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Collusion and Obstruction: Two Different Kinds of Crime

 

If the President had been found guilty of Russian collusion — that is, of participating in a criminal conspiracy with the Russians to undermine our election — then it would have indicated that he was a particular kind of villain. It takes a particular kind of villain to knowingly work with our enemies to subvert the democratic process. That represents a treasonous betrayal of our country.

On the other hand, being oafish and ignorant of the nuances of executive authority in the context of a legal investigation, while it may arguably appear to meet the legal definition for a charge of obstruction of justice, need not suggest that the President is a villain. Rather, it may simply indicate that he is an amateur on matters of law and politics, and that he is accustomed to speaking his mind without considering the unique legal implications of doing so while being the head of federal law enforcement.

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Mueller Did the Right Thing

 

It seems that “13 hardened Democrats” or “angry Democrats” did not deliver a politically-motivated, illegitimate hit job after all. Based on what we know so far, the special counsel’s office reported that it did not find evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. This is a fabulous vindication of the integrity of the system.

No one is noticing that. Instead, the Trump team is gorging on schadenfreude, and the anti-Trump team is choking on bile.

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The Bul****: You’ve Gotta Pivot Like There’s Nobody Watching

 

Lest we lose sight of the forest for the trees: It seems to me likely Mueller will find there was collusion between Trump associates and Putin operatives; that Trump knew about it; and that Trump sought to cover it up and obstruct its investigation. What then? Good question. — Bill Kristol, August 9, 2018

Good question, indeed. The complementary question, of course, is: what if Mueller doesn’t find that there was collusion between Trump associates and Putin operatives? What then?

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Mueller: This Should Not Be The End

 

Mueller has concluded that there was no collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. After two years of concerted attacks by a biased press and a corrupt bureaucracy, the collusion fantasy has been laid to rest.

Now let’s talk about collusion.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see the Mueller report conclude that neither Donald Trump not anyone else in his campaign conspired with Russia to influence the 2016 elections. They also get a kick out of Trump critics frantically moving the goalposts to claim the new attorney […]

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The Bulwark: Walking it Back, Just a Little?

 

Our mutual friend @garyrobbins has called my attention to a change at The Bulwark, one that I think is positive, so I thought I’d give a little bit of credit where a little bit of credit is due. The Bulwark has changed its mission statement. Previously, its “About Us” page described its mission as follows:

Our mission will be to say [that the president of the United States is a serial liar, a narcissist and a bully, a con man who mocks the disabled and women, a man with no fixed principles who has the vocabulary of an emotionally insecure nine-year-old] out loud and encourage others to do so as well.

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The Mueller Report: A Damning Indictment… of Something

 

As we wait more or less breathlessly for the release of the Mueller Report, the assumption appears to be growing that it will be, in the eloquent words of Secretary Clinton, a nothing-burger.

But it will not be a nothing-burger, even if it reports no evidence of collusion. Because we’ve spent more than two years obsessing over this, driven by a press that pronounced almost daily the beginning of the end for the Trump administration. If there was no there there, then someone has some explaining to do. Because many of us thought this was pretty obviously cooked up from the start, to hide either Clinton campaign embarrassment or, worse, Clinton/Obama collusion to undermine the 2016 Trump campaign.

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America welcome reports that Senate Intelligence Committee Republicans and Democrats agree that there is no direct evident showing a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Russia in 2016. They also shudder for GOP Senate prospects in 2020 as astronaut Mark Kelly, husband of former Rep. […]

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A few days ago, @garyrobbins started a thread with the title: Impeachment: What would constitute an “Obstruction of Justice”? More

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Is it Just Me?

 

When it comes to the still extant Russian collusion narrative, the left and the Legacy Media (I know, I know) claim as their most solid evidence the meeting between Don Jr. and Natalia Veselnitskaya (hereafter known as the lawyer, because I’m not spelling that again). I say that not only is the meeting not evidence of collusion, but that it is actually far more effective as evidence against collusion.

Stay with me here, because I’m pretty sure this makes sense…

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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Chad Benson of Radio America are glad Facebook has uncovered and eliminated coordinated activity involving fake accounts that promote fringe political movements on both the far right and far left, thus debunking the idea that Russia wants to elect Republicans. They also fail to see why President Donald Trump […]

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Loose Cannons and Nuclear Buttons: Dealing with Russia

 

Every time I see “statesmen” foaming at the mouth about insufficient posturing against Russia, I go back to the basics. There are exactly two countries on this planet capable of reducing any country on the face of the earth to toxic, smoldering ruins in hours. These are the United States of America and the Russian Federation (the latest manifestation of the Russian empire).

President Trump has done an admirable job, like most presidents in the Atomic Age, of keeping the natural tensions between the two megadeath powers inside the safety limits. He has succeeded, so far, despite the worst efforts of his domestic enemies, who are more serious about destroying him than they are about national security.

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Welcome to the Harvard Lunch Club Political podcast number 167(!!) it’s the Self-Crashing Zuckerbergs edition of the show with your buckled-in hosts, radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicist soon-to-be-Californian Mike Stopa. This week on the show we discuss the convergence of advances in electric cars, autonomous vehicles and ride hailing…i.e. the future of transportation in […]

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I’ve wondered exactly what goes through Mueller’s mind these days. If Rush Limbaugh is right then Mueller is really going after Trump to damage him financially. I’ve always assumed that his goal is to stay in position as long as he can — certainly he wants to do as much damage as is possible for […]

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Trusting the Braintrust

 

What have they been thinking? Given the latest revelations about Peter Strzok, his lover Lisa Page, Andrew McCabe, Bruce Ohr and his wife — how is it possible that Comey and then Mueller weren’t aware of their attitudes and agenda? Either these characters were so skilled at pulling the wool over their supervisors’ eyes, or their supervisors were incredibly naive, or their supervisors knew exactly what they were doing. Any of those scenarios is alarming. The House Intelligence and Judiciary Committees need answers and they need to hold the DoJ and the FBI in contempt if they don’t get them. The spotlight on corruption, collusion and obstruction of justice is pointed in the wrong direction and that was the original intent of the embedded Clinton operatives involved.

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Richard Epstein considers what Michael Flynn’s recent guilty plea means for President Trump and his administration, rebutting many of the misleading claims that have emerged in recent press coverage. More

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Flynn Working with Mueller, But Trump Shouldn’t Worry. Yet.

 

Michael Flynn plead guilty today to lying to the FBI and has agreed to cooperate with Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Trump-Russia collusion. Flynn made the following statement:

After over 33 years of military service to our country, including nearly five years in combat away from my family, and then my decision to continue to serve the United States, it has been extraordinarily painful to endure these many months of false accusations of “treason” and other outrageous acts. Such false accusations are contrary to everything I have ever done and stood for. But I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right. My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the Special Counsel’s Office reflect a decision I made int eh best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions.

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The headline is straight from some more timely reporting in the Washington Examiner by Byron York. In spite of public statements from prominent Democrats that much of the dossier turned out to be true, that isn’t the conclusion Byron York has drawn. Key parts that figured in early news reports have been proven untrue, and […]

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Richard Epstein examines the most recent legal questions to emerge from the Trump White House: Could the president pardon himself? Was Jeff Sessions right to recuse himself from the Russia investigation? And could Donald Trump remove Robert Mueller as special counsel? More

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Summer Scandal: Trump Tower Russia Meeting Revisited

 

September 5, 2017, Washington: Looking back at this summer’s scandal around Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya in his Trump Tower office, revelations have come so quickly that the editors are providing this recap for readers struggling to keep up.

Mid-July: When news of the meeting first broke, we reported that it was just between Mr. Trump, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort and the lawyer. But soon Washington was rocked by the news that an interpreter, a show-business agent for Russian pop star Emin, and a representative of a family worried about Russian adoptions were present too. In Georgetown salons everyone asked, what shoe would drop next? The next day, Congresswoman Maxine Waters demanded the President’s impeachment.

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