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Pierce writes: "Mueller and his staff have likely concluded now that the entire Trump For President campaign was a corrupt enterprise in one way or another almost since the moment it was first conceived and that the same can be said of the Trump presidency*."

Donald Trump. (photo: Getty Images)
Donald Trump. (photo: Getty Images)


At Every Corner, Mueller Finds More Corruption

By Charles Pierce, Esquire

07 March 18


President* Trump is scared. He should be.

“Footprints?”
“Footprints.”
“A man’s or a woman’s?”
Dr. Mortimer looked strangely at us for an instant, and his voice sank almost to a whisper as he answered.
“Mr. Holmes, they were the footprints of a gigantic hound!”
—Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles.

t was about quarter-to-Frances McDormand on Sunday night when Oscar Twitter was interrupted by what back in the day would have been called a hail of writs from the office of Robert Mueller, Special Counsel. And, as LBJ once put it to a reluctant legislator, it’s like being out on the road in a Texas thunderstorm—can’t run, can’t hide, can’t make it stop. From NBC News:

According to the subpoena, which was sent to a witness by special counsel Robert Mueller, investigators want emails, text messages, work papers, telephone logs and other documents going back to Nov. 1, 2015, 4½ months after Trump launched his campaign. The witness shared details of the subpoena on condition of anonymity. The news site Axios reported Sunday that a subpoena was sent to a witness last month.
In addition to the president, the subpoena seeks documents that have anything to do with these current and former Trump associates:
· Steve Bannon, who left the White House as chief strategist in August.
· Michael Cohen, a personal lawyer for Trump who testified before congressional investigators in October.
· Rick Gates, Trump's former deputy campaign manager, who pleaded guilty last month to conspiracy and lying to the FBI.
· Hope Hicks, who resigned last week as Trump's communications director.
· Corey Lewandowski, Trump's campaign manager until June 2016.
· Paul Manafort, a former Trump campaign manager and Gates' business partner, who pleaded not guilty to money laundering, conspiracy and making false statements last week.
· Carter Page, a former Trump campaign aide.
· Keith Schiller, a former bodyguard for Trump who left as director of Oval Office operations in September.
· Roger Stone, a longtime Republican political operative and Trump campaign adviser who sources have told NBC News is the focus of investigators interested in his contacts with WikiLeaks during the campaign.

Here’s what all this means. This means that Mueller and his staff have likely concluded now that the entire Trump For President campaign was a corrupt enterprise in one way or another almost since the moment it was first conceived and that the same can be said of the Trump presidency*. It’s the money. It’s the Russians. The whole damn dirty deal is one great writhing ball of poisonous snakes and Mueller seems to be perilously close to untangling it.

The subpoenas go back to 2015 and woe betide anyone, as the nuns used to tell us, who fed any subpoenaed material into the shredder. At least a few of those people on that list have already flipped or likely have announced their intentions privately to do so. All of them except Cohen will have left the White House when Hicks leaves in a few weeks.

The working presumption of the Mueller investigation now is that nobody is clean in all of this. Everybody has something to tell about everybody else. Absent the promise of a presidential* pardon—a promise that is prima facie worthless simply because it comes from this president*—the stampede for the lifeboats is going to be deafening this week.

There is one name curiously absent from the list: that of Vice-President Mike (Choirboy) Pence. It’s not like Pence is untouched by all these scandals. He reportedly already has cooperated with Mueller to an extent. It’s not unreasonable to speculate that Mueller doesn’t want to be tasked with decapitating the entire executive branch and that, for that reason, he’s already got at least some kind of modus vivendi in place with Pence should the worst befall the current president*.

This story has to be read in the context of the Washington Post story depicting the White House as being in the throes of a modern-dress version of King Lear with the president* playing the roles of both the mad king and the fool. From the Post:

Mr. Trump is now a president in transition, at times angry and increasingly isolated. He fumes in private that just about every time he looks up at a television screen, the cable news headlines are trumpeting yet another scandal. He voices frustration that son-in-law Jared Kushner has few on-air defenders. He revives old grudges. And he confides to friends that he is uncertain about whom to trust.

Certainly, this most recent action by Mueller isn’t going to make the president* any less of a furious paranoid. Mueller’s investigation is clearly now going into the deepest, darkest corners of Everywhere. He’s looking into shady money from the United Arab Emirates and he’s questioning whether or not the Saudi blockade of Qatar was in retaliation for the Qatari sheikhs’ understandable reluctance to loan gobs of cash to Jared Kushner.

He is looking at the Trump campaign and the Trump presidency* as one massive three-year money-suck, a fundraising mechanism to enrich its inside players and to monetize the political system, and then the presidency, for every last dollar, riyal, or ruble that can be squeezed out of both of those institutions. Mueller is finding corruption everywhere he looks. He is now a fireman in hell.


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+22 # MikeAF48 2018-03-07 20:39
Mr. President my doubt must ask are you really The President??????
 
 
+49 # Black Hawk Down 2018-03-07 23:15
I couldn't have said it better myself-- "He is looking at the Trump campaign and the Trump presidency* as one massive three-year money-suck, a fundraising mechanism to enrich its inside players and to monetize the political system, and then the presidency, for every last dollar, riyal, or ruble that can be squeezed out of both of those institutions. Mueller is finding corruption everywhere he looks. He is now a fireman in hell."
 
 
+21 # candida 2018-03-08 00:03
"[Mueller] is now a fireman in hell." Great visual!

Why the asterisk after every enunciation of "president"? An indication (or hope) that it's short-lived?
 
 
+19 # Texas Aggie 2018-03-08 08:51
For the same reason that there are asterisks in the baseball records, because the record doesn't stand up to inspection.
 
 
+13 # HDSMTS 2018-03-08 10:15
I believe the asterisk is an allusion to the asterisks placed by the names of the holders of sports records, where there is some kind of glitch to the record either self-inflicted (steroid use) or league-inflicte d (longer season)
 
 
+20 # dandevries 2018-03-08 13:21
Pierce announced at the very beginning of the Drumpf fiasco that he would always * "president" and "administration " because neither was legitimate.

I certinly agree.
 
 
-61 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-08 06:29
" Mueller and his staff have likely concluded now that the entire Trump For President campaign was a corrupt enterprise in one way or another"


This is probably true. It is what the Wapo and major media want us to think. Mueller has his list of people he wants to lock up. The only problem is that he does not have a crime yet. You can't go to court with the charge of "corruption in one way or another." There has to be a crime and Mueller, so far, does not seem to have found one (other than perjury traps). In court, there will need to be specific charges. The "conspiracy to defraud the US" is not a specific charge but it needs underlying actions.

Too bad RSN cannot publish something actually productive that Trump has done. He's cut the budgets of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI). These are state department funded regime change organs. They meddle in foreign elections. They don't "promote democracy"; they overthrow governments. They are the real "corrupt enterprises in one way or another." There is a good article now on RT.

"Establishment alarmed as Trump threatens to gut US ‘democracy promotion’ racket"

https://www.rt.com/usa/420755-democracy-promotion-trump-reactions/


Why not focus on real news instead of another endless speculation about how Mueller will hang Trump. We all know that is Mueller is up to.
 
 
+10 # Robbee 2018-03-08 08:49
Quoting Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-08 06:29:
Too bad RSN cannot publish something actually productive that Trump has done.

Why not focus on real news instead of another endless speculation about how Mueller will hang Trump. We all know that is Mueller is up to.

“We all know that is Mueller is up to.” is a poor translation from the russian - please refer this sentence back to quality control committee, for editing, thanks!

“Too bad RSN cannot publish something actually productive that Trump has done.”? - why waste run’s budget when you do it for free?

what’s in your wallet? the gratitude of the great putin people?
 
 
+8 # ericlipps 2018-03-09 05:51
using the presidency to enrich your personal business interests is at best ethically dubious and may well be a crime.

Certainly you'd be shrieking that it is if Hillary Clinton were president and were doing what Trump is doing.
 
 
+38 # Texas Aggie 2018-03-08 08:59
"The only problem is that he does not have a crime yet."

What exactly would you consider to be a crime? Don't you think that using the presidency to "persuade" other people to loan you money would be a crime? Don't you think that paying hush money to a prostitute is a crime? Don't you think that laundering money is a crime? Don't you think that lying about your actions under oath is a crime? Don't you think that using your position as president to enrich your own business which you were supposed to divest yourself of is a crime? Why do you consider these things and worse to be trivial and nonimportant?
 
 
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-08 14:55
texas -- "using the presidency to "persuade" other people to loan you money would be a crime?"

Yes, it would be if he were charged with that and there was some proof.

Presidents get a lot of things just because they are or were president. Obama is now making speeches regularly for a half million, sometimes much more.

Anyway, all the things you mention are just media talk. No charges have yet been filed. When they are, things will be different. I consider them trivial because they are yellow journalism, like the Stormy Daniels story. Sure Trump is a scum. Spending all of your time pointing that out is pretty trivial.
 
 
+1 # RMF 2018-03-09 16:40
Federal ethics rules limit gifts to civil service and political employees to a maximum $25.
 
 
-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-10 12:08
RMF -- picking up on Eric's comment about what if Hillary did it. 50% of the people Hillary met within her State Dept. office during her time as Sec. of State were donors to the Clinton foundation. The biggest gift as far as I have hears was the Saudis who came in at under $25 -- million that is. I believe they gave $20 million. But of course there is the loophole that the Foundation is an independent non-profit. Or is it a money laundering operation. Hard to tell which.
 
 
+15 # Michaeljohn 2018-03-08 10:12
Quoting Rodion Raskolnikov:
"
He's cut the budgets of the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), the International Republican Institute (IRI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI). These are state department funded regime change organs. They meddle in foreign elections. They don't "promote democracy"; they overthrow governments. They are the real "corrupt enterprises in one way or another."


Intentional targets? I don't think so; just fortunate 'corollary damage'. Trump is dismantling the State Department as he thinks he can do it better. Send more troops to the black hole of Afghanistan, Jared to solve the Palstinian problem .. maybe send Jared to North Korea as well ....
 
 
-5 # RMF 2018-03-09 16:37
RR --

So, theft and use of confidential info, electronic media hacking, and soliciting foreign campaign support do not constitute crimes in your world?

Please answer yes or no:

And in your answer please state whether (1) you do not think the outlined conduct occurred, or (2) simply believe the conduct in question did occur but is not a crime cognizable at law.

Then we will all know where you stand on application of state and federal law in the US.
 
 
-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-10 12:15
It is hard to answer your question with a simple "yes or no." there are too many different issues.

1. theft of information, media hacking -- I presume you are referring to the DNC and Podesta emails. Yes, it was a crime to steal the information. No, it was not a crime to publish them in WikiLeaks. News organizations very often publish stolen confidential information. They are protected in doing that by many supreme court decisions. The NYT and Wapo pubished the stolen Pentagon Papers and were OK.

2. Soliciting foreign campaign support. Technically it is illegal, but it is rather common. Many politicians solicit support from Israel, Ukraine, Saudi Arabia, UK, and others. AIPAC is not registered as a "Foreign Agent" even though it represents the Israeli government and gives millions of dollars as well as in-kind support to candidates. AIPAC is the real problem here, not Trump.


I think there are a lot of charges floating around about Trump, but as of yet no credible evidence, no charges, and no proof. Maybe that will come later on. If there are real crimes discovered, I'm OK with sending Trump to jail. But I'm not OK with it on faked charged and perjured proofs - which is mostly what the FBI and Mueller do.
 
 
+24 # mrbradford 2018-03-08 06:32
Let all the stool-pigeons in every corner sing
My God and King!
The Executive is not too high,
that Mr. Mueller's investigations may thither fly!
The scandal is not too low, his investigations there may grow....
Let all the stool-pigeons in every corner sing
My God and King!
The People indignant must shout:
No door can keep them out!
But above all, Mueller's brave heart
Must bear the longest part.
 
 
+34 # Kootenay Coyote 2018-03-08 09:39
&

(Trump)’s but a walking shadow,
a poor player
That struts & frets his hour upon the stage
& then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound & fury
Signifying nothing.

Via W. Shakespeare/Mac beth/V/v/7
 
 
+7 # AZerbst 2018-03-10 08:21
I salute you, mrbradford, for breathing a glorious waft of RVaughan-Willia ms into these months of sordid sorrow!
 
 
+59 # dwoberdorf 2018-03-08 07:45
I won't be satisfied until the SOB is in prison! (LOCK HIM UP!!!!!)
 
 
+7 # Robbee 2018-03-08 08:57
Quoting dwoberdorf:
I won't be satisfied until the SOB is in prison! (LOCK HIM UP!!!!!)

- we had our last clear shot at escaping dickhead in nov. 2016 - AND WHIFFED!

“never hillary!” = “dickhead forever!”

don’t it always seem to go?
that you don’t know what you got till it’s gone? - j. mitchell

“we have seen the enemy! and they are us! - pogo

"Next time, we must resolve to MAKE OUR VOTE COUNT!" - (caps in original) - bernie
 
 
-18 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-08 09:38
dwober -- lock him up for what crime? Or do you just want to lock him up because you want to lock him up.

I'm concerned about the lynch mob mentality that has been generated by the major media like the Wapo, CNN, MSNBC, NYT, and now writers like Pierce. We have mobs of people chanting and howling for the head of Trump and his associates.

I wonder if the chanters in the lynch mob ever think about how irrational and historically repulsive they are?
 
 
+14 # yolo 2018-03-08 18:57
Be careful what you wish for. Wait till Pence is in office.
 
 
-1 # economagic 2018-03-08 08:06
We can hope. What are Mueller's religious leanings, and how might they figure in to his "modus vivendi" with Pence?
 
 
-16 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-08 09:41
I don't think it is religious. Mueller is a Deep State operative. Pence is the guy the Deep State wants. Or maybe the Deep State is a religion. In Germany, Nazism was promoted as a religion. The CIA and FBI have modeled themselves on Nazi organizations. Anyway, Pence will be fine with them.

We need to think about 2018 and 2020. Democracy is the answer to the Nazism of the Deep State.
 
 
+3 # economagic 2018-03-08 16:44
You missed my point completely.

Read the paragraph containing the quote about the "modus vivendi" ("way of living," implicitly, of living together). Pence supports much of T-Rump's agenda and virtually all of that of the Republican misleadership, and is by temperament far more likely to be able to get far more of it implemented.

Mr. Pierce's point--and mine--is that if one grants that Mueller is not stupid (not too much of a stretch), he must consider the consequences of the removal of T-Rump from office and also those of the decimation and worse of the executive branch staff, both to date and as a result of any charges he may bring in the future.
 
 
+20 # HDSMTS 2018-03-08 10:19
"There is one name curiously absent from the list: that of Vice-President Mike (Choirboy) Pence. It’s not like Pence is untouched by all these scandals...It’s not unreasonable to speculate that Mueller doesn’t want to be tasked with decapitating the entire executive branch."

But that is a political decision and this is a legal investigation. While not an unreasonable speculation, there is no place for that sort of calculation on Mueller's part as it comes across as partisan bias. This investigation needs to be pure and let the cards fall where they may.
 
 
-16 # Johnny 2018-03-08 10:56
Mueller knows about corruption. There is nobody more corrupt than Mueller. No doubt he hopes the public has forgotten his vomiting the big lie about weapons of mass destruction that Bush used as his pretext to murder hundreds of thousands of Iraqi men, women, and children.
 
 
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-08 14:58
I have not forgotten his full-throated support for the Bush/Cheney war against Iraq and his pathetic claims about how Americans were in danger. Mueller would not know the truth if it bit him in the ass. He's now the leader of a lynch mob. Very likely Trump will be lynched. This will have a profound effect on American politics. And not a good effect, either.
 
 
+1 # Porfiry 2018-03-09 08:58
You have always been delusional. I waited you out before; I'll do it again.
 
 
0 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-09 18:55
Ah, Porfiry Petrovitch. Good to have you here. Not delusional, just testing the major theories of our time. You remember my thesis. Yes, you do have a lot of patience. But I am more worried about Sofia.
 
 
0 # librarian1984 2018-03-10 18:21
Hello, Newman.
 
 
+2 # economagic 2018-03-08 16:46
I don't think anyone believes Mueller is a choir boy, although even a good many choir boys are not angels. The issue is whether he understands his job and whether he is pursuing it diligently, honestly, and with competence.
 
 
-2 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-03-08 21:09
econo -- "The issue is whether he understands his job"

But what is his job? He works for the department of Justice. It used to be committed to justice and truth, not to convicting and imprisoning people at all costs.

I think his job is to take Trump down, to throw him out of office, and to overturn the results of the 2016 election. Am I wrong? That's not how Mueller would phrase it, but is there any chance he would write a report saying "there was no collusion with Russians to throw the election"?
 
 
+4 # Porfiry 2018-03-09 12:01
Again defending the indefensible as you did in Crime and Punishment.
 
 
+1 # librarian1984 2018-03-10 18:26
Are you under the impression ANY commission or special counsel has EVER been apolitical, diligent or honest? A few have been competent or politic, but never enough to tilt them toward justice.

I'd say Mueller understands his job better than we do. And who he works for.
 
 
+5 # PeacefulGarden 2018-03-08 17:37
Is it not a horrible fact that the president* got this far, that it speaks to the government and election system in place. He is a common business criminal that lies, steals and cheats with no judicial consequences. And yet we lock up the poor for jumping a subway turn-style entrance. Our government is 300 years stale.

The reality is that this shtbird has done incredible damage.

Doesn't anyone see the correlation between our president's* aluminum tariffs and the Deripaska? Anyone?
 
 
+2 # angelfish 2018-03-08 18:48
Special Prosecutor Mueller is one of the LAST visible RePublicans to be seen ANYWHERE in this country! ALL of the rest of them are Cowards or Align themselves with the Mutant Usurpers of the ReTHUGlican Party. It's comforting to know that Trump and his ENTIRE Cabal of Treacherous Traitors are going to be Indicted, Charged and Tried by a REAL RePublican! Over a YEAR into this Abortion of a Presidency and not ONE unkind word for Putin, not ONE Penney of the Money appropriated to Investigate his KGB Spies and their egregious assault on our Sovreignty, not ONE meaningful Sanction against him! WHY is that? My old Granny used to tell me that if it LOOKS like a Duck, Waddles like a Duck and Quacks like a Duck...It's a DUCK! Donald Duck is about to meet his Waterloo and it CAN'T come SOON enough for this beleaguered country! Rebel! Resist! RePudiatate them ALL until Justice is Served!
 
 
+3 # Pikewich 2018-03-09 17:57
Why don't they check into trumps Russian mafia connections?

The information is in the public record and put together nicely in a Dutch 3 part documentary.

Part 1:
https://zembla.bnnvara.nl/nieuws/the-dubious-friends-of-donald-trump-the-russians
 
 
-1 # metaphysician 2018-03-10 16:38
the silence is deafening on mafia, russian or otherwise. only reuters has covered russians in Spain.
 

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