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Federal Judge Makes It Clear Rod Rosenstein Is Going To Need A Good Criminal Attorney

Earlier this week, U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson issued a scathing ruling in which she ordered the Justice Department to release a memo from the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel which helped support former Attorney General William Barr’s decision not to prosecute failed, one-term former President Donald Trump on charges of obstruction of justice, making it clear that she believed Barr had lied to maintain a narrative that the Mueller report cleared Trump, which it most certainly didn’t.

Judge Jackson wrote:

“The review of the document reveals that the Attorney General was not then engaged in making a decision about whether the President should be charged with obstruction of justice; the fact that he would not be prosecuted was a given.”

Barr had made up his mind prior to receiving the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller: He would declare that Trump had been cleared by Mueller and urge the country to move on.

But it turns out Barr didn’t pull off his deception alone. Instead, he had lots of help from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Remember Rod Rosenstein? He’s the one who appointed Mueller after then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions had recused himself because he had a conflict of interest. Rosenstein was seen as a steady, reliable man who would do what was right, not what was politically expedient.

However, as attorney Dirk Schwenk points out in a fascinating Twitter thread, Judge Jackson also exposed Rosenstein as a co-conspirator who had better hope he has a good criminal attorney on retainer:

Be sure and read the above tweet very carefully. Rosenstein and Barr had the OLC memo drafted to help cover up a decision the AG made regarding the Mueller investigation: No matter what Mueller found, Trump would be protected at all costs. That was the prime objective.

Barr, Rosenstein, and the Office of Legal Counsel were all in on the fix from the beginning. They would declare Trump exonerated even if Mueller said otherwise. Mueller was used as a pawn in a larger criminal scheme to assure that Trump wasn’t found guilty.

Rosenstein set the cover-up in place; Barr took the ball and carried it over the goal line. The upper echelons of the DOJ were used to protect Trump instead of protecting the Constitution those same Justice Department officials had sworn to uphold.

Rod Rosenstein is a criminal. So is Barr. So are others at the DOJ who were part of the conspiracy. It’s time to charge them and try them in a court of law.

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Former Federal Prosecutor: Bill Barr Faces Criminal Liability For Lying About The Mueller Report

Now that a federal judge has made it clear that former Attorney General William Barr lied about what was contained in the report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller in an attempt to take the heat off failed, one-term former President Donald Trump, another question has now come to the forefront: What happens to Barr for lying to the public and, more importantly, to Congress the courts while he was under oath?

That was the topic of discussion on MSNBC Wednesday, with former acting solicitor general Neal Katyal explaining what happens next for Barr:

“I’m not sitting here feeling good about the fact that I and so many others were right two years ago. I desperately wanted to be wrong. Our system is set up to trust Barr was attorney general of the United States. not the attorney general for President Trump. He was supposed to be for the people. Unfortunately, there was always a degree of corruption around him. He constantly acted like one of Donald Trump’s personal attorneys. Now, with the new decision by the judge into his deception, he’s finally being treated like one of the gang, which he always was.”

Katyal added that U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson was very clear in her ruling that the Justice Department must release a DOJ memo Barr used to bolster his own personal interpretation of the Mueller report. She also noted that Barr had indeed lied under oath:

“She called Barr’s actions in the litigating position disingenuous, which is something you almost never hear a federal judge say about any litigant, particularly not someone from the Justice Department, and particularly not the attorney general of the United States. If a federal judge calls your testimony before the Congress disingenuous, as she did, I think it’s time to start retaining legal counsel, and ideally someone who can save whatever is left of that tattered reputation that you have.”

Host Nicolle Wallace asked Katyal what can be done to the former attorney general now that he’s out of office. Katyal replied:

“Well, I think, you know, this is true about every attorney who surrounded themselves with Donald Trump. They run into criminal liability. You see it — you know, we’ll talk about [Rudy[ Giuliani a bit later. You see it time and again, Michael Cohen, all these other people. Judge Jackson is saying in this opinion, Barr, you testified before Congress, your testimony before Congress was that you had made these decisions. Now it looks like you didn’t actually make these decisions, and this material you’re trying to prevent the American people from seeing you claimed was shielded because you hadn’t made the decisions at the time, but it looks like you did.”

All of that, Katyal concluded, suggests that Barr is in very big trouble legally:

“So, there is the possibility of a criminal investigation into Bill Barr now. There’s also the possibility of civil and disciplinary actions against him as well. I mean, the attorney general of the United States is supposed to be above reproach. Here you have the top lawyer for the entire government, you know, being accused of being disingenuous by an incredibly well-respected judge in D.C.”

This is an open and shut case. A slam dunk. The Justice Department needs to take action and charge Barr to send a message to all future AGs: You’re supposed to defend the Constitution, not the president.

Here’s the full interview with Neal Katyal:

 

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Trump’s ‘Inner Circle’ Fears Ivanka’s Connections To Giuliani Mean She’s Next

Those close to the Trump family are nervous, and the move by the Justice Department last week when search warrants were served on former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, reportedly have the Trump “inner circle” terrified that Ivanka, Don Jr., and even the former president are next to get a visit from the FBI.

News.com.au reports that there’s grave concern the DOJ is preparing to make more moves that could have serious repercussions for the Trump family:

“Trump insiders told CNN the raid was orchestrated to send a message to his inner circle, and it had worked, with a sense of fear ignited in those who believed they weren’t in the firing line.

“’This was a show of force that sent a strong message to a lot of people in Trump’s world that other things may be coming down the pipeline,’ one Trump adviser said.

“’I can’t for the life of me think why you would need to send seven FBI agents to go and collect a cellphone and laptop.'”

Also a source of worry is that if Guiliani is facing serious prison time, as former US attorney Preet Bharara has predicted, he will cooperate with federal investigators and tell what he knows about the former president and members of his family, all of whom are part of running the Trump Organization, which is suspected of having committed crimes such as insurance and tax fraud and is under investigation by multiple agencies in the state of New York, where the company is headquartered.

 

Another former Trump attorney, Michael Cohen, says it’s ironic that the tactics being used against the former New York City mayor (who was also U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York) are the very same ones Rudy used to go after the mafia:

“And it’s just ironic that the tactics that he created for that office are now going to be employed against him, in terms of making him plead guilty and, certainly, at the least, turning over information about Jared, Ivanka, about Don Jr., about Donald himself, about all of these individuals in that garbage can orbit of Donald Trump.”

Cohen added there’s probably much more evidence that has not yet been revealed by prosecutors but will come to light in due time:

“Who knows what Rudy was involved with. What we’re going to find out is, there are text messages, there are emails, there are different types of communication apps that the FBI knows how to re-establish, even if Rudy, who I don’t think is technological, tried to delete or what have you.”

The raid on Giuliani’s home and office is certain to have Donald Trump worried, according to Cohen:

“He cares about only himself. So, he doesn’t care that they raided Rudy’s home. He doesn’t care that they raided Rudy’s law office. What is it going to do to affect me, is all that he’s thinking right now. What did stupid Rudy do? What did stupid Rudy write? What sort of text messages or emails?

“What sort of stupid things was Rudy up to that’s now going to implicate me?”

The DOJ has indeed rattled the Trumps. And it’s safe to assume they have other moves they haven’t yet made that could be even more terrifying for the former president and his family.

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Judge Orders Release Of DOJ Memo Showing William Barr Lied About The Mueller Report

On Tuesday, a federal judge made it clear that she’s sick and tired of the Department of Justice (DOJ) dragging its feet on the release of a memo from the DOJ’s Office of Legal Counsel which supported the decision by former Attorney General William Barr to not prosecute former President Donald Trump for obstruction of justice for incidents laid out in the final report from Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Politico reports that not only did U.S. District Court Judge Amy Berman Jackson issue the ruling, she also accused Barr of being “disingenuous” when he described Mueller’s findings to the American people and Congress.

Specifically, Jackson wrote that the Justice Department’s memorandum to Barr was little more than a document created to justify a decision the former attorney general had already made:

“The review of the document reveals that the Attorney General was not then engaged in making a decision about whether the President should be charged with obstruction of justice; the fact that he would not be prosecuted was a given.”

Jackson also noted that the DOJ’s refusal to hand over the memo in response to a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit, was little more than an attempt to mislead the court:

“Not only was the Attorney General being disingenuous then, but DOJ has been disingenuous to this Court with respect to the existence of a decision-making process that should be shielded by the deliberative process privilege. The agency’s redactions and incomplete explanations obfuscate the true purpose of the memorandum, and the excised portions belie the notion that it fell to the Attorney General to make a prosecution decision or that any such decision was on the table at any time.”

As we’ve long suspected, William Barr declared Trump innocent of all crimes before the Mueller report was ever made public, and he also withheld (via redactions) large sections of the final document in order to create a false narrative that Trump hadn’t engaged in any illegal conduct, even though Mueller’s team found otherwise. That alone proves that Barr is guilty of crimes against the United States.

Judge Jackson should be hailed for her ruling, and even though it can be appealed, it seems unlikely any appellate court will keep the memo or the full Mueller report from being made available to the American public which, after all, paid for the the Russia investigation and the salaries of both Barr and Trump.

 

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Former Trump Staffers Terrified The FBI Will Show Up At Their Door Next

Last Wednesday, a loud notice was sent from the Justice Department, which is now headed by a man with integrity and morals, Merrick Garland.

The message: If you break the law — no matter who you may be “connected” to — the DOJ is coming for you.

Rudy Giuliani found that out the hard way. He was the recipient of a visit from the FBI, who served search warrants on his apartment and office, seizing his cell phones and computers.

And now many former Trump staffers are terrified the next knock on their door will also be from the FBI, according to a report from CNN:

“‘This was a show of force that sent a strong message to a lot of people in Trump’s world that other things may be coming down the pipeline,’ one Trump adviser told CNN.

“According to the Trump adviser, the raid ignited a sense of fear inside the former President’s orbit that Justice Department officials may be more willing to pursue investigations of the 45th president or his inner circle than many Trump allies had previously believed. Two other people close to the former President, who echoed these sentiments, declined to be quoted for this story.”

The biggest fear among former Trump staffers is that if Giuliani is facing decades behind bars, he’ll flip and cooperate with prosecutors to save his own ass:

“‘Even the most loyal people have their breaking point,’ said a person close to the former President. The Trump adviser separately added that a potential shift in Giuliani’s fealty to his former client ‘wouldn’t shock me at all.’

“‘I think we’ve seen some more surprising instances of things like that happening, especially with Michael Cohen,’ the person close to Trump said.”

Speaking of Michael Cohen, he’s convinced Guiliani will indeed roll on Trump and his former underlings:

“During an appearance on CNN earlier this week, Cohen himself speculated that Giuliani could ‘give up Donald in a heartbeat’ if faced with an indictment.

“‘Prior to Donald becoming president, Rudy didn’t like Donald and Donald didn’t like Rudy,’ Cohen claimed. ‘He certainly doesn’t want to follow my path down into a 36-month sentence.'”

Anyone with a connection to Trump and his crimes is in legal jeopardy. And every last one of them is praying Rudy will keep his mouth shut.