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  1. #376

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein/Flynn Trials & Scandals

    Stephen Brown @PPVSRB

    Feds accidentally preserved footage of the wrong cell during Jeffrey Epstein's suicide attempt.
    A backup system for video footage at MCC also wasn't working, prosecutors say, meaning the surveillance vid is gone.

    Surveillance video of Jeffrey Epstein’s cell during suicide attempt was destroyed: prosecutors
    JAN 09, 2020 | 11:37 AM

    Photos released by a medical examiner reveal billionaire pedophile Jeffrey Epstein’s jail cell after he allegedly killed himself. (Handout)

    Surveillance footage from outside Jeffrey Epstein’s cell during his suicide attempt was destroyed, prosecutors revealed Thursday.

    The revelation in a letter filed by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Maurene Comey and Jason Swergold is the latest head-spinning disclosure from the feds about the footage from the Metropolitan Correctional Center on July 22 and 23. Epstein attempted to hang himself that night while sharing a cell with accused quadruple murderer Nick Tartaglione, officials have said.

    Swergold initially said last month in White Plains Federal Court that the video had not been preserved. He reversed himself less than 24 hours later, saying it had been archived.

    Now, the feds say that due to a record-keeping error, MCC staff preserved footage from outside the wrong cell.

    “The footage contained on the preserved video was for the correct date and time, but captured a different tier than the one where Cell-1 was located because the preserved video did not show corrections officers responding to any of the cells seen on the video. After speaking with MCC legal counsel, the Government was informed that the MCC computer system listed a different, incorrect cell for Tartaglione,” prosecutors wrote in a letter filed in Manhattan Federal Court.

    Even worse, there was a backup system for the video footage, but that wasn’t working, either.

    “The requested video no longer exists on the backup system and has not since at least August 2019 as a result of technical errors,” the prosecutors wrote.

    Tartaglione’s attorney Bruce Barket had asked MCC to preserve the video days after the incident. He has said Tartaglione acted “admirably,” possibly saving Epstein’s life. Correctional officers found Epstein dead in a different cell at the troubled jail on Aug. 10. He’d hanged himself in the cell, which he occupied alone.

    “It is stunning that a video which we asked to be preserved and which the jail should have saved without a request was destroyed. More troubling are the various and inconsistent accounts of what happened to the video. We believe that the video would have strongly corroborated our client’s assertion that he acted appropriately that evening and are deeply disturbed it has disappeared,” Barket wrote in a text.

    Tartaglione, a former Briarcliff Manor cop, is facing the death penalty for the murders prosecutors allege were linked to a drug deal gone bad with a Mexican cartel. The footage could potentially be useful to Barket if he must argue to a jury Tartaglione does not deserve the death penalty.
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  2. #377

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein/Flynn Trials & Scandals

    Epstein Case: New Lawsuit Claims He Trafficked Girls Until 2018
    The attorney general of the Virgin Islands says Mr. Epstein and co-conspirators used a database to track victims as young as 11 years old.

    Jan. 15, 2020, 12:57 p.m. ET

    New evidence shows Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused and trafficked hundreds of young women and girls on his private Caribbean island as recently as 2018, significantly expanding the scope of his alleged conduct, a top law enforcement official said in a lawsuit filed on Wednesday.

    Mr. Epstein, a wealthy financier who died by suicide in a Manhattan jail last year, was bringing girls as young as 11 and 12 to his secluded estate in the Virgin Islands, known as Little Saint James, and kept a computerized database to track the availability and movements of women and girls, the lawsuit said.

    The lawsuit, which was filed by Denise N. George, the attorney general of the Virgin Islands, broadened the dimensions of the wrongdoing in which Mr. Epstein was said to have engaged. He had been charged by Manhattan prosecutors in July with sexually exploiting dozens of women and girls in New York and Florida, but they did not point to any actions beyond 2005.


    The new accusations — which draw both from independent investigations by Ms. George’s office and court documents from cases across the country — argue that Mr. Epstein ran a decades-long sex trafficking scheme that had a primary nexus in the Virgin Islands.

    “Epstein clearly used the Virgin Islands and his residence in the U.S. Virgin Islands at Little Saint James as a way to be able to conceal and to be able to expand his activity here,” Ms. George said.

    The suit in the Virgin Islands, which was filed against Mr. Epstein’s estate, underscores the legal complications of reckoning with such wide-reaching crimes as those Mr. Epstein is said to have committed. Ms. George’s suit is the first filed against the estate by a government entity, but it joins a field of similar claims filed by more than a dozen women.

    It remains unclear how Mr. Epstein’s assets, which are valued at about $500 million, could be allocated.

    “We don’t have a long history of figuring out what to do in cases of human trafficking,” said Bridgette Carr, the director of the Human Trafficking Clinic at the University of Michigan Law School, who consulted with Ms. George’s team on the case. “I think this litigation and the courts are just trying to come up with the best, imperfect solution.”

    Mr. Epstein’s executor, Darren K. Indyke, could not immediately be reached for comment.

    The suit seeks the forfeiture of Little Saint James and Mr. Epstein’s second private island, Great Saint James, as well as the dissolution of numerous shell companies he established in the territory that officials have said acted as fronts for his sex trafficking enterprise.

    As part of its policies, the government of the Virgin Islands could take any assets recovered from Mr. Epstein’s estate and consider disbursing them to women and girls who were victimized by him in the region, Ms. George said.

    Ms. George said she believed the case could chip away at the region’s reputation as a notorious haven for the rich and powerful.

    “We will not remain complacent, and we will enforce our laws whatever way we can,” Ms. George said. “It doesn’t matter the social status of the person. It’s that the laws apply equally.”

    The court documents said that Mr. Epstein operated with impunity for years at Little Saint James and Great Saint James, which he obtained through a straw purchaser in 2016.

    As recently as July 2018, Mr. Epstein refused to permit an investigator from the Virgin Island’s Department of Justice to enter Little Saint James, claiming the island’s dock was his “front door,” according to the lawsuit. The investigator was doing routine monitoring of Mr. Epstein because he was a registered sex offender.

    Mr. Epstein’s victims included aspiring models from South America, according to court documents.

    Mr. Epstein used a ring of associates to rotate the women and girls in and out of sexual servitude, using fraudulent modeling visas to transport them across state lines and international borders, the lawsuit said. He tracked their availability and proximity using the database, court documents said.

    Prosecutors in New York have said their investigation has continued and anyone who helped Mr. Epstein could face criminal charges.

    In one instance, according to the lawsuit, one young girl attempted to swim off Mr. Epstein’s island and escape after she was forced to engage in sex acts with one of his co-conspirators. The girl was found, and held hostage on Mr. Epstein’s island after he confiscated her passport.

    In addition, the lawsuit said, Mr. Epstein embarked on several illegal construction projects at Great Saint James, which caused damage to native coral and wildlife.

    The more than a dozen women who have filed lawsuits against Mr. Epstein’s estate in New York City since his death have accused him of exploiting and sexually abusing them when they were young women and girls, according to court documents. Many are seeking financial compensation.

    The lawsuit in the Virgin Islands appears to be the first filed against the estate in that jurisdiction. Mr. Epstein maintained his legal permanent residence — and his estate — there. He hastily filed his will in a Virgin Islands court just days before he killed himself.

    Ms. George’s lawsuit also seeks to head off an effort by Mr. Epstein’s executor, Mr. Indyke, to turn Mr. Epstein’s vast wealth into a victim’s compensatory fund. Mr. Indyke’s proposal, which is currently being litigated in a separate Virgin Islands case, imposes confidentiality on any claimants, Ms. George said.

    “The estate continues to engage in a course of conduct aimed at concealing the criminal activities of the Epstein enterprise,” the lawsuit said.

    In a statement when that fund was first announced, Mr. Indyke said it would give victims “the opportunity to obtain appropriate compensation and to be heard and treated with compassion, dignity and respect.”
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  3. #378

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein/Flynn Trials & Scandals

    Remember #ETTD

    Let's follow the bouncing ball.

    Feds Seek 9-Year Sentence for Trump Adviser Roger Stone
    February 10, 2020 MEGAN MINEIRO

    WASHINGTON (CN) — ...Donald Trump may have been acquitted of obstructing Congress but the Justice Department seeks nine years in prison for his former adviser Roger Stone.

    A federal jury convicted Stone in November of obstructing Congress, lying to the House Intelligence Committee and witness tampering in a case brought by the Justice Department during former special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation.

    A longtime political provocateur, Stone is set to be sentenced in Washington federal court on Feb. 20.

    In a sentencing memo filed Monday evening, the Justice Department said Stone’s crimes were serious and reflected an effort to “craft a false narrative” about his work with the Trump campaign during the 2016 race to the White House.

    Quoting Alexander Hamilton, a frequently espoused founding father during Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, the Justice Department said Stone deserves the maximum sentence under federal guidelines because foreign election interference is the “most deadly adversar[y]” of the U.S. government.

    “Investigations into election interference concern our national security, the integrity of our democratic processes, and the enforcement of our nation’s criminal laws. These are issues of paramount concern to every citizen of the United States,” the memo states. “Obstructing such critical investigations thus strikes at the very heart of our American democracy.”

    The Justice Department argues that a harsh sentence is needed to not only match the seriousness of the offense, but also to promote a respect for the law.

    Capiche? Let's see what happened next.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

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  4. #379

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein/Flynn Trials & Scandals

    Adam Klasfeld
    “Justice Dept. to reduce sentencing recommendation for Trump associate Roger Stone, official says, after president calls it ‘unfair’”

    This is reportedly how the DOJ now works.

    Justice Dept. to reduce sentencing recommendation for Trump associate Roger Stone, official says, after president calls it ‘unfair’

    Matt Zapotosky and
    Devlin Barrett
    Feb. 11, 2020 at 12:35 p.m. EST

    The Justice Department plans to reduce its sentencing recommendation for longtime President Trump confidant Roger Stone, after top officials were apparently blindsided by the seven-to-nine year penalty prosecutors urged a judge to impose, a senior Justice Department official said Tuesday.

    In a stunning rebuke of career prosecutors that will surely raise questions about political meddling in the case, a senior Justice Department official said the department “was shocked to see the sentencing recommendation in the Roger Stone case last night.”

    (Translation: Tiny had a tantrum)

    “That recommendation is not what had been briefed to the department,” the official said. “The department finds the recommendation extreme and excessive and disproportionate to Stone’s offenses. The department will clarify its position later today.”

    The statement came hours after President Trump tweeted of the sentence prosecutors recommended, “This is a horrible and very unfair situation. The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!” The senior Justice Department official, though, said the decision to revise prosecutors’ recommendation came before Trump’s tweet.

    Stone was convicted by a jury in November of lying to Congress and tampering with a witness. His was the last conviction secured by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III as part of his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.


    Hours before the filing was due Monday, the new head of the D.C. office, interim U.S. attorney Timothy Shea — a former close adviser to Attorney General William P. Barr — had not made a final decision on Stone’s sentencing recommendation, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.


    In a 22-page filing, prosecutors Jonathan Kravis, Michael J. Marando, Adam C. Jed and Aaron S.J. Zelinksky wrote that a sentence of 87 to 108 months, “consistent with the applicable advisory Guidelines would accurately reflect the seriousness of his crimes and promote respect for the law.” Leaving a hearing in federal court in Washington, Jed and Kravis declined to comment.

    Stone’s defense on Monday asked for a sentence of probation, citing his age, 67, and lack of criminal history. They also noted that of seven Mueller defendants who have been sentenced, only one faces more than a six-month term: former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who is serving 7½ years.

    Given the hardships and loss of professional standing suffered by Stone and his family, “No one could seriously contend that a [reduced . . .] sentence would cause anyone to walk away from these proceedings believing that one can commit the offenses at issue here with impunity,” defense attorneys Bruce S. Rogow, Robert C. Buschel and Grant J. Smith wrote.


    A seven- to nine-year term “will send the message that tampering with a witness, obstructing justice, and lying in the context of a congressional investigation on matters of critical national importance are not crimes to be taken lightly,” prosecutors wrote.

    Spencer S. Hsu and Ann E. Marimow contributed to this report.
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  5. #380

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein/Flynn Trials & Scandals

    Adam Klasfeld
    The sentence is ultimately decided by the judge, not the prosecutors or, for that matter, the president.

    Matthew Miller
    · 1h
    Really interested to see if the AUSAs who signed the Stone sentencing recommendation sign onto the next version of it. In a functioning DOJ, the US attorney would resign over this.
    Quinta "Pro Quo" Jurecic
    Jessie Liu, who was the U.S. attorney for D.C. for much of the Stone case, will be in front of the Senate this week for a confirmation hearing for a new role at Treasury. If I were a senator on the Banking Committee, I know what I would be asking her about.
    Glenn Kirschner
    Bill Barr’s DOJ is plainly nothing more than a satellite office of the White House. Career prosecutors made a considered, fully vetted AND APPROPRIATE sentencing recommendation for Stone, Trump tweets his outrage and Barr reacts like a lapdog.
    Laura Jarrett
    · 1h
    Put aside questions of excessiveness for a min -- how's the Department leadership shocked to see a sentencing recommendation based on the Guidelines? Why is *this* case/defendant different? How are prosecutors supposed get up in court to explain this? @eliehonig @renato_mariotti
    Renato Mariotti
    I don’t see how a prosecutor *could* explain this. Yesterday they told the judge that a sentence of seven to nine years was appropriate for Roger Stone. Today they’re supposed to argue that they were wrong yesterday?

    Any judge would ask: What changed between yesterday and today?
    Megan Mineiro
    Judge Amy Berman Jackson is savvy and sure to have some questions for federal prosecutors on what in the last 19 hours changed their sentencing recommendation for Roger Stone.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa

  6. #381

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein/Flynn Trials & Scandals

    More from Legal Twitter:

    Barb McQuade

    If DOJ reduces its sentencing recommendation below the sentencing guidelines for Stone after Trump’s public criticism, U.S. Attorney must resign. Otherwise, he is either not in charge of his own office or is a pawn of the president. Both are intolerable.
    Dirk Schwenk (Esq, gddmit)
    Please do not boost the "DOJ is going to change the sentencing recommendation for Stone" UNLESS AND UNTIL IT ACTUALLY HAPPENS.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

    ― Frank Zappa

  7. #382

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein/Flynn Trials & Scandals

    All four Roger Stone prosecutors resign from case after DOJ backpedals on sentencing recommendation

    Trump tweeted early Tuesday, calling the initial sentencing recommendation "disgraceful" and a "miscarriage of justice."

    By Dartunorro Clark, Michael Kosnar, Dareh Gregorian and Tom Winter

    The entire team prosecuting Roger Stone abruptly resigned from the criminal case on Tuesday after the Justice Department said it planned to reduce the recommended sentence for Stone, a longtime Trump associate.

    The Justice Department on Tuesday said it was pulling back on its request to sentence Stone to seven to nine years in prison after President Donald Trump blasted the sentencing proposal as "a miscarriage of justice."

    The revised recommendation doesn't ask for a particular sentence but says the one that was recommended earlier "does not accurately reflect the Department of Justice’s position on what would be a reasonable sentence in this matter" and that the actual sentence should be "far less."

    It urges the judge in the case, Amy Berman Jackson, to consider Stone’s “advanced age, health, personal circumstances, and lack of criminal history in fashioning an appropriate sentence.”

    "The defendant committed serious offenses and deserves a sentence of incarceration," but based "on the facts known to the government, a sentence of between 87 to 108 months’ imprisonment, however, could be considered excessive and unwarranted under the circumstances. Ultimately, the government defers to the Court as to what specific sentence is appropriate under the facts and circumstances of this case," the filing said.

    After reports that a softer sentencing recommendation was imminent, lead prosecutor Aaron Zelinsky withdrew as a prosecutor in the case. A footnote in his court filing noted that "the undersigned attorney has resigned effective immediately."

    Zelinsky, who was a part of special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russian election interference, is not resigning from the Justice Department but is leaving the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office and returning to his old job with the U.S. attorney in Maryland.

    Another prosecutor, Jonathan Kravis, also resigned — both from the case and as an assistant U.S. attorney. Kravis on Tuesday filed a notice with the judge saying he "no longer represents the government in this matter." The other two prosecutors, Adam Jed and Michael Marando, also withdrew from the case.

    Trump in a tweet earlier Tuesday called the department's initial sentencing proposal "disgraceful!"

    "This is a horrible and very unfair situation,” the president wrote in a follow-up post on Twitter. "The real crimes were on the other side, as nothing happens to them. Cannot allow this miscarriage of justice!"

    Top Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec told NBC News that the decision to reverse course on the sentencing recommendation was made prior to Trump’s almost 2 a.m. tweet.

    The president told reporters in the Oval Office later Tuesday that he did not speak to DOJ about Stone's sentencing. "I'd be able to do it if I wanted. I have the absolute right to do it. I stay out of things to a degree that people wouldn't believe," he said, before adding that he "thought the recommendation was ridiculous. I thought the whole prosecution was ridiculous."

    "I thought it was an insult to our country and it shouldn't happen," Trump said. "These are the same Mueller people who put everybody through hell and I think it's a disgrace."

    He lashed out at the four prosecutors in a tweet later Tuesday night.

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., called on the Justice Department Inspector General to "open an investigation "immediately."

    "The president seems to think the entire Justice Department is just his personal lawsuit to prosecute his enemies and help his friends. Rule of law in this grand tradition in this wonderful Justice Department is just being totally perverted to Donald Trump's own personal desires and needs and it's a disgrace," Schumer told reporters in Washington. "Roger Stone should get the full amount of time the prosecutors recommended and we're going to do some oversight of that."

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sharply criticized the president as well as top Justice Department officials in a tweet Tuesday night.

    Rep. Adam Schiff, the California Democrat who was the lead prosecutor in Trump's impeachment trial, said that "if If reports are correct, the Department of Justice and Attorney General Bill Barr are poised to overrule career prosecutors who made a sentencing recommendation yesterday, following a midnight tweet from the President attacking the proposed length of sentence."

    Schiff said it would "it would be a blatant abuse of power if President Trump has in fact intervened to reverse the recommendations of career prosecutors at the Department of Justice."

    "Doing so would send an unmistakable message that President Trump will protect those who lie to Congress to cover up his own misconduct, and that the Attorney General will join him in that effort. Coupled with the President’s blatant retaliation against those who helped expose his wrongdoing, the Trump Administration poses the gravest threat to the rule of law in America in a generation," Schiff said.

    Former DOJ Inspector General Michael Bromwich sounded alarms in a tweet late Tuesday.

    "Memo to all career DOJ employees," he said. "This is not what you signed up for. The four prosecutors who bailed on the Stone case have shown the way. Report all instances of improper political influence and other misdeeds to the DOJ IG, who is required to protect your identity."

    David Laufman, a former senior Justice Department official, tweeted that the move was "a shocking, cram-down political intervention in the criminal justice process. We are now truly at a break-glass-in-case-of-fire moment for the Justice Dept."

    Federal prosecutors initially sought seven to nine years in prison for Stone in a sentencing memorandum they filed Monday in Washington. Prosecutors said the recommendation was in line with the sentencing guideline outlined by federal law.

    "Roger Stone obstructed Congress's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, lied under oath, and tampered with a witness," prosecutors wrote in a 26-page memo. "When his crimes were revealed by the indictment in this case, he displayed contempt for this court and the rule of law."

    In Stone's sentencing memo, his lawyers argued a sentence of 15 to 21 months would be appropriate — and that anything above that was excessive.

    Stone, a self-described "dirty trickster," has been well-known in conservative circles dating to President Richard Nixon's campaign. Stone, a Trump associate for over three decades, also served early on as an adviser to Trump's 2016 campaign and has called the case against him politically motivated.

    Stone was arrested and charged just over a year ago. He was the sixth Trump aide or adviser to be convicted of charges brought as part of the Mueller probe. The colorful trial in Washington lasted nearly two weeks and featured references to "The Godfather Part II," threats of dognapping, complaints of food poisoning and a gag order. The jury deliberated for two days before handing down the verdict.

    The revised sentencing memorandum downplays the witness tampering charge, noting that the victim of Stone's threat of physical harm, talk radio host Randy Credico, "asserts that he did not perceive a genuine threat from the defendant but rather stated that ‘I never in any way felt that Stone himself posed a direct physical threat to me or my dog.'"

    As a member of Mueller's team, Zelinsky would play both good and bad cop while questioning witnesses in the Russia probe, witnesses told MSNBC's Ari Melber last year. Former Trump campaign adviser Sam Nunberg said Zelinsky, who has clerked for Supreme Court Justices Anthony Kennedy and John Paul Stevens, was professional and asked appropriate questions. Another witness, Jerome Corsi, said Zelinsky was "a thug" who was "acting up" during his questioning.

    This is not the first time a Trump associate in a Mueller-derived case has caught a sentencing break. Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was sentenced to 47 months in prison last March by a federal judge in Virginia on financial fraud charges, considerably less than the federal guidelines of 19½ to 24 years. The judge in that case, Judge T.S. Ellis, called the guidelines "excessive."

  8. #383

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein/Flynn Trials & Scandals

    I wonder if the outcry made them back off stating a preferred length of time they feel he should serve?

    Stone knows where all of the bodies are buried, something Tiny is more than aware of.

    Tiny saying he didn't meddle is laughable. Are people still counting how many lies he's told?

    There's also this:

    Nicholas Fandos
    Murkowski asked by reporters if Trump learned a lesson from impeachment: “There haven’t been very strong indicators this week that he has.”
    Andy Slavitt @ASlavitt Question for @SenatorCollins
    Did Trump learning his lesson include publicly threatening a sitting judge during sentencing of his confederate?
    Jeremy Herb @jeremyherb

    Sen. Murkowski on the Stone sentencing revision: "I don't like this chain of events ... The President weighs in, all of a sudden, Justice comes back and says change the deal. I think most people in America would look at that and say hmm, that just doesn't look right."
    If only there was something Murkowski could've done...
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

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  9. #384

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein/Flynn Trials & Scandals

    Susan Collins can't name a single 'lesson' Trump learned from impeachment
    By Dan Desai Martin -February 12, 2020 11:08 AM

    Since Collins voted to acquit Donald Trump, he has retaliated against witnesses and interfered in a Department of Justice case against his former campaign adviser.

    Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) said Donald Trump learned his lesson from impeachment. But when confronted on Wednesday morning, Collins couldn't list a single lesson Trump learned.

    CNN's Manu Raju asked Collins if there were any lessons Trump learned from impeachment, in light of Trump's recent actions. Collins would not or could not identify any lessons, responding instead with a lengthy defense of her votes to acquit Trump.

    "I've made very clear that I don't think anyone should be retaliated against," Collins said. "I voted to acquit the president... because his conduct, while wrong, did not meet the high bar established by the Constitution" for removal.

    Raju again asked, "Do you think he learned any lessons?"

    Collins again refused to answer the question.

    When Raju asked a third time if Trump learned any lessons, Collins closed the door on him, ending the interview.

    The day before Collins and her Republican colleagues voted to acquit Trump, Collins went on television defending her decision.

    "I believe that the president has learned from this case," Collins told CBS News on Feb. 4. "The president has been impeached. That's a pretty big lesson."

    Since the Senate acquitted Trump, he has sought to retaliate against those who testified against him and interfered in a Department of Justice case involving one of his former close associates.

    Two days after the Senate voted, the White House fired Lt. Col. Alexander Vindman, a Purple Heart recipient who told Congress he was uncomfortable with Trump's July 25 phone call with the president of Ukraine. On that call, Trump asked the Ukrainian government to investigate former Vice President Joe Biden.

    Later that same day, the White House fired U.S. Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, who testified to Congress that the Trump administration engaged in a quid pro quo with the Ukrainian government, offering a White House meeting in exchange for opening investigations that would politically benefit Trump in 2020.

    On Wednesday morning, Trump admitted that his handpicked attorney general, William Barr, interfered in the sentencing recommendation of Trump campaign adviser and convicted felon Roger Stone. DOJ career attorneys recommended Stone be sentenced to up to nine years in prison, and Barr revised the recommendation to a lighter sentence after Trump complained about the original recommendation on Twitter.

    Collins' office did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the interview with Raju.

    Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.
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    Why Susan Collins' press officer is allowing her to do any interviews at all is beyond mindboggling...
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  11. #386

    Re: The Manafort/Stone/Epstein/Flynn Trials & Scandals

    She made another inane statement today too. I did such a hard eyeroll my eye sockets still hurt.
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

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  12. #387

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    Megan Mineiro @MMineiro_CNS

    Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court in D.C. Beryl Howell defends Judge Jackson on the Stone case saying judges of the court base sentencing decisions on the record, guidelines, sentencing memos, judgment & experience, adding: “Public criticism or pressure is not a factor."
    There is more stupidity than hydrogen in the universe, and it has a longer shelf life.”

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  13. #388

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    Brad Heath@bradheath

    Roger Stone's lawyers have filed a sealed motion for a new trial.

    Based on the docket numbers, this would be in addition to the motion Stone's lawyers had previously filed seeking a new trial and raising objections to particular jurors. Judge Jackson denied that motion on Wednesday.

    Kyle Cheney
    BREAKING: Judge Amy Berman Jackson has *denied* a sealed motion by STONE for a new trial.

    The order is about a potential issue with a juror and it's dated Feb. 5, so this all occurred before the resignations and withdrawals and Trump's intervention.
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