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Special counsel Robert Mueller calls for light sentence for former Trump national security advisor
Source: CNBC

 

Special counsel Robert Mueller filed a sentencing memo in his criminal case against retired Lt. General Michael Flynn, the former national security advisor to President Donald Trump.

The memo relates to lies Flynn told FBI agents about his conversations with Russia's then-ambassador to the United States, Sergey Kislyak, during the presidential transition.

Mueller is expected to file another memo soon about the alleged lies told in recent months by former Trump campaign chief Paul Manafort to the special counsel's office.

 

Read more: https://www.cnbc.com...hael-flynn.html


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What is tantalizing about the memo discussed in the above post is that the sentencing document is more redacted than not.

 

 Mueller continues to hold his cards close to his chest. 


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@JillWineBanks 6h6 hours ago

Opinion & speculation from a left-leaning but factually accurate source: Mueller Hints That Mike Pence May Be Indicted Soon https://www.politicu...icted-soon.html … via @politicususa


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Trump lawyers, special counsel in discussions following written submission of president's responses
Source: NBC News

 

The president’s lawyers have resumed discussions with the office of special counsel Robert Mueller in recent days, the first time that's been acknowledged since President Donald Trump submitted written responses to questions regarding the possibility of collusion between his 2016 campaign and Russia, two people familiar with the matter told NBC News on Thursday.

The president submitted answers to some questions on Nov 20th. At the time, his lawyers said publicly that he would only answer questions regarding the Russia probe and nothing regarding the possibility of obstruction of justice.

The sources would not characterize the nature of the discussions: whether Mueller is pressing for an in-person interview, or how close the process is to wrapping up.
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Chuck Rosenberg a former federal prosecutor who once served as chief of staff to Mueller when he was FBI director said, "it’s not uncommon for the two sides in a big case to be talking all the time."

 

 

Read more: https://www.nbcnews....pvBA1cyiPJNVJg4


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Mueller investigators questioned John Kelly in obstruction probe
Source: CNN
 

White House chief of staff John Kelly was interviewed by special counsel Robert Mueller's team in recent months, three people with knowledge of the matter told CNN.

Kelly responded to a narrow set of questions from special counsel investigators after White House lawyers initially objected to Mueller's request to do the interview earlier this summer, the sources said. Kelly is widely expected to leave his position in the coming days and is no longer on speaking terms with President Donald Trump, CNN reported earlier Friday.

Kelly is the latest high-ranking White House official known to provide information for Mueller's investigation, though his interview marks a departure of sorts since Kelly didn't join the White House until July 2017. Most of the dozens of other interviews have been with people who were associated with the Trump campaign, were part of the transition or served in the early part of the administration.

The Mueller questions to Kelly centered on a narrow set of issues in the investigation of potential obstruction of justice, chiefly Kelly's recollection of an episode that took place after new reporting emerged about how the President had tried to fire Mueller. The President was angry at then-White House counsel Don McGahn about what had been reported by The New York Times. McGahn had refused to publicly deny the reporting. The special counsel wanted to try to corroborate McGahn's version of events.

 

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@JillWineBanks 6h6 hours ago

Opinion & speculation from a left-leaning but factually accurate source: Mueller Hints That Mike Pence May Be Indicted Soon https://www.politicu...icted-soon.html … via @politicususa

 

If both Trump and Pence are successfully indicted, say hello to President Pelosi. How weird it would be for the first female President to come about this way, a Democrat no less. I would argue Pelosi's claim to the Presidency will have greater legitimacy since as leader of the Democrats she's representing a greater proportion of the US voting population than Trump/Pence ever did. 

 

So it seems that the internal power struggle for Speaker among the Democrats have greater implications than we realize.


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Manafort lied about contact with administration officials: Special counsel
Source: ABC NewsBy KATHERINE FAULDERS, ALLISON PECORIN LUCIEN BRUGGEMAN
Dec 7, 2018, 6:36 PM ET

 

Special counsel Robert Mueller has accused Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, of lying about his contacts with administration officials in 2018 and at least four other details related to his probe of Russian election meddling during the 2016 campaign.

In a heavily redacted court document filed Friday afternoon, Mueller and his team of prosecutors accused Manafort of lying about his interactions with Konstantin Kilimnik, a longtime business associate whom the special counsel has identified as a former Russian intelligence officer.

Manafort, according to the special counsel's team also lied about money laundering, a wire-transfer to a firm that was working for him, "information pertinent to another department of Justice investigation," and his contact with administration officials.

Kilimnik was indicted alongside Manafort in June. He has not submitted a plea.

 

Read more: https://abcnews.go.c...ory?id=59628299


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The Latest: Manafort testified before grand jury twice

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the special counsel’s Russia investigation (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Court documents say former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort testified before a grand jury on two occasions as part of his plea deal.

Prosecutors from special counsel Robert Mueller’s office have accused Manafort of violating the agreement by lying to investigators.

They say Manafort was called to testify before a grand jury on Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. The documents do not provide any additional details about the grand jury, or what it is probing.

Manafort cut the deal in September and agreed to plead guilty to two felonies. It headed off a second trial for Manafort related to his Ukrainian political consulting and unregistered foreign lobbying.

Prosecutors say Manafort met with investigators from Mueller’s office and the FBI on 12 separate occasions. They allege he told “multiple discernible lies.”

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Read more: https://apnews.com/3...f8fecfec43a61f2


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Dem lawmaker: Trump Jr. lied to House Intel committee at least twice http://hill.cm/VuxwK21


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The long awaited corroboration of media accounts and speculation by Mueller and company continues to trickle in:

 

Michael Cohen provided credible information to special prosecutor related to the Russia investigation 

 

https://www.motherjo...tencing-memo-2/

 

 

(Mother Jones) Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, has turned over useful information to investigators probing possible collusion between Russia and Trump’s presidential campaign, but a team of federal prosecutors says he should still be sentenced to substantial prison time. That’s according to two just-released Friday filings from New York’s US attorney’s office and from Mueller’s special counsel team in federal court. The documents, issued in advance of Cohen’s scheduled Wednesday sentencing, offer a window into the cooperation that the embattled Trump confidant has offered Mueller’s team.

 

In a seven-page memo, Mueller’s team said that Michael Cohen has met with them seven times, “gone to significant lengths to assist” their investigation, and provided “credible” information. This included information on “Russia-related matters” that Cohen gleaned from conversations with Trump Organization executives, and an account of outreach from a Russian national offering the Trump campaign “synergy on a government level” and proposing a meeting between Trump and Russian President Putin. 

 

The special counsel’s filing acknowledges that Cohen provided substantial assistance to its investigation and takes no position on whether Cohen should serve time in prison. But prosecutors in New York produced a harsher document, saying that in their case against him—which is separate—Cohen has been much less forthcoming. Citing this limited cooperation, New York prosecutors recommended that Cohen receive a “substantial” prison sentence that represents only a “modest” reduction from the 51 and 63 months federal guidelines recommend, as well as a fine and the forfeiture of $500,000 of Cohen’s assets. They added that “Cohen repeatedly declined to provide full information” to prosecutors and to the special counsel “about the scope of any additional criminal conduct in which he may have engaged or had knowledge.”


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Not just corroboration, but new information:

 

Mueller reveals Cohen had information at the 'core' of the Russia investigation — including an unreported alleged Kremlin contact

 

https://www.alternet...ation-including

 

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(Alternet) –As a part of his cooperation with prosecutors in an attempt to mitigate the crimes he committed, Michael Cohen provided Special Counsel Robert Mueller with information central to the "core" of the Russia investigation, according to a new court filing.

 

…This refers, in part, to Cohen's revelations, first declared in a new guilty plea last week, that his participation in negotiations for Trump Tower Moscow was much more extensive than he had previously acknowledged.

 

But the Mueller team also provided a few of details about new ways in which Cohen has helped unravel the mystery of the Trump-Russia ties. Cohen, the filing reveals, had information about the background of "his own contacts with Russian interests during the campaign and discussions with others in the course of making those contacts" and "attempts by other Russian nationals to reach the campaign."

 

One such attempt, according to the document, was a line of connection between Trump and Russia that has not previously been made public.

 

Someone who claimed to be a "trusted person" in Russian Federation reached out to Cohen in November 2015 — still early in the presidential campaign — to suggest that they could offer "political synergy” and “synergy on a government level,” the filing said. Top campaign officials, including Trump, would later deny having any knowledge about the Kremlin's desire to help Trump win the election.


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Legal experts tear into Trump as he lies and says new court filings 'clear' him

 

https://www.alternet...lings-clear-him

 

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(Alternet) – In response to the two court filingsmade by federal prosecutors against Michael Cohen on Friday, President Donald Trump took to the internet.

And this time, unlike his early morning outburst in which the president seemed to be on the verge of panic, Trump confidently proclaimed that the new filings mean he is proven innocent and home free.

 

 

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

 

Totally clears the President. Thank you!

3:00 PM - Dec 7, 2018

 

Only one problem: he isn't.

 

In fact, the filings allege Trump (referred to as "Individual-1") was heavily involved in his former personal attorney's illegal financial activities, and that when Cohen committed campaign finance violations to make a hush payment to porn star Stormy Daniels to keep her affair with Trump under wraps, he did so "in coordination with and at the direction of" Trump. They also suggest that special counsel Robert Mueller is looking into Cohen's lies to the public, which sets a bad precedent for Trump.

 

Trump's seeming conviction that he has been "cleared" was not shared by legal experts, who broadly agreed the memos pose serious problems for him.

 

 

The totally brazen way in which Trump constructs an alternative reality is mind boggling.  What is truly amazing is the willingness of so many to buy into this pack of lies.  Anything to support that defender of white privilege and a a carbon based fuel economy, I suppose. 


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Russians interacted with at least 14 Trump associates during the campaign and transition
Source: Washington Post
 

The Russian ambassador. A deputy prime minister. A pop star, a weightlifter, a lawyer, a Soviet army veteran with alleged intelligence ties.

Again and again and again, over the course of Donald Trump’s 18-month campaign for the presidency, Russian citizens made contact with his closest family and friends, as well as figures on the periphery of his orbit.

Some offered to help his campaign and his real estate business. Some offered dirt on his Democratic opponent. Repeatedly, Russian nationals suggested Trump should hold a peacemaking sit-down with Vladi­mir Putin — and offered to broker such a summit.

In all, Russians interacted with at least 14 Trump associates during the campaign and presidential transition, public records and interviews show. “It is extremely unusual,” said Michael McFaul, who served as ambassador to Russia under President Barack Obama. “Both the number of contacts and the nature of the contacts are extraordinary.”

 

Read more: https://www.washingt...m=.f80e6baefea1


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Michael Flynn Gave Up Everything
 

Four years ago, Michael Flynn was the director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. One year ago, he was potentially facing jail time for misleading the FBI and Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with the Russian ambassador to the United States. Today, he might be the linchpin to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and the Russian government.

“When a special prosecutor, like Mueller, says someone has given ‘substantial assistance to an investigation,' that’s code for, 'He gave up everything,'” national security expert Juliette Kayyem told Boston Public Radio on Wednesday.

In a court filing written by Mueller’s team in advance of Flynn’s Dec. 18 sentencing hearing for willfully making false statements to the FBI, Mueller said Flynn provided “first-hand insight” into the relationship between the Trump campaign and the Russian government, and praised him for his cooperation. He recommended Flynn receive little to no jail time for his help.

The praise for Flynn comes after a week when Mueller’s team accused former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort of lying to federal investigators, Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen entered into a second guilty plea for lying to Congress, and Trump advisor Roger Stone invoked the Fifth Amendment as a reason for not complying with the Senate Judiciary Committee’s requests for documents relevant to their own investigation into Russian collusion.

 

Read more: https://www.wgbh.org...e-up-everything


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Another document to add to the library related to Mueller headed investigations:

 

We Now Know What James Comey Told Congress Last Week. Read the Transcript.

 

https://www.motherjo...ump-transcript/

 

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(Mother Jones) The House Judiciary and Oversight committees have released a transcript from Friday’s closed-door hearing of former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey.

 

The hearing was part of a Republican-led investigation into the FBI’s actions during the 2016 presidential election, which included investigations of Hilary Clinton’s email server and Russia’s involvement in the Trump campaign. Comey, who was fired by President Donald Trump in May 2017, has since called the hearing a “desperate attempt to find anything that can be used to attack the institutions of justice investigating this president.”

 

Over a nearly seven-hour hearing, House Republicans appeared to grow frustrated with Comey, who had been instructed by a Justice Department attorney to not answer questions about the Russia investigation. Another hearing is expected for mid-December, before Democrats take over the House of Representatives in January.

 

Here’s the transcript: (see linked article to access transcript).

 

caltrek's comment: "Read the transcript." At 235 pages, I think I will pass on that.  Still, for speed readers interested in this sort of thing...

 

Here is more on that same topic:

 

https://www.courthou...s-alleged-bias/


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President Trump says payments to women were 'private transaction,' not criminal offense [View all]
Source: USA Today

David Jackson, USA TODAY Published 7:46 a.m. ET Dec. 10, 2018

WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump on Monday dismissed payments to alleged mistresses just before the 2016 presidential election as "a simple private transaction," disputing claims by prosecutors that they amounted to a conspiracy to evade campaign finance laws.

While some congressional Democrats cast the payments as potential cause for impeachment, Trump said prosecutors are looking for something to pin on him because they have been unable to prove any collusion with Russians who sought to influence his presidential election.

"So now the Dems go to a simple private transaction, wrongly call it a campaign contribution," Trump said during a series of early morning tweets.

Even if the payments amounted to campaign contributions, Trump said in another tweet, they would constitute a civil case, not a criminal one, and "there would not even be a fine."

 

 

Read more: https://www.usatoday...gton-topstories


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Trump's approval rating for his handling of the Russia investigation has just fallen to 29% according to the latest CNN poll.



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Trump: 'I Think That the People Would Revolt' If I Were Impeached
Source: Mediaite
 

President Donald Trump spoke with Reuters today and sounded off on Michael Cohen‘s payments to Stormy Daniels and Karen McDougal.

And Trump, per Reuters’ Jeff Mason said he “relied on” Cohen regarding “what we did”:

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And in the past day or so, there’s been talk of impeachment, but Trump said he’s “not concerned” about it:

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The President added, “I think that the people would revolt if that happened.”

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Read more: https://www.mediaite...-got-impeached/

From the Reuters article:

https://www.reuters....n-idUSKBN1OB01N

“It’s hard to impeach somebody who hasn’t done anything wrong and who’s created the greatest economy in the history of our country,” Trump told Reuters in an Oval Office interview.


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I think people are going to revolt if he isn't impeached.  I am highly optimistic that a civil war can be avoided, although not without a lot of hurt feelings.


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