Thursday, July 26, 2018

He Was Warned. Now Trump May Be Hoist On His Own Petard.

In Trump's case, his petard might wind up to be Twitter, his everyday early morning workout. Trump takes to Twitter to energize his base, the Gullibillies. He routinely uses tweets to disseminate lies and smear opponents. Favourite targets have been former FBI director, James Comey; the FBI, the CIA, the Mueller investigation, Rosenstein, just about anybody or any thing with which he has an axe to grind.

From the get go Trump's aides have struggled in vain to get him to give up Twitter. The Mango Mussolini, true to form, has simply ignored their advice. Now the special counsel, Robert Mueller, and his team of investigators are poring over Trump's tweets.

As defense attorney Ken White writes on Twitter, Mueller and his team aren’t trying to make Trump’s tweets a crime, per se — rather, they might use them to piece together a mosaic, combined with other evidence, to determine the true motivations behind the president’s actions. 
“A thing that is not a crime can be EVIDENCE of a crime,” writes White. “This is particularly true when it comes to a potential defendant’s mental state — what they knew and when they knew it, what they intended, and so forth.” 
...White explains that Trump’s tweets attacking the Mueller probe, along with his attacks on key figures in the investigation such as former FBI Director James Comey, could really come back to burn the president when used as evidence against him. 
“In the case of the President of the United States, it’s perfectly plausible that his tweets could be evidence of (1) what he knew and when, and (2) what he intended when he did other things off of Twitter,” he writes. “It doesn’t mean the tweets themselves are a crime.”
Mueller's team should have ample evidence of conduct that looks like obstruction of justice or other crimes. By itself that stuff, referred to as the "actus reus," ordinarily won't ground a conviction. There has to be a second element, a guilty intent, the "mens rea," to transform a bad act into a crime.

And if all this sounds like a load of hooey, remember this: when Congress moved to impeach Richard Nixon it was for obstruction of justice related to the Watergate break-in and cover-up. Adios, Tricky Dicky. Enjoy that last helicopter ride on Marine One. Fortunately there's room for another presidential sayonara.


Jay Farquharson said...

"The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command." -- George Orwell, "1984"

“Just remember, what you’re seeing and what you’re reading is not what’s happening.” -- Donald Trump, July 24, VFW Speech, 2018

The SDNY Investigation just subpena's the Trump Family, Trump Org and Trump Foundation's CFO and head accountant of 49 years,..............

Tick, tock.

The Mound of Sound said...

He should be old enough, Jay, to tremble as he is sworn in to testify before the grand jury.

Jay Farquharson said...

The Mango Hued Shitgibbon's twitter's gonna explode this weekend.

Investigations like this, work from the outside, ( bit players) in,

The CFO's pretty in.

Who's next?

the salamander said...

.. let me also remind you.. that the tweets of Donald Ttump are to be recognized Official White House Communications and Official Presidential Statements. There is no 2nd standard or wiggle room.. all must be perceived as Pfficial Presidential Statements and Policy - outright lies, deceptions, evasions, gibberish, pandering, nonsensible word salads, snark, insults - all are Official White House docs that must be preserved

Anonymous said...

Mueller's got more than 20 lawyers and 10 FBI agents on his team. They've been investigating for more than a year. And they're only now starting on Trump's tweets? WTF?!


Jay Farquharson said...

When you are taking down The Mob, or the "Verona" spy ring,

You start with the goomba selling the stuff that "fell off the truck". When he rolls, you get the local "made man" calling the local game.

Now your investigation splits in two directions. One side of the team uses the "made man's" testimony to go after the other local goombas running crimes, the other side does the same thing, but aimed at the regional shot caller. Bit by bit you work your way to the top.

Muller has a pretty solid "collusion" case, but, he's running two different investigations, a Criminal one, and a CounterIntelligence one. Some of the evidence in one, like NSA transcripts, can't be used in the other.

Because Meuller doesn't leak, but Gulianni makes shit up all the time and leaks left right and center, we know that:

- Team Trump is prepping the base, to povoit yet again to "it's just tweets" as a defence,

- Meuller's built a solid collusion case against Hair Twitler.

Some reading if you are interested:

Purple library guy said...

On that "petard" thing, apparently what you had to do was nail them to that door. But you had to nail them on REALLY fast, right, because the other side would be shooting at you and because you wanted to finish before it went off. Now and then, in their haste, someone would accidentally get their clothes caught and nail THEMSELVES to the door with the petard. So then, they'd get hoist.

Anonymous said...

It doesn't take much to build a conspiracy case when the principals don't even bother to hide it. Trump asked the Russians to hack Clinton's emails in front of a national TV audience. Hours later they got to work.

Then in Helsinki, Trump played with Putin's balls in front of a stunned international TV audience, bashing the stupidity of his own country's policies. All this after doing his best to carry out Putin's wish list of wrecking NATO, the EU and US economic and foreign policy.

You don't need Eliot Ness to find a conspiracy there. Even Faux News and Republicans are appalled by how obvious it is.


Jay Farquharson said...


There's a big difference between a trial in the Court of Public Opinion,

And an actual Court of Law.

Anonymous said...

And then there's another big difference between an actual court of law and a GOP-stacked SCOTUS, not to mention 2/3rds of a see-no-evil, hear-no-evil Senate. I get it, Jay.


Jay Farquharson said...

Nixon was a no impeachment President, (had House, Senate and Supreme support), right up until tape day. He still maintained public support, but within two weeks, he lost 3/4's of Republican support.

Don't count Checks and Ballances "out" yet.