Is Mueller’s Flynn memo, filled with redactions, good news or bad for Trump? It depends on who you ask.

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:

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.

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.

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:

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.



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