61 Sensational Soviet Space Posters – Flashbak

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Are Trump’s lawyers selling him a bill of goods, or is he not listening?

Are Trump’s lawyers selling him a bill of goods, or is he not listening?

President Trump is so unwilling to accept reality, and his advisers, even his lawyers, may be afraid of telling him the truth. Either Trump misunderstood what they’ve told him or his lawyers are making stuff up to pacify him:

  • Ty Cobb said the special counsel investigation would be over last Thanksgiving. Then by the end of the year.
  • Rudolph W. Giuliani tells him he’s going to get the Russia investigation to wrap up in the next week or so.
  • One of his lawyers seems to have told Trump he’s in no danger if he is not a “target” of the investigation.
  • Trump seems to think everything in Michael Cohen’s office and whatever they talked about fall into the category of attorney-client privilege.
  • Trump’s lawyers act like it is their decision whether Trump will have to give testimony to special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

These are false, in fact so preposterous that non-lawyers can tell they are nonsense. You don’t need to have gone to law school to know:

  • No one has any idea when the Russia probe will end. Trump could fire Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and the investigation would go on.
  • Giuliani hasn’t practiced law in decades, has no ability to influence Mueller and isn’t all that helpful with respect to the Southern District of New York, where he ended his stint as U.S. attorney in January 1989.
  • Trump might be a subject of the Russia investigation now, but Mueller can decide he is a target at any time really.
  • “Fixing” isn’t covered by the attorney-client privilege, and plotting crimes with your attorney isn’t covered either. Most of what Cohen did does not seem to be legal work.
  • Trump can be subpoenaed by the grand jury if he refuses to make himself available for an interview. A court would almost certainly enforce it.

If Trump is buying the hooey he’s being fed, he’s really much dimmer than his supporters thought. And here’s some more bad news his lawyers might not have told him (or if they did, he chooses to forget):

  • James B. Comey’s memos don’t exonerate Trump. They provide contemporaneous, highly detailed confirmation of his efforts to obstruct the investigation. Oh, and plotting to fire Mueller and then Rosenstein to get rid of the investigation evidences a corrupt intent. Based on information that is already publicly known, there are likely sufficient facts to make a case for obstruction.
  • We already know about collusion — the June 9 meeting at Trump Tower with Russian associates. Moreover, Paul Manafort may, according to  prosecutors, have been the vital link between the campaign and Kremlin. No one and no document has exonerated Trump of collusion.
  • The dossier has not been discredited. Some portion of it, according to Comey and others, was corroborated.
  • If Trump fires Mueller and/or Rosenstein, there very likely will be mass protests, extreme pressure on the House to impeach and a batch of resignations at the Justice Department. Trump’s presidency would effectively be over. (By the way, because Sessions was so worried about Trump firing Rosenstein that he had to suggest he’d quit in protest, Republican lawmakers are flat wrong when they say there’s no chance Trump will fire Mueller or Rosenstein.)
  • Trump may get subpoenaed in any number of civil cases (e.g., Summer Zervos’s defamation case, Stormy Daniels’s defamation case).

The last point is no small matter. Even the Democratic National Committee’s lawsuit against Russia’s intelligence outfit (GRU), WikiLeaks, Jared Kushner, Donald Trump Jr., Roger Stone, the Trump campaign and others for conspiracy can force Trump and members of his inner circle to turn over documents and sit for depositions where they will have to testify under oath.

“This lawsuit is well-grounded jurisdictionally and legally, dodges the difficulties that might’ve been triggered by naming Trump personally, and puts a high-powered piece on the 4-dimensional chessboard that can cause Trump’s circle endless trouble (through discovery and otherwise) after criminal proceedings have been completed and regardless of what happens on the impeachment front,” says constitutional scholar and Supreme Court advocate Laurence H. Tribe (a real lawyer).  It can also “provide a potent platform for educating the public about the ugly details of how this presidency arose from a swamp far dirtier than the one Trump promised to drain.”

Trump should get lawyers brave and persistent enough to tell him the truth. Maybe they have and he refuses to believe them or believes only what he wants. Either way, he cannot escape legal troubles by wishing them away — no matter how many times Sean Hannity tells him that he’s in no legal peril.

 April 22 at 12:00 PM

Russian lawyer questions why Mueller hasn’t contacted her:

Russian lawyer questions why Mueller hasn’t contacted her:

A Russian lawyer who discussed sanctions with Donald Trump Jr. in New York during his father’s 2016 campaign for the U.S. presidency said Sunday that special counsel Robert Mueller has not contacted her yet.

In an interview with The Associated Press, Natalia Veselnitskaya also detailed her recent meeting in Berlin with investigators from the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee. Like Mueller, the committee is investigating allegations of Russian interference in the U.S. presidential election.

Veselnitskaya met in June 2016 with then-candidate Donald Trump’s son, his son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, his campaign chairman at the time, Paul Manafort, after Trump Jr. was told the Russian lawyer had potentially incriminating information about Hillary Clinton.

Mueller, a former FBI director, is leading a federal probe of possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. He has filed charges against multiple former Trump campaign aides.

Veselnitskaya alleged in her interview with the AP in downtown Moscow that if Mueller’s team never questions her, it would mean that it “is not working to discover the truth.”

Veselnitskaya is a well-connected Moscow lawyer who has worked with a company called Prevezon Holdings Ltd. The company’s owner is the son of a former Russian government official and a fierce advocate for rolling back U.S. sanctions on Russia.

At the time of her 2016 meeting at Trump Tower, she was defending Prevezon against charges it had engaged in money laundering from a $230 million Russian tax fraud scheme.

Trump Jr. and others in attendance have downplayed the meeting, saying nothing came of it. Trump has denied that he or his campaign coordinated with any Russian attempts to interfere in the election.

The Senate Intelligence Committee has expressed interest in determining whether Veselnitskaya’s appointment with Trump Jr., Kushner and Manafort was part of a Russian government effort to help President Donald Trump’s campaign for the White House. It was described that way in emails to Trump Jr. before it took place.

Several congressional committees are looking into whether Russia interfered in the 2016 election and whether there were collusion by Trump’s campaign. The House Intelligence Committee has finished its investigation and said it found no evidence of collusion or coordination with Russians.

The Senate Intelligence Committee approached Veselnitskaya earlier this year, but she refused to go the United States, saying she feared for her safety. The lawyer and the committee’s investigators instead met in a Berlin hotel on March 26 and talked for three hours.

“That was essentially a monologue. They were not interrupting me,” Veselnitskaya said. “They listened very carefully…Their questions were very sharp, pin-pointed.”

The investigators mainly wanted to know about Trump Tower meeting, she said. Veselnitskaya said she repeated her previous statements about it, insisting that she was not linked to the Russian government and merely wanted to discuss sanctions against Russia.

Veselnitskaya’s said the Berlin interview also focused on information in memos compiled by a former British spy whose work was funded by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton’s campaign. The dossier contains numerous allegations of Russian ties to Trump, his associates and the Trump campaign.

Veselnitskaya dismissed the dossier as “absolute nonsense.” She insisted that Glenn Simpson, whose firm Fusion GPS was hired to compile the dossier and who was questioned by the House Intelligence Committee in January, had been “framed.”

The Senate committee has not sent her the minutes of the interview yet, Veselnitskaya said, because no one has figured out a safe way to get them to her.

Asked why she decided to meet with the U.S. investigators in Berlin, Veselnitskaya said she felt compelled to tell her account after being into the heart of the Russia probe.

“I’m ready to explain things that may seem odd to you or maybe you have suspicions,” she said.

Overheard conversation earns Conway leaker label:

Overheard conversation earns Conway leaker label:

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway reportedly shared behind-the-scenes White House discussions with reporters at a Washington, D.C. party on Friday night in conversations that were overheard by another party guest.

A witness labeled Conway a “leaker” for talking about conversations with President Trump in an open setting to members of the media. Leakers have been under fire by Trump and the White House. Trump is besieged by reports based on leaks of his plans and has blasted media for reporting based on anonymous sources, which he claims are likely fabricated.

The witness created an anonymous Twitter feed, @KellyanneLeaks, to document Conway’s overheard conversations. Politico first reported the Twitter feed and confirmed the conversations with two other sources.

Conway issued a strong denail on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning.

“If I were a great leaker, I’d get much better press, don’t you think?” she asked. “Part of why I don’t [leak] is because I won’t divulge confidential information. I never divulge what the president tells me. I never would.”

According to the witness’ tweets, Conway told reporters that Trump told her to “go out there and say ‘Jim Comey is going to have to wait and see about the tapes.’”

“I mean, that’s basically the same as ‘no comment,’” Conway reportedly said. The witness thought she mimicked White House chief of staff Reince Priebus’s urging staffers to stop leaking information to reporters.

see about the tapes.’”

“I mean, that’s basically the same as ‘no comment,’” Conway reportedly said. The witness thought she mimicked White House chief of staff Reince Priebus’s urging staffers to stop leaking information to reporters.

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“I can’t comment on that,” Conway said on Fox News before moving to discuss other portions of Comey’s testimony before the Senate Intelligence Committee earlier in the day.

Pressed again, Conway responded, “I can’t comment on that and actually the president himself has said he won’t comment any further on that.”

Trump refused on Friday to acknowledge the existence of tapes using similar language.

“I’ll tell you about that maybe sometime in the near future,” he told reporters during a White House news conference.

He then told reporters they would be “very disappointed” when they heard the answer.