After special counsel Robert Mueller filed a sentencing document Tuesday that recommended former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn be spared a prison bid, two competing narratives emerged regarding what the filing portends for President Donald Trump.
According to CNN’s pundits, who appears to thrive on speculating about the president’s downfall, the filing means potential doom for Trump, whom they’re confident will be indicted. But according to the president’s attorneys, the filing means squat diddly.
And, according to Congressman Mark Meadows, the filing is good news for POTUS:
“I think it’s good news for President Trump tonight, that this is what it’s come down to,” Meadows told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “Even though they said he substantially cooperated, I think he substantially cooperated to say that there was no collusion and we can look at it with that in mind.”
Listen to CNN’s analysis below:
“I just want to call attention to two sentences that jumped out at me. This is talking about Flynn as a person,” CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said Tuesday evening before reading from the document.
“The defendant’s record of military and public service distinguish him from every other person who has been charged as part of the special counsel’s investigation. However, senior government leaders should be held to the highest standards,” he read.
A snapshot of the paragraph that contains this snippet may seen below:
Flynn did the crime, provided substantial cooperation against other criminals, & will gets a light sentence. Mueller’s message: “The defendant’s record of military and public service distinguish him from every other person who has been charged as part of the SCO’s investigation.” pic.twitter.com/q82gTRwlHE
— JD (@J_D_2018) December 5, 2018
Toobin believes the latter line, in particular, is an ominous sign for Trump.
“As we think about how Mueller is going to characterize what when on in the Trump White House, the fact that he’s saying senior government leaders should be held to the highest standards, I would be a little nervous if I were the people involved in the obstruction of justice investigation, starting of course with the president of the United States,” he said.
“I don’t think it’s just filler material — it’s a statement of how he’s going to approach the investigation as he starts thinking about the people in the White House.”
The president’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani disagreed. In a statement to Fox News, he argued that the crimes that Flynn had fessed up to were comparable to “spitting on the sidewalk.”
“Giuliani told Fox News that nothing in the sentencing memo suggested collusion between Trump and Russian officials. The former New York City mayor lambasted the Mueller team as ‘overzealous media-inspired prosecutors,'” Fox reported.
“They are sick puppies,” he himself reportedly said. “This whole thing started as an orchestrated attempt to take the president out of office as an insurance policy.”
During the presidential election two years ago, two disgraced former FBI employees — Peter Strzok and Lisa Page — discussed a potential “insurance policy” against Trump’s election.
It still remains unclear what the “insurance policy” entailed, though some have speculated that it involved entrapping the president in a bogus collusion investigation to stymie his agenda.
— Conservative News (@BIZPACReview) July 15, 2018
While Giuliani was correct to note that no evidence that Trump colluded with Russian operatives to affect the 2016 election is mentioned in Flynn’s sentencing document (or any other document that’s been filed), the problem is the special counsel may be aiming for another charge, such as obstruction of justice, perjury or even witness tampering.
Hysterical coverage of Cohen plea. It misses point that ,once again like Corsi leaked documents demonstrate, Mueller’s crew has no evidence of collusion. Along the way,however,he is keeping America safe from false statement makers or people with faulty memories or both.
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) November 30, 2018
Mueller brings process cases like Cohen’s pleading guilty to lying to Congress and threatens similar cases against Cohen and Corsi. These cases, and all so far, demonstrate no evidence of Trump collusion and are “…full of sound and fury signifying.”
— Rudy Giuliani (@RudyGiuliani) December 2, 2018
Should the president, therefore, be worried about a potential collusion charge? Probably not, according to both pundits on the right and the left. Regarding other sorts of charges, however, there’s no single answer, since everybody appears to disagree.
Some of the debate may be seen below:
Here’s the big picture on obstruction of justice: @realDonaldTrump fired Jeff Sessions because he refused to protect Trump, and then the President hired Whitaker as Acting AG to interfere with the Mueller Investigation. We must #ProtectMueller.
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) November 24, 2018
#EndWitchHunt – @GreggJarrett: The facts don’t support collusion. The law doesn’t support obstruction of Justice. Mueller hates @realDonaldTrump and is unscrupulous and unprincipled. Rabid Democrats will use his report for impeachment. #MAGA #TrumpTrain #Dobbs pic.twitter.com/cOa4Xqb1Gr
— Lou Dobbs (@LouDobbs) December 5, 2018
Mr. Trump is publicly asking Mr. Manafort to lie on his behalf and promising him a pardon in return. Basic obstruction of justice. Smoking gun. Are you listening, Washington? https://t.co/nHTJO381mj
— Tom Steyer (@TomSteyer) November 30, 2018
First, Trump is not guilty of obstruction of justice, second, Trump has been much harder on Russian than Bush or Obama. and He who is without sin cast the first. stone. Only God knows ones heart. Do not judge. Since Trump is pres. God has blessed this country From they fruits—
— Susan R Westberg (@Swesbutte) September 7, 2018
These discussions are ultimately irrelevant to the president himself anyway because in his opinion the entire investigation is a fraudulent witch hunt designed to punish him for defeating failed Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton.
“This demonstrates the Robert Mueller and his partisans have no evidence, not a whiff of collusion, between Trump and the Russians. Russian project legal. Trump Tower meeting (son Don), perfectly legal. He wasn’t involved with hacking.” Gregg Jarrett. A total Witch Hunt!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2018
So much happening with the now discredited Witch Hunt. This total Hoax will be studied for years!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2018
When will this illegal Joseph McCarthy style Witch Hunt, one that has shattered so many innocent lives, ever end-or will it just go on forever? After wasting more than $40,000,000 (is that possible?), it has proven only one thing-there was NO Collusion with Russia. So Ridiculous!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 29, 2018
The Mueller Witch Hunt is a total disgrace. They are looking at supposedly stolen Crooked Hillary Clinton Emails (even though they don’t want to look at the DNC Server), but have no interest in the Emails that Hillary DELETED & acid washed AFTER getting a Congressional Subpoena!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2018
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