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The Caligula Presidency: a Weekly Ovi Column - Week 26 The Caligula Presidency: a Weekly Ovi Column - Week 26
by Dr. Emanuel Paparella
2017-12-09 09:22:34
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Week 26 - Columns 175-181 (December 3-9)
On the subjects of: End of Trump’s Presidency, Trump’s defense of Flynn, Innocent as a Lamb,
Jared Kushner as next domino effect, Lying to the FBI, Mueller’s Big Fish, Trump’s denial.

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Column 175

Will  the Flynn Tweet end Trump’s Presidency?

Donald Trump is facing claims that a tweet about the firing of his former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn could amount to obstruction of justice, even end his  presidency. After Flynn guilty plea for lying to the FBI on possible links between Trump’s presidential campaign and Russia Trump has tweeted that "I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!“

That tweet appears to suggest that Trump knew that Flynn had lied to investigators before he was forced out of the administration in February. He then encouraged the head of the FBI to drop the investigation

Former FBI Director James Comey has subsequently testified in front of Congress that Mr Trump told him during a 14 February meeting at the White House, that he hoped Mr Comey could "let this go", in regards to the investigation of Mr. Flynn.

Knowing that Mr Flynn lied while pressuring the FBI drop an investigation could potentially be seen as obstruction of justice. But Trump has consistently denied any collusion with Russia and has labelled the investigation a "witch hunt". Nevertheless, it is believed that potential obstruction of justice is an area Mr. Mueller and his team are looking into as part of the Russia probe.

As for Mr Trump's tweet today about Mr Flynn, Trump administration officials have sought to play down its significance. The Washington Post reported that the tweet was potentially drafted by Trump’s lawyer John Dowd, citing sources, while other officials called the tweet simply "sloppy".  “Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn,” Ty Cobb, the White House lawyer, said.

Mr Flynn is the first official within the Trump administration to be charged in relation to the investigation, but is the fourth person connected to the Trump campaign. The people working and living in the White House must be getting a bit nervous. The Bogey Man is coming to knock and ask questions

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 Column 176

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Trump Defends Flynn’s Dealings With Russia

President Trump took to Twitter to defend is his former National Security Adviser  Michael Flynn. “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”

The tweet is Trump’s first public address Flynn since he pled guilty Friday to charges of lying to the FBI. He has now promised full cooperation with Special Counsel Robert Mueller. During his time working for the transition, Flynn consistently argued for a softer tone on Russia and was also serving as a paid lobbyist for the Turkey.

It has been widely speculated that Flynn was given the opportunity to plead to lesser charges than could have been brought in exchange for information he may have on senior Trump administration officials. Former transition team foreign policy adviser, George Papadopoulos, also pleaded guilty to the same charge in October in exchange for his cooperation.

The Flynn news broke on the same day President Trump hosted the annual White House Media Christmas Party — which CNN and many others stayed away from this year. Despite the Flynn news, Trump appeared upbeat but he must certainly be worried. The Bogey Man is getting closer and closer to the bigger fish.

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 Column 177

The are all as Innocent as a Lamb in the White House

A senior official on President ’s Trump transition team suggested that Russia had “thrown” the U.S. presidential election in Trump’s favor in a December 2016 email thread leaked recently to the New York Times.

Those emails contradict White House lawyer Ty Cobb’s claims that Michael Flynn acted independently when he reached out to Russian officials during Trump’s transition to presiden, and that anybody in the White House is innocent.

Hours after the Obama administration imposed sanctions against Russia for its meddling in the 2016 presidential election, Trump’s former Deputy National Security Adviser KT McFarland suggested that the transition team would need to strengthen its relationship with Russia, according to email exchanges obtained by or described by unnamed sources to the Times.

The sanctions, McFarland notes in the email, appeared to be the outgoing administration’s attempt to discredit Trump’s victory in the election and would make it more difficult for the incoming president to improve the U.S.’s relationship with Russia. 

“If there is a tit-for-tat escalation Trump will have difficulty improving relations with Russia, which has just thrown the U.S.A. election to him,” McFarland wrote. It’s not clear if McFarland believed that Russia threw the election in Trump’s favor, but a White House lawyer has alleged that she was only trying to say that Democrats were trying to make it appear that way.

Flynn then reached out to Russian ambassador Sergey I to discuss the sanctions only hours after they were placed, McFarland wrote. Flynn later resigned from his post in February following revelations that he had lied about his conversations with the Russian ambassador.

On the same day Flynn pleaded guilty, Mc Farland was identified as the unnamed senior official in court papers who is said to have talked to Flynn about what he would say to Russian officials during a discussion on the Obama administration’s sanctions.

Cobbs, Trump’s lawyer responded to Flynn’s guilty plea by saying it implicates no one other than Flynn himself. They are all as innocent as a lamb in the White House. For good measure, we might as well believe in the Fairy Godmother too.

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Column 178

 Is Jared Kushner the next Domino To Fall?

One of the alleged falsehoods that led to Flynn’s indictment appears to implicate Trump’s own son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner.

Court filings and multiple reports hint at an elaborate, multinational effort led by Flynn and Kushner to undermine then-President Obama at the behest of then-President-elect Trump.

In December 2016, the United Nations Security Council was nearing a vote on a resolution condemning Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Jerusalem. The Obama administration, then in its last full month in office, had decided not to veto the resolution, a landmark shift in U.S. policy toward Israel.

Trump, weeks away from assuming the presidency, publicly urged Obama to veto the resolution. It now appears that, behind the scenes, members of Trump’s transition team may have pressured other countries to delay the vote until Trump took office.

Such coordination could be a violation of the Logan Act, a federal law passed in 1799 that forbids unauthorized citizens from negotiating with foreign governments.

Flynn said “a very senior member of the Presidential Transition Team” directed him to call officials from foreign governments in an attempt to block the vote, according to court records. Kushner may be that senior official. 

Kushner’s alleged direction to interfere with the vote is a major development as Mueller’s investigators close in on members of the president’s inner circle. The Bogey Man may be knocking at the door sooner than surmised.

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Column 179

When did Trump know that Flynn had lied to the FBI?

Trump's tweet implying that he knew his National Security Adviser, Michael Flynn, had lied to the FBI when he fired him, was actually crafted by his lawyer.

By citing lying to the FBI as a reason for firing Mr Flynn, the tweet suggests Mr Trump knew at the time Mr Flynn had done something to break the law. Lying to the FBI is a crime - one which Flynn has acknowledged by pleading guilty and agreeing to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. If Dowd wrote the tweet, it could put some distance between Trump and the tweet's content.

Soon after Mr Trump forced Mr Flynn out, he asked then-FBI Director James Comey to end the bureau's investigation into the matter, saying he hoped he could "let this go," according to Comey. When Mr Comey refused, Trump fired him. Walter Shaub, the former director of the US Office of Government Ethics, said that Trump's tweet could amount to obstruction of justice. Undeterred  Trump turned to Twitter again later on Saturday night, railing about why Mr Flynn was prosecuted but Hillary Clinton was not for her alleged misdeeds.

He tweeted: "So General Flynn lies to the FBI and his life is destroyed, while Crooked Hillary Clinton, on that now famous FBI holiday 'interrogation' with no swearing in and no recording, lies many times... and nothing happens to her? Rigged system, or just a double standard?"

He then added: "Many people in our Country are asking what the 'Justice' Department is going to do about the fact that totally Crooked Hillary, AFTER receiving a subpoena from the United States Congress, deleted and 'acid washed' 33,000 Emails? No justice!"

As the bard would put it: “The lady doth protest too much.”

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Column 180

Was Flynn Mueller's Big Fish? Hardly.

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, the man Trump trusted with the nation’s closest-held secrets, is now a felon, admitting in federal court Friday that he lied to FBI agents just days after his former boss was sworn in as president. But it’s actually the relative non-severity of the charge against Flynn that should have Trump and his top aides worried.

Tthe fact that Flynn struck a plea deal with just a single count that could potentially mean no prison time indicates he’s been able to leverage significant information on an even bigger target. Mueller is far from done.

“Usually in government investigations they don’t cooperate down, they cooperate up,” said Mark Lee, a former federal prosecutor:. “Gen. Flynn is probably a medium-sized fish. They’re looking for a bigger fish than him.”

Trump has dismissed Mueller’s probe as a “witch hunt” and a “hoax,” and the White House is already trying to distance the administration from Flynn.  Now, Mueller’s team appears poised for another takedown. Clearly this is not good news for Donald Trump.”

Two individuals specifically referenced in court documents in connection with Flynn’s guilty plea Friday should be particularly nervous.

As part of his plea deal, Flynn has agreed to “cooperate fully, truthfully, completely, and forthrightly” with Mueller’s office or any other federal, state and local law enforcement authorities Mueller’s office identifies where Flynn’s cooperation would be relevant. Flynn also must “promptly” turn over “any and all evidence of crimes” of which he’s aware.

It appears that Mueller will be taking the big fish out one by one until there is one “tremendously” big and dumb one left for a last stand. Ever heard of General Custer’s last stand at Wounded Knee?

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Column 181

Trump denies ever asking Comey to stop investigating Flynn

 U.S. President Donald Trump said in a tweet on Sunday he never asked former FBI director James Comey to stop investigating former national security adviser Michael Flynn.Flynn is the first member of Trump's administration to plead guilty to a crime uncovered by special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian attempts to influence last year's U.S. presidential election. Trump fired Comey from his post in May.

"I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn. Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!" Trump tweeted. Another lie from our fake president?

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End of Week 26

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The "CALIGULA PRESIDENCY" Columns

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