Donald Trump has been getting warning signals across the media horizon, firing off from the far, far right to the most progressive left. Perhaps one day, POTUS will just direct Air Force One to keep flying past Washington D.C. and on to the Ecuadorian embassy in London, so that he can bunk with WikiLeak’s Julian Assange. The warning signals emitting from the spidery legs of the investigation into the president have come together in a shapeless form, but a form nonetheless.
A CNN legal analyst appeared on New Day and said that Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation is closing in on the president. The special counsel has been probing into Russia’s cyberattack during the 2016 presidential election and into a conspiracy between the Trump campaign and Moscow. CNN’s analyst, Jeffrey Toobin said:
‘All of this suggests an active criminal investigation that is increasingly focused on the president.’
Mueller just suggested to a federal judge that POTUS presidential campaign aide and then, Trump’s first National Security Advisor (NSA) Michael Flynn had given his team “substantial” and timely cooperation regarding “several” investigations. Considering Flynn’s lifetime service to the country and his 70 meetings with Mueller’s people (compared to Michael Cohen’s 16 meetings), the special counsel recommended to the court a sentence of zero to six months of jail.
Then, there was Trump’s self-described “fixer” and personal attorney Michael Cohen. At nearly the same time as Mueller went to the court for Flynn, the president’s former attorney pled guilty to lying to Congress regarding the president’s planned Moscow Trump Tower. Cohen said their efforts stopped much earlier than the actual ending date, which occurred well into the 2016 campaign.
Toobin noted that when Cohen pled guilty, it was quite significant. It was:
‘(As) close to President Trump as Mueller has ever come (public statements). That has to be nerve-wracking, for good reasons. We have been talking about it as if it’s wrapping up, as if it’s about to be done. If it was about to be done there would be no reason to black out information about a continuing investigation.’
The legal analyst said that Mueller’s court filing on Flynn was nearly completely redacted (blacked out). That showed that Flynn was still involved in helping the special counsel with his continuing criminal investigation. Toobin continued:
‘We have been talking about it as if it’s wrapping up, as if it’s about to be done. If it was about to be done there would be no reason to black out information about a continuing investigation.’
The legal analyst also noted that Trump’s previous campaign chair, Paul Manafort, could have been going down the same path as Flynn and Cohen, and for a time the public thought that his was. Unfortunately, Manafort postured himself as a mole, sending information about the Mueller investigation to Trump via his own attorneys.
Perhaps, Mueller wanted to show Manafort how much he lost by going the route of a possible Trump pardon, versus the Mueller option. That could be troublesome because this president lies. There will be no guarantee of a pardon, and now the special counsel is free to throw the book at the former campaign chair for all the crimes he admitted to committing in his plea agreement.
Then, Toobin said he wondered how much of Manafort’s trial document will be blacked out, too:
‘One thing I will be looking for is how much of the Manafort documents are blacked out as well. I hope very little just because I am a journalist and I want to find out stuff, but it suggests that this investigation is not over.’
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