Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Russiagate: Stone Persecution in the Spotlight

You might remember from yesterday post, in the case of the last remaining Mueller prosecutions (other than the actual Russians, which will never happen), the Mueller prosecutors made a sentencing recommendation of 7-9 years, prompting objections from a lot of people on the right, most notably the Donald. Things evolved rapidly over the course of the day as first Fox announced DOJ expected to scale back Roger Stone's 'extreme' sentencing recommendation: official. Ace, Prosecutors Set to Demand Seven to Nine Years in Prison For Roger Stone's Process Crimes; DOJ Steps In.

Sean Davis at Da Fed, Mueller Prosecutors May Have Lied To DOJ About Stone Prison Sentence Recommendation. Would that be legal? Lying to the DOJ has gotten a lot of people in trouble recently, most notably Roger Stone.
“The Department was shocked to see the sentencing recommendation in the filing in the Stone case last night,” the DOJ official reportedly told Fox. “The sentencing recommendation was not what had been briefed to the Department.”

The report from Fox News suggested that DOJ was in the process of rescinding the rogue prosecutors’ recommendation.

Sources told The Federalist that Timothy Shea, who was recently appointed to take over as the top federal prosecutor in D.C. earlier this month, was bullied into agreeing to the sentence recommendation by Adam Jed and Aaron Zelinsky, who were originally tapped by Mueller to investigate whether Donald Trump treasonously colluded with the Russian government to steal the 2016 election from Hillary Clinton. A full investigative report released by Mueller last year revealed that the Mueller investigation found zero evidence for any of the claims of collusion between Trump and the Russians. According to a separate report on serial abuses committed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) during its investigation of Trump, the DOJ inspector general found that the government knew long before Mueller was even appointed that there was no evidence of any collusion.

Shea’s acquiescence to the demand by the disgruntled former Mueller operatives raised questions about whether Shea was operationally in control of the D.C. prosecutor’s office, or whether he had effectively outsourced major decisions in high-profile cases to Mueller’s former deputies.
Sundance at CTH, DOJ Submits Supplemental Sentencing Memorandum Following Mueller Team Rogue Prosecution Effort…
It is now obvious the Mueller prosecutors in the Roger Stone case intentionally inflated the sentencing recommendation (7 to 9 years prison) in a coordinated Lawfare effort to set-up a narrative of Attorney General Bill Barr interference.

After lying to main justice officials, in an effort to deploy their plan, all four prosecutors, Michael Marando, Aaron Zelinsky, Jonathan Kravis and Adam Jed have resigned from the case. Their resignations follow the DOJ filing a supplemental sentencing memorandum rebuking the prior sentence recommendation . . . 
Predictably, the peacock whined that Barr takes control of legal matters of interest to Trump, including Stone sentencing, and then one after another, the four DOJ attorneys responsible for the Stone persecution resigned. Roger Stone prosecutors quit case as DOJ cuts Trump ally’s recommended prison sentence, Fox, DOJ prosecutors resign after top brass reverses course on Roger Stone sentencing, AP, Trial team quits Roger Stone case in dispute over sentence, Ace, Roger Stone Update: "Mueller Crony" Behind 7-to-9 Year Prison Sentence Proposal Withdraws from Case; Also Resigns as Federal Prosecutor In Drama-Queen FlounceAnother Mueller Prosecutor Resigns, Too, Chuck Ross at Da Caller,  Four Federal Prosecutors Withdraw From Roger Stone Case Amid Turmoil Over Prison Recommendation, Nice Deb at AmGreat, DOJ to Reduce ‘Extreme and Excessive’ Sentencing Recommendation for Roger Stone; Multiple Attorneys on Case Resign
Not surprisingly, most of the assistant U.S. attorneys and prosecutors on the case—Jonathan Kravis, Michael Marando, Aaron Zelinsky and Adam C. Jed—have impressive liberal credentials. From 2009 to 2010, Kravis served as Associate Counsel to then-President Obama. He is now deputy chief of the fraud and public corruption section in the U.S. attorney’s office for the District of Columbia, where Marando also works.

Zelinsky and Jed are both former members of Mueller’s team. Last year, former Trump campaign adviser Michael Caputo accused Zelinsky of trying to ensnare him in a process crime when he was interviewed by the special counsel team in May of 2018. On Monday, the anti-Trump lawyers asked Judge Amy Berman Jackson, an Obama appointee, to sentence Stone to between 87 and 108 months in prison.

Their draconian recommendation prompted an outcry from Republicans. “Lying to Congress: Brennan, Vindman Obstruction of Justice: Hillary deleted emails, wiped/bashed/bit washed hard drives- subpoenaed Lying to the FBI: McCabe Leaking: McCabe, Comey, Clapper, Page Yet Stone may get prison for process crimes as hoax victim!” wrote retired Lt. Col. Jim Hickmen on Twitter.
Sundance, Mueller Prosecutor Departs DC Team After Setting Sentencing Trap in Roger Stone Case…
It looks like the over-the-top sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone was a planned set-up by Aaron Zelinsky et al, to force AG Bill Barr to step-in and reduce the sentence; thereby giving fuel to those in media/lawfare who are accusing AG Barr of political influence. This reeks of Lawfare scheming.

However, Zelinsky is only departing the special assistant to DC role, and it appears he is still an assistant US attorney for the District of Maryland.

The Robert Mueller team assembly was a den of snakes. However, they may have just overplayed their hand on this one. The seven to nine year sentence recommendation for Roger Stone is so over-the-top even Democrats are admitting it.
 And so now we know what the House will attempt to impeach Donald Trump for next, Pelosi calls for investigation into Roger Stone sentencing recommendation (Da Hill).

Another legal story tangential to Russia/Spygate is the story of the nomination of Former U.S. Attorney for DC, Jessie Liu to Treasury Department's undersecretary for terrorism and financial crimes. Some background from sundance, The DC Cover-up That’s As Big As Spygate…, in which he ties her to the cover up of the leaking of the Carter Page FISA warrant from the Senate Intelligence Committee to the NYT and provides a pretty good video of Lou Dobbs explaining in The Great Lou Dobbs Reveals Stunning Information about U.S. Attorney Jessie Liu Connected to Wolfe Case Cover-up…

Well, apparently Trump caught on and Trump Withdraws Treasury Nomination Of Former US Attorney Jessie Liu - Who Oversaw Flynn, Stone Cases (Zero Hedge). Sundance BREAKING: President Trump Withdraws Nomination of Jessie Liu…. "Great job folks. Apparently the Senate will not have  to ask Ms. Liu any pesky questions…. Imagine that."  I'd rather have her answer questions and then have her voted down, too.

Leslie McAdoo Jordan Da Fed, Court To Investigate Whether Michael Flynn’s First Lawyers Did A Bad Job. This is really rather dense, but good reading for those interested in the Flynn case. Also rather dense, Margot Cleveland at Da Fed writes about the mysteries hidden in four redacted footnotes in Senators: IG FISA Abuse Report Misled Public About Crossfire Hurricane.

Sundance, Devin Nunes in Wolverine Mode: This is Only The Beginning of Sunlight on The Mueller Team…

So, of course, KGO-AM Host Threatens Nunes for Calling Media Hostile: ‘You Ain’t Seen Hostile Yet, You Emasculated Pissant’ CNS News) proving him correct.

George Parry at AmSpec, Settling All Family Business? "Coup participants the Vindman twins and Sondland got off easy."

On the Shampeachment, Wombat's In The Mailbox: 02.11.20 brings us Da Tech Guy: Andrew Jackson’s Censure Was Expunged, What About Trump’s Impeachment?, meanwhile, from Paul Goldman at News Thud, WATCH: Schumer Brings Up Possibility of Impeaching Trump Again, but I can't bear to watch Schumer speak.

CNS News, Rasmussen: 55% of Voters Say Impeachment Made Trump Stronger Politically; Only 16% Say it Weakened Him and triangulating 'Who knows': Joe Manchin doesn't rule out voting for Trump over 2020 Democrat (WaEx).

On the dissenter Romney, from Da Blaze, Utah GOP resolution would demand Mitt Romney support Trump or vacate his seat. Not gonna happen. Paul Bedard at WaEx reports Threat to Romney in Senate, not Trump, his proposals 'will be killed', but AllahPundit (Hot Air, as if you didn't know) happily reports Wow: Plurality Of Utahns Feel Positive About Romney’s Vote To Remove Trump
It’s high time Utah broke free from this country and went its own way. I’ll fully support their right to do so.

As long as they grant me a green card.

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