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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

There is now no excuse for Special Counsel Robert Mueller to ask to interview President Trump. In fact, it is now clear the investigators have been given so much information about the president's actions and had such remarkably open access, they should just close shop and write their final report. They no longer have any grounds for going to court to get a subpoena to compel the president to testify.

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Nutty Newty???

LOL!

#1 | Posted by Angrydad at 2018-08-21 08:04 AM | Reply

"I did not have sex with that woman."

Trump should be afforded the same opportunity to perjure himself that Clinton had.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2018-08-21 10:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 7


Interesting progression:

- Of course he'll do a full interview, Pres Trump has nothing to hide, he is innocent

- He'll do an interview, but provide the answers in writing

- we're not sure if he'll do the interview

- we're recommending he not do the interview

- there's no need for him to do the interview, as Mr Mueller already has all the information he needs

- ...

#3 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-08-21 10:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 7

Responding under oath in a manner different from another's response to the same question is not necessarily perjury. It is the jury's responsibility to determine guilt or innocence, based on the evidence presented and the accused's defense against the charges brought and the evidence. Tricking or trapping a witness into a 'perjury trap' smacks of misconduct by a prosecutor, and is not taken lightly by courts. I suspect that Counsel Mueller and his team are skilled and experienced enough to easily avoid such misconduct.

What Trump is worried about is either (1) he will lie under oath when questioned about topics relating to the Russia investigation, and his lies found out by other evidence gathered; or (2) he will afford himself protection under the Fifth Amendment. If the first happens, his presidency will end shortly thereafter; if the second, his presidency will be so crippled that he may as well resign. If either happens, those who offer anything but active condemnation and opposition may be treated as collaborators, eligible for stringing up with piano wire on the streets of DC...

#4 | Posted by catdog at 2018-08-21 10:46 AM | Reply

Trump should offer to do the interview, not under oath, and sitting in the lap of Mike Pence; the way Bush/Cheney testified at the 9-11 commission.
Hillary Clinton testified under oath, multiple times for many hours over....Benghazzi. Republicans are so freaking forgiving of their own leaders because, in truth, they don't really care about the crimes they may have committed but let a Democrat be implicated in any way and OMG the pontificating.

It's laughable when his own personal attorney, Rudi Giuliani's main concern is that he will perjure himself if he testifies. When Trump himself is concerned that if he testifies he will perjure himself. They know he is going to lie but they just don't want him charged with perjury.

Are all Republicans liars? No. The stupid ones don't have to lie they just repeat talking points which may be dishonest but they're too dumb to know it.

#5 | Posted by danni at 2018-08-21 10:52 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Newt Gingrich still playing Jedi mind tricks. ---- him.

#6 | Posted by madscientist at 2018-08-21 10:58 AM | Reply

Interesting that all the GOP leadership are terrified of Trump being interviewed under oath. What are they afraid of?

#7 | Posted by bored at 2018-08-21 11:23 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Interesting that all the GOP leadership are terrified of Trump being interviewed under oath. What are they afraid of?

#7 | Posted by bored at 2018-08-21 11:23 AM | Reply

My wife's common sense view is that Trump buys political support. My own common sense view is that many are also being paid by the Russians.

We may need one of those long, long gallows like they had in the Civil War. To accommodate about six or seven traitors at a time.

#8 | Posted by Zed at 2018-08-21 11:31 AM | Reply

Time to warm up "old Sparky". Lots of Justice needs to be served.

#9 | Posted by Aborted_monson at 2018-08-21 12:12 PM | Reply

Honestly do you have any idea how hard it is to perjure yourself? You have to make a statement that is completely false and can be shown to be both completely false and completely unambiguous. It has to be a factual statement and not one of any opinion. And it generally has to be substantial enough for anyone to even care.

If Clinton hadn't been impeached over it, no charges would have ever been filed. It just doesn't happen.

Trump is worried because they impeached Clinton regardless. It would be a bad precedent to be caught lying and not impeach now. GOP foaming at the mouth bites itself in the ass.

#10 | Posted by Sycophant at 2018-08-21 12:16 PM | Reply

Does he really believe people buy this ----? Do even the half-wit righties who belly crawl around this site believe it?

#11 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2018-08-21 12:35 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump never had any intention of sitting for an interview. They've been playing the media like a fiddle for months on this; every week i see a story about how badly Trump wishes he could sit for an interview if only his pesky lawyers would let him. Their goal is to string this out for as long as possible and do everything they can to sway public opinion against the investigation, so that by the time the nuclear option of a subpoena is reached, Trump has some public support for dosobeying it.

#12 | Posted by JOE at 2018-08-21 12:37 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

The only reason Mueller would want to speak with Trump at this point would be to allow Trump to explain for himself why the mountains of evidence the SC has already compiled shouldn't be prosecutable as crimes. Remember, the SC already has hours of testimony AND physical/electronic records from Priebus, Spicer, McGahn, Hicks, Manigault-Newman, Gannon, Comey and those within the FBI that he shared contemporaneous recollections with, and likely others in and around the President's orbit during times of importance. Mueller has better understanding of what went on than Trump himself because he's gotten a near 360-degree view, one that Trump couldn't be expected to have.

When all is said and done I expect dozens of charges against Donald Trump, most of which will be for acts that have already been disclosed in public, often in plain sight. There's no telling how many financial charges Trump will ultimately face because his real estate business model has been funded by money laundering for over 3 decades. Those aside, his crimes while running for and occupying the office of the President are numerous as well and it's my belief that most if not all have been corroborated by those around him or involved in specific actions themselves.

The merry-go-round over Trump testimony is simply a delaying tactic that Mueller's allowing Trump's incompetent attorneys to play that keeps Trump from taking the ultimate constitutionally eviscerating move of firing Rosenstein and/or Mueller in order to stop the investigation into his campaign and Russia, no more, no less.

#13 | Posted by tonyroma at 2018-08-21 04:05 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

McGhan has provided over 30 hours of testimony. I can think of little reason Mueller would have any need to interview Trump based on that.

#14 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-08-21 04:08 PM | Reply

"I can think of little reason Mueller would have any need to interview Trump based on that."

I'm going to flag this post for gross failure (willful or otherwise) of imagination.

#15 | Posted by Hagbard_Celine at 2018-08-21 04:15 PM | Reply

Come on, Jeff. Crimes like obstruction of justice require insight into a person's state of mind. While McGahn could certainly opine on such matters, there's no replacement for the actual mind we're talking about here (small as it may be).

The fact that i even have to say this to you is embarrassing.

#16 | Posted by JOE at 2018-08-21 04:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

I can't be sure that Mueller ever wanted to talk to Trump in the first place.

All we have is Rudy's word that talks were being negotiated and Rudy's TV blather is worth butkis. Mueller's office never made a peep. In spite of Rudy acting like a major player, I doubt if Mueller ever gave him the time of day.

#17 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-08-21 05:16 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1


@#14 ... McGhan has provided over 30 hours of testimony. I can think of little reason Mueller would have any need to interview Trump based on that. ...

We need to be very careful here.

Mr McGhan, the White House counsel, represents the office of the presidency, not Pres Trump. That is a very important distinction. Read it again. And again.

For example, Mr McGhan may not have wanted to spend all those hours talking with Mr Mueller, even though Pres Trump told him to do it.

Mr McGhan may not want to testify, not because of Pres Trump's guilt or innocence specifically, but because he may not want to set a precedent for the his position to have to testify before a Special Counsel for future presidents.

Mr McGhan works for the people of the United States, not Pres Trump. Mr McGhan's testimony to Mr Mueller is based upon Mr McGhan's responsibility to the people of the United States, not Pres Trump.

#18 | Posted by LampLighter at 2018-08-21 10:07 PM | Reply

LAMPLIGHTER

"Mr McGhan may not want to testify, not because of Pres Trump's guilt or innocence specifically, but because he may not want to set a precedent for the his position to have to testify before a Special Counsel for future presidents."

Wouldn't it be his duty to set the precedent for future White House counsels if he had reason to believe Trump was blurring the line?

To do otherwise would set a bad precedent wouldn't it?

#19 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-08-22 03:07 AM | Reply

"Now, we are at the end of the failed investigation," writes Gingrich.

Gingrrich, along with many other Republicans, thinks Mueller's Investigation will be a failure if it doesn't prove that the Trump campaign colluded (conspired) with Russians to help Trump win the election. No, the Mueller investigation would be a failure only if the Trump campaign really did conspire with Russians to win the election, but Mueller can't prove it. If the Trump campaign really did not conspire with Russians to win the election, and Mueller concludes they didn't, that's not failure. That's doing what the investigation -- any investigation -- is supposed to do: Find out.

When Gingrich calls Mueller's investigation a failure, he doesn't realize that he's saying that he thinks the Trump campaign really did conspire with Russians to win. But Mueller has failed to prove it.

Meanwhile, Mueller's investigation discovered evidence of Manafort's tax evasion and bank fraud. Enough to get a search warrant and convict. So he did. That's OK, too. Three guilty pleas and a conviction on side matters do not indicate either failure or success on the conspiracy issue. A thorough, complete investigation on the conspiracy issue will be a success no matter which way it concludes.

#20 | Posted by nimbleswitch at 2018-08-22 04:47 AM | Reply

NIMBLE

""Now, we are at the end of the failed investigation," writes Gingrich."

LOL ~ How would he know?

I have as much faith in Ginghrich as I have in Giuliani. ~ ZERO

#21 | Posted by Twinpac at 2018-08-22 05:26 AM | Reply

"Mr McGhan may not want to testify, not because of Pres Trump's guilt or innocence specifically, but because he may not want to set a precedent for the his position to have to testify before a Special Counsel for future presidents."

Riiiight!!! Hilarious!!! McGhan, at this point, has one idea in mind. Protect himself, his law license and his family from prosecution. He wants to throw Donald under the bus and is impatiently waiting to be subpoenaed to do so. Mueller is quietly letting these guys eat each other alive in anticipation of his subpoenas. Trump has virtually no friends left, he can't even trust his own children who are also potential witnesses and/or defendents who are going to look out for their own interests even if that means they have to throw Dad under the bus.

#22 | Posted by danni at 2018-08-22 07:11 AM | Reply

Newt Gingrich is the most irrelevant has been in America. Why do they even report his comments?

#23 | Posted by danni at 2018-08-22 08:30 AM | Reply

Noot is like Karl Rove... still desperately seeking relevance,...This is what happens to the clown brigade key player power hitting game changing numbskulls.... why do they keep jumping on the merry-go-round?

#24 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2018-08-22 11:58 AM | Reply

Fig Newtie has all the credibility of a loan shark.

#25 | Posted by cbob at 2018-08-22 01:40 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

That's not fair to loan sharks.

#26 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-08-22 01:42 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Fig Newtie ... lmao

#27 | Posted by Corky at 2018-08-22 01:43 PM | Reply

"Trump should be afforded the same opportunity to perjure himself that Clinton had."

Fair enough. If he's dumb enough to follow Clinton to that extent, then he deserves the consequences.

#28 | Posted by sentinel at 2018-08-22 03:28 PM | Reply

"Trump should be afforded the same opportunity to perjure himself that Clinton had."

It is difficult to take Republican whining of a "witch hunt" given the Kenneth Starr investigation happened.

#29 | Posted by JeffJ at 2018-08-22 03:34 PM | Reply

"McGhan has provided over 30 hours of testimony. I can think of little reason Mueller would have any need to interview Trump based on that.
#14 | POSTED BY JEFFJ"

Yeah, OK Newt. That makes almost no sense. How can one person speak to what is/was in the mind of another?

#30 | Posted by mOntecOre at 2018-08-22 05:10 PM | Reply

"Move along. Nothing to see here. Nothing to see."

***Handcuffed Trump associates passing by in background***

FTA:

"Mueller's fatal mistake was..."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

#31 | Posted by Derek_Wildstar at 2018-08-22 06:08 PM | Reply

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