Paul Manafort Hearing Scheduled
Any plea deal between Special Counsel Robert Mueller and Paul Manafort is off the table for now as Mueller’s prosecutors have accused the former Trump campaign manager of making false statements regarding his contacts with Russia.
This only leads to more speculation why Manafort would lie when common sense dictates that Mueller would know the answers to his questions before he asks, as any good lawyer would and Mueller is one of the best.
It’s possible that Manafort is seeking a pardon from President Trump which has never been rejected by Trump or the White House.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson will hold a hearing on the matter tomorrow, so keep checking in for updates.
While Manafort’s legal team has denied any false statements, if Mueller files a sentencing memo, we would be able to see what specific lies were told and it will give further insight into how much Mueller knows.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
Not Only is John Kelly Gone – He Met with Mueller
John Kelly, President Trump’s Chief of Staff who has one foot out the door, is no longer on speaking terms with the President, and used to be considered the adult in the room, met with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. Talk about Mueller getting very close to the President.
While Michael Flynn didn’t even complete one month as Trump’s choice for National Security Adviser, we can now say with confidence that Kelly is the highest-ranking White House official known to provide information in reference to Mueller’s investigation.
Vice-President Mike Pence did say at one point his office provided documentation, but there has been no mention of actually communicating directly with Mueller or answering his questions.
Mueller’s questions seemed to focus on reporting by the New York Times that President Trump wanted to fire Mueller and had asked White House counsel Don McGahn to do so.
We all know former Attorney General Sessions had recused himself from the Mueller probe and his Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has yet to do it and unlikely will based on an article that I will post later today.
McGahn had to talk the President out of firing Mueller not only because of the constitutional crisis we would face, but also because that would have likely led to charges of obstruction of justice.
With this we can conclude that Mueller has provided us another signal that obstruction of justice charges are within his sights and he is just building a timeline and connecting the dots to show the President’s actions, in this case intent to obstruct the investigation of colluding with Russia.
What Mueller has to focus on is the President’s “intent.”Without it, there is no crime. Obviously, Trump wouldn’t admit to intent, so Mueller has to show intent.
One time is not enough but if done enough times, as in a hundred of times (I’m exaggerating for effect) then the President has a problem on his small hands.
Although, I will continue to make the argument that the President’s tweets can be used against him in obstruction of justice charges because tweeting is a form of communication. To take it a step further, it’s the most powerful form of communication. Think about it.
Is it more intimidating to be in a one-on-one scenario where the President asks you to do something, or the President asking you to do the same thing but with the entire world, his followers and the media knowing of that request and calling you out on it for failing to comply with his request?
The request for Kelly to speak with Mueller wasn’t granted freely and was only done after negotiations between Mueller’s office and the White House Counsel’s office, which makes me wonder what did Mueller know that Kelly eventually answered questions.
It’s possible that Mueller dangled a subpoena before him and Kelly went in voluntarily subject to the limited questions.
No one has been appointed to replace General Kelly, but Nick Ayers who is the Chief of Staff to Vice President Mike Pence, rejected the offer.
At this point in the game, I think it is safe to say just about everyone on the planet will reject an offer to work with Trump’s administration.
There’s no doubt that #MuellerKnowsEverything.
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
No Free Ride for Michael Cohen – Sentencing Memo
Federal prosecutors are not giving Michael Cohen, aka “the fixer,” a free ride. Prosecutors recommended a “substantial” prison term of several years for Cohen.
Late yesterday, Robert Mueller’s office filed the memo, but gave Cohen a break by not asking for extra jail time since Cohen has a separate case in New York and continues to cooperate.
What’s interesting is that in Mueller’s memo he mentions that Cohen’s cooperation resulted in “a Russian national who claimed to be a trusted person” in the Russian Federation and that individual offered “political synergy” and “synergy on a government level” to Trump’s campaign in November of 2015.
That person is not named in the memo but leads to speculation if there is yet another unknown Russian involved or if it is Felix Sater.
In Cohen’s financial fraud case pending in the Southern District of New York, prosecutors are recommending forty-two months in prison.
“After cheating the IRS for years, lying to the banks and to Congress, and seeking to criminally influence the Presidential election, Cohen’s decision to plead guilty – rather than seek a pardon for his manifold crimes – does not make him a hero.”
I couldn’t agree more with prosecutors. For those of us that are waiting for President Trump to get his, we tend to shine a light on Michael Cohen believing he is or will be a hero if he brings down the President. The problem is Cohen isn’t a hero, he’s a criminal.
Cohen’s crimes were to illegally influence our elections, think about that. The results of the elections may have been different, meaning Hillary Clinton would be our first female President and the country would not be in the situation it is now.
Cheating the government out of taxes is one thing, cheating our democracy and the voting process is quite another.
Meanwhile, President Trump somehow thinks he is vindicated by all this. Then again, he’s always tweeting that he is vindicated.
Totally clears the President. Thank you!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 7, 2018
Alexander Hernandez, Esq.
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Alexander Hernandez is a practicing attorney since 1999 who enjoys blogging about politics when he is not riding his motorcycles or playing golf. He is also an Amazon best selling author.