Is this the Judge that put Paul Manafort in SOLITARY CONFINEMENT, something that not even mobster Al Capone had to endure? How did she treat Crooked Hillary Clinton? Just asking! https://t.co/Fe7XkepJNN— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 12, 2020
Actually, Trump is not only attacking the judge but the integrity of the system, calling into question whether the jury was biased.
Now it looks like the fore person in the jury, in the Roger Stone case, had significant bias. Add that to everything else, and this is not looking good for the “Justice” Department. @foxandfriends @FoxNews— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2020
The “fore person” was a black female Democrat (according to the unreliable Fox News) and that alone is what makes her have “significant bias”. (I’m not sure how that looks not good for the “Justice” Department, but I can’t get into Trump’s mind).
Trump is literally like some kind of deranged mob boss who hates justice and the rule of law.
NY Times today:
To career prosecutors around the country, the Stone case raised new fears of what is to come. Until now, according to conversations with more than a dozen career lawyers in some of the 93 U.S. attorney’s offices, they had watched other divisions in the Justice Department execute significant shifts in response to Mr. Trump while the work of prosecuting crimes was largely unaffected by the politics of the moment. Now career prosecutors said they worried they might face more pressure.
“In essence, the leadership of the Justice Department has commandeered the sentencing in a politically sensitive criminal matter, reversing the position uniformly accepted and promoted by the career prosecutors,” said David Laufman, a partner at Wiggin and Dana and a former chief of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence and export control section.
The withdrawal of the prosecutors sent a clear signal, said Greg Brower, a former prosecutor who once headed the F.B.I.’s congressional affairs office. “They all disagreed” with how top Justice Department officials intervened, he said.
“Beyond that,” Mr. Brower said, “they likely also believed there are ethical considerations that forced their decision.”
Prosecutors across the United States, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to avoid reprisals, said this week that they had already been wary of working on any case that might catch Mr. Trump’s attention and that the Stone episode only deepened their concern. They also said that they were worried that Mr. Barr might not support them in politically charged cases.
Hillary has something to say:
Do you realize intimidating judges is the behavior of failed-state fascists? Just asking! https://t.co/kcEzirsGUF— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) February 12, 2020
And Trump is getting some harsh blowback from his former Chief of Staff John Kelly:
Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vindman, the former National Security Council aide and impeachment witness President Donald Trump fired Friday, was just doing his job, former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly told students and guests at a Drew University event here Wednesday night.
Over a 75-minute speech and Q&A session, Kelly laid out, in the clearest terms yet, his misgivings about Trump’s words and actions regarding North Korea, illegal immigration, military discipline, Ukraine, and the news media.
Kelly, a retired Marine Corps general, said that Vindman is blameless and was simply following the training he’d received as a soldier; migrants are “overwhelmingly good people” and “not all rapists”; and Trump’s decision to condition military aid to Ukraine on an investigation into his political rival Joe Biden upended long-standing U.S. policy.
Vindman was rightly disturbed by Trump’s phone call to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky in July, Kelly suggested: Having seen something “questionable,” Vindman properly notified his superiors, Kelly said. Vindman, who specialized in Ukraine policy at the National Security Council at the time, was among multiple U.S. officials who listened in on the call. When subpoenaed by Congress in the House impeachment hearings, Vindman complied and told the truth, Kelly said.
“He did exactly what we teach them to do from cradle to grave,” Kelly told the audience at the Mayo Performing Arts Center. “He went and told his boss what he just heard.”
Although Trump has long insisted that his call to Zelensky was “perfect,” Kelly made clear that Trump indeed conditioned military aid on Zelensky’s help digging up dirt on the Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden.
That amounted to a momentous change in U.S. policy toward Ukraine—one that Vindman was right to flag, because other federal agencies needed to know about the shift, Kelly said.
“Through the Obama administration up until that phone call, the policy of the U.S. was militarily to support Ukraine in their defensive fight against … the Russians,” Kelly said. “And so, when the president said that continued support would be based on X, that essentially changed. And that’s what that guy [Vindman] was most interested in.”
When Vindman heard the president tell Zelensky he wanted to see the Biden family investigated, that was tantamount to hearing “an illegal order,” Kelly said. “We teach them, ‘Don’t follow an illegal order. And if you’re ever given one, you’ll raise it to whoever gives it to you that this is an illegal order, and then tell your boss.’”
Throughout the appearance, Kelly laid out his doubts about Trump’s policies. Trump has held two formal summits with North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong Un, hoping to scuttle the country’s nuclear program through personal diplomacy. Kelly said the effort was futile.
“He will never give his nuclear weapons up,” Kelly said. “Again, President Trump tried—that’s one way to put it. But it didn’t work. I’m an optimist most of the time, but I’m also a realist, and I never did think Kim would do anything other than play us for a while, and he did that fairly effectively.”
He also disapproved of the president’s language about migrants, he said. When Trump announced his candidacy in 2015, he famously described some migrants coming into the U.S. from Mexico as “rapists” and criminals.
Kelly said most migrants are merely looking for jobs. “In fact, they’re overwhelmingly good people … They’re not all rapists and they’re not all murderers. And it’s wrong to characterize them that way. I disagreed with the president a number of times.”
Responding to questions from the audience, Kelly faulted Trump for intervening in the case of Eddie Gallagher, a Navy SEAL who was convicted last year of posing with the corpse of an Islamic State fighter. Trump reversed a Navy decision to oust Gallagher, in a chain of events that led to the resignation of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer.
“The idea that the commander in chief intervened there, in my opinion, was exactly the wrong thing to do,” Kelly said. “Had I been there, I think I could have prevented it.”
Kelly also said: ”So if you only watch Fox News, because it’s reinforcing what you believe, you are not an informed citizen.”
The news this morning is that Hope Hicks is returning to the White House. My working theory is that it may be a move by his staff to bring the President under control, since he seems to be suffering from increasing dementia and erratic behavior. Trump listened to her advice when she was there before.
White House officials say since President Trump’s acquittal on impeachment charges, he is determined to assert an iron grip on government, pushing his Justice Department to ease up on friends while exacting payback on real and perceived foes. https://t.co/6XwztcOeTq— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) February 13, 2020
UPDATE: Trump responds to Kelly…
….which he actually has a military and legal obligation to do. His incredible wife, Karen, who I have a lot of respect for, once pulled me aside & said strongly that “John respects you greatly. When we are no longer here, he will only speak well of you.” Wrong!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2020
All else aside, if a boss keeps hiring people who are incapable of doing their jobs, that would seem to call into question the abilities of the boss.
MORE in White House staff moves – Johnny McEntee, the aide removed by Kelly over security clearance issues who recently returned to the West Wing, is expected to take over the office that oversees presidential personnel appointments, per 2 ppl briefed.— Maggie Haberman (@maggieNYT) February 13, 2020
She’s on fire 🔥🔥🔥🔥— Guadi ❤ (@Guadi_Pelosista) February 13, 2020
Speaker Nancy Pelosi on allegations Pres. Trump interfered in Roger Stone sentencing recommendation: “The president is what he is…but where are the Republicans to speak out on this blatant violation?” pic.twitter.com/90uzylUzeG
Pelosi throws cold water on moving ahead on impeachment proceedings against Bill Barr. She accused him of lying to Congress so I asked why not move ahead with impeachment proceedings. She said they are not going to spend their time going after every lie of Cabinet officials— Manu Raju (@mkraju) February 13, 2020
ANOTHER UPDATE — 20 minutes after his John Kelly tweet:
The president has left the White House. His destination not provided yet. He had no events on his public schedule. Press pool is traveling with him.— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) February 13, 2020
Oh… here we go:
WH says the president is on campaign business. “President Trump is at the RNC Annex Office in Arlington, VA for meetings and to thank campaign officials.”— Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) February 13, 2020
Some of the ‘unnecessary lawsuits & harassment’ involve actions by NY’s Attorney General against the Trump Cartel. Pretty close to extortion for personal benefit right in plain sight. https://t.co/bOyPhYsel7— Jeffrey Wright (@jfreewright) February 13, 2020