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Donald Trump likes to claim that he has a big brain and that he is the greatest this, that or the other in the history of the world. It is obvious that Trump has the biggest ego of any person in the history of the world.
That FACT alone is enough for the U.S. Senate to convict Trump of treason and obstruction of justice. Almost everyone in Trump's close circle who is involved with his administration had ties to Putin, before, during and since the 2016 presidential election. In all probability, a person with as big of an ego as Trump has, would never allow his minions to run things. Just as Putin was directing the Russians in their interference with the 2016 presidential election in the USA, Trump was directing his minions as well, directly or indirectly.
Trump has clearly and openly attempted to obstruct justice by trying to cover for his minions and impede the investigation of collusion/conspiracy with Putin to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. The only people in the world who can't see this are those deplorable people who would support Trump if he shot someone on Fifth Avenue, or would vote for a pedophile for the U.S. senate seat in Alabama over a Democrat with unimpeachable integrity.
Last week’s indictments of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his longtime associate Richard Gates, together with the guilty plea by former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos, sent shock waves through the White House.
It turns out that since July, Papadopoulos has been serving as a “proactive cooperator.” Special counsel Robert Mueller filed a document in federal court that says, “Defendant has indicated that he is willing to cooperate with the government in its ongoing investigation into Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election.” Papadopoulos was likely wired for sound during conversations with administration officials whom he may implicate in criminal conduct.
But Mueller’s opening salvo was just the tip of the iceberg. As the special counsel moves toward criminally charging Donald Trump’s former national security adviser Michael T. Flynn and others, even the president could find himself in Mueller’s crosshairs.
NBC News reported on November 5 that Mueller has enough evidence to bring criminal charges against Flynn and his son, Michael G. Flynn. Father and son worked together in Flynn Intel Group, a consulting and lobbying group.
Mueller is reportedly investigating Michael T. Flynn for money laundering and lying to federal agents about overseas contacts. The special counsel is also exploring whether Flynn tried to assist in removing a chief rival of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from the United States to Turkey in return for the payment of millions of dollars, two officials told NBC News.
Trump Fired Comey to Protect Flynn
Recall that in February, Trump pressured then-FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation of Flynn. That happened the day after Trump fired Flynn for lying to Vice President Mike Pence about Flynn’s contacts with Sergey Kislyak, Russian ambassador to the United States.
Trump warned Comey, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.” Comey testified, “I took it as a direction” that “this is what he wants me to do.... [I] replied only that ‘[Flynn] is a good guy.’”
According to Comey, the president asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions, Jared Kushner and others to step out of the Oval Office before he requested that Comey drop the “open FBI criminal investigation” of Flynn for “his statements in connection with the Russian contacts, and the contacts themselves.”
Two weeks earlier, the president had twice demanded “loyalty” from Comey, who testified that Trump told him, “I need loyalty, I expect loyalty.” Pressed by Trump, Comey said he finally assured the president he would get “honest loyalty” from the FBI director.
When Comey didn’t halt the investigation of Flynn, Trump fired the FBI director. The next day, Trump boasted to Russian officials in the Oval Office, “I just fired the head of the FBI. He was crazy, a real nut job,” adding, “I faced great pressure because of Russia. That’s taken off.”
The day after boasting to the Russians, Trump told NBC’s Lester Holt, “When I decided to just do it [fire Comey], I said to myself ... this Russia thing with Trump and Russia is a made-up story.”
Philip Allen Lacovara, former Justice Department deputy solicitor general and counsel to Watergate special prosecutors Archibald Cox and Leon Jaworski, wrote in The Washington Post:
Comey’s statement lays out a case against the president that consists of a tidy pattern, beginning with the demand for loyalty, the threat to terminate Comey’s job, the repeated requests to turn off the investigation into Flynn and the final infliction of career punishment for failing to succumb to the president’s requests, all followed by the president’s own concession about his motive. Any experienced prosecutor would see these facts as establishing a prima facie case of obstruction of justice.
Mueller Could Pressure Flynn to Incriminate Trump
If Mueller charges Michael T. Flynn, that could strengthen the obstruction of justice case against Trump. In fact, once Mueller secures a grand jury indictment of the two Flynns, it’s quite possible that the special counsel will pressure the elder Flynn to become a “proactive cooperator” in exchange for lenient treatment of his son and even himself.
Trump has gone to great lengths to protect Flynn, likely because the latter has information that would incriminate the president. It took Trump 18 days to fire Flynn after learning of his lies to Pence. Trump leaned heavily on Comey to look the other way in the Flynn investigation and fired Comey when he refused to let Flynn go.