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Thursday, August 9, 2018

“No collusion” does not equal no crime

Evidence points to numerous potential criminal charges

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Rudy Giuliani hosted one of the strangest public meltdowns in recent history when he hit the news shows trying to spin increasing evidence that Trump colluded with Russia.

Rolling Stone weighed in with a blistering article warning readers to “Keep an Eye on Rudy Giuliani’s Collusion Bait-and-Switch.”

Subtitled “Trump’s hilariously incapable lawyer keeps twisting the Russia narrative before our eyes,” Rolling Stone began with a scathing characterization of Rudy Giuliani:

The traveling sad-clown show that is latter-day Rudy Giuliani appeared on cable news Monday morning to begin another work week with a torrent of laughable claims and theories about the federal investigation closing in on his client, President Donald Trump. 

The always-risible, factually-suspect “there-was-no-collusion” mantra chanted by the president’s many defenders for the past 15 months has now officially morphed into: “So what if there was collusion? It’s not a crime.”

Continuing, Rolling Stone reported that Giuliani “is correct,” however:

Image result for trump in prison[S]aying so doesn’t exonerate the president of any of the crimes the special counsel may be investigating. The relevant crime here, if indeed there is one, is conspiracy. 

And if there is a living human being who ought to know what a conspiracy is, it’s Rudy Giuliani, the former federal prosecutor who was involved in hundreds of conspiracy cases during his well-chronicled tenure as the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York.

Indeed, as former criminal investigator and criminal defense attorney Seth Abramson tweeted:

Finding the right statutes to charge under for this crime spree is NOT going to be the problem, folks. Seriously. Stop worrying about that side of things. Mueller’s good. He can choose from any of twenty federal statutes that I’ve referenced on this feed, plus several others.[1]

Continuing, Rolling Stone reported that:

The story of Monday morning, then, isn’t that the venerable federal prosecutor is educating the rest of us about legal standards. The story is that the president’s current favorite legal mouthpiece is virtually admitting that Trump colluded with the Russians, which is different from anything the president himself has said in all of those batshit tweets we’ve endured these past few years.

Rolling Stone concluded their remarks about Giuliani, stating that the best strategy moving forward is to ignore anything he has to say:

The smartest thing any of us can do as the president’s legal position becomes more tenuous is to disregard the substance of everything that comes out of the mouth of Giuliani and other Trump tribunes. 

Their comments about the investigation, legal standards and what the evidence says and does not say is valuable only for what it tells us about the heightened level of fear within Trump’s circle (manifested over the weekend in the president’s frantic tweets). 

Otherwise, it’s just lies or gibberish — like pretending Mueller’s investigation hasn’t already produced guilty pleas and indictments or that the special counsel’s team is made up of rabid Democrats.

  • Election Fraud
  • Wire Fraud
  • Bribery
  • Bank Fraud
  • Computer Crimes/Theft
  • Computer Crimes/Espionage
  • Extortion
  • Identity Theft
  • Obstruction of Justice
  • Witness Tampering
  • Perjury
  • Making False Statements
  • Conspiracy
  • FARA [The Foreign Agents Registration Act ]
  • RICO [The Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act]
  • Money Laundering
  • Tax Evasion
Samuel Warde is a writer, social and political activist, and all-around troublemaker.