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    All these "threads" show how corrupt this country has become; I said so many times that indeed that this country is no longer an "democracy" but since the "impeachment" disaster, has become an full fledged dictatorship. Congratulations America you got what you wanted. Is n't time to educate the people here what Trump is all about?
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    Congress must open up an inquiry into Attorney General Barr's actions. It clearly exceeds any previous norms of behavior. And he should be disbarred from practicing law. He is nothing more than a "go boy" for Trump.

    Trump is still on his vindictive crusade to make an example of anyone who ever crossed him. Vindman is one of his targets now, but eventually he will come for all of them, including Schiff and Pelosi. He probably has the Russians digging up dirt on all of his enemies. If they find anything, there'll be an innocuous tweet that Trump will then retweet to the world with something like, "why aren't they investigating....?"

    He has already criticized Judge Jackson so it'll be interesting to see if she sentences Stone to the 7-9 years anyway. Trump will go ballistic. Expect Stone to be pardoned. "He did nothing wrong"..."I did nothing wrong"... and blah, blah, blah.

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    Schmidt Wrote:

    Congress must open up an inquiry into Attorney General Barr's actions. It clearly exceeds any previous norms of behavior. And he should be disbarred from practicing law. He is nothing more than a "go boy" for Trump.

    Trump is still on his vindictive crusade to make an example of anyone who ever crossed him. Vindman is one of his targets now, but eventually he will come for all of them, including Schiff and Pelosi. He probably has the Russians digging up dirt on all of his enemies. If they find anything, there'll be an innocuous tweet that Trump will then retweet to the world with something like, "why aren't they investigating....?"

    He has already criticized Judge Jackson so it'll be interesting to see if she sentences Stone to the 7-9 years anyway. Trump will go ballistic. Expect Stone to be pardoned. "He did nothing wrong"..."I did nothing wrong"... and blah, blah, blah.

    Schmidt:

    The Justice Department attorneys on this case learned about the revision by hearing it on the Fox News Channel - not from Bill Barr. As soon as they heard, four of them—Aaron Zelinsky, Adam Jed, and Michael Marando-- filed paperwork to be removed from the case, and one, Jonathan Kravis, resigned his position as an assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., going back to his home base as an assistant U.S. attorney in Baltimore.

    The Attorney General is the lawyer for the American people, theoretically, while the White House Counsel is the lawyer for the office of the president. In addition, the president can have his or her own personal lawyers. But the idea that the Attorney General is working for the president undermines the whole idea of the impartial justice on which our body of laws rests.

    While the Constitution established an office of the Attorney General, President Ulysses S. Grant signed the bill creating the Department of Justice in 1870 to try to preserve the rights of African Americans in the South after the Civil War. The department’s first assignment was to stop the Ku Klux Klan in the South, and it did, indicting more than 3000 people and winning more than 600 convictions as it tried to reestablish the rule of law in the former Confederacy. That history reflects that the role of the Department of Justice is really about upholding the rule of law, not about doing any particular president’s bidding.

    Trump has claimed that judge Amy Berman Jackson put Paul Manafort in solitary confinement (she didn't). Since she has the final word on the sentencing, she is unlikely to go along with the lower sentence suggestion, which still would not prevent king Donald I from pardoning Stone altogether.

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    Right Wing Watch just published some interesting tidbits about Roger Stone, which I would encourage you to read at the link below:

    https://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/who-is-roger-stone-and-why-does-trumps-justice-department-want-to-go-easy-on-him/

    The word that comes to mind after reading these items is "scumbag". A more appropriate sentence for this guy would be 70 to 90 years instead of 70 to 90 months.

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    It's not over till the fat lady sings...

    The Department of Justice and the House Judiciary Committee have confirmed that Attorney General William Barr will testify at the end of next month “to address numerous concerns regarding his leadership of the Department of Justice and the president’s improper influence over the department and our criminal justice system.”

    https://www.rawstory.com/2020/02/attorney-general-william-barr-agrees-to-testify-before-jerry-nadlers-house-committee-over-numerous-concerns/?utm_source=push_notifications

    I'm assuming that Trump will do all that he can to prevent the testimony from happening, but it would be VERY interesting if Barr actually got to testify. His appearance will coincide roughly with the release of John Bolton's book, which is due out on March 17.

    https://thehill.com/homenews/media/480030-title-release-date-revealed-for-bolton-memoir

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    In.a dictatorship, the head guy can do anything that he wants and nobody will stop him and nobody will get in the way. It's something that you'll get used to. Only 5 more years to go. Shame that the television plays such captivating things in early November.
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    Today Trump: "I've never spoken to Bill Barr about the Stone case. You'll have to ask him about why the DOJ changed their mind.

    Here is what really happened:

    Trump to top aid: "I want you to tell Barr to drop all charges on Stone. I don't care how he does it, just make sure Stone never spends one fucking day in jail. Tell him I will personally fire the entire team if they don't get Stone out of jail and shine his shoes before he gets out. "

    Top aid to Barr later the same day: "The president wants all charges dropped on Stone. he doesn't care how you get it done, just make sure Stone never spend even one day in jail. He will personally fire the entire team if they don't get Stone out of jail this week"

    Top Aid to media: "This was AG Barr's decision, The president and the AG have never once spoken about the case"

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    On MSNBC they were speculating how long it would take for Trump to disobey a court order. The rationale being, "What is congress going to do? impeach him again, and again, and again?" Even if its a Supreme Court order that Trump does not like, and he decides to ignore the SC order for him to comply, he has such a grip of fear on the republican party that they will stand behind his defiance of even a Supreme Court decision.

    Currently, Trump's ego is akin to Hitler's decision to invade Russia in 1941. Hitler's perception was that he and the Nazi party, were completely invincible, untouchable, and unbeatable; they could dominate a war on all fronts. It is an example how an egomaniac grows to such heights that the great insanity can not be sustained indefinitely, the insane power grab escalates to the point of completed collapse.

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    wwjd, yes you understand the "picture"; it is an total "power" grab in the making. All of this because of the "system" here which is "polluted" by an "zillion" lawyers who manipulated the base law such way that it is now so "messy" that an solution to solve all this mess is just about impossible. If you have then also an total mafia educated leader who "knows it all; I alone can do it" who invited all the crooks around him to "obey" him, so he's covered, yes then you get the situation as you describe. Also due to the fact people here are in center area of this country are very gullible and are indoctrinated by the media like FOX and other means, does not help much either.

    Let's hope that via the elections he's removed; thus pray like hell.

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    The man at the center of the tragicomedy of the Stone sentencing is Attorney General William Barr, who is a proponent of what is called the unitary executive theory. This theory says that the president wields the sole power of the executive branch of government, and cannot be checked by either Congress or the courts. That theory has led him to argue that President George H. W. Bush did not need congressional approval to invade Iraq. Later, he backed Bush’s pardons of the Reagan officials charged in the Iran-contra affair.

    The theory above is why King Donald I wanted him to be the Attorney General.

    Stone lied to Congress five times, interfering with their Russia investigation, and threatened another witness to try to keep him from exposing Stone’s lies.

    In his confirmation hearing, Senators pressed Barr about his stance on the relationship between the Justice Department and the White House, and he insisted that he would not permit the department to be politicized.

    Since his slanted summation of the Mueller report, it appears that Barr has worked to consolidate his own control over cases involving Trump or his associates. He appointed his own investigator, John Durham, to try to prove that it was Ukraine, not Russia, that hacked our 2016 election (our intelligence community has established definitively that it was Russia).

    Judge Jackson is scheduled to sentence Stone on February 20.Regardless of what the final sentence will be, Trump is almost certain to continue to maintain that it is “horrible and unfair” and a “miscarriage of justice.”

    On January 8, the New York City Bar Association has asked Congress to investigate U.S. Attorney General William Barr for recent conduct that “threatens public confidence in the fair and impartial administration of justice.”

    http://www.abajournal.com/news/article/new-york-city-bar-association-calls-for-investigation-into-ag-barr

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    The New York City bar association is not the only organization that is not happy wirh "Mr. Bill". Neither is the American Bar Association:

    https://politicaltribune.org/american-bar-association-appears-to-go-after-trump-for-interfering-in-stone-sentencing/?fbclid=IwAR0lg3fqPxtPqKQQgWg35Pdg2KHPMAFDd5wsiGOzE6zOERZfE-ku9Eghqn4

    “The American Bar Association steadfastly supports judicial independence and the sound exercise of prosecutorial discretion,” ABA President Judy Perry Martinez said in a statement. “Public officials who personally attack judges or prosecutors can create a perception that the system is serving a political or other purpose rather than the fair administration of justice. It is incumbent upon public officials and members of the legal profession, whose sworn duty it is to uphold the law, to do everything in their power to preserve the integrity of the justice system.”

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    In an interview as a presidential candidate in 2016 with Bob Woodward and Robert Costa of The Washington Post, Mr. Trump said, “Real power is — I don’t even want to use the word — fear.”

    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/04/us/politics/fear-trump.html?auth=login-facebook

    President Donald Trump’s interference in the case against Roger Stone and Attorney General Bill Barr’s sycophantic response to it is now reportedly resulting in federal prosecutors across the country becoming reluctant to take any cases involving Trump and his corrupt henchmen.

    https://politicaltribune.org/doj-prosecutors-reportedly-now-fear-taking-on-cases-against-trump-and-his-friends/


    The Justice Department is now a Trump cabal where the rule of law no longer applies to him, his family and his associates. The United States just became a banana republic and Senate Republicans are directly to blame because they should have removed Trump from office instead of acquitting him.

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    Dutch Wrote: All these "threads" show how corrupt this country has become; I said so many times that indeed that this country is no longer an "democracy" but since the "impeachment" disaster, has become an full fledged dictatorship. Congratulations America you got what you wanted. Is n't time to educate the people here what Trump is all about?
    Dutch, Joy Behar on the View just said “We are living in a Banana Republic”.
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    A day after Attorney General William P. Barr publicly warned President Trump not to tweet about the Justice Department, Trump did just that, declaring that he has the “legal right” to ask his top law enforcement official to get involved in a criminal case.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-appears-to-escalate-standoff-with-attorney-general-and-justice-dept-declaring-on-twitter-a-legal-right-to-influence-criminal-cases/2020/02/14/8c152c36-4f2f-11ea-bf44-f5043eb3918a_story.html

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    Summarizing AG Barr's rationationizion for intervening on the Stone case:

    "If I were on the jury, I would have voted to acquit Roger Stone on all charges, therefore there would have been a hung jury, and the DOJ does not make sentence recommendations when there is a hung jury"

    This is what is called "Trump Logic". A statement that appears rationale and thought out, but is complete BS. At statement Trump's base considers valid and repeats as if it s the word of god.