because somebody is registered as a Democrat or active in the Democratic party doesn’t mean that they couldn’t be fair in the case.”

The President’s involvement in the case marks a new high water mark in his interference in the criminal justice system to help a longtime ally and associate, in a week already marred by the Justice Department rescinding a sentencing recommendation of 7–9 years for Stone after the President expressed displeasure.

“The President is totally out of control,” William Yeomans, a former deputy assistant attorney general, told TPM, adding that Trump was trying to “rewrite history” and “delegitimize” the convictions that came out of the Mueller investigation.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

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Posted 14 February 2020 - 02:30 PM

Trump says he can do anything and nobody will stop him. He's right.

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President Donald Trump asserted that he has the power to interfere in criminal cases on Friday morning amid the fallout over the Justice Department watering down federal prosecutors’ recommended prison sentence for ex-Trump adviser Roger Stone.

Trump quoted in a tweet Attorney General Bill Barr’s claim that the President “has never” asked him to “do anything in a criminal case.”

“This doesn’t mean that I do not have, as President, the legal right to do so, I do, but I have so far chosen not to!” Trump wrote.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

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""The GOP ... where every accusation is also a confession." --Progressive Whisperer

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 01:34 PM

The judge is moving forward with the sentencing date despite Stone's request for a new trial. Trump will pardon him, I'm sure.

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Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled on Tuesday that Roger Stone’s sentencing would move forward as scheduled even though he has requested a new trial.

Jackson made the ruling during a conference call with attorneys and prosectors.

The jusge indicated that she would rule on the request for a new trial at a later date. She said that Stone’s sentence will not be executed until the new trial ruling has been made.

Attorneys for Stone have argued that the jury foreperson in his trial was biased against President Donald Trump and his supporters.

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Posted 18 February 2020 - 02:29 PM

Trump's fascist rantings continue against the judge.

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President Donald Trump on Tuesday took the extraordinary step, once again, of injecting himself into the criminal case of his friend and confidante Roger Stone.

In a series of tweets Tuesday morning just hours before a telephone conference in Stone’s case, Trump roughly quoted the Fox News analyst Andrew Napolitano, who said on “Fox & Friends” this morning that “I think almost any judge in the country would order a new trial.”

Napolitano added: “I’m not so sure about Judge [Amy Berman] Jackson, I don’t know.”

Tuesday’s tweet followed another from Trump last week, when he tweeted about Jackson’s handling of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort’s case. Trump also attacked the jury foreperson herself.

Trump and Napolitano’s latest attempt to discredit Judge Jackson ignores a standard step in criminal trials: Vetting jurors. The foreperson in Stone’s jury, his allies have pointed out, is a former Democratic congressional candidate with anti-Trump social media posts.

But Stone’s own attorneys had a chance to vet his jurors at the start of his trial, well before they found him guilty of all seven counts against him, including lying to Congress and witness tampering. The foreperson disclosed her former candidacy and political affiliations.

" 'Individual conscience' means that women only get contraceptives if their employers, their physicians, their pharmacists, their husbands and/or fathers, pastors, and possibly their mayors, Governors, State Secretaries of Health, Congressmen, Senators, and President all agree that in that particular case they're justifiable." --D.C. Sessions

"That's the problem with being implacable foes - no one has any incentive to treat you as anything more than an obstacle to be overcome."

"The 'Road to Serfdom' is really all right turns." --Progressive Whisperer

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