July 27, 2020

"GO ALL THE WAY":

New Book Provides More Evidence of the Trump-Stone Russia Coverup: An inside account of the Trump impeachment offers new revelations. (David Corn, 7/27/20, Mother Jones)

The book, A Case for the American People: The United States v. Donald J. Trump, was written by Norman Eisen, who served as special counsel to congressional Democrats during Trump's impeachment. In this work, Eisen, who previously was ethics czar for President Barack Obama and US ambassador to the Czech Republic, presents the inside story of the third impeachment in US history, detailing the internal debates and conflicts among House Democrats and sharing juicy, behind-the-scenes anecdotes of the trial. The book reveals that the House Judiciary Committee initially drafted a wide-ranging list of 10 articles of impeachment for Trump before narrowing the case to two articles related to the Ukraine scandal.  

In the book, Eisen sharply (but respectfully) criticizes Mueller for a "failure to go the distance." He contends that Mueller let the republic down by not pursuing an obstruction of justice case against Trump "all the way" to the end. (In his final report, Mueller presented evidence indicating Trump committed obstruction, but he reached no firm conclusions and determined that under Justice Department policy, he did not have the authority to indict a sitting president.) "The refusal to admit there were at least five chargeable crimes was his shortcoming, not his lack of style," Eisen writes of Mueller. "I understood his old-fashioned restraint under the special counsel regulations and typical prosecutorial standards. But he had leeway under the rules to do much, much more, and he didn't."

One example of Mueller's dereliction, Eisen contends, is the Roger Stone case. 

Stone was prosecuted by Mueller's team for lying to Congress during the Trump-Russia investigation and for witness tampering. He was found guilty by a jury and sentenced to 40 months in prison--and then Trump eradicated the sentence shortly before Stone was to report to a federal prison. Stone had lied to Congress about his efforts during the 2016 campaign to be in contact with WikiLeaks, while that website was disseminating emails and documents that had been stolen from Democrats by Russian hackers as part of a Kremlin operation to help Trump win the White House. But the extent of Stone's shenanigans--and Trump's personal and possibly criminal involvement--never became a central component of the Trump-Russia scandal narrative, and Eisen blames Mueller for not fully pursuing this matter. Moreover, Eisen reports that he and his fellow staffers developed important evidence on this front.

It'll all come out at the trial, when Attorney General Harris prosecutes him.

Posted by at July 27, 2020 5:12 PM

  

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