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Thursday, November 30, 2017

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@#110 ... Flynn had contact with the Russians AFTER Trump won the election. It's perfectly natural for heads of state to get to know one another. ... This is the same -------- crime Martha Stewart went to jail for. Becauase they couldn't nail her for insider trading. ...

You're missing a couple (at least) of key points here:

1) Ms Stewart was not in the process of negotiating with a Special Prosecutor.

2) Well, I'll let someone else explain, as he does it much better than I could...

Jens David Ohlin, law professor, Cornell University

The fact that Flynn was charged with, and is pleading guilty to, such a minor crime suggests a bombshell of a deal with prosecutors. Flynn was facing serious criminal liability for a variety of alleged missteps, including his failure to register as an agent of a foreign power. If this is the entirety of the plea deal, the best explanation for why Mueller would agree to it is that Flynn has something very valuable to offer in exchange: damaging testimony on someone else. Who? That's not clear, but it probably is someone at the center -- or close to the center -- of this criminal enterprise....

Mr Mueller is now inside the White House gates, and his investigation seems to be gaining momentum.

So don't let this minor plea bargain lead you to believe that all is sunshine and roses. It ain't.

Some interesting analysis and commentary:

9 legal experts on what Flynn's plea deal means for Trump

...Lisa Kern Griffin, law professor, Duke University

The nature of the charges against Michael Flynn and his guilty plea confirm that he is cooperating with the Mueller investigation. To receive a cooperation deal of this sort, he needs to be providing information about higher-value targets than himself. We can only speculate about who those targets are, but news reports indicate that Flynn's testimony could implicate other members of the administration, including the president, in some coordination with the Russian government during the campaign.

That would fit the ordinary meaning of "collusion," but the term itself has no legal significance. What remains to be seen is whether those contacts rise to the level of a conspiracy to violate the campaign finance laws or some quid pro quo involving sanctions relief for Russia.

Christopher Slobogin, law professor, Vanderbilt University

If the government has agreed not to prosecute Flynn on the much more serious charges his alleged connections with Russia could have triggered, then it's probably getting something very significant in return. That something is probably evidence against someone higher up the food chain, and at this point, there aren't too many links left in that chain....

@#72 ... Flynn is pleading guilty to the same thing Trump fired him for. ...

Trump told aides firing Flynn was a mistake

...The president has grown obsessed with defending the tough-talking 58-year-old general, repeatedly telling aides and associates in private that Flynn was a 'good man.'

Two days after firing Michael Flynn as his national security adviser in February, President Donald Trump told several aides and friends he should have kept him instead.

Trump, several people close to him say, sometimes appears to question decisions even after they've been made. He told New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie that he could still be labor secretary even after he'd publicly named Alexander Acosta to the role. He privately told former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani he could potentially still name him as attorney general after he'd offered Jeff Sessions to the job.

But the Flynn situation has been different, several officials and advisers said. "I was kind of stunned," one person said. "I asked him. You fired him already. What are you going to do?"

Trump has grown obsessed with defending the tough-talking 58-year old general, repeatedly telling aides and associates in private that Flynn was a "good man." One adviser close to Trump said he's heard Trump defend the general using the exact words described in reports of memos written by former FBI director James Comey recording his conversations with the president -- and that Trump has told people inside the White House he wished the investigation would go away.

It has left White House officials and outside advisers perplexed: Why is Trump so determined to defend a man at the center of a federal investigation that is damaging his administration, and a man he has accused of lying to his vice president?...

Some more info seems to be coming out...

Flynn pleads guilty to lying to FBI about Russia contacts

...Prosecutor Brandon L. Van Grack said in court that "a very senior member of the transition team directed" Flynn to contact the Russian ambassador at one point. At another, Flynn "called a senior official of the Trump team at Mar-a-Lago" to discuss a United Nations resolution that Flynn talked about with Kislyak. ...

Flynn admitted making false statements to the FBI about asking the ambassador in late December to "refrain from escalating the situation in response to sanctions that the United States had imposed on Russia that same day." Flynn also told authorities he did not recall the ambassador "subsequently telling him that Russia has chosen to moderate its response to those sanctions as a result of his request," according to a court filing. That would suggest there was a second, previously unknown contact between Flynn and Kislyak....


KBW Bank Index

...An economic index consisting of the stocks of 24 banking companies. This index serves as a benchmark of the banking sector. This index trades on the Philadelphia Stock Exchange, where it was created....

Looks like the bank index is doing fairly well. Hardly a victim.


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