Mueller Knows Who’s Been Bad and Who’s Been Worse

Little Kremlin-on-the-Potomac

(Hat tip: Scissorhead Skinny-D)

We don’t yet know what Mr. Mueller knows, but we know that he knows a lot.

This succinct summation is from the Reliable Sources email thingie last night:

“The puzzle pieces fit together,” CNN legal analyst Elie Honig writes in this brand new column for He says “Trump needed Russia for his business dealings. Russia wanted Trump to win because they could influence or control him. And the Trump team wanted Russian help simply because they thought the Russians could help Trump win the election. Everyone profits, everyone gets what they want.”

Axios morning email thingie:

The flashing siren in the “known knowns” of the Russia probe is how often people close to Vladimir Putin approached people close to Donald J. Trump — and how often they gladly connected.

And then lied about it.

Two court filings last evening on Michael Cohen — one by federal prosecutors in the Southern District of New York, followed an hour later by special counsel Robert Mueller — put new meat on those bones, show that the contacts go back to 2015, and allude to multiple ongoing investigations.

Why it matters: All that broadens the legal risk for Mueller’s “Individual 1,” the president of the United States.

The much-esteemed Lawfare blog outlined seven possible scenarios about Comrade Stupid and Russia last year, arranged from most innocent to most guilty:

  1. It’s All a Giant Set of Coincidences and Disconnected Events
  2. Trump Attracted Russophiles
  3. The Russian Operation Wasn’t Really About Trump at All
  4. Russian Intelligence Actively Penetrated the Trump Campaign—But Trump Didn’t Know
  5. Russian Intelligence Actively Penetrated the Trump Campaign—And Trump Knew or Should Have Known
  6. Kompromat
  7. The President of the United States is a Russian Agent

We’re easily into #5, and can easily imagine #6 (the $50M Amero Penthouse offer in Trump Tower Moscow is breaking The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act of 1977 and Putin knows it and could use it against Prznint Comrade).

Whatever the kompromat is, I’m sure it is around money and not sexxxytime shenanigans: you cannot shame the shameless, but you can call in the loans.

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10 Responses to Mueller Knows Who’s Been Bad and Who’s Been Worse

  1. 9thousandfeet says:

    Also, too, Saudi and the emoluments thing. And the “Trump Charity” thing. And the Ivanka China trademark thing, and dozens more. It’ll take years to untangle all this shit, assuming there is the national will to actually do it, which is by no means certain.

    Interesting concept in a Salon piece by LucianTruscott, suggesting that Mueller could perhaps indict Trump for a crime grounded in the Constitution \rather than getting tangled in the legal uncertainties surrounding US Code infractions.

    But I don’t think Mueller should bother with these crimes he committed in conspiracies with others. Rather, he should indict Trump for committing a crime only Trump, as President of the United States, can commit. He should indict Trump for violating the “Faithful Execution Clause” of the United States Constitution, which states in Article II, Section Three, that “he shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

    Going after the President for violations that only a president is eligible to commit is an intriguing angle I haven’t seen before.
    No idea if it’s something that could have legs though.

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  2. Dennis Cole says:

    Maybe we could give Hair Furor a slight break. After all, when he heard he was supposed to execute every law faithfully, he set out to do just that – kill each and every Law he disagreed with, or didn’t like, or was preventing him from implementing his agenda.
    Naw, on second thought, I say we don’t.

    Liked by 3 people

    • revzafod says:

      Well, it depends on the definition of ‘execute’. Bill Clinton did the country no favors by arguing what the definition of “is” is.

      But I still say, have Drumpf taken out back and shot, like Major Danby.

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  3. Osirisopto says:

    5b trump sold us out to the Russians.

    I hope he collects his pension real soon.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. MDavis says:

    I suspect Trump has some mixed feelings about this one detail.
    On the one hand, he is being pursued as Individual 1, allegedly, and how did they pick who Individual 1 is to be? Is it maximum culpability? Is it the kingpin of all the criming? “WITCH HUNT!” screams Trump.
    On the other hand, Individual 1? Late at night when the cheeseburgers or the KFC have comfort fooded him into a sense of security,”I’M NUMBER ONE!” screams Trump.

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  5. roket says:

    Possum Holler loves them some horndog so I doubt sexytime is or will be a problem. After all, according to the Christian Crazies, all of the legendary old testament prophets did it.,

    Liked by 2 people

  6. Osiris Opto says:

    Someone is getting nervous and it ain’t this guy.


  7. Jim says:

    Meanwhile, Trump and the entire Fox crew were dancing around saying “No collusion, no collusion” when, in fact, only a tiny bit of highly redacted sentencing was released. The vast mass of the Russia investigation iceberg remains submerged. I personally go with Scenario 7.


    • tengrain says:

      Jim –

      I cringe. I think 6+ is probably it. I don’t know if Comrade Prznint Stupid could sweat allegiance to anthing but hisself, including the US Constitution…


  8. Pyed says:

    Appropo to little in this post except for the photo, when this is all over I want Trump Towers signs to be ripped off and replace with Individual 1 Tower.

    It would stand as a very large reminder to never do this again,


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