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Stone is a scumbag whose dirty tricks go back as far as the Nixon candidacy. He is everything that is wrong with American politics from that time forward. The fact that anyone would treat him as if his opinions on any subject (Bill Maher, CNN, etc...) were worthy of anything but condemnation or that he is anything but an unindicted criminal has always pissed me off to no end. The fact that he continued unimpeded 40 years later pisses me off even more.

I would love nothing more than to see him be heavily punished, if only to dissuade other scumbags, but then nowadays some of those criminals are in elected positions.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/2019/01/27/how-did-roger-stone-survive-watergate/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d57264e42c61
 

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Yep, watching Stone frog marched to a cell buried deep in the Earth for several years would be far more cathartic beyond any crimes he committed due to his Trump fandom.
 

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Not that it's a tremendous surprise, but a new filing makes plain that Mueller has evidence of Stone contacting Wikileaks:

Special counsel Robert Mueller said in a new court filing that search warrants have uncovered communications between longtime GOP operative Roger Stone and "Organization 1,” which is widely believed to be WikiLeaks. Mueller made the disclosure in a filing Friday arguing that Stone’s case is related to the one involving Russian military hackers who are alleged to have breached the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and personal account of Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta.
New filing suggests Mueller has evidence Stone communicated with WikiLeaks

And in other news, Mueller's put in his recommendation for Manafort's sentencing:

WASHINGTON – Russia special counsel Robert Mueller asked a federal judge on Friday to send former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort to prison for between 20 and 24 years for his conviction on multiple financial fraud charges. Prosecutors also urged a federal judge in Virginia to move forward with the sentencing, which could amount to a life term for the 69-year-old Manafort who less than three years ago presided over President Donald Trump's nomination at the 2016 Republican National Convention.
Mueller's office seeks prison sentence of 20 years or more for ex-Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort
 

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https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/20/politics/special-counsel-conclusion-announcement/index.html

Washington (CNN)Attorney General Bill Barr is preparing to announce as early as next week the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation, with plans for Barr to submit to Congress soon after a summary of Mueller's confidential report, according to people familiar with the plans.

The preparations are the clearest indication yet that Mueller is nearly done with his almost two-year investigation.
Is this because Mueller's ready, or Barr's wrapping it up? Assuming the report is basically correct, of course.
 

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https://edition.cnn.com/2019/02/20/politics/special-counsel-conclusion-announcement/index.html



Is this because Mueller's ready, or Barr's wrapping it up? Assuming the report is basically correct, of course.
I think it is because Mueller is ready. Apparently the DC grand jury hasn't met since indicting Stone, and Mueller staff have been seen carting boxes of documents out of the building. Likely that is passing data to US attorneys in other districts, like the Southern District of NY. Just because the Special Prosecutor is done with his part, does not mean the criminal justice system is done with the Trump family. Democrats now also control the House, and they have independent investigatory powers.
 

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As I understand it from a Dutch newspaper, the president has possibilities to keep the outcome classified. Even for congress
 
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I don't think he can interfere with congress, unless they allow it, and Pelosi seems pretty adept at dealing with sulking toddlers. Congress has certain powers that only they can give up, just like the Presidency and the Supreme Court. The idea was, you can't trust any one group with total power, so each branch is designed to keep each other in check.

Who can get away with what has fluctuated over 240 years [or so] but that's the gist of it.

Of course, someone seems to think that keeping him in check is treason, but he's also a twit.
 
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A federal judge in DC has unsealed some redacted documents regarding a recent mysterious court case that attracted media attention and speculation late last year, involving an unnamed corporation owned by an unnamed country which was fighting a DA's subpoena for documents under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act. The unsealed documents reveal that the court case does indeed involve Mueller's Russia investigation, but they do not reveal much more than that.

Buried in the details of the newly released documents - which are filled with repeated redactions of key information - the Special Counsel's office had asked for the unidentified company to be fined $10,000 per day for not turning over documents related to the subpoena.

But the judge decided that wasn't enough, and instead levied a $50,000 per day sanction, which began on January 15, 2019.

That would mean the total bill is now over $2 million.

The company and country have argued that the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act does not allow for such legal sanctions. So far, lower courts have rejected the argument.

The documents also used a different format of redactions - instead of blacking out individual words, phrases, lines, and/or paragraphs, the document simply used [REDACTED] - without any indication of how much text, or how little, is being kept from public view.
 

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House votes 420-0 to make Mueller's report public

Largely symbolic due to McConnell and Barr, but it is something.

Both sides of the aisle teamed up, voting 420-0 to make Mueller's report on potential ties between President Trump's campaign and Russian election interference available to Congress and the public. Eight members of Congress didn't vote and four Republicans voted "present," but no one voted against the non-binding resolution. The decision can't force Barr to release the entire report to the public or even Congress, prompting some Republicans to say it was a "waste of time," The Washington Post notes. There's also no indication that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) will bring it for a vote.