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"BuzzFeed's report... as written, was as clean as it gets: Trump directed Cohen to lie about the Trump Tower in Moscow project, and there’s tons of evidence to support that."

"Very rarely has a story been so unequivocal — usually there are more hedges and acknowledgments of what isn't known. And unlike most other reportage in this saga, this accused the president of a felony — a very different bar. Democrats read the story and began immediately dreaming up articles of impeachment. Even some conservatives joined the 'If true' chorus...."Writes Axios in "A reckoning for political journalism" (also reporting that BuzzFeed Editor-in-Chief Ben Smith is standing by his sto...
Tags: Law, Buzzfeed, Journalism, Moscow, Ben Smith, Trump, Cohen, Trump Tower, Mueller, Ann Althouse, Fake News, Axios, Trump troubles

"They got caught spying on my campaign and then called it an investigation" is a great line.

The rank and file of the FBI are great people who are disgusted with what they are learning about Lyin’ James Comey and the so-called “leaders” of the FBI. Twelve have been fired or forced to leave. They got caught spying on my campaign and then called it an investigation. Bad!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 15, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Fbi, James Comey, 2016 Campaign, Donald J Trump, Comey, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles

"What if there were no collusion or conspiracy but simple cognitive bias on both sides, where the actions of one seemed to confirm precisely the suspicions of the other?"

Asks Jonathan Turley (at The Hill).There are now two possibilities. The first of those is that Trump really was some “manchurian candidate” placed in the Oval Office by Russia and controlled from afar by Vladimir Putin. Many are unlikely to ever accept any other possibility, though the New York Times story does not suggest that this counterintelligence operation found any basis for the original allegation....Now to the more intriguing theory that is more consistent with known facts.... Trump sta...
Tags: Law, Vladimir Putin, Russia, Fbi, New York Times, Conspiracies, Clinton, Trump, Oval Office, Jonathan Turley, Hillary 2016, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Deep State, The Dossier, Rick Turley

"The Fakes always like talking Chaos, there is NONE. In fact, there’s almost nobody in the W.H. but me...."

I just watched a Fake reporter from the Amazon Washington Post say the White House is “chaotic, there does not seem to be a strategy for this Shutdown. There is no plan.” The Fakes always like talking Chaos, there is NONE. In fact, there’s almost nobody in the W.H. but me, and...— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 12, 2019 MEANWHILE: There is only one right answer to the incredible question: Are you a foreign asset? And it doesn’t take 2 minutes to explain...
Tags: Law, White House, Trump, Campbell, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Josh Campbell, Trump rhetoric, Trump derangement syndrome, Trump troubles, Amazon Washington Post, Trump's shutdown

"In the Russian Federation and in President Putin himself, you have an individual whose aim is to disrupt the Western alliance and whose aim is to make Western democracy more fractious..."

"... in order to weaken our ability, America’s ability and the West’s ability to spread our democratic ideals.... That’s the goal, to make us less of a moral authority to spread democratic values... With respect to Western ideals and who it is and what it is we stand for as Americans, Russia poses the most dangerous threat to that way of life."Said Lisa Page, in private testimony to a joint House Judiciary and Oversight Committee, quoted in "F.B.I. Opened Inquiry Into Whether Trump Was Secretly ...
Tags: Law, Putin, Russia, America, Journalism, Fbi, Nyt, Times, Russian Federation, Nate Silver, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Lisa Page, House Judiciary and Oversight Committee, Said Lisa Page

I didn't do it, but anyway, it's no big deal and Obama did it too.

Many people currently a part of my opposition, including President Obama & the Dems, have had campaign violations, in some cases for very large sums of money. These are civil cases. They paid a fine & settled. While no big deal, I did not commit a campaign violation!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2019 [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Obama, Campaign Finance, Donald J Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles

"Letitia James, a Democrat, has made no secret that she intends to use her powers as New York’s attorney general to pursue possible legal action against President Trump."

"She calls him an 'illegitimate president.' She says her decision to run for attorney general was largely 'about that man in the White House who can’t go a day without threatening our fundamental rights.'... Her strident attacks on the president could potentially threaten the legal standing of cases that her office brings against Mr. Trump, his family members or their business interests, legal experts said.... In an interview, Ms. James defended her remarks about the president, adding that she b...
Tags: New York, Law, White House, New York City, James, Trump, Letitia James, Race Consciousness, Ann Althouse, Racial Politics, Prosecutorial Ethics, Trump troubles, Ms James

If you want to talk about Mueller and Trump...

... please feel free to use the comments here to link to things and discuss them.I feel myself to be in a state of resistance. The headlines seem constructed to create anxiety and anger, and I decline to be sucked in. I'm tired of the dribblings from the investigation. Let Mueller come out with a complete report. Lay out all the evidence, and let Trump and his people provide their context and argument, and I will pay attention again. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Trump, Mueller, Ann Althouse, I'm skeptical, Trump troubles

Things you might want to spend Saturday mulling over.

I'm not in the mood to pick this apart. All the links can be found here. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Mueller, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles

"For Trump, Cohen Plea Deal's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Exoneration."

Writes Paul Sperry at Real Clear Investigations.On page 7 of the statement of criminal information filed against Cohen, which is separate from but related to the plea agreement, Mueller mentions that Cohen tried to email Russian President Vladimir Putin’s office on Jan. 14, 2016, and again on Jan. 16, 2016. But Mueller, who personally signed the document, omitted the fact that Cohen did not have any direct points of contact at the Kremlin, and had resorted to sending the emails to a general pres...
Tags: Europe, Law, Vladimir Putin, Senate, Prague, Kremlin, Clinton, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Steele, Mueller, Paul Sperry, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Trump Cohen Plea Deal

"As a prosecutor, you build a case by having your cooperating accomplice witnesses plead guilty to the big scheme you are trying to pin on the main culprit."

"After all, what makes these witnesses accomplices, literally, is that they were participants in the main culprit’s crime. That’s the scheme you’re trying to prove. So, on guilty-plea day, the cooperator comes into court and admits guilt to the same conspiracy on which you are trying to nail the lead defendant. That gets you 90 percent of the way home.... This kind of guilty plea signals to the world, including to all the other suspects, that the accomplice is ready to testify that the criminal ...
Tags: Law, Trump, Andrew Mccarthy, Mueller, Ann Althouse, Trump Russia, Prosecutorial Ethics, Trump troubles, Criminalization Of Politics

"The problem is Mueller is straying away from his mandate to find crime and he is now looking for political sin."

"Building buildings in Moscow, using stolen material from Assange. These are not crimes. He has no authority to be a roving commissioner to find political sins. So far, I don’t see any evidence of crimes except for ones that he helped to facilitate by getting people to lie in front of his own investigators."Said Alan Dershowitz to Sean Hannity, quoted (with video) at Mediaite. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Crime, Law, Lying, Moscow, Julian Assange, Sean Hannity, Mueller, Alan Dershowitz, Ann Althouse, Prosecutorial Ethics, Trump troubles, Said Alan Dershowitz

Alan Dershowitz says, "I think the [Mueller] report is going to be devastating to the president and I know that the president's team is already working on a response to the report."

On ABC's "This Week Today."Devastating, really? It depends on what the meaning of "devastating" is:"When I say devastating, I mean it's going to paint a picture that's going to be politically very devastating. I still don't think it's going to make a criminal case."I looked up "devastating" in the OED and thought it was funny that it said "Frequently fig., esp. in trivial or hyperbolical use: very effective or upsetting; astounding, overwhelming, ‘stunning’...." Especially in trivial or hyperbol...
Tags: Law, Abc, Language, Lehmann, Mueller, Julian, Thomas Mann, Alan Dershowitz, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Lowe Porter, Mann Magic Mountain London

"The inner workings of the Mueller investigation are a total mess. They have found no collusion and have gone absolutely nuts."

"They are screaming and shouting at people, horribly threatening them to come up with the answers they want. They are a disgrace to our Nation and don’t... how many lives the ruin. These are Angry People, including the highly conflicted Bob Mueller, who worked for Obama for 8 years. They won’t even look at all of the bad acts and crimes on the other side. A TOTAL WITCH HUNT LIKE NO OTHER IN AMERICAN HISTORY!"Tweets Trump this morning.Also in the Trump Twitter feed this morning: "The Whi...
Tags: Law, Obama, White House, Trump, Mueller, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Bob Mueller

"President Trump forced out Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, ending a partnership that soured almost from the start of the administration..."

"... and degenerated into one of the most acrimonious public standoffs between a commander in chief and a senior cabinet member in modern American history. Mr. Sessions’s resignation, made at the president’s request, was being delivered to John Kelly, Mr. Trump’s chief of staff. It came just a day after midterm elections in which Democrats captured control of the House, but Republican success in holding onto the Senate and building their slim majority may make it easier for the president to conf...
Tags: Law, Obama, California, Senate, Barack Obama, House, Justice Department, Trump, Jeff Sessions, Mueller, Ann Althouse, Mr Trump, Mr Sessions, President Trump, Trump troubles, John Kelly Mr Trump

"Why is (almost) nobody talking about Trump-Russia collusion? I'm ok either way, I just would like to know..."

"... why it was the #1 most important story in the world for so long and now it's not."Tweets Sharyl Attkisson. [Author: [email protected] (Ann Althouse)]
Tags: Law, Sharyl Attkisson, Ann Althouse, Trump Russia, Trump troubles

"A judge in a California federal court dismissed Clifford’s defamation lawsuit against the president. That lawsuit was always a sideshow."

"It was based on a single Trump tweet, from April 2018, regarding Clifford’s claim that Trump was behind an alleged incident in 2011, when an unknown man threatened Clifford to keep quiet about the tryst she allegedly had with Trump.... Judge Otero said he is concerned that allowing defamation suits like this to proceed against the president 'would significantly hamper the office of the President. Any strongly-worded response by a president to another politician or public figure could constitute...
Tags: Twitter, Law, California, Free Speech, Clifford, Trump, Donald, Stormy Daniels, Donald J Trump, Jay Michaelson, Otero, Ann Althouse, Litigiousness, Trump troubles, Stormy

Fan Bingbing didn't build that.

"Without the Party and country's good policies, without the love of the people, there would be no Fan Bingbing," said Fan Bingbing, quoted in "Vanished Chinese actress Fan Bingbing broke her silence with a groveling apology to the Chinese government, which she owes $129 million" (Business Insider).... Fan broke her silence on microblogging site Weibo with a confirmation with the financial accusations against her as well as an apology to "society, my friends, the public, and the country's tax aut...
Tags: Taxes, Law, China, Party, Weibo, Trump, Ann Althouse, Bingbing, Fan Bingbing, Trump troubles, You Didn't Build That

"We unravel the Russian plot to subvert the 2016 election."

Teaser on the front page at for a big NYT article that I cannot bring myself to read. I've glanced at it, seen the diagrams that make it seem as though there are hundreds of data points and the NYT has arranged them to tell a story.To "unravel" is "To cause to be no longer ravelled, tangled, or intertwined, to disentangle; to unweave or undo (a fabric, esp. a knitted one)" (OED). To want to read that article, I would need to believe the NYT is going to unravel something that I alread...
Tags: Law, Putin, Nyt, Mueller, Hitchcock, Ann Althouse, I'm skeptical, Trump troubles

Trump tweets, just now: "I met with the DOJ concerning the declassification of various UNREDACTED documents."

"They agreed to release them but stated that so doing may have a perceived negative impact on the Russia probe. Also, key Allies’ called to ask not to release. Therefore, the Inspector General....."Still waiting for the rest of that sentence.ADDED: Still waiting, but I wanted to ask what does "may have a perceived negative impact" mean? Did he mean that the people he talked to perceived a negative impact? Because that's not what the word literally mean.Literally — as I read those words — it mean...
Tags: Law, Russia, Doj, Trump, Ann Althouse, Trump rhetoric, Trump troubles

"It is truly the deep state house of cards collapsing — as I have been predicting — right before our very eyes."

Said Sean Hannity on Fox News just now (my transcription).He's talking about tonight's statement from the White House press secretary:At the request of a number of committees of Congress, and for reasons of transparency, the President has directed the Office of the Director of National Intelligence and the Department of Justice (including the FBI) to provide for the immediate declassification of the following materials: (1) pages 10-12 and 17-34 of the June 2017 application to the FISA court in ...
Tags: Law, Congress, White House, Russia, Fbi, Fox News, Department Of Justice, Carter, Sean Hannity, Donald J Trump, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles, Strzok, Bruce Ohr, Bruce G Ohr

"America’s criminal justice system routinely coerces defendants to cooperate and incentivizes them to lie to please prosecutors."

"But most victims aren’t presidential confidants accused of bank fraud. The vast majority of people who confront the choice between cooperation and a longer sentence are poor and uneducated... Pleading guilty and implicating a co-defendant can be the only practical choice when your lawyer lacks the time and resources to mount an effective defense.... Cohen, Trump’s longtime personal lawyer, isn’t atypical just because he’s privileged. He’s also unusual because he knows Trump well. Most defendant...
Tags: Crime, Law, America, Trump, American Civil Liberties Union, WaPo, Orange County Calif, Ken White, Ann Althouse, Prosecutorial Ethics, Trump troubles, Cohen Trump

Am I not all excited about the "constitutional crisis" — me, a former constitutional law professor?

Asked the lawyer friend I'd run into on the way back from my walk over to check the after-the-deluge water level of Lake Mendota. What "constitutional crisis"? It seems to me the Constitution is in place, working as usual. There are some legal issues in play, but what's constitutional other than that some of the various actors in the drama have positions defined in the Constitution and obtained by normal constitutional procedures? It was assumed that I would excitedly spring into action because...
Tags: Photography, Law, James Taylor, Ducks, Lake Mendota, Ann Althouse, Emotional Politics, emotional Althouse, Trump troubles

"President Donald Trump's former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen will 'under no circumstances' accept a pardon from his former boss, Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis said Wednesday."

Politico reports:Asked whether his client would seek a pardon from the president, Cohen's attorney Lanny Davis said... "His answer would be no, I do not want a pardon from this man.... Under no circumstances, since he came to the judgment after Mr. Trump's election to the presidency of the United States that his suitability is a serious risk to our country. And certainly after Helsinki, creates serious questions about his loyalty to our country."..."Michael Cohen knows information that would be ...
Tags: Law, United States, Davis, Donald Trump, Michael, Helsinki, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, Ann Althouse, Lanny Davis, Trump troubles, Trump pardons, FBI Davis

Trump in Hell.

NYT: "Michael Cohen Says He Paid Off Women Who Claimed Affairs at Trump’s Direction."Michael D. Cohen, President Trump’s former fixer, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to campaign finance and other charges. He made the extraordinary admission that he paid a pornographic actress “at the direction of the candidate,” referring to Mr. Trump, to secure her silence about an affair she said she had with Mr. Trump.Mr. Cohen told a judge in United States District Court in Manhattan that the payment was “for the...
Tags: Headlines, Law, West Virginia, Iowa, Manhattan, Fox News, Campaign Finance, Trump, Cohen, Michael Cohen, United States District Court, Drudge, Ann Althouse, Mr Trump, Manafort, Paul Manafort

I'll link to this in case you want to talk about it, but I'm not in the mood to have my agenda set.

"Trump Lawyers’ Sudden Realization: They Don’t Know What Don McGahn Told Mueller’s Team" (NYT).That expands on this, published by the NYT on Friday (and not yet blogged by me), "White House Counsel, Don McGahn, Has Cooperated Extensively in Mueller Inquiry."And the new article dredges up something from last fall:Last fall, Mr. McGahn believed that he was being set up to be blamed for any wrongdoing by the president in part because of an article published in The Times in September, which describe...
Tags: Facebook, Law, Washington, White House, Politico, Nyt, John, Times, Giuliani, Trump, Chuck Todd, Cobb, Dowd, Mueller, Executive Power, Jaltcoh

"While I had deep insight into Russian activities during the 2016 election, I now am aware — thanks to the reporting of an open and free press..."

"... of many more of the highly suspicious dalliances of some American citizens with people affiliated with the Russian intelligence services. Mr. Trump’s claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash. The only questions that remain are whether the collusion that took place constituted criminally liable conspiracy, whether obstruction of justice occurred to cover up any collusion or conspiracy, and how many members of 'Trump Incorporated' attempted to defraud the government by laundering and co...
Tags: Law, Obama, California, Russia, Language, Nice, Cia, Mark Twain, Central Intelligence Agency, Christ, John Brennan, Trump, Twain, Brennan, Eliot, Meade

"'Nobody even told me about it,' Trump says in the recording of a phone call that Newman says is from the day after she was fired from her White House communications post in December."

"'I didn’t know it. I didn’t know that. Goddammit. I don’t love you leaving at all.'... Newman, in a combative interview on Today, dodged questions about whether Trump was lying on the phone call, saying that she was 'not certain.' She added that Trump, in general, is 'absolutely' a serial liar, but said she 'never expected him to lie to the country.' She said she was locked in a room before Kelly told her she was fired, and characterized the meeting as 'false imprisonment.' 'It’s not acceptable...
Tags: Law, White House, Intelligence, Cnn, Andy Warhol, Warhol, Gore Vidal, Lou Reed, Seinfeld, Geniuses, Trump, Omarosa, Kelly, Newman, Ann Althouse, Trump troubles

"What exactly might an 'insurance policy' against Donald Trump look like? He would have to be marginalized at every turn."

"Strategies would encompass politics, the courts, opposition research and the media. He’d have to become mired in lawsuits, distracted by allegations, riddled with calls for impeachment, hounded by investigations. His election must be portrayed as the illegitimate result of a criminal or un-American conspiracy.... Once Trump is in office, a good insurance policy would call for neutralizing the advisers seen as most threatening, including his attorney general. The reigning FBI director could priv...
Tags: Law, Russia, Fbi, Gop, Hillary Clinton, Moscow, Donald Trump, Doj, Trump, Michael Cohen, Simpson, Comey, Sharyl Attkisson, Ann Althouse, OHR, Carter Page

"[T]he president is only partially correct in saying that the meeting with Trump Jr. is 'done all the time in politics.'"

Writes Jonathan Turley at The Hill.The media has largely ignored that Hillary Clinton and her campaign spent a huge amount of money to fund the efforts of former British spy Christopher Steele to gather dirt on Trump, including information from the Russian government and intelligence figures...However, this particular meeting is not “done all the time” because it was uniquely dumb. Trump Jr. pulled Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Trump son-in-law Jared Kushner into a meeting with unkno...
Tags: Law, Hillary Clinton, Clinton, Trump, Trump Tower, Clintons, Steele, Jonathan Turley, Trump Jr, Ann Althouse, Christopher Steele, Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, Trump troubles, The Dossier