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Is Rudy Giuliani Now Cooperating With Robert Mueller To Avoid Prison?

Rudy Giuliani, who serves as a so-called “attorney” and chief public propagandist for President Donald Trump, has been suspiciously silent over the past couple of weeks.

Before he went incommunicado, Rudy was all over television, telling various news hosts that some members of the 2016 Trump campaign may have conspired with Russia, but not Donald Trump. In other words, Rudy threw everyone but the president under the bus and tried to make it sound like he’d been saying so all along.

Also, not long before Rudy pulled a Houdini, there were reports that Trump was furious with him for screwing up the entire defense strategy (such as it is) as it relates to the Russia investigation.

And then there’s this odd little tidbit that may mean nothing but could well mean everything: One of the last things Giuliani said before he vanished seemed to be more than a bit odd for a man who thinks he’s doing the right thing by defending the president:

“I am afraid it will be on my gravestone. ‘Rudy Giuliani: He lied for Trump.’ Somehow, I don’t think that will be it. But, if it is, so what do I care? I’ll be dead. I figure I can explain it to St. Peter. He will be on my side.”

Does that mean Rudy knows he’s been lying all along and Trump is guilty as homemade sin? And does it also suggest that he’s finally seen the light and gone over to Mueller’s side?

Make no mistake, Giuliani has plenty of legal problems himself. If he’s been willfully lying for Trump and covering up a crime he knows has been committed, he could be charged for misprision of a felony or even as part of the larger Russia conspiracy. After all, Rudy was a close adviser to the Trump campaign and may have his own “collusion” problem.

Also, there’s the matter of $10 billion Trump and Giuliani allegedly laundered for Russian oligarchs. The Dutch government has been petitioned to open an investigation in the matter, which includes the role Giuliani played:

“The complaint asserts that a small slice of the missing billions was run through Dutch shell corporations with help from Rudy Giuliani’s old law firm, Bracewell & Giuliani. Until 2016, Giuliani was a partner in the 470-lawyer firm.”

Rudy is toast, and he wants to try and stay out of prison, so don’t be surprised if we learn in the weeks ahead that he is indeed singing like a bird to Robert Mueller. And if he’s telling the special counsel everything he knows, Donald Trump is utterly and completely screwed.

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Former U.S. Atty: Stone’s Indictment Proves Mueller Will Charge Trump With THIS Crime

When you look at the indictment filed in court against longtime Trump friend and confidant Roger Stone on Tuesday in Washington, D.C., it quickly becomes clear that Special Counsel Robert Mueller already knows exactly what he plans to charge Donald Trump with, and that main charge has long been Trump’s worst nightmare.

In an article she wrote for The Daily Beast, former U.S. Attorney Barbara McQuade notes that the language used by Mueller’s team of prosecutors is very telling:

“In paragraph 12, the indictment reads, ‘After the July 22, 2016 release of stolen DNC emails by Organization 1 [believed to be WikiLeaks], a senior Trump Campaign official was directed to contact STONE about any additional releases and what other damaging information [WikiLeaks] had regarding the Clinton Campaign.’

“Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his team choose their words carefully. Why use the passive voice here unless intentionally trying to avoid using a noun? In other words, the sentence seems to be crafted to intentionally omit the name or description of the person who directed Stone to contact WikiLeaks. What’s that all about?”

First of all, there’s the line “senior Trump Campaign official.” Who could that be? Steve Bannon? Paul Manafort? The list of who would qualify for such a title is pretty limited, and it includes none other than Donald Trump himself, McQuade writes:

“The omission of the name or even a description of the person’s role hints that this person may be Trump himself, the one person who cannot be indicted under Department of Justice policy. In that case, we will have to wait for Mueller’s report, and hope that the report is public, to learn this person’s identity.”

But the larger clue in the indictment is the fact that it proves multiple people were involved in the plot to influence the 2016 election. And that means there was a conspiracy. As McQuade rightly concludes:

“A conspiracy is simply an agreement to commit a crime, and the agreement need not even succeed to violate the law. It would not take much additional evidence to support charges that supersede the existing GRU indictment and add as defendants anyone who participated in this conspiracy to defraud the United States by interfering with the fair administration of elections.”

And even if Mueller doesn’t formally indict Trump for conspiracy to defraud the United States, he can name him as an unindicted co-conspirator and prove another damaging point: That Donald Trump is an illegitimate president who cheated his way into the Oval Office. That alone might be enough to destroy the Traitor-in-Chief.

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Robert Mueller’s Next Indictment Has Donald Trump Jr’s Name Written All Over It

There’s what can best be called a sort of political parlor game taking place in Washington these days, and it focuses on one question: Who will Robert Mueller indict next?

Thanks in large part to the report issued by the House Intelligence Committee last April, along with some stellar reporting from an NBC correspondent, we can safely surmise that the next name to enter the Hall of Infamy will be none other than Donald Trump Jr.

Why Junior? Granted, he’s a smug weasel who loves to defend his daddy’s worst behavior and also seems to delight in imitating his father by being a philandering asshole when it comes to his marriage, but the actual reasons are based on newly uncovered information.

In the portion of the House Intelligence Committee report filed by Democrats on the panel, there’s a section that mentions the infamous Trump Tower meeting in June of 2016 which was attended by Junior, Jared Kushner, and Paul Manafort, along with this interesting tidbit about who Don Jr. had spoken with around the same time. As Mother Jones reports:

“According to the Democrats’ report, Trump Jr. exchanged calls about the meeting with Emin Agalarov on June 6 at Goldstone’s request. The first call was at 4:04 pm. At 4:27 pm, prior to Trump Jr.’s second call with Emin, Trump Jr. received a call from a blocked’ number. Trump Jr. told the committee last year he did not know who had called him. The Democrats note, however, that Corey Lewandowski, Trump’s first campaign manager, told the committee that Trump Sr.’s ‘primary residence has a blocked [phone] line.'”

Yet Donald Trump and his son both swear Trump Senior didn’t learn of that meeting until after he had taken office. That would seem to be directly contradicted by testimony Junior gave to the committee, meaning he perjured himself.

As for that Trump Tower meeting, where Russian attorney Natalia Veselnitskaya and other Russians had promised to bring compromising “dirt” on Hillary Clinton, we now know that Veselnitskaya was indeed working on behalf of the Kremlin. She told Richard Engel of NBC News:

“I am a lawyer, and I am an informant. Since 2013, I have been actively communicating with the office of the Russian prosecutor general.”

Translation: She’s a spy working for a top Russian agency that was interested in assuring Donald Trump was elected president.

Yes, this all looks bad for the president, but Mueller will be saving that indictment and/or referral for impeachment for last.

Meanwhile Donald Trump Jr. had better be preparing to eat the shit sandwich that’s been prepared for him, because he’s about to be charged and arraigned in the days ahead. The charges? Perjury, conspiracy against the United States, and lying to Congress. He’ll then be looking at decades behind bars, where perhaps he’ll come to realize that the momentary glory he helped achieve for himself and his father were nowhere near as sweet as the freedom he’s lost.

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Mitch McConnell Under Investigation For Illegal Ties To Kremlin-Connected Oligarch

The question with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) when it comes to his reluctance to protect the Mueller investigation via legislation and his repeated defense of the 2016 Trump campaign’s contacts with Russia has always been the same: What’s McConnell’s angle, his motive?

Keep in mind that McConnell didn’t even want the public to know about the Russian attack on the election, which was proposed by the Obama administration in 2016. As the Washington Post has reported:

“The Dems were, ‘Hey, we have to tell the public,’ recalled one participant. But Republicans resisted, arguing that to warn the public that the election was under attack would further Russia’s aim of sapping confidence in the system.

“… McConnell went further, officials said, voicing skepticism that the underlying intelligence truly supported the White House’s claims. Through a spokeswoman, McConnell declined to comment, citing the secrecy of that meeting.”

As it turns out, McConnell’s motive is the oldest one on the face of the planet: Money.

But it now looks like Mitch McConnell’s many hidden connections to Russia are about to be exposed by the House Oversight Committee, which has begun an investigation into Len Blavatnik, a Russian oligarch with dual Russian-American citizenship who has donated lavishly to Republicans.

Blavatnik, according to Quartz:

“Donated at least $6.35 million to Republican party institutions, PACs, and candidates.

“Most of that cash went to Super PACs associated with Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and onetime presidential candidates Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, John Kasich, and Lindsey Graham.”

While Blavatnik’s contributions were technically legal because he holds dual citizenship, any money he may have contributed on the behalf of others would be illegal. And it appears he did exactly that:

“One of [Blavatnik’s]  many companies was partnered with a firm that was reportedly part-owned by a then-official in the Russian government. He also was in business with two other oligarchs now sanctioned by the US government.”

In other words, Blavatnik’s campaign contributions could actually be laundered money from Russian companies and individuals. And both of those actions are direct violations of federal law. If McConnell took a dime of that money, he’s part of a conspiracy to launder money and hide illegal campaign contributions.

And in case you’re wondering, McConnell was the single-largest recipient of campaign cash from Len Blavatnik. PACs associated with the majority leader have taken in $3.5 million since 2015.

There’s no secret to why Mitch McConnell is so eager to do the bidding of a man like Donald Trump: He’s compromised, too, and now the entire country is about to learn the full extent of his greed and treachery.

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Law Professor Says Mike Pence Is Also Facing Impeachment

The U.S. Constitution clearly states that if the president is removed from office for whatever reason (death, being incapacitated, impeachment) the vice president becomes the American head of state.

But what if both the president and vice president are booted from office? In that case, the speaker of the House assumes the office of the presidency.

And according to Tufts University law professor Michael Glennon, Vice President Mike Pence, much like his boss, Donald Trump, is indeed facing the prospect of being removed from office.

In an op-ed he wrote for the Washington Post, Glennon notes that the Founding Fathers originally intended for the vice presidency to be given to the candidate who was runner-up in the electoral balloting:

“The initial system was designed to select as president and vice president the two individuals most qualified to lead the nation, whatever their political philosophy […] It did this by permitting members of the electoral college to cast two votes for the office of president. The individual who received the most votes would be president, and the runner-up, vice president.”

However, the runner-up system led to some tricky (even dangerous) situations between men who literally hated each other (i.e. Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr) being stuck with one other for a four-year term in office. This was untenable.

Therefore, the 12th Amendment was drafted so members of the electoral college had to cast separate ballots for president and VP. But that too causes a bit of a quandary:

“A party’s ill-gotten gains — the presidency and all its appointments and prerogatives — would then remain in its hands even though its leader, the president, had been impeached and removed from office. Electoral corruption would still be rewarded.”

One of the main purposes of providing for impeachment was to affix a punishment for election fraud or other illegal acts a candidate might use to gain office, i.e. conspiring with a foreign country to assure a certain outcome, Glennon adds:

“Pence, too, would be impeachable. The reason is that, had Trump not engaged in electoral fraud and corruption, Pence, like Trump, would not have been elected.”

So, if indeed Donald Trump colluded with Russia to win the 2016 race, that would mean that even if he’s impeached, his party (and his vice president) would still benefit from the illegal actions taken to assure victory. Trump and Pence would both have to be impeached and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi appointed to the office of president.

Would the House and Senate agree to impeach both Trump and Pence? That seems unlikely, but once we’ve seen the entire Mueller report and underlying evidence, it just might happen.

If Pence is indeed a part of the larger conspiracy which helped elect him and Trump, they both deserve to spend the rest of their lives out of office and in prison.