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Responding to Rep. Jim Jordan

Rep. Jim Jordan tweeted this: Dear Rep. Jordan, You have cleverly packed so many lies into a mere 40 words, it’s hard to know where to begin. But let’s get started, shall we? Let’s start with $35 million in taxpayer Read more…


Summary [and analysis] of Mueller’s May 29, 2019 speech

Mueller repeated and stressed the main points from the report. The very fact that some on the far right wing were stunned and said it was the first time they heard that Trump hadn’t been exonerated demonstrates the power of Read more…


Reading the Mueller Report, VIII: Sometimes Lying and Obstructing is a Crime. Sometimes it isn’t.

It’s time for some Fun With Criminal Law. (That means more IRAC) Remember, IRAC is a method of legal analysis. IRAC stands for: Issue Rule Analysis Conclusion Let’s start with this one: Issue: Did Trump obstruct justice when he ordered Read more…


Reading the Mueller Report, Part VII: Mueller Does IRAC

Vol. II lays out the factual findings from the Mueller investigation regarding obstruction of justice. A few comments about “facts” and “evidence.” Not all evidence is admissible in court. The rules of evidence are intended to screen out unreliable evidence Read more…


Reading The Mueller Report VI: Barr v. Mueller

 I wasn’t planning to write about Barr or anything extraneous to the Mueller Report as I march through my reading and analysis. But then I read Vol II (Obstruction) pages 1-2, and I have no choice. I believe these pages Read more…


Reading the Mueller Report, V: Links but no “coordination”

All those links—but no “coordination.” How can that be?  Mueller’s task was to determine whether there were “links and/or coordination” between the Trump Campaign and Russia. Mueller found links galore. But it turns out that finding “coordination” — or, to Read more…


Reading the Mueller Report, Part IV: The June 9, 2016 Trump Tower Meeting

Why weren’t crimes charged as a result of the June 9, 2016 Trump Tower Meeting? We’ll begin with the “facts.” By “facts” I mean what the prosecutors have enough evidence to prove.  The meeting was proposed to Jr. in an Read more…


Reading the Mueller Report, Part III: Why More Crimes Weren’t Charged

Q: Why weren’t more crimes charged from the behavior described in Vol. I? First reason: Special Counsel (SC) was not able to collect all the evidence for a variety of reasons (Mueller Report, page 10) Some individuals evoked their 5th Read more…


Reading the Mueller Report Part II: Links Galore

While the Russian government was busy interfering in the presidential election in “sweeping and systematic fashion,” what were members of the Trump Campaign doing? They were busy establishing Russian links and contacts, eagerly anticipating profiting and benefiting from all that Read more…


Reading the Mueller Report Part I: “A Sweeping and Systematic” Attack on America

The scope and scale of the Russian cyber attack on the U.S. was breath-taking and horrifying. From Special Counsel: “The Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election in sweeping and systematic fashion.” Special Counsel established that Russia interfered in Read more…