Tag: Robert Mueller

Richard Epstein explains what the Constitution says about President Trump’s ability to pardon himself, grapples with the constitutional standards for impeachment, and warns about the political excesses being engendered by the Mueller investigation.

Richard Epstein analyzes the latest developments in the Russia investigation and delivers a withering judgment as to how the Mueller team has performed thus far.

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Boston Federal District Judge Nancy Gertner’s April 18th op-ed in the New York Times argues that Robert Mueller has been smeared in the 1965 Boston murder trial in which four “innocent” men were falsely convicted.  Unfortunately, in making this point she again smeared two deceased FBI agents alleging they allowed a cooperating witness to commit […]

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Gowdy on Mueller: Let the Man Do His Job!

 

Trey Gowdy is one Congressman whom I greatly admire. He was the 7th Circuit Solicitor and led an office of 25 attorneys and 65 employees before joining Congress. He has been at the forefront of the Congressional investigations and doesn’t mince words when he gives his opinion.

So when people have repeatedly attacked Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his work, Trey Gowdy supports him and suggests we let him do his job. As a result, I ask, why there is so much turmoil around the situation, so much gnashing of teeth? So, I investigated, and I think I know why people are so upset. And frankly, I think Trey Gowdy has the right idea.

Let’s look at the actual facts and some of the assumptions about the investigation:

Trump Should Fire Rosenstein, then Sessions

 
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Rod Rosenstein (Mark Reinstein / Shutterstock.com)

President Trump should fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, get him replaced with someone trustworthy and competent, and then fire Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Rosenstein’s replacement would then be the acting attorney general.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are glad to see China made some minor concessions on auto tariffs and intellectual property issues in the wake of tariff battles with the U.S.  They also discuss the FBI raid on Trump lawyer Michael Cohen and what it means, if anything, for the larger Mueller probe.  And Jim discusses his new column, which reveals that former FBI personnel who once thought well of former director James Comey are now very critical of Comey’s embrace of a political role that casts him as a hero and a martyr.

Welcome to the HLC podcast number 170 (gads!) its the Early Morning Raid edition, with your law and order hosts radio guy Todd Feinburg and nanophysicst come artificial intelligence bot Mike Stopa.

This week we discuss the new Chappaquiddick movie and the raid on Michael Cohen’s offices. Todd has seen the movie, Mike has not. We’re both appalled (though Mike more so) by the Mueller loose cannon.

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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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Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America very warily approach the reports of North Korea supposedly being willing to scrap its nuclear program in exchange for security guarantees.  While fully aware that Kim Jong-Un may only be looking to bait us or stall for time, they are hopeful that the tougher approach from the Trump administration is starting to pay off.  They also wince as Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri emerges in a new video urging jihadists to stop fighting with each other and focus on a common enemy.  And they react with bemusement and concern as former Trump campaign official Sam Nunberg appears on several cable news shows to announce he is defying the subpoena from Special Counsel Robert Mueller, only to later admit he will probably cooperate.

Mueller Indictment of Russians for Illegal Political Activities

 

It appears the Ruskies began a general plan to sow discord long before Trump was a candidate. In the primaries, that meant going after the establishment candidates on both sides, in favor of Bernie and Trump. Consider Section 10 e:

By in or around May 2014, the ORGANIZATION’s strategy included interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, with the stated goal of “spread[ing] distrust towards the candidates and the political system in general.”

Richard Epstein parses the memo recently released by Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee, a document that they claim shows impropriety in the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of National Review welcome transparency about our government, most recently the disturbing revelations about the FBI’s allegedly sloppy and politically charged approach to obtaining a FISA warrant to conduct surveillance on Trump campaign figure Carter Page.  They also roll their eyes as partisans on both sides react to the memo, including Democrats who see nothing wrong with the FBI allegedly using a dossier as evidence without confirming its veracity and not telling the FISA court it was paid for by Democrats and Republicans insisting this means the Mueller investigation must be shut down immediately when the memo’s author says that is not his conclusion at all.  And they’re thrilled to see the New England Patriots lose the Super Bowl, but shake their heads in disgust as Philadelphia fans destroy property, flip cars, and engage in other revolting behavior.

David French of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America are amused by the media frothing over President Trump allegedly trying to have Special Counsel Robert Mueller fired seven months ago, while largely overlooking the fact that Mueller wasn’t fired.  They also discuss President Trump’s major concessions on amnesty in his his immigration legislation framework – concessions that haven’t stopped his critics from accusing the president of being a white supremacist who is tearing apart families.  And they throw up their hands as the majority leader in the California State Assembly proposes penalties of six months in jail or $1,000 fines for any waiter who gives a customer a plastic straw without being asked.

Jim Geraghty of National Review and Greg Corombos of Radio America cheer up a bit following Jim’s exhaustive study of all the House seats held by retiring Republicans, a report which concludes the vast majority of those seats are likely not in danger of flipping to Democrats.  They also wonder what President Trump would possibly have to gain by talking with Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who seems plenty eager to pounce on process crimes as much or more than crimes directly related to the purpose of his investigation.  They have some fun with the news that former Secretary of State John Kerry told a Palestinian official that he is “seriously considering” a 2020 presidential run.  And they get a kick out of reports that the ill-fated XFL appears to be making a comeback in a couple of years.

FBI Conspiracy?

 

I will not speculate too much, per the Code of Conduct, but something stinks at the J. Edgar Hoover Building.

Last night news organizations were given access to 375 text messages between FBI Counterintelligence Investigator Peter Strzok and his mistress/co-worker/lawyer Lisa Page. Most of them are pretty mild but do show a clear hatred of Donald Trump and some mild cheerleading for Hillary Clinton. But then there is this:

I want to believe the path u threw out 4 consideration in Andy’s office – that there’s no way he gets elected – but I’m afraid we can’t take that risk. It’s like an insurance policy in the unlikely event u die b4 you’re 40

Liberal law professor Alan Dershowitz joins Bill to explain how the Mueller investigation has gone off the rails and why it won’t come to much. Bill also shares his thoughts on the fallout of all the recent sexual assault revelations. Then, Brian Kennedy and Bill discuss the fall of Venezuela and why it’s a case study in the perils and problems of socialism and communism. Finally, Steve Wynn rebuts the liberal attacks on the GOP tax reform plan and explains why tax cuts will benefit hardworking Americans and the economy at large.

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.

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.

As the news broke on Twitter, media types went into their usual #Resist frenzy:

Modest Proposals: Election Amnesty and Sexual Harassment

 

Jonathan Swift, Anglo-Irish satirist, Dean of St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Dublin, and author of “Gulliver’s Travels,” published “A Modest Proposal” in 1729. Swift’s tongue-in-cheek essay encouraged the impoverished, starving Irish to sell their prodigious supply of children to the wealthy to eat. His essay included tips on how to best prepare and serve the uniquely Irish dish. Swift’s satire was intended as criticism of the ruling parties for failing their desperate citizens.

I have similar modest proposals, though not involving cannibalism.

Richard Epstein responds to suggestions that the Justice Department may appoint a special prosecutor to probe corruption allegations around Hillary Clinton. Also on the docket: exactly how independent of presidential prerogative should attorneys general be? Is it time for Jeff Sessions to step aside? And are the legal suspicions around both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton evidence of a decline in America’s leadership class — or proof that, for all its flaws, the system still works?