Thursday, July 23, 2020

Russiagate: Shipwreckedcrew at the Helm

Well, "Shipwreckedcrew" from Red State has been tearing it up this week, with three four articles. First, a long lawyerly analysis of the DOJ Response to Judge Sullivan’s Petition for En Banc Review — “You Needed to Seek DOJ Permission to File Your Petition”
Wouldn’t that be a knee-slapper of an outcome?

Judge Sullivan “hoist by his own petard” by virtue of the fact that he needed DOJ approval to petition the DC Appeals Court for en banc review of the writ of mandamus issued by the Court directing him to grant the DOJ motion to dismiss the prosecution of General Michael Flynn. So far as I can tell based on limited research, it might just be correct.

Before I go deeper into the substance of the Response filed on Monday by DOJ to the Petition for En Banc review filed by Judge Sullivan on July 9, 2020, let me dissect this claim appearing among the final points made in DOJ’s Response because, if correct, hilarity will ensue from dismissal based on that argument. Later, I’ll have a separate look at the Response filed by Gen. Flynn.
However, looking that the politics of the situation, he fears it's not all that favorable to Flynn, and thinks there's a lest a fair likelihood that the DC circuit will impose another lengthy delay. Mischief Might Still Be In Store for DOJ and General Flynn at the Hands of Appeals Court Judges In Washington. They might as well finish throwing away the appearance of blind justice, right?
There is no obvious way I’m aware of to “speed up” the process. The DC Circuit is an incredibly busy court of appeals, and the explanation for why a dissent is taking time to finish — if such an explanation was even necessary — could be nothing more than the “press of other court business.” The collegial nature of courts is such that judges always recognize that the next episode in which additional time might be needed could be a circumstance where the judge is asking for him/herself. So even though everyone might recognize “games” are being played for purposes of delaying the outcome, no one is likely to make an issue of it publicly.

It seems a very real possibility that no matter what the next act of the Appeals Court turns out to be, DOJ and General Flynn will likely just be made to wait even longer for an ultimate resolution.
(Almost) finally, and off the immediate topic of Flynn, he (or is it a she), writes Notes By Peter Strzok Regarding New York Times Article in Feb. 2017 Implicates Comey and McCabe in Conspiracy. At this point why would they not be the suspects?
This is the article that led to the brief aside between Reince Priebus and Andy McCabe at the White House where McCabe told Priebus the story was BS. Priebus asked if the FBI could say that publicly, and McCabe said he would check and get back to him. They only person for him to “check” with would have been Comey. The following day there was an article in the Washington Post claiming the White House was leaning on the FBI to knock down the NYT story. Mission Accomplished. Didn’t matter that the story that McCabe likely “seeded” in some fashion was largely false. The purpose behind the story wasn’t to leak “truthful” details into the press, the purpose behind the story was to keep the Trump White House on its heels, and make them think the FBI had more than it really had at that point in time.

It was another five weeks before Jim Comey stood before Congress and announced to the world that the FBI had been conducting a counter-intelligence investigation into the 2016 campaign of the President of the United States. But he knew in February when this story was published that the details were false.

THAT was true.

What was also true was that the investigation — going on for over 9 months at that point — hadn’t found anything meaningful.

Except that Christopher Steele was a fraud.
Joseph Weber at JTN, Former Obama official Sally Yates to testify in August before Senate on Russia collusion probe. "“I think she will have some interesting testimony,” Graham, a South Carolina Republican, told the Washington Times." I expect persistent amnesia caused by the trauma of having Trump as President for nearly 4 years.

From CTH, Sundance sends along DOJ Spox Kerri Kupec Updates on Multiple High-Profile Investigations…. Russia investigation starts at 2:10ish.

WaEx, Former DC Bar Association presidents call for investigation into William Barr. The ABA and the local branches have become subsidiaries of the DNC.

Greg Jarrett, Anti-Trump GOP Operatives Have Massive Debt And Ties to Clinton Russia Friends
Lincoln group co-founder John Weaver was a political consultant for John McCain and John Kasich’s presidential campaigns. The New York Post reported earlier this week that Weaver “registered as a Russian foreign agent for uranium conglomerate TENEX in a six-figure deal last year, filings with the Department of Justice show.” TENEX’s parent company is “Rosatom, a Russian state-owned corporation that also owns Uranium One.” The significance? Uranium One “paid Bill Clinton $500,000 in speaking fees and millions to the Clinton Foundation after then-President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signed off on the controversial merger in 2010,” according to The Post.

Weaver claims to have “backed out” of the deal with TENEX claiming it was “a mistake” and denied taking any money from them. How noble of Weaver who has an outstanding $313,655 federal tax lien against his home in Austin, Texas, despite calling Trump a “tax fraud” and “tax crook” on twitter. Weaver also owns a children’s clothing store which is undergoing a lawsuit filed by the shopping mall its held in. Lincoln co-founder Rick Wilson also has an outstanding federal lien against his home in Tallahassee, Florida for $389,420 after it was moved to foreclosure in 2016. Weaver has chastised Trump over not releasing his taxes and called him “Brokeahontas.” Those in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones; Mr. Weaver was taken to court by American Express for his unpaid $25,729 credit card bill the year before.

What is the real motivation behind these anti-Trump men? One GOP source told The Post “it’s very clear that this isn’t about Trump and Republicans. It’s about making money to help pay off their massive personal debts.” The National Review calls the men of the group a “ragtag band of three otherwise unemployed strategists plus one lawyer.” President Trump himself has tweeted of the group, “Lincoln Project is a disgrace to Honest Abe.” The President continued, “I don’t know what Kellyanne did to her deranged loser of a husband, Moonface, but it must have been really bad…They’re all LOSERS, but Abe Lincoln, Republican, is all smiles!”

Oooopsie! Founder of Never-Trump Super PAC Arrested in $60M Bribery Scheme (Breitbart). Soros needs to look at his pay scales.

And the 4th by "Shipwreckedcrew"! Michael Avenatti Seeks to Have Government Pay His Attorney As Appointed Counsel — This Often Ends Badly. Former CNN choice for President.
The attorney for Michael Avenatti, H. Dean Steward of San Clemente, California, has petitioned the federal district court in Los Angeles to be appointed as Avenatti’s attorney in the case — which means Avenatti wants the government to pay the legal bills and costs such as investigation and expert expenses.

This is hardly a new trick. It is a time-honored exercise for lawyers to be retained by defendants, work a few months on the case with the client paying the legal costs, and then petition the court to be appointed to the case when the client runs out of money and can no longer pay. It is a not-very-subtle way to try to pick your own attorney AND have the government pay the cost at the same time.

This generally ends badly.
99% of lawyers give the rest a bad reputation.

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