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40 Questions

by Cat Tue May 1st, 2018 at 06:51:16 PM EST

The Questions Mueller Wants to Ask Trump About Obstruction, and What They Mean
Correlation in search of causation, it's a new board game.


  1. What did you know about phone calls that Mr. Flynn made with the Russian ambassador, Sergey I. Kislyak, in late December 2016?
  2. What was your reaction to news reports on Jan. 12, 2017, and Feb. 8-9, 2017?
  3. What did you know about Sally Yates's meetings about Mr. Flynn?
  4. How was the decision made to fire Mr. Flynn on Feb. 13, 2017?
  5. After the resignations, what efforts were made to reach out to Mr. Flynn about seeking immunity or possible pardon?
  6. What was your opinion of Mr. Comey during the transition?
  7. What did you think about Mr. Comey's intelligence briefing on Jan. 6, 2017, about Russian election interference?
  8. What was your reaction to Mr. Comey's briefing that day about other intelligence matters?
  9. What was the purpose of your Jan. 27, 2017, dinner with Mr. Comey, and what was said?
  10. What was the purpose of your Feb. 14, 2017, meeting with Mr. Comey, and what was said?
  11. What did you know about the F.B.I.'s investigation into Mr. Flynn and Russia in the days leading up to Mr. Comey's testimony on March 20, 2017?
  12. What did you do in reaction to the March 20 testimony? Describe your contacts with intelligence officials.
  13. What did you think and do in reaction to the news that the special counsel was speaking to Mr. Rogers, Mr. Pompeo and Mr. Coats?
  14. What was the purpose of your calls to Mr. Comey on March 30 and April 11, 2017?
  15. What was the purpose of your April 11, 2017, statement to Maria Bartiromo?
  16. What did you think and do about Mr. Comey's May 3, 2017, testimony?
  17. Regarding the decision to fire Mr. Comey: When was it made? Why? Who played a role?
  18. What did you mean when you told Russian diplomats on May 10, 2017, that firing Mr. Comey had taken the pressure off?
  19. What did you mean in your interview with Lester Holt about Mr. Comey and Russia?
  20. What was the purpose of your May 12, 2017, tweet?
  21. What did you think about Mr. Comey's June 8, 2017, testimony regarding Mr. Flynn, and what did you do about it?
  22. What was the purpose of the September and October 2017 statements, including tweets, regarding an investigation of Mr. Comey?
  23. What is the reason for your continued criticism of Mr. Comey and his former deputy, Andrew G. McCabe?
  24. What did you think and do regarding the recusal of Mr. Sessions?
  25. What efforts did you make to try to get him to change his mind?
  26. Did you discuss whether Mr. Sessions would protect you, and reference past attorneys general?
  27. What did you think and what did you do in reaction to the news of the appointment of the special counsel?
  28. Why did you hold Mr. Sessions's resignation until May 31, 2017, and with whom did you discuss it?
  29. What discussions did you have with Reince Priebus in July 2017 about obtaining the Sessions resignation? With whom did you discuss it?
  30. What discussions did you have regarding terminating the special counsel, and what did you do when that consideration was reported in January 2018?
  31. What was the purpose of your July 2017 criticism of Mr. Sessions?
  32. When did you become aware of the Trump Tower meeting?
  33. What involvement did you have in the communication strategy, including the release of Donald Trump Jr.'s emails?
  34. During a 2013 trip to Russia, what communication and relationships did you have with the Agalarovs and Russian government officials?
  35. What communication did you have with Michael D. Cohen, Felix Sater and others, including foreign nationals, about Russian real estate developments during the campaign?
  36. What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding any meeting with Mr. Putin? Did you discuss it with others?
  37. What discussions did you have during the campaign regarding Russian sanctions?
  38. What involvement did you have concerning platform changes regarding arming Ukraine?
  39. During the campaign, what did you know about Russian hacking, use of social media or other acts aimed at the campaign?
  40. What knowledge did you have of any outreach by your campaign, including by Paul Manafort, to Russia about potential assistance to the campaign?

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Speaking of tunnel vision in the special counsel investigation. I do miss many, many topics about and questions to be put forth.

None on the salient details of the MI-6 Steele dossier.

It's just about Russians, obstruction of justice, none about the Israel lobby and the Mercers, Adelsons, Singer and the bots originating with Cambridge Analytica. None about the Ukrainian hackers or alt-right global organizations influencing the election outcome.

What a waste of time of all "progressive" bloggers digging into every bit of gossip spread by fake news reporters.

Mueller took the logical route by attacking the key business associates in the Trump campaign ... easy enough to find plenty of dirt and get leverage for his real investigation.

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue May 1st, 2018 at 07:33:22 PM EST
tsk. IMPEACHMENT is lurks in hearts and minds of progressives! Deposing.har Trump is the end-game, the goal, of Mueller's investigations of everyone BUT Trump, after all, as well as Resistance mobilization to STOP involuntary separations and inexcusable pardons.

I'm been looking into pardon case law, since a crossed the path of a certain crypto-libertarian autodidact, waving Ex Parte Garland, 71 U.S. 333 (1866) and Federalist No. x, which is of course every libertarian's tell. That particular case is not even half the history between Marshall and Holmes. More important, I been trying to review, how many recent, dubious presidential pardons hooked to sundry "special prosecutors" had slipped my mind. The liberterian asserted, inexplicably, that Justice Field got it wrong. As it happens, I had it wrong: the body in defense of "immunity tendered by pardon" yon Excellencies is as lengthy as it is pretentious.

Quite the indictment of the many purported apolitical DOJ officers.

Bottom line: neither liberal liberals nor conservative liberals will find cover in the annals, as if either faction actually needed legal justification to proceed with purely "political" censure. SCOTUS is extremely unlikely to oppose Trump's next flex of constitutional power.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Tue May 1st, 2018 at 08:22:54 PM EST
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Impeachment for perjury from the look of some of these questions. Is that the lesson the democrats learned from the Clinton impeachment?
by fjallstrom on Wed May 2nd, 2018 at 08:12:43 AM EST
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"But while there is little doubt that Cohen is facing indictment, the mystery remains as to what he may be indicted for"
< wipes tears >
that names Mr Trump a co-conspirator in the criminal enterprise.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 2nd, 2018 at 05:06:44 PM EST
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No doubt, no doubt whatsoever ... Americans knew that for a fact long before the election campagne :-(

"that names Mr Trump a co-conspirator in the criminal enterprise."

New York has the best DAs for fighting corruption of Wall Street, real estate investment, and money laundering. Similar to all "great" metropoles - name them all ... London - Tel Aviv - Kyiv - Moscow - etc. etc.

States need a lot more transparency and some Panama Papers exposés. Pull on a string and the whole pyramid will collapse ... who is that powerful? No one. Robert Mueller will be very careful to stay focused and not to disturb the hornets nest.


Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Wed May 2nd, 2018 at 05:27:50 PM EST
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Robert Mueller: Gone Fishing
"Special Counsel Robert Mueller's strategy may be to try to lure Donald Trump into perjury when Mueller can already get all the answers to his questions from the NSA"

which is next to nothing and why the federales punked Cohen with a blanket warrant. They don't need Cohen. They need material evidence or else that last pillar o' propriety will crumble.

archived
parallel investigation

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Wed May 2nd, 2018 at 06:59:05 PM EST
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It's not clear to me how many of the above questions actually lead to clearly impeachable offences. I'm sure the Trump lawyer present would object to almost all on the grounds that they are just digging for political dirt and are outside the remit of a special prosecutor charged with investigating very specific charges of collusion with a foreign power for political advantage in a particular election.

I have no doubt that Trump had all sorts of dodgy business dealings with reprehensible regimes prior to his election. That's a feature, rather than a bug of US business more generally and Trump can probably plausibly distance himself from most of it by blaming various subordinates. Are crimes committed before election impeachable?

Index of Frank's Diaries

by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed May 2nd, 2018 at 09:18:29 AM EST
20. What was the purpose of your May 12, 2017, tweet?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 2nd, 2018 at 05:14:58 PM EST
[ Parent ]
This one?

by Bjinse on Wed May 2nd, 2018 at 08:41:17 PM EST
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I would have thought the purpose of that tweet is pretty obvious - to blames Dems for trying to gain partisan advantage from something he claims didn't happen. Hardly impeachable behaviour.  Next.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Wed May 2nd, 2018 at 09:46:57 PM EST
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< sniff >
You, sir, are no adept in the persuasions of aesopian language.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 2nd, 2018 at 10:12:52 PM EST
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and what's so comical about that wiki article is that there is no reference to the HUAC hearings [1, 2, 3, &tc.] which ushered the "brand" into the lexicon of US American terrorsticalisms.
< wipes tears >
Plus, ibn told Aesop was a black man like Pushkin ...

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Wed May 2nd, 2018 at 10:27:00 PM EST
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Might I suggest that neither is Trump? He has many faults, but a lack of transparency in the language he uses isn't high on the list.

Index of Frank's Diaries
by Frank Schnittger (mail Frankschnittger at hot male dotty communists) on Fri May 4th, 2018 at 10:21:39 AM EST
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41. What did you really mean on or about January 27, 2017 by "I need loyalty. I expect loyalty"?

trans. Michael S. Schmidt, NYT: WHAT THIS MEANS IS, Trump allegedly threatened to revoke Cosco® reward points issued to Comey's wife, children, heirs, cousins, in-laws, and successors, if he refused to disclose material evidence discovered in the FBI investigation into Area 51 remote access keys to the State Department's mirror server in the home of Who?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat May 5th, 2018 at 04:59:41 PM EST
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Judge Wants to See Unredacted Memos Directing Mueller Probe
Judge T.S. Ellis III gave Justice Department attorneys two weeks to provide him with complete copies of two memos written by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, one from May 2017, and the other, from August, that lay out the scope and ground rules for the investigation.
[...]
For instance, [US Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben] said, "in the May 17 order, because of the implications involving people under investigation who may never be charged, we could not convey everything there."

Other specifics not yet seen in the memo were conveyed in face-to-face meetings with Rosenstein, however. [Judge T.S.] Ellis again insisted on the need for records to prove the prosecutor's intent.

"We don't want anyone with unfettered power. That includes you and the other attorneys and special counsel and that also includes the president of the United States," Ellis said.

Is it animal, vegetable, or mineral?

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sat May 5th, 2018 at 04:43:21 PM EST


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