Robert Mueller appointed to be Special Counsel

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel to oversee the previously confirmed FBI investigation of Russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters.

“I have determined that a Special Counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome,” Rosenstein said in a statement.

Story HERE

I’m looking forward to this. Sounds like a lot of fun.

As far as Obstruction of Justice is concerned, this is what I am reading…

The memo allegedly says that the president said, in a private conversation with Comey at the White House, “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. He is a good guy. I hope you can let this go.”

That does not come close to reaching the legal threshold for Obstruction of Justice. You see, I once faced a charge of Obstruction of Justice. I’m glad they didn’t pursue it (got me on a Firearms Offense) because I was guilty as sin.

THIS is what Obstruction of Justice consists of…

     Obstruction of Justice

Obstruction of justice is defined in the omnibus clause of 18 U.S.C. § 1503, which provides that “whoever . . . . corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication, influences, obstructs, or impedes, or endeavors to influence, obstruct, or impede, the due administration of justice, shall be (guilty of an offense).” Persons are charged under this statute based on allegations that a defendant intended to intefere with an official proceeding, by doing things such as destroying evidence, or intefering with the duties of jurors or court officers.

A person obstructs justice when they have a specific intent to obstruct or interfere with a judicial proceeding. For a person to be convicted of obstructing justice, they must not only have the specific intent to obstruct the proceeding, but the person must know (1) that a proceeding was actually pending at the time; and (2) there must be a nexus between the defendant’s endeavor to obstruct justice and the proceeding, and the defendant must have knowledge of this nexus.

§ 1503 applies only to federal judicial proceedings. Under § 1505, however, a defendant can be convicted of obstruction of justice by obstructing a pending proceeding before Congress or a federal agency. A pending proceeding could include an informal investigation by an executive agency.

When you’re dumb enough to believe your own bullshit you will inevitably walk into an ambush of your own making. Feel free to quote me on that.


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13 Responses to Robert Mueller appointed to be Special Counsel

  1. fasttimes says:

    The way that times story is written, if there was more, it would be in there. The fact that it uses words like “asked” and “requested” is telling imo.

    No idea in what world that amounts to obstruction, but when you are throwing shit to the wall it doesn’t matter what kind.

    Special prosecutor should be interesting no matter what the result.

    • MadBrad says:

      “I Hope…”

      I hope that one day this shitty ass government comes to an end.

      There now. Prosecute me for Sedition because of the things I hope for. No, it’s got to be a whole lot more than wishful thinking to amount to a criminal charge or as we say “High Crimes and Misdemeanors”.

      If President Trump had added “… or this, this and this could happen to you”, then there would be a crime.

      • fasttimes says:

        additionally, didnt Comey AND McCabe testify that no one has impeded or try to impede the investigation?

        that kind of clears that up, right? unless they were lying.

        • MadBrad says:

          Yes, of course. This is a bunch of bullshit and I’m very happy that it’s all about to be exposed as such. Take note that Dick Morris thinks this is a disaster and also remember that Dick Morris is wrong about everything. I don’t even know how he still has a job.

          • fasttimes says:

            the flynn stuff it becoming more concerning to me, but the obstruction stuff is nonsense.

            still, unnamed sources and no documents. interesting times.

  2. MadBrad says:

    … and FURTHERMORE,

    “He is a good guy, I HOPE you can let him go”.

    From Wikipedia…

    “Flynn was commissioned in the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant in military intelligence, in 1981. His military assignments included multiple tours at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, with the 82nd Airborne Division, XVIII Airborne Corps, and Joint Special Operations Command, where he deployed for the invasion of Grenada and Operation Uphold Democracy in Haiti. He also served with the 25th Infantry Division at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, at the Joint Readiness Training Center at Fort Polk, Louisiana, and the Army Intelligence Center at Fort Huachuca, Arizona.

    Flynn served as the assistant chief of staff, G2, XVIII Airborne Corps at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, from June 2001 and the director of intelligence at the Joint Task Force 180 in Afghanistan until July 2002. He commanded the 111th Military Intelligence Brigade from June 2002 to June 2004 and was the director of intelligence for Joint Special Operations Command from July 2004 to June 2007, with service in Afghanistan (Operation Enduring Freedom) and the Iraq War (Operation Iraqi Freedom). He served as the director of intelligence of the United States Central Command from June 2007 to July 2008, as the director of intelligence of the Joint Staff from July 2008 to June 2009, then the director of intelligence of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan from June 2009 to October 2010.”

    Flynn is a good guy. I was a good guy. People “HOPED” that I wouldn’t be sent to Prison too. They even wrote letters to the Judge on my behalf stating as much. That didn’t make them a criminal.

    The Obstruction of Justice bullshit is exactly that, just like “The Russians did it” bullshit.

  3. DLJ6 says:

    What is it with you All American baggy legged Grenada jumping devils?

    • MadBrad says:

      Big Balls, for the most part. That’s what seems to get most of us in trouble once we return to “The World”, such as it is.

  4. notamobster says:

    Jumping out of planes requires a special kind of person. I’m not a plane jumper, but I’ve kicked in my share of doors and it requires the same special kind of person. My kind of guy…

    As for obstruction, it’s ridiculous, of course. They’ll keep throwing stuff at the wall til something sticks. They’re f-ing children. They’re gonna cry until they get their way, or someone beats their ass.

    I hope this entire government and the snowflake society it’s constructed around itself crumbles to dust, and every single one of the progressives who support it, find the bottom of a ditch as their final view of this life.

    The days since the election only serve to prove my contention that the differences in this country are irreconcilable. We might as well dispense with the polity, and get to fighting.

  5. fasttimes says:

    its awfully quiet around here with all the “news” that is breaking.

  6. Van-a-gram says:

    This will be what they hang the whole obstruction charge on:

    “….or endeavors to influence…”

    They will say that a request from a sitting President is an attempt to influence. I’ll be a six pack of PBR on it.

    • fasttimes says:

      i don’t think they want to pierce that veil. maybe they do though.

    • MadBrad says:

      I hope they do. Prior to the “endeavors to influence” phrase you will find the words “corruptly or by threats or force, or by any threatening letter or communication”.

      “I hope” does not constitute corruption, threats or force.

      In fact the previous President had some artwork generated by an adoring fan with the word “Hope” right underneath the likeness of his face. It became an iconic campaign image. President Clinton was referred to as “The man from Hope”. I think President Trump is within the Law when speaking about the things he hopes for. There was no “or else” in the memos being cited or they would have been cited.

      Let ’em run with it. They look more stupid by the second. That’s how he won the election. That’s how he will win re-election. The Re-Election Campaign is going to be hilarious. Thus far it looks like a Main Event for the U.S. Heavyweight Championship Title will involve TWO WrestleMania Superstars. Awesome stuff.